Archive for December 8, 2012

http://m.gawker.com/5966757/former-anonymous-spokesman-barrett-brown-indicted-for-sharing-a-link-to-stolen-credit-card-information Is it a crime for someone simply to share a link to stolen information? That seems to be the message conveyed by today’s indictment of former Anonymous spokesman Barrett Brown, over a massive hack of the private security firm Stratfor. Brown’s in legal trouble for copying and pasting a link from one chat room to another. This is scary to anyone who ever links to anything. In December 2011, Stratfor was hacked by Anonymous. Thousands of their internal emails were given to Wikileaks, which has been publishing them ever since. The credit card information of many Stratfor customers and employees was stolen and released on the internet as well, where it was used by fraudsters to make illicit purchase. Six men have already been arrested for the hack. But today it was revealed that Brown, who frequently spoke for Anonymous and was writing a book about the group, has also been hit with 12 charges relating to identity theft and fraud over the hack. Brown is already in a Texas prison, arrested in September for threatening an FBI agent. What was Brown’s crime in the Stratfor case? The first charge, which is also the most unusual, was for sharing a link in a private chat room which led to a list of hacked credit card numbers. This charge does not allege Brown actually had the credit card numbers on his computer or even created the link: He just allegedly copied a link to a publicly-accessible file with the numbers from one chat room and pasted it into another. (The other 11 counts in the indictment do involve Brown actually possessing stolen information.) Read the full report via Gawker

http://rt.com/news/morsi-powers-police-issue-593/

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi will authorize the deployment of the country’s armed forces to quash street protests in Cairo, Egyptian newspaper al-Ahram reported. At least seven people died over the last few days in the unrest gripping the city.

Al-Ahram writes that the new legal measures approved by the cabinet are geared towards helping security forces “maintain security and protect vital state institutions.” The publication added the armed forces would also be given powers of arrest.

The palace is now surrounded by barbed wire fences and concrete barricades, with police and soldiers guarding the perimeter. Tanks and armored vehicles we deployed in the Egyptian capital on Thursday to quell the rising unrest.

Read full report via RT.com

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/nsw/plan-to-explore-for-gas-under-40-of-state-20121207-2b11e.html Sparking outrage … the NSW Aboriginal Land Council has applied to explore for coal seam gas under 40 per cent of the state. Photo: Glenn Hunt THE NSW Aboriginal Land Council has applied to explore for coal seam gas under 40 per cent of the state, sparking outrage from indigenous and non-indigenous people alike. As a community meeting addressed by the Planning Minister, Brad Hazzard, was overrun by protesters at Lismore on the north coast this week, public submissions to the land council’s four separate applications closed. If successful, the land council, which is the peak body for all NSW local land councils, could gain mining rights to 321,300 square kilometres. In March Fairfax Media revealed the council’s initial foray into the resources sector, which would make it Australia’s first indigenous commercial miner. Advertisement Aboriginal people need to work towards economic independence to end generational poverty, the council argues. It will not reveal its joint venture partner, saying only that it is in ”confidential negotiations with a potential” partner. One of the areas covers 65,700 square kilometres from Bathurst to the Victorian border, encircling the ACT on the way. Another runs from Coffs Harbour on the north coast down to south of Port Macquarie and west almost to Armidale. Read full report via Brisbane Times

http://occupysavvy.com/2012/12/08/d8-tppa-shutdown-protesters-refuse-to-be-ignored/ D8 TPPA Shutdown Protesters Refuse To Be Ignored Posted by Occupy Savvy The frequently foolish John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand, has a long track record of outright “ignoring” mass dissent amongst the population, boiling for over a year now. When 8,000 protesters amassed on the steps of Parliament in July, John Key claimed from inside that very building, to be unaware of their presence. Only last week, he told the NZ public to outright “ignore” the TPPA protesters. Today those protesters showed that they will not be ignored. The mainstream media version of today’s events is that a rogue female protester assaulted a cop, resulting in the unrest. However, eye witness testimony from those on the ground paints a vastly different picture. As does the extremely valuable live video coverage of the event, broadcast by Occupy Eye (NYC, DC) and Redstar309Z (Auckland, NZ) from the ground. Their streams are a must-see. Read full report and video via Occupy Savvy

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/hostility-to-muslims-greater-in-sydney-than-melbourne-20121025-288qq.html Autoplay OnOff Video feedback Video settings PUBLIC hostility towards Muslims is much greater in Sydney than Melbourne — by a factor of two to one — with immigrants far more dispersed across the Victorian capital, according to a major social survey. The findings show Sydney is home to a higher percentage of people born overseas than Melbourne, but they are typically poorer and concentrated in fewer suburbs than those in the southern state. The targets of racism in Australia have also changed — the Indian community is now most often singled out rather than the past focus on people of east Asian descent, despite official attempts in recent years to calm anger over a spate of attacks on Indian students. Read the full report via Brisbane Times

http://rt.com/news/un-syria-chemical-weapons-532/ UN chief Ban Ki-moon has said there are no confirmed reports that Damascus is preparing to use chemical weapons in the ongoing Syrian conflict. The statement comes amid speculation that loyalist forces are loading deadly nerve gas into aerial bombs. ­”Recently we have been receiving alarming news that the Syrian government may be preparing to use chemical weapons. We have no confirmed reports on this matter,” Secretary-General Ban said while visiting Syrian refugee camps in Turkey on Friday, as Haaretz daily quotes him. Ban stressed it would nevertheless be an “outrageous crime” with wide-reaching consequences if the Syrian government used chemical weapons against civilians. This week, NBC reported that the Syrian military has loaded the deadly nerve gas Sarin into aerial bombs, which could then be dropped on rebels from Mig-23 or Sukhoi-24 aircraft. ABC News also quoted unnamed American officials as saying that so far, the bombs have not been loaded onto planes. Over the last 48 hours, no major movement has been reported at Syria’s chemical weapons sites. The news prompted comments from Washington, with US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton reiterating that the use of chemical weapons would be crossing “a red line.” Read the full report via RT.com

http://rt.com/news/us-nuclear-test-nevada-criticism-582/

Iran has strongly condemned the US for carrying out a nuclear test in Nevada this week, saying the move threatens world peace and shows a hypocritical set of double standards set by Washington when it comes to nuclear research.

­The Iranian Foreign Ministry said the Wednesday detonation proves that US foreign policy relies heavily on the use of nuclear weapons, disregarding UN calls for global disarmament, PressTV reports.

The experiment also drew criticism from Japan, with Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui wondering why the Obama administration carried out the test, despite saying he would “seek a nuclear-free world.”

The test proves that the US “could use nuclear weapons anytime,” said Hirotami Yamada, who heads the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Survivors Council.

Full report and video via RT.com

http://www.ausparty.org.au/news/media-releases/view/138

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LNP MPs paid allowances in breach of legislation

State leader of Katter’s Australian Party, Ray Hopper, says that the LNP Government is paying some backbenchers $8,217 more than they are entitled to and is in breach of its own legislation determining the size of parliamentary committees.

Under the Parliament of Queensland Act 2001, if there are 14 non-government Members of Parliament then the seven parliamentary portfolio committees are supposed to have five government members. Currently there is an extra government member on each of these committees.

“The LNP Government is paying some backbenchers more than they are entitled to and is deliberately doing so to prevent further LNP unrest,” Mr Hopper said.

“This is a disgrace. This Christmas thousands of Queenslanders will be doing it tough after being sacked.”

“It is an insult to these hardworking Queenslanders that the government is paying its members more than they are entitled to.”

Read the full media release here

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/data-point/how-big-are-they-an-interactive-guide-to-public-sector-cuts-20120928-26pc4.html

The Newman government’s cuts to the size of the public service have generated controversy. But what do the reductions look like visually?

Our interactive graphic, above, allows readers to see the shape and size of the public sector in June 2012 and compare it with the changes outlined in the September budget papers.

The departments are scaled to show their relative sizes. It’s clear that Queensland Health and the Department of Education, Training and Employment are the two biggest employers in the state’s public sector.

Select June 2012 to see the make-up of the public sector at the time of an audit by the Public Sector Commission and then toggle to September 2012 to see the shrinkage foreshadowed by the Newman government’s first state budget.
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Hover over each department to see how many employees are expected to remain working there this financial year following the cuts. The red number in brackets indicates the exact number of full-time-equivalent staff set to receive redundancies, according to the budget papers.

Click below to view interactive map via Brisbane Times

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http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/syria-bashar-alassad-and-the-truth-about-chemical-weapons-and-who-may-or-may-not-have-them-8393539.html Saturday 08 December 2012 The bigger the lie the more people will believe it. We all know who said that – but it still works. Bashar al-Assad has chemical weapons. He may use them against his own Syrian people. If he does, the West will respond. We heard all this stuff last year – and Assad’s regime repeatedly said that if – if – it had chemical weapons, it would never use them against Syrians. But now Washington is playing the same gas-chanty all over again. Bashar has chemical weapons. He may use them against his own people. And if he does… Well if he does, Obama and Madame Clinton and Nato will be very, very angry. But over the past week, all the usual pseudo-experts who couldn’t find Syria on a map have been warning us again of the mustard gas, chemical agents, biological agents that Syria might possess – and might use. And the sources? The same fantasy specialists who didn’t warn us about 9/11 but insisted that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction in 2003: “unnamed military Read full report below http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/syria-bashar-alassad-and-the-truth-about-chemical-weapons-and-who-may-or-may-not-have-them-8393539.html

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/12/08/protestors-in-china-clash-with-police/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

The Extinction Protocol

December 8, 2012CHINAChina’s most famous book of prophecies, the 7th century Tui Bei Tu, makes no direct mention of the end of the world. But in Sichuan province, panic buying of candles has swept through two counties in the fear that an ancient Mayan prediction that the world will end on December 21 proves to be true. “Candles are selling by the hundreds, with buyers constantly coming to the market. Many stores have run out,” said Huang Zhaoli, a shopper at the Neijing Wholesale Market, to the West China City Daily newspaper. Mr Li, the owner of the Guangfa grocery store in Chengdu, added: “Lots of people have been buying candles recently. At first, we had no idea why. But then we heard someone muttering about the continuous darkness.” The source of the panic was traced to a post on Sina Weibo, China’s version of Twitter…

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December 7, 2012

Reports are flooding in suggesting that President Bashar al-Assad is preparing to use chemical weapons on his own people. This is being done in order to provide the excuse for a NATO led military intervention.

Syria: Chemical weapons reports part of Western conspiracy:
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The Extinction Protocol

December 8, 2012ALASKAResidents in the Yukon River community of Eagle are excited about a mysterious geologic event that is emitting fire, steam and a sulfur smell. Yukon Charley Rivers National Preserve lead Interpretative Ranger Pat Sanders says it all started on Sept. 27. An explosion was heard, in Eagle, which is rare so of course we were interested,” Sanders said. Sanders says on Oct. 10, a fire was spotted about 2 miles up the Tatonduk River, known locally as Sheep Creek. She says the fire spread to about 15 acres. “And on the 15th of October we had snow and the fire was still going although it appeared to be emitting steam and there was a sulfur smell,” Sanders said. No one has been on the ground there yet, but over-flight photographs reveal a slumping area that is steaming and looks a lot like a mini…

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Posted: December 8, 2012 in News

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The scene of rain was very beautiful; the lands of Gaza covered with a white colour, the smell of the land fertilizing my soul. Raindrops fell on my face and hair, my eyes went blank, and I stared off, and the sad music started because I remembered the martyrs, the injured and the orphans. There was a patch of blue sky, I raised my hands, and prayed for all.

In the early morning, I went to my university as usual, but afterwards I decided to visit the European Gaza Hospital. I had never imagined it would be such a hassle to enter the hospital and obtain some information. I spent almost one hour without doing anything except going up and down, from one office to another, in order to get the official permission. It was far from easy.

In the latest assault on Gaza, 43 Palestinian children have been killed, and…

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Why is #Autism So Drastically on the Rise? http://t.co/nfYkr52j An Environmental Horror story.

Posted: December 8, 2012 in News

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While I was on one of my random internet journeys a couple weeks ago, which started with some occult shit- specifically I thought Madame Blavatsky resembled Queen Victoria and that led me to look up some shit on the royal family, this was then followed by seeing how far back I can trace the royal families bloodline, which ended with a mind-fuck. On the website britroyals.com they traced the descendants ofQueen Elizabeth II genealogy as far back as King Offa who reigned in the year 757, so I googled King Offa descendants and found this wiki which listed the descendants of King Offa all the way to Sceafa which was a linked name. Also interesting to note that the name Woden was on the list which is another name for Odin. Was this really the god Odin? Or perhaps just an inflated ego of a king who thinks…

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Posted: December 8, 2012 in News

The Extinction Protocol

December 7, 2012NEW ZEALAND An earthquake of preliminary magnitude 6.3 struck New Zealand’s North Island today, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The temblor’s epicenter was 12 miles (19 km) southeast of the town of Tokoroa and 214 miles (345 km) north-northeast of the capital Wellington. It originated 103 miles (167 km) deep and struck at 7:19 a.m. local time Saturday (1819 UTC Friday), the USGS reports. Earthquakes of this size can cause significant damage, especially with poorly built structures. Even well designed buildings can be damaged or, in some cases, destroyed depending on the severity of the quake and a building’s proximity to the epicenter. Earthquakes of this size are sometimes followed by significant aftershocks. Amber, who is based in Hawke’s Bay, said her kids rolled a marble down the hallway, so she assumed the piles had moved as well as the house. Peter…

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Were he alive today, Bouna Traoré would be 22. Instead, he’s frozen in French minds at 15.

That was Traoré’s age on Oct. 27, 2005, when he and friend Zyed Benna died of electrocution while fleeing cops. Harassment by the police was common in their rough Clichy-sous-Bois housing project north of Paris, where marginalization, anger and poverty have long festered. Their deaths occurred as they hid in a high-voltage transformer, fleeing police who—as it turns out—were chasing the boys on the logic that if they were running away, they must have been making trouble. The fatalities that resulted after the officers’ ill-fated intervention infuriated locals and set off a powder keg of resentment among Clichy-sous-Bois youths. Their nightly battles with phalanxes of cops set off fires in disaffected suburbs across France—unleashing nearly three-weeks of rioting that left some 10,000 cars burned, hundreds of public buildings damaged, around 3,000…

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Posted: December 8, 2012 in News