Archive for January, 2012

FDA Alleged to Have Been Illegally Monitoring Private Emails

FDA Doctors and scientists are claiming that their private emails were being monitored by the FDA. Those making the claims are doctors and scientists which alleged the agency was approving medical devices that posed a danger to patients, according to federal court documents.

A lawsuit was filed in the US District Court by six former and current employees. Those six have  alleged the agency was approving medical devices that posed a danger to patients, according to federal court documents.

You ARE being watched

Ok, I’m a tech kind of person so I actually have something worth of saying here. On a WORK computer there is never any reasonable expectation to privacy. I don’t care who you work for, it’s not YOUR personal computer in your home and is therefore subject to whatever monitoring the employer deems necessary.

Yes, it sucks that the FDA kicks in the doors of holistic food producing farms and demands they be shut down and then turn around and approve cyborg like devices to be implanted in the human bod but that’s neither here nor there. It all comes down to the reasonable expectation of privacy and there was ZERO.

They may have a chance if they can find a way to prove they were being singled out with more surveillance than other employees. That will be the only chance they have of winning as far as I can see.

Keystone to be attached to another US highway bill

The Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL pipeline was not approved by President Obama, citing lack of time to review an alternate route within the 60-day window for action set by Congress. Now, Republican lawmakers will try to force the Obama administration to approve the Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL pipeline by attaching it to a highway bill that Congress will consider next month.

This is another prime example of our “leaders” and “lawmakers” abusing our system of checks and balances. If at first you don’t succeed then attach it to something else that WILL get signed and maybe it will go through. This is a trend that’s been taking on popularity but is deceitful and underhanded.

“If (Keystone) is not enacted before we take up the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act, it will be part of it,” Boehner said on ABC’s “This Week” news program.

keystone-pipeline

What I am wondering is the WHY; why are all these politicians looking to get this pipeline built in the first place? It can’t be for the good of anyone so what are they going to gain from it? I think it’s time to start following the money again here and see where it leads.

God forbid they get this monstrosity built but what happens if there is a massive earthquake? Pipes burst, buckle and fail ALL THE TIME. Who’s going to be left holding the bag on a disaster of this magnitude? Who would be footing the bill for the cleanup, the lost lives, the lost jobs, land, livestock, crops, homes and land?

We need to know the WHY…..

Now Censoring: Twitter

The world embraced Twitter as a way to get information out quickly, and unfettered. That’s all about to change now that they are introducing new censorship rules. Here’s some of what’s being said on the web now….

“This is very bad news,” tweeted Egyptian activist Mahmoud Salem, who operates under the name Sandmonkey. Later, he wrote, “Is it safe to say that (hash)Twitter is selling us out?”

In China, where activists have embraced Twitter even though it’s blocked inside the country, artist and activist Ai Weiwei tweeted in response to the news: “If Twitter censors, I’ll stop tweeting.”

One often-relayed tweet bore the headline of a Forbes magazine technology blog item: “Twitter Commits Social Suicide”

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The web is already up in arms about SOPA, PIPA and the newly discovered ACTA. If you don’t know about ACTA then you better get crackin’ because it’s being deemed a “treaty” and has already been signed!

So after doing some digging in to the records of http://chillingeffects.org and it was clear that the Twitter issue is going to become a two headed dragon if allowed to continue. I was reviewing some of the complaints and came across this.

Music DMCA (Copyright) Complaint to Twitter

January 10, 2011

Sender Information:
Universal Music Group (authorized representative: Recording Industry Association of
Sent by:
RIAA Online Anitpiracy
Washington, DC, 20004, USA

Recipient Information: Twitter
San Francisco, CA, 94107, USA

Sent via: online form
Re: Infringement Notification via Twitter Complaint

DMCA Takedown Notice:

Reporter: I am an authorized representative of the copyright owner.
Copyright owner: Universal Music Group (authorized representative: Recording Industry Association of America, Inc.)
Job title: Online Anitpiracy

City: Washington
State/Province: DC
Country: USA
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Reported Twitter account: @ronworthy

Reported material on Twitter: Tweet(s)

Description of original work: Sound and video recordings as performed by the artist known as Jay-Z.

Description of infringement: This account is providing access to unauthorized copies of sound and video recordings owned by an RIAA member company.

Reported Tweet URL: https://twitter.com/#!/ronworthy/status/156764380288122880

Where does this Tweet link to?: The Tweet links to another website where the infringing material is made available.

Where is the infringing material?: The linked website links to another website where the infringing material is available for display or download.

Infringing material still available?: I have confirmed that the infringing material is available for display or download at the linked site as of the submission of this notice.

——-

512(f) Acknowledgment: I understand that under 17 U.S.C. § 512(f), I may be liable for any damages, including costs and attorneys’ fees, if I knowingly materially misrepresent that reported material or activity is infringing.

Good Faith Belief: I have good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

Authority to Act: The information in this notification is accurate, and I state under penalty of perjury that I am authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner.

Signature: [redacted]

So here we see a DMCA complaint sent to Twitter because of a tweet in which contains a link to an external website that contains copyrighted materials. No sense it trying to see if the tweet still exists; it’s been removed by Twitter and so begins their censorship.

Not having read the tweet myself, I can only assume that the complaint was accurate; I, nor anyone else, can say for certain that it was true and accurate. So now we have a Twitter user being censored because another, external site, is sharing copyrighted materials.

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Being a DJ myself, as well as a remixer, I can understand the concern about your works being shared, to an extent. To me, this really seems like two things: overkill and a laziness. I say overkill because this Twitter user isn’t the one sharing the files, they are simply pointing them out. Laziness because these companies are relying on internet users, instead of their own army, to find the copyrighted materials and handle them through the correct channels.

The correct way to go about this would have been for the copyright holder to contact the company or site that is hosting the FILES and demand they be removed; they have no business contacting Twitter and having them remove the tweet.

Ron Paul Slams Obama’s SOTU As “Campaign Speech”

Steve Watson
Infowars.com
January 25, 2012

Describing president Obama’s State Of The Union Speech as “rhetoric” and “bragging”, GOP presidential candidate Ron paul said in a statement today that “Instead of offering solutions to the problems our country faces, the President was intent on delivering a campaign speech.”

The Congressman added that Obama’s speech dealt “in the typical Washington political gamesmanship that has gotten us exactly nowhere close to improving the lives of the American people.”

Paul noted that Obama seemed to be “bragging” about job creation when his “universal” health care plan was actually “job-destroying”. The Congressman also noted that the Dodd-Frank bill “guarantees future taxpayer bailouts of large institutions.”

Responding to Obama’s comments on “an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules” Paul said “Yet he remains committed to the same old system of debt, deficits, bailouts, and cronyism that created our economic problems.”

“The President speaks of giving us energy independence from unstable nations, yet he refuses to allow the type of development needed to achieve this goal, while at the same time his administration hands out favors to the politically connected – those given to the likes of Solyndra, who fail to produce jobs or energy but succeed in ripping off the taxpayers.” Paul urged.

Pointing out that Obama failed to address the need to balance the federal budget, Paul added that the president “…refuses to even mention the role the Federal Reserve plays in creating an economic system where some are denied a fair shot or even to support my efforts at bringing transparency to the Federal Reserve.”

The Congressman noted that, in contrast to Obama, his own “Plan to Restore America” would see $1 trillion in real spending cuts in one year.

Paul also touched on the incident this week involving his son, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and his unconstitutional detainment by the TSA in Nashville.

“In the area of foreign policy and civil liberties, President Obama’s rhetoric may be different, but the substance of his polices – as shown by his administration’s defense of the TSA’s treatment of my son, Senator Rand Paul, is hardly ‘change we can believe in.’” the Congressman noted.

Read Ron Paul’s full statement on the SOTU speech here.

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Rand Paul posted his own version of the SOTU last night. Watch Below:

http://youtu.be/42Ztu9Ns2p8

Opus III VS US Government – It’s A Fine Day For Tyranny, Abuse and Brutality

This is the opening music for my webshow so if you liked it, you can now download it!

 

Helicopters To Buzz Downtown LA In Urban Warfare Drill

Steve Watson
Infowars.com
January 25, 2012

Joint military training exercises involving helicopters are being conducted in downtown LA all this week through Thursday with the police providing support, according to a statement issued by the LAPD.

As reported by CBS News, the LAPD statement says that the exercises, closed to the public, are “designed to ensure the military’s ability to operate in urban environments, prepare forces for upcoming overseas deployments, and meet mandatory training certification requirements.”

Training sites “have been carefully selected to ensure the event does not negatively impact the citizens of Los Angeles and their daily routine,” a department spokesperson said.

Police also noted that the training, which has been coordinated with local authorities, involves helicopters.

At time of writing we have not received any reports of military activity in downtown LA or the Greater Los Angeles area.

The exercise is yet another in a spate of recent military drills to hit heavily populated areas throughout the country.

Back in April last year, residents of Brickell, Miami witnessed at least three large Black Hawk-like helicopters conducting military exercises over their heads. Some initially believed it was a movie shoot.

Commenting on this week’s scheduled drill in LA, Rob Richardson of Off Grid Survival notes:

“Maybe it’s just the prepper in me, but when I heard the U.S. Military will be conducting a massive training exercise in the streets of Los Angeles I must say it made me feel a little uneasy. And how could it not?”

“With the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act, which gives the President the power to arrest and detain American Citizens, it makes one wonder why the military is conducting drills in Urban America. While it could be, as LAPD insists, just a training exercise the timing sure does make you wonder what’s going on.”

 

It is in fact like something straight out of a movie. They are trying to desensitize the population to seeing military involved in police actions, that way when full Marshall law comes we won’t think it’s out of the ordinary.It will be normal to see soldiers on the streets, choppers flying overhead and I’m sure they will be bringing tanks in to these “drills” soon so it won’t be odd for us to see them on our city streets as well.

U.S. treasury raids federal employee pension funds to cover debts

The Fed has decided to start raiding the pension funds of government employee’s instead of print more money; WHEW! What a relief……

J. D. Heyes
Natural News
January 25, 2012

(NaturalNews) There is a saying, “Desperate times call for desperate measures.” Roughly, it’s an expression that’s meant to be reassuring, conjuring up an image of a true statesman-like leader who is preparing to do whatever is necessary to lead the masses out of danger.

Of course, the expression doesn’t have the same connotation when applied to the Obama administration in its futile struggle to balance the nation’s books. Left to fend for itself by a hapless Congress that couldn’t agree on the color of red bricks, let alone pass a budget that actually curbed spending and lowered the national debt, the administration has taken to theft as a way to pay the country’s bills. Specifically, the Treasury Department is stealing cash from federal employees pension funds so the government can obtain more credit to pay its debts.

In a letter to Congress earlier this week, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said he would “be unable to invest fully” the federal employees retirement system, a tactic the federal government has had to employ six times over the past 20 years in order to remain under the statutory debt ceiling limit.

In addition to shortchanging federal employee retirement, Geithner “has already tapped another seldom-used fund in order to allow the government to continue borrowing without running afoul of the country’s laws,” according to Reuters, which of course didn’t name the “seldom-used fund.”

The Treasury-sponsored raid this week follows an earlier one in May 2011, when Geithner once again took to stealing the retirement funds of unsuspecting federal workers in order to finance the voracious, expanding Leviathan State. Then as now, Congress dithered. And a question arises: Did Treasury replace the funds it raided, or did the department do what Congress did to the Social Security system – issue IOU’s the government can never repay?

How bad is the bleeding red ink? Consider that the nation’s debt has risen some $4 trillion since Obama took office, nearly as much as the entire eight-year tenure of his predecessor, George W. Bush. Don’t get me wrong. Neither of these men, nor the lawmakers who served with and before them, are blameless in bankrupting the government of the world’s largest economy. But when Bush left office, the national debt was something more than $10.6 trillion; now it is north of $14.6 trillion, according to the Treasury Department, and more than $15.2 trillion according to USDebtClock.org, which tracks the national debt, and a range of other economic figures, in real time. So the bleeding is getting heavier.

Who thinks about raiding pension funds? Where did the notion even come from? Try Socialist Europe, where Ireland, Portugal, and a number of other central European nations have all resorted to theft of pension funds in order to finance their bloated, benefits-laden budgets.

(NaturalNews) There is a saying, “Desperate times call for desperate measures.” Roughly, it’s an expression that’s meant to be reassuring, conjuring up an image of a true statesman-like leader who is preparing to do whatever is necessary to lead the masses out of danger.

Of course, the expression doesn’t have the same connotation when applied to the Obama administration in its futile struggle to balance the nation’s books. Left to fend for itself by a hapless Congress that couldn’t agree on the color of red bricks, let alone pass a budget that actually curbed spending and lowered the national debt, the administration has taken to theft as a way to pay the country’s bills. Specifically, the Treasury Department is stealing cash from federal employees pension funds so the government can obtain more credit to pay its debts.

In a letter to Congress earlier this week, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said he would “be unable to invest fully” the federal employees retirement system, a tactic the federal government has had to employ six times over the past 20 years in order to remain under the statutory debt ceiling limit.

In addition to shortchanging federal employee retirement, Geithner “has already tapped another seldom-used fund in order to allow the government to continue borrowing without running afoul of the country’s laws,” according to Reuters, which of course didn’t name the “seldom-used fund.”

The Treasury-sponsored raid this week follows an earlier one in May 2011, when Geithner once again took to stealing the retirement funds of unsuspecting federal workers in order to finance the voracious, expanding Leviathan State. Then as now, Congress dithered. And a question arises: Did Treasury replace the funds it raided, or did the department do what Congress did to the Social Security system – issue IOU’s the government can never repay?

How bad is the bleeding red ink? Consider that the nation’s debt has risen some $4 trillion since Obama took office, nearly as much as the entire eight-year tenure of his predecessor, George W. Bush. Don’t get me wrong. Neither of these men, nor the lawmakers who served with and before them, are blameless in bankrupting the government of the world’s largest economy. But when Bush left office, the national debt was something more than $10.6 trillion; now it is north of $14.6 trillion, according to the Treasury Department, and more than $15.2 trillion according to USDebtClock.org, which tracks the national debt, and a range of other economic figures, in real time. So the bleeding is getting heavier.

Who thinks about raiding pension funds? Where did the notion even come from? Try Socialist Europe, where Ireland, Portugal, and a number of other central European nations have all resorted to theft of pension funds in order to finance their bloated, benefits-laden budgets.

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Back in the day, buying savings bonds was what my grandparents always told me to do if I ever came in to any money. When I first had kids, I thought about buying them a few to get them started for college. At this point, since they would be worthless pieces of paper, I am really glad that I didn’t buy any savings bonds. I don’t want any IOU’s from the US government!

They are now taking what they want, with no oversite and no cause. They are pillaging the savings of US citizens to continue funding their tyranny. It’s disgusting!