Monthly Archives: December 2015

Police state hackers begin targeting dissenters

A shadowy cyber-espionage group that sent malware to the prosecutor whose mysterious death transfixed Argentina early this year has been hitting targets in left-leaning nations across South America, the Internet watchdog group Citizen Lab reported Wednesday. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/fa7618cf36a642fb900a4f35b2c986b1/south-america-hacker-team-targets-dissidents-journalists The breadth and brazenness of the hackers’ activity bear the hallmarks of state sponsorship, the researchers found. So […]

Infants perscribed antipsychotic pharmaceuticals

Andrew Rios’s seizures began when he was 5 months old and only got worse. At 18 months a neurologist prescribed him the antipsychotic Risperdal, a drug typically used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in adults, and rarely used for children as young as 5 years. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/11/us/psychiatric-drugs-are-being-prescribed-to-infants.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur When Andrew screamed in his sleep and seemed […]

Media blocks comments on “White Guilt” stories

I usually don’t make comments on the internet. I rarely do for this blog. However, when I see stories that are blatant race bating propaganda I feel compelled to chime in. I must preface by saying that I understand the argument that race based social and economic stratification is inherently unjust but I don’t agree […]

Experts call for moratorium on genetic mad science

An international group of scientists meeting in Washington called on Thursday for what would, in effect, be a moratorium on making inheritable changes to the human genome. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/04/science/crispr-cas9-human-genome-editing-moratorium.html?ref=world The group said it would be “irresponsible to proceed” until the risks could be better assessed and until there was “broad societal consensus about the appropriateness” of […]

Saudis bomb Doctors Without Borders in Yemen

A military coalition led by Saudi Arabia that bombed a Doctors Without Borders clinic in Yemen on Wednesday had regularly been provided with the coordinates of the clinic, the medical charity said in a statement on Thursday. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/04/world/middleeast/doctors-without-borders-says-clinic-hit-in-yemen-was-known-to-coalition.html?ref=world The airstrikes on the clinic, in the war-torn southern city of Taiz, wounded nine people, including two […]

German spy agency calls out Saudi imperialism

The German government issued an unusual public rebuke to its own foreign intelligence service on Thursday over a blunt memo saying that Saudi Arabia was playing an increasingly destabilizing role in the Middle East. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/04/world/europe/germany-rebukes-its-own-intelligence-agency-for-criticizing-saudi-policy.html?ref=world The intelligence agency’s memo risked playing havoc with Berlin’s efforts to show solidarity with France in its military campaign against […]

Hackers collect images of children from smart toys

An attack on children’s toy and electronics company Vtech allowed a computer hacker to access pictures of customers’ children, according to Vice Media’s Motherboard section. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-34971337 Last week, BBC News reported many children’s addresses had been accessed. And, on Monday<http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-34963686&gt;, Vtech confirmed five million customers had been affected and suspended trading in its shares on […]