Plus, most cell phones ~ if not all ~ are equipped with some type of GPS device and you can damn well bet that our 'Public Servants" in the FBI, the CIA, NSA and others have put bugs into the transmissions at some point so they can listen in on conversations, trying to catch those 'al CIA Duh' types who don't originate in some Muslim country, but are fictions made up by the CIA; Israel's MOSSAD and Britain's MI6.
Just saying something innocent, like, "Man, that movie last night we went and saw bombed," is enough to get those bastards attention and putting you on some type of list, as a 'Person of Interest.'
Heritiers de la Justice, a Congolese human rights organization, issued a statement from Bukavu on Monday, warning of serious health risks for women and babies involved in the exploitation of coltan in South Kivu Province. According to Heritiers, increasing numbers of women involved in the manual pounding of stone to extract coltan are reporting chest pain and respiratory problems.
"More worrying, the majority of the babies, often on the backs of their mothers during the horrendous task of pounding coltan, have started showing similar signs of disease and pain to those of their mothers," the NGO reported.
Pole Institute, a research institute based in Goma, released a report on Wednesday entitled "The Coltan Phenomenon: How a rare mineral has changed the life of the population of war-torn North Kivu Province". While acknowledging that the mining and export of coltan offers potential benefits to the local population, the report urges that these activities take place in a "fairer and less harmful way" if the Congolese population is to benefit.
The study reports the emergence of a "mafia economy organized around the rebel armies and their allies and the armed Mayi-Mayi groups", warning that "no demobilization, disarmament and reintegration [of combatants] programme can succeed without taking economic security into account".
It also cautions that with agricultural and pastoral activities being abandoned in favour of coltan exploitation, there is "a real danger of food insecurity". To address this, it recommends that coltan earnings be used to promote agriculture and to rebuild infrastructure in the region.
The report rejects calls for an international boycott or moratorium of coltan purchases from the Congo, stating that "the people of the Kivus would not gain, but would lose one of their very few remaining sources of income".
Nokia is a Finnish company, but I don't think that the name Stephen Elop, current President and CEO sounds like a Finnish name to me.
Maybe he was chosen to be prez because he is a 'Chosen One?'
If you go to this link, they try to make it sound so innocent and that they are doing what they can to right the horrible and dangerous mining conditions and resolve the conflict over the coltan mines, which has killed tens of of thousands.
Here's some of their BS. "We have been looking into these issues for some years, trying to ensure that our supply chain of materials is sourced in legal or ethical ways. It’s a big challenge to trace materials to their original sources."
If you go to this Wikipedia link, you'll find out more about the impact on the environment, the greedy bastards letting children work in the mines, even mothers who are so poor, they bring their baby with them.
The full doc shows the shitty working conditions, and you'll see that Nokia and others provide no face masks nor do they pump fresh air into the mines, making work there a living hell.
Think of that the next time you use your cell phone just to call a friend and chat.
Or if you're thinking about buying a new one.
Huge NSA Data Center Under Construction in Utah
The NSA has become the largest, most covert, and potentially most intrusive intelligence agency ever.
Under construction by contractors with top-secret clearances, the blandly named Utah Data Center is being built for the National Security Agency. A project of immense secrecy, it is the final piece in a complex puzzle assembled over the past decade.
For the NSA, overflowing with tens of billions of dollars in post-9/11 budget awards, the cryptanalysis breakthrough came at a time of explosive growth, in size as well as in power. Established as an arm of the Department of Defense following Pearl Harbor, with the primary purpose of preventing another surprise assault, the NSA suffered a series of humiliations in the post-Cold War years.
Feel any safer now that you know 'Big Brother' is listening in and recording all you cell phone conversations?