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Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
8 years ago

Happy Summer, guys!

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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First day o’ summer greetings from Happy Larryville, GN!

G’mornin’, Sven; hope your interview went well yesterday.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
8 years ago

It was a long day of interviewing, Fatwa. Most of it went well; stumbled a bit when meeting the veepees-but in all honesty and speaking objectively, they were kinda aholes.

Have to see what happens.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Sven --

Sorry to read teh veeps made a poor impression but glad most of your interviewing went well; wishing you the best.

Off to TJ’s in a bit. Need. Moar. Caffeine. (Both prior to leaving and while I’m purchasing comestibles…)

A couple of articles covering the latest revelations re the NSA:

The Guardian

Tyler Durden at Zerohedge

To hell with nearly all of the people presently running this country; their oaths to defend the Constitution aren’t worth shit.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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This probably isn’t good:

Even before a former U.S. intelligence contractor exposed the secret collection of Americans’ phone records, the Obama administration was pressing a government-wide crackdown on security threats that requires federal employees to keep closer tabs on their co-workers and exhorts managers to punish those who fail to report their suspicions.

President Barack Obama’s unprecedented initiative, known as the Insider Threat Program, is sweeping in its reach. It has received scant public attention even though it extends beyond the U.S. national security bureaucracies to most federal departments and agencies nationwide, including the Peace Corps, the Social Security Administration and the Education and Agriculture departments. It emphasizes leaks of classified material, but catchall definitions of “insider threat” give agencies latitude to pursue and penalize a range of other conduct.

As Insty sez, “read the whole thing”.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Criminy…this is also worth reading in its entirety:

“The revelation last month that the Justice Department seized two months of telephone records from the Associated Press (AP) last year is only a small part of the story. The public admission is that the Holder Justice Department obtained only telephone records from three locations, something like 20 lines, and records of calls from the House press gallery for about two months. That’s one of the biggest lies ever told,” stated my source.

“The truth is that it was not limited to AP, and not limited to just number identification and call duration, but was an extensive and active wiretapping operation that included every reporter’s telephone conversations, landline and cell, text messages from their personal and business cellular telephones and other electronic devices. The primary focus is on the press gallery, where everything was monitored in real time.”

“Not only were the communications of reporters compromised, so were the private communications of congressmen and their aides. Listen to what I am saying,” he stressed, “the operation was much larger than anyone can imagine. Recordings, actual voice recordings, were turned over to the Obama administration, along with transcripts of texts, other communications and contacts.”

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
8 years ago

Insider Threat Program-I like that!

This is pretty funny-University students tell us why we need feminism

http://now.msn.com/cambridge-i-need-feminism-photo-campaign-goes-viral

All the signs are funny but this one is my favorite: I need feminism because when I told a friend about this campaign, he asked if everyone would be naked.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
8 years ago

Good morning, Gerbil Nation!

I’d like to see someone insert a sign at one of these events:

Make me a sandwich, bitch. But first, you will blow me.

Good luck on the job hunt, Sven. All-day interviews are never easy.

Heading in to school this morning to finalize grades and get a few signatures. Then (if he shows up) to show one of my colleagues where all the equipment is in my lab.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Paddy --

Har!

I NEED FEMINISM BECAUSE
one can never have too many worthy
targets for mean-spirited mockery.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
8 years ago

Cambridge University has some very sad looking male students. Or possibly them guys are purposely looking so abashed and sensitive and unmanly as a ruse to get laid. That would be OK.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
8 years ago

Got a call back from my interview yesterday-apparently I didnt suck too bad and they want to move forward with background checks and such. Damn, I might be a productive member of society again soon. Or not. Until there’s an offer in writing I won’t get too excited.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Reply to  Sven 2-0

Pleased to see that, Sven; keepin’ my proverbial fingers crossed for ya.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
8 years ago
Reply to  Sven 2-0

Teh Yay! for not sucking!
Let’s hope for even more good news!

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
8 years ago

Thanks, guys. Waiting on another phone call from them folks now. I didnt think I would, but the more I learn about the position, the better I feel about maybe becoming a WalMart Greeter!

Glancing through the cable news channels, apparently the top story in America today is some celebrity chef I never heard of, using the dreaded “N” word in a private conversation 10 years ago.

Ready the stocks and the whips! And then the obligatory apology tour.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
8 years ago
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Funny how that works, eh?

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
8 years ago

Not a fan The Atlantic, but at least they wrote a story about our prisons and incarceration rates:

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/06/the-incarceration-epidemic/277056/