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VPN: Virtual Private Network and Internet Privacy

by Daniel Brouse and Sidd Mukherjee Your Internet service provider (ISP) knows where you live, your address and billing info. They also know: all the IPs and domain names you visit and when all the content of your unencrypted traffic in and out, as well as, the timing The federal government now allows your ISP […]

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Russia Hacked 500 Million Yahoo Accounts

The Membrane Domain: Cybersecurity by the Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs A grand jury in the Northern District of California has indicted four defendants, including two officers of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), for computer hacking, economic espionage and other criminal offenses in connection with a conspiracy, beginning in January 2014, to […]

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Flood Insurance and Rising Sea Levels

by Daniel Brouse Q: Who pays for flood insurance? A: The United States government, FEMA, covers losses for people that pay flood insurance premiums. Q: Does your homeowners insurance policy cover you in the event of flooding? A: No. Flood insurance coverage is very limited. For instance, basements and belonging in a basement are not […]

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Radical Christian Terrorists and the Zombie Apocalypse

EARTH — Imagine a group of radical Christians taking over the government and trying to bring on the Rapture (aka The Apocalypse) and the Second Coming. You no longer need to imagine. A conspiracy of Evangelical Christians are trying to facilitate The End Of Times. They want to fulfill biblical prophecies including: The Revival of […]

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Protectionism: The Costs and Benefits of Trade Wars

by Daniel Brouse Protectionism is the theory or practice of shielding a country’s domestic industries from foreign competition by restricting imports. There are no known benefits to protectionism. The costs of protectionism include being financially destructive, negatively impacting health and wellness, as well as, causing death. (also see: Trade War! What Is It Good For?) […]

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Trade War! What Is It Good For?

By Daniel Brouse International Economics 101 What do you think of when you hear the term “trade war”? The costs and benefits to society are very similar to traditional warfare. 1) Financial Cost. A war is expensive. In a trade war, huge tariffs are placed on the purchase of imports. A tariff is a sales […]

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FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt)

By Daniel Brouse For Widgette / Private Business Has America turned into a giant Tupperware Party? The field of consumer behavior is a social science that studies the psychology of consumerism. There are five basic psychological tactics to marketing: * emotional and psychological appeals * optimize credibility by highlighting your flaws * re-position your competition […]

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Trump Security Breach

By Daniel Brouse for The Membrane Domain Cybersecurity For months, the security community has known that both the DNC and GOP were hacked. The DNC hack was used to undermine Hillary. The GOP / Trump hacks were meant for blackmailing Trump. No surprises here. U.S. security agencies were aware of Donald Trump’s security breaches since […]

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U.S. Security-clearances Hacked

by Daniel Brouse for Membrane Domain Cybersecurity In 2014 and 2015, there were two major breaches of U.S. government databases holding personnel records and security-clearance files of at least 22.1 million people, including Social Security numbers and some fingerprints, of not only federal employees and contractors but their families and friends. U.S. officials have privately […]

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US Bans North Ocean Oil Exploration

United States-Canada Joint Arctic Leaders’ Statement THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary In March, President Obama and Prime Minister Trudeau announced a new partnership to embrace opportunities and confront challenges in the changing Arctic, with Indigenous and Northern partnerships, and responsible, science-based leadership. Over the past year, both countries have engaged a range […]

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      By Daniel Brouse An iceberg weighing over one trillion tons (about the size of Delaware) broke off Antarctica. “Antarctica contains 90% of the world’s fresh water as ice. If all the ice melts, sea levels will rise by 60 meters (200 feet). The sea ice melting doesn’t raise the sea level as the ice is […]
    • Bounty of the Sea: More Plastic Than Fish?
      The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the World Economic Forum, in a report called The New Plastics Economy  (which looks at the amount of plastic that ends up in the sea) claims there will be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050. “If we continue dumping plastic in the sea at the present rate, […]
    • Why “Fresh Air and Sunshine” is Dangerous
      By Daniel Brouse Q: Do you know what are two of the most dangerous exposures for children and the elderly? A: Fresh air and sunshine. Either may be hazardous; however, when fresh air and sunshine are combined, the result can be extreme. On days like today, do not go out and play. The sun can […]
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      By Daniel Brouse Many days in the Philadelphia region are not healthy for breathing. On “Ozone Action Alert Days” you are advised to avoid outside activities. Children should not play outdoors. Avoid running and other fitness activities. Do not breathe in un-conditioned air. Low level ozone is volatile and causes micro-explosions in your lungs that […]
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      West Chester, Pennsylvania holds an annual event on the first Sunday of June called “Super Sunday”. The streets are closed for crafts, vendors, children’s activities and live music.
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      Toward the right side of this enhanced-color scene is a broad notch in the crest of the western rim of Endeavour Crater on Mars. Wheel tracks in that area were left by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity as it observed "Perseverance Valley" from above in the spring of 2017.
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      Wildfire struck rugged woodlands near Yosemite, causing sporadic evacuations of nearby towns and spreading smoke as far as Idaho.
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