Today the USG under the name of President Trump announced sanctions against an ICO offering advanced by the Maduro government in Venezuala. Expect substantial wank and declarations of "effectiveness" in the USG's combat against "trade" in this plainly toxic asset no one but the criminal ICO issuers wanted in the first place. Full text below: Continue reading
In recent weeks, the seven year old proxy war sustained through the pantsuit "regime change" corruption racket has shifted further from being a proxy conflict into a direct conflict occurring in a proxy location (archived). Western Pantsuits are less rigorously adhering to their usual euphamisms like "trainers" in describing special operations forces on the ground. Meanwhile Turkish forces captured the Syrian city of Afrin from US backed Kurds (archived).
Former assistant FBI director and prominent pantsuit loyalist Andrew McCabe's employment with the FBI was terminated hours before his planned retirement. Following the Bureau's shennanigans on behalf of pantsuit during the 2016 election season, McCabe positioned himself as a obstacle to The Great Again. The termination for cause issued by Attorney General Sessions is likely to substantialy reduce the former G-man's income.
Months after the US backed Iraqi occupation authority declared "victory" in Mosul:
- ISIS/ISIL/Daesh militants continue to persist in the remains of the city.
- Bodies continue littering the streets (archived)
- Like Raqqa, where victory was also declared, the former city to the extent it still exists is as a collection of post-modern ruins (archived).
- Cleaning up the rubble requires navigating tons of ordinance that failed to detonate as intended (archived).
Whether qualify of life in the city with ISIS "removed" is higher than it was under caliphate rule remains an open question.
This week a pedestrian bridge with an advertised "100 Year Lifespan" collapsed on its fifth day post erection. Architectural features of the bridge included concrete trusses and a concrete roof for aesthetic effect. The bridge collapsed onto an active roadway. Six cadavers have been recovered from the rubble so far (archived).
Caving to religious groups and civil organizations, the government and mobile network operators on the island of Bali have decided to shut down connectivity to celebrate their local new year holiday. They insist wifi will be maintained for "strategic" services (archived).
The United States Securities and Exchange Commision announced it was filing charges of "Massive Fraud" against Elizabeth Holmes and her Initial Coin Offering, Theranos Labs. Curiously the press release revelaing charges also announced that a settlement has already been agreed to (archived). Also curiously absent from mainstream pantsuit coverage of the charges is the scent of corruption allowing the well connected pantsuits to escape with this sweetheart settlement:
Theranos and Holmes have agreed to settle the fraud charges levied against them. Holmes agreed to pay a $500,000 penalty, be barred from serving as an officer or director of a public company for 10 years, return the remaining 18.9 million shares that she obtained during the fraud, and relinquish her voting control of Theranos by converting her super-majority Theranos Class B Common shares to Class A Common shares. Due to the company’s liquidation preference, if Theranos is acquired or is otherwise liquidated, Holmes would not profit from her ownership until – assuming redemption of certain warrants – over $750 million is returned to defrauded investors and other preferred shareholders. The settlements with Theranos and Holmes are subject to court approval. Theranos and Holmes neither admitted nor denied the allegations in the SEC’s complaint.
Nearly four years after its disposal, RIPple Labs continues being encumbered in litgation. In its fight with R3 Holdco, prominent provider of sinecures for stooges, RIPple Labs lost the contest over which court has jurisdiction (archived).
No longer content to let the marginal figures he surrounded himself with in the hope that they might come to love The Great Again, Trump has begun firing senior wafflers. Today's elemination list includes Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Undersecretary of State Steve Goldstein. Make "You're Fired", Great Again!
The item exhibits the traditional smell of USG-authored shitware, e.g. validly-signed Windows drivers for the persistence layer. However the more interesting aspect is that it is spread via infected routers, of a type which, astonishingly even for consumer shitware, forces the execution of a x86 Windows binary for initial configuration.
An infected router dutifully augments this configurator with a rootkit installer; the rootkit, in turn, contains the typical keylogger and saved-password-collector, network topology probe, etc. components.
The more interesting and "unmentioned/unmentionable" aspect is however the identity of the router's manufacturer:
MikroTik. That very same Latvian USG shill company that's been deploying routers with nonfunctional RNGs and trivially-Phuctorable SSH keys for its entire existence. And dutifully spreads obfuscatory squid ink whenever the danger of public exposure seems acute.