The World’s Email Encryption Software Relies on One Guy, Who is Going Broke

Via Julia Angwin at ProPublica: Update, Feb. 5, 2015, 8:10 p.m.: After this article appeared, Werner Koch informed us that last week he was awarded a one-time grant of $60,000 from Linux Foundation’s Core Infrastructure Initiative. Werner told us he only received permission to disclose it after our article published. Meanwhile, since our story was posted, donations flooded Werner’s website donation page and he reached his funding goal of $137,000. In addition, Facebook and the online payment processor Stripe each pledged to donate $50,000 a year to Koch’s project. The man who built the free email encryption software used by whistleblower Edward Snowden, as well as hundreds of thousands of journalists, dissidents and security-minded people around the world, is running out of money to keep his project alive. Werner Koch wrote the software, known as Gnu Privacy Guard, in 1997, and since then has been almost single-handedly keeping it alive […] Read More

Robots Fight Fires, Run Hotels and Get Religion

Robots have been everywhere in the news this past week so let’s get right to the stories. At the Naval Future Force Science & Technology Expo in Washington, D.C., the Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot (SAFFiR) made its debut. Still in testing, SAFFiR is designed to combat fires in the closed quarters of submarines and ship interiors with some pretty sophisticated technology, according to Navy scientist Tom McKenna. We can identify the fire and locate its extent. We can measure the temperature field with thermal imaging and extract [a sense of where] flame is from that. We can also sense flames that are outside the visual field by reflections … orient itself to the fire … autonomously handle the hose, operate the hose, aim the hose and suppress the fire. The Huis Ten Bosch in Nagasaki, Japan, unveiled plans for the Henn-na Hotel that will be partially staffed by robots […] Read More

The Lie We Live

By Spencer Cathcart Exposing the truth about our corrupt world and what humanity has become. This is a short documentary film I made and wrote questioning our freedom, the education system, corporations, money, the American capitalist system, the US government, world collapse, the environment, climate change, genetically modified food, and our treatment of animals. Related articles 1971: Bill Withers Consciousness Science Techniques Kept Hidden EU under pressure to allow GM food imports from US and Canada The INTERNATIONAL ANTI-POSITRON CONSPIRACY PAGE The Year in Sustainable Food: Much Progress, and More Work to Be Done Kodak’s Nazi Connections

Another Example of How The Government Tries to Usurp Parental Rights

Lizzie Bennett Activist Post I live on an island, a small island. Islands are surrounded by the ocean. This may sound obvious, but it will become apparent why I have included that fact. The school my daughter attends is just over a mile from the house. Twice a year the school has flood evacuation practice, this is just like fire evacuation practice but the children are told the danger is water, not flames. This also sounds obvious but bear with me. My child is ten years old and a very aware, sound and sensible ten years old. So, she comes home a while ago and tells me they have had flood evacuation practice. Great, with the sea so close to the playground I get that, a good storm could cover the 300 yards between the school and the ocean quite easily. Building on it, while it’s fresh in her […] Read More

Marijuana Grower Shot SWAT Cops Who Kicked Down His Door, Jury Says They Don’t Blame Him

Recently, there has been some talk about places that allow you to shoot officers if they are in the wrong when they enter your home. Our friends at The Free Thought Project write the following about the steps that one state has taken in this direction: Indiana has taken action to “recognize the unique character of a citizen’s home and to ensure that a citizen feels secure in his or her own home against unlawful intrusion by another individual or a public servant.” While Indiana may appear to be the only state to so publicly announce legislation that permits self-defense against rogue police home invasions, there are other courts which have ruled in favor of recognizing this right. One of the most striking examples is that of a Texas man who says he was the victim of a home invasion in the middle of the night. But that home […] Read More

5 Things Busy People Can Do to Fight the Rising Control System

Bernie Suarez Activist Post Want to implement small-scale, realistic tasks in your own life to strike back at the control system? Have you been seeing the daily headlines, the lies, the deceit and the global enslavement agenda in full swing and feeling that you aren’t doing enough to fight back because of your busy schedule? Feeling helpless and overwhelmed by the idea that a small group of psychopaths at the very top would push for a global order that involves their full enjoyment of life while you and the rest of humanity live as miserable slaves forever? Don’t have time to be a full-time activist, be involved in marches, or downright challenge the court system? Wondering what small things you can do to fight back as you deal with the hustle and bustle of your own life working to pay bills, obtain an education, or raising children? Here are […] Read More

The Bubble Has Been Fully Restored: Goldman Is Selling A Synthetic CDO

Earlier this week, Bloomberg ran a story that carried the headline “Goldman Sachs Hawks CDOs Tainted By Credit Crisis Under New Name.” Here’s an excerpt:  “The 2008 financial crisis gave a few credit products a bad reputation. Like collateralized debt obligations, known as CDOs. Or credit-default swaps. But now, a marriage of the two terms (using leverage, of course) is making a comeback — it’s just being called something else. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is joining other banks in peddling something they’re referring to as a ‘bespoke tranche opportunity’… The deals are ‘attractive for credit-savvy investors in the post-QE credit picker’s market,’ according to a January U.S. credit derivatives outlook by Citigroup Inc., The transactions offer the potential for higher returns than buying a typical corporate bond, especially if an investor focuses on first-loss slices or uses borrowed money.” This is the latest installment in a series of articles […] Read More

Eight Points on the Investment Climate and the Dollar

1.  The swing in the pendulum of expectations back toward a mid-year Fed rate hike is one of the key developments that will shape the investment climate.  The data in the week ahead, including the broader measures of the labor market, like the Fed’s new index (Labor Market Activity Index) and JOLTS (Job Opening and Labor Turnover Survey), and core retail sales will strengthen the view.   The rise in US interest rates will lend the dollar support and allow the appreciating trend to continue after a consolidating over the last few weeks.   Equity investors need to adjust to the rise in interest rates.  High dividend payers and utilities are vulnerable.  US companies have expanded overseas more by direct investment than exporting.  That means that while they earn revenues in foreign currencies they also incur local costs.  In addition, many producers price and invoice in dollars.  In any […] Read More

6 Advanced Ancient Inventions Beyond Modern Understanding

We’ve lost the secret to making some of history’s most useful inventions, and for all of our ingenuity and discoveries, our ancestors of thousands of years ago are still able to baffle us with their ingenuity and discoveries. We have developed the modern equivalent of some of these inventions, but only very recently. 1. Greek Fire: Mysterious Chemical Weapon Image from an illuminated manuscript, the Madrid Skylitzes, showing Greek Fire in use against the fleet of the rebel Thomas the Slav. The caption above the left ship reads, “the fleet of the Romans setting ablaze the fleet of the enemies.” (Wikimedia Commons) The Byzantines of the 7th to 12th centuries hurled a mysterious substance at their enemies in naval battle. This liquid, shot through tubes or siphons, burned in water and could only be extinguished with vinegar, sand, and urine. We still don’t know what this chemical weapon, known as Greek […] Read More

Why the US Government Doesn’t Want You to Own a Drone

Joshua Krause Activist Post As with every newfangled technology, drones possess the potential to both improve our lives, and to hinder them. However, the dangers posed by these machines mainly come in the form of privacy risks, both in the private sector, and from the government. But for the US government, security and privacy is only one side of the coin. They can also be used to damage property and hurt personnel, or at least they will in the near future. I’m of course talking about hobbyist drones that the average person can buy right now. Obviously, the government’s fleet of flying murder machines already have the ability to gather intelligence and kill people. But apparently what’s keeping government officials up at night these days is the potential for civilians of average income to purchase tricked-out murder machines of their own. Over a week before the news caught wind […] Read More

The Paradox Inherent in Any Slave Nation Revolution

The Paradox Inherent in Any Slave Nation Revolution Even When the Sociopaths Lose They Win By Cognitive Dissonance How exactly do you cook a nutritious meal if all you have are spoiled ingredients? The answer depends upon your definition of nutritious and who is eating the meal……and, of course, your level of hunger and growing desperation. It is telling how much less discerning we become when the hunger pains boom in our belly and our mind becomes ever more focused on the single minded obsession of relieving our pain rather than pursuing our pleasure. Although at some point down the slippery slope relieving our pain is pursuing our pleasure. If I carefully tend my garden, making certain the soil is thoroughly turned and pulverized, the seeds and seedlings properly planted, the area fertilized, weeded and watered and yet my garden’s yield is poor year after year after year, at […] Read More

African American Arrested for Drinking Iced Tea in Parking Lot Finally Cleared After Two Years

He was doing nothing other than standing in a parking lot and drinking a can of iced tea. But he found out that this can apparently get you arrested, all on it’s own. That’s what happened back on the evening of April 27th, in 2013. Two men had been outside waiting for friends to arrive. They were standing in the parking lot outside of a state-owned ABC Liquor Store. One of those two men was Christopher Lamont Beatty. He was holding a canned beverage, while his friend, Tino Brown, was on his cell phone. A unidentified and ununiformed man came up to Beatty and demanded to know what he was drinking. The man said he was “the police”, but failed to produce any badge or identifying proof that he was a member of law enforcement. The ununiformed cop said he was sure the two were drinking alcohol. In reality, however, Tino Brown’s drink turned out to not be alcohol […] Read More

The Right’s Inequality Ruse: What GOP’s Faux-Concern For Needy Americans Really Shows

Phony Populism Won’t Rescue Our Politics With the economic recovery finally beginning to reach the millions of Americans in the bottom 95 percent, there’s a temptation among political reporters (for whom the Great Recession was more of an abstraction than a lived experience, anyway) to move past the gloom and negativity of recent years in favor of a new narrative. True, the last six years may have been characterized by economic stagnation, political dysfunction and a growing chasm between the power and priorities of the wealthy and the rest. But that was before the dawn of “morning in Obama’s America.” Nowadays, as Politico Magazine put it, everything is “awesome.” Well, at the risk of being a wet blanket, I’ll ask you to count me among the skeptics. There’s no denying that the U.S. economy is in much better shape than it was six years ago. But contrary to the conventional wisdom, the […] Read More