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Each time Google extends Street View to a new country, there’s a fresh wave of ‘privacy’ complaints. The UK’s proving no exception. Over the last two years, Google has been adding street-level photography – Street View – to its maps of various countries. The images are collected using cameras on cars driven around the areas to be covered. Google’s software then stitches the photos together to provide continuous views of the streets
OMG, nekkid kids, we will all diiiieee!!!
“Every time Street View arrives in a new country, there’s a fresh wave of reports of objections to certain images, often because they show someone in a bad light. Examples of UK images Google has been asked to withdraw include people vomiting, being in the immediate vicinity of sex shops, and being arrested. There has even been a report that Google’s cameras snapped a child playing naked in a park in public view.”
The British government — of all people. They have the most CCTV worldwide but now they are “concerned” about privacy because of Google Street View? The fuck. Nice how they get hysterical over a kid playing naked in a park. What’s wrong with a society where RAPE is the first thing you think of when you see some children having fun!? Next thing you know is they’re closing all nudist beaches and the churches are getting rid of all the naked Jesus children… Fucking hypocrites.
[Found at milkboard, see comments for more videos]
In a small town in France that he calls Kidderminster (maps call it something else), there lives a 15-year-old boy named Leo. He’s a mini-troubador who specializes in drums and the left-handed ukelele, and you might already have heard one of his songs, recorded with Kimya Dawson and her husband as a group called Antsy Pants, on the soundtrack to Juno. Leo’s first band (formed when he was only 12) was called Bear Creek, and he and his pal Alex also have a band called the Matching Cubes, but his main project at the moment is playing drums and singing in Coming Soon, a band he formed wih his older brother Ben Lupus and a bunch of their mutual friends. Their music is sweet and naive, wry and dirty, and sung in English – they grew up on British and American music and, as everybody knows, rock music just doesn’t sound right en francais. It’s got an effortless cool that’s half Gallic charm and half Strokes-y self-confidence, but it’s as unpretentious as your average 9-year-old, full of dirty jokes and a quirky sense of fun that recalls their friends in the Moldy Peaches. They’re touring all over France this summer, and their debut album, New Grids is out now on the French label Kitchen.
- It’s official: The pope is an ignorant, ill-natured asshole, says condoms are making AIDS worse
- Christian fundamentalists try to block protection for gay kids at school in the UK
- Denmark parliament approves adoption rights for Gays; joins Sweden, Spain; Belgium, UK and Netherlands
- How copyright is a matter of national security - ACTA, an example of global democracy deficit
- Canada’s minister of science turns out to be a creationist, doesn’t believe in the scientific theory of evolution
- You are being lied to about Pirates: Some are just gangsters. But others are trying to stop illegal dumping
- Only in America: Kid walks to soccer, neighbours call the cops… All you need to know
- Pirate Party politician fired for his political views on copyright
- Major opposition to new Swedish copyright law, go Sweden!
Anti-Capitalism is <3 [found by pinkneptune]
GoebblesSchäuble ist sauer weil es das Verfassungsgericht wagt über die Verfassung zu wachen
- Netzzensur jetzt auch offiziell nicht nur gegen “Kinderpornos”, hat ja nich lang gedauert
- Nachdem man sich mit obigen Sperren hier nicht durchsetzen konnte soll’s jetzt die EU richten
- Verwaltungsgreicht Wiesbaden: Vorratsdatenspeicherung ist unzulässig
- Anti-“Piraterie”-Vertrag ist jetzt Staatsgeheimnis. Das ist also Demokratie…
- BRAVO zu homo- und abtreibungsfreundlich, Katholiken fordern (mal wieder) Verbot
- Die Heuchlei der Medien über “Killerspiele” und, zum Vergleich, die nackten Tatsachen
- NPD hetzt gegen Linke Schwule, fordert mal wieder Todesstrafe für Schwule (=Pädos)
When a Jewish boy turns 13, he heads to a temple for a deeply meaningful rite of passage, his bar mitzvah. When a Catholic girl reaches about the same age, she stands in front of the local bishop, who touches her forehead with holy oil as she is confirmed into a 2,000-year-old faith tradition. But missing in each of those cases — and in countless others of equal religious importance — is any role for government. There is no baptism certificate issued by the local courthouse and no federal tax benefit attached to the confessional booth, the into-the-water-and-out born-again ceremony or any of the other sacraments that believers hold sacred.
(I couldn’t find a gay-zombie-boy-marriage-bashing picture so… whatever…)
Only marriage gets that treatment, and it’s a tradition that some legal scholars have been arguing should be abandoned. In a paper published March 2 in the San Francisco Chronicle, two law professors from Pepperdine University issued a call to re-examine the role the government plays in marriage. The authors — one of whom voted for and one against Proposition 8, which ended gay marriage in California — say the best way out of the intractable legal wars over gay marriage is to take marriage out of the hands of the government altogether.
Instead, give gay and straight couples alike the same license, a certificate confirming them as a family, and call it a civil union — anything, really, other than marriage. For people who feel the word marriage is important, the next stop after the courthouse could be the church, where they could bless their union with all the religious ceremony they wanted. Religions would lose nothing of their role in sanctioning the kinds of unions that they find in keeping with their tenets. And for nonbelievers and those who find the word marriage less important, the civil-union license issued by the state would be all they needed to unlock the benefits reserved in most states and in federal law for married couples.