Until adults start leading and acting like adults, we are just spinning our wheels. There is no perfect political party, no perfect way to peel a banana, and no perfect person. Adults insulting each other and cramming political views in our ears in a constant barrage of ‘the world is ending,’ is only making the kids in our society more stressed and angry.
The U.S. National Security Agency knew for at least two years about a flaw in the way that many websites send sensitive information, now dubbed the Heartbleed bug, and regularly used it to gather critical intelligence, two people familiar with the matter said.
The NSA’s decision to keep the bug secret in pursuit of national security interests threatens to renew the rancorous debate over the role of the government’s top computer experts.
Heartbleed appears to be one of the biggest glitches in the Internet’s history, a flaw in the basic security of as many as two-thirds of the world’s websites. Its discovery and the creation of a fix by researchers five days ago prompted consumers to change their passwords, the Canadian government to suspend electronic tax filing and computer companies including Cisco Systems Inc. to Juniper Networks Inc. to provide patches for their systems.
Putting the Heartbleed bug in its arsenal, the NSA was able to obtain passwords and other basic data that are the building blocks of the sophisticated hacking operations at the core of its mission, but at a cost. Millions of ordinary users were left vulnerable to attack from other nations’ intelligence arms and criminal hackers.
“It flies in the face of the agency’s comments that defense comes first,” said Jason Healey, director of the cyber statecraft initiative at the Atlantic Council and a former Air Force cyber officer. “They are going to be completely shredded by the computer security community for this.”
Brightwater Wastewater Treatment Center just started advertising on Facebook about its availability as a wedding venue.
"Need a place to party? With a full catering kitchen, state-of-the-art AV equipment, dance floor, ample parking, beautiful outdoor grounds, and room for up to 260 people, our LEED Platinum certified Brightwater Center has everything you need for your wedding reception or special event," said the Facebook post.
"The natural area that is around it is beautiful, we can have outside weddings as well," said Susan Tallarico, director of Brightwater Environmental Education & Community Center.
The weddings or wedding receptions would take place at the Brightwater Center, just steps away from where raw sewage is processed.
"I know, who would’ve thought?" said Tallarico.
Even though the facility was finished in 2011, it has only been available to rent for about seven months.
Brightwater charges $2,000 to rent the indoor section of the Brightwater Center for eight hours.
I feel compelled to take personal responsibility for all the evil that some priests, many – many in number, (although) not in comparison with the totality – to assume personal responsibility and to ask forgiveness for the damage caused by the sexual abuse of the children. The church is aware of this damage. We don’t want to take a step back in dealing with this problem and the sanctions that must be imposed. On the contrary, I think we must be even stronger! You don’t play around with the lives of children.
During the 2012 presidential election, voters reportedly waited on line for upwards of six hours. That wait alone is enough to deter would-be voters from going to the polls. But now residents in Florida’s most populous county will have another disincentive: they won’t be able to go to the bathroom.
Earlier this year, the Miami-Dade County Elections Department quietly implemented a policy to close the bathrooms at all polling facilities, according to disability rights lawyer Marc Dubin. Dubin said the policy change was in “direct response” to an inquiry to the Elections Department about whether they had assessed accessibility of polling place bathrooms to those with disabilities.
“I was expecting them to say either yes we have or yes we will,” Dubin said.
Instead, he received a written response announcing that the county would close all restrooms at polling places “to ensure that individuals with disabilities are not treated unfairly,” a January email stated. “[T]he Department’s policy is not to permit access to restrooms at polling sites on election days,” Assistant County Attorney Shanika Graves said in a Feb. 14 email….
Dubin said he was “shocked” at this response, and not just because it suppresses the vote for everybody. The Americans with Disabilities Act also requires entities to make “reasonable accommodations” to those with disabilities. For those with a number of conditions, including diabetics and those taking diuretics, closing the restroom will make standing in that line impossible, and thus discriminate against disabled voters.
After Detroit tested the first 10% of its backlogged kits, authorities were able to link cases to 46 serial rapists.
More from the article:
States across the country are proposing and enacting legislation to tackle the estimated 400,000 untested rape kits nationwide.
Only three states –Texas, Colorado, and Illinois – have laws in place requiring states to account for the number of untested rape kits in their possession. But another 17 have proposed new legislation aiming to stem the backlog, including requiring crime labs and precincts to keep an inventory and capping the amount of time in which a kit can be tested.
Law enforcement agencies say that the backlog is a result of a shortage of resources, personnel and funding. Testing each kit can cost at least $500 and up to $1,500 and some kits are considered low-priority or unnecessary, for instance in cases where the victim knows his or her assailant.
But evidence over the past decade shows that the smaller the backlog, the greater the number of prosecutions in rape cases.
According to End The Backlog, an advocacy program affiliated with a non-profit founded by Law & Order star Mariska Hargitay, New York City’s arrest rate for rape cases went from 40% to 70% after the state eliminated its 17,00-kit backlog in 2003.
Russia has intensified its espionage efforts in Sweden to include war preparations, Swedish security service Säpo warned on Monday.
"The most serious threat we see right now is war preparations," Säpo chief counter-intelligence analyst Wilhelm Unge said at a press conference on Monday.
While stressing that such preparations did not necessarily mean anything dramatic, he said: “It’s no secret that Russia is engaged in this. It’s a little bit worrying.”
Unge said Russia’s intensified interest in Sweden was evidenced by simulated flight attacks on Swedish targets as well as attempts to recruit spies, increased signals intelligence, and the purchase of a significant number of maps.
"If you weren’t carrying out war preparations against Sweden, you probably wouldn’t have any military intelligence here. The intelligence service is part of the Russian general staff and just the fact that they are here indicates some kind of intent," he said.
Has Kaspersky Lab discovered any new Stuxnet-like attacks?
Nothing like this. After that we saw attacks on institutions like Saudi Aramco, and South Korean financial services, but only on IT systems. In Russia there was an attack on their computer system which managed police speed cameras, shutting down the cameras, but not physical infrastructure damage. Technically it is possible to do, so I’m afraid it is a question of time. Just as with when we talked about possible malware for smartphones several years ago, it was a question of time, and now it is here.
What was the cyberwar component of the Russia-Ukraine dispute?
There were attacks on banks, media, political opponents. But I don’t believe the governments are involved. I think they are hacktivists—criminal patriots. It looks like kids playing with their botnets. I believe that if government is involved, it could lead to more serious damage, like an Internet blackout. But it was like a little noise. I don’t know why it wasn’t worse. It was far from being the worst-case scenario.
What are the leading computer security threats today? What about the “Internet of things”?
The first is that cybercriminals and espionage efforts are moving to the mobile arena more and more. The second is traditional criminal gangs infecting computer systems to support existing businesses, like hacking computers to report wrong data about the amount of coal loaded to trains. Report more than was physically loaded, and taking the coal. But overall, cybercriminals are still happy with Windows and Android. And if they recognize there is not enough work, they can easily infect Mac, Linux, Blackberry, and others.
If it runs on Android, malware can get on there by mistake. But the criminals are looking at not every device, but the most profitable devices or the ones that can help with traditional crime. Are there spies interested in the temperature of your house or the data in your fridge? Not really. But if your fridge is part of an Internet and you make online transactions to the supermarket with a credit card reader on the fridge, yes, why not?
We want for there to be a high number of rich people who function as a brake on government just as the nobles did on the crown in long ago England.
Ben Stein, not quite explaining who it sees as the “crown,” but apparently hoping to return to a feudal system of government and economy.
He goes on to say: “My humble observation is that most long-term poverty is caused by self-sabotage by individuals. Drug use. Drunkenness. Having children without a family structure. Gambling. Poor work habits. Disastrously unfortunate appearance. Above all, and counted in the preceding list, psychological problems (very much including basic laziness) cause people to be unemployed, have poor or no work habits, and enter and stay in poverty… Yes, the government designates many tens of millions as poor, but they almost always have indoor plumbing (which my mother did not have in her small town in the Catskills) and they are super nourished as opposed to mal-nourished. They get food stamps. They get free medical care. They get vouchers for many of the needs of life.”
Wielding signs and slogans, several hundred demonstrators rallied Monday to support beleaguered cattle rancher Cliven Bundy and his family in a turf battle against the federal government.
They had responded to an alert promising a new skirmish: “Range War begins at the Bundy ranch at 9:30 a.m. We’re going to get the job done!”
Bundy is battling with federal officials over his cattle’s grazing on 150 square miles of scrub desert overseen by the Bureau of Land Management. He has refused to pay BLM grazing fees since 1993, arguing in court filings that his Mormon ancestors worked the land long before the BLM was formed, giving him rights that predate federal involvement. His back fees exceed $300,000, he says.
Officials say Bundy is illegally running cattle in the 600,000-acre Gold Butte area, habitat of the federally protected desert tortoise. Last year, a federal court judge ruled that if the 68-year-old veteran rancher did not remove his cattle, they could be seized by the BLM. That seizure began Saturday.
Bundy and his supporters remain unbowed.
“We have hundreds of people here standing behind us,” said Bundy’s daughter Bailey Logue, 22, during a telephone interview Monday from the family ranch, as a rooster crowed in the background. “We’re letting these federal people know that the Bundy family is not the only ones who care what happens to this land.”
Federal authorities have closed off the Gold Butte area and are rounding up what they call “trespass cattle,” many of which belong to Bundy. By Monday, 134 cattle had been impounded, according to the BLM website.
"Cattle have been in trespass on public lands in southern Nevada for more than two decades. This is unfair to the thousands of other ranchers who graze livestock in compliance with federal laws and regulations throughout the West,” the BLM website announced. “The Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service have made repeated attempts to resolve this matter administratively and judicially. An impoundment of cattle illegally grazing on public lands is now being conducted as a last resort."