Daily Archives: April 1, 2017

Reporters turn to ridiculing White House Easter eggs 

Many in the White House press corps have a raging case of Trump Derangement Syndrome.It flared up again when the White House released images of the commemorative eggs that will be available for purchase to celebrate the annual White House Easter Egg roll.Pastel versions of the official egg are $8.50. A gold version is $14.95.The eggs will feature the signature of President Trump and First lady Melania Trump.

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Feeling Lonely Might Worsen Your Cold, Study Finds 

If you feel lonesome, you might have a harder time with acute illnesses like common colds, a new study finds.Researchers at Rice University discovered that people who are lonely are likely to feel lousier when fighting a cold than someone would who is in a relationship or surrounded by a vast network of friends.“Loneliness puts people at risk for premature mortality and all kinds of other physical illnesses,” says graduate student and study co-author Angie LeRoy in a university release. “But nothing had been done to look at an acute but temporary illness that we’re all vulnerable to, like the common cold.”

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Connecticut considering weaponizing drones

Connecticut lawmakers are considering whether the state should become the first in the country to allow police to use drones outfitted with deadly weapons, a proposal immediately met with concern by civil rights and liberties advocates.The bill would ban the use of weaponized drones, but exempt police. Details on how law enforcement could use drones with weapons would be spelled out in new rules to be developed by the state Police Officer Standards and Training Council. Officers also would have to receive training before being allowed to use drones with weapons.”Obviously this is for very limited circumstances,” said Republican state Sen. John Kissel, of Enfield, co-chairman of the Judiciary Committee that approved the measure Wednesday and sent it to the House of Representatives. “We can certainly envision some incident on some campus or someplace where someone is a rogue shooter or someone was kidnapped and you try to blow out a tire.”

Source: Connecticut considering weaponizing drones – Story | WNYW

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Kiss your bank teller goodbye

Artificial intelligence (AI) will become the primary way banks interact with their customers within the next three years, according to three-quarters of bankers surveyed by consultancy Accenture (ACN.N) in a new report.

Four in five bankers believe AI will “revolutionize” the way in which banks gather information as well as how they interact with their clients, said the Accenture Banking Technology Vision 2017 report, which surveyed more than 600 top bankers and also consulted tech industry experts and academics.

Artificial intelligence — the technology behind driverless cars, drones and voice recognition software — is seen by the financial world as a key technology which, along with other “fintech” innovations such as blockchain, will change the face of banking in the coming years.

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Bid to declare God as source of liberty resurrected in Tennessee House

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A previously defeated proposal to amend the state constitution to say that God is the source of Tennesseans’ liberties has been resurrected in the House.

The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Micah Van Huss of Jonesborough had failed on a 3-3 vote in the House Civil Justice Subcommittee earlier this month. But Republican Rep. Martin Daniel of Knoxville made a motion to reconsider the bill, so it is scheduled to be heard again on Wednesday.

The proposed addition to the Tennessee Constitution would read: “We recognize that our liberties do not come from governments, but from almighty God.”

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Alabama Bill Would Mandate XXX Filters On All Internet-Connected Devices

Jack Williams, a Republican legislator in the state of Alabama, has proposed a new bill that would block by default all “obscene” content on internet-enabled devices and would require citizens pay a fee to remove the filter.

The proposal, labeled in the Alabama legislature as House Bill 428, would “prohibit the sale of a device that provides Internet access unless the device contains an active filter that blocks access to specified types of obscene material.”

Under the law, selling a device that did not include the content filter to an adult would be charged with a misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in prison and a $6,000 fine. Selling to a minor would be considered a felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and fines of $30,000 per offense.

Details as to how the filter would be applied and who would be in charge of managing the content the is blocked is not defined by the bill and would appear to leave that responsibility up to the product seller. The law does state that it would require vendors to maintain a website or call center where users could report sites to be blocked, and failure to add those sites would result in a $500 fine per report.

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THE WORLD’S SPIDER POPULATION COULD EAT EVERY HUMAN BEING IN A YEAR

spider234233_465_276_intIf you’re scared of spiders, don’t read this post.

Seriously, don’t read this.

The great evolutionary biologist J. B. S. Haldane once wrote of “our Creator” that he “would appear as endowed with a passion … for beetles … for the simple reason that there are nearly 300,000 species of beetle known … as compared with somewhat less than 9,000 species of birds and a little over 10,000 species of mammals.”

Well, God may like beetles, he also has an inordinate fondness for spiders, for there are very, very many of them.

A pair of biological researchers, Martin Nyffeler at the University of Basel in Switzerland and Klaus Birkhofer of Lund University in Sweden, recently published some fascinating findings involving the biomass of spiders in The Science of Nature earlier this month.

If you were to add up all the spiders in the world, they would collectively weigh 29 million tons. Nyffeler and Birkhofer attempted to measure the amount of food spiders consume in a given year. As you know, spiders subsist largely on insects, but it does happen sometimes that spiders eat lizards, birds, and even small mammals.

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Google and Facebook Can’t Just Make Fake News Disappear

1-kCtNZuxMzazA3AWnEpbRuAIncreasingly, I’m frustrated by (and often antagonistic toward) the emergent narrative about how to address so-called “fake news.” My anger is growing, not only because as I write this I’m almost 10 months pregnant and grouchy, but also because I see the possibility of well-intended interventions backfiring. I understand why folks want to do something now — there’s a lot of energy in this space, and the underlying issues at play have significant consequences for democracy and society. Yet what’s happening at this present moment is not actually new. It’s part of a long and complicated history, and it sheds light on a variety of social, economic, cultural, technological, and political dynamics that will not be addressed through simplistic solutions. Racing to implement Band-Aids may feel good, but I worry that such an approach creates a distraction while enabling the underlying issues to flourish.

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The Anarchists Illegally Fixing the Streets of Portland

For many people, the mere mention of the word “anarchist” conjures up images of angry mobs settings streets on fire, being violent and generally creating chaos, but that’s not what these Portland anarchists are about. To them, anarchy is “about building community and creating networks of solidarity and mutual aid.” In fact, they claim that they have received criticism from the left for not “tearing the streets up, rather than paving them”.

Portland authorities are not too happy with the activity of Portland Anarchist Road Care either. Although they failed to fix the potholes in a timely manner themselves, they claim that the mysterious organization did not ask permission to perform road repairs, nor do they have the appropriate safety equipment for it.
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