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Posted by Seedersandleechers | Sun Jan 15, 2012, 10:27 AM (0 replies)

German Hackers Are Building a DIY Space Program to Put Their Own Uncensored Internet into Space

Syncom 1, the First Geosynchronous Satellite What NASA could do in the 1960s, we can do now. At least, that's the line of thought underpinning the Hackerspace Global Grid, a project that aims to build a space-based network of communications satellites that would freely provide uncensored Internet to users on the ground, taking the power of censorship out of the hands of governments. NASA

There’s more than one way to stick it to The Man. There’s civil disobedience, subversive propaganda, political art, outright violent revolt--each possessing its own degree of difficulty and consequence. In a decidedly 21st-century twist, team of German hackers bent on fighting the powers that be has chosen a rather ambitious means of taking the power back: building a hacker-owned and -operated space program, complete with a constellation of communications satellites beaming uncensored Internet to users on the ground.

The Hackerspace Global Grid was borne out of a call to action at the Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin, where hackers of all stripes gather to mull the issues of the day as they relate to their craft. Hacker activist Nick Farr--motivated by legislation like the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S.--called on the community to contribute to a project that would remove the power of censorship from governments and corporations by creating an uncensored Internet in the free frontier of space.

Posted by Seedersandleechers | Mon Jan 9, 2012, 02:33 PM (8 replies)

Brownback hopes to boost fracking in Kansas

Gov. Sam Brownback, on his way to the Cotton Bowl in Texas this week, stopped in Oklahoma City and met with leaders of two energy companies, SandRidge and Chesapeake, looking to smooth the way for energy companies to do more hydraulic fracturing in Kansas.

Fracking, as the process is commonly called, is spreading fast across the country and allows the extraction of more oil and gas. It is new and home-grown energy and it creates jobs, Brownback Chief of Staff David Kensinger told Wichita’s Pachyderm Club on Friday.

Kensinger said the process is already in use in Harper and other counties and could bring 25,000 new jobs to the state and significantly boost the state economy. The governor will announce more details soon.

“It’s making people a lot of money and creating a lot of jobs elsewhere,” Kensinger said. On other issues, Kensinger said:


Kansas is a mess. After spending loads of time and money to get Boeing of Wichita a fat government contract with the promise of more jobs in Kansas - Boeing is bailing out of Kansas.


I'm guessing Brownbeck is looking to make up for all those lost jobs.
Posted by Seedersandleechers | Sun Jan 8, 2012, 08:51 AM (3 replies)

Most pets didn’t return to Olathe shelter after their Christmas ‘vacations’

Thirteen dogs and five cats now have permanent homes, thanks to an Olathe animal shelter program that allows people to take pets home for Christmas.

Olathe is in its third year using the national program.

The programs began for real as a result of an Olathe author’s 2008 fiction book about a shelter sending pets to private homes over the holidays. Author Greg Kincaid was at the Olathe shelter to sign books and talk to people on the first day of the program there.

Most people adopt the animals they take home for the holidays. Thirteen of 15 dogs in the Olathe program got permanent homes and so did five of eight cats, officials said. In 2010, the program resulted in 20 dogs and cats getting homes and 22 got homes the year before that.


What a great program. I'm so glad they found new homes.
Posted by Seedersandleechers | Thu Jan 5, 2012, 07:57 AM (4 replies)
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