OK ..It appears that the US has been inserting spyware into Hard Drives for as far back as 20 years.
No one seems too too surprised or pissed.
I am concerned that the NSA has been doing it here instead of Iran, Russia, China, etc. The media is spinning it as if the Hard Drives containing the spyware ONLY went to other countries.
One of my questions is that if the NSA had/has the capabilities to look at data in Iran and Iraq etc, then what was the reason for the Iraq War ? Why did all that have to happen? Surely the NSA knew exactly where the WMDs were NOT. Like iraq.
If the NSA had that kind of capability, why wasn’t 911 averted if indeed it happened like our government said it did.
Suddenly, people are waking up to the fact that George Orwell was right about everything except the year.
Williams apologized and said he confused the details of the incident. “I would not have chosen to make this mistake,” Williams said. “I don’t know what screwed up in my mind that caused me to conflate one aircraft with another.”
If you are going to admit you lied, then don’t compound it by saying I didn’t actually do this. Something screwed my mind up. Suddenly 10 years after, I came to my senses. Not only are you lying, but you’re stupid.
Brian Williams Recants Story About Being Shot Down in Iraq
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The news anchor claimed on a broadcast that his NBC News crew rode a helicopter hit by an RPG in 2003
Williams said in a news segment last Friday that soldiers rescued his NBC News team after their helicopter was hit by an RPG. The anchor told the story as part of a public tribute to the soldier who allegedly saved their lives, whom Williams took to a hockey game at Madison Square Garden last week. During the game, a picture of the two was displayed on the Jumbotron as an announcer retold the story of the soldier saving Williams.
But an independent investigation by military newspaper Stars and Stripes suggested that Williams’ version of the story was untrue. Soldiers present at the event said that Williams was in a different helicopter an hour behind those that were shot down. “No, we never came under direct enemy fire to the aircraft,” said Sgt. Joseph Miller, a flight engineer on the helicopter carrying Williams.
“It was something personal for us that was kind of life-changing for me. I’ve know how lucky I was to survive it,” said Lance Reynolds, a flight engineer who did come under fire. “It felt like a personal experience that someone else wanted to participate in and didn’t deserve to participate in.”
When asked about the incident by the paper, Williams apologized and said he confused the details of the incident. “I would not have chosen to make this mistake,” Williams said. “I don’t know what screwed up in my mind that caused me to conflate one aircraft with another.”
How dumb can this be ? We won’t arrest you for 95 grams of pot. But we will for 100.
Plus – How do they think people are going to get 95 grams of pot ? Oh -we ‘re going to arrest people who sell pot ! (?!) Do they think smugglers are going to smuggle ( or home grow) 95 grams at a time ? Pot sellers will form a human chain to pass around no more than 95 grams at a time all the way to Colombia or Mexico ? If possession of 95 grams doesn’t get you arrested ( and it shouldn’t) then this is an indication that the police department can’t be bothered but are increasingly congested with these kinds of “busts”.
How stupid people in the future are going to think we were.
How stupid people in the present think we are.
Has Colorado dissolved or suffered any dire consequences ?
Wait- we allow people to buy, sell, smoke, and die from tobacco. Legally.
We allow people to buy, sell, smoke, and die from alcohol. Legally.
What is wrong with us that we can’t admit this was a mistake and as a society, we can figure out a way to allow this and hence move on with our lives ?
Don’t we have more important things to do than Pot ?
New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and Mayor de Blasio announced that the city will start giving out tickets (and court summons) rather than arresting people for possession of 25 grams of marijuana and under. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty)
OK Elizabeth Lauten – You are a federal employee working for Rep Stephen Fincher in the US Congress.
You make embarrassingly inappropriate, inane, and mean remarks to a thirteen year old and a sixteen year old about what they are wearing. When did you become an expert on thirteen year olds and what they wear? The fashion police for teenagers ? Did you study this at Asshole University where you clearly got a degree ? Then to top it off, you write vicious criticism about these two teenager’s parents as poor role models. Yes, you, a paragon of virtue take it upon yourself to provide these two teenage girls to judge how their parents are doing.
Yes, please, “Digital and Media Specialist” , “Communication Director”, and Federal Employee, PLEASE PLEASE tell us how professional you are. Tell us what an ethical and moral woman you are @DCgopgirl, picking on teenagers and badmouthing their parents to them !
You should resign. The fact that you deleted your comments and apologized says you understand that what you did was unprofessional and distasteful. And paid for by my tax dollars.
Who do I see about a refund ? I want my money back.
<I can’t get my money back?>
ATTN: Speaker of the House Boehner and Rep Fincher: Do you think this federal employee should continue to be allowed to be PAID as a Communication Director ? Is this how low the Republicans are ? Is there NO bottom ?
Obama’s kids are off limits. They weren’t snorting cocaine or smoking dope. They were dressed like teenagers.
At the very least, we should be calling every hamlet in Tennessee. Some village is missing their Idiot.
I suggest Mr Boehner and Mr Fincher send this one home to Tennessee pronto.
We should not tolerate this. Ask her to go back home and get a job flipping burgers. It seems more appropriate.
‘Try showing a little class': GOP staffer says ‘disrespectful’ first daughters Sasha and Malia Obama dressed for ‘spot at a bar’
Elizabeth Lauten, communications director for Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.), blasted the First Daughters on Facebook for their ‘classless’ attitudes during the presidential Thanksgiving address on national television. ‘Dress like you deserve respect, not a spot at a bar,’ she wrote.
A Republican House staffer ridiculed the first daughters’ Thanksgiving Day outfits ― and suggested the 13- and 16-year-old girls looked like they were heading to a bar.
Elizabeth Lauten, communications director for Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.), blasted Malia and Sasha Obama for their ‘classless’ attitudes during the presidential Thanksgiving address on national television. In a vicious Facebook rant, she also scoffed at their “disrespectful” wardrobes, The Root reported.
The teen girls appeared at their father’s side Thursday as he delivered the annual address on national television. Many people joked about their unimpressed scowls, pointing out that even the President is just embarrassing dad to his girls.
But Lauten found the slight eye rolls and smirks offensive.
“Dear Sasha and Malia, I get you’re both in those awful teenage years, but you’re a part of the first Family, try showing a little class,” she wrote in a since-deleted Facebook post, which was quickly screen grabbed by Yesha Callahan, a writer for The Root.
She continued: “Then again your mother and father don’t respect their positions very much, or the nation for that matter, so I’m guessing you’re coming up a little short in the ‘good role model’ department.”
Then, she attacked what the girls were wearing.
“Dress like you deserve respect, not a spot at a bar. And certainly don’t make faces during televised, public events,” she wrote.
Sasha wore a short dress, paired with a long cardigan, mid-calf socks and boots, while Malia wore a mini plaid skirt, sweater and tights.
Lauten deleted the rant a few hours later and issued an apology:
“I reacted to an article and quickly judged the two young ladies in a way that I would never have wanted to be judged myself as a teenager. After many hours of prayer, talking to my parents and re-reading my words online, I can see more clearly how hurtful my words were. Please know that these judgmental feelings truly have no [place] in my heart,” she wrote.
She soon deleted that post, too ― and made her profile private.
According to her LinkedIn profile, Lauten has worked for Fincher since February 2013, and served as a press secretary for another Republican, former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, before that
Scientists last week discovered several vials of smallpox — one of the deadliest diseases known to man — in an unused storage room at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., according to officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Officials say there’s no health risk from the vials — either to NIH employees or the public. The vials of smallpox, which apparently date from the 1950s, were “immediately secured” in a CDC containment lab, according to a CDC statement. NIH officials alerted the CDC about the smallpox July 1.
Smallpox killed about one-third of its victims. It devastated populations around the world for at least 3,000 years until being officially eradicated by vaccines in 1980. There is ongoing concern that smallpox could be used in a bioterrorist attack.
The smallpox samples were found in a lab run by the Food and Drug Administration. Scientists discovered the vials when preparing to move to the FDA’s main campus in Silver Spring, Md.
A government aircraft took the smallpox vials to CDC’s high-containment facility in Atlanta on Monday, according to the CDC statement. Overnight genetic testing in a top-security lab confirmed that the vials did indeed contain smallpox, but CDC officials say they will need to do additional tests to find out whether the smallpox is viable or able to reproduce and spread. Testing could take up to two weeks. CDC scientists will destroy the smallpox samples after finishing the tests.
I can only hope your life becomes an unending hell there.
Tyrone Dale David Woodfork beat Bob Strait a partially deaf 89-year-old World War II veteran, and Nancy, 84 years old and legally blind, had been married for 65 years and had lived in their home in Tulsa for more than 40 years at the time of the attack.
She died the next day –he raped her as well.
Mr Strait died the next month.
I can only hope someone in prison wipes the floor with him.
It is too bad they are too stupid to figure out how to execute people in Oklahoma. Maybe the officials should ask Woodfork. He knows how to kill.
New York cabbie suspended for sporting Nazi armband on duty
The city Taxi and Limousine Commission has suspended Gabriel Diaz for 30 days. Diaz, who also says we’ve been told ‘lies’ about the Holocaust, believes TLC infringed on his free speech. The Dominican cabbie says ‘if a homosexual can walk around with a big rainbow flag,’ he can wear his Nazi armband.
Here’s a first — a Dominican Nazi who drives a cab in New York and denies the existence of the Holocaust.
A clueless cabbie named Gabriel Diaz has been suspended for wearing a Nazi swastika armband while on duty — and he whines that his rights are being violated.
“If a Muslim can drive a cab wearing a turban, if a homosexual can walk around with a big rainbow flag, why can’t a person like me wear a Nazi armband?” an unrepentant Diaz said Friday after the city cracked down on him.
Diaz, 27, who believes the races should live with their own “kind” and doesn’t go in for that multiculturalism “stuff,” said he’s aware that as a Dominican he lacks the blond hair and blue eyes of the supposed Master Race.
But he doesn’t care.
“I know it’s very controversial that a non-white is wearing a Nazi armband,” he said. “Whoever said you had to be white to be a National Socialist?”
A cabbie since November 2011, Diaz got a slap on the wrist for wearing the swastika on his arm. He was cited for “acts against the best interest of the public” and won’t be allowed to pick up fares for 30 days, a city Taxi and Limousine Commission official confirmed.
Photos obtained by the agency show Diaz driving in Manhattan traffic with the swastika clearly visible on his left forearm.
Dressed in a cruddy T-shirt outside his Bronx home, Diaz told the Daily News the TLC infringed on his free speech.
“I’m going to wear it, but not while driving a cab because there’s a lot of crybabies out there in Manhattan, a lot of liberal crybabies, who cry every time they see a symbol of hate,” he sneered.
Then Diaz gleefully expounded on his warped worldview and appeared happy to have an audience.
“We believe in racial separation and racial segregation,” he said.
What about the fact that the Nazis murdered six million Jews?
“We’ve been told lies about Hitler,” Diaz insisted, adding that he developed his ideas about the Nazi leader from the Internet.
Asked directly about the Holocaust, the suspended cabbie sounded off his rocker.
“That is another subject,” Diaz said. “We’ve been told lies about everything.”
Diaz’s neighbors in the Throgs Neck section said they’d never heard of a Dominican Nazi before.
“I’m surprised because he’s Dominican,” said a woman who identified herself as Nelly.
Earlier, Diaz’s exasperated brother admitted he was wearing his barbaric beliefs on his sleeve.
“He took it too far,” Kevin Diaz told The News. “I’ve told him that he needs to keep his personal beliefs personal.”
The cabbie had some choice words for gays too.
“If I have to apologize, then a homosexual has to apologize for being a homosexual, for being open and gay,” he said.
Diaz’s father doesn’t agree with his son’s beliefs.
“He needs help!” a frustrated Juan Diaz yelled. “Forget all that he say.”
On his LinkedIn page, Gabriel Diaz lists his expertise as “acting,” “people skills” and “fast typer” and says he is a 2006 graduate of Cardinal Hayes High School in The Bronx, a respected Catholic school that requires all students to study the Holocaust.