Monthly Archives: January 2017

Billionaire closer to mining moon for trillions of dollars in riches

The new space race: Mining the moon for trillions  1 Hour Ago | 04:37Moon Express, the first private company in history to receive government permission to travel beyond Earth’s orbit, announced Tuesday that it raised another $20 million in private equity financing to fund its maiden lunar mission to take place in late 2017. This brings the total amount of private investment to $45 million from investors that include Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund, Collaborative Fund and Autodesk.What may have added impetus to investor interest in Moon Express is President Trump’s picks for the NASA transition team — Charles Miller and Chris Shank — and the leading candidate to become the next NASA administrator, GOP Rep. Jim Bridenstine. All support commercial space ventures and manned exploration — including lunar missions.

Source: Billionaire closer to mining moon for trillions of dollars in riches

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USDA Scrambles To Ease Concerns After Researchers Were Ordered To Stop Publishing Publicly Funded Science 

Popular Science reports that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now barred from communicating with the public. [And early this morning, BuzzFeed revealed that] The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has banned scientists and other employees from sharing the results of its taxpayer-funded research with the broader public. From the report: “The memo outlining these new rules has not been made public, but the ban reportedly includes everything from summaries of scientific papers to USDA-branded tweets.

Scientists are still able to publish their findings in peer-reviewed journals, but they are unable to talk about that research without prior consent from their agency. This is not the first time that public science has been hamstrung by a gag order. To this day, the quantity of oil spewed into the ocean during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil spill remains something of a mystery. Many of the scientists who worked on the spill were hired by BP and barred from speaking on it. But gag orders — while always troublesome — have usually been limited to one specific issue. Right now, the EPA and USDA have been forbidden to speak about all of their scientific research. It means that many of the kinds of stories we now cover will never see the light of day.

“UPDATE 1/24/17: The USDA has disavowed the memo sent to employees at its Agricultural Research Service unit. USDA’s deputy administrator, Michael Young, clarified that the gag order specifically applies to policy-related statements in press releases and interviews, which need to be vetted with the secretary of agriculture. He told The Washington Post that peer-reviewed scientific papers from the unit should not be blocked, nor should food safety announcements. The Washington Post notes that “the memo’s shortness and terse language seems to have exacerbated the confusion: ‘Starting immediately and until further notice, ARS will not release any public-facing documents. This includes, but is not limited to, news releases, photos, fact sheets, news feeds, and social media content,’ wrote ARS chief Sharon Drumm in an email to employees.”

Source: USDA Scrambles To Ease Concerns After Researchers Were Ordered To Stop Publishing Publicly Funded Science – Slashdot

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Criminal inquiry begins after battery is found in Co-op chocolate bunny 

A criminal investigation has been launched into suspected product tampering after the discovery of a battery inside a hollow milk chocolate Easter bunny sold at the Co-op.The retailer has withdrawn the bunnies, which retail for £1 each, from sale in all 2,800 Co-op stores and has asked customers who bought any of the 3,000 already sold to return them. The German-manufactured confectionery are not Co-op branded

Source: Criminal inquiry begins after battery is found in Co-op chocolate bunny | Business | The Guardian

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Pantsless driver DIES after crashing his car while pleasuring himself to adult movie on phone

– A man from Detroit died during a horrifying car crash because he was attempting to masturbate to porn while behind the wheel of his car- His car spun out of control and required both hands to maneuver, however one of the man’s hands was too busy which caused the car crash- In addition the victim was not wearing a seat-belt and he flew out of the sunroof of his vehicle and died on the spot58-year-old Clifford Ray Jones from Detroit found himself dead after a horrifying crash that sent him flying through the sunroof of his own car. The cause of the crash was that Mr Jones was distracted during driving because he was attempting to masturbate to porn on his cellphone while simultaneously operating the vehicle. He died at the scene of the accident.

Source: Pantsless driver DIES after crashing his car while pleasuring himself to adult movie on phone ▷

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10 Potassium Rich Foods And How They Improve Health 

Potassium is an essential nutrient for the body. These 10 potassium rich foods will greatly help your health.Potassium is essential in maintaining a fluid and electrolyte balance in the body. It is the third most abundant mineral in the body and is necessary for the function of several organs including the heart, kidneys, brain, and muscular tissues.Potassium also plays a key role in keeping the body hydrated while also working with sodium to support cellular function with the body’s sodium-potassium pump.Symptoms included in a potassium deficiency include severe headaches, dehydration, heart palpitations, and swelling of glands and tissues. Potassium deficiency can also lead to:FatigueIrritabilityMuscle crampsWeight gainIncreased blood pressureCellulite buildup The main culprits that cause low levels of potassium are endurance cardiovascular exercise without proper hydration, vomiting, diarrhea and diets low in fruits and vegetables.Overdose of potassium from natural sources is very rare unless you are on dialysis, or have a special condition. Yet it is possible to consume too much potassium via potassium salts which can lead to nausea and vomiting.Potassium from natural food sources are considered safe and healthy. The RDA for potassium is 4700 g/day. The current percent daily value for potassium is 3500 mg/day.

Source: 10 Potassium Rich Foods And How They Improve Health –

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Lena Dunham Apologizes (Makes Excuses) for Her Racism – Breitbart

Actress and feminist activist Lena Dunham has come under fire recently for her history of racism, for example, a tweet she posted in 2010 referring to African Americans as “rodents.”“I’m never mad and I never feel victimized when people point out that they’ve been injured in some way by my behavior.

I truly don’t feel like I deserve a certain kind of pass for my feminism or for my politics,” Dunham said during an appearance on comedian Phoebe Robinson’s WNYC podcast, Sooo Many White Guys.“When you’re living your life in the public eye, you will fuck up and you will fall down, and the only power you have is to apologize and keep moving,” Dunham explained.The 30-year-old actress attempted to atone, specifically, for projecting sexist thoughts onto New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. when the two briefly shared a table at last year’s Met Ball.

Source: Lena Dunham Apologizes (Makes Excuses) for Her Racism – Breitbart

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Drunken man drives onto set where DUI promo was being filmed

VALLEY BROOK, Okla. —A metro-area college student was carrying a light across a Valley Brook street when he saw a vehicle heading toward him.“I saw him accelerate on the gas like he was trying to hit me,” said Oklahoma City University film student Mike Stamp. “I hopped out of the way real fast. After that, I was kind of in shock.”Stamp and a friend, fellow OCU film student Jacob Keen, were shooting a DUI awareness promo Sunday night for the Valley Brook Police Department.“He really wasn’t slowing down like the other cars were,” Keen said. “He kind of did a little swerve.The driver, Richy Reese, was immediately stopped by Valley Brook Police Chief Michael Stamp, who is Mike Stamp’s father.“He kind of comes to an abrupt stop, and I made try to contact with him, and he takes off,” Michael Stamp said.

Source: Drunken man drives onto set where DUI promo was being filmed

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New Study Suggests That You Actually Get Less Pissy The Older You Get

Well, only one thing is for certain here: They didn’t include my 90-year-old grandpa in the study because that guy’s favorite pastime these days is bitching.According to Men’s Health, new research from the University of Cambridge suggests that contrary to popular belief, you actually “become less of a dick the older you get.”Researchers analyzed brain imaging and personality traits of over 500 people and determined that “people tend to become less neurotic as they age” while at the same time becoming “more responsible and more agreeable.”

Source: New Study Suggests That You Actually Get Less Pissy The Older You Get – CraveOnline

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Prosecutors Weigh Child-Pornography Charges Against Anthony Weiner 

Federal prosecutors are weighing bringing child-pornography charges against former congressman Anthony Weiner over sexually explicit exchanges he allegedly had with a 15-year-old girl, according to people familiar with the matter.Mr. Weiner, a New York Democrat, is being investigated by the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which seized his electronic devices, including a laptop and a cellphone, as part of the probe.Officials initiated the investigation last fall, after the Daily Mail in the U.K. reported that Mr. Weiner had exchanged sexually explicit messages and photos with the girl.

Source: Prosecutors Weigh Child-Pornography Charges Against Anthony Weiner – WSJ

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Gwyneth Paltrow recommends you sleep with a $66 jade egg in your vagina. But gynocologists think this is ‘garbage’

You might know her for her award-winning roles in such movies as The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) or The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), but nowadays Gwyneth Paltrow is focused on other projects with acting coming second. She’s the author of several food books, the owner of a lifestyle online magazine and shop called ‘Goop’, and self-proclaimed alternative medicine guru.

Thanks to Paltrow’s work, some people may now think bras cause cancer, jumping on a trampoline is vastly better for health than running, colon cleansing is a must to remove toxins or (PRO TIP) vagina steam with mugwort will balance female hormone levels. Suffice to say these claims are all unproven and might actually result in some health complications.And Paltrow is at it again, it seems.Steaming your vagina for 45 minutes isn’t enough to get those female energies moving. Most recently, Goop fans and readers are invited to buy a jade egg — a very solid, golf-sized object — with the intended purpose of sticking it straight in that temple of awesomeness between your legs. You’re advised to keep it there for 24 hours straight — even when you’re sleeping — to reap the benefits. Here’s how a recent blog post on Goop advertises the product.

Source: Gwyneth Paltrow recommends you sleep with a $66 jade egg in your vagina. But gynocologists think this is ‘garbage’

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California campaign to secede gains momentum

Los Angeles (AFP) – A campaign for California to secede from the rest of the country over Donald Trump’s election is gaining momentum, with supporters allowed to start collecting signatures for the measure to be put to a vote.California’s Secretary of State Alex Padilla gave the green light on Thursday for proponents of “California Nationhood” — also known as Calexit — to start collecting the nearly 600,000 signatures needed for the measure to qualify on the November 2018 ballot.The 585,407 signatures required by July 25 represent eight percent of registered voters in California — the most populous state in the country with nearly 40 million residents and the world’s sixth-largest economy.

Source: California campaign to secede gains momentum

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Alaska Bill Would Legalize Experimental Treatments for Terminal Patients, Defy FDA Restrictions

JUNEAU, Alaska (Jan. 26, 2016) – A bill introduced in the Alaska Senate would set the foundation to nullify in practice some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that deny access to experimental treatments by terminally ill patients.Introduced by Sen. Bill Wielechowski (D-Anchorage), Senate Bill 19 (SB19) would give terminally ill patients access to medicines not yet given final approval for use by the FDA.The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act prohibits general access to experimental drugs.

However, under the expanded access provision of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, 21 U.S.C. 360bbb, patients with serious or immediately life-threatening diseases may access experimental drugs after receiving express FDA approval.SB19 creates a process to bypass the FDA expanded access program and allows patients to obtain experimental drugs from manufacturers without first obtaining FDA approval.

This procedure directly conflicts with the federal expanded access program and sets the stage to nullify it in practice.The law also provides protection to health care providers, with a prohibition against lawsuits or issuing sanctions based on recommendation or issuance of such investigational treatments. SB19 reads, in part:

Source: Tenth Amendment Center Blog | Alaska Bill Would Legalize Experimental Treatments for Terminal Patients, Defy FDA Restrictions

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Light Rider: A Lightweight 3D Printed Electric Motorcycle!

It sounds like the name of a vehicle in some sci-fi tale, but that fiction is only a short leap from reality. Light Rider is, in fact, an electric motorcycle with a 3D printed frame that resembles an organic structure more than a machine.Designed by the Airbus subsidiary [APWorks], the largely hollow frame was devised to minimize weight while maintaining its integrity and facilitating the integration of cables within the structure. The frame is printed by melting a sea aluminium alloy particles together into thousands of layers 30 microns thick. Overall, Light Rider’s frame weighs 30% less than similar bikes; its net weight — including motor — barely tips the scales at 35 kg. Its 6 kW motor is capable of propelling its rider to 45 km/h in three seconds with a top speed of 80 km/h, and a range of approximately 60 km — not too shabby for a prototype!

Source: Light Rider: A Lightweight 3D Printed Electric Motorcycle! | Hackaday

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Bookish hacker finds holes in Amazon, Apple, Google epub services

Bug hunter Craig Arendt has reported vulnerabilities in major eBook readers including those from Apple, Google, and Amazon.The similar but separate XML external entity (XXE) flaws also impact all online epub ebook services that use the popular epubcheck library that ensures good format conversions into the universal epub book format.”[I] applied a familiar XXE pattern to exploit services and readers that consume the epub format [and exploited] vulnerabilities in EpubCheck, Adobe Digital Editions, Amazon KDP, Apple Transporter, and Google Play Book uploads,” Arendt says.”The validator tool (EpubCheck) was vulnerable to XXE, so any application that relies on a vulnerable version to check the validity of a book would be susceptible to this type of attack.”

Source: Bookish hacker finds holes in Amazon, Apple, Google epub services • The Register

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Starbucks to hire 10,000 refugees over next 5 years

WASHINGTON Starbucks says it will hire 10,000 refugees over the next five years, a response to President Donald Trump’s indefinite suspension of Syrian refugees and temporary travel bans that apply to six other Muslim-majority nations.Howard Schultz, the coffee retailer’s chairman and CEO, said in a letter to employees Sunday that the hiring would apply to stores worldwide and the effort would start in the United States where the focus would be on hiring immigrants “who have served with U.S. troops as interpreters and support personnel.”Schultz, a supporter of Hillary Clinton during the presidential run, took aim at other parts of a Trump agenda focused on immigration, repealing former President Barack Obama’s health care law and restructuring trade with Mexico. The letter said that Starbucks would help support coffee growers in Mexico, provide health insurance to eligible workers if the health care law is repealed and back an Obama-era immigration program that allows young immigrants who were brought to the country as children to apply for a two-year reprieve from deportation and a work permit.

Source: Starbucks to hire 10,000 refugees over next 5 years | McClatchy DC

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Actor Jeff Bridges Offers JAW DROPPING Warning to Left Over Trump 

Actor Jeff Bridges offered a very interesting bit of commentary that served as a huge break from Hollywood orthodoxy on President Donald Trump and the leftist reaction to him.  Taking a line from his iconic move role, Bridges reportedly said: “As The Dude might say,” he continued, “this aggression will not stand.”“That’s what I think is needed today, to kind of put a check on ourselves and knowing what’s right or wrong and being so sure that [President] Trump is an asshole and that he’s going to be terrible and all this,”

Bridges, star of the “Big Lebowski” and currently an Oscar nominee for the 2016 film “Hell or High Water,” told CNN Money in an interview published Thursday.“You can have very strong opinions, but to go after this peace and this beauty that we’re after I think we gotta show up and give a little space for something beautiful to bloom out of it.”“We point fingers at people, we point fingers at Trump, he points fingers at people,” Bridges said.“How are we going to come together and realize that we’re on this little dust speck in space, you know? Things are finite here, you know. How are we going to work together to make the most beautiful existence that we can, you know?”

Source: Actor Jeff Bridges Offers JAW DROPPING Warning to Left Over Trump | The Federalist Papers

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Google Chrome 56 Released, Brings WebGL 2.0 and Flac Support 

Google Chrome 56 is rolling out to desktop users, with a number of small new features and security fixes in tow.Those of you who dislike Flash will be pleased to hear that as of this release ‘HTML5 by Default‘ is enabled for all users.

The feature is part of wider efforts to wean web users off of Adobe Flash, leading to abetter performance and safer web browsing.As part of this effort you should expect to see Flash prompts on sites you don’t regularly visit. By October, all sites that serve Flash will require explicit user permission to run.Elsewhere, Chrome 56 helps improve security awareness. You’ll begin to see a ‘not secure‘ label in the URL address bar when visiting websites that collect or transfer sensitive information over non-HTTPS connections.

Source: Google Chrome 56 Released, Brings WebGL 2.0 and Flac Support – OMG! Ubuntu!

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Creator of New ABC Gay Rights Drama ‘When We Rise’ Confronts Network Over Trump 

ABC has announced that it is shifting the airdate of When We Rise, its eight-hour drama mini-series about the rise of LGBT movement, to accommodate a recently scheduled congressional address by Donald Trump.

The series was supposed to air over four consecutive nights but When We Rise will now take a break on Tuesday February 28 to air the first address by President Trump to Congress. The series will resume broadcasting a day later.Not a huge issue you might think, given the historical significance of President Trump’s first speech to Congress.

Except to the creator of When We Rise, which based on the trailer had  generated suspicion that the series is focused on challenging Middle American values. To him, it’s a huge deal.

Source: Creator of New ABC Gay Rights Drama ‘When We Rise’ Confronts Network Over Trump | Heat Street

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Tim Kaine Implies Trump Officials Are Holocaust Deniers 

Source: Tim Kaine Implies Trump Officials Are Holocaust Deniers | The Daily Caller

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Botox is booming among millennials — some as young as 18

Botox is injected by Rebecca Suess at Kovanda Plastic Surgery in Edina.TEXT SIZE6EMAILPRINTMOREJordan Bailey, 25, is as likely to get Botox as her 57-year-old mother and has no problem admitting it.“My generation doesn’t see anything wrong with getting work done,” said Bailey, who works at Edina’s Skin Rejuvenation Clinic, where she has been getting Botox injections for two years.Like Bailey, more young women — some without a wrinkle in sight — are spending their savings to capture their youth.It’s a phenomenon usually associated with the Kardashian capital of California, but thanks to social media and the quest for the perfect selfie, the trend is widespread — even in Minnesota.

Source: Botox is booming among millennials — some as young as 18 –

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BioEdge: Nazi euthanasia victims honoured in Bundestag

Germany’s Bundestag commemorated the 72nd anniversary of the liberation of the inmates of Auschwitz concentration camp. This year the focus was placed on the 300,000 disabled victims of the notorious Aktion T-4 euthanasia program.Under Aktion T-4, people were gassed or given a lethal injection and cremated since 1939 in six killing facilities in Germany and Austria. This helped the Nazi regime to refine its system for processing millions, rather than just thousands of victims.

Source: BioEdge: Nazi euthanasia victims honoured in Bundestag

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Hotel ransomed by hackers as guests locked in rooms 

One of Europe’s top hotels has admitted they had to pay thousands in Bitcoin ransom to cybercriminals who managed to hack their electronic key system, locking hundreds of guests in or out of their rooms until the money was paid.Furious hotel managers at the Romantik Seehotel Jaegerwirt, a luxurious 4-star hotel with a beautiful lakeside setting on the Alpine Turracher Hoehe Pass in Austria, said they decided to go public with what happened to warn others of the dangers of cybercrime.And they said they wanted to see more done to tackle cybercriminals as this sort of activity is set to get worse. The hotel has a modern IT system which includes key cards for hotel doors, like many other hotels in the industry.Hotel management said that they have now been hit three times by cybercriminals who this time managed to take down the entire key system. The guests could no longer get in or out of the hotel rooms and new key cards could not be programmed.

Source: Hotel ransomed by hackers as guests locked in rooms – The Local

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German wild boars go on the rampage

Near Berlin’s Tegel airport, an errant herd of wild boar attacked several people, injuring three on Saturday, police announced.At about 2 p.m. the panicked herd attacked people at Kurt-Schumacher-Platz before bolting into the nearby Volkspark Rehberge, a 78-hectare (193 acres) lightly forested memorial garden.

There they attacked a woman and two men. By this stage police had arrived to control the situation.Local media reported that it took authorities 18 shots to down one 200-kilogram boar, while the rest of the herd escaped.Berlin media sounded the alarm on Twitter.

Source: German wild boars go on the rampage | Germany | DW.COM | 29.01.2017

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Industry Group to Trump: Halting EPA Contracts is Bad for Business 

Earlier this week, the Trump administration placed the Environmental Protection Agency on a sort of communications lockdown and also reportedly froze all grants and contracts the agency maintains.Former EPA transition lead Myron Ebell explained the freezes to ProPublica as necessary, “to make sure nothing happens they don’t want to have happen” regarding any regulations, hires, contracts and grants. The contract freeze and subsequent reduction in public outreach by EPA left states like Michigan—still reeling from the Flint water crisis—wondering whether federal aid money would continue to flow.It’s also left industry worried and scratching its heads.

Source: Industry Group to Trump: Halting EPA Contracts is Bad for Business –

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Mystery death of ex-KGB chief linked to MI6 spy’s dossier on Donald Trump

An ex-KGB chief suspected of helping the former MI6 spy Christopher Steele to compile his dossier on Donald Trump may have been murdered by the Kremlin and his death covered up. it has been claimed.Oleg Erovinkin, a former general in the KGB and its successor the FSB, was found dead in the back of his car in Moscow on Boxing Day in mysterious circumstances.Erovinkin was a key aide to Igor Sechin, a former deputy prime minister and now head of Rosneft, the state-owned oil company, who is repeatedly named in the dossier.

Source: Mystery death of ex-KGB chief linked to MI6 spy’s dossier on Donald Trump

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Insane Clown Posse Plans ‘Juggalo March’ On Washington DC « CBS Detroit

Calling all Juggalos — and everyone “who believes that freedom and the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are damn good things” — the Insane Clown Posse is asking for your help.The Detroit-based rap duo is planning a “Juggalo March” in Washington D.C. on September 16 to protest the FBI and Department of Justice for listing Juggalos as a “loosely organized hybrid gang” in their 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment report.

“The Juggalo Family must truly shine and show America and the world that we are not a gang, public menace, cult, or any of the other untrue labels they have attempted to slap on us throughout the years,” reads the official website for the Juggalo March. “This demonstration is about standing up for rights of people who have been profiled, discriminated, and unjustly treated simply for identifying with a particular music group or genre of music.”

Source: Insane Clown Posse Plans ‘Juggalo March’ On Washington DC « CBS Detroit

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 OMAROSA Absolutely DESTROYS Joy Behar On The View…

Omarosa Manigault, who prefers to go by only her first name, absolutely embarrassed and destroyed the nasty Joy Behar on “The View.” Donald Trump hired her after she was a contestant on his “The Apprentice” show. She was a loyal supporter of Donald Trump’s throughout his campaign and was the director of African-American Engagement for his

Source: TRUMP’S BRILLIANT Director Of Communications OMAROSA Absolutely DESTROYS Joy Behar On The View…And It’s HILARIOUS! [VIDEO] »

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This is How You Can Dodge Facial Recognition Software

Helen of Troy, according to the Odyssey, was “the face that launched a thousand ships,” prior to the Greek invasion of Troy.  You and I, on the other hand, are the faces that launch an army of CCTV cameras ready to capture our images when we walk past them.  We just covered winter camouflage tips and techniques.  Camouflage is an important part of your prepping, in terms of being able to effectively hide yourself and your supplies from prying eyes.

One of the biggest problems that we encounter is not blending in with the terrain in a wilderness environment, however, but what we face in an urban and suburban environment.  As mentioned in previous articles, you have to camouflage in accordance with the environment you find yourself within.  It would not be intelligent to stroll down the sidewalk of Hollywood Boulevard dressed up in Realtree-patterned garb with a holstered sidearm and a hunting knife.  You would undoubtedly be “noticed,” and probably take a ride in a black and white, courtesy of the police department.

Source: This is How You Can Dodge Facial Recognition Software

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Kenyan Women’s Sex Strike May Bring Men To The Polls

There are a lot of ways to encourage people to vote.In 2016, for instance, U.S. politicians used text message alerts, Beyoncé concerts, and flash dances to (unsuccessfully) get Americans to the polls.In Kenya, they’re using sex. Or rather, a lack thereof.As the East African nation prepares for a tight presidential race in August, Parliament member Mishi Mboko asked women in her party’s stronghold areas to deny their husbands sex until the men can produce their voter’s cards.

Source: Kenyan Women’s Sex Strike May Bring Men To The Polls

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China’s new microwave weapon can disable missiles and paralyze tanks

For over 6 years, Huang Wenhua and his team at the Northwest Institute of Nuclear Technology in Xi’an have been working on a potent microwave weapon. This one, which recently won China’s National Science and Technology Progress Award, is small enough to fit on a lab work bench, making it theoretically portable enough for land vehicles and aircraft.Said another way: it’s small enough to be convenient, but powerful enough to totally down enemy electronics.

A microwave weapon like this could even be fitted to a missile (like the U.S. CHAMP electronic warfare missile) or drone.Generally, microwave weapons shut down electronic systems (even those with traditional shielding against EMP) by bombarding the target with energy pulses between 300 and 300,000 megahertz. This amount of directed energy interferes with and overloads electronic circuits, causing them to shut down. The higher the energy produced by the system, the greater the disruption (and even physical damage for some very high-powered microwave weapons) of the targeted electronic systems like engines and communications systems.

Source: China’s new microwave weapon can disable missiles and paralyze tanks | Popular Science

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Report: CCTV System in Washington, DC Was Hacked Before Inauguration

City officials and the Secret Service have confirmed that just days before the presidential inauguration, police surveillance cameras in Washington, DC were targeted by hackers. Reportedly, 70 percent of the CCTV storage devices were infected with ransomware. Trump Addresses the CIA, Guess What He Didn’t Talk AboutIn his first official stop to handle some presidential business, Donald Trump spoke to the men and…Read moreAccording to the Washington Post:City officials said ransomware left police cameras unable to record between Jan. 12 and Jan. 15.

The cyberattack affected 123 of 187 network video recorders in a closed-circuit TV system for public spaces across the city, the officials said late Friday.Secret Service spokesman Brian Ebert said the safety of the public or protectees was never jeopardized.Archana Vemulapalli, the city’s Chief Technology Officer, said the city paid no ransom and resolved the problem by taking the devices offline, removing all software and restarting the system at each site.

Source: Report: CCTV System in Washington, DC Was Hacked Before Inauguration

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Ötzi the Iceman Was Making Prosciutto Over 5,000 Years Ago

New research on Ötzi the Iceman, an exquisitely preserved 5,300-year-old human found in a European glacier, shows that he ate a form of dry-cured meat known as “speck”—a fatty, bacon-like snack that’s still found on charcuterie boards today.In other words, prehistoric, Copper Age Europeans were eating a form of prosciutto over 5,000 years ago. The remarkable discovery was made by European Academy of Bolzano mummy expert Albert Zink, who has been studying the stomach contents of Ötzi the Iceman for years. Back in 2011, Zink found traces of Ibex—a species of wild goat that lives in the mountains of the European Alps—preserved in the mummy’s stomach. This latest research adds a new level of detail to his original finding, showing that Ötzi ate dry-cured meat that was prepared in a very bacon-like way.

Source: Ötzi the Iceman Was Making Prosciutto Over 5,000 Years Ago

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Man Who Killed 21 Cats May Be Deemed a Sex Offender

NEWSER) – A California man who killed nearly two-dozen cats may be forced to register as a sex offender, but grieving pet owners will have to wait a little longer to find out, the Mercury News reports. Robert Farmer, 25, was found guilty of stealing, torturing, and killing 21 cats in October 2015 in San Jose. He’s facing up to 16 years in prison for those crimes. A dead cat found in the car where he was sleeping when he was arrested showed signs of sexual abuse; if the court decides the murder of the cat “was sexually motivated,” Farmer could have to register as a sex offender. “He needs to be registered for something,” says one woman whose cat GoGo was taken from her porch. “It’s our only hope.”Meanwhile, pet owners are frustrated as Farmer’s sentencing date continues to be pushed back. It was delayed again on Friday. He’s due back in court in March.

Source: Man Who Killed 21 Cats May Be Deemed a Sex Offender

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Now, we know what deteriorates vision of astronauts

New York:Vision deterioration in astronauts is likely owing to the lack of a day-night cycle in intracranial pressure, say scientists, adding that using a vacuum device to lower pressure for part of each day might prevent the problem.To study how zero-gravity conditions affect intracranial pressure, researchers from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre recruited volunteer patients who had had a port permanently placed in their head as part of treatment for cancer.

The ports provided a way for researchers to measure intracranial pressure. NASA flights then flew the eight volunteers one by one on steep up-and-down maneuvers (parabolic flights) that created 20-second intervals of weightlessness. The researchers measured intracranial pressure during the zero-gravity intervals and compared these with intracranial pressure during standard times of sitting, lying face upward (supine), and lying with head inclined downward.The findings showed that intracranial pressure in zero-gravity conditions, such as exists in space, is higher than when people are standing or sitting on Earth, but lower than when people are sleeping on Earth.

Source: Now, we know what deteriorates vision of astronauts

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Why Does Google Throw Captchas While Using Tor?

lthough Google has the ability to know that you are using Tor, because the list of Tor exit relays is public, it has always supported the use of Tor and such other open source privacy projects.But, here, Google is not interested in knowing if you are using Tor. Google runs some analysis on its search queries and that sometimes ends up in the either of the above two scenarios.Google has to deal with all sort of network abuse. People could tend to produce lots of queries in short span of time to overload its servers (for example DDoS attacks). Google checks this possibility and warns the client with this warning in the above page. This is not very Tor specific. When I was working for Sapient Nitro, which is a big company and has its vast infrastructure system and used central proxy, these same scenarios would sometimes pop up, because of numerous users accessing Google through the same Central Proxy.

Source: Why Does Google Throw Captchas While Using Tor?

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EFF to Court: Protect Free Speech From Overbroad Use of DMCA

In order to make remix videos, do computer research, or make e-books accessible, people often need to bypass access controls on the media they own. This week, EFF explained to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that the government cannot prohibit such speech without running afoul of the First Amendment, in a friend-of-the-court brief filed in the case of VidAngel v. Disney. VidAngel provides a service that allows customers to view movies minus the parts it identifies as offensive. Disney and other entertainment companies, including Fox and Warner Brothers, argued that providing this service violates copyright law and the related law against bypassing access controls in Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.Importantly, they argue that the service involves circumvention of the access controls on DVDs, and that VidAngel could be liable for this violation even if its service were held to entail fair use and thus did not infringe copyright. This is an issue that the Ninth Circuit has previously left unresolved, and on which other federal appeals courts disagree.

Source: EFF to Court: Protect Free Speech From Overbroad Use of DMCA | Electronic Frontier Foundation

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‘Poisonous’ 3D Printer Blamed for Killing California Couple | Heat Street

An investigation into a couple who were found mysteriously dead in their suburban Berkeley, California home has revealed that they died from carbon monoxide poisoning. Per a report by local news station KPIX CBS, law enforcement officials believe they were killed by toxic fumes from their 3D printer.

35-year-old Roger Morash and his wife, 32-year-old Valerie Morash, along with their two cats, were discovered dead earlier this week in a fourplex on Deakin Street in Berkeley, where they had lived for several years. The discovery of their dead bodies prompted the police to evacuate the apartment building for safety reasons. The street was also shut down as a precaution.

Police sources told KPIX CBS that the laser 3D printer the couple used in the apartment was venting carbon monoxide into the apartment. Carbon monoxide is invisible and has no smell. Per law enforcement, the symptoms of their deaths were consistent with poisoning from carbon monoxide, which they had in their systems. No other hazardous materials were found at the apartment.

Source: ‘Poisonous’ 3D Printer Blamed for Killing California Couple | Heat Street

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‘Just don’t stare’: a night of nudity and dancing at the art gallery 

“Here?” I ask. “We undress here?” The man beside me already has his pants off.His name is Matt and he got a head start while the Sydney Dance Company’s artistic director, Rafael Bonachela, gave a welcome speech on lower level one of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. As Bonachela talked Matt had removed his sneakers and stuffed his peeled-off socks inside. About 150 of us begin to follow suit.Matt, naked already, beams at me. “This was my idea!” Matt, it turns out, is the New South Wales co-founder of Young Nudists of Australia. When he saw the nude dance performance advertised – Bonachela’s choreographed response to an exhibition of nudes from London’s Tate collection – he contacted the gallery to suggest a naked night.

Source: ‘Just don’t stare’: a night of nudity and dancing at the art gallery | Culture | The Guardian

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A Donnie Darko Sequel May Be On Its Way

Richard Kelly, the director of Donnie Darko, has hinted at another sequel of the 2001 cult classic.

A follow up called S. Darko was released eight years after the original, in 2009, but didn’t have the involvement of the original director or key cast members such as Jake Gyllenhaal, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Drew Barrymore. It also received some pretty poor reviews and currently has a rating of 3.6 out of 10 on IMDB. “I’ve never seen it – it was horribly violating,” said Kelly when speaking to NME about the film. “It was incredibly painful to think about what they were doing, it made me very angry, filled with rage.”

Kelly unveiled his potential plans for another sequel while speaking to HMV, adding that he’s been “working on a lot of different projects”.

Source: A Donnie Darko Sequel May Be On Its Way

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Merkel Takes on Starbucks in Bashing Over Unfair Tax Practices – Bloomberg

Chancellor Angela Merkel decried unfair tax advantages for multinational corporations, singling out U.S. coffee chain Starbucks Corp. as a tax rogue that exploits global arrangements at the expense of German chains.At a meeting of Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union in her home district on the Baltic Sea coast, the chancellor sounded off against companies that engage in tax avoidance, hitting a theme that’s been taken up across the political spectrum. Many companies “have managed to pay taxes nowhere in the world,” Merkel said, before laying into the Seattle-based coffee chain.Angela Merkel at the CDU meeting on Jan. 28.Photographer: Stefan Sauer/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

Source: Merkel Takes on Starbucks in Bashing Over Unfair Tax Practices – Bloomberg

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