NSA Spied On Porn Habits As Part Of Plan To Discredit Muslim 'Radicalizers' - Video

WASHINGTON -- The National Security Agency has been gathering records of online sexual activity and evidence of visits to pornographic websites as part of a proposed plan to harm the reputations of those whom the agency believes are radicalizing others through incendiary speeches, according to a top-secret NSA document.

The document, provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, identifies six targets, all Muslims, as “exemplars” of how “personal vulnerabilities” can be learned through electronic surveillance, and then exploited to undermine a target's credibility, reputation and authority.

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USA - Eighth-grade boy suspended for his..... purse

USA - Eighth-grade boy suspended for his stylish Vera Bradley purse:

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Unmasking the Five-Eyed monster, the world's most powerful and secret intelligence-sharing regime

Privacy International is proud to announce our new project, Eyes Wide Open, which aims to pry open the Five Eyes arrangement and bring it under the rule of law. Read our Special Report "Eyes Wide Open" and learn more about the project below.

For almost 70 years, a secret post-war alliance of five English-speaking countries has been building a global surveillance infrastructure to "master the internet" and spy on the world's communications. This arrangement binds together the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand to create what's collectively known as the Five Eyes.

While the existence of the agreement has been kept secret from the public and parliaments, dogged investigative reporting from Duncan Campbell, Nicky Hager, and James Bamford has been trying to uncover the extent of the arrangement for years. Now, thanks to Edward Snowden, the public are able to understand more of the spying that is being done in our name than ever before.

Now, it is time to unmask this five-eyed monster. The invasive and indiscriminate surveillance that is being conducted in secret, and justified on the basis of secret bi-lateral agreements and inaccessible legal frameworks, must come to an end.

That's why Privacy International is launching an international campaign to pry open the Five Eyes arrangement and bring their secretive spying alliance under the rule of law. Called "Eyes Wide Open," the campaign has four main goals:

- Pry open the Five Eyes arrangement and subject the world's most powerful and secret intelligence-sharing regime to appropriate transparency and scrutiny;
- Challenge the legal frameworks that enable global surveillance practices, and particularly that discriminate between nationals and foreigners with respect to human rights obligations;
- Promote an understanding of human rights obligations as applying to all individuals under a State's jurisdiction, regardless of their location; and
- Campaign for policies that bring intelligence agencies under the rule of law.

Taking action

Already, we have challenged UK government spying in the IPT [Investigatory Powers Tribunal], filed OECD complaints against undersea cable companies, and sparked European data protection authorities to investigate the NSA's hacking of the SWIFT network.

Read Much More Here:  https://www.ifex.org/international/2013/11/27/eyes_wide_open/

Australia - McDonald’s Sues Protesters for Rejecting the Fast Food Junk

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“We’re doing this for your own protection.” Protesters with the Australian group BurgerOff are hearing a similar phrase from McDonald’s. The fast food giant is suing  protestors who object to the birth of a new McDonald’s restaurant near an elementary school. What’s more, Mickey D’s (slang for McDonald’s) is saying that the lawsuit is for the protesters’ own protection. It isn’t clear what this protection is against, unless McDonald’s thinks they can protect people from good health.

Nearly 100,000 people from Australia, mostly in the town of Tecoma, have signed a petition seeking to stop McDonald’s from building there. But McDonald’s doesn’t care what the people want.

Members of the group BurgerOff, so committed to keeping Ronald and the Fry Guys out, recently flew around the world to deliver their petition to McDonald’s global headquarters near Chicago. Not only were they not given an audience with the company’s execs, but representatives refused to even touch the petition.

Holland - Free Beer for Alcoholics in Amsterdam for Cleaning up theStreets


A day’s work earns $13, a half-packet of rolling tobacco and, most importantly, five cans of beer:

At nine o’clock in the morning in a garden shed behind a house in Amsterdam, a handful of alcoholics are getting ready to clean the surrounding streets, beer and cigarette in hand.

For a day’s work, the men receive 10 euros (around $13), a half-packet of rolling tobacco and, most importantly, five cans of beer: two to start the day, two at lunch and one for after work.

“This group of chronic alcoholics was causing a nuisance in Amsterdam’s Oosterpark: fights, noise, disagreeable comments to women,” said Gerrie Holterman, who heads the Rainbow Foundation project, financed by the Dutch state and donations.

Nigeria - Islamic Extremists Kill at Least 71 Christians...

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Suspected Fulani herdsmen slaughter 37 in Plateau state; Boko Haram attacks in Borno.

JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Suspected Muslim herdsmen slaughtered 37 Christians in coordinated attacks on four Plateau state villages early this morning after Boko Haram terrorists killed at least 34 Christians in Borno state earlier this month, sources said.

In attacks on the four predominantly Christian villages that started at 1 a.m. in the Barkin Ladi Local Government Area in Plateau State in central Nigeria, ethnic Fulani herdsmen killed 37 people, injured many others and destroyed homes, the military’s Special Task Force spokesman, Salisu Mustapha, said in a press statement.

“The attackers killed 13 persons in Katu Kapang, eight in Daron, nine in Tul and seven others in Rawuru,” he said.

Read Much More Here:  http://morningstarnews.org/2013/11/islamic-extremists-kill-at-least-71-christians-in-nigeria/

Twitter to take steps to prevent surveillance of its users...to thwart spying by government intelligence agencies.

Twitter said it has implemented a security technology that makes it harder to spy on its users and called on other Internet firms to do the same, as Web providers look to thwart spying by government intelligence agencies.

The online messaging service, which began scrambling communications in 2011 using traditional HTTPS encryption, said it has added an advanced layer of protection for HTTPS known as "forward secrecy".

"A year and a half ago, Twitter was first served completely over HTTPS," the company said in a blog posting.

"Since then, it has become clearer and clearer how important that step was to protecting our users' privacy."

USA - "The Land Of The Free" BUT if you owe Back Taxes Or Talk Bad About Government? No Travel for You Anymore.


Britney Spears Used to Scare Away Somali Pirates

Source: Time.com

The only thing Somali pirates hate more than not kidnapping people is “Oops I Did It Again” by Britney Spears–at least according to merchant navy officer Rachel Owens.

In a bid to deter the pirates from approaching supertankers on the east coast of Africa and attempting to kidnap their crews, ships have begun blasting the poppy oeuvre of Spears, including classic hits like “Baby One More Time” and “Toxic.”

“Her songs were chosen by the security team because they thought the pirates would hate them most,” Owens said. “These guys can’t stand Western culture or music, making Britney’s hits perfect.”

Of course, there are other artists the ships could use, but they’re trying to deter pirates, not torture them.

Said Steven Jones, of the Security Association for the Maritime Industry: “I’d imagine using Justin Bieber would be against the Geneva Convention.”

The Trans-Pacific Partnership , TPP - A Corporate Coup in Disguise

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What if our national leaders told us that communities across America had to eliminate such local programs as Buy Local, Buy American, Buy Green, etc. to allow foreign corporations to have the right to make the sale on any products purchased with our tax dollars? This nullification of our people's right to direct expenditures is just one of the horror stories in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
This is a super-sized NAFTA, the 1994 trade scam rammed through Congress by the entire corporate establishment. NAFTA promised the "glories of globalization": prosperity across our land. Unfortunately, corporations got the gold. We got the shaft -- thousands of factories closed, millions of middle-class jobs went south, and the economies of hundreds of towns and cities were shattered.

Twenty years later, the gang that gave us NAFTA is back with the TPP, a "trade deal" that mostly does not deal with trade. Of the 29 chapters in this document, only five cover traditional trade matters! The other chapters amount to a devilish "partnership" for corporate protectionism:

—Food safety. Any of our government's food safety regulations (on pesticide levels, bacterial contamination, fecal exposure, toxic additives, etc.) and food labeling laws (organic, country-of-origin, animal-welfare approved, GMO-free, etc.) that are stricter than "international standards" could be ruled as "illegal trade barriers." Our government would then have to revise our consumer protections to comply with weaker standards.

—Fracking. Our Department of Energy would lose its authority to regulate exports of natural gas to any TPP nation. This would create an explosion of the destructive fracking process across our land, for both foreign and U.S. corporations could export fracked gas from America to member nations without any DOE review of the environmental and economic impacts on local communities -- or on our national interests. —Jobs. US corporations would get special foreign-investor protections to limit the cost and risk of relocating their factories to low-wage nations that sign onto this agreement.

Read Much More Here:  http://www.alternet.org/corporate-accountability-and-workplace/corporate-coup-disguise

Bank of China to Stand Trial for knowingly transferring funds to terrorist organizations, which led to deadly terrorist attacks in Israel

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Source: Epoch Times

Bank transferred money despite warnings funds were sent to terrorists

Bank of China is being sued by 50 people in New York Supreme Court on charges the bank knowingly transferred funds to terrorist organizations, which led to deadly terrorist attacks in Israel between 2004 and 2007.

Bank of China moved to dismiss the complaint on July 8, 2011, but the New York Appellate Court ruled on Sept. 17 that the trial will proceed.

Japan - Chinese found cheating on their Japanese driver’s license test via mobile phones

The Tokyo Metropolitan Police said they will be installing signal jamming devices in driving license centres in Tokyo to block mobile communication. The police department was informed that dozens of Chinese nationals taking driver’s license exams were cheating by using mobile phones.

About 200 Chinese nationals were discovered to have been issued with a driver’s license despite their inability to read the written answers. According to the police, these Chinese brought mobile phones to the testing centres, where concealed earphones were wirelessly connected. They were able to pass the exam because they were coached with the correct answers. A number of Chinese nationals were already taken into custody in June last year for similar offenses. One who acted as a broker helping the Chinese to get driver’s licenses was also arrested.

In order to avoid similar incidents, the police said they will be coordinating with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to install signal jamming devices in three testing centres in Tokyo next month. These devices will interfere with incoming calls as they emit radio waves similar to the frequency of mobile phone signals. The use of mobile phones to cheat during exams is not limited to testing centres for driver’s license. Some aspiring students of prestigious universities also used the same practice on entrance exams.

TPP leak confirms the worst: U.S. negotiators still trying to trade away Internet freedoms

An Occupy Tokyo protester holds an umbrella during a rally against the TPP in Tokyo, 15 October 2011

After years of secret trade negotiations over the future of intellectual property rights (and limits on those rights), the public gets a chance to looks at the results. For those of us who care about free speech and a balanced intellectual property system that encourages innovation, creativity, and access to knowledge, it's not a pretty picture.

On 13 November 2013, Wikileaks published a complete draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement's chapter on "intellectual property rights." The leaked text, from August 2013, confirms long-standing suspicions about the harm the agreement could do to users' rights and a free and open Internet. From locking in excessive copyright term limits to further entrenching failed policies that give legal teeth to Digital Rights Management (DRM) tools, the TPP text we've seen on 13 November reflects a terrible but unsurprising truth: an agreement negotiated in near-total secrecy, including corporations but excluding the public, comes out as an anti-user wish list of industry-friendly policies.

Despite the Obama administration's top U.S. negotiators' fast approaching their self-imposed 2013 deadline to complete the agreement, the 13 November leak is the public's first look at the sprawling text since a February 2011 leak of the same chapter and a July 2012 leak of an individual section. And even as the public has been completely shut out, the U.S. Trade Representative has lobbied for wider latitude to negotiate and for "fast-track authority" to bypass Congressional review.

Read Much More Here:  https://www.ifex.org/international/2013/11/14/tpp_leak/

US cops are tops - arresting pedestrians for picking up their kids, grandmas for letting kids bike, dads for peddling kids to school

 Comment - I thought America was the "Land Of The Free"?... NOT!

It's hard enough being a cyclist or a pedestrian having to deal with a world full of cars, but it gets even harder when the police clearly put themselves behind the wheel in their attitudes.
You can't walk your kids to school in Cumberland County.

Kaid Benfield of NRDC Switchboard describes the scene in Cumberland County, Tennessee, where the school district wants everyone to line up in their cars to pick up their kids in an orderly fashion.

So, when dad Jim Howe showed up on foot to retrieve his kids after school was out but before the line of cars had done its thing, he was told he had to wait in line like everybody else; never mind that he wasn’t driving a car. When Howe asked for his kids to be released to him, the deputy sheriff apparently took it as a challenge to his authority and, to make a long story short, handcuffed Howe and put him in the back of a law enforcement vehicle.

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GMO Eggs Compliments of GMO Financier Bill Gates

Are you eating fake eggs made in a laboratory? Who knew? This is like some mutated organism plasma-like "goo" from the movie "Alien." Who in their right mind would dare eat it? Well, lots of people who don't know that they're eating it, that's who. When will it be substituted and remain as such without labels or warnings in just about every egg-containing packaged item that is sold to the masses by Corporate America and infects the body with GM bacteria?

Welcome to zombie food central and the inside story on this nightmare coming to grocery stores everywhere. Some say it's already in the food. But wait, it's made from plants! Didn't you hear? It's time to get brainwashed, again, by the richest people on the planet.


Israel to stop issuing birth certificates to babies born to foreigners

Members of the Jewish Ethiopian community demonstrate outside the supreme court in Jerusalem. Photograph: Nir Alon/ Nir Alon/Demotix/Corbis
Israel is to stop issuing birth certificates to babies born to foreigners – a move targeted at migrants but will also encompass diplomats and other international workers. The absence of official documentation is likely to cause major problems when applying for passports and other identity papers.

The plan was disclosed in state papers filed to the high court on Monday in response to a challenge to an existing policy of refusing to include the father's name in foreigners' birth certificates. As part of this policy, Israel also insists that only the mother's family name may be documented as the baby's last name.

The Israeli government says it has no legal obligation to issue official birth certificates to foreigners, and intends to stop doing so to prevent foreigners using such documentation to claim the right to stay in the country. Instead, foreigners will be given hospital-issued birth notices, which are currently hand-written in Hebrew.

Read Much More Here: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/20/israel-birth-certificates-foreigners

USA - The Land Of The Free; Packed courtroom for Manhattan man accused of fishing without a license

MANHATTAN - It was a packed courtroom on Tuesday for the hearing of Ernie Tertelgte, a Manhattan man who says he's being wrongly prosecuted for trying to feed himself.

Tertelgte, 52 years old, was arrested on Monday and is accused of fishing without a license and then resisting arrest.

He appeared before the judge via video from the Gallatin County Detention Center, and it was standing room only more than a dozen friends and family members filled the small courtroom.

Tertelgte appeared subdued and respectful before the Justice of the Peace during Tuesday's court session, which went very differently than his court appearance earlier this month, where Tertelgte and Three Forks City Judge Wanda Drusch got into a heated exchange.

Terteltge argued that the court did not have the authority to charge him, citing "natural law."

He told the judge, "You are trying to create a fictitious, fraudulent action." He continued, "I am the living man, protected by natural law."

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USA - The land of the Free: Have You Been Smoking Pot? Police Have a New Way to Tell: The 'Nasal Ranger'


Despite cannabis being legal in Colorado, an 'odor ordinance' could spell trouble for users.

Denver, Colorado—one of the cities in the country to legalize marijuana use—has passed a new “odor ordinance” with a potential $2,000 fine for anyone found guilty of polluting the atmosphere with high concentrations of cannabis. And the police department's plan for enforcement is a strange-looking device called an olfactometer, or more collquially, the "nose telescope."

The so-called environmental ordinance is a result of confusion over the legality of somebody smoking in their own house should the smell seep out into the street. According to the odor ordinance, the smell is viewed as problematic if it is detectable once the smoke is mixed with seven times the volume of clean air. Denver police plan to use the "nose telecope" to enforce the ordinance.

Anyone can buy the product, which looks largely like a portable telescope with a fitted-cup of your nose, but the Denver Police have opted for an item called the “Nasal Ranger” for about $1,500 a pop. However, the most sophisticated version of the nose telescope has the ability to record both the concentration of marijuana in the air, as well as the GPS coordinates of where the smell is emanating from—available for $3,500, making it the most expensive scent-detector on the market. The device does, however, require a subscription to the built-in odor tracker program.



Rod Bastanmehr is a freelance writer in New York City with a passion for music, film and culture. Follow him on Twitter @rodb.