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  • Our Smart Meter Battle Has Started

    07/07/2012 1:12:52 PM PDT · by Windflier · 84 replies
    Email | 6 July 2012 | Unknown Patriot
    Subject: Our Smart Meter battle has started in the Dallas, TX area... Hello, Last week, we received a Smart Meter installation notification letter from Oncor, and today I refused to allow an Oncor contractor access to our meter. I made many copies of the below letter and hand walked them to all my neighbors. If you have Smart Meter information available that will assist us with this battle, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank You, Rachel http://www.unitedamericanos.com/ Copy of letter below: Hello neighbor, On June 29th, 2012, we received a Smart Meter installation letter from Oncor at our home. We...
  • Warning: your Internet may not work on Monday (how to detect and fix malware infection)

    07/07/2012 6:55:17 AM PDT · by Innovative · 60 replies
    An estimated 300,000 computers, most of them in the United States, Italy and India, could be infected and lose their Internet service, Queen's University associate professor Thomas Dean said Friday. Dean said Canadians can go to www.dcwg.org to check if their computers are infected and take appropriate measures. If computers have been infected due to the scam, they haven't been able to perform anti-virus software or system updates, leaving them vulnerable to other malware, said Dean, who teaches in Queen's University's department of electrical and computer engineering.
  • Woman's speed trap warning lands her in jail (video at link)

    http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/local&id=8715510 HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A woman tried to save drivers from getting ticketed by police and instead ended up in jail herself. Now she claims she was wrongfully arrested. It all happened as officers were clocking speeders and pulling them over last week near downtown. Natalie Plummer now fears police retribution. She says she was just trying to get people to stop driving so fast, and that instead of being seen as helpful, she was arrested for it. Plummer admits she probably will never hold up a similar sign again out near any road. "I was completely abiding by the...
  • New Hampshire Passes First State-Wide Fluoride Warning Law

    06/21/2012 11:59:33 AM PDT · by opentalk · 16 replies
    PR NewswIre ^ | June 20, 2012 | PRnewswire
    NEW YORK, June 20, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Beginning August 4, 2012, New Hampshire will require notification that 6-month-olds should not be routinely fed infant formula mixed with fluoridated water to avoid discoloring babies' unerupted teeth (fluorosis), reports the Fluoride Action Network (FAN). Passed by the House, 253-23, unanimously by the Senate, and signed by the Governor, HB-1416 reads: "If a public water supply is fluoridated, the following notice shall be posted in the water system's consumer confidence report: 'Your public water supply is fluoridated. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if your child under the...
  • The Future Of Military Surveillance

    06/19/2012 3:21:55 PM PDT · by AnAmericanAbroad · 9 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | June 19th, 2012 | Staff
    The kinds of drones making the headlines daily are the heavily armed CIA and U.S. Army vehicles which routinely strike targets in Pakistan - killing terrorists and innocents alike. But the real high-tech story of surveillance drones is going on at a much smaller level, as tiny remote controlled vehicles based on insects are already likely being deployed. Over recent years a range of miniature drones, or micro air vehicles (MAVs), based on the same physics used by flying insects, have been presented to the public.
  • Google: Obama Administration Increases Requests for Content Removal

    06/18/2012 9:36:59 AM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 6/18/12 | Thomson/Reuters
    U.S. authorities are leading the charge as governments around the world pepper Google (GOOG) with more demands to remove online content and turn over information about people using its Internet search engine, YouTube video site and other services. Google provided a glimpse at the onslaught of government requests in a summary posted on its website late Sunday. The breakdown covers the final six months of last year. It's the fifth time that Google has released a six-month snapshot of government requests since the company engaged in a high-profile battle over online censorship with China's communist leadership in 2010. The country-by-country...
  • Britain unveils electronic mass surveillance plan

    06/15/2012 9:10:44 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 42 replies
    Earthlink ^ | June 14, 2012 | AP
    <p>British authorities on Thursday unveiled an ambitious plan to log details about every Web visit, email, phone call or text message in the U.K. — and in a sharply-worded editorial the nation's top law enforcement official accused those worried about the surveillance program of being either criminals or conspiracy theorists.</p>
  • Revealed: Obama campaign launches 'unprecedented' data mining operation (leaving Romney struggling)

    06/11/2012 3:10:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 106 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | June 10, 2012 | Staff
    Four years ago Barack Obama’s presidential campaign set an impressive new standard for using social media and technology to harness votes. But this time round Obama’s campaign have raised the bar even higher and, according to experts, this advantage could make all the difference to securing a second term in office. According to a report by Politico today, Obama’s campaign know ‘what you read and where you shop, what kind of work you do and who you count as friends. They also know who your mother voted for in the last election.’ Carried out by 150 techies this extensive data...
  • Beware the spy in the sky.. snoopers, Google and Apple ..film you sunbathing in your back garden

    06/10/2012 8:33:18 PM PDT · by george76 · 63 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10 June 2012 | Vanessa Allen
    Software giants will use military-grade cameras to take powerful satellite images Spy planes able to photograph sunbathers in their back gardens are being deployed by Google and Apple. The U.S. technology giants are racing to produce aerial maps so detailed they can show up objects just four inches wide. But campaigners say the technology is a sinister development that brings the surveillance society a step closer. Google admits it has already sent planes over cities while Apple has acquired a firm using spy-in-the-sky technology that has been tested on at least 20 locations, including London. Apple’s military-grade cameras are understood...
  • New surveillance cameras will use computer eyes to find 'pre crimes' by detecting suspicious

    06/07/2012 8:28:58 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 42 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 6/5/12 | Rob Waugh
    New surveillance cameras will use computer eyes to find 'pre crimes' by detecting suspicious behaviour and calling for guards ...FULL TITLE In its latest project BRS Labs is to install its devices on the transport system in San Francisco, which includes buses, trams and subways. snip The company says will put them in 12 stations with up to 22 cameras in each, bringing the total number to 288. The cameras will be able to track up to 150 people at a time in real time and will gradually build up a ‘memory’ of suspicious behaviour to work out what...
  • China firm buys AMC [theaters] to form world's largest cinema chain

    05/21/2012 3:04:15 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 58 replies
    CNN.com ^ | 21 May 2012 | Kevin Voigt
    China's Dalian Wanda Group and AMC Entertainment announced Monday a $2.6 billion deal to take over the U.S. theater group, forming the world's largest cinema chain, according to a new release on the deal. The move is the latest in a raft of deals between U.S. entertainment companies and Chinese firms, linking the world's largest theater market with the world's fastest growing. "This acquisition will help make Wanda a truly global cinema owner, with theatres and technology that enhance the movie-going experience for audiences in the world's two largest movie markets," said Wang Jianlin, chairman and president of Wanda.
  • Surveillance Drone Spotted Near Chicago - For NATO Summit?

    05/16/2012 8:50:33 PM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 60 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 13th 2012 | MisterBees
    This was filmed in Elgin, Illinois about 40 miles from Chicago. I assume it's for the NATO summit this week as a security measure.
  • Julia's Circle of Life (The Obama Campaign's Real Life of Julia in BHO's Dystopian Welfare State)

    05/12/2012 8:19:55 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 4 replies
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  • Report: Principal Created ‘Suzy’ Facebook Page To Snoop On Students

    05/07/2012 9:14:36 PM PDT · by Huntress · 18 replies
    KMOX St. Louis ^ | 5/7/12 | Unattributed
    CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) – The principal at Clayton High School has resigned after stories surfaced claiming that she created a bogus Facebook account to spy on students. The official reason given for Dr. Louise Losos’ resignation was a “fundamental dispute concerning the appropriate use of social media”. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Clayton students began getting friend requests from someone calling themselves “Suzy Harriston,” and many approved her without a second thought. But then one former student became suspicious and posted online his belief that “Suzy” was, in fact, Principal Losos. “Suzy’s” Facebook page disappeared overnight. Losos has been...
  • Republican (Michael Burgess R-Texas) to revive lightbulb war

    05/07/2012 4:09:16 PM PDT · by Libloather · 46 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/07/12 | Andrew Restuccia
    Republican to revive lightbulb warBy Andrew Restuccia - 05/07/12 04:43 PM ET A House Republican is planning in the coming weeks to revive the GOP offensive against federal lightbulb efficiency standards. Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) will offer an amendment to Energy Department spending legislation that would block funding for implementation of the standards, the lawmaker's office told The Hill. The standards have come under fire from conservatives in recent years. Republicans won the inclusion of a similar provision in an omnibus spending compromise that House and Senate lawmakers agreed to in December. The provision blocked funding for implementation of the...
  • CISPA Passed By U.S. House - Legitimate Internet protection or threat to civil liberties?

    05/04/2012 5:44:29 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/2/2012 | Bruce Walker
    A controversial cyber security bill that has been compared to another government Internet oversight measure that was thwarted, passed the U.S. House of Representatives. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act has been compared to the Stop Online Piracy Act that was pulled from House deliberations after several major Web sites, including Wikipedia and Reddit, temporarily shut down their sites in protest of the bill. Chief among the stated concerns of both bills is the privacy of customers whose personal information would be shared with the government by companies with which they conduct business. The intention of SOPA was to...
  • SEC. 31406. VEHICLE EVENT DATA RECORDERS, Senate Bill 1813 (Big Brother Watches Bill Passes Senate)

    05/02/2012 11:16:14 AM PDT · by xzins · 59 replies
    GovTrack ^ | Mar 14, 2012 | US Senate
    SEC. 31406. VEHICLE EVENT DATA RECORDERS. (a) Mandatory Event Data Recorders- (1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall revise part 563 of title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, to require, beginning with model year 2015, that new passenger motor vehicles sold in the United States be equipped with an event data recorder that meets the requirements under that part. (2) PENALTY- The violation of any provision under part 563 of title 49, Code of Federal Regulations-- (A) shall be deemed to be a violation of section 30112 of...
  • Black box legislation a threat to personal freedoms

    04/24/2012 8:02:17 AM PDT · by cap10mike · 12 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | Alan Bergstein
    I fear for the loss of our freedoms and liberties under the Obama administration. We expect our government to be run by people we elect. If they don't perform well, we have the opportunity to throw them out. But with the proliferation of "czars" appointed by the president, we are out of the loop when it comes to controlling our own destinies. They are in charge of such areas as borders, Medicare, manufacturing, electronic health records, faith-based initiatives, workplace issues and so on. The list now contains about 35 czars, whose names, backgrounds and goals we know nothing about. Van...
  • New Law To Require 'Black Boxes' In All Cars

    04/21/2012 8:21:41 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 79 replies
    New Law To Require 'Black Boxes' In All Cars New Law Mandates Black Boxes In All Cars By 2015 By Bailey Johnson A recently passed bill will require all cars to come equipped with "black boxes" that record vehicle data. These Event Data Recorders (EDR), similar to their airplane counterparts, will record data such as speed, brake force and electrical systems monitoring. The days of a car crash being one driver's word against another look to be history. Senate Bill 1813 (known as Map-21) mandates that automakers install EDRs in all new vehicles starting in 2015.
  • Data Recording Black Boxes Likely in All Cars by 2015: Senate Passes Bill

    04/20/2012 10:59:29 AM PDT · by unique1 · 53 replies
    autoguide.com ^ | April 20, 2012 | Luke Vandezande
    Black boxes in cars? We’ve reported on it before, but a bill requiring such devices has recently passed the U.S. Senate and is expected to fare the same in the House. If it goes all the way, cars built after 2015 will all have tattlers to give specific information on a car’s activity. If implemented, the devices are meant to be used by emergency responders during an accident, but the applications are far from limited to those incidents. Some are worried that installing such devices offer unprecedented invasions of privacy, bordering on big brother level surveillance of everyday citizens. Going...
  • Web freedom faces greatest threat ever, warns Google's Sergey Brin

    04/15/2012 9:21:37 PM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 21 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Sunday 15 April 2012 13.07 EDT | Ian Katz
    The principles of openness and universal access that underpinned the creation of the internet three decades ago are under greater threat than ever, according to Google co-founder Sergey Brin. In an interview with the Guardian, Brin warned there were "very powerful forces that have lined up against the open internet on all sides and around the world". "I am more worried than I have been in the past," he said. "It's scary." The threat to the freedom of the internet comes, he claims, from a combination of governments increasingly trying to control access and communication by their citizens, the entertainment...
  • In defence of Big Brother: I want more snooping, not less (U.K.)

    04/05/2012 11:54:35 AM PDT · by Stoat · 14 replies
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | April 5, 2012 | Dan Hodges
     I want to live in a surveillance state. Big Brother, come cast your watchful eye over me and mine. I love you, bro. Seriously, when I saw the outcry over Government plans to gain access to telephone, email and internet, my initial reaction was: “You mean they can’t do that already?” I assumed, somewhat stupidly, that everything we said, typed or viewed was routinely monitored, and then filtered by some giant, super-secret computer tucked away in a heavily guarded subterranean basement of GCHQ: “Hodges has just said he wants to shoot another Liverpool player, sir.” “Oh, he’s always saying that, Jones....
  • Tech firms' data gathering worries most Californians, poll finds

    04/01/2012 9:59:01 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 4/1/12 | David Sarno
    California's high-tech firms make the world's most popular smartphones, social networks and search engines, but there's one asset they're struggling to build: trust. The vast majority of Californians surveyed in a statewide poll are worried about the data collected by Internet and smartphone companies, and most said they distrust even firms known for their ardent fans and tens of millions of daily users. Many of those surveyed in the latest USC Dornsife/Times poll also said they were wary of firms collecting personal information without their knowledge and concerned that personal data could become public or be harvested to sell them...
  • Could governments recognize ANYONE instantly via CCTV? Camera can scan 36 Mil faces per second.

    03/25/2012 8:55:03 AM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 11 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | 11:41 EST, 23 March 2012 | Rob Waugh
    Big Brother just got scarier: Japanese CCTV camera can scan 36 million faces per second - and recognise anyone who has walked into its gaze - Biometric camera stores details of everyone who walks past it - Stores 'library' of face info - Can scan through 36 million faces per second searching for people- Will be on sale to governments within next year A new camera technology from Hitachi Hokusai Electric can scan days of camera footage instantly, and find any face which has EVER walked past it. Its makers boast that it can scan 36 million faces per second....
  • New surveillance system can compare your face against 36 million others in a single second

    03/25/2012 8:29:29 AM PDT · by shove_it · 14 replies
    TheVerge ^ | 23 Mar 2012 | Bryan Bishop
    Using facial recognition to process surveillance footage isn't a new concept — Scotland Yard began using the technique in the wake of last year's London riots — but a new system developed by Hitachi Kokusai Electric could make the process quicker and more flexible than ever before. Shown off at this year's Security Show expo in Japan, the system processes footage from both still images and live footage, recognizing faces in real-time, and can search through up to 36 million different faces for a comparison in one second. Recognized faces are displayed as thumbnails and grouped with matching footage,...
  • Facebook warns employers not to demand passwords

    03/23/2012 10:22:24 AM PDT · by GOPsterinMA · 81 replies
    Boston.com ^ | March 23, 2012 | AP
    NEW YORK—Facebook is warning employers not to demand the passwords of job applicants, saying that it's an invasion of privacy that opens companies to legal liabilities. The social networking company is also threatening legal action.
  • Mitt Romney's Bain Capital Tied to China Surveillance Camera Push

    03/16/2012 6:24:13 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 18 replies · 1+ views
    MSNBC ASIA/NYTIMES ^ | 16 March 2012 | ANDREW JACOBS and PENN BULLOCK
    BEIJING — As the Chinese government forges ahead on a multibillion-dollar effort to blanket the country with surveillance cameras, one American company stands to profit: Bain Capital, the private equity firm founded by Mitt Romney. In December, a Bain-run fund in which a Romney family blind trust has holdings purchased the video surveillance division of a Chinese company that claims to be the largest supplier to the government’s Safe Cities program, a highly advanced monitoring system that allows the authorities to watch over university campuses, hospitals, mosques and movie theaters from centralized command posts.The Bain-owned company, Uniview Technologies, (浙江宇视科技有限公司) produces...
  • Darpa director leaving the Pentagon for Google

    03/14/2012 5:43:05 AM PDT · by opentalk · 10 replies
    Russia Today ^ | March 12, 2012 | RT
    One of the most top-secret Pentagon departments —the same that spawned America’s drones, military robots, electromagnetic guns and other sci-fi weaponry —is about to lose its top officer to Google. Regina Dugan oversaw the development of some of the US military’s most marvelous high tech accomplishments as director of Darpa, but the head of the DoD’s research lab is parting ways with the Pentagon to take on a role with Google. Not even three years after she took on the role as the first female director of the America’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or Darpa, Regina Dugan is now...
  • Look who's suspended in food-police outrage

    03/06/2012 8:51:42 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    WND ^ | March 6, 2012 | Joe Kovacs
    A North Carolina teacher has now been suspended indefinitely for her involvement in a food-police incident in which a preschooler’s lunch was “supplemented” with chicken nuggets, sparking national outrage last month. The Carolina Journal reports parents of students in the pre-kindergarten program at West Hoke Elementary School in Raeford, N.C., received a letter from an assistant superintendent last week saying a substitute teacher would take over the preschool class until the “issue” is resolved. Ads by Google Online Police TrainingEarn Your Degree Online and Start a Career in Police/Law Enforcement. HerzingOnline.edu/Criminal-Justice Teacher Online DegreeTeacher Degrees 100% Online. You May Qualify...
  • Negative campaigns a necessary evil

    02/27/2012 6:38:39 AM PST · by SmileRight · 9 replies
    BIZPACReview.com ^ | 2/27/2012 | John R. Smith
    We hear all this “ain’t it awful” talk about how people hate negative campaign ads. They ought to be banned, some people say. I disagree, so together let’s explore why. First thing to know is that while negative campaigning carries risk, it usually works. It turns underdogs into winners. But it must be done right or it will backfire. There are two types of negative campaign media. First are the nasty attack ads using emotional content not factually based, or crammed with half-truths. The other type uses accurate negative content that is based on facts. As a voter, you are...
  • Analyst Desktop Binder REDACTED. The Manual Used by Big Brother to Monitor FR.

    02/25/2012 2:01:56 PM PST · by JerseyHighlander · 21 replies
    Click on the Source for a downloadable PDF file. Analyst’s Desktop Binder Department of Homeland Security National Operations Center Media Monitoring Capability Desktop Reference Binder 2011 Contents 1 Media Monitoring Capability Mission & Reporting Parameters: ......................................................... 4 2 Items of Interest (IOI): Personally Identifiable Information (PII) Guidance:............................................................................ 24
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  • Media Matters Received $50,000 Grant to 'Monitor' Religious Media?

    02/18/2012 5:46:31 PM PST · by daniel1212
    Christian Post ^ | February 17, 2012 | Eryn Sun
    A liberal media watchdog group was purportedly given a grant to expand their monitoring and fact checking of religious broadcasts. According to a weeklong "inside" series by The Daily Caller, Media Matters for America once received a $50,000 grant to "monitor and attack" religious news outlets like the Christian Broadcasting Network and Focus on the Family, though the exact details remained unclear. Tax returns allegedly revealed that the ARCA Foundation, a grant making organization focused on advancing social equity, justice and democracy in the U.S. and abroad, allotted the money in 2006 when Congresswoman Donna Edwards of Maryland's 4th District,...
  • Court Reverses Red-Light Camera Conviction (California)

    02/18/2012 12:32:14 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 13 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | Feb. 17, 2012 | San Diego Union-Tribune
    Court Reverses Red-Light Camera Conviction A court ruling that reversed a red-light camera conviction for a Los Angeles woman could have implications for drivers throughout California, including San Diego County, a local attorney said. Last month, the state’s 2nd District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles agreed with the woman’s argument that a Beverly Hills police officer who testified at her traffic court trial was unqualified to do so because he was not the one who monitored and calibrated the red-light camera that cited her. Instead, Annette Borzakian — an attorney who represented herself in the case — argued that...
  • State Inspectors Searching Children’s Lunch Boxes: “This Isn’t China, Is It?”

    02/15/2012 11:11:57 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 88 replies
    John W. Pope Civitas Institute ^ | February 14, 2012 | Matt Willoughby
    A mother in Hoke County complains her daughter was forced to eat a school lunch because a government inspector determined her home-made lunch did not meet nutrition requirements. In fact, all of the students in the NC Pre-K program classroom at West Hoke Elementary School in Raeford had to accept a school lunch in addition to their lunches brought from home. NC Pre-K (before this year known as More at Four) is a state-funded education program designed to “enhance school readiness” for four year-olds. The mother, who doesn’t wish to be identified at this time, says she made her daughter...
  • US Government Looks to Mind Social Media to Predict Future

    02/13/2012 5:05:55 PM PST · by lyby · 5 replies
    FOX-News.com ^ | February 12, 2012 | Associated Press
    The U.S. government is seeking software that can mine social media to predict everything from future terrorist attacks to foreign uprisings, according to requests posted online by federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Hundreds of intelligence analysts already sift overseas Twitter and Facebook posts to track events such as the Arab Spring. But in a formal "request for information" from potential contractors, the FBI recently outlined its desire for a digital tool to scan the entire universe of social media — more data than humans could ever crunch.
  • NY Tax Commissioner Grants Broad Authority to Look at Your Taxes

    02/06/2012 1:35:24 PM PST · by rustyweiss74 · 5 replies
    Mental Recession ^ | 02/06/2012 | Rusty
    The entire New York State Inspector General's Office has now been granted the authority to snoop into the tax returns of not only the state employee workforce, but anyone they deem to be relevant to an investigation. This level of investigative power is unprecedented, and is something even the State Attorney General has not been granted. Let me reiterate... The entire staff of the IG's Office can now look into your taxes in New York State. If you're a state employee, look around your office right now. Now imagine, there are similar levels of riffraff in the IG office that...
  • Florida Police Roll Out Video Survelliance Truck Called the Peace Maker

    01/29/2012 7:58:55 PM PST · by dixiedarlindownsouth · 33 replies · 1+ views
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 01/27/2012 | Ihosvani Rodriguez
    FORT LAUDERDALE— Tania Ouaknine is convinced the police are watching her. She's not paranoid — it says as much on the red sign painted along the side on the hulking armored truck that's been parked in front of her eight-room Parisian Motel for several days. "Warning: You are under video surveillance," reads the bold message on the side of the truck. From the front bumper of the menacing vehicle, another sign taunts: "Whatcha gonna do when we come for you?"
  • SOPA sponsor has another Internet bill that records you 24/7

    01/24/2012 10:53:44 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 37 replies
    Slash Gear ^ | 20 January 2012 | Chris Burns
    Senator Lamar Smith, lead sponsor of the currently dead SOPA bill you’ve heard so much about, has another bill in the works that uses Child Pornography as a screen to push through an amendment that’ll have your internet service provider tracking all of your financial dealings online. Each time you use a credit card, each time you read your bank statement, all of your IP information and your search history will be required by your ISP to be stored for 18 months at all times. This bill is H.R. 1981 and will have more dire consequences than SOPA or PIPA...
  • Left and Right Unite Against Hollywood's Failed SOPA Overreach

    01/19/2012 6:45:49 AM PST · by transducer · 12 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | January 18, 2012 | Larry O'Connor
    The Google logo has been blacked out today. Wikipedia, reddit, Mozilla and Twitpic are all blocking access to content. Even Star Trek icon George Takei has blocked his site. The moves are displays of cyber-protest against the heavy-handed and ill-conceived Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). From a political and public relations standpoint, this has already been a complete and utter failure for Hollywood and their formerly formidable lobbying arm, the Motion Picture Association of America. Former Sen. Chris Dodd became the new CEO of the MPAA after he realized he would never be re-elected in his home state of Connecticut...
  • Schools ‘spy’ on fat kids

    01/15/2012 7:15:19 AM PST · by jakerobins · 23 replies
    Big Brother is joining the battle of the bulge. A group of Long Island students will soon be wearing controversial electronic monitors that allow school officials to track their physical activity around the clock. The athletics chair for the Bay Shore schools ordered 10 Polar Active monitors, at $90 a pop, for use starting this spring. The wristwatchlike devices count heartbeats, detect motion and even track students’ sleeping habits in a bid to combat obesity. The information is displayed on a color-coded screen and gets transmitted to a password-protected Web site that students and educators can access
  • Homeland Security Given Green Light to Monitor American Journalists

    01/14/2012 5:00:08 PM PST · by Fitzy_888 · 66 replies · 1+ views
    The Blaze ^ | January 9, 2012 | Tiffany Gabbay
    Under the National Operations Center (NOC)’s Media Monitoring Initiative that emerged from the Department of Homeland Security in November, Washington has written permission to collect and retain personal information from journalists, news anchors, reporters or anyone who uses “traditional and/or social media in real time to keep their audience situationally aware and informed.” According to DHS, the definition of personal identifiable information can consist of any intellect “that permits the identity of an individual to be directly or indirectly inferred, including any information which is linked or linkable to that individual.” RT adds: "Previously established guidelines within the administration say...
  • Harsh Punishments for Poor Mourning (North Korea - The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves)

    01/13/2012 3:37:19 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 15 replies
    Daily NK ^ | 2012-01-11 | Choi Song Min
    Harsh Punishments for Poor Mourning The North Korean authorities have completed the criticism sessions which began after the mourning period for Kim Jong Il and begun to punish those who transgressed during the highly orchestrated mourning events. Daily NK learned from a source from North Hamkyung Province on January 10th, “The authorities are handing down at least six months in a labor-training camp to anybody who didn’t participate in the organized gatherings during the mourning period, or who did participate but didn’t cry and didn't seem genuine.” Furthermore, the source added that people who are accused of circulating rumors criticizing...
  • Obama czar proposed government should ‘infiltrate’ social network sites, chat rooms, message boards.

    01/13/2012 5:17:49 AM PST · by tutstar · 121 replies
    Klein Online ^ | 1 12 2012 | Aaron Klein
    Just prior to his appointment as President Obama’s so-called regulatory czar, Cass Sunstein wrote a lengthy academic paper suggesting the government should “infiltrate” social network websites, chat rooms and message boards. Such “cognitive infiltration,” Sunstein argued, should be used to enforce a U.S. government ban on “conspiracy theorizing.” Among the beliefs Sunstein classified as a “conspiracy theory” is advocating that the theory of global warming is a deliberate fraud. The find comes as a government document reportedly relates the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s command center routinely monitors dozens of popular websites, including Facebook, Twitter, Hulu, WikiLeaks and news sites...
  • Homeland Security Is Monitoring The Drudge Report, The New York Times

    01/11/2012 5:29:51 PM PST · by Windflier · 93 replies
    Atlantic Wire ^ | 11 January 2012 | Adam Clark Estes
    It's unclear exactly why, but the Department of Homeland has been operating a "Social Networking/Media Capability" program to monitor the top blogs, forums and social networks online for at least the past 18 months. Based on a privacy compliance review from last November recently obtained by Reuters, the purpose of the project is to "collect information used in providing situational awareness and establishing a common operating picture." Whatever that means. Either way, the list of sites reported by Reuters reveals in a Wednesday afternoon exclusive is pretty intriguing...
  • Obama Administration Reportedly Plans to Create Internet ID for All Americans

    01/11/2012 2:58:09 PM PST · by Lucky9teen · 227 replies · 1+ views
    <p>President Obama is putting plans in motion to give the Commerce Department authority to create an Internet ID for all Americans, a White House official told CNET.com.</p> <p>White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt told the website it is "the absolute perfect spot in the U.S. government" to centralize efforts toward creating an "identity ecosystem" for the Internet.</p>
  • 2012 National Agricultural Classification Survey

    01/04/2012 8:46:05 AM PST · by LRS · 6 replies
    vanity;U.S. mail ^ | USDA, vanity
    2012 National Agricultural Classification Survey
  • U.S. Public Schools Are Rapidly Being Turned Into Indoctrination Centers And Prison Camps

    12/30/2011 3:52:01 PM PST · by blam · 28 replies
    28 Signs That U.S. Public Schools Are Rapidly Being Turned Into Indoctrination Centers And Prison CampsDecember 30, 2011 It has been said that children are our future, and right now the vast majority of our children are being "educated" in public schools that are rapidly being turned into indoctrination centers and prison camps. Our children desperately need to focus on the basics such as reading, writing and math, but instead a whole host of politicians, "education officials" and teachers are constantly injecting as much propaganda as they possibly can into classroom instruction. Instead of learning how to think, our children...
  • Obama Stimulus Failed to Create Jobs Allows Government to Snoop into Your Child’s Infomation

    12/29/2011 9:52:18 AM PST · by opentalk · 15 replies
    Gateway Pundit /New York Post ^ | December 29, 2011 | Jim Hoft
    It figures. The Obama-Pelosi stimulus package failed in its objective to create jobs. It added a trillion dollars to the national debt and didn’t even dent the record unemployment rate. But it did allow the government to snoop into personal information about your child. The New York Post reported: ...The department has taken a giant step toward creating a de facto national student database that will track students by their personal information from preschool through career. Although current federal law prohibits this, the department decided to ignore Congress and, in effect, rewrite the law. Student privacy and parental authority will...
  • DHS Creates Accounts Solely to Monitor Social Networks

    12/28/2011 5:30:57 PM PST · by Brandonmark · 33 replies · 2+ views
    ABC News ^ | December 28, 2011 | OLIVIA KATRANDJIAN
    An online privacy group is suing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security accusing it of not releasing records from the agency's covert surveillance of Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites. The DHS creates accounts solely to monitor social media sites and establish a system of records of the information gathered. The agency does not post information, seek to connect with other users, accept invitations to connect or interact with others according to a statement on their website. The agency scans social media sites for a list of words that include "dirty bomb," "hostage," "exercise," "task force," "explosion," "lockdown," "riot,"...