Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Nestle Crunch Girl Scout candy bar

So gross. So awesome. You gotta see the pics.

Six-Legged Giant Finds Secret Hideaway, Hides For 80 Years

Tiny $35 Raspberry Pi computer causes big stir on launch day

F5 offers support for NIST 800-53 with an iPad app. Interesting.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Interpol says suspected Anonymous hackers arrested

Interpol says suspected Anonymous hackers arrested

Published: Feb 28, 2012 7:12 PM

PARIS (AP) - Interpol said Tuesday that 25 suspected members of the loose-knit Anonymous hacker movement have been arrested in a sweep across Europe and South America.

The international police agency said in a statement that the arrests in Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Spain were carried out by national law enforcement officers working under the support of Interpol's Latin American Working Group of Experts on Information Technology Crime.

The suspects, aged between 17 and 40, are suspected of planning coordinated cyber-attacks against institutions including Colombia's defense ministry and presidential websites, Chile's Endesa electricity company and national library, as well as other targets.

Interpol says suspected Anonymous hackers arrested

NEW NIST 800-53 Rev 4 is out!

SP 800-53 Rev. 4

DRAFT Security and Privacy Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations (Initial Public Draft)

NIST announces the Initial Public Draft of Special Publication (SP) 800-53, Revision 4, Security and Privacy Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations. Special Publication 800-53, Revision 4, represents the culmination of a year-long initiative to update the content of the security controls catalog and the guidance for selecting and specifying security controls for federal information systems and organizations. The project was conducted as part of theJoint Task Force Transformation Initiative in cooperation and collaboration with the Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community, the Committee on National Security Systems, and the Department of Homeland Security. The proposed changes included in Revision 4 are directly linked to the current state of the threat space (i.e., capabilities, intentions, and targeting activities of adversaries) and the attack data collected and analyzed over a substantial time period. In particular, the major changes in Revision 4 include:

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Linux: 25 PHP Security Best Practices For Sys Admins | Local Server Pentest

Gerry Connolly: Continued attacks on feds could trigger crisis

"It is truly unprecedented that Congress has chosen the federal worker as the place for sacrifice," Connolly said. "We've now frozen federal pay for three years in a row, or will have, contributing $90 billion toward the debt. No other group in America has been asked to make a comparable sacrifice."

The pay roll tax extension bill will require an additional $15 billion from the federal workforce through changes in the pension program, which means the government workforce will "pay more and get less," Connolly said.

The pending transportation bill would also carve out $40 billion from new and existing federal employees. If the act gets passed, federal workers would see a 300 percent spike in how much they pay toward their pensions, while their benefits get reduced by 40 percent, Connolly said.  

"Three different bills in just the last two weeks, targeting federal employees," he said. "This is going to have a devastating effect on morale, productivity and our ability to recruit the workforce in the future."

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

April 17th 2012 - Welcome, Space Shuttle Discovery - National Air and Space Museum Artifact Collections

Welcome, Discovery!

Discovery is expected to land at Washington Dulles International Airport on April 17 and transfer to the Udvar-Hazy Center on April 19. Join us to launch Space ShuttleDiscovery on its new mission to educate & inspire!


Activities related to the arrival of Discovery — including a fly-over — have not been finalized at this time. Information on arrival activities, including public events and opportunities, will be released at a later date.


Discovery, the champion of the space shuttle fleet, associated with major historic, scientific and technological achievements, will be the first of the flown space shuttles to go on display.

GOP Voters: 'Can We See What It Looks Like With Huntsman And Perry Again?',27377/

Sunday, February 19, 2012

2012: The year of 'birth control moms'?

2012: The year of 'birth control moms'?

It's unclear whether the contraception-access or religious-freedom frame will prevail. | AP Photos

By JOANNE KENEN | 02/18/2012 04:03:21 PM EST | Updated: 02/18/2012 07:26:41 PM EST

First came the soccer moms.

Then the security moms.

Will 2012 be the year of the "birth control moms"?

Just a few weeks ago, the notion would have seemed far-fetched. The country is deeply divided on abortion, but not on contraception; the vast majority of American women have used it, and access hasn't been a front-burner political issue since the Supreme Court decided Griswold v. Connecticut in 1965.

Voting Rights Act under siege

In a political system where even the most trivial issues trigger partisan rancor, the Voting Rights Act has stood for several decades as a rare point of bipartisan consensus.

Until now.

An intensifying conservative legal assault on the Voting Rights Act could precipitate what many civil rights advocates regard as the nuclear option: a court ruling striking down one of the core elements of the landmark 1965 law guaranteeing African Americans and other minorities access to the ballot box.

At the same time, the view that states should have free rein to change their election laws even in places with a history of Jim Crow seems to be gaining traction within the Republican Party.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Drive a car? Vote? Read this! U.S. Nears Milestone: Net Fuel Exporter

 U.S. drivers aren't seeing much benefit in the form of lower prices because refineries on the Gulf Coast are shipping much of their output to places where demand is strong, keeping prices high.

Great piece -

 I had thought that Jesus talked more about helping the poor than about banning contraceptives.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Somebody needs to look at their QA program.

Inmate adds pig image to Vt. police cruiser decals

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A prison inmate who makes stationery and license plates pulled a fast one on state police by adding the image of a pig to the state decal on their cruisers.

On the 16-inch car door decals, made by prisoners in Windsor, one of the spots on a cow in a scene with mountains and a pine tree has been changed to the shape of a pig, a derogatory term for police.

A Vermont state trooper discovered the pig while inspecting his vehicle on Wednesday. State police say they believe the decals have been added to about 30 cruisers in the past year.

About 60 altered decals were made over the last couple of years, said Andy Pallito, commissioner of the Department of Corrections, which is looking into who made the modification and when.

Wow. And I thought that Furries were odd...

Man admits to jumping on backs of student athletes

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A 250-pound man with a history of jumping on the backs of student athletes in the Pacific Northwest has pleaded guilty to assault.

The Independent Record ( reports 28-year-old Sherwin Shayegan acknowledged in court Wednesday that he hopped on two players at a soccer tournament in Helena in October. He pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of assault.

Seriously. The McRib isn't worth all that...

Authorities: Stun gun used on woman at drive-thru

HOPE MILLS, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina authorities say they used a stun gun on a woman motorist who blocked a McDonald's drive-thru for 20 minutes after employees refused to serve her because she cut in line.

Authorities say 37-year-old Evangeline Lucca bypassed the order screen and line and pulled directly up to the pick-up window Friday afternoon at the restaurant in Hope Mills, about 60 miles south of Raleigh.

Tricky issue. No easy answers.

Venice rebels against cruise ship intrusions

VENICE, Italy (AP) - It's a matter of perspective. From aboard a 12-deck cruise liner, the sight of St. Mark's Square, the Doge's Palace and Bridge of Sighs gliding past from a cabin balcony is a breathtaking thrill.

But against the backdrop of Venice's storied canals and Byzantine architecture, these floating condominiums present a jarring sight, out of scale and sync with the surroundings.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Medicine wheel. I have never heard of these. How did I miss this?

Medicine wheels, or sacred hoops, were constructed by laying stones in a particular pattern on the ground. Most medicine wheels follow the basic pattern of having a center of stone(s), and surrounding that is an outer ring of stones with "spokes", or lines of rocks radiating from the center. Some ancient types of sacred architecture were built by laying stones on the surface of the ground in particular patterns common to aboriginal peoples. Originally, and still today, medicine wheels are stone structures constructed by certain indigenous peoplesof North America for various astronomical, ritual, healing, and teaching purposes. Medicine wheels are still "opened" or inaugurated in Native Americanspirituality where they are more often referred to as "sacred hoops", which is the favored English rendering by some. There are various native words to describe the ancient forms and types of rock alignments. One teaching involves the description of the four directions. More recently, syncretic, hybridized uses of medicine wheels, magic circles, and mandala sacred technology are employed inNew AgeWiccanPagan and other spiritualdiscourse throughout the World. The rite of the sacred hoop and medicine wheel differed and differs amongst indigenous traditions, as it now does between non-indigenous peoples, and between traditional and modernist variations. The essential nature of the rite common to these divergent traditions deserves further anthropological exploration as does an exegesis of their valence.

Thursday, February 2, 2012