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"I'm six foot five, weight a bit over three hundred pounds, have a deep New York theater trained voice and look kinda like a Satanic biker. I have no doubt that the vast majority of those who have trolled and harassed me on-line would not say fucking 'boo' to me IRL.

In fact, because I can be a very charming fellow who can bullshit and gladhand with the best of them, I also suspect many of them might actually think I'm a swell chap. That aspect is reenforced by the sub-textual sense of relief that I'm 'much nicer than I appear'.

Those are the essential elements of what I call Primate Politics that are missing from the non-physical nature of da intratubes, all the core non-verbal information that we as a species have evolved.

Whether this is a Good Thing or Bad Thing remains to be seen. I think the former, but as noted at the top, I have several IRL advantages, so I am prejudiced." ...comment on Reality Check: Most Internet trolls are probably trolls in real life, too

The Internet IS Serious Business

LulzSec hacking group announces end to cyber attacks
A hacker group that has attacked several high-profile websites over the last two months has announced that it is disbanding.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-13918458

Hacking suspect Ryan Cleary 'has Asperger's syndrome'
A 19-year-old charged with hacking the website of the UK Serious Organised Crime Agency has been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a court has heard.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-13916090

by Gaius Publius on 6/12/2011 05:44:00 PM

As Glenn Greenwald almost said, the irony writes itself. NY Times (my emphasis throughout):

The Obama administration is leading a global effort to deploy “shadow” Internet and mobile phone systems that dissidents can use to undermine repressive governments that seek to silence them by censoring or shutting down telecommunications networks.

The effort includes secretive projects to create independent cellphone networks inside foreign countries, as well as one operation out of a spy novel in a fifth-floor shop on L Street in Washington, where a group of young entrepreneurs who look as if they could be in a garage band are fitting deceptively innocent-looking hardware into a prototype “Internet in a suitcase.”

Financed with a $2 million State Department grant, the suitcase could be secreted across a border and quickly set up to allow wireless communication over a wide area with a link to the global Internet.
There's more in the article.

About that "Internet in a suitcase," do you think the thing will have a secret listening port for NSA ears only, or a backdoor kill-switch, just in case the thing
comes home?
With reports of Egypt's government completing shutting down the Internet in the country, talk about an "Internet kill switch" bill in the U.S. has reemerged. Could it happen here?

The bill in question is the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010, a cyber-security measure introduced in June by Sen. Joseph Lieberman. It was an over-arching cyber-security measure that, among other things, would create an office of cyberspace policy within the White House and a new cyber-security center within the Homeland Security Department.

A provision that got the most attention, however, was one that gave the president the power to "authorize emergency measures to protect the nation's most critical infrastructure if a cyber vulnerability is being exploited or is about to be exploited."

Some interpreted that to mean that the president would have the authority to shut off the Internet at random.
With my little mind, I'd settle for some of that "foolish consistency." At some point, the liar convinces only himself.

GP
Joseph Rakofsky — I Have An Answer For You May 18, 2011 I’ve been sued. I’m 51 years old and this is a first for me, both personally and professionally. And it flows from a post I wrote last month about the depths to which some attorneys will sink in their marketing, that also happened to mention that Joseph Rakofsky was incompetent as a lawyer. Also, that he had an ethical issue regarding an email he sent to an investigator asking him to “trick” a witness. He sued me for defamation. First the background on how the suit came to be, in case you haven’t already read one of the gazillion other stories about it; I’d only dealt with it briefly before. I’ll also discuss how I’ve dealt with four past legal threats I’ve received. And finally, I’ll tell give you my response to being sued. Pull up a chair. The story is good. Unless, of course, you are Rakofsky. Or his lawyer, Richard Borzouye. Go shit in a hat and pull it down over your ears.Collapse ) For more, read the Compendium of Rakofsky vs. Internet Blog Posts. The links will keep you busy for hours!

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Posted it on my FB wall...and 'liked' it

An Israeli couple have named their baby daughter Like, taking inspiration from the Facebook social networking site, Israeli media say.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-13417930

Shazam!

China targets Change.org, screws up Amazon

Art Info: China Steps Up Its Cyberwar on Change.org

Apparently, now China is trying to shut down free speech outside its borders as well as within.

On Tuesday, we reported that the Web site Change.org, which is hosting a petition for the release of detained artist Ai Weiwei, stated that it was facing “highly sophisticated denial of service attacks from locations in China,” and that it was appealing to the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of East Asian Pacific Affairs for help. Well, the latest news is that the attacks haven’t stopped — they have only escalated, and the site says that it has engineers “working around the clock to fend off the attacks.” Below, find the complete text of Change.org’s message sent out to supporters today (in this case, our own ace associate editor Emma Allen) to update them on the situation:
 
Email behind the cutCollapse )
As far as I can tell, Amazon.com hosts Change.org, along with a whole bunch of other sites. As a result, a whole bunch of domains are off-line, as documented in Amazon servers take down Reddit, Foursquare, and more. I tried to copy and paste the article, but LJ hiccoughed and wouldn't accept it. Darn.

Encyclopedia Dramatica is no more

The news we have all been waiting for.

Geekosystem: Encyclopedia Dramatica Is No More: OhInternet Rises from the Ashes
by Robert Quigley | 9:36 am, April 15th, 2011

From 2004 to 2011, Encyclopedia Dramatica was one of the few resources out there for people who wanted to learn about the strange culture of the Internet. The open wiki was always anarchic, and frequently racist, homophobic and otherwise offensive — indeed, last year, the Australian Human Rights Commission threatened it with legal action over an article that “encourage[d] racial hatred against Aborigines.” In more recent years, Know Your Meme, which was recently purchased by Cheezburger Networks at a low seven-figure valuation, picked up the slack in educating readers about Internet arcana, as did meme-savvier blogs. But Dramatica, for better or worse, remained the one outlet that covered many topics that more mainstream outlets feared to touch, and frequently exposed the dark underbelly of Internet happenings on which other sites tried to paint a cheerier facade.

Last night, visitors to Dramatica’s home page found themselves automatically redirected to a new site called OhInternet which appeared to have more in common with the new, slicker generation of Internet culture trackers than with the unvarnished, offensive Dramatica of old. Some fans of Dramatica wondered if this was an elaborate troll or an April Fool’s joke; visiting Dramatica’s old IP address, 208.99.87.133, gave a message that was interpreted by some to mean that Dramatica was only temporarily offline. But the redirect is permanent, Encyclopedia Dramatica founder and current OhInternet primary contributor Sherrod DeGrippo told me by email, and OhInternet is here to stay.

Encyclopedia Dramatica is no more.

DeGrippo says that the biggest difference between OhInternet and Dramatica is that the new site has moved towards 'a more toned down content style and a streamlined design: Shock for shock’s sake is old at this point and we’re looking forward to the future and how things are evolving'Collapse )

Looks like Ms. DiGrippo has grown up and decided to sell out.  If so, the pressures of commerce did what the pressure of law could not.

The NAZI's are coming

OMGss - Watch this article! Rachel Maddow isn't blowing this out of proportion. What she is describing is effectively how the NAZI's stole power in Germany. Except this isn't Berlin, or Lepzig, or Bremen; this is Ann Arbor, and Lansing and Detroit. They claim a crisis and then take away your powers as citiizens for the greater power of the leader.


Anonymous is taking on the Koch Brothers

From Daily Kos:

From twitter:
#OpWisconsin It's not just you! http://americansforprosperity.org looks down from here. :] #anonymous #wiunion #koch #kochblock #anonops
The Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity astroturf website is now down.  Try and visit and you see:
Now the story from Politicus USA:

Anonymous Joins The Wisconsin Protests By Taking Out Americans For ProsperityCollapse )

When Anonymous says, "expect us," they aren't kidding.
solidarity wisconsin theinternetishere