Daily Archives: April 5, 2016

How Associated Press Cooperated with the Nazis

German historian shows how news agency retained access in 1930s by promising not to undermine strength of Hitler regime

SS pamphlet “The Sub-Human”, using photographs by Associated Press.
SS pamphlet ‘The Sub-Human’, using photographs by Associated Press. Photograph: AP

The Associated Press news agency entered a formal cooperation with the Hitler regime in the 1930s, supplying American newspapers with material directly produced and selected by the Nazi propaganda ministry, archive material unearthed by a German historian has revealed.

When the Nazi party seized power in Germany in 1933, one of its first objectives was to bring into line not just the national press, but international media too. The Guardian was banned within a year, and by 1935 even bigger British-American agencies such as Keystone and Wide World Photos were forced to close their bureaus after coming under attack for employing Jewish journalists.

Associated Press, which has described itself as the “marine corps of journalism” (“always the first in and the last out”) was the only western news agency able to stay open in Hitler’s Germany, continuing to operate until the US entered the war in 1941. It thus found itself in the presumably profitable situation of being the prime channel for news reports and pictures out of the totalitarian state.

In an article published in academic journal Studies in Contemporary History , historian Harriet Scharnberg shows that AP was only able to retain its access by entering into a mutually beneficial two-way cooperation with the Nazi regime.

The New York-based agency ceded control of its output by signing up to the so-called Schriftleitergesetz (editor’s law), promising not to publish any material “calculated to weaken the strength of the Reich abroad or at home”.

This law required AP to hire reporters who also worked for the Nazi party’s propaganda division. One of the four photographers employed by the Associated Press in the 1930s, Franz Roth, was a member of the SS paramilitary unit’s propaganda division, whose photographs were personally chosen by Hitler. AP has removed Roth’s pictures from its website since Scharnberg published her findings, though thumbnails remain viewable due to “software issues”.

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Beware Emails With Subject Lines Containing Numbers, Letters And Image File Extensions

Emails with no body text and subject lines containing a string of letters and numbers and image file extensions such as .jpg or .tiff are currently hitting inboxes. The emails contain attachments with the same names and image file extensions that are featured in the subject lines.

Brief Analysis:
The attachments contain malicious JavaScript files that, if opened, can download and install Locky ransomware. Once installed, Locky encrypts the files on your computer and then demands that you pay a fee to receive a decryption key.

Detailed Analysis:
Sometimes, very simple social engineering tricks can be quite effective. In this malware campaign, the malicious emails have no content in the body, but are designed to give the impression that the attachment that comes with the emails contains a harmless image file.

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Scientists Make The Case For Buying Human Kidneys


Buying human organs sounds… a little sketchy, but it could save lives. A new study finds that most Americans would be much more generous in donating their kidneys when offered a stack of cash to sweeten the deal. In fact, nearly 60 percent of Americans would say goodbye to one of their organs for a tax-free payment of $50,000.

In the study, published online Wednesday by JAMA Surgery, researchers asked 1,011 registered U.S. voters about their willingness to act as a living kidney donor, as well as the potential influence of monetary compensation. Researchers discovered that 689 respondents, or 68 percent, would donate one of their kidneys to any average Joe, while 235 (23 percent) would also give up one of theirs, but only to friends or relatives. Eight-seven people, or 9 percent, wouldn’t donate at all.

When cash is added to the equation, people seem a bit more eager to get sliced open: 59 percent of respondents indicated that $50,000 would positively influence their decision to donate. On the flip side, for 32 percent of the study, money had no impact on whether or not they’d give up a kidney, while 9 percent of respondents said the root of all evil would negatively influence their decision. The particular monetary figure was chosen, according to the study, because it is both substantial but also “less than the annual Medicare in center hemodialysis per-patient cost”—in other words, the cost of treating someone who needs a new kidney for a year.

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EPA Threatens Farmer With $37,500-A-Day Fine For Building Flood-Control Dike


(Daniel Jennings)  The EPA is suing a 77-year-old farmer for fines that could reach into the millions for building a dike to protect his property from flooding.

The Register Guard newspaper reported that the agency is suing farmer William Case for fines of $37,500 a day that stretch back to September 2009.

Case told The Register Guard that he is afraid to do the math, but a tally by Off The Grid News shows the potential fines could reach $85.5 million. The Environmental Protection Agency’s lawsuit did not mention a specific amount, although by law the fine is $37,500 each day.

“I’m a farmer, not a banker,” Case, who farms on about 1,700 acres of land, told the newspaper.

The farmer’s ordeal began when he spent $250,000 to build a dike on his land along the North Santiam River near Albany, Oregon, in 2009. The purpose of the 800-foot dike was to protect his farmland from flooding. In previous years, flooding had washed away a 100 foot-by-800 foot section, Case told the newspaper.

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Gene Editing Deemed A National Security Threat

Gene editing is now considered a national security threat alongsidecyberattacks and nuclear weapons. That is, at least according to the government’s latest annual report on national security threats. The report listed gene editing as a technology that, “probably increases the risk of the creation of potentially harmful biological agents or products.”

Back in 2012, a popular gene editing method known as CRISPR, or “gene drive,” surfaced, which enabled researchers to change the DNA of almost any organism with ease. CRISPR tools target, cut and repair snippets of DNA. According to an article published in Nature, researchers plan to use CRISPR to, “adjust human genes to eliminate diseases, create hardier plants, wipe out pathogens and much more.”

There are plenty of advantages to be reaped from CRISPR, but they are overshadowed by its disadvantages. So much so, that James Clapper, U.S. Director of National Intelligence, deemed gene editing a weapon of mass destruction (WMD) in the annual worldwide threat assessment report.

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Despite their reputation, vultures are a valuable part of the ecosystem.

The image of vultures circling might be disconcerting, but these feathered scavengers are a valuable part of the ecosystem. Unfortunately, in many places around the world, vultures’ numbers are declining as they face threats from habitat loss and a drop in edible food sources. Knowing more about vultures could help scientists save them from extinction.

In an article published in this month’s IEEE Spectrum, Bin Feng, Bruce Liu and Kejia Pan from Microduino describe how they built an electronic egg that will help conservationists get a peek into the mating and breeding habits of vultures.

The team built a small sensor that can monitor temperature, humidity, and pressure for up to 70 days, sending the information to a nearby terminal that backs up all the data. And best of all, the tiny sensor is enclosed in a case that looks exactly like a real vulture egg.

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Stuttgart | A German couple has allegedly given birth to the only true descendent of Adolf Hitler, 72 years after the death of the nazi dictator.

The couple of Nazi enthusiasts claims they impregnated 28-year-old Elma Brammstein with the frozen sperm of Adolf Hitler, giving birth to Adolf Brammstein, 72 years after the death of the Nazi ruler.

“The Nazis knew there would be numerous attempts against the Fuhrer’s life” explains Helmut Brammstein, the proud father. “So they collected large quantities of the Fuhrer’s semen so that his progeny could continue on after the Nazis won the war to spread the Aryan race,” he explains. “Unfortunately, things didn’t play out as expected” he admits, visibly bitter.

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“Women Only” Rail Cars In Germany To Protect Them From Refugees


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IMF’s Christine Lagarde: “When The World Goes Downhill, We Thrive”

Knowledge@Wharton: Of all the things that you do here, what are you most passionate about? What would you really like to make sure happens? It could be a small thing, it could be a large thing. What is it that really has your heart?

Lagarde: That’s complicated. I think it’s this issue of relevance … that is of real concern to me. You see, this is a very fascinating institution because it’s completely counter-cyclical. When the world around the IMF goes downhill, we thrive. We become extremely active because we lend money, we earn interest and charges and all the rest of it, and the institution does well. When the world goes well and we’ve had years of growth, as was the case back in 2006 and 2007, the IMF doesn’t do so well both financially and otherwise.

For this institution, which is a fascinating mix of almost all countries of the world with a single objective that should transcend all their respective individual policies and strategies, for it to be sustainable, we need to be very agile, very in touch with our membership, with our client base, if you will. We need to be able to invent and reinvent ourselves in many ways. So, as I was explaining about going from bilateral to multilateral surveillance, from a narrow focus to something that is more holistic, that is exactly what is at stake

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Facebook Scam – ‘I Can’t Believe The People I Caught Looking At My Profile’


Facebook post claims that you can see who viewed your Facebook Profile by clicking to install a Facebook app called ‘Profile Spy’.

Brief Analysis:
The post is a scam designed to trick you into installing a rogue Facebook app and divulging your personal information via dodgy survey websites. There is no legitimate Facebook app that allows you to see who has been viewing your Facebook profile.

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