>An international consortium of astronomers whose plan to erect a giant telescope on Mauna Kea in Hawaii has been stalled by protests and legal challenges said on Monday that it would build the telescope in the Canary Islands if it was blocked in Hawaii.
>The $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope (named for the diameter of its main light-collecting mirror) would be the largest telescope in the Northern Hemisphere if and when it is constructed.... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>81489 I know some astronomers that feel bad about the proliferation of telescopes in the area, yet they can't bring themselves to be against this sort of expansion. Funny how a lot of them brag about their stance on social justice and then go on to support these sorts of things.
"La prova che con la riforma costituzionale si risparmiano solo 57 milioni"
Come si evince dal documento n. 83572 del 28.10.14 emesso dalla Ragioneria di Stato presso il Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze e trasmesso al Presidente della Camera dei Deputati dal Ministro per le Riforme Costituzionali Maria Elena Boschi in data 18.11.14, il possibile risparmio stimato, qualora dovesse essere approvata la riforma del Senato, ammonta a 57,7 milioni di euro.
Il Presidente del Consiglio, il Ministro Boschi, l'On. Morani, il PD e tutto il Governo,... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>80882 >lo scopo vero? there is no particular reason to go full tinfoil-hat, the point of this reform is probably to pretend they are actually doing something useful and gain more consensus.. like basically any other demagogical bullshit politicians say to get more votes
When the Wildlife Center of Virginia, a hospital for native wild animals, took a close look at a decade’s worth of admissions records, it found the unsurprising culprits behind many of the thousands of injuries and deaths: cats.
More startling was the sheer number of native species — more than 80 — that felines had preyed upon and killed.
“It goes beyond the common perception that outdoor, free-roaming cats just attack mice and rats,” said David McRuer, the director of veterinary services at the center and the lead author of a note on the records that... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Rebekah DeHaven, the senior attorney and associate director of humane law and policy at Alley Cat Allies, which promotes trap-neuter-return programs, commended the center’s efforts to classify the cases. But she said the study did not go far enough.
“From the information shared in the study, there is no way to know how many of the mammals or birds labeled as having been subject to interactions with cats were either ill or injured, by misfortune or by another predator, prior to being found by a cat, leaving open a wide range of other possible ailments that would have... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Marra co-authored a 2013 study that found cats killed at least 1.3 billion birds and at least 6.3 billion mammals every year in the United States. Some critics have questioned the accuracy of those numbers, saying they were based on studies of smaller, individual ecosystems that were improperly extrapolated to make regional generalizations.
Cory Smith, director of companion animal public policy at the Humane Society of the United States, said habitat loss and other human-related causes affect bird and wildlife populations. She said the Humane Society, which also advocates... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Smith said conservationists should collaborate more with animal welfare groups in dealing with the issue.
“We don’t defend cats to the point of saying ‘Nothing else needs to be done.’ Nobody would agree with that,” she said. “There are 30 to 40 million community cats out there on the landscape, and we estimate that about 2 percent of them are sterilized, so there is a lot of work to do.”
Marra says that cats aren’t the root of the problem — they are just doing what comes naturally to them. “It’s a problem with humans and our ability to responsibly... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>The Justice Department discouraged the FBI from alerting Congress to the unexpected discovery of emails potentially related to its investigation of Hillary Clinton's private email server, given the proximity to the presidential election and the potential for political fallout, a government official said.
>Justice Department officials who were advised of the FBI's intention to notify Congress about the discovery expressed concern that the action would be inconsistent with department protocols designed to avoid... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
I would like to see the motivated FBI agents come out on top with this one. It's such blatant hiding and cover up that it's almost laughable what they're doing on her behalf. Let the investigation lead to a court hearing.
Has your local town been bombarded with clown crime stories? I work at a school and hear kids talking about it, thought probably a hoax for a local haunted house. But then my parents are texting me, friends talking about these clown crimes. Friends across the country saying they now have these clown stories. Has any of this affected you guys? Recent story from NYT. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/30/us/creepy-clown-hoaxes-arrests.html?_r=0
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/30/us/politics/hillary-clinton-emails-fbi-anthony-weiner.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news >Hillary Clinton and her allies sprang onto a war footing on Saturday, opening a ferocious attack on the F.B.I.’s director, James B. Comey, a day after he disclosed that his agency was looking into a potential new batch of messages from her private email server. >Treating Mr. Comey as... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Flashback: Bill Clinton cheered 11th hour indictment that doomed Bush re-election
Keep this history in mind during the coming days when you hear Democratic hacks talking about how awful it is for law enforcement officials and/or prosecutors to "interfere" in the presidential election process.
Whispers of "payback" are being directed at Hillary Clinton after she decried as "unprecedented" the surprise FBI revival of its probe of her email scandal.
That's because 24 years ago, as former President George H.W. Bush was surging... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
The Australian government, which already bars asylum seekers who arrive illegally by boat from resettling here, said it would move to keep them out for life even as tourists, in a bid to step up deterrence.
“You need the clearest of clear messages,” Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Sunday. “This is a battle of wills between the Australian people, represented by its government, and criminal gangs of people smugglers.”
Australia has faced international criticism of its hard-line efforts to deter illegal migration, including using its navy to turn back... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
But Mr. Turnbull’s conservative government has refused to back down in the face of those criticisms, instead offering some of its policies as a possible solution to the migrant crisis sweeping Europe.
The main opposition bloc wouldn’t say on Sunday whether it would back the legislation. Migration has been a political flashpoint for more than a decade, helping swing several elections.
“With any legislation you want to look at it, see whether in fact it is fair and reasonable, and is consistent with our own commitments internationally,” senior Labor lawmaker... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
In the six years before the settlement ban, more than 51,000 asylum seekers arrived in the country, including 20,000 in 2013. Under the conservative government headed by Mr. Turnbull, no boat has succeeded in getting past a naval blockade dubbed “Operation Sovereign Borders” since July 2014. Historically, most people seeking asylum arrived in Australia by air, not boat.
Almost 3,000 asylum seekers meantime have been detained on Nauru and Papua New Guinea, mostly from Iran and Afghanistan. Most have rejected Australian offers to send them home, claiming fears of persecution... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Very interesting OP thank you for posting this. The troll factories of Russia are well documented. I wonder if there are paid American trolls as IMO they would have more of an impact like CTR as they grew up in the culture and know how to respond in an active discussion about politics. Would be interested to see direct links like an American super pact or even cordnation between the Trump campaign and paid trolls like with the Hillary campaign and CTR.
Imagine being in an accident that leaves you unable to feel any sensation in your arms and fingers. Now imagine regaining that sensation, a decade later, through a mind-controlled robotic arm that is directly connected to your brain.
That is what 28-year-old Nathan Copeland experienced after he came out of brain surgery and was connected to the Brain Computer Interface (BCI), developed by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC. In a study published online today in Science Translational Medicine, a team of experts led by Robert Gaunt, Ph.D., assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Pitt, demonstrated for the first time ever in humans a technology that allows Mr. Copeland to experience the sensation of touch through a robotic arm that he controls with his brain.
"The most important result in this study is that microstimulation of sensory cortex can elicit natural sensation instead of tingling," said study co-author Andrew B. Schwartz, Ph.D., distinguished professor of neurobiology and chair in systems neuroscience, Pitt School of Medicine, and a member of the University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute. "This stimulation is safe, and the evoked sensations are stable over months. There is still a lot of research that needs to be carried out to better understand the stimulation patterns needed to help patients make better movements."
This is not the Pitt-UPMC team's first attempt at a BCI. Four years ago, study co-author Jennifer Collinger, Ph.D., assistant professor, Pitt's Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and research scientist for the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, and the team demonstrated a BCI that helped Jan Scheuermann, who has quadriplegia caused by a degenerative disease. The video of Scheuermann feeding herself chocolate using the mind-controlled robotic arm was seen around the world.
Before that, Tim Hemmes, paralyzed in a motorcycle accident, reached out to touch hands with his girlfriend.
But the way our arms naturally move and interact with the environment around us is due to more than just thinking and moving the right muscles. We are able to differentiate between a piece of cake and a soda can through touch, picking up the cake more gently than the can. The constant feedback we receive from the sense of touch is of paramount importance as it tells the brain where to move and by how much.
For Dr. Gaunt and the rest of the research team,... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Right after the accident he had enrolled himself on Pitt's registry of patients willing to participate in clinical trials. Nearly a decade later, the Pitt research team asked if he was interested in participating in the experimental study.
After he passed the screening tests, Nathan was wheeled into the operating room last spring. Study co-investigator and UPMC neurosurgeon Elizabeth Tyler-Kabara, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Neurological Surgery, Pitt School of Medicine, implanted four tiny microelectrode arrays each about half the size of a shirt... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
"Slowly but surely, we have been moving this research forward. Four years ago we demonstrated control of movement. Now Dr. Gaunt and his team took what we learned in our tests with Tim and Jan -- for whom we have deep gratitude -- and showed us how to make the robotic arm allow its user to feel through Nathan's dedicated work," said Dr. Boninger, also a co-author on the research paper.
Dr. Gaunt explained that everything about the work is meant to make use of the brain's natural, existing abilities to give people back what was lost but not forgotten.
"The... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Hillary Clinton stated in 2006 >“I do not think we should have pushed for an election in the Palestinian territories. I think that was a big mistake,” said Sen. Clinton. “And if we were going to push for an election, then we should have made sure that we did something to determine who was going to win.”
>"We present the first ATF-approved Form 3, dealer-to-dealer transfer of a pipebomb, legally registered under the NFA as a Destructive Device, in the history of the NFA. We can make you a 100% legal pipebomb with custom engraving, and a custom serial number, for $175."
Brexit, rising populism across Europe, the ascent of Donald Trump in America, and the backlash against income inequality everywhere.
A slew of political and economic forces have nurtured a growing narrative that globalization is now on life support—a potential game-changer for global financial markets, which have staged a rapid expansion since the end of the Cold War thanks to unfettered cross-border flows.
No more: Trade volumes have stalled while the “politics of rage” has taken root in advanced economies, driven by a collapse in the perceived legitimacy... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
The veto Monday of the EU’s free trade deal with Canada by the Belgian region of Wallonia—whose leader said the deadline to secure backing for the deal was “not compatible with the exercise of democratic rights”—is a sharp illustration of this trilemma. Barth paints a sweeping picture of the global investment landscape in this new era.
Barclays isn’t the first bank to paint this picture—Bank of America Merrill Lynch warned earlier this month that recent “events show nations are becoming less willing to cooperate, more willing to contest.” Looser fiscal... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Rising inflation means the discount rate investors use to value assets will naturally rise—threatening asset valuations—while short-term market rates will become less stable, leading to an increase in market volatility, he argued. The Barclays analyst also reckons a fall in trade volumes and protectionism will create higher inflation—and, thereby, tighter monetary policies—in advanced economies, while fiscal policy will be increasingly used as a tool to pacify the discontented.
While the view that import restrictions will fuel inflation is largely straightforward, the outlook for currencies is mixed. Import substitution reduces demand for imports and thereby reduces demand for foreign currencies, while tighter trade balances (all else being equal) also tend to place upward pressure on currencies, the economists argued. What’s more, the currency dynamics of a sharp rise in protectionism in the U.S. are unique. “The fiscal cliff and debt downgrade revealed that bad policy choices in the U.S. still result in safe haven inflows,” the analysts wrote Oct. 14. “Higher tariffs might have a similar impact: U.S. assets are likely to benefit from a flight to safety or flight to quality bid in the face of a global stagflationary shock.” And there’s the rub: If major advanced economies erect trade restrictions at the same time, the net impact on relative exchange rates and the outlook for carry trades—if interest-rate differentials stay constant—might be limited even as global output stages a downturn.
>Magnette's rejection of the EU's most recent offer adds more drama to a week of deadline extensions and existential debate, as Europe fights for the consensus it needs both inside Belgium and across its 28 member states in order to proceed with a deal it desperately needs to make.
>An EU source in Ottawa said Friday that it does not consider this the end of the process.
>On Thursday, the president of the European Union, Donald Tusk, offered the blunt assessment that if... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>80194 Thank you based Wallonia. Ceta sucked anyway. If it included full freedom of workers, like if it had granted me free access to the Canadian job market, that would have been free trade... But it was just a Ttip disguise. I want to work in Vancouver and i don't want Canadian U.S. companies sue my city council and my landlord.
>Harvard professor Oliver Hart and MIT's Bengt Holmström were awarded Monday the 2016 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for their work on contract theory, the study of how people can efficiently enter into agreements. Their contributions have shaped the thinking in a wide range of fields, from law, to economics to political science.
>Holmström's work explores... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>Holmström’s work has influenced how corporations determine CEO salaries, a process that is under renewed scrutiny as CEO pay continues to rise faster than the earnings of regular workers. Many companies compensate their CEOs according to how the stock performs, or directly in terms of stock options but Holmström and his colleagues have argued that this practice sometimes rewards executives for getting lucky, not for doing a good job.
>Hart has shown that government privatization has both upsides and downsides.... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>79733 From this: http://www.recode.net/2016/3/24/11587234/two-years-later-facebooks-oculus-acquisition-has-changed-virtual
>Luckey disagrees that Facebook missed out on a first-mover advantage. “It’s never a winning strategy to try and compromise on the quality of your device or the quality of your launch just to hit a date,” he said.
>The gap, though, allowed others to catch up. HTC’s headset, the Vive, will start shipping soon. Best positioned may... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
The party that could be on the cusp of winning Iceland’s national elections on Saturday didn’t exist four years ago.
Its members are a collection of anarchists, hackers, libertarians and Web geeks. It sets policy through online polls — and thinks the government should do the same. It wants to make Iceland “a Switzerland of bits,” free of digital snooping. It has offered Edward Snowden a new place to call home.
And then there’s the name: In this land of Vikings, the Pirate Party may soon be king.
The rise of the Pirates — from radical fringe... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
“People want real changes and they understand that we have to change the systems, we have to modernize how we make laws,” said Jónsdóttir, whose jet-black hair and matching nail polish cut a distinctive profile in a country where politics has long been dominated by paunchy blond men.
The sticker affixed to the back of her chrome-finish laptop stands out, too: an imitation seal of the U.S. government, the familiar arrow-bearing eagle encircled by the words “National Security Agency Monitored Device.” At the Pirates’ tech-start-up-esque office in an industrial area of Reykjavik’s seafront, a Guy Fawkes mask hangs from the wall and a skull-and-crossbones flag peeks out from a ceramic vase.
Iceland is, in some ways, a strange place for such a rogue movement to flourish. The country is one of earth’s most equitable, most peaceful and most prosperous. Home to the world’s oldest parliament — it traces its origins back to a gathering of Norse settlers in A.D. 930 — this remote island nation that can feel more like a small, genteel town is not known for political turbulence.
But Iceland has been afflicted by the same anti-establishment fervor that has swept the rest of the Western world in recent years.
In many ways, the alienation from politics has been even more acute here. The 2008 global financial crisis brought the once highflying economy to ruin, saved only by a $4.6 billion international bailout. Bankers went to jail, and a street protest movement was born.
The populist spirit was revved up once again this past spring when the leak of the Panama Papers revealed an offshore company owned by the prime minister’s wife that staked a claim to Iceland’s collapsed banks. The perceived conflict of interest brought thousands of protesters to the streets, a crowd that, as a share of the overall population, was equal to as many as 21 million people in the United States.
With protests building, the prime minister quit and new elections were called.
But the public’s cynicism about a political system long steered by an insider clique only deepened.
“The distrust that had long been germinating has now exploded. The Pirates are riding on that wave,” said Ragnheithur Kristjánsdóttir, a political history professor at the University of Iceland. “We’ve had new parties before, and then they’ve faded. What’s surprising is that they’re maintaining their momentum.”
The Pirates, part of an international movement of the same name, are not the only ones seizing on the country’s discontented political... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
The center-right party is synonymous with Iceland’s political establishment, having governed the country for much of its modern history. But it was badly tarnished by its stewardship of the bubble economy in the lead-up to the 2008 crash.
“People are still angry at us for that,” acknowledged Birgir Ármannsson, an Independence member of Parliament. “There’s still a lot of distrust in traditional politics and traditional politicians.”
That’s understandable given the scale of Iceland’s economic meltdown, Ármannsson said. But he also said voters should... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>Arnold Ogden Jones II suspected his wife was having an affair, and he needed a favor: access to some text messages on his wife’s phone, between her and another man whose... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>On Friday, following a five-day trial, a jury deliberated for a half-hour to find Jones guilty on three corruption charges: superseding indictment with paying bribes, paying gratuities and attempted corrupt influence of an official proceeding.
>Jones will be sentenced in January. He faces a maximum of 37 years in prison and up to $750,000 in fines for all three charges, according to the U.S. attorney’s office for the eastern district of North Carolina.
>“The jury’s verdict... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>The U.K. economy grew 2.3% in the third quarter, confounding forecasts that it would slump after the Brexit vote.
>Quarter on quarter, GDP grew 0.5%. That's weaker than the second quarter, but nowhere near as bad as expected. The Bank of England was expecting growth of between 0.2% and 0.3% in the July to September period.
>"It could be that the economy is in a post-referendum 'sweet spot'... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
America’s Top Fears 2016 Chapman University Survey of American Fears October 11, 2016
The Chapman University Survey of American Fears Wave 3 (2016) provides an unprecedented look into the fears of average Americans. In April of 2016, a random sample of 1,511 adults from across the United States were asked their level of fear about 79different fears across a huge variety of topics ranging from crime, the government, disasters, personal anxieties, technology and... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
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