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Hometown: Washington state, for half my life
Home country: USA
Current location: SW Alabama. for the rest of my life
Member since: Wed Feb 27, 2008, 02:09 PM
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About Me

Long time political activist, working to tint my lil "Mayberry" more blue. Collector of strays of various species and minds.

Journal Archives

You want chills down your spine?

the good kind, I mean....I was just blown away by this: The girl is just 9!

Edward Snowden to start work at Russian website

Former NSA contractor who was granted temporary asylum in June finds job providing support for unnamed site

Edward starts work in November," lawyer Anatoly Kucherena said on Thursday, according to state-run news agency RIA. "He will provide support for a large Russian site," he said, adding that he would not name the site "for security reasons".

Bet Putin is enjoying this....

Time to picket those racist stores.

Rob Brown, star of ‘Treme,’ says he was arrested at Macy’s after buying mom watch

The actor has filed a lawsuit against the retailer, alleging he was ‘paraded’ through the Herald Square location in handcuffs and placed in a holding cell after making a purchase — for no reason other than an employee there was skeptical his credit card was really his. Brown has starred in blockbusters like 'Finding Forrester,' 'Coach Carter,' and had a role in 'The Dark Knight Rises'.

( Mr. Brown is not exactly the "star" of Treme. but does have a continuing role)

Another black Barneys shopper accused of credit card fraud after buying $2,500 purse:

Kayla Phillips, 21, says she was swarmed by four plainclothes cops after using her debit card to buy a $2,500 orange suede Céline bag. Her experience is eerily similar to that of Trayon Christian, 19, who filed a discrimination suit this week accusing Barneys and the NYPD of racial profiling.

19-year-old Trayon Christian, filed a discrimination suit this week accusing Barneys and the NYPD of racially profiling him. Christian, who is black, alleged he was followed into the street by undercover cops and accused of fraud after he used his debit card to buy a $349 Ferragamo belt at Barneys on April 29.
(mentioned in same link as above)

This is jaw dropping: ...US Army investing in smarter ‘spy rocks’

Hi-tech weapons manufacturer Lockheed Martin presented its latest effort in surveillance technology this week – a web of self-organising sensors with the ability to trigger any kind of device from a distance and have it operating autonomously.
The goal of the defense contractor’s much lauded “field and forget” technology is to offer vast coverage at little operation cost, as well as the ability for units to remain in sleep mode and without maintenance for years on end. It relies on the sun for power, Wired reported from the meeting.

The official name given to the technology is SPAN – or Self-Powered Ad-hoc Network – a “covert, perpetually self-powered wireless sensor network” that offers its users “unobtrusive, continuous surveillance” at sizes so small it could fit into a rock.

When remotely triggered, the self-organizing sensors can do anything from starting up a camera to ordering a computer to alert human personnel when a civil structure is in danger or simply disrepair.

check out this bit:

Iran also discovered a spy rock, at the site of a uranium enrichment site, in September 2012.

While troops were patrolling the classified site’s perimeter, they found a monitoring device in a rock.
When they had approached it, the device exploded; it was presumably rigged to self-destruct on approach.

Pics and more at link...very interesting reading.

"I think the best way to look at it is as a pre-crime assessment every time you fly,”

Identity Project consultant Edward Hasbrouck told the Times. “The default will be the highest, most intrusive level of search, and anything less will be conditioned on providing some additional information in some fashion.”

TSA accessing government and private databases to pre-screen everyone
Jetsetters, take note: According to a front page article in Tuesday’s edition of the New York Times, the United State Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is learning much more about airline passengers than just their meal preference.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to many, but Times reporter Susan Stellin revealed this week that the TSA has access to a trove of huge databases — both federally and privately run — which it uses to keep track of information about almost anyone traveling through American airspace.


New York Times version:
Security Check Now Starts Long Before You Fly

The Transportation Security Administration is expanding its screening of passengers before they arrive at the airport by searching a wide array of government and private databases that can include records like car registrations and employment information.

While the agency says that the goal is to streamline the security procedures for millions of passengers who pose no risk, the new measures give the government greater authority to use travelers’ data for domestic airport screenings. Previously that level of scrutiny applied only to individuals entering the United States.


Experian Sold Consumer Data to ID Theft Service

An identity theft service that sold Social Security and drivers license numbers — as well as bank account and credit card data on millions of Americans — purchased much of its data from Experian, one of the three major credit bureaus, according to a lengthy investigation by KrebsOnSecurity.


The link provides information of a series of shell companies which sold the information,
and one of those companies was later BOUGHT by Experian.

Wonder if the same is going on with the other 2 credit reporting agencies????

Global protests today against global fracking.

It ain't just US that is fracking.
Protests ongoing over the world.
Latest updates can be found here:
and on Twitter:

"The Americans used knives to dig the bullets out of the bodies"

I am watching Jeremny Schahill's Dirty Wars,
as he interviews Afghans.
Our military is doing the same thing there as they did in Iraq, and in Vietnam...killing civilians.
He is documenting it.

Dirty Wars is now on DVD.
Highly recommended, but a tough watch.

Heads are rolling at NSA!!!!

Reuters) - The director of the U.S. National Security Agency and his deputy are expected to depart in the coming months, U.S. officials said on Wednesday, in a development that could give President Barack Obama a chance to reshape the eavesdropping agency.

Army General Keith Alexander's eight-year tenure was rocked this year by revelations contained in documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden about the agency's widespread scooping up of telephone, e-mail and social media data.

Alexander has formalized plans to leave by next March or April, while his civilian deputy, John "Chris" Inglis, is due to retire by year's end, according to U.S. officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.

One leading candidate to replace Alexander is Vice Admiral Michael Rogers, currently commander of the U.S. Navy's 10th Fleet and U.S. Fleet Cyber Command, officials told Reuters. The 10th Fleet and Fleet Cyber Command both have their headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, between Washington and Baltimore. The NSA is also headquartered at Fort Meade.


Senate deal: create a deficit-reduction panel..

and fund Gov. thru Jan. 15.
Breaking News just said.

Ok, someone here called this, in a post of this late morning.Maybe you remember which one it was.
Saying it was all theater to bring about austerity.

A deficit reduction panel, eh?

Any guesses what they will come up with?

Hint: it will NOT be serious Defense cuts.
It wil NOT be fraud and waste in Gov. programs.
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