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News anchor says Russia could "turn the US into radioactive dust"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Mar 17, 2014 6:19 am

Russian President Vladimir Putin hand-picked Dmitry Kiselyov to be the head of Russia Today, with the news anchor appearing on the show on Sunday saying that Russia could "turn the US into radioactive dust."

 

 

Kiselyov made the statement on state-controlled Rossiya 1 TV, with the broadcasting going out shortly after the polls of the Crimean peninsula showed that 95% of people wanted to leave Ukraine, and become part of Russia. Kiselyov then talked about Russia's "dead hand" defense system, where he said: "Even if people in all our command posts after an enemy atomic attack cannot be contacted, the system will automatically fire our missiles from mines and submarines in the right direction," right as an image of a Russian missile headed toward the United States appeared on the screen.

 

Kiselyov has been referred to as "the Glenn Beck of Russia" and seems to not believe in a free and objective press: "I understood that objective journalism, distilled, is absolutely not in demand."

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Machinima receives $18 million investment from Warner Bros

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Mar 11, 2014 5:35 am

Gaming-focused YouTube network, Machinima, just received an injection of $18 million from Warner Bros. Entertainment in another round of funding. Warner Bros. wasn't alone in funding, with participation from Machinima's existing investors jumping in, too.

 

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These companies include MK Capital, Redpoint Ventures and Google Capital. Chairman and CEO of Machinima, Allen DeBevoise said: "We are thrilled to be partnering with Warner Bros., the leading producer of exactly the type of content that resonates with our global audience of video gamers and millennial males. There are myriad opportunities to connect Warner Bros.' content to our audience across YouTube and our highly successful apps, and similarly to maximize the value of our content by utilizing Warner Bros.' expertise in global distribution beyond YouTube."

 

The new funding from Warner Bros. extends its relationship with Machinima, with the two companies working on the live-action web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy together.

Snowden calls for "a watchdog that watches Congress"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Mar 11, 2014 3:37 am

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden addressed the SXSW audience from a web broadcast, where he gave some policy suggestions on how the government can better protect US citizens' 4th Amendment rights.

 

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Snowden started by saying that intelligence agencies need to bring in a "law enforcement" model of defense, which means we could see a stop of the bulk collection of Internet and phone data, exchanging this capture-all-data method to only capturing data from suspects with a warrant. Thing is, Congress is already talking about this, with US Senators Rand Paul and Ron Wyden proposing these changes.

 

But, Snowden saw an overall bigger issue with Congress, who he accused of "cheerleading for the NSA instead of holding them accountable." He used the example of when the Director of the NSA, James Clapper, admittedly gave false answers to Congress about the massive data collection the NSA carries out, some members of the Intelligence Committee jumped to his defense. Snowden said: "We need a watchdog that watches Congress."

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Julian Assange says President Obama isn't serious about NSA reform

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Mar 8, 2014 11:46 pm

WikiLeaks' founder, Julian Assange, gave a talk at SXSW Interactive, where he said that President Obama isn't serious about NSA reform. Assange said he is siding with the NSA, and not with the American people.

 

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Assange said that we can see that Obama isn't serious about the NSA scandals, as he has failed to fire or prosecute anyone at the NSA. The WikiLeaks founder also said that Obama couldn't enable any change, even if he actually wanted to. Assange said that if President Obama tried to dismantle the NSA or CIA, that he would be impeached, and that the agencies would destroy him as they "have dirt on him".

 

Assange had some dark words about the NSA, adding that the NSA "has dirt on all of us", suggesting that the American government has been collecting information on US citizens to black mail them when the time is right.

Vladimir Putin's body language is being studied by The Pentagon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Mar 8, 2014 5:34 am

The situation between Russia and the Ukraine is heating up, but could the US government know what Vladimir Putin's next move is, all by studying his body language over the years?

 

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The Pentagon has spent considerable sums of money studying the body language of foreign leaders, to hopefully predict future behavior. An article was recently published by USA Today reporter Ray Locker, who worked with documents uncovered by RT that provided a look into a subject that isn't talked about often. The military has been using the expertise of body movement analysts to interpret the nonverbal projections of important heads of state, including one in the spotlight right now, Russian President Vladimir Putin.

 

Locker reported: "US policymakers are seeking any advantage they can find". He added that the United States Office of Net Assessment, which is a division of the Department of Defense, has employed Naval War College research fellow Brenda Connors. Connors has been involved since 1996, and is one of just a few movement pattern analyst practitioners in the world to be sanctioned by the Motus Humanus organization.

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