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The poor widdle christians…

The poor widdle christians have had their feelings hurt over a speech by Dan Savage. Jen McCreight says what I think about this. Christianity is bullshit, and I’m not apologizing for saying that | Blag Hag Religious bigots are furious with Dan Savage yet again. This time their rage is inspired by a speech Dan gave at the National High… Read more →

The aesthetics of cycling caps

This is a nice little article on the aesthetics of the cycling cap How To Wear A Cycling Cap | Cycling Tips As cycling continues to boom I feel that it's part of my duty to educate and inform on the finer details of the sport. On the surface wearing the simple cycling biretta appears to be a no-brainer….

More on health and data logging

A while ago I wrote about data logging and health. This post is about someone facing a life with Type-2 diabetes who used that principle to change his life around. Admittedly he’s working at Nike and has access to cool fitness toys, but it’s an inspiring story Myself, quantified | Extenuating Circumstances So at the end of January this year,… Read more →

Even the Catholics think George Pell is an idiot

Even the Catholics think George Pell is an idiot. The Remnant Newpaper goes after him for wimping out on the literal meaning of genesis, pointing out that if he denies Adam and Eve he has denied Original Sin – as Richard Dawkins noted. The paper says: "So what, exactly, was the Cardinal’s point? Who did he imagine his waffling was… Read more →

This is a nice example of unintended consequences

This is a nice example of unintended consequences. The same mechanisms governments use to spy on ordinary citizens are proving a problem for spies trying to sneak around the world. CIA's Secret Fear: High-Tech Border Checks Will Blow Spies' Cover | Danger Room | Advanced biometric border-control technologies like iris and fingerprint scanners, implemented after 9/11 to trip up… Read more →

The ACLU statement on Bradley Manning

The ACLU statement on Bradley Manning is a good read. By the standards the US government want to apply, anybody saying anything online about US troops is guilty of aiding the enemy. The Government’s Overreach on Bradley Manning Ben Wizner Yesterday the military judge overseeing the court martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning, who is accused of giving government documents t…

I never knew that Yelgun was “in the North of Byron Bay”

I never knew that Yelgun was "in the North of Byron Bay" 🙂 Splendour gets a new permanent home in Byron Bay | Music News | triple j Splendour in the Grass has been granted conditional approval for the use of its Yelgun site in the North of Byron Bay.

Protecting your staff from burnout

This is a nice attitude for a company management to have How to Avoid Burnout: Marissa Mayer Avoiding burnout isn’t about getting three square meals or eight hours of sleep. It’s not even necessarily about getting time at home. I have a theory that burnout is about resentment. And you beat it…

Charles Stross on DRM

This is a good essay on the case for moving away from DRM The Case Against DRM On Ebooks Not only is Charlie Stross a published sci-fi author, but he is also an advocate for DRM-free ebooks. As such, he’s put together a thoughtful ar…

Mandatory counseling for Santorum

This is wonderful! Santorum gets mandatory counseling before aborting campaign | The Raw Story Rick Santorum, an ardent opponent of a woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy, received some mandatory counseling before aborting his Republican presidential campaign. In a video by Funny or Die…

More evidence that the TSA are thugs

More evidence that the TSA are thugs 4-year-old gets TSA patdown after a hug from her grandmother There is a story which was pointed out on Facebook, a note in which a frustrated mother claims the Transportation Security Administration has gone too far.  Her

A nice dog story

A nice dog story Axel the dog likes to help his owner thatch roofs He may be getting a little bit hefty but Axel the Newfoundland-labrador has a taste for the high life after helping his owner thatch roofs.

This is a fun read

This is a fun read Why nobody has ever learned Icelandic – Imgur Imgur is used to share photos with social networks and online communities, and has the funniest pictures from all over the Internet.

DRM as anticompetitive behaviour

Mitch Wagner originally shared this post: DRM isn't about stopping piracy. It's about stifling competition. A small bookseller speaks out. DRM helps Amazon cement its ebooks monopoly by making it tough for small booksellers to sell ebooks — and the staggering thing is publishers and writers, who have the most to lose, aren't just going along. They're demanding it. But… Read more →

Another example of TSA thuggery

Lauren Weinstein originally shared this post: The TSA keeps making excuses that such incidents aren't policy. But they keep happening. This suggests either incompetency up and down the TSA command and agent chain, lying, or both. EXCLUSIVE: DOES THIS GIRL LOOK LIKE A TERRORIST? Family misses flight after TSA screeners target disabled 7-year-old

The NSW police are software pirates

The NSW Police service has been engaging in systematic software piracy. NSW Police in legal battle with software giant – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) An extraordinary legal battle is shaping up in the Federal Court, with a multinational software company suing the NSW Police for wide-scale copyright piracy.

Bullying nuns

This is a good read about the stupidity of the Vatican over trying to censor nuns about social justice issues. Bullying the Nuns by Garry Wills | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books The Vatican has issued a harsh statement claiming that American nuns do not follow their bishops' thinking. That statement is profoundly true. Thank God, they… Read more →

The politics of Yertle the Turtle

“I know up on top you are seeing great sights, but down here on the bottom, we too should have rights” Lauren Weinstein originally shared this post: Dr. Seuss’s ‘Yertle the Turtle’ deemed too political for B.C. classroom Prince Rupert elementary teacher told to refrain from exposing students to ‘unsuitable’ Dr. Seuss quote

The Stupid – it burns!

The Stupid – it burns! The Local – Girl sent home from school – skirt too long A secondary school student near Paris was accused of wearing provocative clothing and sent back home. The school thought her skirt was too long, and conveyed religious values.     

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