Daily Archives: January 28, 2017

Silently Cooking is a cooking show with no talking (VIDEO).

Silently Cooking is a YouTube cooking show with no talking. Billed by creator Cooper Nelson as a series “for those of us who want of us who want to skip all verbal nonsense of Internet Cooking Videos,” it is a sublimely peaceful way to learn how to make biscuits and gravy.  That means no intros, no rambling hosts, and no generic background music. The only sound is food getting chopped and cooked. The recipes and instructions are in the description, if you’re into that kind of thing. The result is an informative and succinct cooking show perfect for people who learn by watching but don’t want all the extra noise.

Source: Silently Cooking is a cooking show with no talking (VIDEO).

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Ohio State class teaches students to detect and respond to microaggressions, white privilege

A class to be offered this spring at Ohio State University is an identity politics-based course that in large part is focused on teaching students how to detect microaggressions and white privilege.The course is dedicated to social justice themes, and pledges to teach students how to “identify microaggressions,” define and address “systems of power and privilege,” advance notions of diversity and inclusion, and prioritize “global citizenship,” its description states.“Crossing Identity Boundaries” aims to expand students’ “self-awareness” and help them develop “dialogue skills.”Taking the course, offered through the Department of Educational Studies, is one way students can fulfill the university’s mandatory diversity requirement, and many sections are offered throughout the school year.

Source: Ohio State class teaches students to detect and respond to microaggressions, white privilege – The College Fix

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CBC crew hits pothole, gets flat tire while gathering video of pothole problem – Newfoundland & Labrador 

Potholes are destroying tires on a number of busy thoroughfares in the St. John’s and Mount Pearl areas — even a CBC crew was taken out of commission by one. On Friday morning, a CBC crew out gathering video of some serious potholes inadvertently hit one – causing a flat tire. The crew had to call a towing company. They’re not alone. Potholes have been destroying tires on a number of busy thoroughfares in the St. John’s and Mount Pearl areas.

Source: CBC crew hits pothole, gets flat tire while gathering video of pothole problem – Newfoundland & Labrador – CBC News

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Constitutional Carry Coming to MORE States This Year; Is Yours On the List?

In 2016, several states passed new laws regarding carrying handguns for self-defense outside the home. The states of Idaho, West Virginia, and Missouri all enacted “Constitutional Carry,” removing the requirement that a citizen obtain a permit to carry a concealed handgun. Now, even more states are looking at similar measures.Though to varying degrees in several states, the number of states that have enacted Constitutional Carry provisions has increased exponentially in recent years. Contrary to the ravings of Leftist gun grabbers, bloodbaths have yet to appear (don’t worry, they won’t).As of the beginning of 2017, here are all of the states that do not require a permit to carry a concealed handgun outside the home, according to the Crime Prevention Research Center:

Source: Constitutional Carry Coming to MORE States This Year; Is Yours On the List? | The Federalist Papers

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Obama and the Merchants of Death

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Federal judge: Ohio’s three-drug death penalty cocktail poses ‘substantial risk of serious harm’ 

DAYTON, Ohio — A federal magistrate judge on Thursday barred the use of a three-drug cocktail the state of Ohio planned to use to execute death-row inmates, declaring the method the state prefers to be unconstitutional.Magistrate Judge Michael Merz of Dayton also halted the executions of three inmates scheduled to be executed in the coming months, two of which came from Northeast Ohio.Merz, in his 119-page order, ruled that there were enough problems with all three of the drugs Ohio intends to use in its execution protocol to warrant this disallowance. Two states, Arizona and Florida, have discontinued the use of one of the drugs, named midazolam.”The Court concludes that use of midazolam as the first drug in Ohio’s present three-drug protocol will create a ‘substantial risk of serious harm’ or an ‘objectively intolerable risk of harm’ as required by (Supreme Court precedent),”

Source: Federal judge: Ohio’s three-drug death penalty cocktail poses ‘substantial risk of serious harm’ | cleveland.com

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Boeing’s new spacesuits look like a big upgrade from NASA’s

Some day soon, private companies are expected to take over the task of carrying astronauts to and from the International Space Station. SpaceX and Boeing are leading the pack, with their first crewed flights slated to take off in 2018.Boeing’s Starliner and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon will come with their own matching outfits, and Boeing just unveiled its new spacesuit.The “Boeing Blue” suit is intended to keep astronauts safe when they launch to the ISS and return to Earth inside a Boeing capsule. If something goes wrong during launch or re-entry, the pressurized suit can provide a backup life-support system for each astronaut. Astronauts will still use NASA’s heavy-duty spacesuit when they go on spacewalks outside of the ISS.

Source: Boeing’s new spacesuits look like a big upgrade from NASA’s | Popular Science

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Ice Fishing Derby To Take Place With or Without Ice

There’s no ice on most of the St. Lawrence River, but that’s no problem for one north country ice fishing tournament.The “Fire & Ice Fishing Derby” is one of the Alexandria Bay Fire Department’s two biggest fund raisers.Although the river isn’t frozen over, anglers will be able to find some ice in bays and surrounding lakes, or fish from boats or docks.”Last year we didn’t have a lot of ice either, but we still have a good time. People can still fish whether there’s ice or not. There’s fish, there’s water, so we’re having the derby,” said Teresa Henning, Fire & Ice Fishing Derby Committee.There’s a grand prize of $2,000 for adults and a guided fishing tour for children under 12.Winners will be chosen through a raffle. To qualify you just have to catch a fish 26 inches or longer.

Source: Ice Fishing Derby To Take Place With or Without Ice

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Seals hunt down hidden fish by sensing their breath in the sand

It’s a slasher film scenario playing out in nature. Harbour seals use their whiskers to follow underwater vibrations rippling away from gills of fish so they can home in on prey.

Until now we didn’t know how seals manage to locate and catch bottom-dwelling fish that are hidden beneath the sand.

“We have solved a longstanding riddle,” says Wolf Hanke, the biologist at the University of Rostock in Germany who led the study. “These flatfish are very cryptic. They burrow in the ground and they’re covered with sand or silt, but the seals still grab them.”

The only way to avoid being eaten would be to stop breathing until the seal swims on – although it’s not clear if flatfish do this.

Wonderful whiskers

Flatfish constitute up to 70 per cent of the diet of harbour seals, so being able to detect the fish is key to the seals’ success. After watching a hunting seal, with a camera attached to it, pinpointing flatfish with no visual giveaways to their position, Hanke and his colleagues set out to figure out how the seals do it.

To snap up the fish, seals use their whiskers to follow trails in the water.

“To see a seal following an underwater wake is amazing,” says Collen Reichmuth, a marine biologist at the University of California, Santa Cruz. “It’s as if the animal is pulled by an invisible thread.”

continue https://www.newscientist.com/article/2118377-seals-hunt-down-hidden-fish-by-sensing-their-breath-in-the-sand/

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Monk Accused of Hosting Teen Meth Parties at Temple

Police arrested a monk Friday in Si Saket province after he hosted one too many teen drug parties at his temple.

Police said they moved in on 37-year-old Phra Prakong Punyavaro after the governor’s office received complaints from residents about his regular drug parties at the Ban Krapho monastery.

Officers searched Prakong’s residence and said they found a small amount of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. The monk was defrocked and charged with possession of Category One narcotics.

Source: Monk Accused of Hosting Teen Meth Parties at Temple

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Pickle App Lets People Pay You to Do Dares 

The Pickle app is essentially a job-hunting tool for people willing to do almost anything, with users able to set up dares such as “run down the street naked” or “shave off all your hair,” then pay people to perform them.The app uses a geo-location system in order to help users set up a dare and wait for people in their area to respond, with these users able to negotiate on prices before agreeing to do them. Alongside dares, users can pay others to do more traditional jobs for them, such as cleaning their car or delivering a Big Mac to their front door. Users can filter out jobs they’re not able to do, such as hairdressing or building work, and then browse their local area for dares/jobs that they match their criteria.Also: The Meitu App is the Internet’s Latest ObsessionUsers link their accounts to PayPal in order to ensure their transactions are made safely, while Pickle takes a 10% cut of any money that exchanges hands via the app.

Source: Pickle App Lets People Pay You to Do Dares – CraveOnline

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Googly-eyed robot beats ‘I am not a robot’ Captcha test 

 A mechanical robotic arm managed to circumvent a computer password system meant to deter “robots.”YouTube user Matt Unsworth shared video of the robot, outfitted with a pair of googly eyes, as it used a stylus pen to check an “I am not a robot” Captcha security box.The tounge-in-cheek video pokes fun at the language used by the security verification system intended to prevent spam or computer automated extraction of data from websites.The robotic arm slides the stylus up the computer mouse pad before just barely managing to click inside the on-screen check box which proceeded to swirl into a green check mark.

Source: Googly-eyed robot beats ‘I am not a robot’ Captcha test – UPI.com

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Ashley Judd Claims the Game Industry is ‘Profiteering Off Misogyny in Video Games’

Ashley Judd, the actress best known for her work in Heat and Kiss the Girls, has presented a TED Talk to talk about the vitriol she received over the past six years online—ever since she first signed up for a Twitter account in 2011. She blames video games for part of the harassment she received, and paints the game industry as “profiteers” who promoted misogyny.

In Judd’s presentation, which was originally recorded at last year’s TED Conference, she says that the abuse of women has spiraled out of control, as hate speech, sexual harassment, and threats of violence has become the new norm for many women and marginalized individuals online. Judd recounts her own experience of being “terrorized on social media” for being outspoken in her feminist advocacy, and calls on the tech community, law enforcement, and legislators to act.

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Facebook testing News Feed-like ads inside Messenger

Ever on the lookout for new revenue streams, Facebook is pushing News Feed-like ads right on to your Messenger screen. Announced today, the test only affects users from Australia and Thailand, for now, but it’d be hard to imagine a scenario where this didn’t go worldwide after the kinks have been worked out.The new ads will appear the users’ most recent conversation. According to the announcement, users will have the option to hide or report ads that are irrelevant or offensive, and they’re designed not to interfere with your conversations.No one will see an ad in a conversation without clicking on an ad experience on the Messenger home screen or starting a conversation with a brand – these test ads won’t originate in your conversations.

Source: Facebook testing News Feed-like ads inside Messenger

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Honey, I shrunk Everest: Scientists to test if Nepal earthquake reduced height of tallest peak

Scientists are going to re-measure Mount Everest to check if the world’s tallest mountain did in fact shrink during the devastating earthquake in Nepal nearly two years ago.Following the 7.8 magnitude quake in April 2015 the European Space Agency released satellite data which appeared to show the Nepalese mountain, which officially stands 8,848 metres (29,029 feet) above sea level, had shrunk by over an inch. Relief of strain in the Earth’s crust was cited as the explanation for the loss of height.

However some in the scientific community aren’t convinced by the data and an Indian team of surveyors have announced that they will undertake a two-week remeasuring project to bring some clarity to the matter.As well as apparently diminishing Everest the devastating quake, which killed more than 8,600 people, even managed to lift a massive area of Nepal by about one meter. It also unleashed deadly avalanches on Everest which resulted in 17 climbers losing their lives.

Source: Honey, I shrunk Everest: Scientists to test if Nepal earthquake reduced height of tallest peak — RT Viral

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Ireland votes to be world’s first country to fully divest from fossil fuels 

In a historic move, Ireland may become the world’s first country to fully divest from all fossil fuels, according to 350.org’s Fossil Free Europe. The country’s parliament just passed “first-of-its-kind fossil fuel divestment legislation” with a majority vote.The historic bill could enable Ireland to fully divest their sovereign wealth fund, which is worth more than 8 billion Euros or around $8.5 billion, from oil, gas, and coal. Fossil Free Europe and Trócaire reported today that the bill passed in the Irish parliament’s lower house, the Dáil. Fossil Free Europe described the event as “an important moment in the history of the divestment movement.”

Source: Ireland votes to be world’s first country to fully divest from fossil fuels | Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

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Belgian Girl Travels to Silicon Valley to Reclaim Her Disabled Facebook Page | Oddity Central – Collecting Oddities

After waking up one day to find that her popular Facebook page had been taken down by Facebook, and after getting no reply to her messages, a young girl from Belgium eventually got on a plane to San Francisco to confront Facebook about the issue in person.

23-year-old Jamilla Baidou is somewhat of a celebrity in Belgium. She was a contender on the Belgian version of The Voice, in 2014, when she managed to impress both the judges and the nationwide audience with her musical talent. People wanted to see more of her even after she was eliminated from the popular TV show, so she kept them up to date with her projects on social media networks like Facebook and YouTube.

Up until December 2016, she had amassed more than 157,000 fans and many of the videos she posted had over one million times. Vlogging had become her profession, and her Facebook page was the most important platform, but one day disaster struck – her page suddenly disappeared.“There was a problem with someone else’s Facebook page, someone I don’t even know. They were posting offensive things about me, but I managed to ignore everything for about six months,” Jamilla, of Antwerp, Belgium, told Nieuwsbald. “Then, one day I finally responded and we got into an argument. I reported them to Facebook, they reported me, and ultimately both pages were taken down.”

Source: Belgian Girl Travels to Silicon Valley to Reclaim Her Disabled Facebook Page | Oddity Central – Collecting Oddities

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Dr. Feelgood Got Busted, Got Free, and Gave Woman 300 Pills Before She Died 

Despite admitting to prescribing unjustified pain medicine and committing more than 4,000 acts of Medicare fraud, Dr. Robert Ritchea was found fit to practice medicine.After imposing fines and a slap on the wrist in 2010, both the Georgia Composite State Board of Medical Examiners and the Alabama State Board of Medical Examiners allowed Ritchea to continue seeing patients with little to no restrictions, according to state medical board records.Six years later, he’s awaiting trial for unlawful distribution of prescription drugs and money laundering and stands accused of killing a patient to whom he had prescribed more than 300 pills.

Source: Dr. Feelgood Got Busted, Got Free, and Gave Woman 300 Pills Before She Died – The Daily Beast

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California diner gets ‘seen rat’ discount on restaurant bill | Fox News

A diner in Folsom, Calif. got a big break on her bill Thursday after claiming she saw a rodent at an Asian-fusion restaurant.A photo of the receipt from Fat’s Asia Bistro & Dim Sum Bar went viral this week after a friend of the customer posted it in her Facebook group. The customer allegedly received a $30 “Seen Rat” discount off her bill totaling over $90. A

lthough there were jokes about the incident online, the  CEO of Fat’s Restaurant Group is on the offensive.“In our 14 years in Folsom, we have not experienced something like this before,” Fat’s Family Restaurant Group manager Kevin Fat told KTXL .

The woman’s friend says she felt the rat running around their feet, and notified the server. No one came over to address the issue, but when the bill arrived, the horrifying event was simply noted with a discount.

Source: California diner gets ‘seen rat’ discount on restaurant bill | Fox News

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Steroid from Dogfish Shark has Potential as Parkinson’s Disease Treatment

A naturally occurring steroid found in the dogfish shark may be the key to treating Parkinson’s disease, according to findings published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.In Parkinson’s disease, alpha-synuclein (α-synuclein), a normal protein present within the nervous system, forms clumps that damage and ultimately destroy the neurons where they form.In a pre-clinical model, scientists discovered that a synthesized version of squalamine, a steroid found in the dogfish shark (made in a process that does not involve use of any natural shark tissue) could prevent the buildup of these α-synuclein clumps, and potentially reduce the clumps that already existed. This breakthrough has significant therapeutic potential for patients with Parkinson’s disease, said the study’s co-senior author, Michael Zasloff, M.D. Ph.D, professor of surgery and pediatrics at Georgetown University School of Medicine and scientific director of the MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute, in an exclusive interview with R&D Magazine.

Source: Steroid from Dogfish Shark has Potential as Parkinson’s Disease Treatment

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Women are being told their bodies are hate speech

With transgender politics on the rise in the United States, many women are becoming frustrated and even insulted by the logical manifestations of trans political ideology they didn’t sign up for. Namely: the language females use to describe their bodies, bodily functions, lives, and even oppression, are being deemed “transphobic,” thus, bigoted or hate speech.

A lot of women are waking up to this grim reality after this past weekend, when women marched all over the world in the Women’s March as a reaction to the presidential inauguration here in the US. They used words, images, symbols, and costumes of their body parts and reproductive functions to represent their bodily autonomy and feminism. They’re now being told that was transphobic, even violence, and called the slur “TERF.”

Source: Women are being told their bodies are hate speech – The Fifth Column

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How one man revolutionized teaching by trusting kids to teach themselves.

Imagine a classroom with 20 children, four computers, and no teacher. Under those circumstances, do you think the children could teach themselves?This was educational technology professor Sugata Mitra’s theory when he decided to put a computer on the side of a public wall in Delhi, India, 18 years ago.

At the time, he was working in the city for a computer software developer training company. His workplace sat next to a slum. He wondered how the children he saw there everyday would learn to work with tech in the modern age.Mitra’s regular work with computers allowed him to set up one with a basic search engine on a wall near his company’s office.The children, who had never seen a computer before, without any guidance began to learn new things and even teach themselves using the device.

Source: How one man revolutionized teaching by trusting kids to teach themselves.

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Soon, you’ll be able to legally run a red light in Ohio (Sort of) 

A new state law that takes effect in March will let drivers in Ohio legally drive through a red light.But on one condition: Drivers, after first coming to a full stop at the light, must believe that the red light is malfunctioning before driving through it.If that sounds like an invitation to roll up to every red light and keep on trucking, that’s not the intention. But many worry that’s exactly what will happen.”I don’t know if it’s the wisest decision. People are already in a hurry going nowhere anyway,” driving instructor Charlie Allen told CNN affiliate WBNS.

Source: Soon, you’ll be able to legally run a red light in Ohio (Sort of) – CNN.com

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CNN President Makes Veiled Threat At President Trump

As if ‘fake news’ CNN needed any more problems in their race to the bottom, CNN President Jeff Zucker not only just made a veiled threat at President Donald Trump but confirmed to anyone paying attention to his remarks that CNN is more than willing to use fake news AKA ‘propaganda’ to take down Trump and America.

Warning President Trump ‘don’t mess with CNN’, Zucker then confirms for hundreds of millions of Americans that CNN pushes fake news, stating outright:

One of the things I think this administration hasn’t figured out yet is that there’s only one television network that is seen in Beijing, Moscow, Seoul, Tokyo, Pyongyang, Baghdad, Tehran, and Damascus — and that’s CNN. The perception of Donald Trump in capitals around the world is shaped, in many ways, by CNN. Continuing to have an adversarial relationship with that network is a mistake.

With CNN’s own president now openly admitting that he’s more than happy to push lies and propaganda to shape the perception of President Trump in huge cities around the world, we have to ask Zucker, why would you want to take down Trump and thus, take down America?

Proving once again that CNN can’t be trusted as far as we throw them, we also take a look below at a video that has quickly gone viral all across the internet as ‘Big Joe’ absolutely slays Los Angeles, actually silencing a group of women’s march protesters with a brutal dose of truth about his knowledge of Planned Parenthood and Margaret Sanger’s role in black genocide.

‘Big Joe’ also warns those who would listen that they’re merely tools of those who want to take our liberties away, warning them if they continue to lose their minds on a countrywide scale, they soon may lose ALL of their liberties if things get totally out of control and martial law is needed to be declared.

Source: CNN President Makes Veiled Threat At President Trump

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Google has banned 200 publishers since it passed a new policy against fake news 

Google kicked 200 publishers off one of its ad networks in the fourth quarter, partly in response to the proliferation of fake news sites.The company banned the publishers from its AdSense network, an ad placement service that automatically serves text and display ads on participating sites based on its audience. The ban was part of an update to an existing policy that prohibits sites that mislead users with their content.Google regularly weeds out advertisers for false or misleading claims, but impersonating news sites became an addition following the rapid rise of fake news, or propaganda sites. After the election, Google was blasted for placing a false story from a fake news site claiming Donald Trump had won the popular vote. (He had 2.8 million fewer votes than Hillary Clinton.)Not all 200 publishers were swept up as part of the effort to root out fake news sites.

Source: Google has banned 200 publishers since it passed a new policy against fake news – Recode

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Another Live-Streamed Suicide Puts Spotlight on Social Media Ethics 

MIAMI—A teenage girl in Miami Gardens, Fla., committed suicide early Sunday morning while streaming live on Facebook, the latest disturbing incident to be spread via this burgeoning—and largely uncharted—broadcast medium.The death of 14-year-old Nakia Venant is the latest among dozens of violent, criminal or otherwise antisocial acts presented in real time in the past year and offers a sobering reminder of the challenges confronting technology companies that are investing heavily in live video.Nakia was broadcasting live from a bathroom in her foster home when she sought to hang herself using a scarf attached to a shower door frame, according to an incident report by the Florida Department of Children and Families. Several witnesses observed the incident online, the agency said.

Source: Another Live-Streamed Suicide Puts Spotlight on Social Media Ethics – WSJ

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Tostitos’ New Party Bag Knows When You’ve Been Drinking and Will Even Call You an Uber 

Doritos might have crashed out of the Super Bowl after a decade of fun ads, but Frito-Lay still has a few party tricks up its sleeve for this year’s big game. The chip maker’s Tostitos brand has made a limited-edition “Party Safe” bag that can tell when you’ve been drinking, and will help you get home safely from that Super Bowl party.The special bag, created by Goodby Silverstein & Partners, comes equipped with a sensor connected to a microcontroller calibrated to detect small traces of alcohol on a person’s breath. If any alcohol is detected, the sensor turns red and forms the image of a steering wheel, along with an Uber code and a “Don’t drink and drive” message. The bag also uses near-field communication (NFC) technology, allowing fans to tap the bag with their phone to call a ride. With Uber and Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Tostitos will offer partygoers $10 off their Uber ride during and after the Feb. 5 game.

Source: Tostitos’ New Party Bag Knows When You’ve Been Drinking and Will Even Call You an Uber | Adweek

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