Tag Archives: France

Unmasking France’s Violent Wine Extremists

OK, y’all, I’ve got this: How about “vintnerrorism”? “Bitter Grapes” NOOOOO….I’ve got it!

“The Grapes of Wrath”

Sure, we associate wine with elegance. But there’s a conflict roiling beneath the surface, and a group of French winemakers are resorting to violence.

Source: Unmasking France’s Violent Wine Extremists | VinePair

France looking at banning Tor, blocking public Wi-Fi

Because terrorists don’t want to run afoul of the law by using banned encryption techniques.

This is the same (correct) argument as the one about outlawing guns for law-abiding citizens (as in “only outlaws will have guns”); outlawing the tools will do nothing to stop those who wish to cause harm. As Ian Malcolm so eloquently put it: “Life finds a way.”

Leaked docs from Ministry of Interior show worryingly illiberal trend for France.

Source: France looking at banning Tor, blocking public Wi-Fi

France’s Government Aims to Give Itself—and the NSA—Carte Blanche to Spy on the World

Because the “free world” hasn’t yet figured out that spying on its citizens is exactly the opposite of “freedom”.

The United States makes an improper division between surveillance conducted on residents of the United States and the surveillance that is conducted with almost no restraint upon the rest of the world. This double standard has proved poisonous to the rights of Americans and non-Americans alike. In theory, Americans enjoy better protections. In practice there are no magical sets of servers and Internet connections that carry only American conversations. To violate the privacy of everyone else in the world, the U.S. inevitably scoops up its own citizens’ data.

Source: France’s Government Aims to Give Itself—and the NSA—Carte Blanche to Spy on the World | Electronic Frontier Foundation

Trucks Spray Manure on Government Buildings

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CREDIT: kropotkindersurprise

Perhaps we should be doing this in Washington? Then again, there’s already enough bullshit on Capitol Hill.

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