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Tuesday, April 02, 2019

The Department of Homeland Security has disbanded a group of intelligence analysts who focused on domestic terrorism, The Daily Beast has learned. Numerous current and former DHS officials say they find the development concerning, as the threat of homegrown terrorism -- including white supremacist terrorism -- is growing. read more


Sunday, March 24, 2019

It started with a traveler from Israel, where measles has been raging for months, making nearly 3,000 people sick and killing at least two people. The person went to New York, where yet another outbreak is under way. And then they visited the Detroit area. read more


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Boeing's original 737 Max safety analysis, used by the FAA to certify the aircraft, may have had several serious flaws, according to a report from the Seattle Times. The problems revolved around a software system called MCAS, suspected to have contributed to the Lion Air and Air Ethiopia crashes that killed 346 people in total. Investigators are also looking at possible maintenance lapses and potential pilot error. The situation may have been compounded by FAA rules that allow aircraft manufacturers to do some of the certification themselves.


Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Keith Flint, a provocative frontman of British dance act The Prodigy who helped bring electronic music into America's mainstream, has died at the age of 49. No cause of death was confirmed, though bandmate Liam Howlett wrote on Monday morning that "our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend." ... Flint was the face of "Firestarter," The Prodigy's 1996 anthem that is often credited with popularizing dance music in the U.S., at least among alternative rock fans. The rave anthem, powered by a menacing MTV video starring a flamboyant Flint in a stars-and-stripes sweater, reached No. 30 on the Billboard Hot 100. read more


Friday, March 01, 2019

City workers in Germany have seized a family's pedigreed pet pug and sold the animal over eBay to cover the debts of its owners, including an unpaid dog tax. Frank Merschhausm, spokesman for the city of Ahlen, told NPR in an email that the seizure of "the valuable pet" was "legally permissible," because of open claims by the city's treasury office. read more


Comments

#15 | Posted by sitzkrieg

For some reason I thought you were in IT. Anyhow you shouldn't be so naive. Run Ghostery as a plugin and see what they are tracking on you. I don't work in Web Marketing and Data Gathering anymore but you need to know it is FAR more than freaking access logs. Every site has trackers that people have built collection gathering and information delivering tools behind. Even some of you less sophisticated sites are gathering information and tracking your interests. They are not only using it for their purposes in delivering a quality experience to you but typically they ARE selling the data they have collected or the service they are using is doing it. Smaller site owners often form groups to leverage the information they have to generate revenue streams - i.e. bump up the pay they get on ads.

The Facebook sign in, Google sign in, etc are other ways to track more about you IF you have signed up with them and opted to allow them to track you. Is someone ONLY uses those methods of sign in I will never buy from them and there are sites I have stumbled on that are setup that way. Those companies are trying to maximize their revenue on your purchase.

I mean do you use Chrome? Safari? IE/Edge? You are being tracked by the software creator. Chrome in particular.

The information in commercial databases dwarfs what the government has on you. As Lamp suggested Cell phone numbers are increasingly used because they are VERY good at tracking people today. Not many people change cell numbers not to mention all the time. With portability for carriers and geographic "independence" of cell numbers there is no reason to change a number all the time unless you don't pay your bill or have a dispute with the carrier. I have had my number for 18 years.

Lamplighter is ABSOLUTELY correct in that people should have a right to control the collected information about them and even if you don't use the internet at all that information is being collected and passed around and stitched together by 3rd parties. The EU law that went into effect last year was a disrupter. But people will still opt in because you can't use a site without allowing them to track you.

As far as that goes - look at people giving away their DNA now to "learn about themselves". STUPID. Especially given they are not reporting to you accurately what superficial knowledge people are looking for.

#11 | Posted by JeffJ

I definitely see where you are coming from and it will certainly be played out. But the youth don't care and you can't underestimate their voting power. Boomers are getting older and turnout goes down once you hit 75ish and it goes down fast. The youth overwhelmingly voted for Hillary over Trump even with the populists that went over to Trump. Those Trump voters are mostly disenfranchised now. Honestly it didn't make sense to me they went to Trump in the first place.

BTW Here's a nice synopsis on the Sander's honeymoon - Politifact on Sander's Honeymoon. Bernie knew communism wasn't the solution. I know that from reading his book so at least that is what he was implying IMHO.

Also don't forget that at that time American's in general were tired of the Cold War. And new cracks in the Eastern Bloc/Warsaw Pact were forming everyday. In 1980 in Poland Lech Wałęsa became the de-facto leader of the Polish opposition through the general strike and Gdańsk Agreement that legitimized Solidarity as a legally recognized trade union group. At their Communist Summit meeting in Moscow the communist leaders wanted immediate military intervention in Poland as had happened in the past. Poland wanted to deal with the matter internally and with Jimmy Carter and President-elect Ronald Reagan making calls to Brezhnev the intervention was postponed. I was fascinated by all this as a youth because of my interest in WWII and it's aftermath as well as my extended family members who were escaping Poland and their stories.

Personally what I think is key about the visit is it was really at the beginning of the true end of Warsaw Pact communism by the time of Bernie's visit to the USSR. Negotiations were well under way to bring peace with the West and people were openly questioning communist rule even in the USSR. It's not like you can hold everyone accountable for the Gulag system even if they were in leadership under the Communists. You had to join the party to get ahead at all. The good jobs went to Communist party members period. My understanding is it was a formality more than anything else but yes many took it to heart.

Jeff,

You are normally a pretty reasonable person. I don't get your stance on this. That video is not "innocuous". Were her comments the best way to express what she was saying? No. I am not going to attempt to defend that. She needs to think about what she words she is using before she yaps. Frankly I am tired of her - she causes more damage than creating healing. BUT she is correct. The reaction was out sized AND STILL IS. The violence against Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs was real. Sikhs because door knobs think their turban means Muslim. Hindus because again the ignorance of those morons lashing out at innocent people.

I have many friends that are Middle Eastern or Central Asian. They are somewhat loath to talk about it for the most part but EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM has had irrational hatred thrown at them more than once no matter what their religion or if they were born here or not. That includes Middle Eastern Catholics. You still think the reaction is not out sized? I have seen it with my own eyes and I have stood up for people when they were just taking it.

All that said we know a significant portion of Trumps base is full of morons who's IQ doesn't pass the temperature on a nice summer day in Prudhoe Bay and their irrational hatred for Muslims has been fanned for a couple decades now... Soooo this was a deliberate act to rile them up and NOT innocuous when in context.

The Patriot Act and its Successors are a bane on our Constitutional Rights and a move to a Police State. They have been dis-proportionally used against Muslims - so far. BUT they are a potentially a threat by law enforcement against anyone who tries to exercise their rights to lock them away and torture them without communication or representation. They came for the Muslims... (remind you of anything?) Again - she chose her words incredibly poorly for someone who knows she is a politician in the spotlight but SHE IS RIGHT.

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