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Australian teen cracks $84 million government porn filter in 30 minutes

Teenager cracks government porn filter - National - theage.com.au

Internet filters don't work. People should stop spending millions and millions of tax dollars on them.

A 16-year-old schoolboy has cracked the federal government's $84-million internet porn filter.

Tom Wood, a Year 10 student, told News Ltd newspapers it took him about 30 minutes to break through the government's new filter, released on Tuesday.

Tom, who attends a Melbourne private school, can deactivate the filter after several clicks.

His method ensures the software's toolbar icon is not deleted.

He can leave his parents believing the filter is still working.

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A tunnel straight through a house

The random collections

Labor shortages: Myth and Reality

Labor Shortages: Myth and Reality

David Rosenberg isn't buying it. A North American economist at Merrill Lynch (MER), he is one of a number of economists who say the concerns about too few workers are vastly overblown. Rosenberg recently studied the issue and put out a report entitled Is There a Labor Shortage? If employers are having trouble filling jobs, "perhaps they're not looking hard enough," he says.

The issue may not be the number of workers, but rather the level of pay. Economists like Rosenberg argue that in a market economy, there's really no such thing as a true shortage. If you want more of something, you can pay more and have it. When employers say that there's a worker shortage, what they really mean is they can't get enough workers at the price they want to pay, the argument goes. "While it makes for nice cocktail conversation, the data aren't saying there is an acute labor shortage in this country," Rosenberg says.

Consider the numbers. Even as the unemployment rate has declined in recent years, millions of Americans have left the workforce and stopped looking for jobs. The government's Bureau of Labor Statistics has a dedicated category for "discouraged" workers who believe no positions are available to them. If the percentage of Americans participating in the workforce were the same now as it was in 2000, the number officially counted as unemployed would be 9.1 million, rather than 7.1 million. The unemployment rate would be 5.8%, instead of 4.6%.

ACLU suing DEA on behalf of trucker whose cash was seized for no good reason

ACLU sues DEA on behalf of truck whose money was seized | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A trucker has sued the Drug Enforcement Administration, seeking to get back nearly $24,000 seized by DEA agents earlier this month at a weigh station on U.S. 54 in New Mexico north of El Paso, Texas.

Anastasio Prieto of El Paso gave a state police officer at the weigh station permission to search the truck to see if it contained "needles or cash in excess of $10,000," according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed the federal lawsuit Thursday.

Prieto told the officer he didn't have any needles but did have $23,700.

Officers took the money and turned it over to the DEA. DEA agents photographed and fingerprinted Prieto over his objections, then released him without charging him with anything.

Border Patrol agents searched his truck with drug-sniffing dogs, but found no evidence of illegal substances, the ACLU said.

August 25, 2007

Will Chertoff replace Gonzales?

Think Progress � Gonzales to be replaced by Chertoff?

U.S. News reports, “The buzz among top Bushies is that beleaguered Attorney General Alberto Gonzales finally plans to depart and will be replaced by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. Why Chertoff? Officials say he’s got fans on Capitol Hill, is untouched by the Justice prosecutor scandal, and has more experience than Gonzales did, having served as a federal judge and assistant attorney general.”

High Fructose Corn Syrup linked to Diabetes

ScienceDaily: Soda Warning? High-fructose Corn Syrup Linked To Diabetes, New Study Suggests

Science Daily — Researchers have found new evidence that soft drinks sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) may contribute to the development of diabetes, particularly in children. In a laboratory study of commonly consumed carbonated beverages, the scientists found that drinks containing the syrup had high levels of reactive compounds that have been shown by others to have the potential to trigger cell and tissue damage that could cause the disease, which is at epidemic levels.

This is the greatest video I have ever seen on YouTube: Ron's Slip'n'Slide Extravaganza

Fucking amazing. I love people. I love the internet fro bringing us this bounty. I love these kids. If any of them are ever in San Francisco I will gladly buy the beers.

Also check out this: The 535 foot long Slip'n'Slide:

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Completely goddamn cute: Baby fox on a trampoline

Fox on a trampoline

Johnny Cash doing an Elvis impression

This is pretty hilarious. He is completely fucked up, and possibly in Japan.

Johnny Cash doing his best Elvis

The World Trade Organization wants lead in your food

Public Citizen | Global Trade Watch | Global Trade Watch - The WTO’s Coming to Dinner and Food Safety is Not on the Menu

The World Trade Organization exists to break down locallaws regarding food safety with a giant hammer made of money and politicans wrapped up tight with lacing of bureaucratic red tape. Before the weight and might and heft of that cash-hammer, rules about genetically modified food or about lead content or even testing meat fall like so many nails.

The WTO is only interested in profits, in adding more mass to their mighty hammer. They don't care about you or your government.

Click through above to read more.

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Marine drill instructor charged with 225 counts of abuse

Drill sergeant faces 225 abuse charges - Yahoo! News

SAN DIEGO - A Marine drill instructor has been charged with 225 criminal counts connected to abusing recruits, a Marines spokesman said Thursday.

In one incident, Sgt. Jerrod M. Glass allegedly ordered a recruit to jump head-first into a trash can and then pushed him further into the container, according to court documents cited in The San Diego Union-Tribune. He is also accused of striking recruits with a tent pole and a heavy flashlight.

Two other drill instructors, Sgt. Robert C. Hankins and Sgt. Brian M. Wendel, face special courts-martial in the case, the Marines said. Arraignment dates have not been scheduled for either Marine.

A fourth drill instructor, whose name was not released, was disciplined and reassigned to administrative duties.

August 24, 2007

Second Life travel tips

Reuters/Second Life � Second Life Sketches: Back On The Road

The second best place I’ve seen in the last few weeks? It has to be Greenies, a place I still haven’t gotten to the bottom of. I don’t particularly want to spoil the experience for you.

You’ll TP into a tunnel. Walk around until you trigger the sensor that gives you the place’s instructions, and then do exactly as you’re told. You’ll emerge from the tunnel into one of the few genuine conceptual-breakthrough experiences you’ll find inworld, your actual sense of wonder. How the hell did they do that? I’m still baffled as to the workings of the place. A flight enhancer will be useful, as you may have to go over 200 metres just to look around properly.

Things I perhaps didn’t need to see this week? Space Station Jinx Kinx, where you can apparently treat yourself to the complete alien abduction experience, at a Whitley Strieber level of anatomical intimacy. The part of the notecard that’s publishable to an all-ages audience reads: “You can be an alien abductor, an abductee, a human that sympathisizes with the aliens and helps in their abductions, a reluctant sex slave imprisoned on this ship, or a brainwashed sex drone…” And I can’t publish the next bit, although the gist of it suggests that the latter role is extremely helpful to all persons. There are many seriously frightening items of apparatus and technology on the space station. You probably shouldn’t sit on any of them.

Base Jumper in Kuala Lumpur

BBC NEWS | In Pictures | Day in pictures

Colbert Round-Up: August 24th, 2007

Scientists drug test entire cities

The-Review.com

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Researchers have figured out how to give an entire community a drug test using just a teaspoon of wastewater from a city's sewer plant.

The test wouldn't be used to finger any single person as a drug user. But it would help federal law enforcement and other agencies track the spread of dangerous drugs, like methamphetamines, across the country.

Oregon State University scientists tested 10 unnamed American cities for remnants of drugs, both legal and illegal, from wastewater streams. They were able to show that they could get a good snapshot of what people are taking.

. . .

One of the early results of the new study showed big differences in methamphetamine use city to city. One urban area with a gambling industry had meth levels more than five times higher than other cities. Yet methamphetamine levels were virtually nonexistent in some smaller Midwestern locales, said Jennifer Field, the lead researcher and a professor of environmental toxicology at Oregon State.

Where have all the dolphins gone?

ScienceDaily: Where Have All The Dolphins Gone This Summer?

Early indications have shown that during June and July, the total number counted of the 3 main dolphin species, Common Dolphin, Striped Dolphin and Bottlenose Dolphin, are down by around 80% on the same time last year. Seabirds, such as auks, shearwaters, and gannets have also been in short supply and the situation has been ongoing since the early spring, with no signs of an improvement thus far during August.

Marinelife are worried that this very apparent decline in sightings of both dolphins and seabirds along the ferry route, could be more wide-ranging and could indicate a big reduction in fish stocks due to over fishing or a change in distribution of fish stocks due to temperature changes (in turn linked to climate change). This year has already been marked by a failure of the anchovy fishery, with bans being put in place for the Spanish and French fleets, but what else could be happening?