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City of London Police Take Down Proxy Service Over Piracy Concerns

sgt_doom Lowdown on City of London Corp. (133 comments)

Quite a few people won't understand what the City of London is about, since it comprises the financial district of the U.K., and goes back before the Norman Conquest (1066, which is probably why they were graned special rights above all others). Although this is supposition on my part (and others) it is thought to go back to the time of the Roman Empire, when they occupied ares of the British Isles, and established various short-term corporations to undertake various infrastructure building missions.

Now the City of London is owned by the City of London Corporation, which not only is the oldest but continuous existing corporation in the Western Hemisphere, if not the planet. They control the City of London Police, and the Queen, prior to entering that district, must first have a royal audience with the Lord High Mayor of London (as opposed to the other mayor, the mayor of the entire city of London) --- this has long been traditional and sacrosanct.

The City of London Corporation also has the oldest and continuous existing financial investment fund (forgot their name for it, sorry), and several bits of circumstantial evidence only, suggests they invested in some backward street and real estate in New Amsterdam, later to be known as Wall Street of New York City.

Now many may wonder about the relationship between the British royals and the City of London Corporation? Sometime around the early 1700s, the CoLC bought off the royal family by offering them, in perpetuity, leases on the choicest real estate throughout London, and outlying areas, based upon the cheapest discount RE rates of that day --- in other words, the CoLC leased out those lands to the royals, for a few shillings, a rate never to change, while the royals in turn would lease and rent out those lands and abodes for massive amounts over the centuries, especially in modern times.

Of course, this perpetuity thing was changed some years back, so now (I believe) it is only for 2,000 more years!

If you believe this to be farfetched, simply read a UK travel book or brochure some time, which is where I originally learned of this.

Oh, yes, shortly after this lease deal was sealed between the royals the CoLC, the Bank of England was established. (Think that may have been part of the deal?)

about two weeks ago

US Intelligence Wants Tools To Tell: Who's the Smartest of Them All?

sgt_doom Well, Aaron Swartz was pretty . . . . (162 comments)

damn smart, learned to read at the age of 3, was responsible for major news and info gathering protocols, etc., and this effing gov't hounded him to death.

Jeremy Hammond is another superior technoid, and he's in jail. John Kiriakou, not sure about his tech skills, but he is certainly an intelligent and honorable man, and he's in jail.

Any questions?

about two weeks ago

In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

sgt_doom No free press in Euroland (512 comments)

On a number of sites (especially in Sweden, the recent denial of appeal for WikiLeaks' Julian Assange generated an extraordinary amount of negative response to the Swedish courts and government, yet checking back a short time later, I would find these comments all deleted, and this was the case repeatedly.

For any still clueless about this situation, please read:

Recently, a legal action by Wikileaks was invoked against the FBI in Denmark, which is illegally conducting activities there without the consent of the Danish government --- which is against the law.

about three weeks ago

No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

sgt_doom But this will irritate Hillary!!! (401 comments)

Portrait of a Neocon

Voted for the Iraqi War and all subsequent war financing legislation while a senator.

Her major donors in her senate race were the Indian offshoring firm, the Tata Consultancy and Rupert Murdoch.

Helped open an American jobs offshoring office for the Tata Consultancy in Buffalo, NY, "to aid their economy"?!?!?!? (Also belonged to the Indian group within the senate which raised numeric levels for foreign visa scab workers in the USA.)

Chaired the Millennium Challenge Corporation which helped to finance the overthrow of democratically elected (and highly popular) Honduran President Zelaya.

Was endorsed in her presidential run in 2008 by the vile rightwinger plutocrat, Richard Mellon Scaife.

As secretary of state, appointed uber neocons Marc Grossman(former George W. Bush inner circle dood) and Victoria Nuland.

Recently gave a talk embracing her love for Monsanto's GMOs.

Believes Edward Snowden should return to the USA where, of course, he will receive a fair trial!

Was still secretary of state when US State Department was involved in the ouster of the democratically-elected president of the Ukraine.

Claims to really be Hillary Clinton Cratchit and suffering from bouts of extreme poverty!

about a month and a half ago

Steve Wozniak Endorses Lessig's Mayday Super PAC

sgt_doom Re:"The Internet" (209 comments)

Aaaah....thanx, another intelligent comment!

about a month ago

Steve Wozniak Endorses Lessig's Mayday Super PAC

sgt_doom Re:"The Internet" (209 comments)

But Lessig is not the one to lead, he is that wolf in sheeple's clothing the misinformed will follow. Find out his comments before the Federalist Society (which he has appeared at many, many times) and at the Bilderberger form he attended with those execs from Stratfor and Palintir Technology.

about a month ago

Steve Wozniak Endorses Lessig's Mayday Super PAC

sgt_doom Now listen, Woz. . . (209 comments)

I love ya, and I believe you to be one of the greatest Polish-Americans who ever lived, if not the Greatest, but stupid is as stupid does, and Lessig is another covert neocon for Wall Street, who is misleading people by wasting their time (and money, fer crissakes), in a completely futile (and purposely by design "futile") endeavor which will accomplish nothing but end up making more and more active people frustrated and demoralized.

about a month ago

Mayday Anti-PAC On Its Second Round of Funding

sgt_doom Aqui says ..... (247 comments)

.... even Warren Buffett thinks it's time to tax the rich --- sorry, Charlie, once again you've demonstrated you are one of the easily led sheeple.

Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway has been in federal tax court for years, fighting not to pay the zillions they owe in federal taxes.

Buffett was chair of Salomon Brothers, one of the premier Wall Street firms which lobbied for the adoption of what he calls "economic weapons of mass destruction" --- credit derivatives --- which Buffett then hired lobbyists to lobby against any oversight of them in the so-called Dodd-Frank economic reform legislation. You be all confused, dood!

about 2 months ago

Mayday Anti-PAC On Its Second Round of Funding

sgt_doom Great points, xappax, which is exactly ... (247 comments)

...why they brought forth Lessig, the son of wealth and one of Wall Street's professional misdirection specialists, to do this.

You, in your superb analytical thinking, see right through this sham for what it is, while others, will be fooled and misled by a Lessig, or a Jeremy Rifkin, or a Kevin Philips, etc., etc., etc.

The revolution will not be foundation funded.

Your ignorance is their power.

about 2 months ago

Mayday Anti-PAC On Its Second Round of Funding

sgt_doom Re:Step in the right direction (247 comments)

If anyone is counting on son of wealth, and misdirection specialist, who has spent much of his adult life attending affairs held by the most neocon of neocon outfits, the Federalist Society, guess again.

Lessig's the dood the bring out to coopt everything. Your pessimism is well founded!

about 2 months ago

Mayday Anti-PAC On Its Second Round of Funding

sgt_doom The revolution has been coopted (247 comments)

Sorry, folks, but it is sooo easy to predict this will all amount to nothing, once Lawrence Lessig's name is mentioned.

Talk about your professional misdirection specialist, scion of wealth, the guy who couldn't be bothered to tell Aaron Swartz that federal prosecutors had dropped one of the punishments against Aaron they were pushing for --- namely forbidding Aaron from ever going online again, and then Aaron committed suicide!

Lawrence Lessig, the dood that attended the second-to-the-last Bilderberger forum, with senior executives of Stratfor and Palintir Technology --- you gotta be kidding me, if anyone takes anything serious about Lessig, he's the guy to coopt everything.

For some real news:

about 2 months ago

Why Snowden Did Right

sgt_doom Believe Glenn Greenwald's book got it perfect . . (348 comments)

No Place To Hide

by Glenn Greenwald

The full force and impact of this book on NSA's full spectrum domestic and international surveillance cannot be stressed enough; what we have heard and read in various international news articles is gathered here at one source, to be read to fully grasp the enormity of it all!

When those of us who served in the military, and worked for various organizations for the NSA (Naval Security Group, or NSG, Army Security Agency, or the ASA, USAF Security Service), the agency was strictly forbidden from domestic surveillance --- for that way lies ultimate power!

During Reagan's administration, in 1988, the NSA was transferred from civilian status to the domain of the Department of Defense, under control of the Pentagon.

Such action initiated what Greenwald so aptly describes as its present incarnation of Orwellian dimensions.

Although Glenn cogently describes its financial intelligence spying, only those who have been diligently following the financial investigative journalism of Matt Taibbi, Pam Martens and Nomi Prins will fully appreciate the significance of this.

When NSA's full spectrum intelligence is disseminated to its clients --- the Department of the Treasury, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Justice, etc. --- it is being likewise dispersed to Wall Street (DOT = Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase, DOA = Big Agra, or ADM, Cargill, Monsanto, etc., and DOJ = Wall Street's white-shoe firms, etc.).

This is a slight peek behind the curtain of the unholy financial-intelligence-complex which sits atop the pyramid of control.

Remember that Edward Snowden was a contractor with Booz Allen Hamilton, and has proven to the world his unimaginable and extraordinary access to the most senstive of NSA programs --- and who owns Booz Allen?

One of the top private equity/leveraged buyout firms (private banks), the Carlyle Group, with the likes of George H.W. Bush as a past advisor, and with the original seed money coming from the Mellon family.

Thusly we must ask just how much access to global financial intelligence do these private banks routinely enjoy, along with their publicly owned cousins, JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs?

When NSA intercepts shipments of routers, switches and other network devices to insert backdoor software and hardware to reroute data communications back to them --- it isn't about national security --- just financial intelligence --- had anyone of those traitors ever been concerned with real national security they would have sounded the alarm about the offshoring of jobs, technology and investment to China and elsewhere!

When the Boeing subsidiary, Narus (or other similar firms), aids totalitarian countries to capture pro-democracy activists for torture and death, so too does the NSA help in preemptive arrests of American activists and community organizers, as well as members of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

As one National Intelligence Officer is quoted in the book as stating, "...this is about vast profit..."

[Please see the bottom of p. 224 and top of p. 225 to understand why no one should give a rat's ass at the recent firing of New York Times executive editor, Jill Abramson.]

This is a fantastic book not to be missed!

Additional sources and pertinent sites:


about 3 months ago

Author Charles Stross: Is Amazon a Malignant Monopoly, Or Just Plain Evil?

sgt_doom Although not a Stross fan . . . (405 comments)

. . . I fully agree with everything he says.

Read Simon Head's latest book for the Amazon lowdown (Mindless), but recall that Jeff Bezos, besides attending those yearly meetings with the international finance and banksters doods, the Bilderbergers, was also with that famous junk bond firm, and when he went to Wall Street for more reinvestment in Amazon some years back, he claimed that they then had a global market reach, when in actuality Bezos was shipping random books to random Euro addresses and eating the damage. (Plus, there is that CIA cloud contract . . . )

about 3 months ago

Victoria Livshitz, Cloud Pioneer and Serial Entrepreneur (Video)

sgt_doom Re:Gots to agree w/gl4ss . . . (36 comments)

I mean, Cloud Computing, is what the CIA is down with, right? What is the purpose of having all the data on someone else's servers that they have control over, huh?

about 3 months ago

Victoria Livshitz, Cloud Pioneer and Serial Entrepreneur (Video)

sgt_doom Gots to agree w/gl4ss . . . (36 comments)

. . . I mean, I read a bunch of books per month by people who say they are great, and their bios say they are great, and they usually have blurbs by others saying they are great, and when I'm done with the book I realize it is almost pure bullcrap! And that is what they pay these people for?

about 3 months ago

Programmers: It's OK To Grow Up

sgt_doom Jafac on target !!!! (232 comments)

Well stated and spot on, jafac!

Josh On (creator of and, and a highly intelligent activist or hacktivist) stated the agenda behind the cloud, and i-pad, smart cellphones, etc., tech: to reduce the potential for user hacking and intellectual empowerment, and as you stated, wresting control.

about 3 months ago



This Machine Kills Secrets by Andy Greenberg

sgt_doom sgt_doom writes  |  about 2 years ago

sgt_doom writes "Privacy on the Internet can be a life or death proposition: whether it was Yahoo's Jerry Yang outing a Chinese pro-democracy activist to the Chinese government, the secret police of Bahrain disappearing protesters, or the lengthy incarceration and sleep-deprivation torture of Bradley Manning, the outcomes can be enormous.

Greenberg has exhaustively researched the story — and the back story -- providing the reader with the ultimate bird's eye view of the unfolding story of WikiLeaks, Internet privacy and the corporate and governmental battles waged against them; this is one kick ass piece of work!

From cryptography and cipherpunks to the extreme efforts of hacktivists, Greenberg delivers mightily.

Highly recommended!"


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