Save Money Without Compromising Your Ski Vacation

Most people are looking for the cheapest ski vacation package deals in order to save more money from their vacation expenses. Even travel experts would encourage their clients to plan their vacation ahead of time to save money. In order to do this, you will have to make a reservation from your chosen ski vacation destination. Choosing the best vacation destination for your needs will take some time since you have to research first to determine the best deals available in the market. After getting all the information you need, you can start comparing rates as well as the offered services of your top choices. You can also check out referrals from your trusted friends to save more time.

Ski resorts offer family vacation packages where best relaxation services and entertainments are served particularly for parents, grandparents and their children as well. Also, some ski and snowboard vacations resorts accept holding special occasions where their services and expertise are needed. These occasions include weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, honeymoons, graduations and reunions. Special occasions deserved to get the best services and since there are people who can’t afford them, several ski resorts offer special ski vacation packages and discounts for their valued customers.

There are many vacation destinations all around the world, people can go to beaches, golf resorts and even ski resorts depending on their preferences. Most of the time, people would prefer getting a ski or snowboard vacation just to get a different vacation experience from what they usually have during their long break. Skiing is one of the popular winter sports that most people are fond of playing when they visit a ski resort. Some visitors are sports enthusiasts since skiing involves a lot of muscle work which makes it a good workout. Other winter sport activities need muscle involvement too, wherein players are allowed to move around. Taking advantage of the fact that winter sports activities are good physical exercises, more people have suddenly became interested to experience them. Because of this, ski vacation resorts have gained a lot of customers – a good news especially for business owners. As a result, more ski resorts are now offering new vacation packages to help out people with a tight budget.

Vacation is all about getting the time to rest, relax and have fun. Few are only given this opportunity because most people can’t afford it or simply just too busy to have some time for it. You can consult to a ski vacation expert if you are planning to have a budget-friendly ski vacation soon. With the help of an expert, you can get advice and suggestion on what are the best ski vacation package and where is the popular ski vacation destination today.

Government infiltrating websites to ‘deny, disrupt, degrade, deceive’

According to some of the newest Edward Snowden leaks as reported on by Glenn Greenwald on Monday, government spies are infiltrating websites in an effort to persuade public opinion and discredit opposition.

The documents from the GCHQ (the British equivalent of the NSA), titled “The Art of Deception: Training for Online Covert Operations,” were given to the NSA and leaked by Snowden. They reveal that the GCHQ is involved, through a unit known as JTRIG (Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group), in “the monitoring of YouTube and Blogger, the targeting of Anonymous with the very same DDoS attacks they accuse ‘hacktivists’ of using, the use of ‘honey traps’ (luring people into compromising situations using sex) and destructive viruses.”

Further, according to Greenwald, “these agencies are attempting to control, infiltrate, manipulate, and warp online discourse, and in doing so, are compromising the integrity of the internet itself.”

The goals of the JTRIG program are “(1) to inject all sorts of false material onto the internet in order to destroy the reputation of its targets; and (2) to use social sciences and other techniques to manipulate online discourse and activism to generate outcomes it considers desirable.”

They do this through the use of several tactics, as listed by a slide from the documents: “Infiltration Operation,” “Ruse operation,” “Set Piece Operation,” “False Flag Operation,” “False Rescue Operation,” Disruption Operation” and “Sting Operation.”

Another slide lists ways to “discredit a target”: “Set up a honey-trap,” “Change their photos on social networking sites,” “Write a blog purporting to be one of their victims,” “Email/text their colleagues, neighbours, friends, etc.”

There’s also a slide on how to discredit a business: “Leak confidential information to companies/the press via blogs etc,” “Post negative information on appropriate forums,” “Stop deals/ruin business relationships.”

A further slide lists the definition of the effects of the agency’s activities: “Using online techniques to make something happen in the real or cyber world.” This includes two categories: “Information Ops (influence or disruption)” and “Technical disruption,” along with the four D’s: “Deny/Disrupt/Degrade/Deceive.”

Greenwald also points out that these tactics are not just used for counter-terrorism, but “against people suspected (but not charged or convicted) of ordinary crimes or, more broadly still, ‘hacktivism’, meaning those who use online protest activity for political ends.”

“The title page of one of these documents reflects the agency’s own awareness that it is ‘pushing the boundaries’ by using ‘cyber offensive’ techniques against people who have nothing to do with terrorism or national security threats, and indeed, centrally involves law enforcement agents who investigate ordinary crimes,” writes Greenwald.

While the idea that government has paid people, known as shills, to post in message boards and other websites in an effort to disrupt conversations has long been believed by conspiracy theorists, this would seem to confirm that it’s happening.

There have been similar reports in the past of the government attempting to influence public opinion through the Internet.

As Greenwald mentions in his article, Cass Sunstein, Obama’s former science czar, wrote in a paper that the government should employ people to “cognitively infiltrate” groups including “chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups.” His main target was conspiracy theorists. He further proposed making it illegal to be a conspiracy theorist.