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Bitcoin blockchain allegedly infected by ancient 'Stoned' virus

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Regulation is what will keep Wall Street down. Oh wait...

the increasing regulatory attention the crypto-currency is receiving

Indeed, once "regulators" show up, you know the pigs are there, fearing to be be possibly kept away from a good feast.

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Real, hovering SPEEDER BIKE can be YOURS for cheaper than a house

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Ewoks have been declared "wood terrorists". If Vader hadn't had such a soft-on-terror core, he would have agentoranged their hide off a long time ago. They are fair game, I say!

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Re: Pointless.

go watch the bit in "Zero Dark Thirty" where the stealth chopper gets too close to the wall and star

Protip: These are not documentaries.

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Re: It is not russians which you need to be afraid of

a shoulder launched Strela missile in an apartment block

MY KIND OF COUNTRY!

But these are the goods that the CIA DOESN't want the Syrian "rebels" to have (as officially stated two days ago) lest they blow up a few of "our" Airbus Lard Transporters on final approach (can't have that, there may be discontentment among the people). You are telling me you can find these in slavic apartment blocks?

There was even some relief that Ghaddafi's arsenal, rapidly disappearing into the neighborhood, only included the vehicle-mounted version which apparently cannot be readily converted to be man-portable.

Russia or even the US look distinctly unarmed

I hear gun control in Russia is rather restrictive? Well, it may not be enforced of course.

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Re: Blades of Death

There goes the mobe again!

BELENG BELENG BELENG FRUPT!

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Cloud computing aka 'The future is trying to KILL YOU'

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Re: "It's the end of history I tell ye"

Deja Vu: That's when they change the number of zeros on a dollar bill.

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Re: Numbers, please!

Some numbers, actually!

The Brutal, Beneath-the-Surface, Slo-Mo Crash of Stocks

One place to find some of them grouped together is the Cloud Index maintained by VC firm Bessemer Venture Partners. There are 37 publicly traded “cloud” companies in the index. The list below shows the top 23 by market cap, ranging from Salesforce with $31 billion in market cap to LogMeIn with just under $1 billion. The average decline from their individual 52-week highs is 41.1%. A serious crash.

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Numbers, please!

Show me the ROIs which are currently being rendered "irrelevant" by deformed markets and Keynesians policies of the worst sort.

Show me that all of this won't come thumbling down with a fat case of Cloud Gout when:

0) China implodes as its housing bubble bursts, taking "cheap asian manufacturers" iith it.

1) The US implodes in an accelerated and decidely deeper version of 2007 with no way to kick the can further down the road via TARPery, Bailouts, Bailins or Quantitative Belching.

2) Large numbers of feelers into "new technologies" are being pulled back as cash flows driven by cheap money wither. Crazy-horse companies collapse while those with ways to still pay the bills retrench to stable platforms and actually try to finish and stabilize projects for once.

3) The cloud turns out to have dotcom levels of overcapacity and hype as customers pull out or die off, leaving large fixed assets that are rapidly deprecating against balance sheets that are already redlined.

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WORLD LOSES MIND: Uber valued at TEN BEEELLION DOLLARS, Pinterest pegged at $5bn

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SEEMS THAT THE MUSIC HAS ACTUALLY STOPPED!

Momo Meltdown Singes San Francisco Housing Bubble

San Francisco’s favorite baby, Twitter – so favorite that the city’s taxpayers were shanghaied into granting it tens of millions of dollars’ worth of payroll tax exemptions so that it would move from one building to another a few blocks away, rather than move to another city whose taxpayers might have been shanghaied into an even worse deal. Well, Twitter is the locally best known among these momentum fiascos, down 56% from its high in less than five months. Hope has wheezed out of it.

The Bay Area is full of these companies that are part of the big money transfer machine that is screeching to a halt. Take FireEye, in Milpitas, next to San Jose. It sells network and cloud security products, one of those formerly white-hot sectors. These outfits follow the same pattern: immensely hyped pre-IPO funding rounds with ever sillier valuations, an even more hyped IPO (last September), a Wall-Street instigated run-up into the stratosphere, and then a giant hissing sound. It’s down 72% from its high in March and trades well below its IPO price. Like Twitter and most of the others, it’s still way overvalued. In this manner, spread over hundreds of companies, many billions in fake wealth have evaporated in just a few months.

That brutally bursting stock bubble is wreaking havoc on IPO and momentum-stock hype, and on the necessary flow of money from all over the world to the Bay Area. The whole construct begins to teeter. And it’s already taking down housing in San Francisco.

That magnificent February, when the median home sold for $945,000, something terrible was already under way: sales were stalling. Turns out, only a few wealthy people could afford to buy a median home at this price, but wealthy people – even those freshly minted millionaires – don’t like to live in median homes, which is a two-bedroom apartment in San Francisco. And so in March, the price of the median home dropped to $937,500, according to DataQuick. The hot air had begun hissing out of the San Francisco housing bubble. And in April, the price dropped again to $922,500. While that is still up 13.2% from prior year, it’s down 2.4% from just two months ago.

That this drop came in March and April is particularly nasty. This is the time when home prices rise. Even during the down-years of 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 when the housing bubble in San Francisco was imploding, home prices religiously rose in March and April! So this downdraft is very special; and an early indication that this fabulous boom is once again turning, as it always and inevitably does, into a bust.

Well, if we finagle World War III for August, in time for the WWI centenary, all of that could be reinflated, right? KEYNESIANS ALWAYS WIN!

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Kaspersky warns of IMPOSTER mobile security apps

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Groping in the dark, my marks they will not heal!

If only there were something like a "trademark" and also a way to sign apps using something like a "secret key"....

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So you reckon Nokia-wielding Microsoft can't beat off Apple?

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Re: Strange analysis

At least there would be no 'stab in the back' legends being invented.

S'truth. It was actually aliens. Aliens allied to the Justified Ancients of Zeon.

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Urinating teen polluted 57 Olympic-sized swimming pools - cops

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Re: Re birds taking dumps

I have often drunk piss on courses

WHAT!

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Boffins run iOS apps on Android hardware

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Re: But the Other Way Around

You need to read up on how patents work.

Like proving that there is no bug in your code that will send PASSENGER PLUNGING TO THEIR DEATH, SCREAMING, there is no way to prove that no patents have been violated ("violating patents", a nice form of unspeak come to think of it...)

the only way to run them if it's proven that Android violates Apple patents!

Samsung won't care about Yankees claiming ownership of idea space.

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Re: "Diplomatic functions leverage per-thread personas,"

It is only going to hell if a COFFINBOFFIN utters the above statement, darkly.

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Cloud computing is FAIL and here’s why

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Re: Rants vs. Reporting and Analysis

But this IS the "Something for the Weekend" column.

The Daily Mail has Moms in Rage, we have Dabbs'

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Re: Disagreement here dude!

"to make a decent commercial model of it!"

Erm... I....

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Cloud Wars!

Clouder: Uh, everything's under control. Situation normal.

Customer: What happened?

Clouder: Uh, we had a slight SOAP malfunction, but uh... everything's perfectly all right now. We're fine. We're all fine here now, thank you. How are you?

Customer: We're sending a lawyer up.

Clouder: Uh, uh... negative, negative. We had a data leak here now. Give us a few minutes to lock it down. Large leak, very dangerous.

Customer: Who is this? What's your SLA?

Clouder: Uh...

[Clouder slams down the VoIP phone]

Clouder: Boring conversation anyway. PFY!!!! WE'RE GONNA HAVE COMPANY!

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Crypto-guru slams 'NSA-proof' tech, says today's crypto is strong enough

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You mean they did this on purpose?

IPsec: It can’t have got that bad by accident

IPsec was a great disappointment to us [...] virtually nobody is satisfied with the process or the result [...] the documentation is very hard to understand [...] the ISAKMP specifications [the NSA’s main overt contribution to IPsec] contain numerous errors, essential explanations are missing, and the document contradicts itself in various places [...] none of the IPsec documentation provides any rationale for any of the choices that were made [...] the reviewer is left to guess [...]

“A Cryptographic Evaluation of IPsec”, Niels Ferguson and Bruce Schneier, from the first 5 pages of 28

And also: How to fuck things up while no-one notices

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Take your FIPS and shove it!

"FIPS 140 doesn’t allow you to fix things. We did specifically ask if we had any discretion at all in the choice of points and were told that we were required to use the compromised points [...] if you want to be FIPS 140-2 compliant you MUST use the compromised points"

But wouldn’t the FIPS validation have caught the fact that the OpenSSL implementation didn’t work? Not only the original validation but many subsequent validations have successfully passed the algorithm tests ... several hundred times now. That’s a lot of fail [...] the FIPS 140-2 validation testing isn’t very useful for catching real-world problems

“Flaw in Dual EC DRBG (no, not that one)”, Steve Marquess

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Did someone hear a trumpet being blown?

"It’s probably at least some sort of sign of the end times when your conference badge has a rootkit"

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Interstellar FIGHT CLUB: Watch neutron star TEAR Goliath a new hole

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Re: Time scale?

gravity wave generation

That kind of gravity wave sure is gonna put cellulitis on your arse!

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Re: But...

HAH! Captain Harlock got his Arkadia built even with Earth parliament in complete hedonistic dissolution in the face of the threat of alien invasion, and mainly bent of capturing and publicly executing him.

Pirate-flagged Libertarianism FTW!

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DAT GAS!

I'm sure that cloud of gaseous neutronium is more harmful than diesel engine exhaust fumes or asbestos.

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Titsup Russian rocket EXPLODES, destroys $275m telly satellite

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SOFTWAR!

Those little logic bombs work, do they?

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IBM accidentally invents new class of polymers

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No-one? Oh, okay then...

IBM researcher Jeannette M. Garcia forget to add one ingredient during some lab work. That happy error led the compound she was working on to become hard.

FNARR! FNARR!

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Giant pop can FOUND ON MOON

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Re: Great sweating Pocari!

I still don't know, but I know artist Moebius did an addy about it a long time ago, with Cindy Crawford riding the large "mouette à béton".

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Adobe blames 'maintenance failure' for 27-hour outage

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Re: If something ain't broke - don't fix it !

if something ain't broke - don't fix it !

Frankly, this is a bit 60's. Today you CAN fix it - if you have the automated test cases ready to run at the drop of a hat.

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FCC mulls two-speed internet, axing net neutrality ... unless you convince it otherwise

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Let the Circus ... begin!

Monopolists who will press their monopoly advantage and good congressional connections on one side, socialistic "the same price for everyone and everyone gets the same shit" rainbow-colored hippies who think technology grows in bionic garden sheds and is a "human right" on the other.

Fschk that, give me multi-speed internet, but let competition reign!

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Graphics pros left hanging as Adobe Creative Cloud outage nears 24 hours

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Re: SaaS

But the cause has been identified!

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Why faff with a piddly microSD when there's a 2TB vault tempting your selfie-stuffed mobe?

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2 TB of tits, ass, fake smiles and vapid "girllfriends"?

Hell yeah!

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Chap rebuilds BBC Micro in JavaScript

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Re: Bah!

Our IP lawyers will be in touch....

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Philips lobs patent sueball at Nintendo in US: Seeks to BAN Wii U

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NEED MORE CASH!

Apparently the regulatory capture forcing us all to buy their stupid "low energy" "lightbulbs" (powered by dark energy judging from the emitted light) BY LAW isn't sufficent?

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WANTED: New head of crashingly expensive, error-prone and frankly cursed one-dole-to-rule-them-all system

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Re: Actually

What kind of Tory downvotes an eminently reasonable statement?

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Livermore lab opens Catalyst super to industry users

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What I want to know is...

...why has core #7777 gone AWOL.

"I will not be briefed, debriefed, filed, index, virtualized, allocated or throttled! I am a free core!!"

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Latest IE flaw being actively exploited

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Re: I'm not worried

Internet Explorer, Maginot Edition?

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Deflation hits Tim Cook – date with him now costs only half as much

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Did you mention DEFLATION??!!!!

That will panic the Yellen and may risk causing the printers to be spun up to yet higher rates.

I still have around 1000 USD left under the mattress, please ....

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ULA says to BLAME SPACEX for Ruski rocket rebuff

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Re: So the KGB not as good as the NSA

Of course not. But it hadn't yet escalated into a tit-for-tat butthurt contest.

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Mozilla agrees to add DRM support to Firefox – under protest

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Re: While people moan about "Net Neutrality"...

ELECTED BUSH. FOUR TIMES. BUT IN VARYING COLORS.

MUH NET NEIEUTRALITY!!! MUH DEHERREMMM.

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Comcast exec says wired broadband customers should pay-as-they-go

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Go to Europe and see that not.

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Re: Gouging

OTOH, if they charge for usage, these problems may be alleviated.

With cable, there simply *are* problems.

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Activist investors try forcing Google to pay more taxes

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You need to pay more taxes, because....

The Regulatory State Goes Parabolic - 79K Pages Of New Rules; $1.9 Trillion Cost; Impact Per Family Exceeds Minimum Wage Job

The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) has just released its annual report on the growth of the regulatory State in the US, entitled ’10,000 Commandments’ (the full report can be downloaded here, pdf). If only it were just ’10,000 commandments’! In reality, there are far, far more, and they are growing like weeds year-in, year-out.

A few statistical highlights from 2013:

...Combined with $3.454 trillion in federal spending, Washington’s share of the economy now reaches 31 percent.

...Costs for Americans to comply with federal regulations reached $1.863 trillion in 2013. That is more than the GDPs of Canada or Australia.

...This is the 21st edition of Ten Thousand Commandments. In that time, 87,282 final rules have been issued. That’s more than 3,500 per year or about nine per day.

...The “Unconstitutionality Index” is the ratio of regulations issued by agencies compared to legislation passed by Congress and signed into law by the president. The ratio stood at 51 for 2013. That means there were 72 new laws and 3,659 new rules – 51 rules for every law, or a new rule every 2 ½ hours.

...Regulatory costs amount to an average of $14,974 per household – 23 percent of the average household income of $65,596 and 29 percent of the expenditure budget of $51,442. This exceeds every item in the household budget except housing – more than health care, food, transportation, entertainment, apparel, services, and savings. Some 63 departments, agencies and commissions have regulations in the pipeline.

...The 2013 Federal Register contains 79,311 pages, the fourth highest ever. The top two all-time totals are 81,405 pages in 2010 and 81,247 in 2011, both under Obama.

...The top six federal rule making agencies account for 49.3 percent of all federal rules. In 2013, these were the Departments of the Treasury, Commerce, Interior, Health and Human Services, and Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency.

...Small businesses pay more in per-employee regulatory costs. Firms with fewer than 20 employees pay an average of $10,585 per employee, compared to $7,755 for those with 500 or more employees.”

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In short, the monetary costs of regulations as calculated by CEI above probably don’t even come close to representing the actual costs in terms of lost opportunities, knowledge that has never been gained, and consumer satisfactions that will never be attained as a consequence. The statement that regulatory costs devour 29% of all household income is sobering enough as it is, but it cannot possibly convey how much economic progress has already been forever lost due to regulations.

I sure hope people are getting their money's worth. It is probably "unemployment" though.

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Re: Cue the usual (mis-informed) post...

Indeed. The only one condemned to succeed is YOU - when the taxman rings you up.

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Yep, it means the progressive doublethink that says "more taxes == something good occurs" can even be found where it shouldn't be found. "Something good" should probably be something different than bombs dropping on brown people, although recently, checking on Hillary, the Rices and Samantha make me think that this also counted as "good" by the progressives. So let's just say "something good" is not bridges to nowhere, roach motel hospitals, lavish resorts for Congressmen or a USPTO that hands out patents for confusing cats.

It's not like problem childs of a similar kind aren't already convinced that the public debt is not a problem because you can always print more money, so I fails to see what the hurry is in destroying wealthpaying more taxes. I guess when you don't have a model on how an economy works in the first place, anything goes.

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Microsoft throws Kinect under a bus, slashes Xbox One to $399

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Re: shame

You forget about Bob!

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I'm sorry Bill, I can't just let Sony do that...

The Japanese firm is spanking Redmond's console in the US market that Xbox considers its own

Hell hath no fury than True AI spanked!

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Dogevault praying backups work after confirming attack

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Re: Why

And the final security measure is FDIC insurance backed by the Federal government.

That's the one that undoes all the others again.

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Anonymous: Why we're PICKETING Glenn Greenwald's book tour

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The brand that popularized Pierre-Greenwald's Snowden leaks is only so 'edgy' and 'cool' because heroes like the PayPal 14 took direct action.

I just want /b/ to go away. Please? 4chan is safe now that the hack has been cleaned up, right?

There is ALSO that X-files episode "Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space'" (1996) where the following is said by a nerd character:

Well, hey, I didn't spend all those years playing Dungeons and Dragons and not learn a little something about courage.

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Space Station in CRISIS: Furious Russia threatens to BAN US from ISS

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Re: This is the result of NASA wlaking away from LOX/RP1 engines in the 1970's.

Tricky Dick had no money left, he farted it all out blowing up women and children and random AK wielding peasants in 'Nam (because the french failed to do so a bit earlier even though quite a few recycled german personnel was in their colonial army at that time).

There was so no money left that he went off the Gold standard. The frankly Death-Star sized chickens from THAT are presently coming home to roost btw. Enjoy the guano.

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Re: "Hello, Smithsonian? This is NASA"

"NYET"

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NUH! LAND!

The political standoff between the US and Russia over the latter's antics in Ukraine

Dontcha mean the former's antics in Ukraine?

"Fuck the EU, we will have a nazi revolution emerging from this embassy ... AND GET AWAY WITH IT!"

It's an old US thing, practiced successfully in South America mainly. But now that everything is newly under the survey of the Monroe doctrine, things are a bit changey (though not much hopey).

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