Welcome to the positive lexicography, an evolving index of 'untranslatable' words related to wellbeing from across the world's languages. Please note: This list is a work in progress. The definitions here are all provisional, and I am continually looking to refine and improve them.
The Positive Lexicography
This is an evolving index of 'untranslatable' words related to wellbeing from across the world's languages.
CNN: The power of a named accuser: Kavanaugh's future now hangs in the balance
Brett Kavanaugh's accuser now has a name, and the Republican Party's bid to swiftly lift him onto the Supreme Court may be spinning out of control.

The coming hours could decide whether the GOP can stabilize the confirmation process of President Donald Trump's nominee or whether his hopes of being the man to enshrine a conservative majority for a generation could begin to crumble.
usa  law  politics  people 
3 days ago
Why most female newscasters have the same hair
Esther Katro was 22 when she landed her first job as a reporter at a local TV station in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The recent graduate loved the thrill of breaking news and being on air. But when she was out chasing stories in the college town, people kept mistaking her for a student. She went to her news director for advice, and his response had nothing to do with developing her fledgling reporting skills. “He was like, ‘You have to cut your hair to look older,’” she recalled.
gender  fashion 
4 days ago
NBCNews.com: The crackdown on sanctuary cities gives birth to 'freedom cities'
If Attorney General Jeff Sessions is waging war to dismantle sanctuary cities, imagine how he feels about "freedom cities."

Austin, Texas, became the latest major city to declare itself a "freedom city" in June, when the city council passed resolutions instructing the city's police officers to arrest fewer people for minor crimes like possessing a small amount of marijuana and driving without a valid license, as well as taking steps to protect undocumented immigrants.

"Freedom city policies are basically an expansion of the old sanctuary city policies," said Austin Council member Greg Casar, who helped write the resolutions. "They pick up where sanctuary policies were cut off."
usa  law 
4 days ago
Yahoo Finance: Brutal map shows why U.S. farmers want Trump to 'end the trade war'
The ongoing battle over tariffs between President Trump and China is negatively affecting farmers across the US.

The conflict is expected to worsen as Trump instructed his aides on Friday to carry out his tariff plans of $200 billion in Chinese products. Even the cost of Hurricane Florence is made worse by the trade war.

“The trade war is having impacts on all agricultural sectors,” Gary Schnitkey, Professor in Farm Management at the University of Illinois, told Yahoo Finance in a phone interview.

According to a recent map, provided by the US Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service and highlighted by the farmdoc project at the University of Illinois, the net cash farm income has decreased in every American region in comparison to 2017.
usa  china  agriculture 
4 days ago
Democrats & Republicans: Vote for the Latter to Save the Former | National Review
If you’re a long-time Republican voter, you’ve likely by now heard the growing and insistent and highly concerned media refrain: Republicans who truly care about America will vote for Democrats this fall.

In RealClearPolitics last month, columnist Froma Harrop addressed the woes of Republicans in the age of Trump, offering her take on the only honorable options for this fall: “You can follow the lead of GOP strategist Steve Schmidt, conservative columnist George Will and others who have fled the party. Or you can stay in and help a Democratic sweep of Congress, with the aim of regrouping afterward. Sending good but spineless Republicans to Washington would only extend the nation’s agony.”
usa  politics 
4 days ago
National Review: In the Russia Probe, It’s ‘Qui S’excuse S’accuse’
Here, let’s stick with the essential point: The use of counterintelligence authorities to conduct a criminal investigation of Donald Trump in the absence of a predicate crime.

The FISA warrants show that this practice of launching a criminal investigation in the absence of a crime long predated Rosenstein and Mueller. It was the modus operandi of the Trump-Russia investigation from Day One, when Obama’s Justice Department and the FBI first targeted the Trump campaign.

This raises a question that should gnaw at those of us (like moi) who have championed robust national-security powers in an era dominated by international terrorism: Is this pretextual use of FISA something that the Justice Department and FBI designed specifically for the Trump-Russia investigation, or is it standard operating procedure in all counterintelligence cases? (We can’t answer that question at the moment. FISA warrant documents are highly classified, which is why it’s been so hard to get even partial disclosure regarding the Trump-Russia investigation; we do not know if FISA warrants in other cases mirror the ones we’ve been permitted to see.)
usa  law 
4 days ago
Politico: As financial crisis shook the nation, Trump’s team saw payoff
Millions of average Americans lost their livelihoods and homes as the global financial crisis spiraled out of control a decade ago. But not President Donald Trump and his administration's top financial advisers, who treated the meltdown as a chance to get richer.

Steven Mnuchin, now Treasury secretary, led a group of investors who bought a failed thrift with government help and then sold it at a profit. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, then CEO of a buyout firm, also made money from U.S.-backed purchases of failed banks. Former White House economic adviser Gary Cohn, then president of Goldman Sachs, once touted that the investment bank brought in $373 million in a single day betting against the mortgage market.
usa  money  people  trump 
4 days ago
CNN: What happened to Tucker Carlson? This journalist set out to find the answer.
Years ago, Tucker Carlson was a well-regarded conservative writer with award-nominated articles and praise from journalism's top editors. Now, he shouts about immigrants, cries that big tech is stifling conservative voices, and poses questions like "How, precisely, is diversity our strength?" on his nightly Fox News show.

Carlson's journey has puzzled media critics for years. "What happened to Tucker Carlson?" they want to know. Now, Lyz Lenz, a writer with the Columbia Journalism Review, may have found the answer: Nothing.
usa  people  journalism 
4 days ago
Loser's Lunch
Piirimets had also been kicked out of the US Open the year before, and during that first ouster he was given paperwork acknowledging that he was to be banned from the tournament grounds for 20 years. He said he didn’t think that threat was serious, and that he didn’t think he was bound by the forms because he didn’t sign the line at the bottom. Nor did he understand that trespassing was a crime that could get him arrested in the United States. After all, he said, he’s been kicked out of lots of tournaments, all over the world, and nothing like this has ever happened before. Because why would it? He’s not a criminal, he said, flummoxed.

What Piirimets is, he admitted, is a member of a rogue, impish species in the tennis ecosystem: a courtsider. But with their hunters getting more and more adept, courtsiders—arguably justifiably so—have become an endangered species. Only the most stubborn of their breed persist. Even though sports betting is becoming legalized in the United States, they will still be persona non grata at this year’s US Open, which they will attempt to attend again.
5 days ago
The Atlantic: How Will Police Solve Murders on Mars?
Mars P.D. will have to deal with new blood-spatter patterns, different body decay rates, and space-suit sabotage—and they won’t be able to fire guns indoors.
mars  law 
5 days ago
Business Insider: Russia reportedly warned Mattis it could use nuclear weapons in Europe, and it made him see Moscow as an 'existential threat' to the US
During the early months of the Trump administration, Russia reportedly told Defense Secretary Jim Mattis of its willingness to use nuclear weapons under certain conditions.
It's not clear in what context the warning was made, but both the US and Russia have stated under what circumstances they would use nuclear weapons.
Russia's warning to Mattis came in regard to the Baltic states, which have warned of Russia's growing interference.
russia  usa  military 
5 days ago
The Guardian: A new authoritarian axis demands an international progressive front | Bernie Sanders
There is a gobal struggle taking place of enormous consequence. Nothing less than the future of the planet – economically, socially and environmentally – is at stake.

At a time of massive wealth and income inequality, when the world’s top 1% now owns more wealth than the bottom 99%, we are seeing the rise of a new authoritarian axis.

While these regimes may differ in some respects, they share key attributes: hostility toward democratic norms, antagonism toward a free press, intolerance toward ethnic and religious minorities, and a belief that government should benefit their own selfish financial interests. These leaders are also deeply connected to a network of multi-billionaire oligarchs who see the world as their economic plaything.
politics  future 
5 days ago
National Review: End Qualified Immunity
Congress passed a law to restrain government actors. The courts should enforce it as written.

Qualified immunity flips the meaning of the statute upside-down. Section 1983 is a law designed to protect citizens and help them secure their rights. It was not designed to protect the “vigorous exercise of official authority” but instead to restrain that authority. Judges have defied Congress. They’ve granted lawless officials countless free passes for unconstitutional behavior.
usa  law 
6 days ago
USA TODAY: My new reform plan will drain Democratic and Republican ethics swamp: Sen. Ben Sasse
In 2016, Republicans promised to “drain the swamp.” Two years later, not only is the swamp still here — it's gotten swampier.

In the last 18 months alone, revelations of corruption have forced high-profile investigations and resignations across the government.

Two Republican congressman were indicted — one for insider trading, the other for using campaign funds to bankroll his family's lifestyle. For those keeping score at home, here’s the sad state of things: The folks who in 2016 didn't care about draining the swamp are clamoring about it now, while the folks who promised to drain the swamp have conveniently forgotten about it. This always happens. Everyone talks about draining the swamp, but nobody does it.

It’s time to drain the swamp — for real. Today I’m introducing a series of bills that will help do just that.
usa  politics 
6 days ago
The Atlantic: The NRA’s Catch-22 for Black Men Shot by Police
A National Rifle Association spokesperson says Botham Jean would still be alive if he’d had a firearm. But when African Americans legally bearing arms are shot by police, the organization’s media outlet doesn’t defend them.
usa  politics  racism 
6 days ago
The Root: The NRA is So Mad About Thomas the Tank Engine's Black Friends, They Put a KKK Hood on Him
This time their outrage stems from the discovery that one of their most beloved cartoon characters has a few new friends, including a black girl. Although I wasn’t even aware that trains had genitalia, apparently there is an entire segment of cartoon biology that they teach in white schools.

According to the Associated Press, Mattel will introduce two new characters on the upcoming season “Thomas and Friends,” the television series starring Thomas the Tank Engine. Although I have never seen the show, I’m pretty sure it’s about a tank engine named Thomas.
usa  racism 
8 days ago
The 'forgotten' Supreme Court decision and its impact on our politics | Fox News
Amid the current national debate over immigration policies, racial discrimination, LGBTQ rights, and executive power, the anniversary of an important legal and political dispute that has directly shaped that debate will pass quietly, its legacy all but forgotten.

In September 1958, sixty years ago next week, the United States Supreme Court finally earned its hard-fought reputation as a co-equal branch of the federal government, in a courtroom drama filled with urgency and uncertainty.
usa  history  law 
10 days ago
Study Confirms That Security Line In Airport Is A Hotbed For Viruses : Goats and Soda : NPR
When you go through airport security, you might wish you had a pair of gloves on like the TSA agents do.

Researchers have evidence that the plastic trays in security lines are a haven for respiratory viruses. The trays likely harbor more of these pathogens than the flushing button on the airport toilets, researchers reported last week in BMC Infectious Diseases.
health  transportation 
11 days ago
USA TODAY: Ocean Cleanup steams out to sea in test run to clean Great Pacific Garbage Patch
a flotilla of boats, drones and helicopters, the Ocean Cleanup machine, a system of lengthy drifting trash traps, was slowly was towed through San Francisco Bay beneath the Golden Gate Bridge and out to the open ocean Saturday afternoon.

The 2,000-foot long system was pulled by a large ship, bobbing in a bay full of sailboats, ferries and a few kayakers.
11 days ago
Fear the Reaper: Characterization and Fast Detection of Card Skimmers
Payment card fraud results in billions of dollars in
losses annually. Adversaries increasingly acquire card
data using skimmers, which are attached to legitimate
payment devices including point of sale terminals, gas
pumps, and ATMs. Detecting such devices can be difficult,
and while many experts offer advice in doing so,
there exists no large-scale characterization of skimmer
technology to support such defenses. In this paper, we
perform the first such study based on skimmers recovered
by the NYPD’s Financial Crimes Task Force over
a 16 month period. After systematizing these devices,
we develop the Skim Reaper, a detector which takes advantage
of the physical properties and constraints necessary
for many skimmers to steal card data. Our analysis
shows the Skim Reaper effectively detects 100% of devices
supplied by the NYPD. In so doing, we provide the
first robust and portable mechanism for detecting card
security  payment 
17 days ago
Embracing the Kobayashi Maru: Why You Should Teach Your Students to Cheat
Adversaries cheat. We don’t. In academic institutions around the world, students understand
that they will be expelled if they violate their college’s honor code or otherwise fail to play by the
institutional rules. The dissonance between how our adversaries operate and how we teach our
students puts our students at a distinct disadvantage when faced with real world adversaries
who inevitably do not play by the rules. Breaking through the paradigm where students selfcensor
their ways of thinking to a new paradigm that cultivates an effective adversary mindset is
both necessary and possible.
17 days ago
Botched CIA Communications System Helped Blow Cover of Chinese Agents – Foreign Policy
It was considered one of the CIA’s worst failures in decades: Over a two-year period starting in late 2010, Chinese authorities systematically dismantled the agency’s network of agents across the country, executing dozens of suspected U.S. spies. But since then, a question has loomed over the entire debacle.

How were the Chinese able to roll up the network?
china  usa  military 
17 days ago
Why the Most Important Idea in Behavioral Decision-Making Is a Fallacy - Scientific American Blog Network
Loss aversion, the idea that losses are more psychologically impactful than gains, is widely considered the most important idea of behavioral decision-making and its sister field of behavioral economics. To illustrate the importance loss aversion is accorded, Daniel Kahneman, winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize in economics, wrote in his 2011 best-selling book, Thinking Fast and Slow, that “the concept of loss aversion is certainly the most significant contribution of psychology to behavioral economics.” As another illustration, when Richard Thaler was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in economics, the phrase “loss aversion” appeared 24 times in the Nobel Committee’s description of his contributions to science.

Why has such profound importance been attributed to loss aversion? Largely, it is because it is thought to reflect a fundamental truth about human beings—that we are more motivated by our fears than by our aspirations. This conclusion, it is thought, has implications for almost every aspect of how we live our lives.

However, as documented in a recent critical review of loss aversion by Derek Rucker of Northwestern University and myself, published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology, loss aversion is essentially a fallacy. That is, there is no general cognitive bias that leads people to avoid losses more vigorously than to pursue gains. Contrary to claims based on loss aversion, price increases (ie, losses for consumers) do not impact consumer behavior more than price decreases (ie, gains for consumers). Messages that frame an appeal in terms of a loss (eg, “you will lose out by not buying our product”) are no more persuasive than messages that frame an appeal in terms of a gain (eg, “you will gain by buying our product”).
17 days ago
Video: Dozens Of Dudes Got Duped In Mass Tinder Date At Union Square: Gothamist
This past Sunday afternoon, dozens of men arrived at Union Square thinking they were catching a DJ set with a Tinder date. Instead, they arrived to realize they were all just pawns in a classic, brilliantly executed New York City scam.

Spencer M. told Gothamist that he matched on Tinder with a woman named Natasha around a month ago.

"She contacted me, she said, 'Hey we should get a drink sometime. But, oh, I got held up by this presentation so let's do it later.' So a month goes by and she says 'Hey, I'm finally free, do you wanna meet me at Union Square for my friend's DJ set, we'll get a drink and we'll see what happens'" Spencer said, noting that Natasha used the winky face emoji at the end.
17 days ago
South Korea scrambles to avoid going the way of Japan
In the corridors of power in Seoul, among the policymakers, economists and businesspeople who drive Asia’s fourth-largest economy, conversation is dominated by one unlikely topic: crisis. From the outside this may seem odd, given the South Korean economy appears in robust shape. Growth this year is forecast to be just under 3 percent, while exports remain buoyant and unemployment less than 4 percent.

But these indicators mask a stark reality for the onetime Asian tiger economy. Looming on the horizon sits a confluence of factors that economists believe could dramatically affect the country’s growth trajectory, unless the government begins serious structural reforms immediately.

From the growing and potentially existential threat from Chinese competitors to a rapidly aging population, the South Korean economy must quickly transition to a new growth model, experts say, or risk a long-term slowdown akin to neighboring Japan.
18 days ago
Politico: Inside Stephen Miller’s hostile takeover of immigration policy
The 33-year-old policy adviser has made unprecedented power grabs as he seeks to slash immigration to America.

One major reason Stephen Miller remains a powerful player on immigration is that he’s so close to the president. But the White House adviser also has managed to set the agenda on Donald Trump’s signature campaign issue through another quality: sheer bureaucratic cunning
21 days ago
'Sleeper' case could torpedo Mueller report
A little-noticed court case stemming from the apparent murder of a Columbia University professor six decades ago could keep special counsel Robert Mueller from publishing any information about the Trump campaign and Russia that he obtains through a Washington grand jury.

The substance of the case is entirely unrelated to Mueller’s investigation into whether any of President Donald Trump’s associates aided Russia’s efforts to intervene in the 2016 election.
law  usa 
23 days ago
DOJ Finds 19 Illegal Voters, Not ‘Millions’
Nineteen foreign nationals have been charged with illegal voting in the 2016 election, the Justice Department said Friday.

The defendants are from numerous countries, including Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Nigeria and Germany.

Some of them were charged in an indictment handed down by a federal grand jury in Wilmington, N.C. They were accused of filing a false claim of citizenship in order to register, and then voting.

The announcement comes amid an intense debate at the state level over voter fraud and efforts by Republican lawmakers to impose voter ID restrictions.

There’s a rather obvious problem with this “AHA LIBERALS” reaction to the case, beyond the fact that the 19 people involved have not been convicted, and the details aren’t clear (in the one case where DOJ does provide details, it seems the alleged illegal voter had a fake passport, which is probably not going to get caught by voter ID requirements). We’re talking about 19 people, which is a bit short of “millions,” much less “millions of millions.”
uselection2016  crime 
24 days ago
Fortnite installer had a serious security flaw that Google just revealed
It seems that the concerns about Fortnite’s security were well-founded — although not necessarily for the reasons some people might have expected. Epic Games has been criticized for its decision not to make Fortnite available through Google Play, leading Google to show warnings to anyone conducting searches for the game.

Now a Google engineer just revealed that the first version of Epic’s installer had a serious security vulnerability, placing Android users at risk. A post on Google’s Issue Tracker shows that the installer could be abused to secretly download and install any app with any level of permissions — a Man-in-the-Disk exploit.
android  security  bug 
25 days ago
Defense experts sound alarms as summer passes without US-ROK war games - Business Insider
President Donald Trump decided to cancel joint military exercises with South Korea as a concession to North Korea during his June 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.
The US and South Korean governments have attempted to downplay the effects on the alliance and military readiness, but defense experts are concerned.
Arguing that Kim's "ultimate objective is to get the US off the peninsula," one expert said that "undercutting alliance cohesion is a step towards this goal for North Korea."
korea  military  usa 
27 days ago
STEVE the Purple Beam of Light Is Not An Aurora After All | Smart News | Smithsonian
STEVE—the name given to strange purple ribbons of light that seem to accompany auroras—is weirder than we thought, a new study suggests.
ecology  universe 
28 days ago
Earth's magnetic field could FLIP sooner than previously thought | Daily Mail Online
When the magnetic poles flip, Earth’s protective magnetic field weakens
This would wreak havoc on electrical grid, leave surface exposed to radiation
Researchers found that field reversals can happen more rapidly than thought
28 days ago
Tesla hit Model 3 target by reworking thousands of cars - Business Insider
Of the 5,000 Model 3s that contributed to Tesla's end of June manufacturing target, about 4,300 of them required rework, according to internal documents viewed by Business Insider.
Within the auto industry, cars that make it through a manufacturing process without requiring rework are part of a factory or line's "first pass yield (FPY)."
That means the factory had a first pass yield for vehicles as low as 14% during the last week of June.
An industry expert told Business Insider that good auto plants have a first pass yield of about 80%.
A Tesla spokesperson said the number of labor hours required per Model 3 has decreased by almost 30% since last quarter.
business  transportation 
29 days ago
South Africa farm seizures BEGIN: Chaos as first expropriation of white-owned farms starts | World | News | Express.co.uk
SOUTH AFRICA's government has begun seizing land from white farmers, targeting two game farms in the northern province of Limpopo after talks with the owners to buy the properties collapsed.
southafrica  politics  business 
4 weeks ago
Harvard speaker busts coconut oil health myth calling it 'pure poison' - Business Insider Deutschland
A Harvard professor made some controversial comments concerning coconut oil in a lecture on YouTube.
The video, which has garnered 400,000 hits, comes after the American Heart Association has advised people to avoid coconut oil.
In the talk, titled "Coconut Oil and other Nutritional Errors" professor Karen Michels described coconut oil as "pure poison" and "one of the worst foods you can eat".
food  health 
4 weeks ago
Greece emerges from eurozone bailout programme - BBC News
Greece has successfully completed a three-year eurozone bailout programme designed to help it cope with the fallout from its debt crisis.

For the first time in eight years, Greece is now free to borrow money on the financial markets.

As a condition of the loans, the Greek government was forced to introduce a series of unpopular austerity measures.

The Greek economy has grown slowly in recent years but is still 25% smaller than when the crisis began.

Together with assistance from International Monetary Fund (IMF), the loans given to Greece since 2010 amounted to more than €260bn - the biggest bailout in global financial history.
greece  europe  money 
4 weeks ago
Why Trade Deficits Aren't the Bogeyman Trump Thinks
It’s fair to say that U.S. President Donald Trump abhors trade deficits. Shrinking them was a cornerstone of his campaign for the U.S. presidency. Once elected, he cited them as the reason for igniting a trade war with China and imposing tariffs on other countries’ exports of steel, aluminum and other products to the U.S. Trump says trade deficits -- the difference between what the U.S. imports and what it exports -- are a sign of a declining manufacturing base and loss of American might. And he blames weak U.S. leaders before him for negotiating bad deals that caused the trade gap to widen. Problem is, trade deficits don’t always mean what Trump says they do.
business  politics 
4 weeks ago
Trump Predicts 'Red Wave,' But Special Elections Show Democrats Poised For Big Gains
As the 2018 midterms draw closer, President Trump continues to claim there's a "Red Wave!" brewing.

The problem is, concrete voting data shows a very different type of wave forming — one that's poised to give Democrats a comfortable majority in the House.

Republicans may hold onto eight of the nine GOP-held seats in special congressional elections on the ballot since 2016 (one is still officially undecided), but the massive voter shift toward Democrats in what should be comfortably red territory shows plenty of warning signs for Republicans this fall.
usa  politics 
4 weeks ago
The Economics of Hacking an Election
There have been many news stories of late about potential attacks on the American electoral system. Which attacks are actually serious? As always, the answer depends on economics.

There are two assertions I'll make up front. First, the attacker—any attacker—is resource-limited. They may have vast resources, and in particular they may have more resources than the defenders—but they're still limited. Why? They'll throw enough resources at the problem to solve it, i.e., to hack the election, and use anything left over for the next problem, e.g., hacking the Brexit II referendum… There's always another target.

Second, elections are a system. That is, there are multiple interacting pieces. The attacker can go after any of them; the defender has to protect them all. And protecting just one piece very well won't help; after all, "you don't go through strong security, you go around it." But again, the attacker has limited resources. Their strategy, then, is to find the greatest leverage, the point to attack that costs the defenders the most to protect.
politics  security 
5 weeks ago
A Playbook for Taming Donald Trump
Politicians, pundits, and plenty of regular citizens love to argue about U.S. foreign policy. These discussions usually revolve around the question of what the United States should do with its extraordinary power and the influence it still enjoys around the world. Should the goal be “America First?” To be the “Indispensable Nation?” or a “Reluctant Sheriff?” How about being an “offshore balancer?” Something else entirely? Asking what the United States should do with its power is important, but so is the flip side: What should other states do about U.S. power? If you were running Germany, Brazil, Mexico, Japan, Poland, Afghanistan, Russia, India, Iran, Australia, etc., how would you deal with the 800-pound gorilla that still looms large on the world stage?
usa  politics 
5 weeks ago
USA Temperature: can I sucker you? | Open Mind
There’s a graph going around the internet from Steve Goddard a.k.a. Tony Heller, claiming to show that temperature in the U.S. has been declining, using only high temperatures, using only summertime temperatures, using only data since 1918, based on a simple average without taking into account new stations coming online or old stations retiring or area-weighting or any of that “expert” stuff. Suppose I wanted to convince people that temperature in the USA wasn’t going up, it was going down. What would I show?
5 weeks ago
“Lean In” Messages and the Illusion of Control
In a world in which men dominate leadership roles, should we focus on changing the systems and structures that favor men at women’s expense? Or should we emphasize the tactics individual women can use to get ahead?

Our research explored this question. The first message, that it’s processes and organizations that need to change, has been gaining traction in more recent years. But the latter message has been inspiring and motivating to many people; it’s solutions-oriented and individualistic, appealing especially to Americans who tend to appreciate DIY solutions to societal problems. Plus, it has the benefit of seeming to help women now, rather than waiting decades — or even centuries — for societal change.
5 weeks ago
Russia's top 5 trump cards in the sanctions game against the US — RT Business News
Washington's reported plans to ratchet up sanctions against Moscow have sparked heated debates both in the US and in Russia over which country will be hurt more.
The US has hinted that it would target exports of sensitive national security goods to Russia, stop flights by Russia's Aeroflot airlines to the US, and could go as far as banning all US exports to Russia. According to the US State Department, the proposed measures come in response to the poisoning of double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the UK. Russia has denied the accusation and has repeatedly called for an objective international inquiry.

Considering the fact that Washington has sanctioned pretty much everything Russian there is to sanction and that Moscow has refrained from using its big guns against the US, Russia has some interesting options if it needs to respond this time around.
russia  usa 
5 weeks ago
China warns off US reconnaissance plane over the South China Sea - CNNPolitics
The Chinese-controlled artificial island of Subi Reef in the South China Sea, as seen by CNN from a US reconnaissance plane on August 10.
The Chinese-controlled artificial island of Subi Reef in the South China Sea, as seen by CNN from a US reconnaissance plane on August 10.
Above the South China Sea (CNN)High above one of the most hotly contested regions in the world, CNN was given a rare look Friday at the Chinese government's rapidly expanding militarization of the South China Sea from a US reconnaissance plane.

After boarding the US Navy P8-A Poseidon in Okinawa Friday, CNN flew over the disputed waters, a large swathe of which are claimed by Beijing.
The crew received six separate warnings from the Chinese military during the flight, telling them they were inside Chinese territory and urging them to leave.
china  military 
5 weeks ago
Spotify Is Done Fighting Apple Music — and Ready to Take On Apple – Rolling Stone
Spotify, by several measures the biggest music-streaming service in the world, has teamed up with Samsung, the biggest smartphone maker in the world. The two companies announced a major partnership on Thursday that makes Spotify the official music service provider for all of Samsung’s phones, televisions, tablets, watches and speakers. It means the Spotify app will be pre-installed on many new devices, as well as integrated into Samsung’s voice assistant program and better synced with Samsung’s smart-home apps.
music  phone  business 
5 weeks ago
iPhone Bugs Are Too Valuable to Report to Apple - Motherboard
The iPhone's security is so tight that it's hard to find any flaws at all, which leads to sky-high prices for bugs on the grey market. Researchers I spoke to are reluctant to report bugs both because they are so valuable and because reporting some bugs may actually prevent them from doing more research.

"People can get more cash if they sell their bugs to others," said Nikias Bassen, a security researcher for the company Zimperium, and who joined Apple's program last year. "If you're just doing it for the money, you're not going to give [bugs] to Apple directly."
apple  security  business 
5 weeks ago
Google hacker challenges Apple CEO Tim Cook to donate $2.5 million to charity - Business Insider Deutschland
Google runs a team called Project Zero that tries to find vulnerabilities in competitors' software.
One of its star members focusing on Apple products is Ian Beer.
He slammed Apple at the end of a talk at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas because he has not been invited to Apple's bug bounty program, he said.
apple  security 
5 weeks ago
Scientists Discover The Secret Weapon Of Stomach Viruses
Researchers have discovered why some stomach bugs hit us so hard — and spread so fast.

New research published Wednesday in Cell Host & Microbe found that stomach infections, like norovirus and rotavirus, are more contagious and more potent when the virus particles cluster together.

These findings may help treat — and even prevent — these viruses more effectively.
5 weeks ago
Blame Harvey Weinstein for the New Popular Film Oscar, Academy Board Member Says | Vanity Fair
When the Film Academy revealed on Wednesday that it will be adding an “outstanding popular film” category to the Oscars, confusion, questions, and even conspiracy theories abounded. According to a Variety report, the Disney-ABC Television Group—which will air the Oscars through 2028—had been pushing the Academy to factor more popular films into the ceremony, in an attempt to revive the telecast’s sinking viewership, which hit an all-time low this past March.

But that report still left myriad issues unanswered. Among them: what qualifies a film for popular-category contention, versus best picture? Aren’t there plenty of award shows—like the People’s Choice Awards, for example—that already celebrate more mainstream movie fare? Will this category essentially be considered some kind of “consolation prize” for films not deemed “artsy” enough for the Oscars’ big award?
movies  arts 
5 weeks ago
How to read summer grumbles about China’s swaggering leader
No evidence that Mr Xi’s position is in peril has come to light. Yet the capital’s political classes, including Chinese academics who advise the government, business leaders, foreign diplomats and journalists, have spent weeks swapping rumours of bruising internal disputes about how to handle a trade war with America and generally protect a slowing economy. Some predict that Mr Xi and his inner circle will face unprecedented criticism at gatherings such as Beidaihe. Many rumours have a recurring theme: namely, that retired leaders such as Hu Jintao, his predecessor, Jiang Zemin and the former premier Zhu Rongji, are demanding an end to propaganda campaigns exalting Mr Xi as the “eternal core” of the party and “the country’s helmsman”. Such sycophancy revolts a lot of older, educated Chinese, reminding them of the personality cult around Mao that so harmed China. Related rumours have such elder statesmen demanding a reversal of last year’s decision to allow Mr Xi, in effect, to rule China for life, by abolishing the ten-year term limit that applied to his post as president. Finally, Beijing seethes with talk that retired and serving members of the government accuse Team Xi of ill-judged boasting about the country’s rise, as when state media talked up a “Made In China 2025” plan to dominate such high-tech sectors as robotics and artificial intelligence. Xi critics blame such bragging for provoking a backlash across the West.
china  politics 
5 weeks ago
US-China trade war: Beijing rebuts criticism of backlash over tariffs
China's top newspaper, the People's Daily, rebuts criticism about the country's treatment of its trade dispute with the U.S.
Reuters had reported about rifts within the ruling party, but the paper said China cannot be hidden by 'being low key.'
5 weeks ago
Trump, China tariff trade war: states with most imports from China - Business Insider Deutschland
President Donald Trump's trade war with China is ongoing, with tariffs flying back and forth.
While tariffs only apply to $34 billion worth of Chinese goods coming into the US, Trump has threatened to apply tariffs to every import from China.
The trade war could have significant economic consequences, since China is the largest source of imports for 23 states — and in the top five of sources for 47 states.
The China fight could also have political consequences, since 15 of the 23 states that count China as their top import source voted for Trump in 2016.
trump  china  business  politics 
5 weeks ago
Venezuela and the Problem of Exploding Drones - The Atlantic
The United States pioneered military drones for surveillance and then missile strikes in Afghanistan nearly two decades ago; only a handful of states now have those capabilities. But small, commercially available drones of the kind Venezuela says were used in the attempt have proliferated widely among private actors in recent years. They do not require billions of dollars to procure or runways to take off. They can be used for filming or for delivering commercial products or for humanitarian aid. They can just as easily carry explosives.
6 weeks ago
How an Ex-Cop Rigged McDonald’s Monopoly Game and Stole Millions
Dent’s investigation had started in 2000, when a mysterious informant called the FBI and claimed that McDonald’s games had been rigged by an insider known as “Uncle Jerry.” The person revealed that “winners” paid Uncle Jerry for stolen game pieces in various ways. The $1 million winners, for example, passed the first $50,000 installment to Uncle Jerry in cash. Sometimes Uncle Jerry would demand cash up front, requiring winners to mortgage their homes to come up with the money. According to the informant, members of one close-knit family in Jacksonville had claimed three $1 million prizes and a Dodge Viper.
6 weeks ago
Just Stop It. The Elderly Are Doing Fine. – Mother Jones
Something happened very broadly during the mid-80s and mid-90s, and whatever it was affected everyone, not just the elderly. Since 2001, however, bankruptcies haven’t changed much among any age group, including the elderly.

This is the story. Credit card debt, the dotcom bubble, the housing bubble, the 2005 bankruptcy law, the rising cost of long-term nursing care—these are all stories. If you want to dig deeper and tell them, fine. But can we drop this endless scaremongering about a massive increase in elderly bankruptcies obtained solely by cherry picking the starting year and providing no surrounding context?
6 weeks ago
Astronomers discover a nearby free-range planet with incredible magnetism | Astronomy.com
A bizarre rogue planet without a star is roaming the Milky Way just 20 light-years from the Sun. And according to a recently published study in The Astrophysical Journal, this strange, nomadic world has an incredibly powerful magnetic field that is some 4 million times stronger than Earth’s. Furthermore, it generates spectacular auroras that would put our own northern lights to shame.

The new observations, made with the National Science Foundation’s Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA), not only are the first radio observations of a planetary-mass object beyond our solar system, but also mark the first time researchers have measured the magnetic field of such a body.
6 weeks ago
World Of Warcraft Players Are Removing Pieces Of Armor To Protest Recent Plot Developments
Despite being the leader of World of Warcraft’s Horde, Sylvanas is currently on Horde players’ shit list. The reason? Earlier this week, she did too big of a murder. Now another major Horde character has turned against her, and players are demonstrating in-game to show solidarity.
6 weeks ago
Fortnite is putting users at risk, to prove a point about Google's Android monopoly - CNET
Fortnite is a global phenomenon. It's the biggest thing in video games, in no small part because kids are obsessed with the part-Minecraft, part-PUBG shooter they can play on an iPhone for absolutely zero money (as long as you disable in-app purchases).

Now, the game is coming to Android too, meaning the other 85 percent of the world's smartphone audience may soon find out what all the fuss is about.

But Fortnite for Android will put some of those users at risk of hacks and malware -- all because its creator, Epic Games, is tired of the raw deal it claims that Google is giving developers and users.
6 weeks ago
Katz’s Deli, secrets behind keeping a 130-year-old business alive | Fox Business
For third-generation deli man Jake Dell working out the kinks in running a small business never really goes away, whether it’s been around for 130 years or 130 days.

The 31-year-old is now the owner of the iconic Katz’s Delicatessen, which he has been tasked with turning into a profitable and thriving 21st century brand without losing its iconic New York roots that go back all the way to 1888.
food  people 
7 weeks ago
Battle for the House: Democrats On the Brink 100 Days Out
One hundred days from right now, the 2018 midterm elections will finally occur (or conclude, with early voting starting as many as six weeks out in some states). And while all sorts of congressional, state, and local contests will be on the ballot, the struggle for control of the U.S. House remains the marquee match. Democrats are now, by most accounts, a slight favorite to win the net 23 seats they need to regain the House. This has been the top betting line off and on since the beginning of the 2018 cycle, though last autumn Democrats looked almost certain to build an irresistible “wave” and this spring it appeared that Republicans might be recovering enough to survive with a reduced majority.

The current big-picture indicators show Democrats right on the brink of the numbers they would need to win back the House.
usa  politics 
7 weeks ago
Melatonin: Much More Than You Wanted to Know
Van Geiklswijk et al describe supplemental melatonin as “a chronobiotic drug with hypnotic properties”. Using it as a pure hypnotic – a sleeping pill – is like using an AK-47 as a club to bash your enemies’ heads in. It might work, but you’re failing to appreciate the full power and subtlety available to you.
7 weeks ago
Detecting the use of "curl | bash" server-side
Installing software by piping from curl to bash is obviously a bad idea and a knowledgable user will most likely check the content first. So wouldn't it be great if a malicious payload would only render when piped to bash? A few people have tried this before by checking for the curl user agent which is by no means fail safe - the user may simply curl the url on the commandline revealing your malicious code. Luckily the behaviour of curl (and wget) changes subtely when piped into bash. This allows an attacker to present two different versions of their script depending on the context :)
7 weeks ago
To Remember, the Brain Must Actively Forget
cades of research have focused on how the brain acquires information, resulting in theories that suggest short-term memories are encoded in the brain as patterns of activity among neurons, while long-term memories reflect a change in the connections between neurons.

What hasn’t received nearly as much attention from memory researchers is how the brain forgets. “The vast majority of the things that are happening to me in my life — the conscious experience I’m having right now — I’m most likely not going to remember when I’m 80,” said Michael Anderson, a memory researcher at the University of Cambridge, who has been studying forgetting since the 1990s. “How is it that the field of neurobiology has actually never taken forgetting seriously?”
8 weeks ago
We’ve Reached Peak Tick Anxiety - The New York Times
Ashley Baker Staats, a writer and editor who lives in TriBeCa, moves out to the Springs area of East Hampton, N.Y., each summer. But unlike past seasons, when idle cocktail chatter centered on the traffic, Eleven Madison Park, kid activities and celebrity spottings, a hard-shelled, surprisingly resilient uninvited guest has become everyone’s obsession: ticks, ticks, ticks.
8 weeks ago
When the US Invaded Russia – Consortiumnews
Amid the bi-partisan mania over the Trump-Putin Summit in Helsinki, fevered, anti-Russian rhetoric in the United States makes conceivable what until recently seemed inconcievable: that dangerous tensions between Russia and the U.S. could lead to military conflict. It has happened before.
usa  russia  military  history 
8 weeks ago
34 years ago, a KGB defector chillingly predicted modern America | Big Think
Whether you believe Putin really has some kind of compromising material to make Trump do his bidding or if Trump is simply being nice to people who partially helped get him elected, or if you somehow still think, despite ample evidence to the contrary, that all this is much ado about nothing, the fact is President Putin is a very experienced former KGB officer. He has both the know-how and the intelligence to carry out very far-sighted and ingenious operations. We don’t know his endgame and neither do we know how much of his KGB training he still employs, but in light of current events, there may be a way for us to get a deeper understanding by studying the words of Yuri Alexandrovich Bezmenov, a former KGB agent who defected to Canada in 1970.
8 weeks ago
The Accused Russian Agent as Trump Republican - Bloomberg
Here are some things we know about Maria Butina. She is a 29-year-old white woman with an enthusiasm for guns who has attended multiple National Rifle Association events, socialized with NRA leaders and repeated NRA talking points.

She attended Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's 2015 announcement seeking the Republican nomination for president, and later supported Republican Donald Trump for president. She attended the National Prayer Breakfast, a Republican gathering place, in Washington this year.
russia  usa 
8 weeks ago
Trump Campaign Reportedly Adds Former Cambridge Analytica Employees to 2020 Efforts
Cambridge Analytica, the shady political consulting firm best known for obtaining a whole heap of personal information from Facebook users without their consent, might be dead and gone. But some of its former employees are reportedly hard at work on the re-election campaign of President Donald Trump.

According to the Associated Press, Data Propria—a voter targeting firm that operates similarly to Cambridge Analytica—has at least four former staffers from the defunct-and-derided data analysis company on its staff. Data Propria has reportedly already started efforts to help President Trump’s re-election effort in 2020 after contracting for his campaign in 2016.
camanalytica  trump 
8 weeks ago
Survival of the Richest – Future Human – Medium
Last year, I got invited to a super-deluxe private resort to deliver a keynote speech to what I assumed would be a hundred or so investment bankers. It was by far the largest fee I had ever been offered for a talk — about half my annual professor’s salary — all to deliver some insight on the subject of “the future of technology.”

I’ve never liked talking about the future. The Q&A sessions always end up more like parlor games, where I’m asked to opine on the latest technology buzzwords as if they were ticker symbols for potential investments: blockchain, 3D printing, CRISPR. The audiences are rarely interested in learning about these technologies or their potential impacts beyond the binary choice of whether or not to invest in them. But money talks, so I took the gig.
future  money 
8 weeks ago
The Singular Pursuit of Comrade Bezos – Member Feature Stories – Medium
From a financial point of view, Amazon doesn’t behave much like a successful 21st-century company. Amazon has not bought back its own stock since 2012. Amazon has never offered its shareholders a dividend. Unlike its peers Google, Apple, and Facebook, Amazon does not hoard cash. It has only recently started to record small, predictable profits. Instead, whenever it has resources, Amazon invests in capacity, which results in growth at a ridiculous clip. When the company found itself with $13.8 billion lying around, it bought a grocery chain for $13.7 billion. As the Recode story referenced above summarizes in one of the graphs: “It took Amazon 18 years as a public company to catch Walmart in market cap, but only two more years to double it.” More than a profit-seeking corporation, Amazon is behaving like a planned economy.
amazon  business 
8 weeks ago
Your United flight could be more comfortable thanks to this union rule
United Airlines' latest aircraft order comes with a rare perk in an age of increasingly cramped commercial flights: more space.

The cabins of the 25 regional Embraer E-175 jets that United agreed to buy this week, an order worth more than $1.1 billion at list prices, are seven inches wider with ceilings that are almost five inches higher than the old Bombardier regional jets they'll replace, according the companies. United said they will have 70 seats aboard, even though 76 seats could fit.
8 weeks ago
New Discovery Around Juniper Backdoor Raises More Questions About the Company
WHEN TECH GIANT Juniper Networks made the startling announcement last month that it had uncovered two mysterious backdoors embedded in software running on some of its firewalls, certain people in the security community praised the company for being honest about its discovery. Rather than silently removing the backdoors in a routine software patch sent to customers, Juniper said it was distributing the patch to eliminate "unauthorized code" that someone had placed in the source code of its software. This malicious code was particularly concerning because one of the backdoors, which had gone undetected in the software since 2012, could be exploited for the purposes of decrypting protected data passing through the VPN, or virtual private network, in Juniper NetScreen firewalls.
security  crypto 
8 weeks ago
Democrats should slow down with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez - CNNPolitics
Since her massive upset victory over New York Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley last month, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been touted as the fastest-rising star in the Democratic firmament. Potential 2020 presidential contenders seized on her victory as a sign that unapologetic liberalism is where the party is headed. Suddenly would-be national candidates were falling all over themselves to call to abolish ICE. Think pieces over What It All Means -- including in this space -- were launched.
usa  politics  people 
8 weeks ago
The European Commission versus Android
To understand how Google ended up with a €4.3 billion fine and a 90-day deadline to change its business practices around Android, it is critical to keep one date in mind: July 2005. That was when Google acquired a still in-development mobile operating system called Android, and to put the acquisition in context, Steve Jobs was, at least publicly, “not convinced people want to watch movies on a tiny little screen”. He was, of course, referring to the iPod; Apple would go on to release an iPod with video playback a few months later, but the iPhone was still a year-and-a-half away from being revealed.
google  android  europe 
8 weeks ago
CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing causes lots of mutations
A British study shows that gene editing does not work as well as previously assumed. Experiments with the cells of mice and humans resulted in numerous unwanted mutations.

The molecular biological gene editing CRISPR/Cas9 method regularly causes unwanted mutations. This also happens in areas of the genome far from the target areas that medical researchers and molecular biologists may seek to change using this promising innovative tool.
8 weeks ago
Genetically modified babies given go ahead by UK ethics body | Science | The Guardian
The creation of babies whose DNA has been altered to give them what parents perceive to be the best chances in life has received a cautious green light in a landmark report from a leading UK ethics body.

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics said that changing the DNA of a human embryo could be “morally permissible” if it was in the future child’s interests and did not add to the kinds of inequalities that already divide society.
medicine  biology 
9 weeks ago
Brexit: Will the EU referendum be re-run after Vote Leave was referred to police for breaking electoral law?
The Electoral Commission has imposed a £61,000 fine on Vote Leave, the official Brexit campaign group, and ruled that it broke spending limit rules during the Brexit referendum.

In addition, the watchdog body has referred David Halsall, the “responsible person” for Vote Leave, to the Metropolitan Police for making false declarations of campaign spending.
9 weeks ago
Trump caved spectacularly to Putin. Here's what might happen next
For as long as history remembers Donald Trump, it will be a day that will live in infamy.

The President's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday is already one of the most notorious moments in the tortured relations between Washington and Moscow.
trump  russia  usa 
9 weeks ago
Sound waves reveal diamond cache deep in Earth’s interior | MIT News
There may be more than a quadrillion tons of diamond hidden in the Earth’s interior, according to a new study from MIT and other universities. But the new results are unlikely to set off a diamond rush. The scientists estimate the precious minerals are buried more than 100 miles below the surface, far deeper than any drilling expedition has ever reached.
physics  geography 
9 weeks ago
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