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Trump spokeswoman blames Obama for 2004 death of Captain Khan

Posted on August 3rd, 2016 at 8:14 by John Sinteur in category: News


Donald Trump’s spokeswoman blamed the policies of President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for the death of Army Capt. Humayun Khan, despite the fact that Khan died in 2004.

“It was under Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton that changed the rules of engagement that probably cost his life,” spokeswoman Katrina Pierson said in an interview Tuesday with CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer.

Khan died during the presidency of George W. Bush, while Obama was a state senator in Illinois.

Next up they’ll say Clinton and Obama were responsible for Pearl Harbor too. Is the orange cowbell even trying at this point?


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Top Jeb Bush adviser leaves GOP, will vote for Clinton if Florida close

Posted on August 2nd, 2016 at 20:52 by John Sinteur in category: News


Jeb Bush’s top adviser, Sally Bradshaw, has left the Republican Party to become an independent, and says if the presidential race in Florida is close, she’ll vote for Hillary Clinton.

Bradshaw, who’s been close to the former Florida governor for decades and was senior adviser to his 2016 campaign, officially switched her registration to unaffiliated. She told CNN’s Jamie Gangel in an email interview that the GOP is “at a crossroads and have nominated a total narcissist — a misogynist — a bigot.”

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Trump boots baby from Virginia rally

Posted on August 2nd, 2016 at 19:24 by John Sinteur in category: News


“Don’t worry about that baby. I love babies,” Trump said after hearing the baby crying during an aside about the trade imbalance. “Don’t worry about it. I love babies. I hear that baby crying, I like it. What a baby. What a beautiful baby. Don’t worry, don’t worry. The mom’s running around like—don’t worry about it, you know. It’s young and beautiful and healthy and that’s what we want.”

Trump then returned to his non-baby-related remarks, only to hear the baby make more noise.

“They have ripped us to shreds, ripped us absolutely to shreds,” Trump said of China, before turning back to the woman with the child.

“Actually, I was only kidding, you can get the baby out of here,” the Republican nominee said to laughter and applause. “That’s all right. Don’t worry. I, I think she really believed me that I love having a baby crying while I’m speaking. That’s OK. People don’t understand. That’s OK.”

Trump and his supporters:

Day one: The baby attacked him.

Day two: The baby is an Isis baby.

Day three: The baby built Clinton’s server.

Day four: the baby owes me an apology.

Day five: Paul Ryan issues a statement where he denounces Trump’s baby hate, but he’s still voting for him for president.

Day six: Eric Trump says Ivanka would never let her baby cry. Only weak mothers who don’t show their baby enough attention let their baby cry.


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  1. Crying babies at Trump rally OK, crying babies in airplane not OK (although the mother can’t leave the plane, so the other passengers are held hostage), crying babies at the movies not OK, crying babies at restaurant … At some point we have to quit making these ridiculous arguments or Hillary will lose. She’s peaking too soon.

  2. My mother tells me that when I was a baby there was a product called Gripe Water. A couple of spoonsful would settle a crying baby.

    Mostly gin, I think. I believe I’ll have another…

  3. “Mummy’s come to tuck you in
    With a bickie dipped in gin”

Your battery status is being used to track you online

Posted on August 2nd, 2016 at 19:16 by John Sinteur in category: News


A little-known web standard that lets site owners tell how much battery life a mobile device has left has been found to enable tracking online, a year after privacy researchers warned that it had the potential to do just that.

The battery status API was introduced in HTML5, the fifth version of the code used to lay out the majority of the web, and had already shipped in Firefox, Opera and Chrome by August 2015. It allows site owners to see the percentage of battery life left in a device, as well as the time it will take to discharge or the time it will take to charge, if connected to a power source.

Intended to allow site owners to serve low-power versions of sites and web apps to users with little battery capacity left, soon after it was introduced, privacy researchers pointed out that it could also be used to spy on users. The combination of battery life as a percentage and battery life in seconds provides offers 14m combinations, providing a pseudo-unique identifier for each device.

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Eric Trump: ‘Strong, powerful women’ don’t allow sexual harassment to occur

Posted on August 2nd, 2016 at 19:11 by John Sinteur in category: News


Donald Trump told an interviewer on Monday that if his daughter Ivanka Trump were sexually harassed at work, “I would like to think she would find another career or find another company if that was the case” – an answer that provoked anger from commentators who said that the onus of ending workplace harassment should not be on the victim.

This morning, Ivanka’s younger brother Eric doubled down on his father’s remarks, telling CNBC’s John Harwood that a “strong, powerful woman” like his sister wouldn’t allow such harassment to occur in the first place.

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Australia off to a good start

Posted on August 2nd, 2016 at 17:06 by John Sinteur in category: News


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  1. to square
    repeat 4 [forward 50 right 90]

    forward 25

Brexit Blues

Posted on July 31st, 2016 at 22:48 by John Sinteur in category: News


That’s not to say that I saw this coming in 2014. I thought the crisis in British (and indeed Western) society would be economic before it was political. It may yet turn out that way. For now, though, what has happened amounts to a collapse of our political system. The fact that the leadership of both main parties has disintegrated would under normal circumstances be a big story, but in the current chaos it is no more than a side effect. The deeper problem is that the referendum has exposed splits in society which aren’t mapped by the political parties as they are currently constituted. People talk about Britain being ‘divided’ as if that’s a new issue, but societies are often divided, and the interests of all groups and individuals do not align. If they did, humanity would be the Borg. Political parties are the mechanism through which divisions in society are argued over and competing interests asserted.

The trouble with where we are now is that the configuration of the parties doesn’t match the issues which need to be resolved. To simplify, the Tories are a coalition of nationalists, who voted out, and business interests, who voted in; Labour is a coalition of urban liberals, who voted in, and the working class, who voted out. This means that if a general election were held tomorrow on the single issue of the referendum, the voter wouldn’t know whom to vote for. It wouldn’t be at all clear which faction in either party was likely to prevail when the hugely important details of what Brexit means come to be debated.

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  1. You can say the same about the US. Neither party has solutions for the problems in the US. Too much greed and faux religion to develop logical solutions.

  2. The article says a hell of a lot more than that. It is extremely insightful and superbly written. Read it – it’s not the usual thin stuff to which a knee-jerk reaction is appropriate. As our friend Sue says below, it might help you and others to choose wisely.

  3. Good article, John.

    I don’t entirely know what the answer to our societies’ problems are. Everyone’s got opinions. I do know what caused them (globalisation, malign self-interest, venal administration, and antiquated systems of government).

    We have to make the best of what we have and work for improvement where we can.

  4. Another question. What comes after all this (Brexit, Trump, etc.) if nothing apparently changes?

    What next for the people who are so downhearted with their prospects that they will “Stick it to the Man” by voting against what they think are the wishes of the elite…and probably against their own immediate interests?

  5. If you say it like that, Sue, I’d say an orange cowbell gets chosen to live in the white house.


Posted on July 30th, 2016 at 17:44 by John Sinteur in category: News



“There be cannons, Capt’n!” shouted the pirate.

“Are! Are!” replied the Grammar Captain.

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US police are using Pokémon Go to lure criminals to their stations

Posted on July 30th, 2016 at 17:41 by John Sinteur in category: News


There can’t be any doubts now of Pokémon Go’s world domination – even the police are getting in on the action.

A police station in Virginia is using its Facebook page to invite “random citizens” to try and catch a super-rare Pokémon in their processing room.

It’s worth noting no one has actually caught Ditto in the game yet, but that’s not what the police are hoping get caught – their “random citizens” all have outstanding warrants .

The administrator of Smithfield Police Department’s page Sgt. Bryan Miller told The Virginian Pilot he decided to make a list of eight people with outstanding warrants a little more exciting. “I have a sense of humour,” he said. “I had no idea it was going to be this big.” He added he wasn’t expecting anyone to actually turn up.

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  1. LOL!!

England’s plastic bag usage drops 85% since 5p charge introduced

Posted on July 30th, 2016 at 14:28 by John Sinteur in category: News


The number of single-use plastic bags used by shoppers in England has plummeted by more than 85% after the introduction of a 5p charge last October, early figures suggest.

More than 7bn bags were handed out by seven main supermarkets in the year before the charge, but this figure plummeted to slightly more than 500m in the first six months after the charge was introduced, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said.

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Gay rights icon Harvey Milk will have a Navy vessel named for him

Posted on July 30th, 2016 at 10:34 by John Sinteur in category: News


A Navy vessel will travel the world bearing the name of gay rights icon Harvey Milk, the most prominent gesture given to a member of the LGBT community in military history.

The U.S. Naval Institute News obtained a leaked Congressional memo from July 14, showing that Navy Secretary Ray Mabus signed plans to name a Military Sealift Command fleet oiler “the USNS Harvey Milk.”

That’s one way to convince right-wingers to reduce the defense budget…

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  1. Ah yes, Harvey Milk, another famous case of American Injustice. Paul Krassner wrote about the trial of Harvey’s killer, Dan White, at the time and this account was recently republished in Krassner’s book, Patty Hearst and the Twinkie Murders: A Tale of Two Trials.
    Dan White’s defense – what Krassner styled the Twinkie Defense – was that a surfeit of sugar and the resulting low precipitated his murderous rage. The low sugar defense was used again in 1982 by psychiatrist Martin Binder, when Arizona police officer John Clark “plea bargained his way out of sexual assult, kidnapping, and armed burglary charges. Dr Binder testified that the cop had assaulted, bound, and sexually abused a woman while he was suffering from “Fugue State,” a disorder which sometimes accompanies hypoglycemia.” (page 78, Krassner’s book) John Clark got off with probation. Dan White was released from prison in 1984 and killed himself the following year. While reporting on the protests following the trial Krassner was amongst many people injured by police.
    Would Harvey have approved a military vessel, whatever its purpose, bearing his name?

And Khan delivered his broadside without using the teleprompter, with no written notes.

Posted on July 30th, 2016 at 10:32 by John Sinteur in category: News


The story of how Khan, who is not even a registered Democrat, came to be standing on a stage where Hillary Clinton would moments later accept the nomination for president, began on June 8, 2004, the day his son was killed by a car bomber in Baqubah.

In 2005, Khan talked about his late son to the Washington Post. He recounted the family’s journey from Pakistan to the United Arab Emirates, and from there to Boston, where Khan completed his L.L.M at Harvard University. The family moved to Maryland in time for Humayun to go to high school. Even back then, Khan told the Post, Humayun “was the middle one, the comforter, the one the cousins would run to when they were being picked on. He gave swimming lessons to disabled children in high school.”

This sense of responsibility for others showed up again when Humayun joined the Army after graduating from high school. Humayun finished his four years of service and was preparing for law school at the University of Virginia when the Army called on him to serve in Iraq. He died there, four months after his arrival, while protecting his unit from a car that was speeding toward his men. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his courage.

Khan didn’t give another interview about his son for a decade, until Donald Trump, who had risen to the top of the pack of GOP candidates, called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States. Muslim families like the Khans.


The Clinton campaign offered to put him in contact with a speechwriter. He declined. He knew what he wanted to say. He practiced at home with his family, leaning on 40 years of experience as an attorney that taught him “how to control my thoughts, my emotions and my message.”

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Judges throws out range of restrictive election laws passed by GOP-led Legislature.

Posted on July 30th, 2016 at 10:27 by John Sinteur in category: News

Wisconsin – Peterson ruling: One Wisconsin Inc et al v. Thomsen et al (7-29-16, 119 pgs)

Beginning with the in-person absentee provisions, there is evidence that the state legislature passed these laws, at least in part, to specifically address what it perceived to be a problem with larger municipalities, like Milwaukee. Legislators were concerned that these municipalities offered residents more opportunities to vote than smaller municipalities offered. For example, during a floor session in the state senate, proponents of limiting the window for in-person absentee voting specifically referred to nipping Milwaukee and Madison’s practices “before too many other cities get on board.” PX022, at 6. Even if the state was not directly responsible for creating the socioeconomic disparities that exist in Milwaukee and other larger cities, the in-person absentee provisions impose burdens because of those disparities. For these reasons, the court concludes that evidence of discrimination in Milwaukee is relevant to the causation element of plaintiffs’ Voting Rights Act claims.

Wisconsin – Adelman ruling: Ruthelle Frank et al v. Walker (7-19-16, 44 pgs)

I must create a safety net to prevent those who cannot obtain ID with reasonable effort from losing the right to vote. The defendants have not proposed their own solution to this problem, and thus the only potential remedy is the plaintiffs’ affidavit procedure. Even if that approach is not ideal, it is better than leaving the plaintiffs with no relief at all.

North Carolina – 4th Circuit ruling: NC State Conference of NAACP & Does, et al, v McRory et al (7-29-16, 83 pgs)

In response to claims that intentional racial discrimination animated its action, the State offered only meager justifications. Although the new provisions target African Americans with almost surgical precision, they constitute inapt remedies for the problems assertedly justifying them and, in fact, impose cures for problems that did not exist. Thus the asserted justifications cannot and do not conceal the State’s true motivation.

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Terror suspect endorses Trump in phone call from federal prison

Posted on July 30th, 2016 at 10:18 by John Sinteur in category: News


Adel Daoud is charged in a plot to blow up a downtown nightclub and called the ABC7 I-Team Friday afternoon from federal lock-up, but not about his case.

The accused terror plotter made a phone call from jail because he wanted people to know he was endorsing Donald Trump for president.

A suspected radical Islamist endorsing Trump might be written off as a prison prank, but in this case, there may be something more serious to consider, as Daoud’s mental competence is currently at issue in federal court.


Daoud’s attorney Tom Durkin has argued for months that his client is mentally incompetent to stand trial and was insane when he attacked another inmate-one of the three charges he faces.

Durkin believes Daoud’s phone chat with the I-Team today is more proof of his mental instability.

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Facebook Tax Bill Over Ireland Move Could Cost $5 Billion

Posted on July 30th, 2016 at 9:49 by John Sinteur in category: News


Facebook Inc.’s future cash flows and results could suffer a major blow if it loses a battle over new U.S. tax liabilities related to the transfer of its global operations to Ireland in 2010.

The Internal Revenue Service delivered a notice of deficiency to the social media giant Wednesday for $3 billion to $5 billion, plus interest and penalties, based on the agency’s audit of Facebook’s transfer pricing, the company said in a regulatory filing Thursday. Facebook, which plans to challenge the notice in federal tax court, said its balance sheet could suffer if it’s held liable.

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Ireland jails three top bankers over 2008 banking meltdown

Posted on July 30th, 2016 at 9:38 by John Sinteur in category: News


Three senior Irish bankers were jailed on Friday for up to three-and-a-half years for conspiring to defraud investors in the most prominent prosecution arising from the 2008 banking crisis that crippled the country’s economy.

The trio will be among the first senior bankers globally to be jailed for their role in the collapse of a bank during the crisis.

The lack of convictions until now has angered Irish taxpayers, who had to stump up 64 billion euros – almost 40 percent of annual economic output – after a property collapse forced the biggest state bank rescue in the euro zone.

The crash thrust Ireland into a three-year sovereign bailout in 2010 and the finance ministry said last month that it could take another 15 years to recover the funds pumped into the banks still operating.

Former Irish Life and Permanent Chief Executive Denis Casey was sentenced to two years and nine months following the 74-day criminal trial, Ireland’s longest ever.

Willie McAteer, former finance director at the failed Anglo Irish Bank, and John Bowe, its ex-head of capital markets, were given sentences of 42 months and 24 months respectively.


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  1. … so the Icelandic bankers that were jailed would not be considered “senior bankers”?

The Security of Our Election Systems – Schneier on Security

Posted on July 29th, 2016 at 18:32 by John Sinteur in category: News


Even more important, we need to secure our election systems before autumn. If Putin’s government has already used a cyberattack to attempt to help Trump win, there’s no reason to believe he won’t do it again ­ especially now that Trump is inviting the “help.”

Over the years, more and more states have moved to electronic voting machines and have flirted with Internet voting. These systems are insecure and vulnerable to attack.

But while computer security experts like me have sounded the alarm for many years, states have largely ignored the threat, and the machine manufacturers have thrown up enough obfuscating babble that election officials are largely mollified.

We no longer have time for that. We must ignore the machine manufacturers’ spurious claims of security, create tiger teams to test the machines’ and systems’ resistance to attack, drastically increase their cyber-defenses and take them offline if we can’t guarantee their security online.

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Church of JC Capitalist

Posted on July 29th, 2016 at 17:47 by John Sinteur in category: News

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  1. Darn it! The video ended before they told me where to send my money!

Bradley Cooper at DNC: ‘American Sniper’ fans upset actor isn’t really Republican

Posted on July 29th, 2016 at 13:13 by John Sinteur in category: News


The “American Sniper” actor came under fire Wednesday when he was spotted in the audience at the 2016 Democratic National Convention with his girlfriend, Russian model Irina Shayk. Cooper was a trending topic on Twitter as social media users were apparently surprised to discover he’s not really a Republican after playing Kyle, a conservative hero, in Clint Eastwood’s movie about the late Navy SEAL sniper.

Man, don’t get me started – I was so pissed off when I found out Daniel Radcliffe is a muggle…

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  1. Only 100 more days or so…

New attack bypasses HTTPS protection on Macs, Windows, and Linux

Posted on July 28th, 2016 at 23:05 by John Sinteur in category: News


The attack can be carried out by operators of just about any type of network, including public Wi-Fi networks, which arguably are the places where Web surfers need HTTPS the most. It works by abusing a feature known as WPAD—short for Web Proxy Autodisovery—in a way that exposes certain browser requests to attacker-controlled code. The attacker then gets to see the entire URL of every site the target visits. The exploit works against virtually all browsers and operating systems. It will be demonstrated for the first time at next week’s Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas in a talk titled Crippling HTTPS with Unholy PAC.

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No treat for you: pets miss meals after auto-feeding app PetNet glitches

Posted on July 28th, 2016 at 23:01 by John Sinteur in category: News


It is a cautionary tale for the rise of the so-called “internet of things”: some pets could be left hungry after a server outage appeared to be causing automated feeders made by a company called PetNet to malfunction.

The lesson: always build a backup system.

Or how about “don’t put things on the internet that don’t need to be on the internet”. I mean, you dog’s food tray? Really?

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  1. If you can’t look after a dog, don’t have a dog. Get a cat 🙂

Photographer sues Getty Images for selling photos she donated to public

Posted on July 28th, 2016 at 19:31 by John Sinteur in category: News


A well-known American photographer has now sued Getty Images and other related companies—she claims they have been wrongly been selling copyright license for over 18,000 of her photos that she had already donated to the public for free, via the Library of Congress.

The photographer, Carol Highsmith, is widely considered to be a modern-day successor to her photographic idols, Frances Benjamin Johnston and Dorothea Lange, who were famous for capturing images of American life in the 19th and 20th centuries, respectively.

Inspired by the fact that Johnston donated her life’s work to the Library of Congress for public use in the 1930s, Highsmith wanted to follow suit and began donating her work “to the public, including copyrights throughout the world,” as early as 1988.

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Using a VPN in the UAE is now prohibited and you could face fines of up to $545,000

Posted on July 28th, 2016 at 19:13 by John Sinteur in category: News


The President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has issued a series of new federal laws relating to IT crimes, including a regulation that forbids anyone in the UAE from making use of virtual private networks (VPN) to secure their web traffic from prying eyes.

The new law states that anyone who uses a VPN or proxy server can be imprisoned and fined between Dh500,000-Dh2,000,000 ($136,000-$545,000, £415,000, €495,000) if they are found to use VPNs fraudently.

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“CRUZ TALKS TRUMP” — A Bad Lip Reading of Ted Cruz

Posted on July 27th, 2016 at 17:41 by John Sinteur in category: News

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DNC Day One: Hillary’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Posted on July 27th, 2016 at 17:25 by John Sinteur in category: News

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New York State Makes It Legal to Cry in Your Funeral Pie

Posted on July 27th, 2016 at 17:16 by John Sinteur in category: News


In the West, a homey casserole of slivered potatoes, sour cream and canned mushroom soup is so often served at wakes and memorials that it is commonly known as “funeral potatoes.” In Pennsylvania Dutch country, the go-to dish is a custard and raisin pastry called “funeral pie.”

Yet in New York State’s funeral homes, arcane rules had long forbidden food and drinks. But last week, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat, signed a law permitting funeral parlors to serve light refreshments and nonalcoholic drinks, joining 46 other states where the bereaved have the option of crying into their potatoes and pie.


In states with bans, the rules mostly came about in the 1950s, put in place ostensibly to prevent competition with restaurants or to streamline services offered by funeral homes, according to interviews with 10 funeral directors.

I like the concept that funeral homes were going to drive restaurants out of business with their finger foods and light refreshments and lack of tables or chairs or waitstaff or chefs. This was such a danger that only legislation could prevent disaster.

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  1. There must have been one heck of a restauranteurs lobby, back in the day!

‘I am your horse!’: 50 shades of Trump on the stump

Posted on July 26th, 2016 at 20:31 by John Sinteur in category: News


When people are afraid, they cling to authority, and Trump is only too happy to provide. We will be great again, Tangerine Mussolini promises, once the scary brown outsiders are deported, and the minorities – uppity women and liberal fifth columnists – are beaten down. Trump takes Washington’s coded racism and writes it in neon. To his followers, this looks like strength.

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  1. They also cling to the familiar, as in Bush or Clinton.

Apple and Facebook helped bust the world’s biggest torrent site

Posted on July 26th, 2016 at 20:13 by John Sinteur in category: News


When you’re the owner of the world’s biggest torrent-sharing site, the last thing you’d expect to land you in trouble would be a totally legitimate (and legal) purchase via iTunes. But that’s what happened to 30-year-old Ukrainian Artem Vaulin a.k.a “tirm,” owner and operator of KickassTorrents (KAT), who was yesterday arrested and charged in Poland for criminal copyright infringement and money laundering.

No, actually that’s the first thing you’d expect to land you in trouble. If you start doing something that will piss off those with power, it is not enough to be “fully paranoid” – you must be fully paranoid from the moment you first connect to the internet in any capacity. Operational security is not something one can accomplish by going back and covering one’s tracks.

Using similar tools, Homeland Security investigators also performed something called a WHOIS lookup on a domain that redirected people to the main KAT site.

Why are “homeland security” investigators involved in enforcing copyrights? Is there really any way that national security is implicated by torrent site operators?

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Mario Go

Posted on July 25th, 2016 at 16:21 by John Sinteur in category: News


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