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How To Protect Yourself From The Heartbleed Bug

” An encryption flaw called the Heartbleed bug that has exposed a collection of popular websites — from Airbnb and Yahoo to NASA and OKCupid — could be one of the biggest security threats the Internet has ever seen. If you have logged into any of the affected sites over the past two years, your account information could be compromised, allowing cybercriminals to snap up your credit card information or steal your passwords.

  You’re likely either affected directly or indirectly by the bug, which was found by a member of Google‘s security team and a software firm named Codenomicon. The bad news: There’s not a lot you can do about it now. It’s the responsibility of Internet companies to update their servers to deal with Heartbleed, and once they do, you can take action (see below).

The issue involves network software called OpenSSL, which is an open-source set of libraries for encrypting online services. Secure websites — with “https” in the URL (“s” stands for secure) — make up 56% of websites, and nearly half of those sites were vulnerable to the bug. In theory, a cybercriminal could have exploited Heartbleed by making network requests that could piece together your sensitive data. The good news: There isn’t any indication that a hacker caught wind of this; it seems the researchers were the first to locate the problem.”

Read more at Mashable and learn how to save your data

Snowden Speaks: A Vanity Fair Exclusive

 

 

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” “Every person remembers some moment in their life where they witnessed some injustice, big or small, and looked away, because the consequences of intervening seemed too intimidating,” former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden tells Vanity Fair about his motivation for leaking tens of thousands of secret documents. “But there’s a limit to the amount of incivility and inequality and inhumanity that each individual can tolerate. I crossed that line. And I’m no longer alone.”

  Snowden’s extensive response is part of a 20,000-word narrative in Vanity Fair’s May issue, by special correspondent Bryan Burrough and contributing editors Suzanna Andrews and Sarah Ellison. The article is the first comprehensive account—bolstered by interviews with dozens of key players—providing an inside look at how a geeky dropout from the Maryland suburbs found himself alone in a Hong Kong hotel room, releasing some of America’s most carefully guarded secrets to the world.

  Snowden writes to Vanity Fair about the N.S.A.’s allegations that he never filed a formal complaint (and directly challenges it to deny he contacted internal oversight); about why he’s not a spy; about what he calls the “post-terror generation”’s views on defending the Constitution; about the crucial ways in which he differs from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange; about his amusement at being labeled a right-winger; and more.

  Among the highlights of Snowden’s response: “

Read the interview at Vanity Fair

Nursing Home Hired Strippers For Patients: Suit

 

 

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” The elderly residents of a Long Island nursing home saw their shuffleboards replaced by washboard abs when they were subjected to a low-rent Chippendale’s striptease in the facility’s rec room, a new lawsuit claims.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The son of one resident, 85-year-old Bernice Youngblood, was shocked when he showed up for a visit and found a picture of his mom stuffing dollar bills — which are supposed to be locked away in her commissary account — into a dancer’s briefs.

  The image also showed several of Youngblood’s fellow residents at the East Neck Nursing Center in West Babylon looking on with a mix of shock and delight as the dancers bumped and ground for their amusement.”

 

NY Post has more

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joe Biden’s Incredibly Awkward Sex Joke Has So Much TMI It Just Melted the Internet

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Vice President Joe Biden’s wife Jill is a community college teacher who intro’d her husband the American Association of Community Colleges like this: [Joe] “knows the value of a community college education––and not just because he’s married to a community college teacher.”

  Biden, being the smooth operator that he is, followed, “I think I’d have the same attitude, did I not sleep with a community college professor every night. The same one… the same one.” “

 

Courtesy of IJR

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raw video of David Codrea’s Address

Search Engine DuckDuckGo Is Taking On Google By Doing The One Thing They Won’t Do

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” DuckDuckGo bills itself as “the search engine that doesn’t track you”. After the revelations in the US National Security Agency files, that sounds tempting. 

  Named after the playground game duck duck goose, the site is not just banking on the support of people paranoid about GCHQ and the NSA. Its founder, Gabriel Weinberg, argues that privacy makes the web search better, not worse. Since it doesn’t store your previous searches, it does not and cannot present personalized search results. That frees users from the filter bubble – the fear that, as search results are increasingly personalized, they are less likely to be presented with information that challenges their existing ideas.

  It also means that DuckDuckGo is forced to keep its focus purely on search. With no stores or data to tap, it cannot become an advertising behemoth, it has no motivation to start trying to build a social network and it doesn’t get anything out of scanning your emails to create a personal profile.

  Having answered one billion queries in 2013 alone, DuckDuckGo is on the rise. We asked Weinberg about his website’s journey.”

 

 

Read more about private , or more private anyway , web browsing with DuckDuckGo here .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sharia Sweden: Swedish Newspaper Hacks Disqus, Goes To Commenters’ Homes With Cameramen

 

 

 

 

” Sweden was once wealthy, beautiful, and modern. But all that has changed. It has become as totalitarian as Saudi Arabia or Iran. Their immigration policies have overwhelmed the culture and the treasury of the Swedes. One U.N. report says that Sweden will soon be a third-world nation.

  The worse it gets, the more restrictions there are on freedom and speech. Strict enforcement of the blasphemy laws under the sharia — “do not criticize or insult Islam.”

  This video is chilling. One of Sweden’s biggest newspapers, Expressen, used criminal hackers to break into Disqus and get the email addresses and identities of commenters online, and to reveal the persons behind the nicknames or anonymous user IDs. The newspaper sent a reporter and a cameraman to one person’s home and asked them about things they had written on different websites. Expressen published the names and photos of some people, which led to at least one person losing his job.”

 

Read more from Pamela Geller 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Security Breaches Of Personal Information At Federal Agencies More Than Doubles Since 2009

 

 

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” Millions of individuals who recently entrusted personal, medical, and financial information to the federal government while enrolling in Obamacare via Healthcare.gov may find a recent trend reported by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) rather unsettling.  The number of security breaches involving Personally Identifiable Information (PII) at federal agencies more than doubled in recent years, increasing from 10,481 in 2009 to 25,566 in 2013.  Perhaps even more disturbing, the GOA found that “none of the seven agencies [in a related study] consistently documented lessons learned from PII breaches.”

  A graph accompanying the GAO report illustrates the dramatic and consistent upward trend in PII-related breaches over the last several years”

 

 

   See the Weekly Standard for more . We find this disturbing trend to be remarkably suspicious , yet hardly surprising given the current administration’s total lack of regard for our basic Constitutional protections . 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shock Poll: Americans Trust IRS, NSA More Than Facebook

 

 

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” A new Reason-Rupe poll to be launched Thursday morning indicates that 35% of Americans trust the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) with their personal data, while only 10% trust Google and only 5% trust Facebook. In fact, while trust in the IRS is low, the tax collection agency remains the most trusted in America, even after a scandal in which the IRS targeted conservative nonprofit groups and leaked confidential tax information.”

 

   You have to admit that if the IRS and NSA are more trusted than you , you’ve done something wrong . Breitbart has the story

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Hidden Camera During DUI Checkpoint Exposes the Vileness of the American Police State

 

 

 

 

 

 

” “He’s perfectly innocent, he knows his rights, he knows what the Constitution says.” mutters the power tripping jackboot cop as he tears apart this innocent man’s vehicle for no other reason than to flex his “authority.”

“ It wasn’t a very good alert….” brags the other jackboot about the drug dog “giving them permission” to search this man’s vehicle. He was likely about to confess to just how arbitrary their decision was in violating this innocent person’s rights, when he spots the camera.

“ Hey Jim……” and they realize they’ve been bamboozled.

  Watching this video is incredibly grounding, we can see just how far the US has progressed into a totalitarian police state. These Stasi checkpoints are NOT for your safety, they are to condition innocent people into acquiescing to state intimidation. If you doubt that claim, research how many of these “DUI Checkpoints” actually catch people that are DUI.

Here are the numbers from the checkpoint that night:

  •  250 vehicles passed through the checkpoint
  •  20 vehicles were detained that required further investigation
  •  Three vehicles were searched
  •  One misdemeanor arrest was made
  •  32 citations were issued: Two child restraint device citations, one DUI, 10 citations for violations of the registration law, four citations for violation of the light law, one revoked/suspended driver’s license, six financial responsibility (no insurance), six other driver’s license law violations, and two safety belt law violations.

  Only one DUI arrest was made. One out of 250. 250 people were stopped, questioned, their rights violated, and faced potential and real harassment so this department could be 0.4% effective at stopping drunk driving.”

 

Free Thought Project has more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Stick Figure Family May Be Putting Your Family In Danger

 

 

 

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” We’ve all seen the stick figure family stickers on car windows that usually show dad, mom, at least one child, and maybe even a pet.

  But one group says those stickers could be dangerous to your family.

  R.A.C.E. Search and Rescue of Ohio posted the image to the left on their Facebook page detailing how the stickers may be giving away more info about your family than you thought. “

 

 

    Read the article here and be sure to check out the R.A.C.E. S&R page on Facebook as it has loads of information on keeping your family safe , constantly updated missing persons posts and much more in the way of safety oriented tips and instruction .

   Check them out and give them a like . They are an all volunteer organization and are always looking for new members , especially those with prior military , medical , fire/rescue and EMT experience . Help them out as they are doing God’s work .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isn’t it Ironic: Government Surveillance Version (with Remy)

 

 

Published on Mar 20, 2014

” Remy updates the Alanis Morissette hit for a certain senior senator from California.

Approximately 2 minutes.

  Written by Remy. Video and animation by Meredith Bragg. Music performed, produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Ben Karlstrom.

For full text, links, downloadable versions and more, go to: http://reason.com/reasontv/2014/03/20… .

Lyrics:
A Senator lady
Got the news one day
The country’s being spied on
by the NSA

So she went out defending
on each TV set
but when she found out she’d been snooped on
she got all upset

And isn’t it ironic?
I mean, don’t you think?

It’s like you’re at Chris Brown’s
and there’s punch in the fridge
or if The Bachelor
passed a geography quiz

Learning Ted Kennedy
happened to be good at bridge.
And who would have thought?
It figures.

Senator, this may surprise you
and the irony bites
but Congresspeople ain’t the only ones
with 4th Amendment rights

It’s like a minimalist
who does their laundry
with All
or if Woody Allen liked to watch
Kids in the Hall

it’s like FDR
got locked in a Honda Accord
a cheap healthcare plan
that you just can’t afford

If Oscar Pistorius
really hated The Doors
and who would have thought?
It figures.

I heard the government
is sneaking up on you.
Life has a funny, funny way
of calling you out
calling you out.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You Probably Live In One Of The 20 Worst Countries For Internet Censorship

 

Image Credit: Reporters Without Borders

” While press freedom seems to be in a troubling downward trajectory in the U.S., Internet freedom is not looking much better either.

  Reporters Without Borders recently announced its annual “Enemies of the Internet” list, and it is a real doozy this year. There are some of the usual suspects — China, Sudan, Iran, North Korea and Cuba — but there are also a few surprising additions to the list — especially the U.S. and the U.K.

Take a look at the map … “

 

 

We in the west should be so proud . Look at the details of the map and hang your heads in shame .

 

 

” “How will so-called democratic countries be able to press for the protection of journalists if they adopt the very practices they are criticizing authoritarian regimes for?” asked the report.

  Check out this interactive version of the map for a more detailed look at Internet censorship around the world.”

 

 

 

     The leaders of the US and UK should be absolutely ashamed of themselves to find the homes of the Magna Carta and Declaration of Independence / Constitution / Bill Of Rights in company with the above mentioned dictatorships , oligarchies and theocracies . One can practically feel the earth tremble as the Founding Fathers turn over in their graves .

 

Read the rest 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rand Paul Addresses Packed House At Berkeley 

 

 

 

 

” Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) received a warm welcome from a packed audience at the University of California-Berkeley on Wednesday afternoon, as he addressed the Berkeley Forum at International House.

  Paul’s message of investigating and restraining the Central Intelligence Agency and other security arms of the federal government went down well on a campus that was the core of the anti-war movement in the Vietnam era. Yet there were quite a few conservative Republicans in the audience as well, on hand to hear one of their party’s new leaders–and, many expect, a likely contender for the presidential nomination in 2016.

” Maybe,” Paul said, when asked by the moderator whether he would run for president.”

 

 

    Breitbart has more and we are pleased to present Senator Paul’s address in the official Berkeley version above and an unedited version from an audience member below .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Man Calls Cops To Turn In Drug Paraphernalia He Found, Gets Home Placed On Federal ‘Drug Lab’ Watchlist For 2 Years

 

 

” If you’ve got nothing to hide, you’ve got nothing to fear,” right? Here’s how that works in reality. (via Reason)

  On Jan. 5, 2012, Paul Valin called the police to report he’d found a backpack containing what he believed to be meth-making equipment. That simple act of good citizenship landed his and wife Cindy’s house on the National Clandestine Laboratory Register [NCLR], the federal Drug Enforcement Agency’s list of meth labs.

  Valin spotted a backpack in a river while kayaking. He took it home and opened it up looking for some identification that might point to its owner. Instead, he found tubing and chemicals. Being a good citizen (with nothing to hide), he called local law enforcement who came and removed the backpack… and then put him on a federal list that put his house in the same category as property where drugs had been seized (you know, as opposed to voluntarily and proactively given to police officers). 

  The NCLR’s website openly admits that no federal agency verifies the information being forwarded to it. Valin’s house was added to this list by local law enforcement, who filled out a standard form that failed to note that Valin had found the backpack and at no point had the “drug lab” ever crossed the threshold of his house (it had been in the back of Valin’s pickup the entire time). “

 

     As if the citizens needed anymore reasons to disrespect the authorities … continue reading here and here . The articles explain at the end that Paul and Cindy Valin’s house has finally been removed from the meth lab registry after two years but only through the diligent work of one honest DEA agent , Eric Neubauer , in El Paso Texas .

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATF Agents Ignore Restraining Order And Raid Ares Armor In California

 

 

Here is a video of the beginning of the illegal raid by ATF …

 

 

” Ares Armor was raided by ATF agents despite a restraining order issued by a federal judge last week. The National City, California gun parts stores is owned by Dimitri Karras. The former Marine refused to turn his AR-15 lower receiver customer list over to the federal government as demanded. Karras, said Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) agents wanted to investigate his more than 5,000 California customers who purchased gun parts from his store. “

 

 

And here is video of the fascists attempting to open the company’s safe …

 

 

” ATF agents threatened to close Ares Armor down if Karras did not turn over his customer list. The customers reportedly purchased a specific 80 percent lower receiver used to build an AR-15 rifle. The lower receiver serves as the base of the semi-automatic rifle. The Department of Justice and the ATF contend that “plastic” lower receivers (polymer not 3-D printed parts) in question are not legal because they do not have a serial number. Some gun owners who have purchased the polymer AR-15 lower receiver maintain the semi-automatic gun part does contain identifying numbers.”

 

 

Lastly we have video from NutNFancy that contains an interview with Ares owner Dimitri Karras …

 

 

” During the Saturday ATF raid on Ares Armor, the agent converged upon the store in full tactical gear and confiscated the AR-lower receivers. Just prior to the raid, both plain clothes and undercover ATF agents allegedly questioning customers outside of the California gun store.”

   Read more about the latest example of Statism gone wild here . For a timeline on the travails of Ares Armor’s battle for customer privacy go here .

Dianne Feinstein Wants Drones Regulated

 

 

Feinstein Spied On By Drone

 

 

” For Sen. Dianne Feinstein, regulation of unmanned aerial vehicles has gotten personal.

  In an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes” that aired on Sunday night, the California Democrat said a drone spied into the window of her home during a protest outside her house, and that privacy concerns for the technology were “major.”

“ I’m in my home and there’s a demonstration out front, and I go to peek out the window and there’s a drone facing me,” she recalled.

  Demonstrators from Code Pink who were protesting government surveillance at the time, said the device was merely a toy helicopter, but Feinstein used the instance to sound off about the importance of controlling the technology through government regulation.” 

 

    We can be sure that the authoritarian proclivities of Madam Feinstein preclude any hindrance of State operated drones and confine themselves to the use of the technology by private citizens only . Continue reading

 

 

 

 

 

 

Filming Cops In The Course Of Their Duties Is Your Right 

 

 

 

Published on Mar 15, 2014

” The Constitution provides protections for those who want to document the government through photography; in fact, it is one tool citizens have to hold the government accountable. So if you want to photograph law-enforcement officials, what can you do? What can’t you do? RT’s Perianne Boring takes a look at people’s rights when it comes to photographing or recording police in public places.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Internet Transition Triggers GOP Backlash

 

 

 

 

” The Obama administration’s decision to relinquish oversight over the group that manages the Internet’s architecture has raised an early red flag with Republicans, who blast the move as a threat to free speech.

  Exactly who would regulate the Web’s back-end is unclear, but the decision already has sparked backlash among some in the GOP, who warn it could allow the United Nations or authoritarian countries to step in and seize control of the Web.

  U.S. lawmakers have long warned about the dangers of ceding ICANN’s authority to the International Telecommunication Union, a United Nations agency. They see the U.N. as a vehicle for countries with tight constraints to allow even greater online censorship. Congress unanimously passed Bono’s resolution ahead of a 2012 ITU meeting to reinforce America’s commitment to an open Internet.”

    At first glance the Obama administration’s promise to relinquish control over ICANN seems like a good idea … one less thing the government controls … but given that this administration is not known for championing liberty and the free markets one is left wondering if this is a back-handed way for the Statists to cede control over the free flow of information to the UN or some other Statist body while appearing to do the opposite .

   There is much talk as well that this new move opens the door to an internet tax and censorship which should be of concern to us all . If there is one thing we know about the Obama administration it is that it loves both taxes and regulation so we cannot help but wonder that something larger is at play here than “fairness” and freedom . 

 

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From Reason …

 

 

 

” Since November, advertisements featuring the face of former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden have been wrapped around several city buses roaming the streets and avenues of Washington, D.C. The can’t-miss ads featuring whistleblower Snowden’s goateed visage cover most of the outside of the buses.

  The ads are part of the Thank You, Edward Snowden campaign headed by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, a left-leaning public interest organization that focuses on defending activists’ free speech rights. According to the group’s executive director, Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, the ads were funded by donations from some 30,000 citizens.” “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Google Wants E-Mail Scanning Information Blocked

 

 

 

 

” Google Inc. (GOOG), the world’s largest Internet-search provider, is seeking to black out portions of a transcript from a public court hearing that includes information on how it mines data from personal e-mails.

  Google, fighting a lawsuit claiming its interception of e-mails amounts to illegal wiretapping, asked U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh in a filing yesterday to redact “confidential” information from the transcript, without being more specific. The main revelation at the Feb. 27 hearing was the existence of “Content Onebox,” used by Google to intercept e-mails for targeted advertising and to build user profiles, Sean Rommel, a lawyer for plaintiffs, told the judge at the time.

  Google’s latest move to keep records in the case out of public view comes as Koh is weighing a request by companies including National Public RadioNew York Times Co. and Washington Post Co. to unseal other key documents filed earlier that the company contended were too sensitive to be revealed.”

 

    Bloomberg has more on what is another instance of the hypocrisy of the web giants when it comes to customer privacy . 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Zuckerberg’s Call To Obama Was Not About Privacy

 

 

 

 

 

” Mark Zuckerberg is not happy with the way the American government conducts surveillance on the Internet, so much so that he called President Obama to complain about it and then wrote a post Thursday on Facebook to vent his frustration. “The U.S. government should be the champion for the internet, not a threat,” he said.

  Some observers have pointed out that Mr. Zuckerberg’s comments are ironic because Facebook, the company he co-founded and runs, has a spotty record when it comes to protecting the privacy of its users. The company has been criticized for changing its privacy policy in ways that make it harder for users to control who can see the information that they have posted to the social network.

  But it is worth noting that Mr. Zuckerberg never mentions the word “privacy” in his post.”

 

 

    All appearances to the contrary , Zuckerberg’s concerns lie with profit not privacy . The man cares not a whit for your privacy or anyone else’s . He only cares that the NSA surveillance has unmasked exactly how co-operative the web giants have been with the Feds and so is interfering with their bottom lines . Typical hypocrisy .

 

 

” In other words, Mr. Zuckerberg has not really transformed into an advocate for greater privacy. He is just protecting the interests of his company.”

 

 

 

Read the entire Times piece

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SWAT Team Raids Organic Farm, Confiscates Blueberries

 

 

 

 

” A small organic farm in Arlington, Texas, was the target of a massive police action last week that included aerial surveillance, a SWAT raid and a 10-hour search. Members of the local police raiding party had a search warrant for marijuana plants, which they failed to find at the Garden of Eden farm.”

 

 

 

 

” But farm owners and residents who live on the property told a Dallas-Ft. Worth NBC station that the real reason for the law enforcement exercise appears to have been code enforcement. The police seized “17 blackberry bushes, 15 okra plants, 14 tomatillo plants … native grasses and sunflowers,” after holding residents inside at GUNpoint for at least a half-hour, property owner Shellie Smith said in a statement. The raid lasted about 10 hours, she said.”

 

 

 

 

     This story transpired in August of 2013 but is back in the news because the trial is starting . Yes , a trial … for “illegal” blackberry bushes ? This is the absurdity of the drug war exemplified . Neighbors complain of code violations , make bogus allegations of marijuana plants and SWAT raids a hippy commune . 

    A ten hour SWAT raid for illegal shrubs ? WTF ? Read more here and here .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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