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Random Generator Parodies Vapid Startup Websites

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alphadogg writes: A pair of Georgia Tech computer science students have created a Random Startup Website Generator that spits out a different jargon-laden startup website every time you click on the URL. Mike Bradley and Tiffany Zhang's project "serves as a parody of startups that have websites full of vague praise and little information about their actual business, often because they have little to show in that regard."

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The Yemen Civil War—–Washington Armed The Houthis, Not Iran

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As the Saudi bombing campaign against Houthi targets in Yemen continues, notwithstanding a temporary pause, the corporate media narrative about the conflict in Yemen is organised decisively around the idea that it is a proxy war between Iran on one side and the Saudis and United States on the other. USA Today responded like Pavlov\'s dog this week to a leak by Pentagon officials that it was sending the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt to the waters off Yemen, supposedly to intercept Iranian vessels carrying weapons to the Houthis. It turned out that the warship was being sent primarily to symbolise US support for the Saudis, and the Pentagon made no mention of Iranian arms when it announced the move. But the story of the US navy intercepting Iranian arms was irresistible, because it fit so neatly into the larger theme of Iran arming and training the Houthis as its proxy military force in Yemen. News stories on Yemen in recent months have increasingly incorporated a sentence or even a paragraph invoking the accusation that Iran has been arming the Houthis and using them to gain power in the Gulf. The State Department\'s principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Gerald Feierstein nourished that narrative in Congressional testimony last week depicting Iran as having provided “financial support, weapons, training and intelligence” to the Houthis. Feierstein acknowledged that the Houthi movement is “not controlled directly by Iran”, but claimed a “significant growth in Iranian engagement” with the Houthis in the past year. Like most popular myths the dominant narrative of the Houthi movement as Iranian proxy in Yemen is based on a kernel of truth: the Houthis share the Iranians\' dim views of American intentions in the Middle East and have sought to take advantage of the Hezbollah model to enhance their political-military effectiveness. Houthis rise – myth andOriginally appeared at: http://davidstockmanscontracorner.com/the-yemen-civil-war-washington-armed-the-houthis-not-iran/The Yemen Civil War—–Washington Armed The Houthis, Not Iran is a story from: BitcoinWarrior.net

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Random Darknet Shopper ‘Cleared of All Charges\'

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Bitcoin and the world of art are gradually merging. Artequesta recently announced their acceptance of bitcoin for investment in traditional pieces. Separately, in Amsterdam last year the artwork, ‘Collaboration\' by Reinier van den Bezemer Schoonderwoerd was purchased for the Bitcoin equivalent of $10,000 US. Now it seems Bitcoin\'s relationship to art isn\'t simply about turning a profit. A group of artists from Switzerland have taken this integration one step further. !Mediengruppe Bitnik consists of the artists Carmen Weisskopf and Domagoj Smoljo, London filmmaker and researcher Adnan Hadzi, and the reporter Daniel Ryser. They live and work out of both Zurich and London, envisioning contemporary art utilizing the internet. “!Mediengruppe Bitniks works formulate fundamental questions concerning contemporary issues.” – !Mediengruppe Bitnik In early 2013 the group sent a parcel to Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, at the Ecuadorian Embassy. The parcel contained a camera which broadcast its journey through the postal system, live on the internet. Called «Delivery for Mr. Assange», the event was described as a SYSTEM_TEST and a Live Mail Art Piece, according to the !Mediengruppe Bitnik website. !Mediengruppe Bitnik went on to create the Random Darknet Shopper in 2014, and provided it with a $100 weekly bitcoin allowance. The Darknet Shopper made random purchases from the dark web, an infamous source of illicit goods. “Each new object adds to a landscape of traded goods from the Darknet,” !Mediengruppe Bitnik states. The successful deliveries were received by the group and displayed at Kunst Halle St. Gallen in an exhibition named The Darknet – From Memes to Onionland. An Exploration. A set of Fire Brigade master keys bought from the UK was the group\'s first post in September 2014. While the master keys provide access to a range of locked doors, required in an emergency situation, someOriginally appeared at: http://bravenewcoin.com/news/random-darknet-shopper-cleared-of-all-charges/Random Darknet Shopper ‘Cleared of All Charges\' is a story from: BitcoinWarrior.net

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Bitcoin Continues the Leg Lower

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Want to Trade Bitcoin? ForexNews RecommmendsClick Here To Learn More. Saturday wasn\'t kind to bitcoin. The cryptocurrency fell by $4 d0llars today and the decline isn\'t stopping with BTC/USD losing a further $2 dollars in the new trading session. We are currently quoted at $224 flat on BTC-E, $226.20 on BitStamp and $226.33 on OKCoin. It\'s been a slow and steady sell-off since the $230 figure, as can be seen on the 1 Hour chart below. Bitcoin is getting close to the $213 swing low. The low reached on April 14th may act as temporary stalling point but a firmer support can be found below, in the area around $200 dollars. The crypto will need to clear this mark to continue the losses. Lower still, notable support levels include $192 followed by this year\'s low at $162 dollars per coin. To end the downtrend, BTC/USD will need to rally above the $236.56 swing high. A spokesperson from Spain\'s tax office confirmed that VAT (value added tax) will not apply to bitcoin transactions. On the flip side, because the office defines bitcoin as a ”financial service” businesses dealing with BTC will have to follow AML (anti-money laundering) rules. You win some, you lose some. According to Coindesk, the Spanish bitcoin community is supportive of the clarification. In other news, Brock Peirce has been elected as the chairman of the board of directors at the Bitcoin Foundation. The vote was 3-0 with Olivier Janssens abstaining. Coindesk relayed a short message from Peirce after his election: ”A lot of us believe in the foundation and we believe it can be effective at advocating on behalf of the industry. Some people might say there are aspectsOriginally appeared at: http://www.forexnews.com/blog/2015/04/25/bitcoin-continues-the-leg-lower/Bitcoin Continues the Leg Lower is a story from: BitcoinWarrior.net

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Bitcoin regulation is coming to New York

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Posted Apr. 24, 2015 at 12:01 AM Updated Apr 24, 2015 at 4:39 PM Originally appeared at: http://www.waynesvilledailyguide.com/article/20150424/BUSINESS/304249964/196/featuresBitcoin regulation is coming to New York is a story from: BitcoinWarrior.net

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Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Screenshot Tour

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Ubuntu MATE 15.04 is now available for download. This release builds on Ubuntu MATE beta 2 and mostly fixes bugs. Here is a run down of some of the new features in Ubuntu MATE 15.04 compared to Ubuntu MATE 14.10: Ubuntu MATE 15.04 is an official Ubuntu flavour; established a hardware partnership with Entroware; added PowerPC and Raspberry Pi 2 as supported hardware architectures; added a new default theme called Yuyo; added user interface switching to MATE Tweak; added fully integrated Compiz support; added Tilda pull-down terminal; added Folder Color; added LightDM GTK+ Greeter Settings; added categories to the system menus; added new community contributed desktop backgrounds; updated to Linux kernel 3.19; updated to MATE Desktop 1.8.2; updated to Firefox 37; updated to LibreOffice 4.4.

Think Tanks: How a Bill [Gates Agenda] Becomes a Law

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theodp writes: The NY Times' Eric Lipton was just awarded a 2015 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting that shed light on how foreign powers buy influence at think tanks. So, it probably bears mentioning that Microsoft's 'two-pronged' National Talent Strategy (PDF) to increase K-12 CS education and the number of H-1B visas — which is on the verge of being codified into laws — was hatched at an influential Microsoft and Gates Foundation-backed think tank mentioned in Lipton's reporting, the Brookings Institution. In 2012, the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings hosted a forum on STEM education and immigration reforms, where fabricating a crisis was discussed as a strategy to succeed with Microsoft's agenda after earlier lobbying attempts by Bill Gates and Microsoft had failed. "So, Brad [Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith]," asked the Brookings Institution's Darrell West at the event, "you're the only [one] who mentioned this topic of making the problem bigger. So, we galvanize action by really producing a crisis, I take it?" "Yeah," Smith replied (video). And, with the help of nonprofit organizations like Code.org and FWD.us that were founded shortly thereafter, a national K-12 CS and tech immigration crisis was indeed created.

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