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All Four Living Ex-Presidents Denounce "Racial Bigotry

Both Bushes, Clinton and Obama join together in repudiation. Kind of leaves Trump isolated, doesn't it?

NY Mag: "A day after President Trump defended the “very fine people” at a neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville last weekend, the 41st and 43rd presidents of the United States put out a joint statement calling on all Americans to “reject racial bigotry, anti-Semitism and racism in all forms.”

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When Poaching Goes Awry

Coco Vandeweghe can be imposing at the net, but poaching comes with risk. My combo photo captures her dealing with a tough shot during doubles at Stanford last week, which she won with partner Abigail Spears. Please click to enlarge.

#WTA #tennis #Stanford #BOTWClassic
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Purported Author of Tool Used by Russians to Hack DNC Turned Himself In

Also, another Ukrainian attack points to Russia (details at the end).

A Ukrainian hacker known only as "Profexer" has turned himself in to Ukrainian police. "It is the first known instance of a living witness emerging from the arid mass of technical detail that has so far shaped the investigation into the D.N.C. hack and the heated debate it has stirred. ...

"Profexer was not arrested because his activities fell in a legal gray zone, as an author but not a user of malware, the Ukrainian police say. But he did know the users, at least by their online handles. “He told us he didn’t create it to be used in the way it was,” Mr. Demediuk said."

There is no evidence that Profexer worked for Russia, but malware he wrote, and offered on the dark web, was used.

Some skeptics claim that no concrete evidence has been disclosed linking Russia to the hacks, and President Trump has repeatedly disputed that unanimous conclusion of our 17 intelligence agencies. Trump even disputed that we have 17 intelligence agencies.

The investigation has focused on the Ukraine because several types of cyberwarfare have first been tried there before being used on other countries.

Earlier Ukrainian Attack

One example is a previously unreported attack on Ukrainian television. Russians planted a fake message on the Ukrainian election, intended to appear only as the polls closed. The TV station found the hack and pulled the plug on that server. Yet, Russian TV reported the story as if the announcement had appeared on Ukrainian television.

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Someone updated the list of Confederate presidents on WIkipedia :)
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Current Wimbledon champ shot last week at Stanford. Please click to enlarge. Details: Nikon D500 close up with new 70-200mm, action shot with 300 f4.
Mugu at Stanford

Wimbledon champ Garbiñe Muguruza played one, great match before flaming out the next night. Please click to see my photos of her here or an album at this link: https://flic.kr/s/aHsjZXatiZ

#WTA #tennis
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Former WImbledon champ shot last week at Stanford. Details: NIKON D810
f/4 at 1/3200th ISO 800, 70-200mm at 155 mm ISO 800
A Kvitova Sighting!

​It was my first time seeing the two-time Wimbledon champ live. She doesn't play much on the U.S. circuit, reportedly because our air quality aggravated her asthma. Petra is a real, physical presence.

In these two photos, she got caught in no-man's land with a dipping, wide shot headed for her sideline. So, she just hit a swinging, backhand volley while running full tilt sideways -- thus her expression. She pulled it off. More photos here.
https://flic.kr/s/aHsm2vrRjx

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Trump Asks, ‘What About the Alt-Left?’ Here’s an Answer https://nyti.ms/2vBQ0UK

Far right is a real terrorist threat. 'White nationalists; militia movements; anti-Muslim attackers; I.R.S. building and abortion clinic bombers; and other right-wing groups were responsible for 12 times as many fatalities and 36 times as many injuries as communists; socialists; animal rights and environmental activists; anti-white- and Black Lives Matter-inspired attackers; and other left-wing groups.

"Of the nearly 1,500 individuals in a University of Maryland study of radicalization from 1948 to 2013, 43 percent espoused far-right ideologies, compared to 21 percent for the far left. Far-right individuals were more likely to commit violence against people, while those on the far left were more likely to commit property damage.

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Racist? Yes, but also anti-Semitic

'So why did the demonstrators chant anti-Semitic lines like “Jews will not replace us”?

"The demonstration was suffused with anti-black racism, but also with anti-Semitism. Marchers displayed swastikas on banners and shouted slogans like “blood and soil,” a phrase drawn from Nazi ideology. “This city is run by Jewish communists and criminal niggers,” one demonstrator told Vice News’ Elspeth Reeve during their march. As Jews prayed at a local synagogue, Congregation Beth Israel, men dressed in fatigues carrying semi-automatic rifles stood across the street, according to the temple’s president. Nazi websites posted a call to burn their building. 

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"The chief executive of Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, criticized President Trump in front of his 1.5 million American employees, widening a rift between the White House and the business community that has been growing since the weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Va.

“As we watched the events and the response from President Trump over the weekend, we too felt that he missed a critical opportunity to help bring our country together by unequivocally rejecting the appalling actions of white supremacists,” Douglas McMillon, the Walmart C.E.O., wr

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OpEd by Claire Cain Miller
Tech’s Damaging Myth of the Loner Genius Nerd

This is by far the best response I've seen to the so-called "Google Employee Memo". Balanced, well thought out, and dealing with the broad picture.

By contrast, most of the many responses I've seen have inadvertently disproved Damore's premise mainly by showing that women are not more empathetic, tolerant and emotionally mature than men <g>.

Miller: "In fact, interpersonal skills like collaboration, communication, empathy and emotional intelligence are essential to the job. The myth that programming is done by loner men who think only rationally and communicate only with their computers harms the tech industry in ways that cut straight to the bottom line....

Silicon Valley culture encourages it. Google calls engineers who aren’t managers “individual contributors.” Technical skills are valued above soft skills or business skills. “Anyone who deals with a human being is considered less intelligent,” said Ellen Ullman, a software programmer and author of a new book, “Life in Code.” “You would think it would be the other way around, but the more your work is just talking to the machine, the more valuable it is.”"

And: "Technical skills without empathy have resulted in products that have bombed in the market, because a vital step to building a product is the ability to imagine how someone else might think and feel. “The failure rate in software development is enormous, but it almost never means the code doesn’t work,” Mr. Ensmenger said. “It doesn’t solve the problem that actually exists, or it imagines a user completely different from actual users.”"

And: “That nerd identity is really damaging to women,” Mr. Ensmenger said, “but it’s also damaging to minorities and to a lot of men who don’t want to subsume their identity in that.”
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