March 9, 2017

'Devastating incompetence' / The wall's cost / 'Wayne's World' fan alert

‘DEVASTATING INCOMPETENCE.’ That’s the label WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange slapped on the CIA this morning for the leak of its cyber-weapons arsenal.

 But, he says, WikiLeaks will give tech companies much more detailed info about the CIA’s techniques so they can “develop fixes.” (Photo: David G Silvers.)
 A senior intelligence official tells NBC the WikiLeaks files include genuine Top Secret stuff.
 Investigators tell The New York Times the leak was the work of “a disaffected insider.”
 How to tell if a Samsung smart TV was hacked—or is hackable.
 The ACLU is going to court to keep police from searching a private Facebook group page.
 The haveibeenpwned.com website will alert you if your email address has been compromised in a data breach.

MOST WANTED. U.S. Atty. Gen Jeff Sessions has ordered federal prosecutors make putting “violent offenders behind bars” a top priority.
 Illinois lawmakers consider a crackdown on those who repeatedly use guns to commit crimes.
 The Tribune explains how a Chicago man freed from prison and awarded a $25 million verdict for his wrongful conviction spent his second chance rebuilding his old gang.

‘THE PRESIDENT’S ENTIRE STAFF APPEARS TO TREAT HIM LIKE A DANGEROUSLY STRONG SHOW CHIMP THAT YOU HAVE TO BRIBE … SO HE WON’T TEAR YOUR FACE OFF.’—Samantha Bee last night on her show Full Frontal.
 ProPublica has published a list of more than 400 hires—including dozens of lobbyists and some from far-right media—the Trump administration has quietly installed across the federal government.
 Trump reportedly plans to tap—or is it tapp?—former Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman as his ambassador to Russia.
 A Wired writer followed Trump’s media diet for weeks: “The world inside the bubble looked bleak.”
 The New Yorker asks: Who is Trump’s mysterious friend “Jim”?

THE WALL’S COST. To pay for that border structure separating the U.S. from Mexico, the president’s reportedly considering cuts to several agencies whose mission is to keep Americans safe: the Coast Guard, the Secret Service, FEMA and the Transportation Security Administration.
 Chicago aldermen suggest Chicago police assume responsibility for airport security.
 Chicago businesses brace for the return of workplace raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

FOR ILLINOIS AND 15 OTHER STATES, THAT WAS THE WARMEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD.
And one team of researchers says human-driven climate change increased the odds of that happening.
 High winds yesterday brought glass and debris down on streets in the Loop.
 Trump plans would gut government programs that keep toxic algae out of drinking water.

‘WAYNE’S WORLD’ FAN ALERT. The cars that used to be on a stick in Berwyn are on sale through eBay. (Photo: Mykl Roventine.)
 The Savers thrift-store chain is closing more than a third of its Chicago-area stores.





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