Canadian government wants to fill airports with KGB-style hidden microphones

The Canadian border agency wants to cover the nation’s airports with spy-ears that can listen in on and record your conversations from a distance. They’ve already done it for some airports, though they’re not saying which.

Don’t worry, though, they won’t turn them on without a “privacy impact assessment.”

Because the impact this will have on privacy isn’t totally fucking obvious.

The recording equipment may also be linked to a federal initiative to help CBSA combat organized crime and internal smuggling conspiracies at big Canadian airports.

A 2008 RCMP report said at least 58 crime groups were believed active at major airports, typically by corrupting airport employees or placing criminal associates in airport jobs to move narcotics and other contraband to and from planes.

The Customs Act was amended in 2009 to allow for the creation of “customs controlled areas” within airports, starting with those in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, followed by Ottawa and other international Canadian aerodromes.

Listening equipment ‘will record conversations’ at Canadian airports: CBSA

(via /.)


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Datamancer’s Seafarer keyboard: brassy, nautical steampunk confection



The latest Datamancer keyboard is the Seafarer:


Coming Soon! We recently decided to try our hands at some brass-casting and this is the first result, “The Seafarer”, an intensely ornate, nautically-themed keyboard with a worn-in, weather-beaten aesthetic. It features a gold foil map faceplate, protected by thick acrylic, spiral cut rods, and engraved gold metallic keys.

We plan to make several more cast brass designs in the near future, so feel free to join the mailing list to stay informed of their availability.

The Seafarer Keyboard


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‘Madagascar 3′ stampedes, ‘Rock,’ Sandler flop

This film image released by Columbia Pictures shows Tony Orlando, left, and Adam Sandler in a scene from "That's My Boy." Sixty-eight-year-old Orlando said in a recent interview that the idea to cast him in the film which opens Friday, came about after running into Sandler at a birthday party for a mutual friend. Two days later Sandler called him up asking if he'd want to appear in his next film. (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures - Sony, Tracy Bennett)Zoo animals remain hot at the box office. Singing stars and Adam Sandler are not.

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Rodney King, key figure in LA riots, dies at 47

FILE - This April 13, 2012 file photo shows Rodney King posing for a portrait in Los Angeles. King, the black motorist whose 1991 videotaped beating by Los Angeles police officers was the touchstone for one of the most destructive race riots in the nation's history, has died, his publicist said Sunday, June 17, 2012. He was 47. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, file)Rodney King, the black motorist whose 1991 videotaped beating by Los Angeles police officers was the touchstone for one of the most destructive race riots in the nation's history, was found at the bottom of his swimming pool early Sunday and later pronounced dead. He was 47.

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Rielle Hunter’s memoir details affair, aftermath

FILE - This file photo provided by RMT PR Management shows the cover of "What Really Happened," a memoir about Rielle Hunter, her relationship with former presidential candidate and Sen. John Edwards and their daughter. The memoir is set to be released June 26. Edwards and Hunter had an affair while the Democrat was running for the White House in 2008 and have a daughter together, Frances Quinn Hunter. (AP Photo/RMT PR Management, File)When John Edwards faced the prospect of an indictment that could put him behind bars, he calmly told his mistress he would probably wind up in a low-security prison in Virginia more like a country club than a jail. She quickly told him she and their daughter would move there to be near him if that happened.

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US basketball star hurt in Drake-Brown brawl

Professional basketball starTony Parker says he suffered a scratched retina on one of his eyes during a New York City nightclub brawl involving singer Chris Brown and members of hip-hop star Drake’s entourage.

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Rock Bottom Remainders saying goodbye to lit-rock

It took 20 years but the group Bruce Springsteen once praised as being almost as good as a lousy garage band is finally calling it quits.

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Looking for $21M to record an album on the moon

A $21M Kickstarter project aims to record an album of lunar folk music, on the Moon. Erik writes, “This video breaks down the entire plan for purchasing, colonizing, and writing a folk album on the moon, down to giving Neil DeGrasse Tyson a year long salary for being awesome, and includes a sample Lunar folk song. Also, the people in it are dressed like Frankenstein’s Monster and its bride.”


Space Folk Album: Lunar Aid 1985


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Fascinators banned from Royal Ascot

Assistants will have waistcoats, ties, pashminas and other items at the turnstiles for those who need them.”


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Weird but true

Talk about a bear hug.
A Cincinnati man who has an unhealthy fascination with everyone’s favorite childhood toy has been nabbed for the fourth time by cops for allegedly doin’ the dirty with a stuffed teddy bear — in public.
He was caught in the compromising position near a health…

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