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17 votes

Tails: Inside the Operating System Edward Snowden Used to Evade the NSA

BY Klint Finley | Wired | 04.14.14

When NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden first emailed Glenn Greenwald, he insisted on using email encryption software called PGP for all communications. But this month, we learned that Snowden used another technology to keep his communications out of the NSA’s prying eyes. It’s called Tails. And naturally, nobody knows exactly who created it.

Tails is a kind of computer-in-a-box. You install it on a DVD or USB drive, boot up the computer from the drive and, voila, you’re pretty close to anonymous on the internet. At its heart, Tails is a version of the Linux operating system optimized for anonymity. It comes with several privacy and encryption tools, most notably Tor, an application that anonymizes a user’s internet traffic by routing it through a network of computers run by volunteers around the world.

Snowden, Greenwald and their collaborator, documentary film maker Laura Poitras, used it because, by design, Tails doesn’t store any data locally. This makes it virtually immune to malicious software, and prevents someone from performing effective forensics on the computer after the fact. That protects both the journalists, and often more importantly, their sources.

1 vote

The Truth About Gun Violence

Nobody knows how many firearms are owned in the USA. The estimates from various sources range from about 200,000,000 to about 300,000,000.

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_many_guns_are_in_the_United_St...

There are roughly 30,000 deaths each year from firearms, and the vast majority of those -- about 2/3 -- are suicides.

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2013/05/24/suicides-acc...

17 votes

WSJ - Homeless Lose a Longtime Last Resort: Living in a Car

Found this story linked from another one I just posted on people living in cars.

For months now, Mr. Smith has feared he might lose his current home, which is stationed on a street near a quiet Palo Alto park. An ordinance passed by Palo Alto last year would punish people cited for living in a vehicle with as much as a $1,000 fine or six months in jail.

"You're at risk of losing everything," Mr. Smith said recently. "It's a weird feeling that until you've lived this way, you don't realize what it's like."

For the moment, the city has delayed enforcing the ban while the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals considers a challenge to a similar law in Los Angeles. A decision is expected in the next few months and could affect similar laws in cities including nearby San Jose and Santa Clara. At least 70 cities across the nation have laws targeting people who live in their vehicles.

6 votes

A New Low in the War on the Poor: Criminalizing People Who Live in Cars Is

by Mark Karlin | Truth Out

The war on the homeless - in which some cities have passed laws outlawing giving food to the homeless, not to mention longstanding laws against "vagrancy" - has taken a cruel turn. Now, some municipalities are outlawing living in cars and other vehicles.

9 votes

Audio: Matt Taibbi On Unequal Justice In The Age Of Inequality

Muckraking journalist Matt Taibbi makes us look at what we might want to avoid, ignore. And he does it with a rage that compels us to keep looking. He’s gone after the lords of Wall Street as a “great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity.” This time out, he’s going after a great skewing, he says, of American justice. In an age of great inequality, says Taibbi, our rule of law has been subverted. Divided into two tiers. Free passes for the rich. Criminalization for the poor. This hour On Point: Matt Taibbi on separate and unequal American justice in the age of inequality.

3 votes

Flashback: Sen. Reid Breaks Ground for Nevada Solar Farm Near Bundy Ranch

Flashback: Sen. Reid Breaks Ground for Nevada Solar Farm Near Bundy Ranch

The senator’s plan for solar farms in Nevada wasn’t just limited to the shelved project near Laughlin

Kit Daniels
Infowars.com
April 14, 2014

20 votes

Buffalo shreds gun registrations - Safe Act deadline

http://www.wgrz.com/videos/news/local/new-york/2014/04/15/77...

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Despite deadline, protesters ‘will not comply’ with SAFE Act

Chants at the rally included “We will not comply” and “Cuomo’s got to go.” Some of the signs included: “Millions of Gun Owners Hurt No One Yesterday” and “You Won’t Get Gun Control By Disarming Law Abiding Citizens.”

3 votes

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My apologizes for not vetting this. Couple of reasons why I didn't but I sure learned my lesson. When you get sent something from someone you think is a reliable source, still double check it.

Sorry to Mods and all DP'ers.

31 votes

What is the single most expensive ingredient in beer? Guess.

The Beer Institute points out that “taxes are the single most expensive ingredient in beer, costing more than labor and raw materials combined.” They cite an economic analysis that found “if all the taxes levied on the production, distribution, and retailing of beer are added up, they amount to more than 40% of the retail price” (note that this may include general sales tax and federal beer taxes, which are not included in the estimates displayed on the map). Last year, we did a podcast with Lester Jones, Chief Economist at the Beer Institute on tax treatment of beer, which is worth a listen.

http://taxfoundation.org/blog/map-beer-excise-tax-rates-stat...

26 votes

Statement from Director of the BLM Neil Kornze "Nevada Belongs to All Americans, Bundy Owes Americans $1 Million, No More Raids"

Cattle Gather Operation Concluded

***All closure areas are now accessible and open with the exception of the Incident Command Post outside of Mesquite.*** (04/15/14)

Statement from Director of the Bureau of Land Management Neil Kornze on the Cattle Gather in Nevada (04/12/14)

Today we announced the decision to conclude the cattle gather because of our grave concern about the safety of employees and members of the public.

4 votes

Reason: 62 Percent of Americans Say They Favor a Flat Tax

Emily Ekins | April 15, 2014
http://reason.com/poll/2014/04/15/62-percent-of-americans-sa...

The latest Reason-Rupe poll asked Americans if they would support or oppose changing the federal tax system to a flat tax, where everyone pays the same percentage of his or her income, finding that 62 percent favor the flat tax and 33 percent are opposed. When asked where they would set the flat tax, the aveage response was 15 percent.

This reflects another recent Reason-Rupe poll finding that 67 percent of Americans say it is "not the responsibility of the government to reduce the differences in income between people with high incomes and those with low incomes," while 29 percent say it is.

2 votes

U.S. Treasury Dept. Guilty of Insider Trading?

US Treasury Department sold its final shares of stock in General Motors. They did it just before a major announcement was made that sent the stock tumbling. Should the Secretary of the Treasury go to prison for insider trading?

On December 9th of last year the U.S. Treasury sold its final 31.1 million shares of General Motors (GM) stock ... the Treasury department sold out less than one month before GM executives linked a faulty ignition switch to 31 crashes and at least 13 fatalities.

4 votes

Police Are Testing a “Live Google Earth” To Watch Crime As It Occurs

There is an intriguing new technology innovated by Persistent Surveillance Systems that would allow planes to be outfitted with cameras that would allow the pilots to record a 25-square-mile quadrant of land for as long as six hours. According to the creators of the technology the cameras cannot see into homes or identify faces, but potentially could track everything that moves in a city. Gizmodo provided an excellent overview and video of this controversial technology.

5 votes

Discredited Conservatives Attack Rand Paul’s Foreign Policy as Naive

John Glaser
April 15, 2014

When faced with ideas of non-intervention in foreign policy, the most common refrain among hawkish Republicans is that such notions are naive, immature, unrealistic, and “wacko.” In reality, it is the foreign policy worldview of the Republican establishment that has been thoroughly discredited as naive and unrealistic.

9 votes

How to really keep informed on the Bundy Ranch happenings, join the text alert...

There is to much talk of them being surrounded, shots fired and etc. If you would like to be informed when action is needed and not have to hear things that aren't true.

This was a message from the Bundy family.

Many of you have been asking for a better way to keep informed and know what you can do to help.

We love Facebook but it is not effective for getting the word out when we really need help. There are so many messages here things are getting lost.

If you go to http://bit.do/bundy you can sign up to get Emails and Text messages.

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