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Marquis de Sade (Philosophy in the Bedroom)
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."
Prevent the NSA from reading your encrypted (HTTPS) traffic, which means GMail, Facebook, etc. on Firefox
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.