Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Getting Myself Phished, a Quick Yakking about Hacking

 

Phishing is the email version of pretending to be someone you’re not. The end goal is to talk some dupe into clicking on your link, to either steal their information or otherwise break into their computer. I know a thing or two about what this is and how it works, and yet I clicked on the link last night. Let’s go straight to story mode, shall we?

I see an email in my inbox, from Admin PayPal. Subject line “Your account has been limited. (Code: E8 -s0me-malarky)” I open the email. I’ll screenshot the message for you to see it for yourself.

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We talk a lot about the models and what we think they tell us, but most of us are forced to evaluate what we hear and read on some rather limited bases. If it’s not our custom to do the math ourselves, we’re stuck with unreliable meta-observations: who is telling us things, do we like […]

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As usual, a bunch of idiots now believe evil 5G technology is thought to be the villain behind the Chinese Flu (AKA Coronavirus): https://fortune.com/2020/04/06/5g-coronavirus-conspiracy-theory-telecom-tower-fires/ More

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My latest narration was released on Audible today, and this is as close to a favorite as I have. Ambassadors from Earth is a personal, very irreverent, and fascinating look at unmanned space exploration, from the V-2 to Voyager. There are tons of details here that you won’t find in history books. The Russians picking […]

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I am picturing places where there is just one person with a disease. Or rather where there is still one person. Not zero; but not two either. The disease arrived, somehow, but did not advance. One such place may be Cape Verde. A week ago I noted that this island nation had no coronavirus cases, […]

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The MCAT didn’t happen to mention these, but it could have. Had it done so, I might not have done so badly on the biochemistry section. Though the receptors, or at least their other-than-marijuana-borne ligands, had been discovered after I was in graduate school, and graduate school really was a terminal experience for me, I […]

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As many of you know, my father worked on the space program from 1952-80. He designed Vanguard 1, the fourth satellite to reach orbit and the oldest one still there. Many Vanguardians were at the 50th celebration in 2008. Here are my notes about this: About 160 people gathered at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) […]

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For the space flight fans out there, let me point you to a fantastic archive of the Apollo missions: Apollo In Real Time. It is a record of the Mission Control audio, video, photos, and experiments during the Apollo flights, delivered to you in “real time” as you listen. You can select a time you […]

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A real anomaly in COVI-19 is that it has not killed small children. Influenza kills lots of small children. “How Vulnerable Are Children to the New Coronavirus?: So far, kids seem to be surprisingly less at-risk to severe infection. But they could play a key role in spreading it, so experts say it’s crucial to […]

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I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) After my review appears on Sunday, I post the previous week’s review here on Sunday. More

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I really want to know. Those of us who believe in Intelligent Design, believe that every living thing was created for a purpose. Most living things that we know about become food for another living thing. Even bacteria are beneficial, especially the ones that live in the guts of all animals and really do the […]

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I recently gave a talk to a Dallas group about the need to build ASAP a backup to GPS. In researching this, the growth in the importance of GPS to the US economy surprised me. More

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Rowen, Robert & Robins, Howard & Carew, Kojo & Kamara, Michael & Jalloh, Mohamed. (2015). Rapid resolution of hemorrhagic fever (Ebola) in Sierra Leone with ozone therapy. African Journal of Infectious Diseases. 10. 49. 10.4314/ajid.v10i1.10. Background: Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) has ravaged three countries in West Africa. The mortality rate is extremely high, and it […]

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In the years since I joined Ricochet as an almost charter member, I’ve had close to a dozen books published, including one Business Book of the Year. I’ve never really talked about them on Ricochet, preferring instead to mostly comment on other member’s postings — especially on items relating to the arts. However, last week I published a book that I think might be of interest to my fellow members. Here’s the book.

I’m posting this only because in support of the marketing of the book my co-author (the legendary VC Bill Davidow) and I have been writing a series of essays on topics from the book for various publications. One ran a couple weeks ago in Salon. Others will be appearing in other locations in the weeks ahead. Below is the piece that appeared last Saturday as the LinkedIn weekend essay. It drew tremendous response … enough to drive the book to a category #1 best-seller on Amazon. I hope you find it intriguing. I look forward to your comments — and if there is enough interest, I’ll post one or two more.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Guess What Just Went Viral in China?

 

The New York Post!

Xi didn’t actually admit that the coronavirus now devastating large swathes of China had escaped from one of the country’s bioresearch labs. But the very next day, evidence emerged suggesting that this is exactly what happened, as the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology released a new directive entitled: “Instructions on strengthening biosecurity management in microbiology labs that handle advanced viruses like the novel coronavirus.”

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Seriously. I want to know what our local experts think. The story: https://www.space.com/orion-constellation-betelgeuse-stargazer-photo.html More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Counting the Cards in Nevada

 

President Trump is putting Nevada in play for the 2020 election. The Yucca Mountain nuclear waste storage project has always been a political hot potato and a hole in the ground into which Congress pours money. Senator Dean Heller, like Senator Reid before him, is opposed to the Yucca Mountain project, and there are likely not the votes to force the issue. Now the story in important Las Vegas news outlets is President Trump is on Nevada’s side.

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Its probably nothing. Unless it isn’t. More

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