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Boing Boing and the EFF label the HDC as troll-friendly

Boing Boing and the EFF don’t have much good to say about Amy Adams’ Harmful Digital Communications Act.

If you set out to create the platonic ideal of a badly considered anti-trolling bill that made a bunch of ineffectual gestures at ending harassment without regard to the collateral damage on everything else on the Internet, well, you?d be New Zealand?s Parliament, apparently.

The Harmful Digital Communications Act has been under consideration for three years, but despite a long debate, the Parliament elected to create restrictions on all online speech ? from private arguments to videos of police brutality ? that would never be countenanced in the offline world.

HDC?s takedown regime takes all the worst elements of DMCA takedowns ? someone complains to a hosting company or ISP and they remove material nearly automatically, with hardly any consideration of whether the complaint passes the giggle-test ? and makes them even worse. Under the new system, trolls who mass-dox or denial-of-service attack a victim could make all of her online presence disappear with impunity, and face no penalties at all for abusing the procedure. If the victim did manage to attempt a counterclaim to keep her online life intact, it would require that she disclose her home address and other details to her attackers.

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Twitter’s new tools make banning dickheads easier

During the height of the ferals rubbish and Dirty Politics I received thousands of death threats, threats of violence and endless trolling from righteous left twats.

I blocked literally thousands of people. It took a great deal of effort, but the result was I don’t have to listen?anymore to a constant stream of dribbly lefties and their sanctimonious preaching.

Twitter has had a constant problem in how to deal with these online thugs and bullies and have now deployed a suite of tools to help.

Boing Boing summarises the changes:

Messages identified as abusive will not appear on notification timelines, thanks to a new filtering system designed to prevent harassment from being seen by its targets.

Twitter is also tightening its terms of service, banning indirect threats and formalizing its suspension system.

The changes are among the first to show up since CEO Dick Costolo said he was “frankly ashamed of how poorly we?ve dealt with this issue” in a recent interview.

The criterion for detecting abusive messages involve new accounts and the use of language similar to earlier messages flagged as abusive. Such tweets will not be removed–they will simply be blocked automatically from view. ?? Read more »

Sick Nazi Orgy F1 Boss, Max Mosley, wants the pics removed by Google


Max Mosley has obviously never heard of the Streisand Effect as he seeks to sue Google for not removing images of his BDSM orgy in nazi attire.

Former motorsport boss Max Mosley has asked lawyers to look into serving an injunction on Google in the wake of the landmark “right to be forgotten” ruling by the European Court of Justice.

The ruling has so far led to more than 1000 people applying for historical information to be removed from the search engine. ? Read more »

I think I might have to get me some of these


I am starting to amass a small collection of Whale related items…I saw these on Boing Boing…I might just have to get some. I don’t think there is an Orca knife though.

These whale-shaped Kujira knives were created by Japanese blacksmith Toru Yamashita, who was asked to make a knife for children to sharpen pencils with. The result is a slightly blunt, kid-friendly tool that’s whimsical, hand-forged and gorgeous. And as Core77’s Kat Bauman?points out, US residents can get this shipped in time for Christmas from Hand Eye Supply if they?order by noon?


Labour’s new strategy – The Reverse Donut

With all of Labour’s new remits that are being passed with gay abandon I was searching for a metaphor to replace Trevor’s Stealing Underpants strategy.

Then on Boing Boing, as is often the way, something caught my attention that summed it up perfectly.

The Reverse Donut Strategy.

The comment on the video is perfect:

Guy parked to switch drivers and the car slipped into reverse and started going crazy!!

And it took a guy in a gay red shirt to stop it.

Killer Cows

Cows kill more people than sharks.

Between 2003 and 2008, 108 people died from cattle-induced injuries across the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s 27 times the whopping four people killed in shark attacks in the United States during the same time period, according to the International Shark Attack File. Nearly all those cow-related fatalities were caused by blunt force trauma to the head or chest; a third of the victims were working in enclosed spaces with cattle.

Boing Boing?think there is a valid argument to have a Cow Week given the reputational bias against sharks in the media.

I found out yesterday that August 12 through August 16 is Shark Week on the Discovery Channel. So I thought I’d provide a nice counterbalance here. From now through August 18 I will provide you with one example of cow-related killings every day.

Watch out for little Fonterra and Federated Farmers PR flacks as they run campaigns to counter this evidence through local schools with the handing out of free milk.?Tell the kids not to sip on the white kool aid and ponder the statistics on the killer nature of the cow.

Buying protection

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With all the fuss over our Fat Jolly German friend this is amusing:

This anonymously funded movie satirizing the corruption of the copyright system in the USA has been viewed more than 10,000,000 times. The creators, who maintain the website?, explain that “the U.S. Government is making a major push to enforce its laws abroad with complete disregard for sovereignty of other nations in order to extradite so-called ‘criminals’ to the US where they will be tried for their ‘crimes’ in American court.”

Are Your Politicians For Sale? from Political Prostitution on Vimeo.

How to polish your shaft

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This guy is in trouble. I just bet he is against marriage equality:

Jack Schaap was the pastor at the largest church in Indiana until he was fired last week for having sex with a 17-year-old congregant (the?FBI is looking into it). Here he is in 2010 at a youth conference showing the audience how to properly polish a staff.?(Via?CN)

You are Here

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This is for a couple of my readers who are either battling cancer or know someone fighting cancer. It is about fighting battles:

Woody Roseland lives to laugh, to dream, and to be HERE. From his story, it wouldn’t seem like he has anything to laugh about. As a sophomore in high school, he experienced a pain in his leg that wasn’t just a bruise, it was cancer. Since, he has overcome cancer five times, and through it all has discovered the most important aspects of life. In this engaging and moving talk, Woody tells his serious story with humor, and asks us to participate in loving life and understand the weight of ‘You Are Here’.


Walking on the Moon

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On July 20 1969 Apollo 11 landed on the moon. Boing Boing has found a previously unreleased video of that momentous?occasion: