5 interesting facts about atheists in the U.S…


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Date: October 21, 2018

01) 5 interesting facts about atheists in the U.S.


“How much do you know about atheists in the States? Is it as unpopular being a nonbeliever in America as is sometimes reported? Are atheists a growing part of the ‘nones’? Watch this video on 5 interesting facts about atheists in the U.S. to find out some of this and more!”

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Revisiting ‘Radiolab: Post No Evil’…


Date: October 21, 2018

01) Radiolab: Post No Evil


I don’t normally bring an old post back to “the front” of the blog…but I finally listened to this entire episode…and it’s an important piece.

It really exposes how idiotic and outrageous the censorship norms are, on the larger social platforms.

Outsourced people spending eight hours a day, making insanely quick [four seconds per complaint?!] judgements on whether or not to delete someone else’s content…How utterly shitty…

…And that insane religious woman, who calls everything [including classical art] “child pornography”?…

That woman has no business being anywhere near such a position…She’s incompetent.

“Mirrors With Memories”: Why Did Victorians Take Pictures of Dead People?…


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Date: October 20, 2018

01) “Mirrors With Memories”: Why Did Victorians Take Pictures of Dead People?

“Secure the shadow, ere the substance fades.” That very early photographers’ slogan—introduced not long after Louis Daguerre announced his daguerreotype process in 1839—may seem ominous, but it reflects the reality of Victorian life. In an age before antibiotics, when infant mortality soared and the Civil War raged, death was a constant presence in the United States. And one prominent part of the process of memorializing the dead was taking a postmortem photo.

Postmortem photography evolved out of posthumous portraiture, a mode of painting in which wealthy Europeans (and eventually Americans) memorialized dead family members by depicting them alongside a slew of symbols, colors, and gestures associated with death. While the people—usually children—in these images might look reasonably healthy, the presence of a dead bird, a cut cord, drooping flowers, or a three-fingered grip (a reference to the holy trinity) often signaled that the subject was deceased. These types of images, popular in the 18th and early 19th centuries, served as cherished reminders of loved ones long gone.”

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LEAKED: Jamal Khashoggi’s Fingers Cut Off While Still Alive…


Date: October 20, 2018

01) LEAKED: Jamal Khashoggi’s Fingers Cut Off While Still Alive


“Turkish officials are leaking what they say are details of Jamal Khashoggi’s alleged torture and murder.

Saudi agents were waiting when Jamal Khashoggi walked into their country’s consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago. Mr. Khashoggi was dead within minutes, beheaded, dismembered, his fingers severed, and within two hours the killers were gone, according to details from audio recordings described by a senior Turkish official on Wednesday.

The government of Turkey let out these and other leaks about the recordings on Wednesday, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Ankara, in an escalation of pressure on both Saudi Arabia and the United States for answers about Mr. Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi dissident journalist who lived in Virginia and wrote for The Washington Post.

The new leaks, which were also splashed in lurid detail across a pro-government newspaper, came a day after Mr. Pompeo and the Trump administration had appeared to accept at face value the promises of the Saudi rulers to conduct their own investigation into Mr. Khashoggi’s disappearance — regardless of Turkish assertions that senior figures in the royal court had ordered his killing.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/17/world/europe/turkey-saudi-khashoggi-dismember.html

Anti-encryption bill in Australia…


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Date: October 19, 2018

01) slvrspun: Anti-encryption bill in Australia

02) Apple sounds alarm over Australia’s proposed anti-encryption law

“In a rare show of public protest, Apple has berated the Morrison government’s proposed anti-encryption bill, calling it “dangerously ambigious” and “alarming to every Australian”.

The Access and Assistance Bill would see tech companies like Apple compelled to help federal authorities gain access to encrypted communications, which the government has said are increasingly being used by terrorist groups and criminals to avoid detection and disruption.

Under the bill, Apple’s own encrypted messaging service iMessage would be susceptible to breaches by authorities, as would third-party messaging services like Wickr, and locked iPhone devices.

“[It] could allow the government to order the makers of smart home speakers to install persistent eavesdropping capabilities.” – Apple

In a seven-page submission to federal Parliament that was made public on Friday afternoon, Apple said that, rather than protecting citizens from online criminal behaviour, the changes could undermine the privacy and security of smartphone users.

Although the Australian government says the bill’s intention isn’t to compel software “back doors”, Apple says the “breadth and vagueness of the bill’s authorities, coupled with ill-defined restrictions” leaves its meaning open to interpretation.”

Are they really this uninformed?…or just stupid?

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