Monday, June 28, 2021

The Man Who Controls the Senate

  Money may not buy happiness, but I'd rather cry in a Jaguar than on a bus.

— Françoise Sagan, born in 1935

Vlado Putin has has gone even madder. Honouring the illegal coup, tortures & killings in Myanmar. Looking grim for the future world peace. I really hope sensible countries will put a stop to all this sinister nonsense.

Russia reportedly gifted Myanmar junta chief (wearing red baby suit ) an honorary doctorate in defense art during his long trip to strengthen ties with the country which ended on Thursday, state-run media reported. The picture has became a memes on social media immediately. #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar

YouTube took down videos documenting Xinjiang human rights abuses

“I Keep Telling Myself that Justice Will Prevail” Der Spiegel

Three surgeons were on a break and discussing work. 

The 1st surgeon said, “Accountants are the best to operate on because when you open them up, everything inside is numbered.” 

The 2nd surgeon said, “No, librarians are the best. Everything inside them is in alphabetical order.” 

The 1st surgeon said, “I also like electricians. Everything inside them is color coded.” 

The 3rd surgeon offered, “I prefer Senior Executive Service Officers. They’re heartless, spineless, gutless and their heads and their asses are interchangeable.” 

Updated data on start ups - unicorns, including Chinese numbers

ZDNet – “How the internet’s biggest security problem has grown and what happens next. A string of high-profile cyberattacks has made ransomware an impossible issue to ignore – in fact, even world leaders are talking about it. Will this be enough to make cyber criminals think twice? Ransomware has become such a significant problem that now even leaders of the global superpowers are discussing these attacks at high-profile summits. 

Subject: Senate bill boosts penalties for cyber criminals
Source: GCN

New legislation aims to create stricter penalties for cyberattacks against critical infrastructure and give the Justice Department more options for bringing charges against criminals in foreign countries.The International Cybercrime Prevention Act is co-sponsored by Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.). It essentially takes the existing legal statutes for racketeering, money laundering and forfeiture and “brings them to bear on cyber criminals,” Whitehouse said.

Soon You May Get to Watch Major Supreme Court Cases Broadcast Live on TV

Gizmodo – “For the first time in more than a decade, a legislative effort to capture Supreme Court hearings and other federal court proceedings on camera has cleared the Senate committee. On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved two billsaimed at increasing transparency and accountability in the nation’s highest courts. The Cameras in the Courtroom Act “requires the Supreme Court to permit television coverage of all open sessions of the court,” although the justices can still vote to deny broadcasts if they believe such coverage could directly impact the proceedings. The second bill, the Sunshine in the Courtroom Act, grants judges in all federal courts the discretion to allow cameras in the courtroom provided that the identities of witnesses and jurors are protected when necessary.

A woman mysteriously received hundreds of Amazon packages that she never ordered - and no one knows where they've come from

The Man Who Controls the Senate The New Yorker. Joe Manchin.

On social media, Gen Z and Millennial adults interact more with climate change content than older generations

“Gen Z and Millennial social media users are more likely than older generations online to engage with climate change content on social media and to express a range of emotions when they see climate-related content there – including anxiety about the future and anger that not enough is being done, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. Younger adults have taken on prominent roles in efforts to stop climate change, with groups and individuals such as climate activist Greta Thunberg and the Sunrise Movement among those working to address the issue. Among U.S. social media users, 45% of Gen Z adults and 40% of Millennials have interacted with content on social platforms that focuses on the need for action on climate change by following an account, liking or commenting on a post, or posting or sharing content about the need for action on climate change. By contrast, much smaller shares of Gen X (27%) and Baby Boomer and older social media users (21%) have engaged with content about climate change in any of these ways…”

TIGTA Report on Criminal Restitution Assessment Procedures

TIGTA has issued a report titled Criminal Restitution Assessment Procedures Need Improvement (TIGTA Report No. 2021-30-033 6/7/21), here . ...