CISA data-sharing bill passes Senate with no privacy protections
There was unanimous opposition to the bill across the tech industry (with the exception of Facebook)
A controversial draft law, which one senator called a “surveillance bill by another name,” has passed the Senate.
CISA, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (S. 754), will allow private companies to share cyber-threat data with the federal government, including personal user data, in an effort to prevent cyberattacks, such as those on the scale of Target, Home Depot, and Sony. Companies that share data with federal agencies, including the National Security Agency (NSA), will be given legal and liability protections from lawsuits relating to data sharing.
The bill passed by 74-21. The bill will now go to conference with the House where it will be reconciled with two other measures, reports Reuters.
Critics say the bill does more to invade the privacy of ordinary Americans than protects US interests.
Sen. Ron Wyden, the only member of the intelligence committee to vote against the bill, said CISA will “have a limited impact on US cybersecurity.”
All of the five pro-privacy amendments tabled by senators ahead of the vote failed.
One of the core privacy bolstering amendments, which would require sensitive and personal data to be removed before it is shared with federal agencies, was voted down. Another, which critics argue would make it more difficult to track threat-data sharing under freedom-of-information laws, was also struck down.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who sponsored the bill in 2014, said the amendments would “undo the careful compromises we made on this bill.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was the only presidential candidate to vote against the bill, according to The Guardian. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), a Republican presidential candidate, voted for the bill.
(keep reading at zdnet.com)
- 3M Company
- ACE Group
- Advanced Medical Technology Association
- Aflac International
- American Apparel & Footwear Association
- American Automotive Policy Council
- American Chemistry Council
- American Council of Life Insurers
- American Farm Bureau Federation
- American Feed Industry
- Association American Forest & Paper Association
- American Insurance Association
- American Legislative Exchange Council
- American Meat Institute
- American Soybean Association
- Applied Materials
- Archer Daniels Midland Company
- American Natural Soda
- Ash Corporation
- Association of Global Automakers
- Biotechnology Industry Organization
- Business Roundtable
- BSA – The Software Alliance
- CA Technologies
- Chubb Corp.
- Citigroup Inc
- Coalition of Services Industries
- The Coca Cola Company Inc
- Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA)
- Conoco Phillips
- Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA)
- Corn Refiners Association
- Cotton Council International
- Council of the Americas
- Crop Life America
- The Walt Disney Company
- Distilled Spirits Council of the United States
- The Dow Chemical Company
- Emergency Committee for American Trade
- FedEx Express
- Express Association of America
- Exxon Mobil
- Financial Services Forum
- FMC Corporation
- Food Marketing Institute
- Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America
- Gap, Inc.
- General Electric
- General Motors
- Glanbia USA
- Goldman Sachs
- Grocery Manufacturers Association
- Honda North America
- Idaho Potato Commission
- IDS International
- Information Technology Industry Council
- Interactive Advertising Bureau
- International Dairy Foods Association
- International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA)
- J.C. Penney
- John Deere
- Johnson & Johnson
- Kraft Foods
- Levi Strauss & Co.
- Lilly Louis Dreyfus Commodities
- McGraw Hill Financial
- Mondelez International
- Morgan Stanley
- Motion Picture Association of America
- Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association
- National Association of Manufacturers
- National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
- National Center for APEC
- National Confectioners Association
- National Corn Growers Association
- National Council of Wheat Growers
- National Electrical Manufacturers Association
- National Fisheries Institute
- National Foreign Trade Council
- National Milk Producers Federation
- National Oilseed Processors Association
- National Pork Producers Council
- National Potato Council
- National Retail Federation
- National Turkey Federation
- Northwest Horticultural Council
- Outdoor Industry Association
- Pet Food Institute
- Philip Morris International
- Plastics Industry Trade Association
- PPG Industries
- Procter & Gamble
- Qualcomm Incorporated
- Retail Industry Leaders Association
- Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association
- Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International
- Software & Information Industry Association
- SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association
- Sudbury International Sweeteners
- Users Association
- Target Inc.
- Telecommunications Industry Association
- The Entertainment Software Association
- The National Chicken Council
- Time Warner Inc.
- Toyota North America
- U.S. Apple Association
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce
- U.S. Grains Council
- U.S. New Zealand Council
- U.S. Wheat Associates
- United States Council for International Business
- United Technologies Corporation
- US-ASEAN Business Council
- Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
- Washington Council on International Trade
- World Trade Center San Diego
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Hah.” – Martin Shkreli
We should protect Bitcoin from take over by the few. Its function should flow free as the Volga River despite the centuries of Tsars, Mongols, Vikings, Swedes, and the Communist regime rule. We need to toss out any thinking of the apparent treasure in the boat over the the river as the Stenka Razin did to keep the boat rower and citizens free. Keep the flow free and wide.
The Stenka’s men were able to trust him to navigate the river and to support the poor. In our case, Bitcoin does have a few generals to serve the crypto math, with many rowers (the open source programmers) to float in the river. The concept of the Bitcoin is the captain of the ship. Not a single or a group of people, which they may call themselves Oh, NO:
A board of Directors
We need to preserve this structure. No board of directors. A few, governing many to navigate in their own purpose, their own ports to deposit goods, … must not be allowed.
I see this happened to our great nation of USA. 535 legistrature governing 320 million of us making us poor with their dealing with passing the measures put forth by another group of the few for (subprime, derivatives, mortgage backed trust …) and finally, the mandatory Obama care, making e.g., drugs more expensive for the poor.
Same for the State, County, and down to the town/cities. In our town, 5 counsel staff fooled us to choke the already congested main street of Las Tunas by reducing the lane from 2 lane ea. with diagnal parking, metering out our property money trickled down from the state to county just to hand out contracts to more than one ‘traffic study group and beautification firms’ against our citizen voices. Same happening at our next door neighboring towns. A few 5 counsels voting themselves against 35K town citizens on allowing to build Monster houses as already done in our town. It’s too late for me to understand the ‘flow’. The consel making this decision should of been stopped at the money flow. As they say, follow the flow of $$. From the State, County, then to the town. It should of stopped at higher level. That Las Tunas drive portion belongs to my town but it is a thoroughfare used by the thousands of commuters coming from the east side, like Pomona, San Dimas, … to downtown LA. I’ve mentioned this in the counsel meeting but was ignored. Call to the LA supervisor’s office of Antonovitch was met by ‘Oh, it doesn’t belong to the county, it belongs to your town’. Yet, the county office metered out the $10 millions to do the diagonal parking.
I see the same for our corporate (capitalistic) structure. A few, say 5 – 10 board of directors governing the fate of all those who actually working day n’ night, week after week with little pay and little time off decide to send work out to Shanghi, laying off thousands of US workers while they get millions in their salaries, compensations, bonuses, … and more raises voting themselves.
Same for our Japanese American community, a microcosm level – Selling off Keiro Retirement Home complex by the few, the home’s board of directors and the CEO. They had no right to determine the fate of the all those senior residents, some in dire conditions and to their families and the seniors in waiting to get in by outright selling the facility without allowing the most important people to vote for no. The proceed of $41 million was said to be used for educating about aging (huh?). The $$ should be used to create new Retirement home without the board of selfish directors or CEOs. Let the citizens make the laws and govern themselves without the greedy few. Campigns, voting? Elections? do these matter as the outcome of our citizens well being, both emotionally (promises), health and financial security? So goes for the global trade deals that US corporations thru our government and now every other nations had gotten involved with the expense of our liveryhood. Tell that to homeless here in LA. The Globalization of trade as sought by the few (corporates pushing the representatives).
The concept of few governing many is wrong!
No special interest or contractors thru the few counsel staff can corrupt 35K of town citizens or the few of industry money can corrupt 320 million of us citizens vs. 535 legislatures
Protect Bitcoin from the few. The banks can buy up all of the exchanges for instance. The funding for the Bitcoin development must be traced continuously and be protected from intrusions by the few. Always trace the $$. Where to where, when to when, and mostly to whom to whom.
~Dorian Nakamoto, 2015-10-08 (link)
Southern California residents Ron and Sarah Hall were paying too much in electricity bills and decided to make the switch to solar, contracting Solar City to outline their roof with 36 solar panels. Nearly a year ago, the installation was complete and for that entire year, the energy bill did not change.
It turns out, the utility company had never turned the panels on. Because the panels were producing energy at 128% efficiency, they were 28% too efficient and didn’t fall under the limitations placed on residents for power creation. The state believes that if a resident is making too much power, they can sell the extra and are potential energy distributors, liable for additional commercial business regulations. The Halls were not told, they just kept paying their exorbitant bills.
The mistake was on Solar City. They had miscalculated the amount of energy needed by the Halls and installed too much, though it is also pointing out what looks like a flaw in the system. The state’s regulatory system is attempting to limit peoples’ power to control the energy.
(keep reading at collectivelyconscious.net)
The problem with repeated false flags and staged events executed for a particular political purpose is that they demand a commitment from the minds of the masses and it has to happen in real-time. You either get it right away that the event is staged or you don’t. That is, you require “proof.” Until you receive that proof or, should I say, until you consciously register a series of information that convinces you that it must have been fake, you will choose to believe mainstream media news and accept it as truth. On the other hand, those who are fully awakened to the overall agenda in full motion now know right away as soon as another staged shooting takes place. They know exactly which signs to look for or, more specifically, which group of signs to look for. Also there is a sequence of events that usually plays out exactly almost every time. Once the working minds of these people see that sequence of events play out their natural brain does not allow them to believe the official story no matter how much “proof” the mainstream media presents to convince their viewers that the story is true. This is the natural resistance that humanity is creating to government lies which I’ve discussed in the past.
That said, without getting too deep into what I believe could likely be another staged shooting event to advance the federal government’s gun control agenda, let’s just zip through a list of oddities that every single person must reconcile surrounding the recent Virginia TV reporter shooting of Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward by alleged shooter Vester Lee Flanagan. Here are 19 oddities to fill your brain with. Perhaps you can explain away some of these. If you can, more power to you but good luck tackling the entire list. Ultimately, it’s not about one person being right or wrong but about lining yourself up with truth. Keep in mind that all of these things are happening at once and you have to let your natural instincts, intuition and common sense kick in and take this information in and then file it under one of two categories: orchestrated event or coincidence … or perhaps I don’t know. You decide:
1 – Big man with gun pointed directly at 2 people just a few feet away. No one notices, no one cares.
No one looks at the gunman even once despite his brandishing a normal-sized gun. Peripheral vision must be a conspiracy also! Instead, the 2 women carry on with their conversation. You couldn’t make this up. Don’t believe it? Watch the video for yourself.
2 – After clearly pointing gun at his victims, shooter doesn’t shoot.
The video shows what turns out to be some kind of rehearsal pointing. Ask yourself what killer has ever done this outside of a Hollywood movie set? Put yourself for a second inside the mind of the supposed killer. Who points a gun at people in broad daylight, practices what he’s going to do and then after not pulling the trigger waits around to re-point the gun again a minute later?
3 – Cameraman conveniently pointing camera away even though the interview is taking place now.
Watch as the cameraman is inexplicably shooting footage in a direction unrelated to the interview taking place, providing the perfect entrance for the apparently invisible shooter. Ask yourself, why would the cameraman do this? Was the interview that boring or that long that he needs to amuse himself by aimlessly panning across the scenery while the interview is happening? What are the odds of this coincidence?
4 – Shooter is super close to cameraman who somehow has no idea he’s there.
How does cameraman Adam Ward not see, hear, sense or even smell that there is someone standing right next to him? The shooter doesn’t even have a shadow! The scene takes place in a super quiet remote area and it’s a big man with a gun who is also invisible. This defies logic and reason, does it not? Coincidence? You decide.
5 – How did gunman know they were filming that day, that location?
Simple questions that beg good answers. What’s a shooter doing in this remote area anyway? And how does the shooter know to be there at that exact time? Was he just wandering around in the neighborhood and decided to do this? Or did the shooter have a copy of the WDBJ production schedule? Maybe he did. Just wondering.
6 – Reporter never goes down or twitches after being shot multiple times.
Magic bullet part 2? Could this be an example of the adrenaline bullet initial impact resistance theory? Perhaps it happened so fast she didn’t know she was shot? Everyone should go back and watch other videos of people being shot and look for the quick body twitch, the jolt and the instant collapse that happens when people get shot at point-blank range which is when bullets do the most damage. Then go back and see if anything in this recent shooting looks different. Also ask yourself, where is the blood? Where is the staggering struggle of someone who has just been shot?
(keep reading at activistpost.com)
Glyphosate-based herbicides (GBH) are the major pesticides used worldwide. Converging evidence suggests that GBH, such as Roundup, pose a particular health risk to liver and kidneys although low environmentally relevant doses have not been examined. To address this issue, a 2-year study in rats administering 0.1 ppb Roundup (50 ng/L glyphosate equivalent) via drinking water (giving a daily intake of 4 ng/kg bw/day of glyphosate) was conducted. A marked increased incidence of anatomorphological and blood/urine biochemical changes was indicative of liver and kidney structure and functional pathology. In order to confirm these findings we have conducted a transcriptome microarray analysis of the liver and kidneys from these same animals.
The expression of 4224 and 4447 transcript clusters (a group of probes corresponding to a known or putative gene) were found to be altered respectively in liver and kidney (p < 0.01, q < 0.08). Changes in gene expression varied from −3.5 to 3.7 fold in liver and from −4.3 to 5.3 in kidneys. Among the 1319 transcript clusters whose expression was altered in both tissues, ontological enrichment in 3 functional categories among 868 genes were found. First, genes involved in mRNA splicing and small nucleolar RNA were mostly upregulated, suggesting disruption of normal spliceosome activity. Electron microscopic analysis of hepatocytes confirmed nucleolar structural disruption. Second, genes controlling chromatin structure (especially histone-lysine N-methyltransferases) were mostly upregulated. Third, genes related to respiratory chain complex I and the tricarboxylic acid cycle were mostly downregulated. Pathway analysis suggests a modulation of the mTOR and phosphatidylinositol signalling pathways. Gene disturbances associated with the chronic administration of ultra-low dose Roundup reflect a liver and kidney lipotoxic condition and increased cellular growth that may be linked with regeneration in response to toxic effects causing damage to tissues. Observed alterations in gene expression were consistent with fibrosis, necrosis, phospholipidosis, mitochondrial membrane dysfunction and ischemia, which correlate with and thus confirm observations of pathology made at an anatomical, histological and biochemical level.
Our results suggest that chronic exposure to a GBH in an established laboratory animal toxicity model system at an ultra-low, environmental dose can result in liver and kidney damage with potential significant health implications for animal and human populations.
(keep reading at ehjournal.net)