Monthly Archives: July 2014

Making a crack in the crumbling surveillance state

A tribunal is hearing a legal challenge by civil liberty groups against the alleged use of mass surveillance programmes by UK intelligence services. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-28286105 Privacy International and Liberty are among those challenging the legality of alleged “interception, collection and use of communications” by agencies. It follows revelations by the former US intelligence analyst Edward Snowden […]

Debt services prey on $1 trillion of US student loans

Student loan debt hovers at more than $1 trillion, a threefold surge from a decade ago, and a record number of college students who graduated as the financial system nearly imploded have an average debt load of more than $20,000. http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/07/13/companies-that-offer-help-with-student-loans-often-predatory-officials-say/?ref=us More than half of recent graduates are unemployed. And if they do have a […]

US clears police and Secret Service in DC shooting death

Police officers who fatally shot an unarmed woman after she led them on a car chase through Washington DC will not face criminal charges. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-28257771 The Secret Service and Capitol Police employees did not use excessive force in the death of Miriam Carey, 34, the justice department found. Carey’s one-year-old daughter was in the car […]

Are you in the Suspicious Activity Reporting database?

After the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the US government spread a now-familiar slogan: “If you see something, say something.” Less visibly, it built a national database to better harness reports of suspicious activity in the hunt for “terrorists”.  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/11/us/11surveillance.html?ref=us Five California men filed a lawsuit that challenges the Suspicious Activity Reporting database. They contend […]

US Justice Department declines to investigate CIA

The Justice Department has declined to pursue claims by the Senate Intelligence Committee, which had accused the CIA of criminal behavior related to the committee’s investigation of the agency’s interrogation practices, the department said on Thursday. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/11/us/politics/justice-dept-declines-to-investigate-rival-claims-of-cia-and-senate-panel.html?ref=us “The department carefully reviewed the matters referred to us and did not find sufficient evidence to warrant a […]

Intelligence services silence a “free press” in Israel

Israeli intelligence officials used gag orders in recent weeks to stifle reporting on the initial investigations into both the abduction and the killing of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank, and the apparent revenge killing of a Palestinian teenager in East Jerusalem.  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/11/world/middleeast/rumor-and-leaks-fill-a-void-as-israel-silences-press-over-killings.html?ref=world These restrictions on media coverage of events in the Palestinian territories […]

Globalists succeed in moving populations to the cities

More than half of humanity now lives in cities, and even more will soon. The world will have to confront how to make cities more fit for human habitation. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/11/world/more-than-half-the-global-population-growth-is-urban-united-nations-report-finds.html?ref=world Those are the conclusions of a report released Thursday by the United Nations, raising new challenges including cholera, classrooms and food production. If China urbanized […]

Social Experiment: Berkeley CA pushing pot on the poor

Earlier this month, Berkeley’s City Council voted unanimously for an ordinance that would provide free medical marijuana to patients with low incomes. If the ordinance passes its second reading in August, marijuana dispensaries will have to set aside 2 percent of their product — which must be of equivalent quality to the marijuana they’re selling […]

Oil industry continues to pollute North Dakota water

Crestwood Midstream Services and tribal officials say a pipeline on North Dakota’s Fort Berthold Indian reservation has leaked 1 million gallons of saltwater, with some of the fluid finding its way to a bay that leads to a lake that provides drinking water for the reservation. http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2014/07/10/us/ap-us-north-dakota-saltwater-spill.html?ref=us Cleanup continued there Thursday and Miranda Jones, vice president […]

Snowden files: American citizens targeted by NSA

A new report based on documents provided by Edward J. Snowden has identified five American Muslims, including the leader of a civil rights group, as having been subjected to surveillance by the National Security Agency. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/10/us/politics/nsa-snowden-records-glenn-greenwald-first-look.html?ref=us The disclosure of what were described as specific domestic surveillance targets by The Intercept online magazine was a rare […]

After bankruptcy Detroit faces white collar looting

A new expert appraisal of the Detroit Institute of Arts’ collection, which some creditors are demanding be sold to help pay municipal debts in the city’s bankruptcy case, has found that the works could be worth $2.7 billion to $4.6 billion. A new expert appraisal of the Detroit Institute of Arts’ collection, which some creditors […]

Google glass and the brain wave interface

By combining the Google Glass smart glasses with an electroencephalography (EEG) headset, the software makes it possible to take a picture without moving a muscle. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28237582 London-based start-up This Place said the tech could be utilised in high-pressure hands-free situations – such as during surgery. It has released the MindRDR software for free in the […]

The spy chip is now a wearable bracelet for children

LG has announced a wrist-worn device designed to let parents keep track of where their child is and listen to what they are up to.  http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28230841 The Kizon uses GPS and wi-fi signals to identify the wearer’s location and sends the information to an Android app. LG is targeting the device at families with pre-school […]

Smart devices including lightbulbs can spy on you

Security experts have demonstrated how easy it is to hack network-enabled LED light bulbs. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28208905 Context Security released details about how it was able to hack into the wi-fi network of one brand of network-enabled bulb, and control the lights remotely. The LIFX light bulb, which is available to buy in the UK, has network […]

The eventual accidental release of a deadly pathogen

Scientists said Tuesday that six glass vials found in a storeroom in a government laboratory outside Washington contained the smallpox virus. It was the second incident in a month that revealed government mishandling of potentially deadly infectious agents. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/09/science/six-vials-of-smallpox-discovered-in-laboratory-near-washington.html?ref=us&_r=0 The sealed vials were discovered on July 1 in a Food and Drug Administration lab at […]

UN wants to classify US immigrants as politcal refugees

United Nations officials are pushing for many of the Central Americans fleeing to the U.S. to be treated as refugees displaced by armed conflict, a designation meant to increase pressure on the United States and Mexico to accept tens of thousands of people currently ineligible for asylum. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/un-pushes-migrants-be-called-refugees Officials with the U.N. High Commissioner for […]

Google to test Artificial Intelligence in NASA drones

Nasa plans to send Google’s 3D smartphones into space to function as the “eyes and brains” of free-flying robots inside the Space Station. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28209355 The robots, known as Spheres (Synchronised Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental satellites), currently have limited capabilities. It is hoped the smartphones, powered by Google’s Project Tango, will equip the robots with […]

Making the computer chip implant sexy, literally

A contraceptive computer chip that can be controlled by remote control has been developed in Massachusetts. The chip is implanted under a woman’s skin, releasing a small dose of levonorgestrel, a hormone.http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28193720 This will happen every day for 16 years, but can be stopped at any time by using a wireless remote control. The project […]

The global police state erects airport checkpoints

The United States has, for the first time, asked officials at more than a dozen foreign airports to confiscate from passengers any electronic devices that cannot be turned on, American officials said on Monday. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/08/us/new-tsa-rules-for-electronics-on-flights-bound-for-us.html?ref=us The United States does not handle the passenger screening on American-bound flights from overseas. But foreign airports have to meet […]

The Myth of ISIS: Ancient goddess, Islamic militancy

Isis is a goddess in Ancient Egyptian religious beliefs, whose worship spread throughout the Greco-Roman world. She was worshipped as the ideal mother and wife as well as the patroness of nature and magic. She was the friend of slaves, sinners, artisans and the downtrodden, but she also listened to the prayers of the wealthy, […]