From a Private School in Cairo to ISIS Killing Fields in Syria — What a fascinating story (with video!) of a young man who decides to join Isis.
There is no single path that leads to jihad, but in exploring Mr. Yaken’s life, signposts emerge. There are influences familiar and easy to discuss, like a lack of economic opportunity and a renewed sense of political alienation, especially among youths.
On a lighter note, Alto’s Adventure looks like a beautiful iOS game.
Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time – This movie should get made!
The changelog reports that the US Army open sourced a network traffic analysis framework.
This code was paid for by tax-payer dollars. It is the first repo to be made available under the US Army Research Laboratory organization.
The US Army Research Laboratory has been around since 1992. William Glodek has the initial commit and has been a GitHub member since Nov 3, 2014.
Here’s the modern day ‘Your Tax Dollars at Work’ road sign, for the information superhighway.
Roc-A-Fella Co-Founder Kareem ‘Biggs’ Burke Pleads Guilty of Conspiracy in Massive Marijuana Ring
I wonder if my NYC pot-smoking homies are feeling the pinch.
Burke was nabbed with more than 50 others in a federal drug sting called â€œOperation Green Venom,â€ which targeted a massive drug trafficking operation that dominated much of the wholesale pot market in the city.
A Slight Chance of Meltdown
What if the Indian Point nuclear-power plant, 25 miles north of NYC, was to suffer a meltdown?
After the Fukushima meltdown, the NRC told Americans living there to clear out of a 50-mile zone. Subsequently, the Japanese government declared huge swathes of land uninhabitable for decades. The local 50-mile equivalent is a circle defined by Kingston to the north; Bridgeport, Connecticut, to the east; the Delaware Water Gap to the west; and the southern tip of Staten Island to the south. It includes all of the 8.2 million people living in New York City.
Time Magazine has some great Martin Luther King photo galleries including Rare Photos at Home and Dr. Martin Luther King, JR. Rare and unpublished photographs of the civil rights movement. I’m sure web surfers around the globe would love to see these twice as large. Which is kind of possible, should you take some time to dig through Google Images with source:life.
Some amazing shots including, The Firing Line (large), Military Escort and, pictured above, Conversation… MLK on explaining to his daughter why she could not go to Funtown, a whites-only amusement park: “One of the most painful experiences I have ever faced was to see her tears when I told her Funtown was closed to colored children, for I realized the first dark cloud of inferiority had floated into her little mental sky.” To keep the Time links going, they do an interesting multimedia piece on the assasination of Martin Luther King as well.
On civil rights fronts, there’s been some great content on the two gay marriage cases that are headed to the Supreme Court. A Risky Proposal: Is It Too Soon to Petition the Supreme Court on Gay Marriage?, and Terry Gross discusses with the author, Margaret Talbot, what the decision of this case will mean for gay rights. Margaret Talbot is also blogging the progress of Perry v. Schwarzenegger for the New Yorker. Go go human rights!
So now that Oink is gone and the record industry got back those 180,000 people, will we see sales increase over the next couple of weeks? I’m personally all for the argument that downloading music increases the chances of me making a purchase in the future. Wether it be opening my pocket to see the band live, purchasing their product, and/or spreading the word to others who would do the same.
In the news:
OiNK Website Shutdown – BBC video on You Tube
Continue reading Oink No More
I found this bit of spam in the moderated comments on ghettocooler. The URL for this “user” led to a page full of airline ticket advertisements. It’s certainly the most political piece of spam I’ve ever seen, however, just as uneffective:
“Bush goes ballistic about other countries being evil and dangerous, because they have weapons of mass destruction. But, he insists on building up even a more deadly supply of nuclear arms right here in the US. What do you think? Is killing thousands of innocent civilians okay when you are doing a little government makeover?
Our country is in debt until forever, we don’t have jobs, and we live in fear. We have invaded a country and been responsible for thousands of deaths.
We have lost friends and influenced no one. No wonder most of the world thinks we suck. Thanks to what george bush has done to our country during the past three years, we do!”
To prepare for tomorrow’s election, watch HBO’s Hacking Democracy in full on google video, and know that your vote counts!
“It’s just all kinds of filth,” said Alton Verm, adding that he had not read “Fahrenheit 451.” “The words don’t need to be brought out in class. I want to get the book taken out of the class.”
Alton Verm’s request to ban “Fahrenheit 451” came during the 25th annual Banned Books Week. He and Hines said the request to ban “Fahrenheit 451,” a book about book burning, during Banned Books Weeks is a coincidence.
In a related story, also in Texas, a teacher was fired because some of her students saw nudity in a museum. Do we really count Texas as a state?