Jon Aston

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Slave Chocolate?

Anticorporate protesters went after Nestlé for its infant formula. Now they're at it again--this time accusing the company of using cocoa harvested by forced labor.<p>With their bright pink wigs, colorful placards and painted smiles, the crowd in front of San Francisco's Metreon movie theater last …

The One Percent

Reports link Islamic State recruiter to Canadian Embassy in Jordan

Canada’s embassy in Jordan, which is run by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s handpicked ambassador and former top bodyguard, is being linked in news …

Canada

Putin’s aide sparks scandal by wearing $600,000 watch despite $147,000 yearly salary

<b>Dmitry Peskov, the spokesman for Russia’s president, is known for a level of cynicism that sometimes surpasses even that of his boss, Vladimir Putin.</b> …

Conservative insider won huge contract to build Harper’s Arctic project

A hugely expensive public contract to build an Arctic research station —promoted by Prime Minister Stephen Harper —went to a joint venture that …

How the way you type can shatter anonymity—even on Tor

Researchers perfect technique that profiles people based on unique keystroke traits.<p>Security researchers have refined a long-theoretical profiling …

Health Care Sleaze: The Person Who Ran Medicare Is Now in Charge of the Insurance Lobby

Washington’s notorious revolving door was in full swing again last week as the health insurance industry snagged another top federal official to help …

'Anonymous' starts slow leaking of cabinet confidences, CSE spy attempts

Members of the hacker group Anonymous released a confidential cabinet document today revealing secrets about the overseas activities of Canada’s spy …

Major Flaw In Android Phones Would Let Hackers In With Just A Text

Android is the most popular mobile operating system on Earth: About 80 percent of smartphones run on it. And, according to mobile security experts at the firm Zimperium, there's a gaping hole in the software — one that would let hackers break into someone's phone and take over, just by knowing the …

Wireless

Tax shift: Companies dump burden of taxes on squeezed municipalities

The town of Espanola, Ont., needs a new fire hall, but the $2-million cost to build one is beyond its means.<p>"When they built this place, there were 15 firefighters here," said chief Mike Pichor. "Now we've got 28. In our training room, they pretty much sit on top of each other for any kind of …

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Stephen Harper’s courts: How the judiciary has been remade

The judge looked down at the full-bearded young man who sat relaxed and smiling before him. Omar Khadr, a former teenage terrorist, was in a Canadian courtroom for the first time.<p>Years earlier, through various channels, the judge had lobbied Prime Minister Stephen Harper for a promotion – and got …

Canada

Wyoming Man Found with 30 Eyeballs in His Anal Cavity

CRAZY<p>crazed / July 24, 2015 / 0<p>Okay, this is one of the craziest things we’ve ever seen… WTF?<p><b>CASPER, Wyo. –</b><p>Police made a routine traffic stop early …

Innovative company sells simple product for five times the normal price

Companies all around the world are facing an epidemic: mass commoditization. Products and services are becoming commodities faster and faster and margins are disappearing just as quickly, putting great pressure on an organization's bottom line. This trend is not going to slow down; in fact, the …

You don’t know it, but you’re working for Facebook. For free.

What do you call a multimillion-dollar, for-profit company that’s run in large part by unpaid or underpaid grunt laborers? A century ago, you might’ve dubbed it robber-barony or sharecropping — if not, you know, outright slavery.<p>In 2015, though, we call it the social Web: a glorious dystopia where …

Harper & Evangelical Capitalism

We think of right-wing evangelical religion as an influence in American politics, but, unrecognized by the public and mostly unreported, it is a …

Microsoft just pushed a security patch to Windows—update now

Microsoft on Monday released a patch that the computer giant termed “critical” for all Windows systems, because it resolves a vulnerability that …

Information Security

Work Alone: Ernest Hemingway’s 1954 Nobel Acceptance Speech

<i>“One can never be alone enough to write,”</i> Susan Sontag observed. Solitude, in fact, seems central to many great writers’ daily routines — so much so, it appears, that part of the writer’s curse might be the ineffable struggle to submit to the spell of solitude and escape the grip of loneliness at …

A Field Guide to Getting Lost: Rebecca Solnit on How We Find Ourselves

<i>“On how one orients himself to the moment,”</i> Henry Miller wrote in reflecting on the art of living, <i>“depends the failure or fruitfulness of it.”</i> Indeed, this act of orienting ourselves — to the moment, to the world, to our own selves — is perhaps the most elusive art of all, and our attempts to …

The Web We Have to Save

The rich, diverse, free web that I loved — and spent years in an Iranian jail for — is dying.<br>Why is nobody stopping it?<p><b>By Hossein</i> …

Social Media

The Great Escape | Bündner entführen Städter in die Berge - Graubünden Tourism

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This Man Kicked Himself in the Head 134 Times in 1 Minute

We’ve all done or said something so embarrassing that we’ve wanted to kick ourselves in the head. But that wasn’t the motivation for Puskar Nepal of …

World Records

12 iPhone Storage Tricks That Everyone Should Know

Getting more storage space is just one click away.<p><b>1. Find out which apps are hogging the most space.</b><p>Did you know you can see which apps are taking up …

Review of DANGEROUS Japanese Fanny Flambeaux doll.

The Really Big One

An earthquake will destroy a sizable portion of the coastal Northwest. The question is when.<p>When the 2011 earthquake and tsunami struck Tohoku, Japan, Chris Goldfinger was two hundred miles away, in the city of Kashiwa, at an international meeting on seismology. As the shaking started, everyone in …

4 Ways Google's News Lab Will Help You Create Awesome Content

4 Ways Google’s News Lab Will Help You Create Awesome Content<p><i>Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on our sister site, The Freelancer.</i><p>Last …

Google Earth