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Hackers steal personal data of 9 million EasyJet customers in 'highly sophisticated' cyber attack

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© Reuters / Phil Noble
Criminals gained access to emails and travel history for around nine million customers of British budget airline EasyJet, obtaining the credit card details of more than 2,000 of them, the company has said.

"There is no evidence that any personal information of any nature has been misused," the airline said, as cited by the media.
We are communicating with the approximately nine million customers whose travel details were accessed to advise them of protective steps to minimize any risk of potential phishing.
EasyJet said it had contacted forensic experts to investigate the hack. The airline also notified the Information Commissioner's Office and the National Cyber Security Center.

Evil Rays

Man charged with attempted murder after attacking couple with machete

Kelvin Edwards
© News4 Nashville
A couple is in critical condition after a man attacked them with a machete in Nashville.
One suspect is in custody after he walked into a public storage office in the 800 block of 5th Ave. South and attacked a couple with a machete.

Police say they were notified of the attack at around 2:47 p.m. Sunday. At that time, 35-year-old Kelvin Edwards walked into the office of Public Storage on 5th Ave. South near Division Street and attacked Kevin Craft, 55, and his wife, Leanne, 50, with his machete. The Crafts are in critical condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

According to police, six officers applied multiple tourniquets in an effort to control the bleeding and save their lives.

Bad Guys

FBI: Shooter at Pensacola Navy base coordinated with al-Qaida

Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani
© FBI
Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani opened fire inside a classroom at Naval Air Station Pensacola on Friday before one of the deputies killed him
The gunman who killed three U.S. sailors at a military base in Florida last year repeatedly communicated with al-Qaida operatives about planning in the months leading up to the attack, U.S. officials said Monday, as they lashed out at Apple for failing to help them open the shooter's phones so they could access key evidence.

Law enforcement officials discovered contacts between Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani and operatives of al-Qaida after FBI technicians succeeded on their own in breaking into two cellphones that had previously been locked and that the shooter, a Saudi Air Force officer, had tried to destroy before he was killed by law enforcement.

"We now have a clearer understanding of Alshamrani's associations and activities in the years, months and days leading up to his attack," Attorney General William Barr said at a news conference in which he sharply chastised Apple for not helping unlock the phones.

Eye 1

Alcohol-fuelled criminal offenders may have to wear 'sobriety tag' ANKLE MONITORS in England and Wales

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© London News Pictures/Rex
The social and economic cost of alcohol-related harm is calculated by Public Health England as being £21.5bn a year.
Hopes that new legislation for England and Wales will cut reoffending and protect public

Offenders who commit "alcohol-fuelled" crimes can be required to wear "sobriety tags" and banned from drinking under legislation that comes into force in England and Wales on Tuesday.

Courts will have the power to order those convicted of drink-related crimes to wear an ankle monitor for up to 120 days. It assesses whether there is any alcohol in their sweat.

The first tags are expected to be fitted this year once probation staff have been trained and the monitoring contract agreed. When up and running, as many as 2,300 are likely to be fitted on offenders every year.

Comment: Another encroachment of the nanny state, despite the feel-good story at the end. How many will stand up to being tagged like cattle, when the alternative is prison?


Attention

UK unemployment rate is set to rocket, even with the furlough scheme

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Many workers placed on furlough by their employers could register as unemployed if the government subsidy ends.
Britain's labour market has been paralysed by the Covid-19 lockdown but you would never know it from government figures showing employment at a record high and the jobless rate below 4%.

Benjamin Disraeli was right on the money when he said there were three kinds of falsehoods - lies, damned lies, and statistics. Rarely has the former prime minister's dictum seemed more apposite.

The reason the official data paints such a benign picture is because employment and unemployment rates are based on surveys conducted over a three-month period from January onwards, and the lockdown only came into force in the last nine days of March.

Yoda

Here's how to fight the censorship of Intelligent Design — in a "nutshell"

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The editors at the prominent science journal BioEssays recently published an editorial demanding government-mandated censorship of intelligent design. My colleagues and I had expected something like this before long. They singled out Evolution News in particular as a being in need of prejudicial treatment from the huge tech companies that dominate electronic media. If giants like Google or Facebook hesitate, then says biologist Dave Speijer, the government should "Make them."

The threat is no joke. You were aware that censors are already at work suppressing other ideas on the Internet that they don't like. Intelligent design was next in line.

What can you do to make a meaningful statement in favor of free speech? Here's an idea: Get a copy of the new book from Discovery Institute Press, Evolution & Intelligent Design in a Nutshell, the most accessible and up-to-date introduction to ID that's ever been released. It goes on sale today on Amazon, in paperback and Kindle formats.

Comment: More information to get you started. If you can, buy the book!


Bizarro Earth

China poised to buy up Texas oil amid coronavirus slump

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© Spencer Platt/Getty Images
An oil well owned an operated by Apache Corporation in the Permian Basin are viewed on February 5, 2015 in Garden City, Texas
With oil prices going through the floor as the United States economy struggles from the coronavirus pandemic, China and other foreign countries could pick up some Texas oil at bargain basement prices.

The national lockdown has devastated the energy sector with cars not being driven to work, airline travel at a near halt — and bankruptcy a constant concern, Fox Business News reported Saturday.

The price of a barrel of oil recently fell below $0 a barrel.

Better Earth

Charitable donations increase 89% during quarantine period as Russians seek to help out the vulnerable

Russia-wide 'We are Together'
© Sputnik / Evgeny Odinokov
A volunteer for the Russia-wide 'We are Together' campaign pictured delivering groceries to a veteran.
Russians have become far more charitable during self-isolation. That's according to data compiled by newspaper Kommersant, which discovered that non-profit organizations recorded a notable increase in donations during quarantine.

Based on data from online transfer services Yandex.Money and QIWI, Russians became much more active in supporting charities that support the "socially vulnerable," such as poor people, homeless people, and orphans.

Bizarro Earth

Fanatic mother eagerly claims her 15-year-old transgender son is going through menopause from puberty blockers

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A mother has penned an essay declaring how "proud" she is of her transgender son, 15, for going through "menopause."

In the article for Essential Kids-an Australian magazine for parents-the mother begins by telling her readers that her trans son, born female, was feeling a bit funny.

She writes:
My 15-year-old son started feeling nauseous and "a bit off" a couple of weeks ago. He skipped dinner and headed to bed early, but the next morning he still wasn't himself. The nausea had lifted but it was replaced with sweats and hot flashes.

It couldn't have been something he ate because we'd all been eating the same food, and it would be bizarre if he'd caught anything because my house has been on a pretty strict lockdown for weeks, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Propaganda

Why is the MSM working overtime to try to show that Covid-19 is dangerous to children - when so few of them have died?

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© Getty Images / Coscaron
Why are the MSM are desperate to portray children as more vulnerable to Covid-19 than the facts indicate?
The emergence of a new illness affecting children has been seized upon by the media in an attempt to stir up yet more fear of coronavirus. Yet the truth is that there's no evidence of a link between it and Covid-19.

The mainstream media has kicked into overdrive its coverage on children suffering from coronavirus, or an illness they claim is linked to it. Obviously, there are few things worse, if any, on this earth than a sick child. Mercifully, however, Covid-19 seems to be an affliction that doesn't affect youngsters very badly.

According to virtually every study conducted into the illness, children appear to be the least likely group to catch, transmit, suffer badly or die from this new disease currently upending the global order. Those overwhelmingly likely to be killed from it are the elderly, the already unwell and the obese, and whilst their plight has obviously been covered in the media, the amount that it affects children has been hugely disproportionate.

Comment: Anyone remember the babies in incubators? The media has a history of selling sick and dying children - or at least the illusion of sick and dying children - in order to justify and drum up support for the sick and twisted agendas of the ruling classes. When will people stop listening?