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Google Caught Spying, Lying, Again!

Posted by feww on November 8, 2013

Google’s Door-to-Door Spying Plagues Brazil

Google has committed “the biggest known data protection violations in history.” —Johannes Caspar, chief of data protection office in Hamburg, Germany.

Google’s Street View Program enables the company access to private Wi-Fi networks, intercepting personal data.

Street View Program is a KNOWN method for spying on the public. Given their record of mass deception, Google must be harvesting data via other means in addition to the NSA route.

Brazilian judges have given the U.S. Internet Goliath until Saturday to hand over private data collected through its Street View program, according to reports.

The decision by a court in Brasilia follows a complaint lodged by the Brazilian Institute of Computer Policy and Rights, said reports.

Google has photographed Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte and other major Brazilian cities.

Google is shaken but not stirred, so to speak, because the maximum fine for failure to comply with the court order is just $500,000.

Google has denied any link to the mass surveillance programs conducted by the National Security Agency (NSA), which is done on behalf of corporate America(!)

NSA targets for cyber-surveillance in Brazil included President Dilma Rousseff, and the state-run energy giant Petrobras, as well as tens of millions of ordinary Brazilians.

Whereas NSA is on record for admitting to large scale collection of metadata, Google’s surveillance programs include contents, physical addresses and just about every bit and byte of information transmitted through Wi-Fi and cable networks.

Google’s data collection programs run directly in at least 72 countries,  and indirectly in dozens of other countries through the NSA and others.

“Google and other leading tech companies have expressed opposition to the creation of Brazil-based databases of local customer information, as proposed by Brasilia in a bid to combat foreign spying,” said a report.

Google was fined $7.0m for collecting people’s personal data without permission in 38 US states, earlier this year,

As a part of its settlement, Google also agreed to destroy emails, passwords, and web histories collected by Street View cars between 2008 and 2010, however, there is no way to enforce or verify compliance. In fact all of the stolen data may have already been integrated and plugged into untraceable programs.

Germany also fined Google for illegally recording information.  Caspar, chief of data protection office in Hamburg, called the data theft “one of the biggest known data protection violations in history.”

In fact, Hamburg prosecutors had originally attempted to prosecute Google under criminal law, however they were forced to drop the case, prompting the data protection office to pursue it as an “administrative offense.”

Google has denied any link to the U.S. electronic mass surveillance[sic,] mainly conducted by the National Security Agency (NSA). But, the NSA data collection has a commercial format; the U.S. government and its officials have no direct use whatever for the data other than to hand it over to the U.S. corporations in return for financial favors including lucrative post-retirement positions in the “private” sector.

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[Search the blog for dozens more posts and pages that make reference to Google’s criminal, unethical, and antisocial activities on and off the Internet. Editor]

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FRANCISCO to Bring More Rain to Sodden Coastal Japan

Posted by feww on October 23, 2013

Typhoon FRANCISCO to Swipe Japan’s Pacific Coast

FRANCISCO, the 27th Typhoon of 2013, would likely follow a somewhat similar path to typhoon WIPHA, which dumped more than 800 millimeter of rain over Izu Ōshima Island in 24 hours, as it swiped Tokyo region.

WIPHA unleashed massive landslides on the volcanic Island, killing dozens of people (29 confirmed dead , 16 others missing presumed dead), destroying or damaging hundreds of homes and forcing thousands to evacuate last Wednesday.

FIRE-EARTH Models show FRANCISCO making landfall with probability of about 55 percent, as of 03:00UTC on October 23, 2013.

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Typhoon FRANCISCO moves closer to southern Japan, watched by Super Typhoon LEKIMA. VISIBLE/INFRARED satellite image (FIRE-EARTH Enhancement) recorded at 01:30UTC on October 23, 2013. Original image sourced from: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC.

Typhoon FRANCISCO

  • Time: 03:00UTC – October 23, 2013
  • Movement: NW (305 degrees) at 15km/hr
  • Position: Near 24.3ºN, 131.1ºE
  • Location: About 270km Southeast (118 degrees) of Naha, Okinawa, Japan
  • Max Sustained Winds: 140km/hr
  • Max Wind Gusts: 215km/hr
  • Significant Wave Height:   10m
  • Source: FIRE-EARTH and others

typhoons projected pathes
Projected paths of Typhoon FRANCISCO and Super Typhoon LEKIMA as of 01:30UTC on October 23, 2013. Original images sourced from: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC. Enhanced by FIRE-EARTH

Typhoon Stats for NW Pacific

  • The 60 year average (1951-2010) No of Typhoons: 20.9
  • No of typhoons so far this year: 28
  • Percent Increase: 34 [Calculated by FIRE-EARTH blog]

typhoon list 2013

Related News

Nansei Sekiyu KK, a Japanese refiner owned by Petrobras, has shut down marine operations at its 100,000 barrels-per-day refinery in Okinawa, due to typhoon FRANCISCO, said a report.

More details to follow…

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Links to Typhoon WIPHA

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Navy Vessel Used Against Deep Sea Drilling Protesters

Posted by feww on April 15, 2011

Bloggers Down Under call it

“Gunboat Democracy”

When a government uses the military against protesters

No it wasn’t Egypt or Saudi Arabia this time, not even the tiny dictatorship of Bahrain using the military to suppress citizens freedom of speech or their right to demonstrate; it was the [allegedly] democratic government of New Zealand  sending out a task force to threaten ordinary kiwis protesting against deep sea drilling off New Zealand coast.


The united front of te Whānau ā Apanui, Greenpeace and the flotilla opposing deep sea oil drilling is holding its position in the Raukūmara Basin as the HMNZS Pūkakī arrived after eight days of surveillance by an Air force Orion. Source: Greenpeace

In an act that would make the cruelest police state dictators fume with envy,  New Zealand police and naval forces dispersed environmental activists and protesters opposed to deep sea oil drilling off New Zealand’s East Cape.

Petrobras, the Brazilian oil giant,  ignoring the wishes of indigenous Maori, was attempting to carry out seismic test in the Raukumara Basin, when their work was disrupted by environmentalists.

New Zealand govt have since served notice that any protester blocking the “oil exploration off the East Cape would face fines of up to $10,000, a year in prison, or probably both,” a blog report said.

NZ ex-banker prime minister sends military against peaceful protest


High Noon in the Raukumara Basin as the naval inshore patrol vessel HMNZS Pukaki is sent to prevent environmentalists having their say.


“Tuesday 12th April, 2011. We picked up an unexpected visitor steaming directly towards us at 20 knots – it was the Navy, with their 55m coastal patrol vessel HMNZS Pukaki.” Source:  Vanessa Atkinson

Raukumara Basin


Map: Blocks offered under the offshore Northland and Raukumara Licensing Round. Source: PetroView®


The 25,000sqkm Raukumara Basin extends about 300km north of East Cape.  Source NZ gov.

License to Pollute

Without consulting the local Maori, New Zealand government granted Petrobras a five-year permit for exploration of the Raukumara Basin, off the East Cape of New Zealand in June 2010.

Local Maori feel the pollution risk to the water and fish stocks in the regions is too great, should oil be found off the East Cape of New Zealand.

Ironically, Raukumara Basin sits between Kermadec Trench and Kermadec Ridge, and has an inherently unstable geology. FIRE-EARTH believes any oil-drilling in the exceptionally seismic area would most certainly prove disastrous for the entire region. See blog content for New Zealand earthquake forecasts.

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