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Russia used 150,000 Twitter accounts to meddle in Brexit

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A London Times investigation revealed that Russia employed a large army of Twitter accounts to "sow discord" before the Brexit vote. And it appears to have been quite successful, as newspapers like The Sun and Mail Online published tweets from the bogus accounts.

Russian Twitter accounts posted more than 45,000 messages about Brexit in 48 hours during last year’s referendum in an apparently co-ordinated attempt to sow discord, The Times can reveal.

More than 150,000 accounts based in Russia, which had previously confined their posts to subjects such as the Ukrainian conflict, switched attention to Brexit in the days leading up to last year’s vote, according to research for an upcoming paper by data scientists at Swansea University and the University of California, Berkeley.

From Business Insider:

A Kremlin-linked account tweeted a bogus picture showing a Muslim woman ignoring victims of the Westminster bridge terrorist attack earlier this year. This picture was subsequently reported by The Sun and Mail Online.

@SouthLoneStar's account has been suspended, because Twitter is pretty good at applying a new paint job to the charred remains of a house after it's been burned down.

Portrait of Vladimir Putin: kremlin.ru/Wikipedia

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Absolutely wonderful finalists of the 2017 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards


They appear to be having more fun than most of us. See the rest at the 2017 finalists in the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. (via NextDraft)

There's a new book too: Wild and Crazy: Photos from the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

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Free keylogger: cheap keyboard records what you do and uploads it to the internet

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Whatever you do, don't buy the MantisTek GK2 ($30), because it has a keylogger built in that sends data to a server in "the cloud," i.e. a computer you neither own nor control. It's hosted by retailer Alibaba, but operated by parties unknown.

The first way to stop the keyboard from sending your key presses to the Alibaba server is to ensure the MantisTek Cloud Driver software isn’t running in the background.

The second method to stop the data collection is to block the CMS.exe executable in your firewall. You could do this by adding a new firewall rule for the MantisTek Cloud Driver in the “Windows Defender Firewall With Advanced Security.”

If you want a one-click method, you can also download the free GlassWire netwo

No! Remove the malware. Throw the keyboard in the trash.

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awwww-cute: Selfie while on a walk (Source:...

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Selfie while on a walk (Source: http://ift.tt/2mAGrAP)

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The Unfortunately Truthful Résumé of a Young Female Professional


Margaret Cooper
5555 Mission Street,
San Francisco, CA
(914) 555-2345


Young female professional looking to be treated equally by male coworkers. Past experience is limited, but this applicant remains hopeful.


Institution of Higher Education, Bachelor of Science in Economics, Bachelor of Arts in English
August 2009 – May 2013

  • Honor Graduate in both fields
  • Appointed Secretary of Student Senate as I was the only female present at meeting and the president thought it was “fitting”

Additional Institution of Higher Education in Larger City, Supplemental Business Courses
May – August 2011 and May – August 2012

  • Enrolled in supplemental business courses focusing on business management
  • Coordinated all group projects and presentations with disproportionate number of male classmates who refused to answer the phone except to text “U up?” at 3:18 am on a Saturday morning (I was up — working on the project)

Work Experience:

Large Corporate Advertising Firm, Intern
May – August 2012

  • Held position while concurrently taking business courses at Additional Institution of Higher Education in Larger City.
  • Repetitively on receiving end of numerous The Devil Wears Prada jokes from male boss, who seems to have missed the point of the film
  • Purchased lunch and coffee for partners and upper-level associates while fellow intern named Kevin was asked if he was interested in preparing spreadsheets for third largest client
  • Assigned a project that did not include ordering food only to discover it was ordering the specific type of clicky-top pen that my employer preferred

Mid-Size CPA and Consulting Firm, Junior Financial Analyst
June 2013 – October 2015

  • Oversaw the day-to-day execution of a large-scale project with a non-diverse group of professionals that continually talked over female staff
  • Provided innovative ideas at bi-weekly staff meetings that were later credited to male co-workers
  • Received more critique for identical budget proposals than male peers, but less critique than sole black female peer because that is how intersectional systems of oppression operate
  • Grew to dislike working in such a toxic male environment after one year, but remained in position for another year as I just renewed lease and could not afford to resign without having a comparable paying job lined up

Start Up Marketing Agency, Digital Marketing Analyst
October 2015 – September 2017

  • Created ads for targeted audiences including: white women and gay white men
  • Performed account optimization for several clients
  • Pushed back when co-workers from other departments tried to explain to me the graphics I designed and produced
  • Produced marketing KPI dashboards and delivered cross channel performance reports
  • Positioned myself to force male coworkers to establish and maintain eye contact when they requested notes from department meetings every week


Dedicated. Persistent. Types 75 WPM. Angry. Team player. Proficient in three languages. Shrill.

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More Word Sums


Back in 2012 I mentioned that if A=1, B=2, C=3, etc., then ARM + BEND = ELBOW and KING + CHAIR = THRONE.

Peter Dawyndt of Ghent University challenged his students to come up with more, and they found these:

WHITE (65) + HOUSE (68) = GOVERNMENT (133)
PETER (64) + PAN (31) = NEVERLAND (95)
COMIC (43) + BOOK (43) = FANTASY (86)
ABSENT (61) + MINDED (49) = FORGETFUL (110)
BLOOD (48) + BATH (31) = MASSACRE (79)
DRUG (50) + ADDICT (41) = STONER (91)
MICRO (58) + SOFT (60) = COMPUTING (118)
RED (27) + BULL (47) = COCKTAIL (74)
EGG (19) + PLANT (63) = AUBERGINE (82)
CUSTARD (86) + CREAM (40) = BISCUITRY (126)
VISUAL (84) + BASIC (34) = MICROSOFT (118)
MONA (43) + LISA (41) = LEONARDO (84)
DOWN (56) + LOAD (32) = ITUNES (88)
BLACK (29) + JACK (25) = VEGAS (54)
SUN (54) + RISE (51) = HORIZON (105)
POLICE (60) + CAR (22) = PATROL (82)
CHURCH (61) + MAN (28) = RELIGION (89)
FAMILY (66) + TREE (48) = ANCESTORS (114)
HAND (27) + GUN (42) = MAGNUM (69)
RAIN (42) + BOW (40) = COLORS (82)
ANT (35) + LION (50) = DOODLEBUG (85)
BOTTOM (85) + LINE (40) = CONCLUSION (125)
BACK (17) + SLASH (59) = HYPHEN (76)
BILL (35) + FOLD (37) = MONEY (72)
URBAN (56) + LEGEND (47) = BULLSHIT (103)
CALL (28) + GIRL (46) = HARLOT (74)
STAR (58) + TREK (54) = VOYAGERS (112)

Names of famous people:

JOHN (47) + CLEESE (49) = HUMOUR (96)
TOM (48) + HANKS (53) = FORREST (101)
BOB (19) + MARLEY (74) = RASTAFARI (93)
KURT (70) + COBAIN (44) = NOVOSELIC (114)
EMMA (32) + WATSON (92) = VOLDEMORT (124)
JAMES (48) + BOND (35) = DANIEL (45) + CRAIG (38)
GEORGE (57) + LUCAS (56) = JAR (29) + JAR (29) + BINKS (55)
STEPHEN (87) + HAWKING (73) = TEXT (69) + TO (35) + SPEECH (56)
CLOCKWORK (111) + ORANGE (60) = STANLEY (96) + KUBRICK (75)

(Thanks, Peter.)

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