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Tuesday, 19 January 2021

When Helen's boyfriend vanished, she feared the worst. Then she uncovered his secret life

quote [ Dozens of British women say they fell in love with men who they later discovered were members of a secret London police unit sent to gather information on them and their friends. ]

I feel like every few years we find out a different country is doing this.
[SFW] [Big Brother] [+3 WTF]
[by steele@7:22pmGMT] [3 comments]

Monday, 18 January 2021

Noam Chomsky - The 5 Filters of the Mass Media Machine

quote [ According to American linguist and political activist, Noam Chomsky, media operate through 5 filters: ownership, advertising, the media elite, flak and the common enemy. ]

Got this from avid a while back. Sadly I never finished reading Manufacturing Consent, it's on my list to get back to. This is a great summary of the concepts though. And all the more relevant as we get deeper and deeper in the weeds.
[SFW] [Big Brother] [+3]
[by steele@6:43pmGMT] [4 comments]

Thursday, 10 December 2020

FTC sues to break up Facebook, sell off assets like Instagram and WhatsApp

quote [ The FTC's suit asks a federal court to force the sell-off of assets such as Instagram and WhatsApp. ]


About damn time. Fuck Zuckerberg.

In the thumb, the more lifelike face is the wax figure.

More info here:

The Smoking Gun in the Facebook Antitrust Case
[SFW] [Big Brother] [+5 Good]
[by hellboy@4:55amGMT] [11 comments]

Tuesday, 8 December 2020

Florida Agents Raid Home Of Rebekah Jones, Former State Data Scientist

quote [ Florida law enforcement agents searched the home of former state data scientist Rebekah Jones on Monday, entering her house with weapons drawn as they carried out a warrant as part of an investigation into an unauthorized message that was sent on a state communications system. ]

Rebekah Jones' twitter thread on being raided.

How Florida Gov. DeSantis misled the public on COVID crisis - South Florida Sun-Sentinel

So, things in Florida are going well.
[SFW] [Big Brother] [+9 WTF]
[by steele@6:03pmGMT] [4 comments]

Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Scars, Tattoos, And License Plates: This Is What Palantir And The LAPD Know About You

quote [ Newly revealed documents show how Los Angeles police were trained to use the flagship product of the most secretive company in law enforcement. ]

Inside the crystal ball
[SFW] [Big Brother]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:09amGMT] [0 comments]

Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Former CIA Agent John Stockwell Talks about How the CIA Worked in Vietnam and Elsewhere

quote [ John R. Stockwell (born 1937) is a former CIA officer who became a critic of United States government policies after serving seven tours of duty over thirteen years. Having managed American involvement in the Angolan Civil War as Chief of the Angola Task Force during its 1975 covert operations, he resigned and wrote In Search of Enemies. ]

Alan Macleod describes finding much of this sort of thing still going on when he was researching the misinformation campaigns around Venezuela in western news media. In one case talking directly with a Bloomberg journalist (Anatoly Kurmanaev) who bragged about starting a false claim regarding condoms costing $750 per box that went viral through US news media.

Buying Venezuela?s Press With U.S. Tax Dollars
[SFW] [Big Brother] [+2]
[by steele@5:54pmGMT] [1 comment]

Tuesday, 15 September 2020

U.S. govt-linked PR firm ran fake news networks for right-wing Latin American regimes

quote [ US firm CLS Strategies spread propaganda on Facebook & Instagram for the Bolivia coup regime and right-wing opposition in Venezuela and Mexico ]

Good thing there's no chance of this sort of thing happening in the US. Definitely not a bunch of ongoing campaigns of misinformation against other nations saturating our news cycles.

U.S. commander: Intel still hasn't established Russia paid Taliban 'bounties' to kill U.S. troops

A Reddit AMA Claiming To Be A Uiyghur Quickly Exposes A CIA Asset Slandering China
[SFW] [Big Brother] [+1 Interesting]
[by steele@5:52pmGMT] [2 comments]

Saturday, 5 September 2020

Targeted

quote [ Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco took office in 2011 with a bold plan: to create a cutting-edge intelligence program that could stop crime before it happened. ]

For all my future crimes-oh
[SFW] [Big Brother] [+3]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:02amGMT] [6 comments]

Thursday, 30 July 2020

Face masks are breaking facial recognition algorithms, says new government study

quote [ If you?re worried about mass surveillance, here?s another reason to wear a face mask ]

Apart from being the pragmatic option.
[SFW] [Big Brother] [+3 Good]
[by Paracetamol@8:55amGMT] [0 comments]

Wednesday, 15 April 2020

Economic Impact Payments Tracker

quote [ The IRS is committed to helping you get your Economic Impact Payment as soon as possible. The payments, also referred to by some as stimulus payments, are automatic for most taxpayers. No further action is needed by taxpayers who filed tax returns in 2018 and 2019 and most seniors and retirees. ]

For those eligible in the US, the tracker is now live. If you have filed for 2019 it will use that data, otherwise it will use your AGI from 2018.
If they do not already have your direct deposit payment info on file you need your AGI, and the dollar amount of any refund/owed amount, plus the expected address and banking info.
[SFW] [Big Brother] [+2]
[by ubie@12:56pmGMT] [5 comments]

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