Thursday, October 19, 2017

Deep Dives In Life of Espionage

Almanac: Joseph Conrad on vanity

“Vanity plays lurid tricks with our memory.” Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim ... read more

AS ALWAYS, THERE’S NO WAY SATIRE CAN TOP REAL LIFE FOR ITS PURE ABSURDITY: Neo-Nazi and National Front organizer quits movement, opens up about Jewish heritage, comes out as gay.

The gay angle is new, but otherwise this was the plot of a 1977 Lou Grantepisode, guest-starring a young, pre-Robocop Peter Weller

US First Lady Melania Trump accused of 'using a body double' in public appearances

Spy Spin Fuels Anti-Kaspersky Campaign Moon of Alabama. “If one believes all the now made claims then Israel hacked Kaspersky, which was hacking an NSA employee who had stolen NSA hacks, while being hacked by Russia which was hacked by the NSA, while the NSA was warned by Israel about Russian hacks. Makes sense?”

From David T. Hardy, I’m from the Government and I’m Here to Kill You: The True Human Cost of Official Negligence

ASIO warns vice chancellors over Chinese spies on campus | Exclusive

ASIO warns of overwhelming level of 'harmful' foreign spying threats

Domestic intelligence agency ASIO says it has not been able to keep up with the growing level of "harmful espionage and foreign interference" operations being carried out in Australia, which have sought to steal sensitive government and corporate ...

On the political uses of evil Elizabeth Bruenig, Medium

Trump tells US soldier's widow: 'He knew what he signed up for'

'Their misconduct paid off': Ex-Rio Tinto boss Tom Albanese accused of fraud

TYRANNO-SOROS REX: George Soros has transferred $18 billion – the bulk of his fortune, it seems – to his Open Society Foundation. This puts the Foundation second only in assets to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 

A French intelligence agent sent a text message by mistake to the mobile phone of a jihadist, inadvertently warning him that he was under surveillance and undermining an investigation, it emerged on Friday.
The target of the probe, described as an “Islamist preacher” based in the Paris area, immediately understood that his phone was being tapped and his movements monitored.
He called the agent to complain and warned his contacts that they were under surveillance. As a result, separate investigations by two different intelligence services came to nothing, M6 television reported.

‘He’s better than this,’ says Thomas Barrack, Trump’s loyal whisperer WaPo

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Three cities in Colorado — a state whose fortunes have been tied to the boom and bust of oil, gas and other commodities — are among the top 10 leading destinations for the nation’s best and brightest as old cow and mining towns morph into technology hubs, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. ... Filling out the top 10 of the Brain Concentration Index are cities rich in technology and higher education, including San Francisco (2), Washington (5), Raleigh (6) and Seattle (9).

Building Power before Janus–And After: Lessons from CUNY Labor Notes. Not everyone is puzzled… 
Made in America The New Republic (Re Silc). “Reproductive labor is a growth industry.”
The future of mobility: Are we asking the right questions? TechWorld. “Mobility” as in “mobile phones.”