It was a stupid thing to do and incredibly lazy and absolutely wrong.New Yorker blogger and author Jonah Lehrer • Apologizing for duplicating his material on his New Yorker blog from multiple other sources, including a post called “Why Smart People Are Stupid,” a recent post of his that went viral, which discussed why otherwise intelligent people make stupid mistakes. Spot the irony, folks.
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The impact of erecting a sign naming an organization which has a long-rooted history of civil disturbance would cause a significant public concern. Impacts include safety of the traveling public, potential social unrest, driver distraction or interference with the flow of traffic.Georgia Department of Transportation commissioner Keith Golden • In a letter to a Georgia DOT secretary citing why they chose not to allow a local KKK chapter to “adopt” a highway stretch in the northern part of the state. Oh, there were other reasons too — the area, with its 65mph speed limit, would’ve been an unsafe place to for KKK members to work. But here’s the kicker — the KKK chapter, which says they’re “not racists” and are doing this to “keep the mountains beautiful,” has said they plan to get legal help from the American Civil Liberties Union if their application was denied. Can you get more ironic?
I hacked in after finding the answer to the security question, ‘What is your favorite pet?’ It is [redacted] by the way. The password is now [redacted] … This is also the password for the Dropbox account. This is all I have gotten into. I have nothing to do with Anonymous and have never done something like this before. Goodbye.An anonymous hacker • Revealing to Gawker how he allegedly hacked into Mitt Romney’s e-mail Tuesday. Mitt Romney’s personal e-mail address — email@example.com — was allegedly hacked using the “favorite pet” question. It’d be painfully ironic if it it was Seamus. Everyone knows if you’re famous you don’t use that security question — everyone’s gonna know that!
From a WSJ Mossberg/Swisher talk:
ANOTHER AUDIENCE MEMBER: You’re basically saying somebody robbed my house and they drove a car down a road to get to my house. So you have to do something about the road or something about the car.
MR. EMANUEL: That’s a stupid example, but that’s OK.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: Is it? It’s exactly what you’re describing. How is it AT&T, Verizon and Google’s responsibility to keep your stuff safe? They’re not policemen. They don’t police things.
MR. EMANUEL: They decide when they want to police stuff and when they don’t. Child pornography—they can actually filter that. They stop those people.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: But you can still get child pornography on the Internet.
MR. EMANUEL: Stealing is a bad thing and child pornography is a bad thing.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: I agree. Where we’re not in agreement is, you can’t tear up the road so people can’t get to your house.
MR. EMANUEL: You know something? You need to sit down. That’s a bad example. Go sit down and think of something else and come back and I’ll scream at you again.
Because Ari shoots first without asking questions, he didn’t realize the guy he talked down here is Joshua Topolsky of The Verge, also known as the most famous tech journalist in the room besides Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg.
integrity won’t pay the mortgages I will ask all of u how many of u would do your job for no pay?R&B singer Brian McKnight • Discussing on Twitter why he chose to make a theme song for an adult Web site, roughly a month after another sexually-explicit song of his gave the singer some late-career notoriety. The Washington Post’s Sarah Anne Hughes smartly gets past the weirdness of a guy known for wedding songs shilling for a porn site, and instead focuses on what this means for R&B in general: “It’s hard to fault McKnight for writing explicit songs if they pay the bills and allow him to keep creating R&B,” she says, noting that McKnight’s style of R&B rarely shows up on the radio these days.