Terror has just struck New York City once again. On Tuesday afternoon, a “Middle Eastern man” shouting “Allahu Akbar” used his truck as a weapon in Lower Manhattan near the World Trade Center. After careening on to a bike path and hitting numerous bikers and pedestrians at high speed, he was finally stopped after his truck rammed into a school bus. The suspect was shot twice by the police, but according to Fox News he is expected to survive…
At least six people are dead after a driver barreled into a bike path and crashed a rental pickup truck into a crowd in Lower Manhattan Tuesday afternoon, shouting “Allahu Akbar,” law enforcement sources tell Fox News and The Associated Press.
Another nine people were injured, authorities said. Police tweeted that one person — who police shot twice — has been taken into custody and is expected to survive. Police added that there are “no others outstanding.”
Since that Fox News report came out, the death toll has been updated.
At this point at least 8 people are dead, and there is still a possibility that number could go higher.
Clearly, we now know that this was an act of Islamic terror. But initially many mainstream news outlets scrubbed any reference to Islamic terror completely from their reports. For example, this is how USA Today described the attack…
A motorist in a rented pickup truck plowed through a busy bicycle path near the World Trade Center memorial in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday and fatally struck several people, then emerged screaming and brandishing “imitation firearms” before he was shot by police.
The afternoon incident began with a driver careening on to a pedestrian walkway and bike path, running over pedestrians and bikers, the New York police said via Twitter. Witnesses described a horrific scene with people diving from the path of the speeding truck.
Reading that report, you would have absolutely no hint as to what the motivation for the attack was. It is this kind of political correctness that drives me up a wall.
And guess what?
ISIS had actually warned that an attack was coming on Halloween ahead of time…
A pro-ISIS media group circulated an image today of a knife dripping blood over the Eiffel Tower, calling on lone jihadists to attack on Halloween.
“Enjoy their gathering,” reads the text superimposed over the image. “Terrorize October 31.”
Added was the hashtag #Paslechoix: “no choice.” Below that was the message, “Get out before it’s too late.”
These kinds of terror attacks are a way to become instantly famous, and that is what terrorists ultimately want.
They want to create fear, and they want their acts of terror to get as much attention as possible.
Over the past couple of years, vehicle attacks have become increasingly popular among Islamic terrorists. Just consider the following examples…
The first high profile vehicular attack took place on Bastille Day in Nice, France, when a Tunisian born man inspired by ISIS ran down hundreds of people, killing 84. The tactic then appeared again when a Tunisian asylum seeker plowed a truck into a Berlin Christmas market in December 2016, and when a Somalian-American national plunged his car into students at Ohio State University in November 2016.
London since this time has been hit twice by vehicular terrorist attacks in 2017, both in crowded tourist areas killing more than a dozen. The last major vehicular terrorist attack in the West occurred in Barcelona in mid-August when a young jihadist terror cell rented van that plowed into Las Ramblas, a well known tourist site.
From now on, whenever you are in a crowded area in a major western city you will need to be aware of the potential for an attack.
Overall, the number of Islamic terror attacks continues to increase year after year. According to one site that tracks these things, in 2017 there have been “1749 Islamic attacks in 57 countries, in which 12443 people were killed and 12440 injured.”
Islamic terrorists have declared war on our way of life, and they have no problem with using violence to achieve their goal of world domination.
Sadly, many of our politicians won’t even use the term “Islamic terror” anymore, and many of them do not even understand that these radical terrorists have declared an unending war on us.
We need leaders that get the fact that Islamic terror is a fundamental threat to our society. I am so glad that President Trump is so focused on confronting terrorism, and I will be the exact same way when I go to Congress.
Many of us in the western world simply do not understand what would motivate these terrorists to willingly lay down their lives. These jihadists are entirely convinced that they are contributing to the ultimate global triumph of Islam, and they also believe that they will be greatly rewarded in the afterlife for their actions.
The term “Islam” originally comes from a root word that means “submission” or “surrender”. And that is precisely what all of us would be expected to do if the radical jihadists ultimately have their way. Either we would be expected to convert to Islam, or we would suffer the consequences.
Islamic terrorism is a deeply insidious ideology, and we must never back down in our fight against it.
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Finance is a complex, difficult and often risky business. There are a number of players at work within the world of finance who are entirely prepared to ignore rules and laws to get their own way, engaging in fraud and unethical practices. UK-based financial tech company SPECTRE.ai have noticed this tendency, and is turning to blockchain and virtual reality (VR) in an effort to curb it.
Blockchain and cryptocurrency has been in the news fairly regularly of late, reflecting its status as a growing area in technology and finance. SPECTRE.ai have seen this rise, and have responded by adding cryptocurrency expert and VR engineer Scott Driscoll to its board advisors. This has allowed SPECTRE.ai to begin to add VR to its trading platform.
The CEO of SPECTRE.ai, Karan Khemani commented: “The installed base of HTC Vive, Sony PS VR, Oculus and other VR headsets is only moving in one direction: up! this represents an ideal opportunity to convert live OHLC candlestick data into 3d objects in 3d landscapes and allow traders to trade with a new level of immersion and feel for the market. Tie this to Spectre.ai’s broker-less technology and bring in social trading and it’s a slam dunk for traders.”
The plan for SPECTRE.ai’s trading platform is to offer a comprehensive 3D map of current market trends, along with predictions and charts, which can be viewed in VR for a more complete picture of the direction of the various markets, potentially offering crucial warning of any upcoming problems. The platform also offers algorithms that can spot risky trading behaviour and issue warnings to prevent disasters before they occur.
Oto Suvari, the group’s R&D director explained “Any trader will know that your standard issue web-trader offers 2d multi time frame charts which offer no depth in trading. You’ll be looking at a 5 minute chart and expecting the price to bounce off a flat, northern bollinger-band boundary hoping to buy some at the nearest moving average. However, without painstakingly zooming out to larger time frames to see where a more reliable moving average or support level may rest further below, the trader really isn’t presented with all information they need to make a reliable trading decision. In a VR scenario, the trader can literally fly over to this boundary and look down a giant 3d cliff, immediately identifying all the moving averages below him/her through time, instantly. As the experience is immersive, the trader’s body will be able to sense and feel depth as well forcing them to look before leaping!”
VRFocus will continue to report on new innovations in VR technology.
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There’s still one way to get an iPhone X on launch day – waiting in line. Apple says there will be iPhone X models available for walk-in purchases, but if pre-orders are any indication, supplies are going to be tight. Stores are opening starting at 8:00 a.m. local time for iPhone X sales.
If you’re planning to try for an iPhone X this Friday, make sure to check out these tips to maximize your chances of success.
Strategically choosing where you’re going to wait in line for an iPhone X is the most important part of the process. If you’re in a more remote area without a lot of options this isn’t up for debate, but in urban areas where there are a range of Apple Stores, carrier stores, and big box retailers to choose from, it takes a little more thought.
Apple Stores are going to have the most available iPhone X stock, but will also have more people waiting in line than carrier stores or major retailers. In the United States, Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile stores will have the iPhone X available for purchase, as will Target and Best Buy locations.
If you’ve waited in line for an iPhone before, you probably have insight into some of the better locations. In the Bay Area, for example, we have dozens of stores to choose from, but Palo Alto and San Francisco tend to get the most stock. Flagship stores like San Francisco are often well stocked, but draw a lot of customers, while indoor locations like Valley Fair are popular. Smaller Apple Stores like Oakridge and Los Gatos are often more overlooked, and I’ve picked up several launch day items at the former.
These examples are limited to my area, but the same thing goes for every location. Think about how populated an area is, what the waiting conditions are like, and how many iPhones are likely to be available to try to find the best spot. There are hidden gems out there.
If you haven’t waited in line before, ask around for suggestions. The MacRumors forums are a good resource to get tips and chat with others who are going to be waiting in line.
Apple Store employees aren’t going to give out details on the amount of stock that will be available, but sometimes you can get lucky with a third-party retailer, so if you’re going to choose a carrier or a big box store, it’s worth calling ahead just to check.
Once you’ve decided on a location, the best advice I can give is go early. iPhone X pre-orders sold out in minutes, so it definitely looks like stock is low. The last thing you want to do is line up at 4:00 a.m. and wait for hours just to not get a new device.
If you can manage it, this is one of those launches where going the night before or even earlier is going to give you the best chance of getting an iPhone X.
Again, though, this is going to depend on location. Starting the morning before the iPhone X launch, go scout your target store. Drive by to see if there are people waiting outside. It’s best to do this a few times during the day, if possible. Once you see a line start forming, that should give you an indication of when you need to be there.
For some launches, I’ve gone early in the morning and been okay, but for others, I’ve waited overnight and still not gotten a device. It’s better to wait a few additional hours and get a spot closer to the front of the line.
Waiting in line is better with a friend because if you need to step out of the line to use the restroom or grab a bite to eat, there’s someone to hold your place. It also gives you someone to chat and commiserate with as you stand outside for hours on end. MacRumors readers often plan iPhone launch day meet ups on the forums, and that can be a good way to find someone to wait in line with.
If you’re going to be waiting for several hours or camping out overnight, supplies are essential. You’re going to want a comfortable chair to sit in first and foremost, so bring something that’s portable but not uncomfortable, like a beach chair.
Dressing for the weather is important, so check the forecast. Dress warmly in layers so you’re prepared for the cold overnight or in the early morning. A jacket, warm boots, gloves, and a scarf will make standing in the cold more bearable if you’re waiting someplace chilly. If it’s going to rain, bring a raincoat and an umbrella.
Make sure you bring snacks and something to drink, along with entertainment. Charge your iPhone and iPad and bring a battery pack or two if you have them.
Some people bring tents to camp out overnight, but that’s a lot of equipment to deal with when it comes time to pack up. Still, if you’re waiting for more than 12 hours, it’s worth considering.
Apple employees will often provide drinks and snacks in the morning, but employees aren’t out overnight so you should bring your own supplies too.
You can’t bring a bathroom with you, so make sure you scout out the nearest bathroom locations.
When you’re waiting in line, make friends. Get to know the people you’re with, and get a feel for how many people are ahead of you. Lines will undoubtedly swell as it gets closer to the 8:00 a.m. launch time as people who have been saving spots have more people join them.
Line swelling can be super frustrating, so it’s worth being aware of ahead of time. Find out if the people around you are saving spots so there are no surprises. If you make line friends, you also have someone to save your spot if you need to step out of line.
Before 8:00 a.m., store employees will likely come out, suss out the line, ask what color and capacity you want, and let you know if there’s enough available supply to fill demand. Make sure you know what you want and what your backup plan is so this process goes quickly and smoothly.
Make sure you’re an authorized user on your phone account if it’s a shared plan, and have your payment method planned out and ready. You don’t want to run into any hiccups with ordering after waiting in line.
This is also about the time that you should start packing up your supplies and getting ready to head into the store to make a purchase. Most stores will let customers in a few at a time, but from here, the checkout and purchase process should go smoothly.
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