Weekend & update

Big sports teams getting serious about drone threats

Washington Post (no paywall version at LMTonline)
— The New York Mets have invested in a Silicon Valley firm, Airspace, that uses artificial-intelligence driven drones that can capture other drones. This to counter the “very rare but devastating threat that can come.”
… “There’s technology out there that we can use, and we do use,” said Cathy L. Lanier, the NFL’s senior vice president of security, including tools to detect drones are flying nearby. “But the technology we really need is not yet legal to use.”

Man-free “SuperShe” island in Finland faces challenges

Looks like it might be a bit chilly for a “naked swim in the sea.”

— Despite an investigation into possible illegal discrimination, the “Supershe” island oasis is scheduled to open “as planned.”
— Advertised as a “rejuvenating and a safe space where women can reinvent themselves and their desires,” an island off southern Finland is being touted as an all-inclusive, testosterone-free luxury resort.

“Have you ever wanted to run away to a deserted island, breathe fresh air, swim naked in the sea, and sleep under the stars?”
–SuperShe web site

She used her cellphone in movie theater
Then popcorn and fists flew
The State (Columbia SC)
— The 52-year-old woman identified as the victim told officers that during the movie, her phone rang and lit up. A 44-year-old woman told her “with a rude tone” to go check her phone in the bathroom.
— The victim put her phone away. At the end of the movie, she took her phone out to check who called. The other woman threw her popcorn at her, saying, “Really? Again?”
— The victim “reacted by swinging her arms.”

Arizona woman “met her soulmate”
and harassed him with 65,000 e-messages
USA Today
ades–An Arizona woman accused of sending 65,000 text messages to a man she met online said she thought that she’d met her “soulmate.”
— Paradise Valley police arrested Jacqueline Ades, 31, Tuesday on suspicion of stalking and harassing a man she met online. Court records say Ades, 31, of Phoenix, began stalking the man last summer shortly after meeting him through a dating website, according to the documents.
— Ades told reporters: “I felt like I met my soulmate and I thought we would just do what everybody else did and we would get married and everything would be fine.”

“Oh what would I do w ur blood! … Id wanna bathe in it.”

AT&T admits “big mistake” in payoff to Michael Cohen
NY Times
“Our company has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons these last few days and our reputation has been damaged.”
— Boss “takes responsibility” and (it figures) fires an underling.

Russians sent “diplomat” to make secret friends with US right wing
“I really do think the Russians are looking at being able to reach out to the right … to say, ‘Hey, you know Russians actually share a lot of the same values.’ ”
— Steve Hall, a retired CIA chief of Russian operations.

Iran likely to launch hack attacks on US
— U.S. banks, utilities and airports may want to buckle up for retaliatory Iranian cyberattacks following the U.S. pullout from a nuclear accord with Iran, cyber researchers said Wednesday.
— “It’s American businesses that are likely to bear the brunt of that,” said Levi Gundert, a former Secret Service agent who is vice president of threat intelligence at Recorded Future, a Somerville, Massachusetts, cybersecurity firm.
— Iran’s state-run hacking efforts operate in a pyramid structure with some 50 groups of contractors with specialization in various types of malicious code, Gundert said.

Frozen food is cool again
“The average millennial doesn’t have time to make a full meal with fresh meat and produce. More and more they’re seeing these products as viable options.”

“Carnivore diet” followers claim robust health on 4 pounds of meat a day
The Guardian
shawn— “I’ve got two rib-eye steaks waiting for me when I get off this call,” said Shawn Baker, an orthopedic surgeon from Orange County, California. “It can be monotonous eating the same thing over and over again, but as time goes by you start to crave it.”
— The 6ft 5in bodybuilder in his 50s is one of a growing number of people experimenting with the “carnivore diet”, a regimen that involves eating only  meat, offal and eggs and no plant-based foods. It’s an extreme version of the low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet – which trains the body to run on fat rather than carbohydrates. Proponents say it reduces inflammation and blood pressure while increasing libido and mental clarity.

Chicago cops indicted, accused of obtaining warrants
so they could steal drugs, cash and cigarettes
Vice News
— According to the indictment,  cops Xavier Elizondo and David Salgado hired two Chicago residents to pose as confidential informants and lie to the court in order to obtain search warrants.
— The fake informants would later get a cut of whatever cash or drugs the officers pocketed during their search.

Cops can find location of any phone in US in seconds
— and one Senator wants to know … why?
–On Thursday, the New York Times published a blockbuster piece revealing how US law enforcement have access to a system that can geo-locate nearly any phone in the country without a court order. Now, Motherboard has obtained the letters that Senator Ron Wyden sent to the Federal Communications Commission and telecommunications companies demanding answers.
— Tobias Engel, security researcher: “this is not about hacking at the core network level or mis-using technical services … but simply the US carriers selling out their subscribers.”

— Israel has one of the highest poverty rates and levels of income inequality in the Western world. Meanwhile, it also has one of the highest costs of living. Tel Aviv ranks ninth among the world’s most expensive cities, higher than New York and Los Angeles. … 87 percent of adults—many with children of their own—depend on substantial financial support from their parents.

Hardly any city wants GOP 2020 convention
The Hill
San Antonio, Philadelphia, Nashville among those saying “no thanks”

Latest Trump BOLD FACE LIE:
— Trump: “And, by the way … (the Defense Authorization Act) also includes raises for our military. First time in 10 years.”
— Trump was “totally incorrect,” said Todd Harrison, director of defense budget analysis at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “The military has gotten a pay raise each and every year.”

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