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Secularist Dogmas That Live Loudly Within Lefties 

For years, the Washington establishment held up Sally Quinn, the wife of the late Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, as the society doyenne par excellence and a “serious” reporter. The Great and Good would gather at her mansion to bat around the issues of the day. Much talk of a sinister religiosity afoot in the land would ensue. But it turns out that Quinn, when not passing around drinks and appetizers to these self-proclaimed rationalists, was in the back playing with her tarot cards and concocting hexes for her enemies.In her new “spiritual memoir,” Finding Magic, Quinn discloses her ambitious forays into the world of the occult. The Washington Post, which had assigned Quinn to the religion beat late in her career, has greeted the revelations with understandable embarrassment. It assigned a review of her book to Senator Sherrod Brown’s wife, Connie Schultz, who reacts to the book with disdain:

Quinn’s memoir is peppered with references to youthful affairs and the past indiscretions of named colleagues and friends. Most alarming, she confesses that, like her mother, she believes in the deadly power of hexes — and suggests that she has harmed people by using them. If the hairs just stood up on the back of your neck, believe me, you aren’t alone.

Quinn was a Style writer and columnist at The Post, and a celebrated Washington hostess who, for decades, threw some of the biggest parties in town. She is also widely known as Bradlee’s third — and longtime — wife.

Her belief in magic and the occult began in early childhood in the 1940s, when she often lived with maternal relatives in Savannah and Statesboro, Ga. As she writes in the memoir, her great-aunt Ruth was a “nice Presbyterian lady” and “a devotee of Scottish mysticism,” and all of the black domestic staff members “were adherents of voodoo, which they practiced regularly.” Quinn describes spirits showing up to make breakfast before the family rose. Years later, she writes, one welcomed her to Grey Gardens, a famous mansion in the Hamptons that she and Bradlee bought in 1979.

Quinn seems to have few reservations about revealing her belief in the deadly power of hexes — her mother’s and her own.

Unmentioned in the review is Quinn’s comment that friends have approached her to put a deadly hex on Donald Trump. “You can’t imagine the number of people who have asked me to put a hex on Donald Trump — I mean, I have got friends lined up. This is my biggest restraint now,” she has said.

Source: Secularist Dogmas That Live Loudly Within Lefties | The American Spectator

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Jamie Dimon Exposed for Being “Full of Sh*t” After Calling Bitcoin a Fraud

Long-time cryptocurrency critic and CEO of JP Morgan Chase Jamie Dimon slammed Bitcoin earlier this week, claiming the digital currency is “a fraud.” He later threatened to fire any JP Morgan traders caught trading in Bitcoin. “I’d fire them in a second. For two reasons: It’s against our rules, and they’re stupid. And both are dangerous,” Dimon said at the Barclay’s Tuesday, spurring a wave of backlash from critics on social media.

Charlie Shrem, founder of, pointed out the CEO’s hypocrisy in a tweet that read “Jamie Dimon has had an internal ‘Blockchain Working Group’ for over 2 years at JPMorgan & my friend is on it. Basically, he’s full of shit.” Additionally, Blockchain Capital Founder Bart Stephens noted the irony of Dimon bashing Bitcoin on the same day the company held a conference on blockchain technology. Add to the fact that JP Morgan Chase has tried to patent an alternative to Bitcoin and been rejected 175 times, and Dimon’s consistent attacks on the cryptocurrency seem to make a lot more sense.

Source: Jamie Dimon Exposed for Being “Full of Sh*t” After Calling Bitcoin a Fraud

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Why end-to-end encryption is about more than just privacy 

The question of whether regular people need end-to-end encryption will surely be debated for quite some time. But for Alan Duric, CEO and co-founder of Wire, the question can only have a positive answer.

As he told the audience at the FSec security symposium in Varazdin, Croatia, end-to-end encryption is about more than just privacy – it is also critical for protecting business data, and our very lives and limbs as the Internet of Things becomes the norm.

With its homonymous open source, encrypted IM offering, Wire’s (and Duric’s) goal is to disrupt the privacy selling market headed by Google and Facebook, and offer secured communication to private users and organizations.

The latter have come to realize that they need to protect their intellectual property from industrial espionage, their own internal information (political parties, corporations involved in mergers and acquisitions, etc.), and their clients’ information (lawyers, healthcare organizations).

Source: Why end-to-end encryption is about more than just privacy – Help Net Security

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Google’s depression tool ‘could cause more harm than good’ 

Google’s screening tool that enables people to check online whether they are clinically depressed could do more harm than good, one expert has warned.Last month, the tech giant released a self-assessment quiz, called the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9), which pops up as a result for the search query ‘Am I depressed?’ on a computer or cell phone.Google developed its test in partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) but one professor claims that the quiz could just lead to over-treatment of depression amid the US’s opioid epidemic.He warns the tool’s development was funded by major drug company Pfizer, which profits from the sale of antidepressants.

Source: Google’s depression tool ‘could cause more harm than good’ | Daily Mail Online

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No, Child Support is NOT Set to End in 2018 – HOAX

According to a message that is spreading rapidly via Facebook, child support in the United States will end at the beginning of 2018.   Here’s a transcript of the post:President Donald Trump and U.S. Congress voted yesterday on a bill that could change the world. Child support claims have said to come to an end and many officials are not happy about it. President Trump claims he will no longer for any party of parent to pay child support. Trump also says that ant reports of abuse or negligence to a child from either party will result in the child automatically being turned over to the State Child Welfare. Lawmakers are meeting Wednesday to finalize all changes before the effect will take place.However, the claims in the message are nonsense. There is no such bill and no credible reports that support the claim that child support will be ended.In fact, the message is just a silly hoax that originated on a website that allows users to create their own fake-news articles as a way of pranking their friends.

Source: No, Child Support is NOT Set to End in 2018 – HOAX – Hoax-Slayer

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Rolling Stone, Once a Counterculture Bible, Will Be Put Up for Sale 

From a loft in San Francisco in 1967, a 21-year-old named Jann S. Wenner started a magazine that would become the counterculture bible for baby boomers. Rolling Stone defined cool, cultivated literary icons and produced star-making covers that were such coveted real estate they inspired a song.But the headwinds buffeting the publishing industry, and some costly strategic missteps, have steadily taken a financial toll on Rolling Stone, and a botched story three years ago about an unproven gang rape at the University of Virginia badly bruised the magazine’s journalistic reputation.And so, after a half-century reign that propelled him into the realm of the rock stars and celebrities who graced his covers, Mr. Wenner is putting his company’s controlling stake in Rolling Stone up for sale, relinquishing his hold on a publication he has led since its founding.Mr. Wenner had long tried to remain an independent publisher in a business favoring size and breadth. But he acknowledged in an interview last week that the magazine he had nurtured would face a difficult, uncertain future on its own.

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Facebook snooze: a new option to mute people from your news feed 

Our Facebook news feeds are littered with dreadful crap. Well aware of this issue, the social-media behemoth is testing out a new solution: the Snooze button.As TechCrunch reports, the new feature allows you to temporarily “snooze,” or mute, a Facebook friend, Page, or Group for either 24 hours, one week, or 30 days.Snooze offers a milder alternative to Facebook’s unfollow feature, introduced in 2012, which allows you to entirely banish a friend, Page, or Group from your news feed. As for ex-pals and former flames you never want to see again, un-friending remains an option (be sure to do it right).

Source: Facebook snooze: a new option to mute people from your news feed (FB) — Quartz

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Jesus appears on designer shower curtains as Satan, a surfer, his holiness Tom Waits & MORE!

09.20.201709:52 amTopics:AmusingBeliefTags:Tom WaitsJesus ChristShower curtainThe lord and savior, Tom Waits, striking a Christ-like pose on a shower curtain by artist Hilan Can. The bible held by Waits contains lyrics from the musician’s 2004 single, “Dead and Lovely”  Sometimes one is fortunate enough to do what they have always wanted to do for a living—and I am living proof of that. Lots of people utter the phrase “thank god” without actually giving the words a second thought beyond using it as a mere expression. By the way, I’m one of those people, and though I wasn’t raised in an non-believing home, I’m pretty convinced that some unseen, unknown deity was not responsible for the creation of this world, nor should said (probably) non-existent deity be personally thanked when you achieve a goal, win a Grammy or dodge a bullet in the game of Russian roulette that is life. I guess what I’m trying to say is that I love my job—regardless if I’m writing about Iggy Pop doing coke while in rehab or in this case, fancy shower curtains with various, strange depictions of Jesus Christ emblazened on them. AMEN!

Source: Jesus appears on designer shower curtains as Satan, a surfer, his holiness Tom Waits & MORE! | Dangerous Minds

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Failed electric buses remind us that roads not taken do matter

If only…Courtesy Mick HamerSCIENCE historians sometimes use a type of thought experiment called a counterfactual, otherwise known as a “what if?” What if Darwin hadn’t sailed on the Beagle? What if the ancient Greeks had invented steam engines?These are not just parlour games; they reveal the extent to which progress is historically contingent. Had Darwin not sailed then the theory of evolution would probably have emerged anyway. But had the Greeks built a steam engine, history would have played out differently.Sometimes the thought experiments reveal lost opportunities and agonising near misses. So it is with Edwardian London’s electric buses. Had they not been run by crooks, chances are that the internal combustion engine would not have dominated the 20th century (see “How crooks stalled the rise of electric cars for 100 years”).Hindsight is a wonderful thing; the bus fiasco reminds us that superior technologies don’t always win out and that the market doesn’t always make rational choices. With the development of clean energy technology at a crossroads (see “We really can run the world on renewable energy – here’s how”), a historical perspective on roads taken and not taken is more relevant than ever.

Source: Failed electric buses remind us that roads not taken do matter | New Scientist

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Immune System in Brain Tied to Alcohol Impulse

Researchers have discovered a new link between the brain’s immune system and the desire to drink alcohol.A team from the University of Adelaide has successfully turned off the impulse to drink alcohol in mice by giving them a drug that blocks a specific response from the immune system in the brain, the first to show a link between the brain’s immunity and the motivation to drink alcohol.“Alcohol is the world’s most commonly consumed drug and there is a greater need than ever to understand the biological mechanisms that drive our need to drink alcohol,” lead author Jon Jacobsen, a Ph.D. student in the University of Adelaide’s Discipline of Pharmacology, said in a statement. “Our body’s circadian rhythms affect the ‘reward’ signals we receive in the brain from drug-related behavior and the peak time for this reward typically occurs during the evening or dark phase.“We wanted to test what the role of the brain’s immune system might have on that reward and whether or not we could switch it off.”

Source: Immune System in Brain Tied to Alcohol Impulse

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The One Thing Spread-The-Wealth Liberals Have No Interest in Sharing

Countries that have for years toyed around with socialism have discovered that if you don’t actually incentivize work, people don’t want to work.That’s the case in Denmark, where the government has proposed a broad range of tax cuts across all income groups that would actually, in their words, “make it more attractive to work.”Shocker, eh?The government is now controlled by a center-right coalition led by Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen. He said he wants to shrink the country’s tax burden dramatically between now and 2025, Bloomberg reports.“With this proposal, we’re tackling a number of concrete challenges,” Finance Minister Kristian Jensen said in the statement. “We’re increasing the gains associated with working, we’re making it more attractive to work more and we’re ensuring that it’s more worthwhile to save up toward retirement.”

Source: The One Thing Spread-The-Wealth Liberals Have No Interest in Sharing

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The Transhumanist ‘Threat’

The Jesuits’ America magazine is a somewhat overwrought publication, and a recent article (“Who’s afraid of Transhumanism? (We all should be)”) it ran on the ‘threat’ posed by ‘Transhumanism’ was no exception. If I had to guess, Transhumanism, a fancy word for an over-excited philosophy and technologies that have yet to exist, will turn into something largely prosaic: Continuous, often undramatic improvement.This is a concept  that, back in the day, management consultants used to call ‘Kaizen’ for the reason that it was thought to be one of the many secret sauces in Japan’s postwar economic boom. It also sounded more sophisticated with a Japanese name, however inaccurately used  (in reality ‘Kaizen’ means any sort of improvement, continuous or otherwise).Applied to our species, Kaizen could involve pharmaceuticals, elective surgery, some (who knows?) six million man dollar style upgrades and, yes, a spot of genetic engineering.   Nothing much to worry about, in other words.

Source: The Transhumanist ‘Threat’ · Secular Right

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Pentagon Caught Falsifying Paperwork For Weapons Transfers To Syrian Rebels

A new bombshell joint report issued by two international weapons monitoring groups Tuesday confirms that the Pentagon continues to ship record breaking amounts of weaponry into Syria and that the Department of Defense is scrubbing its own paper trail. On Tuesday the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) produced conclusive evidence that not only is the Pentagon currently involved in shipping up to $2.2 billion worth of weapons from a shady network of private dealers to allied partners in Syria – mostly old Soviet weaponry – but is actually manipulating paperwork such as end-user certificates, presumably in order to hide US involvement.The OCCRP and BIRN published internal US defense procurement files after an extensive investigation which found that the Pentagon is running a massive weapons trafficking pipeline which originates in the Balkans and Caucuses, and ends in Syria and Iraq. The program is ostensibly part of the US train, equip, and assist campaign for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF, a coalition of YPG/J and Arab FSA groups operating primarily in Syria’s east). The arms transfers are massive and the program looks to continue for years. According to Foreign Policy’s (FP) coverage of the report:

Source: Pentagon Caught Falsifying Paperwork For Weapons Transfers To Syrian Rebels

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Why Do Some Countries Get Away With Taking Fewer Refugees?

With the signing of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, the world put in place for the first time a system for defining refugees, setting out their rights, and granting them asylum. But in the face of the most dire refugee crisis since World War II, even wealthy countries with the means and ability to support those fleeing conflict are increasingly trying to close their doors. Here, Yun Sun, a China expert at the Stimson Center in Washington, and Martin Schain, a professor emeritus of politics at New York University, discuss why an international system designed to help the world’s most vulnerable continues to fall short.

Source: Why Do Some Countries Get Away With Taking Fewer Refugees? | Foreign Policy

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Amazon Web Services Can Now Host the Defense Department’s Most Sensitive Data

Amazon Web Services has a new market for its cloud computing, analytics, and storage services.This week, the Defense Department granted the cloud computing giant a provisional authorization to host Impact Level 5 workloads, which are the military and Pentagon’s most sensitive, unclassified information. “This further bolsters AWS as an industry leader in helping support the DoD’s critical mission in protecting our security,” the company said in a statement. “The AWS services support a variety of DoD workloads, including workloads containing sensitive controlled unclassified information and National Security Systems information.”

Source: Amazon Web Services Can Now Host the Defense Department’s Most Sensitive Data –

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Dogs trained by FBI to sniff out pedophiles join British police force 

British police have drafted in a pair of FBI-trained cyber dogs to help bring pedophiles to justice.The dogs are trained to track down hard drives that officers can then examine to see if they contain indecent child images.

Tweed, an 18-month-old springer spaniel, and his Labrador companion Rob, have been specifically trained to sniff out chemicals used to cool memory chips in computer technology.

While they are currently with Devon and Cornwall police, they are set to help more forces across the country.

Essex Police have already successfully used Tweed to sniff out items during a raid this week.

Police Constable Jan Simpson said: “We will not tolerate those committing this heinous crime and, using all the tools available to us including specialist resources such as Tweed, we will continue to root out those committing these offences and bring them to justice.

Source: Dogs trained by FBI to sniff out pedophiles join British police force — RT UK

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Google Dashboard becomes mobile-friendly

“Google Dashboard launched in 2009 to give you a snapshot of the Google products you use, all in one place. But as we built new tools like My Account and My Activity, it became clear that we needed to better integrate Dashboard into our other privacy controls,” Google product manager Greg Fair explained.Google Dashboard changesGoogle Dashboard was introduced in 2009, and continues to include data from Google services users access with their Google Account (Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps, etc.).The re-designed Dashboard’s most important change improve usability on touchscreens, which is a predictable reaction to the general global shift from desktop computers to mobile devices. Many users, in fact, only use smartphones to access Google’s services.This redesign also apparently makes it easier for users to download a copy of the data Google keeps on them – the option is now prominently located at the very top of the Dashboard, instead of being “buried” in My Account.

Source: Google Dashboard becomes mobile-friendly – Help Net Security

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 CIA Files on Oswald, Set to be Released, Has ‘Gone Missing’

Countless concerned individuals are still searching for answers surrounding the mysterious death of the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy. The official narrative, that a lone former Marine named Harvey Oswald assassinated him, is widely disputed.All available documents from all government entities are required by the Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 to be released on October 26th of 2017. But if history repeats itself, the Central Intelligence Agency may not release an entire volume of documents on Oswald, known as “volume 5.”As Sputnik reports, the release in July of 3,810 CIA and FBI documents on the assassination by the Assassination Records Review Board threw up a number of revelations that JFK researchers have hungrily devoured and enthusiastically publicized. For instance, the mayor of Dallas at the time of Kennedy’s assassination, Earle Cabell, was a CIA asset in the 1950s, and his brother, Charles Cabell, a high-ranking CIA official until 1962.The release in October has been highly anticipated by those seeking answers. However, thanks to a deliberate fudging or records, or a conveniently timed clerical error, an entire volume may never see the light of day.Inside Langley Air Force Base’s CIA Headquarters is an office known as the Office of Security. The Office of Security maintains its own top-secret archives known as the Office of Security Archival Holdings and is a separate archive from the agency’s more frequently used facility located in Alexandria, VA known as the Agency Archival Record Center.

Source: Entire Volume of CIA Files on Lee Harvey Oswald, Set to be Released in October, Has ‘Gone Missing’ | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

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Alert! 40 Percent Of Americans Now ‘Prefer Socialism To Capitalism’

Years upon years of “training” in our failing system of public education has convinced large numbers of our young people that the solution to our economic ills is to move more toward socialism.I used to wonder why. Why did bad actors (Pol Pot is a shining example) exterminate their “intellectuals” when they took over. That is no longer a mystery to me. — jtl, 419Americans are increasingly embracing socialism, and this is particularly true for young adults under the age of 30. As you will see below, four out of every ten Americans now prefer socialism to capitalism, and if current trends continue it is just a matter of time before those that prefer socialism are in the majority. Of course our society has already been very heavily socialized. We have been trained to believe that if a problem exists, then it is the job of government to fix it, and over time government on all levels of our system has just gotten bigger and bigger. But what most Americans don’t realize is that the United States never would have become an economic powerhouse without free market capitalism, and the further that we drift away from our roots the deeper that our economic problems will become. We need leaders that are willing to stand up and proudly declare that free market capitalism works incredibly well when the shackles are taken off, and that is precisely what I intend to do. Not too long ago, a survey of U.S. adults was conducted by the American Culture and Faith Institute, and the most disturbing thing that was discovered was that 40 percent of all Americans now “prefer socialism to capitalism”…

Source: Alert! 40 Percent Of Americans Now ‘Prefer Socialism To Capitalism’ |

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Vatican recalls Washington diplomat amid child pornography investigation

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A Vatican diplomat working in Washington has been recalled to the Holy See after the U.S. State Department said the priest may have violated child pornography laws, the Vatican said on Friday.Prosecutors in the Vatican have opened an investigation into the case, which represents a fresh blow to the Roman Catholic Church as it struggles to overcome repeated sex abuse scandals among its clergy.The State Department notified the Holy See in August “of a possible violation of laws relating to child pornography images by a member of the diplomatic corps of the Holy See accredited to Washington,” the Vatican statement said.

Source: Vatican recalls Washington diplomat amid child pornography investigation

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Shaman Tries To Prove He Has The Power To Control Crocodiles, Quickly Gets Dragged Under Water

So I’m going to go out on a limb and say he didn’t have the power to control them.

Crazy footage of a shaman swimming in a lake after stating he has the power to control crocodiles has gone viral after he clearly did not have to power. It all kicked off when Shaman Suprianto was told of a man named Arjuna who was killed by a crocodile while bathing in the waters. So Suprianto then proceeds to jump in the water to look for Arjuana’s body, believing he has the supernatural power to control what a crocodile does.

He doesn’t.

Take a look at Suprianto being attacked and dragged underwater by a crocodile in the video below. Just a heads up that some of you might find this video distressing.

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Taxi Driver Accused Of Rape When He Didn’t Accept Kebab-Soaked Cash

A 22-year-old student in the United Kingdom was recently jailed for falsely accusing a taxi driver of raping her.Sophie Pointon, a criminology student at Leeds Beckett University in Leeds, UK, told police officers she had been sexually assaulted and molested in the back of a cab she had been riding in, reports The Telegraph.Pointon phoned police early on April 22nd of this year to claim that her cab driver had molested her. She then accompanied police to a station where she signed a statement affirming her claim.FacebookSophie PointonThe driver she accused, a father of four, was then arrested and held for six hours. The accusation prevented him from working for four months.He stated that, “Friends stopped speaking to me and letting me into their homes. People in my community do not even want to be seen with me.”“The girl who accused me is the same age as my own daughter – I cannot comprehend why she made this allegation.”In court, the driver stated that Pointon entered his cab “extremely drunk” and holding a kebab.

Source: Taxi Driver Accused Of Rape When He Didn’t Accept Kebab-Soaked Cash

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Ford Disguised a Person as a Seat to Test How We React to Driverless Cars

A Ford van zooming around the Washington D.C. area last month, seemingly without a human in the driver’s seat, wasn’t self-driving after all: it was a man in a ‘seat suit.’ A fake driverless car might seem like a weird experiment, especially considering the fact that there’s an entire fake town for testing self-driving vehicles at Ford’s disposal. But as it turns out, they have their reasons: observing how people react to seeing it. While Virginia Tech has already been testing autonomous vehicles in the area, they’re still using human overseers to take over the wheel in case something goes wrong.

Source: Ford Disguised a Person as a Seat to Test How We React to Driverless Cars | Urbanist

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Enrollments, Budgets Fall Short at Universities Known for ‘Social Justice Warfare’

Bradford Richardson, The Washington Times, September 14, 2017Universities known for being hotbeds of campus protest and liberal activism are struggling with declining enrollments and budget shortfalls, and higher education analysts say that’s no coincidence.Take Oberlin College. According to a document leaked to The Oberlin Review, the school’s student newspaper, the small liberal arts college famous for social justice hoaxes has had trouble attracting and retaining students, missing this year’s enrollment mark by 80 and racking up a $5 million budget deficit in the process.{snip}A study published by the Washington-based Pew Research Center in July found that just 36 percent of Republicans believe colleges and universities have a positive effect on the country, down from 54 percent two years ago.{snip}Declining enrollments have previously been observed at colleges and universities that became notorious for chaotic campus activism, including the University of Missouri and Evergreen State College.By some estimates, enrollment at the former is down 35 percent since fall 2015, when student protests helped launch the Black Lives Matter movement.

Source: Enrollments, Budgets Fall Short at Universities Known for ‘Social Justice Warfare’ – American Renaissance

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Naked German masturbating whilst riding unicycle in Pattaya

Naked German masturbating whilst riding unicycle in PattayaJust when you though you has seen or heard it all, a German has been arrested by police for masturbating whilst riding around Pattaya on a unicycle.We are honestly not making this up, take a look at the picture.A German tourist wearing only shoes and a helmet and identified by police as “Mr. A” was arrested late last night for nude cycling while masturbating in front of tourists.Police told reporters that they will not be releasing the man’s name in order to protect his dignity, although I think it’s probably a little bit too late for that. I also believe that the man arrested probably doesn’t care either considering what he was doing.It was later found out that the man was unable to provide any ID documents to police and would not give them his real name.

Source: Naked German masturbating whilst riding unicycle in Pattaya – PattayaOne

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 NSA Spied On BitTorrent, KaZaA, eDonkey And Other File Sharing Networks

If you’re able to wipe the dust off your memories, you might remember Edward Snowden–the guy who defamed the National Security Agency by revealing their surveillance secrets in 2013.Now, a part of the documents leaked by Edwards Snowden, released by The Intercept, exposes another unsurprising thing about the spying activities conducted by the NSA. While people unconsciously realized the fact that their P2P activities could be monitored, the document reveals that NSA’s dreams of penetrating P2P file sharing networks did come true.The document was originally published in 2005 on NSA’s internal news site SIDToday; it outlines plans for analyzing P2P file-sharing traffic on the internet. It includes the formation of a research group called File-Sharing Analysis and Vulnerability Assessment (FAVA) Pod.And it was not for the sake of the copyright holders whose content was a reason that such services proliferated; the security agency had intentions to harvest some intelligence from the traffic.

Source: Edward Snowden Leak — NSA Spied On BitTorrent, KaZaA, eDonkey And Other File Sharing Networks

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Motel 6 isn’t scared of the ACLU

Motel 6 collaborating with police to spy on guests may be outrageous, but it’s hardly a surprise.The Phoenix New Times’ revelation of Motel 6 reporting guests’ names to Immigration and Customs Enforcement echoes behavior by a Warwick, Rhode Island Motel 6 caught sending the names of all guests to local police in 2015.Warwick Police emails, sent in response to a 2015 MuckRock request, reveal the hotel chain was not especially reticent after they were caught.In response to a Rhode Island ACLU press release slamming the surveillance, Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian wrote to Victor Glover, the company’s vice president of safety and security and former police officer …

Source: Motel 6 isn’t scared of the ACLU

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The Father Of Mobile Computing Is Not Impressed

“You want to see some old media?”Alan Kay grins beneath his gray mustache and leads me through his Brentwood home. It’s a nice place with a tennis court out back, but given the upper-crust Los Angeles neighborhood it sits in, it’s hardly ostentatious. He shares it with his wife, Bonnie MacBird, the author and actress who penned the original script for Tron.Kay is one of the forefathers of personal computing; he’s what you can safely call a living legend. He directed a research team at the legendary Xerox PARC, where he led the development of the influential programming language SmallTalk, which foreshadowed the first graphical user interfaces, and the Xerox Alto, a forerunner of the personal computer that predated 1984’s Apple Macintosh by 11 years (only 2,000 of the $70,000 devices were produced). Kay was one of the earliest advocates, back in the days of hulking gray mainframes, for using the computer as a dynamic instrument of learning and creativity. It took imagination like his to drive the computer into the public’s hands.

Source: The Father Of Mobile Computing Is Not Impressed

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83-year-old pushes suspect off roof, ends police standoff

An 83-year-old man ended a police standoff that lasted for hours when he pushed a suspected burglar off his roof in La Puente.Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials say the male suspect was jumping from rooftop to rooftop on Tuesday, prompting crisis negotiators to respond. The suspect refused to come down after negotiators and deputies issued commands.Sgt. Joseph Morales tells the Los Angeles Times that the elderly resident became tired of the situation that lasted about five hours. The man climbed onto the roof and pushed the suspect off.

Source: 83-year-old pushes suspect off roof, ends police standoff

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Twitter is testing a tweetstorm feature on Android

What do you do when 140 characters just aren’t enough to express your ideas on Twitter? Launch into a full-on tweetstorm, of course. While it’s fairly easy to do already, the company is looking to make it even easier with a new feature it’s testing in its Android app.For those out of the loop, a tweetstorm is simply a thread of tweets that follow the same topic or conversation. You can whip up your own simply by tweeting and then replying to that tweet to get started; then, you’ll need to reply to each tweet in succession to keep the thread going. Repeat as many times as necessary.

Source: Twitter is testing a tweetstorm feature on Android

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Meth lab found in downtown park shut down

One man was arrested after Ottawa police found a portable meth lab set up on a picnic table in a Centretown park overnight.Police discovered materials used to manufacture methamphetamine sitting on the table in Dundonald Park, near the corner of Lyon and MacLaren streets, around 3:30 a.m. Friday. The equipment was connected to a public power supply. Police arrested a man, but did not immediately lay charges. As of Friday afternoon, drug paraphernalia was still lying on the table, which was cordoned off by police tape.A children’s playground is about 100 metres away.

Source: Meth lab found in downtown park shut down – Ottawa – CBC News

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Google Safe Browsing Now Protects Over 3 Billion Devices Worldwide

Malware and viruses have been part of the Internet ever since its use became widespread. Safe Browsing tool is Google’s effort to minimize the risk for users on the internet.Safe Browsing doesn’t need any downloads, the tool works on Chrome, Mozilla Firefox as well as Safari browsers in the background. If you’re confused, have you ever visited a website to see a ‘red’ window with ‘deceptive site ahead’ warning? That’s Google Safe Browsing protecting you.

Source: Google Safe Browsing Now Protects Over 3 Billion Devices Worldwide

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Exascale computers will be fast enough to predict the future.

In June, for the first time in two decades, the United States did not operate one of the top three most powerful computers in the world. Instead, China took the highest two slots, and Switzerland came in third, according to the Top500 list, a global ranking of the most powerful supercomputers on the planet.The two fastest supercomputers from China clock in at 93 and 33 petaflops. A petaflop is a unit of measuring computer performance that translates to 1,000,000,000,000,000 calculations per second. But even China’s 93 petaflop machine is slower than the supercomputer that the U.S., Japan, and other competing nations want to build—because what these countries really want is to build the world’s first exascale computer. An exaflop is 1,000 petaflops, and there’s no computer that powerful in the world now. Not even close. For perspective, most consumer laptops operate at gigascale speeds, which is 1 billion calculations per second. An exascale computer is a trillion times faster than that.

Source: Exascale computers will be fast enough to predict the future.

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Stanislav Petrov: Russian colonel who saved world from all-out nuclear war

Obit Stanislav Petrov, one of the unsung heroes of the Cold War without whose guts and intelligence you wouldn’t be reading this, has died at the age of 77, his son has confirmed.Petrov was a former Lieutenant Colonel in the Soviet Air Defence Forces and was duty commander for the USSR rocket forces on September 26, 1983. His job was to monitor the satellites watching for launches from American ICBM forces. On that day first one, then four more launches were detected.”An alarm at the command and control post went off with red lights blinking on the terminal. It was a nasty shock,” Petrov told Moscow News in 2004.”Everyone jumped from their seats, looking at me. What could I do? There was an operations procedure that I had written myself. We did what we had to do. We checked the operation of all systems – on 30 levels, one after another. Reports kept coming in: All is correct.”You have to remember that, at the time, the world was in a state of paranoia that makes today’s shenanigans with North Korea look like very small beer. In the US, Reagan was publicly calling the USSR the “evil empire” and Russia – a nation armed with tens of thousands of nukes and the rocket technology to deliver them – was convinced he was seriously considering nuclear war.

Source: RIP Stanislav Petrov: Russian colonel who saved world from all-out nuclear war • The Register

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Democrats introducing bill allowing people to freeze credit for free 

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and 11 other Democratic senators introduced a bill this week that could give people the ability to freeze their credit for free. Warren also announced that she’s sent letters to the country’s three biggest credit reporting firms (Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian), the FTC, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the Government Accountability Office in an effort to kickstart an investigation into Equifax’s monumental data breach that affected more than 140 million Americans.The bill is co-sponsored by 11 Democrats. With a Republican-controlled Congress, they’ll face a steep uphill battle to get it passed.

Source: Democrats introducing bill allowing people to freeze credit for free – The Verge

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BlueBorne Bugs Threaten 8.2 Billion Bluetooth-Enabled Windows, Linux, Android, iOS & IoT Devices

A security firm Armis has identified a set of 8 zero-day bugs, collectively known as BlueBorne, which put Bluetooth-capable devices at the risk of being compromised. The firm speculates the number of bugs might increase as their research continues.Armis has tagged four of the vulnerabilities as critical. These bugs allow attackers to take control of users’ device, steal confidential data, access corporate networks, perform remote code execution and MITM attacks, spread malware to nearby devices, and even penetrate “air-gapped” networks.

All of this can be done wirelessly, an advantage of the Bluetooth technology, over the air (airborne). That’s why the attack vector collection is called BlueBorne.

The list of affected hardware includes common devices like smartphones, tablets, PCs running operating systems like Android, iOS, Windows, Linux, etc., as well as, various IoT devices. Bluetooth SIG estimates there are around 8.2 billion Bluetooth-compatible devices. So, potentially, it’s almost every Bluetooth device, according to the researchers.

Source: BlueBorne Bugs Threaten 8.2 Billion Bluetooth-Enabled Windows, Linux, Android, iOS & IoT Devices

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Free Speech Social Network ‘Gab’ Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google

Gab, the free speech social network, has filed a lawsuit against Google after they were suspended without warning from Google’s Play Store last month.The social network, which boasts itself as a platform for everyone and recently raised over $1 million in public investment, was suddenly suspended and removed from Google Play for “hate speech,” despite the fact that it had been available on the platform for several months.“Free speech social media site Gab AI, Inc. filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Google for violations of the Clayton Act and Sherman Act,” declared the company in a blog post, Friday. “The lawsuit stems from Google removing Gab from its Google Play Android app store on spurious grounds of ‘hate speech’ arising from posts by users.”“Google did not accuse Gab of hate speech, but used third party content as a pretext to justify its own business ends,” they continued. “Gab, a startup, aims to bring ‘folks together of all races, religions, and creeds who share in the common ideals of Western values, individual liberty and the free exchange and flow of information.’

Source: Free Speech Social Network ‘Gab’ Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google – Breitbart

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These Activists Are Trying to Get a Giant Trash Patch in the Pacific Recognized as a Country 

It’s no secret that there’s a huge amount of plastic garbage floating around in the North Pacific. But in a desperate attempt to fix the problem, a group of activists are trying a new approach—lobbying the United Nations to recognize one mass of trash as an actual country, so that the world’s real governments will have to help to clean it up.Titled “Trash Isles,” the campaign is a scathing stunt—and it goes deep.The brainchild of a London-based creative duo, it kicked off with a letter to the UN formally requesting recognition as a nation state, signed by two partner organizations in the campaign—nonprofit network The Plastic Oceans Foundation and publisher LADBible, which helped bring the campaign to life by signing on big name endorsers like Judi Dench and Mo Farah, and developing content for its popular social channels.

Source: These Activists Are Trying to Get a Giant Trash Patch in the Pacific Recognized as a Country – Adweek

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Man sacked for delivering box of own faeces to pharmacy by mistake

A delivery man was sacked after defecating into a medicines container and later delivering the container to a Limerick city pharmacy by mistake.The details have come to light following the publication of a ruling in an action for unfair dismissal taken by the delivery man John Flood. He failed in his unfair dismissal action against his former employer, Limerick Pharma Logistics at the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT).It found, in a ruling just published, that the decision by the company to sack Mr Flood in November 2014 was an appropriate sanction.

Source: Man sacked for delivering box of own faeces to pharmacy by mistake

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Infant Annihilator Banned from Spotify for Allegedly Being Offensive | MetalSucks

Metal Injection reports that death/slam/core act Infant Annihilator have had their music removed from Spotify as a result of its content. It is not presently clear whether the streaming service independently deemed the band’s work offensive or if they simply received customer complaints. If I were forced to make a wager, I’d put my money on the latter being the case, because as of this writing, bands like Anal Cunt and Prostitute Disfigurement remain available on Spotify. So either the Spotify censors somehow got to Infant Annihilator before they got to Anal Cunt, or someone who is not familiar with metal somehow found out about Infant Annihilator and decided to lodge a complaint.Below, you can read a letter written to the band by a representative of Tunecore, which is a service that allows you to upload your music to multiple digital platforms simultaneously (rather than go through the whole rigamarole for each individual platform):

Source: Infant Annihilator Banned from Spotify for Allegedly Being Offensive | MetalSucks

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