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In Baltimore and Beyond, a Stolen N.S.A. Tool Wreaks Havoc
« Reply #12825 on: May 25, 2019, 04:46:53 PM »

The National Security Agency headquarters in Maryland. A leaked N.S.A. cyberweapon, EternalBlue, has caused billions of dollars in damage worldwide. A recent attack took place in Baltimore, the agency’s own backyard.

For nearly three weeks, Baltimore has struggled with a cyberattack by digital extortionists that has frozen thousands of computers, shut down email and disrupted real estate sales, water bills, health alerts and many other services.

But here is what frustrated city employees and residents do not know: A key component of the malware that cybercriminals used in the attack was developed at taxpayer expense a short drive down the Baltimore-Washington Parkway at the National Security Agency, according to security experts briefed on the case.

Since 2017, when the N.S.A. lost control of the tool, EternalBlue, it has been picked up by state hackers in North Korea, Russia and, more recently, China, to cut a path of destruction around the world, leaving billions of dollars in damage. But over the past year, the cyberweapon has boomeranged back and is now showing up in the N.S.A.’s own backyard.

It is not just in Baltimore. Security experts say EternalBlue attacks have reached a high, and cybercriminals are zeroing in on vulnerable American towns and cities, from Pennsylvania to Texas, paralyzing local governments and driving up costs.

The N.S.A. connection to the attacks on American cities has not been previously reported, in part because the agency has refused to discuss or even acknowledge the loss of its cyberweapon, dumped online in April 2017 by a still-unidentified group calling itself the Shadow Brokers. Years later, the agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation still do not know whether the Shadow Brokers are foreign spies or disgruntled insiders.

Thomas Rid, a cybersecurity expert at Johns Hopkins University, called the Shadow Brokers episode “the most destructive and costly N.S.A. breach in history,” more damaging than the better-known leak in 2013 from Edward Snowden, the former N.S.A. contractor.

“The government has refused to take responsibility, or even to answer the most basic questions,” Mr. Rid said. “Congressional oversight appears to be failing. The American people deserve an answer.”

The N.S.A. and F.B.I. declined to comment.

Since that leak, foreign intelligence agencies and rogue actors have used EternalBlue to spread malware that has paralyzed hospitals, airports, rail and shipping operators, A.T.M.s and factories that produce critical vaccines. Now the tool is hitting the United States where it is most vulnerable, in local governments with aging digital infrastructure and fewer resources to defend themselves.


On May 7, city workers in Baltimore had their computers frozen by hackers. Officials have refused to pay the $100,000 ransom.

Before it leaked, EternalBlue was one of the most useful exploits in the N.S.A.’s cyberarsenal. According to three former N.S.A. operators who spoke on the condition of anonymity, analysts spent almost a year finding a flaw in Microsoft’s software and writing the code to target it. Initially, they referred to it as EternalBluescreen because it often crashed computers — a risk that could tip off their targets. But it went on to become a reliable tool used in countless intelligence-gathering and counterterrorism missions.

EternalBlue was so valuable, former N.S.A. employees said, that the agency never seriously considered alerting Microsoft about the vulnerabilities, and held on to it for more than five years before the breach forced its hand.

The Baltimore attack, on May 7, was a classic ransomware assault. City workers’ screens suddenly locked, and a message in flawed English demanded about $100,000 in Bitcoin to free their files: “We’ve watching you for days,” said the message, obtained by The Baltimore Sun. “We won’t talk more, all we know is MONEY! Hurry up!”

Today, Baltimore remains handicapped as city officials refuse to pay, though workarounds have restored some services. Without EternalBlue, the damage would not have been so vast, experts said. The tool exploits a vulnerability in unpatched software that allows hackers to spread their malware faster and farther than they otherwise could.

North Korea was the first nation to co-opt the tool, for an attack in 2017 — called WannaCry — that paralyzed the British health care system, German railroads and some 200,000 organizations around the world. Next was Russia, which used the weapon in an attack — called NotPetya — that was aimed at Ukraine but spread across major companies doing business in the country. The assault cost FedEx more than $400 million and Merck, the pharmaceutical giant, $670 million.

The damage didn’t stop there. In the past year, the same Russian hackers who targeted the 2016 American presidential election used EternalBlue to compromise hotel Wi-Fi networks. Iranian hackers have used it to spread ransomware and hack airlines in the Middle East, according to researchers at the security firms Symantec and FireEye.

“It’s incredible that a tool which was used by intelligence services is now publicly available and so widely used,” said Vikram Thakur, Symantec’s director of security response.

One month before the Shadow Brokers began dumping the agency’s tools online in 2017, the N.S.A. — aware of the breach — reached out to Microsoft and other tech companies to inform them of their software flaws. Microsoft released a patch, but hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide remain unprotected.


Microsoft employees reviewing malware data at the company’s offices in Redmond, Wash. EternalBlue exploits a flaw in unpatched Microsoft software.

Hackers seem to have found a sweet spot in Baltimore, Allentown, Pa., San Antonio and other local, American governments, where public employees oversee tangled networks that often use out-of-date software. Last July, the Department of Homeland Security issued a dire warning that state and local governments were getting hit by particularly destructive malware that now, security researchers say, has started relying on EternalBlue to spread.

Microsoft, which tracks the use of EternalBlue, would not name the cities and towns affected, citing customer privacy. But other experts briefed on the attacks in Baltimore, Allentown and San Antonio confirmed the hackers used EternalBlue. Security responders said they were seeing EternalBlue pop up in attacks almost every day.

Amit Serper, head of security research at Cybereason, said his firm had responded to EternalBlue attacks at three different American universities, and found vulnerable servers in major cities like Dallas, Los Angeles and New York.

The costs can be hard for local governments to bear. The Allentown attack, in February last year, disrupted city services for weeks and cost about $1 million to remedy — plus another $420,000 a year for new defenses, said Matthew Leibert, the city’s chief information officer.

He described the package of dangerous computer code that hit Allentown as “commodity malware,” sold on the dark web and used by criminals who don’t have specific targets in mind. “There are warehouses of kids overseas firing off phishing emails,” Mr. Leibert said, like thugs shooting military-grade weapons at random targets.

The malware that hit San Antonio last September infected a computer inside Bexar County sheriff’s office and tried to spread across the network using EternalBlue, according to two people briefed on the attack.

This past week, researchers at the security firm Palo Alto Networks discovered that a Chinese state group, Emissary Panda, had hacked into Middle Eastern governments using EternalBlue.

“You can’t hope that once the initial wave of attacks is over, it will go away,” said Jen Miller-Osborn, a deputy director of threat intelligence at Palo Alto Networks. “We expect EternalBlue will be used almost forever, because if attackers find a system that isn’t patched, it is so useful.”

Until a decade or so ago, the most powerful cyberweapons belonged almost exclusively to intelligence agencies — N.S.A. officials used the term “NOBUS,” for “nobody but us,” for vulnerabilities only the agency had the sophistication to exploit. But that advantage has hugely eroded, not only because of the leaks, but because anyone can grab a cyberweapon’s code once it’s used in the wild.

Some F.B.I. and Homeland Security officials, speaking privately, said more accountability at the N.S.A. was needed. A former F.B.I. official likened the situation to a government failing to lock up a warehouse of automatic weapons.

In an interview in March, Adm. Michael S. Rogers, who was director of the N.S.A. during the Shadow Brokers leak, suggested in unusually candid remarks that the agency should not be blamed for the long trail of damage.

“If Toyota makes pickup trucks and someone takes a pickup truck, welds an explosive device onto the front, crashes it through a perimeter and into a crowd of people, is that Toyota’s responsibility?” he asked. “The N.S.A. wrote an exploit that was never designed to do what was done.”

At Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Wash., where thousands of security engineers have found themselves on the front lines of these attacks, executives reject that analogy.

“I disagree completely,” said Tom Burt, the corporate vice president of consumer trust, insisting that cyberweapons could not be compared to pickup trucks. “These exploits are developed and kept secret by governments for the express purpose of using them as weapons or espionage tools. They’re inherently dangerous. When someone takes that, they’re not strapping a bomb to it. It’s already a bomb.”

Brad Smith, Microsoft’s president, has called for a “Digital Geneva Convention” to govern cyberspace, including a pledge by governments to report vulnerabilities to vendors, rather than keeping them secret to exploit for espionage or attacks.

Last year, Microsoft, along with Google and Facebook, joined 50 countries in signing on to a similar call by French President Emmanuel Macron — the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace — to end “malicious cyber activities in peacetime.”

Notably absent from the signatories were the world’s most aggressive cyberactors: China, Iran, Israel, North Korea, Russia — and the United States.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/25/us/nsa-hacking-tool-baltimore.html
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Massive 8.0 magnitude quake hits Peru
« Reply #12826 on: May 26, 2019, 05:40:06 AM »
A major earthquake has struck off northern Peru but no tsunami threat is in place at this stage.



A major magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck northern Peru on Sunday, the US Geological Survey confirmed.

The quake hit about 180km east of the city of Moyobamba and was felt about 80km from the village of Lagunas.

The USGS reported it had a depth of about 115km.

The tremor hit close to 5.40pm Australian time (AEST), 2.40am local time.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre and Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology has confirmed there is no Tsunami threat from the quake.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or of major damage. Earthquakes that are close to the surface generally cause more destruction.

The Peruvian government’s emergency department tweeted that it registered a magnitude of 7.2 for the quake. In the capital, Lima, people ran out of their homes in fear. Power cuts were reported in a number of Amazonian cities. Earthquakes are frequent in Peru, which lies on the Pacific’s so-called Ring of Fire.

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Memorial Day marks the unofficial start to summer and sweltering heat will have a firm grip on the Southeast through and beyond the extended holiday weekend.

With the high heat in place, residents will have to use care with campfires, coals from grills and fireworks to avoid igniting new brush fires.

The Yellow Bluff Fire has charred 608 acres north of Jacksonville, Florida, and led to the closure of a seven-mile stretch of I-95 in its vicinity on Thursday.

The highway was opened on Friday morning, but officials warn the road can be closed again if conditions warrant.

Containment of the fire stands at 60 percent.


Firefighters battled the Yellow Bluff Fire on Thursday, May 23, 2019.

The stagnant weather pattern can trap smoke from any brush fires or pollutants in the urban areas, leading to poor air quality.

While there will be little rain to aid firefights and to impact holiday festivities, residents will have to take the necessary precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses.

Temperatures will soar into the middle and upper 90s through Memorial Day in Montgomery, Alabama; Atlanta; Tallahassee and Tampa, Florida; and Columbia, South Carolina.

Highs will also reach or exceed the century mark in some communities, such as Augusta, Georgia, and Jacksonville, Florida.



Sunday will be the hottest day of the holiday weekend in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Richmond, Virginia, with temperatures approaching 95 F.

"AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures above 100 F will be common throughout the South into Memorial Day due to sunshine and moderate humidity levels," according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Max Vido.

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Southwest Colorado digs out from historic avalanche activity
« Reply #12828 on: May 26, 2019, 05:56:28 AM »
SILVERTON — Not only did Southwest Colorado experience healthy snowpack levels this season, but it also dealt with unprecedented avalanche activity.

According to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, about 230 slides plummeted into the area since November 1, 2018.

"Some things ran this year that hadn’t run in 50 years and some things didn’t run this year that normally run every year. So it’s crazy!” said Joe Jepsen, who lives just north of Silverton.

Jensen lives near Middleton; a community currently blanketed in avalanche debris.



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"You’ll see all the debris and all the trees that are down — it’s incredible!” said Sharon Meadows, who also lives in the area.

Endless fields are currently covered in snow and snapped trees.

"Large trees, you know 12-16 inches in diameter and they’re just snapped into toothpick sized pieces,” Jepsen pointed out.

All in all, San Juan County officials estimate crews have about 120 miles of roadway to clear out. In some areas, the snow is more than 100 feet deep.

This is the third biggest snow year on record in Southwest Colorado since 1986, according to experts.

We’re told some access roads might not be cleared until July.

https://kdvr.com/2019/05/25/southwest-colorado-digs-out-from-historic-avalanche-activity/
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SEX robots powered by high-speed internet including 5G will make them “indistinguishable” from humans, an expert has claimed.

AI doll manufacturer Realbotix has recently fitted new models with Wi-Fi, enabling high-speed synchronising for voice and animation.

They also stand to benefit from 5G, which is poised to give us vastly superior mobile internet data.

This means sex robots will be able to connect and update without needing to be near an internet router.

But sex doll collector, Brick Dollbanger, believes this technology will make them so realistic, we won’t be able to tell them apart from humans.

Brick, who has close ties with Realbotix, told Daily Star Online: "Anytime you can get a steadier flow of information from software to hardware activation, you are going to get better syncronisation and smoother more lifelike movement from your hardware.

"That’s the key to synthetic evolution. Not just movement, but humanlike movement to the point of being indistinguishable from actual humans."



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Activist organization records at least 9 extremist groups operating last year in Idaho; Aryan Nations compound demolished nearly 2 decades ago in the state


In this July 18, 1998, file photo, Karl Wolf raises his arm in a Nazi salute as he marches through the streets of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, where scores of police in riot gear stood between parading white supremacists and protesters who jeered at the Aryan Nations marchers.

SPOKANE, Washington (AP) — Nearly two decades after a compound belonging to neo-Nazi US group Aryan Nations was demolished, far-right extremists are maintaining a presence in the country’s northwest.

White nationalism has been on the rise across the US, but it has particular resonance along the Idaho-Washington border, where the Aryans had espoused hate and violence for years.

The neo-Nazi group was based near Hayden Lake, Idaho, starting in the 1970s, and eventually was bankrupted in a lawsuit brought by local activists and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Its compound was seized, and supporters dispersed.

But a series of incidents in recent weeks show far-right sentiments never really left the conservative region. In the county that is home to Hayden Lake, for instance, Republicans last month passed a measure expressing support for US entry of a prominent Austrian far-right activist who was investigated for ties to the suspected New Zealand mosque gunman.

In 2018, at least nine hate groups operated in the region of Spokane and northern Idaho, including Identity Evropa, Proud Boys, ACT for America and America’s Promise Ministries, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The center does not track how many members belong to each group.

Keegan Hankes, a researcher for the Southern Poverty Law Center, said the number of hate groups is growing across the US, driven in part by a toxic political culture. The human rights group counted 784 active hate groups in the US in 2014 and 1,020 in 2018.

In particular, white supremacist groups are growing because of fears that the country’s racial makeup is changing. “That drives a ton of anxiety,” Hankes said.

These new far-right activists are more scattered than the ones who used to gather at the Aryan Nations by the dozens, experts say.

“It is no longer necessary to go to a compound in Hayden Lake, Idaho,” said Kristine Hoover, director of the Gonzaga Institute for Hate Studies in Spokane.

With the proliferation of social media, groups “form in dispersed locations” and gatherings are “more covert,” she said.

In late April, a self-described “American Nationalist” named Brittany Pettibone appeared at a meeting of Republicans in Kootenai County, Idaho to ask for help to bring her boyfriend, Martin Sellner, to the country from Austria. Pettibone, 26, said Sellner wants to marry her and live in Post Falls, Idaho.

Pettibone was a big promoter of the hoax known as “Pizzagate,” telling her online followers Hillary Clinton and other high-profile Democrats were involved in satanic rituals and child sex trafficking tied to a Washington, DC, pizza restaurant.

Sellner is a leading figure in the extremist “identitarian” movement, which espouses a white nationalist ideology and has swept over Europe amid an influx of migrants and refugees. He has confirmed he exchanged emails with the suspected New Zealand shooter, who donated money to Sellner’s group. But Sellner denies involvement in the attack.

Despite his background, the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee passed a resolution urging the federal government to allow Sellner into the United States. The resolution said the government revoked Sellner’s travel privileges “for political reasons,” and demanded those privileges be reinstated.

Faced with criticism for giving Pettibone a platform, Kootenai County GOP Chair Brent Regan blamed the press. “In its lust for scandal, the media has stretched the committee’s simple act of kindness into headlines that are too bizarre to be fiction,” he wrote in a recent op-ed.

Also last month, The Guardian published internet chats from 2017 in which a Washington state legislator and three other men discussed confronting “leftists” with a variety of tactics, including violence, surveillance and intimidation.

The messages prompted Washington House Democrats to demand that the Republican lawmaker, Rep. Matt Shea of Spokane Valley, be reprimanded for a history of far-right speech and activities. While Shea did not propose violence, he did not speak up when violence was proposed, Democrats said.

House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox of Yelm responded that Shea should not be punished before investigations are completed. The House, led by Democrats, will conduct an independent investigation of the lawmaker.

Shea, who rarely speaks to reporters, did not return numerous messages from The Associated Press.

He has served in the state House since 2008, introducing bills to criminalize abortion and roll back gun laws and pushing for eastern Washington to secede from the rest of the state. The military veteran attracted international attention in 2018 after a document he wrote laid out a “biblical basis for war” against people who practiced same-sex marriage and abortion, and instructed: “If they do not yield, kill all males.”

In a third case, a nationwide arrest warrant was issued in May for a Stevens County, Washington, man who allegedly tried to extort members of his right-wing militia group through anonymous written threats backed by insinuations they came from a Mexican drug cartel.

James “Russell” Bolton, 51, faces at least six charges of extortion and attempted theft after he was arrested recently in West Virginia.

Bolton has led a militia group called the Stevens County Assembly.

Stevens County detectives believe he was responsible for a series of anonymous threatening letters delivered to members of the group. The letters purported to come from a Mexican cartel and demanded large sums of cash in exchange for protection.

Hoover, the Gonzaga professor, said it is a mistake to consider all of the above as separate incidents.

“These are movements,” Hoover said, noting participants are not doing this alone. “They have interconnectedness over the internet.”

https://www.timesofisrael.com/years-after-neo-nazi-group-was-shuttered-hate-on-the-rise-again-in-us-northwest/
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Corporate America Wants Trump's Fascism
« Reply #12831 on: May 26, 2019, 06:17:04 AM »
Don’t be fooled or distracted by social issues.  Gay marriage.  Abortion.  LGBTQ rights.  Equal pay.  Even prison reform.  All of these issues that “mainstream” American companies purport to support — they only care because you care, because you won’t buy their products if they don’t come out in favor of these issues.  But make sure you understand — THEY DON’T CARE.

They are the owners of media, including major websites and the producers in silicon valley.   They would be more than happy to have Trump re-elected, decry the harm to these issues, while the exploit and enjoy the fruits of fascism.

Fascism is a merging of the government and the corporate state.  You don’t think the Apples aren’t salivating at the idea that we have weakened privacy protections and expectations?  You don’t think that most companies are excited to perhaps rid us of the ability to sue instead of go to arbitration?  And they would love to pay a just-in-time gig economy workforce.

I don’t care what you hear from big corporations… they don’t care.  And they are NOT going to help us. In fact, they will probably work against us, secretly.  Just remember what we are up against.

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/5/25/1860399/-Corporate-America-Wants-Trump-s-Fascism
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Joey Barton says milkshaking of politicians will soon become 'petrol bombs'
« Reply #12832 on: May 26, 2019, 06:24:17 AM »
I feel like we're going the other way son

Cable Street. The Battle of Lewisham. World War Two.

In Britain, in the not too distant past, fascism was met with violence.

It is with no small hint of irony the UK's far-right now often invoke the blitz spirit, a collective solidarity to face down intolerance and hate no matter the personal cost.

Since, things have mellowed out a bit. The blackshirts and the National Front and the Nazis are not as obvious in our politics.

There is still the fringe, though, and now they're met with milkshakes.

Maybe that's a sign of our collapsing discourse and dialogue. Maybe it's a sign that reprehensible political ideas are recognised as such, laughed at and mocked with milk.

So, for me, it was a little funny to see Joey Barton suggest that the fast food bevs would soon become bricks and petrol bombs.

To be honest Joey I think this country is going in the opposite direction, and that can only be a good thing.

https://www.joe.co.uk/politics/joey-barton-milkshaking-politicians-petrol-bombs-232747
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Re: Corporate America Wants Trump's Fascism
« Reply #12833 on: May 26, 2019, 02:35:46 PM »
Don’t be fooled or distracted by social issues.  Gay marriage.  Abortion.  LGBTQ rights.  Equal pay.  Even prison reform.  All of these issues that “mainstream” American companies purport to support — they only care because you care, because you won’t buy their products if they don’t come out in favor of these issues.  But make sure you understand — THEY DON’T CARE.

They are the owners of media, including major websites and the producers in silicon valley.   They would be more than happy to have Trump re-elected, decry the harm to these issues, while the exploit and enjoy the fruits of fascism.

Fascism is a merging of the government and the corporate state.  You don’t think the Apples aren’t salivating at the idea that we have weakened privacy protections and expectations?  You don’t think that most companies are excited to perhaps rid us of the ability to sue instead of go to arbitration?  And they would love to pay a just-in-time gig economy workforce.

I don’t care what you hear from big corporations… they don’t care.  And they are NOT going to help us. In fact, they will probably work against us, secretly.  Just remember what we are up against.

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/5/25/1860399/-Corporate-America-Wants-Trump-s-Fascism

The mindset is based on numbers, specifically numbers that tally money and absolutely nothing else.  The mindset is thus cold inhuman and deadly because the mind of a corporation is not the mind of anything real but only the abstract consequences of the rule of money deciding morality.

But there is nothing to be done.  The infection is deep and the American people know no other way.
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Activist organization records at least 9 extremist groups operating last year in Idaho; Aryan Nations compound demolished nearly 2 decades ago in the state


In this July 18, 1998, file photo, Karl Wolf raises his arm in a Nazi salute as he marches through the streets of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, where scores of police in riot gear stood between parading white supremacists and protesters who jeered at the Aryan Nations marchers.

SPOKANE, Washington (AP) — Nearly two decades after a compound belonging to neo-Nazi US group Aryan Nations was demolished, far-right extremists are maintaining a presence in the country’s northwest.

White nationalism has been on the rise across the US, but it has particular resonance along the Idaho-Washington border, where the Aryans had espoused hate and violence for years.

The neo-Nazi group was based near Hayden Lake, Idaho, starting in the 1970s, and eventually was bankrupted in a lawsuit brought by local activists and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Its compound was seized, and supporters dispersed.

But a series of incidents in recent weeks show far-right sentiments never really left the conservative region. In the county that is home to Hayden Lake, for instance, Republicans last month passed a measure expressing support for US entry of a prominent Austrian far-right activist who was investigated for ties to the suspected New Zealand mosque gunman.

In 2018, at least nine hate groups operated in the region of Spokane and northern Idaho, including Identity Evropa, Proud Boys, ACT for America and America’s Promise Ministries, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The center does not track how many members belong to each group.

Keegan Hankes, a researcher for the Southern Poverty Law Center, said the number of hate groups is growing across the US, driven in part by a toxic political culture. The human rights group counted 784 active hate groups in the US in 2014 and 1,020 in 2018.

In particular, white supremacist groups are growing because of fears that the country’s racial makeup is changing. “That drives a ton of anxiety,” Hankes said.

These new far-right activists are more scattered than the ones who used to gather at the Aryan Nations by the dozens, experts say.

“It is no longer necessary to go to a compound in Hayden Lake, Idaho,” said Kristine Hoover, director of the Gonzaga Institute for Hate Studies in Spokane.

With the proliferation of social media, groups “form in dispersed locations” and gatherings are “more covert,” she said.

In late April, a self-described “American Nationalist” named Brittany Pettibone appeared at a meeting of Republicans in Kootenai County, Idaho to ask for help to bring her boyfriend, Martin Sellner, to the country from Austria. Pettibone, 26, said Sellner wants to marry her and live in Post Falls, Idaho.

Pettibone was a big promoter of the hoax known as “Pizzagate,” telling her online followers Hillary Clinton and other high-profile Democrats were involved in satanic rituals and child sex trafficking tied to a Washington, DC, pizza restaurant.

Sellner is a leading figure in the extremist “identitarian” movement, which espouses a white nationalist ideology and has swept over Europe amid an influx of migrants and refugees. He has confirmed he exchanged emails with the suspected New Zealand shooter, who donated money to Sellner’s group. But Sellner denies involvement in the attack.

Despite his background, the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee passed a resolution urging the federal government to allow Sellner into the United States. The resolution said the government revoked Sellner’s travel privileges “for political reasons,” and demanded those privileges be reinstated.

Faced with criticism for giving Pettibone a platform, Kootenai County GOP Chair Brent Regan blamed the press. “In its lust for scandal, the media has stretched the committee’s simple act of kindness into headlines that are too bizarre to be fiction,” he wrote in a recent op-ed.

Also last month, The Guardian published internet chats from 2017 in which a Washington state legislator and three other men discussed confronting “leftists” with a variety of tactics, including violence, surveillance and intimidation.

The messages prompted Washington House Democrats to demand that the Republican lawmaker, Rep. Matt Shea of Spokane Valley, be reprimanded for a history of far-right speech and activities. While Shea did not propose violence, he did not speak up when violence was proposed, Democrats said.

House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox of Yelm responded that Shea should not be punished before investigations are completed. The House, led by Democrats, will conduct an independent investigation of the lawmaker.

Shea, who rarely speaks to reporters, did not return numerous messages from The Associated Press.

He has served in the state House since 2008, introducing bills to criminalize abortion and roll back gun laws and pushing for eastern Washington to secede from the rest of the state. The military veteran attracted international attention in 2018 after a document he wrote laid out a “biblical basis for war” against people who practiced same-sex marriage and abortion, and instructed: “If they do not yield, kill all males.”

In a third case, a nationwide arrest warrant was issued in May for a Stevens County, Washington, man who allegedly tried to extort members of his right-wing militia group through anonymous written threats backed by insinuations they came from a Mexican drug cartel.

James “Russell” Bolton, 51, faces at least six charges of extortion and attempted theft after he was arrested recently in West Virginia.

Bolton has led a militia group called the Stevens County Assembly.

Stevens County detectives believe he was responsible for a series of anonymous threatening letters delivered to members of the group. The letters purported to come from a Mexican cartel and demanded large sums of cash in exchange for protection.

Hoover, the Gonzaga professor, said it is a mistake to consider all of the above as separate incidents.

“These are movements,” Hoover said, noting participants are not doing this alone. “They have interconnectedness over the internet.”

https://www.timesofisrael.com/years-after-neo-nazi-group-was-shuttered-hate-on-the-rise-again-in-us-northwest/

This is irresponsible writing.

RE and I were at Hayden Lake when we traveled to see the eclipse.  We have it on good authority that raacisssts are not welcome at all in the area.  People are mellow and enjoying life there and anybody having time for Neo-Nazi shit is going to be shunned. 

This writing, I can't call it an article refers to nothing recent, nothing specific.  Un-named occurrences on de rise.  It is only writing to stir a pot and that is all it is.  It is helpful in no way. 

RE and I got a first hand story about that Idaho Neo-Nazi march of so long ago.  They marched down an empty street and all the businesses along the street closed.  They were allowed to essentially masturbate and that is all.  One street over Coeur d'Alene had a block party.  It was all planned because the neo-Ns had filed a parade permit allowing time for the city to make sure they did not seize the day.

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The only things I remember from the Total Eclipse of the SUN Adventure was turning around to come get you after the Mercedes crapped out, sweating like a pig while you and Brian got a canopy up for some shade, waiting for your son and his buddies to show up, bizzaro chats with one of said buddies on sex topics, excessive drinking and ganja smoking, the fucked up Inverter repair job, and of course the greatest memory of all, the 2 minutes of Totality.  It was an experience of a lifetime, a true Bucket List thing for me.  Maybe I'll get to one more, there is another one coming in 2022 in Eddie's neighborhood.

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RE can add anything I have forgotten.

The only things I remember from the Total Eclipse of the SUN Adventure was turning around to come get you after the Mercedes crapped out, sweating like a pig while you and Brian got a canopy up for some shade, waiting for your son and his buddies to show up, bizzaro chats with one of said buddies on sex topics, excessive drinking and ganja smoking, the fucked up Inverter repair job, and of course the greatest memory of all, the 2 minutes of Totality.  It was an experience of a lifetime, a true Bucket List thing for me.  Maybe I'll get to one more, there is another one coming in 2022 in Eddie's neighborhood.

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To refresh your memory we got a tour of of Hayden Lake which included a trip down Coeur d'Alenes' big box strip so you could find a USB charger or something on the way back.  It was right next door to their big box retail strip and that prompted Brian at my request to describe how the Neo Nazi march had gone down and how they had marched by themselves while a block party was had a block away in protest.  You were obsessing over where to get your stuff so you could post pics or something on the Diner. 

Gerard, I remember hearing you tell him in the middle of the night that spending $20 dollars to buy a used pair of panties from a woman on the internet was nuts when you could go to K-Mart and get 3 pair of womens' panties for $3.95.  I remember thinking to myself.  How does he know how much panties cost at K-Mart?

Gerard likes to mess with people and it turns out we would have got that inverter working had the soldering iron not been defective.  It was an easy fix.

Back to the article.  It does not make a case that racism is on the rise.  Racism may be on the rise, it probably is and will continue in increase as long as Trumpinsy stains the White House office.  But all the article did was make unsubstantiated vague allegations and all that does is promote hate.  It is propaganda.
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SEX robots powered by high-speed internet including 5G will make them “indistinguishable” from humans, an expert has claimed.

AI doll manufacturer Realbotix has recently fitted new models with Wi-Fi, enabling high-speed synchronising for voice and animation.

They also stand to benefit from 5G, which is poised to give us vastly superior mobile internet data.

This means sex robots will be able to connect and update without needing to be near an internet router.

But sex doll collector, Brick Dollbanger, believes this technology will make them so realistic, we won’t be able to tell them apart from humans.

Brick, who has close ties with Realbotix, told Daily Star Online: "Anytime you can get a steadier flow of information from software to hardware activation, you are going to get better syncronisation and smoother more lifelike movement from your hardware.

"That’s the key to synthetic evolution. Not just movement, but humanlike movement to the point of being indistinguishable from actual humans."



https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/781127/sex-robots-5g-upgrade-harmony-latest-news-technology

Anybody who thinks sex with a robot could be anything like the real thing is not having sex.  If Brick Dollbanger had an email I'd write and tell him that but he is busy.
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The only things I remember from the Total Eclipse of the SUN Adventure was turning around to come get you after the Mercedes crapped out, sweating like a pig while you and Brian got a canopy up for some shade, waiting for your son and his buddies to show up, bizzaro chats with one of said buddies on sex topics, excessive drinking and ganja smoking, the fucked up Inverter repair job, and of course the greatest memory of all, the 2 minutes of Totality.  It was an experience of a lifetime, a true Bucket List thing for me.  Maybe I'll get to one more, there is another one coming in 2022 in Eddie's neighborhood.

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To refresh your memory we got a tour of of Hayden Lake which included a trip down Coeur d'Alenes' big box strip so you could find a USB charger or something.  It was right next door to their big box retail strip and that prompted Brian at my request to describe how the Neo Nazi march had gone down and how they had marched by themselves while a block party was had a block away in protest.  You were obsessing over where to get your stuff so you could post pics or something on the Diner. 

I was likely obsessing too much to pay attention to the conversation you were having with Brian.

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Gerard, I remember hearing you tell him in the middle of the night that spending $20 dollars to buy a used pair of panties from a woman on the internet was nuts when you could go to K-Mart and get 3 pair of womens' panties for $3.95.  I remember thinking to myself.  How does he know how much panties cost at K-Mart?

I don't shop at K-mart.  There are no K-marts in the Valley, and I don't think there are any in all of Alaska.

I DO shop at Walmart though, in fact I am a Professional Walmart Shopper;D  When I do get my crippled ass out of the digs on a Prep Run to Wally World, it's my entertainment for the week.  I ride the Cripple Cart up and down every aisle and check prices.  I KNOW how much Panties cost, and when they are ON SALE!  You can save as much as 80% on a Panties closeout sale.  Certain times of the year they are overstocked.  After Valentines Day is a good time to buy Panties.  :emthup:

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Gerard likes to mess with people and it turns out we would have got that inverter working had the soldering iron not been defective.  It was an easy fix.

On the upside, you got a good inverter out of it in the end.  :icon_sunny:

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RE can add anything I have forgotten.

The only things I remember from the Total Eclipse of the SUN Adventure was turning around to come get you after the Mercedes crapped out, sweating like a pig while you and Brian got a canopy up for some shade, waiting for your son and his buddies to show up, bizzaro chats with one of said buddies on sex topics, excessive drinking and ganja smoking, the fucked up Inverter repair job, and of course the greatest memory of all, the 2 minutes of Totality.  It was an experience of a lifetime, a true Bucket List thing for me.  Maybe I'll get to one more, there is another one coming in 2022 in Eddie's neighborhood.

RE

To refresh your memory we got a tour of of Hayden Lake which included a trip down Coeur d'Alenes' big box strip so you could find a USB charger or something.  It was right next door to their big box retail strip and that prompted Brian at my request to describe how the Neo Nazi march had gone down and how they had marched by themselves while a block party was had a block away in protest.  You were obsessing over where to get your stuff so you could post pics or something on the Diner. 

I was likely obsessing too much to pay attention to the conversation you were having with Brian.

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Gerard, I remember hearing you tell him in the middle of the night that spending $20 dollars to buy a used pair of panties from a woman on the internet was nuts when you could go to K-Mart and get 3 pair of womens' panties for $3.95.  I remember thinking to myself.  How does he know how much panties cost at K-Mart?

I don't shop at K-mart.  There are no K-marts in the Valley, and I don't think there are any in all of Alaska.

I DO shop at Walmart though, in fact I am a Professional Walmart Shopper;D  When I do get my crippled ass out of the digs on a Prep Run to Wally World, it's my entertainment for the week.  I ride the Cripple Cart up and down every aisle and check prices.  I KNOW how much Panties cost, and when they are ON SALE!  You can save as much as 80% on a Panties closeout sale.  Certain times of the year they are overstocked.  After Valentines Day is a good time to buy Panties.  :emthup:

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Gerard likes to mess with people and it turns out we would have got that inverter working had the soldering iron not been defective.  It was an easy fix.

On the upside, you got a good inverter out of it in the end.  :icon_sunny:

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There you go.  MART

K-Mart WallMart.  Truth is I only remembered the Mart part and through in the K myself not being sure if it was right.  You did refine the memory after all, it just took some prompting. 

You drove Brian and I both nuts with your insistence on cripple carts.  Now the truth comes out.  You did not want to get driven to the front door and go straight to the electronics section and back which we both knew you could do with our help.  You wanted SHOPPING.
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