Epic Opposition to Keystone XL From Native American Alliance

February 2, 2014

Epic Opposition to Keystone XL


“”It poses a threat to our sacred water and the product is coming from the tar sands and our tribes oppose the tar sands mining,” said Deborah White Plume, of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, which is part of the Lakota Nation in South Dakota. “All of our tribes have taken action to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline.””

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts

January 27, 2014

I’ll sum this up quickly:

All the markets are rigged. This is why the stock market is at an all-time high when there is no economy and no recovery.

40% earn less than $20,000, 53% earn less than $30,000.

Everyone is up to their eyeballs in debt and the banks aren’t lending.

There is no consumer economy.

Aside from the top 1% everyone’s income is falling.


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June 12, 2013

NSA contract analyst says he leaked surveillance documents – latimes.com

June 10, 2013

“I have no intention of hiding who I am because I know I have done nothing wrong,” he was quoted as saying. He said he expected U.S. authorities to “demonize” him and said he planned to “ask for asylum from any countries that believe in free speech and oppose the victimization of global privacy.”


Snowden said he decided to expose the NSA secrets because “I do not want to live in a society that does these sort of things.” He said the agency “collects more digital communications from America than we do from the Russians.”

NSA contract analyst says he leaked surveillance documents – latimes.com.

Full Text: The FISA court order forcing Verizon to hand over data | WashingtonExaminer.com

June 6, 2013

Full Text: The FISA court order forcing Verizon to hand over data | WashingtonExaminer.com.




This Court having found that the Application of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for an Order requiring the production of tangible things from Verizon Business Network Services, Inc. on behalf of MCI Communication Services Inc., d/b/a Verizon Business Services (individually and collectively “Verizon”) satisfies the requirements of 50 U.S.C. ? 1861, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that, the Custodian of Records shall produce to the National Security Agency (NSA) upon service of this Order, and continue production



Derived from: Pleadings in the above-captioned docket Declassify on: 12 April 2038 on an ongoing daily basis thereafter for the duration of this Order, unless otherwise ordered by the Court, an electronic copy of the following tangible things: all call detail records or “telephony metadata” created by Verizon for communications (i) between the United States and abroad; or (ii) wholly within the United States, including local telephone calls. This Order does not require Verizon to produce telephony metadata for communications wholly originating and terminating in foreign countries. Telephony metadata includes comprehensive communications routing information, including but not limited to session identifying information (e.g., originating and terminating telephone number, International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) number, International Mobile station Equipment Identity (IMEI) number, etc.), trunk identifier, telephone calling card numbers, and time and duration of call. Telephony metadata does not include the substantive content of any communication, as defined by 18 U.S.C. ? 2510(8), or the name, address, or financial information of a subscriber or customer.


IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that no person shall disclose to any other person that the FBIor NSA has sought or obtained tangible things under this Order, other than to: (a) those persons to whom disclosure is necessary to comply with such Order; (b) an attorney to obtain legal advice or assistance with respect to the production of things in response to the Order; or (c) other persons as permitted by the Director of the FBI or the Director’s designee. A person to whom disclosure is made pursuant to (a), (b), or (c) shall be subject to the nondisclosure requirements applicable to a person to whom an Order is directed in the same manner as such person. Anyone who discloses to a person described in (a), (b), or (c) that the FBI or NSA has sought or obtained tangible things pursuant to this Order shall notify such person of the nondisclosure requirements of this Order. At the request of the Director of the FBI or the designee of the Director, any person making or intending to make a disclosure under (a) or (c) above shall identify to the Director or such designee the person to whom such disclosure will be made or to whom such disclosure was made prior to the request.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that service of this Order shall be by a method agreed upon by the Custodian of Records of Verizon and the FBI, and if no agreement is reached, service shall be personal. This authorization requiring the production of certain call detail records or “telephony metadata” created by Verizon expires on the 19 day of July, 2013, at 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time.

Oculus VR co-founder killed in crosswalk during high-speed police chase

June 2, 2013

Originally posted on VentureBeat:

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The co-founder of the Oculus VR virtual-reality goggles startup was struck and killed in a tragic police chase in Southern California on Thursday.

andrew reissePolice identified the victim today as Andrew Scott Reisse, 33, a resident of Santa Ana, according to KABC-TV in Los Angeles. Co-workers described him as a “brilliant” man. He was walking in a cross walk when he was hit by a car. Police said the incident started when police saw two cars full of people. An altercation ensued, and one of the suspects, 26-year-old Gerardo Diego Ayala, was shot and killed. Police alleged that Victor Sanchez and two other suspect took off in a Dodge Charger.

Sanchez, who was allegedly at the wheel, fled from police and crashed into two vehicles before hitting Reisse during the high-speed chase. Sanchez led police through several red lights, including the intersection where Reisse was hit.

Reisse’s father, who lives in…

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Yahoo Shuts Down Mail Classic, Forces Switch To New Version That Scans Your Emails To Target Ads

June 2, 2013

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Starting the week of June 3rd, tomorrow, Yahoo is discontinuing Mail Classic. It’s requiring all Mail users to switch to the new version of Mail and accept a TOS/Privacy Policy update that lets it scan emails to “deliver product features, relevant advertising, and abuse protection”. You can opt out of the ads, but if you don’t want to be scanned, you have to ditch Yahoo Mail.

Yahoo launched the new version of Mail in December, and announced the discontinuation of Classic back in April. However, it didn’t mention anything about the new terms of service and privacy policy until it just began sending Classic users an email about having to switch. In an aptly named Help center entry “Do I have to upgrade to the new Yahoo! Mail?”, the company explains

“Beginning the week of June 3, 2013, older versions of Yahoo! Mail (including Yahoo! Mail Classic) will no longer…

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Holder: Drone strikes have killed four Americans since 2009

May 23, 2013

Originally posted on CNN Security Clearance:

By Carol Cratty and Joe Johns

Counterterrorism drone strikes have killed four Americans overseas since 2009, the U.S. government acknowledged for the first time on Wednesday, one day before President Barack Obama delivers a major speech on related policy.

In a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, Attorney General Eric Holder said the United States specifically targeted and killed one American citizen, al Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, in 2011 in Yemen, alleging he was plotting attacks against the United States.

The letter provided new details about al-Awlaki’s alleged involvement in bomb plots targeting U.S. aviation.

Holder also said the Obama administration was aware of three other Americans who had been killed in counterterrorism operations overseas.

Holder said Samir Kahn, Abdul Rahman Anwar al-Awlaki and Jude Kenan Mohammed were not targeted by the United States but he did not add more details about their deaths.

The letter represents the…

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Buying Tumblr might make Yahoo cool — but buying Pinterest might have made more sense

May 20, 2013

Originally posted on Gigaom:

If Marissa Mayer is on a mission to teach kids about her company, which was founded before some of them were even born, buying Tumblr isn’t a bad way to do it. But in all the discussion of Yahoo’s new deal, too many people are writing about Yahoo buying a blogging site, comparing Tumblr to WordPress, when in fact Tumblr is more of a photo site for the youngs.

While buying Tumblr isn’t necessarily a bad deal for the two companies, as my colleague Mathew Ingram wrote, there’s another photo site out there that might have been an even better deal: Pinterest.

pinterest layoutIn many ways, Pinterest is also building a mobile-friendly photo site just like Tumblr, but Pinterest is also in the midst of constructing the underpinnings for a potentially much more lucrative native revenue experience. Pinterest is oriented around commerce and consumers craving particular items. That’s good for…

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Navy launches drone from air craft carrier

May 20, 2013

Originally posted on CNN Security Clearance:

An unmanned jet is catapulted from the deck of an aircraft carrier making naval history.  The bat-winged X-47B flew some pre-determined maneuvers before landing at a naval air station on shore.

The next milestone will be landing the prototype back on board the carrier.

The Navy eventually plans to build armed versions of the stealth plane which will give the Navy long range strike and reconnaissance capability without risking the lives of pilots.

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