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You probably won’t find too many kids with fake guns bursting into TV studios in the United States demanding airtime, mostly because people with real guns would be likely to shoot them. In Europe, on the other hand, not that many people carry guns, so Dutch teenager Tarik Z actually made it on air in Holland (he was also a lot better dressed than most of his American counterparts).
The Telegraph reports that he’s really into some of the classic conspiracy theories, like the Freemasons and New World Order:
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Former classmates of a teen who stormed the studios of Dutch national TV demanding airtime before being arrested described him on Friday as a “normal guy”, but one fascinated by conspiracy theories.
“Clever, pleasant and a bit of a loner, but certainly not a crazy guy,” one of the 19-year-old’s former classmates at Delft Technical University told the daily Algemeen Dagblad.
Another former classmate told the NOS public broadcaster, where the drama played off, that the teen, seemingly normal, had a rich imagination and was “often in his own world.”
“In recent years he was interested in conspiracy theories involving the Free Masons and a ‘new world order’,” the student said.
While his parents were out working four jobs, Cambo spent his time learning how to survive in the rough backwoods of Alabama. When they went through a brutal divorce, he naturally fled to the woods to be alone. No traffic, no people, no responsibility—just pure survival.
The plan was to wait out his adolescence there until he could legally live life without his parents. He ended up spending two years alone in the wild. This episode of Profiles by VICE, from director Harmony Korine, tells Cambo’s story.
Gregory Krieg Via Policy.Mic
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On Jan. 20, this website published a story titled, “If This Is Your Password, Change It Immediately.” The article included a list of the 25 personal passwords — “password” and “abc123″ among them — most commonly found in databases of personal account information routinely leaked by hackers. The material came from SplashData, an internet security firm that seeks out vulnerable targets and reports on them to an often endangered public. The list of passwords appeared in various forms on outlets including CBS News, NPR and the BBC, to name a few.
Later that night, President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address made the case for a new proposal to rewrite and tighten federal cybersecurity laws, so that no “foreign nation” or “hacker” would have the ability to “shut down our networks, steal our trade secrets or invade the privacy of American families.
Benjamin Franklin once wrote that, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Yet when it comes to disparaging the Prophet Mohammed, two additional certainties become readily apparent: first, that a wide swath of the Islamic world is immediately going to erupt into spasms of chaotic and senseless violence, and second, that their leaders will redouble their perennial efforts to have the United Nations nullify the West’s most sacred human right – freedom of expression – through the passing of a so-called “blasphemy law,” which would criminalize defamation of religion.
For the past decade or so, ever since these efforts first began in earnest, one of the prime counterarguments has been to point out how any such repressive forms of broad censorship are inevitably used to primarily punish and suppress political dissidents, or to otherwise discriminate against unpopular segments of the population.… Read the rest
Imperium Pictures is currently completing The Gent (a feature starring Genesis P-Orridge, Alex Grey, Howard Zinn et al) and a short on solid rocket fuel developer/occultist Jack Parsons in which British director Ken Russell portrays Aleister Crowley.
In 2013, just weeks before revelations by Edward Snowden and PFC Chelsea Manning, we released War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State.
Two years later, the aggressive war on whistleblowers is still being waged. This Monday, Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA officer, was found guilty of 9 criminal counts and is likely on his way to a lengthy prison sentence for telling the truth.
Now, War on Whistleblowers is more relevant than ever. Watch the trailer below and go here for more information.
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Four renowned cases of whistle-blowing serve as the backdrop to a much larger story of what happens to people who resort to the media to expose fraud and abuse:
- Franz Gayl (Deputy Branch Head for the Space and Information Operations Integration Branch) — a lifelong Marine Gayl blew the whistle to stop unnecessary death and dismemberment of soldiers by replacing Humvees with MRAP’s (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles) in Iraq.
Aaron Dames writes for Divided Core.
As for the developed countries from which this corrupting ethos of progress goes out: more and more their “growthmania” distorts their environments and robs the world of its nonrenewable resources for no better end than to increase the output of ballistic missiles, electric hairdryers, and eight-track stereophonic tape recorders. But in the statistics of the economic index such mad waste measures out as “productivity,” and all looks rosy.
-E.F. Schumacher, Small is Beautiful
During the State of Union address last week, President Barack Obama insinuated that Congress should grant him Fast Track authority (trade promotion authority that cannot be blocked by Congress) to make real the embryonic Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TPP) without directly referring to this nascent legislative monstrosity by name. He promised that, unlike previous trade agreements (such as NAFTA), the TPP would lead to domestic job creation, boost worker protections, and help the United States maintain its economic lead over China.… Read the rest
Do you need someone to be your own private North Korean-style hacker? ArsTechnica suggests checking out Hackers List:
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One recent post on Hacker’s List, a site dedicated to matching up hackers with those who need something hacked, was headed “FB [Facebook] Account Hack for Justice.”
“Scumbag guy I met at a bar over the weekend followed me home and assaulted me,” it read. “Thankfully the police caught him and he’s thinking long and hard about what he did in a county jail. This is apparently not the first time he’s done this, but he got off free of charge the last time. I want to hit him where it hurts.”
The poster offered between $200-$300 for access to the man’s account.
Since being profiled in The New York Times two weeks ago, Hacker’s List has buckled under a deluge of traffic and still goes up and down on a regular basis. Upon registering for an account, the site reminds users that it is “intended for legal and ethical use” and that “if you feel a project violates our terms of service, please report the listing immediately.” But a search through the last few weeks of job postings on the site shows an almost total absence of “legal and ethical” requests.