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21 Dec 07:45

Homophobic pastor arrested for squeezing man's genitals in park

by Cory Doctorow
Bewarethewumpus

*Snrk*

Gaylard.


The Praise Cathedral Church of God's Gaylard Williams, of Seymour, Indiana, was arrested this week when he allegedly massaged a stranger's genitals in a park and asked him for oral sex; police found pornography in his car (which he claimed was being delivered to someone else) -- Williams is a noted homophobic preacher whose sermons condemn homosexuals.

The victim alleges that 59-year-old Gaylard Williams – who leads The Praise Cathedral Church of God in Seymour, Indiana – approached him in his parked car, before grabbing and sqeezeing his genitals and asking him to perform oral sex.

After telling the pastor he was “barking up the wrong tree”, the victim called police, who later found pornography in his vehicle.

The pastor has denied the allegations, telling police in a separate statement that he was at the lake to look for a friend who fishes there, and that he was taking the pornography back to someone else.

Anti-gay pastor Gaylard Williams arrested after squeezing man’s genitals [Will Stroude/Attitude]

(via Reddit)

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20 Dec 07:39

TX SWAT team beats, deafens nude man in his own home, lies about arrest; judge declines to punish cops or DA

by Cory Doctorow


A well-meaning friend of Chad Chadwick called the Missouri City, TX police to say that he was afraid that Chadwick was having emotional difficulties; the cops lied to a judge to say that they had reason to believe Chadwick was heavily armed, then they sent a SWAT-team to his house (where he was asleep in the tub), beat 11 kinds of shit out of him, gave him permanent hearing loss, held him in solitary confinement, fraudulently accused him of resisting arrest, and tried to have him imprisoned -- he was acquitted, but a judge wouldn't punish the cops or the DA, because "There is no freestanding constitutional right to be free from malicious prosecution."

Chadwick was bankrupted by the process of defending himself against the multiple felonies that the DA and the police manufactured to justify the violence. The jury offered him "comforting hugs" when they acquitted him of all charges. The DA involved is Ft. Bend County District Attorney John Heal, the police were from Missouri City, Sugar Land, Stafford and the Ft. Bend County Sheriff's Department, the judge was Gray H Miller.

Chadwick did own a single shotgun, but had threatened no one, not even himself. Chadwick's firearm possession apparently prompted SWAT to kick in his door, launch a stun grenade into the bathroom and storm in, according to Chadwick, without announcing their identity.

"While I had my hands up naked in the shower they shot me with a 40 millimeter non-lethal round," said Chadwick.

A second stun grenade soon followed.

"I turned away, the explosion went off, I opened my eyes the lights are out and here comes a shield with four or five guys behind it. They pinned me against the wall and proceeded to beat the crap out of me," said Chadwick.

That's when officers shot the unarmed Chadwick in the back of the head with a Taser at point blank range.

"They claimed I drew down with a shampoo bottle and a body wash bottle," said Chadwick.

And it wasn't over.

"They grabbed me by my the one hand that was out of the shower and grabbed me by my testicles slammed me on my face on the floor and proceeded to beat me more," said Chadwick.

Ft. Bend Police, Prosecutors Accused of Abuse in SWAT Incident [Greg Groogan/Fox Houston]

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21 Dec 19:29

'Serial' on Saturday Night Live

by Xeni Jardin
Bewarethewumpus

I am not familiar with the source material, but I enjoyed it.

Nailed it.

Read more at Boing Boing

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21 Dec 05:00

December 21, 2014


19 Dec 22:09

Stephen Colbert's Farewell Sing-Along

by Brad
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After reigning supreme over late night cable TV punditry for almost a decade, ’Murica’s finest conservative satirist Stephen Colbert bid farewell to his fans on last night’s final episode of Colbert Report with a star-studded sing-along.

19 Dec 08:16

Telcos' anti-Net Neutrality argument may let the MPAA destroy DNS

by Cory Doctorow


The telcos' ongoing battle against Net Neutrality have led them to make a lot of silly legalistic arguments, but one in particular has opened the whole Internet to grave danger from a legal attack from the entertainment industry, which may finally realize its longstanding goal of subverting DNS to help it censor sites it dislikes, even if it makes life much easier for thieves and spies who use DNS tricks to rob and surveil.

A leaked MPAA document discloses the studios' lobbyists' plan to force ISPs to give it control over DNS (one of the key goals in SOPA), by using the arguments raised in the decade-old Brand X case, where the ISPs said that they were more than a "telecommunications service" and were, instead, an "information service" because they provided DNS (among other things).

The reason this matters is that "information services" are treated differently from "telecommunications services" in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and if ISPs' DNS responses are "information services," then then DNS is subject to takedown requests, meaning that ISPs could have a legal duty to break their DNS in order to stop users from looking up the addresses of websites once they receive an unsubstantiated complain about those sites.

But this whole line of argument collapses if the FCC uses the preferred tool to enforce Net Neutrality: "Title II classification," which would unambiguously make the ISPs into "telecommunications services," and take DNS out of the line of MPAA fire. But of course, the ISPs have pledged their immortal souls and their last dimes to fighting this classification -- and if they win, we all lose. It also explains why the MPAA hates Net Neutrality so much.

Given that, if the FCC were to reclassify broadband back under Title II, this leg of the MPAA's argument would essentially evaporate. Because it would confirm, absolutely, that broadband providers are telco service providers, and thus clearly protected by the DMCA under 512(a). Thus, for the whole "notice and takedown at the DNS level" plan to be most likely to succeed, the MPAA really needs broadband to remain classified under Title I, so that it can rely on the argument that DNS services are not part of being a telecommunications service, but rather should be classified as a "information location tool" subject to notice and takedown.

I recognize that this may be confusing to follow -- though I've tried to lay out the specifics from both copyright and telco law in a way that's clear. The short version of this is simply that a key part of the MPAA's "site blocking by DNS" plan, actually relies on the fact that broadband providers are not, currently, classified as telco services under Title II. If that changes, it takes away a big part of the MPAA's legal argument. Personally, I think the MPAA's argument, even if broadband is classified under Title I, is incredibly weak already, but having the FCC reclassify broadband providers back under Title II would make the MPAA's attempt to break the internet that much harder, even with the loophole language concerning copyright infringement.

And, of course, all this goes to show just how far former Senator, now MPAA boss, Chris Dodd has gone in selling his soul to Hollywood. Back when he was in Congress, he was a big supporter of net neutrality. Apparently, being principled doesn't pay as good.

Hollywood's Secret War On Net Neutrality Is A Key Part Of Its Plan Stop You From Accessing Websites It Doesn't Like [Mike Masnick/Techdirt]

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19 Dec 16:40

NASA just e-mailed a wrench to space

by WIRED UK

When International Space Station Commander Barry Wilmore needed a wrench, NASA knew just what to do. They "e-mailed" him one. This is the first time an object has been designed on Earth and then transmitted to space for manufacture.

Made In Space, the California company that designed the 3D printer aboard the ISS, overheard Wilmore mentioning the need for a ratcheting socket wrench and decided to create one. Previously, if an astronaut needed a specific tool it would have to be flown up on the next mission to the ISS, which could take months.

This isn't the first 3D-printed object made in space, but it is the first created to meet the needs of an astronaut. In November astronauts aboard the ISS printed a replacement part for the recently installed 3D printer. A total of 21 objects have now been printed in space, all of which will be brought back to Earth for testing.

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18 Dec 19:00

Looks Like the Engine Froze

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19 Dec 07:46

Usbdriveby: horrifying proof-of-concept USB attack

by Cory Doctorow

Samy Kamkar has weaponized the terrifying Bad USB vulnerability -- which has no easy fix and affects all OSes -- with a proof-of-concept attack through which he plugs a small USB stick into an unlocked Mac OS X machine and then quickly and thoroughly compromises the machine, giving him total, stealthy control over the system in seconds, even reprogramming the built-in firewall to blind it to its actions.

Unlike most hacks, this one is visually pretty spectacular, since the attack emulates a keyboard and mouse, making windows appear and disappear at speed, while phantom words appear in the terminal and a phantom hand clicks the mouse on interface items deep in the OS.

Specifically, when you normally plug in a mouse or keyboard into a machine, no authorization is required to begin using them. The devices can simply begin typing and clicking. We exploit this fact by sending arbitrary keystrokes meant to launch specific applications (via Spotlight/Alfred/Quicksilver), permanently evade a local firewall (Little Snitch), install a reverse shell in crontab, and even modify DNS settings without any additional permissions.

While this example is on OS X, it is easily extendable to Windows and *nix.

We even evade OS X's security - while they attempt to prevent network changes being done by just a "keyboard", and even prevent most applications from changing position (special authorized accessibility features must be enabled which we don't have permission to), we evade both of these with some unprotected applescript and carefully planned mouse movements. While a device like Rubber Ducky is similar, it's unable to mount the same attacks as it lacks HID Mouse emulation.

USBdriveby

(via Gizmodo)

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18 Dec 15:49

Watch the Kim Jong Un death scene that led to untimely death of 'The Interview'

by Xeni Jardin
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This Reddit thread contains a bunch of mirrors. Here's one.

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18 Dec 22:08

...But Who Is Going to Tell Them?

by Brad
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18 Dec 11:00

What Final Fantasy is, According to its Creator

by Toshi Nakamura
Bewarethewumpus

"A blue window with text in it."

I like it.

What Final Fantasy is, According to its Creator

From the mouth – or rather, the keyboard – of Hironobu Sakaguchi.

If you're a fan of the Final Fantasy series, you've heard of him. The man's blood and tears are in the genes of the game series, and while he no longer works at Square Enix, his influence remains.

In a Weekly Famitsu interview between Sakaguchi and current Final Fantasy helmsman, Yoshinori Kitase, the two titans of the JRPG world talked about their past, working together on Final Fantasy, and just what it is.

Sakaguchi and Kitase first worked together on Final Fantasy V, a game that initially never got a Western release. Recalled Kitase, "Mr. Sakaguchi and I worked on [the game's] events in a relay, so when we would go to work, the first thing we'd do is check the data the other had put up to check the continuity. We'd see each other's work and think 'I'll make something even better!' in a sort of competition."

The friendly rivalry between the two creators let had vastly different styles in their development on the game, with Sakaguchi focusing on drama and Kitase going for awe-inspiring spectacle. Said Sakaguchi, "Kitase was talented at making events that played out in a spectacle, like the avalanche event. I realized, I can't beat him there, so I went for the 'make you cry' direction. I figured I'd have to fight with emotional drama."

Kitase took on the role of director after Final Fantasy V, creating Final Fantasy VI, VII, and VIII, before settling in the producer's chair. It was during the development of Final Fantasy XIII when out of the blue, he reached out to Sakaguchi asking just what this series that Sakaguchi had created was. "I was talking with director Toriyama about 'what is Final Fantasy?'" Kitase said. "He said, 'With Disney, they have the words of Walt Disney that the modern animators still carry on. For Final Fantasy, shouldn't those words be Mr. Sakaguchi's?'"

"Final Fantasy is Final Fantasy if it has a blue window with text in it."

Very few members of the staff working on Final Fantasy XIII had ever worked alongside Sakaguchi, and Kitase thought some words of inspiration from the series creator would help. The two men had dinner, during which Kitase posed the question to Sakaguchi. Sakaguchi's initial response was "Final Fantasy is Final Fantasy if it has a blue window with text in it." This initial response was more or a knee-jerk reaction brought on by alcohol. "At the time, I was really drunk and just rattled off a response." Sakaguchi laughed. "But I regretted it the next day and wrote a proper response that I sent by email."

Sakaguchi's official answer was much more eloquent.

「足跡のない幾多の道を、ひたすらに生きる者たちで駆け抜け、最後には同じゴールに到達した後に生まれるもの」とでもさせてください。やっぱ、新しいことをつねに目指してたし、今後もそうあってほしいよね。

Translation:

Say it's "what is born after those who live intensely, run across a multitude of unbeaten paths to reach the same goal in the end." After all, we've always strived to do new things, and I'd like it if we kept doing that.

Looking back, Sakaguchi mused, "With Final Fantasy V, Kitase and I tried to change Final Fantasy and didn't hold back on our ideas. Even if we emptied ourselves, we'd pour out as many ideas as we could the next time around and change everything. Basically, 'so long as the blue window is there, you can do anything you want.'"

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18 Dec 01:30

Cheating eSports Team Now Officially Called "We Are Sorry"

by Luke Plunkett
Bewarethewumpus

I think it's appropriate to punish cheaters, but lifetime bannings are overly cruel. Good on them for trying to make good, I hope that's what they do.

Cheating eSports Team Now Officially Called

An esports team formerly known as Arrow Gaming, successful in South-East Asian DOTA 2 tournaments before a match-fixing and betting scandal undid them in October, is returning to competition. Only with a more repentant name.

Having left Arrow Gaming behind - who are now reforming with an all-new roster - the five busted competitors are starting their own team, and will now be known officially as "We Are Sorry".

While the move might help relations with more compassionate fans, it may not help them in terms of getting back into more serious DOTA 2 tournaments, because some have removed them from competitions while others have banned them for life, name change or not.

The organiser of one tournament that has let them in, the Vietnam Champion League Season 2, says they've been allowed to compete because "I believe in them. People make mistakes daily. If no one will forgive them, they might have to stop playing."

Ex-Arrow Gaming Players reform as We Are Sorry [GOSU Gamers, via Daily Dot]

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18 Dec 19:38

Weird Al Presents: The Mysterious Floating Orb

by Brad
33a

Who else but Weird Al could sleep on half a million views overnight after pulling off a magic trick like this?

18 Dec 01:48

Congress ends federal ban on medical marijuana

by Mark Frauenfelder
weed

The federal spending measure passed this weekend, and one of the provisions in it "effectively ends the federal government's prohibition on medical marijuana and signals a major shift in drug policy," reports the LA Times. The provision forbids federal drug agents from raiding retail operations.

I asked Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, if this was as big of a deal as it seems to be. He said, “It’s an historic vote in the annals of marijuana law reform. The disconnect between Congress and the vast majority of Americans regarding federal interference with state medical marijuana laws at last is over.”

Image: Shutterstock

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17 Dec 20:30

Mercy Self-Destructs, A Smash Bros. Phenomenon

by Patricia Hernandez

Mercy Self-Destructs, A Smash Bros. Phenomenon

I've spent a long time playing For Glory in Smash Bros.—that hardcore one-on-one mode with no items and flat stages. And while much of that playtime has been me getting my ass kicked, I can't help but keep coming back to it. Part of it is that, in my experience at least, the players in For Glory are very classy.

Sometimes, when I kill myself in a silly way, I've noticed that other players sometimes promptly self-destruct too. At first, it baffled me. Someone in an online game is being nice? Isn't multiplayer famed for the shit-talkers, the teabaggers, the jerks and the assholes? And yes, when I accidentally kill myself, sometimes the response isn't kind. A self-destruct might be met with a taunt rather than a mercy self-destruct. But, more often than that, the other player will kill themselves too in an attempt to level the playing field. It's as if these players are silently saying, yo, I know that death was whack, and I'm not going to take advantage of it. It's also the sort of thing you never see in casual For Fun matches of Smash Bros., because those are modes where lives don't matter as much, and players aren't concerned with fairness.

I'm not alone in experiencing this phenomenon. Reader Sage Starkiller Gaming sent me a clip of a mercy self-destruct happening to them:

At around the :15 mark, you see the Fox die in a baffling way. In response, the Mega Man throws themselves off the stage too.

Here's another clip, where Alejandro Martínez finds that a Ness player is willing to sacrifice themselves to make things fair after a bad self-destruct:

I've also heard stories of players crouching down to signal to the other player that they need to go 'AFK' for a second—and the second player will stop fighting out of courtesy. These are just a few of the types of stories of great sportsmanship I've heard from the Smash Bros. community. It's the sort of thing that has me impressed with the For Glory mode, as easy as it is to ridicule for taking a party game like Smash so seriously.

That's not to say there is a consensus on how things like this should be treated. Over on the Smash Boards, for example, there's a thread discussing mercy self-destructs where there are some people saying that those who kill themselves in silly ways should suffer the consequences. It's a harsh mentality, but one that trusts that players must live with poor self-destructs if they're going to get better at the game. And some players aren't willing to do mercy self-destructs unless the initial self-destruct meets a certain criteria. Maybe the first person needs to self-destruct at a low percentage, or they have to have a certain amount of skill. Some players also recognize that if you do choose to keep playing normally despite a silly self-destruct, that win might not necessarily feel satisfying.

EDIT: We've had commenters like buttnothing discuss this sort of thing on Kotaku too:

Mercy Self-Destructs, A Smash Bros. Phenomenon

So, there are arguments both for and against mercy-killings, but it's certainly a thing that some players experience, or have to think about how to deal with.

I'm not saying you have to do mercy self-destructs in order to exhibit good sportsmanship in For Glory matches. People have different philosophies on what is fair in a match. I understand that. But I would like to give those that do mercy self-destructs a shoutout: y'all are awesome, and you are inspiring me to become a nicer player in online games.

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17 Dec 06:00

Comic for 2014.12.17

17 Dec 13:57

The Top Secret Files of Dick Cheney [Comic]

by Ruben Bolling

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH the Top Secret Files of Dick Cheney reveal why torture ISN'T torture anymore!

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16 Dec 17:10

Comcast, Charter, TWC All Admit That Strong Net Neutrality Rules Won’t Actually Be The End Of The World

by Kate Cox

Every single one of the big ISPs has been spending the better part of a year telling both the government and the public that using Title II to regulate net neutrality would be so counterproductive, ineffective, and unlawful that it would ruin the whole internet for everyone forever. Their main threat has been that with tighter regulation, they will stop spending money investing in networks. But to their investors, company executives are telling a different tale entirely: Comcast, Charter, and Time Warner Cable have now joined Verizon in admitting that from an investment standpoint, Title II won’t really harm them or change much of anything at all.

Executive leadership from all three companies spent some time at a conference trying to “ease concerns” about the impact stronger regulation would have on investors, the Washington Post reports.

Participants at the conference of course asked the heads of the ISPs about their thoughts on the Obama administration’s call for the FCC to use Title II to create strong net neutrality regulation. If there’s one thing on earth executives hate, it’s scaring investors — and so all of them deflected concerns that strong regulation would be a problem for their businesses.

Charter CEO Tom Rutledge admitted that while he doesn’t really want Title II, as long as the FCC is careful only to apply relevant parts of the regulation (a process called forbearance, and one in which title II advocates are strongly in favor) then really, it’s no big deal. “It’s not like we can’t operate in that world and that we don’t want to, but we’d rather have a good regulatory regime than a complicated one.”

Time Warner Cable COO Robert D. Marcus, meanwhile, fielded a question about federal interference in price regulation if the FCC uses Title II, a concern that opponents of regulation have often floated. But, Marcus said, that’s really not a concern at all. He answered that, “No one, Title II proponents and opponents alike, have suggested that whatever the FCC does it should include any component of rate regulation.”

Comcast CFO Michael Angelakis hedged slightly more than his peers. When asked if Title II regulation would change the way Comcast runs its business, he answered, “I certainly hope not,” but continued, “the devil would be in the detail and it’s too speculative right now to sort of make those kinds of decisions.”

Angelakis stayed slightly more on-message with the “regulation is bad” theme than his counterparts, concluding: “We want to invest in infrastructure, we want to invest in broadband, we want that to be an important part of our legacy in terms of how we invest in and build these kinds of things and Title II just is unfortunately a negative,” without saying why.

Comcast, like Verizon and AT&T, has previously said that using Title II “would be a radical reversal that would harm investment and innovation.”

These admissions — that perhaps regulation won’t actually be the end of the world as we know it — come right after Verizon’s inadvertent honesty last week. The company tried to walk it back as soon as the headlines began to appear, but by then everyone — including FCC chairman Tom Wheeler — had heard the message.

Comcast, Charter and Time Warner Cable all say Obama’s net neutrality plan shouldn’t worry investors [Washington Post]

15 Dec 17:19

Over 700 million people have taken steps to improve privacy since Snowden

by Cory Doctorow


As Schneier points out, the way this is spun ("only 39% of people did something because of Snowden") is bullshit: the headline number is that more than 700 million people are in the market for a product that barely exists, and that could make more money than Facebook if you get it right.

It's probably true that most of those people took steps that didn't make any appreciable difference against an NSA level of surveillance, and probably not even against the even more pervasive corporate variety of surveillance. It's probably even true that some of those people didn't take steps at all, and just wish they did or wish they knew what to do. But it is absolutely extraordinary that 750 million people are disturbed enough about their online privacy that they will represent to a survey taker that they did something about it.

Name another news story that has caused over ten percent of the world's population to change their behavior in the past year? Cory Doctorow is right: we have reached "peak indifference to surveillance." From now on, this issue is going to matter more and more, and policymakers around the world need to start paying attention.

Over 700 Million People Taking Steps to Avoid NSA Surveillance [Schneier]

(Image: Protection for Snowden, Greensefa, CC-BY)

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15 Dec 23:21

Her Majesty's Royal Shroom: Hallucinogenic fungi found at Buckingham Palace

by Xeni Jardin
Bewarethewumpus

Private residence? Felony with intent to distribute a banned substance.

Buckingham Palace? Oh, haha, how did that get there?

It's more than conjecture to say that Willie Nelson has had weed in the White House.

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That explains the hats.


That explains the hats.

During preparations for the filming of a television program at Buckingham Palace, someone found a mushroom with hallucinogenic properties growing in the sprawling Palace gardens.

“The mushroom’s hallucinogenic properties have long been known and it has commonly been used in rituals,” reports the AP, soberly.

“Palace officials said Friday there are several hundred species of mushrooms growing in the palace gardens, including a number of naturally occurring Amanita muscaria.”

Officials say garden shrooms are never used in the palace kitchens. But no word on whether the Queen uses them from time to time in her royal rituals of blood sacrifice, baby-dismemberment, and Satanic fornication.

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15 Dec 08:19

Why it matters whether or not torture works

by Cory Doctorow


Part of the debate about the CIA Torture Report is whether torture works as a means of gathering useful intelligence; scholarly work has long held that it doesn't.

A recent study, Rapport-building interrogation is more effective than torture, led by Professor Jane Goodman-Delahunty from Australia's Charles Sturt University, found that "rapport-building" (making friends with the subject) produces far more actionable intelligence than torture could.

In one sense, whether torture works or it doesn't is beside the point. Torture is bad because it's inhumane and immoral, independent of its effectiveness (as Barton Gellman's pointed out, if you need the combination to a safe and you have the bank-manager tied to a chair, you can probably torture the combination out of her -- but that doesn't make it right).

However, this kind of research is still noteworthy because of what it says about the leaders who greenlit torture. The idea that rapport-building is more effective than torture isn't a new one. It's been supported in the literature for a very long time.

But CIA and Bush administration leaders still wanted to torture suspects because they preferred torturing them. In some important sense, torturing people they didn't like satisfied them. Even though they knew that they would get worse intelligence through torture, they still wanted to torture, because the idea of torturing "America's enemies" was pleasing to them. It struck them as the right thing to do.

This is the reason to talk about the efficacy of torture: because it shows that the American establishment is riddled with sadism and depravity.

One former U.S. Army interrogator told PRI this week that he was able to break through to an Iraqi insurgent over a shared love of watching the TV show "24" on bootleg DVDs.

"He acknowledged that he was a big fan of Jack Bauer," he told PRI. "We made a connection there that ultimately resulted in him recanting a bunch of information that he had said in the past and actually giving us the accurate information because we had made that connection."

Delahunty notes in the study that even though rapport-building strategies, which included things like humor and expressing concern, were recognized as more effective, interrogators were still more likely to use hardball accusatory strategies when dealing with "high-value" detainees, perhaps because the nature of their crimes were considered too horrendous for buddy-buddy interviewing.

The Humane Interrogation Technique That Works Much Better Than Torture [Olga Khazan/The Atlantic]

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15 Dec 15:04

Film Trailer Made in GTA V Is Better Than Some Real Movie Teasers

by Evan Narcisse

Film Trailer Made in GTA V Is Better Than Some Real Movie Teasers

Y'know, Rockstar's open-world games would be a great place to make a goofy comedy about bumbling crooks…

The Most Wanted trailer clip from the folks at YouTube's Commandoflauge channel hits all-too-familiar beats that are standard fare for loads of criminal caper flicks. But, something about seeing those familiar plot points done in GTA V makes them feel funnier. Maybe it's how unrealistic everything feels by virtue of being done in a video game engine. If this wind up being a full-scale production, then it'll be worth watching just to see how it actually gets made.

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15 Dec 15:46

She Hears A Nintendo Theme Once, Then Makes Beautiful Music

by Mike Fahey
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There's no Like button big enough.

Also, for those trivia buffs like me, the movie the guy is talking about at the end was The Wiz, where Fred Savage was trying to get his little brother to the Video Game World Championships, and along the way they meet this guy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZErvASwdlU

Sonya Belousova is one of today's most accomplished young composers and pianists. Watch her demonstrate her skill by listening to a series of Nintendo themes — most for the first time ever — and then coming up with gorgeous arrangements on the spot.

I can pick out a tune on just about any instrument you mut in front of me, but what Sonya of PlayerPianoMusic.com does in this video, a few weeks old but currently making the Reddit rounds, is some sort of dark melodic sorcery.

While the themes from games like Kid Icarus, Castlevania, Duck Tales and Mega Man are ingrained in the collective gamer consciousness, Russian-born Belousova is hearing most of these for the first time, save the original Super Mario Bros. music.

Her Duck Tales moon theme arrangement literally brought a tear to my eye.

The video was put together as a reward for one of Player Piano Music's Indiegogo campaign. Good man, Oliver.

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15 Dec 05:00

December 15, 2014


OH GOD IT'S MOVING DAY AAAHAHAAAAA
15 Dec 01:50

Semi-Final

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13 Dec 07:54

Georgia cops pay $100K for jailing woman who said "Fuck the police"

by Cory Doctorow
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still can't land jail time for a cop.


Amy Barnes was jailed and held in solitary in 2012 when she called out "fuck the police" as she bicycled past Cobb County cops who were questioning a suspect by the roadside.

Audio from one of the officers, recorded on the cruiser's dashcam, has him saying, "That ain't happening." The officers arrested Barnes for disorderly conduct, and rather than citing and releasing her, arrested her and jailed her for 24h, part of it in solitary confinement.

The judge in her case dismissed the charge. Barnes subsequently sued and won a $100,000 settlement from the county.

Counts says the settlement is reminder of everyone's constitutional rights.

"It's important to understand that people have a right to express their ideas and no matter how offensive it's not a basis for penalizing someone. And that's just wrong it violates the first amendment."

A Cobb county spokesman acknowledged "The commission did approve a settlement offer at Tuesdays meeting. And that the documents have not been executed."

Barnes has been involved in recent Atlanta protests and unrest surrounding police conduct in Ferguson and other incidents.

Woman awarded $100,000 in Free Speech settlement [George Franco/FOX 5]

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13 Dec 19:00

Your Favorite DC Superheroes, Drawn Into Famous Movie Posters

by Robbie Gonzalez on io9, shared by Mike Fahey to Kotaku
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A little hit and miss, but man the good ones are really good.

Your Favorite DC Superheroes, Drawn Into Famous Movie Posters

DC Comics has announced that its March 2015 variant covers will pay tribute to some of the most iconic films of the past 100 years. Here, compiled for your viewing pleasure, are all 22 special edition covers, along with the movie posters that inspired them.

The covers were debuted yesterday by DC, Screenrant, BuzzFeed, /Film, IGN, and HitFix, and pay tribute to such films as Gone With The Wind, Free Willy, The Mask, North by Northwest, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, Mars Attacks!, and a lot more. (Notably, most of the films are owned by Warner Bros., and all but three of the films were released in the 20th Century – the exceptions being Harry Potter, Magic Mike, and 300.)

Scroll down to compare all 22 variant covers with the posters they were inspired by. Keep scrolling for the full list of artists responsible for this incredible collection.

Your Favorite DC Superheroes, Drawn Into Famous Movie Posters

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  • ACTION COMICS #40 inspired by BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE, with cover art by Joe Quinones
  • AQUAMAN #40 inspired by FREE WILLY, with cover art by Richard Horie
  • BATGIRL #40 inspired by PURPLE RAIN, with cover art by Cliff Chiang
  • BATMAN #40 inspired by THE MASK, with cover art by Dave Johnson
  • BATMAN & ROBIN #40 inspired by HARRY POTTER, with cover art by Tommy Lee Edwards
  • BATMAN/SUPERMAN #20 inspired by THE FUGITIVE, with cover art by Tony Harris
  • CATWOMAN #40 inspired by BULLITT, with cover art by Dave Johnson
  • DETECTIVE COMICS #40 inspired by THE MATRIX, with cover art by Brian Stelfreeze
  • FLASH #40 inspired by NORTH BY NORTHWEST, with cover art by Bill Sienkiewicz
  • HARLEY QUINN #16 inspired by JAILHOUSE ROCK, with cover art by Dave Johnson
  • GRAYSON #8 inspired by ENTER THE DRAGON, with cover art by Bill Sienkiewicz
  • GREEN LANTERN #40 inspired by 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, with cover art by Tony Harris
  • GREEN LANTERN CORPS #40 inspired by FORBIDDEN PLANET, with cover cover art by Tony Harris
  • JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED #10 inspired by MARS ATTACKS, with cover art by Marco D'Alphonso
  • JUSTICE LEAGUE #40 inspired by MAGIC MIKE, with cover art by Emanuela Lupacchino
  • JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #40 inspired by BEETLEJUICE, with cover art by Joe Quinones
  • TEEN TITANS #8 inspired by THE LOST BOYS, with cover art by Alex Garner
  • SINESTRO #11 inspired by WESTWORLD, with cover art by Dave Johnson
  • SUPERGIRL #40 inspired by WIZARD OF OZ, with cover art by Marco D'Alphonso
  • SUPERMAN #40 inspired by SUPER FLY, with cover art by Dave Johnson
  • SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #17 inspired cover by GONE WITH THE WIND, with art by Gene Ha
  • WONDER WOMAN #40 inspired by 300, with cover art by Bill Sienkiewicz

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12 Dec 22:53

Undercover cop who pointed gun at Oakland protesters just doin' his job, says CHP

by Xeni Jardin
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ABC 7 News, Bay Area:

“A plain clothes California Highway Patrol officer who drew his gun and pointed it at protesters in Oakland on Wednesday is still on active duty and his supervisor said Thursday there is no indication that he did anything wrong.”

Just another day in America, guys.

Previously.

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11 Dec 09:47

Senate IP address vandalzes Wikipedia to scrub "torture" from CIA torture report

by Cory Doctorow

An anonymous editor at 156.33.241.11 -- registered to the US Senate -- has repeatedly attempted to scrub the word "torture" from the Wikipedia entry from Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture.

Attempts on Dec 9 and Dec 10 to remove references to "torture" were reverted by other Wikipedians. These edits -- and others -- can be read by following @congressedits, a twitterbot that tweets new Wikipedia edits from IPs registered to the US Congress (previously).

Senate staffer tries to scrub 'torture' reference from Wikipedia's CIA torture article [Brian Ries/Mashable]

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