The U.S. government’s secret rulebook for labeling you a terrorist

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The guidelines state that “the general policy of the U.S. Government is to neither confirm nor deny an individual’s watchlist status.

There has been a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system and it has been quietly approved by the Obama administration. It authorizes a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document obtained by The Intercept.

 

 

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The Real Da Vinci Code? Expert Finds Secret Symbols in Mona Lisa’s Eyes

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This is not part of Dan Brown’s novel. Researcher Silvano Vinceti— chairman of the Italian national committee for cultural heritage—has found a secret code in the Mona Lisa by scanning her eyes. A code that could reveal her mysterious identity:

 

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Congress’s Groovy, Formerly Secret Fallout Shelter

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Enter the shelter here…

Atlas Obscura takes us on a tour of the US Congress’s secret fallout shelter, built in the fifties so that Congresscritters and their aides (but not their families) could survive a nuclear holocaust. Its location — beneath Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, WV — was outed by the WashPo in 1992, it has since been superseded by an even s33ktr1ter shelter with even groovier wallpaper to take into the next world…

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ACTA Leaks — Again

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Controversial Secrets Unveiled From The ACTA

With the latest round of secret negotiations over ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, concluded last week in Switzerland, it was only a matter of time until the full text of the treaty’s current draft leaked into the public domain, which it has duly done.

ACTA is an extreme copyright treaty that threatens to establish a world of border iPod and laptop searches for infringing music and movies; jail sentences for downloading; universal network surveillance; and whole-house Internet disconnection orders served on ISPs against customers who are accused (without proof) of violating copyright law…

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Russian Spy Ring Passed Secret Messages Using Digital Steganography

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A message is embedded in the right image using steganography.

Invisible ink, buried money and radio transmission: in many ways it seems the Russian spy ring recently apprehended by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) took its cues from old-school Soviet operatives. With one notable exception: in the case of the classic spy “dead drop” – a location used to secretly pass items between two people – these spies went digital.

 

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The Breathtaking Beauty of Lexiaguo, China

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A place so secret, few tourists know of its existence

A place in south west of Kunming, Capital city of Yunnan Province. Because of remoteness and lack of infra structure and lodging etc. This place is not listed in the tourist map of China.
The red land of the eastern river is a place where one almost can not find it in China’s tourist maps. Even if  there is, it has only a few words to introduce it.

A place in south west of Kunming, Capital city of Yunnan Province. Because of remoteness and lack of infra structure and lodging etc. This place is not listed in the tourist map of China. The red land of the eastern river is a place where one almost can not find it in China’s tourist maps. Even if  there is, it has only a few words to introduce it. (Pics)

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Eurocopter Moves One Step Closer to ‘Whisper Mode’

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The silent treatment

From now on, you won’t even hear the black helicopters coming. Just a breath of wind rustling your blinds, and then — bag on the head! At least, that’ll be the case if the NSA gets hold of some of these Blue Edge rotor blades from Eurocopter. They’re not only shaped like a sword you might find in Final Fantasy XIII, but they have little mechanized flaps that are automatically adjusted in order to reduce the wup-wup-wup noise that results from the blade cutting through turbulent air.

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The Secret Fort Convertible Table

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I want a secret fort too!

The “Daily Shelter” by artist Ingrid Brandth is a dining-room table that converts to a secret fort: “At first glance it looks like an ordinary table. But for the one who knows its secret, it can be transformed into a shelter where one can hide from scary sounds, ghosts or family members. Just like a snail feels safe in its house.”

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Top 10 Places You Can’t Go

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The Vatican Secret Archives rate high on the list.
The world is full of secret and exclusive places that we either don’t know about, or simply couldn’t visit if we wanted to. This list takes a look at ten of the most significant places around the world that are closed to the general public or are virtually impossible for the general public to visit…
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Special Offer – Statasphere Boot Camp – January 9th

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The Statasphere Boot Camp with Phil Lawson

What if there was a tool that could give you a significant competitive edge over your competition? And what if that tool helped put the entire rest of your life into perspective?

The most successful people in the world all have their own secret tools that give them an edge, so why not you?

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The Great Climate Scandal Takes Center Stage

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The secret underground “climate mafia” exposed

Electronic files that were stolen from a prominent climate research center and made public last week provide a rare glimpse into the behind-the-scenes battle to shape the public perception of global warming.
While few U.S. politicians bother to question whether humans are changing the world’s climate — nearly three years ago the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded the evidence was unequivocal — public debate persists. And the newly disclosed private exchanges among climate scientists at Britain’s Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia reveal an intellectual circle that appears to feel very much under attack, and eager to punish its enemies.

Electronic files that were stolen from a prominent climate research center and made public last week provide a rare glimpse into the behind-the-scenes battle to shape the public perception of global warming. The London Telegraph is referring to it as “Climategate” involving conspiracy, collusion in exaggerating warming data, possibly illegal destruction of embarrassing information, organized resistance to disclosure, manipulation of data, private admissions of flaws in their public claims and much more.

Already India has begun challenging Western data linking climate change to melting glaciers in the Himalayas

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