Infringement | SeMeN SPeRmS SuPeR SiTe - Part 2

1/1/11

  • Alf does cocaine! Alf says ‘Nigger’!
  • Earlier this year photographer Daniel Morel was shocked when a photograph he captured during the devastating earthquake in Haiti and posted to TwitPic was distributed by Agency France Presse (AFP) and published on the front page of newspapers around the world — all without his permission.To add insult to injury, he was then sued by AFP when he sent cease and desist letters in response to the copyright infringement. The dispute has turned into a legal battle over whether images uploaded to TwitPic and shared on Twitter can be freely republished by third parties. In what might be an indication of things to come, a federal court has denied AFP’s pre-trial request to have the case thrown out.

  • Traffickers in Mexico and Canada increasingly are using Indian reservations along the borders as conduits for bringing marijuana, Ecstasy and other illicit drugs into the U.S. The drug gangs take advantage of weak and underfunded tribal police forces and the remoteness of tribal lands, and they find that high unemployment rates and resentment of federal law enforcement agencies make some young native Americans ready allies.
  • Ten events and trends that were overlooked this year, but may be leading the headlines in 2011.
  • The woman who made national headlines for her near-naked protest at the airport in Oklahoma City is back and once again banned from flying. A YouTube video put Tammy Banovac in the national spotlight. Banovac says she went through security wearing next-to-nothing, to protest new security rules at airports nationwide. Banovac was back at the Will Rogers Airport Tuesday and once again, security says she can’t board her flight back home to Phoenix.
  • Out of curiosity, Zhejiang province freelance photographer Jiang He (pseudonym) happened to capture in his sights Dalian firefighter Zhang Liang in the ocean participating in the [oil] cleanup. Jiang He says, “[I] didn’t imagine that he would die.” 334 seconds, 47 photographs later, the only thing remaining in the lens of Jiang He’s camera from on high was a black hand slowly sinking into the ocean.
  • If your drunken behavior tends to cause more remorse off the road than on, there’s an app for that as well.A handful – including “Don’t Dial!” and “The Bad Decision Blocker” – will cut off your access to phone numbers for up to 24 hours, the former allowing you to name a friend as gatekeeper. Another app requires the answers to math questions before allowing you to send an e-mail, the presumption being it’s really hard to do math while somehow impaired.

  • here’s a pair of memos, posted to the intelligence-secrets website, that show the CIA was all up in that Inception-type business in the Cold War: using deep hypnosis to create unwitting double agents and implant secret communications in their brains, where they can’t be intercepted! Cue evil laugh! “I assure you, it will work,” the agency’s mesmerism cheerleader writes.
  • 2010 P.U.-litzer Prizes recognize the worst of U.S. journalism
  • Jamaican dancehall star Buju Banton was considered a musical prodigy in 1988 when, at age 15, he recorded what remains one of his best-known tracks, “Boom Bye Bye.” Even in the difficult-to-decipher Jamaican slang known as patois, its chorus evokes violence and dread: Boom bye bye / inna batty bwoy head / Rude bwoy no promote no nasty man / dem haffi dead. (“Boom [the sound of a gunshot], bye-bye, in a faggot’s head / the tough young guys don’t accept fags; they have to die.”)
  • In 1986, a Vatican financial adviser died after drinking cyanide-laced coffee in prison. Another, Roberto Calvi, was found dangling from a rope under London’s Blackfriars Bridge in 1982, his pockets stuffed with money and stones. The incidents blackened the bank’s reputation, raised suspicions of ties with the Mafia, and cost the Vatican hundreds of millions of dollars in legal clashes with Italian authorities.
  • Recently, a foreigner riding on the Guangzhou Metro was stopped by security inspection personnel for having a knife in his luggage. Afterward, this laowai boarded the subway and proceeded to vent his fury on the passengers, giving everyone middle finger and loudly swearing in a drunken rage. Eventually, losing their patience, the passengers swarmed him and began beating him…
  • Meanwhile, the republic’s former governor, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, claims that he has made friends with aliens after they first allegedly abducted him from his Moscow apartment.
    According to Ilyumzhinov, he remembers walking through a long tunnel which led directly to a space ship, where aliens in yellow spacesuits met him.
    Kirsan Ilyumzhinov says that aliens are ‘kind fellows’, but they are not ready to meet humans.
  • An 18-year-old Florida man remains in critical condition Friday after he and six other young people reportedly snorted dog medication, inhaled butane, smoked marijuana, ate mushrooms and took over-the-counter cold medicine.
    Thanks Brendan Donnelly.
  • Someone fists him while others catch it in lil’ nets!

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    • A study finds a surprising number of dudes pretend to orgasm during sex.
    • Fixed Gear’s ‘n Chicks
    • Whoa, stand back! All 6 feet and 8 inches of Ricki. If you have ever said you are a “leg man” this is your dream come true (in true amazon form.) Jeepers!
    • Genital self-amputation in men is a rare condition. We report an interesting case of penile self-amputation that was performed and surgically repaired by a nonpsychotic patient who was enrolled in a clinical trial for androgen replacement therapy. Using sterile technique for amputation of the glans penis and using cotton thread to suture the wound, the patient was able to avoid hemorrhage and infection. This is the first reported case of androgen therapy–induced penile self-amputation with patient-performed surgical reconstruction using primitive instruments.
    • Who says Congress never gets anything done? On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved a bill that would give the Attorney General the right to shut down websites with a court order if copyright infringement is deemed “central to the activity” of the site — regardless if the website has actually committed a crime. The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) is among the most draconian laws ever considered to combat digital piracy, and contains what some have called the “nuclear option,” which would essentially allow the Attorney General to turn suspected websites “off.”
    • Energy Jerky?! W00f!
    • These stills from the film, along with the narration, may help give some idea of the character of this hate-propaganda film. The text of the narrator’s comments is given for each shot from which each image is taken, in English and German.
    • The Hollow Earth hypothesis says that the planet Earth is either wholly hollow or otherwise contains a substantial interior space.
    • “More than 10 women with kitchen knives attacked him and four women had sexual intercourse with him.”
    • An undiscovered Marilyn Monroe regularly hung around the hotel’s ­corridors in the Fifties and director Nicholas Ray bedded an underage Natalie Wood in one of the bungalows, while casting her for Rebel Without A Cause opposite James Dean. Another member of the film’s cast was the outrageous Easy Rider star Dennis Hopper. Orgies attended by up to 50 girls were greedily recorded on camera by him. In order to fuel his warped appetites, Hopper would inject himself with a mixture of cocaine and ­heroin every ten minutes. This was the same combination that killed John Belushi in Bungalow number three.
    • “It’s on my scalp, it’s on my scalp,” the boy can be heard yelling, as he helplessly runs around the room while his friends laugh. The boy begins whimpering and starts hitting his own head as the flames race up his arms. Another friend joins in to try and put the fire out. It eventually goes out after the boy — who has not been identified — shoves his head into the toilet.
    • Can you be convicted of a crime when the victim never existed? This week, the Washington State Supreme Court said yes you can.
    • The evacuation of a Chester County hotel earlier this month was caused when staffers entered a room, found an Indiana man’s naked, lifeless body next to various sexual devices and a gas mask, and smelled the stinging odor of unknown liquids, police and sources said. The liquids turned out to be cleaning solutions that the man had been huffing as part of a solo sexual act, a source said yesterday.
    • At home, Abid Saddique and Mohammed Liaqat, both of whom were married with young children, were considered clean, upstanding family men as well as devout Muslims. But once they left their front door and their wives behind, they turned into vodka-swilling, cocaine-binging paedophiles who spent every available moment randomly targeting young girls on the street, befriending them, and then horrifically abusing them.
    • After billions of years the Sun finally has an owner — a woman from Spain’s soggy region of Galicia said Friday she had registered the star at a local notary public as being her property.
    • National Library has always been reputed to haunted. Now, here is a really eerie secret. A mysterious room has been discovered in the 250-year-old building a room that no one knew about and no one can enter because it seems to have no opening of kind, not even trapdoors. The chamber has lain untouched for over two centuries. Wonder what secrets it holds. The archaeologists who discovered it have no clue either, their theories range from a torture chamber, or a sealed tomb for an unfortunate soul or the most favoured of all a treasure room. Some say they wouldn’t be surprised if both skeletons and jewels tumble out of the secret room.
    • As of its last update, Torrentfreak counted 76 domains shut down this week. Homeland Security’s ability to shut down sites without a court order evidently comes from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, a Clinton-era law that allows Web sites to be closed on the basis of a copyright complaint. Critics have long assailed the DMCA for being too broad, as complainants don’t need to prove copyright infringement before a site can be taken down.

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    Barely Legal Aliens

    • Federal law enforcement and national security officials are preparing to seek sweeping new regulations for the Internet, arguing that their ability to wiretap criminal and terrorism suspects is “going dark” as people increasingly communicate online instead of by telephone. Essentially, officials want Congress to require all services that enable communications — including encrypted e-mail transmitters like BlackBerry, social networking Web sites like Facebook and software that allows direct “peer to peer” messaging like Skype — to be technically capable of complying if served with a wiretap order. The mandate would include being able to intercept and unscramble encrypted messages. The bill, which the Obama administration plans to submit to lawmakers next year, raises fresh questions about how to balance security needs with protecting privacy and fostering innovation. And because security services around the world face the same problem, it could set an example that is copied globally.
    • THE United Nations was set today to appoint an obscure Malaysian astrophysicist to act as Earths first contact for any aliens that may come visiting.
    • So here is my idea. Since we are too goddamn immature to legalize prostitution across the nation, I think every man and woman, at the age of 18, should be allotted a sex toy of their choosing. Butt plugs, vibrators, foot fifis, the choice is yours. Everyone gets one hour a day to fud themselves insane. Think of it as a relaxtion technique, just you and your toy for one hour, whipping yourself into a frenzy, thinking of whatever sick fucking fantasy gets you off, until you sexplode. Afterwards you won’t want to kill your children, you won’t feel like drinking yourself into a coma, you won’t be tempted to shoot your TV, Elvis style, and you will get some much needed exercise. It’s a win win for everyone.
    • This document collects reported cases where the anti-circumvention provisions of the DMCA have been invoked not against pirates, but against consumers, scientists, and legitimate competitors.
    • the encyclopedia of skepticism, science and reason.
    • “Disinformation”: is a preemptive dissemination of deliberately misleading information announced publicly or leaked by a government, intelligence agency, corporation or other entity to prevent a target audience from realizing accurate conclusions.
    • Indie ice cream pioneer Ben & Jerry’s will be dropping the phrase “All Natural” from some of its ice cream and frozen yogurt cartons, it announced today. The flavors containing alkalized cocoa, corn syrup, and partially hydrogenated soybean oil particularly irked the folks over at the Center for the Science in the Public Interest, who had asked the company to stop using “all natural” claims last month in a letter to parent company Unilever.
    • This is a censorship bill that runs roughshod over freedom of speech on the Internet. Free speech is vitally important to democracy, which is why the government is restricted from suppressing speech except in very specific, narrowly-tailored situations. But this bill is the polar opposite of narrow — not only in the broad way that it tries to define a site “dedicated to infringing activities,” but also in the solution that it tries to impose — a block on a whole domain, and not just the infringing part of the site.
    • He had admitted crimes beyond those of which he was suspected. His crimes included 20 rapes between 1995 and 2010 in Krefeld, Bonn, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Aachen, Venlo and Eupen, as well as more than 1,000 other sex crimes, most of which were indecent exposures with so-called “pity ploys” to lure women. This usually consisted of pretending that he could not move his arms. “He had lured women and asked them to help him urinate,” said Stickelbrock. “The majority of cases of sexual acts occurred this way.” State prosecutor Eberhard Harings said Jörg P. could not actually be tried for most of these cases because the woman had voluntarily participated, according to Bild.
    • Bagnes was arrested in May 2009 after he walked through a White City neighborhood, dropping fliers showing diaper-clad children on lawns. Two girls approached Bagnes to ask what he was doing and he lowered his pants to show them he had on an Elmo diaper.
    • The unidentified man followed two teen girls – 13 and 14 – into Pomeroy Park in Avondale around 4:30 p.m. and first exposed his penis to them before he began “simulating a sexual act with a large plastic dinosaur in the park,” according to a state police news release.
    • Betty James ordered a pair of sneakers online for one of her children from Finish Line Inc.’s website. She was stunned when she opened the box Tuesday and found marijuana wrapped in a cigar leaf, known as a blunt.
    • Three British Columbia men are facing charges after police say they drove their van, disguised as a school bus, from school to school in Alberta selling drugs.

      Mounties pulled over the van on Hwy. 63 near Wood Buffalo, Alta., after receiving several complaints that it had been visiting area schools.

      Inside the van, police found about marijuana, hashish oil, heroin, magic mushrooms, ecstasy tablets, and numerous items of drug paraphernalia.
      Thanks Patrick Nybakken.

    • A slight increase of heat in China’s Sichuan province made the local cats grow wing like structures.
    • A kitty in Chongqing, China, is getting some extra-special attention these days: The furry feline has developed wings! Though born looking completely normal, once the cat hit the age of 1, he began growing wing-shaped appendages on either side of his spine, the U.K.’s Daily Mail reports.
    • In the weeks after the April 20 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, scientists surveying the surface near the drill site spotted relatively huge particles—several centimeters across—of sea snot. These particularly slimy flakes of “marine snow” are made up of tiny dead and living organic matter, according to Uta Passow, a biological oceanographer at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Tiny plants in the ocean called phytoplankton produce a mucus-like substance when stressed, and it’s possible that exposure to the Deepwater Horizon oil caused them to pump out more of the sticky stuff than usual. This abundance of “mucus” made the naturally occurring marine-snow particles—usually about a few millimeters wide—even stickier.
    • The owner of Segway died on Sunday riding one of his company’s electric scooters off a cliff and into a river.
    • Time dilation arises in two situations. In one case, time appears to move slower the closer you are to a massive object, such as the Earth. So a person hovering in a hot-air balloon, for example, actually ages faster than someone standing below. Time also ticks by faster for someone at rest relative to someone moving. Einstein dramatized this second strangeness with the twin paradox — one 25-year-old twin traveling in a rocket ship near the speed of light for what he perceives as a few months will return to Earth to find the other has reached middle age.
    • The Vantix biosensor, designed by Cambridge-based Universal Sensors is a quick, accurate, and inexpensive technology that can allegedly measure microscopic residue of marijuana and cocaine in saliva [mixture of water, protein, and salts that makes food easy to swallow; begins digestion] within a few minutes.
    • Seven elderly retired Air Force officers called a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington on Monday afternoon — covered, improbably, by CNN — to disclose that they witnessed the UFOs rendering U.S. nuclear missiles temporarily inoperable during the Cold War.
    • ✫ Lindsay Lohan drugs heroin syringe pictures

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