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About Me

A Reformed Republican who has seen evil and shook its hand. (Nixon) He now spends his time trying to change the world for the better.

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Today is the NRA's birthday

Let's give them our thoughts and prayers

National security aide headed for exit after clash with Melania Trump's office

Source: CNN

Reflecting the fast-moving nature of the events, soon after a Wall Street Journal report surfaced Tuesday afternoon alleging Ricardel was fired and escorted off the White House grounds, a senior White House official denied the story to reporters.

The official said Ricardel was still in her office Tuesday afternoon. The official declined to speculate further about Ricardel's future in the administration.

Her departure would leave national security adviser John Bolton without one of his key allies in the administration, a deputy who has also shared his penchant for bureaucratic infighting.

It was those sharp elbows that sources said led to the first lady's stinging statement, with Ricardel most recently feuding with members of the first lady's staff over her trip to Africa. One person familiar with the matter said Ricardel quarreled with the first lady's staff over seating on the plane and use of National Security Council resources.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/13/politics/melania-trump-mira-ricardel/index.html

Another to add to Rachel's wall...

To hell with politics, I'm enjoying the Hawks today!

They are looking so good. I just wish Steve Rabel was doing the play by play.

I have had it with my godson this week

He spent a few months paralyzed years ago and has since recovered. He loves to pick fights-- gun rights, far right bull shit, all the usual tRumpian crap. Problem is, he lost his job a year ago for being a far RW a-hole. Ever since, he has said that he is handicapped, even though no doctor will confirm that.

Now he has taken to attacking local businesses for not allowing his "service dog" and is trying to collect money from them by extortion to make up for not having a job. I am tired of hearing about what this asshole is doing in my community, and I'm tired of having my friends tell me about all his shit show.

I could go on, but I'm almost ready to call my attorney and let him deal with this shit for me. I'm open to alternatives, particularly from attorneys. My main concern is my family name, and this is a small community where we all know the relationships even if the names are different.


Gab forced offline over apparent tie to Pittsburgh synagogue shooter

Source: Ars Technica

Gab, a "free speech" alternative to Twitter that's popular with the far right, has been shut down after losing service from a number of mainstream technology platforms, including PayPal, Joyent, Medium, and GoDaddy.

"Gab is under attack," the company's home page now reads. "We have been systematically no-platformed by App Stores, multiple hosting providers, and several payment processors." Gab is working to get back online using new service providers.

The attacks on Gab follow revelations that the man accused of Saturday's deadly mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh appeared to be a regular Gab user. An account with his name was "rife with anti-refugee, anti-Semitic and white supremacist posts," according to the Washington Post. One post complained about a "kike infestation."

The account's final post referred to the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, which works to resettle refugees in the United States: "HIAS likes to bring invaders in that kill our people. I canít sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, Iím going in.Ē

Read more: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/10/gab-forced-offline-over-apparent-tie-to-pittsburgh-synagogue-shooter/

At last- tech businesses with a (belated) conscience.

Go fund me- let's buy the Seahawks

OK, it's a long shot, but why should Green Bay be the only one?

I am so tired of the negative adverts coming from TX and other places

So many negative adverts-
Don't vote for her, she will spend all our money.
Don't vote for gun safety, we are safer just the way things are
Don't vote for that carbon tax, it's not fair
That doctor will tax your gas

To hell with this - I have a Netflix subscription.

DFT told Lesley Stahl what bugs him most

He kept mentioning "Baby" in a derogatory way. It came up three times.
So fly those baby balloons proudly!

The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies

Source: Bloomberg

In 2015, Amazon.com Inc. began quietly evaluating a startup called Elemental Technologies, a potential acquisition to help with a major expansion of its streaming video service, known today as Amazon Prime Video. Based in Portland, Ore., Elemental made software for compressing massive video files and formatting them for different devices. Its technology had helped stream the Olympic Games online, communicate with the International Space Station, and funnel drone footage to the Central Intelligence Agency. Elementalís national security contracts werenít the main reason for the proposed acquisition, but they fit nicely with Amazonís government businesses, such as the highly secure cloud that Amazon Web Services (AWS) was building for the CIA.

To help with due diligence, AWS, which was overseeing the prospective acquisition, hired a third-party company to scrutinize Elementalís security, according to one person familiar with the process. The first pass uncovered troubling issues, prompting AWS to take a closer look at Elementalís main product: the expensive servers that customers installed in their networks to handle the video compression. These servers were assembled for Elemental by Super Micro Computer Inc., a San Jose-based company (commonly known as Supermicro) thatís also one of the worldís biggest suppliers of server motherboards, the fiberglass-mounted clusters of chips and capacitors that act as the neurons of data centers large and small. In late spring of 2015, Elementalís staff boxed up several servers and sent them to Ontario, Canada, for the third-party security company to test, the person says.

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Nested on the serversí motherboards, the testers found a tiny microchip, not much bigger than a grain of rice, that wasnít part of the boardsí original design. Amazon reported the discovery to U.S. authorities, sending a shudder through the intelligence community. Elementalís servers could be found in Department of Defense data centers, the CIAís drone operations, and the onboard networks of Navy warships. And Elemental was just one of hundreds of Supermicro customers.

During the ensuing top-secret probe, which remains open more than three years later, investigators determined that the chips allowed the attackers to create a stealth doorway into any network that included the altered machines. Multiple people familiar with the matter say investigators found that the chips had been inserted at factories run by manufacturing subcontractors in China.

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-10-04/the-big-hack-how-china-used-a-tiny-chip-to-infiltrate-america-s-top-companies

Wow- this is a really f-ed up thing. A Security Failure that got into the computer supply chain for the CIA and others.
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