Posted on Blog For 05/04/2019: Morning Edition

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1…………>Today’s White House tweets

Donald J. Trump




Today, May 4th – is International Firefighters Day! We remember all of those who put their lives on the line to save others, and are grateful to those who continue to do so 24/7/365. We love our great firefighters, thank you! #ThankAFirefighter





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Donald J. Trump Retweeted

Ivanka Trump



May 3

The last time the unemployment rate was this low we were about to land for the first time on the moon!

Happy April #JobsReport and #NationalSpaceDay America! 🇺🇸




2…………> Ukrainian Fraudster, Hacker & Malvertiser: Busted


According to the indictment, unsealed in Newark federal court on May 2, 2019, and other court filings, between around October 2013 through May 2018, Ukrainian national Oleksii Petrovich Ivanov, 31, conspired to defraud millions of internet users around the world by launching malicious online advertising campaigns that appeared legitimate, but attempted to direct the internet browsers of victim computers towards malicious computer programs (“malware”), unwanted advertisements, and other computers that could install malware.

He was charged with participating in a years-long, international scheme to infect computers with malware through online advertisements – so-called “malvertising” – will appear in Newark, New Jersey federal court today after being extradited from the Netherlands, Assistant Attorney General Brian A Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and US.

  “This case and today’s extradition demonstrate that the United States and its international partners will find cyber fugitives and bring them to face justice in the United States, no matter where they commit their crimes.”

Cyber criminals who harm victims in the United States and around the world cannot rely on fake identities and international borders to evade justice,” said Assistant Attorney General Benczkowski

  “This ‘malvertising’ scheme is especially dangerous because it uses online ads to target millions of unsuspecting Internet users engaged in activities as routine as booking their next vacation.


3…………> Extremist Magnet: Ukraine War


In general, the battle for Ukraine mirrors the issues driving the war in Syria: i.e. it is a fight between the US and Russia, or “Western values” and communism, or between “Western imperialism'” and “true” freedom and democracy — depending on your ideological stance

And similarly to former Islamic State fighters and their families who hope to return home after the fall of the caliphate, it is important to understand what drives these young men to leave and to fight in a foreign conflict in Ukraine, motivations for joining varying greatly, with fighters on each side of this conflict bear a striking resemblance,  joining either the ultra right-wing battalions of the Ukrainian forces, or the left-wing Russian-backed separatists, in a war resembling the conflict in Spain before WW2.


4…………> A Week In US Air Force: Photo Gallery


An F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 388th Fighter Wing, Hill Air Force Base, Utah flies beside a Utah Air National Guard KC-135R assigned to the 151st Air Refueling Wing over the Utah Test and Training Range, April 22, 2019. Due to their geographic proximity to one another, the 388th FW and 151st ARW work together on a regular basis. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Winn).



5…………> Islamic Jihad To Israel: Watch Out


Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reported over 150 rockets launched from the Gaza Strip into the country; in return, the number of targets in the Gaza Strip targeted by Israeli aircraft reached 30, as the Islamic Jihad published a video showing its fighters loading projectiles into a rocket launcher and threatening to attack an Israeli nuclear plant in Dimona, the Ashdod Port, refineries in Haifa and the Ben Gurion Airport, the Times of Israel reports.

The clip surfaced after the IDF carried out attacks against two key groups in the Palestinian enclave — Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, and its ally, the Islamic Jihad movement — after more than 150 rockets were launched from the strip.

The exchange of fire broke the Cairo-mediated truce, which lasted over a month and stipulated a reduction in bombardment of Palestinian territories in exchange for the easing of Israel’s blockade on the enclave.