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Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:17:07 +0200

Has your data been leaked? Spoiler alert: The answer is almost certainly yes. The real question is when, where, and how bad is the damage? Use this site to find out.

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 06:44:47 +0200

This is way too late for April Fool's: Google, one of the biggest advertising companies in the world, is adding ad block to its browser. Because ads have just gotten that bad. The world just keeps getting weirder...

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 23:30:52 +0200

The Chainsmokers are the new Nickelback.

And apparently I'm not the only one to think so.

#music #popculture #whydoeseveryonehatenickelback

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 16:40:23 +0200

Important PSA: Don't trust domain names in your browser—even if marked "secure." Phishing websites are able to obtain secure domains that appear identical to other domains in Firefox and Chrome. Follow the links for details on why this works, and what you can do about it.

#psa #important #security #tech #phishing #warning #crime

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 21:00:55 +0200

I think this is the best explanation I've seen of the current zeitgeist of the tech industry: "It’s as if we’re standing on a beach, knowing that multiple simultaneous tsunamis have been set in motion on the opposite side of this ocean. One or two of them may falter and vanish beneath the waves, but at least a few of them will upend everything, when they hit."

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 05:11:23 +0200

I think I've posted about this before, but here's another reminder in case anyone forgot that privacy is dead...

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 06:41:16 +0200

The most exciting thing about this is that it guarantees we won’t get stuck with another weird, forced Doctor-companion pseudo-romance this season.

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 19:23:59 +0200

This... This has to be an April Fool's joke... Right?


Fri, 31 Mar 2017 05:01:59 +0200

Original Post from Yonatan Zunger:

In the continuing saga of "News stories that I would never have believed if you told me they were going to happen when I was a kid," there are multiple reports at this point that the FBI has gotten (former National Security Adviser) Michael Flynn to flip and turn state's evidence. (Flynn, through a spokesperson, has declined to comment)

If so, this is a very big deal – Flynn was reportedly in the room for quite a few of the more interesting meetings which Abramson was providing details about yesterday.

Even more crazily, there was this story from the WSJ yesterday, in which it appears that while serving as an advisor to Trump's campaign, Flynn was in a meeting with top Turkish government ministers, where the subject was a plot to kidnap Turkish cleric Fetullah Gülen, who now lives in Pennsylvania, and spirit him out of the country to hand him over to Turkish president Erdogan, who views him as his chief political foe. (Erdogan has blamed Gülen for the attempted coup against him last year, although the evidence for this is scanty to say the least; tens of thousands have been arrested there on claims they are linked to him)

This was admitted by the former director of the CIA, who was also at the meeting and says he thought the entire idea was batshit crazy. Flynn has denied this through a spokesman, but he has recently admitted that he was working for the Turkish government at the time (!) and has retroactively filed his status as a foreign agent, indicating a salary of over $500k for his work. He is also under separate investigation by the Army as to whether he received illegal payments from the Russian government in 2015. (

So just to make this news story clear: a retired three-star general, while simultaneously working on a Presidential campaign and as a well-paid agent of the Turkish government, was in meetings with senior Turkish officials about (completely illegally) kidnapping Turkish-Americans seen as enemies of the regime. He was also meeting with the Russian ambassador and (very possibly illegally) negotiating to lift sanctions on Russia if Trump was elected, and is currently under investigation as to whether he was a paid (but illegally undeclared) Russian agent at the time as well. (The payments are not in question; the question is whether, as they were made via RT, which is not officially a government agency, they make him a Russian agent or not.) He definitely lied to investigators about said meetings, which was caught on wiretaps (presumably of the Russian ambassador), and the revelation of that led to his resignation as National Security Advisor after only 24 days.

On top of all this, he may have been present at the "Mayflower Meetings" between Trump and senior Russian figures, with several senior Trump aides (including Sessions, Kushner, and Manafort) present as well, at which deals involving large sums of money (e.g. 0.5% of Rosneft), illegal campaign assistance (e.g. leaking DNC documents hacked by the FSB, SVR, and GRU), and changing US policy around Russian oil interests were all being discussed.

Absolutely confirmed out of this is Flynn's work as a Turkish agent (he's admitted this and filed the forms), his covert meetings with the Russian ambassador (wiretap evidence, his resignation), and his receipt of payments from the Russian government. Highly likely is the Turkish kidnapping meeting (testimony of Woolsey). Arguable in court is that the Russian payments make him an unregistered Russian agent as well as a Turkish one. Reported but not yet confirmed are the contents of the Mayflower Meetings and that Flynn has turned state's evidence. If the latter is true, then the former may soon be explained in great detail to investigators.

Just let this sink in for a moment. We already know for sure that a retired three-star Army general, who served for three weeks as National Security Advisor before being forced to resign, was a paid agent of at least one, and probably two, other governments, engaging in negotiations which range from the "somewhat illegal" (hacking, campaign collusion) to the "holy shit illegal" (kidnapping). And the fact that it's even a possibility that he flip can only mean that the investigators have even bigger fish in their sights.

There aren't many bigger fish than the National Security Advisor.

This is just getting surreal.

(ETA: I just posted a long thread on Twitter with more of this, including lots of links to the underlying news stories and sources. )

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 03:28:25 +0100

TLDR: "Trumpcare" is just as much of a contradiction as it sounds like. The richest 10% of Americans will receive tax breaks, while the poor will likely soon be unable to receive needed health care at all.

#trumpcare #politics #medicare #obamacare #heiltrump