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Apricorn developed the Aegis Secure Key 3NX family in response to the demand for encrypted storage devices generated by the data privacy regulations, the most recent being the EUs GDPR which affects businesses operating within EU nations as well as all companies from other countries that are doing business in the EU and United Kingdom. Other regulations like FISMA, FERPA and HIPAA all require that sensitive data be protected by various means including encryption. And More
Quttera announced the launch and immediate availability of its Web Application Firewall (WAF). The new firewall is provided as a managed service that protects from application layer attacks, including all OWASP top 10, zero-day threats and much more. The existing and new customers of ThreatSign Website Anti-Malware platform can enable the firewall effective immediately to monitor the incoming traffic and block the cyber attacks automatically. The new WAF is based on Qutteras threat detection More
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ESET announced the general availability of its new line of security solutions designed to help enterprise IT teams prevent, detect, respond to and predict cyber threats. Within the new suite, ESET is introducing multiple cybersecurity services along with endpoint protection solutions. The brand-new offering, ESET Enterprise Inspector, is an Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) tool, which provides real-time data from ESETS endpoint security platform. This solution is customizable, enabling customers to tailor the solution to More
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Comodo CA announced the acquisition of CodeGuard. CodeGuard allows business owners to reverse damage caused by cyber attacks or impacts of development issues, content management errors and server crashes. While CodeGuard will continue to operate independently, the acquisition combines Comodo CAs heritage and expertise in SSL certificates with CodeGuards backup and recovery services. The impact of website disasters can be devastating for a company. Reputational damage is enormous; customers and investors have little tolerance for More
Researchers have just described a species of colorful pygmy seahorse thats both adorable and very easy to miss. The newly described creature, occurring in the waters off the coast of southeast Japan, is much smaller than the average fingernail and camouflages well against the corals and rocks it lives on, researchers report in a new study published in ZooKeys. They have officially named the tiny seahorse Japan pig, or Hippocampus japapigu, because to the locals, it resembles a tiny baby pig, Graham Short, lead author of the study and an ichthyologist at the California Academy of Sciences, told National Geographic. The Japan pig is now the fifth pygmy seahorse species to be recorded in Japan. More than one Japan pig can fit on a fingernail. Image by Hiroyuki Motomura (part of Short et al. 2018). Despite its tiny size, this species has reportedly been spotted by Japanese scuba divers for many years in the waters off southeast Japan, including those around the island of Kashiwa, Kii Peninsula, Izu Peninsula, and the Ogasawara or Bonin islands, the authors write. The Japan pigs coloration has what the researchers call a paisley pattern that helps the animal camouflage against corals, algae and seaweed. Hippocampus japapigu is really hard to find since it is really small and blends into its environment so well, Short told The Dodo. The color pattern exhibited by the pygmy seahorse is the exact same color as the rocks and underwater plants it lives on. Like other pygmy seahorses, the Japan pig has a single
From the late 1980s until 2003, recurring ethno-political violence rocked Manas National Park, a protected area in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, in the Himalayan foothills. The conflict changed the parks spread and abundance of wildlife, including the endangered Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris). But Manass continuity with Bhutans Royal Manas National Park (RMNP) has helped shelter and preserve its overall wildlife diversity, according to a new study published in the Journal of Threatened Taxa. The study looked at the state of wild mammals in the aftermath of the unrest, and underscored the importance of landscape connectivity for giving a fighting chance to species to survive in the face of conflicts and other disturbances, said lead author M. Firoz Ahmed, a scientist with the NGO Aaranyak. Manas National Park (MNP), flanking the banks of the gurgling Manas River, abuts with RMNP in the north and forms an integral part of the Transboundary Manas Conservation Area (TraMCA), an India-Bhutan partnership promoting landscape-level ecosystem management. If we model our conservation areas in such a way so that animals can move during disturbances and then they can move back to reoccupy their home ranges or territories, then we have a chance to keep the biodiversity intact, Ahmed told Mongabay-India. The TraMCA, conceived by officials from the forest departments of Assam and Bhutan and partnering NGOs, is now a model for the international conservation community and is being mainstreamed by both the Indian and Bhutan governments, Ahmed said. Map of the Transboundary Manas Conservation Area (TRaMCA).
Lacher des Tages: Der Norwegische Fischereiminister ist zurckgetreten. Der Mann ist Mitglied der rechtspopulistischen Freiheitspartei.
Warum musste der jetzt zurcktreten? Weil er ein Sicherheitsrisiko ist.
Warum ist er ein Sicherheitsrisiko? Weil er ohne Wissen der Regierung in den Iran geflogen ist.
Warum ist er in den Iran geflogen? Weil das die Heimat seiner Lebensgefhrtin ist.
Ja, richtig gelesen. Der Mann hat eine Iranerin geheiratet. Sonst schimpft er hauptberuflich ber die laxe Einwanderungspolitik Norwegens, weil die so viele Moslems reinlassen und so. m(
Da wurde 2011 eine Statue zu Ehren von Jean-Franois Thomas de Thomon errichtet. Spter stellte sich raus, dass die Statue die falsche Person abbildete einen schottischen Chemiker namens Thomas Thomson, der aber keinen Bezug zu St. Petersburg hat.
Punchline: Der Knstler schiebt das Wikipedia in die Schuhe :-D
Ich uere mich gelegentlich zu Fragen der Ethik, und seit die Debatte ber "rassistische Algorithmen" luft, hufen sich solche Anfragen ein bisschen. Meine Position dazu ist:
Ich mache mir brigens auch wenig Sorgen darber, dass Menschen in Zukunft von Algorithmen kontrolliert werden. Wir werden eh schon die ganze Zeit von starren Regelsystemen kontrolliert. Menschen haben sich damit abgefunden und ziehen sogar Spa und Vergngen daraus, sowas zu verstehen und dann auszubrechen. Als Beispiel kann man sich ein Computerspiel nehmen. Da gibt es lauter Algorithmen, die die Gegner steuern, und die entscheiden, wo du langgehen kannst und wo nicht. Youtube ist voll mit Videos von Leuten, die Wege suchen und finden, um sowas zu umgehen. Um sich einen Vorteil im Spiel zu verschaffen, oder einfach nur weil es Spa macht. Auch die Steuererklrung ist ein gutes Gedankenexperiment zu der Frage, ob Algorithmen Menschen kontrollieren knnen oder nicht.
Aber das ist alles blo meine Einschtzung. Hier ist eine andere Einschtzung von Martin Haase, das ist ein Vortrag, den er krzlich zu dem Themenkomplex gehalten hat. Er kommt zu berlappenden aber nicht identischen Ergebnissen. Viel Spa bei der Lektre!
Geschichten aus der Neuen Welt: Wieso lassen eigentlich die Klimawandel-Forschungsgelder so lange auf sich warten?
Prominent US climate scientists have told the Guardian that the Trump administration is holding up research funding as their projects undergo an unprecedented political review by the high-school football teammate of the US interior secretary.Wait, what?!
At the beginning of 2018, interior secretary Ryan Zinke instated a new requirement that scientific funding above $50,000 must undergo an additional review to ensure expenditures better align with the administrations priorities. Immer wenn du denkst, du hast das Ausma des Schreckens jetzt grob im berblick, kommt sowas.
Steve Howke, one of Zinkes high-school football teammates, oversees this review. Howkes highest degree is a bachelors in business administration.
Ein Leserbrief zum Intersektionalismus schlgt vor, das Pferd vom anderen Ende aufzuzumen:
also die Pointe vom intersektionalistischen Feminismus ist genau, dass jede Person unterdrckt werden kann und die Begriffe von Mnnlichkeit und Weiblichkeit immer anders definiert werden, sodass prinzipiell jede reale Person "unter die Rder" kommen kann. Dabei ist auch nie ganz klar zugeordnet, welche Eigenschaften jetzt sozial-hierarchisch relevant sein sollen und welche nicht, weil die Zuordnung schon ein Machtspiel ist, das sich immer wieder ndern kann und damit diffuse und widersprchliche Anforderungen an alle Individuen stellt. Ein Element der Willkr der Mchtigen ist also hier schon in die Theorie eingebaut. Diese diffuse Ordnung drckt man mit dem Begriff der hegemonialen Mnnlichkeit aus.
Das schafft dann eben keine einfachen Feindbilder (oder "Opferstatuspunkte" in deiner Terminologie; FYI: Das ist zu zynisch.), sondern Probleme fr Aktivist*innen sich hinter einem gemeinsamen Anliegen zu versammeln. Ein Beispiel wre, wie Transgender Frauen bei Demos fr legale Abtreibungen sinnvoll eingebunden werden knnen, weil sie Frauen* sind, aber nicht vom Zwang zum Austragen der Schwangerschaft oder zur Geburt betroffen sind. Die Zuordnung der vermeintlich weiblichen Eigenschaft der Gebrfhigkeit zu allen Frauen* funktioniert in dem Fall also nicht. Transfrauen knen sich solidarisieren und mitkmpfen, haben dann aber vielleicht ein anderes Verstndnis von ihrem persnlichen Anliegen mit der Aktion. Also ein persnliches Ziel neben legalen Abtreibungen knnte bei der selben Demo sein, dass der gesellschaftliche Status von allen Frauen* aufgewertet wird und alle Frauen* (und rztinnen und rzte) nicht mehr von geschlechtsspezifischer (oder fachspezifischer) Strafverfolgung betroffen sind.
Der Twitter Hashtag "#MenAreTrash" ist meiner Meinung nach ein verzweifelter, letzter Versuch mit alten Feindbildern, die eben garade nicht theoretisch mit dem Intersektionalismus erklrt werden knnen, Aufmerksamkeit fr die Wut der Frauen* zu bndeln. Das klappt grade deshalb, weil es eine sehr platte Reaktion auf die einfache Erkenntnis des intersektionalen Feminismus ist, dass das mit der Diskriminierung nicht so einfach ist. Also ich wrde die Zuordnung zum Intersektionalismus genau umgekehrt vornehmen und behaupten, dass "#MenAreTrash" ein reaktionrer Feminismus ist, der die Erkenntnisse zur hegemolialen Mnnlichkeit im intersektionalen Feminismus noch nicht verdauen und verstehen will. Alte Zuordnungen und feste Feindbilder funktionieren nicht fr die politische Arbeit. Das ist genau das Credo des intersektionalen Feminismus! :D
Dass das in der Zeitung und online noch so gut funktioniert, ist natrlich eher ein Zeichen dafr, dass die Leute, die dort Arbeiten keine Ahnu...
The gap in wealth in the United States between the ultrawealthy and everyone else has reached its widest point in decades. One way to narrow the divide is through the use of worker buyouts, in which ownership of a company transfers from a single person or a small number of people to the workers of the company. Currently, about 10% of Americans hold equity stakes in their workplaces. By providing more workers and employees with opportunities to buy shares, companies can help workers and communities raise their standard of living and simultaneously feel more invested literally in the success of the enterprise. In that way, worker buyouts also increase firms competitiveness: Research suggests that employee-owned companies are more durable and resilient during economic downturns.
Via: San Diego Union Tribune: Southern California Edison is keeping 3.6 million pounds of lethal radioactive waste at the shuttered San Onofre nuclear plant in San Clemente. The waste poses a significant threat to the health, safety and economic vitality of the regions more than 8 million residents. But Edisons plan for storing it is 
Lower Brule, SD Today, a federal court ruled the State Department must conduct an environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline route in Nebraska. Last November, the Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC) approved a Mainline Alternative route for the pipeline through the state. Tribes and landowners have since challenged the PSC decision. The federal court ruling is a strong affirmation of their claims and an impediment to the TransCanada corporation pipeline. In one of his first acts in office, President Trump revived the Keystone XL pipeline, previously scrapped by President Obama due to serious environmental, climate and legal concerns. Communities across the country have taken to the streets to protest the decision, and more than 17,000 people have signed the Promise to Protect, committing to action along the proposed route for Keystone XL if called upon by Indigenous leaders.
1) Writing at the Jerusalem Post, Jonathan Spyer reports on a recent visit to a region in Syria.
The situation reflects a sea change in the Syrian dynamic. The Assad regime is no longer under threat. Thanks to Iranian and Russian assistance, its survival is now assured. It remains, however, in possession of only 60% of the territory of Syria. The largest area now outside of regime control is the 30% of the country under the control of the US-supported, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SPD). The Syrian situation is now dependent on the decisions and the rivalries of outside powers, not primarily on the wishes of Syrians on all sides. In the case of the 30% of Syria controlled by the SDF, its future is dependent on the US.
2) Also at the Jerusalem Post, Peter Lerner discusses The Question of Proportionality.
Proportionality in warfare is not a numbers game, as so many of the journalists Ive worked with maintain. One Israeli for one Palestinian is not proportionate warfare. Proportionality weighs on the necessity of a military...
July 18, 2018
Dear Mr. Birnbaum,
You write Trump made no mention of Russias adventures in Ukraine. Well, neither he nor Putin nor you made any mention of Americas adventures in the Ukraine, which resulted in the overthrow of the Ukrainian government in 2014, which led to the justified Russian adventure. Therefore ?
If Russia overthrew the Mexican government would you blame the US for taking some action in Mexico?
Dear Mr. Blum,
Thanks for your note. Americas adventures in the Ukraine: what are you talking about? Last time I checked, it was Ukrainians in the streets of Kiev who caused Yanukovych to turn tail and run. Whether or not that was a good thing, we can leave aside, but it wasnt the Americans who did it.
It is, however, Russian special forces who fanned out across Crimea in February and March 2014, according to Putin, and Russians who came down from Moscow who stoked conflict in eastern Ukraine in the months after, according to their own accounts.
Best, Michael Birnbaum
I can scarcely believe your reply. Do you read nothing but the Post? Do you not know of high State Dept official Victoria Nuland and the US Ambassador in Ukraine in Maidan Square to encourage the protesters? She spoke of 5 billion (sic) dollars given to aid the protesters who were soon to overthrow the govt. She and the US Amb. spoke openly of who to choose as the next president. And hes the one who became president. This is all on tape. I guess you never watch Russia Today (RT). God forbid! I read the Post every day. You should watch RT once in a while.
I was the Moscow bureau chief of the newspaper; I reported extensively in Ukraine in the months and years following the protests. My observations are not based on reading. RT is not a credible news outlet, but I certainly do read far beyond our own pages, and of course I talk to the actual actors on the ground myself thats my job.
And: yes, of course Nuland was in the Maidan but encouraging the protests, as she clearly did, is not the same as sparking them or directing them, nor is playing favorites with potential successors, as she clearly did, the same as being directly responsible for overthrowing the government. Im not saying the United States wasnt involved in trying to shape events. So were Russia and the European Union. But Ukrainians were...
Capitalism, the worlds dominant socio-economic system, is in the process of killing itself. Like the cleaner of a loaded hand-gun, capitalism thinks that there is absolutely nothing to worry about, that whatever its doing will result in no harmful outcomes, and that anyone who tells it not to do such a thing is a hoaxer of the worst order. Inadvertently killing oneself with a loaded handgun is bad enough. What capitalism is doing of course is far worse. Not only will it kill itself as a system, but it will likely take our species along with many others right along with it.
I recently visited Westmoreland County, PA, to participate in a field trip with Earthworks Community Empowerment Project (CEP) team members Leann Leiter and Sharon Wilson. Leann and Sharon were visiting the area on behalf of community members looking to record and document pollution from oil and gas operations with Earthworks state-of-the-art Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) camera.
The oil and gas industry and the government use OGI cameras to detect leaks and so do we. Earthworks uses the same camera models they do, and we have certified camera operators. Earthworks staff travel to facilities that appear to be making little or no effort to rein in their pollution, and we use these videos to file official complaints with state and national regulators, and to help communities do the same.
Upon arriving in Harrison City, PA, we met with Gillian Graber, founder and Executive Director of Protect PT, a local group working to protect residents of the Penn-Trafford school district (and beyond) from the harmful effects of oil and gas facilities.
Drawn to Westmoreland County by the mix of rural agricultural land and residential neighborhoods, Gillian hoped to raise her children in a safe community with good schools and clean air.
After settling down in the area, she learned of a recent local ordinance re-zoning local agricultural land. This zoning allowed industrial use of previously rural land, much of which sits adjacent to homes, schools, and parks. Gillian feared not only for her familys health, but for the thousands of other area residents so she founded ProtectPT, educating the local community and advocating for responsible and safe industry.
Driving around the county, we visited at a local resident with a compressor station across the street from his home. He told us about pollution so bad that just 45 minutes of exposure less than the time it takes to cut the grass could cause nausea. And its not that surprising. The facility is literally feet away from his front door and we filmed some horrifying emissions there. Can you imagine not being able to spend time in your own front yard?
CEP has visited 1,127 facilities across the country, filed 120 complaints, and interviewed dozens of people. The team has documented stories and created a website with a map of OGI videos and complaints.
More than 12.6 million people in the US...
The Department of Veterans Affairs does not have to reimburse the Gila River Indian Community for services provided to tribal veterans.
En los aos setenta junto con otros pensadores como Immanuel Wallerstein y Andr Gunder Frank avanzaron en la categorizacin del capitalismo como sistema histrico de dimensiones mundiales.
A 200 aos del nacimiento de Marx falleci el da 12 de agosto de 2018 uno de los economistas marxistas ms destacados del siglo XX y justo antes del momento de recibir el ttulo de Doctor Honoris Causa de la Universidad de la Plata en Argentina. Aqu abajo presentamos nuestra presentacin preparada para la ceremonia del otorgamiento del ttulo de Doctor Honoris Causa. En el mismo acto se presentara el libro La Crisis Mundial: Continentalismos, Globalismo y Pluriversalismo, con un prefacio de la mano de Samir.
Su trabajo intelectual
Samir Amin nacido en El Cairo, Egipto estudi de 1947 a 1957 en Pars, obteniendo un diploma en Ciencias Polticas (1952) antes de graduarse en estadstica (1956) y obtener el doctorado en economa al defender su tesis en 1957, con Franois Perroux, Profesor en las universidades de Lyon y Pars, siendo su co-director y orientador. La tesis se titula Los orgenes del subdesarrollo: la acumulacin capitalista a escala mundial. En la misma analiza la gnesis del subdesarrollo y su evolucin como producto de la expansin capitalista mundial y no como atraso en el desarrollo capitalista. Es una contribucin al anlisis marxista de los orgenes y de la dinmica del subdesarrollo y bien antes de la escuela de dependencia latinoamericana. En 1970 apareci ya ms maduro, y sin los requisitos formales de una tesis de doctorado, el libro La acumulacin a escala mundial: crtica de la teora del subdesarrollo con la tesis central que la acumulacin crea el subdesarrollo y es la fuente originaria de la pobreza.
En los aos setenta junto con otros pensadores como Immanuel Wallerstein y Andr Gunder Frank avanzaron en la categorizacin del capitalismo como sistema histrico de dimensiones mundiales. La lectura de los trabajos de Samir en esa dcada implica un tratamiento integral de las relaciones entre lo econmico, lo social, lo poltico y lo cultural, diferente a la ortodoxia marxista. Trabajos como El capitalismo perifrico (1973), Desarrollo desigual (1973), Imperialismo y comercio internacional (1976), son testimonio de ello.
La vuelta al liberalismo mundializado a partir de los aos ochenta le obliga a replantear la cuestin del centro del sistema y su estructura. La ley del valor y el materialismo histrico (1981) y Dinmica de la crisis global (1987) son reflejo de ello.
El imperio del caos: la nueva mundializacin capitalista (1991) fue escrito a partir de la cada de la Unin Sovitica a principios de la dcada de los 90, que conlleva a la globalizacin. Hoy el mercado mundial se ha con...
Seguridad fsica de Pemex encontr el tnel de huachicol y comenz las labores para tomar control de la situacin. Regeneracin, 17 de agosto de 2018. Gasolina robada a Pemex, llegaba directo a una casa por un tnel que conectaba una toma clandestina con el domicilio en la junta auxiliar de San Pablo Xochimehuacn, en 
La entrada Tnel de huachicol conectaba a toma clandestina con casa en Puebla (VIDEO) se public primero en Regeneracin.
Security updates have been issued by Debian (intel-microcode, keystone, php-horde-image, and xen), Fedora (rsyslog), openSUSE (apache2, clamav, kernel, php7, qemu, samba, and Security), Oracle (mariadb and qemu-kvm), Red Hat (docker, mariadb, and qemu-kvm), Scientific Linux (mariadb and qemu-kvm), SUSE (GraphicsMagick, kernel, kgraft, mutt, perl-Archive-Zip, python, and xen), and Ubuntu (postgresql-10, postgresql-9.3, postgresql-9.5, procps, and webkit2gtk).
Turkish citizens are posting videos of themselves smashing or otherwise destroying iPhones this week amid the Trump administration's growing tensions with Turkey's government.CBS News reports that Turks took to Twitter after Turkish President...
Tesla stocks dropped 6 percent Friday morning following an interview with The New York Times in which CEO Elon Musk discussed his emotional state.This past year has been the most difficult and painful year of my career, he told the paper, adding...
If you are in any way connected with radio, you will have encountered the low pass filter as a means to remove unwanted harmonics from the output of your transmitters. Its a network of capacitors and inductors usually referred to as a pi-network after the rough resemblance of the schematic to a capital Greek letter Pi, and getting them right has traditionally been something of a Black Art. There are tables and formulae, but even after impressive feats of calculation the result can often not match the expectation.The 30MHz low-pass filter, as QUCS delivered it.
Happily as with so many other fields, in recent decades the advent of affordable high-power computing has brought with it the ability to take the hard work out of filter design, Simply tell some software what the characteristics of your desired filter are, and it will do the rest. The results are good, and anyone can become a filter designer, but as is so often the case there remains a snag. The software calculates ideal inductances and capacitances for the desired cut-off and impedance, and in selecting the closest preferred values we modify the characteristics of the result and possibly even ruin our final filter. So its worth taking a look at the process here, a...
Tony Kevin We have a situation now in which two major world governments, UK and Russia, both nuclear powers and permanent members of the UNSC, are upholding entirely opposed and contradictory narratives on two issues the alleged Salisbury/Amesbury Novichuk poisonings, and the alleged nerve gas attacks by Assad Government forces on 7 April in Douma, Syria (on basis of false White Helmets-staged evidence). The latter allegation led to a US/UK bombing attack on Syrian Air Force bases. On both issues, the US and French governments also UNSC members and nuclear powers have in solidarity supported UK government- sourced narratives , though in the former case there has been no UK judicial process, and in the latter case OPCW inspectors have found no physical evidence of use of nerve agents in Douma , and nor do local peoples accounts support the allegations. In the Salisbury case, OPCW technical reports made public in Moscow on 14 April by Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov, detailing results of the Skripal samples analysis by the OPCW Spiez Laboratory
Earthquakes raise concerns as commercial fracking moves closer
Ms de 300 peridicos y medios de comunicacin lanzaron una campaa para contrarrestar los ataques del presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, a la prensa libre.
La iniciativa fue dirigida por el peridico The Boston Globe, que escribi en un editorial: Durante ms de dos siglos, este principio fundamental estadounidense [la libertad de prensa] ha protegido a los periodistas en su pas y ha servido como modelo para las naciones libres en el exterior. Hoy est bajo seria amenaza. Y de este modo se enva una seal alarmante a los dspotas desde Ankara hasta Mosc, desde Beijing hasta Bagdad: que los periodistas pueden ser tratados como un enemigo domstico.
Publicado originalmente en DemocracyNow!
La entrada Cientos de medios de prensa condenan los ataques de Trump a la prensa libre aparece primero en Desinformmonos.
Supporters of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega expressing their rejection of Daniel Ortegas government, according to CNN Inti Ocon / AFP RT | August 17, 2018 CNNs Spanish-language site used an easily-identifiable photograph of a pro-government rally in a report detailing a protest against Nicaraguas president, sparking accusations of propaganda peddling and sloppy journalism. CNN 
The U.S. Air Forces X-37B miniature space plane has winged past 340 days in orbit performing secretive duties during the programs fifth flight.
The robotic crafts latest mission, known as Orbital Test Vehicle-5 (OTV-5), kicked off on Sept. 7, 2017, with a launch atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from NASAs Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida.
As usual, Air Force officials have revealed few details about OTV-5. But we do know that one payload flying aboard the X-37B this time around is the Advanced Structurally Embedded Thermal Spreader, or ASETS-11. Developed by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, this cargo is testing experimental electronics and oscillating heat pipes for long durations in the space environment.
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By many indicators, the US economy is strong. As Donald Trump travels around the country campaigning for Republican candidates, he touts the economy as evidence that his policies are working. Will this be enough to determine the outcome of the November 6th midterm elections?
More and more people are going online each year. As a response, more and more companies are also bringing their offers and operations to the Internet. Bank transactions can now be done online. Payments for utilities are now transacted online. We can now even shop through websites.
In a way, the online world has become an active community where a lot of our traditional offline activities already have viable counterparts. Because of this, cyberspace has become a significant medium for social change. We are familiar with the rise of influencers, or those people with a huge following on social media. Their voices and posts sometimes become catalysts for change.
Interestingly, the effect of influencers and the effectiveness of the Internet, in general, are still hinged on basic human psychology. In a way, what we observe online is just a digitization of basic human functions. Hence, only the medium, and never the phenomena, is new.
The bandwagon effect is one of the most established concepts in psychology. It basically refers to the tendency of people to do something simply because others are doing it. And this holds true even if that something violates their beliefs and core values.
The trends set by influencers become successful because of the illusion of relevance and prevalence that social media creates, especially in the mind of an ordinary follower. Because social media presents only the images and posts of the people that a user follows, the user will be bombarded with similar information over and over again. They will reach a point when they think that the behavior in the presentations is actually prevalent. They start feeling left out. Theyre all doing it, Im the only one whos not! In effect, they, too, start imitating the behavior they see in these posts.
If you think that the number of social media followers does not matter, think again. Very closely related to the previous point, people are often drawn to personalities and products that are already famous. You see, we usually think using biased mental shortcuts what psychology calls heuristics and one of the most enduring biases is the follow-the-majority heuristic.
The shortcut basically means this: if others are supporting this person or product, then this person or product must really be good, so it deserves my support too. So, when you see someone having 1.5 million followers on Instagram, you will be pushed to believe that they are good and valuable so you follow them as well. It is for this very reas...
Bougainville Runs Regional Youth Forum
New Dawn FM News
Youths in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville will attend a week-long Youth Forum on Peace-building and the Referendum Process in Arawa, Central Bougainville.
The event will start tomorrow Saturday the 18th of August and will end on the 24th of this month and will coincides with the annual International Youth Day which falls on the 19th of August.
It will feature various issues relating to the current peace building efforts and the Referendum Process.
The Forum with the theme safe space for youth and opportunities for participation in decision making within peace building and the referendum process is been supported with funds by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
The Bougainville Youth Initiative is also focus at empowering youths both socially and economically.
170818DOCTOR CALLS FOR ASSISTANCE
New Dawn FM News
A Medical Doctor based at the Arawa District Hospital, DR. JOE VILOSI today called on the ABGs Department of Health to quickly recruit personals to work at the newly refurbished Arawa District Hospital.
Speaking live on New Dawn FM this afternoon, DR.VILOSI said that the Hospital cannot perform its job because many vacant positions needs to be filled.
He said that they have sent their requirements to the Health Department but to date nothing has eventuated.
And the Hospital needs to start operating as a Hospital after the recruitment of staff are sorted out.
Meanwhile, the Secretary for the HEALTH DEPARTMENT, CLEMENT TOTAVUN told New Dawn FM this afternoon that all documents have been given to the Department of Personal Management to recruit the officers required and this is where the delay is.
MR. TOTAVUN said other requests from the Arawa District Hospital will depend on the availability of funds.
As usual, Im torn. Is the answer to one ugly, pretentious monument to superstition to put up another ugly, pretentious monument to superstition? Its the strategy we seem to be going with, anyway, because apparently too many people are able to grasp abstract principles. So the Satanists are trying to erect a statue to Baphomet in the Arkansas capitol.
I get it, really I do. Theyre highlighting the hypocrisy of government favoring one religion over another. The Satanists understand that, too.
Satanic Arkansas cofounder Ivy Forrester, who helped organize the rally, said if youre going to have one religious monument up then it should be open to others, and if you dont agree with that then lets just not have any at all.
Its especially true when one of the advocates for putting up a Ten Commandments monument, Senator Jason Rapert, says this sort of thing.
In an online statement, Rapert said he respected the protesters First Amendment rights, but also called them extremists and said it will be a very cold day in hell before an offensive statue will be forced upon us to be permanently erected on the grounds of the Arkansas State Capitol.
OK, fine. I consider Southern Baptists to be extremists, and the Ten Commandments to be a terrible set of laws, and celebrating them with an offensive statue to be a violation of my rights. I guess every day is a cold day in Hell in America.
Besides, the Christian monument is also ugly. It looks like a damned tombstone.
Lets just not have any at all, OK?
170818PRESIDENT WELCOMES SECOND AUTONOMY REVIEW
New Dawn FM News
ABG President Chief Dr John Momis has welcomed the news that the independent experts undertaking the Second Joint Autonomy Review have arrived in PNG.
We welcome the valuable contribution that these experts will make for progressing the joint implementation of autonomy arrangements as per the Bougainville Peace Agreement, President Momis said.
Mr Momis assured the people that the purpose of the review was not to change any part of the Bougainville Peace Agreement.
The five yearly review of autonomy arrangements is simply a requirement of the Bougainville Peace Agreement.
It will look at both the National Government and the ABG as joint implementers of autonomy, the progress and the challenges, and make recommendations to both governments on how best overcome these challenges.
We also look forward to the assessment of the current state of good governance in Bougainville as this will assist both governments to agree on setting a final date for referendum.
Under the Bougainville Peace Agreement, both weapons disposal and good governances are to be used to set the referendum date. The current target date is 15 June 2019.
170818UNITED NATIONS SUPPORTING THE AUTONOMY REVIEW
New Dawn FM News
The Second Joint Autonomy Review is being undertaken with the support of the United Nations at the request of the President and PNG Prime Minster, and includes the following independent experts:
* Mr Kevin Deveaux, a former provincial parliamentarian from Canada who has practiced law for 27 years. Mr Deveaux has previously conducted programmatic and strategic reviews of UNDP global programmes and global policy centres and he will focus on public services and good governance components of the Review.
* Mr Aisake Valu Eke is a former parliamentarian from Tonga and was Minister of Finance from 2014-17. Prior to being elected he was the Secretary to the Tongan Ministry of Finance. He has previously served as a Governor for the Asian Development Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Mr Eke will focus on the financial management components of the Review.
* Ms Christine Bell is a Professor of Constitutional Law and Assistant Principal (Global Justice), and Director of the Global Justice Academy, at the University of Edinburgh. She recently co-authored the Outcomes Issues Study as part of the Bougainville Referendum Research Project for the National Research Institute based in Port Moresby. Ms Bell will focus on the legal aspect and rule of law components of the Review.
* Mr Martin Brash is the Executive Director of Tanorama Limited, a Papua New Guinea-based consulting firm. He has worked in all provinces within the country on matters related to community development, capacity development, community engagement and social-economic policy and programme advice. He has acted as a facilitator, mentor, trainer and evaluator for major projects and programmes in Papua New Guinea. Mr Brash is contributing as the National Expert for the Review.
In formally welcoming each of the experts, President Momis noted the significant depth of experience that the review team brings, recognizing that each will contribute to important aspects of assessing the existing autonomy arrangements.
The President also took the opportunity to re-affirm his ongoing commitment to the eradication of corruption from the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.
For too long we have allowed poor processes to penetrate our public administration institutions. This has enabled corruption to take hold, and I believe that the outcomes of the Second Joint Autonomy Review will help us in developing the systems and strategies required to prevent corruption from occurring in the future.
The Review Team will be in Bougainville from Saturday 18 August for a week to for interviews and consultations.
The Review findings are expected to be presented to both governments by the end of October.
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170818ACTING APPONTMENTS GAZETTED
New Dawn FM News
Three acting appointments within the Bougainville Public Service have been gazetted and announced by the head of the ABG Public Service Chief Secretary, JOSEPH NOBETAU this week.
The Appointments are as follows, MS WENDY SAWA is to act in the Office of the Secretary for Primary Industry and Marine Resources in the absence of the substantive office holder.
The appointment commenced yesterday and is for one month or as soon as the substantive office holder resumes work.
In the Department of Personal Management, MR. WESLEY WANINARA will act as the Secretary for Personal Management and Administrative Services following the termination of the substantive office holder.
And in the Community Government Department, another female, MS DONA PEARSON will act in the Office of the Secretary for Community Government during the suspension of the substantive office holder.
This appointment commenced yesterday August 15th, 2018.
Organizaciones defensoras de los derechos humanos pidieron a las autoridades federales que no se mantengan omisas ante los feminicidios en Mxico y que no ocupen la transicin como un obstculo para el actuar inmediato y eficaz de las autoridades federales frente a la violencia contras las mujeres a nivel nacional.
El Observatorio Ciudadano Nacional del Feminicidio (OCNF), la Red Nacional de Organismos Civiles de Derechos Humanos Todos los Derechos para Todas y Todos (Red TDT) y el Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Francisco de Vitoria denunciaron que desde el 3 de mayo, cuando solicitaron una reunin de carcter urgente al Secretario de Gobernacin, Alfonso Navarrete Prida, para discutir la seguridad de las mujeres en Mxico y evidenciar las fallas en las medidas de proteccin, el gobierno de Enrique Pea Nieto ha sido omiso y hasta la fecha no ha dado respuesta, a pesar de la gravedad, prevalencia e incremento de la violencia feminicida.
Entre las fallas detectadas por las organizaciones, destacan el actuar discrecional de las autoridades federales, los procesos irregulares, la falta de entrega de los informes de Alertas de Violencia de Gnero en tiempo y forma y retardos injustificados.
A continuacin el comunicado completo:
Actual administracin se exime de realizar acciones urgentes para garantizar la seguridad y vida de las mujeres en Mxico
-La transicin no puede ser un obstculo para el actuar inmediato y eficaz de las autoridades federales: OSC
15 de agosto de 2018.
Pese a que el pasado 3 de mayo el Observatorio Ciudadano Nacional del Feminicidio (OCNF), la Red Nacional de Organismos Civiles de Derechos Humanos Todos los Derechos para Todas y Todos (Red TDT) y ...
There are those who believe that Israels recently-passed Nation-State Law represents a failure of the one-state option, as it formalizes the exclusively Jewish nature of the dominant state in Palestine and with it, the disenfranchisement of the non-Jewish population.
The new law could also be viewed, however, as betraying a fear on the part of the occupying power that the de facto imposition of one state on the ground holds within it the seeds of the dismantling of the colonial project from the inside. Seen in this way, all of the decisions, laws and actions taken by the occupying power to insist upon the specifically Jewish character of the state are but desperate attempts to go against history and legitimize an order that is both unfair and unsustainable.
There are many reasons why the One State idea may never be realized: the tremendous imbalance of power, the rising racism in Israeli society, that Palestinian society itself may not not yet be fully ripe for embracing such an inclusive idea. These challenges, however, should not lead us to underestimate the intrinsic power of the idea itself. History shows that a prophetic vision can begin with few followers and still be carried forward by the intrinsic power of its message.
There are many arguments for One State. First, it is the most realistic option, as it is takes into account both sides of the human equation: on the one hand, the fundamental right of all Palestinians to return to their homes in freedom from occupation, oppression and second-class citizenship, and on the other, the reality of the existence of millions of Jews that live in Palestine.
Concerns about the fate of the Israeli Jews in a liberated Palestine have until now been a major reason for the weakness of international support for our cause. This dilemma is solved by a One State solution that clearly calls, not for throwing them into the sea (an idea that is as unfair as it is unrealistic), but for the recognition of full rights and equality for all.
It is true that there are people who came to Palestine with the intention of expelling Palestinians from their homes and taking their place, but guilt can only be ascribed to individuals, not entire nations; and children cannot be held responsible for the crimes of their parents. There are generations of Israelis who know only this land as their home, and they are not responsible for the fact that they were born here.
If my primary goal as a Palestinian is to return to my land, it is of less concern to me who else stays or goes. The most important thing for me...
170818CRACKING DOWN ON CORRUPTION GETS BOUGAINVILLE REFERENDUM
New Dawn FM News
The Autonomous Bougainville Government has sent its strongest message yet that it is cracking down on corruption as part of getting referendum ready.
Chief Secretary Joseph Nobetau, in his six-month update to the people this week said corruption must stop now.
Four more Department Heads have been petitioned for allegations of serious misconduct, matters that are now subject to Independent Boards of Inquiry established under the Bougainville Senior Appointments Act, Mr Nobetau said.
Corruption is not only against the law. It is stealing from Bougainville it is selling out on our dream, our future, and the idea that we are destined for a higher level of behaviour.
The Chief Secretary said one of the biggest issues faced this year has been the uncovering of mass payroll fraud.
An independent audit by the National Departments of Personnel Management and Finance has now revealed our worst fears, Mr Nobetau said.
Bougainvillean public servants have been stealing from government and selling out Bougainville over many years claiming allowances they were not entitled to, paying salaries well in excess of their classification level, paying themselves and not turning up for work.
Mr Nobetau said the administration was standing shoulder to shoulder with the Minister for Public Service, who said the fraud was nothing short of theft.
With just nine months until Bougainvilles target referendum date and the need to demonstrate good governance to the international community, the Chief Secretary has made an impassioned plea to fellow public servants, politicians and the people.
I am committed to ensuring that the fraud squad investigates these matters and that where criminality is found, that individuals be held to account. Nobody is above the law. Nobody has the right to take what is not rightfully theirs. And nobody has to right to steal from law abiding Bougainvilleans. To do so brings shame to the person, to their family and Bougainville as whole.
I want to assure tax payers and proud Bougainvilleans that those responsible for this fraud will be held to account and that we will do better.
Changes had already been made to ensure the payroll fraud never happens again.
The good news is that our eyes are not closed and we will not look the other way. The majority are better than that, the majority want a brighter future for Bougainville.
I expect that in time both disciplinary and criminal charges will be made.
The Chief Secretary said since removing ghosts from the payroll had given the government more money for public services like clinics, schools and roads.
Mr Nobetau said changing attitudes and mindsets as part of government reform was not easy, but was Bougainvilles aspir...
Intellihub editors note: Finally, someone figured out that Facebooks advertising program is a total waste of money and now Facebook may have to answer.
Facebook allegedly misled advertisers on its platform by demonstrating it had a far larger audience size in U.S. cities and states than it actually had, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday.
The lawsuit, filed by a Kansas-based aromatherapy fashionwear business owner, alleged Facebook ballooned its Potential Reach number for how many users were targeted by an advertisement, thereby misleading advertisers to purchase more advertisements than they might otherwise have.
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Unibright, the German-registered company offering a new approach to smart contracts adoption on the mass market, sparked interest of Lufthansa, Microsoft, and NEM. A little more than three months after its successful ICO, the up-and-coming project describing itself as a unified framework for blockchain based business integration, signs partnerships and sets up blockchain events with tech giants. Being a team of developers with 20+ years of experience in business integration, Unibright seems to know how to bridge different industries utilizing the blockchain technology.
Troubled waters for companies
99% of all existing IT systems within enterprises dont use or connect to any blockchain yet. Unibright wants to change that, offering outstanding features of its Framework which reflect the overall challenges for companies to adapt to blockchain.
Long-term strategic planning
Although still at an early stage of the blockchain, the first league of business-relevant protocols is expanding fast. It is close to impossible for companies to choose between all existing blockchains, offering different features, in order to set up solid business processes in the long run.
Errors in smart contracts have far-reaching consequences, so they are much more complex to fix as opposed to traditional programming in centralized systems. Most of the developers are expensive and specialized in one specific protocol that may not matter tomorrow anymore. If you change the protocol you have to find a new developer, so companies dont want to back the wrong horse.
Companies dont want to change their already existing IT system landscape, just because of blockchain. But the best blockchain implementation does not help if it is not perfectly integrated into off-chain systems.
With every new system or technology involved in a companys processes, it is getting more complicated to keep track of all data and information. From a process point of view, it is not so interesting where the data initially comes from, but rather what it means for the ongoing process. Therefore, a unifying monitoring approach is needed to drive business intelligence within a company.
Nowadays most companies have a strong...
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Since 2016, Sacramento County officials have been accessing license plate reader data to track welfare recipients suspected of fraud, the Sacramento Bee reported over the weekend.
Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance Director Ann Edwards confirmed to the paper that welfare fraud investigators working under the DHA have used the data for two years on a "case-by-case" basis. Edwards said the DHA pays about $5,000 annually for access to the database.
Abbreviated LPR, license plate readers are essentially cameras that upload photographs to a searchable database of images of license plates. Each image captured by these cameras is annotated with information on the registered owner, the make and model of the car, and time-stamped GPS data on where it was last spotted. Those with access, usually police, can search the database using a full or partial license plate number, a date or time, year and model of a car, and so on.
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What the heck is Chyrstia Freeland on about? Saudi
Arabia is all for rights.
Do note the fact that the Saudi diplomat rejects supporting every independence movement but just so happens to support the Usrael/remake the region friendly independence of the USrael affiliated Kurds
" A Saudi diplomat has urged Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and Syria to give the Kurds their legitimate rights.Kurdish forces backed by the US and Saudi Arabia fought "ISIS" also backed by US & Saudi Arabia
Speaking to reporters from Moscow, Saudi Ambassador to Russia, Raid Bin Khalid, said that his country would support the Kurds to exercise their right to rule themselves.
He pointed out that the Kurdish people, scattered between the four countries in the Middle East, should be given the chance to determine their own fate.
Bin Khalid reminded that the Kurdish forces have fought on the forefront of the war against the Islamic State, and they have tried to exercise democracy in the areas they rule in Iraq and Syria"
"He highlighted the fact that the Kurdish authorities, during the past few years, have created a safe haven even for the Arabs who fled their homes in fear of terror.
The diplomat emphasized that the situation for Kurds in Turkey, even though making up 15% to 20% of the total population in the country, is not as good as in Syria or Iraq. Bin Khalid said they cannot exercise their basic rights related to exercising their culture.
He rejected supporting every movement seeking independence, but noted that the Kurds deserve a state of their own and such an independent Kurdistan could serve the interests of the wider region"
Via: Reason: A leaked memo circulating among Senate Democrats contains a host of bonkers authoritarian proposals for regulating digital platforms, purportedly as a way to get tough on Russian bots and fake news. To save American trust in our institutions, democracy, free press, and markets, it suggests, we need unprecedented and undemocratic government intervention into 
by Jon Rappoport
August 17, 2018
Oh yes, there was such a day.
Maybe you were 10 years old, and it was summer, and you were running across a field and the sky suddenly opened up and you saw a huge future, as yet undefined. But it was there, and it was yours.
Unlimited possibility. Unlimited energy.
No one had yet told you imagination was just a toy. No one had said it was all fantasy and you should throw it away.
You were unbounded.
You were in the center of your own power, the only power that matters: your endless capacity to create and invent.
This is what I had in mind when I assembled my collection, Exit From The Matrix. This is exactly what I had in mind when I included an extensive set of imagination exercises a person can practice daily
Because the expansion of imagination is the fountainhead from which New Life is launched.
It can happen at any time.
At any moment.
Problems and past history begin to dissolve in the light of what you can invent, in accordance with your deepest desires.
This is what freedom is for.
But you can make the shift. You can take your creative power into your own hands and invent the reality you desire, and you can make it into fact in the world.
En una carta desde el Vaticano, la Iglesia Catlica conden los casos de abuso sexual que se destaparon en Pensilvania. Regeneracin, 17 de agosto de 2018.- Luego de que saliera a la luz alrededor de un millar de casos en los que sacerdotes de la Iglesia Catlica abusaron de nios, autoridades de la Iglesia 
La entrada Curas abusadores de Pensilvania son criminales y deben responder por sus actos: Vaticano se public primero en Regeneracin.
Microsoft's Glabella Project smart glasses aim to keep a figurative finger on the pulse of patients
Nobody feels stylish wearing a blood pressure cuff on their arm all day, even if their health and possibly life depends on such continuous monitoring. One alternative may be a pair of Microsoft smart glasses that can unobtrusively monitor blood pressure as glasses wearers go about their daily routines.
The smart glasses developed by Microsoft Researchs Glabella Project use optical pulse sensors to detect the blood flowing through different artery locations in a persons head. That measurement of pulse transit timethe time delay following each heartbeat as the pressure wave travels between two arterial sitesprovides an indirect measure of blood pressure that can be collected without any effort or inconvenience to the wearer. The ease of use could encourage greater compliance from people suffering from health conditions such as hypertension who require continuous blood pressure monitoring outside a hospital setting.Photo: Christian Holz/Project Glabella/Microsoft Research
What inspired the code name of our research project was the general location of one of the sensors in each Glabella device, which is embedded in the nose pad of a regular pair of glasses, says Christian Holz, a researcher at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington. This allows the sensor to seamlessly blend in with a socially acceptable wearable device and yet continuously sense the wearers pulse at a key location.
The Microsoft researchers filed a patent on the head-mounted device for capturing pulse data in June 2017, but the patent application was only published online last month. They also laid out the Glabella glasses design and the results from a pilot study in a white paper published in the September 2017 issue of the Proceedings of the ACM Journal of Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubi...
Where precisely, is Jordan now? Is it with the West, or with the Arab world? How independent is it, really, and what future lies ahead?
Recently, in the middle of the capital city Amman several sleek 5-star hotel towers grew towards the sky, including the trendy W and Rotana. Dressed to kill women from the Gulf, wearing high heels and suggestive make up, are now sipping cappuccinos in various cafes at the posh new pedestrian area called The Boulevard. Saudi men can be seen downing pints of beer and carafes of wine. It is a scene not unlike that commonly observed in Bahrain. The Gulf now comes to Amman to escape strict regulations, to play, to be careless, to enjoy life. Some people travel here for medical treatment, staying in overpriced private hospitals which resemble 4-star hotels more than medical facilities.
But predominately, here in Amman, it is all about fashion, about food and drinks, about showing off and being seen the entire area doesnt have one single decent bookstore (there is only a tiny kiosk at the entrance to the Abdali Mall), art cinema or a concert hall.
Unlike Beirut, with its vibrant international art scene and thirst for knowledge, Ammans affluent residents and visitors are obsessed with consumerism. With half-closed eyes, The Boulevard could be located in some smaller city of Texas or Georgia.
Just a few kilometers away, at Al-Basheer Hospital (the biggest public medical facility in the country), doctors are on strike. They are exhausted, underpaid and depressed. Only emergency cases get treated. Blood is on the floor, patients look resigned.
I get pushed away as the Health Minister makes his visit with his entourage.
Ambulances keep howling, bringing casualties.
Quality of public medical services in this country is appalling, I am told by one of the patients.
More on Idlib. Its from the Atlantic Council- so you gotta be aware of the presentation, but, Ill bold the info I find interesting- This post will not contain the entire oped.
|Syrian Army soldiers loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad forces are seen in Idlib, Syria January 21, 2018. Picture taken January 21, 2018.|
"Reports of Syrian regime forces gathering troops and weapons on the outskirts of Aleppo province, bordering Idlib to the east, further point to potential military action. Military officials from armed opposition groups in the north declared a gathering of a united front to counter the upcoming regime offensivea common tactic used in previous battles to maintain opposition territories; while distinctly separating themselves from rivals Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS, formerly Jabhat al Nusra). Opposition groups have ideologically distanced themselves from the extremism of HTS out of necessity; whats left of US funding did not extend to this UN designated terrorist organization or groups that ally with HTS before funding was cut off in May 2018.
"Even if members may agree with HTS strategies, opposition groups risk losing international legitimacy with its Turkey and Gulf backers and local credibility with residents that strongly oppose HTS. As it sought to control the area, HTS left its mark on civilians with kidnappings, raids, assassinations, and ongoing battles with local oppo...
Posted by Dominique Martinet on Aug 17Marcus Meissner wrote on Fri, Aug 17, 2018:
Theres this article in the popular press titled Scientists calculate the speed of death in cells, and its surprisingly slow, and the title is backwards. Its summarizing an article in Science magazine which measured the speed of a wave of apoptotic signaling in dying cells that concludes the exact opposite: cells die fast.
Apoptosis is an evolutionarily conserved form of programmed cell death critical for development and tissue homeostasis in animals. The apoptotic control network includes several positive feedback loops that may allow apoptosis to spread through the cytoplasm in self-regenerating trigger waves. We tested this possibility in cell-free Xenopus laevis egg extracts and observed apoptotic trigger waves with speeds of ~30 micrometers per minute. Fractionation and inhibitor studies implicated multiple feedback loops in generating the waves. Apoptotic oocytes and eggs exhibited surface waves with speeds of ~30 micrometers per minute, which were tightly correlated with caspase activation. Thus, apoptosis spreads through trigger waves in both extracts and intact cells. Our findings show how apoptosis can spread over large distances within a cell and emphasize the general importance of trigger waves in cell signaling.
To put that in context, 30 m/min is more than 40,000 m/day, or 40mm/day. Back in the day when Id stick proteins in one end of a cell and wait for them to get to the other end, wed estimate that the rate of transport was a couple of millimeters per day so if you were working with an axon that was a couple of centimeters long, you might have to wait a week or two for a complete traverse. Im impressed with 30 m/min.
Another way to look at it is that if your typical cell is about 10m across, once the apoptotic enzymes in one spot are activated, the whole cell is self-destructing in 20 seconds. The pop sci article uses a different example: That means, for instance, that a nerve cell, whose body can reach a size of 100 micrometers, could take as long as 3 minutes and 20 seconds to die. Thats still fast. Thats faster than diffusion. The authors ruled out diffusion as the mechanism, and suggest that its a wave of activation.
The unusual size of the Xenopus egg raises the question of how an all-or-none, global process such as apoptosis spreads through the cell. One possibility is that apoptosis spreads through the egg by random walk diffusion, ultimately taking over all of the cytoplasm. A second possibility is suggested by the existence of multiple positive and double-negative feedback loops in the regulatory network that controls apoptosis. These...
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Angel from LA sent me this photo. This symbol is appearing all over LA. Both sides are preparing for battle in California
As reported, on 11/25/2016, California Governor, Jerry Brown, has aligned himself with foreign entities, representatives of the Obama administration, local politicians across the country and with known organized criminal organizations to complete the task of CALEXIT, in which Brown would become El Presidente.
The reach of the criminal element knows no bounds. Journalists, such as myself, and all American politicians have been placed in grave danger if they oppose CALEXIT.
Many of Americas institutions have thoroughly been infiltrated and compromised because of the Governors cartel.
Paul Preston and myself previously offered up the details where nobody is safe when politicians conspire with criminals and murderers in order to forge a political agenda. Never before in the history of the United States has such a state of affairs existed. The shocking details were reported in the following video.
The crime has revived debate over how much influence the church should have over the social lives of Copts
En el Mustang iban un hombre y una mujer, al parecer el accidente sucedi por la velocidad a la que viajaban. Regeneracin, 17 de agosto de 2018.- Dos personas murieron luego de estrellarse contra uno de los pilares del Perifrico a la altura de Molinos, por presuntamente ir a exceso de velocidad, indicaron las 
La entrada Mueren dos en choque de Mustang contra pilares en el Perifrico; se asemeja a choque de BMW se public primero en Regeneracin.
Big Brother is always watching
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From ancient Greece onward, the West has used the Eastern other as an enemy through which to identify itself
Posted by Marcus Meissner on Aug 17Hi,
LAE - This story about Kela village in the Salamaua area is shocking. Kela is a gorgeous and peaceful place. Or was. Now the whole village is homeless and the people have lost all their belongings.
Anyway, heres a report from an academic friend of mine based in Lae about the violence that affected Kela village in the Salamaua area of the Huon Gulf.
The village that you took me to, Kela, had every house set on fire in a village fight recently - 52 homes, some burned to nothing but ashes.
Two people were wounded in gunfire and boats and outboards were damaged.
It started when some of the Kela young men found a cache of Japanese weapons and tested them.
The cache was close to the Salamaua Health Centre and school and the shots scared the health centre workers. The administrator came in and closed both the centre and the school for safety.
Unfortunately he never came back to reopen them.
After about three months, a couple of women from a nearby community died for lack of medical treatment, and the Kela community was blamed.
They were attacked about two weeks ago and the authorities went to secure the weapons and to try to negotiate peace between the villages, but nothing was done to help the homeless.
Several churches have sent supplies, and the councillor took goods from Busama. It has been a nasty business, with no easy answer.
Unfortunately this has become a typical Papua New Guinean reaction - an over-dramatised shooting from the hip or simply turning ones back on a problem.
The incident can be as trivial as a single library book stolen by a student causing the closure of an entire library.
I have seen this kind of unthinking reaction so many times.
Papua New Guinea needs honest, responsible and smart administrators who can s...
Suara Papua August 15, 2018
Arnold Belau, Jayapura A peaceful action that was to be held by the Indonesian Peoples Front for West Papua (FRI-WP) in Ternate, North Maluku, was forcibly broken up by local police on August 15.
Action coordinator Rudhy Pravda told Suara Papua that the action by 22 protesters was to be held to commemorate 56 years since signing of the New York Agreement on August 15, 1962.
Rudhy explained that the FRI-WP had followed the legal guidelines by submitting a notification with Ternate district police (Polres) three days prior to the action. Police responded however with a written rejection on the grounds that the action conflicted with the sovereignty of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI).
"We said that we would still hold the action no matter what the consequences. Given the situation we held the action but with the position that we would accept bear the risk from Ternate Polres. Prior to the action being broken up we held negotiations with police, there were several FRI-PW members who had were interrogated by four plain-clothed intelligence officers while they were waiting for protesters to arrive. They tried to intimidate them saying that they were not allowed to hold action and if they insisted on protesting they must be prepared to accept the risk including saying if you want to die please go ahead", Rudhy explained.
Rudhy said that the information on plans to block and break up the rally was obtained from protesters attending an earlier rally at the same location. He said that that they wanted to negotiate with police but were instead threatened and intimidated.
Then before they had even unpacked campaign materials for the action, they were surrounded by plain-clothed intelligence officers and uniformed police who prohibited them from holding the protest no matter what, without being willing to negotiate their legal rights.
"I was pushed and shoved including a female demonstrator who was also pushed and shoved and they tried to use violence. The female action coordinator she was pulled and grabbed by intelligence officers. Although we were determined to continue with the action they out-numbered us so in the end we werent able to hold the action", said Rudhy.
Field coordinator Gamaria Mansur meanwhile said that in addition to breaking up the action, police also confiscated and tore up protest materials such as banners, placards and propaganda.
She added that earlier there had been an argument between protesters and police. "Police intimidated protesters with threats, [saying] do you want to die, and calling us traitors and the like. I was also pulled and grabbed, then after I shouted I was finally let go", she explained.
When sought for confirmation on t...
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In the midst of ongoing turmoil and violence in Nicaragua in recent weeks there have been veiled and not-so-veiled calls for the United States to intervene in Nicaragua, and a series of actions that seem to portend or pave the way for such an intervention. Articles in such media outlets as the Havana Times have made the argument that there are times when the situation in a country becomes so chaotic and violent that the international community should intervene, and asks whether upholding the sovereignty of a government is more important than ending the killing of its citizens. But United States intervention in Latin America comes with a sorry and often deadly track record and enough baggage to warrant skepticism if one is looking for a solution to a countrys internal conflicts.
A new study is offering an exciting new clue into the origins of autism spectrum disorder finding a single dysfunctional protein may be responsible for coordinating expression in all the genes that are known to result in autism susceptibility.
Scientists find vaporized iron and titanium in the atmosphere of Kelt-9b, an exoplanet in the constellation Cygnus that is the hottest ever discovered.
One of the fundamental pathological markers seen in patients suffering from Alzheimers disease is a build-up of two proteins amyloid beta and tau in the brain. Its this action that many researchers hypothesize is the key symptomatic cause of cognitive decline associated with the disease. However, not all people with a build-up of these proteins display neurological damage and cognitive decline. New research from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston may have finally homed in on the reason behind this strange observation, and the results could lead to a whole new way to battle this devastating disease.
Kodi is a free and open-source media player software application developed by the XBMC Foundation, a non-profit technology consortium.
It experienced a surge in popularity since its release for being a great home entertainment platform. In 2014, it even received the Lifehacker award for being the best media player.
But, is it legal? you ask.
Yes. Kodi itself is a legal software and you shouldnt get into trouble while using it. The problem lies with its add-ons. These are essentially apps that let you stream content.
Some Kodi distributions and hardware devices market Kodi pre-loaded with the software and add-ons. This has led some users to believe that these add-ons are part of the Kodi project itself. The thing is, many of these add-ons have been connected to copyright infringement and have since been banned.
Kodis propensity for use as a means to stream unlicensed content is what has made it a hot potato for some companies. Amazon has taken Kodi off their shelves. Google has even removed it from their autocomplete search query.
This is why your Kodi is being blocked.
But, dont fret because, with the following guide, youll learn how to unblock Kodi and enjoy its award-winning features once more.
4 best ways to unblock Kodi in 2018
By far the best way to unblock Kodi.
Many Kodi add-ons are geo-blocked. This means that theyre only available in some countries and inaccessible elsewhere. Geo-blocks work by preventing IP addresses outside allowed countries from accessing the add-on.
These blocks are what most users commonly experience. But, theres another problem that you should watch out for when using Kodi: MitM attacks (Man-in-the-Middle).
These attacks are a problem for Kodi users because the content you get on Kodi doesnt come from the Kodi software itself but from its add-ons....
(WIRED) In a Science report published Thursday, an international team of more than 200 researchers presents the first high-quality, complete sequence of the bread wheat genome. Like a physical map of the monstrous genomewheat has five times more DNA than you dothe fully annotated sequence provides the location of over 107,000 genes and more than 4 million genetic markers across the plants 21 chromosomes. For a staple crop that feeds a third of the worlds population its a milestone that may be on par with the day its domestication began 9,000 years ago.
While you correctly condemned racism on display in Charlottesville, you may not know that the whole event was political theater, an orchestrated event with crisis actors, the most conspicuous of whom, Susan Bro, said to be the mother of the woman, Heather Heyer, victim of a mock car crash, debuted as Donna Soto, the mother of Victoria Soto, a teacher reported to have died at Sandy Hook. There are multiple videos about her performance, where Suzi Goldberg created the image shown above. And it turns out that Heather Heyer did not even die in the car crash but from a heart attack the following day.
By her purported mothers own admission, Heather died of a heart attack instead of the reported cause of being hit by a car. On her family tree on ancestry.com, two different dates appear, one for 12 August, the other 13 August 2017, which is the actual date of death. We find these reports of phony deaths are ubiquitous in the mainstream media, which more than justifies you calling it out as fake news and as the enemy of the people. Our founding fathers would be dumbfounded by this betrayal of the public.
Mona Alexis Pressly
Jim Fetzer, FAKE NEWS: The New York Times Celebrates a Charlottesville Stunt Man, a Shopped Photo and a Crisis Actor (who made her debut at Sandy Hook), James Fetzer Blog, 20 May 2018.
Newsweek suggests such a scenario could have major political consequences for globalist leaders such as Germanys Angela Merke...
Well, there's something quite embarrassing for Apple fans. Though Apple servers are widely believed to be unhackable, a 16-year-old high school student proved that nothing is impossible. The teenager from Melbourne, Australia, managed to break into Apple servers and downloaded some 90GB of secure files, including extremely secure authorized keys used to grant login access to users, as well as
293 BC The oldest known Roman temple to Venus was founded, starting the institution of Vinalia Rustica.
1587 Virginia Dare, granddaughter of governor John White of the Colony of Roanoke, became the first English child born in the Americas (d.?).
1634 Urbain Grandier, accused and convicted of sorcery, was burned alive in Loudun France.
1774 Meriwether Lewis, American soldier, explorer, and politician, co-leader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, was born (d. 1809).
1819 Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia, was born (d. 1876).
1848 Camila OGorman and Ladislao Gutierrez were executed on the orders of Argentine dictator Juan Manuel de Rosas.
1864 American Civil War: Battle of Globe Tavern Union forces tried to cut a vital Confederate supply-line into Petersburg, Virginia, by attacking the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad.
1868 French astronomer Pierre Jules Csar Janssen discovered helium.
1877 Asaph Hall discovered Martian moon Phobos.
1885 Nettie Palmer, Australian poet and essayist, was born (d. 1964).
1891 Major hurricane struck Martinique, leaving 700 dead.
1892 Soon after the development of the modern bicycle,...
Socialism no longer on fringes of American politics
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In this podcast recorded at Black Hat USA 2018, Chris Carlson, VP of Product Management, Cloud Agent Platform at Qualys, talks about endpoint breach prevention by reducing attack surfaces. Heres a transcript of the podcast for your convenience. Welcome to this Help Net Security podcast. Im Chris Carlson, vice president of product management at Qualys, and today well talk about endpoint breach prevention by reducing attack surfaces. And that really is a key thing around More
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How America learned to stop worrying and put Mark Zuckerberg in charge of everything
Now the line is gone. Depending on the platform, one can be banned for glorifying violence, sowing division, hateful conduct or even low quality, with those terms defined by nameless, unaccountable executives, working with God Knows Whom.
Ordinary wi-fi could be used to detect weapons and explosives in public places, according to a study led by the Rutgers University in New Jersey.
Wireless signals can penetrate bags to measure the dimensions of metal objects or estimate the volume of liquids, researchers claim. Initial tests appeared to show that the system was at least 95% accurate.
[...] The team behind the research tested 15 types of objects and six types of bags. The wi-fi system had success rates of 99% for recognising dangerous objects, 98% for metal and 95% for liquids. When objects were wrapped inside bags, the accuracy rate dropped to about 90%.
The low-cost system requires a wi-fi device with two or three antennas and can be integrated into existing wi-fi networks. The system works by analysing what happens when wireless signals penetrate and bounce off objects and materials.
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U.S. military pilots flying in the Middle East are facing laser pointer attacks at a rate higher than the Pentagon has previously acknowledged, according to a report.Officials at U.S. Air Forces Central Command in Qatar told The Wall...
I woke up early one recent morning, scanned the news, and stumbled upon a tweet praising an informative and fun podcast episode that promised to set the record straight on Scandinavian socialism. Having read a decent amount about the Nordic model, I was curious to see what kind of wisdom Matt and Elizabeth Liz Bruenig, of the Peoples Policy Project and Washington Post, respectively, had in store.
I agree these three points could serve as perfectly valid indicators in determining Norwegian socialism, but do they really...
Organizations offering telecommunication services are seeing more advanced malware threats than organizations in other industries, Lastline researchers have found. They have come to that conclusion after having analyzed all the threats seen by the telecom services companies over the past 30 days and the latest 100 malware samples submitted by Lastline customers in this vertical, and comparing them to the latest global malscape statistics. Unknown/unclassified threats Around 90 percent of files [we analyzed] had not More
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Now that others are venturing timidly from their foxholes, I can take to print without becoming the sole target of a vengeful, monopolistic technocracy. It appears that Google, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter have all gone to war with President Trump, and are punishing anyone who dares to speak up for him.
.@YouTube has added a disclaimer to my global warming video, saying: "evidence show[s] that the climate system is warming."
I say that in my video, too. But does YouTube really need to inject its opinion? Is there no room for nuance?https://t.co/yvSuiUj6j6
John Stossel (@JohnStossel) August 15, 2018
Dont take my word for it. See for yourself. It may cost you $5 and you may find your Google Ads account temporarily suspended, but you will enjoy the innocent conversations with kindly Google employees in Mumbai as they try to explain policies unrelated to what is really going on. Heres what happened to me.
Almost a year ago, an employee noticed a YouTube video at the top of a Doug Wead search and wondered how it got there. It wasnt related to the date, the view count, or anything else that they could determine. But since it was there, at Googles omniscient discretion, we decided to do something we had never done before: buy an ad to promote it. Thats when our troubles began.
Within days, Google blocked my ad and informed my team that we had violated their policies. I called Google. The problem, they explained, was that the video had hate speech.
It was a Fox Business News video with Trish Regan interviewing me about the Russian collusion investigation. The Google employee could not find the exact offen...
The reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the Truth. Anyone who listens to the Truth hears my voice. Pilate answered, Truth? What does that mean?John 18:37-38
On Tuesday, a truth long suppressed finally emerged from darkness. A nearly 900-page report released by a statewide grand jury in Pennsylvania chronicled more than a thousand instances of physical and sexual abuse by hundreds of priests in dioceses around the commonwealth.
Despite the gruesome and graphic individual instances of abuse the report recounts, its ultimate condemnation of the Catholic Church came by laying bare a corrupt culture that pervaded the church for decades, and some (including this author) argue persists to this day. Far too many church leaders, including some still in positions of authority, saw a greater sin in public scandal than in the violation of young children, and failed in both their moral and legal obligations to do everything possible to protect innocent lives.
In so doing, they placed a stain on the church, and its leaders, that will long endure.
In reviewing the report, I focused primarily on the Diocese of Allentown. Having grown up outside Allentown, I know the area, and the diocese, well. I received the sacraments of initiationbaptism, First Communion, and confirmationthere, attended diocesan schools for all of my elementary and high school education, and still attend Mass in the area when home visiting family.
I have no firsthand experience of abuse, nor of any of the abusers. Of the 37 Allentown priests named in the report, and the 52 published on the dioceses own website, I recognize only one name, and recall meeting none. In a few cases, the priests named died before I was born.
I never experienced any improper, or even inappropriate, contact with priests or religious workers during my youth, whether at school, as an alter server, or in other venues. I also saw priests taking stepsleaving the office door of the rectory open during meetings, for instancedesigned both to protect me from inappropriate situations, and to protect them from unfounded allegations.
Sadly, their colleagues and superiors undermined the efforts of these good priests to protect children from harm.
The King will reply, Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. Matthew 25:40
A priest or religious authority figure could easily have taken advantage of my innocence and naivet as a child. While I only encountered trustwo...
Chelsea Clinton claimed that legalizing abortion has helped add an additional $3.5 trillion to the American economy on Saturday. At a #RiseUpforRoe event in New York, Clinton and other pro-choice women rallied against Brett Kavanaughs confirmation to the Supreme Court.
The #RiseUpforRoe movement, which is sponsored by NARAL and Planned Parenthoods PAC, started promptly after President Trump announced his decision to nominate Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Their Twitter bio reads, Its time to get maximum hysterical, and they claim that The right to a safe, accessible and legal abortion has never been at greater risk since Roe was decided.
Although abortion will not become illegal if Roe v. Wade is overturned, #RiseUpforRoe has been touring throughout America, fighting back and going maximum hysterical. At the New York leg of the tour, Clinton told the audience that citing the economic benefit of abortion could help persuade pro-lifers to rethink their stance. She said:
Whether you fundamentally care about reproductive rights and access rights, because these are not the same thing, if you care about social justice or economic justice, agency you have to care about this.
It is not a disconnected fact to address this t-shirt of 1973 that American women entering the labor force from 1973 to 2009 added three and a half trillion dollars to our economy. Right?
The net, new entrance of women that is not disconnected from the fact that Roe became the law of the land in January of 1973
So, I think, whatever it is that people say they care about, I think that you can connect to this issue.
Her logic is clear. Because women could get abortions, they could work for money more. Their contributions added $3.5 trillion into the economy. We may disagree on whether abortion kills an innocent life in its most vulnerable state, but at least it makes money!
Its an awful ledger. Kill 60 million babies; create $3.5 trillion. For those doing the math, a babys life is worth a little under $60,000 each. Planned Parenthoods abortion price tag must be a a steal, then, at only about $500!
Clintons argument showcases how little the pro-choice movement values life. Ultimately, the debate about abortion should center on the sanctity of human life; however, if Clinton wants to talk money, she should realize how much more is lost when...
After President Trump tweeted last Friday that he authorized a doubling of Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum with respect to Turkey, the Turkish lira fell more than 20 percent against the U.S. dollar during Fridays trading. Since the value of the lira has already dropped more than 60 percent this year, Turkey is at the brink of a financial disaster.
Global investors are worried Turkeys trouble may spread to other emerging markets and cause a new worldwide economic crisis. Turkeys President Tayyip Erdogan pinned the culpability on the United States and social media. But he is the one to blame for Turkeys financial woes and political instability.
Turkey has been a NATO member since 1952. For decades, Turkey had been the most westernized Muslim country, with a strong secular government and functioning democracy. Its political system was long hailed as a model in the Muslim world.
By sending troops to the Korean War and other wars on NATOs side, Turkey proved it was a reliable U.S. ally and a responsible NATO member. In 2004, the European Commission offered Turkey a formal invitation to begin negotiations for joining other western democracies as a member of the European Union.
However, since the election of Erdogan in 2014 (Erdogan was the prime minister for 11 years prior to 2014), the country has behaved more like an authoritarian regime than a democracy. As Erdogan consolidates power, he has been eager to suppress dissent and ruthlessly crack down on real and perceived enemies.
According to a report by Human Rights Watch, Turkeys government has practically silenced all independent domestic media, including the use of the criminal justice system to prosecute and jail journalists on bogus charges physical attacks on journalists and media organizations; government interference with editorial independence and pressure on media organizations to fire critical journalists; the governments takeover or closure of private media companies; and restrictions on access to the airwaves, fines, and closure of critical television stations. Many journalists have been forced to flee the country.
Since a failed military coup in 2016, Turkey has been in a permanent state of emergency. Erdogan used the failed coup as an excuse to speed up his...
The Democratic Party of Missouri amended their official platform in June to soften its stance on abortion, in order to become more inclusive to pro-life Democrats. Unfortunately, the party walked this commitment back on August 11, voting unanimously to remove the pro-life-inclusive language that had only been present in the platform for a few weeks.
The June amendments language was fairly routine: We respect the conscience of each Missourian and recognize that members of our party have deeply held and sometimes differing positions on issues of personal conscience, such as abortion. The Democrats then went on to laud differing views on abortion as a source of strength for the party.
So why the sudden about-face? Was welcoming people of conscience merely a value-add for eight weeks, but no longer? Perhaps the June decision, although good on principle, was bad for voter appeal.
As one might expect, the announcement of the amendments revocation was shrouded in sanitized reproductive rights buzzwords. Per the Kansas City Star, alderwoman Annie Rice claimed, Abortion is a legal healthcare procedure, and as a party we must support access.
The executive director of pro-choice group NARAL Missouri, Alison Dreith, told the Kansas City Star the right to access abortion care is in more danger now than ever and that the partys platform change has put the party back on track just in time to pick up wins in November. This vote goes to show that when women organize, women win.
But does excluding people of faith and conscience really help women win? More than that, does bolstering abortion access really help women win? Perhaps it just erodes our cultures value of human life and belittles women by implying the only way they can get ahead is if they reflexively reject motherhood.
Dreiths comments hit the nail squarely on the head. It was only briefly about principle, and now the party has shifted toward appealing to voters instead of recognizing the complexity of the ethical dilemma surrounding abortion. After all, attempting to resolve crucial life-or-death ethical dilemmas with Democrats of faith pales in importance to getting votes, right?
Is it possible to interpret the Constitution without recourse to the historical figures who drafted, sustained, and decoded it? In The Lives of the Constitution: Ten Exceptional Minds that Shaped Americas Supreme Law, an engaging and persuasive study, Joseph Tartakovsky answers this question with an emphatic no, concluding that how our founding document was created and is understood necessarily transcends its textual limits.
A constitutional law scholar at the Claremont Institute and an editor of its journal, Tartakovsky allows that the Constitutions purpose is, in part, to immunize us against fickle or headlong change, but fundamentally believes understanding the Constitution is impossible without marking the influence of experience, politics, culture, and technology.
Labeling the Constitution the documentary record of a nation rationally created, Tartakovsky begins by observing that Americas greatest contribution to world civilization has been in the art of establishing and preserving free republican government.
The lives he examines range widely. Every one of Tartakovskys ten key figures had a hand in conceiving, drafting, and ratifying the Constitution, or in interpreting, challenging, amending, preserving, or applying it to radically new conditions.
Tartakovsky partitions his subjects into builders (Alexander Hamilton and James Wilson), fighters (Daniel Webster and Stephen Field), dreamers (Woodrow Wilson and Ida B. Wells-Barnett), and restorers (Robert Jackson and Antonin Scalia). Each shaped our founding document in his or her own unique way.
Hamilton established federal power when it was sorely lacking. The young republics foremost spokesman for energy in the executive, Hamilton wrote, in President Washingtons 1796 Farewell Address, that the real danger in our system is that the general government, organized as at present, will prove too weak rather than too powerful.
By pioneering the ill-fated Bank of the United States and growing the Treasury Department from 39 employees to more than 1,600 in five short years, Hamilton sought an executive with the muscle, prestige, and legitimacy to withstand all perils.
Alongside Hamilton toiled James Wilson, a brilliant Scotsman who immigrated to Pennsylvania in the 1760s and provided the key philosophical underpinnings of our founding document. In his labors to justify the United States Constitution by every fact of human nature and eternal order, Tartakovsky muses, Wilson was the closest the Founding had to an Aristotle.
The first to sugg...
For all the allegations by the Left about how the Trump administration is sabotaging Obamacare, a recent New York Times article revealed nothing of the sort. Instead it indicated how many senior officials within the administration want to entrench Obamacare, helping states to expand the reach of one of its costly entitlements.
Thankfully, a furious internal battle took the idea off the tablefor now. But instead of trying to find ways to increase the reach of Obamacares Medicaid expansion, which prioritizes able-bodied adults over individuals with disabilities, the Trump administration should instead pursue policies that slow the push towards expansion, by making the tough fiscal choices surrounding expansion plain for states to see.
At issue within the administration, and in the Times article: so-called partial expansion of Medicaid. Obamacare itself required states to expand Medicaid to all adults with incomes of less than 138 percent of the federal poverty line. But the Supreme Court in 2012 ruled the mandatory expansion of Medicaid unconstitutional, making the choice to expand optional for states.
Following the courts decision, the Obama administration determined expansion an all-or-nothing proposition. If states wanted to receive the enhanced match rate for the expansionwhich started at 100 percent in 2014, and is slowly falling to 90 percent for 2020 and future yearsthey must expand to all individuals below the 138 percent of poverty threshold.
However, some states wish to expand Medicaid only for adults with incomes below the poverty level. Whereas individuals with incomes above 100 percent of poverty qualify for premium and cost-sharing subsidies for plans on Obamacares exchanges, individuals with incomes below the poverty level do not. (In states that have not expanded Medicaid, individuals with incomes below poverty may fall into the so-called coverage gap, because they do not have enough income to qualify for subsidized exchange coverage.)
States that wish to cover only individuals with incomes below the poverty line may do sohowever, under the Obama administration guidance, thos...
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Amelia Irvine criticized Republican Sen. Marco Rubios paid family leave plan in The Federalist on Thursday. Her criticism generally missed the mark, although some of her concerns about the solvency of Social Security are valid.
Earlier this month, Rubio and Republican Rep. Ann Wagner introduced the Economic Security for New Parents Act, legislation which would create a much-needed option for paid family leave. After the birth or adoption of a child, new parents would be allowed to pull forward a portion of their own contributions to Social Security to use for at least two months of paid leave, delaying the eventual date at which they begin receiving Social Security upon retirement by a corresponding amount of time.
This move comes just as Democrats are ramping up support for their own paid family leave proposals ahead of the midterm elections. Last year, Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand introduced a bill that would raise taxes and create a brand new entitlement program. These types of big government programs place an extra burden on employers and employees and end up hurting the very people they claim to support.
Given these circumstances, Rubio and Wagner were wise to understand that Republicans needed to adopt their own paid family leave plan. And lets be clear: The New Parents Act is a smart proposal. Its not a tax increase. Its not a new entitlement. Its funding mechanism is deficit neutral in the long run.
But most importantly, the New Parents Act is a conservative, pro-family solution to a real problem it lessens the financial burden on working parents of having children and makes it easier for them to return to the workforce (and continue contributing to Social Security) without losing traction in their careers.
Both our workforce and our culture have changed in significant ways since Social Security was enacted in 1935. Women now make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce many by choice, but many also by financial necessity. As the cost of living goes up, especially in urban areas, families often need two incomes to make ends meet a problem exacerbated by the stagnation of the real median household wage over the last two decades. This can unfortunately lead to a catch-22, as when parents decide to welcome a child into the world, they are met with the staggering costs of child care that follow from both being gone at work.
Imagine being a working class mom with a second child on the way. You make $12 an hour at your job at a local coffee shop. While the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act guarantees you at least...
Long before he came to national attention, Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips was a down-to-earth man living out the American dream.
Jack found his lifes passion early on. At a young age, he began scrimping and saving every penny to one day open a cake shop all his own. All Jack has ever wanted to do was use his talents as a painter and sculptor to create artistic cakes, and he worked almost two decades to make Masterpiece Cakeshop a reality.
Jack grew into the sort of person we all hope to be: marrying the love of his life, raising a family, and quietly becoming a pillar in his community. Among Jacks friends are homeless men and women who frequent Masterpiece Cakeshop for a cup of hot coffee, a bite to eat, and the warmth of friendshipall compliments of the house.
When Jacks friends needed to borrow a car a couple of years back, he loaned out the best vehicle he had, choosing to drive a clunker for a few days when a little less selflessness wouldve done just fine. Its just who Jack is: a good neighbor right down to the bone.
In so many ways, Phillips personifies the American dream. Just about the only people who cant seem to recognize that are government officials employed by the state of Colorado.
Earlier this summer, the U.S. Supreme Court chastised the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, in a 7-2 decision, for its hostility toward Jacks religious beliefs and for treating him worse than they did other cake artists. But the state is running Jack through the wringer for a second time. Once again, Jack, though his Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys, has been forced to defend the very Christian principles that have made him who he is.
If this were a Hollywood sequel, it would be more like Jaws IV: The Revenge than The Godfather Part II. And the sequel only gets worse as the plot emerges. The latest charge comes courtesy of a lawyer who called Jacks shop multiple times on the very day the Supreme Court agreed to hear Jacks case in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.
As word got out that Jack serves everybody but wont create a custom cake that expresses a message or celebrates an event that violates his beliefs, the lawyer called Masterpiece requesting a custom cake, blue on the outside and pink on the inside, to celebrate a gender transition. Just like in 2012, when two gentlemen asked Jack to design a custom cake for their same-sex wedding, his shop politely declined the request but offered to sell the caller anything else in the shop or...
Ive got some tough news for those of you toting around a towel, hoping to be whisked off as a hitchhiker around the galaxy: Were probably alone. And I dont mean theres no other intelligent life near us. I dont even mean there might not be any other life in the galaxy. Im talking about the entire universe.
About a month ago, three of the worlds most esteemed scientists and thinkers, Eric Drexler, Dr. Anders Sandberg, and Toby Ord (I put the Oxford comma here only out of respect for them), released a fascinating study about the Fermi Paradox. For those of you who dont frequent astrophysicist circles, the Fermi Paradox is the contradiction between our current scientific knowledge of life, which holds that life should be relatively common in the universe, and the fact that there seems to be no evidence for extraterrestrial life, despite our best attempts at contact.
The study in question takes a harsh reevaluation of the paradox, finally coming to the conclusion that life, if it exists elsewhere at all, isnt nearly as common or likely as we used to think. Their final estimate holds that there is a 53 percent to 96 percent chance that we are alone in the galaxy, and a 39 percent to 85 percent chance that we are alone in the entire observable universe.
So, long story short, there are 19,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 Earth-like planets in the observable universe. Now it seems that, out of all 19 sextillion of these, Earth could be the only one with sentient life.
If you want to take a deep breath now, or maybe grab a drink, I dont blame you. Thats a lot of space. And it looks like its all ours to handle, a responsibility of almost incomprehensible proportions.
But, in a way, this isnt the first time this has happened. There have been many times in history that our vision has been expanded larger than ever before. And to understand why we have to look back to a single verse, from a story that has been with us since the beginning of human civilization.
Most Christians Ive met have one of two opinions about Genesis 1. It is either the exact way the universe was created 6,000 years ago, in seven days, (may the Inquisition take those heretics w...
She never considered herself an activist, but Aretha Franklin did more for civil rights and blurring the lines of race than she could have known. A musical icon in the truest sense of the term, Franklin captivated the ears and hearts of a nation with her powerhouse voice for more than 50 years, and will continue to do so for many years to come.
Her signature song, Respect, a glorious and intense remake of Otis Reddings anthem, will forever ring in our ears when we feel we arent receiving the consideration we deserve. In passing, Franklin stands as a reminder that our love for each other can be improved so much more effectively through joy rather than hate. Music like Arethas truly has the power to bring us together.
What is most remarkable about Franklins rise to fame is that she, an African-American woman living in the 1960s United States, faced more than a mountain of conflict and disinterest on her rise to the top, but it barely slowed her down.
Before the time of Franklin, Ray Charles, and Motown icons like The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, and The Supremes, music remained mainly segregated. Like so many other things in pop culture, there was an unspoken understanding that soul music was intended for a specific part of the countrys population.
Franklins talent was unquestionable. Surely talent scout and record producer John Hammond knew he was in the presence of something truly special when he signed the young gospel singer to Columbia Records in 1960.
The famously strong-willed Franklin had been unwilling to yield to the ideas Columbia had for her image and marketability, so after years of lackluster efforts she moved on to Atlantic Records. There, Franklin found her niche singing rhythm and blues, citing the struggle of African-Americans from the time of slavery as a primary source for the richness and depth of her sound.
Shortly after signing with the label, she had her first number one hit, I Never Loved a Man. From that point forward, almost every Franklin recording became an instant soul classic. She was not the inventor of R&B, but her roots in gospel, and her particular blend of passion and talent cemented the genre into mainstream pop music, where it solidly remains today.
Franklins contributions extend far beyond the music industry. She sang at the inaugurations of three U.S. presidents. In an era largely considered difficult for women, especially those of color, she was a strong, successful role model.
The Queen of Soul now rests in the arms of her Precious Lord. Her music br...
TrueVault announced the launch of its expanded platform to cover all PII-related regulations such as HIPAA, GDPR, and the California Consumer Privacy Act as well as additional use cases including Applications, Data Warehouses and Machine Learning. TrueVault had focused on helping companies protect consumers health-related data, ensuring HIPAA compliance. But its customers began asking for help with new regulations related to PII, such as GDPR. TrueVault already had the know-how and platform, and decided to More
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WordPress has been around for 15 years. Today it powers around 30% of the top 10 million websites on the internet. Being such a popular platform, WordPress has been in the limelight quite a few times, more often than not for wrong reasons security, or lack of. Though is it really as insecure as many think? If it is really that insecure, how come world renowned names and brands such as The New York More
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According to interviews, the victim in this case claimed he was sexually assaulted by Clinton on a yacht in New England and knows the identities of several other child victims who were subjected to identical abuses. The victim also confirmed he witnessed other children and people being sexually and physically abused and possibly worse on numerous boat parties. These parties were attended by elite members of D.C. political class, according to Moore and the victim.
Phi Beta Iota: Within a year by 2020 we expect
multiple US presidents, vice presidents, governors, and senators,
as well as celebrities, judges, and chiefs of police, to be outed
as pedophiles. They are of course innocent until proven
guilty. What we are seeing is that the dam is about to break;
more and more victims are waking up and recovering memories, the
trickle we have now of witnesses is going to become a flood. New
alternative media ecologies will bypass the censorship that is now
imposed by #GoogleGestapo and the fake news
Aus der beliebten Kategorie "Einmal mit Profis arbeiten", heute: 18jhriger verkauft der Sparkasse Gttingen 259 falsche Goldbarren. Nicht auf einmal. Anfangs nur ein paar, dann immer mehr. Insgesamt hat der ber 300k rausgetragen. Das flog erst auf, als seine Mutter auch anfing.
Im September 2016 tauchte der junge Mann, Realschulabsolvent, inzwischen 20, zum ersten Mal in der Kasse mit Barren auf, die er sich ber die Internetplattform Ebay mutmalich in China besorgt hatte (er selbst sagt nichts, er verweigert die Aussage). In China kann man Metallbarren Kupfer, Messing oder Wolfram mit hauchdnnem Goldberzug und tuschend echter Goldbarrenverpackung fr wenig Geld erstehen. Elfmal hat der Gttinger Goldjunge laut Oberstaatsanwalt Andreas Buick der Sparkasse sein Fake-Gold angedreht, in Form von 259 nachgemachten Barren und zwei nachgemachten Krgerrand-Mnzen.Wow. Und die Sparkasse rief den dann irgendwann an, ob er nicht noch mehr Gold htte. Hatte er.
Wartet, wird noch besser! Die Sparkasse hat die Barren weiterverkauft, u.a. an die Nord/LB. Ein anderer Teil ist eingeschmolzen worden. Wo und wie ist noch nicht klar. m(
Update: Einem Leser fllt zu dem "hast du noch mehr davon"-Aspekt auf:
Weit du woran mich das erinnert? Genau! An Konrad Kujau und die Hitler-Tagebcher.
Versammlungsverbot des Tages: Das Landratsamt Neustadt a.d.Aisch-Bad Windsheim untersagt im Gemeindegebiet Emskirchen alle Veranstaltungen, die dem Aufruf Dem Drachen das frchten lehren! folgen.
Wer deutschem Youtube- und *chan-Dramen nicht folgt: Es handelt sich um den Drachenlord, einen Youtuber, der seit Jahren von einem Hass- und Trollmob verfolgt wird, die den auch in Person vor Ort bei sich zuhause schon "besucht" und gestalkt haben. Und so gibt es dann in den dunklen Ecken der Kanalisation des Internets Aufrufe erlebnisorientierter Jugendlicher, den zu "besuchen" und ihm Dinge anzutun. AFAIK gab es auch schon so Swatting-hnliche Anrufe bei der Feuerwehr in dem Kontext.
Das Landratsamt hat das mitgekriegt und diese epische Allgemeinverfgung rausgehauen, mit Begrndungen der Form:
Sternstunden der bayerischen Kommunalverwaltung!
- Eine weitere Ankndigung von anusficker 5000 auf YouTube lautet:
Das wird ein kampf epischen ausmaes
Lest euch auch mal die anderen Punkte durch, insbesondere Punkt II/1/a/ab. Das sollte man im Auge behalten, wenn man von Hasskommentaren im Internet spricht. Nicht alle Teilnehmer haben das Glck, dass es bei bloen Kommentaren bleibt.
Leserbrief zu Kommentarspalten:
einen kritischen und mir wichtigen Gedanken zum Thema Kommentarspalten habe ich bisher noch nicht in der Diskussion wahrgenommen:
Aus meiner Sicht ist das Problem mit Kommentaren unter Pressetexten, dass Personen, die auer Zeit sonst nichts investieren mssen, durch einen Kommentar unter einem Artikel fast dieselbe Reichweite und Sichtbarkeit erhalten, wie der Urheber des ursprnglichen Textes. Dieser musste sich seine Reichweite irgendwie erarbeiten, was zumindest in gewissem Umfang auch eine Art von Qualittskontrolle bedeutet. Durch die Art und Weise, wie Kommentarfunktionen hufig umgesetzt sind, erhalten extreme Ansichten nur durch zeitliche Investitionen viel Aufmerksamkeit. Die Medienschaffenden schenken gewissermaen einen guten Teil ihrer Macht und ihres Einflusses irgendwelchen motivierten Leuten (hufig: motiviert durch Frust, Wut) und reduzieren dadurch selbst ihren Einfluss als Korrektiv. Denn wir wissen ja alle, dass das Gehirn schon unbewusst einen Artikel direkt anders abspeichert, je nachdem, in welche Richtung der erste Kommentar geht, den man hufig selbst ohne es zu wollen am Ende des Artikels direkt mitliest.
Gut gelst finde ich das bei Heise, wo Kommentare nicht direkt unter dem Artikel erscheinen, sondern man sich erst in das Forenuniversum begeben muss, das auch sofort als solches zu erkennen ist.
Eine der Prmissen des Intersektionalismus ist ja, dass weie Mnner mal die Fresse halten sollen, denn aufgrund ihres Privilegienstatus knnen sie gar nicht Opfer von Rassismus oder Unterdrckung sein.
In der Opfer-Olympiade rechnet man dann die Grnde auf, wieso jemand benachteiligt ist (schwarz + weiblich startet z.B. mit mehr Opferstatuspunkten als blo weiblich). Und genau wie jemand mit wenig Opferstatuspunkten kein Opfer sein kann, genauso spricht man jemandem mit mehr Opferstatuspunkten gerne ab, ein Tter sein zu knnen. Das fhrt dann zu so Phnomenen wie dass Frauen im Feminismus als engelshnliche Lichtgestalten gesehen werden, die schon aus Prinzip gerecht und gut sind, und wenn doch mal eine entgleist, dann macht man Ahnenkult und Rassenerbe wie damals im 3. Reich und argumentiert mit den Vorfahren, die ja genug Unterdrckung ausgesetzt gewesen seien, dass man der aktuellen Inkarnation diese eine berschreitung durchgehen lassen sollte, weil das ja "ausgleichende Gerechtigkeit" sei.
Dieses Theorieonstrukt hat mich noch nie sonderlich berzeugt. Ich mag zwar ein weier Mann sein, aber es ist ja nicht so, dass ich keine Frauen unter meinen Vorfahren gehabt htte. Wenn man also die den Vorfahren angetane Unterdrckung der aktuellen Generation anrechnet, dann wre das Opferpunkte-Konto bei mir genau so voll wie bei typischen weien Frauen.
Gut, sagen die Intersektionalisten, dann nehmen wir nicht die Vorfahren sondern konstruieren eine neue Art von Opfertums-Erbe. Eine Frau hat mehr Opferpunkte als du, weil sie die Opferpunkte aller Frauen in frheren Zeiten auch gutgeschrieben kriegt. Die Idee dahinter erschliet sich besser, wenn man das bei Schwarzen macht als bei Frauen, aber so genau gucken Intersektionalisten da nicht hin.
Warum erzhle ich das gerade? Weil die absurde Annahme, eine Frau knne nicht sexistisch sein, oder ein Schwarzer knnte nicht rassistisch sein, natrlich in der Realitt schon einer oberflchlichen Prfung nicht standhlt.
Und, aus deutscher Sicht besonders bemerkenswert: Viele der privilegierten weien Mnner sind Juden. Aber ausgerechnet denen rechnet man im Intersektionalismus die Opferpunkte der Unterdrckung ihrer Vorfahren nicht an. Das macht man nur bei Frauen und Schwarzen.
Aber Fefe! Du kannst doch nicht Nationalsozialismus und Feminismus vergleichen! Nein, aber ihre Methoden. Wissenschaftliche Konzepte umbiegen, damit es besser in die Ideologie passt, und dann pseudowissenschaftliche Argumentationen darauf aufzubauen, das ist kein Alleinstellungsmerkmal der Nationalsozialisten.
A House committee is considering a subpoena to force Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to testify on a slew of issues including perceived bias against conservatives on the platform, according to a new report.An unnamed House Energy and Commerce Committee...
Because marijuana is still illegal in most states, dozens of people in only a few hours in Connecticut have overdosed on synthetic marijuana.
This 9 August 2018 video from the USA says about itself:
Victims of sex abuse by Pennsylvania priests share their stories
The first Pennsylvania statewide investigation into abuses by Catholic priests is expected to be released any day now. The grand jury report details allegations against more than 300 predator priests in six diocese covering more than 1.7 million parishioners. Nikki Battiste sits down with several victims who are speaking out together for the first time.
Translated from Belgian (Roman Catholic) daily De Standaard today:
In Pennsylvania, 300 priests abused more than a thousand children since 1940. An investigative jury published a devastating report on the extent of the abuse covered up by the Catholic Church.
In that report is also the name of Albert M. Liberatore, a priest who had studied at the American College in Leuven in the 1990s and who came to visit there afterwards. In that American College United States American seminarians were trained to become priests, until the school closed in 2011.
In December 2002, the bishop of Scranton, a city in Pennsylvania, received a letter from the American College in Leuven with a warning about Liberatore. While the priest was vi...
The Doubs river flows normally in Franche-Comt, France. But since about a week or so, the river has totally dried up over a length of more than 1 km, between Pontarlier and Morteau, although precipitation has been abundant this winter and spring. The river has disappeared, and with it, the fauna and flora. Everything is dead. Two weeks ago, 13km of the Risle River in Normandy also disappeared underground in a large crater. According to geologists, this unprecedented event is due to large cracks and craters in the riverbed. The cave of Remonot is located near the village of Morteau along the Doubs. Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, this Chapel-Cave contains miraculous water and is visited each year on August 15, 2018, day of the Assumption. But during this year's annual pilgrimage, the cave was dry! The first time ever! Nearby, the Doubs river is also dry. No water, just pebbles and dead fish.
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As expected [stderr] the wars in Syria and Iraq have devolved into a horror show of human tragedy. And, to exacerbate it, youve got Americas fondness for saturation bombing civilians with high explosive.
That probably seems like a strong claim, given that the US media have been carefully dancing around coalition airstrikes and artillery support but the numbers tell the truth.
The myth is that there is controlled, surgical, strikes against targets that have been identified, selected, and called in by steely-eyed artillery spotters and drone pilots. The reality is that you simply cannot fire that many aimed shots. [marinetimes] If theyre not aimed shots, theyre area fire: a war crime.
WASHINGTON Marines providing artillery support to U.S.-backed Syrian fighters in Raqqa fired so many consecutive rounds they burned out the barrels of two M777 155 mm howitzers.
Every minute of every hour we were putting some kind of fire on ISIS in Raqqa, whether it was mortars, artillery, rockets, [High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems], Hellfires, armed drones, you name it, Troxell told reporters on Monday. Troxell had visited Raqqa a couple weeks ago for a period of four hours.
4 whole hours? What a tough guy. But, seriously, theres no way thats all aimed fire. And let me call your attention to the highlighted bullshit above: no, they were putting some kind of fire on a city. A city in which, somewhere, there were probably some ISIS fighters who hadnt left yet. That orwellian turn of phrase attempts to make it sound as though the US forces were only blowing up ISIS fighters, not the city of Raqqa. That is a lie.
It doesnt look like Dresden did after the bombing but only because photos of Dresden are mostly monochrome.
Is Capitalism Killing Us?
Paul Craig Roberts
Ecological economists, such as Herman E. Daly, stress that as the external costs of pollution and resource exhaustion are not included in Gross Domestic Product, we do not know whether an increase in GDP is a gain or a loss.
External costs are huge and growing larger. Historically, manufacturing and industrial corporations, corporate farming, city sewer systems, and other culprits have passed the costs of their activities onto the environment and third parties. Recently, there has been a spate of reports with many centering on Monsantos Roundup, whose principle ingredient, glyphosate, is believed to be a carcinogen.
A public health organization, the Environmental Working Group, recently reported that its tests found glyphosate in all but 2 of 45 childrens breakfast foods including granola, oats and snack bars made by Quaker, Kellogg and General Mills. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/aug/16/weedkiller-cereal-monsanto-roundup-childrens-food
In Brazil tests have discovered that 83% of mothers breast milk contains glyphosate. https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Brazil-Poisonous-Agrotoxin-Found-Over-80-of-Breast-Milk-Samples-in-Urucui-20180809-0008.html
The Munich Environmental Institute reported that 14 of the most widely selling German beers contain glyphosate. https://sustainablepulse.com/2016/02/25/german-beer-industry-in-shock-over-probable-carcinogen-glyphosate-contamination/#.W3XKtC-ZOGQ
Glyphosate has been found in Mexican farmers urine and in Mexican ground water. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5486281/
Scientific American has reported that even Roundups
inert ingredients can kill human cells, particularly embryonic,
placental and umbilical cord cells.
A German toxicologist has accused the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment and the European Food Safety Authority of scientific fraud for accepting a Monsanto-led glyphosate Task Force conclusion that g...
The Rotary Club District 9110 of Ojodu has enhanced learning when it renovated a block of six class rooms, furnished a library for the students of Isheri Senior Secondary School in Ojodu and provided healthcare facilities at Ojodu community health centre in Lagos. The commissioning of the six classroom block was conducted by the district 
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It is obvious that this war is seen by Saudi Arabia and the UAE as a way to weaken Iran, although Irans actual role in Yemen is dubious. Nonetheless, Iran has said it awaits an invitation from the UN to come to Geneva. It would like to hold face-to-face talks with its adversaries, with the UN as arbiter.
A California cop feared for his life when a child's dog came to the door, so he opened fire and his bullet hit an 11-year-old boy.
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PORT MORESBY - Government revenues from Papua New Guineas mining, oil and gas sector have essentially dried up.
With the ongoing effects of the devastating earthquake in Hela Province, the eruption of election-related violence in the Southern Highlands, a significant budget shortfall, and a foreign exchange crisis driving business confidence down, the resources of the government are severely stretched,
And the massively expensive APEC meeting looms in November.
In this context, the drop in government revenue from the resource sector is staggering. And accounts in significant part for the growing fiscal stress.
In 2006-2008, according to Bank of PNG figures, the government collected more than K2 billion annually from the sector by way of taxes and dividends, on mineral exports that had just topped K10 billion for the first time.
In 2017, the figure is just K400 million on exports of K25 billion a revenue reduction of more than 80% in the same time that exports have increased by 150%.
Government dividends and corporate taxes made up just 1.6% of the value of exports in 2017 (and that was a significant increase over 2015 and 2016).
If we take the long-term average share of the value of exports that the government has received (at a little over 10%), this points to a potential hole of at least K8 billion over the past four years, an amount that would go a long way to covering the current fiscal deficit.
There are some precedents for the rapid drop in government revenues from the sector. In 1990 and 1991 just as the resources boom triggered by the Porgera gold mine and oil production at the Kutubu oilfield began revenues collapsed, largely due to the closure of the Bougainville copper mine in 1989; and again, briefly in 2009 due to the onset of the global financial crisis in 2008.
But neither of these has been as deep or as sustained as the current hole.
A full explanation of the precipitous decline in resource revenues is beyond the scope of this analysis.
Clearly, a number of factors are involved, including a fall in commodity prices, major construction and expansion costs (which attract accelerated depreciation provisions) and generous tax deals.
The revenue dry-up of t...
An Australian teenager has admitted hacking into Apples internal network and stealing 90 GB worth of files. The 16-year-old has pleaded guilty to breaking into Apples systems on multiple occasions over the course of a year, from his parents home in Melbournes suburbs.
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Amid capital flight and a collapse in investor confidence in the Turkish economy, Qatar has stepped in and pledged $15 billion in new investments in the country, giving the lira a much-needed respite. According to Reuters, the money will be channeled into Turkish banks and financial markets, and it will go toward economic projects, investments, and deposits.
The move is the confidence-booster the Turkish economy needed to temporarily stem the decline of the lira. And thats exactly what it helped to achieve: the currency is now up from its historical lows from Monday. The ambiguity of the Qatari statement was also likely by design, as it implies that a large portion of the funding may ultimately be injected into an increasingly illiquid Turkish financial system. However, the risk of a resumption of free-fall remains. The Qatar investment isnt enough to gloss over the Turkish economys structural problems, and we can expect President Erdogan to continue to take a hard line against the United States and the West in general. In a sense, Washingtons sanctions were a gift to Erdogan in that they have allowed him to bestow ownership of the current crisis to a vindictive United States, thus exonerating the presidents own debt-fueled growth policies ahead of June elections. But given Turkeys massive need for external financing estimated by the Financial Times to be hovering around $238 billion in the next year alone all paths are still leading to an IMF bailout. Its now a question of when, not if.
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rumpism is sometimes derided as an updated know-nothingism that rejects expertise and the input of credentialed expertise. Supposedly, professionals who could now save us tragically have their talent untapped as they sit idle at the Council on Foreign Relations, the economics Department at Harvard, or in the offices of the Brookings Institution even as Trumps wheelers and dealers crash and burn, too proud, too smelly, or too ignorant to call in their betters to come in and save Trump from himself.
But do the degreed classes, at least outside math, the sciences, engineering, and medicine, merit such esteem anymore?You can tell by his plain, colloquial language that he's a hardscrabble man of the people himself, at ease with chainsaws.
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Empathy has been a bit of a theme for me this week. Personally Ive been trying to use it in the positive, expansive bridge-building aspect, but it is not as though empathy does not already exist in Northern Ireland.
Within the present two tribe culture system, of course it exists. It is capable of tuning us into collaboration on anger, hatred and fear as well as having the capacity to help us to build a larger, connected and inclusive sense of who we are. It depends on our social choices.
We saw this at play in another sad remembrance this week. This time it was for a bombing which took place after the signing of the Belfast Agreement. The victims of the Omagh bomb, like so many other victims of the Troubles, got no justice.
Perhaps for this reason, the untimely remarks of the former Police Ombudsman yesterday calling for the police to account went down badly with several of the victims families:
It doesnt come easy for me to say this, but I think if you have a view which is informed by your experience of investigation then you do have certain duties and I think it was incumbent upon me to say this because the people of Omagh said to me we need to be sure this never happens again and that did not happen.
However, on Evening Extra last night The Sunday Times John Mooney pointed out that there had been no re-occurrence in 20 years in part because the PNSI had been effective in closing down the options of Republican dissidents.
Eilis OHanlon notes that victims come very low down on the states list of priorities:
some of those who were made to wait longest to get what is rightfully theirs were among the most seriously injured in the blast.
Donna Marie McGillion, now 42, suffered burns to most of her body and was given only a 20% chance of survival. It took her 14 years to receive appropriate compensation, an experience she describes as so, so traumatic and so long and drawn out.
Agree or disagree with Mrs OLoans judgement, as a former office holder of the only public office enabled to investigate the past, she has a view: albeit one that within the wider picture is necessarily partial since only the Police came under her purview.
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Were not sure who designed [Max Glenister]s place, but they had some strange ideas about interior door positioning. The door to his office is right next to a corner, yet it opens into the room instead of toward the wall. Well, that issues been taken care of. But the architect and the electrician got the last laugh, because now the light switch is blocked by the open door.
Folks, this is the stuff that IoT is made for. [Max] here solved one problem, and another sprang up in its place. What better reason for your maiden voyage into the cloud than a terrible inconvenience? He studied up on IoT servo-controlled light switching, but found that most of the precedent deals with protruding American switches rather than the rockers that light up the UK. [Max] got what he needed, though. Now he controls the light with a simple software slider on his phone. It uses the Blynk platform to send servo rotation commands to a NodeMCU, which moves the servo horn enough to work the switch. Its simple, non-intrusive, and it doesnt involve messing with mains electricity.
Got those protruding American switches? [Suyash] shed light on that problem a while back.
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Some days it seems, at least from reading the mainstream news or cable television, that all millennials are voting for Democrats, or that college-educated kids are all going to be part of the blue wave.
In fact, there is a whole cadre of young Republicans and conservatives populating college campuses, who see themselves as the post-Trump future of the Republican Party.
Journalist Eliza Gray recently went looking for the heart and soul of young conservatism as part of a story for the Washington Post Magazine. She shares some of her findings, in this weeks WhoWhatWhy podcast, with Jeff Schechtman.
Gray interviewed over 50 young conservative leaders. She started with College Republicans, and her search took her to groups that ranged from William F. Buckleys Young Americans for Freedom, to organizations founded in the Reagan era, to libertarian offshoots of the Ron Paul campaign, as well as some Christian groups.
While Trump is certainly not the model all of them want to emulate, and they are hardly falling in line behind his approach of being light on policy and heavy on combat, some still see him as a means to implementing their own policy preferences.
According to Gray, the libertarian streak is perhaps the most prominent feature of these young conservatives, some of whom have taken to calling themselves Conservatarians. But even with their libertarian leanings on issues like sexual preferences and foreign policy, the vast majority are strongly pro-life. And many agree with Trump in his attacks on both the media and popular culture.
As for young, moderate Republicans, they have, says Gray, become an endangered species; according to her research, many were turned off by the rise of Trump.
Gray explains why the biggest heroes of many young conservatives are commentator Ben Shapiro and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley. Most are not fans of Sean Hannity.
The transformation of Norway into the tip of the knife for an attack on Russia is taking place amidst the speedy militarization of other Scandinavian countries, the Baltic states, and Poland.
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