It doesn’t get more Stupid than Senator Richard Blumenthal

Senator backing anti-crypto bill calls out Zoom’s lack of end-to-end crypto

Richard Blumenthal, the US senator sponsoring a bill that critics say will limit the use of encryption, is calling for an investigation of video-conference provider Zoom, in part over its false claim it offered… end-to-end encryption.

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Eating Bats and Pangolins Banned in Gabon as a Result of Coronavirus Pandemic

Eating and selling bat and pangolin meat has been banned by officials in Gabon. The decision was made over fears related to the global coronavirus pandemic, which is thought to stem from wild animal meat sold at a market in Wuhan, China.

“Gabon has signed a law to stop trade in bats and pangolins as a precaution,” Lee White, Minister of Forests, Oceans, Environment and Climate Change, Gabonese Republic, tweeted last Friday.

Dutch rip off the American Tax Payer

US pays Dutch company to design a cheap, easy-to-use ventilator for US stockpile. Before producing even 1, it starts selling a pricier commercial version. Guess who just scored deal w/US to make 43,000 of its pricier version?

Trump, Kushner, Trilogy Evo, Royal Philips N.V. rip off the American Tax Payer

A Company Promised Cheap Ventilators to the Government, Never Delivered and Is Now Charging Quadruple the Price for New Ones

Royal Philips N.V. agreed in September to sell 10,000 ventilators to the U.S. for $3,280 each. It did not deliver. But the Dutch company just announced a new deal with the government. This time, it’s charging roughly $15,000 each.

About the internet and electronic money 1973

Harry in your pocket 1973 – Movie

They were talking about cash and the future of credit cards the electronic money versus computers that would encourage communism and how it was all inevitable. ~ Culture Keeper

1973 Map of the Entire Internet

Going through old papers my dad gave me, I found his map of the internet as of May 1973.

The entire internet.

— David Newbury (@workergnome) December 10, 2016

Back in the 1970s, David Newbury’s dad, Paul, worked at Carnegie Mellon, one of the leading computer science schools in the country. This was in the very early years of the Internet, back when it was the secret and very small ARPANET, which had started in the late ’60s, with just four locations. By 1973, it had expanded to a small handful of government labs, research universities, and private companies—but still so few that the entire network could be mapped on a single sheet of paper.

Recently, Newbury found that map among his dad’s papers and posted it online. You can find Stanford, UCLA, Utah and UCSB, the original members, but by 1973, ARPANET had expanded east, to Case Western, Carnegie Mellon, Harvard, and MIT. There are government labs, like Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and the Army’s Aberdeen Ballistic Research Lab, and private research organizations like MITRE and Xerox.  <snip>