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MAPS and Erowid won redditDonate

Announcing the winners of reddit donate! Last week we announced that we would be giving 10% of our 2014 gross ad revenue to support the goals and causes of the entire reddit community. We did this by hosting a vote and allowing our users to vote for any US based charity registered with the IRS.

Every winning charity will receive a donation in the amount of $82,765.95 from reddit.

After +250,000 votes cast on +8,000 charities by 80,000+ voters, we have our top 10 list of charities:

1 Electronic Frontier Foundation
2 Planned Parenthood Federation of America
3 Doctors Without Borders, USA
4 Erowid Center
5 Wikimedia Foundation
6 Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies
7 NPR
8 Free Software Foundation
9 Freedom From Religion Foundation
10 Tor Project Inc.

MORE: http://www.redditblog.com/2015/02/announcing-winners-of-reddit-donate.html

Where Are the FBI's Drone Privacy Reports? Why Are They Flying Over Me and I Know Squat About It?

The FBI is known to have flown unmanned aerial vehicles since at least 2005 and, like any other federal agency, it's supposed to conduct a privacy impact assessment prior to such activity. But according to Muckrock, the Beaurau can't track them down, and nor can the Justice Department office that's supposed to collate them.

An investigation by Muckrock has been hurling FOIA requests at both the FBI and the DOJ. We know the FBI flies drones, but each request for the corresponding privacy impact assessments comes back empty. Each of the assessments—that are legally required to be produced by the FBI—should, at least, include details about what information is being collected, why, how it will be used, and who'll be able to use it. They're designed to be fit for public consumption.
READ MORE: http://gizmodo.com/where-are-the-fbis-drone-privacy-reports-1685610775

Unvaccinated Families’ Addresses Should Be Made Public

The names and addresses of parents who won't vaccinate their children should made available on the Internet through a public registry

Shouldn’t we know where they live? California’s measles outbreak has touched off a debate about how to reduce the number of parents who choose—in defiance of all credible public health information—not to vaccinate their children. So far, the debate has focused on tightening California laws that make it easy for parents to obtain exemptions from school vaccination requirements. Newly introduced state legislation would eliminate the “Personal Belief Exemption” that thousands of anti-vaccine parents have used.
READ MORE: http://time.com/3703769/vaccine-refusal-measels-addresses/

KickassTorrents Taken Down By Domain Name Seizure

KickassTorrents has lost access to its Kickass.so domain name and is currently offline. The Somalian domain of the most-visited torrent site on the Internet is now listed as "banned" by the .SO registry, forcing the site's operators to find a new home.

kickasstorrents_500x500With millions of unique visitors per day KickassTorrents (KAT) is one the most used torrent sites on the Internet.

The site’s popularity has made it a prime target for copyright holders, many of whom would like to see the site taken offline.

To evade law enforcement and ease pressure from the entertainment industries, KAT has moved domain on a few occasions over the past several years. Most recently the site has been operating from the Kickass.so domain.

The Somalian .so TLD appeared to be a relatively safe haven, but today it’s apparent that this isn’t the case. About an hour ago the Kickass.so domain status listing was updated to “banned.”

Young woman at the center of Prince Andrew scandal says the FBI have videos of her having sex with Jeffrey Epstein and 'powerful friends' while she was underage

The woman at the centre of the Prince Andrew 'sex slave' scandal has told a US court that she believes the FBI has videos of her having sex with Jeffrey Epstein and his 'powerful friends' while she was underage.

Virginia Roberts, who alleges that she was loaned out to the Duke of York and other high-profile Epstein associates, also stated that she feared for her life while working as Epstein's 'sex slave'.

It comes a week after Epstein, an American billionaire who has been convicted of soliciting underage prostitution, hit out at 'outlandish attacks' by the 'gossip media' over the case.
READ MORE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2944101/Sex-slave-centre-Prince-...

The powerful cheat for themselves, the powerless cheat for others

Research has previously shown that upper-class individuals are more likely to behave unethically than lower-class people. But, says David Dubois, lead researcher of a new paper in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, it’s not that simple: both groups behave unethically in different contexts.

Dubois’ research group found that people with higher socioeconomic status (SES) were more likely to behave unethically when the behavior benefitted themselves, while lower-SES people were more likely to be unethical to benefit other individuals. "Many people think of unethical behaviour in terms of selfish behavior—violating moral standards to give yourself an advantage," explains Jared Piazza, who was not involved with the research. "But the researchers here draw a distinction between violating a moral standard like 'it’s wrong to steal' to benefit others, and violating a moral standard to benefit yourself."

Alex Jones Exposed

The Pirate Bay Is an FBI Honeypot: a Disconcertingly Plausible Conspiracy Theory

After months of false starts and constant hype about its prospective return, The Pirate Bay finally came back this weekend. But the response hasn't been purely excitement from would-be pirates. Instead, it's been suspicion: Is the FBI running The Pirate Bay as a means to crack down on piracy?

The Pirate Bay truther movement doesn’t really have any hard facts or any suggestions as to who could actually be running the torrent site, but theorize that the FBI or other government agency (either in the US or Sweden) could have brought the site back online as a honeypot, or fake site meant to entrap criminals. In any case, something “feels off" to many Twitter users and some Reddit users.
READ MORE: http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-pirate-bay-is-an-fbi-honeypot-a-dis...

The Pirate Bay is Back Online

The Pirate Bay has risen from its digital ashes once again. TPB is back online today, more than seven weeks after its servers were raided . The notorious torrent site is operating from the familiar .se domain and it appears that data loss is minimal.

Early December The Pirate Bay was raided at the Nacka station, a nuclear-proof data center built into a mountain complex near Stockholm.

After being down for two weeks the domain came back online waving a pirate flag on its temporary homepage.

TPB later added a countdown to February 1st, alongside several hints that the site would reappear that day.

Today we can report that The Pirate Bay has lived up to the comeback expectations, with a comeback one day ahead of schedule.

A few minutes ago the site started serving torrents to the masses again, much to the delight of millions of users. The Pirate Bay’s homepage currently features a Phoenix.

AUSTRALIA: LNP rout in Queensland 'catastrophic' and leaves Tony Abbott terminally wounded, federal Coalition MPs say

The rout of the Liberal National Party in the Queensland election is being described as "catastrophic" by federal Coalition MPs, with some claiming the Prime Minister is now terminally wounded.

"All we are talking about now is the timing and method of execution," one Queensland MP said.

"This is catastrophic, unimaginable," said another.

Labor looks set to pull off a stunning victory in a cliffhanger election, after securing a double-digit swing that has ended the political career of Premier Campbell Newman.
READ MORE: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-01/lnp-rout-leaves-abbott-terminally-...

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