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So…it’s WiFi’s turn.

Over the weekend a WPA2 KRACK hack was announced. Remember to use HTTPS for everything, especially if you’re browsing away from the house, which usually has a perimeter of 300 feet, discouraging drive-by hacks. Less if (like moi) you’ve turned portions of your abode into a large Faraday cage. And keep checking here for patches and updates, though Microsoft has already patched the vulnerability.

We’re guessing it’s Androids/LINUX/Apple systems that are going to take it in the shorts for a while…

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It’s flu season again, so for everyone in the cheap seats: THE FLU VACCINE DOES NOT CAUSE INFLUENZA.

I don’t care what the latest celebrity wingnut is espousing, much less what your Uncle Bob says, or even your own ‘personal experience’, the fact is THE FLU VACCINE DOES NOT CAUSE INFLUENZA.

How do I know this? Easy – it’s science; flu vaccines are either created with an inactivated virus that cannot cause illness, or by a process using a recombinant technology that contains no virus at all.

Yes, children –even YOUR children– should be inoculated against the flu: Last flu season (2016-2017) over 100 U.S. children died from the flu. Over 80% of those who died were not vaccinated. 1

Get your flu shot, make sure you do the same for your kids.

Quit listening to pinheads.

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Speaking of good drugs…

Psychedelics have shown promising results in the treatment of depression and addictions in a number of clinical trials over the last decade. Imperial College London researchers used psilocybin – the psychoactive compound that occurs naturally in magic mushrooms – to treat a small number of patients with depression, monitoring their brain function, before and after.

Images of patients’ brains revealed changes in brain activity that were associated with marked and lasting reductions in depressive symptoms and participants in the trial reported benefits lasting up to five weeks after treatment.

Dr Robin Carhart-Harris, head of psychedelic research at Imperial, who led the study, said: “We have shown for the first time clear changes in brain activity in depressed people treated with psilocybin after failing to respond to conventional treatments.

“Several of our patients described feeling ‘reset’ after the treatment and often used computer analogies. For example, one said he felt like his brain had been ‘defragged’ like a computer hard drive, and another said he felt ‘rebooted’.

“Psilocybin may be giving these individuals the temporary ‘kick start’ they need to break out of their depressive states and these imaging results do tentatively support a ‘reset’ analogy.

Back in the day we referred to this as “sweeping out the dust bunnies”, using  either acid, mescaline, the ever popular cow-pie-growing mushrooms, or the famous ‘magic mushrooms‘ – they all work.

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By now everyone not living under a rock 2 is aware that Equifax pretty much gave away every single American’s PII 3 data last month: Name, DOB, Social Security number, current and past addresses, pretty much everything Joe Hacker needs to open a new credit card (or take out a new mortgage) in your name.

There is really only one way to fight this – freeze your credit at all 3 reporting companies. This makes it impossible for anyone –including yourself 4 — to open new credit of any kind.

Of course that’s the first thing Equifax did, make I easy for you to freeze your credit. Except in doing so you had to agree to arbitration over any Equifax misuse of your data. And, you had to pay. In other words…same as it ever was. 5

If you have yet to freeze your credit, Last Week Tonight put together a Equifax-spoofed web site with three easy inks to do so.

I would highly recommend you do this now.

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It will be instructive to see which way the Generalissimo jumps on this one.

The federal government’s long campaign to try to choke off rampant conspiracy theories about the November 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy is threatening to end this month in massive confusion, if not chaos.

Within the next two weeks, the National Archives is legally obligated to release the last of thousands of secret documents from government files about the assassination, most of them from the CIA, the FBI and the Justice Department.

And there is every indication that the massive document dump—especially if any of it is blocked by President Donald Trump, the only person empowered under the law to stop the release of the files—will simply help fuel a new generation of conspiracy theories.

Trump, no stranger to conspiracy theories, including totally unsubstantiated theories about a link between Ted Cruz’s father and JFK’s death, has not yet revealed his plans for the documents. His friend and political adviser Roger Stone, the Republican consultant who is the author of a book claiming that President Lyndon Johnson was the mastermind of the Kennedy assassination, said last week that he has been informed authoritatively that the CIA is urging Trump to delay the release of some of the JFK documents for another 25 years. “They must reflect badly on the CIA even though virtually everyone involved is long dead,” Stone said in a statement on his website.

The CIA has not confirmed or denied reports that it has appealed to Trump to block the release of some of the files on grounds that the documents might still somehow endanger national security if made public. In a cryptic statement last week, the spy agency said only that it “continues to engage in the process to determine the appropriate next steps with respect to any previously unreleased CIA information.”

If the entire document dump is set loose on the public, it will be a massive thing; the documents could refute or confirm the most popular and outlandish conspiracy theories of a disbelieving public that has been continually lied to since Ike. At the least it’s bound to make the CIA look bad, regardless of any role they had to play.

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The New Yorker has done us a public service by running a profile on Mike Pence; this so we’re aware of what sort of sub-Hell we’ll be facing in 18 months when Mueller’s taken out the trash. It’s certainly worth the read; we’ll whet your appetite

  • Joel K. Goldstein, a historian and an expert on Vice-Presidents who teaches law at St. Louis University, refers to him as the “Sycophant-in-Chief.”
  • Pence exudes a low-key humility, but, McCawley told me, “he’s very ambitious, even calculating, about the steps he’ll take toward that goal.”
  • There was so little to do in the way of entertainment, (his brother) Gregory Pence recalled, that “we sometimes got in the car with our parents on Friday nights and followed after the fire truck.”
  • Mike Pence’s childhood nickname: Bubbles, because “he was chubby and funny.”
  • “When the conversation turned to gay rights, Trump motioned toward Pence and joked, ‘Don’t ask that guy — he wants to hang them all!'”
  • “Marc Short, the head of legislative affairs in the Trump White House, credits Pence for the Kochs’ rapprochement with Trump. ‘The Kochs were very excited about the Vice-Presidential pick,’ Short told me. ‘There are areas where they differ from the Administration, but now there are many areas they’re partnering with us on.'”
  • Over the fireplace in the Vice-President’s residence, he has hung a plaque with a passage from the Bible: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'”

The DEMs really need to step up in 2018, hold their pure noses and elect more Democrats or we’re in for a generation of back-sliding trouble.

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Show 5 footnotes

  1. No, the flu vaccine does not cause autism. How do I know this? Again, because science…
  2. Or in the White House.
  3. Personally Identifiable Information.
  4. Without first unfreezing your credit.
  5. Pretty amazing that nearly 40 years later David Byrne is still relevant, n’est-ce pas?

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