In her parting speech, Obama’s UN ambassador says it is ‘naive’ to think Russia won’t keep meddling to destabilize the West.Outgoing U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power used her last speech in office to issue a dire warning: Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government seeks to destabilize the international order and they’re just getting started.
“It would be deeply naive and deeply negligent to think that those who have discovered vulnerabilities in our system would not try to exploit them again and again,” said Power, referring to the intelligence community’s assessments that the Kremlin targeted the Democratic National Committee, or DNC, to leak stolen information and influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.Power echoed the intelligence community’s assessment, which determined a high likelihood of continued Kremlin influence operations (using stolen data) based in part on the success of the influence operation over the summer.
Source: Russian Hackers Will Try ‘Again and Again,’ Warns Samantha Power – Defense One
It is healthy, fulfilling, delicious and easy to make shake. The shake is soft and smooth. Ingredients: (makes 2 glasses) Oatmeal – 7 tbs Almond Milk – 2 cupsMalted Milk – 2 tbsBanana – 1 Honey – 1 tbsFirst add oats, then malted milk, then banana, then almond milk and then honey. Stir a bit with a spoon. Blend it all together in the blender. It will only take a few seconds in a powerful blender.That is it!
Source: OATMEAL and ALMOND MILK SHAKE for BREAKFAST – All
LANGLEY, Va. (Reuters) – The Central Intelligence Agency on Wednesday unveiled revised rules for collecting, analyzing and storing information on American citizens, updating the rules for the information age and publishing them in full for the first time.The guidelines are designed “in a manner that protects the privacy and civil rights of the American people,” CIA General Counsel Caroline Krass told a briefing at the agency’s headquarters in Langley, Virginia.
The new rules were released amid continued public discomfort over the government’s surveillance powers, an issue that gained prominence following revelations in 2013 by former government contractor Edward Snowden that the National Security Agency (NSA) secretly collected the communications data of millions of ordinary Americans.The guidelines were published two days before President elect-Donald Trump is sworn into office and may be changed by the new administration. Trump has said he favors stronger government surveillance powers, including the monitoring of “certain” mosques in the United States.
Source: CIA unveils new rules for collecting information on Americans
Three U.S. Intelligence Agencies (CIA, NSA and FBI) claim that IT-Systems of the Democratic National Committee were “hacked” in an operation related to the Russian government. They assert that emails copied during the “hack” were transferred by Russian government related hackers to Wikileaks which then published them.President Obama disagrees. He says those emails were “leaked”.
Wikileaks had insisted that the emails it published came from an insider source not from any government. The DNC emails proved that the supposedly neutral Democratic Party committee had manipulated the primary presidential elections in favor of the later candidate Hillary Clinton. This made it impossible for the alternative candidate Bernie Sanders to win the nomination. Hillory Clinton, who had extremely high unfavorable ratings, lost the final elections.The President of the United States disagrees with those Intelligence Services. He says that the DNC emails were “leaked”, i.e. copied by an insider, and then transferred to Wikileaks. (At the time around the leaking the DNC IT-administrator Seth Rich was found murdered for no apparent reason in the streets of Washington DC. The murder case was never solved.)
Source: Obama Parting Shot Aims At Brennan, Clapper, Clinton: “The DNC Emails Were Leaked” | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization
The media is raising concerns about a drone bombing at the 58th Presidential Inauguration on Friday.On Thursday’s “Today” show, a report indicated that U.S. Secret Service has put in place several anti-drone efforts out of concern that an I-inspired “flying IED” will smash into the crowd, or worse.
Source: Media warns of inauguration drone bombing, not ‘safe’ | Washington Examiner
Since George Washington took his oath of office in New York on April 20, 1789, America has held an inaugural parade celebrating the peaceful transition of power upon which the country is founded.For more than a century, some lucky members of the Nation’s Capital council of the Girl Scouts of America have marched in that parade, alongside members of organizations from across the country.It doesn’t appear the Girl Scouts has ever been scrutinized for its participation. But, as President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration approaches on Friday, the organization has come under fire for its (quadrennial, expected) decision to have 75 Girl Scouts march in the parade.
Source: Not even the Girl Scouts are safe from the anti-Trump resistance – The Washington Post
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The government says an expert bomb maker for the insurgent Taliban inadvertently killed himself and his four sons in northern Afghanistan, while building a cache of roadside bombs.Zabiullah Amani, spokesman for the provincial governor in Sar-i-Pul province, says Wednesday that Kamal Khan, a Taliban commander in the northern part of the province, died overnight while making explosive devices in his home.Amani says Khan was believed to be the Taliban’s best maker of roadside bombs in Sar-i-Pul province. These bombs have been frequently and effectively used for years against both government security forces and international troops in Afghanistan.While the Taliban’s heartland is in southern Afghanistan, they have become increasingly active and dangerous in northern Afghanistan as well.
Source: Taliban bomb expert accidently kills himself and 4 sons | The Big Story
On Saturday, the Satanic Temple of Los Angeles held their biggest event ever: a massive satanic mass, complete with a live bloodletting ritual. The purpose of the mass, according to the Satanic Temple’s website, was “to inspire personal and societal liberation.” The event, which was held in partnership with Das Bunker, doubled as a fundraiser for a number of causes including the women’s reproductive rights campaign, lawsuits concerning violations of the First Amendment, and providing education and assistance to individuals incarcerated in our for-profit prison system. Once attendees made it past the massive line to get in, there was live painting, and first-come-first-serve tattooing.
Source: Here’s What It’s Like To Attend The Satanic Temple’s Black Mass: LAist
Amazon was awarded a patent for a network that manages a very specific aspect of the self-driving experience: How autonomous cars navigate reversible lanes.Reversible lanes indicate a change in direction of traffic with an overhead signal, making it a potential disaster zone for self-driving cars that haven’t yet been programmed to understand those signals.In the patent, Amazon outlines a network that can communicate with self-driving vehicles so they can adjust to the change in traffic flow. That’s particularly important for self-driving vehicles traveling across state lines onto new roads with unfamiliar traffic laws.It’s not surprising Amazon has thought about how to ease that process, given its recent push into creating its own logistics network and controlling more of the delivery process.
Source: Amazon patented a highway network that controls self-driving cars and trucks – Recode
When Lady Gaga hits the Super Bowl stage, at least one subject will be off limits: Politics.A source close to the halftime show tells ET, “Lady Gaga was told by the NFL that she cannot say anything or bring anything up about the election, or mention Donald Trump.”A rep for the NFL calls this “nonsense from people trying to stir up controversy where there is none.””The Super Bowl is a time when people really come together,” the NFL’s statement continues. “Lady Gaga is focused on putting together an amazing show for fans and we love working with her on it; we aren’t going to be distracted by this.”
Source: EXCLUSIVE: Lady Gaga Asked Not to Talk About Politics, Donald Trump During Super Bowl Halftime Show, Source Says
An undocumented immigrant from El Salvador is suing San Francisco alleging police violated the city’s sanctuary city policy by turning him over to U.S. immigration authorities after he reported his car stolen.The lawsuit was filed on Tuesday on behalf of Pedro Figueroa Zarceno, 32, in federal court in San Francisco against the city and its police chief for violating his right to due process and breaking an ordinance barring municipal employees from cooperating with federal immigration authorities seeking to deport a person.
Figueroa walked into a police station in November 2015 to report his car stolen, according to the lawsuit. Two days later, the car was found and when he went to recover it, he was handcuffed and led outside where federal immigration agents were waiting for him, the lawsuit said.The civil action comes as San Francisco and dozens of other U.S. cities face pressure from President-elect Donald Trump, who takes office on Friday, to abandon their policies of limiting cooperation between law enforcement officers and U.S. immigration authorities.
Source: Undocumented worker sues San Francisco for violating sanctuary law
A group of intelligence, military, and diplomatic veterans known as Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, or VIPS, have signed a letter calling on President Barack Obama to release evidence regarding alleged Russian interference in the election. Otherwise, the letter asserts, the outgoing president must admit proof is lacking.VIPS was formed in 2003.
The group of former officers of the U.S. intelligence community is known for protesting government officials’ use of faulty intelligence — which was perpetuated by the media — as justification for the U.S. invasion of Iraq.Before the 2003 Iraq invasion, the group wrote a letter to George W. Bush claiming policy makers were ignoring intelligence analysts.In their latest attempt at ensuring the U.S. government is listening to the issues raised by concerned members of the intelligence community, the group writes that “[u]nconfirmed accusations continue to swirl alleging that Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized ‘Russian hacking’ that helped put [President-elect Donald] Trump in the White House.
”Pressing Obama, who is “[p]resident for a few more days,” for more proof, the group adds that he has “the power to demand concrete evidence of a link between the Russians and WikiLeaks, which published the bulk of the information in question.” If Obama and his administration do not have such evidence, the group adds, “the American people should be told that there is no fire under the smoke and mirrors of recent weeks.”
Source: Intel Vets Tell Obama: Proof of Russian Hacking or Admit It Doesn’t Exist
Large-scale protests are planned for inauguration day, January 20. Anti-Trumpism ignores what’s most important – a debauched system revolutionary change alone can fix, each wing of America’s one party state as corrupted as the other.Ordinary people have no say whatever. Voting is a waste of time. RefuseFascism.org headlined
“IN THE NAME OF HUMANITY WE REFUSE TO ACCEPT A FASCIST AMERICA.”It’s deep-rooted, not something arriving under Trump. Fascist deep state dark forces run things. Presidents, key congressional members and the courts serve their interests.Anti-Trumpists claiming he’s the problem ignore reality. RefuseFascism initiators disgracefully called his election “illegitimate” even though he won convincingly.Full-page NYT and WaPo ads headlined STOP THE TRUMP-PENCE REGIME BEFORE IT STARTS…Take to the streets every night and every day growing in numbers. BRING DC TO A HALT!”
Source: Trump Opponents Ignore US Fascism Wrapped in the American Flag | The Real Agenda News
Curious about Dell’s ever-expanding range of Linux pre-loaded laptops?So popular Linux personality Bryan Lunduke, who recently took an hour out to talk to Dell’s Senior Architect in the office of CTO — try saying that with a mouthful of doughnut — Barton George.What did he learn?Well, for one, Dell says it has ‘no plans’ to start shipping its Linux-powered developer laptops with anything other than Ubuntu.Speaking to Bryan Lunduke, Barton George says the company is going to keep its ‘resources focused on Ubuntu’ when it comes to their developer laptop range.Dell also sell a range of servers certified for Ubuntu, as well as other Linux distributions, including SUSE, RHEL, Oracle Linux.But when it comes to their lucrative Linux laptop lineup, which has grown from a single notebook to span a wide range of top-tier workstations, there appears to be no desire to switch away from what’s proving a successful and, it turns out, very lucrative, combination.
Source: Dell Has Sold ‘Tens of Millions’ Dollars’ Worth of Linux Laptops – OMG! Ubuntu!
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MJ Freeway, a Denver company whose tracking software is used by hundreds of marijuana companies to comply with state regulations, said its main servers and backup system each went down Sunday morning and remained offline as of Monday afternoon.
By Dan Adams GLOBE STAFF JANUARY 09, 2017
Marijuana shops across the country, including seven medical dispensaries in Massachusetts, are being affected by the apparent hack of a sales and inventory system widely used in the cannabis industry.Two medical marijuana dispensaries in the state suggested patients delay their appointments until the system was back up or a fix is in place.MJ Freeway, a Denver company whose “seed-to-sale” tracking software is used by hundreds of marijuana companies to comply with state regulations, said its main servers and backup system each went down Sunday morning and remained offline as of Monday afternoon.New England Treatment Access, a medical dispensary with locations in Brookline and Northampton, was among the shops affected by the hack. A message on its website said transactions would take longer than usual at both locations because staffers would need to “conduct certain sales functions manually.” It asked patients to delay their visits if possible.
Source: Pot dispensaries hit by hack of sales system – The Boston Globe
The great and the good of Davos agree they have a problem with populism. Finding a solution is the hard part.On the second day of the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in the Swiss Alps, delegates disagreed on how best to address the upending of the western political order, a debate made doubly urgent by the string of elections in Europe this year where anti-establishment parties could gain more ground.While International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde urged a list of policies from programs to retrain workers to more social spending, others fretted that the turbulence is only starting.
Hedge Fund billionaire Ray Dalio warned on a panel chaired by Bloomberg Television’s Francine Lacqua that “we may be at a point where globalization is ending, and provincialization and nationalization is taking hold.”That leaves technocrats trying to patch together potentially expensive remedies to make the current system of global trade, banking and business links that the Davos club represents acceptable to the public at a time when newcomers like U.S. president elect Donald Trump threaten to dismantle it by scrapping trade deals and introducing tariffs.
Source: Davos Elite Seeks Fixes to Defend the System From Populists – Bloomberg
RT has been blocked from posting content to its Facebook page. The ban, according to the Facebook bot, will last until Saturday 10:25pm Moscow time (2:25pm EST) and will extend across US president-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.A misplaced live-rights strike during RT’s broadcast of President Obama’s final press conference seems to have triggered the ban.RT’s Head of Social media, Ivor Crotty, said “the live-rights strike seems to be part of an algorithmic failure to acknowledge rights acquired by broadcasters, and we hope it will be resolved in the short term.”
Source: Facebook blocks RT from posting until after Trump inauguration — RT News
Engineers at Columbia University have successfully designed biocompatible microdevices that are small enough to be safely implanted into the human body.
Using biocompatible material known as hydrogels, which scientists have been studying for a long time, a team lead by biomedical engineering professor Sam Sia figured out a way to stack the soft material to give it three-dimensional moving parts. As a result, the microdevices (or microrobots, as science journalists are calling them) they create with the hydrogels can have “manifolds, valves, pumps, rotors and delivery of payloads.” The resulting research was published this month in the Science Robotics journal.
It’s a significant breakthrough that could revolutionize the way medical teams deliver drugs and treatment to the body. In fact, with the help of the microdevices’ payload delivery mechanism, the team treated osteosarcoma — a bone cancer — in mice using the drug doxorubicin. Over the span of 10 days, according to the study, the researchers triggered releases of the drug, which in turn “showed high treatment efficacy and low toxicity, at 1/10 of the standard systemic chemotherapy dose.” Talk about progress.
Source: Scientists Have Created Microdevices Small Enough To Be Inserted Into The Human Body
Talk radio hosts and bloggers could be invited to official White House press briefings once the Trump administration takes office, under a highly irregular proposal being floated that may also remove briefings from the West Wing.Trump’s pick for White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, said on Sunday that due to “off the chart” interest in the new administration, the president-elect was considering moving briefings from the James S Brady press briefing room, which has been used by presidents to address the media since 1970, to a venue with a greater capacity.
A report published by Esquire magazine on Saturday indicated the venue could be inside the Old Executive Office Building, just west of the White House.“I know change is difficult sometimes,” Spicer told Fox News. “But sometimes change can actually be better.”Spicer argued the proposal would mean “you can involve more people, be more transparent, have more accessibility”. He suggested that this would mean outlets that are not traditionally part of the White House press corps would be able to ask questions during presidential press briefings.
Source: Talk radio hosts and bloggers may be included in White House press briefings | US news | The Guardian
The computers that control self-driving cars are gaining valuable knowledge about the real world in some surprising ways—including browsing online maps and playing video games.Researchers at Princeton University recently developed a computer vision and mapping system that gathered useful information about the physical properties of roads by studying Google Street View and comparing the scenes to the information provided in open-source mapping data. This allowed it to, for example, learn where the edges of an intersection should be based on images captured by Google’s mapping cars.In separate work revealed Wednesday, researchers at OpenAI, a nonprofit focused on fundamental AI research, created a way to have software agents learn driving strategy by experimenting in the video game Grand Theft Auto V, through a platform known as Universe. Some video games are now so visually realistic that they can let a computer vision learn about the real world (see “Self-Driving Cars Can Learn a Lot by Playing Grand Theft Auto”).
Source: Robot Cars Can Learn to Drive without Leaving the Garage
(NEWSER) – For years, the parents of a boy on the high-needs end of the autism spectrum have been brainstorming what to do when he enters adulthood. When he was a pre-teen, they hit on the idea of a housing complex designed specifically for adults with autism, and now that he’s 19, they are about to break ground on their dream. Debra Caudy, a retired medical oncologist, and her husband Clay Heighten, a retired emergency doctor and founder of a real estate management company, invested $745,000 in 2015 to purchase 29 acres of rolling meadows and woods in Cross Roads, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, and have created the nonprofit 29 Acres as they seek to reach their fundraising goal of $12 million, reports WFAA.
Source: Parents Building a Neighborhood Just for Autistic Adults
From the proclaimed right to be connected to the evolving right to be disconnected, only few years have passed. However in internet sphere, prompted by the fast developing world of technologies, law has to catch up as well.As from 1 January 2017, France has made effective the law which provides that companies with more then 50 employees should establish hours when staff should not send or answer emails.
The law comes as a response to increasingly present praxis that workers, after leaving their place of work, actually stay at work, but this time, through their various electronic devices, being obliged to check on their mail, respond and eventually work from home, during the time that should be their private time dedicated to their private life and family. Health and psychology experts were very much concerned about the consequences such connectivity may have on health and personality of workers, who were thus not able to close the door of their office completely at the end of their working day.
So what happened between the right to be connected and the right to be disconnected?Back in 2010, it was a great breakthrough into the freedom of expression in ‘online’ context when Finland, being a pioneer, provided its citizens with the legal right to access a 1 Mbps (megabit per second) broadband connection. It led to broadband access being included in basic communications servers, like telephone and postal services, and making Finland first country to provide for such a right.
Source: The Internet: To be or Not to be (Connected): The Right to be Disconnected | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government plans to fine social media networks such as Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. if they fail to combat hate speech, as German officials accuse media companies of being too slow to take action.Volker Kauder, chairman of Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union parliamentary caucus, said on Saturday that he reached a preliminary agreement with Social Democratic Justice Minister Heiko Maas that would require companies to respond to speech complaints within 24 hours. Otherwise they’ll have to pay.
“The fines have to hurt, otherwise it won’t work,” Kauder told reporters Saturday at a meeting of the CDU’s leadership in the western region of Saarland.Merkel has backed regulating social-media content including hate speech to help counter populist movements that are gaining support in Germany and across Europe, particularly in response to the worst refugee crisis since World War II. Kauder, echoing frustrations within the coalition, said that social network operators had “played dead” when confronted with the issue.
Source: Merkel Coalition Seeks to Punish Social Media for Hate Speech – Bloomberg
While several states in the US have passed legislation allowing assisted suicide, Ohio ended 2016 by passing an act making it a felony. Until now, courts could only issue injunctions against people who assisted others in killing themselves. The bill passed unanimously in both chambers of the State Legislature.Helping someone die is now a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison. The measure passed along with a raft of other amendments to the criminal code, including making cockfighting a felony, reducing abortion limits from 24 weeks to 20 weeks, and permitting employees to keep guns in their cars while parked on company property.
Source: BioEdge: Ohio makes assisted suicide a felony
Just how coddled are our youth?With “safe spaces” and “trigger warnings” everywhere, it seems anyone under 30 is instantly shell-shocked at the very sight, mention or thought of anything mildly distressing.Well, it’s much worse than you thought.Here is the reality:Veterinary students are warned they will be working with dead mice.Forensic science students are told they will be studying blood.Archaeology students are told they might see a skeleton or two.And most amazing: Theology students are given a “trigger warning” that they might be studying the crucifixion of Jesus.
Source: TIME TO STOP! When JESUS Comes With A Trigger Warning | The Federalist Papers
Bahrain (Tasnim) – Bahrain on Sunday executed three anti-regime activists over their alleged role in a 2014 bomb attack, amid widespread public anger against the death verdicts.The regime in Manama carried out the death verdicts on Sunday in defiance of ongoing protest rallies across the kingdom.The rallies began on Saturday and lasted into Sunday, when the outraged public marched across the capital Manama and the northeastern villages of Nuwaidrat and al-Dair after the morning prayers, Press TV reported.On January 9, Bahrain’s Court of Cassation upheld the death penalties given to Sami Mushaima, Abbas Jamil Tahir al-Sami’ and Ali Abdulshahid al-Singace over allegations of killing a member of Emirati forces who had been assisting Manama in its suppression of Bahraini protesters in the northern village of al-Daih back in March 2014. Seven other convicts have also been sentenced to life in prison in the case.The defendants had denied the charges.The latest wave of anti-regime protests came after Bahraini religious scholars called on the nation to take to the streets “in a bid to save the lives of the three innocent activists.”
Source: Bahrain Executes 3 Young Activists amid Massive Public Protests – The Fifth Column
DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The gap between the super-rich and the poorest half of the global population is starker than previously thought, with just eight men, from Bill Gates to Michael Bloomberg, owning as much wealth as 3.6 billion people, according to an analysis by Oxfam released Monday.Presenting its findings on the dawn of the annual gathering of the global political and business elites in the Swiss ski resort of Davos, anti-poverty organization Oxfam says the gap between the very rich and poor is far greater than just a year ago. It’s urging leaders to do more than pay lip-service to the problem.If not, it warns, public anger against this kind of inequality will continue to grow and lead to more seismic political changes akin to last year’s election of Donald Trump as U.S. president and Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.
Source: News from The Associated Press
Last week, Amazon.com filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission, seeking permission to run experiments on a number of frequency bands that might have some connection to the company’s work with delivery drones.
The application requests permission for a “five-month experimental special temporary authority to operate on selected” frequencies to test equipment and software “designed to support innovative communications capabilities and functionalities.”The proposal also specifies that Amazon plans on running the tests in two locations: Seattle and Kennewick, Washington.
Three low-power, fixed transmitters and wireless units will be installed in each location. The application also specifies that the company might incorporate evaluating antennae as part of the study. Business Insider reports that the company maintains a customer service outlet in a mall in Kennewick, while the Seattle test site would be at the company’s corporate headquarters.
Source: Amazon is seeking FCC permission to conduct wireless technology tests – The Verge