Daily Archives: August 23, 2017

ACLU Apologizes for ‘White Supremacy’ after Tweeting Pic of Toddler Holding U.S. Flag

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The American Civil Liberties Union’s Twitter account triggered a digital uproar among followers Wednesday for promoting its child clothing line with an admitted “white supremacy” message.The troublesome tweet contained the image of a white toddler holding an American flag and stuffed animal wearing a onesie with the ACLU logo.Shortly thereafter, verified Twitter users shared their displeasure with the message, accusing the left-wing organization of pining for a future with more patriotic white children.

Source: ACLU Apologizes for ‘White Supremacy’ after Tweeting Pic of Toddler Holding U.S. Flag

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Canada frets over possible huge surge in asylum-seekers

Canada fears a huge surge in asylum seekers crossing the border from the United States, putting political pressure on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ahead of a 2019 election, sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.The number of migrants illegally entering Canada more than tripled in July and August, hitting nearly 7,000. Haitians, who face looming deportation from the United States when their temporary protected status expires in January 2018, accounted for much of the inflow.Two sources familiar with Canadian government thinking said citizens from El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras, who are slated to lose their U.S. protected status in early 2018, may also head north.”There is concern we’ll see a huge increase, mostly from Central America,” said one source.”The question is, which group is next, and how are we going to deal with it, and what is the impact on Canadians?” added the source, who requested anonymity given the sensitivity of the situation.

Source: Canada frets over possible huge surge in asylum-seekers: sources

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The Secret Story of How a Revered Future Surgeon General Inspired the Tuskegee Syphilis Study

The lost story of how a future surgeon general and revered medical figure inspired the most notorious and perhaps also the most unethical medical study in American history — one in which African Americans were infected with syphilis and left untreated so scientists could study the disease’s progression— has now been found.It was while Gregory J. Dober was researching the history of using institutionalized children as subjects for human experimentation for our book, Against Their Will, that he came across the papers of Dr. Thomas Parran Jr. archived at the University of Pittsburgh. A significant stash of important documents totaling over 75 linear feet, they not only help us understand medical research during the last century and Parran’s zeal for conquering various social diseases, but also how U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) physicians could have annually examined hundreds of impoverished, syphilitic Alabama sharecroppers but never actually treat them.It’s important that this story be told—on this 85th anniversary of the start of the experiments, the 45th anniversary of their exposure by Jean Heller of the Associated Press, and 20th anniversary of President Clinton apologizing to the survivors—not only to correct the historical record, but also because it is far from the only example of scientists initiating and carrying out such troubling research on unknowing and defenseless citizens here.

Source: The Secret Story of How a Revered Future Surgeon General Inspired the Tuskegee Syphilis Study

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Blood test can find cancer even before any symptoms emerge

Nowadays, with adequate treatment, many cancers are highly treatable if detected early. The problem is that symptoms are rarely clear, and cancer can get time to develop before being spotted. This is why a screening test that could detect cancer before any symptoms can make a huge difference — especially for breast, colon, lung and ovarian cancers. The new method isn’t a slam dunk yet, but it successfully managed to identify cancer in more than half of patients.There were also no false positives, lead author Victor Velculescu of Johns Hopkins in Baltimore said.“Almost all of the studies have involved patients with late-stage cancer or used information from tumor specimens to go back and look in the blood of those patients,” he told MedPage Today. “This is one of the first studies to use an unbiased approach — you don’t know where the mutations are going to be — and to look at the blood of early-stage cancer patients to see whether we could detect alterations.”He and his colleagues used what is called a liquid biopsy — the sampling and analysis of blood — to test the patients. They developed an approach called targeted error correction sequencing (TEC-Seq for short) to look for tumor DNA. They looked at 58 cancer-related genes, sequencing the DNA over 30,000 times looking for any traces of tumors floating around.

Source: Blood test can find cancer even before any symptoms emerge

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Project West-Ford: USA Secretly And Successfully Creates Artificial Ring Around Earth

Planet Earth has no natural rings of its own, nothing made of gas, ice, or rock. But the United States government secretly worked to create a series of rings around the earth in the early 1960s. This is probably a bit of American history you’ve never heard before.In 1963, the United States created a series of rings surrounding the planet comprised of tiny copper wires, half a billion in total. Why did the United States do this? Well I’m glad you asked.During the late 1950s, most communications took place either by undersea wire, or by bouncing singals off the earth’s ionosphere. However, as Wired notes, communications were at risk of being compromised by the increasingly belligerent Soviet Union.If an undersea attack took out those lines of communications, the military would only have the off-the-horizon radio frequencies that would bounce off the earth’s ionosphere. The problem was that solar flares and storms often disrupt the reliability of the ionosphere’s potential for use as an antenna.The solution was to make “rings” in around the earth in space that would act as the world’s largest antenna:

Source: Project West-Ford: USA Secretly And Successfully Creates Artificial Ring Around Earth

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Does The New Antifa Flag Remind You Of Anything?

Robert Gehl reports a Berkeley middle school teacher who was videotaped pummeling a man during a 2016 protest is arguing that what she did was not a crime.It was last June during an “anti-fascist” demonstration when Yvette Felarca, 47, encountered a man who is apparently a “Neo-Nazi.” Felarca is a member of a group called “By Any Means Necessary” (BAMN). She was finally arrested last month and charged with felony assault and two misdemeanor counts of inciting and participating in a riot.In the video, the petite Felarca is clearly shown pummeling, shoving, and pushing down the man, who has his hands raised the entire time. ABC10 reports the man was trying to get the attention of the police for help.During his arraignment – with her supporters outside declaring that it’s not a crime to “punch a Nazi” – she told the court that the charges against her were false and should be dropped.“Standing up against fascism and the rise of Nazism and fascism in this country is not a crime,” she said. “We have the right to defend ourselves.”Back in 2016, Felarca told reporters that the goal of the demonstration was to “shut down the Nazi scum.”

Source: Does The New Antifa Flag Remind You Of Anything?

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‘Digital blackface’? BBC video says using ‘dark-skinned GIFs & emojis’ is cultural appropriation

The BBC has produced a video that claims GIFs featuring black people amount to “digital blackface” while white people using dark-skinned emojis are guilty of cultural appropriation.The video, presented by freelancer Victoria Princewill, who contributes to the Guardian and the Independent, begins with a ‘trigger warning’ in case viewers find the footage offensive.Princewill claims the most popular ‘reaction GIFs’ available on social media platforms are of “black people being dramatic.”She says they are the 21st century version of minstrel shows, which pandered to “mocking, demeaning stereotypes, and exaggerated black people’s features and their expressions.”“Black people are not here for other people’s entertainment,” she says, showing GIFs of black entertainers Michael Jackson, Oprah Winfrey and Rihanna.

Source: ‘Digital blackface’? BBC video says using ‘dark-skinned GIFs & emojis’ is cultural appropriation — RT UK

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Ikea shows how to turn its rug into a ‘Game of Thrones’ cape, just as HBO does

The hit HBO TV show “Game of Thrones” is known for its epic staging, twisted romance, incredible battles, mythological dragons and political intrigue. The show that spends over $10 million per episode will also go down in history for pulling off the greatest Ikea hack of all time.The show’s costume designers outfitted fan favorite Jon Snow with a cape made from an Ikea rug. That’s right. You, too, can prepare for winter’s arrival with a fluffy sheepskin rug from everyone’s favorite Swedish home furnishings store.After word of this genius hack got out, Ikea released instructions last week for cape-ifying its rugs. In its trademark DIY instruction style with simple drawings, the company has informed the public how to, well, cut a hole in a rug.

Source: Ikea shows how to turn its rug into a ‘Game of Thrones’ cape, just as HBO does – StarTribune.com

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Surveillance without Borders: The “Traffic Shaping” Loophole and Why It Matters

Since the disclosures of Edward Snowden in 2013, the U.S. government has assured its citizens that the National Security Agency (NSA) cannot spy on their electronic communications without the approval of a special surveillance judge. Domestic communications, the government says, are protected by statute and the Fourth Amendment.1 In practice, however, this is no longer strictly true. These protections are real, but they no longer cover as much ground as they did in the past.When Congress wrote the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in 1978,2 it was trying to set a short leash on the NSA at home and a long one overseas.3 The NSA could not tap into communications inside the United States without following strict rules, but it had a free hand to intercept data elsewhere. Even now this sounds like common sense. The NSA is not supposed to spy at home, but spying abroad is central to its job. One policy problem we face today, however, is that the realities of the modern Internet have blurred the distinction between spying at home and spying abroad.

Source: Surveillance without Borders: The “Traffic Shaping” Loophole and Why It Matters

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1924 “Klanbake” Dem. Convention Sheds Light on Democratic History

Democrats like to pretend they have a long history of fighting racism, but the truth is that it was Democrats who supported slavery, upheld Jim Crow laws, and were so deeply involved in the Ku Klux Klan that the 1924 Democratic National Convention at Madison Square Garden in New York City is called the “Klanbake” convention.Republicans fought against slavery in the south while Democrats defended it, and while Democrats pushed for segregation and Jim Crow laws, Republicans supported the Civil Rights act of 1964.

The Democratic Party’s history of racism is undeniable in the picture below, taken at the 1924 “Klanbake” Democratic National Convention.A recent article by Scott Osborn of I Have the Truth sheds light on the Democratic Party’s true history

.From IHavetheTruth.com:After World War I, the popularity of the Klan surged due to connections of its public relations leadership to those who had promoted the successful Prohibition Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, becoming a political power throughout many regions of the United States, not just in the South. Its local political strength throughout the country gave it a major role in the 1924 Democratic Party National Convention (DNC).[…] The notoriety of the “Klanbake” convention and the violence it produced cast a lasting shadow over the Democratic Party’s prospects in the 1924 election and contributed to their defeat by incumbent Republican President Calvin Coolidge.

[…] Since its founding in the late 1820s, the Democratic Party has defended slavery, started the Civil War, and opposed Reconstruction. The Democratic Party imposed segregation. Its members engaged in the lynchings of blacks and opposed the civil rights acts of the 1950s and ’60s.During Reconstruction, hundreds of black men were elected to Southern state legislatures as Republicans, and 22 black Republicans served in the U.S. Congress by 1900.

Source: 1924 “Klanbake” Dem. Convention Sheds Light on Democratic History

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Could This be the Beginning of the End for Facebook?

“Facebook is for old people,” I was told by a 17-year-old last week in San Francisco at the Startup Societies Summit.He doesn’t use the social media platform. He’s right too. About half a million fewer teens aged 12-17 will use Facebook this year compared to last year.Facebook depends on older people for its advertising revenue. But it needs to get users while they are young in order to keep them coming back to the social media website when they are older.Facebook may be busy cooking up ways to attract the younger crowd, but they will inevitably fail at doing so. It is too late. If I am being told by a teenager that Facebook is for old people, the company probably suffers from an insurmountable branding problem among teens.If parents are on Facebook, kids aren’t interested.

Source: Could This be the Beginning of the End for Facebook? | The Daily Bell

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