Darwin Award Candidate Cements His Head Inside a Microwave

The project was carried out in a garage in Wolverhampton and filmed for TGFBro – the YouTube channel where Jay uploads his prankster videos. He wrapped his head in a plastic bag and stuck it in the microwave oven, while the friends assisting him filled it up with seven bags of Polyfilla, a spackling paste used to fill cracks. The microwave was supposed to serve as a mold but things got hairy and Jay’s friends spent 90 minutes in attempts to free him. The celebrity prankster was able to breathe through an air tube his pals managed to insert into the microwave, but the expanding Polyfilla made it increasingly harder for the air to get through.

The ambulance crew they called was unable to free Jay and they summoned the fire brigade. When the firefighters arrived, it took another hour before Jay was finally freed. Watch Commander Shaun Dakin, who runs the West Midlands Fire Service crew dispatched to the scene, said that the prank could have ended in suffocation or serious injury. It turned out to be quite a tricky rescue operation.

Source: Darwin Award Candidate Cements His Head Inside a Microwave

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EFF Demands Information About Secretive Government Tattoo Recognition Technology

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed suit against the Department of Justice, the Department of Commerce, and the Department of Homeland Security today, demanding records about the agencies’ work on the federal Tattoo Recognition Technology program.

This secretive program involves a coalition of government, academia, and private industry working to develop a series of algorithms that would rapidly detect tattoos, identify people via their tattoos, and match people with others who have similar body art—as well as flagging tattoos believed to be connected to religious and ethnic symbols. This type of surveillance raises profound religious, speech, and privacy concerns. Moreover, the limited information that EFF has been able to obtain about the program has already revealed a range of potentially unethical behavior, including conducting research on prisoners without approval, adequate oversight, or safeguards.

EFF filed a series of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for more information about the Tattoo Recognition Technology program, which is a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) project sponsored by the FBI, beginning in January of 2016. Although the agencies released some records, they withheld others, and heavily redacted some of the documents they released. As a result, EFF is going to court today against DHS, DOJ, and NIST’s parent agency, the Commerce Department, to make sure this important information is released to the public.

“These new automated tattoo recognition tools raise serious constitutional concerns,” said EFF Stanton Fellow Camille Fischer. “Tattoos have served as an expression of the self for thousands of years, and can represent our innermost thoughts, closely held beliefs, and significant moments. If law enforcement is creating a detailed database of tattoos, we have to make sure that everyone’s rights to freedom of expression are protected.”

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Minimum wage hike will axe 400k jobs in California – study

A study conducted by the Employment Policies Institute states that a hike to a $15/hr minimum wage will cost California 400,000 private sector jobs. Workers in two industries in particular are purportedly the most vulnerable.

On January 1, California’s minimum wage will increase to $11 per hour, up from the current level of $10.50 per hour for businesses with 26 employees or more. After 2018, the Golden State will increase the minimum wage by $1 every year until 2022, when it will reach $15 per hour.

A new study, conducted by EPI, a fiscally conservative group, analyzed employment trends from 1990 through 2017, and revealed that every 10 percent increase in the minimum wage in California has resulted in a 2 percent decrease in employment. The impact was larger for lower-paid workers, as the decline rate hit 5 percent for each 10 percent increase in the minimum wage.

Source: Minimum wage hike will axe 400k jobs in California – study — RT US News

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Evergreen professor who made anti-white comments resigns, gets $240G settlement

An Evergreen State College professor who was captured on video harassing her white co-workers resigned after reaching a financial settlement with the college.

Naima Lowe, a self-described black queer artist and educator who taught video and performance art at Evergreen State, received $240,000 from the college after she filed a discrimination and hostile work environment claim, according to college spokesperson Zach Powers.

Lowe has been on personal leave since the beginning of the school year after she claimed she was the victim of “online attacks on her,” according to a letter sent to colleagues. She officially resigned Dec. 6.

Lowe came under fire after she was caught on video berating her white co-workers.

“You are now these motherf***ers that we’re pushing against,” Lowe told her co-workers on the school’s Equity Council in a viral video earlier this year. “You can’t see your way out of your own *ss…This sh** is literally going to kill me.”

In this Wednesday, May 24, 2017, photo, after weeks of brewing racial tension on campus, hundreds of students at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., protest against the college administration and demanded change.  (Lisa Pemberton/The Olympian via AP)

In a 2015 video that recently surfaced, Lowe is again heard making racist comments toward white people, the Campus Reform reported.

“White supremacy…lives and breathes within every single white person standing here right now,” Lowe said. “I refuse to shut my mouth and let white people set this agenda…the white gays, the white middle class assimilationist motherf***ing gays, took over the [gay] movement with their assimilationist goals.”

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Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program

In the $600 billion annual Defense Department budgets, the $22 million spent on the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program was almost impossible to find.

Which was how the Pentagon wanted it.

For years, the program investigated reports of unidentified flying objects, according to Defense Department officials, interviews with program participants and records obtained by The New York Times. It was run by a military intelligence official, Luis Elizondo, on the fifth floor of the Pentagon’s C Ring, deep within the building’s maze.

The Defense Department has never before acknowledged the existence of the program, which it says it shut down in 2012. But its backers say that, while the Pentagon ended funding for the effort at that time, the program remains in existence. For the past five years, they say, officials with the program have continued to investigate episodes brought to them by service members, while also carrying out their other Defense Department duties.

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NBC Made Payment To Staffer After Sex Harassment Claim Against Chris Matthews

An MSNBC spokesman confirmed Saturday the company made a separation-related payment to one of Chris Matthews employees after the woman complained about sexual harassment.

Two sources familiar with the situation told The Daily Caller that Matthews paid $40,000 to settle with an assistant producer on his show, “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” in 1999 after she accused him of harassment. An MSNBC spokesperson contested that claim to the Caller, saying the company instead paid significantly less as part of a severance package.

The woman complained to CNBC executives about Matthews making inappropriate comments and jokes about her while in the company of others.

The MSNBC spokesman said that they thoroughly reviewed the situation at the time and that Matthews received a formal reprimand. Based on people who were involved in matter, the network concluded that the comments were inappropriate and juvenile but were not intended to be taken as propositions.

Source: NBC Made Payment To Staffer After Sexual Harassment Claim Against Chris Matthews Via @dailycaller

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Christmas is ‘Not Appropriate’ According to University of Minnesota Memo

The University of Minnesota is so concerned about anti-Christian bigotry that the school felt the need to outright ban myriad colors, like red, blue, and silver, for fear that religiously-bigoted students’ intolerance would cause unrest on campus.

Someone might want to alert the university that they’ve just banned one of the school’s colors; red.

The “Religious Diversity and Holidays” memo was provided during a recent “Dean’s Dialogues” event that focused on how to make the holiday season more inclusive for other religions.

According to the College Fix, the event, hosted by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences, was dedicated to “respecting religious diversity.”

The memo highlights specific things that represent “religious iconography,” and lists items that should not be used around campus.

According to the College Fix, these items include bows, bells, depictions of Santa Claus, Christmas trees, wrapped gifts, nativity scenes, the star of Bethlehem, dreidels, angels, and doves.

The University of Minnesota has banned colors, like red, blue, and silver, for fear that students’ intolerance would cause unrest on campus.

Source: Christmas is ‘Not Appropriate’ According to University of Minnesota Memo

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Norway becomes first country to switch off FM radio

Norway on Wednesday completed its transition to digital radio, becoming the first country in the world to shut down national broadcasts of its FM radio network despite some grumblings.

As scheduled, the country’s most northern regions and the Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic switched to Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) in the late morning, said Digitalradio Norge (DRN) which groups Norway’s public and commercial radio.

The transition, which began on January 11th, allows for better sound quality, a greater number of channels and more functions, all at a cost eight times lower than FM radio, according to authorities.

The move has however been met with some criticism linked to technical incidents and claims that there is not sufficient DAB coverage across the country.

In addition, radio users have complained about the cost of having to buy new receivers or adapters, usually priced around 100 to 200 euros.

Source: Norway becomes first country to switch off FM radio

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Keylogger found in Synaptics driver on HP laptops – Help Net Security

keylogger Synaptics driver HP laptops

The first time was earlier this year, when Swiss security firm modzero AG discovered a keylogger in Conexant HP audio drivers that stored records of keystrokes in a file in the public folder, unencrypted.

This time, the keylogger was spotted by security researcher Michael Myng (aka “ZwClose”) while rifling through the Synaptics Touchpad SynTP.sys keyboard driver.

“The keylogger saved scan codes to a WPP trace. The logging was disabled by default but could be enabled by setting a registry value (UAC required),” he noted.

Setting the required registry value can be easily performed by malware (e.g. remote access Trojans), which can then use the keylogger to harvest sensitive information entered by the user.

Myng reported his finding to HP. “They replied terrifically fast, confirmed the presence of the keylogger (which actually was a debug trace) and released an update that removes the trace,” he shared.

Source: Keylogger found in Synaptics driver on HP laptops – Help Net Security

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Union Urges Gay Teachers to Come Out in the Classroom, Teach LGBT Experiences

A headteachers’ union will tell schools to be more supportive of LGBT teachers who want to reveal their sexual identity in the classroom as it would make children better “citizens of the world”.

In a ‘first of its kind’ guidance to be published next week, the NAHT told members they were responsible for creating school environments where “staff can feel safe and be open with colleagues and with pupils”, reports the BBC.

The guidance, backed by LGBT pressure group Stonewall, will make headteachers responsible for ensuring an ‘inclusive’ school environment and will also instruct leaders to support staff in teaching LGBT issues, ensure sex education classes include gay and transgender experiences, and to modify dress codes to avoid gender stereotyping.

“We haven’t made as much progress as we should on LGBT-plus rights in schools.

Source: Union Urges Gay Teachers to Come Out in the Classroom, Teach LGBT Experiences – Breitbart

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The 12 Microaggressions of Christmas

The holidays can be difficult for many people. Some have family members overseas fighting in the war on terrorism. Others are preparing for their first Christmas without a loved one. There are also those still recovering financially from Obama’s 2010 recovery summer.

For the next two weeks leading up to Christmas the self-professed moral betters, social justice warriors, won’t be talking about any of those issues. Instead, they will focus on the small, insignificant “problems” with Christmas. Their goal is to destroy joy, not celebrate it. They focus on microaggressions, not blessings. While we don’t know if the three French hens are free range or whether the six geese wanted to carry their eggs to term, these are just twelve of the things that have social justice warriors hot and bothered this Christmas.

 

  1. The Nativity

In 2016, French courts ruled that the Nativity scene could only be displayed in public spaces if it didn’t “demonstrate a public recognition or preference for a given religion.” While many (read: Muslims and progressives) wanted an outright ban of the nativity, the judges ultimately decided the Nativity displays could remain because Christmas has become disconnected from religion and the Nativity is merely “a decorative element.”

Leave it to the French to figure out a way to give in to all sides. American SJWs and atheists are not deterred and still remain committed to an outright ban of Nativity scenes.

 

  1. The Hetero-normative Nativity

SJWs understand that small victories matter. Some don’t believe in outright ban in U.S. wouldn’t work because then they couldn’t come up with creative ideas to shock those who still think Jesus, Mary and Joseph has some significance to the celebration of Christmas. A few weeks ago, they collectively went ga-ga over a Nativity scene so creative a five year-old could have thought it. Two Josephs.

 

 

  1. Gingerbread Men

Several years ago a bakery in Melbourne was praised for its “innovation.” Behold, the “ultra-modern” genderless gingerbread figures. These treats are not only woke, but vegan and organic. However, there is still more work to be done. “Gingerbread” could be offensive to redheads and those who are gluten-free. Furthermore, gingerbread houses are offensive to the homeless.

 

 

4. Consumerism

Bashing consumerism is their mainstream way of bashing capitalism. They lament consumption and Black Friday mania. They lament the vicious cycle of people demanding more goods, hiring more people to make those goods, and then creating more households who can afford to buy more goods. The madness! They even claim that Black Friday brawl videos are simply entertainment for the rich to shame the poor. A veritable Hunger Games on display at your local Walmart. The next time an SJW wants to lecture you on how commercial Christmas has become, simply agree that they are correct and we should instead focus our collective attention on the birth of Jesus Christ.

 

  1. Happy Portrayal of the Nuclear Family

SJW beancounters watch commercials throughout the year so they can complain and threaten companies with boycotts. They eagerly tally race, gender, and sexuality in a way that would make Hitler blush. One writer whines, “You’d be hard-pressed to find a positive depiction of Christmas that doesn’t portray a happy nuclear family sitting around a dinner table. This must create a lovely sense of smug conformity for those who can achieve it, but it’s to the detriment of the mental health of everyone who doesn’t have this privilege.”

God forbid someone celebrate Christmas without injecting her daddy issues.

 

  1. White Santa

When we think of Santa, we think of a jolly, fat, white-bearded man with pink cheeks and a red and white suit who may or may not be holding a Coke. Much like their view of the U.S. Constitution, the Left believes Santa should evolve. A Slate writer states, “… America is less and less white, but a melanin-deficient Santa remains the default in commercials, mall casting calls, and movies. Isn’t it time that our image of Santa better serve all the children he delights each Christmas?”

 

  1. Human Santa

Searching for think pieces on “white Santa” is too easy. To really stand out in the SJW movement, one can’t stop there. Our Slate writer above proposes, “America abandon Santa-as-fat-old-white-man and create a new symbol of Christmas cheer. From here on out, Santa Claus should be a penguin.”

I wouldn’t dismiss it outright. I mean, at least penguin Santa’s address won’t change and we can still retain the North Pole tradition. There is one unfortunate correction at the end of the article though: “This article originally identified penguins as mammals. They are birds.”

Misidentifying a penguin? Shameful.

 

  1. Fat-Shaming Santa

A recent Mental Floss article estimated that if Santa drank a glass of milk and ate three cookies at every house he visited he would gain 400,000,000 pounds. But wouldn’t he still be beautiful?

Recently a slew of hipster and fashion Santas have been making the rounds. Amy Schumer and Lena Dunham have been disappointingly silent on this issue.

 

  1. Mistletoe

Amid complaints that there was mistletoe in the White House Christmas décor, many have decided that it’s problematic in the #MeToo era. The Police Service of Northern Ireland tweeted, “If you bump into that special someone under the mistletoe tonight, remember that without consent it is rape #SeasonsGreetings.”

After a backlash, the tweet was deleted. I actually think SJWs might have a point in identifying mistletoe as problematic. My advice: never get caught under the mistletoe with a male feminist.

 

  1. Baby, It’s Cold Outside

It’s an annual tradition for some feminist writer to think she discovered that this 1944 classic is problematic and promotes rape culture. In 2015, a Jezebel writer described the song as having “disturbing lyrics depicting predatory dialogue between a man and the woman he keeps from trying to leave his house.”

In an interesting twist, one feminist writer says that her fellow womyn have it all wrong! In context of when the song was written, it is actually about social norms and how women were supposed to behave. They weren’t supposed to want to be sexual or be out alone with a man.  She writes, “It is not a joke about how she’s drunk and about to be raped. It’s a joke about how she’s perfectly sober and about to have awesome consensual sex and use the drink for plausible deniability because she’s living in a society where women aren’t supposed to have sexual agency.”

 

  1. A Christmas Story

You’re probably thinking this holiday classic is on the list because of its glorification of guns or the “soft glow of electric sex” that objectifies women who wear fishnets for practical, not sexual, reasons. You’re wrong. A Christmas Story is problematic because of its portrayal of “institutional racism.” Parker Malloy, a writer and transgender rights activist said the movie promotes white privilege. Referencing the case of Tamir Rice, she tweeted that “the reality for white children” is that police won’t shoot them for holding a gun.

 

  1. Wrapping Paper

The Clean Air Council estimated, “In the U.S., an additional 5 million tons of waste is generated during the holidays. Four million tons of this is wrapping paper and shopping bags.”

One self-identified TreeHugger suggests using recycled paper, cloth bags, and not using ribbons or bows. However, this TreeHugger is at least intellectually honest. He writes, “Believe it or not Walmart has, and continues to, reduce packaging waste through its highly ambitious and effective sustainability initiative.”

I’ll give environmentalists this point on consumer waste if they stop remaining silent on the tons of trees destroyed to make never-read copies of Al Franken, Giant of the Senate by Al Franken. (Yes, this is a real book that was released in May 2017.)

Merry Christmas, everyone!

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Irony: Pedo Film Takes Hollywood by Storm Amid Wave of Sexual Assault Allegations

Despite a wave of sexual assault allegations that have rocked Hollywood, film executives at Sony have decided to show a film depicting a relationship between a teenage boy and an adult male – a decision slammed by former child actor Corey Feldman.

The Sony Pictures Classics film “Call Me By Your Name,” which depicts a relationship between a 17-year-old boy and a 24-year-old man, has been generating rave reviews and drawn speculation about an Oscar nomination after picking up three Golden Globe nominations and an award for best picture by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

Released in select theaters on November 28, the movie has earned a 98 percent rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes and 90 percent from audiences.

Despite the film’s creepy premise, made more so in light of the wave of sexual assault allegations that have rocked Hollywood, defenders of the film assert that the love affair is consensual and would not be illegal given that it takes place in Italy, where the age of consent is 16.

Actor Corey Feldman, who announced plans to name Hollywood pedophiles who abused him as a child actor following a incident during which two trucks drove towards him at high speed, questioned the premise of the film after another Twitter user claimed it did not depict “child grooming.”

Source: Irony: Pedo Film Takes Hollywood by Storm Amid Wave of Sexual Assault Allegations

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Presidential hopeful wants Finland out of EU, says nationalists will bounce back

Finland will leave the European Union and position itself as the Switzerland of the north to protect its independence if Laura Huhtasaari, the presidential candidate of the eurosceptic Finns Party has her way.

She also told Reuters in an interview she wants to tighten immigration rules.

Huhtasaari — dubbed “Finland’s Marine Le Pen” after France’s National Front leader — is a long-shot. But she believes she has a real chance in the January election as her party has taken a fresh start following its removal from the coalition government in June.

”The rise in Europe of parties that are critical towards the EU and immigration is due to bad, unjust politics,“ she said. ”The role for Finland in the euro zone is the role of a loser and payer…

“I do not want Finland to become a province of EU, Finns must stand up for Finland’s interests.”

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Exclusive: Prominent lawyer sought donor cash for two Trump accusers

A well-known women’s rights lawyer sought to arrange compensation from donors and tabloid media outlets for women who made or considered making sexual misconduct allegations against Donald Trump during the final months of the 2016 presidential race, according to documents and interviews.

California lawyer Lisa Bloom’s efforts included offering to sell alleged victims’ stories to TV outlets in return for a commission for herself, arranging a donor to pay off one Trump accuser’s mortgage and attempting to secure a six-figure payment for another woman who ultimately declined to come forward after being offered as much as $750,000, the clients told The Hill.

The women’s accounts were chronicled in contemporaneous contractual documents, emails and text messages reviewed by The Hill, including an exchange of texts between one woman and Bloom that suggested political action committees supporting Hillary Clinton were contacted during the effort.

Source: Exclusive: Prominent lawyer sought donor cash for two Trump accusers

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Clinton whistleblower dies of “suicide” with knife in chest

A celebrity bone surgeon became embroiled in the Clinton Foundation’s Haiti controversy when he and another doctor penned a startling 2010 article that exposed the corruption at the heart of the Haitian earthquake relief efforts.

Almost seven years later, Dr. Dean Lorich, 54, was found dead in his luxury apartment Sunday.

Police say the body was found with a knife buried in the chest, but investigators ruled the mysterious death a suicide according to The New York Post. There were no signs of forced entry at his downtown Manhattan apartment.

The violent death came as a shock to those who knew the orthopedic surgeon. Lorich, who was happily married and extremely successful, reportedly left no suicide note for his family, which included three children.

The mainstream media has noted that Lorich was being sued by former NFL player Michael Cox over alleged complications following his ankle surgery.

“But Cox’s lawyer, Steven North, believed the lawsuit would have been covered by the insurance of Lorich’s employer, the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) and the New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where Lorich served as associate director of the Orthopedic Trauma Service,” The Epoch Times reported.

Source: Clinton whistleblower dies of “suicide” with knife in chest

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Viewing terrorist websites isn’t a crime, France’s top constitutional body says

The top French constitutional authority has for the second time this year scrapped proposed legislation to criminalize visiting terrorist websites, ruling in favor of civil liberties over increased security from terrorism.

The bill proposes to sentence anyone who visits jihadist websites “without any legitimate reason” to “two years of imprisonment and a €30,000 fine.”

On Friday, the French Constitutional Council, the highest constitutional authority in France, rejected the proposed legislation, considering it “neither adequate, not proportional.” The bill violates freedom of expression and communication, the council said in a statement.

Source: Viewing terrorist websites isn’t a crime, France’s top constitutional body says — RT World News

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This Sexy Cow Logo Is Tearing a New Jersey Town Apart

The logo in question. Photo: Courtesy of Instagram/dairyair_icecream_co

It’s a tale as old as time: a small idyllic suburb with tensions running high over a hyperlocal issue. In this case, we bring you to the town of Montclair, New Jersey, where an ice cream store’s “sexy cow” logo is causing a whole lot of drama.

The logo in question belongs to the recently opened Dairy Air Ice Cream Co. (get it?) and would frankly make a furry blush. It features a cartoon ice-cream-eating cow with blond braids, earrings, a beret (?), and a human ass (???). She looks like the Skinny Cow’s more, uh, adventurous cousin.

It’s the human ass part in particular that’s upsetting residents. NorthJersey.com reports that Amy Tingle posted a now-private open letter on Facebook criticizing the ice cream shop’s choice. “It is offensive and sickening. A hyper-sexualized, obviously female cow with her ass upended and poking through a circle, tail raised up, waiting for what? I’m not sure, but I do know that I am repulsed and offended,” she wrote. “This kind of marketing scheme is the reason we currently have a sexual predator in the White House.”

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10 Things Every Intersectional Feminist Should Ask On a First Date

As a queer femme of color, I keep close relationships with people who go beyond allyship; they’re true accomplices in the fight against white supremacy, queerphobia, and misogyny. If you’re not going to support marginalized folks, then we can’t be friends, let alone date. The personal is political.

Beyond the lovely cushioning, happiness and support that we receive from our platonic relationships (which are, in all honesty, soul-feeding and essential), feminists also date! But there are questions we have to ask before we get close to someone.

The following list of questions is applicable to all relationships — certainly not just cisgender, heterosexual ones:

1. Do you believe that Black Lives Matter?

Yes? Wonderful. Let’s start here. There are three categories that are non-negotiables for me: an understanding of race, class, and gender. Not everyone understands how these three can be insidious, systemic and intertwined, but anyone who doesn’t take the time to learn how systemic racism works isn’t going to care about how racism affects me or people who are darker-skinned than I am.

I don’t want to have to have laborious discussions where I have to prove to someone that white privilege or non-black privilege exists. If they are willing to learn and listen and make the space to decenter their whiteness (if they are white), that’s a good place to start.

2. What are your thoughts on gender and sexual orientation?

The gender binary is a tiny box and I wish it didn’t exist, but it does. I wouldn’t want to be with anyone who is queer-phobic. One out of many important elements to dismantling patriarchy is to abolish gender roles as well as the limited understanding that we have about sexuality and gender itself. I can’t imagine being with someone who is transphobic; as a feminist and woman of color, it would be a betrayal of what I stand for. Ignoring trans-misogynoir would be to deny one of the biggest, most despicable problems that we face.

3. How do you work to dismantle sexism and misogyny in your life?

I’ve met cisgender heteronormative (cishet) men who hate women. They say they love women, but that love is conditional on not having their toxic masculinity questioned or threatened in any way. And they love us as a monolith, they love what women have to offer, whether it is sex, food, love, care, emotional labor: they love us for what we can do for them, not because of who we are for ourselves. It is crucial for cishet men to learn how to decenter their male privilege in order for them to understand the multitudes of interpretations of femininity and womanhood.

Beyond Misogyny 101, does the person you are with understand rape culture, systemic sexism, and misogynoir? Are they willing to learn if they don’t? Misogyny is more than the pay gap. Walk away from anyone who believes that “boys will be boys” and that women are supposed to be mothers because we’re nothing but ambulatory incubators.

4. What are your thoughts on sex work?

You may scratch your head at this one, but much like racism and misogynoir, being pro-sex worker is a necessary pillar of dismantling the patriarchy. I don’t mean pro-sex worker in the sense where non-sex workers write op-eds and think pieces about how sex work is amazing and feminist.

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Physicists excited by discovery of new form of matter, excitonium

Artist’s depiction of the collective excitons of an excitonic solid. These excitations can be thought of as propagating domain walls (yellow) in an otherwise ordered solid exciton background (blue). Credit: Peter Abbamonte, U. of I. …more

Excitonium has a team of researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign… well… excited! Professor of Physics Peter Abbamonte and graduate students Anshul Kogar and Mindy Rak, with input from colleagues at Illinois, University of California, Berkeley, and University of Amsterdam, have proven the existence of this enigmatic new form of matter, which has perplexed scientists since it was first theorized almost 50 years ago.

The team studied non-doped crystals of the oft-analyzed transition metal dichalcogenide titanium diselenide (1T-TiSe2) and reproduced their surprising results five times on different cleaved crystals. University of Amsterdam Professor of Physics Jasper van Wezel provided crucial theoretical interpretation of the experimental results.

So what exactly is excitonium?

Excitonium is a condensate—it exhibits macroscopic quantum phenomena, like a superconductor, or superfluid, or insulating electronic crystal. It’s made up of excitons, particles that are formed in a very strange quantum mechanical pairing, namely that of an escaped electron and the hole it left behind.

It defies reason, but it turns out that when an electron, seated at the edge of a crowded-with-electrons valence band in a semiconductor, gets excited and jumps over the energy gap to the otherwise empty conduction band, it leaves behind a “hole” in the valence band. That hole behaves as though it were a particle with positive charge, and it attracts the escaped electron. When the escaped electron with its negative charge, pairs up with the hole, the two remarkably form a composite particle, a boson—an exciton.

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Japan Asks Tourists to Buckle Up When Reenacting Mario Kart on City Streets

“It’s dangerous as other cars cannot see them because of their low heights,” one ministry official told Agence France-Presse. The proposed rules, according to AFP, will require all go-karts to be at least one meter off the ground and that the driving wheel be made made of soft material to prevent injuries. Among the most important rules: Drivers will finally have to buckle up—something that wasn’t compulsory before. (Go-karts are in the same classification of mopeds, which enjoy more lax regulations under Japan’s traffic laws.)

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Google lifts lid on FBI data requests: Now you can read actual letters online

Google has expanded the National Security Letter section of its Transparency Report with new examples of National Security Letters (NSLs) that it’s received from the FBI and is now cleared to disclose.

The new subsection for NSLs consists of three columns with links to the NSL itself, the date the NSL was issued, and a link to the corresponding FBI release letter. The most recent release letter is dated September 25 2017, and concerns a 2015 request for access to a Google Voice account.

As the release letters spell out, the FBI issued the NSL under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) with a non-disclosure requirement. The published letters are for instances where the FBI has reviewed the gag order and determined it’s no longer necessary, something that became permitted under the 2015 USA Freedom Act.

The release letter allows Google to decide to disclose that it received the NSL on a certain date, along with the customer accounts the FBI sought information on. The FBI requests that the name and phone number of the FBI special agent is redacted, which Google has done. Google also redacted the user accounts, but still shows the product involved.

The earliest NSL it’s published is from 2009 concerning several Gmail accounts. It required Google to turn over the name, address and length of service for each account. The FBI lifted the gag order on June 30 2017.

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Seven charts that explain the plastic pollution problem

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Marine life is facing “irreparable damage” from the millions of tonnes of plastic waste which ends up in the oceans each year, the United Nations has warned.

“This is a planetary crisis… we are ruining the ecosystem of the ocean,” UN oceans chief Lisa Svensson told the BBC this week.

But how does this happen, where is most at risk and what damage does this plastic actually do?

Why is plastic problematic?

Plastic as we know it has only really existed for the last 60-70 years, but in that time it has transformed everything from clothing, cooking and catering, to product design, engineering and retailing.

One of the great advantages of many types of plastic is that they’re designed to last – for a very long time.

And nearly all the plastic ever created still exists in some form today.

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Cloudflare’s CEO has a plan to never censor hate speech again

Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince hated cutting off service to the infamous neo-Nazi site the Daily Stormer in August. And he’s determined not to do it again.

“I’m almost a free-speech absolutist.” Prince said at an event at the New America Foundation last Wednesday. But in a subsequent interview with Ars, Prince argued that in the case of the Daily Stormer, the company didn’t have much choice.

Cloudflare runs a popular content delivery network that specializes in protecting clients from distributed denial-of-service attacks. The Daily Stormer published a post mocking a woman who was killed during the white supremacist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia in August. That had made a lot of people angry at the Daily Stormer, attracting massive attacks on the site.

The Stormer was a Cloudflare customer. Cloudflare had ample technical resources to battle DDOS attacks. The problem was that other Cloudflare customers started calling and threatening to cancel their service if Cloudflare didn’t cut the Daily Stormer off.

“The pressure to take it down just kept building and building,” Prince told Ars. “We thought that was the wrong policy. We reached out to various civil libertarian organizations and said we need some air cover here. People said ‘we’d rather not stick our necks out on this issue.'”

So, Prince said, “we needed to change the conversation.”

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Google’s true origin partly lies in CIA and NSA research grants for mass surveillance

Two decades ago, the US intelligence community worked closely with Silicon Valley in an effort to track citizens in cyberspace. And Google is at the heart of that origin story. Some of the research that led to Google’s ambitious creation was funded and coordinated by a research group established by the intelligence community to find ways to track individuals and groups online.

The intelligence community hoped that the nation’s leading computer scientists could take non-classified information and user data, combine it with what would become known as the internet, and begin to create for-profit, commercial enterprises to suit the needs of both the intelligence community and the public. They hoped to direct the supercomputing revolution from the start in order to make sense of what millions of human beings did inside this digital information network. That collaboration has made a comprehensive public-private mass surveillance state possible today.

The story of the deliberate creation of the modern mass-surveillance state includes elements of Google’s surprising, and largely unknown, origin. It is a somewhat different creation story than the one the public has heard, and explains what Google cofounders Sergey Brin and Larry Page set out to build, and why.

But this isn’t just the origin story of Google: It’s the origin story of the mass-surveillance state, and the government money that funded it.

Backstory: The intelligence community and Silicon Valley

In the mid 1990s, the intelligence community in America began to realize that they had an opportunity. The supercomputing community was just beginning to migrate from university settings into the private sector, led by investments from a place that would come to be known as Silicon Valley.

A digital revolution was underway: one that would transform the world of data gathering and how we make sense of massive amounts of information. The intelligence community wanted to shape Silicon Valley’s supercomputing efforts at their inception so they would be useful for both military and homeland security purposes. Could this supercomputing network, which would become capable of storing terabytes of information, make intelligent sense of the digital trail that human beings leave behind?

Answering this question was of great interest to the intelligence community.

Intelligence-gathering may have been their world, but the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the National Security Agency (NSA) had come to realize that their future was likely to be profoundly shaped outside the government. It was at a time when military and intelligence budgets within the Clinton administration were in jeopardy, and the private sector had vast resources at their disposal. If the intelligence community wanted to conduct mass surveillance for national security purposes, it would require cooperation between the government and the emerging supercomputing companies.

To do this, they began reaching out to the scientists at American universities who were creating this supercomputing revolution. These scientists were developing ways to do what no single group of human beings sitting at work stations in the NSA and the CIA could ever hope to do: gather huge amounts of data and make intelligent sense of it.

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Could this be the first prescription video game? New data show it helps kids with ADHD

Akili Interactive Labs on Monday reported that its late-stage study of a video game designed to treat kids with ADHD met its primary goal, a big step in the Boston company’s quest to get approval for what it hopes will be the first prescription video game.

In a study of 348 children between the ages of 8 and 12 diagnosed with ADHD, those who played Akili’s action-packed game on a tablet over four weeks saw statistically significant improvements on metrics of attention and inhibitory control, compared to children who were given a different action-driven video game designed as a placebo. The company plans next year to file for approval with the Food and Drug Administration.

“We are directly targeting the key neurological pathways that control attention and impulsivity,” said Akili CEO Eddie Martucci. The study “was meant to be a strong objective test to ask: Is it the targeting we do in the brain or is it general engagement with a treatment that’s exciting and interesting … that actually leads to these targeted effects? And so I think we clearly see that it’s the targeted algorithms that we have.”

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Carmakers Want Silicon Valley’s Tech Without Its Patent Wars

As automakers turn their vehicles into app-laden computers on wheels, there’s one habit they don’t want to acquire from Silicon Valley: fighting over patents in court.

Manufacturers from BMW AG to Hyundai Motor Co. to Ford Motor Co. are trying to learn from the smartphone wars, which cost technology companies hundreds of millions of dollars in legal fees, as they prepare to revolutionize their vehicles.

“No sane automaker wants to repeat these wars, where the lawyers were the only winners,” said William Coughlin, chief executive officer of Ford Global Technologies, Ford’s intellectual property arm.

Automakers have ramped up their patent applications as they compete to roll out crash avoidance systems, on-board Wi-Fi and cars that can drive themselves. To avoid court battles over who gets paid and how much, competitors are banding together to jointly license technology, use non-proprietary software and buying or challenging patents that might be used in lawsuits against them.

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Time to Tear Down These Schools

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China develops weapons of mass jellyfish destruction to protect its aircraft carriers

HOW could a mere jellyfish disable China’s largest and most fearsome warship?

By being turned into sticky mush.

Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post reports Beijing is urgently developing a new weapon to counter the tentacled threat.

A ‘jellyfish shredder’ is among the techniques already been tested.

It’s intended to sweep a path through coastal waterways infested by swarms of the toxic critters, allowing the aircraft carrier Liaoning to pass in peace.

The news service reports South China Sea Institute of Oceanology researcher Tan Yehui as saying the jellyfish were a real and present danger.

The Liaoning, China's first domestically built aircraft carrier, sails into Hong Kong for port call in July. Masses of jellyfish are overheating its propulsion system. Pictur: AP

The Liaoning, China’s first domestically built aircraft carrier, sails into Hong Kong for port call in July. Masses of jellyfish are overheating its propulsion system. Pictur: APSource:AP

Masses of the creatures can be sucked through the warship’s water intakes necessary for cooling the vessel’s engines.

Once in the cooling vents, they get mashed into a thick, sticky soup.

This blocks the cooling system, causing the engines to overheat and bringing the warship to a halt.

It then reportedly takes days to clear the pipes.

Thus the urgent need for countermeasures.

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Feminist Demands Americans Stop Eating Meat Because it Promotes ‘Hegemonic Masculinity’

A Pennsylvania University professor just published a piece in the Journal of Feminist Geography in which she argues that the act of eating meat perpetrates “hegemonic masculinity.”

Here’s an excerpt of what Professor Anne DeLessio-Parson had to say:

In patriarchal societies where hegemonic masculinity implies an imperative to eat meat, vegetarianism disrupts food culture, raising questions about how vegetarians do, re-do, and rework gender. Analyzing 23 interviews in La Plata, Argentina, I find that the narratives of conversion and social pushback reported by women and men expose gender enactment and social reinforcement of the binary. At times, vegetarians compensate by drawing on scripts of femininities and masculinities that uphold difference, e.g. women cook meat and reassure meat-eaters; men make rationality-based claims and demonstrate strength. Yet in other moments, vegetarians defy attempts to hold them accountable to gendered social expectations. Women, for example, assert authority over their diets; men embody rejection of the meat-masculinity nexus by adopting a worldview that also rejects sexism and racism. I contend that in such a context, we cannot separate the ways people ‘do vegetarianism’ from how they ‘do gender.’ Doing vegetarianism in interactions drives social change, contributing to the de-linking of meat from gender hegemony and revealing the resisting and reworking of gender in food spaces.

And the war on men rages on!

In today’s day and age it’s difficult to do anything without being accused of helping the patriarchy. Now, a person can’t even eat a cheeseburger in peace without being accused of sexism!

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Tylenol May Help Ease The Pain Of Hurt Feelings

In one study, acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol) seemed to reduce the sting of rejection that people experienced after they were excluded from a virtual ball-tossing game.

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Nobody likes the feeling of being left out, and when it happens, we tend to describe these experiences with the same words we use to talk about the physical pain of, say, a toothache.

“People say, ‘Oh, that hurts,’ ” says Nathan DeWall, a professor of psychology at the University of Kentucky.

DeWall and his colleagues were curious about the crossover between physical pain and emotional pain, so they began a series of experiments several years back.

In one study, they found that acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol) seemed to reduce the sting of rejection that people experienced after they were excluded from a virtual ball-tossing game.

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Millennials Get It Wrong about Socialism

Last month’s 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution is an appropriate occasion to remind us of the human atrocities committed by communist regimes. But we also should take time to reflect on the progress that has occurred since the fall of the Soviet Union and its socialist economic system in 1991.

A recent poll of Millennials found that 51 percent of them identified socialism as their favored socioeconomic system, with an additional 7 percent identifying communism as their favored system. Only 42 percent favored capitalism.

Most Millennials I’ve met—and I meet quite a few as a college professor—are nice enough people. Most have no desire to see their fellow humans suffer. So I’m left to conclude that they have no appreciation for how socialism actually works in the real world.

Socialist regimes—through executions, intentional starvation, and brutal prison-work camps—killed more than 100 million of their own citizens in the 20th century. In places such as Cuba, North Korea, and Venezuela the atrocities continue.

Such atrocities are no accident. The nature of a centrally planned economy reduces humans to labor inputs who must be coerced to perform a part of someone else’s economic plan. If people are permitted to make their own choices, no economic plan is possible. A socialist system naturally selects leaders willing to exercise coercion to see that the plans are carried out.

The economic track record of socialism is as dismal as its human rights record. But we need not direct Millennials to history books to see it. They need only look at what has happened to former socialist countries during their own lifetimes, as these countries have moved away from socialism and towards capitalism.

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Americans Say America’s Biggest Problem is Government

For generations, Gallup has been asking Americans what they see as the nation’s primary problems. Answers change from year to year, but in its most recent poll Gallup received a startling answer.

The biggest problem wasn’t health care or race relations, though Americans have concerns with these issues. It wasn’t the economy, which scored very well in the poll.

“It’s the government,” said Gallup senior editor Jeff Jones.

In a podcast with Dr. Frank Newport, Gallup’s editor-in-chief, Jones said that 23 percent of Americans say that the government is America’s biggest problem.

“That’s about exactly what is was before Nixon resigned,” Jones said, referring to the Watergate era.

One might be tempted to view this result as solely caused by disgust with President Donald Trump or his policies. But that’s not really the case, or not entirely. The commentators point out that the poll is similar to findings from 2014-2015 when Barack Obama was president.

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Oregon will let engineer refer to himself as an ‘engineer’

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Mats Järlström, a Swedish electronics engineer living in Oregon, who was fined last year for referring to himself as an engineer and doing math without a license has tentatively won the right to use the term in communications with the state.

In 2015, Järlström sent email messages to the Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying explaining flaws in a state-run automated traffic light camera system after his wife got ticketed by the system while driving in Beaverton, Oregon.

For describing himself as an engineer – a licensed profession in Oregon and other states – in missives suggesting how to fix the flawed math governing state traffic camera systems, the state board opened an investigation in March, 2015, and in August, 2016, levied a fine of $500 for practicing unlicensed engineering.

In April 2017, with the help of the Institute for Justice, a libertarian public interest law group, Järlström sued, claiming his First Amendment right to free speech had been hindered by the state’s rules.

When The Register spoke with Järlström shortly after the lawsuit was filed, he expressed disbelief that the state would impose restrictions so broad that he could not point out technical flaws in state systems. “I feel violated that I can’t state who I am by saying ‘I’m an engineer’ and I can’t even talk about traffic signals,” he said.

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Public Health Agency of Canada: Climate change is causing mental illness

According to the Canadian government, climate change is making people mentally ill.

According to Blacklock’s, a Public Health Agency of Canada report claimed climate change would cause “elevated levels of anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorders.”

The report was called “Climate Change Impacts On The Health Of Canadians.”

And it was crazy:

Climate change affects mental health due to changes in the prevalence and severity of natural disasters on human settlements. These events can cause anxiety-related responses and later potentially lead to chronic and severe mental disorders…

Indigenous Northerners may be distressed by melting Arctic permafrost, while urban Canadians are threatened by sudden weather events…

Elevated levels of anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorders have been reported in populations who have experienced flooding, and during slow-developing events such as prolonged droughts. Impacts include chronic distress and increased incidence of suicide.

Suicide because of climate change? Does anybody really believe this garbage?

Many First Nations and Aboriginal communities do not have access to clean drinking water. We have an opioid addiction crisis happening across this country, affecting every demographic in an increasingly deadly way.

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Adult Content Policies: A Textbook Case of Private Censorship

Of the many reasons why social media platforms should resist pressure to “voluntarily” censor their users, one stands out: history shows that they will do it badly, taking down valuable and lawful content in the name of enforcing community standards. The result: practical speech discrimination.

Facebook’s adult content policy is a textbook example. Since its early days, the platform has banned nearly all forms of nudity. But from day one, it has created reporting processes that conflate mere nudity with sexuality, and sexuality with pornography, and has applied different standards to feminine bodies than to masculine ones.

And the same double standards seem to apply to advertisements. First, the conflation: Facebook’s advertising policy explicitly bans “nudity, depictions of people in explicit or suggestive positions, or activities that are overly suggestive or sexually provocative.” Thanks to this policy, an ad from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unwanted Pregnancy promoting regular health checkups, was rejected for violating Facebook’s advertising guidelines “for language that is profane, vulgar, threatening or generates high negative feedback”—the language in question? “You’re so sexy when you’re well.” Now, the double standard: all of the images used as examples of “inappropriate ads” are of women.

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FBI appears to have investigated – and considered prosecuting – FOIA requesters

A new FOIA release shows the FBI Director’s Office responded to FOIA requests for known files on deceased FBI officials by presenting options that seemingly included a law enforcement investigation/proceeding against the requesters, with one email calling the requests “SUSPICIOUS.” While the emails are heavily redacted to conceal the identities of the FBI officials involved in the discussions, the Bureau repeatedly left personal information of the different FOIA requesters unredacted, despite having clear guidelines and no privacy waivers.

The FBI’s Dead List, which compiles a list of FBI files on subjects the Bureau knows to be dead, can be a wonderful resource for FOIA requesters. The list confirms the existence of specific FBI files as well as the subject’s death, removing the need to provide separate proof of death in order to avoid unnecessary redactions. The FBI has recently begun claiming that they can’t locate the updated copy of the file, a claim that the Department of Justice has upheld on appeal. The most recently released copy of the Dead List identified approximately 7,000 deceased FBI officials on whom the Bureau maintained files. Due to the obvious public interest in these files, they were requested.

To accomplish this, the names of the subjects were extracted from the Dead List and a simple script written to submit FOIA requests for them. The requests were submitted on February 29th 2016, with the script and data made available online so that others could make their own requests and trigger the DOJ’s “rule of three” for frequently requested records, which would see the files posted online by the FBI. The FBI acknowledged a large number of them before they began ignoring them. Over a month later (after the Bureau had exceeded legal time limit), the FBI sent a letter stating that they had “received an exceedingly high volume of submissions” which they would not accept.

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Fox complains women reporting rape will make Christmas parties less “festive”

Fox News host and Trump cheerleader Laura Ingraham is concerned about the growing number of women who are coming forward to report incidents of sexual assault and harassment.

Well, she’s not actually concerned about the women — she’s worried that they might ruin office Christmas parties this year.

“Is the #MeToo movement becoming a spoiler for this season’s Christmas parties?” Ingraham asked Friday evening during a segment on Fox News’ The Ingraham Angle.

Speaking with comedian Jimmy Failla, Ingraham said she was worried that women who feel empowered to report sexual misconduct might ruin the holiday season by making office Christmas parties less festive.

“I can see this year it might be — a little less festive, let’s say that. No alcohol and no fun and no lampshades and, I don’t know, maybe that’s better,” she said.

“Is this just killing all the fun of Christmas?” she wondered absurdly.

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PPP (Point to Point Protocol): Components And Characteristics You Should Know About

 

Point to Point Protocol

Often termed as “PPP,” point to point protocol is a data link layer protocol which is used to set up a direct connection between two networking nodes. Below are some of the characteristics of PPP:

Characteristics of Point to Point Protocol

  • As mentioned in the beginning, PPP resides at the layer two of the OSI model.
  • This protocol supports other essentials such as authentication, error detection, link quality monitoring, load balancing, compression, etc.

PPP basically redefines the format of the frame to be exchanged between two devices. Once the format is set, both of devices can exchange the packets easily.

Components of PPP

To make PPP a successful protocol, there are certain essential components which form the basic building blocks of this protocol.

  1. Encapsulation
  2. Link Control Protocol (LCP) and,
  3. Network Control Protocol (NCP)

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The Real Life Effects of “Fake News” BRILLIANTLY Illustrated

ABC, New York Times, and Other Media Giants Hurting: Face Layoffs and Revenue Decline – by Brian Thomas

Mainstream media broadcasters are facing a massive decline in revenue, and some, such as ABC, are now facing huge layoffs.

Major newspapers are suffering. Some, such as the Baltimore City Paper, have shut down entirely. Several boast that their digital subscriptions are on the rise. That doesn’t mean their money woes are over. As the Federalist’s Michael Benard points out, “Digital circulation jumps, however, do not equate to revenue increases.”

Pew Research Center agrees, and points out that both revenue and circulation are rapidly declining for U.S. newspapers.

The New York Times is laying off droves of employees so that they can continue to brag about their so-called success. They’ve made several moves to “consolidate.” That’s New York Times speak for downsize.

The Federalist reports:

According to Pew’s June report, total weekday circulation for U.S. daily newspapers—both print and digital—fell 8 percent in 2016, marking the 28th consecutive year of declines. The overall circulation decline coincided with a double-digit decline in advertising revenue for the industry. The New York Times saw a year-over-year decline of 9 percent in advertising revenue but a 3 percent rise in circulation revenue, for an overall revenue decline of 2 percent.

Failing business models result in staff cuts, which are rarely reported. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, newspapers “lost” (i.e., cut) more than half of their workforce (238,000 jobs) over a 15-year period between 2001-2016. The employment numbers plummeted from 412,000 jobs in 2001 to 174,000 in 2016.

The New York Times, which talks about its “success,” endured a walk-out by hundreds of employees in June protesting the company’s plan to cut its copy editors from more than 100 to about 50 or 55. Times copy editors sent a letter protesting the cuts to Executive Editor Dean Baquet and Managing Editor Joe Kahn. The copy editors claim management “compared [them] to dogs urinating on fire hydrants” in an internal report.

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Woman who ripped out man’s testicle with teeth forced to pay less than $700 restitution

SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) – A woman who ripped a man’s testicle out with her teeth has been ordered to pay the victim £500 in compensation and will be confined at home during certain hours of the day.

Nunzia Del Viscio, 43, must remain in her home between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., according to a BBC report. The 500 British pounds she must pay is roughly equal to $673.80 in the U.S.

The BBC said during her trial, the woman claimed the injury happened when she was defending herself.

Police responded to the victim’s apartment where the attack happened, reportedly to find Del Viscio with blood on her teeth and face. They also found a bedroom in his apartment in disarray with pools of blood on the floor.

The victim, identified as “Mr Palma,” met Del Viscio and two other people in a nightclub. They reportedly had been drinking and Del Viscio also took drugs. The four shared a taxi to Palma’s apartment and in the early morning hours, the violence erupted when Del Viscio reportedly damaged part of Palma’s house. He told her to leave but during an altercation, she bit his left testicle.

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