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Apr 21 11:46

Netizen Report: If Protecting Your Privacy is “Part of a Conspiracy,” Then We’re All in Big Trouble

By Netizen Report Team

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in technology and human rights around the world. This report covers news and events from April 04 – April 19, 2019.

On April 11, two arrests were made in cases that could set game-changing legal precedents threatening online privacy and free speech protections...

Apr 20 08:39

The Mueller Report Can’t Be Copyrighted, Is Flagged by Copyright Bots Anyway

By EFF

Did you know that anything created by federal government employees, under American law, can’t be copyrighted? They go right into the public domain. That means it’s impossible for there to be any copyright infringement on, say, a report by the Special Counsel on the investigation into the President and his presidential campaign. But the copyright-enforcement bots on Scribd have been busy taking down copies of the Mueller report all the same...

Apr 19 19:08

Google’s Sensorvault Can Tell Police Where You’ve Been

By Jennifer Lynch

Do you know where you were five years ago? Did you have an Android phone at the time? It turns out Google might know—and it might be telling law enforcement...

Apr 19 11:01

Five Simple Ways to Increase Your Privacy When Using Cryptocurrency

By Kai Sedgwick

Cryptocurrency without privacy is pointless. If your coins aren’t fungible, you lose much of the benefits of using cryptocurrency in the first place. Privacy isn’t just won and lost onchain, though. In fact, much of the privacy gains to be made when it comes to sending, spending and trading crypto occur offchain, as you go about your business on the Web...

Apr 19 10:32

Another Day, Another Facebook Scandal — Company Data Mined Email User Contacts From New Users

By Aaron Kesel

Facebook has another scandal; this time it has been revealed that the company’s password verification feature for new users collected contact data from users’ email accounts without their consent.

Business Insider revealed that Facebook had “harvested the email contacts of 1.5 million users without their knowledge or consent when they opened their accounts.” A security researcher e-sushi questioned why Facebook was asking for email passwords when new users signed up with the platform. Business Insider then discovered that if you did enter your email password, a message popped up saying it was “importing” your contacts, without asking for permission first...

Apr 18 14:06

DEATH OF FREE SPEECH: CRITICIZING ISRAEL WILL LAND YOU IN PRISON

Soon, this blog will be illegal.

No, I’m not selling drugs or peddling child pornography. I write about America’s wars and the primary objective of those illegal and immoral wars—to make Israel the hegemon of the Middle East along with Saudi Arabia. All US foreign policy in that region centers on those two nations.

The following may soon be classified as hate speech and antisemitism (as increasingly criticism of the Jewish state and its Zionist political ideology are considered crimes).

Trump took the baton from Obama after he told us he wasn’t into “nation-building” and was a populist “America First” noninterventionist. The American people were lied to again, but then this is now normal behavior.

Such criticism of Israel will soon be illegal. Democrats and Republicans are working together to make criticism of Israel a criminal offense. .

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Criminalization of free speech, is the beginning of the end of any Republic, and folks, we are right here, and right now.

In order to do this, Congress would have to neutralize the First Amendment to the Constitution, by having this ratified by a two-thirds of the House and Senate, then send it to the states for ratification, which will mean that 3/4 of the states must approve.

How are Constitutional Amendments created?The article goes on to state:

The Constitution

What is an amendment?

An amendment to the Constitution is an improvement, a correction or a revision to the original content approved in 1788. To date, 27 Amendments have been approved, six have been disapproved and thousands have been discussed.

How is the Constitution amended?

Article V of the Constitution prescribes how an amendment can become a part of the Constitution. While there are two ways, only one has ever been used. All 27 Amendments have been ratified after two-thirds of the House and Senate approve of the proposal and send it to the states for a vote. Then, three-fourths of the states must affirm the proposed Amendment."

Should such legislation against the First Amendment be passed, followed along swiftly by anti-Israel hate speech legislation, we will know, unequivocally, that the US has absolutely surrendered its geopolitical sovereignty to Israel, and that Israel will now have complete control over US foreign policy in the Middle East(as though it doesn't exert that control, to the absolute detriment of We the People, already.)

IF such legislation is passed, I hope that the counter-argument be heard all the way up to the Supreme Court, and that it will be struck down.

Apr 18 13:27

THE ECUADOREAN AUTHORITIES HAVE NO REASON TO DETAIN FREE SOFTWARE DEVELOPER OLA BINI

Hours after the ejection of Julian Assange from the London Ecuadorean embassy last week, police officers in Ecuador detained the Swedish citizen and open source developer Ola Bini. They seized him as he prepared to travel from his home in Quito to Japan, claiming that he was attempting to flee the country in the wake of Assange’s arrest. Bini had, in fact, booked the vacation long ago, and had publicly mentioned it on his Twitter account before Assange was arrested.

Ola’s detention was full of irregularities, as documented by his lawyers. His warrant was for a “Russian hacker” (Bini is neither); he was not read his rights, allowed to contact his lawyer nor offered a translator.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When innocent people are rounded up like cattle, to serve the political needs of the government who had this man arrested, any "democracy" which is doing this, is in a desperate state of deep, and sudden, decline.

Apr 18 11:20

Pro-ISIS channel issues guide to buying weapons on dark web, using them against Westerners

A pro-ISIS Telegram channel has posted a step-by-step guide on how to procure weapons anonymously on the dark web and use them in revenge attacks against the West.

The message, which was written in English and directed at militant Muslims, starts off with a Q&A display on how radicals who want to avenge the death of an Islamic State (ISIS) member can do so by buying untraceable weapons.

The post also provides a tutorial that "details steps and measures to anonymously access the Deep Web through the TOR browser, anonymous email service and Bitcoins," according to a report by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

The dark web is a part of the Internet that is hidden and lies beyond the reach of conventional search engines. Users are mostly anonymous and, untraceable, and they pay for services or goods with cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. Tor was designed as an encrypted browser that uses special coding to keep browsing histories secret.

Apr 18 10:01

As Governments Adopt Artificial Intelligence, There’s Little Oversight and Lots of Danger

By James Hendler, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Artificial intelligence systems can – if properly used – help make government more effective and responsive, improving the lives of citizens. Improperly used, however, the dystopian visions of George Orwell’s 1984 become more realistic.

On their own and urged by a new presidential executive order, governments across the U.S., including state and federal agencies, are exploring ways to use AI technologies.

As an AI researcher for more than 40 years, who has been a consultant or participant in many government projects, I believe it’s worth noting that sometimes they’ve done it well – and other times not quite so well. The potential harms and benefits are significant...

Apr 17 19:12

Splinternet: EU Censorship Ramps Up With ACTA 2, While UK Passes Terror Law, Porn Law, and Introduces First Internet Regulation Agency

By Aaron Kesel

Across Europe, MEPs voted successfully to redesign the Internet with a censorship directive disguised as a copyright proposal, while the UK itself passed a horrifying terror bill that will make it illegal to watch any “terrorist propaganda” (not clearly defined) which carries sentencing of 15 years, an age restriction porn law and introduced the world’s first Internet regulation safety agency.

Apr 17 14:07

FACEBOOK WORKING ON CREEPY NEW VOICE ASSISTANT NOBODY WANTS OR NEEDS

Just what we needed, said exactly no one. Since early 2018, Facebook's artificial intelligence team has been developing an AI voice assistant to compete with the likes of Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri, reports Salvador Rodriguez of CNBC/NBC News.

Apr 17 11:34

Nestlé And Carrefour Trial Blockchain For Greater Food Transparency

By Diana Ngo

Swiss food and drink multinational Nestlé and French hypermarket chain Carrefour are trialing blockchain to provide consumers with greater transparency in the food sector.

From April 15, 2019, the technology will be applied to the famous Mousline instant mashed potato brand, available on shelves in Carrefour stores around France, to enable consumers to access reliable and unfalsifiable information on the supply chain and production of the products...

Apr 17 10:30

We Should All Regulate Facebook and Google

By Max Gulker

Our economy depends on the continued forward march of technological progress. But with this growth come new problems and, inevitably, new regulation. We must ensure that this regulation does not stifle tomorrow’s innovations, whose details we cannot predict in advance...

Apr 17 09:28

The Ecuadorean Authorities Have No Reason to Detain Free Software Developer Ola Bini

By Danny O’Brien

Hours after the ejection of Julian Assange from the London Ecuadorean embassy last week, police officers in Ecuador detained the Swedish citizen and open source developer Ola Bini. They seized him as he prepared to travel from his home in Quito to Japan, claiming that he was attempting to flee the country in the wake of Assange’s arrest. Bini had, in fact, booked the vacation long ago, and had publicly mentioned it on his Twitter account before Assange was arrested.

Apr 17 09:19

Julian Assange’s Prosecution is about Much More Than Attempting to Hack a Password

By Cindy Cohn

The recent arrest of WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange surprised many by hinging on one charge: a Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) charge for a single, unsuccessful attempt to reverse engineer a password. This might not be the only charge Assange ultimately faces. The government can add more before the extradition decision and possibly even after that if it gets a waiver from the UK or otherwise. Yet some have claimed that as the indictment sits now, the single CFAA charge is a sign that the government is not aiming at journalists. We disagree...

Apr 16 12:19

FOIA Request Template For Presentation To A City Council, Zoning Board Or Local Authority Regarding 5G+ Technology Implementation

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Here is a template FOIA Request a consumer used in her area to file a comprehensive 5G FOIA request. Correspondingly, concerned consumers can present it to proper local authorities to let them know “you mean business” about NO 5G in my back yard!...

Apr 16 11:36

VIDEO: HOW THE PENTAGON AND CIA PUSH VENEZUELA REGIME-CHANGE PROPAGANDA IN VIDEO GAMES

THE US MILITARY AND CIA LAUNDER COUP PROPAGANDA THROUGH POPULAR FIRST-PERSON SHOOTER VIDEO GAMES LIKE CALL OF DUTY, SIMULATING ASSASSINATIONS OF VENEZUELA’S SOCIALIST LEADER AND SABOTAGE OF ITS ELECTRICAL INFRASTRUCTURE.
BY MAX BLUMENTHAL AND BEN NORTON

We often think of video games as fiction, but the US government has weaponized them to advance its agenda around the globe.

SIMULATING VENEZUELA INVASION IN “CALL OF DUTY”
Venezuelan citizen journalists Orlenys Ortiz and Sancocho Power have drawn attention to the similarity between the plot of a 2013 first person shooter game, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and alleged acts of US sabotage against the country this March.

Call of Duty: Ghosts is set in a dystopian future after the Middle East is nuked. A Venezuelan general comes into power, establishing a socialist style federation that spreads across Latin America like a disease, uniting all oil producing nations and expelling US citizens.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Somewhere, in this big, wide world of computer games, there need to be a few, which bring the concepts of cooperation, personal responsibility, free thought, and the taking care of others need to rule the day; otherwise, I am deeply concerned that our world will become just as dystopian as is this game.

Apr 16 11:17

SHOCKING LEAK REVEALS FACEBOOK LEVERAGED USER DATA TO REWARD FRIENDS, PUNISH ENEMIES

As traders focused on bank earnings and the outlook for global growth, NBC News wrested the market's attention back toward Facebook by publishing a report on what appears to be the largest leak of internal documents since the data privacy scandal that has dogged the company for more than a year erupted with the first reports about Cambridge Analytica's 'improper' leveraging of Facebook user data to influence elections.

Some 4,000 pages of documents shared with the network news organization by a journalist affiliated with the ICIJ, the same organization that helped bring us the Panama Papers leaks, revealed that Facebook had employed sensitive user data as a bargaining chip to attract major advertisers and close other deals between 2011 and 2015, when the company was struggling to cement its business model following its botched 2012 IPO.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me completely unsurprised by this development

Apr 16 11:13

Police Use Drones To Spy On Suspicious People At “Potential Crime Scenes”

By MassPrivate I

For years, law enforcement has been claiming that drones will only be used for natural disasters, crime scene investigations, car accidents and rescue operations. That is the bill of goods being sold to the public, but it is all a lie...

Apr 16 10:14

New EU internet copyright laws will give US web giants a huge financial advantage and subject Europeans to mass surveillance, data privacy expert warns

Yesterday the EU has adopted copyright reforms championed by the media despite opposition from Google and campaigners saying it restricts internet freedom.

The reform, which got final approval from the European Council on Monday, was loudly backed by news publishers and artists who want protection over their content being shared.

But German Data Privacy Commissioner Ulrich Kelber, who is also a computer scientist, warned before the measure passed that its Article 13 will exacerbate the problem of market concentration in the tech sector, and expose Europeans to particular risk of online surveillance and manipulation.

Apr 16 09:59

How GPS tracking devices designed to protect children 'can be used by STALKERS to follow their every move'

A GPS tracking device has temporarily shut down its service after researchers found a flaw that would allow anyone to track a user's location.

TicTocTrack alerted customers it would suspend its service on Tuesday afternoon until it can confirm the 'validity' of the flaws and subsequently fix them.

In an email alerting the company, computer researchers Ken Munro and Troy Hunt said they discovered the software failed to 'correctly check that the person logged into the account is the person authorised to access that data,' The Age reported.

'As a result, anyone can access anyone else's data,' the email said.

Apr 16 09:02

VIDEO: HOW THE PENTAGON AND CIA PUSH VENEZUELA REGIME-CHANGE PROPAGANDA IN VIDEO GAMES

THE US MILITARY AND CIA LAUNDER COUP PROPAGANDA THROUGH POPULAR FIRST-PERSON SHOOTER VIDEO GAMES LIKE CALL OF DUTY, SIMULATING ASSASSINATIONS OF VENEZEULA’S SOCIALIST LEADER AND SABOTAGE OF ITS ELECTRICAL INFRASTRUCTURE.

Apr 16 08:35

UNSEALED AFFIDAVIT TRIES TO PUT WIKILEAKS IN CAHOOTS WITH THE TALIBAN, BIN LADEN

On Monday a federal judge in Virginia unsealed the original 2017 affidavit and criminal complaint on which Assange's extradition request to the US is based, offering new details including chat logs between Assange and former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea (then Bradley) Manning, which attempt to support a single count of “conspiracy to commit computer intrusion” which may or may not have succeeded.

The US alleges Assange actively sought for and encouraged Manning to crack a password to access classified information on a Defense Department network; the affidavit claims details related to this charge, for instance chat log discussions between the pair over how to crack a password, though the affidavit notes that "it remains unknown whether Manning and Assange were successful in cracking the password," related to the conspiracy charge.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sorry folks, but the US Department of Justice (now known as just-US!!)has well and truly jumped the proverbial shark on this one.

And the attempt to describe "collusion" between Wikileaks, the Taliban and Al-Qaeda working together?!? Please, don't get me started!!
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I am hoping and praying that Assange has an absolute "dream team" working for him, to get these charges dropped.

Apr 16 08:00

In the wake of the Notre Dame Cathedral fire, digital scans offer hope for restoration

The recently-deceased Prof. Andrew Tallon finished the painstaking work of laser scanning Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral, creating rich raw data that could potentially help in reconstruction efforts.

Apr 16 07:55

NOW THEY’RE SHUTTING DOWN EVEN INDEPENDENT SERVERS

For the last 25 years, the only reliable source of news has been the Internet.

Without it, we wouldn’t know even 1% of what we know.

We’ve seen all kinds of attacks on content on social medias platforms like Facebook and YouTube.

Now they’re coming after people who run their own INDEPENDENT web servers

“They’re making it up the rules as they go along”

Apr 16 07:38

The Fake Charge Against Julian Assange Proves That the US Government Has No Integrity

Let’s be sure that we understand that Assange is not charged with anything related to Russia or Russiagate or even with breaking a law. Assange is charged with being in a conspiracy with Manning “to commit computer intrusion.” The charge is not that Assange succeeded in hacking a government computer and obtaining classified information. It merely says that Assange discussed the possibility with Manning and had an intention to hack a computer. Most likely, even this noncrime is an invention of prosecutors instructed to indict Assange in the absence of any evidence. It is all that they could come up with.

Apr 15 19:04

5 Social Networks to Use in 2019 Instead of Facebook

By Jake Anderson

In recent years, the tide of public opinion has slowly but surely turned against the intrusive actions of Big Tech companies. People are tired of corporations mining their personal information and censoring or manipulating their content online and, as a result, the biggest social networks, like Facebook and YouTube, are beginning to see a noticeable exodus of users.

Until recently, fleeing users had nowhere else to go. But the advent of decentralized, encrypted technologies has ushered in a new generation of social platforms that prioritize privacy, transparency, and free speech, allowing users more control over their posts and content. There are now dozens of social applications operating on peer-to-peer or blockchain-based networks...

Apr 15 15:23

Internet Explorer hit by exploit that lets hackers steal users' data - even for those who don't use the browser

A security researcher has discovered a critical exploit in Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser that could let hackers steal files from your system.

What's worse, even if you no longer use the archaic web browser, you could still fall prey to the attack.

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Microsoft was notified of the flaw last month, but chose not to issue an urgent patch for it, adding that it will release a fix in a future version 'of this product or service,' Page said, according to ZDnet.

Apr 15 13:51

VIDEO: HOW THE PENTAGON AND CIA PUSH VENEZUELA REGIME-CHANGE PROPAGANDA IN VIDEO GAMES

We often think of video games as fiction, but the US government has weaponized them to advance its agenda around the globe. Nowhere is this more clear than in Venezuela, where the US military has laundered regime change propaganda through some of the world’s most popular first-person shooter games. This March, amid a US-backed right-wing coup attempt overseen by the Donald Trump administration, Venezuela experienced a sudden collapse of its electrical infrastructure, plunging the country into darkness.

Apr 15 08:55

ASSANGE USED EMBASSY FOR 'SPYING', SAYS ECUADOR PRESIDENT

The Ecuadoran president has defended his decision to withdraw Julian Assange's asylum status, saying that the WikiLeaks founder had tried to set up a "spying centre" from the diplomatic mission in London.

"It is unfortunate that, from our territory and with the permission of authorities of the previous government, facilities have been provided within the Ecuadorian embassy in London to interfere in processes of other states," Lenin Moreno told The Guardian newspaper on Sunday.

"We cannot allow our house, the house that opened its door to become a centre for spying. Our decision is not arbitrary but is based on international law."

On Thursday, UK police announced the arrest of Assange following the Ecuadoran government's "withdrawal of asylum".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

AND... of course, his "proof"... is non-existent.

So here is the hard, unvarnished truth:Major Revelation: Assange Was Bought for $4.2 Billion – Former Ecuadorian President Confirms IMF Loan In Exchange For Assange

The article goes on to state: "Correa said that there is evidence of the agreement and that Moreno, whom Correa selected at his successor, has promised to “hand over” Assange in a 2017 meeting with Paul Manafort, former US campaign chief to Donald Trump.

Former President Correa, who broke with Moreno, also commented on visits to Ecuador by US Vice President Mike Pence.

At these times, Moreno would have promised to “help isolate Venezuela, leave the Chevron oil corporation, a company that destroyed half of the Amazon rainforest, unpunished, and to deliver Assange.”

Last month, the IMF announced approval of a $4.2 billion loan to Ecuador. The first installment, of $652 million, has already been paid.

Correa suspects that the Ecuadorian president made the decision to withdraw Assange’s asylum after WikiLeaks published documents about Moreno’s alleged relationship with a failing company, INA Papers.

The former president pointed out that the company INA Papers was registered in 2012, when Moreno was still its vice president."

Timing of such acts are never, ever "coincidence".

Apr 15 06:52

4 MYTHS ABOUT JULIAN ASSANGE DEBUNKED

The indictment, and some of the commentary it engendered, also makes much of the fact that Assange offered to try to crack a computer password for Manning. The Department of Justice claims that this action amounted to Assange engaging in a “hacking” conspiracy. Even some independent commentators have suggested that it went beyond the bounds of legitimate journalism—and the protections of the First Amendment.

But did it? On Thursday, my colleague Raffi Khachaturian, who has written extensively about Assange, pointed out that, as of now, it looks like Assange didn’t do much, if anything, to crack the password once Manning sent the encrypted version. Khachaturian also pointed out that federal prosecutors have known about this text exchange for many years, and yet the Obama Administration didn’t bring any charges. “As evidence of a conspiracy,” Khachaturian writes, “the exchange is thin gruel.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF Assange is convicted, it will be a death-knell for responsible, independent journalism everywhere.

And please remember; there has never been an article disproven which Assange leaked to the public. What he did was "an embarrassment" to the people in power, and that, is was unforgivable sin.

Addressing that issue, was a marvelous article, yesterday, by zerohedge.com:

Julian Assange is Guilty of Only one thing: revealing the evil soul of US Imperialism.

Apr 13 14:07

Scott Adams: Sanctuary City Persuasion, Climate Change Solutions

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1117070529255460864

White House considers shipping illegals to sanctuary cities
Phase 2: Why won’t sanctuary cities accept them?
Phase 3 Kill Shot: “How many illegal immigrants will you take”
Our government is so broken it can’t act on things both sides agree on
Nobody “shakes the box” better than President Trump
Side Note: AOC also “shakes the box” effectively
Small floating cities are essentially aircraft carriers
Aircraft carriers are nuclear powered, Gen IV applicable
Green Peace supports Gen IV SAFE nuclear power
Why aren’t FOX or CNN discussing, covering SAFE Gen IV nuclear
BOTH sides of congress support SAFE Gen IV nuclear power
Dems want to say GOP isn’t doing anything about climate change
SAFE Gen IV solves climate change, it’s being developed
5G isn’t just faster internet
5G is civilization changing

Apr 13 13:05

Thought Bites: Julian Assange Arrested!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This video really says all that must be said, about the jailing, and further demonizing of Julian Assange.

Apr 12 19:13

WikiLeaks Bitcoin Donations Soar Following Assange Arrest

By Jeffrey Gogo

WikiLeaks’ bitcoin address has received a deluge of support following founding editor Julian Assange’s arrest. Donations have reached nearly $32,000 on Friday, 60% more than was raised the day before, when Assange was taken into custody...

Apr 12 10:11

Popular Video Editing Software Website Hacked to Spread Banking Trojan

If you have downloaded the VSDC multimedia editing software between late February to late March this year, there are high chances that your computer has been infected with a banking trojan and an information stealer.

The official website of the VSDC software — one of the most popular, free video editing and converting app with over 1.3 million monthly visitors — was hacked, unfortunately once again.

According to a new report Dr. Web published today and shared with The Hacker News, hackers hijacked the VSDC website and replaced its software download links leading to malware versions, tricking visitors into installing dangerous Win32.Bolik.2 banking trojan and KPOT stealer.

Even more ironic is that despite being so popular among the multimedia editors, the VSDC website is running and offering software downloads over an insecure HTTP connection.

Apr 12 09:30

HOW YOU CAN BE CERTAIN THAT THE US CHARGE AGAINST ASSANGE IS FRAUDULENT

This charge is premised on a fraudulent and manipulative distortion of reality, and you may be one hundred percent certain of it. Let me explain.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I frankly will be utterly astonished if Assange actually does make it to a US court to testify; there are way too many people who would love to see him dead.

And how you may know that this is about to happen, is that there will be rumors floating around about "how depressed he is", and "doesn't want to see anyone, even his legal team".

Of course, his death will be "pitched to the public" as a suicide, just as was that of Gary Webb; and the atrocious thing about all of this, that the US government just expects this to be believed whole, as though there was no critical thinking possible from its people.

Just look at the drizzle of bovine excrement the American people, and the world, at the following; I mean, how completely stupid did the the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office believe the American people are?!? Just look at the following:

Facing a barrage of calls from the media and the public, the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office issued a statement Tuesday confirming that former investigative reporter Gary Webb committed suicide with two gunshots to the head.

“The cause of death was determined to be self-inflicted gunshot wounds to the head,” the coroner’s statement said.

“Information and evidence gathered at the scene of death, including a handwritten note indicating an intention on the part of the decedent to take his own life, resulted in ‘suicide’ as the determined manner of death.

“The investigation is continuing and will take an estimated additional six to eight weeks to complete.”

Would some of our medical professionals who read and enjoy WRH, please explain to me how, after firing one bullet into the brain, how the person both has the reflexes and mental acuity, after the first shot, to fire a second?!? And in the back of the head, no less?!? And with the handgun presented as the "suicide weapon"?

I can bet that you won't even get Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, formerly staring in the series Mythbusters, to want to touch this with a 30 foot poll; the twisted logic presented here, which has utterly no grounding in reality, is complete, and utter, bovine excrement, and thinking people understand this.

But remember; this is how completely stupid the US government believe you to be; and if Assange winds up becoming the victim of some "wetwork" pitched as "suicide" you will know that the Deep State has been successful in silencing another voice for truth.

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Apr 11 14:04

Scott Adams: My Assange Prediction

Bonus broadcast!

CNN, FOX not yet sure if it’s better for their team to love or hate Assange
Assange + Trump more likely to make a deal than any other POTUS
What does Assange know, that nobody else knows?
Assange previously offered juicy info that benefits Trump
Legal ploy and no jail time for Assange, in exchange for info?

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1116383908520534016

Apr 11 13:50

Scott Adams: Assange, Kerry vs Massie on Climate Change, Barr on Spying

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1116340231530139648

Newsweek, most despicable headline in history?
Candace headline in landscape versus portrait mode
Oliver Stone tweets his support for SAFE Gen IV Nuclear Power
Stone says wind and solar doesn’t have same potential
Julian Assange arrested
Obama commuted his co-conspirator, Chelsea Manning
Does Pro-Trump Assange have juicy info?
Kim Kardashian wants to become a lawyer, pursue activism
Huge respect for her as a hard working, good person
Like Kanye, she’s a VERY hard worker, deserves respect
“Predicated” reasons for the spying, was spying justified?
We’re past the question of whether or not spying happened
Cringe-worthy climate change testimony
MIT Engineer Rep. Massie’s weak climate change challenge
Kerry’s answer wasn’t so smart or informed either, embarrassing

Apr 11 09:23

Alexa IS listening to your conversations: Web giant ADMITS clips are analysed by Amazon workers - including your most intimate moments

Amazon workers are listening to private and sometimes disturbing voice recordings from Alexa to improve the voice-assistants' understanding of human speech.

The company has admitted to its customers that thousands of recordings are being analysed by staff and transcribed before feeding them back into the software.

As many as 1,000 clips are reviewed by workers in buildings all over the world, many of which do not bear any obvious indication that they are run by Amazon.

Among more sinister content the workers have heard, have been a child screaming for help and two instances were they believed they heard a sexual assault taking place.

Apr 11 09:15

Alexa IS listening to your conversations: Web giant ADMITS clips are analysed by Amazon workers - including your most intimate moments

Amazon workers are listening to private and sometimes disturbing voice recordings from Alexa to improve the voice-assistants' understanding of human speech.

The company has admitted to its customers that thousands of recordings are being analysed by staff and transcribed before feeding them back into the software.

As many as 1,000 clips are reviewed by workers in buildings all over the world, many of which do not bear any obvious indication that they are run by Amazon.

Among more sinister content the workers have heard, have been a child screaming for help and two instances were they believed they heard a sexual assault taking place.

The revelations once again raise thorny ethical questions over the future of AI smart assistants in the home, how tech companies like Amazon are gathering personal information and just what they are - and should - be doing with it.

Apr 11 09:13

UK's plans for internet regulation would make 'China's state censors proud' and could limit lawful speech of millions, civil rights groups warn

Signatories of the letter include Antonia Byatt, director of the English PEN, the worldwide writers’ association; Silkie Carlo of Big Brother Watch; Thomas Hughes, executive director of free speech group Article 19; Jim Killock, executive director of the Open Rights Group and Joy Hyvarinen, head of advocacy at Index on Censorship.

In it, they said: 'The lawful speech of millions of people would be monitored, regulated and censored.

'The result is an approach that would make China’s state censors proud. It would be very likely to face legal challenge.

'It would give the UK the widest and most prolific internet censorship in an apparently functional democracy.'

Apr 11 08:55

Assange charged with helping Manning crack password to leak classified US docs – DOJ statement

The US indictment against Julian Assange alleges that the whistleblower engaged in “conspiracy” with US Army soldier Chelsea Manning in 2010, according to a statement from the US Department of Justice.

The statement said Assange is charged with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion and alleged attempts to break the password for a classified US government computer.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Assange did that (and he had a past as a hacker prior to WikiLeaks), then the Nixon v WP/NYT does not apply and he is in a lot of trouble.

The irony is, the maximum sentence he faces is less time than he spent in that embassy. Had he been tried 7 years ago instead of seeking asylum, he would have been out free by now.

Apr 10 18:19

iOS and Android Devices Targeted by Long-Time Well-funded Surveillance Operation with Data Possibly Sold to Law Enforcement and Governments

By B.N. Frank

According to ArsTechnica.com, this operation was carefully designed and included multiple stages. Audio, contacts, location, and more was stolen for years. The article reads like an intricate suspense-thriller plot. Smartphone owners may feel a little creeped out – even if they haven’t been arrested.

Unfortunately, even non-smartphone users are being subjected to involuntary surveillance...

Apr 10 16:24

NZ Privacy Commissioner deletes Facebook 'pathological liars' tweet

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards has deleted two of his anti-Facebook posts on Twitter, saying they had become a distraction.

On Sunday night, Edwards tweeted:

"Facebook cannot be trusted. They are morally bankrupt pathological liars who enable genocide (Myanmar), facilitate foreign undermining of democratic institutions."

"[They] allow the live streaming of suicides, rapes, and murders, continue to host and publish the mosque attack video, allow advertisers to target 'Jew haters' and other hateful market segments, and refuse to accept any responsibility for any content or harm. They #DontGiveAZuck."

Apr 10 09:46

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation’s Ride Tracking Pilot is Out of Control

By Nathan Sheard

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) is about to make a bad privacy situation worse, and it’s urgent that Los Angeles residents contact their city council representatives today to demand they put the brakes on LADOT’s irresponsible data collection. The agency plans to scoop up trip data on every single e-bike and scooter ride taken within the city and, left unchecked, it will do so in the absence of responsible and transparent policies to mitigate the privacy risks to Los Angeles riders...

Apr 10 09:13

Intel Officials Fear China Will Target Globe's Underwater Internet Cables

A new op-ed in Bloomberg Quint has noted what the United States should really be worried about regarding Beijing's intentions after a year of tense China-US Navy encounters in the South China Sea. This potential threat, which is "far harder to discern," involves the world's some 380 underwater cables carrying more than 95% of all data and voice traffic between the continents. Could China be stealthily hacking them? It is certainly now in a better position to do so.

The piece details how the Chinese conglomerate Huawei Technologies — already at the center of a broader US-China dispute over theft of trade secrets and unlawful dealings with sanctioned regimes like Iran — now has contracts to construct or improve nearly 100 submarine cables globally.

Apr 10 08:43

Ancestry Websites Giving FBI Access to DNA Data; WikiLeaks Reveals CODIS Database Gifted To Other Countries; DHS Rolling Out Rapid DNA Nationwide

By Aaron Kesel

The FBI is abusing ancestry genealogy websites by tapping into their DNA data. What’s worse, these companies are giving up users’ data under presumed consent that is buried in their terms and conditions, according to several reports. FamilyTreeDNA is the first company known to be cooperating directly with the FBI to give its agents access to its genealogy database.

The company also seems to admonish those who opt out by suggesting that it could be a "moral responsibility" to give up private health info to the FBI...

Apr 10 08:11

SINGAPORE GOVERNMENT PUSHES FAKE NEWS LAW WHICH WILL GIVE IT MORE OPTIONS TO SHUT DOWN CRITICS

Fake news laws aren't harmless. They don't protect the public. They're useless. And they lend themselves to censorship. Given these factors, it's tough to believe any of the proponents of fake news laws are proceeding in good faith but blinded by good intentions and fuzzy logic.

Anywhere they've been put in place, they've lead directly to governments taking action against political opponents, dissidents, and activists. Excuses are made about national security and protecting the public, but in the end, it's the public that ends up short on protection.

Singapore's new fake news bill is no exception. Legislators began pushing this bill last year, using their own fake news to claim the proposal had widespread support from the country's residents. The committee behind the legislation heavily editorialized the feedback it received at a public hearing, presenting a vocal opponent's comments as being supportive of instituting a fake news law.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When legitimate, peaceful, and logical criticism are smothered, as they are going to be in Singapore, it is signalling to the world, that the censoring country is sliding toward fascism, at a very rapid "fall rate."

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