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    One of my greatest aims is to make Whitechapel a nexus for Desirable Information.

    Memes, virals, that which makes you laugh, that which makes your bowels weep; anything found or scavenged online which has no informative value: that stuff will continue to go in “Around The Net.” I’ll be updating that once every four weeks too.

    This…? This is for everything else.

    News Stories. Mad Science. Horrific Nature. Metaphysical madness.

    Here is where we gorge ourselves on the creamy clostrum of Information. Here is where we nuzzle at the red-raw teat of the Up-To-Date Dataweb. Bring me the light of your Weird Wisdom and your New News.

    (Anything of particular interest, go ahead and create new threads in this category to delve deeper.)
    • CommentTimeOct 13th 2011
    I'm sorry, what?!
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    The World from Berlin: Electronic Surveillance Scandal Hits Germany

    It sounds like something out of George Orwell's novel "1984" -- a computer program that can remotely control someone's computer without their knowledge, search its complete contents and use it to conduct audio-visual surveillance via the microphone or webcam.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeOct 13th 2011
    @ Vornaskotti: going to check that shit out.All we need is more agents of control spying on us and probing the depths of our perverted skull matA!! I tell you...its soon going to be the end of the world..and they will be watching us from their bunkers..i hate them all!!
    • CommentAuthorKelind
    • CommentTimeOct 14th 2011
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    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeOct 14th 2011
    Saddam Hussein lookalike manages to escape porn-making kidnappers for the second time.

    I wouldn't think that the market for porn featuring former dictators would be large.

    Please do not prove me wrong.

    This is not reverse psychology.
    • CommentTimeOct 14th 2011
    I think everyone here would pay good money for those lost Hitler sex reels.
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    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeOct 14th 2011
    @Jones - nah, we're well used to this kind of low-level scandal here. A bit of random meeting with 'friends' is par for the course...
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    Uh... here's a cringeworthy read for a journalist. I guess, like one of the commenters said, the writer of the original piece is choking on the toe jam from the foot in his mouth...

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    • CommentTimeOct 15th 2011
    @Vorn I like the editor's response. Summed up: I trusted my writer not to be an asshole. Whoops!
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeOct 15th 2011
    This one of those stories that sounds hilarious until you find out what's really going on.

    Amish-on-amish crime - funny.

    Hair-cutting attacks - funny

    74-year old man forcibly restrained while his head is shaved. - not so funny.

    Amish township taken over by a family of thugs who rape and beat people who defy them - not funny at all.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeOct 15th 2011
    I don't think there's any chance that Rick Perry will get the GOP nomination, but this is concerning given that he remains the governor of a wealthy and influential state:

    Rick Perry officials spark revolt after doctoring environment report
    Scientists ask for names to be removed after mentions of climate change and sea-level rise taken out by Texas officials
    Officials in Rick Perry's home state of Texas have set off a scientists' revolt after purging mentions of climate change and sea-level rise from what was supposed to be a landmark environmental report. The scientists said they were disowning the report on the state of Galveston Bay because of political interference and censorship from Perry appointees at the state's environmental agency.
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    The tribesman who Facebook friended me

    Ping! The other day, I got a Facebook friend request in my in box. This is now a relatively rare occurrence – I’m long past the frenzy of those first few Facebook months when friend-finding was more satisfying and addictive than chocolate, and I’m done gorging myself on it all. But, intrigued, I opened it up, to find that this was no ordinary future friend (from the past) – it was a man I’d met while making a film about a tribe from the Sepik Valley in Papua New Guinea. It was a man who was born and raised in a remote hunter-gatherer society, where, to this day, the women spend their time searching out wild sago palms in the swamps to pulp into flour for pancakes, and the men hunt monstrous saltwater crocodiles in tea-colored jungle rivers at night with nothing more than spears. My new Facebook friend no longer joins these hunts – he’s an elder and has managed to find some income in the embryonic Sepik tourist industry – but for many years he was a hunter-gatherer, and now he’s on Facebook!
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2011
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2011
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    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2011