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06 Jul 18:22

Hackers behind dangerous oil and gas intrusions are probing US power grids

by Dan Goodin
Power Lines in Page, Arizona

Enlarge / Power Lines in Page, Arizona (credit: IIP Photo Archive)

In a new troubling escalation, hackers behind at least two potentially fatal intrusions on industrial facilities have expanded their activities to probing dozens of power grids in the US and elsewhere, researchers with security firm Dragos reported Friday.

The group, now dubbed Xenotime by Dragos, quickly gained international attention in 2017 when researchers from Dragos and the Mandiant division of security firm FireEye independently reported Xenotime had recently triggered a dangerous operational outage at a critical-infrastructure site in the Middle East. Researchers from Dragos have labeled the group the world's most dangerous cyber threat ever since.

The most alarming thing about this attack was its use of never-before-seen malware that targeted the facility’s safety processes. Such safety instrumented systems are a combination of hardware and software that many critical infrastructure sites use to prevent unsafe conditions from arising. When gas fuel pressures or reactor temperatures rise to potentially unsafe thresholds, for instance, an SIS will automatically close valves or initiate cooling processes to prevent health- or life-threatening accidents.

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19 May 18:35

Jarring Juxtapositions of Prosperity and Conflict by Uğur Gallenkuş

by Laura Staugaitis

Bottom photograph: Paula Bronstein

Turkish artist Uğur Gallenkuş uses split images to emphasize the grave differences between war-torn countries and privileged, peaceful societies. Gallenkuş often specifically references Western visual culture in his juxtaposed images, such as Christian iconography of the Madonna and child, and the Instagram aesthetic of the ice cream cone portrait. In each composite image, the Istanbul-based artist pairs a carefully matched slice of prosperity with jarring documentation of conflict and poverty to show what occupies the attention and defines the experiences of people around the world, depending on where they live.

Gallenkuş has been creating these divided images for several years as a personal project, and has garnered global attention for his work, which he shares with nearly half a million followers on Instagram. In a recent interview with Juxtapoz, the artist explained,  “If we want to live in peace and trust, we must have healthy knowledge and empathy. Wrong and biased information and hatred make these problems even worse.”

Lefthand photograph: Abd Doumany

Lefthand photograph: Mario Tama

Lefthand photograph: Shakib Rahman / Righthand photograph: Frederic J. Brown

Righthand photograph: Yasin Akgul

Lefthand photograph: Khalid Mohammed


18 Apr 21:28

This Week on Blabbermouth: Resegregated Public Schools and an "Inside Witness" to the Twilight Exit Shooting

by Eli Sanders
by Eli Sanders

Episode 47 of Blabbermouth looks at how Seattle gave up on busing and allowed its public schools to become alarmingly resegregated. Also discussed: Marti Jonjaks Inside Witness project and what to do this weekend. (Wanna subscribe to the show on iTunes? Right here.)
Episode 47 of Blabbermouth looks at how Seattle gave up on busing and allowed its public schools to become alarmingly resegregated. Also discussed: Marti Jonjak's "Inside Witness" project and what to do this weekend. (Wanna subscribe to the show on iTunes? Right here.) wavebreakmedia/Shutterstock

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How did Seattle’s public schools become alarmingly resegregated in recent years? Sean Riley, a Seattle public school teacher and the author of an amazing feature in this week’s Stranger, is on the show to explain. At 1:37, Sean talks about all that's changed between the time he attended integrated Seattle public schools as a student and today, when he teaches in a mostly white public school in Magnolia.

After that, at 13:16, writer Marti Jonjak is on to talk about her McSweeney’s project, “Inside Witness.” It’s a regular column that’s in the process of exploring the 2013 shooting at the Central District bar Twilight Exit from multiple perspectives—including Marti's own perspective as someone who was in the bar as the shooting occurred.

Then, at 24:29, Stranger Things To Do director Jamie Slater is back to tell us what to do this weekend. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo!

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12 Apr 09:28

soundtransit link announcement audio


Now entering FoIA club

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to RCW Ch. 42.56 (Public Records Act), I hereby request the following records:

All announcement audio messages used on Link trains and platforms (e.g. "now entering ______ station", "doors to my right", etc). Please include (a) all recordings that are currently in use, (b) all recordings that were previously in use, and (c) all recordings that are intended to be used in the future (e.g. for stations that have not yet opened, if those recordings have already been made).

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.


Kevin Wallace

28 Mar 05:35

Alfa Romeo’s Giulia: Italian good looks and lashings of technology

by Jonathan M. Gitlin

Meet the Giulia—Alfa Romeo's credible return to the US small luxury sedan segment. Video shot and edited by Jennifer Hahn. (video link)

Was it Top Gear that issued an edict saying one could only be a real car enthusiast if they'd owned an Alfa Romeo? That would have disqualified most Americans from earning that title for many years; Alfa Romeo pulled out of the US market in the mid-'90s. But this summer, the brand returns to these shores with the arrival of the Giulia sedan.

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12 Mar 00:38

Unexpected day: what are we gonna do about Google Reader death? Keep calm and carry on.


The doom of Google Reader was announced nearly three years ago. I've not been using The Old Reader much since then, but I'm going to give it another go. Recent changes at Twitter are rubbing me the wrong way so I'm looking at other options for tracking news.

Hello everyone!

This morning I have mixed feelings: I am happy that we have the possibility to bring our beloved The Old Reader to a new level, and I am sad that Google Reader soon will be completely over. It was a large part of my daily internet life. We even started making The Old Reader because no one could stand my whining anymore.

News came unexpected (mind you, we are living in GMT, so it was literally the middle of the night), but we are doing out best. We tripled our user base (and still counting), and our servers are not amused so far. We will be deploying more capacity shortly, so things should get better by the end of the day. Please, be patient with us.

image(The Old Reader’s team before March 13, photo by

This is overwhelming. When we started this as something for us and our friends to use, we never expected so many of you to join us in our journey. Thank you very much for your kind words and support, we appreciate this.

Seeing Google Reader go, many of you are asking whether The Old Reader is going to stick around. Also, quite a lot of people would like to donate to keep our project running. We have been discussing this quite a lot recently, and we decided that paid accounts (the freemium model) are the way to go. We want to keep making a great product for our users, not cater it for advertisers’ needs.

We are going to be honest, we have not even started coding this yet. However, we would like to get this news out as soon as possible for everyone to know the way we will be going. Paid accounts will have some additional features, but the basic free accounts will still be 100% usable. We are not in this game to make money, but we want to give something special back to the people who are going to be supporting us.

We have our daily jobs, so we can’t promise that new features will be ready tomorrow or next week. We have no investors or fancy business plans, but we are open about everything we do, and we want to do it the right way.

We reworked the plans according to the news today. Creating an API for mobile clients is the number one priority in our roadmap. We would love to collaborate with any developers who were making Google Reader clients. Please, spread the word about this if you can.

For those of you who are posting feedback and creating new feature requests - please, double-check for existing items in Uservoice. We hate answering the same questions multiple times and removing duplicate requests.

Most asked questions are:
- “When will OPML import be working again?” As soon as we launch more capacity to handle this. Hopefully, later today.
- “Why are you asking for access to my Google contacts when I log in via Google account?” We don’t anymore.
- “When will you make an iOS app? How about Android?” We will start with API as soon as we can and see how it goes.
- “Why is there no way to login without Google or Facebook accounts?” We cover that one in our knowledge base, but we plan to implement own login code. The demand is high.
- “How do I rename a feed?”. Just browse the Tour page, please? 
- “Shut up and take my money!”. Will work on that, stay tuned.

We have lots of things to do, and it will probably take us several days to reply to all emails and tickets. Also, Twitter keeps reminding us about daily tweet limits, so there might be delays as well.

Some other news: last week our developer (on the left) turned 21, and we have implemented PubSubHubbub support. Many of you asked us to make feed updates faster, and PubSubHubbub makes compatible feeds refresh almost instantly. Yay!

Thank you very much for your support. We will do our best during next three months to prepare for the day Google Reader will no longer be around.

28 Mar 11:17

Re: Homeland Security Apparently Calls "No Givebacks!" on Seattle's Unwanted Police Drones

by GlibReaper
Target practice. I'd pay good money to burn one out of the sky.
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27 Mar 07:46

Crime Roundup: Cab fare dodger arrested, victim escapes Yesler Terrace robbery attempt

by Tom Fucoloro

Mean streets

NOTE: We apologize for the long outage Tuesday, which was caused by a power surge at our web hosting company’s server farm. Thanks for your patience.

Here’s a look at some crime incidents in the CD in the past month or so, according to Seattle Police reports.

Man arrested after failing to pay cab, assaulting driver — March 1, 26th and Union

This is a friendly reminder to always pay your cab fare. Also, don’t assault people.

A man allegedly attacked a cab driver after refusing to pay the fare for his trip from downtown to 26th and Union shortly after midnight. The driver called the police, who contacted the man and placed him under arrest. From the police report:


ATM robbery — February 15, 23rd and Jackson

A woman told police that she was robbed of a large sum of cash shortly before 2:45 p.m. She withdrew the money from an ATM near 23rd and Jackson when a group of women approached her, she told police. From the report:

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AM/PM robbed — February 19, 23rd and Cherry

Two men and a woman robbed the AM/PM convenience store at 23rd and Cherry of ten dollars, and assaulted the clerk on the way out of the store, according to the police report. The woman in the group was arrested at 23rd and Jackson shortly after the incident. From the police report:

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Victim escapes attempted robbery in Yesler Terrace — March 6, 8th and Washington

A potential robbery victim was able to get away from her attackers, one of whom wanted to fight her. She told police she did not recognize the men, who tried to rob and fight her as she walked to her apartment from the #27 bus around 1:45 p.m. From the police report:

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Woman steals cell phone from car waiting at stop light — February 14, MLK and Cherry

A man driving a company towncar was waiting at the MLK and Cherry stoplight shortly after 1:30 a.m. when a woman jumped into the passenger seat and stole his cell phone from its holder, he told police. From the report:

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17 Mar 01:49

Global children with their favorite toys

by David Pescovitz

Toyssssss Gabriele Galimberti photographed children around the world posed with their favorite toys and possessions. At top, Pavel (Kiev, Ucraina). Above, Maudy (Kalulushi, Zambia) and Noel (Dallas, Texas). "Toy Stories"

15 Mar 19:14

MP3 blog 2013/03/05

by Caitlyn / CPI

CocoRosie because it's always Seattle.

blog 2013/03/05 - I will follow follow follow and look up hopeful

Accoy - In The Tube (Trial)
Accoy - Sync To Me:  In the advent of the dubbed out rnb craze, I love how these track take things further to the dub scrub and I get lost in the blissed out echo.

Air Review - Low Wishes:  Oh hey, it's a new song by Ottawa powerhouse band The ACORN!  Wait, no?  Oh.  Well, they are certainly shaken from the same tree and would do a jolly good job covering an Acorn classic.  In the

Charli XCX - You (Ha Ha Ha):  Charli gets on the Gold Panda beat and oh goodness gives us the goods oh so good.

CocoRosie - Gravediggress:  From the new album Tales of a Grass Widow, let us all hope these gals can once again seduce me.

Colin Stetson - High Above A Grey Green Sea:  The warfare continues and its now gone mindgames.  Looking forward to the new album, New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light.

Hauschka - Radar (Michael Mayer Remix):  The glistening highlight from the Salon Des Amateurs Remix EP.

John Zorn - Kavanah
John Zorn - Persepolis:  Remember when I was gushing over the Gnostic Preludes?  Well stepp aside Gnosty, because The Concealed is now knocking my socks off.  Pants are next.

Junip - Line of Fire:  New album in 2013 from Jose Gonzalez!  Love the epic swelling.

Ke$ha - Die Young (Drag Disco Mix by Ad-ver-sary):  WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE SO MIGHT AS WELL DIE YOUNG

Kid The Wiz & Tweek Tune - Real Harlem Shake:  Kids need to recognize and get down with this real shit.

Kitty - Ay Shawty 3.0 ft Lakutis
Kitty - Dead Island
Kitty - Scout Finch Bitch ft Antwon:  OoooooK I feel the need to explain myself here.  3 Kitty tracks.  No wait, =kitty= tracks.  Need the whiskers.  Tumblr rap's first breakout star has a slacker seductiveness that echoes the naïve appeal of early Beck.  OK, she's no Beck, but if she releases an album of cutup and screwed 1960s girlpop over intoxicated poetry recordings, don't say I didn't warn you.

Mountains - Living Lens:  Shimmering purgatory from the new album Centralia.

Rodriguez - Hate Street Dialogue (Round Table Knights Searching For Sugar Man Edit):  Freshly rediscovered thanks to the award winning new documentary Finding Sugar Man.

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down - City
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down - Holy Roller:  YESSSSSS NEW THAO!  New album is We the Common, get it now!


Accoy - In The Tube (Trial)
Accoy - Sync To Me
Air Review - Low Wishes
Charli XCX - You (Ha Ha Ha)
CocoRosie - Gravediggress
Colin Stetson - High Above A Grey Green Sea
Hauschka - Radar (Michael Mayer Remix)
John Zorn - Kavanah
John Zorn - Persepolis
Junip - Line of Fire
Ke$ha - Die Young (Drag Disco Mix by Ad-ver-sary)
Kid The Wiz & Tweek Tune - Real Harlem Shake
Kitty - Ay Shawty 3.0 ft Lakutis
Kitty - Dead Island
Kitty - Scout Finch Bitch ft Antwon
Mountains - Living Lens
Rodriguez - Hate Street Dialogue (Round Table Knights Searching For Sugar Man Edit)
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down - City
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down - Holy Roller

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15 Mar 19:09

mystery solved

mystery solved

30 Nov 12:15

Nothing to Say: Deluxe Paperback Edition by Ratna Pappert - Lulu

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