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BREAKING: President Obama orders 'full review' of election-related hacking, due by January 20th
President Barack Obama has ordered a "full review" of hacking-relating activity aimed at disrupting last month's presidential election.

President Barack Obama has ordered a “full review” of hacking-relating activity aimed at disrupting last month’s presidential election and he expects that report before he leaves office on Jan. 20, a top White House official said Friday.


“We may have crossed into a new threshold and it is incumbent upon us to take stock of that, to review, to conduct some after-action, to understand what has happened and to impart some lessons learned,“ Obama counterterrorism and homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco told reporters at a breakfast arranged by the Christian Science Monitor.

U.S. intelligence officials have blamed the Russian government for pre-election hacking of Democratic officials and political committees. Several Democratic senators have asked Obama to declassify more details about the attacks and why the U.S. concluded the Russians were behind them.

Monaco would not commit to making the findings of the review public, but did say that it would be shared with "a range of stakeholders,” including members of Congress.

little all too well things
  • the first line is ‘i walked through the door with you’ which to me is so interesting because this image of crossing the threshold suggests them both bravely entering something new together
  • ‘the air was cold but something ‘bout it felt like home somehow’ is kind of sad don’t you think??? i have always wondered if the cold air feels like home because she’s been treated so coldly in the past??
  • and if we take it that way then the fact that she left her ‘scarf there at your sister’s house’ is like taylor giving up her defenses against the cold way the world has treated her in order to trust him
  • and he still has it in his drawer even now??? she gave away her defenses against the coldness of the world and she never got them back!!! he left her vulnerable.
  • like i mentioned in a previous post taylor uses cars and travelling as a metaphor for relationships of different kinds so them ‘singing in the car getting lost upstate’ suggests how comfortable they felt in their relationship and how long term they thought it was going to be 
  • autumn leaves falling down like pieces into place is like a punch in the face every single time because to me it means ‘when i saw all of nature dying and coming to an end it reminded me of us’ what a thing to say wow their relationship was blossoming but now is decaying and they are spiraling uncontrollably???? what a powerful image!!!
  • again with the car metaphors ‘you almost ran the red ‘cause you were looking over at me’ seems to suggest how they almost ignored all the warnings signs that they needed to end their relationship because they were so caught up in each other
  • i feel like the phrase ‘i was there’ is so important in this song because it shows the distance that taylor feels from the relationship now like it’s not ‘wind in my hair, i am there’ because it’s impossible to revisit those moments and live in them again
  • alternatively i feel like maybe it’s ‘i was there’ because it was her ‘old self’ that she mentions later who had all those beautiful lovely memories and she is not that girl anymore she ‘was’ but not now
  • i always thought that the description of ‘a little kid in glasses in a twin size bed’ is so sweet because it emphasises how big and lonely everything seemed when he was younger and how much growing he had to do
  • ‘you taught me ‘bout your past thinking your future was me’ is also so cute because he is teaching her so she can take over and write his future in the best possible way??? he is literally trusting her with his entire future???
  • ‘lost in translation’ is a beautiful way of saying that they could not communicate with each other but to me it has always meant that they could not adapt to each other’s worlds without losing an essential part of themselves much like when a book is adapted for film for example 
  • now for my favourite line of the whole song okay ‘but maybe this thing was a masterpiece before you tore it all up’ is so interesting because it brings into question beauty and value and whether something is only beautiful for as long as you can own it and it is tangible, like an old famous painting, for example, or whether it remains valuable and precious long after it is destroyed because it is the thoughts and people it inspired that had true value. this idea is revisited in sad beautiful tragic when taylor seems to decide that something can be beautiful and ruined simultaneously and that things do not cease to be beautiful when they are over (just like those autumn leaves falling earlier in the song)
  •  this song is just full of powerful images and ‘a crumpled up piece of paper lying there’ is so interesting because a piece of blank paper holds so many possibilities it is literally a symbol of untapped potential so the idea of her being a crumpled up piece of paper suggests all that potential between them being discarded all those pages of their love story that will now forever remain unwritten
  • this is a tiny thing but the repetition in the line that follows of ‘but i remember it all, all, all… too well’ just to me feels like taylor being trapped in the moment unable to move forwards to the next word and mirrors her being trapped in her grief about this relationship

Obama orders ‘full review’ of election-related hacking

By JOSH GERSTEIN and JENNIFER SCHOLTES

President Barack Obama has ordered a “full review” of hacking-relating activity aimed at disrupting last month’s presidential election and he expects that report before he leaves office on Jan. 20, a top White House official said Friday.

“We may be crossed into a new threshold and it is incumbent upon us to take stock of that, to review, to conduct some after-action, to understand what this means, what has happened and to impart those lessons learned,” Obama counterterrorism and homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco told reporters at a breakfast arranged by the Christian Science Monitor.

U.S. intelligence officials have blamed the Russian government for pre-election hacking of Democratic officials and political committees. Several Democratic senators have asked Obama to declassify more details about the attacks and why the U.S. concluded the Russians were behind them.

Monaco would not commit to making the findings of the review public, but did say that it would be shared with “a range of stakeholders,” including members of Congress.

Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits. Psalm 103:2
As we stand on the threshold of a new year, and look forward to new blessings, let us not forget to thank God for what He has done for us in the year gone by. How He was with us in the good times and the bad. How He never left our side. How He has protected us, healed us, provided for us and forgave us. How He daily loaded us with benefits! How His grace was sufficient for us. Let us count our blessings and name them one by one.

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I ran 5 miles on a trail this morning that should be covered in ice and snow into April. This global warming thing is scary! Behind me is Lake Minnetonka, which should be an ice fisherman’s paradise but isn’t safe for regular winter activities right now.

The goal of today’s run was to stay in Zone 2, and I’m pretty happy with the results. My new Garmin 735XT calculates VO2, Lactate Threshold, and drives zones off of that info. No more guessing or trying to convince myself that my run in Zone 3 was an Easy Run. Easy Runs are supposed to be in Zone 2 and I’m going to really try to make that happen. 

The 735XT also gives a score once you are several minutes into a run, called performance condition. This is a score from -20 to +20 that tells you what “condition” you are in today vs. your average condition. I’ve noticed that runs that come after hard workouts or when I’m tired do have a lower performance condition score. This is a real incentive to take the easy runs easy as it’s not fun to see a low score.

Training for New Jersey Marathon is in full swing!

The Signs as German Words
  • Aries: Honigkuchenpferd - It means to have a giant dorky grin on your face. E.g. you are a cutie pie. -boom- you have a giant dorky grin.
  • Taurus: Gemütlichkeit - This word describes a space or state of warmth and friendliness
  • Gemini: Kohlensäure - The bubbles that fizz in your soda.
  • Cancer: Schadenfreude - The word is defined as, "making me feel glad that I'm not you," and "people taking pleasure in your pain."
  • Leo: Torschlusspanik - the fear, usually as one gets older, that time is running out and important opportunities are slipping away.
  • Virgo: Schwellenangst - This is the fear of embarking on something new; fear of crossing a threshold
  • Libra: Ohrwurm - It’s that catchy tune, the worm in your ear, that you simply can’t get out of your head.
  • Scorpio: Treppenwitz - A lethargic comeback. e.g. you think of a cool comeback but ten minutes later.
  • Sagittarius: Weltschmerz - when a person feels that their physical reality will never be as beautiful or blissful as the world they can imagine in their head.
  • Capricorn: Fremdschämen - It describes the feeling of shame when seeing someone else in an uncomfortable or embarrassing situation.
  • Aquarius: Fernweh - The feeling of wanting to be somewhere else. It’s a longing for a place that isn't where you are right now.
  • Pisces: Luftschloss - The word luft in this context means "sky" and schloss means "castle," coming together to create "castle in the sky." The expression is used to describe someone's unrealistic dream.
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TAEYONG HAS N O  C H I L L

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Jaehyunnie has the lowest laughter threshold 😂

Yuta, the manly man, melted bc Yongie❣

Johnny, you’re my new fav meme😂

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I really can’t say if this show purposefully uses symbolism in its story-lines, but well, what the hell (pun intended), here we go!

The symbolism of an open door is one of exciting new potential. The open door is both opportunity and liberation. The block which stood there before, has now been removed and we are free to move forward, into change, to cross the threshold into something new. Change beckons us with open arms. An open door has been a long-time symbol of a new beginning. It shows that there’s a way out and can also provide a view of what lies ahead. An open door means wishes may come true and your fate will be positive, but also that you could receive guests. An open door can also mean harmony with your life partner. Open doors can also refer to a new spiritual path you may encounter sometime soon. The door refers to the openness you could enjoy if you engage on this spiritual path.

literalgayest  asked:

The first dnd character that I made and got into was Zrum Thaknutshaak and because absurdities came up before fully making him the dm let me give him a dick that grants wishes (like a genie lamp, also doesn't grant wishes on vocalizations but of a desire threshold so guess who accidentally killed his father as a young teen)

KATY PERRY’S “LAST FRIDAY NIGHT (TGIF)” EARNS 5X PLATINUM CERTIFICATION IN US

Katy Perry’s smash “Last Friday Night” recently crossed the 5x platinum threshold.

As her new single “Chained To The Rhythm” begins to take off, word comes that one of her earlier singles has earned a new multi-platinum certification in the US.

According to the RIAA, Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night (TGIF)” went 5x platinum on February 10, 2017.

The certification confirms 5 million in US units. Each unit is equal to 1 paid download or 150 streams.

“Last Friday Night,” which appeared on Perry’s 2010 album “Teenage Dream,” reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at pop radio.

The Future Is Forever (1/?)

AU-Emma runs away on her first night in a new foster home and it just so happens that Killian, one of the other kids, decides to do the same on the same night. They agree to have each other’s backs as they navigate the streets together in search of a future.

Emma knew the drill by now.

Her social worker practically shoved her over the threshold of the three story house that was her new foster home. Inside she was greeted by a crowd of four or five kids, the oldest of which was her age and the youngest of which was 11. Two of them, around 13, both with cruel sparks in their eyes and long pale faces, shared a sly grin that made Emma suppress a shudder and her stomach did an uneasy twist.

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Second Gravitational Wave Discovered!

Scientists at LIGO have just detected gravitational waves for the second time ever!

This is exciting news as it signals that the first detection wasn’t merely a fluke but that we are in fact on the right track to interacting with such phenomena regularly.

What is a gravitational wave? It’s a literal “jiggle” in spacetime caused by a dramatic event like the collision of two large black holes.

This effectively busts wide open a new field of astronomy: gravitational-wave astronomy!

Many space scientists rely on either rovers, spacecraft, optical, radio or even infrared observatories (or some combination) etc. Well now it seems plausible to expect more astronomers to specialize in the interaction between gravitatyand the fabric of spacetime itself.

Considering things like black holes, dark energy and dark matter leave all have considerable gravitational marks and yet hold many secrets back from light, it could stand to reason we now sit on the threshold of a new era in astronomy.

For now though a new door has opened and it’s time to explore

(Image credit: LIGO/T. Pyle)

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The remaining Jedi will be hunted down and defeated.  Any collaborators will suffer the same fate. These have been trying times, but we have passed the test. The war is over. The Separatists have been defeated, and the Jedi rebellion has been foiled. We stand on the threshold of a new beginning. In order to ensure our security and continuing stability, the Republic will be reorganized into the first Galactic Empire, for a safe and secure society which I assure you, will last for ten thousand years.

Fire Walk With Me and the Value of Laura Palmer as a Person

Fire Walk With Me is not remembered fondly by the general public, or even by many diehard Twin Peaks fans. It was booed at its Cannes. It was nigh-universally panned by critics. And it flopped so hard at the box office that it killed David Lynch’s plans for further Twin Peaks films that would have resolved the show’s horrifying cliffhanger ending. And I sort of understand why, especially in the context of its 1992 release. It has almost none of the show’s trademark humor, it doesn’t answer any of the lingering questions, and it has Lynch crossing new thresholds of surrealism and dream logic, with moments that feel even more obtuse than Eraserhead. And that’s to say nothing of the fresh wounds audiences were still feeling after season two’s shockingly sharp decline in quality. But, like any Lynch project, Fire Walk With Me is destroyed by looking for what you want instead of letting yourself find what’s really there. It’s an achingly beautiful film and an absolutely essential piece of Twin Peaks–not necessarily as a puzzle, but as an artistic statement. An entire book could be written about all the symbolism and mysteries contained in its 135 minutes, but the thing that gives it value is the simple act of making Laura Palmer a person.

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