MMM and bitcoin: Russian Ponzi mastermind Sergei Mavrodi is dead, but his legacy lives on in crypto — Quartz
When you watch a MMM video available on all the global sites, it’s easy to see the ideology’s somewhat skewed appeal. The video’s narrator, in a stilted American accent, describes the world as an “inhumane and unjust” place. “It is a world of money,” says the narrator, “it is not for the people.” Contrasting images flash across the screen: starving children and beggars against well-clad women shopping; yachts, mansions, and luxury cars set against slums. In this world, there are two categories—bankers and workers // very RT
mmm  ponzi  bitcoin 
2 hours ago
Classified Report Slams Military Over October Deaths in Niger - WSJ
In the ill-fated October mission, at least one officer copied and pasted orders from a different mission into the so-called concept of operations to gain approval, the officials said.
niger  4gw  toomuchwar  powerpoint 
6 hours ago
YouTube Hosted Graphic Images Of Bestiality For Months
The employee explained that YouTube's thumbnail monitoring technology — which, at present, is not as thorough as its video monitoring technology — didn't catch bestiality thumbnails as they don't necessarily have the same characteristics as typical pornography (often those in the videos are mostly clothed and the videos lack certain signifiers like skin) // neural networks really like surfaces and textures.
algokitsch  youtube 
7 hours ago
Electronic Warfare Trumps Cyber For Deterring Russia « Breaking Defense - Defense industry news, analysis and commentary
since 2008, every single Russian combat brigade has been given its own electronic warfare company
ew  russia  c4istar 
8 hours ago
Russia Widens EW War, ‘Disabling’ EC-130s In Syria « Breaking Defense - Defense industry news, analysis and commentary
“Right now in Syria we are operating in the most aggressive EW environment on the planet from our adversaries. They are testing us everyday, knocking our communications down, disabling our EC-130s, etcetera,”
ew  russia  ec130  syria 
8 hours ago
Free schools policy under fire as yet another closure announced | Politics | The Guardian
a virtual reality “brain training” NeuroTracker device intended to boost concentration
academies  neurobollocks 
8 hours ago
Line 18: Food bank use four times higher in Universal Credit areas
, Sky News obtained figures from the National Housing Federation (NHF) which show 73% of housing association tenants on Universal Credit are in rent arrears, compared to 29% of those not on UC.
universalcredit  ids  housing  tories 
8 hours ago
Behind the Casey Key address Steve Bannon used, a questionable associate
Hunter Stockton Thompson, you should be living at this hour. The obvious but unspoken points here: how does this guy get into making movies? also, is there any doubt that this is the goddamn mafia?
bannon  trump 
8 hours ago
Emerging market current account surplus falls to 20-year low
Expressed another way, with China’s current account surplus “essentially a story about the high net savings rate of households, and, to a lesser extent, banks, which more than offsets the net investment of the corporate sector,” a 1.5 percentage point fall in the savings rate to fund foreign travel would be enough wipe out the surplus.
trade  china  chermany  economics  tourism 
10 hours ago
Mobilität für alle - Fahrscheinloser Nahverkehr ist eine realistische Perspektive
der Empfängerkreis auf Wohngeldbeziehende und Empfangende von NS-Opferrente und von SED-Opferrente erweitert
free  germany  transport  infrastructure  dielinke  berlin 
23 hours ago
Comcast’s wireless business is doing better than expected | FierceWireless
it added 196,000 new subscribers to its Xfinity Mobile MVNO service during the first quarter, bringing its total customer base to 577,000.
comcast  mvno  ovum 
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF): Its Mechanisms and Effects on Range of Motion and Muscular Function
In both CR and CRAC PNF stretching, the gate control theory is a plausible mechanism in gaining the benefits of the technique. The gate control theory argues that when the muscle is stretched forcefully, past its natural ROM, the GTOs are activated in an attempt reduce injury. In PNF stretching, not only are the muscles and tendons stretched, they are also contracted at this elongated length, decreasing the nociception, or pain that is sensed that causes inhibition, produced by the GTOs. The GTOs adapt to the increase in length and force threshold, which allow for greater force production.
Investigators 'turned blind eye' to role of Lawrence killer's father | UK news | The Guardian
Connections between Norris and the police are also suspected by a former senior investigator in HM Customs and Excise who feared corruption was blocking the agency’s efforts to look into his drug-smuggling operations
norris  leveson  lawrence  met 
Obstfeld, Globalist – J. W. Mason
Ropke believed that the ‘lack of punctuality, reliability, inclination to save and create’ … meant that industrialization schemes in the Global South were ‘doomed to fail.’
(4) Rees-Mogg claims Home Office 'socialism' to blame for Windrush injustices - Politics live | Politics | The Guardian
Then you say what are the 2,000 that are the most extrovert. Then you take their email addresses and you go on the Facebook ad platform and you say, ‘Facebook, please build me a lookalike audience.’
facebook  ca  fakenews 
Chain Reaction: How a Soviet A-Bomb Test Led the US Into Climate Science - The Wire
The Pentagon didn’t particularly care which way rivers ran in the Soviet Union, but it cared about how this ambitious act of geoengineering, which would affect waters flowing into the Arctic Ocean, could potentially alter the world’s climate. Lukasik decided that DARPA needed to start a climate research program that could come up with ways to model the effects. The name of this climate program, highly classified at the time, was Nile Blue.
climate  riverreversal  darpa  ussr  science  history 
Help-to-buy agency writes down loan on flat over Grenfell-style cladding | Money | The Guardian
It will make the write-down on the grounds that the value of the flat in Greenwich has been reduced from £500,000 to £50,000 because the developer has no plans to remove the cladding.
housing  grenfell  cramdown 
Cladding tests after Grenfell Tower fire 'utterly inadequate' | UK news | The Guardian
Huw Evans, the director general of the ABI, said the building control system was now “broken”.
The British women who secretly served in the Cold War - BBC News
"My dad was tiling the kitchen at the time, and he said, 'Is it worth me putting these tiles on? Are we going to get bombed?'
radar  rotor  adge  c4istar  coldwar 
The Numbers Behind WeWork’s Growing Empire - Bloomberg
41% of customers are "Other". The future is miscellaneous. The future is also $18bn in the hole
wework  sme  ovum  misc 
Customs union: the battleground set to decide the fate of Brexit
Martin Donnelly, former permanent secretary at Mr Fox’s trade department, said recently that swapping the benefits of full EU membership in exchange for bilateral trade deals at some future date was “rather like rejecting a three-course meal now in favour of the promise of a packet of crisps later”.
liamfox  brexit  to_blog 
Some call it outsourcing. I call it spivvery | Aditya Chakrabortty | Opinion | The Guardian
From issuing parking tickets to evaluating disability benefits, Capita has done it all – just as Carillion did anything from tunnels for HS2 to school dinners in Greater Manchester. Nothing connects these jobs – because the only real specialism these giant outsourcing firms have is to bid for contracts.
crapita  carillion  coasianhell 
2 days ago
Driven to his death: Mystery of motorcyclist body on M4 - BBC News
When pressed if he had seen anything resembling this scene, Sweeting replies: "Nothing, no sparks, nothing."

It is the first time anyone has mentioned sparks.
2 days ago
China’s $6 Billion Propaganda Blitz Is a Snooze – Foreign Policy
RT doesn’t mind whether it goes to the far-left or the far-right. But Chinese state media, reporting, and punditry can only act from a very narrow, officially approved scope, and the risk of the political extremes is too much. Instead of fascists and radicals, then, Chinese media is left with elderly politicians and business executives.
rt  china  russia  fakenews  dull 
2 days ago
5G Alive and Nearly Ready at AT&T | EE Times
AT&T announced plans to make the 3GPP Release 15 version of 5G available in 12 markets before the end of the year. It will initially use a so-called hockey puck that supports high-speed Wi-Fi for consumer and business devices and links to the cellular net over 5G using the 28 GHz band // AT&T might do some SME?
28ghz  5g  wlan  att  ovum 
2 days ago
Flying into a Storm - the APPG letter on airfield disposal
A bit of research would have prevented the outcome of suggesting that a site like North Luffenham whose runway is covered in RAF inflicted bomb craters has a role to play in the future of UK aviation.
aviation  airfields  brexit 
2 days ago
Stephen Bush on Twitter: "Isn’t this a Brecht play?… "
Immigration removal centre officer must report to removal centre
2 days ago
Amber Rudd boasted of harsher immigration strategy, leak reveals | Politics | The Guardian
Rudd promised the prime minister she would oversee the forced or voluntary departure of 10% more people than May managed when she was home secretary, partly by switching money for crime-fighting to her immigration enforcement programme // and now we've deported countless citizens and everyone's been stabbed
immigration  rudd 
2 days ago
STRENGTH BEATS STRETCH | The Australian Ballet
They found that dancers prone to these injuries usually had poor calf endurance, so they introduced a program of calf rises (standing on one leg and moving between demi-pointe and a flat foot) into daily class.
ballet  stretching  dontstretch  calfraises 
2 days ago
How ‘tractability’ has shaped economic knowledge: a few conjectures | The Undercover Historian
The history of the relations between economists and computer is one in which there’s a leap in hardware, or software or econometric techniques every 15 years, with economists declaring the end of history, enthusiastically flooding their models with more equations and more refinements…. and finding themselves 10 years later with non-tractable models yet over again
economics  history  tractable  computer 
2 days ago
Q4 2017 Ofcom UK ISP Complaints Study Shames TalkTalk and BT - ISPreview UK
It looks like VMED is reliably about six points better than the average Openreach operator. However, Sky is really low on everything despite being an Openreach operator. Also, EE improved dramatically at some point although BT didn't.
ofcom  complaints  ovum  telecoms 
2 days ago
Few Tories even grasp what Windrush says about them | Isabel Hardman | Opinion | The Guardian
Amber Rudd, her successor, is known to be more liberal on immigration in private // except when she is trying to DEPORT ALL THE PEOPLE
pitiful  homeoffice  immigration  rudd 
2 days ago
Kate Osamor: “This world is messed up” |
Yes, quite possibly JC should shut up and let ET speak!
osamor  labour 
2 days ago
Where Countries Are Tinderboxes and Facebook Is a Match - The New York Times
They subsidised, well, themselves versus anyone else inc yr blog. India was quite right to fuck them off
facebook  to_blog  fakenews 
2 days ago
How Lee Rigby’s murder changed the face of terror | Raffaello Pantucci | Opinion | The Guardian
In a city where a campaign of stabbings is the major criminal activity preoccupying the police, what effect will a random ideologically motivated one have?
terrorism  crime  stab 
3 days ago
(4)Interview mit dem Gründer der "St. Pauli Nachrichten" - "Viele sind größenwahnsinnig geblieben" - Kultur - Sü
Wenn ich mal schlecht drauf war, bin ich nicht zum Psychiater, sondern lieber in eine Hafenkneipe gegangen
journalism  68 
3 days ago
Comcast and Charter to jointly develop common mobile operating platform | FierceCable
The cable companies said they’d work together to develop a scalable software platform and related backend systems, which will power each company’s mobile-related customer sales and support platforms, device logistics and warehousing, and billing. The operating platform developed through the partnership will serve as the systems interface for current and future mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) partners.
mvno  onap  cablecos  ovum 
3 days ago
Grenfell Tower report: How the fire began on the fourth floor and spread throughout the block | London Evening Standard
“The physical evidence confirms parts of the structure very close to their point of failure.” Had the building been built to the lower requirements of current building regulations, “it is likely the tower would have collapsed”.
3 days ago
Syria Only Got Off Two Missiles While Coalition Strikes Hit, Despite Russian Claims That 71 Were Intercepted
Syrian forces fired 38 of the 40 interceptor missiles used only after the coalition's guided missiles had struck their targets
syria  sam 
3 days ago
Mysterious sunstones in medieval Viking texts could really have worked | Ars Technica
No calcite, cordierite, or tourmaline crystal has turned up at a Viking archaeological site so far. But archaeologists found a piece of calcite on the wreck of a British warship, Alderney, which went down off the Channel Islands in 1592—and the crystal was near some navigational instruments.
history  navigation  sunstone 
3 days ago
How Russian military support is secretly airlifted to Syria's Assad - World News -
The flights in and out of Rostov, which no organisation has previously documented, are operated by Cham Wings, a Syrian airline hit with U.S. sanctions in 2016 for allegedly transporting pro-Assad fighters to Syria and helping Syrian military intelligence transport weapons and equipment. The flights, which almost always land late at night, don’t appear in any airport or airline timetables, and fly in from either Damascus or Latakia // well at least they get an A320 these days. new names are Khors, Dart, and Cham Wings (=al-Sham, the Levant). also, note that the interviewee mentioned involvement in Angola and Iraq 2003!
russia  aviation  logistics  syria  viktorbout  chamwings  to_blog 
3 days ago
Window on Eurasia -- New Series: Moscow Inserts Political Operatives into African Countries Where Elections are Scheduled
The operation is being organized by Yevgeny Prigozhin, Putin’s former chef and the man who was behind both portions of Russia’s trolling operations against the United States and the United Kingdom as well as the Vagner private military company of mercenaries Russia has been using in Syria, Pertsev says.
fakenews  russia 
3 days ago
ICDS – Russia’s Evolving Electronic Warfare Capability: Unlocking Asymmetric Potential
his main agenda was to push a complimentary process to boost operational art in support of the evolution of the role played by EW (Voyennaya Mysl, September 2017, pp. 18–25) // makes a sight more sense than a lot of cyberbollocks
operationalart  strategy  sigint  ew  cyber  russia  security 
3 days ago
osmo-fl2k: Using cheap USB 3.0 VGA adapters as SDR transmitter (3)
So very, very lovely. Some really cheap USB VGA dongles use your laptop's main memory as the frame buffer, so it's possible to get them to not insert the vsync and hsync key frames - and then you can make it turn any stream of samples into a waveform, so you can use it to transmit RF including LTE and GPS signals.
osmocom  usb  sdr  hacker  ovum  gsm  radio  cool  opensource 
3 days ago
Study: Chinese-American immigrants fall prey to WeChat’s misinformation problem - Columbia Journalism Review
While local news is often championed as a bastion of democracy and source of trust in today’s vortex of misinformation, locally oriented news outlets on WeChat contribute heavily to the amplification of misinformation. Many such outlets have emerged in an attempt to seize the thriving niche market as a major immigrant destination, promoting their usefulness by delivering practical information on where to shop and get services, how to prevent crime, and what events are happening locally. At the same time, these profit-driven local outlets have also become hotbeds for misinformation, especially as local policies such as sanctuary laws and marijuana legalization come under intense debate in the communities they target. Lack of credible local news, as in the Massalkhy story, creates a vacuum for misinformation to flourish
wechat  instantmessaging  china  fakenews  journalism 
3 days ago
William Forsythe: 'Ballet demands strength that few would be willing to muster' | Stage | The Guardian
Img 4 is now my favourite ever dance photo. Blokey torso, lank hair, sweating like a pig, it's what we stand for:-)
ballet  photography  forsythe 
3 days ago
Palantir Knows Everything About You
“The world changed when it became clear everyone could be targeted using Palantir,” says a former JPMorgan cyber expert who worked with Cavicchia at one point on the insider threat team. “Nefarious ideas became trivial to implement; everyone’s a suspect, so we monitored everything. It was a pretty terrible feeling.”
6 days ago
Inside Cambridge Analytica’s Virtual Currency Plans - The New York Times
Cambridge Analytica had little public role in promoting Dragon Coin. But behind the scenes the company emailed potential partners and investors and arranged for some of them to take all-expenses-paid trips to a glitzy Dragon Coin event in Macau.

The South China Morning Post published a photo from the event showing Wan Kuok-koi in attendance. Mr. Wan is known as Broken Tooth Koi from his days as the leader of the famous 14K gang in Macau.
bitcoin  ca  triad 
6 days ago
Non to Tocqueville! - The American Interest
The Tocqueville who shaped French history is not the famous writer, but a member of parliament from 1839 to 1851, a man who when he was briefly French Foreign Minister in 1849 appointed his friend Arthur de Gobineau (the author of Essay on The Inequality of The Human Races, the source of Aryan race theory) as his Chef de Cabinet. This is the Tocqueville who was the rapporteur on the notorious 1847 Report on Algeria.
tocqueville  racism  politics  algeria  reactionary  raymondaron 
6 days ago
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