White House mole fired for sniping Twitter account ‘also tweeted about soliciting prostitutes’ – Requested Repost from OCT 2013

 Requested Repost from OCT 2013

-‘More people should be asking why John Kerry  installed two former aides, both with ZERO foreign policy experience, into top  posts at State,’ he also wrote.

  • Jofi Joseph is  a director of non-proliferation section  of the National Security Staff at the White House
  • He admitted to  being the author of the blistering @NatSecWonk account
  • Now he is  believed to be connected to a second parody account called @DCHobbyist which  frequently posted about hiring escorts
  • Joseph is married  to a staffer in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

By  Meghan Keneally

PUBLISHED: 08:32 EST, 24  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 08:45 EST, 24 October 2013

'@natsecwonk': Under an anonymous Twitter account Jofi Joseph bashed his bosses and other Washington elites

‘@natsecwonk’: Under an anonymous Twitter account Jofi  Joseph bashed his bosses and other Washington elites

The man that was fired from his White House  job for making anonymous attacks on administration officials on Twitter may now  be investigated for possibly hiring prostitutes.

Jofi Joseph was fired on Tuesday after he was  unmasked as the man behind the @NatSecWonk account that had captivated so much  of D.C. by taking shots at politicians and hinting of his exclusive knowledge.

Now investigators Joseph, who is married, may  be connected to another anonymous account that frequently made mentions of  hiring prostitutes.

While Joseph has come forward and put out a  statement apologizing for the ‘inappropriate and mean-spirited comments’ that he  made via @NatSecWonk, he made no mention of any connection to the second  account, called @DCHobbyist.

That account has now been shut following the  swarm of attention, but Foreign Policy reports that it directed a  number of tweets at self-identified escorts.

At one point, @DCHobbyist wrote about  Toronto’s ‘tsunami of gorgeous and sensual escorts’.

Just three days later, it directed a message  to a woman who identified herself as a ‘luxury companion and escort’ and wrote  ‘I hopey ou know that I reminisce fondly about our date. Do let me know if you  ever find your way back to DC.’

A second account? Some believe Joseph may be behind this second parody account, and if so, it will be problematic for him as it frequently discusses soliciting prostitutes

A second account? Some believe Joseph may be behind this  second parody account, and if so, it will be problematic for him as it  frequently discusses soliciting prostitutes

 

If the two accounts are connected, Joseph may  face legal problems regarding his alleged use of prostitutes.

Not only is solicitation a crime, but there  are political concerns as well since Joseph’s wife is a well-respected advisor  on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Aside from the moral repercussions of  cheating, there is inevitably concern about the prospect of being blackmailed  for information or access, based either on his now-former role as a  non-proliferation director on the National Security Council or his wife Carolyn  Leddy’s role in the Senate.

After first refusing to comment to Politico’s  Glenn Thrush about the scandal when it first broke on Wednesday, saying that it  would ‘affect his ability to get a new job,’ he followed up with a formal  statement.

'Beer goggles': Joseph tweeted that Huma Abedin must have been wearing beer goggles when she married Anthony Wiener

‘Beer goggles’: Joseph tweeted that Huma Abedin must  have been wearing beer goggles when she married Anthony Wiener

 

International: He also made light of Samantha Powers' marriage to Cass Sunstein before she was appointed as the current American ambassador to the United Nations

International: He also made light of Samantha Powers’  marriage to Cass Sunstein before she was appointed as the current American  ambassador to the United Nations

 

‘It has been a privilege to serve in this  Administration and I deeply regret violating the trust and confidence placed in  me,’ he said in the statement.

He went on to explain that it ‘started out as  an intended parody account of DC culture’.

Those comments included insults hurled at  Republicans and Democrats alike.

Attacking both sides: NatSecWonk called President Obama's close advisor Valerie Jarrett a 'vacuous cipher' (left) and Republican Sarah Palin 'white trash (right) 'White trash': Joseph not only went after Sarah Palin, but took shots at her family, too

Attacking both sides: NatSecWonk called President  Obama’s close advisor Valerie Jarrett a ‘vacuous cipher’ (left) and Republican  Sarah Palin ‘white trash (right)

 

‘So when will someone do us the favor of  getting rid of Sarah Palin and the rest of her white trash family? What utter  useless garbage,’ he tweeted last October about the former Republican Vice  Presidential nominee.

Before Anthony Weiner’s first trouble with  Twitter that ended his Congressional career, and before Samantha Powers was  appointed as the American ambassador to the United Nations, he took aim at their  love choices.

‘Was Huma Abedin wearing beer goggles the  night she met Anthony Wiener? Almost as bad a pairing as Samantha Powers and  Cass Sunstein,’ @NatSecWonk tweeted in 2011.

There were serious comments about political  connections as well- rather than petty personal jabs.

‘I’m a fan of Obama, but his continuing  reliance and dependence upon a vacuous cipher like Valerie Jarrett concerns me,’  he said of the President’s longtime friend and advisor.

‘More people should be asking why John Kerry  installed two former aides, both with ZERO foreign policy experience, into top  posts at State,’ he also wrote.

 

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Is that a Traffic Light on Mars?

 

Thursday, 25 September 2014
With the now increased traffic in the Red Planet’s region – since India’s satellite reached Mars’s orbit Wednesday – a traffic light might just be what’s been missing. And it didn’t take long for one to be discovered.

NASA’s Mars rover, the Curiosity, which has been exploring the planet for over two years, fitted with 17 cameras, sent a picture of something that looks much like Earth’s traffic lights.

The mobile robot submits plenty of curious pictures from the surface of Mars, which are on public display. This time it was a space enthusiast from the UK, Joe Smith, running an ArtAlienTV YouTube channel, who spotted a striking resemblance.

“I have been following the images from NASA since the start and I flick through them on the NASA website every day. I saw this one and I thought, ‘Hang on, that looks a bit strange.’ I think it looks like a traffic light,” Smith said of a stack of several large rocks from the footage. Continue reading “Is that a Traffic Light on Mars?”

BREAKING – IS to Declare Beginning of ‘Jihad Against America’

By: Anthony Kimery, Editor-in-Chief

08/08/2014 ( 4:40pm)

The Islamic State, formally the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, has yet to publish an official response to the US’s military strikes against it in Iraq, but sources close to the IS announced on Twitter Friday that IS leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi will shortly be issuing an announcement declaring the beginning of “jihad against America.”

“Pro-IS figures, on the other hand, began rallying over social media” immediately following President Obama’s announcement Thursday night that he authorized air strikes against IS to protect US interests and minority Christians and other religious groups threatened by the savage jihadist organization, said the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), which monitors jihadist websites.

MEMRI said, “The Hashtag #Obama_announces_bombing_Islamic_State” (in Arabic) was used by pro-IS elements to respond to the announcement, and call to target American interests and people and to bring the war home.”

“Today is Mosul, tomorrow is Seattle,” wrote one individual on Twitter.

Following are some of the responses to the US’s decision to target the IS MEMRI found on Twitter.

@3kasha3 tweeted on August 8, 2014: “#Obama_announces_bombing_Islamic_State and the mujahideen respond: today Mosul and tomorrow Seattle. Say Allah Akbar oh Muslims, the bells of war have been sounded.” Continue reading “BREAKING – IS to Declare Beginning of ‘Jihad Against America’”

People Fall for NYTimes’ Fake Hacking Story of 1.2B Stolen Passwords

Friday, 08 August 2014

On August 5th, the NY Times published a story titled “Russian Hackers Amass Over a Billion Internet Passwords ” which was, in fact, a “Native Advertising” venture between this once respected newspaper and a relatively new computer company identified as Hold Security founded last year in Wisconsin by Alex Holden.

“Native Advertising”, is an online advertising method in which the advertiser attempts to gain attention by providing content in the context of the user’s experience. Native ad formats match both the form and function of the user experience in which they are placed.

The word “native” is used to refer to the formatting of the advertising materials to make them appear more consistent with other media in the recipient’s universe. In other words, paid advertisement is presented as “news”, even though it isn’t.

The New York Times began their “Native Advertising” program this past January, when Dell became the first advertiser to buy into this highly deceptive program which was a three-month campaign costing six-figures.

English: The New York Times building in New Yo...
English: The New York Times building in New York, NY across from the Port Authority. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Russian FSB was shocked US Media ran the fake story as “news”. It estimated The New York Times making “at least” US$1 million off of their “Native Advertising” article for Hold Security, based upon the Hold Security fee of US$120.00 for anyone seeking to find if their passwords were hacked by these “non-existent” Russian hackers as they are the only ones who, supposedly, know who they are. Continue reading “People Fall for NYTimes’ Fake Hacking Story of 1.2B Stolen Passwords”

NEED VALIDATION on false flag war – Set Up – with TURKEY and SYRIA

 

EEV: No way to validate the video currently. However the sex tape  ( maybe a decoy ) rumor is minor to a potential security leak of this scale. Please to not put any credence to this video, until there is valid confirmation.

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UPDATED VIDEO SECOND SOURCE:


English translation of recorded conversation between Turkish Foreign Minister, Chief of Intelligence, Deputy Chief of General Staff, and Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs about massive military aid to jihadist terrorists in Syria, black ops, and war plans to invade Syria, as well as the general disarray and goofiness in Erdogan’s Islamic dictatorship.

Erdogan and his corralled media have branded all those who distribute this video as traitors. That we are, traitors to his phenomenally profitable bribes and corruption business fueled by Gulf money that he reels in thanks to the heads he has chopped off in Syria. Continue reading “NEED VALIDATION on false flag war – Set Up – with TURKEY and SYRIA”

Turkey blocks Youtube

Thursday, 27 March 2014
English: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip E...

Access to video-sharing site YouTube has been cut off in Turkey, following a new leak of a government meeting compromising Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. Other social media outlets have already been blocked ahead of a tumultuous election. Continue reading “Turkey blocks Youtube”

Time to grab guns and kill damn Russians – Tymoshenko in leaked tape

Published time: March 24, 2014 16:06
Edited time: March 25, 2014 00:01 

Yulia Tymoshenko (Reuters/Cathal McNaughton)

Yulia Tymoshenko (Reuters/Cathal McNaughton)

Ukrainians must take up arms against Russians so that not even scorched earth will be left where Russia stands; an example of former Ukrainian PM Yulia Tymoshenko’s vitriol in phone call leaked online.

Continue reading “Time to grab guns and kill damn Russians – Tymoshenko in leaked tape”

Poland evacuates consulate in Crimea: foreign minister

March 08, 2014 03:37 PM

Warsaw residents stage a demonstration outside the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, March 6, 2014, to demand sanctions against Russian leader Vladimir Putin and his government for the military incursion in Ukraine’s Crimea region. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

WARSAW: Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski  said on Saturday Poland  had evacuated its consulate in Ukraine’s Crimea  due to disturbances by Russian forces.

Sikorski said on Twitter: “Because of continuing disturbances by Russian forces there, we have reluctantly evacuated our consulate in Crimea, Ukraine.”

The consulate is in Sevastopol, the home of both Russia’s Black Sea Fleet  and the Ukrainian navy, where Russian troops drove a truck into a missile defence post and took control of it overnight. Continue reading “Poland evacuates consulate in Crimea: foreign minister”

UN Ambassador Samantha Power’s bizarre tweet on the Islamist beheading of Daniel Pearl

WSJ Reporter Daniel Pearl Kidnapped in Pakistan. Getty.

Posted By Christopher Bedford On 11:44 AM  02/24/2014 In

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power tweeted early Monday morning that, “Daniel Pearl’s story is reminder that individual accountability & reconciliation are required to break cycles of violence.”

Pearl is the Wall Street Journal reporter who was abducted in Pakistan four months after Sept. 11, 2001. Al-Qaida leader Khalid Sheikh Mohammed slit Pearl’s throat and sawed his head off on camera, after forcing the reporter to read that “My name is Daniel Pearl. I’m a Jewish American from Encino, California, U.S.A. … My father’s Jewish, my mother’s Jewish, I’m Jewish. My family follows Judaism. We’ve made numerous family visits to Israel.” Continue reading “UN Ambassador Samantha Power’s bizarre tweet on the Islamist beheading of Daniel Pearl”

‘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

HOW TO FLY IT

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”

DNC sends email defending Obama from impeachment possibility

Posted By Patrick Howley On 7:11 PM  12/28/2013

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) sent out a paranoid email Saturday evening urging supporters to vote for Democrats so that Republicans can’t impeach President Obama.

The email, subject line “Impeachment,” was sent to Obama for America supporters, imploring them to contribute to the DNC’s 2014 efforts. “What do these people all have in common?,” the email asked, featuring quotes from Republican Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Rep. Kerry Bentivolio of Michigan, and Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas discussing the possibility of impeaching Obama for one of his numerous instances of presidential misconduct.

The DNC email discussed the “I-Word” and said that “Republicans are actually excited about the idea.” Continue reading “DNC sends email defending Obama from impeachment possibility”

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’”

Poll: Americans want the government to stop banning everything they like

Posted By Breanna Deutsch On 6:40 PM  12/14/2013 In

Americans want the government to stop acting like their mother.

According to a Reason-Rupe poll, Americans do not want government to ban trans-fats, e-cigarettes, online poker, violent video games or genetic testing kits.

Many Americans are becoming frustrated with the government’s growing involvement in what they believe should be their personal decisions. Continue reading “Poll: Americans want the government to stop banning everything they like”

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”

South African ‘interpreter’ fake-signed anti-white song, also accused of murder [VIDEO]

EEV: Would like second confirmation on the validity of the claim. As much as the claim is repugnant, the facts must be sorted. This is about the sub culture of hate, and not about ethnicity or race.
South African ‘interpreter’ fake-signed anti-white song, also accused of murder [VIDEO]
A man passing himself off as a sign language interpreter punches the air during a speech being given by India’s President Pranab Mukherjee at a memorial service for late South African President Nelson Mandela at the FNB soccer stadium in Johannesburg December 10, 2013. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

2:34 PM  12/13/2013

The man who used jibberish sign language at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service also used incoherent hand gestures to sign a notorious anti-white song sung last year by current South African President Jacob Zuma.

Thamsanqua Jantjie, 34, late said that he is schizophrenic and was hallucinating during the Mandela memorial speeches. The interpreter also admitted that he’d been prone to fits of violence in the past, an admission that was worrisome given his proximity to President Barack Obama and other world leaders.

According to NBC News, Jantjie has worked two other gigs on behalf of the African National Congress (ANC), South Africa’s majority party. He was paid $85 per diem for his work at the memorial, NBC reported.

One was an event where President Zuma led gatherers in “Kill the Boer,” an apartheid protest song that South African courts have ruled is hate speech.

Boer is an Afrikaans word for farmer and is often used to refer to whites. Thousands of South Africa’s white farmers have been murdered since the end of apartheid. Some have called this a form of genocide and claim that the song provokes racial violence.

Zuma and other ANC leaders have come under fire in the past for singing the song. The ANC largely defends the song as part of the history of its struggle against apartheid-era oppression.

But the hearing-impaired would not have understood Jantjie’s interpretation of the violent song, which contains lyrics like “We going to shoot them with the machine gun” and “You are a Boer, we are going to hit them and you are going to run.”

“He does not interpret a bit at the beginning where Zuma says ‘Come together all the winners,’” said Bencie Woll, director of the Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre at University College, London. “As an interpreter, he should be interpreting everything said by the speaker. When he does sign, there is little evidence of any facial expression, just as in the Mandela clip.”

Woll said that while she cannot say whether Jantjie was using South African sign language, “Kill the Boer” has many iconic signs.

“I can identify SHOOT, RUN, WILL etc., and these are repeated throughout the various verses. All of what he does looks very inexpressive and mechanistic,” Woll told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Jantjie, who stands as close to Zuma during the song as he did to Obama during his Mandela memorial speech, gestures sporadically during the song. He mimics what looks like someone firing a machine gun and also pumps his arms as if running, though he offers no signs for other song lyrics.

Jantjie’s fraudulent interpretations may be some of his least disturbing behavior. On Friday, eNCA.com reported that Jantjie was accused of murder in 2003. He also faced charges for kidnapping, theft, housebreaking and attempted murder. Jantjie was sentenced to three years in prison in the theft case, though there are no records to indicate whether he served the sentence, according to eNCA.

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Sign language translator at Nelson Mandela’s memorial was a FAKE: South Africa’s deaf federation confirms his movements had ‘no meaning’

  • Standing on stage during televised event at the FNB stadium
  • Some members of the deaf community took to Twitter to express outrage

By  Jill Reilly

PUBLISHED: 06:12 EST, 11 December 2013 |  UPDATED: 09:08 EST, 11 December 2013

An interpreter who was seen by millions of television viewers worldwide translating Nelson Mandela’s memorial service into sign language was a ‘fake’, according to South Africa’s deaf federation.

The unidentified man, who was broadcast standing alongside world leaders including US President Barack Obama, was making up his own signs, according to the Deaf Federation of South Africa.

With the eyes of the world watching the FNB stadium in Johannesburg, the interpreter was ‘moving his hands around but there  was no meaning in what he used his hands for,’ claimed Bruno Druchen, the  federation’s national director.

The embarrassing claim comes after yesterday’s ceremony which saw crowds in the third empty stadium boo the country’s president Jacob Zuma.

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Accusations: The sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial has been accused of being ‘a fake’ because he was not signing properly Continue reading “Sign language translator at Nelson Mandela’s memorial was a FAKE: South Africa’s deaf federation confirms his movements had ‘no meaning’”

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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House subcommittee: Obamacare’s $300 billion Medicare Advantage raid will hurt seniors next year

 

Posted By Patrick Howley On 10:38 PM  12/04/2013 In  |

Obamacare “raided” $300 billion for Medicare Advantage and seniors will begin feeling the cuts next year, according to an analysis Tuesday by the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee.

Obamacare took $700 billion from Medicare and $300 billion from Medicare Advantage alone for its own funding, according to the subcommittee. The cuts to Medicare Advantage beneficiaries will “begin to be fully realized in the next year,” according to the subcommittee.

Continue reading “House subcommittee: Obamacare’s $300 billion Medicare Advantage raid will hurt seniors next year”

2 Saudi men arrested for offering free hugs

November 24, 2013 09:24                                                                            

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Two Saudis have been detained in the country’s capital for offering free hugs to passers-by. The local police arrested them for ‘indulging in exotic practices’ and offending public order.

One of the campaigners announced on Twitter that he would offer  free hugs to the public on Tahlia Street, a popular shopping area  in Riyadh. The men advertised free hugs on a placard, Al-Hayat  newspaper reported.

Continue reading “2 Saudi men arrested for offering free hugs”

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’”

Children’s cardiovascular fitness declining worldwide

Contact: Carrie Thacker carrie.thacker@heart.org 214-706-1665 American Heart Association

The study is the first to show that kids’ cardiovascular fitness has declined around the globe since about 1975:

  • In the United States, kids’ cardiovascular endurance fell an average 6 percent per decade between 1970 and 2000.
  • Across nations, endurance has declined consistently by about 5 percent every decade.
  • Kids today are roughly 15 percent less fit from a cardiovascular standpoint than their parents were as youngsters.
  • In a mile run, kids today are about a minute and a half slower than their peers 30 years ago.

Continue reading “Children’s cardiovascular fitness declining worldwide”

Allergies and high blood pressure medications can create lethal cocktail

Contact: Christine Westendorf ChristineWestendorf@acaai.org 847-427-1200 American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology

Oral allergy syndrome and high blood pressure medications can create lethal cocktail

Some allergy suffers with hypertension may be at increased risk for severe reaction

BALTIMORE, MD. (November 8, 2013) – Oral allergy syndrome sufferers that take high blood pressure medications may experience extreme facial swelling and difficulty breathing the next time they bite into a juicy apple. When patients with oral allergy syndrome take angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors for hypertension and congestive heart failure, they are at an increased risk for a life-threatening allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis, according to new research.

The case studies, being presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), found use of ACE inhibitors can cause what is known as a “priming effect” in oral allergy syndrome sufferers.

“When a sufferer’s allergies are primed and they come in contact with a particular allergen, they experience a more severe than normal reaction,” said allergist Denisa Ferastraoaru, MD, ACAAI member and lead study author. “Symptoms can include extreme facial swelling (angioedema) and difficulty breathing, which can lead to death in some cases.”

Hay fever sufferers that experience an itchy mouth or scratchy throat after eating certain raw fruits or vegetables and some tree nuts, may have oral allergy syndrome. It is also known as pollen-food syndrome, since it is caused by cross-reacting allergens found in both pollen and raw produce.

“Sufferers can often mistake oral allergy syndrome symptoms for food allergy,” said allergist David Rosenstreich, MD, ACAAI fellow and study author. “But it isn’t a food allergy, and often patients can eat that food when it is cooked. For example, an individual may have a reaction to a raw apple but not to apples baked in a pie.”

When allergists advised patients to avoid raw produce and switched from ACE inhibitors to angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) therapy, no further oral allergy symptoms occurred.

Not everyone with a pollen allergy will experience oral allergy syndrome when eating raw produce and tree nuts. However, the syndrome is commonly associated with these allergens:

  • Birch Pollen: apple, almond, carrot, celery, cherry, hazelnut, kiwi, peach, pear, plum
  • Grass Pollen: celery, melons, oranges, peaches, tomato
  • Ragweed Pollen: banana, cucumber, melons, sunflower seeds, zucchini 

While oral allergy symptoms are typically mild, including mouth and throat discomfort, swelling and itching, it is important sufferers discuss these symptoms with their allergist because anaphylaxis can sometimes occur.

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To learn more about oral allergy syndrome, and to locate an allergist, visit AllergyAndAsthmaRelief.org.

The ACAAI Annual Meeting is being held Nov. 7-11 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore. For more news and research being presented at the meeting, follow the conversation on Twitter #ACAAI.

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Allergic to Gummy Bears? Be Cautious Getting the Flu Shot

Those with gelatin allergy can have reaction from flu vaccinations

BALTIMORE, MD. (November 8, 2013) – Do marshmallows make your tongue swell? Gummy bears make you itchy? If you’ve answered yes and are allergic to gelatin, you will want to take some precautions when getting the flu shot. While the vaccine is recommended for those six months of age and older, a case report being presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting notes that individuals with a gelatin allergy can have a mild to severe reaction from the shot.

“Gelatin is used in the flu shot, as well as other vaccines, as a stabilizer,” said Stephanie Albin, MD, an allergist and ACAAI member. “Because it is found in the vaccine, those with a known allergy to gelatin can experience allergic reactions, such as hives, sneezing and difficulty breathing.”

There is a misconception about allergies and the flu shot, with many believing those with an egg allergy should not receive the vaccination. But last month, ACAAI published an update that found even those with a severe egg allergy can receive the vaccine without special precautions.

“Gelatin reactions can cause hives, swelling, itchiness, shortness of breath and a severe life-threatening reaction known as anaphylaxis,” explained Dr. Albin. “Because of this, precautions should be taken, such as having a board-certified allergist administer the vaccine in a person with known gelatin allergy in case a reaction occurs.”

Gelatin can contain proteins derived from cow, pig or fish. Gelatin can be found in a variety of foods and pharmaceuticals, including gummy vitamins, marshmallows and candy.

“Gelatin allergy is very rare,” said allergist Richard Weber, M.D., ACAAI president. “Many food intolerances can be mistaken as allergies. Those who believe they might have an allergy should be tested and diagnosed by an allergist before taking extreme avoidance measures or skipping vaccinations. The flu shot is an important vaccine and can even be life-saving for individuals that are at an increased risk for severe side effects associated with the flu.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends receiving an annual flu shot, especially for high risk age groups as children and the elderly. The vaccination can be given either as a shot or a nasal spray, both of which can contain gelatin.

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Obama’s new climate council to regulate economy ( Executive Order Nov 1st. )

 

 

Posted By Neil Munro On 12:20 PM  11/01/2013

President Barack Obama has given the nation a new “Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience” that expands government bureaucrats’ role in how Americans use their lands, energy, waters and property.

Obama announced the executive order Friday, the day after Halloween.

The order is titled “Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change.”

The new order was issued even though recent scientific data have contradicted claims that use of carbon energy — such as gasoline — will drive up the world’s temperature and induce damaging climate change. Average temperatures have leveled for more than a decade, despite the sharply rising use of carbon energy in China and other countries.

U.S. use of carbon energy has stabilized with increasing market-driven efficiency and tightening regulations.

The council is officially intended “to prepare the Nation for the impacts of climate change by undertaking actions to enhance climate preparedness and resilience.”

The order bypasses Congress, and is directly implemented by Obama’s deputies and appointees in the federal bureaucracies.

It allows agencies to use the promise of environmental disaster to force changes on Americans’ use of energy and land, and to increase taxpayer spending on expanding the fledgling renewable energy sector.

The new council will be co-chaired by the the chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality, the scientist who runs the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and by the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism.

It will include top-level representatives from numerous subservient agencies, including the Pentagon, Treasury, Justice, Interior, Agriculture and Commerce. The council can conscript any government agency to provide data on responding to global warming.

The executive justifies the increased role for progressive-style government by describing a threatened litany of environmental disasters

“The impacts of climate change — including an increase in prolonged periods of excessively high temperatures, more heavy downpours, an increase in wildfires, more severe droughts, permafrost thawing, ocean acidification, and sea-level rise — are already affecting communities, natural resources, ecosystems, economies, and public health across the Nation,” the order claims.

“Managing these risks requires deliberate preparation, close cooperation, and coordinated planning by the Federal Government, as well as by stakeholders, to facilitate Federal, State, local, tribal, private-sector, and nonprofit-sector efforts to improve climate preparedness and resilience,” the order insists.

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Obesity expands amid federal anti-obesity campaign

 

Posted By Neil Munro On 4:40 PM 11/01/2013

The national obesity rate has expanded since 2012, even as federal regulators and first lady Michelle Obama exhort the nation to slim down, eat less and exercise.

The adult obesity rate climbed from 26.1 percent in January 2011, up to 27.2 percent in late 2012, according to Gallup’s survey, released on Friday – a 4.2 percent rise in 24 months.

The jump is a surprise, partly because the obesity rate had drifted down from 26.5 percent in January 2009, to 26.1 percent in January 2011, during the recession.

For more than a decade, federal health agencies have tried to reverse the growing obesity rate. In 2000, for example, the agencies announced their goal of reducing obesity to 15 percent by 2010.

The federal takeover of the nation’s health sector via the Obamacare law is also being used by experts to tighten the nation’s girth. Health companies must include anti-fatness measures in the benefit plans they offer to the nation. The value of the mandates is unclear, but they will likely fatten revenues of professionals in the anti-fat business.

Gallup’s survey showed that the obesity rate is lower among populations that are wealthy, white, older and live on the West coast. Rates are higher among populations that are middle-aged, black, latino, poorer and who live in the south.

“The U.S. obesity rate thus far in 2013 is trending upward and will likely surpass all annual obesity levels since 2008,” the Gallup report said.

Gallup also suggested that employers regulate their employees’ weight.

“Employers can also take an active role to help lower obesity rates… The annual cost for lost productivity due to workers being above normal weight or having a history of chronic conditions ranges from $160 million among agricultural workers to $24.2 billion among professionals,” Gallup claimed.

MIchelle Obama has also tried to draft companies in her waistline-reducing agenda.

Kids’ waistlines matter because the costs of treating adults’ obesity “matter for every business in America,” she wrote in February 2013.

“We spend $190 billion a year treating obesity-related health conditions like diabetes and heart disease, and a significant portion of those costs are borne by America’s businesses,” she wrote.

“We need every business in America to dig deeper, get more creative, and find new ways to generate revenue by giving American families better information and healthier choices. We know this can be done in a way that’s good for our kids and good for businesses,” she wrote.

In August, the first lady tried to claim that her “Let’s Move” campaign deserved credit for a drop in the number of obese children.

“Obesity among low-income preschoolers declined, from 2008 through 2011, in 19 of 43 states and territories studied, said a study released in August by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Today’s announcement reaffirms my belief that together, we are making a real difference in helping kids across the country get a healthier start to life,” said an August statement from the first lady.

The results were “evidence of progress,” according to her website, LetsMove.gov.

“Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams,” according to the site.

The government-centered program does allow a role for parents.

“Everyone has a role to play in reducing childhood obesity, including parents, elected officials from all levels of government, schools, health care professionals, faith-based and community-based organizations, and private sector companies,” the site declares.

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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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NSA Denies Website Outage Is The Result Of A Cyberattack ( Still down as of 7:30pm PST)

Brian  Jones and Paul  Szoldra                  Oct. 25, 2013,  6:10 PM

Despite speculation that mystery hacker-group “Anonymous” is behind  it, the NSA has denied their official website being down is the result of a  cyberattack.

 

The National Security Agency’s website, nsa.gov, has been down the better  part of the afternoon, and people  have been speculating it’s “Anonymous.”

Gizmodo  reports that the site is suffering from a distributed denial of service  (DDoS), when hackers overtake computers and direct them to overload a web  server.

The site went down shortly  after 3 p.m., and at the time of this post still was not back up.

Brian Fung, the tech  reporter for the Washington Post, tweeted  that he spoke with an NSA spokesperson, who said that they were looking into  the outage, but refused to say if it was the result of a cyber  attack.

Later, the NSA flatly  denied the outage was the result of an attack. In  a statement to Circa, an NSA spokesperson said, “NSA.gov was  not accessible for several hours tonight because of an internal error that  occurred during a scheduled update. The issue will be resolved this evening.  Claims that the outage was caused by a distributed denial of service attack are  not true.”

As Gizmodo  points out, it’s not wholly clear that Anonymous is behind the attack, or  that the NSA’s website was attacked at all. And the fact that it took at least  an hour for people to start linking the outage to anonymous is a little  suspicious.

Anonymous tacitly acknowledged some level of involvement on  Twitter.

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White House official fired over anonymous tweets ( Claimed Hillary was Whitewashing Benghazi )

Source: Reuters – Wed, 23 Oct 2013 03:50 AM

Author: Reuters

(Fixes Twitter links)

By Roberta Rampton and Steve Holland

WASHINGTON, Oct 22 (Reuters) – A senior White House official who was helping negotiate nuclear issues with Iran has been fired after being unmasked as the acidic voice behind a Twitter account known for its insults of public figures at the White House and on Capitol Hill, a government official said on Tuesday.

Jofi Joseph was director of nuclear non-proliferation on the White House National Security Council staff, but for more than two years sent hundreds of anonymous and abrasive tweets using the handle @NatSecWonk.

He was fired last week after he was caught, the official said.

A White House official confirmed Joseph no longer worked there, but would not comment on personnel matters. The firing was first reported by the website Daily Beast.

In his Twitter biography, now removed from the social networking site, Joseph described himself as a “keen observer of the foreign policy and national security scene” who “unapologetically says what everyone else only thinks.”

As the widely followed @NatSecWonk, Joseph speculated anonymously about the political motives and career moves of administration officials he worked with. They included Ben Rhodes, President Barack Obama’s spokesman on national security issues.

This month, Joseph tweeted that Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state, “had few policy goals and no wins” in the Middle East. He agreed with Republican Representative Darrell Issa, who has relentlessly pursued Clinton for administration actions after last year’s attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya.

“Look, Issa is an ass, but he’s on to something here with the @HillaryClinton whitewash of accountability for Benghazi,” he tweeted.

He also sniped at U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power’s use of Twitter. “Can someone again brief @AmbassadorPower that Bashar Assad likely doesn’t follow her Twitter feed?” he recently wrote.

Joseph did not respond to phone and email requests for comment, but he told the website Politico he regretted his tweets.

“What started out as an intended parody account of DC culture developed over time into a series of inappropriate and mean-spirited comments. I bear complete responsibility for this affair and I sincerely apologize to everyone I insulted,” Joseph said in an email to Politico.

He also targeted journalists, including Daily Beast reporter Josh Rogin who broke the story of his firing. “Just a hunch, but I have the sense lots of people would like to punch @joshrogin in the face,” he said earlier this month.   (Reporting by Roberta Rampton and Steve Holland; editing by Christopher Wilson)

 

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Chessmaster Garry Kasparov suggests Putin behind Russia bombing

4:06 PM  10/22/2013
Brendan Bordelon

 

Russian chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov — no stranger to strategic deception  — thinks there’s something fishy about Monday’s suicide bus bombing in  Volgograd, Russia.

“Very suspicious details from the Volgograd bus bombing,” Kasparov tweeted Tuesday afternoon, speculating that the attack may  have been planned by Russian security services at the direction of President  Vladimir Putin.

The New York Times reports that six people were killed after  Naida Asiyalova, an alleged recent convert to Islam, detonated a suicide belt in  the back of a bus packed with early-morning commuters.

Russian officials, who identified Asiyalova through a passport found at the  scene of the bombing, said she was the wife of an explosives expert for an  Islamist rebel group based in Dagestan, the same region visited by one of the  Boston bombers in 2012.

But Kasparov sees some gaping holes in the Russian media’s story, starting  with the first passport discovered by authorities. “Recovered intact  (!) passport of bomber, its photo with hijab (surely not allowed),” he tweeted,  referring to a traditional Islamic head covering worn by Asiyalova in the  photo.

“If the bomber was a ‘recent convert’ to Islam,” he added, “why would  she be wearing a hijab in 2008 passport? So, a fake passport? Extremely  odd.”

Despite being broadcast on Russian state television, that passport was in  fact fake. The real passport, released by authorities on  Tuesday, shows an uncovered Asiyalova and appears damaged by the explosion.

“Now they release the real (?) passport from the blast,” Kasparov tweeted.  “No hijab in photo, badly damaged. So why did security release that fake so  quickly?”

The bogus passport was first reported on Russia’s Life News, a media  outlet that some believe has a direct line to Russia’s security services.  “Lifenews is where opposition leaders can go to hear our voicemail before we  have a chance to get it off our own phones…” Kasparov claimed.

Attempting to head off accusations of “paranoia,” Kasparov pointed to the  1999 Moscow apartment bombings, which many now believe was perpetrated by the Russian government to pave  the way for an attack on Chechnya and grant more powers to the Russian  state.

Some evidence ties Russia’s Federal Security Service — then headed by Putin —  to the explosives that killed 300 people, and a wall of silence on the attacks  is enforced by the untimely deaths of government officials with knowledge of the  bombing.

“The officials who had information about those 99 bombings & talked or  threatened to talk had a strange habit of being murdered,” Kasparov wrote,  adding that the bombings were “one of the ways Putin’s regime was founded on  Russian blood.”

A former World Chess Champion considered by many to be the greatest chess  player alive, Kasparov retired in 2005 to play a different kind of game:  politics. He founded the United Civil Front to defend electoral democracy in  Russia, and participated in anti-Putin protests until fear of arrest led him to  leave Russia for good last summer.

Regarding Putin’s motives for the possible “false flag” bus bombing, Kasparov  could only speculate. ”So close to Sochi, where the 2014 Olympic  preparations are a total shambles,” he tweeted. “Is Putin looking for a way to  delay or cancel the Games?”

The 2014 Winter Olympic Games, set to kick off Feb. 7 in the Black Sea town  of Sochi, have been marred by a series of costly delays and allegations of massive government  corruption.

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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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Saudi blogger detained for filming woman drive

Detained Saudi blogger sees momentum for women drivers

 

        Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY     12:26 p.m. EDT October 14, 2013

Saudi women plan a rolling protest through Riyadh and other cities Oct. 26 in defiance of a ban on women driving.

 

A Saudi female blogger who was detained last week for filming women driving through Riyadh says she believes a campaign to to let women drive— which will culminate in a rolling protest Oct. 26 — is gaining momentum in various levels of society.

Eman Al-Nafjan, who writes the blog Saudiwoman, was stopped by police while tweeting as she filmed a female friend behind the wheel.

She tells CNN that her concern over being stopped was eased when she saw that “police were smiling and easygoing, and their attitude was very positive. The police were really nice to us.”

Al-Nafjan says she was required to sign two documents, one saying that would no longer get into a car with a woman driving, and another that she would no longer film women driving.

When asked if she would adhere to the agreements, Al-Nafjan tells CNN that “it doesn’t matter whether or not I go out. This isn’t about me. This is a people’s movement. This is not about me. This is about many women.”

Women technically are not banned by Saudi law from driving, they are only prevented from getting Saudi driver’s licenses or using foreign licenses. Because of the ban, Saudi women must rely on male spouse, relatives or chauffeurs to provide transportation.

Last week in London, Hillary Rodham Clinton expressed support for Saudi women in their campaign, the Associated Press reports.

“I’m all for it,” Clinton said. “It is an issue that is symbolic.” She added that the ban is “hard to even rationalize” in today’s world.

Al-Nafjan tells The New York Times blog The Lede that even the officers who stopped them expressed their support for female drivers. She adds that the officers had only stopped them because of her live Twitter reporting on the protest drive.

On Monday, in a new twist, she posted on her Twitter account @Saudiwoman a video of a Saudi man teaching his mother to drive in Al-Qassim province.

The Oct. 26 driving protest through Riyadh and other Saudi cities is being promoted on the website Oct26driving.com. The petition, called “I support women drivers on 26 October 2013,” says:

Since there is no justification for the Saudi government to prohibit adult women citizens who are capable of driving cars from doing so, we urge the state to provide appropriate means for women seeking the issuance of permits and licenses to apply and obtain them.

There have been two major challenges to the driving ban in past three decades. In 1990, police cracked down on 47 female drivers, firing many of the protesters from government jobs and barring them from traveling outside the country. In 2011 a Saudi woman was sentenced to 10 lashes for driving, the Saudi blog Riyadh Bureau notes.

A larger protest by more than 50 women that same year, at the height of the Arab Spring, was largely ignored by police.

There are also indications that the once solid wall of opposition by the Saudi government and among ordinary Saudis is beginning to crumble, however slowly.

Sheikh Abdulatif al-Sheikh, the head of the morality police, recently told Reuters that there was no text in the documents making up sharia law that bars women from driving.

Last week, three female members of Saudi Arabia’s Shoura Council introduced a recommendation to the body to lift the ban on women driving.

One YouTube video of  woman driving through Riyadh recently featured male drivers pulling alongside and showing a “thumbs up” sign.

 

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Boy, 15, kills himself after ‘facing expulsion and being put on sex offender registry’ for STREAKING at high school football game

  • Christian Adamek hanged himself on  October 2 and died from his injuries two days later – a week after he streaked  at his high school football game
  • He was arrested and school district  recommended he face a court hearing
  • If convicted of indecent exposure, he’d  have gone on sex offenders list

By  Lydia Warren

PUBLISHED: 10:40 EST, 10  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 10:50 EST, 10 October 2013

A popular 15-year-old student  has committed suicide after he reportedly faced expulsion and being placed on  the sex offenders’ register simply for streaking at a high school football  game.

Christian Adamek, from Huntsville, Alabama,  hanged himself on October 2, a week after he was arrested for running naked  across the Sparkman High football field during a game.

The teenager died two days later from his  injuries and on Wednesday, friends and family gathered at a memorial service as  they struggled to comprehend the beloved student’s death.

A video of Adamek streaking during a game  against a rival team was posted on YouTube hours after the event and students  took to Twitter to call him a ‘legend’.

Loss: Christian Adamek, 15, hanged himself last week after he faced possible expulsion and criminal charges for streaking across his high school's football field during a game the week earlierLoss: Christian Adamek, 15, hanged himself last week  after he faced possible expulsion and criminal charges for streaking across his  high school’s football field during a game the week earlier

‘Sparkman’s new slogan is gonna be “Welcome  to Sparkman High School, Home of Christian Adamek”,’ one student  wrote.

But school staff did not treat the situation  so lightly.

Sparkman High Principal Michael Campbell told  WHNT a day  before the suicide attempt that the teen could face major repercussions because  of his actions.

‘There’s the legal complications,’  Campbell  said. ‘Public lewdness and court consequences  outside of school with the legal  system, as well as the school  consequences that the school system has set  up.’

Incident: Adamek, seen right, was filmed streaking across the school football field on September 27Incident: Adamek, seen right, was filmed streaking  across the school football field on September 27

In Alabama, indecent exposure is linked to  the state’s sex offender laws, meaning that he could have found himself on the  sex offenders register due to the streaking.

Campbell added that that the incident was not  just a prank and needed to be treated seriously.

Sparkman High administrators even recommended  that Adamek face a hearing in the Madison County court system to  determine if  formal charges would be filed, WHNT reported.

Adamek had also been disciplined by the  school district but the details had not been made public.

The day before the suicide attempt, the  principal had confirmed that Adamek was not at school and the teenager’s sister  suggested on Twitter that Adamek faced expulsion, AL.com reported.

Popular: After the streaking, fellow students called Adamek, pictured, a 'legend' but the school district took it far more seriously, recommending that he had a court hearing and disciplining himPopular: After the streaking, fellow students called  Adamek, pictured, a ‘legend’ but the school district took it far more seriously,  recommending that he had a court hearing and disciplining him

Missed: He is pictured with his mother, Angela, in his younger years. He also leaves behind a brother and sisterMissed: He is pictured with his mother, Angela, in his  younger years. He also leaves behind a brother and sister

Campbell declined to comment on Adamek’s  death but the Madison County school district issued a statement saying it had  ‘received word that a Sparkman High School student has passed away’.

‘Our prayers and thoughts are with the family  during this time of bereavement,’ the statement read.

The messages on Twitter have now turned from  congratulatory to somber.

‘Praying for the Adamek family. Christian was  so funny and nice. He will be missed by so many,’ one girl wrote.

The family – Adamek leaves behind his mother,  Angela, and a sister and a brother – shared photos and memories online of the  fun-loving teen, who was pictured posing and grinning at the camera.

At Wednesday’s memorial service, his Boy  Scout Troop master, David Silvernail, said Adamek was a popular teenager who  always had a smile on his face.

Questions: The principal of Sparkman High School in Harvest, Alabama has not commented on the suicideQuestions: The principal of Sparkman High School in  Harvest, Alabama has not commented on the suicide

‘There are two kinds of people in the world;  ones that brighten the room when they walk in and those that don’t,’ he  said.

‘He was one that brightened the room when he  walked in. That’s what I’ll always remember about Christian.’

His mother, Angela, thanked her son’s friends  and said they could learn from his life, AL.com reported.

‘Remember to smile, don’t be afraid to do  something goofy and remember the consequences of those actions, ask for help  when you need it, ask for help if you think your friends need it if you don’t  know what to do, be quirky, be happy, be smart,’ she said.

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White House, IRS exchanged confidential taxpayer info

Posted By Patrick Howley On 1:17 PM  10/09/2013 In Politics

Top Internal Revenue Service Obamacare official Sarah Hall Ingram discussed confidential taxpayer information with senior Obama White House officials, according to 2012 emails obtained by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and provided to The Daily Caller.

Lois Lerner, then head of the IRS Tax Exempt Organizations division, also received an email alongside White House officials that contained confidential information.

Ingram attempted to counsel the White House on a lawsuit from religious organizations opposing Obamacare’s contraception mandate. Email exchanges involving Ingram and White House officials — including White House health policy advisor Ellen Montz and deputy assistant to the president for health policy Jeanne Lambrew — contained confidential taxpayer information, according to Oversight.

The emails provided to Oversight investigators by the IRS had numerous redactions with the signifier “6103.”

Section 6103 of the Internal Revenue Code forbids a federal employee from “disclos[ing] any return or return information obtained by him in any manner in connection with his service as such an officer or an employee.”

Federal employees who illegally disclose confidential taxpayer information could face five years in prison.

“Thanks, David. Thanks for the information on [6103],” White House official Lambrew wrote to IRS official David Fish in a July 20, 2012 exchange. “I am still hoping to understand whether the 50 percent rule is moot if the organization does not offer goods and services for sale to the general public. Do we assume that organizations like [6103] do offer goods and services for sale?”

Another email from Montz to Ingram and others refers to the “[6103] memo” and the “[6103] letter” while discussing organizations that are not required to file 990′s.

Ingram appeared before Rep. Darrell Issa’s House Oversight Committee Wednesday and claimed she could not recall a document that contained confidential taxpayer information.

“Well one of the areas of interest is there’s a significant redaction that quotes the statute 6103. Do you know who is underneath that blackout?” Issa asked Ingram.

“I don’t recall the document so I can’t help you with what’s underneath that redaction,” Ingram said.

“Her response has not put concerns to rest,” Oversight staffer Frederick Hill said. ”This caught people’s eye.”

Issa has requested unredacted copies of the emails, citing a prohibition from misusing Section 6103 “for the purpose of concealing information from a congressional inquiry.”

Ingram headed the scandal-ridden IRS office responsible for overseeing tax-exempt nonprofit groups before leaving to head the agency’s office in charge of Obamacare implementation.

An IRS voice mail message declined to comment on any media inquiries during the government shutdown, citing law.

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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.

 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/twitter-pays-just-5000-to-tackle-images-of-child-abuse-online–and-is-unhappy-about-being-asked-to-contribute-more-8862361.html

Seven stupid things the gov’t spent money on during the shutdown

Posted By Michael Bastasch On 9:23 PM  10/02/2013 In Daily Caller News Foundation

The government is shut down and thousands of government workers have been sent home. But will it save any money?

The shutdown in during the Clinton Presidency cost taxpayers about $1.5 billion in 22 days. According to IHS Global Insight, the shutdown could cost the U.S. economy $1.6 billion per week — and NBC News reported that the shutdown would cost $12.5 million per hour.

Here are seven things that the government, in all its wisdom, has opted to do during the current shutdown.

1. Federal agencies created new websites to tell visitors that they don’t have enough funding to run their old websites.

Federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Park Service, have created new splash pages to tell visitors that they don’t have enough money or manpower to maintain their normal websites. The Internal Revenue Service website will be active, but won’t be updated — at least they’re not auditing you.

According to USA Today, even Capitol Hill’s Twitter feed will be impacted. The newspaper reports that, “Twitter followers received a message from the architect of the U.S. Capitol proclaiming certain accounts will be inactive. A message posted on first lady Michelle Obama’s Twitter account said tweets would be limited ‘due to Congress’s failure to pass legislation to fund the government.’”

2. The feds shut down the parking lot of Mt. Vernon, but not the park itself.

In another brilliant move, the National Park Service closed off the parking lot to Mt. Vernon, the home of the country’s first president George Washington. Since Mt. Vernon is privately owned, the NPS can’t shut down the park, so they instead opted to shut down the parking lot at the popular tourist attraction.

The news came from one brave man on Twitter who has been tweeting to the world all day about how the parking lot (well, at least one parking lot at the time this report was being written) was closed, despite Mt. Vernon officials saying it was open.

1 parking lot directly out front of Mount Vernon remains closed in spite of dispute with Park Service pic.twitter.com/8SoKfTllvj— Stephen Gutowski (@collegepolitico) October 2, 2013

3. A D.C-area canal is closed and had all the pumps taken off of it.

The National Park Service has actually had someone remove the handles off all the well pumps along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal that runs 184 miles from Washington, D.C. to Cumberland, Maryland, according to sources. The NPS has also stationed officers in the park to make sure bikers don’t ride down closed bike paths and that no one can come near the scenic waterway.

Mike Nardolilli, president of the C&O Canal Trust, said in an email: “As you may be aware, our Federal Government has shut down for an indeterminate amount of time. What you may not have realized, however, is that the closure of the Federal Government means the closure of the C&O Canal National Historical Park and all other National Parks.”

However, rebellious bikers seem to be taking matters into their own hands and are using the closed trails due to lax enforcement.

4. Angry moms launch full-scale assault to reopen D.C. turtle park.

According to sources, angry moms near the Eastern Market are of Washington, D.C. have been diligently tearing down barriers erected by the National Park Service around Marion Park, or the turtle park as it is commonly referred to because of the fake turtles that children like to play on.

Sources said that the park was blocked off by park officials, but the source suspected that neighborhood moms have been taking down barriers to the park so their children could play there. In response, park officials keep erecting new ones, which the moms promptly tear down.

The park is extremely small and sort of seems pointless to block off.

5. Not closing parks near Democratic senators’ houses.

Sources tell TheDCNF that Lincoln Park in D.C., which maintained by the NPS, was not closed down, nor were any signs put up that indicated it was closed due to the government shutdown. According to the same source, it’s close to the homes of “quite a few” Democratic senators, and the source has previously seen Montana Democratic Sen. Max Baucus walking in the park.

While Lincoln Park remains seemingly open for Baucus and other senators to go for a walk, national parks all across Montana have been closed down and thousands of tourists have been turned away.

The NPS did not respond to TheDCNF’s request for comment, probably because no one is working in their press office.

6. Posting park rangers at the WWII memorial to prevent rogue veterans from getting in.

Bus-loads of WWII veterans were forced to storm their own monument after it was blocked off by the National Park Service. A group of lawmakers led by Mississippi Republican Rep. Steven Palazzo pushed aside the park rangers’ barriers and allowed veterans to get into the memorial.

“Some idiot in government sent goons out there to set up barricades so they couldn’t see the monument. People had to spend hours setting up barricades where there are never barricades to prevent people from seeing the World War II monument because they’re trying to play a charade,” Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul said on Fox News’s “Hannity.”

7. The DoD is postponing the Navy-Air Force football game.

USA Today reports that the Department of Defense is postponing this weekend’s Navy vs. Air Force football game due to the government shutdown. The military has also suspended all other armed services athletic events until the shutdown is resolved.

Update: The Navy-Air Force game is no longer postponed after the academies agreed to use non-federal funds to put on the games.

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Foreign diplomats gathered for UN General Assembly ‘pack Manhattan strip club’

By  Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 10:56 EST, 29  September 2013 |  UPDATED: 11:02 EST, 29 September 2013

After a long day of international  peace-keeping, it’s important to let off some steam.

According to a report in the New York Post,  diplomats in town for the 68th United Nations General Assembly are doing that at  FlashDancers strip club in midtown – turning in their currency for American  dollar bills to spend on lap dances.

‘The place has been so packed with diplomats,  they’ve had to turn away people at the door,’ the source said.

Diplomats will be diplomats: A source told the New York Post that midtown strip club FlashDancers has been seeing a lot of business with the UN General Assembly meeting  

Diplomats will be diplomats: A source told the New York  Post that midtown strip club FlashDancers has been seeing a lot of business with  the UN General Assembly meeting

 

The source wouldn’t name which diplomats were  hitting up the club, or which countries they came from.

‘None of the diplomats have been super wild,  they’re all enjoying themselves but remaining very low-key,’ the source said.

FlashDancers is located between West 52 and  53 streets on Broadway.

It was also the location of a recent NYPD  prostitution sting in August.

International relations: The source wouldn't tell the Post which diplomats were patronizing the joint, or which countries they came from. Above, a view of the United Nations headquarters from the East River 

International relations: The source wouldn’t tell the  Post which diplomats were patronizing the joint, or which countries they came  from. Above, a view of the United Nations headquarters from the East  River

 

Coming together: Diplomats from all over the world are in town for the 68th UN General Assembly meeting  

Coming together: Diplomats from all over the world are  in town for the 68th UN General Assembly meeting

 

Ten men were arrested outside the club after  offering to pay an undercover cop posed as a hooker between $50 to $600 for sex.

36-year-old Abhishek Bajpal offered to pay  $100 dollars for sex, but wanted to know if there was a ‘time limit’ according  to the criminal complaint.

Two of the other men arrested were cruise  ship workers who claimed they were just looking for nightclub  recommendations.

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Barack Obama is political king of the fake Twitter followers, with more than 19.5 MILLION online fans who don’t really exist

By  David Martosko, U.s. Political Editor

PUBLISHED: 15:58 EST, 24  September 2013 |  UPDATED: 20:57 EST, 24 September 2013

Fakest of the fake? Barack Obama's Twitter following includes 19.5 million people who don't exist, and the first lady has 1.9 million nonexistent fans of her ownFakest of the fake? Barack Obama’s Twitter following  includes 19.5 million people who don’t exist, and the first lady has 1.9 million  nonexistent fans of her own

Among influential U.S. political tweeters,  President Barack Obama is the undisputed king of the fake followers. A  MailOnline analysis ranks his sizable Twitter following as the most deceptive  total among the 21 most influential accounts run by American politicians: More  than 19.5 million of his 36.9 million Twitter followers are accounts that don’t  correspond to real people.

The four phoniest accounts in the sample,  which included Democratic and Republican Party leaders in Washington, D.C., were  those belonging to President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, first lady  Michelle Obama and the White House communications shop.

Of the president’s 36.9 million Twitter  followers, an astonishing 53 per cent – or 19.5 million – are fake accounts,  according to a search engine at the Internet research vendor StatusPeople.com. Just 20 per cent of  Obama’s Twitter buddies are real people who are active users.

Overall, the five most influential accounts  linked to the Obama administration – the  first lady has two – account for 23.4  million fake followers.

Biden’s nonexistent fans make up 46 per cent  of his Twitter total, with 20 per cent being ‘real’ followers. The White House’s  followers are 37 per cent fake and 25 per cent active; the first lady’s primary  account is 36 per cent fake and 29 per cent active.

The Daily Caller reported on Tuesday that  Michelle Obama’s Twitter followers included nearly 2 million nonexistent people,  a number that lines up with MailOnline’s findings.

Fake Twitter followers seem to be chasing U.S. politicians on both sides of the aisle, but Barack Obama is the undisputed champFake Twitter followers seem to be chasing U.S.  politicians on both sides of the aisle, but Barack Obama is the undisputed  champ

A matched ticket: Vice President Biden's fake-follower ranking was 46 per cent, with just one-fifth of his supposed Twitter audience consisting of human beings who are actually listeningA matched ticket: Vice President Biden’s fake-follower  ranking was 46 per cent, with just one-fifth of his supposed Twitter audience  consisting of human beings who are actually listening

Michelle Obama's complaints about Americans' diet and exercise are falling on deaf ears, at least among the 71 per cent of her Twitter followers who aren't tuning inMichelle Obama’s complaints about Americans’ diet and  exercise are falling on deaf ears, at least among the 71 per cent of her Twitter  followers who aren’t tuning in

The difference between fake followers and  ‘real’ ones is comprised of ‘inactive’ accounts, which may relate to real people  but no longer send tweets with any regularity.

There are several reasons why  so many  followers of a given Twitter account might be considered ‘fake.’ In some cases,  direct marketers and other spammers follow influential accounts  en masse,  hoping to be followed in return.

Twitter’s own CEO, Dick Costolo, has a  personal feed followed by 1.1 million people, but 31 per cent of them are  fake.

There is also the possibility that prominent  politicians are buying blocks of Twitter followers. Such an accusation was  leveled at Republican  presidential candidate Mitt Romney in  2012.

The digital security company Baccardua Labs told The Guardian that Romney’s surge of new followers at the time were ‘not from a general  Twitter  population but most likely from a paid Twitter follower  service.’

‘Romney’s newest  followers could have been  paid for by himself, his associates or by his  opponents. So far, there is not a  feasible way to confirm who is  responsible,’ said the report’s author, Jason  Ding.

No such report about Obama’s social media  accounts was published.

MailOnline looked at 21 accounts, and the numbers show that just about everyone in Washington is at least 11 per cent phony -- at least on TwitterMailOnline looked at 21 accounts, and the numbers show  that just about everyone in Washington is at least 11 per cent phony — at least  on Twitter

Up, up, up! Vice President Joe Biden is second only to his boss in the fake follower departmentUp, up, up! Vice President Joe Biden is second only to  his boss in the fake follower department

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich has made a name for himself among conservatives with nearly 1.5 million Twitter followers, but more than 400,000 of those don't appear to be realFormer U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich has made a name  for himself among conservatives with nearly 1.5 million Twitter followers, but  more than 400,000 of those don’t appear to be real

When the White House tweets ... only one-quarter of its followers are receiving the message. About 37 per cent of them aren't real, and another 38 per cent aren't active on TwitterWhen the White House tweets … only one-quarter of its  followers are receiving the message. About 37 per cent of them aren’t real, and  another 38 per cent aren’t active on Twitter

One British company called Buy More Followers  advertises online that it offers ‘a wide  range of packages,’ providing as many  as 100,000 artificial but ‘real  looking’ Twitter followers for a relatively  modest £189.99. The company  also offers a 30-day money-back  guarantee.

Did he? One report determined that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's social media staff purchased a raft of Twitter followers to boost his online credibilityDid he? One report determined that Republican  presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s social media staff purchased a raft of  Twitter followers to boost his online credibility

The most genuine follower totals in  MailOnline’s sample were those of the four congressional ‘whips’ – the  second-in-command members in each party who enforce discipline and count heads  before votes are called.

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, an Illinois  Democrat, boasts a Twitter account with only 11 per cent ‘fake’ followers, a  number matched by Minority Whip John Cornyn, a Texas Republican.

‘Twitter is a great medium for Sen. Cornyn to  stay in direct contact with Texans,’ press secretary Megan Mitchell  said.

GOP House Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy  of California was second-best among Republicans, with 12 per cent of his  followers lacking pulses and names. Democratic House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer  of Maryland came next with 13 per cent.

‘Twitter and other social media platforms are  an effective method for online conversations about important issues in  Congress,’ said Hoyer spokesperson Amanda Ott, noting that her boss ‘continues  to emphasize engaging with his constituents and the broader American public  through social media.’

Near the other end of the scale, however,  four of the most prominent House and Senate leaders – from both major parties – gave the  Obama administration a run for its money.

U.S. Senator John CornynSen. Dick Durbin

Playing it straight: GOP Sen. John Cornyn (L) and  Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin (R) had the best records, with just 11 per cent of  their Twitter followers regarded as phony

Grass roots? About 29 per cent of Sen. Marco Rubio's 431,000 Twitter followers don't appear to be living, breathing peopleGrass roots? About 29 per cent of Sen. Marco Rubio’s  431,000 Twitter followers don’t appear to be living, breathing people

House Speaker John Boehner had the worst  record among members of Congress whose Twitter accounts MailOnline sampled.  One-third of his speaker account’s followers – 33 per cent – are fake, which is  a greater proportion than the 30 per cent who exist and are active tweeters.  Boehner also has a second account with a 24 per cent ‘fake’  rating.

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, Democratic House  Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid  followed with 29, 29 and 28 percent fake followers, respectively.

The White House offered no reply to messages  seeking comment

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Saudi Arabian women activists to get back behind the wheel / They will defy ban on driving October 26

23 September, 17:40

 

(ANSAmed) – DUBAI – Saudi women will once again be getting behind the wheel in the ultra-conservative, oil-rich kingdom in a month, in an act of defiance against the law that bans them from driving. The initiative started with the online petition ”Oct 26th, driving for women”, which has collected almost 6,000 signatures – though it is likely that only a fraction of these women will actually get behind the steering wheel of their family’s car.

Many Saudi women hold a driving license issued by other countries and regularly drive abroad, while others ”are enthusiastic about learning to drive, or to teach other” women how to drive, Gulf News was told by Nasima Al Sada, an activist working for women’s rights and a promoter of the petition. ”There is not a single text in the Sharia Islamic law that prevents us (from driving). Any pretexts used to do that are based on inherited customs,” she said, after the same concept was reiterated a few days ago by the head of the Saudi morality police, Sheikh Abdulatif Al al-Sheikh, to the London-based pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat. Religious and academic authorities have previously said they backed women’s right to drive, as the ban has no basis in Muslim holy texts or its jurisprudence. These conclusions, however, have not yet been translated into legal reform. Saudi activists have experience with similar initiatives. In 1990, 47 women were arrested and severely punished for violating the ban on driving, and in 2011 social networks aided the success of the “Women2drivecampaign”, a campaign similar to the one planned for October 26, when a number of women were arrested and at least one sentenced to lashes for disobedience.

The carrying out of the sentence was, however, blocked by King Abdallah and announced via Twitter by one of the royal princesses: a sign that a new mentality is very slowly coming into being. The right to drive has become the symbol of a struggle for full recognition of women’s rights in Saudi Arabia, where they are subject to severe restrictions on personal freedoms. they are not allowed to vote, cannot travel without the permission and ”guardianship” of a male family member and are banned from many professions as well as outdoor and competitive sports.

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Three of alleged attackers at Nairobi mall are US citizens

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Three of suspected attackers at Nairobi massacre are from US, reports CNN citing sources within terror group Al-Shabaab.

0There are 10 to 15 gunmen involved, official reports say.

0Sources within Al-Shabaab told CNN that nine names listed on a Twitter site, now suspended, were people who were among the alleged hostage-takers.

0Three of the alleged attackers are from the United States, two are from Somalia and there is one each from Canada, Finland, Kenya and the United Kingdom, according to the list.

0Voice of Russia, CNN

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2013_09_23/Three-of-alleged-attackers-at-Nairobi-mall-are-US-citizens-2932/

 

Burning question of the day: 1950s newspaper clipping shows how far women’s rights have come

By  Jessica Jerreat

PUBLISHED: 16:16 EST, 31  August 2013 |  UPDATED: 16:16 EST, 31 August 2013

Women’s lib has come a long way in a short  time, as this newspaper clipping about whether it is appropriate to discipline  your wife thankfully proves.

Written only six decades ago the article,  believed to be from the New York Daily Mirror, questions four men about the best  way to keep a wife in line.

The 1950s article was posted  on Twitter by History  In Pictures earlier this month. In it, the headline asks: ‘If a woman needs it, should she  be spanked?’

Shocking: A 1950s clipping shows how attitudes to domestic violence have thankfully changed

Shocking: A 1950s clipping shows how attitudes to  domestic violence have thankfully changed

The question, posed by New Yorker Herman  Martin who was paid $10 for asking about it, is answered the same way by four  men, who all agreed that a sound spanking was an appropriate form of  discipline.

Brooklyn barber Frank Desidero goes one step  further, saying he finds a hairbrush is a useful took to use against a wife who  has stepped out of line.

‘I’ve got a lot of faith in the hairbrush,’  he said. ‘In my business a man sets a lot of store by the results he can get by  a hairbrush properly applied.’

Parking lot attendant Teddy Gallei agreed,  saying: ‘It teaches them who’s boss. A lot of women seem to forget this is a  man’s world.’

Most worrying was the response from toy  factory owner William Davis, who said: ‘Most of them have it coming to them  anyway. If they don’t, it will remind them how well off they are.’

Fortunately, attitudes for the most part have  changed and partners who find themselves the victim of domestic violence can now  find help from agencies such as the National Domestic  Violence Hotline.

Stereotypes: The 1950s housewife was expected to serve her husbandStereotypes: The 1950s housewife was expected to serve  her husband

Gender roles: The 1950s was a man's world, according to one of the respondents in the newspaper clipping Gender roles: The 1950s was a man’s world, according to  one of the respondents in the newspaper clipping

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Hacks continue as FBI claims to have dismantled Anonymous

The FBI is claiming to have dismantled the hacker organization Anonymous. But shortly after an official’s statements were published in the press, Anons dumped large amounts of data that appears to have been stolen from FBI servers.

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A graffiti of Guy Fawkes mask, symbol of Anonymous, is pictured on April 6, 2013 in Florence. Designed by illustrator David Lloyd, it was used as a major plot element in V for Vendetta, published in 1982, and its 2006 film adaptation. After appearing in internet forums, the mask became the trademark symbol for the online hacktivist group Anonymous. (Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images)

The FBI is declaring victory over Anonymous in a series of statements claiming the hacker collective is no longer able to carry out large, successful operations because most of its “largest players” have been arrested or detained by US law enforcement authorities.”The movement is still there, and they’re still yacking on Twitter and posting things, but you don’t hear about these guys coming forward with those large breaches,” Austin P. Berglas, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI’s cyber division, told the Huffington Post.

“It’s just not happening, and that’s because of the dismantlement of the largest players,” he added.

Berglas also claimed that recruiting LulzSec hacker Hector Monsegur, aka Sabu, as an FBI informant has bred fear and distrust within Anonymous, deterring hackers from continuing with their operations against targets like US law enforcement agencies.

But given some recent successes, Anons take issue with the FBI’s claims of “dismantlement.”

In spite of FBI arrests, large-scale Anonymous operations have been carried out as recently as July, when Anons made public information stolen from a server used by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Earlier this year, OpLastResort infiltrated servers used by the Federal Reserve, the Department of Justice and several other financial and law enforcement agencies.

 

Scared of the FBI? Anonymous took to Twitter to mock the claim.

“Has anyone seen my leg? I’m in pieces over here!” tweeted one Anonymous-affiliated account. “SHOUTOUTZ TO ALL TEH DISMANTLEZ CREWZ OUT THERE IN SCARED OF TEH FBI LAND LOLOLOLOL,” tweeted @OpLastResort, an account managed by Anons closely associated with the collective’s most recent hacks.

The @OpLastResort account then dumped a large amount of information stolen from what appear to be servers used by the FBI’s Regional Forensics Computer Laboratory (RFCL). A large amount of the information appears to have been scrubbed from computer files as early as January of this year. Such data can only be obtained with direct access to servers.

Personal information from the data can also be taken and used in “social engineering” and phishing attacks to gain further access to secure information.

“The idea that they can take out a few people ‘at the top’ and treat them badly and then people will be scared is just asinine,” said Gregg Housh, an internet freedom activist formerly associated with Anonymous.

“There is no leadership. There can’t be. That is the point of it all. That is why things like OpLastResort happen after all of these ‘big arrests.’ For those reasons it is absolutely ridiculous to say that Anon’s leadership has been dismantled,” added Housh, who now acts as an observer and has not participated in Anonymous or its operations for several years.

Even those closely associated with members of the collective who have been arrested — and thus have lost their anonymity — say the crackdowns on hackers has done little to deter their involvement. But it has taught them to exercise more caution.

“No, [arrests have] not lowered morale. Everyone certainly learned a few lessons about trust, however,” said Nancy Norelli, a Miami-based attorney involved with freeanons.org, an organization that provides support for those who are facing prosecution for alleged involvement in Anonymous activities.

 

Norelli argues that Anonymous has learned from their past mistakes and resulting arrests, making the organization more secure.

“I’m not aware of any arrests contingent with #oplastresort. And yes, I think the slowdown in prosecution actually has more to do with law enforcement agencies’ inability to regain a foothold after Sabu rather than a decline in ops. When Sabu was around, the FBI had a central figure with whom to gather data. Now we see smaller, more focused, and more hidden movement. More diffusion,” said Norelli.

As Anonymous continues to dump more information stolen from servers and computers apparently used by the FBI, law enforcement’s claims to have dismantled the organization show they’re desperate, Gregg Housh claims.

“What [recent FBI statements] do is make more people angry and get more people wanting to fight. The biggest thing the FBI have done for Anonymous is continue to work in very outdated ways, it has only gotten more people willing to go online and do what they feel is right,” Housh said.

 

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-grid/hacks-continue-spite-fbi-claims-dismantlement-anonymous

‘The pecking dead’: Panicked Russians contact authorities to report eerie behaviour of ‘zombie pigeons’

Birds seem extremely lethargic and seemingly fearless

John Hall

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

A number of panicked Russians have contacted the authorities to report concerns over the bizarre behaviour of pigeons in Moscow.

Locals have dubbed the birds “zombie pigeons” after a strange change in their behaviour swept the city – leaving the birds extremely lethargic and seemingly fearless.

Speaking to Europe Radio Liberty, a Moscow resident named Umid said: “When I walk to work I usually see pigeons running and jumping around. But recently they haven’t been reacting to anything at all”.

He added: “When a person walks past them, they used to fly away. But now they just sit there in a kind of funk and don’t even pay attention to you. They’re just not normal.”

Umid went on to say: “I’ve seen some pigeons behaving very strangely, turning around in circles”.

Officials have dubbed the birds “the pecking dead”, and say their condition is likely to be a combination of an intestinal infection that has left a large number of pigeons dead over the last few years, and various other parasite-based diseases.

Hundreds of worried Muscovites have already taken to Twitter to share stories about the “zombie pigeons”, branding the epidemic a “bird apocalypse”.

One user reported a pigeon losing its balance and falling through an open window frame, while others described birds resting their beaks on the ground or walking round and round in circles.

Moscow’s deputy Mayor Leonid Pechatnikov moved to allay fears by declaring the pigeons’ odd behaviour harmless, adding that the intestinal disease could not be caught by humans.

This was seemingly contradicted by the Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Inspection Unit however, who said the birds are likely to be suffering from Newcastle disease – a highly contagious illness that can cause eye infections and flu-like symptoms in people.

Russia’s Vetinary Committee added a third theory, claiming lesions on the dead birds’ livers and intestines seem to indicate salmonella poisoning, which can, of course, also be passed to humans.

For the time being, locals are advised to stay away from any pigeon that is behaving strangely and to call the local authorities if they come across a dead bird.

Russia’s chief health inspector Gennady Onishchenko, who last month banned Ukrainian chocolate as a potential health hazard, said the country has no plans to investigate the reports however.

Mr Onishchenko went on to reveal his somewhat prejudicial views on pigeons, saying: “In the hands of Pablo Picasso a pigeon became and embodiment of peace… but in fact, in a sanitary sense, they are one of the dirtiest stupidest birds there are”.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/the-pecking-dead-panicked-russians-contact-authorities-to-report-eerie-behaviour-of-zombie-pigeons-8778094.html#

What’s China got against the US Constitution?

In prominent articles, China’s Communist mouthpiece assails American democracy.

 

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Tourists in Tiananmen square in Beijing, June 4, 2013.  (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)
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HONG KONG — What’s China got against the US Constitution?

This week, in three front-page commentaries published over three days, the Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily attacked America’s constitutional structure, claiming that “there is no such thing as democracy and freedom under US constitutional governance.”

The editorials, written by Ma Zhongcheng, a senior fellow at the Academy of Social Sciences Research Center, argued that calls for constitutionalism in China were being propagated by the United States as a form of “psychological warfare” intended to overturn the Communist Party’s rule.

In the first piece, titled “‘Constitutionalism’ Is a Weapon of the War for Public Opinion,” Ma argued that US intelligence agencies exported democratic ideas as a way to topple socialist regimes. In the second piece, he went even further. He called America’s belief in constitutional rule a “myth” used by the government to mislead the masses, protect its autocracy, and undermine stability in China.

“The US Constitution is a contradiction,” he wrote in the second op-ed. “In the US, the Constitution is higher than the will of the US popular masses, but it is not higher than everything. The US Constitution is not the highest authority, the will of US oligarchs who monopolize capital is.”

The third argued that constitutionalism in China is futile and bound to fail. The response on Sina Weibo, China’s Twitter, was harsh.

“This is once again reviving a debate that’s been going on for 91 years,” wrote user Wu Jiaxiang. “Its purpose is simply to block political reform.”

Many speculated that “Ma Zhongcheng” was a pseudonym meaning “loyal to Marxism.”

Steeped in the stale vocabulary of Marxist theory, the articles may seem like recycled propaganda from the 1970s, but they reflect a real strain of anxiety within today’s Communist Party.

Over the last year, Chinese have increasingly called for the Communist Party to honor the rule of law and protect the citizens’ rights enshrined in China’s constitution, which was adopted in 1982. Some cadres fear following this path would lead to an end of the Party’s monopoly on power. On paper, China’s constitution is a remarkably liberal document, with protections for freedom of speech, assembly and the press. It affords all citizens the right to vote and stand for election. Article 5 makes quite clear that nobody — not even the Communist Party — can violate its tenets.

“No organization or individual may enjoy the privilege of being above the Constitution and the law,” it says.

Of course, these rights have always existed more in theory than in reality.

Party bosses live effectively above the law unless, as in the case of Bo Xilai, a political struggle brings them down. But as activists such as the New Citizens Movement have drawn more attention to constitutional issues in China, the calls for reform have gone mainstream.

At the end of last year, an editorial in the influential magazine Caixin argued that in order to progress, China’s government needs a system of checks and balances in order to “ensure the country is ruled by its constitution,” not by the caprices of officials.

Even General Secretary and President Xi Jinping has repeatedly stated that “no organization or individual should be above the Constitution and the law.”

The strident new anti-constitutional editorials, however, cast the sincerity of those statements into doubt. Their front-page placement suggests that they were intended to have a chilling effect.

As Minxin Pei, a China politics expert at Claremont McKenna College, recently wrote, “China’s new leadership may condone some economic or administrative reforms compatible with the objective of preserving the Communist Party’s rule. But it will not tolerate any initiatives that could imperil the party’s political monopoly.”

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/130811/china-democracy-political-reform

When a copy is NOT a copy: University researcher notices that Xerox machine CHANGES documents after scanning

  • Documents were changed when they were  compressed, Xerox found
  • Company posts a blog by its senior engineer  to explain why it happens
  • Xerox criticised for not ordering a recall  when implications could be colossal

By  Helen Collis

PUBLISHED: 12:48 EST, 8  August 2013 |  UPDATED: 04:05 EST, 9 August 2013

 

A researcher in Germany has discovered a  major glitch in Xerox copier machines which have shown to substitute the wrong  numbers when scanning documents.

After scanning a blueprint document from an  architect, David Kriesel, a computer science researcher at the University of  Bonn in Germany, thought the firm was pulling his leg when they accused him of  altering some figures.

But sure enough, on three occasions, the  number six had been replaced with an eight.

Changing numbers: David Kriesel noticed that in some of the numbers he scanned in with a '66' sequence (pictured on the left) they had changed to '86' (pictured on the right) 

Changing numbers: David Kriesel noticed that in some of  the numbers he scanned in with a ’66’ sequence (pictured on the left) they had  changed to ’86’ (pictured on the right)

Technical error: Again, the numbers which feature a 6 on the original document (left) have been changed to an 8 (pictured right). The table shows that 54,60 (left) turns into 54,80 (right) and 65,40 (left) becomes 85,40 (right) 

Technical error: Again, the numbers which feature a 6 on  the original document (left) have been changed to an 8 (pictured right). The  table shows that 54,60 (left) turns into 54,80 (right) and 65,40 (left) becomes  85,40 (right)

Outrage: When Mr Kriesel noticed the error and the company explained, he took to Twitter to spread his alarm 

Outrage: When Mr Kriesel noticed the error and the  company explained, he took to Twitter to spread his concern

He told ABC  News: I thought they were kidding.  But I tried it myself.. and the numbers changed (after being  scanned).’

Alarmed, Mr Kriesel contacted the U.S. firm,  but found no one knew anything about it.

In response,  the company’s principle  engineer posted a five paragraph blog on its website explaining the situation  and how to avoid it.

Frances Tse said the issue had been detected  in certain machines when scan- quality and resolution settings were altered;  when files were compressed, and the quality reduced.

Each page is scanned as a number of small  patches, and the machine replaced each patch with one that best fits from a  library of symbols.

However, when the file quality is reduced,  there is a subsequent ‘tradeoff’ in accuracy, Mr Tse said.

He wrote on his blog: ‘The Xerox design utilizes the recognized industry standard JBIG2 compressor  which creates extremely small file sizes with good image quality, but with  inherent tradeoffs under low resolution and quality settings.’

He explains that for ‘data integrity  purposes’, the company recommends using the factory default settings for  scanning, with quality level set to ‘higher’.

‘In cases where lower quality/higher  compression is desired for smaller file sizes, we provide the following message  to our customers next to the quality settings within the device web user  interface: “The normal quality option produces small file sizes by using  advanced compression techniques. Image quality is generally acceptable, however,  text quality degradation and character substitution errors may occur with some  originals.”,’ he said

Coverage: Mr Krisesl said he thinks the glitch should get some airtime on a late night satirical programme 

Coverage: Mr Krisesl said he thinks the glitch should  get some airtime on a late night satirical programme

Numerous Xerox machines are affected by the glitch, including this ColorQube a 87XX / 89XX model 

Numerous Xerox machines are affected by the glitch,  including this ColorQube a 87XX / 89XX model

 

The potential implications of the Xerox scanning glitch could be very serious, especially if they affect construction documents or medical developments, customers point out 

The potential implications of the Xerox scanning glitch  could be very serious, especially if they affect construction documents or  medical developments, customers point out (stock image of an office)

Mr Tse’s blog, titled ‘Always Listening  To Our Customers: Clarification On Scanning Issue‘  has not been well received however, by  those who fear the potential fallback from this issue could be  colossal.

S. Basinger questioned what will happen when  people find engineering documents are released for construction with numbers  switched by Xerox’s machines, or medical documents have used with switched  figures.

‘A lame response like this suggests that some  of the ignorance of the consequences may be willful and that your senior  leadership is hoping that this will somehow go away,’ the comment continues.

‘Heaven forbid as time continues to tick away  and you delay a proper recall that people die as a result of your  inaction.’

Others criticise the company for failing to  explicitly say which machines are affected, another points out that the warning  message did not show up on his machine when he followed the  instructions.

When one client called the customer services  for advice, he found no one knew what he was talking about.

In response, Mr Tse later added some extra  details in answer to his blog comments.

He pointed out that the product families  affected were numerous: ColorQube 87XX / 89XX, ColorQube 92XX / 93XX, WorkCentre  57XX, WorkCentre 76XX, WorkCentre 58XX, WorkCentre 77XX, WorkCentre 5030/5050,  WorkCentre 6400, WorkCentre 78XX, WorkCentre 51XX, WorkCentre 7220/7225,  WorkCentrePro 2XX / BookMark 40/55, WorkCentre 56XX and WorkCentre  75XX

He also drew attention to the fact that  unless default settings had not been changed, the problem would not  arise.

He said the company was taking the issue very  seriously. He said from people’s feedback ‘we will look for ways to help our  customers better manage their scanning application needs’.

German researcher Mr Krisesl, who has spoken  to both Mr Tse and Xerox’s vice president Rick Dastin, is still concerned about  the consequences.

He told ABC News: ‘This problem is dangerous.  If something is compressed with JBIG2 and I claim it’s incorrect, you can’t  prove me wrong.’

 

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2386900/When-copy-NOT-copy-University-researcher-notices-Xerox-machine-changes-documents-scanning.html#ixzz2bU5YuGle Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

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

Texas students hijack superyacht with GPS-spoofing luggage

Don’t panic, yet

Students from the University of Texas successfully piloted an $80m superyacht sailing 30 miles offshore in the Mediterranean Sea by overriding the ship’s GPS signals without any alarms being raised.

The team, led by assistant professor Todd Humphreys from UT Austin’s department of aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics, took a GPS spoofing device the size of a briefcase up to the upper deck of the White Rose of Drachs, a 65 meter luxury yacht owned by British property magnate Michael Evans, while it was in international waters en route from Monaco to Rhodes, Greece.

Having previously identified the location of the ship’s two GPS receivers, the team then oriented the briefcase towards them and began broadcasting false GPS data at low power. By gradually increasing the strength of their signals they were able to overpower the aerials and spoof the on-board navigation systems.

To turn the ship they then input a new signal indicating the ship was going off its logged-in course, which set off an alarm from the navigation computer telling the crew to change course. As far as the crew was concerned things were back on track, but the vessel was now heading off its original course.

“With 90 percent of the world’s freight moving across the seas and a great deal of the world’s human transportation going across the skies, we have to gain a better understanding of the broader implications of GPS spoofing,” Humphreys said.

“I didn’t know, until we performed this experiment, just how possible it is to spoof a marine vessel and how difficult it is to detect this attack. This experiment is applicable to other semi-autonomous vehicles, such as aircraft, which are now operated, in part, by autopilot systems.”

The experiment, which took place with the ship-owner’s permission, is part of continuing research by the team into GPS spoofing. Last year Humphreys demonstrated how the same spoofing technique could be used from 1km away against a GPS-guided drone to an audience from the US Department of Homeland Security at White Sands, New Mexico.

The demonstration got a lot of attention, coming after the Iranians showed off a seemingly intact US bat-wing RQ-170 Sentinel drone, which it claimed it had been hacked and hijacked by an army electronic warfare unit. These claims have been dismissed by experts, but fears of military hardware getting redirected or stolen are on the agenda, as well as being much-loved by screenwriters.

Before the panic starts, it should be pointed out that the Texans are spoofing civilian GPS systems. Cracking encrypted military signals has never been demonstrated, although jamming them is possible, and redirecting cruise missiles in flight will remain in the fictional realm for the time being.

In the case of the White Rose of Drachs hijacking, there’s also little need for concern. The ship carries a crew of 18 and no captain relies solely on GPS. Any significant course deviation would most likely be noticed by those on watch during regular position checks.

Nevertheless, the research by Humphreys and the US Austin team is interesting. Spoofing equipment is increasingly easy to get hold of and while Humphries claims to “owns the world’s most powerful civil GPS spoofer,” that should come with a caveat “that I know about.” ®

 

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/07/29/texas_students_hijack_superyacht_with_gpsspoofing_luggage/

Breastfeeding Could Prevent ADHD

Monday, July 22, 2013

TAU research finds that breastfed children are less likely to develop ADHD later in life

We know that breastfeeding has a positive impact on child development and health — including protection against illness. Now researchers from Tel Aviv University have shown that breastfeeding could also help protect against Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), the most commonly diagnosed neurobehavioral disorder in children and adolescents.

Seeking to determine if the development of ADHD was associated with lower rates of breastfeeding, Dr. Aviva Mimouni-Bloch, of Tel Aviv  University‘s Sackler Faculty of Medicine and Head of the Child Neurodevelopmental Center in Loewenstein Hospital, and her fellow researchers completed a retrospective study on the breastfeeding habits of parents of three groups of children: a group that had been diagnosed with ADHD; siblings of those diagnosed with ADHD; and a control group of children without ADHD and lacking any genetic ties to the disorder.

The researchers found a clear link between rates of breastfeeding and the likelihood of developing ADHD, even when typical risk factors were taken into consideration. Children who were bottle-fed at three months of age were found to be three times more likely to have ADHD than those who were breastfed during the same period. These results have been published in Breastfeeding Medicine.

Understanding genetics and environment

In their study, the researchers compared breastfeeding histories of children from six to 12 years of age at Schneider’s Children Medical Center in Israel. The ADHD group was comprised of children that had been diagnosed at the hospital, the second group included the siblings of the ADHD patients, and the control group included children without neurobehavioral issues who had been treated at the clinics for unrelated complaints.

In addition to describing their breastfeeding habits during the first year of their child’s life, parents answered a detailed questionnaire on medical and demographic data that might also have an impact on the development of ADHD, including marital status and education of the parents, problems during pregnancy such as hypertension or diabetes, birth weight of the child, and genetic links to ADHD.

Taking all risk factors into account, researchers found that children with ADHD were far less likely to be breastfed in their first year of life than the children in the other groups. At three months, only 43 percent of children in the ADHD group were breastfed compared to 69 percent of the sibling group and 73 percent of the control group. At six months, 29 percent of the ADHD group was breastfed, compared to 50 percent of the sibling group and 57 percent of the control group.

One of the unique elements of the study was the inclusion of the sibling group, says Dr. Mimouni-Bloch. Although a mother will often make the same breastfeeding choices for all her children, this is not always the case. Some children’s temperaments might be more difficult than their siblings’, making it hard for the mother to breastfeed, she suggests.

Added protection

While researchers do not yet know why breastfeeding has an impact on the future development of ADHD — it could be due to the breast milk itself, or the special bond formed between mother and baby during breastfeeding, for example — they believe this research shows that breastfeeding can have a protective effect against the development of the disorder, and can be counted as an additional biological advantage for breastfeeding.

Dr. Mimouni-Bloch hopes to conduct a further study on breastfeeding and ADHD, examining children who are at high risk for ADHD from birth and following up in six-month intervals until six years of age, to obtain more data on the phenomenon.


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