A Few Good Sentences — all-purpose and semi-sweet

Blogging is a poor substitute for the live conversation I really want to have this afternoon. It’s a sad stand-in for the rich, meaningful, two-way connection I continue to be unable to conjure up. That being said, writing typically brings about some measure of relief. New posts tend to bring people out of the woodwork. […]

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DHL Goes Down After Hacker Exposes Clearnet IP Address

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Reddit user known as /u/t0mcheck publicly disclosed “crippling” vulnerabilities in two darknet markets: DHL and Sourcery Market. As usual, the posts increased the number of heated conversations between users and moderators. Eventually everything came down to DHL. According to a DHL representative, was not new to marketplace staff—they had known for two years. Now, along with Sourcery Market, both marketplaces vanished.

Either may come back, but Reddit users called exit scam. “Yeah, I don’t think we’ll see them around anymore,” one user wrote.

As of August 5, the two stickied posts in that subreddit are market warnings. One post is the vulnerability disclosure of both marketplaces. The second, though, is a post titled “DHL Market – Current problems – Consider avoiding right now.” The vulnerabilities were serious enough to warrant the removal of the formerly stickied post about a significant number of Dream vendor accounts that the…

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DHL Goes Down After Hacker Exposes Clearnet IP Address

Chainsoff's Blog

As of August 5, the two stickied posts in that subreddit are market warnings. One post is the vulnerability disclosure of both marketplaces. The second, though, is a post titled “DHL Market – Current problems – Consider avoiding right now.” The vulnerabilities were serious enough to warrant the removal of the formerly stickied post about a significant number of Dream vendor accounts that the Dutch National Police controlled.

Source: DHL Goes Down After Hacker Exposes Clearnet IP Address

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Leri Price’s Translation of Khaled Khalifa’s ‘No Knives’ Makes 2017 NTA Shortlist

Arabic Literature (in English)

On Monday, the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) announced the poetry and prose shortlists for the National Translation Award. On the prose list was Leri Price’s translation of Syrian author Khaled Khalifa’s No Knives in the Kitchens of This City:

No Knives advances to the NTA’s five-book shortlist along with titles translated from the Spanish, German, French, and Swedish.

This is the NTA’s nineteenth year, which is the only US “award for translated fiction, poetry, and literary nonfiction that includes a rigorous examination of both the source text and its relation to the finished English work.” This year’s prose judges are Carol Apollonio, Eric M. B. Becker, and Ottilie Mulzet.

No Knives was one of two Arabic books to make the NTA longlists: Amjad Nasser’s poetry collection A Map of Signs and Scents, trans. Fady Joudah, was on the poetry longlist.

You can read an excerpt of No Knives at the Hoopoe…

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Goodbye, Miss Luna

The Return of the Modern Philosopher

Luna, cats, pets, loss of a pet, life, Modern PhilosopherIt is with a heavy heart and ears filled with tears, Modern Philosophers, that I share that Miss Luna has left The House on the Hill to go to her new home in Kitty Heaven.

She left us at some point during the night, going peacefully in her sleep.

Luna had been sick for several months, and had recently taken a turn for the worse.  I had taken to feeding her with an eyedropper, cleaning her nose multiple times a day, and giving her daily steams in hopes of clearing her nose.

In recent days, she had regained her appetite and taken to eating if I would hold her plate up for her.  While she still wouldn’t go up the stairs, and wandered aimlessly from time to time, she had put on weight and seemed in better spirits.

Luna was a shy, sweet kitty.  It took her months to warm…

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Tainted eggs scandal spreads to Britain, France

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© ANP/AFP / by Danny KEMP | Eggs stacking up a Dutch poultry farm shut down over the discovery of the insecticide fipronol

BRUSSELS (AFP) – Britain and France said Monday that some insecticide-tainted eggs may have entered the country, as millions of chickens faced being culled in the Netherlands in a growing European contamination scandal.Belgium meanwhile vowed full transparency about why it kept the scandal secret despite originally learning in June about the problem involving fipronil, a substance potentially dangerous to humans.

Supermarkets in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium have pulled millions of eggs from the shelves since Belgium gave the European Commission the first notification on July 20, while retailers in Sweden and Switzerland have followed suit.

The European Commission said Monday that under its EU rapid alert system it had been determined that eggs under suspicion of contamination had also been distributed to France and Britain via…

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