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THIS LAST CARTOON HITS THE NAIL ON THE HEAD. REVENUE ISN’T THE PROBLEM; SPENDING IS! BUT SOON, THE DEBT WILL OVERSHADOW REVENUE UNLESS ACTION IS TAKEN NOW. “X”
HOW THE LEFT SEES US:
- Posted by Frosty Wooldridge on November 30, 2012 at 12:48pm in General, Town Hall
By Frosty Wooldridge
“Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress, ah, but I repeat myself,” said Mark Twain.
This past Tuesday night, I spoke to a large “Town Hall Meeting” audience in Cheyenne, Wyoming as to the greatest danger facing America in the 21st century: endless immigration overwhelming the United States by adding 100 million within 25 years. I informed the audience the audience that our U.S. Congress continues importing 100,000 legal green card-holding immigrants every 30 days. Most of the audience gasped at the numbers.
One lady said, “Could you please repeat that figure.” When I did, she said, “I had no idea.”
Most Americans do not know nor do they comprehend the enormity of such massive numbers of human beings being imported into America without pause for the last 45 years. They cannot imagine that our country gallops toward adding 100 million more people in less than 25 years.
Few grasp the environmental, energy and resource issues that 100 million people present. Fewer still understand the quality of life and standard of living consequences. Less than that understand the sociological consequences of adding so many incompatible cultures and religions. Their lack of knowledge can be extrapolated throughout all of America.
Our citizens, except for my long time readers, do not possess a clue as to what will happen to our country once that next 100 million immigrants hits. I call it a “Human Katrina” and a follow up of “Human Sandy” that will affect and roll over every state in our Union. But, like cows watching the farmer walk past, they don’t realize that he rounds them up to shuttle them into the slaughter house.
In his farewell speech, former Texas Congressman Ron Paul, probably one of the more reasonable men in Congress, spoke about the five dangers to our republic.
They are as follows: 1. The continuous attack on our civil liberties which threatens the rule of law and our ability to resist the onrush of tyranny. That “onrush” of tyranny stems from our own ranks as we import endless poverty into this country.
We import endless numbers of people that cannot be fed, housed, employed or assimilated. Those millions will create greater attacks on our civil liberties as well as our resources, freedoms and quality of life.
2. Violent anti-Americanism that has engulfed the world. Because the phenomenon of “blow-back” is not understood or denied, our foreign policy is destined to keep us involved in many wars that we have no business being in. National bankruptcy and a greater threat to our national security will result.
If you look in on our own country, such men as Pastor Jeremiah Wright, the former preacher for Barack Obama, cursed America. Over 7 million Muslims cannot and will not assimilate into Western thought and do not feel America is their home. They bow to Muhammad five times daily and follow the Koran and wish to implement Sharia law into America.
Writer Sam Francis said, “You cannot separate a culture and its attendant civilization from the genetic endowments of its founding people, nor can you expect to transfer it to another people, i.e. [immigrants.]”
It is not in the cultural DNA of incompatible ethnic tribes to mesh with American life, and it’s even easier to condemn us for our creating wars around the world at every decade. No one supported America’s wars in Vietnam, Cambodia, Iraq and Afghanistan. Why should they? Why would they?
3. The ease in which we go to war, without a declaration by Congress, but accepting international authority from the UN or NATO even for preemptive wars, otherwise known as aggression.
The fact remains that George Bush must be tried as a war criminal for his war on Iraq. He created enormous human misery and he lied to the American people about a non-existent threat of weapons of mass destruction, which were totally created out of thin air.
4. A financial political crisis as a consequence of excessive debt, unfunded liabilities, spending, bailouts, and gross discrepancy in wealth distribution going from the middle class to the rich. The danger of central economic planning, by the Federal Reserve must be understood.
As our third president, John Adams said, “There are two ways to conquer a country: by the sword and by debt.” We are well on our way to self destruction by our $16 trillion debt soon to be $20 trillion at the end of Obama’s last term.
5. World government taking over local and US sovereignty by getting involved in the issues of war, welfare, trade, banking, a world currency, taxes, property ownership, and private ownership of guns.
Such UN mandates like Agenda 21 force us out of our independence and into outside control by outside entities. World government will never work because all politics and all workable ideas for free people start at the local level and all problems must be solved at the local level. World government resembles Marxism and we know where that leads. American citizens need to wake up to their own demise.
We need to get rid of the entire Congress and vote new minds and fresh thoughts into Washington DC.
Mark Twain said, “Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress, ah, but I repeat myself.”
Today, Americans stand like cows watching the rancher as he circles them and heads them toward the slaughter house.
## Frosty Wooldridge has bicycled across six continents – from the Arctic to the South Pole – as well as eight times across the USA, coast to coast and border to border. In 2005, he bicycled from the Arctic Circle, Norway to Athens, Greece. In 2012, he bicycled coast to coast across America. His latest book is: How to Live a Life of Adventure: The Art of Exploring the World by Frosty Wooldridge, copies at 1 888 280 7715/ Motivational program: How to Live a Life of Adventure: The Art of Exploring the World by Frosty Wooldridge, click: www.HowToLiveALifeOfAdventure.com
There aren’t enough expletives. These twisted minds deserve the coming retribution. “X”
Frightening system to predict what people will do
In a government-sponsored research project eerily reminiscent of the 2002 film “Minority Report,” the Army’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has partnered with Carnegie-Mellon University to create “an artificial intelligence (AI) system that can watch and predict what a person will likely do in the future.”
In “Minority Report,” a specialized “PreCrime” unit, part of the Washington, D.C. police department, arrests criminals based on the precognition of three psychics. In the near future, DARPA hopes that rather than using psychics, computers will be able to identify and order individuals detained based on their “anomalous behavior.”
Tapping into live surveillance video feeds and using specially programmed software, a new computer system dubbed “Mind’s Eye” will ﬁlter surveillance footage to support human operators, and automatically alert them whenever suspicious behavior is recognized.
Do you know about RFID (Radio Frequency Identification)? If you don’t, you should, because in just a few short years, this explosive new technology could tell marketers, criminals and government snoops everything about you. “Spychips” is the book you need to read!
Welcome to the world of spychips, where tiny computer chips smaller than a grain of sand will track everyday objects and even people, keeping tabs on everything you own and everywhere you go. In this startling, eye-opening book, you’ll learn how powerful corporations are planning a future where:
- • Strangers will be able to scan the contents of your purse or briefcase from across a room.
- • Stores will change prices as you approach … squeezing extra profits out of bargain shoppers and the poor.
- • The contents of your refrigerator and medicine cabinet will be remotely monitored.
- • Floors, doorways, ceiling tiles and even picture frames will spy on you, leaving virtually no place to hide.
- • Microchip implants will track your every move and even broadcast your conversations remotely or electroshock you if you step out of line.
This is no conspiracy theory. Hundreds of millions of dollars have already been invested in what global corporations and the government are calling “the hottest new technology since the bar code.” Unless we stop it now, RFID could strip away our last shreds of privacy and usher in a nightmare world of total surveillance … to keep us all on Big Brother’s very short leash.
According to the research coming from Carnegie-Mellon, the security camera system can monitor a scene in real time and sound an alarm if the program determines that illicit activity is indicated. The program would be sophisticated enough to determine if, for example, a person was setting down a bag in an airport because he is sitting next to it or that person has left the bag all together.
The researchers noted that humans are extremely skilled at choosing important pieces of information out of a mass of visual data and making decisions based on both the recorded information and acquired background knowledge. The DARPA project strives to mimic human behavior in picking out important pieces of information from a sea of visual data and make predictions on how people will behave based on their actions under uncertain conditions.
Darpa wants to deploy this software initially in airports and bus stations, and if the pilot program is successful, the software could be installed at every red light, street corner, and public place in America. It could also capture feeds from video conferencing systems, video emails, and other forms of streaming media.
The Federal Aviation Administration has been flooded with applications from police departments, universities and private corporations, all seeking to use drones that range from devices the size of a hummingbird to full-size aircraft like those used by the U.S. military to target al Qaeda operatives in Pakistan and elsewhere.
Washington — Are unmanned aircraft, known to have difficulty avoiding collisions, safe to use in America’s crowded airspace? And would their widespread use for surveillance result in unconstitutional invasions of privacy?
Experts say neither question has been answered satisfactorily. Yet the federal government is rushing to open America’s skies to tens of thousands of the drones – pushed to do so by a law championed by manufacturers of the unmanned aircraft.
Video courtesy of swissdefenceleague:
New Gov’t Technology: Cyborg Insect Drones That Extract Human DNA & Inject Micro Tracking Device Into Your Skin
Reblogged from Lyn Leahz:
Memory jog: http://partneringwitheagles.wordpress.com/2012/07/18/how-close-are-we-to-a-nano-based-surveillance-state/
Nano-based RFID tags could replace bar code March 18, 2010
U.S. MICROWAVE WEAPON DROPS BODY TEMP FOR COLD-BLOODED TORTURE
by Scrivener | October 21, 2010 at 12:09 pm
• Silent pain, cognitive impairment, induced fatigue, irregular heartbeat, strokes, aneurysms — and simulated “cold room” torture that in reality plays God with human physiology.
• Another sign that multiple U.S. agencies and commands harbor war criminals.
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The day started out with severe head pain and ear-ringing upon awakening — signs of more cruel overnight cellular microwave radio frequency weapon attack by the multi-agency fusion center shadow government’s “information systems” war criminal defense contractors — and their equally heinous government overseers.
Then my shadow government torturers really got cold-blooded.
Over the course of an hour, the room turned cold, freezing cold, as happens to me and to my wife with terrifying regularity.
More “cold room” torture — or WAS it?
I now realize that when the heat won’t work and I feel frigid, like a human Popsicle, it’s not just that the multi-agency fusion center Nazis have remotely disabled my heating system (which apparently is the case).
They also are electromagnetically attacking my nervous system to turn down the human thermostat, lowering my core body temperature to the point where I feel bone-chilling cold — literally, cold-blooded torture.
As the morning passed and the sun was shining outside, I set out a room thermometer. It read 66 degrees — two degrees below optimum room temperature, not cold enough to cause the frigid cold bone-chilling sensations, skin cold to the touch, constricted veins in the hands.
I then realized that radio frequencies can be used not only to inflict pain, torture, extreme fatigue, rapid heartbeat, or to induce strokes, aneurysms, or heart attacks — radio frequencies tuned to the human body can LOWER CORE BODY TEMPERATURE.
Pulsed microwave manipulation of brain-controlled physiological functioning has been demonstrated in the Arizona State University laboratory of neuroscientist Dr. William J. Tyler, whose work is being funded by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, according to recent published articles.
Tyler describes the process as “ultrasonic neuromodulation.”
A recent Popular Science article cites a quotation from Tyler published on the Department of Defense “Armed with Science” blog:
“…(M)y laboratory has engineered a novel technology which implements transcranial pulsed ultrasound to remotely and directly stimulate brain circuits without requiring surgery.”
Tyler recently told Wired.com’s “Danger Room:”
“The brain serves all the functions of your body, and if you knew the neuroanatomy, then you can start to regulate each one of those functions.”
Eureka, I said to myself, ruefully.
That is what they are doing — disabling the heating system so their targets THINK it’s a lack of heat that is causing them to turn freezing cold, when in reality they are being heinously, cruelly assaulted with a radio frequency attack precision-tuned and targeted to their neurological system, lowering core body temperature — much as nature lowers a bear’s body temperature during hibernation. But this is not “nature.”
THIS IS NAZI-LIKE BESTIALITY, CRUEL TORTURE, PLAYING GOD WITH HUMAN BEINGS — A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY, AND NATURE.
Later, after I verbally protested the cold torture to the surveillance goons who spy on me and my family via high-tech video and audio — and wrote about this on my Facebook page — the freeze-out ended and my body temperature returned to its normal “rheostat” control, not the microwave-induced cold torture technique of remote physiological manipulation employed by government-sponsored war criminal defense contractor operatives.
But the respite was short-lived — because soon after, the “head in a vise” pain and fatigue set in, and continues to this moment — “like someone took a knife, baby, edgy and dull, and cut a six-inch valley through the middle of my skull,” as Bruce Springsteen sang.
To digress for a moment:
I wouldn’t be surprised if this torture matrix torments and spys on even rich and famous rock stars who write songs about social issues. I have seen evidence that U.S. intel stalks Bruce Springsteen’s Facebook “discussions” page. The prime suspect: Someone who posts by the name of “Rick Combi,” and stalks me on my page and whenever I post to Springsteen’s page.
Here is how a heinous U.S. shadow government and its war criminal “information systems” defense contractors torture, impair, subjugate, enslave and slow-kill by microwave radio frequency remote control:
And those who are electromagnetically tortured also are stalked, terrorized and financially exploited by government-directed community “watch” vigilantes — and, victims maintain, by some government agencies:
FOR MORE ON THE U.S. SECURITY-MILITARY-INTELLIGENCE TORTURE MATRIX:
NowPublic.com/scrivener and Facebook — Vic Livingston (“Notes”)
Continue reading at NowPublic.com: U.S. MICROWAVE WEAPON DROPS BODY TEMP FOR COLD-BLOODED TORTURE
A point-blank, no holds barred indictment. Cudos to this author. Now I have more reasons to hate the “Patriot” Act! Please remember to use Startpage.com, if you decide to do the Google search the author refers to herein.
Note: I have taken the liberty to correct some grammitical errors without changing the intent of this excellent blog. “X”
A Nation of Traitors ~ by Lissa
In Memory of George and Pam Anderson
SMITH’S FIELDS OF SHAME: GREED VS CREED:
A TRUE STORY HOW I BECAME A VICTIM OF STATE-SPONSORED SLOW NO-TOUCH IN-COMMUNITY NO-TOUCH TORTURE MURDER AS BLACKLISTED.
What can one say when a nation has betrayed you? As you look at the daily bombardment of negative news coming from leaders once placed on pedestals, shining examples of whom to call out to when their federal employees have committed crimes; only to learn herein no one will help you, rather you’re thrust into a world of espionage, ambushes, sabotaged by rogue infiltrators known as perpetrators.
Within one’s mind, one can’t help but wonder what they were thinking when it is allowed [author is too kind- foisted; introduced fraudulently "X"] upon its own people to become human subjects utilized like lab rats: Is this the America we grew up knowing–the one taught to us on a daily basis? Of course not! This is not the country that taught us to wave flags on the 4th of July with parades of red, white and blues and Mom’s Apple Pie.
The lies my country told me… are unthinkable, now.
My generation was never told of secret committees, anymore than informed and warned of a shadow government and secret black projects. We were taught about our Bill of Rights, the Constitution and all of the Amendments–to use them freely hold up as a beacon of freedom, unlike any nation on the planet with the Statue of Liberty in mind, always. Told to take the Pledge of Alligence “to the flag” for “one nation under God”, and “with Freedom and Justice for All” each morning before the beginning of the school day, was never frowned on; rather it was the proper rule and something to be proud of, at least by this American, because it stood for just that–Freedom and Justice for all, not for the “haves”, the shadow government, and those they obviously rule over for profits, regardless of who they hurt!’ [Amen- did this ever hit home! "X"]
What happened to that country is rather simple. Something I was taught as a child raised by my wonderful Grandparents who were filled with common intellect, not something any university nor college education can achieve. They knew telling me where our country would go to someday as I remember after the Kennedy’s, Lennon, and King assassinations; while having me watch Eisenhower’s last address whereby he warned Americans.* But did anyone listen or do something about it? Yes but not nearly enough. Greed took over in America with our hands spread out across the world now. And some Americans have now fallen victim to the system whereby No Justice or Freedom is allowed; none of us that I speak of have been charged with any crime or wrong doings, rather the shadow government decided to use us for their multi-facet business schemes.
So when one thinks of our generation, that one where Freedom and Justice for all was pressed upon us daily; in reality we were lied to willfully as no one informed us of these things. Now we’re victims of our country’s black projects. To get a fast comprehension of what I am writing about, please visit an ex-FBI agent who’s now a reported ‘sanctioned Targeted Individual.’
Read what we as Targeted Individuals have become victims of: The Program.
I believe Levin is telling us the truth for several reasons. Keep in mind the U.S. DoD works hand-in-hand with the CIA, implementing these black budget programs for over sixty years now. That said, this author lived right by the CIA Torture rendition airport and it’s CIA airport Aero Contractors. This is where I too became a targeted individual, with urged visits to the Ft. Bragg/Pope AFB not too far down the road. I am a witness to what many read about and I am here to tell you all of it is real. I came face to face with many on various levels. And in the end, watching the hard-nosed one’s take that ‘sanction.’ Some wear strange ‘orchestrated’ smiles on their faces while others are obviously taught to; others really do look literally programmed. Lissa
Than feel free to return here and leave a message but only if you’re a victim ‘or’ a proven advocate and activist for our cause.
If the reader is puzzling over what this author is talking about, take a good look at the provided links and videos within these blogged pages. This is no longer a conspiracy; though plenty, if not most victims have been accused of such, as well as being accused of being ‘delusional’ and ‘paranoid.’ Oh really? All one needs to do is perform a Google search for the terms ‘mind control’, ‘gang stalking’, ‘electronic harassment’, ‘electromagnetic frequencies harassment’, ‘microwave harassment’, ‘illegal implants’ and ‘surveillance’ whether it’s from Satellites, or See-thru-the-Wall technologies.
If one waits long enough, which I predict is right around the corner, I’m sure American’s will be seeing more than just this. Rather, you’re sure to see the added word ‘Drone’, since Obama is releasing over 33,000 ‘more’ drones over our skies, though this author has pre-knowledge that Drones are already there and in various sizes.
I also know what some are used for. It’s not Constitutionally pretty, either.
When did we become a nation of foot and air soldiers–in America, yet? Isn’t all of the air and ground militarization for that ‘War of Terror’ (the one we’re supposed to be fighting over there, so as not to have to fight them over here’ Bush, Jr.) enough? Are our illustrious leaders stating all the military build-up, Homeland Security, Fusion Centers, National Guards, Marines, Army, Air Force, and CERTs types (Emergency Responders), FEMA, Militarized Police, private NATO soldiers that are here standing up against our fellow Americans (whose right to peacefully protest are now gone thanks to Obama the “Constitutional Lawyer”) are not sufficient enough to protect us?
We are now the Super-Power. No. We are the Super-Elite Power of the world. Why, we can blow another country off the face of the earth thanks to DARPA and echelon, and with all those Drones, what else is our leaders looking to do? I know personally we can wipe ourselves off the face of the earth with the electromagnetic and microwave frequencies technologies. I want to insert another ‘why.’ Regrettably, I have a comprehensive knowledge to that answer, and it lies solely on one word: Greed. Most of our leaders have sold their souls to the highest military/government private contractors (all 34,000 that the Wash. Post is aware of) allowing them to turn our nation and others into a Surveillance Society. Just watch the three (3) NSA Whistleblowers [whom are now deemed enemies of the state] as they reveal their orders over the last several years i.e. ‘just find ‘em and fry ‘em’, referring to The Monitoring of Americans–100s of Millions. I believe there are roughly 300 million registered Americans. Is this a self-induced bloodbath–a silent war on Americas?
Appears so. Yet, why?
I keep going back to this. Maybe its to fill up all those empty privatized prisons. Or, maybe Obama has to rev-up the numbers; giving back to the Medical, Science, Universities and Insurance companies who financially backed him, elevating him into the office of Presidency. What a feat for the first African American. I don’t think Martin Luther King Jr. would be proud if he knew what all of this meant for a small, yet ever-growing portion of a silent majority of Americans, that of Victims or better known as Targeted Individuals (TIs). All one has to do is look at his written report, when responding to the Bioethics Committee’s report; which stemmed from the various Targeted Individuals, who stood before the committee in March of 2011, giving testimonies of the abuse they’re suffering from.
If anyone wants to get a really good idea of what I’m actually writing about, all you have to do is check out the various petitions online, to get a better idea of what they’re going through.
Victims are crying out for some damn body to give a damn, and cease the inhumane experimentations performed on Americans (both home and abroad). This is certainly, at least in this authors opinion, why the NSA, CIA, FBI and on and on, have been told to go out and just ‘find us and fry us’. Someone has to keep those financial numbers of -for what has become- a Nation of traitors. Of course, most Americans are so busy watching American Idol, I doubt they’d have the mindset to be interested in our problems. We can also thank those illustrious connected perpetrators for destroying our credibility both in the Internet communities, and at home within our societies.
What happened to the Civilized nation we aspired to be? To commit treasonous acts upon one’s own citizens, used within the confines of their homes and every waking aspect of their lives; utilizing War Weapons and Technological studies on their own citizens leaves this victim speechless. What kind of scientists commit these acts? Where are the heros within our intelligence and military communities who’ll speak up against these crimes against humanity? Who will be the first to step up to the plate and help us before another one of us dies needlessly?
Do all of our government employees believe this is okay? To use us as unwitting participants in these testings and experimentation’s? Many Targeted Individuals, self included, know personally that we were placed into these programs not just unwittingly, but as personal vendettas, a means of silencing us; destroying everything about us including our reputations, (which is found in the below DoD Directives) for big lawyers – or we just ran into the wrong military member at the sad wrong place in out lives – and yes, it was payback. Still, not everyone is the same. No two people think and feel exactly alike. Are there not any of some level of power, within any of the countless entities mentioned here, that give a damn enough to put an end to this?
No, I suppose not. Which is why I entitled this ‘A Nation of Traitors’. The sad irony is, most of us were placed into some secret committee’s secret database, probably filed at a secret FISA court closed forever, even to a Targeted individuals’ hired attorney, that is, if we can find one to represent us. Until this author sees a real American hero stand-up for our civil rights, I will just assume that everything I learned in history was based on a lie. That my country is just that – a Nation of Traitors. Any nation that states they do not torture, but does so otherwise, allows their own people to be slow-touch murdered, without being given even a day in court, or to hear a response to the letters and testimonies where we plead for our government to stop assaulting us, can be nothing else but just that.
God, save the Queen… Has God abandoned America? I think America has abandoned God and all forms of Spirituality of true substance. If we ever find our way back to sane justice I’ll proudly state ‘Yes’. So for the sake of what’s left of a Democratic-Republic, what the United States used to stand for, ‘for and by the people’, I created this site that is only for those ‘targeted’ by a Nation that has been willfully filled — with — Traitors!
Read about how America got to where we are now based on facts–what I witnessed and fell prey to. It is this author’s pure desire to help all sanctioned targeted individuals who now fight daily just to stay alive by this nation’s traitors.
My deepest apologies to the victims in all other countries, most sincerely. Lissa
Former FBI Agency Bob Levin, now self-professed Sanctioned Targeted Individual defining with other Whistleblowers what ‘The Program” is truly all about on a Global scale: http://www.scribd.com/doc/53966777/U-S-Black-Projects-The-CIA-Torture-Paradigm-and-Ongoing-Illegal-Cointelpro-Operations
Go directly to the Forward index area for this book.
* In support of the author, here is Dwight D. Eisenhowers farewell address referred to in the blog:
For your benefit – I seldom shop online, and ”https” is just one thing you ought to check. “X”
How to shop safely on ‘Cyber Monday’
by Steve Elwart
Last year, more than 226 million people spent $11.4 billion at retail stores and malls on Black Friday, and this year shoppers are poised to spend even more.
While Black Friday sales are expected to be at an all-time high, online shopping Monday is expected to be even greater. That is because Monday become known as “Cyber Monday,” a relatively new phenomenon that arrived with the coming of age of the Internet.
Cyber Monday came into being seven years ago as a way for online retailers to compensate for the lack of physical stores. Many online retailers saw an uptick in sales on the Monday after Black Friday as shoppers, missing out on deals on the previous Friday, went to the Internet to purchase items.
In 2010, of the 172 million Americans that did their gift shopping online, 70 percent did it at work.
Besides getting good deals, however, shoppers may also get a dose of holiday problems.
Qualys, an Internet security provider, released data on more than 1 million computers showing that half have outdated Web browsers and other applications that make them prime targets for online attacks.
“These vulnerabilities allow cybercriminals to take remote control of your machine, search your disk drive for valuable information, monitor all keystrokes and e-commerce transactions, and intercept private information, such as usernames and passwords, credit card numbers and bank account details,” said Wolfgang Kandek, CTO of Qualys, in a blog post on his company’s website.
Come to the WND Superstore and shop a site that doesn’t have viruses, and DOES have some of the best products around.
Symantec said 61 percent of malicious sites are legitimate properties that have been compromised.
In many workplaces, browsers are automatically updated as a matter of company computer policy, and many home computers also have their operating systems automatically updated as well. While the computer operating systems have patches applied to them frequently, a computer’s main vulnerability is not the operating system itself. It is the programs that run on top of them, particularly the Web browser and small programs called “applets.” Kandek also said that even the best Web browser, Apple Safari, leaves more than 35 percent of its users at risk.
Once a virus is installed on a computer in a business, it can steal user names and passwords, as well as company data. Inside the corporate network, the virus may spread more easily than the original attack from the outside. Security analysts call this security “hard and crunchy on the outside and soft and gooey on the inside.”
“Frequently, security inside networks is a little more relaxed, because people need to share data,” said Kandek.
The worst offender in the study is Java, which left one-third of the computers on which it is installed vulnerable to attack. The Java program was running on 82 percent of the machines tested.
Programs such as Java allow the applets to run inside Web pages. These programs give the user additional functionality such as running applications, watching video, listening to music and playing games.
While the user gets an “enhanced Web experience,” it comes at a price. The programs are frequently the subject of hacking attacks in which a computer can be taken over to harvest personal information.
Qualys has a free browser check available that will advise the user if there are any vulnerabilities in the browser or plug-ins and provide the steps necessary to apply any updates available.
As people go back to work on Monday and boot up their machines, the vast majority of workers will spend at least some of their time shopping. Home shoppers will be busy as well. While these users are shopping, they may also be putting the information of their household and corporations at risk.
Many hackers will set up a fake website that looks just like the original. When the shopper enters credit card information, the information is sent directly to a server set up by the hacker. There are virtual marketplaces in which hackers buy and sell credit card numbers, social security numbers and other personal information.
Symantec, the cybersecurity firm, says 61 percent of malicious sites are legitimate properties that have been compromised.
A cyber-thief can buy a victim’s name, address, credit card number with expiration date and three-digit security code for less than the price of a cup of coffee. Bloomberg reports that an Eastern European hacker who goes by the handle “Poxxie” broke into the computer system of a U.S. company and stole 1,400 card numbers which he then sold on a hacking e-commerce site for $3.50 each.
Symantec estimates that $114 billion a year is lost to cyber-thieves. By comparison, the global market in cocaine trafficking is an estimated $85 billion. The Federal Bureau of Investigation said that the total losses from bank robberies in the United States in 2010 was just $43 million.
There are ways, however, a user can gain some level of protection.
The first thing one can do is to buy only from reputable sellers. If one is not sure of a particular seller, the best defense is not to buy. Also, it’s unwise to click on a sales offering in an email, because often the link doesn’t go to the site advertised.
In addition, any website address bar for online shopping should read “https://” rather than just “http://” – the “s” on the Web address shows that the information a user sends is encrypted. Shoppers should also look for the closed padlock symbol, which is either at the bottom of the browser window or in the Web address bar on the webpage. Clicking on the padlock should confirm the identity of the seller. The padlock symbol, however, can be counterfeited, so it’s not an absolute guarantee of security.
After a transaction, credit card statements should be checked to make sure that the charges on the statement matches the transactions. If they do not match, or there are charges the buyer does not recognize, the credit card company should be contacted immediately. In most cases, the credit card company will remove the charges from the account, cancel the credit card and issue new cards to the customer.
Trend Micro also offers some tips on what people can do to help protect themselves from online shopping fraud.
Use strong passwords and use unique passwords for the most sensitive websites
Don’t click on links; rely on bookmarks for sensitive sites instead.
Watch out for fake apps that are posing for more popular, real apps.
Be wary of free apps that ask for too much personal information.
Go easy on promo links. If it’s too good to be true, it likely is.
Use remote security apps to back up and wipe a phone or laptop in case it is lost.
Use Parental Control features to monitor what information kids might be giving out.
Scan mobile devices regularly for malicious apps.
As with all online activity, a computer should be protected with good, up-to-date security, anti-virus and anti-spyware software.
Just taking some simple precautions can help shoppers have a pleasant holiday experience.
Regardless of other distractions, keep your eyes on Israel. The Arabs always intended to wipe out Israel; willingness to have peace is, and will always be a sham. They need their post ’67 borders back, and not give one INCH.
Israel News - bus Explodes and 817 missiles from Gaza hit Israel in 7 days
Panorama of Jerusalem skyline
The Persian nation (which tried to destroy the Jewish people during the time of Queen Esther as recorded in the Bible) is determined again to destroy the Jewish Nation through both Hamas in Gaza and also by sending long-range nuclear missiles from Iran.
Commentators on the Israeli Hebrew television stations here are betting that after Israel destroys the terrorist infrastructure in Gaza, that the Israeli airforce will attempt to destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities 1100 miles away.
Jewish children who were playing in the town of Kiryat Malachi run for their
lives towards a bomb shelter as sirens wail, warning of an incoming rocket.
Although warning leaflets like the one above in Arabic have been dispersed over
Gaza, cautioning Gazans to flee to designated safe zones, yesterday a
Hamas spokesperson on Al-Quds Radio urged listeners to ignore the warnings.
Three civilians were killed by a rocket strike in Kiryat Malachi. Several
others were also injured.
The reach of Grad and Fajr rockets into Israel from Gaza
This apartment building in Kiryat Malachi took a direct hit from a Hamas
rocket, killing three and seriously wounding several others.
Israel’s Iron Dome defense system has been kept very
busy intercepting missiles before they hit civilians. It has
struck down about 340 since last week.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki -moon met with Egyptian Prime Minister
Hesham Kandi on Monday to discuss a truce between Israel and Gaza.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu
addressed the press in Jerusalem yesterday.
An aerial view of damage from Hurricane Sandy to the New Jersey coast.
Scores of people are still displaced by the storm, and some refuse to leave
their severely damaged homes despite hazardous mildew.
She’erit HaPletah (Surviving Remnants): A class portrait of school children
at Schauenstein Displaced Persons Camp, about 1946.
Time For A Scorched Earth Policy
Many folks are going to scream in protest about what I am about to say and call me unkind names, but at the moment we still have some limited freedom to speak our minds and being a Vietnam Veteran I grew accustomed to such treatment at an early age.
About fifteen years ago my wife was having major renovations done on our yard and she hired an old-world Vietnamese craftsman to do the job; his name is Dan. Dan subcontracted the iron work and electrical work to other tradesmen. One day when I came home everyone was there and at work. Dan introduced me to his two subcontractors and we began a casual conversation – spurred no doubt by the fact that I wear a “Vietnam Veteran” ball cap virtually all the time. To make a long story short, it turned out that the two subcontractors and I had been in the same places at the same time during the Vietnam war; in the same rice paddies as it were. And as things sometimes go, one of them had been with the NVA (North Vietnamese Army). Talk about a pregnant moment. And as I have always done when meeting a veteran of that war, I extended my hand and said: Welcome Home.
The reason I recount this story is to emphasize a point. I hold no animosity towards the people of Vietnam (three will be house guests in my home in December). The former NVA soldier that I met was not and is not my enemy but had circumstances presented the opportunity I would have taken his life and he mine. He and I wore the uniforms of our separate countries and as members of our separate militaries, we did what was asked of us. Our one difference is that he was drafted and I had volunteered.
And like my new friend formerly of the North Vietnamese Army, I have several brothers-in-law who have been life long Union members. And I think the world of them all because they all have taken good care of my several sisters.
Since I returned from Vietnam in 1970 I have been a strong proponent of “Buy American” and I always will be…but with a strong caveat: Buy Non-Union American.
Like every war this nation has ever been involved in, it is not the foot soldier we oppose but those who control and direct their assaults on ourselves and indirectly against our families and our nation.
I have two (10+ year old) American made vehicles in my garage. Both need replacing and they will not be replaced by American Made vehicles. One of my brothers-in-law worked for General Motors (GM) for thirty years and I had what was to me a CHUNK invested in GM.
The current regime simply took my investment from me and gave it to the Unions. Period. And all those wonderful things the Union promised him? They did not materialize and now he and my sister live in fear of ending up homeless. The current saga of Hostess Bakery (Twinkles) is but an air bubble on an ocean of the underlying cancer called “Union Labor”.
Labor Unions were critical in the evolution of this country and initially served to better the lot of the working man and woman. But over the last several decades they serve only one purpose: To empower the “leadership” and to fund political manipulations.
When I returned to this country after an extended period overseas, there was a UAW strike that targeted the GM plant in Fremont, California. And I recall GM basically saying:
“Here are the books. Show us how to give the Unions what they are asking for while insuring our ability to make a profit and the discussion is done.”
And I vividly recall the Union’s response which basically said:
“Your making a profit is not our concern.”
And GM was escorted into a uniquely structured bankruptcy in which a significant portion of my retirement was glibly handed over to the Unions.
I am advocating a “Scorched Earth Policy”, to wit: Avoid wherever possible buying anything from any company that utilizes Union Labor.
Union Labor has declared war on the American People and it is time that we returned fire with great emphasis, enthusiasm and commitment.
Every war has collateral damage and this war will be no exception; such is the nature of war.
My house is looking to Japan to replace our current fleet of vehicles and we are researching every source as much as is humanly possible to avoid doing business with Union Labor.
Always Buy American – when we can. There are tens of thousands of American businesses that produce every day goods and services that do not incorporate Union Labor and quite often the quality of goods and services provided is superior to the same items made off shore or by Union Labor “competitors”. Local “Farmers’ Markets” are a great alternative to Union dominated chain groceries. Perhaps a bit more expensive on some items, but I could write a book on the differences in the quality of Farm Fresh vs You-Don’t-Want-To-Know from the chain groceries.
Union Labor is funding the assault on the stability of this country and the minimal sacrifice needed to fight back is within the grasp of every American. We need to do our homework – identify non-Union sources of everything and share the knowledge with our friends and neighbors.
We need to loudly voice our support for a national “Right to Work” law and to inform each and every one of our “elected officials” that their failure to loudly and clearly support such a goal will have serious political ramifications.
Everything we truly need is available from alternative sources. In Las Vegas we have been able to replace aging major appliances with “virtually new” replacements at about ten cents on the dollar vs. “new” appliances. “New” items support Union Labor whereas “nearly new” replacements starve the markets for an extended period from the need for products produced with Union Labor. Any organism that is starved for a sufficiently long time will eventually starve to death.
Like far too many cities in this country, Las Vegas is heavily populated by Union Labor. And in the current economic down turn – and we have not seen the worst of it yet – much of the Union Labor not only does not have work, but does not even have anyone to hold a strike against.
But what is most interesting is the number of “dues paying Union members” who are moon-lighting; taking side jobs out of sight of their Union bosses.
It is high time to re-light the Torch of Freedom.
It is time to set the country ablaze with a “Scorched Earth” policy in every home.
Las Vegas, Nevada
[A few comments found on this post]:
Comment by Steve Wagner 12 hours ago
Thank-you Darwin! I appreciate your article. I live in Michigan and have seen first had the rise in the “cost of Living” directly due to the increase in inflated union wages. The Greed and Lust of these unions has caused the death of many business here in Michigan, and elsewhere. I was working for a 75 year old trucking company that had to close it’s doors due to Teamsters wages put them in a position where they could no longer compete.
If you ever come to Detroit, MI…. Please don’t drink the water! It’s union embalming fluid!
Comment by Scott Kelley 16 hours ago
At some point, companies have to agree to a contract because there is a gun to their head, and they don’t want to risk shutting the company down. A union contract is nothing more complicated than the threat of pushing the company to a point where unions threat a strike, and the company seeing if they can ride out a strike if they have enough cash on hand. The common risk between them is bankruptcy. Many companies do pay a livable wage, although the term “livable” is relative. In fact, everything is relative depending on what side of the worker/management aisle you are on.
Unions are no longer viable, and like those evil men who risked everything to start a business and create jobs, union leaders also reap millions not by creating a product, but by exploiting workers, and extorting businesses. I don’t know of any jobs that unions have created (except the people they hire to count the dues) then they indoctrinate their members with their own political garbage and almost force members to vote democrat, and spend millions to influence politicians.
When you wonder why jobs keep going over seas, look no further than your unions and politicians. I just read an awesome book on unions, written by a former Teamster… the link is here…
[went to the link; here is a synopsis on the book]:
Publication Date: September 25, 2012
In “Union Hypocrisy: Organized Labors Double Standard in Business and Politics” (ISBN 1478275162), author and labor relations consultant R.M. Smith offers a unique perspective on unions and their members. Smith uses her history with the Teamsters to share personal information and history on the recent status of unions and their latest hypocrisy. “Union Hypocrisy” is divided into multiple sections, each providing a look inside the current union movement. Information includes how unions react when their own employees want union representation, unions that sell out their own employees, and the history of the ties between unions and the Democratic Party. A major focus of “Union Hypocrisy” is how unions have transformed from a movement that fought for workers’ rights into an association that now puts other objectives in front of union workers. It also examines the relationship between organized labor and political parties. ”Nobody has written a book like this before. ‘Union Hypocrisy’ includes actual documents, along with an untold history that insiders usually do not talk about, all which confirm the claims I make in the book,” says Smith. ”I was inspired to write this book because of my experiences with the union from both sides. I was with the Teamsters for 16 years, and since 2007, I have been working as a labor consultant for various companies.” Written in the nature of political authors Laura Ingraham and Michelle Malkin, Smith mixes political and business tones to give readers involved in labor unions, or interested in the labor movement, a creative outlook that is unique for a book of this subject matter.