Category Archives: International

Ideal features of an effective police state

1) All citizens believe any accusation about any one (except about benevolent leaders). 2) Any appearance of being downtrodden is evidence of deserving to be downtrodden. 3) Any criticism of the state or injustice is to be presented as evidence … Continue reading

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Earning some extra cash in 1997 vs. 2017

1997 process to earn some extra cash. Sign up with temp agency for … whatever … some work. Start work within the day or week. Alternatively, print off a few CVs, go for a walk, literally just walk into any … Continue reading

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Would you put the same toll operator in charge of both the roads and who may be visited via their use?

Bell wants the right to block websites in the absence of legal process, putting the onus on startup website operators to take on the largest media corporation in the country to defend their legal and fair use of materials, as … Continue reading

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1980s movie about CIA expending massive resources to fuck with some guy

One of the first films to be made with the help of former CIA officers was 1985’s The Man With One Red Shoe. This badly-written, weakly-executed action-comedy depict the Agency running surveillance on a musician played by Tom Hanks, who … Continue reading

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To download a copy of the main Wikipedia article of every country

This works to download a copy of the main Wikipedia article on every country. This will get all the text and the main parts of the format, but images and links are not functional (because the content is contained at … Continue reading

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CIA and NSA funding seeded Google founders first research in that direction

This article outlines an interesting but generally unknown detail at the origins of Google, namely that CIA and NSA funding was at the origins of first research leading towards Google, via university research grants. It also addresses how this made … Continue reading

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How your local cause stalking interest group (e.g., Nazis, anti-Nazis, mysogynists, feminists, socialists, anti-socialists, capitalists, anti-capitalists, etc.) could use off-the-shelf drone hardware to assassinate you using facial recognition

Drones can now be readily outfitted with facial recognition technologies for assassination purposes, as demonstrated by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, who believe that the general public and also defense policymakers are insufficiently aware of the risk.   What … Continue reading

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Sticks, for trade and human rights: Why not tariffs?

Tariffs as a means of influencing standards involved in production processes are 1) difficult to define and also difficult to implement, 2) reduce ties and increase probability of any given issue leading towards heightened conflict or even war and 3) … Continue reading

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Reasonable application of “when no information is information” logic: China and rights

When it is viewed as hostile to even ask the question of whether human rights are an issue, it’s pretty obvious that there are problems being hidden from view. China (or rather, Chinese authorities in general) would not accept to … Continue reading

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Guide for “Fair Use” (USA) in non-fiction

For practical purposes, “Fair Use” in Canada is much more empowering than in the US, in part due to a Supreme Court ruling that educational uses (e.g., not for profit) should be interpreted in the most liberal manner possible. For those … Continue reading

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