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Friday, January 27, 2012, 11:43 AM
  • Con Artist Starred in Sting That Cost Google Millions
  • Israel Senses Bluffing in Iran’s Threats of Retaliation
  • Pattern of Intimidation Is Seen in Arrests of Iranian Journalists and Bloggers
  • At Euro Talks, a Calm Arm-Twister From the U.S.
  • For Greece, the Outlook Is Still Grim
  • Number of Older Inmates Grows, Stressing Prisons
  • Waste to Energy: A Great Source of Clean Energy - But is it the Correct Waste?
  • Poland Gives Green Light to Massive Fracking Efforts

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Con Artist Starred in Sting That Cost Google Millions (Chris M.)

Wearing leg irons and guarded by federal agents, David Whitaker posed as an agent for online drug dealers in dozens of recorded phone calls and email exchanges with Google sales executives, spending $200,000 in government money for ads selling narcotics, steroids and other controlled substances.

Israel Senses Bluffing in Iran’s Threats of Retaliation (jdargis)

“A war is no picnic,” Defense Minister Ehud Barak told Israel Radio in November. But if Israel feels itself forced into action, the retaliation would be bearable, he said. “There will not be 100,000 dead or 10,000 dead or 1,000 dead. The state of Israel will not be destroyed.”

Pattern of Intimidation Is Seen in Arrests of Iranian Journalists and Bloggers (jdargis)

The government “can’t come out publicly and name them or charge them with anything, because they can’t justify why they’re holding them,” said Hadi Ghaemi, executive director of the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, an advocacy group in New York that has researched the arrests, adding that the journalists and bloggers were “prominent enough that the news will get around quickly and intimidate others.”

At Euro Talks, a Calm Arm-Twister From the U.S. (jdargis)

“They trust her, they reach out to her, they talk to her for ideas and to get us to engage,” said Timothy F. Geithner, the Treasury secretary, who is also in Davos this week.

For Greece, the Outlook Is Still Grim (jdargis)

The new Greek government is in dual-track talks with private and public sector creditors, trying to make the case that its program for reducing long-term debt is working. The government seeks to persuade private creditors to provide relief by taking some losses on their bond holdings, and to persuade its public sector lenders to release a scheduled allotment of bailout money, possibly as much as 30 billion euros ($39 billion).

Number of Older Inmates Grows, Stressing Prisons (jdargis)

In Michigan, the annual cost of health care for the average inmate was $5,800, according to the study, a figure that increased to $11,000 for prisoners aged 55 to 59. The cost spiraled to $40,000 a year for inmates 80 years and older.

Waste to Energy: A Great Source of Clean Energy - But is it the Correct Waste? (James S.)

In very general terms, MSW includes non-hazardous solid waste from residential, multifamily, commercial, and institutional (eg., schools, government offices) sources, see following chart (EPA). This definition excludes many materials that are frequently disposed with MSW in landfills, such as combustion ash, water and wastewater treatment residuals, and construction and demolition debris.

Poland Gives Green Light to Massive Fracking Efforts (James S.)

On 18 January 166 members of Bulgaria’s Narodno Sabranie (National Assembly) 240 parliamentarians voted to impose an indefinite ban on shale gas exploration and extraction in Bulgaria using hydraulic fracturing or other similar technology. Six National Assembly members voted in favor of the practice, along with three abstentions.

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FBI developing social networking spy app

http://news.techworld.com/applications/3333152/fbi-devolping-social-networking-spy-app/?cmpid=TD1N7&no1x1&olo=daily%20newsletter

FBI developing social networking spy app

Application would crawl Twitter and Facebook

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is planning to develop an application that can track the public's postings to Facebook, Twitter and other social networks, in order to aid how it predicts and reacts to criminal behaviour, including public disorder and terrorism.

An FBI request for information document has been published, asking potential contractors to contact the bureau by February 10. The FBI wants respondents to the document to outline how they would build such a system and how much it would potentially cost.

The bureau said the system it wants must be able to automatically search "publicly available" material from Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites for keywords of interest. FBI agents would be alerted if the searches come up with evidence of "breaking events, incidents, and emerging threats".

Agents would have the ability to display any information on a map, and they could then add other layers of information, including past incidents and locations of important buildings like embassies and military installations.

The document notes that agents need to "locate bad actors and analyse their movements, vulnerabilities, limitations, and possible adverse actions".

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Ruling could force Americans to decrypt laptops

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-205_162-57364339/ruling-could-force-americans-to-decrypt-their-laptops/

 
 
January 23, 2012 6:46 PM

Ruling could force Americans to decrypt laptops

By Declan McCullagh

American citizens can be ordered to decrypt their PGP-scrambled hard drives for police to peruse for incriminating files, a federal judge in Colorado ruled today in what could become a precedent-setting case.

Judge Robert Blackburn ordered a Peyton, Colo. woman to decrypt the hard drive of a Toshiba laptop computer no later than February 21 -- or face the consequences, presumably including contempt of court.

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Bad Actors watch out. FBI is after you!

The document notes that agents need to "locate bad actors and analyse their movements, vulnerabilities, limitations, and possible adverse actions".

 I agree, we should identify bad actors, so we can avoid plays or movies they appear in. Although, I would have thought the FBI would have more important things to concern itself with!

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