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Idaho woman comes under fire for celebrating her killing of giraffe


A big-game trophy collector from Idaho has ignited a firestorm of criticism from animal-rights activists for flaunting online images of herself posed with the carcasses of a giraffe and other wildlife she killed during a recent guided hunt in South Africa.

Sabrina Corgatelli, an accountant for Idaho State University, appeared on NBC's "Today” show on Monday to defend trophy hunting amid mounting international outrage over last month's killing of Cecil, Zimbabwe's most famous lion, by an American dentist.

"Everybody thinks we're cold-hearted killers and it's not that," Corgatelli said in the nationally televised interview. "There is a connection to the animal, and just because we hunt them doesn’t mean we don't have a respect for them. Giraffes are very dangerous animals. They could hurt you seriously, very quickly."


Idaho State issued a statement on Monday distancing itself from the controversy, saying it was not a university matter.

If she loses her job at ISU, I won't be surprised.


During her interview with TODAY, Corgatelli expressed some concerns about her job, which has also become public knowledge. But she said her time off from work was approved and she’s on vacation.

"Everything I've done here is legal, so how can you fault somebody because of their hobbies?" Corgatelli said, adding that employers are always going to have employees who do things they don’t agree with in their spare time. "How can an employer chastise you for something you do on your personal time that's legally done?"

It appears that Idaho State University officials agree with her. They released the following statement on Monday:

“This is not an Idaho State University matter. While the individual in question is an employee, her personal choices are not representative of the University."

from: http://www.idahostatejournal.com/members/mccammon-woman-draws-attention-ire-for-big-game-hunt-photos/article_e882757e-3a61-11e5-8468-5b0b60ca5ac5.html

a quick rundown of what you should do if you're truly worried about security

1- Run the version of Linux designed to thwart the NSA, https://www.qubes-os.org/

2- Make sure your email is either 1) on your own personal server or 2) with an outfit like ProtonMail

3- Make sure your router is on DD-WRT, Tomato or some other safe variant. Routers are very vulnerable to being hacked.

4- Make sure all of your applications for messaging are secure.

5- Dig deep into the settings of everything you use to make sure it's doing what you want.

6- Think twice about using a password-saving service. I was using Lastpass, even they got hacked. Sorry, not taking any chances, I changed ALL of my passwords.

7- Check out Tor.

8- Stop giving out your info to companies unless absolutely required.

Myself, I'm not that careful. I use DD-WRT, I secure Windows as well as I can, I don't use a password service any more, I keep all my apps updated for security. Many of the problems happen because COMPANIES get hacked and agencies get hacked. That's where the real problem is. A lot of stuff needs to start going offline, IMHO. Given time, expertise and adequate resources, almost anything and anyone can be hacked. I say almost, because I'm willing to make an allowance for extremely high encryption and other "NSA-proof" measures that are diligently and daily applied.

Summer is over officially in 50 days :/

What's left on your bucket list for summer ? A vacation ? Doing outdoor maintenance and repair while it's still pretty warm ? Taking more walks outdoors ?

Of course, my summer here in Florida doesn't really end until, oh, Thanksgiving!

Microsoft will NOT email you Windows 10, it's ransomware


A few days ago, over 14 million machines had been upgraded to Windows 10, but millions of other people who used the “Get Windows 10” app are impatiently waiting for Microsoft to notify them that it is their turn to download Windows 10. The app says Microsoft is rolling out the free upgrade in waves; “Watch for your notification so that you can start your upgrade. Your notification to upgrade could come as soon as a few days or weeks.” That notification has become an exploitation opportunity for bad guys who are sending out fake Windows 10 upgrade emails along with supposedly zipped Windows 10 download attachments that ultimately install ransomware on victims’ PCs.

Some people didn’t wait on a notification and chose to use Microsoft’s media creation tool to download Windows 10, but others hesitated to use that method as they have don’t know their Windows product key; if they can’t find it in the registry, then they aren’t inclined to use a previously unknown third-party app to find it.

Other Microsoft users chose to force Windows 10 to install. That process includes a few steps: Delete everything in “C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download” which requires deleting them with admin rights. Right-click on start and then select Command Prompt (Admin); type in “wuauclt.exe /updatenow” (without quotes) but do not hit enter.

Some people didn’t wait on a notification and chose to use Microsoft’s media creation tool to download Windows 10, but others hesitated to use that method as they have don’t know their Windows product key; if they can’t find it in the registry, then they aren’t inclined to use a previously unknown third-party app to find it.

TL;DR: Do NOT click on any emails about Windows 10. Be safe.

Charles Koch compares work of his political network to civil rights movement


DANA POINT, Calif. — Charles Koch on Sunday compared the efforts of his political network to the fight for civil rights and other “freedom movements,” urging his fellow conservative donors to follow the lead of figures such as Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony and Martin Luther King Jr.

“History demonstrates that when the American people get motivated by an issue of justice that they believe is just, extraordinary things can be accomplished,” Koch told 450 wealthy conservatives assembled in the ballroom of a lavish oceanfront resort here.

“Look at the American revolution, the anti-slavery movement, the women’s suffrage movement, the civil rights movement,” he said. “All of these struck a moral chord with the American people. They all sought to overcome an injustice. And we, too, are seeking to right injustices that are holding our country back.”

Koch’s remarks came at the start of a session about the strategy of the network, which aims to spend $889 million on issue advocacy, higher education grants and political activity by the end of next year. As part of the program, which was not open to the news media, officials from Chile gave presentations on the country’s economic and political history.

He's full of caca, trying to piggyback off the legitimate civil rights movements!

U.S. Lawmakers Draft ‘CECIL Act’ to Curb Trophy Hunters


U.S. lawmakers joined the chorus of outrage over the killing of Cecil the lion on Friday, announcing a bill that would stop people from importing “trophies” gleaned from hunting potentially endangered animals.

The bill, Conserving Ecosystems by Ceasing the Importation of Large (CECIL) Animal Trophies Act, would make it illegal for trophy hunters to bring back parts of any species proposed or listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.

“Let’s not be cowardly lions when it comes to trophy killings,” Senator Bob Menendez said in a public statement, adding that the legislation is “a necessary and prudent step that creates a disincentive for these senseless trophy killings and advances our commitment in leading the fight to combat global wildlife trafficking.”

The bill is co-sponsored by Senators Cory Booker, Richard Blumenthal and Ben Cardin.

Where in the World Is Tips for Jesus? (the person who has left a total of $130K in tips for servers)


The most inscrutable rich person in San Francisco has surprisingly pedestrian taste in coffee. We’re talking utilitarian, non–name brand, get-in-get-out java at a downtown coffee shop with acceptable but not outstanding Yelp reviews. In this Blue Bottle–or–bust town, you’d expect something fancier. Especially because the man who picked out this humble rendezvous has become internationally famous as the nameless mastermind of a syndicate that’s left nearly $130,000 in ultra-outsize tips—all accompanied by the cryptic insignia “Tips for Jesus”—at restaurants and bars in more than a dozen cities in the United States and Mexico over the last six months. Globe-trotting mega-benefactors: They're just like us.

Sitting at an outside table, the tipper—who would speak to me only in exchange for complete anonymity—explains that it all started back in September, at a bar in Ann Arbor, Michigan, after a college football game. He has, as he says, "been fortunate" in life, and he and his friends have long been tipping generously. But for some reason—he doesn't actually remember all the details now, he says, mild sheepishness spreading across his face—they decided that afternoon to give their server a $3,000 tip on an $87.98 check and, crucially, to post a photo of the receipt to Instagram.

We know what happened next: Over the ensuing months, tip after exorbitant tip was left in cities across the continent, all for absurd amounts and all with “Tips for Jesus” scribbled ebulliently on the check—in pen at the start, and then later via a custom rubber stamp. By late November, the tipper or tippers had given away $50,000, the Tips for Jesus Instagram account had racked up tens of thousands of followers (71,296 at press time), and the whole thing had become a bona fide Internet phenomenon.

The religious press seized on Tips for Jesus as an example of Christian generosity. (It’s not. “The movement we have started is intended to be agnostic," the tipper emphasizes.) College football fans speculated about the tippers' apparent Notre Dame, USC, and Stanford allegiances. Servers across the country began pleading with the tippers over Instagram to stop by Harmony Tea Room in Westwood, New Jersey, or the Hooters in Aurora, Colorado. A multitude of media outlets posited theories—some of which, I can now confirm, are accurate—about the identity of the Tips for Jesus ringleader. Every time a new tip came along, a flurry of news stories and blog posts would emerge, all undoubtedly fueled by the fact that the operation—if you can call it that—is completely and maddeningly bizarre.

more at link

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I think President Obama is genuinely concerned about the Iran deal passing

When I listened to him on the phone, it came through that way for me. He explicitly asked us (the listeners on the call and really everyone) to call our Congresscritters and voice our support for the deal.

My impression is that 99.999% of DU is for the deal. I've only seen one post (not thread) against the deal. I'm calling my Senators and Representative tomorrow. That's how concerned I think he is, and therefore how concerned I am. I want the deal to pass.

Exclusive: Secret NSA Map Shows China Cyber Attacks on US Targets


A secret NSA map obtained exclusively by NBC News shows the Chinese government's massive cyber assault on all sectors of the U.S economy, including major firms like Google and Lockheed Martin, as well as the U.S. government and military.

The map uses red dots to mark more than 600 corporate, private or government "Victims of Chinese Cyber Espionage" that were attacked over a five-year period, with clusters in America's industrial centers. The entire Northeast Corridor from Washington to Boston is blanketed in red, as is California's Silicon Valley, with other concentrations in Dallas, Miami, Chicago, Seattle, L.A. and Detroit. The highest number of attacks was in California, which had almost 50.

Each dot represents a successful Chinese attempt to steal corporate and military secrets and data about America's critical infrastructure, particularly the electrical power and telecommunications and internet backbone. And the prizes that China pilfered during its "intrusions" included everything from specifications for hybrid cars to formulas for pharmaceutical products to details about U.S. military and civilian air traffic control systems, according to intelligence sources.

The map was part of an NSA briefing prepared by the NSA Threat Operations Center (NTOC) in February 2014, an intelligence source told NBC News. The briefing highlighted China's interest in Google and defense contractors like Lockheed Martin, and in air traffic control systems. It catalogued the documents and data Chinese government hackers have "exfiltrated" -- stolen -- from U.S. corporate, government and military networks, and also listed the number and origin of China's "exploitations and attacks."

map at link
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