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businessinsider.com

July 15, 2014

Google is hiring a team of security experts called Project Zero to scour the web in detail for hidden bugs and vulnerabilities.

Earlier this year, a massive internet vulnerability known as Heartbleed claimed to be the biggest bug the internet has seen in years. Now, Google is taking another measure to make sure hidden internet vulnerabilities don't get out of hand with an effort known as Project Zero.

RT

July 14, 2014

The Pentagon's research lab has funded dozens of studies concerning the use of social media, the Guardian reported on Tuesday, raising further questions about what kind of data is of interest to governments around the globe.

Just days after a report published by researchers at Facebook revealed that users of the social media site had been manipulated for science, Ben Quinn and James Ball at the Guardian wrote this week that DARPA - the Pentagon-run Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency - has in one way or another funded several studies recently that set out to explore that social networking site, as well as users of Twitter, Pinterest, Kickstarter and others. The journalists' report stems from a list of publications that went live on DARPA's site late last month concerning its Social Media in Strategic Communications, or SMISC, program. "The general goal of the Social Media in Strategic Communication (SMISC) program is to develop a new science of social networks built on an emerging technology base," a statement there reads. "Through the program, DARPA seeks to develop tools to support the efforts of human operators to counter misinformation or deception campaigns with truthful information."

thenewamerican.com

July 14, 2014

NSA Whistleblower William Binney has made the startling claim that the NSA is recording the audio of at least 80 percent of Americans' telephone calls.

The NSA acknowledged in 2013, after repeated and explicit denials, that it was recording telephone metadata, but it still denies it is keeping the audio of any American's phone calls. "At least 80% of fibre-optic cables globally go via the US," Binney told the London Guardian July 10. "This is no accident and allows the US to view all communication coming in. At least 80% of all audio calls, not just metadata, are recorded and stored in the US. The NSA lies about what it stores."

thefreethoughtproject.com

July 14, 2014

When the Baltimore police department reached 50,000 fans on twitter, they decided that it would be a great idea to create a video of them being "happy."

But the fact is that people fear the police and watch them commit horrid atrocities on a a daily basis. So, needless to say the BPD video wasn't too well received by the community. However, the video that was made to spoof the BPD's video was EPIC!

thefreethoughtproject.com

July 12, 2014

At least 80 percent of all audio calls are gathered and stored by the NSA, whistleblower William Binney has revealed. The former code-breaker says the spy agency's ultimate aim is no less than total population control.

The National Security Agency lies about what it stores, said William Binney, one of the highest profile whistleblowers to ever emerge from the NSA, at a conference in London organized by the Center for Investigative Journalism on July 5. Binney left the agency shortly after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center because he was disgusted at the organizations move towards public surveillance. "At least 80 percent of fiber-optic cables globally go via the US," Binney said. "This is no accident and allows the US to view all communication coming in. At least 80 percent of all audio calls, not just metadata, are recorded and stored in the US. The NSA lies about what it stores."

rawforbeauty.com

July 11, 2014

Doctors used to think that if they drained a sick person's blood it would purge the "evil" infection or disease right out of the body, but all that did was make the ill person much weaker, unable to fight off whatever was invading their body.

Research using polls and questionnaires continue to show that 3 of every 4 doctors and scientists would refuse chemotherapy for themselves due to its devastating effects on the entire body and the immune system, and because of its extremely low success rate. On top of that, only 2 to 4% of all cancers even respond to chemotherapy or prove to be "life extending," yet it is prescribed across the board for just about every kind of cancer.

all-that-is-interesting.com

July 11, 2014

Meet the woman who has figured out how to make genius Facebook cover photos that make her seem to appear in famous television shows and movies!

The relatively new cover photo feature in Facebook has provided an expansive template for creative individuals to express themselves. Enter Nikki, a Reddit user who has figured out how to insert herself into popular television shows and movies by masterfully interplaying her Facebook cover photo with her profile picture. Enjoy her brilliant Facebook cover photos...

thefederalistpapers.org

July 11, 2014

"Steven Spielberg, I'm disappointed in you. I'm not watching any of your movies again ANIMAL KILLER," commented another.

Jay Branscomb posted this picture on facebook along with the caption: "Disgraceful photo of recreational hunter happily posing next to a Triceratops he just slaughtered. Please share so the world can name and shame this despicable man." The image has since recieved more than 11,721 likes, almost 35,000 shares and over 6,000 comments, many of which applauded the joke. Others, not so much.

openmedia.org

July 10, 2014

"Chief negotiators" are now stepping in to finalize a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) plan that could censor expression online for generations.

cispaisback.org

July 7, 2014

This time, CISA is even worse than CISPA. The bill would give the NSA even more authority to access our data and force companies to fork over private data without a search warrant.

CISA is an even more toxic bill than the original CISPA bill. CISA stays in line with the original objective of the CISPA bill to strengthen and legitimize the NSA's surveillance programs. But this time the bill would allow for and encourage sweeping datamining taps on Internet users for the undefined purpose of domestic "cybersecurity". The NSA would be able to share this data with police and other law enforcement agencies for domestic "cybersecurity" purposes - meaning these powers will be used against innocent citizens.

      
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