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Russia charges five Greenpeace activists with piracy

Russian investigators on Wednesday charged five Greenpeace campaigners with piracy over an open-sea protest against Arctic oil drilling, the environmental group said, calling the move an “outrage”. The charge against the activists — a Briton, a Finn, a Brazilian, a Russian and a dual US-Swedish citizen — dimmed hopes that…

U.S. stocks drop as government shuts down

US stocks opened lower Wednesday as the partial US government shutdown dragged on and fresh data showed slow job creation for September. Five minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 85.14 (0.56 percent) to 15,106.56. The broad-based S&P 500 lost 10.04 (0.59 percent) at 1,684.96, while the tech-rich…

Republican complains: Newer lawmakers oppose Obamacare but never had a chance to vote against it

A House Republican said the Affordable Care Act should be delayed or defunded because many newer lawmakers weren’t in office to vote against it. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) was among a group of 79 House Republicans who signed on to a letter urging House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to tie…

Hidden cameras capture critically endangered Sumatran rhino in Indonesian Borneo

Hidden cameras have captured images of the critically endangered Sumatran rhino on the Indonesian part of Borneo island, where it was thought to have long ago died out, the WWF said Wednesday. Sixteen camera traps — remote-controlled cameras with motion sensors frequently used in ecological research — filmed the rhino…

Kenya warned a year before attack that terrorists were targeting Westgate Mall

The narrative in place is that national intelligence agencies need tons of intrusive surveillance programs in order to detect terrorist threats and respond accordingly. Unfortunately, the narrative fails to hold up to scrutiny, prompting these intelligence…  …

Former DHS chief privacy officer recounts how she was called a ‘terrorist’ by intelligence community

Mary Ellen Callahan was the Chief Privacy Officer (and the Chief Freedom of Information Act Officer) at the Department of Homeland Security from 2009 until 2012 (though, don’t tell DHS, since they still have a page on their website about her claiming…  …

Calif. City of Palo Alto requiring new homes to be ready for electric cars

Palo Alto — nestled in the center of pricey Silicon Valley — is a composed, clean, beautiful community. Presently, Palo Alto walks the talk that is clean energy. Clean, reliable trains connect Palo Alto to Silicon Valley and San Francisco. Biking…  …

Researchers transform plastic bags into high-tech nanomaterial

A new process for creating high-tech carbon nanotube membranes out of a very common waste material — plastic bags — has been developed by researchers at the University of Adelaide. The innovative approach to nanotube production could potentially…  …

Glenn Greenwald takes to Reddit to talk about Edward Snowden and the NSA

By David Holmes On October 1, 2013At their best, Reddit’s Ask Me Anything threads (AMA’s) are a form of cultural discourse that would make Socrates proud, and today we witnessed one of the most enlightening entries to the series yet. Glenn Greenwald…  …

iPad Mini with Retina Display reportedly delayed

On October 2, 2013An iPad Mini with an ultra-high resolution (“Retina”) display has been delayed due to supply constraints, according to Reuters, which questions what improvements will be announced during an event said to be taking place this month…  …

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