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Lavabit Shuts Down

What’s going to happen now? We’ve already started preparing the paperwork needed to continue to fight for the Constitution in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. A favorable decision would allow me resurrect Lavabit as an American company.
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“Yes We Scan” (Everything)

Scandals, crises, fiascos, and debacles have a shelf life of about seven months. Then everyone gets tired of hearing about them and just wants to move on.
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The Missiles That Brought Down TWA Flight 800

If the U.S. public began to raise a fuss about U.S. missile strikes that blow up large numbers of civilians at wedding parties abroad, it’s not beyond the realm of the imaginable that the U.S. government would begin blaming the explosions on faulty candles in the wedding cakes.
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SWAT-Team Nation

The moment the assault rifles surrounded her, Angie Wong was standing in a leafy art-gallery courtyard with her boyfriend, a lawyer named Paul Kaiser. It was just past 2 A.M., in May, 2008.
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The Hegelian Dialectic and its use in Controlling Modern Society

What exactly is the Hegelian Dialectic? Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel was a 19th century German philosopher who devised a particular dialectic, or, method of argument for resolving disagreements. His method of arriving at the truth by the exchange of logical arguments is a system of thought process still use to this day.
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Putin Laughs At Saudi Offer To Betray Syria In Exchange For “Huge” Arms Deal

One of the more surprising news to hit the tape yesterday was that Saudi Arabia, exasperated and desperate by Russia’s relentless support of the Syrian regime and refusal to abandon the Syrian army thus facilitating the Qatari plan to pass its natgas pipeline to Europe under Syria, had quietly approached Putin with a proposal for a huge arms deal and a pledge to boost Russian influence in the Arab world if only Putin would abandon Syria’s Assad
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The Battle for Water

The sharpening international geopolitical competition over natural resources has turned some strategic resources into engines of power struggle.
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A Colorado Town Is Holding a Special Vote on Whether to Shoot Down Drones

A small town in Colorado is going to have a town-wide vote on whether to issue hunting licenses for drones—with $100 rewards for shooting down drones and bringing in "identifiable parts of an unmanned aerial vehicle whose markings and configuration are consistent with those used on any similar craft known to be owned or operated by the United States federal government."
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Eurozone crisis is just on hold for the summer

August is traditionally Europe’s holiday month, with many government officials taking several weeks off. In the process, important initiatives are put on hold until the “great return” at the beginning of September.
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Anyone Can Track Your Driving Patterns in Seattle. Here’s Proof

Kurt gets out of prison, and begins looking for the ex-wife who sent him there. She’s changed her address, changed her phone number, and doesn’t work in the same place anymore. That is, unless he knows her license plate number. Using a public disclosure request, the Seattle Police Department would then give Kurt her exact vehicle movements over a 90 day period – where it was and when, what direction it was going at the time (or if it was parked), and even pictures of the car itself.

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Free Man: Court Releases Whistleblower from Psychiatric Ward

Was it a conspiracy or a miscarriage of justice? Either way, politicians and legal experts alike are welcoming the release of Gustl Mollath from a psychiatric institution. The 56-year-old had revealed illicit practices at a Bavarian bank. It's rough for whistleblowers these days...
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Inside Henry Ford’s Failed Planned-City Jungle Utopia

Damn Interesting on the forgotten history of Henry Ford’s surreal Fordlandia, a rubber-plantation-slash-corporate-city in the Amazon where workers would have American values stamped into them, and which was ultimately abandoned at a loss equivalent to $200 million today
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CIA: more Libyan secrets coming out

As part of the investigation into the death of US ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans last September, the CNN reported on Thursday that up to 35 CIA spies were working in an annex near the US consulate on a project to supply missiles from Libyan armories to Syrian rebels. According to one source, at least seven others wounded, some seriously. It is unknown how many of them were CIA.
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NSA Pricked The “Cloud” Bubble For US Tech Companies

The cloud is a growth industry. And a religion in Silicon Valley: you’re better off with all your data and software stored in a data center somewhere on the planet. It’s at the core of Big Data. It’s a beacon of growth that revenue-challenged tech giants like Oracle and IBM wave in the faces of antsy investors.
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Impending World Doom!

I suppose if we calculate statistics we can prove absolutely anything by creating a correlation between this thing and that reaction, can’t we? There are links between the way people purchase toothbrushes and the fact that we are in a recession even according to some today.
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Chicago Sees Pension Crisis Drawing Near

Promises were made to unions by people who knew they would be long gone when the bills came due. Now the bills are coming due and there is no money, or soon won’t be. But that doesn’t keep the unions from screaming foul.
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Chinese Troops Exercise In Russia, But Where's Rest Of The SCO?

Chinese troops are currently in the Ural Mountains, carrying out joint military exercises with their Russian counterparts. The exercises include 600 Chinese troops and 900 Russians, practicing the usual "anti-terror" scenario, and are following joint naval exercises by the two countries earlier this summer.
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European Union Seeks Drone and Spy Satellite Network

After feigning outrage over the US spying on European citizens, the European Union has proposed the creation of what amounts to a pan-European equivalent to the National Security Agency (NSA), armed with a European drone programme and a spy satellite network.
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US Debt Six Times Greater Than Declared – Study

The unique aspect of Hamilton’s study is that he examines federal debt that has not been publicly released, specifically the government’s support for “housing, other loan guarantees, deposit insurance, actions taken by the Federal Reserve, and government trust funds.”
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Military tests data mining of social media for Special Operations

The U.S. military has been investigating the use of sophisticated data mining tools to probe social media and other open sources in order to support military operations against money laundering, drug trafficking, terrorism and other threats. But the window for doing so may be closing as the social media landscape changes, according to an internal assessment.
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Afghan government in secret talks with Taliban

The Taliban have held secret talks with representatives of Afghan President Hamid Karzai to try to jumpstart a peace process that stumbled and stalled at the starting gate, according to Afghan officials and a senior Taliban representative.
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Anti-Tor malware reported back to the NSA

More information on the malicious software that infected Tor Browser through Freedom Hosting's servers, which were then seized by law-enforcement: it turns out that infected browsers called home to the NSA. Or, at least, to an IP block permanently assigned to the NSA.
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Washington Post to be sold to Jeff Bezos

The Washington Post Co. has agreed to sell its flagship newspaper to Amazon.com founder and chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos, ending the Graham family’s stewardship of one of America’s leading news organizations after four generations.
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