The combined wealth of the world’s billionaires now exceeds the collective market capitalization of all the companies in the Dow Jones industrial average

Billionaire wealth tops $7 trillion

By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com
Monday, September 22, 2014

The combined wealth of the world’s billionaires now exceeds the collective market capitalization of all the companies in the Dow Jones industrial average, according to a recent study.

The Wealth-X and UBS Billionaire Census found that the number of billionaires around the world increased by 155, to total 2,325. Their wealth grew by 12 percent in 2014, to reach a record $7.3 trillion.

Where is the money?
Europe is home to the highest number of billionaires and the most billionaire wealth. The region counts 775 among its ranks of super-rich and they possess a combined $2.37 trillion.

But among individual countries, the U.S. can claim the most billionaires, with 571 in 2014. It’s trailed by China with 190, and the United Kingdom with 130.

The real story is Asia, however, which is the fastest-growing region in terms of wealth. Over the past year, wealth grew by 18.7 percent, or 30 percent of the net increase in global billionaire wealth. The population of super-rich shot up by 10 percent, with 52 newly minted billionaires, 33 of them from China.

Scenography for the movie Greed. 1926.
Scenography for the movie Greed. 1926. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Egypt sentences man to 6 years in prison for ‘Liking’ Christian Facebook post

Thursday, 26 June 2014

An Egyptian man was convicted and sentenced Tuesday to six years in prison along with a fine of $840 dollars for violating Egypt’s blasphemy laws, which make illegal any criticism of the Islamic religion.

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The International Christian Concern (ICC) reported that Kerolos Shawky, a Christian man living in southern Egypt, was initially accused of violating the Islamic blasphemy laws in article 98 of the Egyptian penal code, which prohibits “ridiculing or insulting heavenly religions or inciting sectarian strife”, but as the ICC notes, the law is almost always used to go after religious minorities. Continue reading “Egypt sentences man to 6 years in prison for ‘Liking’ Christian Facebook post”

Fired for Helping a Young Cancer Patient

Friday, May 16, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (CN) – The University of Pennsylvania Hospital fired a radiation therapist for helping the mother of a pediatric cancer patient – an Eagles fan – get in touch with the football team to try to boost the girl’s spirits, the fired worker claims in court.

Julianne Anttell sued the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas.

Anttell says in the lawsuit that the parents of a girl she had treated invited her to see the girl complete her radiation therapy. The girl, “SB,” and several of her family were wearing Philadelphia Eagles gear for the girl’s last treatment, Anttell says in the complaint.

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Plans for ‘black mass’ at Harvard anger Boston Catholics

Black mass at Harvard:

 

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CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (Reuters) — A Harvard University student group plans to hold a re-enactment of a satanic ritual on the school’s historic campus, drawing criticism from local Roman Catholic officials, who expressed “deep sadness and strong opposition” to the plan.
The Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club said in a statement posted online that it plans to host “a historical re-enactment of a black mass ceremony that has a narrator providing historical context and background.” Continue reading “Plans for ‘black mass’ at Harvard anger Boston Catholics”

Antisocial Network to help users avoid their friends

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Friday, 21 March 2014

A pair of U.S. developers have created Cloak, an iPhone “antisocial network” to help users avoid running into their friends.

Cloak, created by programmer Brian Moore and former Buzzfeed creative director Chris Baker, is billed as the “antisocial network” and uses check-in data from Foursquare and Instagram to allow users to see the locations of their friends on a map, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday. Continue reading “Antisocial Network to help users avoid their friends”

Turkey may ban Facebook and YouTube

 EEV: We have conflicting reports at one point he said he was, than he says no (according to the Irish Times, link below)

–  Turkey’s Prime Minister Suthep Tayyip Erdogan says these organizations encourage every kind of immorality and espionage for their own ends

March 07, 14:56

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ANKARA, March 07. /ITAR-TASS/. Turkish authorities may ban Facebook and YouTube after March 30 local elections, Turkey’s Prime Minister Suthep Tayyip Erdogan said in an interview with ATV television channel broadcast late on Thrusday.

“We are determined on this subject. We will not leave this nation at the mercy of YouTube and Facebook. We will take the necessary steps in the strongest way,” Erdogan stressed, adding that a possible ban on these online resources was included in prospective measures. “These people or organizations encourage every kind of immorality and espionage for their own ends. And there are no boundaries. Such concept of freedom is unacceptable,” he added.

Social networks have become a convenient platform for those who oppose Erdogan, as they can distribute compromising information about the leader via Internet, including wiretapped telephone conversations and corruption scandal details. Continue reading “Turkey may ban Facebook and YouTube”

NSDC Declares Mobilization In Ukraine / Says Facebook?

(11:29, Sunday, March 2, 2014)
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Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Andrii Parubii has declared the nationwide mobilization.Ukrainian News learned this from his Facebook account.

“According to the decision of the NSDC, the mobilization is being held throughout the country,” he said.

He said that according to the mobilization plan, military registration and enlistment offices expect those willing to be mobilized in the morning.

As Ukrainian News earlier reported, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin won the approval of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation on March 1 to send Russian troops into Ukraine.

Ukraine is calling on UN member states to protect its territorial integrity.

The NATO Council will discuss the situation in Ukraine on March 2 Continue reading “NSDC Declares Mobilization In Ukraine / Says Facebook?”

Even fact will not change first impressions

Honda F1 Model
Honda F1 Model (Photo credit: NTLam)

February 14, 2014 – Knowledge is power, yet new research suggests that a person’s appearance alone can trump knowledge. First impressions are so powerful that they can override what we are told about people. A new study found that even when told whether a person was gay or straight, participants generally identified the person’s sexual orientation  based on how they looked – even if it contradicted the facts presented to them.

“We judge books by their covers, and we can’t help but do it,” says Nicholas Rule of the University of Toronto. “With effort, we can overcome this to some extent, but we are continually tasked with needing to correct ourselves.” The less time we have to make our judgments, the more likely we are to go with our gut, even over fact, he says. Continue reading “Even fact will not change first impressions”

Microsoft, Facebook, Google and Yahoo release US surveillance requests

• Tech giants turn over data from tens of thousands of accounts • Limited disclosure part of transparency deal made last month

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Microsoft, Twitter, Google and Facebook all want to give greater disclosure of Fisa requests
Microsoft, Twitter, Google and Facebook all participate in the NSA’s Prism effort. Photograph: Pichi Chuang/Reuters

Tens of thousands of accounts associated with customers of Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Yahoo have their data turned over to US government authorities every six months as the result of secret court orders, the tech giants disclosed for the first time on Monday. Continue reading “Microsoft, Facebook, Google and Yahoo release US surveillance requests”

Austrian rape victim was arrested for having sex outside of marriage in UAE when she reported the crime… and told she had to MARRY her attacker

  • 29-year-old was arrested when she reported that her attacker had raped her
  • She faced a jail sentence for having ‘extra marital sex’ and drinking alcohol
  • Austrian Foreign Ministry put together a crisis team to free her
  • 260,000 people signed a petition supporting her attempts at freedom

By Luke Garratt

UPDATED:          14:18 EST, 31 January 2014

 

An Austrian woman who was raped in Dubai has been arrested for having extra martial sex and was told by police she could only avoid jail if she married her attacker.

The 29-year-old student from Vienna was facing a jail sentence having been accused of having sex outside of marriage and drinking alcohol, both of which are illegal in the United Arab Emirate capital.

It was only after the Austrian Foreign Ministry intervened, that she was able to leave the country and return home.

A view of Dubai skyscrapers. The woman claimed she was raped by a man in an underground car park in the capital city of the United Arab Emirates

A view of Dubai skyscrapers. The woman claimed she was raped by a man in an underground car park in the capital city of the United Arab Emirates Continue reading “Austrian rape victim was arrested for having sex outside of marriage in UAE when she reported the crime… and told she had to MARRY her attacker”

Facebook app now reads your smartphone’s text messages? THE TRUTH

Blame Android, says social network

By John Leyden

Posted in Security29th January 2014 00:11 GMT

Facebook’s updated Android app can read text messages on the user’s smartphone.

The tweaked software now demands access to SMS and MMS messages, and the change was spotted yesterday by blogger Tony Calileo. “This is just one of a bunch of new permissions the app is requesting for this update, but it’s probably the most alarming,” Calileo wrote. The update is being gradually rolled out to punters.

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Facebook logo Español: Logotipo de Facebook Français : Logo de Facebook Tiếng Việt: Logo Facebook (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

El Reg invited the social network to explain itself. A spokesman pointed us towards an explanation Facebook Android engineer Franci Penov posted in a discussion on Reddit. Penov said the app needed to read texts to implement automatic two-factor authentication: when a user logs in, a SMS is sent with an approval code; the app digs the text out of the user’s inbox and uses it to complete the log in. He told Redditors:

As for the READ_SMS permission, we require that so we can automatically intercept login approvals SMS messages for people that have turned 2-factor authentication for their accounts, or for phone confirmation messages when you add a phone number to your Facebook account. Unfortunately, the Android permissions system does not allow us to specify that we would like to be able to read only SMS messages from a specific number. Continue reading “Facebook app now reads your smartphone’s text messages? THE TRUTH”

A British businessman has been forced to apologise after scathing Facebook comments he made about Singapore emerged online sparking a fierce backlash

British businessman receives death threats in Singapore over Facebook comments

–  “Daddy where is your car and who are all these poor people?”

–  “Ahhhhhhhhh reunited with my baby. Normal service can resume, once I have washed the stench of public transport off me…!”

A British businessman has been forced to apologise after scathing Facebook comments he made about Singapore emerged online sparking a fierce backlash

Wealth manager Anton Casey was forced to apologise for his derogatory remarks Photo: Sax Rohmer

By Miranda Prynne, News Reporter

11:00AM GMT 22 Jan 2014

A British businessman has received death threats after calling Singapore commuters poor people on Facebook.

‘It’s time to arrest and hang him high’: Florida politician running for office calls for execution of President Obama on his Facebook and Twitter accounts

  • Local Republican candidate, Joshua Black, said President Barack Obama should be hanged for war crimes
  • Responses to Black’s Facebook post condemned the candidate’s sentiment
  • Black has since been visited by the U.S. Secret Service, though he maintains his comments were not an actual threat

By Daily Mail Reporter

UPDATED:          04:00 EST, 22 January 2014

A Florida man running for a seat in the state legislature is standing behind a Tweet where he wrote ‘It’s time to arrest the President and ‘hang him high.’

Josh Black says he did not expect all the attention he got over his Tweet. He’s says he’s Tweeted negatively about the President before and he’s not backing down on his opinions.

‘I know that we don’t use hanging as a method of execution here in the U.S. anymore, so be it. Whatever method is applicable for the situation, I just want justice to be served,’ said the candidate.

Black says he was having a Twitter conversation with others who oppose many of the President’s actions.

 

High him high: 'I know that we don't use hanging as a method of execution here in the U.S. anymore, so be it. Whatever method is applicable for the situation, I just want justice to be served,' said the candidate, Joshua Black

High him high: ‘I know that we don’t use hanging as a method of execution here in the U.S. anymore, so be it. Whatever method is applicable for the situation, I just want justice to be served,’ said the candidate, Joshua Black Continue reading “‘It’s time to arrest and hang him high’: Florida politician running for office calls for execution of President Obama on his Facebook and Twitter accounts”

The tiny drone that lets anyone be a SPY: Pocket-sized aircraft lets people film from the air – and it can even automatically follow someone for you

  • $450 tricopter will fold up to become handbag sized
  • Has a high definition camera that can send back live pictures
  • Controlled via a phone or tablet app – and can even be programmed to follow someone

By Mark Prigg

UPDATED:          15:32 EST, 16 January 2014

It is small enough to fit into a handbag, yet can give anyone the ability to spy from the air.

The Pocket Drone this week smashed its funding target on Kickstarter.

It can be controlled from a mobile phone, and beam back live pictures to the mobile phone it’s being flown from.

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The tiny drone unfolded and ready for flight. It is controlled via a smartphone app, and can even be set to follow someone

The tiny drone unfolded and ready for flight. It is controlled via a smartphone app, and can even be set to follow someone

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The Pocket Drone is piloted with a standard radio control unit, on a tablet with virtual sticks or by pre-defined GPS waypoints. Continue reading “The tiny drone that lets anyone be a SPY: Pocket-sized aircraft lets people film from the air – and it can even automatically follow someone for you”

Goldman Sachs made more money from its investment banking division in 2013 than any point in its 145-year history (except 2007 when the credit crunch hit)

EEV : To my Greek friends: It is time to bring forward legal action against Goldman Sachs for the debt manipulation that magnified your financial hardship.

  • The boost fuelled an average gold-plated payout of £234,000 per worker
  • The bank plans to pay staff even more in light of European bonus laws
  • New rules state bankers can receive bonuses equal to their salary

By Becky Barrow

PUBLISHED:          14:32 EST, 16 January 2014       | UPDATED:          15:13 EST, 16 January 2014

Goldman Sachs made more money from its investment banking division last year than any point in its 145-year history, except 2007 when the financial crisis struck.

The $6billion (£3.6billion) bonanza helped to fuel an average gold-plated payout for its workers of £234,000 each. The average full-time salary in the UK is £27,000.

To add to their good fortune, it emerged Goldman Sachs, yesterday dubbed ‘Sacks of Gold’, plans to pay its workers even more to get round controversial new European bonus laws.

Goldman Sachs (Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein pictured) made more money in its investment banking division in 2013 than in any other year in its history

Goldman Sachs (Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein pictured) made more money in its investment banking division in 2013 than in any other year in its history Continue reading “Goldman Sachs made more money from its investment banking division in 2013 than any point in its 145-year history (except 2007 when the credit crunch hit)”

‘Vegetarians are rapists’: Shocking Facebook posts of U.S. diplomat and his embassy worker wife expelled in slave maid row deepen rift with India

  • Wayne May and his wife Alicia Muller May were effectively deported last week by Indian authorities
  • The move was apparently in retaliation for the U.S. expulsion of Indian envoy Devyani Khobragade in December
  • But the outrageous comments have only just come to light – and the couple’s respective social media pages are awash with them
  • Mrs May wrote on Facebook that Indian vegetarians were responsible for a wave of violence: ‘Applies only to Indians, not westerners!’ she added
  • She also put up a picture of a cow, sacred in India, with the label ‘stupid cow’ then admitted insulting Hindus, saying ‘Not the first time, not the last!’

By Associated Press and Helen Pow

PUBLISHED:          15:50 EST, 15 January 2014       | UPDATED:          19:06 EST, 15 January 2014

 

An American diplomatic couple kicked out of India in retaliation for the U.S. expulsion of an Indian envoy triggered a new controversy by posting offensive comments about their former host country on Facebook.

Wayne May and his wife Alicia Muller May, from Corinth, New York, were effectively deported last week by Indian authorities.

But their outrageous comments on social media, including one in which they call India a ‘zoo,’ have only just come to light.

In one shocking musing, Mrs May wrote that Indian vegetarians were responsible for a wave of sexual assaults. Continue reading “‘Vegetarians are rapists’: Shocking Facebook posts of U.S. diplomat and his embassy worker wife expelled in slave maid row deepen rift with India”

Tailored Access Operations (TAO) NSA Was Compromised Months Ago

EEV: Best Intel is always False Intel:

In response to a special request, here were the initial press leaks in regards to TAO

NSA Accessed Mexican President’s Email OCT 2013

Was ISRAEL behind the hacking of millions of French phones and NOT the U.S.?  Extraordinary twist in spying saga revealed OCT 2013

NSA Monitors Financial World Sept 2013 Continue reading “Tailored Access Operations (TAO) NSA Was Compromised Months Ago”

Young users see Facebook as ‘dead and buried’

A study of how teenagers use social media has found that Facebook is “not just on the slide, it is basically dead and buried”, but that the network is morphing into a tool for keeping in touch with older family members

Photo: Alamy

 

1:30PM GMT 27 Dec 2013

A study of how older teenagers use social media has found that Facebook is “not just on the slide, it is basically dead and buried” and is being replaced by simpler social networks such as Twitter and Snapchat.

Young people now see the site as “uncool” and keep their profiles live purely to stay in touch with older relatives, among whom it remains popular. Continue reading “Young users see Facebook as ‘dead and buried’”

From Rich Kids of Instagram to kings of cable TV? Six wealthy social media stars turn lives of leisure into television career

By  Snejana Farberov

PUBLISHED: 11:48 EST, 14 December 2013 |  UPDATED: 12:43 EST, 14 December 2013

All those who have enjoyed hate-browsing the popular Tumblr account ‘The Rich Kids of Instagram’ will soon be able to hate-watch it on E!

The network has signed up five uber-wealthy and attractive 20-somethings who gained notoriety after shamelessly flaunting their luxury cars, designer duds and extravagant meals online.

The new reality show, which premieres next month, will star Dorothy Wang, Morgan Stewart, Brendan Fitzpatrick, Roxy Sowlaty and Jonny Drubel, with frequent appearances by Magic Johnson’s son, E.J.

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Going mainstream: E! network has created a new reality series starring five uber-wealthy and attractive 20-somethings who have been posting photos of their extravagant lifestyles on the Tumbler account Rich Kids of Instagram 

Going mainstream: E! network has created a new reality series starring five uber-wealthy and attractive 20-somethings who have been posting photos of their extravagant lifestyles on the Tumbler account Rich Kids of Instagram. Continue reading “From Rich Kids of Instagram to kings of cable TV? Six wealthy social media stars turn lives of leisure into television career”

Disabled man banned from Walmart for life for trying to price match

  • Joe Cantrell used to shop twice a day at his favorite Arizona Walmart
  • He scoured circulars for lower prices that he thought Walmart would match
  • He instead was cuffed and served a notice banning him from all Walmart, as well as criminal charges

By  Ryan Gorman

PUBLISHED: 15:58 EST, 10 December 2013 |  UPDATED: 17:57 EST, 10 December 2013

A disabled Walmart customer has been banned for life for trying to get the retail giant to honor its price-matching policy.

Joe Cantrell, 49, of Queen Creek, Arizona, shops at Walmart because he is disabled and unable to earn a living. When he tried to save a few more bucks by matching prices, he was banned for life.

Mr Cantrell was banned during a recent stop at the Sun Tan Valley Walmart while trying to buy ornaments for his family’s Christmas tree, he told ABC 15.

Loyal shopper: Joe Cantrell used to shop twice a day at Walmart 

Loyal shopper: Joe Cantrell used to shop twice a day at Walmart

 

‘I was handcuffed, humiliated and embarrassed in front of everybody at Walmart,’ the loyal shopper recalled.

The former professional wrestler told the station he used to visit Walmart twice a day.

‘I just love Walmart and that’s why I go,’ he added, before pausing to gather himself and apologizing. ‘Sorry I get a little emotional about this, because I’m disabled.’

Mr Cantrell sustained a number of serious injuries in the ring that prohibit him from being able to make any significant income, ad matching was just another way to stretch his precious pennies even further.

Banned: This is the notice Mr Cantrell received telling him he is banned from all Walmart stores worldwide 

Banned: This is the notice Mr Cantrell received telling him he is banned from all Walmart stores worldwide

 

Charged: The price matching guru now faces criminal charges for trying to save a few dollars 

Charged: The price matching guru now faces criminal charges for trying to save a few dollars

 

Walmart employees told him price matching wasn’t allowed in the store, soon the police arrived.

‘When I left, he turned around and called the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office and said he felt intimidated and threatened,’ he explained.

‘I was upset, but never once did I say anything to the gentleman.’

A return visit three days later resulted in the penny pincher being handed a court summons and a notice from Walmart headquarters banning him from any location worldwide – all while he was in handcuffs.
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How the scare tactics of the past shape the Affordable Care Act debate today

The long, lurid tradition of public health propaganda

By Kevin Hartnett

                       December 08, 2013

 

A creepy looking Uncle Sam in anti-ACA ads.

 

A creepy looking Uncle Sam in anti-ACA ads.

 

The Affordable Care Act has prompted a Supreme Court case, polarized Congress, and defined a national election. It has also inspired a secondary battle in the creative realm. Opponents of the law have produced videos in which a creepy-looking Uncle Sam prepares to administer a prostate exam; they’ve altered photos of the president to look like Heath Ledger’s sadistic Joker in “The Dark Knight.” Meanwhile, government agencies charged with enrolling people have responded with friendly animations that promote how the law works, while left-leaning groups have contributed zany pro-ACA ads in which recently insured college “bros” perform keg stands, worry free. Continue reading “How the scare tactics of the past shape the Affordable Care Act debate today”

‘Smashed teeth £900. Broken limbs £1,800’: Russian rent-a-killer website still running despite official claims it had been banned

EEV: As of this posting it is up… Current screen shot – Translated through Bing

“We offer several options for contract killings:

Death from natural causes or an accident. The best way to take the life of this man, as a registered death everything will be planned in such a way that after the order, there will be no suspicion. (For example: Man accidentally hits a car, he suddenly falls into the sewers and valid wrestles, drowns in the River, heart attack, drug overdose, and so on.) Not on you, not on us not fall any suspicions.”

 

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  • Russian Interior Minister claimed site was blocked but it is still accessible
  • Website offers services such as physical elimination or ‘a talk in the forest’
  • Clients guaranteed ‘no problems’ with police who ‘have links’ with company

By  Will Stewart In Moscow

PUBLISHED: 13:45 EST, 8 December 2013 |  UPDATED: 13:49 EST, 8 December 2013

A ‘rent-a-killer’ website was still operating in Russia today after officials claimed it had been banned.

The sinister site offers ‘assassination services’ and breaking the bones of targets in a catalogue of services said to be suitable for wives seeking revenge on cheating husbands.

One option is throwing targets in a car boot and driving them to a remote location where they are threatened and attacked.

Shocking: Zakazat-killera.com offers services such as 'physical elimination' on their site which was live tonightShocking: Zakazat-killera.com offers services such as ‘physical elimination’ on their site which was live tonight

The Russian Interior Ministry told a senior lawmaker that the site had been blocked, but tonight it was still accessible both in Russia and abroad.

‘The website contained commercial offers of illegal services – physical elimination or transportation to a forest for a talk,’ complained Ruslan Gattarov, a Russian senator, who called for its blacklisting.

‘There is a detailed description of every service, such as the restraint of a target with ropes, handcuffs or sticky tape, the transportation of the target to a remote place and his beating with clubs, legs or fists.’

The attacks are carried out by mafia gangsters, or ex-soldiers or sportsmen, it is claimed.

‘Ideal for angry wives’: The header touts the company’s services as a good service for jealous wives

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British lawmaker calls EU an ‘institution of theft’

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9:58 PM  11/22/2013

Member of European Parliament Godfrey Bloom attacked attempts by the international  governing body to address tax evasion in Europe, unleashing a volley of  criticism that ended in a dire warning for EU lawmakers.

“You don’t pay taxes, like  citizens pay taxes. You have all sorts of special deals,” Bloom said. “You are  the biggest tax avoiders in Europe.”

Continue reading “British lawmaker calls EU an ‘institution of theft’”

US school basketball coach fired over posting Facebook photo of fiancé holding her breast – but he is allowed to keep job at same school

Laraine Cook was dismissed as Pocatello girls’ basketball coach shortly after this photo of her and boyfriend Tom Harrison was posted on Facebook

Laraine Cook coach was sacked from an Idaho high school on grounds that image was ‘immoral’

Tomas Jivanda

Friday 08 November 2013

A former girls’ basketball coach at an Idaho high school in the US was fired for posting a photo on Facebook which shows her fiancé holding her breast.

Laraine Cook said she does not know how the photo reached the office of the school district. The image, which shows Cook in a bikini posing with her fiancé in front of a lake, was taken on a family holiday in the summer, she said.

Her fiancé, Tom Harrison, an American football coach at the same school, was not fired over the incident, but received a reprimand. Cook said they were told this was because he was not the one who put the photo up on the social media site.

“I don’t feel that photo was something to have me terminated on,” she told Local 8 News. “I don’t feel that it’s an immoral photo, and that’s what the termination is based on.”

“I would love to be able to coach those girls again,” Cook said. “I love teaching. I love coaching. I love working with the kids.”

“I don’t do it because the money is great. I do it because I really enjoy it.”

Cook, along with a number of her students and their parents, were hopeful that she might get her job back, but School District 25 has said that the decision to sack her is final. Pocatello High School has already started interviews for a replacement.

When asked about an appeal by parents, the district spokesperson Shelley Allen said: “Parents expressed their concerns and asked the administration to reinstate Coach Cook.

“After discussion between superintendent Vagner, secondary director Bob Devine, human resources director Doug Howell and Pocatello High School administration, it was decided that the decision would remain.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-school-basketball-coach-fired-over-posting-facebook-photo-of-fianc-holding-her-breast–but-he-is-allowed-to-keep-job-at-same-school-8928618.html

How ‘high-level U.S. government agency’ fell for fake femme fatale created by two hackers

By  James Nye

PUBLISHED: 00:44 EST, 4  November 2013 |  UPDATED: 08:03 EST, 4 November 2013

Two hackers staged a successful cyber-attack  on an unidentified U.S. government agency simply by setting up fake LinkedIn and  Facebook accounts posing as an attractive and smart young lady.

Creating social media profiles for a pretty  28-year-old girl named Emily Williams, the two online security experts even  managed to con government employees out of a laptop and their highly classified  network credentials.

The researchers even managed to persuade  staff at the agency, which is known for its cyberspace defenses, to click on a  corrupted e-card that obtained passwords, sensitive documents which according to  the hackers included information on state-sponsored attacks and individual  country leaders.

Duped: This photograph of Emily Williams is blurred to protect the identity of the real woman who worked in a restaurant near to the U.S. government agency who was instrumental to convincing staff to reveal classified information
Duped: This photograph of Emily Williams is blurred to  protect the identity of the real woman who worked in a restaurant near to the  U.S. government agency who was instrumental to convincing staff to reveal  classified information

The pre-Edward Snowden attack was officially  sanctioned as a test within the U.S. and security experts and carried out by  Texan firm, World Wide Technology employees Aamir Lakhani and Joseph Muniz last  year.

Explaining their findings to an audience at a  tech-conference  RSA Europe 2013 on Wednesday, October 30, Lakhani said of  the compromised e-card clicker, ‘This guy had access to everything. He had the  crown jewels in the system.’

Lakhani who works as a solutions architect at  World Wide Technology refused to reveal which agency was infiltrated but said  that the attack began last year and was conducted against a firm which  specializes in cybersecurity  and protecting national secrets.

The test began with the creation of  28-year-old Emily Williams, a fictitious MIT graduate with 10-years IT  experience, complete with a fully functional fake social media  profile.

For this Lakhani sought and gained the  permission of a local waitress who worked as a waitress at a Hooters near to the  targeted agency’s officers – however, no one during the three month test seemed  to recognize her according to ZDnet.

Bolstering her fake profile, the team created  fake profiles on other websites and forums, posting on MIT using her  name.

Convincing: This exchange shows how 'Emily Williams' made some employees of the unidentified government agency believe they were talking with an old friend
Convincing: This exchange shows how ‘Emily Williams’  made some employees of the unidentified government agency believe they were  talking with an old friend

Launching the profile of Emily Williams,  Lakhani discovered that within the first 15 hours, Williams had made 60 Facebook  connections and 55 LinkedIn connections with employees from the targeted agency  and its sub-contractors.

Incredibly she had three jobs offers from  three companies within 24 hours of her online presence being  launched.

The experiment was created to exploit a  fundamental problem with online security – mainly that people are trusting and  also attractive women experience preferential treatment in the male-dominated IT  industry.

This was born out through the fact that a  similar test using a fake male persona made zero connections.

Infiltrator: Aamir Lakhani, who works for Texas based firm World Wide Technology demonstrated how easily men in the technology world are duped by a pretty woman
Infiltrator: Aamir Lakhani, who works for Texas based  firm World Wide Technology demonstrated how easily men in the technology world  are duped by a pretty woman

More worrying for governmental online  security is the fact that Lakhani revealed that the team had achieved their  objective of infiltrating the agency within one week, but carried on for a  further 90 days.

Lakhani and Muniz carefully curated the fake  identity of Williams netting hundreds of connections.

When one slightly suspicious man asked  ‘Emily’ how they knew him, the researchers replied with information they got  from his own profile – prompting the man to reply that he did remember  her.

Once she had made connections in the agency’s  Human Resources, IT Support and with executives, Lakhani and Muniz simply  updated her profile to just-hired.

And then for the hacker’s biggest deception  that seriously compromised security.

Sending seasonal cards to specific Facebook  friends of ‘Emily’s’, the hackers waited for the recipients to click, accessing  their computers most classified details through progreams such as Browser  Exploitation Framework (BeFF).

Their deception went further: ‘Once we hooked  the target, we would look for passwords and insider information to gain access  to the target agency,’ said Lakhani.

‘We launched three campaigns targeting  systems during Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.

‘We were able to figure out domain  credentials to create an inside email address for Emily Williams, VPN passwords  to gain internal access and other methods to compromise our  target.’

Lakhani and Muniz may have angered some  government employees, but the pair enjoyed such success they now have requests  from other companies and organizations to try the same test.

In the RSA talk last week Lakhani said, ‘So  we also did the same type of penetration test for very large financial  institutions like banks and credit card companies, healthcare organizations and  other firms, and the results were almost exactly the same.

‘Every time we include social engineering in  our penetration tests we have a hundred percent success  rate.’

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‘Noxious odor’ that hospitalized eight students turned out to be six-grader’s AXE body spray

By  Ashley Collman

PUBLISHED: 08:56 EST, 1  November 2013 |  UPDATED: 08:57 EST, 1 November 2013

Let this be a lesson to young men: Any more  than a spritz of AXE body spray and you’re more likely to actually hospitalize  girls as opposed to attract them.

Medgar Evers College Preparatory School in  Brooklyn, New York was temporarily shut down yesterday after eight students were  hospitalized after being exposed to AXE body spray in a sixth-grade classroom.

In addition to the eight students transported  to the hospital by EMS, two other students were taken to personal doctors by  their parents and one student declined medical attention.

Powerful stuff: Eight sixth-graders at a school in Brooklyn were hospitalized yesterday when a student released AXE body spray in a classroom
Powerful stuff: Eight sixth-graders at a school in  Brooklyn were hospitalized yesterday when a student released AXE body spray in a  classroom

Administrators are investigating the incident  and disciplinary action is pending, according to a statement released by the school.

This isn’t the first time that the male  deodorant has caused problems in schools.

Last March, a Pennsylvania high school banned  the substance after one of their students was hospitalized after being exposed  to AXE.

One student turned out to have a ‘potentially  life threatening’ allergy to the spray and so the administration asked students  to stop wearing it.

In May 2012  a fire alarm was triggered  at a Connecticut high school when an ‘overabundance’ of AXE was sprayed in a  locker room.

Victims: Two other students at Medgar Evers school were taken to the doctor by their parents and another refused medical attention
Victims: Two other students at Medgar Evers school were  taken to the doctor by their parents and another refused medical attention

Apparently misusing the product has become a  real problem. On the company’s website they have a page on ‘responsible use’  which cautions users against huffing the product.

In a video, a guy and girl present a public  service announcement saying it’s cooler to ‘Keep AXE on you, not in  you’.

They also warn against igniting the spray on  fire.

‘Bottom line: AXE smells great when you’re  wearing it, not when you’re lighting it on fire,’ the girl spokesman says.

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VIDEO: Man dashes back into burning home – to rescue BEER from the fridge

26 Oct 2013 17:44

Walter Serpit made sure his family were safe and well, before returning to  the inferno to rescue his prized case of Bud Light

 

 

A man fought his way back into a burning house to rescue his prized  possession – a crate of beer from the fridge.

Walter Serpit made sure all eight members of his family had escaped the  flames engulfing his home in Columbus, Georgia – before going back for what really  mattered.

He was able to save several cans of Bud Light without getting burned.

Mr Serpit said: “I told them to get the kids out and everything, and me  myself, I was trying to get my beer out.”

Officials believe the fire was caused by a newly installed water  heater.

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Are these the most terrifying trousers ever? The 17th century NECROPANTS made from corpse legs – and are supposed to be lucky

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  • The Museum of Icelandic Sorcery &  Witchcraft in Holmavik houses the only known intact pair of necropants 
  • In order to make the necropants, or  nábrók, an individual had to get permission from a living man to use his skin  after his death
  • According to legend, the trousers brought  their wearer wealth and luck, but had to be passed on to a future generation  before his own death

By  Sarah Griffiths

PUBLISHED: 07:33 EST, 25  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 10:18 EST, 25 October 2013

Many people will be planning scary costumes  for Halloween, but nothing is likely to compare to this pair of macabre  trousers.

In 17th century Iceland, sorcerers wore  ‘trousers’ made of a dead friend’s skin that were said to bring them  wealth.

According to legend, a morbid deal was struck  between two friends to arrange who became the trousers or ‘necropants,’ which  were used for purposes of traditional magic at the time.

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The only surviving pair of Necropants (pictured)The only surviving pair of Necropants (pictured). They  were made by skinning a dead man and according to legend, were worn by a friend  to bring him wealth and luck. The coin and piece of paper with a magical symbol  drawn upon it is shown to the right of the ‘trousers’

The Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft in Holmavik,  Iceland, houses the only known intact pair of necropants, that were meant to be  worn day and night by their owner.

In order to make the necropants (called  nábrók in the naive tongue) an individual  had to get permission from a living man to use his skin after his  death.

The surviving member of the pact had to dig  up his dead friend’s body and peel off the skin of the corpse from the waist  down in one piece without any holes or scratches, to make the magical  trousers.

nábrókarstafur

The wearer of the pants had to steal a coin from a widow  and place it in the scrotum of the trousers, along with the magical sign called  nábrókarstafur, (pictured) drawn on a piece of paper

As soon as they stepped into the pants, the  skin of the corpse stuck to theirs own, according to the museum, which documents  17th century occult practices.

A spokeman for the museum told MailOnline:  ‘They would immediately be stuck with your own flesh and be part of your  body.’

To make the grim garment, the wearer of the  pants had to steal a coin from a poor widow at Christmas, Easter or Whitson and  place it in the scrotum of the trousers, along with the magical sign called  nábrókarstafur, which is drawn on a piece  of paper.

The coin is a ‘tool to gather wealth by  supernatural means,’ according to the spokesman.

It drew money into the scrotum from living  people so ‘it will never be empty’ as long as the original coin is not removed,  according to folklore.

The spokesman told MailOnline the wearing of  the necropants was ‘unusual behaviour’ and reports are ‘pure folklore’ but the  stories say that people could wear them for as long as they lived – but had to  pass them on to a willing recipient before they died.

If the sorcerer wearer of the pants did not  pass them on before his own death, it was said that his body would be infected  with lice as soon as he passed away, but if the trousers were passed on, they  could bring wealth to future wearers.

To ensure the transmission of fortune, the  future wearer of the pants had to put his leg into the right leg of the  necropants before the original owner stepped out of the left one.

According to the legend, the necropants  would keep the money-gathering nature for generations and produce an  endless  flow of coins.

HOW NECROPANTS WERE MADE

  • An individual was granted permission from a  living man to use his skin after his death
  • The surviving individual dug up his dead  friend’s body and peeled off the skin of the corpse from  the waist down in one  piece
  • He stepped into the necropants, which stuck  to his own skin and then stole a coin from a poor widow to keep in the scrotal  area of the trousers, along with a piece of paper bearing a magical  sign
  • It was thought the ‘trousers’ brought their  owner luck and prosperity

The spokesman said: ‘People would be  able to use them as long as they lived, but they would have to get rid of them  before they die. If they would find someone to take them over the could last  forever.’

17th century Iceland was a tough place as it  suffered harsh trade restrictions from Denmark as well as natural disasters  including a huge volcanic eruption that killed half of the country’s livestock  in years that followed and led to widespread famine.

Coastal settlements were also raided by  pirates, locals sold into slavery in the Arab world, while a giant smallpox  epidemic in the 18th century wiped out a third of the struggling  population.

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For the first time ever, 10chief executives in the US received more than $100m in compensation/ Up to $6 million a day – A new world Record !!!

US CEOs break pay record as top 10 earners take home at least $100m each

Pay gaps within companies widen as top two earners, led by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, earn billion-dollar paychecks

Dominic Rushe in New York

theguardian.com,         Tuesday 22 October 2013 16.37 EDT

Mark Zuckerberg

Zuckerberg’s total compensation topped $2.27bn – more than $6m a day. Photograph: Kris Tripplaar/Rex Features

For the first time ever, the 10 highest-paid chief executives in the US received more than $100m in compensation last year, and two took home billion-dollar paychecks, according to a leading annual survey of executive pay.

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s co-founder, was America’s highest-paid boss in 2012, according to GMI Ratings annual poll of executive compensation, released on Tuesday. Zuckerberg’s total compensation topped $2.27bn – more than $6m a day. His base salary was $503,205 but the vast majority of his enormous pay package came from exercising 60m Facebook share options when the company went public last year.

Richard Kinder, the CEO and chairman of energy firm Kinder Morgan, had a base salary of just $1 in 2012 and received no other bonuses. But he made $1.1bn selling restricted stock. The payout follows a nearly $60m profit from stock in 2011.

Half of the top 10 are company founders. The rest are appointed executives. The no 3 slot really belongs to Gregory Maffei, who appears twice in the list as CEO of Liberty Media and Liberty Interactive. He reaped a combined $391m from the two posts.

All told, the top 10 CEOs in this year’s poll took home over $4.7bn between them, and for the first time ever, none earned less than $100m.

“I have never seen anything like that,” said Greg Ruel, GMI’s senior research consultant and author of the report. “Usually we have a few CEOs at the $100m-plus level but never the entire top 10.”

Father Seamus Finn, a corporate governance expert at Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, said the numbers were “ridiculous”.

“It’s an amazing number. Who knows how compensation committees come up with them?”

Finn, who has campaigned against what he sees as excessive remuneration at companies including Goldman Sachs, said boards often argued that they would lose talent unless they paid top management huge sums.

“But I’ve seen no evidence of that,” he said. “These huge pay deals are seldom linked to shareholder returns.”

Nearly all the outsized gains came from stock options and other share-related compensation. The top 10 made $3.3bn in 2012 on stock option profits and the vesting of restricted stock. Cash bonuses totalled $16.2m.

Overall, GMI’s poll of pay and other forms of compensation for 2,259 US CEOs found an average rise of 8.47%, less than the double-digit growth they have enjoyed for the past two years. But the average hides a more complex picture. This year’s top earners far outstripped those below them by making huge fortunes cashing in share options as the stock markets bounced back.

The report further illustrates the widening gap between CEO pay and that of the average worker. According to the US census bureau, median household income, adjusted for inflation, was $51,017 in 2012, broadly unchanged from 2011.

Wages for the average household have fallen about 9% from an inflation-adjusted peak of $56,080 in 1999. The census figures show a sharp recovery for those at the top of the wage scale as those at the bottom continue to see falls.

From 2009 to 2012, average real income per family grew modestly by 6.0%, according to a report issued last month by Berkeley University pair Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez. However, the gains were very uneven. The top 1% incomes grew by 31.4%, while the bottom 99% incomes grew only by 0.4% from 2009 to 2012. The top 1% captured 95% of the income gains in the first three years of the recovery.

The disparity is noticeable even among the 1%, where riches accrue to the very wealthiest at an even faster rate than those below.

The average pay package of an S&P 500 chief executive last year was $13.7m, according to GMI. For those in charge of S&P small cap companies, it was $3.5m. The average rise in compensation for CEOs of the Russell 3,000 – which represents about 98% of all public US companies – was 8.47%. For the Russell 1,000 – measuring the top 1,000 companies – it was 15.47%.

Base salaries, bonuses and  other forms of compensation were largely unchanged in 2012. The survey found that the outsized pay increases experienced by some CEOs came from the exercise of large blocks of stock options and the vesting of outsized restricted stock grants.

“While stock options are intended to align the interests of senior executives with shareholders, the unintended consequence of these grants is often windfall profits that come from small share-price increases,” GMI said in its report.

“With option grants numbering in the hundreds of thousands or even millions, CEOs at large companies in particular are able to profit by the millions for any positive gain over the strike price of their options. Furthermore, as Mark Zuckerberg showed when he sold $1bn worth of stock at Facebook’s IPO, these paper profits can quickly be converted into cash through stock sales.”

Of the top 10 earners in 2012, all received the majority of their compensation for the year from share schemes.

One executive, Gregory Maffei, appeared twice in the top 10. Maffei received total compensation worth $254.8m as CEO of Liberty Media Corporation and another $136.4m as head of sister company Liberty Interactive. Maffei profited more than $250m on the exercise of 3.1m options at Liberty Media Corporation in 2012.

As head of Liberty Interactive, Maffei exercised an additional 12.3m options for a profit of more than $132m. Added together, his take from the two Liberty companies comes to more than $391m, third place overall.

Ruel said it was evident throughout the list that stock option and restricted stock grants fueled out-sized gains. Zuckerberg’s fortune came primarily from the difference between the strike price of his stock options – the price at which he could buy his shares, in his case about six US pennies – and the price of Facebook’s stock at the IPO, roughly $38.

Apple’s Tim Cook made nearly $140m on the vesting of restricted stock in 2012. In 2011 Cook was granted one million restricted stock units as new compensation for assuming the role of Apple CEO. That particular grant of restricted stock will not start to vest until 2016. Profits made in 2012 were based on the remainder of equity grants from 2008 and 2010.

“A short-term bullish market allows executives to reap large rewards, stemming from equity grants that number in the hundreds of thousands and sometimes millions of units per grant. Rather than a focus on industry and sector-specific metrics that drive growth and shareholder value, compensation committees continue to grant large blocks of equity that will reward any increase in stock price, even as competitors experience the same share increases,” said Ruel

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/oct/22/top-earning-ceos-100m-paychecks-record

Drug-running cat caught smuggling pot into prison

21 Oct 2013 03:09

The grey and white feline nipped through the jail’s perimeter fence with bags  of pot tied to its decorative collar

  

 

 

This drug-running cat was snared by prison guards – as it attempted to traffick bags of POT into a jail in Moldova.

Staff at the facility in Pruncul became suspicious after the grey and white  critter was seen regularly nipping in and out of the building through a hole in  the perimeter fence.

Its over-sized decorative collar turned out to contain drugs and the hunt is  now on to find the crook who trained it.

Video footage of the feline being frisked was posted online by Moldova’s  justice ministry.

It is not the first time a cat has been used for the purposes of smuggling  behind the former Iron Curtain.

Prison warders recently caught a cat climbing a fence at a jail in Syktyvkar,  Russia, in June, – with mobile phones and chargers taped to its body.

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One in three women remove wedding rings fearing they will ‘damage employment prospects’

  • A third of women remove rings when it  isn’t necessarily normal to do so
  • Of those, 35% remove them at work and 29%  at job interviews
  • 22% do so when out  socialising
  • More than half who ditch ring when  socialising do so to appear single

By  Deni Kirkova

PUBLISHED: 10:57 EST, 18  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 11:00 EST, 18 October 2013

One in three married or engaged women in the  UK admit to remove their wedding or engagement ring in certain  situations.

The top reason for removal is ‘fear of  damaging employment or job progression prospects’, while alarmingly for their partners, wanting  to appear single was also a motivating factor for many.

The married and engaged respondents, who were  all aged 18 and over, were asked to  exclude practical, every day reasons for having to remove their jewellery – such  as when showering or doing housework.

 

Hiding a relationship: Many women fear an employer will judge their marital status  

Hiding a relationship: Many women fear an employer will  judge their marital status

 

Just over a third of the 1,712  women questioned said they removed their wedding or  engagement rings when it  wasn’t necessarily normal to do so.

When asked to elaborate on what  exactly  these situations causing ‘ring removal’ were, the most common  situations were  at work (35 per cent), when attending job interviews (29  per cent), and when  out socialising (22 per cent).

Of those who claimed to remove their wedding  or engagement ring at work 62 per cent explained they did so because  they were  afraid that the ‘signal of my relationship status would harm  my career or job  prospects’.

Jewellery free for an interview: 71 per cent thought showing they were engaged or married would hinder their chances of getting the job 

Jewellery free for an interview: 71 per cent thought  showing they were engaged or married would hinder their chances of getting the  job

 

The same went for those who removed their  rings when attending a job interview, with 71 per cent admitting they felt the  ‘signal of my relationship status would harm my chances of getting the job.’

Even in modern  times, many women still firmly believe that they are pigeon-holed by their  relationship status

The majority, 55 per cent, of those who had  removed their ring in these work-related situations claimed their employer or  interviewer was a woman.

Those who admitted to removing their ring  through fear of damaging work or employment prospects were asked why they felt  this way.

Three quarters said they feared having an  engagement or wedding ring on show  would make employers think they wouldn’t  stay in the job long because they planned to start a family.

A fifth removed their ring in order to avoid  their age  being assumed by employers – which they felt could lead to ‘limited  progression prospects’.

Cheating in mind: Most of those who remove ring when socialising do so as they 'want to appear single' 

Cheating in mind: Most of those who remove ring when  socialising do so as they ‘want to appear single’

 

Almost two thirds admitted they felt a  women’s career progression was often hindered by their relationship status,  should they get married or start a family.

Of those who claimed to remove their ring  when out socialising, 59 per cent, confessed they did so to appear single. Just  8 per cent claimed the reason was fearing they would lose their ring.

Of those who wanted to appear single, 56 per  cent explained that they didn’t want members of the opposite sex to ‘treat them  differently’ when out, and so removed their ring to avoid this.

But more than one in ten, 11 per cent, openly  admitted that they did so in order to cheat on their partner.

‘Engagement and wedding rings signify so much more than  simply a marriage – they’re a signal of our life plan’

And of all respondents who claimed to remove  their wedding or engagement ring, just 9 per cent claimed that their partner was  aware of them doing so.

Ali O’Neill, from comparejewellery.com who  conducted the survey, said of the findings: ‘It seems that a fair few women in  the UK are “ring removers”, but the reasons why were incredibly interesting –  with fear about the connotations that the ring holds when it comes to employment  prospects being the most common factor.

‘Even in modern times, many women still  firmly believe that they are pigeon-holed by their relationship status – fearing  fewer opportunities should they be viewed as likely to swan off to start a  family, and so take their ring off to avoid this happening.’

She added: ‘Whether this be the case or not,  it’s clear that these kind of stereotypes are still a problem in the workplace.  It’s clear from our results that engagement and wedding rings signify so much  more than simply a marriage – they’re a signal of our life plan. Whether or not  others take note of the rings, as many women believe, remains to be  seen.

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Why you can’t trust the wide boys: Men with broad faces like North Korean leader are more likely to cheat on their partners and lie

  • Study shows men wide-faced are less  trustworthy than thinner counterparts
  • They also tend to be aggressive, violent,  bigoted and exploitative
  • But the research also shows they are  likely to be more successful

By  Stuart Woledge

PUBLISHED: 05:00 EST, 19  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 07:56 EST, 19 October 2013

It is an established fact that someone with a  long face is probably feeling a bit sorry for themselves –  but scientists  say people with wide faces are untrustworthy.

Research has shed new light on the motives of  ‘wide boys’ who are more likely to lie and cheat than their thinner faced  contemporaries.

But the study also showed that those with  larger faces, such as former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and  disgraced former US President Richard Nixon, were more cut-throat and therefore more  likely to be successful, particularly in business or in politics.

Untrustworthy: New research has revealed men with fat faces, such as Gordon Brown (left) and former US President Richard (right) tend to lie and cheat more than those with thinner facesUntrustworthy: New research has revealed men with fat faces, such as Gordon Brown (left) and former US President Richard (right) tend to lie and cheat more than those with thinner faces

Untrustworthy: New research has revealed men with fat  faces, such as Gordon Brown (left) and former US President Richard (right) tend  to be less trustworthy then those with thinner faces

 

Psychologists from Canada gave 150 men an  exercise to complete where they had to roll virtual dice on a screen and then  manually write down their score.

They were told that the number they recorded  would correspond to the number of tickets they received in a lottery. The  researcher then left the room while they completed the task.

But software secretly recorded the real total  allowing the psychologists to compare it with what the respondent had  entered.

About 20 per cent – or one in five – of the  men who took part cheated, all of whom had wide faces, according to The Times.

The results of the survey, by Canadian psychologist professor Cheryl McCormick,  provides further evidence that those carrying extra weight around their faces  tend to display antisocial personalities.

Wide-boy: North Korean tyrant Kim Jong-un is definitely a man to be wary off, according to Canada's research 

Wide-boy: North Korean tyrant Kim Jong-un is definitely  a man to be wary off, according to Canada’s research

 

Past research has suggested men with fat  faces tend to be more aggressive, violent, bigoted and exploitative of their  fellow man than those with slimmer cheeks.

Prof McCormick, from Brock University in  Ontario, argued they should not consider themselves less worthy.

She said: ‘We  were measuring within the general population. We have to keep in mind this is  something that doesn’t work well at the level of individuals.’

Past research she has carried out revealed  people do consider men with wide faces to be more unpleasant, but generally only  when making instant judgements.

‘This may only be useful to consider when you  are encountering strangers and have to make a snap judgment.

‘Actual experience of people tells us much,  much more than this trait alone.’

However, she also investigated which certain  psychopathic personality traits correlated with width of face, and found  ‘fearless dominance’ – where someone has low levels of anxiety while being  socially dominant – tended to reflect facial width.

She added: ‘There are gains and risks to marrying a man with a wider face.

‘Among chief executives dominant traits lead  to success in business, even if they may not have behaved in the most ethical  fashion. So you could have a wealthier life.

‘We have found no relationship between how  attractive men are rated and their facial width.

‘This could be because there are also certain  risks associated with marrying aggressive, dominant men.’

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Blank check: The U.S. government borrowed $328billion on the first day after a debt deal without a debt ceiling was agreed upon

  • The new debt deal has no debt ceiling,  giving the federal government a blank check until February
  • The previous one day borrowing record was  $238billion

By  Ryan Gorman

PUBLISHED: 23:27 EST, 18  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 23:27 EST, 18 October 2013

U.S. government jumped $328billion on  Thursday, setting an all-time record on the first day the government was able to  borrow after a last-minute debt ceiling deal was reached the previous  day.

The shockingly high number came as the  federal government was looking to replacing ‘extraordinary measures’ funds it  had been borrowing from as it approached the borrowing limit and appeared to  take advantage of no debt ceiling being enforced until at least  February.

Total federal debt now adds up to  $17.075trillion, according to the Treasury Department. The previous single day  borrowing high was $238billion, set in 2011, according to the Washington Times.

No limit: The federal government's spending limit has been suspended until at least February 7, 2014No limit: The federal government’s spending limit has  been suspended until at least February 7, 2014

As pointed out by the Times, the first  borrowed funds once a debt limit is lifted go to replenishing the ‘extraordinary  measures’ fund.

Under an unusual arrangement, the federal  government has no spending limit – a hard date of February 7 has been set for a  new agreement to be reached. Debt deals usually include a spending limit known  as a debt ceiling.

The federal debt will now rise as high as the  government sees fit between now and then, which the Times noted might be upwards  of $700billion, based on recent spending trends.

Aside from the fight over the Affordable Care  Act, derisively referred to as Obamacare, Republicans wanted to reign in the  government’s spending by cutting funding to various programs seen as  wasteful.

Backed by President Barack Obama, Democrats  refused, insisting on a blank check, and won. They insist government spending  will not increase, and that the extra wiggle room will only be used to pay for  bills already past due.

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Why the Germans can’t help being rude: Historic divisions mean they are used to being surrounded by enemies

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  • Germans  like ‘stability and structure’ because of nation’s fractured  past
  • Respected German institute produce video showing the difference between them and their foreign counterparts

By  Hayley O’keeffe

PUBLISHED: 23:40 EST, 17  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 07:20 EST, 18 October 2013

As the old stereotype goes, German people are  always first to bag the sun loungers, and always last to say thank  you.

The Goethe Institute, which is Germany’s  equivalent of The British Council, claims that a number of factors could  explain away the  stereotype.

Famed for their punctuality, they also have a  reputation for getting straight to the point – which can be perceived as rude by  the British.

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Germans are stereotypically thought of as the first with their towels on the sunloungers (posed by models)Germans are stereotypically thought of as the first with  their towels on the sunloungers (posed by models)

 

 

The explanation is that the country’s  centuries old divisions may make some feel like they are ‘surrounded by  enemies’.

Because of the nation’s fractured past,  Germans hold stability, structure and order in high regard.

The Goethe Institute have produced a video  which explain the misconceptions – and how Germans differ from people of  different nationalities.

In the clip, a German man is seen standing  upright and to attention with a handful of documents while the foreigner –  possibly British – sits in a slouched position.

Christine Jansen of the Amsterdam branch of  the Goethe Institute told website The  Local: ‘We  produced the films as a starting point of a discussion about cultural  differences when doing business with Germans.’

She added: ‘The video-makers attribute  Germans’ tendency to avoid personal matters in favour of getting straight to the  point to history.

‘They say the historic division of Germany  into several smaller states meant Germans were constantly surrounded by enemies  and they kept themselves to themselves.’

But Jansen told The Local that the mention of  Germany being surrounded by enemies was not a reference to the Second World War  and that there had been some criticism of that part of the video.

 

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Exercise-loving mother-of-three branded a ‘fat shaming bully’ after showing her flat abs and asking ‘what’s your excuse?

By  Sadie Whitelocks

PUBLISHED: 16:54 EST, 15  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 17:43 EST, 15 October 2013

An exercise-loving, mother-of-three has come  under fire after posting a photograph of her toned body to Facebook, captioned  ‘What’s your excuse?’

Maria Kang, 32, from Los Angeles, California,  who runs an fitness-focused non-profit organization from home, appears knelt  alongside her three young sons in the image, dressed in a workout bra and  matching micro shorts.

While many of the 17,000-plus commentators  cite her as an ‘inspiration’ some have also accused her of being ‘insulting’,  ‘obnoxious’ and a ‘fat shaming bully’.

Source of controversy: Exercise-loving, mother-of-three, Maria Kang, posted this photograph to FacebookSource of controversy: Exercise-loving, mother-of-three,  Maria Kang, posted this photograph to Facebook – while many commentators cite  her as an ‘inspiration’ some have also accused her of being ”insulting’

Indeed, one woman wrote: ‘You are . . .  hurtful to women and think way too much of yourself. Disgusting is what you  are!’

And a mother-of-two named Sarah added on Ms  Kang’s website, mariakang.com: ‘I hope you realize why some people are not just  offended, but also hurt by your post as well.

‘First: many of us end up with stretch marks  after kids…. A LOT OF THEM! I have two kids and both have caused my skin to  stretch soo bad my stomach, from my rib cage straight down the the middle of my  vaginal area, look like the U.S. road atlas.

‘Second: I am an avid runner. I run my two  kids in a double jogger. Do I look like a runner? Nope. As a matter of fact,  unless people know me, they don’t believe me. I do half and full marathons.

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Keeping fit and healthy: Ms Kang  said that she  didn’t intend to upset people and she hoped the photo would inspire others to  feel better about themselves

Starting from a young age: The mother-of-three runs a fitness-focused non-profit called Fitness without Borders, which promotes fitness education in schools and local communitiesStarting from a young age: The mother-of-three runs a  fitness-focused non-profit called Fitness without Borders, which promotes  fitness education in schools and local communities

She concludes: ‘People like you who post  pictures like this make people like me cry because I know that without surgery  to lose the extra skin I will never look like you.

‘So what’s my excuse? I do not have the same  great genetics you do.’

However, Ms Kang says that she did not intend  to upset people and she hoped the photo would inspire others to feel better  about themselves.

‘People like you who  post pictures like  this makeme cry because I know  that without surgery I will never look like you

Responding to critics, she wrote on Facebook:  ‘I’m sorry you took an image and resonated with it in such a negative way.

‘I won’t go into details that I struggled  with my genetics, had an eating disorder, work full time owning two business’,  have no nanny, am not naturally skinny and do not work as a personal trainer.

‘I won’t even mention how I didn’t give into  cravings for ice cream, french fries or chocolate while pregnant or use my  growing belly as an excuse to be inactive.

‘What I WILL say is this. What you interpret  is not MY fault. It’s Yours. The first step in owning your life, your body and  your destiny is to OWN the thoughts that come out of your own head.

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Bouncing back: Ms Kang documents how she lost her  pregnancy weight through a series of selfies

Breaking a sweat: The pretty brunette says that she likes to do 30 to 60 minutes of strength training and cardio every morning, five to six days a weekBreaking a sweat: The pretty brunette says that she  likes to do 30 to 60 minutes of strength training and cardio every morning, five  to six days a week

‘Maybe it’s time we stop tip-toeing around  people’s feelings and get to the point.’

She notes that she does have stretchmarks and  excess skin from three pregnancies but these ‘scars’ encourage her to ‘keep  striving’ and ‘never stop’.

‘Motherhood is beautiful AND it can make you  better!’ she adds.

‘I wanted to say, “I  know you think you dont have time if you have  kids. But if I can do it, you can do it, too’”

The pretty brunette says that she likes to do  30 to 60 minutes of strength  training and cardio every morning, five to six  days a week.

On a typical day she tries to get to the gym  by 6.30am and then returns home to ‘feed, clean and play’ with her  sons.

She then focuses attention on the non-profit  business she runs, Fitness without Borders, which promotes fitness education in  schools and local communities.

According to Yahoo, her ‘what’s your excuse?’  image has received over 16 million views  on Facebook, since it was posted a year ago.

She decided to re-post it to her 80,000-plus  followers last month, tacking on an apology, after she noticed it was attracting  dozens of negative comments.

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Lots of hard work: Ms Kang says that it took years for  her to get into shape after battling an eating disorder, struggling with her  genetics and having three children

‘I wanted to inspire people. I wanted to say,  “I know you think you don’t have time if you have kids. But if I can do it, you  can do it, too,’” she said.

It’s not the first time a fitness-oriented  mom has sparked controversy.

Just last month, eight-and-a-half-month  pregnant Lea-Anne Ellison received a barrage of criticism after posting a photo  of herself lifting weights during a CrossFit workout

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White House blocks stamps meant to commemorate Michelle’s Let’s Move campaign because ‘skateboarding’ is unsafe

  • USPS destroys stamps, concerned they show  kids doing unsafe activities
  • The USPS stamps were created as part of  the President’s Council on Fitness Sports and Nutrition
  • First Lady Michelle Obama had the final  say as they were designed to compliment her ‘Let’s Move’  campaign

By  James Daniel

PUBLISHED: 14:50 EST, 11  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 15:49 EST, 11 October 2013

Kids love to throw themselves about whether  it be jumping into swimming pools, skateboarding or perhaps performing a  handstand.

It sounds harmless enough, but just as the  United States Postal Service was about to release a series of stamps encouraging  kids to keep active, it’s decided to cancel the lot for fear they may end up  taking the blame for youngsters hurting themselves.

The stamps were created to commemorate  Michelle Obama’s ‘Let’s Move!’ program and although the children are seen to be  having fun, they’re engaged in unsafe activities or not wearing protective  gear.

Activites: U.S. Postal Service hoped to raise awareness about the importance of physical activity in achieving a healthy lifestyleActivites: U.S. Postal Service hoped to raise awareness  about the importance of physical activity in achieving a healthy  lifestyle

Unsafe: Whilst is may be fun, a Cannonball dive could be unsafe
Unsafe: Whilst is may be fun, a Cannonball dive could be  unsafe
Dangerous: A headstand without a helmet
Dangerous: A headstand without a helmet
Asking for trouble: Skateboarding without kneepads
Asking for trouble: Skateboarding without  kneepads

‘The stamps are on hold with the printer and  we have not made a decision at this point, right now, with respect to how we are  going to move forward,’ a USPS spokesman told the website.

According to a report from Linn’s Stamp News,  the President’s Council on Fitness Sports and Nutrition and the first lady’s  Let’s Move campaign raised concerns about three of the 15 the stamps in the  series.

Ideas: U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama developed the Let's Move Program to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generationIdeas: U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama developed the  Let’s Move Program to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a  generation

The two White House entities had concerns  over stamps with a man doing a cannonball into a swimming pool, a skateboarder  not wearing kneepads, and a child doing a handstand without a helmet.

The unsafe depictions came to light after  USPS Marketing chief Nagisa Manabe asked Michelle Obama to take part in a first  day ceremony for the stamps

That was apparently the first time the stamps  had been reviewed by the Sports Council.

The series is set to be destroyed, but a  final decision won’t be made until sometime next year.

On track: The initiative has the initially stated goal of 'solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation so that children born today will reach adulthood at a healthy weight'On track: The initiative has the initially stated goal  of ‘solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation so that  children born today will reach adulthood at a healthy weight’

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Do you really need a helmet to play soccer? New Jersey school district says all students must wear headgear to prevent concussions

By  Michael Zennie

PUBLISHED: 11:19 EST, 9  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 16:30 EST, 9 October 2013

A New Jersey school district is ordering all  students who play soccer – and other non-contact sports – to wear helmets on the  field.

The Princeton School District’s new rule is  causing many parents – and even some doctors – to question whether soccer is  really dangerous enough to warrant mandatory headgear to protect children from  concussion.

However, school administrators are moving  forward with a plan to purchase $70 soft helmets for every athlete grades six  through 12 who plays soccer, field hockey or girls’ lacrosse.

Too much protection? Parents are questioning whether high school soccer is dangerous enough to require the use of helmet. (Pictured, Chelsea goalkeeper Goalkeeper Petr Cech) 

Too much protection? Parents are questioning whether  high school soccer is dangerous enough to require the use of helmet. (Pictured,  Chelsea goalkeeper Goalkeeper Petr Cech)

 

The Times of Trenton reports that concussions and head injuries are not common among Princeton  schools student athletes, but coaches and members of the school board say that  doesn’t alleviate their concern.

‘We’re very aware that for players in all  sports there’s a risk of  head injuries and we’re just trying to do whatever we  can to prevent  them,’ Princeton school board president Timothy Quinn  said.

Judy Goldstein, the field hockey coach at  neighboring Hamilton High School West, says some of her girls have suffered  concussions in the past – but she thinks requiring helmets is  overkill.

‘Accidents are going to happen. I don’t know  if we can protect these kids with every single step,’ she said.

‘I just think it’s too much for the headgear  in field hockey. I have a feeling that the more you load onto the kids, the less  likely they are to play the sport.’

The only problem, several experts say, is  that soft helmets won’t  prevent concussions and they are actually likely to do  more harm than  good.

This is the $70 helmet that Princeton schools will be buying for all students who play soccer, field hockey and girls' lacrosse 

This is the $70 helmet that Princeton schools will be  buying for all students who play soccer, field hockey and girls’  lacrosse

 

Pediatric neurosurgeon Dr Alexander Post,  with the New Jersey Pediatric Neuroscience Institute, told the Times: ‘You can  get a concussion from pretty much doing anything. Any activity carries a certain  degree of potential risk and you have to weigh that risk.

‘In general, the headgear is good for  reducing abrasions and lacerations, but not for protecting against concussions  to any significant degree.’

Other experts say the headgear is likely to  give student athletes a false sense of security – causing them to play more  aggressively and without as much regard for their safety.

Princeton schools currently require headgear  for all sixth graders this year and allow parents of older students to opt their  children out of the project. However, the program will grow – adding a grade a  year, until the headgear is mandatory for all middle and high school  students.

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X Factor producers are deliberately creating crueller twists because viewers are becoming ‘immune to the sob stories’, claims psychologist

By  Anna Hodgekiss

PUBLISHED: 11:29 EST, 8  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 14:03 EST, 8 October 2013

The X Factor producers are forced to create  cruel twists to the competition because viewers are becoming immune to sob  stories, a psychologist has claimed.

Chartered psychologist Dr Rick Norris  believes that programme makers have to keep shocking the audience to keep up  high viewing figures.

The X Factor has been heavily criticised for  introducing a new ‘musical chairs’ style selection process to the  competition.

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The X Factor producers are forced to create cruel twists  to the competition because viewers are becoming immune to sob stories, a  psychologist has claimed. Pictured are judge Nicole Scherzinger and contestant  Hannah Barrett

 

 

The new format sees 100 contestants battling  it out for just 24 places where each of the four judges give their favourite  contestants one of their six seats.

But in a cruel twist they are allowed to  replace them later in the show with a better singer.

The new format was blasted by a number of  viewers, with some branding the system as “cruel” and “disgusting”.

Dr Norris, author of Think Yourself Happy,  said: ‘These type of shows are playing with people’s emotions, hopes and  expectations.

‘On the X Factor, all of the contestants are  asked ‘how much does this mean to you?’ and almost every contestant cried when  answering.

 

“It’s actually an irrelevant question and it  seems as though we’re becoming obsessed with a sob story rather than someone’s  genuine talents and passion to become a singer.

“Some people do have incredibly harrowing  stories but after a while you are less likely to sympathise with them because  you’ve heard so many.

“This is why TV producers keep upping the  ante and adding these cruel twists to their shows.

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Psychologist Dr Norris said: ‘These type of shows are  playing with people’s emotions, hopes and expectations,’ such as 16-year-old  Nicholas

“Television programme makers are placing an  emphasis on getting high viewing figures and distasteful acts like this will do  just that.

“The viewing figures don’t lie. This is what  people want to watch.

“We’re constantly seeing people being put in  awkward situations and that evokes certain emotions within us as an  audience.”

The psychologist cited a number of other  shows, including Big Brother and I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, where set  ups are used to provoke arguments between contestants.

Dr Norris added: “Big Brother is a classic  example. In the earlier years everyone got on very well and it made for some  pretty dull viewing.

“As a result, producers started to set up  situations that would provoke arguments between contestants and these set-ups  get worse every year.

“The Apprentice is just the same. Contestants  slag each other off just to avoid being fired.

“We have found that there is a lot of  entertainment to be had in watching things that are quite cruel and distasteful  which is why ideas are getting worse every year.”

Only Fools and Horses star  Nicholas Lyndhurst recently voiced his concerns for the state of British  television, condemning the “cruel bedlam” of reality TV shows.

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Twitter pays just £5,000 to tackle images of child abuse online – and is unhappy about being asked to contribute more

Industry-funded charity Internet Watch Foundation is raising the fees paid by members, but have met resistance from the social media giant

Adam Withnall

Sunday, 6 October 2013

As Twitter prepares for an estimated $1.1 billion flotation on the stock market, the company is dragging its feet over raising its contribution to combatting online child abuse and pornography – from just £5,000.

The company is a member of the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), an organisation backed by Prime Minister David Cameron to work in collaboration with internet service providers to clear up the murky and chaotic world of online abuse.

And while some other tech companies have pledged up to £1 million in support to the industry-funded charity, Twitter insists it shouldn’t have to pay any more than the tiny sum it already does because it isn’t turning a profit.

Twitter’s gigantic value – estimated at somewhere between £7 billion and £13 billion – is based mainly on its potential for future revenues in the mobile market, not on how much it makes at the moment. It recently had to reveal details of its finances ahead of the public offering, which showed it had lost $69.3m (£43m) in the first half of 2013.

The IWF writes in its Funding Model Policy that “members are expected to increase their membership subscription as their businesses develop” – and with growing advertising revenues upwards of $300 million from 2011 to 2012, there is no question Twitter is doing just that.

John Carr, a government adviser on online child safety, told the Sunday Times: “I am absolutely astonished Twitter is paying only £5,000 to the IWF. My industry sources tell me not only did Twitter grumble about the paltry fees the IWF charge but they are also moaning about the new fee structure that is being discussed.”

That new structure would see the contributions from larger web firms like Twitter go up to a standard rate of £75,000, and the Sunday Times reported that the company has asked the IWF to explain how it came up with that figure.

Twitter also argued that if the fees are based on number of users, Facebook – also listed within the £5,000+ membership bracket – should be contributing nearer to £400,000, according to the paper.

The IWF’s team of experts tracks down illegal images of child pornography and abuse posted online, and then informs whichever provider controls the platform where they are found, and wants to increase its staff to 16 to tackle a growing workload.

The charity is set to report to the Culture Secretary Maria Miller on Tuesday, and with Mr Cameron warning recently that it is the “moral duty” of internet giants to do their part in combating images of child pornography and abuse, it is unlikely that the Government will back down on the matter.

 

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China pays 2 million people to monitor Internet

05 Oct  2013
Beijing (AFP)

China is employing two million people to keep tabs on people’s Internet use, according to state media, in a rare glimpse into the secret world of Beijing’s vast online surveillance operation.

Many of the employees are simply performing keyword searches to monitor the tens of millions of messages being posted daily on popular social media and microblogging sites, the Beijing News said.

The exact number of people employed to trawl through the Internet in a bid to prevent social unrest and limit criticism of the ruling Community party has long been the subject of speculation.

The “web police” are employed by the government’s propaganda arm, as well as by commercial sites, the Beijing News said.

It said that despite their large number, the monitors are not always able to prevent comments that are deemed by the government to be undesirable from being published and reposted.

China’s censorship authorities tightly control online content for fear of political or social unrest that could challenge the Communist party’s grip on power.

Authorities in recent years banned the popular social media sites Facebook and Twitter, which were instrumental in the wave of uprisings that swept the Middle East and North Africa from late 2010 in what became known as the Arab Spring.

Last year authorities blocked The New York Times after it cited financial records showing relatives of former Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao had controlled assets worth at least $2.7 billion — a report China branded a smear.

In recent months authorities have ramped up already strict censoring of domestic social media sites such as the popular microblog service Sina Weibo.

They have detained hundreds of people for spreading “rumours” online, and warned high-profile bloggers with millions of followers to post more positive comments.

The Supreme Court said this month that Internet users could face three years in jail if “slanderous” information spread online is viewed more than 5,000 times or forwarded more than 500 times.

China has more than 500 million Internet users, making it the world’s largest online population.

http://www.afp.com/en/news/topstories/china-pays-2-million-monitor-internet

 

Saudi court jails four young men for up to TEN YEARS and sentences them to thousands of lashes for naked dance on car

  • One of the men was jailed for 10 years  and sentenced to 2,000 lashes
  • Another got seven years and 1,200 lashes  while two others received three years and 500 lashes

By  Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 08:30 EST, 4  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 09:01 EST, 4 October 2013

A Saudi Arabian man has been jailed for 10  years and sentenced to 2,000 lashes after a film of him dancing naked on the  roof of a car was posted online.

Another man, who is believed to have made the  film, received seven years in prison and 1,200 lashes.

Two others were jailed for three years and  sentenced to 500 lashes each.

 

The incident took place in Borayda, the capital of al-Qasseem province, north-west of the capital Riyadh (pictured) 

The incident took place in Borayda, the capital of  al-Qasseem province, north-west of the capital Riyadh (pictured)

 

The public prosecutor in the case reportedly  objected to what he described as ‘light sentences’.

The four men men were charged with ‘dancing  on a vehicle in public’ and ‘violating public morals’, following the incident in  Borayda, the capital of al-Qasseem province, north-west  of the capital Riyadh.

A video of the incident was posted online,  media reports say. It is not clear whether the men were caught in the act or  traced by the video.

All have been given the right to  appeal.

Al-Qasseem province is notoriously  conservative and religious police there are said to be the most strict in the  kingdom.

Under Saudi Arabia’s strict interpretation of  Islam, instances of public indecency are considered serious offences,

The law prohibits the playing of music,  dancing and many movies also are a concern for hard-liners who believe they  violate religious and moral values.

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American women’s wages won’t be equal to those of American men for another 45 years, says a recent study

  • Women earned 77 cents for every dollar  men earned last year
  • Most full-time employed women will be  retired by the time wages are equal between women and men
  • Stagnant wages may have to do with poor  family and medical leave policies in the American  workplace

By  Alexandra Klausner

PUBLISHED: 21:45 EST, 23  September 2013 |  UPDATED: 22:33 EST, 23 September 2013

The Census Bureau reported that Women earned  77 cents for every dollar that men earned last year. This figure has stayed  about the same since 2007 before the United States saw an economic  downturn.

Unfortunately, chances of women’s wages  going up any time soon are slim to none.
According  to a prediction by the Institute for Women’s Policy research(IWPR), the gender  wage gap won’t close until most of today’s employed women are already retired.

This think tank dedicated to women’s policy  issues claims that the difference between average full-time pay for women and  men isn’t expected to close until the year 2058.

Heidi Hartmann, the president of IWPR claims  that the time it will take for gender wage equality has actually become worse  since her initial analysis a few years ago.

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This graph shows women’s median earnings as a percent of  men’s median earnings

 

 

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Full-time employed women wont make as much wages as  full-time employed men until most of those women are already retired

 

Women’s wages have remained stagnant for the  past couple of years and this has slowed down the process of women’s wages being  equal to their male counterparts.

Heidi also claims that women are among the  nation’s current bottom earners and that wage growth among the lowest earning  population is very slow.

America also has sub par medical and family  leave policies and this has pushed women out of the workplace for centuries.

According to an article in The New York Times, out of 200 countries studied by California public health professor Judy Hymen,  180 of the countries offer guaranteed medical leave to new mothers, and 81 to  new fathers. The United States, offered none of the protections granted in other  more family conscious parts of the world.

70 per cent of American children live in  homes where both parents are employed. Surprisingly little has been done to  balance family and job workloads.

Gender equality has less to do with people’s  view of the differences between men and women and more to do with structural  obstacles-like those in the workplace- that keep people from acting on their  egalitarian values.

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Teenager becomes first victim of China’s new ‘anti-gossip’ law after blog

  • Boy publicly questioned police  investigation into death of local businessman
  • Internet censors have ordered bloggers to  ‘keep social order’

By  Anna Edwards

PUBLISHED: 04:16 EST, 20  September 2013 |  UPDATED: 06:07 EST, 20 September 2013

 

A draconian measure to stop people  ‘gossiping’ online in China has claimed its first ‘offender’ – a 16-year-old  boy.

The country has imposed strict limits on what  people can and cannot say on the internet, which many thought would target  whistleblowers, critics of the government, or activists.

Instead, a teenager, named only as Yang, was  arrested for ‘provoking trouble’ by criticising police online.

In August, internet censors called popular bloggers to meetings and asked them to agree to standards, including keeping social order  

In August, internet censors called popular bloggers to  meetings and asked them to agree to standards, including keeping social order

 

The Beijing Times has interviewed a man, who  claims police took his 16-year-old son away this week, after accusing him of  ‘picking quarrels and provoking trouble’.

The newspaper said the blogger had gone on  the popular social media site Weibo to post his criticisms of the police  handling of a death in the community.

A statement from authorities in  Zhangjiachuan, Gansu province said the boy had publicly questioned a police  investigation about the death of a local businessman, the Daily Telegraph  reported.

The case involved a karaoke bar manager who  supposedly committed suicide by leaping from a building.

But the sceptical teenager posted the claim  that the man had been beaten up in a row, and accused the police of failing to  investigate fully.

State media have also accused some microbloggers of undermining socialism and promoting Western values  

State media have also accused some microbloggers of  undermining socialism and promoting Western values

His accusation quickly went viral and caught  the attention of the authorities, who decided to act.

Under the new Chinese law it is illegal to  post ‘false information’ that may be harmful to others.

The law stipulates that if such information  is retweeted 500 times or seen by 5000 users, the person who posted it can be  arrested.

In August, internet censors summoned popular  micro-bloggers to meetings and asked them to agree to standards, including  keeping social order – a move observers have said has a chilling effect on  public discourse.

State media have also accused some  micro-bloggers of undermining socialism and promoting Western values by  spreading lies and negative news.

Last month government-run newspaper The  People’s Daily reminded China’s ‘big Vs’ – popular bloggers whose social media  profiles are verified as genuine – that they ‘should be careful what information  they convey.. and use their right to expression responsibly.’

Many Chinese celebrities, from pop stars to  business tycoons, have amassed huge followings on social media sites, and at  times have posted material that the government has not approved of, such as  calling attention to social injustices and questioning state  policies.

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The deadly network: Revealed – guns for sale on Facebook

 

 

As Libya’s Prime Minister asks Britain for help in ridding his country of weapons, The Independent discovers a flourishing online arms market

Tripoli

Tuesday 17 September 2013

 
Libyan rebels celebrate taking Tripoli in 2011
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On a late July day in downtown Tripoli, a young man steps into a car idling next to the Libyan capital’s iconic Martyrs’ Square. From the back seat, he hands to the driver what Libyans refer to as a “Turkish pistol” and some bullets. In return, the driver hands him a thick stack of 10-dinar notes. The exchange had been arranged using one of the numerous Facebook “groups” created in recent months to link gun-sellers to gun-buyers through the social network.

The driver, Muhammad, an unemployed, 23-year-old Tripolitanian, is one of hundreds of Libyans who are taking advantage of a security vacuum in a country awash with weapons nearly two years after its successful revolution removed a dictator.

It is these weapons that Libya’s prime minister, Ali Zeidan, asked for help in removing from his country while on an official visit to Britain yesterday. After meeting with David Cameron, Mr Zeidan called the mass of Gaddafi-era weapons an “international matter” and asked for assistance in disposing of them.

His plea came just a day after the UN Security Council warned of a “worrying” growth in the movement of weapons and ammunition across Libya’s borders “and an increasing number of reported cases of trafficking in such material to Syria”.

The growing prevalence of such underground arms markets is a sign that although the war may be over, stability is a long way off.

Muhammad, who asked that his real name not be published because of potential legal consequences, explains that he found the pistol advertised on on a Facebook page. Muhammad wrote under the “comments” section of a post, which included a photograph of the pistol, his phone number and that he was interested in purchasing the gun. He says that the vendor’s original posting indicated that the vendor could deliver the pistol anywhere in Libya, suggesting an organised entity behind the sale. Muhammad received a call a few days later to confirm the deal, and a delivery boy showed up that day in July in the centre of Tripoli with the gun.

“Anyone who upsets me or threatens me, if he gets really bad, I’ll kill him,” responds Muhammad when asked why he purchased the gun.

During Libya’s revolution against former dictator Muammar Gaddafi, Nato assisted fighters by enforcing a no-fly zone and co-ordinated with rebels to strike Gaddafi’s military targets. While an October 2012 study by the Geneva-based Small Arms Survey found that most of the revolutionaries’ small arms were captured from Gaddafi’s forces, Nato countries also sent arms shipments, in some cases directly and in others indirectly.

The French military admitted that it air-dropped arms in Libya’s western mountains, while the US secretly gave its blessings to Qatar to ship arms. Individual small-arms ownership has since skyrocketed in Libya, and the Small Arms Survey notes that in the town of Misrata alone, “conservative estimates put the total small arms… at more than 30,000”.

Many gun-sales groups are thought to be linked to militias that have yet to disband

Many gun-sales groups are thought to be linked to militias that have yet to disband

 

Yet it is the leftover revolutionary brigades that are in possession of real arsenals. The current Libyan government has failed to bring these brigades fully under the control of the government, either as a national army or a national police force. While large brigades are nominally under the control of the Interior Ministry or Justice Ministry, it is clear that they do not take orders from a government that they do not fully trust.

Neither these large, independent brigades nor the government have been able to stop the increasing crime and violence carried out in the streets of Tripoli and Benghazi by smaller armed groups and militias that formed after the revolution. Rumours abound that some armed groups are acting like mafias by facilitating the trade of illegal drugs and alcohol.

There are also reports that some militias are using their access to weapons and their privileged positions to trade in small arms. While it is difficult, and perhaps dangerous, to verify these allegations, there is evidence that Libya’s militia problem has at least added to the insecurity of gun stockpiles.

Although Muhammad only purchased a 9mm air-powered pistol modified to fire copper bullets, numerous larger guns are on sale on Facebook’s Libyan arms market. The Independent found at least five groups openly stating their purpose as a channel connecting gun vendors to gun purchasers. A Kalashnikov was advertised for 1,100 dinars, or about £560. Entire arsenals, including rockets and bullets, were also on display.

More worrying for those responsible for Libya’s security is that some of the arms dealers on Facebook claim allegiance to powerful militias. One arms dealer that advertises guns on several Facebook groups goes by the moniker Strong Heart. On Strong Heart’s profile page, he writes that he is a General in the Qa’Qa’ Brigade, a well-known militia linked to revolutionary fighters from the western mountain town of Zintan. One of the few “closed” groups, Gun Vendors Market in Libya, has an administrator whose profile name is  Zastavia AK. AK’s profile says he is a member of the Zawiya Martyrs Brigade.

The Independent alerted Facebook that its pages were being used to sell guns, and provided URLs of two of the groups. One of the URLs provided was that of Gun Vendors Market in Libya, which included more than 1,500 members and whose description read: “Selling, buying, display, advice.” Within a few hours, a Facebook employee responded that these pages “absolutely broke our rules and have been removed.” But while these groups were indeed removed, others remain.

“We were made aware of this particular pattern of usage of Facebook when you contacted us. That led to the review of the content against our standards,” Richard Allan, Facebook’s director of policy for Europe, the Middle East and Africa told The Independent.

A Facebook post advertising guns for sale

A Facebook post advertising guns for sale  

Mr Allan explains that, except in the case of child abuse, Facebook does not have a proactive approach to policing posts from its more than one billion users worldwide. Instead, it has a multilingual team of hundreds of reviewers based in three centres located in the United States, Ireland and India.

“We essentially wait for [notification of] a policy violation,” Mr Allan says. “We don’t feel that there is a major content problem on Facebook because people are generally very well-behaved… Facebook users, they often act as a neighbourhood watch.”

As for using Facebook’s pages to buy and sell arms, Mr Allan says that this is the first time that he or his colleagues have seen such a phenomenon, adding that “it does seem to be very specific to the situation in Libya”.

As security deteriorates in a Libya that lacks trusted institutions, a strong state or government, and is saturated with small arms, some, such as Muhammad, feel the need to arm themselves.

Asked whether he’s used the gun yet, Muhammad responded: “No, I don’t have any problems, but I see lots of problems in the street. We’re fed up with weapons.”

 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/the-deadly-network-revealed–guns-for-sale-on-facebook-8822584.html#

Yahoo chief Marissa Mayer said she feared winding up in prison for TREASON if she refused to comply with US spy demands for data

Yahoo CEO fears defying NSA could mean prison

12   Sep   2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AFP)

Yahoo chief Marissa Mayer said she feared winding up in prison for treason if she refused to comply with US spy demands for data.

Her comments came after being asked what she is doing to protect Yahoo users from “tyrannical government” during an on-stage interview at a TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco.

Mayer said Yahoo scrutinizes and fights US government data requests stamped with the authority of a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, but when the company losses battles it must do as directed or risk being branded a traitor.

Data requests authorized by the court come with an order barring anyone at the company receiving the request from disclosing anything about them, even their existence.

“If you don’t comply, it is treason,” Mayer said when asked why she couldn’t just spill details of requests by US spy agencies for information about Yahoo users.

“We can’t talk about it because it is classified,” she continued. “Releasing classified information is treason, and you are incarcerated. In terms of protecting our users, it makes more sense to work within the system.”

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer speaks during the 2013 TechCrunch Disrupt conference on September 11, 2013 in San Francisco, California. The TechCruch Disrupt Conference runs through September 11. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Yahoo, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft are among Internet firms pushing for permission to disclose more details to users about demands for data made in the name of fighting terrorism or other threats.

Technology titans have been eager to bolster the trust of its users by making it clearer what has actually been demanded by and disclosed to US authorities.

“It is our government’s job to protect all of us and also protect our freedoms and protect the economy and protect companies,” said Facebook co-founder and chief Mark Zuckerberg said at TechCrunch Disrupt on Wednesday.

“Frankly, I think the government blew it.”

US intelligence officials declassified documents Tuesday revealing the National Security Agency violated privacy rules for three years when it sifted through phone records of Americans with no suspected links to terrorists.

The revelations raised fresh questions about the NSA’s ability to manage the massive amount of data it collects and whether the US government is able to safeguard the privacy of its citizens.

Yahoo, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft are among Internet firms pushing for permission to disclose more details to users about demands for data made in the name of fighting terrorism or other threats.

The government was forced to disclose the documents by a judge’s order after a Freedom of Information lawsuit filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit group promoting digital privacy rights and free speech.

The foundation called the release of the documents a “victory” for transparency but intelligence officials said the papers illustrated how the spy service had made unintentional “mistakes” that were rectified under strict judicial oversight.

The release came after the scale of NSA spying was exposed in a series of bombshell media leaks in recent months by former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, who has been granted temporary asylum in Russia.

Documents divulged by Snowden have shown the NSA conducts a massive electronic dragnet, including trawling through phone records and online traffic, that has sometimes flouted privacy laws.

The declassified documents released on Tuesday shed light on friction between the NSA and the court, with judges castigating the agency for failing to abide by their orders and misrepresenting the nature of their data collection.

http://www.afp.com/en/news/topstories/yahoo-ceo-fears-defying-nsa-could-mean-prison

NSA paid millions to cover Prism compliance costs for tech companies

• Top-secret files show first evidence of financial relationship • Prism companies include Google and Yahoo, says NSA • Costs were incurred after 2011 Fisa court ruling

 

PRISM: 'really freaky'.

The material provides the first evidence of a financial relationship between the tech companies and the NSA.

The National Security Agency paid millions of dollars to cover the costs of major internet companies involved in the Prism surveillance program after a court ruled that some of the agency’s activities were unconstitutional, according to top-secret material passed to the Guardian.

The technology companies, which the NSA says includes Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and Facebook, incurred the costs to meet new certification demands in the wake of the ruling from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (Fisa) court.

The October 2011 judgment, which was declassified on Wednesday by the Obama administration, found that the NSA’s inability to separate purely domestic communications from foreign traffic violated the fourth amendment.

While the ruling did not concern the Prism program directly, documents passed to the Guardian by whistleblower Edward Snowden describe the problems the decision created for the agency and the efforts required to bring operations into compliance. The material provides the first evidence of a financial relationship between the tech companies and the NSA.

The intelligence agency requires the Fisa court to sign annual “certifications” that provide the legal framework for surveillance operations. But in the wake of the court judgment these were only being renewed on a temporary basis while the agency worked on a solution to the processes that had been ruled illegal.

An NSA newsletter entry, marked top secret and dated December 2012, discloses the huge costs this entailed. “Last year’s problems resulted in multiple extensions to the certifications’ expiration dates which cost millions of dollars for Prism providers to implement each successive extension – costs covered by Special Source Operations,” it says.

Fisa 1

An NSA newsletter entry dated December 2012 disclosing the costs of new certification demands. Photograph: guardian.co.ukSpecial Source Operations, described by Snowden as the “crown jewel” of the NSA, handles all surveillance programs, such as Prism, that rely on “corporate partnerships” with telecoms and internet providers to access communications data.

The disclosure that taxpayers’ money was used to cover the companies’ compliance costs raises new questions over the relationship between Silicon Valley and the NSA. Since the existence of the program was first revealed by the Guardian and the Washington Post on June 6, the companies have repeatedly denied all knowledge of it and insisted they only hand over user data in response to specific legal requests from the authorities.

An earlier newsletter, which is undated, states that the Prism providers were all given new certifications within days of the Fisa court ruling. “All Prism providers, except Yahoo and Google, were successfully transitioned to the new certifications. We expect Yahoo and Google to complete transitioning by Friday 6 October.”

Fisa 2                An earlier undated newsletter after the Fisa court ruling on certifications. Photograph: guardian.co.ukThe Guardian invited the companies to respond to the new material and asked each one specific questions about the scale of the costs they incurred, the form of the reimbursement and whether they had received any other payments from the NSA in relation to the Prism program.

A Yahoo spokesperson said: “Federal law requires the US government to reimburse providers for costs incurred to respond to compulsory legal process imposed by the government. We have requested reimbursement consistent with this law.”

Asked about the reimbursement of costs relating to compliance with Fisa court certifications, Facebook responded by saying it had “never received any compensation in connection with responding to a government data request”.

Google did not answer any of the specific questions put to it, and provided only a general statement denying it had joined Prism or any other surveillance program. It added: “We await the US government’s response to our petition to publish more national security request data, which will show that our compliance with American national security laws falls far short of the wild claims still being made in the press today.”

Microsoft declined to give a response on the record.

The responses further expose the gap between how the NSA describes the operation of its Prism collection program and what the companies themselves say.

Prism operates under section 702 of the Fisa Amendments Act, which authorises the NSA to target without a warrant the communications of foreign nationals believed to be not on US soil.

But Snowden’s revelations have shown that US emails and calls are collected in large quantities in the course of these 702 operations, either deliberately because the individual has been in contact with a foreign intelligence target or inadvertently because the NSA is unable to separate out purely domestic communications.

Last week, the Washington Post revealed documents from Snowden that showed the NSA breached privacy rules thousands of times a year, in the face of repeated assurances from Barack Obama and other senior intelligence figures that there was no evidence of unauthorised surveillance of Americans.

The newly declassified court ruling, by then chief Fisa judge John Bates, also revealed serious issues with how the NSA handled the US communications it was sweeping up under its foreign intelligence authorisations.

The judgment revealed that the NSA was collecting up to 56,000 wholly US internet communications per year in the three years until the court intervened. Bates also rebuked the agency for misrepresenting the true scope of a major collection program for the third time in three years.

The NSA newsletters say the agency’s response to the ruling was to work on a “conservative solution in which higher-risk collection would be sequestered”. At the same time, one entry states, the NSA’s general counsel was considering filing an appeal.

The Guardian informed the White House, the NSA and the office of the director of national intelligence that it planned to publish the documents and asked whether the spy agency routinely covered all the costs of the Prism providers and what the annual cost was to the US.

The NSA declined to comment beyond requesting the redaction of the name of an individual staffer in one of the documents.

UPDATE: After publication, Microsoft issued a statement to the Guardian on Friday afternoon.

A spokesperson for Microsoft, which seeks reimbursement from the government on a case-by-case basis, said: “Microsoft only complies with court orders because it is legally ordered to, not because it is reimbursed for the work. We could have a more informed discussion of these issues if providers could share additional information, including aggregate statistics on the number of any national security orders they may receive.”

 

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/23/nsa-prism-costs-tech-companies-paid

Internet Companies Paid Millions for Spying Activity

By NICK DIVITO

 

(CN) – The National Security Agency paid millions of dollars to Internet companies like Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft and Facebook to cover costs of its PRISM surveillance program, according to secret documents obtained by The Guardian and published on its website.

The money was paid even after the agency’s activities were ruled unconstitutional by a secret court known as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, according the documents provided to the newspaper by Edward Snowden.

The so-called FISC court was to sign annual “certifications” of approval, but such certifications were only renewed temporarily while the agency sought a solution to what was ruled to be the over-collection of information that FISC Judge John Bates ruled unconstitutional on Oct. 3, 2013.

The order and two others by Bates were declassified two days ago.

“Last year’s problems resulted in multiple extensions to the Certifications’ expiration dates which cost millions of dollars for PRISM providers to implement each successive extension — costs covered by Special Source Operations,” said a December 2012 memo posted by the English newspaper.

Special Source Operations oversees the agency’s surveillance programs, including PRISM., to off-set costs associated with accessing Internet providers’ data, the paper reported.

The Internet companies have repeatedly denied any knowledge of the surveillance program.

An undated newsletter, also posted on Friday, says PRISM providers were given new “certifications” within days of the FISC ruling.

“All Prism providers, except Yahoo and Google, were successfully were successfully transitioned to the new certifications,” the memo reads. “We expect Yahoo and Google to complete transitioning by Friday 6 Oct.”

A Yahoo! Spokesman told The Guardian that it has requested reimbursement from the federal government for costs incurred to respond to requests. Google gave the paper only a “general statement” denying it had joined PRISM.

Microsoft told the paper that it only complies with court orders for information because it is ordered to, not because it is reimbursed on a case-by-case basis.

Bates’ October 2011 ruling showed that the NSA had collected up to 56,000 communications a year in three years. He accused the agency of misrepresenting the real scope of the program and collecting data that went beyond what was represented: domestic communications from foreign traffic.

The NSA has disclosed that it gathered 250 million Internet communications a year, and that 9 percent of those come from “upstream channels” of up to 25 million emails a year.

On Monday, the American Civil Liberties Union, which sued the federal government in Manhattan Federal Court over its alleged spying activities, is expected to provide the court an opening brief for preliminary injunction. The government, meanwhile, is expected to provide a motion to dismiss.

http://www.courthousenews.com/2013/08/23/60564.htm

Cocaine doesn’t just curb appetite, it suppresses the body’s ability to store fat too, find scientists

EEV: Science sometimes is not politically correct. This is in no way a promotion of drugs. In addition there are very deadly side effects as well as a nasty rebound effect.

 

  • Previously  thought coke caused loss because it suppressed the appetite
  • But a new  study found that the class A drug prevents fat storage
  • However the  slimming effect stops when users stop taking the drug
  • Some people  are thought to relapse because they are upset by the weight gain caused  abstinence

By  Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 08:43 EST, 9  August 2013 |  UPDATED: 08:43 EST, 9 August 2013

Taking cocaine prevents the body storing fat,  new research has revealed.

Previously experts believed cocaine users  were slim because the class A drug was suppressing their  appetites.

The new research, by scientists at the  University of Cambridge, also found that the slimming effects stop when users  ‘go clean’ and that this can lead to dramatic weight gain.

Taking cocaine prevents the body storing fat, new research has revealed 

Taking cocaine prevents the body storing fat, new  research has revealed

The findings support theories that  body-conscious drug users sometimes relapse because they become so unhappy at  gaining weight when they stop taking cocaine.

Dr Karen Ersche, from the Behavioural and  Clinical Neuroscience Institute at the University of Cambridge, compared 30  cocaine-dependent men to 30 healthy ones.

She found that cocaine users actually choose  worse diets than healthy men – opting to eat fatty foods and carbohydrates – but  that they lose weight regardless.

Meanwhile, levels of appetite-controlling  hormone leptin in the drug-users’ bodies were cut leading to severe  over-eating.

Previously experts believed cocaine users were slim because the class A drug was suppressing their appetites 

Previously experts believed cocaine users were slim  because the class A drug was suppressing their appetites

Researchers believe the habitual  overeating,  and poor diet, only confound the weight-gain when users’  metabolisms slow when  they come off the drug.

Dr Ersche said: ‘We were surprised how little  body fat the cocaine users  had in light of their reported consumption of fatty  food.

‘It seems that regular cocaine abuse directly  interferes with metabolic processes and thereby reduces body fat.

‘This imbalance between fat intake and fat  storage may also explain why these individuals gain so much weight when they  stop using cocaine.

‘For most people, weight gain is unpleasant  but for people in recovery, who can gain several stone, this weight gain goes  far beyond an aesthetic concern but involves both psychological and  physiological problems.

‘The stress caused by this conspicuous body  change can also contribute to relapse.

‘It is therefore important that we better  understand the effects of cocaine on eating behaviour and body weight to best  support drug users on their road to recovery.

‘Notable weight gain following cocaine  abstinence is not only a source of major personal suffering but also has  profound implications for health and recovery.

‘Intervention at a sufficiently early stage  could have the potential to prevent weight gain during recovery, thereby  reducing personal suffering and improving the chances of  recovery.’

The research was published in the August  edition of the scientific journal, Appetite.

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Anti-American (Obama) music video from Egypt goes viral [VIDEO]

EEV: This is posted not just because it is anti-American. It is posted to fully comprehend the firestorm this administration has unleashed for its unwavering support of the Muslim Brotherhood. Morsi was democratically elected, but that does not give any political official the right to supersede the countries constitution. The Egyptians did not see this as a coup, but as a liberation from the rapid onset of Tyranny. A concept that our current administration has a tough time comprehending. You know Constitution, Bill of rights, that sort of stuff 🙂

 

By Sarah Hofmann 10:02 AM  08/06/2013

Egyptian performance artist Sama Elmasry released a music video entitled “You  Obama, your father, your mother” that has began going viral.

“Your father, your mother” is translation of a traditional insult in Egyptian  Arabic, according to Buzzfeed.

In the video, Elmasry tells President Obama to support the terrorists in the  Muslim Brotherhood and calls U.S. ambassador to Egypt, Anne Patterson, “old  bitch woman.”

Elmasry has released a number of protest videos against the Muslim  Brotherhood. This is the first one specifically against Obama and U.S. policies  linked to Morsi.

Read more:  http://dailycaller.com/2013/08/06/anti-american-music-video-from-egypt-goes-viral-video/#ixzz2bEW43FBo

Pressure mounts on Obama as he REFUSES to pay his interns (while campaigning to raise the minimum wage)

By  Hayley Peterson

PUBLISHED: 21:17 EST, 22  July 2013 |  UPDATED: 21:48 EST, 22 July 2013

As President Obama campaigns to increase the  minimum wage, his own interns aren’t getting paid a cent to work a minimum of 45  hours a week.

White House interns are expected to show up  to work ‘at least’ Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., according to the  administration’s website. Housing and commuting assistance aren’t provided  either, so the White House encourages applicants to petition nonprofits for help  funding their living expenses.

Just this summer alone, the White House  ‘hired’ 147 interns, saving the administration roughly half a million dollars if  it had otherwise paid each intern minimum wage for 45 hours of work per week.  The internship program, which lasts 11 weeks in the summer, runs  year-round.

President Obama's administration has 147 unpaid interns. In this July 18, 2013, file photo Obama speaks about the Affordable Care Act in the East Room at the White House in Washington 

President Obama’s administration has 147 unpaid interns.  In this July 18, 2013, file photo Obama speaks about the Affordable Care Act in  the East Room at the White House in Washington

 

Unpaid internships are widespread in  Washington. It’s estimated that the federal government uses as many as 30,000  uncompensated interns every summer.

But with Obama calling for an increase to the  minimum wage – which is set at $7.25 an hour – activist Mikey Franklin says it’s  particularly disdainful for the White House to be relying on free labor.

He’s planning to launch a campaign this fall  to ramp up pressure on the White House – and on Washington – to start paying its  interns, reports Buzzfeed journalist Evan  McMorris-Santoro.

 

Franklin and other critics of Washington’s  free-labor culture argue that unpaid internships make it impossible for people  from low-income backgrounds to attain the same opportunities as students whose  parents can afford to subsidize their children’s’ living expenses while they  work for free.

More importantly, the prevalence of unpaid  internships in Washington has made it nearly impossible for anyone to obtain a  paid job on the Hill without first working their way up through a series of  uncompensated gigs, critics argue.

Supporters of the free internship culture  say, however, that the jobs provide educational opportunities that would  otherwise not exist. If Washington was forced to pay its interns, in other  words, then the internships would dissolve.

Franklin is calling his effort the ‘Fair Pay  Campaign’ and he’s planning to formally launch it around Labor Day,  McMorris-Santoro reports.

The campaign will hire activists to get out  the word on college campuses and encourage students to only apply to paid gigs.  It also plans to vilify organizations that take on unpaid interns, while  rewarding those that compensate the young workers.

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