Daily Archives: June 5, 2017

Biker group charged with hacking hundreds of Jeeps, motorcycles in crime spree

A motorcycle club has caught the attention of US prosecutors after allegedly making millions of dollars through hacking and stealing hundreds of Jeep Wranglers and motorbikes.As reported by The Register, in an indictment (.PDF) dated 23 May 2017, the San Diego office of the US Department of Justice (DoJ) and FBI say that nine members of the group, based in Tijuana, Mexico, were part of a two and a half year scheme to steal vehicles.Although the exact date of the auto theft ring’s beginning is unknown, prosecutors say that the club members began stealing vehicles from the US no later than January 2014 until September 2016.Targeting mainly Jeep Wranglers and a variety of motorbikes in California, the group used scouts to source their targets before obtaining vehicle identification numbers (VINs), usually found on dashboards.

Source: Biker group charged with hacking hundreds of Jeeps, motorcycles in crime spree | 

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DARPA orders spaceplane capable of 10 launches in 10 days

The United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has commissioned Boeing to build a spaceplane capable of 10 launches in 10 days.The Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program is designed to give the US the ability to launch stuff fast, in order to “revolutionize the Nation’s ability to recover from a catastrophic loss of military or commercial satellites, upon which the Nation today is critically dependent.”The XS-1 design selected by DARPA will see Boeing construct a spaceplane “roughly the size of a business jet”. The vehicle will take off like a rocket using the Aerojet Rocketdyne AR-22 engine, thruster derived from the Space Shuttle’s main engine. The AR-22 is designed to offer 500,000 lbf of thrust.Once the AR-22 gets the XS-1 to “high suborbital altitude” a rocket that piggybacks the spaceplane will take over and carry a “deploy a 3,000-pound satellite to polar orbit.” The rocket won’t be used again, but the XS-1 will land like a conventional aircraft and be ready for another launch “potentially within hours.”

Source: DARPA orders spaceplane capable of 10 launches in 10 days • The Register

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After London Attack, Trump Again the Center of Partisan Media Combat 

A CNN host called President Trump a “man baby” and a piece of excrement. (He used a more profane term, and later apologized.) A guest on “Fox & Friends” proposed that some Muslims in the United Kingdom be placed in internment camps, prompting an on-air disavowal from the hosts.A Breitbart News writer argued on Twitter that “there would be no deadly attacks in the U.K. if Muslims didn’t live there,” generating angry replies. And Mr. Trump himself, in his first public comment about the attack in London on Saturday night, disseminated unconfirmed information from an unofficial source: The Drudge Report.In the 24 hours after the deadly van and knife attack, the cycle of partisan broadsides and ideological combat that seems to dominate the media universe these days kicked into high gear.

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NBC News Throws Shade on President Trump’s Terror Tweet: ‘Info is Unconfirmed’

In light of the recent attacks in London, President Trump used the opportunity to a renew his calls for a travel ban,. He also retweeted a Drudge tweet that suggested that the fluid story was already a terror attack:In an unprecedented move, NBC News twitter feed followed up, with a uniquely dismissive comment:Trump came under criticism recently when he referenced an attack at a resort in the Phillipines as a terrorist attack before the specifics of that story were clear.While London authorities have now only recently claimed that they are treating this event as a terror attack, it’s rather stunning that the sitting president  appeared to think it wise to retweet a Drudge Report tweet and not relay official information of which he has exclusive access.Have a tip we should know? tips@mediaite.com

Source: NBC News Throws Shade on President Trump’s Terror Tweet: ‘Info is Unconfirmed’ | Mediaite

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SICK: The Left Is Trying To ‘Normalize’ Pedophilia

One would hope that this is just in mockery of the left since there have indeed been others who also agree that pedophilia isn’t a crime or mental issue. RedState pointed out this disturbing trend last year:

Back in September we saw one of the first blatant efforts to legitimize pedophilia. Salon published a piece titled I’m a pedophile, but not a monster (ummm, no).

My name is Todd Nickerson, and I’m a pedophile. Does that surprise you? Yeah, not many of us are willing to share our story, for good reason. To confess a sexual attraction to children is to lay claim to the most reviled status on the planet, one that effectively ends any chance you have of living a normal life. Yet, I’m not the monster you think me to be. I’ve never touched a child sexually in my life and never will, nor do I use child pornography.

But isn’t that the definition of a pedophile, you may ask, someone who molests kids? Not really. Although “pedophile” and “child molester” have often been used interchangeably in the media, and there is some overlap, at base, a pedophile is someone who’s sexually attracted to children. That’s it. There’s no inherent reason he must act on those desires with real children. Some pedophiles certainly do, but many of us don’t. Because the powerful taboo keeps us in hiding, it’s impossible to know how many non-offending pedophiles are out there, but signs indicate there are a lot of us, and too often we suffer in silence. That’s why I decided to speak up.

The unfortunate truth is that pedophiles and their sympathizers are using the homosexual rights playbook.

The fact that we already allow 13 and 14 year old girls sufficient agency to decide to take birth control pills or get an abortion without parental consent is a de facto death blow to state age of consent laws. Once consent is taken as something that is inherent in one’s humanity, ephebophilia (or pedophilia-lite) will be all the rage and it will just be a hop-skip-and-jump to full blown legalization of pedophilia.

The left seems to be hellbent on normalizing every mental illness that is actually deviant and can hurt others, especially children. What in the hell is wrong with these people that they’d ever think this is okay?

Part of this normalization of everything horrifying in society is to destroy society. The left is certainly well on their way.

Source: SICK: The Left Is Trying To ‘Normalize’ Pedophilia | The Federalist Papers

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Kevin Hart Refuses to Trash Trump: I’m Not ‘Alienating’ My Audience

In an interview with Variety published this week to promote his new book, the What Now star explains why avoiding politically-charged comedy keeps him from “alienating” a portion of his audience.“When you jump into that political realm you’re alienating some of your audience,” Hart said.“The world today, it’s really not a laughing matter. It’s serious,” he added. “I don’t want to draw attention to things I don’t have nice things to say about.”Hart’s films, including 2016’s Central Intelligence and the Ride Along franchise, have grossed nearly $1.5 billon domestically. The 37-year-old actor reportedly commands $10 million per film.With a slew of successful stand-up specials under his belt, a bevy of blockbuster films slated for release — including a Jumanji remake debuting in December and a Great Outdoors remake in the works — the Hartbeat Productions boss says he wants to become an Oprah Winfrey-like media mogul.

Source: Kevin Hart Refuses to Trash Trump: I’m Not ‘Alienating’ My Audience

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Medicinal use for marijuana confirmed: CBD helps kids with rare epilepsy

In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial—the gold-standard design—a component of marijuana called cannabidiol (CBD) reduced seizures in children with a rare and devastating form of epilepsy.The results, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, provide the first solid evidence that marijuana can be used to treat epilepsy, something some patient groups and advocates have argued for years. It also adds to mounting data supporting the medicinal value of the controversial plant. The Drug Enforcement Administration currently lists marijuana as a Schedule I drug, a type of drug with no accepted medical use but a high potential for abuse.FURTHER READINGMassive scientific report on marijuana confirms medical benefitsA landmark review of marijuana research, released in January by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, concluded that marijuana can effectively treat chronic pain in some patients. But for other conditions, including epilepsy, the data is still inconclusive. Earlier trials on epilepsy, for instance, were small or suboptimal and provided mixed results.For the new high-quality trial, neurologist Orrin Devinsky of New York University Langone Medical Center and colleagues enrolled 120 US and European kids, aged 2 to 18 (average age of 9.8). All of the kids had a rare form of epilepsy, called Dravet syndrome, and suffered from drug-resistant seizures. Dravet syndrome is a life-long intractable condition generally caused by a mutation in the SCN1A gene. This gene is critical for proper electrical signaling in the brain because it contributes to voltage-gated sodium ion channels in neurons. Dravet syndrome affects only about one in 16,000 people. Between 10 and 20 percent of those affected don’t survive to adulthood.

Source: Medicinal use for marijuana confirmed: CBD helps kids with rare epilepsy | Ars Technica

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Back in 2004, when a NYFD chief reminded the 9/11 Commission that it was never in “anyone’s consciousness” that the Twin Towers would fall, he underscored a terrible truth. After 9/11, we entered the Age of the Unthinkable. Seared into our collective consciousness is that the Twin Towers could and did fall. So could the U.S. Capitol, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Superdome. Our children know that which we as children never before imagined — passenger planes may become guided missiles, and skyscrapers may turn into smoking, twisted rubble. This age of Islamic jihad against the West has indeed expanded our consciousness.Or has it? Did these previously unthinkable acts of violence and mass murder sharpen our thinking, make us vigilant and more protective of our constitutional liberties under attack?There was a time when I actually thought this was so. Re-reading my first column written after 9/11 today, one dozen 9/11s later, I find that it forecasts a new era of black and white, good and evil — a new relationship with countries that were “with us or against us.” I guess I have always been a lousy prognosticator. Still, that was the message coming out of the Bush White House early on.My old column continues: “When an honest-to-goodness battle is joined, there can be no more middle ground. We simply have to know where our friends are — as well as our enemies. Not that their whereabouts are secret. Long before the smoke had thinned to reveal the scope of the carnage in the United States, there was revelry in the Middle East, from Beirut to East Jerusalem, from Cairo to Baghdad.”I was, of course, talking about the Islamic world – the font of jihad to spread sharia to create a global caliphate. That simple catechism I would learn in the months ahead. Two weeks later, however, while I was still working my way through a copy of the Koran and, luckily found, a copy of Ibn Warraq’s “Why I Am Not a Muslim,” both of which I bought on 9/12/01, it was clear the mood in Washington was already different. The American flags that had instantly spread, flew and bristled in those early days were still everywhere, but “with us or against us” was gone. What was taking shape was something more like: “Who is ‘us’?” Whatever that means.


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Asteroid worth $10,000 quadrillion ‘could transform global economy’

©  NASA / Arizona State Univ.NASA scientists are outdoing themselves yet again: by reworking the planned route for a robotic mission to a giant asteroid worth $10,000 quadrillion, they’ve managed to cut costs, launch sooner and arrive four years earlier than planned. Not bad.The Psyche planetoid, measuring 240km (149 miles) in diameter, is located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and is made almost entirely of iron and nickel.At current market prices, such an asteroid, a truly unique object in our solar system, is estimated to be worth $10,000 quadrillion ($10,000,000,000,000,000,000). That is, if you could successfully tow it into orbit and then mine it (and find someone to buy all of it, of course). For scale, the entire global economy is worth over $74 trillion.

Source: Asteroid worth $10,000 quadrillion ‘could transform global economy’ — RT Viral

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Springfield judge denies clown’s plan to juggle for jurors as centerpiece of defense 

SPRINGFIELD – Every clown has a down day occasionally, and Orlando Melendez had one this week in Springfield District Court.During a pretrial hearing Thursday, a judge rejected Melendez’s plan to showcase his juggling skills for jurors at his upcoming trial.”The keystone to his defense is: He’s literally a clown,” the defendant, writing in the third person, explained in a motion that elicited a one-word response from Judge Robert Murphy.”Denied,” the judge wrote on the motion.Melendez, 20, is charged with using a toy gun during an attempted robbery of a Forest Park convenience store in December. He pleaded not guilty to two counts of attempting to commit a crime and was ordered held on $5,000 bail.Jury selection is scheduled to begin on June 8. Melendez, who fired his court-appointed lawyer, has represented himself since February.During Thursday’s hearing, Melendez outlined his defense strategy in a hand-written motion declaring he was, in effect, just clowning

Source: Springfield judge denies clown’s plan to juggle for jurors as centerpiece of defense | masslive.com

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Sweden Has Listed The Whole Country on Airbnb

The Swedish tourism board has been coming up with some pretty unique marketing strategies recently. First, they decided to create “The Swedish Number” – a phone number that allowed anyone, anywhere in the world to ring it and be connected with a random Swede who would talk to you about how great the country is. Now. they’ve teamed up with Airbnb to list the entire country on the website.The move aims to promote the “freedom to roam”, which allows anyone to walk, cycle, or camp on any part of the land (apart from private residences and gardens) and takes the form of nine different listings, ranging from a forest retreat in Varmland to stunning ocean views by Skuleskogen National Park.

Source: Sweden Has Listed The Whole Country on Airbnb | HUH.

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London City airport swaps control tower for digital cameras 

London’s City airport is replacing its air traffic control tower with zoomable cameras worked from a base in Hampshire, according to reports.City, a small business-focused airport tucked into the capital’s Canary Wharf district (aircraft landing from, or departing to, the west of the airport actually fly between the area’s skyscrapers) will close down its tower’s visual control room and replace it with a 50m tall digital version.This will be provided by NATS (the company formerly known as National Air Traffic Services) and will be remotely manned from a hub in Swanwick, Hampshire, according to the Guardian.“From 2019, the controllers’ window over the Docklands’ skyline in east London will be a bank of HD screens,” the newspaper reported, adding that the full 360 degree view from the City VCR has been compressed to a 225-degree arc, allowing NATS controllers to view the entire runway and apron area from a normal seated position without needing to turn around.One big feature of the new digital control room is the “augmented reality” ability to overlay the screens with live aircraft information – Flight Simulator players of old will recall the little information tag next to each in-game aircraft. Combined with radar return data, this allows unidentified aircraft – such as drones – to be easily picked out.

Source: London City airport swaps control tower for digital cameras • The Register

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Cocaine more addictive than first thought, study findsSociety 

People who use cocaine “recreationally” may be closer to becoming addicted than they think, a study has warned.Even among non-dependent cocaine users, visual cues associated with consumption of the illicit drug lead to dopamine release in an area of the brain responsible for cravings, according to research published in the medical journal Scientific Reports.Dopamine is a chemical that causes people to seek pleasurable activities, and researchers have known for years that cocaine use triggers the release of the neurotransmitter.The research suggests that using cocaine just once may cause an addiction.

Source: Cocaine more addictive than first thought, study finds | Society | The Guardian

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Bike-recovery app helps Vancouver reduce bike theft by 35% in past year 

A bike-recovery app is making strides in reducing bike theft in Vancouver after it partnered with police one year ago.About 800 fewer bikes were reported stolen in the last 12 months compared to the previous year, amounting to a 35 per cent decrease in bike theft, according to 529 Garage.”We’re thrilled that between reduced thefts and increased recoveries, Vancouver’s co-operative approach impacted over a thousand bikes in just one year. We’re looking forward to replicating this success in other major metros across North America,” said J Allard, founder of 529 Garage.The company launched its app in fall 2015 and partnered with Vancouver police during last year’s Bike to Work week to encourage cyclists to register their bikes with 529 Garage.

Source: Bike-recovery app helps Vancouver reduce bike theft by 35% in past year | Metro Vancouver

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General-Purpose Brain-Computer Interface Brings Thought Control to Any PC

For people who are paralyzed, a brain-computer interface is sometimes the only feasible way to communicate. The idea is that sensors monitor brain waves and the nerve signals that control facial expressions. Predefined signals can then be used to control the computer.Recommended for YouGoogle Sprinkles AI on Its Spreadsheets to Automate Away Some Office WorkTrump Misused MIT Research in Reasons for Ditching Climate DealExperts Predict When Artificial Intelligence Will Exceed Human PerformanceYou Don’t Have to Major in Computer Science to Do It as a CareerThe Cryptocurrency Market Is Growing ExponentiallyFor example, the pattern of nerve signals associated with a left smirk might cause the cursor to move to the left, while a right smirk might cause it to move right; the brain waves associated with concentration might be associated with a double click, and so on. In this way, an otherwise paralyzed user can control a computer.

Source: General-Purpose Brain-Computer Interface Brings Thought Control to Any PC – MIT Technology Review

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Russia tests Zircon hypersonic missile which it says makes U.S. defenses obsolete 

Russia declared today its first test of a hypersonic missile, a year ahead of schedule. Defense analysts proclaimed the test made U.S. missile defense systems obsolete.American missile defense has been a thorn in the side of the Kremlin since the days of Ronald Reagan’s SDI, or Strategic Defense Initiative. One could argue that SDI broke the back of the Soviet Union financially and technologically and forced Gorbachev to realize the U.S.S.R. could not beat America in a missile defense arms race.The Russian international news site Sputnik suggested the missile, named Zircon, could be installed on Pyotr Veliky, the country’s nuclear-powered missile strike ship. Analysts stated the missile concept can fly at 4,600 miles per hour — that’s 6 times the speed of sound — and would be practically impervious to missile defense systems, reported The Independent.Military analyst Vladimir Tuchkov told Sputnik: “It (the Zircon missile system) is expected to be added into Russia’s arsenal between 2018 and 2020.”

Source: Russia tests Zircon hypersonic missile which it says makes U.S. defenses obsolete – Washington Times

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‘Space Aggressors’ Train US Forces for Extraterrestrial Conflict

US Army Spc. Angel Mendoza, assigned as a space aggressor operator to the 527th Space Aggressor Squadron, Schreiver Air Force Base, Colo., secures a helical antenna to a gravel pad adjacent to the flight line Aug. 8, 2016, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 16-3, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Along with two modems and an amplifier, space aggressors at RF-A 16-3 interrupt GPS systems for navigation and weapons, which pilots use during the exercise designed to simulate the first 10 combat sorties of a surge operation or conflict.Credit: US Air Force/Staff Sgt. Shawn NickelIn a large, tin-roofed warehouse near Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, members of a team of modern space warriors spend their days hatching plots to defeat the US military in extraterrestrial combat.They’re called Space Aggressors.Their job is to act like the enemy during mock space battles to help US units prepare for a conflict that may one day extend into the cosmos.”We play the bad guys,” said Captain Christopher Barnes, chief of training for the 26th Space Aggressor Squadron. “Our job is to not only understand the different types of threats and potential enemies, but also to be able to portray them and replicate them for the good guys, our Air Force.”

Source: ‘Space Aggressors’ Train US Forces for Extraterrestrial Conflict

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