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  • 'SPEAKER CRUZ IS IN THE HOUSE' — Republican Border Plan Is In Total Chaos After Conservative Revolt

    07/31/2014 10:08:07 AM PDT · 56 of 73
    Cato in PA to Mariner

    What’s with all the Ted Cruz cheerleading? This is the same guy who went down to the border with Glenn Beck to shower the illegal invaders with soccer balls, teddy bears, and hot meals.

    http://hotair.com/headlines/archives/2014/07/19/ted-cruz-joins-glenn-beck-for-soccer-balls-and-teddy-bears-event/

    Do you really think he is someone you can trust with border security? Yes, this is good news, but keep everything in perspective.

  • Glenn Beck’s audacious defense against Boston Marathon bombings defamation suit

    07/24/2014 8:33:34 AM PDT · 6 of 30
    Cato in PA to rightwingintelligentsia

    ‘So three weeks later, Beck urged the government to release its information on Alharbi or else Beck would “expose” him.’

    I remember when I actually used to believe Beck’s hype: how he would ‘expose’ people, how he had confidential information from ‘unnamed sources,’ and all that jazz.

    What a fool I was.

  • ‘There’s a Chance I Could Run’ for President Again by Eddie Scarry | 8:28 am, July 23rd, 2014

    07/23/2014 6:27:18 PM PDT · 29 of 29
    Cato in PA to Alas Babylon!

    You can make put the MSM in its place if you know what to say. All it takes is charisma.

    Look at the clips of what Newt said during the primaries on YouTube. Remember when the “open marriage” allegations against Newt came up? John King asked him if he’d “like to comment on it, “and Newt responded “no, but I will” and tore into the news media and King personally for opening a debate with a question like that.

  • ‘There’s a Chance I Could Run’ for President Again by Eddie Scarry | 8:28 am, July 23rd, 2014

    07/23/2014 7:18:47 AM PDT · 22 of 29
    Cato in PA to TexasFreeper2009

    You might be right. Part of the reason I threw my support behind Newt - which I later apologized for - was because he was such a good debater. Really, what we needed was someone with good credentials (Rick Perry), good ideas (Herman Cain), or at least good debate skills (Newt).

    What the Republicans got was a candidate with socialist credentials (Massachusetts gov), no good ideas (Romneycare), and no debate skills. Well, Willard got under Bathhouse Barry’s skin in the first debate, but he absolutely tanked from that point on.

  • Democrats to Unveil $2.7B Bill on Alien Children

    07/23/2014 6:54:37 AM PDT · 6 of 23
    Cato in PA to lbryce

    Don’t you just love the political class’s idea of “saving money?” Hey, we’re only going to steal $2.7 billion dollars instead of what Chairman Obama wants. See? We’re saving money!

    Yeah, just the way that someone who’s in credit card debt up to his eyeballs is “saving money” by only buying every other thing he wants.

  • ‘There’s a Chance I Could Run’ for President Again by Eddie Scarry | 8:28 am, July 23rd, 2014

    07/23/2014 6:49:53 AM PDT · 16 of 29
    Cato in PA to Citizen Zed

    So the Tea Party poser is preparing to torpedo at the next round of conservative candidates. How nice.

    If she didn’t have the courage to take on Republican socialists like Willard Romney, she sure as hell doesn’t have what it takes to turn this country around.

    Now that Ted Cruz has jumped off the deep end by helping Glenn Beck shower the illegal invaders with gifts, I don’t think there’s a single promising presidential candidate. Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul are all washed up. Maybe Rick Perry?

  • China Using Psychiatric Treatment as Punishment for Political Dissident

    07/22/2014 7:26:40 PM PDT · 15 of 21
    Cato in PA to Usagi_yo

    In a sense, we’re already there. What are public schools but poorly disguised reeducation facilities? The boys are emasculated and drugged into submission, and the girls are indoctrinated into militant feminism. Darwinian evolution, global warming, and “Susan has two daddies” are all par for the course.

    Is it any wonder that the left so vilifies homeschooling? How is a regime to build the next generation of useful idiots if those pesky parents keep them away?

    We already know that the NSA is watching us. It really is only a matter of time before they start using that information...if they already haven’t.

  • Meet the Online Tracking Device That is Virtually Impossible to Block

    07/22/2014 6:43:24 PM PDT · 55 of 58
    Cato in PA to upchuck; Jim Robinson

    “Suggest to John Robinson that he switch from GA to Piwik.”

    Hey, why not? Well, I’m not sure about John Robinson, but Jim might be willing to listen! :P

    Jim, I love this site, but it bothers me that FR uses Google Analytics. I completely understand the desire to understand your audience, but by using a Google service, you may inadvertently be feeding information to Big Data and quite possibly the NSA.

    If at all practical, I suggest investigating an alternative analytics system like Piwik that can be operated in-house.

  • Meet the Online Tracking Device That is Virtually Impossible to Block

    07/22/2014 6:35:18 PM PDT · 54 of 58
    Cato in PA to Squawk 8888

    Back when I thought I could be the next blog-o-sphere sensation, I used Piwik with WordPress. It worked very nicely. It’s been too long for me to remember exactly which WordPress plugin I used for Piwik integration, but I think it might have been this:

    http://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-piwik/

    Depending on what your setup is, it may take a little elbow grease to roll your own Piwik installation. It was dead simple for me at the time because my Web host included a feature called Softaculous that did one-click installs of many popular programs including WordPress and Piwik.

  • Meet the Online Tracking Device That is Virtually Impossible to Block

    07/21/2014 5:50:19 PM PDT · 21 of 58
    Cato in PA to upchuck

    Duh, stupid me! It says right in the article that NoScript blocks this. IMO, NoScript is as necessary as Adblock Plus. Yes, it requires effort to use properly, but in the process, you learn a whole lot about what’s going on in your browser.

    Google Analytics isn’t harmless any more than Google itself is. There are open source analytics programs like Piwik that can gather data without feeding information to Big Data and the NSA.

    That’s my one gripe with how FR is run, technologically speaking. Well, maybe that and not accepting Bitcoin donations.

  • Meet the Online Tracking Device That is Virtually Impossible to Block

    07/21/2014 5:46:58 PM PDT · 18 of 58
    Cato in PA to upchuck

    I bet NoScript would stop this. There isn’t much that gets around it.

  • Do Massive Layoffs Really Benefit Companies?

    07/20/2014 6:58:25 PM PDT · 15 of 35
    Cato in PA to equalator

    Never underestimate the power of inertia in IT. If Microsoft had come into existence over the past few years, of course nobody would buy any of its products. However, because its products have been in use for so long, most of the do-nothings in IT administration will continue to pay for them year after year.

    Nobody ever got fired for suggesting Microsoft products just as nobody ever got fired for suggesting Cisco networking equipment.

    You will occasionally find an IT worker who is willing to do more than the bare minimum and *think* instead of rubber stamping whatever happens to be “ mainstream,” but such people are rare.

    By and large, you find paper tigers who growl about Metro, Office, and everything else imaginable, but never do anything about it. Microsoft knows this, which is why it can continue to do what it does: nothing.

  • Microsoft to cut 18,000 jobs this year as it chops Nokia

    07/18/2014 4:56:49 PM PDT · 30 of 36
    Cato in PA to Objective Scrutator

    Well, it couldn’t possibly be worse than everything that happened with the Wii U.

  • Your husband doesn’t have to earn your respect

    07/18/2014 5:27:56 AM PDT · 15 of 102
    Cato in PA to fulltlt

    There’s a lot of truth in that article. I enjoyed reading it.

    It certainly doesn’t help that we’ve raised a generation of timid, emasculated men who wouldn’t even think of standing up to the clipped-haired, mean-faced feminists who walk all over them.

  • Step Right Up to MTV's Incest Plot

    07/18/2014 5:12:30 AM PDT · 10 of 18
    Cato in PA to Kaslin

    So let’s see: we’ve got incest here, and there was a story on pedophilia in Europe earlier this week. All we need now is something to cover polygamy and bestiality and we’ll be able to conclude this as a brave new week for degeneracy.

  • Is Obama’s constant, inappropriate laughter a sign that he is suffering from a mental disorder?

    07/18/2014 5:07:21 AM PDT · 23 of 64
    Cato in PA to servo1969

    Liberalism is a mental disorder.

  • Microsoft to cut 18,000 jobs this year as it chops Nokia

    07/17/2014 9:17:04 AM PDT · 13 of 36
    Cato in PA to Scutter

    “a cloud-computing and mobile-friendly software company.”

    Yeah, good luck with that. Zune, Bing, Hotmail, Windows Phone...I can’t think of many Microsoft catch-up products that have been able to achieve much of anything other than the XBox, and if I remember correctly, that division is still struggling to make profit.

    What worries me, as an IT professional, is how companies like Microsoft are following this mobile-centric, cloud-centric direction: by dumbing down technology. Many people today have no idea how to use computers. They only know dependency.

    I’ve lost track of how many people think that teens or twentysomethings are technological prodigies because they know how to use Facebook and Gmail. Try asking one of them to troubleshoot a wireless connection or swap out a motherboard and watch the blank stares.

  • GROWING LIST OF PROTESTS THAT ARE SCHEDULED ACROSS THE U.S. FOR JULY 18 & JULY 19 [Alien Invasion]

    07/15/2014 12:55:12 PM PDT · 41 of 164
    Cato in PA to P.O.E.

    Hey, let’s get PA FReepers in on the action!

  • GROWING LIST OF PROTESTS THAT ARE SCHEDULED ACROSS THE U.S. FOR JULY 18 & JULY 19 [Alien Invasion]

    07/15/2014 12:53:20 PM PDT · 38 of 164
    Cato in PA to Jim Robinson

    Nice! Looks like I just found something to do over the weekend. I doubt there will be many people there where I am, but I can at least make my voice heard.

  • Professors For Pedophilia: Witness this disturbing and growing phenomenon hitting Europe

    07/15/2014 8:52:48 AM PDT · 23 of 28
    Cato in PA to tophat9000

    “So how soon will progressive twist libertarian in to buying in the this.”

    They’ll use the exact same justification as for sodomy: what do you care? It doesn’t hurt you. The more educated among them might even trot out their favorite snippet from Thomas Jefferson:

    “If it neither breaks my leg nor picks my pocket, what difference is it to me?” (Paraphrasing)

    How difficult it is to make a point about America’s moral fabric when the secular left doesn’t believe in anything greater than itself. I’m sure the very idea that America -has- a moral fabric is as ridiculous to them as the notion that God exists.

    And once the secular left embraces this, who knows how long it will be before pseudo-conservative phonies like Beck get on the bandwagon? Don’t think it’ll never happen. I’m sure nobody ever thought he’d go carting teddy bears, soccer balls, and hot meals to the illegal alien invaders pouring over our border, but he did.

  • A Whole Bunch Of People On Facebook Thought Steven Spielberg Killed A Real Dinosaur

    07/12/2014 9:29:27 AM PDT · 26 of 79
    Cato in PA to Junk Silver

    THE SCIENCE IS SETTLED!

  • What Killed The Romantic Comedy?

    07/12/2014 9:18:43 AM PDT · 29 of 80
    Cato in PA to Oak Grove

    I would never have guessed that these “K Dramas” even existed. Thanks for the tip! I’m already used to watching subbed Anime, so I doubt this will be much different from that perspective.

    I’ll have to check out Drama Fever later this weekend.

  • What Killed The Romantic Comedy?

    07/12/2014 9:15:05 AM PDT · 28 of 80
    Cato in PA to Extremely Extreme Extremist

    “Explosions translate into every language. Snappy dialogue, not so much.”

    This to the nth degree. CGI and explosions rule the day.

    Almost every single movie trailer I see these days is exactly the same: lots of explosions, pulse-pounding music, a sudden silence, and then the name of the movie, occasionally with a final chord at the end.

    They look exactly the same. They sound exactly the same. Political correctness has watered down plots to such a degree that they might as well all be the same.

    I’ll tell you what, though: Hollywood’s complete lack of imagination has sure made cordcutting easy on me.

  • Judge Says Incest Okay Because Abortion Can Kill “Deformed” Babies Incest Produces

    07/11/2014 6:32:33 PM PDT · 6 of 24
    Cato in PA to Morgana

    We’re sliding down the slippery slope.

    Incest, pedophilia, bestiality, and polygamy will become the new deviancies du jour.

  • Firefox web browser popularity wanes

    07/10/2014 8:44:41 AM PDT · 37 of 54
    Cato in PA to Sequoyah101

    You could try QupZilla. It’s a completely independent browser that works on a variety of platforms.

    It doesn’t have the same feature set as the “big boys,” but if you can overlook that, it’s tops among independent alternatives.

  • Firefox web browser popularity wanes

    07/10/2014 6:47:17 AM PDT · 30 of 54
    Cato in PA to ShadowAce

    Firefox isn’t just falling behind in market share; it’s also trailing technologically. In Chrome(ium), every tab you have open is essentially stuck in its own little container, so if it crashes, the rest of your tabs aren’t affected. Firefox doesn’t do this. Firefox doesn’t do a lot of things that a modern browser needs to do.

    And yes, Mozilla is another hypocritical leftist organization for firing Brendan Eich - although, to be fair, Brendan didn’t stand up for himself when he was targeted. If you keep silent when the left accuses you, it’s as if you’re accepting what they say.

    It’s still good to use a Firefox-based browser because Firefox extensions are much, much better for privacy than anything you’ll find on Chrome(ium). NoScript, Adblock Edge, and Self-Destructing Cookies: those three can make a world of difference in your browsing experience.

    But for those of you who think that Firefox and its derivatives have no ties to Google, think again. Open the cookie management section of your browser and look for a cookie from Google called “PREF.” Delete it, close Firefox, immediately re-check your cookie list, and you’ll see that it’s there again.

    You know those “Safe Browsing” features that Firefox has? They’re tied to Google. In exchange for Google providing you access to a list of “bad” sites, Firefox installs a Google tracking cookie that cannot be removed unless you literally scrub every trace of Safe Browsing from Firefox in about:config.

    Besides being yet another Google-centric invasion of privacy, Google’s PREF cookie is known to be used by the NSA in tracking its targets.

    Still, once you scrub PREF and install some of those privacy addons I mentioned, you’ve got a very secure browser.

  • A Sexual Revolution for Young Evangelicals? No.

    07/10/2014 4:15:53 AM PDT · 11 of 15
    Cato in PA to Objective Scrutator

    “Why isn’t the Catholic Church excommunicating members who espouse deviant practices?”

    Probably for the same reason that a lot of Protestant churches around here are afraid to touch anything remotely controversial: they’re afraid of losing members.

    They’d rather pay lip service to the truth and keep deviants around, whether it’s to make themselves feel better that they’re “reaching” these lost souls (when nothing could be further from the truth), to appear fashionably in-step with popular culture as you said, or, most likely, to take in their donation money. We’ve got church leaders of all stripes measuring the effectiveness of their denominations by worldly standards, and that’s a shame.

  • A Sexual Revolution for Young Evangelicals? No.

    07/10/2014 4:11:16 AM PDT · 10 of 15
    Cato in PA to GeronL

    “The “stalled church growth” is mostly acute in the LIBERAL denominations”

    Well, of course - they’ve remade God so effectively to fit the one they see in the mirror that making the jump to atheism is plain and natural. After all, if everything is relative, you create your own truth. You decide if those stuffy old commandments in the Bible actually apply. You are, effectively, your own God.

    That’s what liberal Christianity is: a stepping stone for atheism or a study in narcissism, take your pick.

    I disconnected myself from the sewer pipe of filth coming out of popular culture when I was in college, and I’ve remained that way ever since. We may not go parading through the streets talking about our bedroom exploits or raising hell every time the left uses us as a collective doormat, but we’re out there.

    I was actually having trouble believing that there were more like me at one point, so this news is very encouraging.

  • Dinesh D'Souza movie "AMERICA"

    07/09/2014 6:50:40 PM PDT · 9 of 41
    Cato in PA to entropy12

    It is absolutely worth the price of admission.

    My only potential point of disagreement with it is its take on the Civil War. When I was in school, one of my teachers said that the Civil War had nothing to do with slavery: that it was about if the South had the right to split away from the Union.

    I don’t know if that’s true or not. Frankly, most history books bore me to such a degree that it’s probably more trouble than it’s worth to investigate any farther. The rest of the movie was excellent.

    It was surprising to see “America” address the NSA’s electronic surveillance state and Aaron Swartz’s death toward the end of the film. Sure, it’s easy to see liberalism in front of you when Bathhouse Barry gets to work with his magic pen, but there’s a war for digital rights being fought that less technically inclined conservatives don’t know about.

    And sadly, a lot of it is being fought by leftist groups like the ACLU.

  • Murrieta after action report and videos. [FReepathon, Murrieta special edition]

    07/09/2014 2:06:36 PM PDT · 28 of 258
    Cato in PA to LUV W

    No, the rats are in Congress.

  • Glenn Beck to Bring Soccer Balls, Teddy Bears, Hot Meals to Illegals: "We Must Open Our Hearts"

    07/09/2014 1:48:46 PM PDT · 26 of 52
    Cato in PA to ThePatriotsFlag

    I’m not sure whether he needs to be on or off his meds, actually.

    I remember a particular show many years ago where he announced to the world that he was being put on ADD medication. After that, slowly but surely, he became more and more eccentric.

    I always wondered about that. Every time I see a commercial for depression medication and they list the side effects - up to and including bizarre or suicidal thoughts - it makes me wonder.

  • Murrieta after action report and videos. [FReepathon, Murrieta special edition]

    07/09/2014 1:43:49 PM PDT · 12 of 258
    Cato in PA to Jim Robinson

    I wonder if that mouthy hag in the opposition camp even knew what she was cheering for.

    What in the world is she cheering for? WOOOOO tuberculosis? WOOOOO gang members? WOOOOO resource-sucking criminals who line up in front of our veterans for care?

    Oh yeah, we’re one people, one nation. Keep telling yourself that until you finally wake up to what “La Raza” really means and who really pays for their care.

    We all know that the poor pay no taxes and the truly rich are clever enough to dodge them for the most part. So who ends up paying for the swarms of illegal invaders? Ignorant, middle-class liberal morons like that woman who thinks she can argue a cogent point by screaming “WOOOOO.”

  • Glenn Beck to Bring Soccer Balls, Teddy Bears, Hot Meals to Illegals: "We Must Open Our Hearts"

    07/09/2014 1:20:14 PM PDT · 1 of 52
    Cato in PA
    If any of you continue listening to this fraud or purchasing what he hocks, shame on you. Shame on you. This man is an utter disgrace to the conservative movement.
  • Graham: GOP must pony up emergency border funds or take blame

    07/09/2014 1:13:12 PM PDT · 34 of 83
    Cato in PA to tanknetter

    “So he admits he hasn’t read the proposal ( need to take a deeper look comment) but demands the GOP support it?”

    Hey, it worked for Nazi Pelosi. You’ve got to pass the bill to find out what’s in it!

  • Graham: GOP must pony up emergency border funds or take blame

    07/09/2014 1:10:49 PM PDT · 27 of 83
    Cato in PA to PoloSec

    I have trouble with Grahamnesty’s version of reality. It’s like shooting someone on the street and telling a bystander that if he doesn’t pay for the victim to be taken to the hospital, he’ll be guilty of murder.

    In a sane society, Lindsey Graham would be taken to an insane asylum and Barack Obama would be impeached.

    In a sane country.

  • Illegals Continue To Walk All Over Obama, Now With Obama-Themed Shoes [PHOTOS]

    07/09/2014 12:53:36 PM PDT · 1 of 11
    Cato in PA
    Obama shoes: the perfect fashion accessory to go with your Obama phone, Obama welfare, Obamacare, Obama this, Obama that...

    If this wasn't so sad, it would be hilarious.

  • Update from JimRob at Murrieta Border Patrol Station

    07/08/2014 5:02:06 AM PDT · 327 of 473
    Cato in PA to patriot08

    Our so-called “leaders” are wringing their hands thinking about what taking serious action would mean for their poll numbers. They’re so drunk on power that they’d see their country burn to the ground before giving it up.

    The other day, I heard Michael Savage talk about a war memorial that’s being targeted by the Marxists because it has a cross. He pledged to organize a human shield around the memorial if they try to snap off the cross even if it puts his career on the line.

    What a world we live in that a talk radio host has more courage than all of our politicians combined. What a world.

    I only wish I was there to help JimRob and the others.

  • Water-Guzzling Pot Plants Draining Drought-Wracked California

    07/08/2014 4:41:04 AM PDT · 38 of 45
    Cato in PA to VerySadAmerican

    “When they have to start importing water to grow the pot, the poor won’t be able to afford it.

    This looks like a job for Bathhouse Barry and his magic pen! We’ve just got to make sure that the diseased, criminal illegal aliens they’re shipping in can get their daily toke. It’s a human right!

  • Children of Same-Sex Parents Are Healthier: Study

    07/08/2014 4:29:40 AM PDT · 26 of 39
    Cato in PA to Dilbert San Diego

    I don’t know, but whatever they are, I’m sure their “children” are even happier than the standard deviants’.

  • 7 Reasons the Old Testament is Neglected

    07/06/2014 6:02:39 AM PDT · 23 of 61
    Cato in PA to null and void
    Which is probably why most liberal churches completely disregard the Old Testament. They're looking for a feel-good experience, and by limiting themselves to a comfortable subset of the New Testament, they can avoid having to measure their twisted lifestyles up to God's standards or consider whether there may consequences to their actions.

    That's how it is with many facets of modern worship, actually: it's all about having fun and feeling good. People don't want to worship God at a reverential service; they want to go to a service with rock bands and jam out like they're at a concert. They don't want to have a Bible study that covers OT historical information; it's far better to talk about familiar concepts from the New Testament because that makes for a fun social experience.

  • In NSA-intercepted data, those not targeted far outnumber the foreigners who are

    07/05/2014 9:32:19 PM PDT · 12 of 25
    Cato in PA to Fai Mao
    If you really want to troll the NSA, there's a Firefox extension for that: Flagger.

    My first thought was: wouldn't that put me on the NSA's watch list? Then I remembered that they're probably watching all of us right-wing Christian extremists on here already.
  • In NSA-intercepted data, those not targeted far outnumber the foreigners who are

    07/05/2014 8:47:43 PM PDT · 6 of 25
    Cato in PA to Cato in PA

    A handful of few tips for any privacy-conscious FReepers:

    INTERNET SEARCHING

    Don’t use Google, Bing, Yahoo, or any other search engine that tracks your search results. You might as well be sending data straight to the NSA.

    StartPage searches Google on your behalf completely anonymously. In other words, you get the exact same search results as you would with Google, except you keep your privacy.

    DuckDuckGo is an independent search engine that also does not track you. Its search results are a bit more hit and miss, but they’re fairly good overall.

    BROWSER

    There are many excellent tools available for Firefox browser that can assist you in protecting your privacy. Here are a few of my favorites:

    -User Agent Overrider: Use this to change your browser’s user agent so as to appear as generic as possible. You can get a list of the most popular user agents here.
    -Adblock Edge: Use EasyList to block ads, EasyPrivacy to block trackers. Add the Fanboy social list to block Facebook buttons, etc. Social media sharing buttons track your browsing even if you don’t have an account with them.
    -Self-Destructing Cookies: Accepts cookies from Web sites but deletes them automatically when the tab you’re using is closed unless you say otherwise. Fights tracking cookies that this article mentions are used by the NSA.
    -HTTPS Everywhere: An extension by the EFF. Enables secure connections whenever possible.
    -NoScript: One of the best security and privacy tools that Firefox has to offer. NoScript has a significant learning curve, but if you master it, you can stop most threats cold. For example, try enabling NoScript and then going to Whatismybrowser. You’ll see that it is impossible for that site to get a list of the plugins you have installed.

    EMAIL

    Keep an eye on MailPile. It’s an up-and-coming browser-based email client that aims to make it dead simple to send and receive encrypted email.

    BitMessage is a decentralized, experimental alternative to email. It’s still in its early stages, so if you want to know more, you might have to ask me or a similarly knowledgeable person for help.

    The Free Software Foundation has come out with an email encryption guide called “Email Self-Defense:” https://emailselfdefense.fsf.org/en/

    ORGANIZATIONS

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is one of the premiere Internet privacy organizations.

    The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is possibly the most ideologically “pure” technology organization out there. Its purpose it to promote open, peer-reviewed software.

    Whether or not you believe “open source” is worth a darn, it’s a fact that the only way to be sure that the NSA hasn’t compromised the software you’re using to be able to see what it’s made of. You can’t do that with software like Windows.

  • In NSA-intercepted data, those not targeted far outnumber the foreigners who are

    07/05/2014 8:34:50 PM PDT · 1 of 25
    Cato in PA
    We have to stop this. No, I'm not talking about chewing out your congresscritter; considering how oblivious the Supreme Court is on technology, I have little doubt that most people in Congress are much better.

    We have to do what we can, legally, to protect ourselves. Use encryption. Use peer-reviewed software that has been verified free of backdoors. It's all we've got.

    A good place to get started is https://prism-break.org.

  • Joan Rivers Calls President “Gay,” Michelle Obama “Tr*nny” — Watch Video Here

    07/04/2014 7:22:58 AM PDT · 87 of 113
    Cato in PA to stuck_in_new_orleans

    You mean Bathhouse Barry isn’t straight as an arrow? Say it ain’t so!

  • [Your Republican controlled] Congress Quietly Deletes a Key Disclosure of Free Trips Lawmakers Take

    07/01/2014 3:16:27 PM PDT · 28 of 34
    Cato in PA to PapaNew

    Republicrat, Demican, I don’t see a difference.

    But you’d better believe that when mid-terms come up later this year, the usual suspects will be howling that we’d better pull the Republican lever OR ELSE!

  • U.S. top court rejects Google bid to drop Street View privacy case [illegal Wi-Fi wiretap]

    07/01/2014 5:43:20 AM PDT · 46 of 68
    Cato in PA to DB
    "Your browser provides a lot information about your system, for example the browser type and version, the operating system type and version (including major service packs), the browser plug-ins and their versions, the screen resolution and DPI of your display. You add all that together and it makes a pretty good signature."

    Just to follow up on this, you can check to see how unique your browser's signature is by using Panopticlick, a tool set up by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).

    There are many excellent tools available for Firefox browser that can assist you in protecting your privacy. Here are a few of my favorites:

    • User Agent Overrider: Use this to change your browser's user agent so as to appear as generic as possible. You can get a list of the most popular user agents here.
    • Adblock Edge: Use EasyList to block ads, EasyPrivacy to block trackers. Add the Fanboy social list to block Facebook buttons, etc. Social media sharing buttons track your browsing even if you don't have an account with them.
    • Self-Destructing Cookies: Accepts cookies from Web sites but deletes them automatically when the tab you're using is closed unless you say otherwise. Fights tracking cookies.
    • HTTPS Everywhere: An extension by the EFF. Enables secure connections whenever possible.
    • NoScript: One of the best security and privacy tools that Firefox has to offer. NoScript has a significant learning curve, but if you master it, you can stop most threats cold. For example, try enabling NoScript and then going to Whatismybrowser. You'll see that it is impossible for that site to get a list of the plugins you have installed.
  • Google to Block Firearm, Ammunition, Gun Accessory Ads

    06/29/2014 7:45:51 AM PDT · 64 of 91
    Cato in PA to mabarker1

    Well, like I said, my FRiend, all we can do is try.

    I still have to give you credit from moving away from the advertising data mining operation cleverly disguised as free email. Most people I know can’t wrap their heads around that.

  • Google to Block Firearm, Ammunition, Gun Accessory Ads

    06/29/2014 6:20:26 AM PDT · 60 of 91
    Cato in PA to mabarker1

    You seem to assume that any data leaving your computer can be instantly and unequivocally cracked. That’s not necessarily the case. I don’t know with complete certainty what the feds can crack, and neither do you. All we can do is try. It starts with using peer-reviewed, open source software.

    I don’t like the idea of Dear Leader having the keys to my inbox. Maybe you feel differently.

  • Pentagon: Young Adults Too Fat, Tattooed, Uneducated for Military

    06/29/2014 6:03:26 AM PDT · 49 of 93
    Cato in PA to Gefn

    Things aren’t much better here in PA. A few weeks ago, I went to an amusement park that I hadn’t been to for the better part of a decade, and everywhere you looked, there were people covered with tattoos and piercings from top to bottom. Plenty of them were smokers as well. They toted around sickly kids who looked like they’d taken a backseat to Mom and Dad’s destructive habits.

    Part of me wonders if this is the byproduct of the self-entitled, all-about-me mentality: that people are so desperate for attention that they’ll do anything - including anything to themselves - to get noticed or fit in.

    I don’t know what causes people to disfigure themselves, but it certainly doesn’t make me think well of them.

  • Google to Block Firearm, Ammunition, Gun Accessory Ads

    06/29/2014 5:37:01 AM PDT · 57 of 91
    Cato in PA to mabarker1

    You’d best reconsider using Hushmail if you want to keep your email safe from the government:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hushmail#Compromises_to_email_privacy

    MyKolab would be better in that regard. Taken from its front page:

    “The data is stored in our very own data center in Switzerland and cannot be accessed by spy programs such as PRISM, so there will be no spying. There is also no corporate spying, because we show no advertisements. Enjoy the convenience of the Cloud without compromising freedom and openness.”

    I haven’t used MyKolab - I host my own email server in a secure part of the world - but if I was looking for an alternative, that would be it.

    For any other FReepers looking for safe alternatives to companies like Google and Apple, go to https://prism-break.org.