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Deep beneath MELTING ANTARCTIC ice: A huge active VOLCANO

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But wait...

What if one of your list gets Simon Cowell first..?

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NORKS breaks ground on new high-tech industrial park

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@Don Jefe Re: "as well as a power plant"

And there's me thinking that nice Mr Putin had "altruism" written all over him...

Interesting how he wants the status & position of a Czar, but with the effective power of his old KGB chief...

Plus ça change

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Google, Microsoft to drop child sex abuse from basic web search

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Oh well,

That means that anything to do with Scunthorpe is now going to be unfindable on the webs...

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File-NUKING Cryptolocker PC malware MENACES 'TENS of MILLIONS' in UK

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Re: There is a simple solution....

Yes, but scanned for what?

I've lost count of the number of friends/acquaintances who have installed AV on my advice, then complained two years later that their PC has nasties on it.

No, of course they haven't kept their virus defs up to date - too much like hard work - despite the fact that (I thought) I'd drummed it into them that it was a necessity.

Who knows how up-to-date GMail's scanning is? Sure, it's helpful:- but don't become complacent and totally rely on it.

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Re: GCHQ

I take it you're Welsh...

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Norks EXECUTE 80 for watching DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES

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Re: All to do with history @Mtech25

Plus of course, the necessity to avoid losing face. Less important to us occidentals, but it's been ingrained in the oriental psyche for at least a couple of thousand years.

They (the Chinese Authorities) probably couldn't bring themselves to say "Yeah, you're all correct: he is indeed a nasty little nutter of the worst kind, and we've been propping him up & covering his arse for too long now. Enough".

But then has politics ever been based upon openness, honesty & altruism?

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@Gav and Gordon 11

OK - I take your point re rights on a pragmatic basis. Let's substitute the word "freedom" for "rights".

In a totally anarchic (proper meaning thereof) world/country/state, I would be free to strangle those who piss me off, as there is no authority to stop me, but it could not be said that I had the "right" so to do, as the lack of authority means there is no-one in a position to define or confer those freedoms as a "right".

Societies historically develop as a group of like-minded individuals coming together with a consensus regarding which "freedoms" are to be surrendered, which "freedoms" are to be protected (i.e. become 'rights') and to define those areas where the common good has a higher priority than individual good. These rules become known as "the law".

Human nature being what it is, societies have found it necessary to allot to some people the purpose of ensuring that the society members abide by the agreed (i.e. consensus) rules. These are police/law enforcement - call it what you like. Then there are those whose allotted function is to administer the mechanics of the society:- i.e. civil service, local council etc., etc.

The larger and more complex the society, the greater the need for (and numbers needed) of specialists in a specific are. The real danger is - and we see this worldwide - when a group of specialists, such as law enforcers, or rule administrators decide that for reasons of self-interest, they will subtly amend the rules or even re-interpret them to their own benefit. This would also include receiving corrupt inducement to do the same for the benefit of another minority self-interested pressure group.

Societies have also varied in their intrinsic make-up: the continental norm tending towards "Everything is forbidden except that which is expressly permitted" whereas in Great Britain, the subtle but vital difference has been our rules are more based upon "Everything is permitted except that which is expressly forbidden."

Many of my freedoms have been conferred as rights by documents such as Magna Carta in 1215, Habeas Corpus Act 1679, the Bill of Rights in 1689 and others.

Society is - or rather should be - for the benefit of the individuals who comprise it. It is emphatically not for the benefit of a small clique who confer upon themselves the "right" to treat the other members as little more than tax-fodder or milch cows, which is unfortunately the situation towards which we have drifted for far too long.

end of rant!

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Re: I read this and I think

"We should be lucky to have the freedoms that we have"

But the problem is I don't consider myself lucky.

These freedoms are my RIGHT, dammit:- no-one, but no-one, has the right to decide arbitrarily to restrict my freedom(s) on a piecemeal or gradually creeping basis. I accept that to live in a society, one trades off the advantages of doing so against the loss of some freedoms:- e.g. the freedom to just take whatever I want, the freedom to throttle those who piss me off, etc.; one accepts the rules of that society and abides by them.

When those who are elected to administer that society attempt to change the rules - to their advantage and to our (the society members) disadvantage, the society is in danger of breaking down - possibly violently.

I refuse point-blank to say to my ruling élite "Thank you for only curtailing my freedoms a little" and subsequently repeat that mantra once a month with every new restriction that further encroaches upon my liberties.

I will never willingly surrender my current freedoms 'in order to preserve my freedom'.

Whilst I'm not surprised at the élite indulging in such sophistry, I am appalled at the degree to which it's being swallowed by many who should know better.

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HUMANITY STUNNED - Apple Retina iPad Mini arrives. A solemn moment

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Wait...

Waiting for what?

Maybe the next episode in The Register's long-running sulky grudge against Apple; dating back to the time when Apple failed to accord them "Most favoured journalists" status, thus sparking one of the longest hissy fits in history...

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World's first 3D-printed metal gun 'more accurate' than factory-built cousin

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@Jake Re: hmmm..

"... I think I'll stick to my Kimber .45 ;-)..."

And being in the UK, I'll stick to my stick - making sure the pointy end isn't too pointy or Mr Plod will have me...

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You've been arrested for computer crime: Here's what happens next

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@Squander Two:- Re: There is no innocence

"...considering the issue of justice in the UK..."

Justice in the UK?

An intriguing idea - but the establishment would never permit it.

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Foxconn-rebrander Apple to rebrand hardware from other Taiwanese firms, too

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Re: Couldn't agree more.

El Reg has moved from New Scientist magazine to Nuts magazine with apparent ease.

It's alright for light entertainment, but you wouldn't take it seriously - or admit to being a reader at a job interview.

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And in other news...

Goodyear Rebranders Rolls Royce, BMW & Ferrari might release new cars next year.

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Tesla shares dip as Elon Musk admits electrocar firm ran out of juice

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I'm fairly sure...

...that the oil companies' cartel will continue to do their utmost to bury electric cars, by any means possible. This will undoubtedly include some form of unseen arm-twisting to suppliers to the nascent electric car industry,

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Twitter #blabbergasm explodes as shares soar close to $50 on NYSE

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Re: You are all fucking insane!

""Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it,"

George Santayana

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Skype U-turns on plan to kill off desktop API, spares foot from bullet

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Predictable

Unfortunately the attitude for which MS has often been criticised in the past -

"Own & control it, or kill it!" still seems to prevail.

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Twitter co-founder chats to banks about floating ANOTHER profitless firm

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Appropriate

Since we appear to be in the realms of not-really-existing currency (See Quantitive Easing, ZIRP, Bank Bailouts, etc., ad nauseam), why am I not surprised at those who choose to chase spurious fortunes valued in Monopoly money, based on buying (part of) an unprofitable enterprise, with money they don't have but which doesn't really exist anyway.

My mind is too confused to boggle...

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Microsoft offers Google-esque multi-meddling options in Office Web Apps

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Hmmm...

Since it seems to be widely acknowledged that a camel is a horse designed by a committee, I dread to think what a document will be after "Team Edit" has had a go at it...

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Cops: Bloke makes bet with wife. Wife loses - so hubby TASERS her

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Re: Before anybody suggests it is confined to the US ...

"...a warring wife ran over her husband (and his father) with her camper van..."

Obviously not an intent...

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Anonymous hacktivists' Million Mask March protest hits London

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Re: @Chamone IT

Exactly:- if no-one has more than £10,000,000 then anything for sale to the individual but priced over ten million, will drop in price until it reaches purchasable status and thus sells.

Or is withdrawn from the marketplace if the vendor decides to keep it.

Corporate purchases are obviously a different matter.

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Re: Well..."Cull The Tories" I disagree with this one:- why stop there? Cull the lot of 'em...

Good plan:- I'll go along with that.

We just need to decide exactly how we cull them - maybe as in "badger" - pour encourager les autres...

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Well...

...as a relatively reactionary 63-yr old, who has always had a distaste for Labour because of their interfering, controlling, nannying ethos, I must say that there is much in this protest with which I profoundly agree:-

"Cull The Tories" I disagree with this one:- why stop there? Cull the lot of 'em...

"Remember who your enemies are: billionaires who own banks and corporations who corrupt politicians who enslave the people in injustice," Totally agree:- who with more than a single number IQ could not?

"The government doesn't listen to us. Big business doesn't listen. We're here to protest against greed and call for a fairer world." Very true:- but I think it will take rather more than protest to achieve this.

"The corporate world has gotten out of control. They don't need all that money." Spot on:- whilst I'm no leftie (the government can keep its larcenous sticky fingers away from my hard-earned), corporate pay & benefits for the upper echelons have reached levels of avarice undreamed of only a few years ago.

History has shown that even when a socialist government is installed - either voted in or having seized power, all that happens is that one class dictatorship is replaced by another. Socialists never redistribute wealth - instead they redistribute poverty & misery.

It's always us poor bastards in the middle who get squeezed and hammered.

The answer? I haven't formulated any ideas yet, but I can say my heart goes out to all you poor sods under the age of 40, when I think about your potential future, and the incompetent corrupt arseholes to whom you appear to have to entrust it...

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Thought you didn't need to show ID in the UK? Wrong

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Humph!

At 63, I'm past the age where pubs & baccy shops ask for proof of age.

I have neither a Passport nor a Driving Licence.

Big Brother can go take a flying f***.

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Galaxy is CRAMMED with EARTH-LIKE WORLDS – also ALIENS (probably)

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@Ellz

If I could pick up anything in 1,000 years I'd undoubtedly be far too senile to indulge in any contemplation of it.

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@Vociferous 04/11/13 22:42

"... it's surprising we've still not been extinguished by alien invasion..."

Maybe they were on their way to invade Earth, but picked up TV transmissions en route, saw Simon Cowell and decided they didn't want any part of such a planet...

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Digital deviants: The many MAD COMPUTERS of Doctor Who

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Who needs computers?

"... it could turn the planet’s people into helpless slaves..."

That's been achieved by just a few bankers...

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Locked-up crims write prison software that puts squeeze on grub supplier

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Re: Trust

Yeah, but they're on the government payroll (one way or another)

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Re: Well, if and when

Not necessarily:- in parts of the US, taking a P in public - even if down a dark alley - can get you on the sex offenders' register as a flashing perv.

Their justice system isn't the most sensible in the world.

And before loads of rebel colonials rerun the Boston Tea Party with downvotes, I'd be the first to say that ours is nothing to write home about, either.

However, it's good to see cons doing something useful and helping to reduce waste of public funds.

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John Kerry bombshell: 'Yes, the NSA... reached TOO FAR, inappropriately'

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Re: Translation

"innocent people are not being abused in this process... in some cases it has reached too far, inappropriately..."

Either this is self-contradictory (not unusual from a politician)

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Only guilty people are being inappropriately abused

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He can't speak English

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He doesn't know WTF he's on about

Answers on a postcard to:-

1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20500, United States

All correct entries win a stay at a holiday camp at a spot which is part of Cuba - with some natty orange holiday clothes

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SR-71 Blackbird follow-up: A new TERRIFYING Mach 6 spy-drone bomber

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Re: humanity in space

"... he biggest issue with us humans being able to survive extended periods in space is the social issues that will arise..."

You mean you don't look forward to sharing a cabin with Simon Cowell for six months...?

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iPHONE 5S BATTERY: It may NOT just be you, it may be RUBBISH

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It's generic...

All such statements are prepared by Marketing and/or PR types.

Neither of which are renowned for their knowledge of, or skills in, the correct use of the English language.

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Published headline:- iPhone 5s recall shocker: Crap batteries leave fanbois fuming

Story: Apple is recalling some of its flagship iPhone 5s handsets after a flaw was found in the batteries that causes them to unexpectedly run out of juice.

Appropriate headline: Manufacturing fault at subcontractor: Vendor announces replacement programme

One presumes your journalistic/ethics training manual was bought at a fire sale at the demise of the late unlamented News of the World...

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Cook: Apple 'so very, very proud to be a FORCE FOR GOOD'

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Obviously

"...It's fashionable in some quarters to castigate Apple as The Great Satan..."

El Reg being one such quarter...

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Silicon Valley 'no-hire pact' lawsuit gets class action status for tech workers

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Re: this is good

"...The US judicial system is politicised..."

Much like the UK system then: for 'politicised' read 'corrupt'.

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Call yourself a 'hacker', watch your ex-boss seize your PC without warning

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@Mr Xavia

"Americans have rights? only when the government wants them to"

Mr X, it's been that way in the UK long since. The odd thing is that European criminals, illegal immigrants convicted of rape & murder, hate preachers advocating jihad & the destruction of our society - why, their rights are sacrosanct.

We poor native plebeians who are the ones who apparently must work & pay for everything - we have no rights, other than the freedom to be taxed to the hilt - and then some!

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Anonymous and pals gather in support of girl at centre of rape case

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@NogginTheNog

Come again?

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Pop OS X Mavericks on your Mac for FREE while you have LUNCH

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@Velv

There's always one...

The fact that those still on Snow Leopard can download Mavericks free - skipping the paid upgrades to Lion & Mountain Lion - seems to have escaped you. I suppose you thought the move from Windows 3.1.1 to Windows 7 was simply a service pack...

Sophistry & bile exemplified.

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Unsupervised Brit kids are meeting STRANGERS from the INTERNET

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Re: @Jim 59

"...he just pointed out that parents are stronger than their children..."

Here in the UK, it would be more accurate to say "...parents should be stronger than their children...".

Unfortunately, it isn't always so:- whether you approve of my wording or not, no-one can deny that we now have a significant percentage of parents who, possibly following the example of their own parents, have never shown or indeed found it necessary to show any responsibility for anything in their lives.

Naughty? it’s not your fault; you suffer from ADHD.

Fat/Obese? it’s all the fault of those evil fast-food merchants.

Unsuccessful in life? None of it is your fault (even if you ARE a lazy sod) – it’s your parents’/school’s/employer’s fault.

Can’t be arsed to think? Not your fault (see above) – the nice man/woman on the telly will do it for you.

If such won't even consider accepting any responsibility for their own lives, how the hell can we expect them to accept the heavy responsibilities of parenthood? Far, far too much personal responsibility has been removed from the individual by an intrusive, controlling nanny-state.

This is a definite "cause & effect", and until we address the cause, the effect will grow.

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Volvo: Need a new car battery? Replace the doors and roof

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Re: That slight "ding" in the door."Ummmmmmm. It'll cost you a bit, gov."

...then don't let the missus drive it...

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MacBook Air fanbois! Your flash drive may be a data-nuking TIME BOMB

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Re: No they don't !

"... ignorance is least cost route for Apple..."

Also the default route for some commenters, apparently.

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Last living NEANDERTHALS discovered in JERSEY – boffins

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Re: Headline.

"...didn't find any living Neanderthals..."

Then they weren't looking in the right place. See my earlier comments re Messrs Prescott & Balls - to which could be added the name McCluskey

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@Richard 81 18/10/13 11:27

Wouldn't disagree with you there, old lad: I wasn't being partisan - although I wouldn't say your two examples have themselves done a whole load of evolving away from reptiles...

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@fandom - 18/10/13 10:42

There are those who haven't done too much evolving...

Are you listening, Mr Prescott & Mr Balls?

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Mac fans: You don't need Windows to get ripped off in tech support scams

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@Sisk

I hope your best beloved isn't running with an admin account...

She is??

Ooops!

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Happened to my sister...

My sister got a little suspicious when "Microsoft Online Security" called - complete with Indian accent - about a 'devastating Windows virus" on her computer.

An iMac running Lion.

She asked me for advice. She brought the football referee's whistle I recommended and kept it by the phone.

It was around three weeks later they called back, and one long loud blast from the whistle, right by the phone's mouthpiece, seemed to put them off.

Wonder if their eardrums have recovered...

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Man+iPhone versus artificial intelligence: Anki robot racer slot cars

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Re: I want one @Richard 120

Children should either be down the mines, or up chimneys - in between morning and evening paper-rounds, that is.

Therefore they'll be far too tired to be interested.

Q.E.D.

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Ofcom flogs ex-military 4G spectrum, but ONLY the iPhone 5 can use it

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Oh yeah??

Official 'consultation'??

Translation:-

We'll tell you what you're going to do:

You tell us why it's not a good idea

We tell you "Tough - it's what you're going to do anyway".

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'Please, steal my phone' TV ads by T-Mobile US slammed by legal eagles

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Re: Armed bodyguards with every contract?

Following on from "...It's time for telecommunications giants such as T-Mobile to step up and make meaningful progress towards implementing safeguards that protect consumers against these violent thefts...", the vast majority of muggers prefer cash to mobiles of almost any type.

Since the production of cash is a government monopoly, should that statement not read "It's time for governments to step up and make meaningful progress towards implementing safeguards that protect consumers against these violent thefts,"

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Feline OVERLORDS ditch camera-toting human servants, film selfie vids

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Re: Urban dictionary has it about right

Dogs have owners: cats have staff...

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