Friday, 6 October 2017
quote [ White House tech support discovered the suspected breach after Kelly turned his phone in to tech support staff this summer.
White House officials believe that chief of staff John Kelly’s personal cellphone was compromised, potentially as long ago as December, according to three U.S. government officials.
The discovery raises concerns that hackers or foreign governments may have had access to data on Kelly’s phone while he was secretary of Homeland Security and after he joined the West Wing. ]
Might account for some of the leaks. These guys should just use burner phones, get a new one every few days.
Sunday, 1 October 2017
quote [ In June, 37,000-tonne tanker vanished from GPS off the Russian coast. All the evidence points to Russia. But what's really going on?
Instead of displaying Atria's actual position, the ship's systems located it 25 to 30 miles away – at Gelendzhik airport. GPS disruptions aren't uncommon, Le Meur says, but most of the time when problems happen they're limited to a few hundred metres. ]
Self-piloting ships probably won't have a backup navigation system.
Driverless trucks and cars could have the same problem.
Friday, 29 September 2017
quote [ HHS Secretary Tom Price's high-priced flights on charter and military aircraft have led him to resign, leaving President Trump with another job opening.
President Trump accepted Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price's resignation Friday, the White House announced.
Even before he was confirmed by a party-line 52-47 vote in the Senate, Price had stirred controversy for his series of trades in stocks affected by legislation he introduced in Congress. ]
Down goes Price!
He's blown around a million bucks on air travel in a few months.
This guy was obviously corrupt when he was confirmed to the job, and he's been busy trying to do as much damage as possible to US health care, so this is kind of a win. I don't know if Trump can find someone even worse, tho he'll try.
Wednesday, 27 September 2017
quote [ Fifty of the nation’s most accomplished Amateur Radio operators responded within 24 hours to the call of the American Red Cross to deploy to Puerto Rico and provide emergency communications. At the behest of Red Cross, ARRL rallied the US Amateur Radio community to provide up to 25 two-person teams of highly qualified hams. The group’s principal mission will be to move health-and-welfare information from the island back to the US mainland, where that data will be entered in the Red Cross “Safe & Well” website.
The group will deploy the middle of this week and remain on the island for up to 3 weeks. ]
Given the apparent increase in disasters we need to prepare for, you might want to look into learning a bit about ham radio. Some how-to in extended.
Tuesday, 26 September 2017
quote [ King Salman issues an order allowing women to be given driving licences for the first time.
Government ministries are to prepare reports within 30 days and the order will be implemented by June 2018, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world to forbid women from driving.
Rights groups have campaigned for years to allow women in Saudi Arabia to drive, and some women have been imprisoned for defying the rule. ]
Saudi Arabia dips a toe into the twentieth century.
Monday, 25 September 2017
quote [ J. Cole called on his fans to boycott the NFL Sunday over the league's seemingly concerted mistreatment of Colin Kaepernick.
"God bless every player that finds courage to kneel today. But the real power comes from you deciding to not watch," J. Cole wrote in a series of tweets Sunday. ]
Cole's call for NFL boycott in support of Kaepernick coincides with Trump's call for NFL boycott in opposition to Kaepernick.
Both join previous NFL boycott efforts. As usual, Trump gets all the press.
Probably, no NFL fan will actually boycott for any reason.
Wednesday, 20 September 2017
quote [ Hurricane Maria is pummelling Puerto Rico, bringing "catastrophic" 155mph winds and dangerous storm surges, after battering the Virgin Islands.
The "monster" storm is one of the strongest to ever hit the US territory, with warnings that heavy rain could cause landslides and storm surges of up to 9ft that risk swamping low-lying areas. ]
This is a live update storm tracker.
PR is getting its ass kicked right now.
Tuesday, 19 September 2017
quote [ Screenplays: Download Oscar Winners and More (Running List)
If you want to be a screenwriter you need to read a lot of screenplays. And if you are going to read film scripts might as well read some of this year’s best. Below is an active running list of 2017 Oscar Contending Screenplays. I’ll be adding new screenplays as they become available.
PLEASE NOTE: These screenplays are FREE and LEGAL to download for educational purposes. The studios will only keep them online throughout the awards season so the clock is ticking. Enjoy. ]
Like the man says, some of the best screenplays ever, for your educational-purposes reading pleasure. Get 'em while you can.
Thursday, 14 September 2017
quote [ Frank Vincent, the character actor that specialized in Mafia roles and appeared in 'Goodfellas,' 'The Sopranos' and 'Casino,' has died at 78.
Vincent will be best remembered as rival crime boss Phil Leotardo in the HBO series The Sopranos, Rolling Stone's pick for The Greatest TV Show of All Time. Vincent's character tormented James Gandolfini's Tony Sopranos over the show's final two seasons, with Leotardo's gruesome death the last murder shown on the series. ]
One of the great character actors, he seemed to be in every modern mafia-based movie.
Tuesday, 12 September 2017
quote [ Distinctive stylist scored chart-topping hits with "Tulsa Time" and "It Must Be Love"
Don Williams, the Country Music Hall of Fame member whose imposing height and warm, reassuring voice earned him the nickname "Gentle Giant," died Friday, September 8th, after a short illness. An internationally popular country star, Williams recorded dozens of hit songs, including "Tulsa Time," "Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good" and "It Must Be Love." He was 78. ]
He made good music for romancing a country girl.
Don Williams had a pretty good run, successful career. Troy Gentry's run just got cut short in a helicopter accident. More in extended.
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