40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World

Global Internet Usage Based on Time of Day If you’re a visual learner like myself, then you know maps, charts and infographics can really help bring data and information to life. Maps can make a point resonate with readers and this collection aims to do just that. Hopefully some of these maps will surprise you and you’ll learn something new. A few are important to know, some interpret and display data in a beautiful or creative way, and a few may even make you chuckle or shake your head. If you enjoy this collection of maps, the Sifter highly recommends … Continue reading 40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World

Robot drones with no pity or fear to decide who to kill

Unlike today’s human operated drone killers, robotic drones will decide without pity or fear who to kill, unless a multinational team succeeds in a human rights-based pre-emptive prohibition of the new battlefield technology. “Military hardware will soon consist of ‘autonomous robots that know neither pity nor fear’ — quite a step up from the current generation of UAVs and drones operated by humans from the safety of military bases hundreds, if not thousands, of miles away,” reports Chris Tilbury for The Kernel. With the next generation drone, in 20 to 30 years, foot soldiers might be obsolete because robotic equipment … Continue reading Robot drones with no pity or fear to decide who to kill

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Exposed

ExxonMobil, BP, Chevron, DynCorp, G4S, Walmart and McDonald’s are just a few of the companies that the mega ‘charity’ supports. With an endowment larger than all but four of the world’s largest hedge funds, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is easily one of the most powerful ‘charities’ in the world. According to its website, the organization ”works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives.” So how do the investments of the foundation’s $36 billion investing arm, the Gates Foundation Trust, match up to its mission? We dug into the group’s recently released 2012 tax returns to find out. … Continue reading Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Exposed

Spy-target Netanyahu uses ‘gestures’ and ‘codes’ in sensitive discussions

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu routinely assumes that he is being spied upon and therefore goes to extraordinary lengths to prevent his work being compromised by foreign agencies, Israeli TV reported on Friday night, in the wake of revelations that US and British intelligence services intercepted emails in his office and that of his predecessor Ehud Olmert and also spied on former defense minister Ehud Barak. Netanyahu has no computer in his office, does not use email, and does not maintain a private phone, Channel 2 reported. More dramatically, when discussing especially sensitive issues even at his home, Netanyahu and guests … Continue reading Spy-target Netanyahu uses ‘gestures’ and ‘codes’ in sensitive discussions