NORTH KOREANS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR SONY HACK, SAY EXPERTS

Sony Hack

NORTH KOREANS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR SONY HACK, SAY EXPERTS

Some of the world’s leading cybersecurity experts, as well as prominent hacking groups like Anonymous, say North Korea is NOT responsible for hacking Sony. And Anonymous now threatens to hack Sony if they DON’T release the Seth Rogen movie online. (My favorite comment below the article: “Guardians of Peace blackmail Sony into not releasing the movie so Anonymous will blackmail them into releasing the movie. What to do, what to do…”

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/12/20/sony-hackers-guardians-of-peace-troll-fbi-fbi-is-the-best-in-the-world.html

TORTURED REASONING

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Any politician (or journalist) using the term “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques” should be waterboarded, ‘rectally rehydrated’, and forced to stand in an agonizing position until they soil themselves. And then asked if they’re now ready to use the correct term – torture.

And Canadians shouldn’t get too smug about thinking the CIA torture techniques wouldn’t be used here.

Considering the overheated frenzy of nationalism that swept the country after a lone crazed gunman attacked parliament hill, I wonder how quickly Canadians would support ‘torturing a few folks’ if we suffered carnage akin to 9/11.

But full credit to the American government for releasing the CIA torture report. I can’t recall Mr. Harper’s government mustering up the integrity to admit to doing anything wrong. Ever.

USA TORTURE MASTERMINDS PAID $81 MILLION
Torture-Psychologists
The two psychologists who devised and tested the CIA torture tactics were paid $81 million.
And the American Psychological Association didn’t see this as a problem. More here

CIA TORTURE WHISTLEBLOWER ONLY ONE IN PRISON 

“John Kiriakou, who worked for the CIA between 1990 and 2004, stepped forward in 2007 and confirmed to press outlets some of the first details about the agency’s widespread use of torture.

Among Kiriakou’s revelations was an account to ABC News of the repeated water-boardings of Abu Zubaydah—a man currently imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay without charges whose 12 years of torture and abuse at the hands of the U.S. were further exposed in the Senate report.

In 2013, Kiriakou—a father of five—was prosecuted by the Obama administration under the Espionage Act for allegedly revealing classified information to a reporter. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison, which he is still serving. His incarceration came after the Obama administration refused to prosecute any of the higher-up government officials who designed, authorized, or otherwise took part in implementation of the torture program.” More here

AND FINALLY, AND PERHAPS MOST DISTRESSING …

New Poll Finds 59% of Americans Support Post 9/11 Torture

VAGINA KAYAK & PENIS PARADE

Yeah, that title got your attention, huh? We lived in Japan a couple times, once for 3 years, and developed a love/hate relationship with the place. (Probably mutual.) And these 2 pieces give you a sense of why:

JAPANESE POLICE ARREST WOMAN WHO MADE KAYAK MODELED FROM HER VAGINA – AGAIN
Japanese Wpman's Vagina Kayak
“A woman who 3-D printed her vagina and rendered it into a giant yellow Kayak, has been arrested — again — by Japanese police for allegedly trying to show people her “Pussy Boat.” (more here)

And yet, at the same time, the annual  Kanamara Matsuri parade:

Penis Parade 2    Japanese Penis Parade

So, penises … okay.
Vaginas … not so much.

TWITTER-QUITTER CONFESSION

THERE IS NO BUDDHA IN TWITTER

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Love this from a recent Twitter Quitter:… I was becoming unconscious over at Twitter. I’d wrapped myself into a stream of inane blather that is extremely habit forming but ultimately becomes rote, superficial and turns you into a mental mirror, rather than a sentient being. There is no Buddha in Twitter.” (More here)

He has since rejoined for some specific usage, but with a new account that he is determined to use very sparingly, saying:  “I’ve re-joined Twitter, but … On October 12th I decided to close down my Twitter account as an experiment. I could see it was taking up too much of my time, on the other hand I found it useful for certain things and I wanted to see what difference not having it around would make to my working life and life in general.”

GLOBAL CORRUPTION INDEX

New GLOBAL CORRUPTION rankings out. (Jeez, it’s like the NFL or something.)

According to “expert analysis of public sector sleaze”, the least corrupt countries are Denmark, followed by New Zealand, Finland and Sweden.

The most corrupt?  Somalia, North Korea, Sudan and Afghanistan.

GLOBAL CORRUPTION RANKINGS

What about your lovely country? Full rankings and more here

And again, if you haven’t read McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld, give it a go. Very disturbing. Very enlightening