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Jeff Harp, a KPIX 5 security analyst and former …

Jeff Harp, a KPIX 5 security analyst and former FBI special agent said, “They put microphones under rocks, they put microphones in trees, they plant microphones in equipment. I mean, there’s microphones that are planted in places that people don’t think about, because that’s the intent!” FBI agents hid microphones inside light fixtures and at a bus stop outside the Oakland Courthouse without a warrant to record conversations, between March 2010 and January 2011. Government Surveillance Program In The Bay Area Exposed « CBS San Francisco (View on gamamb.tumblr.com)

You might ask then, “What about the great religious …

You might ask then, “What about the great religious traditions, the teachings? They speak of discipline, rules and regulations. How do we reconcile these with the notion of a sense of humor?” Well, let’s examine the question properly. Are the regulations, the discipline, the practice of morality really based on the purely judgmental attitude of “good” as opposed to “bad”? Are the great spiritual teachings really advocating that we fight evil because we are on the side of light, the side of peace? Are they telling us to fight against that other “undesirable” side, the bad and the black? That...

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“All these newspapers used to have foreign bureaus,” he …

“All these newspapers used to have foreign bureaus,” he said. “Now they don’t. They call us to explain to them what’s happening in Moscow and Cairo. Most of the outlets are reporting on world events from Washington. The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns. That’s a sea change. They literally know nothing.” In this environment, Rhodes has become adept at ventriloquizing many people at once. The Aspiring Novelist Who Became Obama’s Foreign-Policy Guru – The New York Times (View on gamamb.tumblr.com)

Few men seem to realize how many of the …

Few men seem to realize how many of the evils from which we suffer are wholly unnecessary, and that they could be abolished by a united effort within a few years. If a majority in every civilized country so desired, we could, within twenty years, abolish all abject poverty, quite half the illness in the world, the whole economic slavery which binds down nine tenths of our population; we could fill the world with beauty and joy, and secure the reign of universal peace. It is only because men are apathetic that this is not achieved, only because imagination is...

In an agreement uncovered by the New Scientist, Google …

In an agreement uncovered by the New Scientist, Google and its DeepMind artificial intelligence wing have been granted access to current and historic patient data at three London hospitals run by the Royal Free NHS Trust, covering 1.6 million individuals. That would include any chronic illness people may be suffering from and the circumstances over why they were admitted – for example, if they have suffered a drug overdose. The agreement provides Google with access to data going back five years and is far more expansive than expected. Google AI gains access to 1.2m confidential NHS patient records • The...

One of the “audit auditors” from the citizen group …

One of the “audit auditors” from the citizen group testified in front of the Election Board committee that she witnessed shocking altercations to the hand-counted tallies from voting machines by Chicago Election Board auditors, noting that the auditors were changing final tallies in a bid to ensure the results matched the machine counts even when they were off by a significant margin. In one particularly concerning instance, the citizen group witnessed an auditor erase 21 Bernie Sanders votes and add 49 Hillary Clinton votes in order to ensure the audit matched the machine’s official count. This, according to the group,...

Allerdings müsse man den Menschen auch wieder klar machen, …

Allerdings müsse man den Menschen auch wieder klar machen, dass die Rente ein öffentliches Versicherungssystem sei, sagte Riester. Bei vielen sei der falsche Eindruck entstanden, dass der Staat denen, die lebenslang gearbeitet haben, eine anständige Rente garantieren müsse. “Was man rausbekommt, hängt vor allem von der Dauer und der Höhe der Einzahlungen ab”, stellte der frühere Arbeitsminister klar. “Die Rente ist nicht das Ergebnis einer Lebensleistung.” Diskussion um Rente und Altersvorsorge: Walter Riester rechnet ab – Politik – Tagesspiegel (View on gamamb.tumblr.com)

The secret court, over the objection of its hand-selected …

The secret court, over the objection of its hand-selected amicus, determined that once information is collected by the NSA for “foreign intelligence” purposes under section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act, that information can be searched by the FBI for regular criminal investigations without any need for a warrant or prior court oversight. Secret Court Takes Another Bite Out of the Fourth Amendment | Electronic Frontier Foundation (View on gamamb.tumblr.com)