Tuesday, July 01, 2014

What I am reading 7/1/2014 - Now with the chart the NSA doesn't want you to see

Endgadget - How to Disappear (almost) completely: a practical guide -

Actually as a guide it doesn't seem very practical to me; of course I am not trying to disappear completely so what do I know?

Gizmodo - All the NSA Revelations in One Easy-to-Read Chart -

The data sits on an interactive grid where x-axis relates to location (domestic at the right, foreign at the left) and the y-axis specificity (bulk at the top, targeted at the bottom). Yes, it is inspired by the New York Magazine approval matrix.


 Follow the links over to Pro-Publica and they also have compiled a list of all the revealed programs, what type of program it is and who ran it.

NYTimes - A Grieving Father Pulls a Thread That Unravels BNP’s Illegal Deals

A bus bombing two decades ago — and a New Jersey father’s quest for justice — inadvertently set off a chain of events that led American prosecutors to accuse some of the world’s biggest banks of transferring money for nations like Iran.
On Monday, that crackdown culminated with the guilty plea of BNP Paribas, which admitted to doing billions of dollars in deals with Iran and other countries blacklisted by the United States and agreed to pay a record $8.9 billion penalty to state and federal authorities.
Wired - The Spy Thriller That Imagines James Bond as a Secretary -

In the opening issue of the comic book Velvet, the secretary to the director of an elite British spy agency decides to go digging into the mysterious death of a secret agent. This, she learns, is a mistake, and soon enough she finds herself standing over a dead body, and framed for murder. “This is as bad as it gets, secretary,” says one of the armed men who bursts in to arrest her. “No,” she answers, “it isn’t.” Seconds later, every secret agent in the room is writhing on the floor, and she’s leaping out the window in a stealth suit.
Turns out this isn’t a story about Moneypenny, the secretary waiting for James Bond behind a desk at MI6. It’s a story that asks, what if a 40-something secretary was secretly James Bond all along?

I always like the idea of these types of stories but they rarely turn out well.  Still I'll give this one a shot if it's available on Kindle.
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