“One small step” into history, 45 years later

Flying 69 miles above the far side of the moon, out of contact with Earth and a world-wide audience holding its collective breath, Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin fired their lunar module’s main engine for 30 seconds to begin the first piloted descent to the moon’s surface.

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Hacking Online Polls and Other Ways British Spies Seek to Control the Internet

The secretive British spy agency GCHQ has developed covert tools to seed the internet with false information, including the ability to manipulate the results of online polls, artificially inflate pageview counts on web sites, “amplif[y]” sanctioned messages on YouTube, and censor video content judged to be “extremist.”

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Why Jamail Can’t Read

“Agresto [US senior adviser to the Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education] knew next to nothing about Iraq’s educational system. Even after he was selected, the former professor didn’t read a single book about Iraq. ‘I wanted to come here with as open a mind as I could have,’ he said. ‘I’d much rather learn firsthand than have it filtered to me by an author.’”

–Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Imperial Life in the Emerald City, (New York: Random House, 2006), 166.
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NSA schnüffelt in Erlangen

Nach Merkel hat die NSA einen weiteren Deutschen zum Ziel erkoren: einen Studenten, der einen Server des Anonymisierungsnetzwerks Tor betreibt.

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Imperial Life in the Emerald City

“In Baghdad, Bremer attended Mass every Sunday in the palace chapel, the vast room adorned with a mural of a Scud missile.”

–Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Imperial Life in the Emerald City, (New York: Random House, 2006), 68.
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US student is rescued from giant vagina sculpture in Germany

More than 20 firefighters free exchange student from the artwork Chacán-Pi (Making Love) by Fernando de la Jara in Tübingen

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Practical Shooting

“The only shot that matters is the one you’re firing right now.” — Brian Enos

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Dag Hammarskjöld’s plane may have been shot down, ambassador warned

Newly declassified 1961 cable called for grounding of Belgian mercenary hours after UN secretary general crashed in Africa

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