Web slows under ‘biggest attack ever’ A Dutch web-hosting company caused disruption and the global slowdown of the internet, according to a not-for-profit anti-spam organization.
The interruptions came after Spamhaus, a spam-fighting group based in Geneva, temporarily added the Dutch firm, CyberBunker, to a blacklist that is used by e-mail providers to weed out spam.
Cyberbunker is housed in a five-story former NATO bunker and famously offers its services to any website “except child porn and anything related to terrorism”. As such it has often been linked to behaviour that anti-spam blacklist compilers have condemned.
Happy To Be Wrong!
I was not optimistic that Freedom To Travel would carry the day in a lawsuit against the TSA, but they’re scored a legal victory in the preliminaries, so heartiest congrats to them! I received a press release explaining this triumph; so far as I can tell, it’s not available online, so allow me to present it in its entirety here:
Freedom to Travel USA was granted permission, in an extremely rare event for an Amicus organization, to participate in oral arguments in the most important 4th Amendment case in recent years, covering over 675 million passengers affected annually by the TSA (Transportation Security Administration). The case before the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit is Redfern, et al v. Napolitano (web link http://fttusa.org ), which concerns the TSA’s unprecedented inch-by-inch body searches using body scanners and “pat downs” that invade the privacy of individuals by requiring citizens to be forced to have their sexual organs examined.
Conservatives Promise ‘DEFCON 6’ If The Supreme Court Overturns California’s Gay Marriage Ban
US Training Syrian Moderates in Jordan: Officials
For months now, the United States has been training secular Syrian fighters in Jordan with the goal of bolstering the array of forces battling President Bashar Assad’s regime while at the same time strengthening the hand of moderates among the country’s fractured opposition, American and foreign officials said. They said the effort is ongoing.
A Feel-Good Story About A Comped Olive Garden Receipt May Be Fake
A picture of an Olive Garden receipt showing a free meal was posted to Reddit with a heartwarming story.
“My brother, wife, 3 year-old daughter and I went to Olive Garden after a recent house fire at my parents. When the manager asked how everything was my daughter said “Grandpa’s house burned down”. Here’s how we received the check,” reads the caption on Reddit.
But the feel-good tale ignited some controversy after an anonymous poster claimed he or she was in the advertising business and that the receipt was clearly a marketing ploy.