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October 19, 2017 Edition
Suspected dark web drug kingpin arrested after traveling to US for world beard championships By Rob Thubron on Sep 29, 2017
If you’re a dark web drug dealer, it’s probably best to take certain precautions if you want to avoid being caught. Traveling to the US from your home in France to compete in the World Beard and Mustache Championships, for example, seems like an unnecessary risk, but that’s how one suspected drug kingpin was caught.38-year-old French national Gal Vallerius stands accused of acting as an administrator, senior moderator, and vendor for dark web marketplace Dream Market, where visitors can purchase anything from heroin to stolen financial data.Upon arriving at Atlanta international airport on August 31, Vallerius was arrested and his laptop searched. US Drug Enforcement Administration agents allegedly discovered $500,000 of Bitcoin and Bitcoin cash on the computer, as well a Tor installation and a PGP encryption key for someone called OxyMonster.Dream Market had been the subject of a multi-agency investigation since February 2016. In addition to his role with the site, agents had identified OxyMonster as a major seller of Oxycontin and crystal meth.”OxyMonster’s vendor profile featured listings for Schedule II controlled substances Oxycontin and Ritalin,” testified DEA agent Austin Love. “His profile listed 60 prior sales and five-star reviews from buyers. In addition, his profile stated that he ships from France to anywhere in Europe.”Investigators discovered OxyMonster’s real identity by tracing outgoing Bitcoin transactions from his tip jar to wallets registered to Vallerius. Agents then checked his Twitter and Instagram accounts, where they found many writing similarities, including regular use of quotation marks, double exclamation marks, and the word “cheers,” as well as intermittent French posts.The evidence led to a warrant being issued for Vallerius’ arrest. When he made his first visit to America to compete in the “full beard 30.1 – 45cm” category at the Austin, Texas event, Vallerius was arrested in Atlanta before he could catch the connecting flight. He is expected to be transferred to Miami, where he faces up to a life sentence for conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.
WOEFULTOURIST says, “Who knew that dark-webbers were so proud of their grooming skills.”
Dyson Will Build Electric Cars by 2020 Bob Sorokanich / Road & Track / September 26, 2017
It’s been rumored for more than a year, and now it’s confirmed: Dyson, maker of painstakingly-engineered vacuum cleaners and other high-tech home appliances, is moving into the world of electric cars. Sir James Dyson, founder of the company that bears his name, has just announced a bold new plan to offer a range of electric cars as early as 2020.
The UK’s AutoExpress reports that Sir James circulated a letter to Dyson employees today informing them of the company’s move into electric cars. The founder has committed to a two-billion-pound investment (roughly $2.7 billion at today’s exchange rate) in the project – half for the car itself, and half to develop the new solid-state battery technology that will power it.
Sir James told AutoExpress that his company will not seek a partnership with any existing automaker to carry out its car-building plan.
“We’re not a johnny-come-lately to EVs,” Dyson told the British outlet. “I was interested in an all-electric car back in 1998 but the industry wasn’t interested. It wasn’t a fashionable thought in 1998; it wasn’t fashionable three years ago. I was very disappointed that none of [the existing manufacturers] solved this problem until bad publicity about diesel engines forced them to. I didn’t see what an existing manufacturer could offer us.”
The executive revealed to AutoExpress that the project has already been under development for two years, though he admitted that “we don’t have an existing prototype […] and what we’re doing is quite radical so there’s not an existing chassis that we can use.”
As for what the eventual Dyson car will look like, Sir James was a bit cagey. “It’s not a sports car and it’s not a very cheap car,” he told AutoExpress. “It’s about technology and using technology in an interesting way. We’re not going for the Leaf end [of the market].”
Sir James did promise that the Dyson line of electric cars will carry the same design flair that sets the company’s appliances apart from the crowd. “There’s no point in doing one that looks like everyone else’s,” he said. “We’re not in that business. You’ll have to wait and see. We’re trying to be radical.”
AutoExpress reveals that Sir James plans for his company’s electric cars to use solid-state batteries, an advanced technology that traditional automakers have not yet fully solved for automotive applications. Solid-state batteries promise more energy capacity, quicker charging, and safer packaging compared to today’s lithium-ion batteries.
According to Sir James, the first Dyson electric car will arrive in 2020, and kick off a range of Dyson vehicles. And he expects the automotive branch will become the biggest moneymaker of the Dyson empire.
As he told AutoExpress, “we know it’s a crowded market. But if you produce a product that has tech that’s genuinely better, that product people want, then it’s possible to make money. The vacuum cleaner market was crowded when we entered it, after all. If our car business goes anywhere I’d expect it to be bigger than the rest of it [the other Dyson divisions] quite quickly.”
WOEFULTOURIST says, “He bets the Dyson cars will really suck and have incredibly clean carpets.”
Builders: Bomb shelter business booming August 16, 2017
Tensions between North Korea and the United States are stirring memories of the Cold War and inspiring fear-fueled home improvements: bomb shelters.
Building backyard bomb shelters caught on amid the missile crisis of 1962, when the Soviet Union brought nuclear-tipped missiles to Cuba and aimed them at the U.S., The Telegraph reported. The threat of nuclear war loomed for two weeks as President John F. Kennedy and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev faced off.
Builders say shelters are making a comeback.
“When Trump took office, it doubled our sales, and then when he started making crazy statements, we got a lot more orders,” Walton McCarthy of Norad Shelter Systems LLC in Garland, Texas, told The Telegraph. “Between now and a year ago, we’ve quadrupled our sales.”
Atlas Survival Shelters, McCarthy’s California-based competitor, sold 30 shelters in three days last week, The Telegraph reported. In 2011, its first year of business, the company sold a total of 10.
At Rising S Company the last month, business has been booming, WFAA reported. The Texas business is currently building 40 underground bunkers, and has 80 more in the works.
“Ninety-nine percent are calling and they are worried about North Korea,” Gary Lynch of Rising S Company told WFAA.
Lynch said bunkers cost $45,000 and up. Clients’ requests have included the usual, such as kitchens, family rooms, and bedrooms, and the extravagant: swimming pools, gun ranges and even horse stables.
WOEFULTOURIST says, “And if the President starts ranting and raving about the looming zombie apocalypse, the boom will accelerate exponentially.”