“Transgressor” – Sex, Porn, and Profiling RC Horsch

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I have the pleasure of taking on more projects as producer for Woodshop Films/Scrapple.TV, one of the first of which will be a mini-doc, pilot spot on artist RC Horsch. We spend a lot of time talking about convention in the art world regarding what is porn and what is art – and in this brief preview blow, RC shares his perspective on sex work.

 

The Great Bull Run: Bulls ARE Great, but People Suck

I went with my buddy Poe from the Panic Hour and Joshua Albert, with a crew (Liam) from Scrapple TV, to cover the Great Bull Run near Reading, PA on Saturday.

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I did not know how I would approach covering such an event, and jumping into the pen with the other sprinting idiots to capture the best footage, I found myself a party to cruelty.

It’s a rush, and like any other if you don’t keep it going you will crash. Along with the crash often comes the guilt over what you did while so enthralled. After the adrenaline of danger ebbed and I saw the fear in that animal’s eyes, I was crestfallen.

Asshole gets due.

Asshole gets due.

I believe in the strength of an earnest mea culpa – it’s not enough to weep over your mistake, we must at the very least endeavor to make our part in wrongdoing better.

We’ll be using our video today to get the word out about the plight of these animals, watch for our video this week.

And there was also a “Tomato Royale.”

Assholes waste vegetable food after torturing animal food.

Assholes waste vegetable food after torturing animal food.

A Refusal To Mourn The Death, By Fire, Of A Child In London – Dylan Thomas

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A Refusal To Mourn The Death, By Fire, Of A Child In London

By Dylan Thomas

Never until the mankind making
Bird beast and flower
Fathering and all humbling darkness
Tells with silence the last light breaking
And the still hour
Is come of the sea tumbling in harness

And I must enter again the round
Zion of the water bead
And the synagogue of the ear of corn
Shall I let pray the shadow of a sound
Or sow my salt seed
In the least valley of sackcloth to mourn

The majesty and burning of the child’s death.
I shall not murder
The mankind of her going with a grave truth
Nor blaspheme down the stations of the breath
With any further
Elegy of innocence and youth.

Deep with the first dead lies London’s daughter,
Robed in the long friends,
The grains beyond age, the dark veins of her mother,
Secret by the unmourning water
Of the riding Thames.
After the first death, there is no other.

Philly City Council Candidate Nikki Allen Poe Joins Calls to Free Imprisoned Journalist Barrett Brown

My friend Poe is running for Philadelphia City Council under issues including an end to abusive searches, weed decrim, and ridding our city of the arbitrary Philadelphia Parking Authority. I’m acting as Poe’s campaign manager.

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Speaking in support of Barrett Brown’s immediate release, Poe commented:

“We are trying to Spark a Change here in Philly by ending abusive law enforcement practices and taking a common sense approach to public safety, and really agreeing that a political prisoner should not be held and subjected to successive, inflated prosecutions, as far as change goes, doesn’t seem ground-breaking. Myself being prone to self-defeating internet and public outbursts, I further sympathize with Mr. Brown and urge his immediate freedom be secured.”

Another quick word from Poe:

You can hear more from this peach of a citizen here. I’m not just his manager, I’m his Rove.

Barrett pleaded guilty today to three counts, you can read all about his case at the Free Barrett Brown website. The introductory text below is reproduced from there (I’ll be publishing a review of Barrett’s new book in two shakes, stay on your guard).

Barrett Brown is an American activist, author, and freelance writer/journalist. His work has appeared in theGuardianVanity FairHuffington PostBusinessweekTrue/SlantSkeptical Inquirer and many other outlets. He has appeared as a guest on MSNBC, Fox News and Russia Today and as an interviewee in three recent documentary films: We Are LegionFuture Radicals, and Terms and Conditions May Apply.

He is the founder of Project PM, a distributed think-tank which researches and reports on matters related to the intelligence contracting industry. More recently, he has been misrepresented in the media as a spokesperson for the hacktivist collective known as Anonymous. He’s a co-author on Flock of Dodos: Behind Modern Creationism, Intelligent Design and the Easter Bunny, and had been working on additional books, with topics such as the failures of American media punditry and the early history of Anonymous, while maintaining a blog. Previously, Barrett had served as Communications Director for Enlighten the Vote.

Although Barrett had a serious side, he was also noted for his irreverence and use of humorsatire and hyperbole, demonstrated through writings for National Lampoon and The Onion and is often described as a modern-day Hunter S. Thompson.

Having previously been raided by the FBI on March 6, 2012 and not arrested or charged, on September 12, 2012 Barrett Brown was again raided and this time arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation while he was online participating in a Tinychat session. He was subsequently denied bail and detained without charge and adequate medical treatment for over two weeks while in the custody of US Marshals. In the first week of October 2012, he was finally indicted on three counts. related to alleged activities or postings on popular websites such as Twitter andYouTube.

On December 4, 2012 Barrett was indicted by a federal grand jury on twelve additional counts related to data from the Stratfor breach. Despite his lack of direct involvement in the operation and stated opposition to it, he faces these charges simply for allegedly pasting a hyperlink online. On January 23rd, 2013 he was indicted a third time on two more counts, relating to the March 2012 FBI raid(s) on his apartment and his mother’s house.

Barrett has pleaded not guilty in all three cases. He is currently incarcerated while awaiting trial. At this critical time, with such a prominent internet activist facing an extremely difficult legal battle and uncertain future, he needs our unwavering help and support. We encourage you to donate to his defense, so that he may have the resources he needs to fight these charges. Your prospective contribution has significance in a wider campaign for free speech and transparency both on the internet and across the world.”

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Webinar by G4S on Marcellus Fracking Operation Security – “What the Frack?

This is now canceled, or renamed rather, and I was waiting to post about it until after attending. I am not surprised given the incendiary topic, but I am sad to miss what may have been some insight into the private-intelligence security apparatus protecting fossil fuel operations.  Carlos Barbosa of notorious security giant G4S was scheduled to talk about the “lessons learned, from a security perspective,” of for-hire policing of “one of the more active and profitable sources of shale gas today.” The webinar was to be held by Security Products.

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Best Five Comments on the Panic Hour Wing Bowl Video

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I attended Wing Bowl 22 with my good friends Poe and Rachael, and our coverage on video painted a less than flattering picture of the attendees and the event in general.  Some enthusiasts took issue with our portrayal. The following are the top 5 comments posted on the YouTube video, as shared by Poe on his facebook page. You can also watch the video below.

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1. Are you scumbag fucks from philly? I Really hope not. If so I will definitely make it my job to run you out of my city. Your best bet would be to delete this account

2. Best part is at 1:15 where the condescending asshole gets corrected. What a tool.

3. Your r a homo. You interviewed the most wasted people there!!!!!!!! I would never go but they raise a lot of money for charity.

4.Fuck you if you dont like wing bowl Fuck you go to france you pansy,
cuz france is a cuntry of fag bois who luv peen and butthole.

And I like this last one:

5.So the Jason-Schwartzman-abortion, the bald dude, who looks like a community college professor, and the asian SJW-erette showed us that something, which just has to suck, indeed sucks. Time well spent guys. Keep making the world better and keep fighting the patriarchy and white men with a video that is on the level of Jay Leno’s Jaywalk.

2002 High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Strategy Targeted Appalachia’s “Number One Cash Crop”

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According to the 2002 annual report of the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Program, the HIDTA effort in Appalachian states was focused on the production of marijuana. I found this interesting in the implications for how the federal government distinguishes areas of “high-trafficking,” which it has positively done in 13% of US counties since the program began.

From the report, which also notes that marijuana is a top agricultural product for the region:

Marijuana is the number one cash crop in the three states that comprise the Appalachia HIDTA. The states of Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia, with less than 4 percent of the total U.S. population, produced 28.3 percent of the domestic marijuana supply, as measured in total eradicated plants in 2001. Marijuana usage rates in the area, however generally were below the national average.

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On the “Shock” over those behind the “Close-Gitmo push”

Fox News has published a bunch of letters it appears they made stand together in groups at gunpoint.

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The letter clusters highlight the appropriate shock that American citizens should apparently feel at the personal histories of those involved in efforts to obtain transparency regarding US detentions at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and the overall movement to have that US Naval base closed. The author, Jeffrey Gordon, formerly worked at Gitmo, and is irresistible to female journalists.

An apt rewrite was presented in the comments of a Facebook post of a subject of the impotent expose, Jason Leopold. The author of the rewrite, Sarah Kay, gave me permission to reproduce it on my blog. Enjoy enjoy enjoy:

“On saturday, January 11, a coalition of “close-Gitmo” forces is expected to march on Washington to commemorate the 12th anniversary of detention and interrogation operations.

Though the march from the White House to the National Museum of American History is purportedly about advancing those weird soviet concepts they call “human rights” and this absolutely inane, childish idea of “stopping torture”, a closer look at some of the participants Fox News has found through a vague Google search reveals a more troubling, some might say hidden, agenda. it was so hidden, I, investigative reporter JD Gordon, dug a few “facts” from my picnic basket.

If more real patriots knew who is behind this campaign, there would be nationwide outrage, somewhere in a forgotten Utah province sadly unreachable for comment due to the polar vortex, another proof there is no global warming, but I digress.

While everyone seems to agree on principle and on paper about those rights of the human beings to live under one flag and one god, and this idea what we should stop torture – in an ideal world where no terrorism exists -, Americans, all of them, any of them, should not be fooled by these false red flags with a gold hammer and a sickle meant to damage US power and prestige, that we thankfully restored with the use of torture.

Just dig a little deeper into this Wikipedia page that I made myself of who has been driving the anti-Gitmo disinformation campaign these past 12 years, and we discover an international, fervently anti-American, far-left coalition attacking the nation through a savvy propaganda effort. (*)

This includes those linked to Al-Qaeda financiers, those same men we seek to imprison and who joined the coalition as supporters of human rights; communist groups, anarchist movements directly derived from Proudhon – backed by sympathetic “independent” and non-White House approved press and politicians probably all living in the babylon that is New York City.

Let’s take a look at the key players:

Amnesty International. Along with HRW, AI was revealed as a partner organisation to Al Karama, a human rights non-profit run by Qatar’s Abdul Rahman Omeir Al-Naimi. To hammer my point home, I will link you to a beacon of perfect objectivity, Eli Lake.

Center for Constitutional Rights. CCR was founded by another communist lawyer probably joining a union in the 1960s, a sad time for the United States, a man who told the press his goal was to “destroy society from within”, a well-known anarchist theme overarching every single constitutional law class in the world. The Constitution itself was in fact the work of communists seeking to undermine the Founding Fathers. CCR’s signature work over the past decade was to coordinate the “Gitmo Bar Association” of 500 lawyers representing detainees. Lawyers representing detainees… be scared, America.

Reprieve. A British organisation that has clearly not read the memo we had sent Margaret Thatcher in order to force our former owner that they needed to comply with our intelligence methods, it pressures release of British citizens, under the false assumption that there is a “state sovereignty”. Here is a list of people British prisoner Shaker Amer is friends with, although we can not confirm he knows of their existence, but Richard Reid was a shoe-bomber, so clearly they must have known each other.

World Can’t Wait. Actor Sean Penn is in it; see another one of my pieces in which I advocate for the deportation of Sean Penn and deprivation of his US citizenship.

Jason Leopold. Leopold is a former Los Angeles Times investigative journalist with a checkered past that is clearly incredible, since no journalist that would fit Dianne Feinstein’s definition would dare ever have a life, a past, or abide by non-patriot behavior. Although I did not subpoena medical records, I can tell you that Jason Leopold suffers from mental illness (he is, after all, one of the key players of this “human rights” cult). Jason Leopold is a former investigative journalist and is currently employed by Al-Jazeera, but his pieces are long, complex, derived from personal investigation and fact-checking, he is advised by a lawyer, and has visited the prison numerous times; there is no need to dwell on the work, the man clearly has issues. I, investigative reporter JD Gordon, can officially attest of having been born last year, hereby having no past, and have never personally engaged into any kind of ethical reporting whatsoever. I will never end up in a weird 2005 WaPo piece written by one of my colleagues, a “media critic” (he hates the media).

This is who Obama is trying to appease.

BENGHAZI!!! FALLUJAH!!! AL-QAEDA!!! AL-QAEDA AFFILIATES!!

According to facts and numbers I will never source, one-third of prisoners that have been released have returned to terrorism (their homes, school, their families, etc – engaging in acts of terrorism).

PREVENTING TERRORISM!!!

JD Gordon is a retired Navy Commander and an objective member of the journalistic community of Fox News.

Research Hacking – Searching for Sensitive Documents on FTP; Captchas and the Google Governor

If you want to find *sensitive documents using Google search (*documents with impacting information which someone does not want revealed, more or less), I’ve found that in addition to targeting queries to search for specific domains and file types, an alternative and potent approach is to restrict your results to files residing on an ftp server. 

The rationale is that while many allow anonymous log-in and even more are indexed by Google, FTP servers are used more for uploading and downloading, storing files than viewing pages, and typically house more office-type documents (as well as software).  As limiting your searches to ftp servers also significantly restricts the overall number of results to be returned, choice keywords combined with a query that tells Google to bring back files that have “ftp://” but NOT “http://” or “https://” in the url yield a high density of relevant results. This search type is easily executed:

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A caveat one encounters before long using this method is that eventually Google will present you with a “captcha.” Many, many websites use captchas and pretty much everyone who uses the internet has encountered one. The basic idea behind a captcha is to prevent people from using programs to send automated requests to a webserver, they are a main tool in fighting spam by thwarting bots that mine the internet for email addresses and other data, and which register for online accounts and other services en masse. The captcha presents the user with a natural language problem which they must provide an answer to.

Google is also continuously updating its code to make it difficult to exploit Google “dorks,” queries using advanced operators similar to one used above (but usually more technical and specific). Dorks are mostly geared toward penetration testers looking for web application and other vulnerabilities, but the cracker’s tools can easily be adapted for open source research.

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Unless you are in fact a machine (sometimes you’re a machine, in which case there are solutions), this should be easily solved; however lately, instead of returning me to my search after answering the captcha, Google has been sending me back to the first search page of my query (forcing me to somewhat start the browsing process again and to encounter another captcha). I’m calling it a Google Governor, as it seems to throttle searchers’ ability to employ high-powered queries.

The good news is that the workaround is really just smart searching. One thing you’ll notice upon browsing your results is that dozens of files from the same, irrelevant site will be presented. Eliminate these by adding -inurl:”websitenameistupid.com” (which tells Google NOT exactly “websitenameistupid.com” in the url). Further restrict your results by omitting sites in foreign domains (especially useful with acronym-based keyword searches): -site:cz -site:nk.

When you find an ftp site which looks interesting, copy and past the url into a client like Filezilla for easier browsing.

To give you an idea of the sensitivity of documents that can be found: One folder was titled “[Name] PW and Signature,” which contained dozens of files with passwords as well as .crt, .pem, and .key files; another titled “admin10” contained the file “passwords.xls.” This was the site of a Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security contractor – the document contains the log-in credentials for bank accounts, utilities, and government portals. This particular document is of more interest to the penetration tester; for our purposes it serves as a meter for the sensitivity of the gigabytes of files that accompanied it on the server. The recklessness of the uploader exposed internal details of dozens of corporations and their business with government agencies.

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The hopefully sufficiently blurred “passwords.xls”

*As of this writing, the FTP mentioned above is no longer accessible

Blackwater GSA Schedule 84 Security Services Pricing Catalog

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Found included in documents I’ve been posting here and those published on the Declaration, a nice reference: the Blackwater GSA Price List (General Services Administration Schedule, GS-07F-0149K) 30 August 2006. You’ll remember Blackwater or can use your Googler.

It’s an interesting read – Tier 1 a nice place to be, at over $1,000 a day.

 

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First Release: Internal Documents, DHS Federal Protective Service Officers and Megacenters

Monday I published an article to the Declaration which introduced documents detailing the operations and contracting history for the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Protective Service Philadelphia Megacenter. The following is a brief description of the DHS Megacenters, a listing of internal documents obtained via confidential source, and a first posting of what will eventually include many hundreds of records which relate to the same agencies and contractors. I am currently reviewing thousands for release, the source is currently active and still protected by the Declaration for ongoing investigations.

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Federal Protective Service (FPS) Headquarters is located in Washington, D.C. Regional offices are geographically located in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Denver, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Fort Worth, Kansas City, and Washington, D.C. Other sites include the Far East and the Caribbean.

“The Federal Protective Service (FPS) MegaCenter monitors multiple types of alarm systems, surveillance cameras and wireless dispatch communications within federal facilities throughout the nation. Always in operation, the Center is equipped with state-of-the-art communication systems to make it a unique and vital communications link between FPS law enforcement personnel on the street and contract security guards located at various FPS-protected facilities.”

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Primary: Covenant Security Solutions (CSS), a division of Covenant Worldwide, a Chicago IL company in the news since 2003, most recently in 2010, after scandals including tipping off employees of Covenant Aviation Security, its airport security division, working as TSA screeners at San Francisco International and Los Angeles International airports, about undercover inspections by the TSA, were reported in the San Francisco Chronicle, LA Times, and elsewhere.

CSS successfully bid on a comprehensive contract for all 4 Megacenters – Denver, CO; Battle Creek, MI; Suitland, MD. The first center built was the Suitland facility, responsible exclusively for the many Federal properties in the Washington, DC facility. The following three were completed shortly after.

Companies involved: Honeywell, Covenant, Gonzales, Excalibur, Computer Sciences Corporation, Centurion

FPS/Megacenter Documents:

These are the documents I’ve vetted for personally identifiable information, metadata, and compromising data regarding a source. This list will likely need updating as I continue to parse the documents corpus – further links will be posted here or in future publications.

A first document is embedded as an overview sample

Department of Homeland Security solicitation 

Overhead for Protective Service Officers (PSO) Philadelphia 

Gonzales Consulting Services Megacenter/PSO 

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Comprehensive Technical Proposal, Covenant, Philadelphia Federal Protective Service

Covenant Basis of Estimation 

Subcontracting by PSO site 

DHS Request for Information

All Positions, subcontracting 

DHS FPS Megacenter FTE 

Initial Response from FEMA Regarding FOIA Request

On November 1st I submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for all of its records related to the Delaware Valley Intelligence Center. This morning that request was responded to by the agency – FEMA acknowledged the request and cited the present large number of FOIA requests currently in processing by all Federal agencies in alerted me to the possibility of a delayed full response. The agency also conditionally granted my request for a fee waiver as a member of the media acting in the interest of public information.  The response can be viewed below.

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