ISIS And America Both Lost Drones This Week

The Democrats are not really interested in this issue.

Last summer, I interviewed a slave. Her name is Ima Matul, and she is a native of Indonesia who was brought to southern California as a teenager with the promise of a job working as a household maid.

She got the job.

The rest will be familiar to those familiar with modern-day slavery in the United States: The family for whom she was to work took her passport and separated her from her cousin, with whom she had come to the U.S. The cousin was sent to work in another home. Ima Matul was, needless to say, never paid — the family said they were simply keeping the money safe for her until she returned home. She worked 18 hours a day or more. She was cut off from all communication, beaten, and abused. She was told that if she were to try to run away, she’d be arrested as an illegal immigrant and taken to prison, where she would be held indefinitely with no passport or other identification, and where she would certainly be raped.

Geez .. ya think.?

By not meeting the NATO target of spending two percent of GDP on defence, Latvia and Lithuania are making themselves vulnerable, Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves said in an interview with Latvian Television last night.

He pointed out that Estonia is the only Baltic country that has met NATO’s defence target. However, Ilves did not claim that Latvia and Lithuania, who spend less on defense, have become a threat to Baltic security.

Asked whether the Baltics are seen from the outside as united, Ilves said that he is annoyed when someone speaks in the name of all three Baltic countries. He believes that each country should speak primarily about themselves, instead of offering opinions about all three. Ilves said, moreover, that they did not need to share opinions about everything, adding that the Baltics do not have common positions and he doubts whether they ever will.

White house ‘up in arms’.

The White House has condemned what it called “divisive rhetoric” in the Israeli election, won by Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party.

The US, EU and UN have also urged him to continue with the two-state solution to the Palestinian issue.

During campaigning, Mr Netanyahu said he would not allow the creation of a Palestinian state if re-elected.

He aims to build a new coalition government within two to three weeks, his party says.

Little reminder: Some of these camps go back 65 years. And the people who are demanding a 2 state solution are the same ones keeping them in the camps.

There’s money in WhiteHat rewards.

Yahoo! has offered $24,000 to a security researcher for finding out and reporting three critical security vulnerabilities in its products including Yahoo! Stores and Yahoo!-hosted websites.

This one is showing up a lot.

Deep Web Drug Market Disappeared suddenly Overnight, $12 Million in Bitcoin Missing

Apple and the CIA.

Report: CIA Has Tried for Years to Break Into Apple Gear

That’s according to a new report from The Intercept, based on documents supplied by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. The story lays out in detail how, for nearly a decade now, the CIA has been working on ways to penetrate Apple’s iPhones and iPads, in order to collect data on Apple customers, which Apple CEO Tim Cook has publicly and repeatedly vowed to protect.

Maybe XCode is the answer.

Update on Open SSL.

The world is about to get another reminder about just how much of the Internet runs on technology maintained by a handful of coders working on a shoestring budget. OpenSSL — the software used by thousands of companies to encrypt online communications — is set to get a security makeover this week: The OpenSSL project said it plans to release new versions of its code to fix a number of security weaknesses, including some classified as “high” severity.

iheartOpenSSL is deployed at countless organizations, including at Web giants like Facebook, Google and Yahoo — as well as broadly across U.S. federal government networks. As its name suggests, OpenSSL implements Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption (also known as “transport layer security” or TLS) for Web sites and associated networks, ensuring that the data cannot be read by untrusted parties.

The patch is likely to set off a mad scramble by security teams at organizations that rely on OpenSSL. That’s because security updates — particularly those added to open-source software like OpenSSL that anyone can view — give cybercriminals a road map toward finding out where the fixed vulnerabilities lie and insight into how to exploit those flaws.

Update on the attack in Tunisia.

Islamic terrorists armed with assault rifles and grenades gunned down at least 19 people at a crowded museum in the capital of Tunisia on Wednesday, officials said.

The mayhem started around 12:30 p.m. when the militants picked off tourists as they got off a bus outside the Bardo National Museum, killing eight, according to witnesses and officials.

The gunmen then stormed the museum, where they grabbed several hostages and hunkered down for hours, according to the Associated Press. They killed 10 of their victims during

Tax reform.

Republican Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Marco Rubio of Florida have released a blueprint for federal tax reform called “The Economic Growth and Family Fairness Tax Plan.” First, we should not embrace the language of progressive socialism in believing tax reform should have as a goal to advance “family fairness.” The plan should simply be entitled “The American Growth and Opportunity Plan.” That said, the Lee-Rubio plan is a great improvement over the current system.

A political element in everything.

I thought you didn’t care what people thought about your body.

In a recent interview with People, Lena Dunham actually felt the need to clarify that her decision to start exercising was not “anti-feminist.”

“I don’t think anyone’s gonna be like, ‘You look so good it’s ruined my life,’” she said. “There’s nothing anti-feminist about being healthy.”

The Leader of the Free World.

Attack in Tunisia

Terrorists kill foreign tourists and local in Tunisia attack: what we know [:]

When evolution gets overwhelmed.

Researchers have discovered a dramatic decline in genetic diversity in male lineages four to eight thousand years ago — likely the result of the accumulation of material wealth, while in contrast, female genetic diversity was on the rise. This male-specific decline occurred during the mid- to late-Neolithic period.

On this day in history.

On this day in 461 A.D., Saint Patrick, Christian missionary, bishop and apostle of Ireland, dies at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland.

Much of what is known about Patrick’s legendary life comes from the Confessio, a book he wrote during his last years. Born in Great Britain, probably in Scotland, to a well-to-do Christian family of Roman citizenship, Patrick was captured and enslaved at age 16 by Irish marauders. For the next six years, he worked as a herder in Ireland, turning to a deepening religious faith for comfort. Following the counsel of a voice he heard in a dream one night, he escaped and found passage on a ship to Britain, where he was eventually reunited with his family.

Maybe she’s got something that will sell …

Passwords have problems.

They need to be long and/or complex, people make up really bad ones (think pets’ names), recording and storing them incorrectly can cause problems, they’re often very easily cracked, and they get reused even though they really should be unique.

Two-factor authentication (2FA) doesn’t take away the pain of having to cook up a strong password, but at least it requires us to prove we are who we say we are in two different ways before we can log in or use a service, be it with a code sent via text message, one generated by an app like Google Authenticator, a PIN for our bank accounts or the like.

Yahoo’s trying a new approach. Basically, it’s guillotining 2FA and discarding the step of having to have a primary password to begin with.

Rather, its “on demand” passwords are going to rely solely on the second half of 2FA: namely, the one-use code sent to a mobile phone

Who’s going to sue Fannie and Freddie for extortion and bad faith?

Nomura, RBS Blame Housing Crash for Fall of Mortgage Bonds

Nomura Holdings Inc. and Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc blamed the 2007 U.S. housing crash for losses at U.S. government-owned lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as the banks began their defense against claims they misrepresented about $2 billion of mortgage-backed securities.

Nomura is the first bank to go to trial against the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which sued 18 financial institutions on behalf of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over losses on mortgage-backed securities they bought before the 2008 financial crisis.

David Tulchin quoted Freddie Mac’s words in arguing that his client, Tokyo-based Nomura, properly disclosed the risks involved in the securities.

but … it will require a repeal of ObamaCare.

House Republicans unveiled a budget Tuesday that would balance in less than 10 years by cutting $5.5 trillion without raising taxes, boost defense spending and make changes to Medicare.

The blueprint from House Budget Chairman Tom Price, Georgia Republican, would also repeal Obamacare, setting up yet another fight over President Obama’s signature domestic achievement as part of the spending debate.

“It is a plan that balances the budget in less than 10 years, secures and strengthens vital programs — like Medicare — provides our military men and women with the resources they need to protect American families, and would make Washington more efficient, effective and accountable to hard-working taxpayers,” Mr. Price said.

Colorado – Bennet health care.

As Colorado insurance officials scramble to cancel nearly 200,000 health policies a year ahead of schedule in order to avoid impacting Sen. Bennet’s 2016 reelection bid, we are reminded of the lawmaker’s stance on Obamacare.

Turns out that Bennet was for keeping your insurance plan, like Obama, before he was against it.

Why should it be automatic when you can build political capital by making it a gift?

End Birthright Citizenship Now

Barack Obama makes the case.

President Obama has clinched the case for ending automatic citizenship for the U.S.-born children of illegal aliens, tourists, and foreign students.

Saving American education.

… In part:

The rise of a Catholic school system, in short, was an American achievement—the more stunning because it was pulled off by a poor, immigrant people.

Notre Dame was itself built by these Irish and became an icon for Irish and immigrant success. Today, through ACE’s Catholic Advantage program, the university is trying to ensure Latinos have the same opportunities.

Unlike the Irish, Latinos don’t come here with the advantage of English. Unlike the immigrant Irish of yesteryear, they haven’t embraced the Catholic schools: Overall Latinos count for only 3% of the Catholic-school enrollment in the U.S.

But if the challenges are daunting the benefits are clear: Latinos who attend Catholic schools are 42% more likely to graduate from high school. They are 2½ times more likely to graduate from college. And the Catholic nature of the schools means there is some natural overlap with the Latin American cultures from whence these new arrivals have come.

Is that desperation I smell?

Al Gore should run for president

Well – at least he has a record.

Maybe all records should be destroyed so that we can start fresh every 4 years.

The White House is removing a federal regulation that subjects its Office of Administration to the Freedom of Information Act, making official a policy under Presidents Bush and Obama to reject requests for records to that office.

The White House said the cleanup of FOIA regulations is consistent with court rulings that hold that the office is not subject to the transparency law. The office handles, among other things, White House record-keeping duties like the archiving of e-mails.

But the timing of the move raised eyebrows among transparency advocates, coming on National Freedom of Information Day and during a national debate over the preservation of Obama administration records. It’s also Sunshine Week, an effort by news organizations and watchdog groups to highlight issues of government transparency.

A little creepy.

A Senate panel is investigating whether the United States government is funding efforts to oust Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to a report published Saturday.

The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations is reportedly probing the funding for OneVoice Movement, a Washington D.C., group that includes an organization seeking to oust the current Israeli government.

Fox News reported Saturday that OneVoice, which has recently received $350,000 in State Department grants, may have provided money to its subsidiary, the Victory 15 campaign, which is based in Israel and is opposed to Netanyahu.

Battlespace prep for net neutrality.

As legal challenges loom for new net neutrality regulations, GOP members of the Federal Communications Commission are offering some of the first lines of attack.

The dissenting opinions of the two Republicans ran 80 pages, and they telegraph some of the arguments on which critics could rely as they prepare legal filings to scrap the new rules. …

… Here are four legal arguments already being lobbed against the new rules.