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Machine learning. Ukraine. Stephen Harper In Kyiv As First G7 Leader To Visit Ukraine. Muzzling Science: How Tories Control The Message. The Harper government’s iron grip on communications has been acutely felt in federal agencies and departments that engage in scientific research, resulting in a dramatic drop in press releases, the muzzling of scientists, and, in one department at least, a process that flags “negative” interview requests from news media, often leaving them unanswered or denied, internal documents show. Since the Tories formed government in 2006, the clampdown and centralization of communications by the Privy Council Office (PCO) – the bureaucratic arm that serves the Prime Minister’s Office – has been well documented, from directives to use the term “Harper Government” on official Government of Canada communications to tightly stage-managed press conferences.

But documents obtained under the Access to Information Act reveal just how politically charged government communications have become at the departmental level, especially when it involves federal scientists. Related on HuffPost: Adam Kingsmith: The Slow and Painful Death of Freedom in Canada. Less than a generation ago, Canada was a world leader when it came to the fundamental democratic freedoms of assembly, speech and information. In 1982, Canada adopted the Access to Information Act -- making it one of the first countries to pass legislation recognizing the right of citizens to access information held by government, and as recently as 2002, Canada ranked among the top 5 most open and transparent countries when it came to respect for freedom of the press. Fast-forward a decade, and we've become a true north suppressed and disparate -- where unregistered civic demonstrations are inhibited and repressed, rebellious Internet activities are scrutinised and supervised, government scientists are hushed and muzzled, and public information is stalled and mired by bureaucratic firewalls.

Loading Slideshow So what the devil is going on? But don't worry -- it's for our protection. But the undemocratic stifling doesn't stop here either. But then again, this is Canada. Revealed: How US and UK spy agencies defeat internet privacy and security | World news. US and British intelligence agencies have successfully cracked much of the online encryption relied upon by hundreds of millions of people to protect the privacy of their personal data, online transactions and emails, according to top-secret documents revealed by former contractor Edward Snowden. The files show that the National Security Agency and its UK counterpart GCHQ have broadly compromised the guarantees that internet companies have given consumers to reassure them that their communications, online banking and medical records would be indecipherable to criminals or governments.

The agencies, the documents reveal, have adopted a battery of methods in their systematic and ongoing assault on what they see as one of the biggest threats to their ability to access huge swathes of internet traffic – "the use of ubiquitous encryption across the internet". But security experts accused them of attacking the internet itself and the privacy of all users. Nestle CEO: Water Is Not A Human Right, Should Be Privatized. Is water a free and basic human right, or should all the water on the planet belong to major corporations and be treated as a product? Should the poor who cannot afford to pay these said corporations suffer from starvation due to their lack of financial wealth? According to the former CEO and now Chairman of the largest food product manufacturer in the world, corporations should own every drop of water on the planet — and you’re not getting any unless you pay up.

The company notorious for sending out hordes of ‘internet warriors’ to defend the company and its actions online in comments and message boards (perhaps we’ll find some below) even takes a firm stance behind Monsanto’s GMOs and their ‘proven safety’. In fact, the former Nestle CEO actually says that his idea of water privatization is very similar to Monsanto’s GMOs. In a video interview, Nestle Chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe states that there has never been ‘one illness’ ever caused from the consumption of GMOs. Sources : Video: Collecting Rainwater Now Illegal in Many States. Many of the freedoms we enjoy here in the U.S. are quickly eroding as the nation transforms from the land of the free into the land of the enslaved, but what I’m about to share with you takes the assault on our freedoms to a whole new level. You may not be aware of this, but many Western states, including Utah, Washington and Colorado, have long outlawed individuals from collecting rainwater on their own properties because, according to officials, that rain belongs to someone else.

Check out this news report out of Salt Lake City, Utah, about the issue. It’s illegal in Utah to divert rainwater without a valid water right, and Mark Miller of Mark Miller Toyota, found this out the hard way. After constructing a large rainwater collection system at his new dealership to use for washing new cars, Miller found out that the project was actually an “unlawful diversion of rainwater.” “Utah’s the second driest state in the nation. Outlawing rainwater collection in other states. Press Freedom Index 2002. Surprises among Western democracies: US below Costa Rica and Italy below Benin Reporters Without Borders is publishing for the first time a worldwide index of countries according to their respect for press freedom.

It also shows that such freedom is under threat everywhere, with the 20 bottom-ranked countries drawn from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe. The situation in especially bad in Asia, which contains the five worst offenders - North Korea, China, Burma, Turkmenistan and Bhutan. The top end of the list shows that rich countries have no monopoly of press freedom.

The index was drawn up by asking journalists, researchers and legal experts to answer 50 questions about the whole range of press freedom violations (such as murders or arrests of journalists, censorship, pressure, state monopolies in various fields, punishment of press law offences and regulation of the media). In the worst-ranked countries, press freedom is a dead letter and independent newspapers do not exist. Press Freedom Index 2013. Download the reportDownload the 2013 world press freedom mapRead in Arabic (بالعربية)Read in Turkish (Türkçe)Read in Italian (Italiano)Read in German (Deutsch)Read in Chinese (看中文) After the “Arab springs” and other protest movements that prompted many rises and falls in last year’s index, the 2013 Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index marks a return to a more usual configuration. The ranking of most countries is no longer attributable to dramatic political developments.

This year’s index is a better reflection of the attitudes and intentions of governments towards media freedom in the medium or long term. The same three European countries that headed the index last year hold the top three positions again this year. For the third year running, Finland has distinguished itself as the country that most respects media freedom. It is followed by the Netherlands and Norway. From top to bottom Big rises... Burma (151st, +18) continued the ascent begun in last year’s index.

In Utah’s digital shift, students turning the page on traditional textbooks. This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted. On a typical day, the only thing ninth-grader Jonah Warnick carries in his backpack is a binder. That's because at his school, North Davis Junior High in Clearfield, students often use online texts on iPads and netbooks. Textbooks still line classroom shelves, but, to students, they're just one of many resources, not tomes to be pored over every night, hauled back and forth from home.

"I love it," Warnick said. "It's a lot easier to organize stuff. A shift from traditional textbooks to e-books is gaining speed in Utah, as the state Office of Education coordinates efforts to develop digital texts in science, math and language arts. The state texts will be open source, meaning anyone or any school in the state may use them for free. Too early, yet inevitable? Ninth-grader M. Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death valley.

Sir Ken Robinson: Building a Culture of Innovation. Jared Cohen, 'The New Digital Age' Co-Author, Discusses The Future Of The Internet. Jared Cohen has been traveling to the Middle East and Africa since he was a child, first to satisfy his "addiction" to travel, and later, as adviser to former Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton, to study how technology impacts those areas. In 2010, he joined Google and is now the director of Google Ideas, a think tank dedicated to confronting global problems with technology. Cohen was recently named to Time magazine's annual list of "100 Most Influential People In The World," just in time for the release of his new book, which he co-authored with Eric Schmidt, Google's executive chairman.

The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business, which hits shelves on Tuesday, discusses how billions of people connecting to the Internet will affect global politics, society and the economy. Where do you and Eric Schmidt stand on the future of online privacy? Even for kids? What's Google's role in the future of online privacy? Alright. Climate Change. Global Warming. Whislteblowers.

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Graphene. Internet. The Order of the Black Sun ~ Michael Tsarion ~ The NSA Files: PRISM & Boundless Information. Tesla. Roman Ruins. A complete photographic plan of everything at ancient Pompeii as it is today, produced by Jackie and Bob Dunn for those as enthusiastic about Pompeii as we are. Thanks Our grateful thanks to all who have helped us in this project, especially Pier Giovanni Guzzo and Antonio D'Ambrosio, Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompei, for the necessary permits to visit the site and for permission to publish this web site. We would also like to thank the many Custodians who have taken us around and made good use of their bunches of keys.We would like to thank the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut for allowing us to use their images, which remain their copyright.Our thanks also to Prof.

Dr. Reinhard Foertsch, Universitaet zu Koeln, Archaeologischen Institut, for his enthusiasm and help.We would like to thank the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut Röm and Dr. Ringraziamenti Vielen Dank Wir möchten dem Deutsches Archäologisches Institut danken, um uns zu erlauben, ihre Bilder zu gebrauchen, die ihr Urheberrecht bleiben. Archaeological Areas of Pompei, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata. Archaeological Areas of Pompei, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata When Vesuvius erupted on 24 August AD 79, it engulfed the two flourishing Roman towns of Pompei and Herculaneum, as well as the many wealthy villas in the area.

These have been progressively excavated and made accessible to the public since the mid-18th century. The vast expanse of the commercial town of Pompei contrasts with the smaller but better-preserved remains of the holiday resort of Herculaneum, while the superb wall paintings of the Villa Oplontis at Torre Annunziata give a vivid impression of the opulent lifestyle enjoyed by the wealthier citizens of the Early Roman Empire. Zones archéologiques de Pompéi, Herculanum et Torre Annunziata L’éruption du Vésuve, le 24 août de l’an 79, a enseveli les deux villes romaines florissantes de Pompéi et d’Herculanum ainsi que nombre de riches maisons de la région. المناطق الأثرية في بومبي، هركولانيوم وتورّي أنّونزياتا source: UNESCO/ERI 庞培、赫库兰尼姆和托雷安农齐亚塔考古区 source: NFUAJ.

Pompeii Ruins. Pompeii is one of the most significant proofs of Roman civilization and, like an open book, provides outstanding information on the art, customs, trades and everyday life of the past. The city has re-emerged from the darkness of centuries precisely as it would have been when it was unexpectedly buried in the thick layer of ash and lava which poured down from the devastating eruption of Vesuvius. It was the year 79 A.D. The scale of the tragedy was appalling: in what had been one of the most active and splendid Roman centres, life came to a permanent standstill.