Monthly Archives: February 2018

EU and Russia vie for influence in volatile Balkans region

For years, Russia has worked to gain influence in Southeast Europe, using Serbia as a foothold to establish a friendly pocket on a hostile continent.

Mr. T Gave Team USA’s Olympic Curlers A Fierce Pre-Final Pep Talk

And they went on to make sporting history.

Must-See Moments: Highlights From CPAC 2018

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Swarm of 200 earthquakes strikes Yellowstone super volcano

Live Science, by Tia Ghose Posted By: Pluperfect- Sat, 24 24 2018 09:24:31 GMT A swarm of more than 200 earthquakes struck Yellowstone National Park over the past two weeks, but that probably doesn´t mean the “big one” is coming anytime soon, according to geologists from the park. The 200 temblors began on Feb. 8 and ramped up on Feb. 15 in an area about 8 miles (13 kilometers) northeast of West Yellowstone, Montana, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). In reality, many more tiny quakes hit the region but were simply too small for seismometers to pick them up, according to the USGS. But while the swarm is bigger than the everyday seismicity in

Obama’s legacy will be that he allowed Russia to ‘sow discord’ in the US

Fox News, by Liz Peek Posted By: Pluperfect- Sat, 24 27 2018 09:27:13 GMT In a recent tweet, President Trump asked: “Why didn’t Obama do something about the (Russian) meddling?” It’s a good question, especially since, as President Trump pointed out, “all of the Russian meddling took place during the Obama administration.” The answer to President Trump’s question is that over the course of eight years the Obama administration neglected to take cybersecurity seriously, even though in 2013 Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned of a “coming (cyber) Pearl Harbor.” Despite repeated intrusions, and though independent agencies concluded that our defenses against hackers were woefully inadequate, the Obama White House made only cosmetic attempts to protect our

John Kelly is still the chief of staff Trump needs

New York Post, by Rich Lowry Posted By: Pluperfect- Sat, 24 30 2018 09:30:34 GMT If John Kelly didn’t exist, President Trump would have to invent him, and he wouldn’t be able to. The chief of staff has had a rocky couple of weeks — first it was the imbroglio over ousted White House staff secretary Rob Porter, and now stories of a brewing clash with Jared Kushner — but he is as close as it gets to an indispensable man in the Trump White House. Where else is the president going to find someone whom he likes and respects (at least on most days), who can intimidate the White House staff into a semblance of order,

US Border Patrol Hasn´t Validated E’Passport Data For Years

Wired, by Lily Hay Newman Posted By: MissMolly- Sat, 24 39 2018 09:39:40 GMT PASSPORTS, LIKE ANY physical ID, can be altered and forged. That´s partly why for the last 11 years the United States has put RFID chips in the back panel of its passports, creating so’called e’Passports. The chip stores your passport information—like name, date of birth, passport number, your photo, and even a biometric identifier—for quick, machine’readable border checks. And while e’Passports also store a cryptographic signature to prevent tampering or forgeries, it turns out that despite having over a decade to do so, US Customs and Border Protection hasn´t deployed the software needed to actually verify it. This means that since

When Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel Was Accused of Corruption, He Responded: ´Lions Don´t Care About the Opinions of Sheep´

Reason, by Robby Soave Posted By: MissMolly- Sat, 24 03 2018 10:03:39 GMT Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel—the man whose agency failed to prevent the Parkland massacre despite having received a tip last November that Nikolas Cruz was plotting a mass shooting—has been accused of public corruption. Two years ago, the Sun Sentinel reported that Israel was rewarding top political supporters by giving them and their family members cushy jobs doing public relations and community outreach for the Broward County Sheriff´s Office. One such position, outreach manager, paid out a salary of $78,489. The person who got that job was the husband of Israel´s campaign manager. Israel had been a Republican but ran

The Unlearned Lessons of Columbine

Washington Free Beacon, by Sonny Bunch Posted By: Pluperfect- Sat, 24 19 2018 10:19:30 GMT I generally avoid discussing gun control/mass shootings because the arguments are so rote and the arguers are so calcified that few minds are likely to change. For what it´s worth, I would like to associate myself with David French´s arguments here about the state of the debate, the gap between right and left on the issue, and what might be done to curb gun violence even more than it has already been curbed. But it is worth noting, briefly, that the shooting in Parkland, Fla., represented a rather large failure to adhere to the rules learned after the Columbine shooting almost