Looks like this deadly epidemic has spread across the pond:
Local MP Nick Raynsford said he had been told the man attacked in the street was a soldier serving at the Royal Artillery Barracks near the attack.
Mr Raynsford said the soldier had been returning to the barracks after a day out when he was attacked.
London Ambulance Service said one man, believed to be the victim of the machete attack, had died in the incident and two others were injured, one seriously.
Several witnesses described seeing a “beheading” while another described seeing a man wearing a Help for Heroes T-shirt being attacked with a machete-style knife and dumped.
Unfortunately, we may never know what the motive was behind this
grisly murder occupational hazard:
The BBC reported sources had told them the men were shouting “Allahu Akbar” as they carried out the attack and had filmed carrying it out.
Yeah, it’s a real mystery.
Posted: May 22, 2013 by chad98036 in Uncategorized
Once upon a time, back in June 2007, I suggested an experiment to test the theory of the gold standard:
On the major planks in Ron Paul’s Presidential campaign is the abolishment of the Federal Reserve and a return to the gold (or hard currency) standard.
after reading this article on Chinese gold farmers in World of Warcraft it occurred to me that we don’t have to guess what would happen. We could model the effect on a World of Warcraft server
At the time I was interested in testing Ron Paul’s assertions that returning to the gold standard would cure all of America’s economic ills, but as part of my thought experiment I threw out the a couple other suggestions:
It would also be interesting to see some variations on this theme in which an ulimited amount of gold can be purchased from Blizzard but items are strictly limited. Huge inflation I would bet. Or items and gold can be purchased from Blizzard. My bet there is the local trade economy would tank (Globalization analouge).
Well it turns out that Blizzard went ahead and tested the theory about unlimited gold and limited goods even if it was by accident:
in the last few months, various outposts in that world (Diablo III) — Silver City and New Tristram, to name two — have borne more in common with real world places like Harare, Zimbabwe in 2007 or Berlin in 1923 than with Dante’s Inferno. A culmination of a series of unanticipated circumstances — and, finally, a most unfortunate programming bug — has over the last few weeks produced a new and unforeseen dimension of hellishness within Diablo 3: hyperinflation.
Basically Blizzard created a virtual economy in which infinite amounts of gold could be accumulated very quickly and it drove the prices of goods through the roof. Precisely what just about anyone would have expected but since I wrote about this back in 2007 I am claiming prescience and genius.
It should be noted that as soon a Blizzard cracked down on the gold supply prices began to drop. The author of the Zero Hedge article thinks this proves the need for a gold standard. I think in my own uneducated way that it proves Friedman’s theories about control of the monetary supply more than it makes the case for a specie based currency, but as I said in the title I am a drooling mouth breathing moron so what do I know?
Posted: May 20, 2013 by chad98036 in Uncategorized
Salon – We’re living in an Ayn Rand economy
It’s Salon and AlterNet so the article is not the high praise that many of you would probably expect from the title.
Marie-Clare via Hacker News– When Geeks Attack
A report on sexual harassment in the tech industry. I can’t say that I have ever seen behavior like that described in the article when I have attended conferences, but then again when I (very occasionally) do go to a conference I am not one of the guys who gets invited to after hours events so my perceptions can be very skewed.
(The initial blog post referenced in the article – A Hell of A Time)
NY Times – Chinese Hackers at it again
Three months after hackers working for a cyberunit of China’s People’s Liberation Army went silent amid evidence that they had stolen data from scores of American companies and government agencies, they appear to have resumed their attacks using different techniques, according to computer industry security experts and American official
The Register – Securo-boffins uncover new GLOBAL cyber-espionage operation
Spear-phishing attacks with possible links back to China (There’s that word again). Utilizes a vulnerability that had a patch issued last year. Update your F’in computers people.
Slashdot – Uptick in Whooping Cough Linked to Subpar Vaccines
Posted: May 19, 2013 by doubleplusundead in Uncategorized
You fucking retards seriously arrested Daniele Perazzi? ZOMG SWARTHY FURRINER W/ HIGH CAPACITY OVER/UNDER SHOTGUN HE MUST BE A TURRIST EVERYBODY PANIC!!!1!11
If you want to see what kind of turrist wepinz this monster deals in, do a GIS for Perazzi. Wear a bib. So pretty. So shiny.
It’s a ready-made Drudge headline. In reference to the recent IRS scandal, Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer said, “The law is irrelevant“.
The utterance launched numerous tweets and re-tweets, and, predictably, a backlash against an out-of-context quote.
Let me charitably re-phrase what Pfeiffer was probably trying to say — That, regardless of the whether the IRS actions were technically illegal, they were definitely wrong, and the Obama administration will be working to rectify the problem.
That’s about as generous as I can be. But it’s still a problematic and revealing statement. The administration’s broad strategy is to direct the media away from inquiries about illegality. You know, because it almost certainly was illegal.
These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.
Posted: May 15, 2013 by doubleplusundead in Ewww - taste this!
If you guys are following the Kitchen Nightmares/ Amy’s Bakery epic meltdown,
This. Is. EPIC.