Monday, December 11, 2017

NYPD: Suicide Bombing Suspect Wanted Revenge

He was mad at the U.S., and that was his motivation for wearing the bomb strapped to his body that exploded this morning in New York City.

According to the New York Post, police authorities say suspect Akayed Ullah, 27, "is a former New York City cab driver who told investigators he carried out the attack for revenge." In addition to Ullah, three other people were injured but not seriously.

Ullah is believed to be from Bangladesh and was living in Brooklyn, told authorities in sum and substance from his hospital bed: “They’ve been bombing in my country and I wanted to do damage here,” sources said.

[Note: The U.S. has not been bombing Bangladesh, which has been fighting terrorism in its own country. Bangladesh has officially condemned the bombing in New York today.]

“Let’s be clear that this was an attempted terrorist attack,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press conference.

Officials say Ullah was a city cab driver but his license expired. Today he set off a “low-tech” homemade pipe bomb strapped to his body at 7:20 a.m. "inside the subway passageway between West 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue and West 42nd Street and Seventh Avenue." More at the New York Post.

The incident was captured on transit surveillance footage.

Energized Democrats, Disillusioned Republicans Give Jones Lead Over Moore in Alabama

A Fox News poll indicates that "Democrat Doug Jones holds a 10-point lead over Republican Roy Moore among likely voters in deep red Alabama." The poll suggests that Republican support for Moore has eroded in recent days. The special election is tomorrow, Dec. 12, to fill the congressional seat previously held by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions

This has been an emotionally charged special election. Moore, accused of sexual misconduct by several women, denies those allegations. Democrats opposed to Moore -- obviously because of party -- could be more motivated to vote in this election than in most because of the addition of those sexual accusations.

But Moore has a long history of being a religious fundamentalist. Combined, those two factors are enough to get even the least motivated Democratic voter to go to the polls.

The Fox News Poll of Alabama voters was conducted Thursday through Sunday "using traditional polling techniques, including a list-based probability sample with both landlines and cellphones." More at Fox News.

UPDATE: NYPD Sift Through Video of Subway Bombing

"New York City police say they are combing through video of the bombing in the subway system. They say the suspect meant to set off the bomb, but it's not clear if he meant to do so in a passageway in the Times Square area where it went off Monday during the morning rush hour. Twenty-seven-year-old Akayed Ullah is in police custody. Officials say he sustained burns to his abdomen and hands and cuts after the crude pipe bomb exploded." More from 13ABC.com.

Suspect Akayed Ullah was wearing the pipe bomb strapped around his mid-section. He may have intended to set of his explosive device in Times Square.


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Is 'Green Monday' Your Last Day For Online Shopping? Maybe.

The Internet changed things forever, including how we shop. Many Americans now prefer to shop online instead of driving to "brick and mortar" stores. Just like those physical retailers, online sellers of goods and services also have sales. You're probably familiar with Cyber Monday and Black Friday sales online, but lesser known is "Green Monday." If you're a last-minute Christmas shopper, listen up.

Photo: AP/Mark Humphrey
According to Business Insider, Green Monday is "the day when shoppers wake up and realize that if they're going to order a gift for someone online, they'd better get on it." Ebay coined the term "Green Monday" more than a decade ago "after it noticed an uptick in orders on a particular day. It traditionally falls on the second Monday in December, the last day with at least 10 days left to order before Christmas. This year, it's December 11. Think of it like Super Saturday for online shoppers who wait until the last minute."

Granted, Green Monday is not as well known as other big sales days. And that's a large reason why it may not exist long beyond 2017. "With the two-day shipping guarantee that comes with an Amazon Prime membership," reports BI, "and Walmart's two-day shipping offering with any $35 purchase, there may not be a compelling reason for last-minute shoppers to click check-out on Monday."

Of course, many of us wait until there is little time left before finishing our Christmas shopping. And if you think about it, that alone is reason enough for Green Monday to live on and prosper.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Indonesia Will Ban Bitcoin In 2018

Indonesia's central bank "is drawing up regulation to enact a sweeping ban on all forms of cryptocurrency....claiming the crippling regulation was required to maintain the sovereignty of the rupiah [Indonesia’s fiat currency] as the country’s legal tender," reports CryptoCoinsNews.

Image: Bloomberg
It will be a complete ban, partly to protect the sovereignty of the rupiah, Indonesia's currency. Other reasons for the ban on cryptocurrencies include potential abuse by terrorists and money launderers. Cryptocurrency is a favored method of payment for illicit products and services on the dark web.

Indonesia is not alone in fearing cryptocurrency. In the UK, reports Financial Times, banks are shunning companies that handle cryptocurrencies.

Pan Gongsheng, a deputy governor of the People’s Bank of China, has very little faith in Bitcoin. Quartz reported this week that Pan thinks "Bitcoin will die of a grand theft, a hack into the blockchain technology behind the cryptocurrency (which actually is unlikely), or a collective ban by global governments."

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are not banned everywhere, of course. Some nations, such as Japan, have actually embraced them. "Governments that ‘get’ bitcoin, such as Japan, have passed legislation that protects its citizens whilst facilitating the free trade of the digital currency," Bitcoin.com reported in November.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

College President Tells Cry-Baby Students To Grow Up

Dr. Everett Piper, President of
Oklahoma Wesleyan University
December 1, 2015 - In the wake of numerous incidents of college students (young adults) demonstrating their politically correct insanity, it is refreshing to see a college president tell them to grow a spine.

In fact, Piper calls the actions of those students "ideological fascism." It is, unfortunately, nothing new for the Left to ban speech that offends them -- and it's not limited to the "Millennial" generation -- but lately it's gone beyond goofiness to full-fledged insanity. Witness the recent stompy-foot whining from students at Yale and the University of Missouri.

Dr. Everett Piper, President of Oklahoma Wesleyan University, recently published an open letter to the student body in the OKWU News website. Piper's post was in response to a complaint from a student who said he felt “victimized” by a sermon. In his response to the student, Piper pulled no punches in saying that "Oklahoma Wesleyan is not a 'safe place', but rather, a place to learn." Piper also said that "If you want the chaplain to tell you you’re a victim rather than tell you that you need virtue, this may not be the university you’re looking for."

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Target Store Trolled by Fake Black Friday Ads Deals

November 26, 2015 - Offline trolling? That's what one prankster did to Target recently with printed fake ads for fake (and very funny) Black Friday deals.

"Target has been totally played by an offline troll," reports AdWeek. "Jeff Wysaski, a comedian known for his work on Pleated Jeans and Obvious Plant, this week put his design skills to work and created a slew of Black Friday fliers, placing the poster-style ads at a local Target. (It's unclear which location had the honor of housing Wysaski's handiwork.)"

Fake Star Wars Toys at Target by Jeff Wysaski
My favorite faux Target item has got to be the "Chewbacca toilet scrub brush." The brushy part of the item looks like the Star Wars character Chewbacca. It's one of three items on a full page of "exclusive Star Wars toys."

But there's the falcon, which I also love. No, not the Millennium Falcon of Star Wars, an actual real falcon. A bird, not a space ship. An actual spoof-by-troll falcon, actually, that Wysaski said would be given away free on Friday only to shoppers who spend $75 or more.

Wysaski posted his fake adverts next to real Target fliers on a poster board in the store. I don't know how long they stayed up, but I'd be willing to bet that none of the employees noticed for quite a while. View more of Wysaski's fake Target fliers at the Obvious Plant Tumblr blog.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Trump Deports Univision Anchor Jorge Ramos From Press Conference

August 25, 2015 - Univision anchor Jorge Ramos was kicked out of Donald Trump's press conference in Iowa this evening (video below). Ramos just would not shut up, and persisted on asking a long drawn out question even though Trump had called on another reporter to ask a question. Ramos was clearly out of order deliberately disruptive.

Univision anchor kicked out of Trump press conference
The moment of ejection!
The Washington Post reports this:

"Two minutes into Donald Trump's news conference here Tuesday night came the question he tried to silence.

"Mr. Trump, I have a question," said Jorge Ramos, the top news anchor at Univision and one of the country's most recognizable Mexican-Americans, as he stood up in the front row of journalists.

"Excuse me," the Republican presidential front-runner told Ramos. "Sit down. You weren't called. Sit down."  Ramos, holding a piece of paper, calmly tried to ask Trump about his plan to combat illegal immigration. "I'm a reporter, an immigrant, a senior citizen," he said. "I have the right to ask a question."

Trump was having none of it, however, and motioned for a bodyguard to eject him. However, just a few minutes later, Ramos was allowed back into the conference and to ask questions.

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