Disk space woes. and yes, posting links is STILL broken due to some issue with recaptcha that I can't fucking figure out.

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FBI ‘Failed To Preserve’ Five Months Of Text Messages Between Anti-Trump FBI Agents

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>The FBI “failed to preserve” five months worth of text messages exchanged between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, the two FBI employees who made pro-Clinton and anti-Trump comments while working on the Clinton email and the Russia collusion investigations.

>The disclosure was made Friday in a letter sent by the Justice Department to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC).

>“The Department wants to bring to your attention that the FBI’s technical system for retaining text messages sent and received on FBI mobile devices failed to preserve text messages for Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page,” Stephen Boyd, the assistant attorney general for legislative affairs at the Justice Department, wrote to Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, the chairman of HSGAC

I think once the Memo is released the entire Mueller investigation will end. The entire Russia collusion nonsense has been debunked between the lack of evidence, the fusion gps exposure and corruption of the fbi.
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rupert murdoch butt devastated at Si Valley facilitating decentralized journalism

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Rupert Murdoch, the executive chairman of publishing empire News Corporation, issued a statement today proposing a new licensing deal between media organizations and platform-owning tech companies. His goal: get entities like Facebook and Google to pay money to publishers, effectively in exchange for the value news outlets bring to those platforms.

Citing the popularization of “scurrilous news sources through algorithms that are profitable for these platforms but inherently unreliable,” Murdoch says Facebook and Google should pay money in an arrangement similar to so-called carriage fees. These fees are the money paid by cable and satellite television providers to local, over-the-air broadcast stations for the right to carry local transmissions. In the US, this is an industry norm, with the fees being baked into what’s known as retransmission consent. That arrived back in 1992 in an agreement that became legally mandated between cable operators and stations with the United States Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act.

“If Facebook wants to recognize ‘trusted’ publishers then it should pay those publishers a carriage fee similar to the model adopted by cable companies,” Murdoch writes. “The publishers are obviously enhancing the value and integrity of Facebook through their news and content, but are not being adequately rewarded for those services. Carriage payments would have a minor impact on Facebook’s profits but a major impact on the prospects for publishers and journalists.”

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uh oh, spageti-os...FBI director threatened to resign amid Trump, Sessions pressure

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions — at the public urging of President Donald Trump — has been pressuring FBI Director Christopher Wray to fire Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, but Wray threatened to resign if McCabe was removed, according to three sources with direct knowledge.

Wray's resignation under those circumstances would have created a media firestorm. The White House — understandably gun-shy after the Comey debacle — didn’t want that scene, so McCabe remains.
Sessions told White House Counsel Don McGahn about how upset Wray was about the pressure on him to fire McCabe, and McGahn told Sessions this issue wasn’t worth losing the FBI Director over, according to a source familiar with the situation.
Why it matters: Trump started his presidency by pressuring one FBI Director (before canning him), and then began pressuring another (this time wanting his deputy canned). This much meddling with the FBI for this long is not normal.

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McGahn has been informed about these ongoing conversations, though he has not spoken with Wray about FBI personnel, according to an administration source briefed on the situation. Trump nominated Wray, previously an assistant attorney general under George W. Bush, last June to replace James Comey as director.

Trump has also tweeted negatively about other senior FBI officials who are allies of Comey, including the former top FBI lawyer James A. Baker who was recently “reassigned” after pressure from Sessions.
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The dog who is saving a village from a RAT INVASION

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The people of housing estate in County Durham have a niche way of dealing with their rat infestation problem.

One local is single-handedly putting an end to the community's problem, by hunting all the rats herself.

Tara, the pet terrier, and her owner Adrian Oliver are on a mission to rid a housing estate in Durham of its long-running rodent problem which has left parents fearing for their children's safety.

Cute Tara, who looks like a teddy, has snared over 600 rodents in the past year, and once managed to kill 42 in one day.

Adrian, 33, has slammed Durham County Council and says they should sort the problem out on the housing estate, near Gilesgate, on the edge of the city, and it shouldn't be left to his pet.
The dad-of-two said: 'I am scared of letting my little girl play outside because I am so worried that a rat will come and jump on her.

'They are everywhere, in bins, cars, sheds and they even burrow underneath people's houses and chew through the foundations.

'If it wasn't for Tara they would literally be breeding like rats. We would be overrun with them, they'd start to infect people and cause illness.

'This could be avoided if the council actually stepped in.'

The pair work as a team, Adrian uses a machine to smoke rats out of their hiding places, and then Tara pounces.

He said that in the past the council charged locals £40 for rat poison to be spread in the area, but this technique failed as the rats have now become immune to the toxin.

He says that the council should now be paying him and Tara for their exterminating services, or else the rat population would be rife.

He added: 'It is disgusting. It is a really really bad problem in this area now and has been for the last few years.

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Turkey Attacks Syria: Eighteen Civilians Killed as Erdogan Vows

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Swift and Brutal Campaign Against the Kurds

>The death toll from a Turkish offensive in the Afrin region of northwestern Syria stands at 18 civilians, including women and children, the spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militia alliance said on Monday.

>An additional 23 people have been wounded in the offensive, SDF spokesman Kino Gabriel added in a statement circulated on an instant messaging group run by the SDF. The SDF includes the Kurdish YPG militia - the stated target of the Turkish attack.

>Amid growing international concern over the three-day-old military operation, President Tayyip Erdogan said there would be "no stepping back" from the campaign, which has opened up a new front in Syria's complex civil war.

>Turkish forces and their Syrian rebel allies began their push to clear YPG fighters from the northwestern enclave on Saturday, despite concern from the United States, which urged both sides on Monday to show restraint.

>France called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Monday to discuss the fighting in Afrin and other parts of Syria, and Britain said it would look for ways to prevent any further escalation.

>But Erdogan said Turkey was determined to press ahead. "There's no stepping back from Afrin," he said in a speech in Ankara. "We discussed this with our Russian friends, we have an agreement with them, and we also discussed it with other coalition forces and the United States."

>Moscow, a military ally of President Bashar al-Assad that operates a major air base in Syria, has not confirmed giving a green light to the campaign - which Syria has strongly objected to - but did not appear to be acting to prevent it.
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Brit/news/ fuck Hiroshima edition

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>UKIP leader hit by unamimous NEC no confidence vote

>Nigel Farage and Arron Banks in talks over new political project

>Macron: 'Special' deal possible for UK, but it can't 'cherry-pick' rules

>Hospital cleaning? NATIONALISE IT

>CBI calls for UK to remain in a customs union with EU

>"Theresa May vows to target UK company pension abuse"

>Carillion Collapse - A crisis that may spell the end for PFI

>Asda and Aldi ban sale of energy drinks to under 16s (who says we aren't already a fascist state?)

>Double Stabbing in Luton Mall Leads To Shopping Centre Evacuation
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44% Wind — Denmark Set New Wind Energy Record In 2017

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Bitcoin Bubble ready to pop

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The Network Keeps Getting More and More Inefficient. Now Just One Bitcoin Transaction Uses as Much Energy as Your House in a Week

Bitcoin miners now have to burn through over 24 terawatt-hours of electricity annually as they compete to solve increasingly difficult cryptographic puzzles to "mine" more Bitcoins. That's about as much as Nigeria, a country of 186 million people, uses in a year.

This averages out to a shocking 215 kilowatt-hours (KWh) of juice used by miners for each Bitcoin transaction (there are currently about 300,000 transactions per day). Since the average American household consumes 901 KWh per month, each Bitcoin transfer represents enough energy to run a comfortable house, and everything in it, for nearly a week. On a larger scale, De Vries' index shows that bitcoin miners worldwide could be using enough electricity to at any given time to power about 2.26 million American homes.

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