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  luntzing it up

Republicans Will Save Hero Polluters From EPA’s Mad Scientists

REAL science helps the jerb creators
You’ve got to at least respect the cunning of the oil industry buddies in Congress who are pushing a pair of bills aimed at restricting the EPA: They’ve given their bills names that Frank Luntz would just love — the “Secret Science Reform Act” and the “Science Advisory Board Reform Act.” Those sound nice! After all, science shouldn’t be secret, it should be open and transparent! And we definitely want to make sure that Congress gets good advice on using science, don’t we? Oklahoma Rep. Frank Lucas and Texas Rep. Lamar Smith just care about the people having input on government, as long as the people you’re talking about have names like Exxon/Mobil and Shell. Read more on Republicans Will Save Hero Polluters From EPA’s Mad Scientists…
  eat the rich

Rich People Tired Of Living In Giant Mansions, Long For Merely Huge Mansions

They don't make butlers like Carson anymore.
Claudio Stivelman is a real estate developer whose corporate biography modestly alludes to his “prophetic vision to invest along the Northern coast of Miami-Dade County.” He got stupid-rich and built himself an “11,000-square-foot dream house,” only to find that living in a house with six bedrooms and a movie theater ain’t all it’s cracked up to be. The Wall Street Journal’s Candace Jackson — who may have responded to a job posting our new Jr. Editrix wrote about last year — gives us a glimpse into the Lifestyles of the Obscenely Wealthy and Modestly Famous. Read more on Rich People Tired Of Living In Giant Mansions, Long For Merely Huge Mansions…
 

New Tech Thingy Will Protect You From the #Tyranny of Google Glass

Google Glass is the super-obnoxious new wearable technology that privacy advocates claim will turn America into the kind of dystopian panopticon envisioned by George Orwell, or Judas Priest, take your pick. Google Glass is ugly, it is dumb, and now, thank sky-god, there’s a way for normies like us to fight back. Read more on New Tech Thingy Will Protect You From the #Tyranny of Google Glass…
  gone fishin'

Mean Judge Blocks Wingnut Search For All The Gays In Justice Department

Pour out a 40 for the latest rightwing witch hunt, which was burned at the stake by Federal Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle — she decided against a Judicial Watch lawsuit in a Freedom of Information Act case. All Judicial Watch wanted was information that could identify gays in the Department of Justice so it could prove that the DOJ was full of gays. Where did this out-of-control judge get the idea that federal employees get privacy? Read more on Mean Judge Blocks Wingnut Search For All The Gays In Justice Department…
  words will never derp me

Unpersons Ben Shapiro & Dennis Prager Double-Plus Mad At You Hypocrites For Thought-Criming Donald Sterling

America, Ben Shapiro is really disappointed in you. Again. This time, you have all been doing a high tech lynching to Donald Sterling, whom Shapiro happily agrees is a racist scumbag, but who should never be punished for mere thoughtcrime. Also, minor-league wingnut Dennis Prager took a moment away from warning us that people having buttsex in private will kill America, so that he could warn of the terrible slippery slope (covered with santorum, maybe) that will result from punishing a person for his privately expressed private thoughts, which we must disregard even though they’ve now been disseminated far more widely than most public press releases. Shame on us. Read more on Unpersons Ben Shapiro & Dennis Prager Double-Plus Mad At You Hypocrites For Thought-Criming Donald Sterling…
  Where's our tiniest violin?

George W. Bush Very Sad That His Privacy Was Invaded, Boo Hoo

George W. Bush can fuck himself. That sentiment doesn’t really need context, does it? Pick your reason. There are many. So many. A million kinds of many. But today, we have a new reason to add to the endless list of why George W. Bush can fuck himself. He slammed Guccifer, the hacker who intercepted the Bush family’s emails and first revealed some of Bush’s paintings, in an interview with his daughter Jenna Bush Hager airing Friday on NBC’s “Today.” “I was annoyed. It’s an invasion of one’s privacy,” he said. “And yeah, I was annoyed. And nor do I want my paintings to get out.” We shall set aside our doubled-over laughter at Bush — who can fuck himself — facing the hardest-hitting hard-hitting interview since Sarah Palin was asked to name stuff she reads and go straight to the part where Bush — who can fuck himself — is “annoyed” that his privacy was invaded. Read more on George W. Bush Very Sad That His Privacy Was Invaded, Boo Hoo…
  facts won't do what i want them to

Texas Rep. Joe Barton Being Dumb Again, Obamacare Edition

So by now you’ve probably seen the bit from yesterday’s Obamacare Website Blame Hearings where New Jersey Democrat Frank Pallone called the proceedings a “monkey court” (wrong species, guy) and accused Republicans of trying to scare people away from signing up for the Affordable Care Act. What’s gotten a bit less attention was the substance of the accusation that Pallone was responding to: Texas congresskangaroo Joe Barton trying to suggest that anyone using the ACA website might unwittingly disclose protected health information. As Salon’s Brian Beutler explains, Barton wasn’t just wrong, he also gave Democrats a fine opportunity to talk about one of the ACA’s greatest strengths: By ending the practice of denying coverage due to pre-existing conditions, the ACA lets people sign up for insurance without revealing the kind of private health information that used to be standard on every single insurance application ever. So, hey, sure hope we’ll hear some Democrats talking that up, right? Read more on Texas Rep. Joe Barton Being Dumb Again, Obamacare Edition…
  turn your head and cough up all your secrets

‘Death Panel’ Inventor Betsy McCaughey Warns Obamacare Will Force Doctors To Ask You About Buttsex

If there’s anyone we can trust for her expertise on health care policy, it’s Betsy McCaughey, the genius who decided that if Medicare pays for seniors to meet with a doctor to discuss living wills, that’s a DEATH PANEL. That’s a hell of a lie, and really, there’s no way she could hope to top it. But there’s still plenty of stuff to lie about, so how about this? In Sunday’s New York Post, McCaughey warns that as soon as Obamacare goes into effect, The Government will require every doctor you visit to ask intrusive questions about whom and how you are sexing: ‘Are you sexually active? If so, with one partner, multiple partners or same-sex partners?” Be ready to answer those questions and more the next time you go to the doctor, whether it’s the dermatologist or the cardiologist and no matter if the questions are unrelated to why you’re seeking medical help. And you can thank the Obama health law. We know that this will happen, because … well, she can’t actually identify where the ACA says that, but it’s scary, isn’t it? Are you scared yet? Obama is going to probe your sex life, and it sure is a relief to know that Republicans don’t want to intrude on your privates. Read more on ‘Death Panel’ Inventor Betsy McCaughey Warns Obamacare Will Force Doctors To Ask You About Buttsex…
  Wait You Mean The Government Is Spying On Us?

We Are All Truth Monsters And We’re Being Played [Updated]

[Author’s note: Corrections and clarifications are appended throughout reflecting valid points raised by readers.] Yr Wonkette read/looked at every word in the leaked top-secret very hush-hush “Presidential Policy Directive 20″ that a furiously-fapping Glenn Greenwald just “scooped” for the Guardian, the Big Reveal apparently being that the relevant agencies have been asked to “draw up a list of potential overseas targets for US cyber-attacks,” can you even fucking believe it? And believe us, this is in fact the juiciest tidbit; the rest is just a bunch of rules, procedures, permission structures, and principles that actually make US cyber warfare seem extremely well-managed and incredibly boring.  But by God, it is a SCOOP, because it is a SECRET! Read more on We Are All Truth Monsters And We’re Being Played [Updated]…
  Sympathy for the Devil

Hero Teen Opposes Government School’s New ID Card Because It Is The Mark Of The Beast

Would you like a story about schools that isn’t horribly depressing, but only mildly eye-rolling? As it happens, we have one for you! A number of Texas school districts (yes, Texas again!) have figured out that since federal school funding is largely based on the numbers of butts in seats on a given school day, the better they can account for the attendance of every single student, the more funding they can get — and in a state that’s cutting education spending like crazy, that matters. To improve attendance stats, a number of districts are requiring students to wear ID badges with an RFID chip that automatically register whether students are in class or not, which is more accurate and more remunerative than the “taking attendance” method, apparently. Now, there are probably good reasons to be concerned about the privacy implications of all this, as well as how screwed up it is that the whole thing is driven by state cuts to education funding, but happily, we can sidestep all that for this story. That’s because the Hernandez family of San Antonio opposes the RFID badges at their daughter’s high school because they think it’s part of the Antichrist’s plan to make everyone have The Mark Of The Beast, so opposing the ID scheme is not about privacy or security, it’s now about religious oppression. Read more on Hero Teen Opposes Government School’s New ID Card Because It Is The Mark Of The Beast…
  wow very subtle guys

EPA Drones Terrorizing Ranchers Because the EPA Hates the Heartland

Some folks out in Real America who probably have no problem with President Obama’s unchecked expansion of the drone war to kill children in 500 countries or its use of drones to survey the Mexican border or its use of domestic drones everywhere else because this is something we’ve allowed to happen have finally come up with a tangentially related complaint line that fits their fancy: Obama’s liberal EPA is using drones to spy on hard-workin’ ranchers, in Nebraska. “A Nebraska cattlemen’s group is pushing the Environmental Protection Agency to stop pollution-control flights over ranches, claiming it amounts to spying on citizens,” MSNBC reports. “EPA, meanwhile, says the flights are an effective way to quickly spot — and stop — pollution from manure lagoons and other waste at large livestock operations.” Wow, it almost seems like this Nebraska cattlemen’s group is cynically using contentious “privacy” grounds to stop the EPA from monitoring all of their violations of the Clean Water Act, doesn’t it? But let’s just say that liberals hate the Heartland instead. Read more on EPA Drones Terrorizing Ranchers Because the EPA Hates the Heartland…
  inevitability

Bored Media Decides To Sink Donald Trump’s Candidacy

It’s been a rather slow news week, so the media elites and pretty much everyone else have decided it’s time to unleash the research that will ruin Donald Trump’s shot at the Republican presidential nomination. (Not like it was hard to uncover or anything.) 2012’s cartoon rich man frontrunner won’t even make it to his “before June” announcement date — his own books already prove that he’s in favor of universal health care, against abortion, and hates Ronald Reagan. And his beautiful orange-tanned mouth is not helping. Here’s Trump’s answer on whether there’s a right to privacy in the Constitution: “I guess there is, I guess there is.” Read more on Bored Media Decides To Sink Donald Trump’s Candidacy…
  annals of justice

Accused Palin Hacker Indicted

Several weeks ago, a brave Computer Hacker proved to an anxious nation that at least one citizen still has an operating brain and can use it to crack difficult computer codes like “Where did you meet your spouse?” Authorities believe they have found the terrible miscreant who broke into Sarah Palin’s Yahoo account, and today he was indicted by a federal grand jury. Sounds fancy! Read more on Accused Palin Hacker Indicted…
 

Your telephone company wants the government to forbid you from suing them for cooperating with said government in spying on you. All the lobbyists are Bush family connected, except the ones who are Democrats. But have you seen those new Wes Anderson AT&T ads? [Newsweek] Read more on …