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Douglas Carpenter

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Gender: Male
Hometown: Corry (Erie County), Pennsylvania 16407
Home country: USA
Current location: Saipan, U.S. Commonweath of the Northern Mariana Islands
Member since: Wed Jun 1, 2005, 08:56 PM
Number of posts: 19,181

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Suspecting NSA spying, Microsoft to ramp up efforts to encrypt its Internet traffic

Source: Washington Post

Microsoft is moving toward a major new effort to encrypt its Internet traffic after concluding that the National Security Agency may have broken into its global communications systems, said people familiar with the emerging plans.

Suspicions at Microsoft, while building for several months, sharpened in October when it was reported that the NSA was intercepting traffic inside the private networks of Google and Yahoo, two industry rivals with similar global infrastructures, said people with direct knowledge of the company’s deliberations. They said top Microsoft executives are meeting this week to decide what encryption initiatives to deploy and how quickly.

Documents obtained from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden suggest — though do not prove — that the company is right to be concerned. Two previously unreleased slides that describe operations against Google and Yahoo include references to Microsoft’s Hotmail and Windows Live Messenger services. A separate NSA e-mail mentions Microsoft Passport, a Web-based service formerly offered by Microsoft, as a possible target of that same surveillance project, called MUSCULAR, which was first disclosed by The Post last month.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/microsoft-suspecting-nsa-spying-to-ramp-up-efforts-to-encrypt-its-internet-traffic/2013/11/26/44236b48-56a9-11e3-8304-caf30787c0a9_story.html
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Tue Nov 26, 2013, 10:57 PM (6 replies)

Pope Francis denounces ‘trickle-down’ economic theories in critique of inequality

Source: Washington Post


Pope Francis: Acts of humility: The new prelate is rewriting the rules in his first year at the Vatican. Here are a few of Francis’s symbolic moves and statements.


By Zachary A. Goldfarb and Michelle Boorstein, E-mail the writers

Pope Francis on Tuesday sharply criticized growing economic inequality and unfettered markets in a lengthy paper outlining a populist philosophy that he says will guide his papacy as he pushes the Catholic Church to reach out more, particularly to the disenfranchised.

Using sharply worded phrases, Francis decried an “idolatry of money” and warned it would lead to “a new tyranny.” And he invoked language with particular resonance in the United States, attacking an economic theory that discourages taxation and regulation and which most affiliate with conservatives.

It’s the “boldness and explicitness” of the pope’s new writing that makes it so newsworthy, said Michael Sean Winters, a fellow at Catholic University’s Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies.

Yet while previous popes discussed the disenfranchised, they didn’t single out the issue the way Francis has. He has not only done so with his words, but in his actions, such as paying his own hotel bill in person or affectionately embracing a man disfigured by disease.

Experts see Francis as trying to reframe economic justice not just a matter of duty but as a way of connecting better to God.

READ THE DOCUMENT/

http://www.scribd.com/doc/187329248/Pope-Francis-s-Nov-24-2013-Evangelii-Gaudium

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/pope-francis-denounces-trickle-down-economic-theories-in-critique-of-inequality/2013/11/26/e17ffe4e-56b6-11e3-8304-caf30787c0a9_story.html
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Tue Nov 26, 2013, 02:33 PM (22 replies)

I personally believe Oswald acted alone. But a lot of mainsteam and very sensible people don't see

it that way. . There is no other conspiracy theory that has a solid majority of Americans believing it along with several senior government officials of that era including Robert Kennedy and probably LBJ who did in fact believe there was a conspiracy. I personally think they were wrong. But this conspiracy theory is not even remotely comparable to 9/11 truthers or UFO's or Area 51 or people who think the moon landing was filmed in a studio. The fact those of us who do accept the Warren Commission conclusion are in the minority and those who believe there was a conspiracy are in the overwhelming majority. Even among academics, government officials and journalist belief in a conspiracy surrounding the JFK assassination is completely mainstream.
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Mon Nov 25, 2013, 09:49 PM (9 replies)

Saudi Arabia Cautiously Welcomes Iran Nuclear Deal

Source: VOA


FILE - Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah


VOA News

November 25, 2013


Saudi Arabia has joined other Gulf Arab states in cautiously welcoming a nuclear deal reached by their regional rival Iran and a group of world powers.

In a statement issued Monday, the Saudi government said the agreement "could be" a first step toward a comprehensive solution to the Iranian nuclear dispute, "provided there is goodwill."

Under the deal signed in Geneva on Sunday, Iran agreed to limit or freeze parts of its nuclear program for six months in return for the six world powers easing some sanctions on the Iranian economy.

Monday's Saudi statement said the Geneva agreement should be followed by a comprehensive solution that "leads to the removal of weapons of mass destruction, especially nuclear, from the Middle East." Riyadh also called for unspecified further steps to "guarantee a right of all states in the region to use nuclear power peacefully."

Four other Gulf states also issued statements expressing hope that the Iran nuclear deal will safeguard regional peace and stability. Those nations include Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.
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Read more: http://www.voanews.com/content/saudi-arabia-cautiously-welcomes-irans-nuclear-deal/1797132.html
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Mon Nov 25, 2013, 11:45 AM (6 replies)

Qatar, Kuwait Praise Iran Nuclear Deal

Source: VOA


VOA News

November 25, 2013


Qatar and Kuwait have joined the nations praising the nuclear agreement struck between Iran and a group of world powers, while Israel continues to criticize the deal.

Qatar's foreign ministry welcomed the deal in a statement released late Sunday, characterizing it as a step toward ensuring peace and security in the region. Qatar also called for making the Middle East a "nuclear-weapon-free zone."

Kuwait also welcomed the agreement, with Foreign Undersecretary Khaled Al-Jarallah telling the state-run KUNA news agency that he hoped it would lead to a permanent deal to defuse tension and ensure regional security.

Two other Gulf states have given cautious welcome to the Geneva agreement, as the United Arab Emirates expressed hope that it will lead to a permanent deal that preserves stability in the region and protects it from nuclear proliferation and Bahrain said it hopes there will be an end to "fear" in the region

Read more: http://www.voanews.com/content/qatar-kuwait-praise-iran-nuclear-deal/1796916.html
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Mon Nov 25, 2013, 05:19 AM (0 replies)

Arab States Show Cautious Optimism on Nuclear Deal - Saudis Voice Fears That Iran Will Press Influen

Source: Wall Street Journal


By Ellen Knickmeyer


Updated Nov. 24, 2013 4:48 p.m. ET

RIYADH—Saudi Arabia maintained a pointed silence Sunday on the new nuclear pact between world powers and Saudi Arabia's top rival, Iran, while other Gulf and Arab states gave a cautious welcome to a deal hoped to ease tensions in a region bloodied by proxy battles between Shiite Iran and Sunni Arab states.

Saudi political commentators voiced persistent fears that Iran would now see itself as freed to advance on other, non-nuclear fronts against its Middle East rivals.

By early Monday in the Middle East, most of the region's Muslim powers—Turkey, Egypt, and at least four of the six wealthy Arab Gulf countries—had issued statements expressing support for the deal. The United Arab Emirates., a commerce-minded nation that traditionally has thrived on doing business with both Iran and Arab states, welcomed the deal as one it hoped would protect the region "from the tension and danger of nuclear proliferation," the emirates' council of ministers said.


In a kingdom where diplomats often joke they are reduced to studying state news agency photos like Kremlinologists studying Soviet May Day parades, a gathering in Riyadh of the rulers of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar on Saturday was variously interpreted by Gulf newspapers and social media as a sign of Arab Gulf states showing unity on the eve of the Iran nuclear accord—or Kuwait trying to mediate a spat between Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Arab Gulf states hope a solid deal barring Iran from developing a nuclear-weapons program "will take away competition…for an arms race" in the region, said Jamal Khashoggi, a veteran political commentator and journalist in Saudi Arabia.


Read more: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304791704579217144286380058
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Sun Nov 24, 2013, 06:54 PM (1 replies)

"Dear Amy, My 17-year-old son won't listen to reason and stop being gay"

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Fri Nov 22, 2013, 07:29 AM (11 replies)

Did you see Elizabeth Warren on Rachel Maddow campaigning to increase Social Security benefits?

video:

http://elizabethwarren.com/maddowsocialsecurity?source=20131121em
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Thu Nov 21, 2013, 12:27 PM (1 replies)

Over all - was life better 50 years go today - or was it worse?

Sorry, I have to admit that I was inspired by another thread posted by Brigid:

Does anyone else ever wonder what the history books will say about this era 50 years from now?

If this country is still around, and if there are any history books and people able to read them, that is?


http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024066794




So I had to ask myself, "what would we say about the era of 50 years ago?"


50 years ago was 1963 - The President was going to be shot - the Beatles had not yet appeared on Ed Sullivan - The Vietnam War was starting to escalate with almost no opposition in the United States, The whole "hippie, 60's thing had not really started yet. 30% of the labor force was unionized and factories were expanding, nobody had yet started talking about gay liberation and it was relatively liberal to consider homosexuality a sickness rather than a crime, help wanted sections were carefully divided between "help wanted men" and "help wanted women" - almost no one in America questioned the righteousness of the cold war, the civil rights movement was taking a hold but lot of people didn't believe in it and segregation was a still very much alive, most Americans went to church and believed in God,- any small town in America would have at least one train station and a bus station where you could catch a train or a bus to anywhere in North America - Every small town in America had its own lively downtown with locally owned stores, shops and diners, lots of people had their milk and even their bread delivered. there was always a neighborhood grocery store and the owner of that little store earned a middle class living and was a respected member of the community like the minister, the doctor or the school principle, the family farm and the locally owned factory was still very much alive

Was it the good old days? or Was it the dark ages?
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Wed Nov 20, 2013, 09:57 PM (70 replies)

How big of difference do you think there is between the two major parties?

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Wed Nov 20, 2013, 03:51 PM (15 replies)
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