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MIT boffins moot tsunami-proof floating nuke power plants

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Re: .. Fukishima Residents Never Allowed Home?

Fukishima Residents Never Allowed Home

Hmmm....

Fukushima 2.25 -- The Humanitarian Crisis

The miniscule risks outlined by all these studies do not justify the continued harm and devastation perpetrated upon the Fukushima refugees. Except for the small, highly contaminated areas adjacent to the reactors which should stay off-limits until remediated, the risk of cancer and death from the increased use of coal and gas since the disaster has provided much more risk to the population of the Tohoku region, and to Japan as a whole, than any radiation effects from Fukushima.

Simply stopping smoking, which is rampant in Japan, would more than erase any risk from Fukushima, even for those who do not smoke.

This is cold comfort to the families of the elderly who died unnecessarily because of the forcible evacuation from hospitals and care homes during the accident, something admitted by the government. Since all radiation effects decrease dramatically with age, these people were in no health danger from the radiation at all and died pointlessly.

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Re: I'm no MIT...

like my fish with two eyes and a tail

"Anomalocarida, beasts with rotated heads and dangerous finned mutants! EDIACARIDAE!! Protect the world from the encroachment. HELP US STOP THE CAMBRIAN EXPLOSION!"

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even greater Green opposition

GOOD!

TROLL THEM UNTIL THEY BLEED!

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Re: MIT boffins moot tsunami-proof floating nuke power plants

> For every reason except planning consent

Run those other reasons by me again, I forget. Some commentard let rip on those but never bothered to go into details...

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OpenSSL bug hunt: Find NEXT Heartbleed, earn $$$ – if enough people donate cash

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Re: Too good to be true...

This IS the age of Quantitative Self-Easing, after all.

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Re: What I want to know ..

Do transcendental meditation in a GoogleBox cozily embedded in the GoogleSpace, with colored balls in attendance.

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ensure the Heartbleed omnishambles is never repeated

When we come back: RESEARCHERS CONFIRM THAT THE HALTING PROBLEM HAS BEEN SOLVED BY A TURING MACHINE!

After this message...

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Re: "WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A MEGA-FAIL IS DISCOVERED ?"

ANNOUNCE ON APRIL 1ST FOR THE LULZ!

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Re: Open Source Funding...

There is a better way to fund software development. It's where developers work for real money, and sell their products.

That's beside the point. That business model exists and it delivers shite, too, though it may manage to created more polished products.

One could also have megacorpses like Larry's dump a few kilobucks on the provider of the SSL functionality of what turns out to be a fat part of his product lineup, judging by the patch hurl released yesterday,

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Borked Bitcoin bunker MtGox in administration: Lawyer seizes control

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Well, THAT show is currently still ongoing. For example in lovely Italy.

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Tom Ridge: Private sector lagging in cybersecurity

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"Warfighters"? Faggot (in the nongay sense) detected!

Poor communications, weak management and a lack of communications with government agencies is leaving many large enterprises vulnerable to targeted cyberattacks, according to former US Homeland Security boss Tom Ridge.

This coming from a full-on eejit who survives by spending the evenings on the cocktail circuit and who then goes on to compare people who have to actually work for their money (yeah, this is still done in the century of "Quantitative Easing Infinity" - isn't that amazing!) with a sector of the "economy" that extracts money -- by hook or by crook -- from the people who have to perform said meaningful economic activity and that then doesn't manage to secure anything, much less manages to prevent anything, doesn't know how much it costs, couldn't add the figures if it knew, and generally produces only a diarrhea of "papers" and "laws" exhorting and forcing other people to do what it thinks is good for them (and assumes that all of that has zero cost anyway).

Yes it is that bad.

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Parent gabfest Mumsnet hit by SSL bug: My heart bleeds, grins hacker

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Clearly an Anonymous Cowardesse. Or else, cheap bait.

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Re: Mumsnet: "By parents for parents"

Probably NSFW

OP starts off with:

I considered name changing for this, but, fuck it. We have a dedicated post-sex cleanup area on the bedside table. A box of tissues, a small bin, and a beaker of clean water for temporary cleaning/dunking while the bathroom is occupied by me. Apparently our penis beaker is strange and not the done thing. Does everyone else just lay there in a sticky post coital glow until morning? Really?

And someone answers:

Have never heard of this. And used to be quite the harlot, so really think I would have seen in, if it were a common thing. But maybe my tastes just run to the unwashed...?

My cow-orkers caught me while eye-bulging... I would rather be caught on 4chan, but I LOLLED!

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Re: Information of value

mums?

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Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?

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"And just when Brit banking org needs £400m to stay afloat"

I love the smell of fractional reserve banking in the morning.

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German space centre endures cyber attack

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Our planz for the V2 hafe been stollen!

But Frau Merkel schläft jetzt. HERGOTT!

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New FEMTO-MOON sighted BIRTHING from Saturn's RING

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It hasn't even begun.

something is on the move

I predicted this would happen!

After "Chelyabinsk out of nowhere" and "Moon Impact on 9/11", the heavenly signs are quickening.

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Report: Apple seeking to raise iPhone 6 price by a HUNDRED BUCKS

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Re: Fair dues...

An don't forget the unicorn oil, made from freshly pressed young unicorns.

But Apple sure seems hot on getting its percentage of the Quantitative Easing money tsunami,

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Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE

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Re: Confused?

And still they come.

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Gnome Foundation runs out of cash

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Re: Socialism in Software Development...

I haven't seen Stallman running around, putting guns to people's head and demanding moneytaxescontributions.

OTOH, I have seen lots of people running off with BSD and GNU work, unwilling to put up a single cent or contribute any code whatsoever.

In other words: Your glib bullshit betrays a profound ignorance of what the difference is between "donations" and "reallocations"

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It may be ILLEGAL to run Heartbleed health checks – IT lawyer

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Re: Focus

if 'everyone' does it how does anyone get accused?

Listen buster, we are not putting a sizeable percentage of the population in jail for loong stretches because they took a puff or two so that you can go about muddying the waters!

Your papers, PLEASE!

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Re: software should be updated to use the new version, 1.0.1g.

I don't even know why they use the lettering in the first place.

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Re: Dodgy website admins

From the BSD license:

THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY [COPYRIGHT HOLDER] ''AS IS'' AND ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL [COPYRIGHT HOLDER] BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.

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"Just phone up your friendly Romanian"

lift anything from the memory of a secure server

Actually randomly lift 64K from the process answering the SSL heartbeat.

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Internet-of-stuff startup dumps NoSQL for ... SQL?

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Re: Is this news?

accept the technical debt of falling back to the comfort of SQL

IT marketing has jumped the shark.

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it does have a complicated set of data relationships – "one to one relationships and one to many relationships and many to many relationships," explained Butcher

In the 21st century, texts with more than 140 characters are tl;dr and N-to_n relationships are "complicated".

Its database is needed to reflect these many relationships [The key is in the name, chaps.—Ed.

No, Ed, the "relational" does not come from these "relationships", it comes from the fact that one expresses the relationship between "attributes" using a "relation" (aka a "table") -- as opposed to a set of pointers as was the custom up to Codd.

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Russian deputy PM: 'We are coming to the Moon FOREVER'

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Re: Makes sense

Put simply, space science fits largely in the "guns" category of "guns or butter".

Correct. Space Keynesiansim brings you a bit farther than War Keynesianism, but it's not a panacea - just allocation of productive capital from the taxpayer to projects the government finds good and from there into the pockets of contractors.

Seeing how 30 billion dollar somehow went AWOL in Sochi, and Russia still being a illiberal basket case economically, I'm not even sure how to feel about all of this.

And now a message from our sponsors:

MOON annexation by RUSSIA will be like a NEW MUNICH! Roll back the NEW HITLER!! Act now! HILLARY 2017!!!

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Check the news. Communism has been dead as dead since 1989 or so.

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OpenSSL Heartbleed: Bloody nose for open-source bleeding hearts

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Also, outside of the Linux Kernel Mailing list, has anyone ever seen a code review actually catch a problem? I sure as hell haven't.

You could be a sushi chef for all we know, so your lack of relevant encounters might find an easy explanation.

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Re: The real problem is C

ban C

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In favour of...?

Oh, please.

2014, and there are still "C fast and C furious" public dangers being deposited on my information highway due to morbidly retarded curricula combined with the attitude of the unstoppable coding matador.

And use the fucking static code checkers. Use them.

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Re: Given the choices:

I am pretty sure I have hit the "donate" button rather more often than $MYBOSS.

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Apple has THREE TIMES as much cash as US govt, TWICE the UK

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Currently they are pumping the cash from the print shop INTO the banks to keep Wall Street going. Do not expect anything to happen before this goes really sour.

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Snowden lawyer PGP email 'crack' flap: What REALLY happened?

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I am not happy about this.

US security experts with a patriotic – generally pro-NSA – perspective (such as the th3j35t3r here), along with former NSA staffers (here), were delighted by the whole episode

Until their $PREFERRED_POLITICIAN is killed off by strategic leaks.

The rule of men, not of laws.

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Death of data retention directive: What it means for OTHER data laws

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It has been thus since the times of Gilgamesh!

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Anatomy of OpenSSL's Heartbleed: Just four bytes trigger horror bug

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This attitude is not the key to success

System libraries usually need to be implemented in the most efficient possible way. That efficiency is achieved by working as close as possible to the "bare metal" — And C gets you there.

BOLD TALK ... FROM THE EIGHTIES! Well, already in 1984: The Lilith

Writing in C means you have to be much more careful

THIS ZIMMER FRAME REALLY GETS ME THERE FASTER, I JUST HAVE TO BE CAREFUL WHEN GOING DOWNSTAIRS. SURE I BROKE MY NECK A FEW TIMES, BUT IT'S NOT GONNA HAPPEN AGAIN.

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Re: Simple script?

Most people definitions of "simple" mean something like a 10 line script sending one or 2 strings down the line. Not 300 lines of code doing challenge response.

"Most people" are fucking idiots challenged by the simple task of cleaning up the stall behind themselves.

Sending one or 2 strings down the line is not "simple", it's a problem for the "differently abled" (or more charitably, for "first steps" exercises)

Doing challenge response in a 10 line script that can be read and understood by the tester is "simple" and done at the right level of abstraction.

Check out Erlang, then report back, mkay?

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Re: I don't get it..

just suggesting, perhaps we could be a bit less crap at everything?

"C"

The path starts here.

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Brit IBM prof gets life-changing 'Tech Nobel' for work in spintronics

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Re: Spintronics

No, that's "spindronics". You are confused.

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Revoke, reissue, invalidate: Stat! Security bods scramble to plug up Heartbleed

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Re: The web is a Swiss Cheese of Holes!

Because C, "runtime bounds checking is for lamers" and shitty protocols (imma gonna send muh size ... what a good idea)

Or just plausible deniability.

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Re: thanks citrix

Why no Citriulhu love, Harri?

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Re: Simply because the source code of Open Source software can be reviewed by anyone"....

Polarization by Daniel E. Geer, Jr:

I submit that polarization has come to cybersecurity. The best skills are now astonishingly good while the great mass of those dependent on cybersecurity are ever less able to even estimate what they don’t know, much less act on it. Polarization is driven by the fundamental strategic asymmetry of cybersecurity: the work factor for the offender is the incremental price of finding a new method of attack, but the work factor for the defender is the cumulative cost of forever defending against all attack methods yet discovered. Over time, the curve for the cost of finding a new attack and the curve for the cost of defending against all attacks to date must cross. Once they do, the offender never has to worry about being out of money. That crossing occurred some time ago.

I don’t see the cybersecurity field solving the problem because the problem is getting bigger faster than we (here) are getting better. I see, instead, the probability that legislatures will move to relieve the more numerous incapable of the joint consequences of their dependence and their incapability by assigning liability so as to collectivize the downside risk of cyber insecurity into insurance pools. We’re forcibly collectivizing the downside risks of disease, most particularly the self-inflicted kind, into insurance pools; why would we not expect the same of cyber insecurity, most particularly the self-inflicted kind?

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"Coding flaws in a fairly new feature"

Let me guess ... problems which could have been avoided if the language of predilection for taking relaxing mudbaths of coding wasn't "C" (with or without "lint")?

Of very high relevance, there is an inspiring series of papers on the subject of "weird machines". Check it out:

The Language-theoretic approach (LANGSEC) regards the Internet insecurity epidemic as a consequence of ad hoc programming of input handling at all layers of network stacks, and in other kinds of software stacks. LANGSEC posits that the only path to trustworthy software that takes untrusted inputs is treating all valid or expected inputs as a formal language, and the respective input-handling routines as a recognizer for that language. The recognition must be feasible, and the recognizer must match the language in required computation power.

When input handling is done in ad hoc way, the de facto recognizer, i.e. the input recognition and validation code ends up scattered throughout the program, does not match the programmers' assumptions about safety and validity of data, and thus provides ample opportunities for exploitation. Moreover, for complex input languages the problem of full recognition of valid or expected inputs may be UNDECIDABLE, in which case no amount of input-checking code or testing will suffice to secure the program. Many popular protocols and formats fell into this trap, the empirical fact with which security practitioners are all too familiar.

LANGSEC helps draw the boundary between protocols and API designs that can and cannot be secured and implemented securely, and charts a way to building truly trustworthy protocols and systems.

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No, we're not in an IT 'stockapoclyse' – boom (and bust) is exactly what tech world needs

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That is, sadly, what the efficient markets hypothesis says: that all available information is efficiently integrated into prices in a market.

Really? The efficient markets hypotheses is for 5 year olds and politicians and useful idiots.

But seriously, the rationale for wealth transfer from Main Street to Wall Street and Central Bank sycophants via monetary mass inflation and the inevitable bust-induced pain and disruption born mainly by Main Street (of course) is so that we can have .... Google????

FUCK.THAT.SHIT!

I would rather have hard money and well-thought out investment schemes than neverending Ponzis and international dubious Megacorps.

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Web data BLEEDOUT: Users to feel the pain as Heartbleed bug revealed

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Re: Internet. Of. Things.

People have been warned about the NSA or serial Easy Money Bubble implosions too, for a long time.

Warnings, like deficits and Big Government, don't matter.

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Microsoft: We've got HUNDREDS of patents on Android tech

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How many non-exFAT filesystems could you write for 100 of millions?

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UFO, cosmic ray or flasher? NASA rules on Curiosity curiosity

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Re: Caesar's Commentaries on Marco Polo's Dinner with Prestor John

Sorority Girls from SOLAR IV: The Curiosity Files!

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Now with added JFK

nasa is not the experts they claim to be

Behold the Internet!

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Gay marriage foes outraged at Mozilla CEO flap, call for boycott

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Re: Freedom of speech goes both ways here

who's actively campaigning against their human rights

I thought he was just against gay marriage? Does "marriage" count as a "human right" now? Are there any other administrative procedures that are listed under "human rights" that I should know about?

Indeed, and nobody has said that he can't continue to retain his bigotted, 19th century beliefs.

Bigoted takes one "t".

Thank you for the heartfelt righthink message, btw.

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Because "minority" people are entitled to entitlements!

Meanwhile:

A slave is somebody compelled to provide service to another. Elane Huguenin, a wedding photographer from New Mexico, was arraigned before [New Mexico's] state’s “human rights” soviet for politely declining to provide her services to a lesbian couple planning a “commitment ceremony” (the state doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage). The couple had no difficulty finding another photographer willing to accept payment for that service...

In its ruling upholding the actions of New Mexico’s “human rights” soviet, the State Supreme Court claimed that the lesbian couple had a right “to obtain goods and services from a public accommodation without discrimination on the basis of … sexual orientation.” This assumes that business owners like Huguenin have a duty to provide such services – and no right to decline participation in that transaction. In other words, involuntary servitude – despite being explicitly banned by the 13th Amendment – is justified in the service of “anti-discrimination” policy.

Attorneys on behalf of Huguenin appealed that ruling to the US Supreme Court, contending that it violated the free speech and religious liberty “guarantees” of the First Amendment – which it manifestly did. Huguenin’s legal counsel could have argued that the state’s Human Rights Act — which was amended in 2003 to include “sexual orientation” within the protected categories — represents a wholesale violation of property rights. This argument would only find traction, unfortunately, in a society where property rights are properly understood.

Huguenin’s counsel could have pointed out that the preferential treatment of property owners such as Mr. Darden [a hairdresser who would not accept business from New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez because she is an opponent of same-sex marriage with no ill effects] – who is allowed to discriminate against some customers on ideological grounds – violates the principle of equal protection under the law. But such preferential treatment is the entire point of “civil rights” enactments.

The US Supreme Court has declined Hugeunin’s appeal, tacitly ratifying the state supreme court’s endorsement of involuntary servitude in the name of “tolerance.”

All of this outraged entitled vocalatory minomajority is very confusing,

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