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Wikileaks: Our Site's Been Hit By Weeklong Attack
The secret-busting organization WikiLeaks says it's been the victim of a sustained denial-of-service attack which has left its website sluggish or inaccessible for more than a week.
The heart [urp!] bleeds...
In a statement released late Saturday the group said the assault intensified around the beginning of August and has since expanded to include attacks against affiliated sites.Denial-of-service attacks work by overwhelming websites with requests for information.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/13/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [358 views] Top|| File under:

#1  would call it a 'feel good' story but the operators of the site still seem to have credit scores and have not had their saving accounts emptied or seen loved ones killed (like the people whose info they 'leaked')
Posted by: abu do you love || 08/13/2012 0:54 Comments || Top||

#2  ...Whadda shame. Popcorn, anybody?

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 08/13/2012 5:52 Comments || Top||

#3  In the breakroom of USCYBERCOM, folks grin silently.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/13/2012 6:39 Comments || Top||

#4  I have been watching those who took them down laugh about it openly. Itz kewl!
Posted by: newc || 08/13/2012 11:26 Comments || Top||

#5  I'm not fond of Wikileaks but I wonder who is taking them down and for what purpose?
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/13/2012 11:41 Comments || Top||

#6  See also DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > [Mail Online] US GOVERNMENT IS SECRETLY SPYING ON EVERYONE USING CIVILIAN SECURITY CAMERAS [espec CCTV], SAYS WIKILEAKS.

IIUC Wikileaks thinks it was hacked after the above Artic came out, i.e. in retaliation???

CCTV is sssssoooooo-o-o late 1990's + Bush 43 - methinks the Artic is behind the times, as covert surveilllance has gone way beyond just CCTV.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 08/13/2012 22:37 Comments || Top||


Africa North
Egyptian "scientist" claims NASA hiding proof of Quranic miracle
An Egyptian named Abdul Baset Mohammed, President of the Academy of the scientific miracles in the Holy Quran and Sunnah, is claiming that NASA has proven the Quranic story of Laylat al Qadr.

According to the legend, on that night - being celebrated in various odd-numbered dates towards the end of Ramadan - the sun appeared without any visible sunbeams, sort of like the moon. This is the night that Muslims believe the first verse of the Quran were revealed to Mohammed.

Mohammed says that ten years ago, NASA found proof of this phenomenon but is hushing it up.

Not only that, but another NASA scientist who has seen proofs of the Koran in his space research converted to Islam - and was then fired by NASA.

He goes on to tell other stories about how Quranic claims about anatomy have been proven by science, ,as well as a tale about British scientists who supposedly determined that the stone at the Kaaba was not from this solar system.

This all recalls the Muslim claim that Neil Armstrong and other astronauts heard the Muslim call to prayer when they walked on the moon, and that scientists determined that the Kaaba in Mecca is a center of cosmic radiation.
Posted by: tipper || 08/13/2012 12:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [365 views] Top|| File under:

#1  That just sounds more than a bit pathetic guys.
Posted by: DarthVader || 08/13/2012 14:23 Comments || Top||

#2  Laylat = night
al = of
Qadr = power or decree or measure

The revelations (there were two, one from Allah to Gabriel, one from Gabriel to Mo) were in a cave. Presumably, the sun was observed before the revelation at about sunset when it is possible to look at the sun without hurting your eyes.

That's a miracle that is repeated twice each day that is sunny.
Posted by: lord garth || 08/13/2012 14:25 Comments || Top||

#3  Next, they will discover fire.
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/13/2012 14:48 Comments || Top||

#4  Dust storms?
Posted by: AlanC || 08/13/2012 14:51 Comments || Top||

#5  Well, this should blow their Muslim Outreach Program all to hell...
Posted by: tu3031 || 08/13/2012 15:29 Comments || Top||

#6  Plagiarized from Plato - viz The Sun, Line and Cave.
Posted by: Glinesh Craling7938 || 08/13/2012 17:40 Comments || Top||

#7  NASA also faked the moon landings as well - you can't trust these guys!
Posted by: Raj || 08/13/2012 18:59 Comments || Top||

#8  Far too much LSD being consumed in the MidEast.
Posted by: Water Modem || 08/13/2012 20:12 Comments || Top||

#9  Maybe a strong version of khat
Posted by: European Conservative || 08/13/2012 21:07 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Bailed US businessman detained in Yemen, again
DUBAI/ABU DHABI: US businessman Zack Shahin, who was freed on bail in the United Arab Emirates last month after Washington expressed concern about his health, has fled the country for Yemen, where he was detained again, sources familiar with the matter said. The former chief executive of Dubai real estate developer Deyaar, in jail since 2008 over embezzlement charges, went on hunger strike in May and was released on $1.4 million bail.

The sources, who declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter, told Reuters that Shahin was smuggled out of the UAE and was then arrested in Yemen.
It was not clear when he left the UAE.
Because he was freed on bail and thought he might not get a fair trial and end up being jugged again?
“Shahin is still being detained by the security apparatus,” a Yemeni security source, who declined to be named, said on Sunday. “We expect that the man will be deported to the UAE before the end of the week.”
I imagine the magistrate there won't be pleased...
The office of Dubai public prosecutions declined to comment. Neither Shahin’s US-based lawyer nor officials at the US embassy in Abu Dhabi were immediately available for comment.

The former executive’s flight may embarrass US authorities who had exerted pressure on the UAE to resolve Shahin’s case, especially after he went on hunger strike. There have been hearings on his case in Dubai, but no judgment.

In May, four other expatriates jailed in Dubai said they were among a group of prisoners who had gone on hunger strike to protest against lengthy prison sentences handed down to most of them for financial crimes. The men, most of them real estate developers and other businessmen who worked in Dubai during its economic boom, fell into debt when the emirate’s property bubble burst after the 2008 global credit crisis.
Posted by: Steve White || 08/13/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [617 views] Top|| File under:


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CO of USS Pittsburgh fired
The commanding officer of a Groton, Conn.-based attack submarine was fired Friday for "allegations of personal misconduct," Submarine Group 2 said in a Sunday news release.

Cmdr. Michael Ward, CO of Los Angeles-class submarine Pittsburgh, was fired by Capt. Vernon Parks, commander of Submarine Development Squadron 12, SUBGRU 2 spokeswoman Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Cragg said. Cragg, citing an ongoing investigation, declined to comment on the nature of the alleged misconduct or whether it had taken place on Pittsburgh.

It was a short end to Ward's stint in command. He had only taken charge of the crew a week before. He was temporarily relieved by Cmdr. Michael Savageaux, the officer Ward relieved on Aug. 3.

Ward is the Navy's 13th commanding officer fired this year and the fifth the Navy said was fired for misbehavior.
Posted by: tu3031 || 08/13/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [313 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Ward's name sounds familiar.

Zipper troubles???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 08/13/2012 0:32 Comments || Top||

#2  Zipper Failure
Posted by: badanov || 08/13/2012 7:26 Comments || Top||

#3  Once again, a man with numbers following his name.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/13/2012 7:35 Comments || Top||

#4  in an effort to end the relationship, faked his death in an email

RE: I can't see you anymore due to my recent death.
Posted by: Spot || 08/13/2012 7:51 Comments || Top||

#5  Character aside for the moment, guys in his position should be better problem solvers than faking his death via e-mail.
Question: Is this the first time he's screwed up? If not, his superiors' OER from ensign to this date ought to be reviewed. 'cause if it isn't, they screwed up. Costs time and money and opportunity to get a guy this far, and if he's a known loser, that's a big organizational screw up.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 08/13/2012 9:15 Comments || Top||

#6  And the only reason they bagged this guy is that she dimed him out? Says a lot for his superiors...
Posted by: tu3031 || 08/13/2012 10:31 Comments || Top||

#7  Was the e-mail signed by Epstein's mother?
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 08/13/2012 17:18 Comments || Top||

#8  This sort of reminds me of a guy I knew in the Navy. Let's call him J. While our ship was in the yards in Philadelphia, J's wife stayed with her parents in New York. He took up with a dancer at a club, telling her that he and his wife were separated. That part was true - he was in Philly, she was in New York. Anyway, when our ship left the yards, he told the dancer that he and his wife had reconciled.

His roommate, T, decided to play a trick on him - T and the comms officer faked a telegram from the dancer saying that she was not going to give him up without a fight. She planned to meet the ship when we arrived in port, knowing that J's wife would be on the pier as the ship pulled in. The dancer planned to have it out with J's wife, and let the best woman win.

They gave J the telegram when we were a few hours out from port to give him some time to stew over it. They finally had to tell him the truth before he jumped overboard.

J later was cashiered from the Navy for sexual harassment, drunkenness in uniform and a variety of other charges. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 08/13/2012 18:20 Comments || Top||


Science & Technology
Pentagon Envisions New Air Force One
The president of the United States may get a new Air Force One jetliner -- that is, whomever’s president after the 2020 elections.

The Pentagon started a program yesterday to develop and buy replacement presidential aircraft for use a decade from now. Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition Frank Kendall authorized the Air Force to establish an office for the replacement program, which includes new Marine One helicopters available for use no earlier than 2020.

The first of two current VC-25A Boeing 747-200B aircraft that serve as Air Force One entered service transporting presidential parties in September 1990. The aircraft are expected to have 30-year service lives, the Air Force said.

The Pentagon has budgeted $757 million through 2017 for the first phase of the Air Force One replacement and $1.84 billion for the helicopter replacement through 2017 and most of the money would be spent after fiscal 2015, the official said.

The initial new Air Force One wouldn’t be delivered for modification with specialized technology until 2019, according to the Pentagon’s latest 30-year aviation plan. A new presidential helicopter to replace the 35-year-old models now in service wouldn’t be declared operational until 2020, followed by the new Air Force One aircraft in 2023, the official said, citing a formal schedule.
Posted by: tu3031 || 08/13/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [399 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Since you is not important to the one... perhaps UAVs would work?
Posted by: Water Modem || 08/13/2012 0:38 Comments || Top||

#2  As OWG-NWO = SPACE GOVT-ORDER, the new Bird should be Hip + [not-Kevin]"SPACY".

D *** NG IT, I DEMAND A GIANT "TRANSFORMER" ROBOT PLANE ALA FUTURAMA'S MIGHTY WORLD PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON'S-HEAD!
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 08/13/2012 0:39 Comments || Top||

#3  ...The 747 will still be in production for several more years, and I suspect the 'new' AF1 will be another VC-25 - it's the only beast, current or projected, that can carry everything and has four engines.

Unless they do a C-17 variant - probably practical, but doesn't quite have that awe-inspiring appearance.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 08/13/2012 5:56 Comments || Top||

#4  Low cost solution, contract it out to Evergreen Aviation. He can sit on a 463L pallet and mine nose nuggets. We'll help the local NW economy, save lots of money, and he can stay busy.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/13/2012 6:32 Comments || Top||

#5  I would think that a hot air balloon would be more appropo...
Posted by: Broadhead6 || 08/13/2012 14:34 Comments || Top||

#6  BH6 wins snark 'o the day!
Posted by: GORT || 08/13/2012 14:49 Comments || Top||

#7  I'm sure there's a Cessna someone could spare. Maybe one salvaged from the Alaskan bush?
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 08/13/2012 19:02 Comments || Top||

#8  With a pilot who wears the only parachute on board?
Posted by: European Conservative || 08/13/2012 19:34 Comments || Top||

#9  DAILY TIMES.PK > 4,500 MPH WIDIN SECONDS. US TO TEST RADICAL NEW HYPERSONIC AIRCRAFT, i.e. the X-51A WaveRider.

[Sub]WARP DRIVE HERE WE COME???

Reminds me of post-SPIN TEST, FUNNY-FACED DAN ACKYROYD + BILL MURRAY from 1980's "SPIES LIKE US", where now in 2012 they ponder "Ya know, maybe being an Office-n-Chair-n-JoyStick based Drone Driver wasn't such a bad or boring job after all".

Again, as OWG-NWO = SPACE GOVT-ORDER, AIR FORCE ONE = renamed GLOBAL/TERRA ONE, although in all likelihood future OWG + post-OWG Space = "Star" Prezs may need a unique LUNA- or ARIES, ETC. ONE???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 08/13/2012 22:54 Comments || Top||

#10  If Bambi has any say you can bet it will be an Airbus.
Posted by: USN, ret. || 08/13/2012 23:34 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Iran Quake Kills 306, Search For Dead Continues
Twin earthquakes that devastated rural villages in northwest Iran killed a total of 306 people, most of them women and kiddies, Health Minister Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi said on Monday, adding that the search for bodies was ongoing.

Another 3,037 were maimed, of whom 2,011 were given first aid at the scene and the rest were taken to hospital, where 700 surgeries were performed, Vahid Dastjerdi told politicians in a report published on the parliament's website.

"We are continuing the search for bodies," she said.

Another official addressing the politicians, Hassan Ghadami, a deputy interior minister in charge of crisis management, said: "Many of the victims were killed in the first hours (after the quake) due to the mass of muddy rubble... and the old structure of houses in the region."

The two earthquakes, measuring 6.4 and 6.3 on the moment magnitude scale, rumbled through northwest Iran on Saturday on quick succession, levelling mud brick and concrete homes in villages to the northeast of the city of Tabriz.
So the Iranians can build nuclear bombs but can't implement a building code in an earthquake zone...
The head of Iran's Red Islamic Thingy, Abdolhossein Faghih, told the same hearing that 230 villages had been badly damaged, including a number totally destroyed. Others suffered moderate damage, Ghadami said.

Iran's government has launched a fund to quickly rebuild homes in the mountainous region before the onset of the harsh winter in around four months. A state grant of nearly $1,000 per family has been approved, along with low-interest loans for up to $6,000.

Faghih said the Red Islamic Thingy has provided relief in the meantime for the more than 16,000 people left homeless, distributing thousands of tents and blankets, and food and water.

Iran rejected offers of outside help in the wake of the quakes from a number of countries, including the United States, Germany, Turkey, Taiwan, Singapore and Russia. It said it could cope with the disaster itself.

"We received offers of help from several countries... but as we have sufficient men and resources we did not need this foreign aid. We thanked them for their offers," Faghih said.

Authorities called off rescue operations on Sunday after saying all possible survivors had been recovered.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/13/2012 08:50 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [373 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Allah REALLY, REALLY doesn't like you.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 08/13/2012 22:10 Comments || Top||



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