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by Ezra Buckley on July 16, 2016

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Regarding The Blue Whale Game, A Silent House, A Sea of Whale, Wake Me Up at 2.40am and other Internet Suicide Games

September 23, 2017 Flotsam-and-Jetsam
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  Since we covered this phenomenon very early on we have seen traffic from search engines to this site growing in regards to the search terms:  The Blue Whale Game, A Silent House, A Sea of Whale, Wake Me Up at 2.40am all of which are the various names that the “suicide game” goes by on […]

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You don’t have to be bipolar to be a genius – but it helps

September 23, 2017 Flotsam-and-Jetsam
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Study reveals that high-achievers are far more likely to be manic depressives Scientists have for the first time found powerful evidence that genius may be linked with madness. Speculation that the two may be related dates back millennia, and can be found in the writings of Aristotle, Plato and Socrates. Aristotle once claimed that “there […]

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It’s the end of the world and we know it: Scientists in many disciplines see apocalypse, soon

September 22, 2017 Flotsam-and-Jetsam
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Stephen Hawking is one of many scientists who see the possible near-term demise of our species. Spend that 401k! While apocalyptic beliefs about the end of the world have, historically, been the subject of religious speculation, they are increasingly common among some of the leading scientists today. This is a worrisome fact, given that science […]

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Life-threatening ‘games’ lurking in the Dark Web

September 21, 2017 Flotsam-and-Jetsam
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The ‘Blue Whale’ project exhibits a deeply sinister side effect of life in the digital age Beginning with relatively minor dares, such as watching gory horror movies to smoking marijuana and sneaking out of their parents’ house in the middle of the night, the game quickly turns more serious as dares begin to escalate. Those […]

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Here’s What All Your Organs And Parts Are Worth On The Black Market

September 20, 2017 Flotsam-and-Jetsam
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Black Market organ prices might surprise you. That’s because some body parts are worth an astounding amount of money, while others fetch a much lower price than you’d probably guess. If you’ve read the true stories of people whose organs were stolen, you know that organs aren’t the only human parts that are in demand. Everything from hair […]

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‘A reckoning for our species’: the philosopher prophet of the Anthropocene

September 19, 2017 Flotsam-and-Jetsam
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Timothy Morton wants humanity to give up some of its core beliefs, from the fantasy that we can control the planet to the notion that we are ‘above’ other beings. His ideas might sound weird, but they’re catching on. Part of what makes Morton popular are his attacks on settled ways of thinking. His most […]

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Ichidan Is a Shodan-Like Search Engine for the Dark Web

September 18, 2017 Flotsam-and-Jetsam
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Two days ago, Bleeping Computer came across a new Dark Web portal that allows users to search Tor Onion sites in the same way users utilize Shodan to discover Internet-exposed services [1, 2]. Named Ichidan — the Japanese word for “first stage/step” — the service is located at ichidanv34wrx7m7.onion, and, in the long run, can prove a useful tool for anyone […]

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How the Most Hated Animal in America Outwitted Us All

September 17, 2017 Flotsam-and-Jetsam
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Coyotes, the victims of attempted extermination, have found a way to thrive.   The howl of the coyote is America’s “original national anthem,” says Dan Flores, author of Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History. A totemic animal in Native American mythology, the coyote has lived in North America for more than a million years. But since […]

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The Case Against Civilization

September 16, 2017 Flotsam-and-Jetsam
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Did our hunter-gatherer ancestors have it better? Anatomically modern humans have been around for roughly two hundred thousand years. For most of that time, we lived as hunter-gatherers. Then, about twelve thousand years ago, came what is generally agreed to be the definitive before-and-after moment in our ascent to planetary dominance: the Neolithic Revolution. This […]

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Insult and Injury, Ideas and Actions: An Anarchist Defense of Unlimited Freedom of Expression

September 15, 2017 Mayhem
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Link to original – (This piece was originally published as a broadside in 1994 but remains particularly relevant today) Virtually everyone in the united states claims to support freedom of speech and expression. When debate arises around attempts by certain individuals to exercise this freedom, however, one frequently finds purported free speech advocates among those […]

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