How hackers extorted $1.14m from University of California, San Francisco - BBC News

Al Jaffee, Iconic Mad Magazine Cartoonist, Retires at Age 99 … and Leaves Behind Advice About Living the Creative Life

Ray being a retired analyst from US Central Intelligence and a member of the 'veteran intelligence professionals for sanity' I'll take his word over any of the commercial "mainstream journalists".

"RAY McGOVERN: Russiagate’s Last Gasp – Consortiumnews "

Today at 14:00 UTC, tune in for Philipp Winter's presentation on circumventing Internet censorship with @torproject!

Watch the live-stream here:

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OONI Probe Mobile 2.5 is out! 🎉 🐙 🚀

Why is this so exciting?

📌 Circumvention tool testing ➡️ Measure the blocking of @torproject & Psiphon

📌 5 new languages, including #Thai & #Indonesian (thank you Localization Lab community! ❤️ )

Update now: 💫

RT @eff: The EARN IT Act will let Attorney General William Barr ban strong encryption. We need to stop it, and there’s a Senate vote next w…

Octavia Butler’s 1998 Dystopian Novel Features a Fascistic Presidential Candidate Who Promises to "Make America Great Again"

Enter the "Pulp Magazine Archive”

It Features Over 11,000 Digitized Issues of Classic Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Detective Fiction

Christ, I remember reading about this when a young man — surprised it's still around!

Meet the Caretakers of Sealand, the World's Most Stubborn Micronation - Atlas Obscura

Pretty interesting blog that I've been following for the past several weeks.

“Fossil fuel, mercury and the end-Palaeozoic catastrophe – Earth-logs"

Interesting take on Bitcoin as an investment

"Billionaire Chamath Palihapitiya Says He Bought 1,000,000 BTC in 2013, Warns Bitcoin's Success Will Spell Global Economic Catastrophe | The Daily Hodl"

The 43-year-old billionaire, venture capitalist and chairman of spaceflight company Virgin Galactic says on the Unchained Podcast that investors should apportion 1% of their portfolio to BTC and hope it never pays off.

The "Slave Bible" Removed Key Biblical Passages In Order to Legitimize Slavery & Discourage a Slave Rebellion (1807)

Not good news. :NotAnAddict:
"Scientists Find Anthropogenic Mercury in Earth’s Deepest Oceanic Trenches | Biology |"

Two teams of marine biologists have found methylmercury, a potent toxin that bioaccumulates and in marine food webs, in sediments and endemic fauna from Mariana, Yap and Kermadec trenches in the Pacific Ocean.

Facebook accused of trying to bypass GDPR, slurp domain owners' personal Whois info via an obscure process

Wonder why western hospitals aren't doing similar - especially the plasma treatment. Politics I suppose.

"Venezuela: Physicians Apply Dexamethasone to COVID-19 Patients | News | teleSUR English"

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