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Obama plays behind-the-scenes role in rebuilding Democratic Party

 

Former President Obama is involved in discussions about the future of the Democratic Party, sources close to the former president tell The Hill.

Since leaving office, he has held meetings — on a by-request basis — with a handful of House and Senate lawmakers in his office in Washington’s West End and over the phone.

In recent months, for example, he sat down one-on-one with freshman Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), according to a Democrat familiar with the meeting.

He has also met with and has had phone conversations with Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez throughout the spring, according to two sources.

“Hey man, it’s only the future of the world in your hands,” Obama joked with Perez in one conversation, according to a DNC aide.

Obama’s former political adviser David Simas, who is now the CEO of the Obama Foundation, has also been making a string of calls to DNC officials in recent months.

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Big pharma turns to artificial intelligence to speed drug discovery, GSK signs deal

LONDON (Reuters) – The world’s leading drug companies are turning to artificial intelligence to improve the hit-and-miss business of finding new medicines, with GlaxoSmithKline unveiling a new $43 million deal in the field on Sunday.

Other pharmaceutical giants including Merck & Co, Johnson & Johnson and Sanofi are also exploring the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) to help streamline the drug discovery process.

The aim is to harness modern supercomputers and machine learning systems to predict how molecules will behave and how likely they are to make a useful drug, thereby saving time and money on unnecessary tests.

AI systems already play a central role in other high-tech areas such as the development of driverless cars and facial recognition software.

“Many large pharma companies are starting to realise the potential of this approach and how it can help improve efficiencies,” said Andrew Hopkins, chief executive of privately owned Exscientia, which announced the new tie-up with GSK.

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Listen to the privacy geeks…

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The story of Google’s AI subsidiary DeepMind took a not-unexpected turn this week when the ICO ruled that the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust failed to comply with the Data Protection Act when it provided patient details to DeepMind. This is the latest step in a saga that looks set to rumble on for some time – and one from which there are many, many lessons to be learned. One of those – sadly one that does not seem likely to be heeded as much as it should be – is that those involved in projects like this should pay more attention to those who can loosely be described as ‘privacy geeks’.

Two in particular have been critically involved in this process – Hal Hodson (@halhod) and Julia Powles (@juliapowles). Hal started the ball rolling with a serious piece of investigative journalism in New Scientist in April…

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Update your Android now – many holes fixed including ‘BroadPwn’ Wi-Fi bug

Google’s July 2017 security fixes for Android are out.As far as we can see, there are 138 bugs listed, each with its own CVE number, of which 18 are listed with the tag “RCE”.RCE stands for Remote Code Execution, and denotes the sort of vulnerability that could be abused by a crook to run some sort of program sent in from outside – without any user interaction.Generally speaking, RCE bugs give outsiders a sneaky chance to trigger the sort of insecure behaviour that would usually either pop up an obvious “Are you sure?” warning, or be blocked outright by the operating system.In other words, RCEs can typically be used for so-called “drive-by” attacks, where just visiting a web page or looking at an email might leave you silently infected with malware.

Source: Update your Android now – many holes fixed including ‘BroadPwn’ Wi-Fi bug – Naked Security

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The Pentagon Says It Will Start Encrypting Soldiers’ Emails Next Year 

Basic decade-old encryption technology is finally coming to Pentagon email servers next year.For years, major online email providers such as Google and Microsoft have used encryption to protect your emails as they travel across the internet.That technology, technically known as STARTTLS, isn’t a cutting edge development—it’s been around since 2002. But since that time the Pentagon never implemented it. As a Motherboard investigation revealed in 2015, the lack of encryption potentially left some soldiers’ emails open to being intercepted by enemies as they travel across the internet. The US military uses its own internal service, mail.mil, which is hosted on the cloud for 4.5 million users.But now the Defense Information Systems Agency or DISA, the Pentagon’s branch that oversees email, says it will finally start using STARTTLS within the year, according to a letter from DISA.

Source: The Pentagon Says It Will Start Encrypting Soldiers’ Emails Next Year – Motherboard

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Is Japan’s Naughty Knotty BDSM Scene Too Dangerous?

 

TOKYO—There’s a saying in Japan, Nama byoho wa kega no moto. That is, Half-baked knowledge of the martial arts is the cause of great injury.

It turns out the same is true in the realm of Japan’s fetish subculture. Half-baked knowledge of BDSM is also the cause of great injury—especially with ropes.

Japan’s fetish scene has blossomed in recent years and become part of the popular culture. A member of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet appears to have frequented S&M bars, and even the HBO series Girls had an episode set in a Tokyo bondage club.

However, as the fetish scene has grown, so have the number of injuries, and in a culture of shame many go unreported.

For decades there has been one man in Japan’s BDSM underground who has acted as the “Doctor House” of dungeonland, offering treatment to the masters, slaves, and dabblers who have done damage to themselves or their partners: Golden-san, also known as Golden Rule S.M. or Doctor Golden, is calling for a “gentler, wiser, and kinder BDSM.”

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Ubuntu Core Now Supports the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3

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To refresh your memory, Ubuntu Core is Canonical’s stripped down, streamlined, and super-secure version of Ubuntu based on Snappy.

And now it’s available for the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 (CM3), released back in January.

The CM3 is a simple single-board computer that can connect to any device via a DDR2 SODIMM connector. It’s powered by the BCM2837 processor used in the Raspberry Pi 3, has 1GB RAM, and ships with a 4GB of flash storage.

Ubuntu Core Support “highly significant”

Now, don’t get too excited; this news doesn’t mean you’ll be able to run a fully-fledged Ubuntu desktop on the CM3. But this barebones version of Ubuntu will be just the ticket for tinkerers, makers and developers toying about with IoT (Internet of Things) ideaas.

Eben Upton, CEO at Raspberry Pi, is very excited by the arrival of Ubuntu Core, saying “…official support for Ubuntu Core is highly significant for our Compute Module 3. It opens up a huge community of developers keen to leverage Ubuntu’s particular advantages in the IoT world; its resource-efficient footprint, versatility, and industry leading security benefits.”

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Canada Is Building a 7 Megawatt-Hour Compressed Air Energy Storage Plant

Green energy is a popular topic right now, with many countries signing on to the Paris Climate Accord and planning to move away from fossil fuels toward renewable energy.

While most countries are working toward establishing solar and wind power farms, some countries like Canada are looking toward the creation of compressed air storage plants for power storage and generation.

How can compressed air change the way countries use and store green energy?

Compressed Air as Energy Storage

Compressing air in porous caves can serve as a backup form of power that can be tapped when the demand for power is high. Essentially, the compressed air is stored in caves of porous basalt rock when power demand is low. When more power is needed, the air is heated and piped through turbines to generate power.

continue https://singularityhub.com/2017/07/01/canada-is-building-a-7-megawatt-hour-compressed-air-energy-storage-plant/

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Obama warns Americans about too much patriotism — on July 4th weekend!

While most Americans are gathering with family and community this weekend to celebrate the most exceptional country in the history of the world, Mr. Hope and Change is halfway around the world talking doom and gloom — and criticizing his successor.

Barack Obama visited Indonesia this weekend, and in a series of appearances, attacked love of country and the policies of Donald Trump.

The Guardian reports:

The former US president said some countries had adopted “an aggressive kind of nationalism” and “increased resentment of minority groups”, in a speech in Indonesia on Saturday that could be seen as a commentary on the US as well as Indonesia.

“It’s been clear for a while that the world is at a crossroads. At an inflection point,” Obama said, telling a Jakarta crowd stories of how much the capital had improved since he lived there as a child.

But he said that increased prosperity had been accompanied by new global problems, adding that as the world confronts issues ranging from inequality to terrorism, some countries – both developed and less developed – had adopted a more aggressive and isolationist stance.

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Nurse Fails Drug Test, Blames It On ‘Very Sweaty’ Sex With A Coke User

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How To Install Linux Kernel 4.12 In Ubuntu And Linux Mint?

On July 2nd, Linus Torvalds announced the release of the latest Linux kernel 4.12. In terms of commits and lines of code added, kernel 4.12 is a pretty big release. As a result, the total number of lines of code in Linux kernel is now 24.2 million.

Some of the important features in Linux kernel 4.12 are initial support for initial AMD’s Vega GPUs, along with NVIDIA GTX 1000 Pascal accelerate support. This release also introduced two new I/O schedulers. You can read more about this release in this dedicated article.

Having said that, we should now move on to the upgrade part and tell you how to install Linux kernel 4.12 on Ubuntu Linux, Linux Mint, and other Ubuntu flavors and derivates. For this, I’ll be describing two methods. Let’s tell you about them one by one:

Recommended: The Ultimate A To Z List of Linux Commands | Linux Command Line Reference

Installing Linux kernel 4.12 on Ubuntu & Mint

Method 1: Installing kernel 4.12 using Ukuu utility

Installing or upgrading to a new Linux kernel isn’t an easy task for a Linux beginner. As upgrading to a newer Linux kernel ensures better hardware support and improved security, nobody should be deprived of doing that.

For making this easier for all, I’ve already written an article on how to upgrade Linux kernel using Ukuu utility. You can follow the instructions given there to install Ukuu on your machine. After doing that, launch Ukuu GUI by running the following command:

The next step involves choosing the right Linux kernel after Ukuu window populates all the available Linux kernels. The kernels with red Tux symbol are unstable. As shown below, you’ll spot the stable Linux kernel 4.12.linux kernel 4.12 installation

Select the kernel 4.12 and press the install button in the right pane. After doing so, reboot your machine and enjoy the updated kernel.

Method 2: Installing kernel 4.12 using packages from kernel.ubuntu.com

  1. The first step in this method is downloading the .deb kernel packages from kernel.ubuntu.com using Terminal. To do so, launch a Terminal window and run the following commands one by one for 64-bit machines:

    2. For 32-bit systems, run the following commands one by one:

    3. Now install the .deb packages using the following command on your 64-bit or 32-bit machine:

    linux kernel 4.12 installation4. After that, you need to update GRUB. If you have BURG, then it should be updated:

    5.After completing all these steps, close all applications and restart the computer. By running the following command, you can check the installed version of Linux kernel:

linux kernel 4.12 installationBy using any of the two methods mentioned above, you can update your Linux kernel in Ubuntu or Linux Mint. Don’t forget to share your experiences with us.

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Computer Servers Of Software Firm Linked To Petya Malware Attack Seized By The Police

As a part of the ongoing investigation to uncover the truth behind the Petya malware attacks, Ukrainian police, on Tuesday, seized the servers of an accounting firm which was suspected of playing a major role in the spreading of Petya, the head of Ukraine’s Cyber Police told Reuters.

The software in question is M.E.Doc, which is Ukraine’s most popular accounting software. It’s used by about 80% of companies in Ukraine. The Ukrainian government’scyber experts have found that the attackers made unauthorized interference with the company’s computers.

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SHOCK UN WARNING: Only 3 YEARS Left to SAVE THE PLANET!!!

 

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Stunning NASA Time-Lapse Video Shows Earth Rotating Through A Full Year

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Kaspersky repeats offer: America can see my source code

Eugene Kaspersky, founder of the eponymous antivirus firm, has reiterated his offer to give the US government access to his source code.

The company is moving to try and head off budget legislation which, as we wrote last week, would shut Kaspersky out of American military contracts.

The US Senate committee that’s proposed the ban cites concerns about the company’s alleged links to the Russian government.

Visiting Australia in May for the CeBIT conference, Kaspersky said he was willing to let the US look through his company’s products’ source code, and in an interview with the Associated Press over the weekend reiterated the offer.

Speaking at his Moscow HQ, Kaspersky said: “If the United States needs, we can disclose the source code,” adding that he’s prepared to testify to US lawmakers if needed.

He also claimed that unnamed government agencies – not necessarily Russian – had tried to gauge his interest in moving from defensive research to offensive, but he said: “I don’t even want to talk about it.”

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Dem Bill Lays the Groundwork to Remove Trump

House Democrats are on a mission to educate the American people about a little-known power of the 25th Amendment — the ousting of the president.

Led by freshman Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, a group of growing Democratic co-signers has put forth a bill that could force President Donald Trump from office if he were found mentally or physically unfit.

Although it was introduced in April, the bill has gained steam in the past week as Trump’s tweet storms have grown in ferocity.

“Given Donald Trump’s continued erratic and baffling behavior, is it any wonder why we need to pursue this legislation?” asked Rep. Darren Soto, D-Florida, a co-signer. “The mental and physical health of the leader of the United States and the free world is a matter of great public concern.”

If successful, the law would create an 11-member bipartisan commission known as the Oversight Commission on Presidential Capacity, which would medically examine the president and evaluate his mental and physical faculties.

Rankin hopes to take advantage of Section 4 of the 25th Amendment, which allows the vice president to remove the president if he or she has the consent of the majority of the Cabinet or “such other body as Congress,” if they believe he cannot “discharge the powers and duties of the office.” If all goes according to plan, the bipartisan commission could provide that consent after a medical examination of the president.

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Gestapo is Back: German Homes Raided Over Facebook Posts

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Germany has taken its war on “hate speech,” also known as free speech, to the people.

Already Germany has pretty strict laws against citizens using Nazi symbols and denying that the Holocaust happened. Apparently, lawmakers miss the irony of going full Gestapo on citizens for free speech, as offensive as it may be.

But they are not stopping there. The German government has raided the homes of 36 people accused of hateful posting on social media.

Most of the raids concerned politically motivated right-wing incitement, according to the Federal Criminal Police Office, whose officers conducted home searches and interrogations. But the raids also targeted two people accused of left-wing extremist content, as well as one person accused of making threats or harassment based on someone’s sexual orientation.

“The still high incidence of punishable hate posting shows a need for police action,” Holger Münch, president of the Federal Criminal Police Office, said in a statement. “Our free society must not allow a climate of fear, threat, criminal violence and violence either on the street or on the internet.”

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‘Mental health first aid training’ in schools is a sticking-plaster solution

The UK government is making £200,000 available for “mental health first aid” training in secondary schools, according to a statement released by the prime minister’s office. The teachers who will receive training under this new programme “will receive practical advice on how to deal with issues such as depression and anxiety, suicide and psychosis, self-harm, and eating disorders”.

Mental health problems affect about one in ten young people in the UK. Schools have been heavily criticised for failing to recognise and deal with mental health issues, so, on first glance, the new initiative seems sound. But is it sound?

The government has commissioned a company called MFA England to deliver mental health first aid training to 1,000 secondary school teachers in the first year of a three-year programme. This works out at just £200 per member of staff. This may not be a enough to cover the costs of the two-day course, as costs – according to MFA England’s website – may vary depending on the location and instructor, with some charging up to £300 per person for the course.

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Seymour Hersh’s CIA Whitewash Story “Trump’s Red Line” is Pure Mockingbird Propaganda On Par with Buzzfeed

The Mockingbird press are busy retooling their destabilization campaign against the current president of the United States, Donald J. Trump.

No longer able to continue pushing the “Russia/Trump collusion” myth since it has now been completely exposed as a fraud (see here and here for example) and because various reports have been done showing how the MSM has focused almost exclusively on that “fake news” for the past 3 months (completely ignoring other, real, stories of importance to the country), it would seem their Mockingbird handlers have decided to take a new approach to the destabilization campaign:

making the president look like an unhinged loose cannon… while completely absolving themselves for feeding him false intel.

Key to that developing propaganda line are players like Buzzfeed (who exposed their Mockingbird credentials even before Trump took office when they published the ridiculous and already discredited “Golden Shower Dossier”) and Seymour Hersh, a man who is given a lot of credit as being a “serious journalist” when in fact, he is not. He’s a Mockingbird asset and this latest effort of his PROVES IT once and for all.

Day before yesterday, the Trump White House issued a statement regarding what they considered to be evidence showing Syria making ready to launch another chemical weapon attack on their own civilians… for no apparent reason. Many independent journalists have reported on this, including myself, saying it looks like a new false flag event is in the works. Another “red-line” action staged like the one during the Obama days, by our intelligence services, in an effort to justify a full on invasion of Syria.  The White House issued this statement:

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8 Vegetables and Herbs You Can Regrow Again and Again Inside your House or Garden

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Here are 8 such Vegetables and Herbs You Can Regrow Again and Again in your garden. Do you throw your garlic-bulbs out once they start to sprout? What about your potatoes when they get a little wrinkly? How about ginger-root that sits out on the counter too long?

Well, you could be getting a lot more value out of your produce than you may realize! Many popular edibles can be regrown from the scraps you’re likely throwing-out. Keep watching for a list of veggie scraps you will want to hang on to, from here on out.

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“Pre-Crime” Surveillance Technology, Social Blacklisting 

Last May I reported on Britain’s latest anti-crime technology already in use in the UK in a piece entitled “Britain’s Minority Report Style ‘Pre-Crime’ Programme Unexpectedly Unearthed“.I described how Britain already had a reputation for deploying the most intrusive surveillance systems against its own people anywhere in the Western world and how “Pre-Crime” systems were being tested with police using big data to stalk potential offenders who’ve yet to break the law.At the time I also mentioned that police departments around the world were partnering with private companies to use public data, personal information and algorithms to predict where illegal actions are most likely to occur and, crucially, who is most likely to commit them.A recent documentary aired in Canada called “Pre-Crime’ focused on pre-crime systems. One such system in the USA is at the forefront of the technology:“There’s a list in Chicago with 1,500 people on it. They are under surveillance by the police and there is a special algorithm that calculates the risk of them committing a crime.”This is pre-crime technology that professes to predict when a crime is to be committed and by whom. In just a few short months various systems are already operational around the world. But read on, as the more we learn about these systems the more dystopian they get because something else is coming on the back of it.

Source: “Pre-Crime” Surveillance Technology, Social Blacklisting | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

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“They’re Stupid As Shit:” CNN Producer Talks About The American Voter

In yet another damning video from Project Veritas, CNN is exposed as the fraudulently bias organization the independent media has been trying to highlight for some time. From a senior producer openly saying that the entire Russian story is being pushed purely for ratings, to Van Jones saying the Russian narrative is a big “nothing burger, there is really no other way to see this information.Many will try to claim that these tapes are deceptively edited to show a specific view. As that very well could be the case, it does not change the statements that were shown. This is similar to the hacked DNC emails, wherein the entire discussion was intentionally derailed by mainstream media to focus on the source, rather than the content, completely disregarding the veracity of the emails themselves and what they revealed; as if the simple fact that the emails might have come from a hostile nation would make the content any less true, or any less damning. The third edition to this series shows an associate producer revealing how the CNN staff feels about both Donald Trump, which is not much of a secret yet shows a clear bias, and the American people themselves.

Source: “They’re Stupid As Shit:” CNN Producer Talks About The American Voter

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The 2nd Amendment Comes To Europe: Czech Republic Expected To Enshrine Right To Bear Arms In Constitution

Most people inside and outside of the US believe that this country’s gun ownership rate is unique, but that’s not exactly true. Though America has the most privately owned guns per capita, there are other countries that aren’t too far behind us, such as Serbia, Yemen, Cyprus, and many Western nations like Finland and Switzerland. In most cases, these countries don’t have access to the same kind of firearms that we do, but nonetheless there are a ton of guns floating around in these places.

What really separates the US from every other country in the world, is that we have the right to bear arms preserved in our constitution. Technically, Honduras and Mexico have the same right in their constitutions, but in both cases it comes with a lot of restrictions. Their right to bear arms doesn’t have any teeth. The Swiss are known for letting many of their citizens own guns, but gun ownership for most Swiss citizens is more of a duty than a right.

America stands alone in this regard. We’re the only country with a constitution that gives civilians a clear and explicit right to own and carry firearms. In every other nation, civilians don’t own firearms unless their governments let them.

That however, is about to change. While most EU governments are eyeing more restrictive gun laws, the Czech Republic is about to add the right to bear arms to its constitution.

Source: The 2nd Amendment Comes To Europe: Czech Republic Expected To Enshrine Right To Bear Arms In Constitution

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Bernie Sanders, Not Donald Trump, Faces FBI Investigation 

Donald Trump, alone among the three presidential candidates enjoying a chance last summer to secure the nomination of a major party, did not find himself under FBI investigation in the year that followed.One gleans the opposite impression from news reports.Senator Bernie Sanders, like Hillary Clinton before him, faces, along with his wife, an FBI investigation. The inquiry explores allegations that Jane Sanders, as president of the now defunct Burlington College, defrauded a lender and Bernie Sanders used his influence to secure a dubious loan for the school to a buy waterfront land. She allegedly justified loans to creditors and school officials on, to borrow a phrase invented by socialist-songster Joe Hill, pie-in-the-sky projections regarding donations and enrollment. Mistaking hopes for reality makes for bad banking as it does bad politics.“The fraudulent loan led to the demise of the college,” Brady Toensing, the Vermont lawyer who on behalf of a Catholic parishioner requested the investigation 18 months ago, tells The American Spectator. “This fraud harmed students and resulted in financial losses to the bank, almost $150,000 in losses to the taxpayers of Vermont, and almost $2 million in losses to the Catholic Diocese. Numerous vendors to the school also did not get paid.”

Source: Bernie Sanders, Not Donald Trump, Faces FBI Investigation | The American Spectator

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Kiev Regime Conducted Special Operation to Destroy Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 

The Sovershenno Secretno newspaper (Top Secret) continues its investigation into the crash of the  Malaysian Boeing over the Donbass. The newspaper has published another portion of documents that establish Kiev’s guilt in the tragedy.Newspaper journalists have obtained a map, namely a secret flight plan, that was made and personally signed the day before the flight, on July 16, 2014, by the pilot of the 299th tactical aviation brigade, Captain Vladislav Voloshin. The plan was also approved by commander of the A4104 military unit, Colonel Gennady Dubovik.Ukraine persistently claims that there was no military aircraft flying in the area the day when the tragedy occurred. Yet, the newly published documents prove that Ukrainian officials lie.Pravda.Ru held a brief interview with Sergei Sokolov, editor-in-chief of the Sovershenno Secretno newspaper.“This time, the material is very extensive, there are scanned copies of documents and transcripts of  conversations with pilots of the Ukrainian aviation. It became known that Ukraine was using its warplanes on the tragic day. What does the newly discovered information say?”“These documents show that there were orders given to use combat aircraft. Conversations with servicemen of the Chuguev Airborne Division testified that there were sorties made. We try to be objective in this, but we know that the version promoted by the international commission in the Netherlands prevails. According to that version, it was a Russian Buk missile system that shot the plane down. We believe that this version of the investigation is biased and not credible, because the documents that we publish testify that there are other facts that need to be taken into account and carefully analyzed by the international commission in the Netherlands.”

Source: Kiev Regime Conducted Special Operation to Destroy Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

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RIAA Trashes Its Legacy As A 1st Amendment Supporter By Cheering On Global Internet Censorship

It appears that many people don’t remember this, but the RIAA used to be a major force in protecting free speech and the First Amendment. It had many good reasons to do so, after all, since free speech is very important to all of the artists that the RIAA’s labels work with. Artistic expression — especially in the musical realm — has frequently come under attack by politicians and, for decades, the RIAA was actually a really important player in standing up for the First Amendment. See, for example, this 1992 article in the LA Times from then RIAA President Jason Berman, in which he lists out all the ways that the RIAA has been fighting censorship. Yes, these are all specific in protecting musicians, but they were some really important First Amendment arguments to be made in these areas:In 1990, the RIAA kept lyric labeling legislation off the books in 22 states by implementing a state government relations program that became the RIAA’s second-highest-funded program, dedicated a full-time RIAA executive, consumed more than 80% of the association’s public relations efforts, mobilized grass-roots campaigns involving local retailers, artists, legislators and consumers and brought expert witnesses to testify before state legislatures.

Source: RIAA Trashes Its Legacy As A 1st Amendment Supporter By Cheering On Global Internet Censorship | Techdirt

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Vegan Mayonnaise Company Starts Growing Its Own Meat In Labs, Says It Will Get To Stores First

The maker of vegan mayonnaise has been working on getting lab-made meat onto dinner tables everywhere. It’s just that nobody knew about it. Hampton Creek — a company that built its name on plant-based condiments and vegan-friendly cookie doughs — today revealed that, for the last year, it has been secretly developing the technology necessary for producing lab-made meat and seafood, or as the industry likes to call it, “clean meat.” Perhaps even more surprising is that Hampton Creek expects to beat its closest competitor to market by more than two years. Since it was founded in 2015, Memphis Meats has raised at least $3 million from five investors for the development of its meat products, according to Crunchbase. By contrast, Hampton Creek — just a 20-mile drive from its Silicon Valley rival — has raised more than $120 million since 2011. It’s one of Silicon Valley’s unicorns — a company that has a valuation that exceeds $1 billion.

Source: Vegan Mayonnaise Company Starts Growing Its Own Meat In Labs, Says It Will Get To Stores First – Slashdot

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Criminalization of DNS for phishing continues to advance

Cybercriminals have been shifting their tactics markedly, by registering more and more domain names, rather using web servers and domains they have hacked into. These “malicious domain registrations” accounted for half of all the domain names used for phishing in 2016, according to APWG.

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A new global phishing survey from APWG documents that in 2016 there were at least 255,065 unique phishing attacks worldwide – an all-time high. Of the 195,475 domains used for phishing, the authors identified 95,424 domain names that the authors believe were registered maliciously by phishers – almost three times as many as they found in 2015.

“It was disheartening to see the registration of so many malicious domain names to mount attacks, after all the great work that’s been done to curtail phishers in recent years,” said Rod Rasmussen, Founder of R2 Cyber and co-author of the study. “This should be a wake-up call for the domain name industry.”

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Social media can be used to ‘predict future’ – study

Facebook, Twitter and other online social media platforms are more than a place to post photos and status updates, according to a new research which says they can also be used to foresee the future.

The research published earlier this month, notes that “because user behavior on SM [social media] is a reflection of events in the real world, researchers have realized they can use SM in order to forecast, making predictions about the future.”

Conducted by a team from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Washington, which is a Department of Energy (DOE) government research laboratory, and the University of Washington, the study examines existing literature, citing examples of successful and unsuccessful predicting of future events using social media.

Preliminary results do largely show positive findings,” the research claims.

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OFFICIAL USED BURNER PHONE TO FAKE RACIST “REDNECK”THREATS

How to fake a hate crime for fun and profit. 

St. Petersburg’s former City Attorney Brian Telfair said on February 16, 2016 the first threat came in the form of an email the previous Saturday.

“It basically said Petersburg was a city full of N words,” Telfair told Hipolit that day.

He said the second threat was made on February 16, 2016 over the phone.

“It was a physical threat of physical harm to certain individuals, council members, city staff, members of the administration,” Telfair told Hipolit that day.

You’ll never believe who sent them. Or maybe you will.

Former Petersburg City Attorney Brian K. Telfair asked a city employee to buy a prepaid cellphone that he later used to make a phone call to himself — a call that Telfair told police was made by an unknown “redneck” caller who made racist threats to the mayor and two other city officials, according to court records.

“Telfair stated he made the telephone call to himself that was reported to Petersburg Bureau of Police as a threatening phone call,” according to a police narrative in the court file of a Jan. 30 interview of Telfair by Virginia State Police special agents. “Mr. Telfair also stated that he made the telephone call to preserve the institution of the city.”

According to the police narrative in Telfair’s court file, Nykesha Jackson, clerk of the Petersburg City Council, told investigators that Telfair asked her whether she knew of a store that sold telephones, and she mentioned Family Dollar. Jackson said Telfair then gave her some money to purchase a “burner phone” and have it activated, which she did.

Telfair told investigators that between 4 and 5 p.m. on Feb. 16, he received a call on his office phone from a “male who he assumed was white because he spoke redneck,” according to the police narrative.

But remember black on white racism doesn’t exist. According to the left, that’s something called “reverse racism” and is a myth.

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CDC warns against eating placenta—in case you needed another reason

Some eat it raw, others cook it. Some make it into jerky, and others grind the cooked, dried remains into a brown powder and fill capsules.However it’s done, eating the placenta after childbirth is thought to ward off postpartum depression and boost milk production, among other things. There is no solid scientific evidence backing these benefits, though, and cooking it reduces the nutritional content. Nevertheless, the practice of eating the fetus-nourishing organ has strayed from the fringe in recent years, with celebrities such as January Jones and Kim Kardashian joining in. In a December 2015 blog post, Kardashian went through her thought process, noting anecdotes of other women who had good experiences. “So,” she wrote, “I thought, why not try it? What do I have to lose?”As it turns out, the answer is the health of your newborn, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In a new case report published in the agency’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, researchers caution against the practice, noting that the commercial and at-home preparation methods could leave your DIY organ supplements contaminated with infectious pathogens.At least that was the case for one Oregon mother. In September of 2016, the healthy woman, who gave birth to a healthy baby after an uncomplicated pregnancy, watched (likely in horror) as her newborn’s health quickly deteriorated. Shortly after birth, the baby showed signs of respiratory distress, was admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit, and was found to have a life-threatening blood infection—diagnosed as late-onset group B Streptococcus agalactiae (GBS) bacteremia. After an 11-day course of antibiotics in the hospital, the baby improved and went home.

Source: CDC warns against eating placenta—in case you needed another reason | Ars Technica

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“Scrotal Asymmetry in Man and in Ancient Sculpture” research celebrated in Greece

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“Scrotal Asymmetry in Man and in Ancient Sculpture” — the study that earned the 2002 Ig Nobel Medicine Prize — is given a keen appreciation, lavishly illustrated, in Athens magazine, in Greek. The study itself was published in the journal Nature, which featured it on the cover of their February 5, 1976 issue. The study’s author, Chris McManus, is a professor of psychology and medical education, at University College London. McManus also is founding editor of the research journal Laterality.

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Record Summer Cold Continues At The North Pole

The short polar melt season is almost half over, and hasn’t actually begun yet.

Ocean and Ice Services | Danmarks Meteorologiske Institut

But no worries. NASA’s top climate prophet says the Arctic is ice-free and we are toast.

source https://realclimatescience.com/2017/07/record-summer-cold-continues-at-the-north-pole/

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As July Fourth Approaches, Americans Debate Democracy’s Fate

NEW YORK (AP) — In his 4½ years as a state senator from Manhattan, Brad Holyman has handed out everything from flashlights to T-shirts at political rallies. But for a gathering held soon after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, he decided on something more substantial:Copies of the Constitution.”My constituents had been asking me, ‘What can I do to help?’ ‘How do I prepare myself?'” says Holyman, a Democrat in his third term who has since distributed thousands of copies. “A year ago, who would have imagined that giving away the Constitution would be seen as an act of resistance?”Americans have disagreed about government and civic life since the country’s founding, about who should vote, who should run for office and the risks of political factions. But as the U.S. nears its 241st birthday, many say democracy itself is in the dock.Trump, with his labeling the mainstream press the “enemy of the people” and his disparagement of “so-called” judges and other traditional checks on executive power, has critics anxious about not just a given policy but the fate of self-rule — at the same time that his supporters view his rise as the kind of anti-elitist triumph democracy is supposed to represent.

Source: As July Fourth Approaches, Americans Debate Democracy’s Fate | New York News | US News

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Save Free Speech From Trolls

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The first thousand times I was accused of being a politically correct, anti-free-speech censor, it seemed silly. The charge was always in response to some relatively innocuous bit of cultural criticism — like, say, that racism is bad and artists should try not to make racist art if they don’t want to be called racists. Or that if comedians want to joke about rape, they should write their jokes very carefully because rape is very horrible. I saw it happen to other women, too, women who had asked for better representation in media, or had even gone and said the words “video games.”

I always laughed at the anti-free-speech charge. I was not the government. I literally could not censor anyone. I cannot go around handcuffing comedians and dragging them off to joke jail. (Anyway, I am a prison abolitionist. That goes for open-mic-based offenses, too.)

Criticism is not censorship, and no matter how insistent Twitter’s free speech brigade might be, I felt safe knowing that we could always go back to the text. The Constitution was on my side.

But that was when I thought facts had power, when what we think of as the truth was based more on observable reality and less on the incantations of paranoid uncles who would rather die of preventable diseases than let America’s first black president leave an intact legacy. When the “free speech” canard started nibbling away at me, around 2012 or so, it seemed as goofy as the idea of Donald Trump becoming president. Oops.

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Yale University Sues to Turn More Bathrooms Gender Neutral

Yale University has filed a lawsuit against the state of Connecticut after being blocked from turning most of its single-sex bathrooms into gender neutral ones.

The prestigious university filed an appeal to the state’s Superior Court  after the Connecticut government refused to give permission to turn all gender-assigned bathrooms into gender neutral toilets in a bid to accommodate LGBTQ students, the New Haven Register reported.

The state’s building code instructs all buildings to have a certain number of bathrooms labelled by gender. According to the current laws, if Yale decides to list all single-gender bathrooms as gender neutral, the school will have to build additional gender-exclusive bathrooms.

The university is arguing in the lawsuit that the school has no space for the new single-gender bathrooms and claims that a relief from the building code would help transgender people to use the bathroom.

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World’s first trials of MDMA to treat alcohol addiction set to begin

Doctors in Bristol are set to begin the world’s first clinical study into the use of MDMA to treat alcohol addiction.

Researchers are testing whether a few doses of the drug, in conjunction with psychotherapy, could help patients overcome addiction more effectively than conventional treatments. The small trial was granted ethical approval a few weeks ago and the team expects to give the first dose of MDMA, the active ingredient in ecstasy pills, within the next two months.

Ben Sessa, a clinical psychiatrist on the trial and senior research fellow at Imperial College London said: “We know that MDMA works really well in helping people who have suffered trauma and it helps to build empathy. Many of my patients who are alcoholics have suffered some sort of trauma in their past and this plays a role in their addiction.”

Source: World’s first trials of MDMA to treat alcohol addiction set to begin | Science | The Guardian

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New York City surgeon reports surge in ‘nipple tucks’ 

These days, anything can be nipped and tucked. The cosmetic surgery industry is booming, with soaring rates of women (and men) going under the knife to adjust their appearance. But now, even a simple boob job is small fry.One surgeon based in New York City says he has seen a huge surge in the number of women asking for nipple operations. In just six months, Dr Norman Rowe’s weekly number of nipple patients has more than quadrupled, from about four a week to around 18. ‘Nothing is above cosmetic surgery now,’ Dr Rowe, a board-certified plastic surgeon with the American Board of Plastic Surgery, told Daily Mail Online.’People are looking at every detail. It’s not enough now to get a breast augmentation or rhinoplasty – women want to fine-tune every element. And these days, that’s possible.

Source: New York City surgeon reports surge in ‘nipple tucks’ | Daily Mail Online

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U.S. to Arrest Parents, Sponsors Who Hire Smugglers to Bring Children Across Border – WSJ

he Trump administration said Friday it will begin arresting parents and others who hire smugglers to bring children into the U.S., in an effort to break up human-trafficking operations.The new “surge initiative” by Immigration and Customs Enforcement marks the latest get-tough approach to immigration by the federal government since President Donald Trump took office.It is also a sharp departure from policies in place under President Barack Obama, during which tens of thousands of young people crossed the border illegally. The children were then placed with sponsors—typically parents, close relatives or family friends—who cared for the minors while their cases moved through the immigration court system.

Source: U.S. to Arrest Parents, Sponsors Who Hire Smugglers to Bring Children Across Border – WSJ

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Don’t Say Your Homework Was Easy Because You Might Offend Other Students

To the mounting list of ways to possibly offend other students on college campuses these days, you can now add talking about your homework.

“Sure, you had no ill-intent, and absolutely nothing racist in mind at all,” Stanford Prof, Ruth Starkman writes in the Huffington Post. But by merely uttering the words out loud, you risk a microaggression because you don’t know who in class may have struggled with the assignment, she says.

Trying to explain why an assignment wasn’t too hard for you is also a microaggression, Starkman advises students at elite colleges like Stanford. So don’t even think about telling peers if you’ve already been exposed to a subject or idea in high school.

“Not everyone went to your high school, had your fortunate circumstances, or such a dazzling delivery room arrival, and even if they did, they might still be suffering because of the genuine challenges of the assignments,” Starkman writes.

Fundamentally, Starkman says, some students struggle while others breeze through because of an injustice—namely “unevenly distributed knowledge.”

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