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Rick Falkvinge - 2018-05-11 - Original post - cached version

Europe: Slack has updated its Terms of Service to let your manager read your private conversations in private channels. Our analog parents would have been shocked and horrified at the very idea that their bosses would open packages and read personal messages that were addressed to them. For our...

Rick Falkvinge - 2017-12-09 - Original post - cached version

Global: In the last post, I recalled that the only thing that matter whether data collection is taking place is whether it's technically possible, and that if you carry an electronic sensor, you must assume it to be active. Here's why it doesn't matter one bit if the sensor was made with "good...

Rick Falkvinge - 2017-12-06 - Original post - cached version

Global: As Quartz revealed, Google has been tracking your location since the start of 2017. At this point, the story should not be about why Google did this, but why, with all the experience at hand, anybody expected otherwise. Privacy is your own responsibility today.

When Quartz broke...

Positive News - 2017-12-05 - Original post - cached version

Inequality is a policy choice. Governments can close the gap between rich and poor, and some are already doing so

The post ‘Inequality is not inevitable, it’s a choice’ appeared first on Positive News.

Rick Falkvinge - 2017-11-24 - Original post - cached version

Corruption: Sci-Hub is starting to get judgments and censorship applied against it. It’s noteworthy that not even murder or genocide is considered cause for such Internet censorship as is now being applied to Sci-Hub. How and when did the free sharing of scientific knowledge become the worst...

Rick Falkvinge - 2017-11-17 - Original post - cached version

Copyright Monopoly: Putting network specifications behind subscription paywalls gives the NSA and other surveillance agencies a decisive advantage against the freedom of the Internet. That is the inescapable conclusion of the recent KRACK vulnerability.

There’s been a lot of debate about...

Rick Falkvinge - 2017-11-04 - Original post - cached version

Bitcoin: “Bitcoin to the Moon” has long been a common saying, but nobody knows what it really means. I propose it is time to define “bitcoin to the Moon” to mean the most literal interpretation possible.

In the bitcoin community — and I mean that in the most inclusive sense, in all...

Rick Falkvinge - 2017-10-29 - Original post - cached version

Global: The recent Wi-Fi “KRACK” vulnerability, which allowed anyone to get onto a secure network (and which was quickly patched by reputable vendors), had been in plain sight behind a corporate-level paywall for 13 years. This raises a number of relevant, interesting, and uncomfortable...

Positive News - 2017-10-27 - Original post - cached version

Scare tactics simply aren’t working when it comes to altering our behaviour to tackle climate change, believes Solitaire Townsend, CEO of sustainability consultancy Futerra. Highlighting instead what we stand to gain is something that everyone can get on board with, she writes

The post ‘...

Rick Falkvinge - 2017-10-16 - Original post - cached version

Global: Governments are still using “terrorism” as a scareword to get any insane law passed – like Britain’s digital book-burning law. But with its other hand, those same governments are expanding the definition of terrorism way beyond what the public could possibly imagine: the government’s...

Positive News - 2017-10-09 - Original post - cached version

From war clouds over Korea and wranglings over Brexit, to a shooting in Las Vegas and violence in Catalonia: bad news has dominated in recent months. But we think there are inspiring stories that are worthy of attention too. Get a fuller picture with our top 20 positive developments from July to...

Rick Falkvinge - 2017-10-02 - Original post - cached version

Copyright Monopoly: Every so often, you hear copyright industry lobbyists ask “why copyright law shouldn’t apply on the Internet”, suggesting that the Internet is a lawless land with regard to people sharing what they like. They have a point, but not the point they think: Our laws have checks...

Rick Falkvinge - 2017-09-27 - Original post - cached version

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), which used to develop standards for the Web, has been captured by the copyright industry. In a doubly controversial vote, the W3C decided that media companies and not the user should be in control, ending their longstanding commitment to openness and the...

Rick Falkvinge - 2017-09-22 - Original post - cached version

Global: New research shows how a mobile phone can be turned into a passive indoor ultrasound sonar, locating people with high precision indoors using multi-target echolocation, and is even able to discern a rough selection of activities. It does this by overlaying imperceptible ultrasound sonar...

Rick Falkvinge - 2017-08-29 - Original post - cached version

Activism: The German newspaper Die Zeit has a long feature this week about IMSI catchers and their countermeasures, words that were long heard only in countersurveillance cultures at Black Hat and Defcon. Observing this phenomenon make the jump from the obscure to the mainstream tells us a lot...

Positive News - 2017-08-29 - Original post - cached version

We examine the popularity of different emojis around the world

The post From hearts to hamburgers: 5 facts about emoji use around the world appeared first on Positive News.

Positive News - 2017-08-07 - Original post - cached version

From glaring fabrication to masterful manipulation, fake news is a global problem. But society is fighting back. We meet the people separating fact from fiction

The post Fighting back against fake news: meet the factcheckers appeared first on Positive News.

Positive News - 2017-08-04 - Original post - cached version

From running while being pelted by rainbow-coloured paint, to splashing through open water alongside hundreds of swimmers, a new wave of exercise events puts taking part over times or techniques. We chart the rise and rise of mass participation sports

The post The human race: the rise and...

Positive News - 2017-08-02 - Original post - cached version

Mass sporting events bring people together in huge numbers all over the world. From country-wide dance routines for older people, to a giant annual water fight, here are our top 5

The post Running the numbers: 5 mass sporting events around the world appeared first on Positive News.

Positive News - 2017-07-31 - Original post - cached version

Love can leave us feeling lost for words, but sometimes it's the limitations of our mother tongues that let us down. Here are 10 words from around the world for when 'I love you' just won't cut it

The post The language of love: 10 untranslatable words that express what English can’t...

Positive News - 2017-07-21 - Original post - cached version

From hip-hop that tackles toxic masculinity, to frank online discussions about mental health, a global movement is asking afresh: what does it mean to be a man?

The post Rewriting the man code: the new masculinity appeared first on Positive News.

Positive News - 2017-07-18 - Original post - cached version

Babies born dangerously early could one day have a significantly higher chance of survival, suggests a trial of a new artificial womb

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Positive News - 2017-07-14 - Original post - cached version

Since yesterday, 250,000 people have been lifted out of bone-crushing, one-meal-a-day, soul-destroying, unrelenting, extreme poverty, writes Dr Angus Hervey. It’s time to tell that story of progress

The post The under-reported decline of global poverty appeared first on Positive News.

Positive News - 2017-07-13 - Original post - cached version

A lack of hygienic sanitation is a major issue in many parts of the world, but are resource-hungry western style toilets the only option? Not according to the company piloting a loo that's waterless, off-grid and able to charge your phone. Lina Zeldovich travels to Madagascar to witness the...

Positive News - 2017-07-10 - Original post - cached version

If population growth is unsustainable, are there humane ways to limit it?

The post 5 possible solutions to overpopulation appeared first on Positive News.

Positive News - 2017-07-05 - Original post - cached version

Why do girls struggle to name female role models beyond fashion or social media celebrities? A book that showcases 60 inspiring women is being donated to 18,000 schools in a bid to challenge this

The post A book featuring 60 inspirational women aims to embolden a new generation of girls...

Positive News - 2017-06-30 - Original post - cached version

As surges of nationalism and incidents of hate crime are reported across the globe, a network of far right extremists who have renounced their views and resolved to help others, is growing too. Meet the ‘formers’

The post A global movement of former neo-Nazis is helping others renounce...

Positive News - 2017-06-30 - Original post - cached version

Four former members of right wing extremist groups on how they overcame their hate-failed pasts and now help turn others’ lives around

The post Life after white supremacy: the former extremists now helping others leave fascism appeared first on Positive News.

Positive News - 2017-06-28 - Original post - cached version

After years of being castigated for their reluctance to deal with extremism, some of the world’s biggest tech companies have formed a counter-terrorism forum

The post Tech titans take on terrorism – after being criticised for failing to act appeared first on Positive News.

Rick Falkvinge - 2017-06-07 - Original post - cached version

Politicians do not understand the Internet. It is not so much that the politicians in power today in their 60s weren’t born with it, even if that’s also true. It’s more that politicians as a profession are institutionally incapable of understanding it, just because it functions without – even...

Rick Falkvinge - 2017-02-24 - Original post - cached version

Cryptocurrency: Cryptocurrency will cripple governmental ability to collect taxes, and they won’t see it coming. When it’s already happened, expect major changes to take place in how society is organized on a large scale – but also expect governments to act in desperation to retain control....

Rick Falkvinge - 2017-01-30 - Original post - cached version

Civil Liberties: Asia Nikkei has just reported that the Trump administration has formally withdrawn from the TPP, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a protectionist agreement masquerading as a free trade agreement. This also indicates certain termination of the corresponding TTIP agreement. Before...

Rick Falkvinge - 2017-01-06 - Original post - cached version

Global: It begins: Amazon’s constantly-listening robotic home assistant was near a domestic murder case, and now the Police wants access to anything it might have heard. There have been similar cases in the past, but this is where it starts getting discussed: There are now dozens of sensors in...

Rick Falkvinge - 2016-12-18 - Original post - cached version

Global: There is a “war on cash” going on from the central banks, trying to reduce the usage (and personal storage) of cash. This is something that makes sense as a power move against the common people in a time of forced negative interest rates, but it is a shocking reduction of liberty and...

Faux Capitalism - 2015-11-24 - Original post - cached version

On the November 19, 2015 episode of Exposing Faux Capitalism with Jason Erb, I interviewed Dr. Delton Chen on his proposal for a global currency to facilitate carbon mitigation. From “Delton Chen is an Australian civil engineer with a Ph.D. in environmental hydrogeology for...

Positive News - 2015-09-29 - Original post - cached version

Three international science organisations have announced that 2016 will be the International Year of Global Understanding, aiming to show “how to translate scientific insight into more sustainable lifestyles”

Lionel - 2015-04-02 - Original post - cached version

The Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System is the world’s largest known fossil water aquifer system. It is located underground in the Eastern end of the Sahara Desert. Gaddafi had invested $25B into the aquifer, which he announced had the potential to turn Libya that is 95...

Intifada (Voice of Palestine) - 2014-11-05 - Original post - cached version
We are being led like sheep into a quagmire here. Harper has absolutely no concern for ordinary Canadians, and certainly doesn’t give a damn about anyone over there in the Middle East (except for his beloved Israeli friends). He does what he is told by Washington and Tel Aviv, dutifully reciting...
Intifada (Voice of Palestine) - 2014-10-28 - Original post - cached version
Whatever the truth is about the Ottawa shooting, the Harper regime and its Zionist puppetmasters are the only ones who stand to gain from it. The timing of it is far too convenient for Harper who has used it to swing public opinion behind his foolhardy decision to prostitute Canada’s military for...
Intifada (Voice of Palestine) - 2014-10-12 - Original post - cached version

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is applauded in the House of Commons on Friday. (Adrian Wyld/CP)



 Unbeknownst to most Americans and Canadians who get all of their information from the lamestream media, ISIS is not only not a ‘threat’ in any capacity to...
Intifada (Voice of Palestine) - 2014-06-12 - Original post - cached version
The notorious Israel Lobby is strictly anti-Russian. The State Dept. official Victoria (“Fuck EU”) Nuland personally directed the Kiev coup; she handpicked the Ukraine government and the president of the new American colony on the Dnieper River. Her husband, Robert Kagan, is a founder...
Intifada (Voice of Palestine) - 2014-06-05 - Original post - cached version
by Anthony Lawson

Jon Faine, of Radio 774 ABC Melbourne, interviews and insults former Australia Liberal prime minister Malcolm Fraser, in the process attempting to defend the indefensible, Israel.

In his book, Dangerous Allies, Mr Fraser’s suggests that it is time for Australia to...

Intifada (Voice of Palestine) - 2014-04-27 - Original post - cached version


John Chuckman


Only the other day, Benjamin Netanyahu earned a small note of immortality when he said the peace talks were ended by the new arrangements between the Palestine Authority and Hamas: Netanyahu’s announcement bundled a record number of lies into one mouthful of words...

Intifada (Voice of Palestine) - 2014-03-22 - Original post - cached version


By Israel Shamir

  “Counterpunch“-Nobody expected events to move forward with such a breath-taking speed. The Russians took their time; they sat on the fence and watched while the Brown storm-troopers conquered Kiev, and they watched while Mrs Victoria Nuland of the State...

Intifada (Voice of Palestine) - 2013-10-24 - Original post - cached version

 The Serpent and the Red Line

William A. Cook

“Our only path to liberation is resistance, and saving Jerusalem…We need to take a clear stance, Jerusalem is a Red Line. Jerusalem is the soul of the cause” (Khaled...

Intifada (Voice of Palestine) - 2013-08-07 - Original post - cached version

US; the real global terror alert

A man stands in a sea of rubble in Hiroshima on September 8, 1945

By Finian Cunningham


(PRESS TV) – Sixty-eight years ago this week, the United States wiped out more than 200,000 people when...

Intifada (Voice of Palestine) - 2013-07-27 - Original post - cached version

 Reflections on CAMERA’s Efforts to Silence Critics of Israel

Credit Image: Samuel Dowell


Editor’s Note : Unfortunately, dissenters confuse hammering the policies of the State of Israel with being anti-Jewish or...

Intifada (Voice of Palestine) - 2013-06-19 - Original post - cached version

President of international war crimes tribunal may have worked to shield Israelis from prosecution

Theodor Meron, President of the United National War Crimes Tribunal in the Hague


by Alison Weir

The New York Times reports...

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