The Office of Personnel Management has suspended operation of the Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing (E-QIP) system, the web gateway used to submit materials for background investigations. The agency announced the move today, citing the discovery of a vulnerability in the portal during an ongoing review of the agency's security. "As a result, OPM has temporarily taken the E-QIP system offline for security enhancements," an agency spokesperson said in an official statement to press.
The flaw in E-QIP is reportedly not related to the massive breach of the OPM's systems, which may have exposed up to 18 million individuals' personal information. That information includes everything from social security number and date of birth to records of clearance adjudications, proceedings in which officials discuss reasons why an individual's security clearance may have been removed.
In some cases, adjudication data could include information about financial difficulties, sex lives, substance abuse, and other failings that could be used to potentially blackmail a person or otherwise coerce them into potentially giving up classified information.
This was destined to happen eventually.
As if Marshawn Lynch's first appearance on Conan wasn't awesome enough, the television host recently welcomed back Beast Mode for another visit. This time, Conan O'Brien found a way to combine the Seahawks running back's love of: 1) diving backwards into the end zone while holding his crotch and 2) SKITTLES into one awesome activity! It's a dream come true. This is the best touchdown Marshawn Lynch could possibly ever score.
yo if I see gurps xcom one more fucking time I'm quitting this fucking hobby
iguanamouth is a national treasure
this is me,. all pictures of me need to look like this
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Brother and sister Michaelangelo and Makiah Jackson, ages 6 and 3 respectively, were playing in front of their home when a police car appeared, chasing what appeared to be a red Challenger. According to eyewitnesses, the police car bumped the Challenger, and the car "flew up in the air." Witnesses heard tire squeals, as if the car was attempting to stop, but by then it was going too fast and had lost control and hit the two small children, killing them instantly.My condolences to the families, friends, and neighbors of the children who were killed, and I hope the families of the injured children, as well as LaKendra Hill, have the resources they need to heal their physical wounds.
...Even after the car had dragged the children a distance down the street, the police did not stop their pursuit. They continued to chase the car across one front lawn after another, finally crashing, critically injuring three more children including three-year-old Darius Andrews, Jr., Isaiah Williams, 5, and Zyaire Gardner, 7. Twenty-two-year-old LaKendra Hill sustained injuries. The father of the youngest called seven-year-old Zyaire "the real hero," adding, "He saved my son's life. He grabbed him and tried to hold him."
On paper, the official policy of the Detroit Police Department includes this:Meanwhile, despite the Chief Craig's contention that "a supervisor had ordered a stop to the pursuit," the officers who continued the pursuit allegedly in contravention of a command have not been suspended nor fired, nor are they even being investigation, in any report I can find. Craig has said merely that "his department is reviewing its pursuit policy."Members involved in a pursuit must question whether the seriousness of the violation warrants continuation of the pursuit. A pursuit shall be discontinued when, in the judgment of the primary unit, there is a clear and present danger to the public which outweighs the need for immediate apprehension of the violator. Officers must keep in mind that a vehicle pursuit has the same potential for serious injury or death as the use of fatal force. … Officers must place the protection of human life above all other considerations.Their true attitude, priorities, "policy" is written in the blood of small children on those front lawns.
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'when you’ve shown to be able to read a word, you can bite it off and eat it.'
Eating a book
These three objects can hardly be called books. Yet they are, although they are not what you’d expect from such objects. These so-called “hornbooks” were used to teach children to read, roughly from the fourteenth to the eighteenth centuries. To this end they presented some “light” reading, such as the alphabet, the Lord’s Prayer and other short texts. Some of these hornbooks were particularly clever. The one in the middle, dating from the eighteenth century, features an abacus and supports simple calculations. The one at the bottom, also the eighteenth century, is a particularly delicious specimen: the wooden slab could be used to bake a gingerbread. It is the ultimate “book” to get children to do their schoolwork: when you’ve shown to be able to read a word, you can bite it off and eat it.
Pics: Washington, Folger Library, Stc 138136 (top, 17th century); Washington, Library of Congress, 102.3 (middle, 18th century); New York, Columbia University, Plimpton Hornbook 6 (bottom, 18th century). More on hornbooks in this longer blog post I wrote a while back.
gon get my jugs on
but GAY MARRIAGE
I know I work for a startup again because someone was riding one of these on my first week at work
mwip + all carriers = TAL
Penca is one of those fantastic wandering words in Spanish that has picked up a number of connotations. In the mezcal world it means the leaf of an agave plan. Pencas come up all the time when talking about mezcal because you have to cut them off in order to get to that starchy core, the piña, without which you wouldn’t have any mezcal. But literally it translates as “main rib” in a botanical sense and is used to describe the ribbing in vegetables like cabbage and spinach. In Mexico it’s also used to describe the pad of a prickly pear cactus. In Chile it’s used for “prick,” and I don’t mean to prick your finger… In Spain it can mean big nose or a chicken’s rear end, the area colorfully known as a “parson’s nose” in Oxford English.
But back to the mezcal world! Pencas occupy a big role in Mexican culture because they have been used in an incredible variety of roles. Today most are left in the fields as compost but historically they’ve been used for all their fibrous goodness. Their tips have thorns so those were used as sewing needles, fishing hooks, ornaments, and additions to weapons. The fibers of the pencas are so strong and long that they were frequently used as thread. The whole leaf is also really strong so it was occasionally used as a building material for a roof or siding. Dried they are also a fuel for fires. Still today some mezcaleros use them to fire their stills, thus completing some cosmic cycle.
Come on, you twit! Drop the bafflegab! DROP THE MOTHERFUCKING BAFFLEGAB
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In case you dont understand, when LGBT people say they feel uncomfortable with people posting rainbows over their icons whilst not being supportive of LGBT people in the least this is exactly what they mean
first-ballot eternal autoreshare hall-of-famer and why I like Steven Universe despite watching about 1.2 episodes of it
Steven Universe pays homage to Revolutionary Girl Utena
a.k.a. The exact moment I fell in love with Steven Universe.
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So they welcomed him in and he shot them anyway. But didn’t the “New Blacks” assure us that the cure to racism was a simple matter of black people extending a hand…
Somebody get Common, Pharrell, or Raven to explain how the victims failed to cure this mass murderer’s racists ways. I’ll wait…
Look, I know Common didn’t have this situation in mind when he said that stuff, but putting the onus on black people to fix racism is bullshit. It’s not on the victims of abuse to convince their abusers that they are worthy of better treatment. And as demonstrated by Dylann Roof’s actions, no matter how nice, respectable or full of love and acceptance a black person is, white supremacy will commit any atrocity to achieve it’s ends.
So can we put the respectability politics, tone policing, and victim blaming of the black community all the way to rest once and for all.
Did anyone send this to Common and others like him yet?
Notice how whenever the perp is white and the victims brown, it’s all about “forgiveness” and “peace” and “love”. Coming together.
Let it would have been a brown guy and a white church. Terrorist woulda been dead and/or being tortured in Guantanamo. And we would be overseas fighting a new war.
But no. Black victims. Everybody stay calm. Calm right into the grave.
Stay calm until the next attack on our community… And just hope it’s not you or someone you love…
I’m so tired of it.
In a business environment that has seen industries decimated by the rise of digital, one sector showing resilience is that of books.
“Books are not like recorded music,” says Shaun Symonds, general manager of Nielsen Bookscan.
If anything, the total global market for books is growing, as confirmed in research by PwC and others:
If you adjust for the effects of the closure of major book chains such as Borders, there is in fact only one or two years of decline in sales volume over the last decade in most major markets. Every other year including the most recent year’s figures reflect a modest year-on-year growth in total books (including eBooks) sold in the year before.
That’s not to say there’s not been significant disruption and consolidation in the industry. A large part of the highest-value, highest-margin segments of the business such as hardback fiction are steadily migrating to eBook and online fulfillment. And of course, the rise of online pure-play booksellers such as Amazon, Flipkart and The Book Depository has meant a new level of global competition for local independent bookstores and chains alike.
The migration to eBooks has meant the total dollar value of books sold has declined but the profitability of some publishers has actually increased as they’ve removed a lot of their printing, warehousing and distribution costs. A growing source of the industries profits are from eBooks as analysis by Bain shows.
On the retail front while some bookshops have not managed to survive this last decade, many have held on. And some are thriving and flourishing—delighting their customers in ways only they know how. And being remembered for it.
In an economy increasingly governed by attention, the need for companies and retailers to have their brands recognised and remembered has never been greater. Being forgotten is one of the greatest clear and present dangers in the global, web-connected and digital economy.
Using web data, it’s possible to measure the collective visibility of today’s leading bookstores from around the world.
Novelist & co-creator of kids TV series Hi-5, Posie Graeme-Evans, recently wrote about her Top 10 Favourite Bookstores.
What if you could find out what everyone’s favourite bookstores were, around the world? And what if this list included all the legendary independent stores like Shakespeare and Company in Paris, as well as online bookstores like Amazon and bookstore chains like Waterstones, Barnes & Nobles and Dymocks. Using large scale data collections from the web, I set about doing this.
The Top 40 Bookstores list is based on how many people think about these stores and how often.
Perhaps not surprisingly, online stores lead the list with Amazon.com followed by the online goliath Flipkart of India just ahead of the world’s largest bookstore chain Barnes & Noble. France’s giant cultural and electronics retailing chain, Fnac, is fourth with the UK’s largest bookstore chain, Waterstones, rounding out the top five.
What may come as a surprise is that leading independent single stores or small chains including Shakespeare and Company (Paris), Powells (Portland) and City Lights (San Francisco) all feature in the top 20.
Here is the list in full:
|3||Barnes & Noble||@BNBuzz||US|
|6||The Book Depository||@bookdepository||UK|
|8||Shakespeare and Company||@Shakespeare_Co||France|
|15||City Lights Bookstore||@CityLightsBooks||US|
|17||National Book Store||@nbsalert||The Philippines|
|27||Half Price Books||@halfpricebooks||US|
|35||Harvard/MIT Cooperative Society||@harvardcoop||US|
|36||Eason & Son||@easons||Ireland|
|39||Kyobo Book Centre||@withKyoboBook||Korea|
Ranked by Bookstore Mind Share 1.01; Paul X McCarthy, June 2015.
To create the Top 40, I created a “Bookstore Mind Share” (BMS index) derived from web data such as global visits to each bookseller’s Wikipedia page. This approach is a proxy for popularity or notoriety. I then standardised the results to allow comparisons across categories and across the world. As the BMS is based on the English-language web, it is mainly representative of English-language countries and English-language bookstores but interestingly still includes bookstores in Korea and Brazil.
By using a standard measure across global web platforms like Wikipedia traffic data, Google Books N-Gram and Google search term frequency, you can create interesting and fascinating comparisons that span across time and geography.
Another example of this type of web data use is the MIT Media Lab’s Pantheon project where you can browse rankings of many people across history from ancient times to today including:
This is an experimental data project and I would encourage readers to comment or make suggestions for improvements or additions.
Danticat, who is from Haiti, and Diaz, who is from the Dominican Republic, joined forces to condemn the D.R.'s ongoing expulsion of natives and residents who can't prove that they have at least one parent with "Dominican blood."