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+ - 'Ebola coffee cup' puts plane on lockdown at Dublin Airport->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "Nowadays 'Ebola' has become such a powerful bogeyman any mention of 'Ebola' will sure to cause a massive panic

For example: An unidentified man who scribbled an Ebola warning on a cup of coffee caused quite a stir on a Dublin-bound flight. After putting the plane on lockdown for nearly an hour in the Irish capital, authorities determined that it was all a hoax

The incident occurred on Air Lingus Flight EI 433, which had set off from Milan on Thursday. Upon arriving in Dublin, passengers were held onboard for roughly 50 minutes until paramedics were able to investigate the matter

"As a precaution, the incident was fully investigated before passengers and crew disembarked as normal. The incident is now a matter for the gardai (police).” According to the Irish Mirror, a passenger who was on the flight got in touch with their daughter to say a man had written "Be careful, Ebola" on a coffee cup"

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+ - Iconic photo shots of Moon and Earth by Chang'e 5 T1->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "China's Chang'e 5 T1 space mission has sent back iconic photos of the Moon and Planet Earth

In the photo, The Earth hangs like a white and blue bauble in the black of space, distant and heart-achingly beautiful. You can see it here — http://planetary.s3.amazonaws....

The spacecraft's trajectory will carry it back to Earth at about 21:30 UT on October 31. Happy Halloween!"

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Comment: How many of the US citizens give a damn? (Score 4, Insightful) 184

by Taco Cowboy (#48268419) Attached to: Labor Department To Destroy H-1B Records

... Could they have imagined a government where something akin to the Dutch East India Company simply walked in and individually bribed every single Congressman and the President to do their bidding, without the American people even realizing it?

I am a citizen of the United States of America. I realize what is going on

But how many of my fellow Americans know?

And more importantly, how many of them give a damn?

+ - The two winners of the Gamergate->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "The saga of Gamergate has ended up with a whole lot of lowers, but two entities may be potentially BIG WINNERS

Digitimes has an interesting commentary on the Gamergate, something that at least, to me, toe the neutral line, with arguments that are at least logical

According to the commentary, the two potential big winners are

Google and Amazon

"

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Comment: Can anyone claim that TOR is totally secured? (Score 1) 93

by Taco Cowboy (#48268041) Attached to: Secret Policy Allows GCHQ Bulk Access To NSA Data

Many people says that TOR is the only weapon we have left to keep ourselves out of the prying eyes of the spooks - but is it truly secured ?

If TOR is not totally secured then we will end up fooling ourselves thinking that we are under protection but in actuality our every.move is being monitored / recorded / analyzed by spooks

Comment: Re:US Citizenship (Score 5, Insightful) 184

by Taco Cowboy (#48267991) Attached to: Labor Department To Destroy H-1B Records

The government of the United States of America is behaving very much like an accomplice to a crime

Their unexplained decision to delete EVERY.SINGLE.RECORD regrading the H1-B program is tantamount of the DESTRUCTION OF EVIDENCE !

How can the Americans allow their government to turn so rogue, so fast ?

Comment: When one goes to the extreme ... (Score 1) 650

by Taco Cowboy (#48265715) Attached to: Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

Ironically, the atheist bloc tend to propagate myths like this without any evidence to support their claims or being open to rational discourse

There are faults on all sides

No matter if it's the Church or the atheist bloc, when one goes to the extreme, reason is no longer a valid commodity for them

Some of those so-called "atheists" are so anti-Christianity that they actually siding themselves with Islamic extremists in opposing anything that has to do with Christ

Comment: 6 years of hacking with the same malware? (Score 1) 63

by Taco Cowboy (#48265503) Attached to: Security Companies Team Up, Take Down Chinese Hacking Group

Any hacker group that relies on the same malware code on their hacking, for 6 year straight, deserves no respect

If that Chinese hacker group "Axiom" really uses the same "Hikit" code all these years then they are no better than a bunch of lazy script kiddies

Comment: If the money is used to hire much better teachers (Score 1) 141

What makes the "underprivileged schools" underprivileged is not only the facilities sux, the students sux, it's also because the teachers there (not all of them, but most) sux

While money cannot buy guaranteed success, at the very least, if the $750M is used to hire much better teachers, it would go much __much__ further to help the students than those "fancy gifts"

Comment: Jesus never says no to non-believers (Score 5, Interesting) 436

by Taco Cowboy (#48255771) Attached to: Ken Ham's Ark Torpedoed With Charges of Religious Discrimination

If one studies the Bible one will understand that Jesus Christ ain't a dude who will say *NO!* to the non-believers

In fact, the only character Jesus says *NO!* to is the Satan

There are many stories inside the new testaments which tell us Jesus, before he was killed, was an open-minded kind of dude

I _am_ a Christian, and damn proud to be one, although I ain't a fundie. And as a Christian I do have a duty to correct wrong impressions about Jesus Christ

+ - Whales survive only after huge sharks died out->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "Millions of years ago there were sharks as big as WW2 submarines. According to researchers from University of Zuric those gigantic sharks, or Megalodon, died out some 2.8 million years ago

The mega-shark was no lightweight. At 110 tonnes, it was about 30 times as heavy as a Great White and is thought to have had the most powerful bite of any animal in the Earth's history. With those humongous size sharks, whales don't get any fighting chance

It was such a ravenous predator, that its extinction may have allowed whales — today's heftiest seagoing fatties — to grow to the sizes we see nowadays. “When we calculated the time of Megalodon’s extinction, we noticed that the modern function and gigantic sizes of filter feeder whales became established around that time. Future research will investigate if Megalodon’s extinction played a part in the evolution of these new classes of whales,” said Catalina Pimiento of the University of Florida"

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Comment: China is more capitalistic than the USA (Score 3, Informative) 73

by Taco Cowboy (#48238431) Attached to: First Commercial Mission To the Moon Launched From China

I am from China. At the time I left China it was really deep in communism, so deep that the entire society went upside down and a lot of people died because of it

But the China of today is very different. China of today is much more capitalistic than the United States of America --- since I am from China and that I am a citizen of the United States of America after staying in the US for decades, if I am to compare the two I would say that the USA is becoming more and more socialistic (turning more and more pinko) while China has turned blue, deeeeep blue

+ - Law Lets I.R.S. Seize Accounts on Suspicion, No Crime Required

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "Theft by government: The IRS admits to seizing hundreds of thousands of dollars of private assets, without any proof of illegal activity, merely because there is a law that lets them do it.

Using a law designed to catch drug traffickers, racketeers and terrorists by tracking their cash, the government has gone after run-of-the-mill business owners and wage earners without so much as an allegation that they have committed serious crimes. The government can take the money without ever filing a criminal complaint, and the owners are left to prove they are innocent. Many give up and settle the case for a portion of their money. “They’re going after people who are really not criminals,” said David Smith, a former federal prosecutor who is now a forfeiture expert and lawyer in Virginia. “They’re middle-class citizens who have never had any trouble with the law.”

The article describes several specific cases, all of which are beyond egregious and are in fact entirely unconstitutional. The Bill of Rights is very clear about this: The federal government cannot take private property without just compensation."

Star Wars Prequels

Jedi-ism Becomes a Serious Religion 267

Posted by Soulskill
from the still-no-match-for-a-good-blaster dept.
An anonymous reader writes: 390,127 Brits declared their religion as Jediism in their last census — many as a joke, but some are quite serious, the BBC reports. Cambridge University Divinity Faculty researcher Beth Singler estimates at least 2,000 of them are "genuine," around the same number as the Church of Scientology. The U.K. Church of Jediism has 200,000 members worldwide. Their belief system has expanded well beyond the Star Wars universe to include tenets from Taoism, Buddhism, Catholicism and Samurai. Former priest, psychotherapist and writer Mark Vernon finds real power in the Jedi story: "The reason it's so powerful and universal is that we have to find ourselves. It's by losing ourselves and identifying with something greater like the Jedi myth that we find a fuller life."

An optimist believes we live in the best world possible; a pessimist fears this is true.

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