they have no choice but to protest untill the government is overthrown or revises its decision or to split the country because the only other choice for somebody who liked the freedom of choice and speech they had after the democratic revolution is to go abroad, they have in fact nothing to lose
the official twitter account is here https://twitter.com/Dbnmjr/ (be careful with other claiming to be there are desinformationcampaigns going on)
and this newspaper has live english updates that are quite interesting http://www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/euromaidan-rallie...
in Ukranian but these are also very good updates (google translate) and many pics http://www.pravda.com.ua/articles/2013/12/2/7004150/
"The appearance of EuroMaidan is an achievement of primarily, digital communications in social networks and online media,” Maksym Savanevsky, founder of Watcher, a new media website, wrote on Nov. 29. For instance, the number of visitors of Ukrainska Pravda online newspaper that actively wrote about the rally nearly doubled on Nov. 21, reaching 550,000 readers per day. However, the number of people who visited Pravda’s website that day from links on Facebook increased nine times.
The official EuroMaidan Facebook page, created by journalists and civil activists, became the fastest growing page in the Ukrainian segment of the social network. Since its beginning late on Nov. 21, it has garnered more than 102,000 subscribers. During the first days of the demonstrations the page appeared in the top 20 of Ukrainian Facebook pages and became the most “talked about,” with almost 110,000 people who commented, liked or shared the page’s content.
Twitter, which until now has been underutilized in Ukraine, finally became a main and important source of information, simultaneously with Facebook. On Nov. 26 every one or two seconds a message with the hashtag #euromaidan was posted, according to Watcher website. On Nov. 21-28, the average number of Twitter posts that mentioned the hashtag reached 1,500-3000 per hour.
But social media is also a powerful tool for EuroMaidan opponents. According to Savanevsky, a number of bots used the #euromaidan hashtag on Twitter to promote similar provocative messages. “I was invited to EuroMaidan. Was offered Hr 100 (for participation). But I won’t go. I’d better go with my wife to the theatre,” some users, including women, posted on Twitter using the hashtag
and the violence ? this pic shows it all
for each rioter there are a hundred camera's even if he is all alone
and a pic of 500.000 protesters has less change to be published on the frontpage than this one
oh yes and it will be some crucial days, this is how the center of Kiev and the center of its political and economical center looks like
IPADS for schools are hardly so positively received as techarticles or the 1 minute news make us believe
this is from an article about the LA IPAD for every pupil program
"There were a lot of unanswered questions about the deal, but at least one thing was crystal clear: outfitting nearly a million people with top-of-the-line tablets was going to be insanely expensive. And that’s why just about everyone that wasn’t directly cashing in on LA’s “tablets was all” scheme was baffled and outraged by it. Parents and teachers couldn’t understand how LAUSD’s top brass could blow so much money on an expensive toy at time when the district was laying off teachers and cutting physical education, art and music programs. Pointy headed academics scratched their chins at the news because there is no scientific evidence that shows tablets help kids learn or boost academic performance in any way. And others wondered why LAUSD planned to pay for iPads using bond money that was approved by voters solely for use in upgrading physical school infrastructure, especially when schools routinely lack the funds to make critical repairs.
I don't believe that smartboards make better teachers (especially if there is no money for books or educational explorations)
I don't believe that powerpoint presentations are the same as text presentations (because the accent is on the style and not necessarily the content)
I don't believe that wikimedia is the same as an encyclopedia (because they use the internet before they have learned about the value of different kinds of resources)
Learning is about learning to study, write, count, speak and think. With or without an IPAD or Laptop or Internet. But the first things have to come first and stay the most the important thing and all the rest is secondary.
Strange from me as techlover but education is too important to leave it to techies or to follow their hypes and bubbles all the time without critical thinking
the only exception I make is for education that uses technology as a channel to distribute its content or make it possible to work and study together and learn from each other
After other countries informed Turkey that their citizens were using Turkey as a transit country to take up arms in Syria, Turkey arrested 1,100 European Union citizens with the help of the National Intelligence Organization (MİT), Gendarmerie forces and police units in 41 operations in 2013. The report says there are still around 1,500 European citizens who want to go to Syria and fight on the front lines along with al-Qaeda and that Turkey has been on alert about suspected jihadists. The report states that intelligence sharing between Turkey and European countries on the suspected jihadists has been made through Interpol. The report also states that Turkey has carried out 141 operations against al-Qaeda and al-Qaeda-linked groups in last three years and detained 518 suspects, imprisoning 217 them.
The participation of citizens from foreign countries in terrorist organizations clashing in Syria has been increasing day by day, according to reports in both the Turkish and international media. Apart from those who have come from European countries -- mainly from Germany, Belgium, France and the Netherlands, there are also foreign fighters in Syria from Chechnya, Afghanistan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries to fight with the al-Qaeda-linked groups the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the al-Nusra Front.
As long as the international community does nothing this will not work - only trying to limit the damage done
Other routes will become more popular (Irak, Jordan, Libanon,....)
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Bank data stolen by HSBC ex-employee Hervé Falciani may be used as evidence in a court, the Geneva cour de cassation has ruled. The court is the canton’s high court whose job is not to review the details of cases but rather to verify the interpretation of the law.
In the Falciani case and in talks with German authorities as well as in some recent treaties the Swiss government has insisted that stolen data cannot be used, but the according to the cantonal cour de cassation, under criminal law, evidence may not be set aside because it has been obtained by illegal means.
this means that the argument that the information was stolen and can't be used in court or by the administrations to get those fraudsters to pay their taxes and eventually their fines is not valid anymore as even the highest court in the coutry where the bank is based and which is known to be very protective of fraudsters under the argument of bank privacy
this is very good news for the other European governments who can know use these data without any legal problem - even if it was to pressure the fraudsters to compromise without a trial and pay just the fine (as they are more sure to lose such a trial which their lawyers said and thought untill now
it means for any bank or financial institution that has private clients or funds that it will have to be sure 100000 % percent that nobody can walk away with these data or can break the encryption within the first 10 years (after which the data are judicially worthless) - and yes you can do that (seperating technical and data-access in databases like Oracle, encrypting data, data leakage prevention and just simple isolation architectures)
but in the end it is a lot of people doing the work that takes a lot of expensive time at non-guaranteed wages while some better paid permanent consultants try to organize all that
off course it is interesting if one wants to have a very international, cross-cultural, cross-religious and corss-political viewpoint but only on the condition that they stay factual and that opinions are expressed in length so that all the possible reasons and arguments and facts and ifs are mentioned
everybody can tweet an opinion but only few know to explain its reasons to every other person
that really makes sense, no laptops who are out of batteries in max two hours but tablets who will work for 5 to 9 hours (if you configure it rightly) or smartphones
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it is very important to remember that it is very difficult to interpret documents - especially powerpoints in which the spoken words are more important than the presentation - for any outsider (especially if he is not assisted by people who know the jargon, culture and procedures of the 'target')
So Greenwald will make mistakes and will jump to conclusions and another reason for this is that these documents are still used by a limited number of journalists and there is no social searching or commenting on them (even on a limited scale with only professionals)
it now seems that the number of itntercepted calls and metadata for each country also includes the information that was given by that country about its own interception activities (as Norway did in Afghanistan to protect its troops in the UN mission) question : does Belgium have interception and monitoring operations in the countries where it has troops stationed ?
so Greenwald - and any other journalist - do not think that you are Leonardo Da Vinci or nearly god and do not think that you understand every word, term or number in this slides and texts. Probably you have enough explanation in these thousands of documents (go for documents for training and the definitions of operations and look also for changes in wording and definitions among documents for the same operation or kind of intelligence)
take time to study all these documents first before you read the other documents just as any new officer would do who is thrown in a new organisation or enterprise
Someone—it's impossible to tell who—transferred 194,993.50000004 BTC Friday. That's about $144,295,190, using the conversion rate of the Internet's most popular exchange service, Mt. Gox.
To put that into perspective, that's about 1.6 percent of all bitcoins in existence.
Because Bitcoin is pseudonymous, it's easy to tell a user's transaction history but almost impossible to tell who that user is unless he or she wants to come forward. According to the account’s transaction history, it has previously been used to wager on letsdice.com, a Bitcoin gambling site.
which is difficult because on that site there is no payout https://letsdice.com/stat/ of that order - except if it is their own moneytransfer or a hidden one (to evade taxes for eample)
the other solution is that a bitcoin exchange was moving its money around ..... maybe we will never know
but if the tax services want to know the only thing they have to do is to organize enough processingpoxer and they will know it faster than if they need to investigate the transfer by traditional means (espectially if they need a convection)
the anonimity of bitcoin is relative and it won't get much better if it wants to become accepted to the official instances of the US
Eagle-eyed Marcy Wheeler, however, has noticed two things. First, the absolute geniuses at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence left the date of the ruling in the URL of the file. You can mouseover to see it, or just know that it's: http://www.dni.gov/files/documents/1118/CLEANED101. Order and Supplemental Order (6-22-09)-sealed.pdf. See that in there? That pretty clearly indicates this is Walton's order from June 22nd, 2009. Good job, team redaction!
Oh, and it gets even stupider. It turns out that this same document was already declassified in an earlier data dump... with totally different redactions. Both files are embedded below.
From that, you can see that the redactions (in both) seem rather arbitrary (especially redacting the dates). In many cases, it's difficult to understand why any of these points were redacted in either document
and we always supposed that redactions were necessary to protect operations and save lives :)
the advisor of Louis Michel could propose any amendment in the European Parliament without the knowledge of the representative he works for
"Ik wist absoluut niet dat Luc Paque die amendementen voorbereidde en indiende. Ik moest daar mijn handtekening niet voor plaatsen, in het Europees Parlement kun je die elektronisch indienen. In ieder geval heeft Paque in mijn ogen een zeer grove fout begaan. Ik heb tot nu toe nog nooit klachten over hem gehad, maar buiten mijn weten zo'n groot aantal amendementen indienen, die bovendien zéér duidelijk tegen mijn filosofie indruisen, is onaanvaardbaar."
ex European Commissioner Louis Michel is now an elected official in the European Parliament. It came to the attention of the journalists that he had presented hundreds of amendments to the European Data Protection proposal and that most of them were very bad for privacy and some even dangerous. He didn't know what he was hearing when he was confronted with that information and promised to investigate.
Afterwards it became clear that his collaborator had introduced the hundreds of amendments without speaking to him about it and that he wanted to take steps to stop them from being considered. Whatever the reasons there is a much bigger loophole in the whole system.
If the representative doesn't take the necessary precautions his aide or consultant can introduce whatever text to be considered in the parliament without any proof that his boss has seen it and that it is legitimate.
Imagine the computer being hacked or taken over :)
this is one book (download by clicking on the link) that has impressed me enormously when I read it first and influenced deeply my thoughts about justice, democracy and the right to an defense worthy that name (film at Youtube)
even if I don't like Assange nor Wikileaks for different reasons (and I don't like "the war on terror" or big multinationals neither) I still find that everybody has the right to a free and just trial
"So why hasn’t the U.S charged Assange under the Espionage Act? Obama administration officials remain divided over the wisdom of prosecuting Assange. Commentators believe the likelihood of the U.S. pressing criminal charges against him is probably decreasing.
With no real urgency from the Swedish government to extradite Assange on sexual assault charges, it appears, in theory, that Assange should be free to leave the embassy without fear of persecution. But Assange won’t leave Ecuador Embassy any time soon, as he fears new charges may emerge.
In the Rolling Stone interview, Assange revealed he spoke to a source he referred to as a Western intelligence official. When he inquired about his fate — whether he would ever be a free man again, he didn’t receive the answer he would have liked. “He told me I was fucked,” Assange said.
Or you press charges or you don't but you can't let someone linger on in an embassy surrounded by police and secret agents for days, weeks, months and surely not for years .....
and even if you think that you have a case, you may have a case but if you can't proof your case in court you can't bring your case to court and so have to leave it at that
and Assange is fucked even if he is set free, he will never have a normal life again and he will always have to look behind his back and he can only lose and shoot himself even more holes in his feet
that is why - even as I don't like the guy nor his biased priorities (awaiting still after so many years the first anti-putin documents on wikileaks but which doesn't mean that I support illgeal US activities for that matter so don't get me wrong) - the best thing the US could do is to set him free
his greatest credibility is the fact that he is held locked up in an embassy because some people in the US administration and intelligence agencies are locked up in a tunnel vision and can't let go for whatever stupid reason. Take that away and what rests ?
Many volunteers of the Wikileaks platform have left and have become very critical, his press alliance has ended in very critical articles and books about him, his alliance with the Russian propagandatv RT makes him look like a puppet and everything else he has tried failed or fel to pieces and there better and more professional alternatives to wikileaks nowadays (look at the Snowden documents, thousands times more important than anything Wikileaks has published and didn't need Wikileaks)
There are better heroes more worthy of our time and effort and money, so set him free and let him be himself. In the end, noboby will care. Assange who ? oooh that guy, what did he do again ?
even more conservative than Iran :) luckily for expats that they live in their own compounds
the live tracker follows the biggest bitcoin exchanges and payment systems
bitcoin is in China the only alternative currency next to the official strictly controlled one - untill they will stop it because it can become a bubble or become the financial support for the privatization of the economy or the housing or credit bubbles officials in China are trying so hard to maintain under control
it is important to understand that there are only a limited amount of bitcoins (as is the case with precious metals and farmland - two other scare resources the chinese are buying worldwide) and the more are used, activated and traded the higher the price will be (it looks like a bubble, it sounds like a bublle so it can probably blow up like a bubble)
this is also the main theoretical reason it can never become a real currency nor should it be considered as such
at the other side one should take the hype with much sault because there aren't that many transactions (but with one bitcoin being already way above 500 Euro one should have much money to lose (or gamble) to buy bitcoins nowadays. It is not that you say, hey honey I've bought a new car with 100 bitcoins today and tomorrow you'll buy a house or so on. Not all transactions are 500 euro of course, they even can have the value of 1 euro going a for now never ending increasing number of points behind the zero.
imagine what shortsellers could do with bitcoins ?
the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the Department of Homeland Security must disclose to the Electronic Privacy Information Center details of the department’s Standard Operating Procedure 303, which permits the DHS to block Internet and cellular traffic regionally or nationally with the expressed intention of preventing the detonation of radio-controlled ordinances. In reality, however, SOP 303 is feared to have the potential to be used to stop free speech and to be abused, and — in at least one case — it is thought to have been used in just that manner.
the main normal reason would be to stop the detonation of gsm guided remote bombs (as was the fear during the Boston Marathon) or to stop looters from organizing themselves (as the police wanted during the London Riots) but in this case it was used against the protests by Anonymous-Occupy against the BART (Boston Area Rail Transport) police force.
as you can't be asked to release internal documents that don't exist, the documents about the jamming or stopping of internet or mobile services is there, the problem will be to interpret it
and after all, no internetblockade stopped any protest during the Arab Spring
Everybody who has Bitcoins or invested in it or its future is hyping that now is the time for bitcoin because they say that after the hearings about bitcoins in the US senate it will only be months before it will be a real money accepted by the US
do not forget that those hyping this - without any critical thinking (and most of the techies in the business and normal press just following the hype( just as before 2008 with the liberalisation of finance) - have REAL financial interest into hyping this. The course of the Bitcoin has exploded since the mass hypnotization has started and this means that they have become 'virtual' millionaires because they have bought bitcoins when nobody wanted them (at a dollar a piece). Some of them are already unloading (part) of their holding and cashing in (before the lemmings start looking for an exit and find all doors closed or non-existent.
take the following things into consideration
* there is no currency in the world where the scarity of the availability depends on a mathematical formulae and not on a monetarian policy or political decisions. And Bitcoins will become far more scarce because it hasn't been invented to serve several billions of internetusers.
* there is no currency in the world where the exchange rate of the money can not be adapted by the international financial institutions, the central banks or the political decisionmakers
* it is totally against all the recent development that a currency would be totally anonymous and that there would be no taxes or other controls
* there is no currency in the world that has so many inherent securityproblems in even its code, its infrastructure and the way it can be stolen from computers
* there is no currency in the world where the traders or holders of the currency don't have to be controlled and have to abide by a whole set of rules and reglementations just to protect the consumers (us)
* there is no currency in the world that is built upon an extreme libertarian (the most extreme liberal each for itself society) viewpoint of the economy and world
* it is the virtual money by excellence used for online drugs, blackmarket, fraud and other illegal services
* it is the biggest financial bubble that has to be controlled if we want to prevent real negative longterm effects on the real economy if it explodes (in China it is used to buy houses and factories bypassing governmental controls)
but bitcoin shows something else that the official currencies will have to take into consideration
there is need for an international accepted virtual currency for online transactions but that has to be linked to - for example - a basket of real currencies
there is a real to lower the conversioncosts between currencies
bitcoin will have to clean up its act in many different ways if it wants to become some kind of 'accepted' or 'tolerated' virtual money but if it wants to become the money of the internet it will have to change so dramatically that it will not be a bitcoin anymore (like the US Federal Bank says in its report, something better needs to be found)
so, don't believe the hype (if there is hype, there is someone who has interest in the hype in the first place)