Daily Archives: March 18, 2018

Who owns water? The US landowners putting barbed wire across rivers

As Scott Carpenter and a few friends paddled down the Pecos river in New Mexico last May, taking advantage of spring run-off, the lead boater yelled out and made a swirling hand motion over his head in the universal signal to pull over to shore. The paddlers eddied out in time to avoid running straight through three strings of barbed wire obstructing the river.Swinging in the wind, the sign hanging from the fence read “PRIVATE PROPERTY: No Trespassing”.One member of their party waded into the swift water to lift the wire with a paddle for the others to float under. As they continued downstream, Carpenter, a recreational boater from Albuquerque, looked over his shoulder a see a figure standing outside the big ranch house up the hill. He offered a wave, but received nothing in return.

Source: Who owns water? The US landowners putting barbed wire across rivers | Environment | The Guardian

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Gay sex robots in demand at brothel as heterosexuals ‘try male dolls’

Lumidolls, the world’s first sex doll brothel in Barcelona, Spain, has started offering a male sex doll to curious straight men looking to “experiment” with homosexuality.These clients, described as “bi-curious”, request the masculine sex doll because they do not want to be involved “with a real guy”, Lumidolls co-owner Sergi Prieto told Daily Star Online.The human-like silicone doll, named Ken, has a thin, muscular body, a customisable penis and is easy to “move or change position at your whim”, according to Lumidolls.The brothel, which opened in February 2017, has become globally renowned for providing a bespoke sex doll service “more pleasurable, exciting and erotic than you can imagine”.Customers flock from all over the world to fulfill their “wildest fantasies” with a range of bespoke female sex dolls created in the image of voluptuous porn stars.

Source: Gay sex robots in demand at brothel as heterosexuals ‘try male dolls’ | Daily Star

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MIT embarks on ambitious plan to build nuclear fusion plant by 2033

MIT announced yesterday that it and Commonwealth Fusion Systems — an MIT spinoff — are working on a project that aims to make harvesting energy from nuclear fusion a reality within the next 15 years. The ultimate goal is to develop a 200-megawatt power plant. MIT also announced that Italian energy firm ENI has invested $50 million towards the project, $30 million of which will be applied to research and development at MIT over the next three years.Nuclear fusion offers quite a few benefits over other energy production methods, including nuclear fission. Nuclear fusion stands to be more efficient, cleaner and safer than other methods, but it has been rather hard to put into action. The process generates incredibly high temperatures and requires a lot of energy input — an amount that has outweighed outputs so far — and those issues have prevented nuclear fusion from becoming a viable energy source to date.

Source: MIT embarks on ambitious plan to build nuclear fusion plant by 2033

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PUBG player claims games helped him fend off samurai sword attack by girlfriend

Avid PUBG player Alex Lovell says his devotion to videogames and martial arts movies, coupled with extensive wing chun training, enabled him to fend off a near-fatal attack by his girlfriend of two years, Emily Javier, who assaulted him with a samurai sword while he was asleep. Javier apparently believed that Lovell was cheating on her, but he told Buzzfeed that all that gaming had simply destroyed his libido. “It killed my sex drive. I was training too hard, it exhausted me,” Lovell said. “I felt bad because she needed the affection. I just couldn’t keep up.” It wasn’t just Lovell’s inability to perform that stirred Javier’s wrath, however. She found red hair in his shower drain—her hair is dyed green—and discovered that he had Tinder installed on his phone. She also apparently found scratches on his back.

Source: PUBG player claims games helped him fend off samurai sword attack by girlfriend | PC Gamer

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Woman Blames Tinder, Video Games For Samurai Sword Attack On Boyfriend 

A woman in Washington state is facing attempted murder charges after attacking her boyfriend with a samurai sword as he slept.According to Camas police, 30-year-old Emily Javier claims she suspected her boyfriend, Alex Lovell, of cheating after finding the Tinder dating app on his phone. Javier added that she found suspicious scratches on the 29-year-old’s back as well as another person’s red hair in the couple’s shower.On March 3, the 30-year-old reportedly taped a samurai sword underneath the couple’s bed and waited for Lovell to fall asleep. The enraged girlfriend then began to hack at her boyfriend in the dark.Lovell told reporters he was able to wrap his girlfriend in a bear hug to stop the attack, even though three of his fingers had nearly been severed. “I saw the look in her eyes, and it scared the living poop out of me,” the 29-year-old told The Oregonian. “

Source: Woman Blames Tinder, Video Games For Samurai Sword Attack On Boyfriend « CBS Las Vegas

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Turtle who was fed puppy in Idaho classroom euthanized 

, Idaho — The snapping turtle who was fed a puppy in front of students at an Idaho junior high school has been euthanized, according to a representative for the Idaho State Department of Agriculture.”The snapping turtle was euthanized humanely” a statement from the ISDA representative said.Jennifer Jackson, a Regional Conservation Educator for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, told Fox 13 Fish and Game seized the turtle Tuesday and turned it over to the Department of Agriculture at the Idaho Department of Agriculture’s request, and under its authority. The turtle was euthanized the same day.

Source: Turtle who was fed puppy in Idaho classroom euthanized | fox13now.com

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Your Tax Money Makes Planned Parenthood a Political Kingmaker

There’s more than a little evidence suggesting that’s exactly what’s happening with government-funded groups like Planned Parenthood.Of course, some would argue that the money is spent on services, but let’s be honest. Those tax dollars are also used to expand their brand—making it easier for outgoing Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards to raise the cash she needs to elect pro-abortion legislators who, in turn, keep the federal funds flowing.Now that America’s biggest abortion provider has announced a $20 million midterm election strategy, most taxpayers can’t help but wonder where federal funds end and campaign checks begin.“March. Vote. Win.” is the tagline of this latest offensive, which is setting its sights on key governor and senate races in places like Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

Source: Your Tax Money Makes Planned Parenthood a Political Kingmaker

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Billion-dollar polar engineering ‘needed to slow melting glaciers’

Scientists have outlined plans to build a series of mammoth engineering projects in Greenland and Antarctica to help slow down the disintegration of the planet’s main glaciers. The controversial proposals include underwater walls, artificial islands and huge pumping stations that would channel cold water into the bases of glaciers to stop them from melting and sliding into the sea.The researchers say the work – costing tens of billions of dollars a time – is urgently needed to prevent polar glaciers melting and raising sea levels. That would lead to major inundations of low-lying, densely populated areas, such as parts of Bangladesh, Japan and the Netherlands.

Source: Billion-dollar polar engineering ‘needed to slow melting glaciers’ | Environment | The Guardian

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Driver Tries To Pass Homer Simpson License Off As Real To Cops 

As far as fake documentation goes, it certainly needed some more work.An unidentified driver in Milton Keynes, southern England, presented a spoof Homer Simpson license to police during a traffic stop last Sunday night.In addition to the bogus “Simpsons” identity document, officers also discovered that the man was driving without insurance.

Source: Driver Tries To Pass Homer Simpson License Off As Real To Cops | HuffPost

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Facebook’s Creepy “Onavo Protect” VPN Tracks You Even When You Turn It Off

Recently Facebook has been pushing its VPN app “Onavo Protect” on iOS devices for protecting the personal information of users who use internet through public networks. This app was acquired by the social media company in the year 2013 and is supposedly being used to track user activity and collect data.These startling revelations have been made by Will Strafach, CEO of the Sudo Security Group. He published his detailed findings regarding the types of data collected by the app on 5th March, 2018.Apparently, Onava Protect application utilizes a Packet Tunnel Provider app extension which is mainly responsible for sending the collected data to Facebook.

Source: Facebook’s Creepy “Onavo Protect” VPN Tracks You Even When You Turn It Off

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How to opt out of Facebook data sharing

Facebook knows a lot about you. I mean, a lot. If you’ve ever been creeped out by a scarily on-point ad while visiting Facebook, that’s why. But some of you might wonder where Facebook gets its data. The answer is simple: data brokers.A data broker collects your information from various sources and depending on the broker in question, this information could come from online, offline, or both. Whenever you make a purchase online or utilize your grocery store’s loyalty card, the data on your purchases is collected by at least one company. Facebook buys this data and, letting advertisers use it to more specifically target ads towards you. Though Facebook says that the data brokers anonymize what they collect, the details can still be matched against your Facebook profile, building for Facebook and its advertisers a complete picture of who you are.Creepy, right?There’s some good news here, though. You can opt-out of this sort of data collection at a lot of data brokers including the companies with which Facebook has partnered. And you can do this on top of using security features such as limiting ad tracking on devices like your iPhone and iPad.

Source: How to opt out of Facebook data sharing | iMore

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Netflix is testing a badge scheme to turn your kids into binge watchers 

What better way to turn your kids into binge watchers than by turning Netflix into a badge-collection scheme? That’s apparently the thinking behind a new feature currently being tested on the video streaming service, which rewards children with stickers when they watch certain shows.According to a report from Variety, those involved in the test see red padlocks on the top of TV shows that can earn them a badge. At the moment at least, that’s all the reward that they get – there’s no other incentive to race through a whole series of Paw Patrol.It would seem that only a small subsection of Netflix users have the feature enabled for the time being, so it’s by no means definite that this is going to roll out for everyone. Netflix is always keen for viewers young and old to spend as much time as possible on the platform though, so it would make sense.

Source: Netflix is testing a badge scheme to turn your kids into binge watchers | TechRadar

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