Daily Archives: December 30, 2014

US Launches Airstrike On Somali Militant Leader – Pentagon – 30 December 2014

RT logoThe US military has conducted an airstrike targeting a senior al-Shabaab leader in Somalia, according to Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby.

“The strike took place in the vicinity of Saakow, Somalia,” the Defense Department has announced.

The military is still assessing the results of the operation, but at this time there is no reason to believe there were any “civilian or bystander casualties,” the Pentagon said in a statement.

Additional information will be provided “when appropriate, as details become available,” it added.

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ActivistPost – Australia Silences Criticism Of Vaccines, Benefits Of Homeopathy – 30 December 2014

Logo_activistpost-comBrandon Turbeville
Activist Post

When the facts surrounding the safety and effectiveness of vaccines begin to be brought into the light, the only option left for those who manufacture, promote, and/or force vaccines onto the general population is to silence the presentation of those facts. Indeed, it is also imperative that those same forces prevent any alternatives to vaccination and financially incentivized medical dogma from becoming known amongst the general public.

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Micro-Houses For Micro-Wages: How Much Room Does London Have For Low-Earning Workers? – 30 December 2014

RT logoStruggling young workers, priced out of the UK’s inflated property market and devoid of resources to rent increasingly expensive shared accommodation, may still have the chance to live in London. Enter the rise of hostel accommodation and microhouses.

The properties span studio flats with shared communal spaces and micro apartments, according to the Financial Times. They are aimed specifically at financially stretched young workers aged 20-39.

For many recent UK graduates, the cost of living in London has become too expensive, amid soaring rent and house prices . The city’s rising population growth is outpacing construction, driving rental and residential real estate prices upwards. As a result, young professionals are often left in a dire situation.

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IDF Switching From Mandatory To Alternative Service – Internal Report – 30 December 2014

RT logoIsrael’s army is in the process of transitioning from a mandatory draft to a volunteer model, says an internal report. Meanwhile, 53 high school alumni signed a letter calling for an army service boycott, denouncing IDF activities in Gaza as “immoral.”

The IDF “must prepare itself in advance” to switching from mandatory to an all-volunteer draft model, says research from the Israel Defense Forces’ behavioral science center, obtained by Haaretz and published on Sunday.

“Based on processes studied in foreign armies, it can be said that in many ways, Israel and the IDF are currently in the process of changing from a mandatory draft model to an alternative one,” says Yuval Benziman, author of the report and a researcher who specializes in the relationship between the IDF and Israeli society.

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ActivistPost – Concerned Citizens Warned Of Fluoride Dangers In The ’50s, But We’re Still Drinking It Anyway – 30 December 2014

Logo_activistpost-comMelissa Melton and Aaron Dykes
Activist Post

With renewed interest by activists, scientists and concerned citizens in removing fluoride from municipal water supplies across the country, it is useful to remember that fluoridation has always been controversial.

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New NSA Leak Reveals Scope Of Agency’s War Against Crypto – 30 December 2014

RT logoThe National Security Agency boasts the ability to compromise computer protocols meant to encrypt private internet data, leaked documents have revealed. But the NSA has fallen short of totally winning its war against crypto.

Classified NSA files taken by former contractor Edward Snowden and published for the first time by Der Spiegel on Sunday reveal that, while the United States’ intelligence agency is indeed adept at cracking encryption, its efforts are no match when it comes to some of the more popular protocols used to keep communications private.

The NSA – along with its Five Eyes partners in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and the UK – spends millions of dollars annually to break encryption standards used to keep the web secure, Spiegel reported over the weekend. Yet while previous files published from the Snowden trove have already exposed to a degree the scope of the NSA’s efforts, the latest installment acknowledges for the first time that protocols including TSL/SSL, SSH, PPTP and Ipsec are exploited in order to give spies an intimate look at internet traffic intended to be kept secret.

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Medics, Campaigners Urge Political Parties To Prepare To Legalize Assisted Suicide – 30 December 2014

RT logoPoliticians must forge a plan to legalize assisted dying in Britain, campaigners and experts said on Monday. Meanwhile, public concern is growing in the UK as more and more terminally ill people are opting to end their lives, both in Britain and abroad.

In a letter sent to the Daily Telegraph, some 80 politicians, doctors, clerics and writers said an “overwhelming majority” of the British public now backs legalization for assisted suicide. The alliance stressed the time had come for Parliament to take action and resolve the longstanding issue.

The letter’s signatories, including the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey and renowned author Ian McEwan, said Britain is edging “closer than ever” to a landmark legislative shift on assisted suicide. Lord Falconer’s proposed Bill continues to progress through the House of Lords. As a result, the government’s refusal to host an open debate on the issue would be a “heartless”decision, the alliance argued.

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ActivistPost – The Insidious Response From SC Officers Who Tased Autistic Man – 30 December 2014

Logo_activistpost-comAmanda Warren
Activist Post

It’s Christmas Eve…

The mostly non-verbal autistic man is doing what the neighborhood and cops have known 34-year-old Tario Anderson to do forever – walk. Walk up and down the sidewalks of Greenville’s Sullivan and Burns Sts.

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Republicans Plan To Push Back Against Net Neutrality In 2015 – 30 December 2014

RT logoRepublicans in Congress say they plan to oppose any efforts by the Federal Communications Commission to install net-neutrality rules that demand internet service providers treat all online traffic equally.

Republicans in Congress say they plan to oppose any efforts by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to install net neutrality rules that demand internet service providers (ISPs) treat all online traffic equally.

The FCC is expected to announce in early 2015 new rules for ISPs that will hue close to President Barack Obama’s plea for broadband service to be treated like a utility, and for web traffic to remain on somewhat equal footing, disallowing ISPs to prioritize certain content.

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Plane With Hybrid-Electric Engine Takes To Skies In Test Flight – 30 December 2014

RT logoWhile for decades aeronautics researchers have been working on ways to make flying safer, they’re now also trying to make air travel cleaner. A test flight of a hybrid-electric aircraft has been successfully completed in Britain.

The step forward – or rather upward – was the result of a joint project of engineers from Cambridge University, who have worked on the aircraft with funding support from Boeing. The small single-seat demonstrator plane is powered by a parallel hybrid-electric propulsion system, with the aircraft’s propeller driven both by an electric motor and petrol engine.

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