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DIY drone surveillance for protesters

Another development in protester counter intelligence. Protesters in Warsaw recently used a small drone helicopter equipped with a camera to monitor police activity. Very cool.

The next step is using 3D printers to crank out more advanced models.

We’re still talking tactics here, not strategy, but very useful tactics.

Stuxnet

I’m reading Neuromancer now, so this video about “code as a weapon” jumped out at me. I’m still not sure how much of the hacker talk these days is hype, and plenty of .mil folks have obvious motivations to scare the public about cyber threats and viruses crashing trains and taking down power grids and all the rest. That said, as more and more systems connect to the integrated info grid and store their data in the cloud, it’s inevitable that weaponized viruses will appear with the capacity to do serious damage. Whether it’s now or a decade from now.

Stuxnet: Anatomy of a Computer Virus from Patrick Clair on Vimeo.

Adam Curtis makes the illest shit

Markus Kayser Builds a Solar-Powered 3D Printer that Prints Glass from Sand and a Sun-Powered Cutter

Markus Kayser – Sun Cutter Project from Markus Kayser on Vimeo.

This is what democracy looks like.

Industrial designer and tinkerer Markus Kayser spent the better part of a year building and experimenting with two fantastic devices that harness the sun’s power in some of the world’s harshest climates. The first he calls a Sun Cutter, a low-tech light cutter that uses a large ball lens to focus the sun’s rays onto a surface that’s moved by a cam-guided system. As the surface moves under the magnified light it cuts 2D components like a laser. The project was tested for the first time in August 2010 in the Egyptian desert and Kayser used thin plywood to create the parts for a few pairs of pretty sweet shades. But he didn’t stop there.

Clockwork Elves

Also, this:

Apparent Communication with Discarnate Entities Induced by Dimethyltryptamine (DMT)

DMT (dimethyltryptamine) is the most powerful and fast-acting of the tryptamine class of hallucinogens. After smoking DMT users regularly report fantastic trips to other dimensions and conversations with intelligent alien life forms. Meyer outlines DMT usage, pharmacology, mythology and occult application, including shamanic uses. He also presents fascinating anecdotal material regarding DMT “alien contact.” Materials from DMT researchers Terence McKenna, Gracie and Zarkov, and dozens of other correspondences are included, providing clues to deciphering the DMT “hyperspace” state.

Assume for a moment this is all true. What difference would it make?

Woman in Arizona Arrested for Speaking at City Council

Open Source Intelligence Analysis Tools

This is something that I heard about months ago and still need to look into more. Could be very interesting for planning campaign strategies.

A software companion to a 30+ year-old CIA research methodology, Open Source Analysis of Competing Hypotheses (ACH) will help you think objectively and logically about overwhelming amounts of data and hypotheses. It can also guide research teams toward more productive discussions by identifying the exact points of contention.

If a tree fell

Why the Civil Rights Movement was an Insurgency, and Why it Matters

Haven’t watched this yet, but passed on by Mike who’s into It.

The Gun Markets of Pakistan

I’d like to see one of these in the US. But with home solar power kits and DIY hydroponic set ups and pirate radio equipment instead of AK’s.

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