17 Jan 2019
GEORGIA MAN PLOTTED ATTACK ON WHITE HOUSE, AUTHORITIES SAY – KRMG, 2019/01/17
Federal authorities on Wednesday arrested a metro Atlanta man who they said was plotting to attack the White House but instead got entangled with the FBI.
Hasher Jallal Taheb, 21, of Cumming, was taken into custody in Gwinnett County while allegedly trying to exchange his vehicle for explosives. He later appeared in court in downtown Atlanta in the case brought by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. Authorities said Taheb was acting alone and they made no accusation that he had ties to any terrorist group. He was arrested after a tip from a resident who said the young man had been radicalized.
Taheb’s alleged attack on the White House was supposed to take place around Thursday and involve various explosives and firearms, though even days before he claimed he had still never fired a gun in his life, according to the criminal complaint. He said he could learn fast, the document said. Authorities also said he planned to travel to the Islamic State territory but acknowledged he didn’t have a passport.
15 Jan 2019
FOR OWNERS OF AMAZON’S RING SECURITY CAMERAS, STRANGERS MAY HAVE BEEN WATCHING TOO – The Intercept, 2019/01/10
Despite its mission to keep people and their property secure, the company’s treatment of customer video feeds has been anything but, people familiar with the company’s practices told The Intercept. Beginning in 2016, according to one source, Ring provided its Ukraine-based research and development team virtually unfettered access to a folder on Amazon’s S3 cloud storage service that contained every video created by every Ring camera around the world.
At the time the Ukrainian access was provided, the video files were left unencrypted, the source said, because of Ring leadership’s “sense that encryption would make the company less valuable,” owing to the expense of implementing encryption and lost revenue opportunities due to restricted access. The Ukraine team was also provided with a corresponding database that linked each specific video file to corresponding specific Ring customers.
Plenty of details at the link.
15 Jan 2019
One more for the APA… this has been making the rounds this week. The APA is basically saying traditional masculinity is harmful. It’s good to have the actual text rather than listening to a bunch of opinion.
You can see in the report how blurry they define gender.
APA GUIDELINES for the Psychological Practice with Boys and Men – American Psychological Association, August 2018
15 Jan 2019
This is disgusting. There has been a slow effort below the radar to change rules and terminology that makes sexual abuse of children appear normal.
The group responsible for this article describes itself as a mental health industry watchdog whose mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health.
Holding the American Psychiatric Association Accountable for Minimizing Pedophilia to a “Disorder” Rather than Criminal Child Abuse – Citizens Commission on Human Rights, 2018/12/20
The fact is that pedophilia must never be considered anything but a crime. Yet according to the APA’s Diagnostic Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), should a person not feel guilt or shame about their pedophilic impulses, then this ceases to be a “disorder” and becomes a pedophilic “sexual orientation.” After public outcry about pedophilia being designated as a sexual orientation, the APA released a statement that the phrase “sexual orientation” was used in error and that the correct terminology was “sexual interest,” a term which still seeks to normalize a criminal offense.
Now why would they do that?
Perhaps their perverted perspective is explained by the high number of psychiatrists—and psychologists—that not only sexually assault their patients including minors. According to a national survey of therapist-client sex involving minors, one out of 20 clients who had been sexually abused by their therapist was a minor, with girls as young as three and boys as young as seven victims of such abuse.
Children are supposed to be the key to a better future, not sex toys to be abused for today. Who protects them when those in authority are the ones abusing them?
14 Jan 2019
U.S. Economy in a Snapshot – Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 2019/01/04
U.S. Economy in a Snapshot, produced by the Research Function of the New York Fed, is designed to provide a tight yet comprehensive overview of current economic and financial developments. This monthly packet presents charts and commentary on a broad range of topics that include labor and financial markets, the behavior of consumers and firms, and the global economy. What’s more, Snapshot aims to cover special topics such as movements in commodity prices, developments in the Second District, or findings from the New York Fed Survey of Consumer Expectations.
14 Jan 2019
Worried the Government Shutdown Will Delay Your Tax Refund? Don’t Be – Inc, 2019/01/14
As we settle into 2019, all eyes are on the government shutdown. There’s certainly no shortage of questions about what’s going on or what’s going to happen, especially if you’re an entrepreneur.
1. The IRS is closed.
Not completely true.
2. Even if the government were open, the IRS wouldn’t be accepting e-filing anyway.
Both true and false.
3. If the government remains shutdown, you won’t receive a refund from the IRS.
Check the link for the specifics.
14 Jan 2019
Not in my family… but that’s for another post on another day…
Nobody Is Moving Our Cheese: American Surplus Reaches Record High – NPR, 2019/01/09
While Americans consumed nearly 37 pounds per capita in 2017, it was not enough to reduce the country’s 1.4 billion-pound cheese surplus, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The glut, which at 900,000 cubic yards is the largest in U.S. history, means that there is enough cheese sitting in cold storage to wrap around the U.S. Capitol.
Over the past 10 years, milk production has increased by 13 percent because of high prices. But what dairy farmers failed to realize was that Americans are drinking less milk. According to data from the USDA, Americans drank just 149 pounds of milk per capita in 2017, down from 247 pounds in 1975.
Suppliers turn that extra milk into cheese because it is less perishable and stays fresh for longer periods.