Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Apple joins Big Brother

Yes, more evidence that Apple has sold out to the US government. Following Microsoft's aquiescence to Homeland Security after the threat to Bill Gates to split his company a few years ago. Remember they installed the unique code identifier on all their Windows operating systems?
Now Apple allows the built in GPS tracking system in the iPhones and iPads to follow your every move and record your whereabouts. Where you are, and where you were! And the information is stored for months!

They know where you've been, who you called and you can bet they know what you said to whomever you spoke to. Sent an email or text message? Those are simply digital signals, a series of 1s and 0s that go through a Satellite on their way to your friend. Interceptable of course.

Make no mistake that this revelation of Apple products is preordained, even though Apple has said, "The reason the iPhone stores so much data is a bug we uncovered and plan to fix shortly." A bug? A bug in most people's comprehension is something that screws up your dialing, or causes the call to abort, or loses numbers. A bug doesn't perform a complicated task!

The company added they will release a software update to correct this situations AND another update that will also fix another apparent 'bug', which prevented iPhone and iPad 3G users from being able to turn off location logging on their mobile devices.
Even when turned off the iPhones kept sending data! And many iPhone and iPad users expressed outrage last week when two data researchers uncovered a secret file stored on Apple's mobile devices.

How does a company like Apple have something secret installed in their software without their knowledge? The answer? They don't.
Making you feel creepy? Sorry, put the gun away, I am only the messenger.

You can try to switch off the GPS tracking device on your iPhone. That is if you believe it will work. Maybe you'd be better to buy a cheap phone from China, do you care if the Chinese government tracks you from Beijing?

Check out the story and Apple's feeble excuses ....

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Monsanto now owns Xe Services? (Blackwater)

A scary report by Jeremy Scahill in The Nation (Blackwater’s Black Ops, 9/15/2010) revealed that the largest mercenary army in the world, Blackwater (now called Xe Services) clandestine intelligence services was sold to the multinational Monsanto. Blackwater was renamed in 2009 after becoming famous in the world with numerous reports of abuses in Iraq, including massacres of civilians. It remains the largest private contractor of the U.S. Department of State “security services,” that practices state terrorism by giving the government the opportunity to deny it.

Many military and former CIA officers work for Blackwater or related companies created to divert attention from their bad reputation and make more profit selling their nefarious services-ranging from information and intelligence to infiltration, political lobbying and paramilitary training – for other governments, banks and multinational corporations. According to Scahill, business with multinationals, like Monsanto, Chevron, and financial giants such as Barclays and Deutsche Bank, are channeled through two companies owned by Erik Prince, owner of Blackwater: Total Intelligence Solutions and Terrorism Research Center. These officers and directors share Blackwater. One of them, Cofer Black, known for his brutality as one of the directors of the CIA, was the one who made contact with Monsanto in 2008 as director of Total Intelligence, entering into the contract with the company to spy on and infiltrate organizations of animal rights activists, anti-GM (genetically modified) and other dirty activities of the biotech giant.

Contacted by Scahill, the Monsanto executive Kevin Wilson declined to comment, but later confirmed to The Nation that they had hired Total Intelligence in 2008 and 2009, according to Monsanto only to keep track of “public disclosure” of its opponents. He also said that Total Intelligence was a “totally separate entity from Blackwater.” However, Scahill has copies of emails from Cofer Black after the meeting with Wilson for Monsanto, where he explains to other former CIA agents, using their Blackwater e-mails, that the discussion with Wilson was that Total Intelligence had become “Monsanto’s intelligence arm,” spying on activists and other actions, including “our people to legally integrate these groups.” Total Intelligence Monsanto paid $127,000 in 2008 and $105,000 in 2009.

No wonder that a company engaged in the “science of death” as Monsanto, which has been dedicated from the outset to produce toxic poisons spilling from Agent Orange to PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), pesticides, hormones and genetically modified seeds, is associated with another company of thugs. Almost simultaneously with the publication of this article in The Nation, the Via Campesina reported the purchase of 500,000 shares of Monsanto, for more than $23 million by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which with this action completed the outing of the mask of “philanthropy.” Another association that is not surprising.

It is a marriage between the two most brutal monopolies in the history of industrialism: Bill Gates controls more than 90 percent of the market share of proprietary computing and Monsanto about 90 percent of the global transgenic seed market and most global commercial seed. There does not exist in any other industrial sector monopolies so vast, whose very existence is a negation of the vaunted principle of “market competition” of capitalism.
Both Gates and Monsanto are very aggressive in defending their ill-gotten monopolies. Although Bill Gates might try to say that the Foundation is not linked to his business, all it proves is the opposite: most of their donations end up favoring the commercial investments of the tycoon, not really “donating” anything, but instead of paying taxes to the state coffers, he invests his profits in where it is favorable to him economically, including propaganda from their supposed good intentions.

On the contrary, their “donations” finance projects as destructive as geoengineering or replacement of natural community medicines for high-tech patented medicines in the poorest areas of the world.
What a coincidence, former Secretary of Health Julio Frenk and Ernesto Zedillo are advisers of the Foundation. Like Monsanto, Gates is also engaged in trying to destroy rural farming worldwide, mainly through the “Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa” (AGRA). It works as a Trojan horse to deprive poor African farmers of their traditional seeds, replacing them with the seeds of their companies first, finally by GM.
To this end, the Foundation hired Robert Horsch in 2006, the director of Monsanto. Now Gates, airing major profits, went straight to the source. Blackwater, Monsanto and Gates are three sides of the same figure: the war machine on the planet and most people who inhabit it, are peasants, indigenous communities, people who want to share information and knowledge or any other who does not want to be in the aegis of profit and the destructiveness of capitalism.
The author, Jeremy Scahill, is a researcher at ETC Group, an international civil society organization dedicated to the conservation and sustainable advancement of cultural and ecological diversity and human rights.

There have been various denials to this article. (originally published in Mexico City's La Jomada newspaper and translated by Pravda, in Russia.)
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see also - Conspiracy theory 3 - Microsoft - in our 2005 archives