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Time to jack your johnson

Perhaps even a bit more often than usual for some...



The Intercept's love affair with AQAP continues...

They aren't even trying to hide it anymore...Such a flowery and sympathetic profile:


And this shamelessly wonderful 2+2=5 tweet:


Ted Cruz: 'I don't think I've ever seen an Hispanic panhandler'

Presidential candidate and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said on Wednesday that he has never seen a Hispanic person begging for money on the street.

"I don't think I've ever seen an Hispanic panhandler. And the reason is: In our community it would be shameful to be begging on the street," Cruz said, recalling a conversation he once had with a Latino businessman on the topic.

Cruz, who is of Cuban descent, made the point while speaking in Washington at a question-and-answer session with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

He used the example to argue the Republican Party should be able to compete for the Latino vote. Hispanics, Cruz said, share many of the same values that are championed by GOP leaders.



Snowdenista emoprogs take a break from whitewashing Russia to whitewash China instead...

“The perceptions of China don’t meet the reality,” he said. “It doesn’t feel like an oppressive surveillance state. China has been demonized by the West.”

Appelbaum realized he’d praised an authoritarian regime, and added a caveat.

“Sure, they have mobile death vans that harvest people’s organs,” he said, “but they’re not overtly restrictive.”


The complete lack of self-awareness from these mooks boggles the mind...

[eng subs] Interview with "Texas" -- NAF volunteer from US, Donetsk airport area


How to seem smart in meetings without really trying

I've personally done number 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10


Guess who's a BIG fan of TPP?

Why, it's none other than the billionaire CEO/owner of eBay and First Look Media, Pierre Omidyar!!


At least we know one more topic that will *never* see the light of day at the Intercept or Greenwald's TL

(When I first started exposing Greenwald hypocrisy I felt like I was slaying dragons...Now I'm just stepping on ants...)

House Passes Cybersecurity Bill After Companies’ Data Breaches

Source: The New York Times

WASHINGTON — Responding to a series of computer security breaches in government and the private sector, the House passed an expansive measure Wednesday that would push companies to share access to their computer networks and records with federal investigators.

The bill, which came after years of false starts and bitter disappointment for the Obama administration, is similar to a measure approved by the Senate Intelligence Committee and headed for that chamber’s floor this spring. The House measure, already largely embraced by the White House, passed, 307 to 116.

Should the House and Senate come together on final legislation, it would be the federal government’s most aggressive response yet to a spate of computer attacks that helped sink a major motion picture release by Sony Pictures Entertainment, exposed the credit card numbers of tens of thousands of customers of Target stores and compromised the personal records of millions of people who did business with the health insurer Anthem.

“The gravity of the emergency we have in cyberspace is setting in with lawmakers,” said Paul Kurtz, who worked on the issue under in the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations, and is CEO of TruStar, which aides companies in information sharing. “They now understand that companies can no longer fight the bad guys individually.”

The House bill would provide legal liability protections for companies that share cyberthreat information with each other or with the government. But negotiators also added what they see as critical privacy protections.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/23/us/politics/computer-attacks-spur-congress-to-act-on-cybersecurity-bill-years-in-making.html

If 2014 was the year of the "Snowden Effect", then 2015 is the year of the "Korean/Chinese/Russian Effect"

CPJ condemns harassment of journalists in Brazil

São Paulo, April 22, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the harassment of journalists reporting on corruption in the Brazilian state of Paraná and calls on authorities to ensure their safety. A Brazilian journalist has gone into hiding after receiving death threats, while at least four others from a daily news outlet said they have been constantly harassed by police, according to the reporters and their employers.

"It is disturbing that Brazilian journalists reporting on essential issues like police corruption continue to face death threats, harassment, and attempts to force them to reveal their sources," said Carlos Lauría, CPJ's senior program coordinator for the Americas, from New York. "Independent authorities must carry out an exhaustive investigation of these acts of intimidation--including any by local law enforcement--and ensure journalists are able to do their jobs."

James Alberti, a producer for TV station RPCTV in the southern state of Paraná, fled the state after an unidentified man called the station on April 9 and said there were plans to assassinate the journalist and make it look like a robbery, according to news reports and local journalists' and press freedom organizations. The Rede Paranaense de Comunicação (GRPCOM) media group, which owns RPCTV, said it took a series of measures to protect their journalists' safety.

The threat came after RPCTV aired reports on alleged corruption and pedophilia inside the state government's tax office in Londrina, a city approximately 240 miles from the state capital, Curitiba, GRPCOM said in a public statement. Alberti was the producer of the reports. The station aired dozens of reports on the topics, beginning in February and the most recent of which was this week, a GRPCOM official told CPJ. GRPCOM vowed not to stop its reporting, the statement added.


A shame there aren't any other famously intrepid, adversarial journalists in Brazil willing to speak out against this brazen government crackdown against press freedoms... Greenwald is a real fuckin' hero, all right...

Airline world's tiny secret: infatuation with model planes

NEW YORK -- In America, businessmen shake hands. In Japan, they bow. But all over the world airline executives engage in a greeting that is all their own: the exchange of model airplanes.

When airlines start flying to new cities, make deals with other carriers or finance new jets, these high-quality models -- typically one to two feet long -- provide the perfect photo backdrop, can help break the ice or serve as a cherished "thank you."

While a business card might be quickly stuffed away in some desk drawer, models remain prominently displayed on the desk of politicians and industry power brokers. Puerto Rico's governor, Alejandro García-Padilla, has models from JetBlue, Lufthansa, Avianca and local airline Seaborne in his office. Each has established or expanded service to the island since his 2013 inauguration.

European aircraft manufacturer Airbus took in 1,456 passenger plane orders from 67 airlines around the world last year. It also placed 30,000 of its own orders -- for model Airbus jets.

Multimillion dollar plane purchases are decided on the fuel efficiency of a jet, its maintenance costs, how much cargo it holds and how far it can fly. However, desktop models help start the conversation, says Chris Jones, vice president of North American sales for Airbus.

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