When she was a teenager on the South Side of Chicago in the late 1990s, Donna Alexander fantasized about setting up a space where stressed-out people could relieve their tension in a safe, nonviolent way — by smashing mannequins, televisions, furniture and other objects. She was confident in her idea, but she wasn’t sure how to turn it into a business.

Finally, in the fall of 2008, and by then living in Dallas, Ms. Alexander began an experiment. She invited current and past co-workers to her garage to pulverize items she had collected from the curbs in her neighborhood. “I would play music on my laptop and just let them have at it,” she says. She charged $5. Soon, word of the stress-relief sessions spread throughout Dallas.

Read the Full Article: Source – The New York Times
Time For Truth: (The New York Times) – Anger Rooms: A Smashing New Way to Relieve Stress

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Low morale at the National Security Agency is causing some of the agency’s most talented people to leave in favor of private sector jobs, former NSA Director Keith Alexander told a room full of journalism students, professors and cybersecurity executives Tuesday. The retired general and other insiders say a combination of economic and social factors — including negative press coverage — have played a part.

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The radical shift in the NSA’s surveillance strategy to “collect it all” began in the UK, according to new revelations in the latest cache of documents leaked by Edward Snowden.

During a June 2008 visit to the Menwith Hill monitoring station in North Yorkshire, then-director of the NSA Keith Alexander asked: “Why can’t we collect all the signals, all the time?” He went on: “Sounds like a good summer homework project for Menwith!”

Read the Full Article: Source – Ars Technica
Time For Truth: (Ars Technica) – New Snowden leaks reveal “collect it all” surveillance was born in the UK

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Austria’s highest court has annulled the result of the presidential election narrowly lost by the candidate of the far-right Freedom Party.

The party had challenged the result, saying that postal votes had been illegally and improperly handled.

The Freedom Party candidate, Norbert Hofer, lost the election to the former leader of the Greens, Alexander Van der Bellen, by just 30,863 votes or less than one percentage point.

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The latest addition to the Russian security services’ arsenal comes in the form of a Batmobile. Informally known as ‘The Punisher,’ the armored combat vehicle was put on display for the president and is being touted as an answer to the American Humvee.

President Vladimir Putin inspected the Federal Security Service’s (FSB) latest special operation vehicles in Moscow on Friday. The most eye-catching of the bunch was the cutting-edge ZiL Karatel armored car, which has a slight resemblance to the Batmobile, the legendary car from the Batman movies.

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