In a world dominated by magical thinking, superstition and religion, give yourself the benefit of doubt. This is one skeptic's view of the Universe.

"Tell people there’s an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure."

-George Carlin

“If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed”.

-Albert Einstein

“Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.”

-Carl Sagan

The person who is certain, and who claims divine warrant for his certainty, belongs now to the infancy of our species. It may be a long farewell, but it has begun and, like all farewells, should not be protracted.

-Christopher Hitchens

 

I’m constantly annoyed that people are distracted by false conspiracies such as 9/11, when all around we provide evidence of real conspiracies, for war or mass financial fraud.

Julian Assange, WikiLeaks Founder

(Source: facebook.com)

I’m constantly annoyed that people are distracted by false conspiracies such as 9/11, when all around we provide evidence of real conspiracies, from war to mass financial fraud.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

If the [WikiLeaks] disclosures have failed to alter American statecraft, then the fault lies not with the whistleblower, but with a society incapable of receiving this great gift of knowledge.

vinegarwilliams:

seymourbuhts:

bylinebeat:

Assange: iPhone, Blackberry, Gmail users - ‘you’re all screwed’
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has told smartphone and email users  “You’re all screwed”, as he unveiled his latest publications.
The  whistle-blowing website has released details of companies it says are  selling information obtained by monitoring people’s mobile phones and  computers.
According to Mr Assange, more than 150 organisations  around the world have the ability to use phones as tracking devices as  well as intercept messages and listen to calls. Those companies then  sell the wholesale information, often the telecommunications data of  “entire populations”.
He told a press conference at City  University in London that the publication of the “Spy Files” is a “mass  attack on this mass surveillance industry”.
The 40-year-old asked  the audience of students and press: “Who here has an iPhone? Who here  has a BlackBerry? Who here uses Gmail? Well, you’re all screwed.
“The  reality is, intelligence contractors are selling right now to countries  across the world mass surveillance systems for all those products.”
Mr Assange said this interception, although lawful, is leading towards a “totalitarian surveillance state”.
WikiLeaks is releasing 287 documents in conjunction with website spyfiles.org.
Mr  Assange said the US, UK, Australia, South Africa and Canada are all  developing the “spying systems”, and the information is being sold to  “dictators and democracies alike”.
Photo Credit: (Getty Images)

GOOD THING I DON’T USE GMAIL.
OH, WAIT, I DO… 
Really, I hope we don’t see Google shift from ultimate good-guy everything company to “We own you” company.

Privacy is a thing of the past. If this doesn’t bother you, don’t worry about it. If you enjoy your privacy, don’t allow yourself to become a product, sold to the highest bidder, by companies like Facebook, google, iTunes, (maybe tumblr) or foursquare. Always remember: you are not the customer. You are the product. Nothing is free.

Paging Dr. Orwell.

vinegarwilliams:

seymourbuhts:

bylinebeat:

Assange: iPhone, Blackberry, Gmail users - ‘you’re all screwed’


WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has told smartphone and email users “You’re all screwed”, as he unveiled his latest publications.

The whistle-blowing website has released details of companies it says are selling information obtained by monitoring people’s mobile phones and computers.

According to Mr Assange, more than 150 organisations around the world have the ability to use phones as tracking devices as well as intercept messages and listen to calls. Those companies then sell the wholesale information, often the telecommunications data of “entire populations”.

He told a press conference at City University in London that the publication of the “Spy Files” is a “mass attack on this mass surveillance industry”.

The 40-year-old asked the audience of students and press: “Who here has an iPhone? Who here has a BlackBerry? Who here uses Gmail? Well, you’re all screwed.

“The reality is, intelligence contractors are selling right now to countries across the world mass surveillance systems for all those products.”

Mr Assange said this interception, although lawful, is leading towards a “totalitarian surveillance state”.

WikiLeaks is releasing 287 documents in conjunction with website spyfiles.org.

Mr Assange said the US, UK, Australia, South Africa and Canada are all developing the “spying systems”, and the information is being sold to “dictators and democracies alike”.

Photo Credit: (Getty Images)

GOOD THING I DON’T USE GMAIL.

OH, WAIT, I DO… 

Really, I hope we don’t see Google shift from ultimate good-guy everything company to “We own you” company.

Privacy is a thing of the past. If this doesn’t bother you, don’t worry about it. If you enjoy your privacy, don’t allow yourself to become a product, sold to the highest bidder, by companies like Facebook, google, iTunes, (maybe tumblr) or foursquare.
Always remember: you are not the customer. You are the product. Nothing is free.

Paging Dr. Orwell.

futurejournalismproject:

George, Meet Orwell
Wikileaks is back with The Spyfiles, a database “of hundreds of documents from as many as 160 intelligence contractors in the mass surveillance industry.”
The release is being funneled through a number of organizations: ARD in Germany, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism in the UK, The Hindu in India, L’Espresso in Italy, OWNI in France and the Washington Post in the US. 
The data was gathered in conjunction with Bugged Planet and Privacy International.
Via Wikileaks:

International surveillance companies are based in the more technologically sophisticated countries, and they sell their technology on to every country of the world. This industry is, in practice, unregulated. Intelligence agencies, military forces and police authorities are able to silently, and on mass, and secretly intercept calls and take over computers without the help or knowledge of the telecommunication providers. Users’ physical location can be tracked if they are carrying a mobile phone, even if it is only on stand by.
But the WikiLeaks Spy Files are more than just about ’good Western countries’ exporting to ’bad developing world countries’. Western companies are also selling a vast range of mass surveillance equipment to Western intelligence agencies. In traditional spy stories, intelligence agencies like MI5 bug the phone of one or two people of interest. In the last ten years systems for indiscriminate, mass surveillance have become the norm. Intelligence companies such as VASTech secretly sell equipment to permanently record the phone calls of entire nations. Others record the location of every mobile phone in a city, down to 50 meters. Systems to infect every Facebook user, or smart-phone owner of an entire population group are on the intelligence market.

Image: Screenshot of The United Nations of Surveillance, an interactive map by OWNI that lets users explore companies offering surveillance technology around the world.

futurejournalismproject:

George, Meet Orwell

Wikileaks is back with The Spyfiles, a database “of hundreds of documents from as many as 160 intelligence contractors in the mass surveillance industry.”

The release is being funneled through a number of organizations: ARD in Germany, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism in the UK, The Hindu in India, L’Espresso in Italy, OWNI in France and the Washington Post in the US. 

The data was gathered in conjunction with Bugged Planet and Privacy International.

Via Wikileaks:

International surveillance companies are based in the more technologically sophisticated countries, and they sell their technology on to every country of the world. This industry is, in practice, unregulated. Intelligence agencies, military forces and police authorities are able to silently, and on mass, and secretly intercept calls and take over computers without the help or knowledge of the telecommunication providers. Users’ physical location can be tracked if they are carrying a mobile phone, even if it is only on stand by.

But the WikiLeaks Spy Files are more than just about ’good Western countries’ exporting to ’bad developing world countries’. Western companies are also selling a vast range of mass surveillance equipment to Western intelligence agencies. In traditional spy stories, intelligence agencies like MI5 bug the phone of one or two people of interest. In the last ten years systems for indiscriminate, mass surveillance have become the norm. Intelligence companies such as VASTech secretly sell equipment to permanently record the phone calls of entire nations. Others record the location of every mobile phone in a city, down to 50 meters. Systems to infect every Facebook user, or smart-phone owner of an entire population group are on the intelligence market.

Image: Screenshot of The United Nations of Surveillance, an interactive map by OWNI that lets users explore companies offering surveillance technology around the world.

(Source: futurejournalismproject)

mohandasgandhi:

I absolutely adore that Wikileaks is on the verge of being shut down because funding is being blocked (remember that Assange hasn’t been formally charged with anything) and corporations are permitted to throw money at anything and everything in the name of “free speech” thanks to Citizens United. Donating to Wikileaks apparently doesn’t constitute as free speech, though, because our government told financial institutions to shut that speech down.

Democracy.

US has lost faith in Mexico's ability to win drugs war, WikiLeaks cables show

fuckyeahdrugpolicy:

We shouldn’t forget about this.

As of December 2010, 30,196 people have died in Mexico’s drug war.

What the fuck would need to happen for someone in a reasonable position of power to realize that this war is a futile waste for blood and treasure?! It makes the war in Afghanistan look like a Great idea! We continue to just play politics with no mind for any real solutions. Legalization of drugs is the only chance there is to defund and disband these monster, bloodthirsty cartels.

hatefulatheist:

Great pictures from the page of - http://wowmonica.tumblr.com/ - her pictures always show up as icons for some reason which is why I didn’t reblog but she has a great page.

hatefulatheist:

Great pictures from the page of - http://wowmonica.tumblr.com/ - her pictures always show up as icons for some reason which is why I didn’t reblog but she has a great page.