Source: Wallstreet Journal

 

 

Next to have their jobs automated: airport-security screeners?

Aviation and government authorities are starting to use machines in lieu of people to verify the identities of fliers by scanning their faces, irises or fingerprints. Dozens of airports in Europe, Australia and the U.S. already employ such technology so passengers can pass immigration checks without showing identification to, or talking with, a person. Now, several major airports in Europe have started using these automated ID checks at security checkpoints and boarding gates.

The use of biometrics—computers verifying identities through physical characteristics—and other automated techniques in airport security is raising questions about the strengths of man versus machine in detecting potential terrorists. Industry officials argue the advantages outweigh the risks, and are promoting automation to help make air travel more efficient and less frustrating—and to save money.

 

Another excellent rant from Alex Jones.  On a side note something I hear get brought up about Alex is he is “just a shill trying to sell people stuff….”

Those people must not understand how much it costs to run a website, pay employees, graphics, editors, cameraman, money spent on ads, rent, etc….

This whole ‘anti-capitalist’ stance from people gets really annoying real fast…There would be no infowars or alex jones without the business aspect of the operation.  If he wasn’t making money from his work, he would have to get a job somewhere else, working for 8-12 hours a day on non-news related crap, like a manger in a warehouse. How do people not get this?

Some people just don’t like alex, fine, but him making money as an argument against him is something i’d expect from a 15 year old liberal who accuses people they don’t like of being fascist.

Lew Rockwell is asking for donations on his website, I guess that means Lew Rockwell is a ‘shill’ according to the anti-capitalist logic? Ron Paul made money from his political career, he must just be in it for the money? What a joke.

Anyways, Lew Rockwell is asking for donations, he runs an excellent blog, check it out.

Your gift of $100, $50, or $25 would be great. $500, $1,000, or any amount would be magnificent.

The relentless and well-funded attack of our enemies took its toll this year, but we never fell, never stumbled, and are ready to counterattack in 2014.

We are determined, with your help, to work harder to be worthy of our ideas. We have the truth on our side, after all, and Murray Rothbard asked us to carry on his work. How can we falter?

http://www.lewrockwell.com/2013/12/lew-rockwell/rockwell-youre-no-grover-cleveland/

 

Source: Blacklisted News

Annie Machon — an ex-MI5 spy who left the agency after blowing the whistle on the agency’s illegal activities — has launched a fund to offer financial support to other whistleblowers, called the “Courage Fund to Protect Journalistic Sources.”

Machon left MI5 and disclosed that the agency had illegally spied upon British government ministers, that it had lied in order to send innocent people to jail for bombings in Ireland, had conducted illegal wiretaps, and had worked with MI6 in an assassination attempt on Gaddafi.

She announced the fund at the 30th Chaos Communications Congress, in Hamburg, with a stirring, scathing speech that took governments to task for invasive, bulk spying:

“It is incredibly corrosive to the human spirit to know that everything you say, everything you do, even if you just want to have a private conversation with your mother, is being listened to,” she said. “Now we all know we are being listened to and surveyed in this amazingly Panopticon-like manner.”

People like Snowden and Manning must be given support, she said, or civil liberties will continue to be eroded.

“So many journalists write so many stories, but what happens to the whistleblowers? They’re left swinging in the wind,” she said. “If they can’t survive the process of coming forward, then we will not have these people.”

British Ex-Spy Launches Fund to Support Whistleblowers Like Snowden [John Borland/Wired]

Source: Eff

As the year draws to a close, EFF is looking back at the major trends influencing digital rights in 2013 and discussing where we are in the fight for free expression, innovation, fair use, and privacy. Click here to read other blog posts in this series.

In early 2013, EFF joined with organizations around the world to try to develop a fairly straightforward set of principles for applying human rights law to modern tools of communications surveillance around the world. The basic ideas seemed obvious:

  • Note that human rights law doesn’t allow mass, untargeted spying on ordinary, innocent people;
  • Secret laws are wrong;
  • Computers collecting and analyzing Internet traffic is just as much “surveillance” as a person peeping through a window;
  • Metadata collection and aggregation can be just as privacy invasive as content review;
  • No-one should be denied privacy rights just because they live in another country from those who are spying on them;
  • States can’t dodge their obligations to guard the privacy of their own citizens by swapping snooped data with other nations or private companies;
  • States shouldn’t undermine the security of us all by undermining encryption or creating back doors.

The scientific ship currently trapped in Antarctic ice is carrying a team of climate change scientists who keep harping the dangers of “global warming” even after multiple rescue ships failed in their attempts to save them.

On Christmas Day, the ice-strengthened MV Akademik Shokalskiy got stuck in Antarctic ice during her Australasian Antarctic Expedition led by Australian global warming professor Chris Turney.

“Bad news: [Rescue ship] Aurora couldn’t get through,” Turney tweeted earlier today. “Tried twice [but] low visibility and heavy ice. [She’s] returning to open water.”

“Try again tomorrow?”

Turney and his team launched this voyage to study “ocean warming” while retracing the route of the original Australasian Antarctic Expedition, which was launched in 1911 by Australian geologist Douglas Mawson.

The official web site for the expedition suggests that the ice in East Antarctica, where the Akademik Shokalskiy is stranded, is threatened by this “warming.”

“There is an increasing body of evidence, including by the AAE members, that have identified parts of the East Antarctic which are highly susceptible to melting and collapse from ocean warming,” the site continues.

But as blogger Anthony Watts points out, Mawson’s team landed in Antarctica under much warmer conditions in 1912:

conditions in 1912:

Additionally, the National Snow & Ice Data Center reports that the current extent of the Antarctic sea ice is two standard deviations above normal:

Source: ZeroHedge

Following up on the latest stunning revelations released yesterday by German Spiegel which exposed the spy agency’s 50 page catalog of “backdoor penetration techniques“, today during a speech given by Jacob Applebaum (@ioerror) at the 30th Chaos Communication Congress, a new bombshell emerged: specifically the complete and detailed description of how the NSA bugs, remotely, your iPhone. The way the NSA accomplishes this is using software known as Dropout Jeep, which it describes as follows: “DROPOUT JEEP is a software implant for the Apple iPhone that utilizes modular mission applications to provide specific SIGINT functionality. This functionality includes the ability to remotely push/pull files from the device. SMS retrieval, contact list retrieval, voicemail, geolocation, hot mic, camera capture, cell tower location, etc. Command, control and data exfiltration can occur over SMS messaging or a GPRS data connection.All communications with the implant will be covert and encrypted.”

The flowchart of how the NSA makes your iPhone its iPhone is presented below:

  • NSA ROC operator
  • Load specified module
  • Send data request
  • iPhone accepts request
  • Retrieves required SIGINT data
  • Encrypt and send exfil data
  • Rinse repeat

And visually:

Source: Green Bay Press Gazette

Green Bay set a new record low of minus 19 Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service in Ashwaubenon. The frigid weather is expected to persist through the day and the early part of the week.

Monday’s low just edged out the previous record, minus 18, set in 1976. A number of other cities also recorded record lows:

• Antigo: a low of minus was recorded, breaking the record of minus 21 in 1938

• Merrill: minus 27, breaking previous record of minus 24 in 1976

• Marshfield: minus 23, breaking 1938 low of minus 20

• Stevens Point: minus 20, breaking 1976 record of minus 19

• Wausau: minus 19, tying record from 1938 and 1963

Source: USAtoday

An aging Baby Boomer population and slower immigration combined for nearly stagnant U.S. population growth in 2013 as the total number of residents inched up even more slowly than the previous year.

Figures released Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau show that growth for the 12 months ending July 1 was 0.71%, or just under 2.3 million people. That’s the slowest since 1937, according to Brookings Institution demographer William Frey, who called this year’s growth “underwhelming.”

In 2011-2012, the U.S. population grew at a slightly higher 0.75% rate.

The Census Bureau projects the nation’s population on New Year’s Day will be 317,297,938, an increase of 2,218,622, or 0.7%, from New Year’s Day 2013.