Daily Archives: December 14, 2016

Someone Has Officially Called the CIA’s Bluff over Russia

The scapegoating of Russia is now so widespread, Dirty Wars author and investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill took to The Intercept to call the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) on its bluff.In the article, “Obama Must Declassify Evidence Of Russian Hacking,” Scahill and Jon Schwartz called out U.S. intelligence agencies for their record of deceit, asserting that the American people are not going to simply “take their word for it.”“U.S. intelligence agencies have repeatedly demonstrated that they regularly both lie and get things horribly wrong,” the article argues. But when it comes to the CIA’s case against Russia’s alleged interference with the latest U.S. presidential elections, it’s impossible to claim the hearsay is based on facts if evidence is not made available to support the agency’s claims.Nevertheless, Scahill and Schwartz argue, it’s possible that Russia may have pulled some strings. But even if the Kremlin had its reasons and acted on them, America is the country with the long history of election meddling — not Russia.Take Hillary Clinton’s comments on the Palestinian elections, for instance. A leaked audio recording from 2006 revealed then-senator Clinton advocated doing “something to determine who was going to win” in Palestine’s elections. And yet here she is, hoping to use the “Russia did it” talking point to give censorship a boost. The CIA has its own history of meddling in foreign elections.

Source: Someone Has Officially Called the CIA’s Bluff over Russia

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Margaret Thatcher Tops BBC Female Power List; Lefties and Feminists Can’t Handle It

Margaret Thatcher has been honoured as the most powerful and influential woman of the past 70 years by the BBC, sending the SJW world into a tailspin.Feminists and left-wingers alike decried the Corporation for choosing Britain’s first female Prime Minister as the leading figure on their Woman’s Hour Power List.Get our exclusive newsletter—the best of Heat Street every daySix female judges hailed Thatcher as a “female warrior leader” and said it was inspirational and symbolic to have had a woman leading the country.Online commentators reacted with disbelief, especially when they realised that the BBC – usually beyond criticism – had spent their license fee money compiling the list.

Source: Margaret Thatcher Tops BBC Female Power List; Lefties and Feminists Can’t Handle It | Heat Street

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Black Lives Matter Activists Making $100k A Year Bossing Around ‘Allies’ Plagued by White Guilt

Two Black Lives Matter activists are making an astonishing amount of cash sending instructions to guilt-ridden white “allies” who pay a monthly fee to be sent instruction on how to support their movement.Leslie Mac and Marissa Jenae Johnson have set up a $100,000-a-year business called Safety Pin Box – a reference to the virtue-signalling safety pin campaign – where people pay them for instructions.The business – aimed at “white people striving to be allies in the fight for Black Liberation” – solicits payments of either $25 (an electronic subscription) or $100 (for a physical box in the mail) containing a number of tasks for the month to challenge white supremacy and help them “do tangible ally work and support black women in both power and deed”.Get our exclusive newsletter—the best of Heat Street every dayMac and Johnson – best known for shutting down Bernie Sanders by storming his stage at a 2015 rally in Seattle – claim to have 300 customers already.

Source: Black Lives Matter Activists Making $100k A Year Bossing Around ‘Allies’ Plagued by White Guilt | Heat Street

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Georgia Secretary of State says cyberattacks linked back to DHS

The Georgia Secretary of State’s Office now confirms 10 separate cyberattacks on its network were all traced back to U.S. Department of Homeland Security addresses.

In an exclusive interview, a visibly frustrated Secretary of State Brian Kemp confirmed the attacks of different levels on his agency’s network over the last 10 months. He says they all traced back to DHS internet provider addresses.

“We’re being told something that they think they have it figured out, yet nobody’s really showed us how this happened,” Kemp said. “We need to know.”

Kemp told Channel 2’s Aaron Diamant his office’s cybersecurity vendor discovered the additional so-called vulnerability scans to his network’s firewall after a massive mid-November cyberattack triggered an internal investigation.

Source: Georgia Secretary of State says cyberattacks linked back to DHS

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NASA Launching 8 Small Satellites Monday to Improve Hurricane Forecasts

With some help from NASA satellites, the Global Positioning System could be key to getting a better understanding of hurricanes, and help improve forecasts for their strength when they make landfalls.The Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) mission will use radio signals from the GPS satellites to measure the wind speed near the ground in the tropics, between 35 degrees north and 35 degrees south where most hurricanes are born. CYGNSS is scheduled to be launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida on an Orbital ATK Pegasus XL rocket on Monday, Dec. 12, at 8:24 a.m. EST (1324 GMT). The rocket will be carried up to launch altitude by its L-1011 Stargazer carrier airplane. You can watch the launch live here, courtesy of NASA TV, beginning at 6:45 a.m. EST (1145 GMT).”The mission will focus on surface winds,” said Christine Bonniksen, the CYGNSS program executive at NASA, during a press conference Saturday (Dec. 10). “We can get information to better understand how those hurricanes grow.” [NASA’s CYGNSS Hurricane-Tracking Satellites in Pictures]

Source: NASA Launching 8 Small Satellites Monday to Improve Hurricane Forecasts

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‘Star in a Jar’ Fusion Reactor Works and Promises Infinite Energy

New tests verify that Germany’s Wendelstein 7-X fusion energy device is on track to safely suspend plasma in magnetic fields.

For several decades now, scientists from around the world have been pursuing a ridiculously ambitious goal: They hope to develop a nuclear fusion reactor that would generate energy in the same manner as the sun and other stars, but down here on Earth.

Incorporated into terrestrial power plants, this “star in a jar” technology would essentially provide Earth with limitless clean energy, forever. And according to new reports out of Europe this week, we just took another big step toward making it happen.

In a study published in the latest edition of the journal Nature Communications, researchers confirmed that Germany’s Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X) fusion energy device is on track and working as planned. The space-age system, known as a stellerator, generated its first batch of hydrogen plasma when it was first fired up earlier this year. The new tests basically give scientists the green light to proceed to the next stage of the process.

Source: ‘Star in a Jar’ Fusion Reactor Works and Promises Infinite Energy

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Cash Is No Longer King: The Phasing Out of Physical Money Has Begun

As physical currency around the world is increasingly phased out, the era where “cash is king” seems to be coming to an end. Countries like India and South Korea have chosen to limit access to physical money by law, and others are beginning to test digital blockchains for their central banks.The war on cash isn’t going to be waged overnight, and showdowns will continue in any country where citizens turn to alternatives like precious metals or decentralized cryptocurrencies. Although this transition may feel like a natural progression into the digital age, the real motivation to go cashless is downright sinister.The unprecedented collusion between governments and central banks that occurred in 2008 led to bailouts, zero percent interest rates and quantitative easing on a scale never before seen in history. Those decisions, which were made under duress and in closed-door meetings, set the stage for this inevitable demise of paper money.Sacrificing the stability of national currencies has been used as a way prop up failing private institutions around the globe. By kicking the can down the road yet another time, bureaucrats and bankers sealed the fate of the financial system as we know it.A currency war has been declared, ensuring that the U.S. dollar, Euro, Yen and many other state currencies are linked in a suicide pact. Printing money and endlessly expanding debt are policies that will erode the underlying value of every dollar in people’s wallets, as well as digital funds in their bank accounts. This new war operates in the shadows of the public’s ignorance, slowly undermining social and economic stability through inflation and other consequences of central control. As the Federal Reserve leads the rest of the world’s central banks down the rabbit hole, the vortex it’s creating will affect everyone in the globalized economy.Peter Schiff, president of Euro-Pacific Capital, has written several books on the state of the financial system. His focus is on the long-term consequences of years of government and central bank manipulation of fiat currencies:

Source: Cash Is No Longer King: The Phasing Out of Physical Money Has Begun

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IS YOUR PRINTER SPYING ON YOU?

Imagine that every time you printed a document it automatically included a secret code that could be used to identify the printer – and potentially the person who used it. Sounds like something from an episode of “Alias ” right?Unfortunately the scenario isn’t fictional. In a purported effort to identify counterfeiters the US government has succeeded in persuading some color laser printer manufacturers to encode each page with identifying information. That means that without your knowledge or consent an act you assume is private could become public. A communication tool you’re using in everyday life could become a tool for government surveillance. And what’s worse there are no laws to prevent abuse.The ACLU recently issued a report revealing that the FBI has amassed more than 1 100 pages of documents on the organization since 2001 as well as documents concerning other non-violent groups including Greenpeace and United for Peace and Justice. In the current political climate it’s not hard to imagine the government using the ability to determine who may have printed what document for purposes other than identifying counterfeiters.Yet there are no laws to stop the Secret Service from using printer codes to secretly trace the origin of non-currency documents; only the privacy policy of your printer manufacturer currently protects you (if indeed such a policy exists). And no law regulates what sort of documents the Secret Service or any other domestic or foreign government agency is permitted to request for identification not to mention how such a forensics tool could be developed and implemented in printers in the first place.

Source: Printers | Electronic Frontier Foundation

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Furious mum complains to Tesco after alphabet potato shapes did not spell out son’s name

An angry mum has complained to Tesco because her bag of ‘alphabet’ potato shapes did not contain the correct letters to spell her son’s name.

Nichola Hart, 30, was left “very disappointed” to discover the £1 bag did not contain the letters ‘L’ and ‘O’, meaning she could not spell out ‘Logan’.

She then attempted to cover up the omission by replacing the ‘L’ with an ‘I’ and the ‘O’ with a ‘C’ – but her eagle-eyed four-year-old son quickly noticed the mistake.

Source: Furious mum complains to Tesco after alphabet potato shapes did not spell out son’s name

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The vibrating smart umbrella that warns you when it’s about to rain

The umbrella, created by Korean firm Opus, tells users when it’s going to rain, vibrates when a text or call comes through, and even tracks lost smartphones.

The device connects to its user’s smartphone via bluetooth, and pulls in weather data every morning.

When it’s time to head outside, users can simply shake the handle to discover the weather that awaits them that day.

The umbrella’s gyro sensor detects the movement, and an LED lighting system reacts to indicate whether or not an umbrella is needed.

A red light flashes when it is going to be a rainy day, while green appears to give the all-clear.

 

Source: The vibrating smart umbrella that warns you when it’s about to rain | Daily Mail Online

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Bill Would Allow Government to Locate People With Tracking Devices

A bill meant to help those with developmental disabilities would allow government agencies to locate people with tracking devices, which has some concerned the measure gives the federal government too much authority and power.In 2008, Kevin Curtis Wills, a 9-year-old boy with autism, jumped into a river near a park and drowned. In 2014, a 14-year-old boy with autism, Avonte Oquendo, left his school and drowned in a river.Rep. Chris Smith (R., N.J.), who chairs the Congressional Autism Caucus and the Alzheimer’s Disease Task Force, introduced a bill called Kevin and Avonte’s Law, otherwise known as H.R. 4919, in an attempt to prevent these types of accidents from happening.The legislation would permit the Justice Department to award grants to law enforcement agencies and non-profits for training and tracking devices to find individuals with autism or seniors with Alzheimer’s who have wandered away.“We all empathize with a parent who learns that their child is missing, including and especially when that child has autism or another developmental disability,” Smith said. “When children with a disability or seniors with Alzheimer’s do wander, time and training are essential to ensure their safe return.”The bill would reauthorize the Missing Alzheimer’s Disease Patient Alert Program for five years and annually fund it for $2 million. The program would be expanded to include children with autism and renamed as the Missing Americans Alert Program.The bill has garnered the support of Democrats who say it would promote public safety and address the critical need of being able to locate these individuals.However, some are concerned the measure goes too far. The bill’s original language authorized the Attorney General to insert tracking chips into individuals involuntarily.

Source: Bill Would Allow Government to Locate People With Tracking Devices

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Google faces EU curbs on how it tracks users to drive adverts

Google, Facebook and other online advertising businesses face strict new privacy rules from Brussels on the ways they can track people online.

The new rules would compel websites and browsers, such as Google Chrome, to switch from a default of allowing users to opt out of online advertising to asking them to opt in to view adverts based on their browsing history, according to a leaked draft of new proposals from the European Commission.The EU’s executive arm will also tighten its regulatory grip over services such as WhatsApp and Skype as part of a sweeping overhaul of the bloc’s “ePrivacy” directive, which dictates everything from online tracking to marketing emails.

Source: Google faces EU curbs on how it tracks users to drive adverts

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Critical flaw opens Netgear routers to hijacking – Help Net Security

The vulnerability that allows this takeover can be exploited by simply convincing users to visit a specially crafted web site or, worse yet, to visit a legitimate site serving specially crafted malicious ads.“The vulnerability allows execution of Linux commands by simply appending the command to a URL. The commands execute with root privileges (god mode for not tech people),” a researcher that goes by the handle Kalypto Pink has explained.“This can be used to pop a telnet session, FTP, command your router to attack other computers, or pretty much anything else the malicious user wants to do.”While the exploit leveraging this vulnerability has been publicly disclosed, the complete list of affected models is still unknown.

Source: Critical flaw opens Netgear routers to hijacking – Help Net Security

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Revolutionary HIV vaccine to be tested on 600 people next year

HIV is still one of the most devastating diseases in human history, with 36.7 million people being infected in 2015 – including 1.8 million children. But scientists are not slumbering, and for decades they have been working on ways to attack the disease. Now, we may be zooming in on a working vaccine, as human tests are set to start next year.

Source: Revolutionary HIV vaccine to be tested on 600 people next year

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Japan to Smack Space Junk With 2.3K-Foot Whip

If all goes well, a 6-mile tether could follow

  Can a whip as long as six football fields destroy some of the 500,000 pieces of space junk spinning around Earth at 17,500 miles per hour? Japan’s space agency sure hopes so. JAXA launched its Kounotori 6 spacecraft on Friday with tons of supplies bound for the International Space Station, where it’s expected to arrive on Wednesday, reports NPR. Also on board is a 2,300-feet electrodynamic tether, or EDT, made of aluminum and steel, in the works for more than a decade. JAXA says it will use an electric current and Earth’s magnetic field to slow down debris and shove it out of orbit and toward Earth’s atmosphere, where it will burn up. The EDT and the Kounotori, which will also carry waste from the ISS, will then meet the same fate.

Source: Japan to Smack Space Junk With 2.3K-Foot Whip

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