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#boycottuber

Reality update: Imran Khan auf Twitter: “I tend to be cynical about the idea of Late Capitalism, but an Uber driver last night told me a story which made my jaw hit the floor. He picked me up, and apologised for the congestion. “You see all these cars, though? They’re owned by the same person”. (1/9)” / Twitter … :

“The set-up means that when these drivers complete a ride, the payment goes direct to the guy who owns the car. The driver sees precisely zero cents until they hit a monthly quota. The money’s in the owner’s account; he then transfers it once the quota’s hit.” (4/9)”

#securitytheatre Latacora – Stop Using Encrypted Email

https://latacora.singles/2020/02/19/stop-using-encrypted.html

… says:

Here’s why.

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If messages can be sent in plaintext, they will be sent in plaintext.

Email is end-to-end unencrypted [1] by default. The foundations of electronic mail are plaintext. All mainstream email software expects plaintext. In meaningful ways, the Internet email system is simply designed not to be encrypted.

The clearest example of this problem is something every user of encrypted email has seen: the inevitable unencrypted reply. In any group of people exchanging encrypted emails, someone will eventually manage to reply in plaintext, usually with a quoted copy of the entire chain of email attached. This is tolerated, because most people who encrypt emails are LARPing. But in the real world, it’s an irrevocable disaster.

Sign up to stop #torture on #Assange, say the British Medics

Reality update: End torture and medical neglect of Julian Assange – The Lancet … :

Should Assange die in a UK prison, as the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture has warned, he will effectively have been tortured to death. Much of that torture will have taken place in a prison medical ward, on doctors’ watch. The medical profession cannot afford to stand silently by, on the wrong side of torture and the wrong side of history, while such a travesty unfolds. In the interests of defending medical ethics, medical authority, and the human right to health, and taking a stand against torture, together we can challenge and raise awareness of the abuses detailed in our letters. Our appeals are simple: we are calling upon governments to end the torture of Assange and ensure his access to the best available health care before it is too late. Our request to others is this: please join us.

The Don made #Assange an offer that he shouldn’t have resisted…

Donald Trump ‘offered Julian Assange a pardon if he denied Russia link to hack’ | Media | The Guardian

A statement from Assange’s lawyer Jennifer Robinson shows “Mr Rohrabacher going to see Mr Assange and saying, on instructions from the president, he was offering a pardon or some other way out, if Mr Assange … said Russia had nothing to do with the DNC [Democratic National Committee] leaks”, Fitzgerald told Westminster magistrates court.

1998 article on Crypto AG: The NSA’s Trojan Whore?

I dont understand all that fuzzin these days. This news is no news, almost everything about the Crypto AG stuff has been published in 1998 by Wayne Madsen, and has been uncloaked in the early nineties: 

“The cover shielding the NSA-Crypto AG relationship was torn in March 1992, when the Iranian military counterintelligence service arrested Hans Buehler, Crypto AG’s marketing representative in Teheran. The Iranian government charged the tall, 50ish businessman with spying for the “intelligence services of the Federal Republic of Germany and the United States of America.” “I was questioned for five hours a day for nine months,” Buehler says. “

Here’s the link: 

http://mediafilter.org/caq/cryptogate/

And here’s the source reference, if you need it.

as seen in the book “Shadow Government: How the Secret Global Elite Is Using Surveillance Against You” by Grant R. Jeffrey (avail on Google Books) 

On Wayne Madsen – Wikipedia … :

Wayne Madsen (born April 28, 1954) is an American journalist, author and columnist specializing in intelligence and international affairs.[1][2] He is the author of the blog Wayne Madsen Report.[3] He has been described as a conspiracy theorist.” (…)

“In 1990 Madsen joined Computer Sciences Corporation, working there from 1990 until 1997,[15] when he joined the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) as a senior fellow. In 1998, while at EPIC, Madsen was described by journalist Jason Vest in The Village Voice as one of the world’s leading SIGINT and computer security experts.[17] In late-January 2005, Madsen left EPIC.[15] While at EPIC he appeared as a guest on 60 Minutes,[18] ABC Nightline,[19] Voice of America,[20] and National Public Radio.[21]”

 

Dont worry, these cameras are there for your safety…

Reality update: The Rise of the Video Surveillance Industrial Complex … :

In a 2018 document, the data storage firm Western Digital and the consultancy Accenture predicted mass smart camera networks would be deployed “across three tiers of maturity.” This multi-stage adoption, they contended, would “allow society” to gradually abandon “concerns about privacy” and instead “accept and advocate” for mass police and government surveillance in the interest of “public safety.”

#Pyrocene The Age of the #Megafires

This is the age of the megafire – and it’s being fuelled by our leaders | Tim Flannery | Opinion | The Guardian

There’s a British saying that fire is a good servant but a bad master. But in Australia, with its unique vegetation and climate, fire can also be a terrifying predator. Like all good predators, it remains hidden until it’s ready to strike, so even in this fire-plagued year, most Australians have not seen the flames that lurk in the forest, taking life seemingly at random. But many have smelt its stench. Sometimes we wake at night to thickening smoke, and lie there wondering where the beast is prowling. Some mornings we peer out the window and decide that it is not a safe day to be outside.