Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel’s Targeted Assassinations – review | Books | The Guardian
n January 2010 Israeli agents converged on a luxury hotel in Dubai: their target was Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, an arms supplier for Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist movement which controls the Gaza Strip. The mission involved 27 operatives of the Mossad secret service who were posing as tourists or tennis players. The hit team and their watchers flew in from different European airports using false passports. Communications were routed via Austria to avoid surveillance. Mabhouh was killed in his room using a paralysing drug and his body left to be discovered by hotel staff the next day.
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The Counterfeiters | Official Trailer (2007) - YouTube
It was the biggest counterfeit money scam of all times. Over 130 million pound sterling were printed, under conditions that couldn't have been more tragic or spectacular. During the last years of the war, as the German Reich saw that the end was near, the authorities decided to produce their own banknotes in the currencies of their major war enemies. They hoped to use the duds to flood the enemy economy and fill the empty war coffers. At the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, two barracks were separated from the rest of the camp and the outside world, and transformed into a fully equipped counterfeiters workshop. "Operation Bernhard" was born. Prisoners were brought to Sachsenhausen from other camps to implement the plan: professional printers, fastidious bank officials and simple craftsmen all became members of the top-secret counterfeiter command
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Psychology Itself Is Under Scrutiny - The New York Times
But since 2011, the psychology field has been giving itself an intensive background check, redoing more than 100 well-known studies. Often the original results cannot be reproduced, and the entire contentious process has been colored, inevitably, by generational change and charges of patriarchy.
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Inside Andrew Cuomo’s plan to have your face scanned at NYC toll plazas
The tech is being tested at the RFK/Triborough Bridge and was switched on at Queens Midtown Tunnel and Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel Friday, according to the Governor’s Office. It will also eventually come to at least two of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s six other spans — the Throgs Neck and Whitestone bridges — and down the road will be added at all area airports, Cuomo’s office confirmed.
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A Dumping Ground for the Poor, the Criminal and the Mad - The New York Times
Blackwell’s Island housed the first and arguably the worst institutions in which the city of New York once exiled the poor, the mad, the criminal and the sick. This two-mile-long piece of land in the East River became known as “Damnation Island” to its many thousands of residents. Men, women and children languished there in conditions of almost unimaginable squalor, brutality, overcrowding, starvation, verminous infestation and neglect. In her fine new book about those horrors, “Damnation Island,” Stacy Horn lucidly, and not without indignation, documents the island’s bleak history, detailing the political and moral failures that sustained this hell, failures still evident today in the prison at Rikers Island.
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Islands of The Undesirables: Roosevelt Island - Atlas Obscura
Finally, the city bought the whole island in 1828 as a location for charitable and corrective institutions. Their plan was to create a “city of asylums.” In part this was a desire to create more humane institutions for the criminal and the mentally ill, although these places don’t necessarily look humane to today’s eyes. Within a few years of the purchase, two fairly grim institutions opened up—a penitentiary and a lunatic asylum. While the island was eventually home to more than a dozen different institutions, these two are among the most storied. The penitentiary was erected as a state prison in 1832, and by the early 1900s there were a series of scandals involving inmate overcrowding, drug-dealing, and favoritism. Riots and escape attempts were common: there are reports of people breaking off doors to use as floatation devices on their way to Manhattan, and gangs of nude men swimming for their freedom. A report issued in 1914 by Correction Commissioner Katharine Davis (incidentally, the first woman to head a New York City Agency) described the penitentiary as “vile and inhuman” and “wet, slimy, dark, foul.” Later that year, 700 of the 1,400 prisoners joined an uprising that lasted for days.
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White People Have No Culture — Terra Incognita Media
White people do have culture. Our culture is that of colonization. Of genocide. Of taking. Of envy and of fear. The majority of white people can name no more than two generations back in their families. The majority of white people barely know where their grandparents were from, much less who their ancestors were. The majority of white people have no traditions, and the ones we have, are rooted in consumption and the superficial application of organized religion, both of which are steeped in histories of violence. Christmas is about a severed tree dropping dead needles on heaps of plastic crap, grinding the gears of our capitalist economy, a formerly pagan ritual that has been bastardized and twisted into a stressful display of wealth and excess. Easter is about disposable plastic balls full of processed sugar, many of which are left for years to mar the sterilized landscapes and rigidly decorated city parks and backyards. Valentine’s Day was created exclusively by the greeting card industry to make you spend money on disappointing gifts and unhealthy treats for your unsatisfied monogamous partner.
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6 in 10 of you will share this link without reading it, a new, depressing study says - The Washington Post
Now, as if it needed further proof, the satirical headline’s been validated once again: According to a new study by computer scientists at Columbia University and the French National Institute, 59 percent of links shared on social media have never actually been clicked: In other words, most people appear to retweet news without ever reading it.
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Inria - Social Clicks: What and Who Gets Read on Twitter?
Abstract : Online news domains increasingly rely on social media to drive traffic to their websites. Yet we know surprisingly little about how a social media conversation mentioning an online article actually generates clicks. Sharing behaviors, in contrast, have been fully or partially available and scrutinized over the years. While this has led to multiple assumptions on the diffusion of information, each assumption was designed or validated while ignoring actual clicks. We present a large scale, unbiased study of social clicks - that is also the first data of its kind - gathering a month of web visits to online resources that are located in 5 leading news domains and that are mentioned in the third largest social media by web referral (Twitter). Our dataset amounts to 2.8 million shares, together responsible for 75 billion potential views on this social media, and 9.6 million actual clicks to 59,088 unique resources. We design a reproducible methodology and carefully correct its biases. As we prove, properties of clicks impact multiple aspects of information diffusion, all previously unknown. (i) Secondary resources, that are not promoted through headlines and are responsible for the long tail of content popularity, generate more clicks both in absolute and relative terms. (ii) Social media attention is actually long-lived, in contrast with temporal evolution estimated from shares or receptions. (iii) The actual influence of an intermediary or a resource is poorly predicted by their share count, but we show how that prediction can be made more precise.
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Why Doesn't America Read Anymore? : NPR
We sometimes get the sense that some people are commenting on NPR stories that they haven't actually read. If you are reading this, please like this post and do not comment on it. Then let's see what people have to say about this "story."
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Health of mom's gut a key contributor to autism risk, study suggests: Could reducing risk of autism involve changing expectant mothers' diets? -- ScienceDaily
The mother's microbiome, the collection of microscopic organisms that live inside us, is a key contributor to the risk of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders in her offspring, new research suggests. The work raises the possibility that we could help prevent autism by altering expectant moms' diets.
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Trump poised to take control of the Federal Reserve
The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve is required to have seven members. It has three. Two of the current governors were put into their position by President Trump. Two more have been nominated by the president and are awaiting confirmation by the Senate. After these two are put on the Fed’s board, the president will then nominate two more to follow them. In essence, it is possible that six of the seven Board members will be put in place by Trump. It may be recalled when the law was written creating the Federal Reserve the secretary of the Treasury was designated as the head of the Federal Reserve. We are going to return to that era.
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Secret Miami real estate deals took hit after federal crackdown | Miami Herald
Now, a new working paper from economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the University of Miami offers one answer: The anonymous cash buyers stopped buying homes — at least using the method targeted by regulators.
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Peter Dale Scott - Cocaine Politics: Drugs, Armies and the CIA (1992) - YouTube
Dr. Peter Dale Scott, Professor of English at UC Berkeley and author of Cocaine Politics, discusses the background of links between the CIA and the drug trade in the world, as well as the politics in the various situations which effect the drug trade in Burma, Thailand, Latin America and the United States.
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Nawal El Saadawi on feminism, fiction and the illusion of democracy - YouTube
Revolutionary Egyptian feminist Nawal El Saadawi talks to Krishnan Guru-Murthy about the injustice of the patriarchy, what inspires her to write and why she thinks democracy doesn't exist.
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How to generate electricity from living plants | World Economic Forum
In the lab we’re currently generating about one watt per square metre, and we believe it’s possible to get that up to about three watts. To put that in perspective, at three watts per square metre, in principle you’d need approximately 125 square metres of suitable land to power an average family home in the Netherlands.
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Rose and Milton Friedman on Mont Pelerin Society - YouTube
"In this interview, Milton Friedman, who was awarded the 1976 Nobel Prize in Economics, describes the values, objectives, and beginnings of the Mont Pelerin Society. He explains what it was like to create a society dedicated to classical liberalism in a world where the prevailing economic views leaned towards central planning and collectivism. Since it was founded in 1947, this organization has grown and prospered; offering its members from around the world opportunities to exchange and discuss their ideas. Friedman also comments on the significant role Universidad Francisco Marroquín has played in promoting the ideals of free-market economics and the importance of protecting private property. This interview was conducted by Hoover Institution and presented at the Mont Pelerin Society meeting in London in 2002."
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Michael Hudson: Argentina Gets Biggest IMF Loan in History | naked capitalism
This is the oligarchy that followed the 1973 US-Chilean military coup that assassinated Allende and installed Pinochet. The US mounted a mass assassination and terrorism campaign throughout Latin America. In Argentina it was called the Dirty War. The Americans came in and applied the Chicago School economic principle that you can only have a free market if you’re willing to assassinate labor leaders, land reformers and university professors. Tens of thousands of Argentine reformers were tortured and killed to put the oligarchy in power and slash taxes on high incomes. Their tax laws make Donald Trump look like a moderate. And like most financial elites, they took the money and ran, putting their takings offshore in Argentina dollar bonds. Politically they denounced Yankee bondholders for forcing huge debt payments at 45% a year driving the currency down, but the wealthiest families themselves were the “Yankees” who were actually collecting. The real American Yankees simply didn’t trust the Argentines!
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When the Teen City Council Is Better Than the Adult One - CityLab
The Takoma Park Youth Council is model local government turned pro. In fact, the group might just improve matters locally. For example, the council found its own angle on Takoma Junction, a hotly debated proposal to do something with a downtown parking lot owned by the city. It’s an argument that’s been going on for two decades. While the city is known for its left-leaning politics (local wags often call the suburb “The People’s Republic of Takoma Park”), its residents can go unimaginably not-in-my-backyard over the prospect of change. Adults in the community have even discussed recalling various officials over the prospect of adding a two-story mixed-use building. The Youth Council, on the other hand, stated flatly its support for moving forward with Takoma Junction, offering this additional insight:
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How ideas of 'adulthood', its rights and responsibilities, are changing around the world
The recognition of a new life stage - emerging adulthood - has been recommended by developmental psychologists to account for the changes to social milestones that have traditionally represented adulthood. The concept of “emerging adulthood” acknowledges the varied levels of independence exhibited by young people and reflects the process of personal development and “finding oneself”.
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The Racist History of Minimum Wage Laws | Mises Wire
But this new wage rule, of course, did not eliminate the racism of nineteenth-century employers. Instead, it displaced their racism at the expense of black workers. One white union member at the time celebrated the new rule for removing "the incentive for employing the Negro."2 This early minimum wage rule was explicitly put in place to prevent African-Americans from finding employment, and it was successful in this goal.
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Why racists love the minimum wage laws
A Harvard professor of that era referred approvingly to Australia’s minimum wage law as a means to “protect the white Australian’s standard of living from the invidious competition of the colored races, particularly of the Chinese” who were willing to work for less.
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On The Historically Racist Motivations Behind Minimum Wage
The business-friendly National Center for Policy Analysis points out “the 1931 Davis-Bacon Act, requiring 'prevailing' wages on federally assisted construction projects, was supported by the idea that it would keep contractors from using 'cheap colored labor' to underbid contractors using white labor.”
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Russia Isn’t the Only One Meddling in Elections. We Do It, Too. - The New York Times
At least once the hand of the United States reached boldly into a Russian election. American fears that Boris Yeltsin would be defeated for re-election as president in 1996 by an old-fashioned Communist led to an overt and covert effort to help him, urged on by President Bill Clinton. It included an American push for a $10 billion International Monetary Fund loan to Russia four months before the voting and a team of American political consultants (though some Russians scoffed when they took credit for the Yeltsin win).
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Voices of Independence - Frank Zappa for President with Charles Amirkhanian | KPFA
We are pleased to present Frank Zappa for President, an enlightening and freewheeling conversation between Zappa and former KPFA host and Music Director, Charles Amirkhanian, as well as KPFA-FM listeners – from the early 1980s.
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New evidence suggests the Devonian Nekton Revolution never occurred
The study by the researchers entailed taking a close look at over 2000 fossils from 540 to 252 million years ago and classifying each as either a swimmer or a floater—they also classified them as living either on or near the ocean floor or higher up. The researchers found no evidence of a sudden shift from floaters to swimmers. Instead, they found evidence of a very gradual changeover that happened right up to the end of the Paleozoic.
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Forty percent of people have a fictional first memory -- ScienceDaily
From these descriptions the researchers then examined the content, language, nature and descriptive detail of respondents' earliest memory descriptions, and from these evaluated the likely reasons why people claim memories from an age that research indicates they cannot be formed.
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Childhood stress leaves lasting mark on genes
The combination of different methylation and gene expression highlighted some genes known to play roles in mood and psychiatric disorders.
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John Brennan Entered CIA in 1980 Though Voted Communist in 1976
Barack Obama’s CIA chief, John Brennan, told the Annual Legislative Conference of the Congressional Black Caucus, on 15 September 2016, in Washington DC, that when he had applied in 1980 to join the CIA, he admitted to them that in the 1976 Presidential election, when Jimmy Carter was running against Gerald Ford, Brennan had voted instead for the candidate of the US Communist Party, Gus Hall, and that he was then greatly relieved to find that this information didn’t cause rejection of his CIA-application.
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The CIA Is Not Your Friend
This fantasy comes from liberals’ desire to ostentatiously distance themselves from Russia’s increasingly belligerent foreign policy and to displace the blame for Clinton’s surprising, but deserved, loss. But make no mistake, liberals: despite its new image, the CIA is not your friend.
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Shroud of Turin Is a Fake, Bloodstains Suggest
They found that if one examined all the bloodstains on the shroud together, "you realize these cannot be real bloodstains from a person who was crucified and then put into a grave, but actually handmade by the artist that created the shroud,"study lead author Matteo Borrini, a forensic anthropologist at Liverpool John Moores University in England, told Live Science.
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Putting the “crow” in necrophilia | Corvid Research
It’s been 3 years since that day in April and during that time it has taken every ounce of my power to remain tight lipped when journalists would ask “what’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned from your studies?” Because until we were able to scientifically vet the prevalence of this behavior, I wasn’t willing to say much about it for fear of making necrophilia mountains out of mole hills. But with our findings now officially available in the journal Philosophical Transactions B, I am delighted to finally share what has been the most curious secret of my PhD: crows sometimes touch, attack, and even copulate with dead crows.
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Late Mother Teresa's Order Investigated For Child Trafficking In India : NPR
Earlier this month, Indian authorities shut down a shelter home for pregnant, unmarried women run by the order in Ranchi, a city in the eastern state of Jharkhand, after discovering that four infants had been sold, including a 6-month-old boy who changed hands for 50,000 rupees ($730).
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Wireless implant lights up inside the body to kill cancer | New Scientist
Photodynamic therapy, which is already used to treat some cancers, involves the patient taking a drug that makes cells vulnerable to light. Doctors then shine a light on the tumour for around 10 to 45 minutes, using a flexible tube called an endoscope if the tumour is inside the body,
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Sound waves reveal diamond cache deep in Earth's interior
In the new study, scientists estimate that cratonic roots may contain 1 to 2 percent diamond. Considering the total volume of cratonic roots in the Earth, the team figures that about a quadrillion (1016) tons of diamond are scattered within these ancient rocks, 90 to 150 miles below the surface.
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Peter Strzok Grew Up In Iran, Worked As Obama and Brennan's Envoy To Iranian Regime - Big League Politics
Peter Strzok Sr. and of course John O. Brennan were involved with Iran. In fact, our source tells us that Strzok Sr. was involved in the Iran-Contra scheme that led to a six-month prison term for Reagan national security adviser John Poindexter. Back in the Eighties the government was just as corrupt as it is today and for some reason we keep giving weapons, planes, and planes full of money to Iran.
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DOCUMENT: Peter Strzok Was CIA And FBI At The Same Time, Say Experts - Big League Politics
Now we know that Strzok was really a CIA agent. He only held a ceremonial title in the Bureau, but was really operating under the leadership of the CIA, including Obama’s vindictive CIA director John Brennan.
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Trump Is Israel’s “Useful Idiot” - American Herald Tribune
Whatever one believes about the Syrian conflict and Washington’s role in it, the adherence to Israeli points of view in framing policy has made the United States largely irrelevant and has handed control of the situation to enemy du jour Russia. The Israelis have found the new administration in Washington to be what Lenin once described as a “useful idiot,” prepared to support whatever Netanyahu proposes
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How 9/11 Was Funded: The Man behind the Missing $2.3 Trillion - American Herald Tribune
I was assigned the task of penetrating Dov Zakheim’s terrorist financing operations, which involved his son Roger Zakheim (a lawyer at the House Armed Services Committee), an Iraqi named Abdullah Azziz (with close ties to Rudy Gulliani) and the law firm Covington and Burling.
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Muslims Were Framed For 9/11: Fake News MSM Silences Us - American Herald Tribune
You also made statements that, taken at face value, were egregiously false and libelous. You repeatedly claimed that Muslims danced and celebrated in New Jersey as the Towers came down. As the fake news MSM reported (correctly, for once) that was just not true. But if you had substituted Israelis for Muslims your statement would have been true. A team of Israeli spies was indeed arrested after they were caught wildly celebrating the completion of their successful operation. There is also some evidence, including a police audio tape, that other Israeli operatives were caught red-handed trying to blow up bridges and tunnels in New York on the morning of September 11, 2001.
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The Road from Mont Pèlerin — Philip Mirowski, Dieter Plehwe | Harvard University Press
Although modern neoliberalism was born at the “Colloque Walter Lippmann” in 1938, it only came into its own with the founding of the Mont Pèlerin Society, a partisan “thought collective,” in Vevey, Switzerland, in 1947. Its original membership was made up of transnational economists and intellectuals, including Friedrich Hayek, Milton Friedman, George Stigler, Karl Popper, Michael Polanyi, and Luigi Einaudi. From this small beginning, their ideas spread throughout the world, fostering, among other things, the political platforms of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan and the Washington Consensus.
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In sharp filings, lawyers for past and present clergy attack grand jury report - Philly
In their filings, the lawyers revealed new details of the extensive probe, including the disclosure that the report names at least 90 abusive clergy who officials suggest belonged to the Pittsburgh Diocese alone.
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Tampons, sterile cotton, sanitary pads contaminated with glyphosate - study — RT US News
“Most of the cotton production in the country is GM [genetically modified] cotton that is resistant to glyphosate. It is sprayed when the bud is open and the glyphosate is condensed and goes straight into the product,” Avila continued.
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At The Ready: The History of the New York City Fire Department - The Bowery Boys: New York City History
By the 19th century, the fire department was the ultimate boys club, with gangs of rival firefighters, with their own volunteer ‘runners’, raced to fires as though in a sports competition.  Fisticuffs regularly erupted.  From this tradition came Boss Tweed, whose corrupt political ways would forever change New York’s fire services — for better and for worse.
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The Class Politics of Teeth | Dissent Magazine
Inequalities in oral health and dental access reflect our deepest social and economic divides. The “Hollywood Smile” has become a status symbol around the world, and better-off Americans routinely pay for elective procedures ranging from teeth whitening and veneers to complete “smile makeovers” costing many thousands of dollars. Meanwhile, more than one out of three low-income American adults avoids smiling because of poor oral health, according to a poll conducted for the American Dental Association (ADA) in 2015.
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Brains Improved by Graphene Are on the Horizon - IEEE Spectrum
“The results demonstrate that, depending on how the interface with [single-layer graphene] is engineered, the material may tune neuronal activities by altering the ion mobility, in particular potassium, at the cell/substrate interface"
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Microbiota Transfer Therapy alters gut ecosystem and improves gastrointestinal and autism symptoms: an open-label study | Microbiome | Full Text
The causes of these disorders remain poorly understood, but gut microbiota, the 1013 bacteria in the human intestines, have been implicated because children with ASD often suffer gastrointestinal (GI) problems that correlate with ASD severity. Several previous studies have reported abnormal gut bacteria in children with ASD. Specifically, overall bacterial diversity and the abundance of Bifidobacterium, Prevotella, and Desulfovibrio among other taxa increased following MTT, and these changes persisted after treatment stopped.
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The right mix of gut microbes relieves autism symptoms in the long run | Science News
Children with autism spectrum disorders often have gastrointestinal problems. In previous studies, environmental engineer Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown of Arizona State University in Tempe and colleagues discovered that children with autism had fewer types of bacteria living in their guts than typically developing children did. And many of the kids were missing Prevotella bacteria, which may help regulate immune system actions. The researchers wondered whether altering the children’s cocktail of gut microbes to get a more diverse and healthier mix might help fix both the digestive issues and the behavioral symptoms associated with autism.
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My grandfather wasn’t a Nazi-fighting war hero — he was a brutal collaborator | Salon.com
While I had been focused exclusively on my grandfather over the past two decades, Gochin had launched a movement in Lithuania to expose multiple men lauded as heroes by the Genocide Museum who played a role in the Holocaust. Three years ago, he launched a campaign to remove my grandfather’s plaque from the Vilnius Library of the Academy of Science building. Despite wide media coverage and a petition signed by 19 prominent Lithuanian politicians, writers, and historians, the government refused to remove the plaque. This month, Gochin presented a 69-page exposé on my grandfather, charging the government with a cover-up of the Holocaust. I’m trying to play my small part in Gochin’s movement by offering an affidavit of support describing my research on my grandfather.
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The Hidden History of Trump’s First Trip to Moscow - POLITICO Magazine
It was around this time that Donald Trump appears to have attracted the attention of Soviet intelligence. How that happened, and where that relationship began, is an answer hidden somewhere in the KGB's secret archives. Assuming, that is, that the documents still exist.
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PUTINISM: INTRODUCTION – Medium
Translator’s Foreword: My own early life experience confirms Artem Kruglov’s research. The KGB infiltrated the USSR society in the 80s: an agent tried to hire me when I studied languages at university. I lost many friends to heroin epidemic that struck St.Petersburg in the 80s and 90s — courtesy of the mafia bosses described in the text below. In the “wild” 1990s, I did not just watch Putin make his first steps to power by stealing St.Petersburg food supplies — I stood in lines holding ratio cards in my hand. I briefly worked for Putin’s corrupt predecessor in the mayor’s office in St.Petersburg and quit after interpreting at negotiating a bribe to a high profile Western official. I translated for the US and UK investment bankers and oil industry executives who did business with the Russian officials, KGB and organized crime all over the former USSR and witnessed money laundering through offshore shell companies, bribing, blackmailing and recruiting of the Westerners by the Russian security service and mafia. I saw guns being shown at negotiations and dead rats tied to doorknobs as a threat. What reads like pulp fiction was our daily life in Moscow in the 90s. These days, the criminals who seized the power in my former country are attempting to take control of the West. Understanding their mentality and motivation is critical to developing a strategy to prevent them from taking over. To know the past is to be in charge of the future. To diagnose the disease is the first step to healing.
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Mapping the Wander Lines: The Quiet Revelations of Fernand Deligny - Los Angeles Review of Books
Abandoning the politically charged atmosphere of La Borde for the desolate Cévennes region, Deligny and his colleagues continued their singular pursuit of “the network as a mode of being” — one that would be far less concerned with interpreting behavior and experience according to the hidden intentions and secret desires of individual human subjects, and more focused on “tracing” the trajectories, detours, and wander lines that compose a given social milieu. It was here that Deligny consummated his longstanding preoccupation with mapping the gestures, movements, and trajectories of the autistics living within his networks. He first experimented with cartographic tracing in the late-1960s in collaboration with a young militant filmmaker, Jacques Lin, who joined the group’s small desert encampment. Deligny, Lin, and their collaborators began to follow their autistic counterparts as they made their way through the Cévennes’s rocky terrain, making rudimentary line drawings to indicate their direction of movement across the rural encampment and into surrounding wilderness.
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The Pentagon Wants to Bring Mind-Controlled Tech To Troops - Nextgov
The Next-Generation Non-Surgical Neurotechnology, or N3, program aims to combine the speed and processing power of computers with humans’ ability to adapt to complex situations, DARPA said. In other words, the technology would let people control, feel and interact with a remote machine as though it were a part of their own body.
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It's All Kicking Off! (Do or Die)
But energy was not necessarily a good thing in a society where passivity, conformity and obedience to authority were increasingly required as urbanisation took a hold. Writes football historian James Walwin: "Quite apart from the injuries to players, medieval observers were more alarmed by the wider social unrest caused by football. The game was simply an ill-defined contest between indeterminate crowds of youths, often played in riotous fashion, in tightly restricted city streets, producing uproar and damage to property... It was, in brief, a game which at times came perilously close to testing to the limits the social control of local and national governments."[10]
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TRUMP’S EARLY CONTACTS WITH RUSSIA – Zarina Zabrisky – Medium
In 1984, I was a freshman at Leningrad State University when two KGB officers tried to recruit me as a hard currency prostitute-spy. They offered me a prostitute-spy job and explained that I would work with the clients of their choice, ask simple questions about weather and traveling plans and go with them to events as needed — museums, theater, ballet. The conversations would be recorded in bugged hotel rooms. They promised a lot of money, $3,000 a month (the average monthly salary was 70 rubles at the time), a rented apartment and a marriage to a Finn or s Swede in three to five years — basically, a ticket out of the USSR. I declined, jumped out of their car and never saw the men again. Later, I had a chance to find out that it was a common practice in both Leningrad and Moscow.
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PENTAGON READIES EFFORTS TO SWAY SENTIMENT ABROAD - The New York Times
The Pentagon is developing plans to provide news items, possibly even false ones, to foreign media organizations as part of a new effort to influence public sentiment and policy makers in both friendly and unfriendly countries, military officials said.
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Alan Johnson, 81, ‘Springtime for Hitler’ Choreographer, Dies - The New York Times
“There’s a Mel Brooks theory of filmmaking,” Mr. Johnson said in an interview for “The Making of ‘The Producers,’ ” a documentary included in the 2002 DVD release of the film. “Three-quarters of the way through the film, give the audience a zetz” (Yiddish for a smack on the head). “Fortunately for a choreographer and dancers, it’s a musical number.”
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WWG1WGA: The greatest communications event in history
The present US administration — a de facto military government with a civilian veneer to prevent panic — is engaged in a complete replacement of a “failed and corrupt political establishment”. The process is a patient and judicial one, so as to minimise the risk of violent civil conflict.
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WATERGATE WAS PEDOGATE
In 1972, NYPD Detective James Rothstein arrested one of the five Watergate burglars, CIA operative Frank Sturgis. During a subsequent two-hour interrogation, he discovered the truth about Watergate. The burglars sought something they nicknamed “The Book” which listed the Democrat and Republican politicians who accessed child prostitutes, their sexual proclivities, the amounts they paid to rape kids, and such.
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Japan's Ninja Shortage : Planet Money : NPR
Iga, a small Japanese city and the birthplace of the ninja, is facing a serious problem — there aren't enough people training to be ninjas, not even for $85k a year. Today on the show, Sally Herships goes to Iga to discuss the city's plan to use ninjas to fight depopulation.
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Magnetized wire could be used to detect cancer in people, scientists report
The wire, which is threaded into a vein, attracts special magnetic nanoparticles engineered to glom onto tumor cells that may be roaming the bloodstream if you have a tumor somewhere in your body. With these tumor cells essentially magnetized, the wire can lure the cells out of the free-flowing bloodstream using the same force that holds family photos to your refrigerator.
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Every Tiny Speck of Light in This Image Is a Galaxy
Images like this one, aside from making us feel incredibly small, allow astronomers to estimate, via extrapolation, the total number of galaxies across the entire observable Universe. A couple of years ago, astronomers came to the startling realization that the Universe contains up to 10 to 20 times more galaxies than previously thought. The current best guess is that the universe contains somewhere between one and two trillion galaxies. This means the universe is absolutely packed with stars, somewhere on the order of 700 sextillion stars—that’s seven followed by 23 zeros.
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HHS Plans to Delete 20 Years of Critical Medical Guidelines Next Week
That gatekeeping role has sometimes made AHRQ a target. The agency was nearly eliminated shortly after its establishment, in the mid-90s, when it endorsed non-surgical interventions for back pain, a position that angered the North American Spine Society, a trade group representing spine surgeons. A subsequent campaign led to significant funding losses for AHRQ, and since then, the agency as a whole has been a perennial target for Republicans who have argued that its work is duplicated at other federal agencies.
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Chicago May Become Largest City in U.S. to Try Universal Basic Income
Pawar recently introduced a pilot for a UBI program in Chicago. Under his program, $500 a month would be delivered to 1,000 Chicago families — no strings attached. Additionally, the proposal would modify the Earned Income Tax Credit program for the same 1,000 families, so they’d receive payments on a monthly basis instead at the end of the year — a process known as “smoothing” that enables families to integrate the tax credit into their monthly budgets.
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BBC Two - Reporting Trump's First Year: The Fourth Estate, Series 1, Episode 2
Shortly after FBI director James Comey is fired by President Trump, the New York Times journalist Michael Schmidt is on to a huge scoop regarding Comey's memos about his meetings with Trump - one which will have ongoing reverberations. The appointment of a special counsel marks an important new turn in what has already been a historic year. Things are made more dire when the Times reveals details of a secret meeting between members of the Trump campaign team and a Russian lawyer with ties to the Kremlin. And there is heavy turnover at the White House, reported by star White House correspondent Maggie Haberman.
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The neurons that rewrite traumatic memories -- ScienceDaily
The mice then underwent fear-reducing training, which resembles exposure-based therapy in humans -- the most efficient form of trauma therapy in humans today. Surprisingly, when the researchers looked again into the brain of the mice, some of the neurons active at recalling the traumatic memories were still active when the animals no longer showed fear. Importantly, the less the mice were scared, the more cells became reactivated. This was a first hint that the same population of neurons may be involved in storing and attenuating traumatic memories.
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The ‘macaroni’ scandal of 1772: ‘gay’ trial a century before Oscar Wilde | The Independent
The macaronis have, however, been remembered for their style rather than for imputed sexual notoriety. We remember the uncouth revolutionary soldier who was originally mocked by the British as a “Yankee Doodle” for having “Stuck a feather in his cap / And called it macaroni”. But we’ve forgotten how queerly peculiar such an act may have seemed in the wake of a trial that bears comparison with those endured by Wilde a century later. That Americans could appropriate the song as a patriotic air implies a degree of innocence or, perhaps, of convenient forgetting.
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More Than a Quadrillion Diamonds Are Hidden in Earth's Interior, Says Study | Inverse
“Diamond is not a particularly rare mineral.” She and her colleagues discovered that there may be more than a quadrillion tons of diamonds scattered throughout the Earth, buried within ultra-deep slabs of rocks stretching between the planet’s crust and mantle. These ancient, immovable rocks are known as cratonic roots, and the diamonds stuck there lie 90 to 150 miles below the Earth’s surface.
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Mariia Butina, Who Sought ‘Back Channel’ Meeting for Trump and Putin, Is Charged as Russian Agent - The New York Times
The Justice Department said that Ms. Butina has worked at the behest of an unidentified high-level Russian government official, who has been previously identified as Alexander Torshin, the deputy governor of the Russian central bank who has been linked both to Russia’s security services and organized crime.
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A Bad Check for Black America | Boston Review
Not surprisingly, Republicans embraced black capitalism wholeheartedly. Nelson Rockefeller’s strategist called the concept “a stroke of political genius,” and Rockefeller himself supported the idea. National Review editor William F. Buckley praised the “spirit” of “militant black leaders who have been preaching black initiative, black capitalism, and yes, black power.” Buckley aligned black capitalism with a libertarian small-government philosophy, stating that Black Power was allied with conservatives in their fight against “that huge monster on the banks of the Potomac.” Buckley proposed that the still-undefined program need not involve the entire black populace, because “scattered success can give universal hope.” This was the key objective; the government would not need to underwrite black businesses, just the community’s hope in black businesses.
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Banking Against (Black) Capitalism: On “The Color of Money” - Los Angeles Review of Books
The speculators who caused the bank’s failure weren’t punished, and instead blamed the collapse on volatile markets, an eerie foreshadowing of the narratives applied to the subprime crisis more than 100 years later. That crisis, too, disproportionately affected black people because they were black. As Baradaran explains, in the run up to the crisis, “banks were specifically targeting black borrowers for their worst loan products even when they qualified for prime loans,” and “most of the areas that were targeted for subprime lending were formerly redlined districts.” Baradaran claims that this was an accident of fate: “without malice, capital looking for yield can lead to exploitation if there are structural inequalities.” But when has capitalism existed without structural inequalities? Baradaran’s own history demonstrates that structural inequalities provide the opportunities for the yield itself.
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The Limits of Black Economic Self-Sufficiency - The Atlantic
The promises made by the government regarding the advancement of black economic security through black capitalism created just enough of a diversion to what was ultimately halted progress toward real economic equality. “Particularly relevant are failed integration efforts and demands by black leaders for reparation—both of which were being actively pursued in 1968. By 1970, the administration had scuttled each of these plans without fanfare,” she writes.
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The Internet May Be Underwater in 15 Years
Scientists mapped out the threads and knots of internet infrastructure in the U.S. and layered that on top of maps showing future sea level rise. What they found was ominous: Within 15 years, thousands of miles of fiber optic cable—and hundreds of pieces of other key infrastructure—are likely to be swamped by the encroaching ocean. And while some of that infrastructure may be water resistant, little of it was designed to live fully underwater.
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Turning Power into Money, the End of the Soviet Union – RAI with A. Buzgalin (4/12)
Prof. Alexander Buzgalin says that many Communist Party leaders supported Gorbachev’s perestroika reforms, but what they really wanted, was to drop restrictions on accumulating great wealth
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Inside the Failed Plot to Overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro - Bloomberg
The plot, code-named Operation Constitution, involved scores of captains, colonels, and generals from all four branches of Venezuela’s armed forces. The goal was straightforward and seismic—to capture President Nicolás Maduro and put him on trial. The plotters, wearing blue armbands marked OC, were supposed to storm the presidential palace and main military base and stop the May 20 presidential election. Some of the planning took place in Bogotá, but Colombian and U.S. officials, who allegedly knew about the plot and winked from the sidelines, declined to provide active support.
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Lucius Licinius Lucullus (praetor 104 BC) - Wikipedia
Vettius had fallen in love with a beautiful young slave girl and, promising to pay her owner the huge sum of seven Attic talents, had he been permitted to take her. However, when the time within which it had been agreed that payment would be made expired, Vettius was unable to fulfil his promise. A further extension of his credit was agreed but, when this again ran out, Vettius panicked. Kidnapping and murdering all his creditors, as well as the girl's owner, he then armed his slaves and declared himself the 'King of Campania,' proclaiming that all slaves who deserted their masters to join him would be free. Soon an army of seven-hundred escaped slaves were terrorising the Campanian countryside, killing all those who refused to join them.[7]
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second slave revolt
In Capua young noble Titus Minucius Vettius with a rich father, fell in love with a beautiful slave girl. But the girl was not his property. He bought her from her reluctant owner for the outrages sum of seven attic talents When he, after several delays, couldn't pay the money, he bought arms and shields. Again he bargained a delayed payment. He armed his slaves and started raiding the neighboring farmsteads.
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Historical library 36
There was a certain Titus Minucius, a Roman knight and the son of a very wealthy father. This man fell in love with a servant girl of outstanding beauty who belonged to another. Having lain with her and fallen unbelievably in love, he purchased her freedom for seven Attic talents (his infatuation being so compelling, and the girl's master having consented to the sale only reluctantly), and fixed a time by which he was to pay off the debt, for his father's abundant means obtained him credit. When the appointed day came and he was unable to pay, he set a new deadline of thirty days. When this day too was at hand and the sellers put in a claim for payment, while he, though his passion was in full tide, was no better able than before to carry out his bargain, he then embarked on an enterprise that passes all comprehension: he made designs on the life of those who were dunning him, and arrogated to himself autocratic powers. He bought up five hundred suits of armour, and contracting for a delay in payment, which he was granted, he secretly conveyed them to a certain field and stirred up his own slaves, four hundred in number, to rise in revolt. Then, having assumed the diadem and a purple cloak, together with lictors and the other appurtenances of office, and having with the co-operation of the slaves proclaimed himself king, he flogged and beheaded the persons who were demanding payment for the girl. Arming his slaves, he marched on the neighbouring farmsteads and gave arms to those who eagerly joined his revolt, but slew anyone who opposed him. Soon he had more than seven hundred soldiers, and having enrolled them by centuries he constructed a palisade and welcomed all who revolted.
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Hundreds in Spain protest transfer of Franco’s remains – POLITICO
The site contains the remains of tens of thousands of people, many who fought for Franco. Shortly after taking office, Sánchez announced plans to remove Franco’s body from the site and turn it into a memorial to those who died during the Spanish Civil War.
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Capitalism Is Ruining Science
But quantity does not translate to quality. On the contrary, Edwards and Roy track the effect of quantitative performance metrics on the quality of scientific research and find that it has a detrimental effect. As a result of rewards systems incentivizing publication volume, scientific papers have become shorter and less comprehensive, boasting “poor methods and increase in false discovery rates.” In response to the growing emphasis on work citations in professional evaluations, reference lists have become bloated to meet career needs, with an increasing number of peer reviewers requesting that their own work be cited as a condition of publication.
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“O Goody Ruskies”: Mueller Finds Witches But Which Witches Are We Hunting? – JONATHAN TURLEY
Indeed, much of this effort may have been much too “standard” for some of us to admit. The continued shock and revulsion expressed by many leaders at the thought of such interference is a tad forced. The United States has intervened in foreign elections for decades, including leaking stolen documents. Not long ago, our hacking of our own allies, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, was revealed. Many nations regularly try to influence elections and this is nothing new for the United States, either as the culprit or as the target of such efforts.
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