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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Federal Appeals court upholds Maryland assault rifle ban

quote [ A federal appeals court upheld Maryland's ban on assault rifles, concluding that the powerful military-style guns outlawed by the measure are not entitled to protection under the Second Amendment.

The 10-4 ruling, issued by the entire Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, reverses a decision by a smaller panel of judges from the court last year that called the law's constitutionality into question.
The law, which also outlawed magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds, was challenged by two men who said they wanted to buy the banned rifles and by a handful of gun stores and associations. They argued that the rifles were popular among gun enthusiasts, used by people to defend their homes and not inherently dangerous. ]

Politics because guns=politics.

[SFW] [politics]
[by HoZay@9:19amGMT] [2 comments]

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

After Underage Sex Comments, Milo Yiannopoulos Loses CPAC Invite, Book Deal

quote [ The American Conservative Union disinvited the far-right provocateur citing comments it said condoned "pedophilia." Hours later, Simon & Schuster said it was canceling the publication of his book.
These actions come in the wake of a social media backlash against Yiannopoulos after the conservative news outlet The Reagan Battalion tweeted videos on Sunday in which Yiannopoulos appears to condone statutory rape and sexual relationships between boys and men. ]

Professional alt-right outrage-generator is seeing his world shrinking. He was OK as long as he was just being racist, misogynist, typical conservative. Talk about sucking teen dick is over the line.

I guess the snowflakes on the right hate the free speech now.

[NSFW] [politics] [+6 Good]
[by HoZay@10:12amGMT] [24 comments]

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

The Anarchists vs. the Islamic State

quote [ On the front lines of Syria with the young American radicals, anarchists fighting ISIS, Islamic State.

To Belden, it looked like a post-9/11 reprise of the Spanish Civil War. In place of the anarchists and communists of the Popular Front, you had the Syrian Kurds, with their nearly identical anti-capitalist ideology; and in place of Franco, the Catholic fascist dictator, you had ISIS, the ultimate religious conservatives. The motto of the Spanish Republic was ¡No Pasarán! The motto of Rojava: No State/No Caliphate. ]

Idealistic Western Lefties, helping the Kurds fight Isis and organize a socialist, feminist, egalitarian society.

It's like the Occupy movement, with Kalashnikovs.

A long read, but good, on-the-spot reporting.

[SFW] [politics] [+4 Interesting]
[by HoZay@9:02pmGMT] [4 comments]

YouTube Cancels PewDiePie Show, Pulls Channel From Ad Program After His "Death to All Jews" Stunt

quote [ Google’s YouTube has canceled the second season of PewDiePie’s reality show and pulled his channel from its premium advertising program after the Swedish-born vlogger’s prank involving an anti-Semitic slogan gained widespread notice.

The announcement from YouTube came just hours after Disney’s Maker Studios said it was terminating its relationship with PewDiePie, as first reported by the Wall Street Journal, over the same videos. ]

Overpaid douchebag takes small hit.
Don't worry, he'll be fine.
[SFW] [business] [+2 Funny]
[by HoZay@3:53pmGMT] [37 comments]

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Russia deploys missile in apparent treaty violation

quote [ Moscow has deployed a cruise missile in an apparent treaty violation, a senior military official told CNN Tuesday.

The move is just the latest in a string of Russian provocations in the early days of the Trump administration, which has called for warmer relations with the Kremlin. ]

Is Putin providing a distraction for his pal?
[SFW] [politics] [+1 Interesting]
[by HoZay@11:53pmGMT] [5 comments]

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Pete Souza is Using His Obama Photo Archives to Troll Trump

quote [ Former White House photographer Pete Souza has been making headlines lately, but not the way he usually does. Souza, it seems, is using his old Obama photo archives to comment on, mock, and otherwise troll the new Trump Administration. ]

It's a small thing, and subtle, but kind of heartbreaking.

[SFW] [art] [+10 Good]
[by HoZay@11:45pmGMT] [3 comments]

Friday, 10 February 2017

IBM's Marissa Mayer moment: Staff ordered to work in one of 6 main offices – or face the axe

quote [ Marketing told to sit 'shoulder to shoulder' or else

This means affected IBMers who telecommute, work at a smaller district office, or otherwise work separately from their team, will now have just a few weeks to either quit their jobs, or commit to moving to another part of America. The company's employee badge system will be used to ensure people do come into the office rather than stealthily remain remote workers. ]

Looks like IBM is trying to thin the herd. Older, more expensive workers will be less inclined to uproot and move on short notice to a shittier location.
[SFW] [business] [+2]
[by HoZay@7:22amGMT] [25 comments]

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Israel approves controversial settlement expansion bill

quote [ Palestinian leaders condemn bill that legalises nearly 4,000 settler homes, calling it 'theft' of Palestinian land.

Israel has passed a controversial bill that retroactively legalises thousands of settler homes built on privately owned Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank, drawing widespread anger by Palestinian leaders and rights groups. ]

This isn't about new construction. They were illegal, now they're not.

There will doubtless be a Dystopian Violence follow-up post.

[SFW] [politics] [+2 WTF]
[by HoZay@3:41pmGMT] [3 comments]

How "Sensitivity Readers" From Minority Groups Are Changing the Book Publishing Ecosystem

quote [ America—specifically young America—is currently more diverse than ever. As writers attempt to reflect these realities in their fiction, they often must step outside of their intimate knowledge. And in a cultural climate newly attuned to the complexities of representation, many authors face anxiety at the prospect of backlash, especially when social media leaves both book sales and literary reputations more vulnerable than ever to criticism. Enter the sensitivity reader: one more line of defense against writers’ tone-deaf, unthinking mistakes. ]

If you're writing about someone outside your cultural experience, you can hire readers to point out where you're making an ass of yourself while you can still edit.

[SFW] [literature]
[by HoZay@2:31pmGMT] [6 comments]

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Here’s a List of People and Companies Who Will Match Your ACLU Donations

quote [ If you plan to donate to The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), an organization that helps defend our constitutional rights and liberties, you might as well double your support for free. Matching Donations is a website with a list of people who will match your ACLU donation. ]

ACLU is going to continue to be busy for the foreseeable future. Here's how to make your donation count double.

[SFW] [politics] [+5 Informative]
[by HoZay@8:17amGMT] [0 comments]

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