OpenSSL Statement on Heartbleed by National Security Council

OpenSSL is open source encryption software used by many popular online entities, including Google, Yahoo, and Facebook.

Whenever you see the lock icon on your browser’s address window, the data you transmit is encrypted and unavailable to any third party. Or at least we thought…

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April 14th, 2014

Note that Google used older versions of OpenSSL, which were not affected by this bug. Not sure about Facebook, but I haven’t heard anything about them being affected either. Also note that OpenSSL is only one of many programs that can be used by companies to provide SSL encryption (though it is the most popular)

April 14th, 2014

Hmm. I read that they hadn’t been, because they were using a old bsd build that didn’t have the vuln. I’ll try to find a source.

April 14th, 2014

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Is not a primary mission objective Reusable Rocket Test by SpaceX

The primary mission is to resupply the International Space Station with over two tons of cargo, including parts and food.

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Recover Reusable Rocket Test by SpaceX

What’s the big deal?

This would make space flight affordable and eventually enable commercial flights.

Each rocket costs $54 million, while the fuel only costs $200,000. All other previous space missions, whether it was NASA or other national programs, would have the rocket fall back to earth and be destroyed. Being able to reuse the rocket significantly reduces per-flight costs, with the price tag increasingly approaching the cost of fuel.

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First stage Reusable Rocket Test by SpaceX

The rocket’s first stage is the bulk of the rocket, the expensive workhorse with 9 Merlin engines that delivers the payload into orbit.

Once the first stage has gotten the rocket to a high enough altitude, the first stage breaks off and typically falls back to earth and is destroyed on impact.

Below: The first stage portion is below the grey band on the rocket’s fuselage, about ¾ of the way up the structure.

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Do not tell her men are as oppressed by sexism as women and women should help men fight their oppression. You Need To See This 1988 Heterosexual Women’s Guide To Lesbian Encounters by Sarah Karlan

A helpful corollary: Don’t say that to anyone, ever.

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April 12th, 2014

This was my line for years (not necessarily with Lesbians), and I am female and feminist. PoliticalLy and economicalLy, probably not true, but socialLy, yes I still believe it. Got you into some trouble, did it? :)

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The way the attorney general of the United States was treated yesterday by a House committee Remarks on the Racist Treatment of the President by Attorney General Eric Holder

Specifically this heated exchange between Texas Republican Louie Gohmert, who aggressively challenged Holder on the “Fast and Furious” program, still a big deal to conservative Republicans.

Holder, though, did manage to fire off one concluding shot at Gohmert: “Good luck with your asparagus,” a reference to a 2013 exchange between the two, in which Gohmert exclaimed that Holder was “cast[ing] aspersions on my asparagus."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01YZTT74L50

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The last five years have been defined by significant strides and by lasting reforms even in the face Remarks on the Racist Treatment of the President by Attorney General Eric Holder

Holder’s prepared remarks published on the Department of Justice website include only a concise reference to Republican obstruction:

I’m pleased to note that the last five years have been defined by significant strides and lasting reforms – even in the face of unprecedented adversity.

All that follows here is adlibbed and likely engendered by Holder’s feisty exchange with Congressman Louie Gohmert the day before.

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Gospel of Jesus' Wife by Anonymous

Cliffhanger!

In order to what?

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My wife… Gospel of Jesus' Wife by Anonymous

Say what?!

No other gospel, canonical or apocryphal, mentions Jesus having a spouse. In the Christian tradition, celibacy is often held up as an ideal; Western Catholic priests, and vowed religious (monks and nuns) of Anglican, Catholic and Orthodox faiths, take Jesus' celibacy as an example. What happens to this ideal if the ultimate exemplar was married?

Moreover, if someone whom Christians believe to be God married a human, the nature of God would have to be re-evaluated in a major way.

It should be noted that according to historical consensus none of the gospels were composed during the life of Jesus. They were, rather, written down after being passed by word of mouth for decades. So this account does not confirm the actuality of Jesus' wife.

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She will be able to be my disciple Gospel of Jesus' Wife by Anonymous

It has been suggested that this throws the whole only-men-can-be-priests thing into question, as Jesus’s twelve disciples were all men.

However, disciple is usually used in the gospels to refer to a broader group, such as the 70 people commissioned by Jesus in the Gospel of Luke. These are not stated to be either men or women. The twelve followers are, of course, disciples, but they are also apostles, which the 70 are not; hence, this phrase doesn’t in itself contradict anything seen in the canonical gospels.

See Ruffin’s The Twelve for more on this distinction.

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