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      Second Dem has COVID after riot, calls for fines against maskless Republicans

      Beth Mole · news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 12 January, 2021 - 15:42

    Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., on Capitol Hill, in Washington, DC July 29, 2020.

    Enlarge / Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., on Capitol Hill, in Washington, DC July 29, 2020. (credit: Getty | Graeme Jennings )

    A second lawmaker announced that she has tested positive for COVID-19 days after bunkering with Republican colleagues who “recklessly” and “cruelly” refused to wear a mask amid the attack on the Capitol building.

    Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) revealed her positive test late Monday in a scathing statement , linking her infection to the events of January 6 and blasting her colleagues across the aisle for putting others’ health at risk.

    “Too many Republicans have refused to take this pandemic and virus seriously, and in doing so, they endanger everyone around them. Only hours after President Trump incited a deadly assault on our Capitol, our country, and our democracy, many Republicans still refused to take the bare minimum COVID-19 precaution and simply wear a damn mask in a crowded room during a pandemic—creating a superspreader event on top of a domestic terrorist attack,” Jayapal said in the statement.

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      Parler’s amateur coding could come back to haunt Capitol Hill rioters

      Dan Goodin · news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 12 January, 2021 - 13:48


    Enlarge / Parler? (credit: Getty Images)

    By now, you may have heard of the hacker who says she scraped 99 percent of posts from Parler , the Twitter-wannabe site used by Trump supporters to help organize last Wednesday’s violent insurrection on Capitol Hill. What you may not know yet is the abysmal coding and security that made the scraping so easy.

    To recap, the scraping was pulled off by a hacker who goes by the handle donk_enby . She originally set out to archive content posted to Parler last Wednesday in hopes of preserving self-incriminating material before account holders came to their senses and deleted it. By Sunday, donk_enby said she had collected roughly 80 terabytes of posts, including more than 1 million videos, many of which contained the GPS metadata identifying the exact locations of where the videos were shot.

    “For the journalists DMing me to ask, in non-technical terms, I'd describe the current Parler archival situation as ‘a bunch of people running into a burning building trying to grab as many things as we can,’” donk_enby wrote on Twitter on Sunday. “Things will be available in a more accessible form later.”

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      Congressional doctor warns insurrection may have been superspreader event

      Beth Mole · news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Monday, 11 January, 2021 - 16:34

    Workers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) clean an entry to the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021.

    Enlarge / Workers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) clean an entry to the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. (credit: Getty | Bloomberg )

    The attending physician to Congress on Sunday sent an alert to lawmakers warning them that they may have been exposed to the pandemic coronavirus while huddled in a safe room during last Wednesday’s violent insurrection at the US Capitol by supporters of President Trump.

    As Ars has previously reported , there was clear risk of mass disease spread at the insurrection. Mostly maskless rioters not following social distancing recommendations may have spread the virus amongst themselves and to lawmakers as they rallied and stormed the Capitol building. In addition, lawmakers and staff who likewise eschew basic public health guidance added to the risk of a superspreading event as members of Congress hunkered down together during the attack.

    In the Sunday email alert sent to all members of Congress, attending physician Brian Monahan focused on the latter risk, writing:

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