Saturday, June 02, 2012

U.N. takeover of the Internet must be stopped

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U.N. takeover of the Internet must be stopped

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    Democratic and Republican government officials warned this morning that a United Nations summit in December will lead to a virtual takeover of the Internet if proposals from China, Russia, Iran, and Saudi Arabia are adopted.
    “These are terrible ideas,” Rep. Fred Upton, a Michigan Republican, said during a U.S. House of Representatives hearing. They could allow “governments to monitor and restrict content or impose economic costs upon international data flows,” added Ambassador Philip Verveer, a deputy assistant secretary of state.
    Called the World Conference on International Telecommunications, or WCIT, the summit will review a set of telecommunications regulations established in 1988, when home computers used dial-up modems, the Internet was primarily a university network, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was a mere 4 years old.
    Unless the U.S. and its allies can block these proposals, they “just might break the Internet by subjecting it to an international regulatory regime designed for old-fashioned telephone service,” Rep. Greg Walden, an Oregon Republican said. [FULL]

Unless we stop this, we just have to bend over and take it from other

   Via Dvorak

Virgin- Confirmed


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   At The Cinema                           


Like many of you, uh - senior agents,  I have immersed myself in WWII history. Like oil from a sunken freighter,  there's a seemingly endless supply of new stuff seeping out.   New to me, anyway.

 For some time NetFlix has been pushing the film "Garbo" on me. I really enjoyed "Garbo Talks," and I love biographies, so today I queued it up.  This Garbo, however, turned out to be one Juan Pujol Garcia.. This Spaniard, and a double agent during WWII,  more than anyone else  allowed the Normandy invasion to be carried off properly.  A real pistol.

Early on he went to the British embassy in Madrid and offered his services, in any capacity.  He was turned down.  So, he went to the Germans and told them he had ties in Britain, and offered his services to them.  They took him up on it.  Garcia (later named Garbo by the Brits, because he was the best actor they'd ever seen) set about setting up a network of spies all over Europe, and passing info to the Abwher (Nazi intelligence).  Except, all it was made up.  Everything.  He told them he was in London, but he'd never set foot in England, and was instead living in some Spanish fishing village, inventing  the agents, the information- all of it.  The Germans bought into it lock stock and barrel.  He tried three more times to work for the Allies, telling them that he was a trusted German spy, but was turned away. 

What finally made them sit up and take notice was a false report he sent the Germans about a massive convoy launched from England to break the siege of Malta. The Germans countered with a huge convoy to intercept this non-existent armada and,  finally, the Brits thought, holy crap!  This guy could be useful.  It made me giggle like a school girl to watch how this played out.  The money the Germans payed him actually funded British intelligence during the war.  I love happy endings.

CNN to the rescue ...


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Holder stops Florida voter fraud purge

Holder to Florida: halt non-citizen voter purge
About 58 percent of those flagged as potential noncitizens are Hispanics!!!

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Previously: about 14 months ago an elections supervisor in southwest Florida, a fellow of insight, noted a substantial number of folks summoned for jury duty in his county were excused when they identified themselves as non-citizens. This struck the supervisor as important because potential jurors are dipped not from the pool of licensed drivers or from local utilities customers or even property taxpayers, but from among the ranks of registered voters. And, as Pasco's elections supervisor Brian Corley notes, "It's not a gray area. Either you're a citizen or you're not a citizen."

[... halt non-citizen voter purge]

DOJ’s written demand came hours after the agency refused to comment on the matter to The Miami Herald. It also followed a federal court ruling Thursday that struck down a Republican voter-registration law that a judge (Clinton appointee Robert Lewis Hinkle) found too onerous.

So far, Florida has flagged 2,700 180,000 suspicious hits,and sent 2,700 to county elections supervisors, who have found the data and methodology to be flawed and problematic (and onerous?). The list of potential noncitizen voters – 
many  of whom have turned out to be lawful citizens and voters – disproportionately hits minorities, especially Hispanics (OMFG!).

About 58 percent of those flagged as potential noncitizens are Hispanics, Florida’s largest ethnic immigrant population, a Miami Herald analysis found. Hispanics make up 13 percent of the overall 11.3 million active registered voters.

Independent voters and Democrats are the most likely to face being purged from the rolls. Republicans and non-Hispanic whites are the least likely.

About 58 percent of those flagged as potential noncitizens are Hispanics ... is that all?  I'd have bet money on it being 100%.  Lost in all this is an inarguable fact — "One fraudulent voter is too many."