Daily Archives: February 5, 2018

Baltimore Cops Kept Toy Guns to Plant on Their Shooting Victims

In April 2016, a 13-year-old boy was shot by officers of the Baltimore Police Department. The boy ran when faced with the police, so they gave chase. During the chase, the police spotted the boy holding a gun, and when he turned, they shot the teenager. The youngster wasn’t critically injured, and it seemed like an open-and-shut case of a justifiable use of force.

Now people are wondering.

The Baltimore Police Department is currently in court over one of the biggest scandals in the history of American law enforcement. The corruption case is replete with intrigue as police reveal secrets that sound like something out of an urban-fiction novel or a lost season of The Wire. It has revealed how one of America’s largest cities just happened to be filled with crooked cops, but no one seems to be talking about it outside of Baltimore.

According to the Baltimore Sun, it started when a 19-year-old woman from New Jersey overdosed in 2011 and authorities began tracing the origin of the drugs. It led them to a Baltimore drug crew and the discovery that a Baltimore police officer was involved. By the time they finished investigating, eight members of the elite Gun Trace Task Force had been charged with crimes ranging from racketeering to robbery.

You want robbery? How about the story of the corrupt squad stopping a drug dealer during a traffic stop and robbing him of $6,500, then going to the man’s home without a warrant and taking another $100,000 out of a safe? Sgt. Wayne Jenkins would ask suspected drug dealers, “If you could put together a crew of guys and rob the biggest drug dealer in town, who would it be?”

Source: Baltimore Cops Kept Toy Guns to Plant on Their Shooting Victims

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Debunking Five Myths About Homelessness in America

There is a persistent belief amongst many that being homeless inherently goes hand in hand with mental illness. However, the numbers don’t bear the correlation out completely. According to the Coalition for the Homeless, “75 percent of all homeless shelter residents are in families and around 40 percent are children. Research and experience show that only a small percentage of adults in homeless families suffer from serious mental illness and/or addiction disorders. For homeless single adults, the rates of mental illness and addiction disorders are higher: around one-third among homeless single adults in shelters, and around two-thirds among homeless adults sleeping on the streets or in other public spaces.”Furthermore, a 2014 survey cited “affordable housing, unemployment, and poverty” as the top three reasons for homelessness. So while mental illness is definitely a part of the issue, it does not automatically go hand in hand with homelessness.Myth: Most of the Homeless Population Has Substance Abuse IssuesDespite the relatively popular opinion that the majority of homeless people use drugs, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported that just 1/3 of sheltered homeless adults have chronic substance abuse issues.

 

Source: Debunking Five Myths About Homelessness in America

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Refugees in Switzerland behave like movie stars: Want expensive clothes and don’t integrate

A Swiss youth hostel in the canton of Baselland, wanted to care for three unaccompanied child refugees. The idea was to give them everything they needed for successful integration. The result was disastrous.

In the summer of 2016, the three child refugees were given free youth homes that cost normally on average 300 francs (258 euros) per day, per person. They weren’t even moved into their rooms in fall of 2016, when the trouble started.

To be prepared for winter in Switzerland, the home carers supplied the three young men with winter clothes. But they didn’t like the clothes: “They were disappointed and told us they would rather go shopping at H&M or Dolce & Gabbana,” a care worker said.

The care workers later found out that the child refugees were selling clothes and stolen goods to other parties. Apparently their monthly pocket money of 160 francs (137 euros) wasn’t enough.

One of the young men, called Ahmed, complained about his supervisor, that he didn’t have enough time for him, etc. But reality was different according to a report and his complaint was dismissed.

A report says it was Ahmed himself, who rejected school, the work in the home and the cooperation with the support staff: Ahmed has “very high demands” on his environment, which nobody can do any justice. For example, he demands “a care worker who is available to him 24 hours a day, seven days a week”, and who “fulfils all his wishes immediately.”

Another asylum seeker behaved in the same way: He suddenly acted as if he did not know the rules of the house, he resisted agreements, provoked the other inhabitants with his behaviour and appeared very disrespectful to individual team members. According to the article in the Basler newspaper the expectations of the men “were as high as if they were guests in a five-star hotel”.

Two of the youngsters also received a season pass for the swimming pool, a bicycle and other things, to give them an enjoyable leisure time. It resulted in serious incidents as several women were sexually harassed.

After crisis meetings, several warnings and deep disappointment of the staff, the young refugees were relocated after less than a year. The team described the young men as “troublemakers with a high claim mentality and a low willingness to perform”.

The case of the young men is “unfortunately not an isolated case, but the rule,” says a person who looks after unaccompanied child refugees. He does not want to lump all migrants together. “But out of ten underage refugees, seven are behaving according to this destructive pattern: that’s the reality.”

Source: Refugees in Switzerland behave like movie stars: Want expensive clothes and don’t integrate

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For the Third Time This Year, Chlorine is Used as a Chemical Weapon in Douma, Damascus 

As international concerns grow about Syria’s use of chemical weapons, new evidence of the Syrian military’s chemical weapon use continues to emerge from Syria. On the morning of February 1 2018, local activists reported the use of chemical rockets filled with chlorine against opposition held territory in the west of Douma, Damascus:

This represents the 3rd chemical attack reported in Douma since the start of 2018, with two earlier attacks on January 13, and January 22. While munitions are not known to have been recovered from the January 13 attack, munitions used in the January 22 attack were recovered and documented, as were munitions used in the February 1 attack. The design of the munitions recovered in both attacks are identical, and match a design of munition used in a January 30 2017 chlorine attack in Marj al-Sultan, around 8km southeast of Douma.

The rockets are based on modified Iranian 107mm artillery rockets, with the explosive warhead replaced by a large gas cylinder, and additional tail fins added to the rocket. In all three attacks the design of the rockets are identical, and in some cases rockets from the 2018 attacks share the same lot numbers, indicating they are from the same manufacturing batch. This strongly indicates that the rockets used in the 2018 attacks would have originated from the same source:

Using videos posted by Firas Abdullah on the day of the attack it is possible to geolocate the impact sites of three of the rockets used in the February 1 attack to farmlands on the west side of Douma. The warhead of a fourth rocket was photographed but not geolocated. The impact sites are less than 200m west from the only January 22 impact site it was possible to geolocate:

Source: For the Third Time This Year, Chlorine is Used as a Chemical Weapon in Douma, Damascus – bellingcat

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Scammers steal nearly $1 million from Bee Token ICO would-be investors – Help Net Security

Another day, another ICO-related scam. In an attack similar to that which fooled investors into the Enigma cryptocurrency investment platform, users who were aiming to buy Bee Tokens during a Token Generation Event (i.e., an initial coin offering) were tricked into sending the money to scammers instead.

Bee Token ICO scam

What is the Bee Token?

Beenest is a home-sharing network built on top of a set of Bee Protocols (Ethereum smart contracts) running on the Ethereum network. The network connects hosts with guests without taking any commissions – a decentralized AirBnB, if you will.

The Bee Token is the cryptocurrency that fuels the Beenest platform and the Bee Protocols, and Bee Tokens were meant to be distributed via a presale and an ICO.

The presale was scheduled for January 2, 2018, and was executed without a hitch. To participate in the presale, investors had to register for it, and provide sensitive personal and financial information for KYC (know your customer) verification or accredited investor verification.

The scam

The ICO was scheduled for January 31, 2018. In the days running up to it, the Bee Token team shared more details about the scammy emails and messages.

Nevertheless, some would-be investors fell for the scam.

Source: Scammers steal nearly $1 million from Bee Token ICO would-be investors – Help Net Security

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Your WHOLE body could be ‘replaced or upgraded’ with robot parts by 2070

YOUR entire body could be swapped out with robot parts as soon as 2070, if a top robotics expert is to be believed.

One bionics expert says that we’re not far from a future where anyone can buy upgraded body parts that provide superhuman powers.

 One day you might upgrade to a robot hand that's vastly superior to your own

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One day you might upgrade to a robot hand that’s vastly superior to your own

The predictions come from robotics boff Chris Middleton, who regularly lectures on the impact that AI-powered machines will have on humanity.

“At some point, 50 or 100 years in the future, might a whole human body become replaceable, editable, or upgradable? I wouldn’t bet against it.”

“We can already see that some technologies encourage people – unfortunately – to behave more like machines,” he said, speaking to the Daily Star.

He used the example of smart speakers like the Amazon Echo, which are making everyday gadgets into human-like devices.

 Humanoid robots have been a staple of sci-fi movies for years
Humanoid robots have been a staple of sci-fi movies for years

“Machines are becoming more human. Look at Siri, Alexa and the rest.”

“Meanwhile, we’re all getting used to being told what to do by machines: walk 10,000 steps a day, run around the park, turn left, turn right, and so on.”

Source: Your WHOLE body could be ‘replaced or upgraded’ with robot parts by 2070

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