Monthly Archives: December 2014

Cheney believes torturing innocents works

Former US Vice-President Dick Cheney made no apologies on Sunday for the US interrogation programme that he helped devise after the 9/11 attacks and expressed no regrets for any innocents who may have been harmed in the process. Mr Cheney had said in an interview last week on Fox News that he considers the […]

Most people protect against global surveillance

Recent revelations about government-backed surveillance have prompted millions of people to do more to keep their data private, suggests a survey. Many people now regularly change passwords or avoid certain websites or apps, said the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). It also found that 64% of the 23,000 people questioned are more worried […]

Ventura sues America Sniper publisher for $150K

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura is suing the publisher of the book that a federal jury said defamed him. Ventura was awarded $1.8 million in a lawsuit that alleged “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle made up claims in his book about punching Ventura after he made offensive comments about Navy SEALS at a California […]

Advances in robotics killing service industry jobs

A machine that administers sedatives recently began treating patients at a Seattle hospital. At a Silicon Valley hotel, a bellhop robot delivers items to people’s rooms. Last spring, a software algorithm wrote a breaking news article about an earthquake that The Los Angeles Times published. Although fears that technology will displace jobs are at […]

Austerity measures bring general strike in Belgium

A nationwide strike in Belgium has brought air, rail and road transport to a standstill and forced many businesses to close. Hundreds of flights to and from Belgium have been cancelled, as well as Eurostar services to Brussels. The widespread industrial action is the latest in a series of strikes protesting against the new […]

Economic warfare devastates Russian economy

The Russian rouble has dropped to a new low against the US dollar, as falling oil prices and Western sanctions continue to weigh on the country. As of Monday afternoon, it takes more than 60 roubles to buy a single dollar. The 60 mark is considered a “psychological barrier” for Russia’s national currency, says […]

Environmentalists hijacked by insensitive idiots

An expression of concern by the environmental group Greenpeace about the carbon footprint was marred this week by real footprints — in a fragile, and restricted, landscape near the Nazca lines, ancient man-made designs etched in the Peruvian desert. The Peruvian authorities said activists from the group damaged a patch of desert when they […]