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Why America Needs a Slavery Museum

The Whitney Plantation near Wallace, Louisiana, is the first and only U.S. museum and memorial to slavery. While other museums may include slavery in their exhibits, the Whitney Plantation is the first of its kind to focus primarily on the institution. John Cummings, a 78-year-old white southerner, has spent 16 years and more than $8 million of his own fortune to build the project, which opened in December of last year.

Cummings, a successful trial attorney, developed the museum with the help of his full-time director of research, Ibrahima Seck. The duo hope to educate people on the realities of slavery in its time and its impact in the United States today. “The history of this country is rooted in slavery," says Seck. “If you don’t understand the source of the problem, how can you solve it?”


Today is National Nose Day!

(I call dogs "noses")

Local establishments celebrate National Dog Day

Our furry pals get their own special day on Wednesday, Aug 26 as 11th National Dog Day marks the calendar.

Throughout the week, local Philadelphia shelters, restaurants and parks honor the holiday with free baths, snacks, and more.

Wag your way to these events:

Uptown Beer Garden (1735 Market St.) teams up with PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society) on Monday, Aug. 24 for Yappy Hour. From 5 to 6:30 p.m., visitors of the location will be able to enjoy drink specials as well as meet dogs for adoption. You’re also allowed to bring your own pet, just make sure he’s trained. Proceeds from the event go towards the animal society.

In honor of National Dog Day, Dilworth Plaza hosts two days of puppy fun on Tuesday, Aug. 25 and Wednesday, Aug. 26. On Wednesday: From 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., head over to the Dog Days booth for informational discussions on pet care, retail products, and more. On Wednesday Aug. 26 the park hosts a SIPS Yappy Hour that welcomes dogs and their owners from 5 to 7 p.m. Each day, PAWS will be on site with cute dogs up for adoption.

Beginning at 5 through 8 p.m., Hotel Monaco celebrates National Dog Day on Wednesday, Aug. 26 with a free bath for all canines. As your furry friend gets pampered, enjoy a special “dogs and suds” happy hour menu at Red Owl Tavern—it’s right next door.

Don’t keep your pup at home while you enjoy a ball game, take them with you! The Camden Riversharks (401 Delaware Ave.) will host Bark in the Park on Sunday, August 30 at 1:35 p.m. Not only will you enjoy the baseball game, your dog will, too!

On Saturday, Aug. 29 through Sunday, Aug. 30 Square 1682 (121 South 17th St.) will host a BYOD (bring your own dog) weekend brunch menu featuring human and doggy food items. For you: Aisde from the brunch menu, sip on cocktails named after Snoopy, Lassie, and Toto. For your hound: Choose a specialty menu just for them featuring chicken, beef, eggs, and more. $1 from each dog bowl will be donated to Lulu’s Rescue. This deal is also offered all day on Wednesday, Aug. 26.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/things_to_do/Local-establishments-Celebrate-National-Dog-Day-with-deals.html#0XxjbQQmU5ds2UKQ.99

Question submitted by Blue_Tires

Seriously? Somebody's salty and trying to take it out on me:

On Wed Aug 26, 2015, 05:41 AM an alert was sent on the following post:

Normally I'd find myself in agreement, but MOTHERFUCK that smug hypocritical BITCH...

I'm betting dollars to yen that it's the same few people alerting on me all the time... What recourse do I have against vendettas?

Chinese Hackers Target U.S. University With Government Ties

A prominent American university with ties to the Defense Department and intelligence agencies is the latest target of Chinese hackers.

Last week, the University of Virginia, located in Charlottesville, about a three-hour drive from Washington, D.C., announced that it had suffered an intrusion “originating from China” that led the school to shut down portions of its technology systems and required students and faculty to reset their passwords used for accessing email and other applications hosted on the school’s systems.

But unlike some China-based intrusions that attempt to steal personal information such as Social Security and financial account numbers from large numbers of people, this one targeted two university employees “whose work has a connection to China,” university spokesperson Anthony P. de Bruyn told The Daily Beast.

The attackers “accessed the email accounts” of the employees, he said, without specifying what information they may have stolen. Officials hired noted computer security firm Mandiant to investigate the breach in June, after the school learned from federal authorities that it had been hacked. Mandiant has extensive experience conducting forensic analysis of computer systems that have been overrun by Chinese hackers, some of whom it has linked to the Chinese military and the country’s intelligence apparatus.


CEO in red light camera scandal pleads guilty to bribery scheme

Source: Chicago Tribune

The former CEO of Chicago's fired red light camera vendor pleaded guilty Thursday to helping orchestrate a decadelong $2 million bribery scheme to win and grow the largest automated traffic enforcement program in the nation.

"Guilty, your honor," Karen Finley, 55, answered in a firm voice when she was asked how she pleaded to one count of bribery conspiracy.

The charge carries a maximum of five years in prison, but Finley also faces sentencing in a separate bribery scheme in Ohio in which her former company, Redflex Traffic Systems Inc., made campaign contributions to elected public officials in Columbus and Cincinnati in return for keeping red light camera contracts, court records show.

U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall said whatever sentence she imposes would run concurrent to the term handed down in the Ohio case. Finley's sentencing was postponed until after the January trial of co-defendant John Bills, a former city transportation manager.

Read more: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/redlight/ct-red-light-cameras-ceo-guilty-met-20150819-story.html


Background check company that screened Snowden to forfeit $30M

Source: The Hill

The personnel vetting company that screened government leaker Edward Snowden and Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis has agreed to give up $30 million to settle federal fraud charges.

In order to pay the settlement, the Justice Department announced on Wednesday that United States Investigations Services (USIS) — the largest private background check firm used by the government, based in Falls Church, Va. — has agreed to forgo payments that it was otherwise owed by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). According to federal law enforcement officials, USIS officials carried out a plot to “flush” or “dump” individual cases that they deemed to be low-level in order to meet internal goals.

“Shortcuts taken by any company that we have entrusted to conduct background investigations of future and current federal employees are unacceptable,” Benjamin Mizer, the head of the Justice Department’s civil division, said in a statement. “The Justice Department will ensure that those who do business with the government provide all of the services for which we bargained.”

Last year, the Justice Department joined the case of a whistle-blower complaint filed by Blake Percival, a former USIS executive.

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/251549-background-check-company-that-screened-snowden-to-forfeit-30-million


I didn't even know we had a national aviation day...


Nazi gold train 'found in Poland'

Source: BBC

Two people in Poland say they may have found a Nazi train rumoured to be full of gold, gems and guns that disappeared in World War Two, Polish media say.

The train is believed to have gone missing near what is now the Polish city of Wroclaw as Soviet forces approached in 1945.

A law firm in south-west Poland says it has been contacted by two men who have discovered the armoured train. Polish media say the men want 10% of the value of the train's contents.

Local news websites said the apparent find matched reports in local folklore of a train carrying gold and gems that went missing at the end of World War Two near Ksiaz castle.

Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-33994483


Hate to be a wet blanket, but the last time I was in Europe, I just happened to be hauling around a train full of jewels and Nazi gold...When I was about to come back home, security at the airport in Frankfurt said I couldn't put the train on the plane without filling out a mountain of paperwork first. So I put the train to my side for a minute, and someone snatched it in the hustle and bustle of humanity at the security checkpoint...So I guess I'm saying this shit was *MINE* long before anyone else claimed to have discovered it...

FWIW I'm grateful to the people who found it for me, but they can forget about that ten percent bullshit for a finder's fee...I will buy the two men ONE beer each to show my appreciation, but no more...

I’m a young, black female, and I may not vote in this presidential election

On paper, I’m a progressive candidate’s ideal. I’m a 23-year-old, black, queer, college-educated woman who is drowning in more than $160,000 of undergraduate student loan debt. I fervently believe in unlimited access to reproductive healthcare, despise corporate welfare, and consider climate change to be the most severe public health issue of our time.

In the American political landscape, my ideology is best packaged as leftist, and my vote is seemingly guaranteed.

But I’m also an organizer with Black Lives Matter NYC, and such an affiliation is causing more upset within the electoral establishment than excitement, enthusiasm, or certainty.

I do not describe myself as a liberal or progressive — rather, I identify as a radical within the spirit of Angela Davis, Assata Shakur, Ella Baker, and Ida B. Wells. Within their black liberatory framework, their radicalism centered on examining the root causes of racism and its resulting socioeconomic ills, while denouncing patriarchy as a divisive tool of white supremacist function.

As a radical, I view the entire system of white supremacy to be both parasitic and adaptive; it’s a robust machine that encroaches upon public consciousness and institutions with such savviness that its depravity is deemed the credible status quo. White supremacy is a claustrophobic daily reality that lives within complicated legislation, multilayered bureaucracy, structural oppression and individual behavior.


Somebody please talk some fucking sense into this girl...
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