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The original audience has been driven away by partisan boredom, lack of conspiracy talk, and replaced with an audience that asks questions like "What does NWO stand for ?"
Seriously, talk to them on Twitter and they ain't heard of the New World Order . . just a word "Globalists", and they don't understand that big word either.

More disturbing, they don't know other words like "neo-con" except as some partisan insult, and I could go on and cite more examples, but you get the picture.

The limited vocabulary also limits the IQ of debate, its really self destructive and its going to end really, really, really badly.

Try going on the comment section under Infowars articles. It's where the intellectually toothless and inbred go to grunt their homage to Trump and Jones. The only humane thing to do is to troll them hard.
General Discussion / Meet your ancestors - you might be surprised..
« Last post by Q on Today at 08:46:58 pm »
This is a theory of human origins. I won't spoil it for you, and I suggest you read it from the beginning..
Palantir developed code that enables rendering all of that big data into manageable pieces...
They developed at least two main software applications, "Gotham" and "Metropolis" -- and they did this development in a public/private partnership with In-Q-Tel (CIA)... now this private corporation is marketing this software to other countries, including the UK intelligence agencies, and to private industry. Profits go back to Palantir (not to the taxpayers who funded this public/private partnership.)

Excellent article here;

Sam Biddle
February 22 2017, 6:06 a.m.

DONALD TRUMP HAS inherited the most powerful machine for spying ever devised. How this petty, vengeful man might wield and expand the sprawling American spy apparatus, already vulnerable to abuse, is disturbing enough on its own. But the outlook is even worse considering Trump’s vast preference for private sector expertise and new strategic friendship with Silicon Valley billionaire investor Peter Thiel, whose controversial (and opaque) company Palantir has long sought to sell governments an unmatched power to sift and exploit information of any kind. Thiel represents a perfect nexus of government clout with the kind of corporate swagger Trump loves. The Intercept can now reveal that Palantir has worked for years to boost the global dragnet of the NSA and its international partners, and was in fact co-created with American spies.

Peter Thiel became one of the American political mainstream’s most notorious figures in 2016 (when it emerged he was bankrolling a lawsuit against Gawker Media, my former employer) even before he won a direct line to the White House. Now he brings to his role as presidential adviser decades of experience as kingly investor and token nonliberal on Facebook’s board of directors, a Rolodex of software luminaries, and a decidedly Trumpian devotion to controversy and contrarianism. But perhaps the most appealing asset Thiel can offer our bewildered new president will be Palantir Technologies, which Thiel founded with Alex Karp and Joe Lonsdale in 2004.

Think big, then think bigger, then think super black hole sized BIG Data.

Surfacing not Mining

Data mining is a phrase that is used to describe a variety of techniques for using statistical algorithms to extract patterns and insight from raw data. From detecting simple credit card fraud to recommending movies to suggesting a good place to eat in a new city, these inference models play an increasingly active role in our daily lives, and often for the better.

But data mining has its limitations. From a technical perspective, data mining techniques work best when three conditions are met:

    The nature and composition of the underlying data are not changing over time
    The data is complete and clean
    You have some idea of what you’re looking for

If your data problem has these features, automated data mining techniques will often find most of the answers you seek. But if your problem doesn’t have these features, a different approach is likely to produce a better outcome.

Our software is designed to solve the hardest, messiest data problems in the world, which tend to have the following characteristics:

    The data comes from many disparate sources
    The data is incomplete and inconsistent
    You’re looking for someone or something that doesn’t want to be found, and that can adapt to avoid detection.

These problems also have a social aspect that’s often overlooked: no one wants machines to be the final arbiter when people’s lives and livelihoods are on the line.

In these contexts, the algorithmic approach fails. So we do something else. Our data platforms are designed to surface the totality of known data about a problem in a way that’s easily digestible by the best pattern matching and inference machinery ever devised: the human brain. Our software is designed to augment human intelligence through a symbiosis of mind and machine. You can think of our systems as an array of exponential levers to move data, levers operated by human mental might and insight. Any conclusions reached are done so by a person, not an algorithm. To the extent that we do use data mining techniques, they are used to narrow a very large universe of data to smaller sets of interesting data to be reviewed by human analysts.

Although our products are complex and fairly difficult to design and build, they serve a single, simple goal: surfacing data as information so that people can make sense of what’s going on.
Art / Satire / Cartoons / Parodies / Re: Funny pics
« Last post by Satyagraha on Today at 05:58:30 pm »

A game of human chess, St. Petersburg (then Leningrad) Russia, circa 1924.

(Note... we are the pawns)
This started in the Obama administration .... now Barrett Brown is back in jail, and this time it's the Trump administration...

Security Grifters Partner-Up on Sinister Cyber-Surveillance Project
Sunday, July 3, 2011

Last week, the White House released its National Strategy for Counterterrorism, a macabre document that places a premium on "public safety" over civil liberties and constitutional rights.

Indeed, "hope and change" huckster Barack Obama had the temerity to assert that the President "bears no greater responsibility than ensuring the safety and security of the American people."

Pity that others, including CIA "black site" prisoners tortured to death to "keep us safe" (some 100 at last count) aren't extended the same courtesy as The Washington Post reported last week.

As Secrecy News editor Steven Aftergood correctly points out, the claim that the President "has no greater responsibility than 'protecting the American people' is a paternalistic invention that is historically unfounded and potentially damaging to the political heritage of the nation."

Aftergood avers, "the presidential oath of office that is prescribed by the U.S. Constitution (Art. II, sect. 1) makes it clear that
the President's supreme responsibility is to
'...preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.

There is no mention of public safety. It is the constitutional order that the President is sworn to protect, even if doing so entails risks to the safety and security of the American people."

But as our former republic slips ever-closer towards corporate dictatorship, Obama's mendacious twaddle about "protecting the American people," serves only to obscure, and reinforce, the inescapable fact that it's a rigged game.

Rest assured, "what happens in Vegas," Baghdad, Kabul or Manama--from driftnet spying to political-inspired witchhunts to illegal detention--won't, and hasn't, "stayed in Vegas."

Cyber Here, Cyber There, Cyber-Surveillance Everywhere

Last month, researcher Barrett Brown and the OpMetalGear network lifted the lid on a new U.S. Government-sponsored cyber-surveillance project, Romas/COIN, now Odyssey, a multiyear, multimillion dollar enterprise currently run by defense and security giant Northrop Grumman.

With some $10.8 billion in revenue largely derived from contracts with the Defense Department, Northrop Grumman was No. 2 on the Washington Technology 2011 Top 100 List of Prime Federal Contractors.

"For at least two years," Brown writes, "the U.S. has been conducting a secretive and immensely sophisticated campaign of mass surveillance and data mining against the Arab world, allowing the intelligence community to monitor the habits, conversations, and activity of millions of individuals at once." (<---Edit: so started in 2009)

Information on this shadowy program was derived by scrutinizing hundreds of the more than 70,000 HBGary emails leaked onto the web by the cyber-guerrilla collective Anonymous.

Brown uncovered evidence that the "top contender to win the federal contract and thus take over the program is a team of about a dozen companies which were brought together in large part by Aaron Barr--the same disgraced CEO who resigned from his own firm earlier this year after he was discovered to have planned a full-scale information war against political activists at the behest of corporate clients."

Readers will recall that Barr claimed he could exploit social media to gather information about WikiLeaks supporters in a bid to destroy that organization. Earlier this year, Barr told the Financial Times he had used scraping techniques and had infiltrated WikiLeaks supporter Anonymous, in part by using IRC, Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites.

According to emails subsequently released by Anonymous, it was revealed that the ultra rightist U.S. Chamber of Commerce had hired white shoe law firm Hunton & Williams, and that Hunton attorneys, upon recommendation of an unnamed U.S. Department of Justice official, solicited a set of private security contractors--HBGary, HBGary Federal, Palantir and Berico Technologies (collectively known as Team Themis)--and stitched-up a sabotage campaign against WikiLeaks, journalists, labor unions, progressive political groups and Chamber critics.



Palantir ring a bell?
Peter Thiel's company (Trump advisor)... takes all the data in the Utah NSA database (yours and mine included) and turns all that raw data into user-friendly little profiles on anyone and everyone.

Barrett Brown stepped on a lot of toes with his link to hacked information, including Palantir; (e.g., including Trump.)
Background information...

Barrett Brown sentenced to 63 months for 'merely linking to hacked material'
Thursday 22 January 2015
Nicky Woolf

The journalist and former Anonymous member says of prison term and fine in statement:
‘They’re sending me to investigate the prison-industrial complex’

In a rebuke to a legion of online supporters and what the journalist and one-time member of Anonymous called a “dangerous precedent”, Barrett Brown was sentenced to 63 months in prison by a federal judge in Dallas on Thursday.

Brown’s backers from across the web had hoped he would be able to walk free with his 31 months of time served for what they insist was “merely linking to hacked material”. But the 33-year-old, who was once considered something of a spokesman for the Anonymous movement, will face more than twice that sentence. The judge also ordered him to pay more than $890,000 in restitution and fines.

In a statement released after his sentencing, Brown was sarcastically upbeat: “Good news!” he wrote. “The US government decided today that because I did such a good job investigating the cyber-industrial complex, they’re now going to send me to investigate the prison-industrial complex.”

Kevin Gallagher, the director of the Free Barrett Brown campaign, whom Brown personally singled out for thanks in his pre-sentencing statement, told the Guardian that his first reaction was that the judge had got it wrong. “I was shocked and disappointed,” he said.

At one point, Brown was facing a possible combined sentence of over 100 years. But after prosecutors dropped several charges against him following a plea deal, Brown’s sentencing parameters were reduced.

Gallagher warned that the long sentence would nonetheless set a precedent for journalists. “Basically,” he said, “if you share a link to publicly available material without knowing what’s in it – maybe it could contain stolen credit card info – you could be prosecuted.”

“Any journalist that uses hackers as sources is extremely chilled by this,” Gallagher added.

Gallagher said that he spoke to Brown on Wednesday and found him in high spirits. “We thought he’d get between 30 and 40 months,” he said. “I think he’s just as upset as we are.”

An investigative journalist, essayist and satirist who has written for the Onion, Vanity Fair and the Huffington Post, as well as for the Guardian, Brown claims to have split with Anonymous in 2011, and the leaderless structure of the collective makes the idea of a “spokesman” difficult to even imagine.

Brown also founded Project PM, a crowdsourced investigative thinktank dedicated to looking into abuses by companies in the area of surveillance.

In September 2012, Brown was arrested by the FBI for allegedly threatening a federal agent in a video posted to YouTube. In October 2012, after being held for two weeks without charge, he was indicted on charges of making an online threat, retaliating against a federal officer and conspiring to release personal information about a government employee.

Two months later, he was indicted on 12 further charges related to the hacking of private intelligence contractor Stratfor in 2011.

Jeremy Hammond, the hacker who actually carried out the Stratfor breach, was sentenced to the maximum possible 10 years. Writing for the Guardian from prison in December, Hammond bemoaned that Brown “continues to await his sentencing for merely linking to hacked material”.

Brown, who was accused of sharing a link to the data Hammond obtained from the breach (as well as several further indictments related to withholding or hiding evidence and obstructing the FBI), at one point faced a possible sentence of 105 years.

He will reportedly be eligible for supervised release after one year, and once released will have his computer equipment monitored. The $890,250 in restitution payments will go to Stratfor and other companies targeted by Anonymous. He will pay $225 in fines.

Ladar Levison, who ran the Lavabit email service used by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, was in court for the verdict. Levison shut down his service rather than hand over the encrypted keys to Lavabit to the FBI.

Levison told the Guardian he was galled by the sentence. “It’s the type of verdict which leads honorable men to take up the quill and pen strong statements. I fear that for some people words will not be sufficient,” he said.

In his statement to the judge before his sentencing, Brown expressed regret for posting the threatening videos which led to his arrest, calling them “idiotic” and reiterated his defence’s contention that he made them in a manic state brought on by drug withdrawal.

But he also criticised the government’s methods in pursuing his case, and expressed concern that contributors to Project PM might be “indicted under the same spurious charges” as he had been.

In his statement following the judge’s ruling, Brown struck a different tone. “For the next 35 months,” he said,
“I’ll be provided with free food, clothes and housing as I seek
to expose wrondgoing by Bureau of Prisons officials and staff and
otherwise report on news and culture in the world’s greatest prison system.”


Paroled journalist Barrett Brown re-arrested for talking to media – lawyer to RT
Published on Apr 28, 2017

Award-winning journalist Barrett Brown was arrested for in 2012 and released to a halfway house a few months ago. He was re-arrested just this week and told he needed “prior approval” for media appearances, but his request for a specific legal citation was refused. Brown’s lawyer, Jay Leiderman, discusses the case with RT America’s Manila Chan.

Shutting down whistleblowers...

Journalist/Hactivist Barrett Brown Placed In Custody Ahead of PBS Interview

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