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Comment: Re:Texas Barely Registers (Score 1) 544

by AliasBackslash (#46089847) Attached to: Map of Publicly-Funded Creationism Teaching

I worked as a programmer for the state here in VA. The only person I've ever met who actually argued that evolution is a lie was a supervisor of mine there. Between explaining VERY basic shell commands to this poor idiot (ex: "Hey do you know the command to list files in a folder?") he would argue that evolution isn't real because the fossil record is a lie. The weirdest thing about his argument though, was that he apparently believes in natural selection and adaptation but does not believe it happens on such a large scale as evolution.

+ - Kevin Mitnick Testifies Before House Committee 2

Submitted by AliasBackslash
AliasBackslash (2719011) writes "Kevin Mitnick along with several other security analysts testified before the House Committee regarding the security of the Healthcare.gov website. From the article:

Kevin Mitnick, the former criminal hacker and founder and CEO of Mitnick Security Consulting, wrote: "Healthcare.gov retrieves information from numerous third-party databases belonging to the IRS, Social Security Administration, Department of Homeland Security, and other State agencies. It would be a hacker's wet dream to break into Healthcare.gov and potentially gain access to the information stored in these databases. A breach may result in massive identity theft never seen before — these databases house information on every U.S. citizen!"

Soon after this story hit the news, Mitnick posted this on Twitter"

Comment: Re:Retired LEOs (Score 1) 1431

by AliasBackslash (#45976491) Attached to: Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

This is not true. As a former military member, we are NOT more exempt from background checks. The only difference between former mil/cop and a civ is that in a very few states, we can get our concealed carry license without taking the gun safety class because we were already well trained in gun safety in boot camp/qualification inspections/classes that were required for our jobs. We are not just handed a CC license though, we still have to show our DD-214 and prove a clean service record and go through background checks even in the states that exempt us from the gun safety class. Also, when purchasing weapons, we still go through the same process as a civilian.

+ - Gore Site Operator Arrested for Posting Video of Murder->

Submitted by theshowmecanuck
theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "

The owner and operator of a well-known “real gore” website is charged with corrupting morals for posting a video allegedly depicting the murder of student Jun Lin by Luka Magnotta.

Magnotta, 30, is currently in custody charged with first-degree murder in the death of the 33-year-old Chinese international student, who was killed in Montreal in May 2012. The victim’s severed limbs were then mailed to political parties and elementary schools, and his torso found inside a discarded suitcase.

A news interview with the detective in charge of the case, airing on CTV as I type this, says he believes the web site hosts a lot of racist content and unimaginable violence. You should note that Canada has less free speech than in America (we have 'hate crime laws'), but there will likely be some arguments in this vein. The charge against the operator is quite rare and no-one so far remembers it ever being used before."
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+ - George Zimmerman's Pyrrhic Victory

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "George Zimmerman’s Pyrrhic Victory

Recently a Florida jury found George Zimmerman, the alleged murderer of Trayvon Martin, guiltless. Through political pressures, a mock trial in a kangaroo courtroom was held. Evidence was heavily weighted against the prosecution, yet they believed a moral imperative drove them to move ahead with this factitious case. Suggestions that the court was influenced by the Obama Administration to find any means to obtain a guilty verdict may have some legs. Prosecutors withheld pictures of Zimmerman’s beaten face from the defense. Judge Debra Nelson was less than kind to the defense attorneys and Zimmerman during this mock trial. Now that six jurors have found Zimmerman not guilty, based on a plethora of evidence in his favor, the afro-American community is seeking civil rights charges against him. Attorney General Eric Holder is searching for any means to bring these charges about. This case was never about race. FBI studied the actions surrounding Trayvon’s death and concluded race was not a factor. Media outlets, especially those leaning left, exploited this case to steer it in that direction. NBC edited recordings juggling Zimmerman’s voice to give the appearance he pursued Trayvon because of his Afro-American heritage. For this outright lie and other misrepresentations, Zimmerman has sued NBC. Now, the hard part comes for him, survival.

Protests have erupted in many cities condemning the jury’s findings. Stirring the pot is Al Sharpton and his colleagues with hateful speeches, which squelch the true-facts in this case. Violent acts have occurred resulting in arrests in New York City, California and other locales. The Drama continues as the left-wing media continues to claim the circumstances surrounding Zimmerman’s actions were purely raced based and not self-defense. Sports figures and other celebrities have chimed in with perspectives that do not play well for Zimmerman. The charade this case is based on racism has even reached into the dark corridors and disturbed minds in the Obama Administration. The President has called for calm knowing his words will have a paradoxical effect on the crowds. The rule of law holds no value to these protesters and government officials unless they need its aegis to protect themselves. Al Sharton sought cover in the law many times when it was convenient for him. Sharpton’s present actions will fortify race hatreds and hurt many, but he continues to pound his fists for civil rights violation against the former defendant. Zimmerman needs to find shelter away from the light of the media. Some have called for his death, others would like to see him hurt in some manner or form. My question to the public is: How would you have managed an attacker if he or she was pounding your head against concrete, had broken your nose, caused the rear of your head to bleed profusely and given you a possible concussion? Mark Davis, MD. President of Healthnets Review Services and Davis Book Reviews. www.healthnetsreviewservices.com. platomd@gmail.com, Author of Demons of Democracy and the forthcoming book, Obamacare: Dead on Arrival, A Prescription for Disaster."

+ - Richard Stallman: Snowden leak a chance for privacy, time to fight Big Brother->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Video interview with RMS on RT: "Snowden and Assange besieged but not defeated, while privacy has a better chance now than it had before. We talk to freedom activist and free software developer Richard Stallman, who believes the fight against the total surveillance on the part of the governments is far from over.""
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