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Stealth Wear: New Counter-Surveillance Clothing Makes You Invisible to Drones

Mac Slavo
January 11th, 2013
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In early 2012 the U.S. Congress authorized the FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act. Within this bill is a provision calling for the deployment of some 30,000 robotic drones over the skies of America by 2015, arguably the boldest overt domestic surveillance initiative to have ever been introduced in the land of the free. With an average of some 600 drones allocated per state, this future network of highly advanced surveillance systems promises to give law enforcement, military and intelligence assets unprecedented video and audio access into the lives of every single American.

Privacy advocates are justifiably outraged.

But whenever government attempts to institute a ban on contraband items, or pass draconian laws, or introduce new tracking and surveillance methods, rebellious elements within the target populace rapidly develop counter-strategies and technologies to marginalize the threat.

Oftentimes, billion dollar government initiatives and development projects are rendered almost useless by low-tech strategies and designs.

Artist and fashion designer Adam Harvey, who objects to the authoritarian nature of the global surveillance state, has done just that.

In an effort to  counter the high-tech integrated drone surveillance systems soon to be fused into intelligence networks across the country, Harvey and a group of partners have developed a line of clothing dubbed Stealth Wear.

Making its debut on January 17th, the Stealth Wear line will include hoodies, scarves, hats, and t-shirts that will make the wearer invisible to thermal imaging cameras widely used throughout the unmanned aerial vehicle community.

The idea is that the material blocks heat signatures, captured using infrared sensors, which give people away to surveillance helicopters or drones from the skies above. [link]

The flagship Stealth Wear line will include:

  • The anti-drone hoodie and anti-drone scarf: Garments designed to thwart thermal imaging, a technology used widely by UAVs.
  • The XX-shirt: A x-ray shielding print in the shape of a heart, that protects your heart from x-ray radiation
  • And the Off Pocket: An anti-phone accessory that allows you to instantly zero out your phone’s signal

Via: Adam Harvey Projects

Harvey and his project team aren’t just limiting the scope of their work to anti-drone technology either.

They’ve introduced new techniques to counter computer vision (CV), also known as facial recognition.

CV Dazzle is camouflage from computer vision (CV). It is a form of expressive interference that combines makeup and hair styling (or other modifications) with face-detection thwarting designs. The name is derived from a type of camouflage used during WWI, called Dazzle, which was used to break apart the gestalt-image of warships, making it hard to discern their directionality, size, and orientation. Likewise, the goal of CV Dazzle is to break apart the gestalt of a face, or object, and make it undetectable to computer vision algorithms, in particular face detection.

Because face detection is the first step in automated facial recognition, CV Dazzle can be used in any environment where automated face recognition systems are in use, such as Google’s Picasa, Flickr, or Facebook

Source: CV Dazzle

 

They’ll also be launching a product called Off the Pocket for your cell phone, a technology that is capable of zeroing out your phone’s broadcast signal, making it invisible to GPS and mobile network triangulation.

Building off previous work with CV Dazzle, camouflage from face detection, Stealth Wear continues to explore the aesthetics of privacy and the potential for fashion to challenge authoritarian surveillance. Presented by PRIMITIVE at TANK MAGAZINE HQ will be a suite of new designs, made in collaboration with NYC fashion designer Johanna Bloomfield, that tackle some of the most pressing and sophisticated forms of surveillance today.

Source: Primitive London

Accompanying each project will be videos and tests revealing the process behind each technology and counter technology.

Author: Mac Slavo
Views: Read by 21,401 people
Date: January 11th, 2013
Website: www.SHTFplan.com

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Is Sitting Worse Than Smoking?

Yet another report says that staying seated for hours on end is dangerous. Maybe it's time we take a stand.

January 10, 2013  |  

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I have some news for you. Are you sitting down for it? Psych! Because the news is: Don’t sit down. Your chair. It’s going to smite you.

This is likely not the first time you’ve heard the warning. On “Rock Center” Thursday, NBC News’ Natalie Morales offers the latest take on the story, blowing the lid off America’s deadly epidemic of sitting down.  “Sitting all day long is literally killing us,” says obesity expert Dr. James Levine, who describes exactly what you’re probably doing right this moment as “dangerous behavior.” And in case you’re thinking none of this applies to you because you Zumba, Morales adds, “A trip to the gym, while beneficial, can’t undo the damage done all day.”

The “Rock Center” report is just the latest in a string of bad news for the Snuggie demographic. Back in April, the New York Times urged readers to  “Don’t Just Sit There.”In it, Gretchen Reynolds revealed the sobering results of a recent study on the hazards of staying seated, including the compelling statistic that “Every single hour of television watched after the age of 25 reduces the viewer’s life expectancy by 21.8 minutes. By comparison, smoking a single cigarette reduces life expectancy by about 11 minutes.” It turns out that watching “The Bachelor” may actually be worse for you than a pack of Kools. In August, Forbes solemnly wrote of  “death by sitting” — and how a rise in sales of stand-up desks suggests the stigma of looking “goofy” is waning in light of health fears. And an October New York Times story, which quickly wound up posted on the Facebook page of every office-working person in America, cited another study that found that in stark contrast with our hunting, gathering and otherwise on-the-go ancestors,  “The average adult spends 50 to 70 percent of their time sitting.” The consequences for the sedentary are dire – “a 112 percent increase in their relative risk of developing diabetes; a 147 percent increase in their risk for cardiovascular disease; and a 49 percent greater risk of dying prematurely — even if they regularly exercised.” Considering that the average  child now spends almost six hours a day in front of some form of electronic screen, the imminent potential of the human race to go the way of WALL·E seems increasingly real. But the question is – what are we supposed to do about it?

And, as with any new health trend, it’s easy to go off the deep end. The Boston Globe recently noted the inevitable rise in  “competitive non-sitting,” in a story that featured an anecdote about a woman shamed by her friends for wanting to take a table instead of standing healthfully at a packed bar. Great, something else for people to be smug about while they chug their kombucha.

Frankly, despite the enthusiastic raves of my friends who’ve made the switch to standing, my own butt is still getting used to last year’s darling —  the damn yoga ball. Recalibrating my home-office setup – conveniently located in the living room I share with my family – isn’t likely in the immediate future, nor is parting with my beloved vintage steelcase tanker and swapping it for  a treadmill desk. Not when  I feel enough like a hamster on the wheel as it is. But I am going to be more vigilant about getting up for stretching breaks (I use and recommend a simple app called  StopRSI for reminders), heeding Gretchen Reynolds’ advice on the exponential benefits of “simply breaking up the long, interminable hours of sitting.” Similarly, I have made it a goal for the new year to curtail my non-work chair time. After all, how many videos of baby sea otters can one person watch anyway? And I consider it a helpful sign that my local coffee shop/neighborhood second office recently plunked a tall table area in the middle of the room, the better for its clientele who prefer to work vertically.

Rape in the Age of Social Media

From Steubenville to India, videos and tweets are being turned against perpetrators of sexual violence

January 10, 2013  |  

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A video of a gleeful teenage boy crowing, “She is so raped” and “They raped her quicker than Mike Tyson!” An Instagram image of the same girl of Steubenville, Ohio, limply borne by boys holding wrists and ankles. An 11-year-old girl whose gang rape in Texas last year was discovered by adults via cellphone video, a video she then had to  watch when she took the stand. A teenage boy in Canada who posted photos on Facebook of a 16-year-old girl being gang-raped, sentenced last year to probation and  ordered to write an essay on “the pros and cons of social media.”

They are a loop of retraumatization, these images replaying sexual violence and the culture around it, but they are something else, too: evidence. They are proof not just for a courtroom that formally recognizes the existence of rape and sexual assault, but for a culture prone to denying it or explaining it away. The evidence is made not by concerned bystanders seeking to document crimes but by the victimizers themselves, who chronicle their actions because they see nothing wrong with them or because they think nothing will happen to them. Often the images are made by people who see only spectacle, not reason for intervention. But in all of these cases, the recorders eventually lost control of their own productions — in Steubenville, for example, the kids’ careless tweets were  screen-grabbedby an enterprising blogger. Their own creations were turned against them in the service of justice, if far too late and too often incomplete.

In the crudest journalistic terms, rape is having a moment, from India to Ohio. (Recall how much of last year’s widespread anger at Republican politicians had to do with rape at least as much as reproductive freedom. They’re intimately related, and both concern ownership over bodies that are considered collective property, but not everyone sees the connection.) It’s having a moment on the streets, in both of those places, though even that has had a virtual element, as people all over the world have  watched and live-tweeted the livestream of the Steubenville rallies and passed around stories of the Indian protests. Sexual violence remains something that is rarely openly discussed in daily life, but has become something that is urgently talked about on the Internet — by introverts, the semi-anonymous, those with too much to lose, those who named what happened to them too late, all rendered angry activists and confessors.

Sometimes, the survivors of such reproduced assaults take matters into their own hands. “There you go, lock me up. I’m not protecting anyone that made my life a living Hell,” wrote 16-year-old Savannah Dietrich on Twitter after naming, in defiance of a court order, the boys who had sexually assaulted her — and photographed it — while she was passed out. “I just wanted to stand up for myself,” she told the Daily Beast recently. “I’ll never take those tweets down.” That same story quoted a legal advocate saying that the new technologies are increasingly used “as a weapon to harass and humiliate the victim,” adding up to  “an invasion of privacy beyond what we’ve seen before.” That’s undeniable, but Dietrich chose to use another virtual platform to turn the glare back on the perpetrators.

For survivors of sexual assault for whom there is no public record, creating one by choice — as opposed to your victimizer taking yet another choice away by publicizing it — is a fraught decision. Jaclyn Friedman, co-editor of “Yes Means Yes! Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape,” first  wrote about her own experience with rape in 2007, years after it happened, and was immediately subjected to wild claims by people who said they had (totally made-up) information on the case.  “When you talk on the Internet about being a survivor of sexual violence, two things will invariably happen,” she said. “You will be surrounded by support and you will be called hateful names and hear abusive things.” She added,  ”The Internet is an accelerant, of both the bad and the good. It has the potential to make those violations much worse and much more public, and repeat them in ways that go beyond the most physical act. But it also makes it plain so that anyone can see.”

Jon Stewart: We Have to Make Gun Violence Less Sexy — Like Casting Woody...

Check out Jon Stewart's hilarious and scathing attack on the pro-gun activists.

January 10, 2013  |  

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On Tuesday, Jon Stewart continued his (unarmed) rampage against the nation’s inability to enact gun reform in the wake of Sandy Hook and the mass shooting in Aurora.

“We can’t do anything about this?” he railed. “How about we make assault rifles only available at shooting ranges, make guns less sexy so they won’t be considered cool by young people, the next Jason Bourne movie stars Woody Allen? How about that?!”

Rejecting the stock, Second Amendment argument used by many pro-gun activists, he exclaimed, “You can have all the muskets you want! You can even have assault muskets!”

Finally, as he dug down to the root of the inability for the U.S.—a nation of reactionaries who went so far as to demand McDonald’s put a “hot!” warning on its coffee cups—he realized that much of this reluctance was being driven by a few hyper-vigilant gun enthusiasts who fear a fascist future.

But did this convince Stewart? Of course not.

“Their paranoid fear of a possible dystopic future prevents us from addressing its actual dystopic present,” he said solemnly. “We can’t even begin to address 30,000 gun deaths that are actually, in reality, happening in our country every year because a few of us must remain vigilant against the rise of an imaginary Hitler. ”

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Idle No More: Indigenous Uprising Sweeps North America

Idle No More has organized the largest mass mobilizations of indigenous people in recent history. What sparked it off and what’s coming next?

It took weeks of protests, flash mobs, letters, rallies, and thousands of righteous tweets, but Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper finally caved. He agreed to a meeting with the woman who had been petitioning him for twenty-four days, subsisting on fish broth, camped in a tepee in the frozen midwinter, the hunger striker and Chief of the Attawapiskat Theresa Spence.

No, this is not normal parliamentary process. The hunger strike was a final, desperate attempt to get the attention of a government whose relationship with indigenous people has been ambivalent at best and genocidal at worst, and force it to address their rising concerns. The meeting, set for this Friday, January 11, is unlikely to result in any major changes to Canada’s aboriginal policy. Yet the mobilization around Chief Spence’s hunger strike has already grown to encompass broader ideas of colonialism and our collective relationship to the land. The movement has coalesced under one name, one resolution: Idle No More.

Closed-Door Negotiations Spark a Movement

The Idle No More movement arose as a response to what organizers call the most recent assault on indigenous rights in Canada: Bill C-45, which passed on December 14. Bill C-45 makes changes to the Indian Act, removes environmental protections, and further erodes the treaties with native peoples through which Canada was created.

On December 4, when representatives of First Nations came to the House of Commons to share their concerns about the proposed bill, they were blocked from entering . A week later, after being repeatedly denied a meeting with Harper, Chief Spence began her hunger strike. Since then, the movement has grown to encompass a hundred years’ worth of grievances against the Canadian government, which is required by Section 35 of the Constitution Act to consult with native people before enacting laws that affect them. Indigenous leaders accuse the Harper administration of “ramming through” legislation without debate or consultation.

Even worse is the bill’s “weakening of environmental assessment and the removal of lakes and rivers from protection,” says Eriel Deranger, Communication Coordinator of Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, which is directly downstream from toxic tar sands mining. She knows firsthand the importance of protecting waterways from industrial pollutants. “Indigenous people’s rights,” she says, “are intrinsically linked to the environment.” She adds that the removal of such protections paves the way for resource extraction, bringing Canada closer to its self-stated goal of becoming a global energy superpower. This isn’t just a native thing, Deranger says; this is something that affects everyone.

And so begins the largest indigenous mass mobilization in recent history. Native people and their allies from all over North America have gathered to peacefully voice their support for indigenous rights: they’ve organized rallies, teach-ins, and highway and train blockades, as well as “flash mob” round dances at shopping malls.

With Twitter and Facebook as the major organizing tools, #idlenomore has emerged as the dominant meme in the indigenous rights movement. In addition to events across Canada, a U.S. media blitz tour has inspired solidarity actions all over North America, as well as in Europe, New Zealand, and the Middle East. Mainstream media and the Harper government are taking notice.

Anger at Environmental Destruction in Canada Boils Over

But why now? The answer, says Deranger, is that people are ready. Idle No More arose at a moment of growing awareness of environmental justice issues, frustration with lack of governmental consultation, and widespread opposition to resource extraction on indigenous land—like the tar sands in Deranger’s home province of Alberta and the diamond mines in Chief Spence’s Ontario. It comes after years of grassroots organizing around indigenous rights—which are, in the end, basic human rights.

Visit almost any reserve in Canada, and you’re likely to see third world social indicators in a first world country: high incarceration rates, inadequate housing and sanitation, reduced life expectancy—due in part to abnormally frequent suicides—lack of employment and education opportunities, and substance abuse. This, after more than a century of colonization by a government that refuses to acknowledge its identity as a colonial power. Meanwhile, native youth are the fastest-growing segment of Canada’s population, according to Aboriginal Affairs. Is it any surprise that they’re taking on repressive legislation and using social media to organize?

For Canadians—and potentially all North Americans—this is a moment of reckoning. Just as Chief Spence’s hunger strike forced the issue with Harper, Idle No More forces us all to confront the ugliness of our collective colonial history, and to recognize that colonization continues today.

It holds up a mirror to our society, questioning the historical narrative we’re all taught to believe. It asks: On what values was our country founded? And, because identity is created out of that narrative: Who are we, really? And who do we want to be?

Tattoo-covered professor may play kingmaker in Czech presidential election

Vladimir Franz, university teacher, painter and composer. (Reuters / David W Cerny)

Vladimir Franz, university teacher, painter and composer. (Reuters / David W Cerny)

An exotic-looking opera composer and painter who was compared to ‘an exotic creature from Papua New Guinea’, is holding a surprise third position in opinion polls ahead of Czech Republic’s first-ever direct presidential election this week.

­It’s no surprise that Vladimir Franz, a 53-year-old professor at Prague's Academy of Performing Arts, received such a vivid description by a debate caller. He is hard to miss in a crowd, with his entire face covered in swirls of red, green and blue.

Admitting to having no experience in either politics or economics, he still ran a successful campaign for the semi-ceremonial position of president of the Czech Republic.

Supporters of Vladimir Franz carry banners of him as they prepare an election campaign rally in Prague. (Reuters / Petr Josek Snr)
Supporters of Vladimir Franz carry banners of him as they prepare an election campaign rally in Prague. (Reuters / Petr Josek Snr)

­The country is electing a replacement for Václav Klaus, who is barred from holding the office for another term by the constitution. The ballot on Friday and Saturday will be the first after a reform which took the power to elect the head of state from the national parliament and made it an issue of popular vote.

Franz, an independent candidate with no party affiliations, entered the race after a group of admirers launched the ‘Franz for President’ initiative and plead him to shake up the election with his shock factor.

Since then he has spent US$25,000 from donations on his campaign. Most of his staffers, including a leading economist, are working for free. He didn’t put up any posters, focusing instead on social media and Internet audiences. A Facebook page for his campaign scored more than 55,000 ‘likes’ – far more than other candidates. Franz’s message highlights graft and underlines the importance of education and the nation's moral standing.

"The (political) system is so enchanted with itself that it's lost the ability to self-reflect," he said in an interview with The Associated Press Tuesday. Czechs, he says, "are fed up with this crap."

Vladimir Franz (C), university teacher, painter and composer arrives to a rally in Prague November 5, 2012. (Reuters / David W Cerny)
Vladimir Franz (C), university teacher, painter and composer arrives to a rally in Prague November 5, 2012. (Reuters / David W Cerny)

­Franz is especially popular with young voters, who are enthusiastic about his non-conformist stance. In a mock election in 441 Czech high schools last month he won by a landslide. But many of his “voters” are too young to be eligible to have a say in the real election.

He is seen as “a candidate who is not tainted by politics,” said Karel Strachota, who organized the school ballot. “They look with sympathy at his nonconformity and the way he presents himself.”

The tattooed face of Franz apparently makes little difference compared to his lack of experience in politics for voters in Czech Republic, where he has been a well-known figure for quite some time. He says the pictures on his skin are signs of free will and lack of harm anyone’s freedom.

The artist makes little secret that he is unlikely to abandon art for politics. He had to cut short a televised debate to appear at Prague's National Theater. But he committed to staying to the end of another round on Thursday at the cost of not attending a world premiere at the opera, saying his credibility demanded it.

He is expected to win around 11 per cent of votes in the first round, which is not enough to beat his main competition, centrist Jan Fischer and leftist Milos Zeman. But the two politicians may seek his endorsement in the second round, which may be held on January 25–26.

Currently Zeman, who was the county’s prime minister in 1998–2002, leads the polls with about 25 per cent of votes. Fischer, who led a caretaker government in 2009–2010, has about 20 per cent support.

Czech fully-tattooed artist and drama professor Vladimir Franz speaks during his campaign for the Czech presidential elections 2013. (AFP Photo / Michal Cizek)
Czech fully-tattooed artist and drama professor Vladimir Franz speaks during his campaign for the Czech presidential elections 2013. (AFP Photo / Michal Cizek)

­The artist makes little secret that he is unlikely to abandon art for politics. He had to cut short a televised debate to appear at Prague's National Theater. But he committed to staying to the end of another round on Thursday at the cost of not attending a world premiere at the opera, saying his credibility demanded it.

He is expected to win around 11 per cent of votes in the first round, which is not enough to beat his main competition, centrist Jan Fischer and leftist Milos Zeman. But the two politicians may seek his endorsement in the second round, which may be held on January 25–26.

Currently Zeman, who was the county’s prime minister in 1998–2002, leads the polls with about 25 per cent of votes. Fischer, who led a caretaker government in 2009–2010, has about 20 per cent support.

“So Many People Died”. The American System of Suffering, 1965-2014

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Pham To looked great for 78 years old. (At least, that’s about how old he thought he was.) His hair was thin, gray, and receding at the temples, but his eyes were lively and his physique robust — all the more remarkable given what he had lived through. I listened intently, as I had so many times before to so many similar stories, but it was still beyond my ability to comprehend. It’s probably beyond yours, too.

Pham To told me that the planes began their bombing runs in 1965 and that periodic artillery shelling started about the same time. Nobody will ever know just how many civilians were killed in the years after that. “The number is uncountable,” he said one spring day a few years ago in a village in the mountains of rural central Vietnam. “So many people died.”

And it only got worse. Chemical defoliants came next, ravaging the land. Helicopter machine gunners began firing on locals. By 1969, bombing and shelling were day-and-night occurrences. Many villagers fled. Some headed further into the mountains, trading the terror of imminent death for a daily struggle of hardscrabble privation; others were forced into squalid refugee resettlement areas. Those who remained in the village suffered more when the troops came through. Homes were burned as a matter of course. People were kicked and beaten. Men were shot when they ran in fear. Women were raped. One morning, a massacre by American soldiers wiped out 21 fellow villagers. This was the Vietnam War for Pham To, as for so many rural Vietnamese.

One, Two… Many Vietnams?

At the beginning of the Iraq War, and for years after, reporters, pundits, veterans, politicians, and ordinary Americans asked whether the American debacle in Southeast Asia was being repeated. Would it be “another Vietnam”? Would it become a “quagmire”?

The same held true for Afghanistan. Years after 9/11, as that war, too, foundered, questions about whether it was “Obama’s Vietnam” appeared ever more frequently. In fact, by October 2009, a majority of Americans had come to believe it was “turning into another Vietnam.”

In those years, “Vietnam” even proved a surprisingly two-sided analogy — after, at least, generals began reading and citing revisionist texts about that war. These claimed, despite all appearances, that the U.S. military had actually won in Vietnam (before the politicians, media, and antiwar movement gave the gains away). The same winning formula, they insisted, could be used to triumph again. And so, a failed solution from that failed war, counterinsurgency, or COIN, was trotted out as the military panacea for impending disaster.

Debated comparisons between the two ongoing wars and the one that somehow never went away, came to litter newspapers, journals, magazines, and the Internet — until David Petraeus, a top COINdinista general who had written his doctoral dissertation on the “lessons” of the Vietnam War, was called in to settle the matter by putting those lessons to work winning the other two. In the end, of course, U.S. troops were booted out of Iraq, while the war in Afghanistan continues to this day as a dismally devolving stalemate, now wracked by “green-on-blue” or “insider” attacks on U.S. forces, while the general himself returned to Washington as CIA director to run covert wars in Pakistan and Yemen before retiring in disgrace following a sex scandal.

Still, for all the ink about the “Vietnam analogy,” virtually none of the reporters, pundits, historians, generals, politicians, or other members of the chattering classes ever so much as mentioned the Vietnam War as Pham To knew it. In that way, they managed to miss the one unfailing parallel between America’s wars in all three places: civilian suffering.

For all the dissimilarities, botched analogies, and tortured comparisons, there has been one connecting thread in Washington’s foreign wars of the last half century that, in recent years at least, Americans have seldom found of the slightest interest: misery for local nationals. Civilian suffering is, in fact, the defining characteristic of modern war in general, even if only rarely discussed in the halls of power or the mainstream media.

An Unimaginable Toll

Pham To was lucky. He and Pham Thang, another victim and a neighbor, told me that, of the 2,000 people living in their village before the war, only 300 survived it. Bombing, shelling, a massacre, disease, and starvation had come close to wiping out their entire settlement. “So many people were hungry,” Pham Thang said. “With no food, many died. Others were sick and with medications unavailable, they died, too. Then there was the bombing and shelling, which took still more lives.

They all died because of the war.”  Leaving aside those who perished from disease, hunger, or lack of medical care, at least 3.8 million Vietnamese died violent war deaths according to researchers from Harvard Medical School and the University of Washington. The best estimate we have is that 2 million of them were civilians. Using a very conservative extrapolation, this suggests that 5.3 million civilians were wounded during the war, for a total of 7.3 million Vietnamese civilian casualties overall. To such figures might be added an estimated 11.7 million Vietnamese forced from their homes and turned into refugees, up to 4.8 million sprayed with toxic herbicides like Agent Orange, an estimated 800,000 to 1.3 million war orphans, and 1 million war widows.

The numbers are staggering, the suffering incalculable, the misery almost incomprehensible to most Americans but not, perhaps, to an Iraqi.

No one will ever know just how many Iraqis died in the wake of the U.S. invasion of 2003. In a country with an estimated population of about 25 million at the time, a much-debated survey — the results of which were published in the British medical journal The Lancet — suggested more than 601,000 violent “excess deaths” had occurred by 2006. Another survey indicated that more than 1.2 million Iraqi civilians had died because of the war (and the various internal conflicts that flowed from it) as of 2007. The Associated Press tallied up records of 110,600 deaths by early 2009. An Iraqi family health survey fixed the number at 151,000 violent deaths by June 2006. Official documents made public by Wikileaks counted 109,000 deaths, including 66,081 civilian deaths, between 2004 and 2009. Iraq Body Count has tallied as many as 121,220 documented cases of violent civilian deaths alone.

Then there are those 3.2 million Iraqis who were internally displaced or fled the violence to other lands, only to find uncertainty and deprivation in places like Jordan, Iran, and now war-torn Syria. By 2011, 9% or more of Iraq’s women, as many as 1 million, were widows (a number that skyrocketed in the years after the U.S. invasion). A recent survey found that 800,000 to 1 million Iraqi children had lost one or both parents, a figure that only grows with the continuing violence that the U.S. unleashed but never stamped out.

Today, the country, which experienced an enormous brain drain of professionals, has a total of 200 social workers and psychiatrists to aid all those, armed and unarmed, who suffered every sort of horror and trauma. (In just the last seven years, by comparison, the U.S. Veterans Administration has hired 7,000 new mental health professionals to deal with Americans who have been psychologically scarred by war.)

Many Afghans, too, would surely be able to relate to what Pham To and millions of Vietnamese war victims endured. For more than 30 years, Afghanistan has, with the rarest of exceptions, been at war. It all started with the 1979 Soviet invasion and Washington’s support for some of the most extreme of the Islamic militants who opposed the Russian occupation of the country.

The latest iteration of war there began with an invasion by U.S. and allied forces in 2001, and has since claimed the lives of many thousands of civilians in roadside and aerial bombings, suicide attacks and helicopter attacks, night raids and outright massacres. Untold numbers of Afghans have also died of everything from lack of access to medical care (there are just 2 doctors for every 10,000 Afghans) to exposure, including shocking reports of children freezing to death in refugee camps last winter and again this year. They were among the hundreds of thousands of Afghans who have been internally displaced during the war. Millions more live as refugees outside the country, mostly in Iran and Pakistan. Of the women who remain in the country, up to 2 million are widows. In addition, there are now an estimated 2 million Afghan orphans. No wonder polling by Gallup this past summer found 96% of Afghans claiming they were either “suffering” or “struggling,” and just 4% “thriving.”

American Refugees in Mexico?

For most Americans, this type of unrelenting, war-related misery is unfathomable. Few have ever personally experienced anything like what their tax dollars have wrought in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Southwest Asia in the last half-century. And while surprising numbers of Americans do suffer from poverty and deprivation, few know anything about what it’s like to live through a year of war — let alone 10, as Pham To did — under the constant threat of air strikes, artillery fire, and violence perpetrated by foreign ground troops.

Still, as a simple thought experiment, let’s consider for a moment what it might be like in American terms. Imagine that the United States had experienced an occupation by a foreign military force. Imagine millions or even tens of millions of American civilians dead or wounded as a result of an invasion and resulting civil strife.

Imagine a country in which your door might be kicked down in the dead of night by heavily-armed, foreign young men, in strange uniforms, helmets and imposing body armor, yelling things in a language you don’t understand. Imagine them rifling through your drawers, upending your furniture, holding you at gunpoint, roughing up your husband or son or brother, and marching him off in the middle of the night. Imagine, as well, a country in which those foreigners kill American “insurgents” and then routinely strip them naked; in which those occupying troops sometimes urinate on American bodies (and shoot videos of it); or take trophy photos of their “kills”; or mutilate them; or pose with the body parts of dead Americans; or from time to time — for reasons again beyond your comprehension — rape or murder your friends and neighbors.

Imagine, for a moment, violence so extreme that you and literally millions like you have to flee your hometowns for squalid refugee camps or expanding slums ringing the nearest cities. Imagine trading your home for a new one without heat or electricity, possibly made of refuse with a corrugated metal roof that roars when it rains. Then imagine living there for months, if not years.

Imagine things getting so bad that you decide to trek across the Mexican border to live an uncertain life, forever wondering if your new violence- and poverty-wracked host nation will turn you out or if you’ll ever be able to return to your home in the U.S. Imagine living with these realities day after day for up to decade.

After natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy or Katrina, small numbers of Americans briefly experience something like what millions of war victims — Vietnamese, Iraqis, Afghans, and others — have often had to endure for significant parts of their lives. But for those in America’s war zones, there will be no telethons, benefit concerts, or texting fund drives.

Pham To and Pham Thang had to bury the bodies of their family members, friends, and neighbors after they were massacred by American troops passing through their village on patrol. They had to rebuild their homes and their lives after the war with remarkably little help. One thing was as certain for them as it has been for war-traumatized Iraqis and Afghans of our moment: no Hollywood luminaries lined up to help raise funds for them or their village. And they never will.“We lost so many people and so much else. And this land was affected by Agent Orange, too. You’ve come to write about the war, but you could never know the whole story,” Pham Thang told me. Then he became circumspect. “Now, our two governments, our two countries, live in peace and harmony. And we just want to restore life to what it once was here. We suffered great losses. The U.S. government should offer assistance to help increase the local standard of living, provide better healthcare, and build infrastructure like better roads.”

No doubt — despite the last decade of U.S. nation-buildingdebacles in its war zones — many Iraqis and Afghans would express similar sentiments. Perhaps they will even be saying the same sort of thing to an American reporter decades from now.

Over these last years, I’ve interviewed hundreds of war victims like Pham Thang, and he’s right: I’ll probably never come close to knowing what life was like for those whose worlds were upended by America’s foreign wars. And I’m far from alone. Most Americans never make it to a war zone, and even U.S. military personnel arrive only for finite tours of duty, while for combat correspondents and aid workers an exit door generally remains open. Civilians like Pham To, however, are in it for the duration.

In the Vietnam years, there was at least an antiwar movement in this country that included many Vietnam veterans who made genuine efforts to highlight the civilian suffering they knew was going on at almost unimaginable levels. In contrast, in the decade-plus since 9/11, with the rarest of exceptions, Americans have remained remarkably detached from their distant wars, thoroughly ignoring what can be known about the suffering that has been caused in their name.

As I was wrapping up my interview, Pham Thang asked me about the purpose of the last hour and a half of questions I’d asked him. Through my interpreter, I explained that most Americans knew next to nothing about Vietnamese suffering during the war and that most books written in my country on the war years ignored it. I wanted, I told him, to offer Americans the chance to hear about the experiences of ordinary Vietnamese for the first time.

“If the American people know about these incidents, if they learn about the wartime suffering of people in Vietnam, do you think they will sympathize?” he asked me.

Soon enough, I should finally know the answer to his question.

Nick Turse is the managing editor of TomDispatch.com and a fellow at the Nation Institute. An award-winning journalist, his work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Nation, and regularly at TomDispatch. He is the author most recently of Kill Anything that Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam (The American Empire Project, Metropolitan Books). Published on January 15th, it offers a new look at the American war machine in Vietnam and the suffering it caused. His website is NickTurse.com. You can follow him on Tumblr and on Facebook.

Shared Hardships and Concerns Bind the Fates of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and Haitians...

A social and political rights movement of Indigenous people is rising across Canada and making international headlines. Protests by the ‘Idle No More’ movement began last month and continue to grow.

The movement has rallied daily across the country in shopping malls, at U.S. border crossings and on major railway lines. Three days ago, it compelled Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to climb down from his refusal to meet with Indigenous leaders to discuss the very deep concerns of Indigenous people. He has agreed to meet a delegation on Friday, January 11. It remains to be seen if anything will issue from this gathering, but it is a significant political victory nonetheless. Protests will continue in the meantime, including an international day of solidarity action called for the day of the planned meeting. (See the Facebook event here.)

The social conditions and concerns that have given rise to this movement in Canada are strikingly similar to those in Haiti. In both cases, a long history of political interference, violations of national sovereignty and failed or harmful social policies are sparking firestorms of protest.

Omnibus Legislation Bulldozes Democratic Consultation

Two overriding concerns have sparked the Idle No More movement. One is the “omnibus” federal budget legislation, Bill C-45, that was approved by the Conservative Party-controlled Parliament and Senate last month.

Bill C-45 significantly amends laws in ways that further degrade sovereign and social rights of Indigenous peoples as well as the natural environment. The amended laws include the Fisheries Act, the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, the Navigable Waters Protection Act and the Canada Labour Code.

“Bill C-45 will not be enforced or recognized by First Nations,” declared a December 14 statement by the Chiefs of Ontario Political Confederacy. The statement echoes Indigenous opinion right across the country. The Confederacy includes the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, Anishinabek Nation, Grand Council Treaty No. 3, Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians and Independent First Nations. These sovereign bodies represent 250,000 people.

Ontario Regional Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Stan Beardy, a signator of the statement, commented on the adoption of C-45 in saying, “The Canadian government just gave birth to a monster.”

Indigenous leaders are also sounding the alarm about a further wave of legislated changes that the federal government is pressing forward. These would deeply alter the funding and management of education and fundamentally degrade communal property laws and traditions on Indigenous territories.

Housing and Social Rights Uprising

The second spark to the Indigenous uprising is the calamitous social conditions on most Aboriginal territories. One community in northern Ontario, Attawapiskat, has come to symbolize the calamity. It blasted into national news headlines more that one year ago when its leaders declared a state of emergency over the chronic lack of housing, potable water, economic development and other social woes. Years of failure by the federal government to adequately fund social services in that community created conditions where some individuals and families were living year-round in tents or in construction trailers converted into single room dormitories.

One member of Parliament as well as national media undertook to report and publicize the deplorable conditions at Attawapiskat. The emergency declaration and resulting publicity galvanized similar, unresolved grievances right across the country.

Notwithstanding government promises one year ago to begin to address the concerns at Attawapiskat, next to nothing was done. So last month, Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence began a hunger strike in Ottawa that has made national and international headlines.

The key demand of her hunger strike has been that the federal government undertake meaningful discussion with Indigenous leaders to address longstanding and deepgoing concerns. She will be in attendance at the January 11 meeting but has warned there may not yet be enough pressure on the government to bring about meaningful policy changes, the problems are so widespread and long-standing. That’s why protests are continuing unabated.

For example, more than 2,000 people from north-central Manitoba are still living in makeshift housing in the city of Winnipeg, capital of Manitoba, almost two years after their communities were deliberately flooded in order to divert spring, snow melt water from the capital.

In a 2006 report, the International Housing Coalition cited estimates by the Assembly of First Nations that 80,000 housing units are needed in Canada’s 630 Indigenous communities. According to the 2001 Canadian census, 54 per cent of housing units on Indigenous territories were substandard. Many of those were a danger to human health.

According to the National Aboriginal Housing Association (NAHA), one in five non-reservation, Aboriginal households are in core need of housing, compared to one in eight in the general population. In 2006, Aboriginal people made up 0.5 per cent of the population of Toronto but 26 per cent of its homeless. In Edmonton in 2008, the corresponding figures were five per cent and 40 per cent.

NAHA represents non-reserve Aboriginals. According to the 2006 census in Canada, 60 per cent of the Indigenous and Metis population of some 1.2 million (four per cent of the population of the country) are urban residents. Many have moved to urban settings to escape the dire poverty prevalent on most Indigenous territories.

Drinking water contamination and proper sanitation are also critical concerns in many Indigenous communities. In November 2011, CBC News reported on a federal government-commissioned assessment of water and sewer services on reserves that was released in April 2011. It looked at the water and sewer systems of 571 First Nations with 112,836 dwellings and a total population of 484,321. Thirty nine per cent of systems examined were deemed “high risk” to human health.

Mirror of Haiti

The parallels between Canada’s failure to adequately assist in housing its Indigenous population and the inadequacies and failings of its post-2010 earthquake aid to Haiti are striking. In Haiti, too, popular demands for a meaningful housing policy and for clean water and sanitation systems have been ignored and, as a result, protests are on the rise. Close to 400,000 Haitians are still living in harsh, displaced person tent camps with next to no services. Hundreds of thousands more have crammed into damaged buildings, into the homes of friends and relatives, or into informal shelter settlements, including very large settlements on the outskirts of Port au Prince.

In both circumstances, millions and billions of dollars are thrown at the problems and nothing seems to get done. Poor understanding of the plight of the victims and why the aid efforts fail, and the weakness or absence of advocacy on victims’ behalf opens space for prejudicial and racist interpretations of the problems to fester.

Racism is on the rise against the Idle No More movement as opponents of Indigenous rights and sovereignty strike back. Accusations of corruption, favoritism and incompetency against Indigenous communities and leaders are tossed about in ways that mislead and miseducate about the real sources of the policy failures in Indigenous communities.

Haiti received a dose of this treatment last Thursday from none other than Canada’s Minister of International Cooperation, Julian Fantino. Using his brief and only visit to Haiti last November as his prop, the minister blamed Haitians for their plight in an off-the-cuff, telephone interview with a journalist at the Montreal daily La Presse. The minister was newly appointed last year and has no international development experience.

Minister Fantino said Haitians can’t be bothered to organize themselves to clean up their cities and neighbourhoods. They can’t get a national government in place to get meaningful economic development going. They are simply looking for international handouts to solve their problems. “We [Canada] are not a charity foundation,” he said.

The minister used the interview to announce that Canada will freeze all new aid projects in Haiti. The Haitian government learned about the announcement through subsequent news reports.

Fantino’s comments join a string of recent, damaging decisions by Canada concerning Haiti, including sending more Canadian police and soldiers to the country, issuing a travel advisory warning just as Haiti is trying to launch tourism initiatives, and announcing that henceforth, international aid spending will serve first and foremost to promote Canadian business interests.

In Haiti as in Canada’s Indigenous communities, much of the millions and billions of dollars that are said to have been directed toward needy recipients have in fact remained entirely in the control of the donors, be they foreign governments or outside aid agencies. The funds could not be misspent by the recipients because they were never in their hands in the first place. Furthermore in Haiti’s case, half of the funds that were raised or promised for earthquake aid and recovery have not been spent and are not committed to future projects.

The failings or absence of housing and other social policy in Haiti and in Aboriginal territories in Canada can be traced to the deliberate and systematic weakening of political sovereignty and democratic institutions of the affected peoples. The fight to regain that sovereignty is a growing struggle that links the fate of the peoples of the two countries and is a key to their survival and progress. •

Watch a one and a half minute video of the Idle No More march at the U.S.-Canada border at Cornwall, Ontario (Akwesasne) on January 5, 2013. Listen to an informative, 20-minute interview on CBC Radio on January 7 with Idle No More spokesperson Pam Palmateer and former vice-president of United Native Nations in British Columbia, Ernie Crey.

CHAN statement: “Three years after Haiti’s earthquake.”

Roger Annis is a coordinator of the Canada Haiti Action Network. He can be reached at rogerannis@hotmail.com. This article first published on the rabble.ca website.

Government’s Drive To Expel Foreign Students Is ‘Damaging UK Economy’

Calls to crackdown on bogus foreign students have driven large numbers of genuine overseas applicants to competitor countries, damaging not only universities but also the UK economy, a university chief has warned.

Chief executive of Universities UK, Nicola Dandridge, said repeated statements by ministers to be tougher on immigration had made international students feel unwelcome.

She said universities are reporting a significant drop in the number of students applying from overseas, particularly from India, Pakistan, China and Saudi Arabia,

"These are countries that send large numbers and also they are important countries in terms of international engagement, so we want to be promoting and fostering relations with them, not erecting barriers," she told The Guardian.

Any fall in foreign applicants will impact not only universities but also on the economy and international relations, she warned.

"They bring connections that reap dividends in financial and cultural and social terms way into the future," she said.

"We are concerned about the language and the atmosphere being created, not least because it plays very, very badly internationally.

"Whatever the intentions of the politicians are ... every time these sorts of comments are made by the Home Secretary or others it does have a potentially very damaging impact internationally."

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In November, Boris Johnson issued a warning over prejudice against foreign students in the UK, saying new visa rules introduced by ministers sent out the "wrong signal".

Following the London Mayor's visit to India, a private Indian university announced its plans to open a campus in London for 15,000 foreign students.

Overseas students are estimated to be worth £8bn a year to the British economy, a figure projected to rise to £16.8bn by 2025, according to a study by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Home Secretary Theresa May last month announced the introduction of face-to-face interviews for 100,000 applicants for student visas a year.

She said the government's success in closing down bogus colleges and cutting student visa numbers by 74,000 (26%) last year as part of a drive to reduce overall net migration but insisted that there was no cap on legitimate students from outside the EU.

Dandridge said politicians need to portray the UK as being open and welcoming to international students without compromising immigration laws.

Mark Harper, the immigration minister, added: "The UK's education system is one of the best in the world but to maintain this reputation it is vital that we tackle the abuse of the student route, while making sure Britain remains open for business."

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Is Sam Harris the World’s Dumbest Atheist? His Latest Rant on Guns Points to...

A wet dream for the NRA from one of America's leading atheists.

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There are many mysteries posed by this world for which science offers no answer: Why are we here? What is the meaning of life? Who let the dogs out? And, perhaps most confounding, why does anyone take atheist pundit Sam Harris seriously?

In response to the Sandy Hook massacre, Harris stopped sputtering about Muslims long enough to weigh in with a post Sandy Hook essay, " The Riddle of the Gun." Unlike the above mysteries, however, the gun is no riddle. As the NRA recently reminded us, firearms are merely a tool. They can be used as a sturdy hammer, a nifty paperweight, a handsome tie clip, a rather crap spaghetti strainer, and, in a desperate pinch, as a convenient murder weapon! Guns are as far from a riddle as one can get. The numbers are brutally simple. According to this Harvard study, and the least bit of common sense, more guns = more gun homicides. And expounding on this topic, without accepting that fact as the moral epicenter of your argument, is tantamount to protecting gun rights over the lives of innocents. Harris, in his continuing quest to overcome the vicious stereotype that atheists are typically rational people, takes a page from NRA President Wayne LaPierre's handbook of douchebaggery, and suggests the answer to the "riddle" of guns should be, in fact, more guns. Only a corporate shill or a professional philosopher could arrive at this position without realizing (or admitting) how utterly full of shit they are.

Sure, we'd all prefer for this to be a "don't feed the troll" type situation, but as of this writing Harris's gushing paean to gun violence (and considering the research cited above, describing it as anything other would be incredibly disingenuous) has received 44,000 Facebook likes, so perhaps it's best to feed this unwitting troll the fatal poison for which he has apparently no natural immunity: logic! And, after nearly a decade of ostensibly sincere intellectual sewage, Harris is straining Poe's Law with introductions like this: "Fantasists and zealots can be found on both sides of the debate over guns in America." Ah, yes, all those awful zealots with their fanatical designs on protecting small children from senseless, preventable gun-murder -- based on the simple truth that guns cause death. Tell us more, o convoluted one!

"On the one hand, many gun-rights advocates reject even the most sensible restrictions on the sale of weapons to the public. On the other, proponents of stricter gun laws often seem unable to understand why a good person would ever want ready access to a loaded firearm."

The lesson here is that Sam Harris has two hands. Two extremist and falsely equivalent hands. And he can count them both! But rest assured, good reader:

"Between these two extremes we must find grounds for a rational discussion about the problem of gun violence."

Phew! I was beginning to think this was going to be yet another one of Harris's patented fake-smart-for-dumb-people routines wherein he constructs a series of strawmen then proceeds to knock them down. Oh wait. That's exactly what this is. Harris fails spectacularly to provide the advertised rational discussion.

Before delving further into this NRA wet-dream of an essay, let us reflect on an important facet of Harris's personality. The common thread running through all of Harris's logic-abortions, the key to understanding how a purported "intellectual" can be so consistently wrong and so morally repugnant, is his unbridled cowardice -- both of the intellectual variety and an all-pervasive, crapping-his-pants fear that manifests itself in the form of  sophistry and a brazen disregard for following the available evidence to its logical conclusion.

Tar Sands Blockade: Growing Opposition to Keystone XL Pipeline

So far, the Canadian pipeline corporation has faced and overcome opposition all along the way – from protestors, blockaders, and court challenges – and as of January 4, TransCanada reported that the 485 mile construction project was roughly a third complete and pretty much on schedule for completion before the end of 2013.

Despite setbacks as recently as January 3, when a police-supervised cherry picker collected a tree-sitter from the pipeline right-of-way, the Tar Sands Blockade and other opposition groups kept their actions going with a non-violence training camp over the weekend.

This led to the Tar Sands Blockade’s largest demonstration so far, on January 7, when about 100 protestors occupied the lobby in the TransCanada office building. After about an hour, police cleared the building almost peacefully, with little more than some pushing and shoving. There were few arrests. Most of the evicted demonstrators gathered in a green space across the street, where they performed street theater featuring a “pipeline dragon,” as some 40 police looked on, some on horseback quietly drinking their Starbucks.

A potentially much more important struggle goes on mostly out of sight in Washington, DC, where the Secretary of State is officially responsible for accurately assessing the environmental impact of the whole Keystone XL, all 1,100-plus miles of it. This assessment was ordered almost a year ago, when President Obama resisted Congressional pressure, and denied the pipeline a permit to cross from Canada into the U.S. until the evaluation was done – making the final decision a clear indicator of the president’s seriousness about climate change.

Redford Speaks Politely to Power

This was the subtext of environmentalist and movie makes Robert Redford in a recent piece that doesn’t mention President Obama by name, but calls in quietly measured tones for his government to deny the pipeline a permit:

“This is a time for climate leadership. So, instead of a shoddy Keystone XL environmental review, the first major climate action for this Administration’s second term should be to set limits on climate change pollution from power plants. That is the kind of action that makes sense.

“And then it will make sense to reject this dirty energy project. With extreme weather taking its toll on communities all over America, we can’t afford another major dirty energy project such as the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.”

The Alberta tar sands in Canada, like tar sands everywhere, do not contain oil. The near-solid bitumen in tar sands can be turned into a high-sulfur content oil by treatment with toxic chemicals, heat, and pressure. The Keystone XL pipeline is designed to transport over 700,000 barrels of hot tar sands oil under pressure every day, from Canada across the heartland of the United States to Gulf Coast refineries, from whence it will mostly go to overseas markets, especially China.

In contrast to Redford’s polite demurrer, NASA scientist James Hansen has looked at the very same set of facts and concluded that Canadian tar sands “contain twice the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by global oil use in our entire history” – and that exploitation of this “resource” would mean, effectively, “game over for the climate.”

Hansen was critical of President Obama for taking the attitude that the Canadians would exploit their tar sands no matter what the U.S. does. Redford suggests this may not be true, that:

 “Canadians know better – they haven’t let new tar sands pipeline be built yet to either of their own coasts. In fact, the proposed Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline to the west coast is considered dead by many.”

 Resistance Continues to Grow and Spread

With completion of Keystone XL, this would become irrelevant. With Keystone blocked, it could be wishful thinking. There is already serious resistance in British Columbia and Nebraska and Vermont as well as Texas and other points along likely pipeline routes. And resistance appears to continue to grow, as noted in CounterPunch in discussing the rise of Idle No More, a coalition of indigenous people in Canada in recent months, who are now joining the tar sands protest in Texas:

“In the coming days a new blockade will be set up in Texas as the resistance to Tar Sands grows. Plans are a foot across the country and the world for solidarity actions with Idle No More movement and direct actions targeting these industries and governments that continue to push our health, the environment and the existence of future generations aside for the profits of the transnational corporations defining the global political regime.

 “Let’s hope that 2013 brings a needed awakening in the United States and that the Obama liberals and progressives shake off their shackles to a system that is plodding along in the wrong direction and decide to be Idle No More!!!”

 The Lufkin Daily News posted a video of a non-violent but nevertheless odd arrest on January 3 of a man asking for an explanation of why he had to move out of a public right of way. Tar Sands Blockade described the sheriff’s behavior this way:

 “Escalated police harassment of supporters along public highway continues:

“Angelina County sheriffs continue to push the limits of their legal authority with their harassment of supporters trying to observe the blockade from the side of a public highway. Supporters have been detained under the pretense that they were ‘witnesses to a felony investigation’ and ordered to produce ID.”

Later the group reported that 6 blockaders were being held in jail, with bail set at $10,000 each. To deal with one person of color who was arrested without ID, the sheriff’s department called immigration authorities.

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Meow! Malaysia launches social network for cats

A screenshot from http://catmoji.com/

A screenshot from http://catmoji.com/

If Facebook and Twitter are not enough to show how cute and adorable your fluffy cat is, it’s time to check out Catmoji. Malaysian developers have launched a special social network for cat lovers.

People with a feline fixation now have their own separate place to display love for their pets and post gigabytes of cat pictures without distressing their ailurophobic friends.

This new website will spare you of news, politics and relationship statuses focusing solely on the cats.

The website was thought-up and developed in Malaysia. The closed cat-loving community can be joined if you leave your request on the website.

The site also offers to find you cute cat pictures according to your mood.

­Brad Pitt joins Chinese Twitter, hints at visit to communist state

Brad Pitt (AFP Photo / Nils Klinger)

Brad Pitt (AFP Photo / Nils Klinger)

Hollywood star Brad Pitt is so popular in China that he has signed up for an account on the Chinese version of Twitter. His first post on Wiebo hinted that the actor may soon be visiting the communist state, drawing comments from thousands of users.

“It is the truth. Yup, I'm coming,” a message posted on Pitt’s page on Sina Weibo read.

The news of one of the world’s sexiest men planning to visit China was shared and quoted over 30,000 times and sparked a wave of comments, with thousands of surprised users expressing their excitement, AFP reported.

It is unclear if Pitt meant that he would be visiting China, or if he was just marking his arrival on the microblogging website.

Pitt's account had already gained over 100,000 followers in the six hours following the first post.

According to various film websites, Pitt was banned from entering China after starring in the 1997 movie 'Seven Years in Tibet,' based on the true story of the Austrian mountain climber who befriended the Dalai Lama while China began its occupation of Tibet. Beijing was reportedly angered by the film's negative depiction of the Chinese.

The Chinese government has long regulated and censored Internet activity in the country. Many popular sites such as Facebook and Twitter are blocked in China.

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Mark Jackson, ISP Review | A successful Freedom of Information (FoI) request to the UK government’s Department for Education (DfE) has revealed that broadband ISPs BT and Virgin Media have raised...

Bills could stop corporate invasion of privacy

James Dohnert, V3 | California officials aim to improve social networking privacy standards with a set of new legislation. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren has introduced two new bills that...

Italy 1, CIA Torturers 0

David Swanson | Forza Italia! After years of appeals, Italy's highest court has upheld the conviction of 23 Americans involved in a CIA kidnapping of a...

Privately Owned Banking Cartel Has Been Given Police Powers

Pam Martens | Alternet | By mid morning on Monday, September 17, as Occupy Wall Street protesters marched around the perimeter of the Federal Reserve Bank...

Whistleblower: US illegally collecting citizen data

Paul Harris | guardian.co.uk | Bill Binney believes he helped create a monster. Sitting in the innocuous surroundings of an Olive Garden in the Baltimore suburbs, the former senior...

Surfthechannel founder condemns the British justice system

Here is the message in full - posted on the Surfthechannel website, as seen in the Google Cache. A Very British Miscarriage Of Justice    The real...

How to Increase Your Revenue Using Internet Marketing

Whether your business is a brick-and-mortal establishment or strictly online, Internet marketing can enhance your customer base and increase your revenue. Internet marketing often...

How To Make Google Plus Work For Your Business

In this era of advanced internet technology, having an online marketing strategy of some sort is no longer an option but a necessity in...

The Best Ways to Use Pinterest For Your Website

Learning how to navigate the waters of social media can help to market your website, for free. Taking advantage of Pinterest, one of the newest...

The SEO Pyramid

The principles of the SEO pyramid specify what you should do first and what you can do later in terms of SEO. So, I’ll...

Video Marketing Tips: How to Market Your Website Through Videos

Simply uploading your video on YouTube does not guarantee traffic to your website or sales page. If you are aiming to promote a product...

45 Tips For Small Businesses Using Social Media

Social media can be very intimidating for small businesses. Especially with recent changes in policy from Facebook and other such sites. Getting to grips,...

Top Eight Tips to Get Your Small Business Noticed Online

Top Eight Tips to Get Your Small Business Noticed Online Today, online-based businesses are becoming the new brick and mortar. In fact, even the traditional...

Tools to help you get FREE traffic to your website

Many website owners are finding that even though they have a website, they’re unable to get any profit from it. Thus, a nifty website...

Start-Up Tips on Starting Your SEO Campaign on the Right Path

While I am fully aware that great optimisation for search engines needs to be handled by a professional, I have learnt a few tricks...

Link Building With Google Penguin

How To Combat Google's New Search Algorithm With White Hat Link-Building Tricks In April this year Google updated its search algorithm with ‘Penguin’ in an...

Time Management Apps for the Self-Employed

Mobile apps to keep you on target and productive all day long Time management is the bane of every self-employed, work-at-home, or telecommuting businessperson. With...

Social Media Marketing: Is Yours Failing?

There are 800 million Facebook users and 225 million Twitter accounts worldwide (SocialSkinny.com). Everyone seems to be on the social networking bandwagon. As a...

What’s In Store With The New Google?

As Google continues to move forward with their Panda and Penguin updates, and as they struggle to stay relevant on the social media networking...

5 Reasons You Should Prominently Feature Video on Your Website

As websites increasingly become the way for potential customers to choose what business to deal with and as more companies, bloggers and individuals go...

Is Google+ A Failure?

As a social network, Google Plus was supposed to compete with Facebook and Twitter. It was supposed to step up to the plate and...

Tweeting Like A Pro – Some Useful Twitter Tools To Use For Your Marketing

Similar to Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and LinkedIn, Twitter is an integral component of any social media marketing campaign. The said microblogging site is simply...

New Ecommerce System Launches – Interview With Digibilly Creator

A few months ago I heard that development was underway for an exciting new eCommerce system called Digibilly. With no software to install and works...

Preparing Your Product for Launch Day

Preparing for a product launch can be stressful… There’s just so many things you can do. You know that you should get some affiliates...

Social Media Strategies – How to Use Them Effectively

Social media strategies are part of a larger plan used for marketing any kind of business. Social media is also beneficial to individuals as...

Utilizing Multi-Screen Marketing & Social Media Effectively

The social media and online marketing landscape is ever-evolving. Facebook and Twitter, and to a lesser effect LinkedIn have solidified themselves as leaders in...

Twitter Breaks U.S. Records During Super Bowl 2012

The Super Bowl, no longer just a major sporting event, but one of the worlds largest advertising and marketing phenomena. Each year advertisers and...

Google Changes Search – Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basket

What is Search Plus Your World? 'Search Plus Your World' is Google's latest major update, and the first to actively incorporate the user's social network...

How to Create an Outstanding Call to Action

A call to action (CTA) is simply the process of asking or telling a reader to do something. In the blogosphere, it’s not only...

The Rise of Microservers in the Web Hosting Industry

Tablets are slowly eroding netbook sales, but in the web hosting industry, they may eventually return with a vengeance. This time around, data centers...

5 Ways Quality Content Can Help Your Business Succeed Online

How Quality Content Can Generate More Leads and Increase Sales The web content craze isn’t going anywhere. Great website content can help you increase your...

10 Tips for Webmasters Using Google Plus

The gloves are off, and Facebook and Google seem to be in a battle of the titans as to who will control not one...

Five Popular Business Apps for iPhone

1. Flashlight The brightest light application for your iPhone, this will light up your world. We all know how essential it is to carry around...

Obama Uses Google Plus To Expand Social Media Presence

Doing slightly better with social media than McDonalds, tonight President Obama logged on to Google Plus to answer questions in an effort to expand the...

More Internet Users Trust Social Media in Emerging Markets

A number of studies conducted by eMarketer, PEW and other regional groups have looked into the use of social networks and their trust ratings...

INTERVIEW: George Sepich – Talk Marketing Now

In a corner of the Internet, some of the brightest Internet marketers are gathering every night to share trade secrets. But this isn't your typical...

3 Self Promotion Tips from a Sales Copywriter

When you're starting out as a freelancer, your skills at self promotion will determine your success to a large degree. Once you're established, the...

The Small Business Advantage: Personal Touch

Not so long ago, the best way to position a sales pitch directly to households was through radio. Just years after the television industry...

Boringness is Branding

It is incomprehensible why some designers seem stuck in the gaudy days of 1980’s, and why young designers today cannot get enough of design...

A look inside Top Sites’ Data Centres

by Jasmine S
Have you ever wondered how your favorite sites – Facebook, YouTube and Google - handle the vast traffic that they receive every day? What is it that enables them to cope with the millions of...

How to get yourself out of a blogging rut

by Peter Falconer
So you’ve hit a brick wall with your writing. You feel like you’re not getting anywhere with your blog. A lack of comments to your posts, engagement on your Twitter account...

3 Reasons Why Your Business Should Be Blogging

by Jessica Wagner
It's not going to work if you simply have a web site and you're expecting all of the business to just fall in your lap. In today's, Internet ruled, market every business needs to be using every tool...

Does B2B Really Need to Worry about Social Marketing?

by Alan Grainger
If you're involved in any kind of online marketing, or if you just happen to be aged 14, then the chances are you will have active Facebook profiles, Gmail accounts and you are constantly Tweeting...

5 Tips for Using Photos & Images to Boost Your Local Business

by Chris Marentis
People respond well to visuals, especially ones that stand out and make a statement. Using photos and images for your business is a low-cost and effective way to promote your company and...

How Can Guest Blogging Help Your Business?

by Edgar Boutaric
Guest blogging is all about posting articles on other people's site, to help your own site become more popular. This can be in the form of a link...

A Question of Social Media: On Kids and Students

Facebook started in a campus where it first struck the hearts of the jocks and cheerleaders. It continued in other college campuses and continued...

No Goodbyes yet for Social Media Pioneer Friendster

It could have demolished thousands of no-bearing and successful social media sites today. It could have grown into a multi-billion dollar account. It could...

Cheap Internet Marketing Techniques Which Are Easy On The Pocket

by Rahil Muzafar
Any blog, website, online store, or any other kind of online entity that’s interested in making money via internet, or even some offline business, or organization that's looking for some publicity...

The Relationship between SEO and CRO

by Jacob S
If you ask an amateur SEO what his job is, he’ll tell you that his job is to rank high in search engines to bring the highest number of visitors to the website. And, if you ask an...

Two Tier Internet Looms

by Steph Wood
The possibility of a two tier internet in the United Kingdom is looking ever more like a certainty. With the nation’s biggest Internet Service Providers (BT, Virgin Media and Sky) collaborating on how to sell the idea of ‘fast lane’ access...

High-Tech Technology — Are You Safe?

by Melissa Dean
The Smartphone craze has gotten to the point where Smartphones are outselling conventional PCs. It is OK to be crazy about your Smartphone or to want to own one – after all, jumping on the bandwagon is...

Getting a Thousand Views on an Article

by Warner Carter
One thousand views a day per article is impossible if you’re just new to blogging. This is understandable because being new means the absence of...

How Can You Avoid Dropping The Ball On Social Media?

by Dan Cash
Making a stupid statement or getting into a fight on Twitter or Facebook can be embarrassing and make you look very, very foolish. It can also lose you your job if you...

What’s On ‘LinkedIn Today’, Today?

by Dan Cash
LinkedIn have launched 'LinkedIn Today', their news organ which they hope will become as important a daily destination as Facebook or Twitter. They’ve noticed that although they have many...

Fcommerce And The Social Shift

by Neil Jones
Monetizing a site is a must for most of us, we need to pay wages, hosting fees and the list goes on.  Most of us throw up an AdSense block or maybe an affiliate offer but when you are Facebook...

Social Network Marketing on Your Mac Can Improve Your Business

by Timothy Arends
By definition, home-based businesses do not require a large workforce; in fact, they often consist of a force of one. No matter what size your workforce, however, you will need customers, and...

Internet Brands Of Yesteryear

by Steph Wood
Nielsen, in collaboration with UKOM (UK Online Measurement) recently published a list of the web’s top 50 brands. It makes for interesting reading, not least because the included...

Is Web 3.0 An Intrusion of Our Privacy?

by Jon Phillips
Imagine a world where your cell phone, laptop, and PDA are sharing the information they know about you.  They know where you live...

The Mobile Internet Revolution And How Your Small Business Can Benefit

by Car Care
The future will be mobile, and the future is upon us. Each year, more consumers are buying mobile devices, and tech giants like Google, Microsoft, and Apple are falling over themselves to provide...

The Importance of Domain Authority and Page Rank in SEO

by Warner Carter
Whether it’s true or not that Google is excluding Page Rank as a factor in considering a website’s adherence to their algorithms, many web owners still believe that PR is important in determining a website’s SEO success.

Social Media: A Friend or Foe?

by Jessy Troy
Social networking is as much a part of our lives now as any phones or television once were. The ability to keep in touch with people all over the world, meet new friends, keep up with favorite celebrities or be one of the first to know of new entertainment releases has huge benefits.

Social Media and Google — What to Take Into Consideration

by Lyuben Georgiev
Social media and search engines interact more and more with each other as we can see from the new Google update from the 17th of February. The update is a great new feature which allows you to see which of your friends have shared a certain page when searching...

7 Ways Using Twitter Can Save You Money

Jon Oman
Twitter is not just about micro blogging anymore.  It is also about saving money.   And with a bad economy and many people out of work, any idea that can help save us money is a good idea.  You may not even realize how many different ways you can use this..

Social Networks Used to Topple Governments?

by Shajan Thomas
Facebook has proven itself a great tool for meeting up with former classmates, keeping in touch with far flung relatives and tending to virtual farms, but apparently it is also pretty good at toppling autocratic regimes. At least, that seems to be the lesson learned after events which started in Egypt but...

Is PageRank Still A Valuable Metric?

by Modi Mac
Google PageRank is a notion which very often gets misunderstood by the online community. Unlike to what some web site owners think, PageRank is not a metric of SEO success. It’s really odd that many non-technical people tend to give so much value to a notion which...

Tweet With Caution – Information leakage

by Dilawer Soomro
Twitter's rise in popularity continues to baffle internet sceptics who confidently predicted that the simple concept of regularly broadcasting "What are you doing?" was too much of a gimmick to remain popular for very long. Dubbed the internet short messaging service (SMS).

3 Core Principles for a Successful Internet Marketing Business

by John Komatsoulis
Marketing is complicated enough without you trying to successfully master multiple strategies. Don’t get sidetracked by everything that is a happening online and focus on mastering one strategy at a time. Whether you choose to market your business using PPC, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Article Writing, Radio or even the Newspaper.

Link Building and 7 Of Its Secrets

by Lyuben Georgiev
Link building is one of the biggest parts of search engine optimization. However, there are certain things that you should and shouldn’t do and sometimes it is hard to know what’s right and what’s wrong. Keep on reading and you will find out what the recommended things you should do are.

Social Media Hopping: Going Where the People Hang Out

by Warner Carter
SEO may be effective at promoting and marketing your business online, but treating this process as the sole tool to your business’ success is a wrong mindset. The problem with many Internet marketers is that they consider their business as an entity that’s purely online. They tend to forget that their online business is an entity that may need traditional marketing methods, too. These businesses need direct promotion and need to be advertised to be known.

Top Ten Online Marketing Related Acronyms Explained

by Kimberlie Hutson
If you’re new to online marketing or you’ve just employed the services of an agency to look after it for you, you’re probably more than a little confused by the language they seem to use. In fact you’re probably feeling like you need to speak fluent ‘internet geek’ just to understand the reports they send over. This should help...

Business Networking on LinkedIn?

by Aimee Sway
If you are a professional businessperson and want to network with others to grow your business, then it is time you took a serious look at LinkedIn.com. LinkedIn is now regarded as the number one online network for the business world and its professionals. This networking community has every kind of company that can possibly be called a business.

3 Tips to Writing Great Entrepreneurial Blogs That Will Get You Noticed

by Actiontrumpseverything.com
These days, anyone with a computer can write a blog, but there’s a big difference between a blog and a great blog. That difference lies in many variations of how and what the author(s) do, especially when it comes to writing entrepreneurial blogs. Entrepreneurs in general are defined by what they do rather than the way they think.

Is Social Media Anti-Social?

by Aimee Sway
Online social media has opened up the world to individuals, providing unprecedented access to other people across the globe. While the advance of social media can be argued to be increasing the acceptance of others from different cultural backgrounds, it is also argued to have negative effects. For example, an argument is building stating that social media is creating a...

YouTube Brownie Points Pays In Google

by Garen Arnold
With the new Google algorithm updates of 2011 there is a lot of buzz across the Internet how social media is going to be a major factor in this upcoming year. So what sites are going to get extra brownie points in the big G's eyes? I believe this is the year for Facebook and Twitter, but even though YouTube isn't a social network it is fantastic way to generate traffic to your website.

How Internet Marketing Changed Since 2002 – and How It Stays the Same

by Val Danylchuk
It may be hard to adopt the new trends in Internet marketing when you know a few proven techniques and are used to rely on them. But after breaking the initial psychological barrier, you can discover plenty of new exciting opportunities. When starting my new online project, Web Tracking Guide, I decided to review everything I knew about Internet marketing...

Advanced Reputation Management Techniques

by Jake Spencer
One of the most common mistakes that online reputation managers make is to create dozens and even hundreds of social media profiles, hoping that some of them will end up dominating the first page of Google. The truth is that this strategy often results in diluting all of these profiles, making none of them particularly powerful or SEO-friendly.

Does Social Media Still Exist?

by Kara Taylor
Social media and social networking will undoubtedly go down as two of the most significant terms coined during the twentieth century. However, as social media becomes less and less a niche activity and more and more a daily thread in the fabric of our existence, will social media continue to play the role that it does and will businesses who use it to attract consumers be able to in the same way?

An Insight into Social Media Sites

by Claire Jarrett
For human beings, socializing and interacting within a society has been existent throughout the ages. Distance and time constraints were two major factors that restricted such interactions. As an answer to this problem, the emergence of social media sites via the internet and Web has enabled individuals to reach out far...

Is Twitter Still Relevant To Small Businesses?

by Christoph Puetz
In a recent interview with Danny Sullivan Google, Bing, and other search engines pretty much admitted that they use signals from Twitter, Facebook, and other social websites to determine the importance of a link and content on the Internet. So, as an example a Twitter account of a celebrity with lots of tweets and...

5 Ways Webmasters Encourage Content Sharing

by Lyuben Georgiev
Quality content is very important when doing SEO and particularly link building, however, if your content is not shareable, you might not achieve the results you are hoping for. Optimizing websites is one thing, but you should keep in mind that content also need to be optimized. Here are the 5 ways to improve...

Are You Marketing Yourself The Right Way?

by Zoe Mcfadden from A Small Orange
In the world of internet business, when it comes to our various organizations, we are defined by the likes of our website. The way we choose to present the face of our organization on the internet is the way we will be perceived by all of our potential clients. Nothing is more important than how we create and market that image.

Inspiring Self-starters and How Internet Marketing Helped Them

by Jason Acar from Skills Online
Online courses are the first step to internet wealth. Do you think you have missed the opportunity to board the Internet cash train? Think again. Daily, people are getting sites and businesses off the ground that, with the correct internet marketing approach, can become the next big thing.

Making Money on The Internet – 5 Reason Checklist

by Philip Rudy from Inetzeal
The online world is definitely not for everybody. People need a certain thinking mind to do it. Actually they need a combination of a lot of things to get into it. It's like a teacher once told me - "It's not always the smart people that make it in this world, it's the people that work the hardest."

Avoid ‘Black Hat’ or Ill-Planned Social Media Marketing Strategies

by Barry James from Wolf21.com
E-mail campaigns have long been a staple of online marketing; however, the proliferation of scam artists (spam artists?) has bred a high degree of cynicism amongst target audiences who are ever more ready to block e-mails from all-too persistent marketers; or, worse yet, report what appears to be dubious marketing from a website as spam.

Emerging Problems as Big Business Taps into Social Media’s Marketing Potential

by Barry James from Wolf21.com
Online marketing through social media sites, although a powerful and growing advertising strategy, is relatively new and – as its stands now – overwhelmingly the purview of small business and tech companies.

Could Social Media Damage The Justice System?

The most senior judge in England and Wales, Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, has thrown a hissy-fit over jurors using new technolgy like this interweb thingy and those scary mobile phones.

How to Future Proof Your Online Business Through Internet Marketing

by Ross Navid
The internet and technology is an amazing thing. It moves so incredibly fast. Yes, the internet is relatively young, but it moves faster than any lifespan. There’s human years, dog years, bee years, and then internet years. The internet has aged incredibly fast due to the nature of the space – mainly meaning a low barrier to entry. Because of that, every person who has a website has something deep rooted in the back of their head – “How long will this last?”

A Look at Social Media in 2011

by Carla Sanchez
Understandably, the first businesses to make the most of social media have been those of a more web-based frame of mind, the last few years have seen this expand to include major businesses in many sectors. Perhaps more importantly smaller (and medium) sized businesses have begun to flex their social media muscles.

9 Cool Twittering Apps

by Mark Clayson
These days, Twitter is synonymous not only with communication and sharing but with doing so whilst on the move. If you need a application to make your Twitter experience

SEO: Imitation in Action

by Tim Smithson
Let’s review, you’ve researched and bolded all of your keywords, you’ve optimized your title tags, URL’s, and content. And you finally gotten

Social Media Options for Connecting Online

by Claire Jarrett
Social Media is media that enables social communication through the use of web based technologies. There are a lot of social media websites available for social communications.

Ignoring Social Media: Smart Brand Management Or Laziness?

by Collin Elder
The dialogue about brand management through social media has focused almost exclusively on web presence. Absence is just not an option. Yet despite the push for more and more

Increasing Blog Traffic via Social Media Sites

by Kate Klemens
When social media first came out no one paid much attention to it. Everyone thought it was going to be another trend that will come and go. Needless to say social media isn’t a trend

Social Media for Small Online Businesses

by Bryan Phelps
Social media is the latest and greatest form of internet marketing to date. Instead of pitching whatever your product or service is in a one-sided format (such as a billboard or television commercial)

Google Adwords Dirty Tricks

Guest Post by Chris Kieff from 1 Good Reason
There are lots of restrictions to using Google Adwords that people find confusing and which force many to not try it out. However there are several easy things you can

eCommerce Apps For Mobile Technology

Guest Post by Mark Clayson from Phone Application Development
Are you an ecommerce merchant looking for iPhone or iTouch apps to make your life easier, especially on the move? Look no further. There is a wealth of electronic evolution

Are You Prepared for the New Twitter Advertising?

Guest Post by Chris Kieff from 1 Good Reason
Twitter’s new advertising programs are now in private Beta testing phase and are closed to all but a select few. However if you are interested in advertising when Twitter opens the programs

How to Scout Whales on LinkedIn

Guest Post by Barbara Weaver Smith from The Whale Hunters
Are you one of the many executives who think social media is frivolous, trivial, and unrelated to your business? Think again! In this article, I explain the value of just one of the...

Guerrilla Warfare Tactics for Cheap Website Advertising

Guest Post by Laurence Flynn From Host Nexus | If you are trying to get word out for your site, a lot of times you are going to run into that age old issue of needing a big fat budget to be able to do it properly - or so you might think!

What Can Social Networks Do For You? – The Difference Social Media Makes

Guest Post by Margo Smith from Classes and Careers | Who do you listen to when making an important purchase? Let us say you are in the market for a new car. The one you have been driving just isn’t cutting it...

What to Expect from Your Social Media Consultant

Guest Post by Mike Bass from Lakeshore Branding | So you’ve finally decided to hire a social media consultant. Now — to make sure...

Socializing — a different way of Internet Marketing

Guest Post by Vic Dinovici from SeoEver.com | When I say socializing I’m not talking about Facebook, Twitter or other activities in front of...

Your Online Privacy Policy

Many of you probably already heard of the girl, Jenny, who quit her job in a rather public way – through photos and a dry erase board. Despite the laughter of the situation and afterward finding out it was an elaborate hoax, average individuals should take

3 Money Making Blog Posts for Your Local Business

Guest Post by Stephanie Padovani from Bookmorebrides.com | “What’s the point in spending all that time writing blog posts if it doesn’t make me...

8 Ways to Get Legit Links to Your Site

Guest Post by Elizabeth Cutten from FindBizCards | As any website owner will tell you by now, if you want to get to...

A Review Of 8 Top Social Media Monitoring Tools

Guest Post by Lauren Horn from ProspectMX | The most obvious reasons businesses are involved in social media outlets are to reap the benefits...

The Role of Social Media in Education Life

Guest Post by Daniel Writer from Essay Writing Service | These days we are living in the fast developing society which every day offers...

Understanding Your Bounce Rate

Guest Post by Deepak Gupta from Help My Resume | When I bring up the topic of Bounce Rate, I am not discussing the...

Improve Email List Building with Free Ebooks

by Mick Meaney When you're first testing a new niche you probably don't want to spend weeks writing a new ebook, until you know there...

Business News: Why Your CFO May Be An Uber Idiot! An Example of NOT...

Guest Post by Richard Harmer from the Brady Media Group Let me say this, we need these people. I mean, in my adult life…or any...

Developing a Profitable iPhone App: It’s Easier Than You Think

Guest Post by Ryan Chaffin "Hey Kev! Is that the new iPhone?" Does that sound familiar? It should. The...

Internet Marketing: Why Your Social Media Person Should be a Trained Spokesperson

This Ain’t Child’s Play Anymore Folks! Guest Post by Richard Harmer Brady Media Group Here’s the deal, companies develop personalities just like people. Since this...

How Will Google Instant Effect Internet Marketing?

Dubbed “search at the speed of thought”, Google Instant is a major update to the search engine. Google Instant attempts to predict queries and...

Millionaire Blogger wants to set you up with a Blog

by Thomas Prince Making money with blogs is huge. However, many people don't know where to start. That was where I was about a month...

Publish on RINF

Articles that have not been published elsewhere take precedence. Manage your articles here. Promotional content will be rejected. Linking guidelines: Do keep your links relevant to the...

Blogging Tips For A Better Internet Marketing Strategy

by Amanda Music It seem that blogging is becoming more and more popular among people of all ages. This is becoming more and more evident...

MySpace Relaunch?

As Facebook hits 500 million members, News Corp. which bought MySpace for US$580 million in 2005 has revealed plans to relaunch the site and...

Discover Why Video Content Needs to be Part of Your Online Marketing Strategy and...

by E. Elizabeth Edwards Maybe you are reluctant to enter the video market because you don't feel that particular online marketing strategy is appropriate for...

Something is Rotten in the State of Denmark – Danish Web Filter

In the world of web filtering, internet surveillance and other such web meddling there are a few countries who tend to hit the headlines...

Google Improves Search

Last week Google updated it's search engine, the update called Google Caffeine, is already improving the search experience for users around the World. Also reports...

Money Saving Tips for Online Business Websites

by Mark Lu In this tough economy, it is crucial for online businesses to cut cost just to survive. Below are some of the...

More Unemployed Workers Going Online To Make Money

by Alexander Mathis As the world economy struggles to rebound, more and more unemployed adults are looking in to how to make money online. In...

If It Can Happen to Al and Tipper Gore, It Can Happen to Anyone

by Marco Lavanna When word got out that former Vice President Al Gore and wife Tipper were splitting up, older Americans were in shock. ...

Lancashire SEO Company Releases Marketing Tips

Lancashire SEO and web design company, Woweb, have just released their list of top tips to help small businesses get to grips with the...

Internet Censorship Increases in Pakistan

There has been increasing evidence of the active role that many governments and states across the world are taking in internet censorship. Over...

TVSHOWSHD — the best place to watch your favorite TV show series online?

Tvshowshd.com is the new kid on the block for all TV show and movie lovers. With a long and exhaustive list of tv shows...

Internet firms condemn “unwarranted” invasion of people’s privacy

A proposal to allow Cheltenham listening post GCHQ to monitor any email, phone call or website visit of people in the UK has been...

Israeli hires Internet soldiers

Straight out of Avigdor Lieberman’s Foreign Ministry: a new Internet Fighting Team! Israeli students and demobilized soldiers get paid to pretend they are just...

Concern over MI6 chief web details

The Liberal Democrats are calling for an inquiry into whether the new head of MI6, Sir John Sawers, should be allowed to take up...

Big brother is watching

The furore around the Chinese government’s Green Dam software has raised the issue of the way modern technology is used to monitor our daily...

Iranians Use Internet, Phones to Share Protest News

With independent media coverage of Iranian protests restricted by authorities, witnesses are reaching out online and by telephone to report what they see on...

Why Obama’s CIO Wants to Put All Gov’t Info Online

The Obama administration's most radical idea may also be its geekiest: Make nearly every hidden government spreadsheet and buried statistic available online, all in...

An Expectation of Online Privacy

If your data is online, it is not private. Oh, maybe it seems private. Certainly, only you have access to your e-mail. Well, you...

Police facing growing pressure over tactics

By Siân Ruddick | The Metropolitan Police Authority is under growing pressure over its operation around the G20 protests and the death of Ian...

Street View nod prompts call for privacy watchdog reform

By Chris Williams | Frustrated by years of alleged intransigence in dealing with complaints about privacy-infringing new technologies, activists have called for politicians to investigate and...

Public concerned about plans to monitor social networking sites

LONDON - The majority of people interviewed in the latest Brand Republic video are against the government's plans to monitor social networking sites, claiming...

Government may snoop on websites

By Stefano Ambrogi | Social networking websites like Facebook could be forced to pass on details of users' friends and contacts under government proposals to...

Privacy group urges sites to say no to Phorm

 Online privacy and civil liberties organisation the Open Rights Group has urged major websites including Amazon, Google, Ebay and Facebook to opt out of...

Privacy campaigners pressure web firms to boycott Phorm

Privacy campaigners have written an open letter to leading web companies demanding they resist the introduction of the Phorm web user tracking system by...

Motorists could be banned from leaving Britain over unpaid parking fines

By David Millward | They risk being caught up in plans to recoup almost £1billion in outstanding fines and court orders imposed for criminal offences...

The New Thought Police

The NSA Wants to Know How You Think - Maybe Even What You Think By James Bamford  The National Security Agency (NSA) is developing a tool that...

Cyberspace wars

By JAMES EAGLE WHILE bombs and bullets have been raining down on Gaza, a different kind of warfare has been conducted in cyberspace - and...

Why You Should Delete Your MySpace Account

Today I am deleting all the content from my Myspace account and leaving only this notice. I’ve been inspired by the Franklin Street Statement...

Antisemitism: A Web of Denial

Via lancasteruaf.blogspot.com | Let me start by thanking the ADL and Chris Wolf for making this into a great conference. I’m pleased to be here...

Dissident “threat” at all time high, despite MI5 “huge effort.”

By Brian Walker | The police assessment is, in fact, that the dissident threat is at an all-time high.” This is the theme of...

VIDEO: Centuries of British freedoms being ‘broken’ by security state

Centuries of British civil liberties risk being broken by the relentless pressure from the ‘security state’, the country’s top prosecutor has warned. By Christopher Hope Outgoing...

Tools to Expose Big Oil’s Influence on Our Political System

You can use Oil Change USA's tools to educate, activate and engage people coming to your website and blog by: launching an email campaign that...

Could Coca Cola Distribution Network Save Children’s Lives?

In 1988, Simon Berry, Chief Executive of ruralnet|uk was working as a development worker in remote north east of Zambia, conscious that while he...

The FBI’s Plan to ‘Profile’ Muslims

By Juan Cole | The U.S. Justice Department is considering a change in the grounds on which the FBI can investigate citizens and legal...

Online Activists Keep the Pressure on Obama

By Ari Melber | If Obama is lucky, he will continue to benefit from these energized, sophisticated activists who support his candidacy while they press...

Clinton Suspends Her Presidential Campaign

By Paul Harris | Hillary Clinton yesterday suspended her bid to become America's first woman president and vowed to help Barack Obama in his...

Spying and the abuse of data

By Christopher Caldwell | Setting up cameras and monitoring employees’ toilet breaks, as the supermarket chain Lidl did; keeping a “black money” fund for...

The Culture of Capitalism

By Jonathan Rutherford | We are living through an age of transition. The new co-exists with the old. We can identify political, economic and...

Scientology Strikes Back – Anonymous Responds

For months, a group calling itself Anonymous has been running giggling circles around the Church of Scientology. At the same time, caution is always...

Leaked Documents Spring Up Across Web

By Elana Schor  The US court order shutting down the website Wikileaks today appeared to backfire on the Swiss bank that sought the legal action,...

Guiliani’s Daughter Supports Obama

Well, that's embarassing. We knew that Rudy Guiliani's two kids are estranged from him since he dumped their mother for his mistress (and now...

Are new technologies sacrificing privacy?

Are companies being fair with what they do with the data they collect. If they aren't, then we need some rules in place. Patrick Thibodeau Marc...

Government-sponsored cyberattacks on the rise

Governments are using the Internet to spy and launch cyberattacks that target critical systems, according to McAfee's cybersecurity report By Jon Brodkin Governments and allied groups...

D.C. Police Chief: We Will Arrest Adam Kokesh and Open Carry Protesters

Infowars.comMay 7, 2013 District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier says she will arrest Adam Kokesh and any other protesters who violate the...

Obama Backs FBI Plan Making It Easier to Surveil Internet

Charlie Savagenytimes.comMay 8, 2013 The Obama administration, resolving years of internal debate, is on the verge of backing a Federal Bureau of Investigation plan for...

Judge Orders Conspiracy Re-Education For Lauryn Hill

Singer told to undergo counseling over ‘conspiracy theory’ that music industry strangles real talent Paul Joseph WatsonInfowars.com May 8, 2013 Grammy award-winning singer Lauren Hill has...

Rand Paul: Benghazi Should End Hillary Clinton

Senator calls State Dept. failures a “dereliction of duty”Steve WatsonInfowars.comMay 8, 2013 Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has said that Hillary Clinton should never be allowed...

Judge Orders Conspiracy Re-Education For Lauryn Hill

Singer told to undergo counseling over ‘conspiracy theory’ that music industry strangles real talent Paul Joseph WatsonPrison Planet.com May 8, 2013 Grammy award-winning singer Lauren Hill...

Rand Paul: Benghazi Should End Hillary Clinton

Senator calls State Dept. failures a “dereliction of duty”Steve WatsonPrisonplanet.comMay 8, 2013 Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has said that Hillary Clinton should never be allowed...

Roger Stone: LBJ had Kennedy killed

Patrick HowleyDaily CallerMay 10, 2013 Legendary Republican operative Roger Stone claims in his new book that Lyndon Johnson arranged John F. Kennedy’s assassination, and that...

Roger Stone: LBJ had Kennedy killed

Patrick HowleyDaily CallerMay 10, 2013 Legendary Republican operative Roger Stone claims in his new book that...