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New Snowden leak: NSA attempted to crack online anonymity tool used by dissidents and activists

The National Security Agency has made repeated attempts to develop attacks against people using Tor, a popular tool designed to protect online anonymity, despite the fact the software is primarily funded and promoted by the US government itself. Top-secret NSA documents, disclosed by whistleblower Edward Snowden, reveal that the agency’s…

Ku Klux Klan to meet in Gettysburg after shutdown thwarts battlefield plan

A branch of the Ku Klux Klan forced by the US government shutdown to cancel a rally outside the civil war cemetery in Gettysburg on Saturday now pledges instead to gather in the historic town itself. Wearing their infamous pointed white hoods and robes, the group is set to embark…

Republicans insist on piecemeal approach to government funding

Republicans will stage piecemeal budget votes over the weekend offering symbolic funding to additional public services, as Republicans and Democrats accused the other of deliberately dragging out the wider government shutdown into a second week. The GOP-dominated House of Representatives will attempt to re-open the National Weather Service, the Federal…

London School Of Economics study shows music industry is thriving, not dying

As you may recall, a few years ago, we published a report called The Sky is Rising, which showed how — contrary to the claims of some — the entertainment industry was growing (and even thriving) over the past decade or so. More content was being produced…  …

Netscape founder Marc Andreessen: ‘The world is going to see an explosion of countries in the years ahead’

“I think there is going to be double, triple, quadruple countries in the coming years,” Andreessen told Sarah Lacy at Thursday night’s PandoMonthly in San Francisco.;  …

Students say ‘poopetrator’ behind Yale laundry room soilings

Police are trying to determine who has been defecating into students’ laundry at a Yale University residence hall. Investigators aren’t sure who relieved themselves at least twice in a laundry room at Saybrook College, one of the university’s 12 residential colleges, but students have dubbed the culprit the “poopetrator.” One…

Progressive Caucus worried Social Security cuts will be part of government shutdown deal

The Congressional Progressive Caucus on Thursday warned that cuts to Social Security could be put on the table as part of an eventual deal to end the government shutdown. “Social Security is a promise we must keep. The money our grandmothers, grandfathers, widows and children rely on should not be…

Drug Policy Alliance: Why isn’t the DEA shut down?

In an email to supporters sent Friday, the Drug Policy Alliance questioned why the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration was considered essential during the government shutdown. “The government shutdown has closed our national parks and furloughed almost a million federal employees, but the Drug Enforcement Administration remains ‘essential’ enough to carry…

WATCH: Could tiny charged water droplets lower your electric bill?

The activities of bantam water droplets in just one region of a power plant could make a significant difference in the output of power plants, scientists say. A team of MIT researchers report this week that water droplets that “jump” from a water…  …

New York to boost young girls’ self-esteem with ‘body-beautiful’ campaign

In a city plastered with images of stick-thin models, New York is waging a new campaign to boost self-esteem among girls as young as seven. Adult women the world over struggle with poor body image, but a publicly funded body-beautiful campaign is trying to tackle the problem, targeting girls as…

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