RUSSIA: Property sell-offs, alternative service denials follow Jehovah’s Witness ban

Following the Supreme Court ban on all Jehovah’s Witness activity – in force since July – Regional Justice Ministry branches are preparing to sell off their confiscated property. Military call-up offices have denied several army conscripts the option of alternative civilian service. Jehovah’s Witnesses experience increased law enforcement harassment, plus […]

‘Toward a cashless society’ – Gov’t to limit cash transactions

Finance Ministry pushing to limit use of cash, checks between private individuals, businesses. Cash payments over $1450 to be banned. Israel’s Finance Ministry is pushing to limit the use of cash in private business transactions, both between customers and businesses, as well as between private individuals. Based on the findings […]

FCC Boss Claims Net Neutrality Supporters Were Clearly Wrong Because Twitter Still Works The Day After Repeal

By now you’ve probably noticed that FCC boss Ajit Pai isn’t particularly popular online after he voted last week to kill popular net neutrality protections. A big reason for that unpopularity is Pai’s tendency to simply make things up as he rushes to coddle broadband duopolists, whether we’re talking about […]

Plumbers and electricians are the workers who will be last to lose their jobs to robots, AI expert reveals

But Mr Ford, whose most recent book is called Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future, warns that humans cannot become to complacent about the oncoming AI revolution. Speaking to Daily Star Online, Mr Ford warned that most jobs are going to be carried out by […]

Shhh Siri! Apple is developing a voice assistant that can detect when you’re whispering and know when to whisper back, patent suggests

Apple has identified that sometimes you can’t talk to your phone in a loud, clear voice and that certain situations may require a little more delicacy. A patent has revealed Apple‘s plans to develop a voice assistant that can detect when you’re whispering and know when to whisper back. It is […]

Toy chain refuses to open on Christmas Eve, as it’s a Sunday

The Entertainer will let staff spend the day with their families One of Britain’s largest toy store chains will keep all its 149 branches closed this Christmas Eve, as the day falls on a Sunday. The Entertainer will likely lose around £2 million in sales thanks to the decision, but […]

‘Multiple’ fatalities as Amtrak train derails, dangles over highway in Washington state

DUPONT, Wash. — An Amtrak train on its inaugural run derailed south of Seattle on Monday, causing multiple deaths and injuries as rail cars plunged off a bridge over a traffic-clogged interstate, authorities said. AT least five vehicles on I-5 were struck by derailed train cars tumbling down from the tracks above, Pierce County […]

China will collect the DNA of every adult in Xinjiang province, where Uyghur people are systematically oppressed

Xinjiang province is the site of intense surveillance and oppression, even by Chinese standards; it’s home to the largely Muslim Uyghur minority, and a combination of racism and Islamaphobia drive a uniquely intrusive grade of policing and surveillance. The Chinese government is undertaking a “Population Registration Program” that involves gathering […]

Martial Law In America: Cook County Commissioner Asks The U.N. To Send Troops To Chicago

Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin recently met with the Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations during which he requested that the world governing body send troops onto the violence-plagued streets of Chicago. While no one can deny the fact that Chicago is essentially a war zone, the fact that […]

Google and Amazon really DO want to spy on you: Patent reveals future versions of their voice assistants will record your conversations to sell you products

You would be forgiven for thinking that your private conversations were just that, but two leading voice assistants are listening to everything you say, a new report claims. Patent applications from Amazon and Google revealed how their Alexa and Voice Assistant powered smart speakers are ‘spying’ on you. The study […]