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In 2006, Rick Falkvinge, a Swedish software entrepreneur, founded a new political party centred around the subjects of file sharing, copyright and patents. He called it the Pirate Party and it rose to prominence after a government crackdown on the file-sharing site, the Pirate Bay. Since then, the Pirate Party has swept Europe and beyond to become an international political movement, active in 40 different countries with representation in the European parliament.
In Sweden, it's the largest party for voters under the age of 30 with 25% of the vote, and in September 2011, the German Pirate Party won an unprecedented 8.9 per cent of the vote and now has several members in the Berlin state parliament. Focused on the subjects of government transparency, internet privacy and copyright law, the Pirate Party hosts Wikileaks on its servers and uses new technology to leverage political power in new and interesting ways. In 2011, Foreign Policy magazine called Falkvinge one of the top 100 global thinkers.Rick Falkvinge Political evangelist In 2006, Rick Falkvinge, a Swedish software... more
Yes, this isn’t about San Francisco, but remember it’s my wild weekend where I get to talk about anything and today I wanted to talk about Whitecaps in Barbados. I have a couple of close friends who have purchased a three bedroom house there that when they aren’t visiting they rent it out. They needed a website to best display the house so who do they come to…me of course.Yes, this isn’t about San Francisco, but remember it’s my wild weekend... more
Cat Country radio ( http://catcountryradio.com )http://i2.crtcdn1.net/images/spacer.gif will have this pirate chicken known as Chicken of the Can't See on display at the Centre at Salisbury from June - September to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The chicken will be auctioned off at the end of September so stop out and vote for Chicken of the Can't See!
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The true hero's of the movement are pirates and anonymous ...they create real GDP while defending your freedoms watch this Keiser report and learn the true criminals are running us in the ground .Get yourself behind a proxy and join us!!
The raid is on!The true hero's of the movement are pirates and anonymous ...they create real GDP... more
You may always wonder how this little skinny black men in the skiffs out in the ocean get their massive ransom, and how they retrieve it safely so often. Well, let’s take a closer look and break down each of the major segments of the ransom retrieval phase. http://www.makeahistory.com/index.php/bizzareweird/43068-xxYou may always wonder how this little skinny black men in the skiffs out in the ocean... more
News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch frequently tweets about how web pirates are destroying the entertainment business by stealing its content and preventing studios from making a profit. But a report by Floor64's Michael Masnick, released by the Computer and Communications Industry Association, shows the opposite is true: The entertainment industry is not being killed by the world wide web. In fact, it's exploding: "Through a decade of economic and technological upheaval, the entertainment industry grew 50 percent while consumers increased spending on entertainment," claims the report.News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch frequently tweets about how web pirates are destroying... more
Yes, THAT Captain Morgan. He was real, and he was a real, ruthless pirate. Archaeologists now believe that they've discovered his 440-year-old ship sunk off the coast of Panama. The liquor company even went along for the ride.
Hailing from Texas State University, the scientists say the ship was one of five that ran aground near the Lajas Reef in 1671. And you could smell the treasure. Near the wreck was a series of cargo boxes and chests, all unopened and ready for plundering research. If there's anything that looks like this, there's plenty of cause for excitement. Because first, it's definitely a pirate-y kind of summer. Second, pirates are awesome.
For Captain Morgan USA's part, they hope the chests hold a whole lot of booze.
http://gizmodo.com/5828429/archaeologists-believe-theyve-found-captain-morgans-shipwreckYes, THAT Captain Morgan. He was real, and he was a real, ruthless pirate.... more
I know this is a bit dated but I have never seen this phishing email before and perhaps there are one or two of you that have not been confronted with this either.
I received this email on July 4th from a bogus source (SUPPOSEDLY THE IRS). I have included an attached print-key/picture which I took of the IRS NOTIFICATION email screen... Of course I knew it was phony right away. Notice the misspelled words and the obvious mistakes in grammar... The internet thieves and identification pirates are having a ball with the American low information people. I looked it up on snopes and you can read all about it at this link: http://www.snopes.com/fraud/phishing/irsrefund.asp
The IRS (as scary as they are in real life) does not send people ANYTHING via email... If it is something really important, they will usually use Certified Mail to contact a tax payer. Under no circumstance should you open the attached IRS document that comes with the email. thinkingblueI know this is a bit dated but I have never seen this phishing email before and... more
Last Night stars two actors from two of the biggest movies of all time, Pirates of the Caribbean's Keira Knightley and Avatar's Sam Worthington. And yet, this stripped-down and very, very intimate drama is maybe exactly what you wouldn't expect form the two of themLast Night stars two actors from two of the biggest movies of all time, Pirates of the... more
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Despite the growing plague of Somali piracy, scores of sailors have taken yachts into the dangerous waters off the Horn of Africa this year, and at least three have been attacked. The BBC's Daniel Nasaw in Washington talks to sailors who have faced the voyage and those offering ways of protecting them.
It was high morning in the middle of the Arabian sea, more than 600 miles (960km) from land, when the pirates struck the Capricorn.
The Somali marauders opened fire on the 22m (72ft) yacht, then clambered aboard as the Dutch captain and engineer took refuge in the engine room.
Meanwhile, a team of armed Ukrainian guards on a 42m former naval vessel hired as an escort returned fire, then came alongside the Capricorn. A guard jumped aboard and raised his weapon, and the pirates fled aboard their skiff.
The boats suffered only minor damage and the crew were uninjured.
"They were, of course, in a bit of shock," said Thomas Jakobsson, chief of operations for Naval Guards, the Cardiff-based company that supplied the escort ship.
"If you're not used to having people shoot at you - and I guess even if you are - it's always an unpleasant experience."
The Capricorn was one of at least 133 yachts that have sailed the region this year, according to the Maritime Security Centre - Horn of Africa, a European Union agency.
While most pirates aim at commercial vessels, at least three yachts have been struck this year and the attack on the Capricorn was the only story with a happy ending.
In February, four Americans were killed after pirates hijacked their yacht, the Quest, off Oman. That same month pirates seized seven Danes, including three teenagers, from their yacht ING.
"My advice is pretty consistent: Don't come if you don't have to," said Capt Michael Lodge of the US Maritime Liaison Office in Bahrain, which advises ships travelling in the region.
"If you decide to come anyway you need to carefully consider the risks associated with the trip. Plan accordingly, be aware of the dangers."
Mr Jakobsson, a former special forces soldier from Sweden, was more blunt.
"Go bicycle camping in Afghanistan," he said. "I'm sure it's the same experience."
This year, dozens of yachters found themselves portside in the Maldives, Sri Lanka or India with a difficult decision ahead of them.
Sailors told the BBC they had been aware of the growing piracy threat, but after arriving in the Indian Ocean after lengthy sails from Asia, they discovered the sheer number of pirate attacks had exceeded their expectations, and changed their plans.
Turning back east can mean a long sail against the prevailing winds or a voyage across the treacherous north Pacific from Japan to Alaska. A trip south around South Africa can add months to the journey and still carries risks.
Marc and Jane Adams, Americans who set out to circle the globe in 2008 with their children, opted to sail north from the Maldives, hugging the Indian and Pakistani coasts, burning fuel and adding 1,000 miles to their journey, until they reached Oman.
Mr Adams and two crew members continued into the Gulf of Aden. On 1 March, a vessel eight miles from them was attacked by pirates - so close they saw the distress flares shoot into the sky.
"We tried to bug out as quick as we could," Mr Adams said in a telephone interview from Suez, Egypt. "We're unarmed, we're sitting ducks, it's dark out, we're a sailboat. It's about as scared as you'd ever want to be."
Securing a yacht is far more difficult than a cargo ship, because it is slower, lower on the water, and unable to throw up a high wake to toss advancing pirate skiffs.
But a number of US, UK and European companies have come to market with products and services they say can reduce the risks for sailors courageous - or foolhardy - enough to sail pirate-plagued waters.
Firms will supply armed guards who berth on the client boat or aboard a high-powered escort vessel, train yacht owners and crews on how to identify and respond to a pirate threat, and provide a range of kit to keep the pirates at bay once they have neared the yacht.
US-based International Maritime Security Network is developing a system for yachts that will shower approaching pirates with slick, foul-smelling green liquid.
"The last thing they want to do now is shoot anything," said chief executive officer Tim Nease. "They want to jump in the water, and hopefully sharks are hungry. You just have to get away from it. You can't breathe in, you can't breathe out. It burns, it stinks. It's nasty."
'Killed or captured'
Americans Bill and Judy Rouse last month cancelled their plans to sail their 16m yacht across the Indian Ocean - and instead paid about $30,000 (£18,240) to load the boat onto a cargo ship.
The couple left St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands five years ago with plans to sail around the world. But when they reached Cochin, India in February, Mr Rouse plotted the previous three months' pirate attacks in the region.
"It was definitely a game changer," he said in a Skype interview from Male in the Maldives. And, "when you talk about armed security guards you have to talk about killing people. It's just not a solution."
So the disappointed couple spent weeks finding other yacht owners to join in hiring a transport ship, which departed Male in April with more than a dozen other yachts loaded onboard.
Mr Rouse had a warning for anyone seeking to sail the Indian Ocean.
"There really are not any alternatives for yachts such as ours, there are just not," he said. "A combination of a yacht and pirates will only end one way, and that is the people on the yacht will either be killed or captured."Video at the link (click the picture) Despite the growing plague of Somali piracy,... more
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides owned The Rapture weekend with a record obliterating $346.4 million worldwide in only five days of release.Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides owned The Rapture weekend with a record... more
If you think illegal downloads of copyrighted material are a victimless crime, think again.
http://mitziszereto.com/blog/pirates-arent-always-in-the-form-of-johnny-depp/If you think illegal downloads of copyrighted material are a victimless crime, think... more
Rich Tales In Cheap Print: Three Pulp Fiction Finds
After the dawn of the 20th century, popular fiction could be found at the corner newstand by a nation eager for the tales. Each issue was printed on cheap, pulpy paper that was soon synonymous with the lurid style typical of the contents. The pulps have a well-earned reputation for purple prose, but there was gold amongst the dross.
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http://www.npr.org/2011/05/09/135149916/rich-tales-in-cheap-print-three-pulp-fiction-finds?ft=1Rich Tales In Cheap Print: Three Pulp Fiction Finds After the dawn of the 20th... more
The National Investigation Agency is probing the sinister link between terrorists and pirates, reports Vicky Nanjappahttp://www.rediff.com/news/slide-show/slide-show-1-are-pirates-helping-terrorists-target-india/20110309.htmThe National Investigation Agency is probing the sinister link between terrorists and... more