Monthly Archives: September 2017

Maggie Gyllenhaal: ‘Pornography is an art form’

Set in the grimy, trash-strewn New York of 1971, The Deuce is named after a notoriously seedy stretch of West 42nd Street that was populated by pimps and prostitutes, and home to live peep shows and porn shops. Written by David Simon, who created The Wire, and his frequent collaborator George Pelecanos, the series charts the rise of the pornography industry in New York City. Simon has said that the show is about “the commodification of women” and from the female bar staff poured into skimpy leotards by James Franco’s bar manager, Vinnie, to the violent control the pimps exert over the prostitutes they run, every woman in the show, and her sexuality, is being packaged and profited from. Maggie Gyllenhaal plays Eileen “Candy” Merrell, a prostitute and single mother who rejects street-walking protocol and refuses to be controlled by a pimp, stating that “nobody makes money off my pussy but me”.“Somebody asked me the other day whether I thought porn was exploitative or empowering for women,” says Gyllenhaal. “At the time, I didn’t actually know how to answer. Then a couple of days later, I thought, can the answer just be: ‘Yes?’”

Source: Maggie Gyllenhaal: ‘Pornography is an art form’ | Television & radio | The Guardian

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More colleges add free food pantries as ‘starving student’ cliche becomes reality 

Steve Hoang had more than schoolwork to fret about his first year of college. He went hungry.“I lost 25 pounds,” said the UC Irvine sophomore. “It was one of my biggest worries, that I wouldn’t have enough to eat.”The tall, thin 18-year-old was among hundreds of students who lined up this past week to take a peek at UCI’s newly expanded food pantry, intended to help students like him.Across Southern California and the nation, colleges and universities no longer view the concept of the starving student as an inevitable joke, but a serious issue. To address what’s become known as “food insecurity,” campuses are opening up free pantries.Some are as small as closets. In fact, UCLA’s pantry is called the Food Closet.

Source: More colleges add free food pantries as ‘starving student’ cliche becomes reality – Orange County Register

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Forensic scientists team up to catch the UK’s most prolific cat killer

British authorities have enlisted dogged scientists to help them catch the “Croydon cat killer” — a sadistic fiend suspected of slaughtering over 250 felines.

Frozen kitty corpses will soon be re-examined by ArroGen Veterinary Forensics, and could yield new clues about the cruel killer who began hacking up and mutilating felines in London 2014, according to the UK Times.

Researchers will use DNA to help track down the killer, and also figure out how many cats he is responsible for sending to the litter box in the sky, and how many were done-in by wild animals.

The first of its kind lab — a partnership between the University of Surrey’s Veterinary School and Oxfordshire-based ArroGen — will function as a “one-stop shop” for crimes involving animals — and it may also help catch budding sadists and psychopaths, said lead veterinary pathologist Alexander Stoll.

Source: Forensic scientists team up to catch the UK’s most prolific cat killer | New York Post

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Egypt “hunting down” gays, conducting forced anal exams

Six Egyptian men arrested for “promoting sexual deviancy” and “debauchery” on social media will be subjected to anal examinations ahead of their Oct. 1 trial, Amnesty International said on Saturday.Their arrest is part of a wider crackdown against homosexuality that started last week when a group of people were seen raising a rainbow flag at a concert, a rare public show of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in the conservative Muslim country.At least 11 people have since been arrested, Amnesty said, and one man has been sentenced to six years in jail after local media launched a highly critical campaign against those who raised the rainbow flag at a Mashrou’ Leila concert, a popular Lebanese alternative rock band whose lead singer is openly gay.

Source: Egypt “hunting down” gays, conducting forced anal exams – Amnesty

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Perth liquor store bans customers paying with ‘sweaty money’

A Perth liquor store has been forced to put up a sign warding off customers who attempt to pay for alcohol with money fished out of their underwear and socks.Cellarbrations in Nollamara put up the sign banning customers from paying with cash concealed in their clothes some time ago, but it was only recently picked up on social media:SHARESHARE ON FACEBOOK SHARESHARE ON TWITTER TWEETLINKThe sign. Photo: Facebook”Due to concerning health reasons, we will no longer be accepting any money that has been concealed in underwear or socks. We are sorry for any inconvenience, cheers for your understanding,” it reads.Cellarbrations Nollamara owner Michael Nicolof told 6PR’s Simon Beaumont customers attempting to pay with sweaty money had become a “daily occurrence”, and the sign became more necessary as Perth heads into summer.

Source: Perth liquor store bans customers paying with ‘sweaty money’

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How to Eliminate Poop Splash with Toilet Paper

We’ve shown you how to wipe correctly, but did you know that same toilet paper can help prevent splash damage as a result of a heavier-than-usual water landing? The video above illustrates.

Source: How to Eliminate Poop Splash with Toilet Paper

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BU Researchers May Be Able To Detect CTE In Living Patients

The biggest hurdle in the study of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) has been the issue of it only being discoverable in the brain of a deceased patient. That may not be a problem for long.Researchers from Boston University’s CTE Center announced Tuesday that they may have found a way to detect CTE in living patients.If the method proves to be reliable, testing could seemingly save innumerable athletes — from high school through the professional ranks — from enduring undue head trauma in their lives.The BU School of Medicine said that it examined the brains of 23 former college and professional football players, and compared them to the brains of 50 non-athletes with Alzheimer’s disease and 18 non-athletes (as a control group).

Source: BU Researchers May Be Able To Detect CTE In Living Patients « CBS Boston

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Natalya Kaspersky’s Snoop-Proof Phone Helps Putin Thwart Spies

A Russian security company run by Kaspersky Lab’s co-founder is introducing a smartphone that prevents Google and other apps from snooping on users, seeking to capitalize on the country’s tensions with the U.S.The Taiga phone, designed by Moscow-based InfoWatch Group and named after desolated forests in Siberia, runs its own Android-based firmware that lets apps run on the device but stops them from collecting data. The phone also has a built-in agent that gives the administrator — such as a corporate IT department — control over what apps will work on the device and what content the user can access or share.“Most smartphone apps collect certain data on users and send it to outside servers,” said Natalya Kaspersky, head of InfoWatch. “When people use personal phones at work, their corporate emails, documents and job-related photos come under threat of being — maliciously or accidentally — leaked to third parties.”

Source: Natalya Kaspersky’s Snoop-Proof Phone Helps Putin Thwart Spies – Bloomberg

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‘Gaydar’ Shows How Creepy Algorithms Can Get

Artificial intelligence keeps getting creepier. In one controversial study, researchers at Stanford University have demonstrated that facial recognition technology can identify gay people with surprising precision, although many caveats apply. Imagine how that could be used in the many countries where homosexuality is a criminal offense.The lead author of the “gaydar” study, Michal Kosinski, argues that he’s merely showing people what’s possible, so they can take appropriate action to prevent abuse. I’m not convinced.When people hear about algorithms recognizing people through masks, finding terrorists and identifying criminals, they tend to think of dystopian movies like “Minority Report,” in which Tom Cruise prevented murders with the help of “precogs” — human beings with supernatural, albeit fatally flawed, foresight caused by a childhood neurological disease.

Source: ‘Gaydar’ Shows How Creepy Algorithms Can Get – Bloomberg

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Voting systems in 21 states were targeted by hackers, government agency says 

Election officials in 21 U.S. states were notified Friday by government officials that hackers had targeted their systems ahead of the 2016 presidential election.The list includes Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas and Washington, according to The Associated Press.Election officials were informed about a year after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) first announced states were targets of hacking efforts possibly connected to Russia. However, election systems in only a handful of states, including Illinois, were actually breached.”It is completely unacceptable that it has taken DHS over a year to inform our office of Russian scanning of our systems, despite our repeated requests for information,” California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, a Democrat, said in a statement to The Associated Press. “The practice of withholding critical information from elections officials is a detriment to the security of our elections and our democracy.”

Source: Voting systems in 21 states were targeted by hackers, government agency says – ABC News

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TV Ratings: ‘Sunday Night Football’ Down Again On Day Of Player Protests

On a day full of criticism from Donald Trump, political protests, linked arms, players taking a knee or not coming on the field at all during the national anthem, and renewed pleas for unity from the league, NBC and the NFL took a ratings hit on Sunday Night Football.

In metered market numbers, the primetime matchup that saw the Washington Redskins beat the Oakland Raiders 27-10  snared an 11.6/20, the worst SNF has performed this season so far. It’s an 8% dip from the early numbers of last week’s game, Atlanta’s 34-23 win over Green Bay. Amid cheers and boos from fans at FedEx Field in Maryland last night, the third week of the SNF  season declined 10% from early numbers of the comparable game of last year on September 25, 2016.

Sunday’s SNF peaked with a 12.r5/20 during the second quarter from 9-9:30 PM ET. Still, NFL ratings are down double-digits this season so far after taking a similar tackle-for-loss last year.

Source: TV Ratings: ‘Sunday Night Football’ Down Again On Day Of Player Protests | Deadline

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Apple’s Siri job posting seeks engineers with psychology skills to improve its counseling abilities 

Perhaps you’ve stumped Siri before, asking Apple’s automated assistant things like, “What is the meaning of life?” or “How can I be healthier and happier?”If so, you’re not alone in turning to your phone for existential guidance and serious, practical life advice. According to an Apple job posting, lots of people do it. That’s why the company is seeking software engineers with feeling—and a background in psychology and peer counseling—to help improve Siri’s responses to the toughest questions.

Source: Apple’s Siri job posting seeks engineers with psychology skills to improve its counseling abilities — Quartz

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Dog finds massive dildo in bush and won’t let owner take it off him | Metro News

Jonathan Dade and his dog Tyson were walking in Eye, Suffolk, when the five-year-old Labrador found a giant black sex toy in the bushes and became quite attached to it.

Jonathan said: ‘I was laughing so much I nearly wet myself to be honest. I was just walking my dog and he just began rummaging around in the bushes..

Source: Dog finds massive dildo in bush and won’t let owner take it off him | Metro News

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Released Snowden Doc Shows NSA Thwarting Electronic Dead Drops By Using Email Metadata

The latest batch of Snowden docs published at The Intercept cover a lot of ground. The internal informational sheets from the Signals Intelligence Directorate include info on a host of surveillance programs that haven’t been revealed by previous document dumps. Nor do they discuss the programs in full. As such, some of the information is limited.One of those published last week mentions the NSA’s targeting of internet cafes in Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries using a program called MASTERSHAKE. Using MASTERSHAKE, analysts were apparently able to drill down location info to which target was sitting in which chair at the cafes under surveillance.Further down the page [PDF], past this brief mention of a program discussed more fully elsewhere, there’s another interesting tidbit. Apparently, the NSA can suss out electronic dead drops using harvested metadata. (h/t Electrospaces)

[REDACTED] will be briefing on THERAPYCHEATER. This is a system that uses metadata analysis to detect and exploit the communication patterns of targets about whom the SIGINT system has no specific a priori knowledge. By identifying suspicious patterns in the access to draft folders of webmail accounts, THERAPYCHEATER will identify email addresses potentially being used in a form of covert communication known as a cyber dead drop. There are numerous examples in both SIGINT and collateral of terrorists using cyber dead drops to communicate operational information and plans.

Source: Released Snowden Doc Shows NSA Thwarting Electronic Dead Drops By Using Email Metadata | Techdirt

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Police: Warren teen caught having sex with wiener dog again

Police in Warren say a teenage boy admitted to having sex with a dog again.Police said a family member found the 17-year-old boy naked in bed with the dog at a home on Homewood Avenue SE. They reported it to Trumbull County Children Services.The teen spends half of his time with Children Services and the other half with his family.It’s been almost exactly a year to the day since the then-16-year-old was charged with animal cruelty for having sexual contact with the dog. Those acts happened before Warren’s bestiality law took effect.Now he’s facing two misdemeanor counts of bestiality and animal cruelty charges after police said he admitted to doing it again.During an extensive interview at Trumbull County Children Services, the boy confessed to having sex with the dog in July and September, according to investigators.He is being held on a probation violation at the Juvenile Detention Center.The wiener dog mix named Pee Wee is being examined by a veterinarian to see if it received any injuries during the encounters.“The dog is currently with the Animal Welfare League, checking for any injuries because from what the suspect stated, each time he would have sexual intercourse with the dog, it would be for an hour or more,” Det. Nick Carney said.

Source: Police: Warren teen caught having sex with wiener dog again | WDTN

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Yet Another Major Russia Story Falls Apart. Is Skepticism Permissible Yet?

LAST FRIDAY, most major media outlets touted a major story about Russian attempts to hack into U.S. voting systems, based exclusively on claims made by the Department of Homeland Security. “Russians attempted to hack elections systems in 21 states in the run-up to last year’s presidential election, officials said Friday,” began the USA Today story, similar to how most other outlets presented this extraordinary claim.This official story was explosive for obvious reasons, and predictably triggered instant decrees – that of course went viral – declaring that the legitimacy of the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election is now in doubt.Virginia’s Democratic Congressman Don Beyer, referring to the 21 targeted states, announced that this shows “Russia tried to hack their election”

MSNBC’s Paul Revere for all matters relating to the Kremlin take-over, Rachel Maddow, was indignant that this wasn’t told to us earlier and that we still aren’t getting all the details. “What we have now figured out,” Maddow gravely intoned as she showed the multi-colored maps she made, is that “Homeland Security knew at least by June that 21 states had been targeted by Russian hackers during the election. . .targeting their election infrastructure.”

They were one small step away from demanding that the election results be nullified, indulging the sentiment expressed by #Resistance icon Carl Reiner the other day: “Is there anything more exciting that [sic] the possibility of Trump’s election being invalidated & Hillary rightfully installed as our President?”

So what was wrong with this story? Just one small thing: it was false. The story began to fall apart yesterday when Associated Press reported that Wisconsin – one of the states included in the original report that, for obvious reasons, caused the most excitement – did not, in fact, have its election systems targeted by Russian hackers:

Source: Yet Another Major Russia Story Falls Apart. Is Skepticism Permissible Yet?

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NFL’s Oakland Raiders Threw Game After White QB Refused To Kneel For National Anthem

A new report from The Armstrong and Getty Radio Show has sent shockwaves throughout the sports world after it was claimed that members of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders may have purposefully allowed their star quarterback to get sacked multiple times after he refused to kneel during the National Anthem.If true, this would essentially mean that an NFL football game was illegally thrown over anger that one of the teams star white players did not believe that kneeling during the nation’s anthem was the correct way to protest supposed racial injustice in America.In other words, an epic level scandal.During the anthem, virtually the entire team was seen kneeling other than the teams coaches and star quarterback Derek Carr. Unfortunately, this may have not set well with the team’s offensive line as they were apparently the players who spearheaded the entire idea to kneel as a team in the first.

Source: Shock Report: NFL’s Oakland Raiders Threw Game After White QB Refused To Kneel For National Anthem

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Air Force Gives 10-Year-Old Orbiting Satellite To Ham Radio Operators

The Air Force Academy satellite FalconSAT-3 is now open for Amateur Radio use as a digital store-and-forward system. Built in 2005 and 2006 by cadets and faculty in the Space Systems Research Center at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, FalconSAT-3 was launched in 2007.

The satellite has completed its scientific and training missions, and the Academy now is making it available for Amateur Radio use. The Packet Bulletin Board System operates at 9,600 baud with a 145.840 MHz uplink/435.103 MHz downlink. Output power is 1 W, and the downlink is continuously on. Digipeating is enabled for live QSOs, but unattended digipeating operation is not authorized at this time.

Additional information is on the AMSAT website.

Source: FalconSAT-3 Now Open for Amateur Radio Use

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INSANITY: Left-wing student steals dude’s Make America Great Again hat and has a complete meltdown

A new video by Campus Reform shows an angry social justice warrior student at the University of California, Riverside have a fit over a male student’s Trump hat.The student who stole the hat proceeds to take it to the school’s Student Life Department for some bizarre leftist reason.

Source: INSANITY: Left-wing student steals dude’s Make America Great Again hat and has a complete meltdown – The Rebel

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“Dangerously Vague” – New US Law Blurs The Line Between Hate Speech And Hate Crime

Eleven years ago, this essay argued against hate-crime laws.One argument read, “People can eventually be accused of hate crimes when they use hateful speech. Hate crimes laws are a seed that can sprout in new directions.”This has now come to pass, I am sorry to say. This week, the Congress passed S. J. Res. 49, and President Trump signed it, making it part of the U.S. legal code.The law rejects “White nationalists, White supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and other hate groups…” But why? Because of their ideas? Because of their expression of these ideas?No government that stands for freedom and free speech, whose charge is to protect rights, should be singling out specific groups by name and by law declaring them as outlaws or threats because of their philosophies. If they have committed a crime, such as defamation of character or incitement to riot or riot itself, then charge them and try them. But American government has no legitimate authority to single out some of its citizens in this way. This, furthermore, is an exceedingly bad precedent. Who’s next?

Source: “Dangerously Vague” – New US Law Blurs The Line Between Hate Speech And Hate Crime

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Amazon reviewing website after algorithm suggests bomb-making ingredients

Amazon.com (AMZN.O) said on Wednesday it was reviewing its website after an investigation found that it could help users buy the ingredients to make a bomb using its “Frequently bought together” and “Customers who bought this also bought” features.Britain’s Channel 4 News found the online retailer’s algorithm was suggesting items that could be bought together to produce explosives on Monday, days after an apparently home-made bomb was detonated on the London Underground network.The ingredients, which are legal to purchase, were included in a “Frequently bought together” section in the listings for chemicals, the broadcaster said.Other materials that could be used in bomb making, such as ball bearings, ignition systems and remote detonators, were available on the site, and some of them were suggested on the same page as the chemicals in the “Customers who bought this item also bought” section, Channel 4 said.

Source: Amazon reviewing website after algorithm suggests bomb-making ingredients

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Sexual competition among ducks wreaks havoc on penis size

Male ducks respond to sexual competition by growing either an extra-long penis or a nub of flesh, a new study finds. The unusual phenomena occurred in two species studied: the lesser scaup (Aythya affinis) and the ruddy duck (Oxyura jamaicensis). It suggests that penis size — in line with many traits and behaviours meant to impress or allow impregnation of the opposite sex — involves a trade-off between the potential to reproduce and to survive.Patricia Brennan, an evolutionary biologist at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, compared the penises of ducks kept in male–female pairs to those housed with multiple males per female. The findings are published in a study on 20 September in The Auk: Ornithological Advances1.“If they were alone with a female, the males just grew a normal-sized penis, but if there were other males around, they had the ability to change dramatically,” Brennan says. “So evolution must be acting on the ability to be plastic — the ability to invest only in what is needed in your current circumstance.”

Source: Sexual competition among ducks wreaks havoc on penis size : Nature News & Comment

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Supreme Court poised to deal a sharp blow to unions for teachers and public employees

The Supreme Court is poised to deal a sharp blow to the unions that represent millions of teachers and other public employees, announcing Thursday it will consider striking down the mandatory fees that support collective bargaining.The justices will hear the case of Mark Janus, an Illinois state employee who objects to paying fees to the union, which represents 35,000 state workers.The decision, due by next June, could prove a costly setback for public-sector unions in 22 states, including California, where such fees are authorized by law. Labor experts have predicted a significant percentage of employees would stop supporting their union if given a choice. The other 28 states have “right to work” laws that forbid requiring workers to join or support a union.With smaller numbers, public employee unions would lose some of the political power that has made them major forces in some states, such as California, Illinois and New York.The nation’s four largest public-sector unions — the National Education Assn., the American Federation of Teachers, the Service Employees International Union and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees — sharply criticized the case, calling it “a blatantly political and well-funded plot to use the highest court in the land to further rig the economic rules against everyday working people.”

Source: Supreme Court poised to deal a sharp blow to unions for teachers and public employees – LA Times

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Ohio State University ‘privilege’ workshop says only white people can be racist

If your skin color is white, only you can be a racist, and it’s impossible for you to be a victim.That’s the message reportedly coming out of a workshop held at Ohio State University Tuesday aimed to teach white students about their “privilege” and how not to act racist.”Whiteness grants you power and access to things,” one student said during the workshop, according to an attendee who is a reporter for The College Fix. “As a white woman, I can walk into any space and know that my white privilege will grant me power and access to things that someone else is not going to experience.”The session, titled “Interrupting Racism: Tips & Tools for White People,” was part of the university’s ongoing “Ally Week of Action,” a series of events hosted by its multicultural center.About 20 students attended the workshop. During the event, an African-American student asked Angie Wellman, associate director in the Student Life Multicultural Center — who led the event – if white people are the only racists.

Yes, she replied, according to The College Fix. The news website also said Wellman claimed that every race that is not white lacks the power aspect, which is why white people can’t be victims of racism.

Source: Ohio State University ‘privilege’ workshop says only white people can be racist | Fox News

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Here’s How Much Money the NFL Rakes in From Taxpayers

The National Football League is now plunged into politics as players throughout the sport kneel for the national anthem and President Donald Trump continues to rebuke them publicly.Undoubtedly, the situation has left many fans and non-fans of the league conflicted or angry.This fiasco may, however, open the eyes of the public to a serious and generally unchecked issue: billionaire NFL owners sponging enormous amounts of money from taxpayers through crony capitalist schemes.The fact is that a business that raked in $14 billion in revenue in 2016 is heavily subsidized by local, state, and federal money based on dubious claims about stimulating the economy.The problem is rampant.One report on Watchdog.org said that over the past two decades, the NFL has raked in about $7 billion of taxpayer money to spend on stadium renovation and building.Another study from the Brookings Institution showed that federal taxpayers have subsidized the construction of 36 stadiums at a cost of over $3.2 billion since 2000.

Source: Here’s How Much Money the NFL Rakes in From Taxpayers

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Beastly baby badger learns the ropes from costumed caregivers – Edmonton 

An orphaned baby badger is learning how to survive in the wild with the help of “costumed caregivers” at a rescue facility west of Edmonton.Staff at the Wild North rehabilitation centre have been donning custom-made masks and fur suits to care for the abandoned creature.The strange wardrobe will ensure the curmudgeonly little animal doesn’t develop an affinity for humans, said Dale Gienow, a manager with the wildlife rescue.”When it’s young and its eyes are not open yet, it’s not as much of a problem,” Gienow said in an interview with CBC Radio’s Edmonton AM.”But as soon as those eyes open, they start to clear, they start to focus, we don’t want them to look at their caregivers as humans.

Source: Beastly baby badger learns the ropes from costumed caregivers – Edmonton – CBC News

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Model Sophia Hadjipanteli Refuses To Pluck Unibrow And Challenges Beauty Stereotypes

Now try to stop for a moment and take more than a superficial glance, something that we are used to doing when scrolling our Social network pages. Model Sophia Hadjipanteli is breaking some fashion and beauty stereotypes here, bravely and unapologetically, striking various poses in a way that she thinks she is the most beautiful.This natural blond opposes to societal standards by refusing to pluck her eyebrows and proudly wears what you call a unibrow and disregard what the majority find ok. She even dyes her connected eyebrows in darker shades so she can underline her statement. This could be a strong message to the world who takes models as goods which should be completely tailored up to a client’s request. Sophia believes in freedom of expression and loves her look. She is aware not everyone finds her look appealing, and openly accepts that.If you find Sophia’s attitude brave and you agree with the cause follow her on Instagram, where she discusses this topic often.

Source: Popular Model Sophia Hadjipanteli Refuses To Pluck Her Unibrow And Challenges Beauty Stereotypes

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Biometric Cardiac radar IDs users to unlock their PCs 

The next form of biometric identification may be a heart scan.A group of computer scientists have proposed a system called Cardiac Scan, which uses a cheap and cheerful Doppler radar to wirelessly map out the dimensions of your beating heart. They say your old ticker’s shape and pulsations are unique, and therefore useful for identifying you, authenticating access, unlocking devices, and so on.Wenyao Xu, the lead author of a paper on the technique, said on Monday: “No two people with identical hearts have ever been found. And people’s hearts do not change shape, unless they suffer from serious heart disease.”To test their radar design, the team conducted a study of 78 people. Their technology scored a 98.61 per cent balanced accuracy with an equal error rate of 4.42 per cent. Test subjects had to sit completely still in a chair in front of the sensor hardware a metre away during the trials. Random body movements and noise can affect the accuracy of the system. It can fail to work when the signals from “large body movements” cause circuit saturation.

Source: Boffins take biometric logins to heart, literally: Cardiac radar IDs users to unlock their PCs • The Register

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Sex work in Spain: Spanish brothel’s “back to school” party sparks outrage in Andalusia

At El Bosque, the “back to school” party was going to take place on Friday, September 15, at 6pm. There was going to be schoolgirls with short plaid skirts and white button-down shirts (that are unbuttoned), go-go dancers, strippers, erotic shows, and a chance to win a €300 voucher (what the voucher was for is unclear). But El Bosque is not a school or a university. It’s a roadside brothel in Cartaya, a city in the southwestern province of Huelva (Andalusia), and on Tuesday it distributed fliers to publicize the event.The manager, who prefers to remain anonymous, can’t understand why this year’s event has caused such a stir, as the party has been running for 10 years. “At least since I’ve been working here,” he says. Some kind of change seems to be in the air, however, and something that may previously have gone unnoticed is now being rejected outright by some members of the public. On Wednesday morning, after a meeting, members of the city council became aware of the promotional fliers, and photos and complaints quickly spread through Cartaya via WhatsApp.

Source: Sex work in Spain: Spanish brothel’s “back to school” party sparks outrage in Andalusia | In English | EL PAÍS

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Alleged “Mad Pooper” Spokesman Says Pooping In Public Is First Amendment Issue

In case you missed it, a Colorado Springs neighborhood has been under attack from a woman dubbed the “Mad Pooper.”The woman, a jogger who has recently been identified only as “Shirley,” has been terrorizing residents by stopping during her runs and literally pooping on their lawns, sometimes in front of their children. So far, authorities have been unable to catch her.Yesterday, however, a man came forward claiming to be Shirley’s spokesperson, and explained her behavior in a video, which has since been taken down.He said that Shirley is sorry for “desecrating people’s lawns” but that she can not be held accountable, as she is suffering from a traumatic brain injury. He added that she had also had gender reassignment surgery, and as a result is no longer able to control herself.In addition, he claimed that Shirley’s actions are protected under the First Amendment, and therefore the government can not control when and where she relieves herself.He then compared her actions to breastfeeding in public.

Source: Alleged “Mad Pooper” Spokesman Says Pooping In Public Is First Amendment Issue – All That Is Interesting

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Stop Sending Coached Actors to Town Hall Meetings 

Post by @willyloman1.

Source: Stop Sending Coached Actors to Town Hall Meetings | American Everyman

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White people are really confident that things are getting better for black…

Americans, especially wealthy whites, vastly overestimate progress toward racial economic equality despite evidence of persistent gaps between black and white workers when it comes to hourly wages, annual income and household wealth, according to a new paper by Yale University researchers published Monday.The study’s results are especially stunning in the wake of census data released last week that showed that African Americans were the only racial group still making less than they did in 2000.The average black household made 60 percent of what white households made in 2016 and less than half of what Asians made, according to census data. For every $100 of wealth accumulated by a white family, a black family has little more than $5 — a gap just as wide as it was 50 years ago, according to federal statistics cited by the Yale researchers.Yet both black and white Americans of all income levels remain profoundly unaware of the economic inequality between the two groups, said the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The misperceptions could negatively affect public policy as the country grows more diverse, researchers said, with politicians championing misguided legislation rooted in false impressions.

Source: White people are really confident that things are getting better for black…

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Mozilla’s Firefox Quantum browser is ridiculously fast

Mozilla today announced that its significant overhaul of the Firefox browser — called Firefox Quantum — had entered the beta stage, making it tantalisingly close to a general consumer release.Firefox Quantum isn’t an incremental release, but rather a significant step forward for the enduring Chrome-challenger. It’s geared to take advantage of multi-core setups, as are so common in today’s computers.For instance, Quantum ships with a brand new CSS engine written in Mozilla’s Rust programming language. Unlike other browsers, this can work in parallel across cores, rather than as one large process on a single core.It also prioritises tabs based upon the order you’re using them. Tabs actively in-use download and render before other background tabs. Mozilla says this makes Firefox 30 percent more RAM-efficient than Chrome, in addition to being significantly faster, too.Mozilla has also undertaken a significant effort to remove bottlenecks from Firefox. The company says it has squashed 469 bugs that impacted performance.

Source: Mozilla’s Firefox Quantum browser is ridiculously fast

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The NSA’s 12-Year Struggle to Follow the Law

This spring, the government announced a change to the way the National Security Agency collects information targeting foreigners, using the telecom backbone in what it calls “upstream” collection. Whereas for 10 years, the agency had sucked up communications mentioning a target’s selector—say, collecting all emails sent to someone in this country that include Osama bin Laden’s phone number in the body of the email—in April it stopped doing so domestically (though it will still do tons of it in collection overseas).Not long after the announcement, the government released documents explaining why it had dropped this kind of collection, which it calls “about” collection. Those documents amounted to a confession that the NSA failed to follow rules the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court put in place in 2011 to ensure upstream collection complied with the Fourth Amendment.

Source: The NSA’s 12-Year Struggle to Follow the Law – Motherboard

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EXCLUSIVE: Al Gore’s Home Devours 34 Tim 

Al Gore’s sequel to “An Inconvenient Truth” – “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” – arrives in movie theaters across the country. But there’s another inconvenient sequel worth noting and, like most sequels, this one is even worse than the original.Gore’s hypocritical home energy use and “do as I say not as I do” lifestyle has plunged to embarrassing new depths.In just this past year, Gore burned through enough energy to power the typical American household for more than 21 years, according to a new report by the National Center for Public Policy Research. The former vice president consumed 230,889 kilowatt hours (kWh) at his Nashville residence, which includes his home, pool and driveway entry gate electricity meters. A typical family uses an average of 10,812 kWh of electricity per year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Source: EXCLUSIVE: Al Gore’s Home Devours 34 Tim | The Daily Caller

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Merced official convicted in 2009 of pooping on public property

Kevin Gonzalves, a Merced Irrigation District board director up for re-election, was convicted of a misdemeanor nearly a decade ago for defecating on public property, according to documents obtained by the Sun-Star.Gonzalves pleaded no contest and was convicted in 2009 of a single misdemeanor count of being a public nuisance. A Stanislaus County Superior Court judge issued an 18-month order instructing him not to “urinate, defecate or vomit in any public place” as part of his probation. He was not an elected official at the time.Court records also show the 2009 conviction is just one piece of Gonzalves’ criminal history prior to his election in 2012.The 46-year-old Winton-area almond farmer defecated on the lawn of the Stanislaus County Agriculture Commissioner’s Office in Modesto on Sept. 15, 2008. Gonzalves harbored a grudge after he was fired from his job by then-Agriculture Commissioner Dennis Gudgel, according to the prosecutor with the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office.

Source: Merced official convicted in 2009 of pooping on public property | The Sacramento Bee

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Clarence Thomas gets spot in Smithsonian African-American history museum

Just in time to celebrate its first anniversary, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture has included a display featuring Justice Clarence Thomas, one of the U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative stalwarts.Justice Thomas appears in an exhibit that was installed shortly before the one-year anniversary Sunday, a Smithsonian spokeswoman said Monday. The display honors both of the black justices who ascended to the pinnacle of the legal profession. The other is Thurgood Marshall.Justice Thomas’ apparent omission irked conservative observers, who suspected an ideological bias among Smithsonian officials and called for the influential jurist’s inclusion in the museum.Ronald D. Rotunda, distinguished professor of jurisprudence at the Dale E. Fowler School of Law at Chapman University, said Justice Thomas deserves to be recognized for his contributions to constitutional jurisprudence, his record of public service and his inspirational life story.

Source: Clarence Thomas gets spot in Smithsonian African-American history museum – Washington Times

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FBI Is Doing the NCAA’s Dirty Work in College Basketball Case

When exactly did the Federal Bureau of Investigation decide that NCAA regulations were the law of the land? When did it conclude that, in addition to hunting down terrorists and investigating insider trading, its mandate also included protecting amateurism in college sports?For years, athletic shoe companies like Nike and Adidas paid coaches to have their team wear their brand of sneaker. Were coaches like Rick Pitino, John Thompson and Jim Valvano being bribed by the shoe company representatives? You certainly could frame it that way. But nobody did. Neither law enforcement nor the NCAA ever protested.In 2006 — to pick just one among the many, many NCAA scandals over the years — two less-than-reputable agents gave the family of the University of Southern California’s star running back, Reggie Bush, gifts and benefits, including the free use of a house, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. They did so in the expectation that Bush would sign with them when he decided to turn pro. (He didn’t.) Although the university was severely punished by the NCAA, 1  the FBI chose not to look into the matter. Why would it? Giving a star athlete’s family the use of a house may be unseemly, and it may violate NCAA’s rules regarding amateurism, but it doesn’t violate the laws on the United States. Not even close.

Source: FBI Is Doing the NCAA’s Dirty Work in College Basketball Case – Bloomberg

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 Chinese app allows you to ‘rent’ pre-used sex dolls 

China’s famous sharing economy plumbed unchartered new depths this week with the launch of a service that allows you to share sex dolls with strangers for around $45.The booming sharing economy has generated increasing media attention recently, with everything from bicycles to basketballs getting their own sharing app.READ MORE: Moaning sex doll joins ‘weird’ interview on UK morning TV show (VIDEO)Exploiting a potential gap in the market many consumers would not have thought existed, an app called Touch (他趣) has created a new “share his girlfirend” service where you can rent sex dolls.In a post on its Sina Weibo microblogging account, Touch revealed that it has launched a pilot service in Beijing.

Source: Plastic prostitute: Chinese app allows you to ‘rent’ pre-used sex dolls (PHOTOS) — RT News

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Elon Musk’s Plan to Girdle Earth With Satellites Hits Turbulence 

Elon Musk’s ambitious plan to surround the Earth with thousands of internet-beaming satellites is encountering turbulence from regulators concerned about interference with competing systems.SpaceX, the rocket startup Musk runs, filed for permission for its constellation of refrigerator-sized satellites late last year. Selling broadband from orbit is a key part of how SpaceX plans to make money beyond its original rocket-launching service.But the U.S. Federal Communications Commission dealt the project a setback Tuesday with a decision that could force power reductions on SpaceX satellites, and potentially limit the spectrum they can use, making them less effective. The regulator on a 5-0 vote decided to defer in part to the International Telecommunication Union, an agency of the United Nations, on how these new satellite systems need to coordinate and share spectrum.

Source: Elon Musk’s Plan to Girdle Earth With Satellites Hits Turbulence – Bloomberg

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