Washingtonian: The Strange, Spectacular Con of Bobby Charles Thompson

Donors all over America opened their wallets for his United States Navy Veterans Association. Politicians all over Washington posed for grip-and-grins with him. But not only was he not a legitimate fundraiser for military families—he wasn’t even Bobby Charles Thompson. A look inside the hunt to catch one of the country’s biggest con men.

https://www.washingtonian.com/2017/03/19/the-strange-spectacular-con-of-bobby-charles-thompson/

Tinkering

I spent the weekend experimenting with new open-source projects that will either supplant hosted services, or improve my sysops experience.

This is not an uncommon way for me to spend a weekend, as https://ethitter.com/2017/01/replacing-slack-ifttt-and-zapier/ and the whole of https://ethitter.com/category/vps-adventures/ demonstrate.

Once they’ve “stuck,” I’ll post something at ethitter.com about these latest discoveries.

The Globe and Mail: The graffiti kids: How an act of teenage rebellion sparked the Syrian war

It started as simple teenage rebellion but ended up tearing Syria apart, setting in motion events that continue to rock the Middle East — and the world. The boys behind the graffiti would become unlikely revolutionaries and reluctant refugees. Not all of them would survive the upheaval they helped unleash.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/the-graffiti-kids-who-sparked-the-syrian-war/article33123646/