Here are all the passwords you need to change right now because of Heartbleed

This virus can be a problem if users are not proactive.  AVB


image By Zach Epstein 
4/15/14 10:03 AM EDT

By now, we all know what a huge deal Heartbleedis. The massive vulnerability in OpenSSL protocolimpacted 66% of all sites on the Internet at the time of its discovery, and now companies are scrambling to fix the issue. Most big companies seem to have done a pretty good job of acting quickly, but this bug is several years old so users have been at risk for quite some time regardless of how quickly a site might have patched the flaw. As such, the cybersecurity experts at LWG Consulting have compiled a great list of all the huge sites that were impacted by Heartbleed.

Do you have accounts on any of the sites listed below? Change your password immediately — and be sure to change your passwords on any other sites if you use the same password there.

Those looking to protect themselves from websites still impacted by the Heartbleed bug should install this browser plugin immediately. It will warn users each time they visit a website that has not yet updated OpenSSL to protect users from Heartbleed.

I hope we can agree or agree not to agree any to case let’s keep it all civil

These ‘Wearable Eyes’ Make Your Face Look More Friendly Than You Feel

This feels very much like a Japanese gimmick, much like the cat ears that sense your mood. AVB


Macrina Cooper-White
The Huffington Post
04/14/14 03:59 PM ET
As any flight attendant or waiter knows, it can be exhausting to keep a friendly smile plastered on your face for hours on end–especially when customers turn grouchy. And looking friendly can be even harder for those of us cursed with a “b*tchy resting face.”

But now a researcher at Tsukuba University in Japan, Dr. Hirotaka Osawa, thinks he has a solution: don a pair of his freaky-deaky robotic eyes and they’ll fake your emotions for you. Just check them out in the following video. For full article and video

The lenses of the new “wearable eyes,” called AgencyGlass, display a pair of virtual eyeballs that can move back and forth, up and down. They help the wearer maintain proper eye contact with others by using an external camera to detect faces and a gyroscope and accelerometer to sense motion. They also blink, and glance upward to simulate a “thoughtful expression.”

Aside from helping college students get away with taking secret naps in class, Osawa believes his device may help relieve people’s “emotional labor,” the enthusiasm and set of proper emotional responses required in many service jobs. Since engineers use robots to extend our physical abilities and enhance our intellect, Osawa wanted to create a technology that could enhance our social skills too, he said.

But the new technology is not without its critics. Some blast it for being deceptive, and others say it’s an example of how our relationship with technology can go awry.

As Simon Head, author of Mindless: Why Smarter Machines Are Making Dumber Humans, quipped in an email to The Huffington Post, “Why not a wearable face and a wearable voice so that we can vegetate in an inert stupor while our cyborg self deals with the world on our behalf?”

I hope we can agree or agree not to agree any to case let’s keep it all civil

67 things you’ll never hear an Angeleno say

I loved this list so much I had to repost it on my blog. AVB


Tourists, visiting cousins and gluttons for punishment may speak such silliness, but true blue Angelenos? Never.

By Time Out editors
Mon Apr 7 2014

1. Look! The Hollywood sign!

2. I’d love to give you a ride to LAX.

3. I’m gonna take a little joyride up the 405 around 5pm tonight. Clear my head.

4. Who does yoga anymore, honestly?

5. The boardwalk at Venice Beach doesn’t scare me at all.

6. Wait, what’s “animal style”?

7. USC students seem so well adjusted and down to earth.

8. I respect our city’s Latino heritage by correctly pronouncing Cañon Drive, Los Feliz and Sepulveda.

9. Public transportation is so practical here.

10. I’m doing this thing now where I only eat gluten.

11. I can’t find a farmers market anywhere.

12. Kale is so over.

13. I wish my agent would stop calling me.

14. There will definitely be street parking.

15. I’ve been a Clippers fan for decades.

16. The housing market is totally affordable right now.

17. Free tote bag? Nah, I’m okay.

18. I’m so glad that developer tore down those Spanish-style bungalows to build these snazzy new condos!

19.  I can name my city councilman.

20. The Grove is a super cool place to hang out.

21. Hey man, those paparazzi are just trying to make an honest living.

22. I’m a producer, but my real job is in the service industry.

23. Let’s grab a quick lunch at Pink’s.

24. Should we walk there?

25. I love hanging out at Santa Monica Pier with all the locals.

26. The night sky is so breathtaking here.

27. Why yes, I would like to go on a celebrity home tour!

28. This taco truck sucks. Let’s go to Del Taco.

29.  Jeez, nobody will issue me a medical marijuana card.

30. Scientology is legit.

31. Money’s kind of tight right now, so I think we’re just gonna go to Disneyland this weekend.

32. Rain, again?

33. The Fountain shortcut always works—it’s like a secret no one knows about!

34. Can I have your autograph?

35. Dolby Theatre.

36. What’s Spiderman doing on Hollywood Boulevard? Let’s ask him!

37. Cash only? That’s cool.

38. Street sweeping is definitely about clean streets, not doling out parking tickets.

39.  Man, I really wish Villaraigosa was still our mayor.

40. They’re not real!

41. Don’t worry, cops don’t care about jaywalking here.

42. Vin Scully? Who’s that?

43. Dude, the Hollywood Walk of Fame is like the eighth wonder of the world.

44. Malibu Wines at 10am? That is a terrible idea.

45. I wish more helicopters would fly over my neighborhood.

46. We have a plentiful supply of water.

47. Let’s hail a cab.

48. Please come stay at our hotel. Nobody famous ever partied/played/died here.

49.  Whoa, these were factory-made with non-organic materials halfway across the world? I’ll take three.

50. There’s room for everyone on this surf break. Paddle over!

51. Let’s go to Hollywood and Highland!

52. Go ahead and wear the other team’s jersey to the Dodgers game. You definitely won’t get beat up.

53. I am not tempted—nor am I made inexplicably ill—by danger dogs.

54. I need to shovel out the car.

55. LA really takes great care of its sidewalks.

56. I’m so sick of avocados.

57. Left on yellow? Wouldn’t dare.

58. I should really pick up LA Weekly more often.

59.  I bet those city officials in Bell were really hard workers. They probably deserved those raises.

60. Coachella is not a complete and utter shitshow.

61. You know what this city needs? More jorts.

62. Carmaggedon ruined my weekend, just like they said it would.

63. I got my puppy from the pet shop at the mall. Couldn’t resist.

64. Craft beer? Boring.

65. I have no strong feelings about the Eastside versus Westside.

66. Chinatown? Never seen it. What’s it about?

67. New York is cooler than Los Angeles.


I hope we can agree or agree not to agree any to case let’s keep it all civil

Hillary Clinton says she’s ‘thinking’ about 2016 White House run

I know I am ready for Hillary.  AVB


Reuters By Peter Cooney 
4/8/14 9PM PDT

By Peter Cooney

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Asked again the question on the mind of everyone who follows U.S. politics, Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday she was “thinking” about running for president in 2016.

Appearing at a marketing conference in San Francisco, Clinton, widely considered the Democratic front-runner if she enters the race, was asked by an interviewer: “What’s your plan? Are you going to do it? You can announce it here if you’d like.”

“I’m actually here trying to get some marketing advice,” Clinton quipped, before adding: “I am obviously flattered and deeply honored to have people ask me and people encourage me.

“And I am thinking about it, but I am going to continue to think about it for a while,” she said to cheers from the audience.

“Part of it is because the hard questions are not: “Do you want to be president? Can you win? The hard questions are why. Why would you want to do this and what can you offer that could make a difference?”, Clinton said in a video of the exchange posted on the Internet

The former first lady and U.S. senator, who was defeated by President Barack Obama in the race for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, said the United States was experiencing a period of political dysfunction.

“I saw it from afar when I was secretary and it was disheartening and even embarrassing to see people arguing about letting us default on our debt, really, and things that were just so beyond the pale,” said Clinton, who served as secretary of state in Obama’s first term.

“You had to ask yourself what kind of country do they really want. .. What is their plan? What is their vision? So if you’re going to compete in this arena, you have to be able to put forth your purpose and vision.”

Clinton, who has been giving speeches across the country since leaving the State Department last year, frequently deflects questions about her presidential ambitions. The former first lady has said she is considering a White House bid, but that she will not make a decision before the end of 2014.

“I’m not going to make a decision for a while because I’m actually enjoying my life,” Clinton said on Tuesday. “I’m actually having fun.”

(Reporting by Peter Cooney; Editing by Michael Perry)

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Supreme Court Staying Out of Photographer’s Same-Sex Client Case


The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to take up an appeal from a photographer who refused to shoot a same-sex commitment ceremony.The court’s action leaves a lower court ruling in place, finding that the photographer violated a state anti-discrimination law.

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Obama To Sign Executive Orders On Equal Pay


President Barack Obama will sign two new executive orders on equal pay for women Tuesday, Politico reports. The executive actions coincide with “Equal Pay Day” — the date that symbolizes how far into 2014 women must work to earn the same amount of money men earned last year.
Both executive orders mirror provisions of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which Congress has twice failed to pass. One would prohibit federal contractors from retaliating against employees who share their salary information with each other. The provision is inspired by Lilly Ledbetter, the namesake of the first bill Obama signed on equal pay in 2009, who worked for nearly 20 years at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. before discovering that men in her same job with equal or lesser experience were earning significantly more money than she was.
The second executive order will instruct the Department of Labor to create new regulations requiring federal contractors to report wage-related data to the government, in the hope that it will hold them more accountable for salary differences based on sex or race.

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Bill Maher: John Roberts’ McCutcheon Ruling Could’ve Been ‘Written By The Little Mermaid’

In this case, I believe Bill Maher has been uncharacteristically generous to the Supreme Court Chief Justice. This ruling is a sham and will go down in the annals of history as a crossroads that is going to make it hard for this country to follow the right direction. AVB


Bill Maher did not mince words about his dismay surrounding the Supreme Court’s recent decision on campaign contributions.

Maher blasted the court’s McCutcheon v. FEC ruling on his show Friday night. He specifically went after Chief Justice John Roberts’ reasoning that large donations are not reflective of “quid pro quo corruption.”

“Either he is a liar or he is too naïve to hold any important job including, and especially, this one,” Maher said. “This is like a legal ruling written by the little mermaid.”

As HuffPost’s Paul Blumenthal explained Friday, the McCutcheon decision expanded the realm of ramifications for campaign finance reform. Previously, the 2010 Citizens United ruling had only addressed the “potential corrupting influence of independent political spending by corporations and unions.”

“[I]ndependent expenditures, including those made by corporations, do not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in 2010. “That speakers may have influence over or access to elected officials does not mean that those officials are corrupt. And the appearance of influence or access will not cause the electorate to lose faith in this democracy.”

Now, that definition of corruption has been extended to independent campaign contributions. Republicans were pleased with the decision, with the RNC calling it an “important first step toward restoring the voice of candidates and party committees.” Several Democrats, headed by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), paralleled Maher’s sentiments on the ruling.

“This is a court that knows essentially nothing about elections. It’s the first court in a long time on which no one has ever run for office,” said Whitehouse, comparing the five justices who ruled for businessman Shaun McCutcheon to “the ultimate amateur … who says, ‘I know how to eat, so I can open a restaurant.'”

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GOP Senate Candidate Jack Kingston Fakes A Call From Obama In New Ad

As if, this is ridiculous and the congressman should be up to driving to President Obama and shamed of himself. AVB

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican running in Georgia’s seven-way Senate primary released Friday an ad featuring a fake phone call from President Barack Obama.

Rep. Jack Kingston, an 11-term member of the U.S. House seeking to replace retiring Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss, includes audio of an Obama impersonator asking Kingston to stop trying to repeal the president’s signature national health care law. The ad comes as polls show a close race ahead of the May 20 primary. “Kingston, this is the president. You’ve got to back off Obamacare,” the fake Obama says in the ad while black-and-white photos of the president appear on the screen.

“Kingston, let me be clear: I do not want you in the Senate. Call me back, Kingston, please,” the fake Obama adds.

Kingston then appears on screen in color. “A call to stop fighting Obamacare is one call I’ll never answer,” he says into the camera.

The ad comes as voters start to pay closer attention to a race that lacks a clear front-runner.

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Feds Say 3 Million Now Have Medicaid Through Obamacare

That’s 10.1 million people who now have Medical coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act. Put that into your calculator Senator Rubio. AVB


The Obama administration declared another victory Friday, saying that 3 million extra people have signed up for Medicaid or the related Children’s Health Insurance Program since the new health insurance exchanges opened in October.That’s on top of the 7.

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I slept with a gay man for six months in Afghanistan.

Those who today block the path to marriage equality will be looked upon by History and the same way that those that blocked the doors of schools in the South in order to stop African American children from getting an education are looked upon today. AVB


by teacherken
Apr 04, 2014 5:00am PDT

No one asked. He did not tell.

So begins A Marine silent no longer on gay marriage, a Washington Post op ed by Roger Dean Huffstetler, a former Marine Corps sergeant, who is also a serious Southern Baptist
He talks about TWO men who he thought he knew well who are gay, a fellow Marine Sergeant and a childhood friend.

Of the first, Sergeant Santiago, he writes 

    I believed I knew the men in my B-hut better than I knew most of my friends at home, yet the man sleeping next door had a secret he dared not reveal for fear of being removed from active duty. It never crossed my mind that he was gay — or that I could have done so much more to be his friend.

And of the second, he offers this in the  next 2 paragraphs:

    Even as a kid, Andy was exceptionally affable, the kind of person who could talk to a trash can. He never met a stranger, and he unfailingly seemed to know where he was going. Andy was surrounded by a close group of friends, always together, always laughing. It’s fair to say everyone enjoyed being around him.

    In our teens, Andy and I would go on mission trips around the country, helping to clean or build homes, with a little vacation Bible school on the side. Perhaps Andy knew then that he was gay — it seems likely — but he flirted with girls, same as the rest of us. If he did know, he kept it to himself, and I lived in ignorance about it.

I am going to push fair use a bit – please follow me beneath the cheese doodle.

    No, I never gay-bashed. I didn’t bully, I didn’t hate, I didn’t torment.

    But I did say “fag” to a fellow Marine in front of Sgt. Santiago. I did stay seated in the pew when my minister challenged, “Don’t let anyone tell you that this church is soft on homosexuality.” Silence is a most powerful consent.

Reading those words reminded me of these by Edmund Burke:  All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.

They also reminded me of these by Martin Luther King Jr.:  Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter

Hyffstetler writes that he had imagined had he lived in the time of the Civil Rights movement he would have been the exceptional White Southerner who would have spoken out, that he would have taken action, even it if put himself at risk.

    But I didn’t do those things. I watched the fight right in front of me without question, inactive and accepting — just like the generations before me.

    Well, no longer.

By now you are getting a sense of why I consider this op ed so powerful.

He writes about how he sought out both men to apologize.  You will want to read that.  In his penultimate paragraph he points out

    We don’t need to look backward for a chance to stand up for principles. Life isn’t about always being right — I was wrong for a long time — but about learning from mistakes and making amends. So I started with those conversations and writing about the effect these two men had on me, about how someone raised a Southern Baptist can love everyone equally and can advocate marriage equality.

I remind people of three notable former Southern Baptists who have spoken out on issues like these – their names are Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Al Gore.

We all may hesitate to do the right thing.

We can always make amends.

We can, as Huffstetler opines,

    Write. Speak out. Find the Andys and Sgt. Santiagos in your life and make amends.

This is an issue that those here understand.

There are enough in this community for whom this is very personal, even if they themselves are “straight,” because it affects those for whom they care deeply.  I count myself among them.

Which is why I will end with the final words of the op ed, offered in bold:

There is still time to be on the right side of history.


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