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Absolutely mindblowing video shot from the Space Shuttle during launch

Posted on July 27th, 2013 at 16:18 by Paul Jay in category: awesome


Drop whatever you’re doing and watch this. NASA has released videos shot from onboard the Space Shuttle’s Solid Rocket Boosters in the past, but you’ve never seen one prepared as masterfully as this.

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Pentagon: Who We’re At War With Is Classified

Posted on July 27th, 2013 at 14:45 by John Sinteur in category: News


In a major national security speech this spring, President Obama said again and again that the U.S. is at war with “Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and their associated forces.”

So who exactly are those associated forces? It’s a secret.

At a hearing in May, Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., asked the Defense Department to provide him with a current list of Al Qaeda affiliates.

The Pentagon responded – but Levin’s office told ProPublica they aren’t allowed to share it. Kathleen Long, a spokeswoman for Levin, would say only that the department’s “answer included the information requested.”

A Pentagon spokesman told ProPublica that revealing such a list could cause “serious damage to national security.”

“Because elements that might be considered ‘associated forces’ can build credibility by being listed as such by the United States, we have classified the list,” said the spokesman, Lt. Col. Jim Gregory. “We cannot afford to inflate these organizations that rely on violent extremist ideology to strengthen their ranks.”

By hiding war they give us peace. By hiding our slavery they give us freedom.

We have always been at war with REDACTED

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  1. “Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and every critic of the United States.

  2. After spending all the trillions of dollars we’ve spent on it, it sure seems to me that our “national security” wouldn’t be susceptible to damage from so many, many, many things.

  3. Sounds paranoid to me. Do these people really control the country?

  4. @chas: Not exactly; but if you can destroy it, you probably think you control it.

EU planning to ‘own and operate’ spy drones and an air force

Posted on July 27th, 2013 at 12:25 by John Sinteur in category: News


The European Union is planning to “own and operate” spy drones, surveillance satellites and aircraft as part of a new intelligence and security agency under the control of Baroness Ashton.

The controversial proposals are a major move towards creating an independent EU military body with its own equipment and operations, and will be strongly opposed by Britain.

Officials told the Daily Telegraph that the European Commission and Lady Ashton’s European External Action Service want to create military command and communication systems to be used by the EU for internal security and defence purposes. Under the proposals, purchasing plans will be drawn up by autumn.

The use of the new spy drones and satellites for “internal and external security policies”, which will include police intelligence, the internet, protection of external borders and maritime surveillance, will raise concerns that the EU is creating its own version of the US National Security Agency.

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Lawmakers Who Upheld NSA Phone Spying Received Double the Defense Industry Cash

Posted on July 27th, 2013 at 12:03 by John Sinteur in category: News


The numbers tell the story — in votes and dollars. On Wednesday, the house voted 217 to 205 not to rein in the NSA’s phone-spying dragnet. It turns out that those 217 “no” voters received twice as much campaign financing from the defense and intelligence industry as the 205 “yes” voters.

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  1. No, really? I am shocked! Why that would mean the process & place is corrupted. Not the dear U.S.A, that bastion of freedom, incorruptible democracy, and good will to all.

Obama Promise To ‘Protect Whistleblowers’ Just Disappeared From Change.gov

Posted on July 27th, 2013 at 11:56 by John Sinteur in category: News


The folks from the Sunlight Foundation have noticed that the Change.gov website, which was set up by the Obama transition team after the election in 2008 has suddenly been scrubbed of all of its original content. They noted that the front page had pointed to the White House website for a while, but you could still access a variety of old material and agendas. They were wondering why the administration would suddenly pull all that interesting archival information… and hit upon a clue. A little bit from the “ethics agenda”:

Protect Whistleblowers: Often the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse in government is an existing government employee committed to public integrity and willing to speak out. Such acts of courage and patriotism, which can sometimes save lives and often save taxpayer dollars, should be encouraged rather than stifled. We need to empower federal employees as watchdogs of wrongdoing and partners in performance. Barack Obama will strengthen whistleblower laws to protect federal workers who expose waste, fraud, and abuse of authority in government. Obama will ensure that federal agencies expedite the process for reviewing whistleblower claims and whistleblowers have full access to courts and due process.


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  1. Although, to be fair, the segment does state that its intent is to protect people who blow the whistle on waste, fraud, and abuse -within- the government, not by the government. Whistleblowers are only protected when it benefits the government and its programs.

  2. Ooh, and they call me cynical!

In Lieu of Money, Toyota Donates Efficiency to New York Charity

Posted on July 27th, 2013 at 11:05 by John Sinteur in category: News


The Food Bank for New York City is the country’s largest anti-hunger charity, feeding about 1.5 million people every year. It leans heavily, as other charities do, on the generosity of businesses, including Target, Bank of America, Delta Air Lines and the New York Yankees. Toyota was also a donor. But then Toyota had a different idea.

Instead of a check, it offered kaizen.

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PIN-Punching Robot Can Crack Your Phone’s Security Code In Less Than 24 Hours

Posted on July 27th, 2013 at 9:29 by John Sinteur in category: News


There’s nothing particularly difficult about cracking a smartphone’s four-digit PIN code. All it takes is a pair of thumbs and enough persistence to try all 10,000 combinations. But hackers hoping to save time and avoid arthritis now have a more efficient option: Let a cheap, 3D-printable robot take care of the manual labor.

At the Def Con hacker conference in Las Vegas early next month, security researchers Justin Engler and Paul Vines plan to show off the R2B2, or Robotic Reconfigurable Button Basher, a piece of hardware they built for around $200 that can automatically punch PIN numbers at a rate of about one four-digit guess per second, fast enough to crack a typical Android phone’s lock screen in 20 hours or less.

“There’s nothing to stop someone from guessing all the possible PINs,” says Engler, a security engineer at San Francisco-based security consultancy iSec Partners. “We often hear ‘no one would ever do that.’ We wanted to eliminate that argument. This was already easy, it had just never been done before.”

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  1. That’s why I use an 8 digit code on my Lumia phone and a 7 point swipe on my Android…

  2. Mine is wiped after 10 attempts.

  3. Mine has nothing on it except boring pictures.