As hard as the Turkish government might try, shutting down Twitter isn’t as easy as it seems. At 11:30 p.m. Thursday the Turkish government officially blocked the country’s 33 million Internet users from Twitter, but clever, tech-savvy Turks are sharing a simple and effective method to help fellow citizens bypass the ban — and they’re sharing it everywhere.
Just hours after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to “root out” Twitter, graffiti has been popping up around Istanbul with two IP addresses anyone can use to circumvent the government’s ban. The two numbers — 220.127.116.11. and 18.104.22.168. — refer to Google’s Public DNS, which can be easily utilized to maintain access to Twitter.
And it’s working. Despite a short blackout, many Turks are back on Twitter, and there’s nothing the government can really do to stop them.
” … it seems that masses of ordinary citizens are learning how to use this technology,” wrote Serhatcan Yurdam, a blogger who lives in Istanbul. “Everybody is teaching each other how to change their DNS, how to use VPNs … and clearly they’re catching on quickly, since so many people are still tweeting!”
Step-by-step instructions like this are being widely shared by Turkish Internet users.
Erdogan’s motivation was to “eradicate” social media, which he considers “the worst menace to society.” While he might have altruistic claims, it’s likely his real motivation was to squash any hints of a rebellion as well as to halt the circulation of a leaked voice recording of Erdogan and his son discussing how to hide $1 billion dollars of cash in safe houses — Erdogan called the conversation “completely false” and a “dirty plot.”
Of course, Internet users have quickly seen through Erdogan’s veiled concerns for this menace to society and are using Google’s DNS and various VPN routes to access and use Twitter. As you can see on tweereal.com’s map, Twitter users are still active in Turkey.
Image Credit: Tweereal
“I believe that the authorities will never be able to stop people from using Twitter,” continued Yurdam. “We’ll always find alternative ways to access it. And even if people weren’t able to access it, they would try to gather on other similar social networks. Twitter is vitally important for me and millions of Turkish citizens, because Turkish media is under a lot of pressure from the authorities. And social media is now effectively used as medium for sharing news here. In many ways, Turkish people see Twitter as their digital public space.”
For several years now, social media has become an integral part of protests and revolutionary movements around the world, enabling important communication and planning like never before. And despite a technologically inept government’s attempts to stop it, social media will continue to be a powerful and important tool that cannot and will not be silenced.
We’re glad smoking is no longer allowed on flights, but he sure looks dapper.Courtesy of KLM
“Girl, I LOVE your boots!” a flight attendant recently said to me on a flight from New York to Los Angeles. I was wearing heeled, over-the-knee boots, mainly because I couldn’t fit them in my carry-on.
He then touched me on the arm, looked me in the eyes, and said earnestly, “Thank you for dressing up. It means a lot to us flight attendants, and no one does that anymore.”
If that isn’t enough of a reason to ditch those sweatpants when flying, I don’t know what is.
Of course, these days dressing up for a flight doesn’t automatically mean you’ll get an upgrade — not with too many loyalty programs and the frequency of overbooking — but that’s no excuse for dressing like a college kid late for their Monday-morning class.
I get it — flights are long; seats are uncomfortable. You want to wear something flexible and not sit on buttons for eight hours. You think that because you’re no longer getting chateaubriand carved seat-side, you shouldn’t have to bother wearing anything formfitting. You feel like you’re being treated in an undignified manner, so you should be free to dress that way.
But there’s a difference between looking sloppy and being comfortable — you can look put-together and still be cozy.
Here are four reasons why you should dress up on a flight:
You may get an upgrade
These days, most flights are overbooked, but in the rare instance that they aren’t, being better dressed than all the other schlubs will give you an edge.
When AirFareWatchdog.com founder George Hobica asked a gate agent directly whether they’d be more likely to upgrade someone who was dressed well, the answer was, “Yes, the better dressed you are, the more likely you are to nab that seat. I am not going to put someone wearing flip-flops up front with our best customers.”
You’ll save space in your suitcase
If you’re bringing sweats and schlubby clothes that you don’t plan on wearing again on your trip, you’re wasting precious suitcase space.
Wearing heavier items like boots and a sweater is not only a space saver, but practical as well: You can plan other outfits around those items, and thus have more ensembles while packing fewer clothes.
You’ll feel better about yourself
Besides never knowing who you might meet on a plane, you’ll feel better about yourself once you land — ever landed in Europe wearing Crocs? You’re also taking a step toward making flying a special occasion again — and you can’t tell me that travel isn’t a cause for celebration.
You’ll make work more pleasant for the flight attendant
Planes are their workplace. No one wants to wait on someone in basketball shorts and dirty flip-flops.
A local court in Rawalpindi Thursday (today) issues non- bailable arrest warrant for model Ayan Ali in a case pertaining to the murder of customs inspector Ejaz Mehmood.
The warrants have been issues on the case pertaining to the murder of customs inspector Ejaz Mehmood. The court has ordered to arrest the other individuals involved in the murder case, which included customs superintendent Zargham and Dr. Haroon. Customs Inspector Chaudhry Ejaz Mahmood was shot dead last year outside in house was said to have been a key prosecution witness in the money laundering case against the supermodel.
Earlier, Mahmood’s widow alleged that Ayan was responsible for the murder of her husband and her name needed to be put on the Exit Control List. She further said that the police needed to investigate Ayan in the murder case as well.
Inspector Ejaz Mehmood was in charge of the PIA cargo air freight unit (AFU) state warehouse at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport and was the person, who took official custody of the currency that was wholly recovered from Ayan Ali in March, 2015.
The widow of Ejaz Mehmood told that her husband before his death had alarmed her of death threats that he was receiving once the money laundering case evolved after the recovery of large sums from the model at the airport. She said Mahmood had told her that the callers had threatened to kill him if he failed to follow their instructions.
They could be any Tube commuters – battling the summer crowds on a blistering hot day beneath central London, taking selfies and uploading them to social media.
But these two chaps are not your average Oyster Card users, ramming up against you with their luggage en route to Heathrow in peak hour.
The man seated on the right is His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai.
His co-rider seated on the left is his son, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai.
Time and Forbes have put his father’s wealth in excess of $4 billion, though note he gifted $10 billion in 2007 to set up the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, which aims to help future generations develop sustainable solutions in the Arab world.
During their Tube ride, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum appears to have taken a selfie with his father – and other Tube riders – and uploaded it to his Twitter, Instagram and SnapChat accounts.
Unlike normal traditional arab dress, the pair were dressed down casually for summer like many other Londoners enjoying the warmer weather.
UAE royalty on the London Tube. A photographer, possibly connected to the pair, stands nearby
It is unconfirmed which line the pair were travelling on but one user has identified it as the Central Line.
The pair appeared to be travelling with an entourage, with one man pictured sitting between them in some photos.
They also possibly had a professional photographer with them, with a man pictured standing alongside commuters holding a large camera.
Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum attends the American University Dubai 2013 Graduation Ceremony on May 12, 2013 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The pictures and a video were then distributed through the son’s social media accounts.
The Crown Prince has 1.84 million followers on Twitter while he has 3.8 million followers on Instagram.
‘From #londonunderground,’ he said on Twitter while posting the pic.
Crown Prince of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, attends the tenth edition of Art Dubai 2016 on March 15, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The pair were separated by a man, possibly part of their entourage at one point during their journey
Model Arshi Khan known for her media controversies seemed to have quite some insiders regarding Qandeel’s death. She said, “I am really saddened by the news. There is a larger conspiracy behind the murder. As I see it, there are two possibilities. The first being the honor killing issue, but I am sure there is more to it than meets the eye.”
Brother Waseem didn’t just strangle her because of sheer anger but instead as far as the whole scenerio is concerned, it seems the murder was pre-planned. It’s possible the murder was planned by some fanatic Islamic extremists from Pakistan after Qandeel Baloch’s controversy and public embarrassment alongside Mufti Qavi, which also resulted in his disenfranchisement from a religious sect in Pakistan.
Another reason which seems to be the real cause behind her murder could be Qandeel’s alleged involvement in an international escort and betting rackets. “I have been getting calls from Dubai bookies in the past – and I have also filed several police complaints in Mumbai in the regard. The Dubai-based bookies who tried to enlist my help in betting and match-fixing rackets mentioned Qandeel’s name several times. ‘She is also doing it. And making lots of money. Why don’t you do it also,’ they had said time and again,” said Arshi.
She further added that Qandeel was “meeting” many rich and famous businessmen, politicians, cricketers in Pakistan, Dubai and the rest of the UAE. “It think that as her family must have gotten wind of her activities, would be the possible reason why her brother decided to kill her,” Arshi Khan revealed.
She continued saying that even today a bookie called me from Dubai and said Qandeel was murdered at the behest of the betting mafia. Her brother was just a pawn, he told me adding that the betting mafia had used Qandeel in the past to forge links with cricketers and politicians and even clerics and military personnel. Qandeel wanted out. In her own admission she had met cricketer Umar Akmal several times in the past. The mafia used Qandeel to blackmail some people by getting her to click selfies with them in compromising positions.
Known for her love for selfies and her obsession with social media, many powerful people in Pakistan obliged the starlet and that too in compromising positions. These images were later on used by the betting mafia to get their dirty work done, said Arshi Khan in an exclusive interview. It is also possible that her brother must have been paid a “huge amount of money” by some interested parties to murder Baloch – because she had a lot of secrets about a lot of powerful people in Pakistan hidden up her sleeves.
We could conclude to the fact that Qandeel had a lot of inside information on some senior clerics and politicians in Pakistan. Her brush with Mufti Qavi was just one small example.
The future looks bright, except when it doesn’t. Here are 10 exceptionally regrettable developments we can expect in the coming decades.
Listed in no particular order.
1. Virtually anyone will be able to create their own pandemic
Earlier this year, Oxford’s Global Priorities Project compiled a list of catastrophes that could kill off 10 percent or more of the human population. High on the list was a deliberately engineered pandemic, and the authors warned that it could happen in as few as five years.
The fear is that a rogue state, terrorist group, or a malign individual might create their own virus and unleash it. Natural selection is good at creating nasty and highly prolific viruses, but imagine what intentional design could concoct.
2. People who transfer their minds to computers are actually killing themselves
This is what’s known as the “continuity of consciousness” problem. Sure, we may eventually be able to cut, copy, and paste the essence of a person’s personality and memories to a digital substrate, but transferring the seat of consciousness itself may be an untenable proposition. Neuroscientists know that memories are parked in the brain as physical constructs; there’s something physically there to copy. But consciousness still eludes our understanding, and we’re not certain how it arises in the brain, let alone how we can transfer it from point A to point B. It’s also quite possible that subjective awareness cannot be replicated in the digital realm, and that it’s dependent on the presence and orientation of specific physical structures.
Mind uploading will likely require destructive atomic-scale scanning of the brain. It would be similar to the way teleportation is done in Star Trek. Indeed, one of the dirty little secrets of this sci-fi show is that the person being teleported is actually killed each time it happens, replaced by an exact duplicate who’s none the wiser. Mind transfers could be similar, where the original brain is destroyed, replaced by a digital being who’s convinced they’re still the original—but it would be a delusion.
3. Authoritarianism will make a comeback
As threats to national security increase, and as these threats expand in severity, governments will find it necessary to enact draconian measures. Over time, many of the freedoms and civil liberties we currently take for granted, such as the freedom of assembly, the right to privacy (more on this next—it’s worse than you think), or the right to travel both within and beyond the borders of our home country, could be drastically diminished.
At the same time, a fearful population will be more tempted and willing to elect a hardline government that promises to throw the hammer down on perceived threats—even overtly undemocratic regimes.
The threats to national security will have to be severe to instigate these changes, but history has precedents. Following the September 11 attacks and the subsequent mailings of anthrax spores, the US government enacted the Homeland Security Act. This legislation was criticized for being too severe and reactionary, but it’s a perfect example of what happens when a nation feels under threat. Now imagine what would happen if another 9/11-type event happened, but one involving hundreds of thousands of deaths, or even millions.
Such an act of terrorism could be unleashed through miniaturized nuclear weapons, or the deliberate release of bioweapons. And the fact that small groups, and even single individuals, will have the power to attain and use these weapons will only make governments and citizens more willing to accept the loss of freedoms.
4. Privacy will become a thing of the past
We are rapidly approaching the era of ubiquitous surveillance, a time when virtually every aspect of our lives will be monitored. Privacy as we know it will cease to exist, supplanted by Big Brother’s eyes and ears.
Governments, ever fearful of internal and external threats, will increasingly turn to low-cost, high-tech surveillance technologies. Corporations, eager to track the tendencies and behaviors of its users, will find it impossible to resist. Citizens of the surveillance society will have no choice but to accept that every last detail of their lives will be recorded.
Already today, surveillance cameras litter our environment, while our computers, smartphones, and tablet devices follow our daily affairs, whether it be our purchasing proclivities or the types of porn we watch.
Looking ahead, government agencies and police could deploy more sophisticated tracking devices, including the much-anticipated smart dust—tiny sensors that would monitor practically anything, from light and temperature to chemicals and vibrations. These particles could be sprinkled around Earth, functioning as the eyes and ears of the planet. In conjunction with powerful data mining algorithms, virtually everything we do would be monitored. To ensure accountability, we could watch the watchers—but will they allow it?
5. Robots will find it easy to manipulate us
Long before artificial intelligences become truly conscious or self-aware, they’ll be programmed by humans and corporations to seem that way. We’ll be tricked into thinking they have minds of their own, leaving us vulnerable to all manner of manipulation and persuasion. Such is the near future envisaged by futurist and sci-fi novelist David Brin. He refers to these insidious machine minds as HIERS, or Human-Interaction Empathetic Robots.
“Human empathy is both one of our paramount gifts and among our biggest weaknesses,” Brin told Gizmodo. “For at least a million years, we’ve developed skills at lie-detection…[but] no liars ever had the training that these new HIERS will get, learning via feedback from hundreds, then thousands, then millions of human exchanges around the world, adjusting their simulated voices and facial expressions and specific wordings, till the only folks able to resist will be sociopaths—and they have plenty of chinks in their armor, as well.”
Brin figures that some experts will be able to tell when they’re being manipulated by one of these bots, but “that will matter about as much as it does today, as millions of voters cast their ballots based on emotional cues, defying their own clear self-interest or reason.” Eventually, robots may guide and protect their gullible human partners, advising them when “to ignore the guilt-tripping scowl, the pitiable smile, the endearingly winsome gaze, the sob story or eager sales pitch—and, inevitably, the claims of sapient pain at being persecuted or oppressed for being a robot.”
6. The effects of climate change will be irreversible
Late last year, world leaders forged an agreement to limit human-caused global warming to two degrees Celsius. It’s a laudable goal, but we may have already passed a critical tipping point. The effects of climate change are going to be felt for hundreds, and possibly thousands, of years to come. And as we enter into the planet’s Sixth Mass Extinction, we run the risk of damaging critical ecosystems and radically diminishing the diversity of life on Earth.
Climate models show that even if carbon dioxide levels came to a sudden halt, the levels of this greenhouse gas in Earth’s atmosphere will continue to warm our planet for hundreds of years. Our oceans will slowly release the CO2 it has been steadily absorbing, and our atmosphere may not return to pre-industrial levels for many centuries. As a recent assessment from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change stated, “A large fraction of climate change is largely irreversible on human time scales.”
The melting of snow and ice will expose darker patches of water and land that absorb more of the sun’s radiation, accelerating global warming and the retreat of ice sheets and glaciers. Scientists agree that the Western Antarctic Ice Sheet has already gone into an unstoppable decline. Currents that transport heat within the oceans will be disrupted. Ocean acidification will continue to rise, with unknown effects on marine life. Thawing permafrost and sea beds will release methane, a greenhouse gas. Droughts predicted to be the worst in 1,000 years will trigger vegetation changes and wildfires, releasing carbon. Species unable to adapt quickly to a changing climate will go extinct. Coastal communities will be submerged, creating a humanitarian crisis.
An increasing number of diseases are becoming resistant to antibiotics. Eventually, we could make the unhappy transition to a “post-antibiotic era,” a time when even the most routine infections could threaten our lives.
The era of antimicrobial resistant bacteria will change medicine as we know it. Transplant surgery will become difficult, if not impossible. Simple operations, such as a burst appendix, will be perilous once again. Pneumonia would ravage the elderly, as would many other diseases of old age, including cancer.
How bad could it get? A recent report by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries in Britain predicted that the new era of antimicrobial resistance will kill upwards of 10 million people each year by 2050. No wonder they’re calling it the “antibiotic apocalypse.”
8. Getting robots to kill humans will be disturbingly routine—and dangerous
It’s The Terminator scenario come to life—the unleashing of fully automated weapons systems that dispassionately hunt down and kill human combatants.
These systems, known as LAWS (Lethal Autonomous Weapons), are under development, and it’ll only be a matter of time before they’re tacked onto pre-existing weapons, including powerful munitions and nuclear warheads. These robotic weapons are supposed to reduce human casualties and make war more humane, but experts fear these futuristic killing machines could be prone to accidents and even escape human control.
LAWS will be imbued with safety mechanisms and “moral” programming, but as Wendell Wallach from Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics told to Gizmodo, they’ll be difficult to test, will still have software bugs, and will act unpredictably at times, even displaying unanticipated behavior.
“The speed-up of warfare and cost factors will make LAWS essential for advanced nations and attractive to non-state actors,” Wallach said. “While countries like the US promise that there will be meaningful human control and strong communication links to LAWS, they are particularly interested in LAWS for undersea weapons because they are difficult to communicate with.” As an example, Wallach worries about an unmanned submarine that mistakenly launches powerful munitions or even a nuclear warhead.
“We could have a nuclear conflagration before anyone even recognized what happened,” he said. “This is only one of hundreds of scenarios where semi-intelligent weaponry poses existential risks for humanity, long before the better recognized superintelligence might ever be realized. The long-term consequences of failing to ban LAWS far-outweigh any short-term benefits.”
9. We’ll lose all the satellites
Few people today are aware of the risks posed by the partial or total loss of our satellite fleet, a catastrophe that could be instigated by a Kessler Syndrome (as portrayed in the film Gravity), a massive geomagnetic solar storm, or through a space war.
Without satellites, our ability to communicate would diminish dramatically. GPS would be completely wiped out, along with those systems dependent upon it. Space-based synchronization would grind to a halt, affecting everything from the financial sector to the electrical grid.
We need to take this risk more seriously and act accordingly. For starters, we should improve the robustness and resilience of our infrastructure; our dependence on satellites has put us in a precarious position. We also need to develop an appreciation of the orbital ecology. As time passes, both Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and Geosynchronous Orbit (GEO) are getting increasingly cluttered with satellites and space junk. Unless we start to clean it up, we could lose these precious areas of space for decades, if not longer.
10. We’ll never make contact with aliens
We take it for granted that eventually—whether it be next week or sometime during the next millennia—we’ll make contact with an extraterrestrial intelligence. Trouble is, it’ll likely never happen. That’s because there’s no one out there transmitting signals for us to intercept, and no one’s travelling between stars in search of new places to conquer.
The ongoing Great Silence isn’t just a trivial observation. Our galaxy is ancient, so we should have made contact with aliens by now. Signs of ET, from radio signal leakage through to megascale engineering projects, should be virtually everywhere. Yet we see nothing.
Kashmir Protests Spread, Demonstration in Amrtisar
While denouncing civilian killings in Kashmir, Youth Akali Dal Amritsar, the youth wing of Shiromani Akali Dali Thursday staged a peaceful protest at Anandpur Sahib Amritsar.
The protest was led by President Shiromani Akali Dal Simran Singh Jeet Maan.
The party Chief Organizing Secretary Palpreet Singh told Srinagar based news agency CNS that the protesters carried placards and banners seeking immediate end to innocent killings in Kashmir Valley.
The placards and banners read: “Even animals are not tortured so badly as Indian forces torturing in Kashmir”; “Stop Human Rights Violations, Where are Human Rights in Kashmir”.
Palpreet Singh said that Youth Akali Dal Amritsar feels the pain of hapless and unarmed people of Kashmir and denounce the “atrocities perpetuated by India” there.
“It is highly condemnable that youth are being targeted and killed by forces in Kashmir. The government has failed to reign in forces. More than 30 innocent civilians who fought for their legitimate right of freedom have been killed in various parts of the Valley while hundreds have been injured,” he said adding that “there is no accountability on Indian forces who are pumping bullets with impunity on the protestors.”
“Our organization reiterates that Burhan Wani, Muhammad Maqbool Bhat, Muhammad Afzal Guroo and others were not terrorists but freedom fighters who laid their lives to put an end to Indian occupation in Kashmir,” he said.
Notably, people from all walks of life on Wednesday held protests against civilian killings in New Delhi.