Saturday, October 25, 2014

'Google grown big and bad': Assange reveals company and its founder's links to US govt

One of the world's largest internet companies, Google 'should be a serious concern' internationally, WikiLeaks co-founder and Editor-in-chief Julian Assange says, revealing its connections and donations to the White House.
"Google is steadily becoming the Internet for many people. Its influence on the choices and behavior of the totality of individual human beings translates to real power to influence the course of history," Assange writes in his article, an extract from which is published in Newsweek.
Based on Assange's personal encounter with Google's chairman Eric Schmidt, the story of the corporation's connections with the US government is intertwined with Schmidt's personality.
Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt (Reuters / Hannibal)
Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt (Reuters / Hannibal)

Graduating with a degree in engineering from Princeton, Schmidt joined Sun Microsystems, a company that sold computers and software, in 1983, and over the years had become part of its executive leadership.
"Sun had significant contracts with the US government, but it was not until he was in Utah as CEO of Novell that records show Schmidt strategically engaging Washington’s overt political class," Assange writes.
Referring to federal campaign finance records, Assange says "two lots of $1,000" to a Utah senator in 1999 was the future Google CEO’s first donation, with "over a dozen other politicians and PACs, including Al Gore, George W. Bush, Dianne Feinstein, and Hillary Clinton...on the Schmidt’s payroll" in the following years.
Ahead of his interview with Google executive chairman in 2011, Assange was "too eager to see a politically unambitious Silicon Valley engineer, a relic of the good old days of computer science graduate culture on the West Coast," but says Schmidt "who pays regular visits to the White House" is not the type.
When visiting Assange, who was living under house arrest in England at the time, to quiz him "on the organizational and technological underpinnings of WikiLeaks," Eric Schmidt was accompanied by Jared Cohen, the Director of Google Ideas, who also works for the Council on Foreign Relations, a think tank specializing in US foreign policy.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Reuters / Suzanne Plunkett)
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Reuters / Suzanne Plunkett)

While describing Schmidt's politics as "surprisingly conventional, even banal," Assange says the man behind Google "was at his best when he was speaking (perhaps without realizing it) as an engineer."
Talking about Cohen, the WikiLeaks co-founder names him "Google’s director of regime change."
According to Assange's research, "he was trying to plant his fingerprints on some of the major historical events in the contemporary Middle East," including his interference with US politics in Afghanistan and Lebanon.
"Nobody wants to acknowledge that Google has grown big and bad. But it has," Assange says, providing not only data on its direct connections with the White House, but also remembering the PRISM program scandal, when the company was "caught red-handed making petabytes of personal data available to the US intelligence community."
Google is "luring people into its services trap," and "if the future of the Internet is to be Google, that should be of serious concern to people all over the world," Assange concludes.


Friday, October 17, 2014

The Culture High

Journeying across the North American landscape, The Culture High is the riveting story that tears into the very fiber of modern day marijuana prohibition to reveal the truth behind the arguments and motives governing both those who support and oppose the existing pot laws.

With budgets to fight the war reaching billions and arrests for simple possession sky rocketing to nearly a million annually, the debate over marijuana’s legality has reached epic proportions. Utilizing the quirky yet profound nature of its predecessor, The Union: The Business Behind Getting High, The Culture High raises the stakes with some of todays biggest names, unprecedented access to footage previously unobtainable, and incredibly moving testimonials from both sides of the spectrum. 

Top celebrities, former undercover agents, university professors and a slew of unforgettable characters from all points of view come together for an amusing yet insightful portrait of cannabis prohibition and the grasp it has on society as a whole. The Culture High will strip search the oddity of human nature and dare to ask the question: 
What exactly is going on here?

Thursday, October 16, 2014


Everything we've been told about food and exercise for the past 30 years is dead wrong. FED UP is the film the food industry doesn't want you to see. From Katie Couric, Laurie David (Oscar winning producer of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH) and director Stephanie Soechtig, FED UP will change the way you eat forever.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Libération: "Μαστουρώστε υπεύθυνα"

Η εφημερίδα παίρνει θέση υπέρ της απελευθέρωσης, με αφορμή έρευνα 

«Αφιερωμένη» στα ναρκωτικά είναι η σημερινή έκδοση της γαλλικής εφημερίδας Liberation, η οποία προκαλεί με τον τίτλο της «Droguez-vous avec modération»- " "Μαστουρώστε υπεύθυνα". Η εφημερίδα παίρνει θέση υπέρ της απελευθέρωσης των ναρκωτικών, με αφορμή έρευνα γύρω από το ζήτημα. Στο κύριο άρθρο του, ο αναπληρωτής εκδότης της Libération υποστηρίζει ότι το κατασταλτικό κλίμα γύρω από τα ναρκωτικά αποτρέπει κάθε συζήτηση γύρω από τη χρήση και πως η ορθολογική χρήση κάνει καλό, κάτι που συμπεραίνει η έρευνα.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Παράξενες μικρές εφευρέσεις

Μπορεί κάποιες να τις βρείτε χρήσιμες. Δεν είναι η ανακάλυψη του τροχού αλλά σίγουρα είναι παράξενες και με ιδιαίτερο σχεδιασμό. - Παράξενες εφευρέσεις

Just Looks Like A Man Walking Around In the Snow. It's Definitely Not What It looks Like...

Just Looks Like A Man Walking Around In the Snow. It's Definitely Not What It looks Like... -   Misc

Thursday, January 9, 2014

'Aliens could share more tech with us, if we warmonger less' - Former Canada Defense Minister

He was Canadian minister of Defense in 1960s, ruling over the country's armed forces during the time of the Cold War -- and when he retired he publicly stated that we are not alone in the universe, and some guests from outer space actually live here, on planet Earth. Is this fantasy? Is someone actually watching us? Today we ask the man who says UFOs are a serious business -- Paul Hellyer.



Monday, December 30, 2013

We ♥ skulls

“It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.”

― Henry David Thoreau