Daily Archives: September 10, 2017

My birds on the wire today

My birds on the wire today

My birds on the wire today

BBC News: Hurricane Irma: Massive storm bears down on Florida

I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it:

Hurricane Irma: Massive storm bears down on Florida – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-41219133

BBC News: Hurricane Irma: Storm drains bay in Florida Keys

I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it:

Hurricane Irma: Storm drains bay in Florida Keys – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-41220778

BBC News: Hurricane Irma: ‘My roof blew off – I lost everything’

I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it:

Hurricane Irma: ‘My roof blew off – I lost everything’ – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-41207458

Eternal City

Eternal City

Eternal City

Nicholas Dodd: Watch “007 : James Bond : Theme” on YouTube

Hedwig’s theme is s wickedly beautiful song: Watch “Harry Potter Theme Song” on YouTube

Everliving music : Watch “Wagner ~ Tannhäuser Overture, by Berlin Philharmonic” on YouTube

 Scânteia, 1948 Ce propagandă comunistă decadentă, de varză acră hahahaha

Scânteia, 1948
Ce propagandă comunistă decadentă, de varză acră hahahaha

Scânteia, 1948

Ce propagandă comunistă decadentă, de varză acră hahahaha

London, UK

London, UK

London, UK

Today’s Holiday: Joust of the Quintain (Giostra della Quintana)

Today’s Holiday:
Joust of the Quintain (Giostra della Quintana)

In the 17th century a tournament known as the Joust of the Quintain was held in Foligno, Perugia, Italy, to commemorate the equestrian exercises of the early Roman legionnaires. The tournament was revived in 1946, adhering as closely as possible to the original rules. Early Sunday morning there is a parade of people in Renaissance dress, accompanied by musicians and dancers. Ten “knights” representing the city’s 10 districts gallop past the statue of Mars and try to remove the ring in its outstretched hand by spearing it with the tip of a lance. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Hilda Doolittle, AKA H.D. (1886)

Today’s Birthday:
Hilda Doolittle, AKA H.D. (1886)

Born in Pennsylvania, Doolittle traveled to Europe in 1911 and stayed there the rest of her life. In England, under the influence of Ezra Pound, she became associated with the imagists and developed into one of the most original poets of the group. She combined classical themes with modernist techniques to create clear, impersonal, sensuous verse. Doolittle, who became an icon of the gay-rights and feminist movements after her death, was once involved in a love triangle with what other writers? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: Empress Elizabeth of Austria Is Assassinated (1898)

This Day in History:
Empress Elizabeth of Austria Is Assassinated (1898)

Renowned for her beauty, Elizabeth of Bavaria married her cousin, Emperor Francis Joseph of Austria, but disliked the rigid etiquette of the Viennese court. She therefore spent much of her life wandering abroad. In 1898, an Italian anarchist stabbed the 60-year-old empress in the chest with a sharpened file while she was travelling in Geneva, killing her. Her domestic life is said to been an unhappy one, marred by family tragedies like the death of her only son in what sensational incident? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Quote of the Day:
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

He is the best physician who is the most ingenious inspirer of hope. More…

Article of the Day: The Black Sea Deluge Theory

Article of the Day:
The Black Sea Deluge Theory

Although the hypothesis is actively debated by scientists, the Black Sea deluge theory posits that a catastrophic flood in about 5,600 BCE rapidly filled the Black Sea basin, inundating 60,000 sq miles (155,000 km²) of land with 10 cu miles (42 km³) of water per day during the event—or 200 times the amount that flows over Niagara Falls each day. The supposed deluge has even been connected with various great flood myths, including Noah’s flood. Where did the floodwaters purportedly come from? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: lay (something) at the feet of (someone)

Idiom of the Day:
lay (something) at the feet of (someone)

To make or hold someone, especially a group of people, responsible for something. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: orifice

Word of the Day:

Definition: (noun) An opening, especially to a cavity or passage of the body; a mouth or vent.
Synonyms: opening, porta
Usage: The nose was but a gaping orifice above a deformed and twisted mouth.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Vulnerabilities discovered in German electoral system

Vulnerabilities discovered in German electoral system

The Chaos Computer Club (CCC), a group of German hackers, is warning that there are major flaws in software that will be essential to the vote count in Germany’s September 24 legislative elections.


The CCC said on Tuesday that hackers could destabilise theGerman general election if the choice of 61.5 million Germans who will cast their ballots on September 24, to either re-elect ChancellorAngela Merkel or replace her, is not respected.

The CCC published a report online giving details as to how the election could be hijacked. While electronic voting is illegal in Germany, results are transmitted to the electoral commission electronically. It is there that the vulnerabilities lie. The software used in much of the country to send the votes to the Federal Election Commission is not secure, the CCC said. And the weakness is so obvious that it was discovered easily by a 29-year-old computer scientist.

PC-Wahl in the crosshairs

The program used to send results, PC-Wahl, doesn’t adhere to “the basic principles of computer security, and the number of vulnerabilities discovered far surpass our worst fears,” said Linus Neumann, spokesman for Berlin-based CCC. The weakness comes from the lack of an electronic signature on the data that is sent that proves that it is genuine. Without that, hackers could intercept the results and modify them.

And the passwords for accessing the PC-Wahl interface are not hard to find. For starters, the same ID is valid for multiple municipalities. “It is like a hotel where all the doors are closed, but where the same key opens them all,” Neumann said.

The PC-Wahl software can also be easily modified. The program updates automatically on a regular basis, but the updates aren’t well-protected from hackers. A cybercriminal could fairly easily swap an official update with a version that would allow him or her to control the software.

Insufficient improvements

The defects were discovered at the beginning of the summer and the manufacturer of PC-Wahl was quickly alerted. Several modifications later, the Chaos Computer Club is still not satisfied with the results. The improvements made “do not stand up to even superficial security tests”, the report notes.

In an interview with the weekly Die Zeit, the manufacturer of PC-Wahl defended itself by stating that “even in cases of piracy, the final result of the vote will be legitimate because there is always the paper trail for verification.” The CCC and the computer scientist who made the original discovery acknowledge that if there is the slightest doubt, the electoral commission will be able to verify the results against the paper ballots.

But the CCC contends that the flaws that still exist in the software might cast suspicion on the election results, which “weakens the democratic process,” Neumann said. Some authorities have taken note. In Hesse, the head of the electoral commission asked local election officials to compare the results that will be published online on the evening of the election with those they sent in. And national authorities are now working with the makers of PC-Wahl to make sure the software is as secure as possible come election day.