ON THIS DAY: March 20, 2017

March 20th is

Alien Abduction Day *

Atheist Pride Day

Proposal Day

Ravioli Day

UN French Language Day *

World Storytelling Day *

Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day *

Great American Meat Out Day *

World Day of Theatre for Children *

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
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TCS: You Got to Have Friends

Good Morning!

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Welcome to The Coffee Shop, just for you early risers on Monday mornings. This is an Open Thread forum, so if you have an off-topic opinion burning a hole in your brainpan, feel free to add a comment.
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Customs and Border Patrol Warrantless Searches

Dating back to at least 2009, Customs and Border Patrol has detained pilots of general aviation aircraft and have conducted warrantless searches.  In a typical scenario, after a routine flight, you land at your destination, taxi to the ramp—and then you’re unexpectedly approached by more than half a dozen armed law enforcement officers, including a couple with rifles in hand. There’s a K-9 unit on scene, and the dog circles the aircraft several times.

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The officers demand to see your pilot and medical certificates. You hand over the paperwork. Then they demand to search your aircraft and luggage. They don’t have a warrant and they can’t seem to tell you why they want to look, so you say “no” to the search. The officers are clearly unhappy with your answer. If you don’t consent to the search, they’ll detain you for 48 hours, they warn. Still unwilling? They threaten to call a “buddy” at the FAA and have your pilot certificate revoked.

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a Gainsborough attacked, British landed gentry safe from stochastic terrorism

By ann summers

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‘The Morning Walk’ by Thomas Gainsborough shows an elegant young couple strolling through a woodland landscape, an attentive dog at the lady’s heel. William Hallett and Elizabeth Stephen were both aged 21 and due to be married in the summer of 1785, shortly after the painting was completed. Portraits of wealthy sitters posed in a natural setting and dressed in their finest (but not necessarily most practical) clothes were a popular status symbol.

No Mimosas were harmed in the vicious attack on the Gainsborough even as the tradition of attacks on famous artworks continues.

It has yet to be determined if the “lone wolf” assailant had terrorist ties, but due to his lack of fixed abode, he could be considered an immigrant acting on behalf of a foreign entity, or an iconoclast like Daesh, destroying pagan artifacts.

A wing of the National Gallery was evacuated on Saturday afternoon after a man attacked a Thomas Gainsborough painting with a screwdriver.

At about 2.15pm in the east wing of the gallery, a visitor attacked the 1785 painting Mr and Mrs William Hallett, better known as The Morning Walk….

The Morning Walk hangs in Room 34, which houses British paintings and was used as the setting for a covert meeting between Daniel Craig’s James Bond and Ben Whishaw’s equipment expert Q in the film Skyfall. The Gainsborough painting can be spotted over Craig’s shoulder as the pair admire a painting by Joseph Turner, The Fighting Temeraire, and discuss the high-tech weaponry Q has prepared for Bond.

The wing was evacuated and off-limits for about two hours and a man was arrested. On Sunday afternoon police announced they had charged Keith Gregory, 63, of no fixed abode, with causing criminal damage. He has been remanded to appear at Westminster magistrates court on Monday.

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ON THIS DAY: March 19, 2017

March 19th is

National Certified Nurses Day *

Chocolate Caramel Day

Deskfast Day *

Let’s Laugh Day

Oatmeal Cookie Day

National Poultry Day

International Read to Me Day
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ON THIS DAY: March 18, 2017

March 18th is

Corn Dog Day

Sloppy Joe Day

Awkward Moments Day

Forgive Mom and Dad Day

National Biodiesel Day

Play The Recorder Day *

Worldwide Quilting Day
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A Beginner’s Guide to The Utah Data Center

The Utah Data Center is also known as the Intelligence Community Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative Data Center. The data center is alleged to be able to process “all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Internet searches, as well as all types of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital ‘pocket litter’.”

EFF_photograph_of_NSA's_Utah_Data_CenterWikipedia By Parker Higgins

It is located at Camp Williams at N 11600 W, Saratoga Springs, Utah, zip code  84045. It is near Bluffdale, Utah, between Utah Lake and Great Salt Lake. It was completed in May 2014 at a cost of $1.5 billion. This facility is very secure, but the following facts are in public domain: In February 2012, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert revealed that:

… the Utah Data Center would be the “first facility in the world expected to gather and house a yottabyte“.  Since then, conflicting media reports have also estimated our storage capacity in terms of zettabytes and exabytes. While the actual capacity is classified for NATIONAL SECURITY REASONS, we can say this: The Utah Data Center was built with future expansion in mind and the ultimate capacity will definitely be “alottabytes”!

The Data Center’s web page reports that the structure has a 1 million square feet “mission critical Tier III data center”, and more than 900,000 square feet of technical support and administrative space.  A report suggested that it will cost another $2 billion for hardware, software, and maintenance. There are twenty buildings that  include water treatment facilities, chiller plants, electric substation, fire pump house, warehouse, vehicle inspection facility, visitor control center, and sixty diesel-fueled emergency standby generators with a fuel facility for a 3-day 100% power backup capability. The facility requires 65 megawatts of purchased electricity, costing about $40 million per year. The facility uses 1.7 million gallons of cooling water per day.

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