Warrant Canary

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Covering: September, 2018, give or take.

Hello friend. As you can see I'm signing this update with mailvelope, because I'm on the road and running the travel laptop. I'm big on these, for reasons.

Nothing untoward has been directed at this site to the best of my knowledge and I'm not under duress by any authorities to disclose any details about anything or install any backdoors or honey traps on this website. Or am I?

As this is a Warrant Canary page, though, I'd like to warn you about two online canaries. One is www.thecanary.co, a website that positions itself on 'the left' and which recently published a hit pieace on journalist Carl David Goette-Luciak, alleging he was actually a CIA operative working on regime change in Guatemala. (See: https://www.buzzfeed.com/markdistefano/carl-david-guelle-luciak-arrest). This resulted in his arrest in the country and deportation. It could have gone far worse. Such allegations can get someone killed. This incident aside, The Canary is a hit-piece machine and toxic with misinformation.

The other website is canarymission.org, an anti-Palestinian and far-right zionist platform that attempts to intimidate and silence university students and academics who are critical of Israel's occupation of Palestine, West Bank settlement expansion, seige on Gaza and the deteriorating rights of Palestinian citizens in Israel. They use doxxing attacks, smear campaigns and various other forms of intimidation, harrassment to try to cost people their careers or put them at higher risk of physical confrontation. (See: https://forward.com/news/national/411355/revealed-canary-mission-blacklist-is-secretly-bankrolled-by-major-jewish/).

Both are horrible entities on the web, attempting to inflict real-world harm on their targets over idealogical or political differences.

Canaries are nobile creatures who gave their lives by being stuck in cages and dragged into human-made pits of dispaire to sufficate as a warning sign for the workers toiling for bits of mineral to be dragged back to the surface to burn. It's bad enough they're the namesake for web pages that are little more than security theatre. They shouldn't also be used as political cudgels by ill-informed, trollish partisan hacks.

To end on a lighter note, here are some good canaries...

1) http://canary-project.org/
2) https://github.com/thinkst/opencanary
3) https://canarytokens.org
4) https://www.google.com/chrome/canary/
5) http://canary.bwh.harvard.edu/

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