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Nov 19 12:08

Threat of Wifi and EMF the Subject of International Scientist Appeal

Increasing numbers of scientists around the world are producing research data demonstrating the immediate threat posed to human health by saturation coverage of wi-fi, smart meters, and EMF in general.

Nov 19 11:14

Will our smart devices become a massive surveillance network?

The rise of the digital era has brought with it many wondrous changes to our daily lives, not least of which the fact that we now carry digital assistants with us everywhere we go in the form of smartphones, tablets, and laptop computers. The rapid proliferation of everyday digital devices and the rise of new smart devices, which are more capable than ever before, carries with it worrying connotations about surveillance just as equally as it does positive ones of progress.

Will our smart devices become a massive surveillance network? You need not look to the future with dystopian fears when it comes to your smart devices – governments are already using them to spy on you today.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Is this a trick question?

Nov 19 11:12

Trump signs bill that creates the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

US President Donald Trump signed today a bill into law, approving the creation of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).

The bill, known as the CISA Act, reorganizes and rebrands the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), a program inside the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as CISA, a standalone federal agency in charge of overseeing civilian and federal cybersecurity programs.

The NPPD, which was first established in 2007, has already been handling almost all of the DHS' cyber-related issues and projects.

Nov 19 10:54

FLASHBACK: Hillary Clinton’s State Department Ignored Julian Assange’s Warning About Leaked Cables

Hillary Clinton’s office ignored Julian Assange’s warnings about leaked U.S. State Department cables in 2011, according to footage obtained at the time by documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras.

The Department of Justice has obtained sealed charges against Assange for his decision to publish classified U.S. government material, as confirmed by Reuters.

Yet the DOJ has done nothing to hold former Secretary of State Clinton to account, either for her apparent negligence in ignoring Assange’s warnings about the leaked material nor for her uploading sensitive government information to an insecure private email server.

Nov 19 10:37

YET ANOTHER GDPR DISASTER: JOURNALISTS ORDERED TO HAND OVER SECRET SOURCES UNDER 'DATA PROTECTION' LAW

When the GDPR was being debated, we warned that it would be a disaster for free speech. Now that it's been in effect for about six months, we're seeing that play out in all sorts of ways. We've talked about how it was used to disappear public court documents for an ongoing case, and then used to disappear a discussion about that disappearing court document. And we wrote about how it's been used against us to hide a still newsworthy story (and that leaves out one other GDPR demand we've received in an attempt to disappear a story that I can't even talk about yet).

Nov 19 10:35

AMERICANS TURNING ON SOCIAL MEDIA, MOST THINK IT HURTS DEMOCRACY: POLL

U.S. adults have begun to turn on social media giants like Facebook and Twitter, and a majority believes that these social media platforms have done more to hurt democracy and free speech than help.

Nov 19 09:42

Vision Direct hack puts customers' money at risk

Vision Direct says a hack attack has exposed thousands of its customers' personal data including payment card numbers, expiry dates and CVV codes.

The contact lens retailer said anyone who had entered their details into its site between 3 and 8 November could be affected.

It added that it had identified 16,300 people as being at risk.

It said a fake Google Analytics script placed within its websites' code was the apparent cause.

Nov 19 08:57

Inside Judicial Watch: Court ORDERS Hillary Clinton to Testify UNDER OATH about Private Email Server!

Judicial Watch announced that U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ruled that within 30 days Hillary Clinton must answer under oath two additional questions about her controversial email system.

In 2016, Clinton was required to submit under oath written answers to Judicial Watch’s questions. Clinton objected to and refused to answer questions about the creation of her email system; her decision to use the system despite warnings from State Department cybersecurity officials; and the basis for her claim that the State Department had “90-95%” of her emails.

After a lengthy hearing on Wednesday, Judge Sullivan ruled that Clinton must address two questions that she refused to answer under-oath:

Nov 18 19:23

MGTOW Channels Attacked- Whats The Next Step?

I recorded this at 3AM. Sorry if I sound lame.
We pretty much all know by now Youtube attacked all MGTOW related channels. Here are some ideas on how we can respond. We are under attack simply for being men, this goes beyond MGTOW. Tomorrow it might be illegal to have a penis. We need to fight back.

Nov 18 10:16

'Facebook is behaving like it's a special snowflake': Investors call on Mark Zuckerberg to resign as chairman following damaging report that social media giant employed PR firm to smear its critics

Investors are calling on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to step down following a report a conservative consulting firm used 'black ops' style techniques to deflect criticism from the social networking giant.

Jonas Kron, senior vice president at Trillium Asset Management which owns an £8.5m stake in Facebook, called on Zuckerberg to step down as board chairman, telling The Telegraph: 'Facebook is behaving like it's a special snowflake. It's not. It is a company and companies need to have a separation of chair and CEO.'

Nov 18 10:05

Doyouthinkhesaurus? Privacy fears over £90 talking dinosaur toy programmed to 'spy' on children

It's the cute toy tipped to be a Christmas hit, but there are fears ‘Dino’ the dinosaur may be vulnerable to hackers who could steal information about its young owners.

The ‘smart toy’, which is able to ‘learn’, answer questions and read bedtime stories, is among a series of technology gifts that have failed to win approval from the Mozilla Foundation, a not- for-profit organisation that campaigns for better internet accessibility and safety.

The group said it had been unable to determine if Dino – an internet-connected toy made by CogniToys and priced at £89.99 on Amazon – uses sufficient encryption to guard against hackers.

Nov 17 17:36

FYI, Saying ‘Men Aren’t Women’ Now Qualifies as ‘Hateful Conduct’ on Twitter

Twitter’s crusade against “hate speech” has vanquished yet another meany face. A prominent Canadian feminist says that the company flagged a tweet she wrote which meekly suggested that men aren’t women. Isn’t Twitter fun?

Nov 17 10:14

BEWARE: POLICE NOW HAVE A SUPER-STRENGTH CAMERA WHICH CAN SPOT DRIVERS USING MOBILE PHONES OR SPEEDING NEARLY A MILE AWAY

Police have unveiled their new weapon – a camera that can produce clear images of people inside a car almost a mile away and dubbed ‘The Long Ranger’.

The massive camera has been showcased at the launch of a pilot project called Operation Indemnis.

Police in Gloucester are using the whopping camera to tackle motoring offences such as speeding, tailgating and using a mobile phone while driving.

Speed guns have been able to detect how fast cars travel but the new camera produces clear video footage and still photographs of the people inside them.

Martin Surl, Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire where the kit is being tested, said he hoped that it would catch people using their mobile phones.

When contacted by Mail Online, his office claimed the new camera could produce clear images at twice the distance of a normal one.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would tend to think that this new camera is not really about safety at all, but about building revenues from fines.

Nov 16 19:45

Controversial Facebook patent would use family photos to work out who you live with to sell ads

The social media giant has filed a patent for technology that would look at your family photos to determine who else lives in your household.

In turn, it would allow Facebook to serve up targeted ads to the whole family.

Nov 16 19:42

Have YOUR text messages been read by hackers? Massive security breach exposes 26 MILLION SMS messages containing private customer information

A massive data breach has exposed tens of millions of SMS text messages.

The breach involved a database of 26 million text messages, some of which included private customer data like password reset information, shipping notifications and two-factor authentication codes,TechCrunch reported.

The database was operated by Voxox, a California-based communications firm.

Making matters worse, the database wasn't even password protected, according to Sebastian Kaul, a Berlin-based security researcher who discovered the vulnerability.

Nov 16 17:30

Hillary Clinton Ordered To Answer Additional Questions Under Oath About Private Email Server

"A federal court ordered Hillary Clinton to answer more questions about her illicit email system – which is good news," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. "It is shameful that Judicial Watch attorneys must continue to battle the State and Justice Departments, which still defend Hillary Clinton, for basic answers to our questions about Clinton’s email misconduct."

Nov 16 11:17

FYI, saying ‘men aren’t women’ now qualifies as ‘hateful conduct’ on Twitter

Twitter’s crusade against “hate speech” has vanquished yet another meany face. A prominent Canadian feminist says that the company flagged a tweet she wrote which meekly suggested that men aren’t women. Isn’t Twitter fun?

Meghan Murphy, editor of Canada’s leading feminist news portal, Feminist Current, was recently informed by Twitter that two of her tweets had violated the platform’s rules against “hateful conduct.”

One of the offending tweets stated that “men aren’t women,” while the other asked: “How are transwomen not men?”

Nov 16 11:08

Security researchers reveal Apple still hasn't fixed iPhone X bug that could let hackers steal deleted photos and files - and how to make sure you're not hit

Make sure you empty your deleted photos folder on your iPhone X.

Two security researchers have discovered a vulnerability in Apple's 10th anniversary handset that could let hackers access your previously deleted photo or file.

The researchers collected a $50,000 bounty for finding the flaw and Apple has been notified about the vulnerability, but the firm has yet to patch it, according to Forbes.

Nov 16 10:59

Huge rise in people being sent 'convincing' TV licence scam email which aims to trick victims into handing over bank details

There has been a sharp rise in the number of people receiving hoax emails that claim to be from the TV Licensing department, a crime body has warned.

More than 2,500 reports of phony emails were sent to Action Fraud in September and October alone from those who have found one in their inbox.

The scam emails aim to get unsuspecting people to hand over personal and bank details to fraudsters who pretend to be from the TV Licensing department, according to the UK's national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime.

Nov 15 16:44

Government Study Finds ‘Clear Evidence’ for Heart Tumors From Cellphone Radiation

Cellphones were classified as a Group 2B “possible carcinogen”1 in 2011 by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an arm of the World Health Organization and the global gold standard for the classification of toxins.

Nov 15 10:50

U.S. says defendant in Elliott Broidy hacking case has diplomatic immunity

The former U.N. diplomat accused of helping steal and distribute Republican fundraiser Elliot Broidy's emails is entitled to diplomatic immunity, the U.S. government tells NBC News.

It's the latest blow to Broidy's legal campaign against Qatar and the individuals he says hacked him on its behalf. Several other defendants in lawsuits filed by Broidy including Qatar itself have already convinced the court to dismiss them from the case, which criss-crosses the murky worlds of cybercrime, the Persian Gulf diplomatic crisis and pay-to-play politics in Trump era.

Nov 15 10:39

‘GOLDMAN SACHS IS IMPLICATED IN HISTORY’S LARGEST FINANCIAL CON – BUT WILL IT BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE?’

Even by Wall Street standards of gouging customers this was one hell of a skim.

In 2012 and 2013, the Malaysian government was raising $6.5bn (£5bn) from investors to establish a sovereign wealth fund and finance various domestic infrastructure investment projects. And the cut for Goldman Sachs – the most prestigious investment bank in the world – for arranging the fundraising from the global capital markets? Ten per cent, or $600m.

Now we can have a guess as to why the Malaysian authorities were so insouciant about those extortionate fundraising costs: because they themselves were, apparently, going to loot the pot in one of the biggest frauds in history.

Malaysian politicians, officials and financiers had effectively bought Goldman Sachs’ blue chip reputation to pull in naive investors to the “1MDB” state investment fund. Ten per cent probably seemed a reasonable cut in the circumstances.

The question is: what did Goldman know about the theft?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The short answer to the question asked in the title of this story, is no.

The monied rarely eat their own.

Nov 15 10:35

Google Maps keeps track of your conversations with local businesses

Last year, Google began rolling out a feature that let users message businesses through their Google profiles. Now, it's integrating that feature into Google Maps. Any messages you've sent to businesses through their Google profiles will now be accessible in Maps for iOS and Android. Just tap the menu button, and then "Messages," and you'll be able to see those conversations without having to leave the app. Google is also bringing the messaging feature to more countries this week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh, wonderful; just one more way the government can surveille us in real time; just what I wanted, Google, thanks, a bunch.

Nov 15 10:22

BREAKING: Court Rules Hillary Clinton Must Answer Key Questions About Her Private Server

Judicial Watch appeared in a DC federal court Wednesday on a motion to compel more testimony from Hillary Clinton as well as to make public video recordings of depositions of top Clinton aides such as Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills.

The court ruled that Hillary Clinton must answer more questions about the setting up of her private server.

Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said that the court denied their request to unseal the video depositions of Clinton’s aides.

Nov 15 10:03

Want to hack a hole-in-the-wall cash machine for free dosh? It's as easy as Windows XP

ATM machines are vulnerable to an array of basic attack techniques that would allow hackers to lift thousands in cash.

This according to researchers at Positive Technologies, who studied more than two dozen different models of ATMs and found (PDF) nearly all would be vulnerable to network or local access attacks that would allow raiders to pillage the cash dispensers.

Nov 15 10:00

0-Days Found in iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy S9, Xiaomi Mi6 Phones

At Pwn2Own 2018 mobile hacking competition held in Tokyo on November 13-14, white hat hackers once again demonstrated that even the fully patched smartphones running the latest version of software from popular smartphone manufacturers can be hacked.

Three major flagship smartphones—iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy S9, and Xiaomi Mi6—were among the devices that successfully got hacked at the annual mobile hacking contest organized by Trend Micro's Zero Day Initiative (ZDI), earning white hat hackers a total of $325,000 in reward.

Nov 15 09:46

Breaking bad: Bitcoin crashes to lowest level in over a year

The world’s most popular cryptocurrency has fallen to a more than a one-year low on Wednesday, breaking through the key support level of $6,000. The price dropped by almost 11 percent in a single day of trading.

The digital currency’s price recovered slightly on Thursday, trading at $5,680.01, down over $800 over the last 24 hours after a relatively calm few months.

Nov 15 09:33

IMF's Lagarde says central banks could issue digital money

"I believe we should consider the possibility to issue digital currency," Ms Lagarde said in a speech at a conference in Singapore. "There may be a role for the state to supply money to the digital economy."

"The advantage is clear. Your payment would be immediate, safe, cheap and potentially semi-anonymous... And central banks would retain a sure footing in payments."

Ms Lagarde said central banks in Canada, China, Sweden and Uruguay were all "seriously considering" digital currency proposals.

Nov 15 09:31

Japan's cyber-security minister has 'never used a computer'

Japan's new cyber-security minister has dumbfounded his country by saying he has never used a computer.

Nov 15 09:29

Facebook accused of dark PR tactics

Facebook faces a new controversy over alleged tactics it used to discredit its critics, embarrass rival firms and downplay problems at the company.

The New York Times has published a wide-ranging account of the methods Facebook and a public relations firm used to "deny and deflect" criticism.

The report has led US lawmakers to call for tighter regulation of social networks.

Facebook has denied several of the claims.

Nov 15 09:13

COMPANIES KEEP LOSING YOUR DATA BECAUSE IT DOESN'T COST THEM ANYTHING

Data breaches keep happening, they keep getting worse, and yet companies keep collecting our data in ever-more-invasive ways, subjecting it to ever-longer retention, and systematically underinvesting in security.

Why does this keep happening? Because it's affordable. In 2014, Home Depot breached more than 50,000,000 credit-cards; in 2016, they paid less than $0.34/customer in restitution.

There are longer-term reputational costs associated with breaches, but these are not generally factored into the quarterly-earnings-focused mindsets of corporate execs and strategists.

An awful lot of change could be made simply by adjusting the law, and it needn't even be something as far reaching as the European General Data Protection Regulation: even establishing a set of statutory damages that people caught in breaches were entitled to collect, and banning the use of binding arbitration clauses to escape these liabilities would go a long way.

Nov 15 09:11

SOROS RESPONDS TO "ALARMING" FACEBOOK EXPOSÉ; DEMANDS "THOROUGH INVESTIGATION"

Following a shocking exposé in the New York Times revealing how Facebook resorted to guerilla tactics to deflect blame amid their various scandals, including hiring Republican PR firm Definers which cast liberal critics as operatives for liberal financier George Soros, top representatives for the Hungarian-American billionaire have demanded answers.

While Facebook was under fire on Capitol Hill for allowing Russians to purchase advertising during and after the 2016 US election, liberal critics blamed the company for Hillary Clinton's loss - including activist protesters who put a public face on liberal opposition to the social media giant.

Defenders sought to discredit the activists by linking them to Soros.

A research document circulated by Definers to reporters this summer, just a month after the House hearing, cast Mr. Soros as the unacknowledged force behind what appeared to be a broad anti-Facebook movement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Soros is no stranger to this type of accusation; but that being said, I do have to wonder, in light of the fact that he is the "open boarders yenta" of the West, ultimately responsible for the horrific, non-vetted immigration plaguing Europe right now, and ultimately trying to repeat that here in the US, how many of his NGOs have contributed greatly to this effort. So, here you go:

Caravan of illegals charity outed as George Soros-Funded Group

Soros Funding Border Caravan Invasion

Soros Funded Groups Backing Mexico Caravan of Socialists

George Soros Funded groups are supporting illegal immigration

George Soros' money is behind the immigrant caravan now at the US border

But hey, I have an idea; why can't all those illegals simply be dropped off en masse, at every property Soros owns, and perhaps on the Vatican as well.

And I suggest this, because I have never, once, heard in either Soros' speeches, or Pope Francis' homilies, that either man would want to invite these people to live where they live. That's just.... not their problem.

That's just for us mere serfs to work out, no matter how much the cost of housing, educating, feeding, and training these illegal immigrants would be, in order to absorb them into society.

And in light of the fact that this government is already at a 21 trillion dollar deficit, just how, please does that get paid for?!?

Nov 15 08:46

Windows 10 1809's new rollout: Mapped drives broken, AMD issues, Trend Micro clash

Microsoft this week rereleased the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, version 1809, after fixing its data-deletion mess. But the new build still has an old mapped-drives bug that's causing headaches for admins.

Within days of Microsoft's first release of Windows 10 1809 at the beginning of October, IT pros noticed that Windows File Explorer indicated that mapped network drives appeared to be broken.

"Testing the new 1809 update, and everything seems to be fine except all mapped drives to Windows 2012 file servers show disconnected (red x) after reboots or logoff/on," wrote one IT pro on October 5, with many others confirming the same issue on company networks.

Nov 15 05:40

Google’s Self-Driving Cars: The Big-Tech Takeover Continues

Imagine a world where you hail a cab and step into an empty vehicle. This empty car takes you to your destination while you sit in the back, read and swipe the app for payment. Imagine "smart roads" full of other driverless cars.

This world is coming to Phoenix, Arizona in just a few weeks. And of course, the company leading the charge is owned by Google.

Nov 14 18:44

Propaganda Machine of $4.3 Billion Influenza Vaccine Industry Is in Full Swing

In the decade between 2005 and 2015, the influenza vaccine was less than 50 percent effective more than half the time.

Nov 14 16:07

Facebook employees' morale has plummeted 32% after the company's turbulent year, internal survey reveals

Approximately 53 percent of employees believe Facebook is 'making the world better,' which is a significant slump from 72 percent last year.

What's more, 70 percent of employees said they were proud to work at Facebook, compared to 87 percent one year earlier.

That seems to be affecting whether or not they intend to stay at the company for much longer.

On average, employees said they plan to remain another 3.9 years at Facebook, down from 4.3 years one year ago.

Nov 14 10:49

Ready to be tracked by your boss? UK companies prepare to microchip employees to boost ‘security’

Some of the the UK's largest companies are planning to implant their staff with microchips to “improve security” and restrict employees from accessing “sensitive documents,” sparking ethical concerns over such a move.
The Swedish firm, Biohax, which makes human chip implants, claims it is in talks with a number of the UK’s major businesses from the financial and legal sectors, to implant their employees with the devices, the Telegraph reports.

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Jowan Österlund, founder and CEO of Biohax who is a former body piercer, told the paper that his microchips, which cost £150 each, could help financial and legal companies enhance security.

“These companies have sensitive documents they are dealing with. [The chips] would allow them to set restrictions for whoever,” he told The Telegraph

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Thank you, not this lifetime; reading articles like this make me very grateful to be working completely independently, as long as my clients are happy.

Nov 14 08:27

Why cryptojacking malware is a bigger threat to your PC than you realise

Cryptocurrency mining malware has been one of the most prolific forms of malicious software distributed by cyber criminals throughout 2018, but given how some view it as relatively benign compared with other more damaging attacks like ransomware and trojans, it's occasionally overlooked as a threat.

However, cryptojacking malware - which secretly hijacks the processing power of infected machines to mine for cryptocurrency on behalf of the attacker - is still ultimately a form of malware and users can't afford to be complacent about it.

That's because cryptocurrency miners give attackers a foothold into PCs which can be exploited to deliver more damaging malware in future, security firm Fortinet has warned in its latest threat landscape report - noting that underestimating cryptojacking places organisations under heightened risk.

Nov 13 17:11

'Ugly' mistake sends Google data to China

Google data for search and cloud services went astray for more than an hour on Monday thanks to an "ugly" mistake by an African ISP.

The data was sent the wrong way when MainOne Cable, in Nigeria, updated address books for key network hardware.

The update saw it claim to be the best way to reach millions of Google net addresses.

The mistake spread to other networks and led to Google traffic travelling via China and Russia.

In a tweet, MainOne said the mistake had been made during a "planned network upgrade".

It added: "The error was corrected within 74 minutes and processes put in place to avoid reoccurrence."

Nov 13 12:52

Romania Extradites Hacker Who Claimed to Have Hacked Clinton's Email Account

The perpetrator's nickname was later used by another persona, which was allegedly involved in hacking the DNC’s servers and publishing information from them via WikiLeaks ahead of the US presidential elections in 2016.

Romania has conditionally released Marcel Lazar Lehel, a hacker known by the nickname Guccifer, and who in 2016 claimed to have hacked former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's email account. However, his release only served as a means to extradite the hacker to the US, where he is set to face another sentence lasting 52 months, a court in Alba Iulia reported, citing Interpol. The extradition took place several days ago.

Nov 13 12:28

Russia and China's 'attack on Google': Virtual wargame 'experiment' hits search giant with 'worst ever' internet hijack that intercepted search, cloud and business services

Google has been hit by the 'worst ever' internet hijack in the company's history, security experts say.

Information from users' Google searches, cloud-hosting services and the company's bundle of collaboration tools for businesses - known as G Suite - were all affected.

Data belonging to users across the globe was intercepted by servers in Nigeria, China and Russia - including those run by major state-owned telecoms providers.

Security experts suggested the hack was a 'wargame experiment' - meaning it may prelude similar, more wide-scale attacks from the nations involved in future.

Google is downplaying Monday's incident, saying it does not believe it was malicious, but has failed to allay fears that the personal data of millions of users may have been compromised.

Nov 13 11:43

Amazon Echo Home Recordings At Center of Murder Trial As Judge Orders Data Release

By Nicholas West

A new type of court case has been slowly but steadily emerging within the American legal system: alleged crimes being detected from data supplied by smart devices. The very nature of the 1st, 4th and 5th Amendments to the Constitution appears to be at stake.

A New Hampshire judge appears ready to demand that Amazon turn over recordings from the home where two women were allegedly stabbed to death by Timothy Verrill. Verrill has pleaded not guilty, and this appears to be the first case in the state of New Hampshire where a judge is willing to summon data from a smart device – an Amazon Echo speaker – as evidence that could be central to a trial. The implications of this have also been stated by legal experts...

Nov 13 10:35

Yikes. UK military looking into building 'fully autonomous' killer drone tech – report

The UK's Ministry of Defence is "actively" trying to create fully autonomous killer drones, according to a report (PDF) by a campaign group.

"Powered by advances in artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and computing, we are likely to see the development not only of drones that are able to fly themselves – staying aloft for extended periods – but those which may also be able to select, identify, and destroy targets without human intervention," said campaign group Drone Wars UK in its latest report, titled "Off The Leash: The development of autonomous military drones in the UK".

Nov 13 09:03

Christine Assange Issues Call For All Journalists, Politicians, Medical Professionals and Activists To Stand Up For Julian Assange

By Aaron Kesel

WikiLeaks founder and former editor Julian Assange is in dire need of health assistance, according to his mother in an emergency plea to the world uploaded to the Unity4J YouTube channel.

Christine Assange urged officials to allow access to medical attention for her son, and for the UK and Ecuador to end Assange’s illegal 8-year detainment...

Nov 13 05:27

It’s Spreading: Now the British Media Is Pushing Microchipping In The UK

The practice of microchipping "for your own good" or "for your convenience" is spreading across the Western world. Now it's being pushed in the UK by the British media.

Nov 12 18:51

Amazon asked to share Echo data in US murder case

A judge in the US has asked Amazon to hand over audio recordings from an Amazon Echo which was in a house where two women died.

Their bodies were found under the porch of a home in New Hampshire with multiple stab wounds.

The man accused of their murder has pleaded not guilty and is due to stand trial next year.

Amazon said it would not hand over any data about the device without a legally-binding instruction.

Nov 12 10:52

The Stories We Tell About Money - aantonop


Published on Apr 30, 2017
In this talk, Andreas recounts the history of Bitcoin and what it represents, building upon all the stories we've been told over the centuries about what "money" is, how we perceive its value, and why the old answers have changed as we adjust to this new world of digital peer-to-peer currencies. He also discusses global threats to economic stability and trust in the financial system, including demonetisation and wealth destruction through inflation.

Nov 12 10:49

GPS signals jammed: Norway, Finland warn pilots Russia may blind their navigation systems

In recent weeks, NATO conducted its largest military exercises in decades in the frigid waters and icy mountains of Norway. But something odd happened. The GPS signals guiding ships, aircraft, tanks, trucks and troops started to fail.

Civilian airliners, cars, trucks, cargo ships and smart phones operating in and around Norway and Finland experienced similar disruptions.

Why?

Russia is the chief suspect.

It was riled by the scale and location of NATO’s Trident Juncture manoeuvres — despite having itself conducted several massive military exercises in the Baltics recently.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More Russia demonization, and absolutely no hard proof that Russia is, in fact, culpable here.

Nov 12 09:11

Windows XP? Pfff! Parts of the Royal Navy are running Win ME

The Royal Navy is running Windows ME – and XP, and even an early version of Apple Macintosh. But all is not as alarmingly obsolete as it may appear.

Your correspondent, during a few days embedded aboard seabed survey ship HMS Enterprise, asked the crew what systems were in operation aboard the ship’s networks. The answer was a real mixture.

“We’re 5-10 years behind the rest of the world,” said one, only half-joking. Enterprise was built in 2003 and most of the IT infrastructure aboard her dates back to then, with new OSes and mission software installed and patched as required.

Nov 12 08:20

Excessive social media use and constantly posting selfies DOES turn people into narcissists, researchers warn

Researchers from Swansea University and Milan University studied the personality changes of 74 individuals aged 18 to 34 over a four-month period.

They also assessed the participants' usage of social media – including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat – during the period.

Those who used social media excessively, through visual postings, displayed an average 25% increase in such narcissistic traits over the four months of the study.

Nov 11 10:16

Trump Warns: Dems Are Sending "Their Best Election-Stealing Lawyer" To Florida

Is Florida gearing up for Bush vs. Gore redux?

It's starting to look that way.

As Fox News reports, lawyers are arriving in Democratic strongholds in Florida as the state prepares for a recount in Broward County, the epicenter of the vote-counting controversy that led to Bush vs. Gore, and Palm Beach County. Both are Democratic strongholds that have been extremely slow to deliver final ballot totals for Tuesday's election.

To try and push for a hand recount, defeated incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson has hired Democratic attorney Marc Elias of law firm Perkins Coie to help plead his case and point out suspicious "inconsistencies" with the vote count in Broward, where more than 20,000 voters voted in down-ballot races but left out their votes for governor's race, in which Nelson's Democratic ally, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, has already conceded to Republican Ron DeSantis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bump to the top!

Nov 11 08:56

We want to believe: ‘Russian hacking’ memo REVEALS how US intel pinned leaks to Kremlin

A newly-out memo containing the Obama admin’s talking points about “Russian hacking” in the 2016 election reveals how US spy agencies attributed email leaks to Kremlin by saying it’s “consistent” with what they think Russia does.

The seven-page document was contained within the 49 pages published on Friday by BuzzFeed, which obtained them through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) inquiry from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) in late October. At the root of it is a November 29 letter by several Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee, asking then-President Barack Obama to declassify documents concerning “Russian Active Measures.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Short version: The Russian hacking claim was a lie.

Nov 10 09:37

JUDICIAL WATCH SUES DOJ FOR RECORDS OF INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE AWAN BROTHERS, CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRAT IT SCANDAL

Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Justice Department for all records of communications relating to the investigation into former Democratic information technology (IT) staffers Abid Awan, Imran Awan, Jamal Awan and Hina R. Alvi (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:18-cv-02563)).

Imran Awan and his family were banned from the House computer network in February 2017 after the House’s top law enforcement officer wrote that Imran is “an ongoing and serious risk to the House of Representatives, possibly threatening the integrity of our information systems,” and that a server containing evidence had gone “missing.” The inspector general said server logs showed “unauthorized access” and procurement records were falsified.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Exempt from disclosure", MY ASTROLABE!!

This is just more manipulation and legerdemain, courtesy of the FBI, Which is covering for Clinton, Wasserman Schultz, and the Democratic Party in general.

Nov 10 09:02

APPLE'S WAR ON REPAIR CONTINUES: AMAZON NOW BANS REFURB APPLE PRODUCTS FROM THIRD PARTIES

Apple has long understood that hardware products that last a long time result in falling unit sales, as customers opt to keep their old machines instead of buying the latest models; that's part of why the company led the charge that killed every single Right to Repair bill introduced last year -- less repairs leads to more "recycling," which is Applespeak for dropping used units into giant shredders without harvesting any usable parts first.

Every year, refurbishers rescue thousands of used Apple products from the e-waste streams, and every year, Apple finds new ways to frustrate their efforts.

The latest wrinkle: Apple has gotten Amazon to agree to ban the sale of refurbished Apple products except those that come from Apple directly.

Aaron Perzanowski, a law professor at Case Western Reserve University and coauthor of The End of Ownership, told me in an email that this decision is a dangerous infringement of ownership rights.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just what America needed in this rapidly tightening economy; a gigantic, dystopian corporation, ready to cause Americans as much fiscal pain as possible by refusing the right of owners to refurbish.

Nov 09 19:15

Buchanan: The War For The Soul Of America

The war in Washington will not end until the presidency of Donald Trump ends. Everyone seems to sense that now.

This is a fight to the finish.

A postelection truce that began with Trump congratulating House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi — “I give her a great deal of credit for what she’s done and what she’s accomplished” — was ancient history by nightfall.

With the forced resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his replacement by his chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, the long-anticipated confrontation with Robert Mueller appears at hand.

Sessions had recused himself from the oversight role of the special counsel’s investigation into Russiagate. Whitaker has definitely not.

Before joining Justice, he said that the Mueller probe was overreaching, going places it had no authority to go, and that it could be leashed by a new attorney general and starved of funds until it passes away.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Amen to that, Pat Buchanan, Amen!!

Nov 09 15:04

Ed Snowden Live In Israel - 6.11.18

Snowden scorns and gorges Israeli occupation & Israeli spy and espionage agencies in a live interview with Mossad; Quote "Fugitive NSA leaker lambastes Israel’s NSO Group as ‘the worst of the worst,’ is rebuked by former Mossad official who now works in the surveillance industry" According to source: Times of Israel

Nov 09 13:16

UK Government Goes Full Orwellian. DNA, Fingerprint, Face, Voice: Biometric Data for Every Single Citizen in the UK

We’ve been warning about this moment since the first day TruePublica went online. We said that the government would eventually take the biometric data of every single citizen living in Britain and use it for nefarious reasons. DNA, fingerprint, face, and even voice data will be included. But that’s not all.

The excuse to be used, as ever, will be national security or terrorism, despite the huge fall in fatalities from terrorism and terror-related incidents since the 1970s.

Apart from crime-fighting, the Home Office also proposes in its long-awaited report that it will use the centralized database for vetting migrants on the streets and borders of Britain.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that the government of the UK is not considering "1984" as a cautionary tale, but as a how-to manual.

Nov 09 11:33

The Amazon fraud epidemic: How furious customers are losing thousands after being charged for orders they HAVEN'T made

Amazon shoppers who fall victim to fraud are being routinely fobbed off, Money Mail can reveal.

In the worst cases customers are losing thousands of pounds after being charged for orders they have not made.

It comes after we revealed last month how one reader was billed for £80 worth of goods he didn't order.

When readers complain the online retail giant promises to investigate, then fails to act on their calls and emails.

Nov 09 10:20

WITH NEW PATENTS FACEBOOK BRINGS US ONE STEP CLOSE TO A DYSTOPIAN FUTURE

This year Facebook filed two very interesting patents in the US. One was a patent for emotion recognition technology; which recognises human emotions through facial expressions and so can therefore assess what mood we are in at any given time-happy or anxious for example. This can be done either by a webcam or through a phone cam. The technology is relatively straight forward. Artificially intelligent driven algorithms analyses and then deciphers facial expressions, it then matches the duration and intensity of the expression with a corresponding emotion. Take contempt for example. Measured by a range of values from 0 to 100, an expression of contempt could be measured by a smirking smile, a furrowed brow and a wrinkled nose. An emotion can then be extrapolated from the data linking it to your dominant personality traits: openness, introverted, neurotic, say.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But what happens when these algorithms get something horrifically wrong?!?
Where is the evaluating human "common sense" factor in working with these predictors?!?

Are we now looking at "trial by expression" as we try to get on our way, by every public transport, trains, buses, and plains?!?

Mike and I live here on Oahu, so must use planes to get anywhere on the mainland.

My late Dad was an aircraft instrument mechanic, and I used to love to fly, because I naively thought that every other instrument mechanic paid as much attention as my Dad did to insuring that an instrument calibrated out perfectly before he signed off on it.

Now, I hate the experience, and the arrival of the "Grope-Nazis" (allegedly for our "protection"), has made travel off-island a singularly unpleasant experience.

And remember; the people who invented the whole "terror, terror, terror" mentality in the Bush era, like good old Michael Chertoff, the co-author of the US Patriot Act, and the 2nd Director of US Homeland Security, rarely have to take public transportation, and now make a killing, selling the equipment through which one has to pass through to in order to get on the aircraft, or bus, or train.

Nov 09 10:15

O no!!! @TechCrunch is turning into a political news site!! Why?!!

There are tons of other websites to get this garbage!! Please stay with tech and entrepreneurial news!!

@TechCrunch
White House shares manipulated Infowars video to justify CNN press ban

Nov 09 09:13

Windows-as-a-service fail: Microsoft keeps customers in the dark

If Microsoft wants to treat Windows 10 as a service, it has a responsibility to its customers to provide accurate information about problems with that service. Over the last month, the company has failed miserably in that regard.

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