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North Korea Calls Obama a ‘Monkey’

North Korea Calls Obama A ‘Crossbreed Monkey Who Should Live in Africa’

The Korean Central News Agency, the official press arm of the North Korean government, has been trying to boost sagging subscription numbers with some rather epic racist rants in their little newspaper. They’ve got columnists calling out other world leaders for being, in their words, homos and prostitutes and whores, only they used the local slang so nobody outside Korean would notice so much. On Obama’s recent tour of Asia, they took a turn at the U.S. President, calling him a ‘wicked black monkey’ and comparing him to a primate in his appearance:

“…it would be perfect for Obama to live with a group of monkeys in the world’s largest African natural zoo and lick the bread crumbs thrown by spectators.”

Later on I think they compared him to Curious George and told him to hold balloons and fly over New York. Some race baiters just don’t know when they’ve taken an analogy too far. North Korean voodoo political philosophy is in large part based on their view of being racially pure super-beings. Like most over the top racists, they’re dead broke with fucked up teeth sitting on their broken porch with a couple old guns pointed at the world.

i might not like Obama’s policies (or lack thereof), but calling him a “wicked black monkey” is just fucked up.

i already knew they were effin nuts, but didn’t realize just how racist they were… geeeesh.

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Op/Ed

Liberals: Exempt from Scrutiny

it’s friday morning, so let’s see what victor hanson has to say in his weekly op/ed — Liberals: Exempt from Scrutiny

It doesn’t matter if you belong to the 0.1 percent as long as you say the right things.

Al Gore

The qualifications of a Tommy “Dude” Vietor or Ben Rhodes that placed them in the Situation Room during Obama-administration crises were not years of distinguished public service, military service, prior elected office, a string of impressive publications, an academic career, previous diplomatic postings, or any of the usual criteria that have placed others at the nerve center of America in times of crisis. Their trajectory was based on yeoman partisan PR work, and largely on being young, hip, and well connected politically. I don’t think either of these operatives has a particular worldview or competency that would promote the interests of the United States. But they do talk well, know the right people, and are hip. Again, they have no real expertise or even ideology other than that.

Al Gore is said to be our leading green activist, and the Steyer brothers the most preeminent green political donors. But do they really believe in reducing carbon emissions to cool down the planet?

Not really. The latter made much of their fortune in the sort of high-stakes speculations that the Left supposedly despises. Many of their financial payoffs derived from promoting coal burning abroad, of the sort most liberals wish to stop.

As for Gore, he cannot really believe in big green government or he would not have tried to beat the capital-gains tax hike when he peddled his failed cable network to a petrodollar-rich Al Jazeera, whose cash comes from the very sources of energy that Gore claims he hates. Do you make millions, and then in eleventh-century fashion repent so that you can enjoy them all the more? Gore certainly in the past has not lived modestly; the carbon footprint of keeping Al Gore going — housing, travel, and tastes — is quite stunning. Both the Steyers and the Gores of our human comedy know that it is lucrative business to appear green, and that by doing so one can keep one’s personal life largely exempt from scrutiny in general and charges of hypocrisy in particular. For them, 21st-century liberalism is a useful badge, a fashion not unlike wearing good shades or having the right sort of cell phone.

just what i needed first thing in the morning… liberals and Al Gore.

#ugh

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Star Wars Prequels, Recut

just saw this on kottke and thought it was worth a quick post, since you might want to go ahead and download it before it gets pulled.

So, this showed up on Vimeo last night and will likely be pulled soon (so hit that “download” button while you can), but here’s the deal. In 2012, actor Topher Grace showed an edit he’d done of episodes I-III of Star Wars to a bunch of friends, trimming the 7 hours of prequels down into 85 action-packed minutes of pure story. This Vimeo edit is longer (2:45) and is “based on the structure conceived by actor Topher Grace”

of course, no amount of editing will make the prequels awesome, but removing all the Jar Jar scenes might be a start.

Episode VII’s working title — “The Ancient Fear” — still has my imagination going as far as the storyline goes… been trying to avoid reading too much about it, but damned if i keep stumbling into online convo’s about it.

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Russia’s ‘Bloggers Law’

Russia Quietly Tightens Reins on Web With ‘Bloggers Law’

MOSCOW — Russia has taken another major step toward restricting its once freewheeling Internet, as President Vladimir V. Putin quietly signed a new law requiring popular online voices to register with the government, a measure that lawyers, Internet pioneers and political activists said Tuesday would give the government a much wider ability to track who said what online.

Mr. Putin’s action on Monday, just weeks after he disparaged the Internet as “a special C.I.A. project,” borrowed a page from the restrictive Internet playbooks of many governments around the world that have been steadily smothering online freedoms they once tolerated.

The idea that the Internet was at best controlled anarchy and beyond any one nation’s control is fading globally amid determined attempts by more and more governments to tame the web. If innovations like Twitter were hailed as recently as the Arab uprisings as the new public square, governments like those in China, Pakistan, Turkey, Iran and now Russia are making it clear that they can deploy their tanks on virtual squares, too.

while we’re worried about net neutrality and the FCC, looks like Putin continues to clamp down over in russia… kind of makes Snowden look more and more like a douchebag, IMO.

p.s. first i’ve ever heard of a “bloggers law”.

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Sports

Michael Jordan Hates White People?

Michael Jordan Admits Racism: ‘I Was Against All White People’

Michael Jordan didn’t travel the easiest of roads en route to becoming a college basketball star and an NBA legend.

And certain obstacles put a chip on his shoulder that, while it long since seems to have vanished, helped shape the athlete’s drive and competitive spirit moving forward, according to “Michael Jordan: The Life,” a new biography about the six-time NBA champion by sportswriter Roland Lazenby that hit shelves Tuesday.

Per an excerpt from the book, Jordan told Lazenby that he was suspended from school in 1977 after throwing a soda at a girl who called him the N-word.

“So I threw a soda at her,” Jordan’s quoted as saying. “I was really rebelling. I considered myself a racist at the time. Basically, I was against all white people.”

granted, the headlines about Michael Jordan being a racist are being rather sensational about it, but once you read what he’s talking about in his biography and it’s put into context, it tends to make sense and becomes more understandable.

now if he still ‘hated white people’, then that would be definitely raise eyebrows… and would totally suck, since he’s such a legend.

p.s. the only time i got to see Jordan play was with him wearing a Wizards jersey.

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News

Nigeria: 50 More Bodies Found

RESIDENTS: 50 BODIES FOUND IN NIGERIA VIOLENCE

BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) — Residents of a Nigerian town attacked by Boko Haram criticized security forces for failing to intervene even though they had been warned that the militants were nearby. At least 50 bodies have been recovered, many horribly burned, in the town.

The attack on Gamboru, in remote northeastern Nigeria near the border with Cameroon, was part of the Islamic militants’ relentless campaign of terror that also snared more than 300 teenage girls who were abducted last month from a boarding school. Most of those girls remain captives, likely in the vast Sambisa forest in northeast nigeria.

The death toll from the Monday afternoon attack in Gamboru was initially reported by a senator to be as many as 300, but a security official said it is more likely to be around 100. Some Gamboru residents said bodies were recovered from the debris of burned shops around the town’s main market, which was the focus of the attack.

damn… over 300 girls kidnapped by these islamic terrorists (media still seems shy about mentioning that for some reason), over 100 found dead last week… and now this.

on the flipside — and not to sound like a total asshole here — but the world is outraged over the girls being kidnapped, while at the same time literally thousands of children have been killed in Syria this past year… not to mention what’s going on in Sudan, or half a dozen other places around the world.

Somalia food crisis: 50,000 children ‘at death’s door’

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Protests @ FCC

Protesters set up camp at net neutrality rally outside FCC headquarters

Net neutrality poster by bugbyteProtesters set up camp outside the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) on Wednesday to fight plans they say will create a two-tier internet and hand control of the web to major corporations.

The rally – reminiscent of the Occupy-style rallies that started in 2011 – started outside the FCC’s Washington headquarters at noon with protesters from Fight For the Future, Popular Resistance and others unfurling banners reading “Save the Internet”.

Protesters then announced they intend to camp out outside the FCC until 15 May when the regulator is expected to announce new rules for the internet that will formalise plans for higher speed internet for those able to pay for it. On Wednesday Google, Facebook and Amazon joined around 100 other technology companies in signing a letter to the FCC rejecting “individualised bargaining and discrimination” for internet traffic.

“[The FCC must] take the necessary steps to ensure that the internet remains an open platform for speech and commerce,” the letter says.

seems like a lot of tech companies are now activelly getting behind this, so hopefully those guys over at the FCC are listening… at least, i sure as hell hope so.

Tech companies urge U.S. FCC to scrap ‘net neutrality’ plan

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Schweeeet

Happy Hump Day

i do believe it’s time for another mid-week moment of reflection.

a few more random booties, since it’s just fun.

happy hump day!

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Web Design

HTML Emails Suck

i just spent the last couple hours messing around with an HTML email template, and for at least the hundredth time in my life, i find myself cursing… seriously, i effin hate html emails.

on a related note, looks like RWD just got a lot more difficult.

gotta luv xkcd. heh.

Trick Your Boss Into Thinking Your Computer’s Still Busy

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Online/Web

Helvetica Wine

just stumbled across this Helvetica Wine, and was damned tempted to place an order if they’re not sold out already… but they’re in spain, shopping cart is in euros, and i have no idea if i can even order it. hmmm… either way, still effin cool.

Helvetica Wine

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TV Video Game

Halo on Showtime?

Steven Spielberg’s Halo Series May Be Headed For Showtime

Master Chief may be staging an invasion of Showtime. We’ve been following the development of the Halo TV series for a while now, especially since Steven Spielberg is on board as a producer. Up until now, the plan was that the Halo series would air as exclusive content for Microsoft’s Xbox One console, part of Microsoft’s recent Netflix-style push to develop original content. Now, however, it looks like Halo may get a more traditional home, at least at first. Variety reports that Xbox Entertainment Studios is negotiating with Showtime to co-develop the series, a deal which would allow the show to air on the cable network as well as on Xbox.

Master Chief

Variety’s sources claim that, if the deal is made, episodes of Halo would first premiere on Showtime, and then hit Xbox shortly thereafter. That’s somewhat surprising since the Halo series was going to be the crown jewel of Microsoft’s Xbox original programming lineup. Granted, Showtime might get the series more eyeballs, but it’s interesting that Microsoft apparently thinks that’s a fair trade-off for losing exclusivity for the show. Unsurprisingly, Variety says the deal has “taken a long time to work out.”

i don’t have Showtime, so as long as the new Halo show comes to the xbox, i’ll be happy… hell, i’m just happy it’s actually happening and coming soon.

#fuckyeah

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Online/Web

Maps That Explain The Middle East

40 maps that explain the Middle East

Maps can be a powerful tool for understanding the world, particularly the Middle East, a place in many ways shaped by changing political borders and demographics. Here are 40 maps crucial for understanding the Middle East — its history, its present, and some of the most important stories in the region today.

interesting to see the history of the middle east broken down into a set of maps that help explain why it’s all fucked up.

i still blame the british for drawing lines on a map.

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Online/Web Web Design

Ancient 800 Page Color Swatch Book

271 Years Before Pantone, an Artist Mixed and Described Every Color Imaginable in an 800-Page Book

In 1692 an artist known only as “A. Boogert” sat down to write a book in Dutch about mixing watercolors. Not only would he begin the book with a bit about the use of color in painting, but would go on to explain how to create certain hues and change the tone by adding one, two, or three parts of water. The premise sounds simple enough, but the final product is almost unfathomable in its detail and scope.

to find something like this after all this time? pretty cool.

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News Political

Lewinsky’s Back

Lewinsky on Clinton affair: ‘time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress’

Monica Lewinsky - Vanity Fair (2014)

is it just me, or is it kind of weird to be seeing and hearing about Monica Lewinsky after all this time? i mean, she’ll always be known as that girl that got caught fucking the president… but it sure does bring back some memories of the whole scandal, and fallout of Bill Clinton’s famously lying about it.

Bill and Hillary, talk about a political marriage… geesh.

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Video

Really Bad Mother’s Day Commercial

Clothing Brand Apologizes for Mother’s Day Ad of a Woman Poking Holes in Condoms

i have to agree on this one, talk about some really poor taste… that’s not even close to being funny at all.

#fuckedup

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Video

Hey, Look Up

here’s one that’s been making the rounds… i just watched it, and at first i was kinda moved with the message, since i know i’m certainly guilty of pulling out my iphone and checking the weather, emails, twitter and whatnot all the time.

then i thought about it for a minute and was like “hey, wait a sec…” because by that logic, you could be missing out on all sorts of things based on your decisions… happens all the effin time, you decide to stop at one gas station over another, or go to the gym instead of the bar… and thereby miss out on meeting someone or doing something else more memorable — yadda yadda yadaa.

the more i sit here thinking about it, the more stupid and it seems.

…or am i just totally wrong here?

on the flipside, many people say that the more connected we are, the more disconnected we become… but it depends on the person — i happen to think the internet and open cheaper communications has had an enormous impact on the world, and for the better.

on a related note, i stopped at a restaurant to grab a bite & drinks with some friends the other night, and i was pretty amused at how many people i saw sitting at tables with their heads down looking at their phones… see that more and more these days, which i just chalk up to a sign of the times… we love our phones, mang.

doesn’t bother me, unless you’re fucking driving down the highway texting on your damn phone. ugh.

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Titty Tuesday

oh kristen bell… such a tease! oddly enough, i don’t really mind too much this time around.

Kristen Bell Nude

#tasty

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Online/Web

Happy Teacher Day!

according to my twitter feed, today is Teacher’s Day… but to be honest, i don’t really remember most of my teacher’s by name… and i didn’t have any hot ones worth day dreaming about, that’s for damn sure.

i swear, there’s a “day” for everything.

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Movies

Mystique Kicks Ass

man, i could happily watch jennifer lawrence kick ass as mystique all day long…

more and more i find myself looking forward to seeing this… oh, and also Godzilla — c’mon, you know it’s gonna be good.

p.s. really enjoyed the two hour premier of the new “24” last night… always awesome seeing jack bauer kick’n ass and taking names… and that chick agent? damn! she’s like a younger version of jack but a lot hotter with tits.

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Online/Web

Programming In Arabic?

been geek’n a little bit this morning, and stumbled across this artist’s notebook: ramsey nasser.

Arabic programming languages with the honest goal of bringing coding to a non-Latin culture have been attempted in the past, but have failed without exception. What makes my piece قلب different is that its primary purpose was to illustrate how impossible coding in anything but English has become. The process behind making it makes this very explicit.

After I realized that all modern programming was done in American English, I put together a mockup to get a sense of what Arabic code might even look like, and that became the first sketch of the project.

can’t remember the last time i actually thought about it, but he’s right about it being almost impossible to program these days in something other than english… it’s pretty damned embedded by this point, and don’t see it changing anytime soon.

anywho, never seen what program’n in arabic might look like before.

Responsive Design Begins With The URL

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