Mainstream Media Reports Truth: West No Match For Russian Military Hardware:

A leaked Ministry of Defence document reported by The Times newspaper has officially admitted that the British army would be no match for Russian military hardware in the battlefield and that Russian President Vladimir Putin would have a “significant capability edge” in state-on-state warfare.

The report, which was produced by the army for the government, warns that the UK and its NATO allies are “scrambling to catch up” with Russia, which holds a significant advantages in every key aspect of technological warfare.

Most significant perhaps, the report explains how Russia’s arsenal of weapons — which includes rocket launchers and advanced air-defence systems — are much more powerful than what any NATO member has at its disposal.

The report also says Russian intelligence has mastered the art of hacking and disturbing radar signals, meaning the effectiveness of British and NATO weaponry and aircraft operated using GPS navigation is under serious threat and the technology that should hide stealth weapons and aircraft from early warning systems might be rendered ineffective.

The report was based on research into the technology tactics Russia has used during the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine. It describes weapons and strategies that British military leaders must quickly learn to counter.

This study will be the cause of serious concern for Prime Minister Theresa May. It says Britain has spent the 21st century focusing on counterinsurgency operations against terrorist groups in the Middle East, for example, but as a result has fallen well behind when it comes to being prepared for state-on-state warfare.

“In the unlikely event of a direct confrontation between Nato and Russia, we must acknowledge that Russia has a significant capability edge over UK force elements,” the report says. Prime Minister Teresa May recently expressed “dissatisfaction” with current UK-Russia relations and vowed to work toward an improved relationship. This is the result of May’s predecessor David Cameron sycophanticall following the lead of his bum chum Barack Obama and supporting all of America’s delusional attempts to intimidate the Russians.

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U.S. To Station Nuclear Weapons in Germany Against Russia
Germany’s ZDF public television network reported on September 22nd, “New U.S. Atomic Weapons to Be Stationed in Germany,”  that the U.S. will station 20 new nuclear bombs in Germany, each being four times the destructive power of the one that was used on Hiroshima . Hans Kristensen, the Director of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists, says, “With the new bombs the boundaries blur between tactical and strategic nuclear weapons.”

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The massive explosion at a chemical plant in the city of Tianjin in northern China was a shocking eveny by any standard. But as usual in recent years, once the initial horror recedes the unfortunate accident narrative starts to unravel. The first thing we notice is that the disaster is very convenient for certain parties, the second is that official news reports just don’t make sense, and the third is that eye witness reports contradict the edited news stories. Now read on …

Russia Just Sent out a Message NATO Should Better Listen To
The key paragraph from the latest official Russian naval doctrine is that Putin and his military advisers have sent a clear message that NATO encroachment is unacceptable. To be honest, there is nothing earth shattering in this, The Daily Stirrer and many other alternative media news and analysis sites have been warning for about two years that Obama’s foreign policy was making conflict inevitable.

Stupidity Of America’s Lust For War With Russia

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We all knew the ceasefire agreed by Angela Merkel, Francoise Hollande, Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian Nazi leader Poroschenko would not hold. The people whose country stands to gain most from war, that is of course Barack Obama and John Kerry, President and secretary of State of the USA, the country that wants and needs perpetual war, were trying derail the fragile deal while the four leaders were still negotiating.

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Russia along with three quarters of the world, is isolated
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Without American leadership, democracy is in peril? Not really.

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The Ukraine Government claimed they had destroyed a Russian convoy that entered their territory. East Ukrainian rebels denounced it as an atrocity. Two British journalists working near the Russia / Ukrain border said they had witnessed the carnage. Russia said there had been no convoy. Independent sources said satellite pictures showed no evidence of wreckage. WTF was that all about?

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German Government Smartphone Spyware Monitors Citizens’ Calls, Typing AND Sees Through Their Cameras


The shadow government is employing shadow spied Image source: middlemarketcenter.org

The German Interior Ministry has formally revealed that they have created a new “Bundestrojaner” or government trojan horse software that will enable security agencies to track the smartphone activities of anyone that inadvertently downloads it according to German media. We understand Chancellor Merkel’s government has also adopted an “off the shelf” tool from a company which is said to help authoritarian regimes track their citizens.

(Well we have tried to warn you of the direction the German government was travelling in when we started referring to The Chancellor as Hausfrau – Volksfuhrer Merkel, drawing a parallel with comedian Barry Humphrey’s character, “Housewife – Superstar Dame Edna Everidge. Though Dame Edna is not real, Merkel seems to have become similarly deluded.

The Trojan Horse software the German government is using disguises itself as something innocent like a free screen saver or game. Once the user opens the file the malicious code infects the target computer, often allowing a third party access to all kinds of information and enabling them to record keystrokes, browse files and even remotely control the computer.

The Federal Data Protection Commissioner Andrea Vosshoff has said that the testing of the software has been completed and that it will be used to follow the movements and actions of suspected criminals and others.

The government tried to reassure concerned citizens by saying that the software only has the capacity to monitor communications and not have access to sensitive files. Critics of the project, aware that the government has openly discussed the possibility of criminalising opposition to the government’s ‘open doors’ immigration policy and opponents of EU political integration, fear the malware could theoretically gain access to anyone’s computer files, personal sensitive information without the person ever being aware that they had been infected with the malware.

Green Party deputy head Konstantin von Notz said, “We do understand the needs of security officials, but still, in a country under the rule of law, the means don’t justify the end.”

This is not the occasion on which the German government has used a trojan horse program. In 2011 the government created similar malware in secret without the knowledge of the public. A hacker group called “Chaos Computer Club” discovered the plan and leaked details to the press causing a scandal. The lawyer of a person whose computer was infected by the trojan told the German press the government had planted it on his client’s computer as he was going through customs at Munich airport.

FinFisher Gamma-International is the company that has developed the latestsoftware called FinFisher or FinSpy. They are based in the UK and in Germany and specialise in developing spyware for governments and law enforcement agencies.

They have been at the centre of many civil liberties scandals when oppressive regimes have used their software to spy on political opponents and human rights activists. Egypt used the software during the Arab spring to help identify and ‘neutralise’ people critical of the Mubarak regime. Germany, which presents itself as a liberal Social Demoracy now joins countries like Bahrain and Indonesia who are alleged to use the software, according to a report by University of Toronto based Citizen Lab(but as anarchist intellectual Mikhail Bakunin warned Karl Marx in the 1870s, socialist governments will always become more oppressive that the old despotic monarchies).

Re-Branding Dissent – The Quiet Destruction Of Democracy

Many people, all the contributors to this publication among them, fear that democracy is being destroyed. OK, OK, hipsters will say but ‘we’ve never had democracy’, or, ‘it was destroyed long ago’, but left wing deceit aside, I think its worth actually thinking about how, many forms of democratic expression, effective dissent and peaceful self-determination are being outlawed and abolished in a sustained attack on free speech and civil rights.

In an article titled “The Next Crisis” the author argues that The Controllers, The Global Elite, call them what you will, have decided that Democracy is a threat to their wealth and power and have more than likely given some thought to how best to neuter it while appearing to do no such thing. It is expedient to retain the outward appearance of democracy in order to avoid frightening the frail of spirit, but there is a move to eradicate any substance from it, leaving us with an empty but colourful stage show.

The idea of a meritocratic global governance is about a hundred years old now, when first floated it was unworkable but now internet technologies offer government the ability to control information and thus manipulate opinion so that enough people can be persuaded to surrender their individual rights and liberties in return for protection from ‘existential threats’ that in reality, if dealt with properly, pose no greater danger to human life than a smelly fart.

And yet the elites keep pushing the idea that we are threatened by global warming, Islamic extremism, food and water shortages and a host of other problems from which only Big Government can save us. For example

3) professionalized Governance. Democracy can be and must be neutered, and an effective way of doing this is to insist that amateur, elected officials MUST take the advice of professional (read corporate) advisors. Expand current law to enforce this.

If this seems monstrous now, their argument, I suspect, will be that in an increasingly crowded, interconnected and globalised world we can no longer leave critically important decisions in the hands of the uneducated, in-expert and amateur. We must, of course, still be free to choose but must, from now on, be helped to choose ‘wisely’. And how can we choose wisely if we aren’t given wise choices to choose from? Oh, the Orwellian beauty of it! No prizes for guessing who will decide what is and what is not wise.

We cannot any longer allow you to choose unwisely! There is so much at stake and so much you and your representatives simply do not fully understand.

You only need think how much legislation is already written by these ‘advisors’ and how many ‘experts’ are routinely seconded from corporations in order to ‘help’ the government departments regulate those same corporations to appreciate how far towards this we have already come. Two examples of ‘expert advice’ spring readily to mind. Back in May 2014 Citi drafted, word for word, many of the ‘amendments’ to the Frank Dodd financial regulation law. While professional experts from J PM Morgan did the same for the new derivatives trading law which puts the US tax payer back on the hook for any really serious losses. In an essay <br />

<h4>The Next Crisis – Part two – A manifesto for the supremacy of the 1%</h4><br />

the author, award winning documentary film maker David Malone presents a likely manifesto for the subversion of democracy by a bureaucratic dictatorship appointed by political and wealthy oligarchs.

Interesting reading …

 

 

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Drinking from a firehose – internet

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/technology/alexisdormandy/100007532/getting-info-from-the-internet-is-like-drinking-from-a-fire-hose-but-efficient-word-of-mouth-can-fix-that/

The pioneers of the web saw the internet as a democratising force – empowering the under-informed consumer against an omnipotent corporation. People imagined a perfect market where we could find the thing we wanted at the best price at the click of a button. The hot web properties around the turn of the millennium of the day were comparative price engines, which took off on the assumption that as finding what you wanted became easy, the key differentiator would be price.

It’s turned out a bit more complicated than that.

If anything, the connection of people to information has been too successful. Technology has transformed the amount we are able to do each day, but it has also transformed how much we are expected to do.

We are deluged by information at work; from people we know, from people we don’t; from companies that want to sell us something; from media companies, advertisers and spammers.

In a paper published in Science last year, Dr Martin Hilbert calculated that the amount of data in the world was increasing by 23 per cent per annum …. and moreover that each of us is consuming the equivalent of 174 newspapers …. every day.

We are drinking from a fire hose.

It’s clear that technology has not made our lives easier – it’s just allowed us to do more in the same amount of time, not all of it useful. The ability to compute, store, and share information instantaneously around the globe has meant expectations have risen.

We are expected to do more, do it better and do it quicker. This is patently unrealistic, and it’s not surprising that stress related illnesses are so prevalent. We have infinitely more options, but much less time to understand them.

Bill Joy, the chief scientist at Sun Microsystems, described it like this:

“Technological evolution has exponentially surpassed the speed of human evolution. Technological evolution is doubling every eighteen months. Biological entities, only progressing at the speed of biological evolution, are left behind”.

In other words, a human being can’t consume, understand, collate and usefully process 174 newspapers of information a day. In our efforts to do everything, we frequently do nothing.

The lack of time, overload of information and lack of trust for things we haven’t tried ourselves has made our lives dull. We live in vibrant and constantly evolving societies, and yet we visit the same restaurants, cook the same recipes, buy the same clothes labels, read the same authors, and use the one bank, builder and garage we’ve always used.

We should aim higher.

The solution is nurtured in the people we trust. It’s called word of mouth. Because 21st century humans have confused it with telling everything to everyone, we’re not very good at it.

Bees have a brain the size of a seed, and their longest conversation is seven seconds, but even they are much better at word of mouth than your average human.

When a bee finds a new source of nectar, they fly in a figure of eight pattern. The axis of the eight directs the other 40,000 bees in the hive to the flowers, to gorge on the nectar and spread pollen. Everyone benefits. That’s word of mouth at its simple best.

Efficient word of mouth would allow us to remember things friends we trust have told us about, let us pass that on to other friends who trust us. It would allow us revel in the new, rather than living our lives on repeat.

If word of mouth was efficient, the company with the best product wins. A small business that offers great service operates on the same playing field as the large corporate. Innovative small businesses that go the extra mile would succeed more quickly, and provide more jobs, and better products.

If word of mouth was perfect, the CEO in every business would be as fixated on improving his company’s product, as they are on sales or finance; because winning and losing would be defined by it. That means product people becoming CEO, which happens very rarely unless you’re Apple.

The challenge is in making it simple to pull the precious needles out of the haystack of your life, save them, and share them with your friends.

But whatever the technology, word of mouth is about selectivity and trust. It’s about you helping yourself and helping your friends. It’s about finding a bed of roses in a sunny corner, flying in a figure of eight, and getting your friends to join you in the feast.
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simiangeorge
4 hours ago
This back to basics theme sounds great, but won’t work. Like communism, it’s a good idea on paper, but then encounters the wider world and it becomes something else. For example, Facebook started life as a simple proposition where you would log your friends and close acquaintances and keep in touch. Look what the money men have turned it into; an over-complex behemoth of a marketing man’s (almost) wet dream. It is now rammed down society’s throat at every turn. Also, look at all the novel ways people have been using it beyond a simple contacts forum – there’s a Facebook page for everything, from fundraising to “liking” the latest brand of hair straighteners to forming petitions/ focus groups. So; the Web- simple in concept, bewilderingly complex when applied, used and modified by billions of individuals.
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Q46
7 hours ago
Tripe!

There were no “pioneers of the web” the usual fallacy that a group of clever coves get together to make all our modern wonders possible.

This notion of prescience encourages politicians to believe they can tell the future and set up committees to direct “investment” (aka squandering taxpayers’ money) in areas we shall all need or desire in the future.

The web happened serendipitously because of the cross-fertilisation of thousands of ideas, trial and error, amid many failures and a few successes and the wider mass of people deciding what they liked, didn’t like.

To reduce this accidental technological revolution to some planned campaign to liberate the Masses against their evil overlords and monied intersts, is out of the pages of the writings of Marx and is absurd.

Inundated with information? So building a library and filling it with books inundates us with information all of which we cannot process?

Of course not, you only get inundated if you take every book out and try to read them all at once.

The alternative is selecting only what you want to read. On computers its called a delete button
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Frank Fisher
7 hours ago
Jeez. I wrote about his years ago – why aren’t I a billionaire. I remember talking to Arthur C Clarke about it (yes), okay, talking by fax, he didn’t like to communicate any other way, dunno why, and the issue of the torrent of voices came up. Everyone gets a voice, but what value has one voice in a screaming crowd? How do you *know* what you need to know? Answer: you don’t. Just try to get by day by day.

At that point 15 years or so back, I think we needed to be consuming 600 books a day to keep abreast of increasing knowledge – but this isn’t new. I figured at the time that the last person who would have been able to know everything that was known at that time, through his lifetime, would have been Leonardo da Vinci – famous for his extensive library and web of connections. He was the last man who knew everything.

Back on topic – word of mouth does indeed work perfectly online, with user reviews etc, so long as those users are indeed real. Astroturfing and sock puppetry cock it all up, which is why we need another human talent… intuition. Firstly to recognize who is real and who is a persona. But also, for more complex info, newspaper articles etc. I long ago gave up on facts, expert opinion, recommendations, statistics – in a sea of everything, everything can be ‘proven’ – all studies and thesis can be argued for. So now I distrust everything except my own intuition. If something seems like bullshit, it is

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M T Bucket
7 hours ago
What utter tosh. Just because someone I know ‘likes’ something on facebook doesn’t mean it is suitable for me. I don’t shop for my groceries oin the basis of which brand of baked beans most of my friends like (among 100 other items in my basket). I might however ask a friend whether his Porsche is any good or not. On the other hand, people do go to extremes to justify what they have purchased, lest they look foolish (post-purchase justification anyone?).

The bee analogy is also false. Bees are a community that depend on collective survival. The hive is king. Humans on the other hand almost always act in their own best interests.

Web 1.0 was meant to be an information sharing tool. Social media or Web 2.0 was invented for WoM and companies are still working out how to use it to more effectively screw consumers, not to provide them with the ‘best possible service’.
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Simon_Stephenson
6 hours ago
itzman

I think maybe you underestimate people’s ability to recognise quality. For things that they are not particularly fussed about, they respond to being bombarded with claptrap and false information by bypassing the quality-judgment process, and substituting for it a process of choosing whatever it is that their section of society has made its most popular. In effect, they’ve re-defined quality as “preferred by people like me”, in order to keep some personal control over it, rather than having to rely on the word of people in whom they have no faith.

For things that they are fussed about, they have to go through the rigmarole of discarding all the deceptive crap with which things are surrounded, and I’m sure that the frustration of having to go through this experience must have the effect of discouraging future attempts at discernment.

So maybe people do still have the ability to assess quality, it’s just that the environment in which they live discourages them from using it
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speymk1901
8 hours ago
You still cannot get anything done which is useful from an information processing standpoint without a library card and a visit to said presumably obsolescent institution.

This is a good thing.

It amazes me that so little work has been done to differentiate instantaneous media from print media. The former is an instantly expendable and use-by-dated tool for negotiating mazes. The latter is all about memory, retention, contemplation and genuine information reduction and compression (not as in LZW either LOL).

Why people waste so much time futilely attempting to substitute the psychic paradigm of the book with that of IT-derived tools is also a source of wonder and amusement. They are their own entities unto themselves as different from each other as aliens from platypuses (platypae ? LOL). They can be used to reinforce each other; one without the other much less substituted for the other therefore is Fahrenheit 451 with no political object in sight and therefore self-lobotomising
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Simon_Stephenson
8 hours ago
“word of mouth is about selectivity and trust. It’s about you helping yourself and helping your friends”

Mmmm. I think word of mouth has to be about reciprocity. It’s about imparting information which you would be happy to receive, were the situation to be reversed, and about not imparting information which you wouldn’t be happy to receive.

You use the analogy of bees, but the thing about bees is that the one which discovers the source of nectar isn’t going to send all the others off on a wild-goose chase so that it can keep the whole of the source to itself. Nor is it going to turn the source into a nice little earner for itself by demanding an entry fee. Nor, indeed, is it going to create a false source by salting dry flowers with nectar brought less comfortably from farther afield. And it’s not going to claim ownership of the source for its community and fight bees from other hives who come across it in the course of their travels.

Humans, on the other hand, have a predilection for doing all these things, and more, and until such time as double standards and deliberate deception revert to being socially unacceptable, in contrast to being the epitome of cleverness and smart behaviour, as they have become, the advances we can make from the development of communication will be very limited.


Judge Denies Attempt To Block Obama’s Transfer Of Internet Oversight To UN

October 2016: In a last ditch effort to block Obama’s plan to allow the US Commerce Department to hand over oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to a multi-stakeholder community – which includes the technical community, businesses, civil society and foreign governments – 4 state attorneys went to a Texas federal court alleging that the transition, in the absence of congressional approval, amounts to an illegal forfeiture of U.S. government property. Confirming once more that under Obama’s Presidency the judiciary and legal system have been totally politicised, their case was thrown out on a technicality.

Social Media: A death spiral, except for a few big winners.

Because this blog platform is closing in a few months, it is quite appropriate to bring an article from Wolf Street blog to your attention. Because you see, when I warned that Google, Facebook and other cybernazis, while paying lip service the the idea that the internet was freeing information and connecting us with everybody in the world, their corporate policies were actually leading towards a situation in which information was controlled by a few global bureaucracies and supposedly capitalist corporations, and thus free speech was limited.

OK, hands up anyone who did not know Google and Facebook were both started with money from a ‘Venture Capital’ investor that is know to be a front for the CIA. Well you know now, OK.

The science heads, tech heads, authority worshippers and leftist sheeple called me a conspiracy theorist of course. But as I said back in 2006, if we embraced the idea that everything should be connected to t’internet, we would surrender our liberty to corporate interests.

The crowd are catching up with me it seems.

A death spiral, except for a few big winners.

By Fabius Maximus, Wolf Street a multi-author website with a focus on geopolitics:

The internet is a mirror in which we can see important aspects of America. Businesses funded by speculation (greed) struggle to survive in an era of few opportunities and falling investment, while high technology and rising inequality reshape America. The social media stocks are in this maelstrom, as virtual advertising space grows faster than their audience and advertisers dollars. Publishers grow desperate, try ever more intrusive ads. Few will survive.
The race for revenue on the internet

The evolution of the internet is best seen in terms of what pays for it: banner ads, then pop-up ads, then auto-run video ads, and now “integrating” the content with the advertisements (these trends often end by debasing the product). It is an evolution to increasingly intrusive ads, forcing people to either spend more of their time killing the ads — or installing ad blockers (which are in a Red Queen race with the developers of ad technology).

Don’t blame the managers of these companies. That’s as foolish as blaming airlines for the poor service that accompanies the cheap fares we demand. We don’t pay for most of the information and many of the services we get on the internet. As Andrew Lewis said: “If you’re not paying for something, you’re not the customer; you’re the product being sold.” So we have no grounds to complain.

The managers know the futility of this race they’re locked into, but they’re desperate.

Read the rest at Wolf Street >>>

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Google and the Government Will Collect data On Your Farts

Levi’s and Google working on interactive, internet device-linked fabric, how effing insane are these people? Are they gathering data on your fart and logging how often you scratch you belly?

Actually the claims they make for this new fabric are even crazier. I’m not saying the stuff will not do what they say, but FFS who apart from total nerds would want it. Throughout the day we all do stuff we don’t want to share with the internet.

Project Jacquard – named after the inventor of a type of loom – was revealed during the internet giant’s annual developers’ conference in San Francisco on Friday.

“We are enabling interactive textiles,” ATAP’s Emre Karagozler said while showing off the new smart textiles. “We do it by weaving conductive threads into fabric.”

To answer one of the key questions around the material itself, Karagozler explained: “It is stretchable; it is washable … It is just like normal fabric.”

The new type of threads used for the material can be woven into any shape, size or pattern and be made either to stand out or be invisible. The interactive material would be able to understand various gestures like crossing your legs or swiping your sleeve with your fingers.

The special fabric would also be capable of sending the data wirelessly to smartphones and other devices, opening up an array of new types of applications, aside from the most basic communication commands like placing a phone call and sending a text message.

“It becomes a home to new forms and applications we haven’t thought of yet. The potential is that the input is the gesture – crossing your legs, swiping, saving, lifting,” Vice President of Innovation for Levi’s said.

While not exactly an option for everyone, the interactive fabric would even be capable of notifying its wearer if they were gaining weight and be ready to suggest gyms, yoga classes and offer other health-related tips, founder of software development company FocusMotion, Grant Hughes noted.

Source: Russia Today

It sounds to us like a new advance in creepiness from the world’s creepiest corporation. Steer well clear of Google in future.

I’ve been trying to warn you for years but would you tech heads and science heads listen?

Posted by Mary Bradley McCaulay on Facebook

Know for sure Google earth is following me. Went to the Dentist in Mufreesboro this AM. When I got back to my sons house and got online with my Kindle, first thing I saw was a Dental ad.

I knew they followed my online moves, and now I know they follow me physically. Is Google the Big Brother in 1984?

Well yes mary of course it is. The fairy story about two semi autistic nerds getting together in college and deciding the world needed a new way of organising information is bollocks, Google was funded, set up and promoted by the US Government and their security agency, the CIA, with the intention of spying on the people.

Which is why its search results are shite as far as relevance goes, but produce far greater numbers of results than other search technology.

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Internet Privacy: could Your Online Porn Viewing Details Go Viral

Even if you are using privacy tools is your internet browsing safe. How secret are your financial transactions, are the off colour jokes you share with friends really private, and what about the kind of sites you would never tell your mother you visit? While you are watching porn, who is watching you?

Image source: Motherboard

Interesting story featured in The Indy today, I did a bit more digging to the source. Having often crossed swords with science worshippers who believe all technology is handed down to us on tablets of printed circuit board stuff by The Gods Of Science, and is therefore good and should not be doubted, I was gratified to see that my repeated warnings that there is absolutely no privacy on the internet, and far from being a benign tool invented by a geek scientist to liberate information, it is in fact an evil surveillance tool developed by government security agencies in collaboration with corporate control freaks for the purpose of controlling us.

from Brett Thomas’ blog

The premise of this post is simple: If you are watching/viewing porn online in 2015, even in Incognito mode, you should expect that at some point your porn viewing history will be publicly released and attached to your name.
How is this possible?

This is an uncomfortable topic to talk/write about, which perhaps contributes to how we’ve arrived at the current state. So, to understand the threat, start with some technical considerations:

Browser footprints: Web browsers leave an essentially unique footprint every time you visit a web page, even in Incognito mode (and even without supercookies). This is well established; many web tools such as Panopticlick will confirm that you give a website lots of information about your computer every time you visit.

Global identifiers: Linking your browser footprint on one website to your footprint on another website – or to a previous footprint on the same website – is straightforward. You should think of your browser footprint as a persistent global identifier, and this is particularly true if you don’t take any measures to hide your IP address (eg. a VPN). The EFF has an excellent technical overview of how this works.

User tracking: Tracking web users is super valuable, so almost every traditional website that you visit saves enough data to link your user account to your browser fingerprint, either directly or via third parties. The Economist ran an overview of user tracking in September. (Though, interestingly, there is no mention of adult websites.)

Hacking is ubiquitous: We hear about data breaches that involve tangible harm – Target, Anthem, TurboTax – but not the (likely great majority) of cases when hackers don’t want additional exposure. Or, paraphrasing the FBI director: There are two types of companies…those that know they’ve been hacked…and those that don’t know they’ve been hacked.

How might this happen?

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Still belive the internet is a gift from benign deity do you?


Judge Denies Attempt To Block Obama’s Transfer Of Internet Oversight To UN

October 2016: In a last ditch effort to block Obama’s plan to allow the US Commerce Department to hand over oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to a multi-stakeholder community – which includes the technical community, businesses, civil society and foreign governments – 4 state attorneys went to a Texas federal court alleging that the transition, in the absence of congressional approval, amounts to an illegal forfeiture of U.S. government property. Confirming once more that under Obama’s Presidency the judiciary and legal system have been totally politicised, their case was thrown out on a technicality.