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      by Published on 04-16-2014 09:20 AM

      http://www.wired.com/2014/04/tails

      When NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden first emailed Glenn Greenwald, he insisted on using email encryption software called PGP for all communications. But this month, we learned that Snowden used another technology to keep his communications out of the NSA’s prying eyes. It’s called Tails. And naturally, nobody knows exactly who created it.

      Tails is a kind of computer-in-a-box. You install it on a DVD or USB drive, boot up the computer from the drive and, voila, you’re pretty close to anonymous on the internet. At its heart, Tails is a version of the Linux operating system optimized for anonymity. It comes with several privacy and encryption tools, most notably Tor, an application that anonymizes a user’s internet traffic by routing it through a network of computers run by volunteers around the world.

      Snowden, Greenwald and their collaborator, documentary film maker Laura Poitras, used it because, by design, Tails doesn’t store any data locally. This makes it virtually immune to malicious software, and prevents someone from performing effective forensics on the computer after the fact. That protects both the journalists, and often more importantly, their sources.

      “The installation and verification has a learning curve to make sure it is installed correctly,” Poitras told WIRED by e-mail. “But once the set up is done, I think it is very easy to use.”
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      by Published on 04-16-2014 08:15 AM

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinio...bc3_story.html

      I am not for containment in Iran. Let me repeat that, since no one seems to be listening closely: I am unequivocally not for containing Iran.

      I am also not for announcing that the United States should never contain Iran. That was the choice I was given a few months ago and is the scenario being misunderstood by some in the news.

      To be against a “we will never contain Iran” resolution is not the same as being for containment of a nuclear Iran. Rather, it means that foreign policy is complicated and doesn’t fit neatly within a bumper sticker, headline or tweet.

      Those who reduce it to
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      by Published on 04-16-2014 07:14 AM

      By the end of this year, it’s estimated that 300 physicians will commit suicide. While depression amongst physicians is not new—a few years back, it was named the second-most suicidal occupation—the level of sheer unhappiness amongst physicians is on the rise.

      Simply put, being a doctor has become a miserable and humiliating undertaking. Indeed, many doctors feel that America has declared war on physicians—and both physicians and patients are the losers.

      Not surprisingly, many doctors want out. Medical students opt for high-paying specialties so they can retire as quickly as possible. Physician MBA programs—that promise doctors a way into management—are flourishing. The website known as the Drop-Out-Club—which hooks doctors up with jobs at hedge funds and venture capital firms—has a solid following. In fact, physicians are so bummed out that 9 out of 10 doctors would discourage anyone from entering the profession.

      It’s hard for anyone outside the profession to understand just how rotten the job has become—and what bad news that is for America’s health care system. Perhaps that’s why author Malcolm Gladwell recently implied that to fix the healthcare crisis, the public needs to understand what it’s like to be a physician. Imagine, for things to get better for patients, they need to empathize with physicians—that’s a tall order in our noxious and decidedly un-empathetic times.

      After all, the public sees ophthalmologists and radiologists making out like bandits and wonder why they should feel anything but scorn for such doctors—especially when Americans haven’t gotten a raise in decades. But being a primary care physician is not like being, say, a plastic surgeon—a profession that garners both respect and retirement savings. Given that primary care doctors do the work that no one else is willing to do, being a primary care physician is more like being a janitor—but without the social status or union protections.

      Unfortunately, things are only getting worse for most doctors, especially those who still accept health insurance. Just processing the insurance forms costs $58 for every patient encounter, according to Dr. Stephen Schimpff, an internist and former CEO of University of Maryland Medical Center who is writing a book about the crisis in primary care. To make ends meet, physicians have had to increase the number of patients they see. The end result is that the average face-to-face clinic visit lasts about 12 minutes.
      Read more: http://www.thedailybeast.com/article...rofession.html
      by Published on 04-16-2014 06:13 AM
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      Right smack dab on Yahoo news, they aren't even trying to hide it anymore.

      Beirut (AFP) - Syrian rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad for the first time received at least 20 US-made TOW anti-tank missiles from a "Western source," a rebel official told AFP Tuesday.

      "Moderate, well-organised fighters from the Hazm movement have for the first time received more than 20 TOW anti-tank missiles from a Western source," the source said on condition of anonymity, and without specifying who had supplied the rockets.

      The Hazm movement, part of the opposition Free Syrian Army, brings together mainly ex-army officers and soldiers who defected from the military to join the revolt.

      "More have been ...
      by Published on 04-16-2014 05:11 AM

      http://www.wgrz.com/videos/news/loca...04/15/7753801/

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      Despite deadline, protesters ‘will not comply’ with SAFE Act

      Chants at the rally included “We will not comply” and “Cuomo’s got to go.” Some of the signs included: “Millions of Gun Owners Hurt No One Yesterday” and “You Won’t Get Gun Control By Disarming Law Abiding Citizens.”

      Some at the rally wore “Repeal New York SAFE Act” T-shirts or shirts that called for a “New York Resistance” encouraging people to “Join Your Local Militia” and “Do Not Register Your Guns,” while several passing motorists, including an Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority patrol vehicle, honked in support.

      http://www.buffalonews.com/city-regi...e-act-20140415

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      Gun owners shred documents to protest SAFE Act

      Those who don’t comply with the SAFE Act’s requirements could face a misdemeanor charge of failure to register their weapons, up to a felony charge for illegal possession of an assault weapon.

      Protesters shredded registration documents in front of the Walter J. Mahoney State Office Building during a protest from 4:30 to 7:00 PM Tuesday – symbolic, they say, of how state lawmakers “shredded” their Constitutional rights.

      http://wivb.com/2014/04/15/gun-owner...test-safe-act/

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      http://www.wkbw.com/news/SAFE-Act-Pr...255397971.html
      by Published on 04-16-2014 12:07 AM

      2014 Q1:

      Amash
      Ellis
      Contributions
      $224,093
      $122,110
      Expenditures
      114,964
      247,641
      Cash on Hand
      841,007
      413,423
      Debt
      0
      400,100
      Ellis loaned his campaign another $200,000 to keep it afloat.

      2013 Q4:

      Amash
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      Contributions
      $518,476
      $307,532
      Expenditures
      100,443
      168,578
      Cash on Hand
      731,878
      338,955
      Debt
      0
      200,000
      by Published on 04-15-2014 07:33 PM

      http://www.cnet.com/news/tax-dodgers...-social-media/

      Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter have all become places where people post intimate details about their lives: vacation photos, work successes, buying a new house, car, or other cool stuff.

      However, this information is also up for grabs by the Internal Revenue Service.

      The taxman is reportedly using data from social media on people who file fishy-seeming taxes or don't file at all, according to Marketplace. The IRS loses roughly $300 billion per year to tax evasion; and in times of budget cuts, with a smaller staff, the agency has allegedly turned to both data mining and data crunching.

      In its quest to find and audit tax dodgers, the IRS is said to use online activity trackers to sift through the mass amounts of data available on the Internet, according to Marketplace. This data is then added to the information the agency already has on people, such as Social Security numbers, health records, banking statements, and property.
      by Published on 04-15-2014 05:15 PM

      Ron Paul group to defy IRS

      "There is no legitimate reason for the IRS to know who donates to Campaign for Liberty," Megan Stiles, the communications director at Campaign for Liberty, told the Washington Examiner in an email on Tuesday. "We believe the First Amendment is on our side as evidenced by cases such as NAACP v. Alabama and International Union UAW v. National Right to Work. Many 501(c)(4) organizations protect the privacy of their donors in the very same way as Campaign for Liberty. For some reason the IRS has now chosen to single out Campaign for Liberty for special attention. We plan to fight this all the way."

      Ron Paul's nonprofit Campaign for Liberty will fight the Internal Revenue Service's demand that it reveal its donor list to the agency, despite having already been fined for refusing to do so.



      http://washingtonexaminer.com/ron-pa...rticle/2547261
      by Published on 04-15-2014 05:12 PM

      Well boys and girls. Tyranny just invaded putnam co tn. I just saw their very own battle tank pulling into town with police escort. At first I thought it was a feed truck. Very big and bulky. Then I saw it turret placements. It has well guarded wheel shields. The whole 9 yards. This on tax day when I need to pay the post office to deliver a check to the treasury.

      Sorry I didn't get a picture I was driving. I though about calling 911 and reporting an invading army but didn't think that would go over well.

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