Not if your scruples allow you to take advantage of the strategy. I’m sure some of these well trained American business school executive types would say- ”What the Hell? Why not”
What is *Completely Absurd* is a framework of laws that allows the situation in the first place. Don’t bitch that there’s a way for Corporations to let the government subsidize their workers if they pay them poorly enough, fix the rules that allow that to happen.
Get off your backside and tell your representatives-
I’m mad as Hell and I’m not going to take this any longer!
Here’s a link to a page with links that will help you in the process.
Five pieces of advise regarding current events and the NSA
1) Hide in the network. Implement hidden services. Use Tor to anonymize yourself. Yes, the NSA targets Tor users, but it’s work for them. The less obvious you are, the safer you are.
2) Encrypt your communications. Use TLS. Use IPsec. Again, while it’s true that the NSA targets encrypted connections – and it may have explicit exploits against these protocols – you’re much better protected than if you communicate in the clear.
3) Assume that while your computer can be compromised, it would take work and risk on the part of the NSA – so it probably isn’t. If you have something really important, use an air gap. Since I started working with the Snowden documents, I bought a new computer that has never been connected to the internet. If I want to transfer a file, I encrypt the file on the secure computer and walk it over to my internet computer, using a USB stick. To decrypt something, I reverse the process. This might not be bulletproof, but it’s pretty good.
4) Be suspicious of commercial encryption software, especially from large vendors. My guess is that most encryption products from large US companies have NSA-friendly back doors, and many foreign ones probably do as well. It’s prudent to assume that foreign products also have foreign-installed backdoors. Closed-source software is easier for the NSA to backdoor than open-source software. Systems relying on master secrets are vulnerable to the NSA, through either legal or more clandestine means.
5) Try to use public-domain encryption that has to be compatible with other implementations. For example, it’s harder for the NSA to backdoor TLS than BitLocker, because any vendor’s TLS has to be compatible with every other vendor’s TLS, while BitLocker only has to be compatible with itself, giving the NSA a lot more freedom to make changes. And because BitLocker is proprietary, it’s far less likely those changes will be discovered. Prefer symmetric cryptography over public-key cryptography. Prefer conventional discrete-log-based systems over elliptic-curve systems; the latter have constants that the NSA influences when they can.
From the Daily Beast-
“This was like a meeting of the Legion of Doom.”
“This was like a meeting of the Legion of Doom.” is something from a movie script. Not something Al Qaeda would do as current theory (much from the CIA) holds that they don’t behave like this. Having a conference call is how a marketing company would disseminate information to the middle managers. From Wikipedia-
When asked about the possibility of al-Qaeda’s connection to the July 7, 2005 London bombings in 2005, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair said: “Al-Qaeda is not an organization. Al-Qaeda is a way of working… but this has the hallmark of that approach… al-Qaeda clearly has the ability to provide training… to provide expertise… and I think that is what has occurred here.” On August 13, 2005, however, The Independent newspaper, quoting police and MI5 investigations, reported that the July 7 bombers had acted independently of an al-Qaeda terror mastermind someplace abroad. What exactly al-Qaeda is, or was, remains in dispute. Author and journalist Adam Curtis argues that the idea of al-Qaeda as a formal organization is primarily an American invention.
Posted by in Opinion on June 15, 2013
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“The suspect, based upon his actions, clearly is a good candidate for enemy combatant status. We do not want this suspect to remain silent,”
How about we look at the source of the problem- American foreign (Business) policy vs. the symptom- terrorism?
Posted by in News on February 2, 2013
- The Reed College website
- The Wikipedia page (Wikipedia cofounder Larry Sanger is a Reed alum)
- Here’s a list of people who have attended Reed (both graduates and not), Harlan will be in good company.
- What the Princeton Review says about Reed
- Here is a slightly dated virtual tour page
- Reed ranks first among U.S. liberal arts colleges in percentage of graduates going on to earn doctoral degrees and fourth among all institutions of higher education
- Admissions/Academic ratings*… Reed: 99/98 U.C. Berkeley 97/86
- Reed is reducing it’s carbon footprint by 2.65 million pounds
- The stakes are big, choose small, by John Kroger, President, Reed College
- The iPad goes back to school, by Dr. Martin Ringle, the chief technology officer at Reed
- Only 12 hours away
- Part of the parent tour was a wine & snacks meeting in the admissions office (shades of SCDS!)
- After touring Reed, both Liz & I wanted to go to school there
- Great Cuban food in the nearby neighborhood
*The Princeton Review- The Best 376 Colleges
R.I.P. Aaron Schwartz — Young, Dedicated, Courageous, Internet Pioneer, Free Speech Activist and a martyr to the cause.
Posted by in News on January 14, 2013
Aaron H. Swartz (November 8, 1986 – January 11, 2013) was an American computer programmer, writer, archivist, political organizer, andInternet activist.
Swartz was a member of the RSS-DEV Working Group that co-authored the “RSS 1.0″ specification of RSS, and built the Web site framework web.py and the architecture for the Open Library. He also built Infogami, a company that merged with Reddit in its early days, through which he became an equal owner of the merged company.[i] Swartz also focused on sociology, civic awareness and activism. In 2010 he was a member of the Harvard University Center for Ethics. He cofounded the online group Demand Progress (known for its campaign against SOPA) and later worked with US and international activist groups Rootstrikers and Avaaz.
On January 6, 2011, Swartz was arrested in connection with systematic downloading of academic journal articles from JSTOR, which became the subject of a federal investigation. Swartz opposed JSTOR’s practice of compensating publishers, rather than authors, out of the fees it charges for access to articles. Swartz contended that JSTOR’s fees limited access to academic work produced at American colleges and universities.
On January 11, 2013, Swartz was found dead in his Crown Heights, Brooklyn apartment, where he hanged himself. One commentator wrote that “His case highlights society’s uncertain, evolving view of how to treat people who break into computer systems and share data not to enrich themselves, but to make it available to others.”
** UPDATE **
By Wesley Yang, New York Magazine 09 February 13
** UPDATE **
Who was Aaron Swartz ?
Anonymous hacks M.I.T. in tribute to Aaron.
Meet U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, one of President Obama’s mistakes.
Petition to remove United States District Attorney Carmen Ortiz from office for overreach in the case of Aaron Swartz.
10 Awful Crimes That Get You Less Prison Time Than What Aaron Swartz Faced for Freeing JSTOR Articles.
MIT did not speak out against the prosecution’s case, now they’re ‘investigating themselves’.
JSTOR did not want Aaron prosecuted. Here is their statement.
Sen. Minority Leader Mitch-the-Bitch McConnell reiterated his position this morning: Government will shutdown unless President makes dramatic cuts to Medicare and Social Security.
He wants the Democrats to not only enable the cuts, but also shield Republicans from the political consequences of cutting these programs by cutting them on the Republicans behalf.
Mitch-the-Bitch intendeds to hold the nation hostage to get cuts to programs
which have NOTHING TO DO WITH THE DEFICIT !!
Who in Hell does he think he is ?
Posted by in Opinion on December 31, 2012
Here’s a list of things I see as priorities (not in any particular order) for our country…
- NATIONAL STANDARDS FOR ELECTIONS. There is an absolute need for elections in our country to be run based on a standard set of rules. We cannot continue to have whatever party happens to be in control of a given state able to tweak the election rules to favor themselves. This is totally unacceptable. We all need to vote on paper, using a common apparatus to count those paper votes. And we need to let go of the idea that we know the result immediately. We need to be able to wait a few days for a solid count.
- RAISE THE CAP ON INCOME SUBJECT TO SOCIAL SECURITY TAXES. The Social Security System was designed in a different age. Some changes need to be made. Simple changes that will carry it for the long term. If the Social Security tax cap were raised from the current $110,000 to $250,000 the solvency would be extended to 75 years out without reducing benefits.
- SINGLE-PAYER, UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE. The Healthcare reform law is a good start, but what we really need is healthcare provided to everyone based on citizenship not employment status. We need to move the burden from the employers to the Nation. This can be financed by a simple, fractional 0.5 percent tax on stock trades and financial transactions. A lot of politicians say that insecurity is the fear that inhibits growth on our economy. Well, take medical insurance out of the for-profit sector and you will reduce the cost of medicine. Then remove the cost of medical benefits from the employer’s balance sheet and you reduce the cost and uncertainty of providing jobs.
- A FOSSIL FUEL POLICY FOCUSED ON THE NATION NOT THE CORPORATION. Our energy companies, many of which began as American corporations, have become international corporations. The have little if any allegiance to the country that made them possible. We need a simple rule that states “Before any energy company could export any resource produced in the United States, the needs of the United States would have to be fulfilled first.” This would be structured on a five year plan to cover current and near future resources to make the United States fossil fuel self sufficient.
- INVESTMENT IN OUR NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE. The current defense budget of $631 Billion is provided for the defense of our nation. The 2012 budget is 6-7 times larger than the $106 billion of the military budget of China, and is more than the next twenty largest military spenders combined. Our crumbling infrastructure is a national security concern. A simple designation of 10%, or $63 Billion of the Pentagon budget to a national infrastructure bank could be used for rebuilding the critical backbone of our nation. This would be a huge boost to domestic jobs as well.