Thursday, 22 August 2013

Fwd: TSA to buy millions of rounds of ammunition







 

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ALERT: DHS bullet-buying continues, TSA solicits millions of rounds of ammunition. Take Action! Demand Congress to DEFUND and DISMANTLE the police state!

Conservative American,

The Department of Homeland Security is soliciting more ammunition - this time for the Transportation Security Administration.

Seeing that TSA Agents operating within our nation's airports are unarmed, the Administration's recent request for 3,454,000 rounds of .347 caliber "training ammunition" is astounding.

Government Security News reports that, with that amount of ammunition, "the TSA could fire off more than 9,400 rounds per day, every day of the year, to consume that entire quantity annually."

In a special committee meeting earlier this year, Rep. Jason Chaffetz pointed out that the Department of Homeland Security already possesses, per capita, more rounds than the United States Army!

"Based on Homeland Security's allocation of 1,300 to 1,600 rounds per officer," said Rep. Chaffetz. "Homeland Security officers used roughly a thousand rounds more per person, or, per officer, than the average Army officer [in fiscal year 2012]."

The TSA's latest solicitation, paired with the fact that its parent Agency's stockpile rivals that of the U.S. Army - the original Constitutional body for our nation's defense - is not only astounding, but patently unacceptable.

With this most recent revelation, we need to again rally lawmakers and demand that they work hard to dismantle the ever-growing police state.

Fax Congress and Demand that they DEFUND and DISMANTLE Obama's police state! Lawmakers must kill appropriations for all unconstitutional purchases, programs, and executive orders that would deprive Americans of their liberty!

Police State: Firing on Americans?

Why does the Department of Homeland Security need more ammunition per capita than the United States Army simply for "training" purposes, and why does a largely unarmed TSA need millions of rounds of ammunition?

Obama's DHS has long been stockpiling weapons and ammunition - including hollow-points - for what purpose? Remember, Homeland Security is placing these orders not the Department of Defense!

Is Obama's "civilian military" being assembled under our noses - the one he hinted at during his 2008 campaign when he said,

"We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded."


(Note: The defense budget at the time of this statement was $439 billion; to keep the "civilian" force "just as well-funded" would require an additional $439 billion.)

Georgia's Rep. Paul Broun says that Obama's "civilian military force" is:

"... totally against freedom, it's not in the best interest of the American people ... [it's] exactly what Hitler did in Nazi Germany, it's exactly what the Soviet Union did. In fact, every fascist dictatorship [had] established a national police force or national security force ...As a peace-loving, freedom-loving American who believes in the Constitution as our founding fathers meant it to be, I'm just extremely fearful of this kind of mentality."


So far as one can tell, Rep. Broun is being proven absolutely correct.

Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Jim Garrow told Ben Swann in an interview that the Obama Administration is in the process of expelling military officers that aren't willing to fire on American citizens!


(Click here to watch the full interview.)


Garrow says, "... the Obama Administration is in fact pushing the military into doing things which are a breach of the Constitution and a breach of the Second Amendment."

Fax Congress and Demand that they DEFUND and DISMANTLE Obama's police state! Lawmakers must kill appropriations for all unconstitutional purchases, programs, and executive orders that would deprive Americans of their liberty!

Police State: Conditioning the Public

Since Obama took office, military training exercises in public locations have not been uncommon - in fact, they are now being described as "routine."

The Miami Herald reported earlier this year that black helicopters were "buzzing around" Miami. Their purpose? Police explained:

"This ... routine training conducted by military personnel [is] designed to ensure the military's ability to operate in urban environments, prepare forces for upcoming overseas deployments, and meet mandatory training certification requirement."


In case that isn't scary enough, consider the following from the Examiner:

"Nevertheless, the sight of soldiers rappelling onto rooftops and the sound of gunfire have many concerned.

At one point, a photographer in Miami captured video of a military helicopter firing its machine guns as it flew over an area freeway. The chopper was firing blanks, but an artist visiting the city apparently didn't know that.

'I heard the machine gun fire and then I hit the deck...I didn't know what to expect, and it was one of the loudest things I'd ever heard,' Josh Epperson said."


While Obama's DHS and its subsidiaries load-up on ammunition and purchase "assault weapons" - the very kinds that gun-grabbers wish to remove from the hands of Americans - far too many in Congress are sitting on their hands!

We need to take action right away and demand that Congress do what they were elected to do and defend our liberty... not Executive tyranny.

Tell lawmakers that the police state must be defunded.

Fax Congress and Demand that they DEFUND and DISMANTLE Obama's police state! Lawmakers must kill appropriations for all unconstitutional purchases, programs, and executive orders that would deprive Americans of their liberty!

Police State: Disarmament

In the Virginia Ratifying Convention of 1778, George Mason identified one of King George III's tactics to control the colonists: disarmament.

Mason said:

"Forty years ago, when the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliament was advised by an artful man, who was governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them; but that they should not do it openly, but weaken them, and let them sink gradually ..."


Our founders knew well that big government always prefers to rule by disarmament, because an unarmed populace - like Mason rightly noted - is an "enslaved" one.

In addition to providing specifications for an army to be raised for the defense of the States' freedom (see: Article I, Section 8, Clause 12); the Second Amendment to the Constitution established "the right to keep and bear arms." Thus, the Constitutional provision for Congress to create Armed Forces is treated as separate from the individual's right to hold his own arms. In other words, the Second Amendment was not adopted to establish rights for an army; no, it was adopted to codify the natural, individual right to self-defense and as a block against tyranny.

On January 16, Barack Obama made a declaration in front of the nation in opposition to this basic, constitutional right. His nearly thirty-minute address on "curbing gun violence" was a direct attack on our Second Amendment.

Despite his oath of office - which he has now orated twice - where he placed his hand on the Bible and proclaimed that he will, to the best of his ability, "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States" - Obama has worked against the Constitution in the name of defending it.

Though many of his executive actions urged Congress to take action - regardless of the fact the not one of the twenty-three are in the proper role of the general government - Barack Obama has stood against the People's right to keep and bear arms.

Obama wants a disarmed public, despite his claims that he supports the Second Amendment.

Let's be clear: Obama wants to be in full control. Gun-owning, self-sufficient Americans are the very people that stand as a threat to him and his Big Government agenda. He hates individuals strong-enough to bear arms and care for themselves and their families.

Simply, Obama wants a nation of sheep.

But Congress - the People's representatives - must act on our behalf and stop his attack on gun ownership and dismantle his police state completely!

Fax Congress and Demand that they DEFUND and DISMANTLE Obama's police state! Lawmakers must kill appropriations for all unconstitutional purchases, programs, and executive orders that would deprive Americans of their liberty!

Police State: Targeting Patriots

Obama's "Interagency Working Group to Counter Online Radicalization to Violence" is just another Big Government tool that endangers patriotic Americans.

While the agency's high-sounding title may sound admirable, it only takes one scratch on its surface to prove otherwise. The key is in the questions: Who is does the agency target? Who are the so-called "radicals"?

Seeing that White House website describes the group essentially as a digital counterterrorism police force - able to "investigate and prosecute" - it isn't striking to see groups like al-Qa'ida listed as targets. However, what is striking is the agency's listing of "sovereign citizens" among legitimate terrorist organizations.

That's right; Obama's new "digital cops" are directed to take action against so-called "extremists" who "believe that even though they physically reside in this country, they are separate or 'sovereign' from the United States."

These are Americans he is after!

Under this criterion, our founding fathers would today be considered enemies of the state, and their Declaration of Independence called a "terrorist" manifesto!

It looks like West Point's junk-study that essentially declares war on patriotism is paying off...

How many more bricks will Congress allow the Dictator-in-Chief Barack Obama to lay in his building of the American Police State? Further, how many more Americans will be arrested, imprisoned, or added to Barack Obama's personal kill list?

We must tell Congress that enough is enough! They must completely defund Obama's gestapo-type agencies now!

Fax Congress and Demand that they DEFUND and DISMANTLE Obama's police state! Lawmakers must kill appropriations for all unconstitutional purchases, programs, and executive orders that would deprive Americans of their liberty!

Police State: A Standing Army

Some of our Nation's founders rightly warned against "standing armies," having the memory of King George III's continental troops and their tyranny fresh in their minds.

It was James Madison who said that, "A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty."

Madison's words are being proven correct today. Would the Great Virginian Founder have guessed that, in addition to an Army and Navy, the U.S. President would wield his very own domestic security force?

The fact is: Obama's DHS is becoming more and more militarized.

According to a piece at Investors, the DHS' ammunition stockpile could have serviced the government's peak military involvement in Iraq - when 5.5. million rounds were fired every month - for twenty-four years!

It is estimated that the DHS holds over 1.6 million rounds of ammunition, mainly .40 caliber and 9mm - as the Investors piece notes, "sufficient firepower to shoot every American about five times... including illegal immigrants."

(Here are a few of the DHS ammunition solicitations: here, here, here, and here.)

Sarah Palin believes that the Executive Branch is accumulating rounds in order to quell a civil uprising that she believes will result from economic collapse based on our unsustainable national debt.

Palin wrote on her Facebook page: "Put a fork in us. We're finished. We're going to default eventually and that's why the feds are stockpiling bullets in case of civil unrest."

And let's not forget that the Department of Homeland Security has been purchasing tank-like Mine-Resistant Armor Protected Vehicles (MRAPs) retrofitted to operate on American streets.

Navistar Defense, the company that builds MRAP vehicles, describes these heavily armored vehicles as able to "withstand ballistic arms fire, mine blasts, IEDs, and other emerging threats."

** See the MRAP vehicles on a train in an Arizona desert (left), and also the DHS release describing the vehicles (right).

 


What on earth is the DHS expecting? They are literally preparing for war.

Congress must prevent the Executive Branch from expanding its personal military - one that is literally capable of waging war on Americans - and defund these out-of-control, unconstitutional DHS purchases and programs!

Fax Congress and Demand that they DEFUND and DISMANTLE Obama's police state! Lawmakers must kill appropriations for all unconstitutional purchases, programs, and executive orders that would deprive Americans of their liberty!

Police State or the Land of the Free?

The United States as "the land of the free" is swiftly becoming fiction and Obama's "fundamentally transformed America" is becoming reality.

While it is true that all branches of government have encroached upon our God-given freedoms - the Congress and the Courts both playing a part - America's overgrown Executive is chiefly to blame.

That's right; the Constitution and the Rule of Law have been flipped on their head by Barack Obama and his Administration through executive orders, memoranda, and other "emergency" actions.

In 2013 alone we have seen Obama's full-blown attack on the People's Second Amendment, essentially re-writing it to read "the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed ... unless one works for the government."

In Obama's "fundamentally transformed America," Americans themselves are targeted by the police and the military.

How much longer will Congress - a separate, but equal power - allow the Constitution and the Rule of Law be trampled by Obama and his hired men?

Barack Obama has been and is the most dangerous, reckless president in our entire nation's history and it is time that upright members of Congress stop him!

The House and the Senate must take action against Obama's dictatorship by fully defunding and dismantling his police state programs!

Fax Congress and Demand that they DEFUND and DISMANTLE Obama's police state! Lawmakers must kill appropriations for all unconstitutional purchases, programs, and executive orders that would deprive Americans of their liberty!

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P.P.S. The TSA's Visible Intermodal Protection and Response Program (VIPR) - perhaps the cause for the TSA's August 16 solicitation of millions of rounds of ammo - has, since 2005, been increasingly present at railroad and bus stations, subways, even highways, and conduct approximately 8,000 operations per year.

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Fwd: Giant Concrete Arrows...








http://www.cntraveler.com/daily-traveler/2013/06/transcontinental-air-mail-route-maphead-ken-jennings

YOU MIGHT FIND THIS INTERESTING.  I HAD NO CLUE.  PRETTY COOL

 

Giant Concrete Arrows...

 

This Really Exists:

Giant Concrete Arrows That

Point Your Way Across America...

 

 

Every so often, usually in the vast deserts of the American Southwest,

a hiker or a backpacker will run across something puzzling:

a large concrete arrow, as much as seventy feet in length,

sitting in the middle of scrub-covered nowhere.

 

 

What are these giant arrows? Some kind of surveying mark?

Landing beacons for flying saucers? Earth's turn signals?

 

 

No, it's...

The Transcontinental Air Mail Route.

 

 

On August 20, 1920, the United States opened its first coast-to-coast

airmail delivery route, just 60 years after the Pony Express closed up shop.

 

There were no good aviation charts in those days,

so pilots had to eyeball their way across the country using landmarks.

This meant that flying in bad weather was difficult,

and night flying was just about impossible.

 

The Postal Service solved the problem with the world's first ground-based

civilian navigation system: a series of lit beacons that would extend from

New York to San Francisco. Every ten miles, pilots would pass a bright yellow

concrete arrow. Each arrow would be surmounted by a 51-foot steel tower

and lit by a million-candlepower rotating beacon.

(A generator shed at the tail of each arrow powered the beacon.)

 

 

Now mail could get from the Atlantic to the Pacific not in a matter of weeks,

but in just 30 hours or so.

 

Even the dumbest of air mail pilots, it seems, could follow a series of bright

yellow arrows straight out of a Tex Avery cartoon. By 1924, just a year after

Congress funded it, the line of giant concrete markers stretched from Rock Springs,

Wyoming to Cleveland, Ohio. The next summer, it reached all the way to New York,

and by 1929 it spanned the continent uninterrupted, the envy of postal systems worldwide.

 

 

Radio and radar are, of course, infinitely less cool than a concrete

Yellow Brick Road from sea to shining sea, but I think we all know how

this story ends. New advances in communication and navigation technology made

the big arrows obsolete, and the Commerce Department decommissioned the beacons

in the 1940s. The steel towers were torn down and went to the war effort.

But the hundreds of arrows remain. Their yellow paint is gone,

their concrete cracks a little more with every winter frost,

and no one crosses their path much, except for coyotes and tumbleweeds.

 

But they're still out there.

 

 

 

 

 



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Fwd: San Francisco Blimp Ride



 

 

 

 

This Photographer is awesome..with his Aviation shots.

 

PASS IT ON... EVERYONE WILL LOVE IT...

View of San Francisco & Bay from a BLIMP

If you had to pay for a flight it would have been $495 per seat.

These pictures are wonderful & pure pleasure to view .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Fwd: [New post] FLORIDA: Tampa Muslim students get to leave school at 12:30 pm EVERY Friday so they can get ready for the coming Islamic Caliphate of America





BareNakedIslam posted: " This is where Florida's law on religious observance accommodation comes back to bite them, never foreseeing this 'occasional' privilege would be abused by one particular religious group on a weekly basis...negatively affecting every other student in the "

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FLORIDA: Tampa Muslim students get to leave school at 12:30 pm EVERY Friday so they can get ready for the coming Islamic Caliphate of America

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This is where Florida's law on religious observance accommodation comes back to bite them, never foreseeing this 'occasional' privilege would be abused by one particular religious group on a weekly basis...negatively affecting every other student in the class. From the Religious Observance Early Dismissal Form:  "I understand that, according to Florida Law, the student shall […]

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Fwd: [New post] ANGRY EGYPTIAN CHRISTIANS march against Obama, CAIR, and Washington Post in protest of their support for the Muslim Brotherhood





BareNakedIslam posted: " A group of Egyptians protested in front of the White House today to "expose" what they say is "the clear bias of the Obama administration and the American media in support of the Muslim Brotherhood and its terrorist ideology." Free Beacon  Hundreds of Eg"

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ANGRY EGYPTIAN CHRISTIANS march against Obama, CAIR, and Washington Post in protest of their support for the Muslim Brotherhood

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A group of Egyptians protested in front of the White House today to "expose" what they say is "the clear bias of the Obama administration and the American media in support of the Muslim Brotherhood and its terrorist ideology." Free Beacon  Hundreds of Egyptians, who travelled to Washington, D.C. from around the United States, gathered in front […]

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Fwd: How Obamacare Will Harm Cancer Patients







http://www.forbes.com/sites/scottgottlieb/2013/08/21/how-obamacare-will-harm-cancer-patients/

How Obamacare Will Harm Cancer Patients

By Scott Gottleib

Obamacare is going to degrade medicine but its ill effects will fall disproportionately on patients with serious conditions, especially those diagnosed with cancer.

The legislation contains provisions that directly target patients with cancer because their care is perceived as costly. These policies couldn't be more badly timed.

We're at a turning point in battling cancer. Doctors are finally able to reliably tailor treatments to the unique genetic composition of each patient's tumor rather than by its location in the body alone. Other new drugs are able to prime our own immune cells to attack cancers. But Obamacare puts access to this progress at risk.

First, Obamacare is going to block the ability of patients to seek out the specialist doctors who are most likely to prescribe these cutting edge treatments.

Obamacare coaxes health plans to reduce spending and healthcare utilization by limiting the choices patients will have of doctors. This is the primary way that health plans are being cheapened enough to meet Obamacare's strict guidelines on the low value of the coverage that the plans can offer.

Insurers are barred from using the other tools that they've traditionally employed to keep the costs of policies in check: cost sharing, underwriting risk, adjusting premiums and benefits. The only thing that health plans are permitted to do under Obamacare is narrow the networks of providers that they contract with. So that's precisely what they're doing. By contracting with fewer providers, insurers can cheapen their coverage by clamping down on what doctors prescribe.

This will hit cancer patients especially hard.

If consumers go outside the narrow network of doctors that their plans offer, patients will be saddled with heavy co-insurance that can make these options absurdly expensive. While Obamacare caps a person's total out of pocket costs, the price of getting care outside your restricted provider network isn't subject to these limits (except for care delivered in an emergency room). If patients see doctors outside their narrow networks, they'll have to pay out of pocket for that care. They could be stuck with the entire bill. There are no limits under the law (with the only exception being out-of-network medical care delivered in an emergency room).

Yet cancer patients often need the help of specialized doctors and cancer institutions that won't make it into many of these cheapened networks. The latest cancer drugs, as well as new (off label) uses for existing medicines, will also be harder to get. Patients may not be able to see the expert doctors most likely to offer these options. New drugs are also slow to make it onto the "treatment pathways" that Obamacare plans are using as a way to narrow the menu of drugs they cover.

Next, Obamacare tries to coerce doctors to cut down on their use of costlier drugs and tests by changing the way that they're paid. The law uses "bundled" payments, where doctors get lump sums of money to care for patients with particular medical problems. The idea is to pit the cost of the treatments doctors prescribe directly against their earnings and give doctors a potent incentive to use cheaper remedies.

But these schemes will slow adoption of new technology. This summer, Medicare announced $1 billion in "healthcare innovation awards," to get help in designing these "bundled payments" for paying doctors to treat different kinds of cancer.

Those who bemoan the fact that payment schemes like Medicare's reimbursement formula for injectable drugs give doctors incentive to prescribe more expensive treatments must realize that these same economic principles also work in the opposite direction. Paying doctors more to do less will also have consequences on patient care. Incentives to do less can be as bad as an inducement to do more.

Finally, Obamacare targets cancer drugs directly, by expanding a program called 340B, which siphons money away from drug developers in order to subsidize hospitals. The Obama Administration sees the program as a way to prop up the hospitals (a favored constituency) on the dime of less popular drug makers. But the oblique way the money is extracted from drug companies spawns a lot of harmful consequences that are increasing the cost of cancer care, and lowering its quality.

When this scheme first began in 1992, the law's aim was to subsidize inner-city hospitals that cared for a lot of indigent patients.

Over the years, the program expanded, and has turned into a scam.

I wrote about the problems recently in the Wall Street Journal:

Under 340B, eligible hospitals get to buy cancer medicines from drug companies at a forced discount of at least 25 to 50 percent. The hospitals can then bill government and private insurers for the full cost of the drugs, and pocket the spread. None of the savings are passed on to patients, or the government. The costs end up getting foisted onto other patients and insurers who don't qualify for the discounts.

Now, fully a third of all U.S. hospitals qualify for the program. Even rich hospitals like Cedars Sinai in Beverly Hills and Duke University feed off the subsidies.

To goose the windfall, hospitals are buying private oncology practices so that they can book more drug purchases at the discount rates. About 400 practices have been acquired since Obamacare's passage. Between 2005 and 2011, the amount of chemotherapy infused in doctor offices fell from 87- to 67 percent according to a new analysis of Medicare billing data done on behalf of community oncology groups.

When cancer care to shifts to hospital clinics it's not only less comfortable for patients, but also more costly. This wastes resources, making it harder to pay for the new technology that actually improves outcomes. Owing to hospital inefficiency, a patient treated in a hospital clinic costs $6,500 more than the same person treated in a private medical office. The cost of infusing the drugs alone rises by 55 percent.

Obamacare targets cancer drugs because they are pricey. But the fact is that spending on cancer medicines offsets other costs.

Over the last 20 years, total spending on cancer care was stable, at 5% of our total national healthcare budget (and about .8% of U.S. GDP). Yet how that money got spent changed dramatically. Spending on cancer hospitalizations dropped sharply, while spending on drugs rose. As I wrote recently, the proportion of spending on inpatient cancer admissions fell from 64% of total cancer spending in 1987 to 27% in 2001-2005 according to studies. Cancer drugs that used to leave patients very sick were replaced with targeted drugs with fewer side effects. The rates of long-term remissions for many earlier stage cancers are also climbing.

None of the Obamacare policies lower the actual cost of the drugs. We should be addressing the high expense of developing these medicines, where enrolling a single cancer patient into a clinical trial can top $90,000 owing to FDA regulations.

Instead, Obamacare limits access to specialist doctors in order to cheapen insurance products, uses financial schemes that pay doctors more to do less, and targets the drugs that represent so much of our recent progress against cancer.

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Say Goodbye to Skype...









Say Goodbye to Skype


http://www.globalwealthprotection.com/say-goodbye-to-skype/

Say Goodbye to Skype
AUGUST 20, 2013 BY KELLY DIAMOND
August 21, 2013

By: Paul Rosenberg, Cryptohippie.com

Yes, it's time to say goodbye to Skype. It was a great idea, and it still operates well, but it's time to sever ties.

Not only is Skype plugged directly in to the surveillance grid, but the company is actively contributing to the most complete surveillance system in the history of mankind.

Here's what has happened recently to Skype, which was originally a fairly secure (encrypted, peer-to-peer) system:

·       In 2009, Microsoft filed a patent on technology for spying on Skype. (Before they bought it!)

·       In November 2010, it was learned that a flaw in Skype allowed hackers to secretly record user IP addresses. As of a few months ago, it still wasn't fixed.

·       It has been known since 2012 that Skype has made online chats and other user information available to police. (Not just to the Feds, but to local cops.)

·       Skype also allows local cops to examine your addresses and credit card numbers.

·       In November 2012, Skype was reported to have handed over user data of a pro-Wikileaks activist to a private security company called iSIGHT Partners, without a warrant or court order. Once this was revealed, Skype said that they would conduct "an internal investigation." 

·       In May 2013, it was documented that a URL sent via a Skype instant messaging session was usurped by the Skype service and subsequently used by Microsoft headquarters for information retrieval.

·       Skype, as a participant in the PRISM program, gives the NSA unfettered access to its data center.

I think it is clear that Skype is a surveillance-gathering tool for Big Brother in the first place, and a telephone system second. Yes, it still works, but you can be very certain that Skype is feeding every piece of information about you, the people you talk to, and the people that they talk to, directly to the overlords in DC… and to God knows who else.

These guys are not your friends.

The Replacements

Saying goodbye to Skype means that you need new methods of chatting and talking. No problem – you have options.

We'll start with chat. Here you have two good choices:

#1 Pidgin

Get the Pidgin is a good chat program which allows you to chat on multiple networks simultaneously. It works with AIM, ICQ, Google Talk, Jabber/XMPP, MSN Messenger and many others.

Pidgin runs on Windows, Linux, and other UNIX operating systems. A version called Adium works with Mac OS.

When using Pidgin, you and your chat partners should also use Pidgin's OTR (Off-the-Record) plugin, which will give you strong encryption.

Note: Gmail's Google Chat "Off the Record" is not the Off-the-Record messaging we are talking about here. (Remember, Google and Facebook can only exist by trashing privacy.) Gmail's "Off the Record" chats are not encrypted, and are all but certainly logged.

Cryptohippie

The very best way to chat is to do it inside of an anonymity network, which prevents outsiders from seeing who is chatting with, not just what they say. (Pidgin protects the content of your chats, but who you chat with, for how long and for how often, can be seen.)

The only full-spectrum anonymity network is Cryptohippie. Chat is built in to their standard Road Warrior accounts (as are secure email and anonymous voice). You can read the chat section of their FAQ here.

VoIP

Voice conversations over the Internet are called VoIP (voice over IP). One good VoIP system is Jitsi. Jitsi uses the same protocols as many chat systems, but sends voice instead of text.

The first time you connect with someone using Jitsi, you'll have to go through an authentication process, to verify that no one is trying to spoof identities. But once you're done authenticating, you shouldn't have to do it again. Call quality won't match that of a wired telephone, but it is more than good enough.

If you want to call regular telephones from your computer using VoIP, you can use a service like DiamondCard. If you pay them anonymously (with Pecunix or Bitcoin), you will retain your privacy… except for whatever you say in your conversations, of course. Remember that all standard telephone conversations are likely to be recorded these days. Big Brother is here, now.

The best option, however, is Cryptohippie's new voice system inside their anonymity network. That means that you can speak to your friends and associates through an encrypted, anonymous connection. Not only can't the call be understood by anyone else, but no one will know who you talked to, for how long, or when.

This system works via computer, but it also works with smartphones. That means that you can be truly secure while talking on your cell phone.

The system actually functions more like a chat system than a regular phone, but it is very easy to use on either computers or mobiles.

Obviously, only calls between Cryptohippie users will remain anonymous. During conversations outside of the network your location would be masked, but your conversation would be accessible to snoops on the other end.

Instructions can be found on the Cryptohippie support Wiki, here.



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