Authorities in Belarus have arrested one of the last leading members of an opposition council still free in the country and attempted to enter the Minsk apartment of the Nobel prize-winning writer Svetlana Alexievich.
Unidentified men in ski masks on Wednesday seized Maxim Znak from the office of the country’s opposition coordination council and dragged him out of the building. His associate, Gleb German, said Znak, a lawyer and a member of the body’s presidium, had time to text message “masks” before his phone was grabbed.
Alexievich is now the only member of the council’s seven-person leadership body not in prison or in exile. She said unknown men rang her bell at about 9am local time. It was unclear if they had come to take her away. Alexievich later allowed EU diplomats into her home and spoke to journalists.
She said her “like-minded” friends from the presidium were now either behind bars or had been “thrown out of the country”. Znak was the last one, she said. She suggested, however, that the brutal tactics of Belarus’s president, Alexander Lukashenko, to “kidnap the best of us” would not work and that the protest movement would continue.
Thugs in Salt Lake City answered a 9-1-1 call from a woman who said her unarmed 13-year-old son was uncontrollably upset. They treated him as if he were an armed and dangerous gangster.
Golda Barton told KUTV she called 911 to request a crisis intervention team because her son, who has Asperger’s syndrome, was having an episode caused by “bad separation anxiety” as his mother went to work for the first time in more than a year.
“I said, ‘He’s unarmed, he doesn’t have anything, he just gets mad and he starts yelling and screaming,’” she said. “He’s a kid, he’s trying to get attention, he doesn’t know how to regulate.”
She added: “They’re supposed to come out and be able to de-escalate a situation using the most minimal force possible.”
Instead, she said, two officers went through the front door of the home and in less than five minutes were yelling “get down on the ground” before firing several shots.
“He’s a small child,” she said. “Why didn’t you just tackle him? He’s a baby. He has mental issues.”
The shots did not kill him, but after those injuries he may wish they had.
This is a precise example of the reason behind “Defund the police”. The city should have sent an unarmed team of calmers and deescalaters, not thugs.
A recently published study conducted by three Mozilla employees has looked at the privacy provided by browsing histories.
Their findings show that most users have unique web browsing habits that allow online advertisers to create accurate profiles.
These profiles can then be used to track and re-identify users across different sets of user data that contain even small samples of a user’s browsing history.
Effectively, the study comes to dispel an online myth that browsing history, even the anonymized one, isn’t useful for online advertisers. In reality, the study shows that even a small list of 50 to 150 of the user’s favorite and most accessed domains can let advertisers create a unique tracking profile.
The Mozilla research paper is named “Replication: Why We Still Can’t Browse in Peace: On the Uniqueness and Reidentifiability of Web Browsing Histories” [PDF].
Time reported that the first successfully cloned endangered Przewalski’s horse was born on August 6 in a veterinary facility in Texas, San Diego Zoo Global announced on Friday. The horse was cloned from DNA of a male Przewalski’s horse cryopreserved by the zoo in 1980.
Przewalski’s horses are “critically endangered” animals that are found in Mongolia, per Smithsonian’s National Zoo. They’re considered the last species of “truly wild horses” and are “distant cousins” of modern day domestic horses, having likely split from a common ancestor around 500,000 years ago, per the Smithsonian.
Przewalski’s horses were once extinct in the wild, and while intensive breeding programs helped revive the species and reintroduce them into the grasslands of China and Mongolia, nearly all can be traced back to 12 Przewalski’s horses that were born in the wild, the San Diego Zoo said in its press release.
Report from The Guardian:
The WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, is due to appear at the Old Bailey in the latest stage of his legal battle against extradition to the US, where he faces a prison sentence of up to 175 years.
The hearing, which is scheduled to last four weeks, will hear allegations from the US Department of Justice that Assange tried to recruit hackers to find classified government information.
A US grand jury previously indicted Assange on 18 charges, 17 of which fall under the US Espionage Act. They cover conspiracy to receive, obtaining and disclosing classified diplomatic and military documents.
His lawyers say they have been given insufficient time to examine a new US indictment. They argue that the prosecution is politically motivated and that Assange is being pursued because WikiLeaks published US government documents that revealed evidence of war crimes and human rights abuses.
It will be the first time Assange, 49, has been in court for many months. He missed several recent appearances because of illness.
For the past 16 months, since being arrested in the Ecuadorian embassy in April 2019, he has been held on remand at Belmarsh prison. The extradition hearing was delayed because of the Covid-19 crisis. His supporters are expected to stage a protest outside the court as he arrives from the prison. Assange’s partner, Stella Moris, a South African-born lawyer, is expected to be among those in court.
More than 70 people have been arrested following protests by climate activists from Extinction Rebellion (XR) outside two printing presses – which prevented the distribution of millions of national newspapers.
Demonstrators blocked access to two print works at Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, and Knowsley, near Liverpool, using vehicles and bamboo structures overnight into Saturday morning.
Seventy-two people were arrested across the two locations, police said, and delivery lorries were delayed from leaving. The Newsprinters presses targeted print the Rupert Murdoch-owned News Corp’s titles including The Sun, The Times, The Sun On Sunday and The Sunday Times.
The Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph, Daily Mail, Mail On Sunday, London Evening Standard and some Guardian supplements are also printed or processed at the sites. Both demonstrations ended around 11am.
The protests were condemned by the prime minister as “completely unacceptable”.
Navid Afkari, one of the three imprisoned brothers because of participating in Iran’s August 2017 nationwide protests is in danger of losing his life. He has been moved to an unknown place and his family has no information of him since then, Iran International reported.
Tonight, his confessions, which he says were under torture, was broadcasted in Iran’s Broadcasting Company and many believe that it was under pressure and torture. Many also found some contradictions and believe that is evidence that Navid, and other arrested and tortured people, confessed under torture and their confessions are false and unacceptable.
Long ago, Maziar Ebrahimi also confessed to murdering (terrorizing) an atomic scientist of Iran and his confessions were broadcasted on IRIB. Recently, he was freed and announced not guilty. He also said that his confessions were under heavy torture and inhumane conditions.
Iran’s Intelligence Ministry has a history of torturing people and getting false confessions from them. Now Navid is believed to be the next victim of this inhumane program. Recently, a voice recording of his was published which in it he clearly said that all of his confessions were under torture and none were true, at all.
Many people believe Apple is a privacy hero. It’s surprising that a lot of people believe Apple really respects their privacy. For years, Apple has advertised about how it respects users and cares about their privacy and many people fell for their lie.
Apple is simply one of the worst companies when it comes to respecting people and users privacy. Apple doesn’t encrypt your data and when it does, it has full control over encrypted data and decrypts whatever it wants, but that’s not even the case.
Apple tracks users, collects personal information, stores sensitive and personal data, shares every data it wants, targets people with advertisements and even uses human workers to listen to people’s conversations with Siri sound recordings.
Apple is no better than Facebook, Google, Microsoft, etc. What Apple does, is the same as what Google does but Apple does it in a fancy way and falsely advertises about its fake privacy practices.
Every Apple device and service is a violation of people’s privacy. Don’t listen to those who are hardcore Apple fans and want to reduce Apple’s privacy violation to service providing. Apple and every other major company can deliver service without tracking and storing people’s data.
Yes, to get maps and routes working, the device needs to track your location but the service provider doesn’t need to store this location data. If Apple respects people’s privacy, then it should stop storing data, or at least, at least store data anonymously without any piece of data that can be used to identify an individual personally.
There are ways to avoid Apple and Google. We can still buy phones that has no Google or other trackers in it or we can simply install custom Android distributions ourselves. Some like Replicant and LineageOS are freedom-respecting and privacy-focused.
Remember, Apple is no better than Google or other companies. Respect yourself and avoid it.
Blue Lives Matter is a human rights countermovement in the United States advocating that those who are prosecuted and convicted of killing law enforcement officers should be sentenced under hate crime statutes.It was started in response to Black Lives Matter after the homicides of NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu in Brooklyn, New York on 2014 December 20.
I am completely against murder. No matter the victim is a black person, a white person, a thug, or any other person. I, however, don’t blame people who kill in self-defense. Not that it’s OK to kill a person who wants to put you in handcuffs but if a thug is shooting at you because you’re black (or other color), that thug deserves the same treatment.
Blue lives do matter. All lives matter. I won’t support black supremacy, I won’t support killing white people because some other white people killed a black person but I don’t support the Blue Lives Matter movement if it’s to make the truth look like it’s the thugs who are the victims.
Many thugs who got killed are people who were racist or were acting against the social and justice fighters. If an armed thugs threatens your life because you’re tired of injustice, you have the right to threaten its life too. Thugs are not victims here. They are responsible for the lives they took and the lives they destroyed. Don’t act like being a thug makes you oppressed.