49 degrees latitude, 360 degrees attitude!

9th June 2014

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Matt DeHart claims he's wanted for working with Anonymous →

Link to the entire story on the NatPo

Tagged: AnonymoushackersgovernmentUS

31st March 2014

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A user with two bitcoins, bought for $5 and $10, could simply hand them both over to pay for a good worth one bitcoin, and receive one bitcoin as change. That would force both the spent bitcoin and the one received as change to be accounted for at the average cost of $7.50, since it would be impossible to tell which was which.

A very interesting analysis of the new Bitcoin ruling

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/mar/31/bitcoin-legally-property-irs-currency

Tagged: bitcoincryptocurrencygovernmentregulations

11th March 2014

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labeldoe:

Strange Days we are living in, The news from #Snowden here at #SXSW.

Tagged: SnowdenWikiLeakssurveillancegovernment

11th March 2014

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Julian Assange at SXSW

Tagged: Julian AssangesurveillancegovernmentWikiLeaks

14th February 2014

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//OPPENPAL [until they are all free]

blog: http://oppenpal.wordpress.com/
follow: @OpPenPal #OpPenPal #OpValentine

BACKGROUND:
In January, Rachel Allshiny received a letter from a prisoner named Marcel who met Migs (NATO 5) in segregated housing at Pontiac Correctional Center. (As you may recall, Migs was thrown in seg for 5 months because he had “unauthorized” anarchist literature and symbols.) Marcel wanted to know more about OpPenPal and asked to be added to our list so that other politically conscious people could send him letters and books.

Although Marcel is not incarcerated for political reasons, it is our belief that any prisoner who wants to learn about the history and theory of political resistance should be accommodated if possible. As such OpPenPal will be establishing a second mailing list in the near future to include prisoners who have non-political charges but are interested in corresponding with activists and receiving political literature.

It is important not only to have activists advocating for prisoners from the outside, but also to cultivate relationships with prisoners on the inside who are committed to resisting the oppressive conditions of their confinement.

THE LETTER:
2-8-14

Rachel,

Before I go any further, I’d first like to say that I really appreciate you taking the time out to respond to my letter. It was a very pleasant surprise because, due to the lapse in time, I’d honestly assumed my letter would go unanswered.

After reading your letter and getting a clear understanding of all that you do and everything you’re involved with, I must say I’m impressed. The work you do and the lives you’ve impacted through your efforts speaks volumes about your character, to me. I can only imagine the amount of time and effort you have sacrificed to be a part of making [OpPenPal] a reality. It leaves me to wonder, when do you have time to rest?

I became aware of the Occupy Chicago movement around the time that Chicago was hosting the NATO summit a few summers ago. It seemed to be all that the media was covering at that time, so I knew that whatever the Occupy movement was about, it had to be a serious threat in one way or another to the summit, because the security measures that were being implemented in anticipation of the protest were unheard of.

Over the years I’ve become more familiar with the organization [i.e. Occupy] through reading and seeing them in the news. Comrade Migs and the reading material he shared with me is what really sparked my interest, though, and left me thirsty for knowledge of the movement and the companionship of those active in it.

Although my knowledge of political activism is limited, I do know the risk of being arrested is always there for those on the streets protesting to make a difference. I also know firsthand the deliberate injustices being inflicted by the authorities behind these walls upon those who’ve dared to buck the system and have been labeled as “terrorist” and “anarchist.”

So you’re absolutely right; prisoner support is an indispensable part of the protest community, but also know that the people like yourself who advocate on behalf of those behind bars are just as invaluable. You’ll probably never know how vital your support was to Comrade Migs during his time away, and especially the time he spent in seg. Something as simple as a letter with a few words of encouragement means the world to us in here, so for him to have the whole movement behind him in solidarity is powerful.

Also, your willingness to assist even those who do not fit your original mission is admirable. It reflects on your role as an educator, and I am honored to even be considered for the OpPenPal offshoot that you’re currently working on. So yes, please include me, and be sure to let me know if there’s anything I can do to help.

Since it started I’d been following [the #NATO3] trial closely and was relieved to see that they were acquitted of the more serious charges in their case. I think it’s absolutely ridiculous how much time and money was wasted trying to convict these guys of these outrageous charges. This fiasco really makes the Mayor and CPD look bad. Hopefully this case will serve as precedent for activism in Chicago for the future. I’m interested in seeing what the outcome of sentencing will be - whether or not they’ll be fair or if they’ll try to send a message.

Before I close my letter, I’d like to share a little more about myself. Like yourself, I’ve lived in Chicago my entire life. Before my incarceration I’d been trained and certified in Culinary Arts and worked as a cook at Mt Sinai Hospital on the city’s west side. Cooking is something I’m passionate about, but unfortunately my reckless lifestyle and some very poor decisions led me down a different path, and landed me in prison.

Since I’ve been away I’ve made a conscious decision to change my life for the better and do something positive with my remaining years. I know that an education is the key to success, so I enrolled in school and have completed three vocational courses and received certificates. Before I was placed in seg, I was attending night classes to earn credits towards an associate’s degree in liberal studies. I’ve been in seg for eleven months now, so my education is pretty much on hold. I’m due to be released from seg at the end of April and will pick up where I left off.

While here though, I do a lot of reading to stay mentally stimulated and sharp. I’ll read just about anything right now but I prefer fiction, mysteries, action thrillers, horror, some theological non-fiction, history, and biographies. I also like newspapers and any type of mags dealing with current events and world news.

Outside of reading I’m a sports fanatic, especially for the Chicago sports teams. I like it all, football to hockey. So I spend a lot of time watching games, whatever they might be, and ESPN.

I like to write and express myself, so I’ve recently begun to keep a journal and write short stories and poems to pass the time.

On that note I’m going to end this in hopes of hearing from you again whenever your schedule allows. Until then take care of yourself and stay warm. I’ll do the same.

In solidarity,
Marcel

P.S. I’m not familiar with the Suffragettes. Please enlighten me. If there’s a book or any type of reading material you can send my on the subject I’d really appreciate it.

WRITE TO MARCEL:
Marcel Hunter #B65362
Pontiac Correctional Center
PO Box 99
Pontiac IL 61764

If you have questions about sending books to Marcel or other prisoners, please get in touch with @allshiny.

Tagged: OpPenPalAnonymousprisonsgovernment

7th February 2014

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Statement on GCHQ's war against Anonymous - Project PM →

What it’s like to be on the receiving end of the government’s attention.

Tagged: AnonymousProject PMgovernmentDDoS

31st January 2014

Photo reblogged from AgeCollage&Pictures// ACP with 2,122 notes

cirillbenjamin:

К. Беньямин. Поразительные окружности. Коллаж, 2013.
C. Benjamin. Striking circle. Collage, 2013.

This collage is amazing.

cirillbenjamin:

К. Беньямин. Поразительные окружности. Коллаж, 2013.

C. Benjamin. Striking circle. Collage, 2013.

This collage is amazing.

Tagged: artsurveillancegovernment

31st January 2014

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Bitcoin ‘Ponzi’ Concern Sparks Warning From Estonia Bank →

VERY intelligent article on Bitcoin, if a teensy bit alarmist. Bloomberg hires good people.

Tagged: Bitcoincryptocurrencygovernment

31st December 2013

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whatthezeitgeistwants:

Palantir Technologies, where they put the Bro in Big Brother.
Palantir is a big data start-up co-founded by Peter Thiel and backed by the CIA that just raised $58 million at a $9 billion pre-money valuation to help them scale up their massive surveillance tools.
They still let you wear flip flops to work, so it’s cool.
The hedgehog in the conference room symbolizes the convenient, ethically liberating truism that American management teaches the corporate rank and file: focus on your hyper-specialized task, and don’t worry about other stuff.  It will make you a more productive worker—and keep you from looking at the big picture.
The fusion of the pseudo-liberation of 90s start-up culture with big data mass surveillance on behalf of monolithic government agencies devoted to post-GWOT order and control is sinister and hilarious all at the same time.  
You are being watched over by twentysomething computer handlers who can be bought with foosball, free sodas and easily approved car loans.  

whatthezeitgeistwants:

Palantir Technologies, where they put the Bro in Big Brother.

Palantir is a big data start-up co-founded by Peter Thiel and backed by the CIA that just raised $58 million at a $9 billion pre-money valuation to help them scale up their massive surveillance tools.

They still let you wear flip flops to work, so it’s cool.

The hedgehog in the conference room symbolizes the convenient, ethically liberating truism that American management teaches the corporate rank and file: focus on your hyper-specialized task, and don’t worry about other stuff.  It will make you a more productive worker—and keep you from looking at the big picture.

The fusion of the pseudo-liberation of 90s start-up culture with big data mass surveillance on behalf of monolithic government agencies devoted to post-GWOT order and control is sinister and hilarious all at the same time.  

You are being watched over by twentysomething computer handlers who can be bought with foosball, free sodas and easily approved car loans.  

Tagged: capitalismsurveillancegovernment

Source: whatthezeitgeistwants

4th December 2013

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Never Forget, The F.B.I. Routinely Assassinated American Citizens… →

On December 4, 1969, Fred Hampton was murdered while he was sleeping in his bed. He was shot in the arm, shoulder, and twice through the head. He was just 21 years old. Mark Clark was also killed that morning. Right after the shootings, State’s Attorney Hanrahan called a press conference where he announced that the Black Panthers had organized a “vicious, unprovoked attack” on the police who had appeared at an apartment at 4:45 that morning to supposedly search for illegal weapons. Seven survivors of the targeted murder, including Hampton’s fiance Deborah Johnson who was 8 months pregnant, were arrested and charged with attempted murder. After 13 years of litigation, Flint Taylor, Jeffrey Haas, and other lawyers at the People’s Law Office were able to prove that the shootings were actually assassinations organized by the F.B.I. as part of its Cointelpro program.

The following excerpts, collected by Henry Hampton and Steve Fayer for the Eyes on the Prize documentary series, feature Deborah Johnson recounting the shootings that killed Fred Hampton.

“The first thing that I remember after Fred and I had went to sleep was being awakened by somebody shaking Fred while we were laying in bed. Saying, “Chairman, Chairman, wake up! The pigs are vamping. The pigs are vamping.” About the same time, I looked up and I saw what appeared to be flashes of light going across the entranceway to the back bedroom. It looked like a million flashes of light, because the apartment was pretty much dark. I rolled over to Fred — he sill hadn’t moved at this point, as I recall — and then slid down to Fred’s right side, so that put me closest to the wall in the bedroom […]

Someone else was in the room with me and kept yelling out, “Stop shooting, stop shooting, we have a pregnant sister in here.” Eventually the shooting stopped and they said we could come out. I remember crossing over Fred and telling myself over and over. Be real careful. Don’t stumble, they’ll try to shoot you. Just be real calm. Watch how you walk. Keep your hands up. Don’t reach for anything. Don’t even try to close your robe.

I’m walking out of the bedroom, there are two lines of policemen that I have to walk through on my right and my left. I remember focusing on their badge numbers and their faces. Saying them over and over in my head, so I wouldn’t forget. As I walked through these two lines of policemen, on of them grabbed my robe and opened it and said, “Well, what do you know, we have a broad here.” Another policeman grabbed me by the hair and pretty much just shoved me — I had more hair then — into the kitchen area. It was very cold that might. I guess that it snowed. The back door was open. Some people were on the floor in the kitchen.

I heard a voice come from the dining room area. Someone said, “He’s barely alive. He’ll barely make it.” The shooting, I heard some shooting start again.”

Tagged: FBIpolicegovernmentmurder

Source: so-treu

25th November 2013

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The Justice Department has all but concluded it will not bring charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for publishing classified documents because government lawyers said they could not do so without also prosecuting U.S. news organizations and journalists, according to U.S. officials.

Julian Assange unlikely to face U.S. charges over publishing classified documents (via jcstearns)

So things are looking up for the guy in the Ecuadoran Embassy.

(via shortformblog)

Sure it has. SUUUUUUUURE it has.

Tagged: disinfowikileaksjulian assangepoliticsgovernment

Source: jcstearns

9th November 2013

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motherjones:

Pima County, Arizona, is the only county in the United States that tracks migrant deaths. Here’s every one since 2001.

motherjones:

Pima County, Arizona, is the only county in the United States that tracks migrant deaths. Here’s every one since 2001.

Tagged: governmentbigotrypoliticsdeath

Source: motherjones

23rd October 2013

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libertyunderattack:

www.libertyunderattack.com

Damn straight.

libertyunderattack:

www.libertyunderattack.com

Damn straight.

Tagged: surveillancegovernmentNSA

22nd August 2013

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/var/null: Don't Fly During Ramadan →

chimeracoder:

A couple of weeks ago, I was scheduled to take a trip from New York (JFK) to Los Angeles on JetBlue. Every year, my family goes on a one-week pilgrimage, where we put our work on hold and spend time visiting temples, praying, and spending time with family and friends. To my Jewish friends, I often…

And this is what it’s like to be an American now.

Tagged: TSAFBIgovernmentplanes

20th August 2013

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URGENT!! RED ALERT - UK Government To Start “NATIONAL SERVICE” (MAKE VIRAL) (by TruthTube451 (AKA MrGlasgowTruther))

Tagged: dgovernmentwar

Source: youtube.com