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Brazilian President Bolsonaro menaged to be more Trump than Trump by angering Israel about what he said about the Holocaust.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/13/world/middleeast/bolsonaro-holocaust-forgive-israel.html ( http://archive.li/QOpX4 )

President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil drew Israel’s ire on Saturday for saying the crimes of the Holocaust are forgivable.
Mr. Bolsonaro made the comments Thursday night at a meeting with evangelical pastors in Rio de Janeiro. He was talking about his visit to the Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem earlier this month.
“We can forgive. But we cannot forget,” he said of the Holocaust, adding that action was needed to ensure its horrors were not repeated. “Those who forget the past are condemned to not have a future,” he added.

President Reuven Rivlin of Israel and Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial criticized the right-wing Brazilian leader, who has come under fire before for his controversial statements on other subjects.
“We will never forgive and never forget,” Mr. Rivlin said on Twitter. Without mentioning Mr. Bolsonaro by name, he went on with a message clearly directed at him.

Mr. Bolsonaro during a memorial ceremony at Israel’s Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem. He later said there was “no doubt” the Nazis were leftists.CreditAbir Sultan/EPA, via Shutterstock

“Political leaders are responsible for shaping the future. Historians describe the past and research what happened. Neither one should stray into the territory of the other,” he said.
Yad Vashem, the center in Jerusalem that serves as a memorial to the six million Jews murdered by Nazis during World War II, also took issue with Mr. Bolsonaro’s comments.
“We disagree with the Brazilian president’s statement that the Holocaust can be forgiven,” the center said, according to Israeli media reports.
This month, Mr. Bolsonaro visited Israel for four days and traveled to Yad Vashem with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He stirred controversy during the visit when he echoed an earlier remark by his foreign minister, who said Nazism was a leftist movement.

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Florida man keeps cassowary as pet. Cassowary makes brave bid for freedom, strikes down its jailor.


A cassowary – a large, flightless bird native to Australia and Papua New Guinea – has killed its Florida owner when it attacked him after he fell.

The fire rescue department in Alachua county told the Gainesville Sun newspaper the cassowary killed the man on Friday on his property near Gainesville, in the north of the state, likely using its long claws. The victim, whose name was not released, was apparently breeding the birds, state wildlife officials said.

“It looks like it was accidental. My understanding is that the gentleman was in the vicinity of the bird and at some point fell. When he fell, he was attacked,” the deputy chief, Jeff Taylor, told the newspaper.

Cassowaries are similar to emus. They can be up to 2 meters (6ft) tall and weigh up to 60kg (130lb), with black body feathers and bright blue heads and necks.

The San Diego zoo’s website calls cassowaries the world’s most dangerous bird with a 10cm dagger-like claw on each foot.

“The cassowary can slice open any predator or potential threat with a single swift kick. Powerful legs help the cassowary run up to 31 miles per hour (50km/h) through the dense forest underbrush,” the website says.

Cassowaries are not raised for food in the US, but are sought after by collectors.

It is not clear what happened to the bird.


A five foot woman having quadruplets could flat out fucking die and even if not is going to have shit happen to undercarriage that makes the firebombing of Dresden look like a rash. Complications could kill not only her but all the fetuses. It's pretty routine to cull in that situation.

And you need some criterion for it. It's not like she decided to have a litter.
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I don't know if it warrants its own thread, but this is becoming it's own "gate" of sorts but without the autistic faction-off effect others do. Apple is deleting feedback and also banning accounts that have been used to report a widespread issue in regards to the usual water damage and data recovery processes. They are flat out saying independent repair are a scam and that, in fact, data recovery is impossible. This is also denying that forensics exist for computer storage and had existed for decades. Apple is lying by omission to prevent you from being given back your personal property.
Louis and Jessa are awesome for IRL trolling Apple like this.

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Imagine my face when I read this. Is anybody really surprised the Islam-loving Democrats that refuse to condemn Islam would refuse to call the 9/11 hijackers terrorists?
Could be worse. The leader of a pro-immigration/pro-muslim party who holds the record of getting islamists(including the unofficial representative of the Muslim Brotherhood*) into important positions in the Swedish parliament, called 9/11 "the accident in New York" on national TV.

Wow that's a badly written sentence.

*he was later ousted for repeatedly cozying up to the grey wolves, a violent Turkish right wing ultranationalistic and neo-fascist group. He had a long series of fuck ups that he got away with for years, among them saying that Swedish muslims going to Syria and joining ISIS to fight was no different than Swedish people volunteering to fight alongside the Finns in the Winter War, that was during the election campaign for his party at the biggest political get together of the year, a sort of Swedish state of the union that goes on for a week.

Shortly after that he was the appointed minister for housing and urban development.
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Gillette posted an ad with a morbidly obese woman in a swimsuit and people are Mad.


From "The Federalist":

The model’s cascading fats melt away into the sea foam, and the lines created by the edges of her arms direct the eye towards the crisp red of the lipstick on her mouth, which also happens to be the only non-voluptuous part on her. Next we notice the slimming dangling earrings and the relatively small chest. I see that ad not as an attempt to celebrate fatness, but as an effort to normalize it.

When intersectional activists try to get populist on beauty, proposing the idea that every woman is beautiful, they fail to acknowledge that historically beauty ideals have been rare, impossible, and often painful and unnatural (see corsets, foot binding, and neck elongating). There is beauty in real people inasmuch as inner beauty shines through the vessel that is human body, but the ideals of beauty trend unreal.

Contrary to fatness activists’ protests, Western patriarchy is not oppressing them. Western patriarchy keeps their unhealthy bodies alive (I realize medical conditions may make it impossible for some people to lose weight).

There is something incredibly sad about women demanding to be seen as beautiful. There is something wrongheaded about the assumption that beauty ideals do not arise in a society but are simply imposed by the fashion business, and that political clout can be exchanged for feeling good about one’s looks. It’s a simplistic view of beauty, a simplistic view of power, and questionable psychotherapy.
From CBS:

Some commenters defended O'Brien while keeping their aim focused on Gillette. "There's no reason to be rude or unkind to someone who is obese and there is no reason @GilletteVenus should be encouraging life threatening obesity. This would also be true if they used an anorexic model. I wish the model they used well but Gillette should know better," @robbystarbuck said.
Neither morbidly obese or anorexic people should be portrayed as beacons of beauty. The only difference is if Eugenia Clooney was a model, people would immediately recognize it as promoting eating disorders. Binge eating though? No, no, it's beauty at ever size.

A company that views female arm hair as obscene but is willing to promote unnatural obesity makes no sense.


The essayist of the far-right Alain Soral, was sentenced this Monday, April 15, by the correctional court of Paris to a year in prison with an arrest warrant, to challenge the existence of the Holocaust.

The essayist, sentenced for having published on its website the conclusions in issue of his counsel in another case, was not present at the reading of the advisement. His counsel, Damien Viguier, was sentenced to 5,000 euros fine for aiding and abetting, because of the content of these conclusions.

Last march, Alain Soral had been sentenced for having published a cartoon denying the holocaust to 10,000 euros fine. In April 2016, the site of Alain Bonnet, said Soral, Equality, and Reconciliation, had then published a cartoon depicting on one titled “Chutzpah Hebdo” the face of Charlie Chaplin in front of the star of David, with a bubble, the question of “Shoah ” where are you?”, reference to a controversy of “Charlie Hebdo” after the attack in Brussels, “Dad, where are you?”.

Alain Soral, 60 years old, has already been convicted several times, including for incitement to racial hatred.

The British, French and German totalitarian triptych all in one day. :cunningpepe:


For the Emperor?!
Man sues parents for 'destroying' his valuable porn collection
The son said his father told him in an email that he had destroyed the porn for his son's "mental and emotional health."

An Indiana man is suing his parents for destroying his porn collection, which he claimed was worth almost $29,000.

In a lawsuit filed last week in federal court in Michigan, the man said he moved to Indiana after living with his parents in Grand Haven, Michigan, for 10 months after a divorce.

He said he did household chores in lieu of paying rent, according to court documents.

In December 2017, the lawsuit says, his parents delivered boxes of his belongings to his residence in Indiana, but they were missing many of his possessions.

The man asked his parents about the "missing property," and they said "the items were destroyed," the lawsuit states.

In a January 2018 email that was part of the lawsuit, the father admitted to destroying some of his son's belongings.

"I do not possess your pornography. It is gone," the email said. "It has been either destroyed or disposed of. I may well have missed a few items that are now in your possession but, at this point, if you don't have it, it is gone. Ditto for your sex toys and smutty magazines."

His father also said in the email that it "took quite a while" to destroy 12 moving boxes full of pornography and two boxes of "sex toys."

"I did you a big favor by getting rid of all this stuff for you," the email stated.

Unable to come to a resolution with his parents, the man said he filed a police report with the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department in Michigan in which he alleged the value of his collection to be $10,000 to $30,000, factoring in his "emotional attachment" to the items. He told officers he wanted to file charges against his parents for the destruction of his property, according to the police report.

The man's mother told police that she and his father had asked their son not to bring any of his pornography into their house before he moved in because they knew he "had issues with it." The parents kicked him out after a domestic incident, the police report states.


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After the prosecutor's office declined to press charges, the man wrote his father an email.

"If you had a problem with my belongings, you should have stated that at the time and I would have gone elsewhere. Instead you choose to keep quiet and behave vindictively," he wrote, according to the lawsuit.

His father allegedly responded that one reason "I destroyed your porn was for your own mental and emotional heath. I would have done the same if I had found a kilo of crack cocaine. Someday, I hope you will understand."

The man later reached out to investigators again, allegedly sending one officer 44 emails listing movies he said his parents had destroyed, many of which he claimed were valuable, difficult-to-get films.

The prosecutor again declined to file charges.

The man is seeking $86,822.16 in damages and attorneys' fees.

His attorney, Miles Greengard, declined to comment.

The man's parents could not immediately be reached for comment.


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Chewy Chips Ahoy cookies recalled due to 'unexpected solidified ingredient'
Some reports of potential adverse health effects have been received, too.

Mondelēz Global has issued a voluntarily recall of its 13-ounce packages of Chewy Chips Ahoy after receiving reports of an "unexpected solidified ingredient" in some packages, it announced on Tuesday.

Some reports have also spoken of "adverse health effects," according to a statement from the company, although it did not elaborate on what those health effects were.

The recall is limited to packages labeled with the UPC number "0 44000 03223 4" and with the following "Best When Used By Dates," which are located on the top-left side of the package when you lift the tab:

  • 07SEP2019
  • 08SEP2019
  • 14SEP2019
  • 15SEP2019
The packages are red and have the word "Chewy" emblazoned on them in multiple locations. No other Chips Ahoy products are included in the recall.

Mondelēz warns consumers to not eat the product and to contact the company at 844-366-1171 for more information about the recall.
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I had this interesting mini-eureka moment a few weeks ago that I wanted to share for a few reasons. One, I don’t usually reflect on the connections that help me understand how I learn something new or what goes into coming up with some new concept. Most of the time, the connections aren’t clear to me. Two, I like to show students that inspiration for new “research” or “scholarly” ideas doesn’t have to come from only “scholarly” publications. Three, I need to write it out to fully understand how I came to this conclusion and to really understand what this conclusion means!

  1. Marie Kondo has been in the zeitgeist for awhile, but especially now that she has a Netflix series. I saw the first episode awhile back and it reminded me of how having a space clean of clutter and mess really helps the mind feel clearer. Marie Kondo’s spiritual approach to objects also made me reflect upon our relationships with objects and why we feel so much attachment to inanimate things. Why can’t we just let those things go?
  2. Then I listened to this Still Processing podcast episode (if you don’t listen to SP, you’re missing out) where Jenna and Wesley talk about Marie Kondo and got really deep about it, as they usually do. They get into legacy and ask what does what we leave behind say about us? They remark on how American materialism is, connect the Kondo-Mari method to Shinto, and introduce (to me) Swedish death cleaning, a practice in which people who recognize they are nearing death start cleaning out their things so that their friends and family don’t have to after they pass away.
  3. I recently facilitated an instruction session for a Reading and Writing Autobiography course where I used Marie Kondo and the Still Processing episode in an example of mind-mapping. The students were going to write a personal investigative essay so I wanted to show them how they might brainstorm their topic using something from my own life. The mind-mapping I did on the board with them definitely sparked something as my brain clearly continued to ruminate.
  4. In 2017 (yea this goes way back), for a white AF conference, I shared an AirBnB with Vani Natarajan, an amazing librarian of color whose thinking continues to push me and who I respect and admire so much (she was able to convince her library to send their student workers to the Joint Council of Librarians of Color conference – she’s a real one), and we had some really interesting discussions where I learned a lot. One of the mind-blowing things she shared was this idea of how our library collections, because they are written mostly by straight white men, are a physical manifestation of white men ideas taking up all the space in our library stacks. Pause here and think about this.
  5. If you don’t already know, “whiteness as property,” is a seminal Critical Race Theory (CRT) concept first introduced by Cheryl I. Harris in her 1993 Harvard Law Review article by the same name. She writes, “slavery as a system of property facilitated the merger of white identity and property” (p. 1721) and the formation of whiteness as property required the erasure of Native peoples. Basically, white people want to stay being white because of the privilege and protection whiteness affords under the law that they created. Harris also makes this really good point, “whiteness and property share a common premise — a conceptual nucleus — of a right to exclude” (1714). Bam! That really hits it on the head.
  6. As I’m collaborating on this book about CRT in Library and Information Studies (LIS), I’ve been having lots of discussions on these topics with some really smart folx. I had a call with Jorge (my co-editor) and Shaundra Walker (one of the OG CRT in LIS scholars) about Shaundra’s chapter, which is (obviously) going to be fire. Listening to her talk about her ideas connected some dots for me and I made the final jump to whiteness as property as collections.
Let me now try to connect all these dots in a coherent way. As others have written (Fobazi Ettarh,Todd Honma, Gina Schlessman-Tarango, etc.), libraries and librarians have a long history of keeping People of Color out. They continue to do so, which you can read more about here and from the others I mentioned above. Legal and societal standards revolve around whiteness and libraries are no different.

If you look at any United States library’s collection, especially those in higher education institutions, most of the collections (books, journals, archival papers, other media, etc.) are written by white dudes writing about white ideas, white things, or ideas, people, and things they stole from POC and then claimed as white property with all of the “rights to use and enjoyment of” that Harris describes in her article. When most of our collections filled with this so-called “knowledge,” it continues to validate only white voices and perspectives and erases the voices of people of color. Collections are representations of what librarians (or faculty) deem to be authoritative knowledge and as we know, this field and educational institutions, historically, and currently, have been sites of whiteness.

Library collections continue to promote and proliferate whiteness with their very existence and the fact that they are physically taking up space in our libraries. They are paid for using money that was usually ill-gotten and at the cost of black and brown lives. In the case of my current place of employment, the university definitely makes money off of the prison industrial complex and the spoils of war. Libraries filled with mostly white collections indicates that we don’t care about what POC think, we don’t care to hear from POC themselves, we don’t consider POC to be scholars, we don’t think POC are as valuable, knowledgeable, or as important as white people. To return to the Harris quote from above, library collections and spaces have historically kept out Black, Indigenous, People of Color as they were meant to do and continue to do. One only has to look at the most recent incident at the library of my alma mater, Barnard College, where several security guards tried to kick out a Black Columbia student for being Black.

I still have some thinking to do around this topic, but curious to hear what others think. I’m less interested in hearing that you don’t buy it, so don’t bother with those types of comments.

Special thanks to the homie, Jorge, for giving this a quick edit and making some kick-ass suggestions!


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In university, it always amused me that a large proportion of the school's Africana library collection consisted of Afrikaans literature or books by/about Afrikaners, in spite of the fact that the separate Africana collection was established specifically to ensure that African texts would have their own special place away from whitey


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Microsoft loses control over Windows Tiles

A service from Microsoft used to allow web page owners to deliver news on Windows Tiles as so-called Windows Live Tiles. After the service has been disabled, we were able to take over the corresponding subdomain and display our own Tile contents.

The Tiles service Microsoft introduced with Windows 8 has never been particularly successful. Microsoft has disabled a web service for the system but forgot to delete nameserver entries. This made the host vulnerable for a subdomain takeover attack - allowing us to control the contents. By doing so we were able to show arbitrary pictures and text within the tiles of other web pages.

The tiles can fullfil a number of functions. They allow web pages to display news on the tiles with a special meta tag. This function is called Windows Live Tiles. Web pages which support this service can be pinned as a tile.
Microsoft service converts RSS feed to Tiles
With a special XML-based file format, web pages can control the content of the tiles; for example, they can show the latest news. To make it easier for web pages to provide this function, Microsoft ran a service that automatically converted RSS feeds into that special XML format.
The web page that allows creating the corresponding meta tags is still online, although the service no longer works. The host that should deliver the XML files - notifications.buildmypinnedsite.com - only showed an error message from Microsoft's cloud service Azure.

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Video: Attack on Windows Live Tiles (1:03)
The abandoned host was vulnerable for a so-called subdomain takeover attack. The host was redirected to a subdomain of Azure. However this subdomain wasn't registered with Azure.
Azure subdomain could be re-registered
The takeover works via a so-called CNAME nameserver entry. It redirects all requests for the host to the unregistered Azure subdomain. With an ordinary Azure account, we were able to register that subdomain and add the corresponding host name. Thus we were able to control which content is served on that host.
Web pages using the defunct service from Microsoft included the Russian mail provider Mail.ru, Engadget, and German news sites Heise Online and Giga. Web pages that include these meta tags should remove them or, if they want to keep the functionality, create the corresponding XML files themselves.
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We have informed Microsoft about this problem but haven't received a reply yet. We won't keep the host registered permanently. There's a decent amount of traffic reaching this host and running up costs to hold the domain and block the corresponding subdomain even if we stop the web service and don't provide any content. Once we cancel the subdomain a bad actor could register it and abuse it for malicious attacks.

Windows Tiles were introduced on the start screen of Windows 8 and moved to the start menu in Windows 10. They have never been particularly popular. The web page Windowscentral speculated in January that the Tiles may be deprecated soon. The upcoming Windows Lite is rumored to come without Tiles already.

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