Zuckerberg: US Government Is A Threat To Internet

Facebook-boss, Mark Zuckerberg, seems to be pretty upset by the latest news reports on the US government agency, NSA, trying to build something like a malware empire by setting up a bogus Facebook server to intercept traffic and fool users. On his personal Faceboook page, Zuckerberg lashes out against the NSA, the USA government and its president.

“I’ve called President Obama to express my frustration over the damage the government is creating for all of our future.”

Mark Zuckerberg


Earlier this week we wrote about Google’s Eric Schmidt directly claiming that the company was attacked by the NSA, and now Zuckerberg is publicly stating that the government has become a threat to the internet.

It’s about time both Google and Facebook and all the other major tech companies show their true colours, take a stand in this matter and act on it.

Facebook-Zuck writes in a status update – dated March 13 – that he personally called the US president, Barack Obama, to give him a piece of his mind.

“I’ve called President Obama to express my frustration over the damage the government is creating for all of our future.”

Zuckerberg also writes – more or less directly – that the US government is a threat to the whole internet.

This is why I’ve been so confused and frustrated by the repeated reports of the behavior of the US government. When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we’re protecting you against criminals, not our own government.

The US government should be the champion for the internet, not a threat. They need to be much more transparent about what they’re doing, or otherwise people will believe the worst.

Google recently announced that all of its searches are encrypted, but that’s probably just a start.

As the guys over at Techdirt.com points out: “The tech industry has to move to a world where encryption is the norm, and not the exception any more. It may suck in the way that it sucked when homes and cars finally “required” locks, but at this point it’s a necessity.”

Decrypted & Related:

 All Human Rights Reserved (h) 2014


More Than 70,000 People Have Signed a Petition to Deport Justin Bieber

At last!


How do we solve a problem like Justin Bieber? We just get rid of him!

That’s the logic behind a petition — which at the time of writing had racked up more than 74,000 signatures — urging the Obama administration to revoke the Biebs’ green card and send him back to his native Canada.

Many Americans are fed up with the singer’s reckless “bad boy” ways that culminated last week in an arrest for driving under the influence and drag racing. And since he’s not an American citizen — and has said he never plans on becoming one — outraged Americans have proposed a solution to just go ahead and deport him.

Here’s what the petition says:

We the people of the United States feel that we are being wrongly represented in the world of pop culture. We would like to see the dangerous, reckless, destructive, and drug abusing, Justin…

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America's Lost Decade

At the start of the last decade USA had 130 million employed people. Today, ten years after, the number is exactly the same. The 9th. of January the Dow Jones landed on 11.722,98 points. Today, ten years after, the famous stock indices finish the week at 10.418,19 points.

“Today’s U.S. non-farm payroll report, when you consider how many barbiturates the government has supplied the economy, can only be described as horrible.”

David Rosenberg

(Article in Norwegian, links to sources in English)

Ved begynnelsen av dette tiåret hadde USA 130 millioner sysselsatte. I dag, 10 år etter, er tallet akkurat det samme. 9.januar 2000 stod Dow Jones i 11722,98 poeng. I dag, 10 år etter, ligger aksjeindeksen på 10418,19 poeng.

– Når du tenker på hvor mye barbiturater regjeringen har gitt økonomien, kan dagens arbeidsmarkedstall bare beskrives som “forferdelige”.

Det skriver sjeføkonom David Rosenberg hos Gluskin Sheff i et analysenotat.

It’s not just the magnitude of the job declines but how widespread they are that is disturbing – the employment diffusion index fell to 40% from 42.4% in November,” skriver Rosenberg.

Ifølge den uavhengige finansrådgiveren har  det oppstått et “gap” i det amerikanske arbeidsmarkedet som blir større og større, mens økonomene holder fast på at det bare er “slark” i et arbeidsmarked som ekspanderer.

Rosenberg peker på at det for 10 år siden var 130, 8 millioner sysselsatte i USA. I dag er det så å si det samme; 130,9 millioner.

Forskjellen er at man i dag har 13 millioner arbeidsledige i tillegg.

No doubt that we are seeing modestly positive growth in the economy and that the pace of job declines is moderating. We won’t quibble with the rose-coloured glass crowd on that. But the extent of any improvement has to be viewed in the perspective of the vast amount of fiscal and monetary resources that have been deployed to-date to try and bring the economy out of its malaise.

If indeed the economy is fully out of recession then that first quarter of positive growth normally is 7.0% at an annual rate, not the pathetic 2.2% rate posted for the third quarter. And, considering that the Fed began to ease monetary policy back in the summer of 2007, what is normal typically 2½ years after the first rate cut is that real GDP is humming along at a 5.0% annual rate and employment isn’t declining at a slower rate but is booming.

The fact that that the private domestic demand is still so stagnant following the greatest experiment with fiscal and monetary ease in recorded history, we have to admit, leaves us more than just a tad worried over the macro outlook and beyond.

Here’s today’s commentary from David Rosenberg: “The Lost Decade


Rekordfall i forbrukslån

Til tross for hundrevis av milliarder som er pumpet inn i banksystemet, og stadige oppfordringer fra politikerne om å låne ut mer penger, stupte bankenes forbrukslån med 17,5 milliarder dollar i november.

Det er den kraftigste kredittkontraksjonen som noengang er registrert i USA.

Fallet i utlån fra banker til privatpersoner har falt 10 måneder på rad.

Det er den lengste kontraksjonsperioden siden målingene ble startet i 1943, skriver Bloomberg News.

Stille på Wall Street

Ikke så mye å rope hurra for på Wall Street fredag, og aksjeindeksene ligger fremdeles ganske flate, mens dollarkursen daler videre ned.

Og investorene strømmer til amerikanske statsobligasjoner…..

Her er dagens charts:

Standard & Poor’s 500 (RSI og Momentum Indicator):


Gull (RSI og OBV):



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