News & Politics

FBI Charges Blind Phone Phreak With Intimidating a Verizon Security Official

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Matthew Weigman, a blind hacker who has been under investigation since he was 15 years-old has been arrested just two months after his 18th birthday.

The article (linked below) is fascinating. However, even more interesting are the two recorded phone calls you can listen to on the sidebar. One is of Weigman making an inter-company call to a Verizon phone operator and posing as a fellow phone employee to fish for data. The other is of Weigman making a 2005 “swatting” call that sent police to the Colorado home of Richard Gasper, a TSA screener whose daughter refused phone sex with Weigman.

Fascinating stuff.

Click here for the article.

Up until now Weigman, who was taking in by FBI already once in December of 2007 (while still a minor) has, up until now, been known only as “Li’l Hacker” by the press. As of turning 18, he’s no longer protected by juvenile civility laws.

Here’s the article from last December.

Cold War chess genius Bobby Fischer dies in Iceland

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America’s first and only world chess champion dies at age 64 in Reykjavik after a serious illness.


On his life and the controversy behind his numerous anti-Semitic remarks and tirades against the US here.

(Note… the following posts are all culled from my friend Jack’s peer to peer mail out list. He and others on the list did all the digging. I just dressed the links up pretty and am sharing them with you. Scroll down a ways to see the pics from my signing with Mike Mignola)

Why the WGA fights

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Like two day old herpies… the SCABS emerge (WGA strike news)

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Phony Craigslist Ad Uncovers Real Scabs

This Craigslist ad went up Monday night, “Network television situation comedy seeks non-WGA humor writers to write scripts for weekly network series during the current strike. Salary negotiable.”

Turns out the ad was phony and placed by a reporter for the New York Press. Some 80+ responses came in within 24 hours. “It’s a funny/sad expose of the willingness of young, desperate comedy writers to break into the tv business, on the backs of striking union members,” the paper’s editor-in-chief David Blum said. Some applicants:

Hi! What series would I be scabbing for?

Hello: I am a scab.
But I’m funny.
Please send more details about this opportunity.
Don’t pick on me.
I am a scab.

Hi, I’m a comedy writer interested in learning more about your needs. Can I do it anonymously so I don’t get in trouble with the WGA or anyone else for that matter?

We’re writers of a number of comedies, including independent films, original screenplays and sitcoms… don’t feel sorry for the WGA writers one bit… thanks.

I will be a scab.


Hi, Do you require that the person is living in NY/USA? I do not live in the USA. Currently I live in Asia. I am interested in the sitcom writers job if I can do it over the Internet. I await your reply.

i’m not associted [sic] with the WGA…
who are you? information from you gets you information from me.

Hello, Let me cut to the chase, my name is [REDACTED] and I am damn fine writer…

Hi There, My name is [REDACTED] and I am a cracker-jack comedy writer with a warm, collaborative style… Personally, I enjoy traveling, long walks on the beach, harrowing weather, Dexter, and clams on the half and peppermint chicklets.

Hello, My name is [REDACTED]… I am a [REDACTED]. I am also a capable writer. I watched the strike in person and those people aren’t funny. I currently make $300-$500 a day so pay would have to be in that range… My wife has her masters degree so that means I’m smart!!!

To Whom It May Concern,
I am very interested in writing for your television network. I have an imagination that stretches extremely wide, my writing has a stylish edge to it and my wit can knife right through you.

By late Monday evening at least one applicant had regained her conscience, having applied only hours earlier for the phantom job:

Hi – I’ve been haunted all day by my response to your ad – even if you would contact little ol’ me, I just can’t do it! I have to support the guild writers! Good luck with your show.

And then there was the moral high ground of this emailer:

Does the word SCAB mean anything to you? Yes, please, let me get blacklisted before I even start, that’d be awesome.


David Kelly Was Killed

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UN weapons inspector Dr David Kelly, 59, was found dead near his Oxfordshire home in 2003, days after he was named as the source of a BBC story that claimed the Government had “sexed up” a dossier on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction.

This from the BBC: “After being publicly named [Kelly] told MPs he did not believe he was the story’s main source – after admitting to his managers he had met the Today programme’s Andrew Gilligan. Two days after facing MPs he was found dead, after apparently taking his own life. The BBC confirmed on 20 July 2002 that the scientist was their principal contact.”

But now new evidence suggests he was murdered, according to the UK Mirror.

Read it here

But people have been calling this murder as far back as 2004, as witnessed by the Prison Planet article found here.

Graphic taken from the website