Paula White Thinks Abandoning Trump Would Reflect Poorly on Her Own Character

Paula White Thinks Abandoning Trump Would Reflect Poorly on Her Own Character

Paula White, a prosperity gospel preacher who has been a key spiritual adviser to President Donald Trump for years and who recently joined the White House staff, appeared on “The Exceptional Conservative Show” last week, where she said that she continues to stand by Trump despite his pathological lying, misogyny, and complete lack of morals because abandoning him would reflect poorly on her own character.
https://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/paula-white-thinks-abandoning-trump-would-reflect-poorly-on-her-own-character/

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Walmart dodged tax on nearly $2 billion, according to a whistleblower filing sent to the IRS

Walmart dodged US tax on $2 billion by routing cash through multiple countries, whistleblower says By Max de HaldevangNovember 29, 2019

Walmart, the world’s biggest company, underpaid US taxes on nearly $2 billion worth of offshore cash, according to whistleblower documents filed by a former Walmart executive to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in 2011, and recently obtained by Quartz.

The firm avoided nearly $200 million in taxes on that money and “dramatically” overstated its foreign tax credits in 2009 and 2010 by routing payments from Luxembourg to the United States via the United Kingdom and not declaring they came from a tax haven, the whistleblower wrote.

If Walmart claimed all the tax credits, it could have improperly avoided paying close to $600 million in total via the maneuvers, according to the files. The whistleblower argued in the documents that the company should owe all that money to the IRS. A second former executive, who shared the files with Quartz, confirmed the whistleblower’s allegations.

https://qz.com/1756717/whistleblower-alleges-walmart-engineered-2-billion-tax-dodge/

ECP NetHappenings: 12-2-19 morning edition

An Excellent Letter, a Perfect Letter. People are saying it is the Best Letter they’ve EVER Seen.
https://twitter.com/katierogers/status/1184567108853751809

Laundromat movie starring Meryl Streep on Netflix
{Panama Papers Mossack breach}
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuBRcfe4bSo

The ownership of central banks
https://bankunderground.co.uk/2019/10/18/the-ownership-of-central-banks/

The Big Interception Flaw in the US-UK Cloud Act Agreement | Center for Internet and Society
https://cyberlaw.stanford.edu/blog/2019/10/big-interception-flaw-us-uk-cloud-act-agreement

Edward Snowden:’Without encryption we will lose all privacy. This is our new battleground’: The US, UK and Australia are taking on Facebook in a bid to undermine the only method that protects our personal information.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/oct/15/encryption-lose-privacy-us-uk-australia-facebook

Internet Ethics on Twitter: “It’s sort of weird that we’re reaching a point where you can go into someone’s home and not even be remotely aware that an Echo is curled up against a wall socket”
https://twitter.com/IEthics/status/1179836458892316672

The Internet of Things is a Sham – YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88xjs6FBu30

Google chief: I’d disclose smart speakers before guests enter my home
https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-50048144

So looking through the fine print of the apartment we are renting… Time to go hunting for cameras since we’ve already found microphones
https://twitter.com/InfoSecFriends/status/1185541844995846144

 

Fact:  Washington does not have an extradition treaty with Beijing.

Cambridge Analytica whistleblower: US following China with privacy
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/09/cambridge-analytica-whistleblower-us-following-china-with-privacy.html

CacheBrowser: Bypassing Chinese Firewall Without Proxies
https://infatica.io/blog/cachebrowser-bypassing-chinese-firewall-without-proxies/

Starting December 1st, China’s new MLPS 2.0 cybersecurity laws will require submission of a facial scan to receive internet access
https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2019/10/starting-december-1st-chinas-new-mlps-2-0-cybersecurity-laws-will-require-submission-of-a-facial-scan-to-receive-internet-access/

China’s New Cybersecurity Program: NO Place to Hide
https://www.chinalawblog.com/2019/09/chinas-new-cybersecurity-program-no-place-to-hide.html

The China Connection: How One D.E.A. Agent Cracked a Global Fentanyl Ring
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/16/magazine/china-fentanyl-drug-ring.html

The City Of Baltimore Blew Off A $76,000 Ransomware Demand Only To Find Out A Bunch Of Its Data Had Never Been Backed Up
https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20191004/19564743128/city-baltimore-blew-off-76000-ransomware-demand-only-to-find-out-bunch-data-had-never-been-backed-up.shtml

A list of the Colorado priests named in the Catholic church sex abuse report, where they worked and when The report accuses 43 priests, but most of the abuse was committed by five
https://coloradosun.com/2019/10/23/names-of-priests-accused-of-sexual-abuse-colorado/

YOUR KIDS AND YOUR GRANDKIDS RIGHT NOW
College admissions officers rank prospective students based on web browsing, family finances and other data
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/10/14/colleges-quietly-rank-prospective-students-based-their-personal-data/

Children’s digital rights to Privacy!!!!
YouTube in particular is a top destination for children under 13.
The Federal Trade Commission – Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act — the only comprehensive federal privacy law we have in the United States. The FTC review comes after a spate of children’s protection failures by tech giants. Most recently, the agency fined Google $170 million for violating the kids’ privacy law on YouTube.
YouTube claimed its services were not for kids — even as the platform promoted itself to advertisers at the top online destination for children.
Educational institutions and ed tech vendors have as poor a track record on children’s data protection as tech giants. Over the last three years, there have been more than 700 data breaches, hacks, ransome and DDS attacks in U.S. public schools, according to K-12 cybersecurity data.

Hacker stole 77 million user accounts from Edmodo, a social learning platform used widely in K-12 schools around the world.
https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-05-11-hacker-steals-77-million-edmodo-user-accounts

The K-12 Cyber Incident Map 715 Incidents Since January 2016
https://k12cybersecure.com/map/

Now Hyperstealth Biotechnology Corp’s Quantum Stealth technology or “broadband invisibility cloak” that bends light around a target. The light can be visible spectrum, ultraviolet, infrared or shortwave infrared light/.
https://twitter.com/hackermaderas/status/1186344576187015175

Phone passwords support these symbols
~ @ ! # $ % ^ & * () / : ; ? , . <> _ –

DHS cyber unit wants to subpoena ISPs to identify vulnerable systems
https://techcrunch.com/2019/10/09/cisa-subpoena-powers-isp-vulnerable-systems/

Samsung: Anyone’s thumbprint can unlock Galaxy S10 phone
https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-50080586

Turla group exploits Iranian APT to expand coverage of victims – NCSC
https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/news/turla-group-exploits-iran-apt-to-expand-coverage-of-victims

Malicious Payloads – Hiding Beneath the WAV
https://threatvector.cylance.com/en_us/home/malicious-payloads-hiding-beneath-the-wav.html

How the OceanLotus Threat Group leveraged steganography to conceal malicious backdoor payloads within image files
https://s7d2.scene7.com/is/content/cylance/prod/cylance-web/en-us/resources/knowledge-center/resource-library/white-papers/OceanLotus-Steganography-Malware-Analysis-White-Paper.pdf

FACEBOOK ADS INC “The evil genius of Ads Inc was that it evaded detection in part by using thousands of different Facebook accounts to place ads. And it got these by paying average Americans $15 a month to “rent” their FB accounts.
https://twitter.com/CraigSilverman/status/1184577478641233921

Mysterious UAE cyber firm luring ex-Israeli intel officers with astronomical salaries
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-mysterious-uae-cyber-firm-luring-ex-israeli-intel-officers-with-astronomical-salaries-1.7991274

Remember this? Judge approves $415M settlement in Apple, Google wage case
https://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-apple-google-tech-wage-settlement-20150903-story.html

@NordVPN hacked https://twitter.com/le_keksec
https://twitter.com/le_keksec/status/1185745754176049153
https://share.dmca.gripe/hZYMaB8oF96FvArZ.txt

Hackers steal secret crypto keys for NordVPN.
https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/10/hackers-steal-secret-crypto-keys-for-nordvpn-heres-what-we-know-so-far/

“So apparently NordVPN was compromised at some point. Their (expired) private keys have been leaked, meaning anyone can just set up a server with those keys”
https://twitter.com/hexdefined/status/1185864801261477891

Planting Tiny Spy Chips in Hardware Can Cost as Little as $200
https://www.wired.com/story/plant-spy-chips-hardware-supermicro-cheap-proof-of-concept/

Meet America’s newest military giant: Amazon
https://www.technologyreview.com/s/614487/meet-americas-newest-military-giant-amazon/

Hacking Group Keksec is back. This time they didn’t post funny pictures of their billboard Hacks. They published a guide on How to Hack them.

The secret life of our HIPAA data
“There’s a misconception that all health information is protected by HIPAA; it’s just not true,” she says. A growing number of apps and websites skirt oversight, such as wearable devices that track your heart rate, or an app or portal where individuals can store their own health information. If a company isn’t covered by HIPAA, it “can do more with your health information than you might think, without your consent,” she said.
Can your medical records become marketing? We investigate a reader’s suspicious ‘patient portal. Our tech columnist helps identify a HIPAA loophole, explains Apple Pay and shares a Firefox upgrade that helps you track the data trackers on your computer. The patient portal FollowMyHealth.com reserves rights to use “personal health record” data for “marketing and advertising purposes, including sending you marketing and advertising communications whether on our behalf or on behalf of marketing partners.” Say what? Nobody wants to see their medical diagnosis turn into an ad. What’s the law here? A patient portal that has a business associate agreement with your doctor’s office to collect your personal health information should be covered by HIPAA, said Deven McGraw, the former deputy director of health information privacy at the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. And under HIPAA, showing paid, targeted advertisements should require consent from each patient. When I contacted Follow My Health’s corporate parent Allscripts, it painted a narrower picture of its practices — and claimed the site wasn’t limited by HIPAA. Follow My Health claims it is not limited by HIPAA. “Unlike a patient portal that a vendor hosts or supports for a single health-care provider, a vendor of a personal health record product that allows individual consumers to aggregate their health information from multiple sources is not regulated by HIPAA,” Lynch said. The HIPAA-covered business associate relationship, he said, is “limited to the technical work that is necessary to establish and maintain connectivity” between a doctor’s electronic records system and Follow My Health.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/10/22/help-desk-can-your-medical-records-become-marketing-we-investigate-readers-suspicious-patient-portal

Bernie’s tax plan Healthcare cost

https://bernietax.com/

Researchers unveil the world’s first programmed DNA computer prototype
https://www.fanaticalfuturist.com/2019/04/researchers-unveil-the-worlds-first-programable-dna-computer-prototype/

 

 

 

South Carolina Legal Tender Act Would Treat Gold & Silver As Money

Nullifying the Fed on a state by state level.

H.4678 will be officially introduced and referred to the House Judiciary Committee when the regular session adjourns on Jan. 13, 2020. It will have to pass committee by a majority vote before moving forward in the legislative process.

A bill prefiled in the South Carolina House would make gold and silver coins legal tender in the state. Passage of this bill would take a step toward creating currency competition in South Carolina and undermine the Federal Reserve’s monopoly on money.

Rep. Stewart Jones filed House Bill 4678 (H.4678) on Nov. 20. Under the proposed law, “gold and silver coins minted foreign or domestic shall be legal tender in the State of South Carolina under the laws of this State. No person or other entity may compel another person or other entity to tender or accept gold or silver coin unless agreed upon by the parties.”

Practically speaking, this would allow South Carolina residents to use gold or silver coins to pay taxes and other debts owed to the state. In effect, it would put gold and silver on the same footing as Federal Reserve notes.

The phrase, “unless agreed upon by the parties” has important legal ramifications. This wording reaffirms the court’s ability, and constitutional responsibility according to Article I, Section 10, to require specific performance when enforcing such contracts. If voluntary parties agree to be paid, or to pay, in gold and silver coin, South Carolina courts could not substitute any other thing, e.g. Federal Reserve Notes, as payment.

South Carolina could become the fourth state to recognize gold and silver as legal tender. Utah led the way, reestablishing constitutional money in 2011. Wyoming and Oklahoma have since joined.

The effect has been most dramatic in Utah where United Precious Metals Association (UMPA) was established after the passage of the Utah Specie Legal Tender Act and the elimination of all taxes on gold and silver. UPMA offers accounts denominated in U.S. minted gold and silver dollars. The company also recently released the “Utah Goldback.” UPMA describes it as “the first local, voluntary currency to be made of a spendable, beautiful, physical gold.”

South Carolina has already repealed the sales tax on gold and silver. That removed one barrier to using gold and silver in everyday transactions. Capital gains taxes are still imposed on gold and silver for state income tax purposes. After establishing gold and silver as legal tender, South Carolina should repeal the capital gains tax to completely open the door to using it as money.

https://www.zerohedge.com/economics/south-carolina-legal-tender-act-would-treat-gold-silver-money

#Australia’s #Westpac Banking Corporation money laundering

#Australia’s #Westpac Banking Corporation money laundering

#Australia’s #Westpac Banking Corporation announced that its CEO is stepping down after the bank was hit with #moneylaundering accusations:

Archiving and publishing leaked & hacked data of public interest.

Distributed Denial of Secrets

Friends of The Collective
Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP)
https://ddosecrets.com/about/

Corporate Data
https://ddosecrets.com/data/corporations/

Hack Back a DIY guide to robbing banks by Subcowmandante Marcos
https://data.ddosecrets.com/file/Sherwood/HackBack_EN.txt

The original can be found in spanish at:
https://web.archive.org/web/20191117042838/http://data.ddosecrets.com/file/Sherwood/HackBack.txt

New Chrome Browser extension tests for AI generated text

The extension (by Giulio Starace and available for both Chrome and Firefox) works by using OpenAI’s GPT-2 text generator and checking whether the generator’s output is similar to the text you are curious about. If you’d rather not install a browser extension, you can paste text into this webpage instead.

Queen Elizabeth’s Secret Powers

Great British political riddle solved as scope of the royal prerogative is revealed for the first time
Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
Mon 20 Oct 2003 21.24 EDT

One of the last great riddles of the British political system was solved yesterday when the powers wielded by the government in the name of the monarchy were set down on paper for the first time.
The “veil of mystery” surrounding the royal prerogative was lifted when a list of them was published in a move intended to encourage greater transparency.
The prerogative, which includes the power to declare war, is handed from monarchs to ministers and allows them to take action without the backing of parliament.

In a move intended to encourage greater accountability, the Commons public administration committee (PAC) published a list of the little-understood powers which it persuaded Sir Hayden Phillips, permanent secretary to the Department of Constitutional Affairs, to supply.
“Over the years when people have asked the government to say what prerogative powers there are, they have always refused to do so,” said the committee’s chairman, Labour MP Tony Wright.

“It tells us largely what we know, but it is a small victory to have the government say at least what it thinks they are.”
The PAC wants parliament to be given a say in how the powers are used. Although MPs were given a vote on the war in Iraq, there is no obligation on the government to let them have a say.
The powers include those that allow governments to regulate the civil service, issue passports, make treaties, appoint and remove ministers and grant honours.

They also include the prerogative of mercy, which is no longer used to save condemned men from the scaffold but can be exercised to remedy miscarriages of justice which are not put right by the courts.
In its paper the government said new prerogative powers could not be invented and that some “have fallen out of use altogether, probably forever”, such as the power to press men into the navy.

But it said there were still “significant aspects” of domestic affairs in which the powers could be used, despite legislation.

And it accepted that the “conduct of foreign affairs remains very reliant on the exercise of prerogative powers” and that they can “still to some extent adapt to changed circumstances”.

It also set out ways in which parliament and the courts have limited the powers through control of the supply of money, new laws and judicial review.

Mr Wright said: “It should be a basic constitutional principle that ministers would be required to explain to parliament where their powers come from and how they intend to use them.”

The committee is looking at proposals for an act which would force ministers to seek authorisation from parliament before they exercised some of the powers, which were “sometimes in effect powers of life and death”.

These include the power to declare war.

The government said it was not possible to give a comprehensive catalogue of prerogative powers.

So there was scope for the courts to identify prerogative powers which had little previous recognition.

In a case about whether the home secretary had power to issue baton rounds to a chief constable without the consent of the police authority, the court held that the crown had a prerogative power to keep the peace within the realm.

Lord Justice Nourse commented: “The scarcity of references in the books to the prerogative of keeping the peace within the realm does not disprove that it exists. Rather it may point to an unspoken assumption that it does“.

Full list of those powers
Domestic Affairs

The appointment and dismissal of ministers;
The summoning, prorogation and dissolution of Parliament;
Royal assent to bills;
The appointment and regulation of the civil service;
The commissioning of officers in the armed forces;
Directing the disposition of the armed forces in the UK;
Appointment of Queen’s Counsel;
Issue and withdrawal of passports;
Prerogative of mercy.(Used to apply in capital punishment cases. Still used, eg to remedy errors in sentence calculation)
Granting honours;
Creation of corporations by Charter;
Foreign Affairs
The making of treaties;
Declaration of war;
Deployment of armed forces overseas;
Recognition of foreign states;
Accreditation and reception of diplomats.

 

Think Google or Apple are powerful? Then you’ve never heard of the East India Company, a profit-making enterprise so mighty, it once ruled nearly all of the Indian subcontinent. Between 1600 and 1874, it built the most powerful corporation the world had ever known, complete with its own army, its own territory, and a near-total hold on trade of a product now seen as quintessentially British: Tea.

At the dawn of the 17th century, the Indian subcontinent was known as the “East Indies,” and—as home to spices, fabrics, and luxury goods prized by wealthy Europeans—was seen as a land of seemingly endless potential. Due to their seafaring prowess, Spain and Portugal held a monopoly on trade in the Far East. But Britain wanted in, and when it seized the ships of the defeated Spanish Armada in 1588, it paved the way for the monarchy to become a serious naval power.

The East India Company (EIC), also known as the Honourable East India Company (HEIC) or the British East India Company and informally as John Company, Company Bahadur, or simply The Company, was an English and later British joint-stock company. It was formed to trade in the Indian Ocean region, initially with Mughal India and the East Indies (Maritime Southeast Asia), and later with Qing China. The company ended up seizing control over large parts of the Indian subcontinent, colonized parts of Southeast Asia, and colonized Hong Kong after a war with Qing China.

How did Queen Elizabeth become the richest women in the world?

The East India Company: The original corporate raiders
An international corporation was transforming itself into an aggressive colonial power.

One of the very first Indian words to enter the English language was the Hindustani slang for plunder: “loot”. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, this word was rarely heard outside the plains of north India until the late 18th century, when it suddenly became a common term across Britain.
The last hereditary Welsh prince, Owain Gruffydd ap Gwenwynwyn, built Powis castle as a craggy fort in the 13th century; the estate was his reward for abandoning Wales to the rule of the English monarchy. But its most spectacular treasures date from a much later period of English conquest and appropriation: Powis is simply awash with loot from India, room after room of imperial plunder, extracted by the East India Company in the 18th century.
There are more Mughal artefacts stacked in this private house in the Welsh countryside than are on display at any one place in India – even the National Museum in Delhi. The riches include hookahs of burnished gold inlaid with empurpled ebony; superbly inscribed spinels and jewelled daggers; gleaming rubies the colour of pigeon’s blood and scatterings of lizard-green emeralds. There are talwars set with yellow topaz, ornaments of jade and ivory; silken hangings, statues of Hindu gods and coats of elephant armour.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/04/east-india-company-original-corporate-raiders

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_India_Company

When the British East India Company (EIC) was formed in 1600, there were already other East India Companies operating on behalf of France, the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal. Thanks to the naval route that explorer Vasco da Gama discovered, riches from the Orient were pouring into Europe. With other nations importing fortunes in goods and plunder, Queen Elizabeth decided England should get some, too. So she granted the charter for the East India Company.
Queen Elizabeth used more than just royal decree and coffers (treasury funds) to help merchants and explorers establish trade on behalf of England in the East. The charter she issued created the first official joint-stock corporation. A joint-stock corporation is composed of investors who are granted shares in a company. In return for their initial investments, shareholders are given dividends, or percentages, of the company’s profits based on the number of shares the investor holds.

Under the auspices of her royal authority, Elizabeth also limited the liability of the EIC’s investors — including hers. This made the company the world’s first limited liability corporation (abbreviated as LLC in the United States and Ltd. in the United Kingdom). Under an LLC, the investors in a corporation are granted protection from losing any more money than their initial investments in the venture. If the company goes under, the investors only lose the amount of money they put into the LLC. The company’s outstanding debts aren’t divvied up among its investors [source: IRS].

Queen Elizabeth covered any losses or debts owed by the East India Company with the royal coffers; modern LLCs are subject to bankruptcy procedures, where creditors may be forced to take pennies on the dollar or nothing at all if a corporation goes under.

https://people.howstuffworks.com/culture-traditions/world-history/east-india-company-influence1.htm

 

 

Bloomberg not investigated by his own news service

With boss running for president, Bloomberg News sets rules, won’t probe him or Democratic rivals

With Michael Bloomberg now running for president, the news service that bears his name said Sunday it will not “investigate” him or any of his Democratic rivals, and Bloomberg Opinion will no longer run unsigned editorials.

Bloomberg Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait announced the new rules in a note to his news organization’s 2,700 journalists and analysts Sunday, shortly after the former New York City mayor announced his candidacy.

“There is no point in trying to claim that covering this presidential campaign will be easy for a newsroom that has built up its reputation for independence in part by not writing about ourselves,” Micklethwait wrote.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/11/25/business/corporate-business/boss-running-president-bloomberg-news-sets-rules-wont-probe-democratic-rivals/

Elizabeth Warren Stands Up to Billionaires

Warren and Sanders aim attacks at Michael Bloomberg

Bernie Sanders Questions Betsy DeVos: Would you be here without contributions? | ABC News

Elizabeth Warren Questions Betsy Devos

Al Franken Questions Betsy DeVos on Proficiency vs Growth | ABC News