How to Instantly Prove (Or Disprove) Russian Hacking of U.S. Election

[Media]
How to Instantly Prove (Or Disprove) Russian Hacking of U.S. Election
by WashingtonsBlog
Posted November 20, 2017

Bill Binney says that NSA could prove or disprove Russia hack storyIt’s newsworthy that CIA head Mike Pompeo recently met with Bill Binney – who designed the NSA’s electronic surveillance system – about potential proof that the DNC emails were leaked rather than hacked.

It’s also noteworthy that the usual suspects – Neocon warmongers such as Max Boot – have tried to discredit both Binney and Pompeo.

But there’s a huge part of the story that the entire mainstream media is missing …

Specifically, Binney says that the NSA has long had in its computers information which can prove exactly who hacked the DNC … or instead prove that the DNC emails were leaked by a Democratic insider. Remember – by way of background – that the NSA basically spies on everyone in America … and stores the data long-term.

After the story of Pompeo’s meeting with Binney broke, Binney told Washington’s Blog: More…

The Fading Scent of the American Dream

[Economic]
The Fading Scent of the American Dream
by Charles Hugh Smith
Posted November 20, 2017

American dream is overThis is the reality: the American Dream is now reserved for the top 0.5%, with some shreds falling to the top 5% who are tasked with generating a credible illusion of prosperity for the bottom 95%.

If you talk to young people struggling to make ends meet and raise children, or read articles about retirees who can’t afford to retire, you can’t help but detect the fading scent of prosperity.

It has steadily been lost to stagnation, under-reported inflation and soaring inequality, a substitution of illusion for reality bolstered by the systemic corruption of authentic measures of prosperity and well-being. More…

Consumers fare better under class actions than arbitration

[Justice]
Consumers fare better under class actions than arbitration
By Heidi Shierholz
Posted November 19, 2017

arbitration clauses bypass the court systemIn recent weeks, members of Congress have introduced legislation to repeal the CFPB rule and take away consumers’ newly restored right to band together in court. Opponents of the rule have suggested that the bureau’s own findings show consumers on average receive greater relief in arbitration ($5,389) than class action lawsuits ($32). This is enormously misleading.

While the average consumer who wins a claim in arbitration recovers $5,389, this is not even close to a typical consumer outcome. Why? Consumers obtain relief regarding their claims in only 9 percent of disputes. On the other hand, when companies make claims or counterclaims, arbitrators grant them relief 93 percent of the time—meaning they order the consumer to pay. If you consider both sides of this equation, in arbitration, the average consumer is ordered to pay $7,725 to the bank or lender. That’s right: the average consumer ends up paying financial institutions in arbitration. More…

The FBI’s Forgotten Criminal Record

[Justice]
The FBI’s Forgotten Criminal Record
by James Bovard
Posted November 18, 2017

FBI criminal record forgottenPresident Trump’s firing of FBI chief James Comey on May 9 spurred much of the media and many Democrats to rally around America’s most powerful domestic federal agency. But the FBI has a long record of both deceit and incompetence. Five years ago, Americans learned that the FBI was teaching its agents that “the FBI has the ability to bend or suspend the law to impinge on the freedom of others.” This has practically been the Bureau’s motif since its creation in 1908.

The FBI’s power has rarely been effectively curbed by either Congress or federal courts. In 1971, House Majority Leader Hale Boggs declared that the FBI’s power terrified Capitol Hill: “Our very fear of speaking out [against the FBI] … has watered the roots and hastened the growth of a vine of tyranny…. Our society cannot survive a planned and programmed fear of its own government bureaus and agencies.” Boggs vindicated a 1924 American Civil Liberties Union report warning that the FBI had become “a secret police system of a political character” — a charge that supporters of both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump would have cheered last year. More…

The Thin Blue Line Versus the Robust Red Line

[Social]
The Thin Blue Line Versus the Robust Red Line
by Gary Z McGee
Posted November 17, 2017

will you take the blue pill or the red pill?You take the blue pill –the story ends, you wake up believing what you’ve been conditioned to believe. You take the red pill –you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how to question what you think you believe using knowledge, freedom, passion, and the painful truth of reality.

First, ask yourself: would you rather choke on the red pill of Truth, or easily swallow the blue pill of Deception? Sure, ignorance is bliss and knowledge is pain, but wouldn’t you rather the pain that comes from knowledge than the bliss that comes from ignorance? Wouldn’t you rather be slapped with the truth than kissed with lies?

Similarly, wouldn’t you rather the dangerous freedom of the liberating Red Line than the comfort, security, and safety of the tyrannical Blue Line? I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery. Which would you prefer? More…

19 Actionable Steps to Protect Online Privacy

[Media]
19 Actionable Steps to Protect Online Privacy
by John Mason
Posted November 17, 2017

steps to protect your privacyOnline privacy is a topic that grows in importance every single year. With more and more web services, connected apps, and even home assistant devices that are gaining in popularity, it’s now more crucial than ever to understand what the dangers to your online privacy are and how to protect it consciously.

This online privacy guide is all about that.

Here are 19 actionable steps to help you remain anonymous on the web and protect your online privacy. No sophisticated computer knowledge required. More…

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