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Comment: Re:I found this article to be more informative (Score 1) 140

by cold fjord (#47429385) Attached to: After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

There's nothing "traditional" about the depth, pervasiveness, or reach of the USG's spying. If it's anything like military spending, the U.S. spends more than the rest of the planet combined.

Maybe you can use this to start bridging your information gap.

Russia, China engaging in industrial espionage

Germany is full of Russian and Chinese spies working to get information about top business and technology developments, according to the country’s domestic intelligence service.

Studies show that the German economy loses around €50 billion a year as a consequence, Burkhard Even, head of the counterintelligence section of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, told the audience at a recent security forum in Bonn.

The spying is a mix of official, intelligence service agents, and unofficial business spooks, he said.

Even estimated that of the 500 registered staff of the Russian embassy in Berlin, at least 150 were working as intelligence agents, disguised as diplomats or journalists.

He said that more than four million Russians live in the country as a whole, leaving him unable to guess at how many agents might be hidden amongst them.
 

China's Growing Spy Threat

But according to analysts and officials, the communist-controlled People’s Republic of China operates the single largest intelligence-gathering apparatus in the world—and its growing appetite for secrets has apparently become insatiable.

From economic and military espionage to keeping tabs on exiled dissidents, China’s global spying operations are rapidly expanding. And, therefore, so is the threat. Some analysts even argue the regime—which is also gobbling up such key natural resources as farmland, energy, and minerals—has an eye on dominating the world.

Estimates on the number of spies and agents employed by the communist state vary widely. According to public statements by French author and investigative journalist Roger Faligot, who has written several books about the regime’s security services, there are around two million Chinese working directly or indirectly for China’s intelligence apparatus.

Putin's Secret Weapon

Britain under attack from 20 foreign spy agencies including France and Germany

"It is estimated that at least 20 Foreign intelligence services are operating to some degree against UK interests. Of greatest concern are the Russians and Chinese. The number of Russian intelligence officers in London has not fallen since the Soviet times."

A Whitehall source told The Sunday Telegraph that Russia uses its massive spy network as an "extension of state power" in an attempt to "further its own military and economic base".

The source said: "If a country, such as Russia or Iran, can steal a piece of software which will save it seven years in research and development then it will do so without any hesitation. Russian agents will target anybody that they believe could be useful to them. Spying is hard-wired into the country's DNA. They have been at it for centuries and they are simply not going to stop because the Cold War has ended."

Officials say Chinese spies have targeted every sector of the U.S. economy

Comment: Re:I found this article to be more informative (Score 1) 140

by cold fjord (#47429289) Attached to: After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

US military spending is high because it pays its volunteer soldiers a competitive wage while sustaining a substantial military that is actually capable of fighting despite the fact that it often has to cross oceans to do so. If you are observant you might have noticed a capabilities gap between the US military and the militaries of much of Europe. Since WW2 the US has borne much of the defense burden for Europe, Japan, and various other places.

Many other countries have relied upon conscription, with some dropping it only recently. Germany, Russian, and China have all relied on conscription until relatively recently if they don't still use it.

The US also pays Western rates for its technology and weapons, not Chinese or Russian rates.

As to spying, Russia and China are quite prolific in their spying, including against Germany. Perhaps you don't follow the news about that?

Comment: Re:I found this article to be more informative (Score 1) 140

by cold fjord (#47429257) Attached to: After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

Not really. Sticking to historical events rather than hysterical invention really simplifies the matter.

The US hasn't committed genocide during its existence. The US government ended slavery in its territory (inherited from the European based colonies) although it required force of arms to do so. It's imperialism was limited in scope and time, and is long over. The democratically elected government of the Confederate States of America deserved its fate. Iran was no longer a democracy when the US assisted the return of the Shah to power since an election was faked, the legislature was dissolved, the "Prime Minister" ruled by decree and ignored the traditional check and balance of a constitutional monarch being able to dismiss the Prime Minister.

+ - How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business at Will->

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An anonymous reader writes "Wired reports, "Beneath its slick interface and crystal clear GPS-enabled vision of the world, Google Maps roils with local rivalries, score-settling, and deception. Maps are dotted with thousands of spam business listings for nonexistent locksmiths and plumbers. Legitimate businesses sometimes see their listings hijacked by competitors or cloned into a duplicate with a different phone number or website. In January, someone bulk-modified the Google Maps presence of thousands of hotels around the country, changing the website URLs to a commercial third-party booking site ... Small businesses are the usual targets. .... These attacks happen because Google Maps is, at its heart, a massive crowdsourcing project, a shared conception of the world that skilled practitioners can bend and reshape in small ways using tools like Google’s Mapmaker or Google Places for Business. .... Google has gotten much better at policing malicious edits, to the point where they’re rare today. ... The system has loopholes though, and troves of money-hungry spammers looking for weaknesses. In February, an SEO consultant-turned-whistleblower named Bryan Seely demonstrated the risk dramatically when he set up doppelganger Google Maps listings for the offices of the FBI and Secret Service. Seely channeled the incoming phone calls through to the real agencies while recording them. The stunt got a lot of attention. The Secret Service told Seely he was “a hero” for showing them the vulnerability.""
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+ - Stunning New Assange Revelation - Plans Modeling Debut At London Fashion Show-> 1

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An anonymous reader writes "The Independent reports, "Julian Assange could now be turning to modeling ... The Australian WikiLeaks founder will reportedly model for Vivienne Westwood’s son, Ben Westwood, at a fashion show ... Assange – who will be joined by six models during his catwalk outing – has also inspired some of the clothes. Westwood told the Daily Mail his collection was influenced by costumes worn by Clint Eastwood’s western films and also Assange’s combat-beret look. The show’s soundtrack will come by way of music from The Good, The Bad And The Ugly. “I’ve designed something for him along those lines and will be getting him to wear it,” Ben added. “I’ve got another garment with a Julian Assange print.” The British Fashion Council was "unable to shed light on the story"...." — IBTimes adds, "George Clooney and his lawyer wife to be Amal Alamuddin, ... are reportedly going to be guests as Assange struts his stuff for the cameras, ""
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Comment: Re:Good luck with that ... (Score 0) 189

by cold fjord (#47348107) Attached to: Eric Schmidt and Entourage Pay a Call On Cuba

So Cubans are oppressed but Americans deserve to be punished?

Maybe this will help - armed robbery is a crime in both countries and you will go to prison. Only in Cuba would you go to prison for advocating democratic reform of the government. Cubans are in jail for both armed robbery and advocating democratic reform of government. Only Americans committing armed robbery would be in jail, advocating reform of government isn't a crime. Political oppression is a regular fact of life in Cuba. People go to jail for criticizing the government, making Castro jokes, wanting to practice their religious faith, or simply desiring to leave the country. Is that making sense to you?

Your line about blacks in Cuba is nonsensical.

Comment: Re:So will he go to jail upon return to the US? (Score 1) 189

by cold fjord (#47347997) Attached to: Eric Schmidt and Entourage Pay a Call On Cuba

I took one of these person-to-person trips to Cuba two years ago and it was pretty awesome. It's nice to travel somewhere that hasn't been ruined by American interests yet (no Starbucks, no McDonald's, etc.) It wasn't that difficult, you can find tours through chambers of commerce or other travel groups.

The restrictions are not extremely enforceable, but know that the Cuban government is looking after you, too. Don't make an ass of yourself while there. In any case, roving around the country in an air conditioned tour bus was quite desirable,

Some different views on that.

A Graduate of my ‘Commie’ High School Goes to Cuba and Sees Paradise, or How One’s Education Can Warp You for Life
The Lost World, Part I

Comment: Re:I live in Canada (Score -1, Redundant) 189

by cold fjord (#47347981) Attached to: Eric Schmidt and Entourage Pay a Call On Cuba

At this point, it has very little to do with communism. Florida is a big primary state and a big electoral state. Florida has a lot of Cuban-americans who would prefer we invade the island. They have traditionally fiercely opposed lifting the

No, it is still pretty much about the oppressive communist state of Cuba. There won't be any US invasion of Cuba, the US pledged to not do that as part of settling the Cuban missile crisis.

Looking Back on the Cuban Missile Crisis, 50 Years Later

the Soviets removed the missiles already deployed in Cuba, and Soviet ships under sail with missile cargoes returned to Soviet ports. In return, the United States agreed to remove a squadron of already obsolete medium-range Jupiter missiles based in Turkey as long as that part of the deal was kept secret. In addition, the United States publicly pledged it would not invade Cuba.

Activists in Cuba support the continuation of the embargo.

The Time to Help Cuba’s Brave Dissidents Is Now: Why the Embargo Must Not be Lifted

Comment: Re:I live in Canada (Score 0) 189

by cold fjord (#47347921) Attached to: Eric Schmidt and Entourage Pay a Call On Cuba

It took the Russians nearly 75 years to throw off communism, and the rest of Eastern Europe about 46 years. Cuba might have a few more years to go, but it will eventually happen.

Oh who am I kidding, thanks to you sucking up to the government's dick when it comes to surveillance ..., Castro ... probably knows the identity of every single dissident on his island, and thanks to the US's welcoming arms, pretty much everyone who didn't like it there has already left, so there's not that many to keep track of.

That makes no sense at all..... which is probably why you don't seem to object to Cuba's communist oppression - no sense.

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