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Things I read today – Jan 8, 2009

January 8, 2009

Two main topics today: the ‘cut-off’ of gas to Europe by Russia, and Internet surveillance. The other side of the headline. Or, The blogs we post today may not be allowed tomorrow.

Russia Halts Gas Supplies To European Nations

Russia, Ukraine resume talks on gas dispute
MOSCOW, January 8 (RIA Novosti) – Russian energy giant Gazprom and Ukraine’s national energy company Naftogaz resumed talks early on Thursday to resolve the current crisis around gas supplies to Europe via Ukraine, Gazprom’s spokesman said.

Gazprom CEO arrives in Brussels for talks with EU officials
There is the other side of the story (as you might suspect). Ukraine won’t pay Russia so Russia cuts off supplies. Because pipeline to Europe is through the Ukraine, Ukraine decides to steal from the pipeline. Russia cuts off pipeline to the Ukraine. A little bit different than mainstream interpretations, eh?

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More Evidence of Pentagon War Against the Internet
Further evidence has emerged revealing how the Pentagon is in the business of responding to blog posts critical of the U.S. government. Noah Shachtman, writing for Wired, posts an Air Force flowchart used for “counter-blogging” purposes. (See source for chart close-up)


Barack Obama’s ‘Black Widow’ : The Super Spy Computer
‘The NSA’s colossal Cray supercomputer, code-named the ‘Black Widow,’ scans millions of domestic and international phone calls and e-mails every hour. . . . The Black Widow, performing hundreds of trillions of calculations per second, searches through and reassembles key words and patterns, across many languages.’

Vets Sue MK-ULTRA CIA Over Mind Control Tests
For two decades or more, the CIA and the military allegedly plied the unwitting with acid, weed, and dozens of psychoactive drugs, in a series of zany (and sometimes dangerous) mind-control experiments. Now, the Vietnam Veterans of America are suing the agency and the Pentagon for perceived abuses suffered under the so-called “MK-ULTRA” and other projects.

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