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Climate Change And Credit

by Daniel Brouse Part of a series of articles on Climate Change And Flood Insurance Homeowners living in flood plain have learned the hard way that climate change has effected their ability to get a mortgage. As the sea level rises and extreme weather events intensify, homeowners have found their insurance rates increasing or their […]

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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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    • Sea Level Rise and Property Values
      “Disaster on the Horizon: The Price Effect of Sea Level Rise” Asaf Bernstein, Matthew Gustafson, and Ryan Lewis. Sea level rise coming home, the market is paying attention (Halleluia! who woulda thunk it. The real estate market, especially on the coasts is a wretched hive of villainy)) The first sentence of the abstract is “Homes […]
    • Climate Change And Credit
      by Daniel Brouse Part of a series of articles on Climate Change And Flood Insurance Homeowners living in flood plain have learned the hard way that climate change has effected their ability to get a mortgage. As the sea level rises and extreme weather events intensify, homeowners have found their insurance rates increasing or their […]
    • Uber Paid Ransom and Hid Hack
      Uber Paid Hackers to Delete Stolen Data on 57 Million People * Company paid hackers $100,000 to delete info, keep quiet * Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan and another exec ousted Bloomberg reports, that Uber was hacked of personal data from 57 millions drivers and riders. Then, instead of reporting the crime, they paid extortion […]
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    So, you know…
    When we witness the Lord sow snow
    See a glimpse of beauty
    Ohhhh…
    Snow
    Turn the dark to bright
    Absorb the sound
    Reflect the light
    Peace is found
    Clinging tight
    So, Lord, sow snow!
    Ohhh….
    Snow
    Looking back at my track
    Into the virgin snow I go
    So, Lord, sow snow
    Ohhh…
    Snow
    Let the crystals flow
    Ohhh…
    Snow

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    • The Squares Of Philadelphia
      Southwest (Rittenhouse) Square, Southeast (Washington) Square, Northwest Square (Logan Circle), Northeast (Franklin) Square and Centre Square (City Hall) all offer something free to do in Philly. Originally planned by William Penn when he laid out the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1682, the Squares of Philadelphia are five open-space public parks. Rittenhouse Square in Center […]
    • Earthquake Shakes Parts of Philly
      DOVER, DELAWARE — A Magnitude 4.1 earthquake was recorded 10km ENE of Dover, Delaware. The tremors could be felt from Washington D.C. to New York. No major damage or injuries were reported.
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    • New Research Launches to Space Station Aboard SpaceX Resupply Mission
      The two-stage Falcon 9 launch vehicle lifts off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying the Dragon resupply spacecraft to the International Space Station. Dragon will bring supplies, equipment and new science experiments for technology research to the orbiting laboratory.
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