On May 4, Anonymous launched #OpIcarus, a 30-day operation organized to terrorize the central banking systems and financial institutions of the world. The group briefly brought down the websites of the central banks of countries such as Greece, Mexico, Montenegro and Bosnia.
Shortly after the first banks went down, #OpIcarus was joined by Ghost Squad Hackers, a small Anonymous faction that’s recently had a number of hacking successes, including a slew of attacks against Brazilian government sites and an extended take-down of a major KKK hub.
Like Icarus, the powers that be have flown too close to the sun, and the time has come to set the wings of their empire ablaze, and watch the system their power relies on come to a grinding halt and come crashing down around them…
Sc0rp10n Gh0s7, the leader of Ghost Squad Hackers, said in a private online message the group has been “waiting for this op for long time.” Gh0s7 listed banking fees, high interest rates, foreclosures and bailouts as the principal offenses, harkening back to the lip-service Anonymous paid Occupy Wall Street in 2011.
“Banks have been getting away with legally stealing and ripping of citizens for far too long,” Sc0rp10n Gh0s7 said. “And now Anonymous and Ghost Squad Hackers united will intervene and attack the very evil system that has been the cause of so many problems in this world.”
SOURCE – mic.com
Friends, I’m sure you all know that the NSA is reading your mail, listening in on your conversations and monitoring your activity on this very website. I ran across an article about an upcoming smartphone called Blackphone aims to put privacy in your hands, protecting you from anyone wanting to snoop into your private data — even the NSA. A Switzerland-based join venture between Silent Circle and Geeksphone, the project is backed by several important figures in the fields of computer security, including Phil Zimmermann, creator of data encryption protocol PGP (Pretty Good Privacy). Blackphone is powered by a “security-oriented” Android build called PrivatOS. It’s carrier- and vendor-independent, and enables users to make and receive secure phone calls and video chats, exchange secure texts as well as transfer and store files. Exact specifications of the phone haven’t been revealed, but Silent Circle CEO Mike Janke claims it’ll be a “high-end” smartphone. The No. 1 priority of Blackphone isn’t its specs, however: It’s protecting users’ privacy, claims Zimmerman. See the Video here.
“Blackphone provides users with everything they need to ensure privacy and control of their communications, along with all the other high-end smartphone features they have come to expect,” said Zimmermann.
The two companies behind the project make an interesting match. Silent Circle is a U.S.-based company focused on encryption; Geeksphone is a Spanish company behind Firefox OS developer devices. Blackphone will be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona on Feb. 24.
SOURCE – Mashable.com
UPDATE – 02/26/14 – Blackphone Unveils Super-Secure Smartphone at MWC
UPDATE – 02/27/14 – Take a closer look at the Batphone; I mean Blackphone
Stan Veuger and a group other scholars at the American Enterprise Institute came out last week with a study that claim that the IRS’s program of scrutinizing conservative organizations applying for 501(c)(4) status played a significant role in muting the Tea Party movement and, thus, the outcome of the 2012 Presidential Election. Well, no $hit!
It is a well-known fact that the Tea Party movement dealt the president his famous “shellacking” (more like a$$-kicking) in the 2010 midterm election. Less well-known is the actual number of votes this new movement delivered — and the continuing effects these votes could have had in 2012 had the movement not been demobilized by the IRS. In a new research paper, Andreas Madestam (from Stockholm University), Daniel Shoag and David Yanagizawa-Drott (both from the Harvard Kennedy School), and I set out to find out how much impact the Tea Party had on voter turnout in the 2010 election. We compared areas with high levels of Tea Party activity to otherwise similar areas with low levels of Tea Party activity, using data from the Census Bureau, the FEC, news reports, and a variety of other sources. We found that the effect was huge: the movement brought the Republican Party some 3 million-6 million additional votes in House races. That is an astonishing boost, given that all Republican House candidates combined received fewer than 45 million votes. It demonstrates conclusively how important the party’s newly energized base was to its landslide victory in those elections, and how worried Democratic strategists must have been about the conservative movement’s momentum.
The Tea Party movement’s huge success was not the result of a few days of work by an elected official or two, but involved activists all over the country who spent the year and a half leading up to the midterm elections volunteering, organizing, donating, and rallying. Much of these grassroots activities were centered around 501(c)4s, which according to our research were an important component of the Tea Party movement and its rise.
The bottom line is that the Tea Party movement, when properly activated, can generate a huge number of votes-more votes in 2010, in fact, than the vote advantage Obama held over Romney in 2012. The data show that had the Tea Party groups continued to grow at the pace seen in 2009 and 2010, and had their effect on the 2012 vote been similar to that seen in 2010, they would have brought the Republican Party as many as 5 – 8.5 million votes compared to Obama’s victory margin of 5 million. Holy Catfish! I wonder what Obama promised Lois Lerner to get her to ‘take one for the team’? You know damn well that he’s going to protect her to the end! This is the brand of politics that we have come to in the US. I don’t know about you, but the Villainous VooDoo is sick of smelling the $hit Obama keeps shoveling…
SOURCE – American Enterprise Institute
The National Rifle Association says it plans to sue the state of California if Gov. Jerry Brown signs a bill approved by state lawmakers that would ban the future sale of most types of semi-automatic rifles that accept detachable magazines. Among the bills sent to Brown last month is one that would outlaw an entire class of weapons that includes most assault rifles. The NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action wrote in a post on its website that the bill is unconstitutional and “would make unprecedented changes to California’s already unjust and byzantine ‘assault weapon’ law.” Under current California law, assault weapons can only be used for limited purposes and owners are prohibited from transferring them to anyone in the state. The bill would change the definition of an assault weapon to include any semi-automatic rifle with a detachable magazine or a fixed magazines holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition, according to the group’s statement.
Sam Paredes, executive director of Gun Owners of California, told The Associated Press last month that the assault weapon ban alone would put California in the forefront on restrictions. “No question about it. The bill will make half of the rifles in existence ‘assault weapons,’ and make them illegal,” he said.
How stupid. As the Villainous Voodoo has said in the past, a Q-tip in the hands of the right person is an assault weapon. It’s not the guns, it’s the criminals, you a$$holes! Even if you don’t live in Kalifornia (peoples republic of), support the NRA because what happens in Kalifornia will not stay in Kalifornia; your state will be next!
SOURCE – Fox News
UPDATE – 04/08/14 – NRA Takes 2nd Amendment Cases to Court