Daily Archives: March 2, 2017

Chimp With Down Syndrome Is Only 2nd Ever Documented

(NEWSER) – Researchers in Japan have discovered only the second known chimpanzee born with what is, essentially, Down syndrome, according to a study published in Primates. Kanako, a 24-year-old female chimp, was born with trisomy 22. Her symptoms largely align with the symptoms seen in humans with Down syndrome, also known as trisomy 21, according to a press release. Kanako developed vision problems at a young age that eventually led to her being blind by the time she was 7. She also has congenital heart disease, teeth that are underdeveloped, and stunted growth. While it’s unclear how or if trisomy 22 has affected Kanako’s behavioral development, researchers say there’s evidence against “severe retardation” based on what has been observed in her daily caretaking.

Source: Chimp With Down Syndrome Is Only 2nd Ever Documented

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Uzbek film blocked over lack of Morgan Freeman – BBC News

The release of an Uzbek action movie has been blocked for using images of US actor Morgan Freeman in its advertising, even though he doesn’t appear in the film.The movie, called Daydi (Rogue), was due to be shown in cinemas this week until Uzbekistan’s film licensing body stepped in. It says that while Freeman features prominently on posters for the film and fleetingly in the trailer, he’s nowhere to be found in the full-length feature submitted for licensing approval. It accuses production studio Timur Film of breaching consumers’ rights by trying to whip up demand for tickets with promises of a big movie star. Timur Film hasn’t yet commented.Government-affiliated Podrobno news agency says the actor’s image was lifted without permission from a movie he did star in – the 2015 action-adventure Last Knights. A comparison between the Daydi poster and the Last Knights trailer shows that Freeman is in identical garb in both.

Source: Uzbek film blocked over lack of Morgan Freeman – BBC News

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Pablo Escobar’s Son Reveals His Dad “Worked for the CIA Selling Cocaine”

Juan Pablo Escobar Henao, son of notorious Medellín cartel drug kingpin, Pablo Escobar, now says his father “worked for the CIA.”In a new book, “Pablo Escobar In Fraganti,” Escobar, who lives under the pseudonym, Juan Sebastián Marroquín, explains his “father worked for the CIA selling cocaine to finance the fight against Communism in Central America.”“The drug business is very different than what we dreamed,” he continues. “What the CIA was doing was buying the controls to get the drug into their country and getting a wonderful deal.”“He did not make the money alone,” Marroquín elaborated in an interview, “but with US agencies that allowed him access to this money. He had direct relations with the CIA.”Notably, Marroquín added, “the person who sold the most drugs to the CIA was Pablo Escobar.”Where his first book primarily covered Escobar, the man as a father, Marroquín’s second — which has just been released in Argentina — delves into the kingpin’s “international ties of corruption in which my father had an active participation, among them with the American CIA,” he said in a recent interview.

Those government associates “were practically his partners,” which allowed Escobar to defy the law, and gave him nearly the same power as a government.Predictably, this information is conveniently absent from media headlines in America.If the CIA trafficking cocaine into the United States sounds like some tin foil conspiracy theory, think again. Their alleged role in the drug trade was exposed in 1996 in an explosive investigative series “Dark Alliance” by Gary Webb for the San Jose Mercury News. The investigation, headed up by Webb revealed ties between the CIA, Nicaraguan Contras and the crack cocaine trade ravaging African-American communities.

Source: Pablo Escobar’s Son Reveals His Dad “Worked for the CIA Selling Cocaine” — Media Silent | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

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PayPal sued over donations

PayPal was hit with a proposed class action lawsuit on Tuesday over its treatment of charity donations.When charitable accounts are not set up correctly, PayPal continues to accept donations on their behalf, the suit alleges. Instead of notifying donors and nonprofits of the error, PayPal takes the money after six months and redirects it to another charity “without regard to the intention, beliefs, or desires of the donor,” the lawsuit claims. The class action status of the suit still needs to be certified by a judge.PayPal did not immediately respond for a request for comment.One plaintiff claims that of her $3,250 December donations to 13 different charities through PayPal, only a total of $100 was distributed between three charities of her choosing. The rest, the suit says, is being withheld by PayPal.

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The CIA is One of the Main Peddlers of Fake News: Newly-Declassified Docs.

Source: The CIA is One of the Main Peddlers of Fake News: Newly-Declassified Docs. | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

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Cloudbleed — Your Credentials Cached in Search Engines

In case you are still wondering about the SHA-1 being broken and if someone is going to be spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to create a fake Certificate Authority and sniff your OkCupid credentials, don’t worry. Why spend so much money when your credentials are being cached by search engines?… Wait, what?A serious combination of bugs, dubbed Cloudbleed by [Tavis Ormandy], lead to uninitialized memory being present in the response generated by the reverse proxies and leaked to the requester. Since these reverse proxies are shared between Cloudflare clients, this makes the problem even worst, since random data from random clients was leaking. It’s sort of like Heartbleed for HTTP requests. The seriousness of the issue can be fully appreciated in [Tavis] words:“The examples we’re finding are so bad, I cancelled some weekend plans to go into the office on Sunday to help build some tools to cleanup. I’ve informed cloudflare what I’m working on. I’m finding private messages from major dating sites, full messages from a well-known chat service, online password manager data, frames from adult video sites, hotel bookings. We’re talking full https requests, client IP addresses, full responses, cookies, passwords, keys, data, everything.”

Source: Cloudbleed — Your Credentials Cached in Search Engines | Hackaday

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Meet ‘Silent Hunter’ – China’s New ‘Armored Vehicle Slicing’ Laser Gun

Let’s start with lasers, says Popular Science’s Jeffrey Lin and P.W.Singer…Poly Technologies showed off The Silent Hunter, one of the world’s most powerful laser weapons. It claims an output of at least 50-70 kilowatts, which would make it more powerful than the 33-kilowatt laser weapon systems (LaWS) currently deployed on the USS Ponce. The laser is probably based on a smaller anti-drone laser, the Low Altitude Guard. That’s enough to knock out automobiles by burning out their engines from over a mile away, as the 30-kilowatt Lockheed Martin ATHENA laser demonstrated in 2015. The Silent Hunter uses fibre optic lasers (fibre optics doped with rare earth minerals), which provide weight savings over chemical lasers through increasing optical gain by kilometers of coiled fibre optics (as opposed to bulky chemical lasers). The Silent Hunter is likely to be scaled up and equipped with radars to complement its optical/infrared tracking system, making it a capable close range defense system against enemy missiles, artillery, drones and aircraft. The Silent Hunter laser is powerful enough to cut through light vehicle armor at up to a kilometer away, making you wonder if China already has more powerful laser weapons only for domestic use.The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) recently came out with report that China is “near parity” with western nations in terms of indigenous defense technology. As we can see from IDEX 2017, that is playing out in fields that range from tanks to lasers. And as the Chinese defense industry innovates more, it will likely grab an even bigger share of international arms sales.

Source: Meet ‘Silent Hunter’ – China’s New ‘Armored Vehicle Slicing’ Laser Gun | Zero Hedge

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How the Internet Threatens Democracy 

As the forces of reaction outpace movements predicated on the ideal of progress, and as traditional norms of political competition are tossed aside, it’s clear that the internet and social media have succeeded in doing what many feared and some hoped they would. They have disrupted and destroyed institutional constraints on what can be said, when and where it can be said and who can say it.Even though in one sense President Trump’s victory in 2016 fulfilled conventional expectations — because it prevented a third straight Democratic term in the White House — it also revealed that the internet and its offspring have overridden the traditional American political system of alternating left-right advantage. They are contributing — perhaps irreversibly — to the decay of traditional moral and ethical constraints in American politics.Matthew Hindman, a professor of media and public affairs at George Washington University and the author of “The Myth of Digital Democracy,” said in a phone interview that “if you took the label off, someone looking at the United States would have to be worried about democratic failure or transitioning toward a hybrid regime.”

continue https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/opinion/how-the-internet-threatens-democracy.html

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Illegal Immigrant Detained After Holding News Conference

A 22-year-old illegal immigrant whose protection under an Obama administration program had lapsed was detained by immigration officials Wednesday after voicing her fear of deportation at a news conference.Daniela Vargas, who came to the U.S. from Argentina when she was 7 years old, was detained by agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as she and a friend drove away from the news conference in Jackson, Miss., said her lawyer, Abigail Peterson.The news conference was organized by attorneys, church groups and the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance to bring attention to recent immigration raids in the region, said Patricia Ice, an attorney with the immigrant-rights group.ICE enforcement actions under the Trump administration have stoked fears in immigrant communities after large numbers of coordinated arrests across the country in recent weeks.

Source: Illegal Immigrant Detained After Holding News Conference – WSJ

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Moral Outrage Is Self-Serving, Say Psychologists

When people publicly rage about perceived injustices that don’t affect them personally, we tend to assume this expression is rooted in altruism—a “disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others.” But new research suggests that professing such third-party concern—what social scientists refer to as “moral outrage”—is often a function of self-interest, wielded to assuage feelings of personal culpability for societal harms or reinforce (to the self and others) one’s own status as a Very Good Person.Outrage expressed “on behalf of the victim of [a perceived] moral violation” is often thought of as “a prosocial emotion” rooted in “a desire to restore justice by fighting on behalf of the victimized,” explain Bowdoin psychology professor Zachary Rothschild and University of Southern Mississippi psychology professor Lucas A. Keefer in the latest edition of Motivation and Emotion. Yet this conventional construction—moral outrage as the purview of the especially righteous—is “called into question” by research on guilt, they say.

Source: Moral Outrage Is Self-Serving, Say Psychologists – Hit & Run : Reason.com

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