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DENMARK: World War 3 – NATO releases satellite imagery showing Russian combat troops inside Ukraine


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Fast workers: Students from the Tiwi Islands put down their ideas with author and illustrator Allison Lester. Photo: Don Arnold

You can’t get much farther north than the Tiwi Islands and still remain in Australia. The islands lie 80 kilometres across the Beagle Gulf from Darwin, and are home to about 3000 people.

However, today nine schoolgirls from the islands are sitting around a table in the middle of Sydney as part of a workshop overseen by the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

The view of the city from the 13th floor office of Harper Collins is distractingly gorgeous, but they’re hard at work sketching out illustrations and working through the text for what will shortly become a book, helped along by children’s author Alison Lester and the ILS’s program manager, Tina Raye.

The story didn’t exist mere hours ago: the entire process from coming up with the idea through to sending the finished text and pictures off to print will take a grand total of two days.


The story they’ve worked up together tells the day-to-day life of Mia, a fictional Tiwi Islands girl. She attends school, deals with the pressures of her family and community, and aspires to be a singer like her hero, Jessica Mauboy. She could be any one of the students laughing and talking around the table.

It will be the second book that has come out of the ILS’s work with the Tiwi Islands. Bangs the Owl star of Bangs 2 Jurrukuk, the result of last year’s workshop has pride of place in the middle of the table.

All of the girls are students at Tiwi College. They board at the school during the week which makes sense, as teacher Dianne “Tic Tac” Moore explains that the trip from the town to the school can take half a day via troop carrier during the wet season. The girls also field an Australian rules team which, as Moore proudly asserts, have never been defeated in competition.

The girls are not only using their time in Sydney to write this book: they’re also presenting Bangs 2 Jurrukuk at the Opera House on Wednesday as part of the Indigenous Literacy Day celebrations.

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May 262014

Documents released by US whistle blower Edward Snowden allegedly show New Zealand links to mass surveillance from overseas spy agencies, a new book on his revelations show.

The documents were published in journalist Glenn Greenwalds book, No Place to Hide, which tells the story of Snowdens disclosures.

Links between NZ and NSA have been revealed before, when Snowden said last year that NZ was involved in mass spying. The New Zealand Government

One NSA document told New Zealands security services and those of other Five Eyes nations to “sniff it all, know it all, collect it all, process it all and exploit it all”.

The Five Eyes is a spying alliance between New Zealand, Britain, Canada, Australia and the United States.

A slideshow showed Government Communications Security Bureau spies how to operate a system that trawled through massive amounts of phone numbers, email addresses and online chat.

Other files state New Zealand was forwarded intercepted phone calls, texts and emails between the Brazilian president and her staff.

GCSB was also briefed on NSAs efforts to put back doors into private companies computer networks, and given access to a program called Homing Pigeon which allowed in-air passenger jet conversations to be monitored, according to the book.

Spy boss Ian Fletcher last week refused to confirm if Snowden had files relating to New Zealand and if so, what they contained.

Prime Minister John Key has earlier said he had no concerns about Snowden’s revelations, and that they would not challeged the integrity of GCSB.

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Liberty in Books: Madmen, Intellectuals, and Academic Scribblers | Wayne Leighton and Edwa
In this webinar, Wayne Leighton and Edward Lopez talk about their book, Liberty in Books: Madmen, Intellectuals, and Academic Scribblers. They argue that a. Does major political reform require…

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The Soviet Spy Exposed by the NSA, Part Two
Former CIA officer Mark A. Bradley discusses Soviet spy Duncan Lee in his book, “A Very Principled Boy.” Lee, a Soviet spy in the Office of Strategic Services (the forerunner of the CIA), has…

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For entrepreneurs looking to swim with the SEO sharks; think of this business rule:

Always ask yourself how someone could preempt your products or service. How can they put you out of business? Is it price? Is it service? Is it SEO? Is it social?

Thats an inspired lesson that Dallas Mavericks owner and “Shark Tank” co-host Mark Cuban shares in his book “How to Win at the Sport of Business”.

Taking Cubans business advice to the murky waters of the SEO world, entrepreneurs should ask themselves:

Depending on who you ask, you just may get different answers and results!

Here’s some advice for business leaders looking for the ultimate entrepreneur SEO checklist for 2014.

Depending on who you ask, the pros and cons to hiring an in-house SEO or dedicated social media talent versus an agency or consultant may vary depending on opinion, budget, business plan, and industries.

Lets face it, the number of self-proclaimed SEO “magicians” and social media “gurus” can be disenchanting and cause more digital injuries than any entrepreneur can imagine. But hiring the right talent and having a team that follows best SEO practices and delivers the level of social media punch that your community cares about can be key to beating the competition.

What should an entrepreneur know when hiring an SEO/social agency or search professional? Bruce Clay, president of Bruce Clay Inc., offers this checklist:

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The Second Amendment: A Biography
Attorney and former assistant to President Clinton Michael Waldman discusses his book The Second Amendment, which presents the life story of this controversial and misunderstood provision of…

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Christopher Columbus Was Part Of A Illuminati Secret Society, According To Manly P. Hall

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Persona Non Grata: The Death of Free Speech in the Internet Age by Tom Flanagan, Signal, 256 pages, $29.95

Revolution in the Age of Social Media: The Egyptian Popular Insurrection and the Internet by Linda Herrera, Verso, 192 pages, $32

In the digital age, every person will have 15 seconds of notoriety. Tom Flanagan the well-known Calgary political scientist, pundit, and former Harper aide had his in February, 2013. At a University of Lethbridge talk on the Indian Act, an activist from the Idle No More movement inquired about offhand comments Flanagan had made years earlier on child porn. The question clearly caught him off guard, and the resulting YouTube video, entitled Tom Flanagan okay with child pornography, captures his rambling response.

If you watch the video, youll see that Flanagan never claimed to be okay with anything. He only questioned the expedience of jailing porn users for low-level possession offences, but the nuances got lost in the ensuing media frenzy. Within hours of the videos release, hed been denounced, condemned, ostracized, disinvited to speaking engagements, relieved from his advisory position with the Wildrose Party of Alberta, and fired from the CBC show Power and Politics, on which he was a regular commentator.

In his new memoir, Persona Non Grata: The Death of Free Speech in the Internet Age, Flanagan tells his side of the story. Its a settling of scores, a polemic about intellectual freedom, and a firsthand account from the pyre at a public burning. As a work of personal journalism, the book is compelling, even terrifying, but as a critical argument about Internet culture, its far too self-involved.

In an attempt to explain what went wrong, Flanagan argues that 1) he had enemies, and 2) his enemies had a new weapon thanks to digital technology with which to attack his character. As the author of First Nations? Second Thoughts and the co-author of Beyond the Indian Act, Flanagan holds divisive ideas about the rights of Indigenous people in Canada. His positions are complicated, but they skew toward assimilation, privatization, and the removal of special legal protections. Hes used to making people angry. You cant have opinions like his and expect to be universally loved.

Still, Flanagan contends that his opponents went after him in the worst possible way: they bated him on a controversial topic, filmed his response without permission, and posted the video to YouTube under a misleading, incendiary headline. This probably wouldnt have amounted to much had it not been for other actors, whom Flanagan singles out as accessories after the fact. He lambastes the mainstream media for painting him as a radical child-porn advocate without seeking his input or considering his arguments. He also skewers academic colleagues for believing the hype and University of Calgary president Elizabeth Cannon for denouncing him, when she of all people should have defended his intellectual freedom.

Flanagan argues that were entering a new era of self-censorship: colleagues from across the country have e-mailed me saying theyve seen what happened to me and are resolved to be more cautious in the classroom in the future. Going forward, he says, academics will keep in mind that Big Brother is always watching. For Flanagan, though, Big Brother doesnt mean the state. In an the era of smart phones and social media, Big Brother is all of us.

This is spooky stuff. Even readers who oppose Flanagans politics will be frightened by the swiftness with which he was taken down. Flanagan implies, however, that his experiences represent digital culture as a whole. To be fair, he briefly mentions other people Jan Wong, Harvard professor Niall Ferguson who have been targeted by similar sound-bite-driven campaigns, but he clearly selected these stories for their similarities with his own.

This would all be fine if Flanagan were merely seeking to document an unsettling trend, but instead, he presents a sweeping argument in the books title, no less about how social media is killing free speech. Thats a bold position, and it should be based on more than just personal grievances.

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Losgainter beach in the Outer Hebrides was once mistakenly used in a Thai tourism brochure [BNPS]

Travel writer Daniel Start has compiled a list of the 400 best secret beaches in the country after ten years of research.

And the results, published in his book Hidden Beaches, show the beautiful bays and coves hidden right under our noses.

Some of the beaches are just off the tourist trail while others, such as Sandy Bay near Tenby, Wales, can only be accessed by water.

Losgainter, on the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides, is so idyllic that Thai tourism officials once mistakenly used a picture of the beach in one of their holiday brochures.

Crackington Haven in Cornwall [BNPS]

Pobbles in South Wales [BNPS]

Putting this book together has made me realise paradise is here at home

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Keynance Cove on the Lizard, Cornwall, can only be accessed at low tide but those who make the effort are rewarded with a scene on a par with the Caribbean.

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Political Correctness LINK TO AMAZON:
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Floyd Abrams: “On the Front Lines with the First Amendment”
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Floyd Abrams Discusses Free Speech – 2014 Va. Festival of the Book
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Over the years weve seen a lot of different SEO tactics resulting from Googles constant and unwavering algorithm updates. From link building to guest blogging, a lot of different practices have been born in search of improved search rankings, including the topic of discussion in this interview, negative SEO. Negative SEO has received quite a bit of attention since Googles Penguin update and continues to be a hot topic throughout the search industry, so we wanted to get some expert insights as to what negative SEO really is, whether or not its effective, and if you should be worried.

In a recent interview from the Airbnb SEO Meetup in San Francisco, Murray Newlands and Joe Sinkwitz from CopyPress talk all things negative SEO and its impact on Googles search results.

To find out more, watch the full interview below:

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Murray founded The Mail in 2013, an angel-funded startup publication covering performance marketing and mobile marketing. Murray is an advisor to a number of bay area startups including VigLink. In 2011 Wiley published his book Online Marketing: A User’s Manual. Born in England, Murray moved to the USA in 2011 being recognized by the US government as “an alien of extraordinary ability”.

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Mar 242014

A Transhuman or trans-human is an intermediary form between the human and the hypothetical posthuman.

The etymology of the term “transhuman” goes back to French philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin who wrote in his 1949 book The Future of Mankind: Liberty: that is to say, the chance offered to every man (by removing obstacles and placing the appropriate means at his disposal) of ‘trans-humanizing’ himself by developing his potentialities to the fullest extent.

And in a 1951 unpublished revision of the same book: In consequence one is the less disposed to reject as unscientific the idea that the critical point of planetary Reflection, the fruit of socialization, far from being a mere spark in the darkness, represents our passage, by Translation or dematerialization, to another sphere of the Universe: not an ending of the ultra-human but its accession to some sort of trans-humanity at the ultimate heart of things.

In 1957 book New Bottles for New Wine, English evolutionary biologist Julian Huxley wrote: The human species can, if it wishes, transcend itself not just sporadically, an individual here in one way, an individual there in another way, but in its entirety, as humanity. We need a name for this new belief. Perhaps transhumanism will serve: man remaining man, but transcending himself, by realizing new possibilities of and for his human nature. “I believe in transhumanism”: once there are enough people who can truly say that, the human species will be on the threshold of a new kind of existence, as different from ours as ours is from that of Pekin man. It will at last be consciously fulfilling its real destiny. One of the first professors of futurology, FM-2030, who taught “new concepts of the Human” at The New School of New York City in the 1960s, used “transhuman” as shorthand for “transitional human”. Calling transhumans the “earliest manifestation of new evolutionary beings”, FM argued that signs of transhumans included physical and mental augmentations including prostheses, reconstructive surgery, intensive use of telecommunications, a cosmopolitan outlook and a globetrotting lifestyle, androgyny, mediated reproduction (such as in vitro fertilisation), absence of religious beliefs, and a rejection of traditional family values.

FM-2030 used the concept of transhuman, as an evolutionary transition, outside the confines of academia in his contributing final chapter to the 1972 anthology Woman, Year 2000. In the same year, American cryonics pioneer Robert Ettinger contributed to conceptualization of “transhumanity” in his book Man into Superman. In 1982, American artist Natasha Vita-More authored the Transhuman Manifesto 1982: Transhumanist Arts Statement and outlined what she perceived as an emerging transhuman culture.

Many thinkers today do not consider FM-2030′s characteristics to be essential attributes of a transhuman. However, analyzing the possible transitional nature of the human species has been and continues to be of primary interest to anthropologists and philosophers within and outside the intellectual movement of transhumanism.

In March 2007, American physicist Gregory Cochran and paleoanthropologist John Hawks published a study, alongside other recent research on which it builds, which amounts to a radical reappraisal of traditional views, which tended to assume that humans have reached an evolutionary endpoint. Physical anthropologist Jeffrey McKee argued the new findings of accelerated evolution bear out predictions he made in a 2000 book The Riddled Chain. Based on computer models, he argued that evolution should speed up as a population grows because population growth creates more opportunities for new mutations; and the expanded population occupies new environmental niches, which would drive evolution in new directions. Whatever the implications of the recent findings, McKee concludes that they highlight a ubiquitous point about evolution: “every species is a transitional species.”

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Chris Columbus discusses ‘House of Secrets: Battle of the Beasts’ at 10 a.m. March 21 at Book Passage in Corte Madera. Courtesy of Book Passage


ART BY THE BAY WEEKEND GALLERY 18856 Highway 1, Marshall; 663-1006; artbythebay 3 p.m. March 23: “Painting, Poetry and Stories” with Jon Langdon and Rebecca Foust.

BOOK PASSAGE 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera; 927-0960; 4 p.m. March 16: Chris Pavone discusses “The Accident.” 7 p.m. March 16: Lisa Osina discusses “A Wolf Song.” 6 p.m. March 17: Sarah Mlynowski discusses “Don’t Even Think About It.” 7 p.m. March 17: Phil Klay discusses “Redeployment.” 7 p.m. March 18: Simon Schama discusses “The Story of the Jews.” 7 p.m. March 19: Cara Black discusses “Murder in Pigalle” and Libby Fischer Hellmann discusses “Havana Lost.” 7 p.m. March 20: Susan Katz Miller discusses “Being Both.” 10 a.m. March 21: Chris Columbus discusses “House of Secrets: Battle of the Beasts.” 6 p.m. March 21: Phil Bildner, LeYuen Pham and Kevin Lewis discuss “The Soccer Fence.” 7 p.m. March 21: Peter Stark discusses “Astoria.” 1 p.m. March 22: David Richo discusses “How to Be an Adult in Love.” 4 p.m. March 22: Ted Chu discusses “Human Purpose and Transhuman Potential.” 7 p.m. March 22: Jenny Bowen discusses “Wish You Happy Forever.” 1 p.m. March 23: Charles Durrett discusses “The Senior Cohousing Handbook.” 4 p.m. March 23: Bill Amatneek discusses “Acoustic Stories.” 7 p.m. March 23: Rivvy Neshama discusses “Recipes for a Sacred Life.”

CAFE ARRIVEDERCI 11 G St., San Rafael; 492-8870. 5:30 p.m. March 17: salon with storyteller Angar Mora and artist Jennifer Bundey. $10.

DANCE PALACE 503 B St., Point Reyes Station; 663-1075; 663-1542;; 2 p.m. March 16: “Mother Ireland: An Afternoon of Irish Poetry, Storytelling and Song.” $10.

ENTERPRISE RESOURCE CENTER 3270 Kerner Blvd., San Rafael; 457-4554; 460-1912; 2:30 to 5 p.m. Fridays: Write On! creative writing workshop with Robert-Harry Rovin.

FALKIRK CULTURAL CENTER 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael; 485-3328; http://www.falkirkcultural; http://www.marinpoetrycenter .org. 7:30 p.m. March 20: Marin Poetry Center reading with Ellen Bass and Andrea Hollander. $3 to $5.

PERI’S SILVER DOLLAR BAR 29 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax; 459-9910;; 6 p.m. March 18: Tuesday Night Writers’ Pints & Prose reading with Clive Matson and Sarah Griff.

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Lectures and the literary scene in Marin County, March 16 through 23, 2014

Free Speech, RIP: A Relic of the American Past

By John W. Whitehead

March 03, 2014

The First Amendment was intended to secure something more than an exercise in futility.Justice John Paul Stevens, dissenting inMinnesota Board for Community Colleges v. Knight (1984)

Living in a representative republic means that each person has the right to take a stand for what they think is right, whether that means marching outside the halls of government, wearing clothing with provocative statements, or simply holding up a sign. Thats what the First Amendment is supposed to be about.

Unfortunately, as I show in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, through a series of carefully crafted legislative steps and politically expedient court rulings, government officials have managed to disembowel this fundamental freedom, rendering it with little more meaning than the right to file a lawsuit against government officials. In fact, if the court rulings handed down in the last week of February 2014 are anything to go by, the First Amendment has, for all intents and purposes, become an exercise in futility.

On February 26, the U.S. Supreme Court in a 9-0 ruling, held that anti-nuclear activist John Denis Apel could be prosecuted for staging a protest on a public road at an Air Force base, free speech claims notwithstanding, because the public road is technically government property.

Insisting that its not safe to display an American flag in an American public school, on February 27, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that school officials were justified when they ordered three students at a California public high school to cover up their patriotic apparel emblazoned with American flags or be sent home on the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo, allegedly out of a concern that it might offend Hispanic students.

On February 28, a federal court dismissed Marine veteran Brandon Raubs case. Despite the fact that Raub was interrogated by Secret Service agents, handcuffed, arrested, subjected to a kangaroo court, and locked up in a mental facility for posting song lyrics and statements on Facebook critical of the governmenta clear violation of his free speech rightsthe court ruled that Raubs concerns about the government were far-fetched and merited such treatment.

There you have it: three rulings in three days, from three different levels of the American judicial system, and all of them aimed at suppressing free speech. Yet what most people fail to understand is that these cases are not merely about the citizenrys right to freely express themselves. Rather, these cases speak to the citizenrys right to express their concerns about their government to their government, in a time, place and manner best suited to ensuring that those concerns are heard.

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Link to the new Cato Institute podcast about my book Democracy and Political Ignorance.

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Volokh Conspiracy: Podcast on my book Democracy and Political Ignorance

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