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by Ezra Buckley on July 16, 2016

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Charles Manson, Dead at 83

November 20, 2017 Crime

Charles Manson, the cult leader of the Manson family who masterminded the Tate-LaBianca killings of 1969 and one of the most reviled and fascinating figures in American pop culture, died Sunday night, CBS Los Angeles reports. He was 83. Manson had been rushed to a Bakersfield, California hospital from Corcoran State Prison earlier this month for […]

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Are Mass Murderers Insane? Usually Not, Researchers Say

November 20, 2017 Crime

It is true that severe mental illnesses are found more often among mass murderers. About one in five are likely psychotic or delusional, according to Dr. Michael Stone, a forensic psychiatrist at Columbia University who maintains a database of 350 mass killers going back more than a century. The figure for the general public is […]

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NOTHING TO HIDE – The documentary about surveillance and you

November 19, 2017 Flotsam-and-Jetsam

NOTHING TO HIDE – The documentary about surveillance and you from NOTHING TO HIDE – documentary on Vimeo. NOTHING TO HIDE (Oct. 2016) is an independent documentary dealing with surveillance and its acceptance by the general public through the “I have nothing to hide” argument. Creative Commons release (Oct. 2017) Foreword: The film is released […]

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N° 5 (en)

November 18, 2017 Crime

“What is life? It is the flash of the firefly in the night. It is the breath of the buffalo in winter. It is the shadow that runs on the grass and is lost on the last day. ” – Crowfoot, before dying, April 1890 Wild Nature calls, that special call is heard only by a few. It […]

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The Most Terrifying Thought Experiment of All Time

November 17, 2017 Flotsam-and-Jetsam

Why are techno-futurists so freaked out by Roko’s Basilisk? WARNING: Reading this article may commit you to an eternity of suffering and torment. One day, LessWrong user Roko postulated a thought experiment: What if, in the future, a somewhat malevolent AI were to come about and punish those who did not do its bidding? What […]

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The Problem With Silicon Valley’s Playthings

November 16, 2017 Flotsam-and-Jetsam

Even YouTube’s service for kids is being abused. Can anything control the massive platforms that now shape our lives? It’s the stuff of 21st-century nightmares: A child is happily watching videos of his favorite cartoon characters, when suddenly he screams. The characters he’s grown to know and like are killing each other, or killing themselves, […]

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POINTING OUT DEVILS: ARCHONOLOGY REDUX

November 15, 2017 Flotsam-and-Jetsam

The resurrected series has got off to a great start. What I want to do next is add in the additional, archonological aspects of Zeihan’s presentation in the first post. Thing is, I’ve already done it. It is the middle third of The Devil’s Dice Game -which I presented in the Blue Mountains a few months ago. […]

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The teen who bought a car bomb on the Dark Web

November 14, 2017 Crime

A British teenager was found guilty this week of trying to buy a car bomb on the Dark Web. According to the UK’s National Crime Agency, the cops cuffed 19-year-old Gurtej Randhawa, of Wightwick, in the West Midlands, in May after he accepted a package delivered to his home address that he thought was a remote-detonated explosive device. An […]

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TV And Terror: How The Medium Plays Into Terrorist Strategy

November 13, 2017 Crime

The terrorist attack in New York last week hit close to home. My 11-year-old grandson sometimes rides the bike I gave him on that very bike path. You can see why I became glued to the TV. Following the initial wave of feeling — of relief upon hearing my grandson was safe, of anguish for […]

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Animal ‘Sacrifice’ and Blood Letting, Saint Martin’s Feast in Ireland

November 12, 2017 Flotsam-and-Jetsam

Today, the 11th of November, is the feast of St. Martin of Tours. He was a particularly popular saint in Ireland and up until quite recently his feast (Martinmas) was surrounded by a number of superstitions and customs.  These included a rather gruesome tradition, at least to modern eyes, which involved animal ‘sacrifice’ and blood […]

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