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More About the Months of Hacking and DNS Atacks at Factnet

Submitted by Lawrence on Wed, 09/11/2013 - 15:01
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From July through early September Factnet has been under a series (or concerted program,) of hacking and denial of service attacks. More attacks than we have had in years.
I guess our free dialog and information services must be doing something very right!
These attacks have defiantly forced us to new levels of security that we have never had before. They have been very costly in both staff time and expences for advanced security work that our volunteers and existing staff simply could not do.
The great news is that Factnet is now poised for a new level of stability and growth.
We apologize for the numerous times the site has been down and offline and the interuptions these purposeful hackers have caused.
We now urgently your help to help cover our additional security costs with you generous tax deductible donations. Factnet has been online for 21 years and will not be intimidated by those who do not like the information and dialog presented and allowed on the Factnet website.
Click here to make a tax deductible donation.
Lawrence Wollersheim
Factnet Director



Submitted by adminx on Sun, 09/08/2013 - 12:36

CNN Politics September 7, 2013 by Jason Seher

After endorsing President Barack Obama's plan to launch military strikes against Syria, Sen. John McCain warned the president would face impeachment if he were to put "boots on the ground."

Will the World's First Trillionare Be Listed on Forbes Soon?

Submitted by Lawrence on Sun, 09/08/2013 - 12:23
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The first person to be listed on Forbes as the world's first trillionaire will likely be the owner of the company that figures out how do micro payments on the Internet for transactions as small as 5 cents with total electronic processing costs to all of the users/participants of no more than 1 cent.
These ultra low value and ultra low cost electronic micropayments will open up worlds of new types of global financial transactions as well as new business and social advocacy and charity opportunities that we can only just dream about. These micropayments will also finally make the Internet a financial viable space for all kinds of existing and new Internet information and media content providers. 
The person who makes these new ultra low value and ultra low cost micropayments happen will see their one cent per transaction fee multiplied by trillions and trillions of global transaction daily…
Who will be the first trillionaire? Will it be the majority owner of Google, Amazon, PayPal, Facebook, Walmart, Twitter, Square, Oracle or Microsoft or will it be some new money company like Bit Coins or some new company that we have not even heard of yet.
The only thing that is certain is that someone will be doing this soon, but of all the possible players who could make this financial history changing breakthrough --- it is most likely not going to be anyone in the current banking and credit card industry.
The ultra low value, ultra low cost Internet micropayment for financial transactions is the next Holy Grail of the electronic financial transactions industry. He who gets there first and does it right will most likely be the world's first trillionaire! 


If Arctic Methane Is Released, the Fallout Will Cost $60 Trillion, but Total Fossil Fuel Carbon Pollution Damages will be Over 400 Trillion

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 09/07/2013 - 18:12

Remember Arctic methane? You know, the ecological time bomb lurking inside the polar region's thawing permafrost? Well, we now know how much the fallout will cost when and if this subterranean gas is ever released. $60,000,000,000,000. Yes, that is 60 Trillion US dollars!
And that is only a fraction of the total amount that economists estimate climate change will cost the planet by 2040. The estimated total atmospheric carbon pollution climate change cost caused by the fossil fuel industry is $400 trillion.
So, estimating for about 8.73 billion Earthlings come 2040, the average cost of carbon pollution climate mitigation and cleanup will come to roughly $45,819.00 for every living person on Earth. But, more than half of the world's population is far too poor to ever pay even close to this amount in any new taxes so that means that the taxpayers of all of the World's affluent countries just had another $90,000 (not 45k.) Now keep in mind this new debt is an additional national climate change debt added to whatever that individuals existing personal national debt portion already is.  --- just for these global warming, atmospheric carbon pollution recovery costs.
Next time you see a fossil fuel company executive or your fossil fuel lobbyist-loving national politicians...

Retraction: FACTNet is alive and well!

Submitted by nabashalam on Thu, 09/05/2013 - 21:11

In a previous blog post Nabashalam, that's me, ignorantly released information which was a misunderstanding of confidential information. Factnet is not going under and the discussion board is not going to archive. Due to a glitch in software our traffic meter was not showing our true hits. There are numerous visitors to the site seeking information on different cults and organizations. We are quite healthy...

Is Big Data turning government into 'Big Brother'?

Submitted by nabashalam on Tue, 09/03/2013 - 19:45

With every phone call they make and every Web excursion they take, people are leaving a digital trail of revealing data that can be tracked by profit-seeking companies and terrorist-hunting government officials.

The revelations that the National Security Agency is perusing millions of U.S. customer phone records at Verizon Communications and snooping on the digital communications stored by nine major Internet services illustrate how aggressively personal data is being collected and analyzed.

Verizon is handing over so-called metadata, excerpts from millions of U.S. customer records, to the NSA under an order issued by the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, according to a report in the British newspaper The Guardian.

Big Data: Big Brother or Guardian Angel? Be-aware!

Submitted by nabashalam on Tue, 09/03/2013 - 19:34
Could Charles Dickens have portended the advent of big data back in 1859? Theduality of the first paragraph of
A Tale of Two Citiesspeaks to both the promise and the peril of big data initiatives — the potential for vast new insight
into infinite subject areas and the capability to misuse information for nefarious purposes...


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