Posts in Politics and legal

Obama’s address to the nation – Is the US government attempting to calm the public or instill more fear?

// December 7th, 2015 // No Comments » // Politics and legal

The president’s speech last night was long, dry, and full of fluff. I’ve taken the time to transcribe the speech and inject quick summaries after each paragraph so you can skip the mumbo-jumbo and get to the gist of the message.

The crass symbolism in Arab cartoons following the terrorist attacks in Paris

// November 16th, 2015 // No Comments » // Politics and legal

Below is a sampling of Arab cartoons, including English translations, following the attacks in Paris on November 13, 2015.

The controversial works of Charlie Hebdo offend more than just Muslims

// January 7th, 2015 // No Comments » // Politics and legal

When masked gunmen stormed the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, they were heard to shout “Allahu Akbar” or “God is Great” in Arabic. That the attackers were Muslim terrorists is without question. So what had Charlie Hebdo published to upset followers of Islam? Turns out they have a long history of satirical (and […]

Nicely done France – France and other European nations take to the street in support of Charlie Hebdo

// January 7th, 2015 // No Comments » // Politics and legal

After three masked gunmen killed 12 in the offices of left-wing magazine Charlie Hebdo, the French quickly took to the streets showing the world they are not afraid. Marching under the banner of “Je Suis Charlie” or “I am Charlie”, demonstrators in France, England, Spain, Germany, and Italy hit the streets creating a somber but […]

Don’t forget the jailed Hacktivists and Whistleblowers this Holiday season!

// December 19th, 2014 // No Comments » // Politics and legal

Political prisoners always need support, but can you imagine spending the holidays in prison? Please, help us support our jailed Activists, Hacktivists, and Whistle-blowers by brightening up the holidays through writing letters and getting them the things they need at this time.

North Korean embassy officials request London salon owner remove sign making fun of Kim Jong’s hair

// April 15th, 2014 // No Comments » // Politics and legal

NBC news reports the manager of a London hair salon was visited by unhappy North Korean embassy officials after using a picture of their fearless leader as an advertisement promoting a cure for “bad hair days”. Salon manager Mo Nabbach, who runs the M&M Hair Academy, said the salon is just a few miles from […]

The “new American center” (not as split as we thought) – new NBC survey hints that new political party is desired

// October 15th, 2013 // No Comments » // Politics and legal

Today, NBC News and Esquire magazine released the results of a survey that they conducted to measure the “national sentiment” of Americans. The results of the survey show that the United States may not be as divided as we think. Typically characterized as a nation with beliefs that fall strictly in line with Republican and […]

Forget Occupy Wall Street, protesters are swarming cities across the country in response to government shutdown

// October 8th, 2013 // No Comments » // Politics and legal

The United States government shutdown, now in its second week, has sparked swarms of angry protesters to descend upon the U.S. Capitol – and that’s not the only place to see protest action. Nearly 100 government employees rallied in downtown Chicago at Federal Plaza to protest the shutdown. Meanwhile, in Lafayette, dozens gathered outside Rep. […]

NYT reveals Republican plan to undo Affordable Care Act by shutting down the government has been in play since February 2013

// October 6th, 2013 // No Comments » // Politics and legal

To many Americans, the shutdown of the United States government came out of the blue. Today, the New York Times has revealed that the Republican plan to tie defunding of the federal government to the Affordable Care Act (e.g. Obamacare) has been planned since February 2013 and has been waged by a well-funded “galaxy of […]

Through their eyes – how the rest of the world views the United States government shutdown

// October 3rd, 2013 // No Comments » // Politics and legal

So how does the rest of the world see the United States government shutdown? From the outside, do we appear to be a bunch of buffoons too intent on losing face at the expense of productive legislative discussion? Is the shutdown feared as a threat to the world economy or as a precursor to the […]

Snowden leaks prompt talk of constraint on NSA practices – Traitor? He’s a National Hero!

// August 10th, 2013 // No Comments » // Politics and legal

Spy? Traitor? How about “National Hero”. The United States wants to label Edward Snowden a “spy” and “traitor” for revealing NSA practices to the American public. The leaks from Edward Snowden regarding the unscrupulous data collection practices of the National Security Agency prompted a US scramble to plug the leak and stem the tide of […]

Can we deduce how NSA’s electronic surveillance programs work? Yes, and here’s how it’s done.

// July 31st, 2013 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security, Politics and legal

Access to complete phone records of all Americans is only the tip of the iceberg. Details from whistleblower Edward Snowden recently revealed that a top-secret NSA program named “XKeyscore” allows National Security Agency analysts to search (with no prior authorization) through vast databases containing content of emails, online chats, social networking sessions, web content searches, […]

NSA to Congress: “But we want ALL the data. Any other way is just TOO hard.”

// July 22nd, 2013 // No Comments » // Politics and legal

The Wall Street Journal has revealed that a “select few lawmakers” have received a heads up from the NSA regarding their controversial sweeping telephone-surveillance program whereby the major phone companies provide the NSA with the phone records of *all* of their customers. In response to White House and Congress demands that the NSA change the […]

Apple and several book publishers nailed for conspiring to raise ebook prices

// July 10th, 2013 // No Comments » // Politics and legal

In a decision that could reshape how e-books (and wishfully, digital music) are sold on the Internet, a federal judge in Manhattan has ruled that Apple Inc conspired to raise the retail prices of e-books in violation of antitrust law, and has called for a trial on damages. Apple had been accused of colluding with […]

Whoops. IRS accidentally uploads tens of thousands of private social security numbers in public database

// July 8th, 2013 // No Comments » // Politics and legal

PublicResource.org, an organization that specializes in publishing government archive, had to make an embarrassing call to the IRS this week. Apparently the IRS IT department does not have a filter installed to monitor for errant data uploads which allowed a regularly-refreshed IRS database report of the nonprofit industry to be uploaded with a smattering of […]

Bloomberg drops bombshell – tech companies give zero-day exploits to U.S. before making them public

// June 14th, 2013 // No Comments » // Politics and legal

We knew for sure that foreign companies collect zero-day vulnerabilities, often paying a pretty-penny for the exploit, and were fairly certain that the NSA did the same. What we did not know however, was that tech companies freely *give* or sell their zero-day exploit vulnerability details to the United States government. Bloomberg dropped the bombshell […]