An increasing number of businesses are opting out of staying virtually connected and are reverting back to old technologies to avoid being spied on. The move has led to a surge in typewriter sales in Germany.
German typewriter makers such as Bandermann and Olympia have cited climbing sales amid NSA spying revelations.
"We sell about 10,000 [typewriters] every year," Bandermann manager Rolf Bonnen told The Local. "We’ve seen an increase because Brother left the market [in 2012],” he added. The company's sales jumped by one-third over last year since 2012.
Triumph Adler, which is part of Bandermann, began advertising its typewriters as 'Bug proof. NSA proof” in 2013 in order to attract more consumers.
Meanwhile, Olympia spokesperson Andreas Fostiropoulis told Wirtschaftswoche magazine that the company expects typewriter sales to hit a 20-year high in 2014. "We will certainly cross the 10,000 threshold," Fostiropoulis said. He added that he has had some orders from Russian partners.
German defense contractor Diehl switched from computers to typewriters last year.
Middle Eastern peace envoy and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has warned that Israel and Hamas will not trust each other “in the immediate term and possibly ever”. And he should know.
By re-opening its 12km-long border with the Gaza Strip, the Egyptian government has the power to “create a circumstance to allow lasting peace,” the Quartet Representative continued in an interview ITV News on Tuesday.
“[There will be] ”no trust on either side between Hamas and Israel. That is not going to happen in the immediate term and possibly ever,” he said.
His comments come after the Israeli military resumed airstrikes on Gaza on Tuesday, after the government agreed to an Egyptian-proposed ceasefire deal that failed to end Hamas rocket attacks. One Palestinian civilian has died since attacks were re-launched.
Prior to its breakdown, Blair had welcomed the cease-fire and hoped it would "give a chance for a proper, full and long-term solution to Gaza to be put in place.
"Such a ceasefire can halt the tragic loss of life, stop the rockets on Israel - and open up the possibility of a genuine change in Gaza."
Julian Assange will hear if the European warrant for his arrest over rape charges in Sweden will be dropped today.
The WikiLeaks founder took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid extradition over the allegations in June 2012 and has previously said he would stay there even if the Swedish case is dropped.
He has denied claims that he sexually molested one woman in Stockholm and raped another woman in Enkoping as she slept in 2010, saying they are part of a smear campaign against him.
A Swedish court is holding a public hearing on Wednesday on whether to lift his arrest warrant after a legal challenge, theGuardian reported.
His lawyers, Thomas Olsson and Per Samuelson, are expected to argue that the allegations have insufficient basis and that the European arrest warrant was disproportionate.
The UN human rights chief has criticised Britain's rush through parliament this week of the new emergency law on surveillance and data retention.
The UN high commissioner for human rights, Navi Pillay, said the data retention and investigatory powers bill – known as the Drip bill – will not address key privacy concerns raised by the European court of justice when it struck down the current regime in April and should be the subject of wider public debate.
"To me it's difficult to see how the UK can now justify rushing through wide-reaching emergency legislation which may not fully address the concerns raised by the court, at time when there are proceedings ongoing by the UK's own investigative powers tribunal on these very issues," Pillay said in Geneva on Wednesday.
The commissioner made her remarks as she released a UN report laying out the obligations on countries to safeguard the right to privacy in the digital age. The report identifies gaps in the way countries protect the right to privacy with respect to their digital surveillance practices.
Pillay's intervention comes after MPs passed the Drip bill through all its Commons stages in a single day, with only 49 MPs voting against the rush to the statute book. The House of Lords is due to start just two days of proceedings on the legislation on Wednesday afternoon.
Privacy campaigners say that the powers to require internet and phone companies to store personal communications data for 12 months for access by the security services and the police have been widely rejected by courts in the rest of Europe.
So far constitutional courts in Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Romania and Slovenia as well as the European court of justice have all rejected blanket data retention as unconstitutional.
The home secretary published new background documents on Tuesday night that show that legislation will be introduced before the general election, abolishing the post of official reviewer of counter-terrorism laws, currently held by David Anderson QC, and replacing it with a US-style privacy and civil liberties board.
Its remit includes ensuring that current terror laws take adequate account of privacy and liberty concerns.
Privacy campaigners immediately questioned why the main framework of surveillance legislation – the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000– appeared to be outside its remit. Anderson himself said the devil will be in the detail and speculated whether it would have the same access to secret documentation currently enjoyed by him as the official watchdog.
The Home Office terms of reference make clear that the privacy and liberty board will not be allowed to duplicate the current oversight arrangements including the work of the intelligence and security committee or the oversight commissioners. Nor will it be able to deal with individual cases for people seeking redress.
The former director of public prosecutions Lord Macdonald, the Liberal Democrat peer, said the creation of the privacy and civil liberties board and the wide-ranging review of surveillance legislation are both powerful wins. He defends the Drip bill, saying it simply restates existing practice and contains a sunset clause that will mean it will need replacing in December 2016 and brings with it surprising and liberal reforms.
NASA scientists have said finding habitable worlds in the universe is a possibility in the next 20 years.
During a panel discussion at NASA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Monday, several of the space agency’s experts said based on advances in space telescope technology, finding alien life may become a reality.
“Many scientists believe we are not alone in the universe,” NASA says on its website.“It's probable, they say, that life could have arisen on at least some of the billions of planets thought to exist in our galaxy alone — just as it did here on planet Earth. This basic question about our place in the Universe is one that may be answered by scientific investigations.”
Here's what a few experts had to say about the topic during the discussion and on NASA's website:
"I think in the next 20 years we will find out we are not alone in the universe." – NASA astronomer Kevin Hand
"It's highly improbable in the limitless vastness of the universe that we humans stand alone." – NASA Administrator Charles Bolden
"Sometime in the near future, people will be able to point to a star and say, 'that star has a planet like Earth.' Astronomers think it is very likely that every single star in our Milky Way galaxy has at least one planet." Sara Seager, professor of planetary science and physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"What we didn't know five years ago is that perhaps 10 to 20 percent of stars around us have Earth-size planets in the habitable zone. It's within our grasp to pull off a discovery that will change the world forever. Just imagine the moment when we find potential signatures of life. Imagine the moment when the world wakes up and the human race realizes that its long loneliness in time and space may be over — the possibility we're no longer alone in the universe." – Matt Mountain, director and Webb telescope scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore
Mountain said a “continuing partnership” among NASA, science, technology, the United States and the cooperation to use the James Webb Space Telescope is needed “to build the next bridge to humanity's future."
The United Nations has set the world on fire! They are building an army of soldiers ready to disarm citizens at the verbal command of their leader. Their goal is to take over the world and implement their tyrannical rule and it is only a matter of time before it happens. They are recruiting soldiers from countries all across the globe and are building up their military arsenal; from MRAPS to machine guns. If you are still a skeptic on the New World Order, you won’t be after this….
Massive gun confiscation through martial law! This is the key step which will precede this impending holocaust. The populace must be rendered defenseless in order for this administration to carry out its plan. Hitler, Stalin, Pot, and Mao all enforced it, and now the Obama administration and the United Nations are initiating their plan.
“The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that the supply of arms to the underdogs is a sine qua non for the overthrow of any sovereignty.” – Adolf Hitler
“To conquer a nation, first disarm its citizens.” ― Adolf Hitler
“All political power comes from the barrel of a gun. The communist party must command all the guns, that way, no guns can ever be used to command the party.” – Mao Tse Tung
Now quotes from American Politicians…
“If I could have banned them all – ‘Mr. and Mrs. America turn in your guns’ – I would have!” – Diane Feinstein
“We’re bending the law as far as we can to ban an entirely new class of guns.” – Rahm Emmanuel, senior advisor to Bill Clinton
“If the personal freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution inhibit the government’s ability to govern the people, we should look to limit those guarantees.” – President Bill Clinton, August 12, 1993
“I don’t believe people should to be able to own guns.” – Barack Obama (during conversation with economist and author John Lott Jr. at the University of Chicago Law School in the 1990s)
In “Weed the People,” filmmakers Abby Epstein and Ricki Lake take an unflinching look at the underground world of herbal medicine, where patients become experts on their own conditions and spend thousands of dollars on federally illegal medicines that are concocted in suburban kitchens.
Nowhere is this phenomenon more compelling than in the treatment of children, who are ignorant of the stigma of medicinal marijuana and whose parents will stop at nothing to help them. “Weed the People” looks beyond pot-activist propaganda and politics to reveal the legitimate science behind cannabis medicine and the compelling stories of ordinary people whose lives are inescapably caught up in the controversy.
In July 2013 new parents Tracy and Josh Ryan received the devastating news that their 7-month-old baby Sophie had an inoperable brain tumor. The doctors prescribed chemotherapy as the only course of treatment, but could not guarantee it would work. Tracy Ryan felt intuitively that western medicine alone would not be enough to save her daughter. After intensive research, the Ryans began Sophie on a regimen of medicinal cannabis oils, hoping for a miracle.
The most fascinating area of cannabis research revolves around an element of the marijuana plant called Cannabidiol, (CBD) a powerful antioxidant that does not produce the psychotropic effects of THC. CBD shows a unique ability to kill cancer cells in early laboratory tests.
In 2003, the United States government filed a patent on CBD as an antioxidant and neuroprotective useful in the treatment of disease. Yet this same government continues to classify marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug with “no currently accepted medical use,” preventing doctors from studying it. The government’s hypocritical position on CBD leaves patients like Sophie in unchartered waters, as they experimentally use an unregulated medicine that may be saving their lives.
Watch the extended trailer for this documentary below:
Documentary to be released soon. Visit WeedPeopleMovie.com or find them on Facebook here for more info.
Chhattisgarh state department of archaeology and culture plans to seek help from Nasa and Isro for research on 10,000-year-old rock paintings depicting aliens and UFOs in Charama region in Kanker district in tribal Bastar region.
According to archaeologist JR Bhagat, these paintings have depicted aliens like those shown in Hollywood and Bollywood flicks. Located about 130km from Raipur, the caves come under village Chandeli and Gotitola.
“The findings suggest that humans in prehistoric times may have seen or imagined beings from other planets which still create curiosity among people and researchers. Extensive research is needed for further findings. Chhattisgarh presently doesn’t have any such expert who could give clarity on the subject,”
There are several beliefs among locals in these villages. While few worship the paintings, others narrate stories they have heard from ancestors about “rohela people” — the small sized ones — who used to land from sky in a round shaped flying object and take away one or two persons of village who never returned.
“The paintings are done in natural colours that have hardly faded despite the years. The strangely carved figures are seen holding weapon-like objects and do not have clear features. Specially, the nose and mouth are missing. In few pictures, they are even shown wearing space suits. We can’t refute possibility of imagination by prehistoric men but humans usually fancy such things,” the archaeologist said.
He added that it is a co-incidence that such ancient images appear to have sharp resemblance to UFOs shown in alien movies. “The fan-like antenna and three legs of vehicle’s stand clearly show a similarity to UFO type craft,” he said.