“The law which attempts a man’s life [capital punishment] is impractical, unjust, inadmissible. It has never repressed crime—for a second crime is every day committed at the foot of the scaffold.”—Marquis de Sade (Philosophy in the Bedroom)
What if someone just removed your financial debt from you?
Strike Debt just abolished $14M in medical debt! 2,693 debtors in 45 states will no longer be harassed by creditors.
Now that is actually a pretty amazing way of protest! They are getting rid of your financial debt.
Occupy Wall Street activists buy $15m of Americans’ personal debt
A group of Occupy Wall Street activists has bought almost $15m of Americans’ personal debt over the last year as part of the Rolling Jubilee project to help people pay off their outstanding credit.
Rolling Jubilee, set up by Occupy’s Strike Debt group following the street protests that swept the world in 2011, launched on 15 November 2012. The group purchases personal debt cheaply from banks before “abolishing” it, freeing individuals from their bills.
By purchasing the debt at knockdown prices the group has managed to free $14,734,569.87 of personal debt, mainly medical debt, spending only $400,000.
"We thought that the ratio would be about 20 to 1," said Andrew Ross, a member of Strike Debt and professor of social and cultural analysis at New York University. He said the team initially envisaged raising $50,000, which would have enabled it to buy $1m in debt.
"In fact we’ve been able to buy debt a lot more cheaply than that."
Just accept the message telling you you know what you are doing
Enter RC4 into the search field.
Doubleclick all the stuff to mark it false (all of them should start with security.ssl3)
(optional) For ever more security you could do the same for security.ssl3 entries cotaining “DES”
Afterwards it should look like this:
What his does:
Your browser, when connecting to a Website using HTTPS (for example when online banking or using Google Services) talks to the web server about what ways of encryptions they support. This way they can agree on something both of them support and start using it.
In fact bowser ship with lots of modes and servers usually support most or all of them.
A while ago Edward Snowden, Jacob Appelbaum and other claimed that RC4 is insecure and can be read by the NSA (and probably others) in real time, meaning they don’t have to use a lot of time to find out what the key is. Indeed there has been lots of research that states RC4 isn’t the most secure thing these days. Experts like Bruce Schneier consider this at least possible.
Disabling RC4 does not mean disabling encryption at all. It just says “use some other way”. So you won’t feel a difference and will be more secure in case anyone can break RC4.
You might ask who know about the other stuff being secure. Well, you can’t really know for sure, but there are many people trying to find weaknesses for years and the reason for this is that everyone (banks, governments, militaries and many other) have a huge interest in finding out about possible weaknesses, because it means they risk losing money or lives. So that’s why finding such weaknesses means lots of fame and financial benefits for everyone who does find something.
Other algorithms, like one called AES (aka Rijndael) are probably way more researched upon, but it is still very, very unlikely that the NSA even using their supercomputers can break it in a reasonable time.
Okay, finally there are peace negotiations in Pakistan. A sign of hope. Finally the end of day to day violence? Finally peace?
And then what does the US (as in government/CIA, not as in people) do? They drop a bomb and kill it off. LIKE WHAT THE FUCK?! ARE YOU SERIOUS?!!!
[sarcasm]Great, more terrorists and more US hatred[/sarcasm], because obviously peace and diplomacy is considered enemy by whoever pulls the strings for this. But seriously, what would you do if this happened in your country?
Sorry for the cynicism, but really, but what is wrong? I just can’t believe that any US citizen would want more violent Taliban. Folks, please tell your government that you don’t want that. The whole world stands with you!
“There’s no doubt about it. We picked up several from different parts of the planet, took them aboard our recon vessels, and probed them all the way through. They’re completely meat.”
“That’s impossible. What about the radio signals? The messages to the stars?”
“They use the radio waves to talk, but the signals don’t come from them. The signals come from machines.”
“So who made the machines? That’s who we want to contact.”
“They made the machines. That’s what I’m trying to tell you. Meat made the machines.”
“That’s ridiculous. How can meat make a machine? You’re asking me to believe in sentient meat.”
“I’m not asking you, I’m telling you. These creatures are the only sentient race in that sector and they’re made out of meat.”
“Maybe they’re like the orfolei. You know, a carbon-based intelligence that goes through a meat stage.”
“Nope. They’re born meat and they die meat. We studied them for several of their life spans, which didn’t take long. Do you have any idea what’s the life span of meat?”
“Spare me. Okay, maybe they’re only part meat. You know, like the weddilei. A meat head with an electron plasma brain inside.”
“Nope. We thought of that, since they do have meat heads, like the weddilei. But I told you, we probed them. They’re meat all the way through.”
“Oh, there’s a brain all right. It’s just that the brain is made out of meat! That’s what I’ve been trying to tell you.”
“So … what does the thinking?”
“You’re not understanding, are you? You’re refusing to deal with what I’m telling you. The brain does the thinking. The meat.”
“Thinking meat! You’re asking me to believe in thinking meat!”
“Yes, thinking meat! Conscious meat! Loving meat. Dreaming meat. The meat is the whole deal! Are you beginning to get the picture or do I have to start all over?”
“Omigod. You’re serious then. They’re made out of meat.”
“Thank you. Finally. Yes. They are indeed made out of meat. And they’ve been trying to get in touch with us for almost a hundred of their years.”
“Omigod. So what does this meat have in mind?”
“First it wants to talk to us. Then I imagine it wants to explore the Universe, contact other sentiences, swap ideas and information. The usual.”
“We’re supposed to talk to meat.”
“That’s the idea. That’s the message they’re sending out by radio. ‘Hello. Anyone out there. Anybody home.’ That sort of thing.”
“They actually do talk, then. They use words, ideas, concepts?” “Oh, yes. Except they do it with meat.”
“I thought you just told me they used radio.”
“They do, but what do you think is on the radio? Meat sounds. You know how when you slap or flap meat, it makes a noise? They talk by flapping their meat at each other. They can even sing by squirting air through their meat.”
“Omigod. Singing meat. This is altogether too much. So what do you advise?”
“Officially or unofficially?”
“Officially, we are required to contact, welcome and log in any and all sentient races or multibeings in this quadrant of the Universe, without prejudice, fear or favor. Unofficially, I advise that we erase the records and forget the whole thing.”
“I was hoping you would say that.”
“It seems harsh, but there is a limit. Do we really want to make contact with meat?”
“I agree one hundred percent. What’s there to say? ‘Hello, meat. How’s it going?’ But will this work? How many planets are we dealing with here?”
“Just one. They can travel to other planets in special meat containers, but they can’t live on them. And being meat, they can only travel through C space. Which limits them to the speed of light and makes the possibility of their ever making contact pretty slim. Infinitesimal, in fact.”
“So we just pretend there’s no one home in the Universe.”
“Cruel. But you said it yourself, who wants to meet meat? And the ones who have been aboard our vessels, the ones you probed? You’re sure they won’t remember?”
“They’ll be considered crackpots if they do. We went into their heads and smoothed out their meat so that we’re just a dream to them.”
“A dream to meat! How strangely appropriate, that we should be meat’s dream.”
“And we marked the entire sector unoccupied.”
“Good. Agreed, officially and unofficially. Case closed. Any others? Anyone interesting on that side of the galaxy?”
“Yes, a rather shy but sweet hydrogen core cluster intelligence in a class nine star in G445 zone. Was in contact two galactic rotations ago, wants to be friendly again.”
“They always come around.”
“And why not? Imagine how unbearably, how unutterably cold the Universe would be if one were all alone …”
“It’s a potent sign of how low the American political bar is set that gratitude is expressed because a US president says he will ask Congress to vote before he starts bombing another country that is not attacking or threatening the US.”—— Glenn Greenwald
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”—Desmond Tutu (via kenobi-wan-obi)