Friday, October 14, 2022

The Most Visited Website in Every Country (That Isn’t A Search

While the scammer did make an attempt to hide their breadcrumb trail by depositing the stolen funds into Tornado Cash, they were not careful about covering their tracks when it came to withdrawing the funds from Tornado.

French police use Crypto Twitter sleuth’s research to catch scammers

 The Most Visited Website in Every Country (That Isn’t A Search 

Hostinger -“The World Wide Web has connected people and cultures from nearly every part of the globe. It’s given us instant access to news and media from every country and the tools to translate content from one language to another. But while it has introduced new forms and ideas on a global scale, the web has not succeeded in fully homogenizing its international users. Indeed, in recent years, commentary has focussed on how the internet polarizes different ways of thought. Meanwhile, the very purpose of going online remains a matter of cultural difference. For example, Peruvians spend more time streaming TV and movies than anyone else; Filipinos spend an average of four hours and 15 minutes on social media each day. Geoblocking hinders users in some countries from accessing certain websites, while great swathes of Asia and Africa aren’t online at all….we have identified and mapped the most visited website in every country around the world, and also the top news, banking, fashion, and food website in each region…”

A new Supreme Court case could fundamentally change the internet

Vox: “Gonzalez v. Google, an extraordinarily high-stakes tech policy case that the Supreme Court announced it will hear on Monday, emerged from a horrible act of mass murder. Nohemi Gonzalez was a 23-year-old American studying in Paris, who was killed after individuals affiliated with the terrorist group ISIS opened fire on a café where she and her friends were eating dinner. 

According to her family’s lawyers, she was one of 129 people killed during a November 2015 wave of violence in Paris that ISIS claimed responsibility for. In the wake of Gonzalez’s murder, her estate and several of her relatives sued an unlikely defendant: Google. Their theory is that ISIS posted “hundreds of radicalizing videos inciting violence and recruiting potential supporters” to YouTube, which is owned by Google. 

Significantly, the Gonzalez family’s lawyers also argue that YouTube’s algorithms promoted this content to “users whose characteristics indicated that they would be interested in ISIS videos.” The question of whether federal law permits a major tech company like Google to be sued over which content its algorithms served up to certain users divides some of the brightest minds in the federal judiciary. Although at least two federal appeals courts determined that these companies cannot be sued over their algorithms, both cases produced dissents. And it’s now up to the Supreme Court to resolve this disagreement in the Gonzalezcase…”

WISH YOU WEREN’T HERE: Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters cancels concerts in Poland after Ukraine war comments.

City councilors in Krakow were expected to vote next week on a proposal to name Waters as a persona non grata, expressing “indignation” over the musician’s stance on the war in Ukraine.

Waters wrote an open letter to Ukrainian first lady Olena Zelenska early this month in which he blamed “extreme nationalists” in Ukraine for having “set your country on the path to this disastrous war.” He also criticized the West for supplying Ukraine with weapons, blaming Washington in particular.

Waters has also criticized NATO, accusing it of provoking Russia.

Funny how this keeps happening to Waters.

Flashback: Wish You Weren’t Here:Roger Waters’ Jewish Problem Catches Eye of Award-Winning Filmmaker.

INCOMPETENCE + GREED + A TOUCH OF EVIL = McKINSEY:  I just got through Walt Bogdanich and Mike Forsythe’s explosive new book, “When McKinsey Comes to Town.” Everyone I know (myself included) who has worked in a corporate environment in which McKinsey has operated usually comes to the conclusion that McKinsey has a racket going that beats even the legal profession for sheer sliminess.

In my first hand experience, McKinsey was hired (no doubt at great expense) to “review” and “improve” the faltering Bloomberg TV network. What did they do? First, the “consultants” asked all the employees what they did, and how things worked. Then they created mountains of PowerPoint presentations and simply repeated what they’d been told. Finally, they recommended a “reduction in forces” (corporate-speak for layoffs). This pattern is the modus operandi for McKinsey: “Teach me what you do, and then I’m going to tell you how to do it.” Another pattern is that often consultants convince clients that they ought to be hired “in-house.” McKinsey doesn’t mind that at all because it’s one more “in”, one more tentacle reaching into corporate America.

That’s where the deep investigative work of Bogdanich and Forsythe really makes its mark, by comparing the company’s vaunted “ethical values” with the real-world activities of the company:

“McKinsey’s clients included corrupt governments in Russia, South Africa and Malaysia. There were the Russian companies put under US sanctions to punish Putin for seizing Crimea. And state-owned Chinese companies that provide the economic and military support for it’s powerful ruler, Xi Jinping.”


Worse yet, the revelations show that McKinsey had a hand in helping create or exacerbate severe domestic problems:

‘The most shocking revelation, was McKinsey’s decision to help companies sell more opioidswhen the abuse of those drugs had already killed thousands of Americans. Two senior partners discussed possibly purging records, apparently to hide their involvement.” […] When best-selling business author Tom Peters was interviewed for the book, he said of McKinsey’s role in increased opioid sales: “It’s nauseating […] How do you do that and pretend you are a values-driven company? How do you have a Values Day and do that shit? It’s unbelievable.”

Oh, it’s believable, all right. And Bogdanich and Forsythe are just the reporters to show the world what’s behind the McKinsey curtain. Bogdanich has taken on huge industries before, including a story about Phillip Morris allegedly “adding” nicotine to its tobacco. That story resulted in an infamous libel suit in which accountants and money-driven executives at ABC News promoted settlement instead of a jury trial. Forsythe is also not one to shy away from offending very powerful interests. By way of disclosure, I worked with him closely on his shattering expose for Bloomberg News about “The Princelings,” a group of secretive, corrupt and litigious young Chinese ultra billionaires who had familial relations with members of the CCP, ranging from Chairman Mao’s cadre to Xi Jinping.

Both are solid reporters and this book tells you in a smooth and well-sourced way what’s at stake when powerful entities with deep political connections run amok.