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The invention of the military-industrial complex

Once upon a time, the military had a limited role in society. Then came an invention that changed everything<p>Until the 1860s, the word <i>torpedo</i> did not mean what it means today. It referred to either floating bombs that would now be known as mines (such as those supposedly damned by Admiral David …

Guantanamo Bay in 54 Seconds: What Every American Should Know

Guantanamo Bay

The war that made Orwell

In 1937, George Orwell found himself in the middle of the Spanish Civil War. What he saw changed him forever<p>Spain was to prove the fundamental political experience of George Orwell’s life. It was here that he witnessed cold-blooded murder and terror. On a couple of occasions, the blood and terror …

Rising corporate espionage: Why we need Jeremy Hammond

New report about corporate spying on nonprofits should remind us of importance of the jailed hacktivist’s work<p>Corporations are increasingly spying on nonprofit and activist groups, according to a new report from corporate watchdog and Ralph Nader brainchild Essential Information.<p>The report, …

Batkid reminds everyone that good things still happen sometimes

Five-year-old Miles isn’t ridding the world of crime — he’s filling it with love<p>Batman transformed the comic book streets of Gotham from a savage jungle to a more pleasant place, and in a way, that's what Miles, the five-year-old boy known as "Batkid," is doing to the world. Since he was diagnosed …

Tim Page's Vietnam War

Tim Page arrived in 1965 Vietnam at the tender age of 20 and began a career as a photojournalist that sent him all over the world, including the same jail cell as Jim Morrison.<p><i>Tim Page (right) with Sean Flynn, shot by Mike Herr, author of</i> Dispatches<i>, at the mouth of the Perfume River.</i><p>Tim Page is a …

“Captive”: The unnatural, uncomfortable reality of zoos

A photographer documents the often deplorable conditions at zoos around the world. Plus, a slideshow of his work<p>Should we feel weird about visiting zoos? Some animal rights activists decry the practice altogether, but many zoos are dedicated to conservation and research, to educating the public and …

Jacob Appelbaum Doesn't Have Much Hope for the Future of Privacy

Jacob Appelbaum has been called the "most dangerous man in cyberspace." But he's not, and it's a label that pisses him off. In reality, Appelbaum is a renowned cybersecurity expert who happens to be one of the developers for the Tor Project and a...<p><i>Jacob Appelbaum in Berlin</i><p>Jacob Appelbaum has been …

Science for potheads: Why they love to get high

<b>(Riccardo Mojana via Shutterstock)</b><p>There’s so much misunderstanding around marijuana. Here’s what’s really happening to people when they smoke weed<p>K.M. Cholewa<p>September 8, 2013 4:00pm (UTC)<p>Drug warriors have long tried to smear marijuana as a dangerous scourge, seeking to criminalize possession of a …

The other NRA: How the National Restaurant Association ensures poverty wages

Fast-food workers feed their families on a pittance while the big corporations resist fair pay and sick leave<p>While thousands of fast-food workers were preparing to walk off their jobs earlier this summer to seek raises to $15 an hour, the industry’s corporate lobbyist, the National Restaurant …

Chomsky: The U.S. behaves nothing like a democracy

The MIT professor lays out how the majority of U.S. policies are opposed to what wide swaths of the public want<p>I'd like to comment on topics that I think should regularly be on the front pages but are not -- and in many crucial cases are scarcely mentioned at all or are presented in ways that seem …

Turn a Set of IKEA Drawers Into the Perfect Home Server Cabinet

If you have a home server—whether it's a pre-bought model or one you built yourself—you need a good place to put it. IKEA Hacker Lauzer put his in a …

IKEA

FBI admits to using drones over U.S. soil

Robert Mueller tells Congress surveillance drones have been used, prompting calls for domestic legislation<p>FBI Director Robert Mueller admitted to Congress Wednesday that drones are already being used over U.S. soil. While the use of surveillance drones domestically -- both by local and federal law …

What everybody gets wrong about Orwell

The author’s ideas about language are much more relevant to the current surveillance scandals than Big Brother<p>As commentators and pundits have weighed in on the (not entirely surprising) revelation that electronic surveillance has flourished during the Obama administration, words and phrases like …

Snowden’s real crime: Humiliating the state

Here’s the reason the NSA leaker will never be forgiven or forgotten: He stood up to power and embarrassed it<p>As Edward Snowden’s name is bandied about -- with a debate emerging over whether he is a hero or a criminal, whistle-blower or traitor -- the words of philosopher Walter Benjamin, who wrote …

Noam Chomsky: America is accelerating the apocalypse

Global warming and nuclear arms conflicts threaten the planet, thanks in no small part to U.S. policy failures<p>What is the future likely to bring? A reasonable stance might be to try to look at the human species from the outside. So imagine that you’re an extraterrestrial observer who is trying to …

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A review of This Machine Kills Secrets<p><i>This Machine Kills Secrets: How WikiLeakers, Cypherpunks, and Hacktivists Aim to Free the World’s Information</i>by</i> …

Computer Hacking

Telecomix Documentary - The Rise of Cipherspace Computing

Warner Music

Recurring Developments

And now, the story of a team of superfans who researched every single recurring joke in Arrested Development and the one website that had no choice …

Arrested Development

Make your old iPhone run like new

My friend is convinced that the slowing of his iPhone 4S is part of a vast Apple conspiracy. I'm not completely persuaded.<p>I mean, sure Apple has sent out updates to iOS that are arguably a step in the wrong direction, like that whole Apple Maps fiasco. But I believe the main culprit for decreasing …

Apps

Why Washington and Moscow Still Don't Trust Each Other

I left the USSR in 1991. Going back showed that Cold War stereotypes don't fade -- even with time.<p>MOSCOW--The last time I was at Sheremetyevo International Airport, I arrived early for my flight, inched through a five-hour customs line, and napped on an inflatable mattress. It was March 1991, I was …

15 More Tech Skills That Can Instantly Net You A $100,000+ Salary

Now we've got 15 more to add to the list, from a salary survey done by Global Knowledge and TechRepublic. The research was conducted in late 2012, based on a survey of 9,500 tech professionals.<p>This survey asked these folks how much they earned and which IT certifications they had. That's a little …

How Close Is Doomsday?

How close are we to the end? How close are we to being among the last humans to ever live? Depending on who you are — your religion, politics, relative degree of pessimism or optimism — that question is bound to bring up images of some particular kind of cataclysm. It could be an all-out nuclear …

North Dakota, socialist haven?

The booming Bank of North Dakota proves the oil-rich state is red in more ways than one<p>North Dakota is the very definition of a red state. It voted 58 percent to 39 percent for Romney over Obama, and its statehouse and senate have a total of 104 Republicans and only 47 Democrats. The Republican …

ACLU challenges 'stingray surveillance' that allows police to track cellphones

A secretive technology which lets police locate and track people through their cellphones in alleged violation of the US constitution will be …

EPA lets pesticides on the market untested

The agency is abusing a legal loophole to let products like nanosilver be used in your clothing and baby blankets<p>You probably wouldn’t expect to find pesticides in your toothpaste or your gym socks, but they might be in there all the same. And the vast majority of those pesticides have made it into …