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Hackers Threaten Internet Takedown on March 31. Earth Hour.

No one likes an April Fool’s Day Joke a day early.  A recent threat supposedly from the hacker group Anonymous claimed it would stop the internet on March 31, 2012.  So far so good.  Our numerous iMacs, iphones, ipads, PC’s, Blackberry’s are still in working order and able to connect online.

The whole idea of shutting the internet gives pause to people who live in countries where connecting to the internet is blocked by governments.  China.  Egypt. USA? Or where one has to sneak through a back door just to send a tweet.  The founding father’s of the United States who gave us freedom of speech must be doing a little dance at their accomplishment. Or maybe they are rolling in the grave?

How much free speech do we really have ?  Well, you can’t yell fire in a movie theatre, and we’re not going to go on about all things that should be common sense not to say.

Give you and example– someone came up with the idea of Earth Hour, and it has spread freely across the internet

More than 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries worldwide switched off their lights for Earth Hour 2011, sending a powerful message for action on climate change. It also ushered in a new era with members going Beyond the Hour to commit to lasting action for the planet. Without a doubt, it’s shown how great things can be achieved when people come together for a common cause.   http://www.earthhour.org/page/about

Whether you believe that we mere humans can impact climate change or not, it is noteworthy how the message has spread across the globe.  Doesn’t seem to be any censorship there.  What we’re having a problem with is government and corporate ability to track just who said what, when and which sites you may  have visited.  And maybe that is the point of the threat of Operation Blackout.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17472447 Maybe just to prove that someone, somewhere can flip the switch off.

We can’t control Anon, but we can control how much information we freely give.

Need an example?  Your iphone is usually set to default daily diagnostic and usage data including location information.

To turn this feature off -Go to Settings, tap General, tap About and look under diagnostics & Usage.  Select “Don’t Send” in order to turn Diagnostics off.

If you don’t, Apple swears honest engine like that, “none of the collected information identifies you personally.” Yeah okay. Before we stopped Apple’s access, they or someone was recording our actions on the device up to 30 times a day. Here’s an idea of what was collected

  • deviceid: is a 34 digit code of numbers and letters that we aren’t going to share here
  • isAnonymout: true
  • Device configld: 101
  • triggerTime:  1332544624433        ?what kind of time is that. seconds, minutes,?
  • profileid:######
  • tgrigger id:  #####
  • investigation id: 0
  • metricCCDiagnosticAllowed
  • {true
  • timestamp1:  332544624674
  • desired accuracy: -1
  • cell Available:true
  • wifiAvailable: true
  • passcodelocked:false
  • airplaneMode:false
  • ttff:0
  • ttGPS: -1
  • bundled:  “com.yahoo.frontpage”
  • achievedAccuracy:4904
  • achievedSpeed:  -1
  • accessoryUsed:  false
  • reachability:  2
  • powered:  false

Check those time stamps!  Dunno if that is seconds, minutes or hours, but someone was watching where and what we were doing on our iphone at that particular time and we gave them permission unknowingly.  We apparently logged into Yahoo. Then what?  Were we talking to the kids, griping to the mother-in-law, listening to music, Tweeting, on Facebook, searching Safari for a deal on gasoline, watching a video, downloading a movie, buying an app, playing angry birds or looking for a recipe how to cook a bird?  In fact, we were on WiFi, not plugged into a power source, not on an airplane, and our phone was unlocked.

There is no such thing as internet or log on usage privacy. PERIOD.

Phillip Dunkelberger, a former Apple employee and now president of encryption firm PGP, said that the computing power of the iPhone is so great that it will be almost impossible to protect completely.  “There are so many security issues with the iPhone, because it is not just a phone,” he said. “From an IT guy’s perspective it is a Linux computer with communications built in.”   http://www.scmagazine.com.au/News/86644,iphone-may-never-be-secure.aspx

Now if someone knows that about little old us, why is the U.S. government now allowing iOS use?

The Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) has authorised the use of Apple devices running the iOS 5 operating system to communicate and store classified information up to the ‘protected’ level in Federal Government.The decision caps a long-running ban on the use of Apple devices for government personnel dealing in classified information. http://www.scmagazine.com.au/News/295604,apple-devices-pass-defence-security-check.aspx

We highly doubt someone would take down the net.  Al Gore would never stand for that. lol.  As for a hacker, a government, a corporation, etc., you bet your sweet ass someone is keeping track of you.  Heck-“all you iPhone-owning patent yay-sayers out there, not only is Apple patenting YOUR hand motions to operate electronic equipment but they are also specifically PATENTING tracking YOU”. http://lawpundit.blogspot.com/2011/04/buggy-apple-patent-for-tracking-people.html

Our lives are pretty boring- we farm, we raise kids, we vote, we write, we do the mundane delightful things in life.

Don’t you just want to know what you know they know about you?

Stay tuned and have a good day, one day it will be your last.  God Bless.

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Martin Luther King, “I have a Dream.”

And this will be the day — this will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with new meaning:
My country ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.
Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim’s pride,
From every mountainside, let freedom ring!
And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.”  August 1963.

Is freedom ringing?

Criticism of color barely begins to describe what the American government did to pry into King’s personal life and so many others during the 50’s and 60’s. If you disagreed with the government, you were shall we say likely to have been, ‘looked after.’  Is it any different today?

From the Church Final Report-http://www.icdc.com/~paulwolf/cointelpro/churchfinalreportIIIb.htm

From December 1963 until his death in 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. was the target of an intensive campaign by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to “neutralize” him as an effective civil rights leader. In the words of the man in charge of the FBI’s “war” against Dr. King:

No holds were barred. We have used [similar] techniques against Soviet agents. [The same methods were] brought home against any organization against which we were targeted. We did not differentiate. This is a rough, tough business. 1

The FBI collected information about Dr. King’s plans and activities through an extensive surveillance program, employing nearly every intelligence-gathering technique at the Bureau’s disposal. Wiretaps, which were initially approved by Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, were maintained on Dr. King’s home telephone from October 1963 until mid-1965; the SCLC headquarter’s telephones were covered by wiretaps for an even longer period. Phones in the homes and offices of some of Dr. King’s close advisers were also wiretapped. The FBI has acknowledged 16 occasions on which microphones were hidden in Dr. King’s hotel and motel rooms in an “attempt” to obtain information about the “private activities of King and his advisers” for use to “completely discredit” them.

King spoke about the “Security of Justice,” and in this era of terrorism, it gives new meaning to the balance of security and justice.

COINTELPRO inserted spies into Martin Luther King Jr.’s inner circle to report on all his movements and activities, and it effectively destroyed the Black Panther Party by encouraging armed action against other black nationalist groups, smear campaigns against key members and outright targeted attacks. The result was that the group became splintered and the rest of the country didn’t take them seriously as a political force.

Even though COINTELPRO activities were exposed and banned by the ’70s, we still see little baby COINTELPRO efforts pop up today, like when the FBI targeted “domestic terrorist organizations” like Greenpeace and PETA along with evil Quakers. Or when one Obama adviser suggested infiltrating conspiracy theory message boards with secret agents who would discredit “false conspiracy theories about the government.” Because apparently, people on conspiracy theory message boards would never appreciate the irony.  Read more: http://www.cracked.com/article_18955_6-crackpot-conspiracy-theories-that-actually-happened_p2.html#ixzz1BEapsUlg

In 2011, where do we find the balance between privacy and security?  Was Dr. King really a threat? To what, to whom?  Is Assange of WIKI leaks fame a rapist, terrorist, journalist?  Facebook and Social Media certainly provide the opportunity for anyone or government to track your whereabouts.

Cookies used to be about sugar and flour, they are now about leaving a trail of crumbs on which websites you have visited.  How fast we learned about Jared Loughner and his erratic rants on YouTube, MySpace, etc. Here are just a few examples https://ahrcanum.wordpress.com/2011/01/08/giffordsshotpalin/.

Is it so humiliating to get felt up in the airport security line for the greater good? Tough call.  On the one hand, maybe an inspection of my, “junk” is a deterrent to evil shitheads.  On the other hand it seems to be a violation of the 4th Amendment, when there is no probable cause or reasonable suspicion of criminal activity.   More insulting, is that an airplane cargo hold likely gets less of an inspection than my junk.  Go figure.

Back to MLK.  We had the day off, schools and banks closed.  Many lived the American dream being good capitalists and spent the day at the mall using traceable debit and credit cards, facebooking our locations, tweeting the day away, going about our business while someone somewhere, if they really cared ran COINTELPRO on you.  Too bad someone didn’t connect the dots fast enough to Arizona to prevent the shooting spree.  Too bad someone didn’t connect the dots before the events of 911.  Maybe they did.

Even though COINTELPRO was supposed to have ceased long ago, both the Bush and Obama administrations have likely been utilizing what we’ll call, large scale information manipulation and monitoring.  Cass Sunstein heads up the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, where he oversees policy relating to privacy, information quality, and statistical programs. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cass_Sunstein

From Glenn Greenwood at Salon,http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/01/15/sunstein :

Sunstein advocates that the Government’s stealth infiltration should be accomplished by sending covert agents into “chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups.”  He also proposes that the Government make secret payments to so-called “independent” credible voices to bolster the Government’s messaging (on the ground that those who don’t believe government sources will be more inclined to listen to those who appear independent while secretly acting on behalf of the Government).

Whatever one wants to call intelligence these days, someone smart enough, if they wanted to:  knows where you are, what you are doing, what books you have bought on your Kindle or Amazon accounts, the books you have borrowed from the library, can find your address and phone number on Google, identify your computers IP address, knows what products you buy from your frequent shopper cards, can predict what your behavior might be, what memberships you may have in the NRA or YMCA, what your political party affiliation is, and on and on.

Are you old enough to remember “the party line, ” phone calls where you shared phone lines?  One could listen in, and someone could listen to you so you had to watch what you might say about Mrs. Spillane and Mr. DeLuca down the street.  Privacy was paramount. 

What privacy we don’t give away today, someone tomorrow can sure find out.   Were MLK alive today, we wonder if he would champion civil liberties as much as he did civil rights.  

Let freedom ring.

For more thoughts on Internet Censorship, read https://ahrcanum.wordpress.com/2010/07/13/internet-censorship-agenda/

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Video Killed the Radio Star is a song by the British group Buggles and was released in 1979. It celebrates the golden days of radio, talking of a singer whose career is cut short by television.  It was the first music video shown on MTV in North America when the music channel debuted on August 1, 1981, at 12:10 A.M.  Obama would have been about 20 years old. [If I saw his birth certificate I could tell you exactly how old he was -but alas, it has never been shown to the public-only a copy of a COLB. 

Leave it to Obama to kill what is left of radio listenership.   With an, in your face- I don’t need the radio attitude toward Rush Limbaugh, Obama continues to capitalize on the Internet and “for the first time, the weekly Democratic address has been released as a web video rather than the traditional radio address. http://change.gov/newsroom/entry/your_weekly_address_from_the_president_elect/  and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zd8f9Zqap6U By posting the address on You Tube we can see that more than 550,000 people have viewed it.  Too bad the comments and ratings have been disabled.

His campaign on the net was masterful and again we are witness to the landscape of change in communications.  Communicating will change even further this winter when TV will only be broadcast under the digital domain.  February 17, 2009, all full-power broadcast television stations in the United States will stop broadcasting on analog airwaves and begin broadcasting only in digital. The FCC claims digital broadcasting will allow stations to offer improved picture and sound quality and additional channels. http://www.dtv.gov/ 

That means that people who use an antenna to watch TV will likely get no more service after Feb. 17. The exceptions are if the TV is a digital TV, TV service comes from cable or another paid source or you bought one of those digital converter boxes (two $40 coupons are available at www.DTV2009.gov). See my “Guide to the 2009 Digital TV transition.”  What no one fails to mention is the jackpot each of the license holders has been given.  http://unusualmusic.livejournal.com/293881.html  writes  “Although the airwaves are the property of the public under US law, and broadcasters receive their licenses from the FCC only on the condition that they serve the public interest, neither Congress nor the FCC, have attached any public service or public interest requirement to the thousands of new DTV channels that current broadcasters will receive. And current broadcasters, according to the deal worked out by Congress and the FCC back in the 1990s, are the only ones upon whom the new stations made possible by DTV will be bestowed. They’re in. Congress and the FCC, in their wisdom didn’t think local governments, schools, colleges, libraries, unions, community organizations, local churches, blacks, Latinos or females deserved a shot at any of the thousands of new DTV channels. They’re out. That’s it and that’s all.

Since airwaves are free we are now being held hostage to paying for cable in order to receive good reception but cable broadcasters are not the only one to actually use cable.    Comcast, AT&T, Sprint, and the others all make use of cable but fail to talk about all the dormant dark fiber laid in the 1990’s cris-crossing the country that is not being used. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_fiber  We see companies charging and limiting band with, capping usage, and charging for bytes of traffic to boost revenue.  Another major media shift has been underway for some time regarding CNN, who is underway to surpass The Associated Press, Reuters, and UPI as a news source available to the media.  “So in addition to cablecasting, web casting and mobile casting (its big three destination plays), it [sic- CNN] figures it can make some money offering the same content to other news outlets. Call it syndication, call it distribution or call it, in the old parlance it has chosen, the CNN Wire.    http://www.contentbridges.com/2008/11/cnn-changes-the-wire-game.html ” I call it a big monopoly.

http://www.techpresident.com/ reports that The Obama-Biden transition team has just named the staunchly pro-Internet Susan Crawford its co-lead in the review of the FCC, Federal Communications Commission.   Crawford, a leading expert on communications policy, is the founder of OneWebDay, called “an environmental movement for the Internet ecosystem.” She was, until recently, also a member of the board of directors of ICANN, the organization charged with overseeing some of the Internet’s operations.* Here more of her thoughts here http://onewebday.org/?page_id=310 and her thoughts on the “man in the middle”- the government’s role in monitoring the Internet.

Seeing as Al Gore invented the Internet is should seem only fitting that a government entity should monitor it, right?  ROFL.  http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9595_22-151059.html notes that programs more intrusive than Carnivore may be in use and in  in violation of the Wiretap Act and the 4th Amendment to the Constitution. ” Instead of recording only what a particular suspect is doing, agents conducting investigations appear to be assembling the activities of thousands of Internet users at a time into massive databases, according to current and former officials. That database can subsequently be queried for names, e-mail addresses or keywords. ”

Justice Department’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section is a busy place.  http://www.scmagazineus.com/Study-Internet-service-providers-facing-more-larger-threats/article/120828/  Internet service providers (ISPs) are facing more security threats, while attacks are becoming larger and more sophisticated.
That finding is from Arbor Networks’ Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report, The report compiles survey responses from 66 lead security engineers from North America, South America, Europe and Asia. They were asked questions relating to Internet security threats and engineering challenges occurring between August 2007 and July 2008.The scale of attacks have been growing steadily since 2001, but this year’s largest reported distributed denial-of- service (DDoS) attack reached 40 gigabytes per second against a single target, the report states.

[I]n a final statement that’s likely to send shivers down the spines of telecom company executives, she [Crawford] said that she believes Internet access is a “utility.”

Hic up, most utilities are taxable.

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