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Camille Paglia: The Modern Campus Cannot Comprehend Evil

Originally posted on TIME:

The disappearance of University of Virginia sophomore Hannah Graham two weeks ago is the latest in a long series of girls-gone-missing cases that often end tragically. A 32-year-old, 270-pound former football player who fled to Texas has been returned to Virginia and charged with “abduction with intent to defile.” At this date, Hannah’s fate and whereabouts remain unknown.

Wildly overblown claims about an epidemic of sexual assaults on American campuses are obscuring the true danger to young women, too often distracted by cellphones or iPods in public places: the ancient sex crime of abduction and murder. Despite hysterical propaganda about our “rape culture,” the majority of campus incidents being carelessly described as sexual assault are not felonious rape (involving force or drugs) but oafish hookup melodramas, arising from mixed signals and imprudence on both sides.

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Louisiana Restaurant Owner Gives a Discount to Gun Owners

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A local restaurant owner in Louisiana will give a 10 percent discount to any customers that show him their guns—and not the arm muscle kind.

Kevin Cox, owner of Bergeron’s Restaurant in Port Allen, is bucking a corporate trend by encouraging, rather than banning, firearms in his Cajun food establishment. Cox said he’s frustrated with chains like Target, which requested in July that customers not bring their weapons into stores, NBC33 reports.

“I keep hearing so much about people banning guns,” Cox told NBC33. “Target’s banning guns and these people are banning guns. Don’t they realize that that’s where people with guns are going to go? I want to take the opposite approach. How can I make my place safer?”

Cox said some 15 to 20 people take him up on the discount offer every day.

“I just need to see a weapon. I need you to be carrying…

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Suspect in Virginia Student’s Disappearance May Be Linked to 2009 Murder, Cops Say

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The main suspect in the disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham may be connected to the abduction and murder of another young woman in the area five years ago, police revealed on Monday.

Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington, 20, was last seen alive on October 17, 2009 after leaving a Metallica concert in Charlottesville, where the university is located. Three months later, her dead body was found in a field. Her murder has not been solved.

On Monday, Virginia State Police said “the arrest of Jesse L. Matthew Jr., 32, of Charlottesville, Va., provided a significant break in this case with a new forensic link for state police investigators to pursue.”

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Sissy Spacek Accepts the Pig’s Blood Challenge



Apple woes continue: Some reporting iCloud down across iOS, Mac, and web

Originally posted on 9to5Mac:


It was less than an hour ago that we told you about a newly-discovered bug within iOS that could potentially delete your iWork files. But now, according to a variety of internet reports, Apple’s month of misadventure continues as iCloud is currently experiencing an outage of some kind. Most notably, it seems as if many are being prompted over and over to enter their iCloud credentials within iOS. Apple has yet to acknowledge the outage.

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DEBUNKED: Hong Kong Protesters Used as Puppets in U.S. Media’s Ferguson Mythology


Another self-serving media myth, masquerading as reporting, as debunked by Hot Air‘s Noah Rothman. Besides reliably good commentary I’ve long enjoyed Noah’s knack for humor and accuracy in headline writing, this one’s a good example.

Despite lack of any evidence, journalists positive Hong Kong protesters are mimicking Ferguson

Take special note of this:

Quartz’s Lily Kuo, the outlet’s emerging markets reporter who has been featured in Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post and Taipei’s China Post, took to the streets of Hong Kong where she learned, astonishingly, that a tumultuous St. Louis suburb was the furthest thing from the minds of the Occupy Central protesters.

editor-commen-deskI took the bait and read Lily Kuo’s article. Notice how her exceedingly thin phrase “perhaps unwittingly” is employed to help justify what is arguably a completely false premise. The headline says one thing, the body copy says the exact opposite? When the facts reported in the story are directly contradicted by what’s trumpeted in the headline, it’s opportunistic misdirection bordering on silliness.

A more jaded observer might conclude that this is an average day’s collateral damage in the link-bait ams race, but there are too many journalists singing from the same songbook for it to be dismissed that easily.


While we await our own Hong Kong Bureau Chief‘s input on this media catastrophe (see his exclusive reporting here) read the full text of Noah’s thing here. Here’s a brief sample: 

…As massive demonstrations engulf Hong Kong, protests which have been ongoing for weeks since the Chinese government revealed its intention to vet candidates for elected office in the former British colony for the first time since unification in 1997, demonstrators began marching with their hands up in a display of submission to police. The similarities to those protesters in Ferguson who adopted a similar pose are purely cosmetic, unless you are seeking to inflate your own sense of importance by reducing the actions of pro-democracy protesters challenging an authoritarian and violent government to mere mimicry. Read the rest of this entry »

[PHOTOS] Hong Kong Democracy Protests

EXCLUSIVE: Hong Kong Democracy Demonstrations — The Morning After

I could not get down to the scene of the action last night, but this morning I walked down to where things had been rocking nearest to my home — the area right between the Central and Admiralty districts.  Here are some pics taken within the last couple of hours:


Lee Ka-Shing, the richest man in Hong Kong, takes no chances and has barricades in front of his building.


Barricades across Queensway Road — normally packed with traffic on a Monday morning.


More barricades on Queensway, in front of the landmark Lippo Centre building.


Barricades on Queensway — clearly put together by demonstrators from the kinds of things one usually finds along sidewalks in Hong Kong.


Queensway — devoid of traffic on a Monday during normal rush hour.


Demonstrators in front of the Lippo Centre blocking Queensway.


Demonstrators on Harcourt Road in front of the Central Government offices appear to be getting some rest in the shade after a long night.


Riot police with grenade launchers for tear gas canisters held a well-manned key location in front of the central government offices on Harcourt Road. Despite the display of firepower, there seemed to be no animosity between the police and the demonstrators — no shouting, no ugly language. Maybe everyone was just exhausted from the previous night.


Demonstrators appeared to be dug in for a long haul.


Demonstrators and police chat across the barricades. I saw more than one scene like this, with lots of smiles on both sides.


The demonstration was kicked off last night by high school and college students. These two seemed a little older — and were taking advantage of a comfortable spot in a barricade across an access road to the central government offices. The woman on the right told me “This is a contest of wills — who will last longer?”


Some of the youngest demonstrators I saw — enjoying a card game while sitting in the middle of what would normally be a very busy entrance to Queensway on a Monday morning during rush hour.

In Memory: Ceylan Ozalp, Kurdish YPG Fighter


Ceylan Ozalp (19), known from the BBC report about Kurdish YPG Women fighters led today with several comrades in the northern Syrian Kurdish city Kobani resistance against the ISIS terrorists.

“We’re not scared of anything,” she said. “We’ll fight to the last. We’d rather blow ourselves up than be captured by ISIS.”

– Ceylan Ozalp

UPDATE: LIVE LEAK noted, correctly, that this item from Free Kurdistan lacks independent confirmation.   We would like to see more evidence, as well. LIVE LEAK’s mini-rant also includes a lot of half-baked commentary about ‘U.S. terror raiders’, an unlinked claim that claim that Kurdish defensive positions were bombed by the U.S., resulting in up to 15 Kurdish casualties in Yarubiya (misspelled, of course) and for good measure, smearing Ceylan Ozalp’s credibility and mocking her alleged Marxist-Leninist ideology,

Surrounded on all sides and set under attack, she lost all her friends. She fought alone against the supernumerary terrorists. When she had no more ammunition and recognized the hopeless situation, she said goodbye over her radio and killed herself with the last bullet so that she don’t to fall into the hands of the rapists.

“We’re not scared of anything,” she said. “We’ll fight to the last. We’d rather blow ourselves up than be captured by ISIS.”

Rest in Peace Heroine

via Free Kurdistan

UPDATE: LIVE LEAK noted, correctly, that the above item from Free Kurdistan lacks independent confirmation. We would like to see more evidence, as well.

LIVE LEAK’s mini-rant also includes a peculiar anti-Kurdish diatribe, with half-baked commentary about ‘U.S. terror raiders’, an unlinked, unsupported claim that claim that Kurdish defensive positions were bombed by the U.S., resulting in up to 15 Kurdish casualties in Yarubiya (misspelled, of course) and for good measure, smears Ceylan Ozalp’s credibility and alleged Marxist-Leninist ideology, in what appears to be little more than a snarky celebration of Ceylan Ozalp’s alleged suicide.

While we await independent confirmation of Ceylan Ozalp’s reported battlefield suicide, I wouldn’t mind seeing independent reports to back up any of the above claims. Read the rest of this entry »

Police Clash With Pro-Democracy Protesters in Hong Kong

Originally posted on TIME:

Updated: Sept. 28, 2014, 6:54 a.m. E.T.

Police used tear gas and pepper spray against thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators in central Hong Kong Sunday, as a civil disobedience movement that seeks to win a popular vote for the city’s top job got underway.

Occupy Central with Peace and Love, as the protest moment is officially know, aims for foment democratic change by paralyzing the heart of this freewheeling financial hub. It was originally stated to begin Wednesday, but an aligned student demonstration Friday gathered such momentum that its leaders brought the timing forward.

“We want to help the students achieve their goals,” Benny Tai, a founder of Occupy Central, told TIME on Sunday morning, of the early start to the group’s campaign. “They want to stay here, and we want to support them.”

On Sunday afternoon, protesters brandishing umbrellas repeatedly charged at the police lines in front of Government House…

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Hong Kong has entered a state of mass civil disobedience

Originally posted on Quartz:

Tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators are surging through the streets of Hong Kong to protest against Beijing’s influence over how the semi-autonomous territory elects its top officials.

Police used tear gas to scatter the mostly peaceful crowds that had blocked one of Hong Kong’s main roads in the early evening.

Earlier today, pro-democracy group Occupy Central announced the beginning of a civil disobedience campaign intended to disrupt Asia’s largest financial center until its demands for free elections are met. The campaign, originally planned for October, is riding a wave of momentum following a sit-in over the weekend where televised clashes between police and students, some of whom were pepper sprayed, prompted city residents to rally in support of the students. Organizers say that around 60,000 demonstrators (paywall) were on the streets today, but police have not given an estimate.

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This Day in History: The First 1960 Kennedy/Nixon Presidential Debate


On September 26, 1960, John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon held the first televised debate in presidential campaign history. The program originated in Chicago and was carried by all of the major radio and TV networks.

It was one of four debates. Howard K. Smith served as the moderator and questions came from Sander Vanocur, NBC News; Charles Warren, Mutual News; Stuart Novins, CBS News; and Bob Fleming, ABC News.



The FBI and NSA Hate Apple’s Plan to Keep Your iPhone Data Secret

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Apple released the iPhone 6 with a new, powerful encryption setting that should make it much harder for law enforcement and surveillance groups like the FBI and the NSA from accessing users’ emails, photos and contacts. After the Edward Snowden revelations last year, privacy-minded users may be happy about the new feature, but the law enforcement community is decidedly not.

Speaking at a news conference Thursday, FBI Director James Comey criticized Apple’s encryption, which scrambles information on the new iPhone 6 using a code that could take “more than five-and-a-half years to try all combinations of a six-character alphanumeric passcode with lowercase letters and numbers,” as Comey said.

Comey accused Apple of creating a means for criminals to evade the law, the New York Times reports. “What concerns me about this is companies marketing something expressly to allow people to hold themselves beyond the law,” he said.


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Vintage Signage: ‘Color TV King’


Here We Go: Bill’s 3rd Term

Pop-Mech Auto-Focus: Now That Cars Have Black Boxes, Am I Being Tracked?

Who gets access to the info in your vehicle’s event data recorder?

A black box, formally known as an event data recorder (EDR), and informally known as a narc-in-the-box, logs a variety of data regarding the operation of the vehicle in which it’s installed. The good news is that event-data-recorder-0914-mdnEDRs do not (yet) track your location, nor do they beam real-time information to feds, cops, carmakers, or mothers-in-law. That’s what your smartphone is for.

EDRs, standard these days in 96 percent of new cars, do, however, take note of how fast you’re going and whether you’re wearing your seat belt, along with details like the status of your car’s throttle and brakes at any given moment. This is the sort of data most likely to have legal implications, particularly in the event of an accident. Police and lawyers can indeed subpoena the data from your car’s EDR and use it against you. The info can also make its way into the hands of your insurance company, which might join authorities in taking a dim view of the fact that you thought to apply the brakes only after you’d sailed off the end of the pier toward that passing barge hauling kittens and dynamite…(read more)

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[VIDEO] On-the-Job Training: Obama Reluctantly Voices What His Ideological Opponents Have Understood Since the 1770s

Properly Understood, Government is an Instrument of Force 

“The only language understood by killers like this is the language of force.”


Vintage Hemingway: ‘The Sun Also Rises’


Scribner’s, 1926. This is a later printing with a different and more modern dust jacket from the stated first.. Check out the tagline: “Wherein the lost generation that followed the War goes to the devil with a smile on the lip but with despair in its heart.”

Flickr -Hemingway: Expository Writing Class 

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Apple provides a look inside its iPhone stress-testing facility following ‘bendgate’ controversy

Originally posted on 9to5Mac:

via Re/code

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After a few YouTube videos hit the web claiming that the iPhone 6 Plus could be easily bent out shape in a user’s pocket, Apple addressed the issue by stating that the device was designed to meet its quality requirements and that only a handful of owners had complained about any issues. To further prove its commitment to building solid devices, Apple gave journalists access to the lab where it tests the build quality of its iPhones.

In a tour of the facility guided by SVP of Hardware Engineering Dan Riccio, reporters were given an in-depth look at how each new generation of the iPhone is tested to ensure that it can endure all of the rigors of daily life. Each device the company makes—including its notebook computers—is put through thousands of rounds of testing that simulates everything from twisting the device to flexing the screen, or…

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