Welcome to Saturday's Potluck
“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”
My summertime reading list has always included a few spy novels. This year I am just reading the news.
On an annual basis even the most dangerous spies — those delivering Western military and security secrets to Russia or China — can cost less than the price of a luxury car, Insider reported....
Current and former intelligence officials seem to agree on one point: Agents that spy for greed alone are the easiest to manage because their handlers only have to fight about the slow dispersal of money, Insider reported
Agents that spy for ideology or ego become much harder to handle over time.
Yes, there is an app to keep costs under control. Added bonus, your spy doesn't know who hired them and can't snitch.
There's a growing cottage industry at the nexus of consumer research and government surveillance.
In a report published Friday, the Wall Street Journal explored the world of Premise Data Corp., an innocently-named firm that uses a network of users, many in the developing world, who complete basic tasks for small commissions. Assignments can range from snapping photos of competitors' stores, to counting the number of ATMs in a given area, to reporting on the price of consumer goods on the shelf.
When WSJ caught up with Afghani users of the app, they were told that the users were typically paid about 25 cents per task (about 20 Afghani). And that lately, some of the tasks had struck him as "potentially concerning." Premises claims that none of its users have ever been harmed while completing tasks.
In this way, many of the app's users are effectively being used as unwitting spies for the military.
But it's just one more thing to look out for. Next time you're traveling abroad and you see somebody taking a photo of a mosque or a bank, just remember, it might be part of an officially sanctioned intelligence operation.
The super secret spy group - Unit of real-life James Bonds is so classified, the British government won’t admit they exist
They are an elite section of the SAS, known as “The Increment.”
According to a report in the UK’s The Sun, the existence of the secret unit, “E Squadron,” was inadvertently confirmed this week when bungling Army top brass leaked the personal details of more than 70 Special Forces troops.
Buried deep in a spreadsheet of 1,200 soldiers’ names, trades and military units was a single reference to “22 SAS E SQN.”
It was the first written proof that the unit exists.
Maybe it is just a research project by the absent minded professor.
Allegations that pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong have been paid for their activities have swirled for years but have always been strenuously rubbished by the Western media. Now, an academic study seems to confirm just that.
Secreted in the depths of academic journal American Economic Review’s June edition is an absolutely extraordinary research paper, revealing that a team of Western scholars conducted a somewhat peculiar study analyzing why students attended protests in Hong Kong – and that participants were paid to do so.
The paper’s abstract notes that the academics set out to study “the causes of sustained participation in political movements.” In order to “identify the persistent effect of protest participation,” and the role of social networks in organizing and motivating protests and protesters, they “randomly indirectly [incentivized]” – that is, paid – 849 students at the University of Hong Kong to participate in an “antiauthoritarian protest” for two years running, in 2017 and 2018.
A more upbeat keeping track of the neighborhood. The first fawn spotted on the farm this season. I missed the excitement, changing irrigation in a different field. My sister was able to get a few non blurry shots.
A quick bit of nourishment to recover from the mad dash away from the hay field next door. Bounced off the fence a few times before squeezing through to join Mother after she jumped the fence. It crawled through the welded wire panel. The bigger spaces are about 6 x 9 inches. The space is too small for the rooster and my larger hens to escape their pen.
Danger alert, the person walking in the hay field was on the move again. Off to the next fence line to hide in the bushes by the irrigation ditch. The bird just calmly watched the proceedings. It was not his crisis.
What is on your mind today?