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I Stand With Bernie Sanders --- It Bothers Me Too - EVERYDAY!

from a friend at FB

Traitors, All Of Them!


LOL! So the brilliant strategist Ted Cruz sent Mike Lee a tweet. Except ...

Well, somebody is playing eleventy billion dimensional chess


Psst. Your queen and king are on the wrong starting squares. RT @SenTedCruz: .@SenMikeLee #YourMove http://t.co/...
— @TheStalwart


N.S.A. Examines Social Networks of U.S. Citizens (Decision Made In Secret 2010)

Source: New York TImes

N.S.A. Examines Social Networks of U.S. Citizens
New York Times
September 28, 2013 12:10PM (EDT

. . . the decision to revise the limits concerning Americans was made in secret, without review by the nation’s intelligence court or any public debate.

WASHINGTON — Since 2010, the National Security Agency has been exploiting its huge collections of data to create sophisticated graphs of some Americans’ social connections that can identify their associates, their locations at certain times, their traveling companions and other personal information, according to newly disclosed documents and interviews with officials.

This slide from an N.S.A. PowerPoint presentation shows one of the ways the agency uses e-mail and phone data to analyze the relationships of foreign intelligence targets.

The spy agency began allowing the analysis of phone call and e-mail logs in November 2010 to examine Americans’ networks of associations for foreign intelligence purposes after N.S.A. officials lifted restrictions on the practice, according to documents provided by Edward J. Snowden, the former N.S.A. contractor.

The policy shift was intended to help the agency “discover and track” connections between intelligence targets overseas and people in the United States, according to an N.S.A. memorandum from January 2011. The agency was authorized to conduct “large-scale graph analysis on very large sets of communications metadata without having to check foreignness” of every e-mail address, phone number or other identifier, the document said. Because of concerns about infringing on the privacy of American citizens, the computer analysis of such data had previously been permitted only for foreigners.

The agency can augment the communications data with material from public, commercial and other sources, including bank codes, insurance information, Facebook profiles, passenger manifests, voter registration rolls and GPS location information, as well as property records and unspecified tax data, according to the documents. They do not indicate any restrictions on the use of such “enrichment” data, and several former senior Obama administration officials said the agency drew on it for both Americans and foreigners.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/29/us/nsa-examines-social-networks-of-us-citizens.html?src=twrhp&_r=0


note that the NYT says that analysts could trace Americans " as long as they cited a foreign intelligence justification.". Cited, not 'demonstrated' or 'proved'

N.S.A. analysts were told that they could trace the contacts of Americans as long as they cited a foreign intelligence justification. That could include anything from ties to terrorism, weapons proliferation or international drug smuggling to spying on conversations of foreign politicians, business figures or activists.


Maher: California’s economy is booming because ‘we’re tea party-free!’

“Here in California, we’re not just gluten-free and soy-free and peanut-free,” he said, “we’re tea party-free! Yes, we can live in reality.”

Friday night on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” host Bill Maher pointed out that unlike most of the country, California’s economy is surging ahead, thanks to the efforts of the state Democratic Party and veteran Gov. Jerry Brown (D). California is going to drag the rest of the country kicking and screaming into the present, he said, if it can.

“New rule,” Maher said, “Conservatives who love to brag about American exceptionalism must come here to California and see it in person. And then they should be afraid. Because while right-wingers are taking over places like North Carolina and Texas and even Wisconsin, California is creating the kind of modern, liberal nation the country as a whole can only dream about.”

“And not only can’t the rest of the country stop us, we’re going to drag you with us,” he said.

In 2010, he said, when many other states were electing tea party Republicans to office, California elected a Democratic governor. Without a Republican governor or state legislator “cock blocking” efforts at reform, the state was able to raise taxes and reorganize spending and turn its massive deficit into a budget surplus.


GRIFFIN: 7th Century BC Ceremonial Drinking Vessel Returned To Iran As Token Of Goodwill

President Rohani exchanged views with US officials on return of the seized ancient vessel, known in art circles as a rhyton, to Iran on the sideline of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

The US officials presented the ceremonial drinking vessel belonging to the 7th century BC to Iran as a token of goodwill.

The ancient vessel had been in New York since 2003, when an art dealer smuggled it into the country from Iran.

Griffin is a legendary creature with the body, tail, and back legs of a lion; the head and wings of an eagle; and an eagles talons as its front feet. As the lion was traditionally considered the king of the beasts and the eagle was the king of the birds, the griffin was thought to be an especially powerful and majestic creature.


Luckovich - Absolutely Perfect Toon: "Support Our Republicans"

This just in: Obama: Health law can’t be stopped by govt. shutdown

This just in:

Obama: Health law can’t be stopped by govt. shutdown

President Obama said Friday that major parts of Obamacare will go into effect next week no matter what happens with the debate in Congress over stopgap spending, saying that should undercut Republicans’ fight.

Mr. Obama, speaking at the White House, said the health exchanges will begin running on Tuesday, making health plans available to 40 million Americans, and said there is nothing in the current spending fight that can stop that.

That’s a done deal,” he said.


The Ultimate Fast Food Cup-How do we not have this in the United States?

Look at what we are missing:

The Ultimate Fast Food Cup
by Barry Ritholtz - September 27th, 2013, 6:30am

Spotted in Cambodia — one handed food & beverage cup — perfect for those cocktail parties where you need a free greeting hand!

How do we not have this in the United States ?


Dianne Feinstein Accidentally Confirms That NSA Tapped The Internet Backbone

Dianne Feinstein Accidentally Confirms That NSA Tapped The Internet Backbone

It's widely known that the NSA has taps connected to the various telco networks, thanks in large part to AT&T employee Mark Klein who blew the whistle on AT&T's secret NSA room in San Francisco. What was unclear was exactly what kind of access the NSA had. Various groups like the EFF and CDT have both been asking the administration to finally come clean, in the name of transparency, if they're tapping backbone networks to snarf up internet communications like email. So far, the administration has declined to elaborate. Back in August, when the FISA court declassified its ruling about NSA violations, the third footnote, though heavily redacted, did briefly discuss this "upstream" capability:

..............during Thursday's Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, Dianne Feinstein more or less admitted that they get emails via "upstream" collection methods. As you can see in the following clip, Feinstein interrupts a discussion to read a prepared "rebuttal" to a point being made, and in doing so clearly says that the NSA can get emails via upstream collections:

Upstream collection... occurs when NSA obtains internet communications, such as e-mails, from certain US companies that operate the Internet background, i.e., the companies that own and operate the domestic telecommunications lines over which internet traffic flows.

She clearly means "backbone"rather than "background." She's discussing this in an attempt to defend the NSA's "accidental" collection of information it shouldn't have had. But that point is not that important. Instead, the important point is that she's now admitted what most people suspected, but which the administration has totally avoided admitting for many, many years since the revelations made by Mark Klein.

So, despite years of trying to deny that the NSA can collect email and other communications directly from the backbone (rather than from the internet companies themselves), Feinstein appears to have finally let the cat out of the bag, perhaps without realizing it.

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