How the Secret Service ‘Bungled’ White House Shooting


washingtonpost-AP440408656458Agency didn’t even know White House had been hit

I don’t believe the intruder succeeded. I think the incident was staged to send Obama a message.

‘…Then came an order that surprised some of the officers. “No shots have been fired. . . . Stand down,” a supervisor called over his radio. He said the noise was the backfire from a nearby construction vehicle.

‘That command was the first of a string of security lapses, never previously reported, as the Secret Service failed to identify and properly investigate a serious attack on the White House. While the shooting and eventual arrest of the gunman, Oscar R. Ortega-Hernandez, received attention at the time, neither the bungled internal response nor the potential danger to the Obama daughters has been publicly known. This is the first full account of the Secret Service’s confusion and the missed clues in the incident — and the anger the president and first lady expressed as a result…’
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Ireland Pushes the Envelope
Each Irish house and business will get its own postal code
‘Like many parts of rural Ireland, the town doesn’t use house numbers. Some addresses don’t even carry street names. And unlike the rest of Europe and most of the industrialized world, Ireland also doesn’t have postal codes—the equivalent of a ZIP Code in the U.S.

‘The Abbeyfeale postman first delivered mail to the Patrick Murphy who had lived in the village the longest, and they worked it out from there.

‘”My neighbors would get it first,” said Mr. Murphy, 40 years old. “They’d have a good read, and they’d go, ‘No it’s probably not us.’ “

‘Now, the government here wants to end confusion like this, and plans to roll out the country’s first postal-code system next spring. It promises to be one of the world’s most specific—assigning an individual number to every residence and business…’
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Teener claims he was a “caged sex slave” of the three-breasted “hoaxer”
‘…Micheal Squier, 18, said that the model – who claimed to have undergone surgery to have a third breast implanted – carved her name onto his chest on the first night they met in Tampa, Florida, with a steak knife.

‘The teenager claims Ms Hessler, who also goes by the name Jasmine Tridevil, tied him up, flogged him and forced him to sleep in a dog’s cage after they met on the internet and bonded over a shared interest in sex fetishes.

‘Ms Hessler claims to have spent £12,000 on surgery to have a third breast implanted, a procedure which she said was filmed for an MTV programme.

‘But it soon emerged that the whole story had been a hoax, and that the third breast was merely a prostheses, designed to sit between her two natural breasts…’
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The One Laptop Per Child Documentary [Video]


thenextweb-WEB_Publicity-7-730x484‘The micro and macro threads that WEB follows make it a fascinating film. Interviews with academics, technologists and entrepreneurs tackle the subject on an intellectual level, while watching the excitement of the children as they start using their laptops adds a vital emotional dimension.

‘WEB has been making its way around the film festival circuit, but this week is the first time that it’s available on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon Instant Video. Interviewees include Internet pioneer Vint Cerf, OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley and “Cognitive Surplus” author Clay Shirky…’
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Computerized cars can be disabled by lenders
Lenders can remotely disable your car if you miss your loan payments
‘The thermometer showed a 103.5-degree fever, and her 10-year-old’s asthma was flaring up. Mary Bolender, who lives in Las Vegas, needed to get her daughter to an emergency room, but her 2005 Chrysler van would not start.

‘The cause was not a mechanical problem — it was her lender.

‘Ms. Bolender was three days behind on her monthly car payment. Her lender, C.A.G. Acceptance of Mesa, Ariz., remotely activated a device in her car’s dashboard that prevented her car from starting. Before she could get back on the road, she had to pay more than $389, money she did not have that morning in March…’
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Filipino hackers hit AEGIS Global website
‘GodLike’ with LULZsec Hacks AEGIS Global Website
British ‘Pinoy defender’ Conlan could have started the issue
‘…Did that drive GodLike to hack the AEGIS Global website? Team 2ngaw was shocked to find a photo of the alleged hacking – but is it for real? We are not entirely sure because a quick check of AEGIS’s homepage shows that it was still running perfectly …

‘Now that the hackers were able to enter the site’s system [as can be seen in the hacked URL], does that mean they are planning to do more? I doubt they will stop at just sending that message page to the company, without trying to do something more…’
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Now Conlan writes letter to the PH President concerning urgent BPO concerns
‘The British national dubbed as “Pinoy at Heart’, Malcolm Conlan, is known to have actively defended Filipinos against bashers from all over the world; the latest of which is over the controversial Aegis Malaysia video which was described by many as a derogatory ad.

‘He has posted on his Facebook timeline an open letter to the Philippine president over BPO concerns (which he prays may reach the office of PNoy); the gist of which may be found in his message below:…’
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Hero Stops Assailant After Beheading Co-worker [Video]


newsok-vaughn-graphic‘…Shortly after Nolen stormed out of the human resources office, an employee had telephoned the on-site office of Mark Vaughan, the company’s chief operating officer, telling Vaughan that Nolen was out of control.

‘Vaughan, an Oklahoma County reserve deputy sheriff, arrived at the main building carrying a rifle. There, Vaughan confronted Nolen, then shot and wounded him.

‘Authorities say Vaughan’s quick actions saved the life of Johnson and possibly others.

‘Moore police responded to what they believed was an active-shooter situation. Once they arrived, they found the victims and evacuated the building. The department’s tactical team then searched the building…’
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CONFIRMED: MH-17 Victims Dead Before Crash
‘…And what of the numerous reports, from completely separate sources, that bodies found in the wreckage of the purported Flight MH17, were already heavily decomposed and drained of blood, within one day of the crash, with many showing evidence of having been tortured? -

‘Several other details shown in this clip point to the scene of the crash as being heavily tampered, with invalid passports neatly piled together with their boarding passes, showing no sign of a 33,000-foot impact or fire of any kind, let alone human use. Many were invalid, clipped or hole-punched and would not have been admissible for boarding the plane.

‘More importantly, the plane, itself shows evidence of not being the designated plane on more than one count. The ID for the plane scheduled for Flight MH 17 was 9M-MRD…’
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5 Actors Who Wrote Books That Are Actually Good
10 Celebrity Books That Are Actually Worth Reading
Steve Martin and Tina Fey are on the list
‘Books by celebrities are usually a mess of ghost-writing (ie. written entirely by someone else with the famous person’s name slapped on the cover), sob stories, and entirely pointless tidbits and anecdotes. They sell because we’re collectively obsessed with getting intimate, unknown details about famous people’s inner lives, snapped up by super fans out of loyalty or a weird feeling of curiosity. They are nearly always not worth the time or money.

‘But don’t despair, book-lovers who also like celebrities! Because there are some exceptions to the rule. There are in fact some celebrities who are actually qualified to write truly great books, whether they’re hilarious, moving, or informative. Here are 10 books, written by celebrities, that are actually worth reading…’
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Who Says Google and Apple are Pro-NSA?


valuewalk-google-samsung-vs-appleFBI Doesn’t Like iOS 8 and Android Encryption Features
‘Apple and Google are both touting new security features inside iOS 8 and Android L. The former makes it much harder for authorities to gain access to parts of your phone, like iMessage and Mail, while the latter will start to ship with encryption enabled out-of-the-box later this fall. The FBI doesn’t like this added security one bit and thinks there’s definitely some national concerns that need to be addressed.

‘“There will come a day — well it comes every day in this business – when it will matter a great, great deal to the lives of people of all kinds that we be able to with judicial authorization gain access to a kidnapper’s or a terrorist or a criminal’s device,” Comey said, according to The Huffington Post. “I just want to make sure we have a good conversation in this country before that day comes. I’d hate to have people look at me and say, ‘Well, how come you can’t save this kid,’ ‘how come you can’t do this thing.”…’
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Hottest Alternative to Facebook: Ello
‘By now you might have heard about a new social network called Ello—plenty of other people sure have. With more than 34,000 Ello invite requests every hour, the site, still in beta, reportedly came very close to cutting off access on Thursday. But while the site soldiers through, it’s not something the masses can ditch Facebook and sign up for, yet, but its promise of an ad-free environment where people can be themselves in a new, unique space is drawing the curiosity of the Internet.

‘Ello was created by a team of artists and designers—and it’s obvious. Web-based Ello is nothing if not pretty. The artistic vision behind the site also includes promises not to share personal data with third-party services, and it’s gung-ho about never showing you advertisements. Because advertisements, in addition to being targeted to your personal data, are tacky, and would really kill the mellow Ello vibe…’
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Ello, The New Social Network, Is Already Legit Enough For Hoaxes
‘Don’t believe everything you hear about Ello, the ad-free social network that is currently enjoying its fifteen minutes of fame. While its production team struggles to keep the servers online, misinformation is spreading fast and loose.

‘The latest hoax came in the form of a Twitter screenshot, in which a user named @tinybaby claimed he’d been banned from Ello for using the hashtag “#GamerGate.”…’
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Primitive Retro-Hair Trend


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Notice the hair? Same as the teen trend now isn’t it? That man was a tribal head-hunter during the 1940s. Add the ‘caveman’ short pants which is below the knees and the trend now too and we have primitives and cavemen

Harry Potter Plagiarized Again?
Christian Mom rewrites Harry Potter sans the “magic”
‘The woman in question – a conservative Christian who goes by the name of Grace Ann – has already published the first seven chapters of her opus on Fanfiction.net, claiming she is rewriting the book for her children in a bid to keep them from the dark side.

‘She explains: ‘My little ones have been asking to read the Harry Potter books; and of course I’m happy for them to be reading, but I don’t want them turning in to witches!

‘‘So I thought….. why not make some slight changes so these books are family friendly? And then I thought, why not share this with all the other mommies who are facing the same problem? So here it is!’…’
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Banned Books Get More Attention
Top 20 books they tried to ban
‘In a world where no publicity is bad publicity, one would think Dominique Strauss-Kahn must know that trying to ban a book is the quickest way to get everyone talking about it. The rejection of a lawsuit to stop publication of Belle et Bête, a memoir by Strauss-Kahn’s former lover Marcela Iacub, will no doubt have increased public appetite for a book that describes the former IMF chief as “half man, half pig”. In that spirit, here are 20 books that they tried to ban…’
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On Descriptive Writing
‘We often hear that we should “show, not tell” — that we should paint a detailed picture for our reader that lets them see what’s happening, rather than simply narrating.

‘Easier said than done! All details are not created equal: some detail throws a barrier between the reader and your story, and some detail is (ironically) not detailed enough. How do you tell whether a detail helps or hurts? Here are four things to keep in mind when you’re writing descriptively, and some writers who illustrate them perfectly…’
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“Am I dying?” The honest answer
‘…Throughout my career, I have responded to a number of incidents where the patient had minutes left to live and there was nothing I could do for them. With this, I was faced with a dilemma: Do I tell the dying that they are about to face death, or do I lie to them to comfort them? Early in my career, I faced this dilemma by simply lying. I was afraid. I was afraid if I told them the truth, that they would die in terror, in fear, just grasping for those last moments of life.

‘That all changed with one incident. Five years ago, I responded to a motorcycle accident. The rider had suffered critical, critical injuries. As I assessed him, I realized that there was nothing that could be done for him, and like so many other cases, he looked me in the eye and asked that question: “Am I going to die?” In that moment, I decided to do something different. I decided to tell him the truth. I decided to tell him that he was going to die and that there was nothing I could do for him. His reaction shocked me to this day. He simply laid back and had a look of acceptance on his face. He was not met with that terror or fear that I thought he would be. He simply laid there, and as I looked into his eyes, I saw inner peace and acceptance. From that moment forward, I decided it was not my place to comfort the dying with my lies. Having responded to many cases since then where patients were in their last moments and there was nothing I could do for them, in almost every case, they have all had the same reaction to the truth, of inner peace and acceptance. In fact, there are three patterns I have observed in all these cases…’
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What’s behind Eric Holder’s resignation? [Video]


yahoo-74e6a8c0-45dd-11e4-95e5-2335a8db090b_cover2An omen for Obama?
‘Today, Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation. Is he leaving by choice, or was he forced out due to his statement about ground troops in Syria?

‘President Obama declared that the offensive would be conducted entirely with air strikes, but Holder’s statement regarding ground troops being sent in, and his emphasis that we will be fighting Khorasan, not ISIS, was in direct opposition to that of the President.

‘Who are we really fighting in Syria? It seems we are on a direct path to Damascus, and a confrontation with Assad…’
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Why I lost my respect for David Cameron
David Cameron Says Non-Violent Conspiracy Theorists Are Just As Dangerous As ISIS
‘…David Cameron told the U.N. that “non-violent extremism” is just as dangerous as terrorism and must be eradicated using all means at the government’s disposal. He references 9/11 and 7/7 Truthers as examples of the type of extremism that must be dealt in a similar fashion to ISIS.

‘If you thought Obama’s War is Peace speech to the U.N. was creepy, wait until you get a load of this. Cameron is officially announcing a the plan to use a full assault on dissenting views…’
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‘Daily Show’ airs segment pitting Redskins fans against Native Americans
‘“We learned later that some of the individuals who participated in the piece, they didn’t enjoy the experience. It’s something that happens a lot less than you would think,” Stewart said in an unusual, apologetic preamble to a segment featuring correspondent Jason Jones. “But we take the complaint seriously. We generally don’t want people who participate in the show to have a bad experience. We work very hard to find real people who have real beliefs and want to express those beliefs on television, and we work hard to make sure that the gist of those beliefs are represented accurately, albeit sometimes comedically on our program.

‘The segment showed Jones interviewing the Native American critics of the name in one room and the Redskins fans in another. At one point, Jones attended a recent tailgate at FedEx Field and then he concluded the piece by showing a few seconds of the fans being confronted by the Native Americans, in which the two sides are briefly seen shaking hands…’
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Access, Partners Recognize Heroes, Villains on Human Rights and Communications Surveillance
Today, Access recognizes individuals and groups around the world for their work as it relates to the International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance (“the Principles”).

Access recognizes both those who have worked to advance the thirteen principles, as well as those who have taken steps that violate or undermine this rights-protecting framework. Importantly, the below individuals and groups represent only the tip of the iceberg; Selecting only one honoree for each role was difficult, as many qualified individuals were nominated, and deserve recognition for the work they have done over the past year, and in years prior. We are grateful to all of those who work to advance human rights principles.
For their work in 2013-2014, our heroes and villains are:

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Hacked BDO Bank User Warns Public of ‘phishing’ Websites


inquirer.net-168x126xbdo.jpg.pagespeed.ic.Ys9Nnsi0T9‘Two months after losing almost P50,000 from internet banking, overseas Filipino worker Stephen Yu is still struggling to get his money back, which he might not be able to do because the bank refuses to pay for it.

‘Instead, 31-year-old Yu said he was offered by local banking giant Banco de Oro Unibank Inc. P25,000 worth of gift cheques as a “sign of good will.”

‘The bank, he said, implied that he might have shared his bank details with other people, who had accessed his accounts.

‘Asked then why his account was accessed easily by the robber, Yu said, “Yun nga ang tinatanong ko sa kanila. Baka naman inside job yun kasi one try lang (That’s what I’ve been asking them. I said it might be an inside job because it only happened in one try).”…’
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Scammed By ex-Classmate on Facebook
She Only Wanted To Help, Instead She Became A Victim Of A Modus Operandi
‘A few days ago, a certain Margaux Martinez shared her terrible experience through an FB post. According to her, Alyssa Alexandra Tresiana Serna, a former employee of Century Properties Real Estate, got in touch with her last week asking for financial help. Being classmates in high school, instead of lending her money, Martinez gave her a business opportunity in which they get to divide the commission from the sales they’ll make in each transaction in return for the referrals.

‘Soon after, Serna referred “Adlai”, a well known salon owner from a reputable school, who wants to support their activity through sponsorship. Leading to a possible sale, Martinez agreed to everything her friend requested – from the business presentation – to the meeting schedule. Unfortunately, she later learned she has been a target of a modus operandi – worse is from the person she trusted…’
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CDO TV host rants about #lazynurses; draws ire from netizens
One more abusive air journalist
‘Local TV host Nicole Abas Datayan issued statement Thursday for comments she made on Facebook that bashed nurses and doctors of Madonna and Child Hospital in Cagayan de Oro.

‘The ABS-CBN RNG Program host on Saturday, September 20, began a comment over poor services administered by the medical staff to her niece who suffered a high fever. Record of what was said on her Facebook is not now available, but netizens were able to grab a screenshot of her comments.

‘In her comments, she mentioned and used the hashtag #lazynurses that earned the ire of netizens especially from the Filipino nurses.

‘A screenshot of a Facebook comment is available at coolbuster.net. It shows that Nicole was complaining of being “kept getting passed back and forth” by nurse on duty…’
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