Archive for January 2013

Chinese Hackers Attack The New York Times   3 comments



Chinese Web Users Gasp—in Code—as NYT Cyber Attacks Exposed

The Atlantic

After the New York Times published an article detailing the four months during which the venerated publication was the subject of hacking attacks traced to China, the news spread on Sina Weibo, China’s Twitter. Despite internal censorship measures and the blocking of some sensitive keywords, some users nevertheless found a way to comment on the article.

Popular Weibo user and vocal critic @假装在纽约, whose handle means “Pretending to be in New York,” posted a screenshot of the Times article in English, with the simple Chinese tagline, “For 4 months, Chinese hackers with government backgrounds launched fierce attacks against that New York paper.” He then translated several key points from the article for his followers, including information supporting the piece’s argument that the hackers were likely affiliated with the Chinese military.

In response to his post, a number of users simply posed a rhetorical question: “Lanxiang?” The term is an abbreviation for Shandong Lanxiang Vocational School, an institution of higher learning known to produce hackers employed by the Chinese government . One user warned “Pretending to be in New York,” “Better not get on the bad side of the People’s Liberation Army,” while another speculated, “I bet your account is going to be deleted.”


This looks like a battallion of Chinese Army Hackers.   The 3rd Shocktroop battallion of the 95th Regiment of Special Hacker Forces.






Since the Times published an expose on the wealth accumulated by Premier Wen Jiabao’s family last year, its website has been intermittently blocked and its content selectively censored; the media outlet’s Chinese name has been temporarily censored on various microblogging platforms, as have several homonyms for the paper, forcing Chinese Web users to get creative when referring to it. Posts related to the Times’ most recent offending piece were also censored, according to Twitter user @MissXQ.

As for the post by “Pretending to be in New York,”  it garnered 80 comments and 207 retweets in the first hour before being deleted by censors. The Weibo critic had wasted little time in devising a back-up plan in the event his entire account were to be excised. He had thought ahead, though:. “If this account is ever gone,” he wrote a week earlier, “Please follow @假耳朵.”


What a society, always having Big Brother watching over you.


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Posted January 31, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

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The Many Ways of the World   Leave a comment



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Iranian Space Monkey has left hand amputated for theft?   Leave a comment

Iran sends monkey into space

Iran has apparently sent a live monkey into space in a capsule, which was later retrieved intact.




There is however, a somber end to this story.  Iranian Monkey Astronaut One grabbed a banana from the V.I.P. bowl while he was being transferred to the interrogation room.  Under Iranian Sharia Law this is a Amputatable Offense (“the goat that steals the extra carrot must have a hoof chopped off”, (Mohammad-book 12-verse 8958- paragraph 4- line 2- word 8).  The leading Iranian beheader and amputator, Moschsa Allibadallmohamid, performed the amputation of Monkey One.   He had to be hounded by the Sharia Mullah to find the time, Moschsa was busy executing 19 men and 4 women for offenses varying from jaywalking to heroin trafficking.



The Iranians have never mentioned the conditionof Monkey One. Doesn’t look good for that simian.

Are those Iranian devils developing an intercontinental ballistic missile for their nuclear warheads!!?

Posted January 30, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Garrett McNamara surfs ‘highest ever’ wave off Portugal   Leave a comment


An American man has ridden what may be the highest wave ever caught by a surfer.




Garrett McNamara surfed the wave on Monday off the coast of Portugal, in the same spot where he surfed the current world-record wave of 78ft (24m) in November 2011.

Experts will now have to certify the new record.

The giant wave formed above an underwater canyon famous for being the world’s biggest wave generator.

Some reports say the wave may have been as high as 100ft (30m), although this is yet to be confirmed.

“You are just going so fast,” McNamara told ABC television. “It’s really, really similar to snowboarding on giant mountains.

“And you’re just chattering, flying down this bumpy, bumpy mountain. Your brain is getting rattled. Your whole body is getting rattled.”

He said he was relieved to have avoided a rocky section of the coast.

McNamara began surfing at 11 and turned professional six years later.






Posted January 30, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

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The Nation of Zimbabwe has just 217 dollars in the bank   Leave a comment



Robert Mugabe, the lifelong dictator of Zimbabwe, took his country from being a prosperous nation to a basket case during his 40 year rule.




Zimbabwe Has Just $217 In The Bank, Finance Minister Says

There’s a lot you can buy with $200 if you’re one person. There’s not whole lot you can do with it if you’re one nation, however.

Zimbabwe has just $217 in the bank after paying civil servants last week, Agence France Presse reports. While the amount is a stunningly low balance for an entire nation, it was somewhat expected.

The African nation has been struggling to recover from hyperinflation that stretches back a decade. In the past few years, flagging diamond exports as well as salary hikes have compounded the nation’s financial woes, according to the Globe and Mail.

The country finds itself in particularly dire straits now as it appears to be short on funding for its upcoming national elections. Zimbabwe is aiming to double exports of diamonds this year but that likely won’t be enough to bail itself out.

“We will be approaching the international community [for financial assistance],” Finance Minister Tendai Biti told the AFP.




The country couldn’t afford 2 tickets to a Jets game.




Posted January 30, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

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United States military lifts ban on women in combat   Leave a comment
























As a matter of fact the U.S. Air Force has had women combat pilots for 20 years.  The Navy and Marine Corps also have women combat pilots.  Below are F-15 Eagle fighter pilots based in Alaska.




Posted January 29, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Meet Condoman: Comic Book Superhero Advocates Safe Sex to Australia’s Aboriginal Youth   1 comment


Dangerous Minds




That’s pretty much the long and short of it! (zing)

It’s actually a really impressive campaign. It’s aware enough to know that 1) safe sex campaigns need to be tailored to specific communities, especially with regard to race and class, and 2) safe sex campaigns need to start with age groups that are probably not yet having sex. As some one from abstinence-only middle America, it’s a little mind-blowing to see such a frank effort to destigmatize youth-based sex education.

The campaign started in the 80s with a single comic, but it was apparently so well-liked, that the 2 Spirits Project (a queer aborginal sex education group) and Queensland Health just released a second issue with an updated look, and a new STD-fighting partner—Lubelicious. Lube prevents condom rips, folks!





Roll it on, or move along.


Posted January 29, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Striking new Polar Bear exhibit to be built at Assiniboine Park zoo in Winnipeg   Leave a comment

Striking new Polar Bear exhibit to be built at Assiniboine Park zoo in Winnipeg.

Posted January 29, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

The Merry Pranksters   1 comment



These were wild and crazy guys.

The Merry Pranksters were a group of people who formed around American author Ken Kesey in 1964 and sometimes lived communally at his homes in California and Oregon. The group promoted the use of psychedelic drugs. Their motto was Never Trust a Prankster.

Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters are noted for the sociological significance of a lengthy road trip they took in the summer of 1964, traveling across the United States in a psychedelic painted school bus enigmatically and variably labeled “Further” or “Furthur.” Their early escapades were chronicled by Tom Wolfe in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Wolfe also documents a notorious 1966 trip on Further from Mexico through Houston, stopping to visit Kesey’s friend, novelist Larry McMurtry. Kesey was in flight from a drug charge at the time.

Notable members of the group include Kesey’s best friend Ken Babbs, Carolyn Garcia, and Neal Cassady. Stewart Brand, Paul Foster, the Grateful Dead, Del Close (then a lighting designer for the Grateful Dead), Wavy Gravy, Paul Krassner, and “Kentucky Fab Five” writers Ed McClanahan and Gurney Norman (who overlapped with Kesey and Babbs as creative writing graduate students at Stanford University) were associated with the group to varying degrees.




On June 17, 1964, Kesey and 13 Merry Pranksters boarded “Further” at Kesey’s ranch in La Honda, California, and set off eastward. Kesey wanted to see what would happen when hallucinogenic-inspired spontaneity confronted what he saw as the banality and conformity of American society. One author has suggested that the bus trip reversed the historic American westward movement of the centuries.

The trip’s original purpose was to celebrate the publication of Kesey’s novel Sometimes a Great Notion and to visit the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City. The Pranksters were enthusiastic users of marijuana, amphetamines, and LSD, and in the process of their journey they are said to have “turned on” many people by introducing them to these drugs.

The psychedelically painted bus had its stated destination as being “further.” This was the goal of the Merry Pranksters, a destination that could only be obtained through the expansion of one’s own perceptions of reality. They traveled cross-country giving LSD to anyone who was willing to try it (LSD was legal in the United States until October 1966).



Ken Kesey is center with the beret




Kesey and the Pranksters also had a relationship with the infamous outlaw motorcycle gang the Hells Angels, who were introduced to LSD by Kesey. The details of their relationship are documented both in Wolfe’s book and in Hunter S. Thompson’s book, Hell’s Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs. Poet Allen Ginsberg also wrote a poem about the Kesey/Angels relationship.

I read Thompson’s book in which he describes how the Pranksters introduced LSD to the Hells Angels in California.  The Angels were being true to form and being quite obnoxious, but once they swallowed some LSD they mellowed right out.  They all became introverted and much easier to communicate with according to Kesey.




Kenneth EltonKenKesey; September 17, 1935 – November 10, 2001) was an American author, best known for his novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1962) and as a counter-cultural figure who considered himself a link between the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the hippies of the 1960s. “I was too young to be a beatnik, and too old to be a hippie,” Kesey said in a 1999 interview with Robert K. Elder.





Neal Cassady was in on the shenanigans.  Below photo of Cassady and Jack Kerouac.




Neal Leon Cassady (February 8, 1926 – February 4, 1968) was a major figure of the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the psychedelic movement of the 1960s. He served as the model for the character Dean Moriarty in Jack Kerouac’s novel On the Road.


Posted January 29, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

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