President Hugo Chavez plans to censor the internet in his country Venezuela under a new law that will go to parliament next week. The president’s lawmakers claim the move is to protect citizens but it would result in something worse than China’s great firewall.
Like usual tyranical goverments, the bill wants to protect people and especially the president because the bill will “restrict” websites that incite violence against the semi dictator.
Venezuela is already on the downward path of media censorship and this will just move things quicker to a locked out society.
Here are South Africa’s top searches made in 2010, some of them are bizarre while others we think should be there are’nt. Obviously Julius Malema takes the top spot when it comes to politicians because of his various hate speeches.
No comment on Justin Bieber while the other usuals also make the list.
See the list:
Global fastest rising queries, 2010
3. justin bieber
4. nicki minaj
7. katy perry
Fastest rising searches, South Africa, 2010
1. justin bieber
2. nicki minaj
5. die antwoord
6. yahoo sign in
7. powerball results
8. news24.com south Africa
9. moshi monsters
7. Popular searches, South Africa, 2010
Fastest rising searches, people, South Africa, 2010
1. justin bieber
2. nicki minaj
3. jack parow
5. julius Malema
7. kim kardashian
8. cristiano ronaldo
10. lil wayne
Fastest rising politician searches, South Africa, 2010
1. Julius Malema
2. Nelson Mandela
3. Jacob Zuma
4. Thabo Mbeki
5. Helen Zille
6. Fikile Mbalula
7. Patricia de Lille
8. Siyabonga Cwele
9. Nathi Mthethwa
10. Siphiwe Nyanda
Fastest rising news searches, South Africa, 2010
2. malema Julius
5. nelson Mandela
6. world cup
7. cape town
10. kaizer chiefs
Top mobile searches, South Africa, 2010
Fastest rising song lyrics searches, South Africa, 2010
1. Airplanes lyrics
2. Bedrock lyrics
3. Deuces lyrics
4. Justin Bieber lyrics
5. Lyrics waka waka
6. not afraid lyrics
7. omg lyrics
8. pyramid lyrics
9. rude boy lyrics
10. stereo love lyrics
Fastest rising World Cup searches, South Africa, 2010
1. Bafana bafana squad
2. brazil soccer team
3. flags of countries
4. park and ride
5. shakira waka waka
6. world cup octopus
7. world cup concert
8. fan parks
9. world cup flags
10. world cup songs
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has threatened bicycle shops around Melbourne and other towns that if they sell bicycles without breaks they could be fined $1million.
Their target is fixies. Fixies are fixed geared bicycles that has no breaks. A big movement and sub culture accross the world. These “fixies” are also some of the most hard core bicycle activists that fight for better bicycle roads and conditions.
According to a local newspaper the ACCC already took action against “Surly Steamroller” because it does not have back brakes.
According to the ACCC riding fixies are dangerous to both pedestrians and other cyclists and they say it could cause injury to both.
Greater Britain through Scotland and Ireland are under snow. At some points the conditions was so sever shops started running out of stock because the trucks could not deliver it. On Wednesday, 09 December the temperature dropped below -20C.
The snowfall was so severe in Scotland that some had to abandon their cars that suddenly got stuck on the roads in the snow. This have been some of the coldest recorded records since 1981 and if it continues on this path, this could be the worst winter since 1910.
Early in December 2010 there was severe rainfall in Southern Spain that caused flooding throughout the area. There was one death, a small boy that was killed in a flash flood while he was in a car. In the town of Ecija 3 000 people was evacuated after the centre of the city was submerged at points by two meters of water.
NASA have released satellite pictures of that area includes the area from Andalucia and Sevilla. The first was taken on 9th December 2010 and the second was taken on the 10th December 2009. To make it more clear to see the difference in both images they used a combination of infra-red and visible light. It is not only the water that is noticeable but also the plant-life, it is very clear that in 2009 that area was much dryer which means less plant-life. The images was acquired by Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite.
Police in the Netherlands have arrested a 16 year old boy on suspicion of being involved in the 1000′s of people or the non group called Anonymous or Operation Payback.
This was while the “operation” was against Visa and Mastercard earlier today. The 16 year old is believed to have participated in the attacks by the Wikileaks supporters.
Operation Payback might go for the Dutch police website next because of the arrest.
Update: Confirmed, the boy was one of those in Operation Payback
Operation Payback, the people behind the various hacks and DDoS attacks had their Facebook page with more than 5000 members deleted. The page is now nowhere to be found.
Another page popped up which now seems to be the new page of Operation Payback with about 200 members but as we all know Facebook, that might not last long.
Facebook has a history of deleting controversial pages or groups or even those they or their policies dont fully agree with.
Update: Facebook deleted Operation Payback’s page because it was promoting (DDoS) attacks.
Operation Payback, the war against those that stand against Wikileaks so to speak is heating up. Earlier hackers took down Visa.com and Mastercard.com, that had no big effect on payments. The only thing that sufferred was the server and the domain but no business was interupted according to the information we have.
Now Anonymous is going after Verified.visa.com. If that goes down and it appears to be down then it will affect business and card transactions.
Edit: At some places however Mastercard did suffer a loss of service.
A new discovery beneath the Persian Gulf is showing us that many theories of where the Garden of Eden is might be more accurate than many want to admit. Christian theologians and those that study the bible have long thought and insisted that the Garden of Eden is either in the Gulf of Aden or in the Mediterranean sea but some scientists and sceptics have long fought against this idea.
Well now according to the newly published article in the Current Anthropology the facts are coming out of a previous fertile landmass now under the Persian Gulf that was home to one of the earliest human populations outside of Africa.
An archeologist and researcher from the University of Birningham in the United Kingdom, Jeffrey Rose says that the area in the Persian Gulf might of been home to people before the area was swallowed up by the Indian Ocean. According to Rose this happened around 8000 years ago but according to the bible the flood happend around 4000 years ago so there is a slight difference between the two theories..
Rose said. “These settlements boast well-built, permanent stone houses, long-distance trade networks, elaborately decorated pottery, domesticated animals, and even evidence for one of the oldest boats in the world.”
Rose further explained that evidence of preceding populations might be missing because it’s under the Gulf.
“Perhaps it is no coincidence that the founding of such remarkably well developed communities along the shoreline corresponds with the flooding of the Persian Gulf basin around 8,000 years ago,” Rose said. “These new colonists may have come from the heart of the Gulf, displaced by rising water levels that plunged the once fertile landscape beneath the waters of the Indian Ocean.”
The article also explains that “Historical sea level data show that, prior to the flood, the Gulf basin would have been above water beginning about 75,000 years ago. And it would have been an ideal refuge from the harsh deserts surrounding it, with fresh water supplied by the Tigris, Euphrates, Karun, and Wadi Baton Rivers, as well as by underground springs. When conditions were at their driest in the surrounding hinterlands, the Gulf Oasis would have been at its largest in terms of exposed land area. At its peak, the exposed basin would have been about the size of Great Britain, Rose says.”
“Evidence is also emerging that modern humans could have been in the region even before the oasis was above water. Recently discovered archaeological sites in Yemen and Oman have yielded a stone tool style that is distinct from the East African tradition. That raises the possibility that humans were established on the southern part of the Arabian Peninsula beginning as far back as 100,000 years ago or more, Rose says. That is far earlier than the estimates generated by several recent migration models, which place the first successful migration into Arabia between 50,000 and 70,000 years ago. ”
“The Gulf Oasis would have been available to these early migrants, and would have provided “a sanctuary throughout the Ice Ages when much of the region was rendered uninhabitable due to hyperaridity,” Rose said. “The presence of human groups in the oasis fundamentally alters our understanding of human emergence and cultural evolution in the ancient Near East.”
This means that the Gulf of Aden should show evidence of life and the Garden of Eden theory of it being in the Gulf of Aden might be correct after all.
Amazon is selling Wikileaks cables. This is shocking since they recently kicked Wikileaks off from their hosting. First they kick Wikileaks off, then they take the data that supposedly were somehow violating their terms and sell it.
A few moments ago we posted that Amazon.com is next on Operation Payback, if this is the case most people will side with Operation Payback.
Here is what Amazon said which in turns makes them total and obvious hypocrites:
when companies or people go about securing and storing large quantities of data that isn’t rightfully theirs, and publishing this data without ensuring it won’t injure others, it’s a violation of our terms of service, and folks need to go operate elsewhere.
Amazon is next on the list , or so it is believed. No one can actually say if Amazon is now the actual target but it appears so. Amazon was responsible for taking down Wikileaks hosting, some files of Wikileaks were hosted on Amazon and they took it down.
The tweet that made it more or less clear Amazon was next was from the now suspended account “Operation Payback” on twitter.
So far the hackers have taken down Sarah Palin’s website, Mastercard.com, Paypal.com and a few others.
Sarah Palin that earlier said Julian Assange is “un-American” had her site hacked or DDoS attacked by operation payback. SarahPAC.com is now totally offline, the webmasters are aware of this but theres not much they can do about it.
SarahPAC.com’s hack comes after Mastercard.com and Paypal.com and Twitter may follow soon by the looks of things. “operation payback” had their twitter account suspended earlier.
Sarah Palin also said that Juliun Assange should be “hunted down like Al-Qaeda”.
Sarah Palin has a huge following, amazingly. She makes comments like “Julian Assange is unamerican”, actually she said that today. Today she revealed that she thinks Australian born Julian Assange is “Un-American”, it seem that most Australians are Un American, in fact the entire world outside of America is Un American but that does not stop Sarah Palin from making comments which has the entire Twitter laughing at her.
Sarah Palin previously this year also said that the burning of the quaran was un-American and then there was the Obama event, Obama was also labeled by Palin as “un-American”.
bacardimo: dear Sarah Palin, of course Assange’s actions were un-american. He isn’t an american…
The US is getting ready to censor the internet and they are using the Wikileaks event as a pretext to do so. The US government has been looking for a way to hide the truth from their citizens for a while now and this might just be what they were looking for.
Wayne Madison in this tv interview explains exactly why Wikileaks is the planned pretext to censor the internet and bring about a new “patriot act” for the internet, a well thought out long awaited plan.
The internet “is under worse attack in this administration than it was than in the previous administration”.