NiMB 86: Thursday 3-22-2018
TODAY: It didn’t take long for the U.S. to rack up another trillion dollars of debt. How authorities tracked down the Austin bombing suspect. Hollywood’s big bet on Christian movies. Austin Bombing Suspect Mark Conditt driven by personal issues — not hate, cops say.A Facebook privacy setting to manage what data you share does not do anything. Coincheck hackers thought to have laundered all stolen NEM coins. Sumo: Tochinoshin stops Kakuryu’s unbeaten run in Osaka. Mark Zuckerberg’s Reckoning: ‘This Is a Major Trust Issue’
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The Week:Hollywood’s big bet on Christian movies
MarketWatch:It didn’t take long for the U.S. to rack up another trillion dollars of debt
Last week, the debt hit $21 trillion for the first time, rising from the $20 trillion mark it notched on Sept. 8. The debt is guaranteed to go higher, with President Donald Trump having signed a debt-limit suspension in February, allowing unlimited borrowing through March 1, 2019. Economists expect wider deficits to result from the tax cut Trump signed in December.
While a trillion-dollar increase over roughly six months isn’t unprecedented — there was one in 2009, during the Great Recession, and another in 2010 — it’s certainly fast.
The national debt exceeded $20 trillion in September 2017, after taking 20 months to add a trillion dollars. A debt limit that had been in place since March 2015 was raised in March 2017, and again on Sept. 8, 2017
DallasMorningNews:How authorities tracked down the Austin bombing suspect
Malcolm Brady, a former assistant director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said the break probably came from long hours of work from the more than 500 investigators working the case and examining evidence.
That the bomber started to send packages through FedEx was a big break for authorities, said Brady, who is now retired. A top FedEx executive said the company provided key evidence that helped identify the suspect.
“The ATF explosive experts working with the FBI bomb technicians have been able to reconstruct all the devices throughout this investigation,” said Fred Milanowski, the special agent in charge of the ATF’s Houston division. “To the public, they may look different, but when you look at the internal components, they’re very similar to us, and from laboratory analysis we know it was the same person who made these.”
Cellphone information also played a key role, Abbott said. Using cellphone towers, authorities can pull the information of all phone users in an area during a particular time, Brady said.
Statesman:THE SUSPECT: Mark Conditt driven by personal issues — not hate, cops say
An unemployed 23-year-old who was home-schooled growing up and had dropped out of community college, Austin serial bomber suspect Mark Conditt struggled to adjust to adulthood.
Interim Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said Wednesday evening that Conditt, a Pflugerville resident, left a “confession” in the form of a 25-minute video message on his cellphone that detailed and explained his actions during the previous three weeks.
“He does not at all mention anything about terrorism, nor does he mention anything about hate,” Manley said. “But instead it is the outcry of a very challenged young man talking about challenges in his personal life.”
Telegraph:A Facebook privacy setting to manage what data you share does not do anything
I kiddest thou not
Kyodo:Coincheck hackers thought to have laundered all stolen NEM coins
Hackers who stole NEM virtual coins from Tokyo-based bourse operator Coincheck Inc. in January may have already converted the full amount into other cryptocurrencies, a cybersecurity expert said Thursday after examining transaction records.
NYT:Mark Zuckerberg’s Reckoning: ‘This Is a Major Trust Issue’
On Wednesday, following widespread questions about his whereabouts, Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook, spoke with two New York Times reporters, Sheera Frenkel and Kevin Roose, about the controversy and the steps he was taking to make the social network less prone to abuse.
Below is a transcript of the conversation, edited for length and clarity.
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Kyodo:Sumo: Tochinoshin stops Kakuryu’s unbeaten run in Osaka
Saturday evening 6-9:30p best hope. Not great. Then tune your boat for a week. No fishing improvement until following Saturday.
Yahoo: DOW at 24,840
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