Daily Archives: April 4, 2016

Turkey Wants Ban on Mocking Its Leader Enforced Abroad Too

NOW THAT that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has nearly completed a crackdown on dissent at home — closing down opposition newspapers, prosecuting students for joking on Twitter about officials, andputting journalists on trial — he seems intent on silencing critics in other countries as well.

After the president arrived in Washington on Tuesday night, his security team got right to work, harassing protesters and journalists outside his hotel, as writers for one of the papers recently shuttered by Erdogan’s government noted.

That display of intolerance for dissent followed reports this week that Turkey’s foreign ministry had summoned Germany’s ambassador to complain about a satirical music video mocking Erdogan that was broadcast recently on German television. “We demanded,” a Turkish diplomat told Agence France-Presse, that the show “be removed from the air.”

The Germany foreign ministry confirmed the encounter on Tuesday.

continue https://theintercept.com/2016/03/30/turkey-wants-ban-on-mocking-its-leader-enforced-abroad-too/

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Feds might be spying on Reddit users, the internet forum hints

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It appears the internet forum Reddit has received a demand from the federal government to spy on its users.

Suspicious users drew this conclusion after observing what they perceived as a hint in a transparency statement from Reddit’s administrators Thursday.

Reddit is believed to have been issued a ‘National security letter,’ which is a mass surveillance tool used by federal investigations agencies to seek information about a company’s customers or users.

National security letters are almost always accompanied by an open-ended gag order prohibiting firms from acknowledging they’ve been served.

But while companies can’t admit they’ve received a letter, they can say they’ve never been served with one, which is what Reddit stated in its previous transparency statement.

However, in the most recent statement released Thursday, the line ‘Reddit has never received a National security letter’ was missing.

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Go to Grid|Next Story The CIA Left Explosives on a School Bus

(NEWSER) – As a parent, it’s not exactly an email you want to get from your child’s school district: For almost a week, “explosive training material” was left under the hood of a school bus in Loudoun County, Va., that carried dozens of kids while the material was inside. The CIA performed training exercises with local law enforcement agencies at a high school during the school’s spring break from March 21 to March 24 and placed the material into the engine compartment of the bus in order to test a dog’s ability to detect the scent there, theWashington Post reports. But some of the material (a school spokesperson describes it as a “putty-type” explosive that requires a special detonator) fell further down into the compartment and was not removed until a routine maintenance check on Wednesday uncovered it.

continue http://www.newser.com/story/222929/the-cia-left-explosives-on-a-school-bus.html

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HOW THE IPHONE SERVES AS COPILOT FOR THE BLIND

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The Tragic Tale of Saddam’s Supergun

On permanent display in the Royal Armouries’ collection at Fort Nelson, Hampshire are two huge, steel pipes bolted together and projecting high into the air. They’re enormous, big enough for someone to crawl through.

These giant cylinders are one of the few remaining pieces of a contender for one of the most audacious pieces of engineering ever designed: a “supergun” called Big Babylon, which could have fired satellites into orbit from a 156m-long barrel (512ft) embedded inside a hill.

Its Canadian inventor, Gerald Bull, who was one of the world’s leading artillery experts, had high hopes that it would revolutionise space launches, removing the need for conventional rockets. “Bull was an outstanding scientist and a charismatic figure, and this is the physical reminder of what he did on a monumental scale,” says Nicholas Hall, Keeper of Artillery at the Royal Armouries.

continue http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160317-the-man-who-tried-to-make-a-supergun-for-saddam-hussein

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Law Enforcement Seeks Out Private DNA Databases

SAN FRANCISCO – Investigators are broadening their DNA searches beyond government databases and demanding genetic information from companies that do ancestry research for customers.

Two major companies that research family lineage for fees around $200 say that over the last two years, they have received law enforcement demands for genetic information stored in their DNA databases.

Ancestry.com and competitor 23andme report a total of five requests from law agencies for the genetic material of six individuals in their growing databases of hundreds of thousands.

Idaho police requested DNA help from Ancestry.com in 2014 during an investigation into the murder and rape of an 18-year-old woman in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

The companies say law enforcement demands for genetic information are rare, but privacy experts are concerned a new trend in DNA searches has started.

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Scientists Grow Chickens With Dinosaur Legs

(NEWSER) – Scientists—presumably so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think whether they should—have grown chickens with dinosaur legs,Phys.org reports. More accurately, a team at the University of Chile grew chicken embryos with dinosaur-like fibulas. In modern birds, the fibula is shorter than the tibia and is “splinter-like,” according to the study published earlier this month in Evolution. Discover Magazinereports that by suppressing the Indian Hedgehog Homolog gene—which all animals, including humans, have—scientists spurred an ankle bone in chicken embryos to produce a bone-growing protein. This resulted in a fibula that kept growing until it was longer and more tube-like, similar to the legs of theropods—the dinosaur ancestors of modern birds.

continue http://www.newser.com/story/222147/scientists-grow-chickens-with-dinosaur-legs.html

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Journalist Admits Mainstream Media Is Completely Fake: “We All Lie For The CIA” (Videos)

Listen to an interview where Dr. Udo Ulfkotte, a German journalist and editor explains how he was forced to publish the works of intelligence agents under his own name, adding that noncompliance ran the risk of being fired.  He dropped a bombshell when he stated that the mainstream media writes under direct CIA pressure.

 

The Free Thought Project reports According to a recent Gallup poll, only 4 out of 10 Americans trust the mass media. However, this ostensibly optimistic number is likely due to Americans simply distrusting the mainstream media sect which is not in line with their side of the two party paradigm.

Liberals have a hard time believing FOX News while conservatives have a hard time believing MSNBC. In the meantime, however, according to Dr. Ulfkotte, all of them are manipulating you, for the same goal — to sell you war.

In an interview with RT,  Dr. Udo Ulfkotte dropped a bombshell when he stated that the mainstream media writes under direct CIA pressure.

I’ve been a journalist for about 25 years, and I was educated to lie, to betray, and not to tell the truth to the public.

But seeing right now within the last months how the German and American media tries to bring war to the people in Europe, to bring war to Russia — this is a point of no return and I’m going to stand up and say it is not right what I have done in the past, to manipulate people, to make propaganda against Russia, and it is not right what my colleagues do and have done in the past because they are bribed to betray the people, not only in Germany, all over Europe.

continue http://truthuncensored.net/world-class-journalist-admits-mainstream-media-is-completely-fake-we-all-lie-for-the-cia-videos/

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