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Re: “Zero Days: As the Worm Turns

Alex Gibney is hardly the one to "dig up" the cyberwar scare. There have been numerous documentaries on PBS about it. They have discussed Stuxnet at length.

This topic per se is not just an outrage movie - it's about life now.

While online data leaks affects consumers, businesses are now incredibly concerned about cybersecurity both for their customers as well as protecting their proprietary info. The utility industry is paranoid (but should be more so) about infrastructure attacks.

Janet Yellen, head of the Federal Reserve has already called cybersecurity the number one threat to the U.S. economy.

This is all far more important than the Repblican witch hunt on Hillary's email server.

The number one country in state on state cybersecurity is China.

The Bangladesh Bank attack threatened to create havoc in all of the world's banks, and we do not really know yet who the attacker is.

While Eastern European and Israeli and Argentinian hacker companies have decades of professional hacking under their belts, they will never be as fully funded as state hackers who have unlimited budgets at their disposal.

We weren't the first to launch an attack and we won't be the last (with Stuxnet)...

Posted by Pam Strayer on 07/08/2016 at 3:10 PM

Re: “Will Lehman Abandon Oak Knoll?

Helpful blog post , I learned a lot from the insight . Does someone know if my business would be able to find a fillable KY DoR 62A500 (P) form to fill out ?

Posted by Estrella Lipman on 07/08/2016 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Thousands of Black Lives Matter Activists Shut Down Oakland Freeway, Vandalize Police Headquarters

Meanwhile where are our elected officials, especially Mayor Libby? Whose constant PR efforts are what she dos.

OTL (out to lunch).

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 07/08/2016 at 1:12 PM

Re: “#PhilandoCastile #AltonSterling #BlackLivesMatter — Share Your Words and Thoughts With the Express

306 people have been killed and 2,066 have been shot and injured in Chicago in 2016 alone. Hundreds more are dead in Baltimore, Detroit, st.louis, basically any black urban area is plagued by violence and death so I find it really had to get worked up over some extremely awful errors by law enforcement. But what is the real problem? Y

Posted by cbailey011 on 07/08/2016 at 9:09 AM

Re: “The Back Room

What a fantastic space! A cool club with comfy couches, excellent sound and great music. AND you can BYOB for no charge (they don't sell alcohol here).

Berkeley has been missing a smaller, more intimate place for acoustic music since the Freight grew up and became huge, and The Back Room fills this gap with style! I love the variety of music - folk, blues, soul, pop, world, bluegrass, Cajun, etc. - and it has a very chill, friendly vibe.

Posted by Audrey Faine on 07/08/2016 at 7:27 AM

Re: “Inside the Monster

Dear Ms. St. Clair,
Despite the subject matter of the interviews you had with Kenneth Eugene Parnell, I must say that I really did enjoy reading your article; it was very well-written and gave me a sense of being right there with you. I usually lose interest in a story after the 2nd page, but you held my attention by bringing everyone in the article to life.
I realize that this article is 7 years old, but the story sparked my interest after seeing a Discovery Channel story about Cary Stayner on YouTube. I remember both stories very well because I've lived in Modesto for over 25 years. I saw the movie "I Know My Name Is Steven" when it came out on TV, and it left an impression on me. I could not imagine having to interview a man like Parnell, so I commend you for your bravery as well as your writing skills.
I raised my two kids in Modesto, and didn't realize how much crime history this small town has; The Lacy Peterson case; Sandra Levi case, and the 3 women murdered in Yosemite are among the most famous....and the most recent. To leave on a better note, this town did produce people like George Lucas, Timothy Olyphant, Jeremy Renner and many others who are famous for more credible things.
I hope to find more of your writings because I believe that they will be as interesting as this one.

Posted by Marlene Torres on 07/08/2016 at 3:45 AM

Re: “Review: 'The Little Black Book of Marijuana'

I am inspired by this post to make our world better as drugs ruin lives of thousands of people every year and I reckon we should struggle to get rid of such a dangerous plant. Turn to http://customwriting-s.com/ to get more info.

Posted by SamSAM on 07/08/2016 at 12:45 AM

Re: “Federal Police Officer Offered to Pimp East Bay Teenager at Center of Oakland Police Sex-Abuse Scandal

What was this idiot thinking ,Lol, in the heat of the moment and cops falling down all over the place , this clown decides he wants to be a pimp now , and not just to anyone but the young lady who is knocking em down like bowling pins , but there's more than 10 so let's say Dominoes. This idiot is a very smart idiot , he's beyond idiot hahaha OMG I can't stop laughing hahaha , that was a knee slapper!!! Any other idiots wanna be a pimp while this is ongoing. What a Jackass!!

Posted by Henry Abuslin on 07/07/2016 at 8:17 PM

Re: “#PhilandoCastile #AltonSterling #BlackLivesMatter — Share Your Words and Thoughts With the Express

As a veteran who at 17 years of age made an oath to protect and defend this country I'm broken. Why is it that the mere presence of melanin is enough to cast doubt about my character, intellect, intent, or value before I even open my mouth? Why is it that my saying my life matters qualifies me as a racist? Why is my equality a threat to those who have it implicitly? Why do I have to beg and plead for my life to matter when I sacrificed my youth to protect a country that hates the very idea of a successful me? Why do the bigots who's freedom to speak I defended feel so comfortable speaking to me like trash. I've never hurt anyone, i am not a criminal' I am not a mutant, nor a super predator...I'm simply me and all I wanna know is why?

Posted by NaKisha Black on 07/07/2016 at 6:52 PM

Re: “Felony Marijuana Arrests Drop In California

Some folks see the data I posted below and think it is false. They type angry replies and call me a liar. They say I'm just making it all up. They can't believe that if these numbers are correct, our government would still prohibit cannabis consumption. Yet my data is taken direct from the US Government's own Center for Disease Control website. I ask these angry folks to check my numbers for themselves and get back to me with any errors they find, then I never hear back. Franky I'm as shocked as those folks who get angry when they see the numbers.

Figures from the Center for Disease Control on numbers of deaths per year in the USA:

* Prescription Drugs: 237,485 + 5000 traffic fatalities
* Tobacco: 390,323
* Alcohol: 88,013 + 16,000 traffic fatalities
* Cocaine: 4,906
* Heroin: 7,200
* Aspirin: 466
* Acetaminophen (Tylenol): 179
* Marijuana: 0, none, not a single fatal overdose in all medical history and almost no traffic problems by comparison to prescription drugs and alcohol.

So, which is safer ???? Legalize, regulate and TAX!

Posted by Ben James on 07/07/2016 at 5:49 PM

Re: “East Bay Environmentalists at Odds Over Future of Eucalyptus Trees

Most of the trees that will be destroyed are no where near buildings.

Posted by Millie Trees on 07/07/2016 at 5:41 PM
Posted by David Peters on 07/07/2016 at 5:37 PM

Re: “East Bay Environmentalists at Odds Over Future of Eucalyptus Trees

UC Center for Fire Research and Outreach at Berkeley, which Jack Cohen is affiliated with would disagree. Having read some of their work, which formed the some of the basis of the Berkeley plan to remove Eucalyptus from their land in the hills, and advocated for a larger removal, they don't view Eucalyptus an equal to native tree species.
Jack Cohen has never published on Eucalyptus fires, nor presents himself as an expert on this type of forest fire. Rather than get into dueling fire scientists, I would note Mr Cohen advocates a 100 foot gap between buildings and a forest as the minimum for safety. The vast bulk of the trees slated for removal fail within this 100 foot gap.
http://www.firewise.org/wildfire-preparedn…

Posted by David O'Sullivan on 07/07/2016 at 5:35 PM

Re: “Federal Police Officer Offered to Pimp East Bay Teenager at Center of Oakland Police Sex-Abuse Scandal

We've been telling the public for years that this goes on... what will it take before you understand that the prohibition of consenting adult commercial sex ALWAYS leads to this type of corruption? While minors should not be engaging in the sex industry, the fact that it is against the law means that cops use the laws for their own ends. Decriminalize consenting adult commercial sex- PERIOD!

Posted by Norma Jean Almodovar on 07/07/2016 at 5:08 PM

Re: “Badge of Dishonor: Top Oakland Police Department Officials Looked Away as East Bay Cops Sexually Exploited and Trafficked a Teenager

Further to Eric's excellent reply to "geykerry"'s attempt to minimize the issues here, it should be noted that in the model for decriminalization of prostitution , New Zealand (the place of my birth) the actions of the law enforcement outline in the story are all illegal. In fact about a decade ago there was a similar case of a culture of one North Island city's police force having sex with young women who were exploited.
Several officers and ex-officers faced long trials on rape charges and though they were unsuccessful (due to the jury finding the actions consensual) in conviction, all the officers who where still in the force were dismissed, losing their police pensions, including a senior officer who was at that stage 3rd in line to being NZ's Police Commissioner, the highest post a Police officer can hold.
Even in a decriminalized system the Police's actions outlined in the story are completely unacceptable and corrupt.

Posted by David O'Sullivan on 07/07/2016 at 5:03 PM

Re: “East Bay Environmentalists at Odds Over Future of Eucalyptus Trees

Mr. O’Sullivan describes a firestorm in Australia. He could just as easily be describing a firestorm here in Western North America where wildfires consume thousands of acres of native trees and vegetation every year. Such firestorms also occur in Australia where the climate is similar and in that case the trees are predominantly eucalyptus. Eucalyptus trees are not inherently more flammable than bay laurel which contains twice as much oil in its leaves nor are they taller than our resinous conifers. Rather the fire conditions are weather related and the consequences for human development is where we choose to build our homes and how we maintain them.

Jack Cohen is a world renowned fire scientist at the US Forest Service fire science laboratory in Missoula, Montana. He has evaluated eucalyptus fires here and in Australia and says of our 1991 fire: “This indicates that the eucalyptus trees did not burn with high intensities (or any intensity) leading to home destruction. This strongly suggests that eliminating eucalyptus and replacing it with some other vegetation would not prevent future WU fire disasters because the problem was inappropriately defined as a eucalyptus vegetation problem and not a home ignition-home ignition zone problem.” Here is his assessment, including the photos he supplied to illustrate his conclusion: https://milliontrees.me/2016/05/06/fire-sc…

There are many reasons why people defend our urban forest. Aesthetics has little to do with my motivation for defending it. We have lost 66 million native trees in California in the past few drought years and millions more are expected to die. These dead trees are, indeed, a fire hazard, yet we are wasting millions of dollars destroying living, healthy trees that are expected to live another 200-300 years. Such voluntary and natural deforestation is contributing to climate change and the warming climate is the primary cause of increasing wildfires and the death of our native trees. I am as concerned about fire safety as Mr. O’Sullivan.

Posted by Millie Trees on 07/07/2016 at 4:27 PM

Re: “Federal Police Officer Offered to Pimp East Bay Teenager at Center of Oakland Police Sex-Abuse Scandal

What does it take to get the cops to investigate themselves?

Posted by mistressmax3db9 on 07/07/2016 at 4:20 PM

Re: “#PhilandoCastile #AltonSterling #BlackLivesMatter — Share Your Words and Thoughts With the Express

It is beyond frustration and anger for the tremendous sadness I feel for all the lives lost due to sick, phobic, psychos with guns randomly killing innocent people. But on the issue of Black Lives Matter...how can another innocent black man be killed at the hands of police? How can it be that this is still happening where the color of one's skin causes them to be killed for no apparent reason? It is on tape for all the world to see yet still the police do not admit they made a mistake. "Stand behind your own is bullshit" and they need to admit their faults and fire the ignorant asses who are shooting people for no reason. And even if and when men or women of color may be doing something illegal, Why SHOOT? Why not taser or spray them with something that will hault them? Why are the policemen trained to shoot to kill!!! KILLING people is wrong!!!! It needs to stop. What can we do as a people to stop them from killing innocent men and women of color?Unfortunately, I don't have an answer. I really don't know what it's going to take to make a change. I have a niece and two nephews of mixed race and I am scared to death for their future. If I were a mother of sons of color, I would be extremely frightened for their lives knowing that they can be pulled over whether walking or in a vehicle and harassed at the hands of the police for no reason. Wearing a hoodie, playing with a toy gun, walking in a white neighborhood, standing on a corner, walking in a convenience store, selling cigarettes, DOING NOTHING. This should not be happening. The police need to take a good hard look at the men and women on their force and get rid of the aggressive, warlike behavior of these officers. It is 2016 for gods sake!!! We have supposedly moved past the time of oppression and slavery and racism. We are regressing folks and it is not pretty. The color of ones skin should not cause them to be in danger and in fear of their lives. What happened to love for all? Why is it that people of color are treated like a lesser race. Why do we notice the color of one's skin at all? It is unacceptable, appalling and intolerable. If you haven't seen Michael Moore's documentary on "Where to Invade Next" you might want to have a look at it. There are policemen in the world who don't carry guns. And when asked why, their response is they don't need them!!! BLACK LIVES MATTER. STOP THE KILLING. Jail the corrupt criminal police officers who are killing innocent people and maybe that would put a little more trust in the police. At this point, I would have a hard time stopping if I were to be pulled over and I'm a white, 65 year old woman. Who knows what would happen!!!

Posted by Francine Fanali on 07/07/2016 at 3:57 PM

Re: “East Bay Environmentalists at Odds Over Future of Eucalyptus Trees

Having witnessed a Eucalyptus fire first hand in Australia and having a forester uncle who worked with them (including in fire fighting and fire management) for 25 years, if the opponents of removal are successful a large fire in the hills will involve the deaths of people.
People are right that Eucalyptus are highly fire resistant, but they do this by becoming incredibly dangerous to any building or human near by. Gums (the name they commonly known by in Australia and NZ) have evolved to burn extremely hot to rapidly exhaust the available fuel. The mean the fire burns itself out very quickly on the individual tree itself, but causes immense heat and embers which mean Eucalyptus fires often turn into fire storm events. (google Australian fire storm to see how terrifying this is)
As trees literally explode in minutes to shooting out flames 40-50 feet high the intense heat sucks in so much air to feed the fire it starts to generate its own weather, which when added to the huge amounts of embers that are generated means you get a very rapidly moving fire, as glowing hot embers will travel miles on the self generated winds.
These fires are almost impervious to conventional North American fire fighting techniques. In Australia back burning and very wide fire breaks (I think the aim is to get a least 1 kilometer( or 2/3 of mile) wide) is the main way these fires are fought. I've seen a controlled burn where so much heat was generated that when a heavy rain storm blew in it hardly reduced the size of the flames, as the heat from them turned the falling rain into steam which didn't reach the ground.

Australians living in forested area are instructed that if a fire is reported 5 miles away or less to pack and evacuate immediately. They are also told to make sure no large tree is within 60 to 100 feet of any building. Even then, many Australians have been killed in bush fires in the last 20 years. Some have been incinerated in their cars as the fire engulfed it as they were trying to escape.

In the closely settled hills with narrow and steep roads an Eucalyptus fire event would likely turn into a tragedy as some people wouldn't be able to escape the rapidly moving fire.
It is this reality which is driving public safety authorities to push to remove Eucalyptus from a closely settled area. Failure to do so before the next fire will result in people dying.
Keeping the trees is very much about choosing aesthetics over human lives.

Posted by David O'Sullivan on 07/07/2016 at 3:27 PM

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