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  • Forensic scientists caught a deer munching on a human carcass for the first time ever

    12/17/2017 8:58:14 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Popular Science ^ | May 5, 2017 | Sarah Fecht
    It’s gruesome, but could help investigationsForensic scientists have to do a lot of weird things in order to solve crimes and identify bodies. Sometimes that involves leaving corpses outside to rot, to better understand what happens during and after decomposition. In fact, there are entire facilities devoted to studying the decay of donated human remains, like the 26-acre Forensic Anthropology Research Facility (FARF) in San Marcos, Texas. In July 2014, researchers left a body in a wooded part of FARF. They wanted to learn about how different scavengers leave their marks on human remains, so they set up a motion-sensitive...
  • Top Gun - North Korean style

    Kinda speaks for itself. But, might I say to all MiG-21 detractors, the Fishbed is still one of the finest jet fighters ever produced, and I believe exported to more countries than any other supersonic jet. RESPECT THE MIG....it's the pilot who's to be pitied. So speaks Da J Maj.
  • U.S. judge to lift house arrest for former Trump campaign manager Manafort

    12/15/2017 8:07:14 PM PST · by Rabin · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | DECEMBER 15, 2017 | Karen Freifeld
    <p>A U.S. District Court judge on Friday said she would release Paul Manafort from hyper house arrest, to houses arrest for bail of just $10 million… Judge Jackson wants; forfeit of two homes in New York, one in Alexandria, and his home in Florida, plus wife Kathleens’$5 million, daughter Andreas’ $2 million and a full months, collections of the news paper kid, as appropriate.</p>
  • Who Ran the DNC Server???

    12/15/2017 4:38:56 PM PST · by demsux · 8 replies
    Various | 12/15/2017 | Self
    Does anyone here know what person/company was responsible for the DNC server prior to wikileaks releasing the emails? I have tried searching every way I know how, and can find no mention of the system admin. Awan was the system admin for most of the Democratic Caucus INCLUDING DWS and she was running the DNC, so was Awan in charge of the DNC server as well? THAT would answer ALOT of questions. Maybe HE sold the info to the Russians? Maybe he handed it off to Assange? Maybe Seth Rich stumbled upon Awan's theft of the emails? Maybe Sam MCCABE...
  • The Atlantic: Internet Porn Is Killing the Environment

    12/15/2017 12:54:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Breitbart Tech ^ | 14 Dec 2017 | Charlie Nash
    The Atlantic claims online pornography is killing the environment at a greater pace than physical pornography ever did, in an article this week. “So many people watch porn online that the industry’s carbon footprint might be worse now that it was in the days of DVDs and magazines,” declared Atlantic writer Matt Kessler. […] … “Using a formula that Netflix published on its blog in 2015, Nathan Ensmenger, a professor at Indiana University who is writing a book about the environmental history of the computer, calculates that if Pornhub streams video as efficiently as Netflix (0.0013 kWh per streaming hour),...
  • Japan’s caution over N. Korean ‘ghost ships’ lets China off hook

    12/12/2017 9:49:10 PM PST · by Rabin · 2 replies
    Asia Times ^ | DECEMBER 11, 2017 | PETER J. BROWN
    Japanese Coast Guard has recently warned over 800 North Korean fishing vessels to leave Japanese waters; may demonstrate Tokyo is finally addressing maritime domain awareness – and aims to address North Korean “ghost ships” ... first started arriving, loaded with corpses, three years ago. The body ships are still coming, however. To date, Japan seems powerless to prevent the penetration of North Korean vessels deep into its waters.
  • TV Director Threatens Woman Over Payment

    12/12/2017 12:07:19 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    Gulf Today ^ | December 12, 2017 | HAMZA M SENGENDO
    DUBAI: A TV director caught up in a payment dispute with a woman threatened to use her photos to create an adult video he would publicise on social media. The Arab man, 43, landed at the Dubai Criminal Court for having reportedly blackmailed the Arab woman with threats to tarnish her honour unless she paid Euro20, 000 (Dhs86, 600) he had spent on her. Prosecutors also accused him of misusing information technology to modify the woman’s photos with the intention of shaming her, besides using telecom services to hurt her feelings in 2016. During court questioning he denied the charges...
  • Governor's Office Awards $6.5M in Grants for Sexual Assault Victims

    12/10/2017 9:46:00 PM PST · by Rabin · 7 replies
    New York Law Journal ^ | December 08, 2017 | Josefa Velasquez
    New York's Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced nearly $6.5 million in grants to 55 anti-sexual assault crisis (abortion slush funds) run by hospitals, nonprofits and New York “agencies”.
  • WATCH: Mesa Police Officer Found Not Guilty of Murder in Shooting of Unarmed Man

    12/10/2017 10:03:51 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 71 replies
    ExposingGovernment.com ^ | December 9, 2017 | exposinggovernment
    A Maricopa County jury on Thursday found former Mesa police Officer Philip “Mitch” Brailsford not guilty of second-degree murder charges in the 2016 shooting of an unarmed Texas man who was on his knees begging for his life. Jurors deliberated for less than six hours over two days, finishing Thursday afternoon. The eight-member jury also found Brailsford not guilty of the lesser charge of reckless manslaughter. The packed courtroom in Maricopa County Superior Court was quiet after one of Judge George Foster’s clerks read the verdict. Brailsford was one of two officers in Arizona since 2005 who had been charged...
  • Windows 10 Creators Update Fail (vanity)

    12/09/2017 8:56:58 PM PST · by Pearls Before Swine · 84 replies
    Self | Dec. 9, 2017 | (self) Pearls Before Swine
    Looking for some helpful hints and discussion on Windows 10 update. I have a G751 Asus ROG computer, which is pretty capable and modern (Intel quad core 4710HQ, 32 GB RAM, NVIDIA 970 GTX), only a couple of years old. I've been using Windows 10 Home Edition happily for the last 2+ years, accepting upgrades as they are pushed to me without problems. Now comes the Creators Update (the 1703 series of Windows 10), and I have big problems. First off, MS is pushing it on me, by clogging up my computer with the Windows 10 upgrade download. When I...
  • House Ethics Committee clears Devin Nunes

    12/07/2017 6:47:06 PM PST · by Rabin · 16 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Thursday, December 07, 2017 | staff
    The House Ethics Committee on Thursday night cleared Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee… Ethics said that, following analysis from "classification experts" it has determined that what Nunes disclosed was not classified information, ending months of "investigation" into the Republican lawmaker's. Nunes has called on the committee to release all transcripts related to his case. “I respect the ethics process, but I remain dismayed that it took an unbelievable eight months for the Committee to dismiss this matter.
  • Ex-NSA Worker Pleads Guilty

    12/02/2017 9:04:54 PM PST · by Rabin · 13 replies
    Brui Direct ^ | December 3rd, 2017 | courtesy of ENGADGET by Jon Fingas
    The admission revealed the identity behind a big data breach. Nghia Hoang Pho, 67. Nghia, Carted home, “Top Secret” and “Sensitive Compartmented”, Information for over five years. These files were downloaded onto Pho’s personal computer and then routinely harvested by Russian intelligence. Pho took a mix of digital and physical info home between 2010 and 2015. he was using it to rewrite his resume -- this was intentional, but not spiteful. Pho may face prison time when he's sentenced on April 6th, but prosecutors “are open to calls for a lighter sentence” given the non-malicious nature of the case. It...
  • Judge to rule in Twin Peaks recusal motion(Waco)

    11/28/2017 6:15:51 PM PST · by Elderberry · 131 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 11/28/2017 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna should be disqualified from prosecuting the Twin Peaks cases because he usurped police authority by charging the bikers en masse, he has a financial interest in the outcome and he hopes the notoriety will springboard him into state office, an attorney for one of the bikers argued Tuesday. In a brief hearing Tuesday, Dallas attorney Clint Broden sought to recuse 54th State District Judge Matt Johnson from presiding over a hearing in which he will seek to disqualify Reyna and his office from handling the case of former biker Burton George Bergman. Johnson declined...
  • U.S. rejects Kurdistan’s call for mediation

    11/26/2017 10:18:45 PM PST · by Rabin · 10 replies
    ekurd ^ | 11.24.17 | Staff
    WASHINGTON,— Heather Nauert, does not deem it “necessary ” to appoint an envoy to help resolve tensions between Iraq and previously fully autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government. Peshmerga yielded control of Kirkuk, to Quds Force-Bagdad quislings. “So, I mean, that’s a very high level of support that we have trying to help facilitate things—for things to improve in Iraq. I don’t know that there’s that much more that we can do,”...
  • Here’s your leftover turkey: The case for Hillary Clinton 2020 (Bizzaro-world)

    11/24/2017 7:41:07 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Salon | November 24, 2017 | Matthew Rozsa
    Link only due to copyright issues and content: https://www.salon.com/2017/11/24/heres-your-leftover-turkey-the-case-for-hillary-clinton-2020/
  • DoD Upholds Marine General's Contempt Conviction in USS Cole Dispute

    11/22/2017 9:20:22 PM PST · by Rabin · 3 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 22 Nov 2017 | Carol Rosenberg
    The official, Harvey Rishikof, however, decided that Marine Brig. Gen. John Baker need not serve the remainder of a 21-day sentence of confinement (in this trailer park quarters behind the courthouse) or pay a $1,000 fine. USS Cole case judge Air Force Col. Vance Spath sentenced Baker to both on Nov. 2 for invoking a privilege and refusing to answer the judge's questions at the war court.
  • Ms. Sanders, I’m thankful that Trump wasn’t president when I came to this country

    11/21/2017 1:07:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | November 21, 2017 | Fabiola Santiago
    In President Donald Trump’s first Thanksgiving in the White House, the Pilgrims are expendable — and so is the media’s dignity. Clad in cheerful holiday red, his press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, walked up to the White House press corps podium Monday and ran through the reasons she’s thankful this Thanksgiving. Her list was basically a rundown of President Trump’s so-called “law and order” and “America First” policies, and she thanked the protagonists tasked with defending the country, our borders and our streets. The moment might have gone down as another superficial delivery of rhetoric versus substance, but then Sanders...
  • Working with White Women is the Bane of My Existence

    11/21/2017 12:07:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies
    Wear Your Voice ^ | June 8, 2017 | Rachael Edwards
    It was the thick of Black History Month and I worked as an art administrator for a program in Baltimore City. The site I was assigned to was managed by a white woman who cloaked her racism with a bright smile and photos on Facebook with Black students that garnered “ooo’s” and “ahh’s” from the white liberal peanut gallery in the comment section. I once told her that since we celebrated Latinx Heritage Month, that we should celebrate Black History Month with our students. Her response, dripping with anti-Blackness, was that celebrating Black History Month would be “too overwhelming”. I...
  • Hillary: 'Very Credible' Sexual Assault Allegations Against Trump Should Be Investigated

    11/19/2017 11:36:30 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 109 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | November 18, 2017 | Jamie Ducharme
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for more investigation into sexual assault allegations brought against President Donald Trump, equating them with those leveled against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore. “We have a man who’s accused of sexual assault sitting in the Oval Office, don’t we? The very credible accusations against him have not been taken seriously,” Clinton said during an interview with 77 WABC Radio’s Rita Cosby. “We can’t excuse the president from this debate.” Later, Clinton added that Trump “has disgraced the office.” During the interview, Clinton also praised the way Sen. Al Franken dealt with sexual misconduct...
  • Why Clinton Lost: What Russia Did to Control the American Mind and Put Trump in the White House

    11/18/2017 10:38:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    Newsweek ^ | November 18, 2017 | Jessica Kwong
    Fake news tweets and social media posts that flooded the internet leading up to the 2016 presidential election came from a Russian troll factory that works around the clock like any IT facility—except lies were pumping out to control the American mind and put Donald Trump in the White House. The Internet Research Agency, which works on behalf of Russia inside a guarded, concrete building in St. Petersburg, has day and night shifts and hundreds of former journalists and bloggers creating thousands of posts with false and controversial information to reach certain quotas It was "a merry-go-round of lies," Vitaly...