The US Snowfall Captured Through a Lense

The recent US snowfall has absolutely hammered the East Coast of America in terms of size and ferocity which has led to the cancellations of thousands of flights as well as leaving tens of thousands without power, below is a selection of stats which conveys the extent of this force of nature.

  • 40 inches of snow – Has been recorded in Glengary, West Virginia; 39 inches fell in Philomont, Virginia; and Redhouse, Maryland, received 38 inches.
  • 11 states declared states of emergency – Georgia, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Kentucky, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Virginia and West Virginia. Washington, D.C., has declared a “snow emergency.
  • 8,569 flights – Have been cancelled for Saturday and Sunday
  • More than 74,000 people – Without power.

Below is a selection of beautiful, fantastic yet thought-provoking images that conveys just how disruptive this storm has been for residents as well as the country as a whole.

Below is the first image of “Henry Street in the Chinatown neighbourhood of New York”, as you can see, this bustling street has rather ground to a halt.

Next Image below is of a “snowball fight at Dupont Circle in Washington, DC”, this image has been captured in pretty good detail.

The next image below conveys a gentleman by the name of “John Mexner who tries to make headway by shoveling  his vehicle out in Washington”. The morning commute looks rather in vain after the size of disruption from the storm.  

The next image below certainly conveys the amount of snow that has been dumped on the US, the gentleman within the photo is “Ben Osborn who walks with a shovel past a line of snowed-in cars in northeast Washington”, each car looks similar to a giant snowball.

The next image below is beautifully shot and conveys an individual who is producing a “snow angel in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C”, the blueness of the sky is a striking contrast to both the memorial and also the snow.

The last image is certainly thought-provoking and shows “Gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia”  being almost completely hidden from snow.

The last image may not be relevant to the US, but it is certainly stunning, it conveys a frozen mast within Fujian Jiuxian China, wow.

Image courtesy of BBC

Verizon: No More Privacy For Customers

NSA or National Security Agency, is invading the privacy of millions of Americans. A top secret document seems to have been leaked and The Guardian was able to get their hands on it, and share it with us. The document can be found HERE. The document appears to have been put into effect on April 25th, and to stay active until June 19th. The information on this court order isn’t suppose to be declassified until 2038, yes you read that right, 2038

When I first read about NSA requiring Verizon to fork over tons of data I started trying to figure out what was going on, personally I do not use Verizon, and I have no idea why Verizon would be targeted for this information, apparently there is something going on that we just don’t know. Below I have ripped apart the document and have tried to understand it, and make it more understandable to you, the reader.

The F.B.I. or Federal Bureau of Investigation and the NSA are working together to find terrorists, this order has been written up in pursuance of 50 U.S.C. § 1861: US Code – Section 1861: Access to certain business records for foreign intelligence and international terrorism investigations.

United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in Washington D.C. is “Requiring the production of tangible things from Verizon business network services.”

All call detail records or “telephony metadata” created by Verizon for calls between the United States and abroad, or within the United States. This order exempts Verizon from needing to provide communications that originate and terminate in foreign countries.

Telephony metadata includes:

  • Comprehensive communications routing information.
  • Including but not limited to session identifying information (e.g., originating and terminating telephone number
  • International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) number
  • International Mobile station Equipment Identity (IMEI) number, etc.)
  • Trunk identifier
  • Telephone calling card numbers
  • And time and duration of call.

Telephony metadata does not include:

  • Substantive content of any communication, as defined by 18 U.S.C. § 2510(8): “contents”, when used with respect to any wire, oral, or electronic communication, includes any information concerning the substance, purport, or meaning of that communication;
  • Name,
  • Address
  • Financial information of a subscriber or customer.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that no person shall disclose to any other person that the FBI or NSA has sought or obtained tangible things under this Order, other than to: (a) those persons to whom disclosure is necessary to comply with such Order; (b) an attorney to obtain legal advice or assistance with respect to the production of things in response to the Order; or (c) other persons as permitted by the Director of the FBI or the Director’s designee. A person to whom disclosure is made pursuant to shall be subject to the nondisclosure requirements applicable to a person to whom an Order is directed in the same manner as such person. Anyone who discloses to a person described in (a), (b), or (c) that the FBI or NSA has sought or obtained tangible things pursuant to this Order shall notify such person of the nondisclosure requirements of this Order. At the request of the Director of the FBI or the designee of the Director, any person making or intending to make a disclosure under (a) or (c) above shall identify to the Director or such designee the person to whom such disclosure will be made or to whom such disclosure was made prior to the request.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that service of this Order shall be by a method agreed upon by the Custodian of Records of Verizon and the FBI, and if no agreement is reached, service shall be personal.

Image Courtesy of WZZM13