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Submission + - Siri Appears To Have A Repeat Problem With Political Partisanship (westernjournalism.com)

An anonymous reader writes: "I have never had Siri tell me a movie playing 5 minutes away is "a bit far from me." So creepy" @vivelafra is one of the tweets shining light on what appears to be a repeat problem for Siri in recent days — the appearance of political partisanship guiding its responses. Western Journalism reports, "An iPhone user posted the results of a Siri search on Monday the for the political documentary Hillary’s America and it came back empty. Siri informed ... Tim Treadstone ...: “Sorry, I didn’t see any Hillary’s America movies.” Many replied to Treadstone’s tweet saying they had the same problem with their iPhone, while others commented that it gave false results about the closest theater. . . . The Siri omission of Hillary’s America in its movie search comes on top of reports last week that a search for presidential candidates on Google only produced Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Green Party candidate Jill Stein, while excluding Republican Donald Trump and Libertarian Gary Johnson. A Google spokesperson told NBC4 that the result was a technical glitch that has since been corrected." — How many more "glitches" favoring one side of the political debate will we see before the election?

Submission + - British Parliament To Vote On Retaining Trident Nuclear Deterrent (reuters.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Reuters reports, "Lawmakers will vote on Monday on whether to renew Britain's nuclear deterrent, a key decision for Western security policy ... Parliament ... is likely to approve renewing the Scottish-based nuclear-armed Trident submarines over the opposition of the Scottish National Party and many lawmakers from the Labour Party. Political divisions about whether to replace the Trident submarines, agreed in principle by parliament in 2007, have raised questions about Britain's standing as a world power, amplified by a vote to leave the European Union." — More on Britain's nuclear deterrent at BBC

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

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 + - The Remarkable Convergence Between The German and Russian Governments on Snowden (npr.org)

An anonymous reader writes: The German and Russian governments are at odds on many things these days, including many questions in the East, but there appears to be one thing that is uniting them: Edward Snowden. This unexpected development unfolded over a period of months based on the expressed views of senior officials in both governments. The senior government officials in question include Gerhard Schindler, and Hans-Georg Maaßen, in Germany, and Frants Klintsevich in Russia. Gerhard Schindler spoke as the head of the BND, Germany’s foreign intelligence service. Hans-Georg Maaßen, spoke as head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency, the Verfassungsschutz. Frants Klintsevich spoke as deputy chair of the defense and security committee in Russia’s legislature. In recent interviews the heads of Germany’s two intelligence agencies have both stated that they believe that Snowden was acting on behalf of Russia, trying to drive a wedge between Europe and the US by means of strategic document leaks, and that Snowden is not who he claims to be. (Could BREXIT be fallout from that or his many leaks about GCHQ?) Russian Senator Frants Klintsevich told US National Public Radio that, “Snowden did share intelligence. This is what security services do ... If there's a possibility to get information, they will get it." A Russian official with the means to know states Snowden has assisted them, and German officials believe it. A rare case of European harmony courtesy of Edward Snowden ... and perhaps one of the greatest false flag operations of all time?

Submission + - The Remarkable Convergence Between the German and Russian Governments on Snowden (npr.org)

An anonymous reader writes: The German and Russian governments are at odds on many things these days, including many questions in the East, but there appears to be one thing that is uniting them: Edward Snowden. This unexpected development unfolded over a period of months based on the expressed views of senior officials in both governments. The senior government officials in question include Gerhard Schindler, and Hans-Georg Maaßen, in Germany, and Frants Klintsevich in Russia. Gerhard Schindler spoke as the head of the BND, Germany’s foreign intelligence service. Hans-Georg Maaßen, spoke as head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency, the Verfassungsschutz. Frants Klintsevich spoke as deputy chair of the defense and security committee in Russia’s legislature. In recent interviews the heads of Germany’s two intelligence agencies have both stated that they believe that Snowden was acting on behalf of Russia, trying to drive a wedge between Europe and the US by means of strategic document leaks, and that Snowden is not who he claims to be. (Could BREXIT be fallout from that or his many leaks about GCHQ?) Russian Senator Frants Klintsevich told US National Public Radio that, “Snowden did share intelligence. This is what security services do ... If there's a possibility to get information, they will get it." A Russian official with the means to know states Snowden has assisted them, and German officials believe it. A rare case of European harmony courtesy of Edward Snowden ... and perhaps one of the greatest false flag operations of all time?

Submission + - National Public Radio's Bombshell Snowden Revelation From Russian Senator (npr.org)

An anonymous reader writes: Most people would find little surprise in Edward Snowden speaking out against new surveillance legislation in Russia. In covering that story NPR's Mary Louise Kelly interviewed Frants Klintsevich. Who is Frants Klintsevich? XX Committee reports, "Klintsevich is no idle speculator. He is a senator who has served in the State Duma for nearly a decade. More importantly, he is the deputy chair of the senate’s defense and security committee, which oversees the special services. The 59-year-old Klintsevich thus has access to many state secrets – for instance regarding the Snowden case. He is also a retired Russian army colonel, having served 22 years in the elite Airborne Forces (VDV). Klintsevich saw action in Afghanistan in the 1980s with the VDV and, based on a careful reading of his biography, appears to have served with GRU, that is military intelligence ..." In the interview with NPR's Kelly, Russian Duma Senator Klintsevich states, "Let's be frank," ... "Snowden did share intelligence. This is what security services do," ... "If there's a possibility to get information, they will get it." Having thoroughly implicated himself Snowden would have an almost impossible burden in trying to avoid the consequences of taking the nearly two million documents he allegedly took if he returned (or was returned) to the United States. That would give the Russian "special services" enormous leverage over him if he wants to avoid US custody as his supporters vehemently claim, not to mention see his family or girlfriend again. Considered from another angle it makes sense of the time Snowden spent in Hong Kong (instead of immediately continuing on to a safe haven) and the reports of his stay at the Russian embassy. Is it true? Or perhaps payback for opposing Russian policy? A slap down to keep him quiet? Or is it simply acknowledging the ability of the Russian "special services" to leverage the decades of experience bestowed on them by the KGB? It may be the case that Snowden accurately gauged the risk he faced with the US, but underestimated the Russians, and he may be paying the price. If he is, so will we.

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 + - AMA Journal: Going To Church May Result In 33% Chance of Living Longer (washingtonpost.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The Washington Post reports, "A new study, released Monday in a journal published by the American Medical Association, says that those who attend church services more often actually have a better chance of staying alive in the long run. Over a 20-year span, the study surveyed a group of more than 76,000 female nurses, most of whom were Catholic and Protestant. At the end of 20 years, more than 13,000 of them had died. The women who went to religious services more than once a week, it turned out, were 33 percent less likely to be in that group who died, compared to those who never attended services. ... The effect of religious attendance, they found, was stronger than that of any other form of participation in a social group like a book club or a volunteer organization. “We were a bit surprised, initially, by the magnitude of the findings,” VanderWeele said. ... One of the team’s most striking findings was on breast cancer. Women who attended services were no more or less likely to contract breast cancer. But those who attended services were substantially less likely to die of it."

Submission + - Stephen Hawking & 150 Royal Society Scientists: Brexit Disaster For UK Scien (telegraph.co.uk) 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 (foxbusiness.com)

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 + - Yale Shutting Down Its Climate & Energy Institute - Was it Unable To Compete (sagepub.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Yale has announced that it is cutting off funding for its Climate & Energy Institute, resulting in its closure by June. Funding for the Institute had reportedly been slipping for years, and there are allegations of sexual misconduct hanging over the head of a founder of the institute. The question is, why now? One possible answer may be that it was not competitive with other institutions such as the University of Oregon. Scholars from the U of Oregon have just published a groundbreaking piece in the journal, "Progress in Human Geography." The study is titled, "Glaciers, gender, and science — A feminist glaciology framework for global environmental change research." Here is the abstract:

Glaciers are key icons of climate change and global environmental change. However, the relationships among gender, science, and glaciers – particularly related to epistemological questions about the production of glaciological knowledge – remain understudied. This paper thus proposes a feminist glaciology framework with four key components: 1) knowledge producers; (2) gendered science and knowledge; (3) systems of scientific domination; and (4) alternative representations of glaciers. Merging feminist postcolonial science studies and feminist political ecology, the feminist glaciology framework generates robust analysis of gender, power, and epistemologies in dynamic social-ecological systems, thereby leading to more just and equitable science and human-ice interactions.

How could even scholars from Yale hope to compete with that?

Submission + - ISIS Making / Using Chem. Weapons In "Caliphate" Region, Wants To Attack Europe (express.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: Sources at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) have confirmed the presence of the banned chemical warfare agent sulfur mustard, commonly referred to as mustard gas, in samples taken after attacks on Kurdish positions by ISIS (Daesh) artillery. Other sites appear to have been attacked using chlorine gas, a deadly choking agent used in WW1 and in terrorist attacks in Iraq. Although some of the attacks may be using remnants of Syrian or Iraqi chemical weapon stockpiles, it appears that ISIS is manufacturing chemical weapon agents in Mosul leveraging oil industry infrastructure and supplies. ISIS has been actively recruiting experts in chemical weapons production from both Saddam's programs and abroad. Ultimately ISIS would like to attack Europe.

Submission + - ISIS Making / Using Chem. Weapons In "Caliphate" Region, Wants To Attack Europe (express.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: Sources at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) have confirmed the presence of the banned chemical warfare agent sulfur mustard, commonly referred to as mustard gas, in samples taken after attacks on Kurdish positions by ISIS (Daesh) artillery. Other sites appear to have been attacked using chlorine gas, a deadly choking agent used in WW1 and in terrorist attacks in Iraq. Although some of the attacks may be using remnants of Syrian or Iraqi chemical weapon stockpiles, it appears that ISIS is manufacturing chemical weapon agents in Mosul leveraging oil industry infrastructure and supplies. ISIS has been actively recruiting experts in chemical weapons production from both Saddam's programs and abroad. Ultimately ISIS would like to attack Europe.

Submission + - Warming Slowdown Was Real, Scientists Say (discovery.com) 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 (reason.com)

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."

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