A Great Way to Catch a Thief Online [Video]

svejo.net-replica-watches-high-quality-replica-watches-sale-onlineOFW’s stolen watch ‘for sale’ online leads to arrest of suspect on airport theft
‘An OFW leaving for Dubai reportedly fell victim to an airport theft; his luggage were forcibly unzipped and his more than P300,000 worth of jewelry and expensive watches which were placed inside his luggage were nowhere to be found, as per reports on GMA News TV’s “Balitanghali” on Thursday.

‘On a hunch, the OFW have apparently browsed online selling sites and he chanced upon one site where he spotted one of his missing wristwatches.

‘He immediately communicated with his family in the Philippines; who acted in his behalf. His family sought the assistance of the NBI and an entrapment operation ensued which led to the arrest…’

Real ‘Amazon’ Women Looking for Husbands
Wanted bachelors: Town of beautiful women needs single men for husband. But this is not for chauvinists. They have rules you have to follow

‘More than 600 women live in the town of Noiva do Cordeiro, south-east Brazil. And most of them are aged between 20 and 35 years old.

‘Now they have extended an invitation to potential suitors. But don’t start packing your bags just yet – any men who go have to understand that this corner of the Brazilian countryside is very much a woman’s world.

‘Ms Fernandes said: ‘We’d like to get to know men who would leave their own lives and come to be a part of ours.

”’But first they need to agree to do what we say and live according to our rules.”…’
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Blatant Racists Aren’t the Problem—You Are
Nicholas Kristof says lots of people think they’re more enlightened than they actually are
‘Let’s start with what we don’t know: the precise circumstances under which a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., shot dead an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown.

‘But here’s what evidence does strongly suggest: Young black men in America suffer from widespread racism and stereotyping, by all society — including African-Americans themselves.

‘Research in the last couple of decades suggests that the problem is not so much overt racists. Rather, the larger problem is a broad swath of people who consider themselves enlightened, who intellectually believe in racial equality, who deplore discrimination, yet who harbor unconscious attitudes that result in discriminatory policies and behavior…’

Does racism really exist?

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Entitlement in Literature: What can you say about it?

Originally posted on WP Writers Group:

EntitlementTrap3.inddThe Problem of Entitlement: A Question of Respect

‘…The notion that anyone is required to ‘earn’ the right to criticize or be cynical about something is absolute nonsense. This breeds a higher form of entitlement and elitism, which, in a world of immediately accessible media, we can’t be tolerant of any longer. If someone reads your book and doesn’t like it, you shouldn’t have the ability to invalidate their criticism because they haven’t ‘earned’ the right to critique it, or that they simply just ‘didn’t get it’…’

The Value of Newsroom Titles
Does the publishing industry have the same need?
‘…we can look to another veteran of the traditional press, former Philadelphia Inquirer editor Robert Rosenthal, who has pioneered a groundbreaking new model with the muscular Center for Investigative Reporting. Rosenthal sees the same thing that Gannett execs see: the need to create new jobs that meet the demands…

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Cal Smartphone Kill Switch Law Could Affect You

phonearena-A-smartphone-Kill-Switch-now-mandatory-for-South-Korea‘…With smartphone crime becoming epidemic everywhere, other states are likely watching California intently now, possibly to follow its cue. To get some perspective on what that means for the everyday consumer, let’s start with some fundamentals.
(5 Things To Know About California’s New Kill Switch Law)

‘Interpreting the law can be tough for any layperson. But in this case, it boils down to a handful of basics:…’

This Kid Made an App That Exposes Sellout Politicians
‘With US politics swimming in so much corporate money that it’s pretty much an oligarchy, it can be hard to keep track of which particular set of lobbyists is trying to milk more cash out of health care, fossil fuels, and other very important issues from one week to the next.

‘But thanks to 16-year-old Nick Rubin, keeping track of just how much politicians have sold out has become a lot easier. He created Greenhouse, a new browser plug-in that operates under the motto “Some are red. Some are blue. All are green.” The plugin aims “to shine light on a social and industrial disease of today: the undue influence of money in our Congress.” It sounds like a bit of a lofty aim for an app, but it’s actually pretty simple and effective—it provides a breakdown of a politician’s campaign contributions when that politician’s name comes up in an article. It is currently available for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari and is completely free. As you can imagine, reading about how your member of Congress voted in a recent health bill becomes all the more enlightening if you know how much money the health industry showered him in at the last election…’
the app

Would you rather take orders from a robot?
MIT Study Shows People Would Rather Take Orders From A Robot Than Their Boss
‘Research coming out of MIT confirms that in a two-human, one-robot team working toward a common goal, the humans would rather the robot be in charge.

‘Not only do human participants prefer taking robo-orders when it comes to tackling a manufacturing task, but the robot ended up leading the team in a more productive manner than the humans could…’
From MIT

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Can Books be Really Hazardous to Your Health?

en.wikipedia-50ShadesofGreyCoverArtStudy says reading Fifty Shades of Grey poses dangerous health risks
It wouldn’t be so surprising if the books are Health or Fitness books. An author of a jogging and running book died while he himself was jogging.

‘A recent study at Michigan State University found out that reading ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ an erotic romantic novel by E.L. James, puts women at more risk of succumbing to eating disorders, binge drinking and abusive relationships.

‘The findings of the scientists claim that they are not endorsing the ban for the novel, but are merely stating the risks of reading the book.

‘There have been previous studies relating the effects of watching violent films to the behavior of the person who watches it, but this research is among the first to analyze the relationship between health risks and popular fiction depicting violence against women.

‘Fifty Shades of Grey is about the deepening relationship between a literature graduate, Anastasia Steele, and a young business tycoon, Christian Grey. The predicament of the story lies on the extreme fondness of Christian Grey to sadism and masochism, resulting to physical violence and emotional torture of Anastasia Steele…’

The Perils of Writing About True Crimes
There was a writer who wrote about a prisoner and ridiculed him. The writer was later ‘found shot mob execution style and stashed in a hollow tree in East Orange NJ.’. Now I don’t know if the writer knew whom he was writing about—which is easy to guess. Do you know of any other perils in writing about true crimes?

Actually, I like writing about dumb criminals and making fun of it. But to my knowledge, I haven’t written about organized crime goons yet. Maybe the case above will deter me now. Just maybe.

CNN iReport on CDC whistleblower spreads like wildfire, then censored
‘On August 22, a user named Bobby Dee posted a CNN iReport about the CDC whistleblower who states he cooked data to hide a vaccine-autism connection.

‘CNN iReports aren’t official CNN stories. They’re “user generated news…opinions belong to the submitter.”

‘Well, Bobby’s submission, as Celia Farber reports at truthbarrier.com, rocketed to 45,232 views in a matter of hours. 178 comments, 17 thousand shares.

‘Then it was axed, removed, deleted.

‘CNN printed the usual tired explanation. The iReport had been “flagged.” It was “in violation of iReport’s policy.”…’

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George Orwell on the “War On Terror” [Video]

English: George Orwell in Hampstead On the cor...

English: George Orwell in Hampstead On the corner of Pond Street and South End Road, opposite the Royal Free Hospital. The bookshop has long gone. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This has got to be the best kept secret of the last 150 years
‘Police and intelligence agencies create the vast majority of terror, everything from bombings to beheadings to garden variety “trouble” at peaceful demonstrations. We’ll be demonstrating how this works in upcoming videos. In the meantime, make sure you watch this at least two times. Why?

‘It has to do with The Big Lie Theory which was a favorite of Hitler’s. His point was the average, normal, sane person will never believe what governments really do because it is beyond their experience to lie and commit such outrageous crimes…’
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World’s ‘Greatest’ Mass Murderess Bathed in Blood
Countess Elizabeth Bathory of the Kingdom of Hungary reportedly tortured and killed up to 650 girls and bathed in their blood because she believed it kept her looking young. How more vain can you get?

‘In the lovely Slovakian town of Trencin, my friend Martin and I are joined by two guides, Ivan Kralik and Peter Pastier, who work in the local tourism office.

‘They drive us to the town of Cachtice, 30 kilometers away, recounting the story of the Blood Countess.

‘The macabre name came from her apparent tendency to bathe in the blood of her victims.

‘She’s said to have believed the blood of virgin girls would maintain her youthful-looking skin…’

More Vanity
Comic Book Sold for $3.2M
‘A precious copy of a comic book Action Comic #1 with a near perfect condition raked in $3.2 million on eBay making it the most expensive comic book in the world today.

‘The first issue of the series comic book Action Comics introduced Superman to the world on April 18, 1938. It is believed there are about 50 to 100 original copies of the comics in existence today. Collectibles dealer and owner of Pristine Comics Darren Adams had one of them and it was in a remarkably nearly pristine condition…’

The Ways Space is Trying to Kill Us
‘…We’ve heard about the deaths of the three Apollo astronauts during a launching pad test exercise in 1967, the six who lost their lives when the space shuttle Challenger disintegrated 73 seconds after liftoff in 1986, and the seven who were killed when the Columbia shuttle broke up during re-entry in 2003

‘But while leaving Earth and returning to it are both risky business, the time that astronauts spend in the airless, cold and highly irradiated void of space is fraught with ever-present lethal peril, too. Space is so dangerous, in fact, that it’s amazing that only three humans—a trio of Soviet cosmonauts on a 1971 mission—have actually perished there. Here are 10 of the ways in which the cosmos is unforgiving of our inherent frailties…’
10 ways

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Hack Into a Computer by Simply Touching It

arstechnica-touch-640x225‘…This research is a side-channel attack. The metal parts of a laptop, such as the shielding around USB ports, and heatsink fins, are notionally all at a common ground level. However, this level undergoes tiny fluctuations due to the electric fields within the laptop. These variations can be measured, and this can be used to leak information about encryption keys.

‘The measurements can be done by directly attaching a digitizer to a metal part of the laptop, but they don’t have to be this obvious. The researchers showed that they could retrieve information with connections at the far end of shielded USB, VGA, and Ethernet connections. They also used human touch: a person in contact with metal parts of the laptop can in turn be connected to a digitizer, and the voltage fluctuations can be measured…’

Send Photo of your Assailant to Police During Attack
‘This Smart Pepper Spray Snaps a Photo of Your Assailant and Sends It to the Police

Curing the societal germs that beget assault will take a lot of time and effort. In the meantime, a burgeoning industry has emerged bent on producing smart devices to help women defend themselves from danger. Enter: The Defender, a smart pepper spray that connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth. In the event of an assault, spraying the assailant activates an alarm and snaps a photo of the target. The device is monitored by a 24-hour response team that will alert authorities and pass along the photo…’
Here’s the hype video from The Defender Indiegogo page

Detect Date Rape Drugs with Nail Polish
‘Checking to see if your drink has been tampered with is about to get a whole lot more discreet. Thanks to the work of four North Carolina State University undergrads, you’ll soon be able to find out without reaching for a testing tool. That’s because you’ll already have five of them on each hand.

‘The team — Ankesh Madan, Stephen Gray, Tasso Von Windheim, and Tyler Confrey-Maloney — has come up with a creative and unobtrusive way to package chemicals that react when exposed to Rohypnol and GHB. They put it in nail polish that they’re calling Undercover Colors…’

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Twitter and Press Intimidation in Ferguson

niemanlab-ferguson-protesters-ap‘…There are downsides to the way Twitter mediates events like Ferguson’s protests as well: Politico’s Alex Byers talked to several experts who said Twitter’s free-for-all nature fused with the chaos in Ferguson “to create an environment that spotlights startling developments over measured action or solutions.” Still, many users have remarked on how much better Twitter has been for following the situation in Ferguson than Facebook, which has been inundated with videos of people being dumped with buckets of ice water for most of the week.

‘…The American Journalism Review’s Lisa Rossi advised readers to spread their news consumption across platforms, and Mandy Brown of The Verge called for more transparent and sophisticated filters that can help us comprehend information at the same speed we’re sharing it…’

Are Print Books Better than eBooks for Education?
Research suggests that recall of plot after using an e-reader is poorer than with traditional books
‘A new study which found that readers using a Kindle were “significantly” worse than paperback readers at recalling when events occurred in a mystery story is part of major new Europe-wide research looking at the impact of digitisation on the reading experience.

‘…”In this study, we found that paper readers did report higher on measures having to do with empathy and transportation and immersion, and narrative coherence, than iPad readers,” said Mangen.

‘But instead, the performance was largely similar, except when it came to the timing of events in the story. “The Kindle readers performed significantly worse on the plot reconstruction measure, ie, when they were asked to place 14 events in the correct order.”…’

David Foster Wallace on Writing
‘In a sentiment that Anne Lamott memorably made, urging that perfectionism is the great enemy of creativity, and Neil Gaiman subsequently echoed in his 8 rules of writing, where he asserted that “perfection is like chasing the horizon,” Wallace adds:

“Like any art, probably, the more experience you have with it, the more the horizon of what being really good is . . . the more it recedes. . . . Which you could say is an important part of my education as a writer. If I’m not aware of some deficits, I’m not going to be working hard to try to overcome them. . . .”

‘Like any kind of infinitely rich art, or any infinitely rich medium, like language, the possibilities for improvement are infinite and so are the possibilities for screwing up and ceasing to be good in the ways you want to be good.’…’

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