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How to beat ransomware: prevent, don’t react

Malwarebytes Labs,  by 05/11/17 – updated 05/19/17How to beat ransomware: prevent, don’t react

Note: The following information is provided to assist you with protection against possible cyber/ransomware attacks. The information contained herein is not intended as an endorsement of Malwarebytes or any other software.

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Picture this: You’ve spent the last few weeks working on a tribute video for a friend’s 30th wedding anniversary. You collected photos and video clips and edited them together, laying over a soundtrack of their favorite songs. It was a real labor of love.

When you finally finish the project, you go to copy the file onto a DVD and—what the?—a strange message pops up.

“The files on this computer have been encrypted. You have 96 hours to submit payment, otherwise your files will be permanently destroyed.”

You’ve been hit with ransomware.

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The Major Entitlement Overhaul That Could Be Part of Trump’s Budget

The Daily Signal, Fred Lucas / / May 19, 2017 /

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President Donald Trump’s budget proposal, to be rolled out Tuesday, likely will include Medicaid reform. But with several approaches having been floated, definitive answers will have to wait until the White House releases the fiscal plan.

During his Senate confirmation hearings in January, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said he would look at changes to Medicaid, the federal-state health insurance program for the poor.

Medicaid covers about 70 million low-income Americans. Thirty-one states and the District of Columbia expanded eligibility for Medicaid under Obamacare.

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Largest US Solar Panel Maker Files for Bankruptcy After Receiving $206 Million in Subsidies

The Daily Caller, Michael Bastasch / / May 11, 2017 /

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The company once hailed as Europe’s largest solar panel producer filed for bankruptcy Wednesday, blaming cheap Chinese panels for flooding the market.

“The ongoing price erosion and the development of the business” has left the company “over-indebted and thus obliged to file for insolvency proceedings,” SolarWorld, which is also the largest U.S. solar panel maker, said in a statement.

The filing comes after SolarWorld was forced to lay off employees earlier this year. The company employs around 3,000 people, including 800 in Hillsboro, Oregon, and was one of the few German-based solar companies to survive a recent market downturn.

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We Hear You: ‘I Never Knew the Wall Made That Much Difference’

Dear Daily Signal: Kelsey Harkness did a really good job covering the border wall in San Diego (“Underreported: How Building a Border Wall Changed San Diego”). I sent her video report to my congressman, Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas.  (This after a letter saying that with them doing a continuing resolution the day before, I should have just voted for the Democrats.)

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Doctors Praise The Suppressors Dissed By Gun Controllers

Doctors Praise The Suppressors Dissed By Gun Controllers

Duncan, Carter, various medical doctors, the NRA and other pro-Second Amendment groups have touted the hearing protection benefits Americans derive from using suppressors, while media outlets like CNN and gun controllers like Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS) have dissed claims that suppressor deregulation would be beneficial.

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Global Warming Swindle

Townhall.com, Thomas Sowell, Posted: Mar 15, 2007 12:01 AM

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Britain’s Channel 4 has produced a devastating documentary titled “The Great Global Warming Swindle.” It has apparently not been broadcast by any of the networks in the United States. But, fortunately, it is available on the Internet.

Distinguished scientists specializing in climate and climate-related fields talk in plain English and present readily understood graphs showing what a crock the current global warming hysteria is.

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As Trump addresses NRA, some gun owners concerned about going too far

The Christian Science Monitor, by

A shift in thought –The week Trump becomes the first president to address the NRA in more than 30 years, a new poll shows a majority of gun owners do not support some of the gun lobby’s more aggressive positions.

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April 28, 2017 Jesse Nolte once had a federal firearms license so he could legally sell guns. As a younger man, he competed in cowboy action shooting contests – shooting pistol, rifle, and shotgun in quick succession – which he calls “lots of fun.”

But Friday may be a highlight of his gun-carrying career.

The Pittsburgh native was awaiting President Trump’s speech here at the 2017 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in downtown Atlanta – the first time a sitting president has addressed the chief gun lobby since President Ronald Reagan in 1983.

A “Government Shutdown” May Be a Good Thing

Tenth Amendment Center, 04/27/2017 –

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Bible Lacking Sinner’s Prayer Returned For Full Refund

From The Babylon Bee, August 16, 2016 –

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WILSON, NC—After purchasing a defective Bible that seemed to omit the sinner’s prayer—apparently due to some kind of printing error—local woman Gayle Dunsby reportedly returned the incomplete book to her local LifeWay Christian Store for a full refund Tuesday.

Thank you Senator Burton for the update

Friends,

The legislative session is approaching its final phase, and there is much you need to know about the good things happening in Austin for SD 10 and all Texans. The Texas Senate has been hard at work and soon we will begin considering the bills we have received from our colleagues in the Texas House.

Here are a few highlights of the priority bills the Texas Senate has passed out thus far:

SB 1 – Conservative state budget that does not tap Rainy Day Fund
SB 2 – Sweeping property tax reform
SB 3 – Targeted school choice program
SB 4 – Eliminating “Sanctuary City” policies
SB 6 – Codifying longstanding bathroom policies statewide
SB 8 – Prohibiting partial-birth abortion and fetal tissue sales
SB 9 – Stricter state spending limit (Population times Inflation)
SB 11 – Major CPS reforms
SB 12 – Grant program to provide protective vests for police
SB 16 – Significantly lowering cost for a handgun license
SB 17 – Franchise tax reduction
SB 19 – Freezing college tuition and controlling future growth

We still have much work to do before the last day of session. I will continue to fight for taxpayers and commonsense, limited government principles until the legislature heads home!

In Liberty,

P.S. I have been sending text message alerts on priority bills for SD 10 as it happens to keep folks up-to-date throughout session. So, grab your cell phone right now and text KONNI to 97000 to join in!