The Next Big Thing in Hardware: Smart Garbage

The old gadgets are piling up. Is there a way to deal with the formerly shiny new things being dumped in the back of closets?


Detroit could be ground zero for a resurgence in typhoid

These diseases don’t give a damn what the cause of the water shortage is. If inadequate sanitation occurs, for whatever reason there will be a resurgence of diseases that were long ago banished from our shores.


Former Al-Qaeda Operative Claims Qaeda/ISIS Run By The CIA

More evidence has been entered into the files of public record that terrorist organizations such as al-Qaeda, ISIS, and the al-Nusra Front are completely controlled by the CIA and other Western intelligence agencies.


Grow your own painkillers

Planting your painkillers close to regular oriental poppies will most likely keep them un-noticed.


Leftist activists convicted of masterminding anti-government riots

The Judge will pronounce the sentence later on Thursday.

Previously, prosecutors had asked to sentence the head of the unregistered political movement Leftist Front, Sergey Udaltsov and his close aide Leonid Razvozzhayev to 8 years in prison; the maximum punishment for the crime of organizing mass unrest that results in violence or destruction of property is 10 years behind bars.

The sentence is the culmination of the resonant Bolotnaya Square case that has already resulted in several convictions and sentences, as well as one court order of compulsory psychiatric treatment. Also, several people convicted win this case have already been released under a recent amnesty.

The unlawful actions took place at Bolotnaya Square in Moscow on May 6, 2012, shortly before Vladimir Putin’s presidential inauguration. On that day several Russian opposition parties held a sanctioned rally against alleged violations during the 2011 parliamentary polls.

At first the march went peacefully, but then some of the protesters started to violate the conditions of the event and clash with policemen who wanted to restore order. As a result the rally was dispersed and many people were detained. Police established the identities of most active rioters, found and charged them.

Investigators have established that the situation was prepared and provoked by several leftist activists, headed by Udaltsov, and Razvozzhayev who also planned to repeat the riots in other parts of the Russian Federation. Law enforcers also claimed that the operation was ordered and financed by Georgian politician Givi Targamadze, described by the mass media as a leading expert in the so-called ‘color revolutions’ – street protests against allegedly undemocratic steps of the authorities that lead to quick change of the political regime.

As the investigation progressed, Russia’s top law enforcement agency, the Investigative Committee released a hidden camera video record of Udaltsov and Razvozzhayev meeting with Targamadze in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, discussing the details of their operation in Russia. The committee also started a criminal case against the Georgian politician, but so far cannot bring him to justice because he lives abroad and has been cautious enough not to enter Russia.

Udaltsov at first denied ever meeting Targamadze, then changed his plea and said that he only met him to discuss some common projects in the liquor business. He also said that the meeting with Targamadze had been organized by Leftist Front activist Konstantin Lebedev, and Razvozzhayev had only driven them from Moscow to Minsk.

However, investigators were using Lebedev’s testimony as another key piece of evidence. He entered a plea deal and received a sentence of two-and-a-half years, which was consumed almost completely by the pre-trial custody period. In early May, Lebedev was released.

Even before the court verdict was pronounced, the defense attorney said that he planned to appeal the sentence as “illegal and unfounded.”


​Islamic State orders genital mutilation of Iraqi women – UN

The shocking news, adding to an already long list of crimes reportedly committed by the militants since the takeover of northern Iraq last month, was broken by UN resident and humanitarian coordinator in Iraq, Jacqueline Badcock.

“This is something very new for Iraq, particularly in this area, and is of grave concern and does need to be addressed,” she told reporters in Geneva by videolink from Arbil on Thursday.

“This is not the will of Iraqi people, or the women of Iraq in these vulnerable areas covered by the terrorists,” she added.

The Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, has taken over large portions of Iraq with the goal of establishing a fundamentalist Sunni Islamic state in the territories of Iraq and Syria. Since then they have launched a campaign to cleanse ethnic and religious minorities in the territory they control, sending thousands of refugees fleeing for their lives.


MERS may have mutated to airborne agent

Particles of the MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) virus have been found in the air of a barn that had housed an infected camel. The particles contained genetic fragments of the virus on all three days that the air was sampled.


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