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Monday, December 30, 2013

Microsoft says US government is an 'advanced persistent threat'

Microsoft: US government is an 'advanced persistent threat' | ZDNet: "While the writing is cautiously couched in terms of "some governments" it's crystal clear that Microsoft's "advanced persistent threat" is referring to the ongoing revelations of US government surveillance activities (in leaks by Edward Snowden), and the concerns of Microsoft's American customers."

Monday, December 23, 2013

The Internet, the surveillance state, degrading freedom

Saving the Net from the surveillance state: Glenn Greenwald speaks up (Q&A) | Politics and Law - CNET News: "The Internet is being degraded from what its promise was, which was an instrument of freedom, into probably the most effective means of human control and oppression ever known -- because there never existed a technology before to allow people's every thought and word to be comprehensively chronicled in the way the surveillance state allows.""

Monday, December 16, 2013

Edward Snowden, Sarah Harrison, On the run from America

Interview with Snowden-companion Sarah Harrison: On the run from America - Politics | STERN.DE: "In the star -interview the courageous 31-year-old British woman tells of dramatic escape from the days in transit from the loss of her homeland and of fear and courage. Since 2010, Harrison worked for Wikileaks. The founder and close friend of Harrison, Julian Assange, is still sitting in exile in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Sarah Harrison is now the link between the two most famous digital dissidents in the world. "Actually, I may as well walk around with a target on my head," she say... "I have no regrets And I love a good fight."..."

Monday, December 9, 2013

Friday, December 6, 2013

Oldest big cat yet found, roamed Himalayas 6 million years ago

Leopard-like creature is the oldest big cat yet found : Nature News & Comment: "Big cats similar to today’s snow leopard have prowled the Himalayas for the last 6 million years, an analysis of newly described fossils reveals1. The remains of Panthera blytheae extend the known lineage of pantherine cats by at least 2 million years and bolster the notion that this group of carnivores originated in Asia...."

Wow--prehistoric felines!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

China trying to silence Dalai Lama in Tibet

China vows to silence Dalai Lama in Tibet - FRANCE 24: "China's ruling Communist Party aims to silence the voice of the Dalai Lama in his Tibetan homeland by tightening controls on media and the Internet, a top official said on Saturday. The party's top-ranking official in the Tibet region Chen Quanguo vowed to "ensure that the voices of hostile forces and the Dalai group are not seen or heard," in an editorial published in a party journal called Qiushi. . .." (read more at link above)

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Winslow Peck, the Original NSA Whistleblower

After 30 Years of Silence, the Original NSA Whistleblower Looks Back: "And there, in 1972, was a rogue analyst, some kid in his 20s, describing the NSA's business down to the colors of the badges worn at its headquarters. Winslow Peck claimed that the NSA had broken all of the Soviets' codes, that the government's official account of the Vietnam War was a lie, and that the agency was guilty of salacious corruption: Quite a few people in NSA are into illegal activities of one kind or another. It's taken to be one of the fringe benefits of the job. You know, enhancing your pocketbook. Smuggling. People inside NSA got involved with the slave trade. Here was the same self-assurance, bordering on arrogance, that was coming from Snowden—the urgency of an oath broken in the name of some more essential principle. What had happened to Fellwock to make him turn to Ramparts, and what happened after? Amid the flashbulb urgency of the Snowden disclosures, one revelation after the next, Fellwock seemed to offer a chance to roll the clock forward 40 years, to see what Snowden's story might look like in retrospect." (read more at link above)

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