Daily Archives: August 16, 2015

Twitter sees its largest increase from governments wanting account information

Governmental bodies around the world have an appetite for Twitter account information and are wanting more than ever, with the social network reporting its largest increase in requests for account information in the history of its transparency report.

Twitter said it had experienced a 52 percent increase in requests for account information, and over the six months to the end of June had handled 4,363 requests and produced information in 58 percent of cases. The company said the number of accounts affected by information requests had jumped by 78 percent, to 12,711.

The United States made the highest number of requests, with 2,436 requests impacting 6,324 accounts and an 80 percent success rate, followed by Japan, with 425 requests on 529 accounts and information coughed up 42 percent of the time. Japan overtook previous second-highest requester Turkey, which is now the third-highest, having made 412 requests impacting 670 accounts, all of which were unsuccessful.

Turkey was far and away the country that made the highest number of content removal requests, making 92 percent of the 442 requests Twitter received globally from courts, and 55 percent of all content takedown requests made by government bodies such as police forces. In Turkey from January to June, Twitter withheld 1,667 tweets from 125 accounts.

continue http://www.zdnet.com/article/twitter-sees-its-largest-increase-from-governments-wanting-account-information/#ftag=RSSbaffb68

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Viral video shows how easily predators lure kids on social media

Think your daughter would never get inside a car with a stranger or open the door of your home to someone she just met on Facebook? Think again.

YouTuber Coby Persin — a self-described 21-year-old “prankster who looks like Zac Efron” — decided to put those questions to the test with the help of three families, and record the results on video. He created a fake Facebook profile for one 15-year-old “Jason Biazzo” and then, with the parents’ permission, contacted the three unsuspecting teenage girls to see how far they would go to meet their new online contact. Persin’s video is far from a prank, he insists, and his findings are extremely scary.

The video, called The Dangers of Social Media (Child Predator Social Experiment), is also attracting attention, garnering more than 17 million views since being uploaded on August 10.

CNET en Español reached out to Persin to talk about the project. He explained that the inspiration came from seeing a news story about a 27-year-old man who allegedly lured a 12-year-old girl to an in-person meeting via Instagram.

continue http://www.cnet.com/news/viral-video-shows-how-easily-predators-lure-kids-on-social-media/#ftag=CAD590a51e

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New Addiction Drug Erases Memories

Methamphetamine is one of the nastiest drug addictions to overcome, in part because memories of the high are so powerful. But what if scientists could erase those drug-infused recollections? Researchers at the Scripps Research Institute in Florida have developed a drug that’s able to do just that in mice.

The mechanism behind the memory-erasing drug draws on earlier research unraveling how memories form. Turns out, the process our brains use to build a memory during meth use is pretty abnormal (shocker, I know). The researchers figured out how to exploit this difference to create a drug that only targets psychostimulant-induced memories. Popular Science explains:

“Normal memories” of say your first day of school or a vacation you went on are sitting in your brain as a connection of neurons which are supported by the protein, actin. The actin quickly stabilizes and the memory is secured in your brain. But in the case of a memory created using amphetamine, the actin never actually stabilizes. The researchers took advantage of this instability and created a drug that would disrupt the actin and thus, the memory. However, because actin is involved in more than just memories (it makes muscles works and helps the heart to contract), disrupting actin would be extremely dangerous.

continue http://gizmodo.com/a-new-drug-erases-memories-to-treat-addiction-1723504735

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Documentary now pokes fun at vice

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This 3D-printed Stradivarius inspired violin sounds gorgeous

The actual violin was then printed using a stereolithography 3D printer which added material one layer at a time by activating photo reactive resin with ultraviolet lasers. Then, it was all a matter of cleaning, grinding and removing the excess material from the violin. Stringing the violin proved to be a bit more challenging, since they had to be super careful not to break the fine tuners. In the end, the whole project proved to be a success and the violin isn’t half as fragile as it looks. Just listen to Bernadac play it.

continue http://www.zmescience.com/research/technology/3d-printed-stradivarius-violin-904324/

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iRobot’s automated lawn mower gets U.S. approval

Grass-cutting robots are common in some European countries. Their use in North America has been held up by regulatory speed bumps.

Grass-cutting robots are common in some European countries. Their use in North America has been held up by regulatory speed bumps.

The future of free-wheeling automated yard work took a step closer to American consumers on Wednesday after U.S. regulators gave robot maker iRobot Corp Inc technical clearance to make and sell a robotic lawn mower.

The company, known for its robot vacuum cleaner Roomba, has designed a robot lawn mower that would wirelessly connect with stakes in the ground operating as signal beacons, rising above the ground by as much as 61 centimetres.

Automated grass-mowers have spread across Europe in recent years. In the U.S., iRobot told the FCC its competitors only offer hands-free mowers that require underground fences or other elaborate setups.

IRobot’s stake design, however, required a waiver from the Federal Communications Commission to make sure that transmissions between its machines and the antennas wouldn’t interfere with other devices using the same frequencies.

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CIA Torture Tactics Reemerge in New York Prison

Over 60 inmates at New York’s Clinton Correctional Facility have complained of abuse by prison guards in the wake of the June escape of convicted killers David Sweat and Richard Matt.

According to a New York Times report, they allege that the prison staff interrogated them by beating them, placing them in solitary confinement, and in at least one inmate’s case, throwing a bag over his head and threatening to waterboard him.

Hearing about the domestic use of tactics so similar to those used by the CIA on suspected terrorists during the Bush administration, the Reverend Ron Stief, executive director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, made the obvious connection.

“Faith and human rights leaders who worked to stop the CIA’s torture program have long feared its corroding influence on our civilian authorities,” he said in a statement. “These events prove that we must fight the torture of Americans here at home just as we have fought the use of torture abroad.”
continue https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/08/12/cia-torture-tactics-reemerge-new-york-prison/

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How to Update Ubuntu/Mint Kernel

What’s New in Kernel 4.1:

Some of highlights for the Linux 4.1 kernel (by Michael Larabel):

Significant performance improvements for certain hardware as well as power consumption/efficiency improvements for select Intel hardware.
Nouveau ships with GeForce GTX 750 acceleration support that doesn’t require the manual extracting/setup of any non-redistributable firmware blobs.
Intel XenGT vGPU support for those wanting Intel graphics acceleration support from Xen guests. The KVM support is still being developed.
Radeon DisplayPort MST support.
EXT4 file-system encryption thanks to work done by Google in looking to add file-system-level EXT4 encryption for Android.
Better RAID 5/6 support with MD RAID.
Improved laptop support from major vendors along with better Chromebook Pixel 2 support.
Continued bring-up of Intel Skylake support within Linux. Skylake is still on course for launching later this year.
ACPI support for AArch64 / 64-bit ARM.
Many other changes.

Install/Upgrade to Kernel 4.1 in Ubuntu, Mint:

The Ubuntu Kernel Team has made the binary packages for this kernel release, available for download at link below:

Download Kernel 4.1 (.DEB)

First check out your OS type, 32-bit (i386), 64-bit (amd64), or armhf, then download and install the packages below in turn:

linux-headers-4.1.0-xxx_all.deb
linux-headers-4.1.0-xxx-generic_xxx_i386/amd64/armhf.deb
linux-image-4.1.0-xxx-generic_xxx_i386/amd64/armhf.deb

After installing the kernel, you may run sudo update-grub command in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) to refresh grub boot-loader.
for server and low latency systems http://ubuntuhandbook.org/index.php/2015/06/upgrade-kernel-4-1-ubuntu-linux-mint/

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“Self-filling” biking bottle pulls water out of thin air

Kristof Retezár

© Kristof Retezár

Biking cross-country through rough terrain may mean that access to fresh, drinkable water may be limited. But what if there was a device that could “pull” moisture from the air and transform it into drinking water? That’s the idea behind Austrian designer Kristof Retezár’s Fontus, a “self-filling” water bottle that can make water out of thin air.

The solar-powered bike accessory uses a Peltier Element to generate water. It’s essentially a cooler with two chambers that facilitates condensation, and takes in air as the bike moves, which is then slowed and cooled down by barriers that allows it to condense and form water, which is channelled and collected in the bottle.

continue http://www.treehugger.com/gadgets/fontus-solar-powered-bike-gadget-creates-water-out-of-air.html

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How to stop Firefox from making automatic connections

Some people are concerned about the connections Firefox makes to the Internet, especially when those connections are made for no apparent reason (see Mozilla’s Firefox Browser Privacy Notice for additional information). This article explains various reasons why Firefox may make a connection to the Internet and how you can stop it from doing so, if you wish.

Automatic updates and Security

Auto-update checking

Warning: Disabling update checking is not recommended and will leave you open to security vulnerabilities that get fixed in newer versions.

Firefox occasionally checks to see if any updates are available for itself and for your search engines. To disable these checks:

  1. Click the menu button New Fx Menu and choose Preferences.

  2. Select the Advanced panel.
  3. Select the Update tab.
  4. Check Never check for updates (not recommended: security risk) and uncheck Search Engines. Close the about:preferences page.

Firefox also checks to see if any updates are available for your add-ons (extensions, themes). To disable this check:

  1. Click the menu button New Fx Menu and choose Add-ons. The Add-ons Manager tab will open.
  2. In the Add-ons Manager tab, select the Extensions panel.
  3. At the top of the tab, click the “Tools for all add-ons” Add-on Tools Icon menu, uncheck Update Add-ons Automatically and then select Reset All Add-ons to Update Automatically.

Blocklist updating

Warning: Disabling the blocklist is not recommended, as it may result in you using untrustworthy add-ons, revoked certificates or unstable graphics drivers.

Firefox may be updating its blocklist, which is used to block malicious extensions, vulnerable plugins, revoked certificates and graphics drivers known to cause crashes. For more information, see Blocklisting (MozillaWiki), Blocklisting/Graphics (MozillaWiki), the Revoking Intermediate Certificates: Introducing OneCRL blog post and the article Add-ons that cause stability or security issues are put on a blocklist. To disable this feature:

  1. In the Location bar, type about:config and press Enter.
    • The about:config “This might void your warranty!” warning page may appear. Click I’ll be careful, I promise! to continue to the about:config page.
  2. In the about:config page, search for the preference extensions.blocklist.enabled.
  3. Observe the Value column of the extensions.blocklist.enabled row.
    • If it is set to false then do nothing.
    • If it is set to true, double-click on it to set it to false.

Anti-phishing list updating

Warning: Disabling the anti-phishing protection is not recommended, as it will leave you vulnerable to untrustworthy websites that might try to steal your financial information and/or your identity.

The phishing protection list may be updating itself. To turn this off:

  1. Click the menu button New Fx Menu and choose Preferences.

  2. Select the Security panel.
  3. Uncheck Block reported web forgeries.

Anti-malware list updating

Warning: Disabling the anti-malware protection is not recommended, as it will leave you vulnerable to malicious file downloads or untrustworthy websites that might try to infect you with a virus, trojan or spyware.

The malware protection list may be updating itself. To turn this off:

  1. Click the menu button New Fx Menu and choose Preferences.

  2. Select the Security panel.
  3. Uncheck Block reported attack sites.

Secure website certificates

When you visit a secure website (i.e. “https”), Firefox will validate the website’s certificate. This may involve communicating with a third-party status provider specified by the certificate over a protocol namend OCSP to confirm that the certificate is still valid. To turn this off:

  1. Click the menu button New Fx Menu and choose Preferences.

  2. Select the Advanced panel.
  3. Select the Certificates tab.
  4. Uncheck Query OCSP responder servers to confirm the current validity of certificates.

Prefetching

Firefox will prefetch certain links if any of the websites you are viewing uses the special prefetch-link tag. For more information, please see the Link Prefetching FAQ. To disable Link prefetching:

  1. In the Location bar, type about:config and press Enter.
    • The about:config “This might void your warranty!” warning page may appear. Click I’ll be careful, I promise! to continue to the about:config page.
  2. In the about:config page, search for the preference network.prefetch-next.
  3. Observe the Value column of the network.prefetch-next row.
    • If it is set to false then do nothing.
    • If it is set to true, double-click on it to set it to false.

DNS prefetching

In order to reduce latency, Firefox will proactively perform domain name resolution on links that the user may choose to follow as well as URLs for items referenced by elements in a web page. For more information, please see the DNS Prefetching blog post. To disable DNS prefetching:

  1. In the Location bar, type about:config and press Enter.
    • The about:config “This might void your warranty!” warning page may appear. Click I’ll be careful, I promise! to continue to the about:config page.
  2. In the about:config page, search for the preference network.dns.disablePrefetch.
  3. Observe the Value column of the network.dns.disablePrefetch row.
    • If it is set to true then do nothing.
    • If it is set to false, double-click on it to set it to true.

Speculative pre-connections

To improve the loading speed, Firefox will open predictive connections to sites when the user hovers their mouse over thumbnails on the New Tab Page or the user starts to search in the Search Bar, or in the search field on the Home or the New Tab Page. In case the user follows through with the action, the page can begin loading faster since some of the work was already started in advance. To disable this feature:

  1. In the Location bar, type about:config and press Enter.
    • The about:config “This might void your warranty!” warning page may appear. Click I’ll be careful, I promise! to continue to the about:config page.
  2. In the about:config page, search for the preference network.http.speculative-parallel-limit.
  3. Observe the Value column of the network.http.speculative-parallel-limit row.
    • If it is set to 0 then do nothing.
    • If it is set to a different value, double-click on it to set it to 0.

Add-on list prefetching

Each time the Add-ons manager is opened, Firefox prefetches a list of add-ons to improve responsiveness of the Get Add-ons pane. This connection is not made if the add-ons manager is not opened.

User-invoked content

Home page loading

Your home page may be loading. To change your home page to something that doesn’t generate connections to the Internet:

  1. Click the menu button New Fx Menu and choose Preferences.

  2. Select the General panel.
  3. Either set When Firefox starts to Show a blank page or set it to Show my home page and click Restore to Default. Close the about:preferences page.

Extensions

An extension you have installed may be making a connection to a website that it relies on. For example, a connection to a website to synchronize your bookmarks, a connection to a website to update a list of sites to block, etc. Or it is possible an extension could be changing the expected behavior of Firefox in other ways. For example, FasterFox extension has an option to prefetch all links. To disable or remove your extensions, see the Disable or remove Add-ons article.

Firefox also checks to see if any updates are available for your add-ons (extensions, themes). To disable this check:

Warning: Disabling add-on update checking is not recommended and leaves you open to security vulnerabilities that get fixed in newer versions.
  1. Click the menu button New Fx Menu and choose Add-ons. The Add-ons Manager tab will open.
  2. In the Add-ons Manager tab, select the Extensions panel.
  3. At the top of the tab, click the “Tools for all add-ons” Add-on Tools Icon menu, uncheck Update Add-ons Automatically and then select Reset All Add-ons to Update Automatically.

Live Bookmarks updating

Live Bookmarks automatically reload themselves on a regular basis, and in doing so will make a connection to the Internet. Deleting all your Live Bookmarks will stop these connections from being made.

Downloads restarted

When you start Firefox, any interrupted downloads from your previous browsing session may be automatically resumed.

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Y to open the Downloads window.
  2. Ensure nothing is currently being downloaded.

Search plugin icon loading

When you add a custom search plugin that doesn’t come with an included icon, Firefox might look up the icon at a remote address that is specified in the search plugin once and cache it for future use.

Firefox Sync

If you’re using Firefox Sync, it will establish regular connections in order to synchronize your data to Mozilla’s Sync servers and across your connected devices. In order to choose what data gets synchronized or to disconnect from Sync, see the How do I choose what types of information to sync on Firefox? article.

Firefox Hello

If you’re using the Firefox Hello video and voice chat feature of the browser by signing in with a Firefox Account or starting a conversation, there will be a connection established in order to set up a call, once your conversation partner joins a conversation remotely. Besides signing out from Firefox Hello or deleting a conversation, you can also disable Firefox Hello:

  1. In the Location bar, type about:config and press Enter.
    • The about:config “This might void your warranty!” warning page may appear. Click I’ll be careful, I promise! to continue to the about:config page.
  2. In the about:config page, search for the preference loop.enabled.
  3. Observe the Value column of the loop.enabled row.
    • If it is set to false then do nothing.
    • If it is set to true, double-click on it to set it to false.

Mozilla content

Tiles

When you open a new tab in Firefox, you see several tiles that link to different websites. For new users, the New Tab Page in Firefox provides recommendations including both referrals to sponsored partner sites and content we consider important to our mission (“Directory Tiles”). For existing users Firefox will display tiles based on a user’s browsing history, where for some partner sites the default screenshot might be replaced with a better image (“Enhanced Tiles”). Both Directory Tiles and Enhanced Tiles will establish a connection to download content and the thumbnails to be shown in the New Tab Page. In order to disable this behaviour, refer to About Tiles in New Tab.

Snippets

If you use the built-in default homepage about:home, Firefox will show some Mozilla related content around the search box (“Snippets”), which is updated once a day. If you’d like to disable connections to Mozilla’s snippets server:

  1. In the Location bar, type about:config and press Enter.
    • The about:config “This might void your warranty!” warning page may appear. Click I’ll be careful, I promise! to continue to the about:config page.
  2. In the about:config page, search for the preference browser.aboutHomeSnippets.updateUrl.
  3. Double-click on it and set its value to a blank string.

Geolocation for default search engine

In order to set the right default search engine for your location, Firefox will perform a geolocation lookup once by contacting Mozilla’s servers and store the country-level result locally. This connection happens on the first start of Firefox – in case you want to prohibit that, you will have to preconfigure the browser and set the browser.search.geoip.url preference to a blank string.

“What’s new” page

After a browser update, Firefox might show an additional tab next to your usual homepage to offer more information on changes or new features included in the update. To disable this page from being shown:

  1. In the Location bar, type about:config and press Enter.
    • The about:config “This might void your warranty!” warning page may appear. Click I’ll be careful, I promise! to continue to the about:config page.
  2. In the about:config page, search for the preference browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone.
  3. Double-click on it and set its value to ignore.

Add-on metadata updating

The Add-ons manager displays information about each add-on you have installed and provides personalized recommendations in the Get Add-ons pane. To keep this data updated, Firefox will request information from the Mozilla Add-ons gallery once a day (for more information, see this blog post). To disable these updates:

  1. In the Location bar, type about:config and press Enter.
    • The about:config “This might void your warranty!” warning page may appear. Click I’ll be careful, I promise! to continue to the about:config page.
  2. In the about:config page, search for the preference extensions.getAddons.cache.enabled.
  3. Observe the Value column of the extensions.getAddons.cache.enabled row.
    • If it is set to false then do nothing.
    • If it is set to true, double-click on it to set it to false.

Diagnostics

Firefox can submit certain diagnostics data including Telemetry, Firefox Health Report and Crash Reports data to Mozilla to provide information that helps improving the browser. In order to disable the sharing of this data, refer to Data Choices Tab.

Media capabilities

OpenH264 codec

Firefox will make use of the OpenH264 codec provided by Cisco in order to support the H.264 video codec in WebRTC, a technology allowing for peer-to-peer video communication on the web, like in Firefox Hello. For more information about this, see the OpenH264 Now in Firefox blog post. The OpenH264 codec is not distributed with Firefox but gets downloaded at the first start of Firefox. In case you want to prohibit that, you will have to preconfigure the browser and set the media.gmp-gmpopenh264.enabled preference to false.

WebRTC

WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communication) is a technology which provides direct browser-to-browser communication (audio, video, filesharing). As it is drafted and implemented at the moment, WebRTC can lead to your local IP address being exposed to websites even when you are behind a VPN or a NAT router – in the WebRTC API this data would be used to set up a peer-to-peer connection between two clients. There is discussion about if and how this should be adressed at the moment. If you would like to disable WebRTC:

  1. In the Location bar, type about:config and press Enter.
    • The about:config “This might void your warranty!” warning page may appear. Click I’ll be careful, I promise! to continue to the about:config page.
  2. In the about:config page, search for the preference media.peerconnection.enabled.
  3. Observe the Value column of the media.peerconnection.enabled row.
    • If it is set to false then do nothing.
    • If it is set to true, double-click on it to set it to false.

Send Video To Device

Firefox contains a “Send Video To Device” feature to send HTML5 video content to a Roku, Chromecast or similar device in the same network. In order to discover and pair with such a device, Firefox will send SSDP packages (Simple Service Discovery Protocol, multicast address 239.255.255.250, port 1900) to the local network which can trigger a firewall dialog asking you if you want to allow such connections. To disable this feature:

  1. In the Location bar, type about:config and press Enter.
    • The about:config “This might void your warranty!” warning page may appear. Click I’ll be careful, I promise! to continue to the about:config page.
  2. In the about:config page, search for the preference browser.casting.enabled.
  3. Observe the Value column of the browser.casting.enabled row.
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Addict amnesty: Police give heroin addicts support, rehab

(AP) — The young woman nursing a fresh black eye has come to the police station in this old fishing city for help. But she’s not looking to report a crime or seek someone’s arrest. She wants help kicking her heroin addiction.

“It was better than the alternative,” says the woman, in her mid-20s, as she waits wearily for her ride to a detox center, following a long night that involved a stint in the emergency room, wrestling with the early pains of withdrawal and, finally, sleep in a police holding cell. “I just knew if I was let go, I’d just go out and use.”

Gloucester is taking a novel approach to the war on drugs, making the police station a first stop for addicts on the road to recovery.

Under a policy launched in June, heroin and opioid addicts who voluntarily turn themselves in at the station are fast-tracked into treatment services through a team of police officers, volunteers and trained clinicians.

They aren’t charged with a crime, and much of their treatment cost is covered through public and private insurance, grants by service providers and by police using money seized from drug dealers.

They can even hand over drugs and drug paraphernalia to police, no questions asked.

As of Friday, police say 109 addicts have turned themselves in seeking help, 16 percent of them hailing from out of state and about 70 percent of them men. All have been placed into drug treatment programs at a total cost of about $5,000 to the department.

The policy, which experts say is unique in the country, has thrust this city roughly 40 miles north of Boston into the debate over what role police should play in a national heroin epidemic that has hit New England particularly hard.

“It’s the next logical step in the so-called war on drugs,” says Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello, a former narcotics officer who launched the effort. “We need to change the conversation.”

Police departments across the country are testing new approaches. Select officers in Seattle, for example, are allowed to redirect low-level drug and prostitution offenders into treatment rather than arresting them and sending them to jail.

“Jail does nothing to help them stop abusing drugs,” says Darrel Stephens, executive director of the Major Cities Chiefs Association.
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Lawsuit over two-word tweet—“actually yes”—can move ahead, judge finds

A federal judge in Minnesota has allowed a First Amendment and defamation lawsuit filed by a high school student who was suspended over a two-word tweet—“actually yes”—to move forward.

The suit was first filed in June 2014 by Reid Sagehorn, then a high school student at Rogers High School, in Rogers, Minnesota—he sued the Elk River School District, the principal of his former school, and two district officials for violating his constitutional rights. Sagehorn was the captain of the school’s football and basketball teams, and by all accounts had a spotless disciplinary record—save for one parking ticket at the school.

Sagehorn, who declined to comment for this story, is now a student at North Dakota State University.

The January 2014 tweet, from Sagehorn’s Twitter account (since locked) was in response to a tweet from @Rogerconfession (since deleted), an account designed for “confessions” and rumors related to the school.

The confessions Twitter account asked:

“did @R_Sagehorn3 actually make out with [name of female teacher redacted in court filings]? prolly not.”

To which Sagehorn replied: “actually yes.”
continue http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/08/lawsuit-over-two-word-tweet-actually-yes-can-move-ahead-judge-finds/

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2015 Boston Gun Buyback Program Could Fill An Entire Holster

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The Walsh administration’s much-touted gun buyback program has taken in just one firearm so far this year — a stunning drop from the more than 400 that came in last year, putting police woefully behind last year’s pace in the overall number of guns they’re removing from the street, a Herald review found.

Boston police say the program is still active and funded — though a spokesman couldn’t say to what level — and Mayor Martin J. Walsh yesterday renewed his call for residents to turn over firearms in exchange for gift cards valued from $100 to $200.

But police officials couldn’t say why they’ve taken in just one gun in 2015 after claiming 410 last year.

“There’s no question why the total number is down: The gun buyback’s numbers clearly aren’t on the same level as the guns taken a year ago,” police spokesman officer James Kenneally said. “As…

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Guy Known as “Captain Beany” Gets 60 Baked Beans Tattooed on His Head

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Teach your thoughts how to walk

Words dipped in Happiness

If you don’t have a destination in mind,
Your legs will never move in a right direction.
If you don’t know where you are going,
your mind will not be able to decide whether it is right direction or not!

Just like our heart-beat is responsible for taking us to the next moment in our life, our thoughts are responsible for taking us to the next step in our life. So a good thought everyday will take you one step nearer to your destiny. Don’t try to reach the destiny in a hurry, if you do so you will fall and after you fall down the width of these steps will be increased. Which means you have to put more effort to reach the destiny. So, have faith and believe in timing of destiny.

If your thoughts get stuck, take a walk. In that way, your thoughts will learn how…

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Some More Word Banning by the Party That Claims to be for Free Speach

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According to this, progressives in North Carolina want to change the name of the Dixie Classic Fair because the term “Dixie” is racist. For. Real. From the article –

Councilman James Taylor told FOX8 that some folks find the word “offensive” and some folks are “angry” with the name. He said that as a progressive city – they need a name that “everyone can appreciate.”
[…]
The Dixie Classic Fair has been around since the 1950s – and nobody around town seems to be all that irate – according to FOX8. They said their reporters could not find a single person who took offense at the name.
“I thought it was ridiculous,” resident Dina Nelson told the television station. “I mean, there’s no reason to change the name of the Dixie Classic Fair. I mean, it’s a Southern name – but there’s nothing racist about it.”

It’s no dumber than…

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