Daily Archives: November 27, 2016

BioEdge: Transhumanist candidate for president now supports Trump

A Zoltan for President poster To no one’s great surprise, the candidate of the Transhumanist Party in the US presidential election did not win. However Zoltan Istvan is far from unhappy with the result.“I never ran to win the presidency, but rather to spread word about the transhumanist movement and its goal to conquer death with science and technology,” he told Inverse magazine. “And my campaign, after 731 days, has been seen by likely 100 million people. I think transhumanism grew tremendously as a result, so I’m thrilled I could contribute to the transhumanism movement so dramatically.”

Source: BioEdge: Transhumanist candidate for president now supports Trump

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New U.N. chief says politicians are failing ‘losers of globalization’

The incoming head of the United Nations warned on Tuesday that “losers of globalization” in rich countries have felt ignored by establishment politicians, prompting them to turn to nationalist agendas, as in the U.S. election and Brexit referendum.Antonio Guterres, elected in October to take over as U.N. secretary general next year, told a conference in his native Lisbon that this trend had undermined the willingness to receive refugees in Europe this year.He said the world must re-establish international protection for refugees coming from war zones such as Syria, but it would not be easy as developed countries were turning to nationalist agendas.Europe has struggled to handle a huge influx of refugees, many of whom displaced by the war in Syria. The United States has accepted only a very small number of refugees and may take in even fewer next year.”In 2016, we have witnessed a dramatic deterioration of that international protection regime (for refugees),” Guterres said.

Source: New U.N. chief says politicians are failing ‘losers of globalization’

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Panasonic invests $60m in world’s first laundry-folding robot

Panasonic has invested tens of millions of dollars in a robot that can reduce the time it takes to wash clothes by sorting clean items and folding them into neat piles.

The electronics giant will pour $60m (£48m) into the startup behind the folding robot called Laundroid, which was first unveiled in October last year.

The domestic robot has been a decade in the making and is expected to finally be available to buy next year. Created by Japanese company Seven Dreamers, the Laundroid can fold a shirt in ten minutes and sort clothing into types.

Seven Dreamers is yet to say how much the robot, which is around the same size as a fridge-freezer, will cost, but Panasonic is reportedly funding just 10pc of the project.

Source: Panasonic invests $60m in world’s first laundry-folding robot

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Clinton campaign will participate in Wisconsin recount, with an eye on ‘outside interference

Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign has been quietly exploring whether there was any “outside interference” in the election results and will participate in the election recount in Wisconsin initiated by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, a Clinton campaign lawyer revealed Saturday.In a Medium post, Clinton campaign lawyer Marc Elias said that the campaign had received “hundreds of messages, emails, and calls urging us to do something, anything, to investigate claims that the election results were hacked and altered in a way to disadvantage Secretary Clinton,” especially in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, where the “combined margin of victory for Donald Trump was merely 107,000 votes.”

Source: Clinton campaign will participate in Wisconsin recount, with an eye on ‘outside interference,’ lawyer says – The Washington Post

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Big Retailers upkeeping the rumour that Santa doesn’t exist.

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Switzerland votes against strict timetable for nuclear power phaseout

People in Switzerland voting in a referendum have rejected a proposal to introduce a strict timetable for phasing out nuclear power.A projection for SRF public television showed the initiative failing by 55% to 45%.A majority of cantons (Swiss states) voted against the initiative.The plan, backed by the Green Party, would have meant closing three of Switzerland’s five nuclear plants next year, with the last shutting in 2029.The five plants currently generate almost 40% of Switzerland’s electricity.After the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, the Swiss government said it would gradually move the country towards renewable energy by 2050.It said nuclear plants should continue to operate as long as they are deemed safe, but did not set a precise timetable.

Source: Switzerland votes against strict timetable for nuclear power phaseout – BBC News

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Who Should Decide if ‘Hydroponic’ is ‘Organic’?

When most people think of hydroponics, marijuana and tomatoes come to mind. But there’s more to hydroponics. And—wouldn’t you know it—the “more” involves more regulations.

The USDA is currently considering whether hydroponic crops should be eligible to earn the USDA organic seal. They’ve been eligible to earn that status since 2002. But that could change thanks to a USDA-appointed “Organic Hydroponic and Aquaponic Task Force” that’s making recommendations on the issue.

Under USDA rules, the term “organic” is as much about what is used to produce food as what isn’t produced.

Source: Who Should Decide if ‘Hydroponic’ is ‘Organic’?

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Meet NPR’ Poster-boy for the “Fake News” Crisis, Jestin Coler

“The whole idea from the start was to build a site that could kind of infiltrate the echo chambers of the alt-right.” Sunstein disinfo asset Jestin ColerWeeks ago someone tried to get me to write about this story about an FBI agent supposedly linked to the Hillary email leaks killing his wife and taking his own life. The story was completely bogus. I figured it came out to distract people from the Seth Rich story or discredit it by association. The fake FBI agent story didn’t get a lot of attention, though it was shared quite a bit via influence peddlers on social media. Aside from that, folks seemed to sniff it out pretty quickly as bull-dung.

Everyone is talking about “fake news” websites these days. It’s one of the trendy reasons of choice explaining why real liberals chose not to vote for the republican war-monger Hillary Clinton in the presidential election this year. BernieBots, junkie “progressives” and James Comey are other popular excuses but “fake news” is ranking up there at the top of the list.

Opportunist and “media expert” Melissa Zimdars made herself into an instant online celebrity when she cobbled together a list of “fake news” websites which included some quality websites like Activist Post, Raw Story, NoMoreFakeNews and 21st Century Wire. Unfortunately for Melissa, her list also included some proven government disinformation outlets like Zero Hedge, Prison Planet and Veterans Today and the publishing of her list dramatically increased page views for a number of real alternative news sites. People were curious and wanted to see what they were about.

So she called out disinfo sites as disinfo and sent thousands of folks to read real news at real news websites. Not really a “win” when you think about it. Consequently, her “big list” now has no websites listed.

Source: Meet NPR’ Poster-boy for the “Fake News” Crisis, Jestin Coler – an Obama Administration Cognitive Infiltration Asset | American Everyman

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Obama Slams Stein’s Recounts: The Results “Accurately Reflect The Will Of The American People”

Jill Stein’s credibility seems to be sinking fast as both the Obama administration and the Clinton campaign have released statements this morning indicating they’ve failed to uncover a single shred of election hacking evidence.  The Obama administration confirmed their confidence in the election results via comments made to the New York Times saying that the election was “free and fair from a cybersecurity perspective” and that votes “accurately reflect the will of the American people.”

The Obama administration said on Friday that despite Russian attempts to undermine the presidential election, it has concluded that the results “accurately reflect the will of the American people.”

The statement came as liberal opponents of Donald J. Trump, some citing fears of vote hacking, are seeking recounts in three states — Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania — where his margin of victory was extremely thin.

In its statement, the administration said, “The Kremlin probably expected that publicity surrounding the disclosures that followed the Russian government-directed compromises of emails from U.S. persons and institutions, including from U.S. political organizations, would raise questions about the integrity of the election process that could have undermined the legitimacy of the president-elect.”

That was a reference to the breach of the Democratic National Committee’s email system, and the leak of emails from figures like John D. Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman.

“Nevertheless, we stand behind our election results, which accurately reflect the will of the American people,” it added.

The recount efforts have generated pushback by experts who said it would be enormously difficult to hack voting machines on a large scale. The administration, in its statement, confirmed reports from the Department of Homeland Security and intelligence officials that they did not see “any increased level of malicious cyberactivity aimed at disrupting our electoral process on Election Day.”

The administration said it remained “confident in the overall integrity of electoral infrastructure, a confidence that was borne out.” It added: “As a result, we believe our elections were free and fair from a cybersecurity perspective.”

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DoD Opens .Mil to Legal Hacking, Within Limits

Hackers of all stripes looking to test their mettle can now legally hone their cyber skills, tools and weaponry against any Web property operated by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), according to a new military-wide policy for reporting and fixing security vulnerabilities.hackthearmySecurity researchers are often reluctant to report programming flaws or security holes they’ve stumbled upon for fear that the vulnerable organization might instead decide to shoot the messenger and pursue hacking charges.But on Nov. 21, the DoD sought to clear up any ambiguity on that front for the military’s substantial online presence, creating both a centralized place to report cybersecurity flaws across the dot-mil space as well as a legal safe harbor (and the prospect of public recognition) for researchers who abide by a few ground rules.The DoD said it would “deal in good faith” with researchers “who discover, test, and submit vulnerabilities or indicators of vulnerabilities in accordance with these guidelines:“Your activities are limited exclusively to –(1) Testing to detect a vulnerability or identify an indicator related to a vulnerability; or(2) Sharing with, or receiving from, DoD information about a vulnerability or an indicator related to a vulnerability.”The Department of Defense also issued the following ten commandments for demonstrating compliance with its policy:

Source: DoD Opens .Mil to Legal Hacking, Within Limits — Krebs on Security

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How We Might One Day Communicate With Liquids

A new machine designed at Stanford University sends digital messages without electronics, using common household chemicals. Eventually, similar systems could allow tiny devices to communicate inside the body, or be adapted to environments in which traditional electronics break down.This intriguing chemical-based communication system was developed by Nariman Farsad, a post-doctoral fellow at Andrea Goldsmith’s electrical engineering lab. Though unorthodox, chemical communication opens up many new possibilities in the way we transmit and receive information. In addition to being wireless and cheap, it can work without the benefit of electronics. Consequently, it could be used in environments typically out of reach for electronic systems, such as under water or in places where metal is abundant.In a nutshell, the system turns pH changes into code, using pulses of an acid (vinegar) and a base (household glass clear) to create zeros and ones. These yin-and-yang chemicals are enough for a small sensor to detect a change in pH, and encode that change as a zero or one. Voila, instant binary code—albeit one driven by liquids instead of electronics.

Source: How We Might One Day Communicate With Liquids

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From Populism to Fake News – The Psyop Continues

Merkel Blames Populist Gains on Rise of ‘Fake News’ … This week Merkel blamed “fake news” in driving the rise of populism in the West. It looks like the left is just going to blame “fake news” every time they lose their grip on power. – Gateway PunditThe elite is leveraging its “populism versus globalism” meme by declaring that populism is closely linked to “fake news.”We’ve written numerous articles on the emergent elite meme, here and here, of “populism versus globalism” and warned that, “This meme is not only of the utmost importance, it is clearly warning us of considerable distress to come.”But we didn’t imagine the populist propaganda concept would be turned in the direction of fake news, though that’s just what has happened – and most powerfully and suddenly.More:

Source: From Populism to Fake News – The Psyop Continues | The Daily Bell

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Why worms can actually taste sunshine

Nematodes lack eyes, and why would they have any in the first place? Worms spend their lives inside the soil with little to no contact with sunlight. Yet, despite lacking eyes, worms do detect light — with their nose, sort of.earthworm-686592_1920Credit: PixabayInside the tissue of roundworms, researchers at the University of Michigan found a photoreceptor protein called LITE-1 that’s about 50 times more efficient at capturing light than rhodopsin — the photoreceptor protein found in the human eye. LITE-1 was first discovered among a family of taste receptors in invertebrates and it’s only the third type of photoreceptor found in animals. “LITE-1 actually comes from a family of taste receptor proteins first discovered in insects,” said Shawn Xu, a faculty member of the U-M Life Sciences Institute, who is also a professor in the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology at the U-M Medical School. “These, however, are not the same taste receptors as in mammals.”

Source: Why worms can actually taste sunshine

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Reddit’s CEO edited comments that criticized him

Reddit CEO Steve Huffman today admitted that he had edited Reddit user comments that criticized and insulted him, wielding his power to anonymously change references to his own username, and replace them with moderators of the pro-Donald Trump subreddit, r/the_donald.Huffman — who posts on the site as “spez” — admitted to the transgression after being called out by users of r/the_donald, saying he was inspired to edit the comments after a spate of insults emanating from the pro-Trump subreddit. “I messed with the “fuck u/spez” comments, replacing “spez” with r/the_donald mods for about an hour,” Huffman said, indicating that the only thing he secretly altered was the target of the insults.

Source: Reddit’s CEO edited comments that criticized him – The Verge

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Lobster Boy: The Man Who Turned A Handicap Into A Lethal Weapon

For more than a century, a peculiar physical condition known as ectrodactyly has afflicted the Stiles family. The rare congenital deformity makes hands look like lobster claws, as the middle fingers are either missing or seemingly fused to the thumb and pinky.While many may have viewed this condition as a handicap, for the Stiles family it spelled opportunity. As far back as the 1800s, as the family grew and produced more children with unusual hands and feet, they developed a circus: The Lobster Family, which became a carnival staple throughout the early 20th century.But one son, Grady Stiles Jr., would give the Stiles’ family a different, morbid reputation when he became a murderer.

Source: Lobster Boy: The Man Who Turned A Handicap Into A Lethal Weapon

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UK to censor online videos of ‘non-conventional’ sex acts

Free speech campaigners labelled the move a “prurient” invasion into people’s sexual lives. “It should not be the business of government to regulate what kinds of consensual adult sex can be viewed by adults,” said Jodie Ginsberg, chief executive of Index on Censorship.Pictures and videos that show spanking, whipping or caning that leaves marks, and sex acts involving urination, female ejaculation or menstruation as well as sex in public are likely to be caught by the ban – in effect turning back the clock on Britain’s censorship regime to the pre-internet era.The scale of the restrictions only became apparent after the BBFC, which has since 1984 been empowered to classify videos for commercial hire or sale, agreed to become the online age verification regulator last month. A spokeswoman for the BBFC said it would also check whether sites host “pornographic content that we would refuse to classify”.

Source: UK to censor online videos of ‘non-conventional’ sex acts | Technology | The Guardian

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The Physicist Who Sees Crime Networks

Sherlock Holmes knew the power of illicit networks. As he told Dr. Watson, Holmes’s arch-enemy, Professor Moriarty, was “the organizer of half that is evil and of nearly all that is undetected in this great city…He sits motionless, like a spider in the center of its web, but that web has a thousand radiations, and he knows every quiver of each of them.”Holmes followed those quivers with relentless logic, masterful disguises, and a band of loyal ruffians.

These days, Takayuki Mizuno accomplishes something similar using a supercomputer.Mizuno is an econophysicist at Japan’s National Institute of Informatics, and an unlikely heir to Holmes’s deerstalker. His office overlooks the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, for centuries a symbol of stability and order. From it the young scientist surveys the world, applying the tools of physics to the study of economic and social systems. He has created a software to spot stock market bubbles, and a digital measuring stick for charting the progress of start-ups.

Source: The Physicist Who Sees Crime Networks

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Facebook Said to Create Censorship Tool to Get Back Into China

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, has cultivated relationships with China’s leaders, including President Xi Jinping. He has paid multiple visits to the country to meet its top internet executives. He has made an effort to learn Mandarin.Inside Facebook, the work to enter China runs far deeper.The social network has quietly developed software to suppress posts from appearing in people’s news feeds in specific geographic areas, according to three current and former Facebook employees, who asked for anonymity because the tool is confidential. The feature was created to help Facebook get into China, a market where the social network has been blocked, these people said. Mr. Zuckerberg has supported and defended the effort, the people added.Facebook has restricted content in other countries before, such as Pakistan, Russia and Turkey, in keeping with the typical practice of American internet companies that generally comply with government requests to block certain content after it is posted. Facebook blocked roughly 55,000 pieces of content in about 20 countries between July 2015 and December 2015, for example. But the new feature takes that a step further by preventing content from appearing in feeds in China in the first place.

Source: Facebook Said to Create Censorship Tool to Get Back Into China – The New York Times

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