January 17th, 2010

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FaceBook's dangerous security flaw

Network Flaw Causes Scary Web Error For Facebook Users: AP Exclusive
JORDAN ROBERTSON | 01/16/10 11:31 AM |

SAN FRANCISCO — A Georgia mother and her two daughters logged onto Facebook from mobile phones last weekend and wound up in a startling place: strangers' accounts with full access to troves of private information.

The glitch – the result of a routing problem at the family's wireless carrier, AT&T – revealed a little known security flaw with far reaching implications for everyone on the Internet, not just Facebook users.

In each case, the Internet lost track of who was who, putting the women into the wrong accounts. It doesn't appear the users could have done anything to stop it. The problem adds a dimension to researchers' warnings that there are many ways online information – from mundane data to dark secrets – can go awry.
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60 people are found alive in a collapsed supermarket in Haiti!

I just heard about this on Today Weekend. There is a Turkish search and rescue team that an American S&R team from South Florida has teamed up with to search a collapsed supermarket.

They have received a text message from one of the people in an air pocket. There is 60 people with them. They have food but need water so they got them a water hose.

Thus far, I think this is the largest amount of people who have or are being rescued from the earthquake.

This story is being used as a symbol of hope in Haiti.

As soon as possible I want to get a video of that story. It just aired about five minutes ago. The following is the only news article I found the story on.


Saturday, Jan 16, 2010 @09:41pm CST

853 am..A Search and rescue team from turkey gingerly looks for an entry point.
At minimum, they're trying to create an air hole for the living..
It as the height of the shopping day when the five story super market collapsed.
Nat sound metal twists
Inside, teams say they are signs of life.
Nat sound camera is behind me and fadel..we point and talk. Quick sound pop
Fadel Almaghrabi sister in law was inside. He's held vigil here since the quake..He's weary but optimistic. Mirelle Ditmer is still alive.
"I know that she's a fighter, she will live for her kids."
9:53 am..An american team joins the Turks..33 members from the so fl urban search and rescue task force begin an assessment. "You go in one section and if they're not there, you go somewhere else"
With the help of blueprints they're building the structure backwards to see where air pocket may have trapped survivors.
From the roof..they Enter a hole. Slither on their stomachs 5 feet to another hole. Drop down and create another hole.
"Me and the other brothers worked for about 2 and a half hours to get through about 12 inches of concrete."
It's slow, claustrophobic work in the dark.
"It's a little nerve racking to know that if there are tremors it could change quickly."
10:07am. The American team says they can absolutely confirm two are still alive. They talked to
A 17 year old girl who says she is with a boy.
Sot-charlie from the so fl team talks of their thirst.
"They're telling us right now they're not hurt, they're just thirsty."
And that fear of tremors comes true. At 10:59am for 11 terrifying seconds the ground shakes."Get away from the pile."
17 minutes later (11:16am) a frantic phone call.
"Where we are digging we are on the right track."
Cellphone signals penetrate the pancaked debris.
And text messages are relayed to the command post.

Sot:and he said there's a lot of people with him. They're alive? They're fine. High five.
"There's how many people alive? Sixty. Sixty? Yes, sixty."
For 5 hours, the americans and the turks dig.
While in south FL, Murills sons Richy and Micky anxiously wait for news of their mother.
Finally a water truck arrives. Teams snake a hose down to survivors.
This rescue effort is now a symbol of Haiti's hope.

UPDATE: They are still pulling people out of the 5 story supermarket but it looks like the 60 might have been a mistranslation. Rescue crews pull 2 more from Haitian market:
Crews had located the pair on Sunday afternoon and worked to get them out, NBC's Kerry Sanders reported from the scene.

One official coordinating the rescue efforts there told Sanders that a text message believed sent from under the rubble indicated that "more than 60" people were alive there. Officials later said that number was probably a mistake.

The supermarket's manager, Samer Tahmoush, estimated that there would have been around 75 to 100 shoppers inside the market in the Delmas neighborhood when the quake hit.

Even so, this is enormous good news. People are still being pulled alive and it is starting to add up.

Blonde women born to be warrior princesses

IT really is a case of blonde ambition. Women with fair hair are more aggressive and determined to get their own way than brunettes or redheads, according to a study by the University of California.

Researchers claim that blondes are more likely to display a “warlike” streak because they attract more attention than other women and are used to getting their own way — the so-called “princess effect”.

Even those who dye their hair blonde quickly take on these attributes, experts found.

The study could cast fresh light on the ability of Joanna Lumley, the actress and former model, to pummel ministers into giving all Gurkha veterans the right to settle in the UK.

It may also help to explain the success of the lead character in Legally Blonde, the hit West End musical based on a film starring Reese Witherspoon, who forces her way to the top of law school despite being perceived as ditzy.

The findings about aggression are contained in research by the University of California, Santa Barbara, to discover whether women who are judged more attractive than others are also more likely to lose their tempers to get what they want.

“We expected blondes to feel more entitled than other young women — this is southern California, the natural habitat of the privileged blonde,” said Aaron Sell, who led the study which has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. “What we did not expect to find was how much more warlike they are than their peers on campus.”

The researchers believe this is a useful measure of how far women are prepared to fight for their own interests.

The study, which examined links between confidence and aggression, involved 156 female undergraduates. It showed that blondes were more likely to be treated better than other women and were more willing to “go to war”. However, they were less likely than brunettes or redheads to get into a fight themselves — possibly to ensure they preserved their looks.

The research did confirm one theory: when male students were asked to rate the attractiveness of their female counterparts, blondes gained the highest scores.

Sell suspects that blondes exist in a “bubble” where they have been treated better than other people for so long they do not realise that men, in particular, are more deferential towards them than other women. “They may not even realise they are treated like a princess,” Sell said.


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Maybe Brown Just Lacks Basic Human Emotions Like Compassion, Guilt, and Shame.

Brown Justifies Denying 9/11 Rescue Workers Aid: ‘We Had To Take Care Of Our Own Priorities First’

As the Plum Line reported yesterday, State Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate special election on Tuesday, voted on October 17, 2001 to deny financial aid to Red Cross rescue workers who had volunteered with 9/11 recovery efforts. As a state representative at the time, Brown was one out of only three legislators who had opposed the overwhelmingly bipartisan measure.

At a campaign rally today in Hyannis, ThinkProgress caught up with Brown for comment on why he voted against the measure:

TP: In 2001, you voted against 9/11 recovery workers, giving them aid, do you have any comment on this story?

BROWN: Yes, it was a time when our budget was down. We had a lot of cuts unfortunately, and we had to take care of our own priorities first.
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Droopy Dog to Endorse Brown? Rumors for Now...

Lieberman has no plans to endorse in Mass. Senate race

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) has no plans to make an endorsement in Massachusetts's special election on Tuesday.

A spokesman for the senator shot down rumors that Lieberman would weigh in on the closely-watched special election, in which Republican Scott Brown is waging a surprisingly tough battle against state Attorney General Martha Coakley (D).

Conservative bloggers had been floating a rumor that Lieberman, a centrist, independent senator who caucuses with Democrats, would endorse Brown.

Those rumors, the spokesman said, are "not true," and no announcement is planned on the race.

Lieberman had been a critic of some elements of the healthcare bill before Congress, and the conservative blogs had said the Connecticut senator would endorse the Republican in neighboring Massachusetts to aid the GOP in their effort to get a 41st vote in the Senate, enough to filibuster that and other bills.

Voters will head to the polls Tuesday to decide the race, which is to permanently fill the seat held by the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D).

Democrats have launched an "all out" effort to keep the seat, including President Barack Obama's campaign stop there Sunday afternoon.
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Are pregnant women stupid children who should be forced to do what sooper smart doctors tell them?

Is Refusing Bed Rest a Crime?
January 12, 2010

Arguments are under way today in the First District Court of Appeals in Tallahassee, Fla., in the case of Samantha Burton, who was confined to her bed by a judge earlier this year because she was at risk for a miscarriage.

Burton was in her 25th week of pregnancy in March 2009 when she started showing signs of miscarrying. Her doctor advised her to go on bed rest, possibly for as long as 15 weeks, but she told him that she had two toddlers to care for and a job to keep. She planned on getting a second opinion, but the doctor alerted the state, which then asked the Circuit Court of Leon County to step in.

She was ordered to stay in bed at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and to undergo “any and all medical treatments” her doctor, acting in the interests of the fetus, decided were necessary. Burton asked to switch hospitals and the request was denied by the court, which said “such a change is not in the child’s best interest at this time.” After three days of hospitalization, she had to undergo an emergency C-section and the fetus was found dead.

Burton’s pro bono attorney, David H. Abrams, with a lot of help from the American Civil Liberties Union took the case to a higher court, charging that a dangerous precedent had been set. In a brief filed in the case, A.C.L.U. lawyers argue that the original decision unlawfully expanded the court’s right “to order medical treatment for a child over a parent’s” objections and applied it to an unborn fetus. “To ignore this fundamental constitutional distinction between the state interest in protecting fetal life and its interest in the protecting the lives and health of people is to risk virtually unfettered intrusion into the lives of pregnant women.”
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source: The New York Times Motherlode

Okay, what the fuck Chile?

Billionaire Sebastian Pinera wins Chile presidency

SANTIAGO, Chile — Billionaire Sebastian Pinera has won Chile's election, becoming the nation's first democratically elected right-wing president in 52 years.

The ruling coalition's candidate Eduardo Frei conceded defeat Sunday after 60 percent of polling stations reported a 52 percent to 48 percent advantage for Pinera, ending two decades of center-left rule since the end of Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship.

"We will be guardians of liberty and of all our social victories," Frei said.

Pinera had a wide lead in every poll, and the race only tightened after Frei and outgoing President Michelle Bachelet repeatedly invoked the legacy of Pinochet, whose dictatorship was supported by parties that make up Pinera's coalition.
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I am so angry. FFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUU. Pinera claims he was "always against Pinochet" but that is a lie. And even if he is telling the truth, exactly one half of his ~Coalition for Change~ (the UDI) is a quasi-fascist Pinochet apologist party. Ugh. He made all of these absolutely ridiculous campaign promises (like 1 million jobs in FOUR YEARS--lol that's not gonna happen) and, like David Cameron in England, is basically the "nice" face of an unchanged (from the times of Pinochet) right wing.

Also, this popped up on my twitter feed: 
"en las calles se escucha un potente chi chi le le! viva Chile y Pinochet!"/"in the streets there are people yelling "Long live Chile and Pinochet" (rough translation) WHAT THE FUCK!?
a touch of life

Haiti Times: A Night on Rue Berne:Living on the Streets

Garry Pierre-Pierre, a reporter of the Haiti Times who arrived on site a few days ago, writes about a night spent on the streets, and the historical human wrongs and failings that have made the natural disaster so much more deadly'
Jan 16, 2010

A Night on Rue Berne: Living on the Streets
by Garry Pierre-Pierre

PORT-AU-PRINCE – Dusk had barely set and already, the residents of Rue Berne, were making their beds. These bedrooms were makeshifts arranged neatly on one side of the streets, away from shaky walls and fragile home frames that remain so dangerous.

The men, erected barricades, leaving enough room for a vehicle to navigate the tiny canyon. Soon they share whatever pasta, or rice with smoke herring. A few hours later, mothers tucked their children on near their belly and they started lo listen to the news on battery operated transistor radios and by 8 P.M, some people had already began falling asleep.

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Haiti Times is the online edition of the weekly English newspaper that caters to Haiti-Americans living in New York, USA.
TWW | they have a lot in common

Why Haiti matters - POTUS opinion piece


Why Haiti Matters

In the tragic aftermath of Haiti's 7.0 earthquake, images of the disaster break our hearts and remind us of the fragility of life. What America must do now—and why.

By Barack Obama | NEWSWEEK 

Published Jan 15, 2010

From the magazine issue dated Jan 25, 2010

In the last week, we have been deeply moved by the heartbreaking images of the devastation in Haiti: parents searching through rubble for sons and daughters; children, frightened and alone, looking for their mothers and fathers. At this moment, entire parts of Port-au-Prince are in ruins, as families seek shelter in makeshift camps. It is a horrific scene of shattered lives in a poor nation that has already suffered so much.

In response, I have ordered a swift, coordinated, and aggressive effort to save lives in Haiti. We have launched one of the largest relief efforts in recent history. I have instructed the leaders of all agencies to make our response a top priority across the federal government. We are mobilizing every element of our national capacity: the resources of development agencies, the strength of our armed forces, and most important, the compassion of the American people. And we are working closely with the Haitian government, the United Nations, and the many international partners who are also aiding in this extraordinary effort.



Collapse ) And because everything that ever happens in the world of politics can be tied to the West Wing, I would like to quote Jed Bartlet: " Let me tell you something. We can be the world's policeman, we can be the world's bank, the world's factory, the world's farm, but what does it mean if we're not also... They made it to the new world, Josh. You know what I get to do now? I get to proclaim a national day of thanksgiving. This is a great job." 

School Sorry For 'Insensitive' MLK Jr. Lunch

Denver Public School officials are apologizing after a parent complained that a school lunch meant to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was stereotypical and offensive, reported KMGH-TV.
The lunch, planned for Friday, was to include southern-style chicken, collard greens and a biscuit in honor of King.

Denver Public Schools spokesman Michael Vaughn released a statement that said: "The plan to serve a Southern-style meal in recognition of Martin Luther King Day was well intentioned but highly insensitive in light of certain hurtful cultural stereotypes still harbored in parts of our society."

Organizers of Denver's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Marade, a combination march and parade that honors King every January, did not consider the menu inappropriate, considering that King came from a southern background, but said there are other, more meaningful ways of honoring him.

"When you reduce it to the 'I have a dream' speech and a fried chicken and collard green lunch, you have just destroye everything that Dr. King stood for," said Vern Howard, chairman of the Martin Luther King Jr. Colorado Holiday Commission.

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Mauritania scholars issue Fatwa against FGM

Mauritania fatwa bans female genital mutilation
Bob Trevelyan

Thirty four Islamic scholars in Mauritania have signed a fatwa, or religious opinion, banning the practice of female genital mutilation.

The fatwa, signed in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott, states that the procedure has been proven to be harmful either at the time or subsequently. Collapse )

It may not be much, but it's certainly something.

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A certain FLOTUS' birthday, today...

Prez Obama surprises Michelle with birthday dinner
Happy birthday to Michelle Obama, who turns 46 today. The White House says her hubby, President Barack Obama, took Mrs. O. out for a surprise dinner Saturday night at Washington's Restaurant Nora. The first couple spent nearly four hours at the restaurant, and when they left, nearly 50 people gathered outside to sing "Happy Birthday." Full story @ source


Coakley crowd sings 'Happy Birthday' to Michelle Obama
(Boston, Mass.) - President Barack Obama on Sunday campaigned for U.S. Senate candidate Martha Coakley (D) at Northeastern University, taking time out of an important day to do so -- the first lady's birthday.

Attorney General Martha Coakley pointed out the day's significance to the crowd at the rally, which was held just two days before the Tuesday January 19th Special Election.

"I just have to say we are honored and privileged to have (Mr. Obama) here today, especially since today's Michelle's birthday," Coakley said, prodding those in attendance to wish the first lady a happy birthday. video @ source

Happy Birthday Michelle, ILU bb