Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Anonymous, a loosely connected group of Internet vigilantes/pranksters/anarchists who periodically launch coordinated DDoS attacks against targets like the Church of Scientology and Gene Simmons, is currently waging an Internet war against sites that have acted to block WikiLeaks. And they have attracted the attention of the Feds.
Anonymous temporarily took down the sites of MasterCard and Visa, who had frozen WikiLeaks accounts. After reports that Anonymous was next going after Amazon, which kicked WikiLeaks off its servers, they instead decided to attack the easier-to-cripple PayPal. (PayPal suspended the WikiLeaks donation accounts, but decided to dispense the rest of the funds to WikiLeaks.)
To give you an idea of the politics of Anonymous, these pro-WikiLeaks attacks are happening under the “Operation Payback” banner. Operation Payback was, previously, an attack on opponents of Internet piracy like the MPAA and the RIAA.
Someone claiming to represent the group (which could mean nothing) also released this (fairly self-aggrandizing) video, explaining its cause:
Eric Holder and Janet Napolitano are currently adding to the general level of hysteria about the group that currently prevails among people who aren’t that familiar with Internet culture. Feds are also cracking down on Encyclopedia Dramatica, a satirical Wikipedia-like site that explains popular memes from the anonymous Internet communities like 4Chan.
The smart way to deal with Anonymous is not to throw around scary phrases like “cyber war” and pretend its work is a Homeland Security issue — these are a bunch of young guys who a week ago were fighting for their right to download a bootleg of the “Tron” sequel for free — but few people in law enforcement seem to be interested in smart ways to handle Anonymous or WikiLeaks itself.
Alex Pareene writes about politics for Salon and is the author of "The Rude Guide to Mitt." Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @pareeneMore Alex Pareene.
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.