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YouTube Channel “Anonymous Official” Exposed

September 19, 2017 Leave a comment

Most, who follow the Anonymous movement, have heard of the YouTube channel, “Anonymous Official”, which is notorious for stealing videos created by actual Anons, revamping them, and calling them their own.

Over the last five years, Anonymous Official has slowly gained a monopoly over ‘Anonymous’ on YouTube. They have made a hefty profit off the theft of other’s hard work and accomplishments. Meanwhile, they’ve contributed nothing to the movement itself.

This behavior has largely gone unchecked due to the fact Anons do not take their battles to the courtroom. This is a technicality Anonymous Official is using to their advantage.

After observing Anonymous Official over the years, what initially started as mild gratitude, quickly turned to suspicion. This one channel pumped out “Messages” from Anonymous by the masses, many of which originated elsewhere.

Sharing videos created by those within the Anonymous movement – those who are actually trying to bring about change in the world – is entirely appropriate. Recreating Anonymous videos to make them appear as your own for the purpose of recognition and profit, is unacceptable.

Through a mixture of over-confidence and hubris, the sole owner of “Anonymous Official” made himself known to us through one of our little birdies.

Meet Anthony Vaiana, an English and Film Studies teacher at the Niagara Catholic District School Board in Niagra Falls, Ontario. He lives in Buffalo, NY:

Retrieved from: YouTube

Anthony formerly worked as a painter in Rochester (NY) before attending school at the State University of New York at Fredonia. He likes the New York Yankees, photography, and threatening people who report videos he’s stolen:

Source: Anonymous

Anonymous Official/Anthony Vaiana’s counter notification reads:

Display name of uploader: Anonymous Official

This is our original content and you own NONE of the rights to it. Remove this strike imminently.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that I have a good-faith belief that the material was removed due to a mistake or misidentification of the material to be removed or disabled.

I consent to the jurisdiction of the Federal District Court for the district in which my address is located or, if my address is outside the United States, the judicial district in which YouTube is located, and will accept service of process from the claimant.

Anthony Vaiana

56 Baker Ct

Buffalo, NY 14218 US

(716) 235-1631

No, Mr. Vaiana, we won’t see you in court. We’ll just expose you. We’re Anonymous. You should have expected us.

The Equifax Hack: Hackers Have The Credit Information Of 143 Million Americans

September 19, 2017 Leave a comment



Talk about a nightmare.  It is being reported that criminals were able to hack into Equifax and make off with the credit information of 143 million Americans. 

We are talking about names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, home addresses and even driver’s license numbers.  If this data breach was an earthquake, we would be talking about a magnitude-10.0 on the identity theft scale.  We have never seen anything like this before, and to say that this will be “disastrous” for the credit industry would be a massive understatement.

What really disturbed me about this story is that this hack reportedly occurred between “mid-May and July of this year”

Credit monitoring company Equifax has been hit by a high-tech heist that exposed the Social Security numbers and other sensitive information about 143 million Americans. Now the unwitting victims have to worry about the threat of having their identities stolen.

The Atlanta-based company, one of three major U.S. credit bureaus, said Thursday that “criminals” exploited a U.S. website application to access files between mid-May and July of this year.

So why didn’t we learn about this until September?

Somebody out there really needs to answer that question for us.

And even though the “143 million” number is being thrown around constantly, according to USA Today we may never know the true number of victims…

When asked if there’s a way to quantify how many people have been harmed, John Ulzheimer, a credit expert and former employee at Equifax and credit score firm FICO, said: “There’s no way to know, and there may never be a way to know.”

Personally, I don’t see how Equifax can possibly survive after this.  Their stock price is already crashing, and now it has come out that they had put a “music major” in charge of data security…

When Congress hauls in Equifax CEO Richard Smith to grill him, it can start by asking why he put someone with degrees in music in charge of the company’s data security.

And then they might also ask him if anyone at the company has been involved in efforts to cover up Susan Mauldin’s lack of educational qualifications since the data breach became public.

It would be fascinating to hear Smith try to explain both of those extraordinary items.

Also, we are now finding out that Equifax has not just had security problems here in the United States.

According to the New York Post, data breaches have been taking place all over the globe…

Hackers had access to the names, dates of birth and e-mail addresses of nearly 400,000 people in the United Kingdom, said Equifax’s British subsidiary in a statement last week.

In Canada, sensitive data belonging to 10,000 consumers may have been hacked in the breach, said a statement from the Canadian Automobile Association.

In Argentina, one of the company’s portals was so easily accessible that it allowed quick exposure to the personal information of more than 14,000 people.

As noted above, the public didn’t learn about any of this until September.

But once top Equifax officials learned what had happened, some of them started dumping their shares of Equifax very rapidly

Three Equifax executives — not the ones who are departing — sold shares worth a combined $1.8 million just a few days after the company discovered the breach, according to documents filed with securities regulators.

Equifax shares have lost a third of their value since it announced the breach.

Needless to say, the SEC is going to be looking into this very closely.

As we move forward, there is a tremendous amount of concern as to how much this data breach will affect the U.S. economy.

Only time will tell, but without a doubt it will have an impact.  For example, according to Bloomberg this data breach could potentially have an absolutely disastrous impact on store-branded credit cards…

Equifax Inc.’s massive data breach could make an already tough market outlook even more daunting for the firms behind Gap Inc.’s and Ann Taylor’s store-branded credit cards.

Those retailers’ banking partners, including Synchrony Financial and Alliance Data Systems Corp., could see fewer account originations as more consumers freeze their credit to avoid hack-related fraud. Consumers have to take extra steps — including calling the credit bureau, going online or paying fees — to lift a block and get a new card.

“If people are defaulting to credit freezes, then if you’re a Macy’s retailer trying to sell credit cards, you can’t get that done at the point of sale,” said Vincent Caintic, an analyst at Stephens Inc. “It could become a regular thing, these freezes. It does slow down the origination process and it’s probably going to increase acquisition costs.”

If you believe that your data may have been compromised in this breach, there are some things that you can do right away to help protect against identity theft.  You can sign up for 24 hour a day credit monitoring, you can request fraud alerts, you can enable “two factor authentication” and beyond all of that you could go as far as to freeze your credit.

But if everybody in America suddenly started freezing their credit, that would slow down economic activity dramatically.  So needless to say authorities are hoping that does not happen.

In this case, Equifax needs to step up and do the right thing.  They need to inform all of the victims (even if that means reaching out to 143 million different people), and they should automatically provide free credit monitoring for all of those that were affected.

I seriously doubt that Equifax will take these measures, and I also seriously doubt that Equifax will be able to survive much longer.

When you bungle something as badly as Equifax has done, it is nearly impossible to restore faith in an organization.  The credit information of 143 million Americans is now in the hands of criminals, and the potential damage that could be done is absolutely off the charts.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. Defends Trump, Slams Leftists, Ungrateful Immigrants

September 19, 2017 Leave a comment

And that’s probably why you’re only just now hearing about it

The following interview didn’t receive much fanare in the mainstream media, and it’s no wonder why.

Truth Revolt


Boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. gave a lengthy interview Monday to Hollywood Unlocked. While much of what Mayweather spoke about concerned boxing, he also took time to share his views on President Trump — namely that people have judged him unfairly.

A portion of the interview is featured above (warning: strong language) and the The Daily Wire summarized other pertinent parts of the boxer’s interview:

I think a lot, within this world, like I said, racism still exists. You never heard anything about Donald Trump being racist until he ran for president and won. Before that, everyone was like, “Oh, he on WWE. He on different shows.” Everybody, they liked Donald Trump. As soon as he ran for president, because, people don’t like the truth.

Mayweather also dismissed news media apoplexy over the released Access Hollywood (“grab her by the p****”) tape:

He speak like a real man spoke. Real man speak, like, “Man, she had a fat a**. Did you see that a**? I had to squeeze her a**. I had to grab that fat a**.” Right?

So, he talkin’ locker room talk. You know what I’m sayin’? “I’m the man. You know me, I grabbed her by the p****. And?”

I feel people shy away from realness. This man didn’t do nothin’. Hey, listen. If y’all didn’t want the man in the White House, y’all should’ve voted the other way. He didn’t rob, he done his homework. He done what he had to do and he got there. I’m not here to knock nobody.

With regard to other policies Trump critics are protesting, Mayweather’s advice is simple: focus on yourself. All the time you spend protesting could be spent coming up with ideas for a business! Amen:

So at the end of the day, I don’t know why everybody keeps bitching about, and keeps picketing, and holding, they walking, “We don’t want!”; protesting, “We don’t want this happening!” My man, all that time you spend protesting, you keep be at home writing down ideas, coming up with a business.

Another portion of the interview that might draw some chuckles concerned the topic of taxes, which Mayweather said impacts him (as a multi-millionaire) far more than anyone else needs to worry about:

​”My man, you ain’t makin’, if you ain’t makin’ four, five, six hundred million dollars, man, it’s not gonna affect you no f***in’ way. So, it’s only gonna affect somebody like me. I’m the motherf***** that should be trippin’, payin’ thirty-four, twenty-five, twenty-six million dollars. I should be trippin’.”

While his language is colorful, Mayweather also offers a common sense view most celebrities shy away from. We can see why his interview, worth watching through until the end, has received little attention.

The ‘Dreamers’ Can Stay but Never Vote

September 18, 2017 Leave a comment

Roger L Simon

People who claim to be shocked that Donald Trump is prepared to make an amnesty deal for the”Dreamers” — most of whom are Mexicans who entered the USA at around the age of six — are being more than a tad disingenuous. The president has been hinting as much for over a year to anyone paying attention. In fact, it’s hard to conceive how he could have done otherwise, considering the (excuse the cliché) “optics” of shipping 800,000 young people back to a homeland they may never have seen.

The question is what your definition of amnesty is. It’s a vague word at best that can mean many things.

I suggest we keep it simple. In the case of the “Dreamers” amnesty should allow for just about anything citizenship entails, for them to work and study here as long as they wish, except for that most precious of all things in a democratic republic —  the vote. Under no circumstances can or should someone who has arrived in our country illegally, no matter at what age, be allowed ever to vote in our elections at any level — federal, state or local.

To borrow a phrase from Barack Obama, it “wouldn’t be fair.”  Those millions of legal immigrants  from all over the world who stood in line and played by the rules deserve the right to determine this country’s future in elections. Those that didn’t, don’t.  If the extent of the “Dreamers'” American dream is so great that they feel an overwhelming desire to vote, they are free to go home and wait in line like everybody else.

If the “Dreamers” are given the vote, it will be through the Democrats being permitted once again to play the venal and reactionary game of “identity politics.”  It won’t be about the “Dreamers” as people.  It will about them as voters — in other words, as props to be easily manipulated and treated like a complaisant herd by the Democratic Party.  (We’ve seen what that has done for blacks.)  This has nothing to do with compassion and everything to do with power.

Repeat: Under no circumstances should amnesty for the “Dreamers” permit them to vote.  Neither Trump nor the Congress should countenance this.  “Identity politics” is a cancer eating at America, driving the citizenry apart, and is a far greater racist threat to our country, if we’re honest, than the pathetic maunderings of creeps like Richard Spencer and his minuscule band of white supremacists who are almost entirely media creations.

It would be to the benefit of the Democratic Party as well to separate amnesty from voting and thus strike a blow against “identity politics.”  As was clear from the election of 2016, the public is becoming disgusted with it.  Identity politics now actually works against the Democrats in the long run and, frankly, makes them seem quite dumb and self-destructive. Democrats aren’t the cool kids anymore.  We’re in the era of Kid Rock and progressives are stuck on Linda Sarsour.  As liberal Columbia professor Mark Lilla noted in a recent Wall Street Journal essay:

As a teacher, I am increasingly struck by a difference between my conservative and progressive students. Contrary to the stereotype, the conservatives are far more likely to connect their engagements to a set of political ideas and principles. Young people on the left are much more inclined to say that they are engaged in politics as an X, concerned about other Xs and those issues touching on X-ness. And they are less and less comfortable with debate.

Lilla concluded:

The politics of identity has done nothing but strengthen the grip of the American right on our institutions. It is the gift that keeps on taking. Now is the time for liberals to do an immediate about-face and return to articulating their core principles of solidarity and equal protection for all. Never has the country needed it more.

True enough.  And while we’re at it, here’s something else on which liberals should flip-flop — the requirement to have an ID to vote. That necessity should be added, as a corollary for clarification purposes, to the Dreamer-DACA legislation.  But for those same noxious “identity politics” reasons, libs have always been against such a requirement, dubbing it “racist.”  What ludicrous hypocrisy! It’s the other way around and then some. Democrats apparently and insultingly think African-Americans (and other minorities) are too stupid or lazy to get themselves identity cards, although they need them for the same myriad of things almost all of us do at one time or another, such as flying on planes, driving cars, obtaining a bus pass, seeing a doctor, buying or renting a place to live, entering many corporate high rises and business headquarters or even getting into government buildings.  Come to think of it, that last may be deliberate.  They don’t really want them in government buildings.  They just say they do.

(Yes, I know voter ID requirements are unlikely to make it into the DACA legislation — not in our world anyway, and, yes, it’s probably largely a state issue — but I couldn’t resist.)

Roger L. Simon is an award-winning novelist, Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and co-founder of PJ Media.  His latest book is I Know Best:  How Moral Narcissism Is Destroying Our Republic, If  It Hasn’t Already. Follow hm on twitter  @rogerlsimon.

SIEGNER: Trump Suggests Eliminating the Debt Ceiling – Dollar Falls

September 18, 2017 Leave a comment

(Clint Siegner, Money Metals News Service) Those who paid any attention to the financial press last week saw the following narrative: President Donald Trump betrayed Republicans by cutting a deal with Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Charles Schumer. They agreed to punt on the borrowing cap until December and spend $15 billion for hurricane relief.

Americans are supposed to conclude that Trump is flip-flopping, and that Republicans aren’t responsible. Dig just a little, and you’ll find only one of those things is true.

Debt Ceiling

Trump is flip-flopping, no question about that. The president campaigned on promises to honor the borrowing limit. This tweet from 2013 is what candidate Trump had to say on the matter: “I cannot believe the Republicans are extending the debt ceiling — I am a Republican & I am embarrassed!”

But any implication that Republican leaders in Congress actually oppose more borrowing is patently false. Republicans in Congress overwhelmingly supported the deal. It was passed in the House with a vote of 316 to 90. The Senate voted 80 to 17.

Some who voted in opposition likely only did so for the sake of appearances. Others thought the president and Democrats did not go far enough. GOP leaders Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell wanted a deal to suspend the borrowing cap for much longer than the 3 months they got.

Make no mistake – lots of Republicans share the commitment to unlimited borrowing with the President and Democrats.

PREVIOUSLY: GLEASON: Debt Ceiling Capitulation Spells Trouble Ahead for the Dollar

At least the currency markets seem to have gotten it right. Last week’s decline in the dollar may be a recognition the debt ceiling – the final pretense of borrowing restraint – will soon be going away. The sooner investors at large arrive at this conclusion, the better it will likely be for owners of hard assets.

Clint Siegner is a Director at Money Metals Exchange, the national precious metals company named 2015 “Dealer of the Year” in the United States by an independent global ratings group.

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Mo Brooks Endorses Roy Moore in AL Sen Race — ‘All of America Is Watching Alabama’

September 18, 2017 Leave a comment

Jeff Poor

Saturday at a campaign event in Huntsville, AL, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) endorsed former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore in his bid for U.S. Senate.

Brooks told the crowd assembled at a rally for Moore at the Von Braun Civic Center that he and his wife had already voted for Moore over his September 26 runoff competitor Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL).

“Elections are about choices,” Brooks said. “In this Senate race, the choice is Luther Strange or Roy Moore. Martha, my wife, and I have made our choice. We didn’t wait until September 26. We have already voted absentee ballot for Roy Moore.”

He then urged those in attendance to join he and his wife by voting for Moore in the September 26 runoff.

“The Senate race comes down to this: We are in an epic battle between the people of Alabama who put America first and the Washington swamp that hopes to buy Alabama’s Senate seat and put America second,” Brooks said. “All of America is watching Alabama to see who wins. I can’t speak for anyone else, but, as for me, I stand with America. I have voted for Roy Moore because Roy Moore not only stands with America, he will fight for America. I urge you to join that fight.”

Moore acknowledged the endorsement and expressed his gratitude for the endorsement from Brooks, who competed against Moore in last month’s Republican primary but came up short with a third-place finish.

“He was a very worthy competitor,” Moore said of Brooks. “He told the truth about what he stood for, and he stated them very clearly — something admirable in a political race as opposed to what I’ve been facing lately.”

“I hope that we will get behind what he’s saying,” Moore added. “We’ve got to turn America back. We got to turn to her back from what she was, and I appreciate Mo Brooks very much for what he’s done and from the bottom of my heart, Mo, thank you very much.”

Moore and Strange will face off on September 26 for the Republican Party’s nomination. The winner of that contest will face Democratic Party nominee former Clinton U.S. Attorney Doug Jones in the special election on December 12.

Weather Is Being Engineered In The Gulf – Evidence That Is Hard To Deny

September 18, 2017 Leave a comment

(The Last American Vagabond) In the past, we have shown you not only that geoengineering is very real, but that it is being used in real world situations on a regular basis, with zero oversight. We have shown beyond a shadow of a doubt that much of the current governmental body in the U.S. has very little concern for the well-being and quality of life of the average individual, despite that being their very charge.

Today, Americans are witnessing an unprecedented surge of weather just at a moment when the political pyres are burning brightest and those in power have the most to lose, or the most to gain.

It is no question that the American psyche has never been more weighed down by the current onslaught of manipulations and heavy-handed deceptions that are now being all but openly perpetrated by those who are beginning to make their presence known: The Deep State. Never before have actual real-world problems been more overlooked and outright ignored in lieu of emotional and wholly orchestrated tangential problems that are, in and of themselves, back-handedly counterintuitive.

Which is why such a blatant manipulation can be carried out right in front of our eyes while most are too distracted, vehemently arguing about Donald Trump or the true meaning of race or gender, and viciously  defending those opinions as indisputable fact (thanks to the likes of CNN). Absurdly, we are being led like marionettes to argue about some of the least important issues facing Americans today, and those most rooted in feeling, over fact.

In the video below you will see indisputable evidence that, at the very least, Hurricane Harvey was fed from different land points in order to intensify the storm. We can speculate as to why, but the how is made very clear. One obvious possibility is to distract from the growing awareness around the US’ current path of destruction in the Middle East, and its overwhelming civilian body count. Another is to create the justification and context to support the narrative that these storms are caused by climate change or global warming, or the broad and general actions of the oil industry at large.

This isn’t to suggest that humanity’s actions are not taking their toll on the planet, anyone with eyes can see those effects, but the topic of “climate change” stems from a disingenuous place. The idea, as it stands, is deeply rooted in long-term political agendas designed to bring about massive shifts in both economic and societal norms, think “carbon tax,” and is a highly politicized discussion that is next to impossible to rationally debate; much like many of the hot-button topics of today, and that is no coincidence.

Make no mistake, there is a reason for all of it. There is a reason that this country is more divided nowthan at most any other time in history.

Thanks to the brave work of WeatherWars101, as well as many others, the reality of the current destruction, and those truly responsible, becomes painfully clear. Even to the laymen, what you will see in the video below is very hard to deny and will make you question everything.

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