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Twitter Takes Steps To Frustrate NSA, Other Government Snoops

 

 

Up Yours NSA

 

 

” Twitter announced Friday that it’s joining other tech companies in implementing “perfect forward secrecy.” While many online services already encrypt user communications and other data, this form of encryption ensures that snoops—we’re looking at you, National Security Agency—who break through the encryption get access to only a snippet of data, rather than everything belonging to a user. Even where a warrant is involved, perfect forward secrecy has the potential to limit intrusions, rather than acting as an open-ended skeleton key.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Parker Higgins describes how perfect forward secrecy works:

 How can perfect forward secrecy help protect user privacy against that kind of threat? In order to understand that, it’s helpful to have a basic idea of how HTTPS works in general. Every Web server that uses HTTPS has its own secret key that it uses to encrypt data that it sends to users. Specifically, it uses that secret key to generate a new “session key” that only the server and the browser know. Without that secret key, the traffic traveling back and forth between the user and the server is incomprehensible, to the NSA and to any other eavesdroppers.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Insulting Tweets Lead To Girl Fight At High School

 

 

Girl Fight

 

 

” Law enforcement sources say insulting messages on Twitter led to a massive brawl in a school hallway that left a school nurse injured and several students in handcuffs.

Sources tell NBC10 the conflict began after a Twitter account was set up naming the “hoes” of Overbrook High School.

The brawl began on the third floor of the school around 10:15 Monday morning with just two girls fighting, according to Philadelphia Police Chief of School Safety Carl Holmes.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obama Too Busy For Gettysburg Anniversary Because Of ‘Whole Website Thing’

 

Whole Website Thing

 

” Barack Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer says the president won’t be attending the Gettysburg address anniversary today because the “whole website thing.” He appears to be talking about the ongoing problems with the Obamacare website, Healthcare.gov.

Pfeiffer made the comments today in a Twitter exchange with a couple reporters:”

 

Read on at the Weekly Standard

 

 

    It should be obvious after the initial rollout mess that if Obama wants something done right he has to do it himself . I’m sure all that code writing is keeping him very busy and just think , we are already paying him so this is a twofer . With him fixing the site we won’t have to pay hundreds of millions more to his cronies to fix their own screw-ups .

But seriously , what could possibly be a valid reason for ANY sitting president to miss an anniversary of such monumental significance to his own country ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twitter Under Fire For Removing Photos Of People

Who’ve Lost Health Insurance…

 

Mycancellation Twit

 

 

” More than 3.5 million Americans have lost their individual health insurance plans as the Obamacare system nears full implementation, and an irreverent website and Twitter account is showing off their cancellation letters.

But the project, mycancellation.com, has had a rocky start, with Twitter freezing its account at least three times since it launched last week.

We were suspended yesterday late afternoon without a notice email,’ site co-creator Victoria Coley told The Daily Caller on Monday.

Coley is communications director at the conservative Independent Women’s Forum.

Heather Higgins, the group’s president, speculated that Twitter’s pushback was politically motivated. “

 

 

    Politically motivated ? Of course . We posted on mycancellation.com the other day and it continues to grow by leaps and bounds . If you have a cancellation letter please be sure to share it .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White House Takes To Twitter To Dismiss Stage-4 Cancer Patient’s Insurance Cancellation

 

 

 

 

” Dan Pfeiffer is the White House’s senior advisor to President Obama.  Responding to a stage-4 cancer patient’s op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Pfeiffer took to twitter today to dismiss her complaint that she has lost her insurance coverage and her doctors because of Obamacare.”

 

 

     We posted about Edie Littlefield Sundby and her letter yesterday and lo and behold within hours a simple citizen expressing her first amendment rights comes under attack by the national bullying team at the White House . Have we ever had an administration that sunk to such depths as to demonize individuals by name ? Shameful is the only word that comes to mind .

    But of course this is not the first time the Chicago gang has sunk to character assassination . It has been a recurring theme over the past five years , but in all our years of following national politics we must admit that the phenomena seems to have been a recent development . More of that “Hope & Change”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Angry Over U.S. Surveillance, Tech Giants Bolster Defenses

 

 

 

 

” Google has spent months and millions of dollars encrypting email, search queries and other information flowing among its data centers worldwide. Facebook’s chief executive said at a conference this fall that the government “blew it.” And though it has not been announced publicly, Twitter plans to set up new types of encryption to protect messages from snoops.

It is all reaction to reports of how far the government has gone in spying on Internet users, sneaking around tech companies to tap into their systems without their knowledge or cooperation.

What began as a public relations predicament for America’s technology companies has evolved into a moral and business crisis that threatens the foundation of their businesses, which rests on consumers and companies trusting them with their digital lives.

So they are pushing back in various ways — from cosmetic tactics like publishing the numbers of government requests they receive to political ones including tense conversations with officials behind closed doors. And companies are building technical fortresses intended to make the private information in which they trade inaccessible to the government and other suspected spies.

Yet even as they take measures against government collection of personal information, their business models rely on collecting that same data, largely to sell personalized ads. So no matter the steps they take, as long as they remain ad companies, they will be gathering a trove of information that will prove tempting to law enforcement and spies.

When reports of surveillance by the National Security Agency surfaced in June, the companies were frustrated at the exposure of their cooperation with the government in complying with lawful requests for the data of foreign users, and they scrambled to explain to customers that they had no choice but to obey the requests.

But as details of the scope of spying emerge, frustration has turned to outrage, and cooperation has turned to war.

The industry has learned that it knew of only a fraction of the spying, and it is grappling with the risks of being viewed as an enabler of surveillance of foreigners and American citizens. “

   Read the whole thing . It would be great to be able to have some faith in the internet giant’s mea culpas , but given their previous level of co-operation with the State , it is hard for us to view their alleged new efforts at privacy as anything other than a quest for market share .

 

 

” The FBI today confirmed it is helping Capitol Police to investigate possible Twitter threats made against Sen. Ted Cruz.

The tweets in question were written by Troy Gilmore Jr., who identified himself as an Army and Navy veteran who served during the Vietnam era.

“Take down Ted Cruz, at his home” and “What goes around comes around CRUZ!!” Gilmore tweeted under the handle @ArmyVet54. The New Jersey grandfather also listed Cruz’s purported Houston home address several times and used expletive language to criticize the Republicans and Tea Party more widely.”

Remind us again who is in need of lessons in civility ...

Athens Police Investigate Alleged Rape Caught On Camera

 

Ohio %22Rape%22

 

” An Ohio University student says she was raped, and the alleged assault was photographed and shared on social media.
     
Investigators say they have spoken to both the man and woman in the photo, and they are trying to determine exactly what happened.
    
They say one thing is clear: there were witnesses, and investigators want to speak with them.

The 20-year-old woman contacted Athens Police Sunday night and said she had been raped.
    
She said the assault happened on Saturday morning sometime between 1 and 6 a.m.
     
Within hours, photos and video of the incident were online and sparking outrage.”

 

 

   Make no mistake here , we are certainly not apologists for barbaric male behavior as many of our previous posts can attest , yet none can deny that many young men have been railroaded into scandal and/or criminal charges by vindictive lovers .

While the facts remain to be brought to light in this case , one must admit that the possibility exists that the sex that was witnessed on a public street between two adults and photographed could very well have started out as consensual but once it became a spectacle on social media the woman , in a desire to avoid shame , cried rape .

     We take only the side of truth here , caution readers not to rush to judgement , let the truth will out . Remember more than one innocent has been sent to jail because of the pride of another .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A guy has taken it upon himself to mow the lawn at the Lincoln Memorial. God bless that man. #tcot #shutdown pic.twitter.com/S9uP4Ojd4v

 

 

 

Thank you Brandon Morse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Save The Government Twitter Feeds !

Published on Oct 4, 2013

” By now, you’ve probably heard about the government #shutdown. Many nonessential workers have been furloughed, monuments have been closed and the panda cam has been turned off. But that’s not the worst of it. Government run twitter accounts have been shut down because they require lots of resources that have been put on ice, like hashtag experts!

So help ReasonTV kickstart official government twitter accounts now. We are trying to raise $300,000,000 to cover the salaries of all 3,000 public affairs employees making an average salary of $98,000. Prizes are as follows:

$15- Personalized thank you tweet!

$50- “I Heart My Big Government” T-Shirt!

$100- IRS Tax Deduction!

$20,000- A bailout!

Donate now! 

About 2 Minutes 

Featuring Paul Detrick

Written and Produced by Tracy Oppenheimer

Also produced by Zach Weissmueller, Paul Detrick, Will Neff and Alex Manning

Music by Podington Bear, “Filaments.”

Go to http://reason.com/reasontv/2013/10/03… for downloadable versions and subscribe to ReasonTV’s YouTube Channel for notifications when new material goes live.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hah! “Barrycade” Enters Urban Dictionary

 

Barrycades

 

 

 

” Tuesday night Mandy wrote a post, WWII Vets storm Barry-cades, regarding the absurdity of the Obama administration erecting barricades in open spaces for no reason other than to hassle Veterans at the World War II Memorial.

The term Barry-cade, and its acceptable variant Barrycade, became hits on Twitter (here and here).

The term was picked up and spread by Twitchy, and also at Drudge.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What happens when an Obama voter wakes up… #tcot #pjnet #obamacare #ObamaShutDown pic.twitter.com/oZVSCXZYsy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fake Followers For A Fake Leader …

 

 

” An incredibly high percentage of President Obama’s Twitter followers are fake, while the opposite is true for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

According to the Twitter analytics application, Status People, 55 percent of President Obama’s 36,802,378 Twitter followers — or approximately 20,240,107 followers — are fake.

Twenty-four percent of Obama’s Twitter followers are inactive, and only 21 percent — or approximately 7,728,499 followers — are real.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

School Hires Private Company To Start Spying On Student’s Social Media Accounts

 

 

” A school in California has hired Geo Listening Company to begin tracking their 13,000 students through social media. Glendale Unified School District, in Los Angeles County, claims this is to crack down on law-breaking, bullying, and other harmful activities. At the price of $40,000 tax payer dollars they better be catching some serious bullies.

“All of the individual posts we monitor on social media networks are already made public by the students themselves. Therefore, no privacy is violated,” Geo Listening Company said, adding it does not “monitor email, SMS, MMS, phone calls, voicemails or unlock any privacy setting of a social network user.”

It claims it can track “bullying, cyber-bullying, despair, hate, harm, crime, vandalism, substance abuse, truancy” and much more, using popular services like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Picasa, Vine, Flickr, Ask.fm, YouTube, Google+ or anywhere else where people share information voluntarily.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Mashable

 

 

” Twitter, the second most popular social site in the world, intends to go public on a near-approaching date. That means that if you plan to buy any shares, you’ll have a negligible say in the direction the company takes in the future.

We’d like to take this chance to put in our 140 characters. Okay, more like 600 words, in this case.

Though an excellent resource for news, jokes and information, Twitter is imperfect. Below, we’ve listed eight areas the site could improve upon before and after its IPO.”

 

 

SEE ALSO: 11 Things We’d Change About Instagram

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 Social Media Tools To Identify Influential Bloggers

 

tools for blogger outreach

 

 

” Who would have known that the popularity of blogs would grow to reach such mammoth levels.

Social media has revolutionized the way we communicate, share and interact and this has provided the platforms and the marketing networks for bloggers to achieve global reach and influence.

Blogs such as Huffington Post, Mashable and Gawker now rank in the top 1,000 websites in the world.

This publishing revolution has in turn led to the increase in the popularity of “Blogger Outreach” programs. While the online community remains divided upon their opinions about this new age marketing strategy (some calling it a PR gimmick), others maintain that it is merely a symbiotic channel to further strengthen the relationships.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Russell Brand Kicked Out of GQ Awards For Pointing Out Hugo Boss Made Nazi Uniforms

 

 

” While speaking at GQ‘s Man of The Year Awards, Russell Brand thought it’d be hilarious to joke about the fact that Hugo Boss, the event’s sponsor, made a fortune selling uniforms to the Nazis. Which it was unless you’re an editor for GQ whose corporate sponsor you (accurately) linked to one of the most historic genocides in the history of man. Via The Daily Mail:
While on stage, Brand told the gathered celebrities and politicians, ‘If anyone knows a bit about history and fashion, you know it was Hugo Boss who made uniforms for the Nazis.’
He then added, with less than subtle irony, ‘But they looked fucking fantastic, let’s face it, while they were killing people on the basis of their religion and sexuality.’

Shortly afterwards, Brand was kicked out by the magazine’s editor, Dylan Jones. According to the comedian’s Twitter feed, the two men exchanged angry words, with Jones saying, ‘What you did was very offensive to Hugo Boss.’ Brand replied, ‘What Hugo Boss did was very offensive to the Jews.’ “

 

Why They Loved Helen Thomas

 

 

 

” In the movie “Animal House,” the Deltas are put on trial for their antics. When offered a chance to defend themselves, the best argument the fraternity’s president can come up with is, “But sir, Delta Tau Chi has a long tradition of existence to its members and to the community at large.”

The line came to mind as I read through the obituaries for Helen Thomas, the longtime White House correspondent for UPI and, for a decade, a left-wing columnist for the Hearst newspapers.

“Helen Thomas made it possible for all of us who followed,” NBC’s Andrea Mitchell wrote on Twitter. Obviously, it’s an exaggeration to suggest that women wouldn’t have made so many worthwhile gains in journalism were it not for Thomas. But she was the first female member of a lot of clubs, and that counts for something.

So it was no surprise that the encomiums poured forth in response to the news. From President Obama, the White House Correspondents Association, Hamas.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

NSFW: 23 Twitter Users Who Say They Will Shoot Mexicans Because of Zimmerman Verdict

” For all the pathetic race-hustlers who propagandized this case into a way to push their political agenda, including Barack Obama, these are th consequences of your shameful race-pimping.The blood of any victims is on your hands.”

Celebs Go Wild On Twitter

   Idiot celebrities offer their wisdom on George Zimmerman’s guilt and the lack of “justice” in the justice system .

 

The Trayvon Martin verdict doesn’t surprise me. Stanford, FL never wanted Zimmerman arrested. Now he’s free to kill another child.

— Ice Cube (@icecube) July 14, 2013

 

No justice. No peace. ?????

— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) July 14, 2013

 

What are your thoughts? @BarackObama We’re allowed to disregard 911 operators, pursue and kill ppl now? But send lauryn hill to jail 4 TAXES

— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) July 14, 2013

 

I bet if a black guy killed a little boy he would get arrested and found guilty..

— Madonna (@MDDNAA) July 14, 2013

Read the rest of the chorus from the liberal lockstep choir here

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 Reasons The ‘Nothing To Hide’ Crowd Should Be Worried About Government Surveillance

 

” Responding to a popular reaction to news of the National Security Agency’s massive data collection program, blogger Daniel Sieradski started a Twitter feed called “Nothing to Hide.” He has retweeted hundreds of people who have declared in one form or another that they are not concerned that the federal government may spy on them. They say they have done nothing wrong, so they have nothing to hide. If it helps the government fight terrorists, go ahead, take their civil liberties away.

In his blog, a frustrated Sieradski listed many of the abuses of power our federal government is known for; he is not happy with the “nothing to hide” crowd.

There are many, many reasons to be concerned about the rise of the surveillance state, even if you have nothing to hide. Or rather, even if you think you have nothing to hide. For those confronted by such simplistic arguments, here are a three counterarguments that perhaps might get these people thinking about what they’re actually giving up.

1. Every American Is Probably a Criminal, Really

That Americans think they have nothing to hide in the first place is a sign of how little attention they’re paying to the behavior of our Department of Justice. Many Americans have run afoul of federal laws without even knowing it. Tim Carney noted at the Washington Examiner:

Copy a song to your laptop from a friend’s Beyonce CD? You just violated the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Did you buy some clothes in Delaware because they were tax free? You’re probably evading taxes. Did you give your 20-year-old nephew a glass of wine at dinner? Illegal in many states.”

 

 

 

 

 

REPUBLICAN REP. NOTICES IRS AGENTS TRAINING WITH AR-15S DURING DHS TOUR: ‘I’M LOOKING INTO THE ISSUE NOW’

 

 

IRS Agents Training with AR 15s, U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan Tweets

 

 

” This little item could give the IRS’ whole “targeting” conservatives scandal a brand-new twist.

Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) tweeted that he observed IRS agents training with AR-15s when he toured the Department of Homeland Security”

More here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Battlestar Galactica’ Actress Katee Sackhoff Loses Twitter Star Power For Upholding Gun Rights

 

 

” Katee Sackhoff, the Hollywood actress known for her tomboyish, gun-toting star roles in hard-charging action flicks and TV shows — including one as mercurial but talented pilot Kara “Starbuck” Thrace on the television series “Battlestar Galactica” — has taken a Twitter hit for her pro-gun messages.

She tweeted on Monday: “On a lighter note since I’ve lost half my followers due to talking about gun safety … the sun is shining and Happy Monday. Love your neighbor today.”

     If you Tweet and support the Second Amendment give her a follow @kateesackhoff . Show her your support . She is deserving of it . She is certainly one of the smarter and more honest celebrities in Hollywood.

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