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AVG Users

Hi All,

If you are using AVG and seeing below problems:

1. Windows display a message for missing dll file
2. Windows display an error that the program is not a valid win32 application when opening any programs

Some users of AVG allowed the antivirus to quarantine or heal the infection by PSW.Agent.ABTK and SHeur2.AZMQ trojan horses. The impact of these false positives by AVG is the above issues.

Please note that AVG moderator confirmed that the database signature for AVG issued before August 27 causes the above troubles. They have corrected the false positive. To resolve the problem, follow the advise by their staff by updating the definitions of AVG and by restoring the files it quarantined in the Vault. Run a full system scan to confirm that the false positive is solved.

Obamacare, Liberty, and the dangers of big government

25-8-2009


Ron Paul and Lew Rockwell on Government Health Control

Youtube

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Recently, Dr. Paul sat down with his old friend and former congressional chief of staff Lew Rockwell to discuss Obamacare, Liberty, and the dangers of big government.

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Ensure your NoScript is this version…

25-8-2009

NoScript v1.9.8.7 – August 25, 2009

It has come to my attention that clicking addons and finding the update fails to find it be sure to double check that you have this version please!

Changelog

x Fixed minor bugs in “Recent blocked sites” implementation
x Updated Rumenian
x Fixed encoding issue with configuration import/export/sync (thanks
m_c for reporting)

http://noscript.net/changelog

Download
http://noscript.net/getit

Secunia PSI now available in 42 languages!

25-8-2009

16:55 CET on the 25th August 2009.
Entry written by Mikkel Winther.

100 days ago, Secunia CEO Niels Henrik Rasmussen promised “40 languages in 100 days” for the Secunia PSI. Since this day Secunia as well as members of the Secunia PSI community have been working hard to keep the promise. We would like to extend our gratitude, not only to the many translators that made this possible, but also to the many requests we had to turn down because the translation of their language already was in progress.

Once again, this proves the strength and support of the huge Secunia PSI community.

May 6th 2009, we wrote the following; “Localisation Into 40 Languages! Secunia PSI is available in English, Spanish, German, and Danish at the moment. In the next three months it is our ambition to tenfold this number and offer the PSI in 40 languages.”

August 24th 2009 we released Secunia PSI 1.5.0.1, which included support for 42 languages.

Credits
The following is the list of translations. We greatly appreciate the translation work done by National CERT’s, online media sites, interest organisations, and individuals.

* The Secunia PSI is now available in Belarusian
Thanks to Dmitry

* The Secunia PSI is now available in Bosnian
Thanks to Stjepan, Irvin, Robert Hedi, and Nikola Ljucovic

* The Secunia PSI is now available in Bulgarian
Thanks to Georgi Geshev

* The Secunia PSI is now available in Esperanto
Thanks to Joop Eggen

* The Secunia PSI is now available in Estonian
Thanks to CERT EE (Criso D. and Anto Veldre)

* The Secunia PSI is now available in Filipino
Thanks to Lowell Reyes and Victor Delantar

* The Secunia PSI is now available in Finnish
Thanks to Matti Kukkola

* The Secunia PSI is now available in Gujarati
Thanks to Dhaval Shah

* The Secunia PSI is now available in Greek
Thanks to Alexandros Vlastos

* The Secunia PSI is now available in Hindi
Thanks to Ajay Sharma

* The Secunia PSI is now available in Japanese
Thanks to Yasuhiro Iwase, Ueda Hiroyuki, Daisuke Osada, Fumihito Yoshida, and Yoshiaki Ueda

* The Secunia PSI is now available in Latvian
Thanks to CERT NIC.LV

* The Secunia PSI is now available in Lithuanian
Thanks to LITNET CERT (Marius Urkis)

* The Secunia PSI is now available in Maltese
Thanks to Matt Lan

* The Secunia PSI is now available in Polish
Thanks to PCWORLD.PL (Ludwik Krakowiak)

* The Secunia PSI is now available in Portuguese
Thanks to CERT.PT (Lino Santos)

* The Secunia PSI is now available in Romanian
Thanks to CERT-DRT (Razvan Dumitriu)

* The Secunia PSI is now available in Serbian
Thanks to Charlie / Romoda Károly

* The Secunia PSI is now available in Slovene
Thanks to SI-CERT (Tadej Hren), Jure Simsic, Tomaz / Peter Novak, Primoz, and Jernej Oset

* The Secunia PSI is now available in Mexican (Spanish)
Thanks to Dayán Pedro Huerta Cadena

* The Secunia PSI is now available in Swedish
Thanks to TeliaSonera CERT (Per Sundell)

* The Secunia PSI is now available in Turkish
Thanks to Ersagun Kuruca, Övünç Gürsoy, Tunc Degirmencioglu, and Saner Apaydın

* The Secunia PSI is now available in Ukranian
Thanks to CERT-UA (Kostiantyn Korsun)

* The Secunia PSI is now available in Catalan
Thanks to Alba Ferrer

* The Secunia PSI is now available in Vietnamese
Thanks to Thao Le Duc and Tran Anh Tuan

* The Secunia PSI is now available in Russian
Thanks to Dmitry Kulshitsky

* The Secunia PSI is now available in Malay (Bahasa Melayu)
Thanks to Malaysia Computer Emergency Response Team (MyCERT)

* The Secunia PSI is now available in Czech
Thanks to Josef Bláha

* The Secunia PSI is now available in Chinese (Simplified)
Thanks to Patrick Jiang at CNCERT/CC

* The Secunia PSI is now available in Italian
Thanks to IlSoftware.it

* The Secunia PSI is now available in Valenciana
Thanks to CSIRT-CV

* The Secunia PSI is now available in Indonesian
Thanks to Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

* The Secunia PSI is now available in Hungarian
Thanks to Balázs Németh

* The Secunia PSI is now available in French
Thanks to Serge “Sergio” Tellene

* The Secunia PSI is now available in Portuguese (Brazilian)
Thanks to Vinicius Mello

* The Secunia PSI is now available in Norwegian
Thanks to Norsis

* The Secunia PSI is now available in Dutch
Thanks to security.nl

Please try out your local language. If you do not find your language, please contact us for details on how to translate the Secunia PSI into your language.

New Features
Since May we have also introduced the two very exciting features; Secure Browsing and PSI Worldmap.

Secure Browsing
Secure Browsing is without a doubt one of the most important aspects of online security. If your browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc.) or its plugins (Adobe Flash Player, QuickTime, Sun Java, etc.) contain vulnerabilities, then you’re exposed to security threats every single time you visit a website.

The Secunia PSI can assist you to ensure that your browsing experience is safe and secure.

Secunia PSI WorldMap
Benchmark your score against other users from your own continent, country, and region, and see how users from different countries are installing security patches, etc.

Remember that patching is more important than having an Anti-Virus program and a personal firewall.

Stay Secure
Get your personal version from this link….
http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/personal/

Another wonderful find from Henry

25-8-2009

Please watch this trailer…..

http://demographicwinter.com/index.html

Herbicide Found in Water May Pose Greater Danger

25-8-2009

The Washington Post sited yesterday……
CHICAGO, Aug. 24Drinking water containing a common herbicide could pose a greater public health risk than previously thought because regular municipal monitoring doesn’t detect frequent spikes in the chemical’s levels, according to a report released Monday by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

The report documented spikes in atrazine in the water supplies of Midwestern and Southern towns in agricultural areas, where the herbicide is applied to the vast majority of corn, sorghum and sugar cane fields.

Atrazine, an endocrine disrupter, can interfere with the body’s hormonal activity and the development of reproductive organs. The Environmental Protection Agency looks at annual average levels of the chemical in drinking-water systems, but the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) says this misses spikes likely to occur after rain and springtime application of the herbicide.

“Our biggest concern is early-life-stage development,” said NRDC senior scientist Jennifer Sass. “If there’s a disruption during that time, it becomes hard-wired into the system. These endocrine disrupters act in the body at extremely low levels. These spikes matter.”

She said the chemical could also be linked to menstrual problems and endocrine-related cancers in adults.

Scientists with atrazine manufacturer Syngenta called the NRDC study alarmist and said the spikes fall within one- and 10-day limits that the EPA considers safe.

“Atrazine is one of the best studied, most thoroughly regulated molecules on the planet,” said Syngenta toxicologist Tim Pastoor. “Those momentary spikes are not going to be injurious to human health.”

Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, municipal water supplies are typically tested for chemicals, including atrazine, four times a year. The EPA considers an annual average atrazine level below 3 parts per billion as safe for human consumption. But biweekly data collected by the EPA from 139 municipal water systems found that atrazine was present 90 percent of the time and that 54 water systems had one-time spikes above 3 parts per billion in 2003 and 2004, according to an analysis by the NRDC.

NRDC scientists and lawyers argue that the EPA’s limits are too lenient, given studies showing the effects of low levels of atrazine on rats and other animals and the fact that it is nearly impossible to epidemiologically trace the chemical’s effects on humans.

Steve Owens, assistant administrator for the EPA’s office of prevention, pesticides and toxic substances, said the agency will review its atrazine policies as part of a larger reassessment of how chemicals and pesticides are regulated.

“The Obama EPA will take a hard look at atrazine and other substances,” he said. “This thorough review will rely on transparency and sound science, including independent scientific peer review. We will continue to closely track new scientific developments and will determine whether a change in our regulatory position is appropriate.”

Atrazine can be removed by carbon filters at water treatment plants or in households. Many water treatment plants use such filters, but others do not. The Washington Aqueduct, which treats water from the Potomac River for about 1 million Washington area customers, does not treat for atrazine because it is rarely found at levels over 0.5 parts per billion in the water.

The NRDC is asking the EPA to step up its atrazine monitoring and make the results public. The group is also encouraging farmers to greatly reduce or end use of the herbicide. Atrazine is effectively banned in the European Union, though Pastoor said a similar chemical, terbuthylazine, is widely used in Europe. He noted that atrazine, introduced in 1958, is especially attractive to farmers because it lasts for about 40 days in the soil and can be applied before, during or after planting. It is considered conducive to no-till practices that reduce a field’s carbon footprint.

Atrazine is also used on lawns and golf courses in the South, and Sass said children playing on treated grass could be dangerously exposed to it. It can also concentrate in rain and fog.

Since 2003, the EPA has monitored atrazine levels in surface and ground water in 40 watersheds in the central and southern United States. The NRDC says the results raise grave concerns for wildlife and ecosystems in these areas and in the Gulf of Mexico, where much of the agricultural runoff from the Midwest ends up. Atrazine has been found to cause limb deformities and hermaphroditism in frogs at concentrations as low as 0.1 parts per billion. It is also known to kill algae and micro-organisms that make up the base of aquatic food chains, and in conjunction with other pesticides and herbicides, it suppresses animals’ immune systems.

In 2003 the NRDC filed a lawsuit charging that the EPA violated the Endangered Species Act during the atrazine re-registration process by failing to adequately consult with the Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service about how the herbicide could affect about 20 endangered species of frogs, fish, turtles and other reptiles and amphibians.

A 2008 letter from the Fish and Wildlife Service says atrazine could harm endangered Alabama sturgeon and Chesapeake Bay dwarf wedgemussel, since it is known to damage such organisms and affect food supplies, even at lower levels than what the EPA considers safe.

Negotiations between the Fish and Wildlife Service and the EPA could result in different limits or requirements for atrazine.

A better Firewall *Free*

24-8-2009

Privatefirewall goes free!

I mention this firewall cuz itis for Vista and better than Zonealarm due to the constant Ask toolbar integration.

REM only one firewall is best for your PC and a router as Hardware is suggested.

Privatefirewall has announced Privatefirewall 6.1.20.24 is free of charge, without any limitations
Ready for Windows 7.

Privatefirewall multi-layered endpoint security software protects Windows desktops and servers from malware and unauthorized use. Personal firewall, packet inspection, URL filtering, process monitor, and application/system behaviour modelling and anomaly detection components stop hackers, spyware, viruses and other forms of malware before they can cause damage.
6.1.20.24 – Release Notes: (posted July 27, 2009)
(Windows 7 Ready, Vista 32/64* bit compatible

* Updated firewall driver supports all OSs including Windows 7 RC1.
* Eliminated registration component and $29.95 license fee.
Privatefirewall is now free!
* Added Security Alert and Threat Management Options (see File -> Settings in Main Menu tool bar)

*Process Monitor component is disabled in 64 bit environments.

Privatefirewall is now available completely Free of Charge.
http://www.privacyware.com/personal_firewall.html

Reestablishing justice in this country, it is essential

24-8-2009

John Byrne
Raw Story
Monday, August 24, 2009

President Barack Obama will be “violating the law” if his administration declines to investigate Bush officials for their role in torturing detainees, a prominent House Democrat said in a little noticed interview Friday.

The congressman, liberal New York Democrat and Judiciary Committee member Jerrold Nadler, made the comments in an interview with The Huffington Post’s Sam Stein published Friday. His comments come on the heels of a CIA report being released Monday that promises to offer more details into the abuse of prisoners under the Bush Administration’s watch — including the use of “mock executions” and threatening inmates with power drills.

Nadler’s comments also come as The New York Times is reporting that the Justice Department will recommend pursuing abuses cases in court.

“If they follow the law they have no choice,” Nadler told Stein, citing the US role as signatory to the United Nations convention against torture and an anti-torture act passed in 1996.

If the Obama administration doesn’t investigate, the administration “would be violating the law,” Nadler remarked. “They would be not upholding the law; they would be violating it.”

Nadler has recommended the appointment of a special prosecutor. Such an appointment now appears likely.

“With the release of the details on Monday and the formal advice that at least some cases be reopened, it now seems all but certain that the appointment of a prosecutor or other concrete steps will follow, posing significant new problems for the C.I.A,” the Times David Johnston penned Monday. “It is politically awkward, too, for Mr. Holder because President Obama has said that he would rather move forward than get bogged down in the issue at the expense of his own agenda.”

The administration “must appoint a special prosecutor,” Nadler said. “But, again, you have no choice because that’s the law.”

“[Holder] was strongly inclined to support a special prosecutor,” he said. “But not for the lawyers who wrote the memos justifying the torture, and not for anybody who acted within the scope of those memos; only for some local level guy who acted beyond the scope of those memos, who waterboarded with too much water or whatever.”

“You must not limit it that way,” he added. “Again it would be against the law to do it because you have got to investigate everybody involved in torture or in a conspiracy to order torture.”

The treatment of detainees — and in particular, the death of detainees at the hands of US forces — was referred to federal prosecutors after a review of the cases in 2004. But after a preliminary Justice Department investigation, the Bush administration declined to prosecute those involved.

“There has never been any public explanation of why the Justice Department decided not to bring charges in nearly two dozen abuse cases known to be referred to a team of federal prosecutors in Alexandria, Va., and in some instances not even the details of the cases have been made public,” Johnston wrote Monday.

“Former government lawyers said that while some detainees died and others suffered serious abuses, prosecutors decided they would be unlikely to prevail because of problems with mishandled evidence and, in some cases, the inability to locate witnesses or even those said to be the victims,” Johnston added.

Nadler told Stein that he expects any effort to go after CIA employees or contractors will be viewed by Republicans as politically motivated — but that it isn’t a reason to shutter prosecutions.

“If you start prosecuting the Bush people,” Nadler quipped, “you know what is going to be said? What’s going to be said is, this is politically motivated payback for the Clinton impeachment. That is what they are going to say… [But] from a point of view of reestablishing justice in this country, it is essential.”