Saturday, August 27, 2016

No Wi-Fi in schools but access to broadband internet is a human right

No Wi-Fi in schools but access to information is a human right, and that includes access to broadband internet.

So maybe every desk needs a wired ethernet connection? That's going to be very expensive.

Source: Jill Stein 2016

Dr. Stein said in response to a question about wireless internet in schools: “We should not be subjecting kids’ brains especially to that…

...a recent National Institutes of Health study that provided “some of the strongest evidence to date that such exposure [to the type of radiation emitted from cell phones and wireless devices] is associated with the formation of rare cancers…"
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We believe that access to information is a human right, and that includes access to broadband internet.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Rudy Giuliani admitted the 9/11 attacks were not motivated by "radical Islam"

Rudy Giuliani admitted (unintentionally?) to the public that the 9/11 attacks were not motivated by "radical Islam". Either that or he lied or he's insane. Are there other possible explanations?

Source: New York Daily News

“Under those eight years, before Obama came along, we didn’t have any successful radical Islamic terrorist attack inside the United States” --Rudy Giuliani

Monday, August 15, 2016

Hackers Say They Hacked NSA-Linked Group, Want 1 Million Bitcoins to Share More

Source: VICE Motherboard

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“How much you pay for enemies cyber weapons? [...] We find cyber weapons made by creators of stuxnet, duqu, flame.”
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The hackers referred to their victims as the Equation Group, a codename for a government hacking group widely believed to be the NSA.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

F.B.I. Steps Up Use of Stings in ISIS Cases

Undercover operations are now used in about 2/3 of prosecutions involving people suspected of supporting the Islamic State.

Source: New York Times

In recent investigations from Florida to California, agents have helped people suspected of being extremists acquire weapons, scope out bombing targets and find the best routes to Syria to join the Islamic State, records show.

... since February 2015, about 40 of 60 Islamic State prosecutions, or 67 percent, have been based on undercover operations.

FBI Agent Goaded Garland Shooter to “Tear Up Texas,” Raising New Alarms About Bureau’s Methods

Source: The Intercept

... an undercover FBI agent encouraged a would-be terrorist to “Tear up Texas” shortly before he opened fire on a “Draw Muhammad” cartoon contest in Garland, Texas ...

... “Essentially, it suggests the government may be manufacturing the very threat it is supposed to be countering.”

... “But if you’re going to target potentially unstable, vulnerable individuals in undercover sting operations, you have to examine the potential consequences of having these types of discussions with them.”

... had they been more competent in their assault, the result could have been one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in recent U.S. history – an attack that was encouraged by the FBI.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Complex life may be possible in only 10% of all galaxies

Summary: 10 billion galaxies can support complex life

Source: Science

Of the estimated 100 billion galaxies in the observable universe, only one in 10 can support complex life like that on Earth, a pair of astrophysicists argues. Everywhere else, stellar explosions known as gamma ray bursts would regularly wipe out any life forms more elaborate than microbes. The detonations also kept the universe lifeless for billions of years after the big bang, the researchers say.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

US Air Force wants to plasma bomb the sky using tiny satellites

Source: New Scientist

USAF wants to do this more efficiently, with tiny cubesats, for example, carrying large volumes of ionised gas directly into the ionosphere.

As well as increasing the range of radio signals, the USAF says it wants to smooth out the effects of solar winds, which can knock out GPS, and also investigate the possibility of blocking communication from enemy satellites.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Anti-Russian rhetoric used by right for decades

@theintercept: The anti-Russian rhetoric Democrats are now using is identical to smear tactics used by America’s right for decades

Source: The Intercept

The Washington Post cited an intelligence official as saying that “the intelligence community . . . has not reached a conclusion about who passed the emails to WikiLeaks” and “We have not drawn any evidentiary connection to any Russian intelligence service and WikiLeaks — none”). Democrats not only treated this evidence-free conspiracy theory as Truth, but – following the Clinton campaign – proceeded to smear WikiLeaks as a Kremlin operation:

FBI probe of Clinton's emails prompted by espionage fears, secret letters say

Source: VICE

Section 811" referral from the Intelligence Community's Inspector General (ICIG).

The ICIG determined that classified, national security information in Clinton's emails may have been "compromised" and shared with "a foreign power or an agent of a foreign power."

It could include espionage, but it could also include negligence, inadvertence, or something else.... Section 811 does not assert a violation of criminal law."

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Gen. Allen Says Trump Could Cause 'Civil Military Crisis'

Source: ABC News

Retired Marine Corps Gen. John Allen said that if Republican nominee Donald Trump becomes president and follows through on some of the things he’s said on the campaign trail, the U.S. could face a “civil military crisis, the like of which we’ve not seen in this country.”
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"He's talked about needing to torture. He's talked about needing to murder the families of alleged terrorists," Allen said. "He's talked about carpet-bombing ISIL. Who do you think is going to carpet-bombed when all that occurs? It's going to be innocent families."

Monday, August 1, 2016

Thanks to Christians, After School Satan Clubs May Be Coming to an Elementary School Near You

Source: Patheos

Congress passed the Equal Access Act of 1984 to prevent the government from stoping the formation of after-school Bible clubs at public schools throughout the country. A Supreme Court decision in 2001 said public schools couldn’t discriminate on the basis of religion. Christians have been forming Good News Clubs at elementary schools to spread fundamentalist Christianity to little kids before they’re old enough to think critically.

Source: After School Satan

The Satanic Church plans to place an After School Satan Club in every school where the Good News Clubs, or other proselytizing religious groups, have established a presence.
After School Satan Clubs have initially offered to present curriculum at schools in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Pensacola, Portland, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Springfield, Tucson and Washington, DC. Their aim is to establish the presence of a contrasting voice that helps children to understand that one doesn’t need to submit to superstition in order to be a good person. These After School Satan groups will work the same way as Christian clubs. They’ll have outside sponsors, they’ll run a curriculum that’s appropriate for kids, and (most importantly) they’ll only form in districts where Good News Clubs already exist. This isn’t just about spreading Satanic values. It’s about showing Christians the law applies to everybody, and if they want access to public space, they have to accept that groups with whom they disagree will be there, too.