How to detect government spyware

Human rights group Amnesty International released free software on Thursday that allows users to determine if their computers are bugged by government intelligence agencies.

The program, Detekt, was designed specifically for human rights activists and journalists, whose computers governments regularly target, Amnesty said.

“Governments are increasingly using dangerous and sophisticated technology that allows them to read activists and journalists’ private emails and remotely turn on their computer’s camera or microphone to secretly record their activities,” said Marek Marczynski of Amnesty International. ( source )

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Detekt is a free tool that scans your Windows computer for traces of known surveillance spyware used to target and monitor human rights defenders and journalists around the world.

If you suspect you are at risk of surveillance, learn how to use Detekt here.

 

Last week, Mitch McConnell said he intended to keep the NSA surveillance program in place.  Attempts by civil libertarians on both the right and the left have every reason to be skeptical of government claims that the program has too many built-in safeguards to be abused.

Sharyl Attkinson’s book paints a much different picture, however.  Especially with an Administration that is willing to use the levers of government to go after not only political enemies, but anyone who might paint them in an unfriendly light.

Mammas don’t let your babies grow up to be … bankers

Another dead banker. This one from Citi

 

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  • Police investigating the death of Citigroup banker Shawn D. Miller, 42
  • Body was found in the bathtub of his Financial District apartment Tuesday with a laceration to the throat
  • No signs of forced entry and no weapon found at the scene
  • Police suspect foul play
  • Surveillance footage shows Miller going into his apartment with a man on Monday night about 6.30pm 
  • The man then left alone 
  • Miller was the managing director of Citigroup’s environment and social risk management team
Too big to fail banking has failed in every sense of the word, except for the final one:  collapse.
The banking “industry” was most effective when it was both local and accountable.  Whether or not there is a direct connection between the spate of dead bankers, and the looming problems in the megabanks is something that we can only speculate.
Given some of the revelations of Hank Greenbergs’, lawsuit,  it does have the discernible odor of corruption.

NCAA Award Season Has Begun: OU Football

In the weekly Monday noon press conference, it was announced that Coach Bob Stoops and WR Sterling Shepherd have been awarded the Disney Sports Spirit Award. They will be the nineteenth recipients of the award which began in 1996.

The award will be presented at the 24th annual The Home Depot College Football Awards on ESPN, December 11.

For those not familiar with the Stoops/Shepherd story it is one that is heart warming, sad and uplifting, all at the same time.

There is an excellent video below that was shown on ESPN a few weeks back when Game Day was at Starkville that will be posted at the end of this piece. For a fuller story on these two award winners and why they were chosen, please click here.

Also, Sterling Shepherd is a semi-finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, which honors the nations top wide receiver.

The words in the song “Sooner born, Sooner bred and when I die I’ll be Sooner dead” have never rung more true.

Friday night before the Alabama game

My expectations for the State-Alabama game Saturday ….

We go a-ridin’ into town, a-whompin’ and a-whumpin’ every livin’ thing that moves within an inch of its life. Except the women folks, of course.

You spare the women?

Naw, we rape the shit out of them at the Number Six Dance later on.

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State 38, Bama 17.

Grand Jury Decision On Officer Wilson Due Today

I spoke with a lady a few days ago who is from St. Louis and her husband is a judge. The folks in the St. Louis area are expecting the worst sometime after 4p.m. Central today, as no one (other than Michael Brown supporters and race baiters) believes that Officer Wilson acted improperly.

I wish those good folks in that area the best after the announcement.

I also wish the best for decent citizens across the country as those who are motivated to violence take advantage of the situation to act out.

For a brief primer on how we have reached this point Ben Shapiro sums it up nicely.

For those who can, arm yourselves. For those who can’t/won’t, don’t run to those who can/will.

NCAA Football: Excitement And Humor

Every college football fan knows game day is fun. The excitement and noise makes for an entertaining experience.

Rivalry games have an emotional element that adds to that experience. However, in the current era of college football many traditional rivalries have ended due to conference realignment, but the fans still feel as strongly towards their old rivals as ever.

Here is one example from eSECpn’s College Gameday. WVU and Pitt have been rivals for decades, but they haven’t played each other in four years. To WVU fans that doesn’t matter.

The next video is a pure delight. It is known as the loudest football game in OU’s storied history. It took place at OU on a nationally broadcast game with #1 Texas Tech versus #3 OU. What makes this video so special is it is ‘raw footage.’ There are no announcers blathering on incessantly, just the wonderful, natural sounds of 85,000 people watching a big game.

With only about a month remaining in the 2014 season, there will surely be more fond memories for college football fans.

Election Day 2014: The Evil Party Evicted Nation Wide

I noticed the Texas elections got little attention in the national news last night, since it was never close for the highest profile races and the fact that no member of the Evil Party has won a state wide office in twenty two years. Clearly understandable, since there were many close races across the nation and many shocking victories for the GOP, especially if one considers how close the various polls showed some races were…even though they weren’t.

Now she knows what it’s like to be discarded.

In Texas current AG Greg Abbott, as expected, won the election for Governor by twenty points(59.3 to 38.9). Personally, I thought he would win by an even larger margin, but the Evil Party thought they really had a great candidate, one that was firmly in lock step with their agenda and a dear, dear friend of the eugnenist at Planned Parenthood. She and her sleazy act will not be missed and I sincerely wish she would just go away, now.

In another election that was even more obscure, but was a significant victory for us in Dallas County, the abyssmal and corrupt District Attorney was defeated. While I’m sure he is quite sad today, no other person or group is sadder than the Innocence Project over his defeat. We now have a real DA with prosecutorial experience.

For further weepy, excuse making coverage for these two victories from the Dallas Morning news, there is this piece on the Governor’s election and this one for the new District Attorney.

For national election news, I recommend RCP as the go to source.

As for the many victories of the Stupid Party over the Evil Party nationwide, I am still absorbing the context of election day. If nothing else it gives a modicum of hope for the next two years.

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