How hackers extorted $1.14m from University of California, San Francisco - BBC News bbc.com/news/technology-532147

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

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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 "consortiumnews.com/2020/06/29/

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

Watch the live-stream here: youtube.com/watch?v=g6xEfNHkFK

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#imv2020

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: ooni.org/install/mobile 💫

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"

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Enter the "Pulp Magazine Archive”

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

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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 atlasobscura.com/articles/care

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

“Fossil fuel, mercury and the end-Palaeozoic catastrophe – Earth-logs" earthlogs.org/2020/06/29/fossi

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.

dailyhodl.com/2020/06/25/billi

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

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

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.

sci-news.com/biology/anthropog

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

theregister.com/2020/06/23/fac

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" telesurenglish.net/news/Venezu

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