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Last Week Tonight With John Oliver: Net Neutrality

 

 

 

     We’ve run this video before but now that the FCC’s attempt to regulate the internet have been brought back to the public’s attention we thought that Mr Oliver’s take on the cronyism and statism that is represented by the Obama administration’s plans to make the internet a “public utility” deserve further prominence . 

World’s Biggest Christmas Tree Stands In Dortmund, Germany

 

 

 

 

Published on Nov 24, 2014

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At a massive 45 metres high, the world’s biggest Christmas tree lights up in Dortmund, Germany. Report by Sarah Kerr. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inside Russia’s Sacred Baikonur Cosmodrome, One Of The World’s Most Popular Spaceports

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Russia’s Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft blasts off from Russian-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome on May 29, 2014.

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” I knew I could only be in Kazakhstan when I saw the priests. Two of them—half-bears, half-men—walked up to the Soyuz on its pad at the fabled Baikonur Cosmodrome, their robes blowing in the desert wind. Then they sang at the rocket and bowed at the rocket and finally threw holy water at the rocket, and then they came over to us, the assembled reporters, and they threw holy water at us, too, because we probably looked like we could use it. I’m not a religious man, but I accepted my soaking under a boundless blue sky and thought what I suspect most of the people on the pad were thinking:Can’t hurt.

  The entire Russian space program seems built on the guiding principle of can’t hurt. I was there for Esquire to report “Away,” a story about the future, about Scott Kelly, the first American who will spend a year in space, one more stepping-stone on our long journey to Mars. But in Kazakhstan, it felt more as though I were visiting the past, returning to a time when romance and witchcraft hadn’t yet made way for science. Over nearly 50 years of manned flight—every last one of those launches, from Yuri Gagarin on, having sprung from the same slab of cracked concrete—the Russians have acquired layers and layers of ritual, all of it either silly or sacred depending on how magical your thinking. “

 

 

 

 

 

” The Soyuz is always drawn out of its massive assembly building at exactly 7 o’clock in the morning, pulled along by a locomotive with one of its headlights mysteriously put out. The cosmonauts spend one of their last nights on Earth at their hotel in town and watch a pretty bad movie, White Sun of the Desert, and they always walk out to the bus that will take them to the pad to the same song, by a band called Earthlings. Later, they all climb out of that bus and piss on one of its tires because Gagarin allegedly did so; female cosmonauts and astronauts pour out a pre-filled cup.

  And then, with a far better success record than the Americans could ever claim, they strap into their rocket, ancient and blessed, and launch into space. “

 

Story continues at Popular Mechanics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cop Assaults Man For ‘Dangerous’ Wallet, Can’t Understand Why He Got Fired Again

 

 

 

 

 

” Anthony Zamora was working security at a Walmart in Corpus Christi, Texas, back in May when he saw a suspicious character who appeared to be carrying an illegal weapon, brazenly and openly. Zamora, being the guardian of peace and tranquility that he is, couldn’t let this hazard to public safety go unchecked.

The dangerous device? The threat to public safety? That’s right- it was a wallet. With a chain attached. “

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-22-14 to 11-24-14

 

 

National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

 

 

 

” Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, November 22 to Monday, November 24, 2014:

  • Fremont, Ohio: A now-former state trooper pled no contest to a misdemeanor charge of disseminating matter harmful to a juvenile. He showed a pornographic video to a 12-year-old boy. ow.ly/EP5qy
  • Kootenai County, Idaho: A now-former state trooper from pled guilty to charges including petty theft and malicious injury to property in exchange for other criminal charges against him being dropped. He could receive up to five years in prison when sentenced. ow.ly/EP345
  • Newport, Rhode Island: A police officer has been arrested and accused of making a fake 911 call. ly/EOKSW
  • Cleveland, Ohio: A 12-year-old boy shot by police after grabbing what turned out to be a replica gun died from his wounds a day after officers responded to a 911 call about someone waving a “probably fake” gun at a playground. ly/ENhGO
  • Kingsville, Texas: A police officer is behind bars after an investigation into claims of domestic violence. He was arrested and charged with obstruction or retaliation, assault bodily injury of a family or household member and tampering with a witness. http://ow.ly/ETg1u
  • Update: Sturgis, Michigan (First reported 10-31-14): A sheriff’s deputy told an officer that he had been out celebrating his birthday and admitted to drinking and driving before crashing his pickup truck. “He stated he had no memory of where he had been drinking, what he had been drinking or how much he had been drinking,” said the officer. ly/EOJsr
  • New York, New York: Footage shows a violent encounter between a police officer and an alleged fare beater at subway station. It shows an officer hitting a man in the head with a nightstick; that move is against department policy. An internal investigation is underway. ly/EOvw3
  • Campbell County, Wyoming: The sheriff is resigning in the midst of a state investigation into an allegation that he tried to suppress his son’s arrest on a drunken driving charge. ly/EOdzn
  • Update: Millvale, Pennsylvania (Previously reported 06-24-14): A federal court jury convicted a police officer of violating a man’s civil rights by using a stun gun on him three times while he was handcuffed. ly/EO32I
  • Update: San Diego, California (First reported 06-06-14): A married couple who both served in the police department for years pled guilty to committing burglaries while on duty in order to steal prescription medications and sell them. ly/ENHzz
  • Savannah-Chatham, Georgia: A jury found a now-former police detective guilty of seven counts of making false statements. ly/ENCoX “

 

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Anonymous Sits Down With KKK Leader Frank Ancona

 

 

 

Published on Nov 24, 2014

” Alex Poucher, a heavily involved member of Anonymous, sat down with Frank Ancona, Imperial Wizard of the Traditional American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan this Sunday. The two groups- Anonymous and the KKK- have had a feud over the last month regarding how to respond to action in Ferguson. Following the release of a controversial flyer by the KKK, Anonymous members took over the KKK’s national Twitter account. While Mr Poucher and Mr Ancona did not discuss the hacking situation, they sat down and spoke to better understand each-other and mitigate some of the tension between both groups.

The conversation lasted about 20 minutes, but News2share is currently releasing these highlights as a representation of their exchange.

Filmed by Trey Yingst
Edited by Ford Fischer
Special Thanks to Alejandro Alvarez and Laura Thompson for Outreach

For more, go to http://News2share.com “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great Lakes Ice Cover Developing; Earliest In Over 40 Years

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” Ice is already starting to develop on Michigan’s Great Lakes. This is the earliest ice on some of the Great Lakes in at least 40 years.

  According to the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, on November 20, 2014, three of Michigan’s Great Lakes had ice starting to form. Lake Superior and Lake Michigan were one-half percent ice covered, while Lake Huron had one percent ice. Lake Erie was not reporting any ice as of Nov. 20, 2014.

  Decent early season ice coverage records date back to 1973. Last Friday was the earliest date that all three Great Lakes already had ice since the better reporting of early season ice began.

  Lake Superior actually had ice forming on November 15th of this year. That is the earliest ice on Lake Superior in the good data set.

  Lakes Superior, Michigan and Huron had ice 10 days earlier this year than last year.

  Lake Superior only had five and a half months without any ice on the lake. “

Thanks to Michigan Live

Elvis Presley-A Mess Of Blues 1960

 

 

 

Uploaded on Apr 28, 2010

” Elvis sings A Mess Of Blues,recorded in 1960. Has footage of him in the Army in early 1958. Be sure and check out my OTHER videos. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reno Collier – I Got Soap

 

 

 

Uploaded on Feb 20, 2008

” A clip from Blue Collar Comedy: The Next Generation “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black Hawk Down: 20 Years Later

 

 

 

Published on Oct 13, 2013

” It was a raid that should have lasted 30 minutes, but when the first of two American Black Hawk helicopters was shot down—the entire mission changed. What started as an assault operation would end as a rescue mission. Twenty years later, the story that inspired the epic film is a reminder of the determination of America’s Armed Forces and the creed to never leave a man behind.

Jerry Bruckheimer, Producer
First Sergeant Matthew P. Eversmann, U.S. Army (Ret.); Vice President of Business Development, Allegeant LLC
Craig Nixon, CEO, ACADEMI LLC; Brigadier General (Ret.), U.S. Army
Moderator: Daniel Klaidman, National Political Correspondent, The Daily Beast “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Percy Bysshe Shelley

 

 

” Conformity and obedience, Bane of all genius, virtue, freedom, truth, Makes slaves of men and of the human frame, A mechanized automaton. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Deering

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

43 BC – The Second Triumvirate alliance of Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus (“Octavian”, later “Caesar Augustus”), Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, and Mark Antony is formed.

579 – Pelagius II begins his reign as Catholic Pope

783 – The Asturian queen Adosinda is put up in a monastery to prevent her kin from retaking the throne from Mauregatus.

 

 

 

1476 – Vlad III Dracula defeats Basarab Laiota with the help of Stephen the Great and Stephen V Bathory and becomes the ruler of Wallachia for the third time.

 

 

 

 

 

1580 – French Huguenots & Roman Catholics sign peace treaty

1598 – Jacob of Necks merchant fleet reaches Bantam West-Java

1688 – Duke of Savoye signs on to League of Augsburg

1688 – King James II escapes back to London

1703 – Great storm hits Southern England 1000s killed, Royal Navy losses 13 ships and around 1500 seamen 

1716 – 1st lion exhibited in America (Boston)

1778 – Captain Cook discovers Maui in the Sandwich Islands (now Hawaii)

1789 – 1st national Thanksgiving

1825 – 1st college fraternity founded (Kappa Alpha (Union College, NY))

1832 – 1st streetcar railway in America starts operating (NYC) (12 cent fare)

1842 – The University of Notre Dame is founded.

1861 – West Virginia created as a result of dispute over slavery with Virg

1863 – -Dec 2] Mine Run campaign, VA

1864 – Confederate troops vacate Sandersville Georgia

1864 – Skirmish at Sylvan Brutal/Waynesboro, Georgia

1865 – “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll published in US

1865 – Battle of Papudo: The Spanish navy engages a combined Peruvian-Chilean fleet north of Valparaiso, Chile.

1867 – Refrigerated railroad car patented by JB Sutherland of Detroit

1885 – 1st meteor photograph

1896 – 1st large indoor football game, U of Chic beats U of Mich 7-6

1896 – A A Stagg of U Chicago creates American football huddle

1898 – -27) Snow/ice storm over US; 455 die

 

 

 

1898 – SS Portland “The Titanic of New England” leaves for Cape Codshipwrecked off Cape Annall 192 on board killed

 

 

 

 

 

1909 – Sigma Alpha Mu is founded in the City College of New York by 8 Jewish young men.

 

 

 

1914 – Battleship HMS Bulwark explodes at Sheerness Harbor England788 die

 

 

 

 

 

1922 – English archaeologist Howard Carter opens Toetanchamon’s (Tut) tomb

1924 – Mongolian People’s Republic proclaimed

1939 – 4 soviet soldiers killed on Finnish-Russian border

1940 – Leidse students strike

1940 – Nazi Germany began walling off the Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw

1941 – British North African commandant General Cunningham lay-offs

1941 – British troops conquer Belhamed, Sidi Rezegh & El Duda

1941 – Japanese carrier force left its base & moves east toward Pearl Harbor

1942 – “Casablanca” premieres at Hollywood Theatre, NYC

1944 – 1st allied marines move onto Antwerp harbor

1944 – Himmler orders destruction of Auschwitz & Birkenau crematoriums

1945 – During snow storm, school bus crashes, kills 15 (Washington)

1949 – India adopts a constitution as a British Commonwealth Republic

 

 

 

1950 – China enters Korean conflictsends troops across Yalu River

 

 

 

 

 

 

1952 – 1st modern 3-D movie “Bwana Devil,” premieres in Hollywood

1953 – Yamada Koun, leader of Sanbo Kyodan line of Zen, found 1st awakening

1955 – Emergency crisis proclaimed in Cyprus

1956 – “The Price Is Right” debuts on NBC

1956 – USSR single sculls winner Vyacheslav Ivanov wins Olympic gold medal in his excitement he jumps for joy, & loses his medal, it sinks

1963 – 29th Heisman Trophy Award: Roger Staubach, Navy (QB)

1963 – Cincinnati 2nd baseman Pete Rose wins NL Rookie of Year

1963 – Explorer 18 launched

1966 – 1st major tidal power plant opens at Rance estuary, France

1968 – 34th Heisman Trophy Award: O J Simpson, Southern Cal (RB)

1969 – 35th Heisman Trophy Award: Steve Owens, Oklahoma (RB)

1969 – Creams’ final concert (Royal Albert Hall)

1969 – Lottery for Selective Service draftees bill signed by President Nixon

1973 – Nixon’s personal sec, Rose Mary Woods, tells a federal court she accidentally caused part of 18½ minute gap in a key Watergate tape
1974 – Approximately 140 die when suspension bridge collapses (Nepal)

1975 – Fed jury finds Lynette Fromme guilty of attempted assassination

1977 – ‘Vrillon’, claiming to be the representative of the ‘Ashtar Galactic Command’, takes over Britain’s Southern Television for six minutes at 5:12 PM.

1978 – 10 die as fire erupts at Holiday Inn in Rochester, NY

1978 – 1st lesbian theme TV movie – “Question of Love”

1980 – Mike Schmidt is unanimous choice as NL MVP

1982 – Howard Cossell calls his last fight after being disgusted by Larry Holmes-Tex Cobb mismatch

 

 

 

1983 – Heathrow Airport, robbed of 6,800 gold bars worth $38.7 million(see UE 11/25 Events)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1985 – 23rd Space Shuttle Mission (61-B)-Atlantis 2-is launched

1985 – Random House buys Richard Nixons memoires for $3,000,000

1988 – Pioneer 6’s closest approach to Earth since 1965 launch (1.87 M km)

 

 

 

1989 – Commoros coup under Robert Denard

 

 

 

 

 

1990 – Matsushita purchases MCA for $6.6 billion

1991 – Condoms are handed out to thousands of NY High School students

1993 – Political campaigners James Carville (49) & Mary Matalin wed

1995 – Dolphins QB Dan Marino sets NFL record with 343rd touchdown pass

1998 – Tony Blair becomes the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to address the Republic of Ireland’s parliament.

2003 – Concorde makes its last ever flight over Bristol, England.

2004 – Ruzhou School massacre: a man stabs and kills eight people and seriously wounds another four in a school dormitory in Ruzhou, China.

 

 

 

2008 – Terrorist attacks in Mumbai, IndiaTen coordinated attacks by Pakistan-based terrorists kill 164 and injure more than 250 people in Mumbai, India.

 

 

 

 

 

Births

1288 – Emperor Go-Daigo of Japan (d. 1339)

 

 

 

 

 

1436 – Princess Catherine of Portugal, writer (d. 1463)

1607 – John Harvard, England, clergyman/scholar, founded Harvard Univ

1609 – Henry Dunster, English president of Harvard College (d. 1659)

1678 – Jean Jacques d’Ortous de Mairan, French geophysicist (d. 1771)

1703 – Theophilus Cibber, English actor and writer (d. 1758)

1736 – Charles-Joseph Panckoucke, French publisher (Mercure de France)

1810 – William G Armstrong, of Cragside, Baron/British industralist (hydraulic crane)

1816 – William Henry Talkbot Walker, Major General (Confederate Army)

1827 – Alfred Moore Scales, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1892

1832 – Mary Edwards Walker, US, doctor/women’s rights leader

1832 – Karl Rudolf König, German physicist (d. 1901)

1857 – Ferdinand de Saussure, Swiss linguist (d. 1913)

1858 – Katharine Drexel, Roman Catholic Saint (d. 1955)

1862 – Mark A Stein, archaeologist

1869 – Maud, Queen of Norway (d. 1938)

1894 – Norbert Wiener, US, mathematician/discovered cybernetics

1895 – Bertil Lindblad, Swedish astronomer (Milky Way system)

1898 – Karl Ziegler, Helsa, German Empire, chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (polymers), (d. 1973)

1899 – Bruno Hauptmann, German kidnapper of Charles Augustus Lindbergh III (d. 1936)

1902 – Gerrit Jan van der Veen, [Wolffensperger], Dutch resistance fighter

1907 – Ruth Patrick, American botanist

1908 – Charles Forte, Italian/British hotel magnate (Savoy)

1909 – Eugene Ionesco, playwright

1909 – Frances Dee, American actress (d. 2004)

1912 – Eric Sevareid, Velva ND, newscaster (CBS Weekend News)

1913 – Foy Draper, US, relay runner (Olympic-gold-1936)

 

 

 

1919 – Frederik PohlUSsci-fi author (3 HugoGatewayBipohl)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1921 – Verghese Kurien, Calicut, British India, engineer (billion-litre idea), (d.2012)

 

 

 

1922 – Charles M SchulzMinneapolis MNcartoonist (Peanuts), (d. 2000)

 

 

 

 

 

1930 – Berthold Leibinger, German Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

1931 – Adolfo Perez Esquivel, Buenos Argentina, (1980 Nobel Peace Prize)

1931 – Giuliana Chenal-Minuzzo, Italy, downhill skier (Olympic-bronze-1952)

1933 – Robert Goulet, American singer and actor (d. 2007)

1934 – Ludmila Shevtsova, USSR, 800m runner (Olympic-gold-1960)

1935 – Marian Mercer, Akron Ohio, actress/singer (Dean Martin Show)

1937 – Boris Borisovich Yegorov, USSR, doctor/cosmonaut (Voskhod I)

1938 – Elizabeth E Bailey, university dean (Carnegie Mellon)

 

 

 

1938 – Jeremy Boordaadmiral , US Navy

 

 

 

 

 

1938 – Rich LittleOttawa Canadaimpressionist/actor (Love on a Rooftop)

 

Rich Little roasts Don Rickles

Rich Little Impressions

The Man of A Thousand Voices

 

 

 

 

1938 – Rodney Jory, Australian physicist

 

 

 

1939 – Tina Turner, [Anna Mae Bullock], Brownsville Txsinger (Proud Mary)

 

Proud Mary

What´s Love Got To Do With It

Private Dancer

Acid Queen Live 2009

 

 

 

 

1943 – Jan Stenerud, Norway, NFL place kicker (Kansas City Chiefs)

1944 – Jean Terrell, Texas, rocker (Supremes)

1945 – John McVie, British rock bassist (Fleetwood Mac-Rumours, Tusk)

1946 – Bert Bouquet, bassist (Earth & Fire, Focus)

1946 – Burt Reiter, rocker (Focus)

1948 – Galina Prozumenschikova, USSR, 200m backstroke (Olympic-gold-1964)

1949 – Juanin Clay, American actress (d. 1995)

1949 – Vincent A. Mahler, American educator

1951 – La Cicciolina, [Ilona Staller], Budapest Hungary, Italian MP

1954 – Roz Chast, American cartoonist

1955 – Tracy [Raye] Hickman, US, sci-fi author (Dragons of Spring Dawning)

 

 

 

1956 – Dale JarrettAmerican racecar driver

 

 

 

 

 

1961 – Lisa Moretti, American professional wrestler

1962 – Chuck Finley, Monroe LA, pitcher (California Angels)

1963 – Mario Elie, NBA forward/guard (Houston Rockets)

1963 – Adam Gaynor, American musician (Matchbox Twenty)

1964 – Vreni Schneider, Swiss alpine skier (Olympics-Gold-1988)

 

 

 

1966 – Sue WicksWNBA forward (NY Liberty)

 

 

 

 

 

1969 – Kara Walker, American artist

1970 – Dave Hughes, Australian comedian

1971 – Emma Robinson, Montreal Quebec, rower (Olympics-96)

1972 – Nicole Beach, Phoenix AZ, model (Wonderbra)

1974 – Richard Ikeda, Kamloops BC, gymnast (Olympics-96)

1977 – Ivan Basso, Italian bicyclist

1977 – Forrest Griffin, American MMA-fighter

1978 – Matthew Taylor, American bassist (Motion City Soundtrack)

1979 – B.J. Averell, American online tutor and reality television contestant

1981 – Jamie Fiske, liver transplant recipient

 

 

 

1981 – Natasha BedingfieldBritish singer

 

 

 

 

 

1983 – Chris Hughes, American businessman, co-founder of Facebook

1986 – Konstadinos Filippidis, Greek pole vaulter

1988 – Yumi Kobayashi, Japanese fashion model

 

 

Deaths

399 – Pope Staint Siricius, reigned 384-99

666 – Yeon Gaesomun dictator of Goguryeo (other sources indicate death date as 664 or 665)

1126 – Al-Borsoki, emir of Aleppo-Mosoel, assassinated

1240 – Edmund Van Abingdon, archbishop of Canterbury/saint, dies

1326 – Hugh the younger Despenser, English knight (b. 1286)

1504 – Queen Isabella I of Castile (b. 1451)

1639 – John Spottiswoode, Scottish historian (b. 1565)

1651 – Henry Ireton, English gen/parliament leader (Marston Moor), dies at 40

1689 – Marquard Gude, German archaeologist (b. February 1, 1635)

1719 – John Hudson, British classical scholar (b. 1662)

1780 – James Denham Steuart, 4th Baronet, British economist (b. 1712)

 

 

 

1836 – John MacAdamBritish road builder (b. 1756)

 

 

 

 

 

1851 – Nicolas Jean de Dieu Soult, French marshal (b. 1769)

 

 

 

1883 – Sojourner Truthabolitionist/women’s rights advocatedies at 96

 

 

 

 

 

1885 – Thomas Andrews, Irish physicist/chemist (ozone), dies at 71

1896 – Emil du Bois-Reymond, German physician (b. 1818)

1926 – John M Brown, US weapons constructer, dies

1928 – Reinhard Scheer, German admiral (WW I), dies at 65

 

 

 

1943 – Edward H “Butch” O’HareUS pilot/lt-comdrdies in battle

 

 

 

 

 

1952 – Sven Hedin, Swedish explorer (b. 1865)

1956 – Tommy Dorsey, big bandleader, dies at 51

1965 – Wild Bill Elliott, cowboy actor (49’ers), dies of cancer at 60

 

 

 

1970 – Benjamin O Davis Sr, 1st black general, dies at 93 in Chicago(see UE 10/27 Events)

 

 

 

 

 

1971 – Joe Adonis, US crime-syndicate boss in NY & NJ, dies at 68

1987 – Thomas G Lanphier Jr, US WW II pilot, dies at 71

 

 

 

1991 – Ed HeinemannAmerican aircraft designer (Douglas Aircraftb. 1908)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1994 – David Bache, designer, dies at 69

1994 – Nimrod Workman, folksinger, dies at 99

1996 – Paul Rand, graphic designer, dies at 82

2002 – Verne Winchell, American doughnut entrepreneur (b. 1915)

 

 

 

2005 – Stan Berenstainchildren’s author, (d. 2005)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2006 – Dave Cockrum, American comic book artist (b. 1943)

2006 – Stephen Heywood, American builder (b. 1969)

2006 – Isaac Gálvez, Spanish procyclist (b. 1975)

 

 

 

2007 – Silvestre HerreraMexican-born American soldierMedal of Honor recipient. (b. 1917)

 

 

 

 

HERRERA, SILVESTRE S. Photo

 

 

 

 

2007 – Steve Fossett, American Aviator (b. 1944)

2008 – Edna Parker, American supercentenarian (b. 1893)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Researchers Uncover Government Spy Tool Used To Hack Telecoms And Belgian Cryptographer

 

 

Regin-Architecture

 

 

” It was the spring of 2011 when the European Commission discovered it had been hacked. The intrusion into the EU’s legislative body was sophisticated and widespread and used a zero-day exploit to get in. Once the attackers established a stronghold on the network, they were in for the long haul. They scouted the network architecture for additional victims and covered their tracks well. Eventually, they infected numerous systems belonging to the European Commission and the European Council before being discovered.

  Two years later another big target was hacked. This time it was Belgacom, the partly state-owned Belgian telecom. In this case, too, the attack was sophisticated and complex. According to published news reports and documents leaked by Edward Snowden, the attackers targeted system administrators working for Belgacom and used their credentials to gain access to routers controlling the telecom’s cellular network. Belgacom publicly acknowledged the hack, but has never provided details about the breach.

  Then five months after that announcement, news of another high-profile breach emerged—this one another sophisticated hack targeting prominent Belgian cryptographer Jean-Jacques Quisquater. “

 

 

 

 

 

” Now it appears that security researchers have found the massive digital spy tool used in all three attacks. Dubbed “Regin” by Microsoft, more than a hundred victims have been found to date, but there are likely many others still unknown. That’s because the espionage tool—a malicious platform capable of taking over entire networks and infrastructures—has been around since at least 2008, possibly even earlier, and is built to remain stealth on a system for years.

  The threat has been known since at least 2011, around the time the EU was hacked and some of the attack files made their way to Microsoft, who added detection for the component to its security software. Researchers with Kaspersky Lab only began tracking the threat in 2012, collecting bits and pieces of the massive threat. Symantec began investigating it in 2013 after some of its customers were infected. Putting together information from each, it’s clear the platform is highly complex and modulated and can be customized with a wide range of capabilities depending on the target and the attackers’ needs. Researchers have found 50 payloads so far for stealing files and other data, but have evidence that still more exist.

“ It’s a threat that everyone has detected for some time, but no one has exposed [until now],” says Eric Chien, technical director of Symantec’s Security Technology and Response division.

  The researchers have no doubt that Regin is a nation-state tool and are calling it the most sophisticated espionage machine uncovered to date—more complex even than the massive Flame platform, uncovered by Kaspersky and Symantec in 2012 and crafted by the same team who created Stuxnet. “

 

The whole story may be read at Wired

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2,500 New Documents ID’d In White House-IRS Taxpayer Harassment Cases

 

 

” In a shocking revelation, the Treasury Inspector General has identified some 2,500 documents that “potentially” show taxpayer information held by the Internal Revenue Service being shared with President Obama’s White House.

  The discovery was revealed to the group Cause of Action, which has sued for access to any of the documents. It charges that the IRS and White House have harassed taxpayers.

  In an email from the Justice Department’s tax office, an official revealed the high number of documents, suggesting that the White House was hip deep in probes of taxpayers, likely including conservatives and Tea Party groups associated with the IRS scandal.

  In requesting a delay in the delivery date of the documents, Justice told Cause of Action, “The agency [Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration] has located 2,500 potentially responsive documents and anticipates being able to finish processing 2,000 of these pages by the December 1 date. It needs the additional two weeks to deal with the last 500 pages to determine if they are responsive and make any necessary withholdings.”

 

Thanks to Paul Bedard at the Washington Examiner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ferguson Woman Slams Protesters: They’ve Ruined The Community, It Will Now Be A ‘Ghost Town’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Following the announcement that Officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted by a Missouri grand jury, riots broke out in the city of Ferguson, MO.

  Sara Sidner of CNN interviewed one local resident, who expressed her concern for Ferguson’s future.

“ I mean, this is crazy,” the resident said.  “I mean, the business didn’t do anything. If they were going to do something, get the right people, if they have to do it.

  When asked what she thought would happen to her community, the resident was pessimistic.

“ They’re not going to rebuild,” the resident said. “It’s going to be like a ghost town pretty soon.” “

 

Thanks to Washington Free Beacon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Of The Most Disturbing Pictures And Videos From The Ferguson Rioting Last Night

 

 

Looting Selfie

 

 

 

 

” * Some idiot doing a “Looting selfie,” courtesy of Twitchy. “

 

 

Right Wing News has the rest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Employee Fired After Posting Pictures Of DHS Vehicles Parked In Hotel Parking Lot

 

 

 

 

 

 

” What happens in public isn’t afforded an expectation of privacy — unless you’re the Department of Homeland Security. The DHS is all about shutting down people taking photos in, around or of public structures. According to the many piles of useless paperwork compiled by the many useless Fusion Centers, the most effective terrorist weapon is any device that captures still images or video.

  The nation is loaded with phone-wielding terrorists. But thanks to the swift corrective action applied by a former Secret Service agent and the multi-billion dollar agency, guests at the Drury Park Plaza Hotel in Chesterfield, Missouri, are safe from the terrorist activity of 28-year-old US Navy veteran (and now, former hotel Houseman) Mark Paffrath.

  Mark says that on Thursday after work he snapped 2 photographs and a short video of several dozen Homeland Security vehicles in the parking garage. He then uploaded them to his Facebook page. In his post he writes “why are all the cop cars here…I wonder if it has anything to do with Ferguson”, he also included the hashtags #Ferguson #NoJusticeNoPeace.

Hooray for the First Amendment! … oh, wait.

  On Friday, shortly after arriving to work at the Drury Plaza Hotel, Mark stated that he was called to the office of Jeff Baker, the General Manager. Upon arriving Mr. Baker advised Mark that he needed to remove the photos and video from Facebook. Mark immediately complied and removed the post. Mark then continued and finished his shift.

  A private company decides to insert itself into a situation where no one — not even the DHS — needed to step in. Having achieved its goal of suppression, one would think the story ends here. But it doesn’t.”

 

TechDirt has the scoop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting Fired Is Mission: Impossible For Federal Bureaucrats In The Obama Era

 

 

 

 

” Federal managers have fired fewer bad employees each year since President Obama took office.

  Fewer than 4,900 career civil servants were fired in fiscal year 2013 out of 1.4 million — about one out of every every 300 employees — according to Office of Personnel Management data.

  The figures were 5,700 in 2010, 5,500 in 2011, and 5,200 in 2012. Only partial data was available for fiscal 2014, but it was on track for 4,800, the lowest in recent memory.

  There are also about 7,700 senior executives in the federal government, who are held to a higher standard than those in the General Schedule rank and file.

  But only five in the Senior Executive Service were fired in 2012, seven in 2013 and none in the first half of 2014.

  Both of Congress’ new top bureaucracy watchers — Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis. — have identified the inability to get rid of bad federal employees as a top reform target.”

 

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Poll: Latino Voters Want More, More, More

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A new poll of Latino voters finds that most want President Obama to issue more executive orders to cover all illegal immigrants and protect them from deportation if Congress doesn’t agree to comprehensive immigration reform.

  The Latino Decisions survey found that 73 percent of the 405 registered voters polled want “additional executive orders” to protect immigrant workers not impacted by Obama’s decision last week targeted at four to five million parents facing deportation.

“ We would prefer much more,” said Oscar Chacon, executive director of the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities.

  He added that 2016 presidential candidates should be welcoming to immigrants or face a voter backlash. “We will make sure that it is a central issue in the coming election,” he said.

  The poll, conducted on behalf of Presente.org and Mi Familia Vota, also found that 64 percent of the Latino voters know “somebody who is an undocumented immigrant.” Some 42 percent said that they were both a friend and a family member.

  Obama’s move won overwhelming support from those polled, with 89 percent supporting it strongly or somewhat strongly.

“ This 89 percent is the highest and most unified we have ever found,” said Matt Barreto, co-founder of Latino Decisions.

  Republicans took a big hit in the poll, with most, 64 percent, blaming Republicans for inaction on immigration reform. “

 

 

    Given the oft-stated fact that we all came from immigrants at one time or another , which is true , we still cannot recall any of our immigrant fore-bearers either expecting or receiving the kind of special treatment now deemed to be deserved by the latest influx of foreigners . Since when is everyone “entitled” to citizenship ?

More on the Latino Bloc’s ever-growing demands at the Washington Examiner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Fiscal Cost Of Unlawful Immigrants And Amnesty To The U.S. Taxpayer

 

 

Immigration Costs 2013 - Table 4

 

” Unlawful immigration and amnesty for current unlawful immigrants can pose large fiscal costs for U.S. taxpayers. Government provides four types of benefits and services that are relevant to this issue:

  • Direct benefits. These include Social Security, Medicare, unemployment insurance, and workers’ compensation.
  • Means-tested welfare benefits. There are over 80 of these programs which, at a cost of nearly $900 billion per year, provide cash, food, housing, medical, and other services to roughly 100 million low-income Americans. Major programs include Medicaid, food stamps, the refundable Earned Income Tax Credit, public housing, Supplemental Security Income, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
  • Public education. At a cost of $12,300 per pupil per year, these services are largely free or heavily subsidized for low-income parents.
  • Population-based services. Police, fire, highways, parks, and similar services, as the National Academy of Sciences determined in its study of the fiscal costs of immigration, generally have to expand as new immigrants enter a community; someone has to bear the cost of that expansion.

  The cost of these governmental services is far larger than many people imagine. For example, in 2010, the average U.S. household received $31,584 in government benefits and services in these four categories.

  The governmental system is highly redistributive. Well-educated households tend to be net tax contributors: The taxes they pay exceed the direct and means-tested benefits, education, and population-based services they receive. For example, in 2010, in the whole U.S. population, households with college-educated heads, on average, received $24,839 in government benefits while paying $54,089 in taxes. The average college-educated household thus generated a fiscal surplus of $29,250 that government used to finance benefits for other households.

  Other households are net tax consumers: The benefits they receive exceed the taxes they pay. These households generate a “fiscal deficit” that must be financed by taxes from other households or by government borrowing. For example, in 2010, in the U.S. population as a whole, households headed by persons without a high school degree, on average, received $46,582 in government benefits while paying only $11,469 in taxes. This generated an average fiscal deficit (benefits received minus taxes paid) of $35,113.

  The high deficits of poorly educated households are important in the amnesty debate because the typical unlawful immigrant has only a 10th-grade education. Half of unlawful immigrant households are headed by an individual with less than a high school degree, and another 25 percent of household heads have only a high school degree.

  Some argue that the deficit figures for poorly educated households in the general population are not relevant for immigrants. Many believe, for example, that lawful immigrants use little welfare. In reality, lawful immigrant households receive significantly more welfare, on average, than U.S.-born households. Overall, the fiscal deficits or surpluses for lawful immigrant households are the same as or higher than those for U.S.-born households with the same education level. Poorly educated households, whether immigrant or U.S.-born, receive far more in government benefits than they pay in taxes. “

 

Read the entire study at Heritage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obama Leads Democrats Back To The Wilderness

 

 

 

” For all of the hysteria leading to President Obama’s immigration executive order, it turned out to be much ado about little. Except that Obama just dispersed the remaining asset so desperately needed by the Democrats in 2016, perhaps beyond.

  Of course the hysteria was justified when reckoning Obama’s constitutional by-pass. Yet at the same time overwrought, when his action is seen as mere feather-puffing exhibitionism in his habitual pattern of statutory abuse throughout his entire presidency.

  Obama’s willful refusal to enforce boarder security, five years pre-dating this EO, deliberately nullifying our nation’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, is ground enough for Republicans to formally charge the president with failing to uphold the Constitution. What’s new this time around?

  Nothing in this EO affects the reality on the ground.  More fouette than grand jete, and the timing for its narrow spin gives Republicans ample time for a proper grand pas….

  Obama’s EO is tepid impotent dishwater, hardly worth interrupting the Republicans’ early trek over the river and through the woods to Grandma’s house for Thanksgiving.  Jumping up and down in protest might burn off a few stuffing and apple tart calories; but don’t tear an ACL doing it.

Border security couldn’t get much worse, absent constructing multiple EZpass fast lanes. Genuine deportations (as opposed to turning back people at the border) are already laughably low as interior enforcement actions are fewer than arrests from border patrol interdictions — as rare as even they seem to be — barely exceeding the number of tailgaters at a couple of SEC college football games this past Saturday.

  And as we see from the DOJ prioritization of targeting illegals for deportation, Obama’s decree merely restates his status quo de facto amnesty style pardon of drug dealers, sex abusers, gun offenders, and drunk drivers.

  They weren’t getting deported before now anyhow…as the Center for Immigration Studies reported a year ago:

  • ICE is carrying a case load of 1.8 million aliens who are either in removal proceedings or have already been ordered removed. Less than two percent are in detention, which is the only proven way to ensure departure.
  • As of the end of July 2013 there were 872,000 aliens – nearly half of ICE’s total docket – who had been ordered removed but who had not left the country.
  • The State Department continues to issue tens of thousands of visas annually to citizens of countries that refuse to take back their countrymen who are ordered removed from the United States. Many of these are violent criminals. “

 

Read more at American Thinker

Illustration by Glenn Foden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Case You Haven’t Heard A Oklahoma Teen Boy Bragged About Raping Someone And No One Is Doing Anything About It

 

 

 

 

” The teenage boy in question is named Tristen Cole Killman. From the reports on other blogging sites, this is basically what happened. 

  Tristen Cole Killman has allgedly raped 3 girls at Norman High School in Oklahoma. Since this issue has been taken to social media, these girls have since been bullied by classmates and even have been kicked out of school.

  The victims are between 14 and 16 years old. The first victim is a 16 year old girl and was raped in January but did not come out until after. The second victim was allegedly raped on September 19th and is 16 years old. This rape is the one in which there is a video of and he admits to it in another video. The third victim is a 14 year old girl and was raped 4 days after the second.

  The school’s reasoning for kicking these girls out? “Disseminating a video of Tristen penetrating one of the alleged rape victims.” YEA, you read that correctly, THERE IS A VIDEO OF HIM RAPING THE GIRL!

  Though the local law enforcement says that it is “actively” investigating these chargers, Tristen continues to walk free. 

  This small-town issue has been brought to the forefront of feminist bloggers because of the actions of the Norman feminist knitting club. According to them, the teenage girls have been attacked through social media by classmates for speaking out. Like many other schools, Norman High School has a “strict” anti-bullying policy that includes cyberbullying. So, why did they kick the girls out for shaming their rapist and nothing has been done to those who have been bullying them and actually breaking a school code of conduct. The bullying of the first victim, started roughly after the assault. Tristen, who had shot the video of him raping the first victim in September, traveled fast through the school.

  Now, from my understanding, this video was even marketed as rape. A student, after seeing the video, went up to the victim and said “I hear you love being raped in the ass.” Like WHAT?! This is how bad our rape culture is, that students have seen a video that is even shown as rape and decide to harass the victim and not the rapist!! “

 

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Originally posted on Rare:

GQ magazine recently put together a list of the least influential people for 2014. Names like Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Texas Governor Rick Perry pepper the list. Yet they don’t finish as high as President Barack Obama.

President Obama checks in at number two this year, just below Bono and rock band U2 who released a critically panned album for free to millions of iTunes users.

Of Obama, GQ criticized his long vacation to Martha’s Vineyard while the country dealt with Ferguson, Missouri and the Islamic State, and his many trips to the golf course.

“Why are you still on Martha’s Vineyard?! Missouri is BURNING. Putin is conquering Europe. The CDC is playing nude Twister with Ebola patients. U2 is forcing bad songs on everyone. The NSA won’t stop watching me masturbate. I need you ON THIS,” the magazine joked.

“Are you even president anymore? When Obama got blasted…

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-21-14

 

 

National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

 

 

 

 

 

” Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, November 21, 2014:

  • Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina: The attorney general’s office said a now-former police officer has been indicted on charges of embezzlement by a grand jury. ly/EH2dS
  • Dupont, Pennsylvania: A police officer is under investigation by the county District Attorney’s office for a “systemic abuse of authority.” A range of examples was cited; the DA believes the officer did not act properly, from issuing unlawful traffic citations to failing to investigate a stabbing, a DUI and other cases. ly/EGQ0P
  • Oakwood, Ohio: A now-former police officer accused of stealing nearly $100,000 from the police lodge where he was treasurer has been charged with grand theft. ly/EGD4Z
  • Buffalo, New York: A police officer has been charged with taking $130 from a woman’s pocketbook while on duty. ly/EGhDL
  • New York, New York: Two police officers were entering pitch-black stairwell of a building one of them with his sidearm drawn. The investigation’s leading theory described an instance of clumsiness on the part of the officer; officials say he accidentally shot his gun, killing an unarmed man in the stairwell. The officer was relieved of his gun and his badge. ly/EGdIb
  • Garden City, Idaho: A Garden City police officer has resigned from his department after a second DUI arrest. ly/EG3cW
  • Oconee County, South Carolina: A deputy was fired after he was charged with the assault and battery of a young child. “No one is above the law,” said the sheriff in a written statement. “Officers will not be treated any differently than any other resident of Oconee County and if allegations surface and are proven to be true, appropriate action will be taken.”ly/EFEPJ
  • Memphis, Tennessee: A Memphis police officer charged with second-degree murder for fatally shooting her wife has pled not guilty. She was also charged with attempted murder because she tried to shoot the woman’s 12-year-old son. ly/EFuJE “

 

 

 

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