Bloomberg — As France intensifies its air raids against Islamic State, a separate front has opened against the fundamentalist group: cyber warfare.
Hacking collective Anonymous accessed and took down more than 5,500 social media accounts associated with Islamic State, it said on Twitter. Following the Paris terrorist attacks on Friday, the activist hackers declared “war” against Islamic State, threatening to track down the group’s members.
“You should expect a massive reaction from Anonymous, you should know that we will find you and we won’t let go,” Anonymous said of Islamic State in a video posted online on Saturday. “We are going to launch the biggest operation ever against you. Expect numerous cyberattacks. The war is on. Get ready.” …
The hacker group is also spamming social-media threads linked to Islamic State with rick-rolling, an online prank where a video of the 1987 song “Never Gonna Give You Up” by British singer Rick Astley is posted.
While “Never Gonna Give You Up” is the greatest piece of music ever composed by the hand of man and far too good for those beheading, women-stoning ISIS maniacs, this could be my favorite news story of the year.
Once again, as has so often happened in history, great minds are using inspired works of art to defeat tyranny and oppression. From The Three Stooges parodying Hitler in their classic “You Natzy Spy” to your great protest songs to that guy who tooled on the KKK at a rally by marching behind them playing the sousaphone, time and time again it’s been proven that the pen is mightier than the sword. And therefore the sword has zero chance against an unstoppable force for good as powerful as Rick Astley’s epic 1980s cool.
So thank you, Anonymous. And even more so, than you Rick. In the days of my youth you inspired my hairstyle and clothes. In my adulthood, you’re inspiring free people around the world.
That’s not uncommon. But then the Bills’ inspirational speaker, Ray Lewis, was on the ESPN set the next night talking about the game. That’s a little unusual, to say the least. … Ryan confirmed on Wednesday that Lewis did speak to the team though he didn’t get into specifics of what Lewis said. …
Lewis hasn’t been a big Patriots fan through the years, so it wasn’t too surprising that he said this week he prefers Ryan as a coach over New England coach Bill Belichick. …
But the Patriots still might wonder why someone included with one of the NFL broadcast partners’ game day productions was giving a speech to the other team the night before the game.
No big deal. Nothing to see here, folks. Let’s all go home and get some rest, citizens. Just an analyst covering the game for the network that’s broadcasting it taking sides and doing his part to help one team win.
Why not? The folks at ESPN have made no secret of their anti-Patriots blood lust. Why bother trying to act impartial now? I mean, who would they be kidding at this point? They might as well let Ray Lewis try to inspire the Bills to beat the Pats. Hell, why not send Steve Young in to give pointers to Tyrod Taylor? Put Jon Gruden into the Bills’ positional meetings to discuss the finer points of “Spider 2 Y Banana“? Maybe Lisa Salters could tip Rex Ryan off to stuff she heard on the Patriots sidelines while we’re at it.
The only real shocking part of this story is that Buffalo somehow still managed to lose the game after being treated to Lewis’ legendary oratory style. It’s not often you get to be inspired by greatness like this:
Glenn and Christian kick off the show playing some of the audio of Christian's call to a Vegan hotline last year around this time, and then the conversation turned to the importance of a 16-0 season now that big injuries have decimated the skill positions.
This “clarification” by SportsCenter didn’t come out until just before Dale & Holley avec Thornton went on the air Tuesday, which is why I’m just getting to it now. For that, I apologize. Which is something I don’t do very often, but it seems like ESPN is doing it more and more often lately. And always with regard to the Patriots.
We had SportsCenter coming on in the middle of the night to apologize for the network repeating the lie — in prime time — that the Patriots taped the walk-through practice of the Rams in 2002. We had a weak, mealy-mouthed non-apology apology from Chris Mortensen when he changed the wording of his infamous tweet from “under-inflated by 2 lbs” to “significantly under-inflated” eight months after the damage was done. And now we’ve got this.
SportsCenter would like you to believe this was all just an innocent mistake. That lumping together a Patriots game and video cameras was not a dig at the Patriots. Not a troll job. Just a misinterpretation. A message about the officials that was lost in translation from emoji to English. Which would be hard to swallow even if ESPN hadn’t spent the better part of the last decade and 24/7 of 2015 making a concerted effort to cast the Pats as cheaters who can’t win a thing unless they’re pointing a video camera at your signals or sticking needles into footballs in the bathroom.
So nice try, ESPN. But stick your apology wherever your expert analyst Ray Lewis stuck his bloody suit. If the people of New England have learned anything this year, it’s to know a troll job followed by an insincere apology when we see one.
Dave Portnoy, Barstool Sports — Ah the mythical blue twitter checkmark. Only reserved for the finest of ex Barstool employees. People I invented and moved onto greener pastures. The Jerry’s, Mo’s, and Jenna Marbles off the world. Even ex interns like Tall Guy getting into the mix. It’s blue checkmarks for everybody! Happy Thanksgiving everybody!
I can’t explain why some people who move on from Barstool Sports get the coveted Twitter verification and the people who still work for them don’t. Any more than I can explain why I didn’t make Chad Finn’s list of best 75 Twitter follows when Stoolies like Portnoy, Rear Admiral and John Feitelberg and WEEI guys like Kirk Minihane did. I mean, some followers took my case to Finn and he said I just missed the cut. But like Apollo Creed said about losing to Rocky by one second, “Do you know what something like that does to a man of my intelligence?” All I can do is take comfort in the little blue check mark that I’ve been granted and they haven’t.
Because let’s face it, being verified is all that matters. The blue check mark is what gives a twitterer his power. It’s an energy field created by all social media things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the Internet together.
But you can’t be envious of us who have been anointed by the Twitter gods like this. All you can do is salute the fact that those of us who have joined this elite and exclusive club are getting the recognition we so richly deserve, and strive to be like us someday. That said, like a guy putting on the gold jacket in Canton, I want to offer my thanks to my boys back at Barstool who set me on this path to immortality. Someday I hope you get to join me in Twitter Valhalla.
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