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Submission + - Communist organizations behind anti-Trump violence (lifezette.com)

mi writes: Antifa, which stands for “anti-fascist action,” is a network of loosely affiliated far-left anarchist and communist groups that orchestrate violent protests and attacks on populists, conservatives, and anyone else its members deem to be “fascists” or “Nazis.”

Antifa was formed originally in Germany in the 1980s, its members taking the name of the communist paramilitary groups that engaged the Nazis in street-fighting in the 1930s.

Harrowing video footage taken independent reporters showed Antifa street fighters throwing bricks and even explosives into the crowd, as well as assaulting Trump supporters. Other footage released by someone present at the event showed one Antifa thug hit a Trump supporter over the head with a bicycle chain and lock.

According to the article, the organization is seeking to obtain fire-arms and training — use of mere knives is no longer considered sufficient.

Submission + - How 'Settled Science' Helped Create A Massive Public Health Crisis (investors.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Anyone who thinks it's enough to rest an argument on "settled science" or a "scientific consensus" ought to read about John Yudkin.

Yudkin was a British professor of nutrition who, in 1972, sounded the alarm about sugar in diets, saying that if sugar were treated like any other food additive "that material would be promptly banned." He said sugar, not fat, was the more likely cause of obesity, heart disease and diabetes.

For his efforts, Yudkin was branded a shill for the meat and dairy industries. His work was dismissed as "emotional assertions," "science fiction" and "a mountain of nonsense." Journals refused to publish his papers. He was uninvited from nutrition conferences and was ridiculed by the scientific community.

"Prominent nutritionists combined with the food industry to destroy his reputation, and his career never recovered," writes Ian Leslie in a lengthy piece titled "The Sugar Conspiracy" that was published recently in The Guardian.

Nutritionists, Leslie explains, had decided that dietary fat was the enemy of good health, based in large part on a huge Seven Countries Study, published in 1970, which looked at 12,770 middle-aged men in countries ranging from the U.S. to Yugoslavia.

"The Seven Countries study had become canonical, and the fat hypothesis was enshrined in official advice," Leslie writes. By 1980, the U.S. government issued its first Dietary Guidelines telling the country to cut back on saturated fats and cholesterol, and Americans dutifully complied.

That's precisely when the nation's obesity rate started to skyrocket. While the obesity rate barely changed from 1960 to 1980 — going from 13% to 15% — over the following two decades – 1980-2000 – the rate jumped to 35%.

"At best, we can conclude that the official guidelines did not achieve their objective; at worse, they led to a decades-long health catastrophe," Leslie writes.

Comment Re:Logic and Reason, or lack thereof (Score 0) 197

England was paying for information, paying informants, paying propagandists, jailing and killing people who spoke out publicly against the Crown's control

Citations would've been most helpful here, but let's stipulate, it is all true.

So, in the 18th century Britain was already doing all of that. And in the 20th it did too — and we still regard Alan Turing's efforts as nothing but heroic and decisive in turning the war in the Allies' favor and saving thousands of lives.

Why, then, are so many folks — yourself included — denouncing Turing's descendants at CIA, NSA and their British equivalents in the 21st century? Yes, they could spy on their own citizens illegally and it, likely, does happen — including political opposition. But they do, unfortunately, have a vast number of legitimate targets and their secretive efforts continue to save lives... To sabotage all of their efforts because they could sometimes be abusive is like banning cars because some times people die in them.

It is most refreshing to have a mainstream media outlet call the "leaker" a "traitor", but, when he is found, we are likely to discover, that he was lead to these actions by the Western public's suicidal attitudes towards earlier traitors — Snowden and Manning.

Comment Re:Fortran (Score 1) 622

Yep, me too... I was in fifth grade, our new Astronomy teacher — I'm about twice older now, than she was then (darn!) — offered the class to write a program for her for extra credit (I am pretty sure now, she needed it for her own class in college).

I took my dad's Fortran book and coded the thing up — something really simple, a loop doing something with an array... I never got to test it on anything, but I did get the extra credit...

Submission + - Second parchment manuscript copy of Declaration of Independence found (bostonglobe.com)

Okian Warrior writes: Two Harvard University researchers announced Friday that they have found a second parchment manuscript copy of the Declaration of Independence in a tiny records office in southern England.

The only other parchment copy is maintained by the National Archives in Washington, D.C., researchers Emily Sneff and Danielle Allen said in a statement.

The newly discovered document — which the two have dated to the 1780s — was found in the town of Chichester archives, and is believed to have originally belonged to Duke of Richmond who was known as the “Radical Duke,’’ for the support he gave to Americans during the Revolutionary War, the researchers said.

Submission + - How Russia's next ISS module got contaminated (russianspaceweb.com)

schwit1 writes: Russia's next module for ISS, MLM or Nauka, has been delayed years because of the discovery of sawdust sized metal particles throughout the module's propulsion system. This article describes how this happened, showing the incredibly incompetence and bad quality control that caused it.

At the time, workers at Khrunichev were cutting pipelines and removing other components of the module's propulsion system, in order to reconfigure it from its original role as a backup to the Zarya FGB module into the MLM. For example, a set of six tanks, which would be used for refueling of the ISS during the FGB mission, were removed from the exterior of the spacecraft in order to make room for scientific instruments and for the attachment of the European Robotic Arm, ERA.

The official conclusion of the probe said that the contamination had stemmed from the "lack of methodological and technological support for the operations of cutting pipeline connections in the pneumatic and hydraulic system, PGS, which was needed to guarantee the meeting of requirements for ensuring the sterility of the internal cavities in the pipelines and system hardware." It is essentially bureaucratic speak for letting metallic dust formed during sawing off the lines pour into the interior of the remaining components.

According to one legend circulating at GKNPTs Khrunichev, the workers who were sawing off pipelines from the module thought they were dismantling the entire spacecraft for scrap. That story would sound completely unbelievable if not for other almost as incredible incidents of carelessness, poor quality control and incompetence within the industry in recent years, such as the installing navigation sensors on a Proton rocket in the upside down position or loading a Block DM-03 space tug on another Proton with too much propellant.

It is most revealing of the overall systemic problems within Russia's aerospace industry.

Submission + - Yesterday's Broad Power Outage Likely Caused By Geomagnetic Storm (stockboardasset.com)

schwit1 writes: Yesterday, a massive US power grid failure was seen across the entire United States in one simultaneous fashion. San Fransisco, New York, and Los Angeles were the three main areas that were hit the hardest. Each of the areas experienced challenges or shut downs in business commerce. Also, basic infrastructure such as communication networks, mass transportation, and supply chains experienced challenges. To many this seemed apocalyptic with anaylst citing possible cyber attacks amid mounting geopolitical turmoil across the globe. We're shocked that mainstream media didn't revive the failing Russian narrative for another round of fake news to confuse the masses. Personally, I don't think it was a cyber attack or the Russians, but more of a Space Weather Event.

Space weather refers to the environmental conditions in Earth's magnetosphere, ionosphere and thermosphere due to the Sun and the solar wind that can influence the functioning and reliability of spaceborne and ground-based systems and services or endanger property or human health.

Comment Re:Impeding the West's intelligence efforts (Score 1) 100

As if the the fact that intelligence agency could possibly use a preinstalled microphone of an electronic device, is in any way non-obvious or as if it's problematic that the 'intended' knows about this.

If it really were as trivial as you imply:

  • the spooks would not have used it,
  • the leaker would not have leaked the details of it,
  • Wikileaks would not have found it publication-worthy,
  • Slashdot-editors would not have put it on the front page,
  • Slashdot-users would not have gone to discuss it as much.

Since all of the above did happen, it is not as trivial as you imply. More than likely, some of our enemies have been eavesdropped upon with this tool. And, just as likely, most of them will now make it impossible — endangering lives on our side. Our efforts to thwart them have been impeded and the millions spent on this efforts — wasted. Thanks to the traitor.

Truth is that all terrorists so far used unencrypted normal SMS services and burner phones, or the unencrypted chat services of various Playstation games.

Those are means of communications. When communicating a person may wonder, who else is listening. TVs are used primarily for entertainment — it does not occur to most people, an adversary can spy on them in their living room.

This leaker can only be defended by people, who view NSA (and Britain's equivalent) as the adversary. Presumably, you aren't one of them, are you?

What, you want to make it a secret that intelligence agencies can see the chatlogs of Playstation games, too?

If a dumber among the enemy is still unaware of it, yes, I'd like to keep them ignorant. Even if only 5% of the enemies have a Samsung TV today, I would've liked them to keep on using it — so that my employees at the NSA can be privy to their conversations.

Comment Impeding the West's intelligence efforts (Score 1) 100

Whoever leaked this is a traitor. It is no different from informing Kriegsmarine, their Enigma codes have been broken.

Yes, the "Weeping Angel" could be used against civilians. But the same was true about Alan Turing's crypto-breaking machinery and their listening for any and all radio-traffic as well.

Like any other weapon or tool It could be abused, but publicizing it defeats its effectiveness against the intended — and perfectly legitimate — targets and is thus bona fide treasonous.

Comment Re:Money stores value (Score 1) 142

The American Revolution is proof that you are wrong, as they won the war using only paper money.

Nope. They tried using fiat money and quickly realized, that's a losing proposition. Hence the gold standard, which lasted until Roosevelt.

One need only read Plato's Laws to understand how money was always recognized as political, and the gold fetish was alien to Civilization.

Ah, I see, where you are confused... You took my post as advocacy for "gold standard" — which it was not. I merely objected to the GP's claim, that money is: a) inherently corrupting; and b) its importance is somehow new — he used the word "nowadays". The historical examples we both are citing defeat that claim handily — money always was important. Was it always dangerous? Yes — much like an energy-storing battery can explode and/or cause fire, the value-storing money can cause bad things to happen.

Money is not a store of value.

BZZZ, wrong. Whether fiat or backed by some medium (such as gold), money is a way to store value — among other things.

It is a unit of political capital, the value of which is entirely dependent upon the power of the sovereignty that issued it.

Here you are talking about a government's fiat money, which does indeed have the drawbacks you list. But that's irrelevant to my original point.

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