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Giuliani's Ukraine business dealings probed by federal prosecutors in Manhattan

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• Trump lawyer’s bank records examined • Witnesses questioned on work for Ukraine mayor • Feds probing efforts to oust U.S. ambassador

Donald Trump's longtime personal attorney Rudy Giuliani is the subject of a federal criminal investigation.

Southern District of New York (SDNY) prosecutors are reported by the Wall Street Journal to now be examining Rudy Giuliani's business dealings in Ukraine.

Investigators have examined Giuliani's bank records.

The areas of Giuliani's operations now under investigation include his personal finances, travel, meetings, and work for a city mayor in Ukraine, the WSJ reports citing people familiar with the probe.

Read more at the WSJ: Federal Prosecutors Scrutinize Rudy Giuliani’s Ukraine Business Dealings, Finances

[WSJ, reporting by Aruna Viswanatha, Rebecca Davis O’Brien, and Rebecca Ballhaus, Oct. 14, 2019 6:32 pm ET, via] Read the rest

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mxm23
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I bet he's wishing he used more cryptocurrency now. :-/
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tingham
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I keep wondering how in the world "Billions" is going to come back after this horseshit.
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Tourists discover 20 kilos of cocaine in waves on South Carolina beach

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A family who were visiting South Carolina’s Fripp Island called authorities Sunday night when, during a peaceful stroll along the Atlantic ocean shore, they found a package containing 20 kilos of cocaine.

They carried the package up to their vacation home, then rendered it to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

Beaufort County Sheriff’s Maj. Bob Bromage told media outlets the family, who is not named for obvious reasons, was walking along the beach when they saw something dark bobbing on the surface of the waves offshore.

From the Post And Courier:

They dragged the package out and took it to their vacation home in a golf cart before slicing it open and realizing it was filled with white powder, Bromage said.

Deputies who responded to the home recovered about $600,000 worth of the narcotics, a figure Bromage described as a “conservative estimate.”

Whether the matter ends up going to DEA or beyond, to an international enforcement agency -- depends on what is learned about the origin of the cocaine.

No word on how it got to the South Carolina beach, but similar events have happened -- drugs washing up on beaches -- after big storms, as recently as a bundle of cocaine on Florida's Cocoa Beach in September, after Hurricane Dorian.

There's video here of the South Carolina story.

More at the AP.

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mxm23
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Family found 40 kg of cocaine. Turns in 20 kg to police.
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Federal judge dangles jail time in front of Betsy DeVos

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Corinthian Colleges, Inc. was yet another for-profit university that screwed over hundreds of thousands of people with pyramid schemes that promised a higher education at the end of some labyrinthine maze. The company filed for bankruptcy in 2015, and the U.S. government ruled that any students with outstanding debts should have those debts cancelled.

That was before Betsy DeVos became the U.S. Secretary of Education.

DeVos, the wife of pyramid scheme pioneer Dick DeVos and brother of famed mercenary Blackwater founder Erik Prince, was unsurprisingly unforgiving of the students who were conned by Corinthian. She stonewalled more than 100,000 loan forgiveness applications and continued pursuing debt payments from screwed-over students who couldn't pay them back. In 2018, U.S. Magistrate Judge Sallie Kim finally told her to knock it off (legally).

Spoiler alert: she didn't listen.

So they landed back in court earlier this week on Monday, October 7, 2019. Judge Kim was (understandably) quite irate at having her court order violated sixteen thousand times by Devos's department. While the issue is still not completely resolved, the judge did threaten the possibility of tossing someone behind bars. From Bloomberg:

"I’m not sure if this is contempt or sanctions," U.S. Magistrate Judge Sallie Kim told lawyers for the Education Department at a hearing Monday in San Francisco. "I'm not sending anyone to jail yet but it’s good to know I have that ability."

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"At best it is gross negligence, at worst it’s an intentional flouting of my order."

I'm not holding my breath for DeVos to actually spend any time in jail or prison, of course. But sometimes it's nice to dream.

(Image via Flickr)

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mxm23
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I think a more interesting headline would be what’s going to happen to the thousands of people who have school debt
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Apple Removes HKmaps.live From App Store

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Jack Nicas, reporting for The New York Times:

A day earlier, People’s Daily, the flagship newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party, published an editorial that accused Apple of aiding “rioters” in Hong Kong. “Letting poisonous software have its way is a betrayal of the Chinese people’s feelings,” said the article, which was written under a pseudonym, “Calming the Waves.”

“The app displays police locations and we have verified with the Hong Kong Cybersecurity and Technology Crime Bureau that the app has been used to target and ambush police, threaten public safety, and criminals have used it to victimize residents in areas where they know there is no law enforcement,” Apple said in a statement late Wednesday. “This app violates our guidelines and local laws.”

I still haven’t seen which local laws it violates.

This is a bad look for Apple, if you think capitulation is a bad look.

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freeAgent
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The Hong Kong authorities are not exactly credible and unbiased sources of information, but I'm sure Apple knows that and did this anyway.
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mxm23
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Time to remove Waze worldwide. Doesn’t it let customers submit traffic cameras and speed traps?
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Turkey attacks Syria, UN Security Council to meet in northern Syria on Thursday

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Trump gave Erdogan green light, Putin nods in approval from Moscow.

Turkey has launched an attack against US-allied Kurds in Northern Syria, after Donald Trump expressed his support for the military assault in a now-infamous phone call to Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan.

Updates on Wednesday morning:

• Turkish warplanes and artillery are striking militia positions in several towns in the border region.

• Erdogan said the Syria assault is code-named “Peace Spring.”

• The United Nations Security Council will meet on Syria behind closed-doors on Thursday, diplomats said, after Turkey launched a military operation against Kurdish fighters in the northeast of the country.

• Emergency Syria talks by 15-member Security Council was requested by 5 European members: Britain, France, Germany, Belgium and Poland

• In announcing the start of Turkey's military action, Erdogan today said the goal is to eliminate a “terror corridor” on Turkey’s southern border.

• NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg today: “I count on Turkey to act with restraint and ensure that any action it may take in northern Syria is proportionate and measured,” he said after meeting Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. “It is important to avoid actions that may further destabilize the region, escalate tensions and cause more human suffering.”

• Chaotic scenes in northern Syria as people flee for their lives.

More below. This is a developing story, and this post will be updated.

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mxm23
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It’s not exactly a code name if the president of Turkey announces it in public.
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Americans lack basic digital security and privacy knowledge, survey finds

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A new Pew survey of 4,272 adults in the United States shows that most Americans are relatively tech-illiterate when it comes to important aspects of everyday digital security.

Many of the survey participants answered correctly on cookies and phishing, but few knew what 2FA, https, or private browsing was.

From the Pew Research Center — Internet & Technology intro:

A new Pew Research Center survey finds that Americans’ understanding of technology-related issues varies greatly depending on the topic, term or concept. While a majority of U.S. adults can correctly answer questions about phishing scams or website cookies, other items are more challenging. For example, just 28% of adults can identify an example of two-factor authentication – one of the most important ways experts say people can protect their personal information on sensitive accounts. Additionally, about one-quarter of Americans (24%) know that private browsing only hides browser history from other users of that computer, while roughly half (49%) say they are unsure what private browsing does.

This survey consisted of 10 questions designed to test Americans’ knowledge of a range of digital topics, such as cybersecurity or the business side of social media companies. The median number of correct answers was four. Only 20% of adults answered seven or more questions correctly, and just 2% got all 10 questions correct.

As was true in a previous Center survey, Americans’ knowledge of digital topics varies substantially by educational attainment as well as by age. Adults with a bachelor’s or advanced degree and those under the age of 50 tend to score higher on these questions. These are some of the key findings from a Pew Research Center survey of 4,272 adults living in the United States conducted June 3-17, 2019.

Americans and Digital Knowledge [Pew Research Center, images courtesy pewinternet.org]

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mxm23
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What the hell does a picture of Jack Dorsey mean for cyber security and personal privacy protection?
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