Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #13245 on: Aug 13th, 2015, 7:08pm »
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Drones freak out animals, say scientists
Authorities need to take into account the impact on wildlife when setting regulations for drones, researchers say
By Sarah Knapton, Science Editor 5:00PM BST 13 Aug 2015
Drones may divide human opinion but for animals unidentified objects flying in the sky are a cause of significant stress, scientists have discovered.
Although animals often appear to ignore strange airborne objects, in fact, their heart rates rocket.
US Researchers attached biosensors to a group of wild American black bears, in northwestern Minnesota, to test whether they were affected when drones flew overheard.
Previous tests had shown that the bears were rarely startled by drones and it appeared that the animals were taking the encounters in their stride.
But the new study showed that despite the bears calm demeanor, their heart rate soared to up to four times the usual rate, a sign of significant stress. The hidden impact occurred even when the drones were in the air for just five minutes.
"Some of the spikes in the heart rate of the bears were far beyond what we expected," said Mark Ditmer of the University of Minnesota, St. Paul.
"We had one bear increase her heart rate by approximately 400 percent--from 41 beats per minute to 162 beats per minute. Keep in mind this was the strongest response we saw, but it was shocking nonetheless."
The researchers conclude that drones may place additional stress on wildlife and the findings should be taken into account when developing regulations for their use.
"UAVs hold tremendous potential for scientific research and as tools for conservation," added Mr Ditmer.
"However, until we know which species are tolerant of UAVs, at what distance animals react to the presence of UAVs, and whether or not individuals can habituate to their presence, we need to exercise caution when using them around wildlife."
Mr Ditmer and his colleagues are now working with captive bears to find out whether the animals can get used to overhead UAV flights over time and, if so, how long it takes.
The research was published in the journal Current Biology.
Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #13247 on: Aug 13th, 2015, 11:09pm »
Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,
As I’ve said many times before, the best part about Hillary Clinton running for President, is that she’s so unbelievably corrupt and shady, not a week goes by without a new scandal or embarrassment. It makes the insulting charade of U.S. elections at least somewhat comical.
In the latest gaffe, we learn (through her own emails), that she asked to borrow a book titled, Send: Why People Email So Badly and How to Do It Better.” Chapter Six of this book is titled, “The Email That Can Land You In Jail,” which includes a section titled: “How to Delete Something So It Stays Deleted.”
You can’t make this stuff up.
From ABC News:
The last batch of Hillary Clinton emails released by the State Department included one from Clinton asking to borrow a book called “Send: Why People Email So Badly and How to Do It Better,” by David Shipley and Will Schwalbe.
Clinton has not said why she requested the book, but it includes some advice that is particularly interesting in light of the controversy over her unconventional email arrangement at the State Department and her decision to delete tens of thousands of emails she deemed to be purely personal.
Take, for example, Chapter Six: “The Email That Can Land You In Jail.” The chapter includes a section entitled “How to Delete Something So It Stays Deleted.”
The chapter advised that to truly delete emails may require a special rewriting program “to make sure that it’s not just elsewhere on the drive but has in fact been written over sixteen or twenty times and rendered undefinable.”
But Shipley and Schwalbe warn that deleting emails could lead to future legal troubles.
Here’s a screenshot of the email from ABC:
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Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #13248 on: Aug 14th, 2015, 01:03am »
Russia does a Trump on The Saudis F$$king Morons": Russia's Lavrov Drops F-Bomb At Saudi-Syria Press Conference Tyler Durden's picture Submitted by Tyler Durden on 08/13/2015 13:51 -0400
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Earlier this week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with his Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir to discuss options for Syria’s future. Here’s the context:
Realizing that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s badly depleted forces are likely to face defeat sooner or later, either at the hands of the various militants "freedom fighters" vying for control of the country or else at the hands of the US military which we imagine could "accidentally" end up engaging Assad’s forces directly once the air campaign against ISIS picks up, Moscow has gone back and forth between suggesting that it’s willing to negotiate for an "alternative" to Assad and saying that Russia is willing to lend military support to Damascus if it means helping to eradicate "terrorists." Again we see that both sides are prepared to use ISIS as an excuse to turn what has so far been a thinly-veiled proxy war into an actual confrontation between East and West and although Russia may be willing to "go there" if all options are exhausted, the economic realities of collapsing crude and Western sanctions are all too real which is presumably why the Kremlin entertained Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir in Moscow on Tuesday to discuss next steps for Syria. In the end, it all came down to the fate of Assad and both sides are apparently willing to stand their ground - for now.
In short, the Saudis see "no place for Assad in the future of Syria" while Russia isn’t quite ready to throw in the towel on the embattled strongman. After the meeting, the two diplomats held a joint press conference. For those interested in more detail on the "friggin' mess" that served as the backdrop for Tuesday’s presser, see here, but the clip shown below - in which Lavrov calls the Saudis "fucking morons" under his breath at 41:05 in - should suffice as the Cliff’s Notes version. http://youtu.be/1_1CrPdP0EQ
at 40 mins note how Lavrov reaches under table as if grabbing his crotch..then almost immediately reaches to his rear as if scratching his rear..then the F bomb..hillariously at end Lavrov goes and shakes that boy emissary with the same hand! what was not said yet gestured speaks volumes what the message to the Leaders was..one message for public consumption..and the other very clear for the Saudis..and their allies.. Putin must be laughing his socks off..
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Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #13249 on: Aug 14th, 2015, 01:47am »
from the intercept
“I think that in an age where so much information is flying through cyberspace, we all have to be aware of the fact that some information which is sensitive, which does affect the security of individuals and relationships, deserves to be protected and we will continue to take necessary steps to do so,” Hillary Clinton.
Manning was convicted and sentenced to 35 years in prison. At the time, the only thing Hillary Clinton had to say about that was to issue a sermon about how classified information “deserves to be protected and we will continue to take necessary steps to do so” because it “affect[s] the security of individuals and relationships.”
That was during the time that she had covertly installed a non-government server and was using it and a personal email account to receive classified and, apparently, even top-secret information. While there’s no evidence she herself placed those documents on the server or sent them herself, it is her use of a personal server and email account that — quite predictably — caused the vulnerability.
It goes without saying that the U.S. government wildly overclassifies almost everything it touches, even the most benign information. As former CIA and NSA Director Michael Hayden said in 2010, “Everything’s secret. I mean, I got an email saying ‘Merry Christmas.’ It carried a top secret NSA classification marking.”
For that reason, almost all of these prosecutions for mishandling classified information have been wildly overzealous, way out of proportion to any harm they caused or could have caused, certainly out of proportion to the actual wrongdoing.
But that’s an argument that Hillary Clinton never uttered in order to object as people’s lives and careers were destroyed and they were hauled off to prison. To the contrary, she more often than not defended it, using rationale that, as it turns out, condemned herself and her own behavior at least as much as those whose persecution she was defending.
Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #13251 on: Aug 14th, 2015, 09:01am »
GOOD MORNING ALL
Chupacabra Road Trip
by Nick Redfern 14 August 2015
It was in 1995, twenty years ago this year, that the phenomenon of the Chupacabra exploded on the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. The people of the island were gripped by fear and intrigue when the stories of the alleged vampire-like beast surfaced. In no time at all, the creature (the name of which is Spanish for “Goat-Sucker”) became the subject of significant local and international media coverage. Farmers reported their animals were being slaughtered in horrific fashion. There were rumors of UFO links to the mystery. It wasn’t long before the story of Puerto Rico’s monster was here, there and everywhere.
It wasn’t just the story that had legs. The beast itself was on the move too: reports came out of South America, Mexico, and the United States. Even Russia was unable to remain Chupacabra-free. As the reports increased, so did the theories to try and explain what was afoot. People were still talking about UFOs. But that wasn’t all they were talking about. Additional theories ranged wildly from secret, genetic experiments designed to create hybrid-monsters to occult rituals intended to summon up the beast from some hellish realm.
The reason I mention all this is because in the 20th anniversary year, Llewellyn Publications are releasing my new book, Chupacabra Road Trip. It will be published in just a couple of weeks from now. The book is, as the title suggests, a diary-like book that chronicles all my various expeditions to Puerto Rico in search of the Chupacabra – as well as additional treks around Mexico, and various parts of the United States, including Oklahoma and Texas.
I first traveled to Puerto Rico in 2004, with a team from the SyFy Channel’s Proof Positive show. As for my most recent trip, you can see the results in the Travel Channel’s new series, Mysteries at the National Parks, and specifically in the episode titled “Chupacabra Island.”
Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #13252 on: Aug 14th, 2015, 09:05am »
British scientist develops radiation-proof 'underpants for superheroes'
Underpants that block potentially harmful electromagnetic radiation from smartphones and laptops have been developed in the UK
By Sophie Curtis 12:21PM BST 14 Aug 2015
A British scientist has developed a new line of underpants called Wireless Armour, that aims to protect male fertility by blocking electromagnetic radiation from Wi-Fi devices such as smartphones and laptops.
Described by Sir Richard Branson as “underpants for superheroes”, the pants use a mesh of pure silver woven into fabric, which disrupts the flow of electromagnetic radiation due to silver being a conductor of electricity – a bit like a Faraday cage.
Any electromagnetic radiation becomes distributed evenly around the silver mesh, preventing it from flowing through the fabric, according to Joseph Perkins, who developed the underpants after a successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.
Independent tests show that Wireless Armour’s "RadiaTex" fabric shields against 99.9 per cent of the radiation emitted between 100MHz to 2.6GHz. This covers the entire range of radiation emitted by wireless devices, from voice and text through to 4G and Wi-Fi.
Furthermore, the silver fibres in Wireless Armour are highly anti-microbial, which means they increase hygiene by preventing the spread of bacteria and other microbes that cause smells.
“Like so many people, my smartphone and laptop use has increased dramatically in recent years which made me realise that I was exposing myself to large amounts of electromagnetic radiation, mostly centred on my groin” said Mr Perkins.
“With my Physics background I knew there must be a way to shield from electromagnetic radiation using a simple solution."
While the theory that phones can damage sperm is highly debated, a recent review by the University of Exeter revealed a correlation between electromagnetic radiation and lower sperm health.
A separate study conducted in Argentina showed that only four hours of exposure to a WiFi-enabled laptop kills 25 per cent of the sperm in the sample.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation claims that electromagnetic radiation is possibly carcinogenic to humans, assigning it to the category 2B – the same category as petrol exhaust fumes and other pollutants.
Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #13254 on: Aug 14th, 2015, 12:57pm »
Forecasters warn this winter's El Nino could be historically strong
Published August 14, 2015 Associated Press
WASHINGTON – The current El Nino, nicknamed Bruce Lee, is already the second strongest on record for this time of year and could be one of the most potent weather changers of the past 65 years, federal meteorologists say.
But California and other drought struck areas better not count on El Nino rescuing them like in a Bruce Lee action movie, experts say.
"A big El Nino guarantees nothing," said Mike Halper, deputy director of the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center. "At this point there's no cause for rejoicing that El Nino is here to save the day."
Every few years, the winds shift and the water in the Pacific Ocean gets warmer than usual. The resulting El Nino (ehl NEEN'-yoh) changes weather worldwide, mostly affecting the United States in winter.
In addition to California, El Nino often brings heavy winter rain to much of the southern and eastern U.S.
It's also likely to make the northern winters warmer and southeastern U.S. winters a bit cooler, but not much, Halpert said. The middle of the U.S. usually doesn't get too much of an El Nino effect, he said.
California's state climatologist Michael Anderson noted that only half the time when there have been big El Ninos has there been meaningfully heavy rains. The state would need 1½ times its normal rainfall to get out of this extended drought and that's unlikely, Halpert said Thursday.
Still, this El Nino is shaping up to be up there with the record-setters, because of incredible warmth in the key part of the Pacific in the last three months, Halpert said. He said the current El Nino likely will rival ones in 1997-1998, 1982-83 and 1972-73.
NASA oceanographer Bill Patzert said satellite measurements show this El Nino to be currently more powerful than 1997-98, which often is thought of as the king. But that one started weaker and finished stronger, he said.
This El Nino is so strong a NOAA blog unofficially named it the "Bruce Lee" of El Ninos after the late movie action hero. The California-based Patzert, who points out that mudslides and other mayhem happens, compares it to Godzilla.
Economic studies favor the hero theme, showing that El Ninos tend to benefit the United States. Droughts and Atlantic hurricanes are reduced. California mudslides notwithstanding, the U.S. economy benefited by nearly $22 billion from that 1997-98 El Nino, according to a study.
El Nino does tend to cause problems elsewhere in the world. And while El Nino often puts a big damper on the Atlantic hurricane season, that means more storms in the Pacific, such as Hawaii, Halpert said. So far this year, tropical cyclone activity in the Pacific is far higher than normal.
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Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #13259 on: Aug 15th, 2015, 3:29pm »
Are there any Satanists and Wiccans worth a tinkers damn whose spells ..just one little black spell can do something about this wench? The xians have proven themselves worthless. The Eitians power shields.. useless..The atheists a total joke unless you think conceit is a weapon....the DOJ ,,well we know who butters both sides of their toast..The NSAs infamous vacuum hose suddenly clogged and glaringly absent in this affair..This aberration is actually laughing at everyone..
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