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Hackers steal personal data of military, gov personnel

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Hackers breached the security of a defense industry news website and stole sensitive subscriber information that could be used in attacks targeting the US military and its contractors.

Gannet Co., publisher of DefenseNews, disclosed the bad news in an advisory published Monday. Data exposed included subscribers' first and last names, usernames, passwords, email addresses, and in many cases military duty status, paygrade, and branch of service.


A message for Israel and Evangelicals: Genesis isn't a policy guide

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With a dogmatic loyalty to Israel born out of a literal interpretation of the Bible, is the American Christian Right the new Jewish lobby in US politics? Mixing religion and statecraft isn't just dangerous and unwise. It's sacrilegious.

I recently passed a local evangelical church here in rural New England with a sign that read: "We Love You Israel. Hold God's Land."

The sign is part of a wider phenomenon: the American Christian right's dogmatic support for Israel and the Jewish state's claim to the "Holy Land." It's a loyalty born out of a literal interpretation of the Bible and its apocalyptic narrative and a view that ascribes divinity to a physical place. And this reflexive support for Israel has spread to the broader conservative base and American political scene in general. Look no further than Glenn Beck's "Restore Courage" trip to Jerusalem planned for this August, which at least one GOP presidential contender has noted he will attend.

Such religious attachment isn't an isolated theological agenda. It's at the heart and history of the conflict in the Middle East.

But with a Palestinian bid for statehood planned for September and escalating tensions in the region, there's too much at stake to use God as a real estate broker. To avoid a potentially violent flash point, leaders must look to a peaceful constituency - not the political ploys - of the world's great religions, all converging in this Holy Land.


New Poll: 48% of New Yorkers Support a New 9/11 Investigation into Building 7′s Collapse

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As the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approaches quickly, a new Siena poll shows that half of New Yorkers today are in support of a new probe into the collapse of World Trade Center Building 7.

The poll shows that 1 in 3 New Yorkers were unaware of Building 7′s collapse and, despite the importance of the events of that day, only 25% have ever seen video footage of Building 7 collapsing at free fall. Only 14% could identify the name of the skyscraper.

Moreover, the poll shows that only 49% who were aware of Building 7′s collapse believe fires brought it down. 24% believe it was a controlled demolition, and 23% are unsure.


Microsoft patents spy tech for Skype

'Legal Intercept' will allow it to silently record VoIP communications.

A newly patented Microsoft technology called Legal Intercept that would allow the company to secretly intercept, monitor and record Skype calls is stoking privacy concerns.

Microsoft's patent application for Legal Intercept was filed in 2009, well before the company's $8.5 billion purchase of Skype in May. The patent was granted last week.

From Microsoft's description of the technology in its patent application, Legal Intercept appears similar to tools used by telecommunication companies and equipment makers to comply with government wiretap and surveillance requests.

According to Microsoft, Legal Intercept is designed to silently record communications on VoIP networks such as Skype.


The American Police State is the 'New Normal'

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According to The New York Times, the FBI just raided a data center in Virginia and seized many of its servers, causing websites owned by "tens of clients" to go offline -- including those belonging to people who hadn't broken a law, and were not suspected of any crime.

It may seem silly to get upset about the police taking down websites you don't use. A certain quote may come to mind, though, as we look at other ways that the police in America abuse their power.

Tasering nonviolent people to death

A 72-year-old woman named Kathryn Winkfein got tasered not too long ago after she lost her temper at the cop who pulled her over. Her offense? Shouting at him.

Luckily, she "learned her lesson" about talking back to America's authority figures. She was also awarded $40,000 in damages, which her County Constable, Richard McCain, complained was a reward for "bad behavior." Apparently putting 50,000 volts through the heart of someone's great-grandma is not bad behavior, as long as you wear a police uniform.

Winkfein was lucky. In what Digby calls the "Taser Atrocity Of The Day," a man who took groceries without having paid for them was tasered continuously for 37 seconds, after he became "aggressive and was communicating loudly." He died in the hospital.

The police officer who killed him was suspended for five days.

Comment: It appears that the average person is now catching up with what SOTT has been reporting for years. The fascist machinery that has been creeping into place ever since 9/11 is now plain enough to see for anyone with two neurons firing. How it will be met is another question. The PTB are hoping for violence and with Earth Changes already underway and resource shortages looming in the near future, it doesn't appear that inciting those predisposed to violence will be very hard. It will make the final clampdown justifiable to authoritarian types.

The rest of us must keep ourselves as educated and objectively aware as possible to avoid being stampeded into a crisis situation, whether it be cosmic or man-made. As many have already discovered, meditation, particularly our Eiriu Eolas breathing program, is one good way to reduce stress and stay aware during these difficult times that face us.

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Who Knew That Walmart Was a Marxist Company?

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According to several aggrieved women who filed a class-action lawsuit against Wal-Mart, the giant retailer's recent employment practices were not based on merit. Instead, those women say, Sam Walton's empire employed a crude form of Marxism.

Men were often paid more than women in the same jobs, according to legal documents, and women who complained were told that the men needed more money because they were expected to support their families. Or, as Karl Marx put it, "From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs."

It would no doubt have come as a surprise to the male managers who endorsed the higher-pay-for-heads-of-households theory that they shared a basic tenet of Marxism. After all, Wal-Mart's image rests solidly on down-home, all-American values with a Southern accent -- God, guns and cheap electronics.

Indeed, Wal-Mart's culture isn't foreign. Its anti-union activities are a commonplace. Over the years, moreover, there have been countless American companies where women employees complained about discrimination -- where they received lower wages for the same work, where they were denied promotions despite stellar work histories, where they complained of sexist antics and crude, juvenile "jokes."

Wal-Mart is not only the world's biggest retailer, but it is also the nation's largest private employer. Its sales are heavily dependent on women, who determine a major portion of most household purchases. Most of Wal-Mart's hourly employees are women, but most of its salaried managers are men.

The retailer has not been judged innocent by the U.S. Supreme Court. Last week, instead, the court rejected the class-action filing, Dukes v. Wal-Mart, that might have allowed as many as 1.5 million current and former female employees to collect financial redress. A conservative majority let the retail empire off the hook because, as Justice Antonin Scalia put it, the plaintiffs "provide no convincing proof of a company-wide discriminatory pay and promotion policy."

I cannot imagine that any American company would have an official policy that supports discrimination. Instead, Wal-Mart appears to have allowed individual managers at various levels to get away with rank sexism. Unfortunately, many of the women who suffered at their hands would be hard-pressed to amass the resources to file individual lawsuits, so a class action was their best hope for justice.


Facebook is greatest spy vehicle ever created

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Assange now backs Mathaba's 3 years old claim that Facebook is the greatest spy system ever created

WikiLeaks founder and Australia citizen Julian Assange called Facebook the "greatest espionage tool in history", in an exclusive interview to RT.com, confirming what Mathaba already reported about Facebook many years earlier, as well as Google and Yahoo among other close runner-ups.

Facebook automatically collects confidential data of the registered site users, and Mathaba and now Assange have alleged that this information is then transferred to the U.S. intelligence which provided seed funding for Zuckerberg's Facebook.

Assange said that we are dealing with "a very detailed database about people, their habits, their social ties, addresses, places of residence, relatives, and all these data is located in the United States and available to U.S. intelligence."

In answer to a question concerning the role of social networks Facebook and Twitter in the recent chaos in the Arab countries with the notable exception of Israel, leading to thousands of deaths, Assange, who is himself funded by the jewish international elitist financier George Soros, said that "Facebook in particular is the most disgusting of all espionage tools ever invented."


Amy Goodman To Host Discussion With WikiLeaks Editor-In-Chief Julian Assange and Slovenian Philosopher Slavoj Žižek

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Within the past year, whistleblower website WikiLeaks has released three of the most significant leaks of classified information in history: the Iraq War Logs, the Guantánamo Bay files and Cablegate. Since then the world has undoubtedly changed. Ambassadors have resigned amid scandals exposed by leaked cables; governments have ordered reviews of their computer security; and pro-democracy movements have swept across the Middle East and North Africa - in part fueled, some believe, by WikiLeaks revelations.

This Saturday, July 2, Amy Goodman will moderate a conversation with WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange and renowned Slovenian philosopher, Slavoj Žižek. Sponsored by the Frontline Club, the event will be broadcast from The Troxy theater in London. Democracy Now will broadcast a live stream of the discussion starting at 11am EDT at DemocracyNow.


Astronomer: Humans Will Encounter Aliens In 20 Years

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A top Russian astronomer said on Monday that he expects humanity to encounter alien civilizations within the next 20 years.

According to the Interfax news agency, Andrei Finkelstein, director of the Russian Academy of Sciences' Applied Astronomy Institute, said "The genesis of life is as inevitable as the formation of atoms ... Life exists on other planets and we will find it within 20 years."

Finkelstein said 10 percent of the known planets circling stars in the galaxy resemble Earth.

He said while speaking at an international forum dedicated to the search for extraterrestrial life that if water can be found there, then so can life. He added that aliens would most likely resemble humans with two arms, two legs and a head.

"They may have different color skin, but even we have that," he said at the event.

The Russian Academy of Sciences' Applied Astronomy Institute runs a program launched in the 1960s to watch for and beam out radio signals to outer space.


The New Low of Hasbara Tactics? Israel: Did the Prime Minister's Office Distribute a Fake Anti-flotilla Video?

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Image of 'Marc' as featured in anti-flotilla YouTube video.
Did the Prime Minister's office distribute a fake anti-flotilla video? This is exactly what some American bloggers have been claiming, after probing a video that was uploaded to YouTube on Sunday.

The video, nearly three minutes long, featured a young man who called himself Marc and claimed to be a gay and human rights activist. The man recounted a story in which he asked the organizers of the upcoming Gaza flotilla to join their mission, and claimed that his request was allegedly denied on the grounds that participation of the gay and lesbian group with which he was affiliated would not serve the flotilla's "interests."

"Marc" explained in the video that he understood why his request was denied only after he researched the people organizing the aid flotilla and found that they had strong ties to Hamas, "whose foreign minister has called homosexuals a minority of perverts, mentally and morally sick," he said in the video.

"Didn't they hear that Hamas shuts down the offices of human rights NGO's? They are slowly taking away the rights and freedoms of women... these are the people the flotilla groups are hugging," he added.