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Submission + - Dallas Police Robot Delivers Bomb To Kill Shooter After 5 Shot Dead, 9 Wounded (

cold fjord writes: Last night a "Black Lives Matter" protest in Dallas was the scene of the deadliest incident for police in the US since the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. A shooter opened fired on the protest, targeting police, and shot dead 5 police officers, wounded 7 more, as well as wounding 2 civilians. The shooter was firing from a parking garage which he claimed was rigged with multiple bombs. After attempts to resolved the situation by negotiations failed, the Dallas police ended the incident by using their explosive ordnance disposal robot to deliver a bomb that killed the shooter. The Dallas police believe there was a second shooter and a conspiracy. They have three people in custody who are reported to be uncooperative. An expert has stated this is the first time a police robot has been used to kill. The dead shooter is reported to have been upset about recent police shootings, and wanted to kill white people, especially white police officers. The area is still on lock down while the incident is being investigated, and the FAA established a temporary No Fly Zone over Dallas.

Submission + - SPAM: Britain Votes To Leave The European Union

cold fjord writes: In a national referendum of enormous consequence the people of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland have voted to leave the European Union by a margin of 51.8% to 48.2% with 95% of the votes counted in a record turnout of 72.2% of the electorate. The consequences of the U.K. leaving the E.U. will unfold over a period of years and Europeans are left wondering if Britain will be the only country to leave the E.U., or only the first. With this decision comes reports that Sinn Fein in Northern Ireland and the SNP in Scotland will be calling for dissolving their union with the United Kingdom. The future of the current Prime Minister, David Cameron, is uncertain. The British Pound has taken a beating. But Britain is now moving into a very different future from the one it appeared to have just yesterday, able to make choices independent from Brussels.
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Submission + - Stephen Hawking & 150 Royal Society Scientists: Brexit Disaster For UK Scien ( 1

cold fjord writes: Steven Hawking, 150 fellows of the Royal Society (three Nobel laureates among them), and the Astronomer Royal, are warning that exit from the EU by the UK could be a disaster for science in the UK. An immediate issue would be restrictions on travel and how that would result in scientists from around the EU no longer coming to the UK to work. That would make the UK less competitive for new talent. It would also mean that scientists in the EU with grant money would be less likely to bring their research and grant money to the UK to perform their work. Switzerland is listed as an example of the resulting harm. The scientists make the point that freedom of travel for scientists is as important for science as free trade is for economies. This point of view is not shared by all.

Submission + - Former NSA, CIA Director General Hayden Sides With Apple Over FBI (

cold fjord writes: General Michael Hayden (Retired), who served as head of both the NSA and CIA, has taken a position supporting Apple in its conflict with the FBI. Apple is fighting a court order to assist the FBI in breaking into the government owned phone used by one of the two dead terrorists responsible for the recent San Bernardino massacre. General Hayden stated, “You can argue this on constitutional grounds. Does the government have the right to do this? Frankly, I think the government does have a right to do it. You can do balancing privacy and security dead men don’t have a right to privacy. I don’t use those lenses. My lens is the security lens, and frankly, it’s a close but clear call that Apple’s right on just raw security grounds . . .", and, "I get why the FBI wants to get into the phones but this may be a case where we’ve got to give up some things in law enforcement and even counter terrorism in order to preserve this aspect, our cybersecurity.”

Submission + - Warming Slowdown Was Real, Scientists Say ( 1

cold fjord writes: Discovery News reports, “On Wednesday, a group of prominent scientists published a commentary faulting colleagues who have published papers downplaying or dismissing the significance of a 13-year slowdown in warming rates . . . . “We shouldn’t sweep the early 2000s warming slowdown under the rug,” said Penn State meteorology professor Michael Mann, one of 11 authors of the commentary published in Nature Climate Change. . . . Until 2009, scientists had little explanation for the phenomenon. By 2014, though, it was known that the slowdown was caused primarily by a phase in a slow-moving Pacific Ocean cycle, with fierce trade winds driving more heat than normal into ocean depths. . . . Several recent papers have called into question whether the surface warming slowdown was significant. . . . Wednesday’s commentary lauded the advances in climate science that helped solve the mystery . . . while rebuking other scientists whose research has concluded that the slowdown was insignificant or unimportant. “. . . it has been imperative for scientists to provide a timely explanation of the warming slowdown,” wrote the 11 scientists, who are based in Canada, England, Australia and the U.S. . . . One of the studies singled out . . . was produced by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists led by Thomas Karl . . . Karl’s team believes some historical records of ocean temperatures are flawed, and they corrected them accordingly. The result of that analysis led them to conclude in a paper published last year in Science that warming during the early 2000s was “far more similar” to the longer-term trends “than previously estimated.” That surprise finding prompted Rep. Lamar Smith . . . Smith has argued that the NOAA study was “expedited to fit” the Obama Administration’s “aggressive” climate policies — a claim the agency strongly denies. . . . ”

Submission + - Edward Snowden Keynoting This Weekend's Free State Project Liberty Forum (

cold fjord writes: Nick Gillespie at Reason is heading to The Free State Project's annual Liberty Forum. being held this weekend in Manchester, New Hampshire. One of the highlights and a big draw this year is the keynote address by Edward Snowden via the Internet. Nick Gillespie will be interviewing Edward Snowden. Snowden is also scheduled to answer questions from participants submitted ahead of time. There are already reported to be 2,000 Free State Project members in the state, and reports from Brian Doherty indicate they are already effecting change: "Over 1,900 Free Staters already are there and we've reported here at Reason on some of what they're already accomplished, from getting 15 of their brethren in the state House, challenging anti-ridehail laws, fighting in court for outre religious liberty, winning legal battles over taping cops, being mocked by Colbert for heroically paying off people's parking meters, hosting cool anything goes festivals for libertarians, nullifying pot juries, and inducing occasional pants-wetting absurd paranoia in local statists."

Submission + - New Security Awareness Video Featuring NSA Whistleblowers Making Waves (

cold fjord writes: A recently released security awareness video featuring prominent NSA whistleblowers is making waves during the current security and encryption debates. In the video former NSA contractor Edward Snowden describes the NSA’s ability to gather digital communications anywhere on Earth. Retired NSA Technical Leader for Intelligence, and whistleblower, Bill Binney discusses mass data analysis. Also appearing is journalist and activist Jacob Appelbaum who describes how the NSA uses that information to make determinations about individuals based off of their interactions. The excerpts come from Academy Award winning documentary Citizenfour. Viewers of the video are urged to to adopt good security practices, including the use of strong encryption.. There are also links to web sites with articles, tutorials, and other information on implementing strong digital security and strong encryption, including Tor, cell phone security, USBs, and other topics.. The video has been spreading on social media following its release on Saturday. The video is titled, "The Electronic War And The Negligence Of The Supporters Of Mujahedeen.” It is the product of the Afaq Agency, an ISIS-affiliate focused on hacking and cyber security,” The translated title card at the end of the video states, “This is just a drop in the ocean,” “Our enemies are monitoring us day and night, collecting our information and targeting us. This is very dangerous. Carelessness and negligence in digital security cannot be tolerated.”

Submission + - One Eye Blind: Canada "Temporarily" Halts Five Eyes Intel Data Sharing (

cold fjord writes: Canada has stopped sharing data from its Communications Security Establishment (CSE), Canada's NSA equivalent, with the other members of the Five Eyes intelligence sharing network, including the US, UK, Australia, and New Zealand. The halt came after it was discovered that the CSE had shared information containing inadequately sanitized metadata as a result of technical deficiencies. The information shared did not contain names or enough information to personally identify individuals, so the privacy impact was judged to be low. Sharing will not resume until the Minister of Defense is satisfied that effective systems and measures are in place. An official watch dog had revealed the issue.

Submission + - One Eye Blind: Canada "Temporarily" Halts Five Eyes Intel Data Sharing ( 1

cold fjord writes: Canada has stopped sharing data from its Communications Security Establishment (CSE), Canada's NSA equivalent, with the other members of the Five Eyes intelligence sharing network, including the US, UK, Australia, and New Zealand. The halt came after it was discovered that the CSE had shared information containing inadequately sanitized metadata as a result of technical deficiencies. The information shared did not contain names or enough information to personally identify individuals, so the privacy impact was judged to be low. Sharing will not resume until the Minister of Defense is satisfied that effective systems and measures are in place. An official watch dog had revealed the issue.

Submission + - Warrantless Wiretaps Whistleblower Facing Misconduct Charges 12 Years Later (

cold fjord writes: Former Justice Department attorney Thomas Tamm sparked an intense public debate about warrantless surveillance nearly a decade before Edward Snowden. Tamm tipped reporters in 2004 about the use of nonstandard warrantless procedures under the Bush administration for intercepting international phone calls and emails of Americans. New York Times reporters James Risen and Eric Lichtblau used Tamm's revelations to help them win a Pulitzer Prize. Barack Obama criticized the program and the Obama administration Justice Department announced in 2011 that it would not bring criminal charges against him. Unfortunately Tamm is now facing disciplinary hearings before the D.C. Office of Disciplinary Counsel which prosecutes the D.C. Bar's disciplinary cases. Tamm is facing ethics charges that could result is his disbarment, revoking his law license. Tamm is alleged to have "failed to refer information in his possession that persons within the Department of Justice were violating their legal obligations to higher authority within the Department” and “revealed to a newspaper reporter confidences or secrets of his client, the Department of Justice.” Tamm currently resides in Maryland where he is a public defender. The effect of the D.C. case on him there is unclear. Tamm's attorney, Georgetown University law professor Michael Frisch, says the delays seen in this case are not unusual in D.C., it can take years for matters to play out. Another of Frisch's clients, who exposed the interrogation of "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh, believes the prosecution is political persecution.

Submission + - National Science Foundation Threatens University Funding Over Sexual Harassment (

cold fjord writes: The National Science Foundation has issued a statement putting colleges and universities on notice that the NSF may cut off funding to institutions that do not take required steps to prevent and deal with sexual harassment. As the main Federal funding agency for science and engineering in education the notice will carry considerable weight. This follows a statement to colleges and universities by the head of NASA earlier this month urging them to take the issue more seriously, and that NASA would cut off funding to institutions that did not meet their legal obligations. These statements follow increasing scrutiny of conduct by grant and award winning scientists. There is growing pressure to not let the prominence or success of an individual grant or award winning scientist serve as incentive for a college or university to look the other way over misconduct. Inaction by a college or university in the face of complaints could cause it to run afoul of Title IX. The Department of Education has been pushing colleges and universities in the direction reducing due process rights for accused in sexual harassment and rape to the point it is resulting in questionable policies, starting to generate lawsuits against schools, and action by legislatures as push back. The disgusting mistreatment of Nobel Prize winning scientist Sir Tim Hunt should serve as a cautionary tale.

Submission + - Edward Snowden Is Tired Of Being 'Bombarded (

cold fjord writes: The Mirror reports that Edward Snowden is experiencing some unexpected fallout from the notoriety he received from his activism for government transparency. It seems he has become something of a sex symbol and his female fans are sending him graphic nude pictures of themselves. He has found it necessary to dissuade them by reminding everyone that the FBI has a warrant for him (and probably monitor his communications so they will see the pics) and that he already has a girlfriend. No word yet on if this is having any effect.

Submission + - Sweden Makes Another Request To Ecuador For Permission To Question Assange (

cold fjord writes: reports that Sweden's state prosecutor's office said today that it has formally asked Ecuador in writing for permission to interrogate Julian Assange. They don't know when Ecuador will reply. The request follows the signing of an agreement in December on general legal cooperation between the two countries. Ecuador required the agreement before it would consent to an interview of Assange. The Swedish prosecutors want to question Assange regarding rape allegations that have a statute of limitations that run till 2020. The statue of limitations for other sex crimes Assange has been accused of have expired while Assange has been in hiding. Sweden had previously asked to question Assange in the embassy, but Ecuador declined permission. In another peculiar twist to the case, is reporting that Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino has stated that the exact procedures that will be used are not known, but that Ecuadorian prosecutors will be the ones actually questioning Assange although Swedish officials can be present. Sweden‘s view on this is unclear. — Timeline: Julian Assange rape allegation

Submission + - Criminal Inquiry Is Sought in Clinton Personal Email Server Scandal (

cold fjord writes: The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Inspectors General from the State Department and intelligence agencies have asked the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email server while she was US Secretary of State. At issue is the possible mishandling of sensitive government information. Dozens of the emails provided by Hillary Clinton have been retroactively classified as part of the review of her emails as they are screened for public release. So far 3,000 of 55,000 emails have been released. The inspectors general found hundreds of potentially classified emails. — The Washington Examiner reports, “A federal judge warned the State Department it would "have to answer for" the destruction of Hillary Clinton's private emails if the agency doesn't "want to do anything out of the ordinary to preserve" records from her server. U. S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras also blasted the State Department for its seemingly haphazard approach to the dozens of Freedom of Information Act lawsuits seeking Clinton's private emails.”

Submission + - Berkeley Breathed Revives Bloom County Comic Strip After 25 Years (

cold fjord writes: Just as it was needed then, it is needed now (more than ever). NPR reports, "Fans of the well-loved comic strip Bloom County are celebrating ... cartoonist Berkeley Breathed issued the first panels of his satirical strip in decades. Breathed won a Pulitzer Prize for his work on Bloom County back in 1987; two years later, he quit producing it. ... It's unclear whether Breathed will syndicate his new work in newspapers; he recently recalled how an editorial dispute with a publisher had a direct role in his decision to quit cartooning in 2008. His Facebook postings, Breathed said earlier this month, are "nicely out of reach of nervous newspaper editors, the PC humor police now rampant across the web ... and ISIS." When Bloom County went idle in 1989, it was one of several clever and inventive comic strips, such as Calvin and Hobbes and The Far Side, that were beloved by fans and yet were also comparatively short-lived. Today, devoted fans are treating its return as a small miracle." — The Washington Post adds, "“Honestly, I was unprepared for it,” Breathed tells me of the public outpouring. “It calls for a bit of introspection about how characters can work with readers and how they’re now absent as a unifying element with a society. “There is no media that will allow a Charlie Brown or a Snoopy to become a universal and shared joy each morning at the same moment across the country,” Breathed continues. “Maybe the rather marked response to my character’s return is a reflection of that loss. A last gasp of a passing era.”" --

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