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These 3 judges hold the fate of the Internet in their hands

Next week, a federal appeals court in Washington will hear one of its biggest cases of the year, one whose outcome will directly affect how Internet providers can alter your experience online.
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Report confirms Nestlé ties to slave labour

Swiss food giant Nestlé is vowing to stamp out any forced labour used in its supply chain in Thailand after a probe confirmed workers were toiling in slave-like conditions to catch and process fish for the company's products. "Nestlé is committed to eliminating forced labour in our seafood supply chain in Thailand," executive vice president of operations Magdi Batato said in a statement sent to AFP on Tuesday.
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Buying GOLD Safe-Haven Assets, Not so Safe

I don’t trust buying gold safe-haven assets, and I have one very simple reason why. You might think a writer who predicted our unfolding financial crisis before the Great Recession began … and who is predicting the global economy will collapse in the final quarter of 2015 … and who is predicting a stock-market crash in 2015 … would be heavily invested in gold; but I have none.
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Cat photos take over hashtag after Belgian police request social media blackout

Over the weekend Belgium’s government placed the capital city, Brussels, under the highest level of alert and conducted a series of raids. During the raids, citizens were asked not to post about police activity. “For security, please respect the radio silence on social media concerning the police operations underway in Brussels,” the police wrote. “Thanks.”
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China To Open First Military Base In Africa, Signs Deal With Djibouti, US General Says

China has signed a 10-year deal with the African nation of Djibouti to build a military base there in what would be China's first military base on the continent, U.S. Army Gen. David Rodriguez, commander of U.S. Africa Command, has said. China has long had an economic foothold in Africa, but the base would be an expansion of its military prowess beyond the Asia Pacific region.
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Paris attacks: EU ministers consider Europe-wide CIA-style intelligence agency and increased border security checks

A European equivalent of the CIA could be founded to bring together 28 member states’ intelligence following the Paris attacks. Numerous failings have been identified since the massacres that killed 130 people a week ago today, driving calls from the European Commission for increased co-operation through a joint agency.
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Billionaire Soros Invests in Ukraine Software Firm

George Soros is buying a stake in Ukrainian software developer Ciklum Holding Ltd. after committing to invest as much as $1 billion to help the country’s economy earlier this year. The Ukrainian Redevelopment Fund, advised by Soros Fund Management LLC, agreed to buy an undisclosed stake in Ciklum from Danish founder Torben Majgaard and private-equity fund Horizon Capital, according to a statement Wednesday. Horizon was co-founded by Ukrainian Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko.
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Caught On Tape: Syrian Rebels Destroy Russian Helicopter With US-Supplied Anti-Tank Missile

Earlier today, just hours after Turkey shot down a Russian Su-24 warplane near the border with Syria, the FSA (more specifically Alwiya al-Ashar) released footage of fighters celebrating over the body of a dead Russian pilot. The group would later claim to have executed both pilots after they ejected from the plane and attempted to parachute to safety.
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Dominican Republic Issues Warrants Over Fugitive French Pilots

A judge in the Dominican Republic has issued arrest warrants for three Frenchmen accused of helping two French pilots flee drug convictions. One of the three, Aymeric Chauprade, is an independent right-wing member of the European parliament.
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Survival Lessons from Our Own Violent History

No matter which moment in our history we choose to at, we’re bound to see a society filled with blood and hatred. From Ancient Egypt, Ancient China, The Roman Empire, The Dark Ages and even modern times, we’ve done nothing but fight with and kill each-other. Some say the world we live in today is the most peaceful time in history, and that may be true, but that doesn’t mean people don’t get humiliated, beaten up, injured or die every day. In a world where terrorist threats and World War 3 seem to be getting closer and closer, things can take a turn for the worse in a matter of days. What this means is, if we don’t prepare ourselves beforehand, we might not have time to react to and SHTF event.
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How are Ukrainian weapons ending up in the hands of ISIS?

Significant amounts of Ukrainian-manufactured weapons are ending up in the hands of the Islamic State, prompting accusations that Kiev may be arming the militant group in an effort to impair its regional foe Russia. Persisting rumors that Ukraine may be secretly arming the Islamic State —also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS— resurfaced last week, when authorities in Kuwait arrested six men suspected of working for the militant group. Among them was Osama Mohammed Saeed Khaiyat, a Syrian citizen of Lebanese background, who is believed to have traveled to Europe and the Middle East in search of weapons to be purchased by the Islamic State. Khaiyat, 45, allegedly told his captors that he has made several trips to Ukraine in the past, where he has purchased weapons and ammunition on behalf of the group. The weapons are purchased with cash, said Khaiyat, and are then delivered to Islamic State fighters in Syria through smuggling routes in the Black Sea and in Turkey.
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What's inside a "Hello Barbie" surveillance toy?

Mattel's Hello Barbie has a microphone and a wifi interface, and it transmits the phrases it hears to a central server in order to parse them and formulate a response. Mattel claims that the data isn't being retained or harvested for marketing purposes, and assures parents that they can make Barbie stopping eavesdropping on them at will. But does it work? Somerset Recon has done a teardown on a Hello Barbie, examining its components and dumping its firmware. Part one of their report is online now, and it's a little dry: Hello Barbie has some standard IoT chips -- a sound codec, a wifi card, etc -- but until Somerset posts their analysis of the firmware dump, this is pretty preliminary stuff.
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The Nation's Criminals Can't Keep Up With The Government's Legalized Theft Programs

The Institute for Justice has released its latest report on asset forfeiture. Despite some recent legislative attempts to add a much-needed conviction requirement to the seizure of property, most of the country still allows law enforcement to proceed under the assumption that money, vehicles and houses are "guilty," even if those they take this property from are, for all intents and purposes, innocent.
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Documents Show 1033 Program Still Resulting In Lots Of Lost Weapons And Other Abuse

The Pentagon's 1033 program is a case study in unintended consequences. The idea -- put military equipment back into service rather than simply scrapping it -- has some merit. The actual deployment has been a nightmare. The Dept. of Defense wondered who could possibly make use of military weapons, armor and vehicles, and came to an almost-logical conclusion. Law enforcement agencies became the military's little brother, taking ownership of cheap/free hand-me-downs and putting them to use in the War at Home.
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This Fake Bomb Detector Is Blamed for Hundreds of Deaths. It’s Still in Use.

THE ADE 651 IS A SMALL, HANDHELD WAND with a plastic grip and a swiveling antenna, designed by a British company named ATSC for the ostensible purpose of finding hidden explosives. I saw one of these devices firsthand last year while driving up to a security checkpoint at Jinnah International airport in Karachi, Pakistan. As our vehicle approached, a security officer walked past us, waving the wand alongside our doors. In theory, had there been a bomb located inside, the device’s antenna would have moved, alerting officials to the danger nearby.
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Act of War: Turkey Shoots Down Russian Military Jet

Turkey has shot down a Russian military jet which it says violated its airspace near the Syrian border. The Russian Defence Ministry and Turkish Presidency, quoted in Russian and Turkish media reports, have both described the plane as Russian, and video posted by the Haberturk TV station appeared to show the jet coming down in flames. A military official, quoted by Turkey’s Dogan news agency, said the plane was shot down by Turkish F16s, and that the pilot was given prior warning.
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Who Exactly is Trying to Kill off Cash?

In the Irish city of Cork, business leaders recently launched a three-month pilot project to encourage consumers to abandon the archaic use of cash by offering the chance to enter into a prize draw if they use electronic means of payment. It is a cheap, almost insulting inducement, but nonetheless probably an effective one. The ultimate aim of the scheme is to transform Cork into the first Irish city to go completely cashless.
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Why Paris Reveals the Horror – and the Hypocrisies – of Global Terrorism

The world was shocked and horrified at the terror inflicted upon Paris on the night of Friday the 13th, 2015, when ISIS-affiliated militants killed well over 100 civilians in one of the world’s most iconic cities. An outpouring of grief, solidarity, support and condolences came in from across the world. The tragedy, and tyranny, of such terror cannot be underestimated, but it should also be placed in its global context: namely, that the chief cause of terrorism is, in fact, terrorism, and that the chief victims are the innocent, wherever they may be.
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More Than 1 In 4 Americans Believe Government Is The Enemy

More than 1 in 4 Americans believe that the government is the enemy, according to a new poll. Pew Research Center found that 27 percent of registered voters say they think of government as an enemy, up 8 points since 1996. The latest poll looked at general public opinion regarding the federal government.
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