The National Security Agency destroyed surveillance data it pledged to preserve in connection with pending lawsuits and apparently never took some of the steps it told a federal court it had taken to make sure the information wasn’t destroyed, according to recent court filings.
However, the NSA told U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White in a filing on Thursday night and another little-noticed submission last year that the agency did not preserve the content of internet communications intercepted between 2001 and 2007 under the program Bush ordered. To make matters worse, backup tapes that might have mitigated the failure were erased in 2009, 2011 and 2016, the NSA said.
“They are often young guests who consider themselves untouchable,” Rotterdam police chief Frank Paauw told the newspaper. “We're going to undress them on the street.” Police will be scanning for luxury watches which are “a symbol of status for young people,” Paauw said. Officers will also be on lookout for expensive jackets and exclusive coats. People that police are going to target “do not have any income, so the question is how they get there.”
“We know they have clothes that are too expensive to wear with the money they get,” a spokesperson for the Rotterdam police department said, as reported by Quartz. “We’re going to look at how they get those clothes, where did they buy them, from where the money came.” Police maintain that wearing fancy outfits while having no money to actually buy it sends a wrong message to the public.
Critics have slammed the idea, saying the initiative is questionable from a legal standpoint and that it borders on racial profiling. However, in 2016, a poll found that the majority of Dutch people approved of racial profiling conducted by police.
See? , If everyone dressed modestly like here in America The Dutch would not have this problem.
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« Reply #3154 on: Jan 21st, 2018, 07:28am »
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Walworth County's mythical 'beast' to star in documentary
By Jonah Beleckis 21 January 2018
Rumors of a werewolf-like creature known as the Beast of Bray Road have swirled for years in Walworth County. The monster has been the subject of newspaper articles and a book, and now it will appear in a documentary, “The Bray Road Beast,” which is set to release this fall, said Seth Breedlove, the director of the film and head of the production company making it, Small Town Monsters.
The project started when Breedlove met author Linda Godfrey, who chronicled stories of the Beast of Bray Road in the 1990s as a Walworth County reporter for The Week. She later wrote the book “Monsters Among Us.”
Breedlove said the two met at a cryptozoology event. Godfrey wrote on her website that she broke the story after learning Elkhorn residents were calling the local animal control officer and reporting what looked like a werewolf.
People from across Wisconsin and elsewhere reached out to her about sightings, Godfrey wrote.
“The new film … promises to take viewers on a wild ride down one of the scariest stretches of blacktop in middle America,” a news release states. “The Bray Road Beast is a terrifying, werewolf-like creature that has stalked the Midwest for the better part of a century.”
Some production, such as recreation shots and effects, is already underway.
Breedlove said the crew will begin interviewing werewolf witnesses and will capture footage around Elkhorn in April.
The movie will differ slightly from the seven other Small Town Monsters movies because Breedlove said he wants to use the beast as a jumping-off point for a historical look at werewolves and similar creatures.
Breedlove said the subject dates back to the mythological story of Lycaon, whom Zeus turned into a wolf. The movie will be a “window into werewolf mythology,” he said.
“Hopefully, it’s an informative look on a subject that people laugh off or think is just birthed by Hollywood,” Breedlove said. “We’re kind of hoping people will get the rich history of this kind of story.”
The movie still will have a regional focus, he said.
Having so many sightings on the same road is part of what attracted Breedlove to the project. He said he was fascinated by the story of a local groundskeeper who reported seeing the beast in the 1950s.
“(I’m) excited to have this chance to retell these stories,” he said.
Breedlove said it’s not his role to convince viewers that the beast is real.
Rather, he said he hopes people will watch the film with an open mind.
“We’re much more interested in capturing a piece of history and putting it out there for the audience to make up their own mind,” he said. “(We’re) very much interested in simply documenting the story in the words of people who live it.”
A Kickstarter fundraising campaign is set to begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25. The crew will host a question-and-answer session on Facebook Live.
The movie could be out as early as the beginning of September, Breedlove said, but it more likely will be released closer to Halloween.
Meanwhile, Icon Films, a British television production company, is looking to feature the Beast of Bray Road as part of a series for the Travel Channel.
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« Reply #3155 on: Jan 21st, 2018, 09:21am »
"Critics have slammed the idea, saying the initiative is questionable from a legal standpoint and that it borders on racial profiling. However, in 2016, a poll found that the majority of Dutch people approved of racial profiling conducted by police."
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HAVING SAID THE ABOVE...GUESS IT'S A TAD BIT COLD FOR HAL TO RESPOND...
The alert, originally issued on Saturday, was later extended northwards to cover the northwest Highlands, parts of the Western Isles and southwards to cover more of Hertfordshire, Essex and Suffolk.
The Met Office chief forecaster said the amounts of fresh snow would vary considerably across the warning area, with 3-6 cm possible on higher ground and 1-3 cm at lower levels, although some spots would not see any.
Travel has been disrupted, with flights in and out of London Stansted Airport affected.
Physicists have created what they say is the first device that's capable of generating particles that behave as if they have negative mass.
The device generates a strange particle that's half-light/half-matter, and as if that isn't cool enough, it could also be the foundation for a new kind of laser that could operate on far less energy than current technologies.
This builds on recent theoretical work on the behaviour of something called a polariton, which appears to behave as if it has negative mass – a mind-blowing property that sees objects move towards the force pushing it, instead of being pushed away.
Now physicists from the University of Rochester have created a device that allows them to actually create these polaritons at room temperature.
They do this by manipulating captured photons and combine them with a kind of quasi-particle called an exciton to make something half-light/half-matter that some scientists affectionately refer to as 'magic dust'.
This alone is "interesting and exciting from a physics perspective," says quantum physicist Nick Vamivakas from Rochester's Institute of Optics.
"But it also turns out the device we've created presents a way to generate laser light with an incrementally small amount of power."
Before we get stuck into the lasers, let's first unpack exactly what this 'magic dust' polariton is. As we said before, creating a polariton involves combining a photon with a quasi-particle known as an exciton.
If there was an orchestra for particles, there'd be sections for things like electrons, quarks, and photons.
Strictly speaking, quasi-particles wouldn't qualify for a section of their own. They instead form out of the collective behaviour of other particles, much like a harmony of clarinets and flutes.
Since they act like discrete, particle-like objects, they often serve the same purpose. The quasi-particle in question is called an exciton and it's an electron plus a kind of gap called an electron hole.
The pair are bound together by something called a Coulomb force, often made when light interacts with certain materials. In the case of this study, that material happens to be an atomically thin semiconductor made from molybdenum diselenide.
The researchers coupled the semiconductor with an optical microcavity – a tiny hall of mirrors used to confine a particular frequency of light to a standing wave. This combined the identity of the exciton with a standing wave of light to make a polariton.
Such quasi-particles aren't exactly new. But according to the researchers, most polariton work until now has only been done on quasi-particles made out of neutral excitons and photons, and not on other complexes.
This new device has allowed the researchers to probe the interactions between different kinds of polaritons. And it turns out they're incredibly weird.
"By causing an exciton to give up some of its identity to a photon to create a polariton, we end up with an object that has a negative mass associated with it," says Vamivakas.
Negative mass is a hard concept to wrap your head around, but it's important to consider the work in context.
Mass is often observed as a resistance or response to a force. It's harder to push and to stop a bowling ball than a marble.
An object that behaves as if it has negative mass, such as polaritons under these circumstances, will behave in unexpected ways.
"That's kind of a mind-bending thing to think about, because if you try to push or pull it, it will go in the opposite direction from what your intuition would tell you," says Vamivakas.
That could have some rather exciting applications, one of which being the stimulated emission of electromagnetic radiation. Something we more commonly understand as the thing that makes photons 'line up' in a laser.
"With the polaritons we've created with this device, the prescription for getting a laser to operate is completely different," says Vamivakas.
Exhibiting the characteristics of having negative mass, the polaritons could help create lasers with a much lower energy input.
Quasi-particles have been big news in other areas of particle physics in recent years, showing potential in other technologies such as quantum computing.
Physicists have even started to consider whether this 'magic dust' of light and matter could be used as the basis of a radically new kind of supercomputer.
They might not be card-carrying members of the particle community, but quasi-particles are definitely weird enough for us to start paying closer attention.
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Jazz and Classical Pianists Use Their Brains Differently Great minds don’t necessarily think alike when tinkling the ivories.
by Christina Djossa January 19, 2018
You’ve probably heard a friend describe him or herself as “left-brained” or “right-brained.” Left-brained and right-brained are popular classifications, like Type-A or Type-B, for people who identify as a creative or logical thinker. While neuroscience has largely debunked the left-right brain divide, new research from the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (MPI CBS) in Leipzig, Germany shows that a similar binary might apply to pianists.
The MPI CBS study found that jazz and classical pianists use their brains differently while playing the same music. “The reason could be due to the different demands these two styles pose on the musicians,” says lead MPI CBS researcher and neuroscientist Daniela Sammler. Jazz pianists tend to improvise, while classical pianists analyze. These different styles translate in pianists’ brain activities. The scientists tested 15 classically trained pianists and 15 jazz pianists.
All pianists watched a video in which a simulated hand played a “sequence of chords on a piano scattered with mistakes in harmonies and fingering.” Then, the pianists mimicked the simulated hand, and as they played on a muted piano, an electroencephalogram (EEG) recorded their brain waves.
The results demonstrated that classical and jazz musicians plan their playing movements according to their genre and training. A MPI CBS press release states, “regardless of the style, pianists, in principle, first have to know what they are going to play—meaning the keys they have to press—and, subsequently, how to play—meaning the fingers they should use.”
The jazz pianists, used to creative thinking and flexibility, focused on what to play and less so on finger placement. Given unusual chords, the jazz musicians re-adjusted accordingly and played with ease. Classical pianists, however, tested the reverse outcome. Unusual finger placement did not deter the classically trained musicians. Rather, when confronted with the task, they played with great precision.
Sammler concludes “through this study, we unravelled how precisely the brain adapts to the demands of our surrounding environment.” The hope is to broaden the study beyond Western music, and as Sammler puts “search for the smallest common denominator of several genres.”
By Jeanna Bryner, Live Science Managing Editor January 22, 2018
A giant mushroom-shaped cloud rises into the air from the Mayon volcano, seen from the highway in the town of Camalig, near Legazpi City in Albay province, south of Manila on Jan. 22, 2018. Credit: AFP/Getty
Explosions shook the Mayon volcano, while fountains of lava spewed from its summit today (Jan. 22), causing the Philippines government to raise the hazard level from 3 to 4, indicating a violent eruption is imminent.
"Because of this, the Danger Zone is extended to an 8-kilometer [5 miles] radius from the summit vent. The public is strongly advised to be vigilant and desist from entering this danger zone," the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) said in a statement. "Civil aviation authorities must also advise pilots to avoid flying close to the volcano's summit as ash from eruptions can be hazardous to aircraft."
The ground around the summit has also been shaking, PHIVOLCS said.
Renato Solidum of PHIVOLCS and other officials said that the explosion, which occurred around noon local time, "sent superheated lava, molten rocks and steam cascading down Mount Mayon's slopes and shrouded nearby villages in darkness," the Guardian reported.
More than 27,000 residents in Albay Province have fled since Mayon began erupting a few weeks ago, according to the Guardian report. Just last week, an eruption sent red-hot lava from the volcano's mouth, so much that it gave the mountain a face-lift of sorts — the lava repaired damage to the southern side of the volcano from previous eruptions, restoring its iconic cone shape.
The Mayon volcano — which rises some 8,077 feet (2,462 meters) above the Albay Gulf — is the Philippines most active volcano, according to the U.S. Geological Society (USGS). Its steep upper slopes make it a popular, albeit dangerous, climbing spot.
In 2013, with no warning, the volcano burst to life in a so-called phreatic explosion, due to water seeping into the volcano's magma chamber and blasting out as steam. The explosion killed five climbers and injured seven. After several climbing fatalities on Mayon in the 1990s, the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior crafted safety guidelines for individuals on active volcanoes, Live Science previously reported.
Pyroclastic flows, or fast-moving surges of lava and other molten material, have commonly raced down Mayon's flanks from its summit, often devastating populations below, according to the Smithsonian Institution Global Volcanism Program. Its most violent eruption, in 1814, killed more than 1,200 people.