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-Short Attention Span Theater-
Virus Alert
Virus Alert: Got a nefarious virus on Thursday night – if you're linking to a new page and instead of a Console Window you get a Windows Viewing screen that's a dark gray-blue in color and the (X) kill option is disabled, don't click on the kill button displayed on the screen. (Firefox on Windows XP-SP3.)

At least that's my best guess. I took the opportunity to go with Windows 10 on a new system today – total ticket $340.

Source: Got in under the radar of Norton Online which comes automatically with my ISP. Doesn't appear to be targeted or have anything to do with Rantburg. Was looking at several of those medical sites (re: ranitidine) and the Drudge Report at the time and with 6-10 Windows open, I would click on some sub-links that were displayed.
Posted by: Fairbanks || 09/09/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [284 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Of course, if your system is now stuck because of the nefarious viewing window, kill Firefox with a Cntl/Alt/Del, and select Processes, then kill Firefox. When you re-start Firefox, kill the 1st & 2nd windows that show up, and re-try.
Posted by: Fairbanks || 09/09/2018 2:03 Comments || Top||

#2  Clear history, cashe, and if you can, reformat systems.

You need help there cochise?
Posted by: newc || 09/09/2018 3:37 Comments || Top||

#3  Also, virus protection is also virus notification !!!!
Posted by: newc || 09/09/2018 3:38 Comments || Top||

#4  Thanks newc.
Posted by: Fairbanks || 09/09/2018 21:37 Comments || Top||

#5  Here's another interesting angle on the virus - I've got an HP 1012 Laserjet printer, the TU-154 workhorse of massive printing capabilities (it's got it's own processor), and it is now a vehicle to spread malicious viruses!

HPSBHF03589 rev. 4 - HP Ink Printers Remote Code Execution

Last updated : 13-Aug-2018

Two security vulnerabilities have been identified with certain HP Inkjet printers. A maliciously crafted file sent to an affected device can cause a stack or static buffer overflow, which could allow remote code execution.

The driver for my HP1012 didn't survive the change in systems and is no longer available, so now I need a new printer.

Posted by: Fairbanks || 09/09/2018 22:38 Comments || Top||

#6  Fairbanks - that's why I never install printer updates of any kind. It's embedded in the firmware & a bitch to get out. I still don't know why I have an HP printer - they do firmware updates that prevent you from using non-HP printer cartridges, which would be the last straw for me.
Posted by: Raj || 09/09/2018 23:43 Comments || Top||

Oktoberfest beer festival backlash over ‘porn' outfits as Germans moan about Brit tourists in ‘cheap' revealing clothes
[SUN] Sexy versions of the Bavarian Dirndl dress with low cut blouses and ridiculously short hemlines are increasingly worn by tipsy tourists joining the six million revellers at the famous festival in Munich every September.

Stein swilling female tourists who flock to Oktoberfest for a knees up are being slammed for wearing outrageous versions of the traditional Bavarian dress.

Cultural leaders believe much of what is being worn is becoming more and more like a porno version of the buxom dress called the dirndl.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/09/2018 00:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [513 views] Top|| File under:

#1  This is a problem, why?
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/09/2018 3:11 Comments || Top||

#2  Because it offends Muslims.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/09/2018 4:12 Comments || Top||

#3  ...because the gals are not in black bags. You really want to get in the face of a gal who can heft a dozen liters of Bavarian beer? Go ahead Omar, make her day.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/09/2018 7:56 Comments || Top||

#4  Let's see... you have a party based on drinking and are upset when drunken partygoers show up?
Posted by: ed in texas || 09/09/2018 8:47 Comments || Top||

#5  Because it offends Muslims.

Those same Muslims who aren't allowed to drink?
Posted by: Iblis || 09/09/2018 11:48 Comments || Top||

#6  Maybe not, but they can still patrol the grounds, looking for things to offend them. Maybe they're leftists?
Posted by: Bobby || 09/09/2018 12:42 Comments || Top||

#7  Maybe they would prefer British tourists flying in on Lancaster's?
Posted by: Cheaderhead || 09/09/2018 16:02 Comments || Top||

#8  What stunning things somebody's done
That never quite happen to one,
Though one's day might be brightened...
But no. They've just frightened
The Einsteins that study The Sun.

Um... The Us Einsteins.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 09/09/2018 21:40 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Trump and His Enemies
h/t Instapundit
The unusually eventful summer has reinforced the stark division between the supporters and enemies of the administration. And in this case, there is no point engaging in the traditional sportsmanlike nomenclature of describing the opposition as "adversaries." They are enemies and the president would not wish it any other way. He ran for office against both parties, the lobbyists, almost all the national political media, and the politically active elements of Wall Street, Hollywood, and Silicon Valley.

...Trump has won the first three rounds, the Republican nomination, presidential election, and effective takeover of the Republican congressional delegation and party apparatus. But his enemies, in both parties, didn’t realize they were under serious threat until Election Night.

...Either the Democrats will win the House of Representatives and force an utterly hopeless impeachment trial on the Senate with only the ravings of Maxine Waters and the false pieties of Dick Durbin et al. as a case, or they will win the House but recognize that they have no case and leave it there after an excruciatingly futile debate; or the Republicans will hold the House and Donald John Trump will grind his heel in the faces of his rabid enemies. The conventional wisdom remains that the Democrats will win the House. I don’t think so. No president has ever run a midterm campaign remotely as determined as this president will, his objective performance in office is good ‐ the economy, the border, and trade; his only weaknesses are stylistic, but he is a good deal more substantial and even likable than his gutter-sniping enemies.

...Trump has not got to this historic point by being the blustering and crooked buffoon portrayed by his enemies. He is a cunning and pitiless enemy. This is political mortal combat, and in evidentiary as in electoral matters, you can’t fight something with nothing.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/09/2018 08:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [203 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Having the big zero now imposing himself upon his media stage I can only hope Hillary will be welcomed as well.They will drive the left and current media into further oblivion. The numbers are the tell. They say within ten years print media is dead. Digital media has not delivered the results they had hoped for. The losses of revenue must be staggering.
Posted by: Dale || 09/09/2018 15:03 Comments || Top||

Papadopoulos: Sessions Was ‘Enthusiastic' About Possible Putin, Candidate Trump Meeting

TAPPER: Senator Jeff Sessions was there, too.


TAPPER: At the table‐what was his response?

PAPADOPOULOS: My recollection was that the senator was actually enthusiastic about a meeting between the candidate and President Putin.

TAPPER: So you say that then senator now Attorney General Sessions was enthusiastic about the idea of candidate Trump meeting Putin, but he has said the exact opposite. He says‐he testified before Congress saying that he, quote, ’pushed back’ when you raised the possibility of a meeting with Russia. That’s not true you’re saying?

PAPADOPOULOS: I don’t remember that.

TAPPER: You don’t remember him pushing back?


TAPPER: You remember him saying that is good idea?

PAPADOPOULOS: I remember him being enthusiastic of a potential meeting between the candidate and President Putin after I raised the question.
Emphasis added
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/09/2018 06:44 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [203 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Recusal mystery now solved ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/09/2018 6:54 Comments || Top||

#2  I find it difficult to imagine Sessions as "enthusiastic" about anything other than nap time.
Snark of the day.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/09/2018 9:59 Comments || Top||

#3  Article Two, Section 2, Clause 3 of the US Constitution::

The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session.

Let's hope Donny's ready to go on this. And if Mitch won't allow a sufficiently long recess, then Donny either has to get enough of the Congress on his side to force one, or we all need to reconsider the point of the Republican Party's existence.

Posted by: charger || 09/09/2018 11:57 Comments || Top||

#4  Sooo... "Enthusiasm" (true or not) for a meeting with Putin (not a crime as far as I know) which never occurred in fact during the campaign is "evidence" of ...ummm... something! The stupidity, it burns!
Posted by: PBMcL || 09/09/2018 12:10 Comments || Top||

The Trump conundrum
The official view from Egypt.
[AlAhram] The policies of US President Donald Trump are not as confused or inconsistent as they are sometimes made out to be, but have an internal logic of their own.

Not a day goes by without an incident sparking new questions about US President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
, many of them urgent ones involving critical and far-reaching issues concerning not just the US but the entire world.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/09/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [294 views] Top|| File under:

#2  the general thrust of which has been to undermine and diminish American liberalism at home and abroad

Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/09/2018 4:07 Comments || Top||

#3  This was a good read. Free of the emotion and bloviates of the left, refreshing. A real grasp of the complexities of Trump.
Then there is much more to come. Trump is a machine. Like Rudy Giuliani a man driven to succeed. People can't keep up with these men, physically or mentally.
Posted by: Dale || 09/09/2018 14:54 Comments || Top||

Another kick in the teeth for Palestinian justice
[ARABNEWS] When the ax finally fell on US aid to the United Nations
...where theory meets practice and practice loses...
Relief and Works Agency, it was anything but a shock. It was entirely in line with the mysterious ways in which the current US administration works.

Its promise of a "Deal of the Century" to bring peace between the Israelis and the Paleostinians, for example, now looks more like a bargain basement of recycled ideas, ranging from economic reconstruction of Gazoo to a confederation between Paleostine and Jordan. Core issues such as East Jerusalem as the capital of Paleostine, or what the future holds for the rights of Paleostinian refugees, are addressed in a manner that mainly leaves scorched earth at the suggestion of even convening around a negotiating table. One wonders whether Washington’s proposals are the result of utter miscomprehension of the situation, or a deliberate attempt to sabotage whatever remains of the chance to reach a peace agreement based on the two-state solution.

First there was the unilateral recognition by the Trump administration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the move of the US embassy there, then last week came the announcement that US funding of UNWRA was to be entirely withdrawn. Unless other countries plug the gap and cover the shortfall, which amounts to about a quarter of UNWRA’s $1.2 billion budget, the services it provides to 5.4 million Paleostinian refugees are under real and severe threat.
Posted by: Fred || 09/09/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [334 views] Top|| File under: PLO

#1  Let me explain.
(a) There are not going to be any Palestinian state in Land of Israel.
(b) Arabs currently infesting Land of Israel will have to move elsewhere.
So sorry, and all that, but since they've demonstrated - beyond any doubt - total lack of ability to live in peace with us...
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/09/2018 4:02 Comments || Top||

#2  The Paleos have stonewalled any peace treaty, they get the consequences
Posted by: Frank G || 09/09/2018 7:13 Comments || Top||

#3  I like the idea of furriners seeing "common sense" as "mysterious." It confirms my longstanding outlook.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/09/2018 10:06 Comments || Top||

Olde Tyme Religion
The uncomfortable truth: Haj pilgrims to Mecca and the spread of illnesses
[American Thinker]
Posted by: Frank G || 09/09/2018 09:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [273 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Saudi Arabia

#1  Need to get the Peepee Shrinkage Factor™ directly into the Mecca water supply
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/09/2018 9:48 Comments || Top||

#2  ...In Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six, the bad guys were going to spread a mutated ebola virus at the Olympics. If anybody ever figures out that the hajj is done, what - twice a year? - and tries the same stunt, we're in deep shiat...

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 09/09/2018 10:59 Comments || Top||

#3  You need something with long incubation period.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/09/2018 11:29 Comments || Top||

#4  You need something with long incubation period.

Posted by: Skidmark || 09/09/2018 13:12 Comments || Top||

#5  You need something with long incubation period.

Like cousin-boinking?

I'd be willing to argue that Islam itself is a debilitating brain infection.
Posted by: SteveS || 09/09/2018 17:33 Comments || Top||

Science & Technology
Jane Goodall on how her looks helped her career: ‘It didn't harm either that I wasn't born ugly'
[Yahoo] Jane Goodall wasn’t your typical scientist when she first started out in her career ‐ and not just because she was one of the few women in her field.

Back in 1960, when she was 26 years old, Goodall traveled from England to Gombe in Tanzania to learn about wild chimpanzees, human’s closest living relatives. Rather than observing the animals from afar, Goodall immersed herself in their world. This led her to making several groundbreaking discoveries including the fact that, like humans, chimpanzees make and use tools, fashioning and using sticks to "fish" for termites. Until then, it was assumed that tool use was what separated humans from every other animal.

Goodall, who has been passionate about animals since she was a little girl (her beloved childhood toy was a chimpanzee doll named Jubilee), starred in the National Geographic documentary, Jane, which features more than 100 hours of never-before-seen footage and has been nominated for seven awards, according to Variety.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/09/2018 07:02 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [266 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Always liked her research work reports. You could actually understand them.

Also, she had a sense of humor.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 09/09/2018 11:26 Comments || Top||

#2  Of course, to get the real story, we had to wait for De Waal and Boesch.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/09/2018 11:43 Comments || Top||

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Sun 2018-09-09
  Battle for Idlib & Hama finally begins
Sat 2018-09-08
  Syrian army advances in al-Safa, killing over 40 turbans, 1000+ trapped on volcano
Fri 2018-09-07
  Houthis fire missiles toward two southern Saudi airports, hit one
Thu 2018-09-06
  Two major Syrian Army divisions head toward Hama for upcoming offensive
Wed 2018-09-05
  Al Qaeda trying to regain primacy as Islamic State loses ground: NATO
Tue 2018-09-04
  Jalaluddin Haqqani joins the Choir Eternal
Mon 2018-09-03
  Islamists militants in northeast Nigeria kill up to 30 48 soldiers: Sources
Sun 2018-09-02
  Yemen’s army imposes full control over Saada’s Al-Zaher directorate
Sat 2018-09-01
  Dutch police shoot suspect after he stabs two people at an Amsterdam train station
Fri 2018-08-31
  ISIS leader Yasir Khurasani killed with 5 comrades in Nangarhar drone strike
Thu 2018-08-30
  Egyptian forces kill 20 militants in Sinai operation: Army
Wed 2018-08-29
  Syrian Army foils ISIL breakout attempt in east Sweida
Tue 2018-08-28
  Idlib: Nusra arrest 20 ISIS turbans, Gov’t closes key crossing
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  John McCain dies at 81

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