Apple and Google Just Attended a Confidential Spy Summit in a Remote English Mansion

At an 18th-century mansion in England’s countryside last week, current and former spy chiefs from seven countries faced off with representatives from tech giants Apple and Google to discuss government surveillance in the aftermath of Edward Snowden’s leaks.

The three-day conference, which took place behind closed doors and under strict rules about confidentiality, was aimed at debating the line between privacy and security.

Humans ‘will become God-like cyborgs within 200 years’

Wealthy humans are likely become cyborgs within 200 years as they gradually merge with technology like computers and smart phones, a historian has claimed.

Yuval Noah Harari, a professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, said the amalgamation of man and machine will be the ‘biggest evolution in biology’ since the emergence of life four billion years ago.

America’s trailer parks: the residents may be poor but the owners are getting rich

The number one rule is stated twice, once in the classroom and once on the bus: “Don’t make fun of the residents.” Welcome to Mobile Home University, a three-day, $2,000 “boot camp” that teaches people from across the US how to make a fortune by buying up trailer parks.

Trailer parks are big and profitable business – particularly after hundreds of thousands of Americans who lost their homes in the financial crisis created a huge demand for affordable housing. According to US Census figures, more than 20 million people, or 6% of the population, live in trailer parks.

Chomsky, Woodward and 9/11 conspiracy theories: Bin Laden’s English-language bookshelf

“A Brief Guide to Understanding Islam” by I. A. Ibrahim

“America’s Strategic Blunders” by Willard Matthias

“America’s ‘War on Terrorism” by Michel Chossudovsky

“Al-Qaeda’s Online Media Strategies: From Abu Reuter to Irhabi 007″ by Hanna Rogan

“The Best Democracy Money Can Buy” by Greg Palast

Psychiatric drugs may do more harm than good

Psychiatric drugs do more harm than good and the use of most antidepressants and dementia drugs could be virtually stopped without causing harm, an expert on clinical trials argues in a leading medical journal.

The views expressed in a British Medical Journal debate by Peter Gøtzsche, professor and director of the Nordic Cochrane Centre in Denmark, are strongly opposed by many experts in mental health. However, others say the debate around the use of psychiatric drugs is important and acknowledge that there has been overuse of antipsychotics to quieten aggressive patients with dementia.

West Midlands child sexual exploitation ‘similar to Rotherham’

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) in the West Midlands had “significant similarities” with patterns of abuse in Rotherham, a report said.

West Midlands Police’s report said 210 young people had been identified as victims or at risk of CSE between January and June 2014.

It was put together last year, but has just been released following a freedom of information request.

Afghan poppy farmers say new seeds will boost opium output

It’s the cash crop of the Taliban and the scourge of Afghanistan — the country’s intractable opium cultivation. This year, many Afghan poppy farmers are expecting a windfall as they get ready to harvest opium from a new variety of poppy seeds said to boost yield of the resin that produces heroin.

The plants grow bigger, faster, use less water than seeds they’ve used before, and give up to double the amount of opium, they say.