Friday, October 21, 2016

Department of Homeland Security Investigating Massive Internet Attack

White House Briefing

Spokesman Josh Earnest briefs reporters and responds to questions at the White House on a range of issues, including monitoring of U.S. elections. 

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Source: C-SPAN

State Department Briefing

Spokesman John Kirby briefs reporters and responds to questions at the State Department, including remarks by Secretary Kerry about the “illegal and illegitimate government of North Korea,” and what the comments mean for policy toward the regime. 

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Source: C-SPAN

'Flashback Friday': Alabama Governor George Wallace on Harlem Uprising (1965)

This video was published on YouTube on March 13, 2012. 

On the March 4, 1965 edition of Face the Nation, Alabama Gov. George Wallace on charges of police brutality in Selma, Alabama, the Sunday prior in what is now known as "Bloody Sunday." 

Source:  CBS News

Trailblazers in Black History: Bob Howard

Bob Howard, born Howard Joyner, was an African-American pianist-vocalist on swing records in the 1930s. Born in Newton, Massachusetts, Joyner began singing in New York night clubs in the mid-1920s. He began recording in 1931 under his real name for Columbia. 

Under the name Bob Howard, he played New York's Park Central Hotel, Famous Door, Hickory House and other clubs as well as theaters. He was signed to Decca in late 1934 and recorded a series of hot small group swing records between 1935 and 1938. His studio groups included Benny Carter, Buster Bailey, Rex Stewart, Ben Webster, Teddy Wilson, Russell Procope, Cecil Scott, Cozy Cole, Bunny Berigan, Artie Shaw, Babe Russin and others. Howard did not play piano on his Decca's, only sang.

In 1948, Howard hosted the The Bob Howard Show on CBS, making him the first African-American to host a regularly broadcast TV show. 

Additional information is available here.

Source: Wikipedia

The City: Prison’s Grip on the Black Family

The Spirals of Poverty and Mass Incarceration Upend Urban Communities

“Be a shield of protection for my baby,” she’d say as part of their daily ritual.

Though she prayed to God for a shield, she served as protector, marching him to and from school like a drum major. Her baby, Khyrie, was 13 then, a quiet, lanky boy with soft features and penetrating eyes. As much as she tried to buffer him from danger, he’d already seen too much. A cousin had recently been murdered. He’d witnessed a host of relatives cycle in and out of prison for drugs, violence or a combination of the two. And many of his friends, without drum majors of their own, seemed to be finding their own beat in the streets.

Dawn knew she didn’t have much longer before that beat got too loud for Khyrie to ignore, or before the cops would begin to see her baby-faced boy as a man. Black men don’t always fare well in neighborhoods like theirs, where trapdoors lay in abundance, ready to snatch them from city blocks and toss them straight to cell blocks, or worse, a grave.

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Source: NBC News

Second Hack Feared, After Massive Cyberattack Knocks Major Websites Offline

The internet was dealt a crippling blow Friday morning as major websites, including Twitter, Spotify and Reddit were inaccessible.

As sites and services across the East Coast began to recover, word came of a possible second wave of attacks. 

The culprit in both cases appeared to be a DDOS — that's distributed denial of service — attack on Dyn, an internet performance management company. 

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Hedge Fund Investors Withdrew $28.2 Billion in Third Quarter

By Saijel Kishan and Simone Foxman

Hedge fund investors pulled $28.2 billion from the industry in the third quarter, the most since the aftermath of the global financial crisis, according to Hedge Fund Research Inc.

The net outflows, which amount to 0.9 percent of the industry, are the largest since the second quarter of 2009, the firm said Thursday. Investors redeemed $51.5 billion in the first nine months of the year, even as industry assets rose to a record $2.97 trillion, it said. 

Hedge funds have been under pressure from investors critical of high fees and uninspired performance. The Kentucky Retirement Systems’ investment committee voted Oct. 14 to exit hedge funds over a three-year period. Marc Levine, chairman of the Illinois State Board of Investment, said yesterday that the plan had moved two-thirds of its assets to passive management to reduce fees, causing it to withdraw about $1 billion from hedge funds. 

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Source: Bloomberg (via The Empire Report)

$1 Million in Grant Funding Available for Farmers Across New York State

A funding grant of $1 million is available to assist new and early-stage farmers through the New York State New Farmers Grant Fund. Now in its third year, the program builds upon the success of 2015 when more than $743,000 was awarded to 25 early-stage farms across the state to support the continued growth of New York’s agriculture industry. To date, nearly $1.4 million has been provided to 41 farms throughout New York State to expand their operations and improve their profitability.

"New York's farmers are a rich part of this state's heritage and remain essential to the success of our economy," Governor Cuomo said. "This funding will support the expansion of farms as they increase production and help ensure this remains a strong and sustainable industry for generations to come."

The $1 million New Farmers Grant Fund will provide grants of up to $50,000 to assist with up to 50 percent of eligible project costs, with the remaining 50 percent being matched by the recipient. All owners of eligible farms must be within the first ten years of ownership and the farm must have a minimum of $10,000 in income from sales of products grown or raised on the farm. Eligible project costs include the purchase of farm machinery, supplies and equipment, and construction or improvement of farm structures. Empire State Development, in consultation with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, administers the fund.

This year, the program has eliminated the 150 acres or less requirement and is now accepting farm applicants of all sizes. The application and guidelines for the New York State New Farmers Grant Fund are available online. The deadline for submission is January 27, 2017.

Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Patty Ritchie said, "Across our state, the New Farmers Grant Fund is providing people who are new to agriculture with the resources necessary to start their businesses, and those who are just starting with the support they need to continue on the road to success. I have been proud to advocate for funding of the New Farmers Grant Fund, which will continue to help to protect the future of our state’s leading industry, and encourage those looking to pursue careers in farming to apply for funding." 

Assembly Agriculture Committee Chair Bill Magee said, "It is important that we support beginning farmers with tools and training, and that we make available the resources they need to go forward with a career in agricultural production. The New York State New Farmers Grant Fund will benefit those who have the desire to farm, as well as everyone who has an appreciation for New York grown products, and I thank Governor Cuomo for incentivizing and encouraging careers in farming through these awards."

Additionally, the Department of Agriculture and Markets recently launched a resource page for new farmers interested in starting their own farm and early-stage farmers looking to diversify or expand operations. Resources for New Farmers, located on the Department's website, provides information on state regulations, job training, land ownership, farm financing, marketing and other areas critical to starting a farm operation.  

Source: Press Office, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

'House of Justice' Rally Will Call for Community Summit on Policing in the Wake of Deborah Danner Shooting

On October 22, at 9:30 a.m., Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network (NAN) will hold a rally at the organization's headquarters and urge Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill to  conduct a community summit on policing. 

Rev. Sharpton is calling for the summit in effort to address growing concern and dissent over shootings of African-Americans by NYPD officers, including the recent shooting of Deborah Danner in the Bronx.  

Minister Kirsten John Foy, Northeast Regional Director of NAN, Donna Lieberman, President of the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), Councilman Rory Lancman, Assemblyman Michael Blake, Marisol Alacantara - Senator-elect replacing State Senator Adriano Espaillat, and other elected officials, community activists and civil rights leaders are expected to be in attendance.

The event will be held at the "House of Justice", located at 106 West 145 Street at Malcolm X Blvd., and broadcast on WLIB 1190 AM. 

The rally will also be streamed live at

Sanders to Host Community Meeting to Discuss Jamaica Bay Reformulation Study

Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village, Far Rockaway) will host a community meeting where the Army Corps of Engineers and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will present the latest version of plans for protecting the Rockaway Peninsula, Broad Channel, the East Rockaway Inlet to Rockaway Inlet, and the Jamaica Bay Reformulation Study.

This is a community meeting the residents of Arverne/ Historic Somerville, Edgemere, Bayswater, and the eastern end of the Peninsula have been demanding for some time.  Continuous flooding during high tide and disastrous weather have been plaguing the Rockaway community for years.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Macedonia Baptist Church located at 330 Beach 67th Street, Arverne, New York.

To RSVP or for more information, contact Senator Sanders' office at 718-327-7017. 

Source: The Office of State Senator James Sanders, Jr.  

Trump Foundation Paid Activist Filmmaker James O'Keefe

At the third presidential debate, Donald Trump invoked a video that says supporters of Hillary Clinton were paid to incite violence at one of his rallies in Chicago. It was an attack thread to emphasize that her campaign was "sleazy."

But what Trump didn't say is that he has paid the filmmaker who he says uncovered the story.

The video, which was just released earlier this week and made by conservative activist James O'Keefe of Project Veritas, was paid $10,000 by the Trump Foundation in May of 2015 - one month before Trump's announcement of candidacy. 

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Rigging the Election - Video I: Clinton Campaign and DNC Incite Violence at Trump Rallies

This video was published on YouTube on October 17, 2016. 
The following was written by Project Veritas. 

In this explosive new video from Project Veritas Action, a Democratic dirty tricks operative unwittingly provides a dark money trail to the DNC and Clinton campaign. The video documents violence at Trump rallies that is traced to the Clinton campaign and the DNC through a process called birddogging.

A shady coordinated communications chain between the DNC, Clinton Campaign, Hillary Clinton’s Super PAC (Priorities) and other organizations are revealed. A key Clinton operative is on camera saying, “It doesn’t matter what the friggin’ legal and ethics people say, we need to win this motherf**ker."

Part II of this video is also available on YouTube. 

Warning: The video is uncensored and contains strong language. Viewer discretion is advised. 

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and South Korean Defense Minister Hold Joint News Conference


Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and South Korean Defense Minister Han Min Koo hold a joint news conference at the Pentagon. 

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Source: C-SPAN

Donald Trump Tells Ohio Voters He Will Accept the Election Results If He Wins (Full Video)

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says, “I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election if I win.” He speaks at a campaign rally at the Delaware County Fair in Delaware, Ohio. 

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Source: C-SPAN

'Saving Our Youth' Series: Craig Pinkney, The Real Roots of Youth Violence

This video was published on YouTube on July 5, 2016. 

Video games and hip hop music often take the rap for inciting violence in the young, but urban youth specialist and lecturer Craig Pinkney knows that is far from the whole story. He shares his experience in engaging disaffected and violent youth, going beyond systems to find the root causes. He also calls for this to move from ‘not my problem’, to an issue with much greater community support.
Pinkney is a Criminologist, Urban Youth Specialist, Lecturer and Director of Real Action UK - a charitable outreach organisation based in Birmingham who specialise in working with disaffected youth. Notable projects include: ‘Don’t Get Gassed’ a national anti-knife crime campaign which has over 50,000 views on YouTube. 

Source: TEDx Talks