Sometimes they’re funny, sometimes they’re jaw-dropping, sometimes they make you say “WTF?” else just shake your head. You know the ones I’m talking about … those headlines that you just have to click on and read at least the first paragraph of the story. A couple of them caught my eye yesterday and … I just had to read the story.
PGA Championship Servers Hacked and Files Locked
Wha … wait … doesn’t PGA stand for Professional Golfers’ Association? Isn’t golf that game that presidents seem to like so much, for it requires little skill or thought … they just hit a defenseless little ball repeatedly until it cries “Uncle!” and drops into a hole, hoping not to be pummeled any more? So, how does one hack golf??? (Apologies to any of my friends who happen to be golfers)
Turns out that the PGA Championship started yesterday and runs through Sunday. Who knew? Who cared? Apparently the files containing marketing materials such as banners and logos were attacked using ransomware and are locked until the PGA pays the ransom. Funny, though, that the hackers failed to specify how much ransom they wanted.
Golfweek reported that the hackers sent an email address and offered to decrypt two files to prove they could unlock them. “We exclusively have decryption software for your situation. No decryption software is available in the public.” The hackers also warned that any attempts to crack the encryption could cause the loss of the data in question.
No word on whether the PGA plans to try to figure out how much money the hackers want and pay the ransom or not. If they’re smart, they likely have a backup copy somewhere, and hey – it’s banners and logos for a golf game, not state secrets!
US Drink-Drive Suspect Tells Police She’s ‘Clean, White Girl’
I knew as soon as I saw the headline that this one was going to make me angry. 33-year-old Lauren Cutshaw had been drinking when she breezed through a four-way stop in Bluffton, South Carolina. Although she claimed to have drank only two glasses of wine, her blood test proved the lie, for it came back 0.18 percent – well over the legal limit in every state. She also had marijuana in her car. But none of that bothers me as much as what she said to the officer who arrested her.
“I’m a pretty girl, please, don’t make me go.”
Later, at the precinct, police officer Baker Odom wrote in his report, Cutshaw went further. She said she was also a “thoroughbred” and “white, clean girl.”
“You’re a cop, you should know what that means based on the people that come in this room.”
She could have killed somebody, and yet she should be forgiven because she is a white, arrogant b**ch? I say, “Book ‘er, Dano!”
Jeff Sessions Wants to Keep Working with This Hate group, So He Told Them They Aren’t a Hate Group
Say what??? The group is called Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), and it is, indeed, a hate group. Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has identified ADF as an anti-LGBTQ hate group. The group has defended wedding vendors challenging nondiscrimination laws, parents and schools that want to reject transgender students, and businesses that want the right to refuse to even employ LGBTQ people. They have even repeatedly advocated for the criminalization of homosexuality. Nonetheless, Sessions empathizes with and supports this group.
Sessions addressed the ADF on Wednesday. He assured them that he does not believe they are a hate group for constantly advocating for discrimination against LGBTQ people. He told the group that people of faith are facing “a bigoted ideology which is founded on animus towards people of faith.” I repeat … Say What???
In a letter to Sessions, SPLC President Richard Cohen wrote:
“If the ADF had its way, gay people would be back in the closet for fear of going to jail. It’s inappropriate for the nation’s top law enforcement officer to lend the prestige of his office to this group. And it’s ironic to suggest that the rights of ADF sympathizers are under attack when the ADF is doing everything in its power to deny the equal protection of the laws to the LGBT community.”
It seems to me that the words ‘freedom’ and ‘liberty’ are misunderstood by our illustrious Attorney General, not to mention the ‘man’ in the Oval Office. Apparently Sessions intends his newly created and highly controversial “Religious Liberty Taskforce” to work closely with ADF. Are you frightened yet? I am.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford Promises ‘A Buck a Beer’
A bit of background … in June, Ontario elected a populist Premier, Doug Ford, who in many ways is a Trump clone, albeit he is more well-spoken (he can actually make whole sentences out of words!!!) and not as outwardly disgusting. But his platforms are the same, and already he has been busily cutting back on education, environmental regulations, and social services, while cutting taxes on the wealthy. Another one who failed Econ 101! But this article is less about his platform as a whole, and more about one ‘promise’ he is keeping to his followers: cheaper beer!
From the BBC website …
As leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, Mr. Ford ran a populist campaign last spring, promising to cut taxes, freeze spending, and slash the cost of things like electricity and beer. Specifically, he swore to reduce the minimum cost of beer from C$1.25 (¢96, 74p) a beer to just C$1. Now that he’s in power, he says that “buck-a-beer” will be implemented 27 August. “The day you’ve been waiting for is finally here. We’re bringing back buck-a-beer to Ontario,” he announced to applause at a brewery in Picton, Ontario, on Tuesday.
While his proposal may be popular with some, others were less pleased:
“I don’t need a #BuckABeer, I need my fellow Canadians to have a #BasicIncome and to be proud to live in a nation that considers food security, and poverty more important than cheap beer.”
“Instead of a dollar a beer, how about dollar a day insulin supplies, dollar an hour day care, dollar an hour tuition, dollar a book, dollar a public transit ride.”
Well, I guess if he makes the beer cheap enough, he can keep them mostly inebriated and they won’t have their wits about them enough to figure out how he’s making a mucky mess of the province just as his role model Trump is of the U.S.
I’m sure I can find more, but that’s enough to give you some things to ponder this happy Friday! Have a great day, my friends!