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    Posted: October 03 2013 at 04:24
Originally posted by Toaster Mantis

The nation of Kyrgyzstan is now using vintage sadomasochist erotica for postage stamp illustration material.
Funny. Unfortunately they do not appear to have been issued by the Kyrgyzstan postal service.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Atavachron Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 04 2013 at 21:50
Due to big fires in Napa, hot, dry weather and an unusual Easterly blowing, the air in the Bay Area is filled with smoke today.   It was almost unbreathable this afternoon.
 

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The strange but true story of how a prominent online political commentator turned out to be one of the most ambitious and persistent internet trolls the world has seen so far.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote rushfan4 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 09 2013 at 08:32
Never heard of him before reading that article.  Sounds like a nice fella. 
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Morrissey has written a Modern Classic.
Help me I'm falling!
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An anumeric language: Piraha

Really cool article. Makes me wish it were longer. Though, I could do without the final paragraph.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Blacksword Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 24 2013 at 07:45
13 year old boy with toy gun shot dead by police...

RT article

How horrible and tragic. I guess many cops are a bit jumpy in the US right now, but then if you see someone walking down the street with what appears to be an assault rifle, which they then refuse to drop when asked to by police this outcome is inevitable






Edited by Blacksword - October 24 2013 at 07:46
Ultimately bored by endless ecstasy!
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Germany is currently raging about the news that Angela Merkel's cell phone apparently was tapped by the NSA. Foreign secretary Westerwelle has summoned John B. Emerson, the US-ambassador to German, to his office.

Obama's denial is rather ambiguous and actually quite suggestive, he stated that the USA neither is nor will be tapping Merkel's cell phone, but he does not deny they have done so in the past. According to the FAZ (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung; one of the leading newspapers in Germany) it was not the cell phone she uses as chancellor (which is specially secured) but the cell phone she uses as head of her party (CDU, Christian Democratic Union).

German media actually react with double-edged comments. The Kölner Stadtanzeiger, another of the major newspapers in Germany, has an article titled "Wer nicht hören will muss fühlen ("He who won't listen will have to feel")", which is an old German proverb. This headline refers to the fact that there had been allegations of the NSA spying on phones of German citizens which were at that time being played down by Merkel. Der Spiegel titles "Merkels Wut, Obamas Versagen" ("Merkel's fury, Obama's failure").

Besides Merkel it is especially Hans-Peter Friedrich, Germany's secretary of the interior, who is being cut a sorry figure. A few months ago he had stated ""Noch bevor man überhaupt weiß, was die Amerikaner da genau machen, regen sich alle auf, beschimpfen die Amerikaner. Und diese Mischung aus Anti-Amerikanismus und Naivität geht mir gewaltig auf den Senkel." ("Still before they even know what exactly the Americans are doing at all everyone gets excited, berate the Americans. And this mixture of anti-Americanism and naivety seriously gets on my nerves"). Now that Merkel appears to be involved he is the one who gets most enraged about it. This weather vane reaction does certainly not make him look good.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dean Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 24 2013 at 08:24
LOL I would imagine she'd be more pissed off if the American's weren't tapping her phone... Tongue


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This is good:

But the memo acknowledges that eavesdropping on the numbers had produced "little reportable intelligence". In the wake of the Merkel row, the US is facing growing international criticism that any intelligence benefit from spying on friendly governments is far outweighed by the potential diplomatic damage.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/24/nsa-surveillance-world-leaders-calls

You’ve probably seen it before. I can imagine what kind of conversations they surveyed … like, "Lottchen, I’m quite busy right now, can you bring some more coffee?" and "Hi, Joachim, I have to work a few more hours today. Please don’t be sauer (giggle)!"
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Guldbamsen Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 24 2013 at 16:25
Tapping Merkel's phone....LOL

She may be a very powerful woman, but man that sounds like a bad joke - or a brand new post rock outfit...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Padraic Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 25 2013 at 08:32
Absolute idiocy.  Piss off important allies for intel of virtually no value.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dean Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 25 2013 at 08:42
LOL


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Originally posted by AtomicCrimsonRush

Chopper Read is dead

anyone upset by that?





Nope but I almost put him on my Death List for 2013... d'oh!
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Absolute idiocy.  Piss off important allies for intel of virtually no value.

Germany and the US are not really full blown allies. I mean look at the history.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Equality 7-2521 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 25 2013 at 10:02
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Absolute idiocy.  Piss off important allies for intel of virtually no value.


The US still lives in a Cold War mentality. A mentality that has only been heightened by the hubris of so called winning the international pissing contest.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote VanderGraafKommandöh Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 25 2013 at 10:04
Well Obama must be better than Merkel in a pissing contest...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Padraic Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 25 2013 at 12:18
Originally posted by King of Loss

Originally posted by Padraic

Absolute idiocy.  Piss off important allies for intel of virtually no value.

Germany and the US are not really full blown allies. I mean look at the history.

Dude, it's 2013.  We're as friendly with them as pretty much anyone else in the world.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote dr wu23 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 25 2013 at 13:21
Heh...it's a given that any country that is capable of spying and eaves dropping on others is going to do it...including Germany. For instance, as an example,  It's no secret  that Israel has repeatedly spied on  the US over the last 40-50 years and they are suppoedly our ally.
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