Thursday, March 21, 2019

WikiLeaks Releases Moscow’s Surveillance Files

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by Aaron Kesel, Activist Post:

The international whistleblower coalition WikiLeaks who have had their sights on the CIA, pivoted their focus to Russia’s own surveillance, offering a look at technical details of how Moscow spies on its citizens’ mobile data online.

The 35 documents in the WikiLeaks “Spy Files Russia” dump pertain to a St. Petersburg-based company called Peter-Service, a software and technology vendor that contracts on Russian government surveillance projects dated between 2007 and 2015. Several of the documents describe how Peter-Service participates in Russia’s digital surveillance operation known as System for Operative Investigative Activities (SORM).

“A lot of people try to uncover things about SORM,” Andrei Soldatov, a Russian journalist told Wired. “So any new technicalities are good. There is some surveillance equipment which is installed on the premises of telecoms and ISPs, which is pretty well described because it’s produced by commercial companies. We know pretty much all about those things. What is a big mystery is what’s going on on the end of the FSB, not just in Moscow, but in every Russian town, because every local branch of the FSB has this equipment and is connected to the local ISPs.”

 

This latest release comes after countless baseless claims made by public figures and the mainstream media that WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange are influenced or controlled by the Russian government, as the organization has put a lot of focus on exposing U.S. secrets.

The alleged leak shows that Peter-Service is installing software infrastructure all over Russia, thanks to governmental approval, which allows Russian state agencies to spy on its citizens’ online and mobile activity.

WikiLeaks stated:

PETER-SERVICE is uniquely placed as a surveillance partner due to the remarkable visibility their products provide into the data of Russian subscribers of mobile operators, which expose to PETER-SERVICE valuable metadata, including phone and message records, device identifiers (IMEI, MAC addresses), network identifiers (IP addresses), cell tower information and much more. This enriched and aggregated metadata is of course of interest to Russian authorities, whose access became a core component of the system architecture.

Former NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden who is living in Russia and has previously criticized Russia for its own spying on citizens chimed in tweeting, “Plot twist: @Wikileaks publishes details on Russia’s increasingly oppressive internet surveillance industry.”

“PETER-SERVICE claims to already have access to a majority of all phone call records as well as Internet traffic in Russia,” WikiLeaks wrote. One document revealed that the company has access to specific information about your phone and your online payments if you live in Russia.

Under Russian law service operators must maintain a Data Retention System (DRS) that requires them to store data for up to three years.

Read More @ ActivistPost.com

It Is Different

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by Bob Rinear, The International Forecaster:

pundits of today, are spewing the same crap they spewed in the 1999 market madness. Overvaluation didn’t matter they said because they were all going to make so much money in this “Internet thing”.

Every Monday, I reach out to my readers and ask them how their weekend was, and a little bit about what mine was like. In “general” terms, the wife and I use Sunday afternoons to take a 5 mile bike ride to the beach, pick a place to lay our towels and do some sunning and splashing in the gulf. Then we walk back to the bikes, ride back to the truck and go home. It makes for a great day of sun and fun. Well, as you’ll see below, this weekend that didn’t happen. But something else did, so let me repost that:

As always, I hope your weekend was a brilliant one for you all. Mine was interesting in a “different” way. While we usually try and ride our bikes to the beach or pick some park or what have you to walk through, I simply didn’t have it in me Sunday. The weather man was predicting possibly record temps, ( and sure enough my vehicle thermometer read 101 at 2 pm) and the humidity level was hovering around 79{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}. I just didn’t want to sweat that bad.

So, we went to the mall instead, as the wife is looking for a new outfit to take with her on her journey to NJ this week. Well, what a surprise I was in for.

The Macy’s which had been a cornerstone store in this particular mall, had closed and moved to a newer mall in North Sarasota. So we entered through another corner store, SEARS. Well there were signs hanging everywhere “Everything must go, 40 – 60{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} Off” Yes they’re closing on September 17th. But as we made our way through the mall, which until just two years ago was the biggest, oldest mall in town, all we saw was closed stores, discount stores and ….no people. Sure, in a mall with over 100 units, there were still some recognizable stores, but most were deep discount smaller companies. And don’t get me wrong, this place is no dump. Until they opened the new mall at University, this was the nicest one in the county.

I was really pretty much in shock. I hadn’t been in the mall in quite some time, and the change was drastic. As we wandered around, we came upon a store called 21 forever. This place was huge, full of mostly women’s clothes. Well the big sign on the door read “Everything 10 dollars and under” I shook my head in something of disbelief, because as we walked around inside the store, many of the tickets had started out at 79, or 69 or 49 dollars per item. Now everything in the store is 7.99 – 10 bucks. My guess is that they’re going out.

Moving along, it just got worse and worse. One store we went in, which I’ll keep nameless, had just a few lights on and NO air conditioning. The one sole woman in the place attempted to tell us it was broke, but I got the suspicion that they can’t afford to run it.

I think the kicker to the trip was when I expected to find another well known store as we rounded the food court, but instead of a major well-known clothing store, there was a plastic surgery joint in its place. Yes folks you too can now get a boob job at the local mall.

With Macy’s gone, Sears shutting down, at least 20+ empty storefronts, it doesn’t look good for the survival of this particular mall. Yet it isn’t just this mall. We’re hearing reports like this from many parts of the country. Even the latest greatest mall they opened at University, has experienced a ton of turn over. Stores…”ain’t makin it” as one lady told me.

Which brings up the question, is this the Amazon effect? I don’t think so. Certainly, online is a part of this, but consider this…

Report: E-commerce accounted for 11.7{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of total retail sales in 2016, up 15.6{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} over 2015. The US Department of Commerce reports total e-commerce sales in 2016 reached $394.9 billion.

Well if on-line is just 12{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of retail sales…what’s up with the mall? I think that what’s up is that more and more people have less and less money. I think the only things that can survive are deep discount stores. Long gone are the days where people walk in and buy up an 89 dollar blouse. Now they want it for 15. Oh sure, the well-off still shop their higher end favorites. But the only stores that I saw any people in were selling jeans for 12.99.

Just a sign of the times I guess.

Read More @ TheInternationalForecaster.com

TRUMP ANNOUNCES PARDON FOR DINESH D’SOUZA

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from WND:

President Trump said Thursday he will grant a pardon to Dinesh D’Souza, the conservative pundit who produced theatrical films critical of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

D’Souza was sentenced in 2014 to five years of probation, including eight months living under supervision in a “community confinement center” and a $30,000 fine, after pleading guilty to violating federal campaign finance laws. Obama administration prosecutors had sought 10 months in prison. At the time, D’Souza’s supporters saw a double standard, maintaining Holder’s Justice Department typically ignored similar technical violations in contributions to Democratic Party campaigns.

Candace Owens Goes Off on Ellen Show Bullies: “Don’t Ever Forget That Liberals Are Frauds”

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by Jim Hoft, The Gateway Pundit:

Candace Owens is obviously a powerful conservative voice.

She is turning heads.

So it was inevitable that the left would start hurling insults at the woman.

On Sunday Candace Owens had enough of the abuse from the producers of the Ellen Show.

Candace Owens unleashed on the bullies with a series of tweets.

Getting Schooled in Freedom

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by J. Johnson, Miles Franklin:

Hello Silver and Gold holders. I truly appreciate the chance to write for Miles Franklin and hope that you read, learn, and enjoy, the viewpoints from the new writers in our tribe. No one individual has it all down but as a team, we’re able to work thru the articles and news (so called) being pummeled out there by media groups failing at every turn to report anything factual within the financial arenas as well as the Middle American view.

This truly is the topic of freedom in all its aspects and deeper meanings. It’s freedom to share, to ask questions, to hear or read responses from our leaders to those questions, and for “them” to learn what we have to say.  At present none of this is possible under the current form of media, banking, and government, and their obvious collusion’s against the middle. They really seem to have a deep hatred of everything we stand for, including keeping silver and gold in hand and not in their institutions.

Our country was based on freedom of speech, in fact it is the First Amendment because it IS the most important aspect of a free country. Not free stuff, not taking from one to offset the loss of another, but freedom to say what you want in order for others to hear and learn a view.

The First Amendment is being publicly taught right now because it seems apparent that Common Core (thanks to the Dept. of Education) was not interested in teaching the aspects of the term freedom of speech, but only enough data to pass a test, but not the challenges of that freedom. What good is that for our country? Where is the benefit of its outcome? Have we become believers in a paradigm of deceit and think this is OK? I don’t think so and the sports networks are being schooled right now on the expenses of that freedom, and the reaction is not what the planners thought would happen. Lesson learned?

The lessons within our country’s monetary policies are going to make what we are seeing right now with our current sports comedy, look like a group of third graders at practice just barely able to fit into their oversized uniforms let alone catch a ball. Unfortunately, we all know this event is going to happen, and it will affect everybody stuck under an instrument of debt or a negative based currency.

Puerto Rico now has to be completely rebuilt. Infrastructure which includes boat docks, airfields, energy, communications, plumbing, roads, hospitals, all have to be in place before stores, homes or even transportation can be fully utilized. Jobs?? Well if you are in construction, you’re pretty well set, but if you had a job before everything was blown away, you’re now on unemployment, and maybe for a very long time. This is one hell of a mess and it’s not going to be easy or cheap to fix.

Puerto Rico’s debt for all intents and purposes is uncollectable. Will we hear this from what used to be called a news service? No way, instead we’ll get misdirection. Regardless of the lack of main stream media news, we know this is obvious just by looking at the videos of the devastation.

What about insurance companies who take money but don’t manufacture anything? They had to use their clients’ premiums to invest in things in order to stay in place within the investment arenas but now they will have to start to liquidate in order to meet their obligations to their clients. What is that going to do to some or all the markets? It should do a lot of damage to the numbers within the Stock Markets, but all I see right now is the S&P trading higher and no real information or warning that the health of the system may be in trouble.

What about the banks who hold these funds for all these institutions? What is their exposure to all this? Banker’s exposure to insurance troubles has to be huge. Don’t expect much information coming from the likes of main stream media, they are here to hide things and not tell us anything in a fair and balanced format.

The media uses freedom of speech and the rights of the press but they too have failed the American Middle and its views which in turn is a denial of freedom of truth.

Silver and Gold is a form of real freedom too. Especially if it is in the hands of the owner and not an institution. If these institutions can stay afloat after the upcoming liquidation faze, it would be a great (an absolute miracle from God would be more like it) thing. But if one or two insurance companies have written more policies than their incoming premiums can take care of, what will happen to the banks that hold all funds in their midst? Can they use the scariest term out there and claim force majeure?

Read More @ Miles Franklin:

We NEED To Talk About The Censorship Of GAB- FREE SPEECH Is NOT A Purveyor Of HATE!!

from Press For Truth:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eO2e-Da_tj8

ANDREW BREITBART: The Man Who Knew Too Much

from SGTreport:

John Podesta resurfaced on CFR member Erin Burnett’s CNN show the other day. Skippy was gloating about the arrest of Roger Stone. And although CNN rolled out the red carpet for the Clinton insider who Andrew Breitbart alleged was a cover-upper for child sex traffickers, it was the comment section under CNN’s video where the cold hard truth was served.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7lu9yBiE5I

THE WAR AGAINST WOMEN, MEN & FAMILY — Brittany Pettibone

from SGTreport:

If you’d like to support activist & author Brittany Pettibone, buy a copy of ‘WHAT MAKES US GIRLS’ for that special mother, daughter or sister in your life: https://brittany-pettibone.com/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZKWefDPCTM

ROGER STONE: Gen. Michael Flynn to File Motion for Dismissal of ALL CHARGES Against Him (VIDEO)

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by Joshua Caplan, The Gateway Pundit:

According to legendary political operative and InfoWars correspondent, Roger Stone, lawyers for Gen. Michael Flynn are preparing legal action to have all charges against him dropped.

STONE: “Lawyers for General Mike Flynn will shortly file a motion to dismiss all the charges filed against him, based on reports now confirmed by The Hill, Circa News and Infowars, that Assistant FBI Director Andrew McCabe told a teleconference of law enforcement officials, “first we f*ck Flynn, then we f*ck Trump.”

Independent journalist and author Jack Posobiec helped spread the news for Stone on Twitter, who was banned from platform last year.

Stone’s report comes amid news that Special counsel Robert Mueller has requested the postponement of Flynn’s sentencing.

“Due to the status of the Special Counsel’s investigation, the parties do not believe that this matter is ready to be scheduled for a sentencing hearing at this time,” the special counsel asked the court last week.

The court filing states a date to sentence Flynn could not be determined by the special counsel at this time and that 90-day extension is be required.

Read More @ TheGatewayPundit.com

DOW UP 400 POINTS ON LOW VOLUME/GOLD UP $1.15 TO $1229.90/SILVER DOWN 7 CENTS TO $14.62

by Harvey Organ, Harvey Organ Blog:

AFTER THE BELL TWO HUGE MISSES: GOOGLE AND AMAZON/MORE SWAMP STORIES FOR YOU TONIGHT

GOLD: $1229.90 UP $1.15 (COMEX TO COMEX CLOSINGS)

Silver: $14.62 DOWN 7 CENTS (COMEX TO COMEX CLOSING)

Closing access prices:

Gold : 1232.00

You Won’t Believe What We Saw In The Most Violent State In Mexico

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from WeAreChange:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5DotTEuC5Q

If “Slow Wifi” Causes “Major Stress”, How Are Young People Going To Make It When Times Get Really Tough?

by Michael Snyder, End Of The American Dream:

You won’t believe some of the things that are causing “major stress” for young people in America today.  According to a brand new survey that was just released, 58 percent of all American Millennials believe that “life is more stressful right now than ever before”.  And so what is precisely making life so stressful for our young adults?  Well, apparently their phones are a big part of the problem.  In the survey, “losing phone”, “phone battery dying”, “forgetting phone charger” and “phone screen breaking” were all among the top 20 sources of stress cited by Millennials.  Also making the top 20 were “choosing what to wear” and “washing dishes”.  Here is the complete list

HUNDREDS OF GOOGLE EMPLOYEES TELL BOSSES TO CANCEL CENSORED SEARCH AMID WORLDWIDE PROTESTS

by Ryan Gallagher, The Intercept:

MORE THAN 240 Google employees have signed an open letter calling on the company to abandon its plan for a censored search engine in China, as protesters took to the streets in eight cities to condemn the secretive project.

The letter was published Tuesday morning, signed by a group of 11 Google engineers, managers, and researchers. By early evening, a further 230 employees had added their names to the letter in an extraordinary public display of anger and frustration with Google’s management over the censored search plan, known as Dragonfly.