Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has signed several laws limiting protests and banning the wearing of helmets and gas masks. Protesters in Kiev responded by beating police officers with clubs. How would you all respond to more of your freedom being taken away?



image source: Бериллий @berillii

Today in practical, informative art: A feminist art student has designed a wearable guide to female anatomy, in the form of stylish high-waisted women’s underwear and a matching t-shirt bra. Eleanor Haswell’s project, “Why Are You So Afraid Of Your Own Anatomy?,” celebrates the female body with a scientific diagram of the reproductive system — from ovary to fallopian tube to broad ligament — lying roughly in the location where each component actually exists, along with a “full coverage” brassiere that depicts the nipple and areola in their full glory.

[#Venezuela uprising]

Student protestor stares in the direction of the Bolivarian National Police (BNP) from a barricade set up by protesters in the Altamira neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela. The Venezuelan government ordered paratroopers Thursday to a border city where growing student protests began over two weeks ago, with President Nicolas Maduro angrily rejecting US calls for dialogue.

Here’s what’s happening in Venezuela:

image: AP / Rodrigo Abd

The Fact That The US Intelligence Community So Readily Admits To Fantasies Of Killing Ed Snowden Shows Why They Can’t Be Trusted

Benny Johnson, over at Buzzfeed, has been able to get a bunch of intelligence community and military officials to comment anonymously, but on the record, about how much they want to kill Snowden, often including full descriptions of how they’d do it – and the fact that they don’t see any reason to support things like basic due process. The quotes are chilling.

[Internet control]

New internet controls that will let authorities in Turkey block web pages within hours, in what the opposition has said is part of a government bid to stifle discussion of a corruption scandal, erupted with protests. Police fired water cannon and teargas to disperse hundreds of people in central Istanbul. Protesters responded by throwing stones or setting off fireworks aimed at police before scattering into side streets.


image: Agence LeJournal

[Attack on Hacktivists]

A British unit known as the Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group, or JTRIG, has waged war on the hacktivists of Anonymous and LulzSec, according to documents taken from the National Security Agency by Edward Snowden. The existence of JTRIG has never been previously disclosed publicly.


[#Kiev Riots]
Although President Viktor #Yanukovych said that the new laws against protesting and talks with the EU were up for review, riots broke out beyond the borders of the capital city Kiev in #Ukraine. Protesters have seen groups break off from the main protest to create chaos using weapons such as chainsaws, Molotovs and even guns. A catapult has also been used against riot police. 

Here is yet another incredible set of photos from recent events:


[Location privacy]

Want to Know When GPS-Enabled Apps Access Your Location?

Created by researchers at Rutgers University, this Android application alerts you when your GPS-enabled apps access your location on your smartphone. It doesn’t have an official name yet, but the working title is the RutgersPrivacyApp

There are a million reasons why your GPS location may need to be accessed by apps, as anyone with a smartphone should know. This covers Facebook check-ins, apps that tell you what friends are near you, the obvious maps, and, of course, law enforcement and cybercriminals with access to this information.

image: Deepcor

Release of Environmental Chapter of TPP Shows Lack of Enforcement

Leaked documents of the latest TPP negotiations call into question the intent behind the proposal itself.

o   The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) seeks to increase trade and investing and support job creation among its respective partner countries.

o   Critics of the TPP have said that the secrecy surrounding meetings and delegations have raised eyebrows among many advocacy groups and US members of Congress.

o   WikiLeaks’ release of the Environmental Chapter of the TPP has sparked outrage among the environmental community.

[The Day We Fight Back]

The NSA “has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world.”

The NSA collected “almost 3 billion pieces of intelligence from US computer networks” in one month in 2013.

The NSA is collecting the content and metadata of emails, web activity, chats, social networks, and everything else as part of what it calls “upstream” collection.

The NSA “is harvesting hundreds of millions of contact lists from personal e-mail and instant messaging accounts around the world, many of them belonging to Americans.”

The NSA “is gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world.”

The NSA “is searching the contents of vast amounts of Americans’ e-mail and text communications into and out of the country.”

Today we fight back. Make the call or email. Let them know.

Honor: A History of Contradiction

Honor killings is the premeditated murder of adulterous women and homosexual men that bring shame upon the family. Family is the number one perpetrator of honor killings, but there is no crying over their spilt blood. In this war of honor versus chivalry, which will taste the glory of victory? Honor is not a word limited to Middle Eastern cultures. Most treat it like it is.