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The Guardian interviews Edward Snowden

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The Guardian recently did an interview with Edward Snowden. Very insightful and as always worth watching.



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July 19th, 2014 at 11:39 am

Just how scripted are the “news” stations on TV?

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Well look no further… Here’s a little piece by Conan O’Brian which really should qualify more as a PSA than a joke:

Worst of all, it’s not even on the same network – say just local FOX “news” stations. It’s all across the board: ABC, NBC, FOX, … It’s all the same bullshit.

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December 28th, 2013 at 8:05 pm

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EFF Stop Watching Us campaign

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If you happen to live in the US, somewhere around Washington D.C. – there’s a huge rally planned on Saturday, October 26th 2013:

If you live within 300 miles of DC, please come to the Stop Watching Us Rally Against Mass Surveillance. If we don’t stand up loudly against what the NSA is doing, then we’re responsible for their actions done in our name!

WHERE: Columbus Circle, Washington, DC

WHEN: Saturday, October 26th, the 12th anniversary of the PATRIOT Act. 12pm gather, 12:30pm march, 1:30pm-3:00pm rally

WHO: Access, ACLU, Ben & Jerry’s, CAIR, Demand Progress, EFF, Fight for the Future, Mozilla, reddit, Restore the Fourth, Young Americans for Liberty and many more.

SPEAKERS/PERFORMERS (MORE TBA):

  • Congressman Justin Amash
  • NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake
  • 2012 Libertarian Presidential Candidate Gov. Gary Johnson
  • ACLU Washington Legislative Director Laura Murphy
  • Cryptographer/Security Expert Bruce Schneier
  • Social Critic Naomi Wolf
  • DADT/LGBT Activist Lt. Dan Choi
  • EFF Activism Director Rainey Reitman
  • Free Press CEO Aaron Craig
  • YACHT
  • Not4Prophet
  • Black Alley

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UPDATE, the day after: Reason.com was of course there and put up short summary.

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October 25th, 2013 at 12:14 am

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See something, better not say something

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August 1st, 2013 at 8:04 pm

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Best of Bernanke – before the crisis

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Remember the time before the 2008-201x economic crisis?

And that’s the guy who has been running the Federal Reserve for the last decade, printing (“not literally”) trillions of dollars to “benefit” the worlds biggest economy…

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July 31st, 2013 at 10:14 am

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Gitmo by numbers

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hat-tip to the ACLU

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July 24th, 2013 at 9:28 pm

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Wanna know if you may be a suspect to the NSA? The answer is yes.

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As pointed out by popular tech news-site Slashdot  and originally reported by The Guardian, the NSA just admitted that the agency may do up to “three hop” queries through the massive dataset they gained by spying on pretty much everyone.

The National Security Agency revealed to an angry congressional panel on Wednesday that its analysis of phone records and online behavior goes exponentially beyond what it had previously disclosed.

John C Inglis, the deputy director of the surveillance agency, told a member of the House judiciary committee that NSA analysts can perform “a second or third hop query” through its collections of telephone data and internet records in order to find connections to terrorist organizations.

“Hops” refers to a technical term indicating connections between people. A three-hop query means that the NSA can look at data not only from a suspected terrorist, but from everyone that suspect communicated with, and then from everyone those people communicated with, and then from everyone all of those people communicated with.

To put this into perspective, you might have heard about six degrees of separation – the theory that everyone and everything is six or fewer steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person in the world, so that a chain of “a friend of a friend” statements can be made to connect any two people in a maximum of six steps.

Well, that was in an offline world back in the 1960s. In today’s interconnected world, it’s around 4.7 on Facebook and around 3 to 4 on Twitter. So… with a “terror” watchlist of currently around 700.000 names or so… Go ahead, do the math. How are the chances you aren’t a target? Doesn’t matter if you have nothing to hide and have the most boring life on earth – the US government still cares about every fucking move you make.

Or as a commentator so eloquently put it: If a terrorist suspects real-estate agents daughter’s mechanic fixes your car don’t you think the NSA should have that information?

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July 18th, 2013 at 11:47 pm

49 states to go: City of Detroit files for bankruptcy

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On a day when US stocks surge to new highs and Moodys upgrades the US rating outlook from negative to stable… the city of Detroit files for Chapter 9 bankruptcy. Don’t worry, it makes perfect sense in the central planned “new normal” the US economy has become.

MOODY’S: U.S. Aaa SUPPORTED BY SECURE STATUS OF U.S. DOLLARS

Just minutes later

BREAKING: US city of Detroit files for bankruptcy: court papers

Following this bombshell, here are a few highlights from Gov. Snyders press conference, summarizing the epic fail Detroit has become:

  • … difficult to reverse 60 years of decline in which promises were made that did not reflect the reality
  • Detroit citizens wait an average of 58 minutes for the police to respond to their calls
  • Only a third of Detroit’s ambulances were in service in the first quarter of 2013
  • 40% of Detroit’s street lights were not functioning
  • Detroit has large swaths of largely abandoned structures — approximately 78,000
  • Detroit tax rates are at their current legal limits. Even if Detroit was legally able to raise taxes, its residents cannot afford to pay additional taxes.

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July 18th, 2013 at 9:50 pm

USA: Raisin confiscation

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WTF of the day, courtesy of the USDA…


hat-tip to reason.com

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July 18th, 2013 at 6:30 pm

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UN secretary Ban Ki-moon condems Snowden

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Just in case anyone is in dire need for another reason to dislike the UN…

The former NSA contractor Edward Snowden misused his right to digital access and has created problems that outweigh the benefits of public disclosure, the UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon has said.
Source: The Guardian

Created problems that outweigh the benefits? What the… ?
Problems for whom exactly? A government that violates their own constitution by spying on each and everyone of their people, violating basic human rights by indiscriminately spying on millions of “foreigners” around the world and basically not giving a shit about any other nation on the planet if they please?

Ban said that in his personal opinion “the Snowden case is something I consider to be misuse.” The UN chief added that the opening up of digital communications should not be “misused in such a way as Snowden did”.

No shit he misused his access privileges to inform the public about what currently looks like the biggest violation of people’s rights in the US for at least some decades. How else would you get that information out? Ask nicely and hope you don’t get shot or sent to some secret prison, never to be seen again?

Oh well, I guess as a former South Korean minister of foreign affairs he either has his head so far up the United States ass, that he stopped thinking for himself or they quite a bit of dirt on him so he doesn’t dare to speak up. Either way, what a disgrace… One would expect the secretary general of the United Nations to at least have a backbone and convictions.

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July 3rd, 2013 at 11:42 pm

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