Daily Archives: June 25, 2017


33986_1thmACORN’s former CEO Bertha Lewis urged Africans-Americans to support increased immigration as a strategy to gain political power.

“We got some Latino cousins, we got some Asian cousins, we got some Native-American cousins, we got all kind of cousins,” said Lewis, who spoke Thursday at the annual political conference of the Congressional Black Caucus.

“Cousins need to get together because if we’re going to be [part of the non-white] majority, it makes sense for black people in this country to get down with immigration reform,” said Lewis, whose ACORN group was formally disbanded in 2010 after a series of scandals.

Lewis did not mention solidarity with whites in her appeal for power.

“Everyone, even all white folks in this country, acknowledge that in a minute, [the] United States of America will be a new majority, will be majority minority, a brand-new thing,” she said.

In 2012, “for the first time ever in history, African-Americans outvoted white Americans. Oooh. That’s the fear of the white man. That could change everything. That’s why [immigration] should matter to us,” she declared.

Lewis got only modest applause from the room of 300 attendees, nearly all of whom were black.

But her appeal for non-white solidarity was backed up by New York Democratic Rep. Yvette Clarke.

“What will happen with comprehensive immigration reform will be a new landscape of humanity in the United States of America,” Clarke told the attendees.

“America is a shape-shifter, and based on who’s here, in what numbers and at what time, determines the political outcomes,” she said. Blacks should cooperate with Latinos, she said, adding “we all have skin in the game, literally.”

The racial appeal was echoed by William Spriggs, chief economist at the AFL-CIO. “If we are going to be the new majority, we’re going to have to start acting like the new majority and start setting the new rules,” he said.


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U.N. Report Blames Israel for Palestinian Men Beating Their Wives

A new report by a United Nations expert, and submitted to the U.N. Human Rights Council, blames Israel in part for Palestinian men beating their wives — offering more fuel to those in the Trump administration seeking to leave the council over its anti-Israel bias.

The document, first reported by U.N. Watch, which monitors the international body, was written by Dubravka Šimonović — the Special Rapporteur on violence against women — who filed dual reports based on her trips to the region in 2016. The report in question focuses on the “causes and consequences” of violence against women in the region.

In her filing on Israel, Šimonović highlights what she claims is a “clear linkage” between the “Israeli occupation” and Palestinian domestic abuse:


via U.N. Report Blames Israel for Palestinian Men Beating Their Wives

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Ohio Government Websites Hacked With Pro-Islamic State Messages

The websites of Ohio Governor John Kasich and other state government agencies were hacked on Sunday with a posting professing love for the jihadist group Islamic State.

Ten state websites and two servers were affected, and they’ve been taken off line for an investigation with law enforcement into how the hackers were able to deface them, said Tom Hoyt, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Administrative Services.

Ohio governors website hacked.
Source: http://www.governor.ohio.gov/

The Ohio governor’s website wasn’t loading on Sunday afternoon, and a cached version showed the message “hacked by Team System Dz.’’ It said, “You will be held accountable Trump, you and all your people for every drop of blood flowing in Muslim countries’’ and added, “I love the Islamic state.”

Kasich spokeswoman Emmalee Kalmbach said in a statement that “as soon as we were notified of the situation, we immediately began to correct it, and will continue to monitor until fully resolved.”

via Ohio Government Websites Hacked With Pro-Islamic State Messages – Bloomberg

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Radio powered by your own sweat hints at future of wearables

By Timothy RevellBattery flat on your radio? Don’t sweat it. Or maybe that’s exactly what you should do. Sweat alone has been used to power a radio for two days, demonstrating the capability of a new skin patch.The patch is a flexible square just a couple of centimetres across that sticks to skin. It contains enzymes that replace the precious metals normally used in batteries and feed off sweat to provide power. Getting enough power out of a biofuel cell to make it useful has proved tricky, but the latest version can extract 10 times more than before.“We’re now getting really impressive power levels. If you were out for a run, you would be able to power a mobile device,” says Joseph Wang at the University of California, San Diego, who was in the team that worked on the technology.

Source: Radio powered by your own sweat hints at future of wearables  | New Scientist

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If You’re White and Have Opinions, You’re Now Guilty of ‘Whitesplaining’

“Mansplaining” was so 2016. Half way through 2017, the Huffington Post is peddling a new complaint to add to the American lexicon: “Whitesplaining.”HuffPo’s “social justice blogger,” Jade Greear, explains this new offense.“Have you ever had an experience where someone is explaining to you, in a patronizing way, something you actually already know quite a lot about?” she asks. “Possibly about your own life experiences as an African American or Latino? That is whitesplaining—to explain or comment on something in a condescending, overconfident, and often inaccurate or oversimplified manner, from the perspective of the group one identifies with, thereby clearly exhibiting their own bias.”Greear says that while “whitesplaining” can be well-intentioned, it is inherently subjective. It perpetuates racism, she argues, precisely because “racism is not subjective.”

Source: If You’re White and Have Opinions, You’re Now Guilty of ‘Whitesplaining’

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New ‘responsive’ Google Font can shapeshift to match any design

Google Fonts is getting more customizable and interactive. The company has updated its collection with its very first ‘parametric’ font – a new typographic technology that makes it easy for designers to tweak and modify the format of virtually any typeface.Developed in collaboration between Prototypo and Production Type, Spectral follows the principles of responsive design, which means the font retains the capacity to alter its form in order to seamlessly fit in with the overall layout of your page.“Opening up to a new era of type design, [our] parametric font technology allows to work with responsive characters improving creativity and exploring new shapes,” Prototypo said in a press release. “Creating intelligent fonts capable of fitting all types of uses and media is now a reality.”

Source: New ‘responsive’ Google Font can shapeshift to match any design

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Pentagon’s nuke-proof ‘Doomsday’ planes damaged by tornado 

Two of the Pentagon’s specially reinforced “Doomsday” planes, designed to withstand the heat from a nuclear blast, were grounded after being damaged by a tornado, the Air Force said Friday.The E4-B Boeing 747s, built in the 1970s during the Cold War, are essentially flying command centers that can refuel in the sky and are designed to remain airborne for days on end in times of crisis.The Air Force has four E4-Bs, which also shuttle the secretary of defense around the world.Two were damaged June 16 at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska when a tornado whipped through the area with little advance warning.”Two E-4B National Airborne Operations Center aircraft stationed at Offutt AFB received storm damage,” Air Force spokesman Colonel Pat Ryder said.Additionally, seven RC-135 reconnaissance planes suffered minor damage and another needed an inspection.The E-4B is a 747 that has been reinforced to protect against the electromagnetic pulse from a nuclear blast and is shielded from a thermal blast.”An advanced satellite communications system provides worldwide communication for senior leaders through the airborne operations center,” the Air Force said.The blue-and-white jets can also unspool miles of low-frequency antenna to maintain contact with nuclear subs and other assets in times of crisis.

Source: Pentagon’s nuke-proof ‘Doomsday’ planes damaged by tornado | Daily Mail Online

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Human toe stolen from Dawson City bar – North 

A human toe has fallen prey to some sticky fingers in Dawson City, Yukon.And not just any toe — the gnarled digit is the essential ingredient in the famous “Sourtoe Cocktail” at the Downtown Hotel.”We are furious,” said the hotel’s “Toe Captain,” Terry Lee, in a news release. “Toes are very hard to come by.”What makes a Sourtoe Cocktail so special? This. (Philippe Morin/CBC)The traditional Sourtoe Cocktail — a Klondike-inspired invention — involves a shot of whisky with the digit bobbing in the glass. The toe must touch the brave drinker’s lips.The hotel’s posted fine for swallowing or stealing the toe is $2,500. It had been $500 until August 2013, when a patron gulped back the entire cocktail — toe and all — and slapped $500 on the table.Customer swallows human toe in Dawson City bar VIDEO: Watch the Yukon toe swallower in actionAccording to a news release on Monday, the hotel intends to fine and charge the thief “unless the Toe is returned safe.””Stunts like this adversely affect the whole community, not just the Downtown Hotel. We fortunately have a couple of back up toes, but we really need this one back,” Lee says in the release.

Source: Human toe stolen from Dawson City bar – North – CBC News

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Three U of Albany Students Who Faked Hate Crime Get Probation

Three African-American University at Albany students who allegedly falsely reported a hate crime have now been given probation and community service.Former students Asha Burwell and Ariel Agudio are the final two to face sentencing for the alleged false hate crime report. Both received three years of probation and 200 hours each of community service for the January 30, 2016, incident. The judge waived jail time saying that the pair had faced “significant consequences” already, according to Fox News.Along with student Alexis Briggs, Burwell and Agudio alleged that a group of white men attacked them on a bus. The women charged that they were called the N-word and verbally assaulted. They also engaged in a physical confrontation with some of the bus riders but claimed the others started the incident.The so-called hate crime was whipped into a frenzy on the Albany campus and even sponsored the Twitter hashtag campaign, #DefendBlackGirlsUAlbany. At one point, NFL players and rap singers joined the activism to decry the attacks on the three students. Even Hillary Clinton jumped in to make political hay off the purported hate crime.

Source: Three U of Albany Students Who Faked Hate Crime Get Probation

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“Bio-energy healing stickers” are a scam. Now, debunked by NASA

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Joop company are donning their pseudoscience hats once again. After the jade vagina eggs, now it’s time for some black magic stickers that are supposed to somehow make you healthy.“We’ve been geeking out about the healing power of energy recently (see our stories on earthing, and the fascinating research at the HeartMath Institute)—so it’s no surprise that Body Vibes, wearable stickers that rebalance the energy frequency in our bodies, have become a major obsession around goop HQ.”Get a load of this:First of all, that’s a completely unacceptable usage of “geeking out.” The phrasing you’re looking for is “we want to sell you this completely bogus thing that doesn’t do anything.” But this time they went too far — they basically challenged NASA, saying:“Body Vibes stickers (made with the same conductive carbon material NASA uses to line space suits so they can monitor an astronaut’s vitals during wear) come pre-programmed to an ideal frequency, allowing them to target imbalances.”As Gizmodo cheekily points out, these are sentences you’d expect to come out if you put Enya’s lyrics in a blender. Thankfully, it didn’t take long for NASA to jump in and claim ‘bullshit.’ A NASA representative said that they simply “do not have any conductive carbon material lining the spacesuits” of astronauts. Bam, strike one for the good guys! Gizmodo were quite fair and asked Body Vibes if they can support their case with actual science, which they haven’t.

Source: “Bio-energy healing stickers” are a scam. Now, debunked by NASA

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Anatomy of a scam: how phone frauds harvest millions from us 

The phone rings. You answer it and the voice on the other end says, “This is the Internal Revenue Service [IRS] calling about your delinquent taxes.” Your mind immediately goes to, “Really?” While the voice continues how a penalty is now due or an arrest warrant will be issued. And you don’t want to be arrested, so you listen and learn. You learn that if you pay the penalty, right now, all will be brought up to date and you will have additional time to sort out your delinquent status. Sound far-fetched? This scam happens every day. Indeed, it happens thousands of times a day.When you think of this type of scam, our mind conjures up an image of a boiler room operation. And you would not be wrong. A recent review of the series of guilty pleas by members of an Indian and US based group of conspirators who defrauded at least 15,000 victims has been obtained by the US Department of Justice (DOJ).In late 2016, a federal grand jury returned an indictment and the DOJ charged 56 individuals and five India-based call centers with conducting various scams, including the IRS scam. A review of the original indictment shows us how the infrastructure and methodology of the call-center scam is a bit more complex. Let’s take a look.

Source: Anatomy of a scam: how phone frauds harvest millions from us – Naked Security

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Icelandic family of ten psychotic members helps identify new psychosis-related mutation

Studies on twins and families have time and time again found the risk of developing psychotic disorders is higher if siblings previously developed such a condition. This tells us that there’s an interplay of genetic factors that puts people at risk of developing mental illnesses. Identifying which genes or set of genes are responsible could help countless people but much like the unfortunate minds of the patients, such information is often hidden under a tangled mess of code. Yet in what can be considered a breakthrough, scientists have managed to find a new gene linked to psychosis.A rare mutationLarge-scale genome-wide association studies have previously identified genetic variants that can be linked to psychosis among the general population. Such studies are useful but they often turn up with potentially ‘risky’ genes that have a small effect. Studies that attempt to uncover rare genetic variants that are rarely seen in the general population are much harder to come by. These are desirable and valuable because such genes must greatly raise the risk of psychosis within some families and are also associated with more severe forms of psychosis like schizophrenia.

Source: Icelandic family of ten psychotic members helps identify new psychosis-related mutation

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Atheist Dawkins Recommends Kids Read  Bible to Understand Culture and History

Outspoken atheist and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins is a vocal opponent of religion, but he isn’t against teaching it.In his bestselling book The God Delusion, Dawkins explored the roots of religion in human culture and spoke out against religion as a whole for influencing society in negative ways. Dawkins described himself as a “deeply religious non-believer.”Richard DawkinsBut speaking at a science festival in England this weekend, the scientist urged religious education to be taught to British schoolchildren. Dawkins called religion crucial to their understanding of history and culture, and said it was virtually impossible to study English literature without also knowing the background of Christianity.“I don’t think religious education should be abolished. I think that it is an important part of our culture to know about the Bible,” said Dawkins. “After all, so much of English literature has allusions to the Bible. If you look up the Oxford English Dictionary, you find something like the same number of quotations from the Bible as from Shakespeare.”

Source: Atheist Richard Dawkins Recommends Kids Read the Bible to Understand Culture and History |Heat Street

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Transgender activist’s calls for violence are shocking 

I’ve seen enough of the extreme and violent sides of trans and liberal activism which lingers on the internet to warrant alarm. As terrorism and rhetoric of violence becomes more of a focus here in the gun-saturated United States, there is a profound silence surrounding the abusive and dangerous language lingering on “leftist” social media platforms. As the mainstream transactivist movement makes massive gains in legislation and visibility, we need to look at how and why this rhetoric of violence is emerging.For clarification, the “TERFs” these people want to kill are “Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists”, or feminists who do not agree with transgender activism. The justification for these calls for violence against women is rooted in a reversal: because these women (pejoratively called TERFs) deny the transgender doctrine that males can become females they are said to be erasing tranwomen, and therefore committing or condoning violence against them. This is how transactivists come to the conclusion that so-called “TERFs” (more politely referred to as gender critical feminists) can be likened to Nazis, and therefore should be eradicated. Even skepticism of transgender ideology can lead to death threats, rape threats, social ostracism, and violence. You don’t believe me? Though here I’ve provided a handful of instances, don’t take my word for it: question transgender ideology yourself. See what happens.

Source: Transgender activist’s calls for violence are shocking – The Fifth Column

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