Hackers may take on Mexican Drug Cartel

In a bizarre twist to Mexico's drug war, an international group of online hackers has warned a drug cartel to release one of its members, or see its private details published.


What's the Latest Development?

The world has taken an interesting turn in the power struggles within the huge illegal drug economy. International online hackers group, Anonymous, has introduced a new weapon: a threat to publish the identities and addresses of a Mexican syndicate's associates, from corrupt police to taxi drivers, as well as reveal its businesses. Its warning to the Zetas group followed the kidnapping of an Anonymous member.

What's the Big Idea?

"In this viral world on the Internet, it shows how much damage could be done with just one statement on the Web," said  Stratfor intelligence expert Fred Burton. Mike Vigil, of the Drug Enforcement Administration, said it was a "gutsy move" by Anonymous and one the Zetas must take seriously.

Why a federal judge ordered White House to restore Jim Acosta's press badge

A federal judge ruled that the Trump administration likely violated the reporter's Fifth Amendment rights when it stripped his press credentials earlier this month.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 16: CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta (R) returns to the White House with CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist after Federal judge Timothy J. Kelly ordered the White House to reinstate his press pass November 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. CNN has filed a lawsuit against the White House after Acosta's press pass was revoked after a dispute involving a news conference last week. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Politics & Current Affairs
  • Acosta will be allowed to return to the White House on Friday.
  • The judge described the ruling as narrow, and didn't rule one way or the other on violations of the First Amendment.
  • The case is still open, and the administration may choose to appeal the ruling.
Keep reading Show less

How to split the USA into two countries: Red and Blue

Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.

Image: Dicken Schrader
Strange Maps
  • America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
  • Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
  • Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
Keep reading Show less

Scientists just voted to change the definition of a kilogram

The definition of a kilogram will now be fixed to Planck's constant, a fundamental part of quantum physics.

Greg L via Wikipedia
Surprising Science
  • The new definition of a kilogram is based on a physical constant in quantum physics.
  • Unlike the current definition of a kilogram, this measurement will never change.
  • Scientists also voted to update the definitions of several other measurements in physics.
Keep reading Show less