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Thursday, October 4, 2018 3:00 PM


China put spy microchips in servers used by Amazon and Apple, report says

China secretly inserted surveillance microchips into servers used by major technology companies, including Apple Inc. and Inc., in an audacious military operation likely to further inflame trade tensions between the United States and its leading source of electronics components and products, Bloomberg Businessweek reported Thursday morning.


Thursday, October 4, 2018 3:05 PM


Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.

That's what happens when you outsource critical industries in the name of profit.

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Thursday, October 4, 2018 3:45 PM



You've got to wonder what's in the smart phones these days.

Our government knows. They were trying to shut down the sales from ZTE supposedly for making deals with Iran and NK in violation of trade agreements, but I would think it was more likely they could be the ones doing the spying through those devices and attempting to shut anyone else out from doing so.

It's not just a question of outsourcing for profit like Kiki mentions.

It's the bigger idea that you've got a few billion people worldwide using this technology that has absolutely no idea what exactly they're carrying around. Hell... I've been a tech geek all of my life and I only have a vague idea what is going on. Today everybody's grandma is on facebook.

Do Right, Be Right. :)


Thursday, October 4, 2018 4:48 PM


Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.

Well ... very specifically about China ... people have known for DECADES that Chinese electronics come pre-loaded with spyware and malware. In general China has a very parasitic agreement with corporations: give us access to ALL your associated technology, and we'll make low cost units for you. Basically, we're handing over our fishing now in order to buy the fish later. Or, teach a man to fish, give him your fishing pole, and he will never go hungry. But you might.

In any case, this is literally the only place I post. I'm not on any social media, and I still have my stupid phone (please keep working, little one). I'm sure I've been spied on down my tonsils and up my wazoo (THANKS! google; THANKS! amazon; THANKS! bank and credit card companies; THANKS! internet provider). I just don't see the need to give my information away.


Saturday, October 6, 2018 1:39 PM


I hate cell phones and only have one because this place is fitted for a landline. And I need something for emergencies. But I don't carry it with me and anything I don't know that comes up on it gets deleted immediately.

I admit to using social media but sparingly and I don't give out information on it or what I give out I am cautious about.


Saturday, October 6, 2018 3:15 PM


I believe in solving problems, not sharing them.



Interpol Begs Beijing For Information On Europe's Top Cop

Following reports that Interpol chief Meng Hongwei, 64, had been "taken away for questioning" by Chinese disciplinary authorities almost immediately after arriving in China last week, Bloomberg reported that the supranational law-enforcement agency had formally asked Beijing for "a clarification" about Meng's status.

Meng, who is also a deputy minister for public safety in China though he had been living with his family in Lyon, France, where Interpol's headquarters is based, was reported missing by his wife earlier this week, prompting prosecutors in France to open an investigation. That investigation is continuing despite confirmation that Meng is being held by the Chinese government.

"Interpol has requested through official law enforcement channels clarification from China’s authorities on the status of Interpol President Meng Hongwei," Juergen Stock, secretary general of the organization based in Lyon, France, said in a statement. "Interpol’s general secretariat looks forward to an official response from China’s authorities to address concerns over the president’s well-being."

Meng is also China's deputy minister of public security and has 40 years of experience in policing and public safety. His experience includes stints working on narcotics enforcement and counter-terrorism, according to Interpol’s website. While many at Interpol feared Meng would abuse his position to encourage foreign governments to extradite Chinese dissidents living abroad, instead, he appears to have taken an interest in cybercrime enforcement since his election in November 2016. His term is set to expire in 2020.

Meng's family hasn't received any information about his status since he left France on Sept. 29. Nobody from the French of Chinese governments returned Bloomberg's request for comment.

While the exact justification surrounding Meng's capture remains murky, the South China Morning Post reported that Meng may be the latest target of the Chinese government's anti-corruption campaign.

If true, this is clearly bad news for Meng and his family, and brings to mind the fate of another prominent Communist Party official, Bo Xilai, a former municipal party chief known for his crackdown on organized crime and corruption. Bo was stripped of his status and eventually sentenced to life in prison. Others who have been prosecuted under Chinese President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption crackdown have suffered an even worse fate.

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