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October 24th, 2011 by in Images, Links

6 Classic Songs That Were Supposed to Be Jokes[Cracked]

Hundreds Die as Eastern Turkey Is Jolted by Quake[NY Times]

At least 240 people were killed and more than 1,000 were injured after a powerful earthquake shook eastern Turkey, Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay said on Monday.

In a televised statement, Mr. Atalay said that rescue workers continued to search for survivors and reach the dead in and around the city of Van, close to Turkey’s eastern border with Iran. News agencies reported that up 270 people had died.

More than 200 aftershocks shook the area throughout the night, the Turkish Seismic Institute said on Monday.

WikiLeaks’ Money Woes Brings End To Leak Of Secrets[Telegraph]

The whistleblowing website set up by Julian Assange said that it is temporarily suspending publication of leaks to fight a “blockade” by credit card companies.

The refusal to accept donations has cost the website “tens of millions of dollars” in lost funding, the website said.

Mr Assange was due to make the announcement at a press conference in London at 1pm today , and appeal for donations to help flight the blockade.

In a statement, WikiLeaks said: “In order to ensure our future survival, WikiLeaks is now forced to temporarily suspend its publishing operations and aggressively fundraise in order to fight back against this blockade and its proponents.”

Real-Life Inception: Army Looks to “Counteract Nightmares” With Digital Dreams – [Wired]

A soldier tries to sleep. But he is not safe in his dreams. Jolted awake by a nightmare, the combat veteran fumbles in the dark for his 3-D glasses. He puts them on. Around him are the faces of people whom he trusts. They fight the darkness with him. The soldier’s re-lived this scene in his head and the laboratory over and over again, until it has become reassuringly familiar. The soldier knows that his pixelated friends will take him away from these troubled dreams. When the scene is over, he takes off his goggles and looks around him. The soldier is home.

The U.S. Army wants this dream sequence to become reality. In an Army-backed experiment called “Power Dreaming,” Naval Hospital Bremerton in Washington State will help traumatized troops battle their nightmares — with soothing, digitally-made dreams crafted in virtual worlds.

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