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  • James Comey’s Donald Trump investigation overshadowed by tweets

    03/22/2017 11:14:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 21, 2017 | Charles Hurt
    For a guy who claims to be above or beneath or beside grubby politics in America, FBI chief James Comey sure does manage to insert himself into the seamiest corners of politics and seize the spotlight at the most fraught moments possible. In this past election, Jim Comey was the “Where’s Waldo?” of American politics. First he condemns Lady Dragon Hillary with the most damning exoneration in the history of public prosecutions. Then he slays her in public with just weeks to go before the election — only to ride up on his armor-suited horse in a failed effort to...
  • ABC News: OK, fine, Trump Tower was wiretapped, and it was all about Russians, but . . .

    03/22/2017 10:21:36 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/22/17 | Dan Calabrese
    It's not quite what Trump's tweet seemed to suggest, unless . . . Here’s a pattern you’ve probably noticed about the way the media deals with President Trump. When his literal words might be off target but his meaning can be justified, his literal words are all that matters. But when his literal words turn out to be accurate . . . well, that’s not what he meant! Did the Obama Administration wiretap Trump Tower? Or were there some other form of FISA surveillance that Trump clumsily described as a wiretap in a very specific building? We’ve already dealt with...
  • Youtube's most Senile and Liberal pinko oldfartrants

    03/22/2017 8:17:19 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 10 replies
    mainestategop ^ | Brian Ball
    Several days ago, one of my arch nemesis oldfartrants, a senile old hippie bum from West LA who has a YouTube channel advocating socialism has now called for the overthrow of Donald Trump. This, after spending nearly a decade referring to Conservatives as traitors and opponents of Barack Obama as seditionists. He attacks Trump comparing him to Hitler and attacking other conservatives such as Ron Paul, Paul Ryan, John Boehner, Sarah Palin and so on. Yet now its not treason anymore to be in dissent, its no longer treason to want to overthrow an elected official like Trump or...
  • Pro-Donald Trump 4chan group reporting illegal US-Mexico border crossings 'using network of webcams'

    03/21/2017 9:36:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Independent | March 21, 2017 | Aatif Sulleyman
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  • ID Theft? Fraud?

    03/20/2017 1:47:53 PM PDT · by Eva · 57 replies
    I hope someone can help me. My husband just received one of those scam calls that asks a question and gets you to answer yes. The caller records your yes and disconnects. Then they use that yes to agree to some contract.
  • Networking Site Meetup Has Offered to Coordinate the Trump Resistance

    03/20/2017 1:40:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | March 19, 2017 | Steve Peoples, The Associated Press
    Meetup is taking a leap into the Trump resistance. The New York-based networking site will unveil plans in the coming days to partner with a labor group — under the guidance of a former Hillary Clinton aide — to coordinate protests among more than 120,000 activists already involved with anti-Trump Meetup groups. It's a risky move for a tech company that has helped millions come together to share interests of all kinds, from hiking to languages to President Donald Trump himself. But it reflects an increasing willingness of some major technology firms to push back against the Republican president....
  • N.J. OKs $17M in tax credits for company bringing 178 jobs to Trenton

    03/17/2017 8:47:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The South Jersey Times ^ | March 17, 2017 | Cristina Rojas
    TRENTON -- A tech company is choosing to relocate to Trenton over Wilmington, Delaware, after securing more than $17 million in state tax credits. The state Economic Development Authority on Thursday approved the Grow New Jersey tax credits for Maestro Technologies, a technology consulting and data management systems firm. Now headquartered in Edison, Maestro has a small office in Watchung and several employees who work remotely or at client sites across the country. CEO Kamal Bathla says the company wanted to centrally locate the staff into a new headquarters to better facilitate training, efficiency and product development. Maestro was deciding...
  • A Kansas Resident's Upset the Children In a Viral Adoption Listing Are White

    03/17/2017 6:43:08 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    MRC TV ^ | March 14, 2017 | Ashley Rae Goldenberg
    Just when you thought the obsession with race in this country couldn’t get any worse, it gets worse. One Kansas resident is a leading contender for the position of "Worst Person In the Entire World" for her racially-charged reaction to siblings who were merely looking for a family to adopt them so they could stay together. Over the weekend, the Kansas City Star ran a “Family Wanted” listing featuring five adorable children who were looking to find a forever home to adopt them so they didn’t have to be separated. The “Family Wanted” listing spoke about Bradley, 11, Preston, 10, Layla, 8, Landon,...
  • Russian conspiracy an Elaborate Computer Ruse

    03/17/2017 9:33:06 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/17/17 | Judi McLeod
    Meanwhile don’t count on the mainstream media pulling their thumbs out of their mouths and going after the story so long as the Trump administration is messing with their monopoly on White House pressers It won’t need face recognition to catch agent provocateur operatives behind the Russian conspiracy that President Donald Trump and surrogates were in league with Russia “to steal the election from Hillary Rodham Clinton”, because the provocateur in this case was a specially set-up computer. In the ongoing Russia conspiracy, The Trump administration wasn’t operating with James Bond-like finesse, it was an in-house hoax played out by...
  • XYZprinting Offers the Original da Vinci 1.0 Blue 3D Printer for Free With Filament Purchase

    03/16/2017 7:18:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    3D Print ^ | March 16, 2017 | Clare Scott
    XYZprinting is one of the most prolific 3D printer manufacturers active in the market right now. The company has released so many products just in the last year, in fact, that youÂ’d be forgiven for having to stretch your memory to recall XYZprintingÂ’s beginnings. It all started with the da Vinci 1.0 Blue, also known as the da Vinci 1.0 or the da Vinci 1.0A, XYZÂ’s debut 3D printer that was an immediate hit at CES 2014. ItÂ’s hard to believe XYZprinting has been around for just a few years, considering the success theyÂ’ve had since then; a lot can...
  • Trump: Wiretap evidence coming “very soon”

    03/16/2017 12:38:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 16, 2017 | Ed Morrissey
    Almost two weeks after Donald Trump accused Barack Obama of surveilling him during the campaign, journalists and Congressional committees still have yet to see any evidence that it happened. Trump told Fox News host Tucker Carlson last night to be patient, because the evidence will emerge “very soon” — and that Americans will find “very interesting items … in the next two weeks.” Carlson warned Trump that his own credibility will be on the line:(VIDEO-AT-LINK) Trump told host Tucker Carlson that the administration “will be submitting things” to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence “very soon.” The president added...
  • McDonald's deletes Trump tweet, says Twitter account compromised

    03/16/2017 11:51:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 16, 2017 | Lisa Baertlein
    McDonald's Corp quickly deleted a tweet sent from the company's handle slamming U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday and said its official Twitter account had been compromised. The tweet, which was copied and shared widely before being deleted, came a day after the Twitter accounts of a number of major news organizations, chief executives, government agencies and other high-profile users were hijacked. "Twitter notified us that our account was compromised. We deleted the tweet, secured our account and are now investigating this," McDonald's spokeswoman Terri Hickey said in a statement....
  • Res Ipsa Loquitur

    03/16/2017 9:23:57 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/16/17 | Andrew G. Benjamin
    Understanding the "never happened" and "there's no evidence" surveillance of Donald Trump ”Res Ipsa Loquitur [Latin, The thing speaks for itself.] Generally used in tort law. A rebuttable presumption or inference that the defendant was negligent (or that his actions or inaction caused a result), which arises upon proof that the instrumentality or condition causing the injury (or result) was in the defendant’s exclusive control and that the accident (or result) was one that ordinarily does not occur in the absence of negligence (or action having been taken.) Res ipsa loquitur, or res ipsa, as it is commonly called, is...
  • Rock Connections to add 500 workers this year (Detroit, Michigan)

    03/16/2017 2:25:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Crain's ^ | March 12, 2017 | Chad Livengood
    A call center company spun off from Quicken Loans' telephone-focused mortgage sales operation is planning to add 500 employees by year's end and looking for additional office space in downtown Detroit. Rock Connections, a five-year-old call center and part of Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert's family of companies, has reached capacity with 800 employees in its building at 1900 Saint Antoine next to Ford Field, said Victor You, CEO of Rock Connections. The fast growth adds teeth to Gilbert's observation that call centers could be a growth industry for Detroit and create a "point of entry" to jobs for residents....
  • Company that will create 500 jobs opens in DeKalb (Georgia)

    03/16/2017 1:42:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | March 10, 2017 | Joshua Sharpe
    An Ireland-based cyber-security and payments industry firm has opened its Brookhaven location, which will eventually create 500 jobs for DeKalb County. Sysnet Global Solutions intends to invest $2 million with the Brookhaven center in the Perimeter Summit development. Numerous officials and community leaders were on hand for a ceremony at the site Thursday, including Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst. He’s said he’s excited to have the company in town. “Five hundred plus jobs is always a great sign of a vibrant economy,” he said in January....
  • Sterling Talent Solutions hiring 65 for Cleveland-area background-checking jobs (Ohio)

    03/16/2017 1:03:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Plain Dealer ^ | March 15, 2017 | Janet H. Cho
    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- Sterling Talent Solutions, a pre-employment background screening company that just expanded its U.S. operations center at 4511 Rockside Road, expects to hire about 65 people in 2017. Sterling Talent Solutions, founded in 1975 and based in New York, has 4,000 employees in 20 offices globally, including a large presence in Manhattan and in Greater Seattle. But the Independence office, now with 225 employees, is its largest in the U.S. and its only office in Ohio. Sterling, which hired 65 people in 2016, moved into the 40,000 square foot offices at 4511 Rockside Road in anticipation of more...
  • Yes, People Are Still Buying Ivanka Trump's Brand — But They're Reselling It A Lot, Too

    03/15/2017 3:32:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Refinery 29 ^ | March 15, 2017 | Landon Peoples
    Following the backlash that Ivanka Trump's clothing brand experienced in recent months, you might think its sales would be on the decline. But statistics show business is booming for her namesake line — and in fact, people seem more curious about it than ever. It's not all positive news, however: Certain customers are purging their closets of Ivanka Trump wares, and thredUP, a fashion resale site that's been around for nearly a decade, has released the numbers on just how much people are unloading. According to the reseller's "Purge Surge" list, Ivanka Trump merch comes in at number seven, behind...
  • Assessing China’s Proposal for International Cooperation on Cyberspace

    03/15/2017 9:43:02 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/14/17 | Joseph Klein
    When President Trump and President Xi Jinping meet for the first time next month, exploring avenues for further constructive cyberspace cooperation between China and the United States should be amongst the issues they discuss The arcane issue of cybersecurity has received front page media attention of late. Most recently, WikiLeaks published documents which purport to show, according to WikiLeaks, “the scope and direction of the CIA’s global covert hacking program.” The program is comprised of a “malware arsenal and dozens of ‘zero day’ weaponized exploits against a wide range of U.S. and European company products…which are turned into covert microphones.”...
  • Congressman: We need a National Guard for cybersecurity

    03/14/2017 6:35:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    CNN Tech ^ | March 12, 2017 | Selena Larson
    There are few people with computer science backgrounds who work in the federal government. Long hours coupled with smaller salaries make it hard to recruit techies to Washington, according to Representative Ruben Gallego. But one way to get more tech people to serve their country is to set up a cybersecurity reservist system, like a National Guard for digital security, said Gallego, a Democrat from Arizona. "We have to accept that, look, this person is not going to man a machine gun, why would we put them through bootcamp, we're never going to send them to the front line," Gallego...
  • Snapmaker will combine 3D printing, laser engraving and carving of objects in a modular way

    03/12/2017 6:41:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Hi-Tech Gazette ^ | March 12, 2017 | Liam Davis
    Snapmaker is a new proposal that will soon begin its campaign through the Kickstarter collective funding platform. It is a modular 3D printer that also allows for laser engraving and object carving capabilities. The idea is that users can have three devices in one, combining their capabilities through the use of different modules. But it will not be surprising just to enable the combination of three devices in one since it will also launch in the campaign at competitive prices. In this regard, Snapmaker with 3D printing functionality will be available for $299, while the laser engraving module and the...
  • Felonious Assault

    03/12/2017 9:52:13 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/12/17 | Andrew G. Benjamin
    Watergate was physical break-in at a Campaign HQ • Trump Towers was a cyber break-in at a Campaign HQ Watergate was physical break-in at a Campaign HQ A president was impeached and thrown out of office for it because they said he had to have known about it. Trump Towers was a cyber break-in at a Campaign HQ A former president who cannot be impeached was celebrated instead, because he said he could not have known about it. His party backing his narratives and enabling the felonies committed based on speculation and hope, a fishing expedition to find criminality where...
  • Major Criminal Probe in Government Security Breach has Ties to Former DNC Chair

    03/11/2017 11:51:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    The Political Insider ^ | March 10, 2017 | Rusty Weiss
    There is a major probe going on into the breach of Congressional computer security, surrounding three Pakistani brothers who served as IT staff for members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Oh, you haven’t heard about this in the media? The three brothers were locked out of U.S. House computer networks as part of the probe, but now we’re learning that one of the staffers allegedly had the user name and password for Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s iPad, and by extension had access to her DNC emails. If you recall, Wasserman-Schultz was the Chair of the Democratic National Committee whose...
  • Twitter researchers offer clues for why Trump won (They knew beforehand)

    03/11/2017 11:34:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Science Bulletin ^ | March 10, 2017
    Jiebo Luo and Yu Wang did not set out to predict who would win the 2016 U.S. presidential election. However, their exhaustive, 14-month study of each candidate’s Twitter followers–enabled by machine learning and other data science tools–offers tantalizing clues as to why the race turned out the way it did. “We wanted to understand how each of the candidate’s campaigns evolved, and be able to explain why someone won or lost,” says Luo, an associate professor of computer science. Luo and Wang, a dual PhD candidate in political and computer science, summarized their findings in eight papers during the course...
  • Military-grade tech to monitor eggplants rather than explosives (Indoor farming)

    03/11/2017 3:07:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Standard Examiner ^ | March 11, 2017 | Gwen Ackerman, Bloomberg
    <p>On a rooftop in the Jewish-Arab Tel Aviv neighborhood of Jaffa, a former military technologist and an ex-journalist sit in a transparent bio-dome where their robot is busy learning how to grow food.</p> <p>Flux IoT’s Eddy, a robot measuring less than a foot tall and resembling a life buoy, is built with military-grade sensors and armed with image-processing technology.</p>
  • Glenn Greenwald: CIA and FBI probably intervened in election

    03/11/2017 1:48:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | March 11, 2017 | Alexandra King
    Journalist and Intercept co-founder Glenn Greenwald said Saturday he believes both the CIA and FBI as well as Russia interfered in the US presidential election. CNN's Michael Smerconish asked Greenwald whether he gave "any credence to the conspiracy theory" that the CIA, along with the Russians, had attempted to manipulate the results of the election, and the journalist replied simply that it "was probably both." And he asserted the FBI had also played a part. "I also think the FBI clearly sided with Donald Trump and did a lot of damaging leaks on purpose to hurt Hillary Clinton," he added,...
  • Eight Futuristic Foods You'll Be Eating in 30 Years

    03/10/2017 4:19:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | January 2, 2017 | Ryan F. Mandelbaum
    We ate some weird s**t in 2016. A person born in the year 1000 AD definitely wouldn’t comprehend a Dorito. He certainly wouldn’t understand why kids love the taste of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and if you showed him a Twinkie, he’d probably burn you at the stake. But the way things are headed, our food is bound to get a lot weirder. Scientific research doesn’t just bring us more convenient and cheaper food options, but the hope of overcoming sustainability issues, too. The meat industry plays a huge role in climate change—around 10 percent of America’s total greenhouse gas emissions...
  • FBI Director Declares Privacy Not a Right [fake-satire]

    03/10/2017 4:17:15 PM PST · by John Semmens · 11 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 12 Mar 2017 | John Semmens
    Fresh off the Wikileaks revelation that the US Government is spying on everyone and his vow to complete the remaining six years of his ten year term, FBI Director James Comey blandly informed the American people that "privacy is not a right to which citizens are entitled." "I'm not saying that Americans don't enjoy a considerable degree of privacy," Comey said, "but let's be clear, this is a privilege extended by the government to those who are not under suspicion of criminal or anti-government activities. Government has a moral right and duty to monitor everyone who might represent a threat....
  • Horowitz: Dems Putting Gov't in 'A Civil War Situation' in Wake of Wiretap Allegations

    03/10/2017 3:04:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | March 9, 2017
    Author David Horowitz said the apparent partisan actions of Democrats in the wake of allegations of Russian interference and wiretapping of Trump Tower is "a civil war situation." Horowitz said Democrats have adopted the "slogan of... resistance" against Trump, and are being disingenuous regarding allegations of the wiretaps. He said Trump Tower was absolutely wiretapped, but said the Obama administration's lack of "respect" for national security laws affected some of the legitimacy behind the alleged actions. "Hillary Clinton violated the Espionage Act [via her use of a] private server," Horowitz said. "There wasn't one Democrat who said 'this was a...
  • Saakar S. Yadav's life mantra: Let others fear you because of strength & speed of your work

    03/09/2017 11:23:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Economic Times ^ | March 9, 2017
    Saakar S. Yadav’s profile on a professional networking website reads: Learning to fly, technology enthusiast, farmer, investor, politician, teacher et al. Add to this list the description of a hard worker, taskmaster, perfectionist and an early mover. Consider this: Yadav, the MD of Skorydov Systems, replies to emails only between 5 am and 9 am. He is not on any of the popular messaging platforms, prefers to discuss things over the phone rather than emails, reaches his Nariman Point office at 7 am every day and ends his day by noon. Yadav believes in sound organisational systems built on aggressive...
  • Donald Trump Has Call Centers in the Philippines Worried

    03/09/2017 7:56:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Bloomberg ^ | March 9, 2017 | Ditas B. Lopez and Karl Lester M. Yap
    <p>Outsourcing companies in the Philippines, whose clients are mainly U.S. companies, are worried that Donald Trump’s plan to bring jobs back to America won’t end at just manufacturing but extend into services.</p> <p>The industry is considering hiring a U.S.-based consultant to monitor the threat of rising American protectionism, Ike Amigo, the head of the Philippine association representing outsourcing companies, said in an interview on Wednesday.</p>
  • Russian hackers are extorting liberal groups

    03/08/2017 6:07:47 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 19 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/08/17 | Matthew Vadum
    Center for American Progress and Arabella Advisors have reportedly been targeted Russian hackers are blackmailing U.S.-based left-of-center organizations after hacking their email in search of embarrassing information, Bloomberg News reports. “At least a dozen groups have faced extortion attempts since the U.S. presidential election, said the [unnamed sources], who provided broad outlines of the campaign. The ransom demands are accompanied by samples of sensitive data in the hackers’ possession.”
  • Investigate This: Russia, Obama, Trump and Hillary

    03/07/2017 1:06:49 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/07/17 | Roger Aronoff
    New Obama/media narrative that his administration was never surveilling the Trump campaign for ties to Russia, cuts against what they have been arguing for months now Once again the dominant media narrative has shifted overnight. Last week the media exploded with stories about Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ admitted contacts with the Russian ambassador to the U.S., the latest attempt to somehow derail and delegitimize the Donald Trump presidency. It is part of the narrative concocted by the Democrats and their allies in the media to claim that Trump won the election thanks in part to help from Russia. Collusion has...
  • The Agriculture Revolution Is Coming

    03/07/2017 12:55:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Value Walk ^ | March 6, 2017 | Mauldin Economics
    Humans have needs, but we need some things more than others. Back in the 1940s, American psychologist Abraham Maslow famously classified human needs into a hierarchy, often shown as a pyramid. At the foundation are our physiological needs: air, water, food, etc. Only when these needs are met can we reach upward to more and more refined stages of material, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual fulfillment. You could say, the very existence of civilization depends on the stability of the bottom layer. It’s thus no accident that a huge part of the economy exists to fill these basic needs. Even smart...
  • Tinder Tries to Ruin Man’s Life Over Text Messages

    03/07/2017 10:44:15 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    MRC TV ^ | March 6, 2017 | Ashley Rae Goldenberg
    <p>Tinder, the hook-up app known for spawning one-night stands and regret-filled lives, apparently has a line that goes too far--and it has nothing to do with creepy, vulgar pick-up lines.</p> <p>A viral Facebook post details the story of “Nick,” a 24-year-old who allegedly exchanged numbers with a young woman on the app. According to the story, when the woman did not respond quickly enough, Nick responded by allegedly calling her a racial slur, along with calling her a "c*nt."</p>
  • Old And Busted: There Was No Wiretap. New Hotness: Trump Declassified Sensitive Information

    03/05/2017 7:37:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    RedState ^ | March 5, 2017
    This is becoming funnier by the minute. Yesterday morning, Trump’s assertion that he and his campaign had been the subject of a wiretap ordered by the Obama administration was being laughed at. By midday the story was a denial that Obama himself had ordered an wiretap on Trump’s personal phone. By afternoon a consensus had developed that Trump was, in fact, the target, directly or indirectly, of surveillance. This morning on the talk shows the existence of the wiretap is treated as “of course it happened.” And now we’re at the stage where “Trump did a very bad thing by...
  • The first on-site house has been printed in Russia (3D Printing)

    03/05/2017 5:56:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    3D Printing Progress ^ | March 6, 2017
    The first house printed using mobile 3D printing technology has been built in Stupino town, Moscow region. The Apis Cor and PIK companies have successfully completed the project. How it was builtIn December 2016, the Apis Cor company in cooperation with PIK proceeded to print the building using a mobile 3D printer. Construction took place at the Apis Cor company's test facility in the town of Stupino, on the territory of the Stupino aerated concrete factory. Printing of self-bearing walls, partitions and building envelope were done in less than a day: pure machine time of printing amounted to 24 hours....
  • Shadow Government’s Cyber Space War Blaming Russians for Stealing Election

    03/05/2017 8:03:39 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/05/17 | Judi McLeod
    In the ongoing ‘Russia Stole The Election Conspiracy Story’ the Russians are ‘Spies are Us’, the leaders of the Barack Obama Shadow Government operating up the street from the White House, ‘Lies Are Us’. If the Russians had been hacking the 2016 presidential election to steal it from Hillary Clinton, as is being charged by the sore loser progressive left and their bush league mainstream media surrogates, no one would have known about it. And you can bet the farm that the legendary intel of the Russians would never rely on motor mouth Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer for intelligence...
  • Does Trump's 'Weaponized AI Propaganda Machine' Hold Water?

    03/05/2017 4:10:30 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 5, 2017 | Jason Bloomberg
    The secret to Donald Trump’s win: a masterful combination of big data-based manipulation of hapless Facebook users, combined with ‘weaponized’ artificial intelligence (AI) which the Trump campaign used to mount a relentless misinformation machine. Or depending on your perspective, Trump’s people simply leveraged the latest generation of software tools better than the Clinton campaign was able to manage, a carefully crafted turnabout after Obama’s two campaigns successfully gained advantage on the McCain and Romney campaigns respectively by using the latest software of the day. Regardless of how you look at the situation, influencing public opinion is what political campaigns are...
  • AT&T will bring 3,000 outsourced jobs back to US

    03/04/2017 5:07:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    WDSU-TV ^ | March 3, 2017 | CNN
    AT&T has agreed to bring 3,000 outsourced jobs home to the U.S. The union that represents AT&T workers, the Communications Workers of America, said Thursday that it's reached a tentative agreement with AT&T Southwest -- a regional landline arm of the company -- that includes a commitment to hire American workers to do jobs that were previously done by contractors overseas. The four-year deal also covers wage hikes, paid parental leave, healthcare and benefits for 20,000 AT&T Southwest workers across five southern states. The exact terms of the deal still need to be approved by a union members vote. AT&T...
  • Study: Breitbart-led right-wing media ecosystem altered broader media agenda

    03/04/2017 2:23:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Columbia Journalism Review ^ | March 3, 2017 | Yochai Benkler, Robert Faris, Hal Roberts, and Ethan Zuckerman
    The 2016 Presidential election shook the foundations of American politics. Media reports immediately looked for external disruption to explain the unanticipated victory—with theories ranging from Russian hacking to “fake news.” We have a less exotic, but perhaps more disconcerting explanation: Our own study of over 1.25 million stories published online between April 1, 2015 and Election Day shows that a right-wing media network anchored around Breitbart developed as a distinct and insulated media system, using social media as a backbone to transmit a hyper-partisan perspective to the world. This pro-Trump media sphere appears to have not only successfully set the...
  • Vanity - Help. I'm having trouble donating

    03/04/2017 11:13:21 AM PST · by SouthWall · 11 replies
    3/4/2017 | Doug Wall
    When I try to donate, the page tells me I have an insecure page , no certificate.
  • DEVASTATING PROOF OF MEDIA BIAS: New York Times Airbrushes Away Democrat’s Embarrassing False Claim

    03/03/2017 5:11:12 PM PST · by Lazamataz · 21 replies
    Red State ^ | 3/2/2017 | by Patterico
    Jay Caruso noted that Senator Claire McCaskill had claimed early today never to have met with a Russian ambassador: Follow Claire McCaskill ✔ @clairecmc I've been on the Armed Services Com for 10 years.No call or meeting w/Russian ambassador. Ever. Ambassadors call members of Foreign Rel Com. 7:06 AM - 2 Mar 2017 13,293 13,293 Retweets 20,929 20,929 likes Then undeniable documentary and photographic evidence emerged that she had. I bet she wishes she could just airbrush that initial tweet from history — like it never happened. Kinda like the New York Times did today with her claim. They reported...

    03/03/2017 7:32:48 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 57 replies
    The Digital Bits ^ | March 1, 2017 | Bill Hunt
    Yes, folks, it’s true… this month marks the 20th anniversary of the beloved DVD format. The exact date is a matter of debate; some technically consider March 1, 1997 as the official date, though our records show that March 19 technically marks the official start of the U.S. launch, and the format was actually launched first in Japan in November of 1996. Either way, the first players and movie discs weren’t available in the seven initial U.S. test markets (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Dallas, New York, Seattle, and Washington) until much later in March 1997. Specifically, the first DVD...
  • Report: Peter Thiel’s secretive Palantir builds ‘the engine for Donald Trump’s deportation machine’

    03/02/2017 4:31:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Mercury News' Silicon Beat ^ | March 2, 2017 | Ethan Baron
    As controversy rises around deportations underway across the U.S., a new report says Palantir, the secretive Palo Alto security firm co-founded by Peter Thiel, has built “the engine for Donald Trump’s deportation machine.” Trump has brought in new policies directing authorities to ramp up arrests and deportation of people in the U.S. illegally. And Palantir, valued at $20 billion, is key to that effort, according to a report published March 2. The company did not respond immediately to a request for comment. In 2014, Palantir won a $41 million contract to build and maintain an intelligence system called Investigative Case...
  • ‘I Won’t Speak For All Liberals, But…’: Drag Queen From Viral ‘Future Liberals Want’

    03/02/2017 1:08:57 PM PST · by tekrat · 22 replies ^ | 3/2/2017 | Lindsey Ellefson
    Mediaite was able to confirm — through the receipt of a rather fabulous photo — the identity of the drag queen pictured in a photo that has been making the rounds on Twitter since last night. The shot shows the queen in full glam, sitting next to a woman wearing a black niqab, a type of clothing worn by some Muslim women. Gilda Wabbit, the queen in question, said that the attention “this simple picture” is getting has been “interesting.” That the photo is garnering attention is true enough: After it was tweeted by a far-right account alongside the caption...
  • Did the Oscars Just Prove That We Are Living in a Computer Simulation? (Also Trump won)

    02/28/2017 1:13:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The New Yorker | February 27, 2017 | Adam Gopnik
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  • Young Emirati makes breakthrough invention

    02/26/2017 9:00:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Khaleej Times ^ | February 26, 2017 | Jasmine Al Kuttab
    A young Emirati and a UAE based American nuclear chemist have developed what they claim is 'the next big thing in technology.' Mohammed Al Fahim, 29, and Dr. Lary A Burchfield, 65 - both working for the Nawah Energy Corporation - claimed their new theory of combining graphite with diamond has led to the discovery of a new molecule that acts like a semi-conductor. "Building a computer out of this will make the machine a millions times more powerful. Hence the discovery has the potential to change human lives," said Dr. Burchfield, Head of Environmental Radiochemistry Lab, at Nawah. He...
  • The Truth about Pepe the Frog and the Cult of Kek

    02/24/2017 3:19:31 PM PST · by 1rudeboy · 94 replies ^ | unknown | A. T. L. Carver
    THE REAL STORY BEHIND HILLARY CLINTON’S “CARTOON NAZI FROG” WILL BLOW YOUR MIND I’ll cut right to the chase:Pepe the Frog isn’t a white nationalist symbol.Pepe the Frog isn’t a harmless meme propagated by teenagers on the internet.Pepe the Frog is, in fact, the modern-day avatar of an ancient Egyptian deity accidentally resurrected by online imageboard culture. Does that sound like the most [bat****] crazy thing you’ve ever heard?Strap in, friendo.  You’re in for one hell of a ride.(UPDATE 11/9/16: Well memed, America, well memed.  A post-election follow-up to this article has been added here.)When Memes Collide: The Origins of Pepe the Frog The precise...
  • Donald Trump Bars CNN, NYT, LAT, Politico From White House Briefing

    02/24/2017 11:39:34 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | February 24, 2017 | Lisa de Moraes
    Shortly after President Donald Trump vowed to “do something” about the “cunning” media who he once again called “the enemy” of the American people, CNN announced on air it had been barred from today’s White House briefing. CNN reports New York Times, Los Angles Times, and Politico also were told they were not on the White House list, for today’s off-camera briefing. Breitbart, Fox News, Washington Times, and One America News Network were among those given entry, CNN reported. Today’s off-camera gaggle is distinct from the on-camera White House Press Briefing led by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, which is not...
  • Cisco chairman John Chambers explains how Trump will be a boon to tech startups

    02/23/2017 6:43:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet
    CNBC ^ | February 23, 2017 | Deborah Findling
    Cisco executive chairman and tech investor John Chambers believes the Trump administration and Congress will make startups great again by loosening regulations and making it easier for more companies to go public. "You've got to really enable the next generation of start-ups," Chambers told CNBC's Josh Lipton. "It starts with regulation, in terms of making it easier for companies to do this," said Chambers. "It comes with, really, making America great in the startup community again." Start-ups will be pivotal to America's future economic growth, said Chambers. Though 90 companies that went public on the Nasdaq last year, he stressed...