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  1. ‘Too inconvenient’: Trump goes rogue on phone security The president has kept features at risk for hacking and resisted efforts by staff to inspect the phones he uses for tweeting. President Donald Trump uses a White House cellphone that isn’t equipped with sophisticated security features designed to shield his communications, according to two senior administration officials — a departure from the practice of his predecessors that potentially exposes him to hacking or surveillance. The president, who relies on cellphones to reach his friends and millions of Twitter followers, has rebuffed staff efforts to strengthen security around his phone use, according to the administration officials. The president uses at least two iPhones, according to one of the officials. The phones — one capable only of making calls, the other equipped only with the Twitter app and preloaded with a handful of news sites — are issued by White House Information Technology and the White House Communications Agency, an office staffed by military personnel that oversees White House telecommunications. While aides have urged the president to swap out the Twitter phone on a monthly basis, Trump has resisted their entreaties, telling them it was “too inconvenient,” the same administration official said. The president has gone as long as five months without having the phone checked by security experts. It is unclear how often Trump’s call-capable phones, which are essentially used as burner phones, are swapped out. President Barack Obama handed over his White House phones every 30 days to be examined by telecommunications staffers for hacking and other suspicious activity, according to an Obama administration official. more in the link ********************************************** But her emails.
  2. Cohen’s business partner strikes plea deal: report A longtime business associate of President Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen has reportedly agreed to cooperate with government prosecutors as part of a plea deal. The New York Times reported on Tuesday that Evgeny Freidman agreed to cooperate with state and federal prosecutors, potentially raising pressure on Cohen to assist in the special counsel investigation into Russia's 2016 election meddling. In return, Freidman got five years of probation for pleading guilty Tuesday to a single count of evading $50,000 worth of taxes. Freidman, who was reportedly disbarred earlier this month, had faced four counts of criminal tax fraud and one of grand larceny, each carrying a possible sentence of up to 25 years. Freidman, a Russian immigrant nicknamed the "Taxi King," has been partners with Cohen in the taxi business for years, the Times reported. Cohen is reportedly under investigation for bank fraud and campaign finance law violations. The FBI raided his home, office and hotel room last month, in part following a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller, reportedly seizing financial records, communications between Cohen and his clients and documents related to nondisclosure payments to two women — including adult-film star Stormy Daniels — who alleged they had affairs with Trump. Multiple outlets reported federal investigators were also focused on Cohen's taxi business. After the search, Trump denied Cohen would "flip" amid reports the president's legal team was bracing for Cohen to cooperate with investigators. In recent weeks, Cohen has come under scrutiny for his efforts to solicit payments in exchange for access and insights into the Trump administration. Swiss drug company Novartis and AT&T have both acknowledged they paid Cohen for advice on how to approach the Trump administration on particular issues. Officials from both companies have called the arrangement "a mistake." In addition, Cohen reportedly offered Qatari government officials access to the president in exchange for at least $1 million. Qatar declined the offer. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who represents Trump in the Russia probe, has said the president "was unaware" Cohen solicited payments from those companies. Freidman's guilty plea came the same day that Michael Avenatti, Daniels's attorney, claimed in a court filing that Cohen has been selectively leaking recordings seized in the FBI raid. ******************************* Meanwhile Mueller just keeps chugging along. A few days ago he gets Manafort's former son in law to flip on Manafort. Now Cohen's business partner agrees to sing like a canary in exchange for avoiding prison. The noose is getting tighter.
  3. Sinkhole Growing Around White House

    That's OK, I understand it's "Infrastructure Week" again.
  4. Shopping for Clothes in Vancouver
  5. +1'd ya just for "Cocaine Mitch".
  6. There's no cherry picking here. I laid out the landscape as it was. Those 8 years of Obama were on the low end for a reason. The economy was on life support when he took office. The financial system had completely collapsed, credit was frozen solid. Lehman went tits up. AIG and Citi were undoubtedly going to go under. Goldman, Morgan, BofA, JP Morgan, Wells Fargo all needed massive cash injections from the Federal Reserve to shore up their balance sheets. General Motors was bankrupt, foreclosures soared. The Federal Reserve had to arrange a shotgun wedding of BofA and Merrill Lynch. Do you think those are normal conditions? As I said previously, it took 25 years and a world war to work out of the Great Depression. Coming out of all that was mentioned above you expect above average growth rates? That's loopy. What was GDP in the last quarter under Trump? It was 2.3% and that was lower than the previous 2 quarters. That is a far cry from the 3+, 4, 5, or even 6 he promised. Show me one first world country that had better growth the last 8 years? The financial party for the west ended in 2008. It's just taking some longer to realize it than others but eventually they all will.
  7. Firstly, let's make no mistake about it Hillary would have been an average President at best. It's easy to forget the financial crapstorm Obama inherited because it's well behind us now. For comparison, it took capital markets 25 years and a world war to recover the losses from the Great Depression. That's nearly an entire generation lost. Unemployment under BO dropped from 10% to 4.9%. The problem with his economy was the creating of many so called "McJobs". Lower paying jobs that don't really help people get ahead. Trump's economy is no better, despite what he repeatedly tells people. He may lie repeatedly but the data does not. His job creation numbers are actually running no better than Obama's last 18 months and wages are not rising at rates indicative of a strong economy. Trump is doing no better than Obama in economic terms. Trump is a salesman pure and simple, if you buy his BS that's on you. Don't kid yourself. As for nothing of substance on the world stage. BO inherited two useless wars that he wound down.
  8. As bad as all that is IMO the most damaging things he's done won't be felt for years and decades to come. His systematic dismantling of the State Department is mindboggling. The mass dismissal of ambassadors some with 30-40 years experience under administrations from both sides of the isle. Think of the relationships these people have nursed over their time in service. Think of the favors they are owed by foreign governments. That's all gone. Other countries see this and swoop right on in. All too happy to step into these opportunities of influence. Now many of them having been told 'thanks, your service is no longer required' are gone. I suspect the next administration (Repub or Demo) will try like mad to entice many of them back but many will have moved on. Many of them have not even been replaced. For example, there is currently no US ambassador to South Korea. How is that even possible? Those who have been appointed as replacements often have qualifications so underwhelming it's gross. This situation though not readily visible will continue to fester and rot for many many years. The results of this will linger for decades and will result in a loss of influence in global affairs. Other nations will be only too happy to step up for their own interests at the expense of the US.
  9. There's never just 1 cockroach. Trump Jr. met with emissary for Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates offering 2016 election help: Report According to a report, Donald Trump Jr. spoke in 2016 with George Nader, an emissary for the two wealthy princes leading Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, in Trump Tower. Donald Trump Jr. met with a Gulf emissary three months before the 2016 election offering to help his father win the contest against Democrat Hillary Clinton, according to a report Saturday. Trump Jr. spoke with George Nader, an emissary for the two wealthy princes leading Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, in Trump Tower, the New York Times reports. The meeting was set up by Erik Prince, a private security contractor who formerly ran Blackwater. Joel Zamel, a social media specialist, also attended the meeting. Zamel's company had drawn up a multimillion-dollar proposal for a social media manipulation campaign that would give a boost to Trump. It's unknown whether such a plan was ever carried out or who commissioned it but Trump Jr. liked the plan, according to the Times. And after Trump won the election, Nader paid Zamel up to $2 million. The reasons behind the payment are unclear. The meeting and subsequent interactions are being looked into by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to win the election. Trump's Jr.'s meeting with the Gulf emissary is the first example of a country other than Russia approaching the Trump campaign before the election to offer help. ****************************** Erik Prince is the brother of Education Secretary Betsy Devos. It should also be noted that George Nader is co-operating with the Mueller probe.
  10. Cuban airplane crash kills 100 people

    Your car also doesn't have multiple engines. Well any drunken yahoo can drive a car. Piloting a passenger jet takes a bit more education/licensing.
  11. Cuban airplane crash kills 100 people

    Please get over this irrational fear. Traveling to far away places and experiencing other cultures is one of the things that makes life truly enjoyable. Besides air travel is incredibly safe, Way safer than traveling by car.
  12. Cuban airplane crash kills 100 people

    This day sucks.
  13. Chris Cornell, Soundgarden frontman, dies aged 52

    Chris Cornell’s Death: One Year Later The news of Chris Cornell’s death came as a two-pronged tragedy: First, finding out he had died, then second, finding out his death had been by his own hand. On the surface, he had seemed content, creative and still happy to perform. He was on tour with Soundgarden, the band he helped found and with which he established one of the most resonant and commercially successful sounds of the ‘90s. The band had come back from a lengthy hiatus (during which Cornell had made big, noisy records with Audioslave and turned himself into an esoteric solo artist) and had rocked a crowd of enthusiastic fans mere hours before he took his own life in a hotel room in Detroit. In the year since his death, many have paid tribute to his music and to his humanity, almost in equal measure. His wife, Vicky, has carried on with the causes most important to him, and pulled back the curtain on her family as it grieved and pushed forward without him. The people he touched — whether friend, family or fan — have all moved on in his absence, but with only the spectral presence of his voice and the memories of his life and work to compensate. Here’s a look back as we remember Cornell and mark the first year without him. Rockers Immediately Respond to the News May 18: Once Cornell’s death was announced, the outpouring of tributes from his peers and heroes on social media was immediate. “Shocked and saddened by the sudden death of @chriscornell,” Elton John tweeted. “A great singer, songwriter and the loveliest man.” Country rocker Jason Isbell tweeted, “Me and teenage me are both heartbroken.” Joe Perry posted a picture of himself and Cornell backstage at some venue, with the message, “Very sad news about Chris Cornell today. A sad loss of a great talent to the world, his friends and family. Rest in Peace.” Chic mastermind Nile Rodgers, a close friend of Cornell’s who had been collaborating with Cornell before his death, likewise tweeted a photo of the two of them, with the message, “A mutual friend called me and tells me my bro passed away. #RIPChrisCornell You are a great artist Love to Vicki [sic] and fam.” The members of Soundgarden were, not so surprisingly, slow to put their sorrow out to the world in a tweet or Facebook post, choosing to go dark for a period after his death. Eerily, for a month afterward, the final tweet on the band’s Twitter page was one announcing the time the doors opened at what turned out to be their final show, at Detroit’s Fox Theatre. Joe Perry / Twitter Death Ruled a Suicide May 18: In the hours following the announcement, rumors flew about the means by which Cornell had died, until the Associated Press reported the medical examiner at the scene declared Cornell’s death a suicide by hanging. Months later, the Detroit Police Department released photos of Cornell’s hotel room, which TMZ immediately put in a photo gallery. In addition to the harrowing photos of the exercise band Cornell employed in his final act and a streak of blood on the bathroom floor, there were also shots of a guitar on a hotel chair, a rumpled bed and a sleep mask — normal accoutrement of a musician on the road. Also pictured were prescription bottles for Prednisone, typically taken for allergies, and Omeprezole, an anti-reflux medication. Cornell also had a prescription for Ativan, an anti-anxiety drug, on which his wife Vicky believes he overdosed, leading him to take his own life. Cornell’s Friends Pay Tribute at His Funeral May 26: Cornell’s ashes were laid to rest at a private ceremony at Los Angeles' Hollywood Forever Cemetery, at which a number of friends and bandmates — including Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron, Tom Morello, Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament and actor James Brolin — eulogized the singer. Linkin Park's Chester Bennington (a good friend of Cornell’s) sang Leonard Cohen's “Hallelujah” for the mourners. Bennington would take his own life nearly two months later, hanging himself on what would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday. David McNew / Getty Images His Wife Carries on Work for Refugees September 9: Vicky Cornell issued a tweet from the Eleonas refugee camp just outside of Athens, Greece, where thousands of people fleeing persecution and war in their home countries arrive before dispersing to other nations throughout Europe. The plight of refugees was a cause to which Chris Cornell devoted time and resources; he and Vicky founded a charity that advocated for refugees, and he donated all proceeds for his song “The Promise” to the refugee aid organization International Rescue Committee. Chris Cornell - The Promise (Official Video) Cornell Receives Posthumous Human Rights Award November 14: Cornell was honored with the inaugural Promise Award (named after his song “The Promise”) by the Los Angeles Committee of Human Rights Watch, during the Voices for Justice Human Rights Watch Annual Dinner. System of a Down singer Serj Tankian presented the award and honored Cornell as a “compassionate, just and gentle human being.” Serj Tankian - wystąpienie na gali Human Rights Watch, ku pamięci Chrisa Cornella [Tłumaczenie] Vicky Cornell Breaks Her Silence on Her Husband's Addiction February 20: In an interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts, Cornell’s widow Vicky openly discussed his death, and the role that drugs played in the decisions he made that fateful night. "I don't think that he could make any decisions because of the level of impairment,” she said, while also noting that Cornell “was the furthest thing from a rock-star junkie.” “He wanted to be there for his family, for his children,” she said. “He loved his life ... he would never have ever left this world." His Wife Honors Cornell’s Memory by Joining Addiction Policy Forum Board February 22: Vicky Cornell announced she would join the Addiction Policy Forum’s advisory board, joining former Drug Czar General Barry McCaffrey and Congressmen Alan Mollohan and Frank Guinta at the nonprofit institute focused on improving policies related to substance use disorders. “I’ve learned a lot since losing Chris,” she said in a statement, “including the fact that addiction is a brain disease — a disease that is both preventable and treatable.” Soundgarden Bandmate Plays Again April 3: Founding MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer announced plans to mark the 50th anniversary of the band's Kick Out the Jams album with a North American tour. Joining him on guitar will be Soundgarden's Kim Thayil, in his first appearances since Cornell’s death, along with Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty, King's X bassist Dug Pinnick and Zen Guerrilla singer Marcus Durant. Soundgarden and Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron was initially rumored to be in the lineup, but will not tour with the group. Kevin Winter/Getty Images Posthumous Recording of Johnny Cash Poem Released April 6: Johnny Cash: Forever Words — an album of songs based on poems written by the late country music icon Johnny Cash — was released, and included a new song by Cornell. “You Never Knew My Mind” found Cornell in a typically dark, acoustic setting, singing lines that prove particularly haunting, considering what transpired after the recording: “My silence holds the secrets when I answer but don't answer / You did not see me well enough to recognize the signs.” Cash recorded Soundgarden’s “Rusty Cage” on the second of his Rick Rubin-produced American Recordings releases. Chris Cornell - You Never Knew My Mind (From The Cash Cabin) Family to Hold Vigil on Anniversary of His Death May 12: Vicky Cornell tweeted a message to fans that included an invitation to attend a vigil on May 18, the anniversary of her husband’s death, at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where his ashes are interred. “The children and I are so grateful to you all for being by our sides throughout all of this,” she wrote, before closing with “Light a candle, say a prayer, speak his name … Loud Love.” The missing videos can be found in the link.........
  14. Those conditions exist in other countries. The US doesn't have higher rates of mental health issues than other countries. They play video games in other countries. Other countries have poor family values as well. Those can be contributing factors but the indisputable fact is no other country has guns laying around like the United States.
  15. Santa Fe High School Shooting: Alleged Gunman Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, in Custody, at Least 10 Dead Santa Fe High School Shooting: Alleged Gunman Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, in Custody, at Least 10 Dead Officials in Texas say a gunman walked into a high school art class and opened fire Friday morning, killing at least 10 people, according to reports. The shots rang out before 8 a.m. at Santa Fe High School east of Houston, where an assistant principal told KTRK a suspect was quickly taken into custody. The shooter has been identified as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, a 17-year-old a student. According to reports, a second person, also a student, was also detained. Nine of the dead are said to be students, along with one fatally shot teacher. Officials have also confirmed there were what are believed to be explosives located both at the school and at a site off campus. It has also been confirmed that an officer was shot. The school was swiftly placed on lockdown as a district statement on Facebook confirmed multiple injuries without initially going into detail. "This morning an incident occurred at the high school involving an active shooter. The situation is active, but has been contained," the statement read. "There have been confirmed injuries." One witness reportedly said she saw a girl get shot in the leg. "I saw some girl, she got shot in a kneecap i guess," the student told reporters. Another girl described the confusion she felt even after hearing the shots. "I was sitting in my classroom and I heard really loud booms. and i didn't know what they were at first and then I realized what they were when I heard screaming," the girl said. Students began to walk out of their classrooms and file out outside after authorities say a substitute teacher pulled a fire alarm when he realized there was a shooter in a bid to alert those on the large campus who did not hear the shots. Aerial footage from the scene showed many students lined up outside the school, as law enforcement officials took some of their bags. What appeared to be a figure covered in a white sheet could also be seen outside one of the school's exits. President Trump tweeted about the shooting Friday, saying, "early reports not looking good. God bless all."