Submitted by: Odio @ 01:02 PM | Sunday, October 2, 2016 | (url: https://www.rt.co...)
The Pentagon paid a UK PR firm half a billion dollars to create fake terrorist videos in Iraq in a secret propaganda campaign exposed by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.
PR firm Bell Pottinger, known for its array of controversial clients including the Saudi government and Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochets foundation, worked with the US military to create the propaganda in a secretive operation.
The firm reported to the CIA, the National Security Council and the Pentagon on the project with a mandate to portray Al-Qaeda in a negative light and track suspected sympathizers.
Submitted by: Odio @ 09:12 AM | Sunday, October 2, 2016 | (url: https://www.rt.co...)
Islamist terror attacks, the rise of the far-right and Britains decision to quit the EU may create such destabilizing conditions that the very survival of Jews in Europe would be impossible, a high-ranking rabbi told the European Parliament.
The head of Conference of European Rabbis and chief rabbi of Moscow, Pinchas Goldschmidt, told the MEPs that the European Jews feel as if they are standing on train tracks with trains coming at each other with ever increasing speed.
One train is the train of radical Islam and Islamic terrorism ... the other train is the anti-Semitism of old Europe, the extreme right, he explained, as quoted by the Independent.
Goldschmidt said that radical Islam and far-right anti-Semitism represent existential threats for European Jews, adding that both trains have to be halted before its too late.
According to the statistics voiced Tuesday by Martin Schultz, the president of the European Parliament, every fifth Jew in Europe has experienced verbal or physical violence, while the Jewish population in Europe has decreased from almost four million in 1945 to barely more than one million today.
The question that Jews ask themselves, not only as Jews but as Europeans, does Europe in its present form have a future after the [terrorist] attacks in Paris, in Brussels, in Copenhagen, and after Brexit? the rabbi said in his speech before the European parliament on Tuesday.
Goldschmidt urged the EU to do more to integrate the waves of immigrants flooding Europe into the European value system in order for them to give up the rabid anti-Semitism and radicalism, which is rampant in the Middle East.
If the situation in Europe remains unchanged, the European Union is at risk of becoming a failed experiment, said Moscows chief rabbi.
Submitted by: Goshin @ 01:26 PM | Friday, September 30, 2016 | (url: http://www.bbc.co...)
"Reptiles can master many problems that mammals can," says Gordon Burghardt of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. "Complex problem-solving, reversal learning, social learning, complex sociality, tool use and individual recognition have all been discovered."
Some of the more intelligent reptiles are the larger species with correspondingly large brains, such as crocodiles and monitor lizards. Another potential contributor to intelligence is longevity, which has also been associated with bigger brains. Dragons are certainly not lacking in size, but what about lifespan?
Many dragons of legend are eternal, ageless creatures, whose lives can only be ended at the hands of a burly hero with a big sword. While actual immortality is unlikely, reptiles like giant tortoises and tuataras can clock up well over a century. The key to such extended lives could be a slow pace and a correspondingly slow metabolism.
Bowerbirds are a different matter. To attract females, male bowerbirds line the floors of their "bowers" with all sorts of treasures, albeit humbler ones than those found in a dragon's lair. Instead of jewels and coins, bowerbirds hoard berries and pieces of broken glass.
Our dragons are shaping up nicely. So far we have prehistoric reptiles, maybe a sister group to the giant pterosaurs or giant snakes, with advanced cognitive abilities to match their size and longevity, and a complex mating system based on the procurement of shiny, metallic objects.
Imagine an evolutionary convergence that bestows analogous chemical weaponry on an enormous reptile. Two glands in this creature's neck secrete the necessary solution, and when they mix in the back of its throat, a jet of gas and scalding liquid is expelled from its mouth.
Such a creature is highly implausible, of course, but then so are bombardier beetles.
lets speed up evolution on dragons
Submitted by: Odio @ 01:08 AM | Wednesday, September 28, 2016 | (url: http://americanmi...)
A Clemson University administrator is banning students from displaying references to Harambe in dorms because it promotes racism and rape culture.
On Friday, a Clemson administrator sent out the new policy through an email to Resident Advisors instructing them to tell students to take down any Harambe references by September 30.
Due to an incident that happened earlier this week, we are no longer allowing any reference to Harambe (or any other spelling) to be displayed on doors, halls, billboards, or windows, said the email which was leaked to Campus Reform.
The incident reportedly involves an insensitive Harambe meme being sent to a freshman.
If residents are asking why they have to take them down you can share that there was a report from an individual about a meme being offensive and bias [sic] in nature and as a result all Harambe references are no longer allowed within our community, the email read.
Due to the incident students will no longer be able to publicly display Harambe signs and memes after September 30. By then, they all have to be taken down.
Harambe memes and signs can still be displayed inside of dorm rooms but they can not be publicly displayed.
In an email response to a students question about why Harambe references would not be publicly displayed, Graduate Community Director Brooks Artis wrote, although I (nor your RA) can share the incident that was reported [that] resulted resulted in this change, we have to remember that we all come different backgrounds and have different identities that shape how we are affected by different references.
Brooks added that even though the school is not banning the word, I want to encourage you to think about what you are saying and how someone who may be a different gender, race, culture, or sexuality than you may take the comment.
Submitted by: Amadeus @ 12:25 PM | Thursday, September 22, 2016 | (url: http://www.zdnet....)
China has begrudgingly admitted that the country's first and only space station is most likely out of control -- and is expected to crash into the Earth's atmosphere next year.
The Tiangong-1 space station, launched in September 2011, means "heavenly palace" and was used to perform docking exercises in preparation for the country to build and launch a larger space complex by 2020.
In a press conference last week, Wu Ping, deputy director of the manned space engineering office, admitted that the station will likely come back to Earth in the second half of 2017, according to local media outlet Xinhua News.
"Based on our calculation and analysis, most parts of the space lab will burn up during falling," the official said, adding that the Tiangong-1 is currently intact and is orbiting at a height of approximately 370 kilometers.
It is hoped any debris will fall into the ocean -- otherwise, debris scattered over land masses could potentially cause some damage. If Chinese operators monitoring the station's orbit believe that collisions will occur, they will release a forecast internationally closer to the time.
Speaking to The Guardian, Harvard astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell said the station would re-enter the Earth's atmosphere "naturally," and so is not possible to predict where debris will fall.
"You really can't steer these things," McDowell told the publication. "Even a couple of days before it re-enters we probably won't know better than six or seven hours, plus or minus, when it's going to come down. Not knowing when it's going to come down translates as not knowing where it's going to come down."
China will launch the lab's replacement, the Tiangong-2, on Thursday.
Who knew you can get disposable space stations nowadays?
Submitted by: motoxbudd @ 01:42 AM | Wednesday, September 14, 2016 | (url: https://www.white...)
zool was right all along. go figure. time to buy ammo.
Submitted by: Odio @ 12:07 PM | Friday, September 9, 2016 | (url: https://www.rt.co...)
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish hate preacher who has provoked outrage for his views on the disabled, women, Holocaust victims, Chinese people and homosexuals is planning to visit Britain to spread his message.
Britains Jewish community has expressed outrage over Rabbi Yosef Mizrachis proposed speaking tour in the autumn, with hundreds of people signing an online petition protesting his highly offensive, bigoted and hateful views.
The Israeli-born rabbi, who is now based in New York, has said he believes autism and Downs Syndrome are the consequences of sins committed in a previous life.
He links the spread of cancer and other diseases to immorality and lack of modesty, and compares women who have lost their virginity to an open bottle of cola, saying they are virtually nothing.
Last year, he said only 1 million real Jews perished at the hands of the Nazis, not 6 million.
Mizrachi has also previously stated that Ashkenazi Jews, Jews of Eastern European origin, were partly responsible for the Holocaust because of inter-marriage and the secular lifestyles they led.
After the devastating earthquake in Nepal last year, he posted a before and after image with the caption: All the idol worshipping places in Nepal are now destroyed.
Submitted by: Goshin @ 11:57 AM | Tuesday, August 30, 2016 | (url: http://www.dailym...)
Once again, vindication for Goshin
I was right about the NASA Rocket, I was right about being cool, and I was right about the warp drive
you guys were all wrong!!!
The idea for an EmDrive was proposed in 2000 by a researcher named Roger Shawyer.
Since then four independent labs, including one at Nasa, have recreated the drive.
But the mysterious engine had baffled scientists because it appeared to violate the law of conservation of momentum, which states for every action there has to be an equal and opposite reaction.
This means the rocket can only accelerate forward if a force of equal magnitude is sent in the other direction - the rocket's exhaust.
Nasa's Eagleworks team is now ready to reveal its findings, it has been claimed - sending the physic world into a tizzy.
'It is my understanding that Eaglework's new paper has been today accepted for publication in a peer-review journal, where it will be published,' claims one user on the Nasa Spaceflight forum.
Earlier this year, an employee confirmed the team was working on the paper.
'The Eagleworks Lab is NOT dead and we continue down the path set by our NASA management.
'Past that I can't say more other than to listen to Dr Rodal on this topic, and please have patience about when our next EW paper is going to be published. Peer reviews are glacially slow,' Eagleworks engineer Paul March wrote on the same forum.
Earlier this year, a paper published in AIP Advances suggests the EmDrive produces an exhaust like every other rocket.
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I'd post this in my space thread but I don't think anyone actually reads that thread anymore (regretfully)
Submitted by: Goshin @ 09:45 AM | Tuesday, August 30, 2016 | (url: http://www.cnn.co...)
Astronomers engaged in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) are training their instruments on a star around 94 light years from Earth after a very strong signal was detected by a Russian telescope.
An international team of researchers is now examining the radio signal and its star, HD 164595 -- described in a paper by Italian astronomer Claudio Maccone and others as a "strong candidate for SETI" -- in the hopes of determining its origin.
"The signal from HD 164595 is intriguing, because it comes from the vicinity of a sun-like star, and if it's artificial, its strength is great enough that it was clearly made by a civilization with capabilities beyond those of humankind," astronomer Douglas Vakoch, president of METI International, which searches for life beyond Earth, tells CNN.
Whenever a strong signal is detected, "it's a good possibility for some nearby civilization to be detected," Maccone tells CNN.
In a statement, Seth Shostak, a senior astronomer with the SETI Institute, said that "it's hard to understand why anyone would want to target our solar system with a strong signal."
"This star system is so far away they won't have yet picked up on any TV or radar that would tell them that we're here," he added.
METI International will be observing the star from the Boquete Optical SETI Observatory in Panama, Vakoch says, "searching for any brief laser pulses that might be sent as a beacon from advanced extraterrestrials."
He stressed the importance of all of the SETI community following up on a signal detected by any single member.
"Without corroboration from an independent observatory, a putative signal from extraterrestrials doesn't have a lot of credibility."
The SETI Institute is also examining HD 164595, using the Allen Telescope Array in California.
I wonder if this is anywhere in the neighborhood of that star that is dimming
Submitted by: Odio @ 05:40 AM | Tuesday, August 30, 2016 | (url: http://futurism.c...)
FINDING THE TARGET
In essence, cancer arises when a cells division mechanism breaks down and begins dividing uncontrollably, resulting in the development of tumors. When these out-of-control cells spread elsewhere, we have what is known as metastasis. which results in the development and spread of secondary tumors in the lungs, liver, and a host of other tissues.
These secondary tumors, also known as metastatic tumors, present the greatest risk and complications to cancer patients. Now new research may help provide an approach to eradicating the spread of these cancerous cells.
Led by Mauro Ferrari, a nanomedicine expert, a team of researchers has developed a method in which these spinoff tumors are tricked into consuming poison. The main component of this method is an agent called doxorubicin (dox), which has been used for years in cancer treatment, and the results in mice studies have shown this new method to be highly effective.
Dox eliminates cancer cells by jamming up DNA in the cell nucleus to prevent cell division. However, in the bloodstream, dox also negatively affects heart muscle cells and could lead to heart failure. To ensure that only tumor cells were killed, the researchers encapsulate the drug within a drug carrier.
For years, the team has been developing porous silicon particles for this purpose. With its small size and disklike shape, it is able to travel through normal blood vessels. Blood vessels near tumors are usually malformed and leaky ,which cause the particles to pool near the tumor. This allowed the drug agents to be delivered only to the tumor.
GETTING INTO THE SYSTEM
That wasnt the only problem researchers had to overcome. After delivering the agent, most tumor cells have membrane proteins which essentially act as tiny pumps that moves the drug outside the cell before it can have any effect. To counteract this defense system, the researchers linked the the dox molecules to stringlike polymer.
Submitted by: Odio @ 04:41 PM | Monday, August 22, 2016 | (url: http://www.washin...)
A wave of sexual assaults and fatal Islamist attacks in Europe have some German politicians calling for a loosening of gun-control laws.
The leader of the Alternative for Germany party, Frauke Petry, said in a recent interview that Islamist attacks in Germany and elsewhere suggest that the German people should be able to arm themselves with firearms and other means of self-defense.
"Many people are increasingly feeling unsafe. Every law-abiding citizen should be in a position to defend themselves, their family and their friends," Petry said.
"We all know how long it takes until the police can get to the scene, especially in sparsely populated places," she added.
Europe has seen a flood of immigrants in recent years, as persons fleeing the Syrian civil war and the rise of the Islamic State have poured over from the Middle East and settled in northern countries, including France, Germany and England.
Growing concerns over the migrant crisis, and the threat of Islamic terrorism, have boosted the Alternative for Germany's standing in the country, and the group is expected to perform well in upcoming votes in Berlin and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, according to Reuters.
Germany currently has some of the strictest gun control laws in all of Europe.
"Firearm owners must obtain a weapons license for which applicants must generally be at least 18 years old and show they have they have a reason for needing a weapon," Reuters noted.
But with the recent spate of fatal Islamist attacks, coupled with a wave of sexual assaults carried out by Middle Eastern immigrants, some German politicians are arguing now in favor of increased access to firearms.
Submitted by: Odio @ 01:33 PM | Thursday, August 11, 2016 | (url: http://tribunist....)
A protestor in Ferguson, Missouri was hit by a car traveling at high speed while attending a protest on the anniversary of the death of Michael Brow. The protestor was standing alone, in the middle of a multi-lane highway when the accident happened.
The driver of the car seemingly never even saw the protestor who was standing in the middle of the road. Other protestors were standing near the side of the road.
After the protestor was hit by the car, other members of the group of protestors drew firearms and opened fire on the car as it tried to escape the angry protestors.
According to a local media report:
Others among the roughly 75 protesters began trying to cut off the car, which then reversed direction to try to avoid the crowd, according to several witnesses.
At that point, witnesses said, several protesters pulled out guns and began chasing and firing at the fleeing car.
I just started screaming, and the bullets started flying, and I started screaming some more, said Heather DeMian, of St. Charles, a regular protester who has been live-streaming Ferguson protests.
It appears the driver did not intentionally strike the protester, according to Ferguson spokesman Jeff Small, who said the woman is being very, very cooperative with police.
Investigators say the woman was simply driving down West Florissant at nighttime, unaware someone was standing in the street, until it was too late to stop before hitting them, Small said in a statement Wednesday morning.
The womans car had several bullet holes in it from the gunfire of the protestors, but no one was injured by the gunfire. Police say the woman is cooperative and there are no charges filed so far against the driver or protestors.
Submitted by: Mr Jimmy Pop @ 08:06 PM | Monday, August 8, 2016 | (url: http://www.msn.co...)
Call it a legislative overreach, straight to your cars cupholder: Drinking coffee behind the wheel could be outlawed in New Jersey under a proposed distracted-driving law. The stogie that Tony Soprano lights and puffs on the way to his suburban manse? Snuffed out for good as well.
The bill under consideration in the state legislature would prohibit any activity unrelated to the actual operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that interferes with the safe operation of the vehicle on a public road or highway.
If that sounds broader than the barn you crash into after spilling McDonalds java in your lap, it is. Like the federal government and most states, New Jersey already takes a view of distracted driving thats darker than French Roast. According to the states Office of the Attorney General, inattentive drivers were responsible for nearly 800,000 crashes in the state between 2010 and 2014, including 3,179 deaths in 2014 alone.
Studies talk about how distracted driving is the number-one cause of accidents, Assemblyman John Wisniewski, the bills co-sponsor, told NewJersey.com. We ought to be able to stop it.
Because text messaging is a trifecta of distraction, requiring visual, manual and cognitive attention, New Jersey is one of 46 states and the District of Columbia that have outlawed driver texting. The feds brandished an effective stick, threatening to withhold 25 percent of federal highway funds to states that didn't fall in line.
I would argue Coffee contributes to safety.
Submitted by: Odio @ 02:31 PM | Friday, August 5, 2016 | (url: http://www.ibtime...)
A new murky law amended by UAE President dictates that people who use any method of personal security to ensure privacy on the internet will be fined or imprisoned.
According to Emirates24/7, UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued a significant number of changes to federal laws and one in particular is considerably concerning. The law in question is an amendment made to Federal Law No. 12/2016 and Federal Law No. 5/2012 on combating information technology crimes.
The most relevant change is what follows
Whoever uses a fraudulent computer network protocol address (IP address) by using a false address or a third-party address by any other means for the purpose of committing a crime or preventing its discovery, shall be punished by temporary imprisonment and a fine of no less than Dh500,000 and not exceeding Dh2,000,000, or either of these two penalties.
In laymans terms, the new law criminalizes those who use IP-masking technologies like VPNs, proxies, Tor, I2P, or others and risk going to jail, or additional fines between $135,000 and $545,000.
The purpose of this law, According to Softpedia, is to keep citizens of the United Arab Emirates from masking their real identity and making it appear as if they were located somewhere across the globe outside of the UAE. Keeping citizens from masking their IP address helps prevent cybercrime, for one. But secondly, it would both discourage and scare users from using VPNs or proxies for accessing services blocked in the country, such Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, Skype and others
Article 2 of the law states that the law shall be published in the Official Gazette and shall come into effect the day following publication.
Submitted by: Odio @ 07:50 AM | Thursday, August 4, 2016 | (url: http://medicalxpr...)
From middle-age, the brains of obese individuals display differences in white matter similar to those in lean individuals ten years their senior, according to new research led by the University of Cambridge. White matter is the tissue that connects areas of the brain and allows for information to be communicated between regions.
Our brains naturally shrink with age, but scientists are increasingly recognising that obesity - already linked to conditions such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease - may also affect the onset and progression of brain ageing; however, direct studies to support this link are lacking.
In a cross-sectional study - in other words, a study that looks at data from individuals at one point in time - researchers looked at the impact of obesity on brain structure across the adult lifespan to investigate whether obesity was associated with brain changes characteristic of ageing. The team studied data from 473 individuals between the ages of 20 and 87, recruited by the Cambridge Centre for Aging and Neuroscience. The results are published in the journal Neurobiology of Aging.
The researchers divided the data into two categories based on weight: lean and overweight. They found striking differences in the volume of white matter in the brains of overweight individuals compared with those of their leaner counterparts. Overweight individuals had a widespread reduction in white matter compared to lean people.
The team then calculated how white matter volume related to age across the two groups. They discovered that an overweight person at, say, 50 years old had a comparable white matter volume to a lean person aged 60 years, implying a difference in brain age of 10 years.