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Spy agency ASIO wants powers to hack into personal computers

15th Jan 2017 (ORIGINAL 2013)

SPY agency ASIO wants to hack into Australians’ personal computers and commandeer their smartphones to transmit viruses to terrorists.

The Attorney-General’s Department is pushing for new powers for the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation to hijack the computers of suspected terrorists.

But privacy groups are attacking the ”police state” plan as ”extraordinarily broad and intrusive”.

A spokesman for the Attorney-General’s Department said it was proposing that ASIO be authorised to ”use a third party computer for the specific purpose of gaining access to a target computer”.

”The purpose of this power is to allow ASIO to access the computer of suspected terrorists and other security interests,” he told News Limited.

”(It would be used) in extremely limited circumstances and only when explicitly approved by the Attorney-General through a warrant.

”Importantly, the warrant would not authorise ASIO to obtain intelligence material from the third party computer.”

The Attorney-General’s Department refused to explain yesterday how third-party computers would be used, ”as this may divulge operationally sensitive information and methods used by ASIO in sensitive national security investigations.”

But cyber specialist Andrew Pam, a board member of the Electronic Frontiers lobby group, predicted ASIO could copy the tactics of criminal hackers to seize control of target computers.

Australians’ personal computers might be used to send a malicious email with a virus attached, or to load ”malware” onto a website frequently visited by the target.

”This stuff goes on already in the commercial and criminal world, and security agencies could be using the same techniques to commandeer people’s computers and use them to monitor a target,” Mr Pam said.

”Once you get control of a computer and connect to their network you can do whatever you want.”

The ASIO Act now bans spies from doing anything that ”adds, deletes or alters data or interferes with, interrupts or obstructs the lawful use of the target computer by other persons”.

But ASIO wants the ban lifted, so Attorney-General Nicola Roxon can issue a warrant for spies to secretly intercept third-party computers to disrupt their target.

The departmental spokesman said the federal government had made ”no decisions” about whether to grant ASIO the new power.

The government would first consider advice from the federal Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security, which is reviewing national security legislation.

Victoria’s acting Privacy Commissioner, Dr Anthony Bendall, has told the committee that ASIO’s proposed new powers are ”characteristic of a police state.”

”To access a third party’s computer, which has no connection with the target, is extraordinarily broad and intrusive,” his submission states.

But the Attorney-General’s Department insists that ASIO will not examine the content of third-party computers.

”The use of the third party computer is essentially like using a third party premises to gain access to the premises to be searched, where direct access is not possible,” it states in response to questions from the committee.

”It involves no power to search or conduct surveillance on the third party.”

The department said technological advances had made it ”increasingly difficult” for ASIO to execute search warrants directly on target computers, ”particularly where a person of interest is security conscious.”

Australian Council for Civil Liberties president Terry O’Gorman yesterday said ASIO should have to seek a warrant from an independent judge, rather than a politician.

He warned that ASIO might be able to spy on individuals – including journalists protecting a whistleblower – by tapping into their computers.

”I’m concerned they will access all sorts of information on a computer that has nothing to do with terrorism,” he said.

 

 

 

 

 

source/read more: https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/australia/spy-agency-asio-wants-powers-to-hack-into-personal-computers-ng-12a17b2577859c1d00fba2dc78721854

Washington state will soon recognise third gender on birth certificates

9th Jan 2018
The landmark move means that non-binary and trans people will be able to have their gender recognised on official documents such as birth certificates, without a note from a doctor.
By Chloe Sargeant

8 Jan 2018 – 11:41 AM  UPDATED YESTERDAY 11:41 AM
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The state of Washington will soon allow residents to change their gender on their birth certificates to ‘X’, or the ‘third gender’, without confirmation from a doctor.

The change, which will occur on January 27 this year, was confirmed by the state’s Department of Health late last week after being proposed at the end of August last year.

The Department of Health confirmed ‘X’ to mean, “A gender that is not exclusively male or female, including, but not limited to, intersex, agender, amalgagender, androgynous, bigender, demigender, female-to-male, genderfluid, genderqueer, male-to-female, neutrois, nonbinary, pangender, third sex, transgender, transsexual, Two Spirit, and unspecified”.

As well as adding the ‘X’ option for gender and sex designation on birth certificates, the ruling removes the need for adults to legally provide a doctor’s confirmation, and also expands the list of medical professionals who can provide paperwork for minors wanting to make the change to their birth certificate. Minors will also need a letter of permission from a parent or guardian.

The change will not affect birth certificates given to newborn babies – only to those wanting to make changes to their gender on their birth certificate later in life. The change will also only apply to those born in Washington state.

Washington, DC just quietly became the first US state to issue gender neutral licences
Transgender and non-binary residents can now select a third gender option on their licence applications.

GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said that more and more LGBTQI+ young people today are rejecting traditional gender roles and the male/female gender binary, and so changes like this one are important in regard to these evolving narratives: “It is vital that states catch up and acknowledge the reality of the non-binary community,” she said.

“With LGBTQ people and especially trans and non-binary Americans under attack daily by the Trump Administration, as evidenced by Trump’s efforts to block trans Americans from serving in the military and rescinding of Title IX protections for trans students, designation ‘X’ is a powerful and reaffirming sign that our identities cannot and will not be erased.”

 

 

source/read more :https://www.sbs.com.au/topics/sexuality/agenda/article/2018/01/08/washington-state-will-soon-recognise-third-gender-birth-certificates

Al Gore blames record U.S. cold on climate change — then meteorologist drops truth bomb on him

9th Jan 2018

Al Gore took to his Twitter account last week to blame the recent record cold snap on climate change. But he was sharply rebuked with facts by a famed meteorologist.

What did Gore say?

Gore tweeted the link to an article stating that bitter cold is exactly what should be expected from man-made climate change.

The article was written by Dr. Michael Mann, a professor of atmospheric science at Penn State University. Mann argues that heavy lake effect snows this year near the Great Lakes are a sign of global warming because the warming temperatures cause the lakes to stay warmer longer therefore producing more snow. He also argued that despite the recent cold snap, the U.S. has seen many more days of very above normal temperatures than very below normal temperatures over the past several years.

He also argued that despite the central and eastern U.S. being locked into an arctic cold pattern for more than a week, the western U.S. and much of the rest of the world has been warm. Mann also blamed last week’s major east coast snowstorm on warmer-than-normal ocean water.

These allegations, however, are more narrative and opinion rather than fact, according to meteorologist Joe Bastardi.

What did Bastardi say?

Bastardi challenged whether the recent cold has anything to do with climate change, saying cold in the 1980s was colder than this year’s recent cold snap and it was never connected to climate change or global warming.

Bastardi also questioned whether or not the upcoming thaw is connected to climate change.

After four tweets, Bastardi concluded by chiding Gore and other climate change alarmists about pursuing narrative over truth…

 

 

 

 

source/read more: http://www.theblaze.com/news/2018/01/07/al-gore-blames-record-u-s-cold-on-climate-change-then-meteorologist-drops-truth-bomb-on-him?

Anti-Terrorism Fantasy Camps Become Tourist Attraction In Israel

9th Jan 2018

These part-propaganda, part-morbid fantasy “terror camps” provide tourists a chance to play the role of IDF soldiers in dramatic situations.

Holidays are all about having fun, exploring new places and relaxing in the sun. However, the latest tourist attraction in Israel seems to be the complete opposite of that.

Apparently, half a dozen of fantasy terror camps have popped up throughout Israel and the West Bank, offering tourists from across the globe a chance to pretend-kill terrorists, who look suspiciously like Palestinian Arabs, only for $115 per person.

These facilities allow visitors to train like IDF soldiers and act in a variety of stimulated situations — including an explosion at a Jerusalem marketplace, a stabbing attack, a sniper tournament and a live demonstration with attack dogs.

The two-hour “training camp,” which is frankly part-propaganda and part-morbid amusement, provides travelers “a taste of the Israeli military experience,” according to Haaretz.

 

source/read more: http://www.carbonated.tv/news/anti-terror-fantasy-military-camps-become-tourist-attraction-israel

Are toxic chemicals at Air Force bases leading to cancer, low birth weight?

9th Jan 2018

For 25 years, Dan Cruz delivered mail at the Peterson Air Force Base and drank the water. Then came cancer – thyroid, prostate, testicular – he said never before seen in his family.

“I’m the only one that’s been diagnosed with cancer not once, not twice, but three times. People on my route… cancer has come upon them and sometimes stage 4,” Cruz told CBS News correspondent Barry Petersen.

The cause could be firefighting foam used since the 1970s at Air Force bases and airports across the country, something meant to save lives that may have harmed them instead. The foam contains highly fluorinated chemicals, known as PFCs. It is suspected of causing some cancers and underweight births.

Mica Ullum has lived near Peterson Air Force Base for a quarter century, in a town where the foam has contaminated the water. Sadie, one of three children born to Mica, was born premature, weighing a mere one pound six ounces. She spent 94 days in the neonatal intensive care unit. Mica’s four other pregnancies ended in miscarriage or death.

“With what you know now, do you think any of this has to do with the effects, potential effects, of what’s in the water?” Petersen asked.

“Possibly, yeah,” Ullum responded.

“Why?”

“Because if you continue to pump poison into your body, something has to respond,” Ullum said.

Peterson is one of 190 Air Force bases where PFCs may have leached in the ground and surrounding areas. One study based on EPA’s test results shows as many as six million people may be exposed nationwide to PFCs in their drinking water at higher levels than the EPA now deems safe.

But the more than 60,000 people in the communities near Peterson Air Force Base may be America’s hardest-hit. The EPA said anything over 70-parts per trillion could be dangerous. Some water they tested here had over 1,300 parts per trillion. Additionally, according to a proposed class action lawsuit filed against the foam manufacturers, it has caused serious medical conditions in hundreds of residents.

One foam manufacturing company, 3M, said there is no merit in the health claims, adding they “sold these products with instructions regarding their safe use and disposal…acted responsibly at all times…and will vigorously defend this lawsuit.”

But the Air Force has responded, spending more than $4 million to provide bottled water and filtration systems. Air Force firefighters now train with water, and for real fires it uses a different fluorinated foam, still containing another type of PFCs, but believed to be safer.

But some of those who have studied the new foam say the Air Force may have traded one evil for another.

“Our chemical regulation system makes us all guinea pigs… because chemicals are assumed safe until proven guilty and they go out into the world… and we are exposed to them with no health information,” said Arlene Blum, researcher at the University of California Berkeley…

 

 

source/read more; https://www.cbsnews.com/news/air-force-base-epa-toxic-chemicals-pfc-cancer-low-birth-weight/

A Crypto Website Changes Its Data, and $100 Billion in Market Value Vanishes

9th jan 2018

Prices for some of the most popular cryptocurrencies dropped sharply Monday. One apparent reason: an adjustment from a popular website on its digital-currency price quotes.

A website called coinmarketcap.com on Monday removed data from some South Korean exchanges from its price quotes for a range of virtual currencies including bitcoin, Ethereum and Ripple’s XRP. The move followed a South Korean government crackdown on cryptocurrencies.

The move by coinmarketcap caused some amount of chaos when prices across the board suddenly plunged. In mid-Monday trading, XRP had fallen 26% over the past 24 hours, Bitcoin Cash was down 18%, and litecoin was down 12%. Of the top 40 cryptocurrencies, 31 were down, including bitcoin and Ethereum.

A representative of the website confirmed the moves in an email to The Wall Street Journal, citing “extreme price discrepancy” among South Korean exchanges. The company added in a tweet Monday afternoon that it “excluded some Korean exchanges in price calculations due to the extreme divergence in prices from the rest of the world and limited arbitrage opportunity.”

Coinmarketcap has become one of the most popular destinations for price quotes as the sector surged last year. According to Amazon’s web-ranking service, coinmarketcap is currently the 154th most popular website in the world, in the same ballpark as Chinese retail giant Alibaba.com .

The website’s rejiggered prices led to a flip in market-value rankings on the site. Ethereum, with a $109 billion total market valuation, moved into second place, the spot previously occupied by XRP, which fell to third place with a $97 billion market value. Bitcoin remained number one, with a $255 billion market value.

More than $100 billion of the sector’s total market value was erased over the last 24 hours, according to the site. On Sunday, it stood at $835 billion. On Monday, it fell to as low as $683 billion, and lately was at $722 billion.

Before Monday, for example, prices for XRP on coinmarketcap were quoted as high as $3.84 on Jan. 4. About 25% of XRP’s trading volume came from the Seoul-based online exchange Bithumb, according to coinmarketcap.

 

 

source/read more : https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-crypto-website-changes-its-data-and-100-billion-in-market-value-vanishes-1515443100

Study Finds Key To Feeling Younger Is Acting Younger

6th Jan 2018

It’s hard to ignore tired feet and that constantly-achy back as we get older, but a new study finds that a key to a long life of good health and always feeling younger — no matter our age — is to simply act younger from time to time.

Researchers from Healthspan, a supplier of vitamins and health supplements in the United Kingdom, polled 2,000 British adults on the effects of nostalgia and youthful behavior on mental and physical health.

Nearly three quarters of respondents indicated that occasionally forgetting you’re an adult and tapping into a more immature mindset — be it watching old cartoons, pulling pranks on friends, or playing classic board games — was important for their health.

In fact, one in four participants admitted they’d like to remain “child-like” for as long as possible, and half still felt cravings for childhood experiences.

“Perceiving ourselves as younger than our age is linked to a more future-orientated outlook, which means that we make better health choices such as engaging in exercise and healthy eating,” says psychologist Dr. Meg Arroll in a press release. “The findings of this survey support previous research that has shown nostalgia boosts our mood.”

Interestingly, the study found most adults don’t truly feel “mature” until their late 20s. For women, that occurs at age 27, while men take a tad longer (29).

 

 

source/ read more: https://www.studyfinds.org/health-well-being-younger-childhood/

After Anal Rape, Left Wing Activist Felt ‘Guilt And Responsibility’ His Migrant Attacker Was Deported

6th Jan 2018

(original article April 2016)

A left wing activist has bared all to a Norwegian documentary crew about his rape at the hands of a Somalian migrant, and his despair at seeing the man deported.

An active member of the Norwegian Socialist Left Party (SV) who described himself as an ardent “feminist and anti-racist” explained the difficulty he experienced accepting that he had been anally raped by a male migrant. He said he didn’t blame the man for the attack, and regretted the fact he had been sent back to Somalia.

Describing the process of reconciling his personally held beliefs, young SV activist Karsten Nordal Hauken said the experience left him “feeling nothing”, reports Norwegian state broadcaster NRK.

Attacked as a young man, his rapist was convicted six months after the fact with DNA evidence removed from Mr. Hauken’s body at the time of his rape, and fingerprints taken from his bedroom. The Somalian male was later caught when he was found to be carrying a knife in public and his fingerprints were a match.

Although he protested his innocence and claimed he had been enjoying a consensual relationship with Mr. Hauken, the migrant was sentenced to four and a half years in prison. After the completion of his jail term, the man was deported back to Somalia, something which his victim greeted with mixed emotions.

Speaking to NRK ahead of a new documentary series about young people in Norway dealing with mental illness, Mr. Hauken said of the moment when he was told by telephone at work that his attacker was to be deported: “I was a bit taken by surprise by this message.

“But I remained calm enough to tell the manager that I had to go. The tears, they came the moment I sat in the car. I felt a relief and joy that he was going away forever. I felt that the Norwegian government took on the responsibility to exercise the ultimate revenge, like an angry father who confronts a child abuser.

“But I also got a strong sense of guilt and responsibility. I was the reason why he should not have to leave Norway, and heading for a very uncertain future in Somalia. He had already served his sentence in prison. Should he now be punished again? And this time much harder?”

Mr. Hauken found himself unable to blame his attacker, saying “he is not responsible for his actions”. Rather than the rapist being in charge of his own destiny, he said he was merely “a product of an unjust world. A product of an upbringing marked by war and deprivation”, and said that rather than the attack being sexually motivated, it was all about “exerting power” over him.

The attack had not in any way dulled his left-wing politics, either. Mr. Hauken said: “I stand rock solid in my opinion that people like him need our help. I want us to continue to help refugees with such a background… For I am a human being first, and not a Norwegian. No, I’m part of the world, and the world is unfortunately unfair”.

This is not the first example of leftist political activists allowing their close proximity to the migrant communities which they strive so hard to defend to cause them harm. Breitbart London reported last year on the near-fatal stabbing of an open borders, pro mass migration activist in Dresden.

Standing outside a pizza-parlour, the student was jumped and stabbed in the back by a gang of North Africans. He said that the event had left him feeling “very sad”, and he hoped it wouldn’t be used to demonise migrants.

Another young activist fallen victim to their own politics was one woman volunteering at a migrant camp on the French-Italian border. While the migrants living at the facility held a party, she was cornered in a shower-block and gang raped by a group of African males, her screams unheard over the music.

Concious that her attack could be used to damage the peaceful reputation of migrants, she decided to cover up her own rape.

 

 

source/read more: http://www.breitbart.com/london/2016/04/07/after-anal-rape-leftist-felt-despair-that-his-somalian-attacker-was-deported/