NSA 'collected details of online sexual activity' of Islamist radicals | World news. The NSA has been collecting details about the online sexual activity of prominent Islamist radicals in order to undermine them, according to a new Snowden document published by the Huffington Post. The American surveillance agency targeted six unnamed "radicalisers", none of whom is alleged to have been involved in terror plots. One document argues that if the vulnerabilities they are accused of were to be exposed, this could lead to their devotion to the jihadist cause being brought into question, with a corresponding loss of authority. As an example of vulnerabilities, it lists: "Viewing sexually explicit material online or using sexually persuasive language when communicating with inexperienced young girls.
" The names of the six targeted individuals have been redacted. One is listed as having been imprisoned for inciting hatred against non-Muslims. Raw meat diet is rare. Warning: This link contains some rather distasteful imagery. I’m OK with raw meat but this goes WAY too far. This Guy’s Eaten Nothing but Raw Meat for Five Years | VICE Canada.
After feeling poorly on other diets, Derek Nance gives this unconventional diet a try. VICE: Hi, Derek. Can you tell me more about this diet? Whose idea was this? Derek: So it was started by a dentist named Weston Price who in the 1930s studied the health benefits of eating more raw foods, including meats. Our tipster, Al Maldondo writes: Some people omit carbs, others omit fat but Nance’s diet omits everything but raw meat. Raw meat is far more difficult to consume and digest than cooked meat. Car key immobiliser hack revelations blocked by UK court. 29 July 2013Last updated at 08:06 ET Megamos Crypto transponders are built into car keys to disable the vehicles' engine immobilisers A High Court judge has blocked three security researchers from publishing details of how to crack a car immobilisation system.
German car maker Volkswagen and French defence group Thales obtained the interim ruling after arguing that the information could be used by criminals. The technology is used by several car manufacturers. The academics had planned to present the information at a conference in August. The three researchers are Flavio Garcia, a computer science lecturer at the University of Birmingham, and Baris Ege and Roel Verdult, security researchers at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands. "The University of Birmingham is disappointed with the judgement which did not uphold the defence of academic freedom and public interest, but respects the decision," said a spokeswoman. Radboud University Nijmegen said it found the ban "incomprehensible". The United States Once Planned On Nuking the Moon. Today I Found Out the United States once planned on shooting a nuclear bomb at the moon. If you presumed that the reasoning behind such an act was “because we can”, you are absolutely correct.
That is exactly why the U.S. wanted to do it, in order to one-up the Soviet Union, who were perceived as leading the space race at the time. The project was labeled “A Study of Lunar Research Flights” or “Project A119″ and was developed by the U.S. Air Force in the late 1950s. According to one of the leaders of the project, physicist Leonard Reiffel, hitting the moon with an intercontinental ballistic missile would have been relatively easy to accomplish, including hitting the target with an accuracy of about two miles.
The project was eventually scrapped as it was felt that the public would not respond favorably to the U.S. dropping a nuclear bomb on the moon. United States: “Hey Soviet Union, don’t worry about that intercontinental missile we just fired that has a nuclear warhead attached. The Story of the Tsar Bomba. The Tsar Bomba, or “Big Ivan” as the Soviets nicknamed it, is the single most powerful man-made explosive device in human history. But why was such a device even made? Well, for similar reasons as to why the U.S. once thought it would be fun to nuke the moon- basically, the bomb was little more than Russia demonstrating its military might and ingenuity; it was simply too massive to be easily deployed in regular warfare, particularly nearly impossible for the Soviets to effectively deploy against the U.S.
The bomb itself was so powerful that the survival rate for the pilot and crew aboard the plane that dropped it was estimated at 50%, and they were 10 km (about six miles) in the sky and 45 km (28 miles) away when the parachuted bomb detonated at an elevation of about 4 km (2.5 miles). And this is after they reduced the total yield of the bomb by half. So surely such a device was tens of months, if not years in the making, no? If you liked this article, you might also enjoy: Bonus Facts: Please Spy On Us: Poll Finds Public Support For 'Snooping' Plans Despite NSA Prism Scandal. A majority of Britons support the government's controversial 'snooping' proposals - despite the growing NSA/Prism data-sharing scandal, an exclusive poll for The Huffington Post UK reveals. And more than four in 10 people think the security services should be able to break data laws in order to prevent terrorism.
The first major survey carried out since the leaking of details of the US Prism surveillance programme found that 51% of voters either backed the coalition's draft Communications Data Bill, or thought it did not go far enough. The Bill would allow the security services access to mobile phone and internet records. Civil liberties campaigners had hoped the ongoing data-mining revelations involving Google, Apple and Facebook would serve as a "wake-up call" on the plans.
But just 38% of people polled agreed that the Bill "goes too far" and "undermines our privacy". Four in 10 people would be happy if GCHQ broke the law But 46% would be happy with such a measure, the YouGov poll found. Girl fakes kidnapping for iPad. A 12-year-old girl from Abu Dhabi, UAE calls her father and claims that she has been kidnapped, the kidnappers want iPad as a ransom. The father in shock contacted the police immediately after the girl’s call which took the case in its hands. The father tried to call the girl a number of times but found her cell switched off. “I tried her number but she was out of range. She later called and told me she had been kidnapped and her abductors would set her free only if I got them an iPad. I informed the police who saw through her game plan.’’ Khaleej Times reports that a team of police officers, after investigation concluded that the girl faked about her kidnapping in order to get new iPad. “On investigating, the policemen managed to locate the child at a shopping mall in Abu Dhabi.”
The girl was trying to force her father for buying iPad for her but when it didn’t worked, she tricked her own father into drama of getting kidnapped. Department Of Defense Is Spending Millions Trying To 3D-Print Weapons. SAN MATEO, Calif. (AP) -- Invisalign, a San Jose company, uses 3-D printing to make each mouthful of customized, transparent braces. Mackenzies Chocolates, a confectioner in Santa Cruz, uses a 3-D printer to pump out chocolate molds. And earlier this year, Cornell University researchers used a 3-D printer, along with injections of a special collagen gel, to create a human-shaped ear. Once a science-fiction fantasy, three-dimensional printers are popping up everywhere from the desks of home hobbyists to Air Force drone research centers. The machines, generally the size of a microwave oven and costing $400 to more than $500,000, extrude layer upon layer of plastics or other materials, including metal, to create 3-D objects with moving parts.
Users are able to make just about anything they like: iPad stands, guitars, jewelry, even guns. "We're on the verge of the next industrial revolution, no doubt about it," added Dartmouth College business professor Richard D'Aveni. “The Woman With the iPad” Disrupts Epic Mountain Gorilla Trek. By Doris Schaffer After flying to Uganda, making my way to Rwanda, and actually trekking twice to visit mountain gorillas, I thought I’d be writing a travelogue describing the lush country of a thousand hills and the difficulty of getting to the gorilla habitats. I was certain I’d be explaining that mountain gorillas are endangered with only 700 or so left in the world; that they’re vegetarians, susceptible to human illnesses, have 97% of the same DNA as humans, are highly social, have an average life span of 35 years, and live in families governed by the oldest male, the silverback.
I planned to put into words the satisfaction of observing and photographing a gorilla family for almost two hours, the adorable antics of the juveniles, the tenderness with which a nursing mother cuddles her baby, and the thrill of making eye contact with a large female as she brushed past me in search of some delicious leaves. Upscale Trekking After a 45-minute climb, we entered the forest. Gorillas Found. Exclusive: GSA failed to pay thousands of small government contractors since 2008. The U.S. General Services Administration failed to fully pay more than 1,300 small contractors since 2008, shorting them a collective $3 million. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/GETTY IMAGES) The General Services Administration has failed to fully pay 1,334 federal contractors, shorting them by more than $3 million since 2008, according to a House committee report released Thursday.
The amount may not be large, but lawmakers on the Republican-led House Small Business Committee emphasized the importance of such companies. “Contracting with small businesses is good for the economy and it’s good for the taxpayer because small companies bring cost-savings to the federal government,” Sam Graves (R-Mo.), the committee chairman, said in a statement. “But when federal agencies don’t live up to their end of the bargain, small businesses are discouraged from competing and taxpayers lose the benefits of government efficiency.” GSA plans to pay the debts dating to 2007, according to an agency spokeswoman.
Rat meat and Chinese food safety. 12 May 2013Last updated at 20:16 ET By Martin Patience BBC News, Beijing The latest food scandal in China - which has seen rat meat passed off as lamb - has raised more questions about food safety in the country. It seems that barely a day goes by in China without news of yet another food safety scandal. But the latest case - even by Chinese standards - was truly stomach-churning. Hundreds of people were arrested after passing off rat meat as lamb. Perhaps, unsurprisingly, the scandal has given rise to a round of stories about rodents. I heard one anecdote about a restaurant in southern China that serves up rat meat dishes. At this particular restaurant, the owners reassured the customers their rats had been caught in the countryside and not in the sewers.
Now, whether the story is true or not, it gives you a flavour of public concern over food safety. My wife recently had lunch at a restaurant and discovered a stone in her soup and then a piece of scrubbing brush in her main course. Syria 'working to repair internet' after blackout. 8 May 2013Last updated at 11:10 ET Activists and journalists in Syria rely on the internet to get out news and footage to the wider world The internet in Syria appears to have returned after a nationwide blackout knocked the country offline for more than 19 hours. Monitoring company Renesys noted signs of activity at around 14:30 GMT (17:30 local time) on Wednesday. Local state-run media had reported earlier that a "fault in optical fibre cables" was to blame for the blackout. However, experts dismissed this explanation as "unlikely".
David Belson, of Akamai, said: "Our monitoring shows that Syria's international internet connectivity is through at least four providers, and published submarine cable maps show connectivity through three active cables. "As such, the failure of a single optical cable is unlikely to cause a complete internet outage for the country. " Syria last experienced a shutdown for three days last November. Immediate drop However, neither theory was substantiated. Syria 'cut off from the internet' 8 May 2013Last updated at 06:08 ET The cause of the latest internet outage in Syria is not known Internet services have halted across Syria, in what appears to be the second shutdown in six months.
Web monitoring companies reported regular traffic on the internet plummeted to zero just before 19:00 GMT on Tuesday (22:00 local time). Syria last experienced a shutdown for three days last November. The Syrian government blamed that incident on "terrorists", but internet experts said it was more likely that the regime had shut down the web. President Bashar al-Assad's government has been fighting a bloody internal conflict for two years. Activists suggested at the time of the last internet shutdown that the regime might have been planning a major offensive, or that it might have been attempting to disrupt rebel communications. However, neither theory was substantiated. US web companies, including Renesys and Akamai, logged the latest blackout late on Tuesday. 'Deliberate attempt to silence'
Hybrid Flu, Created In Lab From Swine & Bird Influenza Genes, Can Go Airborne. By Ed Yong As the world is transfixed by a new H7N9 bird flu virus spreading through China, a study reminds us that a different avian influenza — H5N1 — still poses a pandemic threat. A team of scientists in China has created hybrid viruses by mixing genes from H5N1 and the H1N1 strain behind the 2009 swine flu pandemic, and showed that some of the hybrids can spread through the air between guinea pigs. The results are published in Science1. Flu hybrids can arise naturally when two viral strains infect the same cell and exchange genes. This process, known as reassortment, produced the strains responsible for at least three past flu pandemics, including the one in 2009. There is no evidence that H5N1 and H1N1 have reassorted naturally yet, but they have many opportunities to do so. Flu fears “I do believe such research is critical to our understanding of influenza,” says Farrar.
Virologists have created H5N1 reassortants before. “It’s a very extensive paper,” says Schultz-Cherry. Nicaragua cloud forest 'under siege' by illegal loggers. 3 May 2013Last updated at 05:38 ET By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent, BBC News The Bosawas Reserve is a critically important rainforest but native people say it is being destroyed by "colonists" A famed rainforest in Nicaragua is under growing threat from illegal loggers, say indigenous leaders. The Bosawas Biosphere Reserve is Central America's largest tropical forest with clouds constantly drifting over the hilly terrain. But the Mayangna and Miskito people who live there say 30,000 hectares a year are being deforested by "colonists". They are calling on US president Barack Obama, who is visiting the region, to support their battle. Described by the United Nations as a global biological treasure, the reserve is located on the border between Nicaragua and Honduras and teems with wildlife.
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