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.

Edward Snowden Calls on Hackers to Help Whistleblowers Leak More Secrets

Edward Snowden made an impassioned call on Saturday for hackers and technologists to help would-be whistleblowers spill more government secrets.

Speaking via remote Google Hangouts video feed from Russia, Snowden addressed his comments to an audience at this weekend's Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE) conference at the Pennsylvania Hotel in New York.
READ MORE: http://mashable.com/2014/07/19/edward-snowden-hope-hacker-conference/

Weird Al Yankovic parodies Royals by Lorde

George Carlin - I'm divorced from it now....

Just Some Links Pulled From Reddit.com About a Bunch of Stuff...

How a major bank and the U.S. government joined forces to spy on Anonymous


Bank of America using three intelligence firms to attack WikiLeaks


Spooky Business: U.S. Corporations Enlist Ex-Intelligence Agents to Spy on Nonprofit Groups


Walt Disney, Monsanto discovered among Blackwater’s hidden clients


Swiss food giant Nestlé fined for infiltrating activist group

District’s ‘critical thinking’ assignment created some 50 new Holocaust deniers.

In May, Rialto Unified School District leaders came under intense criticism after it was revealed the district’s roughly 2,000 eighth-grade students were given an in-class essay assignment in which they were asked to consider if the Holocaust was “an actual historical event” or if it might have been “a propaganda tool that was used for political and monetary gain.” When news of the assignment broke, Rialto Unified school officials attempted to soothe angry community members by stating that none of the students actually argued that the Holocaust did not occur.

But an investigation by Los Angeles Daily News proves otherwise.
READ MORE: http://eagnews.org/shock-districts-critical-thinking-assignment-led-at-l...

Here Is How Google Works

Google gained prominence as a search engine, and that still accounts for a lot of its revenue. Google has been collecting all your personal data for 15 years, and they have also been selling you very cheap phones with GPS chips in them. You carry those phones around pretty much 99% of the time, so they have a great idea of where you’ve been, and where you are. Google has also recently introduced Glass, a new wearable product, that lets them actually see what you see.
READ MORE: https://medium.com/articles-by-bn2b/here-is-how-google-works-1f546eded5c2

Website Outage and Hacking Attempt

The openUReyes website has been under a huge distributed denial of service attack in the last 24 hours. A substantial effort was made to hack into our server. We were forced to take the website completely offline temporarily while we shut down the attack. Everything should be back up and running fine again now.

Amazing Water & Sound Experiment #2

Switzerland's Direct Democracy

Direct Democracy can be defined as a form or system of democracy giving citizens an extraodinary amount of participation in the legislation process and granting them a maximum of political self-determination. In Switzerland, Direct Democracy has a long tradition: The origins of Direct Democracy can be traced back to the late the middle ages: archaic forms (assemblies of the electorate discussing and deciding major political issues) have been practised in part of the country since the founding of the Old Swiss Confederacy in 1291.

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