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The Telecom Digest for Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Volume 37 : Issue 66 : "text" format

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CNN: Mueller investigating McCabe terminationBill Horne
Re: Does anyone remember this payphone trick?nooch5
Revealed: 50 million Facebook profiles harvested for Cambridge Analytica in major data breachMonty Solomon
---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <201803181921EDT0001@telecom-digest.org> Date: Sat, 17 Mar 2018 19:23:19 -0400 (EDT) From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: CNN: Mueller investigating McCabe termination Excerpt: Washington (CNN)Special counsel Robert Mueller's team interviewed former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and asked about the firing of FBI Director James Comey, a source briefed on the matter confirmed to CNN. The source would not say when the interview, first reported by Axios, occurred. ... Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired McCabe on Friday at 10 p.m., about a day before his 50th birthday and the date he was set to retire and begin receiving his anticipated pension. Special counsel Robert Mueller has memos written by former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe documenting his conversations with Trump. full article https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/17/politics/mccabe-memos-trump/index.html ***** Moderator's Note ***** This story is related to telecom, but not because it concerns the methods or equipment or regulations that affect the telecommunications world. This is not about how we communicate, but whether we are allowed to do so. It is an attempt by a self-absorbed, cowardly, draft-dodging daddy's boy to take revenge on a civil servant who dared to say that the emperor is not only unclothed, but also unable; not only vapid, but also vain, vituperative, vengeful, and vicious. Mr. McCabe tried to leave honorably. Donald Trump demanded that he be administratively executed, no doubt to support this carnival barker's infantile need to be the king of an imaginary castle where only he is allowed to be important. This petty revenge has been taken on a respected executive who was, by all acounts I've read, a conscientious FBI leader prior to the current administration. If he did something illegal, as has been alleged, then he is entitled to have his guilt - or innocence - decided in a court of law. The fact that he has been denied his pension is an obviously extortionate action: an attempt to force an honest man to lie and hide evidence to benefit dishonest politicians. Donald has always stood on dead man's legs: he never developed his own. The things he learned at his daddy's knee were marked by what they are not: he knows only the appearance of authority instead of its responsibilities, only the need to seem patriotic instead of any notion of sacrifice, only the privileges of leadership instead of its obligations. The president's puerile temper tantrum is proof prima facie that the country I fought for in Vietnam has fallen so far, and so fast, that we are circling a massive whirlpool that drains into the sewer of history. I'm ashamed to be an American today. What hurts the most is that I didn't think it was possible. Bill Horne Moderator ------------------------------ Message-ID: <ef6a27e2-08e7-4abc-9d25-54e222c86e5b@googlegroups.com> Date: Sun, 18 Mar 2018 13:16:41 -0700 (PDT) From: nooch5@yahoo.com Subject: Re: Does anyone remember this payphone trick? On Thu, 23 Apr 2009, "Phluge" wrote: > Somewhere around 1953 when I was a teen, you could get all the free > payphone calling you wanted from a phonebooth by using a bobby-pin. I did this in the late 80's early 90's at my junior high to get picked up from sports after school. Paper Clip in center hole of the phones mouth piece and there was a tiny indent on the metal of the old pay phone. Must of been an older pay phone. Worked every single time I needed it. ------------------------------ Message-ID: <B4D5CB33-A2C0-4E56-8C2D-024686A82CC7@roscom.com> Date: Sat, 17 Mar 2018 15:22:27 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> Subject: Revealed: 50 million Facebook profiles harvested for Cambridge Analytica in major data breach Revealed: 50 million Facebook profiles harvested for Cambridge Analytica in major data breach Whistleblower describes how firm linked to former Trump adviser Steve Bannon compiled user data to target American voters The data analytics firm that worked with Donald Trump's election team and the winning Brexit campaign harvested millions of Facebook profiles of US voters, in one of the tech giant's biggest ever data breaches, and used them to build a powerful software program to predict and influence choices at the ballot box. A whistleblower has revealed to the Observer how Cambridge Analytica - a company owned by the hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer, and headed at the time by Trump's key adviser Steve Bannon - used personal information taken without authorisation in early 2014 to build a system that could profile individual US voters, in order to target them with personalised political advertisements. https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/mar/17/cambridge-analytica-facebook-influence-us-election ***** Moderator's Note ***** There are conflicting reports about whether this was an actual breach, or if Facebook made the data available to the firm because it was an advertiser. Either way, Cambridge Analytica, which is a U.K. company, got and used the data as part of an effort to influence the U.S. election. The question, of course, is whether their pay came from Russia, and if it did, whether hiring a U.K. company to use data it obtained outside Russia to influence an election is/was illegal. Bill Horne Moderator ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Mon, 19 Mar 2018

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