Hong Kong protesters use a mesh network to organize – TruthMediaTV.
FireChat came in handy for protesters in Taiwan and Iraq this year.
Hong Kong’s mass protest is networked. Activists are relying on a free app that can send messages without any cellphone connection.
Since the pro-democracy protests turned ugly over the weekend, many worry that the Chinese government would block local phone networks.
In response, activists have turned to the FireChat app to send supportive messages and share the latest news. On Sunday alone, the app was downloaded more than 100,000 times in Hong Kong, its developers said. FireChat relies on “mesh networking”, a technique that allows data to zip directly from one phone to another via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Ordinarily, if two people want to communicate this way, they need to be fairly close together. But as more people join in, the network grows and messages can travel further.
Mesh networks can be useful for people who are caught in natural disasters or, like those in Hong Kong, protesting under tricky conditions. FireChat came in handy for protesters in Taiwan and Iraq this year.
But they also come with risks. Hans-Christoph Steiner at The Guardian Project, which helps activists circumvent censorship, warns that Firechat has no built-in encryption, so messages can be read by anyone within range. “This is not nearly as bad as one central authority being able to read all the messages. Nevertheless, it is something that at-risk users need to be aware of,” he says. FireChat has said it aims to add encryption in the future.
Glasgow activists arrested for shutting down drone maker tied to Gaza slaughter – Truth Media TV.
Ten activists were arrested after shutting down a Thales UK factory in the Scottish city of Glasgow on Tuesday to protest the company’s relationship with the Israeli military.
It was the first direct action by the Glasgow Palestine Action Network (GPAN), a newly formed group led by women, queer and trans activists with a history of supporting the Palestinian struggle.
Staged in response to Israel’s summertime military onslaught that killed more than 2,100 Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip, including more than 500 children, the action sought to protest “the UK economy’s ever growing military industrial cooperation with governments that flout international law,” GPAN explained in a press release.
Thales UK— a subsidiary of the French company, Thales, which is ranked by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute as the eleventh largest arms producer in the world — signed a $1.6 billion contract with Israel’s largest military technology firm Elbit Systems in 2011 to develop a new drone fleet for the UK military called Watchkeeper.
Watchkeeper is based on Elbit’s Hermes 450 model, one of Israel’s most widely deployed attack drones.
Like most weapons developed in Israel, the Hermes 450 has been tested and perfected on the people of Gaza, which allows Elbit to market its star drone as “combat-proven.”
Outfitted to carry two medium range missiles, the Hermes 450 was used by the Israeli army during its Winter 2008-2009 invasion of Gaza to deliberately target Palestinian civilians, according to an investigation by Human Rights Watch.
The Sandy Hook School Massacre and FBI Data Anomalies – Truth Media TV.
Adan Salazar at Infowars recently published an article asserting that the FBI says no one was killed at Sandy Hook. The article draws on FBI uniform crime report (UCR) data as evidence. Specifically, Salazar indicates that UCR homicide data contains an entry of “0” for the Newtown, Connecticut row.
While there are very important FBI data issues in play regarding the Sandy Hook event, the issue identified by Salazar is a non-starter. This article (written by a criminologist) first explains why the data entry identified by Salazar in no way whatsoever supports the claim that the FBI says no one was killed at Sandy Hook. Then, we pinpoint a legitimate FBI/Sandy Hook related data issue that adds to the host of important questions about the Sandy Hook event.
David Cameron: 9/11 truthers and conspiracy theorists are extremists – Truth Media TV.
David Cameron during his UN speech equated anyone with a different world view with terrorism and extremism. He stated:
We know this world view, the peddling of lies that 9/11 was somehow a Jewish plot or that the 7/7 London attacks were staged.
Skip to the 4.00 minute mark.
London Protest Against Israel’s Attacks on Gaza – Free Palestine!
Friday 1st August – 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Outside the Israeli Embassy in London, High Street Kensington.
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‘Israel has been chewing on their victims in Gaza and all the nations that surround them for over 66 years: To the point where they have backed themselves into this final corner, from which there will be no escape.
“This is when it’s going to start getting bloody not only for Israel’s enemies, but for Israel itself. They will be despised by most of the world for what they have done to the Palestinians and Muslims will feel they have nothing to lose by using any means necessary to destroy Israel for fear they will be next.’
Read more: The Final Chapter For Israel
The U.N. says one child has been killed every hour in Gaza over the past two days. CNN’s Paula Hancocks reports.
‘In a testy exchange between AP reporter Matt Lee and U.S. State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf, Lee virtually corners Harf into admitting that the “evidence” presented by the U.S. to blame Russian-backed rebels for the shoot down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 amounts to nothing more than YouTube videos and social media posts.’
Read more: U.S. Admits Its MH17 ‘Evidence’ is Based on YouTube Clips & Social Media Posts
‘California officials have ordered an emergency shut-down of 11 oil and gas waste injection sites and a review more than 100 others in the state’s drought-wracked Central Valley out of fear that companies may have been pumping fracking fluids and other toxic waste into drinking water aquifers there.
The state’s Division of Oil and Gas and Geothermal Resources on July 7 issued cease and desist orders to seven energy companies warning that they may be injecting their waste into aquifers that could be a source of drinking water, and stating that their waste disposal “poses danger to life, health, property, and natural resources.” The orders were first reported by the Bakersfield Californian, and the state has confirmed with ProPublica that its investigation is expanding to look at additional wells.’
Read more: California Halts Injection of Fracking Waste, Warning it May Be Contaminating Aquifers
Russia wants explanation for warplane flying within three miles of downed airliner
Amid the confusion surrounding the downing of Malaysia Airlines MH17 comes a claim from an Iranian defense expert that could explain why the airliner was targeted by pro-Russian separatists.
Many have questioned how operators inside the Buk missile TELAR (transporter erector launcher and radar) could have possibly mistaken MH17′s radar signal as anything other than a civilian plane, given the Boeing 777′s altitude and transponder type.
Thus the notion that the missile operators believed they were firing at a Ukrainian Air Force surveillance plane has been rubbished by commentators. Continue reading