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Born on the beach

In Art on March 31, 2013 at 9:01 am

Amazing video of a fawn born on the beach amongst the barnacles and seaweed on Vancouver Island.

Way to go little guy!


The Legitimacy Crisis

In Polytricks on March 30, 2013 at 9:41 am

Governments invariably respond with violence when their legitimacy is questioned.  Unsurprisingly this violence results further erosion of legitimacy.

This is why the ‘war on terror’ or the ‘war on drugs’ has failed so miserably.  But that is besides the point.

I feel the point is that ‘foreign’ wars are really wars within.  Our governments are at war with us.

The militarized police on our streets are an expression of the government losing the crisis of legitimacy.

A corrupt and unpopular government is a dangerous beast.  Its violence is an expression of its losing control.

Militarized police clearly expose a government running a counter-insurgency program against its own citizens.

In Nerds only on March 28, 2013 at 12:57 pm

This is a huge legal black hole that we all have been thrown into. National Security Surveillance State working with Google and Fakebook.. in fact its getting harder to tell them all apart!



An internationally-spread Orwellian surveillance system uncovered by RT has been linked to a software company that collects the GPS coordinates of cell phone users in over 100 major cities.

The discovery of the TrapWire risk mitigation program last year and its ability to match human faces caught on camera against massive databases of intelligence led to an outcry from privacy advocates around the world. Now once again the burgeoning preponderance of Big Brother is being put into perspective.

In late 2011, members of the loose-knit hacktivist group Anonymous pilfered data from the servers of private intelligence firm Stratfor that were in turn handed over to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks for dissemination. When internal emails alluding to a service called TrapWire surfaced in the leak, an investigation uncovered a program that, according to the company’s founder, “can collect information about people and vehicles that is more accurate than facial recognition.”

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Are you a hipster?

In Humour on March 27, 2013 at 11:06 am

Its Wednesday so it must be time to tease hipsters everywhere, not because they aren’t likeable but because its easy fun.. ;o)

So muss-up your hair and put on some plaid turn on your Mac-book and enjoy this song.. ;o)

Okay.. I know that was gratuitous ..

I actually  wear plaid shirts and blog on social media.. wah!!.. I wish I had a cool hair-do too! .. ;o)

Who is afraid of the Open Access Manifesto?

In Nerds only on March 26, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Jeremy Hammond’s lawyer released a statement from him regarding the untimely death of Aaron Swartz and the criminalization of dissent.

Hammond is facing life in jail for hacking Stratfor Corporation.

The release of Stratfor emails revealed the sleazy corruption and hypocrisy of the corporatized surveillance-state.

In his statement Hammond accuses the state of persecuting Aaron Swartz to death because of his Guerilla Open Access Manifesto.

In this manifesto Swartz called for information freedom, saying that information behind a paywall was privileged information that stunted knowledge for all.

Here is a video of his manifesto.

Hammond comments that .. “Aaron’s case is part of the recent aggressive, politically-motivated expansion of computer crime law where hackers and activists are increasingly criminalized because of alleged “cyber-terrorist” threats.. ”

Hammond also notes that ..”federally-contracted private corporations openly recruit hackers to develop defensive and offensive capabilities and build Orwellian digital surveillance networks, designed not to enhance national security but to advance U.S. imperialism.. ”

Its clear to me that Hammond and Swartz stand accused of thought-crime.

The real cyber-criminals are the corporatized thought-police.

The Revolution Will Not Be Properly Licensed

In Nerds only on March 25, 2013 at 9:35 am

Lest we not forget what we are up against..

Its not their web.. its our web too..

And now for some levity..

Google.. its way up your ass… ;o)

OTR on Instant Messaging or Android

In Nerds only on March 24, 2013 at 11:28 am

OTR, (Off the Record) is an  encryption method that bypasses limitations PGP-type, public/private key encryption methods.

Its considered an improvement over PGP since its impossible to verify the participants or content of the messages.

There is no private key that can be bullied out of the user to decrypt the message.   Its available for Instant Messaging and Android text messaging.

Open WhisperSystems has produced a OTR text messaging encryption app for Android called TextSecure.

For Instant Messaging, OTR is available via Pidgin or in the Tor Browser Bundle I blogged about yesterday.

There is a great anonymous remailer called Mixminion, and an anonymous remailer server has been raided in the past.

Ironically this didn’t do anything to compromise the security of the users since multiple nodes are used to send anonymous mail this way.

BTW.. web-based anonymous email services can hardly be expected to respect your privacy.

Better yet to use the Claws email client that comes bundled with the Tails bootable operating system… ;o)

Surfing with Tor

In Nerds only on March 23, 2013 at 10:14 am

There are different ways to surf with Tor.  One way is using the Tails bundle that I blogged about yesterday.  Another way is to use the Tor browser bundle which uses your regular computer setup.

Here is the man himself, Jacob Applebaum, a core member of the Tor Project explaining why Tor is needed to protect your privacy online.

In this video he claims that evidence is emerging that Facebook is targeting its users for criminal investigation…. Whaat??

Also his point about the anonymity of of some commercial VPN services is well taken.


Does your computer have a hard drive?

In Nerds only on March 22, 2013 at 9:56 am

Sounds like a dumb question but Jacob Applebaum travels without one.  This is because our hard drives contain a treasure trove of information.

Not having a hard drive means nobody can take that information from us.  One method is to use a bootable USB stick as a removable hard drive, (which can be stored safely away from your computer).

Tails is a handy bootable operating system that contains many counter surveillance software tools to help secure your computer.  For example it has a screen-keypad that you can enter your password with a mouse thereby defeating keystroke-loggers.

Putting Tails on a non-rewritable CD and booting from that would make loading spyware impossible. (apologies for the ads.. gak)

Another way is to encrypt your hard drive.  While not totally foolproof it removes one from the low-hanging fruit category.

Using a bootable USB stick operating system for only one online task like banking is a good idea.  Only plug in the stick when doing banking and then take it out of the computer and store it safely.

Unfortunately our rights and privacy are not guaranteed online.  Its good to know we can do something about that… ;o)

Securing your personal tracking device

In Nerds only on March 21, 2013 at 10:29 am

Jacob Applebaum has called cell phones ‘your personal tracking device’.  He should know since having three of his cell phone seized by federal agents and never returned.

Hell he isn’t even legally allowed to discuss what happened to his phones!

Jacob Applebaum gave a very interesting talk to Occupy New York about how to secure your life online from unlawful surveillance from the state.

Its a long talk but well worth listening closely to what he is telling us.  (Part two of this talk describes the practical means of securing your life online).

I don’t want to be a hand-wringing gloomazoid so I’m going to be blogging about the practical suggestions Jake makes to secure your life online.

One of the Android apps he suggested is RedPhone.  This app encrypts your VoIP calls allowing encrypted calling between any user with the RedPhone app installed on their phone.

Its great that this app has gone open source, that inspires some confidence.  While not foolproof it would thwart most of the egregiously gratuitous spying software that is being used unlawfully against us.


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