09/21/2013

This Just Out: Dictator Augusto Pinochet tortured victims with Julio Iglesias music!

Dictator tortured victims with Julio Iglesias music

Songs by the Spanish crooner Julio Iglesias were used “to inflict psychological and physical damage” on prisoners detained during the military dictatorship of Chile’s Augusto Pinochet.

Dr Katia Chornik, a researcher at Manchester University, has looked into how the military dictator employed songs by Spain’s most internationally celebrated singer as part of a “torture soundtrack”.

Other songs by former Beatle George Harrison, Italian pop artist Gigi l’Amoroso and the soundtrack to Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange were played over and over again at high volume in the countless torture houses and concentration camps of Chile’s dictatorship years.

“Pinochet’s system used music to indoctrinate detainees, as a form of punishment and a soundtrack to torture,” Chornick told the Daily Telegraph.

“Played at intensely high volumes for days on end, the otherwise popular songs were used to inflict psychological and physical damage.”

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09/20/2013

Bleecker Bob’s Documentary Video (Closed This Year)

For five decades, Bleecker Bob’s was one of the last reminders of the Village’s musical roots. It survived the introduction of cassettes and CDs, outlasted nearby punk venue CBGBs, and managed to stay open when Bob had a major stroke and had to entrust the running of the store to his friends.

But the stars are long gone. When the landlord decided to put up the rent in line with other properties in the area, Bleecker Bob’s couldn’t pay. The store closed on April 13, 2013. Its legacy will live on, especially for those who gave up their lives for the records.

Produced by Emily Judem and Hazel Sheffield.

Music: When it Was Our Time by Richard X. Heyman; Businessman by Tuff Darts.

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09/07/2013

Citing Obamacare Costs, IBM to move over 100k retirees off health plan (Know Who To Trust Guys!)

International Business Machines Corp. plans to move about 110,000 retirees off its company-sponsored health plan and instead give them a payment to buy coverage on a health-insurance exchange, in a sign that even big, well-capitalized employers aren’t likely to keep providing the once-common benefits as medical costs continue to rise.

The move, which will affect all IBM retirees once they become eligible for Medicare, will relieve the technology company of the responsibility of managing retirement health-care benefits. IBM said the growing cost of care makes its current plan unsustainable without big premium increases.

IBM’s shift is an indication that health-insurance marketplaces, similar to the public exchanges proposed under President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul, will play a bigger role as companies move coverage down the path taken by many pensions, paying employees and retirees a fixed sum to manage their own care.

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09/05/2013

The NSA can break common Internet encryption you sukkas!

The U.S. National Security Agency has secretly developed the ability to crack or circumvent commonplace Internet encryption used to protect everything from email to financial transactions, according to media reports citing documents obtained by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

The Guardian, The New York Times and journalistic nonprofit ProPublica reported on Thursday that the U.S. intelligence agency used a variety of means, ranging from the insertion of “back doors” in popular tech products and services, to supercomputers, secret court orders and the manipulation of international processes for setting encryption standards.

The publications said the NSA and its British partner Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) reported making strides against Secure Sockets Layer technology, which protects millions of websites beginning in “Https,” and virtual private networks, which are common for remote office workers and for people seeking to obscure their locations.

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