Understanding of Bigotry


Bigotry is the expression of hatred or aggression towards those who are different. Examples of bigotry include racismand religious intolerance.

Bigotry is common among atheistselitistsracistsliberals,Muslimshomosexuals, and religious extremists (i.e.Westboro Baptist ChurchKu Klux KlanAl Qaeda, etc.) towards critics of their ideologies. Some liberals deceitfullyclaim to uphold equality of all viewpoints and free speech, but are in fact routinely prejudiced against opposing viewpoints. They are particularly bigoted against Christians (and indeed faith in general) and Family Values. It is typical to see liberals refer to their opponents as “racists“, “fascists“, “Nazis“, “rednecks“, “gun nuts“, “fanatics“, or any number of more profane slurs. Bigotry can also be evidently seen when people refer to others who disagree with them as “bigots” or “intolerant”, and this is a severe form of hypocrisy because it excuses their accountability by blaming someone else.

Don’t Be Terrorized


The fundamentalist seeks to bring down a great deal more than buildings. Such people are against, to offer just a brief list, freedom of speech, a multi-party political system, universal adult suffrage, accountable government, Jews, homosexuals, women’s rights, pluralism, secularism, short skits, dancing, beardlessness, evolution theory, sex. There are tyrants, not Muslims.

The fundamentalist believes that we believe in nothing. In his world-view, he has his absolute certainties, while we are sunk in sybaritic indulgences. To prove him wrong, we must first know that he is wrong. We must agree on what matters: kissing in public places, bacon sandwiches, disagreement, cutting-edge fashion, literature, generosity, water, a more equitable distribution of the world’s resources, movies, music, freedom of thought, beauty, love. These will be our weapons. Not by making war but by the unafraid way we choose to live shall we defeat them.

How to defeat terrorism? Don’t be terrorized. Don’t let fear rule your life. Even if you are scared..

Evil Islamic Ideology by ISIS


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Evil Islamic Ideology by ISIS

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The establishment of  al-Qa’ida in Afghanistan was followed by a proliferation of terrorist organizations: al-Qa’ida in the Mesopotamian Valley and al-Qa’ida in Iraq (AQI), the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), al-Qa-ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), al-Shabab in Somalia and Boko Haram in Nigeria.  Now the global community faces the largest and most dangerous terrorist movement of all, the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS).

The world has not witnessed evil like the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in generations. The leaders of ISIS, their evil ideology, and their inhumane crimes are the antithesis of the fundamental values cherished by all of humanity, values that are affirmed in the teachings of Islam. Throughout history, repressive and nihilistic movements have shrouded their selfish political objectives with noble ideals intended to appeal to impressionable audiences.

To begin to answer this question…

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Evil Islamic Ideology by ISIS


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The establishment of  al-Qa’ida in Afghanistan was followed by a proliferation of terrorist organizations: al-Qa’ida in the Mesopotamian Valley and al-Qa’ida in Iraq (AQI), the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), al-Qa-ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), al-Shabab in Somalia and Boko Haram in Nigeria.  Now the global community faces the largest and most dangerous terrorist movement of all, the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS).

The world has not witnessed evil like the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in generations. The leaders of ISIS, their evil ideology, and their inhumane crimes are the antithesis of the fundamental values cherished by all of humanity, values that are affirmed in the teachings of Islam. Throughout history, repressive and nihilistic movements have shrouded their selfish political objectives with noble ideals intended to appeal to impressionable audiences.

To begin to answer this question, we may start by asking:

What is ISIS and what ideology does it espouse?

How does its ideology attract recruits?

Why are so many members ready to give their lives for what many would argue is an ill-defined cause?

Equally importantly, how does it fund itself?

What is the relationships between its ideological and military strategy and its sources of funding?

What is ISIS’ ultimate goals and how can it be stopped?

ISIS’ ideological narrative is not well developed. An offshoot of Wahhabism and Qutbism in its most violent form, its Manichean ideology postulates a world where evil has subordinated the good. As with other extremist movements that claim to be Islamic, it argues that the core problem is that Muslims have been seduced and corrupted by the West and thus deviated from true Islam.

It is unfortunate that ISIS has chosen the beautiful religion of Islam as their public messaging vehicle to promote their apocalyptic approach to grabbing power and territory. Not only will they be met with a formidable international military response to stop them in their tracks and eventually defeat them, they will be completely undermined when people of all faiths and backgrounds collectively act upon their shared values of peace, justice, and compassion.

We should speak out against injustices by criminal and terrorist groups like ISIS…., and to work with community and political leaders to promote peace at home and around the world.

Apple faces a lawsuit


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Apple currently faces a lawsuit over the complaints about the large amount of storage that its new iOS 8 takes up on iPhones and iPads. The users of the devices complain about the misrepresentation of the storage capacity.

The lawsuit claims that the advertising of the tech giant fails to fully represent the total amount of storage available. In addition, it is alleged that iOS 8 made it worse, as the operating system takes up a larger amount of space without informing users before upgrade. Indeed, up to ¼ of the advertised storage capacity of iPhones and iPads will be consumed by iOS 8 and therefore be unavailable for consumers if they buy those with iOS 8 installed.

The case was started by two users, who claim to have bought iPhones and iPads back in 2014 advertised with 16GB of storage, but found out that they have access to much less. The complainants are going to turn the lawsuit into a class action and are seeking $5m in damages.

Apparently, it is normal for consumer electronics makers to advertise the total storage capacity of their devices without mentioning how much of it will be taken up by the pre-loaded software. The problem with Apple is that the company also prevents customers from adding more memory via microSD cards and instead offers a pay-for iCloud storage service when storage on the device is full.

It is known that the company’s latest iOS update, advertised as the “biggest iOS release ever”, was beset with issues that forced Apple to pull its health app and service. Moreover, the iOS 8 update also led to connectivity issues for some mobile devices, and was reissued twice with bug fixes.

The main problem faced by most users was the size of the update – the overwhelming majority of users could not install the new iOS when it was issued, because it required a lot of free space on internal storage capacity. Thus, the users were forced to delete large amounts of information from their devices to try a new iOS. In addition, the total amount of space available to the users compared with iOS 7 reduced significantly, according to the plaintiffs.

The lawyers point out that Apple has faced and defeated similar lawsuits earlier: for example, three years ago in Canada, Apple was accused of misrepresenting the amount of storage available to users on the iPod. Apple was not the only company that faced such claims – Microsoft was also sued over a similar issue with its Surface tablets.

Notes on Site Development by Silk Road Founder


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Ross Ulbricht, the accused operator of the online illegal drug marketplace, appeared to have had a digital journal on his computer describing the development of Silk Road and predicting that it would become a “phenomenon”.

Indeed, the prosecutors showed the court journal entry excerpts from 2010 and 2011. The digital journal was found on Ulbricht’s laptop seized when the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested him and accused of running the Silk Road website, where drugs and other illegal products could be bought in exchange for Bitcoins.

The excerpts from the journal read that Ulbricht believed Silk Road was going to become a “phenomenon” back in 2010. This evidence was presented on the 5th day of the trial as part of the efforts of the American authorities to crack down on the use of the Bitcoin cryptocurrency for drug trafficking and other crimes.

Ross Ulbricht is accused of operating Silk Road under the alias “Dread Pirate Roberts” and profiting about $200 million in drug sales before the FBI shut the service down. He denied all allegations, including conspiracy to commit drugs trafficking, acknowledging that he did create Silk Road but then passed it to other operators.

In response, the prosecutors showed the journal entries, which revealed that the website was supposed to be launched under the name “Underground Brokers”, with the idea being to create a service where Internet users could purchase anything anonymously, and no trail whatsoever could lead back to them. Then the journal described the launch of the service in 2011, noting a “huge spike in signups” after getting attention in the media and calls by a couple of American senators to shutdown the online blackmarket. This is when Ulbricht wrote that he was “mentally taxed”, and felt very “vulnerable and scared” at the time. He expressed fears in the journal that the government of the United States, his “main enemy”, was aware of him and some of its members were calling for his destruction.

Finally, a journal entry dated as 29 December 2011 described Ross going out with a woman who knew he worked with cryptocurrency and telling her about having “secrets”. At that moment, Ulbricht recognized that he felt wrong to lie completely so he just tried to tell only a part of the truth “without revealing the bad part”.

WikiLeaks threaten to file legal action against Google and US Government over Email Revelations


The online service is determined to fight back in an escalating war with both the tech giant Google and the American government, claiming that it is going to start legal action the day after demanding answers for the Google’s handover of WikiLeaks’ Gmail contents to the US government.

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The problem is that the targets of the investigation weren’t informed until 2.5 years after secret search warrants were issued and served by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. WikiLeaks claimed it would be looking at legal action not only with Google, but also those who actually turned in the “illegal and arbitrary” order. The whistleblowing service also insists that any information used from the taking of documents this way should be considered as biased and illegal and therefore can’t be used in the proceedings.

WikiLeaks insists that was a clear violation of rights. In response, Goggle pointed out that its policy is to tell people about government requests for their data, except for the cases when they are gagged by a court order. Unfortunately, this happens quite frequently. Google also claimed that it has challenged many orders related to WikiLeaks and pushed to unseal all the documents related to the investigation.

The problem is that WikiLeaks received the notification of the court order from Google only before Christmas 2014 and published it online. As for the tech giant, it insisted that the legal process was initially subject to a nondisclosure order, which barred the company from disclosing the very existence of the legal process. In the meantime, WikiLeaks doesn’t even know whether Google even went to court at all, and if it didn’t, that would not be good, because Google is expected to litigate on behalf of its subscribers.

It is known that the Google court order targeted 3 employees of the whistleblowing service: two journalists and a spokesperson. According to the wide-ranging scope of the order, all email content, including all messages (even deleted ones), drafts, login data and contact lists had to be handed over to the US law enforcement.

WikiLeaks also pointed to Twitter as an example of best practices for tech firms responding to government requests. The microblog notified the target of a similar demand from the law enforcement, and the warrant in question could be fought in court.

Coming Soon……. “Cyber War Games”


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Coming Soon……. “Cyber War Games”

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The UK and US intelligence agencies are going to conduct transatlantic cyber “war games” in order to test their resilience to the global cyber attacks. The heads of the two countries have started negotiations on the topic and will announce that a simulated attack will target banks in the City of London and Wall Street later in 2015.

The simulated “war game” against the financial sector will be carried out with the help of specialists of the Bank of England and other financial institutions and coordinated by a new joint “cyber-cell” of the two countries. The latter will be created by agents from GCHQ and MI5 on the UK side and the NSA and the FBI on the US side.

The US and UK leaders do not underestimate the threat of Islamist extremists in Syria, Iraq and in Europe and the dangers represented by cyber-warfare. Obama pointed to the “urgent…

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CIA “To Russia With Love” Tweet


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A few days ago, the CIA baffled many of its followers with a tweet written in Cyrillic, raising fears that the agency’s Twitter account had been hacked, like an US military account was recently.

Fortunately, the Russian-speaking community quickly corrected the worried masses: the CIA had simply posted a quote of the poet and novelist Boris Pasternak, whose novel “Doctor Zhivago” the CIA helped to disseminate throughout the Soviet bloc in the 1960s. The quotation was the following: “I wrote this novel for it to be published and read, and that is still my only desire”.

Indeed, back in the 1950s and 1960s, the agency helped to publish a Russian-language edition of “Doctor Zhivago”, which the Soviet Union had banned for its “anti-Soviet sentiments”. If you haven’t read that, the novel spans the Russian civil war and early Soviet regimes. Its main characters range from pro-tsar White soldiers to “old Bolsheviks” and the eponymous poet-doctor. Russian-American novelist Vladimir Nabokov described the plot of the novel as “a sorry thing, with stock situations, voluptuous lawyers, unbelievable girls, romantic robbers and trite coincidences”.

However, Nobel judges and CIA agents did like the book and respectively awarded Boris Pasternak the literature prize in 1958 and helped to publish the miniature editions of the book that could be mailed into Russia. The CIA itself pronounced the book as a “piercing exposition of the effect of the Soviet system” and an object of “great propaganda value”. Apparently, this was in the first place simply because the Soviet Union had banned it.

In the meantime, some of the politician observers believe that the CIA’s tweet could be a message to Kremlin, as Russia has recently put more pressure on the press – for example, the country banned profanity in art, forced bloggers who have over 3,000 daily readers to register with the government, and muzzled some independent press. But the others see the tweet as a PR move by CIA, which just wants to show off its 20th-century achievements.

About two years ago, the spy agency declassified around a hundred documents that pertained to its efforts to get a Russian version of the book into the USSR. This move was taken following the freedom of information request from a journalist and academic writing a work about spies, Pasternak and propaganda.