The flashpoints for activism are the many failures of the existing media system. Whether it’s the silencing of dissenting views, the attacks on online privacy, the throttling of Internet access or the monopolization of choice, the problems are often rooted in bad public policy.

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Last week, we learned from the Associated Press that USAID (United States Agency for International Development) — the government agency which manages billions in overseas “humanitarian” aid programs — plotted to overthrow Cuba’s communist regime via a covertly-funded fake Twitter platform.
The idea was to get Cuba’s youth to sign up for ZunZuneo (Cuban slang for the sound hummingbirds make—get it?) without anyone knowing about USAID’s involvement, get the kids hooked on pointless tweeting, collect all sorts of data on the users, and then rile them into an anti-regime rage — a “Cuban Spring” revolution.
Presumably the US government had been studying Twitter’s ability to supercharge its users with outrage vapors here in the Free World, where legions of credulous idiots spend their waking hours chasing the outrage dragon. It was only a matter of time before some DC spooks and Northern Virginia contractors would see the angles.
Of course, the ZunZuneo plan failed. ZunZuneo collapsed, a bunch of money went missing (likely into the coffers of the Castro regime’s state-controlled telecoms firm, or so they say), and the Communist Cuban menace still threatens the Free World’s slick underbelly.
The murderous history of USAID, the US Government agency behind Cuba’s fake Twitter clone | PandoDaily

newsweek:

Last week, we learned from the Associated Press that USAID (United States Agency for International Development) — the government agency which manages billions in overseas “humanitarian” aid programs — plotted to overthrow Cuba’s communist regime via a covertly-funded fake Twitter platform.

The idea was to get Cuba’s youth to sign up for ZunZuneo (Cuban slang for the sound hummingbirds make—get it?) without anyone knowing about USAID’s involvement, get the kids hooked on pointless tweeting, collect all sorts of data on the users, and then rile them into an anti-regime rage — a “Cuban Spring” revolution.

Presumably the US government had been studying Twitter’s ability to supercharge its users with outrage vapors here in the Free World, where legions of credulous idiots spend their waking hours chasing the outrage dragon. It was only a matter of time before some DC spooks and Northern Virginia contractors would see the angles.

Of course, the ZunZuneo plan failed. ZunZuneo collapsed, a bunch of money went missing (likely into the coffers of the Castro regime’s state-controlled telecoms firm, or so they say), and the Communist Cuban menace still threatens the Free World’s slick underbelly.

The murderous history of USAID, the US Government agency behind Cuba’s fake Twitter clone | PandoDaily

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Why Congress might be more productive and less partisan than you think (Part II)

Want to know the secret to getting Democrats and Republicans to compromise? We discovered the out-of-this-world truth behind getting Congress to take bipartisan action.

Using advanced #data analysis, we found the real reasons behind Congress’ productivity in this astronomically important study. 

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NSA records all phone calls in an undisclosed target country

The National Security Agency (NSA) has created a surveillance system that can record “100 percent” of a foreign country’s phone calls, allowing it to play back and listen to the conversations up to a month later, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.
The newspaper cited unnamed sources with direct knowledge of the system as well as documents supplied by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who since last year has leaked extensive data revealing sweeping American spying activities.
The voice interception program is known as MYSTIC and started in 2009, with its “retrospective retrieval” capability, called RETRO, reaching full strength in 2011 against the first target nation, the Post reported.
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(Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

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NSA records all phone calls in an undisclosed target country

The National Security Agency (NSA) has created a surveillance system that can record “100 percent” of a foreign country’s phone calls, allowing it to play back and listen to the conversations up to a month later, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

The newspaper cited unnamed sources with direct knowledge of the system as well as documents supplied by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who since last year has leaked extensive data revealing sweeping American spying activities.

The voice interception program is known as MYSTIC and started in 2009, with its “retrospective retrieval” capability, called RETRO, reaching full strength in 2011 against the first target nation, the Post reported.

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(Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)