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- Popcorn Time Devs Drop Like Flies, But No One Will TalkApril 20, 2014
Popcorn Time was one of the most-discussed topics last month with contributors happy to chat and bathe in the publicity. Recently though, something has changed. Previously talkative developers have deleted their work, gone silent, disappeared, or all of the above. It’s hard not to draw the obvious conclusion.
- Beyoncé, Condolezza Rice and Others in Campaign to Ban the Word “Bossy”April 5, 2014
Newspeak is engineered to remove even the possibility of rebellious thoughts—the words by which such thoughts might be articulated have been eliminated from the language. Newspeak contains no negative terms. [...] Lean In was created by Sheryl Sandberg an important figure of the power elite. Before becoming the COO of Facebook, she was Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google. Before that, she was chief of staff for the United States Secretary of the Treasury. More importantly, she is part of the Brookings Institution and the Council of Foreign Relations – two of the most important elite think tanks in the world.
- Disney’s “Shutterbug Time” Video Indoctrinates Children to Embrace Government SpyingFebruary 5, 2014
a music video entitled “Shutterbug Time” presents Shutterbug, a ladybug-shaped robotic camera “who keeps an eye out for children who need help”. The resulting video is pure creepy, as it depicts Shutterbug entering children’s rooms, taking pictures of them and sending back that data to a satellite in space.
- Chevron and Romanian police violently seize village for shale gas explorationDecember 4, 2013
The Police blocked any access to that camp with security fences and anyone who tried to get close was pushed back. The whole area was surrounded by the Gendarmerie and the access was denied for journalists. [...] They were only protesting against the usurpation of the land on which Chevron is trying to start the explorations for shale gas. This land was taken in leasing by Chevron from the mayor of the village. The land got into his possession through illegal exchange made between the village and another village, where the mayor’s wife owned a piece of land. The locals are claiming that the exchange was made eschewing proper regulations.
- The TurningNovember 11, 2013
But a strange torpor of event attends this year’s turning. In the year’s final happenings, nothing seems to happen, and what little does happen seems not to matter. The world sits with frayed nerves and hears a distant noise, which is the cosmic screw of history turning. [...] Societies have a way of reaching a consensus about something without ever stating it outright. The American public has silently agreed to sit on its hands though one more Christmas and after that things shake loose.
- Asst. Secretary of Treasury: ‘Ignored reality wiping out human race’November 3, 2013
In an article honestly titled, Ignored reality is going to wipe out the human race, former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Paul Craig Roberts states that the 99% will take one of two paths:
1. Ignore reality, and be weakened or killed by 1%-created “projects.”
2. Embrace reality, and enact solutions.
- Trojan Horse Legislation Would Allow MORE NSA Spying and Further Harassment of WhistleblowersNovember 2, 2013
As we noted previously, Senator Feinstein has introduced a Trojan Horse spying bill which would legalize mass surveillance. “The modest improvements [the bill] makes are far outweighed by the damage it does to civil liberties,” said Greg Nojeim, of the Center for Democracy and Technology.
- Drones, the Media and Malala’s MessageOctober 19, 2013
This is in keeping with other media patterns we’ve seen. Earlier this year, Farea al-Muslimi, a Yemeni writer and activist, came to Washington to deliver moving testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee about the effect of drone strikes on his country: ”What the violent militants had previously failed to achieve, one drone strike accomplished in an instant. There is now an intense anger against America.” His words received scant coverage in the US media
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