Friday, 23 March 2018

John Bolton was an early client of Cambridge Analytica.

quote [ John Bolton — the former U.S. ambassador and current Fox News pundit named to the NSA post Thursday — founded a political action committee and became one of Cambridge Analytica’s first customers in 2014, hiring the British data firm to gather and exploit the psychological profiles of millions of Facebook users, according to company documents and former employees who spoke to the New York Times. CA is now at the center of a widening scandal for Facebook over its handling of user data in the 2016 election. ]

Bolton is Dick Cheney on a 12 day meth fueled paranoia binge.
[SFW] [politics]
[by knumbknutz@5:22pmGMT] [1 comment]

The Modern Moloch

quote [ One of Motordom’s public relations gurus was a man named E. B. Lefferts, who put forth a radical idea: don’t blame cars, blame human recklessness. Lefferts and Motordom sought to exonerate the machine by placing the blame with individuals. ]

Fun fact: research proposes removing signposts makes for fewer accidents
[SFW] [environment & nature] [+1 Interesting]
[by Paracetamol@10:08amGMT] [0 comments]

America's Quietest Routes

quote [ Find the quietest routes in your state and get ready to hit the open road. ]

Well, I can hear the lonesome whistle moan
[SFW] [travel] [+2 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:13amGMT] [8 comments]

Thursday, 22 March 2018

"Going to the mattresses"

quote [ National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster To Leave White House ]

Well I guess this eliminates any doubt on what will happen with the Iran agreement. This is more than a Whitehouse shake up. This goes to his legal team and public strategy...we are now in a war footing...on all fronts

[SFW] [politics] [+1 WTF]
[by bbqkink@11:16pmGMT] [18 comments]

TV personality known for playing Bozo the Clown dies at 89

quote [ Longtime Boston television personality and entertainer Frank Avruch, who was the star of the popular children's TV program "Bozo the Clown," has died. He was 89.

Avruch died Tuesday at his Boston home from heart disease, his family said in a statement ]

In line with childhood-related deaths today.
[SFW] [obituaries] [+3 Informative]
[by damnit@10:08pmGMT] [5 comments]

Toys 'R' Us Founder Charles Lazarus Dies at 94

quote [ Charles Lazarus, who combined supermarket-style service with touches of whimsy in creating Toys “R” Us Inc., a longtime retail success that fought high debt and fierce competition and finally succumbed just last week, has died. He was 94. ]

I don't wanna grow up, cause maybe if I did
[SFW] [obituaries] [+2]
[by ScoobySnacks@9:44pmGMT] [2 comments]

Section 230: A Key Legal Shield For Facebook, Google Is About To Change

quote [ Today, this law still sits at the heart of a major question about the modern Internet: How much responsibility do online platforms have for how their users behave or get treated? ]

Brought to mind by some comments on 5th Earth's Bitcoin hidden links post. Not exactly the same legal issue, but something to mull.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+1 Interesting]
[by Hugh E.@9:37pmGMT] [0 comments]

Trump attorney John Dowd resigns amid shake-up in president’s legal team

quote [ His departure comes as Trump has sought new additions to his team dealing with the special counsel investigation. ]

Well now. Just when I thought it was going to be a quiet drizzly day here...
[SFW] [politics] [+6]
[by knumbknutz@4:09pmGMT] [3 comments]

Bitcoin contains links to child pornography

quote [ The Bitcoin world is coming to grips with a shocking revelation that could potentially threaten the very existence of the world's foremost cryptocurrency. ]

TL;DR: users can insert small amounts of arbitrary data into the blockchain. Someone (probably many people) have inserted web addresses of child pornography sites and other highly illegal things. These are now permanently part of the Bitcoin blockchain and therefore present on the computers of every person who processes Bitcoin transactions. This is obviously a bit of a legal problem in most countries.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+9 Funny]
[by 5th Earth@12:40pmGMT] [21 comments]

Drip And Drive

quote [ Have you donated blood lately? Maybe you’ll get inspired by reading the history of how we got modern blood donation, including (of course) the bloodmobile. ]

A delivery service inside us
[SFW] [history] [+1 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@7:27amGMT] [0 comments]

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