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Friday, April 09, 2021

There are a growing number of signs the bull market in equities is overheating, with indicators of investor complacency and risk-seeking reaching the highest levels since 2007 and 1999. read more


Thursday, April 08, 2021

Preliminary unofficial election results posted at 4am after the November 3rd 2020 election, by election administrators in Antrim County Michigan, were incorrect by thousands of votes"in the Presidential race and in local races. Within days, Antrim County election administrators corrected the error, as confirmed by a full hand recount of the ballots, but everyone wondered: what went wrong? Were the voting machines hacked?


Sunday, April 04, 2021

A Washington state rancher has pleaded guilty to wire fraud and could face up to 20 years in prison for defrauding Tyson Foods and another unnamed company $244 million in costs for buying and feeding hundreds of thousands of cattle that didn't exist. read more


Amazon apologized for a tweet denying workers urinate in bottles, a rare instance of contrition from the world's largest e-commerce company. ... "This was an own-goal, we're unhappy about it, and we owe an apology to Representative [Mark] Pocan," Amazon said in the blog. "First, the tweet was incorrect. It did not contemplate our large driver population and instead wrongly focused only on our fulfillment centers." read more


Saturday, April 03, 2021

Russia on Friday warned NATO against sending troops to eastern Ukraine after Kyiv accused Moscow of building up a military presence on its border. read more


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@#16 ...Taking bar fights to a whole 'nother level ...

Stressed-out millennials are flocking to bars where they can throw axes at a target " here's what it's like
www.businessinsider.com

...Never since "The Shining" have axes had so much time in the spotlight.

In cities around the nation, ax-throwing bars are opening their doors to stressed-out millennials seeking a night of release and friendly competition.

On a recent evening at Kick Axe Throwing in Brooklyn, New York, groups of eager ax-throwers sipped craft beer and waited for their time in the ring, where they would compete in a series of games like "Knockout" and "21."

Since the venue opened in December 2017, it has attracted a steady stream of city dwellers looking to blow off steam by heaving a metal ax at a fixed wooden target. In recent years, ax-throwing has grown so popular that the World Axe Throwing League was formed in 2017 to organize international competitions that are now broadcast on ESPN. At the same time, retailers like Nordstrom are selling out of artisan axes....



Artisan axes?

@#14

Loyalty to fmr Pres Trump, in song?

Lenny Welch - Since I Fell for You
www.youtube.com

".. you love me, then you snub me....."

One-way loyalty?

Jus' sayin'

From what I saw, Facebook is of the opinion that this leak occurred because it allowed Facebook to accomplish their business goals, therefore it was OK.

Lemme see if i can dreg that up...

OK, here's what I found..

Facebook Says It's Your Fault That Hackers Got Half a Billion User Phone Numbers
www.vice.com

...A blog post titled "The Facts on News Reports About Facebook Data," published Tuesday evening, is designed to silence the growing criticism the company is facing for failing to protect the phone numbers and other personal information of 533 million users after a database containing that information was shared for free in low level hacking forums over the weekend, as first reported by Business Insider.

Facebook initially dismissed the reports as irrelevant, claiming the data was leaked years ago and so the fact it had all been collected into one uber database containing one in every 15 people on the planet"and was now being given away for free"didn't really matter.

Facebook has become accustomed to dealing with multiple massive privacy breaches in recent years, and data belonging to hundreds of millions of its users has been leaked or stolen by hackers.

But, instead of owning up to its latest failure to protect user data, Facebook is pulling from a familiar playbook: just like it did during the Cambridge Analytica scandal in 2018, it's attempting to reframe the security failure as merely a breach of its terms of service.

So instead of apologizing for failing to keep users' data secure, Facebook's product management director Mike Clark began his blog post by making a semantic point about how the data was leaked.

"It is important to understand that malicious actors obtained this data not through hacking our systems but by scraping it from our platform prior to September 2019," Clark wrote....



OK, so it is my fault for being on Facebook...


This could get interesting...

Silicon Valley Is Flooding Into a Reluctant Austin
www.bloomberg.com

...The city, which has been booming for a decade, has been the top destination for tech workers leaving California during Covid....

For years, Austin has attracted far-flung newcomers with its food and music scenes, along with low taxes and cost of living. The city grew 30% from 2010 to 2019, making it the fastest-growing major metro area in the country. It was adding about 170 people per day by the end of that period, according to the latest census count. So while rapid growth is nothing new for the city, the population shift associated with Covid-19 has intensified the struggle to, as the motto goes, "Keep Austin Weird." Even Congrove"a software engineer who moved from Florida seven years ago"is most concerned about how the new wave of tech workers is affecting his adopted city's culture. Lately, he's seen more T-shirts bearing startup logos than band names. New condos have sprouted up where quirky bungalows once stood. And the commute time to his downtown office has tripled.

"They just keep coming," Congrove says. "The fleece vests, the tech bros"that's definitely imported from California."...

[emphasis mine]


Gonna be interesting, fer sure...



@#5 ... She's just worried they.re gong to open a Thai place on every corner. ...

There was an awesome Thai restaurant in this area, Bangkok. In the 1970's it was given a very good (four star!) review by a NYTimes critic who apparently got lost one day and wound up in Danbury, CT.

Unfortunately, the owners of the restaurant died in a plane crash.

Danbury Restaurant Owners Feared Dead in Plane Crash
www.nbcconnecticut.com

...A couple who owned a restaurant in Danbury is feared dead after their plane disappeared on approach to Danbury Airport and crashed into a reservoir in North Salem, New York.

Family members believe Val and Taew Horsa were flying the plane when it crashed on Thursday afternoon.

The couple owned Bangkok Restaurant, a Thai restaurant in Danbury. Taew Horsa was also the head chef. A closed sign was posted in the restaurant's window on Friday. Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton says it was the first Thai restaurant in the area and immensely popular....

"Val and Taew were living the American Dream. They had a vision to build a restaurant, they opened it 30 years ago, built it up, got a four-star rating because of the culinary delight that it was." He said. "It's a huge loss for the community, for Danbury and the greater Danbury area, and our business community. Certainly we extend our condolences to the family as well for this tragic loss," he added....


Back in the day, I all but lived in that restaurant.

I used to add on to my order "very hot" to which I got the reply, "how hot?"

I said, "Thai hot."

After that, Ms Horsa used to come to the table and ask (confirm), are you sure? I'd say, "yes."

When the entree was presented to me by Ms Horsa, she would warn me, that in addition to the "Thai hot", those sliced peppers garnishing the entrees are habanero peppers. Be careful.

Val told me he met Taew in Thailand while he was working in the Peace Corps, and he convinced her to come to the United States to marry and live their dream.

An amazing couple. Such a loss, their untimely death.



Yup.

Did I post this earlier?

WHO chief: Virus investigators had difficulties "accessing raw data" from China (Mar 30, 2021)
www.axios.com

...World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus welcomed the joint WHO-China report on the origins of the coronavirus on Tuesday, but he noted that scientists had difficulty "accessing raw data" from China and called for further investigation of the lab leak theory.

Why it matters: The comments come in the wake of an inconclusive report that has prompted concerns about transparency and the influence of the Chinese government over the investigation.

Background: The report assessed that the coronavirus was most likely introduced to humans through an intermediate animal host, but called for further investigation in numerous areas " except for the theory that the virus leaked from a lab accident, which it called "extremely unlikely."

What he's saying: "I do not believe that this assessment was extensive enough," Tedros said at a briefing on Tuesday. "Further data and studies will be needed to reach more robust conclusions."

  • "Although the team has concluded that a laboratory leak is the least likely hypothesis, this requires further investigation, potentially with additional missions involving specialist experts, which I am ready to deploy."
...

Leon Russell - Magic Mirror
www.youtube.com

Lyrics excerpt;

...
The left ones think I'm right
The right ones think I'm wrong
...


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