Trump rails against Clinton’s emails amid Russia firestorm: ‘My son Don is being scorned’

Trump rails against Clinton’s emails amid Russia firestorm: ‘My son Don is being scorned’The president took to Twitter early Sunday to complain about the media’s coverage of Donald Trump Jr.’s controversial pre-election meeting with a Kremlin-connected lawyer who he thought had dirt on Hillary Clinton.



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The US Waged A Secret Cyber War Against North Korean Missiles

Early Monday morning North Korea fired four ballistic missiles into the sea of Japan, lending a new urgency to Saturday’s revelation from the New York Times of America’s “secret cyberwar” with North Korea. Slashdot reader Frosty Piss summarizes its suspected effects succinctly: “Soon after ex-President Obama ordered the secret program three years ago, North Korean missiles began exploding, veering off course, or crashing into the sea.”

The Times reports the program was started when Obama “concluded that the $ 300 billion spent since the Eisenhower era on traditional anti-missile systems…had failed the core purpose of protecting the continental United States,” with tests of missile interceptors showing an overall failure rate of at least 56%. But after interviewing government officials, the Times concludes that the U.S. “still does not have the ability to effectively counter the North Korean nuclear and missile programs.” Options include escalating the cyber and electronic warfare, trying to negotiate a freeze, asking the Chinese to cut off trade and support, or preparing for direct missile strikes on the launch sites, “which Obama also considered, but there is little chance of hitting every target.” The New York Times article concludes:
The White House is looking at military options against North Korea, a senior Trump administration official said. Putting U.S. tactical nuclear weapons back in South Korea — they were withdrawn a quarter-century ago — is also under consideration, even if that step could accelerate an arms race with the North.

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Clinton has the map on her side, but history working against her

Clinton has the map on her side, but history working against herHillary Clinton makes a stop at the Lincoln Square pancake house in Indianapolis on May 1. If you want to experience the full-on contempt of the leftist intelligentsia right now, go on social media and suggest, as I did this week, that Donald Trump isn’t certain to get crushed in November. The way a lot of partisan Democrats see it, Hillary Clinton — despite a loss to Bernie Sanders in Indiana Tuesday — will soon lock down her party’s nomination, and the only way she finds herself even threatened by Trump is if the media decides to legitimize him so we all have something to talk about.



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Oklahoma Video Vigilante Uses Drone To Wage War Against Prostitutes and Johns

HughPickens.com writes: Chris Baraniuk writes at BBC that Brian Bates, known in Oklahoma as the “Video Vigilante,” is taking credit for Amanda Zolicoffer’s conviction on a lewdness charge after being caught on Bates’ drone mounted camera in a sex act in a parked vehicle last year. Zolicoffer was sentenced to a year in state prison for the misdemeanor while the case against her alleged client, who was released following arrest in December, is still pending. “I’m sort of known in the Oklahoma City area,” says Bates . “For the last 20 years I’ve used a video camera to document street-level and forced prostitution, and human trafficking.” Bates runs a website where he publishes videos of alleged sex workers and their clients. “I am openly referred to as a video vigilante, I don’t really shy away from that,” says Bates adding that the two individuals were inside a vehicle and the incident occurred away from other members of the public. The drone dropped to within a few feet of the vehicle where it filmed a 75 year old in the front seat of the white pickup truck. The duo separated after Zolicoffer, who was identified by her tattoo saying “Baby Gangster,” saw the drone hovering overhead.

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F-35 To Face Off Against A-10 In CAS Test

An anonymous reader writes: Lara Seligman from Defense News reports that the capabilities of the Joint Strike Fighter are to be evaluated for close-air support (CAS) missions. She writes, “To gauge the joint strike fighter’s ability to perform in a close-air support role, the Pentagon’s top weapons tester has declared the sleek new fighter jet must face off against the lumbering A-10. The Pentagon’s Office of Operational Test and Evaluation plans to pit the full-up F-35 against the legacy A-10 Warthog and potentially other fighter jets to evaluate the next-generation aircraft’s ability to protect soldiers on the ground.”

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Arro Taxi App Arrives In NYC As ‘Best Hope’ Against Uber

An anonymous reader writes with a report at The Stack that “New York City cabs have begun testing a new app-based taxi system in an attempt to win back customers lost to Uber and Lyft.” The app is called Arro, and is being trialled in about 7,000 New York cabs. It sticks with metered prices, rather than the demand-based price increases that Uber institutes for times of peak demand. With so many cabs on the road already, the makers boast that Arro will outpace Uber soon. At least based on my limited experience with each, real competition with Uber or Lyft would require some seminars on good customer service.

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Europe's Battle Against Progressive Reform Began Long Before The Greek Crisis

Before Greek’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Europe battered France’s François Mitterrand’s reformist ambitions into a sweeping neoliberal program.
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Legal Scholars Warn Against 10 Year Prison For Online Pirates

An anonymous reader writes: The UK Government wants to increase the maximum prison sentence for online copyright infringement from two years to ten. A number legal experts and activists are pushing back against the plan. One such group, The British and Irish Law, Education and Technology Association (BILETA) has concluded that changes to the current law are not needed. “legitimate means to tackle large-scale commercial scale online copyright infringement are already available and currently being used, and the suggested sentence of 10 years seems disproportionate,” the group writes.

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Health Watchdog To Bring Legal Action Against Soylent Over Lead, Cadmium Levels

An anonymous reader writes: We’ve previously discussed Soylent, the self-proclaimed “meal replacement.” The product has not been without controversy, and now it’s likely to see some more: As You Sow, a non-profit foundation dedicated to corporate responsibility, plans to bring legal action against Soylent for failing to provide sufficient warning about the amount of lead and cadmium in it. They allege that a serving of Soylent contains 12 to 25 times the concentration of lead at which point consumers in the state of California must be warned. The concentration of cadmium, they say, is four times the current maximum. Soylent has acknowledged the results of heavy metal tests but says the levels present in Soylent are not toxic. As You Sow maintains that Soylent’s marketing focus on replacing food suggests chronic exposure, which is more of an issue than an occasional indulgence.

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