Thursday, October 31, 2013

Million Mask March Worldwide Event Nov 5 2013


In the spirit of Anonymous, Occupy and WikiLeaks, Million Mask March is a global event held every year on November 5th. Increasing in number, this year there are over 400 worldwide locations including Washington, DC, Los Angeles, New York, Boston, London, Sydney, Melbourne, Netherlands, Greece, Brazil, India, Philippines, Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Egypt, Mexico, Africa, Israel, Hong Kong, Romania, Ireland and 350+ more. It is a call to unite whistleblowers, hacktivists, marchers and occupiers to defend humanity with truth against political corruption. International Business Times calls it the largest world protest in the history of mankind.

#MillionMaskMarch

Tweet Storm Nov 1 7pm EST

Learning from our past successes in previous #op events. We have come to recognize the power of a successful tweet storm. The #millionmaskmarch has the opportunity to be one of the biggest protesting days ever but that is only if we can get the word out and mobilize enough people. Our presence on Facebook is large and when it comes to twitter we are there as well but the idea is on Nov 1st to get the hashtag trending. It will reach millions and people will start asking questions/talking about the event. In many cases people on the fence about going or not can see that this march is no joke and could be the deciding factor in their attendance.

That’s why we need to show our power to work together and bring the hive together to make our presence seen loud and clear and we absolutely have the ability to do it. So in the days leading up to Nov 1 spread this document to everyone you know. We have a few big anon accounts already pledging support and are on board. In the meantime tweet this link to every account you follow that is activist/anonymous related. Decentralized does not mean uncoordinated. So lets come together and coordinate and give the world know choice but to see how big the #millionmaskmarch is going to be.

On Nov 1st at 7pm EST commence tweeting with the hashtag #millionmaskmarch in all of your posts. Tweet original or copy paste material. It doesn’t matter as long as you got the hashtag in there. Keep it going, get everyone you know with a twitter tweeting it. Don’t stop till we are trending because we will. For millions to see the #millionmaskmarch will be right there for them to see.

Spread this Far and wide lets mobilize and pump the web up for what will surely be an epic day in history!

Love and solidarity,
MMM DC Trans Squad

More info:

Christine Ann Sands
aka The Polymath Poet, WikiPoet
GreatAmericanRevolt.org
MillionMaskMarch.org
Anonomobile.com
PolymathPoet.com/revolution
Anon Mobile Unit: 860-888-3127
eMail: info@millionmaskmarch.org 


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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Bernie Sanders on the Absurbity of Cutting SS and Medicare while Not Raising Taxes on the 1% and Big Biz



A budget panel composed of Democratic, Republican and independent members of the Senate and House is working on ways to avoid another government shutdown like the nightmare we all were just forced to endure.


As a member of that committee, I realize that our $17-trillion national debt and $700-billion deficit are serious problems that must be addressed. But I also realize that real unemployment remains close to 14%, that tens of millions of Americans with jobs are paid horrendously low wages, that more Americans are now living in poverty than ever before, that wealth and income inequality in the U.S. is greater than in any other major country and that the gap between the very rich and everyone else is growing wider.

We must look at how we got here to make informed choices about where we go next.

How did we go from healthy surpluses to terrible deficits? It's not that complicated. In 2001, President Clinton left office with a $236-billion surplus. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office foresaw a 10-year budget surplus of $5.6 trillion, enough to erase the national debt by 2011. It didn't work out that way.

Instead, under President George W. Bush, wars were launched in Afghanistan and Iraq without paying for them. The cost of those wars, estimated at up to $6 trillion, was tacked onto our national credit card. Then Congress passed and Bush signed an expensive prescription drug program. It also was not paid for. Then Bush and Congress handed out big tax breaks to the wealthy and large corporations. That drove down revenue. So did the recession in 2008, which was caused by a deregulated Wall Street. All that turned big surpluses into big deficits.

Interestingly, today's "deficit hawks" in Congress — Rep.Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and other conservative Republicans — voted for those measures that drove up deficits. Now that they're worried about deficits again, they want to dismantle virtually every social program designed to protect working families, the elderly, children, the sick and the poor.

In other words, it's OK to spend trillions on a war we should never have waged in Iraq and to provide huge tax breaks for billionaires and multinational corporations. But in the midst of very difficult economic times, we just can't afford to protect the most vulnerable people in our country. That's their view. I disagree.

So where do we go from here? How do we draft a federal budget that creates jobs, makes our country more productive, protects working families and lowers the deficit?

For a start, we cannot impose more austerity on people who are already suffering. When 95% of all new income between 2009 and 2012 went to the top 1%, and while tens of millions of working Americans saw a decline in their income, we cannot cut programs that working families depend on.

Instead of talking about cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, we must end the absurdity of corporations not paying a nickel in federal income taxes. A 2008 report from the Government Accountability Office found that was the case with 1 in 4 large U.S. corporations. At a time when multinational corporations and the wealthy are avoiding an estimated $100 billion a year in taxes by stashing money in tax havens like the Cayman Islands, we need to make them pay taxes just as middle-class Americans do.

While Congress in January finally ended Bush's tax breaks for the richest 1%, lower rates were left in place for the top 2%, those households earning between $250,000 and $450,000 a year. That must end.

At a time when we now spend almost as much as the rest of the world combined on defense, we can make judicious cuts in our armed forces without compromising our military capability.

And frankly, Congress must listen better. Some Republicans learned a hard lesson when the American people said it was wrong to shut down the government because some extreme right-wing members of Congress did not like the Affordable Care Act. Well, there's another lesson that I hope my Republican colleagues absorb. Poll after poll shows that Americans overwhelmingly do not want to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

In fact, according to a recent National Journal poll, 81% do not want to cut Medicare at all, 76% do not want to cut Social Security at all, and 60% do not want to cut Medicaid at all. Other polls make it clear that Americans believe that the wealthiest among us and large corporations must pay their fair share in taxes.

It is time to develop a federal budget that is moral and makes good economic sense. It is time to develop a budget that invests in our future by creating jobs, rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure and expanding educational opportunities. It is time for those who have so much to help with deficit reduction. It is time that we listen to what the American people want.

Bernie Sanders, an independent, represents Vermont in the U.S. Senate.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

You Might Not Actually Be in Favor of Small Gov if....


Republicans version of small government = a police state for the average person and total lawlessness for the 1% and big business who bribe them.

Cops Murder 80 yr old Man in his Bed after Claiming his House Smelled like Meth then Find Nothing





The widow of an elderly man shot to death by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies in the Antelope Valley is filing a lawsuit.


Tonya Pate, 48, is seeking $50 million in damages from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department after detectives raided her Littlerock home during the morning of June 27 and fatally shot her 80-year-old husband, Eugene Mallory.

"I am here today to tell you how much I love and miss Gene every day. He was a hardworking, gentle, loving, kind man. He never harmed anybody," said Pate.

Her lawyers filed a wrongful death claim alleging that narcotic detectives suspected methamphetamine was being cooked on the property, and, armed with a search warrant, busted into the retired Lockheed engineer's home unannounced and shot him dead in his bed. No meth was found.



"All we know is we have a dead innocent man -- a law-abiding, high security clearance gentleman, electrical engineer, fixture in the community dead, leaving a grieving widow...no evidence of any meth ever on that property," said attorney Mark Algorri.

Los Angeles County sheriff's officials say while detectives did not find meth on the 80-year-old man's property, they did find other drugs and two weapons. They claim the man pointed one of the weapons at detectives, forcing them to shoot him.

"The truth of the matter is it was a narcotics search warrant. And what did they find on the premises? They found marijuana and they found a full grow operation that was producing the marijuana on site," said Steve Whitmore with the sheriff's department. "The gentleman pointed a semiautomatic weapon at our deputies, and deputies fearing for their safety as well as others, instigated deadly force."

Pate says her 22-year-old son from another relationship lives in a trailer on the couple's property and uses medical marijuana for a health issue. Pate's lawyer said only a small amount of medical marijuana was found on the property.

The sheriff's department says an investigation into the shooting continues.

Source: KABC Little Rock, CA

Halloween Freebie 3 Creepy Party Tunes




Leaked GOP Agenda for 2014 - 2016


October in Michigan

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Pictures of Dead People Posed for Family Portraits

Post-morten photography was very common in the nineteenth century when "death occurred in the home and was quite an ordinary part of life." Due to photography being a new medium, it is plausible that "many daguerreotype post-mortem portraits, especially those of infants and young children, were probably the only photographs ever made of the 'sitters.'"

According to Mary Warner Marien, "post-mortem photography flourished in photography's early decades, among clients who preferred to capture an image of a deceased loved one rather than have no photograph at all."

These photographs served as keepsakes to remember the deceased. This was especially common with infants and young children; Victorian era childhood mortality rates were extremely high, and a post-mortem photograph might have been the only image of the child the family ever had. The later invention of the carte de visite, which allowed multiple prints to be made from a single negative, meant that copies of the image could be mailed to relatives.

The practice eventually peaked in popularity around the end of the 19th century and died out as "snapshot" photography became more commonplace, although a few examples of formal memorial portraits were still being produced well into the 20th century.

Can you spot the dead person in the pictures?


















Frankenstein's Monster Wallpaper

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Racist Halloween Costumes Circa 1925


Words Progressives and Regressives use Differently

Words

Progressive

Regressive

Entitlement
Something people deserve as citizens and have paid for with taxes their whole life.
Something that is OK when I need it, but when others use it they are lazy parasites.
Liberal
Someone supporting concepts of individual freedom and civil liberties.
America and god hating commie.
Fascist
Gov. led by a dictator, very pro-business, extreme nationalism and often racist.
Anyone who likes or supports ObamaCare, minimum wage or environmental laws.
Dictator
A ruler who is not effectively restricted by a constitution, laws, recognized opposition.
Every democratic president for the last 100 years, especially Obama.
Big Gov.
Gov. that spends recklessly on items not to the betterment of the masses or restricts civil liberties needlessly.
Gov. programs that help the 99 percent. Oddly doesn’t include police state tactics or imposing religious dogma on women. Also doesn’t include special privileges like 175+ year copyrights, a military 10 larger than needed, or life sentences for minor offenses.

Russel Brand Destroys Pompus BBC Reporter During Interview



Best line: 


BBC Newsnight reporter Jeremy Paxman asks Brand to describe what his revolution would look like?

“I think what it won’t be like is a huge disparity between rich and poor, where 300 Americans have the same amount of wealth as their 85 million poorest Americans, where there is an exploited undeserved underclass being continually ignored, where welfare is slashed while Cameron and Osborne go to court to continue the right of bankers receiving bonuses,” Brand said.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24648651

Monday, October 21, 2013

80 Percent of Your Local TV News is Press Releases and Propaganda Disguised as News




Most people know the Network news is terrible, but this video from Conan O'Brien illustrates what a total fail the local news is. The majority of local TV news you see is nothing more than press releases disguised as actual news. The other half comes from wire services like AP, Bloomberg, and Reuters. The reason for this consolidation of ownership,cuts in news gathering staff, and laziness.

To learn more about this problem others head on over to the Free Press Foundation @ http://www.freepress.net/

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Operation Maryville Anonymous Press Release

Sheriff Darren White


Greetings, World.

We are Anonymous.

Over the past few days we have witnessed the internet unite around a single cause, justice for Daisy Coleman, her friend Paige, and their families. Netizens from around the world have come together, not only to defend victims of rape, but to attack a system that has continuously failed to punish rapists for their crimes. We have been horrified to discover the extent to which police and state officials are willing to go to protect themselves, and their allies, at the expense of these victim’s honor.

- First, we address Maryville’s Sheriff Darren White:

Dear Sheriff, what could we possibly have done to offend you? It was obvious to us at the onset of our campaign that your role in this travesty of justice was minimal. You’re just a small town guy, with no where near the authority required to effectively cover up the rape of a 14-year-old girl. We know you couldn't if you tried. There are important people that need to be held accountable for this, not you.

Also, please don’t patronize us for being economically challenged. Our parents are decent, hardworking folk. They weren't really using the basement anyway, except to store this old ping-pong table and it’s not in the way or anything. So, if we have to stay down here for a while with a bunch of rusty old tools and 30-year-old stacks of Playboy magazines (don’t tell mom) until we can get back on our feet, there’s nothing wrong with that.

Since you brought it up, if for instance one wanted to, saaaay... apply for a job with the Maryville Sheriff’s Department, how would one go about doing that?

Thanks for reaching out.

P.S. I’m sorry we haven’t broken any laws. We know that would really help you out of this.

- Next, we’d like to address prosecutor Robert Rice:

Bob, can we call you Bob? Bob, we had a statement prepared earlier. And frankly, we wish we could hand that document over to you, but unfortunately, those records have been closed. Really sorry about that. I guess we’ll just have to continue to speculate about our intentions.

In spite of how brutal and gruesome the sexual assault of a 13 and 14-year-old girl really is, let’s take some time away from focusing on that aspect of this case and discuss how truly awful this entire ordeal has been for you. We understand that you have high expectations for your career and your reputation is very important to you. We just want to apologize, you know, in spite of this whole rape thing, if you feel some sort of... umm, injustice has taken place here. At any rate, you've clearly gone through a traumatic event and if you want to take some time off, perhaps a term or two, we’d totally understand.

Just to clarify one thing... did you just tell the press that in order for a sexual assault to occur the victim needs to prove it? Damn. Maybe you and Guy of Gisborne can take a fishing trip together. The Sheriff should have some free time coming up anyway, you know, with rape victims now being responsible for investigating the crimes against them.

- To Attorney General Chris Koster:

It must have been so disappointed for you, having become Attorney General of an entire state, to find your position so limiting. Truly, if there is any injustice here, it’s that your hands are tied. You’re the ATTORNEY GENERAL OF MISSOURI and you have no ability to exercise influence over the actions of a small-town prosecutor in your state? That’s astonishing, almost completely unbelievable. And it’s unfair, really, when you think about it. In some other circumstance, a person in your position could cowardly hide behind one law, while refusing to enforce another, the laws against raping 14-year-olds, for instance. Ironic, really. We hope one day you have the power you need to actually do you job.

To the people of the Internet:

We are not conducting this operation, you are. It is you who will find justice for the real innocents in Maryville. Please continue to support the actual victims of unspeakable crimes. Don’t let a knuckle-dragging cop, an unscrupulous attorney, or a some spineless state official provoke you into losing control or forgetting why you started fighting back in the first place. These people reek of fear. Daisy and Paige are winning. We love you. Don’t back down.



That's all for now.

We are Anonymous
We are Legion
We do not forgive
We do not forget
Expect Us.


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American Exceptionalism - Fact or Fiction? Part 1


Thursday, October 17, 2013

NSA Using Copyright Claims To Crush Free Speech


List of Major Companies Shipping American Jobs Offshore Due to NAFTA and Other So-Called Free Trade Agreements

Guess why the economy sucks?


Flextronics Americas
in Stafford, Texas, will lay off 147 workers because their jobs "are being transferred to Juarez, Mexico," writes Chrystal Broussard Johnson, a Workforce Account Executive at a TAA "One-Stop Operator/Partner."

Jabil of Tempe, Ariz., will lay off more than 500 workers making printed circuit boards and box-build assemblies for the medical, industrial and aerospace sectors. "We are in the process of moving several assemblies to other Jabil facilities in Mexico and Asia in order to reduce labor costs and meet our customers' pricing expectations," writes Jabil HR Manager Dawn Tabelak in a July 15 TAA petition.

Joy Global of Franklin, Penn., will lay off 245 workers making underground mining equipment because production is "being shifted to a foreign location, outsourcing increased imports, articles and services," writes Timothy Buck, a union official in York, Penn.

Phillips Lighting Company's Bath, N.Y., factory making finished lamps will lay off 265 workers because "production is being shifted to a foreign country," writes Amy Heysham, Director of Human Resources for Phillips.

Hewlett Packard
will lay off 500 employees working in customer service and technical support in Conway, Ark., due to "global restructuring," according to Mazen Alkhamis, Business Solutions Analyst for the state of Arkansas in Little Rock.

DAK Americas of Leland, N.C., is laying off 340 full-time workers and 264 contract workers because it closed its entire production facility at its Cape Fear site due to dumped imports of competing products, according to Stephen Seals, DAK Americas' Senior Director of Human Resources. "Imports of PET resins have continued to rise in quantity over the last several years, especially from China and Oman," writes Seals. "The low price of these imports as well as the increasing volume continues to have a negative impact in the U.S. marketplace. For DAK Americas' Cape Fear site, it is the price suppression that these low-priced imports has brought with them that has been the most damaging. The continuing decline in prices has forced DAK Americas to rationalize capacity." Shutting down the Cape Fear PET resins manufacturing plant "would not be the outcome if the increasing volume of low-priced imports had not driven the manufacturing economics for this site beyond a state that cannot be maintained and be viable.

"DAK continues to participate in trade actions against these low-priced imports. There are three major trade cases for antidumping actions for Certain Polyester Staple Fiber products against Korea (A-580-839), Taiwan (A-583-833) and China (A-570-905) that remain active with trade actions aimed at controlling the dumping of fibers from these countries, yet the flow of imports continues to affect our business and the marketplace. As a result of continuing imports of those dumped products, DAK will be closing fiber manufacturing at the Cape Fear site. A significant portion of the Polyester Stable Fiber produced on-site will now be transferred and be manufactured in Queretaro, Mexico. . . Even with the renewed anti-dumping trade case affirmative actions against Korea, free-trade agreements with Korea were put in place that bolster the ability for these imports to continue. If imports were not given increased access to the U.S. marketplace for the products produced at DAK Americas Cape Fear site, the site would not be forced to rationalize capacity and shut down its operations resulting in the loss of approximately 600 jobs at the site."

Eli Lilly will lose nearly 1,000 sales representatives nationwide "as a result of the loss of patent protection from two of its best-selling drugs: Cymbalta and Evista," writes Susan Fracasso, Rapid Response Coordinator for the state of Connecticut in Wethersfield. "Those two products will be made generically, likely by facilities outside of the United States.

Charles Inc. of Council Bluffs, Iowa, will lay off 60 furniture workers. The reason: "Since mid-1990s, many upholstered furniture companies have been importing completely upholstered furniture, cut & sewn kits and raw materials from China, Mexico, Vietnam and other Southeast Asia countries," according to Lindsay Anderson, TAA Coordinator for the state of Iowa. "This has resulted in Charles Inc.'s inability to compete with them and be able to meet their prices. Charles Inc. has tried many different approaches, but the labor and material saving on imported products was too much for Charles Inc. to overcome."

PDM Bridge based in Proctor, Minn., will lay off 35 workers because the company is "losing local contract product bids in the last year to multinational and overseas buyers and producers of like and similar bridge products," according to Debra Schlekewy, TAA Coordinator for the state of Minnesota.

Honeywell Process Solutions, manufacturer of electronic industrial control units in York, Penn., will lay off 110 workers. "Company filed WARN stating closure in the first quarter of 2014 with layoffs expected to begin in August 2013," writes Terri Zimmerman of the Pennsylvania state government. "Per company official most of the work is transferring to Mexico."

Nordex USA Inc
., maker of wind blades in both Jonesboro, Ark., and Chicago, Ill., will lay off 80 workers because production is "being sifted to a foreign country," according to Francene Miller of the Arkansas state government.

Tyco Electronics TE Connectivity/ ICT Division in Tullahoma, Tenn., a manufacturer of electronic connectors, will lay off 33 employees because "production has been shifted to a foreign country," according to workers filing on their own behalf.

Campbell Soup Co. in Camden N.J., has laid off 100 workers because their "services are being transferred to a foreign country," writes Patric Donovan, Employment and Training Specialist for the state of New Jersey.

Cooper Interconnected, a division of Cooper Wiring Devices headquartered in Peachtree City, Ga., will lay off 56 workers from its Salem, N.J., facility. "To meet competitive demands on product manufacturing, the plant activities are being transferred to a plant in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico," writes Randall Zimmerman, Director of Human Resources at Cooper Wiring Devices, on behalf of the workers. "Competitors are currently located in similar foreign locations."

Sensata Technologies
of Attleboro, Mass., is laying of 16 employees because it is "transitioning manufacturing of burn-in test socket products manufactured in Phoenix, Ariz., to locations in China and Korea," writes Cheryl Stanton, Senior Human Resources Generalist at the company.

Motorola Solutions'
Louisville, Ky., electronics repair facility will lay off 55 workers because their jobs "are being relocated and will ultimately end up in Mexico," writes Loretta Baker, Regional Trade Facilitator at the Kentucky Office of Employment Training in Louisville.

Sealed Air Corp. in Duncan, S.C., has laid off an undisclosed number of workers after it purchased Diversey Holding Inc., in 2011 and decided to outsource its information technology computer support to WIPRO in Pune, India. "Thus, the Sealed Air internal service desks in Europe, China, Brazil and Duncan were outsourced overseas to India and employees/contractors lost jobs," write three former workers whose names were redacted from the petition (received July 17).

Transportal
of Charlotte, N.C., a company that transcribes medical records, laid off 25 workers when their jobs were "underbid by another company, Nuance, who offshores work," writes Dianna Rivera, TAA coordinator for the state of North Carolina.

NIDEC Motor Corp.
in Paragould, Ark., is laying off eight workers making dryer appliance motors because production is "being shifted to a foreign country," writes Francene Miller, Business Solutions Analyst for the Arkansas state government in Little Rock, Ark.

Omega Engineering in Stamford, Conn., has laid off 40 employees making thermocouples. Omega "was acquired by Spectris (UK) in 2012," according to Michael Shavel, Career Development Specialists for the Connecticut State Labor Department. "In October, the company opened a Customer Service and Manufacturing facility in Shanghai, China. The welding department located in Stamford, Conn., was downsized from 45 workers to five presently. At a company meeting in 2012, Global Director James R. Dale announced plans to open facilities globally, including China, Spain and Brazil."

Walgreens in Mount Prospect, Ill., has laid off 23 data processing, mainframe operations workers. "Services (IT Operations) have been outsourced to Chennai, India, and Queretaro, Mexico," according to workers who submitted the petition. "All phone calls since March 2013 have been rerouted to these foreign countries."

Narroflex of Stuart, Va., will lay off 55 workers making textiles because of "increased imports of products [and] outsourcing to foreign countries by our customers," according to Robert Diesel, Narroflex Chief Financial Officer.

Keystone Printed Specialties
in Old Forge, Penn., has laid off 40 employees in its lithographic printing department because the "company has lost customers such as Stanley/Black & Decker due to their production being moved overseas," write workers filing on their own behalf. "Company also lost business with Menasha Packaging Corp., and Packaging Corporation of America, Just Born Candy, Rock-Tenn Corp. and International Paper (formerly Temple-Inland). Increased outsourcing of the production of consumer packaged goods has negatively impacted the domestic production of corrugated and folding packaging [and] lithographic printed labels."

Council for South Texas Economic Progress is shutting down its call center in Winston Salem, N.C., because "as call centers nationwide are being sent overseas due to cheaper labor, call center workers are left with very few options for jobs and very little education to assist with finding jobs," according to workers filing on their own behalf. "Our call center is just one of many that are being shut down."

Staples' Columbia, S.C., accounts payable team will lose up to 20 jobs because its "processes are being shifted to India," write workers filing on their own behalf. "Accenture representatives have been trained at our shared service center as well as in India. The knowledge transfer will continue through the end of our term. On April 2, 2013, our management team announced the elimination of our positions to Accenture."

Here are other TAA petitions that were being considered by the Labor Department during the month of July:

IBM in Montpelier, Vt., will lay off 500 workers involved in design and manufacture of computer chips and hardware. "We have received information from IBM displaced workers and others that design, production and logistical operations are being outsourced to foreign facilities," writes Rose Lucenti, Director of Workforce Development in the Vermont State Workforce Office.

IBM will lay off 747 workers involved in computer manufacturing at three sites in New York, according to Susan Serviss, State TAA Coordinator in the N.Y. State Department of Labor in Albany. Serviss writes: "The company has contracted to support the development and application of hardware and software for IBM's mainframes. [IBM employees have] been training workers in China during the last few months of the worker's employment to perform the contractor's responsibilities using the procedures that the contractor had created. [M]ost of the operations at the Poughkeepsie site are gone to Brazil, India and now China."

Spartanburg Steel Products in Spartanburg, S.D., has laid off 500 workers because it did not win a contract for automotive body stampings and weld assemblies from BMW in South Carolina. "BMW is changing car models and Spartanburg Steel was not able to retain all of the new parts for the new vehicle," writes Kelli Grant, TAA Operations Coordinator for the state of South Carolina. "Those parts will be produced by two foreign-owned companies that have plants in the upstate of South Carolina: Gestamp and Drive Automotive."

Atlas-Copco Drilling Solutions LLC / Dynapac in Garland, Texas, a maker of drilling equipment for strip mining and road machinery, will lay off 15 to 20 employees because "all Dynapac production was shifted to foreign countries," according to workers filing on their own behalf. "Roller machine was shifted to Sweden. And a new factory was built in China for the production of the Asphalt Paver. The Paver is to be marketed as an American Design to be sold to USA and Australia with the USA tier 4 emission standards developed at Garland, Texas."

Boeing Co.
will lay off at least 1,000 workers at plants in Auburn, Wash., Everett, Wash., Payallup, Wash., Renton, Wash., Seattle, Wash., and Tukwila, Wash., "with more WARNed," writes Dean Tudor, of aerospace union SPEEA and Tom Wroblewski, the IAMAW District President in Seattle, Wash. "Production of Commercial aircraft has been outsourced to offshore locations," they write in numerous TAA petitions certified in July by the Labor Department. "The result of the outsourcing created assembly problems which has caused multiple locations in Washington to react by increasing manpower. The continuation of outsourcing after the initial increase has caused the company to decrease its workforce."

General Motors
Powertrain division in Saginaw, Mich., has lost between 150 and 200 jobs involved in the raw and semi finished castings of blocks and heads. "A major portion of the production has been shifted to a foreign country resulting in the reduction in workforce at our facility," writes Harold Cripps, president of the local union. "About 75 percent of the heads we produced for the 5.3 liter V Head and 50 percent of the 5.3 liter blocks we produced will now be done in Mexico. We also produced Lost Foam 4 cylinder blocks that are now manufactured overseas in China and Korea. This process has been eliminated completely from our facility."

Kingston Technology of Fountain Valley, Calif., is laying off 80 workers involved in DRAM and Flash memory products for electronics because "our company has been and continues to shift primarily production work from the U.S. to China," writes company Human Resources Manager Denise Stevens. "Other groups affected include shipping, warehouse workers and to a lesser degree, finance, engineering and IT positions."

Hasbro Inc. has laid off 200 workers in Pawtucket, R.I., because "the industry as a whole is suffering due to Chinese imports, as well as new technology manufactured in foreign countries," write workers in their petition for TAA benefits. "Design for these products has also become frequently sourced to Hong Kong due to cost of labor in the U.S."

Perkin Elmer is laying off 110 workers at its Downers Grove, Ill., plant because it is "relocating two production lines to their Singapore facility," writes Susi Pihera, Rapid Response Liaison with WorkNet DuPage Career Center in Lisle, Ill. The facility was making medical instruments for laboratory use and radiation detection equipment.

Keithley Instruments, maker of electronic test and measurement equipment in Solon, Ohio, laid off 59 employees because the company "transferred the majority of [its] manufacturing operations to China in a staged process over the course of 2011-2013," according to Ontoinette Threatt, Workforce Planning Analyst at the company.

Cambridge International's Alloy
Wire Belt facility in Modesto, Calif., is "being closed because they were moving it to Mexico to cut operating costs as the labor there was cheaper," according to Julie Odell, an Employment Program Representative for the state of California in Turlock.

Callaway Golf Balls has shifted production from its Chicopee, Mass., facility to China, Taiwan and Mexico impacting 23 workers, according to workers submitting the TAA petition.

Cameroon PCS, a maker of pressure vessels in Magnolia, Texas, has laid off 100 workers because "production has been outsourced to a foreign country. We were told to China," according to workers submitting the petition.

Caterpillar Inc.'s Mapleton Foundry in Peoria, Ill., is laying off 80 workers making engine liners and engine blocks because "the company is outsourcing engine block and head production as well as the finishing products," according to Lori Graham of the Illinois Workforce Network "The products have been outsourced to Technicost, a company located in Mexico."

Wonik Quartz International Corp., a maker of quartz glass for the semiconductor industry in Albuquerque, N.M., is laying off an undisclosed number of workers because "all parts of being outsourced to China because it is cheaper," according to the company workers submitting the petition.

General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products division in Saco, Maine, has laid off 100 workers making MK19 40MM Grenade launchers because the contract "was awarded to another company, Fabrique National (FN Manufacturing), located in Columbia, S.C.," write GD workers in their petition. "FN Manufacturing is a subsidiary of Belgian Herstal Group located in Herstal, Belgium in Europe."

Rockwell Automation of Milwaukee, Wisc., intends to lay off 45 workers in its global financial services group because a "letter of layoff from [the] company and [an] e-mail copied to some of the affected workers stating their jobs are being redeployed. . . to Poland," according to Roger Hinkle of the Milwaukee Help-In-Re-Employment (HIRE) Center. "People from Poland came to Rockwell to be trained."

A.A. Laun Furniture Co., based in Kiel, Wisc., will lay off 45 workers making wood furniture because "cheaper products and materials from overseas have made it impossible for American made furniture factories to compete, forcing them to go out of business," write the workers who submitted the petition.

Automatic Data Processing will lay off between 50 and 200 workers in San Dimas, Calif., because the company's services have been "outsourced to India," says Linda Ellen, TAA Analyst for the state of California in Sacramento. "Staff were required to train the associates from India in correct letter writing, communications and grammar."

Federal Mogul's Chicago plant has laid off 130 workers due to production being moved to Los Reyes, Mexico, according to Stacey Miller, the company's Human Resources Manager.

Sony Pictures Imageworks in Culver City, Calif., is laying off 100 workers involved in visual effects and animation because "the work is being outsource to Canada and India," according to Susan Campos, a TAA specialist with the state of California in Los Angeles.

Seco Tools based in Lenoir City, Tenn., is laying off 72 workers because "the manufacturing is moving to Seco plants located in France, Sweden and India," writes Jennifer Ostroff, HR manager at the company.

Baldwin Hardware, a subsidiary of Spectrum Brands (and a subsidiary of Stanley Black & Decker), in Reading, Penn., is laying off 166 workers making door locks and hardware because "production is being shifted to Nogales, Mexico," writes Sylvia Lehn, HR Manager at Spectrum.

Osram Sylvania in Winchester, Ky., is laying off 24 workers in its lighting division because "LED lamp assembly at the Winchester, Ky., facility is being transferred to the Juarez, Mexico, facility between 6/2013 and 9/2013," writes Janice Berryman, Osram Sylvania Human Resources Manager.

Agilent Technologies of Cary, N.C., is laying off 41 workers because "all production activities are being shifted to Agilent Technologies Inc. manufacturing facility in Penang, Malaysia," write workers filing on their own behalf. "All R&D functions are being transferred to Agilent Technologies Inc., in Waldbron, Germany."

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Anonymous: Apple’s Touch ID Massive NSA Biometric Collection Device




GENERAL

Via Cryptome: FBI “Next Generation Identification” (NGI) 2012
http://cryptome.org/2013/09/fbi-ngi-2012.pdf

Project PM:
http://wiki.echelon2.org/wiki/Main_Page

Biometrics wiki:
http://misbiometrics.wikidot.com/


AuthenTec’s Ties to US Dept. of Defense and Intelligence

AuthenTec was a spinoff of the Harris Corporation (1998)
http://harris.com/view_pressrelease.asp?pr_id=86

Harris is a $6 Billion Corporation which specializes in wireless communication for military and intelligence in the US.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harris_Corporation

Harris has particularly big contracts with the CIA and NRO (National Reconnaissance Office):
http://harris.com/view_pressrelease.asp?act=lookup&pr_id=1411

Most of AuthenTec’s top executives were from Harris. As an example, their General Counsel Frederick Jorgenson started at Harris, eventually wound up at another huge military contractor, Raytheon, and then wound up at AuthenTec.
http://www.forbes.com/profile/frederick-jorgenson/

Robert E. Grady, a former bigwig in the Carlyle Group, became Chairman of the Board at AuthenTec in January 2010:
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=awGgFr_ahrBU

The Carlyle Group has made over $2 Billion as majority owner of Booz Allen Hamilton of Project PM and Edward Snowden fame:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/nathanvardi/2013/06/10/the-carlyle-group-has-made-2-billion-off-of-booz-allen/

The Carlyle Group was trying to outrun its reputation as a corrupt home for political bigwigs when the Snowden revelations hit
http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2013/06/10/booz-allens-role-in-n-s-a-saga-casts-spotlight-on-carlyle/?_r=0

             

Apple and the Shady Deal For AuthenTec

Six months after starting as Chair of the Board, Grady rage quit at AuthenTec, hoping to prod it into getting its product to a mainstream market (like Apple!) much more quickly:
http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2010-06-29/business/os-authentec-chairman-resigns-20100629_1_authentec-resigns-upek

Soon thereafter, AuthenTec began serious talks w/ Apple about getting its product to a mainstream market. But Apple threw up its hands in disgust and just bought the company outright:
http://appleinsider.com/articles/12/08/16/apple_scrambled_to_buy_authentec_to_get_its_fingerprint_scanner_into_new_devices

Shareholders were outraged, arguing that rather than taking a lesser price from Apple, the Board should have tried to shop their product more with Samsung:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/08/04/apple_buys_authentec/

But a Federal Court quickly sided with AuthenTec and Apple:
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=auuBwIewvx68

Apple’s Release of iPhone5s has set the Biometric World a Flutter:

Bloomberg: Momentous
http://www.bloomberg.com/video/new-iphones-momentous-for-biometrics-meier-KlqA5S2lQam_myDu2QRCiQ.html

Pushing Biometrics Mainstream:
http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/business/09/15/13/how-iphone-5s-pushing-biometrics-mainstream

Yahoo: Boosts Biometrics Stocks
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/biometric-sector-related-stocks-gain-170339819.html

Biometrics to the Masses:
http://www.hrsid.com/iphone-biometric-comment

ManTech Hack, Targeting of Politicians and activists:

Biometric Docs from Anonymous’ ManTech Hack (July 2010)
http://www.scribd.com/collections/3545279/Biometric-Database-docs-From-Department-of-Defense-Contractor-Mantech

Wikileaks: US targeted UN diplomats and Security Council politicians for Biometrics, Credit Card info Etc.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1333920/WikiLeaks-Hillary-Clinton-ordered-U-S-diplomats-spy-UN-leaders.html
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/nov/28/us-embassy-cables-spying-un

Disneyland’s sophisticated biometrics can hook up with your credit card info without your permission or even giving them your credit card info:
http://www.businessinsider.com/this-is-how-we-know-that-the-shocking-revelations-about-trapwire-spying-are-true-2012-8
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/aug/15/new-totalitarianism-surveillance-technology

Occupy Wall Street targeted by NYPD for Biometric Retinal Scans:
http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2012/03/as_occupy_arres.php


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