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Hunter Biden emails were reportedly shopped around in Ukraine for $5 million, while Giuliani met with officials and businessmen there last year

Hunter Biden emails were reportedly shopped around in Ukraine for $5 million, while Giuliani met with officials and businessmen there last year

Rudy Giuliani
Rudy Giuliani said he obtained the emails through a laptop that was left at a repair shop in Delaware last year.

  • The purported Hunter Biden emails shared by The New York Post last week were shopped around in Ukraine for $5 million last year, while Rudy Giuliani met with officials and businessmen there, Time Magazine reported Wednesday.
  • Two people told Time that they were approached with the emails, with one saying the asking price was $5 million, and that the person making the offer already had a buyer in mind, President Donald Trump’s allies.
  • The Post shared the emails last week, saying they were obtained through Giuliani, who in turn said he obtained them through a laptop that was left at a repair shop in Delaware last year.
  • The FBI is investigating whether the leaked emails are part of a foreign intelligence operation, and more than 50 former intelligence officers said they believed Russia could be involved
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The purported Hunter Biden emails shared by the New York Post last week were shopped around in Ukraine for $5 million last year, while Rudy Giuliani met with officials and businessmen there, Time Magazine reported Wednesday.

Two people told Time that they were approached with emails allegedly belonging to former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter, though they declined to say who made the offers, which occurred in May 2019 and September 2019. They also said they did not know if the emails were real, or whether they were the same material that has since been leaked to the Post.

The Post shared the emails last week, saying they were obtained through Giuliani, an attorney for President Donald Trump, who in turn said he obtained them through a laptop that was left at a repair shop in Delaware last year. One of the emails appeared to reference a meeting between Joe Biden and an advisor to Burisma, a firm that once paid his son Hunter. The Biden campaign has denied that the meeting ever took place.

No other news organization has been able to verify the emails. The FBI is investigating whether the leaked emails are part of a foreign intelligence operation, and more than 50 former intelligence officers said they believed Russia could be involved

One of the people Time interviewed said they did not know whether the emails obtained by Giuliani were from the same source that approached them. But when the Post first published the story last week, they were reminded that the same information was introduced to them last year, they told Time.

A second person Time interviewed said he was offered the emails in Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, in mid-September last year. Having declined the offer, he said he was reminded of the incident when the Post published similar material. He also said the person making the offer already had a buyer in mind, and that they wanted to sell it to Trump’s Republican allies, according to Time. 

He said their asking price was $5 million, saying, “I walked away from it, because it smelled awful,” Time reported.

Giuliani traveled to Europe last year, meeting with a number of officials, businessmen and former law enforcement officers from Ukraine. Despite his claims, there is no evidence of wrongdoing by Joe Biden in Ukraine.

Time said the practice of selling or leaking private communications has become increasingly common in Ukraine over the past year, causing the government to pass a law banning it.

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A universal method for depositing patterned materials in situ

A universal method for depositing patterned materials in situ

Nature Communications, Published online: 21 October 2020; doi:10.1038/s41467-020-19210-0

Complexity and harsh working conditions pose limitations for fabrication of patterned materials. Here the authors report a single-step method for in situ deposition of materials that is based on semiconductor nanoparticle assisted photon-induced chemical reduction and optical trapping. Image of JbIU H8ycTg

Btrfs on CentOS: Living with Loopback

Btrfs on CentOS: Living with Loopback

Btrfs on CentOS

Introduction

The btrfs filesystem has taunted the Linux community for years, offering a stunning array of features and capability, but never earning universal acclaim. Btrfs is perhaps more deserving of patience, as its promised capabilities dwarf all peers, earning it vocal proponents with great influence. Still, none can argue that btrfs is unfinished, many features are very new, and stability concerns remain for common functions.

Most of the intended goals of btrfs have been met. However, Red Hat famously cut continued btrfs support from their 7.4 release, and has allowed the code to stagnate in their backported kernel since that time. The Fedora project announced their intention to adopt btrfs as the default filesystem for variants of their distribution, in a seeming juxtaposition. SUSE has maintained btrfs support for their own distribution and the greater community for many years.

For users, the most desirable features of btrfs are transparent compression and snapshots; these features are stable, and relatively easy to add as a veneer to stock CentOS (and its peers). Administrators are further compelled by adjustable checksums, scrubs, and the ability to enlarge as well as (surprisingly) shrink filesystem images, while some advanced btrfs topics (i.e. deduplication, RAID, ext4 conversion) aren’t really germane for minimal loopback usage. The systemd init package also has dependencies upon btrfs, among them machinectl and systemd-nspawn. Despite these features, there are many usage patterns that are not directly appropriate for use with btrfs. It is hostile to most databases and many other programs with incompatible I/O, and should be approached with some care.

The 23 CALMing Actions to Go from BUSY to CALM

The 23 CALMing Actions to Go from BUSY to CALM

CALM not BUSY is the framework we created to help you understand how to manage your nonprofit’s communications work for maximum effectiveness. You should work on being more Collaborative, Agile, Logical, and Methodical (CALM) and less Bogus, Unrealistic, Sidestepping, and Yoked (BUSY).

I just finished teaching the CALM not BUSY approach via a three-hour workshop over Zoom and created a new one-pager that I thought you might find helpful too.

Click on the image to get a PDF version.

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Here’s how to use the target. The 23 CALMing actions to take are the bulleted items, organized by CALM. You start outside the big circle at either “learning” or “sometimes” — whichever makes the most sense given which action you select. Your goal is to move toward the inner circle.

During the workshop, we asked participants to pick five actions from the list of 23 to focus on first. Then we asked them to place those on the target based on where they are now (“learning, practicing, mastering” or “sometimes, often, always”).

You can do the same exercise on your own by printing out the chart.

To learn more about CALM not BUSY, check out the book on Amazon (ad link).