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UK: Viewing Terrorist And ‘Far-Right’ Propaganda Could Mean 15 Years Of Prison, Singles Out WhatsApp Over Encryption

UK readers can say goodbye to 4chan…

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has announced that people who watch ‘terrorist content online,’ including ‘far-right propaganda’ will face the full force of the law – up to and including a 15 year jail term.

I want to make sure those who view despicable terrorist content online including jihadi websites, far-right propaganda and bomb-making instructions will face the full force of the law,” said Rudd.

“Changes will enable police and the security service to keep pace with modern patterns of internet use and intervene earlier in an investigation given the speed with which online radicalization is taking place.”

A defense of “reasonable excuse” would be given to academics, journalists and others who ostensibly have a legitimate reason to view said material.

The new laws regarding “terrorist material” are part of the UK’s counter terrorism strategy following a sharp increase in terrorist attacks in Britain in 2017. Since September 1 2016, ISIS supporters have sent nearly 67,000 tweets in English to promote propaganda, according to the Home Office.

Encryption under fire as well

Speaking at the Conservative Party Conference on Tuesday, Rudd also ramped up her calls for Google, Facebook, and other technology companies to stop online extremism – singling out WhatsApp specifically for developing encrypted software which she claimed was being used by criminals.

“We also know that end-to-end services like WhatsApp are being used by pedophiles. I do not accept that it is right that companies should allow them and other criminals to operate beyond the reach of law enforcement.

“We must require the industry to move faster and more aggressively. They have the resources and there must be greater urgency.”

Say no to acid, kids

Rudd also told the conference that selling acid or other highly corrosive substances to people under 18 will also be made illegal.

“Acid attacks are absolutely revolting. You have all seen the pictures of victims that never fully recover. Endless surgeries. Lives ruined. So today, I am also announcing a new offence to prevent the sale of acids to under 18s.”

I can just picture young jihadis waiting outside the pool supply store while a homeless guy buys them acid.

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White House Exploring Digital Alternatives To Social Security Numbers

In the wake of the massive Equifax hack which exposed social security numbers and other sensitive data of over 143 million Americans, the White House is exploring alternative methods of identifications for U.S. citizens, according to Job Joyce, Special assistant to the President and White House cybersecurity coordinator.

“I feel very strongly that the Social Security number has outlived its usefulness,” Joyce told attendees at a cyber conference hosted by the Washington Post. “Every time we use the Social Security number, you put it at risk.”

Joyce’s comments echo those of former Equifax CEO Richard Smith, who testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee regarding the massive hack.

“The concept of a Social Security number in this environment being private and secure — I think it’s time as a country to think beyond that,” Smith said. “What is a better way to identify consumers in our country in a very secure way? I think that way is something different than an SSN, a date of birth and a name.

Further into the Matrix…

Proposed solutions to a social security number are all digital. Bloomberg reports:

Joseph Lorenzo Hall, chief technologist at the Center for Democracy and Technology in Washington, said one possibility could be giving individuals a private key, essentially a long cryptographic number that’s embedded in a “physical token” that then requires users to verify that the number belongs to them. It could work like the chip in a credit card that requires the owner to enter a pin allowing use. He pointed to Estonia where they have deployed such cards that people use to validate their identity.

Your pin unlocks your ability to use that big number,” he said. The challenge is how to create the identifiers and how to distribute the keys. “It’s very promising” and “it’s possible to technically design something like this” but it could be expensive to design and disseminate such material to each American, he said. “This is a pretty big endeavor.

The administration is also participating in discussions Congress is having about the requirements of protecting personal data and breach notifications for companies.

Another solution would be to use blockchain technology currently employed in cryptocurrencies, to create a sort of digital DNA fingerprint which would be “mathematically impossible” to duplicate. Instead of a SSN, each citizen would receive a ‘blockchain hash,’ a kind of algorithm unique to the individual.

Out with the old… 

Harvard’s Bruce Schneider, a fellow at the Kennedy School of Government thinks that Social Security numbers are antiquated – and were only useful when it was the only number available to identify a person.

“They appeared at an age when we didn’t have other numbers,” Schneier said in an interview. “Think of this as part of our aging infrastructure” from roads and bridges to communications. “Sooner or later we as a society need to fix our aging infrastructure.”

Schneier pointed to India’s use of the Aadhaar card – a unique number provided to the country’s 1.2 billion citizens after collecting their fingerprints, an iris scan, demographic data, and other identifying information.

Laws would need to change

In order to accept the mark of the beast, “you’d need to change a lot of existing public law” says Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington – an advocate of reducing SSN use. “There would need to be extensive hearings and study about the consequences. It’s a complicated issue.”

The failure of the Social Security number is that there’s only one for each person, “once it’s compromised one time, you’re done,” Bob Stasio, a fellow at the Truman National Security Project and former chief of operations at the National Security Agency’s Cyber Operations Center.

Public and private keys — long strings of code — could help validate identities. For instance, the government could issue each person a public key and private key. If people were to open a bank account, for instance, they could provide their public key — instead of a Social Security number — and the bank would send a message that could only be decrypted using their private key. If the private key gets compromised, the government could easily issue another one.


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King Of Spain Enraged At ‘Disloyal’ Catalonians Who ‘Systematically Undermined’ Rules

King Felipe of Spain lashed out against Catalan authorities on Tuesday in a rare televised statement, following the protest of a police crackdown on citizens following a hotly contested independence referendum.

“With their decisions, they have systematically undermined the rules approved legally and legitimately, showing an unacceptable disloyalty towards the powers of the state — a state that represents Catalan interests,” Felipe said.

Hundreds of thousands of Catalonians took to the streets after Spanish officials tried to prevent the ‘banned’ vote from taking place – with up to 700,000 gathered in Barcelona.

Protesters in Barcelona said they were motivated by rampant police violence during the vote – which resulted in 893 people injured while riot police raided polling stations – dragging away voters and spraying the crowd with rubber bullets.

This is a protest against police violence and maintaining momentum after Sunday,” said firefighter Victor Noguer, 27.
“The streets will always be ours,” protesters chanted, some of them draped in the blue, yellow and red Estelada flag used by Catalan separatists.
CNN reports:
Officers from the Guardia Civil and the Catalan police force stood guard outside the local headquarters of the Spanish government in Barcelona, where hundreds of firefighters gathered. Other groups of protesters gathered outside the headquarters of the national police, shouting “Spanish police get out!
In an interview with CNN at a police control center in the city, Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau condemned Rajoy’s decision to deploy national security forces as “seriously irresponsible.”
Why is he throwing thousands of police officers against the population,” asked Colau, who does not support Catalan independence but was in favor of holding the referendum. “Why is he keeping thousands of police officers on standby in the city of Barcelona and in Catalonia? What is the message of fear he wants to send?”
On Tuesday the Guardia Civil Police union, the AGUC, filed a complaint with the Catalan high court against the Catalan police – claiming they failed in their duties by not enforcing a court ruling banning the referendum vote.
A second complaint was filed by the AGUC in connection with the eviction of 200 cops from a Hotel Villa, and calls for a judicial inquiry into claims that the mayor of Catalan threatened to yank the hotel’s license if they allowed Spanish national police to stay there.
Not clear cut
While the Catalan government says it earned the right to split from Spain – claiming 90% of voters on Sunday favored independence, turnout was low, at around 42%. Catalan authorities blame the police crackdown.
While it’s clear that Catalonia is divided on independence, President Carles Puigdemont have not yet declared a split. Puigdemont has called for international mediation.

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Toyota And GM Lead Vehicle Sales In Post-Harvey Bump $TM $GM

U.S. automakers may have sold vehicles at the fastest pace since December, according to industry reports.

The bump in sales (predicted by Fly) follows Hurricane Harvey, which likely damaged more cars than any storm in history.

GM, Toyota and Ford each said the auto industry likely sold more than 18 million vehicles in September – blowing out analyst estimates of 17.4 million from a Bloomberg News survey.

Via Bloomberg

General Motors Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. led all major carmakers that have reported results for the month in exceeding analyst estimates. Both said the industry may have sold vehicles at the fastest pace since December.

For all the destruction wrought by Harvey, the storm may have been a shot in the arm for an auto market that’s been shrinking following record sales last year. While analysts had projected the industry would have its best annualized selling pace in six months, those estimates look like they were too conservative. Buyers will keep returning to showrooms in Texas for months to replace waterlogged vehicles, giving a boost to bigger models including the Toyota RAV4 crossover, Ford F-Series pickups and Chevrolet Traverse SUV.

People headed right to the dealer as soon as the storm cleared,” Michelle Krebs, an analyst at car-shopping website Autotrader, said by phone. “We expect this will go into October and possibly continue in November.

Shares in automakers surged after the Tuesday announcement – with $GM jumping as much as 3.7 percent – on track for its second consecutive record close. Ford ($F) is up nearly 3 percent on the news.

General Motors is overbought in the iBankCoin Exodus algorithm

The stock has decent stats in the algo – rising an average of 5.31% after 10 days of flagging oversold, 5 out of 5 times.

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CBS Fires VP Who Said Republican Vegas Victims Don’t Deserve Sympathy

CBS fired one of its top lawyers after she said she’s “not even sympathetic” to victims of the Las Vegas shooting since “country music fans often are Republican gun toters.” Attorney Hayley Geftman-Gold wrote the hateful words in a now-deleted Facebook post captured by The Daily Caller.

“If they wouldn’t do anything when children were murdered I have no hope that Repugs will ever do the right thing,” wrote Geftman-Gold on Facebook, perhaps referring to Sandy Hook. “I’m actually not even sympathetic bc country music fans often are Republican gun toters.”

The network issued the following statement to Fox News:

“This individual, who was with us for approximately one year, violated the standards of our company and is no longer an employee of CBS. Her views as expressed on social media are deeply unacceptable to all of us at CBS. Our hearts go out to the victims in Las Vegas and their families.”

Geftman-Gold, a Columbia Law grad who had been with CBS just over a year has since issued a statement of her own:

“Earlier today I posted an indefensible post in a Facebook discussion thread concerning the tragic Las Vegas shooting, a statement I sincerely regret. I am deeply sorry for diminishing the significance of every life affected by Stephen Paddock’s terrorism last night and for the pain my words have inflicted on the loved ones of the victims. My shameful comments do not reflect the beliefs of my former employer, colleagues, family, and friends. Nor do they reflect my actual beliefs — this senseless violence warrants the deepest empathy. I understand and accept all consequences that my words have incurred.”

Her attorney, Carrie A. Goldberg busted out the victim card: “In the last few hours my client, her family and friends have been bombarded by online death unimaginable in quantity and detail. We beg people to show love and support to survivors and loved ones — in Las Vegas and their own lives — instead of creating more violence.”

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Weapons Cache, Explosives And Ammonium Nitrate Found In Home And Car Of Las Vegas Shooter

Undated picture of Stephen Paddock

Last night’s tragedy in Las Vegas has left many wondering why Stephen Paddock – a man with very little internet footprint to give us clues as to his motivation – would commit the deadliest mass shooting in US history shortly before midnight Sunday, leaving 59 dead and 527 injured at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

What we know is that he was positioned on the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay hotel and casino, and fired hundreds of bullets for roughly 10 minutes into the crowd.

More than 19 rifles were found in the hotel room, including two mounted on tripods at the window – along with hundreds of rounds of ammunition. Infowars is reporting that ISIS and Antifa literature was found at the scene, and while that has yet to be officially confirmed, ISIS has taken credit for the attack – claiming Paddock was “its soldier,” and a recent convert to Islam.

Officially, the motive is unclear, and officials have stated that they have not found any Islamic material or evidence Paddock was radicalized. Paddock’s brother has stated that the gunman was a multimillionaire with investments in real estate, and was not under financial strain.

Upon a search of the gunman’s home

Police found a giant cache of firearms, explosives and ammunition in his Mesquite, Nevada home, according to AFP. Sherrif Joseph Lombardo announced the recovery of “in excess of 18 additional firearms, some explosives and several thousand rounds of ammo, along with some electronic devices we’re evaluating at this point.”

Several pounds of an explosive called tannerite were also recovered at Paddock’s home, as well as ammonia nitrate – the type of fertilizer commonly used in bombings, such as the Oklahoma City attack by Timothy McVeigh in 1995. 

As always with these incidents, developing… 

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[UPDATED] At Least 50 Dead, 200 Injured In Las Vegas Concert Shooting

A gunman opened fire on a country music festival in Las Vegas Sunday night, killing more than 20 people and wounding over 100 with an automatic rifle before being shot and killed by police, according to officials.


The suspected gunmen in the Las Vegas shooting has been identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock from Mesquite, Nevada, according to NBC News.

Las Vegas police responded to a report of an active shooter targeting concertgoers at the Route 91 Country Music Festival at approximately 10 p.m. Around an hour later, police confirmed that at least one suspect was down – calling the scene “an active investigation.”

The shooter – a Las Vegas resident – is thought to have acted alone or with a possible accomplice. Police are currently looking for a suspect named Marilou Danley, who is thought to be the wife or roommate of the shooter.

Another eyewitness, however, claims a Hispanic woman warned people they were “all going to die” earlier in the evening.

The NY Post reports:

Professional poker player and Instagram star Dan Bilzerian, who was at the concert, said on his IG story that he saw the shooting unfold and witnessed a girl getting shot right in front of him.

“Holy f–k this girl just got shot in the f–king head,” Bilzerian said. “So f–king crazy…So I had to go grab a gun, I’m f–king heading back…Some kind of mass shooting…Guy had a heavy caliber weapon for sure…Saw a girl f–king get shot in the face right next to me, her brains f–king hanging out.”

Another witness, who spoke to News3LV, recalled how “bullets were flying everywhere” and concertgoers were running.

“They were firing from somewhere high and they were unloading clip after clip after clip after clip,” the man said.

A female concertgoer added, “we all got on the floor, crawling out, rushing.”

Witnesses reported seeing muzzle flashes coming from the upper floors of the Mandalay Bay casino — across from where the convert venue was — and the sound of automatic gunfire.


(Muzzle flash can be seen in the clip below)

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Chaffetz: AG Sessions Has ‘No Intention To Prosecute’ Obama-Era Officials

Color me shocked…

Former congressman Jason Chaffetz shared a base-betraying bombshell in an interview with Fox’s Judge Jeanine Pirro – claiming that Attorney General Jeff Sessions revealed in a private conversation that he has no intention of investigating or prosecuting Obama-era officials for corrupt or illegal behavior.

Pirro: Barack Obama and his administration did things that, if we did, we’d all be in jail right now…  …example; when you’ve got Eric Holder committing perjury and being held in contempt, you were head of government oversight and reform, correct? You guys held him in contempt? Yes or no.

Chaffetz: Yeah

Pirro: Why is he not being charged with a crime?

Chaffetz: I can tell you that while I was in congress and the chairman of the oversight committee, I did go over and visit with Attorney General Sessions, and it was one of the most frustrating discussions I had, because whether it was the IRS, Fast and Furious, the email scandal that we went through, I did not see the attorney general willing to just let lady justice administer justice, and follow through.

Pirro: You spoke with Sessions on IRS and Fast and Furious. Did he say he’s presenting anything to a Grand Jury? Yes or no.

Chaffetz: No, he specifically let me know he wasn’t going to pursue anything on the major cases. 

Pirro: Are we talking about Hillary Clinton? Because I haven’t even gotten to her yet.

Chaffetz: Yeah. We had Bryan Pagliano. I issued a subpoena to appear before the committee, he said ‘no,’ he didn’t even show up! We issued another subpoena, the US Marshals served it.


Watch here: 

Kinda reminds me of the time Trump told Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo that James Comey “saved Hillary Clinton’s life” when he recommended not prosecuting in her email case.

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NFL Ticket Sales Crater – Off 17.9% Amid Out Of Control Kneeling Epidemic

The backlash caused by NFL players exercising their freedom of speech by subserviently kneeling during the National Anthem has hit the NFL’s bottom line – with ticket sales down 17.9% during the typically soft third week of the season, far surpassing last year’s 10.8% drop – online ticket reseller TickPick told the Washington Examiner.

“We have seen a massive decrease in NFL ticket purchases this past week in comparison to years past. Week 3 seems to usually have less ticket orders than week 2, but this year ticket purchases are down more than 7 percent from this time last year,”Jack Slingland, Director of Client Relations.

While we can’t specify if this decrease is due to the president’s comments, player and owner protests, play on the field, or simply the continued division of consumer’s media attention, the conversation around the NFL this week has focused on the president’s comments as well as the players’ and owners’ reaction. As viewers continue to abandon their NFL Sunday habits, both the number of ticket sales and the purchase price of tickets will drop, added Slingland.

Meanwhile, symbolic pledges of fealty to God Emperor Trump continue:

And have been met with disgust by some fans

And as ESPN reports – NFL owners are pulling their hair out over what to do: 

 “It certainly was my takeaway that the commissioner was looking for a way for the protests to end,” DeMaurice Smith (NFL Players Association executive director) said Friday when asked about his 30-minute conversation with Goodell (NFL commissioner), while declining to offer specifics about what was discussed. Goodell declined to comment, but a league source did not dispute Smith’s account.

“Knowing the league the way I know the league, they are first and foremost concerned about the impact on their business,” Smith said. “That’s always their first concern. I mean, who are we kidding?”

Nobody was kidding when many of the NFL’s highest-profile owners, including Robert Kraft of the New England Patriots and Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys, expressed concerns last week that the optics of hundreds of players kneeling, sitting or remaining in the locker room during the playing of the national anthem had alienated many fans at a particularly perilous moment for the NFL.

TV ratings for many of this year’s games have continued a slide that began last season; some league sponsors have grown skittish about the backlash; and most surveys have shown that a majority of NFL fans are turned off by the politicization of the game.

To the commissioner’s suggestion that the protests should end, Smith said,

 “My only response was, ‘I don’t have the power to tell our players what to do.’ … At the end of the day, this is a group of players who are exercising their freedom.

There is no room for me to snap my fingers and tell our players, ‘It’s time for you to give up a freedom.’ Just the idea offends me. It’s almost as if the players are being asked, ‘What’s it going to take for you to stop asking to be free or to be treated like an American?'”

Early on, one of the players pointedly told the assembled owners — in particular Kraft, who this year gave his longtime friend Trump a Super Bowl 51 champions’ ring — “We know a lot of you are in with Trump. This meeting is going on because the players think that some of the people that they work for are with his overall agenda, and that’s not in the players’ favor.”

 “We can’t just tell them to stop,” Goodell said of the players’ protests.

Many owners immediately argued otherwise.

 “We need to find a way where Trump doesn’t win,” one said, and that meant using leverage as employers to end the protests.

Another said, “We’ll get our guys in line.”

Political infighting contonues to stink up the place…

Some owners were angry that Joe Lockhart, the NFL’s executive vice president of communications who worked as President Bill Clinton’s press secretary, had told reporters on a Monday conference call that the players’ words and actions on the subjects of police brutality and racism were “what real locker room talk is.”

It was a brazen shot at Trump, who was captured in a 2005 video talking, in explicit terms, about grabbing women by their vaginas but later dismissed the video’s contents as “locker room banter.”

Owners, many of whom had supported Trump and seven of whom had donated at least $1 million to him, felt that Lockhart had unnecessarily politicized the league’s response.

One owner barked angrily at Lockhart, who declined to comment about the matter, echoing a sentiment that most of them — especially Jones — shared: Nobody wanted to engage in a political mud fight with the White House, even if “they were all pissed at the president,” a league source said.

As ESPN concludes, by the end of their meetings, the players and owners weren’t as unified as they would later publicly state, but as one owner says, “We’ve gotten out of crisis management and into, ‘How do we do this correctly?’ There was a chance that we didn’t deal with it correctly — and it had passed.”

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David Stockman Warns Wall St. ‘Delusional’ On Tax Reform, Predicts ‘Orange Swan’ Market Crash

Authored by Tyler at ZeroHedge

Having raged against President Trump’s ‘1500-word-airball’ of a tax reform plan, the Reagan administration’s director of the Office of Management and Budget, David Stockman told CNBC this week that Wall Street is “delusional” for believing it will even be passed.

“This is a fiscal disaster that when they [Wall Street] begin to look at it, they’ll see it’s not even remotely paid for. This bill will go down for the count,” said Stockman.

He said White House economic advisor Gary Cohn and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin “totally failed to provide any detail, any leadership, any plan. Both of them ought to be fired because they let down the president in a major, major way.”

Stockman pulled no punches about President Donald Trump…

 “You get a black swan in the old days, or maybe you get an orange swan now, the one in the Oval Office who can’t seem to stop tweeting and distracting the whole process from accomplishing anything.”

Reaffirming his thesis that the stock market rally is in serious trouble…

“There is a correction every seven to eight years, and they tend to be anywhere from 40 to 70 percent,” Stockman said recently on CNBC’s “Futures Now.” “If you have to work for a living, get out of the casino because it’s a dangerous place.”

“This market at 24 times GAAP earnings, 21 times operating earnings, 100 months into a business expansion with the kind of troubles you have in Washington, central banks [are] going to the sidelines,” he said.

“There’s very little reward, and there’s a heck of a lot of risk.”

Stockman puts a big portion of the blame on the Federal Reserve, and its ultra-loose monetary policy.

“This is a bubble created by the Fed,” he said.

“We’re heading for higher yields. We are heading for a huge reset of pricing in the risk markets that’s been based on ultra-cheap yields that the central banks of the world created that are now going to go away because they’re telling you that they’re done.”

Full interview below:

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