Will the government internet ‘kill switch’ going to be used?

 

 

At 3pm ET on June 2, 2019 it appears that Google Cloud (affecting Gmail, YouTube, SnapChat, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook among others) mysteriously (and almost unprecedently) went offline. Was this the trial run?

This brought to mind Obama’s Executive Order just in case you think this is a tin foil hat thing. Congress had big plans too.

Incident began at 2019-06-02 12:25 (all times are US/Pacific).

Jun 02, 20 12:25 We are investigating an issue with Google Compute Engine. We will provide more information by Sunday, 2019-06-02 12:45 US/Pacific.

One Google insider explains (via YCombinator):

I work on Google Cloud (but disclaimer, I’m on vacation and so not much use to you!).

We’re having what appears to be a serious networking outage. It’s disrupting everything, including unfortunately the tooling we usually use to communicate across the company about outages.

There are backup plans, of course, but I wanted to at least come here to say: you’re not crazy, nothing is lost (to those concerns downthread), but there is serious packet loss at the least. You’ll have to wait for someone actually involved in the incident to say more.

The internet is having a very bad day… Zero Hedge  and more of the details and a tip of the hat.

 

 

 

If you think this couldn’t happen, check back at what Obama and Congress had in mind a few years ago.

Presidential powers over the Internet and telecommunications were laid out in a U.S. Senate bill in 2009, which proposed handing the White House the power to disconnect private-sector computers from the Internet. But that legislation was not included in the Cybersecurity Act of 2012. I caught some discussion of this at the time, and the rationale was that  “misinformation” may need to be curtailed. Where did I hear that before? Anyone still wondering where we are headed with this? Think the Dems won’t try this again?

President Obama signed an executive order the week of July 12, 2012 that could give him control over the web in times of emergency.

According to The Verge, critics of the order are concerned with Section 5.2, which is a lengthy part outlining how telecommunications and the Internet are controlled. It states that the Secretary of Homeland Security will “oversee the development, testing, implementation, and sustainment” of national security and emergency preparedness measures on all systems, including private “non-military communications networks.” According to The Verge, critics say this gives Obama the on/off switch to the Web.

The order, known as the, “Assignment of National Security and Emergency Preparedness Communications Functions,” exists to hand over full control of communications and the internet to certain government authorities in times of natural disaster and security emergencies.

The wording for the executive order is of course lengthy and uses politician language, but the part worth pointing out is in section 5.2. It is in this section that the order states that Homeland Security will be able to monitor and control all non-military forms of communications in times of extreme measures, which is essentially giving the White House the on/off switch to the internet, according to some critics.

You can read more about the executive order, which still at the time still had 30 days before it became a law, over at CNET and The Verge. If you want to check out the order in its entirety, go to the White House press page.

Bonus:

Executive Order — National Defense Resources Preparedness

In a nutshell, it’s the blueprint for Peacetime Martial Law and it gives the president the power to take just about anything deemed necessary for “National Defense”, whatever they decide that is. It’s peacetime, because as the title of the order says, it’s for “Preparedness”.

Quote:

Sec. 201. Priorities and Allocations Authorities. (a) The authority of the President conferred by section 101 of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2071, to require acceptance and priority performance of contracts or orders (other than contracts of employment) to promote the national defense over performance of any other contracts or orders, and to allocate materials, services, and facilities as deemed necessary or appropriate to promote the national defense, is delegated to the following agency heads:(1) the Secretary of Agriculture with respect to food resources, food resource facilities, livestock resources, veterinary resources, plant health resources, and the domestic distribution of farm equipment and commercial fertilizer;(2) the Secretary of Energy with respect to all forms of energy;(3) the Secretary of Health and Human Services with respect to health resources;(4) the Secretary of Transportation with respect to all forms of civil transportation;(5) the Secretary of Defense with respect to water resources; and(6) the Secretary of Commerce with respect to all other materials, services, and facilities, including construction materials

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/16/executive-order-national-defense-resources-preparedness

 

A very good day in the swamp.

Mika Brzezinski demands twitter remove ‘sick disgusting Trump’

 

Mika of Joe Scarborough fame apparently poked the bear one too many times and the tirade began. Weeks of Joe and Mika’s apparently reached the limit. Amazing that Mika thinks she can call up twitter and banish him to the land of Oz. Perhaps she can. Yet to see the Trump’s tweets that caused her rampage.

Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe went off on a rant about President Trump today, calling him “sick” and “disgusting,” and calling on Twitter’s Jack Dorsey to censor the President’s tweets. Mika told Twitter, “you should be ashamed of yourself — you’ll be hearing from me on this, because this is BS.”

“He’s tweeting again, all sorts of crazy things … once again tweeting conspiracy theories about Joe [Scarborough], falsely accusing him of murder, talking about the death of a young staffer in his congressional office years ago, and calling him dangerous to walk the streets.”

“That’s sick, Donald, you’re a sick person…to put this family through this… To do this just because you’re mad at Joe, because Joe got ya again today, because he speaks the truth, and he speaks plainly about your lack of interest and empathy in others, and your lack of ability to handle this massive human catastrophe, the fact that you’ve made it worse, and that you make it worse every day, and that you won’t even wear a mask to protect people from your germs.”

 

Then there is this?

joe

 

 

For more of Mika’s rants and tweets directed to twitter go to and a H/T Breitbart

Not the first dust up: July 2017

Mika Brzezinski said “My parents found me very difficult to educate”

Amazing isn’t it? Donald tweets about low I.Q. Mika and what should we find? Mika had admitted that she was “very difficult to educate.” I guess the Donald wasn’t so far off.

In March of 2012, co-host Joe Scarborough revealed on the show that Brzezinski’s brother once jested, “You know… Mika had the lowest SAT scores in the history of Williams College.”

 In 2012, a New York Times reporter noted that Brzezinski’s older brother and mother “have taken great delight in announcing publicly that” her “SAT scores were the lowest of any student ever accepted to Williams College.”

Brzezinski replied:

What you’re hearing about is mostly joking. But my parents had very high standards academically, and my brothers were in a lane that my father could understand and be proud of. They were intellectually far superior to me. My parents found me very difficult to educate.

When asked how low her SAT scores were, Brzezinski said, “You’re not getting that out of me. I told my daughter the other day, and she was like, ‘Wow, you better not tell anyone, Mom.’’’

So what is it all about? Something silly on a Thursday morning from the swamp.

 

Twitter will hide ‘harmful tweets’ from public figures. Hint: Trump

 

Today, Twitter is rolling out a new notice for tweets belonging to public figures that break its community guidelines. Now, if a figure like President Donald Trump were to tweet something that broke Twitter’s rules, the platform could notify users of the violation and lessen the reach of the tweet. In recent interviews, Twitter executives have hinted that a change like this would be coming soon.

 

“In the past, we’ve allowed certain Tweets that violated our rules to remain on Twitter because they were in the public’s interest, but it wasn’t clear when and how we made those determinations,” Twitter’s safety team wrote in a blog post. “Serving the public conversation includes providing the ability for anyone to talk about what matters to them; this can be especially important when engaging with government officials and political figures.”

Trump, in particular, has drawn criticism for perceived violations of Twitter’s rules. In 2017, he tweeted a picture showing himself wrestling with the CNN logo, which many saw as encouraging violence targeted at the media.

In January 2018, Twitter specifically addressed calls to ban Trump from the service. “Blocking a world leader from Twitter or removing their controversial Tweets would hide important information people should be able to see and debate,” the company said in a blog post at the time.

Read more

This should work out swell for the 2020 election. We can’t say we didn’t see this coming.

This should look familiar soon….

 

 

Other than this, all is well in the swamp.

Be sure and visit  WhatFingerNews  A great site for all the news.

Our Rights. Do most of us even understand them?

Our Rights

Do most of us even understand them?

By Mustang

A common complaint today is that one or another social media platform have banned someone because they, in some way, violated platform standards of conduct.  At least, that’s the allegation; but I have to ask: Um … so?

Perhaps it is true that social media standards are draconian, and they may even be politically biased.  We may not like these so-called standards, but there is another argument.  Given what we know about human behavior on social media, some of which is out-right cowardly and vulgar, most of which we would never tolerate from anyone in person, and some of which is clearly dangerous to public safety, what is wrong with an attempt by social media to enforce well-mannered and lawful dialogue?  

Hasn’t it been true in the past that terrorists have used social media to communicate their plans and aspirations? Aren’t there predators on these platforms, people who bully and harass others?  Aren’t there some people who are unable to construct simple sentences without using the “F-bomb”?  I’m trying to imagine how many of us would host an afternoon party at our homes and then put up with such nonsense from one of our guests.  Speaking for myself, I wouldn’t put up with it more than a nanosecond.

Beyond this, there is the inane argument that social platforms are denying its clients their first amendment right to self-expression (no matter how inappropriate those expressions may be).  Well, a short review of the First Amendment is in order. The Constitution and its amendments only apply to government’s behavior toward us … it does not protect behavior between private persons. 

In other words, there is no right to free speech when someone is standing in our living rooms making an ass of him or herself —and should I toss an offensive person out the door, they have no right to have me arrested, or drag me into a civil court, for doing so.  I’m thinking we ought to stop using the “first amendment” argument: it is silly.

I often wonder if social media platforms aren’t part of the reason our society has become so fractured—so, my final argument, allowing that Facebook or Twitter is not a government entity, is that if people are offended because social media restricts their speech or behavior, they can always cancel their accounts—which, as best as I can tell offers us access to their platforms free of charge.  We do have choices, right?  We could, for example, reduce our profanity, curtail the tendency to be rude or obnoxious to people we have never even met, and we could seek ways of expressing our political proclivities other than shouting at one another.

What say you?

Benghazi hero suspended by Twitter after criticism of Obama

 

We owe it to those who were willing to risk their lives and gave their lives in Benghazi to give some attention to what Twitter did to Kris Paronto. This is only going to get worse. Meanwhile Linda Sasour’s account remains in fine shape as well as:

Active Twitter accounts:

– Farrakhan
– Hamas
– Ahmadinejad

Suspended Twitter account:

– Benghazi hero Kris ‘Tanto’ Paronto

Now if he had criticized Trump all would have been okay. (Note there are some long breaks in my post.) Go over to Gateway Pundit to see the thread  Gateway Pundit

 

A refresher as Hillary Clinton breeches again for this November election- just what a liar she is with her evolving statements on Benghazi. No less than from CNN.

 

Barack Obama: “The politics of division and paranoia has found a home, unfortunately, in the Republican party. … they’ve embraced wild conspiracy theories by those surrounding Benghazi. Or my birth certificate.”

Benghazi hero Kris Paronto responded to the former president.

Kris has not forgotten about the men lost as Obama did nothing.

Kris Paronto@KrisParonto

Benghazi is a conspiracy @BarackObama ?! How bout we do this,let’s put your cowardly ass on the top of a roof with 6 of your buddies&shoot rpg’s&Ak47’s at you while terrorists lob 81mm mortars killing 2 of your buddies all while waiting for US support that you never sent🖕🏼

Kris Paronto@KrisParonto

After being in the @Twitter penalty box for a few and having to delete the below tweet 😏 for offending the leftist hate group @itmustend_ 😢 for their epic fail of telling Rob O’Neill that BHusseinObama killed UBL and not him I’m back up..sooo Twitter doesn’t censor ehh @jack ?

 

Twitter Sends Users Creepy ‘Big Brother’ Email Regarding Secret ‘Russian Influence’ Online

One of the founding members of Bunkerville received a sweet note from Twitter. It tells us where we are heading doesn’t it? 1984 has been here and is long past gone. I will let you connect the dots.

——– Original message ——–
From: Twitter <info@twitter.com>
Date: 1/19/18 6:32 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: Silence2Tyranny <xxxxxxxxxx@gmail.com>
Subject: Information Regarding Russian Influence Campaigns on Twitter
Twitter
Dear Silence2Tyranny,
As part of our recent work to understand Russian-linked activities on Twitter during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, we identified and suspended a number of accounts that were potentially connected to a propaganda effort by a Russian government-linked organization known as the Internet Research Agency.
Consistent with our commitment to transparency, we are emailing you because we have reason to believe that you either followed one of these accounts or retweeted or liked content from these accounts during the election period. This is purely for your own information purposes, and is not related to a security concern for your account.
We are sharing this information so that you can learn more about these accounts and the nature of the Russian propaganda effort. You can see examples of content from these suspended accounts on our blog if you’re interested.
People look to Twitter for useful, timely, and appropriate information. We are taking active steps to stop malicious accounts and Tweets from spreading, and we are determined to keep ahead of the tactics of bad actors. For example, in recent months we have developed new techniques to identify accounts manipulating our platform, have improved our process for challenging suspicious accounts, and have introduced new measures designed to identify and take action on coordinated malicious activity. In 2018, we are building on these improvements. Our blog also contains more information about these efforts.
People come to Twitter to see what’s happening in the world. We are committed to making it the best place to do that and to being transparent with the people who use and trust our platform.
Twitter

 

Twitter shuts down ‘Truckers Ride for the Constitution’

UPDATE:   Background Maggie’s Notebook Has more on what’s going down:

Truckers Ride October 11, 12, 13 – No Freight Hauling, Flags Flying – How You Can Help Locally, Where to Meet-up

Having just learned that Government shutdown: The National Mall will be open for a pro-amnesty rally from America’s Watchtower:

But as sickening as all of this is, what is even more sickening is this story:

    While the National Mall is closed to most of the American people there is one group which is going to be allowed to hold a rally on that site tomorrow. While denying WWII veterans the chance to view their monuments the Park Service has given the green light to a pro-amnesty rally at the National Mall.

The “Truckers Ride for the Constitution” sounds like a great idea. How about throwing in some Bikers to take a look-see at the World War II monument?  Of course, Obama’s boys from Twitter and Facebook are now shutting down access to their Social Media sites. Sounds about right for this regime.

Enraged by low wages, fuel prices, regulations, the government shutdown, the debt ceiling, President Obama and  “the corruption that is destroying America,” the “Truckers Ride for the Constitution” aims to tie up three lanes of Interstate 495 circling the nation’s capital, with big rigs traveling 55 mph, an organizer told U.S. News & World Report.

UPDATE: Twitter account back up and running!

Twitter has suspended the account belonging to ‘Truckers for the Constitution’, a group that has received national media attention over its plan to roadblock traffic in DC and arrest members of Congress later this week.

Twitter reacted to the news by almost immediately terminating the group’s account.

Attempting to access the organization’s https://twitter.com/T2SDA page brings up the following message:

Twitter Shuts Down Truckers for the Constitution 071013sus

Although the group’s Facebook page currently has nearly 50,000 likes, its previous incarnation was also permanently deleted.

Facebook and Twitter’s targeting of ‘Truckers for the Constitution’ is yet another reminder that the social media giants have total contempt for the First Amendment and any form of political activism that is anti-Obama.

Despite the fact that Twitter routinely fails to shut down accounts that directly threaten violence, and is even slow in removing accounts belonging to terrorist groups (it took 5 days for them to shut down an Al-Qaeda account), its targeting of Truckers for the Constitution is ruthless in comparison.

Within hours of the group’s planned protest appearing in U.S. News & World Report and being linked up on the Drudge Report, the account was terminated. H/T: Prison Planet

Although the event, scheduled for Friday, has been public for around a week, it went viral this morning after being covered in a lengthy piece by U.S. News & World Report which was also linked on the Drudge Report.

“We are not going to ask for impeachment,” the group’s organizer Earl Conlon said. “We are coming whether they like it or not. We’re not asking for impeachment, we’re asking for the arrest of everyone in government who has violated their oath of office.”

Last week, one of the promoters said 3,000 truckers had said they planned to participate in the holiday-weekend rally. Two convoys reportedly will leave from the Doswell Truck Stop in Doswell, Va.

The “general strike” seeks to enlist sympathetic motorists — and will let them pass if they display the group’s calling card: T2SDA, which stands for “Truckers to Shut Down America,” the original name.

The group behind the rally, “Ride for the Constitution,” said in a news release that the “stage is now set for what we now consider the last peaceful defensive stand in a war that has been declared by Wall Street, Washington, and the Whitehouse upon the American people.” More at  USA Today

Dichotomy of Anniversaries

Today marks the 150th Anniversary of the first shot fired in what became the bloodiest battle these United States has ever seen.   And this battle was about much more than slavery as it is so well defined by ALLEN C. GUELZO  in today’s New York Post editorial:

“On the day Lincoln was inaugurated in 1861, the United States was the only large-scale example of a democracy left in the world. There had been others — but from 1789 until 1861, all of those other struggles for democracy had been snuffed out by kings, emperors and dictators of various sorts.

If the American democracy shattered itself because seven states weren’t willing to abide by the outcome of the presidential election, then every one of those kings, emperors and dictators would be able to say to their nations, “See what democracy gets you? Instability. Disorder.”

We do well, for both its cost and its lesson, not to forget how dearly bought democracy’s survival was.

Read more: New York Post

Celebrated today on Google, Time and Twitter is Yuri Gagarin’s anniversary of his launch into space.  Of course the Soviets used this as one of their best propaganda moments of all time.
Comrade Matrix finds this juxtaposition of anniversaries, as well as those that are highlighting their choice to take note of,  as an interesting comment on our culture and a clear sign of the times.

Who are North Korea’s 13 Twitter friends?

An interesting find over at Review my life . Who would have thunk it? Slide on over to find the lucky folks are are on the “A” list. Radioactive Hair is one of the chosen.

In the past few months North Korea has embraced social media, first creating a YouTube channel, and in August a Twitter account with the name @uriminzok, which roughly means ‘our people’ in Korean.

North Korea has since been busy and has already racked up 457 tweets for its 10,334 followers. Pyongyang is however being very selective over who it chooses to follow. As of today it has followed only 13 other accounts. Who are these 13 accounts that North Korea has deemed worthy of following? You might be surprised by the answer.

Hat Tip: Jacob Grier

Breibart on Twitter..”Tonight’s video is astounding. DO NOT MISS BECK.

More to Come

The folks at ACORN must be beside themselves. James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles have now released three videos of themselves soliciting, and receiving, help from ACORN employees in committing various criminal acts. Already, their investigation has caused the Senate to vote 83-7 to bar HUD from giving grants to ACORN. Today, House Republicans will go further, introducing legislation to terminate all federal funding to ACORN and its affiliates.

And O’Keefe and Giles aren’t done yet. Andrew Breitbart, whose Big Government site broke the videos, said on Twitter this morning, “Tonight’s video is astounding. DO NOT MISS BECK.” How many more ACORN offices will be revealed as abetters of criminality? At least one more, evidently.

And O’Keefe says, “So, sue me!”

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