20 ноября, 03:46

5 Things You Should Never Search on Google

Almost everyone is aware that search engines collect more data on us than we'd like to realize. What terms should you avoid searching to protect your privacy?

19 ноября, 15:09

U.S. military builds up in land of ‘Black Hawk Down’ disaster

The Pentagon now has its largest military presence in war-torn Somalia since the deadly battle in 1993.

18 ноября, 10:00

George Soros BUSTED In Criminal Conspiracy to BUY Congress

George Soros BUSTED In Criminal Conspiracy to BUY Congress | Anonymous EXPOSED Soros THRIVES on conflict, uprisings, and mayhem. He deserves to be stripped of his citizenship and thrown into prison! The Financial Armageddon Economic Collapse Blog tracks trends and forecasts , futurists... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit http://FinanceArmageddon.blogspot.com or http://lindseywilliams101.blogspot.com for full links, other content, and more! ]]

18 ноября, 00:34

Downright Scandalous Confessions From Flight Attendants

You won't believe some of the stories that these flight attendants have to share.

17 ноября, 23:27

Police officers granted anonymity at Rashan Charles inquest

Family of 20-year-old who died after arrest in east London criticise coroner’s decision as ‘outrageous’A coroner has ruled that two police officers involved with the restraint and arrest of Rashan Charles shortly before he died have the right to remain anonymous at his inquest.Charles, 20, from north London, who had a baby daughter, was chased into a Hackney shop by a police officer in July 2017 before being restrained and handcuffed. Within 70 minutes of his arrest he was dead. Continue reading...

17 ноября, 21:40

How Much Attention Should Extremists Get?

“Even if you’re condemning it, you’re amplifying it.”

17 ноября, 20:10

Bittel resigns as Florida Democratic Party chief following report of demeaning women

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TALLAHASSEE — Florida Democratic Party Chairman Stephen Bittel resigned on Friday in the face of a torrent of top Democrats — including the entire 2018 gubernatorial field — demanding he step down from the high-level post.His resignation follows a POLITICO report published Thursday night that he had a history of making demeaning remarks toward women, according to former party staffers and consultants.“When my personal situation becomes distracting to our core mission of electing Democrats and making Florida better, it is time for me to step aside,” Bittel said in a statement.The women interviewed by POLITICO said Bittel created an unprofessional workplace environment for women, noting that he made persistent inappropriate comments, leered at young women and even invited them on his private jet.The women, who were reached independently by POLITICO and insisted on anonymity out of fear for their jobs, said Bittel never inappropriately touched or threatened them. But he made them feel so uneasy that they didn’t want to be alone with him due to his body language, suggestive remarks and even the breast-shaped stress squeeze-ball he has been known to keep on his desk.Bittel was just elected to the post in January following a contentious race. He had the support of Sen. Bill Nelson and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, two of the most prominent Florida Democrats.On Friday morning, the entire 2018 Democratic gubernatorial field was calling on him to resign.Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, one of three top gubernatorial candidates, applauded Bittel's decision to leave the job.“I am glad Stephen Bittel resigned — there was no alternative," he said in a statement. "The FDP must move forward quickly to rebuild their culture and create an inclusive, safe work environment."Earlier, Democratic candidates Gwen Graham, Chris King and Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine had all urged Bittel to turn in his resignation.Graham, a former congresswoman, said she had called Bittel and “told him that he should step down.”“None should have to work in an uncomfortable environment,” her campaign said in a statement. “Bittel’s behavior and the atmosphere he has created is unacceptable."Levine said it was time to “change the culture” at the Florida Democratic Party. “No individual should feel less than safe and comfortable in their workplace," he said in a statement.King, a businessman, said the stories of Bittel and others in the Capitol speak to "a larger problem with the environment in Tallahassee and more generally in our politics."Nelson and Wasserman Schultz could not be reached for comment Friday.

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17 ноября, 14:58

Manchester United cancel David Icke show at Old Trafford after backlash

• Social media outrage over event, for which some tickets cost £170• Icke, known for his controversial views, labels move a ‘disgrace’Manchester United have cancelled a planned show staged by David Icke at Old Trafford on Friday evening because of the former television presenter’s controversial views.An Evening with David Icke, for which some tickets cost £170, caused a backlash against United on social media regarding the club’s agreement to allow it. The 65-year-old booked a suite at Old Trafford through an associate with his name being kept anonymous. Continue reading...

17 ноября, 07:19

Florida Democratic Party chair apologizes after 6 women complain of 'demeaning' behavior

TALLAHASSEE — Six former Florida Democratic Party staffers and consultants say that current party chairman Stephen Bittel has created an unprofessional workplace environment for women that includes persistent inappropriate comments, leering at young women and even inviting them on his private jet.The women, who were reached independently by POLITICO Florida and insisted on anonymity out of fear for their jobs, said Bittel never inappropriately touched or threatened them. But he made them feel so uneasy that they didn’t want to be alone with him due to his body language, suggestive remarks and even the breast-shaped stress squeeze-ball he has been known to keep on his desk. Depending on the circumstance and the person discussing Bittel, they said he would make references about women cooking dinner, showing their breasts, their age, whether they wanted to ride on his plane, come to his hotel room or if they thought he was attractive. “There was a lot of boob stuff in his office,” said a woman who was a fundraiser years ago and had to interact with him. “I was told by other women not to go into his bathroom. I was warned.”In a written statement, a spokesman for Bittel didn’t dispute the women’s accounts and acknowledged he had the breast-shaped stress balls. But, he said, they were a gift “from a former female general counsel of his company years ago as a joke for his birthday. He keeps them in a drawer with other gag gifts.”Bittel also apologized. “Every person, regardless of their gender, race, age or sexuality should be treated with respect and valued for their hard work and contributions to our community and if any of my comments or actions did not reflect that belief I am deeply sorry,” Bittel said. “I have much to learn, but my goal is and has always been to make sure every member of our party has a safe environment in which to succeed. It seems I’ve not been successful in that goal, and I will do better."The gist of the women’s accounts, bolstered by the observations of two male Democrats who worked with the women and a former female candidate for a prominent office. They, too, did not want to be identified criticizing Bittel out of fear of angering the powerful party chairman, an independently wealthy developer who has long been a prominent political rainmaker tied to a secretive donor alliance.“He’s just so f----ng creepy,” said a former female party staffer, anger palpable in her tone. “He just leers at you, and stares. I don’t know if you know what that feels like, but he just leers at you. I don’t know how to describe the feeling.”The allegations come at what’s a turning point for addressing sexual harassment, an element that has long been an ingrained part of Florida politics, but only recently has bubbled to the surface in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual-harassment case that rocked Hollywood, media and national politics.The environment in Florida changed, in large part, following the resignation of former state Sen. Jeff Clemens (D-Lake Worth), who POLITICO Florida reported had an extra-marital affair with a lobbyist. That was followed by six women telling POLITICO Florida that state Sen. Jack Latvala touched them against their will or made demeaning remarks about their bodies or appearance. The Pinellas County Republican and gubernatorial candidate, who denies wrongdoing, is facing two Florida Senate complaints for sexual harassment.In recent days, as Democratic women began approaching POLITICO Florida with their stories, Bittel’s supporters worried it would jeopardize his new post as party chair, which he won in a disputed party election after the 2016 elections.Among Democrats, Bittel had a reputation for a brusque style that made enemies or led to mockery behind his back.Before a 2016 Miami fundraiser, for instance, Democratic National Committee staffers made fun of him and conspired to give him poor seating away from President Obama, according to hacked emails published by the group Wikileaks last year. And this June, after his election as chair, Bittel ran afoul of black lawmakers in a dispute at a party gala where he called some of them “childish.” Bittel apologized and offered his resignation.'He’s very demeaning'The women who spoke with POLITICO Florida about Bittel said there’s often a palpable sense of discomfort when interacting with him, and several described an informal policy of staffers not leaving women alone with the multi-millionaire South Florida commercial real estate developer.“The biggest thing I will say is that it became a policy that women, especially junior staff, were never to be left alone with him in his office, plane or house,” said a former party staffer.She said that Bittel’s remarks and the environment he created for women staffers was one of the reasons she no longer wanted to work for the Florida Democratic Party.“There is a reason I left,” she said. “He’s very demeaning. He’s inappropriate in his comments he makes to women.”She mentioned that Bittel liked to talk about women’s breasts. But she didn’t want his specific remarks -- though corroborated by a second source — printed because she was concerned it would reveal her identity. The same woman says the fact that Bittel is known within party circles for having a belittling attitude towards women largely explains why the party wasn’t more strident in attacking Latvala after his scandal.“It’s not an accident they’ve been so quiet,” she said.Like the others interviewed, she said Bittel would offer rides on his private airplane.“The most suggestive thing he does is invite women on his plane or over to his home when his wife is not in town,” she said. “It is not like these things are in the eye of the beholder, the suggestion is very clear … His reputation is very clear, and it has been there since before he was party chairman.” Bittel was elected to the job earlier this year.‘Why ask about a woman’s boyfriend?'A former party fundraiser who spent time working in Bittel’s office prior to his time as chairman said he was overtly “creepy towards women.”She did not work directly for Bittel but during her time working with FDP she regularly interacted with him. One of her most indelible memories was Bittel’s frequent inquiries about her boyfriend. “Really, who does that. Why would he ask about a woman’s boyfriend?” she said. “And it was not like a ‘how is your significant other doing?’ It was not that at all.”She said shortly after leaving the Florida Democratic Party, there was a memorable goodbye call with Bittel. He asked if he could help her in her next career move, and then asked whether she might consider moving to Miami for a job opportunity. And then she recalls him saying, “‘will your boyfriend be moving with you?’”“I hung up,” she said.She quickly called back with a clear message.“I’ve never had this type of guts, so I’m not sure where it came from, but I told him he’s creepy towards women, makes them feel uncomfortable, and it’s not ok,” she said. “It needs to stop.”In response, he sent a text message she remembers clearly.“Thank U for ur honesty,” she says he wrote back. “I hope your words make me better.”‘It’s inappropriate’A recently departed Florida Democratic Party staffer tells a similar tale, underscoring a consistent theme with women overtly uncomfortable being alone around the party’s chairman.“He makes comments about what women wear, about how they look,” she said. “It’s inappropriate.”She said there are women she knew that have left the party, in part, because of how Bittel interacted with them.“It just, at a certain point, becomes difficult and uncomfortable to do your job,” she said. “And everyone there knows that.”Another young woman staffer who no longer works for the party said she made sure not to be alone with Bittel. But one time in the office, she said, he wound up standing so close to her that she felt uneasy. A co-worker, she said, spied the situation and made sure to enter the room and stay there. “He never said or did anything, but he was just too close and I just felt him in my space,” she said. “He was just a weird, creepy guy to be around … Maybe he doesn’t know how to read a room or control his voice.”A fifth woman who also formerly worked at FDP headquarters in Tallahassee said she remembered the first time she met Bittel he commented on her looks and then asked her “do I look good?” The woman, who was older than the younger staffers Bittel was known to be interested in, said the comments struck her as inappropriate because she felt “objectified. I mean, who does that the first time you meet them?”Bittel also kept a breast-shaped squeeze ball on his desk. “It was weird,” she said. Another Democrat said it just made people “uncomfortable.”The strange behavior of Bittel wasn’t just limited to staffers and consultants. A former female candidate for office recalls bringing two young attractive young staffers with her to see if she could rustle a donation out of the donor.Bittel didn’t pay much attention to her, but he spent time staring at her two staffers, the candidate told POLITICO Florida. She said Bittel kept remarking about the young women’s age.“I felt uncomfortable leaving them in the room with him,” she said. “It was kind of icky.”“I didn’t even get the check,” she added.A consultant who worked years ago with Bittel she recalled he would enjoy talking about young women and repeatedly brought up topics, such as the sex lives of others, that she would often “try to shut down. But he would bring it up again.”She said she hoped Bittel had changed his ways and said she was disappointed, but not surprised, that so many women are starting to complain.“He is not a predator. He’s not a terrible person.,” she said. “But he’s inappropriate. And he’s been allowed to be inappropriate for a long time.”

17 ноября, 07:19

Florida Democratic Party chair apologizes after 6 women complain of 'demeaning' behavior

TALLAHASSEE — Six former Florida Democratic Party staffers and consultants say that current party Chairman Stephen Bittel has created an unprofessional workplace environment for women that includes persistent inappropriate comments, leering at young women and even inviting them on his private jet. The women, who were reached independently by POLITICO and insisted on anonymity out of fear for their jobs, said Bittel never inappropriately touched or threatened them. But he made them feel so uneasy that they didn’t want to be alone with him due to his body language, suggestive remarks and even the breast-shaped stress squeeze-ball he has been known to keep on his desk. Depending on the circumstance and the person discussing Bittel, they said he would make references about women cooking dinner, showing their breasts, their age, whether they wanted to ride on his plane, come to his hotel room or if they thought he was attractive. “There was a lot of boob stuff in his office,” said a woman who was a fundraiser years ago and had to interact with him. “I was told by other women not to go into his bathroom. I was warned.”In a written statement, a spokesman for Bittel didn’t dispute the women’s accounts and acknowledged he had the breast-shaped stress balls. But, he said, they were a gift “from a former female general counsel of his company years ago as a joke for his birthday. He keeps them in a drawer with other gag gifts.”Bittel also apologized. “Every person, regardless of their gender, race, age or sexuality should be treated with respect and valued for their hard work and contributions to our community and if any of my comments or actions did not reflect that belief I am deeply sorry,” Bittel said. “I have much to learn, but my goal is and has always been to make sure every member of our party has a safe environment in which to succeed. It seems I’ve not been successful in that goal, and I will do better."The gist of the women’s accounts were bolstered by the observations of two male Democrats who worked with them and a former female candidate for a prominent office. They, too, did not want to be identified criticizing Bittel out of fear of angering the powerful party chairman, an independently wealthy developer who has long been a prominent political rainmaker tied to a secretive donor alliance.Bittel is so-well connected that the state’s best-known Democrats, Sen. Bill Nelson and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, call him friends and he has hosted President Obama and Vice President Biden at his home. Privately, many women weren’t as much awestruck by Bittel as turned off.“He’s just so f----ng creepy,” said a former female party staffer, anger palpable in her tone. “He just leers at you, and stares. I don’t know if you know what that feels like, but he just leers at you. I don’t know how to describe the feeling.”The allegations come at what’s a turning point for addressing sexual harassment, an element that has long been an ingrained part of Florida politics, but only recently has bubbled to the surface in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual-harassment case that rocked Hollywood, media and national politics.The environment in Florida changed, in large part, following the resignation of former state Sen. Jeff Clemens (D-Lake Worth), who POLITICO reported had an extra-marital affair with a lobbyist. That was followed by six women telling POLITICO that state Sen. Jack Latvala touched them against their will or made demeaning remarks about their bodies or appearance. The Pinellas County Republican and gubernatorial candidate, who denies wrongdoing, is facing two Florida Senate complaints for sexual harassment.In recent days, as Democratic women began approaching POLITICO with their stories, Bittel’s supporters worried it would jeopardize his new post as party chairman, which he won in a disputed party election after the 2016 elections.Among Democrats, Bittel had a reputation for a brusque style that made enemies or led to mockery behind his back.Before a 2016 Miami fundraiser, for instance, Democratic National Committee staffers made fun of him and conspired to give him poor seating away from then-President Barack Obama, according to hacked emails published by the group Wikileaks last year. And this June, after his election as chairman, Bittel ran afoul of black lawmakers in a dispute at a party gala where he called some of them “childish.” Bittel apologized and offered his resignation.'He’s very demeaning'The women who spoke with POLITICO about Bittel said there’s often a palpable sense of discomfort when interacting with him, and several described an informal policy of staffers not leaving women alone with the multi-millionaire South Florida commercial real estate developer.“The biggest thing I will say is that it became a policy that women, especially junior staff, were never to be left alone with him in his office, plane or house,” said a former party staffer.She said that Bittel’s remarks and the environment he created for women staffers was one of the reasons she no longer wanted to work for the Florida Democratic Party.“There is a reason I left,” she said. “He’s very demeaning. He’s inappropriate in his comments he makes to women.”She mentioned that Bittel liked to talk about women’s breasts. But she didn’t want his specific remarks — though corroborated by a second source — printed because she was concerned it would reveal her identity. The same woman says the fact that Bittel is known within party circles for having a belittling attitude towards women largely explains why the party wasn’t more strident in attacking Latvala after his scandal.“It’s not an accident they’ve been so quiet,” she said.Like the others interviewed, she said Bittel would offer rides on his private airplane.“The most suggestive thing he does is invite women on his plane or over to his home when his wife is not in town,” she said. “It is not like these things are in the eye of the beholder, the suggestion is very clear … His reputation is very clear, and it has been there since before he was party chairman.” Bittel was elected to the job earlier this year.‘Why ask about a woman’s boyfriend?'A former party fundraiser who spent time working in Bittel’s office prior to his time as chairman said he was overtly “creepy towards women.”She did not work directly for Bittel but during her time working with FDP she regularly interacted with him. One of her most indelible memories was Bittel’s frequent inquiries about her boyfriend. “Really, who does that. Why would he ask about a woman’s boyfriend?” she said. “And it was not like a ‘how is your significant other doing?’ It was not that at all.”She said shortly after leaving the Florida Democratic Party, there was a memorable goodbye call with Bittel. He asked if he could help her in her next career move, and then asked whether she might consider moving to Miami for a job opportunity. And then she recalls him saying, “‘will your boyfriend be moving with you?’”“I hung up,” she said.She quickly called back with a clear message.“I’ve never had this type of guts, so I’m not sure where it came from, but I told him he’s creepy towards women, makes them feel uncomfortable, and it’s not ok,” she said. “It needs to stop.”In response, he sent a text message she remembers clearly.“Thank U [sic] for ur [sic] honesty,” she says he wrote back. “I hope your words make me better.”‘It’s inappropriate’A recently departed Florida Democratic Party staffer tells a similar tale, underscoring a consistent theme with women overtly uncomfortable being alone around the party’s chairman.“He makes comments about what women wear, about how they look,” she said. “It’s inappropriate.”She said there are women she knew that have left the party, in part, because of how Bittel interacted with them.“It just, at a certain point, becomes difficult and uncomfortable to do your job,” she said. “And everyone there knows that.”Another young woman staffer who no longer works for the party said she made sure not to be alone with Bittel. But one time in the office, she said, he wound up standing so close to her that she felt uneasy. A co-worker, she said, spied the situation and made sure to enter the room and stay there. “He never said or did anything, but he was just too close and I just felt him in my space,” she said. “He was just a weird, creepy guy to be around … Maybe he doesn’t know how to read a room or control his voice.”A fifth woman who also formerly worked at FDP headquarters in Tallahassee said she remembered the first time she met Bittel he commented on her looks and then asked her “do I look good?” The woman, who was older than the younger staffers Bittel was known to be interested in, said the comments struck her as inappropriate because she felt “objectified. I mean, who does that the first time you meet them?”Bittel also kept a breast-shaped squeeze ball on his desk. “It was weird,” she said. Another Democrat said it just made people “uncomfortable.”The strange behavior of Bittel wasn’t just limited to staffers and consultants. A former female candidate for office recalls bringing two young attractive young staffers with her to see if she could rustle a donation out of the donor.Bittel didn’t pay much attention to her, but he spent time staring at her two staffers, the candidate told POLITICO. She said Bittel kept remarking about the young women’s age.“I felt uncomfortable leaving them in the room with him,” she said. “It was kind of icky.”“I didn’t even get the check,” she added.A consultant who worked years ago with Bittel she recalled he would enjoy talking about young women and repeatedly brought up topics, such as the sex lives of others, that she would often “try to shut down. But he would bring it up again.”She said she hoped Bittel had changed his ways and said she was disappointed, but not surprised, that so many women are starting to complain.“He is not a predator. He’s not a terrible person,” she said. “But he’s inappropriate. And he’s been allowed to be inappropriate for a long time.”

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17 ноября, 04:30

Anonymous: CIA Declares War Against WikiLeaks, Pompeo says Publication “Ends Now”

That’s NOT a decision the CIA or it’s Director makes apart from the DOJ.. that’s why America views the agency as “rogue “! If Wikileaks has done something wrong the agency can address it thru the court system and not try to assassinate people or take them down! They need to return to the rule of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit http://FinanceArmageddon.blogspot.com or http://lindseywilliams101.blogspot.com for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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17 ноября, 01:33

Appeals Court’s Disturbing Ruling Jeopardizes Protections for Anonymous Speakers

By Aaron Mackey and Sophia Cope A federal appeals court has issued an alarming ruling that significantly erodes the Constitution’s protections for anonymous speakers—and simultaneously...

17 ноября, 00:00

When Does a Watershed Become a Sex Panic?

Masha Gessen, The New YorkerIdols are falling so fast that it’s hard to keep track. The Times has produced a growing tally of twenty-three men who have lost jobs, deals, film roles, and more in the last five weeks as a result of sexual-assault or harassment accusations. Most of these men worked in the entertainment industry or the media. Many more names are on a widely circulated list of “shitty media men,” which has compiled anonymous accusations ranging from the shocking to the exceedingly trivial. Two women have gone public with allegations of rape by two prominent academics. (One died in 2007, and...

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16 ноября, 22:19

In Roy Moore’s Senate race, anonymous threats, deceptive texts, alternative facts

Moore’s accusers find themselves under attack via mysterious texts and voice mails, Facebook and Twitter.

16 ноября, 21:44

Everyday Things That Are Surprisingly Stressful

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The stress of everyday life can impact your overall health, and it can come from unexpected places. Here are some things that are surprisingly stressful.

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16 ноября, 05:05

At Auction, Billionaire Sells Da Vinci Painting For A New World Record Price

Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev sold Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi" through Christie's in New York City to an anonymous buyer for several hundred million dollars more than the initial asking price. It is now the most expensive painting ever sold anywhere.

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16 ноября, 03:00

Trump Counter Attacks Against The Deep State

Anonymous: Trumps Counter Attack Against The United States Shadow Government "Deep State" The storm is upon us..... The Financial Armageddon Economic Collapse Blog tracks trends and forecasts , futurists , visionaries , free investigative journalists , researchers , Whistelblowers ,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit http://FinanceArmageddon.blogspot.com or http://lindseywilliams101.blogspot.com for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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16 ноября, 01:55

Startup offers anonymous harassment reporting tool

Stories of sexual harassment and abuse of power in Silicon Valley and Hollywood have left many people questioning what can be done to make speaking up easier across all industries.

15 ноября, 22:45

These Are the Latest Actresses Speaking out About Sexual Harassment in Hollywood

From Portia De Rossi to Ellen Page, these actresses are joining the chorus of women sharing stories of being sexually harassed in Hollywood.

15 ноября, 21:31

Amazon Says It's "Almost Ready" To Get 1,000s Of Grocery Store Cashiers Fired

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Late last year we noted Amazon's efforts to 'disrupt' the traditional grocery retail model by introducing small format stores that allow customers to simply walk in, pick up what they want and walk out.  The concept store, dubbed AmazonGo, tracks a customer's every move, including each item they remove from store shelves, allowing them to skip long, often frustrating, check out lines (see: Amazon Goes Offline With Bricks-And-Mortar Grocery Chain; Envisions Opening 2,000 Stores). Now, after nearly a full year of testing their Seattle concept store with employees, Amazon says their cashier-less grocery store is just about ready to go live.  As Bloomberg notes this morning, the company has already begun hiring construction managers and marketing staff to build out a store base. The e-commerce giant unveiled Amazon Go last December, saying it planned to open the store to the public early this year. However, the company encountered technical difficulties and postponed the launch to work out the bugs, The Wall Street Journal reported in March.   Seven months later, challenges remain, but the “just walk out” technology has improved markedly, says the person, who requested anonymity to speak freely about the project. And in a sign that the concept is almost ready for prime time, hiring for the Amazon Go team has shifted from the engineers and research scientists needed to perfect the platform to the construction managers and marketers who would build and promote the stores to consumers. Of course, many analysts expect that Amazon will eventually roll out their grocery technology in the ~350 Whole Foods stores that they just acquired for $13.7 billion.  That said, implementing the technology in a 40,000 square foot grocery store might be a little more difficult than their current 1,800 square foot concept store so we won't hold our breath on that one. For those who missed it, here is a look at AmazonGo in action: So, why is this important?  Well, beyond the time it will save us from having to wait in frustrating checkout lines, there are nearly 40,000 grocery stores in the U.S. employing roughly 3.5mm people, many of whom are cashiers. As we've noted before (see: 4 Signs That Spell Doom For Traditional American Grocery Chains), grocery stores operate on razor-thin margins that hover around 1-3% leaving the entire industry completely incapable of absorbing even the slightest financial shock...like the financial shock that might occur when a new competitor comes along and eliminates one of your highest cost buckets and allows them to drastically undercut you on price... Of course, while the demise of the traditional grocery store will undoubtedly take time (recall that people were calling for the demise of Blockbuster for nearly a decade before it finally happened), make no mistake that the retail grocery market 10-15 years from now will not include many of the well-recognized companies that consumers visit weekly as of today. Meanwhile, we're almost certain that this lower demand for minimum wage labor will prompt Bernie and his "Fight for $15" crew to argue even harder for higher minimum wages...after all, the cure for lower demand is just higher supply...it's simple economics 101 really.

16 марта 2014, 19:18

Украинские хакеры выложили в сеть переписку представителей партий "Удар" и "Батькивщина"

БРЮССЕЛЬ, 16 марта. /Корр. ИТАР-ТАСС Денис Дубровин/. Украинская ячейка международной сети Anonymous и группа хакеров, назвавшаяся "КиберБеркут", выложили в интернет электронную переписку представителей руководства украинских партий "Удар" и "Батькивщина". Архивы с перепиской содержат сообщения, которыми обменивались региональные лидеры партий в Киеве, Львове, Донецке, Харькове и Луганске. В сообщениях, в частности, обсуждается организация силовых провокаций на Восточной Украине с участием активистов "Правого сектора". Никаких независимых подтверждений этой информации, добытой незаконным путем, не существует. Группа украинских хакеров, назвавшаяся "КиберБеркут", в ночь с субботы на воскресенье обрушила основные информационные ресурсы НАТО, которые более 12 часов работали с серьезными перебоями. Их функционирование восстановилось в полной мере только после того, как хакеры распространили заявление "о прекращении DDoS-атаки на ресурсы НАТО". Пока неизвестно, смогли ли эксперты по киберобороне НАТО установить источник атаки и будет ли альянс выдвигать судебные претензии хакерам. Распределенный отказ в обслуживании, известный под английской аббревиатурой DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service), - это один из наиболее распространенных методов хакерского нападения, цель которого - перегрузить системы огромным количеством запросов, автоматически направляемых одновременно с большого числа компьютеров.