Daily Archives: January 30, 2017

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 – Nextgov.com

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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] » 100percentfedUp.com

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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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Human-pig HYBRID? Scientists hoping to create part man, part pig organs

Scientists from the Salk Institute – a biological research organisation in California – have taken cells from pigs and people to create an embryo that was then inserted into a female pig.As part of initial experiments, several different types of human cells were inserted into pig embryos in petri dishes to determine which cells were the best match for the pig embryo.The human cells which worked best with the pigs’ were infant ones which have the potential to develop into all adult cell types – known as a pluripotent cell.The cells that survived eventually formed a human/pig embryo, which were then injected into female pigs and allowed to develop for around a month.

Source: Human-pig HYBRID? Scientists hoping to create part man, part pig organs | Science | News | Daily Express

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Raspberry Pi to get a boost in brain power thanks to Google’s AI tools 

Raspberry Pi, the inexpensive hobbyist computer beloved of makers and geeks, is gaining in brain power – Google is adding artificial intelligence (AI) to the platform.It’s going to be achieved through the release of smart tools. If you want to influence the sort of tools Google ends up offering, you can fill in a questionnaire on the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s website. The Raspberry Pi Foundation says:[Google’s] survey mentions face- and emotion-recognition and speech-to-text translation, to natural language processing and sentiment analysis, the firm has developed a lot of technology in the fields of machine learning and AI. The tech giant also provides powerful technology for navigation, bots, and predictive analytics.

Source: Raspberry Pi to get a boost in brain power thanks to Google’s AI tools – Naked Security

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