Christian Website Expects Internet to Abide by Their Guidelines

From The Net Authority:

The Net Authority is an organization dedicated to the removal of offensive material from the Internet. The online world is teeming with pornography, depravity, blasphemy, and all kinds of hate propaganda. It is our mission to define a set of guidelines to which all information posted on the Internet must adhere, and to hold responsible those who would knowingly break those guidelines.

And what are these guidelines?

Posting information or content in any form on the Internet constitutes acceptance of and agreement to the Net Authority Internet Acceptable Use Policy.

1. Thou shalt not post pornographic material.

There is a common misconception that pornography is limited purely to images or textual descriptions of an explicit sexual nature. This is not the case. Anything that can evoke impure thoughts in the mind of the beholder is pornographic.

2. Thou shalt not post hateful material.

Any material that promotes or inspires hatred or violence towards any other person or group of people is strictly forbidden.

3. Thou shalt not post blasphemous material.

Any material that would lead one astray from the righteous path of the one true God must not be permitted on the Internet. These days children are gaining access to the Internet at younger and younger ages—a time when they are most vulnerable and susceptible to blasphemous viewpoints and suggestions.

4. Thou shalt not post materials of an offensive political nature.

5. Thou shalt not post materials concerning bestiality, including interracial relationships.

God did not intend for different species or races to intermingle sexually. Any content that contradicts this natural law, directly or indirectly, is strictly forbidden.

I’ve submitted Cynical-C to be added to their database since this blog proudly breaks all 5 of their commandments. (Although maybe not number 2).

Comparing Top Chess Players Throughout History

This wikipedia entry subjects chess players throughout history to different scoring systems to see how they stack up.

This article examines a number of methodologies that have been suggested for the task of comparing top chess players throughout history, particularly the question of comparing the greatest players of different eras. Statistical methods offer objectivity but, whilst there is agreement on systems to rate the strengths of current players, there is disagreement and controversy on whether such techniques can be applied to players from different generations who never competed against each other.

The CIA’s “Family Jewels”

The CIA released some historical documents today which were called “Family Jewels”:

The family jewels is the informal name used to refer to a set of reports that detail the illegal activities conducted by the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States in a roughly quarter-century period in the 1950s and 1970s.[1] William Colby, who was the CIA director in the mid-1970s and helped in the compilation of the reports, dubbed them the “skeletons” in the CIA’s closet.

Here’s the direct link to the documents.

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Top 10 Uses For Used Coffee Grounds

I’ll give you three but click here for the rest.

10. Deodorizer. Dry them out on a cookie sheet and then put them in a bowl in your refrigerator or freezer, or rub them on your hands to get rid of food prep smells.

9. Plant food. Plants such as rosebushes, azaleas, rhododendrons, evergreen and camellias that prefer acidic soils will appreciate the leftovers from your morning cup. Also, grounds can add nutrients to your compost bin.

8. Insect repellant. Sprinkle old grounds around places you don’t want ants, or on the ant piles themselves. The little buggers will move on or stay away. Used grounds are also said to repel snails and slugs.

Shermanesque Statement

From Wikipedia:

A Sherman(esque) statement or Sherman speech is American political jargon for a clear and direct statement, by a potential candidate, indicating that he or she will not run for a particular elected position.

The term derives from the Sherman pledge, a remark made by American Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman when he was being considered as a possible Republican candidate for the presidential election of 1884. He declined, saying “If drafted, I will not run; if nominated, I will not accept; if elected, I will not serve.”