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(Greek: κρυπτεία / krupteía, from κρυπτός / kruptós, “hidden, secret things”)

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Destabilize An Economy Much?

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Japan Probes Report Two Seized With Undeclared Bonds

By Shunichi Ozasa and Makiko Kitamura

June 12 (Bloomberg) — Japan is investigating reports two of its citizens were detained in Italy after allegedly attempting to take $134 billion worth of U.S. bonds over the border into Switzerland.

“Italian authorities are in the midst of the investigation, and haven’t yet confirmed the details, including whether they are Japanese citizens or not,” Takeshi Akamatsu, a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said by telephone today in Tokyo. “Our consulate in Milan is continuing efforts to confirm the reports.”

An official at the Consulate General of Japan in Milan, who only gave his name as Ikeda, said it still hasn’t been confirmed that the individuals are Japanese. “We are in contact with the Italian Financial Police and the Italian Public Prosecutor’s Office,” Ikeda said by phone today.

The Asahi newspaper reported today Italian police found bond certificates concealed in the bottom of luggage the two individuals were carrying on a train that stopped in Chiasso, near the Swiss border, on June 3.

The undeclared bonds included 249 certificates worth $500 million each, the Asahi said, citing Italian authorities. The case was reported earlier in Italian newspapers Il Giornale and La Repubblica and by the Ansa news agency.

If the securities are found to be genuine, the individuals could be fined 40 percent of the total value for attempting to take them out of the country without declaring them, the Asahi said.

The Italian embassy in Tokyo was unable to confirm the Asahi report

Real bonds or forged I wonder….

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2009/06/14 at 01:33

Modern Seppuku

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A suicide technique that mixes household chemicals to produce a deadly hydrogen sulfide gas became a grisly fad in Japan last year. Now it’s slowly seeping into the United States over the internet, according to emergency workers, who are alarmed at the potential for innocent causalities.

At least 500 Japanese men, women and children took their lives in the first half of 2008 by following instructions posted on Japanese websites, which describe how to mix bath sulfur with toilet bowl cleaner to create a poisonous gas. One site includes an application to calculate the correct portions of each ingredient based on room volume, along with a PDF download of a ready-made warning sign to alert neighbors and emergency workers to the deadly hazard.

The rest HERE

Well, it seems that the Hikiko Mori, Lost Decade, and a general depression in Japan has given those who wish to commit suicide a new method. Now it seems to have made it to the US also. Of course as our country and global economy melts like a thermonuclear Chernobyl, expect to see more of this I think…

Last month we shed 700K jobs…

Layoffs are still coming…

yay.

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2009/03/13 at 23:20

Hey Rube: Fear And Loathing In America 9/12/2001

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By Hunter S. Thompson
Page 2 columnist
It was just after dawn in Woody Creek, Colo., when the first plane hit the World Trade Center in New York City on Tuesday morning, and as usual I was writing about sports. But not for long. Football suddenly seemed irrelevant, compared to the scenes of destruction and utter devastation coming out of New York on TV.

Even ESPN was broadcasting war news. It was the worst disaster in the history of the United States, including Pearl Harbor, the San Francisco earthquake and probably the Battle of Antietam in 1862, when 23,000 were slaughtered in one day. The Battle of the World Trade Center lasted about 99 minutes and cost 20,000 lives in two hours (according to unofficial estimates as of midnight Tuesday). The final numbers, including those from the supposedly impregnable Pentagon, across the Potomac River from Washington, likely will be higher. Anything that kills 300 trained firefighters in two hours is a world-class disaster. And it was not even Bombs that caused this massive damage. No nuclear missiles were launched from any foreign soil, no enemy bombers flew over New York and Washington to rain death on innocent Americans. No. It was four commercial jetliners.

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They were the first flights of the day from American and United Airlines, piloted by skilled and loyal U.S. citizens, and there was nothing suspicious about them when they took off from Newark, N.J., and Dulles in D.C. and Logan in Boston on routine cross-country flights to the West Coast with fully-loaded fuel tanks — which would soon explode on impact and utterly destroy the world-famous Twin Towers of downtown Manhattan’s World Trade Center. Boom! Boom! Just like that.

The towers are gone now, reduced to bloody rubble, along with all hopes for Peace in Our Time, in the United States or any other country. Make no mistake about it: We are At War now — with somebody — and we will stay At War with that mysterious Enemy for the rest of our lives.

It will be a Religious War, a sort of Christian Jihad, fueled by religious hatred and led by merciless fanatics on both sides. It will be guerilla warfare on a global scale, with no front lines and no identifiable enemy. Osama bin Laden may be a primitive “figurehead” — or even dead, for all we know — but whoever put those All-American jet planes loaded with All-American fuel into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon did it with chilling precision and accuracy. The second one was a dead-on bullseye. Straight into the middle of the skyscraper.

Nothing — even George Bush’s $350 billion “Star Wars” missile defense system — could have prevented Tuesday’s attack, and it cost next to nothing to pull off. Fewer than 20 unarmed Suicide soldiers from some apparently primitive country somewhere on the other side of the world took out the World Trade Center and half the Pentagon with three quick and costless strikes on one day. The efficiency of it was terrifying.

We are going to punish somebody for this attack, but just who or what will be blown to smithereens for it is hard to say. Maybe Afghanistan, maybe Pakistan or Iraq, or possibly all three at once. Who knows? Not even the Generals in what remains of the Pentagon or the New York papers calling for WAR seem to know who did it or where to look for them.

This is going to be a very expensive war, and Victory is not guaranteed — for anyone, and certainly not for anyone as baffled as George W. Bush. All he knows is that his father started the war a long time ago, and that he, the goofy child-President, has been chosen by Fate and the global Oil industry to finish it Now. He will declare a National Security Emergency and clamp down Hard on Everybody, no matter where they live or why. If the guilty won’t hold up their hands and confess, he and the Generals will ferret them out by force.

Good luck. He is in for a profoundly difficult job — armed as he is with no credible Military Intelligence, no witnesses and only the ghost of Bin Laden to blame for the tragedy.

OK. It is 24 hours later now, and we are not getting much information about the Five Ws of this thing. The numbers out of the Pentagon are baffling, as if Military Censorship has already been imposed on the media. It is ominous. The only news on TV comes from weeping victims and ignorant speculators.

The lid is on. Loose Lips Sink Ships. Don’t say anything that might give aid to The Enemy.

Absorb what Hunter had to say 9.12.01 with the perspective of time… My commentary later today.

Economic Warfare: The New World Threat Via Cyberspace

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//START

With the onset of the global economic meltdown I would like to take a bit of time to ponder the possible problems we are going to run into as a country in the near future. I have spouted off before about the issues we are already facing with the rising of the Dragon in the East, but, I would also like to add a few other nation states to that list. Those states are as follows:

The Baltic States: (Russia and Ukraine for now)

Russia: With the re-awakening of the Bear in Russia to their “Cold War” aims the Baltics have figured quietly but prominently in the geopolitical warfare in cyberspace. With the advent of a rather open cyber attack against Georgia by Russia, the Russians have come further our of the digital closet since the old “Moonlight Maze” days of the 90’s. The taking down of the infrastructure in Georgia in coordination of boots on the ground was the first real “application” of full on cyberwar while fighting a ground war. By taking out some of the infrastructure it was harder for Georgia to respond properly to the attack, but, by fuller measures, this attack was but a first try that did not altogether do the job.

However, this incident shows just how much Russia has invested in the idea of cyberwar to augment the usual propaganda and other types of warfare in their arsenal. Now, this new application comes only after they have honed their skills in the spook world of SIGINT and MASINT all the while adding the technological know how to gather more and more INTEL. The bear is armed now with hackers, cyber warriors lets say, who have cut their teeth on not only the US, but also the internet as a whole.

Ukraine:

With the spate of new malware packages coming out of the Ukraine, I am suspecting that this satellite of Russia is one of the larger incubators for the Russian cyberwar forces now being used and yet to come. Conficker and it’s progeny (B++ being the latest as of last week) are morphing and gobbling up machines in huge numbers creating a potential competitor to “Storm Worm” for zombie network of the year.

These trojans are getting swifter and swifter at stealing data and beaconing it out to dynamic DNS addresses out there in the interstitial internet sphere. For all the black holing that a company can do, it is increasingly harder to deal with a bot that randomly generates site URL’s to beacon to. For that matter, the latest iteration of Conficker actually does not need to beacon at all, instead it opens up a port and receives a push from its master, in other words a harder target to stop.

Expect to see more out of Ukraine.. More than just another spate of ATM heists too…

The Asiatic States:

India:

Ahh India, the wonderland of the Asiatic digital frontier. A wondrous place where the US has dumped way too much outsource of our important digital work and are only now beginning to wonder if that is a “good thing”… But it’s so CHEAP!

Yeah, cheap and increasingly turning out to be insecure as all get out. If the Satyam incidents don’t set off alarm bells for company’s in the US, I have no clue what will actually wake their dead asses up to the risks they are allowing with their company and client data. Never mind that it’s a country with a border to Pakistan, has some of the same issues of religious extremism, and happens to have a healthy dose of poverty that will enable theft and espionage.. Pay no never mind to that. Oh, and maybe perhaps the whole Mumbai attack thing might be a clue? Yeah..

India lately has become less palatable to the US as an outsource area because of the economic downturn, but only a small bit as the Indians are still so dang cheap! Also, given the recent story that I posted, they are still flavor of the day as H1B visas go. We are still importing many Indian workers like our friend (insert name) who did such a fine job with Fannie Mae’s network.

Where am I going here? Well, lets just ask this question: “How do you know that Pahud is actually Pahud from India and a good guy?“ Are we that trusting of their means of documenting their residents? Given the Mumbai thing, I think not so much. Of course the same case could be made for the US too.. How do I know that Jimmy is really Jimmy and not Bobby Rae, the southern Bible Belt anti abortion, right wing Christian whackadoo bent on destroying our data?

In essence, taking data out of the country that is deemed “sensitive” like personal data, or the creation of programs that handle sensitive data and giving it to places like India is a bad idea period. Alas, we have so many call centers out there don’t we….

Viet Nam:

Long a wild west of copyright infringement, Viet Nam is becoming more of a powerhouse in the area of cyber operations as well as economic warfare in both cyberspace as well as import/export. Even as I write, there are thousands upon thousands of stealth shops with farms of DVD burners cloning movies and software for consumption in the newly digital world.

Since the opening of Viet Nam to trade by the Clinton administration, they have been more and more on the rise economically. We are exporting some fabrication to them as well, bringing in new technologies for them to integrate and use to innovate their own. That’s a good thing, but also perhaps a bad one too. Definitely on the issue of the piracy, they are learning not only from us, but also Russia. Russia used to be the largest piracy spot… They still are, but only just…

China:

An oldie but a goodie. Ni Hao overlords!

Ahh China, what can one say that one hasn’t already in many sundry ways huh? China is a hungry beast that has a plan. Economically they have been a powerhouse for so long. Slowly selling us all of our crap all the while buying our debt. Face it, we are a wholly owned subsidiary of the Chinese government kids.

Add to this that the whole time we have been suckling at the Chinese tit, they have been working toward infiltrating all of our networks and infrastructure. Why? Well, to 0wn us more of course! To be able to pull that plug and have us laying on the ground as they dictate what they desire from us. You see, they want our trade, but they want our trade their way.. Kinda like Walmart!

So, they have honed their cyber skills, built the great Chinese firewall, and taken up the economic and cyber swords to increase their global status. They are a force to be reckoned with but are only recently being noted by the US government and the corporate world here. Of course the corporate world here takes little notice of much because they are usually feeling their own navel instead of paying attention.. But that’s another tirade for another day.

In short, China has a billion people to feed and clothe.. They will do just about anything to compete…

Conclusions:

So, what does it all mean? Why did I drag all these disparate countries together here? Because, they are all players in the great game of economics and world domination of course! Well, domination really only applies to China and Russia in this context, but then again, so does the USA huh? Given our last 8 years of empire building I can’t really discount us as a causal factor too.

All of these countries are emerging out of the third world category and into second with aspirations to first. They also have large swaths of populations that are rising. They are hungry, hungry for food, wealth, power, and just the things that we in the west take for granted. As they grow, so too do their needs and wants. All needs and wants that they will try to fulfill in any way they can.

It used to be just a two dimensional picture to many. That picture really consisted of “oil” like the premise of “Three Days Of The Condor” and of course that is a big player still. However, as the tipping point comes on the whole globe for so many types of natural resources, so too will the way wars are waged. No longer can we see one or two dimensionally.

As the economies globally slide further into failure as ours melts down, you will see a spike in cyber warfare, Intelligence Gathering, Industrial Espionage, and general crime from all of these countries and many more. We’ve gone global kids. We laid out the phiber between the continents. We are making inroads even further into new territories with the advent of WAP and One Laptop per Child and as we do so, the more countries will start to gain the technological abilities to wage economic, as well as real “cyber” war against us in a real way.

Yeah, so what? You say…

Well, just how tethered is our economy to our computing capacities? Ummm like two dogs unable to seperate during copulation, thats how…

Lets look at it this way.. How prepared are we? The answer can be found in the hiring on of Melissa Hathaway and her 6 month review of the state of the “Cyber Readiness” of the USA en toto. Not only the governments stance, but also our whole infrastructure. Take it from one on the inside of the trenches for so long..

“We aren’t so healthy”

So far much “Security Theater” has been in the news and played out on the stages of many companies in the states. However, after the theater tent comes down and the wonks have all left the building, the lackadaisical corporate behemoths go back to feeling their navels and taking ever bigger bonus’ home for being absolute failures at security.

We are ripe for the taking and no one is at the helm. No one has been at the helm for some time now in fact… I mean, can you name a cyber tsar that lasted in the position longer than just scant months? I can’t and I doubt many of you can. So, why did they all cut and run? Because they could not affect change. The government up until now has been unable to focus their attention never mind ours collectively on the dangers involved. Humans I have found, are generally unable to detect and deter long range danger so well. Fight or flight yes… Long term Chinese or Russian plans.. Not so much. Just look at all the machinations provided to us post 9/11 and you will see what I mean…

“What do you mean I can’t have a couple ounces of liquid or gel in my carry on!?”

OOOH that’s making me feel sooo secure!

So how do we fix it?

Well, really I don’t know that we can unless we have a “Cyber Pearl Harbor” really. Say those blackouts we had back in 03 were actually the doing of China, or for that matter a “home grown” threat, we would see some quick action! Ok upon reflection it would likely be a Chinese Fire Drill instead of substantive corrective action I think. Ya know, like taking off your shoes at the airport post one noodnick trying to light his shoe on fire. Yeah, that did a lot to make us safer DHS and TSA!

I think what I am trying to say here is this; We need to be able to admit we have a problem like we are at a collective AA meeting.

“Hi, I am America and I am terrible at information security”

“Hi America…”

They say it is the first step to a cure that admission. Well, we need to really have a mea culpa as a society and then start to work on fixing that issue. I believe that Melissa’s first job is to assess, and then she will need to impart in a most forceful way, that we are rather fucked where our infrastructure is concerned. Then, she needs to give Big O’ the marching orders to sign PDD’s to FORCE corporations, and the government to protect their data “with due diligence” AND to audit them with consequences for failure.

I have said it before at client sites and I will say it here. Security procedures and policies will only be effective and instituted when there is “buy in” from the top down. Unless we get some real direction and orders from the Prez, there will be no change. China and others will keep stealing us blind, and our economy will falter even further. Unless we take the necessary steps to protect our data we can expect to lose the economic Stratego game with or without the “stimulus”.

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Suicide Club: Just Whack.. But I think I am understanding the Japanese youth mind more…

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Little kids, chicks, half naked teen girls, and a wood planer! Only the Japanese could come up with this!

Little kids, chicks, half naked teen girls, and a wood planer! Only the Japanese could come up with this!

So I decided to look up “Suicide Club” on You tube today and what do you know, it was up there in ten minute chunks to watch. After the film was all said and done (with some missing time as I think the content was too “out there”) I found myself rather intrigued, confused, and grossed out, but in a silly bad horror way.

Plot Line:

54 Japanese “Hyper super cute” school girls (ya know the kind you see in anime and manga) clasp hands together in a line at Shinjuku station and leap in front of an oncoming train.. *SPLAT* Heads and limbs everywhere. Soon after kids start to off themselves in various greusome ways and the cops have no idea what the hell is going on, except they hear the term “Suicide Club”

Interspersed with this are images of another “super cute” group of pre teen “backstreet girls” who sing a song about.. Well, emailing them? I guess. Anyway, they seem to be involved somehow subliminally.. Long story short, an Otaku hacker girl kinda figures things out, mayhem ensues, and, well more suicides… Need I say more?

Whoa… If it were bloodier I would have to be wearing a plastic garbage bag like at a Gallagher stand up routine! Anyway, I digress…

Mostly though, I think I started to get on the trail more of the Hikikko Mori mindset as well as perhaps the Otaku in watching this film. Sure, it was silly and really, even without the time gap, confusing trying to make out just what the hell was going on. This is especially true of the whole scene involving the “girl band” and the underground lair with the removal of skin with a wood plane. *Ick! Ouch!* Of course that belies the whole issue of the “Skin Rolls” being sent to the cops…

*ugh just had a bad salmon skin sushi roll image in my head!*

It was just kinda arbitrary and, well of course creeptastic in a sadistic sexual way that the Japanese have really mastered. Mmm yeah…

The hardest thing to wrap my head around was the whole thing where the kids have this Q&A session with the Otaku Hacker:

little kid: “Are you connected with yourself?”

little girl: “Are you severed from yourself?”

little girl 3: “Did you come to repair your connection?”

What the…? Are they really phone repair kids or what? I am kinda lost there in the scheme of things at first. Then I begin to think about my Zen teachings and think perhaps they are talking about “one-ness” Maybe? They go on about being severed or not severed after death and its there that the bread crumbs end.. One of those damn Myazaki anime birds must have ate em…

In the end I was left thinking;

“Whoa, that’s just fucked up”

I mean, no one but NO ONE does evil creepy scary kids like Japan! Add to this the whole suicide issue going on there and man I am not surprised to hear that people just take a ride out to Aoikigohara and disappear.

Oh well… You watch and decide yourselves..

Sayonara…

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2009/02/14 at 23:37

Be a squatter

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I agree and so does Uncle Lew

It even made the urban dictionary…

Piggy Piggy Piggy Fuck Piggy Piggy 16 up, 5 down love ithate it
A level of greed so great it defies all logic. For more info. listen to the album ‘Rules of Enragement’ by comedian Lewis Black.

It is time for a change in the laws here. This congresswoman is right. I know someone in the same position and I am going to recommend that they look into this option too. Even last week these companies and their lackeys were giving themselves 18 billion dollars of TARP monies as bonuses! Bonuses for the very same people that carried out the blind eye routine on predatory loans and the rest of this debacle! No wonder Big O got pissed…

Fuckers.

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2009/02/01 at 13:37