Clinton launches new political group: “Onward Together”

•May 22, 2017 • 2 Comments

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/15/hillary-clinton-onward-together-238408

Hillary Clinton is officially back in the political game.

Clinton sent a blast email to supporters Monday afternoon asking people to sign up for her next venture, Onward Together.

“From the Women’s March to airports across the country where communities are welcoming immigrants and refugees to town hall meetings in every community, Americans are speaking out like never before,” Clinton emailed. “I believe more fiercely than ever that citizen engagement at every level is central to a strong and vibrant democracy.”

Clinton describes the group as “an organization dedicated to advancing the progressive vision that earned nearly 66 million votes in the last election. Onward Together will work to build a brighter future for generations to come by supporting groups that encourage people to organize and run for office.”

Specifically, Clinton mentioned Swing Left, Emerge America, Color of Change, Indivisible and Run for Something as the five groups Onward Together will initially support. “In some cases, we’ll provide direct funding to these organizations. For others, we’ll help amplify their work and do what we can to help them continue to grow their audiences and expand their reach,” she emailed.

“This year hasn’t been what I envisioned, but I know what I’m still fighting for: a kinder, big-hearted, inclusive America. Onward!” Clinton tweeted Monday.

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excuse me whilst i puke..its like that floating turd that just wont flush away..i think shes going for 2020..

“Clinton mentioned Swing Left, Emerge America, Color of Change, Indivisible and Run for Something as the five groups Onward Together will initially support. “In some cases, we’ll provide direct funding to these organizations. For others, we’ll help amplify their work and do what we can to help them continue to grow their audiences and expand their reach,” she emailed.”

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Brazil markets plunge as Temer scandal threatens reforms

•May 22, 2017 • 1 Comment

A trader works at Mirae Securities in Sao Paulo, Brazil, May 18, 2017.

http://in.reuters.com/article/us-brazil-markets-idINKCN18E31I

Brazilian markets plummeted on Thursday as allegations that President Michel Temer condoned bribes to silence a key witness deflated investor optimism about the prospects for his ambitious pension and labor reform agenda.

Brazil’s benchmark Bovespa stock index .BVSP closed 8.8 percent lower, its biggest daily decline since the 2008 financial crisis. Trading had been halted for an hour after a 10 percent drop triggered a circuit-breaker mechanism.

Blue-chip stocks such as lender Itaú Unibanco Holding SA (ITUB4.SA) and state-controlled oil company Petróleo Brasileiro SA (PETR4.SA) dragged the index lower.

The declines slashed 26 billion reais ($7.7 billion) off the market values of Itaú and Petrobras.

The Sao Paulo stock exchange saw 3.1 million transactions, breaking a previous record set in October 2014, the day former President Dilma Rousseff won a narrow runoff election, according to exchange operator B3 Bolsa Balcão Brasil SA (BVMF3.SA).

Temer was caught on tape encouraging a prominent executive to pay a monthly fee to keep jailed former House Speaker Eduardo Cunha silent in the country’s biggest-ever graft probe, sources said on Wednesday, confirming a report in newspaper O Globo.

“Brazilian stocks and assets and their currency have rallied very strongly up until really today. It’s a big pullback and … it at least brings the risk up to the surface again,” Alliance Bernstein Managing Director of Equity Product Management Eric Sprow said.

The report threatened to torpedo a two-year rally in Brazilian assets as traders quickly reassessed the chances of success for efforts to streamline the country’s social security system and reform labor regulations. As a result, policymakers’ attempts to curtail the growth of public debt and foster economic growth may also be in doubt.

Strategists at JPMorgan Securities and UBS Securities downgraded their recommendations on Brazilian equities to “neutral,” citing increased risks to the implementation of structural reforms.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-39968829

Brazilian President Michel Temer says he will not quit, amid allegations he authorised paying bribes to silence a witness in a huge corruption scandal.

“I will not resign. I know what I have done,” he said in a televised address.

Earlier, the Supreme Court approved an investigation into the allegations, but Mr Temer said he would prove his innocence.

Mr Temer took over office last year after the impeachment of his predecessor, Dilma Rousseff.

O Globo newspaper said Mr Temer had been recorded discussing payments to silence the jailed former Speaker Eduardo Cunha.

The recording is of a conversation between the president and Chairman Joesley Batista of meat giant JBS, made by Mr Batista using a hidden device, O Globo says.

When Mr Batista told Mr Temer he was paying Cunha to remain silent, the president was recorded saying, “You need to keep that up, okay?” the newspaper reported.

It did not say how it obtained the information, or what Mr Cunha was being asked to keep quiet about.

But Mr Temer hit back in his address, saying: “I never authorised any payments for someone to be silent. I did not buy anyone’s silence. I fear no accusations.”

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living close to the edge..a brazilian stand off..

“I will not resign. I know what I have done,” he said in a televised address.”

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The mysterious straight line that unites seven shrines dedicated to St Michael

•May 19, 2017 • 26 Comments

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thanks to joelH for the link..

love this stuff..this is a beauty..how did they know and how did they do it and why does it point to israel?

is the irish starting point significant?

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Second even bigger global cyber attack already underway

•May 19, 2017 • 22 Comments

https://www.rt.com/news/388749-wannacry-adylkuzz-worldwide-cyberattack-nsa/

As the world reels from the WannaCry ransomware attack, it’s now emerged that a second, potentially larger attack, is already under way. It seems the widespread proliferation of military-grade cyberweapons has ushered in a new era of digital crime.

Cyber bandits have again deployed both the EternalBlue and DoublePulsar exploits developed and used by the NSA which were released by the ShadowBrokers hackers back in April.

“Initial statistics suggest that this attack may be larger in scale than WannaCry, affecting hundreds of thousands of PCs and servers worldwide: because this attack shuts down SMB networking to prevent further infections with other malware (including the WannaCry worm) via that same vulnerability, it may have in fact limited the spread of last week’s WannaCry infection,” wrote a security researcher who goes by the alias Kafeine at cybersecurity company Proofpoint.

This latest attack uses the two exploits to install the cryptocurrency miner Adylkuzz over corporate Local Area and wireless networks but, rather curiously, may actually have helped slow the spread of WannaCry.

However, in an apparent case of “picking your poison,” the Adylkuzz miner dramatically slows PC and server performance as it extracts cryptocurrency but it does not lock users out of their machines and data, as WannaCry did.

Researchers at Proofpoint estimate that the Adylkuzz attack may have begun as early as April 24 but was subsequently overshadowed in the hysteria that followed the WannaCry ransomware attacks.

The attack is launched from multiple virtual private servers which scour the internet for vulnerabilities to install the Adylkuzz miner.

The malware infection occurs as follows:

The EternalBlue exploit opens the door for infection with DoublePulsar on a target machine. DoublePulsar then downloads and runs Adylkuzz on the computer.

Adylkuzz then stops any preexisting versions of itself on a target machine, while also blocking SMB network communications with other machines to prevent any further malware infections from disrupting its operations. It initially prevents cybersecurity professionals from identifying that there is a problem.

Once the door has been held open and detection risks have been minimized, Adylkuzz then downloads mining instructions, the cryptocurrency miner itself and a variety of cleanup tools to mask its activities.

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what the hell is going on?..i really feel this is elading to soemthing else or is hiding something else..

“The EternalBlue exploit opens the door for infection with DoublePulsar on a target machine. DoublePulsar then downloads and runs Adylkuzz on the computer.”

yeah right..got it..

“It seems the widespread proliferation of military-grade cyberweapons has ushered in a new era of digital crime.”

these are state created cyberweapons..so which state?

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Assange: CIA is the world’s most dangerously incompetent spy agency

•May 19, 2017 • 1 Comment

https://www.rt.com/news/388595-cia-assange-incompetent-spy/

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has described the CIA as “dangerously incompetent,” in response to the US agency branding him a “friend of terrorists.” The war of words started after RT asked the CIA to comment on reports of its hacking exploits.

“Dictators and terrorists have no better friend in the world than Julian Assange, as theirs is the only privacy he protects,” CIA spokesperson Heather Fritz Horniak told RT in an email.

The scathing response came after RT asked the CIA to comment on the assessment of former agency analyst Ray McGovern. He suggested that the capability to falsify digital fingerprints, exposed by WikiLeaks as part of its ongoing Vault 7 disclosure, cast doubt on allegations against Russia in connection with the 2016 US presidential election.

“Could it be that the ‘Russian hack’ was really done by John Brennan of the CIA? If I were asked to bet on that, then I would bet that that was exactly the case,” McGovern told RT’s Going Underground program.

“What does that mean? It means that these trumped-up charges against Trump, pardon the pun, are baseless,” McGovern added.

Brennan’s successor as CIA director, Mike Pompeo, sparked concerns in April when he suggested that WikiLeaks, which he described as “a non-state hostile intelligence service,” could be prosecuted for the publication of confidential US documents. He also attacked Assange and his associates, branding them “demons.”

Critics said Pompeo was setting a dangerous precedent, which exposed any media outlet reporting on leaks or the accounts of whistleblowers. They also criticized his comment that Assange “has no First Amendment freedoms.”

When asked for comment, Assange reiterated his earlier criticism of the US intelligence agency.

“The CIA is the world’s most dangerously incompetent spy agency. It has armed terrorists, destroyed democracies and installed and maintained dictatorships the world over,” he said in an email. “There are good men and women at the CIA but if our publications are any guide they work for WikiLeaks.”

CIA spokesperson Horniak also lashed out at RT for questioning the allegations of Russia’s interference in the US election.

“The responsibility of the Russian intelligence services for the election-related hacking is an established fact, but it is not surprising that an identified propaganda outlet like RT would attempt to muddle those facts. No reputable news organization doubts Russian culpability,” Horniak claimed.

In response, RT’s editor-in-chief, Margarita Simonyan, said that such unquestioning obedience by the western mainstream media to the US establishment only leads to a decline in their popularity.

“The CIA & Co haven’t bothered to present a shred of evidence besides their own claims, and are now actually boasting about how happy the ever-loyal press is to unquestioningly go along with the story,” Simonyan said, adding, “This is exactly why people have stopped trusting the mainstream media and are seeking out alternative sources of news and analysis.”

So far, no definitive evidence of the alleged hacking has been made public. A declassified report by the US intelligence community didn’t state that such hacking took place, but rather said the agencies had “confidence” that it did.

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It has armed terrorists, destroyed democracies and installed and maintained dictatorships the world over,” he said in an email. “There are good men and women at the CIA but if our publications are any guide they work for WikiLeaks.”

bang..and correct..

The CIA & Co haven’t bothered to present a shred of evidence besides their own claims, and are now actually boasting about how happy the ever-loyal press is to unquestioningly go along with the story,” Simonyan said, adding, “This is exactly why people have stopped trusting the mainstream media and are seeking out alternative sources of news and analysis.”

wake up sheeple..

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Cosmic concrete ideal for Mars can make Red Planet settlement a reality

•May 19, 2017 • 1 Comment

https://www.rt.com/viral/387577-mars-soil-concrete-nasa/

Builders may soon be looking to Mars for work after engineers developed a new form of concrete that can be produced on the Red Planet. The discovery helps to solve the problem of building structures able to withstand radiation on the planet.

Developed by NASA with engineers from Stanford University, the concrete doesn’t require boiling limestone to produce a binding agent, a process which needs tremendous heat and energy, resulting in carbon emissions.

Instead a protein from bovine blood known to become gluey when mixed with soil was used, according to Stanford.

Michael Lepech, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford, mixed the protein with simulated extraterrestrial soils in a mixer using vacuum technology to replicate the low gravity on Mars.

Lepech said the results were as solid as the concrete used in sidewalks and patios. It was also successfully tested at a gun range where it was blasted with high-speed gas particles in order to simulate micrometeorites.

“Right now, we’re using a little bit more energy per cubic meter of concrete,” Lepech says. “But that’s in part because we’re doing this on a small scale. We’re at the start of a very long road.”

If SpaceX boss Elon Musk gets his way humans will be on Mars by 2024 (NASA, less optimistically, propose 2030) when a substance like the concrete will be essential in setting up structures on the planet capable of protecting settlers from space radiation.

Stanford said the goal is to create biological “factories” of organisms to produce the binder. The organisms would feed on human organic waste produced by settlements on Mars.

https://engineering.stanford.edu/news/new-technique-could-help-turn-mars-or-moon-rocks-concrete

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“Builders may soon be looking to Mars for work after engineers developed a new form of concrete that can be produced on the Red Planet.”

and we laughed..and laughed..and laughed some more..

how do they know it will work on mars?

“If SpaceX boss Elon Musk gets his way humans will be on Mars by 2024”

where can i place a bet?

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Skyrocketing bitcoin raises fears of asset bubble

•May 18, 2017 • Leave a Comment

https://www.rt.com/business/388440-bitcoin-rally-fears-asset-bubble/

The surge in the price of bitcoin has some worried that the world’s most popular cryptocurrency is an asset bubble in an unregulated market.

Bitcoin was trading close to $1,900 against the US dollar on the Bitfinex exchange on Friday, pushing the market value of digital currencies to break through the $50 billion mark.

An increasing number of alternative cryptocurrencies, amounting up to 830 “alt-coins,” is boosting the speculative shift with the price of some plummeting 500 percent over the past week.

The speculation among alt-coins has benefited anonymous payment systems employed by cyber criminals performing wide-scale attacks.

At the same time, growth in initial coin offerings (ICOs), which help blockchain startups to sell their tokens directly to the public to get capital without any regulatory oversight, is fueling the market, drawing attention from lawyers and economists.

Some experts are worried ICOs breach existing securities law.

“An ICO issues crypto tokens rather than stocks and bonds, but that’s irrelevant to the substance of the activity, which is raising capital from the general public. Capital raising activities need to be regulated to protect investors. The question is how sophisticated are these investors?” said PricewaterhouseCoopers director Ajit Tripathi, as quoted by the FT.

Last week, a German central bank board member warned the public not to buy bitcoin, as the bank doesn’t recognize it as a currency, and there are serious risks of facilitating speculation.

Last month, Japan moved to tighten regulations on bitcoin trading and dealing. The measure enforces bitcoin exchanges to register. This adds costs to their businesses due to the necessity to follow know-your-customer and anti-money-laundering regulations.

Bitcoin was trading at $1,743 against the US dollar at 2:46 pm GMT on Monday, retreating from record highs, according to XE Currency Charts.

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“Bitcoin was trading close to $1,900 against the US dollar on the Bitfinex exchange on Friday, pushing the market value of digital currencies to break through the $50 billion mark.”

spiraling upwards..but beware:

“Last week, a German central bank board member warned the public not to buy bitcoin, as the bank doesn’t recognize it as a currency, and there are serious risks of facilitating speculation.”

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