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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

TheP4st Re:Radicalization (829 comments)

Ariel Sharon were not exactly blameless either being responsible for actions like the Qibya massacre in 1953.

The attack began with a mortar barrage on the village until Israeli forces reached the outskirts of the village. Israeli troops employed Bangalore torpedoes to breach the barbed-wire fences surrounding the village, and mined roads to prevent Jordanian forces from intervening. At the same time at least 25 mortar shells were fired into the neighbouring village of Budrus. The Israeli troops simultaneously entered the village from three sides. IDF soldiers encountered resistance from soldiers and village guards, and in the gunbattle that followed, 10–12 soldiers and guards defending the village were killed and Israeli soldier was lightly wounded. The soldiers did not thoroughly inspect the homes in the village for the presence of residents, and when military engineers dynamited dozens of buildings across the village, scores of civilians were killed. At dawn, the operation was considered complete, and the Israelis returned home.

Seriously this fucking blame game really have to end! Both sides have committed atrocities. To claim otherwise is at best astoundingly ignorant, at worst plain evil with roots ethnic bias. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Q...

2 days ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

TheP4st Re:Radicalization (829 comments)

To put that in some context, how would the international community have reacted if the British government (during the Irish "troubles") had sent the RAF to bomb neighbourhoods in Belfast or Derry because "we think there are some terrorists there"? It wasn't acceptable then and it's not acceptable now.

But of course it is acceptable, they are all muslim terrorists set on taking over the west with explosive filled underwear not good Christians like those nice blokes in IRA and everybody else in Belfast.

2 days ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

TheP4st Re:Radicalization (829 comments)

Israel isn't carpet bombing the Palestinians, they're targeting legitimate military

I doubt that UN spokesperson Chris Gunness would agree with that:

there had earlier been "firing around the compound" and his organisation had asked the Israeli army for time to evacuate civilians. "We spent much of the day trying to negotiate or to coordinate a window so that civilians, including our staff, could leave. That was never granted and the consequences of that appear to be tragic." Gunness said the Israeli military were supplied with coordinates of UN schools where those displaced were sheltering. UN sources told the Guardian a call was placed to the Israeli military at 10.55am requesting permission to evacuate but their call was not returned.

And as most of us know that ended with 15 civilians killed and over 200 injured, many severely so.

2 days ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

TheP4st Re:Radicalization (829 comments)

Just gloss over the fact that Hamas is now the legitimate ruling party of a sovereign Palestinian nation, and yet violates the Geneva Conventions on a regular basis.

The Geneva convention section 3 article 53:

Any destruction by the Occupying Power of real or personal property belonging individually or collectively to private persons, or to the State, or to other public authorities, or to social or cooperative organizations, is prohibited, except where such destruction is rendered absolutely necessary by military operations.

Guess which nation that have a long history of routinely being in direct breach with article 53 in it's expansion of settlements.

2 days ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

TheP4st Re:Radicalization (829 comments)

I've seen Israel do things for the benefit of Palestinian citizens that Hamas refuses to do.

Indeed, like when Israel built Gaza's first and only airport in the late 90's only to have it demolished by Hamas 4 years later. Oh! right it was the other way around. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Y...
But of course that is not a bad thing as the airport now is a valuable resource for hard to get by construction materials for the rebuilding of other structures. /sarcasm

2 days ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

TheP4st Re:Iraq used to have what you're looking for ... (829 comments)

Not sure whom you refer to, but if it is Tariq Aziz Iraq's former Deputy Prime Minister then he is very much alive in a Baghdad prison but with a pending death sentence.

2 days ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

TheP4st Re:Radicalization (829 comments)

should have read: detain people for over a decade without charges

2 days ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

TheP4st Re:Radicalization (829 comments)

I certainly agree more that Iran is far, very far from a role model when it come to democracy and human rights. Then again one can question whether a nation where in many places women face increasing obstacles in getting an abortion, executes mentally handicapped, detain people for over a decade charges and engage in extraordinary rendition is that good of a role model either.

2 days ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

TheP4st Re:Radicalization (829 comments)

Aha! That is why IDF demolished the only Airport in Gaza 12 years ago and block most vessels from docking at the Port of Gaza. Things are so much clearer now. Thank you. /sarcasm

2 days ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

TheP4st Re:why do liberals hate jews so much? (829 comments)

The majority of intelligent people regardless of political affiliation do not have anything against Jews as a people as we are mentally capable of of separating the individual from the actions of the Israeli government. Can you say the same about yourself in regards to Palestinians and Hamas?

2 days ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

TheP4st Re: This might actually kill more than the bombs (829 comments)

In any case It is pretty stupid to seek shelter in a building that us used by the muslim jihad army.

Like those 15 killed (most of which were women and children) and 200 injured that were seeking shelter in a UN School?

Their missiles are pretty accurate.

Either their accurate missiles were not accurate enough to hit nearby Hamas forces without injuring innocents or they used less accurate artillery despite having co-ordinates for the shelter location provided to them by the UN, whatever the case were this was a major fuck up that should not have happened. Period! http://www.theguardian.com/wor...

2 days ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

TheP4st Re:Radicalization (829 comments)

Show me another country in the region that has a single Jew or Christian in office.

Out of 290 seats the Iranian parliament have 3 Jewish, 4 Catholic and another 7 occupied by non-muslim minorities. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I...

2 days ago
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Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM

TheP4st Re:Which Anti-Virus Suites detect that Trojan Hors (230 comments)

Forgot to add that to date there is no known AV that remove it, probably as any AV publisher that did so would face a very costly lawsuit for defamation or similar. I Vaguely recall (and am too lazy tool look it up) AV publishers having faced suits like that in the past for classifying grey area software as malware.

2 days ago
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Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM

TheP4st Re:Could be worse (230 comments)

you got it for free if you had the promo code so can't really bitch about the DRM in it.

If I have not been (clearly) informed of it's presence and implications by the publisher I certainly can and so should any person that consider themselves the owner of their machine when it is DRM that is known to:
- Generate false positives on authentic discs.
- Create files and reg keys that you cannot access/remove as admin.
- Snoop on your software usage 24/7.
- Conflict with debugging software and in some instances even require debuggers to be un-installed in order for you to play the game.
- Remain installed after you have un-installed the game.

2 days ago
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Canadian ISP On Disclosing Subscriber Info: Come Back With a Warrant

TheP4st Re:This is excellent timing given the upcoming T.P (55 comments)

Nope you did (fortunately) not miss something about Canada becoming a part of the US. The study I referenced while concerning the US is pointing out quite a few points that are applicable to many other countries too, for example all of those are involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership a group that Canada is a part of.

about two weeks ago
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Canadian ISP On Disclosing Subscriber Info: Come Back With a Warrant

TheP4st Re:This is excellent timing given the upcoming T.P (55 comments)

In turn, governments have it in their interest to pass laws that in general benefit society.

If you consider the very wealthy and corporations to be society then what you write is true for most governments. But if you consider the majority of the electorate being society, then not so. For an example of what I mean look at the recent study from Princeton University and Northwestern University that reached the conclusion that the USA is an oligarchy.

Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organised groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on US government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence.

When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites and/or with organised interests, they generally lose. Moreover, because of the strong status quo bias built into the US political system, even when fairly large majorities of Americans favour policy change, they generally do not get it.

Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-...

about two weeks ago
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Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

TheP4st Re:Probable cause (223 comments)

As relevant as the atrocities committed by the (mostly christian) Anti Balaka in Central African Republic.

Amnesty International has taken over 100 first-hand testimonies of large-scale anti-balaka attacks on Muslim civilians in CAR's northwest towns of Bouali, Boyali, Bossembele, Bossemptele, and Baoro. International troops had failed to deploy to these towns leaving civilian communities without protection. The most lethal attack documented by Amnesty International took place on 18 January in Bossemptele, where at least 100 Muslims were killed. Among the dead were women and old men, including an imam in his mid-70s.

Source: http://www.amnesty.org/en/news...

about three weeks ago

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Police use WhatsApp for surveillance operations, share intel with civilian.

TheP4st TheP4st writes  |  about 6 months ago

TheP4st (1164315) writes "A group of Swedish police officers thought it a good idea to use WhatsApp as a work tool for surveillance operations, the officer that set up their chat group mistyped one of the phone numbers to mistakenly include a civilian IT teacher. Once the teacher informed authorities about the mistake it took more than 24 hours before he stopped receiving sensitive case information that included criminal records excerpts, passport photos and communications between surveillance teams tailing suspects.

When confronted by Computer Sweden (article in Swedish) the officer responsible for setting up the group say "I know this server is not located in Sweden and that one cannot share every kind of information" Yet it took less than an hour from that the group were set up that the teacher started getting sensitive intel on suspects. The only mobile chat medium approved for sensitive information is Blackberry, and this initiative by a small group of officers happened as they do not have access to Blackberry handsets which are considered too expensive.

Article in English"
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Trade in your iPhone at Microsoft store for in-store credit.

TheP4st TheP4st writes  |  about 10 months ago

TheP4st (1164315) writes "Forbes report that: "According to an inside source at Microsoft, Microsoft Stores will begin giving a minimum $200 in-store credit (as a Windows Store gift card) for iPhones on Friday as part of its “#timetoswitch” campaign, obviously hoping consumers will use the cash to buy a Windows Phone. For the past few weeks, Microsoft has been running a similar trade-in campaign""
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EU Parliament censors citizens trying to contact MEPs

TheP4st TheP4st writes  |  about a year ago

TheP4st (1164315) writes "Pirate Party European Parliament MEP Christian Engström writes that "Next week the European parliament will be voting on a resolution to ”ban all forms of pornography in media”. After this information became known to a wider audience, many citizens have decided to contact members of the European parliament to express their views on this issue.
This is absolutely excellent. Citizens engaging actively in the democratic process is a very positive thing, at least in my opinion. Before noon, some 350 emails had arrived in my office.
But around noon, these mails suddenly stopped arriving. When we started investigating why this happened so suddenly, we soon found out:
The IT department of the European Parliament is blocking the delivery of the emails on this issue, after some members of the parliament complained about getting emails from citizens."

Related story: http://yro.slashdot.org/story/13/03/07/1733211/eu-to-vote-on-proposal-that-could-ban-on-all-online-pornography"

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Man threatened with arrest for Transformer T-shirt

TheP4st TheP4st writes  |  more than 6 years ago

TheP4st (1164315) writes "Brad Jayakody was threatened with arrest at the Heathrow Airport for wearing a T-shirt depicting the Transformer Megatron holding a gun. Jayakody said the guard gave him the option of changing his shirt or facing arrest for the "offensive" image. "It's a 40-foot tall cartoon robot with a gun as an arm," Jayakody said. "There is no way this shirt is offensive in any way, and what, I'm going to use the shirt to pretend I have a gun?"
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EU collection of racial and ethnical data.

TheP4st TheP4st writes  |  more than 6 years ago

TheP4st writes "The European Parliament adopted an own-initiative report on the application of the Racial Equality Directive of 2000 with 500 votes in favour, 46 against and 24 abstentions. MEPs believe more needs to be done to implement the directive in full, notably on issues such as legal redress, the burden of proof in racial discrimination cases, awareness-raising, data collection and the independence of anti-discrimination bodies. Directive 2000/43/EC known as the Racial Equality Directive, was due to be implemented by all Member States by 19 July 2003. The directive was revolutionary at the time of its adoption because it did not limit protection against discrimination to the area of employment but also covers social security, education and access to housing. However, according to the draft report of the Civil Liberties Committee, authored by Kathalijne Buitenweg (Greens/EFA, NL), questions remain as to the directive's real impact. Not all Member States have fully implemented it in their national law. Not many cases are brought to court, which the rapporteur believes may be due to the length and complexity of the procedures. Proving discrimination is notoriously difficult, and the directive's rules on the burden of proof have not been properly applied in some Member States. Data on race and ethnicity — a useful tool, despite concerns The collecting of sensitive data, which could be needed to establish indirect discrimination or to assess the extent of discrimination in society, continues to raise concerns and fears in many Member States. The committee "underlines that additional guarantees should be provided for data on race and ethnicity, as these data could be diverted and used for other purposes in the justice and home affairs field" but it does believe such data — for example, statistics on racist crime and on employment — are needed as a tool to combat discrimination."

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