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Taiwan Navy holds drill simulating China attack – The Japan News

from The Japan News – 
Taiwan’s Navy held a major live-fire exercise Wednesday off the island’s east coast in an area increasingly threatened by Chinese ships and planes.  The drills are part of annual Han Kuang exercises that simulate an attack by China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory to be annexed by force if necessary. | go to source

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How the U.S.-China trade war became a conflict over the future of tech – The Washington Post

From The Washington Post – 

President Trump’s decision to confront Beijing over policies that he says discriminate against foreign companies and distort global markets has become a battle for control of advanced communications and computing technologies.
That evolution is taking the transpacific conflict into sensitive realms of national security and human rights, making a quick settlement an ever more distant outcome. It is also putting at risk a wide array of U.S.-China technology cooperation, including easy access to visas for researchers and venture capital funds for U.S. start-ups — and threatening to boomerang on U.S. companies that China might retaliate against. | go to source

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Watch This Giant Pumpkin Crush a Car Because Self Care Is Important – VICE

From Vice – 
What would happen if you dropped a 1,300-pound pumpkin onto a car? Like, a for-real car that somebody once drove around and wrote “PLAN // AHEA // D” on before it ended up in the junk yard.
I don’t know why the folks at Ed Dunneback & Girls Fruit Farm in Massachusetts decided to do just that, but I’m glad that they did. Forget face masks and scented candles; sometimes you need self-care that feels as angry as you are, something destructive rather than constructive, something big but abstract, visceral but consequence-less. | go to source

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Pakistan Finally Reveals Total Loans Accepted From China Under IMF Pressure – EurAsian Times

From Eurasian Times – 
Under pressure from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Islamabad has disclosed every type of loan that Islamabad has received from its strategic ally, China.  Foreign loan disbursements in Jul-Apr of the current financial year showed loans for the Karachi Nuclear Power Plants, known as K2 and K3, and China SAFE deposits as part of federal debt obligations.
Earlier, the $2 billion worth of China SAFE deposits, which Islamabad had received in July 2018, were shown on the books of the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP). SAFE is an acronym for the State Administration of Foreign Exchange managed by the Chinese central bank. | go to source

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Artificial Intelligence to Reach Human-Level Intelligence by 2040 – AiThority

From AiThority – 
NEORIS, a digital transformation service provider that accelerates the digital capabilities of global enterprises, unveiled its most recent analysis entitled Artificial Intelligence: Rethinking Humanity’s Evolution. The comprehensive assessment cites the latest trends in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and presents a compelling thesis, by 2040 the world will see an AI-triggered transcendental shift on humanity’s evolution.

Since AI’s inception in 1956, in the form of “a machine that could think,” AI continues to evolve and impact society, businesses and humanity. Its cognitive tools have systematically reshaped how people and companies interact and possesses the power to radically transform business exchanges and human capabilities.

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Scientists Create the World’s First Organism – PhoneWorld Magazine

From PhoneWorld Magazine – 
It is for the very first time that scientists have created a life with a genetic code that was developed from scratch.
No doubt, it was a stunning scientific feat. The artificial E-coli holds 4 million base pair of DNA code. It took scientists over a year to just read the entire DNA code. So why is this such an important breakthrough?
Traditionally, E-coli is used to make compounds for drugs to treat cancer, heart attacks, and multiple sclerosis. However, as soon as natural E-coli is contaminated with bacteria, it’s useless to doctors. | go to source

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New Jersey man charged with threatening to bomb Trump Tower – Reuters

From Reuters – 
A 20-year-old New Jersey man accused of threatening on social media to “shoot everybody” at a pro-Israel march and bomb the Trump Tower skyscraper in New York City was arrested on Wednesday on a string of federal charges, prosecutors said.
Jonathan Xie, of Basking Ridge, was taken into custody on charges of attempting to provide material support to Hamas, the Islamist group that rules the Gaza Strip and which the United States designates as a terrorist organization, making false statements and transmitting threats over interstate commerce, according to federal prosecutors. | go to source

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Obama Judges Kill Americans’ Privacy to Help Democratic House Harass Trump – Human Events

From Human Event – 
Two Obama appointees just greenlit two of the most invasive Congressional subpoenas for private financial information in American history.
The two subpoenas from the House often came without House approval, but instead with written memorandums by self-serving chairmen. They compelled invasive disclosure of intimate information from accountants and banks concerning the private records of private people from a time period Trump was neither a candidate nor the President. Their orders eviscerate and endanger privacy for all Americans……
The judges’ mutual refusal to stay their judgment pending appeal further reflects the partisan motivation behind their conduct. Anyone think they would have approved Congressional subpoenas into Obama’s still-sealed educational records? Anyone think they would have approved Senatorial subpoenas into Biden’s family finances that concern the large sums of money foreign countries and their agents paid his family during his Vice Presidency under Obama? Anyone think they would have approved wide-scale subpoenas into the activities of the Clinton Foundation during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State? | go to source

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Leftzilla – Trump’s Plan to Pardon Several War Criminals Hurts the Military—and Threatens Its Moral Authority – Mother Jones

From Mother Jones – 
Two years ago in Mosul, Iraq, a group of Navy SEALs were administering medical aid to a young injured ISIS fighter. He was so young, they later said he was likely a teenager. Then Edward Gallagher, the senior member of SEAL Team 7 and a distinguished veteran of several combat deployments, approached them without warning and stabbed the injured fighter repeatedly in the neck and side. Gallagher’s crimes reportedly did not stop there. According to a confidential Navy report obtained by the New York Times, in the weeks before and after this incident, he also indiscriminately killed civilians, including an adolescent girl “in a flower-print hijab,” and pressured members of his unit to not rat him out. Gallagher was finally taken into custody last year in advance of his court martial—scheduled to begin on May 28—where he stands accused of a laundry list of war crimes. 
Now, thanks to President Donald Trump, he may emerge from the process with a presidential pardon, exonerated of his misdeeds and free of any consequences.  | go to source

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US Sends Aircraft Carrier to Deter Alleged Planned Iran Attack

ABC News – The United States is deploying an aircraft carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Middle East on short notice in response to “clear indications” Iran and Iranian proxies were planning an attack on U.S. forces in the region, a U.S. official said.

Late Sunday night, the White House made a surprise announcement that the USS Abraham Lincoln and a bomber task force were being deployed in response to unspecified “troubling and escalatory indications and warnings.” | go to source

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North Korea’s Food Supply at Critically Low Levels

Reuters (via War News Updates) – 10 million North Koreans face food shortage after worst harvest, says United Nations  * The UN found North Korean protein intake to be very low, with some families consuming protein only a few times a year

North Korea has cut food rations to 300 grammes a day – less than 11 ounces – the lowest ever for this time of year, and further cuts are likely after the worst harvest in a decade, the United Nations said on Friday. | go to source

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New 2500 BCE Burial Site Discovered in Egypt, Near Tombs

NDTV – Egypt’s antiquities ministry on Saturday unveiled a 4,500-year-old burial ground near the Giza pyramids containing colourful wooden coffins and limestone statues dating back to the Old Kingdom.

The site on the southeastern side of Giza plateau contains tombs and burial shafts from various periods, but the oldest is a limestone family tomb from the fifth dynasty (around 2500 BC), the ministry said. | go to source

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Now You Have It, Now You Don’t Anus Could Reveal Evolutionary History

New Scientist – A jellyfish-like creature has a neat trick that makes it unique among animals: its anus forms only when it needs to defecate, then disappears without a trace.

“That is the really spectacular finding here,” says Sidney Tamm of the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, who made the discovery. “There is no documentation of a transient anus in any other animals that I know of.”

Tamm thinks the discovery might represent an intermediate stage in evolution. | go to source

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Israel Amps Up Gaza Response, Promises More

Al Jazeera – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered “massive strikes” on the Gaza Strip after a two-day escalation that killed 24 Palestinians and four Israelis.

Israeli warplanes and gunboats continued to target the Gaza Strip on Sunday as fighters in the besieged enclave fired a barrage of rockets into southern Israel. | go to source

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737 Max Safety Issue Hidden from Public by Boinf

Seeking Alpha – Boeing (NYSE:BA) knew for more than a year before telling regulators and airlines that it inadvertently made an alarm alerting pilots to a mismatch of flight data optional on the 737 MAX, instead of standard as on earlier 737s, but insists the missing display is not a safety risk.

It was only after the second MAX crash, in Ethiopia, that Boeing became more forthcoming with airlines about the problem, industry and government officials say. | go to source

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Pornhub Wants to Protect Tumblr From Itself

Ars Technica -“Verizon Communications Inc. is seeking a buyer for blogging website Tumblr, according to people familiar with the matter, as it tries to steady a media business that has struggled to meet revenue targets,” The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday.

Pornhub quickly announced its interest after the news broke, although it isn’t clear whether the two companies have talked. Verizon banned all adult content from Tumblr in December 2018, and Pornhub wants to restore the site to its former porn-filled glory.

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US Gas Prices on the Rise

ABC News – The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline jumped 5 cents a gallon (3.8 liters) over the past two weeks, to $2.97.

Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey says Sunday that gas prices have spiked 66 cents since early January. | go to source

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Pooping Out an AirPod Does Not Destroy it

Tech Spot – What’s worse than losing your AirPods? Finding one inside your belly. A man named Hsu went through this unusual experience when he went to sleep and somehow his right AirPod slipped its way into his mouth and down his stomach.

He was able to locate the missing AirPod using the ‘Find My AirPods’ feature. “I could hear the ‘beep, beep’ sound, which seemed to follow me around the room”, says Hsu. After searching his room thoroughly he realized that the sound was coming from within his stomach and it suddenly dawned on him, “I swallowed my Airpod.” | go to source

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CATastrophy Turns Into 50K Powerball Win for Baltimore Woman

Mix 105.1 – A 67-year-old Baltimore, Maryland woman recently claimed a $50,000 Powerball jackpot two months after her cat hid her winning ticket. ….“When I buy Lottery tickets, I never watch the drawings or even check to see if I won until a few days later.  What I didn’t know is that after my cat knocked some papers off my nightstand, a few of my tickets ended up falling behind my bed. I didn’t see the additional papers behind my bed until I did some spring cleaning. To my surprise, one of them was a winner!” | go to source

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Vampire Facials Spa Clients Contract Aids

Boston 25 News – According to the New Mexico Department of Health, both clients “received injection-related procedures” at the now-shuttered VIP Spa in Albuquerque between May and September of last year. 

Tests found that the clients recently were infected with the same strain of the virus, “increasing the likelihood that the two HIV infections may have resulted from a procedure at the VIP Spa,” the news release said. | go to source

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Crypto Banditry Tops $1.2 Billion This Quarter of 2019

Venture Beat – Cryptocurrency thefts, scams, and fraud seem like they’re subsiding as the technology goes mainstream, right? Wrong. Crypto criminals and fraudsters stole more than $1.2 billion in the first quarter of 2019, according to a report by cryptocurrency security firm CipherTrace. | go to source

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Drone Pilots Look for Legal Guidance Near Airports

Digital Trends – Brian Wynne, president and CEO of AUVSI, said this week: “UAS interfering with manned aviation is a serious issue, and it requires serious solutions. That is why we are bringing together the best and brightest minds to recommend a plan to keep our skies safe for the flying public.”

Wynne added: “While UAS hold tremendous societal and economic benefits, occasional bad actors threaten to undermine the great progress we have made and even put responsible, legal UAS operations in a negative light.” | go to source

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Black Holes Ain’t All, Says Science

Times of India – Black holes, known for their intense gravitational pull capable of gobbling up entire stars, may have significantly weaker magnetic fields than previously thought, a study has found.  A 64-kilometre-wide black hole 8,000 light years from Earth named V404 Cygni has yielded the first precise measurements of the magnetic field that surrounds the deepest wells of gravity in the universe. | go to source

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Russian Pussy Riot Activist Allies Granted Swedish Asylum

CTV News – Swedish broadcaster SVT says two activists linked to the Russian protest group Pussy Riot have successfully appealed their rejected asylum application and received shelter in Sweden.

Broadcaster SVT says Lusine Dzhanyan and Alexei Knedlyakovsky, who have two children, on Tuesday won their appeal of a 2018 ruling, where Swedish authorities said their situation didn’t justify asylum. | go to source

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Turns Out, Black Death Should Have Been Called Blue Death

Anomalian – The color of death turned out to be blue. It is in this shade that dead cells are stained with a destroyed calcium compound.  Necrosis led to the blue glow of worms. So, the researchers managed to observe how death was spreading.  This phenomenon is typical not only for worms, but also for many other living organisms.  According to experts, the blue color serves as a kind of conditional signal that is transmitted from cell to cell, reporting on the beginning of the process of death of the whole organism. | go to source

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Greek Public Transportation Halted By Worker Strike on May Day

Greece is experiencing an ongoing shutdown of multiple mass public transportation services after transportation worker unions called for strikes beginning on May Day.
Times of India – Greece has been left without national rail, island ferry and other transport services for a day as unions hold strikes and rallies to celebrate May Day. 

Hundreds of people gathered in central Athens on Wednesday for three separate rallies and marches to parliament organised by rival unions and left-wing groups.  | go to source

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11 Percent of Mexico’s Gas Stations Stiff You on Liters

Mexico Daily News – The consumer protection agency estimates that 11% of Mexico’s 12,000 gas stations do not sell complete liters of fuel, which many drivers have either realized or suspected for many years.

Profeco chief Ricardo Sheffield Padilla revealed that crooked gas stations tend to rob 100 milliliters of every liter of gasoline sold. He said Profeco inspects an average of 200 gas stations per week. | go to source

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US-China Trade War Negotiations Heat Up, and That’s a Good Thing

ABC News – American and Chinese trade negotiators met Wednesday for talks on their bruising tariff war after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the U.S. side might be moving toward a decision on whether to make a deal with Beijing.

Wednesday’s atmosphere appeared amicable. Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, along with China’s economic czar, Vice Premier Liu He, smiled for photos and shook hands after their one-day meeting. | go to source

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The On-Again, Off-Again Coup of Venezuela- The Latest

In preparation for this show, I waited as long as I could to sit down to write about the current state of affairs with the is it or is ain’t a coup thing in Venezuela.  Here are the latest headlines I’ve culled in preparation for this story:

The latest from around the news web on the Venezuela Coup attempt

Activists Protect DC Venezuelan Embassy from US-supported Coup – CounterPunch
Venezuelan Opposition Reps Throw Temper Tantrums When Confronted About Lack of Legitimacy, Interventionist Plans at OAS – Mintpress News
Activists Have Been Living In The Venezuelan Embassy For Two Weeks – DCist
Cuban Government Rejects Coup Movement in Venezuela – Prensa Latina
Venezuela says it is confronting small group of traitors attempting coup – Reuters
Pro-Guaido bloc celebrates, encourages Venezuela coup attempt – RT
The Latest: Venezuelan govt says it is putting down coup bid – Herald-Whig
Venezuela Coup! Will Neocons (Finally) Get Their War? – Antiwar.com

Basically, the situation is fluid, with the American guy claiming he’s winning and the Russia/China guy claiming these wanna-be coup guys ain’t crap, and they’re pretty much already done.

Perhaps tomorrow we will have a more conclusive conclusion, or another day of nah I got this, no, no, I GOT THIS! | go to source

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Mexico Tells US to Open the Northern Flow or Face Tariffs

In a new twist on the Trade War front, Mexico is hinting that it might use tariffs against the US in response to it’s claims the US actions on the border are significantly impeding northern flow, and it’s hurting everyone.

From the Mexico News Daily – The Mexican government has not ruled out imposing new trade sanctions against the U.S. in retaliation for measures that have had slowed the movement of trade goods across the border. But foreign trade undersecretary Luz María de la Mora expressed confidence such a move won’t be necessary due to the dialogue Mexico has with Washington.

Perhaps, methinks this might be bluster, but it does, nonetheless, highlight the growing tensions between the US and Mexico over border issues.  It’s also apparently some majorly debated thing in America.  I have heard the word borders more in the last year than I have in my entire existence up to that point.

More from Mexico News Daily- Truck traffic has been slowed for more than a month as the U.S. has been unable to keep up with the volume since it reassigned hundreds of border agents to handle the influx of migrants attempting to cross from Mexico.  De la Mora said there are provisions in international agreements that stipulate there should be no unnecessary measures implemented that would inhibit trade.  But “what we want is that this is resolved quickly through dialogue and we believe that can be achieved.” | go to source

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Sweet Meteor of Death is BACK in the Running After Hard 2016 Loss

I remember in 2016 weighing my choice of red hot zillas, blue chill zillas, even some green fire zillas, when one candidate really stood out among them all.  No, it wasn’t Gary Aleppo Johnson, and no it wasn’t John Hegelen of the Natural Law Party even though I did vote for him in 2000 as a protest because the red, blue zillas subjectively sucked.

Now, I am getting somewhere very important, for that candidate was SMOD.  Say it with me, SMOD 2016.  I went full SMOD (Sweet Meteor of Death) and I don’t regret it.  Well, much like Bernie Sanders, apparently, SMOD can STILL WIN!  Tell the studio audience what I’m talking about 

Mirror UK – NASA chief Jim Bridenstine has warned that a killer asteroid could smash into the Earth within our lifetime, unless we do more to protect the planet.  Speaking at the 2019 Planetary Defense Conference in Washington yesterday, the NASA administrator cautioned against the so-called “giggle factor” when it comes to asteroids.  “We have to make sure that people understand that this is not about Hollywood, it’s not about the movies,” Bridenstine said.  “This is about ultimately protecting the only planet we know, right now, to host life – and that is the planet Earth.” | go to source

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Wasp Masters Herd Zombie Spiders

So one day I was minding my own business and it felt a little…strange….a little strange in my web maker, so to speak, my big protruding, you know, abdomen, because I’m a spider and I spin webs and holy hell I feel odd.  I feel like wasps are really the superior insect.  I feel as if I should probably totally slave for them.

If this happened to a spider you know, maybe even love, then your spider is the victim of zombie hacking, and the culprit, if you can’t tell from the setup, is a zombie-making wasp.  

Take it away, Science Daily –  Setting off a startling chain of events, a parasitoid wasp can force a spider to weave a special web to suspend the wasp pupa just before it finishes killing its spider host. William Eberhard, staff scientist emeritus at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and Marcelo Gonzaga at the Universidade Federal de Uberlândia in Brazil have assembled wide-ranging evidence that ‘zombification’ involves hacking existing web-spinning mechanisms by hijacking the spider’s own molting hormone, ecdysone. | go to source

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Rightzilla – Ocasio-Cortez cuts mic on constituent challenging her ‘totally absurd, fascist’ take on free speech – Infowars

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez demonstrated the old adage “actions speak louder than words” at a recent town hall when a constituent questioned the socialist’s “fascist” perspective on free speech.  Video of the sparsely attended event in Queens featured a small crowd and a line of speakers waiting to address Ocasio-Cortez, who stood on an elevated stage behind a fancy podium. One of the speakers introduced himself as James Scott Berry and described himself as a registered Republican with the life mantra “always be willing to be wrong.”  Berry posed two different questions: Whether AOC would be willing to investigation the “over 3 million incidents of violent acts and threats of violence allowed in our schools against teachers and against fellow students ever year,” and whether she’s agreed that the greatest freedom in the world is the “freedom to hate, because in many countries you cannot.”
When I highlight stories, I try to find the most salient point. I had a really hard time finding that point because, much like the leftzilla winner from yesterday, the headline did not get fulfilled by the story.  While it is true that at one point this dude’s mic was cut off, it was quickly restored and a rather lengthy discourse ensued.  The crux seems to be AOC might possibly define incitement to violence more broadly than our hero does.  I’ll leave you zillas to fight over those table scraps.

They get the win anyway, Infowars, that is, because the video hits the leftzillas with their own favorite bludgeoning tool, ‘fascist.’  But it still failed to deliver on the zilla promised. | go to source

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Leftzilla – Trump admin was surveilling last year’s family separation protests, internal documents reveal – Daily Kos

Once again we have a zilla that fails to fully deliver.  The headline sounds scandalous enough, so much so that Daily Kos gets the Oppo of the day.  But, outside of the choir room, this song will sing flatter than pancakes being sucked into a black hole.  Well, I guess anything stuffed into a black hole will tend to be ultimate flatted, so to speak.

Do let me get back on point, because that’s what you pay for.  This little ditty reveals that, shock, government spies on protests, and they hire ‘private’ companies to do this work sometimes.  Still, if you’re a leftzilla, I understand why this would be like someone metaphorically spilled vegetables in your ice cream (unless you’re into that sort of thing).  Let’s let the winner, Daily Kos, shock us with their zilla.

Daily Kos – Government documents obtained by a coalition of immigrant rights group under the Freedom of Information Act show that the Trump administration was using a private cybersecurity company to monitor the hundreds of nationwide protests last year organized by Americans outraged over its family separation policy, adding to the disturbing pattern of surveillance and targeting of critics under the Trump administration.

“The documents include a list disseminated by [Homeland Security’s] Office on Intelligence and Analysis of more than 600 protests that took place in June 2018, when public horror at children being systematically ripped from their parents became widespread,” the American Immigration Council said. A firm called LookingGlass shared the information, including Facebook Event IDs and logistics such as time and location, with Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s investigative arm. | go to source

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Moose Poop Packing Main Tells Alaska TSA His Package is for Politicians

Miami Herald – According to the TSA, the man’s carry-on was flagged at Juneau International Airport on April 15 because equipment caught “a large organic mass” in the luggage, which could have been a sign of explosive material, the KTOO reports.

That’s when officers looked inside and discovered the bag of feces — and when the man told them “that he collects this and likes to present it, ‘For politicians and their bleep policies,’” Farbstein said, according to KTOO. | go to source

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If You Believe the IMF, the US-China Trade War Might Soon Be Ending

The IMF seems to believe a deal is in the works that could see an end to the ongoing US-China trade war.

Trend News Agency – International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde said on Monday she expects the United States and China to reach a deal to end their trade dispute, which has unnerved financial markets and cast a shadow over the global economy, Trend reported citing Reuters.  “I would say ‘Yes,’” Lagarde said at the Milken Institute Global Conference when asked whether talks between the world’s two largest economies would end in a deal. | go to source

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Illegal UK Streamers Warned Their Hacked Kodis Could Lead To Their Arrests

The Express UK wrote a very nicely sanitized piece called “Shock new warning could stop you streaming illegally FOR GOOD.”  I know, the title tells you otherwise, but, essentially the article is hinting that people that buy these hacked streaming boxesjs might have some nasty digital fingerprints in it that will lead the coppers to your door, and you will LITERALLY go to jail for 10 years if you’re illegally streaming Game of Thrones (that’s what the video on the article page told me). 
Anyhooooooo….here’s their nice polite way of saying what I just did, just so you see….
Express UK – A new report from the Digital Citizens Alliance is warning of the dangers that many users face by streaming content illegally.  The comprehensive investigation found that so-called Kodi boxes and jailbroken Amazon Fire TV Sticks could leave owners at risk from cyber crime and malware that can end up accessing personal data.  These streaming devices can be purchased online for under £100 and often come pre-installed with adapted Kodi software that allows users to access content, such as premier sports and movies, for free. | go to source

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The Ice Cream Coning of the New Flu Vaccine Strategy

At first, I thought this headline, the headline from futurity, “Ice Cream” Method could create lifetime flue vaccine” as Ice Cream could create….yeah…Ice Cream Vaccine.  But, alas, it is this, using the model of the cone that hold that different flavors of ice cream as a way to build a ‘root’ of vaccine protections that can be supplemented every year with different ‘ice cream flavors’ or, different particular variations of the strains that the cone fundamentally has covered, so to speak. 

Here’s Futurity- – The new method teaches the body to recognize the “cone” portion of the virus—the part that stays the same year-to-year. Researchers working on the technique say it works in lab animals, but warn they still need to make the vaccine more specific and show it works in much larger studies before testing it in people.  “We think it could be very generalizable,” says Peter Kim, professor of biochemistry at Stanford University and the lead investigator of the infectious disease initiative at the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub. “It could be important for coming up with a universal flu vaccine that would protect against pandemic flu, as well as for HIV.” | go to source

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US Treasury Secretary Says US-China Trade Resolution Coming Soon

CNBC – When asked about Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s suggestion that the White House could announce an agreement with Beijing in the next two weeks, the top Trump advisor said, “I think that’s fair.”  “Someone asked me how long is the negotiation going to go on and I don’t have a specific answer to that,” he said at the Milken Institute Global Conference. “It won’t go on forever. I think at some point in any negotiation you realize: ‘OK: we’re close to getting something done so we’re going to keep going.’ On the other hand, at some point you just throw your hands up and say ‘you know this is never going to get anywhere.’ | go to source

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Fecal transplants may be best answer to antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Science Daily – Transplanting human donor fecal microbiota into the colon of a patient infected with Clostridiodes difficile (C. diff) may be the best treatment for those not helped by C. diff targeted antibiotics, according to an article in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.  C. diff is the most common healthcare-acquired infection in the United States. It affects nearly half a million patients each year and becomes a recurring infection for nearly a third of them. If untreated, C. diff can lead to sepsis and death. | go to source

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Convicted of Raping Teen, Bus Driver Gets 10 Years Probation

NDTV – Last Thursday, Shane Piche, a former bus driver for the school district in Watertown, N.Y., received his sentence. Two months earlier, the 26-year-old had pleaded guilty to third-degree rape. According to the Watertown Daily Times, Piche had raped a 14-year-old girl who was on his bus route.  But rather than hand Piche a prison sentence, Jefferson County Judge James McClusky gave the defendant 10 years probation, and assigned him the lowest level status on New York’s sex offender registry. The judge’s ruling goes against prosecutors’ hopes – and against the wishes of the victim’s family. | go to source

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Over 3,000 Political Prisoners in Turkey Are Engaging in a Massive Hunger Struke

Times of India – A Turkish human rights group says close to 3,000 prisoners have joined a hunger strike to press authorities to end the alleged isolation in jail of Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan. Human Rights Association head Ozturk Turkdogan said Tuesday that 2,983 people in 90 prisons are refusing food in protest of the jail conditions for Ocalan, whose family members and lawyers reportedly have been denied visits. | go to source