Daily Archives: May 7, 2017

Neo-Nazi network in German army exposed 

(What they found was a neo-Gladio operation being planned in Germany to demonize a certain population and terrorize the leftist. It goes to the highest levels of the German military and as Mr. Schwarz points out, the media is more offended about it being exposed than the fact that it exists.)(This revelation came on the heels of another false flag terror attack that happened in Germany not long ago. It was revealed an investor staged one in order to profit from various put options. Sound familiar?)(Of course, non of this is covered in the complicit American media.)by Peter Schwarz, WSWSThe arrest of a German army officer suspected of plotting the assassination of leftist politicians and high-ranking state officials has exposed the operations of neo-Nazi forces at the highest levels of the German military (Bundeswehr).The information that has emerged thus far indicates that the suspected officer-terrorist was part of a broader network of fascists within the Bundeswehr, and that his activities were known to his superiors and covered up by them.Most astonishing is the official reaction to these alarming revelations. They have prompted an outpouring of anger in the German media and from the establishment parties directed not at the existence of this network and evidence of its toleration by high-level state forces, but at mild criticisms of the military by Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen.Given the historic crimes of German imperialism in the 20th century and the current revival of militarism in Germany, it is remarkable how little attention has been paid to these developments in the American and international press.

Source: Neo-Nazi network in German army exposed | American Everyman

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Could a Doodle Replace Your Password? 

Nearly 80 percent of Americans own a smartphone, and a growing proportion of them use smartphones for internet access, not just when they’re on the go. This leads to people storing considerable amounts of personal and private data on their mobile devices.Often, there is just one layer of security protecting all that data—emails and text messages, social media profiles, bank accounts and credit cards, even other passwords to online services. It’s the password that unlocks the smartphone’s screen. Usually this involves entering a number, or just laying a fingertip on a sensor.Over the past couple of years, my research group, my colleagues and I have designed, created and tested a better way. We call it “user-generated free-form gestures,” which means smartphone owners can draw their own security pattern on the screen. It’s a very simple idea that is surprisingly secure.

Source: Could a Doodle Replace Your Password? – Scientific American

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Man has sex with woman, then steals her gaming consoles,…

OCALA, Fla. – A man had sex with a woman he had met on the dating site Plenty of Fish, then returned to her home, held the occupants at gunpoint and stole several gaming consoles, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.The victim said she had sex with Kareem Mutcherson, 23, then around 1 a.m. Monday, he returned to the home on Silver Lane in Ocala armed with a gun and wearing a bandana over his face, the arrest report said.More News HeadlinesFlorida woman agreed to swap sex for $25, chicken McNuggets, police sayHusband sentenced to prison for fatal DUI crash while having sex with wifeFlorida man leaves shoe behind after robbing Cocoa home, deputies sayMutcherson forced the woman inside at gunpoint and took a Wii and PlayStation from the front room, deputies said. He then forced her to unplug a white Xbox from the living room, according to the report.The victim started yelling so the other occupants in the home could help her. Four people, including a juvenile, exited the bedrooms.

Source: Man has sex with woman, then steals her gaming consoles,…

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The Unfairness of Equal Outcomes 

When I talk to student groups about inequality, one of the first things I ask them to do is consider a mental experiment. Imagine a society in which, for example, the richest 20 percent of households earn an average of $60,000 per year and the poorest 20 percent of households earn an average of $10,000 per year. Imagine average household income overall is around $35,000 per year.Now imagine a different society in which the richest 20 percent of households earn $150,000 on average and the poorest 20 percent about $18,000. Suppose the overall average is about $54,000.If we compare these two societies, there’s no doubt that the first one is far more equal. The distance between rich and poor is much smaller. But if we ask which society is the more desirable one, or which one people would like to live in if they did not know if they’d be rich or poor, most people would pick the second, despite its higher degree of inequality. Not only is it richer on average, but it’s clear that it’s possible to become very rich and, perhaps most important, the poor in the second society are much better off than those in the first.(It’s worth noting that the second society roughly corresponds to the US of 2017.)That so many people’s intuition is that the second society is better suggests that perhaps what we really care about is something other than inequality per se. We care about upward mobility, or average income overall, or how well the least well off do.

Source: The Unfairness of Equal Outcomes – The Fifth Column

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Scientists have created a lightweight wearable that dissolves in vinegar 

This wearable electronic device melts to nothing if you pour vinegar on it — and that’s by design. With 50 million metric tons of electronic waste projected for 2018, scientists at Stanford University created a biodegradable wearable that wouldn’t sit in the junk drawer or junkyard for the rest of eternity, once the next generation of Fitbit came along.

The result is one of the lightest, thinnest electronic devices that’s ever been made. The big advance was a biodegradable semiconductor the scientists synthesized from a molecule found in tattoo ink. They also created a new, extra-thin film made out of plant fibers, using it as a base to embed the device’s electronics in. That includes electrodes, made out of aluminum and iron, which melt away completely along with the rest of the device after 30 days in a liquid even less acidic than vinegar. The how-to manual for this new wearable was published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Source: Scientists have created a lightweight wearable that dissolves in vinegar – The Verge

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‘Amputee Love #1’: A raunchy 1975 comic that takes a look at the wild sex lives of amputees 

The cover of ‘Amputee Love #1,’ 1975. Back in 1975 Rich and Rene Jensen collaborated on Amputee Love #1, a comic that detailed the intimate relationships and sex lives of amputees. Written by double-amputee Rene, the story is based on a woman named Lyn who loses one of her legs in a violent car crash. The rather graphic cover of the comic was drawn by artist Brent Boates who would go on to work on a litany of films including Heavy Metal and Big Trouble in Little China, who used real amputees as his subjects matter.While the actual illustrations inside the comic done by Rene’s husband Rich were not as polished as Boates’ cover, the story is beyond intriguing and full of lurid details concerning amputee sex orgies, outings to a XXX movie theater to see a fictional (as far as I know) amputee film called “Fragmented Sex,” and pool parties where people got wet but not from the water if you catch my drift. If you were the kind of cat that dug comics back in the mid-70s it’s possible that you might have seen Amputee Love #1 sitting beside other kinds of low-brow comics like Zap or The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers. Put out by the legendary San Francisco publisher Last Gasp, the 32-page comic allegedly had only one production run and the first issue of Amputee Love would also be the last. Occasionally copies of this unique and rare comic come up for auction, generally selling for over a $100 bucks a pop in case you need to add this fascinating piece of ephemera to your collection. I’ve posted parts of Amputee Love #1 below for you to peruse in all of its NSFW underground comic glory. You can see and read the entire comic, here.

Source: ‘Amputee Love #1’: A raunchy 1975 comic that takes a look at the wild sex lives of amputees | Dangerous Minds

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Italy Deports More Than 1,000 Migrants a Month as Refugee Crisis Worsens

Italy is deporting more than 1,000 migrants a month, as record numbers continue to cross the sea into Europe.Authorities in the country have sent home about 6,250 migrants since January, many of whom arrived on dilapidated boats from nearby Libya (pictured above).The figures for this year mark a 24% increase on figures from 2016, and show that the country has become more efficient at removing new arrivals with no right to stay.Many claim to be fleeing war or persecution in war-torn Libya, and ask for asylum under international law.But Italian officials increasingly suspect that many are economic migrants from further afield who travel via Libya because it offers a gateway to Europe that would usually be closed to them.

Source: Italy Deports More Than 1,000 Migrants a Month as Refugee Crisis Worsens | Heat Street

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Sierra Vista woman finds note from ‘Chinese prisoner’ in Walmart

TUCSON -A Sierra Vista woman says a note from a ‘Chinese prisoner’ ended up inside a purse at her local Walmart.Laura Wallace’s mother-in-law purchased a purse from the store using a gift card she’d given her. She later found a tiny folded up note inside a zipper compartment.The note was written in Chinese. Wallace had it translated.“It actually stated that the person who wrote that was a prisoner in China,” she said. “Basically what their situation was and how they work long hours, 14 hours a day. And they don’t have a lot to eat.”To be sure, the note was translated by two more Chinese-speaking people. All came up with a similar translation.“I’m very sure that that’s exactly what the note says,” said Wallace.Similar letters have been traced back to stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and K-Mart over the years. In one case, the writer was tracked down in China.Wallace said she’s sharing to see if something similar can happen here.

Source: Sierra Vista woman finds note from ‘Chinese prisoner’ in Walmart – KVOA | KVOA.com | Tucson, Arizona

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Canadian Art Gallery Axes Show Over ‘Cultural Appropriation’

An art gallery in Canada has canceled an exhibition which was accused of cultural appropriation so extreme it has been termed “cultural genocide”.Visions Gallery, a contemporary venue in Toronto, scrapped a five-day display of work by artist Amanda PL because of its treatment of an indigenous Canadian art style.PL’s work drew on the colorful style popularized by Norval Morrisseau, who hailed from Canada’s Anishnaabe group of tribes and shot to fame around the 1960s.His work retells tribal legends and has spiritual overtones – which PL said inspired her works in turn, even though she isn’t indigenous. Here are some her paintings:

Source: Canadian Art Gallery Axes Show Over ‘Cultural Appropriation’ | Heat Street

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Trump order frees tax-exempt churches to be more politically active 

U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Thursday that allows tax-exempt churches to more actively participate in politics and could free religious organizations to deny employees insurance coverage for birth-control pills.The order partially fulfills an oft-repeated campaign promise by Trump, who appealed to religious conservatives in his 2016 run for the White House, although he would need an act of Congress to rescind the underlying law that he has opposed, known as the Johnson Amendment.The order was widely praised by religious organizations that either felt hemmed in by the law or openly violated it, but others denounced it as putting women’s health in jeopardy or weakening the U.S. tradition of separating church and state.”We will not allow people of faith to be targeted, bullied or silenced any more,” Trump said at a signing ceremony at the White House where religious leaders had gathered in support.”No one should be censoring sermons or targeting pastors,” he said.

Source: Trump order frees tax-exempt churches to be more politically active | Reuters

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How To Install Linux On A Chromebook With Crouton

Chromebooks are computers made by Google, that run the Chrome operating system. Despite the caricature around Chromebooks, they’re actually quite popular. The reason? Google subsidizes the hardware so that consumers don’t have to pay as much. As a result, Chromebooks fly off the shelves, and are responsible for a massive amount of laptop sales.  Google’s computer operating system is a pretty good Linux-powered experience. It comes with a file manager, integrated cloud storage, and even a terminal (if you’re savvy enough to find it). Still, for as useful as Chrome OS can be, some advanced users find that it still isn’t enough to satisfy them. It is because of this that some developers have developed tools that allow you to install Linux on a Chromebook.This tool is known as Crouton.  This makes it so you can install a Chroot environment which in turn can be used to install Linux on a Chromebook. This tool makes it so that an operating system like Ubuntu, or even Arch Linux can run on a Chromebook.Installing Crouton can be a tedious and confusing process at times, but it is worth it for one major reason. Having access to Linux on a Chromebook is great. It means users can get the best of both worlds: Chrome OS’s ease of use, and Linux’s wide variety of offline programs.

Source: How To Install Linux On A Chromebook With Crouton

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Facebook to add 3,000 to team reviewing posts with hate speech, crimes, and other harming posts 

A week after news broke of multiple videos of suicides posted on Facebook remaining on the site for hours, the company has announced a new plan to add 3,000 more people to its operations team to screen for harmful videos and other posts to respond to them more quickly in the future.Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook said that this would be in addition to the 4,500 people already working in this capacity. What is not clear is whether these are full-time employees or contractors, and how screeners will, in effect, be screened.It’s a big hiring move, but is it enough? The company currently has close to 2 billion users — we’ll be getting an update on that number later today when Facebook posts its quarterly earnings (interesting timing to release this on just ahead of those) — and Zuckerberg said that there are “millions of reports” received every week.“If we’re going to build a safe community, we need to respond quickly,” Zuckerberg wrote in a post earlier today. “We’re working to make these videos easier to report so we can take the right action sooner — whether that’s responding quickly when someone needs help or taking a post down.”

Source: Facebook to add 3,000 to team reviewing posts with hate speech, crimes, and other harming posts | TechCrunch

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TSA Report Warns Against Truck Ramming Attacks By Terrorists 

Truck owners and truck rental agencies in the U.S. must be “vigilant” about the increasing frequency of “ramming attacks” by terrorists using vehicles as killing machines, according to a new Transportation Security Administration report obtained exclusively by NBC News.The unclassified report warns owners, operators and rental agencies to protect their vehicles from theft. Entitled “Vehicle ramming attacks: Threat landscape, indicators and counter measures,” the report was sent Tuesday to local law enforcement agencies and private companies working with the Department of Homeland Security.Related: Ohio State Victim Says Attacker Vowed To Kill HerThe report notes that in the past three years, at least 173 people have been killed and more than 700 wounded in 17 ramming attacks around the world. Of the 17 attacks, 13 resulted in fatalities. Five were carried out in France both before and after the Nice attack and four took place in Israel.Nine of the 17 attackers were carried out in the past 10 months. One involved an Ohio State University student who drove his car into a crowd last November, then began slashing fellow students before campus police killed him. Eleven people were wounded.

Source: TSA Report Warns Against Truck Ramming Attacks By Terrorists – NBC News

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‘Chemobrain’: Post-Traumatic Stress Affects Cognitive Function in Cancer Patients

Subtle cognitive dysfunction and decline in breast cancer patients was largely independent of chemotherapy but associated with cancer-related post-traumatic stress in a German multisite study.Many breast cancer patients report problems of cognitive functioning, and some are considerably burdened by them. These symptoms have mainly been attributed to neurotoxic effects of chemotherapy, as reflected in the colloquial term ‘chemobrain’. Now a longitudinal study in newly diagnosed breast cancer patients from six institutions in the area of Munich, Germany, investigated the role of post-traumatic stress in the causation of cancer-related cognitive impairment. project was funded by the Deutsche Krebshilfe and led by psychologist Kerstin Hermelink (Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, CCC LMU University Hospital of Munich).

In the first year after diagnosis, breast cancer patients treated with and without chemotherapy showed minimal cognitive dysfunction and decline, which were associated with post-traumatic stress due to having cancer. “It is well-established that post-traumatic stress – not to be confused with everyday stresses – has disruptive effects on the brain,” Hermelink says. “For many patients, being diagnosed with breast cancer is a traumatic experience. The hypothesis that cognitive dysfunction in breast cancer patients is caused by post-traumatic stress seemed therefore worth pursuing.”One-hundred sixty-six newly diagnosed breast cancer patients and 60 women who had undergone routine breast imaging with negative results participated in the Cognicares (Cognition in Breast Cancer Patients: The Impact of Cancer-Related Stress) study. In all participants, post-traumatic symptoms were assessed with a clinical interview, and cognitive function was evaluated with a battery of paper-and-pencil and computer-based neuropsychological tests three times over the course of one year.

Source: ‘Chemobrain’: Post-Traumatic Stress Affects Cognitive Function in Cancer Patients

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