In the 1890s, journalists covering the president were forced to stand vigil outside the White House fence, querying visitors for scraps of information and appealing for audiences with presidential aides.Today’s reporters are concerned that President-elect Donald J. Trump could send them back into the past.The White House press corps was stunned on Sunday by reports of a proposal by the Trump administration to eject reporters from their home in the West Wing — a move that, if carried out, would uproot decades of established protocol whereby journalists are allowed to work in the White House close to senior officials.Reince Priebus, Mr. Trump’s incoming chief of staff, appeared to backpedal on the idea after it was reported by Esquire magazine, saying that only the location of the press briefing room was being discussed and that the administration was merely considering a larger area to accommodate the hundreds of journalists seeking to cover Mr. Trump.
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On June 17th, Google did not announce (the news broke) that the DARPA affiliated corporation has been silently downloading audio listeners onto every computer that has Chrome. Via Disclose.tvThis effectively means that Google sees your privacy as piddly-squat, which does not necessarily come off as a surprise, when one considers Google’s censorship of We Are Change – this very organization as nothing. The website Private Internet Access‘s Rick Falkvinge reported how he came to understand this new policy: “It looked like just another bug report. “When I start Chromium, it downloads something.” Followed by strange status information that notably included the lines “Microphone: Yes” and “Audio Capture Allowed: Yes”.Without consent, Google’s code had downloaded a black box of code that – according to itself – had turned on the microphone and was actively listening to your room.”Without going into detail, Falkvinge describes the nature of open-sourced/free-software and how it relies on transparency and the innovation of many software programmers before being finished as a final product. The transparency allows the user to know that the open-sourced software truly does what it claims to do. Chromium, the open-source version of Google Chrome is supposed to operate the same way.
From farm to fork, our food is responsible for around 25 per cent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. This is much higher than what most people would think. Whether we realize it or not, every decision a consumer makes when picking what to eat has an impact on our environment, and many want to do something about it. The federal government recently mandated a tax on carbon emissions.
A mandatory tax of $10 a tonne is set to start in 2018 and provinces are expected to produce their own plans. While energy prices are expected to rise, the impact on food costs has garnered scant attention.Grocers will likely continue to seek affordable foods for their customer. The concern, of course, is that Canadian goods with a carbon tax may become much less attractive from a price perspective. This would encourage grocers to import more foods, regardless of the dollar’s value, a trend we have seen over the past few years. While food prices will likely increase over the next few years, carbon taxes will hardly be to blame since importers have choices about where they buy their products. A tax on carbon won’t make more Canadians food insecure – the issue is more about food sovereignty for certain sectors.
We all know that author William S. Burroughs is one of the “people we like” on the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s album cover, but did you know that Burroughs was actually around when Paul McCartney composed “Eleanor Rigby”? Apparently so. Over the weekend, I noticed the following passage in the book With William Burroughs: A Report From the Bunker by Victor Bockris:Burroughs: Ian met Paul McCartney and Paul put up the money for this flat which was at 34 Montagu Square… I saw Paul several times. The three of us talked about the possibilities of the tape recorder. He’d just come in and work on his “Eleanor Rigby.” Ian recorded his rehearsals. I saw the song taking shape. Once again, not knowing much about music, I could see that he knew what he was doing. He was very pleasant and very prepossessing. Nice-looking young man, hardworking.
EARTH’S atmosphere can now be turned into a massive spy lens using cutting edge technology.BAE Systems are designing a directed energy laser system that could allow military commanders to spy on enemy activities from space.4BAE systems has created the laser systemBAE believe that within 50 years, one of their aircraft could use an “atmospheric lens” to observe people from very long distances using the Earth’s atmosphere as a tool.The lasers temporarily change the Earth’s atmosphere into magnifying glass structures which can alter light and radio signals.This means users can listen into radio signals for thousands of miles.A spokesperson said: “Within the next 50 years, scientists at BAE Systems believe that battlefield commanders could deploy a new type of directed energy laser and lens system, called a Laser Developed Atmospheric Lens which is capable of enhancing commanders’ ability to observe adversaries’ activities over much greater distances than existing sensors.”“Working with some of the best scientific minds in the UK, we’re able to incorporate emerging and disruptive technologies and evolve the landscape of potential military technologies in ways that, five or ten years ago, many would never have dreamed possible,” added Professor Nick Colosimo, BAE Systems’ Futurist and Technologist.
On Monday, Vista Elementary School in Salt Lake City, Utah, became the first school in the state to offer its students the learning experience of participating in a Satan-themed after school club …Originally conceived by the Satanic Temple, the club is geared for kids between the ages of 5 and 12 and reportedly “encourages students to think critically and have a scientific understanding of the world around them,” as reported by The Salt Lake Tribune.“Kids naturally have that ability to be curious and question things,” Chalice Blythe, head of the Satanic Temple’s Utah chapter, told the paper. “We’re basically just saying we should bolster that.”
A genealogy website that makes personal information easily accessible at no cost has come under public scrutiny after a report from The Washington Post.FamilyTreeNow.com claims to have one of the largest collections of genealogy records, which contains individual information from public records. The website says it’s 100% free to search.“But in reality, they have nothing to do with building your family tree,” said Mark Lanterman, the Chief Technology Officer of Computer Forensic Services in Minnetonka.Lanterman says many ancestry sites masquerade for personal information, motivated by profit.Without a dime, subscription or account on FamilyTreeNow you can find someone’s age, birth month, family members, addresses, even phone numbers.
California’s bullet train could cost taxpayers 50% more than estimated — as much as $3.6 billion more. And that’s just for the first 118 miles through the Central Valley, which was supposed to be the easiest part of the route between Los Angeles and San Francisco.A confidential Federal Railroad Administration risk analysis, obtained by The Times, projects that building bridges, viaducts, trenches and track from Merced to Shafter, just north of Bakersfield, could cost $9.5 billion to $10 billion, compared with the original budget of $6.4 billion.The federal document outlines far-reaching management problems: significant delays in environmental planning, lags in processing invoices for federal grants and continuing failures to acquire needed property. The California High-Speed Rail Authority originally anticipated completing the Central Valley track by this year, but the federal risk analysis estimates that that won’t happen until 2024, placing the project seven years behind schedule.
(NEWSER) – General Motors will announce a $1 billion investment in its factories that will create or keep around 1,000 jobs, a person briefed on the matter tells the AP. The Detroit automaker will make the announcement Tuesday morning. The investment is part of the normal process of equipping factories to build new models, and it’s been planned for months, the source says. Multiple factories will get part of the money, but GM does not plan to state where the new jobs will go, according to the person. The company plans to use the announcement to tout both blue-collar and white-collar US jobs it has created in recent years, the insider says.
The Anne Arundel County Police Department has charged a 14-year-old girl with a juvenile citation for sending a threatening tweet related to Arundel High School.
Police began their investigation after Arundel High School officials told them about a suspicious Twitter account.
The account, named @KoolkidsKlanKkk, reportedly sent out a tweet that read, “We’re planning to attack tomorrow”.
Police worked with Twitter, and were able to identify the person who created the account and sent out the threatening tweet.
That person has been identified as a 14-year-old African American female who attends Arundel High School.
Authorities interviewed the girl while she was with her parents, and police say she admitted to creating the Twitter account and sending the threatening tweet.
The radical notion that governments should hand out free money to everyone – rich and poor, those who work and those who don’t – is slowly but surely gaining ground in Europe. Yes, you read that right: a guaranteed monthly living allowance, no strings attached.In France, two of the seven candidates vying to represent the ruling Socialist Party in this year’s presidential election are promising modest but regular stipends to all French adults. A limited test is already underway in Finland, with other experiments planned elsewhere, including in the United States.Called “universal income” by some, “universal basic income” or just “basic income” by others, the idea has been floated in various guises since at least the mid-19th century. After decades on the fringes of intellectual debate, it became more mainstream in 2016, with Switzerland holding a referendum – and overwhelmingly rejecting – a proposed basic income of around $2,500 per month.
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Many foodie Instagram accounts and blogs are actually just another way of sexually objectifying women, claims a Central Michigan University professor.Writing in Quartz, Tisha Dejmanee describes how modern women are often, at the same time, both feminist and feminine, both professional and domestic.
Many feminists would view this as a victory, a sign that women can have it all.Not Dejmanee, who notes, in a slightly condescending tone, that “most food bloggers are women, many of whom are entrepreneurs (or ‘mompreneurs’) trying to build a digital brand.”From that, Dejmanee conjectures: “Their chief value in society is to reproduce and feed their families while denying their own appetites.
These blogs reflect the digital identities of women who have been required to embody multiple contradictions—and look delectable while doing so.”That makes you, as a consumer, potentially problematic.
Progressives have been pushing for tech conferences, gaming conventions and hacker meetups to adopt a “Code of Conduct” to curb harassment at events.While harassment does happen on occasion, these sweeping policies typically contain political bias banning speakers with right-leaning views from attending and presenting.LambdaConf, a tech conference dedicated to the promotion of functional programming, made its own Code of Conduct that is inclusive to a broad range of political opinions.It came under fire last year for refusing to ban Curtis Yarvin, a software developer, a proponent of “neoreactionary” political views. He was previously banned from a different programming conference, Strange Loop, after a backlash to his presence at the event.Regardless of his politics, Yarvin only presented his open source work at LambdaConf, focusing on vulnerabilities in Android software and data validation.
It just got a lot harder to evade browser fingerprinting: a bunch of boffins have worked out how to fingerprint the machine behind the browser, using only information provided by browser features.Like so many ideas, it’s obvious once someone’s thought of it: activities that aren’t processed in the browser are treated the same whether the page is rendered in (say) Chrome, Firefox, IE or Edge.The group – Yinzhi Cao and Song Li of from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, and Erik Wijmans from Washington University in St. Louis – have worked out how to access various operating system and hardware-level features that can fingerprint an individual machine, regardless of browser.These include screen resolution with zoom; CPU virtual cores; installed fonts and writing scripts; the AudioContext call; GPU features such as line and curve rendering, anti-aliasing, shading, and transparency; and more.The researchers reckon they can fingerprint a machine with 99.24 per cent accuracy (compared to under 91 per cent for browser fingerprinting).
The full force of 2016’s protest votes in the U.S. and U.K. is about to hit, and Donald Trump’s inauguration may signal an abrupt reversal to 30 years of globalization.These have been golden years for business. Liberalized competitive markets plus new technologies have made it possible for corporations to build profitable global operations.
It’s been an era of unprecedented development success too. Globalization has been instrumental in lifting millions out of poverty in emerging markets. It has shrunk income gaps between developed and developing economies, if not between the people living in them.If all this is now at risk, what should business do next? Populists promote a return to economic nationalism. But this will shrink the world economy. The losers — including those left behind by globalization today — may take their protest beyond the ballot box. This is not a sustainable alternative.
Professors Carl T. Bergstrom and Jevin West from University of Washington have developed a new interdisciplinary course with the compelling title of Calling Bullshit.From publication bias to fake news, bullshit is everywhere. And it’s important to be able to navigate it, separate delusion from reality, and call out bullshit when we see it. In a post-truth world, we need evidence and facts more than ever, and Professors Bergstrom and West have decided to do something about it.
Prof. Jevin West As they write: “We’re sick of it. It’s time to do something, and as educators, one constructive thing we know how to do is to teach people. So, the aim of this course is to help students navigate the bullshit-rich modern environment by identifying bullshit, seeing through it, and combatting it with effective analysis and argument.”Naturally, if people learn how to detect subtle bullshit that might otherwise go under their radar, that also can make them better at producing bullshit.
Dwight Eisenhower delivered his farewell address after serving two terms as U.S. president; the five-star general chose to warn Americans of this specific threat to democracy: “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.” That warning was issued prior to the decadelong escalation of the Vietnam War, three more decades of Cold War mania, and the post-9/11 era, all of which radically expanded that unelected faction’s power even further.This is the faction that is now engaged in open warfare against the duly elected and already widely disliked president-elect, Donald Trump. They are using classic Cold War dirty tactics and the defining ingredients of what has until recently been denounced as “Fake News.”Their most valuable instrument is the U.S. media, much of which reflexively reveres, serves, believes, and sides with hidden intelligence officials. And Democrats, still reeling from their unexpected and traumatic election loss as well as a systemic collapse of their party, seemingly divorced further and further from reason with each passing day, are willing — eager — to embrace any claim, cheer any tactic, align with any villain, regardless of how unsupported, tawdry and damaging those behaviors might be.
Friday A school in arctic Norway is facing criticism for taking five-year-old children on an outing to view the slaughter and skinning of reindeer at a nearby farm.The criticism appeared on Facebook after the school posted photographs of eight children looking at reindeer, a culled animal hanging above a pool of blood, a child dragging bloodied pelts in the snow and children in their snowsuits tossing bits of animal carcasses into a container.
Dag Olav Stølan, head of the Granstubben Barnehage school, said the day trip on Tuesday was designed to teach the children about the indigenous Sami, who live in northern Norway and are often involved in reindeer herding.Hundreds of thousands of reindeer roam freely across the region and provide work for those in the country’s sparsely populated northern wilderness.
The number of U.S. adults who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) increased over the past year to 10 million, or roughly 4.1 percent of the national adult population, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday evening. Since 2012, that number has increased nearly from 8.3 million American adults. Gallup tracked 1.6 million people in this year’s annual survey and found 49,000 people described themselves at LGBT. Among generational groups, those who were born between 1980 and 1988 – defined as millennials – were the only group that saw an uptick from 2015 to 2016. Millennials jumped from 6.7 percent to 7.2 percent this year – double that of any other generation. The number of those who identify as LGBT was significantly lower as the age of the respondent increased. Only 3.2 percent of Generation X, 2.4 percent of Baby Boomers and 1.4 percent of traditionalists identified as such in the survey.
Ebony Editor Isn’t Sure Killing White People Should Be Considered a ‘Hate Crime’
Many consumers do not fully understand how their information is collected, used and stored by the devices, apps and websites they use every day.According to a recent Pew Research Center study, 91 percent of American adults “agree” or “strongly agree” that consumers have lost control of how personal information is collected and used by companies. Additionally, 50 percent are worried about the amount of personal information about them online, while 47 percent said they were not confident they understood what would be done with their data once it was collected.Against this backdrop of haze about collection and use of personal information are the emergence and rapid growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) – with more than 30.7 billion devices expected to be connected to the internet by 2020. IoT devices that you use at home, at work and on the go are fueled by information about you. Your data – like behaviors and preferences – are a significant part of what makes IoT devices work.
There is no doubt that the storm last night caused all sorts of power issues, ice problems, and generally was annoying. Across the state in Buffalo, one woman decided to complain to local police about the wind. According to Buffalo News, a police dispatcher notified officers on patrol someone was asking for their help. What they were seeking help with, the wind.“All cars be advised, someone called to see if the police could stop the wind from blowing so they could sleep,” the dispatcher told officers. “If any of you guys could do that, could you let me know?”Granted, don’t believe the text? Listen to the audio:
At least one branch of the U.S. military is about to become a lot more cannabis-friendly.In a policy memo issued Monday, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James wrote that going forward, prior marijuana use is “not disqualifying” for new recruits.Previously, recruits entering the Air Force faced inconsistent questions and restrictions regarding prior marijuana consumption, depending on where they were enlisting.“We didn’t ask the same questions. Some recruiters used if you smoked marijuana less than five times, sometimes it was less than 15 times,”
Lt. Gen. Gina Grosso, the Air Force’s deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel and services, told Military.com. “What we decided to do is stop asking [about]prior marijuana use at the recruiter level, [because]first of all, who really counts how many times they’ve used marijuana? So that just comes off the table.”In a press release announcing the new policy, the Air Force said that its former approach to recruits’ marijuana use was “not reflective of the continuing legalization of marijuana in numerous states throughout the nation.”Under the new policy, “drug dependency” and prior “legal proceedings” associated with marijuana use will continue to be potentially disqualifying, as will any cannabis consumption following a recruit’s initial entrance interview.
There are loads of interesting things to ask about the vast array of species that share this planet with us. But, needless to say, the most pressing one is: can they fire stink torpedoes out of their bums???Finally, scientists on Twitter have heeded the call and are now compiling a database of the world’s gas-blasting species. They’ve catalogued the wind-breaking ways of more than 60 species and have the hashtag #DoesitFart to clear the air about additional critters.Rats, bats, zebras, bearded dragons, seals, pupfish, bobcats, gray foxes, orangutans, and millipedes are all among those that can crop dust a room. Birds, on the other hand, only tweet out the front. And salamanders and marine invertebrates, like oysters, are toot-less.According to the Washington Post, the inventory of the flatulent got started when Dani Rabaiotti of the Zoological Society of London was asked by her teenage brother if snakes can fart. Rabaiotti turned to Twitter to ask snake expert David Steen at Auburn University. The answer was essentially yes, they can unleash a stinky cloud of musk whilst pooping and making a fart noise.
In a horribly tragic story, a little over two weeks ago 12-year-old Katelyn Nicole Davis broadcast her death on social media, using popular streaming service Live.Me.Though disturbing, police apparently had no authority to take down the the footage and the livestream quickly spread around the internet after people kept sharing the heartbreaking video on Facebook, as well as other websites like YouTube.
While YouTube promptly removed the unnerving clip and its different versions off its platform citing a violation against its “policy on violent or graphic content,” The Washington Post reports the footage continued to show up on various Facebook pages for nearly two weeks before the social media behemoth eventually began wiping out different instances of the video on its website.
Feral cats cover 99.8% of Australia at a density of one cat for every four square kilometres, according to new research.The research was published in the journal of Biological Conservation and brings together data from almost 100 surveys completed by 40 environmental scientists from different institutions.It found that the total number of feral cats was much lower than the 20 million previously estimated, fluctuating between 2.1 million and 6.3 million, but while that was a surprising finding, according to Dr Sarah Legge from the University of Queensland, it was not particularly reassuring.“It just underlines how potent cats are for Australian wildlife because it really doesn’t take many cats to have a significant negative effect,” Legge told Guardian Australia.
A Black Lives Matter activist has rewritten the Bible by replacing Jesus with the words and actions of President-elect Donald Trump in order to shame Evangelical Christians who voted for him in the election.The satirical book “The Gospel: King Trump Version” written by former Presbyterian minister Jomo Johnson is a “literal indictment against the Evangelical Church”, according to a description on Amazon. “What this Gospel does is the same thing Christian Trump supporters did during the election: take Jesus out in order to put Trump in,” it added.Johnson admits that he wrote the book not for laughs, but rather to shame Christians. “The whole thought was to do it not as a comedy but to do it in such a way to where it serves as an indictment against the Church more so than Donald Trump,” he told the Christian Post.
A senior citizen was arrested at a Florida massage parlor after an undercover sting, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said in a report. Sun Hee Gribat, 70, was arrested Tuesday at Jax Therapy after she offered a sex act after a massage, JSO said. >> Read more trending storiesThe hour-long massage cost $70, JSO said, and an additional service in the form of a sex act was offered for another $60, the police report said. Gribat, listed as a non-resident with a Missouri driver’s license, was charged with prostitution and practicing massage therapy without a license.
Bernie Madoff, who ran a nearly $65 billion Ponzi scheme, is one of the biggest thieves in history. But he was also the product of a financial system in which both clients and regulators looked the other way from cooked books to continue reaping the gains he steadily delivered.
That’s one of the sure-to-be-controversial conclusions of “Ponzi Supernova,” a new Audible audio series built around extensive interviews with the now-jailed Madoff and hours of previously unheard testimony where he discusses his crimes in his own words.
The first four episodes of the six-part series made its debut Thursday. The final two parts will be released in the coming weeks.
The host of the program is Steve Fishman, a journalist who has covered and conversed with Madoff for years. While the series covers the fraud in its entirety — from its origins to Madoff’s current life in jail, where he enjoys celebrity status, dispenses financial advice and runs a small business in the prison yard — a key focus is how Madoff was essentially enabled by the system.
“One of the most important things about this story is that it is a mistake to view him as an outlier,” Fishman told MarketWatch. “He profited from the way financial systems work, which is a point most people don’t really grasp. He wasn’t a freak. He was sustained by the system, embraced by it, because it profited from him.”
Cloudflare Finally Able To Reveal FBI Gag Order That Congress Told Cloudflare Couldn’t Possibly Exist
Another one of the FBI’s thousands of National Security Letters has been made public — along with its recipient. Cloudflare’s latest transparency report (its seventh to date) contains a bonus: a 2013 NSL [PDF] the FBI felt no longer needed to kept secret.
This NSL was received in 2013, and was challenged by Cloudflare and the EFF. It’s only now being made public, and that’s largely due to litigation and the USA Freedom Act’s changes to NSL review policies. Rather than review them every three years-to-never, the FBI must now review them more frequently. Better still, recipients are now allowed to challenge NSL gag orders within one year of receiving them. T
his places the burden back on the government to prove ongoing secrecy is needed.Shortly before the new year, Cloudflare received a letter from the FBI rescinding the NSL’s gag order.The letter withdrew the nondisclosure provisions (the “gag order”) contained in NSL-12-358696, which had constrained Cloudflare since the NSL was served in February 2013. At that time, Cloudflare objected to the NSL. The Electronic Frontier Foundation agreed to take our case, and with their assistance, we brought a lawsuit under seal to protect its customers’ rights.