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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Pakistan has played an outsized role in America's strategy throughout the Afghan War. Since the U.S. invaded Afghanistan in October 2001, the United States has given more than $20 billion to Pakistan, mostly in military aid.

But the U.S.-Pakistan relationship has never been a straightforward alliance, and it's changed in recent years, particularly after the White House realized that Osama bin Laden had been hiding in Abbottabad, Pakistan for years.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Glenn Greenwald's new book, No Place to Hide, has brought plenty more Snowden leaks, and one document is particularly mind-blowing. The photo above shows an NSA team intercepting and bugging a Cisco router before it's sent to a customer who's been targeted for surveillance. In the document, an internal newsletter from June 2010, the chief of the NSA's Access and Target Development department explains the process of intercepting routers, servers and other internet hardware to install beacon implants, then resealing them and sending them on to targets.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The artist H.R. Giger, designer of the look of the monster in the Alien series of movies, died Monday in a hospital after suffering injuries in a fall, the administrator of his museum in Switzerland said. Giger was 74. Giger's works, often showing macabre scenes of humans and machines fused into hellish hybrids, influenced a generation of movie directors and inspired an enduring fashion for "biomechanical" tattoos. "My paintings seem to make the strongest impression on people who are, well, who are crazy," Giger said in a 1979 interview with Starlog magazine. "If they like my work they are creative ... or they are crazy."

Friday, May 02, 2014

Nintey days ago, President Obama ordered a review about internet privacy, data use and other concerns sparked by the NSA spying revelations. Following a public consultation, the report has now been released by White House counselor John Podesta. Though flawed -- there's no mention of NSA spying activities, for instance -- it's already being lauded by consumer advocacy groups. The 85-page document notes that while the mountains of data collected by government and corporations like Google and Apple are incredibly useful, much more needs to be done to protect civil rights. read more


Nutcase - the name is fitting on this one. Do you realize how ludicrous the claims you are making are? We spent 5 BILLION dollars to "destabilize" Ukraine. IF that is so, please find me the actual money trail.

We used Iran and Syria after 9-11 - PLEASE elaborate. Never heard of anything so crazy.

Same path as Haiti? Reeeeeaaaaallllly - So the Ukraine is an over crowed country with nil to offer and a population that lacks virtually all education? Ukraine was on the same path as Russia and Belarus - dictatorship. Still may be - ultra rich abusing the system and crabbing power yes. When Viktor Yanukovych fled the estimates on his personal wealth were north of 30 Billion Dollars. Some had it nearly 60 Billion. This from a poor ethnic Russian who had virtually nothing prior to coming to power.

Look, this all started because someone - Alpha Team - started shooting the protestors after an agreement was reached in the protests. Since the Alpha Team is full of both Ethnic Russians and Russian Moles as the SBU is - who do you think made the call to pull the trigger? The party that didn't sign on to the treaty maybe?

I am not going to say the EU and USA didn't have a stake in the game - it would be idiotic to think otherwise. That said it is even more idiotic to think Russia and Putin were not doing everything they could to either seize control or destabilize the situation. This is the definition of a proxy battle. That said the aggressor here was clearly Putin from the very beginning. He sought to make Ukraine another Belarus. You don't think Russia will do anything it can? Just look at the polonium poisonings they have done to dissenters in exile.

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