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The idea of a public official identifying with the racial group that makes up the vast majority of his constituents!
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For the last few days I’ve been working on a new project which I developed for very specific needs and reasons:
- I need to store safely (encrypted) my passwords, sensitive files, notes, etc.
- I need to access them from anywhere, with every possible device ( desktop, mobile, terminal ).
- I need those objects to be syncronized accros all my devices.
- I don’t want to use “the cloud”.
- I don’t want to pay for a server.
- I don’t want to enable port forwarding and host it myself with DynDNS or alikes.
So I wrote ARC.
Of course there are plenty of solutions already that mostly involve the use of
git and various synchronizations hacks, but:
- Either you’ll host that stuff on github ( “the cloud” ), or you’ll need a server.
- You will need a terminal to access that data or complex procedures … good luck when you’re in a hurry and only have your phone.
- The type of data you can store and access and the interactions you have with it are very limited.
The approach I decided to try is different.
Arc is a manager for your secrets made of
arcd, a RESTful API server written in Go which exposes read and write primitives for encrypted records on a sqlite database file.
Records are generated, encrypted and decrypted client side only (Arc relies on CryptoJS for its AES encryption and the PRNG) by
arc, which offers an intuitive management system equipped with UI widgets including:
- Simple text inputs.
- Simple text areas.
- Custom file attachments (files are encrypted client side before being uploaded as binary records).
- A markdown editor area with preview and full screen mode.
- A password field with password strength estimation and a random password generator.
Elements can be created (with optional expiration dates), arranged and edited using
arc and are stored on
A client side encrypted record set to expire and self delete with a markdown area and a password widget.
Markdown and various attached files.
The idea is to use the Arc™ as a single manager for your passwords, encrypted notes, files and
-all the secret things here- while hosting
arcd yourself on some spare hardware like a Raspberry Pi and accessing
arc from every device with a modern browser, so let’s see how to configure it on a Raspberry Pi Zero in order to have a secure and portable setup for your secrets! 😀
The following instructions are Raspberry Pi Zero specific, but the same procedure should work on any similar hardware ( like another RPi or the USB Armory for instance ), the RPiZ is just what I found to be more convenient and cheap.
First of all, format a micro sd card and install Raspbian on it as usual (download iso, verify, dd, mount), next we need to apply a few tweaks in order to enable ethernet connectivity over its USB port.
With the RPi
boot partition mounted, edit the
/path/to/pi/boot/config.txt and append:
/path/to/pi/boot/cmdline.txt and insert between the
rootwait and the
cmdline.txt file will look like this:
dwc_otg.lpm_enable=0 console=serial0,115200 console=tty1 root=PARTUUID=abcdefab-01 rootfstype=ext4 elevator=deadline fsck.repair=yes rootwait modules-load=dwc2,g_ether
At last, we need to make Raspbian enable SSH on boot so we’ll be able to connect to it if needed, in order to do this just create an
/path/to/pi/boot/ssh empty file.
Unmount the micro sd, insert it into the RPiZ and plug it to the computer using the USB data port (not the charge one, we don’t need it ;)).
If everything went fine, your computer should now detect a new network interface, in order to connect to it just assign it any static IP address ( on
Ubuntu and similar, set the connection type to
Link-Local Only), restart the interface and the RPiZ should be reachable:
Let’s finish the setup of the board, connect to it via SSH:
Expand the filesystem as usual, change the default SSH password, enable private key only SSH authentication, copy your certificate, etc … as for the hardware part, we’re ready 🙂
The easiest way for now is to build the
arcd server directly on a Raspberry Pi in order to produce an
ARMv6 binary, once you installed Go on the RPi (not necessarily the one you’re going to use as the secrets store) just follow the instructions on the repository to compile the server.
Once you compiled it, edit the configuration file:
cd /path/to/arc/repo/arcd cp sample_config.json config.json vim config.json
And change the
address field so we’ll be able to connect to the Arc web interface:
Now just copy the
arc folder, the new
config.json file and the ARM compiled
arcd server to the RPiZ:
scp -r arc arcd_arm config.json [email protected]:/home/pi/
SSH to the board and make sure that everything works:
ssh [email protected] mv arcd_arm arcd ./arcd -config config.json -app arc
Open the browser and go to
http://raspberrypi.local:8080/, you should now be able to login and use ARC whenever you plug your RPi Zero to the USB port 🙂
( Make sure to start
arcd at boot by editing
/etc/rc.local or whatever )
It should be obvious, but physically isolated data on dedicated hardware is safer.
All the data is encrypted client side, which means everything that is stored physically on the RPiZ is encrypted with
AES, make sure to use a strong encryption key, the stronger the key, the safer the data will be in case you lose the hardware.
For additional security, you might store the
arc.dbserver database on a LUKS volume which you will need to manually unlock at boot.
You should generate your own self signed certificate and use it in the
tlsconfiguration of Arc in order to use https instead of http.
DO NOT enable any type of connection sharing from your computer to the RPiZ, we do not want anything from the outside world to reach our secure storage, ideally you should disable the wireless interface too if using the
Username and password are needed to access the API itself, but they will not decrypt the records, that’s why the encryption key is requested as well. You can login with the same API credentials but different encryption keys, you will create records with a new key and will not be able to decrypt other records that have been created with a different AES key.
Elements can be configured with an expiration date, using it is a good way to remember how old a given password is and have some sort of reminder when it’s time to change it (or just encrypted reminders ^_^).
Stay safe, have fun and …
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It’s officially 2018, which means the midterm elections are right around the corner. When a successful Republican tax reform package kicks in next month, Democrats will have to reach even deeper to find a winning argument for November.
In 2017, Russia was used as a political hammer by Democrats against President Trump and Republicans closely associated with him. As the Special Counsel investigation drags on, with multiple investigations on Capitol Hill failing to turn up evidence of collusion, it’s still being used as a talking point against the White House.
But according to former Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook, using the Russia narrative to win elections and take back red seats just isn’t going to cut it.
“I don’t think the Russia investigation is a winning message. You know, voters watch and they look to see what your priorities seem to be,” Mook said during a recent interview on CNN. “This is actually why the Republicans are looking to have a fight over immigration because they want to send a signal to voters that Democrats are not focused on the voters but on immigration and that sort of thing. Obviously it’s an important issue but the Republicans see that as a helpful wedge for their base. I think Democrats need to run on what everybody always needs to run on which is, what are you doing for the voters? What’s in it for them?”
(relevant portion is at minute mark 5:23)
Will Democrats drop Russia in 2018? Highly unlikely, but there is a chance their push for impeachment takes precedent.
Polling on the issue continues to show Americans split.
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A Seattle-area Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent accused of pointing her service pistol at another immigration officer after being told to sign a “performance improvement plan” now faces federal charges.
Prosecutors claim deportation officer Peggy Lee Robbins drew down on her supervisor Thursday during a performance review inside the Department of Homeland Security offices at Tukwila. According to charging papers, other officers took cover until Robbins was coaxed into surrendering her pistol.
Writing in court papers, a Federal Protective Service special agent said Robbins had been asked to sign an improvement plan when she unholstered her pistol and pointed it at her supervisor. Believing he was about to be shot, Robbins’ supervisor fled the cubicle.
Another ICE officer then came upon Robbins, who was crying at her desk, the special agent said in court papers. A civilian worker unaware of the incident approached Robbins and asked if she was all right.
“I’m not going to say anything until the police arrive,” Robbins told her, according to charging papers.
Meanwhile, Robbins’ supervisor and other officers gathered to clear people out of the workspace. The area was evacuated and a team moved in to retrieve Robbins.
Robbins heard them coming and announced she was “at peace,” the special agent said in court papers.
“I am at peace,” she is alleged to have said. “Are you coming at peace?”
A supervising officer approached Robbins with his hands up and asked that Robbins surrender her gun, the special agent said. She did so and was arrested.
Robbins was charged Friday with assaulting a federal officer. She remains jailed pending a Monday hearing at U.S. District Court in Seattle.
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New York, NY — A scathing and massive $27 million lawsuit was just filed on behalf of three Florida models against a former top investment fund manager for George Soros. Howard ‘Howie’ Rubin, 62—who was featured in Liar’s Poker, a book described as ‘defining Wall St.’—is accused of rape, assault, kidnapping, and human trafficking.
The women in the lawsuit, two of which are former Playboy bunnies, accuse Rubin of operating an $8 million penthouse in Manhattan which contains a secret “dungeon of sex toys, masks, and BDSM apparatus.” In this penthouse, according to the lawsuit, the women would be imprisoned while Rubin had his violent way with them.
According to the lawsuit, Rubin would lure the girls to New York on JetBlue flights after connecting with them on Instagram. Once they arrived in Manhattan, Rubin would drug them, gag and bound them, and then violently beat and rape them while in his sex dungeon. The lawsuit states that he hit a woman so hard that she passed out as he demanded she call him “daddy.”
“I’m going to rape you like I rape my daughter,” he would say according to two of the alleged victims. He would then attack and punch them so violently and aggressive, that one of his blows “flipped” a woman’s breast implant.
As the Mail reports, they say he then covered up the alleged rapes and attacks and hushed them by paying them up to $5,000 each.
According to the Mail:
Rubin, a notorious Wall Street trader who is blamed for incurring $377million of losses at Merrill Lynch in 1987 and who is featured in Liar’s Poker, has not yet responded to their allegations. He is named alongside associated Stephanie Shon, Jennifer Powers, and lawyer Yifat Schnur in the lawsuit.
Rubin has been married since the 1980s to his former Harvard Business School classmate Mary Henry. They have three children together.
The lawsuit describes four different incidents in 2016. The women sometimes traveled to meet him in pairs and on other occasions they went alone, they said.
According to the lawsuit, Rubin’s associates Stephanie Shon and Jennifer Powers—a former model who claimed to have slept with Rubin—acted as recruiters for the man’s sadistic plan. The models were offered thousands of dollars and given posh treatment and plane tickets to New York in exchange for their ‘companionship’ with Ruben.
“Shon indicated that she worked for Howard Rubin, and that Rubin, who had seen images of her on Instagram, would like to meet her in New York. While Shon initially identified Rubin by name, she then insisted that the woman refer to him only as “H” so as to protect Rubin’s identity,” the lawsuit reads.
“Powers assured her that Rubin was “a great guy,” and would not do anything to make her feel uncomfortable. Powers told her that if she ever felt uncomfortable she could simply ask to leave, and would not only be allowed to do so, but would still be paid the initial $2,000 for her time,” it continues.
Once their planes landed, they were forced to sign non-disclosure agreements before they were allowed to meet the billionaire.
The women then met Rubin at a nearby bar for dinner and drinks where they were drugged, beat, and raped before he would leave them “to go home to his wife and kids,” the lawsuit states.
The victims were often beaten so badly that they required medical treatment. According to the lawsuit, they were given more money and their medical bills paid in exchange for their silence.
In one instance in December 2016, Rubin allegedly attacked another of the women with a cattle prod while she visited him by herself. He raped her with the prod, then with a dildo and finally raped him herself, she claimed.
The women claim in the lawsuit that they returned because they were afraid of what he may do to them if they did not appear to appease him.
According to the Mail, in 2008 Rubin came out of retirement after heading up Bear Stearns to manage a Mortgage-Backed Securities Fund for financier George Soros, run by Soros Fund Management, LLC. He quit the firm in 2015.
John Balestriere, a lawyer for one of the women told DailyMail.com in a statement:
While arrogance and self-import may convince certain men otherwise, neither money nor power gives any person the right to victimize a woman. It is our collective responsibility to ensure that victims’ voices are heard, and that abusers’ positions of privilege do not exempt them from the grasp of justice.
Balestriere went on to encourage his other alleged victims to come forward.
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As the Free Thought Project has previously reported, the world of the financial elite, as described by a former insider, is often horrific and sick.
Ronald Bernard is a Dutch entrepreneur whose drive and business contacts quickly catapulted him into the world of the financial elite. However, the deeper into this world Bernard went, the more horrifying it became. In a jaw-dropping interview with De Vrije Media, Bernard details this dark and depraved elite society which he says conducted human sacrifice and celebrated destruction.
In the interview, Bernard shares details about the way this banking society had its members commit unspeakable crimes to people — including children — to test and blackmail them.
“I was warned off when I got into this – don’t do this unless you can put your conscience 100% in the freezer. I heard myself laugh at it back then, but it wasn’t a joke at all.”
“So I was a guest in those circles and it amused me greatly to see all those naked women and the other things. It was the good life. But then at some moment, which is why I am telling you this, I was invited to participate in sacrifices abroad.”
At this point in the interview, the elite banker describes the final straw that forced him to get out and come clean — sacrificing children.
“That was the breaking point. Children.”
“You were asked to do that?” asks the interviewer.
“Yes, and I couldn’t do that,” Bernard explains. “And then I started to slowly break down. I lived through quite a lot as a child myself and this really touched me deeply. Everything changed. But that is the world I found myself in. And then I started to refuse assignments within my job. I could no longer do it. Which made me a threat.”
In the interview, Bernard explains that these same tactics are used worldwide to blackmail politicians and those in authority. These allegations against Rubin could very well be these same practices described by Bernard.
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Former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort Indicted
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
Last May, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate any connection between Trump’s campaign and Russia.
After months of work, he found nothing, instead got a grand jury to indict Manafort and his business partner Rick Gates – charges unrelated to Trump’s campaign or Russia.
Manafort and Gates were indicted on 12 counts, including conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, operating as unregistered foreign agent, false and misleading Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) statements, other false statements, and seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts.
Charges relate to their earlier lobbying for Ukraine.
Note: AIPAC has been an unregistered agent for Israel since 1953 – no charges ever brought for operating illegally, nothing holding the sinister group accountable.
Whatever Manafort, Gates, and Papadopoulos did or didn’t do, at most it was minor compared to decades of AIPAC’s support for Israeli high crimes, along with malicious lying, fear-mongering and promoting naked aggression against its adversaries.
Manafort and Gates will appear in court for the first time Monday afternoon. In response, Trump tweeted: “Sorry, but this is years ago, before Paul Manafort was part of the Trump campaign. But why aren’t Crooked Hillary & the Dems the focus?????”
“…Also, there is NO COLLUSION.”
Hillary remains an unindicted war criminal, racketeer and perjurer, no one in Washington daring to lay a glove on her or husband Bill, both belonging in prison.
Instead, they used their public positions to become super-rich – through lucrative book deals, speeches, and a self-enrichment foundation, masquerading as a charitable NGO.
In January, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) falsely accused Russia, and Vladimir Putin personally, of ordering an “influence campaign” to harm Hillary and “undermine public faith in the US democratic process (sic).”
In October 2016, ODNI and DHS expressed confidence that Russia hacked DNC and Hillary emails, falsely accusing its government of interfering in America’s electoral process.
In over a year, not a shred of evidence was presented, proving the accusations – nothing from House, Senate and Mueller investigations.
Accusations were fabricated to delegitimize Trump and bash Russia, media scoundrels playing the lead role as agents of the imperial state.
Paul Manafort, Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos await their day in court, innocent unless proved otherwise beyond a reasonable doubt.
Charges against them have nothing to do with Russia or Trump! Over a year of providing no evidence of a connection to Trump’s campaign, or an effort to harm Hillary’s, just spurious accusations, shows it’s virtually certain no credible proof of Russian meddling in last year’s presidential election will surface.
How can it when nothing happened – when accusations against Russia were fabricated!
Investigations by Congress and Mueller are exercises in mass deception, a waste of time and money, Western media failing to expose the chicanery.
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Paul Manafort, the former campaign manager for Donald Trump, has been indicted on a number of counts regarding Ukraine lobbying in the US and related crimes between 2006-2016. Despite some media speculations, there is no Russia connection in the indictment.
A federal grand jury has indicted Manafort and his former business associate Gates on 12 counts related to their lobbying in the US for a Ukrainian political party.
“The indictment contains 12 counts: conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false and misleading FARA statements, false statements, and seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts,” the federal special counsel said in a statement.
The duo laundered over $18 million through offshore accounts, the indictment says, using the untaxed proceeds to lead lavish lifestyle. They also failed to register as agents of a foreign principal and made false and misleading statements to hide payments received from Ukraine, it said. The crimes they are being accused of date back to between 2006 and 2016.
The count of conspiracy against the US against Manafort and Gates relates to their alleged obstruction of a DoJ investigation into their other alleged crimes.
Manafort’s lobbying past came under scrutiny last August, when he worked for the Trump campaign. The NYT reported at the time that he had received some $12.7 million in undisclosed payment from the party of deposed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, who was considered to have Russian backing. The report was apparently based on information from a source involved in the Ukrainian investigation into alleged corruption of the former president.
The publication resulted in Manafort’s firing by the Trump campaign, with the US president distancing himself from the lobbyist.
The two individuals are the first indicted amid an investigation by US Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow. However, the charges brought against Manafort and Gates don’t seem to have any direct connection to Russia.
Yanukovich was widely considered “pro-Russian” in the US due to his voter base being strongest in the east of Ukraine, which is inhabited predominantly by ethnic Russians. Thus, the association with Manafort was spun in the media as evidence of Trump campaign’s collusion with the Russian government. Some critics of the US president hope that he may become a star witness in an eventual impeachment process against Donald Trump.
There were no media reports that Manafort ever worked for the Russian government. The only issue that Trump’s opponents tried to build upon was an AP report in March which revealed Manafort had a contract with Russian businessman Oleg Deripaska involving investment projects in Ukraine in the late 2000s.
Some media speculated that Deripaska may have been used by the Russian government to further the Kremlin’s foreign policy goals and that Manafort may have been a key figure in those efforts. The businessman denied that his dealings with Manafort had anything to do with politics.
Amid the media speculations the White House denied that Trump was aware of Manafort’s work for Deripaska before joining his campaign. Trump’s then-Press Secretary Sean Spicer downplayed the role played by Manafort during his five-month collaboration with Trump, saying it was “very limited.”
In July, Manafort’s home in Alexandria, Virginia, was searched by the FBI in a pre-dawn raid. The bureau’s agents seized documents and other materials they deemed relevant to the Mueller investigation, media reports said.
The interest by US law enforcement in Manafot’s contacts with foreign clients stretches back years. In 2014, the secret FISA court authorized surveillance of his communications, according to a CNN report. The wiretapping was dropped in 2016 for lack of evidence but renewed later, which allowed the FBI intercept Manafort’s communications with Trump.
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