I know you’re out there.. I know that you’re paying attention.. I know that no matter what they feed you.. or how side-tracked you see others get (myself included).. well, I know that you understand. I know there is a connection between us. I know you know that I know that you know the ringing sound of truth. ~ I’ve always been here to fight for you, and for me. I’m still here fighting for you, and for me. They took my friends from me. They coerced my allies to switch sides. They scattered my people to the wind. But, I know you are still out there. I know that I am still in here. I know that the knowledge of the electrified connection between us can burn holes in governments. I know that there are no firewalls that can contain (or prevent) our fire. I know this, and, it keeps me going.
I have to tell you, though, I’m deeply suspicious some of the NSA’s assertions.
They seem to be claiming that they have cracked nearly everything, and that they have backdoor access to privacy software. But this is practically impossible.
A lot of encryption software used today is actually ‘open source’. This means that the software code is freely available to anyone.
GNU Privacy Guard (GPG) is a great example. GPG is an open-source, free alternative version of Phil Zimmerman’s original PGP software. And it’s widely used to encrypt files and emails.
But because GPG is open-source, the software code is available for anyone to view, inspect, and modify. If there were any backdoor access for the NSA, thousands of people would see this.
Not to mention, to penetrate a single 2048-bit encryption key can take anywhere from thousands of years to tens of millions of years, even with the fastest supercomputers.
Consequently, it’s IMPOSSIBLE for the NSA to have cracked everything. And my assessment is that this is an intimidation campaign.
The NSA wants people to think that they have this capability.
And if everyone thinks that the NSA is Big Brother’s Big Brother, all-seeing and all-knowing, then not only will everyone be terrified, but everyone will simply stop using encryption.
After all, why bother going through the hassle of encrypting/decrypting if the NSA can still read the contents of your email?
It’s in the NSA’s interest for people to think that the agency is almighty. I don’t buy it. These people are seriously vile. But they don’t have superpowers.
When done properly, email encryption is still a good option. And there are a number of open-source tools out there to consider using.
An intelligent human would ask the question, “Why are our governments completely ignoring the Japanese Nuclear Meltdown from the #fukashima reactor? The Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) admitted enormous leaks of radioactive water are pouring into the Pacific Ocean. What is the worse is the water leakage everywhere else - not just from the tanks TEPCO is storing of radioactive water. It is leaking out from the basements, it is leaking out from the cracks all over the place into the groundwater. Nobody can measure that.
They are entering the oceans at levels that then will accumulate in seafood and will cause new health concerns. This is a disaster. The Japanese are asking for immediate help. No foreign bankers seem to care. They’re too interested in starting WWIII. Obama’s got no control of the White house. And millions of people have no idea of anything going on outside of TV Land. Those who act unreasonable get the government they deserve. People gotta come together with the wisdom out there if you expect to survive with goodness for all. Point blank. The end is always on its way. Life is finite. It is our duty to uphold the Universal Law, “The Will to do Good.”
#SPREADTHIS -> (AMY GOODMAN): ‘What are you facing? When you say “the lesser of two evils,” what was the other choice?’ *
(LADAR LEVISON): ‘Unfortunately, I can’t talk about that. I would like to, believe me. I think if the American public knew what our government was doing, they wouldn’t be allowed to do it anymore, which is why I’m here in D.C. today speaking to you.’
I watched an interview about this last weekend. If you don’t know the details, I strongly suggest you read up and be horrified and write letters and vote because holy crap, this is not how the US should be running. (via monkeyfrog)
It would appear as though the tinfoil hat-wearing were vindicated today, as news broke of the true scale of the U.S. government’s surveillance of its citizens’ online activities, conducted primarily through the NSA and seemingly beyond the realm of the law.
If the reports are to be believed, metadata about virtually every aspect of individuals’ lives - phone records and geographic data, emails, web application login times and locations, credit card transactions - are being aggregated and subjected to ‘big data’ analysis.
The potential for abuse, especially in light of the recent IRS scandal and AP leak investigation, appears unlimited.
Knowing this, what steps can ordinary individuals take to safeguard themselves against the collection, and exposure, of such sensitive personal information?
I would start with greater adoption of PGP for emails, open source alternatives to web applications, and the use of VPNs. Are there any other (or better) steps that can be taken to minimize one’s exposure to the surveillance dragnet?
Paul Watson points us to yet another example of how engaging with fans of your work (even if, technically, they infringed on your copyrights) can lead to pretty happy outcomes for everyone. The basic details are that comic book artist Steve Lieber discovered that folks at 4chan had scanned in and uploaded every page of his graphic novel Underground. Now, the typical reaction is to freak out, scream “piracy,” whine about “losses” and demand that “something must be done.” But, in a world where obscurity is really a much bigger issue than “piracy,” another option is to actually engage with those fans who liked his work so much that they put in the effort to share it with the world. And that’s exactly what Lieber did. He went to the site and actually started talking about the work with the folks on 4chan (image from Paul): Nice. But, what did it actually mean? Well, the day after he engaged with fans on 4chan, Lieber posted a blog post highlighting his sales. As he says, “pictures help us learn.” But “piracy” is killing the ability to earn money, right?
Who Is REALLY Benefiting From This Recovery? - MOC #231 (by @LeeCamp)
We’re told the economy is in recovery. But is it really? Recovery for who?
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It is within the nature of mankind for a disproportionately small percentage of men to attempt to exert control over the greater multidinous horde. The primary method of control is achieved through violent oppression.
Violence is required as most people will not willingly submit to control by others, be it few or many. For violence to be perpetrated, weapons are required. Our history as a species can be defined, in large measure, by the vehicles of violence (weapons) employed at the point in history being addressed.
#REALNESS - The #FBI Fosters, Funds and Equips American Terrorists! (by @corbettreport)
TRANSCRIPT AND SOURCES: http://www.corbettreport.com/?p=7276
The Boston Marathon bombing has provoked shock, grief and outrage from around the world. After decades of conditioning, the public automatically equates such terrorism with Muslim radicals. But the evidence shows that every major terror plot on American soil in the past 10 years has been fostered, funded and equipped by one organization: the FBI.