Daily Archives: March 6, 2018

Did These Computer Scientists Solve the Cuban ‘Sonic Attack’?

A technical report from the University of Michigan offers a stunningly simple theory for the source of the Cuban “sonic attack”: a pair of eavesdropping devices too close to each other and tripping the ultrasound that ironically was supposed to make their presence quiet.More importantly, it might not have been done with malicious intent.“It doesn’t prove it’s the cause,” Kevin Fu, an associate professor at the University of Michigan and one of the co-authors of the study, cautioned. “It’s a correlation. But to us, it seems like a strong correlation.”A recap: Last September, the State Department recalled 21 American employees from the U.S. embassy in Havana. These employees, along with three Canadians, reported dizziness, cognitive difficulties, headaches, and hearing loss, among other medical issues, according to an official statement made by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The victims of what was being termed a “sonic attack” reported hearing a high-pitched sound that made them physically ill.

Source: Did These Computer Scientists Solve the Cuban ‘Sonic Attack’?

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Protest breaks out at Divinity School event in support of LGBTQIA issues – The Chronicle

Armed with megaphones, a group of disgruntled students interrupted the Divinity School State of the School address to give what they called “the real State of the School address.”The group, which identified themselves as LGBTQIA+ Duke Divinity students and allies, was protesting the treatment of students with marginalized sexual orientations and gender identities in the school.

The protesters issued a list of 15 demands at the end of the Wednesday incident and said they would take “further, non-violent, direct action” if the demands were not met.“No, we are not a letter of the alphabet, we are not a nameless statistic, we are not a picture for your diversity magazine, we are not an exotic experiment in communal learning,” said Margie Quinn, a second-year master’s student in the Divinity School, during the protest.T

he demands come after continued student dissatisfaction with the school administration under the leadership of Elaine Heath, dean of the Divinity School and professor of missional and pastoral theology. In the letter outlining the demands, the students said they were “fed up” that their needs remained “deliberately unheard.”

Source: Protest breaks out at Divinity School event in support of LGBTQIA issues – The Chronicle

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The Tweet About “White People Voting” Everyone is Talking About


Speaking of racism against white people:

Public School Teaches Kindergartners About White Privilege — by Robert GehlIt’s bad enough that America’s colleges are jam-packed with leftist indoctrination of young people who, while technically adults, have generally yet to really experience the full responsibilities of the real world. It’s even worse when high schools indoctrinate even more impressionable teenagers.DAILYThe Federalist Papers Daily EmailBreaking news updates and daily headlines from a news source you can trust.Facebook EmailBut the greatest outrage of all is how the Left has no qualms about poisoning the minds of America’s smallest children at the earliest stages of public education.In the Weekly Standard, Katherine Kersten tells the shocking story of public schools in Edina, Minnesota, where a district that once had impeccable educational credentials is finding its reputation in freefall — and it all started when they decided to make the three R’s of reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmetic take a backseat to identity politics:

Source: The Tweet About “White People Voting” Everyone is Talking About

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The Gun-Grabbers Don’t Care About the AR-15 — They Are After All Guns

The way the gun control activists work is akin to the story of the frog in the pot of water. If you toss him in hot water, he jumps out. If you put him in comfortable water and then turn the fire on, you can boil him to death.The gun grabbers have gone after entire classes of weapons, like pistols and scary guns which they call “assault rifles,” and have generally lost. The assault rifle ban, itself, being the most ridiculous idea to come down the pike in a while. What we’re seeing in the aftermath of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is something more sophisticated. While they are superficially targeting the AR-15, they are, in reality, targeting 100% of all high-powered rifles. Because for the first time they aren’t after the pistol grip or the magazine or the way the AR-15 exudes violence from every molecule. They are going after the bullet, itself.Let’s start with a couple of facts. Bullets (with the notable exception of wadcutters) are designed to kill things. Sure you can use them for target practice but the purpose is to kill. Period. In order to kill quickly, because you don’t want a deer or a burglar able to run around for a half-hour after you shoot them, the bullet has to be able to cause massive tissue damage. It does this by a combination of mass, velocity, and projectile design. By and large, the bigger and faster the projectile, the more lethal it is. That is generally considered to be a laudable characteristic in a bullet and is central to what follows.

Source: The Gun-Grabbers Don’t Care About the AR-15 — They Are After All Guns

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How to Back Up Your Gmail Account to YOUR Hard Drive

It’s true: Google’s suite of services holds the keys to your life. Apps like Gmail, Contacts, and Keep have almost entirely replaced the need for a traditional address book and paper diary.Given how much of your life sits in the cloud, wouldn’t it be sensible to back it all up occasionally? Your productivity would grind to a halt if you lost access to every contact and every item on your agenda.If you want to create a backup your Gmail, you have many approaches available to you. You could use Google’s native tool, you could rely on a third-party app, or you could take a customized approachIn this article, we’ll look at all three approaches to backup your Gmail in more detail.

Source: How to Back Up Your Gmail Account to YOUR Hard Drive

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Convicted Felon Texas Democrat Won’t Resign, Even After MORE Sexual Harassment Allegations

At least one Texas Democrat hasn’t gotten the #MeToo message. Last week, State Sen. Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio) was convicted of eleven felony counts in a federal fraud trial, he is still facing another upcoming bribery trial in May, and more women keep coming forward to accuse him of sexual harassment, groping, and just being a nasty creep.Olivia Messer at The Daily Beast has the story, and her headline is a perfect summation: “Women Say Texas Senator’s a Creep. Court Says He’s a Fraud. But He Won’t Leave Office.”Uresti first faced sexual harassment allegations late last year, when a number of women who work around the Texas Capitol — including legislative staffers and interns, journalists, and lobbyists — worked together to create a “Burn Book of Bad Men” listing men who were sexual predators. The allegations in the Burn Book were anonymous, and ranged from sexist and demeaning comments to sexual assaults and use of date rape drugs. As I wrote last December:

Source: Convicted Felon Texas Democrat Won’t Resign, Even After MORE Sexual Harassment Allegations

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Why Cats Knead, According to Science | Inverse

Most cat behavior is heartwarming and deeply confusing. Perhaps the most obvious example is something there’s no scientific name for — we can only call it “kneading dough” or “making the biscuits.”Kitty owners watch their floof children do this all the time, but what’s really going on here? Is this all an elaborate marketing scheme for a Pixar movie about a cat baker? While researchers don’t have one concrete explanation, they’ve got some pretty compelling ideas about the science of kitty kneading.“This kneading, also known as ‘making bread’ or ‘making biscuits,’ is an instinctive feline behavior kittens display shortly after they’re born,” Dr. Karen Becker, a veterinarian and creator of the Healthy Pets blog, writes on her site. “The reason for the movement in kittenhood is to stimulate the flow of milk from the mother’s mammary glands.” Cats who knead in adulthood could be “showing contentment,” according to Becker, or simply marking their territory, since cat’s paws contain sweat glands.While there’s always the chance that a kitty kneading is your cat’s attempt to claim you as their own — which of course, you are — experts say kneading is probably as tender and adorable as it looks.“If you do have a cat who kneads their bedding, or better yet you, it’s because they’re feeling very loved and comfortable,” Katie Armour, project coordinator at MSPCA Boston Adoption Center, tells The Dodo. “You should absolutely take this as a compliment!”Even if kneading is just a sign of cats marking their special spots, vets say that’s a very positive behavior — it signals your kitty feels safe wherever they’re making biscuits.

Source: Why Cats Knead, According to Science | Inverse

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YouTube’s mistaken ‘purge’ highlights new peril for video giant 

YouTube said Wednesday that its moderators had mistakenly removed videos in recent days during what some critics had called an ideological “purge,” highlighting the ongoing challenge for a video giant now hiring thousands of new employees in a push to rein in shocking and dangerous content.Viewers and producers had recently complained that the site was targeting right-wing voices — including some gun-related channels that had posted content in the days since the Parkland, Fla., school shooting — with suspensions, video removals and “warning strikes.” The video giant has faced intensifying scrutiny in recent weeks over the content it hosts and promotes, including one video, listed in the site’s top “Trending” ranking, that suggested students who had survived the shooting were “crisis actors.”Tim Harmsen, the head of the Military Arms Channel on YouTube, said in a video Saturday that he had temporarily disabled all of his videos after moderators gave him a “strike” for three firearms-related videos, including one about an exploding rifle target, they said had violated the site’s guidelines. YouTube bans accounts after three strikes.

Source: YouTube’s mistaken ‘purge’ highlights new peril for video giant – The Washington Post

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School teenagers buy Xanax on social media to handle examination stress

Teenagers are buying Xanax drugs on social media to help them manage examination anxiety, drugs addiction experts have said. Teenagers as young as 13 years old were purchasing Xanax pills online. A BBC investigation also found drugs being advertised on Facebook and Instagram.Experts have warned that school grammar pupils are buying and taking the drugs on daily basis as they are stressed a lot by their work at school. Investigative journalists were able to successfully buy substances from online dealers who said the substances were diazepam and Xanax.The two social media platforms have said that buying and selling of drugs was not acceptable at all, and that the involved accounts had already been deleted.“I am increasingly working with able and gifted children who are using it for self-medication,” said Coles Nail, who works for a children charity in south-east and Canterbury. “The use is significantly higher in high pressure environments and in grammar school. The drug is used mostly as a party pill. However, I am seeing a current trend where the pill is being used in high-pressure environments. Children are taking a quarter of a bar to alleviate the stress of a school day,” Nail told the Daily Telegraph.

Source: School teenagers buy Xanax on social media to handle examination stress – Deep Dot Web

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‘Chappaquiddick’ Film Critic: Mary Jo Was a ‘Me Too’ ‘Victim’ of the Kennedys

In his Tuesday review of Chappaquiddick, film critic Roger Friedman called Mary Jo Kopechne, who died in July 1969 as a passenger in a car driven by Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy, the “First #MeToo victim of Kennedy Family Money, Power and Corruption.” He also speculated: “The Kennedys … may try to kill this film.”NewsBusters posts on the developing movie expressed concern, based on years of media sympathy for Kennedy, that he’d get a pass:In December 2015, then-producer Mark Ciardi said the film’s viewers would “see what [Kennedy] had to go through.”A year later, lead actor Jason Clarke said: “Ted had a rough night.”But when the film debuted at the Toronto Film Festival in September, NB’s Bozell and Graham hailed two “minor miracle(s).” The first is the film’s clinical storytelling, and the second was a Variety film critic’s contention that how the Kennedy clan squashed the case is “the essence of what Chappaquiddick means.”Friedman believes #MeToo gives the film additional momentum:

Source: ‘Chappaquiddick’ Film Critic: Mary Jo Was a ‘Me Too’ ‘Victim’ of the Kennedys

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Hoax – Eating Shrimp and Taking Vitamin C Can Cause Death by Arsenic Poisoning 

This story was first published on February 23nd, 2012OutlineCirculating health message warns recipients not to eat shrimp or prawns while taking vitamin C because it can cause a chemical reaction that can lead to sudden death by arsenic poisoning.  Brief AnalysisThe claims in the message are nonsense. There are no credible references that back up the claims and no reported deaths like the one described. The picture included in the message shows a young woman shot and killed in a protest and has no connection whatsoever with arsenic poisoning. Sharing this false information will help nobody.ExampleSubject: Fw: Please read if you eat shrimps – Very Educative—– YOU MAY POISON YOURSELF ACCIDENTALLY (I didn’t know this myself)A woman suddenly died unexpectedly with signs of bleeding from her ears, nose, mouth & eyes.After a preliminary autopsy it was diagnosed that death was due to arsenic poisoning.Where did the arsenic come from?The police launched an in-depth and extensive investigation. A medical school professor was invited to come to solve the case.The professor carefully looked at the contents from the stomach. In less than half an hour, the mystery was solved.The professor said: ‘The deceased did not commit suicide and neither was she murdered, she died of accidental death due to ignorance!’ Everyone was puzzled, why accidental death? The professor said: ‘The arsenic was produced in the stomach of the deceased.’ The deceased used to take ‘Vitamin C’ everyday, which in itself is not a problem. The problem was that she ate a large portion of shrimp/prawn during dinner. Eating shrimp/prawn is not the problem that’s why nothing happened to her family even though they had the same shrimp/prawn. However at the same time the deceased also took ‘vitamin C’, that is where the problem was!

Source: Hoax – Eating Shrimp and Taking Vitamin C Can Cause Death by Arsenic Poisoning – Hoax-Slayer

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The Student Anti-Gun Violence Protest March Turned Violent, and Proves Why We Should Keep Our Guns

The same gun control crowd that says we don’t have need for guns is the same crowd that has hedged their bets on high school students to lead the gun control narrative into the future. Only it turns out that these same teens and young adults can’t control their temper, and end up proving that keeping our guns is the safe bet.And who would have thought that would be the case? It’s not like leftist protests primarily containing this age group never get out of hand.Except for all the time.It’s totally super-duper convinced our own Strieff to give up his guns to the kids too.According to KCRA3, students from Stagg, Edison, Chavez, Lincoln, and Village Oak high schools in California all left and began creating problems pretty much immediately as they blocked traffic, and began to damage both citizen and police vehicles.Stockton police said some students threw rocks and damaged both police and citizen vehicles.Five arrests were made, including charges of battery on an officer, resisting arrest, taking an officer’s baton and vandalizing vehicles, including patrol vehicles, Stockton police said.Those arrested ranged from 14-years-old to 18-years-old. The 18-year-old was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail and the juveniles were cited to their parents, according to Stockton Police.

Source: The Student Anti-Gun Violence Protest March Turned Violent, and Proves Why We Should Keep Our Guns

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Levi’s will use lasers to ethically create the finishes on all of its jeans – The Verge

Levi Strauss is introducing a digitizing technique that uses lasers to ethically create designs on its jeans in place of manual labor. Called Project FLX (which stands for Future-Led Execution), the technique will cut out harmful chemicals and reduce labor-intensive steps in producing jean finishes from between 18 to 24 steps to just three. Levi is also planning to scale this across the company’s denim supply chain.“Our first step in the new process is to photograph the jean, and then we take that and illustrate it in a way that the laser can interpret. So what used to happen traditionally 8, 10, 12 minutes with manual applications, we can now execute with the laser in 90 seconds or so,” said Bart Sights, Levi’s VP in technical innovation, who leads Levi’s innovation lab called Eureka lab. The lasers use infrared to lightly scratch designs into the top layer of the jean’s surface, creating the faded outlines and tears.

Source: Levi’s will use lasers to ethically create the finishes on all of its jeans – The Verge

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The Health Ranger YouTube channel is currently returning:“This account has been terminated for violating YouTube’s Community Guidelines.”Well, I went through being added to Google’s shit list over a decade ago.So…I have no idea why people who deal with alternative information continue to rely on Google’s platforms, given the company’s long history of censorship and fraudulent activity. To put it simply, you went to Darth Vader to publish videos, blogs and other information about the Rebel Alliance. WTF did you think was going to happen? Even I was guilty of this.

The first couple of years of Cryptogon took place on Blogger, which was/is owned by Google.I realized my mistake in 2006, got over it and moved on.Back when I ditched Google, it was less obvious to many just how diabolical Google was. But what did people—who knew better or should have—do after this came out back in 2015?How the CIA made GoogleYawn. Snore. They kept publishing to GoogleTube.Yes, Google are crooks. Yes, they steal money you have earned. Yes, they screw with search results. Yes, they ban you from advertising. Yes, yes, yes, and a whole lot more

. These might have been interesting insights back in the mid 2000s, but the fact that people are just figuring this out now is the most disturbing aspect of this mess, in my opinion.Even worse, some are proposing Facebook as a viable alternative.*sigh*Hopefully, this will cause at least a few more people to wake up and move to other platforms—but please not Facebook!


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