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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Report: 72 convicted of terrorism from 'Trump 7' mostly Muslim countries | Washington Examiner

Report: 72 convicted of terrorism from 'Trump 7' mostly Muslim countries | Washington Examiner





Since 9/11, 72 individuals from the seven mostly Muslim countries covered by President Trump's "extreme vetting" executive order have been convicted of terrorism, bolstering the administration's immigration ban.


4 questions ISIS rebels use to tell Sunni from Shia - Times of India

4 questions ISIS rebels use to tell Sunni from Shia - Times of India



BAGHDAD: Whether a person is a Shia or a Sunni Muslim in Iraq can now be, quite literally, a matter of life and death.



As the militant group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, has seized vast territories in western and northern Iraq, there have been frequent accounts of fighters' capturing groups of people and releasing the Sunnis while the Shias are singled out for execution.







Friday, February 10, 2017

Man who beheaded Greyhound bus passenger granted full discharge | Globalnews.ca

Man who beheaded Greyhound bus passenger granted full discharge | Globalnews.ca



Baker beheaded and cannibalized McLean while suffering a schizophrenic episode. 



DeepMind AI learns to act aggressive when it doesn't get its way | TheINQUIRER

DeepMind AI learns to act aggressive when it doesn't get its way | TheINQUIRER



GOOGLE'S ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI) has already started to show some evidence of personality traits, but now DeepMind is learning to show signs of aggression when it thinks it's not going to get its own way. Sound like anyone you know?
Where multiple instances of DeepMind are running they can, on the other hand, agreed to work together for a common goal should they believe there's more to be gained by doing so.


Grand Prairie Woman Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison for Voter Fraud | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Grand Prairie Woman Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison for Voter Fraud | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



Rosa Maria Ortega was arrested in 2015. She is a legal U.S. resident, but is not a citizen and therefore, not qualified to vote.

Q. What is an authoritative source? - Ask a Librarian!

Q. What is an authoritative source? - Ask a Librarian!



An authoritative source is a work known to be reliable because its authority or authenticity is widely recognized by experts in the field. (Reitz, Joan. Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science: Accessed 9/26/2012)

Bristol at the centre of efforts to tackle modern slavery | Business West

Bristol at the centre of efforts to tackle modern slavery | Business West



In 2015, the then Home Secretary Theresa May introduced the Modern Slavery Act to enhance police and CPS powers to tackle a vast swathe of offences related to human trafficking and exploitation.
One year on from gaining Royal Assent, over 200 people had been successfully prosecuted under the Act, who had it not been in place, would otherwise have walked free, due to the often hidden nature of this appalling set of crimes.
Unlikely as it may seem, the Modern Slavery Act didn’t begin life in Westminster’s corridors of power, but 120 miles away in the City of Bristol after a chance discovery prompted Andrew Wallis to contact his local police force to see what measures they had in place to combat slavery.
After a full and frank discussion with a high-ranking police official, Andrew was shocked to discover a series of legal loopholes meant that the authorities were almost powerless to do anything about it.
Having made a pact to do more and tackle these horrendous crimes, Andrew set up a safehouse to help the victims of modern slavery get their lives back on track. After several months running the safe house, Andrew soon began to realise that modern slavery is a problem that spreads far wider than he ever realised, and that charities such as his own were effectively giving a free pass to criminals if they do not tackle the root cause of the problem.
While any lesser mortal might have been perturbed by the mammoth task of lobbying government reform, former retail executive Andrew managed to do just that by authoring the Centre for Social Justice report that ultimately lead to the bill’s passing in Parliament.
Ten years on from when it first started, Andrew’s charity Unseen has gone from strength to strength, and today sits at the centre of a hive of activity in the city to stamp out modern slavery for good.

Immigration: French women organise protests to take back streets in Muslim majority areas | World | News | Express.co.uk

Immigration: French women organise protests to take back streets in Muslim majority areas | World | News | Express.co.uk



Pascale Boistard, the women’s rights minister, declared: “There are now areas in our country where women can no longer go.” 
The disturbing revelations come at a politically sensitive time for France, which will hold presidential elections in March in which far-right leader Marine Le Pen is expected to perform well. 
Attitudes towards immigration have hardened in the country following the devastating terror attacks in Paris and Nice




Thursday, February 9, 2017

Remix OS: Is This the Droid You Were Looking For? | Linux.com | The source for Linux information

Remix OS: Is This the Droid You Were Looking For? | Linux.com | The source for Linux information



In spite of an Android-based operating system, Remix OS is not a fully open source project. It’s essentially a proprietary product with some Android open source code that is already available on GitHub. I wish developers would follow the trend and open source the project. Another gripe I have with Remix OS is that it does not support Linux. I don’t know about Windows users, but I am quite certain there are a lot of Linux users like me who would want to dual boot with Remix OS.
In the end, it’s a great project that holds great potential. If you have not tried it yet, please do!


S.E. Cupp on Twitter: "Hollywood freaks out over DeVos. But where's the outrage over their failing LA public schools? https://t.co/mcjk02KLFb"

S.E. Cupp on Twitter: "Hollywood freaks out over DeVos. But where's the outrage over their failing LA public schools? https://t.co/mcjk02KLFb"

Trump Not Seeking Full Repeal Of Dodd-Frank; Opposes Bank Bailout Provision | Zero Hedge

Trump Not Seeking Full Repeal Of Dodd-Frank; Opposes Bank Bailout Provision | Zero Hedge





One of the bigger surprises to emerge from the initial attempts by the Trump transition team to frame the president-elect's policy yesterday, was what was dubbed at full repeal of Dodd-Frank, a move which has been seen by some as surprisingly pro-banker friendly.
Specifically, this is what the website says on the topic of Dodd-Frank:
Following the financial crisis, Congress enacted the Dodd-Frank Act, a sprawling and complex piece of legislation that has unleashed hundreds of new rules and several new bureaucratic agencies.  The proponents of Dodd-Frank promised that it would lift our economy. Yet now, six years later, the American people remain stuck in the slowest, weakest, most tepid recovery since the Great Depression.  Paychecks have been stagnant.  Savings are being depleted, millions are unemployed or underemployed, and millions more have dropped out of the workforce altogether.  Economic growth remains below 2%, about half the historic average.  The big banks got bigger while community financial institutions have disappeared at a rate of one per day, and taxpayers remain on the hook for bailing out financial firms deemed "too big to fail." 

The Dodd-Frank economy does not work for working people.  Bureaucratic red tape and Washington mandates are not the answer.  The Financial Services Policy Implementation team will be working to dismantle the Dodd-Frank Act and replace it with new policies to encourage economic growth and job creation.
However, in what may be bad news for the financial sector, following vocal opposition to grassroots as well as Congressional republicans, Trump appears to now be tempering expectations of a full Dodd-Frank repeal, and according to the WSJ, Trump’s transition team is instead focusing on "rescinding or scaling back individual provisions" of Dodd-Frank that Republicans dislike most, such as the Financial Stability Oversight Council’s authority to designate large nonbanks systemically important and thus subject to tougher regulation from the Federal Reserve.
The WSJ adds that another priority is overhauling a separate section of Dodd-Frank, Title II, that gives financial regulators the authority to take over a failing financial firm and liquidate it—an alternative to the government’s 2008 strategy of bailing out banks by handing them equity capital.
Suggesting that Trump has not been captured by the banking lobby, at the same time a Trump administration is expected to embrace other aspects of the massive law, including efforts to boost the transparency of credit-rating firms and regulate derivatives products.
Some more details:
Much of the policy work to date appears to overlap with Republican-backed legislation to replace Dodd-Frank that was written by House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R., Texas.). Mr. Hensarling’s committee approved the bill in September by a vote of 30-26, largely along party lines. Mr. Hensarling is under consideration to serve as Mr. Trump’s Treasury secretary, other people familiar with the matter said.

Unlike other parts of Dodd-Frank, Title II is staunchly supported by large banks. They say it is proof that bailouts are a thing of the past. Some Republicans, however, would rather put big financial firms through bankruptcy. They believe Title II as it stands is simply a bailout by another name.

These Republicans especially dislike a provision that allows the government to temporarily lend money to a failing bank so it doesn’t collapse while the government unwinds it. In a quirk, the Congressional Budget Office views this part of the law as a liability for the federal government. That means that any legislation repealing the section looks attractive because it saves money, according to the CBO.
It is likely that the final outcome of this work in progress may still change as Trump’s financial policy team is still being assembled and its priorities could change. The WSJ also adds that Trump's team has tapped Paul Atkins, a former Republican member of the Securities and Exchange Commission and longtime Dodd-Frank critic, to recommend policies on financial regulation.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Ebolamerican on Twitter: "The @MeninistTweet account -- with 1.3 MILLION followers -- was suspended today. https://t.co/HKuLUv7keH"

Ebolamerican on Twitter: "The @MeninistTweet account -- with 1.3 MILLION followers -- was suspended today. https://t.co/HKuLUv7keH"

Archetype Quiz - Masculine Style

Archetype Quiz - Masculine Style

TAKE THE QUIZ & LEARN YOUR ARCHETYPE!


College Republicans on Twitter: "When Bernie Sanders says Obamacare is working but admits in the same sentence that people can't afford insurance #CNNDebateNight #CruzCrew https://t.co/2IFTbq1s1Z"

College Republicans on Twitter: "When Bernie Sanders says Obamacare is working but admits in the same sentence that people can't afford insurance #CNNDebateNight #CruzCrew https://t.co/2IFTbq1s1Z"

Gobierno rechazó donación de medicamentos de Brasil - Caraota Digital



Gobierno rechazó donación de medicamentos de Brasil - Caraota Digital



El Gobierno venezolano rechazó una oferta de ayuda humanitaria ofrecida por Brasil que contemplaba el envío de medicamentos que escasean en Venezuela, informó el presidente de la nación carioca, Michel Temer.

Know When to Fold 'Em: CMU AI Program Beats Humans at No Limits Texas Hold 'Em Poker - The New Stack

Know When to Fold 'Em: CMU AI Program Beats Humans at No Limits Texas Hold 'Em Poker - The New Stack



We fought the AI, and the AI won. And in this round of machine learning, computers learned to bluff.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Conservative Coalition to Congress: Pass Pro-Growth Tax Reform in 2017 | Americans for Tax Reform

Conservative Coalition to Congress: Pass Pro-Growth Tax Reform in 2017 | Americans for Tax Reform




Purity of Heart Is to Will One Thing

Purity of Heart Is to Will One Thing of one’s own free will accepting suffering, as the patient one gives his consent by willing to accept suffering. For one can be forced into the narrow prison, one can be forced into lifelong sufferings, and necessity is the tyrant; but one cannot be forced into patience. If the tyrant necessity presses upon a soul which neither possesses nor wills to possess the elasticity of freedom, then the soul becomes depressed, but it does not become patient. Patience is the counterpressure of resiliency, whereby the coerced ones are set free from restraint.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

World leaders duped by manipulated global warming data | Daily Mail Online

World leaders duped by manipulated global warming data | Daily Mail Online

What is a Zombie VM? - Definition from Techopedia

What is a Zombie VM? - Definition from Techopedia



A zombie VM is a virtual machine that is not functioning properly in a software environment, but continues to operate, sucking up resources and providing no value.




Shootings at school follow trends in the unemployment rate | Ars Technica

Shootings at school follow trends in the unemployment rate | Ars Technica




[SD] George Carlin - Language complaints at American Press Club

The Byte Atlas: Knowledge Fragment: Hardening Win7 x64 on VirtualBox for Malware Analysis

The Byte Atlas: Knowledge Fragment: Hardening Win7 x64 on VirtualBox for Malware Analysis



After some abstinence, I thought it might be a good idea to write something again. The perfect occasion came yesterday when I decided to build myself a new VM base image to be used for future malware analysis.




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Google Warns of New Rivals in Corporate Computing, Digital Assistants, Hardware - Bloomberg

Google Warns of New Rivals in Corporate Computing, Digital Assistants, Hardware - BloombergAlphabet Inc. warned investors about a slew of new competitors, highlighting the company's broad expansion beyond its original Google search business. 


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