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World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

Arkiel Most Dangerous Game (474 comments)

Drugs would probably be a lot safer if people didn't have to worry about SWAT kicking in the door and tossing a couple flashbangs into your infant's crib.

about a month ago
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Hubble Witnesses Mysterious Breakup of Asteroid

Arkiel King Ghidora (69 comments)

"The images clearly showed a golden three-headed space dragon emerge from the cloud of debris. The eerie, high-pitched laughter of an alien demon filled the NASA command center before a bolt of gold space-lightning took out the Hubble telescope."

about 5 months ago
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Doctors Say New Pain Pill Is "Genuinely Frightening"

Arkiel 3 people vs 250 million (294 comments)

Yeah, when you're arguing for a drug that effectively adds another abuse risk to society at large, maybe you want to cite more than three people who benefit from it? Does anyone with liver failure need this drug? About how many people suffer from recognizable chronic pain and liver failure together?

about 6 months ago
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South Carolina Education Committee Removes Evolution From Standards

Arkiel Sink or swim (665 comments)

Congress really needs to get hands-on with educational standards. There's a stronger commerce interest in all states producing only their fair share of idiots than in most of the crap Congress has regulated through the Commerce Clause. Really wish they'd do a study comparing college performance in people that weren't taught evolution versus those that were. If nothing else, the non-evo's probably have to spend more time in otherwise optional science classes to catch up. That assumes a pattern of educational control that hasn't completely retarded their ability to think critically, of course. Everyone behind these standards changes, every self-righteous blowhard and bigoted soccer mom, need to have their names inscribed on a wall somewhere, so their great great grandchildren can feel shame.

about 6 months ago
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Court Says Craigslist Sperm Donor Must Pay Child Support

Arkiel Re: Dont do anyone any favors (644 comments)

In many states moving a child with shared custody requires the okay from the court. As for needing a man's permission to abort, yeah. The woman's the one whose body is being demolished by a fetus, and preventing her from aborting it effectively means the man has control over her actions. It would probably be another matter if the abortion itself was for some reason illegal, though. So men, alas, must continue to not knock up women they think will go crazy and abort the fetus.

about 7 months ago
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Court Says Craigslist Sperm Donor Must Pay Child Support

Arkiel Re: Dont do anyone any favors (644 comments)

They probably do. I'm not familiar with the specifics of the law, but visitation rights seem like an obvious consequence of compliance in cases that do not involve abuse.

about 7 months ago
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Court Says Craigslist Sperm Donor Must Pay Child Support

Arkiel Re: Dont do anyone any favors (644 comments)

Men absolutely deserve the right to completely disclaim parental rights. Absolutely not. They created a life, they have a duty to it by default... that's the obvious and honorable and, in most cases, statutory reality. A child should not suffer because half of the reason it exists cannot be bothered to pay child support. You have a Biblical view of child support, and should be ashamed for suggesting it in a modern age.

about 7 months ago
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Court Says Craigslist Sperm Donor Must Pay Child Support

Arkiel Re: Dont do anyone any favors (644 comments)

There are compelling policy reasons for this, though. Ensuring a mother is not forced or otherwise compelled to waive a father's duty to their child through coercion is pretty important. That said, there should be a process for validating non-compliant agreements which a judge agrees was not obtained through coercion or against a child's best interest (possibly upon contingent of the child being formally adopted by the non-birthing member of a same-sex couple). Whether it will get addressed depends on the competency of the govt agency currently twisting the law against its intended purpose, and how attached they are to this loophole (as to whether they can oppose a legislative initiative to build in post-host verification of non-compliant contracting away of parental rights and obligations).

about 7 months ago
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Weibo Traffic Temporarily Redirected To Freedom Software

Arkiel Chinese did it (39 comments)

"You used an Uncensored search engine on the following dates xxxxxxxx. You are an enemy of the party. You are going to prisoner." Yeah, I can see this being a long con by the party to get people to distrust or fear exploiting holes in the firewall. I expect it would be easy to detect the traffic in question if they were set up to look for it before the 'breach' even occurred...

about 7 months ago
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UK Company Successfully Claims Ownership of "Pinterest" Trademark

Arkiel UK Law (133 comments)

Maximum rule, minimal equitability.

about 7 months ago
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US Justice Blocks Implementation of ACA Contraceptive Mandate

Arkiel That slippery slope (903 comments)

Repost? Stupid mobile site... In this case, the law was blocks because going through the process of opting out of contraceptive coverage for a group of nuns was against their religion. The nuns essentially claimed they could not comply with the government's view of due process. This due process seems well within recognized limits to the church-state separation. I doubt it will be upheld. If the argument is that your religion compels you to not do paperwork, you're probably being ridiculous. And all these Sebilius cases represent a pretty terribad slippery slope. The next logical exception for religious institutions could be for their health coverage to not cover pregnant single mothers, because the church views pregnant single mothers as amoral. The whole thing sounds like a heap of administrative weight that will just drive health costs up for everyone. Individual members of a church pay sales tax, which can be theoretically funneled into state contraceptive programs. Religious institutions that pay taxes may have their taxes put to similar use. Since SCOTUS has already decided the Individual Mandate is a tax, the compulsory terms of health insurance should/could be regarded in the same way. If this is allowed to stand, as a cultural Christian with a fierce hatred of the way health insurance was administered prior to the ACA (and who is currently not impressed with the progress of implementing the ACA), I hope that there is an opt-out fee that is equal to or greater than the fee for contraceptive coverage.

about 8 months ago
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NSA Head Asks How To Spy Without Collecting Metadata

Arkiel Hey asshole. (509 comments)

Our job is to tell you what you can't do. Your job is to be effective despite this. If you don't have the imagination to do your job without meticulously raping the document you swore to uphold, maybe it's time to let someone else have the chance to do things right. Also, feel free to take a swan dive off a building. Regards, The American People, CC: the rest of the world.

about 8 months ago
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Thor: The Dark World — What Did You Think?

Arkiel Re: Mjolnir... (233 comments)

Enhances the Scooby Doo comparison, but makes me feel a little better about that scene.

about 9 months ago
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Thor: The Dark World — What Did You Think?

Arkiel Mjolnir... (233 comments)

There's a scene at the end where everyone blinks into existence, and then Mjolnir zooms by and Dennings chirps out "Mjolnir!" like she was talking to Scooby Doo or some other cartoon mascot. Low point of the film. I wish they had explained the change in Mjolnir's behavior, too. In Avengers, it blasts through multiple levels of helicarrier to get into Thor's hand just in time for him to knock the shit out of the Hulk. Here it's going around corners and shit, fast enough to be effective, slow enough so Dennings can make it into a cartoon mascot.

about 9 months ago
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Self-Published Zombie Titles Have Doubled Since 2012

Arkiel Re:Zombie rant (74 comments)

Yeah. It doesn't make any sense at all, does it? They're dead and rotting, and yet they move. Unknown. Awesome.

about 10 months ago
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Self-Published Zombie Titles Have Doubled Since 2012

Arkiel Speaking from experience... (74 comments)

...most of this is survivalist escapist fantasy garbage. Poorly written, poorly-defined characters. I suspect there's a therapy group for returning vets where the therapy goals are to write a zombie book and self-publish it. Never ever buy any book without a recommendation from someone you think you can actually trust. That means a recommendation outside the Amazon system.

about 10 months ago
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Artificial Blood Made In Romania

Arkiel Interesting (232 comments)

Cold open to new Will Smith movie: the Worm People.

about 10 months ago
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Japan Refused To Help NSA Tap Asia's Internet

Arkiel And then... (375 comments)

...the NSA had their mad scientists build an earthquake machine to punish those silly Japanese.

about 10 months ago
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Top US Lobbyist Wants Broadband Data Caps

Arkiel Sounds fine... (568 comments)

...so long as we get to regulate them like any other utility company...

about 10 months ago
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Sleep Is the Ultimate Brainwasher

Arkiel Couldn't you come up... (210 comments)

...with a better word than "brainwashing?" Since that already means something that does not match the contents of the article.

about 10 months ago

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PostExpression ARG phase 2

Arkiel Arkiel writes  |  more than 8 years ago The following is a sum total of knowledge at my disposal regarding the apparent Alternate Reality Game PostExpression.

The current stage has brought us to the website commsforspirits.com, meaning Communications for Spirits. As of 2200 Greenwich Mean Time June 25th, 2006, the site has changed to show the following image located at http://www.commsforspirits.com/i/pe_june25.gif.
The image present is a person standing on top of a raining cloud with an antennae. Clearly a mediaglyph of the text present in the image: "Death Ends A Life, Not A Relationship", "Communications for Spirits", "This changes life, and death, online".

Within the HTML source of the website, the following is commented out: "pe_pamiabftcs". Major props to LacrimaWanders for pointing that out - my source browser opened small, and I was unaware any notation occured below the closing HTML tag. A little savvy and experience with the previous stage of the ARG yields an image located at commsforspirits.com/i/pe_pamiabftcs.gif, it's message is "Pluck a message-in-a-bottle from the cyber sea."

Here is where progress on the stage peters out. The index page for commsforspirits.com/i has "tut-tut" commented out of the HTML source, but there is no indication if this is intended to obfuscate the location of commsforspirits.com/i/pe_pamiabftcs.gif, or some other image whose name we must guess.
Proceeding along various lines of inquiry in line with the first stage of the ARG. There may be a .txt file. That hypothetical .txt file is not, apparently, named after any of the images on the site. The /i subdirectory is the only one that returns an index.html page, any efforts to solve the problem should at least be tried in this directory.

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PostExpression ARG phase 1 - Completed

Arkiel Arkiel writes  |  more than 8 years ago Postexpression.com purports to be a new community that is in beta-testing phase. The site is owned and presumably operated by Mike Wrafter (DNS /whois), someone well-versed in online web-based games like The Beast, that served as a promotional entity for the then-new Steven Speilberg movie A.I., and spawned the Cloudmakers group.

The site was announced at www.wrafter.com on April 10th (no link avaliable, no cache avaliable except for the Google.blog heading info), and the domain name was registered on the second of June. A friend pointed out that April 11th was the day the Cloudmakers started up - a somewhat tenuous supportment of the this-is-a-web-game hypothesis. Additionally, the following text is contained in the html of the PostExpression website, because of course people think that there is a game involved! The banner postexpression.com hosts is so darn obfuscate of purpose: "Looking Here Won't Give You (M)Any Clues, But Nice Try"
Who is this, Al Gore?

There is an option to register to be in a "second wave" of membership. Those one hundred in the first wave recieve an altered banner image (but not a hosted image, all instances of the image I have found have been imageshacked, not deeplinked) that denotes their status.

To learn the rules of the "game", you need to sign up at the site, and then click the HERE button on the page following data input, this takes you to the rules page.
Offhand, this looks like little more then a device to spread the word about a new community. A bit of looking around the Internet reveals that people like the banner, but have no idea what the Hell postexpression.com actually is.

Updated 6/19. At Mark Wrafter's website. Highlight the image to get a message. Go to the image directory to find a txt message here. This has the same message as the one hidden in the .gif image, but with "Comms for spirits."
Brief google search turns up Commsforspirits.com. There is a .gif there that cycles animation once. It nominally says "Extra time in the game of life." and flashes "Return June 25th 2006."

Phase 2 here.

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