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Twitter Hacked?

Following Facebook a few weeks ago, Twitter is experiencing both global and “roaming” outages around the world. Could be any one of several problems including bad software updates, bugs introduced by new changes, or …Hackers.

Twitter Experiencing Worldwide Disruptions

Twitter was experiencing global disruptions on Tuesday that prevented many of its 300 million users from staying connected or from logging on to the social network in the first place.

The company said it was not clear what had caused the problems, which began around 3 a.m. Eastern Standard Time and prevented many users from sharing updates on their smartphones, computers and other mobile devices. As of about 8:30 a.m., the company said the disruptions were still occurring sporadically worldwide.

Twitter declined to specify how many of its users were affected, or what had caused the disruptions — saying only that it was “working towards a resolution.”

Although the disruptions were among the most extensive the company has yet encountered, Twitter is not the only popular social network to have faced technical problems. Facebook, whose users now number more than 1.5 billion worldwide, has also had a spate of shutdowns over the last 18 months, though often the problems have been corrected within hours.

Because Twitter is an important news source, as well as a popular sounding board, the shutdowns were a significant disruption in the global conversation. When other technology and media companies have faced similar problems in the past, people have often turned to Twitter to vent their frustrations — an outlet unavailable this time because the platform itself was the cause of the problem.

“Thanks for noticing,” read a brief note that appeared on users’ Twitter pages when the website had problems loading. “We’re going to fix it up and have things back to normal soon.”

The hashtag #TwitterDown started to trend on the site when it was working, as well as on its rival Facebook, where people playfully mocked Twitter’s disruptions.

“Apt song for the #TwitterDown crises we are facing at the moment,” Paul Lee Lotter, a Facebook user from South Africa, said in a post that included a link to the Led Zeppelin song “Communication Breakdown.”

Twitter has had a string of difficulties recently, with the American company facing growing investor anger since its blockbuster initial public offering in 2013.

The company’s stock, for instance, has lost almost a quarter of its value in the past month, amid criticisms of the way Jack Dorsey, the Twitter co-founder who recently returned to become its chief executive, is running the platform.

That includes experiments to introduce a longer form of tweet, in what would be a move away from the simplistic design that the service was originally founded on. Mr. Dorsey has also tried to broaden Twitter’s appeal, a problem the company has struggled with for years, much to the consternation of its investors.

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2016 in American Greed, General

 

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Mexico Gets Their Man – El Chapo Arrested

This one reads like something out of an adventure novel. About 6 months back, El Chapo escaped though a tunnel his accomplices dug under a max-security Prison in Mexico. Since then, the Mexican Authorities have combed every inch of the country to find him. El Chapo is responsible for the murders of hundreds, if not over a thousand people. Yesterday, after an apparent gunfight with his compatriots…They got heir man.

Mexico Captures El Chapo

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced Friday that notorious cartel boss Joaquín Guzmán Loera—best known as “El Chapo”—has been captured. Loera had been on the run since July 2015, when he escaped from a state prison. “Mission accomplished,” Nieto tweeted.

El Chapo is the head of Mexico’s largest drug-trafficking gang, the Sinaloa cartel. His previous arrest occurred February 22, 2014, when an elite Mexican Marine squad nabbed him at a condominium complex in Mazatlán. He was brought to Altiplano, Mexico’s most fortified prison. The drug lord’s stay was relatively brief, however, as he escaped Hollywood-style 15 months later.

Surveillance footage from the prison purported to show his monitoring agents with their computer screens briefly turned off, some of them playing games on their cell phones. It allegedly took officials 18 minutes to realize El Chapo had escaped through a tunnel dug in a corner of his prison cell.

The Mexican Navy says they found two armored vehicles, eight rifles, a handgun, and a rocket launcher at El Chapo’s Sinaloa home. Five assailants were killed and six people were arrested in the raid on the home.

In response to the capture, the non-verified Twitter account of Iván Guzmán, one of El Chapo’s sons, told the Mexican president to go fuck himself.

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2016 in General

 

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Camoflage

This apparently is the Brussels Army version of camouflage uniform. Some of those colors look like a Safety hunting vest…

These are the new versions of the US Army, which make the wearer damn near invisible depending on terrain.

British Army… Hard to see…

American Army…From 100 yards pretty much invisible…

Swiss Army – No hiding that…Anywhere except maybe in fall.

French Army …

Chinese Navy…

Chinese PLA…

India Army…

Just sayin’ it seems weird.

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2015 in General

 

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Russian President Goes Topless…Republicans Swoon!

OK – This is a bit strange. Russian President Vladimir Putin has released a 2015 Calendar, of himself – posing in various macho activities…Topless.

Reportedly, Trump had his private jet fueled up for a quick trip to Moscow.

Vladimir Putin Goes Shirtless Again For New 2016 Calendar

Vladimir Putin appears shirtless yet again in a bizarre new calendar that’s titled “All Year With The President Of Russia.”

The Russian President fishes bare-chested in one of the snaps from the 2016 edition. Other images from the calendar posted online feature him working out, looking serious in military uniform and signing autographs for children.

But the political strongman also shows his sensitive side. There are photographs of him sniffing a flower and cuddling up to a dog.

“Dogs and I have very warm feelings for one another,” he’s quoted as saying in the caption.

Other words of wisdom include the menacing-sounding, “no one will ever get military superiority over Russia” and the thankful, “I like all Russian women. I think Russian women are the most talented and the most beautiful.”

Putin recently praised prospective Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, saying he was “very talented, no doubt about that.”

Perhaps he sent him a copy?

 
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Posted by on December 26, 2015 in General, Nawwwwww!

 

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France’s “Skinny Model” Law

In an attempt to curb anorexia and models dieting to the point of severe health consequences – the Government of France has enacted a law requiring that all Models in the Fashion Industry meet a minimum BMI which is considered healthy. Probably doesn’t mean that fashion models will start looking like average healthy women, but it should stop some of the grotesque abuse.

The French React to Their New ‘Skinny Model’ Law

A French health-reform bill that has been colloquially termed a “skinny-model ban” was introduced at the National Assembly in March and was passed into law on Friday. The new law calls for models who want to work in France to present a doctor’s note attesting to their overall health and proving a BMI of 18 or over. (In the BMI system, 18.5 is the cutoff between underweight and a healthy weight.) Agencies and brands who break this law could be looking at a six-month prison sentence of 75,000 euro fine. Another proviso notes that advertising images that have been digitally altered — whether that means making the models appear smaller or larger — must contain the words “retouched photograph,” or risk a fine of at least 37,500 euros.

There is some precedent for this kind of government action, at least abroad. Italy, Israel, and Spain have all passed similar “skinny model” legislation, Denmark is considering doing so, and the U.K.’s Advertising Standards Authority has cracked down on images of what it deems to be too-thin models, notably in a recent Saint Laurent ad.

Women’s Wear Daily spoke to members of the French fashion industry about their thoughts on the bill, and it sounds like complaints abound. The head of France’s model agency union, Isabelle Saint-Félix, told the paper that she felt the law unjustly penalized French modeling agencies, and could even result in fashion shows or shoots being relocated outside the country. “Modeling agencies respond to the demand of advertisers, designers and photographers,” she told the paper. “One asks models to fit in a dress — not the opposite.” She added that members of the industry had not been consulted when the law was being drafted. Stylist Simon Gensowski seemed to concur, saying, “Rather than body-shaming women with eating disorders, it would have been wise to reconsider current sample sizes.” Whether or not you take issue with the law, this coming Paris Fashion Week is shaping up to be an interesting one.

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2015 in General, Women

 

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If You Lived on the Moon

This would be your view…

Gorgeous New NASA Image Shows Earth ‘Rising’ Over The Moon

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2015 in General, Uncategorized

 

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The Battle at Mayonaise!

This one has been going on for about 2 years believe it or not. Some folks just take their Mayo more seriously than others. Of course with Southern favorite, Dukes moving north and gaining traction, Hellman’s, the largest Mayo brand in the US, is beginning to feel some pressure. A small company came up with the idea of Vegan Mayo…And that’s when the troops rallied, the cannons began to fire, as the stuff became so popular, Whole Foods couldn’t keep it in stock… Just another case of how big business can kill off the little guys, with government help.

And then there is the stereotype forwarded in the really bad “Undercover Brother” movie of years gone by that black folks don’t like mayo…

A Food Giant Wanted to Squash Eggless Mayo. It Just Lost.

In the great mayo wars of 2015, there is finally a winner.

For those who haven’t been following the scandal-filled sandwich spread controversy, a bit of background: It all began in 2013, when the egg-alternative food startup company Hampton Creek launched a vegan mayonnaise-like product called Just Mayo, which soon became Whole Foods’ most popular mayonnaise.

So popular was Just Mayo, in fact, that in November 2014, Unilever, parent company of market leader Hellmann’s, sued Hampton Creek for false advertising and unfair competition. The food giant argued that Just Mayo, because it contained no eggs, “damages the entire product category, which has strived for decades for a consistent definition of ‘mayonnaise’ that fits with consumer expectations.” Unilever dropped the lawsuit about a month later “as consumers heaped scorn on the company for what they viewed as a frivolous lawsuit,” the food industry news site Food Divereported.

Nevertheless, in August of this year the FDA ruled that Hampton Creek couldn’t call its product mayonnaise. “The use of the term ‘mayo’ in the product names and the image of an egg may be misleading to consumers because it may lead them to believe that the products are the standardized food, mayonnaise,” the FDA said in a statement.

Then, in September, internal emails from the American Egg Board surfaced. They showed that the industry group had tried to stop Whole Foods from selling Just Mayo—and that Egg Board members were really worked up over Hampton Creek. From the Guardian:

More than one member of the AEB made joking threats of violence against Hampton Creek’s founder, Josh Tetrick. “Can we pool our money and put a hit on him?” asked Mike Sencer, executive vice-president of AEB member organization Hidden Villa Ranch. Mitch Kanter, executive vice-president of the AEB, jokingly offered “to contact some of my old buddies in Brooklyn to pay Mr. Tetrick a visit.”

Egg Board CEO Joanne Ivy retired early in the wake of the episode.

While all that was going on, Hampton Creek was working with the FDA on a compromise, and today, the company announced that it will be allowed to keep the name Just Mayo, as long as it makes its eggless-ness even clearer on the product label. The AP’s Candice Choi reports:

The changes include making the words ‘egg-free’ larger and adding ‘Spread & Dressing.’ An image of an egg with a pea shoot inside will also be smaller.

Now, all this hoopla over a “spread and dressing” and its picture of a pea-shoot-bearing egg might seem ridiculous, but keep in mind that this business played out against the backdrop of a devastating avian flu outbreak that hobbled the egg industry. What’s more, in April two former egg industry executives were sentenced to jail time for their connection with a 2010 salmonella outbreak that is thought to have sickened as many as 56,000 people.

All those egg woes aside, there’s another reason behind egg purveyors’ massive freak-out: At least according to writer Rowan Jacobsen, unlike most other eggless mayonnaise products, Just Mayo actually tastes good.

 
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Posted by on December 18, 2015 in Domestic terrorism, General

 

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