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. http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-echochambers-30485999 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. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-30492826 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. http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2014/12/16/us/ap-us-sniper-author-ventura.html?ref=us 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.  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/16/upshot/as-robots-grow-smarter-american-workers-struggle-to-keep-up.html?smid=tw-nytimes&_r=0&abt=0002&abg=0 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. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30475230 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. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30475236 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. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/13/world/americas/peru-is-indignant-after-greenpeace-makes-its-mark-on-ancient-site.html?ref=world&_r=0 The Peruvian authorities said activists from the group damaged a patch of desert when they […]