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Outraged Albuquerque Citizens Demand Arrest of Police Chief

Outraged Albuquerque Citizens Demand Arrest of Police Chief

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Pastor’s Tell Their Congregations You Can Take The Mark of the Beast and Still Be Saved… Outrage!

Pastor’s Tell Their Congregations You Can Take The Mark of the Beast and Still Be Saved… Outrage!

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Fate Of Officer Who Shot Tied Dog And Fought Back a Smile

Fate Of Officer Who Shot Tied Dog And Fought Back a Smile

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Anti-surveillance mask lets you pass as someone else

Anti-surveillance mask lets you pass as someone else

Leslie Katz Uncomfortable with surveillance cameras? “Identity replacement tech” in the form of the Personal Surveillance Identity Prosthetic gives you a whole new face. If the world starts looking like a scene from “Matrix 3” where everyone has Agent Smith’s face, you can thank Leo Selvaggio.His rubber mask aimed at foiling surveillance cameras features his visage, and if he has his way, plenty of people will be sporting the Personal Surveillance Identity Prosthetic in public. It’s one of three products made by the Chicago-based artist’s URME Surveillance, a venture dedicated to “protecting the public from surveillance and creating a safe space to explore our digital identities.”Leo Selvaggio’s face could be yours. URME Surveillance“Our world is becoming increasingly surveilled. For example, Chicago has over 25,000 cameras networked to a single facial recognition hub,” reads the URME (pronounced U R Me) site. “We don’t believe you should be tracked just because you want to walk outside and you shouldn’t have to hide either. Instead, use one of our products to present an alternative identity when in public.” The 3D-printed resin mask, made from a 3D scan of Selvaggio’s face and manufactured by ThatsMyFace.com, renders his features and skin tone with surprising realism, though the eyes peeping out from the eye holes do lend a certain creepiness to the look. Creepiness is, of course, part of the point here, as the interdisciplinary artist takes a his-face-in-everyone’s-face approach to exploring the impact of an increasingly networked world on personal identity. “When you wear these devices the cameras will track me instead of you and your actions in public space will be attributed as mine because it will be me the cameras see,” the artist, who’s working toward his MFA at Chicago’s Columbia College, says on a recently launched Indiegogo page for the products. “All URME devices have been tested for facial recognition and each properly identifies the wearer of me on Facebook, which has some of the most sophisticated facial recognition software around.” It turns out some states have anti-mask laws. And Selvaggio — whose earlier project You Are Me let others use his social-media profiles — says he’s considered the possibility that anyone wearing his face in public could engage in illegal activity. “I would of course like to believe that others will use these devices responsibly and I can’t be clearer that I do not condone criminal activity,” he told Crave. “However it is possible, and I have weighed out the possibility that a crime may become associated with me. That being said, I have come to the conclusion that it is worth the risk if it creates public discourse around surveillance practices and how it affects us all.” URME’s Indiegogo campaign has so far raised a little over $500 of its $1,000 goal, with 36 days left. Products include a $1 paper mask for those unable to afford the $200 prosthetic, as well as community development hacktivist kits of 12-24 paper masks meant to be worn by groups, presumably of protesters (or anyone into clone armies). Open-source facial-encryption software that replaces faces in video with Selvaggio’s is currently in the prototype stage and will most likely go through several iterations, Selvaggio says, before eventually becoming available as a free download from the URME website. URME insists all products will be sold at cost, with no profit made and all proceeds going to sustain URME’s efforts to keep surveillance in the public discourse. “To be clear, I am not anti-surveillance,” the artist told Crave. “What I am pushing for is increasing the amount of public discourse about surveillance and how it affects our behavior in public space. When we are watched we are fundamentally changed. We perform rather than be.”
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Shocking: Pope Demands “Legitimate Redistribution” Of Wealth, Supports United Nations New World Order

Shocking: Pope Demands “Legitimate Redistribution” Of Wealth, Supports United Nations New World Order

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‘Buck stops with Obama’ for secret death list

‘Buck stops with Obama’ for secret death list

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Call the Cops at Your Peril

Call the Cops at Your Peril

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Ukraine crisis EXCLUSIVE: US and Europe planning to ‘cut off’ Russia’s gas supply

Ukraine crisis EXCLUSIVE: US and Europe planning to ‘cut off’ Russia’s gas supply

Oliver WrightBritain is drawing up plans with the US and other European countries to “disarm” the threat of President Vladimir Putin using Russian gas and oil supplies as “a weapon” against Ukraine and its Eastern European neighbours.Next month, David Cameron and other G7 leaders are expected to sign off on an “emergency response plan” to assist Ukraine this winter if Russia restricts gas supplies.At the same time, G7 energy ministers this week agreed a plan to eliminate Europe’s reliance on Russian oil and gas over the longer term and prevent energy security being used as political bargaining chip by the Kremlin. Russia currently supplies around 30 per cent of all gas consumed within Europe and more than 50 per cent of the gas used by Ukraine. In 2006, when the Russian state-controlled energy producer Gazprom turned off supplies through its Ukrainian pipeline Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy and Poland reported gas pressure in their pipelines fell by 30 per cent. While only a small fraction of gas used by the UK comes from Russia, any restriction in supply has a dramatic impact on prices. Under the G7 proposals, support would be given to build several new liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals across Europe, while the US would lift restrictions on the export of shale gas. At the same time, the EU will invest in new pipelines to move gas from West to East and increase supply routes from North Africa. Japan is also understood to be prepared to re-start some of its nuclear plants that were mothballed in the wake of the Fukushima disaster. Japan is now one of the largest importers of LNG, which has pushed up prices to record levels. Senior Government sources said the ongoing crisis had “concentrated minds”, particularly in Europe, over the energy threat and said there was for the first time a “clear consensus” to take action. Next month, David Cameron and other G7 leaders are expected to sign off on an “emergency response plan” to assist Ukraine this winter if Russia restricts gas supplies (Getty Images) “The diversification of sources and routes for fossil fuels is essential,” the G7 communique stated. “No country should depend totally on one supplier. Nor should energy be used as a means of political coercion or a threat to security.” Ed Davey, the Energy and Climate Change Secretary who represented Britain at the G7 talks in Rome, told The Independent that unless action was taken now Russia would “undoubtedly continue to use energy as a weapon”. “It is completely unacceptable for President Putin to use Russia’s gas and oil supplies as a weapon to exert control and power over Ukraine – or any other country,” he said. “But this is not the first time he has done this, so we have to take a stand this time, or he will undoubtedly continue to use energy as a weapon.” Mr Davey said that the G7 had agreed a process that, over the longer term, would “disarm the threat”. But he added that in the short term there would be a plan in place within the next few weeks to support Ukraine’s energy needs this winter if there is a Russia switch-off of gas. “We will be drawing up an emergency winter response if Russia threatens its gas supplies, which will be discussed again at the G7 Heads of State meeting next month.” A Downing Street source confirmed that Mr Cameron “fully backed” the strategy, adding that it was possible that the G7 leader summit in Brussels could “go further”. “We will be examining the full range of options available,” they added.
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Obama’s New Helicopter Fleet Could Cost $20 Billion

Obama’s New Helicopter Fleet Could Cost $20 Billion

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Nuclear Is NOT a Low-Carbon Source of Energy

Nuclear Is NOT a Low-Carbon Source of Energy

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