Diary of a Narcissistic Misanthrope

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My name is Clarence (Hello), born in 1988, i got my undergrad degree in Sociology (with a concentration in Women's Studies) and I'm utterly terrified. I'm scared of everything, people, my own feelings and sometimes even being but really there's nothing much to be done about that despite what I say. And I will say a lot about how my life has no meaning and i want to die (which is the majority of the time) but sometimes it seems like life is worth living for and everything in it is a spectacular explosion of awe inspiring wonder (which is usually a three week span some time in March). If it seems odd to read think what it might be like living it. So to get off the topic of terror I prefer stories es. I like to read them, I love to live in them and there is nothing better to me than a story so I guess this blog is a story mostly about me. Don't bother trying to find themes, connection or messages in what I post cause there really aren't any (unless they are completely accidental).



This blog is a story about what I find, what I feel and what I think so to that end I collect things to post or reblog. Its not meant to be anything truly meaningful or interconnected, just fun (mostly fun for me if you don't like it you can fuck right off) This is collection of all the the weird and interesting links from around the net that I find, comics, technology, comedy, current events, sociology, general geek/nerd interest, and more weird stuff. I think it makes for the closest representation to who I am that I've ever done and it just keeps growing bigger which is most of the fun. Please feel free to talk to me and don't mind the depressive tone i will probably be using. I like to think I'm somewhat fun if also a complete idiot.
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thepoliticalfreakshow:

The Crimean peninsula, the main flashpoint in Ukraine’s crisis, is a pro-Russia part of Ukraine separated from the rest of the country geographically, historically and politically. It also hosts Russia’s Black Sea Fleet. Ukraine has accused Russia of invading it, while Moscow argues that the new Ukrainian government is illegitimate and poses a threat to ethnic Russians in Crimea. Here’s some key information about the region:

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ON THE BLACK SEA

The Crimean Peninsula juts into the Black Sea, all but an island except for a narrow strip of land in the north connecting it to the mainland. On its eastern shore, a finger of land reaches out almost to Russia. It’s best known in the West as the site of the 1945 Yalta Conference, where Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill sealed the postwar division of Europe.

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WHY IT’S PART OF UKRAINE

It only became part of Ukraine when Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev gave the peninsula to his native land in 1954. This hardly mattered until the Soviet Union broke up in 1991 and Crimea ended up in an independent Ukraine. Despite that, nearly 60 percent of its population of 2 million identify themselves as Russians.

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THE BLACK SEA FLEET

On Crimea’s southern shore sits the port city of Sevastopol, home to the Russian Black Sea Fleet and its thousands of naval personnel. Russia kept its half of the Soviet fleet, but was rattled in 2009 when the pro-Western Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko warned that it would have to leave the key port by 2017. Shortly after pro-Russian Viktor Yanukovych was elected president in 2010, he agreed to extend the Russian lease until 2042. Russia fears that Ukraine’s new pro-Western government could evict it.

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THE TATARS

Crimea fell to Russia in the late 18th century when Catherin the Great’s troops defeated its Tatar hosts allied with the Ottoman Port following hostilities that raged for decades.

The Tatars, who were brutally deported in 1944 under Stalin, returned amid the breakup of the Soviet Union and now make up about 12 percent of the population. They want Crimea to remain part of Ukraine and have sided firmly with the anti-Yanukovych protesters in Kiev, who drove his government from power.

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FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE

British nurse Florence Nightingale was celebrated for treating wounded soldiers during the Crimean War of the mid-19th century, which Russia lost to an alliance that included Britain, France and the Ottoman Empire. She is now considered the founder of modern nursing. The war ended in Russia’s humiliating defeat.

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Same-sex couples don’t have to wait until June to get married in Cook County under a federal judge’s ruling issued Friday.

“There is no reason to delay further when no opposition has been presented to this Court and committed gay and lesbian couples have already suffered from the denial of their fundamental right to marry,” U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman said in her ruling.

Friday’s ruling in the class-action lawsuit against the Cook County Clerk’s office appears to affect only same-sex marriages in Cook County.

Camilla Taylor of Lambda Legal hopes the ruling encourages other county clerks “do the right thing” and allow same-sex marriages immediately, as well.

In December, Coleman ruled that same-sex couple in which one or both partners has a life-threatening illness don’t have to wait June to get married, when Illinois’ gay marriage law take effect statewide.

Before that ruling, Vernita Gray, 64, and Patricia Ewert, 65, became the first same-sex couple to wed in Illinois in November after they asked a federal judge for an expedited license because Gray has inoperable brain tumors and breast cancer that had spread to her bones.

Illinois became the 16th state to legalize same-sex marriage, but the law was not have taken effect until June 1.

H/T: Stefano Esposito, Staff Reporter at Chicago Sun-Times

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thepoliticalfreakshow:

Democrats have introduced legislation in the US Senate and House of Representatives that will temporarily restore Net neutrality rules to keep the Internet open until the Federal Communications Commission can craft rules of its own that will stand up in court.

The two bills (PDF), which were introduced on Monday, come just weeks after a federal appeals court threw out the FCC’s Net neutrality rules on a legal technicality. The FCC had adopted the rules, which were meant to ensure that broadband providers couldn’t block access or discriminate against Internet traffic traveling over their connections, in late 2010.

Verizon Communications challenged the rules in court. Last month, the DC circuit court struck down the rules, but the court also rejected Verizon’s argument that the FCC does not have authority to regulate the Internet.

Instead the court reasoned that the FCC does in fact have the authority to regulate broadband. But because the FCC based its Open Internet regulation on the fact that it believed broadband networks must follow “common carriage,”rules, the court rejected the rules. The reason why is that this conflicts with how the FCC has previously classified broadband services. The FCC says they are so-called “information services,” and the idea of common carriage only applies to “telecommunications services.”

The court said that the FCC could impose Net neutrality regulations if it changes the classification of broadband service to a telecommunications service.

The FCC has not said yet what it will do regarding reclassification. The idea of reclassifying broadband as a telecommunications service will surely ignite a firestorm of political lobbying from large communications providers, such as AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast, which do not want to see the Internet’s infrastructure regulated like the old telephone network.

The two bills introduced Monday by Democrats in both houses of Congress would provide temporary protection for Internet consumers as well as companies offering services online until the FCC can fix its Net neutrality rules.

On the Senate side, six Democrats are co-sponsoring the the measure, including Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), and Ron Widen (D-Ore.) Nine Democrats in the House are sponsoring the bill, including Henry Waxman, Anna Eshoo, Frank Pallone, Jr., Doris Matsui, and Mike Doyle.

The bills likely face uphill battles in both legislative chambers, as supporters of Net neutrality are generally split across party lines. In the Republican-controlled House, its unlikely that the bill will get very far, given that Republicans pushed to repeal the FCC’s Net neutrality rules when they were first introduced.

While the Democratic-led Senate might be slightly friendlier to a Net neutrality bill, not all Democrats have been willing to sign on to the idea that a special Net neutrality bill is needed. Several Democrats have instead been pushing for reforms to the Communications Act that would incorporate language to protect the open Internet.

In general, most Congressional Democrats have wanted the FCC to simply handle the Net neutrality issue. This is likely why leaders, such as Senator Markey, a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and author of the first Net neutrality bill introduced in Congress said in a statement that this bill is a temporary fix until the FCC can craft its own rules.

"This bill ensures consumers are protected until the FCC uses its clear authority, as recognized by the court, to put in place replacement rules," he said.

Rep. Waxman, senior Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee also reiterated in his statement that the legislation is meant to protect citizens’ access to the Internet until the FCC can come up with its own fix.

"Our bill very simply ensures that consumers can continue to access the content and applications of their choosing online," he said. "The FCC can and must quickly exercise the authorities the D.C. Circuit recognized to reinstate the Open Internet rules. Our bill makes clear that consumers and innovators will be protected in the interim."

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aljazeeraamerica:

According to the latest NSA revelation, personal data like age and location is now being accessed through popular apps like Angry Birds. 

Tune in to live news at 8 and 11p ET for more on the story. 
http://alj.am/MmMQuF

laboratoryequipment:

Wireless Tag Detection System is Error-Free

A new long-range wireless tag detection system, with potential applications in health care, environmental protection and goods tracking, can pinpoint items with near 100 percent accuracy over a much wider range than current systems.

The accuracy and range of radio frequency identification (RFID) systems, which are used in everything from passports to luggage tracking, could be vastly improved thanks to a new system developed by researchers at the Univ. of Cambridge.

Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/01/wireless-tag-detection-system-error-free

comicsalliance:

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TV: NBC’s Constantine pilot is officially official. [ScreenCrush]

thepoliticalfreakshow:

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Friday said that it would recognize as lawful the marriages of 1,300 same-sex couples in Utah, even though the state government is refusing to do so.

Wading into the fast-moving legal battle over same-sex marriage rights in one of America’s most socially conservative states, the administration posted a video on the Justice Department’s website making the announcement. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said that the federal government would grant federal marriage benefits to the same-sex couples who had rushed to obtain marriage licenses after a federal judge last month unexpectedly struck down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage.

“I am confirming today that, for purposes of federal law, these marriages will be recognized as lawful and considered eligible for all relevant federal benefits on the same terms as other same-sex marriages,” Mr. Holder said in the video. “These families should not be asked to endure uncertainty regarding their status as the litigation unfolds.”

The Justice Department’s intervention added a further sense of whiplash to the highly charged dispute, which began on Dec. 20 when a Federal District Court judge, Robert J. Shelby, ruled that Utah’s constitutional amendment limiting marriage to one man and one woman violated the federal Constitution.

As same-sex couples flooded county clerk offices in Utah, the state government asked a higher-court to block the order while it appealed the ruling, but a federal appeals court declined to do so and the marriages continued. On Monday, the Supreme Court issued a stay, bringing a halt to further same-sex marriages while the litigation continues. That decision effectively left the status of those same-sex couples in legal limbo.

Then, on Wednesday, the office of the governor of Utah, Gary Herbert, said that the state will not recognize as lawful the same sex marriages already licensed while it presses forward with its appeal of the ruling.

“The original laws governing marriage in Utah return to effect pending final resolution by the courts,” Derek Miller, the chief of staff to Mr. Herbert, wrote in a memo to state officials. “It is important to understand that those laws include not only a prohibition of performing same-sex marriages but also recognizing same-sex marriages.”

But Mr. Holder said the federal government would not do likewise. He invoked as an historic call for equality a June ruling by the Supreme Court that struck down a ban on federal recognition of same-sex marriages that are legal under state law, saying the Justice Department was “working tirelessly to implement it in both letter and spirit.”

“In the days ahead, we will continue to coordinate across the federal government to ensure the timely provision of every federal benefit to which Utah couples and couples throughout the country are entitled – regardless of whether they are in same-sex or opposite-sex marriages,” Mr. Holder said. “And we will continue to provide additional information as soon as it becomes available.”

I give Dante an ‘A’ for effort and a ‘D’ for punctuality.

Mayor BILL DeBLASIO, during a morning press conference updating the snow response efforts in New York City; here, the mayor was referring to his own son’s efforts to shovel out the front of his home in Brooklyn, adding that Dante is “not a morning person.”

Heh.

(via WNBC TV)