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19 Jun, 2014

‘150 Australians in Syria’

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says that about 150 Australians are fighting in Syria:

In Syria, it seems that over a period of time they have moved from supporting more moderate opposition groups to the more extreme, and that includes this brutal extremist group ISIS

Radicalized fighters could pose a domestic threat:

We are concerned that Australians are working with them [ISIS], becoming radicalized, learning the terrorist trade, and if they come back to Australia, of course it poses a security threat. I’ve canceled a number of passports on the advice of intelligence agencies.

11 Jun, 2014

Supports NY ivory ban

Dinklage expresses his support for a statewide ban on ivory trading in New York, partnering with the Humane Society of the United States to get the word out about an upcoming vote on the issue. Urging voters to support the ban, he says

It is an unfortunate fact that New York is home to the largest retail market of ivory in the United States. With more than 35,000 elephants killed for their tusks in 2013 alone, New York has a responsibility to pass legislation that would ban the sale of ivory products poached by criminal gangs, wildlife traffickers and international terrorist organizations.

10 Jun, 2014

Written statement

Sterling releases a written statement through his lawyer, in reaction to the NBA’s desire that he sell the Los Angeles Clippers. In the statement, he describes the NBA’s officials as “a band of hypocrites and bullies.”  He describes the NBA commissioner, Adam Silver, as

focusing his energy on violating my rights, attempting to take my property, and signing autographs for TMZ


Driver tweets innocence

Roper TweetsClaiming he is being targeted as a scapegoat because celebrities were involved, driver Kevin Roper sends out tweets of protest over the charges brought against him. Roper sent at least four tweets from his Twitter account, expressing his sorrow over the deaths and injuries, but claiming total lack of blame for the accident.  Roper states he was not drunk, high, or sleep deprived at the time of the crash.

9 Jun, 2014

Backs out of Clippers deal

Sterling pulls his support from a potential deal to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to Steve Ballimer, the former CEO of Microsoft. Instead, he will further pursue a lawsuit against the NBA. In a statement titled “The Team is Not for Sale,” Sterling claims:

From the onset, I did not want to sell the Los Angeles Clippers.

7 Jun, 2014

Community rally

flash bang baby rallyCitizens from around the state gather in support of the injured toddler, against the sheriff, and against the war on drugs, at a rally in Clarksville.  Attendees comment,

People should be able to make their own choices about their own health and not have to be injured or killed while making those choices.  I’m [in favor of] ending the drug war in general, on top of helping this particular child.

If they would have done their homework [before the drug raid], they would have known there were children inside.  Now they’re trying to blame the family, and it’s not their fault.


Usher: Bieber not a racist

Usher releases a public statement about Bieber via his Instagram account..

At my core, I am a person that supports growth and understands without judgement, that growth often comes as a result of pain and continues effort. As I have watched Justin Bieber navigate difficult waters as a young man, I can tell you that he hasn’t always chosen the path of his greatest potential, but he is unequivocally not a racist. What he was 5 years ago was a naive child who did not understand the negative power and degradation that comes from playing with racial slurs. What he is now is a young man faced with an opportunity to become his best self, an example to the millions of kids that follow him to not make the same mistakes.


Mayor: Bay will not be ‘completely clean’

The mayor of Rio de Janeiro says the city will not be able to keep its promise of cleaning Guanabara Bay before the Games start. This is included in the city’s original bid for hosting. Eduardo Paes apologizes to the public:

I’m sorry that we did not use the games to get Guanabara Bay completely clean.

4 Jun, 2014

Kerry dismisses election

On a visit to Lebanon, Secretary of State Kerry declares the Syrian election meaningless and says it will have no impact on U.S. policy. Kerry says the United States continues to support a political solution to the Syrian crisis and announces a contribution of $290 million in humanitarian aid.

The elections are non-elections. A great big zero. Nothing has changed between the day before the election and after.

3 Jun, 2014

Investigation Widens

Both the GBI and the US Attorney’s office announce that they will be separately investigating the raid.  The GBI announces that the Habersham County DA has requested their investigation to help determine if any laws were broken by officers during the raid.  The US Attorney’s office will be investigating too.

As a parent, I can’t imagine the horrible nightmare that this family is enduring. Federal and state authorities are coordinating to get to the bottom of what happened.

2 Jun, 2014

Governor awaits investigation

Governor Deal makes a statement that he is awaiting the results of an investigation into the raid before further action, such as executive action or new legislation, is taken at the state level.

Any time you have bad facts like this one, it does give you cause for concern.  It’s one of those things that require a thorough investigation … to know what if anything we can learn from it.


Attorney: Police negligent

The family’s attorney asks state and federal investigators to review the raid.  He says that the sheriff’s story doesn’t add up, and that surveillance video should have shown the children, who lived in the home for nearly two months.  He also says that police also should have noticed a van in the driveway that night which had four child car seats installed.

We believe they were criminally negligent because of the children. This isn’t police work.  This is cowboys.


Android ‘dominates malware market’

Cook criticizes Google for not encouraging users to upgrade to a new version of Android. He says that nine out of ten iDevice users have upgraded to the latest version of iOS, but fewer than one out of ten Android users have the latest version, which introduces security risks:

This [upgrading] is particularly important for Android, which dominates the mobile malware market.

30 May, 2014

Mother: Kids obviously live there

The mother of injured toddler tells news sources that police officers should have been able to see that there were children living in the house before the raid was executed.

They say there were no toys.  There is plenty of stuff.  Their shoes were laying all over.


Police Chief stands behind raid

Cornelia, Georgia, Chief of Police Rick Darby confirms that the raid followed protocols and that there was nothing to indicate that there were children in the home.

There was no clothes, no toys, nothing to indicate that there was children present in the home. If there had been then we’d have done something different.


Toddler’s condition serious

The toddler’s mother says that his medical condition is still very serious.

His laceration on his chest is pretty deep, down to the muscle. They can’t close it up yet because all of the charring from the explosion.  He still needs help breathing. He’ll need that help for a while. He has a big bruise on his lung from the impact. His lung is useless right now.  As long as we have faith and he’s got lots of love, love will make anybody strong.


Family hires attorney, requests GBI investigation

The family hires attorney Mawuli Mel Davis, who accuses the Sheriff’s Department of lying and requests a formal GBI investigation into the raid.  The Sheriff had stated that the Pack n Play crib was pushed up against the door police entered.  

That’s a flat out lie.  It’s not even logical for them to block the door with a playpen with their son in it.

The attorney comments that a lawsuit is possible, but for now, the family would like to see investigations and prosecutions of any guilty parties.

It’s unbelievable those officers continue to be on the street and continue to be employed after the way the family was treated and the son was injured.


‘No Knock’ Warrants criticized

The story brings attention to controversial “No Knock” search warrants.  State Senator Vincent Ford comments that he expects to re-introduce a previously failed bill restricting the issuing of these warrants even further.

This has bipartisan support.  I think it’s about time we renew the call for a new law with tougher restrictions.

29 May, 2014

Sheriff: raid justifiable

Sheriff Terrell that officers followed standard procedures prior to the raid and that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the District Attorney’s office have tentatively ruled the case justifiable.

I’ve talked to the D.A., I’ve talked to the GBI.  I’ve given them the whole information and they say there’s nothing else we can do. There’s nothing to investigate, there’s nothing to look at. Given the information given, GBI’s SWAT team would have done the exact same thing – they’d have used the exact same scenario to enter the house.

Terrell also reports that there was no evidence of children in the house prior to the raid, if there had been protocols would have been different.

According to the confidential informant, there were no children. When they made the buy, they didn’t see any children or any evidence of children there, so we proceeded with our standard operation. When we did surveillance on the house, there were two guards standing guard at the door … like they weren’t letting anybody in.  We did make the buy out of the house. We took that information, along with our other information, and went to see the judge and got a warrant.  Our team captain asked the normal questions – is there children?  If there’s children involved in a house, we do not use any kind of distraction devices in those houses. We just don’t take the chance on it.


Sheriff: Mother hid kids

Sheriff Terrell states that the mother later told him she intentionally kept the children out of sight and away from drug dealing in the home that she had become aware of.

Even talking with the mother afterward, they knew that there was some things going on in the house and they tried to keep the children separated from and hid from the occupants of the house because they knew that they were – from what she told the agents, they knew they were selling drugs, so they tried to keep the children separated from that.


Small publisher defends

Independent book publisher Mark Shepard defends Amazon in its dispute with French publisher Hachette. Many have criticized Amazon for raising prices on Hachette books or making them unavailable during discussions over Amazon’s share of sales. Shepard publishes a post on his blog in defense of Amazon:

These companies are—and should be—free to set their own terms based on their bottom-lines, and publishers like Hachette might consider tempering their  complaints about Amazon’s discrimination or restraint of trade.

26 May, 2014

‘Joe the Plumber’ attacks victims’ parents

Samuel Wurzelbacher, who rose to fame as the conservative spokesperson “Joe the Plumber,” issues an “open letter” to Richard Martinez and the other parents of the Isla Vista massacre. After a brief expression of sympathy, Wurzelbacher tells the parents:

Your dead kids don’t trump my Constitutional rights.

He then attacks Martinez for becoming a “tool” of the “gun-grab” movement:

[T]he words and images of Mr. Martinez blaming ‘the proliferation of guns’, lobbyists, politicians, etc.; will be exploited by gun-grab extremists as are all tragedies involving gun violence and the mentally ill by the anti-Second Amendment Left.

Wurzelbacher goes on to claim that Rodger was almost certainly “an Obama voter,” and concludes:

I cannot begin to imagine the pain you are going through, having had your child taken away from you. However, any feelings you have toward my rights being taken away from me, lose those.

25 May, 2014

Meets Abbas in Bethlehem

Francis meets with Abbas, and holds and open air Mass for 8,000 local Christians near Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity. The Pope arrives in Bethlehem by helicopter from Jordan. Israel permits over 600 Christians from the Gaza Strip to travel to Bethlehem, while Palestinian authorities deploy 3,000 security forces in the city to supervise the visit. Abbas:

For the good of all, there is a need to intensify efforts and initiatives aimed at creating the conditions for a stable peace based on justice, on the recognition of the rights of every individual, and on mutual security.

15 May, 2014

Solange statement

Beyonce and Jay-Z release a statement about the elevator attack.

As a result of the public release of the elevator security footage from Monday, May 5th, there has been a great deal of speculation about what triggered the unfortunate incident. But the most important thing is that our family has worked through it. Jay and Solange each assume their share of responsibility for what has occurred. They both acknowledge their role in this private matter that has played out in the public. They both have apologized to each other and we have moved forward as a united family. The reports of Solange being intoxicated or displaying erratic behavior throughout that evening are simply false. At the end of the day families have problems and we’re no different. We love each other and above all we are family. We’ve put this behind us and hope everyone else will do the same.

13 May, 2014

‘Sexual assault violators’ graffitti

hamilton_bathroom1-260x346A list of “sexual assault violators” is written on the walls of various womens’ bathrooms on the Columbia campus. While the names are redacted in the reports, it is believed that Nungesser’s name is one of those mentioned. The messages are repeated over several days, titled “Rapists on Campus.” All names are written in the same style this time, suggesting a single author, and include the names of a big campus DJ, an athlete training for the Olympics, and a male student who worked at the Bwog, a campus news blog. Sulkowicz says she does not know who was behind the graffiti, but that the list includes the name of the man who had assaulted her.

I think that it’s important for people to know the names, because it’s a matter of safety

And also comments a few days later:

The fact that the University sends Public Safety to tape down the bathrooms—I think that’s a stifling of sorts. For other graffiti they wouldn’t tape the bathroom down. If it were a drawing of a smiley face, they wouldn’t do that.

2 May, 2014

Reps: Rivera not fired

Reps for Rivera say she has not been fired.  Earlier reports had said Rivera had a fight with Lea Michele and the producers, but the fight was only between Rivera and the producers of the show. Reps say:

Any reports or rumors circulating that Naya Rivera was let go or fired from ‘Glee’ are absolutely untrue. End of story.

25 Apr, 2014

Bundy: MLK would support me

Bundy says that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would support him. He also compares himself to Rosa Parks, whom he repeatedly calls “Rosa Park:”

What Reverend King wanted was that [Parks] could sit anywhere in the bus and nobody would say anything about it. You and I can sit anywhere in the bus. That’s what he wanted. That’s what I want. … He didn’t want this prejudice thing like the media tried to put on me yesterday. I’m not going to put up with that because that’s not what he wanted. that’s not what I want.

Bundy adds that if he did say that blacks would be better off as slaves, he has the right to do so, just as he has the right to use racially offensive terms:

[I]f I say ‘negro’ or ‘black boy’ or ‘slave,’ I’m — If those people cannot take those kind of words and not be offensive, then Martin Luther King hasn’t got his job done yet. They should be able to — I should be able to say those things and they shouldn’t offend anybody. I didn’t mean to offend them.

24 Apr, 2014

Defends gay marriage

Comments Austin made on his podcast defending gay marriage come to attention:

I don’t give a shit if two guys, two gals, guy-gal, whatever it is, I believe that any human being in America, or any human being in the goddamn world, that wants to be married, and if it’s same-sex, more power to ’em. What also chaps my ass, some of these churches, have the high horse that they get on and say, ‘We as a church do not believe in that.’ Which one of these motherfuckers talked to God, and God said that same-sex marriage was a no-can-do? Okay, so two cats can’t get married if they want to get married, but then a guy can go murder 14 people, molest five kids, then go to fucking prison, and accept God and He’s going to let him into heaven? After the fact that he did all that shit? See that’s all horseshit to me, that don’t jive with me.

22 Apr, 2014

Addresses rape scene

Martin responds to fans who are disturbed by a violent sex scene in GOT Season 4 Episode 3 Breaker of Chains. The scene differs from its portrayal in the book, closely resembling rape on screen:

On the TV show, the camera is necessarily external. You don’t know what anyone is thinking or feeling, just what they are saying and doing… The scene was always intended to be disturbing… but I do regret if it has disturbed people for the wrong reasons. 

21 Apr, 2014

White House petition response

A petition with 273,968 signatures which requests that the singer be deported after his DUI arrest, has received a response from the White House:

Sorry to disappoint, but we won’t be commenting on this one. The We the People terms of participation state that, ‘to avoid the appearance of improper influence, the White House may decline to address certain procurement, law enforcement, adjudicatory, or similar matters properly within the jurisdiction of federal departments or agencies, federal courts, or state and local government in its response to a petition.’ So we’ll leave it to others to comment on Mr. Bieber’s case, but we’re glad you care about immigration issues. Because our current system is broken.

16 Apr, 2014

Ultimate Warrior memorial published

Warrior’s wife, Dana pens memorial for her late husband and a message to his fans. WWE publishes the piece on

On Sunday night, I was told WWE would pay tribute to Warrior and so I set the DVR planning to watch it when we were ready. As the hour neared, I broke resolve and turned on every TV in the house to full blast and snuggled our daughters close to me on the couch, unsure what we would see. As the scene unfolded with that amazing roster of talent gathered donning Ultimate Warrior shirts and even his face paint, we cheered and sobbed simultaneously. To everyone who stood there, thank you. My girls will remember your bowed heads for the rest of their lives. You are not just Superstars; you are super people.

28 Mar, 2014

Will install high-strength battery shields

TeslaTesla announces plans to reinforce the undercarriage of about 16,000 cars with high-strength shields to reduce the risk of damage from a crash starting a fire. The NHTSA did not ask Tesla to issue a recall for the Model S. Tesla said the retrofits are voluntary and that federal regulators did not find a “safety-related defect trend.”

25 Feb, 2014

Support for Bitcoin Unshaken By Mt. Gox Collapse

In an email to The New York Times Cameron, who with Tyler own about $64.1 million worth of the virtual currency, said that the closure of Mt Gox’s closure “underscores just how far the Bitcoin ecosystem has come.”

Cameron: Several exchanges have seamlessly picked up the slack and the market price has shown remarkable resilience. Mt. Gox is in the past, and the brightest minds in the room are hard at work building a responsible and secure future.”

24 Feb, 2014

Other exchanges issue statement


A statement is issued by the founders of other Bitcoin exchanges, distancing themselves from Mt. Gox:

This tragic violation of the trust of users of Mt.Gox was the result of one company’s actions and does not reflect the resilience or value of bitcoin and the digital currency industry. There are hundreds of trustworthy and responsible companies involved in bitcoin. These companies will continue to build the future of money by making bitcoin more secure and easy to use for consumers and merchants.  As with any new industry, there are certain bad actors that need to be weeded out, and that is what we are seeing today.

9 Feb, 2014

‘Lyons got me wrong’

In a rebuttal to Sarasota Herald Tribune columinist, Tom Lyons, Biter says:

Sarasota has been my home for over 13 years and I care deeply for the long-term success of our city. While my vision for a more vibrant downtown or my political views or even my religious views might not jibe with Lyons’, his outright lying to your readers to make a point goes against everything I’ve ever been taught about ethics in journalism.

Biter notes that Lyons does not live in Sarasota and clarifies his support for the “strong mayor” proposal.

My support is centered on the best way to do things for the future of our city. It is not necessarily an indictment of the current commission. However, the ability for them to lead under the current form of government is not conducive to the needs of our exceptional city. Our city is not dying but that does not mean it couldn’t be better.

7 Jan, 2014

‘Crush other rebels’

ISIS calls on its fighters to destroy rival opposition groups in an audio message from spokesman Abu Mohammad al-Adnani:

Crush them totally and kill the conspiracy at birth

A warning to the rebels:

None of you will remain, and we will make of you an example to all those who think of following the same path

6 Jan, 2014

‘No difference between eating animals and pedophilia’

In an online interview, Morrissey compares eating animals to pedophilia, claiming both are ‘rape, violence, murder,’:

They are both rape, violence, murder. If I’m introduced to anyone who eats beings, I walk away. Imagine, for example, if you were in a nightclub and someone said to you, ‘Hello, I enjoy bloodshed, throat-slitting and the destruction of life,’ well, I doubt if you’d want to exchange phone numbers…If you believe in the abattoir then you would support Auschwitz. There’s no difference. People who disagree with this statement have probably never been inside an abattoir.


Resignation statement

TNA announces the recognition and acceptance of Jarrett’s resignation. TNA owner, Dixie Carter comments.

On behalf of TNA, we would like to thank Jeff for his contributions to the Company.  We wish him the very best and look forward to his continued participation as an investor in TNA Wrestling.

Dec 2013

Women in tech clarification

Graham clarifies his remarks about women in tech, saying that the article was stitched together from a conversation and published as an interview:

I didn’t say women can’t be taught to be hackers. I said [Y Combinator] can’t do it in 3 months.
I didn’t say women haven’t been programming for 10 years. I said women who aren’t programmers haven’t been programming for 10 years. I didn’t say people can’t learn to be hackers later in life. I said people cannot at any age learn to be hackers simultaneously with starting a startup whose thesis derives from insights they have as hackers.

31 Dec, 2013

Women in tech remark

After a comment he made in a TheInformation interview about how fewer women lead tech startups receives press coverage, transcripts show that Graham’s remarks focused on getting students interested in programming from a younger age to involve more women in the industry, something he says will take time to achieve:

What we should be doing is somehow changing the middle school computer science curriculum.

Dec 2013

Facebook post

Houser posts to Facebook:

The bible doesn’t ask me to like what it says, only to obey it. Death comes soon to the financially failing filth farm called the US.

9 Oct, 2013

‘Why shouldn’t downtown Sarasota be noisy?’

At a Rotary Club meeting, Biter attacks a group of downtown residents who participate in Sarasota Commission and Planning Board meetings

They’re afraid of 20-somethings spilling out of clubs at 2 am and bellowing at the moon. They’re afraid of throbbing music and honking horns.

Biter laments that commissioners feel they have no choice but to turn down projects that would, in his opinion, make downtown better. Biter plans to build a 180-unit apartment provide 800-to-1,000-square-foot apartments for rent at about $1,200 a month.

24 Sep, 2013

In relationship


Gordon-Levitt reveals having a girlfriend during an interview on SiriusXM’s The Howard Stern Show. The actor also mentions that they met through mutual friends and that she is not from the showbiz industry. The interview covers other topics including his movie, Don Jon, and his views on relationships and marriage.

I have a girlfriend, but I tend not to really like to talk about it in public. She is not in show business.

10 Sep, 2013

Not dead

After rumors of his death hit the Internet McAfee tweets that is alive and well.

Followed by:

29 Aug, 2013

Justice will not challenge state laws

The Justice Department will not challenge state laws that allow for the medical and recreational use of marijuana as long as the drug sales do not conflict with eight new federal enforcement priorities, including the distribution of marijuana to minors and sales that assist or act as cover for trafficking operations. Although the directive will apply nationwide, it will largely affect the 20 states and the District of Columbia that allow for medical marijuana use, and Colorado and Washington where state laws allow medical and recreational use by adults.