by Kristine Moe / Yes! Magazine
Melina Laboucan-Massimo stands next to logs from clearcuts at a proposed tar sands site north of Fort McMurray, northern Alberta, Canada. Photo by Jiri Rezac.
There’s a remote part of northern Alberta where the Lubicon Cree have lived, it is said, since time immemorial. The Cree called the vast, pine-covered region niyanan askiy, “our land.” When white settlers first carved up this country, they made treaties with most of its original inhabitants—but for reasons unclear, the Lubicon Cree were left out. Two hundred years later, the Lubicon’s right to their traditional territory is still unrecognized. In the last four decades, industry has tapped the vast resource wealth that lies deep beneath the pines; today, 2,600 oil and gas wells stretch to the horizon. This is tar sands country. Continue reading
by Pratap Chatterjee / CorpWatch.
Raytheon, a U.S. military manufacturer, is selling a new software surveillance package named “Riot” that claims to predict where individuals are expected to go next using technology that mines data from social networks like Facebook, Foursquare and Twitter.
Based just outside of Boston, Massachusetts, Raytheon sells $25 billion worth of equipment a year to military clients like the Pentagon. Some of its most famous products include Sidewinder air-to-air missiles, Maverick air-to-ground missiles, Patriot surface-to-air missiles and Tomahawk submarine-launched cruise missiles.
Raytheon’s Rapid Information Overlay Technology (Riot) software extracts location data from photos and comments posted online by individuals, and then analyzes this information to create a variety of spider diagrams to show where the individuals like to go, what they like to do and whom they communicate with. Continue reading
The Earth First! Journal is now so popular that we have maxed out our Facebook page at 5,000 friends! So, we have a new Earth First! Journal organization Facebook page that allows us more than 5,000 “fans”. Please check it out and “like” us at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Earth-First-Journal/231380093597575 This is a great place for folks to keep up to date on the Earth First! Journal and show their support!
WOW, the Earth First! Journal has 5,000 friends on Facebook? So we can stop organizing now…right? No! Now we want to see all 5,000 of our Facebook “friends” at the Winter Organizers’ Conference (stay tuned for more details), next Summer’s Round River Rendezvous in New York and organizing daily bad-ass actions in defense of Mother Earth!
As always, REMEMBER Facebook is THE primary tool of surveillance for the state and private security. It has made the cops job easier (but maybe made them lazier.. like it has the rest of us). So don’t be careless about what you post. Know that it may show up in a court indictment some day (for yourself OR someone else).