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Eugenics Is Not a Fringe Issue – It Influences UK Immigration Policy | Novara Media
'“However shit your schedule looks today,” Marina Hyde tweeted, “cherish yourself a little for the fact that you will never create the calendar event Secret Eugenics Conference.”'
pol  weird 
january 2018 by warrenellis
Chinese dissident stands trial after 2 years in detention
' A prominent activist who called himself the Ultra Vulgar Butcher'
crime  pol 
december 2017 by warrenellis
Comey Memo Says Trump Asked Him to End Flynn Investigation - The New York Times
The idiots don't actually have the memo in their hands. 50/50 they get nailed up for not being able to produce what they're reporting on
may 2017 by warrenellis
US considers cabin laptop ban on flights from UK airports | World news | The Guardian
The Trump administration is considering barring passengers flying to the US from UK airports from taking laptops into the cabins, sources have told the Guardian.

The proposed ban would be similar to one already imposed on travellers from several Middle Eastern countries.

British officials understand that their US
travel  pol 
april 2017 by warrenellis
Taxpayers Give Big Pensions to Ex-Presidents, Precisely So They Don’t Have to Sell Out
"...modern presidents expect to live in luxury after they leave office, and to people with that sense of entitlement, $200,000 a year is chump change. By comparison, the median private pension benefit of individuals age 65 and older was $9,227 a year in 2014 – for those people lucky enough to have a pension in the first place.

"Prominent business consultant Chin Ning Chu, looking back in her 1991 book on Asian business culture, wrote that the Japan speeches “demonstrated to the world that Japan has arrived….[it] put a price tag on the President of the United States.” "
money  pol 
february 2016 by warrenellis
Interview With Paul Mason, Producer of #ThisIsACoup
"So I knew two things: one, how badly Greek society would take it if a huge austerity problem was imposed. And two, that the Greek left was serious, that it had spent 20 or 30 years becoming mature, becoming ambitious for power. It was not out of the question that if Greece went into a crisis, it was something that had the power to blow the whole societal system of the country apart."
pol  money 
december 2015 by warrenellis
Donald Trump works the Internet better than you do | Digital Trends
"...he’s leveraging a medium that is also, largely, a mash-up of paranoia, wishful thinking, opinion masquerading as fact, and dehumanizing insults. Donald Trump is the ultimate Internet candidate, in not just style but substance. He owes his success to more than just his keen ability to leverage the political economy of a digitally disrupted media space. His rhetoric and positions — such as they are — are also consonant with the underlying biases of the digital-media environment."
december 2015 by warrenellis
Three days in Beijing with three of the world’s most famous dissidents | Fusion
“I am everywhere and I am nowhere,” he says. “That’s the beauty of the Internet Age.”
art  pol  working 
may 2015 by warrenellis
Russia 'busts satellite spy ring': space commander
""Very recently, specialists of the department of space intelligence centre uncovered a newly created group of space satellites... made for radio-technical reconnaissance of equipment on Russian territory," said the commander of Russian Space Command, Oleg Maidanovich."
space  war  pol 
april 2015 by warrenellis
Preparing for Trench Warfare in Ukraine - The Intercept
"The conditions are rough, but not dismal, and reflect the battalion’s motto, “Nobody But Ourselves,” a nod to the reality that Ukrainians — and particularly members of this volunteer battalion — have to rely on their own resources to defend their country."
pol  war 
april 2015 by warrenellis
The Collection and the Cloud – The New Inquiry
"The concept of a “dark age” implies that there is a singular body of canonical knowledge worth preserving, evoking an idea of erasure from history that’s familiar to anyone else besides a distinguished white man accustomed to historical centrality. For everyone else, erasure from history is political struggle. Even today, women, people of color, transgender and disabled people, sex workers, care workers are all struggling to have their stories told and represented fairly. Any discussion of internet archiving has to, at some point, confront this problem: How do we talk about the politics of cultural records? If we cannot preserve everything, who defines what is worth saving?"
pol  tech  web  history  social 
march 2015 by warrenellis
BBC News - One-man rule in Israel's hippy micro-state
"This is Achzivland, perhaps the most unusual piece of territory in the Middle East. It has the trappings of a state - a flag (of a mermaid), a national "anthem" (the sound of the sea) and a constitution declaring the president democratically elected by his own vote (never actually cast)."
march 2015 by warrenellis
Georgia lawmaker pushes bill banning creation of ‘glow in the dark’ human-jellyfish hybrids, page 1
"A Georgia Republican legislator introduced a bill he said would ban the mixing of human and jellyfish embryos — even though he doesn’t know if it’s actually happening in his state. "
mad  pol  bio 
february 2015 by warrenellis
Drugs smuggling in Africa: The Smack Track | The Economist
"EXPERTS are calling it the African “Smack Track”: a circuitous route to smuggle heroin from Afghanistan to Europe, passing through east Africa. Two drug busts in November, netting 712kg of the stuff, closed a record year for heroin seizures off the coast of Kenya. The haul is less a sign of improved policing and more evidence of the growing importance of the route."
crime  pol  drugs 
january 2015 by warrenellis
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weird  pol  cult 
january 2015 by warrenellis
Is it Really Better to be Dead than Blind? | Just Security
"Late last year, the U.S. Navy announced that it’s $40 million laser weapon is finally ready for combat aboard the special operations staging ship USS Ponce. The laser, which “zaps and burns” at the cost of just 59 cents a shot, is designed for use against aircraft and small ships which “cannot outrun” the concentrated beams of light."
weapons  war  pol  crime 
january 2015 by warrenellis
Is this the beginning of the end of the nation state? - 25/11/2014
"For about AU$70 and a thumbprint you can now become an e-resident of Estonia. It's the first country in the world to offer what it calls a digital identity to foreigners. Some people say it may be the beginning of the end of the nation state."
pol  net 
november 2014 by warrenellis
Media ‘gagged over bid to report MP child sex cases’ | Society | The Observer
"The security services are facing questions over the cover-up of a Westminster paedophile ring as it emerged that files relating to official requests for media blackouts in the early 1980s were destroyed."
pol  crime 
november 2014 by warrenellis
What's happening in British politics? Paul Mason on the news - YouTube
"Paul Mason's raw thoughts on the news - and why what's happening in British politics is like when they blow up a council block and it collapses from the bottom up."
video  news  pol 
november 2014 by warrenellis
Secretive Mexican police unit questioned over 3 murdered Americans | Fox News Latino
"The men threatened witnesses not to talk and identified themselves as members of the Hercules Group, an elite security unit newly formed by the mayor of Matamoros, Leticia Salazar, in charge of protecting her."
war  pol  mexico 
october 2014 by warrenellis
Yoda Has Left the Building
"In fact, when Marshall argued that an arms race with the Soviets was inevitable, he meant there was no choice as long as the two countries existed. For example, remember that picture of Marshall, Wohlstetter, and friends, palavering late into the night? They were discussing "recovery" models -- as in, whether the United States or Soviet Union would recover more quickly after a nuclear war, gaining a head start in the inevitable rearmament race. Remember that joke in Dr. Strangelove about the "mine shaft gap"? That was, in fact, what Marshall was discussing."
war  pol 
october 2014 by warrenellis
What is a Singleton?
"In set theory, a singleton is a set with only one member, but as I introduced the notion, the term refers to a world order in which there is a single decision-making agency at the highest level.[1] Among its powers would be (1) the ability to prevent any threats (internal or external) to its own existence and supremacy, and (2) the ability to exert effective control over major features of its domain (including taxation and territorial allocation)."
october 2014 by warrenellis
Hong Kong police deny using triads to disrupt protests - video | World news | The Guardian
"Hong Kong's assistant police commissioner denies allegations that criminal gangs were called in to disrupt protests in the city. Thugs punched and kicked pro-democracy protesters on Friday night, drawing blood as they tore down their tents and attempted to force them out. Meanwhile, tensions remain high on Saturday between pro-government and Occupy groups"
crime  pol 
october 2014 by warrenellis
It’s time to modernise TV election coverage. — Medium
"You don’t have to be a posh sounding older bloke to be a TV anchor in an election but, oh wait a minute, you do."
pol  tv 
september 2014 by warrenellis
Ello | dymaxion
"We are at a juncture in the story of humanity. The decisions we make and the systems we build in the next twenty years will determine not just whether we live free from the boot of repressive dictatorships, but whether we live at all. The way out lies through hope, empathy, and learning to think like our systems -- through becoming creatures of the network."
pol  net  extinction 
september 2014 by warrenellis
China's Island Factory
"New islands are being made in the disputed South China Sea by the might of the Chinese state. But a group of marooned Filipinos on a rusting wreck is trying to stand in the way."
pol  geoengineering 
september 2014 by warrenellis
Switzerland reportedly offers Snowden safe passage, immunity from extradition - Boing Boing
"Even at a hearing Snowden by Parliament U.S. whistleblower protection could be granted. Namely, when his offense, for which the United States wants him hold accountable, according to Swiss opinion "has predominantly political character"."
september 2014 by warrenellis
Web Semantics: Pakistani political Twitter-speak | Beyond The Beyond | Wired.com
"Farishtey: Angels, in English. The term is used to describe another organization that prefers people wouldn’t talk about it, the Inter-Services Intelligence."
pol  spook 
september 2014 by warrenellis
North Korea Warns UK & C4: Political Thriller Would Bring “Disgrace” | Deadline
"In a statement carried by the Korean Central News Agency, a spokesman for Korea’s National Defense Commission on Sunday called Opposite Number, “a conspiratorial charade painting a wrong picture of the DPRK’s reality as it is based on a sheer lie intended to give impression that the DPRK’s nuclear treasured sword for self-defense was manufactured by ‘illegally acquiring’ nuclear technology from Britain.”"

pol  mad 
september 2014 by warrenellis
The Isis leader's vision of the state is a profoundly contemporary one | Jason Burke | Comment is free | The Observer
"What Baghdadi has done is fuse the political Islamists' aim of seizing state power with the neo-traditionalists' more global vision to create a recognisable if rough-edged state that is simultaneously supposed to be a launchpad for greater expansion. This unprecedented combination is a powerful one."
pol  war 
august 2014 by warrenellis
BBC News - Mong La: Myanmar's lawless region where anything goes
"Special Region Number Four - also known as Mong La - is one such strip of land on the border between China and Myanmar.

It has existed entirely outside central government control for more than 25 years."
cities  pol  war 
august 2014 by warrenellis
Rise of the Super Drug Tunnels + Subtraction.com
"This short film from Reason takes a look at the struggle against the ever increasing number of tunnels being dug by drug cartels to transport drugs from Mexico into the United States. It focuses on Joe Garcia, a deputy special agent with the Department of Homeland Security and head of the San Diego Tunnel Task Force, who has discovered and shut down over two hundred tunnels since 1990, even as new ones continue to proliferate. It also features insightful commentary from David Shirk, associate professor of international relations and director of the Justice in Mexico project at the University of San Diego, who argues that simply throwing more money at the government agencies fighting this problem is a futile solution; “You can’t fight markets,” he says."
crime  pol  money 
august 2014 by warrenellis
Blacklisted: The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a TerroristThe Intercept
"The rulebook, which The Intercept is publishing in full, was developed behind closed doors by representatives of the nation’s intelligence, military, and law-enforcement establishment, including the Pentagon, CIA, NSA, and FBI. Emblazoned with the crests of 19 agencies, it offers the most complete and revealing look into the secret history of the government’s terror list policies to date. It reveals a confounding and convoluted system filled with exceptions to its own rules, and it relies on the elastic concept of “reasonable suspicion” as a standard for determining whether someone is a possible threat."
pol  surveillance  spook  war  crime 
august 2014 by warrenellis
BBC - Blogs - Adam Curtis - NOW THEN
"If you are an American politician today, as well as an entourage you also have a new, modern addition. You have what's called a "digital tracker". They follow you everywhere with a high-definition video camera, and they are employed by the people who want to destroy your political career."
pol  media  surveillance  web 
august 2014 by warrenellis
As caliphate declared, Iraqi troops battle for Tikrit | Reuters
"Alarming regional and world powers, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed universal authority when it dropped the local element in its name and said its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as leader of the Islamic State, was now caliph of the Muslim world - a mediaeval title last widely recognized in the Ottoman sultan deposed 90 years ago after World War One."
pol  war 
june 2014 by warrenellis
Slumlord Cyber Killers | Betabeat
"It’s a huge problem in New York City. Sketchy slumlords freeze their (usually poor) tenants to save money and/or drive them out of their buildings to raise rents. The health effects of being “fuel poor” are well documented. But when freezing tenants complain in court, it’s their word against that of their legal-savvy landlords.

Unless there’s hard data proving otherwise."
iot  pol  eco  energy 
june 2014 by warrenellis
Hito Steyerl | Politics of Post-Representation «DIS Magazine
"There are a lot of brightly lit glossy surfaces, yet they don’t reveal anything but themselves as surface. Whatever there is — it’s all there to see but in the form of an incomprehensible, Kafkaesque glossiness, written in extraterrestrial code, perhaps subject to secret legislation."
pol  net 
june 2014 by warrenellis
Privacy under attack: the NSA files revealed new threats to democracy | Technology | The Guardian
"What if every book for the past 500 years had been reporting its readers at headquarters?"
surveillance  pol  comms  war  crime 
may 2014 by warrenellis
Turkey and Israel Headed for Geopolitical Face Off
"The contentiousness around Israel’s continued hold over Palestinian territory only seems to loom larger. And now, a gigantic wedge in the form of Turkey has lodged itself in the geopolitical contest that is particularly divisive for the United States. Long a US ally, the positioning of Turkey against the interests of Israel poses some tricky diplomacy from Washington."
may 2014 by warrenellis
Mouthbreathing Machiavellis Dream Of A Silicon Reich | Blog | The Baffler
"But he captures the fundamental problem with these mouthbreathers’ dreams of monarchy. They’ve never role-played the part of the peasant."
may 2014 by warrenellis
Jonathan Stray » What I learned at Build Peace, the first conference for technology and conflict resolution
"I suspect that most peace building efforts don’t end up helping very much, and all the experienced peace workers I’ve spoken to agree. If this seems harsh, consider that there are good reasons to believe that much international aid is ineffective, and quite plausibly that a wide range of non-profit work in general is ineffective. Preventing or resolving violent conflict is probably even harder than those things.

"There seems to be very little solid evidence that conflict resolution work does any good at all — certainly not anything up to the standards of a controlled study, because you can’t really do a controlled study in conflict areas. You go in and try to stop the violence because not attempting to stop it would be unethical (assuming, of course, you Do No Harm.) Then the violence diminishes or it does not. But there is no counterfactual to compare against. That is, we don’t know what would have happened had we done nothing."
may 2014 by warrenellis
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