Yesterday I brought the story of John Napier Tye to Dailykos but it scrolled off rather quickly so I thought I would have another go, adding this bonus article from the Atlantic on the story. But first, a quick recap:

In the July 18th Edition of the Washington Post John Napier Tye, the State Departments former Section Chief on Internet Freedom in the departments Bureau of Human Rights and Labor posted an important op-ed concerned that the Reagan era executive order poses a direct risk to our democracy. While this is not surprising to those of us who have followed the NSA’s success at narrowing the discussion down to various Patriot Act sections, it is important that someone of such credentials is bringing the discussion to the public.

"From 2011 until April of this year, I worked on global Internet freedom policy as a civil servant at the State Department. In that capacity, I was cleared to receive top-secret and “sensitive compartmented” information. Based in part on classified facts that I am prohibited by law from publishing, I believe that Americans should be even more concerned about the collection and storage of their communications under Executive Order 12333 than under Section 215." …

We’re all potential terrorists now!

If you didn’t give two sh*ts™ about our country’s surveillance state, you may just change your mind after reading The Intercept’s latest piece, just published over the past few hours.

Guilty until proven innocent: “irrefutable facts” and “concrete evidence” are no longer required to place U.S. citizens on a terrorist watch list under the new guidelines of the administration’s early-2013 expansion of our surveillance state. (And, good luck getting yourself removed from it once you’re on it!)

Our country’s Orwellian realities just get more outrageous by the minute…

Documents leaked by Edward Snowden reveal programs to track targets, spread information and manipulate online debates

The UK intelligence agency GCHQ has developed sophisticated tools to manipulate online polls, spam targets with SMS messages, track people by impersonating spammers and monitor social media postings, according to newly-published documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The documents – which were published on First Look Media with accompanying analysis from Glenn Greenwald – disclose a range of GCHQ “effects” programs aimed at tracking targets, spreading information, and manipulating online debates and statistics.

The disclosure comes the day before the UK parliament is due to begin up to three days’ debate on emergency legislation governing British surveillance capabilities. With cross-party support the bill is expected to be voted through this week.

Among the programs revealed in the document are:

• GATEWAY: the “ability to artificially increase traffic to a website”.

• CLEAN SWEEP which “masquerade[s] Facebook wall posts for individuals or entire countries”.

• SCRAPHEAP CHALLENGE for “perfect spoofing of emails from BlackBerry targets”.

• UNDERPASS to “change outcome of online polls”.

• SPRING BISHOP to find “private photos of targets on Facebook”.

The document also details a range of programs designed to collect and store public postings from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+, and to make automated postings on several of the social networks.

Capabilities to boost views of YouTube videos, or to boost the circulation of particular messages are also detailed. …

NSA data shows that 90 percent of people surveilled are innocent Americans whom the agency is legally prohibited from spying upon. Cory Doctorow looks at what the NSA means when it says “targeted.”


#spy crap #fuck the nsa

When Hobby Lobby filed its case against Obamacare’s contraception mandate, its retirement plan had more than $73 million invested in funds with stakes in contraception makers.

Information Commissioner’s Office reported to be looking into study in which postings for 700,000 users were secretly altered

Facebook is being investigated to assess whether an experiment in which it manipulated users’ news feeds to study the effect it had on moods might have broken data protection laws, it has been reported.

The Information Commissioner’s Office is said to be looking into the experiment carried out by the social network and two US universities in which almost 700,000 users had their news feeds secretly altered to study the impact of “emotional contagion”.

The ICO said it was too early to tell what part of the law Facebook might have infringed, the Financial Times reported. …

… Many users reacted angrily following online reports of the findings, which were published in the 17 June edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Some referred to it as “creepy”, “evil”, “terrifying” and “super disturbing”. …

Cherry Groce lies in her hospital bed after being shot during a police raid at her home in Brixton, south London

Cherry Groce inquest: son wants answers 29 years after mum was shot
Lee Lawrence hopes to find out the truth about the police raid in 1985 that left his mother paralysed from the chest down
Diane Taylor
The Guardian, Sunday 29 June 2014

Lee Lawrence says he has been waiting for 29 years to get answers from the Metropolitan police about why they shot his innocent mother Cherry Groce in 1985, leaving her paralysed from the chest down.

Officers raided the family’s Brixton home on 28 September 1985, searching for Groce’s son, Michael. He was not there, and did not in fact live there, but during the raid Groce, a mother of eight, was accidentally shot.

On Monday an inquest opens into her death in April 2011 and Lawrence hopes at last to find out the truth about the day his and his family’s life changed forever, with new information about the police operation expected to emerge at the hearing.

The incident sparked riots in Brixton that saw dozens of civilians and 10 police officers injured. Police marksman Inspector Douglas Lovelock was cleared of malicious and unlawful grievous bodily harm in 1987. Earlier this year the Met revealed it had apologised to the family for the shooting of Groce, who died in April 2011.

Lawrence, 39, was just 11 when he witnessed his mother being shot. “I was curled up in my mum’s bed, for me the safest place in the world, when I heard a loud banging, which must have been the police breaking the door down. My mum went to see what was going on and that was when the police shot her.

"I remember screaming, ‘What have you done to my mum?’"

"I heard my mum saying: ‘I can’t move my legs, I can’t breathe, I think I’m going to die.’ At that moment everything in my life changed forever."

Before the shooting Lawrence had been a carefree boy, playing outside and riding his BMX bike with his friends. He had been aware of racism from white skinhead gangs in the area but had never thought about racism from the police. In fact, inspired by cop shows like The Professionals and Starsky & Hutch, he dreamed of becoming a police officer when he grew up. “I wanted to get the bad guys,” he said.  …

…  Lawrence has many concerns about the Met although he says that he believes there are both good and bad officers. “When I was in my teens I used to get picked up by the police for things I hadn’t done. They would tell me I fitted the description of someone who had just committed a crime and that sort of thing. Once when I was 17 I was put into a police cell. A police officer opened a flap in the cell door and said: ‘Are you Cherry Groce’s son?’ When I replied that I was he said: ‘Pity she didn’t die.’

"We are looking for the Met to prove to us that they have changed in terms of transparency and accountability. We can only talk about change that we can see and feel and I’m not feeling it yet."  …

Cherry Groce lies in her hospital bed after being shot during a police raid at her home in Brixton, south London

Cherry Groce inquest: son wants answers 29 years after mum was shot
Lee Lawrence hopes to find out the truth about the police raid in 1985 that left his mother paralysed from the chest down
Diane Taylor
The Guardian, Sunday 29 June 2014

Lee Lawrence says he has been waiting for 29 years to get answers from the Metropolitan police about why they shot his innocent mother Cherry Groce in 1985, leaving her paralysed from the chest down.

Officers raided the family’s Brixton home on 28 September 1985, searching for Groce’s son, Michael. He was not there, and did not in fact live there, but during the raid Groce, a mother of eight, was accidentally shot.

On Monday an inquest opens into her death in April 2011 and Lawrence hopes at last to find out the truth about the day his and his family’s life changed forever, with new information about the police operation expected to emerge at the hearing.

The incident sparked riots in Brixton that saw dozens of civilians and 10 police officers injured. Police marksman Inspector Douglas Lovelock was cleared of malicious and unlawful grievous bodily harm in 1987. Earlier this year the Met revealed it had apologised to the family for the shooting of Groce, who died in April 2011.

Lawrence, 39, was just 11 when he witnessed his mother being shot. “I was curled up in my mum’s bed, for me the safest place in the world, when I heard a loud banging, which must have been the police breaking the door down. My mum went to see what was going on and that was when the police shot her.

"I remember screaming, ‘What have you done to my mum?’"

"I heard my mum saying: ‘I can’t move my legs, I can’t breathe, I think I’m going to die.’ At that moment everything in my life changed forever."

Before the shooting Lawrence had been a carefree boy, playing outside and riding his BMX bike with his friends. He had been aware of racism from white skinhead gangs in the area but had never thought about racism from the police. In fact, inspired by cop shows like The Professionals and Starsky & Hutch, he dreamed of becoming a police officer when he grew up. “I wanted to get the bad guys,” he said. …

… Lawrence has many concerns about the Met although he says that he believes there are both good and bad officers. “When I was in my teens I used to get picked up by the police for things I hadn’t done. They would tell me I fitted the description of someone who had just committed a crime and that sort of thing. Once when I was 17 I was put into a police cell. A police officer opened a flap in the cell door and said: ‘Are you Cherry Groce’s son?’ When I replied that I was he said: ‘Pity she didn’t die.’

"We are looking for the Met to prove to us that they have changed in terms of transparency and accountability. We can only talk about change that we can see and feel and I’m not feeling it yet." …

thesobsister:

Gee, was it something I said?

#good riddance to bad rubbish

thequeenandthephoenix:

kiichu:

shawtyimmaonlytellyouthisonce:

so i went on the american apparel site today

looking at the socks

and

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for reference

here’s one of the pictures for men’s socks

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seriously i’m not one to complain about sexism much but i just looked on this site and??

headwear

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what

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THE FUCK IS THIS???

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????????

also BAGS AND WALLEtS???

male:

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female:

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????????????????????? I DON’T FUCKING GET IT????

"gendered marketing doesn’t exist!! shut up femenazi"

Can you say, “Boycott?” I knew you could….

Goddamned pollution.

It smells just like El Lay tonight, doubtless thanks to the world’s largest garbage incinerator.

I love Detroit, except when it really stinks.

The US intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden has warned that entire populations, rather than just individuals, now live under constant surveillance.

“It’s no longer based on the traditional practice of targeted taps based on some individual suspicion of wrongdoing,” he said. “It covers phone calls, emails, texts, search history, what you buy, who your friends are, where you go, who you love.”

Snowden made his comments in a short video that was played before a debate on the proposition that surveillance today is a euphemism for mass surveillance, in Toronto, Canada. The former US National Security Agency contractor is living in Russia, having been granted temporary asylum there in June 2013.

The video was shown as two of the debaters – the former US National Security Administration director, General Michael Hayden, and the well-known civil liberties lawyer and Harvard law professor, Alan Dershowitz – argued in favour of the debate statement: “Be it resolved state surveillance is a legitimate defence of our freedoms.”

Opposing the motion were Glenn Greenwald, the journalist whose work based on Snowden’s leaks won a Pulitzer Prize for the Guardian last month, and Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of the social media website Reddit.

The Snowden documents, first leaked to the Guardian last June, revealed that the US government has programs in place to spy on hundreds of millions of people’s emails, social networking posts, online chat histories, browsing histories, telephone records, telephone calls and texts – “nearly everything a typical user does on the internet”, in the words of one leaked document.

Greenwald opened the debate by condemning the NSA’s own slogan, which he said appears repeatedly throughout its own documents: “Collect it all.” …

It would be so nice

if tv could sterilize everyone who says, “sterling’s right!” without sarcasm.

It would also be nice if twitter could sterlize people who make racist tweets.

It would also be awesome if the same thing could happen to sexists and genderists.

zimpirate:

bigbigbigday006:

strangelyobsessedwithstuff:

void-the-sinner:

spoiledbabe:

hazelandglasz:

durnesque-esque:

thehippiejew:

extrafeisty:

jaycubs:


A Glasgow nightclub has installed a two-way mirror which allows male revellers in private booths to spy on unsuspecting women as they visit the toilet! With no notification or signage anywhere in the venue many female club goers have been left feeling embarrassed and used. Although they do briefly show the mirrors in a promo video, the club has been quickly deleting comments and posts on their social media from club goers trying to alert others to the situation. This is pretty much illegal and hugley violates privacy. Thank you The Shimmy Club for giving us a shiny, new, creative and cool take on objectification. article here

i’m never leaving my house again, this world is just too fucked up.

WHAT!?

gross gross gross gross gross

Good morning disgusting. Remember ladies:
 “No space, leave the place” (fingernail test)
A two way mirror must be set INTO the wall, not placed on top of it.
If you rap/knock against the mirror, one installed onto a wall (a normal mirror) will make a dull sound, because there’s something behind it. A two-way will have more reverberation.
Use the flashlight on your phone to shine on the mirror, if it’s a two-way, you’ll be able to see into the other room.
You can also shield your eyes and see in if you lean up against the glass.
The room being viewed will have to be brightly lit (10x brighter than the room looking in), so if you’re in a typical dimly lit club bathroom, you’re ok.

boosting the fuck out of this

They have this in Continental Midtown in Philly, it’s fucking creepy and not cool at all

the most obvious solution i can think of is to break that motherfucker. what are they going to do? sue you for breaking something they shouldnt have had?

That’s fucking disgusting.

Hey, fellas. You ever feel like you have to check if you’re standing in front of a two-way mirror? Women do.

This needs to be known


Bottle the mirror and that evil git before it.

zimpirate:

bigbigbigday006:

strangelyobsessedwithstuff:

void-the-sinner:

spoiledbabe:

hazelandglasz:

durnesque-esque:

thehippiejew:

extrafeisty:

jaycubs:

A Glasgow nightclub has installed a two-way mirror which allows male revellers in private booths to spy on unsuspecting women as they visit the toilet! With no notification or signage anywhere in the venue many female club goers have been left feeling embarrassed and used. Although they do briefly show the mirrors in a promo video, the club has been quickly deleting comments and posts on their social media from club goers trying to alert others to the situation. This is pretty much illegal and hugley violates privacy. Thank you The Shimmy Club for giving us a shiny, new, creative and cool take on objectification.
article here

i’m never leaving my house again, this world is just too fucked up.

WHAT!?

gross gross gross gross gross

Good morning disgusting.

Remember ladies:

  • “No space, leave the place” (fingernail test)
  • A two way mirror must be set INTO the wall, not placed on top of it.
  • If you rap/knock against the mirror, one installed onto a wall (a normal mirror) will make a dull sound, because there’s something behind it. A two-way will have more reverberation.
  • Use the flashlight on your phone to shine on the mirror, if it’s a two-way, you’ll be able to see into the other room.
  • You can also shield your eyes and see in if you lean up against the glass.
  • The room being viewed will have to be brightly lit (10x brighter than the room looking in), so if you’re in a typical dimly lit club bathroom, you’re ok.

boosting the fuck out of this

They have this in Continental Midtown in Philly, it’s fucking creepy and not cool at all

the most obvious solution i can think of is to break that motherfucker. what are they going to do? sue you for breaking something they shouldnt have had?

That’s fucking disgusting.

Hey, fellas. You ever feel like you have to check if you’re standing in front of a two-way mirror? Women do.

This needs to be known

Bottle the mirror and that evil git before it.

… In a new blog post, Netflix explains that while transit networks like Level3 and Cogent help carry traffic to every network on the internet, Comcast isn’t performing that role. Comcast isn’t even helping Netflix move the traffic — according to Netflix — but simply acting as a gatekeeper for its own customers. Yet those customers are already theoretically paying Comcast for access to whatever internet content they request, including Netflix, no? “In this way, Comcast is double dipping by getting both its subscribers and Internet content providers to pay for access to each other,” argues Netflix VP of content Ken Florance.

Netflix also suggests that Comcast intentionally allowed its connections to existing transit providers like Cogent and Level3 to clog up in order to force the issue, but it’s not clear who is actually at fault. No one wants to pay to upgrade the pipes if they can pass the costs to someone else. …


Ta much, TheMadMinstrel!