High-stress situations can often cause people’s emotions to get the better of them. And if they’re not careful, the consequences can be dire.But try telling that to the high-profile individuals who were seen raging left right and center this week. US president Donald Trump’s personal attorney Mark Kasowitz, for instance, didn’t think twice when a stranger sent him an email asking him to “Resign now.” He just blasted off a series of expletive-driven threats: “I’m on you now. You are fucking with me now. Let’s see who you are.”Then there was the litany of abusive emails which writer and producer Frank Darabont wrote to his colleagues at AMC during the shooting of the zombie-hit TV series “Walking Dead.” One went so far as to threaten a killing spree with bodies being thrown out the door.
Daily Archives: August 1, 2017
Solar power has significant promise. It could lower the cost of electricity, reduce climate change, provide energy security, and create thousands of U.S. jobs.However, implementing it on a large enough scale to achieve those goals is no easy task.Enter the Sunshot Initiative, a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) effort to drive down the cost of solar electricity and support solar adoption. SunShot aims to make solar energy a low-cost electricity source through research and development efforts in collaboration with public and private partners.The initiative, started in 2010, has already supported nearly 300 projects and accomplished several of its initial cost-reduction goals. Nevertheless, the project is nowhere near slowing down.
They recently announced a $46.2 million investment for 48 projects to develop innovative, early-stage solar power technologies. Over 20 million of that funding is allocated to develop the next generation of photovoltaic (PV) technologies, and another $25.7 million will go toward supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses working on early-stage research.Sunshot Director Charlie Gay, Ph.D., the Solar Energy Technologies Office Director for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy of the DOE, spoke with R&D Magazine about the initiative’s goals, key projects, and why investing in solar energy is so important to U.S. success.
This week the International Monetary Fund shocked some economic analysts with an announcement that America was “no longer first in the world” as a major economic growth engine. This stinging assertion falls exactly in line with the narrative out of the latest G20 summit; that the U.S. is fading away leaving the door open for countries like Germany and China to join forces and fill the power void. I wrote about this rising relationship between these two nations as well as the ongoing controlled demolition of America’s economy in my article ‘The New World Order Will Begin With Germany And China’.
I find it interesting that the IMF is once again taking the lead on perpetuating the image of a failing U.S., just as they often push for the concept of a single global currency system to replace the dollar as the world reserve. The most common faulty counter-argument I run into when outlining the globalist agenda to supplant the dollar with the Special Drawing Rights basket system is that “the IMF is a U.S. government controlled organization that would never undermine U.S. authority.” Obviously, the people who make this argument have been thoroughly duped.The IMF is constantly and actively undermining America’s economic position, because the IMF is NOT an American controlled organization; its loyalty is to globalism as an ideology as well as the international financiers that dominate central banking. America’s supposed “veto power” within the IMF is incidental and meaningless — it has not stopped the IMF from chasing the replacement of the the dollar structure and forming the fiscal ties that stand as the root of what they sometimes call the “global economic reset.”
Pem Guerry is executive vice president of SIGNiX.This spring’s WannaCry ransomware outbreak was another wake-up call for local and federal governments to strengthen security infrastructures. The repercussions of this massive cybersecurity incident, which affected more than 300,000 users at businesses worldwide—including shutting down production at a Japanese Honda plant—are still being felt. Then Petya/NotPetya, a malware that destroys data, started spreading across Europe.New threats are emerging at an alarming rate, which is especially worrisome because state and federal governments typically lag behind private industries when it comes to cybersecurity. Last year, cybersecurity risk analysis firm SecurityScorecard ranked U.S. local, state and federal governments dead last in cybersecurity protection measures when compared to more than a dozen private-sector industries, such as health care and retail. The SecurityScorecard report review of 600 government organizations identified malware infections, network security and software patching as particularly vulnerable areas.
Smart guns are supposed to be safer than traditional weapons. They’re designed to only fire when paired with a second piece of technology that identifies the shooter, like an electronic chip or a fingerprint.Supporters say they could stop accidental shootings or misfires. And they’ve been lauded by law enforcement to prevent criminals from using stolen or misplaced guns.However, like any technology, they’re not unhackable.A hacker known by the pseudonym Plore doesn’t want to put a stop to smart guns, but he wants the firearm industry that’s increasingly manufacturing these devices to know that they can be hacked.The model Plore hacked is called the Armatix IPI. It pairs electronically with a smart watch so that only the person wearing the watch can fire it. The devices authenticate users via radio signals, electronically talking to each other within a small range.
Black Hat A study into government-grade Android spyware led researchers to a new strain of surveillance malware lurking in the Google Play app store – a strain that has now been unceremoniously booted out of the software marketplace.Last month it was revealed that the Mexican government was infecting smartphones with malware to spy on lawyers, journalists, and activists. Researchers at Google and mobile security shop Lookout did some further digging into this covert surveillance tool, and discovered this kind of state-level software nasty is slightly more common than some might think.
The Mexican government used some iOS malware called Pegasus, which was built by Israeli hackers-for-hire NSO Group. That organization also offers an Android equivalent dubbed Chrysaor. This Android variant was considerably less sophisticated than its Apple cousin, as it exploited really old vulnerabilities in Google’s OS whereas Pegasus exploited zero-day flaws in iOS to compromise phones. In fact, it appeared Chrysaor was tailored to compromise Android 4.3 and earlier.