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Millenia Nova – I’m Dead

by on Sep.25, 2011, under Music

Millennia Nova is a musical duo from Munich

Official Homepage: http://www.millenia-nova.com/

Translated from: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millenia_Nova

Mathias Neuhauser and Michael Meinl had met through a mutual friend. They worked together on an advertising jingle and became good friends. They met the decision to start a band – even though both came from totally different musical realms. While Neuhauser rather with ska and punk feel at home, Meinl came from the area of techno and house . The clash of these two worlds led to a symbiosis of electronic music, independent , rock , pop and ambient .

Since the two Munich, according to its own statements themselves can not sing, they undertake for their musical works of guest singers. For the third album Narcotic Wide Screen Vista, the duo was assisted by Thomas Hanreich ( Vivid ), Chris Neuburger, Kelli Ali (ex- Sneaker Pimps ), Alison (The Beangrowers ) and rock icon Iggy Pop .

 

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How to bypass Atlanta’s increased video surveillance

by on Sep.19, 2011, under News

Recently Atlanta, Georgia has been gearing up to increase the video surveillance in the city and beef up monitoring of it’s residents. It’s all under the guise of “As criminals get more sophisticated, so must law enforcement” quote by Atlanta police chief George Turner.

Atlanta officials say they want a monitoring system in the same league as New York’s or Chicago’s. The city and the police foundation have contributed $500,000 each in funding for the new center, with state grants adding another $1.2 million.

Atlanta Journal Constitution Source: http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta/atlanta-increases-surveillance-of-1183905.html

So what can you do to fight back against increased video surveillance? This would also work in any city that feels they have the right to invade your privacy. There is a simple trick you can use with infrared LEDs. To the normal eye you wouldn’t see anything emitted from an infrared LED but to a video camera they are so blinding bright they can be used to essentially “cloak” you and allow you to slip back into anonymity. Below is a video that shows how to create a simple hat that will cloak your face from city surveillance cameras and allow you to remain anonymous as you traverse the city.

 

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TSA Groper Theldala Magee has filed a lawsuit against a blogger

by on Sep.07, 2011, under News

TSA employee Theldala Magee has filed a lawsuit against a blogger demanding $500k in damages for alleging a particularly invasive search involving multiple incursions of a finger into the passenger’s vagina. The passenger, who likened the feeling to being raped, is being sued for defamation for supposedly sullying the otherwise good name of a checkpoint slave.

Source: Techdirt Article

Amy Alkon is an advice columnist and blogger who is just one of many people who has had a horrifying and traumatizing experience going through airport security lately. After being pulled aside for an “enhanced” search, she found the process to be so invasive and so in violation of her own rights that she was left sobbing. She wrote about the experience on her blog, noting that she didn’t think the search was just “invasive” in the emotional sense, but flat out physically invasive

Alkon, with the help of lawyer Marc Randazza, has now responded, refusing to back down.

Both letters are linked here.

But here are a couple quotes:

Your client aggressively pushed her fingers into my client’s vulva. I am certain that she did not expect to find a bomb there. She did this to humiliate my client, to punish her for exercising her rights, and to send a message to others who might do the same. It was absolutely a sexual assault, perpetrated in order to exercise power over the victim. We agree with Ms. Alkon’s characterization of this crime as “rape,” and so would any reasonable juror.

No free woman should endure what your client did to Ms. Alkon. Fortunately, Ms. Alkon is capable of recognizing injustice, and for the good of us all, she had the courage to speak out on this matter of public concern of the highest order. After Magee’s assault on Ms. Alkon’s vagina and dignity, Ms. Alkon exercised her First Amendment right to recount this incident to others in person and through her blog. This was not only her right — it was her responsibility.

 

Amy Alkon’s Original Blog Article:  http://www.advicegoddess.com/archives/2011/04/26/make_it_tough_t.html

Amy Alkon’s Updated Blog Post: http://www.advicegoddess.com/archives/2011/09/07/obedience_train.html

There is also a discussion on Slashdot as well: http://yro.slashdot.org/story/11/09/07/1831258/TSA-Groper-Files-Suit-Against-Blogger

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