One of the smartest decisions I’ve made in the past few years is to remove any information Google has about me from their system. There is no reason to trust them as just about any technology they’ve created over the years records whatever personal information we provide it with. Whether it’s Chrome, Google+ or the Android operating system, much of the money the corporation gets comes from sales of your otherwise confidential information. According to a posting today on Slashdot, it appears that the NSA even uses Google cookies to pinpoint hacking targets.
Last year, a journal called Food and Chemical Toxicology published a paper showing that rats who were fed a genetically-modified variety of corn grew enormous tumours and died earlier than rats who were fed with organic (real) corn. Since then, the journal hired a new editor, one who once worked for Monsanto, and retracted the paper. Was there too little evidence? Were the results inconclusive? Or is this yet another case where Monsanto wants to control the truth about its product? Rather than pulling the poison from the market, Monsanto would rather we keep eating it for fear that they might lose profits.
According to Ron Paul, using Bitcons might kill the American dollar. If you’re unaware, a Bitcoin is a form of digital currency whose value has multiplied since it was first created. Whereas people could once use their computer to ‘mine’ a Bitcoin worth an approximate ten dollars, a single Bitcoin today can be worth 1,000$. A currency which isn’t regulated by incompetent governments or abused by greedy banks? It might indeed be exactly what our future needs.
Despite the fact that it is often credited with providing the NSA with more information than any other company, Microsoft is looking to repair its reputation by improving their software code and networks against any kind of snooping. While it is already obvious that their Windows encryption toolk in Windows is useless against the NSA (because they have the key to it), one must wonder whether this new stance will actually repair its reputation or not. The original article appears here.
The Free Software Foundation has issued a statement in response to Microsoft’s announcement. Essentially, they too confirm that this move is more of an insult to peoples’ intelligence than an actual effort to improve user security..
If you ever wonder how it is that the NSA has a good idea of your whereabouts, you can blame your cell phone for providing them a constant update on your exact location. If you’re wondering how accurate they are, this article from the Washington Post would be a good place to start.
Dr. Richard Stallman was nice enough to post this link on his RSS feed demonstrating how massive surveillance is and will be affecting our lives in the future. If you still don’t understand why this issue is so important, taking a look at the following link would be a good idea.
It looks as though the influence of America’s NSA is not limited to within the borders of the United States. When Canada hosted the G20 summit in 2010, it turns out that the government through CSEC spent nearly a billion dollars of taxpayer money to spy on foreign delegates. The Vancouver Observer reports here.
If you need any new reason to be disgusted by Facebook, you will probably be surprised to find out what you are agreeing to by accepting the terms for Facebook Messenger. Taking photos and recording you without any kind of confirmation is part of it, but so is looking at your contacts and phone records. In fact, they’d love to have your permission to listen to your phone calls. Thanks to Paul Joseph Watson for this article.
One of the reasons the NSA spying scandal is so controversial is because intelligent people know that it has a lot less to do with securing the community against ‘terrorists’ than it does with finding information about each individual which can be used against them if there is ever a disagreement. Holding information about a person which they would rather not divulge is the best way to keep them in line with our own interests. According to this article, the NSA has already done this with six Muslims they wanted to discredit, and the government will likely do this with any political opponents in the future.
If you ever believed that you were sheltered from the genetically-modified madness of the United States by living in Canada, you would be dead wrong. Our beloved Canada’s government has approved the production of genetically-modified salmon eggs which has the effect of contaminating the wild species and potentially destroying the aquatic ecosystem. Apparently, the Harper government is completely unaware of the many consequences of consuming genetically-modified fruits and vegetables.