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First step made: Assange official applicant for Australia Senate elections

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 14, 2013

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange addresses members of the media and supporters from the window of the Ecuadorian embassy in Knightsbridge, west London.(AFP Photo / Leon Neal)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange addresses members of the media and supporters from the window of the Ecuadorian embassy in Knightsbridge, west London.(AFP Photo / Leon Neal)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has submitted his application to the Australian Electoral Commission. This is the first step in his attempt to become an Australian senator in September 2013 elections in Victoria state.

The electoral enrolment application was handed to the Australian Electoral Commission in Melbourne on behalf of Assange by his supporters, including his father, Sydney architect John Shipton.

“They are people who are close associates, academics, specialists in their field and activists as well,” WikiLeaks Australian Citizens Alliance (WACA) spokeswoman Sam Castro was cited by The Australian.

The address nominated in Assange’s application was his mother’s house in Mentone, in the federal electorate of Isaacs, WACA confirmed.

The party, not yet registered with the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), has an initial 10-member national council; all supporters and close associates of Assange and pro-WikiLeaks activists.

The council plans to convene within a week to gather members to officially register the party – it needs to find 500 people to qualify.

As the Australian election legislation reads, Australian citizens living overseas have a right to register to vote and run for office at home in case they left Australia within the past three years prior to the election and plan to return within six years of their departure.

Mr. Shipton, who played a great role in the initial organization of Assange’s party, believes his son will gain a lot of public support.

“I think there’s a lot of support for Julian and even more support for what Julian stands for,” Assange’s father was cited by local AAP news agency. Read the rest of this entry »

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Julian Assange, WikiLeaks Founder, To Run For Australian Senate In 2013 Election

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 2, 2013

Assange extradition caseWikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has announced he will run for Senate in the 2013 Australian elections, despite having been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for the last six months.

The 41-year-old’s mother, Christine Assange, has already pledged her support for son’s political ambitions on Twitter.


Australia: Julian Assange has confirmed he will run in the 2013 national election for the Australian Senate #auspol

“He will be awesome” she told Australian news agency AAP.

“In the House of Representatives we get to choose between US lackey party number one and US lackey party number two – between the major parties.

“So it will be great to ‘Assange’ the Senate for some Aussie oversight.”

Australian-born Assange skipped bail in June and is seeking asylum in the South American embassy in an attempt to evade extradition to Sweden where he faces questioning over allegations of sex crimes.

The whistleblower fears he will be extradited to the United States to face charges over the activities of his WikiLeaks website if he is first sent to Sweden.


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What’s Next for NASA? 10 Wild, Newly Funded Projects

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 14, 2012

NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program

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What’s next for NASA now that Curiosity has touched down on Mars? For a sneak peek into what the space agency has in store, take a look at the 28 proposals for the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program, which gives out awards of $100,000 and $500,000 for concepts that have the potential to “transform future aerospace missions.” Here are 10 of the most fantastic projects that NASA hopes will be inspiring people long after Curiosity has finished exploring Mars.

NIAC 2012 Phase I & Phase II Awards Announcement

The NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program is proud to announce its 2012 awards. NIAC has selected eighteen new NIAC Phase I awards, and ten new Phase II awards based on earlier Phase I studies. These proposals have been selected based on the potential of their concepts to transform future aerospace missions, enable new capabilities, or significantly alter and improve current approaches.

Each Phase I study will receive approximately $100,000 for one year, and each Phase II study will receive approximately $500,000 for two years. These studies will advance numerous innovative aerospace concepts, and help NASA achieve future goals.

NASA Press Release

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Obama on Defense

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 25, 2012

By Mark Halperin

Here’s the new re-elect TV ad “Always,” which, somewhat amazingly, has the President directly responding to the Romney exploitation of Obama’s out-of-context quote about infrastructure.

This one has the President speaking directly to camera again, doing an admirable job of striking the right tone of not sounding too defensive or concerned about what the Republicans have done.

But a campaign never wants to let the opposition dictate what it advertises on. I don’t know if this purely defensive move is based on the vaunted Chicago research department picking up trouble in its focus groups and/or polling, or just intuition that anything that threatens to further reinforce the meme that Obama doesn’t understand or appreciate how the private sector really works must be countered as soon and as much as possible. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tulisa Admits She Has ‘No Regrets’ Over Sex Tape

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 19, 2012

Comment: Again controversial message by her:

Feisty Tulisa Contostavlos was never likely to go into hiding after her sex tape shame and she now admits the scandal has made her stronger than ever.

Just a month after the explicit footage hit the web, the defiant X Factor judge has told fans she has no regrets over the incident.

She said: “I could sit all day long saying I wish I’d never done this or met that person but at the end of the day, with the position I’m in, I can’t exactly complain.

“Everything’s taken me to the place that I’m in and made me the person I am. It just makes you stronger, doesn’t it?”

Tulisa’s world was shaken when a clip of her performing a sex act on her ex-boyfriend Justin Edwards leaked online, but the N-Dubz singer has well and truly brushed off the controversy – even hinting she has been signed up for another series of The X Factor. Read the rest of this entry »

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Project Glass: Google’s Augmented Reality Glasses Take Hands-Free Computing to the Extreme

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 5, 2012


You already move from your desktop to your laptop to your tablet to your smartphone — but what about those few moments when you’re walking around on the street? You’re wasting valuable time listening to birds chirp and being alone with your thoughts when you could be sharing photos on Google+.

Fear not, tech addicts: Google has confirmed that it is working on something it calls “Project Glass,” which is focused around augmented-reality glasses.

(MORE: Nokia Lumia 900 Review: A Solid Slab of Windows Phone)

The biggest surprise is that Google actually made them look pretty wearable instead of some futuristic monstrosity that Geordi La Forge might wear in Star Trek: The Next Generation. They’re your standard wraparound glasses with a metal frame, equipped with a clear display that serves as a camera and microphone. Read the rest of this entry »

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Archbishop Of Canterbury Rowan Williams: Lord’s Prayer Should Be Taught In Schools

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 31, 2012

Yes these days discipline is lacking everywhere. Without discipline we can not think about wonderful world. And this could be helpful to be there:

The Archbishop of Canterbury has said that the Lord’s Prayer should be taught in school, as a survey reveals that almost 50% less children know the Christian orison than their parents did at a similar age.

Dr Williams told the BBC that the Lord’s Prayer should be taught to children, stressing that the litany was “not a very big or complicated thing.”

“I’d like to see schools introducing children to the Lord’s Prayer, so that they know it’s there, they know what it means and why it matters and then they can make up their minds later about whether they want to use it.”

“Not that you’ve got to pray this, but that it’s something that’s really, really important to lots and lots of people, and it can change their lives.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Preserved Heart Of Dublin Saint Laurence O’ Toole Stolen From Cathedral

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 4, 2012

Thieves have stolen the preserved heart of Dublin’s patron saint Laurence O’ Toole from the city’s cathedral.

Just one incident in the latest spate of holy relic raids to hit the Irish Republic, the 12th century heart was stolen from Saint Lauds Chapel within the cathedral.

Investigating gardai believe it was taken some time between last night and around 12.30pm this afternoon.

The saint’s preserved heart was kept in a wooden heart-shaped container sealed within a small iron barred box.

Born Lorcan Ua Tuathail in Castledermot, Co Kildare, in 1128, Laurence (Lorcan) O’Toole was appointed Archbishop of Dublin after the death of Archbishop Gregory in 1162.

The self-denying saint wore a scratchy hair shirt as a form of penance. St. Laurence refused to eat ‘luxurious’ meat and every Lent lived for forty days in St. Kevin’s cave, near Glendalough.

He died in November 1180 in Normandy, France and was canonised in 1225. The saint’s remains have continued to inspire worship after being made into a number of relics. His heart was preserved in Christ Church Cathedral since the 13th century, and his skull was brought to Britain in 1442. However his bones disappeared during the Reformation.

A Christ Church Cathedral spokeswoman said the thieves ignored valuable gold chalices and gold candlesticks in the chapel in favour of the financially worthless relic.

The heart is protected in the cathedral by an iron box

“It’s completely bizarre,” she said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Channel Tunnel Deal To Enable Mobile Phone Reception Under The Sea In Time For Olympics

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 3, 2012


Soon Eurostar passengers will be able to make mobile phone calls 250 ft under the sea, after a deal between tunnel managers and mobile phone operators.

Pioneering developments in technology by French company Alcatel-Lucent has enabled operators to create links with mobile phone signal even under the sea, allowing reception throughout the Channel tunnel.

Four mobile phone companies, including France Télécom Orange and Free Mobile are reportedly involved in the deal with transport operators Eurotunnel.

The Channel tunnel mobile reception will also be “3G and 2G enabled” and is to be launched in time for the London Olympics, a spokesperson for French Industry Minister Eric Besson told the Telegraph.

The deal will reportedly be signed next month, with phone companies SFR and Bouygues Telecom also involved in the developments. Eurotunnel did not confirm or deny the deal, however a spokesperson told AFP:

“Customers demand mobile telephones wherever you go these days”

“So we want to make sure that we provide as many good services as any other travel organisations. We are looking at that right now.”

Previously there was a 23 mile blackout between Folkestone and Calais, as the train travelled deep below the sea bed. Read the rest of this entry »

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‘Anonymous’ Forces 40+ Child Pornography Sites Offline

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 29, 2012


Anonymous has turned its attentions from corporations to pedophiles with the news that the hacktivist group has taken down multiple child pornography sites, including one of the largest known, with account details of its 1589 users being posted online as evidence.

The incident was just part of something Anonymous is calling “Operation Darknet,” a move by the group to eliminate child pornography on the Tor network. Tor, which was originally developed as a way of protecting government communications by the U.S. Navy, now describes itself as “a network of virtual tunnels that allows people and groups to improve their privacy and security on the Internet.” But the privacy and anonymity it offers has been abused by child pornographers, something that Anonymous aims to correct with its new campaign.

(MORE: Anonymous – People Who Mattered in 2011)

In its statement about the takedown, Anonymous says that the group “identified [hosting service] Freedom Hosting as the host of the largest collection of child pornography on the internet,” adding “By taking down Freedom Hosting, we are eliminating 40+ child pornography websites, among these is Lolita City, one of the largest child pornography websites to date containing more than 100GB of child pornography. We will continue to not only crash Freedom Hosting’s server, but any other server we find to contain, promote, or support child pornography.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Iranian Warships Enter Suez Canal As Hague Warns Of ‘Cold War’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 19, 2012

Iranian warships have entered the Suez canal, via the Mediterranean sea, for the second time since the revolution of 1979.

The Shahid Qandi, a destroyer, and its supply vessel Kharg passed through the Suez canal this morning, although it is not clear what their destination will be. However it is likely to cause tension with Israel, who described a similar expedition by Iran a year ago as “provocation.”

However, Iranian Navy chief Admiral Habibollah Sayari told news agency Irna that the mission was a “show of might” and a “message of peace.”

The ships reportedly docked at Jeddah in Saudi Arabia earlier. The vessels may be on their way to Syria, according to a Suez canal authority source, reports Reuters. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kate Middleton, Duchess Of Cambridge, Steps Out Alone On Valentine’s Day

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 14, 2012

Kate Middleton was greeted by thousands of admirers in Liverpool as she flew solo for a string of royal engagements on Valentine’s Day.

William, the Duke of Cambridge managed to send a card and flowers to his other half for the romantic holiday despite being 8,000 miles away in the Falklands, but Kate was also presented with cupcakes, flowers and adoring crowds as she arrived in Merseyside.

Kate’s first solo regional visit saw her travelling up to Liverpool to visit recovering alcohol addicts as well as recognising a charity that helps the families of sick children live closer to hospitals.

The Duchess also toured Alder Hey hospital burns and surgery unit, bringing some sunshine to the children suffering from disfiguring injuries on the ward.

Dozens of locals waited on the freezing streets to greet the Duchess of Cambridge, waving flags and cheering the royal.

Middleton treated the waiting crowds to a dazzling smile, dressed warmly in a mahogany coat, thick black tights and suede heels. Read the rest of this entry »

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‘Anonymous’ Knocks CIA Site Offline

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 11, 2012

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Hacking group Anonymous has apparently claimed credit for knocking the Central Intelligence Agency’s website offline. An update at the YourAnonNews Twitter account reads:

CIA TANGO DOWN: (via @RT_America)

Sure enough, as of 4:16pm ET on Friday, the website isn’t loading. reports that the site was initially taken down around 3:10pm ET.

Anonymous has recently claimed takedowns of sites belonging to the Boston Police Departmentthe FBI, the DOJ, the U.S. Copyright Office and two of Brazil’s largest banks.

The group also recently intercepted a conference call between the FBI and Scotland Yard, which entailed cybercrime investigators discussing Anonymous’ activities. Read the rest of this entry »

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Costa Concordia: Dramatic New Pictures From The Night The Cruise Liner Sank

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 26, 2012

Some of the first dramatic images depicting the last moments of the Costa Concordia have been caught on film, showing the stricken liner and lifeboats scattered in the black water.

Since the ship struck rocks off the island of Giglio,pictures of the sinking ship the Costa Concordia have been seen on news sites around the world, showing the liner semi-submerged in the surrounding sea.

However these are among the first pictures to show the cruise liner in the early hours of the tragedy.

In the images the Costa Concordia is still brightly lit, showing the ship as she looked before the disaster.

The illumination and its slight list show the extent of the disastrous crash, and how far it has tilted since rocks pierced the hull of the ship and began to let in water.

The Costa Concordia just hours after it struck rocks off the Italian island of Giglio

The events leading up to the collision are still a matter of confusion, while Francesco Schettino, Captain of the Costa Concordia, remains under house arrest at his home in Naples. Read the rest of this entry »

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Britain Used A Fake Rock To Spy On Russians

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 19, 2012

A former UK government official has admitted Britain was behind a plot to spy on Russians with a device hidden in a fake rock, it emerged today.

Russia made the allegations in January 2006, but they were not publicly accepted by the UK before now.

Jonathan Powell, then prime minister Tony Blair’s chief of staff, told a BBC documentary: “The spy rock was embarrassing.

“They had us bang to rights. Clearly they had known about it for some time and had been saving it up for a political purpose.”

Six years ago, Russian state television broadcast a film claiming British agents had hidden a sophisticated transmitter inside a fake rock which was left on a Moscow street.

Embassy officials then allegedly downloaded classified data from the transmitter using palm-top computers.

The Russian security service, the FSB, linked the rock with claims that British security services were making covert payments to pro-democracy and human rights groups. Read the rest of this entry »

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