Mecca today has become more of a touristy destination, complete with pilgrims taking lots of selfies

Originally posted on Patriactionary:

Islam’s holiest city has capitulated to the forces of modernity. (Which doesn’t surprise me, given other examples of progressivism’s inroads into the Islamic world; see here, here, here, and here, for a few of them…)

From Chuck Shepherd’s ‘News of the Weird’:

“Selfie fever” has begun to sully the sacred Islamic pilgrimages to Mecca, according to scholars who complained to Arab News in September. What for centuries has been a hallowed journey intended to renew the spirit of Islam (that all Muslims are called upon to experience at least once) has become, for some in the so-called “Facebook era,” more resembling trip to Disneyland, with visitors to the Sacred Mosque texting friends the “evidence” of their piety. (Another scholar complained in a New York Times opinion piece in October that Mecca is often experienced more as a packaged tour by marketers, centered around Mecca’s upscale shopping…

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Inside The Dark Web – Documentary – (58:57)

Originally posted on Tales from the Conspiratum:

▶ Inside The Dark Web – Documentary – YouTube.

Twenty-five years after the World Wide Web was created, the issue of surveillance has become the greatest controversy of its existence. With many concerned that governments and corporations can monitor people’s every move, this programme meets hackers and scientists who are using technology to fight back, as well as the law enforcement officers who believe it’s leading to opportunities for risk-free crimes.

With contributors including World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee and WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange.

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Burgeroorlog in Duitsland aangekomen: Straatgevechten in het hele land tussen Koerden en aanhangers van IS

Originally posted on E.J. Bron:

(Door: Torben Grombery – Vertaling: E.J. Bron)

De vredige stad Celle wordt in het hele land ook wel de poort naar de Lüneburger Heide genoemd. De scènes die zich de afgelopen dagen in de stad in de Duitse deelstaat Niedersachsen hebben afgespeeld, had zich tot nu toe niemand van de ongeveer 70.000 inwoners tellende stad kunnen voorstellen: Bloedige straatgevechten tussen Koerdische Yezidi en radicale moslims. Ook in Hamburg en andere steden hetzelfde beeld en dezelfde achtergrond: De strijd om de Syrische stad Kobani – de Koerdische enclave aan de Syrisch-Turkse grens. Bij de intocht van ISIS wordt daar een gewelddadig bloedbad verwacht. Het Witte Huis heeft Kobani al opgegeven.

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Absolutely Disgusting: Eric Holder Implies That Mobile Encryption Will Lead To Dead & Abused Kids | TechDirt

Originally posted on Michael Volkmanns Blog:

Well, you knew it was coming. First, law enforcement trotted out random low level ?law enforcement officials? to freak out about Apple and Google?s announced plans to make encryption the default on mobile phones. Then it got taken up a notch when FBI boss James Comey lashed out at the idea, bizarrely arguing that merely encrypting your data made individuals ?above the law? (none of that is accurate). And, now, Comey?s boss, Attorney General Eric Holder has stepped up to issue a similar warning. However, Holder has cynically chosen to do so at the Biannual Global Alliance Conference Against Child Sexual Abuse Online.

At this point, it?s all too predictable that when anyone in power is getting ready to take away your rights, they?ll figure out a way to claim that it?s ?for the children!? The statements over the past week by law enforcement, Comey and now Holder are clearly…

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NIST, encryption, guards…

Originally posted on Harmonia Philosophica:

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) lacks independence and uncritically adhered to the wishes of US electronic eavesdroppers in releasing a weakened random-number generator in 2006. So says a group of mathematicians and computer scientists in a new report commissioned by the lab following the leaking of documents last year by the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden. According to those documents, the NSA designed an encryption algorithm to include a “back door” so that it could copy encryption keys from internet users without their knowledge. The algorithm was approved by NIST, which itself develops cryptography technology and advises US companies and government agencies on electronic security issues. (1)

Some people guard us from harm.

But who will guard us from the guards?

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FBI Director “very concerned” with smartphone encryption

Originally posted on esetireland:

With Apple, Google and other tech companies responding to users’ demands for privacy with further smartphone encryption options, not everyone is happy. FBI Director James Comey is “very concerned” about increased mobile OS encryption, according to TechSpot.

In a statement reported by The Huffington Post, Comey stated that while he understood the need for privacy, the added encryption and security added by tech giants could be a severe barrier to government access to devices in extreme circumstances – such as preventing an expected terror attack. “I am a huge believer in the rule of law, but I also believe that no one in this country is beyond the law. What concerns me about this is companies marketing something expressly to allow people to place themselves beyond the law,” he told reporters in Washington last week.

The statement comes off the back of both Apple and Android marketing devices…

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University of Michigan: withholding sex and affection from a woman is domestic violence

Originally posted on Wintery Knight:

Here’s a recent story from The College Fix that shows how far the university is going with this. (H/T Steve)

Excerpt:

Examples of abuse listed on the University of Michigan’s domestic violence awareness website say “sexual violence” includes “withholding sex and affection” and “discounting the partner’s feelings regarding sex” – definitions that have come under fire by some men’s rights activists.

[...][I]nterspersed within the typical definitions of abuse – “pushing, shoving, pulling, shaking, slapping, biting, hitting, punching, kicking, strangling, throwing objects at partner, restraining, throwing the partner, use of weapons” – the other examples, such as “discounting the partner’s feelings regarding sex … criticizing the partner sexually … withholding sex and affection,” are found.

Also included in the definition of sexual violence is the example of having “sex with other people.”

The campaign also gives examples of what’s considered to be “verbal or psychological abuse,” including:  “insulting the partner; ignoring the partner’s…

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