Posts Tagged ‘Sony’

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WikiLeaks publishes ‘biggest ever leak of secret CIA documents’

The 8,761 documents published by WikiLeaks focus mainly on techniques for hacking and surveillance

This is not really new, except for the specifics. Backdoor security holes have plagued corporate America since forever.

This is why I’m not interested in the slightest in the much touted “Internet of Things.” They will be able to infiltrate every aspect of your life. They are already in your cars, which have the same types of vulnerabilities.

“The attack against Samsung smart TVs was developed in cooperation with the United Kingdom’s MI5/BTSS. After infestation, Weeping Angel places the target TV in a ‘Fake Off’ mode, so that the owner falsely believes the TV is off when it is on. In ‘Fake Off’ mode the TV operates as a bug, recording conversations in the room and sending them over the internet to a covert CIA server.”

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CIA’s UMBRAGE Allows Agency To Carry Out ‘False Flag’ Cyber Attacks

 

85% of world’s smart phones ‘weaponized’ by CIA
The majority of the world’s smartphones have been “weaponized,” according to WikiLeaks, which revealed in its latest leak that the CIA went to extreme measures to utilize the Android OS for spying.

Google’s Android operating system, used in 85 percent of the world’s smart phones, including Samsung and Sony, was found to have 24 ‘zero days’ – the code name used by the CIA to identify and exploit vulnerabilities…

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Wikileaks has released Sony emails, and there are many plump pickings.  They discuss anti-Russian propaganda under the guise of countering propaganda. Typical.

This is interesting. They do call actors “meat puppets,” after all.

US State Department flunkie to Sony:

…We have already started to think through ways your superstars could potentially help amplify some of the great work US Embassy Paris is doing.  We’d love to include Sony names in events here, either as guests or performers, and would love the opportunity to leverage their popularity to promote the President’s priorities and agenda overseas.

I’ve cc’d my Senior Advisor for Partnerships, Alan Fitts, on this email.  You may actually know him – he worked for the First Lady for the first term of the Administration, and then was most recently the White House Liaison to the State Department.  He is going to be leading a lot of the efforts here to bridge private companies with Embassy and Administration programs.  I am hoping you may be able to speak with him or connect him with the right folks from your team.  I’d love to kick off an active dialogue with Sony, and together find creative ways to do good work (and have some fun along the way).

Empire is so fun.

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Sick movie! Sick culture!
by Vic Sadot
“No Evidence that North Korea Hacked Sony”, says Mickey Huff on Project Censored Radio Show on KPFA PACIFICA. Micky Huff and Nolan Higdon 1-09-15 interview with Professor Robin Anderson about her expose of the horribly violent and hateful “propaganda movie” titled “The Interview”. Note: You can move the audio bar in the archives forward to the 30 minute mark to hear about the con-job by Seth Rogan, US media, and CIA as deliberate and planned propaganda. First half of the show is an interview with Sarah Van Gelder of Yes Magazine on “10 Ways Human Rights and Democracy Won”. Second half hour features Professor Robin Anderson and focuses on her recent expose article “Sony, The Interview, and Hollywood Illusions of Creative Expression” about the hype, spin, cries of “censorship” and collaboration with the CIA to make the reprehensible faux comedy propaganda film. US people taken again on lie ride to hate and demonize North Korea. http://www.kpfa.org/archive/id/110182

“Sony, The Interview, and Hollywood Illusions of Creative Expression” – Article by Professor Robin Anderson at The Vision Machine on December 26, 2014. http://thevisionmachine.com/2014/12/sony-the-interview-and-hollywood-illusions-of-creative-expression

Excerpts: “US officials claimed that North Korea, angered by Seth Rogan’s film depicting the assassination of Kim Jung-un, was responsible for the cyber attacks against Sony, and amid threats of theater violence, enthusiasm for the film’s release evaporated as potential costs added up. When Sony announced it would cancel the Christmas Day release of The Interview, President Obama chastised Sony saying the company had “made a mistake,” and an earthquake of righteous indignation shook Hollywood… Seth Rogen’s “free speech” rights were never at risk. He’s starred in 67 films. His film got made and was bound to be released eventually. But…Women filmmakers (a measly 6% of directors), Latino filmmakers (a minuscule 2% of directors), Black filmmakers (a tiny 6% of directors) actually face real, constant, systemic threats to their ability to speak. Embedded in those numbers are countless filmmakers who don’t get a shot. The Interview got it’s shot by blowing the head off No.1 US evil enemy Kim Jong Un, but it wasn’t Rogan’s creativity that came up with that plot twist. It came from the CIA. Don’t forget that is was Sony that also brought us Zero Dark Thirty, a film collaboration with the CIA. The torture report shared the news cycle with the Sony hacking story, and it should come as no surprise that CIA Director John Brennan, gave the same specious defense for torture woven into the plot of ZD30; that torture led to information “useful” to the hunt for Osama Bin Laden… The coverage of the cyber attacks against Sony should have prompted an examination of Hollywood’s collaboration with the national security state. Instead, a celebration of freedom of expression denied that the real story of censorship in Hollywood comes from the US Armed Forces.”

Vic Sadot is a singer-songwriter based in Berkeley, CA who is known for his “9/11 Truth & Justice Songs”

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Sony’s Brilliant Misdirection Play:
Why Aaron Sorkin is No Ring Lardner, Jr.

When radical movements and leaders emerge, practitioners of leftiness —using NGO money and/or media access— start speaking for the movement and eclipsing the real leaders. They come on like allies —”we’re helping you reach a wider audience,” etc.— but actually they’re weakening the movement’s message and demands.

Let me add how much I despise Sorkin’s fake Hollywood version of US politics. And so let’s let Amy Schumer take him down one more time…

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Who the fuck talks that way? North Korea’s Dr. Evil takes to Twitter…

Culture and Film Minister Roh Nam-Hon warns reactionary film studios of Japan and U.S. to increase respect for DPRK, or face obliteration.

— DPRK News Service (@DPRK_News) December 18, 2014

If you’ve never seen the VICE report on N. Korean society this is must-see:

VICE GOES TO NORTH KOREA

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Steve Carell North Korea-set movie dropped

A source has confirmed to EW that an untitled film with Gore Verbinski and Steve Carell attached as director and star, respectively, is not going forward. Deadline first reported the news, describing the film as “paranoid thriller.”

Over the past week, a message claiming to be from the group that hacked Sony invoked 9/11 in a threat, which prompted movie theater chains to decide not to show the film. Following the theaters’ decisions, Sony canceled plans for the film’s Christmas release. The New York Timeshas since reported that the U.S. has reached the conclusion that the North Korean government was  “centrally involved” in the hacking.

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No one should be crying for Jennifer Lawrence’s bank account, but there is more evidence here of systemic gender discrimination when it comes to money…

Sony emails reveal Jennifer Lawrence paid less than male co-stars

Gumpert added, “The current talent deals are: O’Russell: 9%; Cooper: 9%; Bale: 9%; [Jeremy] Renner: 9%; Lawrence: 7%; Adams: 7%.”

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I’ve gone cold on the A7s. The rolling shutter is horrible. The low-light trickery just looks alien and weird, as displayed in the beach scenes.

But worst of all, and this may just be Phillip Bloom’s color-grading quirkiness, the colors are grotesque. The skin tones make me want to wretch most of the time. It also has a noisiness that comes and goes during a shot. The blocky compression is also a cause for concern, although we can’t be sure if this was introduced at the final stage at Vimeo.

But saturated colors, particularly the low-light variety, may induce vomiting. I’ll remain a BMC loyalist.

 

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Roilling shutter and limited bit depth may cause a second look at the new wonder cam. Definitely needs stability and slow panning. The camera maxes out at 8 bits color and requires an external recorder at 4k. Cost?

The BMCs still offer incredible value for motion capture, and better rolling shutter performance. The Digital Bolex is also a great cam with a distinct look and vibrant colors. We’re spoiled for choice these days.

Still, if you really need to shoot in the dark this is the only camera today that can feasibly capture what you need.

 

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This may be the first still camera / movie cam I actually lust for.*  Passes for film in my book, and it does low light to ISO…

 

 

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400,000.

 

 

The sensor has something going for it you’ve never seen before.

 

Cost: $2500.  Ouch.  Nothing like the ridiculously priced Canon 1dc, which was the biggest ripoff I’d ever seen.  And this cam may blow it away.

 

* I have not seen the rolling shutter issue, as all shots are static and stable.  Needs more testing.

 

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I almost forgot!  Sony is claiming “15.3 stops” of dynamic range in raw mode.  Not sure the availability of recording RAW moving image, but we’ll see.  The ARRI Alexa has 14.3 stops; so ponder that, young grasshopper.

 

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Shameless as expected, why should a film studio give a damn about its false torture propaganda as long as the “critics” are too ignorant and unethical to call them on it?

Says Sony (via the LA Times):

“As the studio distributing ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ in the United States, we are proud of this important film. Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal and their creative team have made an extraordinary motion picture and we fully support bringing this remarkable story to the screen.”

The Senate Intelligence Committee is investigating the lies fed by CIA to Boal and Bigelow.  Of course our glorious mainstream “free press” could have looked into this, but was content to go along quietly until the three senators made an issue out of it.  No senators calling foul, no newspaper investigations of CIA lies concerning torture.

I’m not sure if Americans get it.  If the US government can torture, kidnap and murder Arabs, and get away with these clear crimes — felonies on their own books — then they can do the same to you.  The rule of law is the only thing that protects us from tyranny, absolute despotism.  This type of torture propaganda, designed to erode the rule of law and create black holes of unaccountability, are a sign of a lawless empire devolving into fascist tyranny.

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The Real “Maya”

Arrest All Torturers