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The Judges Approving the NSA's Surveillance Requests Keep Buying Verizon Stock

When the National Security Agency would like to take a look at all of the metadata of phone calls made by people using Verizon, a program revealed last summer by Edward Snowden, they must obtain approval from the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (better known as the FISA Court), which typically grants such requests. VICE has obtained disclosures that reveal for the first time since this program was made public that FISA Court judges have not only owned Verizon stock in the last year, but that at least one of the judges to sign off on the NSA orders for bulk metadata collection is a proud shareholder of the company complying with these requests.

American Pork Contains Banned Drug

If you care about the drugs that make it into the United States' food supply — or only about what happens to the animals that supply us with meat — you should care about ractopamine. Because of safety concerns, about 160 nations ban or restrict the use of this drug during pig production, including all countries in the European Union, Russia and China. But that hasn't stopped the U.S. pork industry from feeding it to an estimated 60 percent to 80 percent of American pigs to rapidly boost growth rates. If you buy pork at your local supermarket, chances are that it came from a ractopamine-treated pig.

Why was the Black Hat talk on Tor de-anonymization mysteriously canceled?

Researchers from the CERT division of Software Engineer Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University, which "works closely with the Department of Homeland Security," were set to give a talk purporting to demonstrate a way to deanonymize Tor users at Black Hat USA, a major cybersecurity conference, in early August. Alexander Volynkin and Michael McCord, both researchers at CMU, were slated to disclose a method for identifying Tor users and services with "newly discovered shortcomings in design and implementation of the Tor network," an abstract for the talk said, that only cost $3,000 or so to exploit.

Russia offers 3.9m roubles for 'research to identify users of Tor'

Russia's interior ministry has offered up to 3.9m roubles (£65,000) for research on identifying the users of the anonymous browsing network Tor, raising questions of online freedom amid a broader crackdown on the Russian internet.

The interior ministry's special technology and communications group published a tender earlier this month on the government procurement website offering the sum for "research work, Tor cipher".

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Report: Ukrainian Fighter Jets Hid Behind Passenger Plane, Pulled Away and Dropped Bombs, and Then Hid Behind Plane Once Again

The Russian government claims Ukrainian fighter jets were flying very close to Malaysian Flight 17 when it was shot down. Others claim that Ukrainian fighter jets were escorting the Malaysian plane through Ukrainian airspace.

However, a Youtube video made a month before Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down alleges that Ukranian fighter jets were hiding behind passenger planes, pulling away temporarily, dropping bombs on Ukrainian separatists, and then hiding again behind the plane (minor corrections of spelling and punctuation):

Gerry Brownlee is above the law.

So, a member of the National government displayed a high level of arrogance and disregard for procedure and obedience of law that would usually result in swift arrest, incarceration at the cop shop and a heavy stomp from the justice system if it was committed by you or me. The bought and paid for mainstream media will be squirming as they try and work out a way to spin this now public display of complete and utter arrogance and disregard of procedure and law by one of the top guys on the team they are committed to promote. What happens next???

Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee's office has confirmed an investigation is under way into today's airport security breach.

Former Megadeth Drummer Nick Menza Captures Footage of UFO?

Filmed on July 14 at 10:52pm, Menza captured a mysterious configuration of lights on camera. A total of four lights can be seen in the sky just to the left of a very bright moon. Three of the multicolored lights appear to remain still while the fourth moves around freely. The fourth light eventually melds into one of the others before disappearing.

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A Conversation With My 12 Year Old Self: 20th Anniversary Edition

This blog has been short on laughs for a while. I am sure some of the readers here will enjoy this one.

It gets funnier watching it again.

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