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Apple’s corrupt political bribery gets outed. Not the nice zen computer company but the mercenary bastards of dirty corporate tech.

Making us pay tax will DESTROY EUROPE, roars Apple’s Tim Cook

Apparently everyone could pay 0.005 per cent tax if they only asked

Forcing Apple to pay the same tax rate as other companies will lead to the destruction of Europe, according to its not-entirely objective CEO Tim Cook.

“This would strike a devastating blow to the sovereignty of EU member states over their own tax matters, and to the principle of certainty of law in Europe,” Cook said in a statement Tuesday, adding: “Beyond the obvious targeting of Apple, the most profound and harmful effect of this ruling will be on investment and job creation in Europe.”

On Tuesday, the electronics giant was hit with a massive €13bn ($14.5bn) tax bill following a two-year investigation into the unusual arrangement Apple had reached with the Irish tax authorities that saw it pay an extraordinary 0.005 per cent tax rate in 2014.

The European Commission called it “illegal state aid,” the Irish tax authorities claimed they had “collected the full amount of tax due,” and Apple… well, Apple claimed that the same deal is available to every business based in Ireland, if only they ask.

“Over the years, we received guidance from Irish tax authorities on how to comply correctly with Irish tax law – the same kind of guidance available to any company doing business there. In Ireland and in every country where we operate, Apple follows the law and we pay all the taxes we owe.”

Cook also strongly disputes the EC’s claims that Apple has reached a special agreement with Ireland: “The opinion issued on August 30th alleges that Ireland gave Apple a special deal on our taxes. This claim has no basis in fact or in law. We never asked for, nor did we receive, any special deals.”

The EC explains how Apple’s unusual tax arrangement works

Of course, the suspicion is that the Irish authorities struck a deal with Apple in order to get it to hire people in parts of the country that were not doing well. Cook’s response only serves to support this idea, and could even be seen as a coded warning to the Irish government that if it doesn’t fight the decision, Apple will start dropping people.

“In October 1980, Apple opened a factory in Cork, Ireland with 60 employees,” Cook said, reminiscing about the days of Steve Jobs. “At the time, Cork was suffering from high unemployment and extremely low economic investment … We have operated continuously in Cork ever since, even through periods of uncertainty about our own business, and today we employ nearly 6,000 people across Ireland. The vast majority are still in Cork.”

Better days? Steve Jobs visits the new Apple building in Cork in 1980

He also implies that forcing Apple to pay billions in back taxes may impact the country, beyond just itself: “Countless multinational companies followed Apple by investing in Cork, and today the local economy is stronger than ever.”

Despite the huge potential bill, Apple’s share price dropped by just one per cent on the news. That is likely in no small part because it will still be the Irish tax authorities that ultimately decide how much Apple must pay. And Ireland is currently sticking to its guns, saying it will appeal the ruling.

Cook says Apple will do the same and notes: “We are confident that the Commission’s order will be reversed.”

Whether it will be or not is the fifteen billion dollar question. ®

Facebook “news curator” Talia Ralph gets thrown under the Facebook bus yet she was “working under Zuckerberg’s direct orders”

Talia Ralph, a former news curator at Facebook, tweeted on Oct. 16, 2012, “Romney on Immigration. Fighting the urge to scream loudly.” She has several other tweets that show she is no fan of Republicans.

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Chris March, worked at Facebook as a contracted news curator, in response to a hot dog shop closing down he tweeted, “NO. Between Trump and this, I literally cannot handle all the horrible news this week. NO.”

The Facebook news staffers were exclusively haters of the GOP. After he left Facebook, Benjamin Fearnow, a former news curator, wrote on Twitter, “Even as a Bernie supporter, you have to admit #Trump is right on NAFTA, TPP and Clinton‘s highly unsuccessful warhawk past…”

NY Times says Obama’s Eric Holder covered up more Wall Street crimes than any man alive

Prosecution of Financial Crisis Fraud Ends With a Whimper


In 2011, Robert Khuzami of the Securities and Exchange Commission announced charges against top executives from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Credit Win Mcnamee/Getty Images

One source of great frustration from the financial crisis has been the dearth of cases against individuals over subprime lending practices and the related securitization of bad loans that caused so much financial havoc. To heighten the frustration, I offer Aug. 22, 2016, as the day on which efforts to pursue cases related to subprime mortgages were put to rest with no individuals — save perhaps the unfortunate former Goldman Sachs trader Fabrice Tourre — held accountable.

On that date, the Securities and Exchange Commission settled its last remaining case against a former Fannie Mae chief executive for securities fraud related to the disclosure of the company’s subprime mortgage exposure. The agency accepted a mere token payment that will not even come out of the individual’s own pocket.

On the same day, a federal appeals court refused to reconsider its May ruling that Bank of America’s Countrywide mortgage unit and one of its former executives did not commit fraud by failing to disclose to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that the subprime loans it was selling to them did not come close to the contractual requirements for such transactions.

In December 2011, the S.E.C. publicized its civil securities fraud charges against top executives from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for understating their exposure to subprime mortgages, which resulted in the government taking them over. Robert Khuzami, then the head of the S.E.C.’s enforcement division, said that “all individuals, regardless of their rank or position, will be held accountable for perpetuating half-truths or misrepresentations about matters materially important to the interest of our country’s investors.”

That is not how it turned out, however. Five of the executives settled in 2015 by arranging for modest payments to be made on their behalf by the companies and their insurers, amounts that were never even described as penalties in the settlements.

Each also agreed not to hold a position in a public company that would require signing a filing on its behalf for up to two years. That is far short of the director and officer bar the S.E.C. usually seeks in such cases, but at least it had the sound of something punitive regardless of whether there was any real impact.

The settlement with the sixth defendant, Daniel H. Mudd, the former chief executive of Fannie Mae, disclosed in a judicial filing on Aug. 22, did not even reach that modest level of accountability. Fannie will make a $100,000 donation on his behalf to the Treasury Department — which is like shifting money from one pocket to another because the government already controls the company. Nor is there any ban on Mr. Mudd holding an executive position at another public company, something that at least resulted from the cases against the other executives.

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Most S.E.C. settlements involve neither an admission nor denial of the charges, something that has proved frustrating to those who seek accountability, but at least it keeps the defendant from claiming that there was no basis for the case. That is not the situation with Mr. Mudd, however, who told Reuters that the terms would “end a case that should have never been brought.” The S.E.C. usually announces the outcomes of its cases, but the settlement has not yet been posted on the S.E.C.’s website, with the document only available through the court filing system.

What the S.E.C. accomplished in settling the cases against Mr. Mudd and the other executives hardly sends a message to other executives to be careful about how they act in the future. No money came out of the pockets of any of the defendants, and the prohibitions on future activity were token requirements. It was, after all, unlikely that any of the defendants would have been put in a leadership position at a public company within the applicable time. It is difficult not to come away with the impression that the settlements were little more than a slap on the wrist, and perhaps less than that for Mr. Mudd.

The case involving Countrywide may be more disheartening because it calls into question the scope of a federal statute from the savings and loan crisis, the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act, or Firrea, that the Justice Department used to extract large settlements from banks. That law authorizes the Justice Department to seek civil penalties for conduct that violates the mail and wire fraud statutes if it affects a bank.

The government won the jury trial in 2013. Preet Bharara, the United States attorney in Manhattan, said that “in a rush to feed at the trough of easy mortgage money on the eve of the financial crisis, Bank of America purchased Countrywide, thinking it had gobbled up a cash cow. That profit, however, was built on fraud.” The trial court hit Bank of America with a $1.267 billion penalty and ordered a former Countrywide executive, the only individual named as a defendant in the case, to pay a separate $1 million fine.

But the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Manhattan overturned the verdict this year by ruling that the government had not shown fraud because there was no false statement made when Countrywide sold loans that did not meet certain contractual obligations it had with Fannie and Freddie. The opinion found that “willful but silent noncompliance” with a contract was not fraudulent without some later misstatement.

The government’s aggressive approach to the case may explain why the Justice Department asked the full appeals court to review the decision even though such a request is rarely granted.

The appeals court judges issued a terse order on Aug. 22 denying the government’s request without further comment, which means the only option for challenging the ruling will be to try to take the case to the Supreme Court. The last time the Justice Department asked the Supreme Court to review a case from Mr. Bharara’s office was in United States v. Newman, an insider trading decision. The justices rejected that request before granting review in a similar case from California.

The likelihood that the Supreme Court will take up the appeals court’s decision appears to be low. The issue about what constitutes fraud in a contractual relationship is narrow, raising arcane questions about how a court should construe an agreement between sophisticated parties and when full disclosure is required. This is the type of claim that is usually pursued in a private lawsuit rather than through a federal enforcement action, so the justices may not want to be dragged into a dispute that will have little precedential impact on the application of federal law.

The lack of cases identifying individuals for any misconduct related to the financial crisis has become an all-too common complaint. What will be additionally disheartening to many is that even those few cases that were brought have now ended up largely as defeats for the government.

Stanford University Frat Boys Can’t Rape Sleepy Co-eds Any More Under New Laws

California closes legal loophole after Stanford assault

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Image caption Brock Turner was seen by two witnesses sexually assaulting an unconscious woman

Legislators in California have closed a loophole in sexual assault cases, whereby more lenient sentences could be issued if the victim did not resist.

The change follows a high-profile sexual assault case in Stanford earlier this year.

In June, Brock Turner, 20, was sentenced to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman on a university campus.

The sentence was widely criticised for being overly lenient.

In California, the use of force in a sexual assault results in a mandatory prison sentence. In cases where no force is used – when the victim is unable to defend themselves – no mandatory sentence exists.

State assembly members voted unanimously to amend the law, and prevent the use of probation in such cases. The bill has been passed to Governor Jerry Brown for approval, but has not yet been signed into law.

Turner, a former top swimmer at Stanford University, was found guilty in March of three felony charges. Two witnesses said they had seen him sexually assaulting the woman, who was lying on the ground unconscious, on the university campus. Prosecutors wanted a sentence of six years in state prison.

Judge Aaron Persky, who handed out the sentence, expressed concern about the impact of prison on Turner. In his decision, he said positive character references and Turner’s remorse and lack of previous criminal record were mitigating factors.

Brock Turner’s father, Dan, also caused controversy during the case, saying his son should not have been jailed for “20 minutes of action”.

The victim, referred to by the pseudonym Emily Doe, then released her victim impact statement publicly. It was read by millions, and openly praised by US Vice President Joe Biden.

Turner is expected to be released later this week after serving half his sentence, the Mercury News reports.

Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen, who prosecuted Turner in the Stanford case, said legislators had helped protect “the next Emily Doe against the next Brock Turner”.

“They not only read Emily Doe’s now famous letter, but they clearly understood it as cry for change,” he said in a statement.

Assembly member Evan Low said: “rape is rape, and rapists like Brock Turner shouldn’t be let off with a slap on the wrist.”

Death threats

The Stanford case was widely criticised, and became the focus for a campaign for tougher sentencing.

Judge Persky has faced death threats and online petitions demanding his removal following the case, and has now been assigned to the court’s civil division at his own request, where he will no longer hear criminal cases.

The case has also been used as an example in other cases involving sexual assault on university campuses across the US.

In Massachusetts, high school athlete David Becker, 18, was sentenced earlier this month to probation on charges of indecent assault. His attorney, Thomas Rooke, told local media “The goal … was not to impede this individual from graduating high school and to go onto the next step of his life.”

“We all made mistakes when we were 17, 18, 19 years old, and we shouldn’t be branded for life with a felony offence and branded a sex offender,” he told the Mass Live news outlet.

Governor’s Council member Michael Albano has called for a review of the sentence, which has been denied by the court.

Also this month, in Colorado, Austin James Wilkerson, 22, was sentenced to “work release” and probation for sexually assaulting a woman he had agreed to walk home after a party. The victim in that case also chose to publicly release her victim impact statement.

GM and the U.S. Army will unveil their hydrogen fuel-cell truck in October

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GM and the U.S. Army will unveil their hydrogen fuel-cell truck in October

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Almost a year after it was first announced, General Motors and the U.S. Army are getting ready to a reveal a prototype hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle based on the Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck.

The truck will debut in October at a meeting of the Association of the United States Army in Washington, D.C. Announced last November, the program is a joint effort between GM and the Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC). Research work takes place at TARDEC’s facility in Warren, Michigan, where GM has its own technical center.

The Department of Defense engaged in this partnership because it believes fuel cells may have military applications. It also hopes to leverage more technology from the civilian sector in the development of future military hardware. GM in turn expects to get feedback on its fuel-cell tech from the Army, something it believes will be valuable in the further development of that technology.

Read more: Nissan unveils a van powered by its solid-oxide fuel cells

The Chevy Colorado-based prototype will be used in demonstrations and testing through 2017. Among the benefits officials expect from a fuel-cell powertrain are quiet operation, copious low-end torque from electric motors, and the ability to generate both electric power and water while in the field.

GM’s relationship with TARDEC goes back to 2013, when the two entities agreed to collaborate on research into new materials and designs for hydrogen fuel cells. Prior to that, GM was already running a fleet of Chevy Equinox SUVs converted to hydrogen power. They collectively logged over 3 million miles in testing on public roads.

In addition to working with the Army, GM also has a fuel-cell research partnership with Honda. A report earlier this year claimed the two carmakers would also share a fuel-cell factory, with plans to start producing cells in 2025. But while Honda is currently rolling out its Clarity Fuel Cell, GM has no concrete plans to offer a production fuel-cell car.

ITT Tech and San Francisco Academy of Art Scam Colleges Get Crammed In California

California bans ITT tech from accepting new students

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The for-profit college chain ITT Educational Services has been banned from accepting new students at its 15 California locations under an emergency decision issued Friday by the state Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.

The state will also seek to revoke ITT’s approval to operate in California.

The emergency order, which takes effect Sept. 1, comes one day after the U.S. Department of Education banned ITT from enrolling new students who use federal financial aid. 

“The federal action raises grave concerns about the continued financial viability of ITT,” bureau chief Joanne Wenzel said in a press release. “We took today’s action in the interest of protecting potential students who are considering enrolling in ITT.”

Federal officials announced the action Thursday amid a series of measures that could threaten the survival of the chain, which has been the subject of state and federal investigations focusing on its recruiting and accounting practices. Company officials did not immediately comment. 

Among the measures, ITT has been ordered to pay $152 million to the department within 30 days to cover student refunds and other liabilities in case the company closes. The chain, based in Indiana, is still paying an additional $44 million demanded by the department in June for the same reason. 

The Education Department also has prohibited ITT from awarding its executives any pay raises or bonuses, and it must develop “teach-out” plans that would help current students finish their programs at other colleges if the chain shuts down. 

Under the new measures, current students can continue receiving federal grants and loans. 

Education Secretary John King said the government is taking action to protect students and taxpayers following “troubling” findings about the company. This month, a group that accredits ITT found that the chain failed to meet several basic standards and was unlikely to comply in the future. 

“It simply would not be responsible or in the best interest of students to allow ITT to continue enrolling new students who rely on federal financial aid,” King said during a telephone conference with reporters. 

If it fails to follow the government’s demands, ITT could be cut off entirely from federal aid, the top source of revenue for most for-profit colleges. 

ITT operates vocational schools at more than 130 campuses in 38 states, often under the ITT Technical Institute name. Last year, it enrolled 45,000 students and reported $850 million in revenue. 

One of the biggest for-profit chains in the nation, ITT has been under increasing scrutiny from the Education Department following allegations of misconduct. 

The Massachusetts attorney general sued the company in April, alleging that it misled students about the quality of its programs. The federal government had previously sued the chain, saying that it pushed students into high-cost private student loans knowing they would likely end in default. 

Department officials have been closely monitoring ITT’s operations since 2014, when the chain was late to submit an annual report of its finances to the government. 

Under President Obama, the Education Department has led a crackdown on for-profit colleges that have misled students or failed to deliver the results they promised. In 2014, the department cut off federal aid to the Corinthian Colleges chain amid allegations of fraud, leading it to close or sell all of its schools. 


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Apple boosts iPhone security after powerful spyware targets an activist and OKCupid dating users found to have incurable STD’s from easy internet sex

WHO urges shift in STD treatment due to devastating antibiotic resistance (Update)



Growing resistance to antibiotics has complicated efforts to rein in common sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhoea, chlamydia and syphilis, the World Health Organization warned Tuesday as it issued new treatment guidelines.



Globally, more than one million people contract a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or infection (STI) every day, WHO said.


“Chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis are major public health problems worldwide, affecting millions of peoples’ quality of life, causing serious illness and sometimes death,” Ian Askew, head of WHO’s reproductive health and research division, said in a statement.


WHO estimates that each year, 131 million people are infected with chlamydia around the globe, 78 million with gonorrhoea and 5.6 million with syphilis.


More than one million people contract a sexually transmitted infection (STI) every single day, WHO medical officer Teodora Wi said.


Until recently, the three diseases, which are all caused by bacteria, had been fairly easy to treat using antibiotics, but increasingly those drugs are failing, WHO said.


“Resistance of these STIs to the effect of antibiotics has increased rapidly in recent years and has reduced treatment options,” the UN agency said.


Resistance is caused, among other things, by doctors overprescribing antibiotics, and patients not taking the correct doses.


Injected into the buttock or thigh


Strains of multidrug resistant gonorrhoea that do not respond to any available antibiotics have already been detected, while antibiotic resistance also exists in chlamydia and syphilis, though it is less common, it said.


When left undiagnosed and untreated, the three diseases can have serious consequences, causing pelvic infamatory disease and ectopic pregnancy in women, and increasing the chances of miscarriage, stillbirth and newborn death.


They can also greatly increase the risk of being infected with HIV, and untreated gonorrhoea and chlamydia can leave both men and women infertile.


To rein in resistance, WHO on Tuesday presented new guidelines aimed at ensuring that doctors prescribe the best antibiotics, and the right doses, for treating each specific disease.


To reduce the spread of the diseases, national health services will need to “monitor the patterns of antibiotic resistance in these infections within their countries,” Askew said.


For gonorrhoea for instance, WHO recommends that health authorities study local resistance patterns and advise doctors to prescribe the most effective antibiotic with the least resistance.


For syphilis, meanwhile, WHO recommended a specific antibiotic—benzathine penicillin—that is injected into the buttock or thigh muscle.


It stressed that condom use was the most effective way to protect against STD infection.




TechDirt Reports That EVERY Cisco device is being hacked now with the hack of the NSA hack



Leaked NSA Zero Days Already Being Exploited By Whoever Thinks They Can Manipulate Them

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There are still people out there who think it’s a good idea for the government — whether it’s the FBI, NSA, or other agency — to hoover up exploits and hoard vulnerabilities. This activity is still being defended despite recent events, in which an NSA operative apparently left a hard drive full of exploits in a compromised computer. These exploits are now in the hands of the hacking group that took them… and, consequently, also in the hands of people who aren’t nearly as interested in keeping nations secure.

The problem is you can’t possibly keep every secret a secret forever. Edward Snowden proved that in 2013. The hacking group known as the Shadow Brokers are proving it again. The secrets are out and those who wish to use exploits the NSA never disclosed to affected developers are free to wreak havoc. Lily Hay Newman of Wired examines the aftermath of the TAO tools hacking.

Whoever they are, the Shadow Brokers say they still have more data to dump. But the preview has already unleashed some notable vulnerabilities, complete with tips for how to use them.

All of which means anyone—curious kids, petty criminals, trolls—can now start hacking like a spy. And it looks like they are.

Curious to learn if anyone was indeed trying to take advantage of the leak, Brendan Dolan-Gavitt—a security researcher at NYU—set up a honeypot. On August 18 he tossed out a digital lure that masqueraded as a system containing one of the vulnerabilities.

Dolan-Gavitt used the Cisco zero-day — one which the company is still unable to completely thwart — for his honeypot. This exploit was in the hands of the NSA for at least three years and was never disclosed to Cisco. The security researcher saw one attack in the first 24 hours. Since then, there have been a handful of attacks mounted every day.

This is the end result of someone hacking the hackers. The Shadow Brokers have turned the agency’s exploit toolkit into NSA Everywhere!™ — the NSA’s new “Inadvertent Disclosure” project. The hackers have divulged far more exploits than the NSA ever has, even with the (severely loopholed) “presumption of disclosure” mandate handed down by the Obama Administration.

The NSA — and its defenders — remain mostly unworried about this collateral damage. Presumably the nation is still secure, even if its companies and their customers aren’t. I guess that’s supposed to be good enough. Every war inflicts a toll on non-combatants, and the neverending War on Terror will be no different than the neverending War on Drugs in this respect.

But those at the top of the IC heap — and those who work closely with them, like the FBI — need to stop pretending the government can be trusted with keeping its most secret secrets secure. And officials need to stop applying pressure on lawmakers to craft encryption backdoor legislation, because this debacle should make it clear — even to true believers like FBI director James Comey — that any hole labeled “GOVERNMENT USE ONLY” isn’t going to keep bad guys out forever.

NY POST Says People Who Attend Burning Man Have Mental Problems

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Next time you spy drug-blasted people bicycling through Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, wearing tutus and little else, don’t be envious. They’re invariably at Burning Man, the annual pop-up festival which runs from Aug. 28 through Sept. 5 — and are probably miserable with themselves.

Sure, it looks fun to spend a few days enjoying a gift economy, listening to techno, cooling off in refrigeration trucks and gawking at surreal sculptures or taking in offbeat performance art But, according to Daniel Yudkin, a social psychology Ph.D. candidate at New York University, as reported by Quartz, the eight days of decadent hedonism provide once-a-year opportunities for attendees to experience bona fide connections with others. All the other non-Burning days of their lives? Not so much.

Rather than reflecting how much fun Burning Man is, the reality of people spending thousands of dollars — on travel, accommodations, tickets and drugs — serves as proof that their non-Burner days are pathetically empty. “I think the fact that people invest so much of their own resources and time and energy to going to Burning Man suggests that there’s something missing, that there’s something Burning Man fulfills for them that they don’t get in day-to-day life,” Yudkin says.

Sadly, then, if Burning Man sets the stage for them to be the way that they really want to be, every other day is just the opposite.

“For many people, in day-to-day life our freedoms are quite restricted, sometimes very restricted, and our ability for self-expression is limited,” said Stephen Joseph, author of “Authentic: How To Be Yourself & Why It Matters.” “People spend the day in workplaces where quite often we have to hold our tongues, not say what we really think, keep going, do what we need to do. It can be very tiring and exhausting living a life day to day that feels quite inauthentic and [lacks the] capacity for freedom and self-expression.”

While it’s easy to write all this off as the byproduct of being overly coddled and having unrealistic expectations, Joseph makes a case for Burning Man operating as a bubbling caldron of the legitimately discontented and disenfranchised.

“For many people, it’s more than a niggling sense of discomfort” that they experience say to day, Joseph told Quartz. “It’s a real tension that they carry. Those people need something more.”

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Google Fiber Being Rejected By The World Because Google Spies on Users and abuses their private data

Google Fiber reportedly ordered to cut costs, downsize

Building a fiber-based network is expensive and time-consuming. The company is said to have fallen “well short” of its subscriber goals.


Google Fiber’s ultrafast 1Gbps broadband service may not be going fast enough.

Google Fiber, a subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet, has fallen “well short” of its subscriber goals and is now looking to cut costs, according to a report Thursday from The Information.

Alphabet co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have been unhappy with the rollout and costs of Google Fiber, unnamed sources told The Information. Last month, Page reportedly ordered Google Fiber chief Craig Barratt to halve the size of the team and significantly reduce the cost of bringing the service to customers’ homes.



Entire Facebook Trending News Team Fired



Facebook has fired its Trending News team, responsible for curating the social media network’s “Trending News” list, after Breitbart Tech began to reveal their progressive biases last month. The team is set to be replaced by a team of engineers managing an algorithm.

Facebook’s Trending News feature is supposed to present users with the most popular news topics being discussed across the platform. But a Gizmodo exposé in May revealed that Trending News operated much like a traditional newsroom, with a team of “curators” selecting stories they considered newsworthy.

It was later revealed that the team artificially injected stories that were not trending into the Trending News feed, and routinely suppressed topics that were of interest to conservatives. In response, Republican Senator John Thune, Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, sent a letter to CEO Mark Zuckerberg demanding answers.

Eager to avoid further congressional action, Facebook launched an internal investigation, which found themselves not guilty. However, in their report they did acknowledge that the “unintentional biases” of its overwhelmingly progressive workforce might have led to bias in its Trending News curation.

Last month, Breitbart Tech decided to show the world just how biased Facebook’s Trending News team were, with a series of articles documenting the wacky progressive views of some of its leading team members.

Now, according to Quartz, Facebook has laid off its entire Trending News staff as they move towards a more algorithm-focused process. Descriptions for trending news topics, which Facebook says was the primary reason for employing news curators, will be removed.

Humans will still be involved in the process – Facebook’s engineers will remove duplicate topics for example – but the social network has emphasized that the new system is more “algorithmically driven” and has explicitly claimed that the new system will be less prone to political bias:

Earlier this year, we shared more information about Trending in response to questions about alleged political bias in the product. We looked into these claims and found no evidence of systematic bias. Still, making these changes to the product allows our team to make fewer individual decisions about topics. Facebook is a platform for all ideas, and we’re committed to maintaining Trending as a way for people to access a breadth of ideas and commentary about a variety of topics.

As can immediately be seen by comparing the old and new Trending News feeds, the new system also looks very similar to the trending hashtags list on Twitter, the financially beleaguered, news-centric microblogging platform that Facebook is moving to crush.


Facebook’s change doesn’t guarantee that the system will be free from political bias, of course. The company’s engineers will still remove trending topics deemed to be “un-newsworthy” (Facebook uses #food as one such example), and given that the algorithm will likely have been designed by progressive tech workers, there’s also no guarantee that bias – unintentional or otherwise – isn’t written into the system.

But the focus on Trending News masks an even bigger problem for Facebook: bias in its system of punishments and suspensions. While the social network is usually quick to reinstate accounts that have been wrongly suspended, its record of suspicious suspensions of high-profile conservatives and critics of progressivism is easily equal to Twitter’s.

Suspended pages and accounts include Islam critic Pamela Geller (who is currently suing the company), gun store owners, immigration hawks, popular anti-SJW pages, and pages mocking Hillary Clinton. Many of these users and pages were reinstated following coverage from Breitbart Tech and other outlets, but their initial, inexplicable suspensions continue to raise questions about bias at the company. Earlier this month, a group of popular comedy pages staged a revolt against Facebook’s track record of censorship.

Unlike Twitter, Facebook is at least responding to claims that it is politically biased. Yet it remains to be seen if its changes to Trending News will give their users a less biased experience. It also remains to be seen if they will do anything about their suspensions team, which appears to face similar problems to Trending News.

A Senator said: ‘ ahhhhh, Don’t make a federal case out of it..’ BUT THEY DID!

The Department of Energy Campaign Finance Slush Fund




In a paragraph; here is what happened:

After receiving multiple White House commendation letters, the company won a Commendation from the U.S. Congress in the Iraq War Bill and a federal grant for developing a technology which “helped America reduce it’s dependence on foreign energy sources.”  according to the U.S. Congress. During this program, after spending vast amounts of their own money to help the Department of Energy, the company witnessed felony-class crimes and the abuse of toxic materials, using taxpayer dollars. The company was asked to help with THE INVESTIGATIONS AT THIS LINK (click here to view evidence). They witnessed crimes and illicit activities that the U.S. Congress, federal law enforcement and major news organizations have been analysing in investigations such as THE ONES SHOWN AT THIS LINK (click here to view evidence). One of the main financiers of the illicit acts in the case is a company called GOOGLE (click here to view evidence). Google controlled a monopoly in the competing technology, which the company’s technology made obsolete. Another key suspect in the case is Google’s partner: ELON MUSK (click here to view evidence).  Google, Musk and political figures (SEE THIS LINK) that they paid, then engaged in one of the largest cyber-attacks and defamation programs ever documented against an individual and a company. They used THE TACTICS SHOWN AT THIS LINK (click here to view evidence). The crimes that are being investigated resulted in the loss, to taxpayers, of nearly a trillion dollars, the loss of soldiers lives in Afghanistan and the end of domestic careers and exposed the systematization of political corruption in the U.S.A. The witnesses have testified to federal law enforcement and have offered to reconfirm all of the facts with ANY public unbiased law enforcement or media presentation, hearing or broadcast, with support from nearly a thousand other witnesses! This page links to over 200,000 pages of evidence, much provided by federal investigators, U.S. federal courts and renown journalists, proving the fact that State and Federal employees used taxpayer resources to attack, damage and remove the benefits for the victims of these crimes in retribution for “doing the right thing”.

The Witnesses Say To The Politicians and Their Campaign Financiers: “You attacked us, you got caught, now pay for the damages you caused or this will never go away!”


Click each link, below, to open or download the document –

A.) The Unofficial History Of Tesla Motors 2.3   (See why one of the campaign financiers was so terrified of the Witnesses technology)

B.) thesolyndraappendixpt1high  (See portions of the evidence that proved that an illegal Cartel had manipulated a federal agency)

C.) HOW GOOGLE TOOK OVER THE WHITE HOUSE 2.4   (See an aggregation of the reports and investigations that proved that the Cartel had the same handful of members)

D.) Feinstein Corruption 1.2  ( See an aggregation of news articles and reports that prove that a major elected official took personal actions against the Witnesses)

E.) DO IT YOURSELF ANTI_CORRUPTION TACTICS 2.5  (See how consumer groups are trying to counter-measure this type of corruption)

F.) ANTI-CORRUPTION BOOKS AND RESEARCH 2.1  (See additional books that document the corruption tactics by the attackers, against the public and the Witnesses)

G.) An Investigation Of Solyndra And The Department Of Energy Disasters  (See the details of the largest corruption case in recent U.S. history, which the Witnesses were asked to help law enforcement with)

H.) 1.5 AAFINAL-DOE-Loan-Guarantees-Report  (See the U.S. Congressional report on one of the largest corruption cases in U.S. history which the Witnesses were asked to help law enforcement with)

J.) DEMAND FOR GRAND JURY INVESTIGATION- UPDATED (See a demand for a Grand Jury investigation of this case)

K.) countering_the_anti-hydrogen_trolls_and_shills_1-21  (See how the Witnesses were attacked because their technology obsoleted the Attackers scam technology)

L.) The Kleiner Perkins Investigation  (See a backgrounder on one of the main financiers, beneficiaries and organizers of the Cleantech Crash)

M.) The Cleantech Crash Video (below) – (See the CBS News 60 Minutes Segment on the dirty schemes behind The Cleantech Crash)

N.) Report To Congress On Gawker Media C-DOC (This is how White House and Department of Energy Bosses used Gawker Media to character assassinate the people and brands that were the witnesses against them)

O. The Silicon Valley Mafia 3.7  (See the names, faces and tactics of the people who ran this whole scam against the taxpayers and against he law)



“The Congressional Investigation Archive of the Entire Energy Department Scandal. See the crazy billionaires, the exploding batteries and the political kick-backs that led to some of the biggest political corruption in U.S. history. From the character assassinations to actual murders, these are the original investigation records that forced over 50 of the top players in Washington to lose their careers because those corrupt bureaucrats cost American taxpayers to lose nearly a trillion dollars. Here are the inside investigations, emails and records that blew the scandal wide open:”





The following CBS News 60 Minutes episode explains the beginning of the case in which so much money and so many lives, careers and companies were lost in a financial racketeering operation that continues to expand to this day. This segment documents the illicit transfer of American technology to China via “bundlers” who also were the bundlers and deal makers for the very elected officials under investigation:


For more broadcast news coverage of this incident (CLICK HERE)

Note: The evidence links above represent only a small sample of the available evidence provided by state and federal law enforcement on over 3 continents, journalists, Congressional staff and the public. Some material has been legally sourced from a series of public document leaks known as “the Snowden leaks, “The HSBC Swiss leaks”, “The Sony Leaks”, “The Oil Leaks”, “The Panama Papers” and other depositories.

For additional information on the status of the investigations, AND TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PAGES OF EVIDENCE AND DOCUMENTATION, see these links:

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See this recent article about the attack on Scott in retribution for his help with law enforcement and enforcement actions



The following CBS News 60 Minutes episode explains the beginning of the case in which so much money and so many lives, careers and companies were lost in a financial racketeering operation that continues to expand to this day. This segment documents the illicit transfer of American technology to China via “bundlers” who also were the bundlers and deal makers for the very elected officials under investigation:

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For more broadcast news coverage of this incident (CLICK HERE)


Note: The evidence links above represent only a small sample of the available evidence provided by state and federal law enforcement on over 3 continents, journalists, Congressional staff and the public. Some material has been legally sourced from a series of public document leaks known as “the Snowden leaks, “The HSBC Swiss leaks”, “The Sony Leaks”, “The Oil Leaks”, “The Panama Papers” and other depositories.








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Blackness-Free Burning Man event highlights the White-Yuppie Culture That Burning Man Prevaricates

Burning Man’s Race Problem was created by Burning Man: Racism Is “Built-in” at Burning Man


Burning Man’s Race Problem was created by Burning Man: Racism Is “Built-in” at Burning Man

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Saying that Burning Man’s racism is “because Black people don’t camp” is like saying that the drought is because Black people bought too many watermelons.

It is ridiculous.

Almost the entire Burning Man staff is White.

Everybody who makes the profit off of Burning Man is White.

Most of the people from Burning Man work at Google, Facebook, Twitter and the other most black-avoidance companies in America. Those companies have the least number of Black people, per capita; anywhere in America. Those companies were all funded by racist, white, misogynist venture capitalist Frat Boys.

All of the Burning Man Facebook and Twitter postings are by White People.

All of the outside “funders” and “grants providers” of Burning man are white.

Almost all of the contractors they hire to supply burning man are white.

All of the cute little naked girls at Burning man are white and those are the ones that Burning Man staff post on the web to promote the event.

Every pretend artist that Burning man hires to build all of the big strange structures in the desert are white.

All of the art and text is Silicon Valley-based and certainly not inner city Detroit-based. Ebonics on the Playa? Not allowed! African print stage back drops and dresses? Not so much!

The most promoted disaster of the current Burning Man was when an airhead white pop singer fell off her Segway because she was a klutz. THE HORROR! THE NIGHTMARE. Black people across America are certainly feeling the pain as they, TOO, recall the many disasters they have undergone on their Segway electric lazy-mobiles!!! All the Black people could totally relate to Katy Perry’s life threatening moment of unspeakable white girl hell.

Many newspapers have now revealed hidden camera and sociology racial index tests that they conducted at Burning Man. They discovered that Black people weren’t just “hard to see because of the dust”, as one Burning Man staffer suggested. They just were not there. Hard scientific evidence from numerical body counts proves it. Racially insensitive comments were recorded across the Playa.

The massively self-rationalizing “Burners” always have a quick, Scientology-like, explanation for all of Burning man’s ills. They say that “they just provide the canvas and the public paints it”, or, “We just provide the space and it is up to the attendees to make of it what they will..”. Wrong.

If you build a lion cage and fill it with lions, you are not going to get bunnies as an end result.

Let’s not pick on the Black thing for a moment, let’s pick on the “Sensitivity Thing”. Let’s take a look at the argument that “Burners” are self-absorbed, tone deaf assholes. Burners love to make out like they are “higher level beings” who are building “a better world”. Let’s take a look at the better world where nobody is objectified or treated in a dehumanizing manner.

Imagine if A Burner had documented other huge numbers of, other Burner’s fully partaking in, and cooperating with, the objectification, dehumanization and joyful death of self-respect of other humans just because of their physical features.

After Solyndra, where did the rats run when the ship sank?

One Year After Solyndra Collapse, Where Are They Now?

The bankruptcy of Solyndra LLC, announced Aug. 31, 2011, was a major blow to investors, top executives, and employees of the once-promising solar company, as well as to government officials that provided major support.

Now, at the one-year anniversary of its stunning collapse, the Solyndra effect continues to be felt by those who got burned. Some of the financial backers have backed away from clean-tech investing, while key employees–including the two men who served as chief executives of the company and have laid low since its downfall–are still looking for the “next big thing.”

The irony, according to Dawn Dzurilla, founder and managing partner of executive search firm Gaia Human Capital Consultants, is that Solyndra managed to attract some of the most experienced people in their fields, because of its high-profile status.

“What they saw in Solyndra was tremendous promise,” said Dzurilla, who has encountered former Solyndra executives in job searches. “They saw money. They saw a firm that was close to commercialization and capitalization. They were very excited about making a big difference in the world.”

For former employees who didn’t find new employment, Solyndra doesn’t have to be a taint or a stigma, according to Linda Locke, principal at Reputare Consulting, which helps organizations leverage and maintain a good reputation. “If you learned from your mistake, there’s great forgiveness in American society. We are a country that is open to second chances and reinvention,” she added.

That may help former top executives at Solyndra.

Chris Gronet, who was the founding CEO, is working on a new start-up, not in the area of solar, according to a person familiar with his plans. He hasn’t pitched the start-up to investors yet, the person said. Efforts to reach Gronet weren’t successful.

Gronet doesn’t mention Solyndra on his LinkedIn page. But Brian Harrison, the turnaround CEO who was hired by the board of directors in 2010 to try to revive the struggling company, does. Efforts to reach Harrison, who was previously a high-level executive at Intel, weren’t successful.

Harrison’s LinkedIn page says that he’s “waiting for the ‘next big thing.’”

He “probably will have to create his own next big thing,” said Dzurilla.

Many engineers and managers came to Solyndra from the semiconductor and hard-disk drive sectors, and after the company failed they returned. Among the companies now employing ex-Solyndra workers, according to LinkedIn, are Lam Research, JDS Uniphase and Applied Materials. Some employees stuck to the clean-tech space, with electric car company Tesla Motors and solar-panel maker Nanosolar hiring several former Solyndrans.

As for investors, Solyndra likewise represented a big bet, up until a massive devaluation in the solar sector, caused in large part by the rise of Chinese solar-panel makers backed by government support.

The Fremont, Calif.-based company raised the highest amount of venture capital ever at that time for a start-up, more than $1.2 billion in equity, and it drew on a $535 million federal loan from a flagship Obama administration stimulus program. The government’s loss on the loan caused a political storm, as well as an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation about possible improprieties. No one has been charged.

“Solyndra was a good company with a great technology, but very few companies can withstand a 75% drop in their average selling price over an 18-month period,” wrote a former Solyndra investor in an email to Dow Jones VentureWire. “This is an unnatural act that typically requires massive dumping.” The U.S Commerce Department has since imposed countervailing duties on some Chinese solar panel manufacturers. Over the past 12 months some 30 solar companies in the U.S. and Europe declared bankruptcies, according to analysis by investment bank Raymond James.

Almost every investor in Solyndra remains in his previous position, except for Tom Baruch, who was formerly with CMEA Capital and has moved on to a new firm, Formation 8, that seeks to invest in both clean-tech and high-tech companies. Another investor, Alex O’Cinneide, has also left his position with Masdar Capital, according to reports.

All traces of Solyndra have been erased in their public profiles, whether on their firm’s websites or on LinkedIn, a professional social network.

“The investors are big boys and through their lives they make good investments and bad,” another former investor told VentureWire.

Redpoint Ventures, a Solyndra backer, stepped away from the clean-tech sector in the wake of the debacle, as VentureWire previously reported. John Walecka of Redpoint Ventures didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Solyndra hasn’t necessarily soured everyone’s view of clean tech. Some former Solyndra backers continue making investments in clean tech, including Madrone Capital, which invests on behalf of the Walton family and has recently invested in solar financing company SunRun.

Still others are trying to raise new funds. Virgin Green Fund, for example, which counts Richard Branson as an investor, is trying to raise a second fund, although it doesn’t appear that it has closed. Anup Jacob, of Virgin Green, didn’t respond to a request for comment.

“They thought it was going to be big, and they hit their fund maximums,” said the former investor about the funds that backed the company. “So the negative is that it was a big investment for a lot of these funds and for clean tech, in general, there hasn’t been a lot of real liquidity.”

The investor took away a big lesson from the Solyndra story.

“We are never going to partner with the government again,” he said. “That’s what all the investors in Solyndra missed. If things are great, [that’s] good, but if things are challenging, then get ready for all hell to break loose. You don’t know who’s making the decision and what they’re motivated by. Is it political, is it someone’s career they’re trying to advance?”

BURNING MAN! Uncovered

Burning Man to create giant permanent sex city enhanced by drugs


Site will be dedicated to racism, mysogyny, sexual objectification of women, drugs and yuppie rich-boy narcissism



The nearly all white rich boy cult camp is moving to Fly Ranch where it can permanently force naive young women to dress like sluts, continue to lock out all blacks, take even more drugs and worship the golden cow of selfies and look-at-me narcissists.



What do Burning Man, Scientology, Jim Jones, and the Moonies have in common? They are all cults.



Why is Burning Man a “Black-Free Zone”: Because it is the worst of Silicon Valley



  • Arrogance, self-aggrandizing, Elon Musk and racism all go together like Silicon Valley and well, Silicon Valley.

  • Burning Man is finally busted for what it is: A White Boy fantasy world of tits, cash and yuppie privilege

  • No blacks at Burning Man because “Blacks Don’t Camp” say organizers. “Blacks don’t like it outside. It scares them” . KKK wants a huge tent there next year.

  • Silicon Valley never hires Blacks or let’s them live in Silicon Valley. Burning Man: Same Thing




Burning Man founder Larry Harvey has countered criticism of the lack of racial diversity at the festival by saying that part of the reason there are so few black attendees (known as burners) is that “I don’t think black folks like to camp as much as white folks”.


In an interview with the Guardian, Harvey vowed that “we’re not going to set racial quotas”, defended the presence of rich Silicon Valley executives at the festival, and said he will personally go undercover this week to investigate the luxurious camps of ultra-wealthy tech bosses said by the New York Times to boast chefs, air conditioning and servants.


According to the most recent Black Rock city census, complied yearly by a team of academic demographers and anthropologists to determine the makeup of the festival, 87% of burners identified as white; 6% identified as Hispanic, 6% as Asian, and 2% as Native Americans (figures rounded) – on the latter of whose ancestral lands the event occurs. The smallest demographic of burners – 1.3% – identified as black. According to the census, which also measures income, this means that the temporary city is home to twice as many people who earn $300,000 a year as it is to black people.






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So given that the first of the festival’s 10 principles is “radical inclusion”, what does it mean that the festival’s vision of a utopian society is 90% white?


This has never been, imagined by us, as a utopian society,” Harvey answered. “I’ll believe in utopia when I meet my first perfect person, and this community is made up of 70,000 imperfect persons.


That being the case,” he continued, “I think it’s a little much to expect the organisation to solve the problem of racial parity. We do see a fast-increasing influx of Asians, black folks. I actually see black folks out here, unlike some of our liberal critics.”


Dan Drahos dances at the Robot Heart during the morning hours at Burning Man. Photograph: Jim Urquhart/Reuters











Black burners are not an abstract concept for Harvey: “My family is half black,” he said. “I see black people! And they’re here. Though I got a lot of criticism for once saying, ‘Well I don’t think black people like to camp’.” Harvey’s comment drew nervous laughter from other Burning Man staff and members of international media at a press conference before the Guardian’s interview. “There are some historic reasons for that, especially in the United States.”


Asked later to expand on this, Harvey told the Guardian: “Remember a group that was enslaved and made to work. Slavishly, you know in the fields. This goes all the way back to the Caribbean scene, when the average life of a slave in the fields was very short. And, so, there’s that background, that agrarian poverty associated with things. Maybe your first move isn’t to go camping. Seriously.” Burning Man’s Marcia Crosby disagrees. Many Burning Man staff think that the whole thing is just about profits and ego exposure now.


The rest of the year, Harvey lives in the historically black Fillmore neighborhood of San Francisco. “My wife is from Jamaica. My ex-wife. My stepchildren – and then there’s my son. So, it’s a biracial family. “In my neighbourhood,” he added, “the thing to do was to get a good-looking car, and people would sit on stoops, and you’d stop your car in the middle of the street and you’d start talking. That was society. And that involved a lot of display, a lot of dress, a lot of attention to style. But the idea of getting down in the dirt? Not particularly popular.”


You think I am full of crap?” Harvey asked the Guardian. Not entirely: his responses are not entirely out of line with what some (though not all) black burners have told me.Participants gather to watch the flames from the art car El Popo Mechanico during Burning Man. Photograph: Jim Urquhart/Reuters


But Harvey had harsh words for a diversity consultant the organisation hired who “was black, and lesbian, and she had a niche in the nonprofit world, because they’re always trying to check off those boxes, in terms of quotas, so they can say [they are diverse].“At a certain point, she made a speech which was pro forma, which I didn’t know was the speech she always made, about the racial question. I said ‘Well, I don’t think black folks like to camp as much as white folks!’ And she said ‘You son of a bitch!’ And then there was a guy, who did a sort of white man shuffle in response, and said,” – Harvey dropped his voice – “‘We understand.’”







Afterwards, Harvey went to the consultant. “I took it seriously, and I said, ‘Listen. You’ve got to have connections with all these black arts or community groups. And I will go anywhere and talk to anyone you direct me to.’ She never got back to me. And it’s only later I realised I had never seen her with a black person. She lived in a white nonprofit world. She didn’t really represent the black community. She wasn’t asking us to do anything. It was just this pose she had to strike.”


Harvey believes that more black people will come to Burning Man, following his family’s example. “I have contributed. Because, my stepson and my stepdaughter and my ex-wife are here.”


Early in Burning Man’s history, Harvey was upset to hear about a black burner who felt isolated. “I know how she felt. My son is biracial, if that term makes any sense, but he’s considered black because it’s a touch of the brush [which] brands you black anywhere. So I’ve encountered that, in reactions to my family.” His stepson, he says, was arrested in Marin County, the wealthy suburban county north of the Golden Gate bridge “more than once, where he lived, of DWB: which is driving while black. [White people] seem to think if you drive past their homes, you’re reducing their property values, and the cops act like they’re some kind of mall security force. It’s pretty racist.”


Such experiences have confirmed Harvey’s disdain for “white liberal circles,” who he says preach diversity while calling the cops on someone like his son. “Don’t tell me all this chest-thumping about the racial question is without hypocrisy.” Meanwhile he is defensive about allegations of Burning Man and wealth – both that of the organisation, and of its campers: “We’re not going to judge people in terms of the amount of wealth they bring to the event.” He downplayed how much profit the festival makes, and denied the timing (though not interest) of a potential purchase of nearby land for future festivals recently reported by New York magazine. He said Silicon Valley “had always been well represented” at Burning Man, and dismissed recent stories about tech titans here as “the story of the day”.


Participants compete in the Carnival of Death race. Photograph: Jim Urquhart/Reuters


Harvey said the problem with luxurious “plug and play camps” was not that they were made of wealthy people, but that they were violating Burning Man’s community spirit as gated communities with no connection to their neighbors. He said reforms had been instigated, and that he was personally going undercover to investigate all of those camps to see if a stranger was welcomed. But if he’s going to personally look at the role of the super-wealthy, how aggressively to address race and Burning Man? Harvey said an attempt to conjure appropriate amount of racial diversity involving quotas “in itself would be an act of condescension, wouldn’t it?”








(PHOTO: The women at Burning Man allow strangers to simply walk up to them and grab their boobs)



We’re not going to set up a Marxist state,” he said. “We see culture as a self-organising thing. And we’re unwilling to impose and mandate behavior from the outside, we want to generate change from the inside.”


Change from the inside of a population that is disproportionately white compared to the demographics of Nevada, the United States, and the globe? “I hope I haven’t said anything too incendiary,” Harvey concluded.




Horrific Tragedy at Burning man 2016; Over 40,000 attendees infected with MAA


Thanks to the global connection and transparency afforded by global social media, the vast Playa in the Nevada desert was, in 2015, soon revealed, by observers, to be ground zero for one of the largest infections of MAA in recorded history.


The world is now in shock that so many young and naïve participants were struck down in their prime. Equally horrifying is the loss of so many senior members of the Burning Man society, who have been discovered to be the carriers of MAA.


MAA (Mutually Assisted Asshole-ism) is a terrible disease that was only thought to survive in Silicon Valley, Santa Monica and parts of Manhattan. Once afflicted, the weakened delusional state of the victims often brings on the secondary affliction of Repercussive MR (Massive Rationalization).


The giant Burning Man statue was discovered to, most likely, be Scientology’s Zenu. The entire Burning Man event was, essentially Scientology as Disneyland.
For all of the drug abuse, zen date rape, sexually exploitive costumes and cultish nonsense, nothing can top the participants willingness to rationalize that they are right and others are not cool enough to recognize their higher state of awareness.


The Burners will endlessly self-congratulate each other and go on TED talk, after TED talk to mutually glorify each of the others in their closed group of self glory. Burners hate those people who don’t recognize their personal wonderfulness. They are like a Texas banker going on about inter-racial marriage. Anybody who does not have “the look” and the reverence for the Rationalizations is a “hostile thinker” and must be shunned. In the most twisted of Dichotomies, on the way to their “Empowered Women” workshop camp tent fireworks talk; Playa women offer sex and dress in “F*ck Me” outfits but scream when their pictures of sexual whoreish-ness are publicized.




































































New York Post Reports That Nick Denton Appears To Be Cooking the Books on his Finances

Gawker founder Nick Denton bristled at a public probing of his finances at a bankruptcy court hearing Thursday, asking “Is this an open meeting?” when he spotted press in the room.

“It’s very important now you’re in Chapter 11, your financial affairs are an open book for better or for worse,” said US Department of Justice attorney Greg Zipes, a court-appointed monitor for the bankruptcy case.

Denton tightly crossed his arms and shook his head as Hulk Hogan’s attorney Kenneth Turkel grilled him about how he spent a $2 million home equity loan.

“I got married, I had a rather expensive wedding,” Denton said, referring to the 300-guest affair at the American Museum of Natural History in 2014.

Denton is married to an out-of-work actor named Derrence Washington, who is 17 years his junior and appears to be Denton’s “Boy Toy”. Another young boy, who has accused Denton of prying his rectum open, recently threw a brick into Nick Denton’s window because, he claimed, Denton sexually and emotionally abused him. Numerous young interns who worked for Denton have also sued him for abusing them in the Gawker Media empire.

Denton said he also paid for a renovation to his $4.2 million Soho apartment and other “living expenses.”

He revealed that he will sell the dream home after a bankruptcy judge told him he couldn’t afford to pay the mortgage and condo fees. Denton owes Hogan $125 million for posting a video of the wrestler having sex with his best friend’s wife.

Univision bought Gawker at auction for $135 million. Denton’s share was only worth $30 million, and his apartment is his only other substantial asset.

The hearing was an initial proceeding to get Denton to answer questions under oath about his finances before his bankruptcy case gets fully under way. Each of the victims of Denton’s character assassination attacks is considering making a claim on the finances of Gawker.

All iPhones totally and completely hacked

Apple boosts iPhone security after Mideast spyware discovery



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PARIS (AP) — A botched attempt to break into the iPhone of an Arab activist using hitherto unknown espionage software has trigged a global upgrade of Apple’s mobile operating system, researchers said Thursday.

The spyware took advantage of three previously undisclosed weaknesses in Apple’s mobile operating system to take complete control of iPhone devices, according to reports published Thursday by the San Francisco-based Lookout smartphone security company and internet watchdog group Citizen Lab. Both reports fingered the NSO Group, an Israeli company with a reputation for flying under the radar, as the author of the spyware.

“The threat actor has never been caught before,” said Mike Murray, a researcher with Lookout, describing the program as “the most sophisticated spyware package we have seen in the market.”

The reports issued by Lookout and Citizen Lab – based at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs – outlined how an iPhone could be completely compromised with the tap of a finger, a trick so coveted in the world of cyberespionage that in November a spyware broker said it had paid a $1 million dollar bounty to programmers who’d found a way to do it. Such a compromise would give hackers full control over the phone, allowing them to eavesdrop on calls, harvest messages, activate cameras and microphones and drain the device of its personal data.

Arie van Deursen, a professor of software engineering at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, said both reports were credible and disturbing. Forensics expert Jonathan Zdziarski described the malicious program as a “serious piece of spyware.”

Apple said in a statement that it fixed the vulnerability immediately after learning about it, but the security hole may have gone unpatched had it not been for the wariness of an embattled human rights activist in the United Arab Emirates.

Ahmed Mansoor, a well-known human rights defender, first alerted Citizen Lab to the spyware after receiving an unusual text message on Aug. 10. Promising to reveal details about torture in the United Arab Emirates’ prisons, the unknown sender included a suspicious-looking link at the bottom of the message.

Mansoor wasn’t convinced. Not only had he been imprisoned, beaten, robbed and had his passport confiscated by the authorities over the years, Mansoor had also repeatedly found himself in the crosshairs of electronic eavesdropping operations. In fact Mansoor already had the dubious distinction of having weathered attacks from two separate brands of commercial spyware. And when he shared the suspicious text with Citizen Lab researcher Bill Marczak, they realized he’d been targeted by a third.

Marczak, who’d already been looking into the NSO Group, said he and fellow-researcher John Scott-Railton turned to Lookout for help picking apart the malicious program, a process which Murray compared to “defusing a bomb.”

“It is amazing the level they’ve gone through to avoid detection,” he said of the software’s makers. “They have a hair-trigger self-destruct.”

Working feverishly over a two-week period, the researchers found that Mansoor had been targeted by an unusually sophisticated piece of software which likely cost a small fortune to arm.

“Ahmed Mansoor is a million-dollar human rights defender,” Scott-Railton said.

In a statement which stopped short of acknowledging that the spyware was its own, the NSO Group said its mission was to provide “authorized governments with technology that helps them combat terror and crime.”

The company said it had no knowledge of any particular incidents. It said it would not make any further comment.

The apparent discovery of Israeli-made spyware being used to target a dissident in the United Arab Emirates raises awkward questions for both countries. The use of Israeli technology to police its own citizens is an uncomfortable strategy for an Arab country with no formal diplomatic ties to the Jewish state. And Israeli complicity in a cyberattack on an Arab dissident would seem to run counter to the country’s self-description as a bastion of democracy in the Middle East.

Authorities in both countries did not return calls seeking comment.

Attorney Eitay Mack, who advocates for more transparency in Israeli arms exports, said his country’s exports of surveillance software were not closely policed.

“Surveillance is not considered a lethal weapon,” Mack said. And Israeli regulations “don’t take into consideration human rights or that it would be used by a government to oppress dissidents.”

He noted that Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has cultivated ties with Arab Gulf states. Netanyahu in 2014 urged Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to join him in the war on terrorism.

“Israel is looking for allies,” Mack said. “And when Israel finds allies, it does not ask too many questions.”

This story has been corrected to show the accurate spelling of the researcher’s surname is Murray, not Murrary.

Cheslow reported from Herzliya, Israel. Jon Gambrell and Fay Abuelgasim in Ajman contributed to this report.

You will never guess where this”Sex fuelled Playboy Mansion Cult” is headquartred

READ: Andrea Tantaros’ Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Fox News & Roger Ailes [DOCUMENT]


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Andrea Tantaros is a former Fox News anchor who filed a lawsuit against Roger Ailes and other Fox News executives on Monday. (Getty)


Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros filed a lawsuit against Fox News, former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, the man who replaced him and other Fox News executives. Like Gretchen Carlson before her, Tantaros claims that she was punished for complaining about sexual harassment at Fox News.


At the very beginning of the lawsuit, Tantaros says that co-hosting The Five at 5 p.m. was a “dream job.”


“However, looks were deceiving,” the lawsuit reads. “Fox News masquerades as defender of traditional family values, but behind the scenes, it operates like a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult,steeped in intimidation, indecency, and misogyny.”


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Tantaros claims that “at the very outset of her employment,” she was “merely the victim of demeaning conduct, such as being instructed to wear clothes that showed off her legs, and being required to annually pick on-air clothing in the middle of a room without the benefit of even a curtain, thereby forcing her to strip down in front of Fox News wardrobe personnel.” However, in summer 2014, she claims that her employment at the network “devolved int a nightmare of sexual harassment by Ailes.”


Tantaros claims that Ailes told her to “turn around so I can get a good look at you,” which she believes was something Ailes frequently asked female hosts to do. It was known as “the twirl.” She added that Ailes once told her, “I bet you look good in a bikini.”


After complaining about these instances to Fox News, Tarantos claims that she was retaliated against “in a host of ways.” These included demoting her from The Five to the low-rated midday show Outnumbered and telling Group Senior Vice President at Fox News Channel & FOX Business Network Irena Briganti, who is listed as a defendant, to “turn Fox News’s widely-reported, vindictive media relations department against” her.


Tarantos also lists Fox News Executive Vice-President Bill Shine, who was one of the executives picked to replace Ailes after he resigned; Briganti; Fox News head of programming Suzanne Scott; and Fox News chief in-house lawyer Dianne Brandi as defendants. She claims that Fox News kept paying her “in the hope that the fear of losing her income will keep her quiet.”


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Here’s the complete lawsuit:


Tantaros Complaint by Judd Legum on Scribd


Tantaros’ disputes with Fox News date to February. She last appeared on the network on April 25, just before her book, Tied Up in Knots, was released. BuzzFeed reported in August that Fox News claimed that Tantaros never got approval from the network to publish the book, as required under her contract with the network. The network also didn’t like the cover, which shows her tied up in rope. Fox News then called for a meeting with Tantaros, but she sent them a letter alleging inappropriate behavior by four Fox News employees before the meeting in March.


A Fox News source told Buzzfeed at the time that Tantaros couldn’t recall a specific instance of sexual harassment during an April 7 meeting. Fox News also told the site that it did conduct an investigation, although Tantaros’ lawyer disputed that. Fox News said that Tantaros’ claims were not against Ailes, but her lawyer, Judd Bernstein, told New York Magazine that she did tell Shine, Scott and Brandi about alleged incidents with Ailes.


Bernstein told New York Magazine that he believes that Tantaros’ demotion from The Five to Outnumbered was retaliation for her complaints. That set the stage for Monday’s lawsuit.


READ: Gretchen Carlson’s Lawsuit Against Roger Ailes [DOCUMENT]

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White House Beats Up EU to Protect White House Campaign Financier: APPLE

US in last-ditch effort to quash Brussels tax demand on Apple

Apple's offices on Half Moon Street in Cork, Ireland©AFP

Apple’s offices on Half Moon Street in Cork, Ireland

The US has launched a stinging attack on the European Commission in a last-ditch bid to dissuade Brussels from hitting Apple with a demand for billions of euros in underpaid taxes.

In a sharp escalation of the transatlantic feud, the US Treasury department issued a rare warning on Wednesday that Brussels was becoming a “supranational tax authority” that threatened international agreements on tax reform.

The criticism comes as the European Commission is finalising a probe into an alleged sweetheart tax deal that Ireland granted to Apple, the biggest single case in a crackdown on corporate tax avoidance across the EU. After prolonged delays, a definitive ruling is expected next month. 

The Obama administration is stepping up its assault on the probe having failed to deter Brussels earlier this year by arguing publicly that it was setting unfair and “disturbing” precedents and singling out US companies. 

The Apple probe, which began in mid-2013, centres on “transfer pricing”, a practice by which companies move profits to low-tax jurisdictions through internal transactions. The commission has accused the Irish authorities of “reverse engineering” tax opinions to help Apple minimise its tax bill. The company has faced criticism in the US Senate for paying a 2 per cent corporate tax rate in Ireland, far lower than the headline 12.5 per cent rate.

In a white paper commissioned by Treasury secretary Jack Lew, the US touched on sensitivities over Brussels’ accountability by suggesting that the novel legal approach of the directorate leading the probe amounted to a power grab. 

“This shift in approach appears to expand the role of the [competition directorate] beyond enforcement of competition and state aid law . . . into that of a supranational tax authority that reviews member state” decisions on corporate tax, it said. 

The Obama administration has said little about potential retaliation, but the white paper said “the US Treasury department continues to consider potential responses should the commission continue its present course”.

A commission spokeswoman said there was no bias against US groups in the tax clampdown and added that EU law applied indiscriminately to all companies operating in Europe. “The commission has been in contact with US authorities on this matter on several occasions already and remains available to offer all necessary further clarifications,” she said.

Earlier this year the Senate finance committee urged Mr Lew to consider imposing a double tax rate on European companies if the commission directed Apple to pay back-taxes in Ireland. 

Margrethe Vestager, EU competition commissioner, has already directed the Netherlands to recover €20m to €30m in back taxes from Starbucks. Luxembourg must recover a similar amount from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and investigations continue into the retailer Amazon

But the Apple case is much larger, as the underpaid tax could run to billions of euros if the commission rules against Ireland. JPMorgan, investment banker to Apple, has said the company could be on the hook for $19bn in a worst-case scenario. 

This shift in approach appears to expand the role of the [competition directorate] beyond enforcement of competition and state aid law . . . into that of a supranational tax authority

– Treasury white paper

The Treasury department said the “commission’s pursuit of retroactive recoveries is not only in tension with the G20’s efforts to emphasise tax certainty, but also sets an undesirable precedent that could lead to other tax authorities . . . [seeking] large and punitive retroactive recoveries from both US and EU companies”.

The Irish authorities and Apple are bracing for an adverse ruling, which they would challenge in the European courts. Each has denied that tax rulings issued by Dublin conferred a selective advantage to Apple.

Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive, has insisted that the company complied fully with tax law and did not do anything wrong. This month he told the Washington Post that if Apple did not get a “fair hearing” in Brussels “then we would obviously appeal it”.

The OECD club of rich countries has developed its own guidelines on aggressive transfer-pricing arrangements. The Treasury said the commission’s approach conflicts with these.

“In contrast to the OECD [guidelines], no country will have played a role in developing the commission’s guidance, which also would not be incorporated into bilateral tax treaties between the United States and [EU] member states,” the Treasury paper said. 

It notes that the tax authorities in the US and EU member states have “entire departments whose sole responsibility is to examine transfer pricing issues”, while pointedly referring to the commission as a “non-tax agency”. 

By taking the side of US companies on the issue, Mr Lew has drawn criticism from anti-avoidance campaigners who say he should be standing up to businesses trying to escape US taxes. Treasury says it is doing a lot of other work to crack down on avoidance.

The US’s earlier lobbying efforts included trips to Brussels by Robert Stack, the Treasury official in charge of international tax policy, and a public letter in February from Mr Lew to Jean-Claude Juncker, the commission president.

Additional reporting by Tim Bradshaw in San Francisco

Here are the alarming 98 facts and secrets Facebook knows about YOU


Here are the alarming 98 facts and secrets Facebook knows about YOU

Facebook combines these 98 things with over a thousand things from other social networks and credit card services to build a 10,000 item personal file on you and to know the ways to subliminally influence your voting and buying decisions without you even knowing they are doing it.

Social network reveals the astonishing amount of data it holds on people who uses its services

WHO knows the most about you?

You might say it’s your partner or perhaps your mum, assuming you’ve had the sort of tame life a parent would find acceptable.

But you’d be wrong, because tech companies now have more information about you than almost anyone else.

The firm with the largest information stash is likely to be Google, which could theoretically tell an awful lot about your life based on your search history.

Facebook has a staggering amount of info about its users

Facebook has a staggering amount of info about its users

But coming in at second place has to be Facebook, the social network which holds gazillions of our photos, conversations and innermost thoughts.

Now Mark Zuckerberg’s firm has revealed the 98 “data points” it holds on all users, which can be found in a new website revealing how it targets users with advertising.

“We want the ads people see on Facebook to be interesting, useful and relevant,” a Facebook spokesman said.

“Like many companies, we use widely available information to help show people better ads. However, unlike many of those companies, we provide information that helps explain this practice, and we give people ways to opt out and help control their experience.”

So here are the facts and secrets Facebook has found out about you or is trying to discover, according to the Washington Post.

1.  Your location

2. Age

3. Generation

4. Gender

5. Language

6. Education level

7. Field of study

8. School

9. Ethnic background

10. Income and net worth

11. Home ownership and type of home

12. Value of home

13. Size of your property

14. Square footage of home

15. The year your home was built

16. Who lives in your house

Facebook is one of the world's most sophisticated advertising companies
17. Whether you have an anniversary approaching in the next month

18. If you’re living away from family or hometown

19. Whether you’re friends with someone who has an anniversary, is newly married or engaged, recently moved, or has an upcoming birthday

20. If you’re in a long-distance relationship

21. If you’re in a new relationship

22. If you have have a new job

23. If you’re recently engaged

24. If you’ve just got  married

25. If you’ve moved house recently

26. When your birthday is coming up

27. Parents

28. Expectant parents

29. Mothers, divided by ‘type’ (which includes ‘soccer mums’ or other maternal tribes)

30. If you are likely to engage in politics

31. Whether you are conservative or liberal

32. Relationship status

33. Employer

34. Industry

35. Job title


As part of getting a visa visitors to the USA could be expected to hand over information about their social media activity

36. Office type

37. Interests

38. Whether you own a motorcycle

39. If you’re planning to buy a car

40. If you have purchased auto parts or accessories recently

41. If you are likely to buy auto parts or services

42. The style and brand of your car

43. The year your car was bought

44. Age of car

45. How much money you’re  likely to spend on next car

46. Where you are  likely to buy next car from

47. How many employees your company has

48. If you own small businesses

49. If you work in management or are executives

50. If you have donated to charity (divided by type)

51. Operating system

52. If you play browser games

53. If you own a gaming console

54. If you have created a Facebook event

55. If you have used Facebook Payments

56. If you have spent more than average on Facebook Payments

57. If you administer a Facebook page

58. If you have recently uploaded photos to Facebook

59. Internet browser

The Facebook Inc. Campus Ahead Of Earnings Figures

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A view of the Facebook headquarters in California

60. Email service

61. Early/late adopters of technology

62. If you are an expat and what country you left

63. If you belong to a credit union, national bank or regional bank

64. If you are an investor

65. Number of credit lines

66. If you are an active credit card users

67. Credit card type

68. If you own a debit card

69. If you carry a balance on your credit card

70. If you listen to the radio

71. What TV shows you like

72. If you use a mobile device and what brand it is

73. Internet connection type

74. If you have  recently bought a smartphone or tablet

75. Whether you access the Internet through a smartphone or tablet

76. If you use coupons

77. The type of clothing your household buys

78. Which time of year you do the most shopping

79. Whether you are a ‘heavy’ buyer of beer, wine or spirits

80. What groceries you buy

81. Whether you buy beauty products

82. Whether you buy medications

83. Whether you buy/spend money on household products

84. Whether you buy/spend money on products for kids or pets, and what kinds of pets

85. If your household makes more purchases than is average

86. If you tend to shop online or offline

87. The types of restaurants user you eat at

88. The kinds of stores you shop at

89. If you’re interest in adverts offering auto insurance, mortgages or satellite telly

90. Length of time user you have lived your house

91. If you are likely to move soon

92. If you are are interested in the Olympics, football or cricket

93. If you travel frequently

94. Whether you commute to work

95. The type of holiday you enjoy

96. If you have recently returned from a holiday

97. If you have used a travel app

98. Whether you are involved in a timeshare

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Eric Schmidt’s preening wanna-be spy posers piss off the actual CIA

Eric Schmidt’s preening wanna-be spy posers piss off the actual CIA





“Poser: (pejorative, slang) A poseur; someone who affects some behaviour, style, attitude or other condition, often to impress or influence others; faker; impostor; pretentious …”


– Wiktionary, The Free Dictionary




Silicon Valley billionaires are known for their arrogance, misogyny and their unfathomable need to try to control politics. Silicon Valley tech oligarchs Eric Schmidt and Gilman Louie created a private spy agency called “In-Q-Tel” with the premise of “getting Millennial kids to do the work that the Pentagon can’t do..”; per the In-Q-Tel pitch.



In fact, In-Q-Tel, New America Foundation and a host of other CIA-like domestic clones funded and steered by Eric Schmidt, are nothing more than political contract manipulation facades.



The real CIA and NSA think that Schmidt’s Machiavellian little spy pop-ups “give the intelligence community a bad name”.




CIA Spies on Social Networks With In-Q-Tel | Top Secret Writers


And the CIA’s next line on the web page where they justify In-Q-Tel offers a foreboding message. … In-Q-Tel is essentially set up as a “non-profit” that encourages the development of specific … Corruption · Environment.…%5Dpies-on-social-networks-with-in-q-tel/


In-Q-Tel – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


In-Q-Tel (IQT), formerly Peleus and known as In-Q-It, is an American not-for-profit venture … This … collaboration … enabled CIA to take advantage of the technology that Las Vegas uses to identify corrupt card players and apply it to link analysis …


In-Q-Tel: The Central Intelligence Agency as Venture Capitalist


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In contrast to this, In-Q-Tel was formed by the CIA in 1999 as a private, not-for- profit venture capital firm with the specific task of delivering …




How the Government Outsourced Intelligence to Silicon Valley …


Under the guise of In-Q-Tel, the CIA has invested in hundreds of start-ups, …. Olympics, Rio, Corruption, Sports, Gymnastics, Track, Rio2016.…%5Doutsourced-intelligence-silicon-valley




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IQT describes their function as: “In-Q-Tel is the independent, … A Fox Business article, In-Q-Tel: A Glimpse Inside the CIA’s …. CORRUPTION …




Clinton Vs. Sanders – What Does Google Say… And The Facts | Zero …


Google, financed and created by the CIA’s In-Q-Tel seed capital …. own – even someone as deeply corrupt and evil as that psychopathic bitch.…%5Dlinton-vs-sanders-what-does-google-say








As Twitter dies, a bigger new Tweet Site Has Taken Off: GAB

Meet the CEO of Gab, The Free Speech Alternative to Twitter


I recently got the chance to sit down and talk to Andrew Torba, CEO of, a new freedom of speech-focused social network. Though the Twitter-style network was only launched last Monday and is still very much in early beta, thousands of people are currently waiting in line for an invitation to the service, which aims to act as a shelter for freedom of speech and expression.

Charlie Nash: Censorship has been rampant on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter for quite some time now. What was the final straw that pushed you into developing

Andrew Torba: If I had to pick a single event that pushed me over the edge to take action, I would have to say it was the suppression of conservative sources and stories by the incredibly biased Facebook Trending Topics team.

Many of us don’t realize just how much power and influence the News Feed and Trending Topics products have on our psychological understanding of the world around us. There are hundreds of millions of people who get their main source of news and information from a handful of companies in one of the most progressively liberal cities in the world, it’s time for a change.


CN: You’ve already attracted thousands of people who are currently waiting in line to join the social network. Has their reaction been mostly the same? Would you describe them almost as digital refugees looking to leave the totalitarian regimes of Twitter and Facebook?

AT: It’s been an incredible week, in just four days 10,000 people registered for our beta through nothing but word of mouth. Our mission is to put people and free speech first. That mission statement is connecting with tens of thousands of people not only in the United States, but around the world. The sentiment and feedback has been phenomenal and very exciting. It’s also refreshing to see that this issue of censorship is not strictly limited to conservatives as many progressives are also joining Gab and expressing interest in a user-first, pro-free speech platform.

CN: A few of the Breitbart Tech guys, including myself, are already over there testing it out. Have you seen much interest in other media professionals or public figures? Will we see Mike Cernovich, Adam Baldwin, or Julian Assange there soon?

AT: At Gab we welcome anyone who wants to speak freely. One of our new users today is Kassy Dillon, a conservative influencer, who has experienced the censorship of Twitter directly. We are actively reaching out to influencers from all backgrounds who are searching for an alternative. We welcome everyone and want to encourage open, honest, and authentic discourse on the internet.


CN: You currently have a much more different approach to verification, unlike Twitter or Facebook. You’re giving the checkmark to people who should have had it on platforms such as Twitter or Facebook, like any journalist or public figure, however were never given it due to their politics. You’re also giving it to normal members of the public who can verify that they are real, even if they wouldn’t normally meet the professional or social criteria for verification on other social networks. Do you think this will speed up the process of bringing over influential figures and media professionals?

AT: Unlike other social networks, we don’t use verification checkmarks as an elitist social ranking system. We use them for one purpose – verifying identities. Currently, we verify accounts if they have a high likelihood of being impersonated, but very soon every Gab user will have the ability to verify their identity if they so choose. We believe that when people verify their identity they are much less likely to harass others.

It’s easy to harass folks online behind an anonymous profile, but much more difficult to do so when your name is attached. We want to make sure everyone on Gab can find who they want to find, and protect their identity or brand. That being said there is no requirement to verify your identity. We believe anonymity is important for some to feel comfortable expressing their right to free speech, and we don’t want to infringe on that right.


CN: You said in the launch post that will never bow down to political or otherwise avoidable censorship, and that you’ll remain a service for the people. Do you intend on taking an 8chan-style view on content, and only removing things that are illegal or dangerous?

AT: We believe that the only valid form of censorship is self-censorship, an individual’s freedom to opt-out. Gab empowers users to self-censor and remove unwanted followers, words, phrases, and topics they don’t want to see in their feeds to help stop and prevent different forms harassment.

However, we do take steps to protect ourselves and our users from illegal activity. Our rules are very simple: no illegal pornography, a zero tolerance policy for promoting terrorism or violence, and users are not allowed to post other’s confidential information without their consent. We expect these guidelines to develop overtime and we will discuss and get feedback on these changes with the community as we scale.

CN: is already looking great, and I love the aesthetic of it at the moment, but what other features are you planning to implement soon? Can you give us an estimation of when certain things will be introduced?

AT: We have many exciting features on our product roadmap. Our core focus right now is providing as much value as possible to our people. Mobile apps are our top priority and we expect these to be ready in a month or two, but many users are enjoying our mobile website until that time. We are also working on an API to start building our developer community. Third-party developers have been treated terribly over the last decade by social giants. We welcome these developers with open arms who believe in and want to fight for free speech on the internet with us. Beyond this we are letting our community shape the product by crowdsourcing feedback on a dedicated Gab account and building based on user demand and need.

You can sign up to join here, and follow both Charlie Nash and Andrew Torba on their official Gab accounts.

Why Hillary Clinton’s Silicon Valley-based Campaign Has Failed Horrifically

Stumped by Trump’s success? Take a drive outside US cities

If you drive anywhere in Pennsylvania, from the turnpike to the old US routes to the dirt roads connecting small towns like Hooversville with “bigger” small towns like Somerset, you might conclude that Donald Trump is ahead in this state by double digits.

Large signs, small signs, homemade signs, signs that wrap around barns, signs that go from one end of a fence to another dot the landscape with such frequency that, if you were playing the old-fashioned road-trip game of counting cows, you would hit 100 in just one small town like this one.

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A barn displays a Trump banner in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.Photo: Getty Images

In Ruffsdale, I am pretty sure I saw more than 100 Trump signs.

It’s as if people here have not turned on the television to hear pundits drone on and on about how badly Trump is losing in Pennsylvania.

It’s not just visual: In interview after interview in all corners of the state, I’ve found that Trump’s support across the ideological spectrum remains strong. Democrats, Republicans, independents, people who have not voted in presidential elections for years — they have not wavered in their support.

Two components of these voters’ answers and profiles remain consistent: They are middle-class and they do not live in a big city. They are suburban to rural and are not poor — an element I found fascinating, until a Gallup survey last week confirmed that what I’ve gathered in interviews is more than just freakishly anecdotal.

These Trump supporters are not the kind you find on Twitter saying dumb or racist things.

The Gallup analysis, based on 87,000 interviews over the past year, shows that while economic anxiety and Trump’s appeal are intertwined, his supporters for the most part do not make less than average Americans (not those in New York City or Washington, perhaps, but their Main Street peers) and are less likely to be unemployed.

The study backs up what many of my interviews across the state have found — that these people are more concerned about their children and grandchildren.

While Trump supporters here are overwhelmingly white, their support has little to do with race (yes, you’ll always find one or two who make race the issue), but has a lot to do with a perceived loss of power.

Not power in the way that Washington or Wall Street boardrooms view power, but power in the sense that these people see a diminishing respect for them and their ways of life, their work ethic, their tendency to not be mobile. (Many live in the same eight square miles that their father’s father’s father lived in.)

Thirty years ago, such people determined the country’s standards in entertainment, music, food, clothing, politics, personal values. Today, they are the people who are accused of creating every social injustice imaginable; when anything in society fails, they get blamed.

The places where they live lack economic opportunities for the next generation; they know their children and grandchildren will never experience the comfortable situations they had growing up — surrounded by family who lived next door, able to find a great job without going to college, both common traits among many successful small-business owners in the state.

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Donald Trump visits McLanahan Corporation headquarters in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania.Photo: Reuters

These Trump supporters are not the kind you find on Twitter saying dumb or racist things; many of them don’t have the time or the patience to engage in social media because they are too busy working and living life in real time.

These are voters who are intellectually offended watching the Affordable Care Act crumble because they warned six years ago that it was an unworkable government overreach.

They are the same people who wonder why President Obama has not taken a break from a week of golfing to address the devastating floods in Louisiana. (As one woman told me, “It appears as if he only makes statements during tragedies if there is political gain attached.”)

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Attendees wave signs for Trump as he speaks at a rally in Erie, Pennsylvania.Photo: Getty Images

Voice such a remark, and you risk being labeled a racist in many parts of America.

The Joe Six-Pack stereotype of a Trump supporter was not created in a vacuum; it’s real and it’s out there.

Yet, if you dig down deep into the Gallup survey — or, better yet, take a drive 15 minutes outside of most cities in America — you will learn a different story.

That is, if you look and listen.

Salena Zito is a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review editorial page columnist. ­Email her at ­

EFF slams Microsoft’s ‘blatant disregard’ for user privacy with Windows 10

EFF slams Microsoft’s ‘blatant disregard’ for user privacy with Windows 10

Privacy campaigners warn that people will soon abandon the once trusted company


EFF on Windows 10 privacy



THE ELECTRONIC FRONTIER FOUNDATION (EFF) has lashed out at Microsoft over the company’s “blatant disregard” for user privacy with the pushy, data-slurping Windows 10 operating system.


Following the launch of a petition in June, EFF has heard from thousands of pissed off people who are asked it to take action against Microsoft, and the privacy campaigners are doing just that. EFF is calling on Microsoft to listen to its users, of which more than 6,000 have signed the online petition, and incorporate their complaints into its operating system. 


“Otherwise, Microsoft may find that it has inadvertently discovered just how far it can push its users before they abandon a once-trusted company for a better, more privacy-protective solution,” EFF’s Amul Kalia said in a blog post.


First on EFF’s radar is Microsoft’s backhanded tactics to get people to upgrade to Windows 10, which we here at the INQUIRER know about all too well.


The organisation called out Microsoft’s shady installing of an app that kick-started the virus-like ‘Get Windows 10’ prompts, the tactic to make the operating system a recommended update so that it installed on machines alongside critical security patches, and the ridiculous ploy of changing the ‘X’ in the download prompt to mean ‘yes please’.


“Time after time, with each update, Microsoft chose to employ questionable tactics to cause users to download a piece of software that many didn’t want,” Kalia said.


“What users actually wanted didn’t seem to matter. In an extreme case, members of a wildlife conservation group in the African jungle felt that the automatic download of Windows 10 on a limited bandwidth connection could have endangered their lives if a forced upgrade had begun during a mission.”


Naturally, being a privacy advocate and all that, the EFF isn’t too pleased about the amount of data gathered by Windows 10 and sent back to Microsoft. 


For example, the EFF explained that if you use Cortana, and let’s be honest you don’t have much choice, Microsoft collects your (deep breath) location data, text input, voice input, touch input and web pages visited, along with telemetry data regarding general use of the computer, including programs run and for how long.


What’s more, unless you’re an enterprise Windows 10 user, you have to share at least some of this telemetry data with Microsoft and there’s no way to opt out.


The only way to dodge sending this data to Microsoft is to, er, not install security updates, which – you guessed it – Microsoft doesn’t really recommend. 


“Microsoft is claiming that giving ordinary users more privacy by letting them turn telemetry reporting down to its lowest level would risk their security since they would no longer get security updates,” said the EFF.

The group warned that Microsoft can expect more lawsuits and government investigations if it continues to treat customers with such disregard, which is music to the INQUIRER‘s ears. µ

Google is flipping out over the revelations of it’s crimes and the size of the revealing parties

Google is flipping out over the revelations of it’s crimes and the size of the revealing parties



Larry Ellison has pledged his billions to exposing Google’s crimes, Donald Trump has pledged full funding to put Google’s corruption-based tricks on display. Russia has deployed a full brigade of trolls to undo Google. France wants Google hung by the nuts. Peter Thiel may be in the wings on these Google take-downs, with his big litigation funding, but you can bet that many billionaires are now stepping up to take Google down.



What is Google getting in trouble for?



Bribing the White House, tax evasion, manipulating government contracts, prostitution rings, bribing the FTC to avoid regulation, bribing the FCC, bribing the Department of Energy, placing covert Google staff inside of government agencies in order to rig public policy decisions, running a monopoly and other extreme acts of corruption.



Google has rushed out a glut of articles in main-stream news, that it controls, intended to paint Larry Ellison as a demon and to say “oh, poor Google..” But the public are seeing through Google’s ploy.



Google has been posting a raft of “news items” on Reddit, Facebook and that are intended to make the controversy go away but it has only served to Streisand-effect the problems for Google. The trick that Google uses, particularly on Reddit and Voat, is that Google also posts the first 20 “comments” after the story link so that Google can try to control the direction of the conversation, as Google tries to control the direction and mood of all internet conversation. In other words, the story link and the controlled comments, favoring Google, and seeking to create doubts and confusion are all posted by Google shills using a variety of tens of thousands of screen-names that Google controls.



This tactic, by Google, is yet another example of Google’s crimes against the public. Google steals tax money, tricks the public and manipulates information at a rate heretofore not seen by human-kind.



Google deserves a take-down by the most powerful forces on Earth. It can’t come too soon.


Virtual Reality is Either a $162B Market or it is Flash-in-the-pan bunch of Silicon Valley Nothing

Predictions of massive wealth lead the current VR buzz, promoted by Facebook. Problem is, that is what they said in the 90’s and VR never happened then either.

It turns out VR is only good for frightening grandmothers and 30 second trade show demos but nobody wants to use it again after the first sweaty, face herpes, nausea inducing, brain damaging, eye straining experience.

The virtual and augmented reality market will reach $162 billion by 2020

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Total revenue for virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) is projected to increase from $5.2 billion in 2016 to over $162 billion in 2020, according to the IDC. 

  • More than half of the revenue will come from VR/AR hardware sales. Additionally, service revenues are projected to increase over the period as demand grows for enterprise-class support. Software was also mentioned as a smaller, but notable revenue source, growing more than 200% year-over-year (YoY) in 2016. Nevertheless, services revenue will quickly surpass it, largely due to demand in the enterprise segment.
  • AR systems will ultimately contribute more revenue than VR systems. Games and paid content will be strong sources of revenue for VR systems, particularly in the next two years. However, this revenue will be eclipsed as AR systems are integrated into healthcare, product design and management-related uses.
  • Most revenue through 2020 will come from the US. The US, Western Europe, and Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) are projected to account for three-quarters of revenue for VR and AR. The US is projected to contribute a larger amount as time progresses.

The adoption of AR and VR headsets will be driven primarily by the introduction of less expensive models to the market, first powered by smartphones before mainstream adoption of stand-alone headsets. While early adopters will drive the initial wave of purchasing, sustainable growth will likely come from VR and AR app developers building a robust and engaging ecosystem of content that entices slower adopters. Lastly, as the underlying technology powering these devices increases, so too will the capabilities, creating new use cases in entertainment, workplaces, and education.

The tech industry has promoted the prospect of VR for the past few decades. But only now, with headsets backed by big names like Sony and Facebook, is VR finally becoming a concrete product with mass market potential. While VR technology is largely associated with the gaming industry, the platform offers a new set of content opportunities in entertainment, advertising, and more.

But where is it all going?

Margaret Boland, research analyst for BI Intelligence, Business Insider’s premium research service, has compiled a detailed report on virtual reality content that examines how various VR headset categories will shape VR content development and looks at the trajectory for mobile gaming revenues to get a sense of how spending on VR content might develop. The report also lays out what types of content users and developers can expect on VR platforms, including gaming, video entertainment, and advertising.

Here are some key takeaways from the report:

  • VR headset manufacturers are driving both the development and distribution of VR content by investing significant technical and monetary resources in developers, in an effort to build up an exclusive content library.
  • High demand for VR headsets by mobile and console gamers will fuel demand for VR content. The VR content market will take an increasing portion of the mobile gaming software industry.
  • Beyond gaming, VR video entertainment will remain short form until demand for VR headsets increases.
  • Ads featured on VR headsets will likely have higher view-through rates than standard video ad spots.
  • Other industries are also beginning to experiment with VR content. Travel companies, publishers, e-commerce merchants, and social platforms are beginning to see potential in this new category.
  • VR content faces major hurdles that could keep developers from investing: The VR experience must be good enough for people to take up the devices. In addition, developers need to know that a sufficient user base exists to be worthy of the resource investment in VR content.

Oracle Funds Effort To Expose Google’s Criminality

Oracle Funds Anti-Google Effort



The Oracle Corporation is using its deep financial resources to fund the “Google Transparency Project,” which has set up headquarters in Washington, D.C. with a mission to “out” Google’s dicey lobbying practices and expose crony relationships with President Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

With Google demonstrating its political clout by essentially writing the “Net Neutrality” regulatory language, Oracle and others are stepping up funding for a Silicon Valley attack dog to level the playing field.

Silicon Valley has earned the nickname “Valley of the Democrats” from the TechCrunch blog because of its symbiotic business relationship with Washington. But as Breitbart News reported last year, Google’s $16,830,000 in lobbying expenditure dominated the $139.5 million spent by both the computer and Internet industries.

In the twelve weeks proceeding the “Net Neutrality” vote, Google’s Chairman Eric Schmidt functioned as one of the 11 members on the “Democratic Victory Task Force,” according to a document leaked by the Naked Capitalism blog. Schmidt helped craft the “National Narrative Project” to serve as the key strategy for the Democratic Party to “fight to reclaim state houses, win governorships, take back the House and Senate and protect the White House.” He is also a leading force behind ‘FWD.US,’ a Silicon Valley tech community effort to push open-borders immigration reform.

As a demonstration of just how powerful Google’s relationship with Washington had become, the week before the February 2015 vote by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to approve a wildly controversial “Net Neutrality” Internet regulatory regime, Google was uniquely given a copy of the 332-page draft document and then met with FCC Chairman Wheeler and the FCC’s two other Democratic commissioners, Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel. According to Politico‘s sources, Google was able to offer extraordinarily self-serving tweaks to the regulation just before the five-member Commission voted along party lines for the new rules.

A number of Silicon Valley’s tech giants have become concerned regarding the extent of Google’s growing power. But when a San Francisco jury decided in May that Google’s Android operating system did not have to pay $9 billion for infringing on Oracle’s 37 Java API patents under the “fair use” doctrine, Redwood City-based Oracle decided to start playing hardball in challenging Google’s reputation.

Following an August 18 Fortune article, Oracle proudly acknowledged that it is one of the funders of the ‘Google Transparency Project’ (GTP), which says it intends to use high-quality investigative journalism to document Google’s nefarious government influence. It is unclear who the other funders are, but GTP is a spin-off of the “Campaign for Accountability” and is at least associated with the deep-pocket ‘New Venture Fund.’

GTP has already produced a series of exposé reports about Google, including:

  • Google’s White House Meetings,” which documents 427 White House visits for Google during the Obama Administration; 2) 363 meetings between White House officials and Google employees; and 3) 64 meetings involving employees of companies solely owned by Google’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt. It also notes that 169 Google executives have officially met with 182 different White House officials.
  • New data reveal extent of traffic between Google and the Obama Administration,” which identifies 258 instances of “revolving door” activity (involving 251 individuals) between Google, or related firms, and the federal government, Democrat political campaigns and Congress during the Obama administration. In a potential new scandal for Hillary Clinton, there were 18 former State Department officials that joined Google as executives, and five Google officials took up senior posts at the State Department.
  • Google Pulled White House Strings to Kill Telecom Treaty,” which alleges that Google executives and nonprofits they funded were assisted by the White House and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to dominate a US delegation that derailed the 2012 Dubai World Conference on International Telecommunications, known as WCIT-12.

GTP comments that it is currently working with Re/Code and The Intercept on the Obama administration using primarily ex-Googlers to set up the secretive “United States Digital Service” that the White House claims is pairing America’s “top technology talent with the best public servants to improve the usefulness and reliability of the country’s most important digital services.”

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World Urges Univision To Drop Gawker Media Purchase If They Respect Human Rights

Gawker’s investment banker went into Univision and said he could sell them a huge bunch of subscriber profiles and ad accounts but does Univision realize they are buying “the roots of hell and damnation.”

Gawkers banker sold Univision a load of crap!

Public urges Univision to drop the deal with rights-abusing, rape promoting Gawker!

We WON! Gawker Media Is Dead! to Shut Down Next Week


by Natalie Jarvey





Gawker founder Nick Denton


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Univision on Tuesday agreed to buy the six other sites that were part of Gawker Media.


The end of is near. 


The 14-year-old website will shut down next week, according to a post on


Univision on Tuesday agreed to buy the six other sites, including Jezebel, Deadspin and Gizmodo, that make up Gawker Media for $135 million, but the broadcaster did not plan to operate the flagship site.Gawker Media founder Nick Denton told staff about the shuttering of the website on Thursday, per 


The closure of the website doesn’t necessarily mean that those employees will be laid off. reports that staffers will be assigned to one of the six other blogs or other roles within Univision. 


Denton sent a memo to staff on Thursday about the shutdown of, confirming that its archives would remain. He teased that it could have “a second act” but only after “the smoke clears and a new owner can be found.”


“Desirable though the other properties are, we have not been able to find a single media company or investor willing also to take on The campaign being mounted against its editorial ethos and former writers has made it too risky,” he wrote. “I can understand the caution.” 


He also confirmed that he would not be joining his employees at Univision, adding that he would move on to other projects “working to make the web a forum for the open exchange of ideas and information, but out of the news and gossip business.”


Denton also praised his staff for “introducing a new style of journalism” and “connecting with a skeptical and media-savvy generation by giving them the real story.” He ended his memo with a tribute to the site that started it all: “As for, founded in 2003 and mothballed in 2016, it will love on in legend. As the short-lived killer android is told in Blade Runner: “The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long, and you have burned so very very brightly.” 


The news hit just a few hours before a bankruptcy hearing in which the judge approved Univision’s purchase of Gawker Media. During the Thursday afternoon hearing, which was attended by Hogan’s lawyer Charles Harder and Gawker president Heather Dietrick, it was revealed that publishing platform Kinja would be liquidated.


Following official approval of the sale, Univision released its first public statement about the deal, revealing that it plans to integrate the Gawker Media assets into its Fusion Media Group, which also includes The Onion and The Root. Univision further confirmed that its deal includes six Gawker sites — Gizmodo, Jalopnik, Jezebel, Deadspin, Lifehacker and Kotaku — but that Univision would not operate


Known for its Spanish-language content, Univision has made strides to boost its digital media portfolio to attract young, English speaking audiences. The Gawker Media deal will boost the reach of FMG to nearly 75 million uniques, according to Univision. 


“Fusion Media Group is focused on serving America’s diverse youth with digital-first brands that reflect their values and passions, authentically,” said Isaac Lee, Univision chief news, entertainment and digital officer. “I expect the addition of these digital-first media assets will help FMG exceed the demands of the young, cross-cultural influencers we serve.”


Added FMG president and COO Felipe Holguin: “The addition of these iconic digital-first brands give the Fusion Media Group an inimitable opportunity to scale across relevant content verticals and continue to serve key passion points for our audiences.”


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The closure of brings about the end of the popular blog, which, when it launched, took the media world by storm with its often salacious reporting about the goings-on of the New York elite. 


In June, Gawker Media filed for bankruptcy after a Florida jury ordered it to pay former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan a staggering $140 million in damages in an invasion-of-privacy lawsuit. Gawker Media is appealing the ruling, but Hogan remains the company’s largest unsecured creditor. Denton has filed for personal bankruptcy after the court determined that he is responsible for $10 million in damages for his role in posting Hogan’s sex tape. 


Hogan appeared to respond to the sale of Gawker Media and subsequent end of in a tweet on Thursday afternoon, saying that “they messed with the wrong guy.” 




They messed with the wrong guy brother HH


Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) August 18, 2016




After the conclusion of the Hogan trial, it was revealed that billionaire Peter Thiel had spent about $10 million financing lawsuits aimed at Gawker, including Hogan’s suit. A sub-site on Gawker in 2007 outed Thiel, who made his fortune as a co-founder of Paypal, as gay. Thiel wrote an op-ed for the New York Times the day before the bankruptcy auction saying that he was proud to have contributed financially to the Hogan case. 


In his memo to staff, Denton noted: “Even if the appeals court overturns this spring’s Florida jury verdict, Peter Thiel has already achieved many of his objectives.” 


Publisher Ziff Davis made the first bid for Gawker on the same day it filed for bankruptcy, putting up a $90 million stalking horse bid. But the company, which owns PC Magazine and IGN, was ultimately outbid by Univision. 


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Cisco Admits That All Of It’s Equipment Has A Deadly Back-Door In It!

Cisco confirms NSA-linked zeroday targeted its firewalls for years

Company advisories further corroborate authenticity of mysterious Shadow Brokers leak.

Cisco Systems has confirmed that recently-leaked malware tied to the National Security Agency exploited a high-severity vulnerability that had gone undetected for years in every supported version of the company’s Adaptive Security Appliance firewall.

The previously unknown flaw makes it possible for remote attackers who have already gained a foothold in a targeted network to gain full control over a firewall, Cisco warned in an advisory published Wednesday. The bug poses a significant risk because it allows attackers to monitor and control all data passing through a vulnerable network. To exploit the vulnerability, an attacker must control a computer already authorized to access the firewall or the firewall must have been misconfigured to omit this standard safeguard.

“It’s still a critical vulnerability even though it requires access to the internal or management network, as once exploited it gives the attacker the opportunity to monitor all network traffic,” Mustafa Al-Bassam, a security researcher, told Ars. “I wouldn’t imagine it would be difficult for the NSA to get access to a device in a large company’s internal network, especially if it was a datacenter.”

All the more menacing

The vulnerability, which Cisco rated as “high,” is all the more menacing given the release over the weekend of hacking tools that have been all but definitively linked to Equation Group, an elite hacking team with ties to the NSA that remained hidden for more than 14 years. With the release of professionally developed code that exploits the Cisco vulnerability, attacks can now be carried out by a much larger base of hackers.

The weaponized attack exploited a vulnerability residing in Cisco’s implementation of the Simple Network Management Protocol. The exploit was the engine behind “ExtraBacon,” one of 15 distinct pieces of attack code included in the still-mysterious leak from last weekend. A blog post from Tuesday demonstrated how ExtraBacon allowed an unauthenticated person to take control of Adaptive Security Appliance firewalls. Cisco’s confirmation now suggests that people within the US government have known of the risk since at least 2013 and allowed it to persist.

Cisco has yet to actually patch the vulnerability, which is indexed as CVE-2016-6366. Instead, the company is releasing signatures that can detect the exploits and stop them before they allow an attacker to seize control of vulnerable networks. Another workaround is to disable SNMP altogether. A Cisco representative said the company will release a patch in the near future.

Cisco said a separate piece of attack code dubbed EpicBanana exploited a different, already fixed vulnerability in the same line of firewalls. The medium-severity flaw, indexed as CVE-2016-6367, was patched in 2011, but in keeping with Cisco practices at the time, it wasn’t assigned its own vulnerability designation because of the relatively low severity rating, a company representative told Ars. According to Cisco’s advisory, it “could allow an authenticated, local attacker to create a denial of service (DoS) condition or potentially execute arbitrary code.” Cisco also provided this overview on Shadow Brokers, the previously unknown group that published the exploits.

Separately, Cisco competitor Fortinet disclosed a high-severity vulnerability in older security devices it sells. “FortiGate firmware (FOS) released before Aug 2012 has a cookie parser buffer overflow vulnerability,” the notice warned. “This vulnerability, when exploited by a crafted HTTP request, can result in execution control being taken over.” The previously mentioned catalog of leaked exploits shows that the vulnerability was exploited by malware known as EgregiousBlunder. FortiGate’s advisory said it continues to investigate whether other company products are vulnerable.

More shoes to drop?

With confirmations from Cisco and Fortinet that their products were directly targeted by the leaked exploits, security researchers are now turning their attention to Juniper, whose NetScreen line of firewalls are also mentioned in the catalog. It’s possible the exploit relies on a previously disclosed backdoor that was the result of “unauthorized code” that managed to remain hidden for years in NetScreen. The backdoor allowed attackers to decrypt encrypted traffic passing over virtual private networks used by Juniper customers. So far, Juniper representatives haven’t responded to questions.

With more than a dozen cataloged exploits still unaddressed, it wouldn’t be surprising to see similar disclosures and advisories in the coming days or weeks. People who rely on any of the affected products mentioned in the Shadow Brokers exploits should be prepared to work overtime and may want to consider shutting down unneeded services as a precaution.

The Cost Of Spying. Backdoors Crush Cisco Because Nobody Will Buy Their Spy Laden Electronics

Cisco Shares Fall After CRN Report of as Many as 14,000 Job Cuts

August 16, 2016 — 5:51 PM PDT Updated on August 17, 2016 — 6:59 AM PDT
  • CEO Robbins is shifting to emphasize software as growth slows
  • Cuts could account for up to 20 percent of 73,100 employees

Cisco Systems Inc. shares fell after a report in CRN said the largest maker of networking equipment will cut as many as 14,000 employees worldwide, or about 20 percent of its workforce.

San Jose, California-based Cisco will announce the cuts in the next few weeks, technology website CRN said on Tuesday, without naming its sources. Andrea Duffy, a spokeswoman for Cisco, declined to comment on the report.

Chief Executive Officer Chuck Robbins, who took over in July 2015, has been working to boost growth by shifting Cisco’s offerings toward software-based networking, security and management products, which customers increasingly prefer because they’re less expensive and more versatile. The job cuts stem from Cisco’s transition away from its hardware roots, according to the CRN article.

Cisco has been facing a “day of reckoning” for a while now as the commoditization of its switching business reduces profit over time, according to JPMorgan Chase & Co. analyst Rod Hall.

Cisco fell 1.8 percent to $30.58 at 9:56 a.m. in New York. The shares were up 15 percent this year through the close of trading Tuesday, before the report was published.


In the near term, the deep job cuts could could have a “large potential positive impact” on the company’s results, boosting 2017 earnings by 9 percent to 13 percent per share, Hall wrote in a note. Cisco will report fiscal fourth-quarter earnings Wednesday after the close in New York. Analysts project a 2 percent decline in sales to $12.6 billion. The job cuts will overshadow the earnings results, Hall said.

If confirmed “we would see it as a sign that Cisco is finally beginning to behave like a company facing technological disruption,” Hall said. The move implies “that the new management team is willing to make the tough decisions necessary to navigate what we believe are going to be very choppy waters in the next 3-5 years.”

Cisco had about 73,100 employees as of April, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The company last announced a large round of firings in August 2014, when it eliminated 6,000 positions.

The new emphasis on software is requiring staff with a different set of skills, CRN reported. Many early retirement plans have already been offered to employees, according to the website.

Cisco has shown its appetite for software with recent acquisitions, such as Jasper Technologies, which makes programs that let companies connect all manner of electronic devices.

Results released in May showed that Robbins is making headway in rejiggering Cisco’s businesses. The company projected sales growth of as much as 3 percent in the period that ended in July, compared with analysts’ projections for a revenue decline. Even so, Robbins said the company still has a long way to go and that earnings are not where they should be.

Wall Street Journal Outs Tesla Motors As Government Tax Money Scam




Wall Street Journal Outs Tesla Motors As

Government Tax Money Scam





From DeLorean to Tesla


With enough government handouts, a car company never has to break even.



A Tesla Model X at the company’s showroom in San Francisco. Photo: Bloomberg News


Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.

There’s a reason why European and Japanese auto companies, leaders in cruise control and other automated driving technologies, were slow to bring their innovations to America: the U.S. liability system.

Tesla has experienced one fatal crash as a result of imperfections in its self-driving technology—the death of a Florida driver when his car hit a tractor trailer crossing its path. Tesla founder Elon Musk makes a plausible argument that Tesla’s “Autopilot” is a net improver of safety. That won’t matter to trial lawyers making a case that Tesla didn’t sufficiently flag the system’s limitations. And Mr. Musk himself is guilty of statements that could be portrayed as encouraging excessive confidence in what he calls a “beta” system.

Mr. Musk’s frequent recourse to hyperbole lately has many analysts wondering what Elon is up to. A Journal story this week detailed 20 cases, over the past five years, of him touting financial or production goals that Tesla failed to meet.

In just the past few weeks, he set an implausible timetable for rolling out his mass-market Model 3 sedan. He floated a pie-in-the-sky “master plan” to build tractor trailers and pickup trucks. He justified Tesla’s bailout of another Musk-related company, Solar City, by saying the two would revolutionize the world energy system. Last year, he even casually asserted that Tesla eventually would be worth more than Apple.

His fan, the investor Ron Baron, told the Journal this week: “This guy wants to save the world.”

OK, but another way of thinking about Mr. Musk’s public demeanor is suggested by a fascinating revisiting of the DeLorean case by economist Graham Brownlow of Queen’s University Belfast.

Mr. Brownlow looks beyond the usual focus on the foibles of John DeLorean, the glamorous renegade GMexecutive who set out in 1975 to make a sports car now famous mainly for its role in the “Back to the Future” movies. He borrows a concept from the failures of socialism, known as the soft budget constraint, to note the incentives for DeLorean to run his company as if more subsidies could always be extracted from British taxpayers, who were backing the start-up auto maker.

Mr. DeLorean himself did not mince words at the time. He claimed that London was “over a barrel” because of the large government sums already invested in the firm.

This might ring some bells with respect to Mr. Musk’s constant flogging of the political and technological prominence of his company.

His recent deal for Solar City may well have been aimed partly at warding off political criticism that Teslas are only as clean as the electricity they run on. His Model 3 plan may have been moved up to pressure Washington over the looming expiration of a key tax credit for Tesla buyers.

While waving off concerns about missed production targets in a conference call this month, he attacked a government agency, the California Air Resources Board, saying its members “should damn well be ashamed of themselves” for not arranging for more lucrative zero-emissions credits for Tesla.

When federal regulators were investigating Tesla battery fires three years ago, he darkly warned that their actions could “delay the advent of sustainable transport and increase the risk of global climate change, with potentially disastrous consequences worldwide.”

The opposite of a soft budget constraint, of course, is a hard budget constraint. As Prof. Brownlow writes, “The more [an entrepreneur] expects that the existence and growth of the firm will depend solely on production costs and proceeds from sales, the more he will respect the budget constraint.”

Tesla is a soft budget constraint company in two ways. It gets plenty of revenue indirectly as result of government policy (consumer tax rebates, fuel mileage credits, HOV permits), not to mention directly in the form of loan guarantees, corporate tax abatements, etc.

But Tesla also gets considerable funding from repeated sales of stock to the public. Though its Wall Street cheerleaders don’t emphasize its dependence on political favoritism, Tesla’s own disclosures are required to be more candid. Keeping investors giddy about Tesla’s prospects therefore implicitly means reassuring them that Tesla will continue to attract the political patronage that has sustained it so far.

Prof. Brownlow makes the point that John DeLorean, whose failure is usually attributed to hubris or other psychological shortcomings, was in fact a brilliant engineer who had just come from a successful run as head of GM’s Chevrolet division—so he was capable of running a hard-budget company.

His decisions at DeLorean were rational in a soft-budget sense. He expanded employment at his Northern Ireland factory even as sales fell far short of projections—because he knew that the greater the number of jobs at risk, the harder it would be for the British government to cut him off.

Then, along came a change of government in London, and Margaret Thatcher did just that.




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