Daily Archives: July 17, 2015

Obama: Inmates made ‘mistakes’ like I did

Obama: Inmates made ‘mistakes’ like I did



picture of today: Douglas ‘Wrong-Way’ Corrigan

Douglas ‘Wrong-Way’ Corrigan

Pilot Douglas Corrigan sought permission from the Civil Aviation Authority to fly across the Atlantic from New York to Ireland, but he was turned down on the grounds that his plane was in poor condition. Corrigan seemed to accept the ruling, but when he took off from New York on July 17, 1938, he banked sharply to the east and headed out over the ocean. Twenty-eight hours and 13 minutes later, Corrigan landed in Ireland, innocently explaining that his 180-degree wrong turn must have been due to a faulty compass. No one believed Corrigan’s explanation, especially the aviation authorities in both Ireland and America, who suspended the rebellious pilot’s license and ordered his aircraft dismantled. Upon his return to America, ‘Wrong-Way’ Corrigan was greeted as a hero. More than a million people lined New York’s Broadway for a ticker-tape parade honoring the man who had flown in the face of authority.

Photo: Library of Congress

Saint of the Day for Friday, July 17th, 2015: Carmelite Nuns of Compiegne

today’s holiday: Lindenfest


A 600-year-old linden tree in Geisenheim, Germany, is the center of this annual festival celebrating the new wine. As the oldest town in the Rhineland region, Geisenheim is renowned for its vineyards, and during the Linden Tree Festival people come from all over the world to taste the wine, visit the vineyards, and make pilgrimages to Marienthal, a Franciscan shrine in a nearby wooded valley. The ancient linden tree is decorated with lights for the three-day festival, and folk dancing and feasting take place beneath its branches. More… Discuss

quotation: A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. Agatha Christie (1890-1976) Discuss

A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976) Discuss

today’s birthday: Erle Stanley Gardner (1889)

Erle Stanley Gardner (1889)

After serving as a trial lawyer for many years, Gardner began writing detective stories for magazines in the early 1920s. He became a prolific novelist whose narratives were characterized by fast action and clever legal devices—which he based on his own courtroom tactics. His most famous character was the unconventional lawyer Perry Mason, who appeared in more than 80 novels and inspired a television series. Gardner published his stories under at least seven pseudonyms. What were some of them? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: RMS Carpathia Torpedoed by German Submarine (1918)

RMS Carpathia Torpedoed by German Submarine (1918)

The RMS Carpathia was a Cunard Line transatlantic passenger steamship that first became famous for rescuing more than 700 survivors of the Titanic disaster in 1912. Six years later, during WWI, the Carpathia was travelling in a convoy when it was torpedoed off the east coast of Ireland by the German submarine U-55. Many of the passengers and crew members were rescued by the HMS Snowdrop the following day. When was the steamship’s wreckage discovered? More… Discuss

Lady Godiva

Lady Godiva

Lady Godiva was a noblewoman and a benefactor of several monasteries. According to legend, her husband agreed to remit the heavy taxation on the people of Coventry if she would ride naked through the town on a white horse. Lady Godiva took him at his word and, after issuing a proclamation that all the townspeople go indoors and shut their windows, she rode through, clothed only in her long hair. According to the legend, all but one of the townspeople obeyed her ordinance; who disobeyed? More… Discuss

word: clavus


Definition: (noun) A hard thickening of the skin (especially on the top or sides of the toes) caused by the pressure of ill-fitting shoes.
Synonyms: corn
Usage: Years of wearing uncomfortable stilettos had left a large clavus on her foot. Discuss.

Climate change: Flooding


Climate change: Flooding

Engraving Sketch


Engraving Sketch

Sugar intake ‘should be halved’

Sugar intake ‘should be halved’



From France 24 :

India’s Christians forced to pray in secret



HackingTeam Data Dump Leads to Adobe Zero Day Discovery | Norton Community

A new zero-day vulnerability in Adobe Flash Player was discovered via a cyberattack against the hackers-for-hire firm Hacking Team (link is external). A large amount of internal information leaked by the attackers contained data on the exploit, which could crash a computer and allow a remote attacker to then take control of the machine. Now that the details of the vulnerability are publicly available, there is a good chance attackers will jump on this bug quickly to exploit it before a patch is issued.

Symantec has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability by recreating the exploit on the most recent, fully patched version of Adobe Flash Player ( with the Internet Explorer browser.

While this exploit has not been seen in the wild yet, this vulnerability is considered critical since it could allow attackers to remotely take control of the affected computer.

Updated July 8, 2015

Adobe has reacted quickly to the incident, and has released the patch, which you can now download via their website (link is external).

It is important to realize that until users install this patch, the Flash Player will still be vulnerable to attack. In general, it is always best to update any software that has updates available as soon as possible, as they tend to address these types of security holes and more.

Updated July 13th, 2015

It looks like there was another Adobe Flash Player vulnerability (CVE-2015-5122) found within the HackingTeam data dump. However, our IPS signature Web Attack: Malicious SWF Download 30 that was pushed out in response to the previous vulnerability does protect against it, which means Norton has you covered. However, the patch that Adobe released last week addressing the previous vulnerability will not protect users against this newly discovered vulnerability. As mentioned below, concerned Adobe users with no security software can disable Adobe until a patch is issued, or they can download the latest version of Norton Security to stay protected.

Norton Intrusion Prevention Signature Actively Protects Against Adobe Vulnerability

If you’re a Norton customer, you have nothing to worry about! As of last night all Norton users were fully protected against this vulnerability. A new Intrusion Prevention Signature was deployed, Web Attack: Malicious SWF Download 30, that detects and blocks exploit attempts to leverage the vulnerability. This signature was rolled out automatically to all Norton customers with no additional action needed. No clicking of ‘OK’ or ‘Apply’ or ‘Restart my system’ is needed. In addition to this new signature, the following Norton IPS signature coverage has already been in place for this attack: Web Attack: Malicious SWF Download 14, Web Attack: Malicious SWF Download 7 and Web Attack: Neutrino Exploit Kit Download 5.

Since Norton does protect against these vulnerabilities, if you have it, you have nothing to worry about! If not you can buy Norton Security here.

If you are still concerned about this bug, you can temporarily disable Adobe Flash Player in your browser by taking the following steps:

Internet Explorer versions 10 and 11

Open Internet Explorer

Click on the “Tools” menu, and then click “Manage add-ons”

Under “Show”, select “All add-ons”

Select “Shockwave Flash Object” and then click on the “Disable” button

You can re-enable Adobe Flash Player by repeating the same process, selecting “Shockwave Flash Object” and then clicking on the “Enable” button.

If you are using earlier versions of Internet Explorer, instructions are available on Microsoft’s website (link is external). Select the version of Internet Explorer you are using at the top right corner.


Open Firefox

Open the browser menu and click “Add-ons”

Select the “Plugins” tab

Select “Shockwave Flash” and click “Disable”

You can re-enable Flash by repeating the same process, selecting “Shockwave Flash” and then clicking on the “Enable” button.


Type “chrome://plugins” in the address bar to open the page

On the Plug-ins page that appears, find the “Flash” listing

To disable Adobe Flash Player completely, click the “disable” link under its name

To enable Adobe Flash Player, click the “enable” link under its name

via HackingTeam Data Dump Leads to Adobe Zero Day Discovery | Norton Community.

How ‘El Chapo’ Guzman poisons Chicago streets

How ‘El Chapo’ Guzman poisons Chicago streets



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‘Massive leap’ wins engineer award

‘Massive leap’ wins engineer award



How mosquitoes zero in on hot bodies

How mosquitoes zero in on hot bodies



German MPs debate Greek bailout

German MPs debate Greek bailout