Hillary Supporter Snaps Snoozin’ Bernie at Memorial Day Event
“A fellow Democrat posted a snapshot of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) apparently nodding off during a Memorial Day ceremony in the Presidio military cemetery in San Francisco on Monday.
Zoe Dunning, a gay rights activist, veteran, Hillary Clinton supporter, and high-ranking member of the San Francisco Democratic Party, posted the photograph to Facebook, with the following message:
Attending the Memorial Day Ceremony honoring the over 1 million Americans who have lost their lives serving our country, and watching Bernie Sanders fall asleep during it. There is nothing I can really add here. #imwithher
Responses on Facebook were less than enthusiastic. One man, Richard Stone, posted:
Zoe, thanx for your service. But I’m VFW and elected green (county council) and I still honor Bernie’s dedication to veterans rights. This is sheer artifice and a desperate attempt to disparage someone who has a stellar record of vets rights, nothing more to add here, #SMDFH
Sanders has an excuse other than age: he has kept a punishing campaign schedule, criss-crossing the Golden State and holding several rallies and meetings per day in an effort to turn out his vote and upset Clinton on June 7.
Clinton has been more sparing in her schedule, partly because she has deployed her husband, former president Bill Clinton, to reach some of the more far-flung rural communities.
Sanders serves on the Veterans Affairs committee in the U.S. Senate.”
“Well at least Bernie was there to honor our servicemen and women. Where was Obama? Flying around Asia and basically saying once again that America is the problem and the starting point of all the world’s ills. So what if Bernie took a little snooze? Obama has been asleep at the wheel for the last 7 1/2 years.”
Undocumented immigrant arrested for using dead veteran’s identity to get VA benefits
– Foxnews Latino
“Police in Arizona arrested an undocumented immigrant who had been using a deceased veteran’s identity to get medical and Social Security benefits.
Rene Ortiz Quintana, 69, took the identity of Ruben J. Gallardo, who has been dead since 1994, to get Social Security, VA and other Federal, state and local benefits since 2012.
Quintana, who has lived in the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant for around 50 years, used Gallardo’s information to an Arizona identification card, a state health card, a Phoenix health plan card and a VA choice card. The choice card allows veterans to get medical care at Non-VA facilities.
Police charged Quintana with fraudulent schemes, theft and seven counts of identity theft along with six counts of forgery. It is not clear whether the immigrant will have to pay back the money.”
Feds give thumbs-up to fracking off California coast
– San Diego Union-Trib
“An environmental assessment from two federal agencies released Friday determined that fracking off the coast of California causes no significant impact, thus lifting a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing that was instituted earlier this year.
“The comprehensive analysis shows that these practices, conducted according to permit requirements, have minimal impact,” Abigail Ross Hopper, director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, said in a statement.
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement joined in the assessment, which analyzed well stimulation treatments on 23 oil and gas platforms off California’s coast between 1982 and 2014, and came back with a “Finding of No Significant Impact.”
The Center for Biological Diversity, the environmental group that filed a lawsuit that resulted in the moratorium, said Friday it is considering filing another suit in light of the agencies’ decision.
“Offshore fracking is just an incredibly dangerous activity and we certainly wish the federal government was taking stronger actions to protect our oceans and our coast,” Miyoko Sakashita, the director of the center’s oceans program, told the Union-Tribune.
The environmental assessment looked at fracking — in which high-pressured fluids are pumped into a well to break through rock formations to loosen oil and gas — as well as impacts from waste water that is disposed in the process.
Companies still need to go through the federal application and permitting processes to frack at individual sites.
Industry officials welcomed the Friday’s announcement.
“Offshore energy is a vital source of jobs and revenue for both California and the U.S., and the sooner operations offshore California can resume the better,” Randall Luthi, president of the National Ocean Industries Association, said in a statement, dismissing the lawsuit that led to the assessment as “hyperbole” from “extreme environmental groups.”
The agencies’ assessment looked into and oil and gas platforms on the Outer Continental Shelf, in federal waters.
Waters within three miles of California’s coast are subject to state rules, which Sakashita said are stricter.”
The Missiles of October | Papa Dukie (Love is a beautiful thing)
– Poul Pedersen and the Missiles of October Band perform “Papa Dukie (Love is a beautiful thing)” live:
“Back in the day In our sleepy little town Out of nowhere A hippie band came around They set up camp (Down by the river) Close to So So Curve (behind the levee) Folks said stay away (them people are dirty) Tell deputy Momio get down there in a hurry Nanananananana (2x)………….”
Stories of amazing and unusual valor in service of country
“The modern idea of Memorial Day in the United States arose after the Civil War, the conflict that has spilled the most American blood.
After more than 620,000 soldiers perished, the still-young nation turned its thoughts toward honoring the graves of its war dead.
May was chosen because that’s when spring flowers are at their peak bloom.
The leader of the Grand Army of the Republic, an association of Union Army veterans, was a driving force.
“Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten, as a people, the cost of a free and undivided republic,” Gen. John Logan wrote to his followers in 1868.
After World War I, a conflict that claimed more than 400,000 American lives, the day was expanded to honor all U.S. war dead.
Finally, in 1971, Congress pegged the national holiday known as Memorial Day to the last Monday of each May.
This series of stories tells the stories of nearly three dozen Americans who went into battlefields and displayed great courage.”
Study says teens are spending nearly all their waking hours staring at screens
– Business Insider
“Facebook, news apps, Snapchat — there’s endless temptation for bored teens to take out their smartphones and scroll.
The Washington Post recently wrote an in-depth piece on kids these days and their social media usage, and in it was this startling statistic, courtesy a 2015 study by the nonprofit group Common Sense Media: Teens are spending nearly nine hours a dayconsuming media.
And children ages eight to 12 are spending nearly six hours a day doing the same thing.
Let’s say the average teen wakes up at 7 a.m. and goes to bed at 10 p.m. — that means that nine of their 15 waking hours are spent on their phones, computers, or tablets. The rest of those six hours are likely spent in school.
To put that in perspective, that’s nearly double the time that the average American spends looking at their phones.
The kids themselves estimate they’re spending much less time looking at their screens. Another related Washington Post story, “Who are these kids?”, went inside the Center for Generational Kinetics, a consulting firm that studies Generation Z and spends time talking to teens and tweens about their phone habits. According to researchers at the firm, teens spend between two and five hours a day in front of screens.”
JAMIL SMITH: I see a lot of people expressing their humanity in the face of a candidate who’s really built his candidacy on denouncing their humanity. Yeah, there are a few people out there not actually out there to protest but at the end of the day, they accomplished their goal, got on TV and they got their issues aired.
CHRIS MATTHEWS: I thought the three people we heard from were great.
JOAN WALSH: They were. They have grievances. It’s not like it’s mindless or they just want violence. They’re speaking out against someone who’s really attacking their community.
South American Misery is Good Sport for John Oliver on HBO
– Last weekend the comedian John Oliver went on a long rant about the dire situation in Venezuela, which in his world safe in NYC, must seem quite hilarious.
Sadly people are dying and truly suffering. Oliver went on to blame the societal meltdown of the socialist nation on the falling price of oil, curiously failing to mention the other major issues you will see below. Unfortunately Mr. Oliver blocks youtube playback on other sites, so you’ll have to see it there.
Unfortunately, the socialist situation there is a bit more complex than John Oliver will allow, a “country you think about so little….” Really John?
Meanwhile Bernie Sanders Goes to the Happiest Place on Earth
– For the record:
“Disneyland has a larger cumulative attendance than any other theme park in the world, with over 650 million guests since it opened. In 2013, the park hosted approximately 16.2 million guests, making it the third most visited park in the world that calendar year. According to a March 2005 Disney Company report, 65,700 jobs are supported by the Disneyland Resort, including about 20,000 direct Disney employees and 3,800 third-party employees (independent contractors or their employees.”
Our Story – Venezuela’s Secret & 21st Century Socialism
– A detailed and heartrending statement on behalf of the students of Venezuela suffering under the Chavez imposed socialism of the past 17 years.
None of this was even alluded to by John Olivers’ odd piece, and while Bernie talks about Danish socialism as a model for the United States, he never seems to mention Venezuela, nor its students who are fighting the socialist regime.
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It’s No Joke: Venezuela Cracks Down On Comedians
Venezuelan comedian Laureano Marquez performs a stand-up routine at a theater in Caracas last year. Marquez says the government is now cracking down on comedians who make jokes about the government and the country’s economic problems.
Photo credit: Christian Veron/Reuters/Landov
“Laureano Marquez was performing a benefit at his old high school in the Venezuelan city of Maracay. The comedian dwelled on the absurdities of life in this oil-rich nation, where gas is cheaper than water but it’s hard to find milk, toilet paper and many other everyday goods.
In the supermarket, Marquez said, desperate customers will steal scarce items right out of your shopping cart.
“In Venezuela, you get robbed of stuff that isn’t even yours yet,” he said to a round of laughs.
Turning serious, Marquez tells the crowd that the socialist revolution, launched 16 years ago by the late Hugo Chavez, is collapsing under the weight of bad policies and corrupt public officials.
That message doesn’t sit well with Venezuela’s president, Nicolas Maduro. Besides jailing opposition leaders and cracking down on protesters, the Maduro government is now going after comics.
Marquez says that three of his recent shows were canceled after all three clubs that booked him were suddenly closed down for alleged tax evasion. He’s also been shut out of government-run theaters and hotels.”
Got privacy? If you use Twitter or a smartphone, maybe not so much
The location stamps on just a handful of Twitter posts can help even low-tech stalkers find you, researchers found. Credit: Jose-Luis Olivares/MIT
You’re probably giving away more than you think
“The notion of online privacy has been greatly diminished in recent years, and just this week two new studies confirm what to many minds is already a dismal picture.
First, a study reported on Monday by Stanford University found that smartphone metadata — information about calls and text messages, such as time and length — can reveal a surprising amount of personal detail.
To investigate their topic, the researchers built an Android app and used it to retrieve the metadata about previous calls and text messages — the numbers, times, and lengths of communications — from more than 800 volunteers’ smartphone logs. In total, participants provided records of more than 250,000 calls and 1.2 million texts.
The researchers then used a combination of automated and manual processes to understand just what’s being revealed. What they found was that it’s possible to infer a lot more than you might think.
A person who places multiple calls to a cardiologist, a local drug store, and a cardiac arrhythmia monitoring device hotline likely suffers from cardiac arrhythmia, for example. Based on frequent calls to a local firearms dealer that prominently advertises AR semiautomatic rifles and to the customer support hotline of a major manufacturer that produces them, it’s logical to conclude that another likely owns such a weapon.
The researchers set out to fill what they consider knowledge gaps within the National Security Agency’s current phone metadata program. Currently, U.S. law gives more privacy protections to call content and makes it easier for government agencies to obtain metadata, in part because policymakers assume that it shouldn’t be possible to infer specific sensitive details about people based on metadata alone.
This study, reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests otherwise. Preliminary versions of the work have already played a role in federal surveillance policy debates and have been cited in litigation filings and letters to legislators in both the U.S. and abroad.
Researchers at MIT and Oxford University, meanwhile, have shown that the location stamps on just a handful of Twitter posts can be enough to let even a low-tech snooper find out where you live and work.
Though Twitter’s location-reporting service is off by default, many Twitter users choose to activate it. Now, it looks like even as few as eight tweets over the course of a single day can give stalkers what they need to track you down.
The researchers used real tweets from Twitter users in the Boston area; users consented to the use of their data and also confirmed their home and work addresses, their commuting routes, and the locations of various leisure destinations from which they had tweeted.”
“The leading senators on the Intelligence Committee Thursday downplayed the significance of the National Security Agency’s mass collection of Verizon phone records as others voiced outrage over what they viewed as a gross invasion of privacy.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., told an impromptu news conference in the Capitol that the NSA phone record data-collection effort is legal under the Patriot Act. She suggested that uproar over the government poring over the records is overblown, pointing out that the data collected is “metadata,” or information about the phone calls, including the length of the calls and the phone numbers involved in the conversations, not the content of the calls. Feinstein said the phone calls weren’t wiretapped, such as did occur illegally without warrants by the NSA under the George W. Bush administration.”
“It’s not a surveillance program, it’s a data-collection program,” she said while appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday.
Oh, but it’s actually both. According to supporters of the NSA, metadata is just a bunch of anonymous numbers harvested in hopes of discovering needles. To those actually paying attention, metadata is a very efficient way to collect very personal information about someone. Just because it looks like data doesn’t mean it’s not surveillance. Let’s not forget that metadata provides enough information to justify extrajudicial killings.
It’s still surveillance. It just bears no resemblance to what spyingused to mean. What the NSA has done is turn “surveillance” into something abstract, but equally invasive. It has eliminated the targeted nature of its classic definition and replaced it with servers full of data, all of it theoretically linked to another abstraction: “terrorism.”
The headline says Feinstein “blasts” critics, but this sort of clueless pedantry doesn’t actually “blast” anyone. Months after the defenders’ assertions have been repeatedly dismantled (including two similarassertions by the senator), Feinstein’s willingness to cling to a nostalgic view of surveillance could almost be termed “delightfully old school” — if only she still didn’t have at least one hand on the controls as the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee.”
“A California man is suing Facebook for allegedly scanning the content of private messages sent between users of the site.
The suit alleges that Facebook scans the messages in search of hyperlinks sent between users. “If there is a link to a web page contained in that message, Facebook treats it as a ‘like’ of the page, and increases the page’s ‘like,’ counter by one,” the suit contends. The site tracks when users “like” pages in order to compile individual profiles that allow third parties to send targeted advertisements.
“When a Facebook user composes a message with a URL in the message’s body, Facebook generates a ‘URL preview,’ consisting of a brief description of the website and a relevant image from the website,” the suit adds. That “preview” creates two separate files, according to the suit.
One, called “EntShare,” is “tied to the specific user who sent the message.” The second file, “EntGlobalShare,” tracks all users who send a message containing the same URL.
It was first reported that Facebook was counting URLs sent in private messages as “likes” in 2012, but the site discontinued the practice shortly afterwards. However, plaintiffs allege, it is still spying on URLs included in messages for marketing purposes.
A motion granted on Wednesday by the District Court for the North District of California permits the plaintiff, Matthew Campbell, to seek “injunctive and declaratory relief” rather than financial damages. “We agree with the court’s finding that the alleged conduct did not result in any actual harm and that it would be inappropriate to allow plaintiffs to seek damages on a class-wide basis,” Facebook said in a statement.
The company added that its tracking amounted to “historical practices” that were “entirely lawful,” and said it was looking forward “to resolving those claims on the merits.” Campbell is set to file an amended complaint no later than June 8.
Facebook has been sued for invasive privacy practices in the past. That includes at least four lawsuits resulting from facial recognition technology employed by the site to retain more than a billion “facial templates.”