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Mark Zuckerberg just dropped another $100M to protect his privacy

Remember when Mark Zuckerberg declared that the age of privacy was over?

Well, that was before he spent $100 million on 750 acres of Kauai North Shore plantation and beachfront, the majority of which will sit undeveloped in order to provide a buffer between his private retreat and the public who might want to pry into his life.

That's in addition to the four houses he bought around his home in Silicon Valley, which sit empty, providing an exclusion zone that protects him against prying eyes.
READ MORE: http://boingboing.net/2015/05/21/mark-zuckerberg-just-dropped-a.html

How Popular Music’s Lyrics Perpetuate American Idiocy

A recent study served to confirm the patently obvious: song lyrics for the most popular genres of music are ridiculously obtuse — and getting worse over time. Though this might not be a revelation, the figures are distressing indicators of both an intellectually vapid societal and cultural future as well as its apparent inevitability. Andrew Powell-Morse of SeatSmart studied the “Lyric Intelligence” of 225 Billboard songs in the Pop, Country, Hip-hop, and Rock genres that spent three or more weeks parked at the top of the charts to analyze any changes over the course of ten years. And change there was.

Ten years ago, the most popular songs read between a third and fourth grade level, but the inanity only increased with time, and after a five-year downward tumble ending in 2014 (the last year of the study), chart-topping hits had a reading level equivalent to second or third grade.
READ MORE: http://theantimedia.org/how-popular-musics-lyrics-perpetuate-american-id...

Bin Laden’s library was basically the browser history of a conspiracy theorist

On Tuesday, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a compilation of the reading material found at bin Laden's compound during the 2011 raid that killed him. What strikes you as you skim it is one central theme: This is what your bookshelf looks like when you don't have access to the Internet.
READ MORE: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/05/20/bin-ladens-lib...

What books was the worlds most evilist terrororist reading before the world police took him out?

A newly-released list of Osama bin Laden's 'bookshelf' has revealed the al Qaeda leader was obsessed with 9/11 conspiracy theories and U.S. military strategy along with dabbling in works about the Illuminati bloodlines and magic.
The List Includes:

The 2030 Spike by Colin Mason

A Brief Guide to Understanding Islam by I. A. Ibrahim

America's Strategic Blunders by Willard Matthias

America's 'War on Terrorism' by Michel Chossudovsky

Al-Qaeda's Online Media Strategies: From Abu Reuter to Irhabi 007 by Hanna Rogan

The Best Democracy Money Can Buy by Greg Palast

The Best Enemy Money Can Buy by Anthony Sutton

Black Box Voting, Ballot Tampering in the 21st Century by Bev Harris

Bloodlines of the Illuminati by Fritz Springmeier

Bounding the Global War on Terror by Jeffrey Record

Checking Iran's Nuclear Ambitions by Henry Sokolski and Patrick Clawson

Christianity and Islam in Spain 756-1031 A.D. by C. R. Haines

Who’s Afraid of the Internet? Elites panic as information control flounders

Do you want the good news first or the bad news? Alright, here’s the bad news: Google is about to start ranking sites according to their conformity with mainstream opinion. Or at least that’s what the headlines would have you believe.

The usual sources in the controlled corporate media are telling you that this is a good thing and that only “Anti-science advocates are freaking out about Google truth rankings,” but if that seems like a remarkably blase attitude to take when facing the prospect of a 1984-like reality where the modern-age Ministry of Truth (Google) is going to determine the “truth” of controversial subjects and rank search results accordingly, then keep in mind that such articles are written by the likes of Joanna Rothkopf, daughter of mini-Kissinger and author of “Superclass,” David Rothkopf.
READ MORE: https://www.corbettreport.com/whos-afraid-of-the-internet-elites-panic-a...

Shit is all haywire

And under control. Remind me some time to write out a long rant about something interesting.

Faith No More: How Rock's Most Contrarian Band Made Up and Came Back

Finessing three-part harmony background vocals on the song, guitarist Jon Hudson asks Patton if he's singing, "Daddy, daddy."

"No! But let's say that!" exclaims Patton, excitedly. He loves being detached enough from his own words to rewrite them on the fly.

Such free and good-natured communication among all five band members is a new, beautiful thing for Faith No More. They spent much of their career publicly feuding with each other while bristling at outside input. Their record label, critics, fans and even bandmates were often, and often justifiably, confused and confounded by them.
READ MORE: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/faith-no-more-how-rocks-most-...

Film the Police: A new app makes it easier.

Last month, video footage emerged that appeared to show something illegal: A U.S. marshal approached a woman who was filming him on duty, snatched her smartphone, and smashed it on the ground.

That incident only became news because someone else was filming the encounter. But not every bystander filming a police encounter can have a backup. What should a person do when there's no one else on the scene?

A new app tries to answer this question by offering, in effect, a different kind of backup. Called Mobile Justice CA, the app uploads all video footage as it’s being captured to servers owned by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Even if the phone is destroyed, the video will survive.
READ MORE: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/05/film-the-police/39...

John Key: New Zealand prime minister's weirdest moments (so far)

As his pulling of a waitress’s ponytail goes to show, when it comes to awkward interactions and break-outs of foot-in-mouth, the New Zealand prime minister John Key gives his Australian counterpart, Tony Abbott, a run for his money.
READ MORE: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/22/john-key-new-zealand-prime-...

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