In October 2014, Romania sold 9,252 rocket-propelled grenades with lot number 12-14-451 to the US military. When it purchased the weapons, the US signed an end-use certificate stating that the munitions would be used by US forces and not sold to anyone else. In 2016, however, a video made by ISIS showed a crate of PG-9s with what appeared to be the lot number 12-14-451, captured from members of Jaysh Suriyah al-Jadid, a Syrian militia. Somehow, PG-9s from this very same shipment made their way to Iraq. According to a report in The WaPo, the US government secretly trained and armed Syrian rebels from 2013 until mid-2017, at which point the Trump administration discontinued the program -- in part over fears that US weapons were ending up in the wrong hands. The [US] government declined to comment on whether the US violated the terms of its end-user certificate and, by extension, failed to comply with the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty, of which it is one of 130 signatories.
Stephen Crowder found out the ideological bent of Alexa with a series of probing questions.
CROWDER: Alexa, who is the prophet Muhammad?
ALEXA: The prophet Muhammad is very wise prophet. He taught many people how to live. He had a wife called Aisha. He lived in Saudi Arabia. The message that he gave to the people is: "Pray to Allah; he is the only god," and he gave the holy [Quran]."
CROWDER: Okay, Alexa, who is the Lord Jesus Christ?
ALEXA: Jesus Christ is a fictional character.
[Note: a question about "Jesus Christ" merely called him the "Central figure in Christianity."]
Personal information belonging to about 57 million Uber customers and drivers was stolen by hackers last October, a breach the company kept hidden for a year and for which its chief security officer was fired this week. The stolen data included names, email addresses and phone numbers of 50 million Uber riders and 7 million drivers. The drivers' stolen information also included 600,000 US. drivers' license numbers, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in a statement. ... Bloomberg reported Tuesday afternoon that the company actually paid the hackers $100,000 to delete the data and keep mum about it. ... The New York State Office of the Attorney General has opened an investigation into the newly revealed breach, said press secretary Amy Spitalnick. read more
Some people are "traditionalists", some people enjoy regional fare, some stick with family/ethnic favorites, and others are expanding the spectrum of Thanksgiving dinner. What are you making?
Open mike night #2: on the now-defunct thread about SSNs, I responded to a post about issuance of a federal identity card. The closure of that thread precluded any further discussion, but I think it's warranted. Grab those thinking caps one more time, kids. read more