Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Internet Is For Porn

Did you know

Roughly 1/3 of internet searches are for porn.

The first-ever webcam was used to watch a pot of coffee.

35.6% of internet users are Asian.

One in 6 marriages today occur because the couple met online.

The first message on the internet was “LOG” (which was actually supposed to have been “LOGIN” but there was a huge crash and this difficult task couldn’t be completed for the time being).

Over 75-80% of all emails are considered total spam.

Around 18 country still don’t have internet connection.

There is an anonymous and hidden section of the internet known as the “deep web” where there exists a massive black market for drugs, prostitution, and even hitmen.

Each day, about 20 million people tweet.

There’s an estimated 637 million websites, of which there are over 250 million blogs.

The average internet use blinks an average of 7 times a minute. That’s less than half the normal rate of 20.

The first banner ad was used in 1994.

There are approximately 18 billions devices connected to the internet.

An estimated 65% of Americans watch TV and use the Internet simultaneously.

80% of all Americans are online.

The iPhone 4 is about 2000 times faster than the Super Nintendo.

In Africa, only about 3% of people surf the internet.

In North American, about 70% of people surf the internet.

The “www” part of a web site is optional and is not required by any web policy or standard.

The first ever ISP was CompuServe which still exists under AOL, Timer Warner.

Anthony Greco, age 18, became the first person arrested for spam (unsolicited instant messages) on February 21, 2005.

It’s estimated that 80% of all images on the internet are of naked women.

Despite the prevalence of porn-related searches, it’s expected that the porn world only constitutes about 1.1% of the internet at large.

Gmail first launched on April 1st, 2004. It was widely assumed the service was an April Fools Day joke.

The Internet weighs the same as a strawberry: The weight of all the electrons in motion that make up the internet at any one moment is equivalent to 50 grams.

While a Westboro spokeswoman was boasting about how the church foiled Anonymous on a radio talk show, an Anonymous spokesman called in and hacked the church’s website in real time on the air.

On an average day, a typists fingers travel 12.6 miles.

Alaska is the only state that can be typed in one row of a “QWERTY” keyboard.

On eBay, there are an average of $680 of transactions each second.

Facebook pays at least $500 if you can find a way to hack the site.

You could have been doing something productive while reading through these 30 facts.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

"Statement by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest on Allegations of Chemical Weapons Use in Syria

"Statement by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest on Allegations of Chemical Weapons Use in Syria"

The United States is deeply concerned by reports that hundreds of Syrian civilians have been killed in an attack by Syrian government forces, including by the use of chemical weapons, near Damascus earlier today.  We are working urgently to gather additional information. The United States strongly condemns any and all use of chemical weapons.  Those responsible for the use of chemical weapons must be held accountable. 
Today, we are formally requesting that the United Nations urgently investigate this new allegation.  The UN investigative team, which is currently in Syria, is prepared to do so, and that is consistent with its purpose and mandate.  For the UN’s efforts to be credible, they must have immediate access to witnesses and affected individuals, and have the ability to examine and collect physical evidence without any interference or manipulation from the Syrian government.  If the Syrian government has nothing to hide and is truly committed to an impartial and credible investigation of chemical weapons use in Syria, it will facilitate the UN team’s immediate and unfettered access to this site.  We have also called for urgent consultations in the UN Security Council to discuss these allegations and to call for the Syrian government to provide immediate access to the UN investigative team.

The United States urges all Syrian parties including the government and opposition, to provide immediate access to any and all sites of importance to the investigation and to ensure security for the UN investigative team.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

BREAKING: Judge Issues Findings in Reggie Clemons Case

He finds that prosecutors suppressed evidence (a “Brady violation”) and writes that he believes the statement Reggie Clemons gave to police was coerced. He also writes that he does not believe that Clemons has established a “gateway claim of actual innocence.” It is a complex case, and serious allegations of misconduct by prosecutors and police appear to have been affirmed.
It is now up to the Missouri Supreme Court to determine the course of justice and rule on Judge Manners’ findings. That could take months. Given the deeply flawed nature of his trial, Amnesty International hopes that the state’s highest court will move to eliminate any possibility that Reggie Clemons might be executed.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Elizabeth Warren Responds To My Letter

Dear William,

Thank you for writing me about the Employment Non-Discrimination Act ("ENDA").

As you know, ENDA would prohibit discrimination in the workplace on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.  Current federal law prohibits employment discrimination based on race, religion, sex, national origin, age and disability - but not sexual orientation or gender identity.  Moreover, state-level protections are not universal. It is astounding that, in 29 states, it is perfectly legal to fire or refuse to hire someone simply because of his or her sexual orientation, and in 38 states it is legal to do so based on gender identity.

I am a proud cosponsor of ENDA, and I am pleased that the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee voted earlier this year to move ENDA out of that Committee with bipartisan support.  The HELP Committee's bipartisan approval of ENDA is a landmark step toward making sure that no one is fired or discriminated against because of who they are or who they love.  As Senator from Massachusetts, I am particularly proud of this milestone because Senator Edward M. Kennedy first introduced ENDA in 1994 and for years was a champion fighting for equal rights in the workplace. 

I appreciate your thoughts on this important bill, and I hope you reach out again in the future if my office can be of assistance.


Elizabeth Warren

Friday, August 2, 2013

State Department Says Al Qaeda Will Attack On Sunday

State Department issues travel alert for Americans abroad

August 02, 2013by

The State Department issued a worldwide alert to U.S. citizens traveling abroad on Friday, warning that al Qaeda and its affiliates are planning terrorist attacks that may materialize before the end of August, and suggesting that North Africa and the Middle East are the focus of the threat.

The alert, which expires August 31, 2013, urges Americans traveling in that region to be aware of their surroundings: "U.S. citizens are reminded of the potential for terrorists to attack public transportation systems and other tourist infrastructure. Terrorists have targeted and attacked subway and rail systems, as well as aviation and maritime service."State Dept: Some embassies to close Sunday due to "security considerations"The alert comes amid a heightened security concerns for embassies across the region after the State Department announced Thursday that any embassy normally open on Sunday would be closed for the day, with the possibility of a longer closure. The announcement was linked to al al Qaeda plot against U.S. diplomatic facilities in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia, where Sunday is the beginning of the work week, CBS News correspondent David Martin reported.

Officials say it appears to be a real plot in the making, not just the normal aspirational chatter among terrorists. The same officials say they are still missing key pieces of information.

As of Friday morning, at least 21 facilities in 18 countries announced that they will close on Sunday pursuant to the State Department's guidance, including the U.S. embassies in Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Mauritania, Sudan and Djibouti.

On Thursday, Marie Harf, the deputy spokeswoman for the State Department, told reporters the embassies were told to close as a "precautionary" measure taken "out of an abundance of caution."Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, said that the administration took a "responsible step" in closing diplomatic facilities on Sunday.

"They obviously see a somewhat imminent threat to western targets," he explained.

When asked if the decision to close the embassies has anything to do with the end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month that ends next week, McCaul replied, "That's always a concern, yeah."Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md., the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said that the threat was not based on "the regular chit-chat.""When you have a threat and you think it's serious, you have to put it out," he said. "You get chit chat all the time, but this got to another level."

Sources: Al Qaeda plot tied to embassy closings on Sunday Secretary of State John Kerry hints drone strikes could end in Pakistan The security of American embassies and other diplomatic facilities became a political controversy in the wake of the September 2012 attack on a U.S. facility in Benghazi, Libya, that claimed the lives of four Americans, including then-ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens. In the wake of that attack, Republicans accused the State Department of providing insufficient security for diplomatic personnel in Libya.

Ruppersberger suggested on Friday that the current heightened security posture in the Middle East and North Africa is a result of the lessons learned from the attack in Benghazi."We have systems in place as a result of Benghazi," he said. "There is a lot of research and work being done in making sure we have systems in place to protect Americans in our embassies."