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Intrigue, betrayal, steel-eyed dames, stone-hearted gumshoes, and a little story by yours truly, can all be found in the NOIR issue of Blank Fiction Magazine , now out on itunes. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/blank-fiction-mag/id735599884?mt=8 Yay!
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Very exciting Dee - I cant wait to read it. But is it only available from iTunes? I abstain for religious reasons.
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The Eyes of Texas are Upon You: Leigh Larson, a leader of and organizer with College Kids For Wendy, is now becoming another face of the movement to Stand With Texas Women. Much like Martha Northington, Larson has received a lot of plaudits for leading the "Eyes of Texas" in the Capitol Rotunda at the end of Tuesday night's citizen filibuster.

Now Lt. Governor David Dewhurst may have his eyes on her. She has received notice that the Lt. Governor may be considering pressing charges on her along with others for "disturbing the peace" and "inciting a riot". http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/13720/lt-gov-dewhurst-atty-gen-greg-abbott-consider-charges-against-student-who-led-eyes-of-texas
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This is an interesting argument for total sousveillance by David Brin, author of The Transparent Society.  I don't agree with his arguments, but I find the position from which he argues to be worth exploring. http://hplusmagazine.com/2011/05/23/david-brin-on-the-path-to-positive-sousveillance/
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This is madness.  

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) have filed a petition with the FDA asking the FDA to alter the definition of "milk" to secretly include chemical sweeteners such as aspartame and sucralose. This will impact not just milk, but ALL dairy products such as yogurt, ice cream, etc.

Importantly, none of these additives need to be listed on the label. They will simply be swept under the definition of "milk," so that when a company lists "milk" on the label, it automatically includes aspartame or sucralose. And if you're trying to avoid aspartame, you'll have no way of doing so because it won't be listed on the label.

The FDA is requesting comments on this petition. You have until May 21st, 2013 to submit your comments here: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2013/02/20/2013-03835/flavored-milk-petition-to-amend-the-standard-of-identity-for-milk-and-17-additional-dairy-products.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/039244_milk_aspartame_FDA_petition.html#ixzz2M70O00kt
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I filled it out. Here's my response in the notes section:

Any time a corporate interest wishes to 'roll something' into a product (especially so front-loaded into the processing network) WITHOUT allowing for the public to be informed, it is a loss for citizens and transparency - which is increasingly important to voters.

Even if the substances are found to be benign, it is intellectually honest to include such substances in any listing. This contributes to more informed foodstuff choices and will better cover the government when the inevitable backlash against corporate control manifests itself.

It's coming. You don't have to be conspiracy nut to see this one. Any old conservatively-minded forecaster can tell you this stuff.
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The country has come a long way in regards to accepting our LGBT family and friends. But sometimes, something happens that makes you remember how bad it used to be.  Mallory Owens, a beautiful young woman, was brutalized by her girlfriend's brother on Thanksgiving.  The article below has very graphic images, and also shows a picture of the "big brave man" who practically killed this tiny girl.

The attacker; a huge redneck named Travis Hawkins Jr., was arrested and released almost immediately.  It would appear that Alabama thinks that it's only a second degree assault to crush someone's skull...you know, if that someone is a lesbian or a woman.  Second degree assault is a slap in the face; this is a hate crime, and should be prosecuted as such.  

That is not justice. That is not fair.  That is not America, and we as Americans should not be willing to let this injustice pass lightly.  The Mobile County District Attorney is Ashley Rich. The website is: http://www.mobileda.org.  The FBI is who investigates Federal Hate Crimes, and the local Mobile Office is: http://www.fbi.gov/mobile/contact-us/contact.  There is a petition here: http://www.change.org/petitions/mobile-county-alabama-prosecutor-bring-travis-hawkins-jr-to-justice  but I hold very little faith in petitions vs. calling them directly.  

I know we're all busy, and it's hard to take the time for someone we don't know...but Mallory's case is bigger than just Mallory.  This brutal attack is just one that we know about; but these cases happen frequently.  

And for the " Fundamentalist argument" that she deserved it because...I dunno...vaginas or something; I point you towards Matthew 7:1-5.  If anything; this is a case where Christians should rise up and says that this is not behavior they condone, this is a travesty of both humanity and faith. If anyone can look at the face of this child, after she's been beaten into a pulp and claim that God wants that to happen, they are a bad person and belong firmly in the camp of the Dark Side.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2239123/Mallory-Owens-Lesbian-beaten-girlfriends-brother-Travis-Hawkins-Thanksgiving-dinner.html?ito=feeds-newsxml
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That's outrageous. 
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An update on the Java exploit: US-CERT has published a vulnerability report with directions on uninstalling browser hooks here: http://www.kb.cert.org/vuls/id/636312

You can go here to make sure java has been turned off across your browsers, if you didn't follow the advice to remove it completely from your system: http://www.h-online.com/open/news/item/Java-0Day-Turn-off-Java-applets-now-1678618.html

This exploit will let a malicious site/email/link invisibly install a .jar file that can take control of your system. I'm not kidding when I say that uninstalling java unless you are a security expert, would be prudent at this juncture.
Oracle Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 1.7 contains a vulnerability that may allow an applet to call setSecurityManager in a way that allows setting of arbitrary permissions.
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Yeah.  The problem is going to be all the IE users who run everything the internet asks them to run.  After scanning the scriptkiddie tools that are already shipping with this exploit; it appears that a sophisticated enough exploiter could uses this to get admin control of a system and just dump mirrors of hard drives to servers where they can be mined for passwords, bank info, tax records, et al.  It's going to be ugly if Oracle doesn't do something fast.
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This is so fabulous.  Not that Mike lost his job, but that his attitude about finding another one is so hopeful.  If any of you have seen Mike's job, do let him know, won't you? 
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Happy International Woman's Day.  In celebration, I give you: "This is my body." This Is My Body

"It is time for you to accept that I am fully aware, capable, and accountable for myself. I don’t need a hero or saving because I’m not in distress. I’m not defined by my need of a man or partner, but I have the right to be made happy by one, in a safe and supportive relationship. I’m not defined by my weight, hair, make up, skin color, or breast size. I do not exist to be your play toy. I won’t wait my turn nor be quiet nor heed you. I know my physical and mental strength and I do not fear you. I’m beautiful, despite what you think, with or without your approval. This is my body, not yours."
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Hey gang, DuckiDeva here. :) (Although, to be fair, "here" is relative...I'm rebuilding my computer, and I've just gotten it to boot for the first time in 3 days, and it's making kind of a weird noise, which probably isn't supposed to be be happening...and really, gods only knows when or if I'll ever return to the digital world once I power this bad boy down again...)
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Tell DuckiLama to skip the coffee for a month and get you a new motherboard!
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Java has a zero-day vulnerability. The initial suggestion was to disable the current version of Java.  However, the tools for exploiting the hole have already shipped in various hacker toolkits, and the vulnerability allows an exploiter to gain complete control of your system no matter what version of Java you have installed.  This is bad juju, my pretties.  

At this point, serious security wonks are recommending that you completely uninstall Java from your system.  If you don't know how to do that, please leave a note here, and I will be happy to walk you through it. If you have java deployment plugins, make sure they are disabled as well as the java plugins for your browser. See here: https://blog.mozilla.org/security/2012/08/28/protecting-users-against-java-security-vulnerability/

This is a big deal.  I'm really not kidding when I say you should probably uninstall Java until this all blows over.  


http://www.pcworld.com/article/261615/java_zeroday_exploit_goes_mainstream_100_sites_serve_malware.html
Update - Aug 29, 2012: We’ve been closely monitoring the recent Java security vulnerability and evaluating different options to best protect our users. Our goal ...
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Almost as clever as I think I am.
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I'm a mom, a writer, a wife, a business owner, a soap maker, a baker, a philosopher, a metal sculptor, and secretly... a Mad Scientist. I even have my own Igor. If I were a candlestick maker, I'd be my own crazy little medieval village.
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I can both weld and make a souffle. I cannot, however, do them both at the same time.