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News :: Media Criticism

Wireless World: Anti-theft RFID clothing

Privacy invading thugs want to track what you wear

Electronic anti-theft devices have been installed in vehicles cars for years -- such as the LoJack, which gained fame during countless TV commercials. Soon, similar technology will be used in the clothes you and your children wear.
A fashion designer in California is debuting sleepwear for small children that contains RFID -- Radio Frequency Identification -- tags, providing some peace of mind to parents, who might fear that their young ones may be abducted while they sleep. By Gene Koprowski

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News :: Peace & War

Governor asked to urge Guard troop Return

Posted on Wed, Jul. 27, 2005

Governor asked to urge Guard troop return

By Ken McLaughlin
Mercury News

After hearing a plaintive plea from the mother of a California National Guardsman stationed in Iraq, the Santa Cruz City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to urge Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to get the Pentagon to withdraw Guard troops from the war zone.

Santa Cruz became the first California city after San Francisco to pass such a resolution. Anti-war organizers say Tuesday's vote is part of a new grass-roots effort aimed at getting Schwarzenegger to seek the help of federal officials to withdraw California National Guard troops from Iraq.

The Army National Guard provides half of the Army's combat power, but its battalions are struggling to scrape up enough equipment and soldiers to meet overseas deployment orders. Since Sept. 11, 2001, more than 11,000 Californians in the National Guard have been activated.

``My son is now in the infantry in Iraq, but not because he wants to be there,'' said Marie Krajci of Felton.

Army Staff Sgt. Victor Krajci was a cook in the National Guard before being sent overseas in an infantry unit in January, she said. He's now stationed in Tikrit, separated from his wife and 8-year-old son, his mother said.

``He says the morale among the troops is just abysmal,'' Marie Krajci said. The ``pull out the Guard'' movement began in Vermont last winter. Dozens of towns passed resolutions at town meetings urging Congress and President Bush to investigate the impact of National Guard deployments on Vermont's readiness for a natural disaster or other emergency.

Margita Thompson, a spokeswoman for Schwarzenegger, said Tuesday night that the governor has no intention of pressuring federal officials to pull Guard troops out of Iraq. ``The governor supports the president in the war,'' she said.

Whether Schwarzenegger's opinion on the Guard deployments would make a difference remains in doubt.

At least one other governor, Montana's Brian Schweitzer, hasn't had success persuading the Pentagon to reduce the number of Guard troops because they were needed at home for the wildfire season.

Schweitzer, a Democrat, told a reporter last week: ``They're saying, `We at the Pentagon don't care what you're thinking in your state. We'll do what we want for as long as we want, and you'll get used to it.' ''

Contact Ken McLaughlin at kmclaughlin@mercurynews. com

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News :: Globalization & Capitalism

The Web: The growing threat of spyware

Yet another bale out for failed capitalism - fed try to shore up online banks.

CHICAGO -- The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation -- the New Deal-era government agency designed to restore confidence in the Great Depression-shattered banking system of the United States -- is now providing guidance to banks to protect themselves and their customers from spyware, the latest threat to the integrity of the banks, experts told UPI's The Web.

Millions of Americans, banking at institutions such as Wachovia and Bank of America, have had their private financial information stolen by hackers through spy software, downloaded unknowingly from the Internet. By Gene Koprowski

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:: Civil & Human Rights : Independent News : Peace & War

Laying bare the plight of 'invisible' Israeli Arabs

Susan Nathan's new book argues discrimination and militarism have left Zionism ideologically 'bankrupt'
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LONDON: "Few Israeli computer systems include Arab communities, because for most Jews they (Arabs) simply don't exist." That is just one of a series of observations running through Susan Nathan's new book "The Other Side of Israel: My Journey Across the Jewish/Arab Divide," to be published in September.

It is a damning indictment of the discrimination suffered by Israel's one-million-strong Arab population - a first-hand account of Israeli Arab suffering from the perspective of the only Jewish inhabitant in the 25,000 person Arab town of Tamra, a few kilometers outside Nazareth.

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News :: Health & Drugs

Pot backers rally in Santa Cruz

Several hundred members and friends of the Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana rode in wheelchairs or walked slowly up Pacific Avenue, most of them holding signs with headshot photos of deceased loved ones who had counted on relief from medical marijuana during their final months or years.

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News :: Globalization & Capitalism

Networking: Foiling e-document hackers

Oppressive bosses want to scan every document you make at work.

A worker sends an office colleague an e-mail with a corporate document attached, but the seeming routine message turns out to harbor a malicious passenger, because the attachment contains hidden pornographic images that were inserted by a hacker during it's transmission over the Internet. When the document is opened by a female employee, she files a lawsuit for sexual harassment.
This particular case is hypothetical, but the situation is real, experts told UPI's Networking. By Gene Koprowski

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News :: Media Organizations in Monterey Bay Area

Wireless World: WiFi 'vampires' attack

Loathsome capitalists trying to stop us from having free Wi-Fi.

If a squatter moved in next door, and ran electrical extension cords from his living room to an outlet on your patio, you might object to this pirating of your electricity -- because his actions would be obvious.

Many computer criminals around the country likewise may be stealing, but in this case the commodity is broadband WiFi access. Because the thefts occur over invisible wireless networks, however, most victims do not know about it, experts told UPI's Wireless World.
By Gene Koprowski

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Commentary :: Peace & War

The United States Civil Flag of Peacetime

We the People of the United States, actually have The United States Civil Flag of Peacetime




We the People of the United States, actually have two national flags, a military flag and a civil flag for peacetime. They have several important distinctions and meanings.

Almost all Americans think of the Stars and Stripes "Old Glory" as their only flag.



And IT IS BEAUTIFUL!!

The Stars and Stripes originated as a result of a resolution adopted by the Marine Committee of the Second Continental Congress at Philadelphia on June 14, 1777, for use on military installations, on ships, and in battle, directing that a U.S. flag consist of 13 stripes, alternating red and white; that a union be 13 stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.

Prior to, during the War for Independence, and after under the Articles of Confederation, smuggling was seen as a patriotic duty of the citizens of the thirteen independent and sovereign states, but after the ratification of the Constitution and the establishment of a new nation, smuggling needed to be stopped. The new nation depended on the revenue from customs tariffs, duties and taxes on imported goods in order to survive.

In 1790, with the customs laws firmly in place, Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton set to work devising adequate means of enforcing the year-old regulations. "A few armed vessels, judiciously stationed at the entrances of our ports," Hamilton suggested, "might at a small The United States Civil Flag of Peacetime




We the People of the United States, actually have two national flags, a military flag and a civil flag for peacetime. They have several important distinctions and meanings.

Almost all Americans think of the Stars and Stripes "Old Glory" as their only flag.



And IT IS BEAUTIFUL!!

The Stars and Stripes originated as a result of a resolution adopted by the Marine Committee of the Second Continental Congress at Philadelphia on June 14, 1777, for use on military installations, on ships, and in battle, directing that a U.S. flag consist of 13 stripes, alternating red and white; that a union be 13 stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.

Prior to, during the War for Independence, and after under the Articles of Confederation, smuggling was seen as a patriotic duty of the citizens of the thirteen independent and sovereign states, but after the ratification of the Constitution and the establishment of a new nation, smuggling needed to be stopped. The new nation depended on the revenue from customs tariffs, duties and taxes on imported goods in order to survive.

In 1790, with the customs laws firmly in place, Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton set to work devising adequate means of enforcing the year-old regulations. "A few armed vessels, judiciously stationed at the entrances of our ports," Hamilton suggested, "might at a small expense be made useful sentinels of our laws." Congress concurred, and that year appropriated $10,000 to build and maintain a fleet of ten revenue cutters, which were to be placed under the charge of the customs collectors, whose responsibilities
e customs collectors, whose responsibilities

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