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At least 380 dead, and this appears to be only from one of the two cities affected.

Indonesia tsunami: hundreds dead on Sulawesi after powerful earthquake | World news | The Guardian
Hundreds dead as quake, tsunami hit Indonesia's Sulawesi | News | Al Jazeera
Indonesia earthquake: Hundreds dead in Palu quake and tsunami - BBC News
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Wait, Bloomberg?

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Lindsay Lohan under fire for 'bizarre' Instagram video - BBC News

Wealthy white girl tries to save refugee children from refugees.
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That video does not necessarily reflect the opinions of anyone.
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I feel kinda sorry for LindLoh, she has clear drug and psychological problems, her family is utter shit and abusive, hollywood is utter shit and abusive, and she keeps trying to win back love and respect from both.

Like at the same time she broke up with her rich boyfriend accusing him of being abusive, she was defending Weinstein from abuse allegations.
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Indonesia quake, tsunami toll jumps to 1,234: Disaster agency | News | Al Jazeera

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"It's not just a wall of water, it's a wall of water full of debris: concrete, trees, cars - everything being churned around like a giant cement mixer. It's like a huge bulldozer that clears away the land and afterward you're left with complete chaos," Timmins told Al Jazeera.
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This is ... interesting:

The two Russians (they don't deny being Russians, at least) accused of the Salisbury novichok attack on Sergei Skripal and the Amesbury poisonings have been interviewed on RT.

Skripal suspects display impressive command of Wikipedia | John Crace | UK news | The Guardian :)
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Simonyan could barely contain her tears. This was one of the saddest stories she had ever heard. But worse was still to come. What really hurt Petrov and Boshirov the most was that they had been accused of carrying Nina Ricci perfume. “Isn’t it silly for decent lads to have women’s perfume?” Boshirov wept. “The customs are checking everything, they would have questions as to why men have women’s perfume in their luggage. We didn’t have it.”

Accusations of being GRU assassins they could live with. The suggestion that they might wear women’s perfume was just too much. If they had been carrying novichok they would have done so in a can of Lynx. Because they were proper Russian men. Fashionable guys with tight pants and biceps bulging under their sweaters, as Simonyan had kindly observed. But not girly boys. Anything but that.
Skripal suspects' account of Salisbury trip does not add up | UK news | The Guardian

No 10 calls Salisbury suspects' interview 'blatant lies' | UK news | The Guardian

Salisbury pair's unlikely story only makes UK's case stronger | UK news | The Guardian
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It is possible the propagandists are so inured to lying without consequence that they genuinely thought the explanation would fly. But if this was an attempt to sow western suspicion that MI6 had got the wrong men, the interview will have had the opposite effect.

Salisbury poisoning suspect identified as Russian colonel | World news | The Guardian


That's pretty much the final nail in the coffin. There could have been some non-zero chance that this was a rogue operation I guess, but you can forget that now.
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Welp. Adding New Zealand of all places to the listt of countries bwhere I wipe my phone before travel. I'm boring. But my photos and banking app is my boring.

New Zealand to travelers: Hand over phone password at border or face $3,200 fine - CNN
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The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies

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Nested on the servers’ motherboards, the testers found a tiny microchip, not much bigger than a grain of rice, that wasn’t part of the boards’ original design. Amazon reported the discovery to U.S. authorities, sending a shudder through the intelligence community. Elemental’s servers could be found in Department of Defense data centers, the CIA’s drone operations, and the onboard networks of Navy warships. And Elemental was just one of hundreds of Supermicro customers.
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“Having a well-done, nation-state-level hardware implant surface would be like witnessing a unicorn jumping over a rainbow,” says Joe Grand, a hardware hacker and the founder of Grand Idea Studio Inc. “Hardware is just so far off the radar, it’s almost treated like black magic.”

But that’s just what U.S. investigators found: The chips had been inserted during the manufacturing process, two officials say, by operatives from a unit of the People’s Liberation Army. In Supermicro, China’s spies appear to have found a perfect conduit for what U.S. officials now describe as the most significant supply chain attack known to have been carried out against American companies.
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If they what?! :hyperventilate:
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Thumb fail on phone.
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Old 10-04-2018, 11:54 PM
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Some people, including Apple and Amazon, who stepped out of their usual 'no comment' role to give details, are calling this report bullshit.

An interesting analysis, Bloomberg Reports China Infiltrated the Supermicro Supply Chain We Investigate complete with the suggestion that if this report is as bullshit as some claim an SEC investigation of who knew when this report was going to be released should be taken since it's something that will clearly affect stock prices of Supermicro.
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Let's see how this pans out. It seems to me that the report is much too specific to be nonsense. On the other hand, Bloomberg isn't the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of top-notch investigative reporting. But just hypothetically: what kind of response would you get from Amazon and Apple assuming that everyone who knows about this has some kind of gag order on them (and spilled the beans anyway as sources in that article)?
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Indeed, it's gotten interesting fast as both sides seem to have dug in their heels.

Apple came out swinging with a reasonably long response that has some pretty certain, 'fuck no!' style wording that straight up calls Bloomberg a liar.
What Businessweek got wrong about Apple - Apple
AppleOn this we can be very clear: Apple has never found malicious chips, “hardware manipulations” or vulnerabilities purposely planted in any server. Apple never had any contact with the FBI or any other agency about such an incident. We are not aware of any investigation by the FBI, nor are our contacts in law enforcement.
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In an appearance this morning on Bloomberg Television, reporter Jordan Robertson made further claims about the supposed discovery of malicious chips, saying, “In Apple’s case, our understanding is it was a random spot check of some problematic servers that led to this detection.”
As we have previously informed Bloomberg, this is completely untrue. Apple has never found malicious chips in our servers.


Amazons response is similarly harsh,
Setting the Record Straight on Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s Erroneous Article | AWS Security Blog
AmazonThere are so many inaccuracies in ‎this article as it relates to Amazon that they’re hard to count. We will name only a few of them here. First, when Amazon was considering acquiring Elemental, we did a lot of due diligence with our own security team, and also commissioned a single external security company to do a security assessment for us as well. That report did not identify any issues with modified chips or hardware. As is typical with most of these audits, it offered some recommended areas to remediate, and we fixed all critical issues before the acquisition closed. This was the sole external security report commissioned. Bloomberg has admittedly never seen our commissioned security report nor any other (and refused to share any details of any purported other report with us).

The article also claims that after learning of hardware modifications and malicious chips in Elemental servers, we conducted a network-wide audit of SuperMicro motherboards and discovered the malicious chips in a Beijing data center. This claim is similarly untrue. The first and most obvious reason is that we never found modified hardware or malicious chips in Elemental servers. Aside from that, we never found modified hardware or malicious chips in servers in any of our data centers. And, this notion that we sold off the hardware and datacenter in China to our partner Sinnet because we wanted to rid ourselves of SuperMicro servers is absurd. Sinnet had been running these data centers since we ‎launched in China, they owned these data centers from the start, and the hardware we “sold” to them was a transfer-of-assets agreement mandated by new China regulations for non-Chinese cloud providers to continue to operate in China.


Meanwhile Bloomberg has fired back with a, 'no you're the liar, we're certain it's true!'
BloombergBloomberg Businessweek’s investigation is the result of more than a year of reporting, during which we conducted more than 100 interviews. Seventeen individual sources, including government officials and insiders at the companies, confirmed the manipulation of hardware and other elements of the attacks. We also published three companies’ full statements, as well as a statement from China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We stand by our story and are confident in our reporting and sources.

The companies’ denials are countered by six current and former senior national security officials, who — in conversations that began during the Obama administration and continued under the Trump administration — detailed the discovery of the chips and the government’s investigation. One of those officials and two people inside AWS provided extensive information on how the attack played out at Elemental and Amazon; the official and one of the insiders also described Amazon’s cooperation with the government investigation. In addition to the three Apple insiders, four of the six U.S. officials confirmed that Apple was a victim.


When giants fight, however this turns out there's a pretty good chance at least one person somewhere is getting fired and at least one person somewhere is getting a raise, but who and where is still uncertain.
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Turkey concludes Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi killed by ‘murder’ team, sources say - The Washington Post

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ISTANBUL — Turkey has concluded that Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent journalist from Saudi Arabia, was killed in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last week by a Saudi team sent “specifically for the murder,” two people with knowledge of the probe said Saturday.

Turkish investigators believe a 15-member team “came from Saudi Arabia. It was a preplanned murder,” said one of the people. Both spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation.
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My first suspicion is this is some of trolling.
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'No joke': Michael Avenatti has challenged Don Jr to a cage match for charity

This guy has said he wants to run against Trump.

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Amazing how evidence disappears in Russia.
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Second Skripal poisoning suspect identified as GRU doctor | UK news | The Guardian


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