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Lilacs.

Australia is a nation of ... ?

Posted on 14.12.2013 at 04:14
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The CMATS treaty gave Australia a half share in the massive Greater Sunrise field, which is said to be worth $40 billion. But that field lies just 100 kilometres (60 miles) south of East Timor, and 400 kilometres (240 miles) from Australia. The normal rule on international seabed rights would put the boundary equidistant between the two countries, but that would have given East Timor sovereignty over the entire gas field. Instead, CMATS postponed a final settlement of the seabed boundary for fifty years, and in the meantime gave Australia 50 percent of the revenue from the Greater Sunrise field.Collapse )

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Lilacs.

GCHQ leads the way, actually.

Posted on 13.12.2013 at 09:23
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Security firm CertiVox has said that it was forced to forced to pull its PrivateSky secure email product after a GCHQ request for its users' data.


Brian Spector, CEO of CertiVox, told IT Security Guru: "Towards the end of 2012, we heard from the National Technical Assistance Centre (NTAC), a division of GCHQ and a liaison with the Home Office, [that] they wanted the keys to decrypt the customer data.

It is the same in the USA with FISMA, and it is essentially a national security warrant. So in late 2012 we had the choice to make - either architect the world's most secure encryption system on the planet, so secure that CertiVox cannot see your data, or spend £500,000 building a backdoor into the system to mainline data to GCHQ so they can mainline it over to the NSA.

It was a smattering of businesses and consumers who used it and you don't have any recourse on it or let the subject know that you have been approached to monitor their communications, as that is also against the law."

PrivateSky was shut down at the beginning of the year after introducing a web-based version in beta and for Outlook and had "tens of thousands of heavily active users".



How terribly enterprising of GCHQ, innit.

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Lilacs.

'NSA caught with its hand in Google's (browser) cookie jar'

Posted on 12.12.2013 at 06:50
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Ads that hound you from site to site don't seem quite so heinous in the wake of Tuesday's browser cookie-based revelation. The National Security Agency is reportedly using a particular kind of tracking cookie from Google to identify and track potential hacking targets. The NSA is also grabbing location data from third-party advertisers delivering ads to mobile apps, according to The Washington Post.

The latest leaks about the NSA's surveillance activities come once again from the trove of documents leaked by former NSA contractor, Edward Snowden.

If you don't know what a cookie is, it is a small piece of text deposited by a website into your browser. Cookies can be used for handy things like keeping you logged into Facebook even if you shut down your PC, or to help a web app such as Google Docs function correctly. Often, cookies are used to monitor your browsing activity to deliver ads that are supposedly tailored to your interests.

Google stores a number of cookies on your computer whenever you visit one of the company's sites or even a non-Google site with embedded Google elements in it, such as a map.

Choosy NSA agents choose PREF

The Google cookie the NSA favors is called the PREF, which is short for “preferences.” According to Google's cookie explanation page, the PREF cookie stores data such as your language, the country you're in, how many search results you want to see per page, and other preferences.

The PREF cookie doesn't contain any personal information like your name or email address, but it does include a unique ID made up of a string of characters and numbers. This string can be used to identify an individual browser and is what the NSA reportedly focuses on to figure out who to hack.

Anyone interested can easily find their own PREF cookies. In Chrome, for example, right-click on any Google page and select “Inspect Element.” In the window that appears at the bottom of the page click on Resources>Cookies and look for PREF under google.com.

Google's PREF cookie isn't used by the NSA to monitor large numbers of people the way some of its other programs reportedly do. Instead, the PREF cookie helps the NSA identify a specific target already under surveillance. Similarly, the NSA uses location data pulled from third-party mobile advertising networks to pinpoint the daily activities of surveillance targets, according to the Post.

While the NSA's dip into Google's cookie stash appears to be about monitoring persons of interest, it's easy to see how cookies with unique ID strings could also be used for mass surveillance.

Actually, what am I saying? Cookies are already used for just that—but it's private companies watching and tracking us all, not the government.


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Lilacs.

Man of the year 2013 ?

Posted on 12.12.2013 at 06:40
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Well, almost. And it's a good thing only the Pope got ahead, because this guy - the Pope, that is - actually seems to be a really nice guy.

But personally, I think Edward Snowden is quite an amazing person. Anyone who can hold on to this --- '"I know the government will demonize me," Snowden said. "I understand that I will be made to suffer for my actions [...] but I will be satisfied if the federation of secret law, unequal pardon and irresistible executive powers that rule the world that I love are revealed even for an instant."' --- all through living in today's world is truly extraordinary.

Stay safe, Edward Snowden. Stay warm. Winters are very cold in Russia. But at least you aren't going to end up like Michael Hastings or Gareth Williams. You need to remain alive and safe, if only for the rest of the humans in this world to know that you're alive and safe.

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Lilacs.

Those who write, sign this if you will.

Posted on 11.12.2013 at 00:33
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http://www.change.org/petitions/a-stand-for-democracy-in-the-digital-age-3


World's leading authors: state surveillance of personal data is theft
• 500 signatories include five Nobel prize winners
• Writers demand 'digital bill of rights' to curb abuses


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Lilacs.

Thanks for the confirmations for my very clear impressions, Ed.

Posted on 10.12.2013 at 05:25
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There is an intricate and intimate relationship between Canadian and American spy agencies that was formed in a secret agreement more than six decades ago.
The NSA depicts CSEC as a sophisticated, capable and highly respected intelligence partner involved in all manner of joint spy missions.




Information collected about Russian politicians by Sweden's main signals intelligence agency, the National Radio Defence Establishment (Försvarets radioanstalt, FRA). NSA bosses are instructed to thank Sweden for its continued work on the Russian target ... including Russian leadership ... FRA’s cable access has resulted in unique SIGINT reporting on all of these areasCollapse )

document underlined Sweden's notable access to Russia's communication network thanks to cables passing through Swedish territory.

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Lilacs.

It is possible to go lower than ... well, anything possible.

Posted on 08.12.2013 at 06:36
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Alan Rusbridger had no problem justifying the press's freedom to inform the public about mass surveillance

remarkable that the whole thing happened at all. With the British press having obtained the right to its freedom from political control in the 17th century, here was parliament calling a newspaper to account for exercising that freedom.




And here I was thinking UK could go no lower than sucking off an erstwhile colony - USA. Silly me !

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Lilacs.

For Real ?!! O_@

Posted on 08.12.2013 at 06:18
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NSA defends 'legal' snooping on 5 billion cellphones everyday

NSA WILL ALLOW CITIZENS TO BUY BACK PERSONAL DATA

NSA morale down after Edward Snowden revelations, former U.S. officials say



Presumptious, perverted little pieces of foul garbage, these 'people' - if they can even be called 'people'.


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Lilacs.

'NSA infected 50,000 computer networks with malicious software'

Posted on 24.11.2013 at 05:51
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http://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2013/11/23/nsa-infected-50000-computer-networks-with-malicious-software/

23 november 2013, 02:40


The American intelligence service - NSA - infected more than 50,000 computer networks worldwide with malicious software designed to steal sensitive information. Documents provided by former NSA-employee Edward Snowden and seen by this newspaper, prove this.
A management presentation dating from 2012 explains how the NSA collects information worldwide. In addition, the presentation shows that the intelligence service uses ‘Computer Network Exploitation’ (CNE) in more than 50,000 locations. CNE is the secret infiltration of computer systems achieved by installing malware, malicious software.

One example of this type of hacking was discovered in September 2013 at the Belgium telecom provider Belgacom. For a number of years the British intelligence service - GCHQ – has been installing this malicious software in the Belgacom network in order to tap their customers’ telephone and data traffic. The Belgacom network was infiltrated by GCHQ through a process of luring employees to a false Linkedin page.

NSA SPECIAL DEPARTMENT EMPLOYS MORE THAN A THOUSAND HACKERS
The NSA computer attacks are performed by a special department called TAO (Tailored Access Operations). Public sources show that this department employs more than a thousand hackers. As recently as August 2013, the Washington Post published articles about these NSA-TAO cyber operations. In these articles The Washington Post reported that the NSA installed an estimated 20,000 ‘implants’ as early as 2008. These articles were based on a secret budget report of the American intelligence services. By mid-2012 this number had more than doubled to 50,000, as is shown in the presentation NRC Handelsblad laid eyes on.

Cyber operations are increasingly important for the NSA. Computer hacks are relatively inexpensive and provide the NSA with opportunities to obtain information that they otherwise would not have access to. The NSA-presentation shows their CNE-operations in countries such as Venezuela and Brazil. The malware installed in these countries can remain active for years without being detected.

‘SLEEPER CELLS’ CAN BE ACTIVATED WITH A SINGLE PUSH OF A BUTTON
The malware can be controlled remotely and be turned on and off at will. The ‘implants’ act as digital ‘sleeper cells’ that can be activated with a single push of a button. According to the Washington Post, the NSA has been carrying out this type of cyber operation since 1998.

The Dutch intelligence services - AIVD and MIVD – have displayed interest in hacking. The Joint Sigint Cyber Unit – JSCU – was created early in 2013. The JSCU is an inter-agency unit drawing on experts with a range of IT skills. This new unit is prohibited by law from performing the type of operations carried out by the NSA as Dutch law does not allow this type of internet searches.

The NSA declined to comment and referred to the US Government. A government spokesperson states that any disclosure of classified material is harmful to our national security.




The associated map is very nice. Very thoroughly interlinked - all regions of the world. The heading and bottomline of the map are also very, Very nice. It reads - 'TOP SECRET//COMINT//REL TO USA, AUS, CAN, GBR, NZL'. That's the bit I enjoyed the most. Totally. I also took a screencap. LMAO.



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Lilacs.

Very interesting.

Posted on 21.11.2013 at 04:44
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General Keith Alexander, director of US' now infamous National Security Agency (NSA), will be on a quiet trip to India on Thursday, where he will meet national security adviser (NSA) Shivshankar Menon and other senior officials in the national security establishment. Both American and Indian officials are tight-lipped about the visit, so it is not immediately clear the trip's purpose.

India refused asylum to Snowden. India has been muted about the entire spying saga. The PM has gone on record to say he does not own a personal cellphone, which could have been tapped. Indian diplomats have said they work everywhere in the world in the belief that their conversations and electronic interactions would be under surveillance.

India and the US have enhanced intelligence cooperation in recent years, basically a dividend of the massive surveillance that Washington has mounted.




I'm sure we'd all like full details about this 'meeting', but of course, we aren't going to get any. I can make a few guesses, though.

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Lilacs.

The name is 'Bond ... James Bond.'

Posted on 19.11.2013 at 06:53
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British Intelligence Operation to Kidnap Snowden? Number One MI-6 Officer Working Undercover in Moscow Embassy


They Really don't like being exposed as the complete perverts they actually are, innit.Collapse )

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Lilacs.

Re : facebook

Posted on 18.11.2013 at 07:27
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I suppose everyone who uses facebook knows this by now ?


- By having an account on fb, the users are allowing the company to use their postings and other personal data for advertising.

- The social networking site launched new privacy policies that explicitly state that whatever you do on Facebook can and probably will be used as ad fodder. The new policy also walks back language that said parents were implicitly consenting to the release of their children's information by allowing them to use Facebook. Instead, they now admit that the information becomes theirs the moment the child initially signs up for Facebook.

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Lilacs.

Seedy 'detective' agency/ies ?

Posted on 18.11.2013 at 05:54
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foreign diplomats' hotel bookings are tracked by GCHQ at 350 top hotels across the world ... to make necessary preparations before the visits, Der Spiegel stated, suggesting that the diplomats' rooms would be monitored or bugged.

They're like seedy back alley 'detective' agencies slouching around, really, aren't they ?

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Lilacs.

I don't read dystopic fiction.

Posted on 04.11.2013 at 04:00
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I don't need to, not while I can still read news.



John Kerry conceded that because of modern technology, some NSA activities had gone too far and were carried out without the knowledge of Obama administration officials.
'The president and I have learned of some things that have been happening, in many ways on an automatic pilot, because the technology is there'




Poor Edward.

Snowden : the US government continues to treat dissent as defection, and seeks to criminalize political speech with felony charges that provide no defense.
speaking the truth is not a crime
I am confident that with the support of the international community, the government of the United States will abandon this harmful behavior.


Yes, of course. In your dreams, you poor deluded thing.



At least his dad has some sense.

Snowden's father, Lon Snowden, who recently visited his son in Russia and continues to communicate with him, told the Associated Press on Friday that Snowden will not travel to Germany to talk to authorities as long as the US charges remain in place.
"If they want to understand my son's position about Germany, read his letter. It's pretty clear. He is not going to Germany to testify as long as he is indicted by the United States and their position is what it is," the elder Snowden said, adding that his son would prefer to testify before Congress anyway.
"My son would love to come back to the United States but I'm not sure it will be safe for him, even if all charges are dropped," Lon Snowden said. "My advice would be to stay in Russia and move on with his life, and that's what I believe he will do."


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Lilacs.

So incredible I can't stop laughing.

Posted on 01.11.2013 at 06:10
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Srsly ? Google Inc., and Yahoo Inc., wants me to believe this ? Rly ?!! Ye Gods. They must think google users and internet users are complete morons.


Google 'outraged' at alleged NSA hacking

An executive at Google said it was not aware of the alleged activity

... documents say millions of records were gleaned daily from the internet giants' internal networks.

NSA intercepted the data at some point as it flowed through fibre-optic cables and other network equipment connecting the companies' data centres

... data was intercepted outside the US

ETA : The National Security Agency has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world

In a statement, Google’s chief legal officer, David Drummond, said the company has 'long been concerned about the possibility of this kind of snooping' and has not provided the government with access to its systems.

A Yahoo spokeswoman said, 'We have strict controls in place to protect the security of our data centers, and we have not given access to our data centers to the NSA or to any other government agency.'




And also, we have



NSA official: 'We're really screwed now'


Google Inc's, and Yahoo Inc's, approaches made me laugh in total disbelief. But this one, it makes me laugh in amusement. NSA, honey, if you screw people around, you Will get screwed yourself some day soon. So what's your problem now ? :D


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Lilacs.

Ah, here's the confirmation.

Posted on 31.10.2013 at 04:29
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Spain colluded in NSA spying on its citizens, Spanish newspaper reports
El Mundo says it has document detailing collaboration between US intelligence agency and foreign countries


According to the document seen by El Mundo, the US classifies cooperation with various countries on four different levels. ... The third group – Limited cooperation – consists of countries such as France, Israel, India and PakistanCollapse )



Yes, it's confirmed. I hail from a country of asskissers, bootlickers and doormats.

I feel dirty.


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Lilacs.

Yes, I'm waiting for that one.

Posted on 30.10.2013 at 07:02
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Snowden May Reveal Countries That Cooperated With the U.S. on Secret Ops

I'm all agog for that confirmation about India (a.k.a. 'the medium-level slave breeders and exporters'). Oh I am. So Much !

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Lilacs.

Interesting stuff re Snowden and Greenwald ...

Posted on 26.10.2013 at 05:00
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In every article related to either, or both, of these people, I see comments by Teh Spooks and their numerous sockpuppets. That is so fascinating !!! :D Verry Lulzy :D :D

One does hope no 'one' will dispute my ability to recognise trolls (in this case the spooks) and their sockpuppets :D Surely my long existence in lj, as well as my innate troll-bashing abilities, has enabled me to recognise trolls/spooks and sockpuppets every time. Great learning ground, lj.



=> Part of recentmost statement from Snowden : Today, no telephone in America makes a call without leaving a record with the NSA. Today, no internet transaction enters or leaves America without passing through the NSA’s hands.

the NSA can:
wiretap anyone, almost instantly, as long as it has their email address
see your real-time Internet activity
read anyone’s email
monitor Facebook chats
see “nearly everything” you do online
get your IP address by searching for visitors to any specified site




=> And also : Glenn Greenwald is a citizen of United States: he has committed no crime. Instead, he has exposed the crimes of the political class, and angered them in the process. They are out to get him by any means necessaryCollapse )



It's the colossal hypocrisy of the controllers of the 5 main surveillance points spread tastefully all through the world which is actually the most revolting. There are certain governments that use mass surveillance and practically everyone knows they do it. So one kind of expects them to spy on one. It even proves a surprise when they may not do it. In some cases, it seems they actually don't. Isn't that nice of them when they don't spy on one :D

But these main 5 points - they keep advertising themselves all over the world as the 'cultures to emulate, places to immigrate to, greatest and best quality of life possible etc. etc. ad nauseum', but they are way worse than those known-surveillance-addicts in every possible way. None of them any longer have even the basic structure of society left in large amounts - the family. Not one. I am not even going into the lack of values and decency. If I get to see their complete implosions in my lifetime, that would be something to live for.

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Lilacs.

'Google' search system ... is madly sentient ?

Posted on 25.10.2013 at 04:18
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'Google auto-complete does seem to have a mind of it's own and some of the suggestions that it gives seem to be extremely disturbing.' (from a comment to the article)



Another quote, from another comment - 'Google has being giving different results to different people for a few years now.'



The best bit from so far I've read is - 'I then tried "misandry is..." and got:
Misandry isn't real;
Misandry is real;
Misandry is not a thing; and
Misandry is magic.'

'"is magic"?
I Googled that. I got a lot of hits related to My Little Pony. I am now slowly backing away from the internet.'

'That is one fandom you REALLY don't want to cross!'

Oh dear *Dying of lulz*

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Lilacs.

The Lavabit story so far.

Posted on 20.10.2013 at 04:47
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The Police State Wants What the Police State Wants - William BoardmanCollapse )

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Lilacs.

All files/data in any computer, not merely interactions through net.

Posted on 17.10.2013 at 06:34
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implants have allowed NSA analysts to copy and read all of the unencrypted documents stored on the targeted computer's hard drive, as well as copy every document and email message produced and/or transmitted by the machineCollapse )

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Lilacs.

Oh India, are you Really growing a spine ? Finally ?!

Posted on 15.10.2013 at 06:39
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Ok, lessee how much calcification Actually occurs and how much subservience you're Actually willing to give up.Collapse )

Lilacs.

Amazing policies in Brazil, innit.

Posted on 14.10.2013 at 06:56
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“Edward Snowden has very limited scope to speak and runs the risk of the United States capturing him.” “governments, including Brazil’s, appeared to be grateful for the disclosure of alleged US spying on them “but they are not disposed to protect the person who passes on the data.”Collapse )

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Lilacs.

We, and ours, are 'things on sale'.

Posted on 14.10.2013 at 06:44
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Google and Facebook have poured millions into lobbying efforts to derail proposed federal Do Not Track regulations. And last month, the ad industry quietly stifled an earnest effort by the respected World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to establish voluntary Do Not Track standardsCollapse )

Lilacs.

New York Times says UK tried to get it to hand over Snowden documents

Posted on 14.10.2013 at 06:35
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New York Times says UK tried to get it to hand over Snowden documentsCollapse )


Lilacs.

Lavabit story and SSL

Posted on 14.10.2013 at 06:28
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SSL is used by banksCollapse )

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Lilacs.

Hello Canada ! Welcome to 'Camelot' !! :D

Posted on 09.10.2013 at 06:27
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And now we have *Drumroll* CAMELOT !

And it's in Ottawa.

And it has/will have a fireplace. Wow.

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Lilacs.

Ooo Teh 5 Eyez are a'watchin' us all !

Posted on 09.10.2013 at 05:24
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The “Five Eyes” is the name for the secretive alliance of “signals-intelligence” agencies from the English-speaking world – Australia, Britain, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States – that has existed since the Second World War. For decades countries have had a loose agreement to help each other spyCollapse )



Wait a minute ! They actually mean people didn't actually know this ?! SRSLY ? I mean it's so ridiculously obvious !!! *Headdesk* Oh humans *HEADDESK* :D :D

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Lilacs.

Odd question, that. Considering it always has been.

Posted on 08.10.2013 at 05:50
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when did the BBC become the lackeys of the security state?Collapse )

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Lilacs.

Fiction ... and Facts ?

Posted on 06.10.2013 at 06:06
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Good heavens, Stanley Kubrick was clairvoyant ? *Dyin' Of Teh LULZ*

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Lilacs.

"Land of the brave and free", eh ?

Posted on 05.10.2013 at 04:08
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Ilija Trojanov, who has spoken out against mass surveillance by America’s National Security Agency, wanted to fly from Salvador (Eastern Brazil) with American Airlines to attend a conference of German academics in Denver.

... he was barred without reason on Monday from getting onto the plane at the airport ...

Writing for the website of the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper on Tuesday, he said he was given no explanation and had to fly back to Germany.



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I wish someone would remake Dr. Strangelove in colour, with Adam Sandler as Muffley, Sacha Baron-Cohen as Strangelove, Jason Isaacs as Mandrake and Eric Bana as Ripper. I also want Kisov as a character, with Pat Stewart in the role, cuz he played Karla so well in Guinness' Tinker Tailor.


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Lilacs.

Tsk.

Posted on 24.09.2013 at 06:44
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So the Nairobi Westgate Mall attack couldn't be prevented, though the perpetrators use accounts on the internet.

What price surveillance now, GCHQ and NSA ?

And ... a British woman seems to be very much involved in the incident, too.

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Lilacs.

Nice round up of NSA-surveillance thingies So Far.

Posted on 22.09.2013 at 05:39
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Glenn Greenwald to Haaretz

By Noam Sheizaf Sep. 21, 2013


The whole copied, Just in case it disappears suddenly someday. Things of this sort do. Disappear, that is ...Collapse )

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Lilacs.

Tell me this isn't true *DYING OF LULZ*

Posted on 16.09.2013 at 03:55
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"NSA director modeled war room after Star Trek's Enterprise". The room was christened as part of the "Information Dominance Center":

More excerpts :D *CAN'T BREATHE*Collapse )

Other photographs of Gen. Alexander's personal Star Trek Captain fantasy come-to-life (courtesy of public funds) are here.

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They Really need psych help, don't they. Tsk.

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Lilacs.

Oh yeah now they say it like it is :/ Well done, Edward !

Posted on 14.09.2013 at 06:58
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Thursday 12 September 2013 01.18 BST

Zuckerberg: US government 'blew it' on NSA surveillance



At last, some relevant stuff, how terribly marvellous. /SarcasmCollapse )


Edward Joseph Snowden, You Are My New Hero !!!

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Lilacs.

Wow *Amazed*

Posted on 12.09.2013 at 04:46
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Nearly quarter of men in Asia-Pacific admit to committing rape
Survey shows extent of sexual violence in region where 70% of men report facing no legal consequences




I have 2 questions.

Why wasn't Rapeland (India) surveyed ?

And where's the extrapolation of the results which show the probable actual percentage of rapists ?

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Lilacs.

Yup, this one's good too.

Posted on 02.09.2013 at 06:29
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Would make a nice t-shirt, I think.



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Lilacs.

I want this T-Shirt for Christmas :D :D

Posted on 01.09.2013 at 05:39
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And oh the comments to the news item :D


Here are the funniest so far Really really funny :DCollapse )

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Lilacs.

DED from LULZ.

Posted on 25.08.2013 at 07:17
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Tell me this isn't true. Please :D :D


U.K. government thought destroying Guardian hard drives would stop Snowden stories

Nooooo this isn't possible No No ! :DCollapse )


Surely, surely this can't be true in any way whatsoever. It isn't possible for anyone to be this uninformed/moronic/both.

I mean, even I know better :D

m dying of LULZ.


And oh! the comments :D DYIN' repeatedly.


I can hear the conversation now: "Did you copy these hard drives?"

"Who, us?"

Brits and Americans spell "stupid" the same way: government bureaucrat

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Release more new pictures of the royal baby, pronto!

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“I've destroyed this physical copy. They won’t be able to post any information now!”

And they were security experts. What a joke.

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I hope they had a priest present, too, to exorcise the drives

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Yeah ok that last one Totally Killed me :D Can't breathe Eyes streaming :D

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Lilacs.

Everyone should remember Martin Niemoeller's words.

Posted on 21.08.2013 at 07:10
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“First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew so I did not speak out. And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.”

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NSA files: why the Guardian in London destroyed hard drives of leaked files
A threat of legal action by the government that could have stopped reporting on the files leaked by Edward Snowden led to a symbolic act at the Guardian's offices in London




Groklaw legal site shuts over fears of NSA email snooping
Pamela Jones shuts award-winning site, saying concerns that messages could be read mean that 'there is now no shield from forced exposure'


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This is precisely what I estimated --- U.S. did not seek detention of Snowden journalist's partner: White House.


The threat to journalism is real and growing : this, from the 'bastions' and 'upholders' of 'democracy', Tsk Tsk.

Two GCHQ security experts oversaw the destruction of hard drives containing Snowden material in the Guardian's basement.
Alan Rusbridger asked a very senior government official claiming to represent the views of the UK prime minister directly whether the government would move to close down the Guardian's reporting through a legal route – by going to court to force the surrender of the material on which we were working. The official confirmed that, in the absence of handover or destruction, this was indeed the government's intention. Prior restraint, near impossible in the US, was now explicitly and imminently on the table in the UK.
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Buck up, UK, you can do better - or do I mean worse ? - than this pathetic little set of tantrums ! After all your historic achievements include the Boer War Concentration Camps (1899-1902), Jalianwalabagh (1919) and Croke Park (1920).

Go on then, try to realise your full potential. Oh 'tis so very difficult to relinquish imperial powers, innit.

I wonder what it would be though ... If the involved 'brains trusts' are intelligent enough, they will, of course, realise that it'd be extremely unwise to attempt assassinations.

Or, you could just shut up, sit down, and take the consequences. That would be the wisest course, you know. Really, do read your basic Physics. Go back, to the school books. Go, go. What does Isaac Newton's Third Law say ? It says something, doesn't it ? Tsk, anyone who forgets that one is a complete cretin. Do remember that. Please do.

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Is Glenn Greenwald's journalism now viewed as a 'terrorist' occupation?

For shame, UK, for shame !Collapse )


Glenn Greenwald's partner detained at Heathrow airport for nine hours

I'm also wondering how much racism was involved in this misbehaviour. Would the thugs have dared to detain Greenwald himself ? Personally, I doubt it. He is, after all, Jewish.Collapse )

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Lilacs.

How creepy is this ! For shame !!

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EXCLUSIVE: Owner of Snowden's Email Service on Why He Closed Lavabit Rather Than Comply With Gov't

(excerpts)... Levison is joined by his lawyer, Jesse Binnall. "Ladar is in a situation where he has to watch every word he says when he's talking to the press, for fear of being imprisoned," Binnall says. "The simple fact is that I'm here with him only because there are some very fine lines that he can't cross for fear of being dragged away in handcuffs."

"There's information that I can't even share with my lawyer, let alone with the American public," Levison says. "So, if we're talking about secrecy, you know, it's really been taken to the extreme, and I think it's really being used by the current administration to cover up tactics that they may be ashamed of." ...

... "It's important to note that Lavabit wasn't the first service provider to receive a government request, and we're not the first service provider to fight it," Levison says. "We're just the first service provider to take a different approach, and it could very well be because of our size that we have that option. We're wholly focused on secure email. Without it, we have no business.
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And the following is a well established police state strategy the guy is talking about, and which I can believe is actually happening, not only inside USA but also in other areas of the world which are all in the habit of blowing the USA and similar linguistic areas, on a regular basis.


Snowden: NSA targeted journalists critical of government after 9/11

(excerpts)... “Laura and [Guardian reporter] Glenn [Greenwald] are among the few who reported fearlessly on controversial topics throughout this period, even in the face of withering personal criticism, and resulted in Laura specifically becoming targeted by the very programs involved in the recent disclosures,” Snowden said for the article, a profile of Poitras.

Snowden didn’t detail how Poitras was targeted by the NSA surveillance programs he disclosed, but suggested the agency tracked her emails and cautioned other journalists that they could be under surveillance.

“After 9/11, many of the most important news outlets in American abdicated their role as a check to power – the journalistic responsibility to challenge the excesses of government – for fear of being seen as unpatriotic and punished in the market during a period of heightened nationalism,” he said.

“From a business perspective, this was the obvious strategy,” he continued. “But what benefitted the institutions ended up costing the public dearly. The major outlets are still only beginning to recover from this cold period. Laura and Glenn are among the few who reported fearlessly on controversial topics.”

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Dear Gods, what a peculiar piece of research !

Should we care that smart women aren't having kids?

Research emerging from the London School of Economics examining the links between intelligence and maternal urges in women claims that more of the former means less of the latter.
Satoshi Kanazawa, the LSE psychologist behind the research, discussed the findings that maternal urges drop by 25% with every extra 15 IQ points in his book The Intelligence Paradox. In the opening paragraph of the chapter titled "Why intelligent people are the ultimate losers in life", he makes his feelings about voluntary childlessness very clear:
'If any value is deeply evolutionarily familiar, it is reproductive success. If any value is truly unnatural, if there is one thing that humans (and all other species in nature) are decisively not designed for, it is voluntary childlessness. All living organisms in nature, including humans, are evolutionarily designed to reproduce. Reproductive success is the ultimate end of all biological existence.'


Oh I forgot, *Headslap* such 'research' is not lab based and needs practically no funding at all.

And I'm curious to know how many intelligent ladies have turned this creepy man down till now.

And also, this actually qualifies as news ? Yuk.

ETA : I'm also guessing LSE had a quota for 'low IQ' hirings when they hired this kanazawa guy ?

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