Daily Archives: November 16, 2016

Bernie Sanders Could Replace President Trump With Little Known Loophole

Here is exactly what we need to do to save our great society. The information here is what we’ve all been waiting for. By doing this we can make Bernie the President on Inauguration day rather than President Elect, Donald Trump.Actually, no we can’t. There is no loophole that allows a random person to assume the office of President. That’s pretty basic common sense but yet you clicked or even shared this article anyway. Now that right there is the real point of this post….Our social media sites have been flooded with misinformation in the past few months. While this has always been a problem it now appears to have exploded over this election season. We are seeing post after post stating just plain illogical things and this is not a problem unique to any one side.Even more dangerous are the posts that don’t appear to be far fetched until you dig into the details. The big problem with that… People don’t dig for the details.

Source: Bernie Sanders Could Replace President Trump With Little Known Loophole

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Vitamin D deficiency is widely overestimated, doctors warn – SFGate

Doctors are warning about vitamin D again, and it’s not the “we need more” news you might expect. Instead, they say there’s too much needless testing and too many people taking too many pills for a problem that few people truly have.The nutrient is crucial for strong bones and may play a role in other health conditions, though that is far less certain. Misunderstandings about the recommended amount of vitamin D have led to misinterpretation of blood tests and many people thinking they need more than they really do, some experts who helped set the levels write in Thursday’s New England Journal of Medicine .Correctly interpreted, less than 6 percent of Americans ages 1 to 70 are deficient and only 13 percent are in danger of not getting enough.That’s concerning, “but these levels of deficiency do not constitute a pandemic,” the authors write.Yet people may think there is one.Blood tests for vitamin D levels — not advised unless a problem like bone loss is suspected — are soaring. Under Medicare, there was an 83-fold increase from 2000 to 2010, to 8.7 million tests last year, at $40 apiece. It’s Medicare’s fifth most common test, just after cholesterol levels and ahead of blood sugar, urinary tract infections and prostate cancer screening.

Source: Vitamin D deficiency is widely overestimated, doctors warn – SFGate

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Food made from natural gas will soon feed farm animals – and us

By Michael Le PageAll of the food you’ve ever eaten was made with sunlight captured by plants just a few months or years before you ate it. But some of the energy on your plate could soon come from sunlight captured by plants millions of years ago, thanks to plans to feed livestock with fossil fuels.A biotechnology company called Calysta, based in Menlo Park, California, is set to announce the first ever large-scale factory that uses microbes to turn natural gas – methane – into a high-protein food for the animals we eat. The factory, which will be built in the US in collaboration with food-giant Cargill, will produce 200,000 tonnes of feed a year.The methane-made food has already been approved in the European Union for feeding to farmed fish and livestock such as pigs. Calysta is seeking approval in the US, too – and not just for farm animals. “We want to take it all the way to cats and dogs, and potentially even humans,” says the head of Calysta, Alan Shaw.In September, Calysta opened a small facility in Teesside in the UK to produce up to 100 tonnes a year of feed for farmed fish. Unibio, a rival biotech company based in London, opened a similar-sized facility in Denmark in October. Both companies want to rapidly scale up production.

Source: Food made from natural gas will soon feed farm animals – and us | New Scientist

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 Trump is Correct about the California Drought

Republican president Donald Trump went to the city of Fresno, the capital of California’s farming community, and declared: “there is no drought!”This seemingly brash statement was met with ridicule and scorn across the blogosphere — how could anyone make such a so-called “stupid” statement when everyone knows that California has experienced a historically high dry spell since 2013? But was Trump right? Arguably yes. Here’s why.Historically, California has a mega Wet Year once about every ten years with mini Wet Years in between. So four out of five years, or as much as eight out of every ten years, are Dry Years where reservoirs aren’t filling up enough and groundwater basins aren’t being recharged enough, except by the runoff from farmer’s fields and by recycling in urban areas. The mega Wet Years are those when California refills its reservoirs and groundwater basins to be drawn down over the next five or ten years depending on the rainfall and snowfall cycle. It is normal for reservoir levels to be dropping and for groundwater basins to be “overdrafted” until they are replenished by a deluge and floods.

Source: Articles: Trump is Correct about the California Drought

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Why public health scholars should study pornography

Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert signed a resolution declaring pornography a public health crisis.The resolution has sparked debate, but for most public health experts, the idea that pornography has some relevance to our health as a society isn’t too controversial.This topic is in my wheelhouse. I am a public health researcher and teacher, and have conducted several studies on adolescent pornography use. Personally, I do think pornography is a public health issue; it has implications for sexual and reproductive health promotion, and violence prevention.In addition to my research on pornography, I instruct a graduate-level course on pornography as a public health issue at the Boston University School of Public Health. My students will be called upon to deliberate about whether and how to protect the public’s health – and what counts as overstepping their bounds.So I teach them to think critically about the issue, to look past rhetoric, and to become critical consumers of research evidence. I teach them that it’s OK if they find themselves conflicted at times, because determining what’s dangerous or healthful for the public is not always simple.

Source: Why public health scholars should study pornography

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The idea that America ‘doesn’t talk about’ racism is absurd

As we confront our nation’s election of a man who dwells blithely in stereotype and caricature, many of us are wondering what we are to do as responsible citizens faced with what many of us regard as a political and moral catastrophe. One thing someone opposed to Donald Trump’s unenlightened, “mean boy” perspective on women, nonwhites, the disabled, Muslims, and others might consider doing is to avoid imitating him.It may seem perhaps the least likely thing an anti-Trumpian would do, but there’s a word we might consider tempering our usage of in the coming years, given that the way we use it opens us to certain charges involving kettles and the color black. I refer to the word “racist.”The Martian anthropologist would recognize no difference between the way those accused of being witches were treated in 17th-century Salem, Mass., and the way many innocent people are being accused of “racism” today. Those appalled by the way people were tarred with the Communist label in the 1940s and 1950s must recognize that America has blundered into the same censorious mob mentality in assailing as “racists,” just recently, people such as Ellen DeGeneres — for Photoshopping herself riding on Jamaican gold medal sprinter Usain Bolt’s back in celebration of his win — and Hillary Clinton — for referring to the black men terrorizing poor black neighborhoods as “superpredators” in describing plans for protecting people in those neighborhoods from such crime.

Source: The idea that America ‘doesn’t talk about’ racism is absurd – The Boston Globe

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Edward Snowden Says That Facebook is “Dangerous” Following US Election – CraveOnline

Edward Snowden Says That Facebook is “Dangerous” Following US ElectionEdward Snowden has spoken out about Facebook’s role in the US presidential election, saying that the social network is “dangerous” as a result of many relying on it as their sole news platform.Speaking during the Fusion Real Future Fair, the notorious whistleblower discussed the damaging impact Facebook is having on how we receive news. “There seems to be no alternative to the larger services,” he said, adding: “Because of this network effect, because the first mover advantage. When you get a Google or a Facebook or Twitter in place, they never seem to leave.”Facebook was heavily criticized following the US election results, with many feeling that the publishing of fake news on the social network could have swayed voter opinion. Founder Mark Zuckerberg was outspoken against these claims, saying that less than one per cent of news hosted on site was fake. It has since outlined plans to stop supporting sites hosting fake news posts on their ad network, echoing Google’s plans to pull fake news sites from the Google AdSense program.Snowden continued to elaborate upon his thoughts regarding the impact of social media on news, saying:”When one service provider makes a bad decision we all suffer for it. … The Silicon Valley desire for massive, world-eating services, the scale that takes over not only our country but all others, it’s asking us to accept a status quo where we set aside that competition in favor of scale. We should be particularly cautious about embracing this and taking this to be the case.”

Source: Edward Snowden Says That Facebook is “Dangerous” Following US Election – CraveOnline

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‘World’s saddest polar’ to leave China mall temporarily, rights groups urge permanent move

“The saddest polar bear in the world”, who has been kept on display in a Chinese shopping mall and the subject of endless selfies, will be temporarily returned to an ocean park home, a move which animal rights groups are working to make permanent.Kept in the Grandview Mall Aquarium in the city of Guangzhou, three-year-old Pizza was brought to the world’s attention in September when video emerged of the bear lying lifelessly in the glass-walled enclosure.Since then more than 1 million people signed a Humane Society International petition for the closure of the mall, which also houses belugas, walruses and arctic foxes.The aquarium has now announced Pizza will return to an ocean park in the north-eastern city of Tianjin, where the bear’s parents also live, while the mall undergoes an upgrade.YouTube: The video of Pizza which prompted a worldwide movement to shut the mall”Pizza the polar bear will temporarily leave Guangzhou and return to his birthplace,” the Grandview Mall Aquarium said on its official account on WeChat, a popular mobile-based Chinese social media platform.

Source: ‘World’s saddest polar’ to leave China mall temporarily, rights groups urge permanent move – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Using a drone, Redditor catches his cheating wife in action

Marriage on the rocks!!! Redditor uses drone to catch cheating wife in action Rich people use detectives to catch their cheating wives, tech guys use drone

Source: Using a drone, Redditor catches his cheating wife in action » TechWorm

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Check Your PC For Signs Of A Dangerous Password Stealer

Organised crime syndicates are using the internet to steal money from unsuspecting customers of online banking. Some of the software being developed by the criminals is worryingly effective. For example, take the case of one program that was used to steal money from almost 10,000 accounts.The trojan software spreads via a malicious email attachment. Click on the attachment, and a program gets installed on your computer which routes all your internet traffic through the hackers’ server which happens to be on the anonymous Tor network. So although it appears that you’re talking to your bank’s web site, you’re actually connected to the hackers’ server which is doing a fine job of impersonating the bank. Except that it’s also capturing all the usernames and passwords that you enter.Security experts always advise that you never type confidential data such as banking passwords into a web site unless that site is using encryption, which will be obvious because of the padlock symbol on your browser and the https:// (the s stands for secure) at the start of the web address. But the hackers managed to find a way around this, by using the trojan software to install a “rogue certificate” file on the victims’ computers. A certificate tells a computer which servers and sites to trust. So when you see the https:// and the padlock symbol, this is merely showing you that your computer has been persuaded to trust the criminals’ fake bank website.

Source: Check Your PC For Signs Of A Dangerous Password Stealer | Gizmo’s Freeware

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Suspected car thief tells police he was ‘tired of walking’

A homeless man who said he stole a car because he was tired of walking is facing trial on multiple charges after Kent County deputies found a handgun and components of a methamphetamine lab in the vehicle and his backpack.Jay Allin Pluskhat was spotted driving a stolen 2002 Chevrolet Malibu last month on 17 Mile Road near White Creek Avenue NE. Kent County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jason Kelley nabbed Pluskhat Oct. 17 outside the Cedar Springs Meijer store, court records show.►Related: Police: Carjacking suspect wanted to return car he’d stolen“He said that he was walking down the road, got tired and decided he needed to take a car,’’ police wrote in a probable cause affidavit. Pluskhat said he looked for a car with the keys in it and came upon the Malibu on 14 Mile Road near Shaner Avenue NE, court records show.

Source: Suspected car thief tells police he was ‘tired of walking’

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Liberals to revamp ‘discriminatory’ age law for anal intercourse

The Liberal government is repealing what it calls a “discriminatory” law that makes it illegal to have anal sex under the age of 18, unless it is between a husband and wife.Right now, the age of consent for sexual activity is 16 but the Criminal Code prohibits anal intercourse for people under the age 18 unless they are husband and wife, a discrepancy many have denounced as unconstitutional.Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould announced the change today, saying the “outdated” law violates equality rights. What is Canada’s ‘age of consent’ and what are the Liberals changing? Ottawa faces lawsuit from LGBT civil servants Trudeau raises Pride flag on Parliament Hill”This section of the Criminal Code is discriminatory and the LGBTQ2 community has rightfully called for its repeal,” she said. “Our society has evolved over the last few decades and our criminal justice system needs to evolve as well. This legislation will help ensure that the system is keeping pace with societal change and continuing to meet expectations of Canadians.”Wilson-Raybould said the change is substantive and not just symbolic. In 2014 and 2015, there were 69 charges laid under the law, though none led to convictions. The minister said appellate courts across the country have deemed the law unconstitutional.The bill, C-32, is retroactive to 1983, but Wilson-Raybould said the law does not mean automatic pardons. That falls under the jurisdiction of Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, who is studying the issue, she said.Diversity and inclusion”The proposed amendment would ensure, in law, that all forms of consensual sexual activity are treated the same,” she said. “Diversity and inclusion have long been among the values Canadians embrace. Canadians expect their laws and their government to reflect these values.”

Source: Liberals to revamp ‘discriminatory’ age law for anal intercourse – Politics – CBC News

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“konkret” interviews me about Tor, spies and cult of crypto

johannes Simon, konkret: How did you first become interested in Tor?Yasha Levine: Tor became a prominent feature of political discourse around the world in 2013 when Edward Snowden popped up on the scene. He was a huge fan of the Tor project, he had a sticker of it on his laptop when he first emerged, and over the coming months he explained how Tor was central to what he did. He said Tor is not only about protecting leakers and whistleblowers, it is the best weapon that we have as people to protect ourselves against online surveillance.There was something weird about this to me. I knew about some of the pit-falls and problems of Tor: I knew that if you signed into Google using Tor, it didn’t really matter because Google still had all the information about your personal account. The same with Facebook.So Tor didn’t really solve the corporate side of surveillance. But how about the government side of surveillance: does it work there? I looked at the financial documents that they disclosed, which I think only offer a big part of where they get their money, but not all of it – and what I discovered is that 90-100% of the funds that they received came from three different wings of the US national security state: the Pentagon, the State Department, and an organization called the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which is an old CIA-created organization that goes back to the cold war.So I asked myself: why is the government funding this stuff? How come the people who work for the Tor Project, and draw six-figure salaries from it, run around claiming that they are these radicals against government when they actually draw their salaries from the government and – essentially – the CIA? Their employer, Tor, actually has a federal defense contractor number, it’s a military contractor.Why did US national security agencies develop this tool and give it to the public?Tor was developed by the US Navy as a way of getting around the problem of internet communication, which can be intercepted very easily. That posed a problem for spies and Tor was the solution. It could hide where you’re coming from and where you are going by bouncing it around several nodes. But if only US agents are using this system, then it’s quite obvious that everyone that is using the system is an agent. So in order to truly anonymize your traffic you have to open up the system and get as many people as possible to use it: not just spies but soccer moms, drug dealers, terrorists, paranoid kids, anybody. The bigger the crowd you have, the better you can hide the spies that are using it.So that’s why Tor was spun off from the Navy and became an actual non-profit organization. That was the original purpose. But a few years down the road another use for it emerged that was interesting for the federal government, and that was its anti-censorship function. That’s when Tor started getting funding from the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which is an umbrella federal agency that oversees all of America’s foreign propaganda operations. Tor became a foreign policy weapon, a soft power weapon.How does that work?The US government runs these kind of propaganda properties, has run them ever since the Cold War, like Radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia. In the 2000s the US government began to use the internet for these efforts. After the collapse of the Soviet Union a big focus was on China, so Radio Free Asia was brought back from the dead and began to use the internet. But China simply blocked the IP addresses of their websites. It was a pretty simple fix.So the US government decided they needed to come up with technologies that would help the Chinese people to get around this censorship. And the Tor Project offered the best solution. For the US-government it was like a crow-bar that helped pry open the national firewall that prevented American propaganda from coming into China.I guess there is a positive side effect to this, if Chinese dissidents are able to communicate freely and have access to information?Yes, except that I don’t think Tor works in China. By using Tor, you are self-selecting yourself for further scrutiny. And if you are in a truly oppressive regime like China, where anything could happen to you if there was just a slight suspicion that you were a dissident or might be in contact with someone from America, then Tor is the last thing you want to use. And if you read the internal justifications from the State Department for funding Tor, the anti-censorship function is just a minor point; it’s just the publicly stated purpose. The real purpose of it is what they call a “cost imposing strategy”: essentially a kind of digital arms race.But aren’t Tor and Encryption at least one possibility of protecting yourself against surveillance? That wish is quite understandable, don’t you think? And if Tor doesn’t really provide that protection, what would you propose people do instead?It all depends on who you are trying to protect yourself from. The

Source: German magazine “konkret” interviews me about about Tor, spies and the cult of crypto | Surveillance Valley

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MalwareMustDie is closed for protest against the NSA – DigitalMunition

The Shadow Brokers, the hacker group that hacked NSA hackers, who have previously released NSA hacking tools for anyone to download, published more files containing the IP address of 49 countries that have been hacked by the US National Security Agency. Security experts on several media news are linking these nodes to the activity of Equation Group.MalwareMustDie (MMD) group has started to focus the attention on the case, since Japan appeared to be the second most hacked country victims in the list, and was not listed as known target in the Equation Group (EQGRP) activities so far.In the mean time, the result of the EQGRP hacking activity, based on malware used to infect Linux and Solaris platforms, has been reversed and published by CERT Antiy and with full details, except of the hashes that was not shared in their publishment.

Source: MalwareMustDie is closed for protest against the NSA – DigitalMunition

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When PC Stifles Speech, People Express Themselves Other Ways


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When PC Stifles Speech, People Express Themselves in Other Ways

November 10, 2016 By Robert Gehl Leave a Comment

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Leftists are beginning to come around to the problem with political correctness: when people aren’t allowed to speak their minds, they find other – sometimes more powerful – ways to make their voices heard.

On Wednesday’s MSNBC show, a New York Times columnist wondered if this “political correctness” kept people from openly talking about things they cared about, like immigration, or terrorism, or the refugee crisis. And since they couldn’t speak out, they did so privately, in the ballot box.

Here’s how Breitbart put the exchange:

Ruhle asked, “Did we over-simplify things? Did we believe that Hillary Clinton and this all-inclusive global citizen message does represent the United States, and thought that this base that Donald Trump had really was just in this narrow nationalist vertical? When many of the initiatives that represent Obama…many people could say transgender bathrooms in high schools, how many people is that going to impact in this country? Not so many.”

Bruni stated that the Democratic Party has become a “collection of boutique issues,” and that doing so leads a lot of the country to feel ignored. He added that the Democratic Party has to “do some big soul-searching here.”

Bruni also said, “She was not a candidate that fit this moment at all. They were trying to sell a product at the wrong time, and they refused to see that, or they just couldn’t find a way around her, and here we are with Donald Trump over your shoulder.”
Source: When PC Stifles Speech, People Express Themselves Other Ways | The Federalist Papers

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Google, Facebook move to restrict ads on fake news sites | Reuters

Alphabet Inc’s Google (GOOGL.O) and Facebook Inc (FB.O) on Monday announced measures aimed at halting the spread of “fake news” on the internet by targeting how some purveyors of phony content make money: advertising.Google said it is working on a policy change to prevent websites that misrepresent content from using its AdSense advertising network, while Facebook updated its advertising policies to spell out that its ban on deceptive and misleading content applies to fake news.The shifts comes as Google, Facebook and Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) face a backlash over the role they played in the U.S. presidential election by allowing the spread of false and often malicious information that might have swayed voters toward Republican candidate Donald Trump.The issue has provoked a fierce debate within Facebook especially, with Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg insisting twice in recent days that the site had no role in influencing the election.Facebook’s steps are limited to its ad policies, and do not target fake news sites shared by users on their news feeds.”We do not integrate or display ads in apps or sites containing content that is illegal, misleading or deceptive, which includes fake news,” Facebook said in a statement, adding that it will continue to vet publishers to ensure compliance.

Source: Google, Facebook move to restrict ads on fake news sites | Reuters

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The hottest new beauty trend is your blood

Determined to banish wrinkles and hyperpigmentation once and for all? Try smearing blood on your face.German orthopedic doctor Barbara Sturm — known as the mother of the “vampire facial,” a

Source: The hottest new beauty trend is your blood | New York Post

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