2021/10/25

Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed while filming Rust

authorities said assistant director Dave Halls had handed the weapon to Baldwin and announced "cold gun", indicating it was safe to use.

2021/10/23

New Research Directly Links Western Fashion Brands to Deforestation

A recently released report reveals the environmental destruction that fast fashion is wreaking in the developing world, and the Western brands responsible.

The 14-Year-Old Who Founded Girls Who Hack Is Inspiring the Next Generation of Hackers

Bianca Lewis, or as she is known in the hacker world: BiaSciLab, is part of the next generation of hackers. At 14 years old, she has already made a name for herself in hacker conference circles when a few years ago, she was among a group of kids that hacked into an election reporting system. This inspired her to start her Secure Open Vote project, where she plans to build a secure end-to-end election system

“Racism and antisemitism are not opinions”

Jasmina Kuhnke told VICE World News, after Frankfurt Book Fair’s organisers told her far-right publishers would be allowed to participate on free speech grounds.

2021/10/20

Total has known that burning fossil fuels was causing climate change since the 1970s

The oil giant knew their core business was causing global warming almost 50 years ago. They covered up the truth, funded misinformation, lied to their shareholders and the public. They made profit from pollution.

2021/10/08

Journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov win Nobel peace prize

Maria Ressa, the chief executive and cofounder of Rappler, and Dmitry Muratov, the editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta, were named as this year’s laureates by Berit Reiss-Andersen, the chair of the Norwegian Nobel committee

2021/10/03

The Pandora Papers

Millions of leaked documents and the biggest journalism partnership in history have uncovered financial secrets of 35 current and former world leaders, more than 330 politicians and public officials in 91 countries and territories, and a global lineup of fugitives, con artists and murderers.

2021/09/25

The Causes of Climate Change

Scientists attribute the global warming trend observed since the mid-20th century to the human expansion of the "greenhouse effect" — warming that results when the atmosphere traps heat radiating from Earth toward space.

2021/09/24

Dza Wonpo in eastern Tibet has been the target of intensive surveillance, arbitrary arrests and searches

Tibet Watch has been documenting a worrying series of developments over the past year in the small township of Dza Wonpo in eastern Tibet, which has been the target of intensive surveillance, arbitrary arrests and searches.

Dza Wonpo is home to around 3,000 Tibetans, mainly from the nomadic community who have been forcibly relocated from their ancestral land. Since late 2019, the township has seen repeated crackdowns targeting locals, which culminated at the end of August this year. Over the course of two weeks, at least 121 Tibetan residents were rounded up and arrested by Chinese authorities.

This latest crackdown began with a military buildup on 22 August 2021, where more than 200 military personnel were stationed in the town. Following a series of mass arrests, reports have detailed the ill-treatment of detainees, who have been subject to interrogation, torture and forced to undergo political re-education

New evidence suggests spyware used to surveil Emirati activist Alaa Al-Siddiq

Even in death, there was little peace for Alaa Al-Siddiq. When the body of the 33-year-old Emirati activist, who died in a car accident in Oxford in June, was shown in a viewing to mourners at Regent’s Park Mosque, a number of her close friends stayed away. They wanted to avoid being seen paying their respects, for fear that the mosque was secretly being filmed, and that their association with the activist and researcher could be dangerous for themselves or their families at home in the UAE.

2021/09/23

Turbulent Music, Turbulent Life

Should we think of music as a narrative that can also be expressed in words? Or does this betray the abstract, nonsemantic nature of musical thought? The question was hotly debated in the nineteenth century, with musical progressives like Berlioz and Wagner in favor of “program music”—meant to illustrate an extramusical idea or story—and conservatives like Brahms opposing it.

2021/08/18

Does nothing sinister rotten and nasty ever happen in Portugal?

Portugal undermined its own institutions, as well as its international reputation, to protect not only its own corrupt politicians, but also another country’s corrupt politicians.

The auditors noted that the failure of the Angolan banks and their Lisbon branches to conduct due diligence obscured the origins of transactions, creating a perfect environment for money laundering.

Blatant violence and abuse inside doors

Does nothing sinister rotten and nasty ever happen in Portugal?

Rodrigues was beaten and left unconscious with bruises to his head. Rodrigues had moved to the town of Bragança less than two months earlier to attend the Bragança Polytechnic Institute (IPB), where he was studying Digital Game Design,

The couple hid Valentina's body in a forest area, in the Serra d'El Rei (Peniche municipality, Leiria district), and agreed the following day to alert the authorities to the child's "false disappearance".

Obviously shrinking (despite the trillions it got and still getting from the idiotic EU... )

2021/08/15

The not so new terrorism

Online incel forums are steeped in extremist misogyny, with members regularly suggesting women should be raped and murdered. They encourage each other to rise up in a “day of retribution” or “incel rebellion”, when they will punish society, and women in particular, for their suffering, by murdering as many “normies” (non-incels) as possible.

2021/08/13

As Taliban Forces Close In, Women Journalists Fear For Their Lives

Just a few months after launching, Joya and her team – mostly young women – found themselves not just covering the conflict but also becoming targets of the Taliban.

The age of the female combat officer is coming

Air Force General Lori Robinson became the country’s first female combatant commander, and Admiral Michelle Howard became the first female four-star admiral

2021/08/12

THE PEGASUS PROJECT

Through Pegasus, corrupt and troubled regimes across the world can gain access to vast troves of personal information on just about anyone they want. The spyware, sold as a crime-fighting tool, is already known to have been used against journalists, activists, and political dissidents.

2021/08/11

Mother dies after calling police seven times about abusive boyfriend

Daniela Espirito Santo died after her boyfriend assaulted her hours after he was released on bail for attacking her earlier in the day.

2021/08/10

Even Minor Volcanic Eruptions Could Trigger Global Catastrophe

"We need to move away from thinking in terms of colossal eruptions destroying the world, as portrayed in Hollywood films. The more probable scenarios involve lower-magnitude eruptions interacting with our societal vulnerabilities and cascading us towards catastrophe."

2021/08/09

Major climate changes inevitable and irreversible

Within the next two decades, temperatures are likely to rise by more than 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, breaching the ambition of the 2015 Paris climate agreement, and bringing widespread devastation and extreme weather.

2021/08/02

Krystsina Tsimanouskaya who refused to fly home is granted Polish visa

The incident shows how Alexander Lukashenko’s tightening grip on Belarusian society has spilled over into the world of sport, where dozens of athletes have faced imprisonment or reprisals for even careful criticism of the government. The dramatic events are reminiscent of the high-profile defections of Soviet athletes at international competitions during the cold war, although there is nothing to suggest Tsimanouskaya was not originally planning to return to Belarus after the Games. Leaked audio has appeared to show a Belarusian team coach and a Belarusian delegation member threatening Tsimanouskaya with reprisals if she did not return to Belarus immediately.

2021/08/01

The vindication of AstraZeneca: A vaccine trashed by Macron, politicised by Europe but quietly saving lives across the world

A team of researchers from Spain, the UK and the Netherlands compared data from more than 1.3million people and concluded that those who had the UK jab developed blood clots at the same rate as those who had the far more expensive Pfizer/BioNTech.

2021/07/31

Olga Prats died, a reference in chamber music and the first to promote fado on the piano

In 1960 she returned to Portugal, having continued to study with the pianist Helena Sá e Costa (1913-2006). Her talent did not go unnoticed in international academic circles, having been invited to teach piano in the chamber music classes of Paul Tortelier, Ludwig Streicher and Karen Georgian.

Phillip King, Influential British Sculptor, Has Died at 87

Initially, King was turned off by abstraction, but a visit to Athens, where he saw the Parthenon situated in the hilly landscape, changed all that. “My later reluctance to see abstraction as something worthwhile was to do with it being cerebral and not from nature,” he told the Guardian in 2014. “Greece allowed me to rediscover how things can be of the mind but also of nature, and the idea of using gravity as a way to make things stand up.”

Yayoi Kusama’s Colorful, Plant-Filled Creations Capture the Spirit of Summer

Over her nearly 70-year career, Kusama has refined her unique visual language, taking inspiration from the world around her (her signature polka dots motif was supposedly inspired by a hallucination she experienced while staring at a tablecloth as a child). 

2021/07/29

On the decline since Panama Papers, Malta punished for dirty money reputation

The Financial Action Task Force, an intergovernmental body that investigates, and makes recommendations for anti-money laundering initiatives, added Malta, along with Haiti, the Philippines and South Sudan to its list of countries deemed to have insufficient protections against dirty money. These four countries joined 19 other jurisdictions on the watchdog’s grey list, which includes Syria, Myanmar and Panama.
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The inclusion of Malta on the list as a jurisdiction “under increased monitoring” will likely make it harder for the small country to attract international banking and investment

“Paula Rego is the kind of artist who paints a soldier in a leopard-print gimp mask, a little girl shaving her pet dog and the devil’s wife in nipple tassels”

"Months later I received a package in the mail, a lithograph of me, hawkish, offering Jane Eyre to be inspected by Mr. Rochester. Six months later, another package arrived, this time much smaller, and in it was a beautifully wrapped set of Jane Eyre postage stamps made by the British government, with my evil profile. In true Paula fashion, she insisted that the women be made into first class stamps, the men, second. In her revolutionary drawings, painting and graphic work, she has always put women first."

2021/07/26

Louise Bourgeois


 

Shoplifter / Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir

is one of Iceland’s leading contemporary artists, based in New York. Working with both synthetic and natural hair, her sculptures, wall murals and site-specific installations explore themes of vanity, self-image, fashion, beauty and popular myth. For Shoplifter hair is the ultimate thread that grows from our body. Hair is an original, creative fiber, a way for people to distinguish themselves as individuals, and often an art form.

2021/07/23

Four Tibetans detained for possessing 'politically sensitive' content on their phones

On 4 July 2021, Public Security Bureau (PSB) in Dartsang Township in Serthar County carried out an investigative campaign in the area and searched individual mobile phones of local Tibetans through phone numbers that had been registered with identity cards. The records of identity cards and linked phone numbers are kept at the local security department. During the search operation, the PSB arrested four Tibetans, including a local village leader, under suspicion of possessing ‘politically sensitive’ content. But currently, the names of the detainees and their whereabouts remain unknown

2021/07/19

The Other Clean Nuclear Energy

You could hold a lump of Th232 in your hands without any ill effects as the element is barely radioactive with a half-life of 14 billion years. It also can’t fission by itself. So how can it power a nuclear reactor?

Merkel shaken as flood deaths rise to 188

German Chancellor Angela Merkel described the flooding that has devastated parts of Europe as "terrifying" on Sunday after the death toll across the region rose to 188 and a district of Bavaria was battered by the extreme weather.

2021/07/18

Israeli-Made Spyware Used to Monitor Journalists and Activists Worldwide

In Hungary, Szabolcs Panyi exposed spy intrigue and murky arms deals. In India, Paranjoy Guha Thakurta probed the ties between business and political interests. In Azerbaijan, Sevinj Vaqifqizi caught vote-rigging on tape. Separated by thousands of miles, these journalists have one thing in common: their governments considered them a threat.

2021/07/16

‘Wobbling’ moon will cause devastating worldwide flooding in 2030s, Nasa warns

Numbers of floods could quadruple as the gravitational effects of the lunar cycle combine with climate change to produce "a decade of dramatic increases" in water disasters. The space agency said coastal cities would experience "rapidly increasing high-tide floods" and they would occur in "clusters" lasting a month or longer.

2021/07/15

A Dutch journalist exposed the mob and defied death threats. Now he’s been shot

It was evening in Amsterdam when Peter R. de Vries stepped out of the television studio and into the busy downtown streets. Decades of investigating cold-case killings and mob hits had earned the silver-haired 64-year-old accolades and a reputation as one of the most famous journalists in the Netherlands

2021/07/10

She made history in the fall of 2005 as the first woman to be elected chancellor

Ironically, we may one day look back and judge that one of Merkel’s greatest legacies for the EU was to open the door to women’s political leadership in Germany—so that a new leader could emerge who would reverse many of her policies. Though Merkel may not be the savior of Europe some have made her out to be, she may have paved the path for a new leader who could be

2021/07/06

Physicists observationally confirm Hawking’s black hole theorem for the first time

“It is possible that there’s a zoo of different compact objects, and while some of them are the black holes that follow Einstein and Hawking’s laws, others may be slightly different beasts,”

2021/07/04

How Mildred Thompson’s Vibrating Canvases Envisioned Our World As It Could Be

The paintings she made in Atlanta were informed by color theory—she juxtaposed contrasting and complementary hues with each other to ensure that the canvases popped. In her famed “Magnetic Fields” series (1990), Thompson considered the theory that magnetic waves were yellow when seen on an ultraviolet scale.

Source of a Weird Quantum Sense Found in an Actual Migratory Bird For The First Time

When you're as tiny as a European robin, crossing the continent for the winter is no small feat. We now know its secret to keeping on track over vast distances – an innate ability to harness the weirdness that sits at the heart of quantum physics.

2021/07/02

4,400-Year-Old Shaman’s Snake Staff Found in Endangered Finnish Wetland

The shaman’s staff would have been used in a religious or spiritual ceremony. Perhaps it was even used to communicate with the dead

2021/06/30

Collective – shocking exposé of needless deaths in Romania

The cynicism and indifference to suffering is truly horrible, and a kind of insidious evil rises from the screen like carbon monoxide, and also a terrible sadness. There is a moment ... when Tolontan and his colleagues are shown a secretly filmed video of maggots wriggling in a patient’s incompetently dressed wound. If that was in a fictional film, the metaphor would be dismissed as too obvious. Finally, Tolontan and his team are shown discussing sinister communications they have had from the intelligence services, telling them to be careful, for their families’ sake.

2021/06/26

The real-life plan to use novels to predict the next war

One German official says the AI prediction system had already given Angela Merkel’s government a few months’ warning of the rebel insurgency in Mozambique’s northern Cabo Delgado province, where security forces are battling with militants trying to set up an Islamic state. But the early warning system is still in development: the aim is to eventually be able to predict conflicts 12-18 months in advance.