‘Fido’ unleashed, The Confused Person’s Guide to Middle East Conflicts, More

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Fast ID Online and passwordless authentication, still dealing with hackers in a cyberworld

‘Fido’ unleashed: Google, Wells Fargo, IRS embrace universal Biometric ID System

With the roll-out of the Apple Pay thumb-scanning payment system late last year, biometric identification has been introduced into the daily lives of Americans. But Apple Pay is only the beginning of a biometric revolution coming to the United States and countries around the world. Heads of global technology companies, along with top officials in the federal government, have been working for several years on creating a “universal” system for identification of every citizen using the internet. And it goes by the friendly label, FIDO.

FIDO, an acronym for the Fast ID Online, is the standard for developing “universal strong authentication” for the entire spectrum of internet-capable devices, including Android smart phones, online payments systems, even bank branch transactions.  In mid-March of 2015, FIDO Alliance announced that executives from Google and PayPal had been appointed to leadership positions in that organization, a consortium of technologists and corporations working toward open source biometric identification systems.  FIDO membership is growing rapidly and already includes a Who’s Who list of global corporations from Alibaba to Wells Fargo, as well as financial giants Discover, Visa, Mastercard and Bank of America.

The goal of the Alliance is to create a standard for the adoption of worldwide “passwordless” authentication. According to its website, FIDO was “nominally formed in July 2012 to address the lack of interoperability among strong authentication devices as well as the problems users face with creating and remembering multiple usernames and passwords.”

The Alliance, however, also meets the demands of the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), an initiative created by the White House beginning in 2011. According to its website, NSTIC is “helping individuals and organizations utilize secure, efficient, easy-to-use and interoperable identity credentials to access online services in a manner that promotes confidence, privacy, choice and innovation.”  Surprisingly, the “trusted identities” here defined are not the corporations or government departments responsible for secure transactions, but the citizens who visit their websites, who must now be “authenticated.”

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Karl Rove should have quit while he was ahead.

On Friday, Rove appeared on The O’Reilly Factor and mocked Glenn Beck’sannouncement earlier in the week that he was leaving the Republican Party.

“The Republican Party is largely united on its philosophy,” Rove told O’Reilly, an assertion with which many conservatives vehemently disagree.

“[Glenn Beck] says he’s not going to give a dime to the Republican Party. I went to Open Secrets.com, which keeps a data base of people who contribute to federal candidates and federal committees. I entered the name Glenn Beck… There is no Glenn Beck who worked for Fox or now works for the Blaze who is a political contributor. With all due respect, he’s been saying this [that the GOP establishment is flawed] for years. It’s had an impact. His followers will follow him,” Rove concluded.

Beck responded by unleashing a jeremiad of epic proportion against Rove in an open letterposted on Facebook Saturday morning.

“You want to rumble Rove? Come on to my show and let’s have it out,” Beck challenged Rove.

“Bring it on. I would love to take you on WITH YOUR RECORD AND THE RECORD OF THE GOP,” Beck shouted in capital letters.

“You hung yourself on O’Reilly. By using my words to mock me, the audience heard my words. I would bet a good portion agreed with me,” Beck punched back.

Then Beck got very personal.

“You guys have the spine of a worm, the ethics of whores, and the integrity of pirates,” Beck said of the Republican establishment and consultant class.

He did, however, include a qualifier to his condemnation. “My apologies,” he added, “to worms, whores and pirates.”

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The Confused Person’s Guide to Middle East Conflicts
Who’s friends with whom, in one simple diagram


Confused about what’s happening in the Middle East? No need to worry—our research team at the Institute of Internet Diagrams has come up with the ultimate explainer in the shape of an interactive diagram that sums up the geopolitical alliances traversing this ancient region, which dates back to the Mesozoic Era.

The diagram clearly maps out the relationships between the main players as well as external powers, like the United States and Russia, that are deeply involved in the region. It is best to view the diagram using 3-D glasses, but the graphic will still work if none are available.

While it is common to hear people describe the Middle East as a complex and obscure place, the diagram plainly illustrates that this is not the case. The relationships follow logical patterns reflecting geopolitical interests, partnerships, and conflicts. For example, the United States is evidently on friendly terms with Iran. In Iraq. But America is on the opposite side of the conflict in Yemen. In Syria, the U.S. and Iran are both against and with each other, depending on the outcome of the nuclear talks.

This partially reflects President Obama’s breakthrough system of decision-making, which goes beyond outdated binary oppositions. Forced to choose between confronting and appeasing Iran, Obama has chosen to do both, arguing that at least one of those policies is the right one. Despite critiques from conservatives who are still clinging to old-fashioned ideas, this way of thinking is quite popular in the Middle East, as reflected in the old proverb, “You can have your cake and eat it.”

By carefully following the lines one by one, you can see that Egypt and Qatar are against each other, except in Yemen where they are now allies; Saudi Arabia is both supporting and bombing ISIS; and Libya is its own worst enemy. But it’s best if you draw your own conclusions; the diagram only takes about three minutes to understand fully. After which, you will be qualified to advise President Obama on Middle East policy.

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