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It is estimated that five hundred million people contracted it, and that between fifty and a hundred million of them died. Asians were thirty times more likely to die than Europeans. The pandemic had some influence on the lives of everyone alive today. Donald Trumps grandfather Friedrich died from it in New York City. He was 49. His early death meant that his fortune passed to his son Fred, who used it to start a New York property empire.
Postmodern Britain lies well beyond Orwells imagining, a country where superannuated teenagers in certain walks of middle-class life, including journalism and politics, stay in a condition of more or less permanent adolescence from puberty to retirement. Surely its time for the authentically middle-aged we know who we are: square, clapped out, disillusioned and cardiganed to take charge before the inheritance is squandered?
The difference between Catharine MacKinnon and a typical pro-war American feminist is that MacKinnon has a far bleaker view of the condition of women in Western countries. As she sees it, they need more than top-level representation in the form of a female president, for example to perfect their equality. They are systemically brutalised in a society that refuses even to recognise what is going on. This raises the question of whether America, too, might be a legitimate target of humanitarian intervention. But that doesnt seem to be what MacKinnon has in mind when she asks: Will the marines never land for them?
Hands, in this world without faces, do an enormous amount of work. They are a fulcrum for the bodies the persons they belong to: around them the body opens, exfoliates, puts on show its basic structure, displays its duality (following the hands left and right) or its multiplicity (since the hands themselves lose edges, flip from concave to convex and back, clench, disintegrate, weigh a ton, unfold into corrugations or diamond facets). They challenge the viewer to see them as part of the body they terminate. Maybe hands are where character hides in Czanne, in the carnal unconscious, however hard an individual or a culture tries to suppress it.
The letters page from London Review of Books Vol. 40 No. 2 (25 January 2018)
Hackers have breached the systems of the Southern and Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority (Helse Sr-st RHF), and possibly made off with personal information and health records of some 2.9 million Norwegians. Whats known about the breach The breach was announced on Monday by the authority. The first to notice that something was amiss was HelseCERT, the Norwegian healthcare sectors national information security center, which detects unwanted events and traffic and reports them to affected More
Ich mache mir brigens wirklich Sorgen bezglich Alexa und co. Das ist das "Dialog"- und Kommunikationsverhalten, mit dem jetzt eine Generation aufwchst.
Und was lernen die da?
Ich habe immer Recht und die Gegenseite ist blo zu doof, mich zu verstehen.
Es gibt ja auch schon Untersuchungen, dass sich Kids einen Befehlston und krudeste Beleidigungen aneignen, weil Alexa das alles stumm leidend aushlt.
Denkt mal drber nach, was fr eine Dystopie wir den Kids gerade anerziehen!
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These are beautiful. Not necessarily practical, but absolutely worth a look.
Having attended (and sometimes spoken at) many of these conferences over the years, I cant deny the feeling Ive had in the last couple of years that the era of the small Apple-ish developer-ish conference is mostly or entirely behind us.
Its getting increasingly difficult for organizers to sell tickets, in part because its hard to get big-name speakers without the budget to pay them much (which would significantly drive up ticket costs, which exacerbates other problems), but also because conferences now have much bigger competition in connecting people to their colleagues or audiences.
Marco digs into the whys of this change. Good read.
Inventec Corp, one of the two assemblers for Apple Incs HomePod, has started shipping the US companys long-awaited smart speaker with an initial shipment of about 1 million units, industry sources said.
Obviously, the music capabilities will be first and foremost. But how much of Siri will be available? Will HomePods Siri be limited in any way? Will HomePods Siri domain be more detailed when it comes to music?
How will updates be handled? Will HomePod be linked to my iPhone, with a HomePod app for handling settings/updates like my Apple Watch?
How will HomePod distinguish itself from existing products like the Amazon Echo and Google Home? What is the value proposition here? How would a consumer justify the extra cost?
Im very much looking forward to getting one, seeing all this for myself.
The World Economic Forum, a not-for-profit foundation that each year gathers participants from around the world to discuss a wide range of global issues, has published its yearly Global Risks Report. Based on the opinions of almost 1,000 global experts and decision-makers, the top 5 global risks in 2018 in terms of likelihood are extreme weather events, natural disasters, cyber attacks, data fraud or theft, and failure of climate-change mitigation and adaptation. Cyber attacks and More
So, as it turns out, before the virtual bowling alley borrowed something from the trackball, the inventors of the trackball borrowed something from the actual bowling alleyspecifically, the Canadian variation of it, called 5-pin bowling.
The [trackball] is Canadian through and through, a project formulated at the behest of the Royal Canadian Navy by Ferranti Canada, as part of a much larger projecta military information system called Digital Automated Tracking and Resolving, or DATAR.
Think about the state of play in the computer world in 1952. There were only a handful of operating computers in the world. Almost all were unreliable. There was no common software language pulse rates were only 50-100kHz. The idea of using a ball to control a cursor which could intervene and change program execution was a million miles ahead.
This is a terrific look back at a device that changed the path of computing. [Via The Overspill]
HackerOne published its 2018 Hacker Report, which examines the geography, demographics, experience, tools used and motivations of nearly 2,000 bug bounty hackers across 100 countries. On average, top earning ethical hackers make up to 2.7 times the median salary of a software engineer in their respective home countries; hackers in India are making as much as 16 times the median. And yet, the new data finds that overall hackers are less motivated by monetary gain, More
[VIDEO] Watch the videos embedded in the main Loop post, two different takes on the same interview. If you only watch one, watch the second. Its a bit more detailed, longer stretches of Tim talking.
One takeaway from all this: Tim is earnest. When he talks about Apples intentions regarding the battery snafu, I believe he means what he says, and I believe what he says is true.
F5 Networks announced the results of its 2018 State of Application Delivery report, which shows accelerating multi-cloud deployments are enabling organizations to select the cloud platform that best meets the requirements of a specific application. However, this also increases the challenges many companies face in managing operations and security across multiple clouds as they transform their application portfolio to compete in the digital economy. In this years report, respondents made clear they are heavily focused More
What if you could run your air conditioner not on conventional electricity, but on the sun's heat during a warm summer's day? With advancements in thermoelectric technology, this sustainable solution might one day become a reality.
Good morning, Im still reporting on: Flaky Sen Jeff Flake Calls Trump Stalin, 1983 Synopsis: Outgoing Senator Flaky Jeff Flake lived up to his name today in spades. He spent today putting the finishing touches on a rollicking anti-Trumper speech which he pulled off with a straight face. [insert 1] Senator Flake it is a proven fact that the MSM has colluded throughout 2017 to support the wild conspiracy theories in an attempt to discredit and ultimately overturn the election so that this Democrat disguised as a Republican, Flakey Flake to this day - would rather have this woman assume his office. [insert Hillary why didnt I win by 50 points] [insert Flake, Stalin.] The difference, Sen. Flake, is that Stalin was a ruthless dictator who killed aver 100 million of his own people. President Trump has never been accused of killing anyone, however this woman has: Insert Flake . Guardian of Democracy at end And how many times did this statement by the rookie Democrat candidate for president appear on national TV? Zero. [insert Obama 58 states] Dont you think America needed to know that this candidate was so unfamiliar with this nations history that he was no doubt the first in American history to not have a clue how many states there were in the union? Where were the guardians of Democracy then? In fact it was so obvious to the rest of the world that the so-called Free Press was deliberately asleep at the wheel when it came to Mr. Obamas foreign policy that they were making fun of i Support Our Sponsors: - Virtual Shield VPN - the easiest way to create a home VPN. Go to: https://www.virtualshield.com/billstill - Nobel Gold: Protect Your Money With Gold - Click Here- https://goo.gl/kx2yzW Or Call - 877-646-5347 - Jeevy Computers: Move up to business-level computer protection. 800-844-8613 http://jeevycomputers.com/pcs/ - Trade Genius Academy: Learn the safe, sure way to trade. https://www.TradeGeniusAcademy.com - SeaShell Diamond Gallery, Custom Fine Jewelry Made in Hawaii. 808-338-9988; https://www.SeaShellDiamondGallery.com - PrepareWithBill - Food Storage You Can Depend On. 888-756-8727 https://preparewith.com/Bill.Still - Kangen Water, ionized, alkaline water, website: https://www.TopShelfWater.com Still Report BTC address: 18Ky2c3CgPY3eu5N7ySoM3X6NjgEAN2w4v Connect with me; Bill Still: newspaper editor/publisher, economics reporter - top US publications, authored 22 books, 4 documentary videos & daily host of this Y/T channel, THE STILL REPORT: https://plus.google.com/u/0/109353617116072656672 Get the word Out: Please LIKE, COMMENT & SHARE! Our website: http://www.billstill.com Considered by informed insiders as the ultimate resource for surviving economic or financial collapse/crash and attaining the unvarnished truth about the latest US and world news, current events in Washington, and todays United States political climate. Please Like, Comment & Share. Bill Still is a former newspaper editor and pub...
Following a court hearing on January 14th the Utopian Bohemians group has been ousted from their latest squatted social project in part of the Congo Embassy. The Bohemians, who have been connected to multiple occupations across London over the last few years including last years Belgravia squat campaign of multimillion pound buildings, had been running
Exceptionalism has typically been used in the past to describe the mentality that justifies the United States many many contradictionsthe USA can do something because its different but when another country does the same its suddenly bad. This contradiction can be found in, for example, someone who supports the actions of the United States but condemns the actions of Israel: Israels colonization of the West Bank is horrific, but also par for the course in terms of colonization, something which can be extensively described in American history.
Anthony Morgan coined the term racial exceptionalism to describe a similar occurrence in Canada, where our self-perception of being nice is used to avoid frank conversations about racism. The situation in Flint is horrible, see, but the fact that we have piped poison water into Indigenous reserves is different because mumble mumble something mumble were nice.
Melayna Williams has a more comprehensive review of racial commentary in Canada:
Its difficult to determine what qualifies as nice. The words nice and kind are often used interchangeably. When Canadians are characterized as nice, it has more to do with being polite. And 66 per cent of Canadians believe were as nice as the world thinks we are, according to a survey conducted as part of The Canada Project Survey, in partnership with Abacus Data. But this Canadian niceness is worth a closer look, particularly because nice is how the world often defines us and how Canadians define themselves. Yet its used to erase and undercut many things that arent so nice.
Niceness has historically been utilized to undercut progress toward dismantling systemic oppression. In a piece published earlier this year entitled You Cant Kill Racism with Kindness, Lindsay King-Miller wrote: I can think youre an asshole and still fight for your rights. You can find me unbearable and still fight for mine. And when we simplify oppression into mere unkindness, we provide cover for friendly people who support oppressive policies. In Canada, this is all compounded by the fact that nuanced and accurate conversations on race remain rare. Here, niceness and politeness are utilized to shut down race discourse and create what Anthony Morgan calls Canadian racial exceptionalismthe falsehood that positions Canadians as too nice to take racist actions and to talk about racism itself. Having avoided the depth and scope of American Jim Crow, we imagine ourselves innocent, w...
What is the value of a street where people can safely walk? Why build streets that are constructed with the needs of people in mind, not just cars?
Again and again, when we look at streets oriented toward people we find that they are more economically productive than any other style of development.
Many people concerned with pedestrian safety and "walkability" care about these issues because they feel that walking is good exercise or that walkable places are more attractive or that walking is better for the environment than driving.
These are all valid arguments and may convince some of the people reading this article that walkability is important. But what I want to talk about today isnt an argument based on values or aesthetics. Its an argument based on pure dollars and cents one that should convince people with a myriad of values and political leanings once and for all that people-oriented places must be a priority if we want our communities to be economically prosperous.
Again and again, when we look at streets oriented toward people that is, streets where walking is safe and enjoyable, where people are drawn to visit on foot, and where fast and extensive car traffic is not the #1 priority we find that they are more economically productive than any other style of development. This is particularly true when we compare people-oriented places to car-oriented places that is, where streets have multiple wide lanes to ensure fast car movement, where parking occupies much of the land, and where other forms of transportation like biking and walking are discouraged (either literally or by nature of the environment being dangerous for those forms of transportation).
Walkable streets encourage business activity, generate greater tax revenue per acre and offer a higher return on investment than auto-oriented streets.
Source: Andrew Price
Streets where walking is safe and easy are streets where businesses usually thrive. A number of studies have confirmed this over the last several years.
For instance, in...
Repeated warnings that the Private Finance Initiative was an outrageous rip-off, dumping ultimate risks on the taxpayer, were ignored
By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 17th January 2018
Again the inefficient state mops up the disasters caused by efficient private companies. Just as the army had to step in when G4S failed to provide security for the Olympics, and the Treasury had to rescue the banks, the collapse of Carillion means that the fire service must stand by to deliver school meals.
Two hospitals, both urgently needed, that Carillion was supposed to be constructing, the Midland Metropolitan and the Royal Liverpool, are left in half-built limbo, awaiting state intervention. Another 450 contracts between Carillion and the state must be untangled, resolved and perhaps rescued by the government.
When you examine the claims made for the efficiency of the private sector, you soon discover that they boil down to the transfer of risk. Value for money hangs on the idea that companies shoulder risks the state would otherwise carry. But in cases like this, even when the company takes the first hit, the risk ultimately returns to the government. In these situations, the very notion of risk transfer is questionable.
Nowhere is it more dubious than when applied to the Private Finance Initiative projects in which Carillion specialised. The Private Finance Initiative (PFI) was invented by John Majors Conservative government, but greatly expanded by Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. Private companies finance and deliver public services that governments would otherwise have provided.
The government claimed that the private sector, being more efficient, would provide services more cheaply than the public sector. PFI projects, Blair and Brown promised, would go ahead only if they proved to be cheaper than the public sector comparator.
But at the same time, the government told public bodies that state money was not an option: if they wanted new facilities, they would have to use the Private Finance Initiative. In the words of the then health secretary, Alan Milburn, its PFI or bust. So, if you wanted a new hospital or bridge or classroom or army barracks, you had to demonstrate that PFI offered the best value for money. Otherwise, there would be no project. Public bodies immediately discovered a way to make the numbers add up: risk transfer.
The costing of risk is not...
For those that were excited over the months of ongoing work by SUSE to bring up an in-kernel boot splash system that could be better than Plymouth for at least some use-cases and was interesting many readers, unfortunately it's not panning out for mainline...
Scientists were worried this year that flu season was going to be especially rough and thats proving to be true. And even though the flu shot doesnt work particularly well this season either (its about 10% effective), health officials still want you to get it. But sadly, in the last two weeks eight Santa Barbara County residents have died from the flu and seven of them had their flu shot (all eight were 65 or older). Our thoughts and prayers are with their families.
Dr. Charity Dean, the public health czar for Santa Barbara County is extremely worried because shes not seen numbers like these in the last decade; the number of patients who are testing positive for the flu at local hospitals and health clinics is off the charts, local emergency rooms are slammed, reportedly experiencing a threefold increase in number of patients reporting flu-like symptoms, and emergency room waiting times have gotten much longer as a result. 1
Initially, doctors wondered whether numbers in Santa Barbara were higher because of preexisting lung problems from the Thomas Fire but now that the rest of California seems to be getting hit just as hard that theory has been discarded.
This years strain of flu, H3N2, has been knocking people out- hard. But you dont need a flu shot thats only 10 percent effective and comes with a host of potential problems. Instead, you need to take care of your body (Im not a doctor and not trying to tell you what to do) by getting sunlight or taking Vitamin D, drink plenty of water, manage your stress level, and eat plenty of whole foods.
This video from the USA says about itself:
17 January 2018
Very often, centrist is used as an euphemism for right-wing.
neoliberal Democrats. By and large, centrist Democratsthat often invoke identity politicshave rejected Manning and instead opted to endorse her opponent who just so happens to be a privileged, rich, straight, white male. Wait, I thought they said progressives were sexist Bernie bros for supporting a straight white male over a woman? Looks like they just revealed their own hypocrisy. Oops!
See also here.
Israels right, which prides itself on its realism regarding the peace process, has become surprisingly optimistic about the possibility of coexistence
By Gadi Taub
For years the left, myself included, claimed that there would be an Arab majority between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea in the very near future. And then, if we surrendered to the dream of a Greater Israel, Israel would not be able to remain Jewish and democratic. Without a Jewish majority we would have to choose between two non-Zionist options: Jewish apartheid or a non-Jewish democracy.
This argument is somewhat formalistic; reality is less geometric. It̵.........
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Reivindicamos la instalacin de un artefacto incendiario/explosivo en una de las entradas del santuario del Movimiento Apostlico de Schoenstatt, ubicado en la comuna de La Florida, accin realizada la noche del 15 de enero, da de la llegada del Papa Francisco a Chile.
Con nuestra accin reafirmamos el combate contra la autoridad de la Iglesia Catlica, institucin cuyos organismos y representantes han ejercido histricamente la represin sobre los cuerpos, la imposicin de roles y pautas de comportamiento, la manipulacin de mentes y el monopolio espiritual que castra la libertad de lxs individuxs.
Cmplice de matanzas, persecusiones y genocidios en la historia mundial, la Iglesia Catlica y su Papado son un pilar del dominio civilizado y del colonialismo en el territorio denominado Latino Amrica.
El Movimiento Apostlico de Schoenstatt, fundado en Alemania en 1941 por el sacerdote Jos Kentenich, quien crea personalmente el movimiento en Chile en 1949, es sin lugar a dudas un importante enclave y referente del conservadurismo de la elite empresarial chilena.
A travs de su red de escuelas, los Padres de...
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While Moscow is working hard to reach a peaceful settlement of the Syrian crisis and applying great efforts to convene a Syrian Peoples Congress in Sochi, Washington is doing its best to undermine the peace talks being held in Astana and Geneva, as well as the prospects for the upcoming Sochi conference.
Haiti, for us in the Caribbean is more than just a member of our community; it is the first nation to rise up against slavery and oppression in our region. The effect of the inappropriate depiction of Haiti, El Salvador and all African nations as "shit hole" countries is a matter that the people of the United States of America and their government and Congress should contemplate seriously. The responses have been swift, showing a mixture of outrage and shock. At the time of writing this commentary, there has been no expression of regret about the comment that has done nothing but injures the relations between the United States and many countries. Hopefully, representatives of the U.S. in other countries will distance themselves from it, and apologise as discreetly as they can. I am here concerned particularly with the remarks about Haiti, a member state of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the current Chair of the group's Heads of Government caucus. My colleague, the Ambassador of Haiti to the United States, Paul Altidor, rightly said, "We feel in the statements if they were made, the president was either misinformed or miseducated about Haiti and its people." The United Nations spokesman Rupert Colville, described the remarks as "racist," adding that, "You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as 'shitholes,' whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome." Comment: Really? It's in pretty bad shape, so much so that Trump's 'statement' isn't too far off the mark.
Months after he was abruptly escorted from his office and placed on leave pending a disciplinary review, intelligence community whistleblower ombudsman Dan Meyer is speaking out. In a statement released to Government Executive on Tuesday, Meyer rebutted in general terms the still-confidential accusations of issues related to workplace conduct and handling of classified material cited against him by acting intelligence community inspector general Wayne Stone and counsel Jeannette McMillian. Meyer, who for the past four years has served as executive director of Intelligence Community Whistleblowing and Source Protection, has come under fire amidst a move to reduce his role in educating employees at the 17 intelligence agencies about their rights and obligations in reporting alleged waste, fraud and abuse.
Illegal aliens on an ICE deportation flight to Guatemala (Illustrative photo: John Moore/Getty Images)
An audit on the screening practices of known or suspected terrorists made by Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) showed non-compliance with proper protocol in every file that was checked, The Washington Free Beacon reported.
The audit was made by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a follow-up to 2011 recommendations made by the department for screening aliens who maybe terrorists.
Of the 40 case files surveyed, DHS auditors found that all 40 cases had at least one instance of noncompliance with the Known or Suspected Terrorist Encounter Protocol (KSTEP). The cases sampled occurred during the Obama years, between 2013-2015.
However, ICE noted that the problems have continued into the Trump administration where they found 19 further documented cases since 2016 in which ICE workers in the field failed to send their reports to ICE headquarters as required.
In addition, as of July 2017, nine field offices and smaller offices did not have the infrastructure necessary to communicate derogatory information about known or suspected terrorists.
The lack of real-time information sharing capabilities jeopardizes ICEs ability to make decisions on known or suspected terrorists, the DHS stated.
The audit also blasted sanctuary cities and their law enforcement agencies that refuse to cooperate with ICE, saying such practices prevent the government from identifying possible terrorist connections in illegal aliens.
The main problems cited in the audit were:...
These days when Dave Airlie is't busy managing the DRM subsystem or hacking on the RADV Vulkan driver, he's been spending a fair amount of time on some OpenGL improvements to the aging R600 Gallium3D driver. That's happened again and he's landed some more improvements just ahead of the imminent Mesa 18.0 feature freeze...
Summary: Even though theres some decent coverage about yesterdays decision (e.g. from The Scientist), the patent microcosm googlebombs the news with stuff that serves to distract from or distort the outcome
YESTERDAY was an important day for the EPO for reasons other than EPO scandals. It was all about a case which we covered in the morning and right after the decision (we had complained about that a long while back).
IAM has apparently not found that worth covering. Says a lot about IAMWe always argued that patent offices should reserve patents to things that are actually inventions, not computer code or genetics (code of life). Pretty much every programmer agrees about the former. A lot of civil rights groups agree with us on the latter. These views are not unusual or outlandish. Nor should they be
The EPO has denied the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvards reliance on its US priority provisional application in revoking a CRISPR patent. The institute has already said it will appeal, Michael Loney wrote some hours ago. Its about the EPO saying goodbye to (probably) all CRISPR patents, for the decision can extend to others.
IAM, which blatantly fronts for patent maximalists, ended up posting for a fee CRISPR propaganda on the very same day EPO buried patents on it. IAM has apparently not found that decision worth covering. Says a lot about IAM
Expect some IAM spin shortly, complete with some highly misleading headline (i.e. the usual).
The EPO has denied the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvards reliance on its US priority provisional application in...
Henry Matisse Bouquet of flowers for July 14 Oct 7 1919 Japan and Europe Start the Central Bank Reset (BBG) The Bubble That Could Break the World (Rickards) South Korea Considers Shutting Down Domestic Cryptocurrency Exchanges (R.) Trump Reveals Winners Of Controversial Fake News Awards (AFP) Trump Considers Big
Is the Trump administration prepping the American people indeed, the world for a war against North Korea? It certainly seems so. US President Donald Trump is constantly needling North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, comparing the size of their respective nuclear buttons, while during a speech to the United Nations in September he promised to totally destroy North Korea if it was believed to be a threat to the United States.
The Western Bay and ARRC Wildlife Trusts are urging the public to be aware of seabirds washing up on Bay of Plenty shores. Julia Graham, Western Bay Wildlife Trust chairperson, said there was a mass seabird mortality with many dead or dying birds being washed up on the beach. "Many of these are juveniles that cannot survive in this rough weather and episodes of mass die-off are a natural course of events," she said.
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The tiny emirate is behind in its preparations for the tournament
FOOTBALLS World Cup in 2022, to be hosted by Qatar, was always billed as a regional event. Other countries in the Gulf offered hotel rooms and training facilities. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) said it would even host matches. But last June the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain broke off diplomatic relations with Qatar, angry about its support for Islamists and its ties to their nemesis, Iran.
On the sidelines a substitute is warming up: Iran. It is in early talks with Qatar to take on some of the hosting duties. Iran is already helping to feed Qatar amid a Saudi-led blockade. Its islands of Kish and Qeshm have hotels aplenty that could accommodate fans. Hooligans may be disappointed: Iran enforces sharia at its resorts, including a ban on alcohol.
Questions still abound over how Qatar, with no football culture and a stifling climate, won the rights. Including Iran would invite even more scrutiny. But Qatar may have little choice. Though it promised to build 100,000 hotel rooms by 2022, it will struggle to reach 45,000. Germany had 2m foreign spectators for its World Cup in 2006, and Russia hopes for more than 1m later this year.
Qatar may come up short on stadiums, too. It says eight will be ready by 2022, not the 12 it promised. Iran is unlikely to host matches, but the mere possibility has turned its ban on women in stadiums into a political football at home.
Qatar plans to commission cruise liners and even to use migrant labour camps (upgraded, of course) to hold fans. Kuwait, Oman and Jordan, which have maintained ties with Qatar, could yet play a role. But some Gulf states show no sign of wanting to make up. On New Years Eve the UAE projected every Gulf countrys flag onto the Burj Khalifa, the worlds tallest building, except Qatars. Saudi Arabia refused to display it at a recent chess tournament in the kingdom.
With the Linux 4.17 kernel (not the upcoming 4.16 cycle) there is likely to be added initial HDCP support to Intel's Direct Rendering Manager driver. Ahead of that this High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection support continues getting improved upon...
This is a note about what Ive been sensing today, that there are penetrating energies coming in, and these are intended to needle us into awareness of those things that need to be released. Someone I spoke to today has had them in the neck area, Ive had one in a tooth area (Im waiting to see if it persists).
My experience with these things is that usually, as they are not resisted, but rather flowed with, they often pass over, and any pains associated with the needlings subside.
We shall see.
As the most recent GaiaPortal noted, Nocturnal living is finished, and this likely includes being asleep to what is going on within us, namely, like it or not, we will be awakened to what we need to release, for the benefit of our personal (and collective) Higher Self.
Nothing to fear Penetrating Energies are here!
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We claim responsibility for the incendiary / explosive device that was left at one of the entrances to the sanctuary of the Apostolistic Movement of Schoenstatt, located in the commune of La Florida, this action was taken on the night of January 15th, the day of Pope Francis arrival in Chile.
With our action we reaffirm the fight against the authority of the Catholic Church, an institution whose organisms and representatives have historically exercised repression over bodies, the imposition of roles, the manipulation of minds and the spiritual monopoly that castrates the liberty of individuals.
Accomplices of massacre, persecution and genocides throughout world history, the Catholic Church and its Papacy are a pillar of civilized dominance and of colonialism in the territory called Latin America.
The Apostolistic Movement of Schoenstatt, founded in Germany in 1941 by the priest Joseph Kentenich, who personally established the movement in Chile in 1949, is without doubt an important enclave and point of reference for the conservative Chilean bu...
The level of insanity has reached an all new high when your diplomatic representative to the rest off planet Earth makes it clear that she is in fact beholden to a foreign government. Watch as she panders to the Zionist! She goes the extra mile to make sure that they understand that serving Israel comes first, everything else is secondary. She is an embarrassment to her country.
The main risks facing the world are environmental, including climate change, says the World Economic Forum's annual global survey.
This is a sad day for the "Mother of Russian Cities" - Kiev and for all Europe, as archaic diseases are returning to Ukraine unprecedented in the civilized world. "The Civilized world has already been rid of [these diseases] and never seen them in their lives" said Ukrainian Doctor Olga Golubkovskaya. It is with no pleasure that we present this video to you, but with great sorrow for our Ukrainian brothers and sisters. This is not the "dignity" they were promised by the West. If the Humanitarian superpowers love them so much, why not send medicine instead of weapons?
US President Donald Trump has expressed his satisfaction with the decision made by IT giant Apple to invest $350 billion in the US economy. "I promised that my policies would allow companies like Apple to bring massive amounts of money back to the United States. Great to see Apple follow through as a result of TAX CUTS. Huge win for American workers and the USA!" Trump wrote on his Twitter page.
New Delhi (CNN) India has successfully test-fired its Agni-V long-range intercontinental ballistic missile, the Indian Defense Ministry said in a tweet Thursday.
Amazons fifth transparency report has revealed that the company provided more customer data to U.S. law enforcement in the first half of last year than in its history with a shocking 1,936 different requests between January and June 2017, ZDNet reported.
Since the 1990s, one of Latin Americas smallest countries has built a system of primary health care that reaches nearly every citizen. Four key reforms underpinned this progress, and offer a model that other countries pursuing universal health coverage should consider.
This 2014 video from the USA says about itself:
Birds Native to Washington, DC II
Filmed at the Smithsonian Natural History museum in Washington, DC
From Cornell Lab eNews in the USA, January 2018:
Teddy Roosevelt, Top eBirder for 1901? The 26th president listed the birds he saw around the White House, and someone has entered them into eBird, along with sightings Roosevelt made elsewhere. The list is fascinating.
Worlds biggest chipmaker was hit hardest by Meltdown and Spectre scare
Financial Times (FT)
When Paul Otellini, then chief executive of Intel, paid nearly $7bn for security software company McAfee in 2010, he believed he was on an urgent mission.
The worlds digital infrastructure was at risk from hackers, he believed: only by baking security into the silicon at the heart of all computing systems could it be protected. The former Intel boss, who died last year, saw his personal role in strengthening the defences as nothing less than a national responsibility.
Seven years on, the worlds biggest chipmaker has just owned up to a flaw in its processors that is potentially far more serious than anything Mr Otellini envisaged. It is not alone most modern processors have been found to have a similar flaw. But as the dominant producer of the processors at the heart of most PCs and servers, Intel has, inevitably, found itself the one most in the line of fire.
Intels shares fell 9 per cent in the week after the flaw was revealed earlier this month, in the face of a strongly rising stock market.
Security researchers who uncovered the Meltdown and Spectre flaws have been highly critical of its efforts. If Intel had taken the time to study the risks associated with the 10 major design aspects of its chips, it would have been likely to spot the problem not to mention other potential bugs that may still be there, says Paul Kocher, an independent security researcher.
Mr Kocher, who was among the first to identify one of the vulnerabilities stemming from the design flaw, also lays the blame across the industry. These issues really ought to have been found by people inside of the processor companies, he says.
Some security experts say this is too harsh. Werner Haas, chief technology officer at Cyberus Technology, which has worked with Intel in Germany, says it is unfair to blame the company, because what looks trivial in hindsight can be hard to spot at first.
The blow to Intels technical prowess, however, is still acute. Hardware is by definition the least vulnerable part of a computing system to attack, says Patrick Moorhead, an analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy. But given that the same chip designs are at the heart of most of the worlds computers, the impact of a security failure could be devastating.
John Hennessy, a hardware expert and former president of Stanford University, describes the flaw as far more serious than the one Intel is best kn...
While refusing to recognize the decisive role that the coalition of Russia, Turkey and Iran played in saving Syria from the jihadi onslaught that was brought upon it, Washington carries on its destructive policies in this country.
It would seem that theres no more fact to reveal about Washingtons close ties with the so-called Islamic State terrorist group that is banned in a handful of countries, since the media has been discussing those for a long while now. The role that Americas special services played in the training, arming and supporting radical militants with so-called advisers and intelligence reports is undeniable. Each new article published on the net reinforces ones conviction that ISIS, just like Al-Qaeda that was created by the CIA during the Cold War days, was created by Washington to achieve its ultimate goal of plunging the entire Middle Eastern region into chaos, hoping to impose US-style democracy upon Syria, Libya and Iran by destroying their respective governments.
However, a string of successful military operations conducted by Russia, Turkey, Iran and Syrias armed forces themselves that resulted in the destruction of ISIS have confused all of Washingtons plans. This prevented Washington from invading Syria under the pretext of fighting the forces of international terror without the permission of the legitimate Syrian government or some sort of international approval.
Against this background, one cannot help but note that the fate of the militants of the defeated terrorist groups resembles the fate of Nazi criminals at the end of World War II, that were assisted by Washington in their attempts to escape prosecution. The only difference is that the majority of those fascist criminals found refuge in various structures supervised by US special services, for example, in Latin America. As for the majority of most experience and battle-capable militant groups of ISIS, theyve been disappearing in thin air suddenly, as if the ancient sands of Iraq and Syria were consuming them together with their equipment. However, with one swing of Washingtons magic wand they would appear in Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Afghanistan, and Russias and Chinas soft underbelly the Central Asia.
Those who are reading these lines sceptically may recall that back in 2006 the US Department of Justice prepared a detailed six hundred pages l...
January 26, 2006
Weve become better, in recent times, at letting ourselves be ourselves. Would you say thats fair? Were a little more OK than before with being fat, skinny, minorities, disabled, different in some way, from some mythical ideal of normal, and so the shame and guilt and fear once attached to that is now if not gone, then at least a little less pervasive.
And yet. If you think about these things, what do they all have in common? They are superficial. I dont mean theyre unimportant. Far from it. I mean that they are only aspects of us which should not define us. I am a disabled minority. But before I am those thingswhich are social identities, categories, labels, not what you might call essentialsI am many other things, which are deeper and truer parts of me.
What are those deeper and truer parts? Well, those parts of us we are still a little uncomfortable with. Weve come a long way in accepting ourselvesbut we still have a long way to go. For we have begun accepting outer deviations from the ideal person, the uberman or uberwoman but inner ones, that have to do with our personalities, our ways of thinking and being and sensing, much less so. Those are still fraught with guilt, shame, fear, and anxiety. But what two human beings are anything alike on the inside? You see how funny it is.
I will give you my own example. All my life long, Ive been a little depressed. I know, youre shocked, right? Like you couldnt tell from my posts. LOL. Now, thats not a confession meant to elicit your pity. Quite the opposite.
I am happier to be depressed than I think I would be if I wasntbut only after understanding its meaning and purpose and power. Now, I take my anti-depressants, and they do what they are supposed to do. They stabilize my mood. They smooth out the rough edges of life. But do you know what?
There are days when I miss the feeling I have when Im not on them. How can I explain it? Its not only sadness, now that I have come to be able to hold it. Its something like the exquisite ache of being. No one who is really present to the tragedy of existence cannot say that life is not being wounded. We are tiny things, lost and alone and ignorant. We do not know where we come from or where we go or why. and yethere is the little miraclehere we are, just going on every day. Walking beside those we love. Doing the difficult work of living. Trying to hold whole worlds we can never hold in our fragile human arms.
And so in being wounded by all that, drawing it in completely for just an instant, there is a happiness greater than all the superficial pleasures in the world to mebecause it is authentic, raw, true, even though it hurts.......
Haunted by the horrors of Cast Lead Refaat Alareer and Ahmed Abd El-Al Israel has still not been held accountable for massacres it carried out nine years ago. Palestinians attend the 7 January 2009 funeral of some of more than 40 victims of an Israeli strike near a UN-run school in Jabaliya refugee camp in 
Humanitarian action and medical help for war-torn nation greeted warmly by Syrian people with songs in Russian sung by children Russkaya Vesna (Russian Spring) reported that on January 15, 2018, the citizens of Karfa in the South Darea province of Syria received a most welcomed visit from the Russian military forces who liberated them from the oppression of ISIS.
Global tensions are rising visibly, as the petrodollar-funded U.S. corporate government faces a January 18th start of gold-backed yuan-denominated oil trading, even while its still-unfunded January 31st payment deadline looms.
One sign of this extreme tension came last week when a missile from a cabal submarine was stopped from hitting Hawaii and the submarine was sunk, Pentagon sources say. Media outlets around the world have reported that Hawaiian residents all received the following warning on their mobile phones: BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII, SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER, THIS IS NOT A DRILL, but later this was reported to be a false alarm. It was notit was an attempt by the cabal to blame the attack on North Korea and use it as a trigger for their long-desired World War III, CIA sources say.
U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency official Paul Laine has previously told this writer that numerous underwater bases exist. These bases now appear to be under systematic attack.
a person claiming to be His Excellency His Royal Highness of The United States of N...
Chicago Board Option Exchange (Cboe) historic bitcoin futures market has had its first month, and results are decidedly mixed depending on the analyst. Some see the experiment as a dud, while others champion the mainstreaming of cryptocurrency. So far, bears are trouncing bulls.
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That run-up though! Coming bitcoin futures in December of last year were supposed to bring about mainstreaming and liquidity galore in the ecosystem. Oh, what a difference a little over a month makes. 17 January 2018 is a marker which will help professional investors analyze the facts of the matter.
Its the official expiration of Cboe bitcoin futures contracts, and at present the verdict appears to be, well, mixed. The world as we know it did not end, as some Wall Street pros worried, despite two rather dramatic price flubs, including the current dip as of this writing. Volume was mostly flat, dominated by foreign trading....
Just when you thought the transhumanist craze had died down and was a "passing" fad of science fiction prognostication, this article from the U.K.'s
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The school will be run by parents and guardians who have experienced tough benefit cuts, criminal convictions or generational education deprivation. They will be joined by two hard pressed charities, Barnardos and The Cat (burglars) Protection League.
Head teacher and former nonce, Alan Kincade, said We will be offering children a broad based and balanced curriculum to reflect current times and the special needs of our community. Modules will include Living without Benefits where pick-pocketing techniques and regular excursions into the West End will give boys and girls appropriate work experience. Getting into Business will allow pupils to work towards Level 1 qualifications, with setting up prostitution networks and pimping-for-profit being key elements of the course.
A special school shop will offer a range of goodies from small clear plastic bags to skeleton keys and branded knuckle-dusters. A school-based extortion racket will also help to siphon off any funds.
Education Secretary Michael Gove said The Fagin Free School is a wonderful template for cash strapped parents who would like to open similar schools up and down the country, especially those in inner cities where young people need direction. It fits in entirely with Conservative ideals for free enterprise and independence. It is a flagship example of how the Big Society brings like-minded groups together to work towards decent Victorian values.
As well as full-time teachers with long term legal expertise, Chemistry and Horticulture Supply teachers will be introducing cannabis and Class A drugs into the educational mix to enable students and staff to chill-out when necessary.
School governor, Stuart Henderson from Hackney is very excited about the forthcoming opening of the Fagin Free School next September. I havent worked since 2010 after falling arse over tit off a fucking ladder and through a bastard greenhouse in a bungled burglary. As a governor and mentor Im looking forward to passing on my expertise and setting young people off on the right road or dark alley. Ill also be advising on injury compensation claims.
A spokesman for co-founders Barnardos said, Our income has been severely hit since the Coalition came into power so getting into education and putting vulnerable kids back on the street under the direction of the Fagin Free School...
An update on new additions to our list of pork rolls in the CBD, available for big city workers and visitors alike. The last time we did a complete round up of the pork rolls available in the CBD we trudged endlessly up and down the central business district looking for these wonderful anytime Vietnamese sandwiches. There's been a lot of change in the city since we last went hunting
Media Lies About Fake News Eric Zuesse A major new Gallup report that was issued on January 16th headlined American Views: Trust, Media and Democracy (its issued in conjunction with the Knight Foundation) and it finds that Internet-only news websites are the least-trusted of all newsmedia. 54% trusted Your local newspaper. 52% trusted National network 
Pro-government forces have liberated the village of Batha in southern Aleppo and repelled a series of attacks by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) southwest of Abu al-Duhur. Meanwhile, ISIS units have attempted to reach the government-held village of Sinjar and but failed to achieve this goal. ISIS has been only able to enter the village of Duwayah.
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By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
17 JANUARY 2018 9:52PM
Italys ascendant populists on Left and Right have shelved their immediate plans to leave the euro. They are plotting instead to subvert monetary union from the inside with parallel currencies and deficit spending in open violation of the Maastricht Treaty.
This is equally dangerous for Germany and for the political construction of Europe, and is far more likely to happen.
The rebel forces jockeying for power in the elections on March 4 currently lead the polls by a wide margin. Between them they command two thirds of the electorate. All view the euro system as a racket run largely in the interests of Germany. They intend to fight back by gaming the EU themselves with matching cynicism and Machiavellian astuzia.
The eurosceptic revolt should come as no surprise. Economic recovery in Italy is a relative term. Output is still 6pc below the pre-Lehman peak. The tangible reality for most
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Do you overeat? Did your boyfriend just break up with you? Does no one return your emails? Do you fall asleep at night and wake up in the morning? If so, you may be suffering from mental illness! Mental illness is a highly stigmatized, life-long condition, that millions do not even realize they have and only a pharmaceutical drug can fix says Pharma and its operatives. Few marketing gambits have been as successful as Pharma's elevation of everyday symptoms into "mental illness." It has enabled it to aggregate "patient" groups to petition lawmakers, insurers and Medicaid and Medicare for payment of high-priced psychiatric drugs. It has allowed groups like the Pharma-funded Active Minds and NAMI to infiltrate college campuses and proclaim the ups and downs of growing up and college life "mental illness"--growing the market. And now it has allowed it to infiltrate Boston's Museum of Science. Last spring an exhibit called Many Faces of Our Mental Health debuted at the museum, taking Pharma's everyone-is-mentally-ill message to museum goers and the general public. Visitors to the exhibit "might gain new insights and better understand the complex nature of mental health," said the press release. They might "reflect on how mental health affects their own lives or the lives of friends and family." Hey, they might have "mental illness" too!
Winter Storm Inga unloaded snow and ice on much of the South Tuesday and Wednesday, and with frigid temperatures moving in behind the snowstorm, travel in the region has been all but shut down and at least 100,000 homes and businesses were in the dark. At least seven deaths have been blamed on the winter storm. Authorities in Bibb County, Georgia, confirmed a fatal crash caused by wintry conditions killed two people Wednesday morning along Interstate 75, and the roadway was shut down the road for an extended period of time. On Tuesday afternoon, a woman died in a crash on Interstate 64 in Cabell County, West Virginia, according to the Charleston Gazette-Mail. In Metairie, Louisiana, a baby died after a vehicle crashed into a canal, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. The mother remains in critical condition following the crash that was likely caused by icy roads, the report added. The governor's office announced three more deaths caused by the storm. Three other deaths were blamed on the brutally cold weather that rushed in behind the storm. Officials in Houston reported two deaths from cold-weather exposure and Memphis authorities said there was one confirmed fatality. Hundreds of flights were canceled across the South again on Wednesday, including in Atlanta and Charlotte, where the former was in a ground stop in the morning hours and the latter was facing multi-hour delays. Residents were urged to stay home and off the roads as several Southern cities attempted to avoid a repeat of recent "Snowpocalypse" events, when hundreds of thousands of motorists were stranded on icy roadways for several hours. Nevertheless, officials reported hundreds of accidents on slick roads in the metro Atlanta area on Wednesday
By Bill Van Auken in the USA:
Fractures, Fears and Failures: Worlds ruling elites stare into the abyss
18 January 2018
Next week will see some 2,500 bankers, hedge fund managers, corporate CEOS, government officials and celebrities descend once again on the Swiss Alpine resort of Davos for the World Economic Forum (WEF).
Paying $55,000 a head as the price of admission, one could well assume that the representatives of the financial and corporate oligarchy drawn to the annual meeting, and the lavish parties that accompany it, have a lot to celebrate.
The Bloomberg Billionaires Index published last month established that the fortunes of the worlds wealthiest 500 billionairesmany of whom will be in attendancerose 23 percent over the past year, making them $1 trillion richer than at the end of 2016. And the obscene amounts of wealth keep rolling in, with the Dow closing at 26,000 Wednesday, recording its fastest ever 1,000-point rise.
Yet the principal report issued as the basis for the four days of meetings and closed-door discussions presents a picture of a global ruling elite living in mortal fear that growing economic and social crises, and, above all, the threat of world war and social revolution, may rob them of not only their fortunes, but their heads as well.
Titled Fractures, Fears and Failures, the WEFs 2018 Global Risks Report includes subheads such as Grim Reaping, The Death of Trade, Democracy Buckles, Precision Extinction, Into the Abyss, Fears of Ecological Armageddon and .........
AFP / by Dario THUBURN | Macron hosted May at the Elysee palace last month
The funding will go towards fencing, CCTV and detection technology in the northern French port city as well as at other points along the Channel from which migrants regularly attempt to reach British shores by ferry or train.
The money would be on top of more than 100 million already paid by Britain following a border deal between the two countries that has now been renegotiated and is due to be signed on Thursday.
British and French leaders also aim to deepen cooperation in tackling terrorism at the meeting, as Britain tries to strengthen ties before leaving the European Union next year.
Macron, who is on his first official trip across the Channel, will meet May at an army base near the British capital.
In a piece of diplomatic theatre, Macron is expected to confirm that France will agree in principle to loan London the Bayeux Tapestry, the famed 941-year-old embroidery that recounts the Norman conquest of Britain in 1066.
Todays summit will underline that we remain committed to defending our people and upholding our values as liberal democracies in the face of any threat, whether at home or abroad, May said in a statement ahead of the talks.
Our friendship has always gone far beyond defence and security and the scope of todays discussions represents its broad and unique nature, she added.
A new treaty
The leaders are expected to focus on the sensitive issue of immigration.
Hundreds of people continue to camp out in the northern French town, hoping to stow away on trucks heading to Britain, a destination seen as an El Dorado by some migrants from Afghanistan and parts of Africa.
The two countries currently abide by the 15-year-old Treaty of Le Touquet, which permits immigration checks within each others borders.
A new treaty will be signed at Thursdays summit to complement the 2003 deal, according to French officials.
May is also exp...
Saudi Arabia has viewed the recent protests in Iran as no less than a geopolitical opportunity as the Kingdom is currently locked in a regional power struggle against the Islamic Republic.
Saudi commentators have publicly lambasted Iran, calling the protests a fierce blow to the heart of Khomeinism and stating that the protests had made Iran boil like its on a crater of a volcano. Some commentators warned collapse would be next.
While at the time the media appeared to praise and romanticize Saudi Arabias anti-corruption shakedown, the truth is that Saudi Arabia is in the early stages of an economic recession and used its crackdown as an excuse to confiscate billions from rich Saudi elites.
According to Bloomberg:
Theres never been a housecleaning quite like this one. Dozens of Saudi Arabias richest and most influential ...
Because of their high precision and speed, Delta robots are deployed in many industrial processes, including pick-and-place assemblies, machining, welding and food packaging. [...] Over time, roboticists have designed smaller and smaller Delta robots for tasks in limited workspaces, yet shrinking them further to the millimeter scale with conventional manufacturing techniques and components has proven fruitless.
Reported in Science Robotics, a new design, the milliDelta robot, developed by Robert Wood's team at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) overcomes this miniaturization challenge. By integrating their microfabrication technique with high-performance composite materials that can incorporate flexural joints and bending actuators, the milliDelta can operate with high speed, force, and micrometer precision, which make it compatible with a range of micromanipulation tasks in manufacturing and medicine.
In 2011, inspired by pop-up books and origami, Wood's team developed a micro-fabrication approach that enables the assembly of robots from flat sheets of composite materials. Pop-up MEMS (short for "microelectromechanical systems") manufacturing has since been used for the construction of dynamic centimeter-scale machines that can simply walk away, or, as in the case of the RoboBee, can fly. In their new study, the researchers applied their approach to develop a Delta robot measuring a mere 15 mm-by-15 mm-by-20 mm.
Hayley Mcclintock, Fatma Zeynep Temel, Neel Doshi, Je-Sung Koh, and Robert J. Wood. The milliDelta: A high-bandwidth, high-precision, millimeter-scale Delta robot. Science Robotics, 2018 DOI: 10.1126/scirobotics.aar3018
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Is there an idea or concept that every single human being on the planet could agree upon? Not as straightforward a question as you might think!
Is there something we can all agree upon? I recently found myself pondering this question after a deep spiritual experience which shook my world. First I started with the obvious stuff like is the sky blue or is the grass green, but I realised the sky is not blue, it just gives the illusion of being blue and at night time it is not blue (or at least not always). The grass is also not green, as when it dries out it goes brown, and what if my perception of green is different to yours.
The earth is a sphere? Well many disagree, some think it is flat, others a dodecahedron, maybe there are other theories- but these are just a few. Can we agree on science? No, science is just a philosophy- although many scientist will disagree with this, many believe science to be very unscientific in it nature. Are we created? God, evolution, aliens or stardust? There is so much debate on this, its hard to come to anywhere near to a logical agreement about the matter.
Time is an illusion (at least some people think). Matter is really not matter at all. The laws of physics change at the microscopic level. And evidence is only evidence, if you believe the process/laws/method in which the evidence is collected. The truth is, even when you get just a small group of people together- you have a wide range of beliefs and value that so often contradict each other.
The fact is, if one person thinks something and another s...
This talk was organised by the Anarchist Discussion Group in Cork (Ireland). The speaker is Alan MacSimoin.
Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.
This talk was organised by the Anarchist Discussion Group in Cork (Ireland). The speaker is Alan MacSimoin.
An overview of the important links and differences that exist between anarchism and marxism.
The speaker is Alan MacSimoin.
Alan MacSimoin has been active in the anarchist and trade union movements for over forty years. In 1984 he was one of the founders of the Workers Solidarity Mov...
The process of repression is outsourced to the citizenry who indirectly secure absolute power for the regime. It is a vicious cycle with the masses being both the victims as well as beneficiaries of repression.
Autocracies, to maintain their hold on power, rely on heavy doses of repression. Their power appears to be heavily centralized in the upper echelons of the social order, however, the reality is much more complex.
Autocracies mould their masses, who are both the victims of repression and its beneficiaries. Beneficiaries in the sense of smaller autocrats also repressing those below them in the social order. As such, repression is decentralised, creating fertile ground for societal repression, the main victims of which are those on the margins and the weaker segments of society such as minorities, women and the poor.
This repression is recreated at all levels of society as well as in a number of situations at schools, the work place, and even within families and homes. With a state policy that condones this form of repression, a society with extremely limited margins of freedom is created in both the public and the private spheres, with the burden lessening as one moves up the social ladder.
Inequality is accepted as a natural condition, as those on the social margins are dehumanized, repressed and violated. This is an essential method for the preservation and the propagation of an autocratic system.
When one looks at Egypt and the lineage of repression, which I have personally experienced, one can only see that repression penetrates all layers of society. A simple example is that of the school system, and the levels of violence children of the lower classes are exposed to.
In 2015 a.....
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While the war party Establishment is fighting to defend its privileged global order, many other Americans seek a return to normal nationhood with all that implies. If true, the next few years will see a major internal conflict that will determine what kind of country the United States will be.
The dozen people working at CSER itselflittle more than a large room in an out-of-the-way building near the universitys occupational health serviceorganize talks, convene scientists to discuss future developments, and publish on topics from regulation of synthetic biology to ecological tipping points. A lot of their time is spent pondering end-of-the-world scenarios and potential safeguards.
A small cadre of scientists worries that lab-made viruses, AI, or nanobots could drive humans to extinction.
In 2014, Mike Weatherley, the UK Governments top IP advisor at the time, offered a recommendation that copyright education should be added to the school curriculum, starting with the youngest kids in primary school.
In the years that followed new course material was added, published by the UKs Intellectual Property Office (IPO) with support from the local copyright industry. The teaching material is aimed at a variety of ages, including those who have just started primary school.
Part of the education features a fictitious cartoon band called Nancy and the Meerkats. With help from their manager, they learn key copyright insights and this week several new videos were published, BBC points out.
The videos try to explain concepts including copyright, trademarks, and how people can protect the things theyve created. Interestingly, the videos themselves use names of existing musicians, with puns such as Ed Shealing, Justin Beaver, and the evil Kitty Perry. Even Nancy and the Meerkats appears to be a play on the classic 1970s cartoon series Josie and the Pussycats, featuring a pop band of the same name.
The play on Ed Sheerans name is interesting, to say the least. While hes one of the most popular artists today, he also mentioned in the past that file-sharing made his career.
illegal fire sharing was what made me. It was students in England going to university, sharing my songs with each other, Sheeran said in an interview with CBS last year.
But that didnt stop the IPO from using his likeness for their anti-file-sharing campaign. According to Catherine Davies of IPOs education outreach department, knowledge about key intellectual property issues is a life skill nowadays.
In todays digital environment, even very young people are IP consumers, accessing online digital content independently and regularly, she tells the BBC. A basic understanding of IP and a respect for others IP rights is therefore a key life skill.
It is considered that Warsaw does not want to be the eternal periphery of the EU or a "second-class Europe". Polish politicians intend to teach European bureaucrats of European and Christian values themselves, and perhaps make their country a new center of power. But then Poland will have to make friends with a neighbour - Russia. The head of the European Council, Donald Tusk, said that Poland, having recently lost sufficient funding, could withdraw from the EU. According to him, if Warsaw's monetary obligations to the EU increase, "the Polish government will decide that it's time to ask citizens if they want to see their country in the EU at all."
New research shows frequent snacking on sugary foods to be key factor in child dental decay
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The head of Koreas primary financial regulator has said the government is considering shuttering all domestic cryptocurrency exchanges. Alternatively, the ban could only loom over exchanges breaking the law. The ongoing debacle of South Korean policymakers and officials delivering contrasting statements about the legality of domestic cryptocurrency trading just took another turn. Quoting the chief Continued
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New Delhi: Just last week, UIDAIs former chairman Nandan Nilekani called the opposition to Aadhaar, an orchestrated campaign. A few days before that, an editorial in an Indian news portal said the opposition comes from activists of the upper crust, upper class, wine n cheese, Netflix-watching social media elite mostly of the Left.
And in an interview with The Wire last year, former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said, This paranoia is coming from a few people in a country of 150 crore.
Nilekani, the architect of the Aadhaar project, has also spoken at length in reference to a major story in The Tribune that took on global resonance on how Indias entire Aadhaar database is being breached and leaked through various vendors.
Among the more prominent faces at the helm of th...
The city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is described as overwhelmingly Democratic, but the hometown newspapers editorial board is filled with relics from the great America Donald Trump wants to give back.
Apparently, if you call a racist a racist youre just as bad as GOP superstar Joseph McCarthy in his crusade against alleged Communists (people he didnt like).
Earlier this week, the newspaper published an editorial calling the act of correctly labeling someone a racist the new McCarthyism.
In defense of Donald Trump labeling black-majority countries shitholes, a group of people who clearly need to be fired from their jobs informed us that people who accuse others of racism it is simply a term of malice and libel almost beyond refutation, as the words communist or communist sympathizer were in the 1950s.
Moreover, the accuser somehow covers himself in an immunity of superiority. If I call you a racist, I probably will not be called one, these awesome folks add. And, finally, having chosen the ultimate epithet, I have dodged the obligation to converse or build.
Next, we launch into a wholehearted defense of Donald Trump and a ridiculous argument that calling his remarks racist somehow hurts the immigrants he wants to expel from our country:
If Donald Trump is called a racist for saying some nations are shithole countries, does that help pass a Dreamers bill to keep gifted young people in this nation people who have something to give the United States and are undocumented only because they were brought here by their parents illegally?
Thats the goal, is it not? To save the Dreamers? Thats what the White House meeting last week was about. Its what the whole week was about, until we went down the racist rabbit hole.
The Post-Gazettes editorial board would have you believe that calling racist remarks racist somehow destroys the fight for de...
Luxembourg FM voices support to Palestine as a State If France recognizes Palestine as a state, more countries will follow it, says Luxembourg FM World Bulletin / News Desk Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn on Wednesday voiced his support to the recognition of Palestine as a state. Speaking to German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Asselborn said: 
HONG KONG The pace of growth in Chinas economy accelerated last year for the first time in seven years as exports, construction and consumer spending all climbed strongly.
At least, thats what the government says.
In reality, the pace of growth in Chinas economy is anybodys guess. Various signals suggest Chinas growth did speed up last year, which could give the government the room it needs to tackle an accumulation of serious financial, social problems and social problems this year.
But measuring the size and health of the worlds second-largest economy can be difficult at best. Its official figures have become implausibly smooth and steady, even as other countries post results with plenty of peaks and valleys. Officials in far-flung regions are admitting their numbers are wrong. And outside experts crunching the data have come up with different and usually weaker results....
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User interfaces and poor procedures lead to pandemonium in Hawaii, hackers are attempting to trick victims into opening cryptocurrency-related email attachments, and yet more pox-ridden apps are found in Android's Google Play store.
All this and much much more is discussed in latest edition of the "Smashing Security" podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Paul Ducklin.
@Pandamoanimum over on Twitter has released her list of words/phrases that need destroying.
Updated my list of words/phrases that need destroying.
I know right
Amanda (@Pandamoanimum) January 17, 2018
Being super-accurate, this list has gone viral leading to many people offering additional suggestions heres just six from the comments:
1. let that sink in
'let that sink in'
shane barrell (@SBarrell) January 17, 2018
This list needs 'Manflu'
Michael Moran (@TheMichaelMoran) January 17, 2018
'Bae', 'Chillax', 'Totes', 'Amazeballs', 'Well jel' & 'Staycation' are all pet peeves of mine. Please can we also ban people from saying/writing 'prolly' instead of 'probably' it infuriates me so much!
Ben Ripley (@Ben_Ripley42) January 17, 2018
'Sleeps' Only eleven sleeps til Christmas
Adland's hillbilly (@Adhillbilly)...
Moscow has begun the delivery of the S-400 Triumf air defense missile systems to China under the 2014 contract, a source close to the Russian system of military cooperation told TASS on Thursday. "The implementation of the contract has begun, the first shipment has been sent to China," the source said.
This map provides a general look at the military situation in the Eastern Ghouta region in eastern Damascus on January 18, 2017.
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A group of protestors calling themselves the White Pendragons disrupted a speech by London mayor Sadiq Khan earlier this week.
People didnt know a huge amount about them so ITVs Paul Brand spent some time trying to get to know them and it could be the most worthwhile two minutes you spend this week.
After they disrupted @sadiqkhans speech today, I spent a good ten minutes genuinely trying to get to the bottom of what the White Pendragons stand for. Anyone able to help? #fab18 pic.twitter.com/h8DztI8z3I
Paul Brand (@PaulBrandITV) January 13, 2018
Heres what people made of them online.
Theyre like the US Freemen on the Land and the German Reichsburgers fringe groups who claim law allows them special privileges/exemption from tax/to take over the country. Pure nutters.
Mike Stuchbery (@MikeStuchbery_) January 14, 2018
They do seem to have a rather large chip on their shoulder but Im not sure about what exactly. I could watch this 100 times and still not know what their beef is.
Steve Osborne #FBPE (@eduosborne) January 14, 2018
Glad its not just me. Didnt have a clue what they were on about.
Jumping the snark (@Dani_L_P) January 14, 2018
When it comes to oil, Norway just cant help itself.
This week, a governing coalition was finally formed in Norway, a full four months after the general election which saw the minority government of Conservatives and populist-right Progress party remain in power. The new coalition platform now includes the Liberal party, Venstre, who have controversially joined forces with the Progress party for the first time, despite repeatedly denying this was a possibility during the election campaign.
Arguably, very little of Norwegian politics has any real international significance, barring a few issues. Two exceptions that come to mind are the potential influence Norway is having on Britains post-Brexit options, as well as the way the country manages its gigantic pension fund (the worlds largest sovereign wealth fund). But the most significant area is related to oil and gas activity, since Norway has for many years been among the worlds largest petroleum exporters by volume. Only the gulf states of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and U.A.E. are bigger exporters per-capita. A fair amount of the responsibility for the global climate crisis can justifiably be laid at the feet of Norway, which has become one of the worlds richest countries as a direct result.
Internationally, the political situation related to oil and climate has shifted significantly in the past year. President Macron has proposed an ecological transition law, intended to end the granting licences for oil and gas exploration in France. The World Bank has announced that it will no longer finance upstream oil and gas. Th...
Researchers at FireEye reported the malware was used in attacks against organizations in the telecommunications, financial, and insurance sectors.
Zyklon has been spotted for the first time in 2016, it is a publicly available malware that could be used for multiple purposes such as espionage campaigns, DDoS attacks or to mine cryptocurrency.
FireEye researchers recently observed threat actors leveraging relatively new vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office to spread Zyklon HTTP malware. reads the analysis published by FireEye.
Zyklon is a publicly available, full-featured backdoor capable of keylogging, password harvesting, downloading and executing additional plugins, conducting distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, and self-updating and self-removal.
The malware is modular, it can download several plugins to implement different features, it may communicate with C&C server over The Onion Router (Tor) network.
In this last campaign, the malicious code has been delivered via spam emails using as a ZIP archive that contains a specially crafted Word document.
The document exploits one of three vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office to deliver a PowerShell script that downloads the final Zyklon payload from a remote server.
One of the flaws exploited by the attackers is CVE-2017-8759, a flaw that was fixed by Microsoft in September 2017 after it was exploited by threat actors such as the Cobalt group to deliver malware in attacks wild.
A second triggered by the documents used in the campaign spotted by FireEye is...
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Why should women get to wear all the pretty dresses? Why can't men also flounce about in the feathers, lace or fine embroidery if they fancy? These are the questions being posed by the daring young Spanish label, Palomo Spain, whose flamboyant show kicked off the Paris men's fashion week late Tuesday.
Pretty dresses are no longer just for women
An amour fou it is not. Thursdays meeting between French President Macron and UK Prime Minister May will pit EU fervor against Euroskepticism. How will Brexit affect ties between the two countries?
A Frenchman must be always talking, whether he knows anything of the matter or not; an Englishman is content to say nothing when he has nothing to say.
That quote by 18th-century author and poet Samuel Johnson is a good marker to define the love-hate relationship between France and Britain over the centuries.
Georges Clemenceau, who had two stints as French prime minister during the Third Republic, also did his best to ensure there was little love lost when he remarked that English is just badly pronounced French.
Current French President Emmanuel Macron would probably beg to differ with Johnsons assessment, especially given the mostly positive feedback hes received for his EU reset plans, while UK Prime Minister Theresa May seems to have a lot to say without actually saying anything.
And while Macrons gesture to loan the famed Bayeux Tapestry to Britain will be welcomed in the art scene, it might also raise a few hackles, depicting, as it does, the Battle of Hastings when William the Conqueror from France defeated English forces in southern England.
Traditionally, France and Britain have worked closely on defense and security issues within NATO and the EU and globally as Europes only members of the UN Security Council.
Q Anon, A False Flag Attempt Is Headed Our Way Video X22 Report The President had his physical and he is in perfect health. Bannon is called in to testify in front of congress, but makes deal with Mueller...
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Ill admit I was taken aback. This senior officer and mentorwith nearly 28 years of military servicewasnt one for hyperbole. No, he believed what he was saying to me just then.
Sigma confirmed they will not announce any new DP camera at the Cp+ show which starts on March 1. But they will have many other new products. I guess they also tease the possible launch of their new FF lenses
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Is flouride in our water the biggest public health cover-up of
our times, or just "truthers" having a rant? Wake up, sheeple!
On the World Wide Web, there are few black holes more enticing to fall down than the great fluoride conspiracy. Some would call it the ramblings of paranoid truth gurus who spend too much time maintaining their dreads and making YouTube videos about Atlantis. Others insist that it's the largest mass control experiment of our times.
Where does the truth lie in an argument taken up by both sides with near religious conviction? It's almost impossible to decipher. Perhaps it's somewhere between the two.
The idea, in a nutshell, is that governments put fluoride in our water supply in order to negatively affect huge populations, for their own financial gains. That fluoride is actually a strong tranquilliser in disguise. That the US want their citizens to be zombies. That Kellogg's, Nestle, Crest and other food companies known as "The Fluoride Mafia" are all in on it. That fluoride dumping is secretly wrapped up in Illuminati interests.
If you dig into why water fluoridation began, you find a convoluted, suspicious mess. According to the conspiracy theory, the name of the company with the biggest profit to be made from water fluoridation was ALCOA. The ALCOA Company had an unlimited supply of toxic waste a byproduct of aluminium, AKA fluoride. At their lab, an ALCOA-sponsored biochemist did a test on rats that showed cavities were reduced with the fluoridated water and concluded that: "The case should be regarded as proved." In this historic moment in 1939, so the story goes, the first public proposal that the US should fluoridate its water supplies wasn't made by a doctor or a dentist, but an industry scientist working for a company that was also threatened by fluoride damage claims.
Another part of the theory is that, during the Second World War, industrial fluoride pollution increased because of the production and extensive use of ALCOA aluminium in aircraft manufacturing. It was after the Second World War that many governments began to put fluoride in our water supplies to protect people against cavities. Coincidence!?
Currently, about 372 million people (around 5.7 percent of the world's population) receive artificially fluoridated water in about 24 countries, including Australia, Canada, Ireland, the US and the UK. Since the 1950s, there has been relentless debate over whether there's any real reason to do this. Early conspiracy theorists declared that it was a communist plot to weaken American public health. Many have argued from a moral and ethical view that the public haven't chosen to be consuming it and so it's against individual will. From an economic standpoint, public money is being used on something without definitive proof of benefits. Some dentists and medical professionals...
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission denies FirstEnergys request to transfer Pleasants plant ownership
From the Press Release, West Virginians for Energy Freedom, January 13, 2018
A federal decision put an end to FirstEnergy Corp.s bad deal for its West Virginia customers, thousands of whom had protested the companys plan.
On January 12th, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) denied Ohio-based FirstEnergys request to transfer ownership of the Pleasants power plant to Mon Power, one of FirstEnergys regulated West Virginia utilities.
Under FirstEnergys proposal, customers of Mon Power and Potomac Edison, another FirstEnergy-owned utility in West Virginia, would have assumed all of the plants costs and financial risks, while FirstEnergy and its shareholders would receive a guaranteed revenue stream.
The Pleasants deal needed approval from both FERC and the Public Service Commission (PSC) of West Virginia. Solar United Neighbors of West Virginia and West Virginia Citizen Action Group, represented by Earthjustice, challenged FirstEnergys proposal before FERC and the PSC. At FERC, SUN-WV and WVCAG argued that customers would be forced to cross-subsidize FirstEnergys corporate affiliates.
In its decision, FERC denied FirstEnergys proposal because of cross-subsidy concerns. In particular, FERC found that Mon Powers December 2016 request for proposals for additional power plant capacity which SUN-WV and WVCAG argued was biased in favor of the Pleasants plant failed to meet federal standards.
FERC rejected the Pleasants sale because of the risk that it would result in improper cross-subsidization among subsidiaries of FirstEnergy, said Cathy Kunkel, an energy analyst with the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. Indeed, FirstEnergy clearly orchestrated the sale of the Pleasants plant in order to shift costs and risk from a deregulated subsidiary onto the customers of Mon Power and Potomac Edison.
Under this ruling, Mon Power would need to conduct a new RFP process if still seeks to acquire additional power generation capacity.
In this decision, the FERC commissioners four of whom were appointed by the current president unanimously rejected a brazen attempt to force Mon Power and Potomac Edison customers to guarantee profits for FirstEnergy and its shareholders. This is a major victory for West Virginia customers, who would have likely paid hundreds of millions of dollars if FirstEnergys scheme had succeeded, said Michael Soules, an Earthjustice attorney representing SUN-WV and WVCAG.
The Pleasants deal would have cost the average residential household approximately $69 each year....
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A loud explosion has been heard at the police station in the Swedish city of Malmo. The explosion was caused by a hand grenade, according to news reports. "The place is locked off and the bomb group is on its way," police spokeswoman Anna Goransson was quoted as saying by Aftonbladet. The alleged attack happened shortly after 9pm local time in the courtyard of the police station. "Fortunately, no people have been injured, but cars, I cannot say how many, have been damaged," Goransson told reporters.
Alan was a brave man and a major contributor to our understanding of the Zionist project and Israeli politics. During his extensive career Hart served as Middle East Chief Correspondent for ITN and BBC Panorama presenter specialising in the Middle East. His trilogy Zionism- The Real Enemy Of the Jews was amongst the deepest studies of the Israeli/Palestinian conflicts. I sometime disagreed with Alan but always learned something from this kind and knowledgeable man. RIP
Mistake comes just days after similar gaffe caused panic in Hawaii Thomson Reuters January 17 Japanese public broadcaster NHK issued a false alarm about a North Korean missile launch on Tuesday, just days after a similar gaffe caused panic in Hawaii, but the broadcaster managed to correct the error within minutes. The mistake took 
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Throughout the years, we've featured performances of Choir!Choir!Choir!--a large amateur choir from Toronto that meets weekly and sings their hearts out. You've seen them sing Prince's "When Doves Cry," Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" (to honor Chris Cornell) and Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah."
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Quit lying to us about Israeli-Palestinian peace process Face the truth: Israel wont willingly return the lands and resources it has stolen unless slapped with tough, sustained sanctions. Civil society in the US and UK must end the conspiracy among their warped government lites that makes a mockery of international law. By Stuart Littlewood It 
Im Mnchner Stadtteil Neuperlach wurde eine 4 Meter hohe und rund 100 Meter lange Mauer errichtet, um ein angrenzendes Wohngebiet von einer neu gebauten Flchtlingsunterkunft abzuschirmen gegen mglichen Lrm, so lautet zumindest die offizielle Erklrung fr den Bau der Mauer von der Stadt. Tatschlich separiert die Mauer auf brutale Art und Weise rumlich und symbolisch alte und neue Einwohner von Neuperlach voneinander. Das Knstlerkollektiv Rocco und seine Brder hat die Mauer von Neuperlach zum Anlass genommen, um nach Mnchen zu reisen und eine neue Intervention zu realisieren. Seit dem regt tagtglich das Statement Walls Create Strangers die Mnchner zum Nachdenken an, was Mauern mit Menschen und Beziehungen zwischen Menschen anrichten. Ps. Die Flchtlingsunterkunft, die hinter der dicken Mauer entstanden ist, steht im brigen seit der Fertigstellung leer. Absurder knnte das ganze gar nicht sein. ber die Knstler: Rocco und seine Brder ist ein Knstlerkollektiv aus Berlin. Rocco und seine Brder schaffen es immer wieder mit pointierten und kritischen Interventionen im ffentlichen Raum, auf ein bestimmtes gesellschaftliches Problem oder einen Misstand hinzuweisen und die Menschen so zum Nachdenken anzuregen. Fr mehr von Rocco und seine Brder besucht die Website des Knstlerkollektivs oder folgt auf facebook und Instagram.
Der Beitrag Walls Create Strangers Rocco und seine Brder mit Statement zur Refugee Mauer in Mnchen Neuperlach erschien zuerst auf URBANSHIT.
In June 2017 After intense discussions with his military Trump authorized an added up to 4,000 US soldiers ostensibly to further train an Afghan military in dealing with an increasingly successful Taliban force. By December the Pentagon was engaged in a massive air campaign it said was aimed at destroying the Taliban drug labs.
Arguing that the Pakistan ISI intelligence service was complicit in giving Taliban, the CIA-trained and al Qaeda-associated Haqqani and other terrorist groups sanctuary across the border, Trump then froze military aid to Pakistan. It is allegedly to force Pakistans military and intelligence to cut support for the Taliban and other Islamist groups. In one of his infamous tweets, the US President wrote, The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as foolsThey give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!
The Pakistan aid cut could involve two billion worth of equipment and coalition support funding. Administration sources stated that, all options are on the table, including stripping Pakistan of its status as a major non-NATO ally or calling in vital IMF loans.
As a direct result of the US pressure, the Pakistani government did not automatically renew for a full year refugee status for some 1.4 million Afghan refugees, instead ordering them to return to Afghanistan by end of Jan...
There are plenty of PC joysticks out there, but that didnt stop [dizekat] from building his own. Most joysticks mechanically potentiometers or encoders to measure position. Only a few high-end models use Hall effect sensors. Thats the route [dizekat] took.
Hall effect sensors are non-contact devices which measure magnetic fields. They can be used to measure the position and orientation of a magnet. Thats exactly how [dizekat] is using a trio of sensors in his design. The core of the joystick is a universal joint from an old R/C car. The center section of the joint (called a spider) has two one millimeter thick disc magnets glued to it. The Hall sensors themselves are mounted in the universal itself. [Dizekat] used a small piece of a chopstick to hold the sensors in position while he found the zero point and glued them in. A third Hall effect sensor is used to measure a throttle stick positioned on the side of the box.
An Arduino micro reads the sensors and converts the analog signal to USB. The Arduino Joystick Library by [Matthew Heironimus] formats the data into something a PC can understand.
While this is definitely a rough work in progress, were excited by how much [dizekat] has accomplished with simple hand tools and glue. You dont need a 3D printer, laser cutter, and a CNC to pull off an awesome hack!
If you think Hall effect sensors are just for joysticks, youd be wrong they work as cameras for imaging magnetic fields too!
Scientists uncover secret of 'mass mortality event' of endangered saiga antelopes in Central Asia
If youre having a bad day then console yourself that it could be worse. You could be being mistaken online for the loathsome Tory MP and party vice-chair who said poor people should get a vasectomy.
This is Ben Bradley, a TV news anchor in Washington who people keep mistaking for the other Ben Bradley, the Conservative politician who once said jobless men should get vasectomies and police brutality should be encouraged.
Bradley the one in Washington has been getting all sorts of stick for some time now.
@BenBradleyTV Don't even have to scratch the surface with you Tory boy to find a Pinochet loving ghoul. My God those Brexit voters are in for a hard time after you have worked them into shape.
tiger darwin (@TigerDarwin) January 17, 2018
Ah, jeez. Im still trying to figure out which body part you are. pic.twitter.com/tYb4j2J4UF
CWBChicago (@CWBChicago) January 18, 2018
Those Brits are brutal with their anatomical insults. https://t.co/s5Y3dWFpZK
Ben Bradley (@BenBradleyTV) January 18, 2018
Norway's recent announcement to suspend arms sales to UAE will no doubt anger a number of British ministers who would like to keep Britain's relations with UAE away from public scrutiny
New Delhi: The Supreme Court today cleared the decks for the all-India release of Padmaavat on January 25 and stayed notifications and orders issued by Rajasthan and Gujarat prohibiting exhibition of the film in their states.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra also restrained any other state from issuing such notifications and orders prohibiting exhibition of the movie.
The bench, also comprising Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud observed that the states are obliged to maintain law and order.
We direct that there shall be a stay of operation on the notification and orders issued and we also restrain other states from issuing such notifications or orders in this matter, the bench said in its interim order.
Senior advocates Harish Salve and Mukul Rohatgi, representing Viacom 18 and other producers of the movie, told the bench that states have no power to issue such notifications banning the exhibition of a film when the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has given a certificate of release.
The bench has posted the matter for further hearing in March.
The producers had approached the top court challenging the notification and orders issued by four states, all BJP-ruled Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh prohibiting exhibition of the film.
During the hearing today, additional solicitor general Tushar Mehta, who was representing Rajasthan, Gujarat and Haryana, informed the bench that notification and order has been issued by the states of Gujarat an...
Shocking Video of Nikki Haley Groveling and Pandering at AIPAC Event (Israel Lobby) Louis Heywood Russia Insider Jan 17, 2018 The level of insanity has reached an all new high when your diplomatic representative to the rest of planet Earth makes it clear that she is, in fact, beholden to a foreign government. Watch as 
China Considers Slowing or Halting Purchases of U.S. Treasuries by Chris Marcus Miles Franklin Just when you might begin to wonder what could possibly be the latest nail in the coffin of the U.S. dollar, news breaks that China...
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With its population dropping, this choking copper town in Russias Urals is struggling to survive. RU
Karabash, a small town in Russias Urals, is known all over the world for its shocking environmental pollution. The copper-smelting plant has been polluting the ground and air of this company town since the beginning of the last century, and in the mid 1990s Russias Environment Ministry declared the town an environmental disaster zone.
Both residents and experts put Karabashs high mortality rate from cancer and respiratory diseases down to the towns copper plant. In the towns early years, its population reached 50,000, but this number has gradually decreased to its current 11,000. Local authorities and plant management claim that the environmental situation is getting better, but residents dont believe them. While 2017 may have been Russias Year of the Environment, theres been no noticeable improvement in Karabash.
Ive long since given up drinking the tap water, says Vladimir Kartashov, who has lived here all his life. I go to a spring and fill up large bottles. Im sitting drinking tea with Vladimir and his friend Vyacheslav Serov in a well-worn kitchen in a typical five-storey block of flats. This neighbourhood is regarded as the newest in town: it has food shops, several cafes where you can have a meal for 200 roubles (2.20) and a library. The flats are as far away from the smelting plant as possible until a few years ago they were safe from toxic emissions, but this is no longer the case.
Sometimes I sit here in the kitchen or the living room in the evening and I can feel gas seeping through the closed windows, says Kartashov. If you let a few drops of car oil [contaminated by copper pollutants] drop on a hot car exhaust pipe, you ca...
Sen. Jeff Flakes opposition to President Trump is all words and little action, but he is at least willing to go farther than any of his colleagues. He went on the Senate floor today an excoriated the administration for their untruthfulness, comparing them to dictatorships around the world. His speech is worth a read.
The part that strikes me most was when Flake talked about the Russia probe. He not only took the president to task for referring to the investigation as a hoax, but he pointed out that there hasnt been a single cabinet meeting to discuss how to protect the country from future interference in our elections.
To be very clear, to call the Russia matter a hoax as the president has many times is a falsehood. We know that the attacks orchestrated by the Russian government during the election were real and constitute a grave threat to both American sovereignty and to our national security. It is in the interest of every American to get to the bottom of this matter, wherever the investigation leads.
Ignoring or denying the truth about hostile Russian intentions toward the United States leaves us vulnerable to further attacks. We are told by our intelligence agencies that those attacks are ongoing, yet it has recently been reported that there has not been a single cabinet-level meeting regarding Russian interference and how to defend America against these attacks. Not one. What might seem like a casual and routine untruth so casual and routine that it has by now become the white noise of Washington is in fact a serious lapse in the defense of our country.
Flakes speech leaves me feeling empty. If Trump is such a treat to democracy, why did Flake help him weather the political storm he is in by voting for the tax bill? If the president is utterly failing and leaving a serious lapse in the defense of our country, why should he be allowed to remain in office?
Flake didnt actually provide any guidance in this speech. He said to his fellow senators let us resolve to be allies of the truthand not partners in its destruction. But how are they supposed to be partners in supporting the truth while the leader of their party is bent on its destruction? Surely it isnt by helping him sign bills. It cant be by carrying out half-hearted investigations of the Russian matter.
I dont want to look a gift-horse in the mouth, but this pony aint up to snuff. Im glad that Flake vigorously defended the press and that he explained why the Russia investigation is about more than making excuses for losing an election. Im always supportive of anyone who wants to extol th...
You want to know what's ironic?
Stormy [Daniels] told In Touch, [The sex] was textbook generic, while discussing the fling they had less than four months after Donalds wife, Melania, gave birth to their son, Barron. I actually dont even know why I did it, but I do remember while we were having sex, I was like, Please, dont try to pay me.
She was all worried that Trump would treat her like a prostitute but then she wound up taking $130,000 from him to not talk about the sex anymore.
Again, I couldn't care less about the tryst but it matters that Trump is in the habit of paying hush money.
Ive read a lot of speculation about why Steve Bannon was subpoenaed to appear before one of Special Counsel Robert Muellers grand juries. It has been noted that Bannon is getting different treatment than other current and former senior administrative officials who have voluntarily spoken with the Department of Justices independent Russia investigation. Cooperating officials like Sean Spicer, Hope Hicks, and Reince Priebus were not compelled to testify and they did not have to face grand jurors. So, whats different about Bannon?
A common idea is that this has something to do with the publication of Michael Wolffs book Fire and Fury in which Bannon makes a series of accusations, including that Trump Jr., Manafort and Kushner engaged in treasonous behavior and that the administration would ultimately get nailed by Mueller for money laundering activities. Supposedly, these statements have piqued Muellers interest, but that would only explain why he wants to talk to Bannon and not why he would subpoena him. Others have speculated that Mueller wants to question Bannon before he can tell Congress what he knows because that will obviously leak back to the administration. But Bannon was scheduled to testify to Congress today, and it was only because the White House asked him not to cooperate that he didnt provide his testimony. The House Intelligence Committee issued their own subpoena on the spot and presumably he will be compelled to talk to them very soon.
Now, it could be that Mueller is bringing Bannon in because of Wolffs book or because hes now being hauled before Congress, but I think the timing here is probably coincidental. Mueller wants to talk to Bannon about something else. He wants to talk to him about Cambridge Analytica.
To begin with, the things Bannon was quoted as saying in Wolffs book arent of that much use to Mueller. Bannon wasnt part of the campaign when Trump Jr., Kushner, and Manafort met with the Russians in Trump Tower. His knowledge of money laundering is probably indirect at best. He may have heard or learned things of interest of Mueller, but his firsthand knowledge of Trumps business practices is probably nonexistent and hes not a helpful witness to things that happened before he was hired to run the Trump campaign. Mueller wants Bannon to tell him things that can be used in court, and if hes trying to build a collusion case then he wants Bannon to explain everything he knows about Cambridge Analytica.
Steve Bannon is a former vice president...
Looking at Nancys piece on the Republicans plan for preventing a blue wave midterm election, I noted that theyre going to rely on immigration as a wedge issue. Now, there are different elements to immigration, obviously, and some have more political power than others. In general, however, these issues tend to divide the Republican caucus much more than the Democratic caucus.
There may be some Democratic lawmakers who are worried about how the DACA issue plays in their home districts, but theyre certainly not talking about their concerns. Overall, the American public strongly objects to the idea of deporting people who came here as young children and have proven themselves to be promising and productive members of our society. Im unaware of any Democrats who publicly support funding Trumps stupid border wall, but there are plenty of Republicans who think its a bad idea, a waste of money, and something that the Mexicans were supposed to pay for rather than the American taxpayers. The sanctuary city issue may be a more productive area for the Republicans to probe, but its also something that so far has been litigated in the courts, and not to the GOPs advantage. Its probably of limited value as a campaign issue, especially because the economy is humming and were closing in on full employment.
The other wedge issue mentioned in Nancys article is only tangentially related to immigration. The GOP wants to argue for stronger work requirements for welfare recipients. To get any political juice out of that argument the Republicans would have to set things up so that the Democrats were blocking them from enacting legislative changes to the law. For example, if they could get a government shutdown framed around welfare instead of DACA, they might actually win that battle at the voting booth. Maybe.
As things stand, though, the Republicans are facing a government shutdown framed around DACA and shithole countries, and that looks catastrophic to me when you consider that the Republicans control both chambers of Congress and theyre divided over DACA and immigration policy. Theyll argue that the Democrats are soft on defense and obstinate on immigration, but it will be their inability to settle on compromise solutions on those issues that causes the Democrats to withhold their votes.
The GOP has...
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