Kids, Ketchup and Space Zombies

Sci-fi visionary Charles Stross on why the children of tomorrow are the NSA’s biggest nightmare:

To Generation Z’s eyes, the boomers and their institutions look like parasitic aliens with incomprehensible values who make irrational demands for absolute loyalty without reciprocity. Worse, the foundational mythology and ideals of the United States will look like a bitter joke, a fun house mirror’s distorted reflection of the reality they live with from day to day.

As if the NSA spying on our every move weren’t enough, now kids have to watch what they say online in and out of school. Some 13,000 middle and high school students in Southern California will have their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube accounts scrutinized by social media monitoring service Geo Listening.

The mystery behind a song played in a lifeboat as the Titanic sank has been solved. The tune came from a musical toy pig belonging to one of the passengers who played it repeatedly to comfort the children.

From a 17th-Century fish sauce, ketchup evolved into a patent medicine, a carcinogenic health hazard, and eventually, a non-Newtonian fluid. Here’s how ketchup’s rich history is reflected in the design of a bottle of Heinz.

The search for UVB-76, an enigmatic and long-running numbers station, takes you down the hatch at an abandoned Soviet military base.

Russia’s defense ministry plans to deploy a sophisticated new air missile defense system in 2017  that can hit targets in space, a senior ministry source told Russian news agencies on Friday. The system will reportedly be based on the S-500 “Prometheus” missile.

The “Men in Black” bear striking similarities to vampires and zombies, rather than Will Smith or Tommy Lee Jones.

In an attempt to smuggle in drugs, a Washington man fired an arrow wrapped with a bag of weed and an unidentified substance at the second floor screen of the Whatcom County jail’s recreation area on Tuesday morning. The “Green Arrow” he’s not: he missed.

Why is ebola deadlier than other viruses?

Owasso, Okla.– An Owasso man is recovering in the hospital after he chased down some guys breaking into his car and ended up getting shot by a neighbor. Ultimately, holding a gun while wearing nothing but underwear is what made him look so suspicious that his neighbor shot him.

Regarding Syria –

Syrian activists took the YouTube videos that dragged America to the brink of war — and then paid with their lives.

Agent Defeat weapons” aim to neutralize chemical weapons at their source. Let’s hope they got all the math right on that.

Arms-maker Raytheon’s stock surged roughly 10 percent while American war drums for Syria crescendoed over the past two months.

“So, What’s It Going To Be?“, by Bashar Al-Assad (via The Onion)


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