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ifnotyouwhoelse:

German ‘NSA-proof’ private server raises $1mn crowdfunding in 89 minutes Developers of secure server Protonet asked for some $136,000 on a local crowdfunding website – and were rewarded with $1 million in an hour and a half. The record campaign, one year after Snowden’s NSA leaks, ended with more than $2 million raised. … While the private servers do not come cheap, costing between 1,200 euros and 4,700 euros ($1,630-6,380) depending on the model, they are said to be unique in having a built-in Protonet SOUL OS software package, which includes “homegrown” analogues of such services as Dropbox, Skype, and Yammer. The OS itself is Linux-based.
The developers believe that medium and small enterprises should be able to have the convenience of working within a cloud, while not having their data stored on a US server or elsewhere within the immediate reach of the NSA. Protonet devices offer generous storage capacity of up to 16 terabytes.

ifnotyouwhoelse:

German ‘NSA-proof’ private server raises $1mn crowdfunding in 89 minutes
Developers of secure server Protonet asked for some $136,000 on a local crowdfunding website – and were rewarded with $1 million in an hour and a half. The record campaign, one year after Snowden’s NSA leaks, ended with more than $2 million raised.

While the private servers do not come cheap, costing between 1,200 euros and 4,700 euros ($1,630-6,380) depending on the model, they are said to be unique in having a built-in Protonet SOUL OS software package, which includes “homegrown” analogues of such services as Dropbox, Skype, and Yammer. The OS itself is Linux-based.

The developers believe that medium and small enterprises should be able to have the convenience of working within a cloud, while not having their data stored on a US server or elsewhere within the immediate reach of the NSA. Protonet devices offer generous storage capacity of up to 16 terabytes.

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tipsforradicals:

Vodafone, one of the world’s largest mobile phone groups, has revealed the existence of secret wires that allow government agencies to listen to all conversations on its networks, saying they are widely used in some of the 29 countries in which it operates in Europe and beyond.

The company has broken its silence on government surveillance in order to push back against the increasingly widespread use of phone and broadband networks to spy on citizens, and will publish its first Law Enforcement Disclosure Report on Friday . At 40,000 words, it is the most comprehensive survey yet of how governments monitor the conversations and whereabouts of their people.

The company said wires had been connected directly to its network and those of other telecoms groups, allowing agencies to listen to or record live conversations and, in certain cases, track the whereabouts of a customer. Privacy campaigners said the revelations were a “nightmare scenario” that confirmed their worst fears on the extent of snooping.

I can remember when people said that campaigners’ fears around this were just paranoia. Lolz.

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antigovernmentextremist:

On May 30th, 2013, Edward Snowden left behind his family, his country, and his lucrative job as a contractor for the National Security Agency to blow the whistle on the most far-reaching and invasive spying programs in human history. A year ago today journalist Glenn Greenwald, documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras and NSA contractor-turned whistleblower Edward Snowden were combing through the millions of documents Snowden brought with him to Hong Kong to reveal for the first time the inner workings of the most secretive government agency of the most powerful and monolithic government in history. The year that followed shed an unprecedented amount of light on some of the most egregious abuses of power ever committed against the citizens of a supposed free country. Below you will find the list I have compiled of more than one hundred news articles detailing the extent the NSA has gone to effectively eliminate privacy in the 21st century.
On June 5th, 2013, Glenn Greenwald of the Guardian broke the first story from leaked NSA documents provided by Edward Snowden, the bulk collection of Verizon phone records.
Shortly after the initial revelation that the NSA was bulk collecting all Verizon customers’ phone data, the Guardian published the Prism story.
A Washington Post article would corroborate that the Prism program allows the NSA and its British counterpart, the GCHQ, to tap into the servers of 9 U.S. based internet companies
Sunday June 9th, 2013 the Guardian releases the first interview with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
These revelations prove that James Clapper, the U.S. director of national intelligence, lied under oath before Congress in months prior when asked about dragnet surveillance.
Further revelations would go on to prove that President Obama blatantly lied to the American people when he told Charlie Rose of PBS that the NSA cannot and does not listen to the phone calls of American citizens.
Greenwald details how the FISA court is nothing more than a rubber stamp on the NSA’s ability to monitor every form of communication.
In 2012, the federal government submitted 1,856 requests for user data to the FISA court and 100% of those applications were approved.
On June 21st, the federal government charged Edward Snowden under the World War I era Espionage Act.
In an excellent interview with VICE, Greenwald explains how metadata can tell government snoops more about a person than if they were just listening or reading the content of our communications. (The whole interview is worth your time but the section on metadata begins around 09:45).
Another document leaked by Snowden shows the level at which major tech companies cooperated with the U.S. government in handing over its customers’ private information.
In Late July the Guardian posted the first story detailing the NSA program “XKeyscore” which allows the NSA to monitor “nearly everything a user does on the Internet.”
David Gregory asks Glenn Greenwald why he shouldn’t be prosecuted for reporting on NSA leaks, Greenwald unloads.
NSA loophole allows for the warrantless search of U.S. citizens emails and phone calls.
On Sunday, August 18th, 2013, David Miranda, Glenn Greenwald’s partner, was detained for 14 hours by British authorities at Heathrow airport “under schedule 7 of the Terrorism act of 2000." 
NSA analysts channel broad powers to snoop on love interests.
NSA analysts eavesdropped in on phone sex conversations between deployed troops in Iraq and their loved ones back home.
Email service used by Edward Snowden, Lavabit, shuts down rather than comply with federal prosecutors and hand over encryption keys of over 400,000 customers.
How NSA analysts spied on the UN and the EU.
NSA used its powers to spy on media outlet Al Jazeera’s communications.
US government spends $250,000,000 a year to work with tech companies to insert weaknesses into products.
The NSA can tap directly into user data on iPhone, Android and Blackberry devices.
In September of 2013 it was revealed that the Obama administration won a ruling in the FISA court in 2011 to remove restrictions on NSA searching of American citizens’ data.
Reports detail how NSA and GCHQ attempted on multiple occasions to crack Tor email encryption services, exploiting vulnerabilities in the Firefox browser giving them access to an individual’s entire computer.
President Obama insists NSA surveillance is essential, NSA oversight however is not.
How the NSA deploys malware, revelations reveal how the NSA infects computers to take control
Patriot Act author says James Clapper should be fired, prosecuted.
Revealed: NSA spied directly on German Prime Minister Angela Merkel’s personal cell phone, President Obama having approved of it himself. 
"The NSA has been systematically eavesdropping on the Mexican gov’t for years. It hacked into the president’s public email account and gained deep insight into policy making and the political system.”
NSA monitored the phone calls of 35 world leaders after US official handed over contacts.
President Obama approved Angela Merkel’s phone tapping three years before it was revealed to the public by Snowden leaks.
Spain summons US ambassador over claim that NSA tracks 60 millions Spanish calls per month.
Greenwald to Christiane Amanpour: NSA has nothing to do with terrorism.
NSA stores data to target any citizen at any time.
NSA infiltrates links to Yahoo, Google data centers. (Reminder: Yahoo bought Tumblr just over a year ago, just weeks before the NSA revelations came to light).
Experts warn NSA revelations may cause breakup of the Internet as Brazil, Germany and India move to establish separate networks to block U.S. spying.
UK government accuses Guardian editor of risking national security for reporting on NSA, GCHQ surveillance programs.
The edge of the abyss: Exposing the NSA’s all-seeing machine.
C.I.A. collecting global data on money transfers under same law that permits NSA data collection.
U.S. House of Representatives approves NSA funding bill with $75 million to prevent future Snowdens.
NSA infected 50,000 computers with malware designed to steal sensitive information.
NRA teams up with ACLU on NSA lawsuit claiming NSA beginning gun registry.
NSA spied on porn habits in effort to discredit radicalizers.
How spy agencies and corporations worked together to spy on activists and non-profits.
Heading into the holiday season of 2013, NSA sent home talking points for employees to talk to their families.
DROPOUTJEEP: The NSA program that grants total access to the Apple iPhone.
Jeremy Scahill: There is a war on journalism.
NSA morale down following Snowden leaks (boo hoo).
The NSA is handing over your phone data to the DEA and the DEA is covering it up. Still think this is about terrorism?
Lawmakers overseeing NSA receive millions from intelligence contractors.
New Zealand backpacker stripped of all electronics at airport following attendance at a conference on leaked Snowden material.
Senior White House official: We may never know true extent of Snowden NSA leaks.
Obama appointed NSA review panel: End bulk collection of phone records.
Obama administration rejected only substantive NSA reforms proposed by own review group.
Mid-December 2013, federal judge Richard Leon found that NSA bulk data collection likely violates 4th amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures. Snowden says this vindicates his actions.
How the NSA puts U.S. elections at risk.
The NSA ‘probably’ collects data on Congress’ phone calls. 
The NSA’s secret role in the U.S. assassination program.
Larry Klayman, the lawyer who won ruling against NSA claims U.S. government harassing him.
Klayman: The NSA is a totalitarian attack on our human rights.
Merkel compares NSA to the Stasi, the official state security force of totalitarian East Germany prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall, in heated exchange with President Obama.
Greenwald to European Union: NSA’s goal is total elimination of privacy.
White House NSA Panel Member: Snowden leaks are treasonous.
President Obama can’t point to a single terrorist attack thwarted by NSA.
NSA intercepting laptops purchased online to install spyware.
Different federal judge rules NSA mass collection is legal and dismisses lawsuit brought by ACLU.
NSA hackers can hijack your Wi-Fi from 8 miles away.
The NSA ‘can literally watch every keystroke you make.’
Apple insists it did not assist NSA in backdoor access to iPhone, denies awareness of DROPOUTJEEP.
NSA seeks to build quantum computer capable of cracking nearly all forms of encryption.
Senator Bernie Sanders presses NSA to reveal if it spies on members of Congress.
NSA responds: Congress afforded ‘same privacy protections as all US persons.’
Senator Rand Paul plans to file class action lawsuit against NSA.
Senator Dianne Feinstein admits her NSA reform bill designed to protect existing surveillance programs.
Pentagon reports Snowden downloaded 1.7 million intelligence files.
500 years of history shows how mass surveillance is always aimed at silencing dissenting opinion.
Analysis of 225 terrorist attacks since 9/11 shows NSA surveillance ‘has had no discernible impact on preventing acts of terrorism.’
President Obama’s NSA reform goal: no more Edward Snowdens.
NSA devises radio pathway into computers.
NSA collects millions of text messages daily in ‘untargeted global sweep.’
Obama speech on NSA reforms affirms belief that mass spying has a future.
Tech firms say Obama proposals fall short of expectations.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange slams Obama speech as full of lies.
Electronic Freedom Foundation scores Obama’s NSA reform speech:3.5 out of 12.
US surveillance imperils freedom of expression around the globe.
Civil Liberties Oversight Group: NSA metadata collection is ‘screamingly’ illegal.
Democratic Establishment Unmasked: Prime Defenders of NSA Bulk Spying
Spy agencies exploit ‘leaky apps’ like Angry Birds to learn gender, income, age and more.
A glossary of terms pertaining to NSA/GCHQ spy scandal.
Tech companies’ ‘NSA Transparency Reports’ are largely PR stunts.
While the NSA strives to learn every detail about us, it works to conceal its own actions from others.
Footage released of Guardian editors destroying hard drives provided by Snowden under watchful eyes of GCHQ technicians.
President Obama stands by James Clapper despite untruthful Senate testimony. 
NYT editor slams Obama administration, saying treatment of Snowden has scared sources resulting in a “real freeze” on reporting.
David Miranda’s detention: a chilling attack on journalism
How the NSA tracks people’s physical location.
Watchdog group: NSA actions pose direct threat to journalists.
Press freedom under attack - the risks journalists face by reporting.
Snowden documents reveal covert surveillance and pressure tactics on Wikileaks and its supporters.
How covert agents infiltrate the Internet to manipulate, deceive and destroy reputations.
Optic Nerve: How UK spy agency collected millions of webcam images from Yahoo users.
Snowden: I raised concerns internally 10 times before going rogue.
Julian Assange: NSA has grown into a rogue agency.
The NSA masqueraded as Facebook to infect millions of computers with malware.
NSA contractors anonymously fantasize about killing Snowden.
Quantum: The NSA’s Most Powerful Internet Attack Tool
Mystic: 100% voice collection of phone calls for 30 day period
Greenwald: President Obama’s proposed NSA reforms 'cosmetic, basically a PR gesture.'
NSA “chilling effect” feared by writers.
DOJ still ducking scrutiny after misleading the Supreme Court on surveillance. “Misleading” is putting it nicely. The DOJ lied to the Supreme Court in order to get them to dismiss a case brought by the ACLU.
Compare NSA’s Facebook malware denial to its own classified documents.
NSA put Merkel on list of 122 targeted world leaders.
Greenwald on 'limitless' NSA ambitions.
USA Freedom Act gutted, privacy advocates withdrawal support.
The Guardian and New York Times win Pulitzer Prize for Greenwald’s NSA reporting.
The NSA is recording every cell phone call in the Bahamas.
Judge Andrew Napolitano’s review of Glenn Greenwald’s book ‘No Place to Hide’
Full interview between Edward Snowden and Brian Williams.
Glenn Greenwald to release names of Americans spied on by NSA.
Unaired comments from Snowden’s interview with Brian Williams details how the U.S. government had the information to detect the 9/11 attacks.
Some takeaways: You can’t trust a single thing the government says. While it is spending tremendous amounts of resources attempting to eradicate privacy, it is working just as hard to shroud its own actions in secrecy. The surveillance state is not being erected around us for our own safety. It is a tool to crush dissent. The NSA’s mantra has been to “collect it all.” The programs are capable of seeing your very thought processes. Every keystroke you make, every link you click, every article you read, where you were and more. They have the capacity to know more about you than your therapist or your significant other. They know not only whom you associate with, but also who your associates associate with. It could be said they can know more about you than you know about you.
And the end result of this is that when people feel that they can be watched at any moment, they begin to police their own actions. It’s Jeremy Bentham’s Panopticon transposed to the 21st century. When the government can know everything about a person, when privacy is effectively eliminated, it creates a subservient class. The telescreens of George Orwell’s “1984” exist today in the form of personal computers and smartphones. Big Brother is always present in our lives, capable of knowing the most intimate details of our lives. And the government treats the exposing of this fact to the general public as treason.

Such broad powers cannot be trusted with anyone. The NSA’s surveillance powers elevate the executive branch to a level unimaginable by the Founders. The president can and likely does track the communications of members of the legislature and judiciary. The checks and balances of the Constitution are rendered hollow and irrelevant by the size and scope of the NSA’s powers. It poses a threat to the liberties and freedoms of everyone in the world.

Since education is the whole point of Edward Snowden’s leaks I want you all to reblog this post and to tweet it on Twitter and share it on Facebook. Spread this list far and wide. The more people know the more likely they are to engage on the issues and actually bring about substantive reform.

Photo credit to the great amphigoryglory.

antigovernmentextremist:

On May 30th, 2013, Edward Snowden left behind his family, his country, and his lucrative job as a contractor for the National Security Agency to blow the whistle on the most far-reaching and invasive spying programs in human history. A year ago today journalist Glenn Greenwald, documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras and NSA contractor-turned whistleblower Edward Snowden were combing through the millions of documents Snowden brought with him to Hong Kong to reveal for the first time the inner workings of the most secretive government agency of the most powerful and monolithic government in history. The year that followed shed an unprecedented amount of light on some of the most egregious abuses of power ever committed against the citizens of a supposed free country. Below you will find the list I have compiled of more than one hundred news articles detailing the extent the NSA has gone to effectively eliminate privacy in the 21st century.

Some takeaways: You can’t trust a single thing the government says. While it is spending tremendous amounts of resources attempting to eradicate privacy, it is working just as hard to shroud its own actions in secrecy. The surveillance state is not being erected around us for our own safety. It is a tool to crush dissent. The NSA’s mantra has been to “collect it all.” The programs are capable of seeing your very thought processes. Every keystroke you make, every link you click, every article you read, where you were and more. They have the capacity to know more about you than your therapist or your significant other. They know not only whom you associate with, but also who your associates associate with. It could be said they can know more about you than you know about you.

And the end result of this is that when people feel that they can be watched at any moment, they begin to police their own actions. It’s Jeremy Bentham’s Panopticon transposed to the 21st century. When the government can know everything about a person, when privacy is effectively eliminated, it creates a subservient class. The telescreens of George Orwell’s “1984” exist today in the form of personal computers and smartphones. Big Brother is always present in our lives, capable of knowing the most intimate details of our lives. And the government treats the exposing of this fact to the general public as treason.

Such broad powers cannot be trusted with anyone. The NSA’s surveillance powers elevate the executive branch to a level unimaginable by the Founders. The president can and likely does track the communications of members of the legislature and judiciary. The checks and balances of the Constitution are rendered hollow and irrelevant by the size and scope of the NSA’s powers. It poses a threat to the liberties and freedoms of everyone in the world.

Since education is the whole point of Edward Snowden’s leaks I want you all to reblog this post and to tweet it on Twitter and share it on Facebook. Spread this list far and wide. The more people know the more likely they are to engage on the issues and actually bring about substantive reform.

Photo credit to the great amphigoryglory.

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the-more-u-know:

Do you drink tea? There are many ways to consume the world’s most popular (after water, of course) beverage. And beyond drinking tea when you wake up or enjoying it with toast for breakfast, there are tea varieties that have been associated with wellness and medicinal benefits for generations.

Some of the most popular medicinal teas include:

  • Green Tea
  • Chaga Tea
  • Black Tea
  • Pu-Erh Tea
  • White Tea
  • Chamomile Tea
  • Hibiscus Tea
  • OolongTea
  • Rooibos Tea

Read on to learn a bit about each of these teas:

Green Tea

Green tea is often mentioned in health and wellness circles, as it is a great addition to your wellness regimen. It is lower in caffeine than many tea varieties and with its high antioxidant count, is sometimes associated with Cancer prevention, facilitating digestion, healthy metabolism, good heart health, and more.

Chaga Tea

Chaga doesn’t come from the Camellia Sinesis plant like most teas. It is a mushroom that grows on birch trees in cold climates, like Siberia.  Chaga tea comes from brewing Chaga mushrooms into a fine powder. Chaga is also used topically in creams and oils. Chaga is known for having a high antioxidant value and potential health benefits related to the immune system. It is commonly used as a home remedy for cold and flu symptoms and a number of other conditions. It’s continually being looked at for many health benefits.

Black Tea

Black tea has a place in nearly every home’s pantry and is common in many countries around the world. Whether you like a strong cup of black tea with lemon, honey, a bit of milk, or sugar, you’re doing your body a favor by regularly drinking it. There are significant health benefits for your lungs, blood flow, cholesterol levels, and more. Black tea is also available in many varieties, so you can benefit from a vast array of flavors.

Pu-Erh Tea

Pu-Erh tea is getting a good dose of attention from TV talk shows and celebrity endorsements because of its potential weight loss benefits.  But this fermented tea isn’t just good for those wanting to slim down; it’s good for cholesterol and also has some significant antimicrobial properties.

White Tea

White tea is known for a low caffeine rate and a light and silky taste. It’s can help you fight strep and staph infections, counteract tooth decay, and has some anti-aging properties as well.

Chamomile Tea

Many who want help relaxing after a tough day look to a cup of chamomile tea. The  tea comes from distillation of chamomile plants and its consumption is known for anti-stress results and has been studied as a treatment for Cancer.

Hibiscus Tea

Hibiscus infusions are consumed in a number of cultures. The flowery beverage, consumed either hot or cold, is renowned for improving blood pressure and cholesterol numbers.

Oolong Tea

Oolong tea, also referred to as wulong tea, is revered for potential help with weight loss. This tea is part of the camellia sinesis plant, and the partially fermented tea has a woodsy flavor.  Beyond weight loss benefits many consume it for beauty reasons, as it’s said to be good for the skin.

Rooibos Tea

Rooibos tea, often referred to as red tea, is known to help with digestion. This fermented tea is strong flavored, good for an energy boost, and offers a great deal of nutrients. Rooibos tea is known to help improve the health of one’s cardiovascular system, liver, and teeth.

The above list of medicinal tea benefits is not exhaustive. A bit of research can help you see why it’s advantageous to drink tea more often. Of course it’s not intended to replace a visit to a doctor, but if you talk to your doctor about upping your tea consumption there’s a good chance he or she will agree with you.

There are some delicious and beneficial tea varieties listed here. Why not experiment and try some? Consider adding an afternoon tea to your regimen or replacing one cup of coffee with one of these great teas.

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