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Wikileaks and the War for your Mind

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In November 2008, current advisor to President Obama, Zbigniew Brzezinski, described to a group of British political and corporate elite two very basic transforming developments that he believes are occurring on the world scene:

"The first change concerns the surfacing of global issues pertaining to human well being as critical international issues such as climate, environment, starvation, health and social inequality. The second change concerns a global political awakening."

Brezezinski described this second change as "a truly transformative event on the global scene". He said that: "for the first time in all of human history, almost all of mankind is politically awake, activated, politically conscious and interactive. There are only a few pockets of humanity here or there in the remotest corners of the world which are not politically alert and interacted with the political turmoil and stirrings and aspirations around the world. And all of that is creating a world wide surge for the worldwide surge for personal dignity and cultural respect in a diversified world."

To an audience in the US he described the global 'terror threat' in this way:

Bad Guys

Israeli undercover agents boast of killing Palestinians on TV

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Undercover Israeli intelligence officers appeared on national television Saturday to talk about assassinating Palestinians in a program broadcast on Israel's Channel 10.

Oren Beaton presented a photo album of Palestinians he killed during his time as a commander of an undercover Israeli unit operating in the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Beaton explained that he kept photos of his victims.

"This is a photo of a Palestinian young man called Basim Subeih who I killed. This is another young man. I shredded his body, and the photo shows the remnants of his body," he said.

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US: Millions of Middle-Class People Could Get Medicaid

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U.S. President Barack Obama, surrounded by lawmakers, signs the healthcare insurance reform legislation during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, March 23, 2010.

'The fact that this is being discovered now tells you, what else is baked into this law?' former GOP governor says

President Barack Obama's health care law would let several million middle-class people get nearly free insurance meant for the poor, a twist government number crunchers say they discovered only after the complex bill was signed.

The change would affect early retirees: A married couple could have an annual income of about $64,000 and still get Medicaid, said officials who make long-range cost estimates for the Health and Human Services department.

After initially downplaying any concern, the Obama administration said late Tuesday it would look for a fix.

Up to 3 million more people could qualify for Medicaid in 2014 as a result of the anomaly. That's because, in a major change from today, most of their Social Security benefits would no longer be counted as income for determining eligibility.

It might be compared to allowing middle-class people to qualify for food stamps.

Cell Phone

Israel Asks Apple to Remove Intifada Phone App

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  • App gives details of protests, links to news
  • Facebook removed similar page-minister
An Israeli minister has asked Apple Inc (AAPL.O) to remove an Arabic-language application from its iTunes store that calls for a Palestinian uprising.

In a letter to Apple CEO Steve Jobs, Public Diplomacy Minister Yuli-Yoel Edelstein said the application "ThirdIntifada" -- a reference to a future Palestinian uprising

-- passed on information about protests, some violent, planned -- passed on information about protests, some violent, planned against Israel.

"I am convinced that you are aware of this type of application's ability to unite many toward an objective that could be disastrous," Edelstein wrote in the letter seen by Reuters.

Star of David

Israel's UN Ambassador: Declaration of Palestinian state will mean violence

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Ron Prosor
Ron Prosor declares, "We will not give up on any country and feel we can form a moral minority."

Ron Prosor, a well respected veteran in Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, began his tenure as Ambassador of Israel to the United Nations last Thursday, knowing clearly that September will bring an inevitable heavy defeat. The UN General Assembly is expected to grant recognition to Palestine as an independent state in three months time, a nightmare scenario from Israel's point of view, and nothing can alter this, except for agreement from the Palestinians to shelve or delay the initiative. The chances of this happening are getting smaller every day in the absence of flexibility in Jerusalem and Ramallah.

In an interview with "Globes," Prosor spoke about the anticipated UN vote in September on recognizing a Palestinian state.

What actually is the problem with the UN recognizing a Palestinian state? Prime Minister Netanyahu already stated that he supports the creation of one.

Prosor: "The problem is that we're talking about a unilateral action not based on negotiations with Israel. I am convinced that a unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state would lead to violence. No General Assembly resolution will make a difference on the ground without Israel's consent."

Gear

World economy could be destoryed if IMF does not 'help' Greece. Is that a threat?

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UK Treasury ministers have confirmed that the coalition government is dealing with potential plans for a Greek bankruptcy after warnings by Jack Straw that the euro could not last.

Straw, the former Labour foreign secretary, warned that the euro "is going to collapse," and said, "Is it not better that this happens quickly rather than a slow death?"

Straw's message came after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said the world economy would be destroyed if IMF members did not aid the Greeks.

Speaking at the parliament, Straw said, "What the Government should do instead of sheltering behind the complacent language, weasel words that 'it is not appropriate, we should not speculate' is recognize that this eurozone cannot last.

"And it is the responsibility of the British Government to be open with the British people now about the alternative prospects."

Vader

France proposes industrial-scale content filtering

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Today a French government committee is expected to pronounce an opinion on a new proposal to filter and block web content.

The French media are suggesting that it represents industrial-scale filtering. Indeed, the proposal is the most far-reaching one we've seen to date. It is certainly over-broad and puts at risk both freedom of expression and free trade.

The French government proposes to give various ministries the power to order ISPs and web hosts to block content. Blocking orders could apply to commercial and non-commercial content, and potentially also to advertising and search engines.

It is all set out in a Decree which amends the existing law on electronic commerce. The Decree has been sent to the Conseil

Nationale du Numérique for an opinion, which is due today .

People

Malaysia Government Sites Under Attack From Anonymous

The big news in Asia this week is that Anonymous has found a new target - the Malaysian government. Recently the Internet regulator in Malaysia (SKMM) issued a notice to all the ISPs in the South-East Asian country to block 10 domains associated with copyright infringement.

The 10 sites are:

http://www.warez-bb.org
http://thepiratebay.org
http://www.movie2k.to
http://www.megavideo.com
http://www.putlocker.com
http://www.depositfiles.com
http://www.duckload.com
http://www.fileserve.com
http://www.filestube.com
http://www.megaupload.com


Evil Rays

Surprise! TSA Is Searching Your Car, Subway, Ferry, Bus, AND Plane

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Think you could avoid the TSA's body scanners and pat-downs by taking Amtrak? Think again. Even your daily commute isn't safe from TSA screenings. And because the TSA is working with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Border Patrol, you may have your immigration status examined along with your "junk".

As part of the TSA's request for FY 2012 funding, TSA Administrator John Pistole told Congress last week that the TSA conducts 8,000 unannounced security screenings every year. These screenings, conducted with local law enforcement agencies as well as immigration, can be as simple as checking out cargo at a busy seaport. But more and more, they seem to involve giving airport-style pat-downs and screenings of unsuspecting passengers at bus terminals, ferries, and even subways.

These surprise visits are part of the TSA's VIPR program: Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response. The VIPR program first started doing searches in 2007, and has grown since then. Currently, the TSA only has 25 VIPR teams doing these impromptu searches: in 2012, it wants to get 12 more.

USA

US: Recall Elections Surge in Local and State Governments

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Voters are organizing recall elections against state officials at a record pace. That's especially true in Wisconsin, where turmoil continues over Republican Gov. Scott Walker's law undercutting unions.
Angry voters, helped by social media and 'tea party'-like fervor, are organizing recall votes at a record pace against politicians they don't like.

The new president of Arizona's state Senate, Russell Pearce, had only 21 days to enjoy that position before opponents began circulating petitions in January to recall the freshly reelected conservative.

That's more time than Jim Suttle had. The night the Democrat was elected mayor of Omaha in 2009, backers of his rivals began to talk online about trying to remove him from office. Suttle barely survived a recall election in January.

Once a political rarity, recall elections are surging in local and state governments.