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March 27, 2024

Post numbers are not showing up for me.

This is only happening on my Windows 10 desktop, but I thought I should post about it in any case.


February 8, 2024

For House Republicans, failure is the only option

House Speaker Mike Johnson has been on the job for barely more than 100 days, but he has already accomplished the impossible. He has made Kevin McCarthy look like a legislative genius.

The Louisiana Republican has amassed a record of failure and dysfunction in just three months that his predecessor labored for nine months to achieve. And, arguably, McCarthy never managed to match the level of combined incompetence and destructiveness that Johnson attained this week alone. In the space of just three days, Johnson:

*Killed a bipartisan border-security bill, the toughest in decades, that he himself had demanded and senators had painstakingly negotiated.

*Killed off, at least for now, funds to help Ukraine defend itself against Russia’s invasion and Taiwan defend itself against China.

*Tried to pass military aid to Israel but watched it go down to defeat on the House floor.

*Held a vote to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas after months of build up — only for it to fail in a dramatic floor vote.

The last happened Tuesday in ugly fashion. At a closed-door Republican caucus meeting in the morning, Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mark Green (R-Tenn.), who had shepherded the articles of impeachment, said Mayorkas had to be impeached because “this reptile has no balls to resign.”


November 14, 2023

DU4 is not formatting properly on my Kindle Fire.

I've never had a problem with DU4 on Kindle before, but this morning it suddenly shifted to what looks like plain HTML. The whole page is there but the formatting has gone away so everything lays out vertically on Latest. Threads don't seem to format at all.

October 24, 2023

FBI warning of new "Phantom Hacker" scam.

The FBI is warning the public of a recent nationwide increase in "Phantom Hacker" scams, significantly impacting senior citizens. This Phantom Hacker scam is an evolution of more general tech support scams, layering imposter tech support, financial institutions, and government personas to enhance the trust victims place in the scammers and identify the most lucrative accounts to target.

The "Phantom Hacker" scam involves three phases. In Phase 01, a scammer contacts a victim posing as tech support to warn them that their financial accounts are at risk of a virus on their computer. The victim's computer, however, is unaffected by any virus. In Phase 02, the scammer contacts the victim, posing as a representative of a relevant financial institution. The scammer directs the victim to transfer their money to a 'safe' third party account such as the Federal Reserve or other government agency. In Phase 03, the scammer poses as a government official to further have the victim move their money.

Learn more about this scam at: https://www.ic3.gov/Media/Y2023/PSA230929

June 9, 2023

MSNBC reporting judge Cannon assigned to Trump's case.

Yes, THAT Judge Cannon.

March 26, 2023

Indicted Chinese exile controls Gettr social media site, ex-employees say


NEW YORK — An exiled Chinese tycoon indicted in New York earlier this month in a billion-dollar fraud case controls the conservative social media platform Gettr and used it to promote cryptocurrencies and propaganda, former employees have told The Washington Post.

They said the arrested expatriate, Guo Wengui, and his longtime money manager, William Je, called the shots at the company while Donald Trump senior adviser Jason Miller was its chief executive and public face. Miller served in that capacity from before Gettr’s July 4, 2021, launch until this month, when he returned to work on his third Trump presidential campaign.

Gettr doled out tens of thousands of dollars to right-wing figures including Trump adviser Stephen K. Bannon, sent money to contractors affiliated with Guo, and altered information on Gettr users that law enforcement agencies had sought, according to the former employees and internal company documents obtained by The Post.
Guo was known to have been a Gettr investor, but his dominant financing role and ability to influence hiring and content decisions at the platform have not previously been reported.

January 5, 2023

Once the Caucus of Curiosities extracts Kevin's last pound of flesh ....

The Speaker of the House Will Emerge in His New Form

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