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Lilacs.

The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore.

Posted on 19.01.2016 at 13:15
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Lilacs.

R.I.P.

Posted on 15.01.2016 at 13:16
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R.I.P. Alan Rickman.

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Lilacs.

RIP

Posted on 12.06.2015 at 05:46
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RIP, Christopher Lee.

He was the first to voice DEATH in a picturised presentation.

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Lilacs.

Earth tremors again.

Posted on 12.05.2015 at 12:41
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12:38 PM.

Earth tremors for one minute. It's stopped now.

What's this ? My DW and LJ becoming earth tremors diary ? :D

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Lilacs.

Earth tremors.

Posted on 25.04.2015 at 13:55
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Earth tremors over one and half minutes in eastern India around one and half hours ago. And now it's raining.

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Lilacs.

Sticky post - for all

Posted on 10.04.2015 at 09:01
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Can't help it

Oh dear :)

Posted on 28.03.2015 at 14:54
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Seriously ?! A volcano named Putana ? :D :D

Amazing, the kind of things one finds when surfing the net ... :D

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Lilacs.

Here's my tribute to Pterry.

Posted on 16.03.2015 at 06:25
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'The Grim Reaper and Salmon Mousse' from Monty Python's 'The Meaning of Life'.




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Lilacs.

Fanart.

Posted on 15.03.2015 at 23:03
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Shaking hands with Death by sandara on DeviantArt

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Lilacs.

Goodbye, Pterry.

Posted on 15.03.2015 at 19:57
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Goodbye, Pterry. For now. Maybe I will get to meet you sometime, when my hourglass runs out.

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Lilacs.

Gone.

Posted on 28.02.2015 at 16:06
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Peter O'Toole went, and now Leonard Nimoy.

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Lilacs.

:D

Posted on 23.02.2015 at 06:13
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I really miss Dubya's gems (nucular, freedom fries etc.), but UKIP is pretty good too :D

what happens when renewable energy runs out?

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Lilacs.

I feel dirty.

Posted on 31.01.2015 at 06:43
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I actually know someone (I've known her for more than ten years now) who (I recently found out) is an anti-semite as well as an islamophile.

I feel dirty.

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Lilacs.

Je suis Charlie.

Posted on 09.01.2015 at 23:57
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Je suis Charlie.

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Lilacs.

Cyril Almeida needs to remain safe :(

Posted on 19.12.2014 at 04:31
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http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/dec/18/pakistan-united-against-terrorism-not-on-terrorists-mumbai

Yes, Pakistanis are united against terrorism. But not on terrorists
Militants who target India will always be good taliban. So an alleged architect of the Mumbai attack can be released two days after Peshawar

Cyril Almeida
theguardian.com


Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, one of the alleged architects of the 2008 Mumbai attack, has been granted bail days after the horror of Peshawar. Photograph: Reuters
On this Pakistan is united: the men who killed 132 children in a Peshawar school are terrorists. On this too Pakistan is – temporarily – united: terrorism must be defeated. After that the trouble begins. With something as seemingly innocuous as who, exactly, is a terrorist. Pakistanis can’t seem to agree.

Neither can the media. A day after the Peshawar carnage, after the Pakistan army had announced that the slaughter in the school had been operationally coordinated by Afghan-based Pakistani militants, an outraged analyst on local TV asked what the world’s response would have been had India been attacked by militants from Pakistan.

India, the analyst claimed indignantly, would be contemplating bombing Pakistan and the Indian army would already have been mobilised on the Pak-India border. The world at large, the analyst continued, would have pounced on Pakistan for its terrible behaviour. But, the analyst lamented, because Pakistan is weak, it could do no more than send its army chief to Afghanistan and politely seek the Afghan government’s cooperation.

For many in Pakistan, the analyst’s anger would have resonated. His fulminations against the international community’s perceived discrimination against Pakistan would have garnered much sympathy. To much of the outside world, the analyst’s comparison would have triggered incredulity.

For exactly that scenario – Pakistanis slipping into India to mercilessly kill civilians in a major city – had infamously already occurred. In Mumbai. In 2008. Had the TV analyst simply forgotten? Surely not.

But there the analyst was, on one of Pakistan’s most popular news channels, suggesting that the world does not share Pakistan’s pain. Unsaid, though not uncommunicated, was a darker theory: Pakistan is a victim of an international conspiracy, an innocent victim of geopolitics, alone and vulnerable in a Hobbesian world full of militant proxies.

Ultimately, Pakistan’s problem with militancy is not denial. It is not even ignorance. It is something quite different. Simply, it is the widespread belief that militants fighting the Indian state, militants fighting to free “Indian-held Kashmir”, militants fighting the Afghan government and militants fighting to “free” Afghanistan are not militants. They are the good guys. The righteous ones brave enough to take on the world in the name of the one true God.

The problem was never denial. The problem is the paradigm. The Afghan Taliban are not militants. Lashkar-e-Taiba – LeT –are not terrorists. And, even more insidiously, there are those within Pakistan who do not believe that Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan is in the wrong.

Instead, the belief is that the Pakistani state itself is on the wrong path. A democratic path. A path that keeps it in thrall to American, godless, anti-Islam interests. A path that takes Pakistan far from that of the religion in the name of which it was ostensibly created.

That’s really why it’s possible for Pakistan to stun the outside world – two days after the horror of Peshawar – by granting bail to one of the alleged architects of the Mumbai attack, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi of the officially banned LeT. That’s why it’s possible for Pakistan to confound the world by rejecting global sympathy over the Peshawar attack and embracing LeT instead.

The Lakhvi bail is not a surprise. In truth, it is the inexorable outcome of recent events in Pakistan. Consider just what happened in Lahore, the provincial capital of Punjab and the heart of political power in Pakistan, on 4 December.

Imran Khan, the leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), had been trying to oust the government of Nawaz Sharif via street protests since August, and threatened to shut down Lahore that day. But within hours of Khan’s announcement on 30 November, the PTI appeared to realise it had made a mistake: the Jamaat-ud-Dawa, a hardline Islamist organisation, was holding its annual congress in Lahore on 4 and 5 December. And so the PTI quickly postponed its protest.

Pause on that for a moment. The business of toppling a national, elected government had to take a back seat to the annual Lahore pilgrimage of Hafiz Saeed, the chief of Jamaat-ud-Dawa. It was perhaps inevitable. With the Narendra Modi government in India taking a hawkish line on Pakistan, pro-Kashmir, anti-India jihadis in Pakistan were always going to take centre stage.

There is though at least one thing that Pakistan remains wilfully blind to. Every single one of the militant groups fighting the Pakistani state today was once at some point in recent history considered to be a good militant/good taliban. Just like Hafiz Saeed is today.


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Lilacs.

Tacky, I think, but actually seems promising. Really promising !

Posted on 19.12.2014 at 02:57
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Top 10 Bollywood Songs RAW should use to torture Islamic terrorists!

http://www.india.com/top-n/top-10-bollywood-songs-raw-should-use-to-torture-islamic-terrorists-225919/




:D :D

And no, I haven't checked out any of the songs. I value my brain way too much.

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Lilacs.

Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson named as victims in Sydney siege

Posted on 16.12.2014 at 06:06
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http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2014/dec/16/katrina-dawson-and-tori-johnson-named-as-victims-in-sydney-siege

Police have named the two victims in the cafe siege as barrister Katrina Dawson, 38, and 34-year-old Tori Johnson, who managed the Lindt cafe. Both are from Sydney.



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Lilacs.

Yeah USA, stay classy.

Posted on 15.12.2014 at 00:29
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http://www.tribtown.com/view/story/43d4e683b0dc4cb39d35e43f5295a28c/CB--Cuba-Ebola

A World Health Organization official says Cuba had to cover food and lodging expenses for dozens of its doctors fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone after the U.S. embargo made it impossible for the global health group to pay them.

U.S. officials as high as Secretary of State John Kerry have praised the Cuban effort against Ebola. But the longstanding embargo affects virtually all dealings with Cubans, even for banks outside the U.S., because they depend on dollar transfers through U.S. institutions.

Jose Luis Di Fabio, the health agency's representative for Cuba, said it had to request special licenses from the U.S. Treasury Department to transfer money to the doctors in Africa.

The government-employed doctors only recently received payments dating as far back as October, he said.


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Lilacs.

Hmm.

Posted on 11.12.2014 at 06:07
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Brazil president weeps as she unveils report on military dictatorship's abuses

*Dilma Rousseff was herself tortured; 191 people killed; 243 ‘disappeared’
*US and UK trained interrogators in torture during 1964-85 military rule



One of the few former military officers who agree to talk to the Truth Commission was ex-colonel Paulo Malhães, who was among those sent to the UK for training. Malhaes told the commission “psychological torture was best, and England was the best place to learn it”. “It didn’t leave physical marks, and it was much more efficient than brute force, especially when you were trying to transform militants into infiltrated agents.” Malhães, by his own admission, was also a sadistic physical torturer, who used snakes, crocodiles and rats to terrify and subject prisoners. Two weeks after giving evidence to the Truth Commission in Rio, he was found dead at his home in mysterious circumstances. Former political prisoners believe he was eliminated to stop him talking more to the Truth Commission, and providing the names of torturers.Collapse )

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Lilacs.

Ebola - WHO, CDC infos

Posted on 18.11.2014 at 05:31
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http://www.who.int/csr/disease/ebola/situation-reports/en/

http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/clinician-information-us-healthcare-settings.html

symptoms etc.Collapse )


Lilacs.

'Professional Courtesy'

Posted on 16.10.2014 at 12:23
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Obama said he had been in close contact with nurses at Emory University hospital who cared for two American Ebola patients.

"I shook hands with, hugged and kissed not the doctors, but a couple of the nurses at Emory, because of the valiant work that they did in treating one of the patients. They followed the protocols, they knew what they were doing, and I felt perfectly safe doing so," he said.




Of course he did :D It's called 'Professional Courtesy'.

(Professional Courtesy - A form of mutual respect among those in the same line of work)

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Lilacs.

Ebola virus infectious dose is very, very small.

Posted on 09.10.2014 at 14:52
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http://www.msdsonline.com/resources/msds-resources/free-safety-data-sheet-index/ebola-virus.aspx

INFECTIOUS DOSE: 1 – 10 aerosolized organisms are sufficient to cause infection in humans


http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/lab-bio/res/psds-ftss/ebola-eng.php

INFECTIOUS DOSE: Viral hemorrhagic fevers have an infectious dose of 1 - 10 organisms by aerosol in non-human primates



This virus is extremely partial to any mucosal surface. And open cuts.

Entry can occur through eyes, nose, mouth, cuts and scratches, any other opening/s.

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Lilacs.

DYING FROM TEH LULZ :D

Posted on 15.07.2014 at 16:34
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Look who's talking about Not violating someone's privacy :D



NSA: Releasing Snowden Emails Would Violate His Privacy



Can't. Breathe. Too. Much. LULZ.



Surveillance agency says publishing more Snowden messages would be a 'clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.'

The National Security Agency says it can’t release emails sent by exiled whistleblower Edward Snowden to NSA officials because doing so would invade his personal privacy.

That rationale was one of several given to journalist Matthew Keys, formerly social media editor at Reuters, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request that sought emails sent from ejsnowd@nsa.ic.gov in the first five months of 2013.

Keys’ FOIA request sought documents that might support Snowden’s claim. Instead, he received the already-released email and a list of overlapping exemptions, among those the claim that Snowden’s privacy must be protected.

“The sixth exemption of the FOIA … protects from disclosure information which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy,” the response said. “In balancing the public interest for the information you request against the privacy interests involved, we have determined that the privacy interests sufficiently satisfy the requirements for the application of the (b)(6) exemption.”

This isn't the first time the NSA has invoked Snowden's privacy interests in refusing a FOIA request. In June 2013 the agency rejected a more expansive request from Michael Morisy of MuckRock with similar language. Morisy sought Snowden's employment records and emails mentioning him, whereas Keys only sought emails sent from the former contractor.


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Lilacs.

Fascinating newses.

Posted on 20.06.2014 at 08:23
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NSA uses 33 countries to intercept web traffic / How Secret Partners Expand NSA’s Surveillance Dragnet



Pakistan, Iran, and… USA? New heatmap shows where NSA hacks
Slide of active computer network exploitations reveals NSA hacks all over the world.

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Lilacs.

Michael Hayden, former CIA and NSA director : ‘We kill people based on metadata’

Posted on 14.05.2014 at 06:51
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Former CIA director: ‘We kill people based on metadata’

... at a recent debate at Johns Hopkins University, General Michael Hayden, former director of the NSA and the CIA,
asserted, ‘We kill people based on metadata.’

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Lilacs.

Okay, I officially LOVE Simon Tisdall :D

Posted on 28.03.2014 at 11:05
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Barack Obama delivers withering civics lesson to Putin over Crimea
Eschewing sticks and stones, Obama stuck to wounding words: Russia was no longer powerful enough to match the US


Simon Tisdall (http://www.theguardian.com/profile/simontisdall)
The Guardian, Wednesday 26 March 2014 21.31 GMT

Barack Obama was crushing in his disdain and masterly in his reproach.

Facing the biggest punch-up with Russia since the end of the cold war, Barack Obama did what he does best: he came out talking.

The former Harvard professor gave class dunce Vladimir Putin a withering civics lesson over his badly thought-through invasion of Crimea. History was on the side of those who believed in individual freedom, universal rights and democracy, he said.

The "might is right" alternative – the playground resort to "brute force" recalling Europe's past "descent into barbarism" – was no alternative at all. In fact, it was a generation or more out of date, as every half-sensible student of the 20th century must surely realise.

"We must meet the challenge to our ideals and our international order with strength and conviction," Obama insisted in scholarly fashion. There could be "no going back".

Whether he meant no going back to Crimea, which is certainly true for Kiev's beleaguered rulers, or to the era of "extreme nationalism" from which he said Europe had escaped in 1945 was unclear.

An eve-of-battle speech it was not. As a stirring call to arms, it lacked fire. Some among his invited Euro-elite audience in the glittering Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels took to taking selfies or sending Twitter messages.

If they had been hoping for a second Duchess of Richmond's ball, held on the night before Waterloo, they were disappointed.

In practical terms, Obama added little or nothing to the mild punishments already handed out to Moscow. Only if Putin transgressed again, in eastern Ukraine or the territories of neighbouring Nato members, would more sanctions be imposed.

Despite his avowal that Crimea's annexation was illegal and unrecognised, that seemed to put the cap on any thought the US might seek to force its reversal. It also left non-Nato border states such as Georgia, Moldova and Finland to wonder what his response might be if they are next in the firing line.

Eschewing sticks and stones, Obama stuck to wounding words. The Soviet Union lost the cold war for a reason, he said: it had tried to repress freedom, rather than celebrate it.

A new cold war was not dawning, for the simple reason that Russia was no longer powerful enough to match the US and its allies ideologically or geopolitically.

Washington did not seek to humiliate the Russian people – only to bring them round to its way of thinking, which would inevitably happen one day.

Obama, who once likened Putin to a bored schoolboy behaving disruptively at the back of the class, was crushing in his disdain and masterly in his reproach.

Without once mentioning the Russian president by name, he patiently explained that Putin's actions threatened the "architecture of peace" painstakingly erected after the second world war.

The US did not have to come to Ukraine's rescue. Its own borders and security were not directly threatened.

It was doing so because Russia's behaviour could not be ignored, since that would set an anarchic precedent that might be emulated in Africa or Asia.

Perhaps he was thinking of China. It has steadfastly refused to condemn the Russians, in case it needs to invade Taiwan.

The US only wanted good relations with Russia. Once he had truly understood the error of his ways, Putin might be allowed back into class.

Obama was soothing, conciliatory and ineffably smug. His grasp of the moral high ground was so very high, his head was in danger of disappearing into clouds of hot air.

"We do not regard ourselves as the sole arbiters of what is right in the world," he said. "We are not perfect." Truly.


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Lilacs.

No wonder poor Snowden ran away :D

Posted on 22.03.2014 at 07:11
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... if this is what the nsa peeps have to wade through every day *LotsOfLULZ*



Excerpts :

This elevator is so stupid it has a button for the floor that I'm already on

PHONE CALL FROM TECHER SAYING THEY TESETED, EXTREMLY HIGH EYE Q, WHAT A BLESSING

Jenn
(female) is gonna be an uncle. Ben and Sal are having a boy

weird looking parrot aka a bald eagle

fat bird aka a turtle

reptiles aka dolphins and squirrels

getting trapped on the escalator for hours



Umm ... personal favourite would be ... yes, 'getting trapped on an escalator'. Awesome ! Next time I'm on one, I'll definitely think about it.

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Lilacs.

Was surfing the Guardian ...

Posted on 21.03.2014 at 06:33
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Someone recommended this - I quote -

Maybe consider Zoho if you want to do it all online. It's Indian, out of arms reach of both the NSA and GCHQ ......at least legally. Have some very sound business practices too.

https://www.zoho.com/collaboration-apps.html


(http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/19/us-tech-giants-knew-nsa-data-collection-rajesh-de?commentpage=1)

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Lilacs.

This isn't just hilarious, it's Hysterical :D

Posted on 28.02.2014 at 07:28
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The National Security Agency’s top watchdog slammed Edward Snowden on Tuesday for failing to follow official protocol in relaying his concerns about wayward intelligence gathering

“Snowden could have come to me,” George Ellard, the NSA’s inspector general, said during a panel discussion

Snowden would have been given the same protections available to other employees

Ellard said a complaint would have prompted an independent assessment into the constitutionality of the law that allows for the bulk collection of Americans’ telephone metadata. But that review, he added, would have also shown the NSA was within the scope of the law.

“ ... we could have explained to Mr. Snowden his misperceptions, his lack of understanding of what we do,” Ellard said.

And if Snowden wasn’t satisfied, Ellard said the NSA would have then allowed him to speak to the House and Senate intelligence committees.

... the stolen documents also gave America’s enemies a blueprint for how the country tries to safeguard against terrorist attacks.

Ellard praised Congress for conducing extensive oversight ...



I think that's a typo, it should be 'conducting' ?

LMAO

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Lilacs.

This is interesting :)

Posted on 26.02.2014 at 06:15
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And it makes sense. Ye Gods, GCHQ is a pathetic little troll LMAO Now why does that not surprise me at all ?



Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations

western intelligence agencies are attempting to manipulate and control online discourse with extreme tactics of deception and reputation-destruction

GCHQ’s previously secret unit, JTRIG (Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group)

Among the core self-identified purposes of JTRIG are two tactics: (1) to inject all sorts of false material onto the internet in order to destroy the reputation of its targets; and (2) to use social sciences and other techniques to manipulate online discourse and activism to generate outcomes it considers desirable. To see how extremist these programs are, just consider the tactics they boast of using to achieve those ends: “false flag operations” (posting material to the internet and falsely attributing it to someone else), fake victim blog posts (pretending to be a victim of the individual whose reputation they want to destroy), and posting “negative information” on various forums.

GCHQ describes the purpose of JTRIG in starkly clear terms: “using online techniques to make something happen in the real or cyber world,” including “information ops (influence or disruption).”

“targets” for this deceit and reputation-destruction extend far beyond the customary roster of normal spycraft: hostile nations and their leaders, military agencies, and intelligence services. In fact, the discussion of many of these techniques occurs in the context of using them in lieu of “traditional law enforcement” against people suspected (but not charged or convicted) of ordinary crimes or, more broadly still, “hacktivism”, meaning those who use online protest activity for political ends.

The title page of one of these documents reflects the agency’s own awareness that it is “pushing the boundaries” by using “cyber offensive” techniques against people who have nothing to do with terrorism or national security threats, and indeed, centrally involves law enforcement agents who investigate ordinary crimes

these surveillance agencies have vested themselves with the power to deliberately ruin people’s reputations and disrupt their online political activity even though they’ve been charged with no crimes, and even though their actions have no conceivable connection to terrorism or even national security threats.

Under the tactics they use, the state is deliberately spreading lies on the internet about whichever individuals it targets, including the use of what GCHQ itself calls “false flag operations” and emails to people’s families and friends.

the work of GCHQ’s “Human Science Operations Cell,” devoted to “online human intelligence” and “strategic influence and disruption”: Under the title “Online Covert Action”, a variety of means to engage in “influence and info ops” as well as “disruption and computer net attack,” while dissecting how human beings can be manipulated using “leaders,” “trust,” “obedience” and “compliance”

The documents lay out theories of how humans interact with one another, particularly online, and then attempt to identify ways to influence the outcomes – or “game” it

Harvard Law Professor Cass Sunstein, a close Obama adviser and the White House’s former head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, wrote a controversial paper in 2008 proposing that the US government employ teams of covert agents and pseudo-”independent” advocates to “cognitively infiltrate” online groups and websites, as well as other activist groups.

Sunstein also proposed sending covert agents into “chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups” which spread what he views as false and damaging “conspiracy theories” about the government.

Sunstein was recently named by Obama to serve as a member of the NSA review panel created by the White House


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Lilacs.

Unnecessary response to rubbish.

Posted on 14.02.2014 at 06:26
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I object to the banning/recall/pulping because such behaviour lends importance/significance to a piece of writing that is poorly researched, poorly analysed and poorly written :/


Yes, I went through it. In pain :/

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Lilacs.

Oh, dear :D

Posted on 12.02.2014 at 06:09
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Did the CIA fund creative writing in America(USA)?



Would've been useful to teach people Never, EVER to use things like 'gotten' and 'your' instead of 'you're' *Headdesk*

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Lilacs.

Eh, What ? O_@

Posted on 02.02.2014 at 06:56
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For Real ?!? SRSLY ?!!!!11!1!!!


David Cameron: TV crime dramas show need for 'snooper's charter'

David Cameron has claimed that his favourite TV detective dramas demonstrate the need for a so-called "snooper's charter".
In an appearance before a committee of peers and MPs, Mr Cameron said he wanted to resurrect the communications bill with cross-party support after 2015.
The bill, which was scrapped last year after opposition from the Liberal Democrats, would lead to the creation of a huge database of people's online activity including emails, voice calls and social media.


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Lilacs.

Yes, as I said, dry run.

Posted on 01.02.2014 at 02:17
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Hello, Canada. Glad to know Teh Airport Wi Fi/s is/are 'monitored'.

This one reads like Phase II.

And ... the SA set-up definitely smacks of Phase III.

I'll enjoy identifying Phase IV. And the pre-Phase IV 'marketing'. No, really, I will. *Waiting*

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... the governments of the United States and United Kingdom are trawling data from cellphone “apps” to accumulate dossiers on the “political alignments” of millions of smartphone users worldwide.

According to a 2012 internal UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) document, the National Security Agency (NSA) and GCHQ have been accumulating and storing hundreds of millions of user “cookies” —the digital footprints left on a cellphone or computer each time a user visits a web site—in order to accumulate detailed personal information about users’ private lives.

The programs do not primarily target “terrorists,” but workers, intellectuals, and students.

... collection of data regarding the “political alignment” of cellphone users also suggests that the governments of the US and UK are keeping lists of those whose “political alignments” are of concern to the government. Previous revelations have shown how the NSA and GCHQ “flag” certain “suspects” for additional surveillance: the most recent revelation indicates that suspects are “flagged” at least in part based on their “political alignment.”

The legal rationale behind this process points to a growing movement to criminalize political thought in the US and UK.

... the evidence is mounting that the governments of the US and UK are compiling information regarding the “political alignments” of hundreds of millions across the globe


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Lilacs.

Is this ... a dry run ?

Posted on 30.01.2014 at 07:41
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I can't help but wonder ... SA is very, Very friendly to the USA, after all.



The report :-

Saudi Arabia implements electronic tracking system to monitor women's movements
Saudi Arabia has rolled out an SMS electronic tracking system that alerts male "guardians" by text message whenever women under their protection leave the country.



What's to stop the use of such on just anyone, 'somewhere else' ? The technology is obviously not indigenous, is it ? It simply can't be indigenous ! It's got NSA/GCHQ written all over it :/

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Lilacs.

Aww UK Is the Daddyyyyyyyyyyy :D

Posted on 29.01.2014 at 06:32
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I always knew that ! But would anyone listen ?! *Gloaty*



GCHQ taught NSA how to monitor Facebook, Twitter in real time

British analysts gave instruction to members of the National Security Agency in 2012, showing them how to spy on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube in real time and collect the computer addresses of billions of the sites’ uploaders.

the British have proven their ability to both directly monitor the world’s web traffic cable and use a third party to view the data stream and extract information from it.

reported in October 2013 that : the NSA and GCHQ collaborated on a program known as MUSCULAR, which the agencies used to record “entire data flows” from Yahoo and Google.

When members of GCHQ delivered the presentation to NSA officials, they showed the Americans how to carry out the surveillance by extracting information from YouTube, Facebook, and Google’s Blogger service on February 13, 2012


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Lilacs.

Déjà vu :/

Posted on 26.01.2014 at 06:21
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On Children’s Website, N.S.A. Puts a Furry, Smiley Face on Its Mission

the website says: “It is never too early to start thinking about what you want to do when you grow up.”

To enter the “How Can I Work for N.S.A.?” section of the site, children click on a picture of a bucktoothed rabbit, who says in his biography that he likes listening to hip-hop and rock. In his free time, the bunny says, he participates in cryptography competitions with other cartoon characters named Decipher Dog and CryptoCat.

Civil libertarians, not surprisingly, said the website was propaganda.




How terribly 'Nationalsozialistische Arbeiterpartei' of NSA WOW Just WOW !

So, when's the Holocaust coming up then ? And who are the intended victims ?


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Lilacs.

Vlad scares Teh Twits that much, eh ? LOL

Posted on 21.01.2014 at 04:25
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House Intelligence chairman hints at Russian help in Snowden leaks



*SNORFLE*

Okay okay, twits from USA, aka - House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers and Bruce Riedel, director of the Intelligence Project at the Brookings Institution in Washington and a former CIA official,

let's have some evidence/s, shall we ? Otherwise, GTFO and STFU !


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Lilacs.

OMG teh spooks are Angry :D

Posted on 18.01.2014 at 04:55
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Some US Spies Are Saying They Would Love To Kill Edward Snowden

... Just casually walking on the streets of Moscow, coming back from buying his groceries. Going back to his flat and he is casually poked by a passerby. He thinks nothing of it at the time starts to feel a little woozy and thinks it"s a parasite from the local water. He goes home very innocently and next thing you know he dies in the shower ... Collapse )



Tsk, they're rather backward, aren't they ... But then, they aren't good scientists, merely technicians :D

And they really should remember the 'dead man's switch' Snowden surely has in place. Knowing about this guy so far, I can't believe he has only one such in place. Silly spooks, stop spewing and admit you are out of line, and rectify yourselves.



ETA : Funny thing here - http://divergentdave.github.io/nsa-o-matic/


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Lilacs.

The excuses don't Really cover the derriere well, do they now.

Posted on 14.01.2014 at 06:17
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NSA goes from saying bulk metadata collection Saves Lives to Prevented 54 Attacks to Well, It"s A Nice Insurance PolicyCollapse )



I'm dying to photoshop nsa people's pix into thongs :D

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Lilacs.

Keep warm.

Posted on 08.01.2014 at 06:03
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People who are in this unusual cold weather, or are going to be, please remain careful. Update when you can.





In other news - I hope this stooge - Steven Levy - got paid well to write this complete joke of an article. Some names were mentioned though. I, at least, find them interesting.

Quoting :- '......general counsel Rajesh De; Anne Neuberger, the NSA’s point person for partnerships with the private sector; and Rick Ledgett, a deputy director who heads the agency’s Media Leaks Task Force, a position created last summer for Snowden damage control. ......'

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Lilacs.

Merry Christmas.

Posted on 25.12.2013 at 04:15
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Lilacs.

Stooges, stooges everywhere ...

Posted on 24.12.2013 at 06:41
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Lots of Stooges in AsiaCollapse )

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Lilacs.

What is Israel, exactly ? A bunch of Jokers ? LOL !

Posted on 23.12.2013 at 01:49
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Or ... possibly a complete Joke !!!11!1!!


NSA shares raw intelligence including Americans' data with Israel
• Secret deal places no legal limits on use of data by Israelis
• Only official US government communications protected
• Agency insists it complies with rules governing privacy
• NSA and Israel
have a 'memorandum of understanding'
Dated - Wednesday 11 September 2013


Israeli Ministers Demand End to US Spying
Transportation Minister Israel Katz said Sunday he would press Israel's Cabinet to demand that the U.S. cease spying on Israel.
Housing Minister Uri Ariel said on Israel Radio he expected the U.S. to admit wrongdoing.
The Israeli prime minister's office declined comment.

Date - Sunday, 22 Dec 2013



On one hand, they are the 6th of the 5 + 1 eyes - functionally speaking.
On the other, they don't like being spied upon ?!

Srsly ?

Ye Gods.
/Too Funny Can't Stop Laughing

You know what, State of Israel ? I am going to try becoming a big fan of Emperor Hadrian from now on :D Till now, I was offended at his having uprooted the Jewish from where Israel now is. I am going to try my damndest to change that opinion entirely. Rly, I will.

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Lilacs.

Can it all go any lower than this ?

Posted on 22.12.2013 at 07:20
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the strongest condemnation came from one of the groups named in the documents, Médecins du Monde.

Leigh Daynes, UK executive director of the organisation said: "If substantiated, snooping on aid workers would be a shameful waste of taxpayers' money. Our doctors, nurses and midwives are not a threat to national security. We're an independent health charity with over 30 years' experience in delivering impartial care in some of the world's poorest and most dangerous places.

"Our medical professionals, many of whom are volunteers, risk their lives daily in countries like Mali and Somalia, and in and around Syria. There is absolutely no reason for our operations to be secretly monitored. We are also gravely concerned about any breach of doctor-patient confidentiality, which would be an egregious impingement on medical ethics."

Nick Pickles, Director of Big Brother Watch, said it appeared GCHQ has "become a law unto itself". Eric King, head of research at Privacy International, added: "The targeting of the international actors tasked with caring for the most vulnerable people, particularly children, is one of the most distressing revelations yet."




What sort of culture spawns such behaviour (the surveillance of charities and aid workers, that is) ? I will never understand. Ever. I have no suitable words of condemnation. I really hope I never have to associate with such cultures ever again. That's a taint I will not accept. I'd rather die.

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Lilacs.

Charities ?!!

Posted on 21.12.2013 at 06:37
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NSA+GCHQ et al targeted charities ?!!

How disgustingly revolting :/

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Lilacs.

Well, at least Vlad has a sense of humour.

Posted on 20.12.2013 at 07:36
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And possibly some brains too, given the way he seems to think these days.


Putin: I envy Obama, because he can 'spy' and get away with it

"I envy Obama because he can spy on his allies without any consequences," said Putin when asked about how his relations had changed with the US following Snowden’s espionage revelations.

During an annual question-and-answer session with journalists, Putin praised Edward Snowden’s actions, saying that he was working for a “noble cause.” At the same time he accepted the importance of espionage programs in the fight against global terrorism, but said the NSA needed guidelines to limit its powers.

“There is nothing to be upset about and nothing to be proud of, spying has always been and is one of the oldest professions,” said Putin.

Referring to the vast amounts of metadata gathered on citizens by the NSA, Putin said it is impossible to sift through all of that information. It is “useless” to look at the analysis of spy agencies because it is the opinion of analysts and not facts and as such can be misleading.

“You need to know the people who analyze them, I know, I did it,” said Putin, harking back to his career as a KGB agent.

The Russian president described Snowden as a “curious character” and said it was not clear why the former CIA contractor had decided to blow the whistle on the NSA’s international espionage program at such a young age.


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The European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties and Home Affairs met Wednesday to discuss what action the EU should take in the wake of the spy revelations. Glenn Greenwald, the former Guardian journalist renowned for publishing Edward Snowden’s leaks, testified at the meeting. Greenwald claimed that the NSA’s activities had nothing to do with the fight against terrorism and are instead aimed at the elimination of privacy worldwide.

“What a lot of this spying is about has nothing to do with terrorism and national security. That is the pretext. It is about diplomatic manipulation and economic advantage,” said Greenwald.




In the wake of the spy scandal Washington has defended the NSA, saying their work has foiled over 50 terror plots in the US and EU.



Details AND Particulars, 'Washington+NSA+GCHQ et al', or GTFO !

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Lilacs.

Wow India has grown half a vertebra.

Posted on 19.12.2013 at 03:26
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0.5 out of 33 ! AWSUM !!11! And it"s Calcified ! Unbelievable innit.Collapse )

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Lilacs.

Aww, poor lil nsa.

Posted on 15.12.2013 at 04:37
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National Security Agency is considering a deal with Edward Snowden that would give amnesty to the leaker charged with espionage if he stops disclosing secret documents. He will also be able to return back home and avoid prosecution if the American government agrees to an amnesty deal that would likely put an embargo on the stolen cache of files.

NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander admits that he isn’t exactly in favor of suspending charges against Snowden, who is accused of theft and espionage.
He admitted that the entire situation is quite a dilemma, but said that in his opinion, “I think people have to be held accountable for their actions.”



Ok, dying of Teh LULZ here. Liek, Totally !

Cuz -
1 - Is the data stolen by nsa from net-users clear evidence of 'theft and espionage' or not ?
2 - Also, is this general guy excluding himself from being 'held accountable for his actions' or not ?

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