At base, it is ideas that determine the behaviour of societies – behaviours that assist or harm the society. Those ideas may arise internally, or they may be injected into the body politic from an external source. Ideas can form systemised ideologies, converge and become recombinant, and become self replicating. In this way ideas and ideological frameworks can operate in a manner analogous to viruses, parasites or other pathogens. In extreme cases these can take control of the command system of the organism and cause it to self destruct. Following are examples from nature of the take-over of an organisms decision making by a hostile ‘manipulative substance’.
Larvae of a clever, yet ruthless, wasp turn their spider victim into a zombie before forcing it to frantically build them a home — and then kill it, a new study has found.
The discovery, which is reported in The Journal of Experimental Biology , represents one of the most extreme acts of host manipulation by a parasite.
The wasp’s secret weapon is what the authors describe as an “unusual concentration” of “a manipulative substance,” which they suspect is a hormone.
Keizo Takasuka of Kobe University and colleagues made the determination after collecting spiders from the species Cyclosa argenteoalba.
The researchers found the spiders at shrines in the cities of Tamba and Sasayama in Japan. Once captured, the spiders were brought back to a lab and observed.
The researchers noticed that some of the spiders had previously been parasitised by the wasp Reclinervellus Nielseni. To do this, the wasp laid eggs either on or within the spider’s body.
Then, something really strange happened.
Each of the wasp-infected spiders worked tirelessly for around 10 hours to build an incredibly strong web, complete with a cocoon and even glistening silken “web decorations.” All of this happened just before the wasp’s larvae were about to pupate.
The webs contained so many fibres that they were anywhere from 2.7- 40 times stronger than the spider’s usual webs, meaning the ones that the spider normally creates for itself to rest on and to catch prey.
Once the special webs were built, the wasp larvae moved in, using the spider-made cocoon to pupate. They then lured the spider to the hub of the web. Once there, the hapless spider was killed.
Takasuka and the other researchers suspect the wasp larvae inject a compound into their spider victim. It is comparable to one that the spider naturally produces.
The authors write that “the manipulative substance may react with the spider’s endocrine system,” leading to the hyperactive and unusual web-building behaviour.
Other parasites control the behaviour of their hosts for selfish reasons. For example, horsehair worms develop inside the bodies of crickets and grasshoppers. The worm parasites manipulate the behaviour of their hosts, often causing them to jump into streams, where the adult worm emerges and goes off on its own before starting the whole cycle again.
In humans, certain parasites can multiply in the brain, leading to behavioural changes that may include everything from memory loss to self-mutilation.
Fungus Turns Amazonian Ants into Zombies
Researchers combing the rainforests of Brazil have uncovered four new species of fungi that turns ants into zombies.
Although it is not the first time the fungi has been seen affecting ants, the discovery of four distinct species in close proximity highlights the level of biodiversity in the Amazon.
Their study appears online in the journal PLoS One.
The research, led by Assistant Professor David Hughes of the University of Pennsylvannia, identified and described the parasitic fungus Ophiocordyceps unliateralis living on four species of carpenter ant (Camponotini sp.) in the Zona da Mata region of Brazil.
Ants become infected when they come into contact with spores released by the fungus. Within a week the ant enters a ‘zombie-like’ state.
“This so-called zombie or brain-manipulating fungus alters the behaviours of the ant host, causing it to die in an exposed position, typically clinging onto and biting the adaxial surface of shrub leaves,” the study authors write.
The fungus then grows out of the head of the ant, releasing spores into the air, which rain down onto unsuspecting ants and the forest floor.
In 2009, Hughes led a team of researchers studying ‘zombie-ants’ in Indonesia. They found the infected ants consistently attached to leaves 25 centimetres above the ground in an environment with 95 per cent humidity – perfect conditions for the fungus to grow.
Can human societies be infected by ideas which take-over their decision making causing them to self-destruct in the way that that parasitic hormones can take-over spiders and insects causing them to self-destruct?
If so, how can these ideas be identified and quarantined?
Soros’ NGOs in Europe
List of organisations with Open Society sponsored projects for the year 2014:
* 444 – Hungarian Jeti Co.
* Associazione 21 luglio
* Associazione Upre Roma
* Association for the Defense of Human Rights in Romania
* Association l’Universite du Citoyen
* Athena Institute
* Athens Pride
* Bite the Ballot
* Bondy Blog
* Budapesti Szocialis Forraskozpont
* Centre for Peace Studies
* Cité en Mouvement
* Communication Center X
* Daniel Sachs Foundation
* EUobserver ASBL
* European Alternatives
* European Citizens Abroad
* European Cultural Foundation
* European Network Against Racism
* European Women’s Lobby
* European Digital Rights
* European Youth Forum
* Finance Watch AISBL
* Fiscal Responsibility Institute Budapest
* Foundation Expo
* Foundation for an Open Society
* Foundazione Romani Italia
* Heinrich Böll Foundation Greece
* Hellenic League for Human Rights
* Hungarian LGBT Alliance
* Hungarian Helsinki Committee
* HOPE not hate Educational Ltd
* IG Kultur Osterreich
* International Alert
* Ligue des droits de l’Homme
* Lithuanian Youth Council
* Media Diversity Institute
* Migration Policy Group
* Migrant’s Rights Network
* Migrant Voice
* Milestone Consulting Kft
* OSF Prague
* National Youth Council of Slovenia
* New Europeans
* Northern Ireland Women’s European Platform
* Polish City Club
* Political Capital Institute
* Progressives Zentrum
* Prospect Mühely Alapitvány
* Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia
* SOLIS Conseil
* Stefan Batory Foundation
* Stichting Eurofact
* SOS Racisme Catalunya
* Transparency International Latvia
* Transparency International – Liaison Office to the European Union
* Transparency International Hungary
* UNITED for Intercultural Action
* Votewatch CIC
* Young European Federalists
Thursday, July 22, 2004 at 12 a.m.
By Doug Ireland
Remember how congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle deplored the torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib as “un-American”? Last Thursday, however, the House quietly passed a renewed appropriation that keeps open the U.S.’s most infamous torture-teaching institution, known as the School of the Americas (SOA), where the illegal physical and psychological abuse of prisoners of the kind the world condemned at Abu Ghraib and worse has been routinely taught for years.
A relic of the Cold War, the SOA was originally set up to train military, police and intelligence officers of U.S. allies south of the border in the fight against insurgencies Washington labeled “Communist.” In reality, the SOA’s graduates have been the shock troops of political repression, propping up a string of dictatorial and repressive regimes favored by the Pentagon.
The interrogation manuals long used at the SOA were made public in May by the National Security Archive, an independent research group, and posted on its Web site after they were declassified following Freedom of Information Act requests by, among others, the Baltimore Sun. In releasing the manuals, the NSA noted that they “describe ‘coercive techniques’ such as those used to mistreat the detainees at Abu Ghraib.”
The Abu Ghraib torture techniques have been field-tested by SOA graduates — seven of the U.S. Army interrogation manuals that were translated into Spanish, used at the SOA’s trainings and distributed to our allies, offered instruction on torture, beatings and assassination. As Dr. Miles Schuman, a physician with the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture who has documented torture cases and counseled their victims, graphically wrote in the May 14 Toronto Globe and Mail under the headline “Abu Ghraib: The Rule, Not the Exception”:
“The black hood covering the faces of naked prisoners in Abu Ghraib was known as la capuchi in Guatemalan and Salvadoran torture chambers. The metal bed frame to which the naked and hooded detainee was bound in a crucifix position in Abu Ghraib was la cama, named for a former Chilean prisoner who survived the U.S.-installed regime of General Augusto Pinochet. In her case, electrodes were attached to her arms, legs and genitalia, just as they were attached to the Iraqi detainee poised on a box, threatened with electrocution if he fell off. The Iraqi man bound naked on the ground with a leash attached to his neck, held by a smiling young American recruit, reminds me of the son of peasant organizers who recounted his agonizing torture at the hands of the Tonton Macoutes, U.S.-backed dictator John-Claude (Baby Doc) Duvalier’s right-hand thugs, in Port-au-Prince in 1984. The very act of photographing those tortured in Abu Ghraib to humiliate and silence parallels the experience of an American missionary, Sister Diana Ortiz,” who was tortured and gang-raped repeatedly under supervision by an American in 1989, according to her testimony before the Congressional Human Rights Caucus.
The long history of torture by U.S.-trained thugs in Latin and Central America under the command of SOA graduates has also been capaciously documented by human-rights organizations like Amnesty International (in its 2002 report titled “Unmatched Power, Unmet Principles”) and in books like A.J. Langguth’s Hidden Terrors, William Blum’s Rogue State and Lawrence Weschler’s A Miracle, a Universe. In virtually every report on human-rights abuses from Latin America, SOA graduates are prominent. A U.N. Truth Commission report said that over two-thirds of the Salvadoran officers it cites for abuses are SOA graduates. Forty percent of the Cabinet members under three sanguinary Guatemalan dictatorships were SOA graduates. And the list goes on . . .
In 2000, the Pentagon engaged in a smoke-screen attempt to give the SOA a face-lift by changing its name to the Western Hemispheric Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) as part of a claimed “reform” program. But, as the late GOP Senator Paul Coverdale of Georgia (where SOA-WHINSEC is located) said at the time, the changes to the school were “basically cosmetic.”
The lobbying campaign to close SOA-WHINSEC has been led by School of the Americas Watch, founded by religious activists after the 1990s murder of four U.S. nuns by Salvadoran death squads under command of one of SOA’s most infamous graduates, Colonel Roberto D’Aubuisson. Lest you think that the school’s links to atrocities are all in the distant past, SOA Watch has documented a raft of recent scandals postdating the Pentagon’s chimerical “reform.” Here are just a few of them:
In June 2001, Colonel Byron Lima Estrada, an SOA grad who was head of Guatemala’s bloody D-2 intelligence unit, was convicted of Guatemalan Bishop Gerardi’s murder by bludgeoning — two days after the bishop released a report concluding that the army was responsible for a majority of the 200,000 killed in his country’s civil war.
In April 2002, two SOA graduates (Army Commander in Chief Efrain Vasquez and General Ramirez Poveda) helped lead a failed coup in Venezuela. The notorious Otto Reich, a failed Bush-administration appointee who sat on the renamed school’s Board of Visitors, met with the generals in the months preceding the coup.
In June 2002, Colombian police arrested SOA graduate John Fredy Jimenez for the murder of Archbishop Isaias Duarte in March of that year.
In 2002, Bolivian Captain Filiman Rodriguez took a 49-week officer-training course at WHINSEC. But in 1999, he’d been found responsible for the kidnapping and torture of Waldo Albarracin, then director of the Popular Assembly for Human Rights, by a commission of the Bolivian Chamber of Deputies.
In 2003, Salvadoran Colonel Francisco del Cid Diaz was a student at WHINSEC. But the colonel commanded a unit that shot 16 residents from the Los Hojas cooperative of the Asociacion Nacional de Indígenas and threw their bodies into the river in 1983. In 1992, the OAS Inter-American Commission on Human Rights recommended prosecution of Col. Cid Diaz for the murders.
Representative Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) has spearheaded opposition in the House to SOA-WHINSEC, but his amendment to the Foreign Operations appropriation killing money for the school (which had 128 co-sponsors) was withdrawn at the eleventh hour last week after a bipartisan agreement limited the number of amendments that could come to the House floor. The last chance for killing the school’s money this year now rests with the Senate — but when we called Senators Boxer and Feinstein, past SOA critics, to ask them what they planned to do, the response was a deafening silence from their offices. In light of SOA Watch’s extensive lobbying, our elected representatives can’t claim they don’t know of the school’s record on torture. So this episode calls to mind Mark Twain’s observation that “there is no distinct, native American criminal class — except Congress.”
SOA Watch has called a mass vigil/protest for November 19 through 21 at the school’s home in Fort Benning, Georgia, expected to be led by Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon and Dead Man Walking author Sister Helen Prejean.
School of the Americas
For a contemporary analysis of the ‘School of the Americas’ and ongoing civil society efforts to make it accountable see School of Americas Watch (SOA Watch)
- copies of manuals released to the National Security Archive
- Unmatched Power: Unmet Principles, The Human Rights Dimensions of US Training of Foreign Military and Police Forces, Amnesty International
The following article explores some aspects of the current hybrid war on Russia. A ‘hybrid war’ is one that occurs without a declaration of war and over multiple domains. It includes economic sanctions, other forms of economic sabotage, subversive diplomacy, isolating the target and cutting it off from allies, propaganda and psychological operations, regime change, colour revolution, assassination, and the creation of division, confusion and opposition groups in the target society. This article makes a number of assertions about aspects of the hybrid war on Russia. 3P Training makes no assertions as to the truth or accuracy of these claims. The reader is encourage to make this a starting point for their own inquiry and draw their own conclusions. It is however an example of what citizenship investigation can uncover.
Note that many articles are in Russian and require translation. This can be done to some extent using online tools.
Article by Scott Humor
- author of The enemy of the State
- Director of Research and Development at The Saker Analytical site
Concerning so called “non-systemic opposition” and foreign entities including the Grid Dynamics interference in Russia’s presidential election
Here, on thesaker.is we have accumulated a large body of research on the “color revolution” methods and evidence that so called “the fifth column” and “non-systemic opposition” to the Russian state are in fact agents of the foreign governments, military and secret services. We published our researches into use of false flag attacks and snipers. If you don’t trust our opinions, you can simply read the diplomatic dispatches demonstrating how the “liberal non-systemic opposition” in Russia and Belarus directly linked to the United State government.
- A diplomatic dispatch the US Ambassador met with Belarusian pro-democracy activists living in exile in Estonia, filed on September 2007.
- In 1996-1997, Milinkevich represented the Belarusian Soros Foundation in Grodno.
- OPPOSITION CHOOSES SINGLE CANDIDATE, 2005 October 3
- Belarus opposition meeting with the US senators
In my article on the Grid Dynamics I described the history and ownership of the company. There is no doubt that it’s an U.S. based company that recently was acquired by a Chinese entity, which makes this company being a foreign company.
According to Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Russian government haven been seeking a reciprocal non-interference with the U.S. in each other’s internal affairs within the framework of the law for nearly a century. Among examples of such interference of so called Western states are “voice their opinions, criticizing everything linked with the elections, from legislation to procedural issues,” by the illegal economic and political sanctions and restrictions.
“In late December, Putin said foreign security agencies are “doing all they can to ramp up their level of activity in Russia,” targeting the country’s social and political life. A month before that, the president warned that “in response to our alleged interference in their election, [the Americans] want to create problems with the presidential vote in Russia.”
According to unnamed diplomatic sources, ” Ukrainian radical organizations will try “with double vigor to disrupt the polling” for citizens of Russia, who currently reside in Ukraine, to vote at the Presidential elections in Russia
A memorandum dedicated to Washington’s long-standing and systemic aspirations to influence the developments in Russia in its own interests was handed over to US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman on December 21, 2017.
As I wrote in my article, the YouCon conference that had gathered 1200 students from all over the country was used as a platform to arrange meetings with a representative of Soros/ Khodorkovsky/Sobchak.
The Grid Dynamics is a foreign entity that is actively interfering into the Russian presidential election.
The irony of it all seems to be lost on managers and employees of the GD. You are a foreign company. You arranged meeting between 1200 Russian college students and a director of non-systemic opposition headquarter that serves interests of foreign entities, like notorious George Soros and his Open Society Foundations, the Open Russia, a anti-Russian foreign based organization founded by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, and Sobchak, a non-systemic anti-Russia personality, whose hate speech I quoted above.
For the past twenty-five years, Russia’s science has been suffering from an ongoing and sustained war on scientists. In the 1990s, 800 science research institutions were closed, and thousands of scientists were left with no jobs and no community. By some estimates, about 800,000 people with science degrees left the country in the last quarter of century.
Currently, several dozens of Russian Academy of Science members live and work in the West. Those scientists who refused to leave were threatened and about one hundred were killed in what clearly has been a systematic black op.
Most of the murders have never been solved. Here you can find a compilation of names of murdered scientists and circumstances of their death from 2001 to 2010:
A hunt on Russia’s scientists sheds some light into the past and explains why Stalin kept the country’s best minds under protection, in closed secret research centers. At the time, it was truly the only way to protect them. I don’t think we would have Korolev, Tupolev, and Kalashnikov to work as long and productively as they did if they lived as private citizens who were targets of foreign security services and the followers of Trotsky.
Back to Alexander Trekov, who was noticed as a university student with his groundbreaking research on autonomous vehicles. There were rumors that he was killed because of his work, and the perpetrators were never found, despite of the security cameras footage obtained by the police, which points to a planned professional hit by someone who knew Trekov’s schedule, the Saratov streets he walked home, and the location of security cameras in the area.
The second time the Grid Dynamics company’s name came up was during research for my book “Pokémons in Ukraine.” I was composing profiles of the Blue Team crisis actors, the so called “Ukrainian pro-EU patriots,” and was crosschecking them with the Red Team Crisis actors, the so called “pro-Russia rebels.” The fact is that some crisis actors changed teams and went back and forth, and I was trying to map their movements. On one video of “pro-Russian rebels” a woman managing a staged protest looked exactly like one of the managers of the Help-Army NGO, that assisted the Kiev regime death battalions in 2014.
I checked the backgrounds of some of the people in the video, trying to get evidence that this woman was in Donetsk in the spring of 2014. That’s how I found that another person on the video, Yulia Rudanovska, worked for the Grid Dynamics, and my first thought was, “Wait a minute, isn’t it the same company where a young promising engineer was killed? He was developing technology for driverless cars.”
I am describing my research process in such detail to show that my article wasn’t an assignment, but something organically grown from my other research. So, again, I don’t get paid for my articles.
The Grid Dynamic largely contributed to the loss of talented software developers and engineers.
Grid Dynamics International, Inc. has filed 109 labor condition applications for H1B visa and 17 labor certifications for green card from fiscal year 2014 to 2016.
|Profiles of forein workers who applied for green card under PERM:|
|Class of Admission:||H-1B(6)^L-1(1)|
|College:||The Leland Stanford Junior University(1)^Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute,Ukraine(1)^St. Petersburg State University Itmo,Russia(1)^St. Petersburg State University,Russia(1)^Saratov State University,Russia(1)^Leningrad State University Named After Zhdanov,Russia(1)^Far East State University,Russia(1)|
|Major:||SYSTEMS ENGINEERING(1)^PHYSICS AND ELECTRICAL ENGINEERINJG(1)^PHYSICS AND ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING(1)^MANAGEMENT(1)^EL. ENG’G IN 2003; MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTER SCIENCE IN 2011(1)^COMPUTER SCIENCE(1)^COMPUTER ENGINEERING(1)|
I found that the company pays about 100,000 rubles a month to its system engineers in Russia, which is approximately $1750 a months. About $20,000 a year, which is a fraction of what they pay to specialists who agree to relocate to the U.S.
The practice of unequal pay within same company is not just used by the U.S. based companies in Russia, but also across the European Union member states. Per industry insider, the main reason IT people are “defecting” to the US is because they get higher salaries there. For example in Damore’s lawsuit against Google he talks about a 150,000 USD per year in stock option bonus (that doesn’t include his base salary). Some specialists who went to the US confirming it was the case (they still came back, though, mostly because they didn’t like the mentality).
The practice of unequal pay based on a geographic location of an IT specialist is a coercive mechanism to make highly valuable specialists to move to the United States, and also a wealth transfer mechanism, considering that due to being paid less, specialists based in Russia pay less in taxes, and they will have smaller pensions down the road, which in turn places additional pressure on the country’s social security baseline.
What happens when people arrive to the US? I wrote about the Russian programmer Sergey Aleynikov, jailed by Goldman Sachs, here, here, and here. He was jailed on made up charges merely for wanting to quit Goldman Sachs, and to work for a company that would pay him ten times more. Goldman Sachs pulled some strings and showed him, and all other Russian specialists, that they were slaves who weren’t allowed to quit their owners. Kris Kaspersky or Nikolay Likhachev, a software developer who worked for the US government program of malware detection, and who died reportedly after jumping off a plane, even so no footage of his jump was on airport surveillance cameras, and no other jumpers remembered him to be on a plane in February 2017. We know that the US government kidnaps programmers from Russia and jails them for ridiculous frivolous charges. According to a wife of one of them, he was offered to work for the US government in his professional capacity against Russia in exchange for freedom.
There is a steady flow of information of sudden violent deaths of Russians working in the US or visiting the country. Anton Yelchin, a Hollywood actor, died in an apparent accident in 2016. Anton Kemaev, a father of three children, was killed in Pittsburg in December 2017. Artem S. Ziberov, a high school student, was killed in June 2017 in Maryland. “Nine months, nine prominent Russians dead,” victoriously declared CNN in August 2017. “Nine high-profile Russians, including several high-profile diplomats, have died over the nine months since the US presidential election on November 8.”
When people managing the US security agencies and military say that they have to kill as many Russians as they can, it’s not an empty threat, but rather their way to reveal their plans.
Add to this a growing civil unrest inside the America’s biggest companies. In short, the companies like Facebook, Amazon and Google are punishing voters for electing Trump by demonetizing their content channels. YouTube did this and Facebook shut down millions of accounts of users, mostly some brilliant individuals, stay at home moms, disabled and retired people, who managed to make a living using those platforms. It has been a devastating hit for many families, and now a wave of backlash is coming. Many people working for those companies are not Trotskists. A Facebook engineer had his house burned down, after he publicly spoke about infighting in FB between so called “democrats” and the realists, who understand that the company is wreaking havoc in society. Facebook is terrified to have Mark Zuckerberg speak to the Congress.
A Twitter employee brags that sitting behind his keyboard, he can shut the President of America down, to stop him communicating with millions of his constituents and with outside world. They did this once, but brought back Trump’s tweeter account in ten minutes. Can you imagine this level of hubris, delusion and separation from reality if a Tweeter employee says that the President’s free speech is his hands?
This kind of provocations spells troubles mostly for people who work for those companies. Now imagine to be a specialist from Russia and getting cutup in this shitstorm, considering that both sides, socialists and conservatives, are brainwashed to hate the Russians. Say, you work for Google and your manager is a black woman, who hates you for being white male and double hates you for being Russian who, in her mind, “helped to elect Trump.” She would do anything in her power to turn your life into living hell. She can even mastermind a false flag attack to frame you for some kind of company policy violation, or worse.
Considering the situation, it’s still hard to prevent talented educated people from trying something new and signing up to work for the American companies. They might not even be aware what cesspool they are getting into.
Russia’s IT specialists and engineers are not protected on the international professional labor market. They are forced to negotiate as individuals, with no bargaining power behind them. The government cannot do this for them. Looking at pictures of talented intelligent Russian children taking part in your latest YouCon, and, in my opinion, being manipulated, used and thrown to the American sharks, makes me worried sick for them.
They need a professional union organization that would negotiate their contacts, with lawyers that would look after their interests and also after the interest of the country that invests so much resources to educate them into specialists who are in high demand worldwide. This organization also should be able to assist young scientists in getting funds to start their own companies.
There is a need to create an IT students union that would do same as a professional union, but in relation to students traveling and visiting schools and conferences in other countries. These two organization, not for profit NGOs, would watch over the specialists who work abroad making sure that they are safe. They should be staffed with people familiar with labor laws in deferent countries, capable of negotiating contracts to get the highest pay possible, people who have direct contacts with the country’s law enforcement, and with the legal firms abroad to be used in the worst case scenario. These organizations should have enough funds available to pay for legal defense.
Believe me, it’s much harder to threaten, harass, underpay and mistreat someone who is represented by lawyers from a big organization, then an individual who has no legal support.
President Putin said during his meeting with the representatives of the Russia’s liberal media: “after some time any commodity will be digitized and occupy its place on such information digital platforms that it will be impossible to produce or upgrade anything without using information from these platforms. Those who own these platforms will rule the world.”
Now imagine that an IT company whose founders, managers and employees directly and indirectly involved in the regime change business, embeds itself into this unified Eurasian platform via its employees developed codes. All it takes is one or two lines of codes burred inside 1000s pages of script, configured to trigger some catastrophic event when a certain date or conditions are achieved.
Here, I found an illustration of my thesis that .ru emails extensions are being used by the IT specialist physically located in other countries.
This based on an email from the HBGary company, the US government contractor, published by the Wikileaks, and appropriately titled “Holy Shit Dude – MalwareDomainList offers their full db (database) as a free DL (download).”
From: Shawn Bracken, the Principal Research Scientist HBGary, Inc. firstname.lastname@example.org To: email@example.com Date: 2011-01-13 06:56 Subject: Holy Shit Dude – MalwareDomainList offers their full db as a free DL
“58k+ rows of blacklist candidates attached. There is literally 10’s of thousands of great blacklist domains, IP subnets, admin contacts etc to get us started all in this little 8.5mb CSV file. I could even load/use this list in its literal format in about 30 minutes of CSV parser coding if I wanted. (although in actuality I’ll probably have the Master box parse/convert to a native HBG/Razor config format which is what will get distributed to the slave razor apps.) BONUS: They also have an RSS feed you hit that we can have the Master hit that will give us just the hourly/daily updates of whats new. With the help of a few great sources like this our OSINT pimp-hand will be very strong. Thanks for the clue on checking out malwaredomainlist. :P”
Open a file in attachment at https://wikileaks.org/hbgary-emails/emailid/56319
Take a look at what is listed under numbers #6028 and #6029: zeus v1 config file for Zeus Bot. Zbot is a banking Trojan that also goes by the names Zeus, WSNPOEM, NTOS and PRG. Once the Trojan is downloaded onto your computer, it runs in the background recording every keystroke your computer makes. Take a look at item called “Blade2009” with email firstname.lastname@example.org.
An email is based in Belarus, but an IP: 22.214.171.124is owned by a Ukrainian company wnet.ua, located in Odessa.
Operating from the territory of Ukraine.
If you search the file with a keyword “.ru” you will find out that many of the hackers operating with .ru mail extension were, actually, operating from UA (Ukraine)and US (the United States.)
Another example, “Anton Nikiforov” (email@example.com) items #56341, 56342, 56343, 56344 operated from the US, under #56350 and further, the same ID hacker appeared to be operating from alternately China and Ukraine. Say, this is a Pentagon contractor with employees based on the US military bases around the world, or an international company with subcontractors located in deferent locations.
Concerning matters of free speech
Different countries have different, and sometimes opposite understanding what the “freedom of speech” encompasses. In Germany, for example, any criticism of the state of Israel is considered to be a hateful speech and is punished by incarceration.
In 2017, German Justice Minister Heiko Maas championed the measure that fines Facebook, Twitter and other outlets up to $53 million (50 million euros) if they failed to remove hate speech and other forms of illegal content, this is known as the German Hate Speech Laws and it dictates for the social media users to be a subject to a range of punishments for posting material, including a prison sentence of up to five years for what “may” amount to threats, hate speech, defamation, or incitement to commit a crime, among other offenses.
Britain has something similar called the Public Order Act under which people being arrested and jailed on merely “suspicion of inciting racial or religious hatred.”
In my view, the United State and Russia have the most freedom of speech of all countries. Although, in case of the MSM, the freedom of speech is being severally reduced by actions of the privately owned social media platforms. They also report directly to the U.S. secret services, as an undercover video appears to show Twitter security engineer saying that Twitter keeps all deleted direct messages and Tweets in case they need to hand them over to the government at a later date.
Granted all of the above, you have to understand that in, so called, Western countries, attacks on people for having a different ethnic identity is a hate speech.
Kseniya Sobchak once notoriously stated that “Russians are genetic waste.” Her other equally notorious statement she made during her interview to a reporter of the Novaya Gazeta Alexander Nikonov in 2005. She said, “I love Jews, because all Russians are cattle.”
I don’t know about you, but I am a Russian, and I absolutely disagree with her notion. In addition, this kind of racist remarks about Russians is not a “free speech.” It’s a hate speech.
Concerning some Grid Dynamics employees, who took part in the war against civilian population of Donbass.
The claims these people make that they were fighting in an “ATO” (Anti-Terror Operation) have just been rejected by the Ukrainian government.
On January 16, 2018 the Parliament of Ukraine, Rada, has refused to recognize the Donetsk and Lugansk republics as the “terrorist organizations.”
We, at thesaker.is, have generated a huge body of work dedicated to the Ukrainian war. In 2015-2016 we had daily and weekly SITREP updates, analytics, opinions, and translations of Russia’s experts, like Ruslan Hubiev. and Rostislav Ishchenko. We have posted numerous videos about this war, and statements of President Putin and other officials.
Some of my articles concerning the matter
- Russia vs. ECHR: The Rise and Fall of the European Courts
- Kiev Junta’s victims sue Ukraine for hundreds of millions in ECHR
- Behind Ukraine vs. Russia case in the UN International Court icj-cij
- STAND for Ukraine Act H.R. 5094 and its authors
- Breaking news regarding armed conflict in Ukraine In SK press release as following:The SK of Russian Federation initiated criminal cases involving the use of prohibited means and methods of warfare based on previously unknown facts of the Ukrainian military shelling of civilians.“In practice, the armed forces servicemen can easily define what constitutes a “knowingly criminal command,” said the expert of Association of military political scientists, head of the Department of political science and sociology of Plekhanov Russian University of Economics professor Andrey Koshkin: “The criminal command is the use of regular troops against the civilian population. I suspect that this fact lies at the basis of this wording. It’s a war crime to destroy the civilian population on the orders of the superiors.”
Other criminal cases initiated by the Russia’s Investigative Committee against persons, and official entities in Ukraine committing crimes involving use of prohibited means and methods of warfare.
The SK initiated the criminal investigation of the Ukraine armed forces and law enforcement involved in war crimes and crimes against humanity
The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation announced that they have initiated a criminal investigation of war crimes committed by the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
When Hybrid Wars go Hot
Published 16 January 2018
Author: Brian Cloughey
Big Guns, Better Chow, and More US-NATO Aggression
A headline in the US military magazine Stars and Stripes last September was eye-catching. It told readers that there were “Big guns, better chow for US soldiers on Russia deterrence mission” in Lithuania. Apparently the guns and chow were provided for the “500 173rd Airborne Brigade soldiers that swooped into the Baltics this month on a mission to deter Russian aggression.”
Then the UK’s Observer newspaper informed us that “US Special Forces have been deployed close to the border with Russia as part of a ‘persistent’ presence of American troops in the Baltics. Dozens of special ops solders are being stationed along Europe’s eastern flank to reassure NATO allies Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. The move will also allow the US to monitor Russian manoeuvres amid fears of further destabilisation following its annexation of Crimea in 2014… US special operations forces will complement around 4,000 Nato troops posted to Poland, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia in the coming months.”
It was noted by Nick Turse on January 9 that “for the past two years the US has maintained a Special Operations contingent in almost every nation on Russia’s western border. As Special Operations Command chief General Raymond Thomas put it last year, ‘We’ve had persistent presence in every country — every NATO country and others on the border with Russia doing phenomenal things with our allies, helping them prepare for their threats.”
What threats? What Russian aggression? What destabilisation? Russia has never threatened any Baltic State and there is not the slightest piece of evidence that Russia wants to invade Lithuania. Their trade balance is that Russia imports total $2.5 billion a year from Lithuania and exports are $3.3 billion and it is in the best interests of both countries to expand this mutually beneficial arrangement, although it seems a trifle strange that although Lithuania’s exports declined by 2.5 per cent in 2016, this was in part “explained by the drop in exports of oil products (due to American competition).”
But all US and most European mainstream media claim that when the majority of the citizens of Crimea voted in a referendum to rejoin Russia, this was somehow evidence of Russian aggression, extending to the Baltic.
As the BBC reported in March 2014, “voters were asked whether they wanted to join Russia, or have greater autonomy within Ukraine” and made their preference clear. In the period between the US-inspired coup in Ukraine and the vote to rejoin Russia there was not a single case of bloodshed in Crimea. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe was asked by the government of Crimea to send representatives to monitor the referendum but refused to do so.
There were energetic attempts in the West to paint the post-accession treatment of Ukrainians in Crimea as harsh, but even the ultra-right-wing UK Daily Telegraph reported that “Like many of the Ukrainian servicemen in Crimea, the 600-strong marine battalion in Feodosia has strong local links. Many of the men are either local recruits or have served here so long they have put down roots. Only about 140 of the 600-strong battalion stationed here are expected to return to Ukraine. The remainder, with local family and friends, have opted to remain in Crimea — the land they call home.”
Exactly a year after the referendum Forbes noted that “…the Crimeans are happy right where they are . . . poll after poll shows that the locals there — be they Ukrainians, ethnic Russians or Tatars — are mostly all in agreement: life with Russia is better than life with Ukraine… Despite huge efforts on the part of Kiev, Brussels, Washington and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the bulk of humanity living on the Black Sea peninsula believe the referendum to secede from Ukraine was legit.” Not much evidence of Russian aggression there — but a great deal of evidence of Western interference aimed at destabilising the region.
The US-NATO military alliance, the Brussels-Washington nexus mentioned by Forbes, refuses to believe that the citizens of the Peninsula are content or that Russia has no desire to “annex” any territory. As Stars and Stripes informs us, the big guns and better chow for US soldiers sent to Russia’s border are “part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, the United States’ commitment to deter aggression in Europe in response to Russia’s 2014 annexation of the Crimean Peninsula.” The drumbeat of “annexation” is continuous and as with many propaganda campaigns has succeeded because Western media seldom permit publication of even-handed accounts of what actually happened. The Psyops campaign directors are guided by the old saying that “if you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it”, which is wrongly attributed to Josef Goebbels but spot on for accuracy.
In February 2015 the Washington Times and the UK’s Daily Mail published an objective piece by Steven Hurst of Associated Press in which he stated that “Since the Soviet collapse [the US-NATO military alliance] — as Moscow had feared — has spread eastward, expanding along a line from Estonia in the north to Romania and Bulgaria in the south. The Kremlin claims it had Western assurances that would not happen. Now, Moscow’s only buffers to a complete NATO encirclement on its western border are Finland, Belarus and Ukraine. The Kremlin would not have to be paranoid to look at that map with concern.”
Steven Hurst, it should be noted, is an “AP international political writer [who] reported from Moscow for 12 years and has covered international relations for 33 years.” No Western mainstream media published his piece of balanced analysis. Well, they wouldn’t would they? — it didn’t fit with the propaganda line.
After the Warsaw Pact disbanded in March 1991 the US-NATO military alliance, although deprived of any reason to continue in existence not only kept going but in 1999 added Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary to its then 16 members. As the BBC noted, these countries became “the first former Soviet bloc states to join NATO, taking the alliance’s borders some 400 miles towards Russia.”
NATO continued to expand around Russia’s borders, with Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia joining in 2004. As President Putin observed in an interview with Italy’s Corriere della Sera in 2015, “we are not expanding anywhere; it is NATO infrastructure, including military infrastructure, that is moving towards our borders. Is this a manifestation of our aggression?”
But US Big Guns and Better Chow will continue to surge against Russia’s borders, as the US-NATO alliance continues its confrontation. Russia will have to remain militarily alert for the foreseeable future, until saner councils prevail in the West’s military-industrial complex.