| Friday November 21st 2014

Feedburner

Subscribe by email:

We promise not to spam/sell you.


Search Amazon deals:

‘politics’ Archives

Paypal bans Wikileaks just before midnight Friday

Paypal bans Wikileaks just before midnight Friday

The rationale seems more convincing (at least from PayPal's perspective) than Amazon's wheedling about rights and redaction. But the timing, at 11:29 p.m. EST on Friday evening, suggests they do know the decision is something to be buried, not boasted of. PayPal has permanently restricted the account used by WikiLeaks due to a violation of the [...]

WikiLeaks: Chinese Politburo responsible for Google hacking

WikiLeaks: Chinese Politburo responsible for Google hacking

You had to know something interesting would come out of the quarter million diplomatic cables that WikiLeaks just, well, leaked late on Sunday, and the New York Times has picked out a doozie for us. As it turns out, that big brouhaha in China surrounding the hacking of Gmail accounts was actually a state-authorized attack. Such was the report from [...]

US Government censors 70 websites for whole world

US Government censors 70 websites for whole world

The US is really ramping up its war on intellectual property infringement, a war which I'm sure will be just as successful, cheap and supported by the people as the wars on drugs and terrorism. The US has started seizing the domain names of various websites through ICANN - not because owners of these sites were convicted of anything, but merely [...]

President Obama, After Traveling With Naked Scanner CEO, Defends Naked Scans

President Obama, After Traveling With Naked Scanner CEO, Defends Naked Scans

As the whole mess with the TSA scanners has received a lot more attention in the last week or so, a few folks are noticing that ex-Homeland Security boss Michael Chertoff, who's been quite busy defending the naked scanners, happens to be making a ton of money from one of the main ones, Rapiscan, made by OSI, a client of Chertoff's consulting [...]

Evoting security researchers at U Michigan root DC’s voting machines with ease

Evoting security researchers at U Michigan root DC’s voting machines with ease

DC election officials put a test version of their voting system up in a mock primary and invited white hat attacks. U. Michigan broke it completely within 36 hours. DC officials reply, in a nutshell, "Well, that's why we asked people to test it." D.C. voting officials knew there might be openings in the upload procedure, said Paul Stenbjorn, [...]

PLCB Wants Four Loko Pulled Off Store Shelves

PLCB Wants Four Loko Pulled Off Store Shelves

If you like a little jitter with your buzz, you soon could be out of luck in Pennsylvania. The overlords of all things booze, the PLCB, is asking distributors to stop carrying Four Loko and similar caffeinated malt liquor beverages as concerns grow deeper over the safety of the popular drinks. It’s not an outright ban, mind you, but a polite [...]

NYC lawmakers are examining whether to do something to discourage whistles, catcalls, and lewd come-ons

NYC lawmakers are examining whether to do something to discourage whistles, catcalls, and lewd come-ons

NEW YORK -- Whistles, catcalls and lewd come-ons from strangers are all too familiar to New York City women, who say they are harassed multiple times a day as they walk down the street. Now lawmakers are examining whether to do something to discourage it. A City Council committee heard testimony Thursday from women who said men regularly [...]

Privatized prisons in Arizona helped draft laws to send people to prison

Privatized prisons in Arizona helped draft laws to send people to prison

The story of industries paying lobbyists to influence legislation that benefits their business is nothing new—but what about when that industry is a privately-owned and operated prison system? NPR reports that Arizona Senate Bill 1070 (.PDF), the immigration bill that requires anyone who can't produce papers proving they are in the [...]

Wikileaks Founder Walks out of CNN Interview

It's pretty obvious there is an ongoing smear campaign. Starting with the Swedish thing that is sounding more and more like a honeytrap. (more…)

Feds forced to admit that it’s legal to take pictures of federal buildings

Feds forced to admit that it’s legal to take pictures of federal buildings

The New York Civil Liberties Union and Libertarian activist Antonio Musumeci just won a court case that affirms the right of photographers to take pictures and record video out front of federal courthouses. The US federal government settled the case by apologizing to Musumeci for his arrest, acknowledging that it is legal to record at [...]

Las Vegas Slots vs Voting Machines infographic

Las Vegas Slots vs Voting Machines infographic

It's easier to rig an electronic voting machine than a Las Vegas slot machine, says University of Pennsylvania visiting professor Steve Freeman. That's because Vegas slots are better monitored and regulated than America's voting machines, Freeman writes in a book out in July that argues, among other things, that President Bush may owe his 2004 win [...]

USA caves on secret Internet treaty

USA caves on secret Internet treaty

Below is the latest draft of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a secretly negotiated copyright agreement: One of the biggest stories over the three year negotiation of ACTA has been the willingness of the U.S. to cave on the Internet provisions. When it first proposed the chapter, the U.S. was seeking new intermediary liability [...]

Obama administration wants encryption backdoors for domestic surveillance

Obama administration wants encryption backdoors for domestic surveillance

In a New York Times article today by Charlie Savage, news that the Obama administration is proposing new legislation that would provide the U.S. Government with direct access to all forms of digital communication, "including encrypted e-mail transmitters like BlackBerry, social networking Web sites like Facebook and software that allows [...]

Americans: Sign petition to fight Great Firewall of the USA

Americans: Sign petition to fight Great Firewall of the USA

Does Hollywood know how to be evil or what? Just as the President is denouncing Iran and China for censoring the Internet, the MPAA is rushing through a bill to create an Internet blacklist here at home. American ISPs would be required to block any domains that host too much copyright or trademark infringement. The bill is so careless and [...]

Scary speech by gentleman with a “masters degree in communication”

Ohio councilman Phil Davison screams and shoots eye daggers at the people he hopes will vote for him to be Stark County Treasurer. (more…)

Mainstream press throws Wikileaks under a bus in journalist shield debate

Mainstream press throws Wikileaks under a bus in journalist shield debate

A new proposed federal journalist shield law is under debate in the USA, which sounds like a great idea, except that the traditional press have agreed to amendments that would exempt Wikileaks from any protection for its confidential sources, on the grounds that Wikileaks isn't journalism... ORLY? More generally, Lucy Dalglish, executive [...]

How A Good Samaritan Was Arrested For Driving Drunks Home

How A Good Samaritan Was Arrested For Driving Drunks Home

Some guy's friend gets killed by a drunk driver and he decides to do something about it. He starts a service to keep drunks off the road by offering free rides home. It turns out that Quincy, Illinois, is well stocked with semi-responsible drunks, so "business" booms. He adds another car to the service, and eventually a bus. Local taxi companies [...]

Judge Napolitano tells the truth about Wikileaks on Fox News

"at least newspapers go out of business when they lie, governments don't..." and he said that on Fox?

Al Franken: Net neutrality is foremost free speech issue of our time

Al Franken: Net neutrality is foremost free speech issue of our time

Al Franken is a rare politician who, every time he speaks, seems to be defending _MY_ interests personally. Nice to feel important for once. If we learned that the government was planning to limit our First Amendment rights, we'd be outraged. After all, our right to be heard is fundamental to our democracy. Well, our free speech rights are [...]

Wikileaks posts “Insurance” file to website

Wikileaks posts “Insurance” file to website

I thought this stuff only happened in bad movies. The huge file, posted on the Afghan War page at the WikiLeaks site, is 1.4 GB and is encrypted with AES256. The file’s size dwarfs the size of all the other files on the page combined. The file has also been posted on a torrent download site as well. It’s not known what the file contains [...]

 Page 2 of 11 « 1  2  3  4  5 » ...  Last »