What’s new with Go For Jo?

So guys, as you may know I have made some drastic changes to the website’s design. I know have Five specific topics for news information (not including the homepage). These topics consist of Health and Wellness, Oddities, Politics, Soccer, and Technology. With that being said, I cannot possibly report on them all every day while working and going to school, so I am accepting articles from you guys. I’m also looking for writers to head each topic.

Granted this is no small task and there is no income involved at the moment, the opportunity does exist. And even when there are no posts from me daily, I do have daily feeds for each topic, so the content is always current. Later on I do plan to add video blogging as a feature.

Copenhagen Cafe shootout: Artists can never catch a break

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Cafe in Copenhagen, Denmark hosting Organized free speech event falls under fire as possible terrorist attack on Swedish artists Lars Vilks. Property of European Press Photo Agency.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Multiple shots have been fired on Saturday near a cafe in Copenhagen that hosted an organized freedom of speech event. The even was organized by the Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who has already faced threats for caricaturing the Prophet Muhammad.

As of late, this has been condemned as another terrorist attack by the French foreign prime minister. One of the organizers of the event, Helle Merete Brix, told the Associated Press that Vilks was at the meeting, but he was not injured.

“People actually reacted very calmly, and the meeting continued. We could not get away, so we continued our discussion,” Brix says to TV2 News.

“I clearly consider this as an attack on Lars Vilks,” she also says, saying she was taken away with Vilks by a Danish guard he hires whenever he visits Denmark. After this incident, he has every reason to.

The coming of a Digital Dark Age: Vint Cerf sends warning of loss of all digital personals

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Google vice-president and notable “father of the internet” Vint Cerf says he fears future generations will have little to no record of the 21st Century as we enter what he considers to be called a “digital Dark Age”. Could he be rational about something the fall of something so essential to our standard of living today? Every memory we have is capable of being saved and viewed later in the comfort of our own computers, drives, and emails, but with everything being saved through websites and clouds, what’s the use for having personal hardware and software anymore?

Vint Cerf made his remarks at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in San Jose, California. He goes on to say that all of our most personal and important pieces of information, to include our family photographs and memories that we have stored via internet or hard drives, may be lost as time within the digital revolution continues to gain momentum.

“In our zeal to get excited about digitizing, we digitizing photographs thinking it going to make them last longer, and we might turn out to be wrong,” he said. “i would say if there are photos you are really concerned about, create a physical instance of them. Print them out.”

He also continues to express how many will believe that important documents will be copied into new media, when this is not always the case.

“Some people make the argument that the important stuff will be copied and put into new media and so why should we worry,” Cerf said. “But historians will tell you that sometimes transactions documents and images and so on may turn out to have importance which is not understood for hundreds of years. So failure to preserve them will cause us to lose our perspective.” With that type of logic, we should just drop digitizing altogether and go back to pen and paper, only to realize how time and moisture will cause the ink to run. Then in an effort to solve that dilemma, we go back to chiseling and stone tablets. See where I am going with this?

Need to not worry, there is talk of an idea referred to as the “Digital vacuum,” in every way where the file is created, stored and is opened along with the document itself. This is supposed to give Scientists and IT specialists of the future the ability to following the instructions given to reproduce the files.

Anthem Health insurer hacked, millions of records possibly stolen

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The second largest health insurer in the United States, Anthem Inc, said late Wednesday that hackers had breached one of its IT systems and stolen personal information relating to current and former employees and consumers.

How does this manage to happen? Anthem said the breach did not appear to involve information such as medical of financial details, but how often does it not? For health insurance to be something we are required by law to have, you would think IT security would be much more beefed up to not allow information like this to not even reach the public without a resolution in place.

The information said to have been compromised included birthdays, social security numbers, street addresses, email addresses, and compilations of employment data. Even though Anthem says the company immediately attempted to close the security breach, the attack was reported to the FBI. Good on their part for that one. The cybersecurity firm FireEye Inc was even hired to help Anthem investigate. So, with all of these efforts in place, why is it that we aren’t able to figure out who is behind the attack? On top of that, Anthem has not released information on how many staff members and customers were affected. It’s a great thing we’ve got the Wall Street Journal to keep us informed with a “tens of millions” estimation.

As of the end of 2015, Anthem had 37.5 million members,

Anthem said it would send an email and a letter to everyone who had information that was compromised, along with setting up an informational website that will offer credit-monitoring services.

Jordan plans to execute extremist

Jordanian LT. Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh
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Shortly after the release of a video by the Islamic State showing a Jordanian pilot being burned alive, many reports are talking of Jordan’s plan to execute an extremist the militants had wanted to be freed. (The extremist is a woman. However, I prefer to speak in terms of character and not gender.)

Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi woman facing execution for her role in the 2005 hotel bombings in Jordan, was on the table for release upon an agreement offered by Jordan’s government in exchange for the Pilot’s release. Unfortunately, the bargain was not held once the government requested proof the Pilot was still alive.

Both Reuters and AFP, citing unnamed sources, said al-Rishawi will be executed at dawn Wednesday in Jordan.

There is a video out there of the burning of the pilot. However, it could not be independently verified. All that means to me is it could be true, and it could be false. Jordanian TV did say that the burning actually took place Jan. 3. IntelCenter, a part of the state’s media sector, is responsible for monitoring extremist websites and is also responsible for releasing the video.

Of all of the hostage killing situations involved with extremists, IntelCenter says this is the first high-profile hostage to be killed by fire. Everyone else has either been shot or beheaded. Could it be because of all of the attention the extremists have gotten lately, they are something of a, dare I say it, hot streak?

Later on, reporters for Jordanian TV were able to get a statement from Jordanian armed forces spokesman, Mamdouh al-Ameri. In one part of the statement he vowed “punishment and revenge” referring to the heinous actions towards Jordanian Pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh.

“While the military forces mourn the martyr, they emphasize his blood will not be shed in vain,” he said in a statement read later on Jordanian TV.

King Abdullah II of Jordan was on visitation in the U.S. He abruptly ended his visit to Washington and headed home.

Of all things for the U.S. to be involved in, I would like to see some sort of peace made on our behalf in Jordan. Please take a moment to send condolences to the Jordanian government for the loss of one of their protectors, and the family and friends of Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh.

Advice from The President: ‘Get Your Kids Vaccinated’

In an interview on Sunday, President Obama says, “I understand that there are families that, in some cases, are concerned about the effect of vaccinations. The science is, you know, pretty indisputable. We’ve looked at this again and again. There is every reason to get vaccinated, but there aren’t reasons to not.”

President Barack Obama urged Parents to get their children fully vaccinated, during the rapid growth of concerns over an outbreak in the Western United States of the highly contagious disease known as the measles.

The President later went on to say, “You should get your kids vaccinated. It’s good for them and the challenge you have is if you have a certain group of kids who don’t get vaccinated, and if it grows large enough that a percentage of the population doesn’t get vaccinated and they’re the folks who can’t get vaccinated, small infants, for example…they suddenly become much more vulnerable.” I’m not too sure on the facts about that one, but If the information is rolling, I’m certainly no one to stop it.

Currently, the Center for Disease Control is looking at 102 reported cases affecting 14 states. The current states affected are Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Nebraska, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Washington. The President’s full interview is scheduled to air on February 2nd.

For anyone needing a back story, the initial measles outbreak has been linked to exposure in December of 2014 at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Five cases reported are of the Park’s employees.