Daily Archives: February 7, 2017

Sources: Feds identify Philly woman in probe of secret recordings at GOP retreat

Federal authorities have identified a Philadelphia journalist as the woman who infiltrated and might have secretly recorded a closed-door discussion of congressional Republicans at their Center City retreat last week, according to law enforcement sources familiar with the matter.After a probe involving multiple agencies, they said Emily Guendelsberger is unlikely to face federal charges in Philadelphia, despite getting past security and into a room in the Loews hotel where Vice President Pence met privately with senators and representatives.But it is unclear whether she could face local prosecution for covertly recording the conversations, a possible violation of state law. That decision falls to the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, according to the sources, who were not authorized to speak publicly about the case.Cameron Kline, spokesman for the District Attorney’s Office, declined to say Friday whether the office was involved in any such investigation. The Capitol Police, who are responsible for security at congressional events, would not discuss the ongoing investigation.

Source: Sources: Feds identify Philly woman in probe of secret recordings at GOP retreat

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Exposing Some of the Fake “Resistance” Growing Out of the Corpse of the unDemocratic Party 

Donald Trump is NOT the biggest threat to the unDemocratic Party or the fake-left “progressive” wannabe leaders swimming around trying to feed off the wreckage of the 2016 election cycleWhen things start falling apart, when the ship is leaning and taking on water, the opportunists scuttle out of the woodwork like sharks appearing from the deep looking to cash in for a meal.And make no mistake about it, the unDemocratic Party is at a historic low for a party which understands what it means to always be finding new historic lows.That’s understandable because Barack Obama understood his job. And he was good at it. He kept his personal Obama “brand” at a passable margin while decimating the country with right-wing, neoliberal economic policies, all under the guise of left-cover.

He did his job well like the fake-dem, Bill Clinton, did before him. And just look how Slick Willie (what an apt nickname) profited from that.Right now in this country, it’s like watching an episode of American Idol, the early part where they are all auditioning in the open cattle calls from state to state. Only, instead of talent-less singers you have talent-less wannabe heroes, leaders and champions from the fake-left.Like they think the next Slick Willie or President Peace Prize is waiting to be born and all they have to do is jump out in front of a camera and give voice to the frustration of the thwarted “progressives”, these aspiring opportunists are all clamoring for the brass ring, crawling over the bodies of the other failed superstars of the party, in hopes that they can cash in on the chaos that is the unDemocratic Party today.

Source: Exposing Some of the Fake “Resistance” Growing Out of the Corpse of the unDemocratic Party (Olbermann, Soros’ Justice Dems and Lizzie Warren) | American Everyman

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GAG demands new Women’s Library ban books 

This has got to be the first time a library was accused of violence. In an interesting display of the blooming neoliberal tendency to turn the world into their self-defined “safe space,” an organization ironically called GAG (Gays Against Gentrification) has demanded the new Vancouver Women’s Library (VWL) ban books written by women.

Feminist Mary Lunetta already created a petition in favor of freedom of thought, urging VWL not to ban any books.The trend of the neoliberal left controlling and condemning thoughts and words is widespread, and damages the movements they are attempting to protect. In this particular example as a case study, GAG came out of the gate demanding an outright ban of women’s books instead of asking for a respectful dialog. But then, what would this dialog consist of? What books (and therefore thoughts) are allowed?

Anyone who champions freedom of thought wouldn’t entertain such a debate, and women shouldn’t be demanded to comply to such restrictions. These demands presume feminism, and women, are or should be completely monolithic. That everyone should already implicitly and entirely understand their ideal of accepted language and thought. If you don’t know or accept their concepts, there is no conversation to be had. You are a bigot, and you should get out (like the books).

Source: GAG demands new Women’s Library ban books – The Fifth Column

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Tom Brady’s Super Bowl Win Is Another Epic Fail for Self-Righteous Media

By Stephen Miller

The New England Patriots and their “too perfect” quarterback Tom Brady, are easy to hate. The coach, Bill Belichick, is a moody grouch. They’ve been caught cheating, which led to a suspension for Brady at the beginning this year. They seem to always win the Super Bowl. They are extremely hate-able.But this year in media, none of this hate was coming from a place that had anything to do with football. Bob Kraft, the Patriots owner, Belichick and Brady are all friends with newly elected President Trump.

This is very problematic, especially in the week leading up to the Super Bowl and for a Social-Justice-Warrior media culture that demands that everyone from Taylor Swift to Jimmy Fallon speak out and express the “correct” political opinion.On the largest sports and media stage in the world, several news outlets somehow got it into their head that Tom Brady’s sole responsibility wasn’t to concentrate on football and lead his team to a fifth Super Bowl title. No, he also had a moral responsibility to denounce his friend and golfing buddy, Donald Trump.

Source: Tom Brady’s Super Bowl Win Is Another Epic Fail for Self-Righteous Media | Heat Street

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Hawaii bill would legalize prostitution industry

Hawaii lawmakers are considering decriminalizing prostitution in the Aloha State after House Speaker Joseph Souki introduced a bill.The proposal also would end a state law that says police officers can’t have sex with prostitutes in the course of investigations.Transgender activist Tracy Ryan says she’s pushing the bill because transgender women in the sex trade are disproportionately impacted by criminalization laws.But long-time anti-sex trafficking advocate Kathryn Xian says making selling, promoting or buying sex legal would make it harder to prove violence and abuse in the industry.Souki says he takes no position on the bill, but he introduced it as a favor to Ryan.House Majority Leader Scott Saiki says this and a bill to decriminalize marijuana may be part of a push to reduce the prison population.

Source: Hawaii bill would legalize prostitution industry – Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL

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One Woman’s Brilliant “Fuck You” to Wikipedia Trolls

The “fuck you” project crystallized one Friday night last year. As Emily Temple-Wood video-chatted with friends, an email pinged in her inbox:“There are alternate realities where I raped you and got away with it,” it read. “In those realities it’s legal for me to rape you as long as I want and as hard as I want. I am dead serious.”The note came from someone with a history of harassing the 22-year-old medical student. This man hates women, Temple-Wood thought to herself. Then she had another thought. What do misogynists hate more than successful women?Nothing.She’d been receiving vicious emails for a decade. Sometimes she sought solace by commiserating with friends, or by stomping off to do something else, or occasionally — after the cruelest messages—by lying on her bed and crying. Temple-Wood became a frequent target of abuse merely because she is the rare female Wikipedia editor who has been active on the site for years. She manages to let much of the harassment slide off her. But many women eventually find the bullying to be too much, and leave the site.

Source: One Woman’s Brilliant “Fuck You” to Wikipedia Trolls

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Argentina’s Trump-Like Immigration Order Rattles South America 

BUENOS AIRES — Argentina is so used to celebrating immigration as a cornerstone of society that a 19th-century saying — to govern is to populate — remains in use to this day.But in an abrupt shift coinciding with the immigration restrictions put in place by the Trump administration, President Mauricio Macri has issued a decree curbing immigration to Argentina, with his government declaring that newcomers from poorer countries in Latin America bring crime.The measures announced by Mr. Macri in recent days made it much easier to deport immigrants and restrict their entry, prompting irate comparisons to President Trump and igniting a fierce debate over immigration.

continue https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/04/world/americas/argentinas-trump-like-immigration-order-rattles-south-america.html

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Vizio coughs up $2.2m after its smart TVs spied on millions of families 

Electronics giant Vizio will cough up $2.2m after its smart TVs spied on millions of people.America’s trade watchdog, the FTC, said today the payment will settle a complaint filed by the state of New Jersey accusing Vizio of violating privacy regulations: the biz had collected the viewing habits of 11 million television sets throughout the country without warning or permission.According to the state attorney general’s federal complaint [PDF], from February 2014 to March 2016, Vizio noted down exactly what its customers were watching and then resold all those records as summaries to third parties – which were mostly advertising companies.The usage data was not only collected while customers were watching over-the-air or cable TV broadcasts, but also when they were watching DVDs or streaming video from websites and over-the-top services like Netflix.Vizio harvested surveillance on people and their families so precise, it knew exactly what you were watching, second by second, and even took copies of the watched video, according to prosecutors. Additionally, we’re told, Vizio resold summaries of personal information about its customers it had gathered, including age, marital status, and household income, to advertisers without consent.

Source: Vizio coughs up $2.2m after its smart TVs spied on millions of families • The Register

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Toronto Black Lives Matter Slam ‘White Supremacist Terrorist’ Prime Minister Trudeau | Heat Street

Toronto Black Lives Matter co-founder has accused Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of being a “white supremacist terrorist” during a demonstration on Saturday against President Trump’s refugee ban.Yousara Hougali, one of the founders of Toronto’s Black Lives Matter chapter, went on a bizarre rant criticizing Canadian Prime Minister for welcoming everyone not allowed to enter the US due to Trump’s immigration ban from seven countries.“When Justin Trudeau says that he is a liar! He’s a hypocrite! He is a white supremacist terrorist! That is what he is,” she said. “Do not be fooled by his liberal bull****. Do not be fooled.”

Source: Toronto Black Lives Matter Slam ‘White Supremacist Terrorist’ Prime Minister Trudeau | Heat Street

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Hacker Leaks Cellebrite’s iPhone unlocking tools online » TechWorm

Hacker who hacked Cellebrite leaks ‘iOS Cracking Tools’ On Pastebin

More than a year ago, the U.S. government had hired an Israel security firm ‘Cellebrite’ to break into an iPhone 5c to assist with the investigation of the December 2015 San Bernardino terror attack when Apple refused to help crack the iPhone.

For those unfamiliar, Cellebrite is an Israeli company, which specializes in extracting data from mobile phones for law enforcement agencies. The firm’s main product is called the Universal Forensic Extraction Device (UFED) – a tool designed to extract smartphone data, which is being used extensively by the U.S. and UK police.

Reportedly, in January this year, the same Israeli firm suffered a major data breach wherein 900GB worth of data was stolen. However, now the person claiming responsibility has publicly released a cache of Cellebrite’s most sensitive data on Pastebin, including its tools used to hack into older iPhones, as well as Android and BlackBerry smartphones, according to Motherboard.

Source: Hacker Leaks Cellebrite’s iPhone unlocking tools online » TechWorm

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Former NOAA Scientist Confirms Colleagues Manipulated Climate Records 

U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology members today responded to reports about the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) 2015 climate change study (“the Karl study”). According to Dr. John Bates, the recently retired principal scientist at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center, the Karl study was used “to discredit the notion of a global warming hiatus and rush to time the publication of the paper to influence national and international deliberations on climate policy.”Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas): “I thank Dr. John Bates for courageously stepping forward to tell the truth about NOAA’s senior officials playing fast and loose with the data in order to meet a politically predetermined conclusion.

In the summer of 2015, whistleblowers alerted the Committee that the Karl study was rushed to publication before underlying data issues were resolved to help influence public debate about the so-called Clean Power Plan and upcoming Paris climate conference.  Since then, the Committee has attempted to obtain information that would shed further light on these allegations, but was obstructed at every turn by the previous administration’s officials.  I repeatedly asked, ‘What does NOAA have to hide?’

Source: Former NOAA Scientist Confirms Colleagues Manipulated Climate Records | Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

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A Hacker Just Pwned Over 150,000 Printers Left Exposed Online

A grey-hat hacker going by the name of Stackoverflowin says he’s pwned over 150,000 printers that have been left accessible online.

Speaking to Bleeping Computer, the hacker says he wanted to raise everyone’s awareness towards the dangers of leaving printers exposed online without a firewall or other security settings enabled.

Automated script behind the “attacks”

For the past 24 hours, Stackoverflowin has been running an automated script that he wrote himself, which searches for open printer ports and sends a rogue print job to the target’s device.

From high-end multi-functional printers at corporate headquarters to lowly receipt printers in small town restaurants, all have been affected.

This is the latest version of the message spewed out via people’s printers:

stackoverflowin the hacker god has returned, your printer is part of a flaming botnet, operating on putin's forehead utilising BTI's (break the internet) complex infrastructure.
[ASCII ART HERE]
For the love of God, please close this port, skid.
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Questions?
Twitter: https://twitter.com/lmaostack
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A first version of the message included ASCII art depicting a robot, and also listed the hacker’s email address. The second (latest) version of the message includes ASCII art depicting a computer and a nearby printer, as depicted below.

Source: A Hacker Just Pwned Over 150,000 Printers Left Exposed Online

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Virginia Brewery Creates Oreo-Flavored Beer

Virginia-based  brewery the Veil Brewing Company has taken the dessert beer category to a whole new level with its innovative “Hornswoggler” brew, a a chocolate milk stout aged on hundreds of pounds of Oreo cookies that even has icing chunks in it.They say Oreos go best with milk, but the guys at the Veil Brewing Company apparently decided prove that beer works too. And they hit it out of the park. After launching the Oreo-flavored brew on January 24, the 64 cases available sold out almost instantly. The company then sold what little they had left as on-draft at the brewery, in Scott’s Addition, Richmond. That didn’t last very long either, and now the brewery is getting bombarded with questions about the next batch.

Source: Virginia Brewery Creates Oreo-Flavored Beer | Oddity Central – Collecting Oddities

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The Clinton Global Initiative Isn’t Really Dead

The news looked grim: On Jan. 12, the New York State Labor Department issued a statutory warning that the Clinton Global Initiative would be laying off 22 employees within the next three months. Media coverage, especially in right-wing outlets, greeted this routine bureaucratic announcement as proof that Bill Clinton had been forced to shut down his signature philanthropic project in the aftermath of Hillary Clinton’s electoral defeat because — as one website put it — “nobody pays bribes to people unable to deliver favors.

”Like so much publicity about CGI and the Clinton Foundation during the months leading up to the presidential election, however, those stories were heavy on hostile innuendo and light on basic facts. The obituaries obscured the bigger picture, showing how the ambitious enterprise had permanently changed the direction of philanthropy, both in the United States and abroad. They also missed the fact that CGI hadn’t really died.

Source: The Clinton Global Initiative Isn’t Really Dead | Foreign Policy

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“Answer To Your Application” Spam Deliberately Targets Job Seekers

Outline:Email that is supposedly an answer to a job application claims that the company is “impressed by your background”  and invites you to click a link to apply for a well-paid job.Analysis:The email is not a genuine answer to any job application and it is not offering any genuine jobs. Instead, it is spam designed to trick you into visiting a decidedly dodgy website that claims that you can quickly become a millionaire by signing up to a scammy “Free Money System”.The deliberately deceptive wording of the spam email is obviously targetted directly at job seekers. Those looking for work may have applied for many jobs. So, at first glance, the email may appear to be a response to one of those applications.Of course,  many people who are tricked into clicking the link will quickly realise that the supposed job offer is a scam. But, more naive job seekers – especially those that are becoming desperate to find some sort or paid work – may be taken in by the hyped-up nonsense they view on the website and sign up for the scheme.

Source: “Answer To Your Application” Spam Deliberately Targets Job Seekers – Hoax-Slayer 2G

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Records: Soros Fund Execs Funded Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, John McCain, John Kasich, Lindsey Graham in 2016 – Breitbart

Employees of a hedge fund founded by the king of the Institutional Left, billionaire and Democratic Party mega-donor George Soros, donated tens of thousands of dollars to top Republicans who fought against President Donald Trump in 2016, donation records compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics show.Soros Fund Management, a former hedge fund that serves now as an investment management firm, was founded by progressive billionaire George Soros in 1969. It has risen to become one of the most profitable hedge funds in the industry. Employees of the firm are heavily involved in backing political candidates giving millions upon millions to groups that were supporting failed 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton for the presidency.

Source: Records: Soros Fund Execs Funded Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, John McCain, John Kasich, Lindsey Graham in 2016 – Breitbart

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THE 7TH BILLION HUMAN–OUR PERILOUS FUTURE

“The raging monster upon the land is population growth. In its presence, sustainability is but a fragile theoretical construct. To say, as many do, that the difficulties of nations are not due to people, but to poor ideology and land-use management is sophistic.” Harvard scholar and biologist Dr.E.O. Wilson

In October of 2011, the 7th billion human being will land on this planet. From that threshold, humans will continue multiplying by 1.0 billion every 13 years to reach more than 10 billion within 39 years at the mid century. The ramifications stagger the mind of any thinking American. This series will give you an idea of what our civilization faces.

In the early years of the 21st century, the United States continues on a course toward adding another 100 million people by 2035. (Source: “US Population Projections” by Fogel/Martin, PEW Report, U.S. Census Bureau) Beyond that, population projections show America doubling its current populace to 600 million in the latter half of this century.

With accelerating symptoms exploding across America and the world via water and food shortages, species extinction rates, energy crises, climate destabilization, ocean dead zones and more ramifications on multiple levels—we find ourselves passengers within a civilization that parallels the metaphor of the Titanic. If you remember, on April 14, 1912, the RMS Titanic, the finest steamship of its era, on its maiden voyage, sped too fast and arrogantly through iceberg infested waters of the North Atlantic. It hit one and sank—to become one of the greatest tragedies that didn’t have to happen in the 20th century.

Our own grave overpopulation crisis need not manifest within the United States, either, if we change course. Like Captain Edward John Smith of the Titanic, he could have slowed down or steamed further south to avoid his fate.

Source: THE 7TH BILLION HUMAN–OUR PERILOUS FUTURE

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Doctors Find Cockroach Living on Woman’s Skull

Feel free to stop reading this story because things are about to get real squicky. The Indian Express reports doctors in India pulled a live cockroach out of a woman’s nose this week after it was discovered hanging out on her skull. The 42-year-old woman started suffering pain and a “tingling, crawling sensation” Tuesday night. According to the Times of India, she thought it was a cold at first. Instead it was—as Gizmodo describes it—a “living nightmare.” It wasn’t until the third hospital the woman visited Wednesday that doctors used a nasal endoscopy to find the source of the woman’s discomfort: a large and very much alive cockroach resting on her skull in between her eyes.

Source: Doctors Find Cockroach Living on Woman’s Skull

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