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FUKUSHIMA: ENENews.com – Energy News

In case you need a  news source that consists solely of the most alarmist articles related to Japan’s Fukushima disaster, here it is.

This won’t make you feel good to read. But I think it’s an important counterpoint to what mainstream media is posting about this.

Especially in light of Japan enacting new laws that reduce freedom of speech — laws designed to make it illegal to tell the world what is actually happening there. Laws decried by journalism organizations but advertised as “protecting the people” by the leaders.

Such censorship dictates that a site like this must be read — for spite reasons alone.

LINK URL: http://enenews.com

YOUTUBE: Preload Entire YouTube Videos By Disabling Dash Playback

YouTube Center. Wow. I wish I’d known about this months ago.

I hate the new YouTube playback.

Plus there are a ton of other options, like disabling peoples’ stupid annotations from popping up on their YouTube videos.

I immediately went through every menu, read about every option that wasn’t obvious, set every option on every page, and exported my settings for backup. I want this to be forever. :)

LINK URL: http://lifehacker.com/preload-entire-youtube-videos-by-disabling-dash-playbac-1186454034

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION: Well-sourced list of 252 examples of lying, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, etc.

Wow.

I’m not going to pretend to have read all this (got about 50 in so far), but the onus to read this list is really on the people who are still making excuses to defend our current jackass of a president.

LINK URL: https://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

BIG BROTHER: The Surveillance Speech: A Low Point in Barack Obama’s Presidency – Conor Friedersdorf – The Atlantic

And yet, there are many who still think Obama is a good president because he’s better than McCain would have been.  

That’s kind of like saying vomit is a good food because it’s better than eating feces.

This is a nice deconstruction of Obama’s bullshit, which half the country seems to swallow hook, line, and sinker.

Obama has taken away as much civil liberty as Bush at this point, if not more.

Great job.

LINK URL: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/08/the-surveillance-speech-a-low-point-in-barack-obamas-presidency/278565/

CARTOONS: What’s so funny ‘bout peace, love, and BronyCon?

City Paper had a featured article on BronyCon. It kinda sheds light and explains things and is generally a well-written, well thought out article.

LINK URL: http://citypaper.com/news/what-8217-s-so-funny-8216-bout-peace-love-and-bronycon-1.1532075

VIDEO: MOVIES: REVIEW: Extracted (2012)

A very interesting premise: Being able to scientifically observe *other* peoples’ memories, thanks to corporations perverting technology originally meant for people to examine their *own* memories as a way of dealing with trauma. Now what happens if you get stuck in someone? This comes off like The Host meets The Cell (but with no romance).

However: Such a slow, slow, slow build-up. 40-50 minutes. But then it got interesting. And stayed interesting. Hell, it got so interesting it actually felt a bit rushed at the end.

I think this movie could have benefited from some better editing. It could have been a 4/5-star, 8/10 movie easily. Maybe even better. But it missed its mark a bit.

Written & directed by Nir Paniry.
Starring Sasha Roiz as Tom.
Jenny Mollen (Crazy, Stupid, Love) as Abbey, Tom’s wife.
Dominic Bogart as Anthony, the heroin addict.
Richard Riehle (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, Miss Nobody, Hatchet, Palindromes, Mysterious Skin, Dorm Daze 2, 1 ep of The Legend Of Korra) as Father Riley, the prison priest.
Nick Jameson (President Yuri Suvarov in 24, Batman: Year One, Eurotrip, Beowulf, The Critic, 15 eps of Spider-Man-TAS (1990s), 13 eps of Mission Hill, 6 eps of Star Wars: Clone Wars, 1 ep of Star Wars: The Clone Wars) as Richard, the PR seller.
Rodney Eastman (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 & 4, 1 ep of Parker Lewis Can’t Lose) as Eric, Anthony’s drug-dealer friend.
Frank Ashmore (the original V, Airplane!, 6 eps of The Guild) as Martino.
Ty Simpkins (47 eps of The Guiding Light, Iron Man 3) as Young Anthony.

LINK URL: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1757746/combined

VIDEO: Shrek The Dark Ogrelord

Today’s moment of WTF is 36 seconds of disturbing Source Filmmaker Shrek Vs. Hitler…ness.

LINK URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_APupKyHeE

VIDEO: Hannah Montana Coon Repellent: Bold Yet Sassy

Having had a lot of raccoon experiences in my current house, I ended up at this video………. A must-see if you don’t mind raccoon, rednecks, and Hannah Montana body spray.

LINK URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3gqTxMHZzw

VIDEO: SHOWS: REVIEW: Todd & The Book Of Pure Evil (2010)

“Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Dazed and Confused meets Tales From the Crypt wrapped inside a GWAR video”

This show is one of the awesomest things I have ever witnessed on television.

Not the BEST.. But one of the awesomest.

Check out John The Canadien’s review of this show, which he watched based on my recommendation! Thanks John!

LINK URL: http://igottarambleon.wordpress.com/2013/07/17/todd-the-book-of-pure-evil-2010/#comment-4928

RELIGION: Catholic school fires teacher because she’s a domestic violence victim

Victim-blaming is one of the worst things about humanity.

Religion is pretty high up there, too.

Put the two together? And you end up punishing victims who dare assert their rights and speak up.

It seems the world, in general, wants you to just quietly skulk away if you are a victim.

LINK URL: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/06/13/catholic-school-fires-teacher-because-shes-a-domestic-violence-victim/

RELIGION: Catholic school fires teacher because she’s a domestic violence victim

Victim-blaming is one of the worst things about humanity.

Religion is pretty high up there, too.

Put the two together? And you end up punishing victims who dare assert their rights and speak up.

It seems the world, in general, wants you to just quietly skulk away if you are a victim.

LINK URL: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/06/13/catholic-school-fires-teacher-because-shes-a-domestic-violence-victim/

SCIENCE: What the Cellphone Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know About Radiation Concerns

A pretty long article talking about various science studies, and the cell phone corporations’ war against science – including a copy of one of their own memos where they talk about thwarting science.

One of the best articles I’ve read on the topic.

LINK URL: http://www.alternet.org/personal-health/radiation-concerns-about-cellphones?paging=off

CAMPING: Free camping in Virginia | RV camping, Car Camping, Tent Camping

Just checking

LINK URL: http://freecampsites.net/attribute/states/va/

ANTI-MEME: Actually — You Are Less Beautiful Than You Think

Remember the viral video campaign where women told painters what a they looked like, then a stranger told the same painter what the same woman looked like, and that painting was better looking than the original, and the women cried when they saw how good looking the paintings were? 

And this was supposed to prove that people were more beautiful than they thought?

Yea, it was a real nice feelgood sentiment.

But as I had commented on everyone who posted it — it didn’t prove what they said it was proving. It simply proved that people won’t talk smack about someone knowing they are on the other side of the curtain.

Well anyway — Once you dip into actual science, the opposite is true: Everyone is worse-looking than they think they are.

Sorry to burst your bubble, everyone. But truth is truth.

You also are probably not as good of a driver as you think you are.

LINK URL: http://www.businessinsider.com/you-are-less-beautiful-than-you-think-2013-5

CORPORATIONS: Wells Fargo Forecloses On Homeowner For Making Early Mortgage Payments

Of course the worst stories (like these) are disproportionately non-white people…. which makes me wonder just how deliberate this type of targeting is.

So glad I took all my money away from these assholes, and dropped it in a local credit union instead!

Everyone should follow suit.

LINK URL: http://news.firedoglake.com/2013/05/22/wells-fargo-tries-to-foreclose-on-homeowner-for-making-early-mortgage-payments/

MUSIC VIDEO: Neosignal – Planet Online (Official Video)

This is NOT a band or music I listen to.

This is a video that stands on its own awesomeness — Basically, all of the popular aspects of the internet represented as 1990s toy commercials.

Pretty awesome.

This is great. Some assembly required.

Thanks Alan M!

LINK URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnhPMdIsOBc&feature=youtu.be

CARTOONS: MOVIES: The Hit Squad

An animated comedy movie? Yes!

Oh, it’s done in 8-bit style? Double yes!

And it’s about a washed up, failing 1980s synthpop band?!?!?!  Triple yes.

Must see this when it comes out!

LINK URL: http://ilovethehitsquad.com

POLICE STATE: FBI agent states all telephone calls recorded [or at least transcribed] and accessible to the US government

Stasi? KGB? Nah, just ‘Murica.

As for the various debates about if there is space to hold it all…. Of course there is, but also: Convert it to text and there’s no more space issues. There’s not a problem with archiving every word said by every person, ever. It’s audio and video that take up a lot of space.

Anyway… after the IRS just admitted it could read our email without a warrant… And after previous whistleblowing … it’s become clear that the people closer to the truth are the Big Brother Conspiracy Theorists, not the Government Apologists.

And yes, the Obama Administration has a direct hand in making things worse, not better.

Daniel H adds:

As a result of this “expanding array of theater airborne and other sensor networks,” as a 2007 Department of Defense report puts it, the Pentagon is attempting to expand its worldwide communications network, known as the Global Information Grid, to handle yottabytes (1024 bytes) of data. (A yottabyte is a septillion bytes—so large that no one has yet coined a term for the next higher magnitude.)

It needs that capacity because, according to a recent report by Cisco, global Internet traffic will quadruple from 2010 to 2015, reaching 966 exabytes per year. (A million exabytes equal a yottabyte.) In terms of scale, Eric Schmidt, Google’s former CEO, once estimated that the total of all human knowledge created from the dawn of man to 2003 totaled 5 exabytes. 
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This type of facility, if actually scaled up to yottabyte level, could EASILY handle all voice communication on the commercial telephone network. And this isn’t a tinfoil fantasy, it’s being built right now. 

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/ff_nsadatacenter/all/

 

VIDEO: MOVIES: REVIEW: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (2012)

Twilight 5: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012) -
Clint: 4/5 stars, 8/10.
Carolyn: 4/5 stars, 7.6/10.
Native ratings: 4.0/5 stars Netflix, 5.7/10 IMDB.

“Twilight sucks!”
It’s not so bad. It’s just Underworld with more romance and less action.

“It sends the wrong message to women! It’s Mormon propaganda!”
Uhhh… I watch South Park and Beavis & Butt-head and Family Guy. You think I care if a bad message is sent? My favorite horror franchise is Saw.

“The relationship is so dysfunctional! It’s a trainwreck. Why would anyone want to watch that?”
HellOOOOOOO… Dysfunctional relationships have always been great to watch! Natural Born Killers, anyone?

“Vampires that sparkle! What the fuck!”
Right… I forgot that when an idea, like vampirism, is introduced into the cinema world, that it means that any other movie using that idea should do it the exact same way. For this reason, I hate the Star Trek reboot and The Fly remake. Just kidding! The whole point of a media is for people to create different interpretations of the same concept. It’s like arguing that a metal song shouldn’t have horns. Limits are stupid.

So anyway…. Of the 5 Twilight movies, this was the best. The ending could be construed as a let-down, but this one really had the least romance and, I think the most action of any Twilight movie.

Plus, it’s over now, and that makes me happy, since it’s not the greatest franchise in the world. But it was good enough to watch all 5 movies. I think movie #2 was the worst of the 5.

LINK URL: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1673434/combined

MUSIC: Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman Dead at 49 | Billboard

Moment of silence for one of the best guitarists to ever grace metaldom. :/

LINK URL: http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/1560534/slayer-guitarist-jeff-hanneman-dead-at-49

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