Saturday, June 27, 2009


If you could use this tape to mark all dangerous plases on Facebook, Facebook would colour yellow!

Dear friends!

I use only one single Facebook app CAUSES do you want to know why? Because:

Each time you add an application on your profile, your privacy setting resets. So it Un- checks the box, so that FB can share your information with a 3rd party.
The only way to disable it is to remove the application.
If you have been receiving lots of spam mail or excessive notifications lately, this might be the reason.

This comes from FB safety precautions:

Always follow these important safety tips when using Facebook:
• Adjust your privacy settings to match your level of comfort, and review them often.

♥ IN THE NEWS (earlier this year): Facebook users have been victimized by a 2 separate rogue applications - several variants actually - that appears to have been designed to exploit interest in the controversy surrounding Facebook's terms of service.
Put simply, these programmes harvested information from countless FB users.

In announcing the changes rules, FB CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, "Our main goal at Facebook is to help make the world more open and transparent."

♥ Anyone can create an app to be used on FB, embed keyloggers or viruses or countless other ways to steal your information.

♥ Take a long hard look at all the apps you have installed. Use the drop box and go through ALL the categories. Delete the ones you don’t use.

♥ In case your not convinced, heres something that the BBC did to exploit the gaping hole in Apps on FB :

♥ Worried one of those quizzes or games might be maliciously harvesting your data? You were right to worry. The BBC had the same idea, so they decided to write a program to do just that. And it worked. Not only did it steal the data of FB users who installed the application, it also victimized all of their "friends."

♥ From the BBC: We wrote an evil data mining application called Miner, which, if we wanted, could masquerade as a game, a test, or a joke of the day.
It took us less than three hours. But whatever it looks like, in the background, it is collecting personal details, and those of the users' friends, and e-mailing them out of Facebook, to our inbox.

When you add an application, unless you say otherwise, it is given access to most of the information in your profile. That includes information you have on your friends even if they think they have tight security settings.

♥ This info comes straight from FB terms of Service:

Note that this is only about one third of the full statement that can be found at:


♥ The FAQ and Privacy Policy on FB are actually in direct contradiction with each other.

The FAQ states that \We don't distribute your user information to third parties.

The Privacy Policy, on the other hand, states that \we may share your information with third
parties, including responsible companies with which we have a relationship."

It then lists reasons that they may share information, including legal requests and \facilitating their business.

Be careful when you use Facebook and think about your friends when you use applications!

Its not only your information that they are harvesting but also the information about your friends!

Stay safe and have a very nice weekend!

Hans Lak

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Iran stop the Crackdown

Please sign to stop the Crackdown!

Regardless of who won the election, the hearts and hopes of the world are with the democratic protesters of Iran as they face a violent crackdown.

Top Iranian leaders are divided on using violence -- we urgently need a united international community, led by non aligned and Muslim countries, to speak with one voice against the crackdown.

Sign the petition below, and forward this email to friends and family -- let's build a massive global outcry of 1 million voices against the crackdown:

To the Organization of Islamic Conference, the Non-Aligned Movement, and all UN member states:

As citizens of Iran and countries around the world united in common appeal, we call on you to condemn the violent crackdown on peaceful Iranian protesters, and withhold recognition of any new government until the Iranian people's rights to peaceful protest, justice and democratic process are protected.


Millions of Iranian democracy protesters are facing an imminent violent crackdown. Top regime leaders are split on using violence, and every bit of pressure counts -- we urgently need world governments to withhold recognition of any new government that relies on violence to secure power. Sign the petition and forward this email - let's get to 1 million voices against the crackdown this week!

PS - Here's a longer email I received about this for more info:

Dear Friends,

Today, the hearts and hopes of people around the world are with protesters facing awful risks on the streets of Iran. Regardless of who won the election, the question now is one of fundamental human rights.

Top Iranian leaders are divided, so every bit of pressure matters. With massive new protests imminent, Iranian activists are urgently appealing for a united international response to oppose the violent crackdown.

Sign the petition below calling on ALL governments to condemn the crackdown and withhold recognition of any Iranian government until election concerns are peacefully addressed. Then forward this email to friends and family -- let's build a massive global outcry of 1 million voices against the crackdown:

We'll deliver the petition directly to the leaders of Iran's largest trading partners and the Organization of the Islamic Conference, the UN, and other international groups respected in Iran. A united international response will puncture the regime's spin that the US and UK alone are behind global criticism.

People power is sweeping global politics. But where leaders respond violently to nonviolent protest, from Burma to Zimbabwe to Iran, global solidarity is needed to show governments that repression weakens their rule, rather than strengthening it.

Avaaz means "voice" in Farsi, the Iranian language. Let's show the people of Iran that, whoever they voted for, we support their right to have their voices heard. Click below to sign the petition, and spread the word by forwarding this email:

With hope and determination,

Ricken, Ben, Milena, Paul, Raluca, Brett, Iain, Pascal, Raj, Graziela, Taren, Paula, Margaret, Veronique and the whole Avaaz team.

PS - For more information on the Iranian elections and protests see these news sources:

BBC -- "Iran silences protesters":

Associated Press -- "Struggle amongst Iran's clerics bursts into the open":

Al Jazeera -- "Iran's Mousavi urges defiance" :

The Huffington Post -- Iran Live blog:

Friday, June 12, 2009

Sign the petition to support a safe future for whales

Dear friends!

The 61st annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) is coming up next week in Madeira, Portugal. Once again, pro-whaling nations and their supporters will be undermining hard-won conservation measures for whales.

We need your help, as whales will be facing the very real risk of the return of commercial whaling.

Humane Society International has been working for decades to secure protection for whales at IWC. Since the ban on commercial whaling was enacted by the IWC in 1986, whale populations have made a comeback -- after centuries of commercial whaling that threatened many species with extinction. However, they are still extremely vulnerable to environmental and man-made harms, including the continued whaling from countries that have found loopholes in or have decided to defy the IWC ban on commercial whaling.

At the meeting of the IWC next week, countries such as Denmark and Switzerland are planning to show their support for a return to commercial whaling. Moreover, the United States -- traditionally, a forerunner in whale protection -- is losing steam in the battle. Faced with these obstacles, it is time for the citizens of the world to advocate for a new future for whales. It is time for whales to be safe from commercial hunting everywhere they feed, breed, and migrate. No exceptions.

Please show your support for whales by signing the petition calling on world leaders to declare a global whale sanctuary! We will send your signature to top governmental officials in IWC member countries in time for the IWC meeting next week. Please tell your friends and family how they can help, too.

Please sign the petition:

Thank you for all that you do to help animals.

Hans Lak

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Sea Shepherd should have legal authority to police Japanese Whaling Ships

Should Sea Shepherd Have Legal Authority To Police Japanese Whaling Ships?

The world charter for nature should give Sea Shepherd or the whaledefenders the legal authority to police Japanese whaling boats!

In a few weeks the IWC meeting will discuss about the future of whaling not the future of the whales! Its about the money not about the whales! Its not about how to defend the whales! Its about how to defend the whaling rights!

We definitely need a ocean police! So far Sea Shepherd is trying to do this job without the support of any nations!

Does the world charter for nature give Sea Shepherd the legal authority to police Japanese whaling boats?

Sea Shepherd is absolutely right in terms of emphasizing the importance of the World Charter for Nature, but it only gets them so far. It tells us that we should protect nature. It doesn't tell us how we protect nature, and it certainly doesn't tell us that we can do certain vigilante type actions on the high seas, or in any other waters, for that matter, to protect nature. So it's quite a nonspecific document that doesn't really get Sea Shepherd where it wants to be.

The World Charter for Nature does stipulate that individuals have a duty to act.....

The leaders of the IWC members have this duty to act!

But do they know that? And do they act? NO THEY DON' T

Please Support Sea Shepherd in enforcing the law!

The world charter for nature should give Sea Shepherd or the whaledefenders the legal authority to police Japanese whaling boats!

Support Sea Shepherd donate for more power to police Japanese whaling boats!


Hans Lak
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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Call for the EU to reject whaling proposals at the IWC in June

The International Whaling Commission meets in June for its annual meeting. The EU now provides a further complication to the IWC decision making process.

85 countries are members of the International Whaling Commission (IWC). 24 of these members are also members of the European Union (EU).

IWC decisions are reached in two ways – either by consensus or by voting. For the passage of a resolution a simple majority of those voting is required. For a change to the Schedule of the IWC - its governing document - a ¾ majority of those voting is required.

The decisions of EU members are therefore critical at the IWC, since they represent more than one-quarter of the votes. The European Commission has recently ruled that EU members of the IWC must have a common position at IWC meetings. Their collective vote can therefore make a difference to whether whales live or die.

Within the EU there is some diversity of views, with the UK leading the pro-conservation and welfare agenda and others considering that some whaling may be necessary to solve the problems in the IWC.

EIA is concerned that the Common Position agreed by the European Commission is open to wide interpretation which could potentially allow some resumption of commercial whaling, including in the coastal waters of Japan. In addition, EIA is also extremely concerned that if the EU IWC members are unable to agree a common position they may be forced to abstain on key votes and this, by default, could result in decisions that are unfavourable to the conservation of whales.

The process of arriving at an EU common position lacks transparency and engagement of civil society. It allows national representatives to “hide behind” the Common Position and ignore their citizens’ opinions on IWC matters. This at a time when whales, dolphins and porpoises need greater protection than ever before from the growing threats to them and their habitats.

Please write to the EU commissioner :

Stavros Dimas.
European Commissioner for the Environment,
European Commission,
200, Rue de la Loi,
(BERL 11/112),
1049 – Brussels,

Write to the EU commissioner :


Dear Commissioner Dimas,

I am writing to express my concern about matters relating to EU members of the International Whaling Commission (IWC).

I understand that the European Commission has decided upon a common position for EU members of the IWC. With a diversity of views amongst EU IWC members, I am concerned that trying to achieve a common position may result in weak common positions that could be detrimental to the conservation and welfare of whales, dolphins and porpoises. This might include EU abstentions on crucial votes.

Although the EU IWC members are provided with a Common Position it seems open to wide interpretation that could include allowing the resumption of some commercial whaling including in the coastal waters of Japan.

I am concerned about the lack of transparency and engagement of civil society in the EU’s decision making process in reaching the Common Position for EU IWC members. It is essential that the millions of European citizens who demand effective protection for whales, dolphins and porpoises are satisfactorily represented by the decision makers at IWC meetings. There must therefore be a process of transparency that ensures these representatives are accountable to and effectively represent the views of their citizens.

Please can you ensure that EU IWC members understand that interpretation of their Common Position means actively rejecting any initiatives that would allow the resumption of whaling including in the coastal waters of Japan.

It is essential that this group of IWC members is seen to play a leadership role in enhancing the conservation and welfare of all whales, dolphins and porpoises at a time of growing threats to them and their habitats.

Yours sincerely,

Hans Lak

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5653 PH Eindhoven
The Netherlands