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Pence uses an AOL email. That alone is a crime.

“INDIANAPOLIS — Vice President Mike Pence routinely used a private email account to conduct public business as governor of Indiana, at times discussing sensitive matters and homeland security issues.

Emails released to The Indianapolis Star in response to a public records request show Pence communicated via his personal AOL account with top advisers on topics ranging from security gates at the governor’s residence to the state’s response to terror attacks across the globe.

In one email, Pence’s top state homeland security adviser relayed an update from the FBI regarding the arrests of several men on federal terror-related charges.

Cybersecurity experts say the emails raise concerns about whether such sensitive information was adequately protected from hackers, given that personal accounts like Pence’s are typically less secure than government email accounts.

In fact, Pence’s personal account was hacked last summer.”


London has weathered terror attacks by experts. They lost.

This current rotten business is by amateurs. They’ll lose too.

The New York Times claimed London is reeling. Here’s a Londoner reeling…

…and the woman beside him hasn’t left hers behind either.

I grew up with that attitude in Northern Ireland. Mourning the dead is one thing, running scared 24/7 because some wanker says you have to is something else.

Here - pick one…


Or, if you prefer, Jeremy Irons at the The Proms 1999.


Once Upon A Time

Originally posted by gravitywon

Summary: It was an average day in Cicely, Washington with your friends and boyfriend Ezekiel. That is until a stranger named Flynn showed up and started talking about magic….

A/N: I feel kind of proud of this one…Ezekiel is my weakness. Anyway, I hope you like it!

The team had just returned from the DARPA compound, explaining to an amnesiac Ezekiel all the good that he had done for them. You especially were determined to make him realize what it had meant to you when he saved your life. Well, all of your lives.

The truth was, you’d had quite the crush on Ezekiel Jones, world-class thief. He was charming, fun, and incredibly attractive. Whether or not he returned your feelings, you felt that it was important to help him remember. So you went back to the center of the Annex, where he was still standing by the table.


He turned to face you, smiling. You did your best to ignore how much your heartbeat sped up in that moment.

“Hey, Y/N.” He stepped closer, looking as if he were deciding what to say next. “I’m…sorry about your sister.”

You froze. “What-what are you talking about?”

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Think Twice, Post Once

This is something that almost nobody, it seems, is capable of, on Social Media. My “Yahoo News” headlines today, had a story about Piers Morgan, a well-known Professional Ass, in England. He decided to troll Ariana Grande. Now, I didn’t even know who she was, until the terror attack at her concert in Manchester. But in the course of reading news stories about that vile tragedy, I got the impression that she is (as pop stars go) a very sweet, decent one who treats her fans well, and is not particularly sluttish.

So, what did Morgan find to criticise? The fact that she “didn’t stick around to ‘comfort’ her fans in the hospital, but ‘ran away’ back to the US.” Well, it’s clear to me that the poor girl was driven into a classic No-Win-On-The-Internet situation, forced on her by events entirely outside her control. Because, the mindset of the average TROLL like Morgan, is that Other People Can Do No Right.

So, we can easily infer that if Ms. Grande had stuck around, and made some visits to hospitals to comfort her injured fans, the Trollish torch-and-pitchfork set (no doubt led by Morgan) would have come out in droves, to attack her for “using injured victims to self-promote and try to make herself look good”. If you read the news, and if you read those “comment sections” at the bottom of online news articles, you know that’s exactly the line of attack Morgan and his ilk would have taken.

But Ms. Grande did not thrust herself (a stranger, after all, not a friend, not a family member) into the midst of others’ tragedy, their extremity. She had the good taste (a concept now almost as extinct as the dodo) to not put injured people, or their grieving kindred, in the position of having to figure out how to also interact with a Famous Person Who Doesn’t Even Know Them. So, for giving people their privacy, for not interjecting herself into the midst of others’ distress, she has been damned as being, somehow, selfish.

Morgan also, absurdly, compared Ms. Grande’s decision to fly home, with the decision of Queen Elizabeth, to go and offer Official Comfort. The absurdity of comparing those two, is almost too egregious to even require comment. But, what the heck, it’s the Internet, so I will. “Comforting the Nation” is the Queen’s JOB. It’s pretty much her only job. It’s the main thing the nation pays her to do. She’s been doing it (like her father before her) since at least World War 2. If there is any non-family member that the average British person will perceive as “practically family” and be okay with having turn up at their bedside, it’s QE2, who is by now, Everybody’s Wonderful Old Great-Granny.

There are plenty of other points that can be made, about Piers Morgan leading the Charge of Trolls. For instance: how does he know that she was not, in fact, advised to leave the UK as quickly as possible, by law enforcement and anti-terror experts? They may have been justifiably concerned that she was the actual target. They may have felt that having to assign security to protect a foreign celebrity, would be a waste of valuable resources, much better used in making a (belated) effort to track down and neutralise others planning similar attacks. They may have felt that if she was the target, anywhere else she went in the country (including, dreadful as it is to think, hospitals) would be put at even higher risk. I’m sure that anti-terror decision makers don’t run their ideas past Piers Morgan to first get his viewpoint.

And after all, how does Morgan know that Ms. Grande herself was not suffering from PTSD? “Survivor’s remorse” is real, and can be emotionally devastating. If she feels convinced that this attack was actually meant for herself (or even, was inspired by her show in some way), she must be grief-stricken at the thought that it actually harmed so many innocent bystanders - but not herself. Grief of that sort takes time to process.

Just one more thing. A couple days ago, when there was an announcement that Ms. Grande is now planning to put on a fundraising concert to help the victims, my mouse inadvertently hovered over that sidebar, and brought up a random comment by one of the rank-and-file trolls. That guy (anonymous, naturally) was moved to verbally attack the girl, for “wanting to make her fans pay to help the victims” instead of “paying for them herself”. See what idiots these people are? In the first place, she can’t possibly be rich enough to meet all the needs that all the injured, the permanently disabled, the orphaned, and the widowed, have now, and will have in future. But a benefit concert done right (say, as live-feed, to encourage donations worldwide), can bring in far more than she could provide as a single person.

But for a troll sitting in his little darkened room, arousing himself by the repetitive, wanking act of spewing hate, nobody but himself ever does anything right, ever can do right. The whole world is wrong, but him. Ah well. We can’t get rid of them all, but maybe the UK will finally feel it’s had enough of Piers Morgan, and bury him, forthwith, in oblivion.

According to prosecutors, the suspect had checked into the hotel where the team was staying. On the day of the attack, he purchased 15,000 put options over the internet for shares in Borussia Dortmund, which is publicly traded. These would have entitled him to sell shares later at a predetermined price.

The financial maneuver could have resulted in a substantial profit for the suspect if the shares had undergone a “massive fall” value in the interim, prosecutors said. “A significant share price drop could have been expected if a player had been seriously injured or even killed as a result of the attack,” they said.

The attack was initially thought to be the work of Islamist extremists after three letters claiming responsibility were found in the hedges by the roadside where the bombs had been planted, although doubts were immediately raised about their authenticity by experts on terrorism and Islam.

Prosecutors said that another letter that was sent to German news organizations, claiming that the attack had been carried out by the far right, had proved to be unfounded. A fifth letter laying claim to the attack emerged in the past week, this time suggesting it had been the work of far-left extremists, but prosecutors later said that, too, had been a hoax.

—  Bombing of Borussia Dortmund Bus Targeted Club’s Stock, Prosecutors Say

People need to stop pretending like a single beheaded American is the worst thing Islamic State forces (or any terrorists) have ever done. Beheadings are run-of-the-mill terror tactics, no one complained when the cartels dumped all those bodies on our southern border.

“Glass those towel heads”

“Bomb em back to the stone age”

like clockwork you fucking morons come out of the woodwork thinking you’re experts on terrorism and asymmetrical warfare.

anonymous asked:

Do you know any good puns??

This is… this is my time to shine. 

I accidentally swallowed some food colouring yesterday. The doctor says I’m okay, but I kinda feel like i’ve dyed a little inside. 

I got fired from my job at the calendar factory. Ridiculous, all I did was take a day off. 

It’s hard to explain puns to a thief because they always take things literally

Why did the people not enjoy the restaurant on the moon? There was little to no atmosphere.

What do you call a deer with no eyes? No Idea
What do you call a deer with no eyes and no legs? Still no idea

Did you hear about the guy that invented the door knocker? He won the no-bell prize. 

We should colonise mars with ghosts, they are experts at terror forming. 

Did you hear about the guy that stayed up all night trying to figure out where the sun had gone? Yeah, it finally dawned on him. 

A neutron walks into a bar and asks the bartender “How much for a beer?” The bartender says, “For you? No charge” 

Terrorist attacks in İstanbul

About an hour ago 3 terrorists (probably) fired weapons to innocent people and exploded 2 bombs one in the parking lot other inside the international terminal.. Reporters say there are still ambulances coming and going, people are stuck in the airport and planes. Ministery reported 10 of our citizens passed away, more than 60 people have injured.

And the suicide bombers were from ISIS. We are a country with a majority of Muslim population. But that doesn’t mean we shoot to kill foreigners with other religions or cultures. Of course every country, every city has bad people good people. All I ask is stop the hate and think impartially for a moment.

Are you still gone play the blind monkey?

Let me tell you something about Muslim people. We are in a secret month right now - Ramadan. We pray and we try to find the best in ourselves. This month is so important that we don’t even say fuck,shit etc. during this month. We don’t eat during the day to purify and thank for everything we have in our lives. So this is a big deal for a real Muslim. I don’t know what to call those hypocrites. If the Muslims are “bad” and “evil” and “mean” to non-Muslims, what the hell is happening in my city right now? Terror is bigger than you think. Muslims don’t just blow up cities that they don’t like! There are politics, games, money transactions, arms sales involved and being a Muslim and a terrorist is just a little detail in a huge system. And if I’m crying here while watching the news for the people I barely know, if I cried for Paris, Orlando, and so many others, this shit we call terrorism effects everyone around the globe not only West or Europe! And you are not the only ones losing parents, sisters, brothers, lovers, sons and daughters!

I’m not saying that I am an expert in terrorism or politics. But i can tell you that this shit is bigger and those bastards are among us! Stop hating each other because of shit. Love each other, respect each other. If you really wanna stand up, make sure that you’re opposing the right person/country/civilization/nation.

If you’ve read all of this, thank you. This has nothing to do with my usual posts but I’ve had enough of this hate going on and wanted to say something. I could talk for days. But this is a summary of what Muslims in Turkey are feeling right now. We are not the un-civilized country that you see in movies or barbaric monsters with no sense of humanity like you are taught in your history classes.

Be good, be smart. You are better than this. Find your humanity.

If this annoys you, feel free to unfollow me. I don’t really care.

Thank you. 

Sulaiman Abu Ghaith Claims that Prosecuters Have the Wrong Man in NYC Terrorist Attacks

Today, days before his Sept. 11th related terrorism trial begins in a New York City Federal Court, accused Al Qaeda propagandist Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, son-in-law to Osama bin Laden, again asked a federal judge to dismiss or postpone the proceedings, contending the government had charged the wrong man.

The Federal indictment charges that Mr. Abu Ghaith assisted Bin Laden in making speeches and appearing in Al Qaeda propaganda to help recruit for the group.  Prosecutors have said in court papers that a video made in Afghanistan on the morning of Sept. 12, 2001, shows Mr. Abu Ghaith, Bin Laden and two other men making speeches about the attacks and making threats against the United States.

 In a Federal Court filing made public Thursday, Ghaith’s attorneys said newly obtained evidence suggests a second individual with a similar name and past, who is currently incarcerated at Guantanamo Bay, is the person who threatened the U.S. with more airplane hijackings after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

The second individual was identified as Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the self-described architect of the Sept. 11th terror attacks.

Mr. Mohammed confessed at a 2007 military proceeding to having helped to plan the Sept. 11th attacks, the Richard Reed shoe-bomb plot and a host of other terrorist attacks, according to a government transcript of the hearing.

 A Judge Lewis Kaplan will hold a pre-trial hearing in New York today, to determine if the trial should proceed as scheduled and the identity issue raised by the defense team, was Abu Ghaith a relative of Osama bin Laden and al Qaida’s spokesman after the September 11th attacks or do the Feds have the wrong man.

 Abu Ghaith trial is scheduled to begin on March 3rd, who is charged with conspiring to kill Americans in his role as al Qaida’s spokesman after the 2001 terror attacks.

This isn’t how we think suffering works: we assume that the bigger the trauma, the more enduring the distress. But the Gilbert study shows that assumption is often false: participants recovered faster from an insult directed at themselves (a relatively major event) than from witnessing one directed at someone else. People severely affected by terror attacks, some experts argue, can suffer less long-term trauma than those less affected. The pattern recurs in many corners of life. A severe pain propels you to the doctor’s where a dull pain might not. People are less likely to chicken out of medical procedures they expect to be very painful, compared with less painful ones, precisely because they’re worried they’ll chicken out. Gilbert et al even wonder if, after driving to a party, you might be safer getting trollied on martinis than sipping two glasses of wine. In the latter case, it’s still risky to drive home, but your friends are less likely to insist you don’t. 

So while it’s silly to let trivialities infuriate us, the region-beta paradox reminds us that distress doesn’t obey simple rules; there’s no purely objective standard from which it’s possible to judge anyone’s reaction, to anything, as being over the top. All pain hurts. Or, as it’s wisely been put: “The worst thing that’s ever happened to you is the worst thing that’s ever happened to you.” Besides, the region-beta paradox suggests, it might not even be the worst thing that ends up hurting longest.

anonymous asked:

On the bright side: Anne Aly has won in Cowan, meaning 1) first Muslim woman in Parliament, 2) Luke Simpkins is out and 3) Parliament has a counter-terrorism expert in its ranks. Nice!

I KNOW! CONGRATS TO HER! I’M SO HAPPY! I know her personally and I am so glad that she’s the kind of person in our government. POETIC JUSTICE! FAREWELL SIMPKINS! You islamophobic racist idiot! Defeated by the very minority he wished to oppress!