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By now most of us realize that our social security numbers, unlisted phone numbers, and all manner of other data items that (we thought) were personal and private have become simple commodities flowing openly between various commercial databases and information brokers and pitch-men. Problems ranging from credit nightmares to identity fraud have become commonplace with the help of these databases. It couldn't get much worse, right?
Well, hold on to your pens, because it looks like we're poised on the edge of a new frontier in personal data commerce--signature databases. We all sign many documents in the course of daily living and it's generally assumed that signatures have some validity as an identifier, or else why use them? And we also usually implicitly assume that our signatures won't be made available to third parties on any kind of routine basis.
But it looks like this is starting to change, with the mammoth U.S. shipping company United Parcel Service (UPS) taking the lead among what can only be assumed will be the first of many entities using new technologies to capture and disseminate signature data.
Publishers Weekly : Amazon Review :
Entertaining, richly detailed and authoritatively narrated, Zacks's account of the life of legendary seaman William Kidd delivers a first-rate story.
Though Kidd, better known as Captain Kidd, was inextricably bound with piracy and has popularly gone down as a marauding buccaneer himself, Zacks (An Underground Education) argues that he was actually a mercenary backed by the English government and several New World investors to track down pirates and reclaim their stolen wares.
The book is cogent and replete with supporting evidence without the heavy-handed feel of some scholarly work.
What really sets the book apart is Zacks's gift as researcher and storyteller.
He highlights the role of an undeniable pirate, Robert Culliford, in Kidd's tale and pits the two men against each other from the outset, constructing his book as an intriguing duel.
Aside from the tightly constructed plot, Zacks also wonderfully evokes the social and political life of the 17th century at land and at sea, and he takes turns at debunking and validating pirate folklore: while it appears the dead giveaway of a skull and crossbones made it a rare flag choice, Zacks contends that pirates did often wear extravagant clothing and were as drunk, cursing, hungry, horny... and violent as myth would have them.
Augmented by such details and driven by a conflict between Kidd and Culliford that keeps the pages flying, Zacks's book is a treasure, indeed. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
Amazon Review :
On June 10th, 2002, Attorney General John Ashcroft announced that the US had captured a known terrorist who was exploring a plan to explode a "dirty bomb" on American soil.
That alleged terrorist was José Padilla who was finally charged in 2005 with conspiracy to murder.
What Ashcroft didn't talk about was how information against him was obtained – by the relentless torture of one man-- Binyam Mohamed, in the name of the United States.
Arrested at Karachi Airport before Padilla’s arrest on April 10, 2002, Mohamed was put on a luxury executive jet and flown to an interrogation center in Morocco.
For over 18 months, he was subjected to one torture after another:
Beating followed beating and, then, his guards produced razor blades and began to split the skin all over his body, including on his genitals.
Since 1997, hundreds of people, many of whom have no ties to terrorist organizations, have been abducted from foreign airports or street corners on suspicions based at times on the flimsiest of evidence courtesy of the United States Central Intelligence Agency.
In Ghost Plane, Stephen Grey tells the true story of the CIA's torture program known by the euphemism "extraordinary rendition" and the airplanes that make the program run.
Begun during the Clinton administration, but taking a decidedly more voracious turn after 9/11, the rendition system has seen the transfer of more than 1000 prisoners into jails stretching from Guantanamo to Syria, from Kabul to Bangkok and beyond.
Grey had access to the thousands of CIA flight records and has interviewed dozens of sources from the most senior levels of the National Security Council to the CIA.
In Ghost Plane, he paints a disturbing picture of the War on Terror that reaches to the highest levels of power in Washington, D.C. and exposes the extreme ethical corruption at the heart of this US government program, a program finally acknowledged by President George Bush in September 2006, undertaken in the name of the citizens of the United States.
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Originally posted by SpartanKingLeonidas
Historically speaking mercenaries have been around for centuries, at least.
Considering you opened the door to speaking on Blackwater/Xe and through them mercenaries, how far back historically, do you see "programming" going?
Originally posted by ProtoplasmicTraveler
Yet the nagging question remains, if these things are real to what end are they being used.
The basic concept of the Neurophone is it has an audio input, which can come from a microphone, tape recorder, radio etc.... With an output that goes to two transducers that you wear as a head band. The transducer disks are made from Zirconium Titanate imbedded in acrylic plastic tiles which possesses the same dielectric constant as human skin. The end result is that your brain perceives the sound that is input into the Neurophone with NO involvement of the Ear.
Originally posted by ProtoplasmicTraveler
Are People Waking Up or are They Just Being Reprogrammed?