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Re: Endless Schemes, Swindles, and Scams

Postby D-Day » Mon Jul 27, 2015 9:06 am

middle aged female wrote:
thunderstruck wrote:
middle aged female wrote:
The Beav wrote:
middle aged female wrote:Put an ad-blocker on my Chrome to get rid of those stupid little underlined words on every fucking website that pop up and ad when you mouse over.
Now when I go to the Big Kid's Table, I get a pop up begging for money because I'm blocking his ad revenue.
Cheap ass SOB


BTW, which ad-blocker?

AdBlock Plus; you can get it as a Chrome extension

Same ad blocker here, same result, but I guess I look at clicking on the pop-up as just a little unpaid work which I'm happy to do.

Oh, me too; but I still think he's an SOB

Funny how he's all share the wealth until it comes to his

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Re: Endless Schemes, Swindles, and Scams

Postby The Beav » Mon Jul 27, 2015 9:30 am

middle aged female wrote:
The Beav wrote:
middle aged female wrote:Put an ad-blocker on my Chrome to get rid of those stupid little underlined words on every fucking website that pop up and ad when you mouse over.
Now when I go to the Big Kid's Table, I get a pop up begging for money because I'm blocking his ad revenue.
Cheap ass SOB


BTW, which ad-blocker?

AdBlock Plus; you can get it as a Chrome extension


Didn't know there was a Chrome extension. Firefox and Safari, I got it already.
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Re: Endless Schemes, Swindles, and Scams

Postby thunderstruck » Mon Jul 27, 2015 9:38 am

middle aged female wrote:
thunderstruck wrote:
middle aged female wrote:
The Beav wrote:
middle aged female wrote:Put an ad-blocker on my Chrome to get rid of those stupid little underlined words on every fucking website that pop up and ad when you mouse over.
Now when I go to the Big Kid's Table, I get a pop up begging for money because I'm blocking his ad revenue.
Cheap ass SOB


BTW, which ad-blocker?

AdBlock Plus; you can get it as a Chrome extension

Same ad blocker here, same result, but I guess I look at clicking on the pop-up as just a little unpaid work which I'm happy to do.

Oh, me too; but I still think he's an SOB

Likewise, the pop-up dismissals are just the price I pay to avoid giving him ad revenue.
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Re: Endless Schemes, Swindles, and Scams

Postby middle aged female » Mon Jul 27, 2015 10:30 am

thunderstruck wrote:
middle aged female wrote:
thunderstruck wrote:
middle aged female wrote:
The Beav wrote:
middle aged female wrote:Put an ad-blocker on my Chrome to get rid of those stupid little underlined words on every fucking website that pop up and ad when you mouse over.
Now when I go to the Big Kid's Table, I get a pop up begging for money because I'm blocking his ad revenue.
Cheap ass SOB


BTW, which ad-blocker?

AdBlock Plus; you can get it as a Chrome extension

Same ad blocker here, same result, but I guess I look at clicking on the pop-up as just a little unpaid work which I'm happy to do.

Oh, me too; but I still think he's an SOB

Likewise, the pop-up dismissals are just the price I pay to avoid giving him ad revenue.

I totally agree. It's kind of satisfying to click it off.
Almost like giving him the digital finger
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Re: Endless Schemes, Swindles, and Scams

Postby Amadeus » Tue Sep 08, 2015 12:19 pm

Peoria Mayor's Unconstitutional Vendetta Costs Taxpayers $200,000
Jim Ardis was determined to shut down a Twitter parody and punish the man behind it.
Jacob Sullum|Sep. 8, 2015 8:24 am

Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis' illegal retaliation against a man who created a parody Twitter account using the handle @peoriamayor will cost the city $125,000 under a settlement announced last week. Jon Daniel set up the account on March 9, 2014, as "a joke for me and for my friends." The humor, as the ACLU of Illinois explained in the federal lawsuit it filed on Daniel's behalf, was based on the juxtaposition of "the mayor's clean-cut image" with "tweets conveying in a crude or vulgar manner an exaggerated preoccupation with sex, drugs, and alcohol." Examples:

Well today sucked balls so ya already know what tonights bout… smoking crack Rivvvveeeerrrmmennn style.

I'm thinking it's a tequila and stripper night it's jimmy baby

Im bout to climb the civic center and do some lines on the roof who’s in.

Daniel's version of Ardis also sampled Kanye West lyrics:

Champagne wishes dirty white bitches I mean this shit is fucking ridiculous.

Gotta a condo round my wrist girl and im cashing out.

Ardis was not amused. He did everything in his power to shut down the Twitter account and punish the man behind it, instigating and egging on a police investigation that revealed Daniel's identity and whereabouts. On April 15, 2014, police searched Daniel's apartment, seizing mail, telephones, and computers. They arrested and interrogated him the same day, ostensibly on suspicion of impersonating a public official, a crime punishable by up to a year in jail. Local prosecutors declined to pursue the case because Daniel had not violated the relevant statute, which requires that the offense be committed in person.

Illinois courts also have interpreted the law as applying only to conduct intended to deceive the public. "Mr. Daniel had no intention of deceiving people into believing the account was actually operated by a representative of the mayor or the mayor himself," the ACLU complaint notes, "and no reasonable person could conclude such an intent from the content of the tweets or the Twitter account's profile page." Just in case, Daniel added the warning "parody account" to the profile page a few days after launching @peoriamayor. As Daniel's complaint explains for the benefit of possibly Twitter-unsavvy judges, this sort of thing is not exactly unheard of:

There are many parody accounts, which often use pictures of the person they are parodying in their profile, including of Barack Obama (@ThePresObama), sports figures (@drunkcutler), and local politicians (@MayorEmanuel). These accounts are often, but not always, marked "parody" or "fake" in the biography. Twitter explicitly allows parody accounts, and permits them to be explicitly designated as such. Twitter also marks with a "check" the real accounts of certain influential people. See e.g.@RahmEmanuel. Daniel's parody was not unusual in this flourishing on-line community.

Despite these embarrassing facts, which indicate that Ardis sought to jail Daniel for nothing more than speech that offended him, the mayor initially defended the investigation, search, and arrest, noting that a local judge had approved all the necessary warrants. "We took every step in accordance with the law," the mayor's lawyer told Ars Technica in August 2014. "They appropriately went to the court to obtain warrants. The court reviewed the statute and evidence and made a determination. In the end, that's a judge's determination to issue a warrant or not. It's not unreasonable that a person would look at that statute to see if there was a violation."

While the judge obviously deserves blame for rubber-stamping these warrants without considering whether police were alleging an actual violation of the law, this unconstitutional vendetta was initiated by Ardis because he couldn't take a joke. As ACLU attorney Karen Sheley observes, “Hurt feelings do not free government from the responsibility of respecting Mr. Daniel’s freedom of speech and freedom from being arrested for that speech." It's too bad that Ardis is not personally on the hook for the $125,000 settlement, which will instead be covered by taxpayers. That's on top of at least $50,000 the city already had spent defending against Daniel's suit, and it does not include the police resources wasted on the case, which probably could have been used to pursue threats to public safety more serious than a bunch of sophomoric Twitter jokes.

The settlement agreement, which the Peoria City Council is expected to approve tonight, also requires the city to instruct police that "the First Amendment protects many forms of online speech, including Parody and Satire when the parody or satire is reasonably perceived." Sheley says "the directive makes clear that parody should never be the predicate for a criminal investigation and that the action against Mr. Daniel should never be repeated."


Andy could have gotten Allen Park's mayor to fund all of his unpaid work running HFD!
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Re: Endless Schemes, Swindles, and Scams

Postby guest » Tue Sep 08, 2015 4:35 pm

Think of the dart night the three of us could've had on that settlement money.
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Re: Endless Schemes, Swindles, and Scams

Postby The Beav » Wed Sep 09, 2015 7:33 pm

guest wrote:Think of the dart night the three of us could've had on that settlement money.



And how much in tips I would have made!
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Re: Endless Schemes, Swindles, and Scams

Postby guest » Fri Sep 18, 2015 3:36 pm

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Friday directed Volkswagen to recall nearly a half million cars from the road, saying the German automaker used software intentionally designed to circumvent environmental standards for reducing smog.


The way it reportedly worked was that the cars went into a clean emissions mode only when it was sensed that testing was being done.

This thing with the GM ignitions that we've hearing about for a year or two is basically the result of incompetence, and maybe one or two rogue engineers. They aren't smart enough to pull off a large scale conspiracy. VW, on the other hand, made a decision to perpetrate a fraud and assigned code writers to achieve this. I used to assume that corporations are basically amoral: their intentions are neither good nor evil but only directed at the bottom line while remaining within the law and generally accepted standards of commerce. Rethinking that. Cross to Car Talk.
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Re: Endless Schemes, Swindles, and Scams

Postby The Beav » Fri Sep 18, 2015 6:26 pm

guest wrote:
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Friday directed Volkswagen to recall nearly a half million cars from the road, saying the German automaker used software intentionally designed to circumvent environmental standards for reducing smog.


The way it reportedly worked was that the cars went into a clean emissions mode only when it was sensed that testing was being done.

This thing with the GM ignitions that we've hearing about for a year or two is basically the result of incompetence, and maybe one or two rogue engineers. They aren't smart enough to pull off a large scale conspiracy. VW, on the other hand, made a decision to perpetrate a fraud and assigned code writers to achieve this. I used to assume that corporations are basically amoral: their intentions are neither good nor evil but only directed at the bottom line while remaining within the law and generally accepted standards of commerce. Rethinking that. Cross to Car Talk.


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Re: Endless Schemes, Swindles, and Scams

Postby Craig » Fri Sep 18, 2015 8:11 pm

^ recently saw again the PBS super-weapons episode about von Braun and the rocket program. What they accomplished, the primitive era in which they accomplished it, and what they had to invent starting from literally nothing is jaw-dropping. These were guys who had tube radios but they developed a missile gudance system based upon gyroscopes that kept things on cousre and basically smacked the shit out of London fron hundreds of miles away when just a few decades earlier the apogee of technology was a blimp and a motorized kite. Enough to cause one to wonder how it was possible for them to lose the war.
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Re: Endless Schemes, Swindles, and Scams

Postby The Conscience » Sat Sep 19, 2015 10:56 am

Craig wrote: Enough to cause one to wonder how it was possible for them to lose the war.


The lesson is technology is great, but it does have limitations. Those rockets might be dead-nuts accurate hitting London but they couldn't stop 1,100,000 Russian ground troops when the Red Army breached the German front and invaded Berlin.

One of those cable channels, probably the History Channel, occasionally runs docu-dramas on the various Nazi weaponry and mad science programs (I say docu-drama because these shows infuse real B&W footage with recreated B&W footage, so sometimes it's not easy to tell what's real and what's not). Anyways, my favorite is the occult one, how the Third Reich tried to harness ancient druid wizardry to use in their war machine. I also like the one where Hitler's drug addiction is laid out, a daily habit akin to Keith Richards and Hunter S. Thompson at the height of their chemical usage.
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Re: Endless Schemes, Swindles, and Scams

Postby pdtpuck » Sun Sep 20, 2015 8:53 am

Amadeus wrote:
Peoria Mayor's Unconstitutional Vendetta Costs Taxpayers $200,000
Jim Ardis was determined to shut down a Twitter parody and punish the man behind it.
Jacob Sullum|Sep. 8, 2015 8:24 am

Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis' illegal retaliation against a man who created a parody Twitter account using the handle @peoriamayor will cost the city $125,000 under a settlement announced last week. Jon Daniel set up the account on March 9, 2014, as "a joke for me and for my friends." The humor, as the ACLU of Illinois explained in the federal lawsuit it filed on Daniel's behalf, was based on the juxtaposition of "the mayor's clean-cut image" with "tweets conveying in a crude or vulgar manner an exaggerated preoccupation with sex, drugs, and alcohol." Examples:

Well today sucked balls so ya already know what tonights bout… smoking crack Rivvvveeeerrrmmennn style.

I'm thinking it's a tequila and stripper night it's jimmy baby

Im bout to climb the civic center and do some lines on the roof who’s in.

Daniel's version of Ardis also sampled Kanye West lyrics:

Champagne wishes dirty white bitches I mean this shit is fucking ridiculous.

Gotta a condo round my wrist girl and im cashing out.

Ardis was not amused. He did everything in his power to shut down the Twitter account and punish the man behind it, instigating and egging on a police investigation that revealed Daniel's identity and whereabouts. On April 15, 2014, police searched Daniel's apartment, seizing mail, telephones, and computers. They arrested and interrogated him the same day, ostensibly on suspicion of impersonating a public official, a crime punishable by up to a year in jail. Local prosecutors declined to pursue the case because Daniel had not violated the relevant statute, which requires that the offense be committed in person.

Illinois courts also have interpreted the law as applying only to conduct intended to deceive the public. "Mr. Daniel had no intention of deceiving people into believing the account was actually operated by a representative of the mayor or the mayor himself," the ACLU complaint notes, "and no reasonable person could conclude such an intent from the content of the tweets or the Twitter account's profile page." Just in case, Daniel added the warning "parody account" to the profile page a few days after launching @peoriamayor. As Daniel's complaint explains for the benefit of possibly Twitter-unsavvy judges, this sort of thing is not exactly unheard of:

There are many parody accounts, which often use pictures of the person they are parodying in their profile, including of Barack Obama (@ThePresObama), sports figures (@drunkcutler), and local politicians (@MayorEmanuel). These accounts are often, but not always, marked "parody" or "fake" in the biography. Twitter explicitly allows parody accounts, and permits them to be explicitly designated as such. Twitter also marks with a "check" the real accounts of certain influential people. See e.g.@RahmEmanuel. Daniel's parody was not unusual in this flourishing on-line community.

Despite these embarrassing facts, which indicate that Ardis sought to jail Daniel for nothing more than speech that offended him, the mayor initially defended the investigation, search, and arrest, noting that a local judge had approved all the necessary warrants. "We took every step in accordance with the law," the mayor's lawyer told Ars Technica in August 2014. "They appropriately went to the court to obtain warrants. The court reviewed the statute and evidence and made a determination. In the end, that's a judge's determination to issue a warrant or not. It's not unreasonable that a person would look at that statute to see if there was a violation."

While the judge obviously deserves blame for rubber-stamping these warrants without considering whether police were alleging an actual violation of the law, this unconstitutional vendetta was initiated by Ardis because he couldn't take a joke. As ACLU attorney Karen Sheley observes, “Hurt feelings do not free government from the responsibility of respecting Mr. Daniel’s freedom of speech and freedom from being arrested for that speech." It's too bad that Ardis is not personally on the hook for the $125,000 settlement, which will instead be covered by taxpayers. That's on top of at least $50,000 the city already had spent defending against Daniel's suit, and it does not include the police resources wasted on the case, which probably could have been used to pursue threats to public safety more serious than a bunch of sophomoric Twitter jokes.

The settlement agreement, which the Peoria City Council is expected to approve tonight, also requires the city to instruct police that "the First Amendment protects many forms of online speech, including Parody and Satire when the parody or satire is reasonably perceived." Sheley says "the directive makes clear that parody should never be the predicate for a criminal investigation and that the action against Mr. Daniel should never be repeated."


Andy could have gotten Allen Park's mayor to fund all of his unpaid work running HFD!

This is right down the road (10 minutes) from where I live. They spend money on crap like this, and meanwhile our roads resemble the surface of a cheese grater (one of many problems).
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Re: Endless Schemes, Swindles, and Scams

Postby pdtpuck » Sun Sep 20, 2015 8:53 am

Amadeus wrote:
Peoria Mayor's Unconstitutional Vendetta Costs Taxpayers $200,000
Jim Ardis was determined to shut down a Twitter parody and punish the man behind it.
Jacob Sullum|Sep. 8, 2015 8:24 am

Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis' illegal retaliation against a man who created a parody Twitter account using the handle @peoriamayor will cost the city $125,000 under a settlement announced last week. Jon Daniel set up the account on March 9, 2014, as "a joke for me and for my friends." The humor, as the ACLU of Illinois explained in the federal lawsuit it filed on Daniel's behalf, was based on the juxtaposition of "the mayor's clean-cut image" with "tweets conveying in a crude or vulgar manner an exaggerated preoccupation with sex, drugs, and alcohol." Examples:

Well today sucked balls so ya already know what tonights bout… smoking crack Rivvvveeeerrrmmennn style.

I'm thinking it's a tequila and stripper night it's jimmy baby

Im bout to climb the civic center and do some lines on the roof who’s in.

Daniel's version of Ardis also sampled Kanye West lyrics:

Champagne wishes dirty white bitches I mean this shit is fucking ridiculous.

Gotta a condo round my wrist girl and im cashing out.

Ardis was not amused. He did everything in his power to shut down the Twitter account and punish the man behind it, instigating and egging on a police investigation that revealed Daniel's identity and whereabouts. On April 15, 2014, police searched Daniel's apartment, seizing mail, telephones, and computers. They arrested and interrogated him the same day, ostensibly on suspicion of impersonating a public official, a crime punishable by up to a year in jail. Local prosecutors declined to pursue the case because Daniel had not violated the relevant statute, which requires that the offense be committed in person.

Illinois courts also have interpreted the law as applying only to conduct intended to deceive the public. "Mr. Daniel had no intention of deceiving people into believing the account was actually operated by a representative of the mayor or the mayor himself," the ACLU complaint notes, "and no reasonable person could conclude such an intent from the content of the tweets or the Twitter account's profile page." Just in case, Daniel added the warning "parody account" to the profile page a few days after launching @peoriamayor. As Daniel's complaint explains for the benefit of possibly Twitter-unsavvy judges, this sort of thing is not exactly unheard of:

There are many parody accounts, which often use pictures of the person they are parodying in their profile, including of Barack Obama (@ThePresObama), sports figures (@drunkcutler), and local politicians (@MayorEmanuel). These accounts are often, but not always, marked "parody" or "fake" in the biography. Twitter explicitly allows parody accounts, and permits them to be explicitly designated as such. Twitter also marks with a "check" the real accounts of certain influential people. See e.g.@RahmEmanuel. Daniel's parody was not unusual in this flourishing on-line community.

Despite these embarrassing facts, which indicate that Ardis sought to jail Daniel for nothing more than speech that offended him, the mayor initially defended the investigation, search, and arrest, noting that a local judge had approved all the necessary warrants. "We took every step in accordance with the law," the mayor's lawyer told Ars Technica in August 2014. "They appropriately went to the court to obtain warrants. The court reviewed the statute and evidence and made a determination. In the end, that's a judge's determination to issue a warrant or not. It's not unreasonable that a person would look at that statute to see if there was a violation."

While the judge obviously deserves blame for rubber-stamping these warrants without considering whether police were alleging an actual violation of the law, this unconstitutional vendetta was initiated by Ardis because he couldn't take a joke. As ACLU attorney Karen Sheley observes, “Hurt feelings do not free government from the responsibility of respecting Mr. Daniel’s freedom of speech and freedom from being arrested for that speech." It's too bad that Ardis is not personally on the hook for the $125,000 settlement, which will instead be covered by taxpayers. That's on top of at least $50,000 the city already had spent defending against Daniel's suit, and it does not include the police resources wasted on the case, which probably could have been used to pursue threats to public safety more serious than a bunch of sophomoric Twitter jokes.

The settlement agreement, which the Peoria City Council is expected to approve tonight, also requires the city to instruct police that "the First Amendment protects many forms of online speech, including Parody and Satire when the parody or satire is reasonably perceived." Sheley says "the directive makes clear that parody should never be the predicate for a criminal investigation and that the action against Mr. Daniel should never be repeated."


Andy could have gotten Allen Park's mayor to fund all of his unpaid work running HFD!

This is right down the road (10 minutes) from where I live. They spend money on crap like this, and meanwhile our roads resemble the surface of a cheese grater (one of many problems).
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Re: Endless Schemes, Swindles, and Scams

Postby guest » Sun Dec 13, 2015 5:19 pm

http://www.freep.com/story/news/columni ... /76742980/

I don't understand. It's not fair. Grandma needs a job. Uncle needs money. People need electricity. Kids need to be buried. I need a Maserati...oh, wait.

It's only fitting that Riley should have writted this drivel.
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Re: Endless Schemes, Swindles, and Scams

Postby The Suburban Avenger » Sun Dec 13, 2015 9:46 pm

guest wrote:http://www.freep.com/story/news/columnists/rochelle-riley/2015/12/10/eaa-kc-wilbourn-scandal-federal-investigation/76742980/

I don't understand. It's not fair. Grandma needs a job. Uncle needs money. People need electricity. Kids need to be buried. I need a Maserati...oh, wait.

It's only fitting that Riley should have writted this drivel.


I will give Snapp this: She probably did learn to game the system and steal from the teachers/administrators who came before her.

That said, I'm sure the funeral director has plenty of receipts from the funeral she bankrolled with gift cards.
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