By Marc Morano
Former President Al Gore's website was crashed by Matt Drudge's website on Tuesday afternoon. Gore's site was down from approximately 4:30 PM ET until about 6PM ET.
The DrudgeReport.com linked to Gore's claim that "increased heavy snowfalls are completely consistent with... man-made global warming" at exactly 4:29pm ET.
Gore's website crashed almost immediately following Drudge's link. The irony for Gore is that he has touted his role of "creating the Internet."
"During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet," Gore said during a March 9, 1999 CNN interview.
It now appears the creator of the Internet's website is not able to handle traffic from the DrudgeReport.com.
Suki I writes "We live by the rule of law, not under an emperor:
The Obama Administration acted in contempt by continuing its deepwater-drilling moratorium after the policy was struck down, a New Orleans judge ruled.
Interior Department regulators acted with “determined disregard” by lifting and reinstituting a series of policy changes that restricted offshore drilling, following the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, U.S. District Judge, Martin Feldman of New Orleans ruled yesterday.
“Each step the government took following the court’s imposition of a preliminary injunction showcases its defiance,” Feldman said in the ruling.
“Such dismissive conduct, viewed in tandem with the re-imposition of a second blanket and substantively identical moratorium, and in light of the national importance of this case, provide this court with clear and convincing evidence of the government’s contempt,” Feldman said.
President Barack Obama’s administration first halted offshore exploration in waters deeper than 500 feet in May, after the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig off the Louisiana coast led to a subsea blowout of a BP Plc well that spewed more than 4.1 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
Suki I writes "THE crisis in Egypt lurched into a potentially dangerous new phase overnight as supporters of embattled President Hosni Mubarak faced off with anti-government protesters who defied a military call to disperse. A crowd of 20,000 Mubarak supporters marched to Tahrir (Liberation) Square in central Cairo, the epicentre of nine days of unrest, far outnumbering the opposition supporters encamped there, Sky News reported. Images showed the two crowds hurling missiles at each other during running street battles. Sky News correspondents at the scene reported seeing bloodied victims. There were no signs of intervention by the police or military.
Suki I writes "This weekend marked the passing of film composer John Barry, who wrote most of the music for the early James Bond movies starring Sean Connery and Roger Moore. Barry was 77, and died in his home in Oyster Bay, NY, where he'd lived with his wife since 1980." Link to Original Source top
China blocks 'Egypt' on Twitter-like site | News.c
Suki I writes "CHINA has blocked the word "Egypt'' from the country's wildly popular Twitter-like service, while coverage of the political turmoil has been tightly restricted in state media.
China's ruling Communist Party is sensitive to any potential source of social unrest.
A search for "Egypt'' on the Sina microblogging service brings up a message saying, "According to relevant laws, regulations and policies, the search results are not shown.''
The service has more than 50 million users. News on the Egypt protests has been limited to a few paragraphs and photos buried inside major news websites, but China Central Television had a report on its midday broadcast.
Suki I writes "Many participants in Davos are fretting about anemic Western economies and the potential for inflation elsewhere in the world. Michael Dell isn’t one of them.
The Dell Inc. CEO told The Wall Street Journal that the era of austerity could actually be good for his company in some ways. Mr. Dell reckons it will prod governments, corporations and other institutions to look for ways to boost productivity, and technology is the obvious answer." Link to Original Source top
Suki I writes "Too busy to log into your Twitter account? Fear no more. A four-inch tall bear has emerged in Japan that can read out every tweet that comes into your account.
The “Charatter,” as it’s known, is Japan’s first tweet-reading character toy. It received an unusually large number of pre-orders online, and has been enjoying brisk sales since its Nov. 30 launch, says a spokeswoman at WiZ, the manufacturer, though the company doesn’t disclose sales numbers." Link to Original Source top
A start-up search engine is touting its privacy features in an effort to get users to switch from Google. But is that something people are looking for?
DuckDuckGo, a tiny search engine run by one entrepreneur, pledges not to store any personal information or send search data to other sites. This month, the site began marketing itself using its stance on privacy, specifically taking aim at Google on a website called donttrack.us and a San Francisco billboard that proclaims “Google tracks you. We don’t.”
The claims reference an issue with the way the Internet handles links that users click on when they search the Web. When a link is clicked, the address where the user came from is transmitted to the linked site via something called a “referrer header.” In the case of searches, this address includes the entire text of the search, which DuckDuckGo’s owner, Gabriel Weinberg, says can include things like queries about sensitive topics like health care.
Google, for its part, says these “referrer headers” are used by all major search engines and websites as “part of the architecture of the Web” — something that is traditionally transmitted by a site to tell other sites where visitors are linking from. “We recognize our responsibility to protect the data that users entrust to us and we give them meaningful choices to protect their privacy,” a Google spokeswoman said." Link to Original Source top
Suki I writes "Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has been ruled ineligible to run for Mayor of Chicago this election:
“We conclude that the candidate neither meets the the municipal code’s requirement that he have ‘resided’ in Chicago for the year preceding the election in which he seeks to participate nor falls within any exception to the requirement.”
Some cities actually require their politicians to live there before running for Mayor and other offices." Link to Original Source
Suki I writes "Keith Olbermann signs off from MSNBC for the first time, lately (video at that link) From the Wall Street Journal: "Cable host Keith Olbermann and news channel MSNBC abruptly parted ways on Friday night, as the network announced it had agreed to end his contract and the last installment of his show would air that evening. The surprise announcement strips MSNBC of its most-watched evening anchor after an increasingly tempestuous relationship, coming less than three months after the network briefly suspended the fiery host."" Link to Original Source top
Suki I writes "Business Insider Reports: Eric Schmidt is stepping down as CEO of Google and cofounder Larry Page is taking over, the company just announced in its earnings release. Schmidt will become Executive Chairman, focused on "deals, partnerships, customers and broader business relationships, government outreach and technology thought leadership." Google's other cofounder, Sergey Brin, will take a more active role in strategic projects including product. He is giving up his role as president. The change is effective starting April 4, 2011." Link to Original Source top
U.S. says iPad users' data stolen, sets criminal c
Suki I writes "(Reuters) — U.S. investigators plan to announce criminal charges concerning the alleged theft of email addresses and other personal information belonging to about 120,000 users of Apple Inc's iPad tablet computer.
Prosecutors said the charges arise from an alleged hacking of AT&T Inc's servers, which affected iPad users who accessed the Internet through AT&T's 3G network.
Paul Fishman, the U.S. attorney for the District of New Jersey, and the FBI plan to hold a press conference Tuesday afternoon to discuss the charges." Link to Original Source top
Suki I writes "Facebook has "temporarily disabled" a controversial feature that allowed developers to access the home address and mobile numbers of users.
The social network suspended the feature, introduced on Friday, after only three days. The decision follows feedback from users that the sharing of data process wasn't clearly explained and criticism from security firms that the feature was ripe for abuse." Link to Original Source top
Suki I writes ""A California student got a visit from the FBI this week after he found a secret GPS tracking device on his car, and a friend posted photos of it online." Interesting incident. The FBI planted the device in such a clumsy manner it was discovered during an oil change. Afifi's idea to sell the device on eBay was thwarted when the FBI showed up to take the device back." Link to Original Source top
Suki I writes "KUALA LUMPUR — The co-founder of online encyclopedia Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, on Tuesday slammed whistleblower WikiLeaks over its release of Afghan war documents which he said could "get people killed". Wales also expressed irritation over the website's use of the term "Wiki" in its name, which refers to a site that allows different users to collaborate and make contributions. "I would distance myself from WikiLeaks, I wish they wouldn't use the name, they are not a Wiki. A big way they got famous in the first place was by using the word Wiki, which was unfortunate in my view," he said at a business conference in Kuala Lumpur." Link to Original Source top
Felony charges dropped in fire-breathing bartender
Today Morrogh said the felony charges in the case were inappropriate and will be dismissed.
"I reviewed the case and decided the felony charges were not appropriate," he said. "I didn't find any evidence of malice and the explosive device was a bottle with a wick in it that was lit. I filed a motion to have the felony charges dismissed."
A formal hearing to dismiss the felony charges will be held in Fairfax County District Court in Herndon on Thursday. The statewide fire prevention code misdemeanors against the bartenders still stand and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept 22. Those charges could result in three years imprisonment and a combined fine of $7,500 for each of them.
"We were very confident this case would be resolved appropriately by the Commonwealth's Attorney and we are looking forward to the proper resolution in this case," said attorney Mani Fierro of the Herndon Law firm, which represents Rogers and Fedorchak, along with attorney Kyle Manikas." Link to Original Source top
Suki I writes "The sloppy handling of high-profile charges against Julian Assange is a disservice to sexual assault victims:
Assange has implied on Twitter that the allegations were payback for his part in WikiLeaks' publishing several tens of thousands of classified Afghan war documents: "We were warned to expect dirty tricks. Now we have the first one." His conspiracy theorizing was echoed by the likes of Gavin MacFadyen, director of the Center for Investigative Journalism, who told the New York Daily News, "A lot of us who had any notion of what he was doing expected this sort of thing to happen at least a week ago," said "I'm amazed it has taken this long to get it together." Meanwhile, Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet interviewed the woman who leveled the molestation claim: "The accusations against Assange are of course not orchestrated by the Pentagon or anybody else. Responsibility for what happened to myself and the other girl lies with a man who has a skewed attitude to women and a problem taking no for an answer."" Link to Original Source top
Suki I writes "Grain of salt and all that, someone is promoting a book that alleges Vivian Leigh (Scarlett O'Harah) was Sex Crazed Bisexual Nymphomaniac.
"As reported by Roe Caan on 890 WLS-AM, Chicago, who was apparently reading from this report:
Anne Lu — AHN Entertainment Contributor
Los Angeles, CA, United States (AHN) — Hollywood icon Vivien Leigh was a real scarlet woman. The two-time Academy Award-winning actress, best known for playing Scarlett O'Hara in the classic "Gone with the Wind," enjoyed sex from other stars and prostitutes of both sexes, according to a new biography.
"Damn You, Scarlett O'Hara" – by co-authors Darwin Porter, who claims to have known the British actress in the '60s, and Roy Moseley, her husband Laurence Olivier's personal assistant – allege that Leigh enjoyed sex with the "rough trade," or from male prostitutes picked up at Scotty's, an L.A. brothel disguised as a gas station with a pump and 22 attendants."" Link to Original Source top
Solar System older than previously thought : Natur
Suki I writes "A meteorite found in the Sahara Desert has helped to pin down the age of the Solar System and shed light on how it may have formed.
The new estimate, which comes from measuring the ratios of lead isotopes inside the chondrite — an ancient stony meteorite — suggests that the Solar System is 4.568 billion years old. This is 0.3–1.9 million years older than some previous studies projected. The relatively small revision means that models of the gas and dust that gave rise to the Solar System should have around double the amount of a certain iron isotope, iron-60, than previously suggested." Link to Original Source
Hi all! You Batman fans probably already know that 2/3 of the cast did a Public Service Announcement in 1973 for the US government. It was an equal pay for equal work piece. One thing that makes it so funny, besides being funny anyway, is Batgirl's complaint about not getting paid as much as Robin. in the series, Yvonne Craig made over 3X per episode what Burt Ward made! See the links in the video description on YouTube for more details.
The Mises blog is shutting down after almost a decade of stellar economic thought and comment. All is not lost, there will be an archive.
The Mises Blog went live on May 5, 2003. Since then, it has hosted 16,647 posts and 234,839 comments and become one of the highest-ranked economics blogs on the internet, thanks to a fantastic slate of authors and an eager, informed, and intelligent community of readers, commentators, and friends. Thanks so much to all of you for making this possible.
As use of the blogosphere, Facebook, Twitter, and similar tools has exploded in the last few years, the need for a large, diverse, and busy group blog hosted at mises.org has diminished. We all have many channels for sharing news and views, and the formal, âoetraditionalâ organizational blog has become a little old fashioned. Therefore weâ(TM)ve decided to close the Mises blog and replace it with smaller, lighter, more focused, streams â" a news feed and a streamlined opinion blog, the Circle Bastiat. The Mises blog archives will remain on the site now and forever.
Thanks again for being part of the Mises community!
Suki I writes | about 2 years ago
Some neat tech here
According to insiders at Google, glasses that run Android are being developed that allow the wearer to see a Head-Up Display. The glasses have their very own 3G/4G connection, meaning they can potentially replace a smartphone. Navigation is also novel and requires head movements such as tilting to perform actions. Thereâ(TM)s sure to be voice control too.
If that doesnâ(TM)t sound futuristic enough, Google is also embedding a camera and GPS into the glasses. By combining the two it will be possible to enhance what the wearer is seeing. Your reality will be augmented to point which direction you need to travel in to reach a given destination, or which shops have deals on you may be interested in.
Almost identical to the "gogs" from the Suki series (that I helped with as a character developer and proofreader). Later, in a fanfic story I wrote, the visual part became contacts and audio was through earbuds inserted deep in the ear canal.
Peter Gleick, an Oakland, Calif., climate scientist and activists confirmed late last night that, as suspected, he was the source of documents purporting to reveal the budget and strategy of the Heartland Institute, a conservative and libertarian public policy think tank. A few weeks ago, Glieck had anonymously sent to reporters some budget documents he'd obtained under false pretenses from the Chicago-based group along with a doctored document that someone else had created purporting to show the group's strategy. The latter was an obvious fake, having been written almost as a parody of those who critique climate alarmism (and personally going after people whose work didn't support Glieck's activism). But many media outlets reported on these documents.
I was asked a few months ago to help out researching the Zeitgeist movement, but really have not come up with much more than the author already mentions in that link. Anybody have anything interesting? Thank you!
The Reich Security Head Office issued to the commandants a full collection of reports concerning the Russian concentration camps. These described in great detail the conditions in, and organization of, the Russian camps, as supplied by former prisoners who had managed to escape. Great emphasis was placed on the fact that the Russians, by their massive employment of forced labor, had destroyed whole peoples. - Rudolf HÃss
Just take a look at the comments here. Not a single soul who will even use their registered handle, many of them just rude. Some of them under the delusion that Mercedes could dictate to Hitler too. Where does this notion come from that companies can dictate to police states anyway? It is obviously the other way around.
I did realize long ago that the Mussolini was socialist, but never saw this quote of his before -
The citizen in the Fascist State is no longer a selfish individual who has the anti-social right of rebelling against any law of the Collectivity. The Fascist State with its corporative conception puts men and their possibilities into productive work and interprets for them the duties they have to fulfill. (p. 280) - Mussolini, Benito. My Autobiography. New York: Scribnerâ(TM)s, 1928 (via econlib.org)
There is a Hitler video there too, but I don't speak German and not sure if the subtitles are correct.