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Monday, December 8, 2014

No Amnesty Executive Orders? Really?

Not sure what to make of this....


Sessions at the 40 second mark:





And Via WND:

NEW YORK – It’s common knowledge President Obama signed an executive order directing the Department of Homeland Security to forgive millions of illegal aliens for their past violations of immigration law, right? 
Wrong. 
Today the National Archives and Records Administration, responsible for maintaining such filings, said no such executive order was ever signed or filed, confirming WND’s report Wednesday
A National Archives librarian, Jeffrey Hartley, made the confirmation in an email Thursday to WND. 
“As I indicated, it would appear that there is not an Executive Order stemming from the President’s remarks on November 20 on immigration,” Hartley wrote. 
Hartley said that neither of the executive orders Obama signed in Las Vegas the day after his announcement fulfill his plan to defer deportations and grant work permits to up to 5 million illegal aliens. 
“The only two documents that I have located are two Presidential Memoranda, which are available from the White House site,” Hartley’s email continued. “They can also be found in the November 26, 2014 issue of the Federal Register.”


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Did Our President Just Claim a Mandate from the Non Voting American?



Obama today:

“To everyone that voted, I want you to know that I heard you” ... “To two-thirds of voters that chose not to participate in the process yesterday, I hear you, too.”

Sigh...



Monday, November 3, 2014

The NYT Goes unAmerican...again...



Via the NYT:
"The main impact of the midterm election in the modern era has been to weaken the president, the only government official (other than the powerless vice president) elected by the entire nation. Since the end of World War II, the president’s party has on average lost 25 seats in the House and about 4 in the Senate as a result of the midterms. This is a bipartisan phenomenon — Democratic presidents have lost an average of 31 House seats and between 4 to 5 Senate seats in midterms; Republican presidents have lost 20 and 3 seats, respectively."

Americans recognize that a Constitution that endeavors to limit federal government power restrains Democrats.  This is a feature to Americans, a bug to Democrats.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Monday, October 6, 2014

Co-opting Marriage, Redefining it, and Forcing it on Others --- Establishment



Is it not interesting that if one student prays while on school grounds they are somehow establishing a state religion and are thus barred from their individual religious liberty...


...but the state can co-opt a religious ceremony, redefine it, force other religions and religious individuals to abide by it, and it not be an establishment issue?



The Unconstitutionality of Campaign Finance Reform...



If what they wanted were constitutional they would not need to change the 1st amendment.





Thursday, October 2, 2014

Sea Level Defined

Via IMAO



The Crazy Secret to Global Warming:









The key line in this video starts at 2:32, as they casually mention that they can only tell sea level to an accuracy of 1 meter.

Combine that with this:

“The IPCC estimates that sea levels rose 17 centimeters (or about 6.7 inches) in the 20th century. Scientists project rising sea levels to continue through the 21st century, with levels increasing between 7 and 22 inches by 2100.”
So… their predictions are within the margin of error of sea level measurement.

Something to keep in mind…




Wednesday, October 1, 2014

32% of the unAmerican Population Prefer the ACA...



"A new poll finds that three-fifths of likely voters support the repeal of Obamacare.  A large plurality — 44 percent — wants to see Obamacare repealed replaced with a conservative alternative. A much smaller group —16 percent — wants to see it repealed but not replaced. Less than one in three respondents — 32 percent — would like to keep Obamacare, whether in its current form or in amended form.  So, with a conservative alternative in play, 60 percent of Americans support repeal, while only 32 percent oppose it."



Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

North Carolina's Response to Common Core is A Model of Judiciousness in Crafting Law...



North Carolina repealed Common Core standards this past summer, however the standards will remain in place for the current calender year. One hopes that NC will be prepared to implement its own set of rigorous standards a year from now. But NC almost followed the Oklahoma model before settling on the current transitional compromise.

The [NC] state House voted 71-34, however, to approve a compromise measure that creates a new state commission to review educational standards and recommend the replacement of defective Common Core standards or those that are inappropriate. While an earlier state House version of the bill would have outright banned the commission from retaining any of the Common Core standards, the compromise follows the state Senate’s version, which permits the commission to choose the best standards, whether from Common Core or another set of standards.
Oklahoma's experience is enlightening. Like NC, Oklahoma also repealed Common Core standards this past summer, but the state is paying the price for treating the "voluntary" program as voluntary. The Common Core repeal bill adopted by Oklahoma required an immediate, though temporary, return to its previous PASS standards during which time it would develop its own more rigorous standards.

House Bill 3399 required all schools return to Priority Academic Student Skills Standards, also known as PASS, until new standards could be developed.
This was apparently not good enough. In government parlance voluntary means "voluntary". The result is that Oklahoma has just lost its No Child Left Behind funding.

 It appears that the NCGA deserves a nod of appreciation for its cautious moderation in crafting law ... that is if a year proves long enough for NC to generate appropriately rigorous schooling standards.




The Real Issue is That the IRS and the Justice Department Could Get Away With it ...

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Incompetent IRS emails Found! Found! Found, I Say!


PJ

Department of Justice attorneys for the Internal Revenue Service told Judicial Watch on Friday that Lois Lerner’s emails, indeed all government computer records, are backed up by the federal government in case of a government-wide catastrophe. The Obama administration attorneys said that this back-up system would be too onerous to search. The DOJ attorneys also acknowledged that the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) is investigating this back-up system.

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Monday, July 7, 2014

"So, Sue Me", He Said...



National Review 
The strategy depends on successfully establishing that the House of Representatives has “standing” to sue the president. Only one criterion is provided by the Constitution: identification of an injury-in-fact, in this case the apparent nullification of Congress’s institutional power. Showing this, Foley and Rivkin say, is the easy part. But they suggest that the courts have identified three additional factors ...

The first plus-factor criterion is to demonstrate the lack of a private plaintiff. In Foley’s and Rivkin’s characterization, the president’s actions are “benevolent” suspensions of law — that is, they are specially intended to assist particular groups (young immigrants or small businesses, for example). Because assisting certain people was the president’s aim, no individuals have suffered sufficient injury to have standing to sue.





Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Promising Words from Pat McCrory on Common Core's End in North Carolina



NC Policy Watch quoting Pat McCrory:
”If you ask most North Carolinians if they want high math and reading standards, they’re gonna be for it. I don’t care what you call it…I could care less about the brand name.”
One can only hope wisdom is finally finding a home within Pat McCrory whith this change in tone.



Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Why can't liberals keep their politics in their pants?



        Seth Rogen Calls Hobby Lobby, SCOTUS Assholes...


Sigh... And I liked Seth Rogen too.




According to Rasmussen Democrats are 58% unAmerican




Rasmussen
Fifty-eight percent (58%) of Democrats think the president should take action alone if Congress does not approve his proposals.

Americans prefer our Constitutional Republic.  Democrats prefer change, something different, something unAmerican.



Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Jindal Kills Common Core in Louisiana Via an Executive Order ... Where is Pat McCrory's Leadership?


Politico:

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal issued an executive order that would effectively make the Bayou State the fourth to withdraw from Common Core this year, but a top education official vowed to implement the national education standards anyway.

The New Yorker is not Always Wrong








Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Crafting a Pre 9/11 Afghanistan Across the Whole of Mesopotamia is Not in America's Interest.


Is Obama creating a pre 9/11 Afghanistan across the whole of Mesopotamia? New Yorker:

Even so, the events unfolding in Iraq point toward a much wider war, reaching from the Iranian frontier to the Mediterranean coast. The long open border between Iraq and Syria, and the big stretches of ungoverned space, has allowed extremists on each side to grow and to support one another. isis and Jabhat al-Nusra, two of the strongest groups fighting in Syria, were created by militant leaders from Iraq, many of whom had fought with Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia against the United States. The vast swath of territory between the Euphrates and the Tigris—from Aleppo, in Syria, to Mosul, in Iraq—threatens to become a sanctuary for the most virulent Islamist pathologies, not unlike what flourished in Afghanistan in the years before 9/11. Among those fighting with isis and Al Nusra are hundreds of Westerners, from Germany, the United Kingdom, France, and the United States. At some point, the survivors will want to go home; they will be well trained and battle-hardened.

Bold added...

Did Obama's actions in Libya in which he facilitated the fall of Gaddafi after which he quickly left, effectively breaking it without fixing it, help or hinder Muslim extremists?

Did Obama's actions in Egypt in which he supported a revolution that replaced Hosni Mubarak with the Muslim Brotherhood but did not support a subsequent  successful revolution to replace the Muslim Brotherhood help or hinder Muslim Extremists?

Did Obama's failed attempt  in Syria to aid Muslim Extremists in the overthrow of Syria's Bashar Assad bolster the confidence of all Muslim Extremists.  What if Obama had succeeded?

Did Obama's absence during Iran's  Green Revolution in  which effectively gave support for the Muslim Extremists currently ruling Iran over those desirous of liberty bolster the confidence of all Muslim Extremists?

Did Obama's trading of 5 Muslim extremists for one America hating deserter  benefit Muslim Extremists?

Foreign policies can be amorphous things that are difficult to define at the moment but quite clear in hindsight. At some point we need to assess whether Obama is a friend of America or a friend of those who are not.


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Monday, June 16, 2014

Bush on Obama's Iraq Nightmare ...


Bush 2007:
I know some in Washington would like us to start leaving Iraq now. To begin withdrawing before our commanders tell us we are ready would be dangerous for Iraq, for the region and for the United States. It would mean surrendering the future of Iraq to al Qaeda. It would mean that we’d be risking mass killings on a horrific scale. It would mean we’d allow the terrorists to establish a safe haven in Iraq to replace the one they lost in Afghanistan. It would mean increasing the probability that American troops would have to return at some later date to confront an enemy that is even more dangerous.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Lindsay Graham in 2011: Iraq will "go to hell" if Obama withdraws troops

Would the Nation be so Complacent if the President Were not Limited to Two Terms

Victor Davis Hanson:

In other words, the presidency has become a virtual office. Almost half the people and most of the media do not mind, and those who do just plod onward.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Medicaid Expansion -- Proof that the ACA is an Unworkable Detriment to Americans...

polifrog


Is there a reason for Medicaid expansion beyond the fact that the  ACA is not the solution to the problem of the uninsured we were told it would be?

I don't believe so.  
If the ACA were functional the same people who are now pushing for Medicaid expansion would be pushing for  Medicaid reduction.  That they are not is an indication that the ACA is failing not only America as a whole, but Americans individually. 
  
Alternatively we can argue with ACA dead-enders who claim the would ACA work if only we extend state care to all those individuals the ACA forced out of self-funded health insurance.  Mind you these are the same people who also call for expanded unemployment to cover those forced out of work due to the ACA and these are the same people who wish to expand programs to tend to the growing class of newly part-time workers who only exist due to the ACA. 
  
But hey,  these are Democrats and they care about you; it's their fantasy.  Perhaps we should let them tend the injuries  they cause... let them offer band-aids to those they maim as they swing their ball-peen hammer of "health-care" upon America.  



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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Palin Prescience and Obama's Not So "Smart Diplomacy"....

polifrog


When Palin can't school Obama and the press, the world does.

 



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Friday, February 28, 2014

Jan Brewer Chose the New Church Lady in Town...

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In the press there have been a lot of comparisons to the Jim Crow south in regard to Arizona's religious tolerance bill. The subtext is that Republicans were somehow responsible for the Jim Crow south, and that their intolerance then is reflected today in intolerance for homosexuals today.

The history as well as the reality is quite different from the press narrative.

The segregated south was a result of Democrat Jim Crow laws which only represented a step back from the Southern Slavery rights Democrats fought but failed to retain.  Remember that Lincoln was a Republican.

It was Republicans who not only fought for the liberty of slaves, but it was Republicans who fought for an end to Jim Crow and it was Republicans who wrote the Civil Rights Act of 1964 while Democrats filibustered the same.

In the end all Democrats did for the liberty of black Americans was to change their mind in 1964.

As to Arizona, religious liberty is not a "fig leaf", it is a foundational precept upon which our nation is founded and it should be understood that coercion in regard to forcing individuals to act against their religious conscience is a legitimate concern.

But, in short, what is being asked of our nation is to choose between virtues, a liberal virtue of intolerance toward the religious beliefs of others or the American virtue of tolerance and respect toward religious diversity.  Thus the real source of intolerance is Democrats, both during the Jim Crow south they crafted and the intolerance toward the religious Democrats promulgate today.

In the end there is a new "Church Lady" in town and her name is liberal Democrat. Start hoarding your salt, your colas, your guns and your religion.



NitWitCharmer

Monday, February 24, 2014

unAmerican Mike Dickinson (Democrat) Calls for FCC Regulation of Media...

polifrog


A free press is an American virtue, so much so it is codified in our Constitution. Mike Dickinson, like most Democrats (consider the Democrat opinion of Art Pope, the Koch brothers and Citizens United), turns his back on that American virtue and in so doing defines himself, as does the Democrat Party, unAmerican.

 What did Mike Dickinson say?

 


Do Americans believe in  regulated newsrooms and regulated speech?  Democrats do.

 UnAmerican is as unAmerican does.




 NitWitCharmer

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Travel

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Let's Hope Others Will Help With a Share When Our Time Comes....I Am A Ukrainian

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The ACA is Hurting North Carolina but Kay Hagan With Nothing to Lose Embraces it...

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According to the HHS NC ACA enrollment is running at around 160,000.

Of course they ignore the question of how many of those 160k enrolled thus far had insurance prior to being kicked off their preferred individual plan by the ACA.

Although the data is scarce indications are that 90% of those enrolled in the ACA had insurance prior to being forced out.

And how many have paid for this insurance through the ACA?  The HHS counts all those who have have chosen a plan even if they have not paid for a plan.  They term this metric "enrolled", but enrollment is not the same as a paying customer. According to CNN  20% to 30% of those who have "enrolled" in the ACA have not paid.  We'll go with the lower end at 20%.

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So we can lower that initial 160k supplied by the HHS by the 20% that have not paid for their chosen plan which leaves 128K truly enrolled in the ACA  in NC.  And of those truly enrolled only 11% did not previously have insurance, about 13 thousand.

Finally we should compare that number of those enrolled to the the number of North Carolinians who have lost their insurance due to the ACA. According to the News Observer that number stands at around 473,000.

To sum up:
Since the ACA has kicked off in NC:
== 473,000 have lost their insurance due to the ACA.
== 115,220 of those then bought insurance through the ACA exchange.
== And almost 13,000 once uninsured gained insurance.

== That means 345,000 more North Carolinians are without insurance since the ACA kicked off.

This of this includes the pain of those demoted to part time work or fired altogether due to the ACA.

The ACA is hurting North Carolinians.



NitWitCharmer

Monday, February 17, 2014

Hayek on Keynes's Ignorance of Economics

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Asked what he thought of Keynes, Hayek answers...




NitWitCharmer

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Companies Must Now Swear — to the IRS — That None of Their Layoffs are Because of Obamacare

polifrog


Via The PJ Tatler


This is one way to skew the Obamacare stats and turn the IRS into the Democrats' personal political army in a stroke.

Consider what administration officials announcing the new exemption for medium-sized employers had to say about firms that might fire workers to get under the threshold and avoid hugely expensive new requirements of the law. Obama officials made clear in a press briefing that firms would not be allowed to lay off workers to get into the preferred class of those businesses with 50 to 99 employees. How will the feds know what employers were thinking when hiring and firing? Simple. Firms will be required to certify to the IRS – under penalty of perjury – that ObamaCare was not a motivating factor in their staffing decisions. To avoid ObamaCare costs you must swear that you are not trying to avoid ObamaCare costs. You can duck the law, but only if you promise not to say so.

Company officials will be....



NitWitCharmer

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Insulating citizens from a poor economy is the economic policy of vacuous leadership perpetuating economic mediocrity. #STOU

polifrog



Our president delivered the 2014 State of the Union Speech last night and the Washington Post had this to say:

Obama announced a list of executive actions that he will pursue in the coming months aimed at slowing the widening income gap among American families, which the White House has called a top priority for the year. Among them were plans to raise the minimum wage for federal contract workers to $10.10 an hour, create a new government-backed private retirement savings plan, and speed up implementation of a previously announced program to connect schools to wireless broadband.
White House aides described the initiatives as having the potential to help millions of Americans gain more take-home pay, job training and education.



NitWitCharmer

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Nick Gillespie Hosts a Discussion Concerning Libertarian Convergence/Divergence on Abortion ...

polifrog


It seems clear to that science has defined humanity by genetics and that that genetic marker that is human is had at time of conception.  Humans by virtue of being  genetically human are are thus endowed with liberty at time that the requisite genetic material for being human is had ... conception.

The result is that any carve-out that results in a class of people being denied liberty from the moment of conception on, and in the case of abortion resulting in a denial of the most fundamental of liberties, that of life, is little more than a rationalization.

Just as we once rationalized the transfer of liberty from many slaves to fewer others for convenience we now rationalize the transfer of liberty from many prenatal to fewer others for convenience.  In each iteration Democrats have there to benefit politically from that transfer of liberty.

Nick Gillespie:





NitWitCharmer

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

1TB?, 2TB?, 10TB, 36TB? How Many TB of Cloud Storage Space do You Need? JottaCloud, Tencent, Kanbox, Baidu, 360 and BTSync...

polifrog


Did I mention free cloud storage?

Yeah, these are Chinese/Pacific Rim based companies so if that bothers you, you haven't heard of the NSA. With the USA having given up the last breath of honest governance there is no disadvantage in embracing the Chinese cloud storage give away. Understand that if your data is of the type that it might ruffle the feathers of governance it is best to have that data in a country that you do not reside.  And, of course, you can always encrypt before uploading.  

For those of you concerned about installing the PC client and mobile device software I have noticed that removing the software from my phone and/or computer once it has been downloaded, installed and used to sign in to my account does not reduce my increased cloud storage capacity.

Of note, according to the translations the Chinese think of it, not as a "cloud", but as a "network drive".  Get it free while you can...

What follows is a quick synopsis of four cloud solutions.  But for more details (including upload/download speed restraints as compared to American counterparts  and maximum file size restraints regarding not only upload, but limits as well) concerning each visit this guy's thorough comments as he explored each.  His preference was for 360.



JottaCloud (5gb up to 100gb maybe more)

https://www.jottacloud.com/



JottaCloud is not Chinese.  Rather, it is Scandinavian and claims to be protected from the NSA.  I don't know about being immune to the NSA, but I do like the interface.  It is clean, multilingual, and upload times feel short. I particularly like the backup features of JottaCloud.

Initial signup will net you 5gb but if you use this link (link removed due to the possible conclusion of this promotion) your initial signup will net you 10gig and add 5gig to my account.  This is not automated  so allow me a few hours to respond.   We both benefit. Once you have your account set up your subsequent referrals will net you  5gb per referral. Jottacloud claims that there is a limit of 100gig but I already have 105gig and I'd like to test the limit. I need your help.  Here is the link to your 10gig of JottaCloud.  (link removed due to the possible conclusion of this promotion)  Apologies to those who attempted to use the promotion.

While desktop clients and  file syncs are great, one current drawback to JottaCloud  is that JottaCloud appears to be totally reliant  upon synced/backup files.  That means that JottaCloud seems to be unable  to upload single files via the browser which is problematic  with OS's for which there is no JottaCloud client. My Chromebook is just such an OS and indeed JottaCloud does not work on my Chromebook .  That said, Google plans to make Android apps functional on Chrome OS devises and being that there is a JottaCloud Andriod App availabile  JottaCloud functionality on the Chromebook should be coming soon.




(NEW) Kanbox (10TB) Free

www.kanbox.com




 I have tried this and verified that it works. I currently have 10TB plus another 50gig.


The following arrived via an anonymous comment:

OK, after some tries I find how to link accounts and get 10 TB space.

1. register taobao and alibaba accounts with same email
2. bound phone number to taobao
3. register on Kanbox with same email as on taobao. System will find that you are already member on taobao, so they will tell you can login with taobao account.
4. download Laiwang soft on your phone and register with phone number that is bound to taobao.

5. then go to http://www.kanbox.com/invite/task, (translation in the photo to the left) ... search for 下载登录来往客户端 on page and click on 3.点击领取奖励

You will get 10 TB free!



Baidu (2TB)  (Via the Comments - Baidu now has a Chinese character capcha feature after email verification but it can be broken)  

I used the instructions in the video below and, yes, it took 6 or 7 tries, I lost count, but it works.  

Simply go to http://www.nciku.com/ draw each of the characters and then copy/paste them into the capcha field. (One note... Before I copy and pasted the chracters I entered an English letter into the capcha field, double clicked on it, then replaced that English character with the Chinese characters I created into the capcha field.) 


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Baidu as well as the other three that follow require a more convoluted signup process made more convoluted by the language barrier.  I set Google to automatically translate all the Chinese it could to English ... a huge help and strongly suggested.  

Baidu offers 2TB free for life ... but only after one downloads, installs and signs into their phone app.  After that one must still claim the 2000GB.  Unfortunately the website, the desktop client nor the apps are offered in English.  That will change soon.

Here is  the best guide I've seen to your 2000GB of Baidu cloud storage.  

Of note, Baidu seems to be the only player of the four in this covered in this post that currently offers uploading via torrent and streaming of your movies.  

Also to be noted is the fact that while I have claimed my 2TB from Baidu I have not used this network storage offering much as I find the interface a bit cluttered.


Weiyun (Tencent) (10TB)

Although I have never been exposed to them until now, Tencent is apparently a huge tech company in SE Asia, like one of the top 5 in the world. That size allows Tencent (like Mega) to store data in multiple countries, not just China.  There is some confidence to be had in that.

One may upload file no larger than 4GB unless one engages the "power upload plugin" at which point the max. file size increases to 32GB. 

Here are the steps required to get your 10TB
  1. Register in the QQ service
  2. Install Tencent Cloud app for your smartphone. Login with the data from step 1.
  3. Click “Get 10TB”.
  4. And don't forget to use the  English version of  Tencent's web offering.

Qihoo 360 (36TB)

Qihoo360 is currently the MacDaddy of cloud storage with 36TB.   To get hold of all 36TB, you must download the PC client & the Android or iOS app.  Downloading and signing in to the phone app alone will net you 26TB but if you choose to download and sign in the PC client you will get another 10TB which gets you to 36,000GB

That's a lot of storage but it does not stop there.  If one signs in each day and clicks on the drawing one gets the chance to increase their storage quota by  around 1/4GB to around 7GB.  Over 30 days this netted me nearly 50GB ... not that I really needed it. Not only is there this game play, but there is another which nets me an additional 150gig/day and up. My understanding is that 360 maxes out at 150TB.

Unfortunately Qihoo is still displayed in Chinese as are the apps and the PC client.  That will change soon, though.  Patience.

For those of you cautious about installing the PC client, I flipped steps 5 and 6 choosing to only to install the mobile device software and get the 26TB for my wife's account.  She was, however,  disturbed by the related Chinese notifications so I later removed that software from her phone incurring no penalty in the process. 

Here are the steps required to get your 36TB
  1. Go to http://huodong.yunpan.360.cn/xt and click the orange button.
  2. In the popup window, click the text near the bottom right corner to Register a new account.
  3. Then enter your email address and your password twice.
  4. Get 10TB-- Now go to http://huodong.yunpan.360.cn/xt to download the PC software (labeled 1), sign in with your account from steps 1 and 2 above and then go back to http://huodong.yunpan.360.cn/xt to claim your 10TB by clicking the orange button. (From the comments: Timo Riemer said, "When the desktop client appears i had to click on the chinese text in the bottom right corner and use the login screen that appears.")
  5. Get 26TB-- Now repeat step number 4 but download your phone app (the QR code helps to get your phone to the right place), sign in with your phone and then claim your 26TB 

BitTorrent Sync (Free)


I would be remiss if I did not include BTSync in this list as a sharing/syncing  and remote backup option  for those who prefer a personal "cloud" in which encrypted data is shared or synced directly between devices without a "middleman" such as the cloud or network drive.

Via BTSync one may sync or share encrypted data between two computers, two phones, or a computer and many devices in any combination.

You begin by you choosing a folder you want to sync at which point BTSync provides you a "secret". With BTSync installed on another device, you can provide that secret and link the folders. At this point they will securely synchronize peer-to peer meaning that none of the data passes through the cloud.



I use this tool to backup photos on my family's Android devices to the family computer which is increasingly becoming our family's personal cloud server.  My son also uses it to make large files such as movies and music stored on his computer at home available to his iPhone so that he has access to those files at school.  From his iPhone he sees only the file names he has made available to his phone, files that he can individually choose to download to his iPhone.  He can also share a read only "secret" to others via QR code so that they too have access to his files for viewing.

The result is that BTSync, by virtue of being cloudless, is one of the most secure easy to use file transfer tools available.




Yunio (1TB+1GB/day)  (Via the Comments -- NO LONGER FREE)

It appears that one may keep their current  free account for $400/year.  This is cheaper than the $600 a new user at the same site would pay for the same product but it looks like I will be bowing out of Yunio all the same.

A shame.


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As an aside I'd like to relay synopsis of China's cloud storage price-war written by MarkusMcNugen:


Here’s the summary of the “Cloud Storage War in China”:
· Before all this, free storage services in China are mainly focused on capacity under 15GB.
· But on 8/13/2013, Kingsoft (03888.HK)announced that it has received $20 million investment. With this financing, Kingsoft Kuaipan, a service under Kingsoft offers 100GB free storage service to personal users.
· Then Qihoo 360 said they offer users 360GB
· Baidu (NASDAQ: BIDU), the largest search engine in China, said: pay 1 RMB, you’ll get 1TB permanent space (1USD=6.1RMB)
· Then Qihoo said they’ll offer users extra 666GB on top of the 360GB, that’s more than 1TB
· Then Baidu said it offers 1TB free, and users who pays 1 RMB gets an extra 1TB
· Then Tencent joined the war and offers 10T. See my thread here.
· Then Qihoo calls itself the terminator to this war and said it offers users unlimited storage, free and permanent!
· Then Baidu changed it service to offer users the 2TB for free and will refund the 1RMB to users who paid.

Other competitors in the war include:
· Sina (NDSDAQ: SINA), famous for its Twitter like service called “Weibo”, said it offers 100GB and if you share one file to the public, you’ll get the same size of free permanent space (They called it “unlimited”)
· 115.com (just an ordinary cloud storage company) offers 15GB to new users and all users get 1TB every year, increasing to unlimited size.

For those concerned with security:
Qihoo is a reputable chinese company that makes very popular anti-virus software which you can find in the Android market by searching "Qihu 360". All uploaded files are encrypted using your accounts password, and not even the employees of Qihoo have access to your files.


NitWitCharmer

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Just as the Colonists’ homes were no longer theirs..our computers and phones are no longer ours. http://goo.gl/EWmbQo

polifrog--



Via GW:

The NSA itself says that it’s in the middle of a massive cyber war. As such, malware, physical spying devices and offensive internet workarounds are literally the main troops in the NSA’s offensive cyber army.
  • Quartering meant that Colonial Americans had:
  • No control over when the British troops came and went
  • No say in what resources they consumed
  • And no privacy even in their own castles
Similarly, mass NSA spying means that modern day Americans have:
  • No control over when military presence comes or goes from our computer and phones (NSA is part of the Department of Defense)
  • No say in what resources the spies suck up (remember, Applebaum says that spying can use a lot of resources and harm performance)
  • And no privacy even in the deepest inner sanctuary of our electronic home base
Colonial Americans lost the quiet use and enjoyment of their homes. Modern Americans are losing the quiet use and enjoyment of our digital homes because the NSA is stationing digital “troops” inside our computers and phones.
Just as the Colonists’ homes were no longer theirs … our computers and phones are no longer ours.


NitWitCharmer