Monthly Archives: November 2016

Land Mines, Axes, and Other Ridiculous Things the TSA Has Confiscated

You would think that Americans would by now know that trying to carry a gun-shaped knife, a bullet-adorned gas mask, or an inert anti-tank mine onto an airliner is a very bad idea. But no. Apparently some people still haven’t received the memo.Hardly a day goes by when someone, somewhere doesn’t try boarding a flight carrying something stupid. Like, say, a loaded 9 mm handgun packed into a computer. Or a baggie of weed stashed in a fake Coke can. The TSA social media team chronicles it all in the amazing, and alarming, TSA Instagram feed. You can expect TSA agents to be busy this week as 49 million people take to the skies for Thanksgiving.Since launching the Instagram account three years ago, the TSA team has posted more than 1,000 photos and amassed 514,000 followers. Each image features a good-natured, nerdy caption. “Attention! This is not a drill… It’s just a really large wrench. Tools over 7″ must be packed in checked baggage” and “I have a pen. I have a knife. Uh! Knife Pen!”

Source: Land Mines, Axes, and Other Ridiculous Things the TSA Has Confiscated | WIRED

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No Credit History? No Problem. Lenders Are Looking at Your Phone Data

Financial institutions, overcoming some initial trepidation about privacy, are increasingly gauging consumers’ creditworthiness by using phone-company data on mobile calling patterns and locations.The practice is tantalizing for lenders because it could help them reach some of the 2 billion people who don’t have bank accounts. On the other hand, some of the phone data could open up the risk of being used to discriminate against potential borrowers.Phone carriers and banks have gained confidence in using mobile data for lending after seeing startups show preliminary success with the method in the past few years. Selling such data could become a more than $1 billion-a-year business for U.S. phone companies over the next decade, according to Crone Consulting LLC.Fair Isaac Corp., whose FICO scores are the world’s most-used credit ratings, partnered up last month with startups Lenddo and EFL Global Ltd. to use mobile-phone information to help facilitate loans for small businesses and individuals in India and Russia. Last week, startup Juvo announced it’s working with Liberty Global Plc’s Cable & Wireless Communications to help with credit scoring using cellphone data in 15 Caribbean markets.

Source: No Credit History? No Problem. Lenders Are Looking at Your Phone Data – Bloomberg

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Kissinger: Don’t Expect Trump to Keep Campaign Promises – ANOTHER DAY IN THE EMPIRE

Elder statesman, Rockefeller confidant, and master war criminal Henry Kissinger told the globalist Fareed Zakaria voters are not going to get what was advertised with Donald Trump.“One should not insist on nailing [Trump] into positions that he had taken in the campaign,” Kissinger told Zakaria.Keeping campaign promises made to voters is counterproductive, according to Kissinger. Kissinger argued that it is counterproductive to demand absolute consistency from presidential administrations, particularly in the face of fluid international situations. Commending Trump on the effectiveness of his campaign tactics, the former secretary of state added: “The art now would be to develop a strategy that is sustainable, that meets the concerns that have appeared during the campaign but that can be linked to some of the main themes of American foreign policy.”In other words, Kissinger and the elite expect Trump to carry the torch and continue the Bush-Obama agenda of never-ending war.Donald Trump appears eager to please. He is considering neocons for his cabinet and his national security adviser is an anti-Islam ideologue.

Source: Kissinger: Don’t Expect Trump to Keep Campaign Promises – ANOTHER DAY IN THE EMPIRE

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Stop blaming Facebook for Trump’s election win

Stop blaming Facebook for Trump’s election win© Getty ImagesFacebook didn’t decide the election. And Donald Trump is certainly not going to be the next president of the United States because of his ability to wage a successful Twitter war with celebrities and news outlets.Since the “surprise” results of the 2016 presidential election, we have been inundated by stories of how social media limits political discussion to likeminded others, is based on algorithms that limit exposure to diverse news, and is responsible for spreading fake news. Did these factors play a major role in Trump’s White House victory? We have been researching the social effects of Internet use since the late 1990s. The suggestion that social media are responsible for large-scale social change is great for our business! Nothing spurs communication research like an old fashioned media panic. But as experts in that business, we are all too familiar with exaggerated claims about technologies’ social implications. Just as the internet does not make us socially isolated or more stressed, Facebook and Twitter feeds did not decide the election.Despite media coverage that suggests otherwise, few social media are ubiquitous. While most Americans are on the Internet, and about 70 percent of online adults use Facebook, other social media sites, including Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn, are used by less than a quarter of the adult online population. When people are asked if they “get their news” on Facebook or other social media, about half say “yes,” which is less than a third of all online adults.Yet this exaggerates the role of social media as a source of hard news on public affairs. Many Americans think the Kardashians and their local sports teams qualify as “news.” When asked to recall where they got their news concerning a specific hard news issue, TV and radio dominate as sources. The average Facebook user clicks on only 7 percent of the hard news content available on their feeds. Far more Americans get their news from television than from social media.

Source: Stop blaming Facebook for Trump’s election win | TheHill

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You Can Plant Millions of Trees for Free By Using This New Web Browser

If the prospects of a climate change denier taking office in the U.S. as of January 2017 frighten you, here is something you can do to help the planet without so much as lifting a finger. Just keep browsing the web as you do every day, but give Google a miss this time and opt instead for Ecosia, an eco-friendly search engine that works like any other, only it donates over 80 percent of its ad revenue to planting trees all over the world.Ecosia was launched in Berlin 2009 by German environmentalist and entrepreneur, Christian Kroll, whose travels across Asia and South America strengthened his already existing drive to set up a green business model and make corporate social responsibility a core part of it.

“Companies should take corporate responsibility out of their marketing department and bring it to CEO level,” Kroll told Underground Reporter.According to Ecosia’s blog, Kroll was particularly inspired by trees being “the superheroes of the planet,” given they are “the most efficient CO2 absorbers” and therefore “help mitigate climate change, restart water cycles, keep deserts from spreading and turn barren grounds back into fertile woods and farmland”.

Source: You Can Plant Millions of Trees for Free By Using This New Web Browser

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Using fake news against opposing views

The Agenda of the Mainstream Media Illustration by Greg Groesch

What worries me the most about fake news, isn’t that it’s fake, it’s that it’s being used by the left to try to silence opposing views.Take for example a story reported by the Los Angeles Times that included a professor who put together a Google document of “false, misleading, clickbait-y and satirical ‘news sources’” to help people “cleanse their newsfeeds of misinformation.”The only problem with the list, was it included real news sites of which the professor simply didn’t agree. Conservative blogs, including Red State and The Blaze, were on the list, as was more centrist, but GOP-leaning Independent Journal Review (IJR). None of those sites are fake — they often just peddle in the real news purposely not covered by the mainstream media.PHOTOS: Pack your bags: Stars who vowed to leave America if Trump won“Not all of these sources are always or inherently problematic, neither are all of them fake or false,” the professor, Melissa Zimdars, at Merrimack College in Massachusetts told the Times. ” … They should be considered in conjunction with other news/info sources due to their tendency to rely on clickbait headlines or Facebook descriptions, etc.”So, just like MSNBC, Huffington Post, Slate, Mother Jones, and ThinkProgress — all partisan left outlets, which often use exaggeration and hyperbole to emphasize their point — which weren’t included on her list.CNN’s media columnist Brian Stelter also has warned about “fake news,” but in his diatribe, he included right-leaning Fox News and alt-right website Breitbart in the mix.

Source: Using fake news against opposing views – Washington Times

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‘No can do’, Heinz beans advert banned over safety fears

A Heinz television advert showing people drumming a rhythm on its baked bean cans has been banned by British regulators on safety grounds.The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruled that Heinz’s “Can Song” advert should not be broadcast again in its current form after nine people complained that the ad encouraged unsafe practices or could be dangerous for children to copy. Over 1.6 million people viewed a version of the ad on YouTube.The ad showed families, workers and festival goers enjoying Heinz beans, a British mealtime staple, and using the tin cans to hammer out percussion sounds to accompany an original song.The ASA said there was a risk that viewers could cut themselves on used cans when trying to emulate the ad.

Source: ‘No can do’, Heinz beans advert banned over safety fears | Reuters

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Poison .JPG spreading ransomware through Facebook Messenger

Checkpoint has found an image obfuscation trick it thinks may be behind a recent massive phishing campaign on Facebook that’s distributing the dangerous Locky ransomware.The security firm has not released technical details as the flaw it relies on still impacts Facebook and LinkedIn, among other unnamed web properties.The flaw as described is, in this writer’s opinion, ultimately of little risk to El Reg’s tech savvy readers, but folks who can be conned into downloading and running unknown executables are at risk.The attack is also significant in that it breaks Facebook’s security controls.In a proof-of-concept video by Checkpoint researchers Roman Ziakin and Dikla Barda, an attacker is shown exploiting the flaw by sending an HTA HTML app through Facebook Messenger disguised as a .JPG. (JavaScript-loaded SVG images can also be used.) The victim must click on the attachment, an act that generates a Windows save file prompt asking the victim for the save directory to which the now .HTA file will be downloaded.

Source: Poison .JPG spreading ransomware through Facebook Messenger • The Register

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Cops Threaten Drunk Drivers With Nickelback

Cops in a small Prince Edward Island town have warned that drunk drivers will be punished with the music of some fellow Canadians: Nickelback. In a Facebook post, the Kensington force warns that they will be out this holiday season “looking for those dumb enough to feel they can drink and drive,” the Toronto Star reports. “When we catch you, and we will catch you, on top of a hefty fine, a criminal charge, and a year’s driving suspension, we will also provide you with a bonus gift of playing the office’s copy of Nickelback in the cruiser on the way to jail,” says the post, which has a photo of an unopened cassette copy of the Alberta band’s 2001 “Silver Side Up” album.

Source: Cops Threaten Drunk Drivers With Nickelback

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California considers ban on sex between lawyers and clients

SAN FRANCISCO

The nation’s largest state bar association is overhauling ethics rules for attorneys for the first time in 30 years, and some lawyers are unhappy about a proposal that would open them up to discipline for having sex with clients.California currently bars attorneys from coercing a client into sex or demanding sex in exchange for legal representation.

Supporters of an all-out ban say the relationship between a lawyer and client is inherently unequal, so any sexual relationship is potentially coercive. But some attorneys say it’s an unjustified invasion of privacy.The proposal is part of a long-awaited shake-up of the state bar association’s ethics rules for attorneys, which were last fully revised in 1987. Lawyers who violate the regulations are subject to discipline ranging from private censure to loss of their legal license.

Source: California considers ban on sex between lawyers and clients | The Sacramento Bee

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Escaped from Al Qaeda, Jailed in Turkey: My Personal Midnight Express

One evening in early October, I heard the hatch in my cell door clang open. “Snell!” a guard yelled, “Avukat!”

Avukat?” I asked, confused. It was after 6:00 p.m. They never let lawyers come to the prison this late. The guard sighed and motioned for me to come to the door. I shuffled down the hall in my prison slippers and spotted one of my lawyers sitting in a visitation room.

I sat down across from her. Beaming, she handed me a piece of paper. There was half a page written, but I couldn’t read past the first lines. “Greetings, Lindsey! You have been released!”

This was the latest twist in what had become an odyssey through war, terror, confusion and cynicism.

Months earlier, while working as a journalist in Syria, I’d been kidnapped by the local al-Qaeda affiliate. After escaping captivity and crossing the border to Turkey, I was arrested and accused of being a CIA agent by the Turkish government.

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Man in the Netherlands euthanised due to his alcohol addiction

A man in the Netherlands has been allowed to die because he could no longer carry on living as an alcoholic.

Mark Langedijk chose the day of his death and was telling jokes, drinking beer and eating ham sandwiches with his family hours before he passed away.

He was killed by lethal injection at his parents’ home on 14 July, according to an account of the ordeal written by his brother and published in the magazine Linda.

The Netherlands introduced a euthanasia law 16 years ago, which is available to people in “unbearable suffering” with no prospect of improvement.

Marcel Langedijk wrote his brother had a “happy childhood” and was loved by both his parents, and only found out he had an addiction eight years ago.

“I was particularly angry at Mark,” he said. “At first we did what most people do; help. My parents especially have done everything humanly possible to save Mark.”

His parents continued to believe in a “happy ending” despite eight years of help and 21 stints in rehab.

Eventually, Mr Langedijk told his family he wanted to die, but the family originally took the news with “a grain of salt”.

But his brother had no second thoughts. His application for euthanasia was approved by a doctor from the Support and Consultation on Euthanasia in the Netherlands.

Source: Man in the Netherlands euthanised due to his alcohol addiction

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A “300-calorie,” gut-busting burrito earns Chipotle a new lawsuit

Their suit stems from one sign in particular, seen independently by the plaintiffs in Chipotle restaurants around Los Angeles. The advertisement shows a picture of a brimming burrito and says: “CHORIZO BURRITO: Try our new deliciously seasoned, perfectly grilled spicy chicken and pork sausage in a burrito with white rice, black beans, fresh tomato salsa, and sprinkle of cheese.” The bottom of the sign reads “300 Calories.”The trio claim they understood the sign to mean that the whole burrito was 300 calories, given the picture and the detailed description. However, according to Chipotle’s own nutrition information, a single serving of the chorizo alone is 300 calories. When it’s wrapped into a burrito with all the fixings listed on the sign, the total calorie count comes out to 1,055—more than half of a standard 2,000 calorie per day diet.

Source: A “300-calorie,” gut-busting burrito earns Chipotle a new lawsuit | Ars Technica

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Adopt a Piece of Space Junk, Get Its Tweets as It Flies By

(Newser) – The jury may be out on intelligent extraterrestrial life, but this we know: We are not alone. At least, we are surrounded by our own junk. In an effort to raise awareness about the dangers of the hundreds of millions of pieces of debris currently orbiting planet Earth, an interactive art project backed by London’s Royal Astronomical Society called Adrift is allowing us lowly earthlings to adopt a little piece of space junk and let it tweet at us ominously every time it passes overhead, reports Motherboard. Choose from one of three tagged objects: the Vanguard I, the first solar-powered satellite launched by the US in 1958 and the oldest object still in orbit; the SuitSat, a Russian spacesuit full of trash that was ejected from the International Space Station in 2006; and a piece of Fengyun-1C, a Chinese weather satellite intentionally destroyed by China via a missile in 2007.

Source: Adopt a Piece of Space Junk, Get Its Tweets as It Flies By

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India’s grand plan to create world’s longest river set to go

By TV PadmaEngineering projects don’t come any bigger than this. If India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, gets his way, work could soon begin on a project to link large rivers in the Himalayas and Deccan Peninsula via 30 mega-canals and 3000 dams.When the work is finished the water network will be twice the length of the Nile, the world longest river, and it will be able to divert water from flood-prone areas to those vulnerable to drought.But geologists and ecologists in India question the science behind the Inter Linking of Rivers (ILR) scheme. If it goes ahead it might lead to ecological disasters and coastal erosion that would threaten livelihoods and endanger wildlife.And yet New Scientist has learned from the officials close to the project that work on the pilot link is likely to “start any time soon”, with final clearance from the ministry of environment and forests expected imminently.Water networkVersions of the ILR scheme date back more than 60 years to the days of British rule in India. In its latest incarnation the plan is to link 14 rivers in north India and 16 in the western, central and southern parts of the country, creating a water network some 12,500 kilometres long. The idea is to reduce droughts and floods and create 35 million hectares of arable land in the process, as well as the means to generate 34,000 megawatts of hydropower.This project is backed by Narendra Modi, who became the country’s prime minister in 2014. Since then India’s National Water Development Agency has completed detailed project reports for three key initial river links – the pilot link between Ken and Betwa rivers in northern and central India; Daman Ganga and Pinjal rivers in western India; and Par and Tapti rivers in western and central India. A feasibility report of a fourth link between three Himalayan rivers – Manas, Teesta and Ganges – is in the final stages of preparation.

Source: India’s grand plan to create world’s longest river set to go | New Scientist

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Denmark Urged to Clean up U.S. Military Waste in Greenland

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Greenland is calling on Denmark to clean up an abandoned under-ice missile project and other U.S. military installations left to rust in the pristine landscape after the Cold War.The 1951 deal under which NATO member Denmark allowed the U.S. to build 33 bases and radar stations in the former Danish province doesn’t specify who’s responsible for any cleanup.Tired of waiting, Greenland’s local leaders are now urging Denmark to remove the junk that the Americans left behind, including Camp Century, a never-completed launch site for nuclear missiles under the surface of the massive ice cap.”Unless Denmark has entered other agreements with the United States about Camp Century, the responsibility for investigation and cleanup lies with Denmark alone,” said Vittus Qujaukitsoq, Greenland’s minister in charge of foreign affairs.

Source: Denmark Urged to Clean up U.S. Military Waste in Greenland

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Naked exercise isn’t just for exhibitionists – it’s a growing fitness trend

Have you ever been wobbling uncontrollably in a half-formed downward dog, or soaked with sweat in a spin class and thought to yourself, ‘this would be so much better if I was naked?’No, me neither.But a surprising number of people seemingly have – and some evidence even suggests that it’s not as absurd as it sounds.Naked yoga, naked swimming clubs, naked bike rides and naked gym classes all seem to be gaining popularity, with suggested benefits including increased self-esteem and body positivity.

Source: Naked exercise isn’t just for exhibitionists – it’s a growing fitness trend – The i newspaper online iNews

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The Breitbart Pizzagate Connection: Was Andrew Breitbart Killed To Conceal This Story?

As evidence continues to mount, the now worldwide PizzaGate investigation–being actively ignored by mainstream media–reveals a very interesting and altogether damning connection. Due to the ongoing citizen investigation, on both the conspiracy sub-reddit as well as the new Voat pizzagate subverse, that has risen up to fill the void left by the absence of legal action that some would consider an absolute dereliction of duty, an obvious link between the death of Andrew Breitbart and the Pizzagate investigation has been uncovered.breitbartThere were many who spoke out about the death of Andrew Breitbart, naming it foul play. Not hours after his death was confirmed in early March, skeptics were quick to question what role his passing may have had in relation to a public address he delivered earlier in 2012. Speaking to the audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C. only weeks earlier, Breitbart claimed he had videos that would end the political career of US President Barack Obama.Yet it wasn’t until his coroner, the one responsible for declaring his cause of death(also at the center of much controversy), turned up dead from arsenic poisoning within hours of the release of Breitbart’s preliminary autopsy report that the theory truly began to materialize. Many of Breitbart’s tweets leading up to his death were very accusatory and seemingly irrational at the time. However, following WikiLeaks’ release of the hacked emails from John Podesta, uncovering the horror that is pizzagate, his tweet’s context began to form.

Source: The Breitbart Pizzagate Connection: Was Andrew Breitbart Killed To Conceal This Story?

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Why Cops Are Raiding Arcades Over a Fishing Game – Waypoint

A squad of 23 police officers serve a search warrant at a house in Little Saigon, twenty minutes from Disneyland. Inside, suspects run from the commotion, trying to tear an air conditioner out and escape through a window. A dozen huddle in the living room in a pile, trying to hide their faces. All seventeen people are detained, and three arrested.Police discover a makeshift pawnshop in the garage. They find evidence that the owners sold guns there, and doled out pot and cocaine to keep their clientele hooked. But the real moneymaker sits in a back room painted with neon fish. It’s the arcade game Dragon Hunter, a machine that’s part of the increasingly popular—and controversial—”Fish Hunter” genre. Less than a month later, Westminster SWAT raids a similar gambling den twenty minutes away, this one with ties to organized crime. Again they find weapons, drugs, and what gamblers refer to as “the fish game.”

Source: Why Cops Are Raiding Arcades Over a Fishing Game – Waypoint

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Grotesque ISIS video tutorial shows ‘lone wolves’ how to murder ‘disbelievers’

A new Islamic State video has issued a graphic propaganda tutorial to Muslims to murder “disbelievers” in Britain, the U.S. and France.The video – “Taking revenge for the Muslims” – contains instructions on how to kill while outlining footage of earlier terrorist attacks in countries including Germany, France, Finland and Russia.One terrorist wearing a balaclava to hide his face giving the instructions calls on Muslims in France to kill in the name of Allah.”So kill them,” he says.

Source: Grotesque ISIS video tutorial shows ‘lone wolves’ how to murder ‘disbelievers’ in the US, Britain and France – Mirror Online

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When It Comes to Fake News, the U.S. Government Is the Biggest Culprit | Global Research

“We Americans are the ultimate innocents. We are forever desperate to believe that this time the government is telling us the truth.”—Former New York Times reporter Sydney SchanbergLet’s talk about fake news stories, shall we?

There’s the garden variety fake news that is not really “news” so much as it is titillating, tabloid-worthy material peddled by anyone with a Twitter account, a Facebook page and an active imagination. These stories run the gamut from the ridiculous and the obviously click-baity to the satirical and politically manipulative.Anyone with an ounce of sense and access to the Internet should be able to ferret out the truth and lies in these stories with some basic research. That these stories flourish is largely owing to the general gullibility, laziness and media illiteracy of the general public, which through its learned compliance rarely questions, challenges or confronts.

Then there’s the more devious kind of news stories circulated by one of the biggest propagators of fake news: the U.S. government.  In the midst of the media’s sudden headline-blaring apoplexy over fake news, you won’t hear much about the government’s role in producing, planting and peddling propaganda-driven fake news—often with the help of the corporate news media—because that’s not how the game works.

Source: When It Comes to Fake News, the U.S. Government Is the Biggest Culprit | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

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Freaky Expanding Pill Stays in Your Gut for Days to Deliver Drugs

The problem with pills is that you have to take them on a regular basis. An innovative new pop-up capsule solves this problem by staying in the stomach for days, where it slowly releases medication over the course of an entire treatment.

Source: Freaky Expanding Pill Stays in Your Gut for Days to Deliver Drugs

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We Need a ‘PC’ That Includes White People

We wonder what the election of Donald Trump means for America. I suggest one thing it means is that educated Americans need to do a reset on what we mean by “politically correct.” We need a new PC.The simple fact is that a core constituency of white people just aren’t going to “get it” the way the left wants them to. This is the case, for example, on race.The left wants white America to see itself as profoundly culpable, as the bad guy in the drama.  Moreover, it is considered key to intellectual and moral engagement to be in eternal battle against the stain of racism in the American fabric.That is understandable in itself. But naturally it can be hard to be white under this analysis. (Note: anyone who thinks this editorial is a defense of racism will likely feel differently if they read to the end.) One likely tires of being endlessly assailed as complicit in sin.

Source: We Need a ‘PC’ That Includes White People | American Renaissance

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Federal agencies push ‘midnight’ rule-making flurry under Obama

With less than two months before US President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, federal agencies under President Obama are pushing for a final flurry of new rules – despite the high likelihood that many will not survive.By Steven Porter, Staff November 27, 2016 Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP/File View Caption About video ads View CaptionPresident Obama is heading into his administration’s final weeks with a full agenda of new draft orders to consider, even though his successor has vowed to scale back job-killing regulation and cancel “all illegal and overreaching executive orders.”Despite the likelihood that US President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress would kill any controversial late-in-the-game moves by Mr. Obama, federal agencies under the Democratic president are pushing for a flurry of so-called “midnight” regulations on everything from the environment to transportation and financial marketplaces.The White House was reviewing as many as 98 final regulations , as of Nov. 15, that could be implemented before Mr. Trump takes office, including 17 with an estimated annual economic impact of $100 million or more, Politico reported. But lawmakers have warned agency heads to avoid rushing to finalize rules or regulations before Obama leaves office.

Source: Federal agencies push ‘midnight’ rule-making flurry under Obama – CSMonitor.com

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Iran Loses Nuclear Device, Sparks GCC Worry

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is concerned over a missing radioactive device from Iran’s Bushehr nuclear reactor, Saudi-owned Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat reported on Thursday.Aside from the security concerns, at the forefront in the GCC’s mind is what impact the radioactive device—wherever it may be today—could have on water supplies.According to the newspaper, the device went missing after the car transporting it was stolen. Thankfully, the vehicle was recovered, but the radioactive nuclear device was not so lucky.The GCC has contacted the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) over the incident—both organizations are concerned that Iran’s nuclear program may pollute the waters in the Gulf, Asharq al-Awsat quoted GCC Emergency Management Center chairman, Adnan al-Tamimi, as saying.

Source: Iran Loses Nuclear Device, Sparks GCC Worry | OilPrice.com

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We Need a ‘PC’ That Includes White People

We wonder what the election of Donald Trump means for America. I suggest one thing it means is that educated Americans need to do a reset on what we mean by “politically correct.” We need a new PC.The simple fact is that a core constituency of white people just aren’t going to “get it” the way the left wants them to. This is the case, for example, on race.The left wants white America to see itself as profoundly culpable, as the bad guy in the drama. {snip}{snip} Moreover, it is considered key to intellectual and moral engagement to be in eternal battle against the stain of racism in the American fabric.That is understandable in itself. But naturally it can be hard to be white under this analysis. (Note: anyone who thinks this editorial is a defense of racism will likely feel differently if they read to the end.) One likely tires of being endlessly assailed as complicit in sin.

Source: We Need a ‘PC’ That Includes White People | American Renaissance

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Encrypted email service Riseup sparks worry after warrant canary appears to expire

Warrant canaries are useful but flawed when not implemented properly.

Questions remain about the status of encrypted email and messaging service Riseup.net after several users this week noticed that the service’s warrant canary had apparently expired.

Discussions on both Hacker News and Reddit have led some to believe that the service, which is popular with activists and journalists, has been served with a secret surveillance order, because its warrant canary — issued quarterly — had not been updated before the three-month deadline.

How tech companies use warrant canaries to secretly communicate with you

Tech companies aren’t allowed to tell you when the government wants your data. Enter the warrant canary.

These warrant canaries are displayed publicly, usually on a webpage. When removed, they can silently indicate the company or service has received a secret surveillance order and has been prevented from telling anyone

Questions remain about the status of encrypted email and messaging service Riseup.net after several users this week noticed that the service’s warrant canary had apparently expired.

Discussions on both Hacker News and Reddit have led some to believe that the service, which is popular with activists and journalists, has been served with a secret surveillance order, because its warrant canary — issued quarterly — had not been updated before the three-month deadline.

How tech companies use warrant canaries to secretly communicate with you

Tech companies aren’t allowed to tell you when the government wants your data. Enter the warrant canary.

These warrant canaries are displayed publicly, usually on a webpage. When removed, they can silently indicate the company or service has received a secret surveillance order and has been prevented from telling anyone

Source: Encrypted email service Riseup sparks worry after warrant canary appears to expire

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European leaders and Remainers try to keep Britain in the

His intervention coincided with comments by Tony Blair who said Brexit could be reversed by a second referendum if the “pain” of leaving could be increased to change voters’ minds. There was also anger at another former Prime Minister, Sir John Major, who shared a platform with Mr Blair during the referendum.He claimed Brexit was “the tyranny of the majority” and suggested the will of British voters should be ignored. In a further attempt to undermine Brexit, Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny claimed it would be impossible for Britain to leave the EU in just two years.

Brexit Remain supporters and EU leaders have been accused of plotting to block BrexitRelated articles Iain Duncan Smith tells Remoaner John Major to ACCEPT BREXIT Alistair Campbell slams ‘BREXTREMISTS’ as he demands vote is reversedLast night Ukip leader Nigel Farage said he “would not be surprised if there was collusion”.And Richard Tice, cochairman of Leave Means Leave, said: “Remainers and EU leaders seem to be collaborating. They are panicking because they know the UK has the upper hand.”Ukip leadership candidate Suzanne Evans said the plot showed why Britain needed to get out now.“From day one after the referendum result there has been a plot by hardline Remainers and the European Union, who are contemptuous of British democracy, to reverse the result and force Britain to stay in the EU,” she said.

Source: European leaders and Remainers try to keep Britain in the EU | UK | News | Daily Express

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The Pentagon won’t say why its targeting manual was released online | Popular Science

Last week without fanfare, a 230-page military document (PDF) appeared in the public domain. The document, authored in May 2016, is a comprehensive list of rules, standards, and definitions governing the heart of what the military does: picking targets, and making sure those targets are valid and within the bounds of the laws of war.

The Pentagon isn’t exactly sure how the document ended up online. On Monday, Nov. 15, the nonprofit Federation of American Scientists ran a short post on the newly public document. Entitled “Joint Chiefs Urge “Due Diligence” in Targeting the Enemy,” the post highlights the central theme of the instruction manual: attacking the wrong target in war can have negative consequences for the United States and the countries it works with. This is a simple point, repeated and clarified through page after unredacted page in great detail, setting not just the rules but the very language that America’s military uses when fighting wars and deciding which object or person to fire at.

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Wi-Fi Mesh Systems Compared: eero, Orbi, AmpliFi

The future of home Wi-Fi is mesh networking, a new approach to consumer wireless networks that includes smart management and multiple radios designed to handle the load of today’s gadgets. Combine that with the fact that many homes require multiple access points for coverage in different locations and mesh makes the most sense.With 802.11ac we do finally have some range extenders that actually work now. Even when used at a distance, 802.11ac often gives you enough bandwidth to make an extender worthwhile. It’s never perfect, though, unless you’re using Ethernet (or Powerline or MoCA) for the backhaul between your router and extender. Even a workable situation like this takes a true geek to build and manage it. And when things break, it’s not just the geek who’s upset: the whole family has an opinion on the urgency of fixing these issues.

Source: Wi-Fi Mesh Systems Compared: eero, Orbi, AmpliFi – The Mac Observer

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Drone Helps Chase Down Suspects In Early Morning Robbery

Two men were arrested Monday morning after a business burglary – and a short chase – by a drone.An eyewitness saw the break-in happening.That eyewitness was talking to a drone pilot outside The Vault, where the break-in happened, so when the suspects took off, the drone did too.David Bell flies his drone downtown often, mainly just to get beauty shots.”Pretty amazing little thing,” Bell said. Before today, he’s never needed to chase down burglars.He was outside the Vault, upstairs at what’s called the Tom Tom Room, when he and another man saw someone come out of a broken window with two bottles of scotch.

Source: Drone Helps Chase Down Suspects In Early Morning Robbery – NewsOn6.com – Tulsa, OK – News, Weather, Video and Sports – KOTV.com |

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No Evidence of Aloe Vera Found in the Aloe Vera at Wal-Mart, CVS

The aloe vera gel many Americans buy to soothe damaged skin contains no evidence of aloe vera at all.Samples of store-brand aloe gel purchased at national retailers Wal-Mart, Target and CVS showed no indication of the plant in various lab tests. The products all listed aloe barbadensis leaf juice — another name for aloe vera — as either the No. 1 ingredient or No. 2 after water. There’s no watchdog assuring that aloe products are what they say they are. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration doesn’t approve cosmetics before they’re sold and has never levied a fine for selling fake aloe. That means suppliers are on an honor system, even as the total U.S. market for aloe products, including drinks and vitamins, has grown 11 percent in the past year to $146 million, according to Chicago-based market researcher SPINS LLC.

Source: No Evidence of Aloe Vera Found in the Aloe Vera at Wal-Mart, CVS – Bloomberg

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Land Destroyer: Fake News Alert: CNN Finally Admits White Helmets Staged Fake Video

CNN, among many other establishment media platforms, has long promoted the US-European funded “Syrian Civil Defence” also known as the “White Helmets.”Yet on November 25, they published an article titled, “Syria’s White Helmets apologize for Mannequin Challenge video,” in which they admit: It’s a familiar scene: Syria Civil Defence, also known as the “White Helmets,” rushing to rescue a man covered in rubble, but unlike thousands of other videos from Aleppo, this one is staged.CNN would continue by claiming: The nearly one-minute long video has been the subject of criticism on social media. On Wednesday Syria Civil Defence released a statement calling it an “error of judgment”. “This video and the related posts were recorded by RFS media with Syria Civil Defence volunteers, who hoped to create a connection between the horror of Syria and the outside world using the viral ‘Mannequin challenge.’ This was an error of judgment, and we apologize on behalf of the volunteers involved,” the statement read.Ignored by both the “White Helmets'” and RFS’ as well as CNN’s explanation of the video is the fact that the now admittedly staged video – besides the “mannequin challenge” style – is virtually indistinguishable from the “thousands of other videos from Aleppo” cited by CNN.Just like “thousands of other videos from Aleppo” cited by CNN, the “victim” being “rescued” by the “White Helmets” is covered in dust and what appears to be blood, but otherwise uninjured. Unlike in a real bombing, those “rescued” by the “White Helmet” have their limbs intact, no deep, visible wounds, and lack any of the burns or trauma associated with weaponry used in modern combat.

Source: Land Destroyer: Fake News Alert: CNN Finally Admits White Helmets Staged Fake Video

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Tor phone is antidote to Google “hostility” over Android, says developer | Ars Technica

The Tor Project recently announced the release of its prototype for a Tor-enabled smartphone—an Android phone beefed up with privacy and security in mind, and intended as equal parts opsec kung fu and a gauntlet to Google.The new phone, designed by Tor developer Mike Perry, is based on Copperhead OS, the hardened Android distribution profiled first by Ars earlier this year.Further ReadingBuilding a new Tor that can resist next-generation state surveillance”The prototype is meant to show a possible direction for Tor on mobile,” Perry wrote in a blog post. “We are trying to demonstrate that it is possible to build a phone that respects user choice and freedom, vastly reduces vulnerability surface, and sets a direction for the ecosystem with respect to how to meet the needs of high-security users.”To protect user privacy, the prototype runs OrWall, the Android firewall that routes traffic over Tor, and blocks all other traffic. Users can punch a hole through the firewall for voice traffic, for instance, to enable Signal.The prototype only works on Google Nexus and Pixel hardware, as these are the only Android device lines, Perry wrote, that “support Verified Boot with user-controlled keys.” While strong Linux geekcraft is required to install and maintain the prototype, Perry stressed that the phone is also aimed at provoking discussion about what he described as “Google’s increasing hostility towards Android as a fully Open Source platform.”

Source: Tor phone is antidote to Google “hostility” over Android, says developer | Ars Technica

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In 1975, a physicist co-authored a paper with his cat. He did it for a very good reason

F.D.C. Willard, also known as Chester, is a cat who co-authored a high-quality physics paper in 1975 in a reputed journal. His owner had a very good (and practical) reason for including Chester as one of the authors.Chester was a siamese cat like this one.Jack H. Hetherington was a professor of physics at Michigan State University in 1975. His research yielded some valuable results in the field of low-temperature physics so he sent a paper for publication in the Physical Review Letters – one of the leading journals in physics. So he sent it for peer reviewal, and it was received warmly, but one reviewer signaled a problem. Hetherington had used the pronoun “we” throughout the paper when in fact, he was the sole author. You see where this is going?Keep in mind, this was happening in 1975 before the internet was a thing, and even before computers.

In fact, the entire paper was typewritten, and for all you kids out there — that took a LOT of time. So Hetherington had two possibilities: either rewrite the entire thing or find another author. The first option just wouldn’t do, it was too much wasted time. But adding another author was also problematic as Hetherington himself admitted: it would reduce his prestige and even his financial remuneration. There was also the problem of time: the results were really promising, and for every day he waited, Hetherington risked someone else finding the same results and pitching a paper in front of him. So after “an evening’s thought,” he found the solution: just add Chester as an author.

Source: In 1975, a physicist co-authored a paper with his cat. He did it for a very good reason

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Japanese city to build ‘spamusement’ park with hot spring rollercoasters


A place where you can soak in a tub while zooming down a rollercoaster wearing only a towel.

Source: Japanese city to build ‘spamusement’ park with hot spring rollercoasters

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Tiniest Game Boy Hides in Your Pocket — Hackaday

This is likely the world’s smallest fully-functional Game Boy Color, able to play all of the games using the tiny direction pad and buttons, with onboard display and battery and in the original form factor. This is an incredible hack which presents a tour de force in hardware and software. This will easily rank in…

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Scientists create an 8ins bionic penis out of metal that grows when heated

Scientists have created a heat-activated metal penis to help men with erectile dysfunction. Developed by experts at the University of Wisconsin in America, the remote-controlled device lengthens to eight inches when heated to 42C. Surgically inserted in the base of the penis through an incision, the one inch metal coil can be turned on by a remote held over the groin, generating a metal field which triggers a current.The coil then warms the implant, making it expand and fully erect.

A prototype of the device is to be tested on animals and could be available to men within a few years+3A prototype of the device is to be tested on animals and could be available to men within a few years Surgically inserted in the base of the penis through an incision, the one inch metal coil is heat-activated and operated by a remote control (file photo)+3Surgically inserted in the base of the penis through an incision, the one inch metal coil is heat-activated and operated by a remote control (file photo)The device is made using nitinol, a metal alloy of nickel and titanium which can change shape in different temperatures. According to The Sun, the prototype device is to be tested on animals and could be available to men within a few years.

Source: Scientists create an 8ins remote control bionic penis out of metal that grows | Daily Mail Online

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Neural Network Learns to Identify Criminals by Their Faces

Soon after the invention of photography, a few criminologists began to notice patterns in mugshots they took of criminals. Offenders, they said, had particular facial features that allowed them to be identified as law breakers.One of the most influential voices in this debate was Cesare Lombroso, an Italian criminologist, who believed that criminals were “throwbacks” more closely related to apes than law-abiding citizens.

He was convinced he could identify them by ape-like features such as a sloping forehead, unusually sized ears and various asymmetries of the face and long arms. Indeed, he measured many subjects in an effort to prove his view although he did not analyze his data statistically.

This shortcoming eventually led to his downfall. Lombroso’s views were discredited by the English criminologist Charles Goring, who statistically analyzed the data relating to physical abnormalities in criminals versus noncriminals.

He concluded that there was no statistical difference.And there the debate rested until 2011, when a group of psychologists from Cornell University showed that people were actually quite good at distinguishing criminals from noncriminals just by looking at photos of them. How could that be if there are no statistically different features?

Source: Neural Network Learns to Identify Criminals by Their Faces

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That is probably not cod that you are eating

There’s a lot to gain from slapping the wrong label on seafood. The root of the problem is that we’ve been overfishing our oceans and the result is a deficit of fish. Nonetheless, there is a massive demand for seafood around the world. Most seafood is imported to keep up with demand. There aren’t enough of the commonly eaten fish so fishers take other, less commercially appealing, species and pass them off for one of the more demanded types of fish. This problem is further augmented by high profits from fish fraud and very little law enforcement.Can you tell which fish these fish sticks are made out of?

When the scales, head, and fins are removed it’s really hard to tell which species a fish fillet is just by looking at it. It’s even trickier when a breaded crust or sauce is added. In this way, it’s quite easy to pass one fish off for another. A lot of fish are chopped into fillets in a built-in factory right on the boat. The fillets arrive to shore frozen in boxes so the secondary buyers might not even know what type of fish they are buying. Indeed, the fraud can occur at any point down the line; the fisher, processor, distributor, and final seller can introduce fraud at any point. Right now, it is impossible to keep tabs on all of the fishing in the world.How common is it?Studies that have identified a variety of samples from markets and restaurants have found that at least 1/3 of samples that were tested are not the fish that they were supposed to be.Sushi restaurants are particularly notorious. In an Oceana study researchers found that 74% of sampled sushi was mislabeled. Even worse, 95% of all tested sushi restaurants were found to be guilty of selling mislabeled fish. And perhaps you shouldn’t order “yellowtail” sushi anymore- none of the restaurants tested served real yellowtail. It’s not that sushi restaurant owners are necessarily trying to cheat you out of a proper sushi dinner; they could be completely unaware and even cheated themselves by their supplies.

Source: That is probably not cod that you are eating

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