October 27, 2014

"The Russian government has blacklisted the California-based Wayback Machine, a comprehensive archive of the Internet..."

"... over an Islamist video available on the website."
The video, called "The Clang of Swords," by the notorious terrorist group Islamic State, was declared extremist by a court in Russia's southern Stavropol region in July.

The state communications watchdog Roskomnadzor said on its website Friday that it had found 400 online copies of the video and requested their removal.

A handful of sites, including Wayback Machine's domain Archive.org, did not comply, leading to their blacklisting.
I'm impressed that the Wayback Machine lasted as long as it did. I'm sure it gets you too all sorts of things the Russian government would prefer its people not to read.

In other freedom-of-speech news from the Moscow Times:
A notoriously outspoken Russian actor and former Orthodox priest who suggested last week that Ebola victims were coming back from the dead as zombies has been banned from entering Latvia over earlier incendiary comments he made about gay people.

In December 2013, [Ivan] Okhlobystin said that all homosexuals should be burned alive because they represent a "living danger" to his children. 
So his comments were literally incendiary.
Last week he suggested that some victims of the Ebola virus were turning into zombies, explaining that he had heard of many cases in which those who died from the virus were mysteriously resurrected several days later. In case there was any doubt, the actor added that he "was not joking" and that he had purchased a crossbow, "just in case."
A crossbow? On a zombie? Does that even work?

24 comments:

rhhardin said...

So his comments were literally incendiary.

You mean literally literally, not figuratively literally.

rehajm said...

sZombieland rule #2: The Double Tap.

Ignorance is Bliss said...

A crossbow? On a zombie? Does that even work?

Where have you been the last four years?

jacksonjay said...

In other other freedom-of-speech news:

Notoriously despotic Houston mayor uses the power of government in her attempt to silence criticism. Pastors must not criticize her attempt to let men, who thinks they're womynz, go pee-pee in the girls bathroom. Even the ACLU thinks Annise has gone too far. And, by the way, she also doesn't believe in the right-to-petition.

Meanwhile, back to those crazy Ruskies and Zombie huntin!

Ignorance is Bliss said...


Sorry my link doesn't work, blogger is screwing it up.

Try googling Daryl Dixon.

Larry J said...

jacksonjay said...
In other other freedom-of-speech news:

Notoriously despotic Houston mayor uses the power of government in her attempt to silence criticism. Pastors must not criticize her attempt to let men, who thinks they're womynz, go pee-pee in the girls bathroom. Even the ACLU thinks Annise has gone too far. And, by the way, she also doesn't believe in the right-to-petition.


Perhaps the citizens of Houston will exercise their right to petition to start a campaign to recall her sorry ass.

Anonymous said...

Freedom is what the Government lets you do.

David Smith said...

I can't help wondering when the FEC, FCC, NBC and CBS notice that the Wayback Maching (and archive.org) complicate their ability to control the narrative and find a way to "memory hole" it.

tim in vermont said...

I think that the practice of ISIS using the mentally ill as suicide soldiers is a kind of Zombie warfare.

In the Middle East, they call suicide bombers "F11s" because they deliver their payload on two legs, walking.

Who were the two guys Praying with the Ottawa terrorist in the
homeless shelter who witnesses say disappeared just before the attack.

Ignorance is Bliss said...

Tim-

How do you add links in your comment?

I've been doing it for years, but recently when I try blogger prepends the URL with www.blogger.com/, so the link does not work. I notice your link is correct, so what is your secret?

( I'm using chrome, and signed in through a google account. )

Xmas said...

I is B,

You need to fully qualify your URL. If you leave out the http:// bit, web browsers will assume your href is a path on the local site. :)

Achilles said...

The FEC is taking notes.

gerry said...

You need to fully qualify your URL. If you leave out the http:// bit, web browsers will assume your href is a path on the local site.

Thank heaven I'm lazy. I go to the site I want to link, copy the entire URL, and paste it into the html "a" tag here in a post.

Steve Uhr said...

I thought the "does that" link would take me to --

http://www.amazon.com/b?node=3395561

Julie C said...

As long as you get them through the head, you are good to go with a crossbow. And the arrows can be re-used! Zombie recycling.

Bullets are noisy and can attract more zombies.

I've been closely studying Daryl's techniques for the past four years ...

Ann Althouse said...

"As long as you get them through the head, you are good to go with a crossbow. And the arrows can be re-used! Zombie recycling."

Yeah, but don't do that with an ebola zombie.

Clayton Hennesey said...

I'm impressed that the Wayback Machine lasted as long as it did. I'm sure it gets you too all sorts of things the Russian government would prefer its people not to read.

Well, now that we have Google to tell us everything we need to know, why would we need it anymore?

Bruce Hayden said...

Google mostly tells you what is happening now, and esp when it comes to changing web pages. WayBack let's you see snapshots in the past.

Let me add that we see a lot of the WayBack machine in patent law. That is because of 35 USC 102 (and, indirectly section 103). You can't get a patent if the claimed invention is not new/novel, and that includes having been disclosed on the Internet before your patent priority date (which now is essentially your filing date, since enactment of the AIA). So, finding something on the WayBack machine can kill patent ability, or invalidate an issued patent. Unfortunately, the granularity is typically a month or so, and that means that you still end up arguing when days are an issue.

Clayton Hennesey said...

Bruce, if you're responding to me, I was being sarcastic.

Peter said...

"Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past" ?

Quaestor said...

Ebola zombies call for flame throwers.

Quaestor said...

Now that's incendiary!

Basta! said...

Okhlobystin is a very weird name. Not even the word elements are in the modern dictionary.

Well, I knew that ONE day my 4 volume Dal' Russian Etymological Dictionary (2nd ed., 1880 --- alas, I couldn't find the 1st to buy) would come in handy.

It's an old provincial word, meaning a "whack" or sharp blow. Gotta be a pseudonym, though I see from his Russian wiki page that he has others: plain old Ivan, Ivan Chuzhoi (Strange[r]), and Leopold Roshkoshny (Luxurious).

It would be even funnier --- and more appropriate, I daresay --- in English, where it edges into a second meaning. "Whacko" used to be a pretty common nickname for union guys in Boston. I've got a great picture of John "Whacko" Hurley holding me, about 3, bawling my head off, at the union Christmas party.

CJ said...

A crossbow? On a zombie? Does that even work?

It's a crossbow, n'est-ce pas? It should work vampires, and maybe zombies too.