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For Father's Day

My father Bill, looking out over the farm where he lived for the last 57 years.

Happy Father's Day to all fathers.
Posted by The_jackalope | Sun Jun 18, 2017, 05:28 PM (14 replies)

Home from the Park

Posted by The_jackalope | Sun Jun 18, 2017, 12:48 PM (2 replies)

Silence of the Lamb's Ear

Posted by The_jackalope | Sun Jun 18, 2017, 11:50 AM (4 replies)

Some street photography

Although I don't adhere to any particular school or aesthetic, I consider all my work to be "street photography" for the simple reason that it's all done while walking here or there. That applies to the flower photos I posted in my intro as well as more typical "street shots" like these.

Pigeon Man, Ottawa


Already a Star

Sartorial Monks

Practice in the Park
Posted by The_jackalope | Sat Jun 17, 2017, 01:45 PM (9 replies)

A couple of shots to introduce myself

Purple Clarity


I've been shooting since 1968. Most of my past work has been photojournalism, but now I've shifted my focus from "la condition humaine" to simple beauty.

Technical info: Nikon D7100. The top shot was done with a Nikkor 70-200mm f4. The bottom shot was with a Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art which is my favorite lens at this point. Photoshop as required.
Posted by The_jackalope | Fri Jun 16, 2017, 10:10 AM (15 replies)

Buzzfeed: From Russia With Blood


The London square was still and cold when the body fell, dropping silently through the moonlight and landing with a thud. Impaled through the chest on the spikes of a wrought iron fence, it dangled under the streetlamps as blood spilled onto the pavement. Overhead, a fourth-floor window stood open, the lights inside burning.

The dead man was Scot Young. The one-time multimillionaire and fixer to the world’s super-rich had been telling friends, family, and the police for years that he was being targeted by a team of Russian hitmen – ever since his fortune vanished overnight in a mysterious Moscow property deal. He was the ninth in a circle of friends and business associates to die in suspicious circumstances. But when the police entered his penthouse that night, they didn’t even dust for fingerprints. They declared his death a suicide on the spot and closed the case.

A two-year investigation by BuzzFeed News has now uncovered explosive evidence pointing to Russia that the police overlooked. A massive trove of documents, phone records, and secret recordings shows Young was part of a circle of nine men, including the exiled oligarch Boris Berezovsky, who all died suspiciously on British soil after making powerful enemies in Russia. The files reveal that Young lived in the shadow of the Russian security services and mafia groups after fronting for Berezovsky – a sworn enemy of the state – in a series of deals that enraged the Kremlin, including the doomed Russian property deal known as Project Moscow. British police declared the deaths of all nine men in Berezovsky’s circle non-suspicious, but BuzzFeed News can now reveal that MI6, Britain’s secret intelligence service, asked its US counterparts for information about each one of them “in the context of assassinations”.

Earlier this week, we revealed that US spy agencies had handed the British government high-grade intelligence that the Russian whistleblower Alexander Perepilichnyy, who died in Surrey in 2012, was likely assassinated on the direct orders of the Kremlin – but the authorities sidelined that and other evidence pointing to murder, instead declaring that he had died of natural causes. Today, we can reveal that US intelligence officials suspect a further 13 people – including Berezovsky and eight members of his circle – have been assassinated on British soil by Russia’s security services or mafia groups, two forces that sometimes work in tandem.
Posted by The_jackalope | Fri Jun 16, 2017, 09:39 AM (1 replies)

Meme: Mueller Time

Please share.
Posted by The_jackalope | Fri Jun 16, 2017, 06:41 AM (2 replies)

Trump is currently working on his next book:

"The Art of the Ordeal"

h/t to Mrs. Jackalope.
Posted by The_jackalope | Wed Jun 14, 2017, 11:09 AM (1 replies)

Who had their own phone legally tapped to collect evidence?

And then a government request to extend the monitoring after it was shut off was denied? Curious?

Here's the case, with identities redacted.


There is an unsubstantiated report that the "witness" in question was none other than James Comey, who was collecting evidence on Donald, Donald Jr. and Eric. If that report is even close to true it's the most galactically incredible story I've ever read, and I read a LOT of SF when I was a kid. Comey may have essentially had himself wired - had his own phone legally tapped so he could record Trump et al. Trump should definitely think twice about firing Bobby Three Sticks.

Lordy, maybe there ARE tapes!
Posted by The_jackalope | Tue Jun 13, 2017, 09:05 AM (29 replies)

U.S. Power Companies Warned Nightmare Cyber Weapon Already Causing Blackouts

U.S. Power Companies Warned ‘Nightmare’ Cyber Weapon Already Causing Blackouts

Seven minutes before midnight last Dec. 17, a bomb of sorts went off in a high-voltage substation north of Kiev.

But if you were standing outside the 20 acres of gleaming metal transformers and coils, you wouldn’t have heard a bang or seen a flash. It wasn’t that kind of bomb. It was a piece of malicious software that had been hiding in a control-room computer miles away, waiting for the right time to reveal itself. At 11:53 p.m., the logic bomb transmitted a staccato burst of pre-programmed commands to the substation, popping one circuit breaker after another until a strip of houses in and around western Kiev were plunged into darkness.

Technicians responded to the Pivnichna substation and took the circuit breakers off computer control, restoring power a little after 1 a.m. It was only the second confirmed case of a computer attack triggering an electrical blackout, and compared to the first, 12 months earlier—also in Ukraine—it was a fizzle, affecting far fewer customers and for a fraction of the time. In the six months since the Kiev attack, security researchers have wondered why the hackers even bothered with such a fleeting disruption and speculated that someone was using Ukraine as a testing ground for a more serious attack.

Now that dark assessment seems to be confirmed. Researchers at two security companies on Monday announced they’ve finally found and analyzed the malware that triggered the Kiev blackout, and it’s far worse than imagined. The computer code, dubbed “CrashOverride” by Maryland-based Dragos, and “Industroyer” by ESET in Slovakia, is a genuine cyber weapon that can map out a power station’s control network and, with minimal human guidance, issue malicious commands directly to critical equipment. Only once before has the world seen malware designed for such sabotage, with the 2010 Stuxnet virus used against Iran’s nuclear program. CrashOverride is the first to target civilians and the first such malware built to target a nation’s power supply.

It’s unclear who created CrashOverrride. Both ESET and Dragos say it was built from scratch, leaving none of the usual fingerprints that allow analysts to link one hacking campaign to another. Ukraine has faced a near-biblical plague of cyberattacks since entering into hostilities with Russia three years ago, and many have led unequivocally to Moscow. But not so with CrashOverride. The only thing that’s certain, says security researcher Robert Lee, CEO of Dragos, is that the malware wasn’t built as a one-time weapon. It’s designed from the ground up to be easily reconfigured for a variety of targets and contains some payloads that weren’t even fired off in the Kiev attack.

“It’s a nightmare,” Lee said. “The malware in its current state would be usable for every power plant in Europe. This is a framework designed to target other places.”
Posted by The_jackalope | Mon Jun 12, 2017, 12:21 PM (9 replies)
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