Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Interview: North Korea Hackers or Sony?

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So now we know a lot more about the Sony hack than we did a week before. Just as we thought, North Korea, aka: Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), was allegedly found to be behind the enormous hack against Sony, its executive conclave, and the corporation's general employee population.

"The FBI releases the findings of its four-week investigation into one of the most destructive cyberattacks of a company on US soil," says Seth Rosenblatt (@sethr) with c/net. "It's definitive. North Korea was behind the cyberattack on Sony Pictures, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said Friday." click here

A new message claimed that if Sony kept the movie out of public view, they would stop exposing Sony data.

"Top executives at Sony received a message from hackers saying it was a 'very wise' decision to cancel the release of 'The Interview' and ensuring the security of their data 'unless you make additional trouble.'" (click here)

And now, another message, allegedly from the DPRK hackers, allows Sony to release it!

"SAN FRANCISCO (USA TODAY) -- The people who hacked Sony have posted a message telling the studio it has "suffered enough" and can release The Interview." (click here)

I've been providing updates on the Sony hack for weeks through Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google+. All along I was pretty sure that the DPRK had something major to do with this, but only because of the plot of the new movie, The Interview. At the same time, on the other end of this, I began to consider the possibility that it just might not be the DPRK that's behind this diabolical act after all. But if not them, then who? Could it be Sony itself?

Let's be honest with ourselves here. No matter how you slice and dice it, Sony's going to make millions in profits over cost from this movie. I don't care how they finally release it--and release it they certain will--but everyone is going to want to see it simply to see what all the fuss was about! Be honest here, don't you feel curious at all? I'll bet you're already thinking about getting a copy.

I've bantered the pros and cons of this thought, and if it wasn't for the fact that the plot of the movie hinges on the assassination of the N. Korean leader, I might actually believe it. I'm still on the fence about this and will be until concrete evidence pops up. So far, the FBI is telling us that the hack "resembles" previous hacks conducted by DPRK hackers and they base that allegedly on the methods used. But could other expert, learned hackers simulate that previous DPRK hacks?

Of course!

So, far as Sony removing their new movie from the box office, if it was the DPRK behind it, then this action is a big mistake. But I find it difficult to see the DPRK hackers recanting their previous threats, if it really is the DPRK behind it. This is probably the biggest red flag I see flying high above this issue. What about you? What is your personal opinion? Send it along to me using one of my alternate websites: http://wmml.info/tssb/?page_id=351.

In the end analysis, the Internet is such a blessing because of all the information and interaction that we see thereon on a daily basis. But at the same time, it's such a curse. --Al Colombo


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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Criminal Hackers Threaten Sony and its Employees

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When I read this news item, I felt a great degree of anger. My good friends in Anonymous, you need to go after the criminal hackers who are responsible for threatening Sony's employees...

Here is the info I posted to Twitter, LinkedIn, my Safety/Security Page on Facebook, and on Google+:

Hackers send mass email threatening Sony employees and their families: Variety is reporting that Sony Pictures employees have received a mass threat, purporting to be from the same digital attackers that took down the company systems last week. Sony says it has alerted law enforcement to the threat. A separate warning went out advising employees to turn off mobile devices, although it is unclear whether the threat was accompanied by a new attack. http://ow.ly/Ft5mB #TpromoCom #hackers

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Importance of News

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Good morning! Happy Saturday to all and to all may you have a happy day.

Today is AIDS day. Just thought I’d let you know that. Most of us are not even aware that AIDS is still an issue on the world scene, but it is. No, this blog post is not about AIDS, but it’s important for you to know that if I were not listening to Huffpost Live, a video news outlet on the Internet, I would never have known that. (To view Huffpost Lilve, click here.)

The Importance of News
News is what turns the world all around us. Without it, everyone in the world would not know what others are up to. Without the information (aka: intelligence) that news sources provide, individuals; companies, both large and small, and even nations would not be able to make intelligent decisions that would benefit themselves and others around them.

An example of that is a college campus where a young lady has experienced an unfortunate event at the hands of a immoral male looking for self gratification. Perhaps the event was perpetrated using the notorious date drug so often discussed in the news in years past, or perhaps it was simple rape. In any event, because news of the event is made public, other young women, college educators, campus security, and even other universities and colleges are now on the alert of other potential situations. Through this unfortunate event, campus security, in conjunction with university leaders, are forced to invent, implement, and enforce curfews and other procedures designed to keep the young women on campus safe—as safe can be.

It all began, and continues to this day, with the daily newspapers that we find in every town and city across the nation (http://bit.ly/1z7r6XT). The distribution of the news also continues with today’s Internet-based commodities, such as news blogs, news websites, and news video services, such as Huffpost Live and Yahoo Video News (https://screen.yahoo.com/news/).

The Need for fair and truthful news reporting is something that is expected of all news organizations, whether it involves television/cable news services, a local newspaper, or Internet-based video news services, like the two cited above. Without honest and un-biased news reporting, there is no hope for a nation and its people to avoid a state of national corruption in politics and fascism. For those who may not know what fascism is (because current educators have chosen not to warn you to its signs): quote from dictionaries.com

As pointed out by the freelance blogger, Saranya Fa, as part of “siliconindia blogs” (http://www.siliconindia.com/), news is critical to all free nations:

“Newspapers are the guardians of democracy. They keep the general peoples well-informed to the world about the goings on. Well-informed public is essential for the success of a democracy. People have to be made aware of all the important happenings. Newspapers perform the duty of making people aware of everything. They form the public opinion and turn the people for or against the moves of the rulers. This is why even the most fears one dictator is afraid of the press. They picture every aspect including jokes, matrimonial, huddles, scientific facts, and cinemas etc.”
With all of this said, it is the opinion of many, including this writer, that the state of popular news today is anything but un-biased. News reporters in both newsprint and Internet-based organizations appear to be shaping news, not reporting it. Hence, news people are subjected to the notion among the Elite that they can be bought and paid for, and in a variety of ways. One way is gifts bestowed on news people for reporting news events that help shape a political mindset, such as the collective notion that “The good of the community is more important than the rights of the individual.”

The counterpoint to this is, this nation was built upon individual rights. Why? Because our founding fathers saw how the powers that be of their day used the published mindset “The good of the whole trumps the rights of the few.”

So what’s the answer to this? How do we attain the uncorrupted state of journalism that so many of us would like to see? How can we get back to a public state of news that we all can depend on, like we did decades ago?

I’m not sure that such a state has existed since at least 1953.
As in all investigations, it always comes down to, "How can we prove our case?" We personally feel it's hard to top the proof coming from the mouths of the very ones involved in this treacherous un-American program. Here's one terrific example. John Swinton, the former Chief of Staff for the New York Times, was one of America's best loved newspapermen. Called by his peers "The Dean of his Profession," John was asked in 1953 to give a toast before the New York Press Club, and in so doing made a monumentally important and revealing statement. He is quoted as follows:

"There is no such thing, at this date of the world's history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone. The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth; to lie outright; to pervert; to vilify; to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it and what folly is this toasting an independent press? We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes."
Wow! You can imagine what thoughts were running around in my mind when I happened upon this document, published in a work called Vampire 2000, published by Police Against the New World Order.

In conclusion, it is my humble opinion that the only cure for this is to go in search of the truth. When you find people who routinely seek and tell it, listen to what they have to say on a daily basis, or however often they speak it. Bookmark their work, go back routinely and read what they have to say about current events, history, and the future. Don’t assume just because they appear to be a lone wolf crying alone in the wilderness that their words do not hold some element of truth. Above all, don’t trust the main news media, not even those who claim to be patriotic and for the common man. Be sure to test the demons before you fall in line with whatever they are telling you.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Hackers: It Only Gets Worse! Use Some Common Sense Here!

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As many of you know, I'm interested in the issue of hacking. Just as interested in the reason why governments and corporations who should know better continue to place their critical, centrally controlled infrastructure on a connection that is considered unsecured. As I've said time after time, it's not a matter of IF someone will hack into it, but WHEN they will successfully punch a hole in your firewalls.

The following news stories accent exactly what I've been saying for years now: No matter what you do, no matter how good you are, no matter how big and rich you are, no matter how powerful you are, when you really stop and think about it, there's someone bigger, better, faster, and more powerful than you are!

I could continue listing news article after article to illustrate my point, but it's not necessary. You know the Internet provides criminals immediate access to the very door of critical data vaults belonging to governments as well as private sector concerns. I ask you, does this make any sense whatsoever?

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Why Good Men Find it Hard to Believe in Conspiracies

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Good morning, World!!

"It is as hard for the good to suspect evil, as it is for the bad to suspect good." --Cicero

Let's look at this quote a minute. What exactly is Cicero saying here? So many common folks of good nature fail to believe that there are bad men, powerful men, men of immense wealth, who would conspire to do unspeakable things, to commit unthinkable acts against their good and common fellow men. Cicero has given us the answer to why you, the good, find it so difficult to believe that such men, thus such conspiracies exist.

By like means, the bad, horrid men of the world find it difficult to believe that not all men are like themselves, bad to the bone.

Think on this when you read of an alleged conspiracy and you refuse to look at the evidence, but only to consider the good and well meaning nature of your own being as you decide the possibility that such a thing might be.

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Internet Neutrality Power Grab

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Internet Neutrality took another radical turn when President Obama decided to side with activists and consumers on the issue of heavy handed government regulation with regards to Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and their willingness to charge data-hungry cable companies and others for faster connections, such as Netflix.

"We are stunned the president would abandon the longstanding, bipartisan policy of lightly regulating the Internet and calling for extreme" regulation, said Michael Powell, president and CEO of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, the primary lobbying arm of the cable industry, which supplies much of the nation's Internet access.

This "tectonic shift in national policy, should it be adopted, would create devastating results," added Powell, who chaired the FCC during the Bush administration until 2005. Consumer groups and content providers hailed Obama's move, with Netflix posting to its Facebook page that "consumers should pick winners and losers on the Internet, not broadband gatekeepers." (read it here)

Those of you who find relief in knowing the president will be on top of this situation, regulating it so those who can't afford the rising price of Internet will be able to have it, too, I have a strong feeling that this isn't about YOU at all. I have a feeling that it's all about setting a precedence. He's on our side today as he seeks to gain total control over our Internet usage, but once he gets it, tomorrow he or someone else in the White House could very well change the equation so they're suddenly against us.

All I can say is, beware of presidents toting gifts.


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Friday, November 7, 2014

Big Data Might Tell on You!

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Air/wireless television and radio are losing ground and in their place are a host of services that come with strings attached. If you pay a subscription fee, like Hulu on cable or HBO on satellite, then there are strings attached to your viewing preferences that ultimately lead to someone or something.

Of course, agents of Uncle Sam have better things to do than to sit around and monitor what you watch. But in this world of Big Data--where government and corporations seek to intercept, gather, collect, save, and analyze any and every type of available data, whether it resides on metallic, fiber, or radio waves--it's all there long after you turned that set off and gone to bed.

The other day, Linda, my wife, asked me to look into an air/wireless antenna for local channels as we've gone exclusively to Internet-based programming. Despite the fact that I, personally, was trained by Channel Master, not to mention two electronic trade schools and a techie father, I had to give some serious thought as to 1) where I might find such an animal these days, and 2) how/where we'd attach such an antenna to our house as we live on a lake in an association that may very well forbid outside antennas.

Is it all that important that no one know the television and radio stations you tune into? At first glance it would appear the answer is "No, not really." But in a nation such as this that is increasingly losing it's footing on Christian values and traditional American culture, no one can say for certain who or what the political climate will one day be. If all the authorities have to do to ascertain if you're a Christian is go back and review your viewing/listening preferences on cable/satellite television/radio.... well, I'm sure you see where I'm going with this.

So, what's the answer to the progressively hostile, police-state mentality we now see unfolding before us? Isn't that the underlying reason why we would even worry about our viewing/listening data? The problem isn't the data, and it's not even the fact that someone might collect all that data. The problem is what government will do with that data when the wrong people are in power--like the current administration.

Let me give you a little example by way of recent revelations about the NSA spying on Americans. All the while the press is telling the American people that it's the NSA, here we find out that the NSA has an accomplice--the President of the United States.

The Obama administration quietly got a court to undo U.S. surveillance limits on the use of intercepted phone calls and emails, The Washington Post reported.

The 2011 reversal of a 2008 restriction let the National Security Agency search deliberately for Americans’ communications in its massive databases, the Post said, citing newly declassified documents and interviews with government officials. (read it)

So when you turn on pornography, or you turn on a Christian station on an Internet TV/Radio station, remember that someone someday may decide to use it against you, and it will be right there in Big Data indefinitely just waiting for them. Do you have to change that dial? Nope, but you at least deserve to know what the possibilities are. However, for those who might like to change their viewing habits, like how they get their TV/radio programming, you might want to look for an air antenna. Try looking at http://www.antennaweb.org/

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Repubs Win the Senate Big Time....

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...But what now?

The results are in on the U.S. Senate race and it would appear that the Republican Party is now the party of choice among the majority of Americans who voted in this midterm election.

I've been streaming Yahoo news all morning, since 6 a.m., and it appears that the American voters have sent an ultimatum to the GOP:

"We're giving you another chance to get it right. We want you to represent the conservative ideals historically inherent in traditional American culture. You had better do all you can NOW while you have the chance to bring this nation back to it's roots."

Personally, I am of the opinion that, while most of the politicals in the GOP trenches are sincere, those who head up the GOP may not be so. It appears more and more every year that there's some connection between the upper hierarchy of both parties through a third component. This third component is likely comprised of several groups who, themselves, probably do not have a party of preference--other than they can get more done using extremely left-leaning, liberal factions.

If I am correct in my conclusion, the GOP will not derail Obamacare, they won't reverse many of the lawless policies that this current president has put into play, and nothing substantial will get done, despite the fact they hold the majority in both parties now.

I suggest our current Republican leaders go back to school and learn Government as it was taught decades ago, before the Left became so entrenched in our hallow halls of learning--although our public education system was originally mandated into existence in 1848 by a now, little-known document entitled the Communist Manifesto.

If nothing gets done here over the next two years, don't be surprised. If I'm right, it will give me absolutely no pleasure and so I hope the Republicans who were just voted into office will prove me wrong. Please, do so! --Al Colombo


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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Why I Choose to Write on Controversial Subjects

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I've been asked why I write about controversial topics, like "depopulation," "Agenda 21," the "New World Order," the "Combat Arms Survey," and others. Let me assure you that writing on these topics is not something I enjoy. I would rather write about happy things, wondrous things.

Writing about conspiracies and the like is not my motivation, but rather to expose those conspiracies that I have found to have a plausible element of truth, as well as multiple sources of near firsthand information.

The truth of the matter is, there are people in this world of means (wealth) who do conspire in one way or another to bilk the public, to scam the government, to frighten everyday people into giving up their freedoms and civil liberties, and to murder as many of us off as is possible using OTHERS as the method of delivery on many levels.

By nature, I am an idealist, not a realist. I started my childhood life as a budding Socialist, constructing my first shortwave radio at the age of 8. I began listening to Communist nations, such as Radio Moscow and Radio Havana Cuba, to name only two. At the age of 14 I began sending letters to Moscow and to Havana. I received birthday and Christmas cards in the mail from Radio Havana Cuba until I was in my 30s. I often wondered what my parents thought.

The psychological conditioning I received as a child was fairly extensive. I was on this path for some time, I'm told I was being prepared for an eventual assignment in a local Communist group in Stark County, Ohio. But I was too preoccupied with girls, music, working, my own business, and then a family of my own to become seriously involved in that politically motivated scene so no one approached me, but they did keep a close eye on me (we'll chat about that another day).

In the 1980s, I became a news junkie extraordinaire, devouring weekly news magazines as well as daily newspapers.

At the age of 42, I converted to Capitalism because I'd been away from school long enough to develop some sense of right and wrong on the political front. Not only that, while in Chicago working for a large publisher as a trade journalist, I happened to hear Clinton give a talk at which time he said that if he and Gore were elected, they would eliminate the Constitution, that it was a radical experiment that had outlasted its time. I knew then that he was not a Capitalist, but rather a Communist because ONLY a Communist would say something like this.

It was in the mid 1990s that I started a campaign against corruption in government by forming an organization and a website called Giant Killers Org. Individuals working in the intelligence world began to feed me information, primarily on what the President of that time (Clinton) was doing to cripple our intelligence community and our military might. My information of that era came from direct contact with individuals whom appeared to be in places where they had access to information that needed to be exposed.

When 9/11 happened, I went on the war path and was promptly shut down by the very people who had supported my activities for nearly a decade. I'll stop there for now.

So, when I bring something to your attention, it's because it somehow connects to the information I had received during the 1990s, from individuals who risked much to see that I used it on the Giant Killers Org website. I know you do not share that same benefit as I, but I'm sharing the info with you and I hope you will at least keep a somewhat open mind while you examine it.

Have a great Sunday!
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Saturday, October 25, 2014

MODEL STATE EMERGENCY HEALTH POWERS ACT

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For a period of time, I'm going to dispense more information on the plan afoot to control population by methods that some of us would consider murder. This video, produced by The Heritage Foundation, offers a view of what is probably the most draconian bill ever passed in this nation.

You see, I'm not the only one who's been made aware of the agenda to reduce world population, especially here in the United States. Don't take my word for it, listen to the following video and please click on the link that follows. The more who know about this, the less likely that this event will ever take place. --Al Colombo

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