Former WikiLeaks staffer Daniel Domscheit-Berg has always considered Julian Assange’s whistle-blowing site a two-pipe operation: One pipe takes submissions in from anonymous leakers, another publishes them out to an uncensorable web site.  
 
But since defecting from WikiLeaks in September and watching the global controversy build around the secret-spilling organization, he’s taking a different approach with his own leak-focused project: Keep the anonymous submissions channel. Ditch the controversial and resource-draining publishing piece altogether.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010 is NATIONAL OPT-OUT DAY!  
 
It's the day ordinary citizens stand up for their rights, stand up for liberty, and protest the federal government's desire to virtually strip us naked or submit to an "enhanced pat down" that touches people's breasts and genitals. You should never have to explain to your children, "Remember that no stranger can touch or see your private area, unless it's a government employee, then it's OK."  
 
The goal of National Opt Out Day is to send a message to our lawmakers that we demand change. No naked body scanners, no government-approved groping. We have a right to privacy and buying a plane ticket should not mean that we're guilty until proven innocent. This day is needed because many people do not understand what they consent to when choosing to fly.  
 
Image at the top of the page could be considered NSFW unless you work for the TSA/Homeland Security
Diabetes Raises Heat Risks
Posted by crataegus in health 7 years ago
Summer can be uncomfortable for anyone. But for people with diabetes, the heat and humidity can be particularly hazardous.  
 
One of the complications of diabetes, both Type 1 and Type 2, is an impaired ability to adjust to rises in temperature, which can cause dangerous increases in body temperature during the summer. The underlying problem, nerve damage, occurs in 60 to 70 percent of Americans with diabetes; it can affect nearly every organ in the body, including sweat glands. When nerve damage keeps the sweat glands from working properly, the body fails to cool down as the mercury rises.
Thumb-sized fossils discovered in Gabon, West Africa, were veritable behemoths 2.1 billion years ago. Palaeontologists reporting the finding in Nature say that the fossils represent ancient signs of multicellular life.  
 
Fossils of putative multicellular organisms, found in India, were nearly half a billion years younger. And not until the Cambrian period, which began some 542 million years ago, were large, complex organisms commonplace.  
 
"We have these macrofossils turning up in a world that was purely microbial," says Stefan Bengtson, a palaeozoologist at the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm and a co-author on the report. "That's a big deal because when you finally get big organisms, it changes the way the biosphere works, as they interact with microbes and each other."  
 
the abstract of the article
Police have confirmed that the human remains found in the River Aire in Shipley this week are those of Suzanne Blamires.  
 
She was one of three women working as prostitutes who disappeared in Bradford over the past year.  
 
Police are continuing to question a 40 year old man, Stephen Griffiths, who is understood to be a PhD criminology student at the University of Bradford.  
 
Danny Savage reports from Bradford.
Dorota Rabczewska, famed for an unabashed attitude when it comes to flaunting her flesh, and a string of hits, has been charged by Warsaw prosecutors with insulting religious feeling for comments she made in a television interview a year ago.  
 
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boobquake
Posted by crataegus in blinded by science 8 years ago
Jen McCreight, a self-described atheist, feminist and geek “trapped in Indiana,” took issue with Hojatoleslam Kazim Sadeghi’s message during Friday prayers in Tehran, the Iranian capital.  
 
The hard-line cleric, who was standing in for Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, said women who dress provocatively – thereby tempting men – are to blame for the world’s temblors.  
 
[cc: crackpots, kooks, & tinfoil;gods;some dude/some chick]
Authorities in central Georgia have arrested a couple they say traded sex with their 14-year-old daughter for payments on their minivan.  
 
Dodge County sheriff's Capt. Tony Winborn said the parents were arrested Monday and are in jail awaiting a bond hearing. They face child molestation and pandering charges.  
 
"We are sickened to hear about this case against this girl," Winborn said.  
 
Channel 2 Action News does not identify victims of sexual abuse and is not identifying the parents to protect the teen.  
 
Winborn said 66-year-old Robert Wayne Bearden, who managed a used car dealership, was arrested on charges of child molestation and possession of a firearm by a felon.  
 
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You know how it is. You’re enjoying yourself, kicking back and relaxing at the pub or maybe at the library; or maybe you’re in class or just casually surfing the internet, indulging in a little conversation. The topic of the conversation is about a pertinent contemporary issue, probably something to do with a group of people who fall outside your realm of experience and identity. They’re also probably fairly heavily discriminated against - or so they claim.  
The thing is, you’re having a good time, sharing your knowledge about these people and their issues. This knowledge is incontrovertible - it’s been backed up in media representation, books, research and lots and lots of historical events, also your own unassailable sense of being right.  
 
Yet all of a sudden something happens to put a dampener on your sharing of your enviable intellect and incomparable capacity to fully perceive and understand All Things. It’s someone who belongs to the group of people you’re discussing and they’re Not Very Happy with you. Apparently, they claim, you’ve got it all wrong and they’re offended about that. They might be a person of colour, or a queer person. Maybe they’re a woman, or a person with disability. They could even be a trans person or a sex worker. The point is they’re trying to tell you they know better than you about their issues and you know that’s just plain wrong. How could you be wrong?  
 
Don’t worry though! There IS something you can do to nip this potentially awkward and embarrassing situation in the bud. By simply derailing the conversation, dismissing their opinion as false and ridiculing their experience you can be sure that they continue to be marginalised and unheard and you can continue to look like the expert you know you really are, deep down inside!  
 
CONGRATULATIONS, YOU HAVE PRIVILEGE!
A 62-year-old sledder looking for a burst of power got it when the homemade rocket strapped to his back exploded, burning him over nearly 20 percent of his body. Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe said the man, whose identity hasn't been released, was hospitalized in stable condition Monday.  
 
[DARWIN DAY]
A new reason to rescue yesterday's t-shirts from the back of your closet.  
 
Once upon a time, it was your statement to the world -- a show of school pride, a taste for graphic design, a photo of your favorite singer's mug shot. These days, it probably sits unworn in storage. Here's your chance to transform your old, favorite t-shirt into wearable duds for your laptop. We cut out the design and material from your t-shirt, sew it up with batting, felt and velcro, and voila a brand new laptop sleeve!  
It's not just about making stuff for your computer, but about creating new life today.  
 
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Ten Americans were detained by Haitian police on Saturday as they tried to bus 33 children across the border into the Dominican Republic, allegedly without proper documents.  
 
The Baptist church members from Idaho called it a "Haitian Orphan Rescue Mission," meant to save abandoned children from the chaos following Haiti's earthquake. Their plan was to scoop up 100 kids and take them by bus to a rented hotel at a beach resort in the Dominican Republic, where they planned to establish an orphanage.  
 
Whether they realized it or not, these Americans — the first known to be taken into custody since the Jan. 12 earthquake — put themselves in the middle of a firestorm in Haiti, where government leaders have suspended adoptions amid fears that parentless or lost children are more vulnerable than ever to child trafficking.
For as little as 150 dollars it's become possible to obtain a child illicitly in Haiti's quake zone, according to Sascha Decker of the German-based children's aid association Kindernothilfe. He told German ARD public television, Haiti's orphaned children urgently “need identification and documents. They must be registered by name. Otherwise they become easy prey for child traffickers.”
While we were all wrapped up in "hacking" stories, it turns out that China had an interesting and possibly scary missile test.  
 
China's Jan. 11 test of exoatmospheric missile interception is worth paying attention to—especially in Washington. It isn't just an early step toward development of a missile-defense system; it's also a signal of a radical change in the country's stance on the militarization of space. The United States should take this as a wake-up call that in the long term, China intends to challenge its strategic superiority in aerospace.  
 
The People's Liberation Army publicly unveiled its new strategy as part of the Air Force's 60th anniversary in November last year. It appears that this strategy was formulated in 2004, but the world did not learn about it until PLA Air Force Commander General Xu Qiliang summarized it as "effecting air and space integration, possessing capabilities for both offensive and defensive operations."  
 
Meanwhile, Chinese diplomats continued to hew to the line set down in 1985 by the late leader Deng Xiaoping, when he told former U.S. President Richard Nixon that China "is against whoever goes in for development of outer space weapons." China started an intensive diplomatic and propaganda campaign against American missile defense programs.
This week's devastating earthquake in Haiti draws international attention to a nation continuously plagued by social and economic woes, covered thoroughly in a piece by The Guardian's Caroline Saunders. Pulitzer grantees Dane Liu and Carmen Russell produced a short documentary, "Restaveks: Child Slaves of Haiti," featured on Foreign Exchange. View their work below and hear Russell's take on the current state of the country.  
 
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