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« Reply #10740 on: May 24th, 2014, 11:19am »

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Id’ing a Skull Just Got Easier: CT Scans May Soon Link Human Remains to Missing Persons

CT scans may soon link human remains to missing persons

Jun 1, 2014
By Tara Haelle

You can tell a lot from a skull if you know what you're doing: an expert can suggest a skull's sex, age and ancestry just by looking at it. But such a subjective assessment would not hold water in a court of law, where it is essential to know how likely a skull belongs to a particular missing person. For that, you need numerical probabilities.

When an anthropologist wants to know if, say, a skull comes from a female in her 30s of Cuban descent, it would help to have a big digital database of skulls to query and analyze. Researchers at North Carolina State University have taken a few small steps toward such a tool. In 2009 forensic anthropologist Ann Ross developed software called 3D-ID that compares three-dimensional coordinates on a skull to a database of physical characteristics, such as the shape of the forehead. With numbers on its side, 3D-ID has consistently outperformed human experts and provides greater specificity. A skull's ancestry, for example, can be narrowed down from “Hispanic” to “Guatemalan.”

Now Ross's goal is to make the database even more accurate. For that, she needs more skulls, and she thinks she has found the perfect source: computed tomography (CT) scans. Ross found that the technique provides the necessary measurements after scanning 48 skulls, results reported in the Journal of Craniofacial Surgery in January. In the future, living persons already undergoing CT scans for medical reasons could agree to add their scans to the database.

“We have a huge crisis in the U.S. of unidentified individuals, and sometimes we just have the skull,” Ross says. In fact, up to 40,000 unidentified human remains exist in the U.S., and 3D-ID has already been used to help track down a handful of them. An expanded database with CT data could make a tremendous difference in tackling others.


This article was originally published with the title "The Face behind the Skull."

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« Reply #10741 on: May 24th, 2014, 11:46am »

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« Reply #10742 on: May 24th, 2014, 11:49am »

Some Billionnaires are more Equal than others..
Now if only the onss behind wars as well as fraud..were hung...
Then there might be hope..

TEHRAN, Iran -- A billionaire businessman at the heart of a $2.6 billion state bank scam, the largest fraud case since the country's 1979 Islamic Revolution, was executed Saturday, state television reported.Iranian billionaire businessman accused of $2.6 B bank scam executed

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Authorities put Mahafarid Amir Khosravi, also known as Amir Mansour Aria, to death at Evin prison, just north of the capital, Tehran, the station reported. The report said the execution came after Iran's Supreme Court upheld his death sentence.

Khosravi's lawyer, Gholam Ali Riahi, was quoted by news website khabaronline.ir as saying that his client was put to death without any notice.

"I had not been informed about execution of my client," Riahi said. "All the assets of my client are at the disposal of the prosecutor's office."

State officials did not immediately comment on Riahi's claim.

The fraud involved using forged documents to get credit at one of Iran's top financial institutions, Bank Saderat, to purchase assets including state-owned companies like major steel producer Khuzestan Steel Co.

Khosravi's business empire included more than 35 companies from mineral water production to a football club and meat imports from Brazil. According to Iranian media reports, the bank fraud began in 2007.

A total of 39 defendants were convicted in the case. Four received death sentences, two got life sentences and the rest received sentences of up to 25 years in prison.

The trials raised questions about corruption at senior levels in Iran's tightly controlled economy during the administration of former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Mahmoud Reza Khavari, a former head of Bank Melli, another major Iranian bank, escaped to Canada in 2011 after he resigned over the case. He faces charges over the case in Iran and remains on the Islamic Republic's wanted list. Khavari previously admitted that his bank partially was involved in the fraud, but has maintained his innocence.

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« Reply #10743 on: May 24th, 2014, 11:49am »

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« Reply #10744 on: May 24th, 2014, 12:27pm »

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I FIND IT HARD TO BELIEVE THIS BILLIONAIRE DID SUCH UNDER THE RADAR OF THE MULLAHS IN IRAN ~ EMINENT DOMAIN ~ IRANIAN STYLE ~ OR RATHER ~ "ELIMINATE DOMAIN" ~ BUT OF COURSE THE ASSETS WILL GO TO THE NATION ~ LESSONS FROM OUR RUSKY BUDS AND PETROLEUM/NAT GAS ~ NEW APPROCH TO HOSTILE TAKEOVER ~ cool

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Vietnamese Buddhist Woman Torches self as a Protest To China..
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As the anti-China protests in Vietnam - following China's imposition of an oil-rig in disputed territorial waters - RFA reports that a vietnamese woman belonging to an outlawed Buddhist movement died Friday after setting herself on fire in protest against China's actions. The woman, 67-year-old Le Thi Tuyet Mai, surrounded herself with seven banners denouncing Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea before dousing herself in gasoline and setting it alight early Friday morning in front of the Reunification Palace in downtown Ho Chi Minh City. As the following clip shows, police put out the blaze within three minutes but she succumbed to her burns. With China showing no signs of backing down, one of Mai's banners perhaps warrants most attention for the future, "I offer my body as a torch to light the path of all patriots."For its part, the U.S. has expressed a hope of increasing engagement with Vietnam in the wake of the China-Vietnam clashes. A spokesman for the U.S. Seventh Fleet told Reuters that Washington “would welcome increased port visits with Vietnam.”

Nice way to get foot in the door...something to be said about a direct approach..
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« Reply #10746 on: May 24th, 2014, 1:38pm »

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YA SEE THE PATTERN ~ THERE WAS A PUSH FOR "DUTCH" OIL WHICH FUELED ~ NO PUN INTENDED ~ WWII ~ cool ENERGY ~ GEOPOLITICS ~ cool

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« Reply #10747 on: May 25th, 2014, 10:40am »

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HOPE EVERYONE IS HAVING A GOOD WEEKEND.

WE ARE ALL ALIVE AND HAPPY IN BIRCH BAY.

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I MUST MENTION IT WAS A DELIGHT TO SEE LUVEY AGAIN ON THE BOARD ~ IT JUZZZZ MADE ME WANT TO ~ cool

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'UFO' spotted over Lorain County that puzzled residents was pyrotechnics show near Oberlin

By: Nikki Ferrell
Posted: 11:28 AM, May 25, 2014



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OBERLIN, Ohio - Residents in Lorain County and Rocky River — and even interstate drivers — were puzzled by a strange light in the sky Saturday night.

NewsChannel5 had four separate reports of a UFO — including one from a police officer and one from our own reporter Paul Kiska of a strange object flying in circles in the sky.

One woman told us she was driving near Amherst and pulled over at a rest stop after the light gave her goosebumps. Other drivers were talking about the same light.

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LA Times

Marines serve up meals to homeless veterans in San Diego

By Tony Perry
May 25 2014

Herschel Fagan served his country for four years in the Army and then four more as a Marine. On Sunday, he and other at-risk veterans were the ones being served..

A group of Marines from the base at Twentynine Palms — in town for a Memorial Day salute during the Padres-Cubs baseball game — spent the early morning dishing up scrambled eggs and sausage patties to veterans and other residents at downtown's St. Vincent de Paul Village.

"I think it'll boost the morale of a lot of the former military guys to see these Marines," said Fagan, 56.

"And it's good for the active-duty guys too. It's good for them to see that some of the things they've heard about the homeless are not true," he said. "We're not all alcoholics, drug-users, irresponsible."

Of the 900 people or so living at St. Vincent de Paul, 167 are veterans. The facility provides transitional housing for the homeless or people at risk of being homeless. It also provides addiction treatment, healthcare, job training, and education and parenting classes.

There are close to 1,500 homeless veterans in San Diego — about 17% of the city's homeless population — a survey last year by the Department of Veterans Affairs found. That was a 15% drop from 2012.

Officials have attributed the decline to improved outreach by the VA, a boost in transitional housing funds by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and efforts by nonprofits like the Veterans Village of San Diego. That organization sponsors an annual "Stand Down" event, where homeless veterans can receive a variety of services and learn how to access military and other benefits.

Still, as a region with major Navy and Marine Corps bases and a large veteran population, San Diego has one of the highest numbers of homeless veterans in the country. And with the military downsizing and the economy in recovery, homelessness among veterans could easily increase, officials said.

Diane Stumph, the interim head of Father Joe's Villages and its partner St. Vincent de Paul Village, said she hoped that the Marines' brief visit Sunday reassured the veterans and civilians in need that society had not forgotten them.

"Be sure to have a plan for your life after military service," Joseph Rhoads, 59, who was in the Navy from 1972 to '75, told several Marines from the 3rd Battalion, 4th Regiment. The "Thundering Third," one of the most combat-tested battalions in the Marine Corps, finished its latest deployment to Afghanistan in October.

Surveying the dining room, Rhoads joined Fagan in being upbeat: "This is an honorable thing they're doing, very honorable."

Anthony Walker, 55, a Marine veteran and unemployed big-rig and tow-truck driver, said seeing the young Marines made him remember his days in the Corps.

"It brings back the camaraderie, what life used to be like for me, a long time ago," he said.

Several of the Marines who worked the chow line are due to leave active duty soon.

Marine Cpl. Matt Cottrell, 26, of Twinning, Mich., said he planned to attend the University of Michigan once he was out of the service. Mathew Wronski, 23, a Navy corpsman, is planning to study biblical counseling.

The battalion's chaplain, Navy Lt. Travis Jewell, who arranged the working visit, said he hoped that the Marines present Sunday take with them the idea that service to others does not end with the completion of military duty.

"These are young men who have served and seen a lot," Jewell said. "Now they're serving in a different capacity."

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by Glenn Harlan Reynolds
6:07 p.m. EDT May 26, 2014

'Operation Choke Point' unfairly targets businesses it doesn't like.

They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney, our moralistic Department of Justice would be trying to shut down porn stars. And they were right: I voted for Romney, and sure enough, the Department of Justice is trying to shut down porn stars. Along with a lot of other, perfectly legal businesses. But I'll bet if Romney were in the White House, there'd be more coverage in the press.

A while back, some adult performers noticed that banks were terminating their accounts. The reason, it turned out, was a Justice Department program called "Operation Choke Point." This program, apparently, seeks to target businesses regarded as undesirable — like porn — by hitting them at a financial "choke point": their bank accounts.

Though the Justice Department can't prosecute people for making porn, because the First Amendment prohibits that, and too many people would think of them as blue-nosed morality police, which is politically undesirable, it can use its power to put them out of business extra-legally, by pressuring banks to cut off their accounts. Prosecutors and regulators have a lot of discretion, and the threat to use (or abuse) that discretion in ways that make banks uncomfortable provides a lot of leverage. Sure, banks make money off of the accounts of porn performers (and other targeted businesses), but not enough to make up for the hassle of being targeted for harassment by the feds.

As Timothy Geigner of TechDirt puts it:

Let's not mince words: A program that was built upon the goals of stopping financial fraud has devolved into a massive government overreach into private businesses that are operating within the law. The way it works is that the DOJ informs financial institutions that certain industries are more likely than others to be involved in unauthorized charges of consumer credit and bank cards. They likewise inform the banks that the DOJ is going to keep a special super-awesome close-eye on these industries, with the implication being that there will be a great deal of prosecutorial action, subpoenas, and scrutiny on those industries, not to mention penalties on the institutions that work with them. The intention of the government, it would seem, is to make the banks unwilling to deal with the government harassment and simply cut anyone in those industries off from the financial institutions.

It's not only adult stars that are being targeted. Justice Department targets include industries as diverse as ammunition sales, coin dealers, payday loans, "racist materials," etc. And, again, these are all legal businesses that haven't been charged with breaking any laws — the Justice Department just doesn't like them.

So what we have under "Operation Choke Point" is the government deciding it wants to put the squeeze on certain lines of (legal) business, for no other reason than that the Department of Justice doesn't favor them. It seems almost like some sort of conspiracy to deprive people of their civil rights.

As Prof. Todd Zywicki observes in the Washington Post's lawblog:

The ability to destroy legal industries through secret actions to deprive them of banking services has obvious political consequences. In principle, of course, the logic of Operation Choke Point could be extended to groups not currently targeted. Notably absent from the FDIC's hit list, for example, are abortion clinics, radical environmental groups, or, well, marijuana shops, for that matter. Something similar was done to cut off credit-card payments to support the operation of WikiLeaks .

Personally, I don't think that regulators should be able to abuse their discretion — and this certainly looks abusive to me — in order to pressure banks to shut down the accounts of legal businesses. (As Sen. David Vitter, R-La., noted in March, the Justice Department has no statutory authority to do this). And while abortion clinics and environmental groups are probably safe under the Obama administration, if this sort of thing stands, they will be vulnerable to the same tactics if a different administration adopts this same thuggish approach toward the businesses that it dislikes. And why wouldn't it, if the Justice Department gets away with this?

Congress, and the courts, and the press, need to bring the Justice Department to heel. And, in fact, I think that the officials involved should be named, shamed, and disciplined. Because what's going on here doesn't look much like justice at all.

Glenn Harlan Reynolds, a University of Tennessee law professor, is the author of The New School: How the Information Age Will Save American Education from Itself.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/05/26/justice-department-porn-stars-first-amendment-column/9594113/

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« Reply #10754 on: May 26th, 2014, 7:45pm »

They are also using 'Choke Point' to harass and intimidate gun shops and manufactures as well as suppliers! It's back door anti-second amendment attacks by this administration and anything else they feel they can't railroad through Congress to further the Progressive movement and agenda!

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