lawsuit says pain from 91-hour erection was ignored by Pittsburg County jail

A Wilburton man was mocked and needlessly denied medical care by jail officials while suffering a 91-hour erection in 2016, according to a $5 million lawsuit filed on his behalf.

Dustin Lance alleges in his civil rights lawsuit that he suffered permanent injury after employees of the Pittsburg County jail ignored his pleas for medical care while he was suffering from a continuous erection.

Lance, in his petition initially filed Sept. 18 in Pittsburg County District Court, says his troubles began Dec. 15, 2016, when, while incarcerated in the county jail, he ingested a pill offered to him by another inmate.

Lance, in his petition, says he made jail personnel aware the next day that he was suffering “unbearable pain” as a result of his condition.

The lawsuit says jail personnel repeatedly mocked Lance while denying medical treatment until Dec. 19.

Jail employees transported Lance about noon Dec. 19 to McAlester Regional Hospital, where doctors said they were unable to treat Lance’s condition and indicated that he required immediate transfer to a urologist in Tulsa, according to the lawsuit.

Source: Inmate’s lawsuit says pain from 91-hour erection was ignored by Pittsburg County jail personnel | Courts |

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Nicolas Cage had no idea he was being turned into a snack food in Japan

Although he was one of the youngest performers ever to win a lead actor Academy Award, in recent years Nicolas Cage’s reputation has been more zany B-movie star than serious thespian. Add in his widely known financial woes and resume of Japanese pachinko commercial appearances, and the idea of Cage becoming the face of a Japanese snack food sub-brand wasn’t too far-fetched.So when photos of the Nicolastick, puffed corn Umaibo sticks in special packages bearing Cage’s likeness, appeared earlier this month, plenty of people laughed, but few of them were genuinely shocked. But it turns out the development of the Nicolastick, a marketing move for the delayed Japanese release of Cage’s comedy “Army of One” (or “Bin Laden is My Prey,” as it’s called in Japan), is something that was planned and pulled off without Cage’s knowledge.FilmNation Entertainment, the U.S.-based company in charge of international licensing for “Army of One,” has issued an apology for its edible endorsement end run, saying:

Source: Nicolas Cage had no idea he was being turned into a snack food in Japan – Japan Today

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Michigan Introduces New, Awful Bill to Ban Community Broadband 

Michigan is the latest state to try and pass a law supported by (and likely written by) incumbent ISPs that tries to prevent communities from building their own broadband networks. Towns and cities for years have been forced to consider building their own broadband networks, thanks to a lack of competition in the broadband sector. This lack of competition usually results in regional duopolies doing the bare minimum to improve service in these markets, forcing towns and cities to get creative if they actually want to receive faster speeds at more reasonable prices.If large ISPs really wanted to stop this from happening, they could improve service and lower rates. But more often than not, it’s much easier to just pay state lawmakers to introduce awful, protectionist bills banning towns and cities from building their own networks, or in many instances even partnering with private companies like Google to improve local connectivity.Michigan Freshman Representative Michele Hoitenga is the latest to rubber stamp the whims of broadband duopolies, and has introduced HB 5099, a new bill that would make it difficult if not impossible for Michigan towns and cities to build or improve local broadband networks, even in instances where local ISPs refuse to. The bill proclaims that local communities cannot use federal, state, or even their own voter-approved funds to invest in even the slowest Internet infrastructure.And while it doesn’t ban public/private partnerships outright, it does its best to discourage them, notes the folks at Institute for Local Self-Reliance, which has been fighting such ISP-written protectionist drivel for years.”(An) exception allows local communities to engage in public-private partnerships, but the bill’s ambiguous language is likely to discourage local communities from pursuing such partnerships,” the group notes. “Rather than put themselves at risk of running afoul of the law, prudent community leaders would probably choose to avoid pursuing any publicly owned infrastructure initiatives.”The bill is expected to hamper existing municipal broadband projects in the state in places like Sebewaing, Holland and Lyndon Township. In Lyndon Township, locals frustrated with sub-standard broadband recently voted overwhelmingly to approve funding and construction of a fiber network that will obliterate the slow, expensive service currently only partially available in the region. These bills help large ISPs disregard the will of the public, something that often annoys Republicans and Democrats alike (most municipal broadband networks are built in Conservative areas).

Source: Michigan Introduces New, Awful Bill to Ban Community Broadband | DSLReports, ISP Information

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Russia Issuing ‘CryptoRuble’

Russian President Vladimir Putin has officially stated that Russia will issue its own ‘CryptoRuble’ at a closed door meeting in Moscow, according to local news sources. The news broke through Minister of Communications Nikolay Nikiforov.According to the official, the state issued cryptocurrency cannot be mined and will be issued and controlled and maintained only by the authorities. The CryptoRubles can be exchanged for regular Rubles at any time, though if the holder is unable to explain where the CryptoRubles came from, a 13 percent tax will be levied. The same tax will be applied to any earned difference between the price of the purchase of the token and the price of the sale. Nikiforov said:“I confidently declare that we run CryptoRuble for one simple reason: if we do not, then after 2 months our neighbors in the EurAsEC will.”Embracing and rejectingWhile the announcement means that Russia will enter the cryptocurrency world, it is in no way an affirmation or legalization of Bitcoin or any other decentralized cryptocurrency. On the contrary, Putin quite recently called for a complete ban on all cryptocurrencies within Russia.The statement from Putin seemed apparently to contradict the earlier comments from other ministers who seemed pro-crypto, but only with regulations, as well as Putin’s recent meetings with Buterin and others. Now, with the issuance of the CryptoRuble, the apparent contradiction has been made clear.

Source: BREAKING: Russia Issuing ‘CryptoRuble’

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All your Wi-Fi are now belong to hackers (probably)

Sorry to start off your week with some bad news: the WPA2 encryption protocol that protects your Wi-Fi router and connected devices from intrusions is rumored to have been cracked.That means that a hacker who is within physical range of your home or office network could crack your Wi-Fi password, listen in on your internet activity and intercept unsecured or unencrypted data streams (such as a password entered on a non-HTTPS site, or video from your crappy home security camera to the cloud).That’s to be expected, seeing as how WPA2 is about 13 years old now. The proof-of-concept of this attack is called KRACK (Key Reinstallation Attacks). The CVE outlining the security flaw is expected to be published at 8AM EST / 5AM PST / 2PM CEST / 5:30PM IST on Monday; the site which carries more information from security expert Mathy Vanhoef of imec-DistriNet, KU Leuven is now live, so you can learn more about the methodology there.

Source: All your Wi-Fi are now belong to hackers (probably)

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The Soviet Military Program that Secretly Mapped the Entire World

During the Cold War, the Soviet military undertook a secret mapping program that’s only recently come to light in the West. Military cartographers created hundreds of thousands of maps and filled them with detailed notes on the terrain and infrastructure of every place on Earth. It was one of the greatest mapping endeavors the world has ever seen.

Soviet maps of Afghanistan indicate the times of year certain mountain passes are free of snow and passable for travel. Maps of China include notes on local vegetation and whether water from wells in a particular area is safe to drink. The Soviets also mapped American cities in remarkable detail, including some military buildings that don’t appear on American-made maps of the same era. These maps include notes on the construction materials and load-bearing capacity of bridges—things that would be near-impossible to know without people on the ground.

Much of what’s known about this secret Soviet military project is outlined in a new bookThe Red Atlas, by John Davies, a British map enthusiast who has spent more than a decade studying these maps, and Alexander Kent, a geographer at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Source: The Soviet Military Program that Secretly Mapped the Entire World

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3D-Printed Kwikset Keys Parametrically

Good ol’ Kwikset-standard locks were introduced in 1946 and enjoyed a decades-long security by obscurity. The technology still stands today as a ubiquitous and fairly minimal level of security. It’s the simplest of the various standards (e.g., Master, Schlage, etc.) with a mere five pins with values ranging from 1 (not cut down hardly at all) to 7 (cut deeply). This relative simplicity made the Kwikset the ideal platform for [Dave Pedu] to test his 3D-printed keys.Rather than simply duplicating an existing key, [Dave] created a parametric key blank in OpenSCAD; he just enters his pin settings and the model generator creates the print file. He printed ABS on a glass plate with a schmeer of acetone on it, and .15mm layer heights. Another reason [Dave] chose Kwikset is that the one he had was super old and super loose — he theorizes that a newer, tighter lock might simply break the key.So, a reminder: Don’t post a picture of your keys on the socials since at this point it’s certainly possible to script the entire process from selecting a picture to pulling the key off the print bed. Looking to technology won’t save you either; Bluetooth locks aren’t much better.

Source: 3D-Printed Kwikset Keys Parametrically | Hackaday

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Boot Camp for Player Activists 

In an era when NFL players no longer have the time or gumption to do two-a-day practices or full pad tackling drills, amazingly they are able to still squeeze in a social advocacy and activism boot camp into their busy lives. This news coming from ESPN’s Jim Trotter who informs us that the NFL is funding this nonsense at Morehouse College in Atlanta this February.The boot camp is being set up to give players year-round access to so-called experts in the field of social activism and advocacy. One would imagine the boot camp won’t include lectures on Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom and Friedman’s Free to Choose, or readings from the New Testament, or anything else that would be useful to the aggrieved lot known as NFL players.Without even looking at the syllabus, you can safely bet the boot camp will be heavy on Saul Alinsky, and will teach better, bolder ways to send social media posts of slashing cops throats, wearing socks comparing the police to pigs, getting down on all fours and pretending you are a dog peeing on Donald Trump, and generally slandering the flag, anthem, veterans and anyone who may disagree with you. That list is not hyperbole but actual actions that have passed as social activism in the NFL over the last two seasons.Don’t worry, Roger Goodell, the man who is fumbling away any credibility the NFL has left, has the NFL’s PR comeback all mapped out. Failing this, his wife will continue to send out tweets under an assumed name applauding the Goodell for his bold decision making, as the Wall Street Journal revealed she had being doing until recently busted.But sorry, social activism isn’t just for NFL dingbats. The NCAA, which is always quick to play moralist on behalf of the left and is quick to ban or threaten to ban NCAA events being held in Red States it disagrees with politically, finally found a cause it is going to pass on. And when you hear why, it won’t take a rocket scientist to put two and two together to figure out the reason.

Source: Boot Camp for Player Activists | The American Spectator

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Woman Trades Single Packet of McDonald’s Szechuan Sauce for Volkswagen 

We’ve seen some questionably-priced cars, but this trade takes the cake on oddities exchanged. Fans of the TV show Rick and Morty have begun to trade in a new currency: Szechuan sauce. In a bizarre trade, one woman happened to acquire more than she bargained for, a 2004 Volkswagen GTI.Let’s rap a bit about where Szechuan sauce came from and understand just why it’s getting such obnoxious pricing from the public. In 1998, McDonald’s and Disney worked together on a promotion to celebrate the launch of the movie Mulan. Based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, the plot of the Disney movie revolved around a young woman who disguised herself as a man to fight the Huns (alongside a Chinese army consisting of only men). As part of the promo, McDonald’s released a teriyaki-flavored dipping sauce they called Szechuan sauce, and it slowly fizzled into the night once the hype of the movie wore off.Fast forward to 2017. Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland’s hit TV show, Rick and Morty, returns with the unannounced first episode of its long-awaited season 3 premier. At the end of the episode, Rick goes on a 30-second rant about how the entire show’s plot is actually driven by his need for Szechuan sauce.

Source: Woman Trades Single Packet of McDonald’s Szechuan Sauce for Volkswagen – The Drive

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AI implants will allow us to control our homes with our thoughts within 20 years, government report claims

Artificially intelligent nano-machines will be injected into humans within 20 years to repair and enhance muscles, cells and bone, a senior inventor at IBM has forecast.John McNamara, who works at IBM Hursley Innovation Centre, in Hampshire, submitted evidence to the House of Lords Artificial Intelligence Committee, which is considering the economic, ethical and social implications of AI.Mr McNamara said that within just two decades, technology may have advanced so much that humans and machines are effectively ‘melded’ together, allowing for huge leaps forward in human consciousness and cognition.“We may see AI nano-machines being injected into our bodies,” he told Peers. “These will provide huge medical benefits, such as being able to repair damage to cells, muscles and bones – perhaps even augment them.

Source: AI implants will allow us to control our homes with our thoughts within 20 years, government report claims

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Nose hair extensions are the next hot beauty trend

Throw out those tweezers and trimmers! Now nose hair extensions are a real “thing.” Maybe.The new trend stemmed from a post from an Instagram user named Gret_Chen_Chen who shared an image of herself wearing fake eyelashes coming out of her nose, labeling them nose hair extensions.Apparently, she did it as a joke, but now these nose hair extensions have caught the imagination of several beauty bloggers online. It could be a timely trend with Halloween right around the corner. It provides a fun, low-cost look for your Halloween costume.

Source: Nose hair extensions are the next hot beauty trend – Story | KRIV

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Tradecraft: 5 low-tech signalling methods 

There are many other forms of communicating other than with technology. Knowing these other forms can benefit you in many ways, one of which is adding backup plans in case the main forms of communication (electronic) fail. A main example of this would be in the event of an EMP (Electro Magnetic Pulse). An EMP is basically a nuclear explosion set off 30-300 miles into the atmosphere, releasing particles that destroy electronics.Knowing different signaling techniques could also end up saving your life in case of a disaster where you require immediate help. There are many documented cases in WWII where a fighter plane went down, and the survivors had to use mirrors to reflect the sun and signal friendly aircraft to save them. The best part about manual signaling techniques, is that there are multiple ways to effectively communicate with whoever you need to without technology (which is prone to EMPs).Although an EMP can cause major damage to electronics within its radius, there are other effective ways to communicate with people. Though they might not be as effective as electronics, these other forms of communication can prove to be very useful. One very effective way is by using Morse code.

Source: Tradecraft: 5 low-tech signalling methods – The Fifth Column

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Cozy Cat Pouch Hoodie For Your Cat – Let The Snuggling Begin

Whether you own a cat or not, you are probably aware of how adorable they are. Cats are awesome for many reasons and people all around the globe love and care for them. Taking a cat with you anywhere can be a really hard thing to do, especially if you are a person who dislikes putting your cat in a cage. Summer Mewgaroo Hoodie came up with this awesome idea and they created a cat pouch hoodie which has a pouch for your cat! You will now freely take your cat with you in a park, read a book and enjoy the nature, all together.

Source: Cozy Cat Pouch Hoodie For Your Cat – Let The Snuggling Begin

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Sugar in the diet may increase risks of opioid addiction

Could a diet high in refined sugars make children and adults more susceptible to opioid addiction and overdose? New research, from our laboratory of behavioral neuroscience at the University of Guelph, suggests it could.Approximately 20,000 people died of fentanyl-related overdoses in the United States last year and in Canada there were at least 2,816 opioid-related deaths. During 2017 so far, over 1,000 people have died of illicit drug overdoses in British Columbia. High schools are stocking up on the overdose-reversing drug naloxone and universities are training staff to administer the drug.Nobody is talking about sugar.

Source: Sugar in the diet may increase risks of opioid addiction

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‘Nonbinary’ 3rd gender now an option on California IDs

A gender neutral bathroom is seen at the University of California © Lucy Nicholson / ReutersCalifornia Governor Jerry Brown signed the ‘Gender Recognition Act’ into law Sunday, affording citizens the ability to change their gender designation on state identification papers and birth certificates to a third option: ‘nonbinary.’Senate Bill 179 describes the nonbinary designation as an “umbrella term for people with gender identities that fall somewhere outside of the traditional conceptions of strictly either female or male.” This covers transgender and intersex individuals.“Thank you, @JerryBrownGov, for signing #SB179! Everyone should be able to have IDs that match who they are,” the bill’s co-author Democratic Senator Toni Atkins of San Diego said on Twitter. “Great day for LGBTQ rights!”

Source: ‘Nonbinary’ 3rd gender now an option on California IDs — RT America

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Gucci announces it will no longer use fur in its designs

Italy’s Gucci will stop using fur in its designs from next year, joining a growing number of fashion houses looking at alternatives after coming under pressure from animal rights activists and changing consumer tastes.Gucci, part of Paris-based luxury group Kering, has paraded models down the catwalk in luxurious fur coats in the past and creative director Alessandro Michele brought in loafers and sling-backs lined with kangaroo-fur two years ago.But the brand said it would now join an alliance of fur-free companies, adding it would sell off remaining accessories and clothing made with animal fur in a charity auction.Gucci has sold some of its mink fur coats for over $40,000.Marco Bizzarri, Gucci’s chief executive, said the brand would drop fur starting from its spring and summer 2018 collection and that its new approach had been agreed on with Mr. Michele.

Source: Gucci announces it will no longer use fur in its designs –

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Man led troopers on chase because ‘it was on his bucket list’

A short chase by the Iowa State Patrol ended Thursday morning with an excuse from the driver troopers have never heard.

Troopers said the chase started before 7:30 a.m. on Interstate 80 at mile marker 133 eastbound. A trooper attempted to pull a driver of a sedan over on a simple traffic violation.

The driver refused to pull over, and the chase was on from there. More troopers joined the pursuit as the driver led troopers into Des Moines.

The chase ended at East 8th Street and Madison Avenue when a trooper used a PIT maneuver on the sedan. The driver was apprehended peacefully there.

That location is right across the street from Madison Elementary. Fortunately, no students were at the school at the time.

Troopers had initiated contact with the driver due to expired registration on the sedan. Troopers found nothing in a search of the vehicle.

The driver told troopers he wanted to be chased because “it was on his bucket list.”

Source: Man led troopers on chase because ‘it was on his bucket list’

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Canada’s Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie dies at 53 

The death of Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie, a music superstar beloved for songs about culture, small towns and hockey, triggered an outpouring of tributes and grief across Canada on Wednesday.Downie, 53, who was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in 2015, died on Tuesday night surrounded by his family, according to a family statement.Weeping openly, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters that he had drawn strength and inspiration from the nation’s best known songwriter. At his final concert in August 2016, televised nationally, Trudeau had joined Downie on stage in tribute.”We are less of a country without Gord Downie in it,” Trudeau said in Parliament.Downie was known for his frenetic stage presence and telling long stories in the middle of songs. Formed in the 1980s with roots in blues and rock, the Tragically Hip found radio popularity on both classic and alternative rock stations.

Source: Canada’s Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie dies at 53 – Japan Today

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IRS to block, suspend tax returns that lack Obamacare disclosures

The IRS is warning tax professionals that it will block or suspend processing of 2017 income tax returns that do not comply with Obamacare rules requiring filers to disclose their health insurance status.The new move to tighten Americans’ compliance with the Affordable Care Act comes even as the Trump administration takes steps to undercut it.”Taxpayers remain obligated to follow the law and pay what they may owe at the point of filing,” the IRS said in a description of the new policy.The ACA requires most people to have some form of health insurance coverage or pay a tax penalty — a requirement known as Obamacare’s individual mandate.

Source: IRS to block, suspend tax returns that lack Obamacare disclosures

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Journalist Behind Leak That Exposed Clinton’s Criminal Campaign Donors, Blown Up In Her Car

A WORLD-RENOWNED JOURNALIST WAS ASSASSINATED, AND HER SON CLAIMS A POLICE SERGEANT WHO IS SUPPOSED TO INVESTIGATE HER MURDER, WAS CELEBRATING IT ON FACEBOOK.(TFTP) Maltese Investigative Journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was described as a “One-Woman WikiLeaks” after she led the Panama Papers investigation, was killed on Monday afternoon in a car bomb near her home.Galizia’s career was devoted to exposing establishment corruption, and her most recent work revealed that Malta’s prime minister, Joseph Muscat, and two of his closest aides, had connections to offshore companies that linked them to the sale of Maltese passports, and showed that they had received payments from the government of Azerbaijan, according to a report from the Guardian.During a press conference on the attack, Muscat acknowledged Galizia’s work, and said, “Everyone knows Ms. Caruana Galizia was a harsh critic of mine, both politically and personally, but nobody can justify this barbaric act in any way.”However, Galizia’s son is not convinced, and he referred to Muscat as a “clown” who was taking advantage of the situation by “making statements to parliament about a journalist he spent over a decade demonizing and harassing,” just hours after her death.“Joseph Muscat, Keith Schembri, Chris Cardona, Konrad Mizzi, the Attorney General and the long list of police commissioners who took no action: you are complicit. You are responsible for this,” Matthew Caruana Galizia wrote, claiming his mother was assassinated in a Facebook post that called out a number of elected officials and politicians.

Source: Journalist Behind Leak That Exposed Clinton’s Criminal Campaign Donors, Blown Up In Her Car

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Here’s every patch for KRACK Wi-Fi vulnerability available right now

Monday morning was not a great time to be an IT admin, with the public release of a bug that effectively broke WPA2 wireless security. WPA2 security flaw puts almost every Wi-Fi device at risk of hijack, eavesdroppingSecurity experts have said the bug is a total breakdown of the WPA2 security protocol.Read MoreAs reported previously by ZDNet, the bug, dubbed “KRACK” — which stands for Key Reinstallation Attack — is at heart a fundamental flaw in the way Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) operates.The security protocol, an upgrade from WEP, is used to protect and secure communications between everything from our routers, mobile devices, and Internet of Things (IoT) devices, but there is an issue in the system’s four-way handshake that permits devices with a pre-shared password to join a network.According to security researcher and academic Mathy Vanhoef, who discovered the flaw, threat actors can leverage the vulnerability to decrypt traffic, hijack connections, perform man-in-the-middle attacks, and eavesdrop on communication sent from a WPA2-enabled device.

Source: Here’s every patch for KRACK Wi-Fi vulnerability available right now | ZDNet

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Deputy AG Pitches New Form Of Backdoor: ‘Responsible Encryption’

The DOJ is apparently going to pick up where the ousted FBI boss James Comey left off. While Attorney General Jeff Sessions continues building his drug enforcement time machine, Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein is keeping the light on for Comey’s prophesies of coming darkness.Rosenstein recently gave a speech at the US Naval Academy on the subject of encryption. It was… well, it was pretty damn terrible. Once again, a prominent law enforcement official is claiming to love encryption while simultaneously extolling the virtues of fake encryption with law enforcement-ready holes in it.The whole thing is filled with inadvertently hilarious assertions, like the following:Encryption is a foundational element of data security and authentication. It is essential to the growth and flourishing of the digital economy, and we in law enforcement have no desire to undermine it.Actually, Rosenstein has plenty of desire to do that, which will be amply demonstrated below, using his own words.

Source: Deputy AG Pitches New Form Of Backdoor: ‘Responsible Encryption’ | Techdirt

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The Scandalous Truth about Obamacare Is Laid Bare

It’s not just that Obamacare is financially unsustainable. More seriously, it is intellectually unsustainable, even though this truth has been slow to emerge. This has come to an end with President Trump’s executive order.What does it do? It cuts subsidies to failing providers, yes. It also redefines the meaning of “short term” policies from one year to 90 days. But more importantly–and this is what has the pundit class in total meltdown–it liberalizes the rules for providers to serve health-coverage consumers.In the words of USA Today: the executive order permits a greater range of choice “by allowing more consumers to buy health insurance through association health plans across state lines.”

Source: The Scandalous Truth about Obamacare Is Laid Bare – Foundation for Economic Education – Working for a free and prosperous world

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6-inch fish leaps into man’s mouth, causing cardiac arrest

A British man’s heart stopped after he accidentally swallowed a 6-inch long Dover sole on a fishing trip in Boscombe, in southern England.

The man, 28, who was not named, went into cardiac arrest Oct. 5 after the fish jumped in his mouth, blocking his throat. However, paramedics were able to clear his airway after drawing the sole free with forceps.

Matt Harrison, an emergency responder for the South Western Ambulance Service, said he was on the scene in under two minutes. When he arrived on the dimly lit pier where the man was fishing, a friend of the man’s was already performing CPR.

This friend, also not named, told Harrison the 28-year-old had jokingly placed a fish he had just caught over his mouth. The sole then wriggled free and jumped in.

Source: 6-inch fish leaps into man’s mouth, causing cardiac arrest

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Court: Unsent Text Message Is a Valid Will

A last will and textament? An Australian court has decided that a will found in the drafts folder of a dead man’s phone is valid, even though it was never witnessed or even sent, the BBC reports. The man, a 55-year-old who killed himself a year ago, made it clear that he was unhappy with his wife and he wanted his assets to go to his brother and his nephew. “You and [nephew] keep all that I have house and superannuation, put my ashes in the back garden … [wife] will take her stuff only she’s ok gone back to her ex AGAIN I’m beaten. A bit of cash behind TV and a bit in the bank Cash card pin … My will,” he wrote.

Source: Court: Unsent Text Message Is a Valid Will

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Maxine Waters: ‘Housing is a Human Right’ 

During the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) oversight hearing, House Representative Maxine Waters claimed that housing is a “necessary human right.” She said, “Housing is the foundation on which our entire society is built. It is a platform for economic mobility and well-being. It is a crucial part of our national economy. It is a necessary human right.”This goes along with the popular democratic claim that healthcare is also a human right.In a perfect world, yes, everyone would have housing and healthcare. However, we do not live in a utopian society and stuff isn’t just free! Someone, somewhere along the time has to pay for it.

Source: Maxine Waters: ‘Housing is a Human Right’ – Godfather Politics

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Barbara Walters Scolds Corey Feldman for Calling Out Hollywood Abuse

Former child actor Corey Feldman has spent years calling out the practice of Hollywood A-listers sexually exploiting young actors who try to make their mark in show business.

video clip from a 2013 episode of The View where he shares these revelations about the abuse in the industry has resurfaced after allegations came to light that disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed and abused those working in the industry:

“There are people that were the people that did this to both me and Corey [Haim] that are still working. They’re still out there, and that are some of the richest most powerful people in this business. And they do not want me saying what I am saying right now,” Feldman tells The Viewpanelists.

The former ’80s child star tried to explain to host Barbara Walters that he, along with his best friend Corey Haim, had been sexually abused by older, powerful men in Hollywood. Feldman added that he believed the abuse led Haim to drug addiction and ultimately his sudden death in 2010.

Source: Flashback VIDEO: Barbara Walters Scolds Corey Feldman for Calling Out Hollywood Abuse

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Hatchet throwing a new pastime in America

What better, safer way to have fun than drink beer and throw a hatchet?This is now a thing in America, a new pastime, and it’s spreading.On a busy Friday night at Stumpy’s Hatchet House in New Jersey, it sounds like this: the thud of the blade sticking into a wooden target, people cheering a good toss, and a bell ringing out when somebody scores a bull’s eye.Its four founders say this place, which opened 18 months ago, is the first of its kind in the US, although Canada is generally considered the cradle of competitive hatchet-hurling.Such spots are now found in Chicago, Washington, Nashville and Denver, among other US cities.Stumpy’s owners are talking about opening another elsewhere in New Jersey and have even started offering franchise arrangements. They hope to have a network of 15 within a year.

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‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Removed From Mississippi School District Curriculum

A Mississippi school district has pulled “To Kill a Mockingbird” from eighth grade classrooms because the novel “makes people uncomfortable.”According to The Sun Herald, the school board did not vote on the move, but rather it was an administrative and department decision made on Wednesday or Thursday.“There were complaints about it. There is some language in the book that makes people uncomfortable, and we can teach the same lesson with other books,” Kenny Holloway, Biloxi School Board vice president told the paper. “It’s still in our library. But they’re going to use another book in the 8th grade course.”Also Read:When Harper Lee Visited the Set of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’The Harper Lee novel has repeatedly appeared on the American Library Association’s list of the most banned or challenged books due to repeated use of a racial slur and its exploration of racism and discrimination.

Source: ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Removed From Mississippi School District Curriculum; Twitter Enraged

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Crowded Cities – Training Crows

Cigarette filters, you find them in the park next to you in the grass, in dirty ditches and under your shoes. What if we could find a way to collect these butts from all corners of our city and precious parks? With crows, that have become perfectly adapted to city life, we can! By training crows to recognize and pick up cigarette filters we can solve this tenacious problem of city pollution. It is the Crowbar that does the training for us and gives out food as a reward. Want to know more? Please scroll down!

Source: Crowded Cities – Training Crows

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Guy Flying Drone Happens Upon a Moose Battling for its Life with a Wolf 

He was filming the scenery when he happened upon a moose… and then a wolf appeared

Source: Guy Flying Drone Happens Upon a Moose Battling for its Life with a Wolf «TwistedSifter

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Free College is Bad for Students

One of the anomalies of the 2016 presidential election was the fact that an old white guy from Vermont was able to captivate a diverse audience of young millennials.The most obvious reason for Bernie Sanders’s popularity was his advocacy for free, government-funded college. With higher education costs multiplying at a rapid rate and college looking less feasible because of these, it is easy to understand how millennials would welcome help to increase their prospects.But free college doesn’t appear to increase the prospects of young people as much as we’ve thought; in fact, it may actually diminish their chance at future success. This revelation was recently uncovered in a National Bureau of Economic Research paper on England’s experience with free college.More Inequality and Less QualityAccording to researchers, England’s population enjoyed a period of free college until the late 1990s. Over time, however, this setup caused quality to decline and socioeconomic inequality to rise.Sensing a problem, the English college system changed course and began slowly requiring students to pay for more of the costs, most notably through loans which they would pay back once they began their careers. Preston Cooper summarizes the results in a column for Forbes:

Source: Free College is Bad for Students – Foundation for Economic Education – Working for a free and prosperous world

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“Russia Interfered!” – By Purchasing Anti-Trump Ads?

After the ludicrous “Russian hacking” claims have died down for lack of evidence, the attention was moved to even more ludicrous claims of “Russian ads influenced the elections”. Some readers are upset that continue to debunk the nonsense the media spreads around this. But lies should not stand without response. If only to blame the reporters and media who push this dreck.As evidence is also lacking for any “Russian interference” claims the media outlets have started to push deceiving headlines. These make claims that are not covered at all by the content of the related pieces. The headlines are effective because less than 20% of the viewers ever read beyond them.On the NYT Homepage today we find another one of these: Google Finds Russia Bought Ads to Interfere in Election.Google has found no ads that “Russia”, the state or nation, has bought. There is also no evidence that the ads in question interfered in any way with the election. There is evidence that any of the ads in questions aimed to achieve that. The opener of the piece repeats the false headline claims. But now we have “Russian agents”, not “Russia”, which allegedly did something.Google has found evidence that Russian agents bought ads on its wide-ranging networks in an effort to interfere with the 2016 presidential campaign.The term “Russian agents” is not defined at all. Where these “secret agents” or Public Relation professionals in Washington DC hired by some Russian entity?

Source: “Russia Interfered!” – By Purchasing Anti-Trump Ads? | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

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Talking Drone Caught Trying to ‘Lure Children Away from School Grounds’

In a story that speaks directly to both the march of technology and the inherent dangers therein, an Ohio news outlet reported Tuesday that a talking drone is visiting children in Akron while they are at school. From local WKYC:We’re revolutionizing the news industry, but we need your help! Click here to get started.“The Akron Public Schools district is warning parents to be wary of a drone that has been reported flying over Windemere Community Learning Center.“According to a letter issued to school parents by Windemere principal Megan Lee-Wilfong on Monday, the drone has reportedly been spotted flying around school grounds in the evening. It’s been seen three to four times during the past week.”According to WKYC, which interviewed witnesses, the machine is even equipped with components that allow it to the speak — and it has been using that voice to try to “lure children away from school grounds.” That’s what Daniel Rambler, Akron Public Schools Director of Student Support Services and Security, told the outlet:

Source: Talking Drone Caught Trying to ‘Lure Children Away from School Grounds’

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East Africa Doesn’t Want ‘Clothes of Dead White People’ Anymore

Seventy percent of donated second-hand clothing ends up in Africa, and a number of African nations are tired of it, the New York Times reports. Last year, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan, Burundi, and Kenya raised import tariffs on what Kenyans call the “clothes of dead white people” so high as to effectively ban them. The goal among the East African nations was to officially ban the importing of used clothing by 2019. The countries say they want to build up their own textile industries, an aim hampered by bringing in donated clothes from the West—$151 million worth in 2015 alone. They also say wearing what Mozambique calls “clothing of calamity” weighs on the dignity of their people.The reaction in the US was swift. In March, the Office of the United States Trade Representative threatened to remove four of the six countries that increased tariffs on donated clothes from a trade deal meant to aid economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa. It was pressured to do so by the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association, a group of 40 used clothing exporters that claims 40,000 US jobs would be threatened by the East African ban. The secretary general of the UN Conference on Trade and Development calls the US response wrong “politically and morally.” While Kenya has since backed out of the proposed ban, the other countries appear ready to forge ahead. “We have to grow and establish our industries,” says President Paul Kagame of Rwanda. “This is the choice we find that we have to make.” Read the full Times story here.

Source: East Africa Doesn’t Want ‘Clothes of Dead White People’ Anymore

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Colin Kaepernick files grievance against NFL owners for collusion

Free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick has filed a grievance under the latest collective bargaining agreement against NFL owners for collusion, according to his attorney, Mark Geragos.

Kaepernick is not going through the NFL Players Association but has instead hired Geragos, who has represented several high-profile clients, including Michael Jackson, former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield and musician Chris Brown.

The filing, which demands an arbitration hearing on the matter, says the NFL and its owners “have colluded to deprive Mr. Kaepernick of employment rights in retaliation for Mr. Kaepernick’s leadership and advocacy for equality and social justice and his bringing awareness to peculiar institutions still undermining racial equality in the United States.”

Source: Colin Kaepernick files grievance against NFL owners for collusion

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Bog Bodies: The Natural Mummies of Europe

When two Danish brothers stumbled across a body while collecting peat, a soil-like material burned for fuel, in a bog outside of Silkeborg in 1950, they were terrified.

The two immediately called the police and alerted them that there had been a murder. While the corpse had clearly been tanned by the chemicals of the swamp, the body seemed only a few days old.

Furthermore, a boy from Copenhagen had disappeared in the region just a few days earlier, leading the boys, as well as authorities, to think the worst.

However, when police arrived and discovered that the body was found under over six feet of peat with no signs of recent digging, they quickly realized that the body was not a criminal matter, but a historic one.

Source: Bog Bodies: The Natural Mummies of Europe

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‘Racist’ Statue of Broward County’s Namesake to Be Removed from Courthouse

Segregationist Napoleon Bonaparte Broward — the man Broward County is named after — is no longer welcome in the county courthouse.A statue of Broward will be removed from the downtown Fort Lauderdale courthouse soon, Broward Mayor Barbara Sharief said Tuesday. It’s the latest casualty of a nationwide debate about whether it’s proper to commemorate people who advocated slavery or held racist, segregationist views.Could the county’s name be changed next? Not likely, Sharief says.“I don’t even want to go down that road,” she said.Napoleon Bonaparte Broward was governor from 1905 to 1908 and is best remembered for the draining of the Everglades, which helped spur development in South Florida. He also was a segregationist whose comments from a century ago have drawn new scrutiny.A document that Broward wrote during his term in office called on Congress “to purchase territory, either domestic or foreign, and provide means to purchase the property of the negroes at a reasonable price and to transport them to the territory purchased by the United States.”

Source: ‘Racist’ Statue of Broward County’s Namesake to Be Removed from Courthouse – American Renaissance

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Making Ice Cream With Heavy Metal 

After his last project left him with an eleven-pound block of aluminum, [Jason] got to thinking of what most of us would in that situation: fresh made ice cream. His mind was on the frozen concoctions of the aptly named Cold Stone Creamery, a mall food court staple where a chilled stone is used to turn fresh ingredients into made to order sundaes.[Jason] did the math and found that an eleven-pound chunk of aluminum can absorb a little over 67,000 joules, which is over twice the energy required to freeze 100 g of water. In place of water he would be using cream, condensed milk, and strawberries, but believed there was a large enough safety factor to account for the differences between his ingredients and pure water.His first attempt didn’t go exactly as planned, but with his Flir One he was able to back up his theoretical numbers with some real-world data. He found that he needed to start the aluminum block at a lower temperature before adding his ingredients, and through experimentation determined the block only had enough energy to freeze 30 g of liquid.In the end [Jason] was satisfied with the frozen treat he managed to make from the leftovers of his radial mill project, but theorizes that an ever better solution would be to use a brine solution and drop the aluminum block all together.Of course, if putting food on a slab of metal from your workshop doesn’t sound too appealing, you could always go the NASA route and freeze dry it. Either method will probably make less of a mess than trying to print objects with it.

Source: Making Ice Cream With Heavy Metal | Hackaday

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