The world’s first 3D-printed camper

Saskatoon-based Wave of the Future 3D, with assistance from Create Café 3D Printing Solutions Inc and Saskatchewan Polytechnic, has produced the world’s first 3D-printed full-sized camper. For more information see the IDTechEx report on 3D printing.   Named The Wave, the camper designed by Wave of the Future 3D, was printed in one piece and took around 230 hours to 3D print. The camper, which has a 100-year life expectancy, weighs 600 lbs and stands 6′ wide and 13′ long, and can be taken off of its base and put on stilts for a more permanent position; it also has three covered holes in the floor so it can be used as an ice-fishing hut in the cold Canadian winters. The camper was printed at Create Cafe.   “We believe any problem can be solved through 3D-printing,” says Dustin Maki, CEO and founder of Create Café. “We are excited to 3D-print the world’s first camper. This project wouldn’t be possible without our relationship with Sask Polytech. Through an applied research grant we collaborated on the development of custom, high-flow nozzles that push the boundaries of 3D-printing.”
Read more at: https://www.3dprintingprogress.com/articles/13818/the-worlds-first-3d-printed-camper?rsst2id=9

Source: The world’s first 3D-printed camper | 3D Printing Progress

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Big brands ripping off street art is not cool: why illegal graffiti should be protected by copyright

When street artist Jason “Revok” Williams sprayed his trademark chevrons on a handball court in Brooklyn, he probably didn’t imagine he would end up taking a high-street fashion giant to court for breach of copyright.But in January 2018, that’s what happened – and Swedish retailer H&M retaliated with its own lawsuit, rejecting Williams’ claims and dubbing his work “vandalism”. Then came a series of intriguing twists. On March 15, H&M issued a tweet about “withdrawing the suit”, following a backlash against the retailer. Williams’ lawyer then confirmed that, despite earlier statements, H&M was not dropping the lawsuit. The ongoing furore raises an interesting issue: can illegal graffiti be protected by copyright and can the artists stop big brands misappropriating it in this way?The case started when Williams’ lawyer issued a cease-and-desist letter asking H&M to remove an advertising campaign for its New Routine sportswear line which used imagery and videos that incorporated one of his artworks. The campaign featured a model on a handball court posing in front of the Revok artwork. Williams maintained this was a case of copyright infringement, unfair competition and negligence – and that the association with the H&M brand was causing him reputational damage.

Source: Big brands ripping off street art is not cool: why illegal graffiti should be protected by copyright

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How to Stop Amazon and Google Ads from Stalking You Around the Web

How to Stop Amazon and Google Ads from Stalking You Around the WebByJack BuschLast Updated on March 16, 2018Ever notice how products you were considering buying follow you around the web? Here’s how to put a stop to it. COMMENTSI have a problem—it’s called gear acquisition syndrome, and if you’re a musician, photographer, or DIYer, then you know what I’m talking about. I’m constantly fighting the urge to buy some hobby-related gizmo or gadget that feels essential at the time but I could definitely live without, be it a $50 power tool or a $100 bread knife.But you know what makes it really hard? Personalized Ads.You know how you might spend your entire lunch break idly reading reviews for a photography backdrop or a pedal that makes your guitar sound like an animated Japanese pop star? And then out of sheer will-power, you tell yourself, “No!” and close the browser, thus winning the battle against unnecessary expenditures on random gear.All is well. Until there you are, browsing a completely unrelated website and in the corner, you see an ad for that precise thing you had just talked yourself out of buying. It’ll follow you from site to site, preying on your weakness: “Hey buddy, still thinking about buying that Kreg Jig? It’s only $99. It’ll practically pay for itself with all the projects you’ll do.”

Source: How to Stop Amazon and Google Ads from Stalking You Around the Web

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Philadelphia Zoo gorilla prefers to walk around like a human 

The Philadelphia Zoo has a clean freak on its hands – well, not on its hands, actually.Louis, 18, a male gorilla who has been at the zoo since July 2004, is keeping his hands clean by choosing to walk around on two legs, according to an Associated Press report:When Louis has his hands full of tomatoes or other snacks, he walks upright like a human to keep food and hands clean, rather than the typical gorilla stance of leaning forward on his knuckles.

Source: Philadelphia Zoo gorilla prefers to walk around like a human | PhillyVoice

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The CIA Democrats. Former Intelligence Operatives Seek Nomination as Democrats in U.S. Midterms 

An extraordinary number of former intelligence and military operatives from the CIA, Pentagon, National Security Council and State Department are seeking nomination as Democratic candidates for Congress in the 2018 midterm elections. The potential influx of military-intelligence personnel into the legislature has no precedent in US political history.If the Democrats capture a majority in the House of Representatives on November 6, as widely predicted, candidates drawn from the military-intelligence apparatus will comprise as many as half of the new Democratic members of Congress. They will hold the balance of power in the lower chamber of Congress.Both push and pull are at work here. Democratic Party leaders are actively recruiting candidates with a military or intelligence background for competitive seats where there is the best chance of ousting an incumbent Republican or filling a vacancy, frequently clearing the field for a favored “star” recruit.A case in point is Elissa Slotkin, a former CIA operative with three tours in Iraq, who worked as Iraq director for the National Security Council in the Obama White House and as a top aide to John Negroponte, the first director of national intelligence. After her deep involvement in US war crimes in Iraq, Slotkin moved to the Pentagon, where, as a principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, her areas of responsibility included drone warfare, “homeland defense” and cyber warfare.The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has designated Slotkin as one of its top candidates, part of the so-called “Red to Blue” program targeting the most vulnerable Republican-held seats—in this case, the Eighth Congressional District of Michigan, which includes Lansing and Brighton. The House seat for the district is now held by two-term Republican Representative Mike Bishop.

Source: The CIA Democrats. Former Intelligence Operatives Seek Nomination as Democrats in U.S. Midterm Elections | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

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Barbra Streisand, 75, says she has never been sexually harassed

Barbra Streisand said she’s never suffered sexual harassment but has felt abused by the media.During a tribute to Streisand’s decades of TV music specials and other programs, producer and long-time admirer Ryan Murphy queried her about her career, the #MeToo movement and her aversion to interviews.’Never,’ she replied when asked if she had been sexually mistreated. ‘I wasn’t like those pretty girls with those nice little noses. Maybe that’s why.’ +5Not her: Barbra Streisand, seen at Barclays Center in the Brooklyn, said she has never been sexually harassedShe acknowledged the power of protests against gender inequality sweeping through Hollywood and society.

Source: Barbra Streisand, 75, says she has never been sexually harassed | Daily Mail Online

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This 3D-Printed Home Is Absurdly Cheap — And It Could Help Solve Homelessness

Since its introduction into the mainstream, 3D printing has helped to innovate the worlds of fashion and medicine. It’s even helped improve upon the selfie. Now, thanks to housing nonprofit New Story and construction technologies company ICON, the remarkable technology could help solve the problem of homelessness around the globe. With rising global poverty and millions being displaced by natural disasters, New Story started searching for ways that it could provide help on a larger scale. “There are over 100 million people living in slum conditions in what we call survival mode,” Alexandria Lafci, New Story’s co-founder and COO, told Wired. “How can we make a big dent in this instead of just solving incrementally?” Looking to solve the problem, the nonprofit paired with ICON for the past 10 months to design a 3-D printer that could be used to build homes in regions where the funds to house those in need are scarce.

Source: This 3D-Printed Home Is Absurdly Cheap — And It Could Help Solve Homelessness

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Canadian Climate Minister Urges Attention to the ‘Gendered Impacts’ of Climate Change

Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change is urging environmental activists to address the “gendered impacts” of climate change, especially its effects on women and girls.In a recent post on Twitter, Catherine McKenna, the 47-year-old Trudeau appointee from Canada’s Liberal Party, called on followers to “consider the gendered impacts of climate change on women, girls and children” while praising Canada’s leadership in training “women negotiators” in the fight against manmade global warming.Apparently, at least in the minister’s mind, the weather is now waging its own “war on women.”Those wondering what the possible connection could be between “climate change” and gender (other than being trendy, leftwing concerns) should take comfort in knowing they are not alone. Not by a long shot.

Scores of observers posted the digital equivalent of raised eyebrows, querying what the possible connection could be between the two apparently unrelated topics.One representative message noted that the climate “affects both males and females equally” and that having more women at the table won’t have any effect on what the weather does.More caustic comments flipped McKenna’s gender fixation on its head, suggesting that the minister’s own job is fruit of “gender appointed roles to made up superfluous positions.”One wag thought he might have deciphered the enigmatic nexus between gender and climate and Tweeted: “My sister’s first job was babysitting. Mine was shoveling snowy driveways. Is that what you mean?”Another simply quipped: “World ends tomorrow. Women and children affected most.”

Source: Canadian Climate Minister Urges Attention to the ‘Gendered Impacts’ of Climate Change

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3D Printed Stethoscope Makes the Grade

On the off chance that initiatives like the Hackaday Prize didn’t make it abundantly clear, we believe strongly that open designs can change the world. Putting technology into the hands of the people is a very powerful thing, and depending on where you are or your station in life, can quite literally mean the difference between life and death. So when we saw that not only had a team of researchers developed a 3D printable stethoscope, but released everything as open source on GitHub, it’s fair to say we were pretty interested.The stethoscope has been in development for several years now, but has just recently completed a round of testing that clinically validated its performance against premium brand models. Not only does this 3D printed stethoscope work, it works well: tests showed its acoustic performance to be on par with the gold standard in medical stethoscopes, the Littmann Cardiology III. Not bad for something the researchers estimate can be manufactured for as little as $3 each.

Source: 3D Printed Stethoscope Makes the Grade | Hackaday

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Holograms Could Yield Next Wave of Heads-Up Displays

A new holography approach could increase the size of eye boxes used in heads-up displays for planes and cars.Researchers from the University of Arizona have created functional prototype heads-up displays using holographic optical elements, achieving an eye box substantially larger than what is currently used.  Transparent heads-up displays are often used in airplanes and cars to provide information, including critical flight data or driving directions on the windshield. They are usually equipped with a small eye box, so displayed information partially or wholly disappears if users shift their gaze too much.“A heads-up display using our new technology installed in a car would allow a driver to see the displayed information even if he or she moved around or was shorter or taller than average,” research team leader Pierre-Alexandre Blanche of the University of Arizona, said in a statement.The new approach could be used to increase the size of a displayed area.“Increasing the size of either the eye box or the displayed image in a traditional heads-up display requires increasing the size of the projection optics, relay lenses and all the associated optics, which takes up too much space in the dashboard,” first author Colton Bigler, a doctoral student in Blanche’s laboratory, said in a statement. “Instead of relying on conventional optics, we use holography to create a thin optical element that can be ultimately applied onto a windshield directly.”

Source: Holograms Could Yield Next Wave of Heads-Up Displays

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Woman Suffers Liver Damage From Dyeing Her Hair Every Month for 10 Years

A middle-aged woman from Harbin, China, was recently diagnosed with chemical cirrhosis that seemed to have been caused by her long-time habit of dyeing her hair every month.Referred to only as Mrs. Chen by Chinese media, the 50-something woman allegedly started spotting white hairs on her scalp when she was in her 30s. There were only a few of them back then, so she could easily pluck them out, but after she turned 40-year-old, the white strands really started to show, particularly around her temples. Like many other women do around that age, Chen started dyeing her hair to conceal the sign of ageing. However, she claims that her white hair grew really fast, so in order o keep it from showing, she had her hair dyed at a salon every month for the last decade. She recently learned that her habit has taken a heavy toll on her liver.

Source: Woman Suffers Liver Damage From Dyeing Her Hair Every Month for 10 Years

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White Canadians Apologize for Having ‘Unfairly Benefited’ from Skin Color

School administrators in British Columbia are trying to fight racism by posting a series of white-shaming posters on school walls, in an effort to educate students on the evils of “white privilege.”The posters, based on a similar billboard campaign mounted last summer in Saskatoon, bear messages encouraging students to “confront racism” and to not “be blind to the invisible system I am a part of.”Caucasian people, the campaign suggests, even if not racists themselves, still benefit from “white privilege,” and thus apparently need to atone for the inherent injustice of race.“I have unfairly benefited from the colour of my skin,” declares Superintendent of Schools Teresa Downs in one poster. “White privilege is not acceptable.”Rather than play down the importance of race in favor of common humanity, Ms. Downs and her comrades-in-arms believe it is critical for students and citizens to become not less but more race-conscious. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of “a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character” is apparently not shared by the good folks of School District 74.Not by the academic authorities, anyway.

Source: White Canadians Apologize for Having ‘Unfairly Benefited’ from Skin Color

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‘Looks good enough to eat’: inside the home of Japan’s fake food industry

With a gentle swish through hot water, and some deft tearing and shaping, Kurumi Kono turns a rectangular sheet of white and green wax into what, improbably, is quickly coming to resemble an iceberg lettuce.Kono makes it look deceptively easy. “Place it in your hands and pull out the edges like this,” she says. “Then roll the remaining wax into a ball to make a small lettuce. Place it onto your hand and, starting from the back, fold the bigger leaf towards the middle. Using both hands, gently form a sphere. And there you have it.”She then drips a yellowy liquid wax from a paper cup into the hot water. Within seconds, it forms a solid coating, in which she encases a “cooked prawn” to produce a flawless piece of tempura. It really does look good enough to eat.

Source: ‘Looks good enough to eat’: inside the home of Japan’s fake food industry | World news | The Guardian

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Surprise! Obama Used Same Corrupt Organization to Investigate Romney, that Hillary Used on Trump! 

The Barack Obama presidential campaign hired Fusion GPS in 2012 to dig up dirt on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, according to a book released on Tuesday.The Obama campaign hid its payments to Fusion GPS through its law firm, Perkins Coie. The arrangement is similar to the one that the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee used to pay Fusion for its investigation of Donald Trump in 2016.That contract led to the creation of the infamous Steele dossier, which was written by former British spy Christopher Steele.“In 2012, Fusion GPS was hired to do opposition research on Mitt Romney for Barack Obama’s reelection campaign,” reads “Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and Donald Trump’s Election.”

Source: Surprise! Obama Used Same Corrupt Organization to Investigate Romney, that Hillary Used on Trump! – Godfather Politics

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Man Dressed As Elsa From ‘Frozen’ Pushes Police Wagon Out Of Snow

The police needed help and Jason Triplett wouldn’t let it go.The 37-year-old attorney was dressed as Elsa from “Frozen” at a Boston bar Tuesday night when he saw a department wagon stuck in a snowbank.So what’s a pretend Disney heroine to do? He went outside in the storm to push the cop vehicle out all on his own, earning viral celebrity and cheers from patrons at the South End’s Gallows pub, People reported.

Source: Man Dressed As Elsa From ‘Frozen’ Pushes Police Wagon Out Of Snow | HuffPost

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Expert warns of “terrifying” potential of digitally-altered video

Alec Baldwin’s “SNL” act as Donald Trump was digitally altered with the president’s face to create a fake Trump debate performance. DERPFAKES/YOUTUBEShare Tweet Reddit Flipboard EmailAlec Baldwin is to some a perfect stand-in for President Trump. But in a digitally-altered video online, the president’s face has been digitally stamped onto Baldwin’s performance.Trump | Deepfakes Replacement by derpfakes on YouTubeIt’s part of a wave of doctored audio and video now spreading online.”The idea that someone could put another person’s face on an individual’s body, that would be like a homerun for anyone who wants to interfere in a political process,” said Virginia Senator Mark Warner. He believes manipulated video could be a game-changer in global politics.

Source: Expert warns of “terrifying” potential of digitally-altered video – CBS News

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D’oh! French court fines baker for refusing to take a day off

A French boulanger has been ordered to pay a €3,000 fine for working too hard after he failed to close his shop for one day a week last summer.Loyal customers in the town of Lusigny-sur-Barse, population 2,000, in the Aube department of north France, an area popular with tourists, have now launched a petition in support of Cédric Vaivre and his Boulangerie du Lac.Christian Branle, the town’s mayor, defended the baker. “In a tourist area, it seems essential that a business can open every day during the summer. There’s nothing worse than closed shops when there are tourists,” Branle told L’Est Eclair newspaper, after the fine was levied by employment authority officials.Under local employment law, two separate regulations from 1994 and 2000 require bakers’ shops to close once a week – though exceptions can be made in specific cases.

Source: D’oh! French court fines baker for refusing to take a day off | World news | The Guardian

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Canadian Military Pays Artists and Historians to Shape What You Think of Them 

Would it surprise you to learn the Canadian military spends millions on art and history?An exhibit at the Canadian War Museum highlights a little discussed arm of the military’s massive propaganda apparatus.Until April, the Canadian War Museum is hosting an exhibition of war art from the Ukraine created through the Canadian Forces Artists Program (CFAP). In 2014 through 2015, eight artists were sent to observe Operation UNIFIER, Canada’s “training” mission to support Ukraine’s armed forces.The purpose of CFAP is to “encourage artists to learn more about our men and women in uniform and to create works of art that document and explore Canada’s military history and experience.” The program pays for artists to spend one week to ten days days in the field with troops to document their activities.While CFAP began in 2001, there have been various iterations of the program over the past century. During World War I, for instance, Canada’s official war art program created almost 1,000 works of art. During World War II, the head of the Army’s historical section, Colonel A. F. Duguid, initiated a war art program. Over the years, the Canadian forces have commissioned sketches of the Korean War, NATO missions, UN operations and the first Gulf War.

Source: Canadian Military Pays Artists and Historians to Shape What You Think of Them | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

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Police: Man tried to steal electric car but couldn’t drive it

A man tried to hijack an electric car during a violent confrontation with its owner in Austin on Saturday but couldn’t escape because he didn’t know how to drive it, according to an arrest affidavit.Cory Allen Patrick, 28, of Austin, was charged with robbery by assault, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.The incident happened at the intersection of Gynerium Drive and Tom Kemp Lane in a part of Austin that is in Williamson County, the affidavit said.

The owner of a 2017 Chevy Bolt told police he had stopped at a stop sign at the intersection when a man, later identified as Patrick, approached his driver’s-side window, the affidavit said.It said the driver rolled down the window and that Patrick yelled “get out of the car.” The driver rolled up the window but Patrick then smashed it, climbed inside and attacked the driver, the document said.The driver struggled with Patrick but then got out of the car because “he did not want to die over a car,” the affidavit said. Patrick then attempted to drive away but couldn’t because he didn’t know how to drive an electric car, according to the document.

Source: Police: Man tried to steal electric car but couldn’t drive it

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Prototyping a biathlon rifle | 3D Printing Progress

France’s Martin Fourcade claimed gold after finishing 12 seconds ahead of Sweden’s Sebastian Samuelsson in the men’s biathlon 12.5 km pursuit at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics . Out of seven top biathletes in the competition, Fourcade was the only one who had a flawless final shooting round. His rifle had been designed by Athletics 3D – Olympics & Fitting, a French company founded by Clément Jacquelin, a Youth Biathlon World Champion 2009, and prototyped on the Zortrax M200 3D printer working with Z-ABS material. For more information see the IDTechEx report on 3D printing materials.   “I have been a top athlete myself, a world champion”, says Jacquelin recollecting his own achievements in biathlon. However, instead of pursuing a career in professional sports, he decided to go into technology. “Seven years attending the top French engineering university programs left me with sufficient knowledge to make top-tier sports equipment”, he claims, “we started Athletics 3D to share our expertise, and put everything we know about ins and outs of biathlon into our products”. And there was a lot of this expertise needed to design a professional biathlon rifle.   Weighing at least 7.7 lb—ammunition and magazines not included—biathlon small-bore rifles are either bolt or Fortner action which means handling the cartridges into and out of the weapon’s barrel chamber is done manually by manipulating the bolt handle. The handle has first to be rotated upward, then drawn rearward, pushed forward again, and rotated downward to complete the loading cycle. The Fornter or straight-pull variant simplifies this procedure down to moving the handle back and forth—two moves instead of four to increase the rate of fire. But at the end of the day it all comes down to marksmanship.
Read more at: https://www.3dprintingprogress.com/articles/13808/prototyping-a-biathlon-rifle?rsst2id=9

Source: Prototyping a biathlon rifle | 3D Printing Progress

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Sonic Will Roll Out Pickle Juice Slushes This Summer 

While the popularity of pickle-juice-as-beverage has surged in recent years—with pickle back shots now ubiquitous in Brooklyn bars, and a pickle sports drink hitting the national market—we wouldn’t have predicted that the tangy, herbaceous brine would end up starring in a drink at one of the country’s top quick-service chains, but then again, this is the year Taco Bell launched nacho fries, so evidently no item is too extreme.This June, Sonic will unveil a pickle juice snow cone slush, according to Sonic representatives. And the drink is exactly what it sounds like: a sweet slush flavored with pickle juice. As could be expected, the beverage is bright green—in a way no brine of pickles ever has been—but this is Sonic, so everything should be a little fluorescent and playful.

Source: Sonic Will Roll Out Pickle Juice Slushes This Summer | Food & Wine

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Salvation Army opens nonprofit grocery store 

The Salvation Army has a new concept for anyone who needs to stretch their grocery budget. Last week the organization opened DMG Foods, named after its motto “Doing the Most Good.”The grocery store in Baltimore is a 7,000-square-foot store that looks like any other grocery store. A video on the Salvation Army of Central Maryland’s Facebook page takes you on a walk-through of the store on opening day. Along with aisles of non-perishables and dairy items, there’s fresh produce, a butcher, a bakery, rotisserie chickens, a deli, and a prepared food section with items prepared by volunteers from the Maryland Food Bank. There’s even a loyalty card program complete with coupons.To open the store, the Salvation Army of Central Maryland partnered with the Maryland Food Bank, according to a statement on the Salvation Army’s website. The food bank will provide the majority of the store’s inventory. Local farmers and suppliers have also been tapped to provide fresh produce.

Source: Salvation Army opens nonprofit grocery store | MNN – Mother Nature Network

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Custodian at a South Carolina school steals students’ money during walkout 

While students in a South Carolina school participated in the National School Walkout this week, a custodian helped herself to their cash, police said.The incident occurred at Richland Northeast High School on Wednesday.Aisha Evans, a custodian at the school, went into a classroom while students were outside and rummaged through three book bags, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department said.In all, Evans stole $180, the department said.The custodian was arrested soon afterward and charged with three counts of petty larceny.Evans, 32, was employed by Service Solutions, an agency that provides custodial services to the district’s school.The agency terminated the woman, the school district told CNN affiliate WIS.”On Thursday, March 15, Service Solutions notified Richland Two that Evans is no longer an employee of the company and was informed that she cannot come on any Richland Two property,” Richland Two School District said in its statement to the affiliate.

Source: Custodian at a South Carolina school steals students’ money during walkout – CNN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Turtle who was fed puppy in Idaho classroom euthanized 

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

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

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Your Tax Money Makes Planned Parenthood a Political Kingmaker

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

Source: Your Tax Money Makes Planned Parenthood a Political Kingmaker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How to opt out of Facebook data sharing

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

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

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

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

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

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Decline in World Fertility Rates Lowers Risks of Mass Starvation 

Some of the most spectacularly wrong predictions in history have been made by those who claim that overpopulation is going to swamp the planet. Thomas Malthus, a British economist writing in the late 1700s, is the most famous of these. Extrapolating past trends into the future, he predicted that population growth would inevitably swamp available food resources, leading to mass starvation. That didn’t happen — we continued to develop new technologies that let us stay ahead of the reaper.In 1968, Stanford biologist Paul Ehrlich wrote “The Population Bomb,” warning that unchecked population growth would lead to mass starvation in the 1970s. He was just as wrong as Malthus. Global population did surge, but food production managed to keep up.So far, the prophets of overpopulation have been defeated by technology. But human ingenuity alone can never deliver a final victory in the battle to feed the world — eventually, population growth will overwhelm the Earth’s ability to provide calories. That’s why in order to put Malthus and Ehrlich finally to rest, a second component is needed — lower fertility rates. To save both the environment and themselves, humans must have fewer kids.

Source: Decline in World Fertility Rates Lowers Risks of Mass Starvation – Bloomberg

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Scientology Poised to Launch TV Network | Hollywood Reporter

Evidence of the network is already on Apple’s app store, where “Scientology TV” is available for download from The Church of Scientology International. Running the app reveals a placeholder announcement that content will officially launch at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. P.T. There’s also a newly launched Twitter account, with first updates coming early Sunday morning, pointing to a website that doesn’t yet appear to be up and running.Both the Church of Scientology and a DirecTV spokesperson confirmed the Monday launch. A promo video indicates the network will occupy the satellite service’s channel 320 (currently infomercials).Rumblings about a Scientology network gained heat in early 2017, with several rumors about the impending launch running on the website of longtime Scientology chronicler Tony Ortega. A Sunday post about the looming launch made mention of a Miami billboard plugging the network.The likelihood of some sort of Scientology outlet seemed like an inevitability in 2016, when the church announced the launch of its own studio with Scientology Media Productions. A network was initially said to be launching on Spectrum, but the cable company denied such plans.

Source: Scientology Poised to Launch TV Network | Hollywood Reporter

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Ohio Student Suspended for Refusing to Leave Classroom During Gun Control Walkout

A high school student in Hilliard, Ohio, didn’t want to pick sides in the contentious gun debate surrounding Wednesday’s “National Walkout,” so he stayed in class instead of joining the largely anti-gun protest or an alternative “study hall.”Hilliard Davidson High School senior Jacob Shoemaker was then reportedly slapped with a suspension.The student argued that divisive politics have no place in America’s schools and he refused to take sides in the debate, according to the Associated Press.10TV/Jacob ShoemakerShoemaker’s suspension citation was posted online, possibly by a friend, and the story quickly went viral.“Student refused to follow instructions after being warned repeatedly by several administrators,” the letter said. “Student not permitted on school property.”School district spokesperson Stacie Raterman said official policy prohibited school officials from leaving Shoemaker unattended in the building for “security reasons,” 10TV reported.While Shoemaker said he didn’t expect for his actions to generate so much attention, he is prepared to accept the consequences of his decision.

Source: Ohio Student Suspended for Refusing to Leave Classroom During Gun Control Walkout

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Here’s How Many Bad Ads Google Purged From The Web Last Year

Bad advertising is the scourge of the internet. Though it is a Sisyphean task, Google, along with the rest of the tech industry, has been working on reducing it. Google announced Wednesday the company removed 3.2 billion bad ads in 2017. That’s almost twice as many in 2016, where the tech giant pulled 1.7 billion of these less-than-savory advertisements.

Google also removed 320,000 ad publishers and permanently banned 90,000 websites. There was also a small section of ad publishers removed for “misrepresentative content” such as fake news or scams, Engadget reported.So, what makes these bad ads so bad? About 79 million of them were shut down for redirecting users to malware sites. Another 66 million got booted for being a “trick to click” scheme, meaning they were disguised as other things besides an ad. Google also yanked 48 million ads for pressuring people to download unwanted software.There was also a small section of ad publishers removed for misrepresenting content.

Source: Here’s How Many Bad Ads Google Purged From The Web Last Year – Nextgov

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Clinton: White Women Voted for Trump Because Their Husbands Told Them To

Hillary Clinton said that white women voted for President Trump during the 2016 presidential election because their husbands told them to, during a discussion at the India Today Conclave on Saturday.The moderator asked Clinton why she thinks almost 52 percent of white women voted for Trump, despite them knowing about the controversial “Access Hollywood” tape.“[Democrats] do not do well with white men and we don’t do well with married, white women,” Clinton explained. “And part of that is an identification with the Republican Party, and a sort of ongoing pressure to vote the way that your husband, your boss, your son, whoever, believes you should.”

Source: Clinton: White Women Voted for Trump Because Their Husbands Told Them To

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