Daily Archives: November 25, 2016

Man convicted of using Cheetos to try and burn down ex’s home

By The Taunton Gazette

Source: Man convicted of using Cheetos to try and burn down ex’s home

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Satellite Abandoned In 1967 Mysteriously Came Back Online

Photo of Andrew FollettAndrew FollettEnergy and ScienceCommunications Satellite orbiting and relaying information data back to earth. 3D Illustration. (Shutterstock.com/solarseven)

Communications Satellite orbiting and relaying information data back to earth. 3D Illustration. (Shutterstock.com/solarseven)An American satellite abandoned in 1967 suddenly came back online and began transmitting again for the first time in 50 years.Amateur astronomers first suspected that they’d found the satellite in 2013, but needed years to confirm that it was still occasionally transmitting. The satellite, dubbed LES1, was built by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and launched into space in 1965.A mistake in the satellite’s circuitry caused it to never leave its circular orbit, and it eventually stop transmitting in 1967. The satellite’s signal now fluctuates widely in strength, meaning that it’s likely only transmitting when its solar panels are in direct sunlight. Scientists expect that the satellite’s onboard batteries have disintegrated.This is not the first a NASA solar probe was lost and found again. In 1998, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory lost contact with NASA but was eventually reacquired. NASA successfully rediscovered its Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatories (STEREO-B) probe after 22 months of searching in August, establishing contact with the $550 million probe for several hours.

Source: Satellite Abandoned In 1967 Mysteriously Came Back Online | The Daily Caller

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CNN Already Talking About IMPEACHING Donald Trump

Leftist columnist David Frum and CNN commentator Jeffrey Lord got into a heated argument about impeaching Donald Trump before he even takes office.

The argument centers around perceived conflicts of interest Trump might have with his vast fortune. At one point, Frum said Trump may be “driving himself” to impeachment because of the conflicts.

Source: CNN Already Talking About IMPEACHING Donald Trump | The Federalist Papers

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Now you can buy a tiny microscope made of paper

Stanford physicist Manu Prakash creates inexpensive versions of high-tech devices in order to make science more accessible. But his most famous invention—a pocket-size microscope made from folded paper and called the Foldscope—has been surprisingly hard to come by. Until now.Prakash and his team just launched a Kickstarter campaign that allows anyone to reserve a foldable microscope kit of their very own for $15, or to reserve a 20-pack of scopes for $20. Although the components for each device cost only 57 to 97 cents (depending on the magnification of the lenses), the extra cost will help cover additional scientific tools for the kit, such as microscope slides, tweezers, pipettes, and even a journal for observations. And larger payments will allow backers to donate Foldscopes to schools and communities all over the world. The goal: give millions of people access to the durable, portable, and affordable scientific device.

Source: Now you can buy a tiny microscope made of paper | Popular Science

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What is Gaslighting?

What is Gaslighting?

Inspired by the 1940 and 1944 films “Gas Light,” where a husband systematically manipulates his wife in order to make her feel crazy, the term “Gaslighting” is now commonly used to describe behaviour that is inherently manipulative.Gaslighting, at its core, is a form of emotional abuse that slowly eats away at your ability to make judgements.

Essentially, a Gaslighter spins their negative, harmful or destructive words and actions in their favour, deflecting the blame for their abusive deeds and pointing the finger at you. This is often done by making you feel “overly sensitive,” “paranoid,” “mentally unstable,” “silly,” “unhinged,” and many other sensations which cause you to doubt yourself.Commonly adopted by psychopathic, sociopathic and narcissistic types of people, Gaslighting tends to eat away at you slowly until you realize that you’re a shell of the former person you were.

Let’s take a look at some examples of Gaslighting.In a family scenario: Andrew’s father is an angry, bitter man. Every day Andrew is afraid to “tip the balance” of his father’s mood because he often bursts out in fits of rage calling Andrew a “bastard” and a “worthless little loser,” among many other hurtful names. When Andrew confronts his father about this aggressive name calling, Andrew’s father laughs and tells him “to stop being so sensitive.”

In a relationship scenario: Jade has been married for 5 years and has two small children with her husband Mike. For the past few months Jade has been trying to establish a small art shop, but when she asks for her husband’s assistance his mood darkens: “I can’t believe you’re spending so much time on this shop—don’t you care about me—don’t you care about your kids? You’re supposed to be mothering them!” he exclaims. Jade is shocked, “But I just wanted you to help me with setting up the store! And I haven’t been neglecting anyone!” Mike comes up very close to Jade’s face: “You see! Now you’re denying it. When I married you I thought you’d be there for your family. I should just take the kids and go already!” Mike storms off. Later, when Jade sits down to talk with Mike about his threat, Mike says, “Honey, you know you were over reacting, and you know that you’ve been obsessing over this shop too much. That makes the rest of us feel very ignored and excluded, I hope you understand that.”

At work scenario:

Sophie has been working in her department for the past five years when she is given a promotion to migrate to another level of the company that pays a higher salary. However, Sophie has been given a trial period to determine whether she is capable of fulfilling her duties or not. Nervously, she meets with her new supervisor, Kelly. At first Sophie likes her supervisor and fulfills all of her tasks on time. However, her supervisor begins to ask her to do belittling chores and favours here and there with increasing frequency. While Sophie is fine with helping out, she finds that Kelly is becoming more and more demanding. Finally, as Sophie’s work piles up to an unbearable level, she tells Kelly that she needs to focus on completing her work, but she can help another time. Later, in a staff meeting, Kelly introduces Sophie to everyone and says, “Although she’s not keeping up with us yet, I’m sure she’ll learn to embody our hard-working ethics soon!” Immediately, Sophie blushes and feels publicly insulted and humiliated, fearing for the security of her new job. Later when Sophie asks her supervisor why she thinks that “she is not embodying their hard-working ethic,” her supervisor says: “I think you misunderstood me. I just said that you’re not used to our pace of work so that other people can help you out.” From then on Sophie accepts all extra demands and chores, no matter how much work she has, or how demeaning the tasks are.

How to Know Whether Someone is Gaslighting You

Gaslighting is so harmful because it promotes anxiety, depression, and with enough frequency in our lives, can sometimes trigger nervous breakdowns. So the question now it: are you being gaslighted? How can you know whether you’re experiencing this subtle form of manipulation in your life? Review the following tell-tale signs: Something is “off” about your friend, partner, son, daughter, mother, father, sister, brother, colleagues, boss, or other person in your life … but you can’t quite explain or pinpoint what. You frequently second-guess your ability to remember the details of past events. You feel confused and disorientated. You feel threatened and on-edge, but you don’t know why. You feel the need to apologize all the time for what you do or who you are. You never quite feel “good enough” and try to live up to the expectations and demands of others, even if they are unreasonable or harm you in some way. You feel like there’s something fundamentally wrong with you, e.g. you’re neurotic or are “losing it.” You feel like you’re constantly overreacting

Source: You’re Not Going Crazy: How “Gaslighting” Erodes Your Sanity ⋆ LonerWolf

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Computer scientists urge Clinton campaign to challenge election results

(CNN)Hillary Clinton’s campaign is being urged by a number of top computer scientists to call for a recount of vote totals in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, according to a source with knowledge of the request.

The computer scientists believe they have found evidence that vote totals in the three states could have been manipulated or hacked and presented their findings to top Clinton aides on a call last Thursday.
The scientists, among them J. Alex Halderman, the director of the University of Michigan Center for Computer Security and Society, told the Clinton campaign they believe there is a questionable trend of Clinton performing worse in counties that relied on electronic voting machines compared to paper ballots and optical scanners, according to the source.

Source: Computer scientists urge Clinton campaign to challenge election results – CNNPolitics.com

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Feel “Safe”, Your Headphones Can Be Used As Microphone To Spy On You

Short Bytes: Researchers at the Ben Gurion University, Israel, have created a malware, called Speake(a)r, to exploit a feature on Realtek codec chips. They can use a pair of headphones to record sound and send it to the laptop using the audio output jack.There are different ways for hackers to spy on you. Most of them include your computer’s camera and microphone sensors. Well, many people including Mark Zuckerberg and FBI Director find it convenient to put a tape on the webcam and mic. Some people even go to the extent of removing a microphone from their machine.These things can be handy for a while but won’t help in a long-run. In fact, the level of spying has gone past your webcam and mic. Attackers can now use headphones to record everything.For a while, you can convince yourself that your earphones don’t have a mic at the first place, so, there is no scope for such things. But you’ll be happy to know that a new proof-of-concept malware Speake(a)r, developed by Isreali researchers at the Ben Gurion University, uses the speakers of your earphones as microphones to record the voice around them.

Source: Feel “Safe”, Your Headphones Can Be Used As Microphone To Spy On You

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ISIS Now Stealing Organs To Pay For Weapons, Reports Say

HAIDAR HAMDANI/AFP/Getty ImagesAs oil revenues dry up, ISIS has set its sights on a new source of income: human organs.According to independent Iraqi TV network Alsumaria News, the terrorist organization is harvesting organs from slain civilians and ISIS soldiers, specifically militants in hospitals in the Northern Iraqi city of Nineveh.Alsumaria News’ report states: “A medical unit belonging to the ISIS stole human organs, including kidneys and other organs, from 85 militants in Nineveh hospitals, and transferred them to other hospital in the outskirt of the city . . . The group lost the majority of its funds, especially crude oil that provided 80% of the total income of the terrorist group, so it started to trade in human organs to revive its finances . . . Dozens of human organs were stolen from civilians and bodies that were transferred to the forensic medicine department, and then transferred through mediators to Syria then to human organs traders.”

Source: ISIS Now Stealing Organs To Pay For Weapons, Reports Say – All That Is Interesting

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Scientist Says Ice Cream For Breakfast Makes You Smarter

Photo: Loic Venance (Getty)

Then we need to send a million gallons of this shit to the White House next year.

According to The Telegraph, a Japanese scientist says that if human beings want to improve their alertness and mental performance, then they need to start eating ice cream for breakfast.That’s great news if you own a shit ton of Dairy Queen stock. And if you get drunk off ice cream, too.

Professor Yoshihiko Koga at Tokyo’s Kyorin University recently conducted a study in which he had test subjects eat ice cream immediately after waking up in the morning. They were next asked to complete a series of mental exercises on a computer, and son of a bee sting, that group of test subjects performed at a higher level than those unlucky bastards who were told to eat nothing and like it.“Monitoring of the subjects’ brain activity revealed an increase in high-frequency alpha waves, which are linked to elevated levels of alertness and reduced mental irritation,” the study concluded.And just to make sure it wasn’t just the the cold temperature shocking the test subjects’ brains into action, Koga repeated the experiment with cold water instead of ice cream, and although there was a slight increase in alertness and mental capacity, it was nowhere near those levels found in test subjects after they chowed down on some Rocky Road.So there you have it. If your uncle is managing a Waffle House in podunk Georgia, tell him to do the country a favor and get some Ben & Jerry’s on the menu ASAP. Or just go with cereal milk.

Source: Scientist Says Ice Cream For Breakfast Makes You Smarter – CraveOnline

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How the blockchain will radically transform the economy

Say hello to the decentralized economy — the blockchain is about to change everything. In this lucid explainer of the complex (and confusing) technology, Bettina Warburg describes how the blockchain will eliminate the need for centralized institutions like banks or governments to facilitate trade, evolving age-old models of commerce and finance into something far more interesting: a distributed, transparent, autonomous system for exchanging value.

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Rescue Goat With Anxiety Only Calms Down In Her Duck Costume

It all started when Leanne Lauricella went shopping at Marshalls before Halloween. She was browsing the aisles when something caught her eye — a child’s duck costume, complete with a big orange bill and two webbed feet.Lauricella runs a goat rescue group called Goats of Anarchy in New Jersey.

She thought the duck costume would look cute on her baby goats, especially the newest rescue goat named Polly. So she bought the costume and took it home, not thinking too much of it. Little did Lauricella know just how much Polly would love that duck costume.

Polly is a baby goat with serious medical issues. She’s blind, has neurological problems that affect her eating ability and is severely underweight for her age. She also suffers from anxiety.

Source: Rescue Goat With Anxiety Only Calms Down In Her Duck Costume

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Must Watch!!!! – Why You Should Never Trust The Mainstream Media – YouTube

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Iceland breaks taboo with world’s largest penis museum

Size doesn’t matter at the Icelandic Phallological Museum, home to the world’s largest collection of penises which has an eye-watering array of specimens carefully collected from hundreds of different animals.”I came to see if it was true, that there really was a penis museum in Reykjavik,” American tourist Jerry Anderson told AFP, smiling as he stared at the phallus of a sperm whale, the largest specimen in the museum.Preserved in formaldehyde inside a huge plexiglass case at the museum’s entrance, it is 1.70 metres tall (five feet six inches) and weighs 75 kilogrammes (165 pounds).Inside the museum’s large illuminated rooms, there are penises and penile parts of all shapes and sizes from a huge array of mammals, from whales to bears, seals to cats, and even mice.It also houses a wide range of genital-themed artefacts, among them trays, totem poles and a telephone.

Source: Iceland breaks taboo with world’s largest penis museum

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Creepy website that shows how much the internet knows about you

IF YOU think you are not being analysed while browsing websites, it could be time to reconsider.A creepy new website called clickclickclick has been developed to demonstrate how our online behaviour is continuously measured.Dutch media company VPRO and Amsterdam based interactive design company Studio Moniker are the masterminds behind the site, which observes and comments on your behaviour in great detail.The website — which is not harmful to your computer — contains nothing but a white screen and a large green button.From the minute you visit the website, it begins detailing your actions on the screen in real-time.The site also encourages users to turn on their audio, which offers the even more disturbing experience of having an English voice comment about your behaviour.The website knows I logged in during office hours. Well that’s a little strange.

Source: Creepy website that shows how much the internet knows about you

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Indian man calls news conference to declare he is alive

An Indian doctor has held a press conference to declare he is alive and that reports of his death in the country’s cash crisis were exaggerated.”My reputation was in tatters,” RB Sinha told the BBC, saying rumours he died of a heart attack spread after an incorrect report of a tax raid on him.India’s recent ban of old 500 and 1,000 rupee notes was a move against illegal cash holdings, but it sparked chaos.Most reports of deaths and suicides have been all but impossible to verify.Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked people to remain calm and give the government 50 days to fully replace the banned notes with new ones.The government says the move was to crack down on corruption and illegal cash holdings known as “black money” – and this has included tax raids to unearth undeclared cash.

Source: Indian man calls news conference to declare he is alive – BBC News

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This Is The Most Hygienic Way To Use A Toilet, According To Science

We all have our own methods to make us feel comfortable about using the loo – especially public ones, which may not be as clean as the ones we use at home.We all have our own methods to make us feel comfortable about using the loo – especially public ones, which may not be as clean as the ones we use at home.

Some people squat, hover, or even cover the toilet seat in lots of toilet roll. But which method is more hygienic? We spoke to three experts for their thoughts on the most hygienic way to sit on the toilet, and here’s what they had to say.It’s probably not a good idea to cover the toilet seat with toilet roll, because that actually increases the surface area of germs.

Source: This Is The Most Hygienic Way To Use A Toilet, According To Science

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One low-dose exposure of gold nanoparticles induces long-term changes in human cells

Significance

Gold nanoparticles are promising candidates for optical sensing, bioimaging, delivery, and therapeutic applications due to their size- and shape-dependent physical properties and inherent biocompatibility compared with other metallic nanoparticles. Many studies have found that these particles are generally nontoxic at low doses for most, but not all, initial surface treatments. In this study, a long-term (20 wk) exposure of a set of gold nanoparticles to a human cell line was performed in two ways: an acute burst of nanoparticle exposure compared with a continuous, chronic exposure at the same concentration. Overall, it was found that an acute burst of exposure is more harmful to cells, and that cells can adapt to long-term nanoparticle exposure.

Abstract

We report the in vitro long-term (20 wk) changes in cells exposed to well-characterized gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) with varying shapes and surface coatings under both chronic (exposure to Au NPs continuously over 20 wk) and nonchronic (initial acute cell exposure to Au NPs, followed by 20 wk in NP-free cell media) conditions. Both chronic and nonchronic Au NPs exposures at low dose induce modifications at the gene level after long periods. In attempt to overcome from the injuries caused by nanoparticle exposure, genes related to oxidative stress, cell cycle regulation, and inflammation are among those presenting differential expression levels. Surprisingly, the nonchronic exposure induced more gene expression changes than its chronic counterpart and the stress effects caused by this type of exposure were sustained even after 20 wk without any additional NP exposure. NP surface chemistry played an important role in the alteration of gene regulation. Overall, our data suggest that (i) cells can adaptively respond to chronic, low-level NP insults; (ii) the cell stress response is not reversible over time upon removal of NPs upon acute, nonchronic exposure; and (iii) polyethylene glycol is not as benign a surface chemistry as is generally supposed.

Source: One low-dose exposure of gold nanoparticles induces long-term changes in human cells

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Australia’s Real Life ‘Captain Underpants’ Foils Hit & Run

Brisbane man Daniel McConnell prevented a hit and run offender from getting away from police overnight, when he confronted a 35-year-old man who’d crashed his car into a shop front.The car smashed into the fish and chip shop at 2am on Thursday morning, waking McConnell, who went down to investigate the scene wearing only his undies.“I come outside in me jocks, and I seen old mate,” McConnell told Channel 9. “And I said, ‘oi, what are you doing here mate, you gotta wait here,’ and he’s like, ‘Na, na, I fell asleep behind the wheel.’”The offender then tried to make a break for it, before McConnell went full Captain Underpants on him.“He’s just started taking off, so I’ve run inside, jumped in me little purple car, and started chasing him up the street,” he said. “He went down a side street, and I told the coppers he went down a side street, and they went and got him.”

Source: Australia’s Real Life ‘Captain Underpants’ Foils Hit & Run, Becomes Instant Hero – CraveOnline

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IBM to pay more than $30m in compensation for census fail

Computer giant IBM will pay more than $30 million in compensation for its role in the bungled census, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has indicated.Key points: Attacks that caused 40-hour outage “utterly predictable, utterly foreseeable”

“IBM have paid up and they should have,” Malcolm Turnbull says Mr Turnbull criticises ABS, saying it should have managed IBM contract betterThe Prime Minister described the four Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks that caused a 40-hour outage inconveniencing millions of Australians as “utterly predictable, utterly foreseeable”.

“I have to say — and I’m not trying to protect anyone here at all — but overwhelmingly the failure was IBM’s and they have acknowledged that, they have paid up and they should have,” he said.”They were being paid big money to deliver a particular service and they failed.”

Source: IBM to pay more than $30m in compensation for census fail, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull suggests – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Climbers Are Scaling The World’s Tallest Trees In An Effort To Save Them

57cd353c160000231cc00982A group of dedicated tree-climbers are scaling towering trees in an effort to help heal the planet.Protected with little more than a harness and some rope,arborist Jake Milarch has scaled redwoods topping 300 feet — that’s as tall as the Statue of Liberty.“It’s a humbling experience being next to something so big and so old,” said Milarch from his home in Copemish, Michigan, last month. “Some of these trees have survived for 4,000 years. It’s pretty cool.”Archangel Ancient Tree ArchiveArborists from the nonprofit Archangel Ancient Tree Archive climb trees to collect genetic material from their branches as part of a major conservation effort.Climbing these enormous trees is electrifying, but Milarch’s ascents aren’t for mere thrill-seeking. His family runs the nonprofit Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, which has attempted to preserve some of America’s biggest and most ancient old-growth trees since its founding seven years ago. The arborists climb these trees to collect genetic material from their branches. The goal: to clone this material for safekeeping and reforestation elsewhere.“Old-growth trees are some of the largest, oldest things on Earth,” said David Milarch, Jake Milarch’s father and founder of Archangel. “Yet no one has studied them to find out how they’ve managed to live for all these hundreds or even thousands of years; and now, they’re all being destroyed.”Old-growth or virgin forests are biodiverse woodlands that have lived to a great age. These forests are being destroyed at a staggering rate worldwide. In the United States, an estimated 95 to 98 percent of old-growth trees have already been cut down.

Source: Climbers Are Scaling The World’s Tallest Trees In An Effort To Save Them | The Huffington Post

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Switzerland Considers Ban on Koran Distribution

Swiss authorities have been pushed to act after the German government launched raids on 200 sites in a probe against Salafist group “The True Religion” on Tuesday.Known for its controversial “Lies!” (or “Read!”, in English) programme, in which the organisation hands out German copies of a strict traditionalist version of the Koran, the group have also been active in Switzerland for several years.The German government has banned the organisation on the basis of being unconstitutional and “inciting hate”.

There is no legal basis on which to ban groups in Switzerland, so authorities are looking to a town which successfully clamped down on The True Religion by prohibiting copies of the Koran from being distributed.Attempts to stop the Salafists proselytising have failed throughout the country, except for in the Aargau town of Brugg where The True Religion has failed to gain a foothold. Since 2012, the town has refused permits for requests to use public spaces to give out Korans.Zurich’s Director of Public Security, Mario Fehr, recommends external experts look into “the possibilities of limiting, or even banning [the “Lies!” campaign]” He said: “We want to put an end to organisations that are close to jihadists and other promoters of violence.”

Source: Switzerland Considers Ban on Koran Distribution

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U.S. Navy Buys $800K Per-Round Projectiles For Its $4 Billion Warship

Back in May I reported on the latest boondoggle in development by the military-industrial complex: the USS Zumwalt. It is staggering even by the standards of a perpetually over-funded apparatus that evidently views the taxpayer with utter contempt. Such contempt seems to be on the rise as demonstrated by the recently admitted total failure of the Air Force’s F-35 program, as well as the creation of a multi-generational citizen debt with the AF’s 20-year, $100 billion project of stealth nuclear bombers.

The Navy’s USS Zumwalt is the lead player in a projected fleet of thirty-two, 610-foot warships that is the “largest and most technologically sophisticated destroyer” ever produced. At least that is the prevailing tagline, and it certainly looks spiffy in the video below. However, in reality, the USS Zumwalt arrived into the hands of the Navy many years late and carrying a price tag of $4.4 billion with a reduced “fleet” now entailing just three ships. Three … and the other two are still in development.

Source: U.S. Navy Buys $800K Per-Round Projectiles For Its $4 Billion Warship

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