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85,000 Historical Films From British Pathé on YouTube

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British Pathé has posted 85,000 (!) short historical films at YouTube. A fascinating look at the history of the 20th century through the eyes of British media, before it was called “media.”

For a relatively recent example: “Arnold Schwarzenegger Wins Mr Universe (1969),” with casually sexist narration.

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This video is two archive reels in [HD]. Mr Universe 1969 + “Show of Strength”, International Bodybuilding Contest in Cologne, Germany 1966

Arnold Schwarzenegger flexes his extraordinary muscles for the judges in these two bodybuilding tournaments, one in Cologne in 1966, and the other (the first piece of footage) in London at the Mr Universe contest in 1969.

Mr. Schwarzenegger was a completely unknown figure then. Coe Boyer can also be seen in this footage.

Terrific Live Performance: Lydian Collective - Cartoon Hero

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Music • Views: 3,794

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From the Laszlo EP: Turning Tide: candyrat.com

Performed by the Lydian Collective: facebook.com

Featuring:
Aaron ‘Laszlo’ Wheeler - Keyboards, MPC, Kalimba (Composer)
Todd Baker - Guitar (Audio / Visual Production)
Ida Hollis - Bass Guitar
Sophie Alloway - Drums

The Lydian Collective are a group of London-based musicians that perform live versions of the diverse instrumental music released under the Lydian Label. Featuring arrangements from the likes of Laszlo and Musicbox, the Lydian Collective explore the compositions in a more organic context, hopefully giving you a deeper insight into the compositional roots of the studio music.

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This Is Bad: Heartbleed Attack Targets VPN Service

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Technology • Views: 9,185
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Most of the coverage of the Heartbleed bug has focused on the security problems for websites, but there’s another avenue of attack now being exploited by hackers: the Virtual Private Network (VPN) systems used by many large and small businesses.

Security firm Mandiant reports that it is has observed a Heartbleed attack occurring “in the wild.” The attack targeted a Virtual Private Network service at an unnamed organization, gaining access to its internal corporate network — and it shows that hackers are finding the parts of the internet are least likely to have been updated to protect against Heartbleed.

The attack worked like this. When a user logs into a VPN service, it issues a “session token,” a temporary credential that is supposed to prove that a user has already been authenticated. By stealing the authentication token from the server’s memory, the attacker can impersonate the legitimate user and hijack her connection to the server, gaining access to the organization’s internal network.

This disastrous security hole in OpenSSL may have more effect on these kinds of semi-closed systems than on easily upgraded web servers, because the people who use VPNs and other types of networking applications and devices may not even realize they’re relying on the buggy versions of OpenSSL, and it may be difficult (or even impossible in some cases) to update the software.

But web servers are still a big problem as well; the Washington Post’s Brian Fung points out that we may be seeing some large scale disruptions of the Internet in the not too distant future: Heartbleed Is About to Get Worse, and It Will Slow the Internet to a Crawl.

Estimates of the severity of the bug’s damage have mounted almost daily since researchers announced the discovery of Heartbleed last week. What initially seemed like an inconvenient matter of changing passwords for protection now appears much more serious. New revelations suggest that skilled hackers can use the bug to create fake Web sites that mimic legitimate ones to trick consumers into handing over valuable personal information.

The sheer scale of the work required to fix this aspect of the bug — which makes it possible to steal the “security certificates” that verify that a Web site is authentic — could overwhelm the systems designed to keep the Internet trustworthy.

“Imagine if we found out all at once that all the doors everybody uses are all vulnerable — they can all get broken into,” said Jason Healey, a cybersecurity scholar at the Washington-based Atlantic Council. “The kinds of bad things it enables is largely limited only by the imagination of the bad guys.”

UPDATE at 4/18/14 6:22:46 pm

Please note! We got out in front of the rush to revoke/reissue our SSL certificates right away, the day the bug was announced, so Little Green Footballs is not vulnerable to the problem described in the Washington Post article.

Twitter Timeline: Greenwald Associate Trevor Timm vs. His 9/11 Truther Fans

Embarrassing yet funny
Weird • Views: 9,870

This is telling. Greenwald associate Trevor Timm compares people who think Edward Snowden works with Russia to 9/11 Truthers, and is immediately swarmed with outraged comments from his fans who are 9/11 Truthers.

Snowden’s Op-Ed: Desperately Spinning to Repair the Damage

“Through the Freedom of the Press Foundation”
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Let’s face it — if Edward Snowden’s appearance at Vladimir Putin’s propaganda puppet show yesterday was supposed to improve his image in the US by showing him “questioning” Putin about mass surveillance, it was a miserable failure. Even many of Snowden’s stongest defenders were appalled at that display.

So it should come as no surprise that today, the axis of Snowden is spinning like crazy to try to undo some of that damage — and extend the propaganda opportunity by propping up Snowden as a false dissident. See: Vladimir Putin Must Be Called to Account on Surveillance Just Like Obama | Edward Snowden.

Yes, “just like Obama.” Snowden (or whoever actually wrote this — see below) apparently sees no difference between the two leaders at all.

Putin’s response was remarkably similar to Barack Obama’s initial, sweeping denials of the scope of the NSA’s domestic surveillance programs, before that position was later shown to be both untrue and indefensible.

Snowden’s point in this article is to boast about his bravery and the sacrifices he’s made, and call on Russian journalists to follow up on his ground-breaking work.

When this event comes around next year, I hope we’ll see more questions on surveillance programs and other controversial policies. But we don’t have to wait until then. For example, journalists might ask for clarification as to how millions of individuals’ communications are not being intercepted, analysed or stored, when, at least on a technical level, the systems that are in place must do precisely that in order to function. They might ask whether the social media companies reporting that they have received bulk collection requests from the Russian government are telling the truth.

Sure, Russian journalists might ask those questions. And they might also be murdered for asking those questions.

It should be pointed out, because Glenn Greenwald isn’t going to admit it, that there’s a disclaimer at the bottom of this piece revealing what’s really going on here:

Edward Snowden wrote for the Guardian through the Freedom of the Press Foundation

Who is the “Freedom of the Press Foundation?” Well, the Guardian doesn’t mention it for some reason, but it just happens to be a front group for, yes, you guessed it, the Mighty Glenn Greenwald. This is basically a press release, courtesy of Mother Russia, for the Snowden-Greenwald project.

And of course, today Greenwald praised the bravery and integrity of the piece he (at the very least) helped Snowden put together.

UPDATE at 4/18/14 12:55:34 pm

Greenwald associate Trevor Timm says the Snowden op-ed is “all his words.”

Also see:
The Lies Edward Snowden Tells

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