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Burning Man’s Fashion Is Wild, but There Are Rules


SAN FRANCISCO — Glitter is a no-no. Sequins are frowned upon. Feathers were verboten, though they have still infiltrated in trims and turbans, to gnashing controversy.

The rules for costumes at the Burning Man festival, which began on Sunday in the scorching desert of northern Nevada, are complex. Governed by a quasi-spiritual principle to leave no trace behind, festival organizers are committed to cleaning up every speck of party detritus from the sand — “Matter Out of Place” or Moop, to use the festival’s term.

Shedding feather boas and stray sequins are a scourge of the playa, or desert basin, where the revelers — known as Burners — strut and frolic for eight days, while anticipation builds for the giant man-shaped bonfire that is the raison d’être of Burning Man.

Such restrictions have not stopped Burning Man from being one of the biggest modern costume shows for adults outside Halloween. Unicorn masks, head-to-toe bird-of-prey outfits, Mylar spacesuits, glow-in-the-dark disco gear — as the scene has grown in psychedelic outrageousness, so has the need among Burners for ever more inventive costumes.

Popular Belkin Wi-Fi routers plagued by unpatched security flaws


If your Wi-Fi network is using the popular Belkin N600 DB router, be warned: It may have several vulnerabilities that could allow hackers to take it over.

Remote unauthenticated attackers could exploit the vulnerabilities to spoof DNS (Domain Name System) responses and direct users to rogue websites or trick users' browsers to change the device configuration, the CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC) at Carnegie Mellon University said Monday in an advisory.

Furthermore, attackers with access to the local area network could bypass an affected router's authentication and take complete control over it, CERT/CC said.

Exploiting some of the vulnerabilities requires attackers to be in a man-in-the-middle position between the router and its DNS servers or Belkin's update servers. However, other flaws can be exploited by tricking users on the local network to visit specially crafted Web pages or by infecting their computers with malware.

*end of excerpt*

My understanding is, many other consumer routers have vulnerabilities. This is one of the reasons I use DD-WRT for my router firmware. There are others.

JEWISH GROUP: As a non-Jewish person...

I feel the misters at Auschwitz were a horrible idea. I totally get it.

There must be a sensitive way for tourists to get heat relief, but misters are just wrong wrong wrong.

Lawsuit: White Fla. Teacher Fired for Having Black Boyfriend


A former Orange County, Fla., schoolteacher says her choice in mate, music and friends is the reason she was fired from her job, and she has filed a lawsuit seeking justice.

According to WESH, Audrey Dudek, a former math teacher at Edgewater High School, claims she was fired in 2013 after school officials learned that her then-boyfriend, now husband, is black.

"This isn't about sending a message," Suzanne Tzuanos, an Orlando attorney whose firm is handling Dudek's case, told the news station. "This is about getting justice for a teacher who was terminated unlawfully."

According to the lawsuit viewed by WESH, school officials were "shocked and offended" after learning that Dudek's husband, Stacey Cobb, is black, and that she associated with black faculty members. The lawsuit also alleges that some faculty didn't like Dudek because she played "black music" in her classroom and some students had dubbed her classroom, "Club Audrey."

eta: Former Orange County teacher sues for discrimination


ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. —A former Orange County school teacher is suing the school district. She claims she was discriminated against, and the evidence in the case is causing one state group to believe she has a case.

In a lawsuit filed Wednesday, the former Edgewater High School math teacher, Audrey Dudek, is suing the school district, claiming she was discriminated against, when administrators learned her boyfriend was black.

"This isn't about sending a message. This is about getting justice for a teacher that was terminated unlawfully," said Suzanne Tzuanos, Orlando attorney.

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Tzuanos' firm is representing Audrey Dudek, the teacher who was let go in 2013. According to the lawsuit, the school's principal at the time and assistant principal treated her differently "because she closely associated with non-whites," according to a report. The lawsuit alleged that school officials were "shocked and offended" when they learned her now husband, Stacey, was black and that her classroom was called "Club Audrey" because she played "black music" and associated with non-white faculty members.

1970: The Thrill Is Gone by B.B. King, RIP Mr. King!

Anyone going to watch the MTV Video Music Awards tonight ?



On at 9 PM EST, 8 PM CST, don't know about PST or MST or HST, etc.

eta: We're giving you an all access pass to the #VMAs: http://on.mtv.com/1MSRSu3


Alison Parker’s Father: WDBJ Shooter ‘Messed with the Wrong Family’


Andy Parker, the father of slain WDBJ reporter Alison Parker, continued his public campaign to force action on gun violence prevention following last week’s shooting, with an even more impassioned appearance on CNN’s State of the Union with Jake Tapper Sunday morning.

“I’ve done a lot of media interviews, as you probably know, and a lot with CNN, and with the exception of one news organization that you can probably figure out that will go unnamed, everyone has been so kind and considerate of our family,” Parker said at the top of the interview, likely referring to his recent interaction with Megyn Kelly on Fox News.

“I think that’s my fear is that, you know, this is going to be a big news story for a weekend, and then, you know, it’s on to the next one,” Parker told Tapper. “But, but, you know, we cannot let this drop. And I think this is different. This time this is different, because, Alison was one of you guys. I mean, she was part of the media. And it could have been, you know, it could have been anyone out there doing this.”

Specifically, Parker cited a “gun violence restraining order” law in California that “probably would have prevented” the death of his daughter had it been able to pass in Virginia. He vowed to keep hammering this issue until something meaningful was done.

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AFRICAN-AMERICAN GROUP: "Trayvon is black and that is all that matters. And we love...."

"Trayvon is black and that is all that matters.

And we love our shibboleths"


hfojvt (36,065 posts)

56. sorry Scorp

that does not make any logical sense

but I get it, I guess. Trayvon is black and that is all that matters.

And we love our shibboleths, and the hatred of those who mispronounce.

"We all agree with that assessment"

Well, it sure seems that way since anybody who dared to disagree would be set upon by a lynch mob of the compassionate.

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Trayvon is black and that is all that matters.

And we love our shibboleths , that text sure seems racist to me


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Vice President Hulk Hogan? Disgraced wrestler wants to be Donald Trump’s running mate


It’s the most politically incorrect political pairing ever: A tag team of Donald Trump and Hulk Hogan.

Wrestler Hogan — his career in the tank after recordings emerged of him going on a racist rant — told TMZ Sports he’d love to join the bombastic reality star and GOP front-runner.

“I wanna be Trump’s running mate,” Hogan said. “Did you hear that? Vice President Hogan!”

The WWE scrubbed all mentions of its biggest star from its website in July.

Sounds about right.
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