(WashingtonPost) – The Obama administration is seeking to make it easier for the FBI to compel companies to turn over records of an individual’s Internet activity without a court order if agents deem the information relevant to a terrorism or intelligence investigation.
The administration wants to add just four words — “electronic communication transactional records” — to a list of items that the law says the FBI may demand without a judge’s approval. Government lawyers say this category of information includes the addresses to which an Internet user sends e-mail; the times and dates e-mail was sent and received; and possibly a user’s browser history. It does not include, the lawyers hasten to point out, the “content” of e-mail or other Internet communication. Continue reading →
See Also: (LondonTelegraph) – Google’s Eric Schmidt: You can trust us with your data – Read More Here
(Infowars) – Among tech journalists, one name stands out in regards to the question of who the most powerful corporation in the tech industry is. Google has a strong 85.78% market share on Internet search, making them the primary resource for web surfers looking for information about their topics of choice. This means that if your company drops off Google, it takes a serious hit especially if your business is heavily based on customers obtained and managed through your online presence.
Google’s Gmail system has between 113 and 176 million monthly users, depending on source, making them one of the top three email providers in the world.
According to a report from Kevin Rose, founder of Digg, Google is rumored to be set to launch a social network called “Google Me”. This would put Google in direct competition with Facebook, Myspace and other social networks. Google already collects users search patterns, email, travel, and in some cases private network activity. A social network would allow them to have direct access to their users daily thoughts and interactions. Several high-profile technology journalists have taken the stance that given Facebook’s ongoing privacy concerns, Google’s social network would be a welcome addition to the web.
(TheIntelHub) – California Notified Of Gulf Evacuation Plans
A well-placed source in California told WMR that the California Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) has been briefed by its counterpart agencies in the Gulf coast states that there are plans to conduct a mass evacuation of millions of Gulf coast residents due to the catastrophic environmental and public health effects of the BP oil disaster.
CEMA officials have been briefed on the planned evacuations by counterparts in the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, and the Florida Division of Emergency Management. Read More Here
(Examiner) – Investigation reveals possible criminal activity connecting Obama to BP oil spill
The new line of defense employed by the Obama Administration to deflect criticism of its lackadaisical handling of the BP oil spill is to launch a criminal investigation of the company.
Perhaps this is the best thing that could happen. Such an investigation would, of course, uncover all of BP’s connections to the Democratic Party and Barack Obama, who were the single largest beneficiaries of BP campaign contributions over the last 10 years. Read More Here
(NaturalNews) – Gulf of Mexico Presents Unprecedented Toxicity Problems – Read More Here
(SalemNews) – FEMA Plans to Evacuate Tampa Bay Area In Place?
FEMA has plans to evacuate the Tampa Bay area in the event of a controlled burn of surface oil in the Gulf of Mexico, or if wind or other conditions are expected to take toxic fumes through Tampa Bay, according to a report by Maryann Tobin in the Hernando County Political Buzz Examiner. Tobin has been a freelance writer for more than twenty years, writing for local publications in New York and Florida. Read More Here
(CNN) – Video: Average Lifespan Of Clean up Crews Working Near Dispersants is 51 – Video Link Here
(Bloomberg) – Alex to Become Hurricane as Swells Reach Gulf Spill
Tropical Storm Alex, the first named system of the Atlantic hurricane season, strengthened today over open waters, forcing the evacuation of rigs in the Gulf of Mexico while pushing swells toward the worst U.S. oil spill. Read More Here
(KurtNimmo) – Video: Florida Governor Urges Vacationers To Swim In Toxic Sludge
Florida Governor Charlie Crist is apparently more worried about the state’s economy than the health of vacationers and residents.
Crist told CBS on Saturday the water is safe and people shouldn’t worry. “It is safe,” Crist declared, “there isn’t a toxic nature to it that is detrimental to anybody. It is much more of a nuisance than anything else at this point.” Video Link Here
(WashingtonsBlog) – CLEAR Water Tests Positive for Oil, Officials “Only Doing Visual Assessments”, “What You Can’t See May Be More Dangerous”
Sit down. Get ready. Your life has begun to change. It will never be the same again. This gulf disaster is changing everything. Read More Here
(FloridaOilSpillLaw) – G4: Corexit/oil eats through boat hulls, kidneys (PHOTOS/VIDEO) – Read More Here
(AP) – Florida Panhandle tourism tanks as more spilled oil hits beaches – Read More Here
(AP) – Hurricane watch for Mexico, US as Alex strengthens
Hurricane watches were in effect Monday for a stretch of Gulf coast in southern Texas and northern Mexico as Tropical Storm Alex gained strength and appeared on track to become a Category 3 hurricane before it makes landfall later this week. Read More Here
(FemaleFaust) – Pensacola Reopens Beaches Against Advice – Hundreds Sickened
Well, well. The surf boiling like acid — oil making a massive landfall — perhaps it isn’t safe to go in the water, you think? Read More Here
(DailyMail) – Horse racing on frozen rivers? Ice bowling? Activities last seen during Britain’s Little Ice Age could once more be seen, researchers believe.
Having just emerged from a bitterly cold winter the experts are warning that Britain could return to the mini ice-age at the end of the 17th century. This is despite claims that global warming is causing Arctic ice to melt and temperatures to rise. Continue reading →