The Buzz


Trump’s cellphones reportedly lack ‘sophisticated security features’

Peace and Freedom

President Trump reportedly uses cellphones that are not equipped with “sophisticated security features,” which could make them vulnerable to hacking.

Trump uses two iPhones — one for calls and another for tweeting — and has rebuffed efforts to make them more secure because he claims it is “too inconvenient,” Politico reported on Monday.


Aides have attempted to convince Trump to swap out his phones — a process President Obama took part in every 30 days — but the president has resisted, the paper said.

Trump’s phone for tweeting has not been swapped out in more than five months, while it is unclear how long he has had his call-capable phone, according to Politico.

In response, a White House official told the paper that the call-capable phones “are seamlessly swapped out on a regular basis.”

However, the official said that the Twitter phone “does not necessitate regular change-out.”

View original post 116 more words

Thailand: Arrests as protest greets fourth year of Thai junta rule

Peace and Freedom

Thai police detained leaders of an anti-junta protest on Tuesday who had tried to mark the fourth anniversary of a coup by marching to Government House, one of the largest acts of dissent since the army grabbed power.

© AFP / by Sippachai KUNNUWONG, Sally Mairs | Demonstrators display cartoons portraying Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha as Pinocchio during a protest at Thammasat University in Bangkok

Protest leaders flashed a three finger salute as they were led into a police van — a resistance symbol borrowed by Thailand’s anti-coup movement from the Hollywood movie “The Hunger Games”.

Disquiet with the junta is simmering in Thailand, despite a ban on political gatherings since a coup toppled the elected government of Yingluck Shinawatra on May 22, 2014.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha, who as army chief booted Yingluck’s administration from power, has suggested elections will be held in February next year.

But the…

View original post 1,142 more words

Catalonia: German prosecutors push for Carles Puigdemont’s extradition

Peace and Freedom

The Schleswig-Holstein state prosecutor is advancing his case for the extradition of former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont. However, the state’s top court has ruled that Puigdemont cannot yet be rearrested.

Puigdemont in Berlin

The public prosecutor in the state of Schleswig-Holstein is preparing the paperwork to extradite former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont to Spain, where he would face charges of rebellion and disturbing the public order following a referendum last autumn in which a majority of voters expressed a clear preference for the semiautonomous region’s secession.

On Tuesday, however, a court ruled that Puigdemont, who was taken into custody by German authorities in March at the request of Spain, could not be rearrested because he doesn’t pose a “flight risk.”

Puigdemont, who on April 6 was ordered released pending a decision, is currently in Berlin. A court had already ruled earlier this spring that he could not be extradited on…

View original post 7 more words

India: Fuel Prices At All Time High

Peace and Freedom

For diesel and petrol, it’s a record a day every day now. On Saturday, petrol touched the all-time high price since 2013. On Sunday, it beat its previous day’s record. On Monday, it created a new all-time record in Delhi and Mumbai +by touching Rs 76.57 and Rs 84.40, respectively.

Image may contain: one or more peopleWHY ARE GLOBAL CRUDE OIL PRICES ON A RISE?

Production cuts by oil exporters, shrinking supplies from Venezuela and uncertainty over Iran’s contribution after U.S. decision to exit the nuclear deal have contributed to rise in crude prices.

However, there is a catch. The government might be blaming crude prices for record high petrol and diesel rates, but the last time petrol crossed 76 per litre, five years ago, it was 40 per cent costlier before taxes.

Fuel prices have shot up now because of very high taxes. Central tax on diesel has increased more than three-fold, and it has…

View original post 118 more words

Write Now Prompt for May 22, 2018

Today's Author


At Today’s Author, our first goal is to get you (and us) to write. Write Now is our own collection of prompts to help you do that. With Write Now we’re not talking about writing, or trying to teach anyone how to write. Write Now is all about putting pen to paper.

Today’s Prompt:

The explorers strayed from the planned path and made a life changing discovery.


How to play along with our Writing Prompts

  1. Write in any format or style you wish: short story, poem, script – whatever you like.
  2. Write for at least 5 minutes. There is no time limit – write for as long as you wish!
  3. Editing is not required, though we do recommend that you run a spell check at least.
  4. Post your work to your blog and include a link back here so your readers can find other writer’s work, too.
  5. Come back here…

View original post 84 more words