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Friday, November 29, 2013

Cats glow green, feline science

Cats glow green? --

Where cats glow green: weird feline science in New Orleans | The Verge" . . . . Although these lesser-known wildcats may be more common than the dangerously rare Bengal tiger, these feline species all fall on the endangered spectrum according to the global nonprofit International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. Habitat loss, poaching, and interbreeding with domestic cats has thinned their numbers. "Not all of them are classified as endangered," Dr. Pope says. "But they’re all considered threatened, or at least vulnerable. As far as I know, every species of non-domestic cat is under some threat." The African wildcat is the grandfather of the household tabby and looks much the same. The rusty-spotted cat is tiny, sandy-colored, with spots like a leopard. The black-footed cat is also small, spotted, and ferocious. ACRES is working with these small cats because their embryos can be implanted into the uterus of a domestic cat, although the center has produced big-cat embryos as well. . . ." (read more at link above)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Guy Fawkes, Anonymous, Fifth of November

A short history of "Fifth of November" . . . .

""Remember, remember the Fifth of November," goes the popular verse. Nov. 5 is Guy Fawkes Day, named for the man who unsuccessfully tried to blow up Parliament in 1605. Alan Moore's graphic novel, V for Vendetta, turned Fawkes into an anarchist anti-hero, and the Fawkes mask has become synonymous with the Anonymous hacker collective. As such, Nov. 5 now brings with it a number of high-profile hacks." source:

Monday, November 25, 2013

Play the Google Dr Who Game

For Doctor Who's 50th Anniversary, Google built a multiple level game. The game's premise- those dastardly Daleks have stolen the Google letters and we need Doctor Who to retrieve them -- to play again (or if you missed it on November 23, 2013) click on the photo above or go here. Enjoy!

P.S. The Reviews have been great --

Google's Greatest Doodle Yet: an Epic 8-bit 'Doctor Who' Game: "It's an 8-bit platform game in which you play the Doctor through all his 11 incarnations. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Timelord, this epic multi-level Doodle has been in the works for four months. At the Googleplex in Mountain View, it became known as the "Whodle." The company says it's the largest interactive Doodle yet created."

Friday, November 22, 2013

Barack Obama approved tapping Angela Merkel 3 years ago

Barack Obama 'approved tapping Angela Merkel's phone 3 years ago' - Telegraph: "Mike Rogers, the chairman of the intelligence committee in the House of Representatives, said that America’s allies should be grateful for surveillance operations which targeted terrorist threats. “I would argue by the way, if the French citizens knew exactly what that was about, they would be applauding and popping champagne corks,” he told CNN’s State of the Union." (read more at link above)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Why Obama Targets Whistleblowers

The REAL Reason U.S. Targets Whistleblowers | Washington's Blog: " . . . Obviously, the government wants to stop whistleblowers because they interfere with the government’s ability to act in an unaccountable manner. As Glenn Greenwald writes:
It should not be difficult to understand why the Obama administration is so fixated on intimidating whistleblowers and going far beyond any prior administration – including those of the secrecy-obsessed Richard Nixon and George W Bush – to plug all leaks. It’s because those methods are the only ones preventing the US government from doing whatever it wants in complete secrecy and without any accountability of any kind.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Cats are mysterious but most popular pet

Dogs we understand; cats are mysterious, even though they are the most popular pet - The Washington Post: "Cats are the world’s most popular pets, outnumbering dogs by as many as three to one. This popularity is undoubtedly helped by the fact that cats are simultaneously affectionate and self-reliant: They need virtually no training; they groom themselves; they can be left alone without pining for their owners, but most nonetheless greet us affectionately when we get home. . . ."

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Beautiful Cat Pictures

Purrfect pictures of pets: Cute images of cats taken by their owners ...
Daily Mail
The photos, submitted by owners as part of an international competition, aim to ... to be less camera-friendly as it peers at the photographer from behind a leafy ...(see all the pics at the link above)

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Startups, Cats, Patience

3 Things #StartupLife Has Taught Me About Patience — Understandings & Epiphanies — Medium: "If you have a cat, look at it right now. What is it doing? It’s sleeping right? If it’s not then it’s eating, either way there’s almost no chance in the world it is stressed out, and if it is what the heck kind of life are you providing for your cat? . . ." (read more at the link above)

Friday, November 8, 2013

Guy Fawkes Day, Unity Through Anonymity, Abby Martin video

Guy Fawkes Day, Unity Through Anonymity, Abby Martin video above

Unity Through Anonymity: Happy Guy Fawkes Day!
Published on Nov 5, 2013 - Abby Martin covers the Million Mask March and discusses what Guy Fawkes Day signifies for the modern world.

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Banality, Systemic Evil

The Banality of Systemic Evil - "Just as Hannah Arendt saw that the combined action of loyal managers can give rise to unspeakable systemic evil, so too generation W has seen that complicity within the surveillance state can give rise to evil as well — not the horrific evil that Eichmann’s bureaucratic efficiency brought us, but still an Orwellian future that must be avoided at all costs." (read more at link above)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Million Mask March, November 5th 2013, ANONYMOUS

Million Mask March - November 5th 2013 - ANONYMOUS (more info at the link)

Monday, November 4, 2013

Edward Snowden, Sam Adams Award

Video: Edward Snowden wins Sam Adams award". . . Edward Snowden received the Integrity Award from the Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence. Mr Snowden was given the award by Ray McGovern (ex-CIA) who said "Sam Adams Associates are proud to honor Mr. Snowden’s decision to heed his conscience and give priority to the Common Good over concerns about his own personal future. We are confident that others with similar moral fiber will follow his example in illuminating dark corners and exposing crimes that put our civil rights as free citizens in jeopardy.... Just as Private Manning and Julian Assange exposed criminality with documentary evidence, Mr. Snowden’s beacon of light has pierced a thick cloud of deception. And, again like them, he has been denied some of the freedoms that whistleblowers have every right to enjoy.""

Friday, November 1, 2013

Illinois court voids online sales law, internet freedom

Illinois court throws out 'Amazon tax' online sales law | Internet & Media - CNET News: "The Illinois Supreme Court struck down a state law Friday that required online retailers, like Amazon, to collect sales tax if they have in-state Web affiliates, according to Associated Press. The court decided the law violated federal rules, which prohibit putting a discriminatory tax on digital sales. It's the first time a high court has thrown out a law like this -- 18 other states have similar laws. In New York, the court upheld the law, spurring Amazon and to petition the Supreme Court." (read more at link above)

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