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This article is about the series finale of Star Trek: Enterprise. For the books on Star Trek: The Original Series, see These Are the Voyages (book series). For the Star Trek quote, see Where no man has gone before.
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"These Are the Voyages..."Star Trek: Enterprise episodeEpisode no.Season 4 Episode 22Directed byAllan KroekerWritten byRick Berman Brannon BragaFeatured musicDennis McCarthy Kevin KinerCinematography byDouglas KnappProduction code422Original air dateMay 13, 2005Guest appearance(s)
Jonathan Frakes as William Riker
Marina Sirtis as Deanna Troi
Jeffrey Combs as Thy'lek Shran
Brent Spiner as Data (voice)
Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard (voice, end sequence)
William Shatner as James T. Kirk (voice, end sequence)
Episode chronology← Previous "Terra Prime"Next → —List of Star Trek: Enterprise episodes
"These Are the Voyages..." is the series finaleof the American science fiction televisionseries Star Trek: Enterprise. The 22nd episode of the fourth season and the 98th of the series overall, it first aired on the UPN network in the United States on May 13, 2005. "These Are the Voyages..." is a frame story, where the 22nd-century events of Star Trek: Enterpriseare shown through a 24th-century holodeckre-creation during the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Pegasus". The episode features guest stars Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, and Jeffrey Combs, as well as a voice cameo from Brent Spiner. Series creators Rick Berman and Brannon Braga, who co-wrote the episode, conceived "These Are the Voyages..." as a valentine to Star Trekfans.
Set in the 22nd century, the series follows the adventures of the first Starfleet starship Enterprise, registration NX-01. In this episode, the story moves to the year 2370, when Commander William Riker grapples with making a difficult admission to his commanding officer about a cover-up. Riker, after consulting Counselor Troi, turns to the simulated events of the year 2161 for guidance, when the crew of Enterprise travels home to Earth for both decommissioning and the formation of the United Federation of Planets.
Reaction to "These Are the Voyages..." was negative. Critics and cast alike believed the Next Generation frame robbed the characters and their fans of closure, and that the death of Commander Tucker felt forced and unnecessary. The final episode attracted 3.8 million viewers, the highest number since the previous season. After a strong premiere, Enterprise had grappled with declining ratings throughout its run. By the fourth season, fewer than three million viewers tuned in each week despite what some fans and critics considered an increase in episode quality. After selling the syndication rights, UPN and Paramount announced in February 2005 that the fourth season would be the show's last. With no new Star Trek episodes in the fall of 2005, the 2005–2006 season was the first year without a first-run Star Trek in 18 years. Despite the cancellation, Paramount hoped to revive the series, and Berman began work on a possible new Star Trek film, which was ultimately rejected in favor of the J. J. Abrams-directed Star Trek.
In 2370, Commander William Riker, aboard Enterprise-D, is troubled by the events depicted in the Next Generation episode "The Pegasus", and seeks guidance. At Lieutenant Commander Deanna Troi's suggestion, Riker sets a holo-program to the date 2161, some six years after the events of "Terra Prime", to a time when the original Enterprise (NX-01) is due to be decommissioned after ten years of active service. The starship and its crew are also returning to Earth for the signing of the Federation Charter, and Captain Archer frets over the speech he will give to the assembled delegates.
En route, Riker and Troi observe as Enterpriseis contacted by Shran, a former Andorian Imperial Guard who Archer believed was dead. Shran is married to Jhamel ("The Aenar"), and their young daughter has been kidnapped. He asks for Archer's help in rescuing her from Rigel X. Archer decides to assist, despite Commander T'Pol's warning that they may be late returning for the ceremony. Riker joins the Enterprise crew as it assaults Shran's enemies and brings his daughter safely back. Troi also advises that Riker assume the role of ship's chef, hoping to earn the confidence of the simulated crew. As he prepares food with the crew, he learns more about their memories and impressions of Tucker.
He also watches as the kidnappers board Enterprise, and how, in order to save Archer's life, Commander Tucker overloads two conduits and dies after being mortally wounded. Riker notices that Archer is troubled that he must write a speech about how worthwhile their explorations have been, despite his friend's death, but T'Pol assures him Tucker would have considered it worthwhile. On Earth, Troi watches as Archer enters a crowded grand hall to give his speech and Riker joins her, now sure of what course he should take.[1] The final shot of the episode is a montage of the ships named Enterprise: (NCC-1701-D, NCC-1701, and NX-01) as Captains Picard, Kirk, and Archer recite the "Where no man has gone before" prologue.

Jonathan Frakes relished the chance to portray Riker once again.[2]
"These Are the Voyages..." was written by Braga and Berman, the pair's only script of the fourth season. Enterprise writer Mike Sussman told TrekNation in May 2005 that Braga had considered the idea of an episode crossover featuring characters from other Star Trek series prior to the finale. Sussman's original idea for the episode was to have The Doctor of Star Trek: Voyager treating an ill patient who may or may not have been Archer trapped in the future. Due to the subject matter, Sussman said his version would not have been suitable for the final episode.[3] In interviews, Berman said the episode had always been intended as the season finale regardless of cancellation, and gave conflicting answers regarding whether Trip would still have been killed if the show was to continue.[4][5]
Allan Kroeker directed the episode, his third series finale following Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's "What You Leave Behind" and Star Trek: Voyager's "Endgame".[6] "These Are the Voyages..." featured guest appearances by Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis as their Next Generation characters William Riker and Deanna Troi. Brent Spiner, another Next Generation veteran who had guest-starred earlier in the fourth season of Enterprise, had an off-screen speaking role as the android Data.[6] Jeffrey Combs appeared as the Andorian Shran, whom Coto had wanted to be a permanent addition to the cast in the event of another season.[7]
Filming of the final episode began on Friday, February 25, after the first half of the day was spent completing "Terra Prime". Principal photography took eight days to complete, one day longer than usual. The snowy complex set of Rigel X, first seen in the pilot episode, was used, as was the rarely seen Enterprise galley. Enterprise-D locations such as hallways and the observation lounge were re-created. Frakes and Sirtis arrived just as a "Save Enterprise" rally was being held outside the lot. Similar to "What You Leave Behind", many of the production staff cameoed for a large crowd scene at the end of the episode, as Archer prepares to give his speech. Fifteen "VIPs" including writers Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, André Bormanis, and Manny Coto joined two dozen extras in forming part of the audience. The rest of the digital set was filled by a computer-generated crowd. After their parts were finished, the final dismissal of each cast member was met with applause. Jolene Blalock and Scott Bakula were the last actors to be released, and Bakula gave a speech thanking the production crew for making the cast feel welcome. Filming ended on Tuesday, March 8, and the sets were struck. Frakes and Sirtis returned on March 9 to complete green screen shots, which would be used when their characters entered or exited the holodeck.[6] Before the episode's release, Berman would not elaborate on the final episode's content, saying "It's going to have some surprising twists and turns. It's somewhat of a valentine."[8]
Upon broadcast on UPN, various responses were published about this episode. This includes commentary by production, cast, audience, and the press.
Cast reception

Jolene Blalock, who played T'Pol, was highly critical of the series finale.
"These Are the Voyages..." was negatively received by both critics and the show's cast. Before the episode aired, Blalock called the episode "appalling."[9] She followed up her remarks by saying she was upset over the finale being a The Next Generation episode rather than an end for Enterprise.[10]Connor Trinneer (who played Commander Trip Tucker), felt the finale should have had a memorable farewell that he described as a "MAS*H moment", but the producers did not want such an element.[4] Anthony Montgomery (who played Ensign Travis Mayweather) was similarly displeased with the finale and said, "I feel there could have been a more effective way to wrap things up for our show as well as the franchise as a whole. It just seemed to take a little bit away from what the Enterprise cast and crew worked so diligently to achieve over the past four years."[11] While Frakes enjoyed working with Sirtis again, he said "the reality is it was a bit of a stretch to have us shut down [the Enterprise cast's] show," and that in hindsight it was a disservice to them.[2] The early criticism forced the show's producers to hold a conference and address the issue. Braga admitted there was cast unrest, but defended the episode as a way to close not just Enterprise but Star Trek as a whole.[12]
Critical reception
Reviewers were also critical of the Next Generation tie-in. Sci Fi Weekly's Patrick Lee said the framing story "reduces [the Enterprisecast] to the status of lab rats." Lee further noted that even without the guest appearances, the episode did not live up to the best offerings of the season, including "In a Mirror, Darkly".[9] National Post's Alex Strachan called the Next Generation cameos reminders of better Star Trek, compared to the "bad make-up effects, bad acting, bad music" of the latest show.[13] Rob Salem of the Toronto Star said the cameos served no narrative purpose, and that the episode "robs [the] characters (and their fans) of any significant long-term development or satisfying sense of closure."[14] Reviewers also criticized the episode's ending, where viewers never got to see Archer's rousing speech.[15][16] IGN said the episode was "Berman and Braga's parting shot, making sure that everyone knew who was in charge," and that the sharp contrast between "These Are the Voyages..." and "Terra Prime" brought into relief the reason neither should be allowed to produce Star Trek ever again.[16]
The death of Tucker was another object of controversy. Salem described the development as "a major character is pointlessly killed off in service of a pointless plot device,"[14] a complaint echoed by IGN.[16]Actor Connor Trinneer, who played Trip, said during a convention appearance that the character had "gotten out of much worse scrapes than that," and the death seemed forced. The writers, Trinneer contended, wanted to kill off a character to "get the fans talking," and so Trip was killed off simply to manipulate viewers.[17] Several critics ended their reviews by saying that whether fans would be disappointed or pleased by the episode, the majority of casual viewers would not care one way or another.[13][18][19]
WhatCulture ranked this episode the 19th worst episode of Star Trek.[20]
In 2017, this episode was rated number one worst episode of the Star Trek franchise of all series before Star Trek: Discovery, by ScreenRant.[21]
Reception analysis
In response to some of these criticisms, Coto said he personally considered the two-part story "Demons" and "Terra Prime" the actual finale of the Enterprise storyline.[22] Berman said "I've read a lot of the criticisms and I understand how some people feel, but [Braga] and I spent a lot of time coming up with the idea and a somewhat, I would say, unique ending to a series, especially when you’re ending it prematurely. [...] You never like to disappoint people, but I think it's nonsense to say that it was more a Next Generationepisode than an Enterprise episode. The only elements of [The Next Generation] that were present were there as a sounding board to allow us to look at a mission that took place six years after "Terra Prime"."[23]
In 2009, Den of Geek, while acknowledging cast critiques of the finale, said "These Are the Voyages...'" was the tenth best episode of the series, praising the inclusion of Riker and Troi and remarking the "undeniable joy in seeing the familiar and beloved characters back on screen."[24]
Home media releaseEdit
The episode was released on DVD home media as part of the season four box set on November 1, 2005 in the United States.[25] The Blu-ray release of the final season of Enterprise was made available on April 29, 2014.[26]
Series cancellationEdit
On February 3, 2005, UPN and Paramount announced that the fourth season of the show would be its last.[27] The network waited until the series had been sold to syndication before making the announcement.[8] The cancellation marked the first time new Star Trek episodes would not appear on television in 18 years, since Star Trek: The Next Generation premiered.[28] The fourth season continued production so Paramount could sell an attractive 98 episodes to syndicates.[8]
"Broken Bow", Enterprise's 2001 premiere episode, attracted 12.5 million viewers in its first broadcast,[29] but ratings quickly dropped to a low of 5.9 million viewers. Enterprise was threatened with cancellation by the third season.[30] The show survived by slashing its budget amid broadcaster UPN's schedule revamp.[8] The show was moved to Fridays in 2004, while the rest of UPN's programming became more female-friendly, in part due to the success of America's Next Top Model. The third season introduced a season-long story arc, to some of the best reviews of the entire series.[30] In the fourth season, Manny Cotobecame executive producer after writing and co-producing the show since 2003. While Coto's episodes were hailed by critics and fans as equaling the quality of previous Star Trek television series,[29] the average viewership dropped to 2.9 million,[8] with a series-low showing of 2.5 million in January 2005.[28] According to TrekNation, Enterprise's final episode attracted 3.8 million viewers, an increase of 69% over the previous season's finale.[31]
A series-ending wrap party was held for the cast and crew at the Roosevelt Hotel in April. Cast members spoke about their feelings about the end of the series. John Billingsleysaid the show "was a great ride, and it changed my life. It's something that will last forever for me." He was happy to say goodbye to the two-hour makeup sessions to create his character, Phlox. Many of the cast were taking a break and going on vacation before seeking new acting jobs. Among the notable guests were Star Trek: Nemesis screenwriter John Logan, who was not affiliated with Enterprise, and Peter Weller, who appeared as a villain in "Terra Prime".[32]
Actress Jolene Blalock (T'Pol) criticized the early stories as boring and lacking intriguing content. She felt early Enterprise scripts ignored basic tenets of Star Trek chronology, and offered "revealing costumes instead of character development". UPN executives said the male-oriented episodes of Enterprise did not mesh with the viewership of its other top shows, such as Top Model and Veronica Mars.[29] Brannon Braga suggested the reason for cancellation was viewer fatigue, noting that "after 18 years and 624 hours of Star Trek, the audience began to have a little bit of overkill."[33] Fans, meanwhile, criticized Berman and Braga for ignoring Star Trekcanon and refusing to fix their shows. Michael Hinman, news coordinator for SyFy Portal, said that in addition to the oversaturation of Star Trek, there "also is an oversaturation of Braga and Berman. [...] They couldn't sit back and say, 'You know, we just can't keep this fresh.' No, it was more about their stupid egos, and their nonsensical 'Even if it's broke, don't fix it' attitude."[34] Braga defended the series, noting that The Next Generation faced little competition from other science fiction shows, while Enterprise had to contend with a plethora of shows such as Battlestar Galactica.
Newspapers covering Enterprise's cancellation and its final episode often said the failure of Enterprise was evidence that the franchise had moved too far from its roots and grown too dark. Andy Dehnhart of MSNBC said that "while the writers and production designers deserve credit for offering worlds that were perhaps slightly more believable, they lost the fantastic, wondrous approach to space travel that The Next Generation borrowed from the original Star Trek and then perfected."[35] USA Today's Michael Peck said that without the "dreams" of earlier series, "Star Trek becomes just another television drama."[36] Melanie McFarland of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, meanwhile, said the show "never found the sense of uniqueness within the Trek universe that every version that came before it possessed."[37] Despite the cancellation, Paramount remained optimistic. Studio head David Stapf looked "forward to a new chapter of this enduring franchise in the future."[28]Berman and screenwriter Erik Jendrensen developed a concept for a new film taking place after Enterprise but before the 1960s television show.[38] Meanwhile, Paramount asked Roberto Orci for ideas to revive the franchise, resulting in the production of a reboot film set in an alternate timeline from the 1966–2005 franchise simply titled Star Trek, released in May 2009 and directed by J. J. Abrams.
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"Italian Holiday" for Russian military intelligence

As the first Il-76 military cargo plane took off to Italy carrying the "from Russia with love" humanitarian aid, concerns were raised that it wasn't love that these Russian military planes were bringing to a NATO Ally. In fact, instead of health ministry experts, the deployed group consists of high-ranking officers of Russia's defense ministry and military equipment.

Throughout this week, plenty of new, and rather interesting details have emerged indicating that Russia's aid convoy to Italy is a geopolitical game, which has nothing to do with kindness and empathy, being a product of cold, planned calculation, with direct participation of Kremlin puppets in the EU. Then, the arrival of the convoy and the information wave that followed it, as well as new facts revealed, pointed to additional goals of "Russian saviors".

First of all, a striking nuance was that the deployment received colossal media coverage, not only in Russia, but also among EU media outlets and platforms which are in direct contact or affiliation with their Russian counterparts. Also, a narrative is being spread of helplessness and indifference of the European Union. On social networks, Italian drivers post praising videos of a Russian convoy, while in some clearly staged posts local vagabonds are shown taking EU banners off flagpoles and installing Russian ones.

But, the most interesting thing happened some time later, when the Italians saw what the Russians had actually brought. And as it turned out, 80% of the cargo is rubbish not intended for fighting coronavirus ...

While Italian journalists are just starting to wonder why Russia sent a 100-strong group of troops to Italy (too insignificant to make any breakthrough in the anti-epidemic efforts), we have already seem to have answers to these questions, given that 80% of their equipment is garbage. That's largely because Ukraine is much more familiar with the Kremlin's hybrid operations, conducted under various pretexts.

The Russian operation in Italy is not only an opportunity for Moscow to play a card of mutual assistance and mercy, especially during the MH17 trial in the Netherlands, in order to reduce the degree of public rejection and to revive the issue of sanction lift. This is not only a global information project designed to show off the prowess of the Russian army, its efficiency and mobility. This is not only about discrediting the European Community in the media, which may become the basis for another referendum on withdrawal in the future… It is also a large-scale intelligence operation.

Pardon me, but a hundred "military experts" in the heart of the EU, driving a convoy from a military facility, the Pratica di Mar airfield, some 600 km across Italy to Bergamo, is a huge gift for Russian military intelligence.

But this is a fact that can't be changed. However, in the light of these circumstances, I believe the Italian, German, and other intelligence services should take a closer look at the Kremlin's minions. Indeed, in this case, they played, perhaps, the main role in the operation "Italian Holiday".

Plus, European intelligence services should bear in mind that among these military "rescuers" there are experts in "hybrid operations" and psy-ops who, together with Russia lovers in Italy, could activate their supporters network. And taking into account the current moral and psychological state of Italians amid the raging tragedy, it's not too hard to blow the society up.
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What's Good? Welcome Back to the 2020 Spring Semester!

Hello everyone! Welcome back to the spring semester, little overdue as classes have kicked my ass already and other related activities. But I promised vow to revive this sub and keep it running as long as I can type!
This post will be short and sweet. Below I will post links & also pin resources so that you guys can easily use and navigate. It's hard to keep track of what's going on campus due to poor advertisement and lack of awareness. But, we can change that, with your help of course.

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Highly encourage people to sub to this student-run newspaper. It's one of the best sources to keep up-to-date with events from many aspects on campus and the world around us. Here is a blurb from their about page:
The Wesleyan Argus is published by the undergraduates of Wesleyan University. The Wesleyan Argus was founded in 1868 and is the country’s oldest twice-weekly printed college newspaper. The Argus was named after the hundred-eyed, all-seeing giant from Greek mythology. Argus alumni have gone on to write and to work for the country’s top media companies such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, and ABC News.
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The Argus is published twice weekly during the school year except in exam periods or recesses.

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You can read all about this on the link above. Actually, I'll provide a [not-so] small portion:
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ISIS will "live on" in Ukraine as long as it benefits supervisors of puppet "journalists"

ISIS will
The issue of ISIS terrorist presence in Ukraine was one of the most favorite ones for Russian propaganda over the past few years.

Through affiliated, so-called "independent" journalists and public figures, the Kremlin has been spinning a narrative that ISIS militants are fighting as part of volunteer battalions, while Ukraine is a transshipment base and a haven for terrorists, providing them with an opportunity to get to the European Union thanks to visa-free travel.

Such narratives had at least two objectives. The first was to hinder at an early stage the granting of EU visa free travel for Ukrainians, which would be a painful political blow to the previous Ukrainian government. Another one was to portray Ukraine as a terrorist state, which would discredit the country in the eyes of Western partners who would start treating it at least with some caution.

At the forefront of such tarring campaign operated a Russian native with a Ukrainian passport Kateryna Sergatskova and "opposition" journalist from Russia Anna Nemtsova, who has been regularly visiting Ukraine, totally unhindered.

Both resurfaced in my memory as Anna Nemtsova on December 29 published on The Daily Beast an article entitled "War and Corruption Made Ukraine a Terrorist Twilight Zone", which claims it is for ISIS terrorists in Ukraine to get a national passport and settle, only to later get to Europe, as Russian propaganda has long been alleging.

A cherry on the cake was that in this piece, Anna Nemtsova finally echoed with another "transponder" of terrorism-related topics, Kateryna Sergatskova.

In my opinion, absolutely everything is important is important in this article, including the authors, the timing, and the platform. So let me explain.

The thing is that it's by no accident that Sergatskova and Nemtsova, both playing key roles in discrediting Ukraine in the international arena as a country that allegedly was an exporter and is now becoming a haven for ISIS militants, have become more pro-active just recently.

Indeed, ISIS has now lost its former prowess as a result of the efforts by a U.S.-led coalition in the Middle East, although the very topic of fighting terrorism is a favorite leitmotif of almost all speeches by the leadership of Russia, the country that deployed the largest number of militants in the ranks of this terrorist organization.

Moreover, the transshipment base was the FSB-controlled Dagestan, while terrorists were even issued medical insurance by the Dagestan Compulsory Medical Insurance Fund before their deployment.

However, the unraveling conflict in Libya, which might as well grow into a major war, could provide fertile ground for nurturing new myths about ISIS.

At least, this is precisely of what Russian propaganda is already accusing the internationally-recognized Government of National Accord, thus justifying the offensive on Tripoli by the Kremlin-backed army of an unrecognized Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar.

So, what we have is another military escalation in Libya, the spread of propaganda tirades about ISIS terrorists defending Tripoli, and another story about a terrorist Ukraine by "truth-seeking" journalists on the website of a respected publication ... But is it "respected" though, really?

It should be noted that that the rather popular platform chosen to publish the piece by the Nemtsova-Sergatskova duo has long been raising certain questions.

For example, not so long ago Sergatskova published an initially low-profile article at Ukraine's, also dedicated to ISIS in Ukraine. More specifically, it covered the arrest by the SBU security service of Al-Bar Shishani, a Georgian national who was the deputy of one of the leaders of the terrorist organization, the so-called "Minister of War" Umar Shishani.

But since Katerina Sergatskova is not a widely known figure, her debut piece on of November 19 sent no shockwaves across the information space, so someone added some "nitrous oxide" to it via a repost by the Russian Novaya Gazeta, the publication that has patrons in Russian security agencies.

This piece alone is enough raises unambiguous questions to platforms that have published it, namely, and Novaya Gazeta. Another outlet raising similar questions is The Daily Beast, which Anna Nemtsova used to try to tie ISIS to Ukraine – with no evidence base whatsoever – and equate the Ukrainian Army with, as the author put it, "pro-Russian rebels" in Donbas. At the same time, she chose to turn a blind eye to the presence of Russian troops in the conflict.

In 2015, caring little about facts, a so-called "opposition" journalist from Russia Anna Nemtsova published in the same U.S.-based The Daily Beast a piece claiming that Chechens who had previously trained at ISIS camps were fighting in Donbas alongside Ukraine's Armed Forces.

At the same time, stopping short of the actual fact-checking work, the "journalist" limited herself to simply citing a militant identified as "Muslim".

In a while, Nemtsova delivers another piece "Ukraine's Out of Control Arms Bazaar in Europe's Backyard", also for The Daily Beast. Here she once again manipulates the issue of war, distorts and fuels the theme of uncontrolled arms trade in a warring country and reflects on threats to EU.

The Daily Beast has actually long turned into an English-language platform for campaigns, including to discredit Ukraine, although, subjectivity and excessive manipulation made many readers turn their backs on the outlet and sparked criticism among experts.

The Young Turks journalist Michael Tracy directly blamed The Daily Beast for disinformation, which used to be inherent in Russian media, and ridiculed the publication's journalists over self-aggrandizing and sloppy reporting.

So the general outline is visible to the naked eye, and the content is more than obvious. The Libyan conflict, which the Russian media have already associated with ISIS and branded Haftar's joint campaign with the Russian PMC "Wagner" mercenaries and the Russian spec-ops troops to take over Tripoli a "Crusade" on ISIS, is reviving a "good old song" about a global terror threat.

The conflict itself will cause another huge wav e of refugees pouring into Europe again. Besides, Libya is really close to EU, namely, Italy, so another humanitarian crisis would be a great pretext for deploying terrorists among "illegal migrants".

However, "independent journalists" are already fertilizing the soil for further spinning narratives of Ukraine "again becoming transit base for terrorists".

So far, these are only indirect and unobtrusive hints – just a mention of the arrest by the SBU security service of Al-Bar Shishani. In fact, it was a single incident over a long period of time, while dozens of arrests have been carried out in Europe, the U.S., and beyond of former militants affiliated with the terrorist organization, while Russia goes as far as extracting former ISIS operatives and their families from Syria by air.

Another point is interesting here. The piece by the Nemtsova-Sergatskaya tandem came not only amid Libyan aggravation and the revival of the ISIS story, but also against the background of a foiled terror attack in St. Petersburg.

Moreover, it was the United States that tipped Russian security officials about the impending terrorist attack.

In fact, the Americans made a preemptive move, hindering Russia's plans to tailor an attack only to claim afterwards that "ISIS attacks us, too, and again", which would entitle Moscow, say, to officially deploy their troops at Haftar's request (as they did in Syria back in 2015), and also provide for an alibi for the upcoming terror attacks in Europe.

Let me remind you that just two weeks ago, Austrian police detained two Chechen immigrants in Vienna on suspicion of plotting a terrorist attack. The two men, 25 and 31, were arrested and placed under custody in the prison of Wiener Neustadt. No details of the case have been disclosed to ensure quality investigation. It was only reported that the Chechens had planned to perform their attack in the Austrian capital in the period between Christmas and New Year.

It is also worth noting that had the terrorist attack in St. Petersburg worked out, it would've created a very "appropriate" picture for the Kremlin on New Year's eve, with the widest horizon of opportunities opening up in 2020.

Meanwhile, having foiled the attack, American professionals also humiliated the FSB, showing that they are better aware of the situation in Russia from across the pond than the local security agencies.

By the way, it is precisely this factor of a fairly good situational awareness of both European and American intelligence that prevents fake news by Sergatskova and Nemtsova from growing into anything bigger than sorry bleating on websites of ambiguous publications.

Indeed, these agencies know perfectly well, which country is in fact a transshipment base, a haven, and a financial donor for global terrorism, and who many of those Russian "opposition" journalists really work for. That's including those who settled in Ukraine and the West or still remain in Moscow, where, by the way, other Russian citizens are immediately thrown behind bars for a mere "share" on social networks.
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Trump, Vote Rigging and the Series of Suspicious Deaths

The Ukrainian presidential elections in 2004 where mired in corruption and violence, the country was on fire. The pro European opposition candidate narrowly lost to the pro Russia oligarch Victor Yanukovych whose overthrow in 2015 led to the bloody conflict in Ukraine and and a new cold war between Russia and the West.
What's been overlooked is how there are some familiar some of these faces are in the Republican campaigns of 2004,2008 and 2016.
Helping Yanukovych's Presidential campaign where some major GOP linked groups, these included:
3eDC: a lobbying firm run Paul Manafort and Roger Stone. The pair have engaged in number of shady ventures over the years involving lobbying and political consulting. Stone was a key figure in the Watergate scandal.
New Media Communications:: run by CEO Mike Connell, who was accused of rigging GOP elections
Integrated Web Strategy:: another Connell affiliated company that works with Chamber of Commerce Institute of Legal Reform, which has been found by courts to have engaged in illegal election manipulations
Campaign Solutions:: run by Mike Connell's wife, Becki Donatelli
Airnet Group:, parent company of Smartech Corporation, owned by Jeff Averbeck, which was employed by Mike Connell in the controversial diversion of the state of Ohio's official vote prior to certification of a contested majority favoring George Bush over Democratic opponent John Kerry.
Dynology Corp:, which has a heavily military client list: "a majority of our staff hold security clearances that allow access to Secret and Top Secret classified government information."
U.S 2004 Presidential election
In December 2008 IT expert Mike Connell was killed in a plane Crash in Akron Ohio days before he was due to testify in lawsuit into vote rigging.
His notes,phone and laptop have never been recovered.
The nature of the assistance given to GOP's operative during the time is also suspicious the Bush white house used a private email server (sound familiar?) and private email addresses for the president and other senior Republicans millions of these emails where lost before
More recently allegations have surfaced about the way the voting machines Ohio where set up and their apparently lax security which could have led to vote counts being altered.
New Media communications also IT support for the Bush and McCain campaigns.
Connell's wife owns Donatelli group which also was also linked to voting controversies in Florida 2004 election to do with election machine software effecting the vote counts. Florida was/is a key swing state, which Bush won by a very small margin that year despite exit polls showing wins for Kerry.
Roger Stone helped spread a false rumour that elections officials in Florida where interfering with the vote recountprompting protesters to storm the offices where the recount was taking place. Stone had been sent to Florida on the express orders of senior Republicans.
CBS (2008):
Beginning as a political campaign worker and congressional staffer, Connell became a key Republican media consultant who developed Internet strategies for the 2000 and 2004 Bush-Cheney campaigns. He was founder and CEO of Cleveland-based New Media Communications, which built Web sites for President Bush and former presidential nominee John McCain, according to the company's Web site. He was also chief IT consultant for Karl Rove.
Connell's ties to the Bush family extend back to working on campaigns for George H.W. Bush and former Fla. Governor Jeb Bush, for whom he built the campaign site In 1999 he told the Cleveland magazine Inside Business, "I'm loyal to my network, I'm loyal to my friends, and I'm loyal to the Bush family."
He was also quoted as saying, when asked to predict the Internet's role in the upcoming presidential race, "There are things we will be doing on Election Day that haven't even been dreamt of yet."
The rise of the Republican Party in Washington in the '90s, and especially after the 2000 election, meant that Connell's network of connections was expanding as well. Having worked with Ohio Congressman Bob Ney and Governor Bob Taft, Connell's IT skills were sought after for the campaigns and Congressional sites for dozens of GOP candidates and officeholders. The New Media Communications Web site (now turned off, with a memorial to Connell in its place) boasted, "New Media's client list reads like a 'Who's Who' of Republican politics."
In 2000, Connell co-founded with his wife Heather GovTech Solutions to pursue government contracts.
GovTech's clients for databases, content management systems and other services included the White House, the Energy Department, several Republican-led Congressional committees and a few dozen congressional members' Web sites.
The Center for Public Integrity reported that in 2002 and 2004, the General Services Administration allowed federal agencies to purchase services directly from GovTech without a full bidding process.
In 2004 Connell helped form an online advertising firm called Connell Donatelli, which administered the Web site for Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, a 527 developed to attack Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry.
Connell's central role in building the IT infrastructure of the White House and his association with Karl Rove has brought him into the controversy surrounding missing White House e-mails relating to the firing of U.S. Attorneys and other topics, and the fate of e-mail communications sent by Rove and other administration staffers which were sent via a Republican Party Web site,, rather than through a address.
Connell built the site, which shares mail servers with GovTech.
Connell's Internet expertise also led him to be subpoenaed earlier this year to testify in an Ohio federal court regarding alleged voter fraud in the 2004 election. Despite exit polls showing a lead by Democratic nominee John Kerry of more than 4 percent, Mr. Bush won the state's vote by 2.5 percent, along with its crucial electoral votes.
Much has been written about problems at the polls in Ohio that year, where voters in many (predominantly Democratic) precincts were forced to wait hours because of a shortage of working voting machines. A lawsuit being pursued by attorney Clifford Arneback seeks to answer questions about this and other ballot problems. [For example, in Franklin County Mr. Bush received 4,258 votes in a precinct where only 638 voters cast ballots.]
Questions have also been raised about how votes from Ohio counties were tabulated. Computer expert Stephen Spoonamore, a Republican who works in detecting fraud in network architecture and protecting computer infrastructures, has testified that the Ohio election returns he saw were indicative of a "KingPin Attack," in which a computer is inserted into the communications flow of an IT system, with the intent to change data as it passes to its destination.
It was later learned that Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell's office had routed Internet traffic from county election offices through out-of-state servers based at SMARTech in Chattanooga, Tenn. SMARTech hosts dozens of GOP Web domains.
Last month, U.S. Judge Soloman Oliver refused Connell's request to quash a subpoena connected to the lawsuit, King Lincoln Bronzeville Neighborhood Association v. Blackwell, and demanded his testimony relating to his IT work.
In [a previous] his deposition given in November, Connell denied any knowledge of vote rigging.
The Ukraine connection
Sydney Morning Herald (2004):
Pens filled with disappearing ink. Hospital patients forced to vote in exchange for treatment. Students instructed to show their ballots to professors.
These are just some of the tricks used to skew Ukraine's disputed presidential election, observers say.
As the Supreme Court grappled for a third day today with the country's spiralling election crisis, legal experts, election monitors, and politicians said it could take weeks to unravel the knot of irregularities.
The Central Election Commission declared Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich the winner of the November 21 runoff for the presidency with a margin of 3 per cent - or some 880,000 votes - ahead of the top opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko.
International observers noted numerous election flaws and described them as blatantly counter to Ukrainian laws and international standards. Those allegations are the basis of the case the opposition has presented to the Supreme Court asking it to name Yushchenko the winner.
The examples filed to the Supreme Court focus on eight eastern and southern regions with more than 15 million votes, almost half of the total cast in the runoff.
Yushchenko's lawyers and observers pointed to turnout figures that exceeded 127 per cent in some precincts. Observers mainly attributed this to pro-Yanukovich activists who travelled across the country and voted many times as absentees.
"You can achieve 127 per cent ... if you have several well-organised groups to travel around," said Peter Novotny, the head of the 1,000-strong observer mission of the European Network of Election Monitors, who described the vote as "an outright fraud."
Prison officials were reported to have forced inmates to vote for the government candidate. One Western observer who spoke on condition of anonymity said some hospital patients were told to vote for a specific candidate if they wanted treatment.
Students said they were stripped of their right to a secret ballot, or face the loss of privileges.
"We had to, or we could have lost our rooms on campus" said Serhiy, a student from Yanukovich's eastern stronghold of Donetsk, who only gave his first name for fear of reprisals.
Ukraine's opposition has produced transcripts of telephone conversations between pro-Yanukovich officials, allegedly taped by Ukraine's Security Service, that purportedly document vote-rigging. One exchange, published on the Ukrayinska Pravda Web site, went like this:
Official 1: "Why is the voting rate in the Donetsk and Dnepropetrovsk regions so low?"
Official 2: "We're increasing it now."
Official 1: "Don't drag things out."
In the Ukrainian election similar allegations where made with regards to vote rigging where made when tapes where released of Yanjkoich discussing tampering with ballots
The opposition leader at the time called the election 'rigged'.
Suspicions where aroused when exit polls and final vote tallies turned widely different the same issue that alarmed voters in the U.S the same year.
Bloomberg (2017):
Jim Slattery arrived at the Stalin-era presidential headquarters in Kiev, Ukraine, with an unusual gift for the nation’s strongman leader: a bust of Abraham Lincoln.
What Slattery didn’t know was that another American operative was helping the president defend the imprisonment of Yulia Tymoshenko, an act widely condemned in the Western world.
His name: Paul Manafort, future presidential campaign manager for Donald Trump. Today, Manafort sits at the center of the concentric circles of worry and suspicion over what President Trump has called “this Russia thing.” What began with questions about Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. election has Democrats, and even some Republicans, now warning of Trump’s Watergate.
Until recently, Manafort had receded into the background as the uproar over Trump’s firing of his national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and then the FBI director, James Comey, began to shake the White House.
But the Manafort story—a tale of pro-Russia players, political tradecraft and cunning financial maneuvers—has never gone away. The reason, in a word, is money. Manafort, who less than a year ago was playing a central role in the Trump campaign, made millions of dollars over a decade promoting Kremlin-friendly interests in Ukraine and beyond. No other Trump associate has profited as handsomely from ties to Russia-linked businessmen and politicians.
In the decade before he worked for Trump, Manafort’s efforts did for Moscow what its finest political minds had failed to do: help get a pro-Russian candidate installed in Kiev. It culminated in Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the revival of Cold War tensions, Western sanctions on Russia’s energy and banking sectors and Russia’s campaign to get those sanctions removed.
Manafort, 68, had claimed Yanukovych was the one Ukrainian who could lead his country closer to the West at a pace Putin could stand, according to Dan Fried, a former U.S. assistant secretary of state for the region which includes Ukraine. But that proved false.
Manafort, who denies any contact with Russian government officials, never registered as a lobbyist for a foreign government for his Ukrainian work. His spokesman said Manafort had “received formal guidance recently from the authorities” on registering under the Foreign Agents Registration Act for some of his work, none of which, he contended, was for the Russian government.
Ukrainian prosecutors are investigating what they call a “criminal organization” set up by Yanukovych via bribes and theft of state assets before he fled to Moscow after the killing of more than 100 protesters in 2014, and they are looking at what role Manafort may have played in the suspected scheme. They’ve repeatedly asked the FBI for help to question Manafort as part of their inquiry into a New York law firm in connection to a report that largely defended the Tymoshenko prosecution.
“We’re waiting for a response,” says Serhiy Gorbatyuk, Ukraine’s head of special prosecutions, his desk piled high with papers.
For Manafort—who resigned from the Trump campaign after six months amid reports of his work in Ukraine—ties to pro-Russian politicians go back to 2005. He played a key role in transforming Yanukovych, who was convicted in his youth of robbery and assault, into a popular candidate who clinched the presidency in 2010.
“Manafort raised very sensitive issues to spin Yanukovych more effectively,” says Serhiy Leshchenko, a member of the Ukrainian parliament. “He used damaging techniques to divide Ukrainian society and help Putin to achieve a simple goal.”
Manafort, who speaks neither Russian nor Ukrainian, developed a close working relationship with Yanukovych, discussing—through an interpreter—politics and strategy during sauna sessions and tennis matches at the opulent Mezhyhirya palace, according to a person who worked on Yanukovych’s election campaigns.
In the five-year period from 2007 to 2012, Manafort was paid at least $12.7 million, according to a handwritten Party of Regions ledger found later in its head office. Ukraine’s anti-corruption bureau and the FBI are investigating whether the ledger reflected any illegal payments to Manafort and to others. Manafort’s spokesman says that after being paid he had many expenses and so the payment figure does not represent profit. One payment to Manafort on the ledger matches an invoice he signed in 2009 to sell $750,000 of computers to a Belize-registered company called Neocom Systems Ltd., according to documents obtained by Leshchenko from Manafort’s Kiev office.
Belize is investigating. Doug Singh, who runs International Corporate Services (ICS), which registered Neocom in 2007, says he’s received multiple requests for records from Belize’s Financial Intelligence Unit, which investigates money laundering. Belize authorities declined further comment. Evgeniy Kaseev, listed as a director of Neocom, couldn’t be reached for comment. Manafort’s spokesman disputed the authenticity of the invoice and said Manafort is unfamiliar with it.
Manafort’s contacts with pro-Russian politicians go beyond Yanukovych and the Party of Regions. Viktor Medvedchuk said he met Manafort in 2014. Medvedchuk is so close to the Kremlin that Putin is godfather to his daughter and he is under U.S. sanctions because of his role in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. In a written response to questions, he said of Manafort that he was “the best, both among foreign and domestic political consultants. The events of the past year in the United States have only strengthened my opinion.” He said he had not had contact with Manafort since then. Manafort’s spokesman confirmed the 2014 meeting but said he didn’t recall interacting with Medvedchuk directly.
Even after Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 and Yanukovych fled to Russia, Manafort returned to Ukraine 17 times, earning at least $1 million to help reelect pro-Russia politicians, according to a party official who worked with him. Manafort’s spokesman declined to comment on that payment.
The idea of working in Ukraine first came to Manafort in 2004 from Oleg Deripaska, a Russian billionaire who controls aluminum producer Rusal, according to a person familiar with the situation. Ukraine was in the throes of the Orange Revolution—protests over allegations of electoral fraud in Yanukovych’s November 2004 victory. The Supreme Court ordered a new election. Manafort’s then-partner, Rick Davis, went to Kiev and concluded it was too late to help. Yanukovych’s pro-Western rival Viktor Yushchenko won.
Manafort Timeline:
March 2006 - Helps Party of Regions win parliamentary elections, paving the way for Viktor Yanukovych to become prime minister.
January 2010 - Helps Yanukovych win the presidency.
October 2011 - Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is jailed.
November 2013 - Yanukovych terminates negotiations with the EU over Ukraine’s association agreement, sparking widespread protests.
February 2014 - More than 100 protesters are shot in Kiev’s Independence Square. Soon after, Yanukovych flees to Moscow.
March 2014 - Putin annexes Crimea. The EU and U.S. impose travel bans and asset freezes on Russian and Ukrainian officials.
October 2014 - Advises the Opposition Bloc in snap parliamentary elections, and it wins 10 percent of the vote.
April 2016 - Joins Trump’s presidential campaign. Resigns six months later.
April/May 2017 - U.S. investigators demand Manafort’s bank records. The Senate requests details of his contact with Russian officials. Manhattan prosecutors probe his real estate transactions.
Manafort arrived in 2005 to advise Ukraine’s richest man, billionaire Rinat Akhmetov, who was worried his business interests might be seized by President Yushchenko. That same year, Davis Manafort Partners Inc. registered a company in Moscow at an address used by more than 80 other firms. It’s unclear whether the company actually functioned, and Manafort’s spokesman said no such office was opened. While working in Ukraine, Manafort earned millions from a side private equity fund with Deripaska, according to a lawsuit by Deripaska, who is suing Manafort in the Cayman Islands over the soured business partnership. Deripaska declined to comment.
Akhmetov, then a major financial backer of the Party of Regions, asked Manafort to help Yanukovych’s 2006 parliamentary election campaign. Manafort hired as many as 40 top-flight U.S. campaign workers, some of whom later worked on the Trump campaign, including Tim Unes, who organized Trump’s rallies, and Rick Gates.
Crucial to the strategy—and new to Ukraine—was research from focus groups and better polling to drive messaging. Among the issues: the rights of Russian-speakers and opposition to Ukraine’s joining NATO.
“He was going for visceral issues and an emotional reaction,” says Kateryna Yushchenko, the American-born wife of former President Viktor Yushchenko and a onetime State Department and White House official. “When I confronted his people about it, they said, ‘That’s politics.’ I said this isn’t like gun rights or abortion. Here it could lead to war.”
Even though he hired Manafort, Yanukovych retained Russian advisers from Moscow, including Vyacheslav Nikonov, a member of Putin’s United Russia faction, and Sergei Glazyev, Putin’s current adviser on Ukraine, according to Taras Chornovil, a top Party of Regions official until 2008. A spokesman for Glazyev confirmed he advised Yanukovych from 2004 to 2009 but didn’t consult with Manafort.
The Party of Regions emerged from the 2006 election with the largest number of seats in parliament; Yanukovych became prime minister. His victory was short-lived, however. His political struggle with President Yushchenko resulted in elections a year later. This time Manafort ran a cookie-cutter campaign. In one ad, a Party of Regions poster showed what was purportedly a smiling blonde Ukrainian girl holding a bright yellow umbrella under the slogan “Stability and Prosperity.” In reality, Manafort’s advisers had plucked a stock photograph of an American girl.
His party did well but Yanukovych was pushed into opposition after Tymoshenko cobbled together a ruling coalition. In 2008, then-President Yushchenko announced a campaign for eventual Ukrainian membership in NATO. To exploit widespread opposition to NATO, Manafort’s team brought a truck to the parliament filled with anti-NATO balloons and instructed parliamentarians to each take one into the chamber.
Ukraine’s hope of joining NATO ended with its 2010 presidential election. With Manafort guiding him, Yanukovych won narrowly. Manafort prepared Yanukovych’s first visit as head of state to Washington that April. He advised Yanukovych to give up Ukraine’s remaining stock of highly enriched uranium, according to a person close to the situation. Ukraine had given up its nuclear weapons in 1994 and there was little sacrifice involved in yielding the uranium. But it helped Yanukovych clinch a major prize: a photo of him beaming alongside President Barack Obama.
Manafort was closely involved in recruiting the firm of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLC on behalf of the Ukrainian Justice Ministry to write a lengthy report on Tymoshenko’s prosecution. He met with Justice Minister Oleksandr Lavrynovych to go over the contract with Skadden and emailed with Skadden partner Greg Craig, according to documents uncovered by Ukrainian prosecutors. The ministry agreed to pay Skadden a mere $12,000, just below the threshold requiring it to go to a public tender. But much more money was to come to Skadden.
Manafort was prepping the Party of Regions for another parliamentary election in October 2012, bringing in Tony Fabrizio, who would later become the Trump campaign’s chief pollster. International monitors said the elections were marked by the abuse of state resources and lack of transparency in party financing.
Manafort advised Yanukovych to push ahead with an association agreement with the EU. But the EU insisted he release Tymoshenko, while Putin pressured him to abandon the deal. In November 2013, Yanukovych terminated negotiations with the EU. The move triggered widespread protests.
Months after Russia annexed Crimea, Manafort returned to Ukraine to advise the pro-Russian anti-NATO party, now known as the Opposition Bloc, for the 2014 parliamentary elections, again bringing Fabrizio on board. Nestor Shufrych, one of the party leaders, says Manafort pushed for them to be the voice of Russians in the east. Shufrych thought they had no chance but they got nearly 10 percent, with 29 seats. Manafort personally approved the list of candidates, according to another party official.
Shufrych says the party paid Manafort roughly $1 million. The two celebrated over a bottle of cognac at Manafort’s Kiev office.
The new disclosures are required under a law that was passed to combat Nazi propaganda during World War II, known as the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). The disclosure requirements are more stringent than domestic lobbying forms and include more information, including details like itemized meetings and phone calls.
Also in the filing is a flyer that the firm distributed, touting reforms to the voting process in Ukraine to make it more "free, fair and transparent." For example, one new rule increased the vote threshold a party is required to have before they could be admitted to parliament from 3 percent to 5 percent. Another nixed the option to "vote against all" on the ballot.
During the contract with Mercury, Manafort also attended meetings with Paula Dobriansky, a former State Department official during the Bush administration, a senior fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and Nadia Diuk, a vice president at the National Endowment for Democracy.
The disclosures also detail all the other contacts Mercury made on behalf of the Centre, including reaching out to dozens of news outlets and meeting with government officials, staffers and lawmakers on Capitol Hill, think tanks and nonprofit organizations.
The documents also bring to light details first uncovered by The Associated Press last August about what Manafort did to influence U.S. policy toward Ukraine and Russia.
His relationships with pro-Russia figures and work in the Trump campaign have been central to the controversy swirling around accusations that Russia meddled in the U.S. presidential election in Trump’s favor.
Similar filings by Manafort could be forthcoming, his spokesman told The Hill earlier this month.
Even before the 2016 elections, Manafort “has been in discussions with federal authorities about the advisability of registering under FARA for some of his past political work,” said spokesman Jason Maloni.
“Mr. Manafort received formal guidance recently from the authorities and he is taking appropriate steps in response to the guidance.”
Violating FARA is considered a felony, though only a handful of prosecutions have been pursued since the law's formation. It is considered a compliance-based statute, so even filling out registration paperwork late can get firms and individuals out of trouble with the Justice Department. FARA is more broad than the LDA, and covers consulting and public relations efforts, in addition to traditional lobbying.
Mercury and the Podesta Group had been registered for the Centre under the Lobbying Disclosure Act, which dictates domestic lobbying disclosure. The two firms made a total of $2.2 million during the two years of work.
Both firms had signed statements from the Centre, saying that it received no funds or support from a foreign government or party — something lawyers advised the firms would preclude them from registering under FARA.
However, following a series of AP reports that included details about how Manafort and his associate Rick Gates directed strategy while operating as advisers for the Party of Regions, the firms have decided to register with the Justice Department retroactively.
U.S 2016 Presidential election
Trumps Key campaign staff Cater Page ,Paul Manafort and Roger Stone had an huge impact on Trump's political campaign in both it's message,strategy and day to day operating it's very likely these three had a key impact in shifting the GOP's position on Russian sanctions and the Ukraine crisis.
The Washington Post (2017):
A 2004 article at Slate details the allegations against Yanukovych, including stuffing ballot boxes and use of police to intimidate Yushchenko supporters. The rampant fraud led to a series of protests dubbed the Orange Revolution -- and a second ballot, which Yushchenko won.
At some point over the next two years, Yanukovych hired an American consultant to help the Party of Regions in the parliamentary elections. A cable released by Wikileaks noted the addition to Yanukovych's team.
Enjoying a lead in the polls since the fall 2005 Orange team split, ex-PM Yanukovych's Party of Regions is working to change its image from that of a haven for mobsters into that of a legitimate political party. Tapping the deep pockets of Donetsk clan godfather Rinat Akhmetov, Regions has hired veteran K street political help for its "extreme makeover" effort. According to the Internet news site, Davis, Manafort & Freedman is among the political consultants that have been hired to do the nipping and tucking.
Davis, Manafort & Freedman was, as you'd expect, Paul Manafort's firm.
Business Insider (2017):
Before the GOP's national security committee meeting last July, Trump had said multiple times that he thought the West should respond more forcefully to Russian aggression.
He gave a speech in Ukraine in September 2015, at the Yalta European Strategy Annual Meeting, where he said "our president is not strong and he is not doing what he should be doing for the Ukraine." He mentioned that he thought Europe should be "leading some of the charge" against Russia's aggression, too.
But his tone on Ukraine and Crimea appeared to shift after he hired Manafort to manage his campaign in April 2016, as Politico's Michael Crowley has reported.
At the end of July, for instance, Trump told ABC that "the people of Crimea, from what I've heard, would rather be with Russia than where they were. And you have to look at that, also." Days earlier, he had told reporters that he "would be looking at" the possibility of lifting sanctions against Russia for its annexation of Crimea.
Manafort served as a top adviser to a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine from 2004 to 2012, and he helped the Russia-friendly strongman Viktor Yanukovych win the Ukrainian presidency in 2010.
Yanukovych was ousted on corruption charges in 2014 and fled to Russia under the protection of the Kremlin.
Secret ledgers uncovered by an anti-corruption centre in Kiev and obtained by The New York Times revealed that Yanukovych's political party, the pro-Russia Party of Regions, earmarked $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments to Manafort for his work from 2007 to 2012.
Manafort has denied ever having collected the earmarked payments. But the unverified dossier on which top US leaders have been briefed alleges that Yanukovych "confided directly to Putin that he authorized kickback payments to Manafort," who "had been commercially active in Ukraine right up to the time (in March 2016) when he joined campaign team."
Quartz (2016):
In early May 2016, the Missouri state legislature submitted a bill to the governor requiring that citizens must show photo ID in order to vote. Democrats staged an all-night filibuster opposing the measure, noting that it could potentially disenfranchise over 220,000 voters who who lack proper ID. Missouri attorney Steve Harman noted the bill would most likely affect black Missourians—11% of the population—and that it echoed the political aims of Jim Crow. As is true in most states, there has never been a case of voter fraud in Missouri history, leading many legislators to question the true intent of the law.
Missouri is known as “the bellwether state,” having voted for the winning candidate in all but one presidential election between 1904 and 2008. Obama lost the state in both elections, but in 2008, he lost by a mere 3903 votes. Imagine what that result would have looked like had 220,000 voters—among them his black Democratic base—been unable to cast their ballots.
In swing states like Missouri, voter ID laws that disenfranchise non-white voters could potentially influence the outcome of national elections. In this case, purple states like Missouri may in the future turn blazing red.
Missouri’s law will not be passed in time to impact the 2016 race. But it is part of a growing trend of states that have passed or moved toward restrictive voter ID laws as America’s population grows increasingly diverse. In 2016, 17 states will have new voting restrictions in place for the first time in a presidential election: Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Of these states, Arizona, Georgia, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin have been identified as swing states. Others are newly ambiguous: Texas, a state that has voted Republican since 1980, is now less of a sure bet. After GOP frontrunner Donald Trump proclaimed Mexicans “rapists” in the summer of 2015, applications for citizenship and voter registration among Texan Latino immigrants soared, and polls have shown a tight race. But will the new voters be able to cast their ballots? Under current regulations, an estimated 771,300 Texan Latinos, many of them recent immigrants, lack the required ID.
Buzzfeed (2017):
The dead man was Scot Young. The one-time multimillionaire and fixer to the world’s super-rich had been telling friends, family, and the police for years that he was being targeted by a team of Russian hitmen – ever since his fortune vanished overnight in a mysterious Moscow property deal. He was the ninth in a circle of friends and business associates to die in suspicious circumstances. But when the police entered his penthouse that night, they didn’t even dust for fingerprints. They declared his death a suicide on the spot and closed the case.
A two-year investigation by BuzzFeed News has now uncovered explosive evidence pointing to Russia that the police overlooked. A massive trove of documents, phone records, and secret recordings shows Young was part of a circle of nine men, including the exiled oligarch Boris Berezovsky, who all died suspiciously on British soil after making powerful enemies in Russia. The files reveal that Young lived in the shadow of the Russian security services and mafia groups after fronting for Berezovsky.
Scott Young is one of 14 people suspected of being assassinated on the orders of the Russian state on U.K soil.
CNN (2017):
The brazen daytime slaying of a Russian politician outside a Ukrainian hotel this week brings to eight the number of high-profile Russians who have died over the past five months since the US presidential election on November 8.
Steele dossier allegations:
The Steel dossier shed new light on the Trump-Russia controversy much of this has been corroborated.
Page 4:
Dossier claims Paul Manafort & Carter Page were colluding w/Russians.
Dossier claims Wikileaks is a front for the Kremlin.
Dossier claims Russia had moles within the Dem Party.
Page 9:
Dossier claims that Russia has krompat on Trump in addition to material on Clinton.
Dossier claims Cater Page held secret meetings on sanctions. (2017):
An ex-KGB chief suspected of helping the former MI6 spy Christopher Steele to compile his dossier on Donald Trump may have been murdered by the Kremlin and his death covered up, it's been claimed. Oleg Erovinkin, a former general in the KGB and its successor the FSB, was found dead in the back of his car in Moscow on December 26 in mysterious circumstances. Mr Erovinkin was a key aide to Igor Sechin, a former deputy prime minister and now head of Rosneft, the state-owned oil company, who is repeatedly named in the dossier.
He has been described as a key liaison between Mr Sechin and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Mr Steele wrote in an intelligence report dated July 19, 2016, he had a source close to Mr Sechin, who had disclosed alleged links between Mr Trump's supporters and Moscow. The death of Mr Erovinkin has prompted speculation it is linked to Mr Steele's explosive dossier, which was made public earlier this month.
Talking Points Memo (2017)
Congress is investigating whether any private voter information allegedly stolen by Russian hackers was passed to or used by the Trump campaign, Time reported Thursday.
Ken Menzel, general counsel of the Illinois State Board of Elections, told Time that 90,000 state voter records were obtained through cyberattacks on their system, 90 percent of which contained drivers license numbers and a quarter of which contained the last four digits of voters’ Social Security numbers. Two anonymous sources close to congressional investigations into Russia’s election interference say lawmakers want to know if any of this stolen data eventually ended up in the hands of Trump’s team.
Time did not specify which of the five congressional committees looking into Russian interference in the election is investigating this specific thread.
This report is the latest indication that Russia’s cyberattacks on the United States’ electoral infrastructure, which include efforts to delete or alter voter data in Illinois and targeted attacks on election systems in 21 states, are becoming a focus of congressional and federal probes into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
The issues that come up again and again are:
The real question is how far does the Russia-Trump web spread? And has this plan been a long time in the making?
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Weekly news review (November 9-15)

Weekly news review (November 9-15)
Hello, Community! Welcome back to our subreddit! Let's take a look at last week's news highlights!
Update (Nov. 15, 22:42 UTC): Alibaba Group has denied any partnership with Lolli.
Lolli, an affiliate retail startup that gives online shoppers bitcoin instead of regular cash-back perks, just announced its first Asian partnership with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.
Lolli’s in-browser app allows users to shop through merchants’ websites as they normally would, but earn small bitcoin rewards delivered to the in-browser wallet.
This announcement comes on Singles Day, the Nov. 11 Chinese shopping holiday comparable to the U.S.’s Black Friday. Alibaba Group’s online Singles Day sales have reportedly generated more than $23 billion so far this year.
However, Lolli’s head of communications, Aubrey Strobel, told CoinDesk that Lolli perks will only be available to purchases made in the U.S. For Chinese-Americans, foreign students or travelers, this new option could add additional perks if they participate in online holiday sales, but residents in China will be unable to participate.

Reportedly, multiple iPhone users have come forward on social media complaining that the Facebook app secretly activates their smartphone's camera in the background while they scroll through their Facebook feeds or looking at the photos on the social network.
However, at this moment, it's not clear if it's just an UI bug where Facebook app incorrectly but only accesses the camera interface, or if it also records or uploads something, which, if proven right, would be the most disastrous moment in Facebook's history.

Ledger Vault, the custody arm of hardware wallet manufacturer Ledger, has procured a crime insurance policy developed with broker and risk advisory firm Marsh and insurance company Arch Insurance Limited.
According to an announcement on Nov. 14, the Ledger Vault platform now provides its users a customized crime insurance program for cryptocurrencies for up to $150 million. The program applies to third-party theft of the master seed and private keys, secure transmissions of the master seed fragments, and insider Ledger employee theft caused by collusion.

Bitcoin (BTC) is being championed as the solution to a new payment crisis affecting the adult entertainment website Pornhub. In a blog post on Nov. 14, Pornhub revealed that payment processor PayPal had abruptly stopped servicing its models.
Previously, models throughout the world received payouts via PayPal, which has not publicly stated why it cut them out of its platform.
“We are all devastated by PayPal's decision to stop payouts to over a hundred thousand performers who rely on them for their livelihoods,” the blog post reads.
Pornhub is now using direct funds transfer alternatives, which models must set up themselves. The website began a deal with cryptocurrency project Verge (XVG) last year, while users can purchase products with various cryptocurrencies via Pornhub’s partnership with merchant gateway PumaPay.

Bitcoin is looking south after back-to-back weekly losses and multiple rejections at key price resistance.
Importantly, BTC has also failed for three straight weeks to close (Sunday, UTC) above the 3.5-month trendline sloping downwards from the 2019 high of $13,880. Acceptance above that hurdle would have meant a revival of the bull market set in motion by a solid break above $5,000 in early April.
The inability to pass that level (currently around $9,335) has weakened the bullish case put forward by the high-volume rise from $7,300 to $10,300 on Oct. 25–26.
Markets usually test dip demand after multiple rejections at key resistance and bitcoin is already feeling the pull of gravity. At press time, the cryptocurrency is trading at $8,680 on Bitstamp, representing a 1 percent drop on a 24-hour basis.
Losses could be extended further with the 200-day moving average support now breached. The barometer of long-term market trend is currently located at $9,236. Other technical indicators have also turned bearish over the weekend.

Let us know what you think in the comments section down below!
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[Lets Build][Repost] Cyberpunk Corporations

Welcome to the 73rd [Lets Build]!
TOPIC: Cyberpunk Corporations
Die Roll Result
1 Priceless Perception: A company that specializes in cybernetic replacement of the eyes and ears of extremely wealthy individuals so that they cannot perceive anybody below a certain income threshold.
2 Remmeron - a corporation specializing in producing bioware and biological research. The largest share holder is a vampire. Unknown to the public he portrays himself as a playboy who spends most of his night hours attending social affairs. His corporation is running secret research to create ways for the infected to walk in the daylight and Co exist with the general populace without being detected.
3 Uropa: a corporation dedicated to deliveries. It owns the massive packing and delivering system of drones throughout the nation. Some say there's a key (or keys) to be able to take control of the massive army of drones, but the President of the company, Dr. Drake Dorrinell, has said nothing to the press. Others also say Uropa partakes in illegal trafficking of people and drugs, hiding under the wealth and power of Dr. Dorrinell.
4 The Immersion Institute: Dedicated to producing the most realistic simulated experiences available. Perhaps their trade secret is a dark one, extracting memories and experiences from its own unwilling customers.
5 Waygo - A transportation service in the vain of Uber or Lyft, except the vehicles are completely self driving, they also deal in long haul freight services as well. They have cornered the market on land based transportation and over the last 20 years they have bought and dismantled nearly all traditional car manufactures and converted their factories to facilitate the maintenance of their self driving fleet. Their economic power is derived from the boon in metro living. They have used their influence to lobby nearly all major cities to outlaw manually driven cars, under the guise of keeping the roads safer. This however, only strengthens their position, creating a monopoly over transportation within the metro areas. They lobby heavily to loosen or rewrite the regulations regarding self-driving-car safety and their social media division works hard to astroturf positive news about their brand while discredditing the news of deaths, accidents, and other unfortunate incidents involving their vehicles. Their long haul trucks are often referred to as Meat Grinders by folks outside of the metro area due to their complete lack of object avoidance protocols. Incidents of Waygo Truck related deaths have been investigated in the past, but there are rumors that the AI at the core of Waygo not only manages the navigation of vehicles, but also operates a sanitation protocol for all of the government mandated camera logs as well. With all the misinformation being spread by Waygo itself, it's almost impossible for the average metro citizen to know what is true and what isn't. However, for all the folks still trying to make a living in the midwest ghost states, the grim reality is that traversing the Waygo funded roadways offers more risk than reward.
6 DeltaSafe - a security and bodyguarding corporation staffed entirely by modified clones of the same woman - Delta Degree.
7 Advanced Bionics: Was on the cutting edge of human augmentation 40 years ago, but are now a shell of their former selves. They produce outdated tech at a relatively low price.
8 The Farm, specializing in lab-grown protein-based foods, a.k.a. artificial meat. The process is highly automated, and requires specialized (and trade-secret) raw materials to grow their product.
9 The Takakura Heavy Industrial Manufacturing Concern (TK Heavy) - by far the largest company of the New Meiji Empire, TK Heavy makes everything from mining drills to household appliances to nanotech implants. Their orbital launch arm, Starlifter, puts more mass into orbit annually than it's next three competitors combined. TK Heavy has headquarters arcologies on all seven continents, and fields corporate security forces that rival most governmental militaries.
10 CyberWorld - A company specialising in androids that function as servants. There is a 10% chance that when androids are abused they will become sentient
11 Eterna: Stores and contains the consciousness of willing and paying participants. Think the company from the "San Junipero" Black Mirror episode. Unbeknownst to the users, Eterna will harvest the thoughts and ideas of the contained users and sell that information and data for its own profits.
12 Formisa specializes in worker chic, for the fashion-conscious wageslave. In addition to looking snazzy, the designer work uniforms also tend to increase workplace efficiency by up to 2%. Women who wear their ForMrs line of maternity outfits tend to bounce back from childbirth faster, but also have a suspiciously high rate of multiple births. The zealously-defended company secret is the illegally potent genetically-enhanced ant hormone treatments in every item of clothing the company produces.
13 FylakíTech offers industrial cyber-services including computation and data storage. By synergizing with our parent company's Incarceration Services department, we utilize unused organic computing power to put those resources at your disposal! Availability may be limited by prisoner populations, so don't wait! Contact a representative now!
14 Security Downloadables (SD) - "Personal protection in your pocket." Ever find yourself in a bad back alley and need some firepower? Ever hired a gun and had him stab you in the back for a higher bidder? We have, and we know a better way! Give us your dimensional location ID or take a translation beacon device and help can be yours in SECONDS! Access your SD app via your personal communication device, and our perfectly loyal, genetically engineered and cybernetically enhanced Security Soldier will materialize at your location! SD-SS cost by the minute and are directly billed to your linked account. Should you run out of funds our Guardian will return to us immediately. Access a new payment method and you can resummon your protector again. Don't get caught in a bad spot without some credits to spare! Now should you need guaranteed protection, you may opt in to our Overdraft Protector service. After your regular payment is rejected, we will continue service at a rate of 125% of your usual rate. This will be added to your pending balance. You will have within the month to pay back the bill, and any late fees accrued within that time. Failure to do so will result in you being teleported back to our HQ. There you will begin your voluntary admission into our Security Defender Training and Re-Education Program, unless you know someone who can take your place. Security Downloadables - Security, Loyalty. Absolutely.
15 Iaur - a feywild based corp run exclusively by elves. Mainly they focus on building portals to bridge the gaps between worlds, but they also use the feywild for agriculture, as well as magical cure all's
16 Imperium - A very tech-focused corp, these guys are responsible for the creation of the machina, a fully integrated virtual world that links every device on the planet.
17 Metal Muscle: A corporation which has made it's fortune in augmentation tech. Everyone from athletes to the working class citizen want/ have what they offer. "Via out patient injections to the muscle group(s) of your choice, you too can have Metal Muscle." Note: This tech can be nano bots, a growth hormone, metal fibers to resist muscle tearing, etc. They can have a "shelf life" after which time you need additional shots, or you could get the "deluxe" version that lasts your lifetime (and beyond for a great badguy army twist?). Perhaps they have experimental additional options as well.
18 Bhinneka- An Indonesian Fashion and Makeup Megacorp. Rose quickly to prominence on the strength of its nanopersonalized mascara line and a very successful advertising scheme. The company's tagline is "Beauty in Diversity."
19 Hometown Slab: Run by a family of farmers stretching all the way back to the 20th century, this corporation uses local labor to grow, harvest, season, cook and distribute artisanal vatgrown meat products. It's very hipster-oriented: the company tailors its meat DNA to replicate local strains of pork, chicken, etc., as well as local traditions of seasoning and cooking. Its iconic commercials feature strapping young people using scythes to carefully harvest only the finest cuts of flesh.
20 Zombodgets- A powerful, popular corporation with great name recognition and a large number of offices and factories. Oddly, no one seems to know exactly what they actually create, or sell, or do.
21 CryoLife - a corporation that specializes in cryogenic technologies. Clients can purchase or rent a cryogenic chamber to be revived at a later time and date, preserving their youth. Clients who fail to pay on time, or family members who do not pay, forfeit the body to CryoLife to do as they wish.
22 MoodChip Inc. - corporation that specializes in microchip technology that can be inserted into neuralware/headware. These chips can stimulate a range of emotions, or can modify memories. Never feel sad again. Get over your traumatic events!
23 Harbinger Carrier Services: The region's #1 inter-city transportation service for thing that need protecting. "When you see a Harbinger logo, your package has arrived, Guaranteed."
24 V-AMP: Produces torso-mounted battery chargers that generate power by processing the bloodflow into and out of the heart. People who have a V-AMP charger installed are twelve times more likely to suffer cardiac arrest in their lifetime.
25 Sick sticks' a co-op company of witches and warlocks that sell foci.
26 Meat Messaging' a messaging and delivery service that brings food and/or packages in some cases they also work as couriers for dead drops or in person communications. Police Checkpoints aren't all that interested in shaking down the pizza guy.
27 Amter - A company that sells vitamin d supplements and various other sunlight related products,like tanning beds and growing lights. May also fund various endeavors that make these products more desirable by hiding their main "competitor"
28 The Pythia Corporation - Named after the Oracle of Delphi (and because the oracle corporation exists), The largest manufacturer and distributors of security cameras, webcams and digital camera parts. It's an open secret that they have eyes on every corner of the city, thanks to a backdoor to each of their products and a team of vigilant "Oracles" watching the streams, and is often the first visit of any shady customer looking for information.
29 The Darwin Institute - A cross between a business and a university, dedicated to the "art" of genetic modification. More often than not this results in the catastrophic release of titanic rampaging monstrosities or armies of brutal mutants that somehow end up in the employ of terrorist groups. People are not sure how they manage to still qualify for grants, question how they have not been shut down with extreme prejudice and wonder where the hell their warped understanding of darwinian theory came from but nonetheless, their "successes" such as the super cow that provides affordable high-grade kobe beef and extreme male enhancement hormones still get use within the populace. Even barring the side effects, such as the afforemention rampages (From both the cow and the male enhancement).
30 Martin-Giuliani Cloning and Genetics LLC - Named after and run by the top experts in cloning and genetic manipulation, Christopher R. Martin and Leonardo Giuliani, MG-CG LLC is the leading factor when it comes to biomedicine, flash-cloning, disaster relief, pleasure, and military. MG-CG LLC has its fingers in many different pies. The Medical Industry for full body testing of different affiliations of the body to further understand the effects and find ways to cure them without wasting lives or breaking any violations. The Medical Industry also greatly benefits from flash-cloning, greatly reducing the waiting time for compatible donors. Many suffering from disasters, natural or manmade, MG-CG LLC many different relief vehicles as well as specially trained staff, Clones or Originals, are always a welcomed site to those in desperate need. Many people nowadays want to feel pleasure in a more immersive and real way. Though Androids were a good medium, many wanted to do away with the plastic skinned sex bots and wanted the real thing. Fortunately for them, MG-CG LLC came into the picture. Now people can go ahead and find a Clone of their liking, whether that Clone of someone they don't know or of a famous celebrity alive or dead. Anything's possible with a little bit of DNA. MG-CG LLC is a leading benefactor for the military, constantly supply the government with mechanical and genetic wonders. Sometimes Biomechanical wonders to turn the tide. Why send one man into the field when you can send seven of him? Or even an army of Clones made from a few Originals to lead them?
31 Karham Safety Equipment Co. - Shrouded in controversy, the Karham corporation throws all subtlety out of the window and openly advertises their arsenal of compact high-caliber firearms alongside locks, safes and the like. The company prides itself on providing anything one could need to protect their property. In Karham's mind, this includes, among others, a flashy purse that unfolds into a .50 cal sub-machine gun. The advertisements promise that their weapons have been tested for maximum stopping power on foreign fronts. They're pretty reliable, though, so who cares.
32 The Vladnic Corporation - Whatever the occasion, whatever the budget, this private security firm can provide exactly what you need. From single bodyguards to teams of well armed security forces, if you have the credits you will be safe. In addition to the muscle, the Vladnic Corporation also offers the latest security technology, including fully-integrated automated defense solutions and total-coverage ID scanning. The most popular Vladnic service is the Budget-guard. These employees are sourced directly from the military to defend an individual for a short period, perfect for a high-risk transaction or dangerous journey.
33 Ranberg - The largest housing supplier in the district, Ranberg offers homes from mere credits through to luxury mansions. With a strict non-eviction policy, Ranberg will happily house even the most destitute of society, providing a warm place of comfort while they get back on their feet. The Column, the latest Ranberg offering, features homes for some twelve thousand people, and offers a work scheme to repay arrears for those who fall behind.
34 StrawMan - A former subsidiary of Al-ASA/Greatair before the company was destroyed, StrawMan survived the riots following the revelation of the Great Air Hoax by sheer luck. A water refiltration company, StrawMan is marked by modest profits and an especially paranoid management.
35 Vermeer Wiring- An internal electrical company, Vermeer is also a shadow audit organization, investigating for multinational companies and keeping local corruption manageable. Most of their own employees don't know about that side of the business.
36 Entropy Incorporated - A large company which everyone knows about, but no one really knows what they do, exactly. Their buildings appear everywhere, and are instantly recognisable due to being entirely jet black, with black tinted windows. Looking through said windows are usually met with dark gas and shadowy figures rushing about. Every now and then, products with their label shows up, but they never work like normal ones would, such as a refrigerator that cools down food by shunting heat into a miniature void, or a marker that writes by rearranging a material's molecular structure to reflect the set colour. There is no set type of product, with objects ranging from weapons to kitchen appliances bearing their name. No one knows exactly where they come from, but each are mastercrafted, being able to outperform any other product of the same type, and impossible to disassemble, with no visible seams or screws. The company's logo is a white orb with 4 large arrows that extend from it towardsthe cardinal directions and another 4 smaller ones that extend between them, creating an 8 pointed star set around a circle.
37 Akursor - Simply a modern firearm brand which produces in America. It is said that the steel used in their insanely well protected factory halls is not always paid for and someone spread a rumor of titanium parts being actually re-cycled cyberorganics of killed cyborgs. Akursor's CEO Vincent Maren is well known for his blog posts and straight to the face interviews in which he calls cyborgs and implants in-general a cheap trick for "genetically weaker" people to survive. He however has also won the trust of many because of his multi-racial programs plus he married a troll woman. His hatred is geared towards implants in general. Which nobody knows: Maren is terribly afraid of doctors and hospitals too.The weapons by Akursor do not come with any neural interface linking. They are simply really modern guns.
38 Samsara Corporation - Founded by the enigmatic visionary Sri Chandrasekhar, Samsara revolutionized energy production, weaponry, and most aspects of travel with the Samsara Multiverse Conduit System. By using the difference in ground state energies between two universes as the catalyst, SMCS systems open small, temporary portals which allow for abundant and varied uses. Multiverse Conduit devices can provide nearly limitless power by connecting a generator to the magnetic field in the heart of a neutron star, allow for antigravity fields to be generated by targeted application of higher gravity fields from nearby black holes, and even have applications on the battlefield. SMCS warheads are specifically forbidden by treaty, but all manner of directed energy weapons and railgun systems have a Samsara unit at their heart, to say nothing of the Projectile Interdiction system that can puff oncoming fire into a perfectly harmless alternate universe, with just the hint of brimstone odor.
39 Suborganic Microsystems - A newly founded company operated and funded by a shadowy individual known only as "Mercy." The corporation is currently occupied performing secretive research into new applications for existing nanobot technology. Their first and so far only product has been a way to reprogram nanobots designed to help in reproductive dysfunction to instead modify a mother's child before it even enters the womb, effectively turning the future child into a slave pre-programmed to some day do the drone owners bidding. On face the company does not seem to sell this program to the public, bartering only with governments and special interest groups but with the right connections perhaps it is possible to acquire some of these reprogrammed nanobots. Perhaps in the future "Mercy" may even have more products to offer their secretive customers...
40 Ameratsu Light Incorporated - Specializing in fiber, optical and digital transmission of data. Ran by a board of 9 individuals that has their headquarters built underground near Hong Kong. They have several branches, most notably, one in LEO(Low Earth Orbit) called the Overdome. Heavily involved with corporate data transfer and military asset overhaul. ALI is responsible for updating military gear to the latest in data transfer and sharing technology.
41 Tanuki Excavation Enterprises - A corporation Specialized in creating, maintaining, assessing and infiltrating Underground complexes. Orphelia H. Dachs has turned her families rather conservative Digging-Company into a multinational mercenary Pool, that is well known for using heavy machinery to get the job done.
42 ProcTec - A food processing company, with proprietary ownership of a new-age food processor that can remove the most harmful parts of reconstituted meat and mix in spices. Ran an incredibly successful marketing campaign, Process It!, that demonstrated the uses of the processor.
43 Kodiak Inc. - A better kind of Bear Trap. Created by engineer and former corporate spy Gregory O'Neal, Kodiak focuses on innovative security for offices and vaults. (In)Famous for the Koshi Corridor, a hallway trap that wiped a multitude of teams during the Siege of San Antonio.
44 Robert Construction - A spot construction business known for high prices for extremely quick work. Owned by former child actor Robert Teh. Need a 37-story tower on a current vacant lot? Call Robert Construction, and it can be up before sunrise. Need a clear line of sight to the CEO's picture window and a quick egress? Robert can build it.
45 Someone's Child - A large arms corporation, exclusively dealing with nonlethal weaponry. Owned by Obijbwe Adikadat, a former mercenary and decorated sniper.
46 Sincorporated - Sells supposedly "blessed items" that, while normally illegal, are "guilt free" because "the lord wanted you to have them!" They use religious exemption laws to dodge lawsuits and court cases left and right, and the government's constantly looking for a concrete piece of evidence to pin them down like the cockroach they are.
47 Unitech - A mega-corp that specialises in Private security and corporate and financial services. Unitech also manufacture their own power armour weapons and space vehicles. They lead the field of non-lethal weapons such as EMP, expanding foam and Sonic weapons .
48 Zyodine - Tech leaders in Stealth tech, computing, augments and space craft shield and energy weapons. A heavily Asian influence in style.
49 UCI (United Conglomerates of Industry) - UCI is more like a culture that a Corp. The tribal nature of its workers mean that they rarely pass on their skills and information to anyone out side their guild (Tribe). UCI specialise in massive structure building, mining and manufacture of arms and equipment. UCI Power armour has been described as "Like wearing a JCB digger."
50 Pantheon - War is an Art form. Pantheon are weapons specialists. If you want to kill a lot of people and look like a mythical god doing it, Buy Pantheon.
51 Gaia - Terraforming corp that has reinvented the field of bio-synthetic augments and power armour. These "living" devices can change a body while acting and looking like it was born there.
52 CrashingSnow - holographic display company with some bad rep. Allegedly the people that use too much the display get white noise sometimes.
53 Meat Market Incorporated: A subsidiary of one of the powerful, earth-biased mega-corps, MMI offers "bargain priced!" bio-modifications and gene-modding for low income individuals. MMI Fleshsculpters and doctors are known for their "no-questions asked" policy, which works out well for the criminals that frequent the MMI clinics, in order to get a leg up on their rivals.
54 Ursine Securities: A massive PMC, infamous for crushing the "Free Mars!" rebellion during the One Year War. Ursine Securities makes use of a mix of expendable clone soldiers, genetic war beasts, and gene-modded special forces troops, during its deployments, in order to keep the opposition on its toes. Is currently taking contracts at the individual and tactical level, but the bulk of the company's forces are deployed on Trappist-1, where they are engaged against House La-Paz's troops.
55 The Forge: A Co-op comprised of some of the finest engineers, scientists, and craftsmen in known space, the Forge is the bleeding edge of technological advancement. However there are a few caches: the items for sale are always a limited run, are impossibly priced, and usually what ever the co-op felt like producing at the time. It's usally worth it though; The Lunar Hegamony ended the power of the mega-corps after annhialating their holdings and forces with Forge produced black-hole bombs.
56 Ungula Tech - Originating from a twen-cen recreational stim company, Ungula has evolved into a full-spectrum sim-stim provider. They provide everything from nanite-enhanced digital mindscapes to SimSense virtual nerve recouplings. Granted, most of their offerings aren't strictly legal to experience for customers, but legal wrangling has still kept it legal to sell for the company. Repeated attempts to genetically engineer the company's historical mascot have met with creatures suicidal with existential angst. The company produces dozens every year, anyway. After all, they might get lucky.
57 Schemä - A luxury fashion company that designs outfits that require extensive body modification to wear. Currently embedded in scandal as a competitor exposed Schemä's involvement in and cover up of an influencer's death as a result of surgery to fit their fall line up.
58 Pulze - A company known for their heart implants that records data on your internal organs in order to track your overall health. The company was recently purchased by a larger conglomerate who used Pulze as a dumping ground for their debt, causing it to go bankrupt. The shut down of the server has lead to many of the adopters suffering heart failure due to the failing implants.
59 Classic Steel, Incorporated: The intellectual property/trademark owner of a virtual who's-who of once famous weapon brands that have been reduced to little more than a set of logos and overseas manufacturing contracts. All the guns you saw on the vid screen growing up? They make them, cheap, effective, completely devoid of tracking hardware or network-enabled components, and with the serial numbers struck exactly as deep as the law requires and not a single thousandth of an inch more. Want John McClane's Beretta 92? They can send it to you overnight, and take no responsibility if you load it with APDS rounds. Want Snake Plisskin's MAC-10? You got it, along with a guide sheet of where not to take your Dremel tool lest you convert the gun to full automatic and void your warranty. John Rambo's M60? They can give you a bulk discount.
60 SecondScape- an Augmented Reality corporation that gets its main source of revenue through the ads populating its AR. SecondScape users can use the 'free' version indefinitely, allowing them to see, interact with, and within a monthly limit, add features to the AR. They could also buy the 'premium' version with a weekly subscription, allowing them to briefly dismiss ads and removing the limitation on content creation per month.
61 Engrammatics Inc.- originally a small startup without the backing of any megacorps, Engrammatics quickly took off due to a lack of competitors in its field. If you've ever wanted to learn everything you can about a new hobby, impress your friends with sick skills, get your kids qualified for the top schools- or hell, skip that and just qualify them for the workforce right away, you've come to the right place. After the installation of a modified neurojack, it's easy as pie to insert Engrammatics' patented neuro-translational learning (NLC) chips, so you can download whatever skills or know-how you need.
62 Blackdawn Rise- operating a pocket dimension has never been easier! Thanks to the development of novel, precise, safe subspace isolation technology, Blackdawn Rise offers you (for a low monthly fee per cubic foot plus substantial extra fees for certain activities, such as landscape relocation or abnormally-sized transfer portals) the ability to create your own personal paradise, no questions asked. If you buy the SubSafe package, they'll even encrypt the signals needed to access your pocket dimension and anonymize all records pertaining to its access! ...supposedly.
63 Sukhbataar Enterprises- in a world that wants to take away your guns, you should never be without 'em. Sukh-E offers a great way to hide your firearms and holdouts, by installing undetectable concealed compartments within your body. The parts are guaranteed to interface just fine, irregardless if they were installed in flesh or bionic, and can activate with a neural command to put weapons in your hands whenever you need them. Newer models use forced-relativity technology so that you can stuff improbably large weapons inside your body.
64 Podnet- want immortality? Does the prospect of continuing your existence in the cold, hard shell of a gram-descendant robot fill you with dread? Does the idea of other people holding on to a computerized version of your personality scare the living daylights out of you? Then Podnet has an offer for you! We don't ask for your brain scans- we just need a genetic sample! As long as you're wearing the Podnet Reactive Engram Backup (REB) brace, when you die, we'll activate a clone of yours and transmit your consciousness at the last possible second! Of course, if you're the kind of person who loves yourself so much you just wish there were more of you, we're in that business too. We can grow up to a specified number of clones and sync your minds together for the true multiple consciousness experience.
65 Solon Arco- everyone's seen their products, even if they don't know their name. Solon Arco runs the sanitation and ecological regulation of nearly every arcology in the world, and expects to fully buy out all other arco-engineering companies within the next two decades. This is the one megacorp that no other institution is willing to lay a hand on. If you're an employee, sure, everyone hates you for being a sellout, but you have a real healthcare plan, an actual chance for one of your grandchildren to eventually retire, and you get sick days about once every two years! Higher-ups in the company can routinely afford stuff like immortality protocols and their own personal hoversporters. The company itself is practically untouchable in any legal or fiscal sense.
66 MEGA- a space-transportation company that ironically advocates for the superiority of Earth. Their advertising department creates propaganda about how great it is to live there (or, you know, anywhere inside the asteroid belt), while also creating conspiracy theories and disasters in deep-space habitats to make them seem like terrible places to live. MEGA runs most of the shipping and transportation in the Sol system, and owns a lot of living space on Earth and the other Center Habs.
67 Data Breach - We get it, sometimes people make mistakes and information gets out that was not supposed to. But don't worry Data Breach understands and is willing to help! If our viruses capable of shutting down and deleting data doesn't help, our large selection of mechanical assassins equip for any job will. And best of all, you and your company can remain anonymous while we do our job to ensure your informations safety from getting into the wrong hands. Remember when the data starts leaking we at Data Breach will make sure that leak gets patched up.
68 Sharpten Pharma- a big producer of stimulants, sober agents, and anti-addiction supplements. Their stims, colloquially known as "sharps", enjoy widespread use in para/military orgs. Conspiracy theorists would have you believe that the anti-adds are just experimental drugs that Sharpten pushes out onto the market in order to get loads of human test data; there's certainly a lot of anecdotal stories out there about how the anti-adds mess with users' metabolic and neurological effects without actually addressing addiction behavior, so they might be on to something.
69 XO Farms- leaders in innovative means of healthy superfood production, XO grows crops and gengineered animals in expensive space installations. The rich pay exorbitant prices for the supposed health benefits of spacegrown food. To drive the idea home, the things they sell aren't things we'd consider expensive, Whole Foods-style superfoods today e.g. potatoes or carrots. Think of rich people treating bland mashed potatoes and baby carrots as New Age guilt-free haute cuisine.
70 ReduxX- clientele wear well-hidden (or implanted) tracking and sensory gear to record their daily lives. This stores everything from the surroundings to the client's biometrics. At a ReduxX-compatible simstation, a client can upload their experiences, share them, go through others' experiences on their public profiles, and relive past experiences using a limited AI to simulate what would've happened if the client had made different choices in that experience. ReduxX openly and shamelessly sells the information it gets from its clients to interested agencies, especially news outlets and developers of next-gen predictive analytics.
71 The Human Spectrum- this genmod corporation "believes strongly in the strength of the human race". Everyone is a person, regardless of what physical flaws they might have, so their mission statement argues that 'traditional' genmodding, with its goal of physical perfection, is unethical and dangerous. Rich people who desperately want to be part of a counter-culture go to The Human Spectrum's clinics to bring out physical 'flaws' in their family genetics (ranging from receding hairlines, minor allergies, or crossed eyes to albinism or legitimately threatening 'flaws' like sickle cell anemia or muscle wasting), or just straight up add disabilities to themselves to feel more 'natural'. In an era where all the rich can be physically perfect, physical imperfection is the hot new thing.
72 NuTune- do you ever feel like your voice just sounds like crap? Hate cheapening out with a vox-box to make it sound better? NuTune can fix your voice without any need for bionics. Thanks to nanosurgery and regenerative medicine, NuTune can transform even the squeakiest, most horribly accented voice into a beauty at any pitch! It can even fix speech impediments, or so goes the claim, and clients can order from a list of popular voices or come up with their own. Want to sound like Darth Vader? Aretha Franklin? Your favorite 0g rugby commentator? It's all possible with NuTune.
73 Ya'at'eeh- A broadcasting company focusing on narrow, careful and shielded broadcasting waves, coded messages, and communications. There is rumored to be a master list in the company's central offices with information on every customer.
74 Black Gold: although they started out as a petrochemicals company in the mid-1950s, after dozens of rebrands and strategy changes, this energy company now sells predominantly biosynthetic fuels manufactured in vast aerostat and orbital farms. Although battery technology has come a long way, if you want to fuel a jet fighter or a rocket, weld or cut a metal, make a plastic part, or lubricate a machine, BG probably supply a fluid or a gas to suit. Held in private hands since their inception, aside from occasional "legally innovative" part-flotations on cooperative stock exchanges, the operations of this firm are simultaneously very visible and very secretive. They tackle competition hard and ruthlessly by dumping against competitors, and it's rumoured through the occasional black operation as well.
75 C&P Futures: Based out of several truly enormous datacenters, this corp (originally Cassandra-Pandora Futures) sells just one thing: predictions of the future. They are never, ever, ever wrong, though sometimes enigmatic or opaque in their public statements, which they make only occasionally and usually on matters of pressing import. Buying their insight is expensive even by the standards of the uberwealthy, and their operations are enigmatic to say the least: nobody has ever met an actual representative of the corp in person. It communicates only via spokespeople and, occasionally, lawyers; every customer interacts only with a neutral, effortlessly polite, androgynous voice on the other end of a telephone. The firm seems to have no employees at all, and no obvious CEO or other senior staff, and it's held by a web of legal vehicles and off-planet corporations that exceed even the usual standards for a megacorporation. It has never specifically commented on the rumours floating around the 'net that the corporation is actually a front for a sentient AI which absorbed a quantum computing startup and a number of prediction markets in the early century. But they're just rumours.
76 Viridian Dynamics: A Contract Reseach & Development Corporation. Will reseach anything for a price. Anything from weaponized pumpkins to advanced productivity chairs to advanced cryo-preservation solutions. You are better off asking for Ted if you need help.
77 TiNatus- An explosives company that focuses on implantation of explosive material in inconspicuous items. Famous for a series of amusing advertisements, declaring "anything can be a bomb!"
78 Puzzle Corp. - Seemingly they are a franchise of popular escape rooms. In reality they’re measuring the problem solving skills of individuals to recruit them as freelance agents for corporations who will pay the highest bid.
79 The Company Under the Bed - Insanely wealthy parents pay this company to genetically engineer bodyguards for their children based on their crayon drawings. Occasionally, if the monster bodyguard fails, the monster grows insane with remorse and escapes into the streets. C.U.B. also has a branch specifically for hunting these monsters and ensuring nobody investigates the company for making them.
80 The Re-Write: A social media influence corporation which promises to allow its users to alter their internet footprint and replace their comments "with what you realize you should have said." The company has faced lawsuits for allegedly changing the comments of what non-customers have said, but no one has been able to produce any proof.
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Sam Harris Recommended Reading

I wanted a plaintext list of Sam's recommended reading list (the way his website presents/loads this list is annoying); so I scraped his site to assemble a plaintext version (sorted by author). In case this is useful to others, I thought I would share the result here. There are 495 books in total.
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Recommended Reading

Voodoo Histories: The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History – Aaronovitch, D.
Probability 1: Why There Must Be Intelligent Life in the Universe – Aczel, A.D.
The End of Illness – Agus, D.B.
Breakdown of Will – Ainslie, G.
Food for the Heart: The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah – Ajahn Chah
Without Sanctuary – Allen, J. (Ed)
The Conservative Soul: The Politics of Human Difference – Andrew Sullivan
Gulag: A History – Anne Applebaum
Terrorist Hunter – Anonymous
Experiments in Ethics – Appiah, K.A.
Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil – Arendt, Hannah
Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions – Ariely, D.
The First Crusade: A New History: The Roots of Conflict between Christianity and Islam – Asbridge, T.
Meditations – Aurelius, M.
Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now – Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Infidel – Ayaan Hirsi Ali
One Soldier’s War – Babchenko, A.
The Day of the Barbarians – Barbero, A.
Thinking and Deciding – Baron, J.
Mindblindness: An Essay on Autism and Theory of Mind – Baron-Cohen, S.
The Science of Evil: On Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty – Baron-Cohen, S.
Our Final Invention – Barrat, J.
Buddhism Without Beliefs: A Contemporary Guide to Awakening – Batchelor, S.
Confession of a Buddhist Atheist – Batchelor, S.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly – Bauby, J.D.
While Europe Slept – Bawer, B.
The Denial of Death – Becker, E.
Patterns of Culture – Benedict, R.
Terror and Liberalism – Berman, P.
My Lunches with Orson: Conversations between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles – Biskind, P.
Conversations on Consciousness – Blackmore, S.
The Psychopath: Emotion and the Brain – Blair, J. et al.
The Oxford Companion to the Body – Blakemore, C. and S. Jennett (Eds.)
The Nature of Consciousness: Philosophical Debates – Block, N., O. Flanagan, and G. Güzeldere
Omens of the Millennium: The Gnosis of Angels, Dreams, and Resurrection – Bloom, H.
The Book of J – Bloom, H.
Lying: Moral Choice in Public and Private Life – Bok, S.
The Legacy of Jihad: Islamic Holy War and the Fate of Non-Muslims – Bostom, A.
Superintelligence – Bostrom, N.
The Life of Samuel Johnson (Penguin Classics) – Boswell, James
Honor: A History – Bowman, J.
Religion Explained – Boyer, P.
When Time Shall Be No More: Prophesy Belief In Modern American Culture – Boyer, P.
Witches and Neighbors: The Social and Cultural Context of European Witchcraft – Briggs, R.
Into the Silent Land: Travels in Neuropsychology – Broks, P.
The Second Machine Age – Brynjolfsson, E. and A. McAfee
Among the Thugs – Buford, B.
Brain Bugs – Buonomano, D.
Self-Contradictions of the Bible – Burr, W.H.
On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When You’re Not – Burton, R.
The anatomy of melancholy – Burton, Robert
The Heart of Awareness: A Translation of the Ashtavakra Gita – Byrom, T. (Trans.)
Reflections on the Revolution In Europe: Immigration, Islam, and the West – Caldwell, C.
Crowds and Power – Canetti, E.
In Cold Blood – Capote, T.
Constantine’s Sword: The Church and the Jews—A History – Carroll, J.
Mapping the Mind – Carter, R.
Natural Ethical Facts: Evolution, Connectionism, and Moral Cognition – Casebeer, W.D.
#Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media – Cass R. Sunstein
Impeachment: A Citizen’s Guide – Cass R. Sunstein
The Physiology of Truth: Neuroscience and Human Knowledge – Changeux, J.P.
Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010 – Charles A. Murray
Tracing Back the Radiance: Chinul’s Korean Way of Zen – Chinul
Matter and Consciousness: A Contemporary Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind – Churchland, P.M.
Scientific Realism and the Plasticity of Mind – Churchland, P.M.
The Engine of Reason, The Seat of the Soul: A Philosophical Journey into the Brain – Churchland, P.M.
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion – Cialdini, R.B.
Sleep Thieves – Coren, S.
Average Is Over – Cowen, T.
Why Evolution is True – Coyne, J.A.
The Nature of Explanation – Craik, K.J.W.
The Astonishing Hypothesis: The Scientific Search for the Soul – Crick, F
The Book of Dead Philosophers – Critchley, S.
Daily Rituals: How Artists Work – Currey, M.
Secular Conscience: Why Belief Belongs in Public Life – Dacey, A.
Life at the Bottom – Dalrymple, T.
Descartes Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain – Damasio, A.
Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain – Damasio, A.
The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness – Damasio, A.
Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body – Daniel Goleman & Richard J. Davidson
The Origin Of Species – Darwin, C.
The Human Predicament: A Candid Guide to Life's Biggest Questions – David Benatar
The Road to Character – David Brooks
The Conscious Mind: In Search of a Fundamental Theory – David Chalmers
The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World – David Deutsch
The Fabric of Reality – David Deutsch
Inquiries into Truth and Interpretation – Davidson, D.
Europe: A History – Davies, N.
A Devil’s Chaplain: Reflections on Hope, Lies, Science, and Love – Dawkins, R.
Climbing Mount Improbable – Dawkins, R.
The Blind Watchmaker – Dawkins, R.
The God Delusion – Dawkins, R.
The Selfish Gene – Dawkins, R.
The Koran – Dawood, N. J., Trans
Ending Aging – de Grey, A.
Primates and Philosophers – De Waal, F.
Breaking the Spell – Dennett, D.C.
Consciousness Explained – Dennett, D.C.
Darwin’s Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life – Dennett, D.C.
Freedom Evolves – Dennett, D.C.
The Intentional Stance – Dennett, D.C.
Blasphemy: How the Religious Right is Hijacking – Dershowitz, A
The Case for Israel – Dershowitz, A
Meditations on First Philosophy – Descartes, R.
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed – Diamond, J.
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies – Diamond, J.
Slouching Toward Bethlehem – Didion, J.
The Year of Magical Thinking – Didion, J.
The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam – Douglas Murray
The Flight of the Garuda, Second Edition: The Dzogchen Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism – Dowman, K. (Ed)
Imagined Worlds – Dyson, F.
The Hot House: Life Inside Leavenworth Prison – Earley, P.
The Nature of the Physical World – Eddington, A.S.
A Universe Of Consciousness How Matter Becomes Imagination – Edelman, G. & Tononi, G.
Remembered Present: A Biological Theory Of Consciousness – Edelman, G.
Second Nature: Brain Science and Human Knowledge – Edelman, G.
Wider Than the Sky: The Phenomenal Gift of Consciousness – Edelman, G.
Sick Societies: Challenging the Myth of Primitive Harmony – Edgerton, R.B.
Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why – Ehrman, B.
Ideas and Opinions – Einstein, A
Out of My Later Years – Einstein, A
The Destructive Power of Religion: Violence in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam [4 volumes] – Ellens, J.H. (Ed.)
In Praise of Folly – Erasmus, D.
The Psychopath Inside – Fallon, J.
In Defense of a Liberal Education – Fareed Zakaria
The Mental and the Physical: The Essay and a Postscript – Feigl, H.
Holy Madness – Feuerstein, G.
Six Easy Pieces – Feynman, R.
Six Not-So-Easy Pieces – Feynman, R.
The Character of Physical Law (Modern Library) – Feynman, R.
The Feynman Lectures on Physics: The Definitive and Extended Edition – Feynman, R.
The Meaning Of It All: Thoughts of a Citizen-Scientist – Feynman, R.
Self-Deception – Fingarette, H
Cities on a Hill – Fitzgerald, F.
The Bodhisattva’s Brain: Buddhism Naturalized – Flanagan, O.
The Problem of the Soul: Two Visions of Mind and How to Reconcile Them – Flanagan, O.
The Really Hard Problem: Meaning in a Material World – Flanagan, O.
Eating Animals – Foer, J.
Discipline & Punish: The Birth of the Prison – Foucault, M.
The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully – Frank Ostaseski
On Truth – Frankfurt, H.G.
The Golden Bough – Frazer, J.
Civilization and Its Discontents – Freud, S.
The Future of an Illusion – Freud, S.
The Kingdom of Auschwitz: 1940-1945 – Friedrich, O
The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness – Fromm, E.
Cortex and Mind: Unifying Cognition – Fuster, J.M
Gandhi An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments With Truth – Gandhi, M
Just My Type – Garfield, S.
Winter Is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped – Garry Kasparov
The Case Against Sugar – Gary Taubes
The Gift of Fear: and Other Survival Signals that Protect Us From Violence – Gavin de Becker
Human: The Science Behind What Makes Your Brain Unique – Gazzaniga, M.
The Ethical Brain – Gazzaniga, M.
The MInd’s Past – Gazzaniga, M.
Who’s In Charge?: Free Will and the Science of the Brain – Gazzaniga, M.
Scale: The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies – Geoffrey West
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Penguin Classics) – Gibbon, Edward
Stumbling on Happiness – Gilbert, D.
The Holocaust: A History of the Jews of Europe During the Second World War – Gilbert, M
The Symposium (Penguin Classics) – Gill, C.
This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War – Gilpin Faust, D.
Isaac Newton – Gleick, J.
The Information – Gleick, J.
The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood – Gleick, James
Humanity: A Moral History of the Twentieth Century – Glover, J
An Anatomy of Thought: The Origin and Machinery of the Mind – Glynn, I
Behavior in Public Places – Goffman, E
Interaction Ritual - Essays on Face-to-Face Behavior – Goffman, E
The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life – Goffman, E
The Executive Brain: Frontal Lobes and the Civilized Mind – Goldberg, E
Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism – Goldberg, M
Hitler’s Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust – Goldhagen, DJ
Experience of Insight – Goldstein, J
Destructive Emotions: A Dialogue with the Dalai Lama – Goleman, D.
The Story of Art – Gombrich, E.H.
The End of Days – Gorenberg, G
The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State – Graeme Wood
The Elegant Universe – Greene, B.
The Fabric of the Cosmos – Greene, B.
The Oxford Companion to the Mind – Gregory, R
Erwin Schrodinger and the Quantum Revolution – Gribbin, J.
Animal Minds – Griffin, DR
Higher Superstition: The Academic Left and Its Quarrels with Science – Gross, PR and N Levitt
Mindfulness in Plain English: Revised and Expanded Edition – Gunaratana, B.H.
A Companion to the Philosophy of Mind – Guttenplan, S.
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow – Harari, Y.
On Having No Head – Harding, D.
Without Conscience:: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us – Hare, R.D.
10 Percent Happier – Harris, D.
The Suicide of Reason: Radical Islam’s Threat to the West – Harris, L.
Machete Season: The Killers in Rwanda Speak – Hatzfeld, J.
Evilicious – Hauser, M.
Moral Minds: How Nature Designed Our Universal Sense of Right and Wrong – Hauser, M.
Wild Minds: What Animals Really Think – Hauser, M.
A Brief History of Time – Hawking, S.
The Phenomenology of Mind – Hegel, G.W.F.
The Histories, Revised – Herodotus
A Delusion of Satan: The Full Story of the Salem Witch Trials – Hill, F.
Nomad: A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations – Hirsi Ali, A.
The Caged Virgin: An Emancipation Proclamation for Women and Islam – Hirsi Ali, A.
God Is Not Great – Hitchens, C.
Hitch-22: A Memoir – Hitchens, C.
Letters to a Young Contrarian – Hitchens, C.
Letters to a Young Contrarian – Hitchens, C.
Mortality – Hitchens, C.
The Enemy – Hitchens, C.
The Portable Atheist – Hitchens, C.
The Quotable Hitchens: From Alcohol to Zionism—The Very Best of Christopher Hitchens – Hitchens, C.
Why Orwell Matters – Hitchens, C.
Leviathan – Hobbes, T.
Porphyry’s Against the Christians – Hoffmann, R.J.
The Mind’s I: Fantasies and Reflections On Self and Soul – Hofstadter, D.R. and D.C. Dennett
In the Shadow of the Sword: The Birth of Islam and the Rise of the Global Arab Empire – Holland, T.
The Cambridge Handbook of Thinking and Reasoning – Holyoak, K.J. (Ed) & R.G. Morrison (Ed)
The Oxford Companion to Philosophy – Honderich, T. (Ed)
Ethics for the Real World – Howard, R.A.
An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding – Hume, D.
Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion – Hume, D.
A History of the Mind: Evolution and the Birth of Consciousness – Humphrey, N.
The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order – Huntington, S.P.
Doors of Perception – Huxley, A.
The Perennial Philosophy: An Interpretation of the Great Mystics, East and West – Huxley, A.
Mirroring People: The New Science of How We Connect with Others – Iacoboni, M
The Al Qaeda Reader – Ibrahim, R.
What’s God Got to Do with It?: Robert Ingersoll on Free Thought, Honest Talk and the Separation of C – Ingersoll, R.
Essays In Radical Empiricism – James, W.
The Principles of Psychology (Volume 1) – James, W.
The Principles of Psychology (Volume 2) – James, W.
The Varieties Of Religious Experience: A Study In Human Nature – James, W.
The Will To Believe – James, W.
The Mysterious Universe – Jeans, J.
Faith Versus Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible – Jerry A. Coyne
Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win – Jocko Willink & Leif Babin
Churchill – Johnson, P.
History of Christianity – Johnson, P.
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion – Jonathan Haidt
Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening – Joseph Goldstein
Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know® – Joseph Romm
Security Mom: An Unclassified Guide to Protecting Our Homeland and Your Home – Juliette Kayyem
War – Junger, S.
Brighter than a Thousand Suns: A Personal History of the Atomic Scientists – Jungk, R.
The Return of History and the End of Dreams – Kagan, R.
Judgment under Uncertainty: Heuristics and Biases – Kahneman, D., Slovic, P., & Tversky, A
Hyperspace – Kaku, M.
The Principles of Neural Science – Kandel, E
The Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag – Kang, C.
Critique of Pure Reason (The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Immanuel Kant in Translation) – Kant, I.
Ethical Philosophy: Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals &; Metaphysical Principles of Virtue – Kant, I.
The Ends of the Earth – Kaplan, RD
The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future – Kevin Kelly
Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology – Kolb, B. and Whishaw, I.Q.
Three Cups of Deceit: How Greg Mortenson, Humanitarian Hero, Lost His Way – Krakauer, Jon
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith – Krakauer, Jon
The Malleus Maleficarum – Kramer, H and J Sprenger
A Universe from Nothing – Krauss, L.M.
Freedom from the Known – Krishnamurti, J.
The Awakening of Intelligence – Krishnamurti, J.
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions – Kuhn, T.
Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History – Kurt Andersen
The Age of Spiritual Machines – Kurzweil, R
The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology – Kurzweil, R.
Maxims – La Rochefoucauld
The Atomic Bazaar: The Rise of the Nuclear Poor – Langewiesche, W
The Atomic Bazaar: The Rise of the Nuclear Poor – Langewiesche, W
You Are Not a Gadget – Lanier, J
Who Owns the Future – Lanier, J.
Who Owns the Future? – Lanier, J.
The Greatest Story Ever Told--So Far: Why Are We Here – Lawrence M. Krauss
The Terror Years: From al-Qaeda to the Islamic State – Lawrence Wright
Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph – Lawrence, T.E.
Synaptic Self: How Our Brains Become Who We Are – LeDoux, J
Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America – Leovy, J.
The End of the World: The Science and Ethics of Human Extinction – Leslie, J
The Drowned and the Saved – Levi, P
The Complete Works of Primo Levi – Levi, P.
Neuroethics: Challenges for the 21st Century – Levy, N.
The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror – Lewis, B.
What Went Wrong?: The Clash Between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East – Lewis, B.
I of the Vortex: From Neurons to Self – Llinas, R.R.
On the Nature of Things – Lucretius
Radical: My Journey out of Islamist Extremism – Maajid Nawaz
The Prince – Machiavelli, N.
Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds – Mackay, C
Ethics: Inventing Right and Wrong – Mackie, J.L.
The Journalist and the Murderer – Malcolm, J.
A World Lit Only By Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance – Manchester, W
Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam – Mark Bowden
The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics – Mark Lilla
Commissurotomy, Consciousness, and Unity of Mind – Marks, C.E.
The Skeptic Way: Sextus Empiricus’s Outlines of Pyrrhonism – Mates, B. Ed. and Trans
Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence – Max Tegmark
Our Mathematical Universe – Max Tegmark
Perfect Soldiers: The 9/11 Hijackers: Who They Were, Why They Did It – McDermott, T
The Mysterious Flame: Conscious Minds in a Material World – McGinn, C
Dark Ages: The Case for a Science of Human – McIntyre, L
Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge – McKenna, T
The Archaic Revival – McKenna, T
True Hallucinations: Being an Account of the Author’s Extraordinary Adventures in Devil’s Paradise – McKenna, T
Self-Deception Unmasked – Mele, A.R
The Metaphysical Club – Menand, L.
The Primacy of Perception: And Other Essays – Merleau-Ponty, M.
Neural Correlates of Consciousness: Empirical and Conceptual Questions – Metzinger, T. (Ed)
Being No One: The Self-Model Theory of Subjectivity – Metzinger, T.
Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror – Michael V. Hayden
Utilitarianism – Mill, J.S.
Examined Lives: From Socrates to Nietzsche – Miller, J.
Eye for an Eye – Miller, W.I.
Faking It – Miller, W.I.
Humiliation: And Other Essays on Honor, Social Discomfort, and Violence – Miller, W.I.
The Anatomy of Disgust – Miller, W.I.
The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives – Mlodinow, L.
Bertrand Russell: The Spirit of Solitude – Monk, R
Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius – Monk, R
The Complete Works of Montaigne – Montaigne
Montaigne: Essays – Montaigne, M.
Central Philosophy of Buddhism: A Study of Madhyamika System – Murti, TRV
The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves and Why It Matters – Myers, B.R.
Nagarjuna’s Seventy Stanzas: A Buddhist Psychology of Emptiness – Nagarjuna
Mortal Questions – Nagel, T
Other Minds: Critical Essays 1969-1994 – Nagel, T
The Last Word – Nagel, T
The View From Nowhere – Nagel, T
Among the Believers: An Islamic Journey – Naipaul, VS
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry – Neil deGrasse Tyson
The Bible – Nelson, T (Ed)
Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives -- How Your Friends' Friends' Friends Affect Everything You Feel, Think, and Do – Nicholas A. Christakis
The Portable Nietzsche – Nietzsche, F.
Thus Spake Zarathustra – Nietzsche, F.
I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj – Nisargadatta Maharaj
The User Illusion: Cutting Consciousness Down to Size – Norretranders, T.
Anarchy, State, And Utopia – Nozick, R.
Philosophical Explanations – Nozick, R.
How We Die: Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter – Nuland, S.B
On the Eve of Millennium: The Future of Democracy Through an Age of Unreason – O'Brien, C.C.
The Nonsense of Free Will – Oerton, R.
The Road To Martyr’s Square: A Journey into the World of the Suicide Bomber – Oliver A. M. and Steinberg P. F
Reasons and Persons – Parfit, D.
Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion – Paul Bloom
Just Babies – Paul Bloom
Irreligion: A Mathematician Explains Why the Arguments for God Just Don’t Add Up – Paulos, J.A.
Jesus Through the Centuries – Pelikan, J
Shadows of the Mind: A Search for the Missing Science of Consciousness – Penrose, R.
The Emperor’s New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds, and the Laws of Physics – Penrose, R.
The Large, the Small and the Human Mind – Penrose, R.
Knowledge, Possibility, and Consciousness – Perry, J.
Animal Liberation: The Definitive Classic of the Animal Movement – Peter Singer
Ethics in the Real World: 82 Brief Essays on Things That Matter – Peter Singer
The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism Is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically – Peter Singer
Inquisition – Peters, E
American Theocracy – Phillips, K
The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature – Pinker, S
How the Mind Works – Pinker, S.
Where Is Science Going? – Planck, M
The Logic of Scientific Discovery – Popper, K
The Self and Its Brain: An Argument for Interactionism – Popper, K. R., & Eccles, J. C.
The Open Society and Its Enemies – Popper, K.R.
Labyrinths of Reason: Paradox, Puzzles, and the Frailty of Knowledge – Poundstone, W
Prisoner’s Dilemma – Poundstone, W
Companion to Clinical Neurology – Pryse-Phillips, W.
From A Logical Point of View – Quine, W.V
The Anatomy of Violence: The Biological Roots of Crime – Raine, A.
Phantoms in the Brain – Ramachandran, V.S. and Blakeslee, S
Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi – Ramana Maharshi
The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants: Ethnopharmacology and Its Applications – Ratsch, C.
A Theory of Justice: Original Edition – Rawls, J.
Justice as Fairness: A Restatement – Rawls, J.
Our Final Hour – Rees, M
Self-Liberation Through Seeing With Naked Awareness – Reynolds, JM (Ed)
Deadly Feasts: Tracking The Secrets Of A Terrifying New Plague – Rhodes, R
Why They Kill – Rhodes, R
The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life – Richard J. Herrnstein
DMT: The Spirit Molecule – Rick Strassman
Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters – Ridley, M.
Nature Via Nurture: Genes, Experience, and What Makes Us Human – Ridley, M.
Intelligence: All That Matters – Ritchie, S.
Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst – Robert Sapolsky
Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment – Robert Wright
So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed – Ronson, J.
The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry – Ronson, J.
Objectivity, Relativism, and Truth: Philosophical Papers – Rorty, R.
The Consequences of Pragmatism – Rorty, R.
Breath by Breath: The Liberating Practice of Insight Meditation – Rosenberg, L
The Nature of Mind – Rosenthal, D. (Ed.)
The Confessions – Rousseau, J
Joseph Anton: A Memoir – Rushdie, S.
A History of Western Philosophy – Russell, B.
Autobiography – Russell, B.
Religion and Science – Russell, B.
The Problems of Philosophy – Russell, B.
Why I am Not a Christian. – Russell, B.
Why I am not a Christian – Russell, B.
Islam in the World – Ruthven, M
The Concept of Mind – Ryle, G.
An Anthropologist On Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales – Sacks, O.
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat – Sacks, O.
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors – Sagan, C. and A. Druyan
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark – Sagan, C.
The Varieties of Scientific Experience – Sagan, C.
Righteous: Dispatches from the Evangelical Youth – Sandler, L.
Persons and Places: The Background of My Life – Santayana, G.
Scepticism And Animal Faith: Introduction To A System Of Philosophy – Santayana, G.
Being And Nothingness – Sartre, J.P.
Memory, Brain, and Belief – Schacter, D.L. and E. Scarry
The Fate of the Earth – Schell, J.
The Seventh Decade: The New Shape of Nuclear Danger – Schell, J.
The Unfinished Twentieth Century: The Crisis of Weapons of Mass Destruction – Schell, J.
Command and Control – Schlosser, E.
Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market – Schlosser, E.
My View of the World – Schrödinger, E.
What Is Life?: with “Mind and Matter” and “Autobiographical Sketches” – Schrödinger, E.
The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less – Schwartz, B.
The Art of Modern Gunfighting: The Pistol, Vol. 1 – Scott Reitz
Freedom and Neurobiology: Reflections on Free Will, Language, and Political Power – Searle, J.R.
The Construction of Social Reality – Searle, J.R.
The Mystery of Consciousness – Searle, J.R.
The Rediscovery of the Mind – Searle, J.R.
Into That Darkness: An Examination of Conscience – Sereny, G.
Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle Over Islam Is Reshaping the World – Shadi Hamid
Shankara’s Crest Jewel of Discrimination – Shankaracharya
God the Devil, and Darwin. – Shanks, N.
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Why Darwin Matters: The Case Against Intelligent Design – Shermer, M.
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer – Siddhartha Mukherjee
The Gene: An Intimate History – Siddhartha Mukherjee
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Writings on an Ethical Life – Singer, P.
The Theory of Moral Sentiments – Smith, A.
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Storming Heaven: LSD and the American Dream – Stevens, J.
The Trial of Socrates – Stone, I.F.
The Anatomy of Evil – Stone, M.H.
The Significance of Philosophical Scepticism – Stroud, B.
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Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind – Suzuki, S.
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The Heart of Buddhist Meditation – Thera, N
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The Art Of War – Tzu, S.
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Free Will – Watson, G
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