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How to Annoy the NSA: Adopt the Highway to Its "Secret" Data Center

15 Oct

Adopt a Highway - Redwood Road, Utah
An anti-NSA group has found a clever way to protest the agency’s “secret” Utah spy center.
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Out in the Utah desert, the National Security Agency has been building what’s been billed as the country’s biggest spy center: a massive data-collection facility designed to intercept and analyze electronic communications from around the world. But the shadowy, $1.7-billion facility may turn out to be a little less shadowy than the agency had hoped.
As Forbes’ Kashmir Hill and others have reported, the NSA has been vigilant about keeping the public away from the data center. When Hill stopped by unannounced in March and snapped some photos, she was detained and interrogated for an hourbefore eventually agreeing to delete two of the pictures. But a plucky band of activists has found a clever loophole.
According to the Salt Lake Tribunean anti-NSA group has “adopted” the two-mile section of highway that runs past the “secret” facility. And don’t think they did it just because they want to keep the road litter-free. The group, called Restore the Fourth-Utah—as in, restore the Fourth Amendment, the one that protects citizens against unreasonable search and seizure—told the Tribune its members plan to carry picket signs while they pick up the trash. They’ll also get an official “Adopt-a-Highway” sign bearing the group’s name along each side of the freeway.
A spokesman told the Tribune that the Utah Department of Transportation had approved the project and would soon finalize the paperwork. He didn’t know if the DOT had checked with the NSA first. “As long as [Restore The Fourth-Utah is] following safety protocol,” Gleason said, “we’re happy there are people applying to keep litter off the roads out there.”
The NSA’s testy response: “Highway adoptions are not a part of NSA’s federal mission.”
This is not the first setback for the data center. According to the Wall Street Journal, a series of electrical surges has damaged hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of equipment and delayed the facility’s opening by a year. Utah also surprised the agency with a proposed energy-rate hike in May, which could cost the power-hungry facility some $2.4 million per year.

Matthew Yglesias’ all white kitchen

29 Jun

I often blog, because it is like shooting fish in a barrel, about white, and even black and Latino, limousine liberals in DC who smear everyone else as racist while living in only the most lily white DC (or DC suburban) zip codes – in a majority black city: Jonathan Chait and all the NPR bigwigs in Chevy Chase, DC, Chris Matthews in Chevy Chase, Maryland, Jay Carney and Hilary Rosen in Palisades, David Gregory in Foxhall, Andrea Mitchell in Kent-Berkeley (so very white most black and even most white DC residents don’t know what or where that is, and her only black neighbor is a multimillionairess who married an even wealthier white man), Eugene Robinson and Chuck Todd in north Arlington, Dana Milbanks and almost every other national journalist in Cleveland Park, David Brock and one of the Podesta brothers in Kalorama (where the only people of color are either the help or ambassadors from Africa and Asia).  It’s what economists call demonstrated preference – it’s the walk you walk, not the talk you talk.

But sometimes the leftovers and proglodytes hurl their charges of racism from somewhat less segregated homesteads, at least in a snapshot sense.  Neighborhoods that are temporarily integrated because the non-black well paid agents of Big Government are still displacing the black working class.  As the federal government, and liberal billionaires and multimillionaires like George Soros and the lobbyist Podesta brothers, import mainly white technocrats and lawyers with 6 and even 7 figure salaries into DC, waves of gentrification displace the original working class African American population.  Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner, Karen Finney and other Democrat pols and flaks live in gleaming lofts built on what used to be black neighborhoods.

And joining them is Matthew Yglesias.  He recently bought a lovely new million dollar condo, which provoked some discussion about how well it pays to promote the leftover agenda.  This week he’s being paid to say Rand Paul is a white supremacist, because Rand Paul might just think there is a way to address bigotry in a multicultural society other than the Democrat Party’s failed model of a drug war, failed segregated public schools, the sacred cow of the Civil Rights Act, and selling poor black and brown kids to the educrat cartels to get donations for Democratic candidates.  Ironically, Yglesias home is erected on the grave of DC’s black majority, now down to 49% and shrinking – his home is the former location of  Damali African Wear.

 

Pictured up top is the very white kitchen from which he cooks up his charges of racism in defense of Obama and failed Democratic Party policies that have left us with many black men in prison, high black unemployment, and low levels of black literacy. (Below his building before and after condo conversion.)

Wonder if he’s seen Poltergeist?

(A side note: Yglesias did actually participate in a panel recently on how government regulation drives up the cost of housing for poor and moderate income people.  And he should be concerned about how government programs increase poverty and social ills – he’s been mugged once so far when walking home from visiting some poorer, libertarian, journalists who live in a less gentrified neighborhood.)

"They don’t like black people" – Matty Yglesias evicts Afro-centric business

23 Jun
I often blog, because it is like shooting fish in a barrel, about white, and even black and Latino, limousine liberals in DC who smear everyone else as racist while living in only the most lily white DC (or DC suburban) zip codes – in a majority black city: Jonathan Chait and all the NPR bigwigs in Chevy Chase, DC, Chris Matthews in Chevy Chase, Maryland, Jay Carney and Hilary Rosen in Palisades, David Gregory in Foxhall, Andrea Mitchell in Kent-Berkeley (so very white most black and even most white DC residents don’t know what or where that is, and her only black neighbor is a multimillionairess who married an even wealthier white man), Eugene Robinson and Chuck Todd in north Arlington, Dana Milbanks and almost every other national journalist in Cleveland Park, David Brock and one of the Podesta brothers in Kalorama (where the only people of color are either the help or ambassadors from Africa and Asia).  It’s what economists call demonstrated preference – it’s the walk you walk, not the talk you talk.

But sometimes the leftovers and proglodytes hurl their charges of racism from somewhat less segregated homesteads, at least in a snapshot sense.  Neighborhoods that are temporarily integrated because the non-black well paid agents of Big Government are still displacing the black working class.  As the federal government, and liberal billionaires and multimillionaires like George Soros and the lobbyist Podesta brothers, import mainly white technocrats and lawyers with 6 and even 7 figure salaries into DC, waves of gentrification displace the original working class African American population.  Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner, Karen Finney and other Democrat pols and flaks live in gleaming lofts built on what used to be black neighborhoods.

And joining them is Matthew Yglesias.  He recently bought a lovely new million dollar condo, which provoked some discussion about how well it pays to promote the leftover agenda.  This week he’s being paid to say Rand Paul is a white supremacist, because Rand Paul might just think there is a way to address bigotry in a multicultural society other than the Democrat Party’s failed model of a drug war, failed segregated public schools, the sacred cow of the Civil Rights Act, and selling poor black and brown kids to the educrat cartels to get donations for Democratic candidates.  Ironically, Yglesias home is erected on the grave of DC’s black majority, now down to 49% and shrinking – his home is the former location of  Damali African Wear.

Wonder if he’s seen Poltergeist?

(A side note: Yglesias did actually participate in a panel recently on how government regulation drives up the cost of housing for poor and moderate income people.  And he should be concerned about how government programs increase poverty and social ills – he’s been mugged once so far when walking home from visiting some poorer, libertarian, journalists who live in a less gentrified neighborhood.)