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  • Google targets 'fake news,' offensive search suggestions

    04/25/2017 8:36:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 25, 2017 10:04 AM EDT | Michael Liedtke
    Google has sprinkled some new ingredients into its search engine in an effort to prevent bogus information and offensive suggestions from souring its results. The changes have been in the works for four months, but Google hadn’t publicly discussed most of them until now. The announcement in a blog post Tuesday reflects Google’s confidence in a new screening system designed to reduce the chances that its influential search engine will highlight untrue stories about people and events, a phenomenon commonly referred to as “fake news.” “It’s not a problem that is going to go all the way to zero, but...
  • Cannibalism: The ‘Pinnacle’ of Communist Rule

    04/25/2017 8:06:09 AM PDT · by Epoch Times · 6 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | April 25, 2017 | Jack Phillips
    In communist societies, obtaining basic necessities—like food—is a real issue. Famines, food shortages, poor central planning policies, and even man-made, forced famines used to mass murder a populace are commonplace in communist systems. As a result, there have been multiple outbreaks of cannibalism in the communist Soviet Union, China, Cambodia, Ethiopia, and North Korea. Starting with China, under former communist leader Mao Zedong’s “Great Leap Forward,” a disastrous policy to develop China to American or British levels of steel production in only a few years, as many as 45 million people died of starvation or persecution.
  • Elon Musk Lays Out Plans to Meld Brains and Computers

    04/21/2017 5:08:10 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 48 replies
    WSJ ^ | 4/20/17 | Rolfe Winkler
    Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk on Thursday confirmed plans for his newest company, called Neuralink Corp., revealing he will be the chief executive of a startup that aims to merge computers with brains so humans could one day engage in “consensual telepathy.” Speaking to writer Tim Urban on the explainer website Wait but Why, Mr. Musk confirmed a Wall Street Journal report last month that Neuralink aims to implant a tiny brain...
  • De Blasio Brags About New York Cigarette Price Floor Being Raised To ‘Highest Price In The Country’

    04/20/2017 5:07:21 AM PDT · by kevcol · 65 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 19, 2017 | Charles Fain Lehman
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday that cigarette prices in the city would go up $2.50 to $13 which, de Blasio bragged, would be "the highest price in the country." . . . Council Member Fernando Cabrera, who introduced the bill to create the licensing requirement for e-cigarette retailers, described the proposal as "a major step to limit the use of e-cigarettes, which are dangerous nicotine delivery systems that can lead to nicotine and potentially drug addiction."
  • Report: School-Issued Computers ‘Spy’ on Children Without Parental Consent

    04/18/2017 4:38:10 AM PDT · by davikkm · 34 replies
    breitbart ^ | DR. SUSAN BERRY
    A new report finds that, under the guise of “personalized learning,” school-issued computer devices — now distributed to one-third of K-12 students in schools across the United States — are serving to collect and store an unprecedented amount of personal data on children without their parents’ notice or consent. A newly released investigation by Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) reveals student use of technology in school has grown at a profound rate, especially with free or low-fee devices issued by schools.
  • Movie Review: ‘The Crown’: Beauty Queen Slaps China in the Face

    04/12/2017 3:36:58 PM PDT · by Epoch Times · 4 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | April 11, 2017 | Mark Jackson
    Before Oprah Winfrey became a mega-star, she was Miss Fire Prevention 1971 and Miss Black Tennessee 1972. You knew that, right? Of the top 10 pageant girls who’ve changed the world, the only memorable ones are Hallie Berry, Diane Sawyer, Vanessa Williams, and Oprah. Being a beauty queen is a substantial platform from which to say something, but most don’t have anything substantial to say. The short documentary “The Crown,” directed by Kacey Cox, is about a pageant winner with the most substantial message in the history of beauty queens.
  • The ‘Self-Reliance’ of North Korea’s Desperate Leaders

    04/12/2017 11:41:15 AM PDT · by Epoch Times · 6 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | April 12, 2017 | Jack Phillips and Leo Timm
    Brandishing nuclear bombs and ballistic missiles, North Korea has topped news headlines for the last decade as it has menaced its more prosperous neighbors. Even its closest ally and benefactor, China, has begun to entertain military options as a means of resolving the crisis. Unlike socialist states that either collapsed or enacted limited reforms, North Korea, under the quasi-dynastic rule of the Kim regime, has changed remarkably little in its nearly 70 years in power. While no longer officially following Marxist ideology, Pyongyang has retained a style of totalitarian leadership that resembles past communist regimes at their most inhumane.
  • How Lenin’s Bolsheviks Brought Communism to Russia

    04/10/2017 3:45:06 PM PDT · by Epoch Times · 12 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | April 10, 2017 | Leo Timm
    All throughout 1917, the toils of war and cascading revolutionary activity overturned the Russian Czarist government and established the left-leaning but democratically principled Provisional Government. The new authorities made preparations to hold elections. For the many political philosophies and groups then existing in Russian intelligentsia, it was an exciting prospect. In March 1917, Czar Nicholas II was deposed and forced to abdicate following major bloodshed in St. Petersburg, then the capital of the Russian Empire. But the vast nation, containing many different cultures and races across about 20 percent of the world’s land area, had never been a democracy and...
  • Artist Was Forced to Eat Bugs to Survive Under Pol Pot’s Communist Regime

    03/31/2017 3:12:43 PM PDT · by Epoch Times · 8 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | March 6, 2017 | Jack Phillips
    A survivor of the notorious communist Khmer Rouge torture camp revealed that he and other inmates were forced to eat insects to stave off starvation—adding that they ate their meals alongside corpses of former inmates. Vann Nath, a Cambodian artist, is one of only seven survivors of the notorious secret Khmer Rouge prison camp called S-21. Some 14,000 men, women, and children were tortured, interrogated, and executed during the far-left Khmer Rouge regime headed by Pol Pot that ruled between 1975 and 1979, according to his biography. Nath explained that he was kept alive due to his skill as an...
  • Christian Persecution in China on the Rise: Report

    03/28/2017 12:56:30 PM PDT · by Epoch Times · 9 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | March 28, 2017 | Jack Phillips
    A report from a Christian charity has found that Christians are being persecuted at rates not seen since the Cultural Revolution, which lasted from 1966 until 1976. The Cultural Revolution, launched by dictator Mao Zedong, attempted to eliminate the “Four Olds,” which were defined as “Old Customs,” “Old Culture,” “Old Habits,” and “Old Ideas.” The campaign, carried out by organized groups of students Mao called the Red Guards, targeted the adherents of religions, including Christianity, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and others. Countless temples, historical sites, books, and priceless historical artifacts were destroyed. Religious expression, which permeated the culture in China during...
  • Obama Aide Evelyn Farkas Squeals Live On MSNBC

    03/28/2017 8:29:06 AM PDT · by TruthWarriors · 52 replies
    Obama aide talks about gathering intelligence on trump aides starting after 5 minutes. She says "That's why you have leaking...People are WORRIED."
  • China's Worst Environmental Disaster Involved Killing Millions of Birds

    03/27/2017 8:00:38 AM PDT · by Epoch Times · 8 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | March 10, 2017 | Jack Phillips
    One of the first actions taken during Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong’s disastrous Great Leap Forward program was to kill off “four pests”: rats, flies, mosquitoes, and sparrows. The campaign was known as the “Great Sparrow Campaign” or the “Kill a Sparrow Campaign,” but it was officially called the “Four Pests Campaign.” Historians believe this bizarre countrywide tactic contributed to the millions of deaths caused by the Great Leap Forward. Mao believed that he could force villagers into giant communes, and communist officials used coercion and violence to get them to work.
  • A Life Turned Upside Down by Communism

    03/24/2017 7:28:06 AM PDT · by Epoch Times · 14 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | March 20, 2017 | Charlotte Cuthbertson
    Ildiko Trien’s charmed and pampered life in Romania was flipped on its head when she was 5 1/2 years old. Her father, who spoke many languages, was a businessman; her mother, a lawyer. Her Hungarian-born family was rich and they owned land. Trien’s father also reared Lipizzaner horses. One night in 1946, four or five men with leather coats and caps barged into their house and grabbed the whole family. The family was planning to escape to Palestine the very next day. “They put my brother’s shoes on me,” Trien remembered. He was four years older. “They were so big.”...
  • The Biggest Anti-Intellectual Movement in History

    03/22/2017 11:19:03 AM PDT · by Epoch Times · 15 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | March 21, 2017 | Jack Phillips
    Throughout history, intellectuals have been frequent targets of tyrannical regimes to suppress political dissent. But Chinese communist leader Mao Zedong himself boasted about taking it a step further. After the Chinese Communist Party took power in 1949, Mao had instilled a climate a fear and terror. In the late 1940s to early 1950s, he mobilized Chinese peasants to kill off the landlord class, resulting in estimates of hundreds of thousands to several million deaths. In some areas, public trials became the norm and Mao’s politicized peasants became judge, jury, and executioner of the landlord class in China. Amid the repressive...
  • Obama didn't know it when "FBI probe of Trump-Russia ties began last summer"? (vanity)

    03/21/2017 3:12:17 AM PDT · by granada · 34 replies
    vanity ^ | 2017/3/21 | Granada
    And no surveillance (including wiretapping) on Trump?
  • This creepy facial recognition app lets users find strangers on Facebook by taking their picture

    03/14/2017 12:01:29 PM PDT · by JOAT · 31 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | 3/14/2017 | Cara McGoogan
    A facial recognition app that can identify strangers from a photograph has been created by a British entrepreneur.Facezam can identify people by matching a photo of them with their Facebook profile. All users have to do is take a picture of someone on the street and run it through the app, which will tell them who it thinks the person in the photo is.
  • Report: Feds Launch Criminal Probe of WikiLeaks' CIA Document Dump

    03/08/2017 12:45:14 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 53 replies
    NewsMax ^ | March 8, 2017 | by Theodore Bunker
    WikiLeaks' release of documents that provide details of alleged CIA hacking operations will be investigated by federal authorities, CNN reports. Citing several U.S. officials, CNN claims the FBI and the CIA will coordinate their reviews of how WikiLeaks acquired the documents, which officials said are in CNN's words "largely genuine," and if more will follow. The officials have yet to determine how much of the release is accurate or if any have been altered before being released.
  • EPA to announce reversal on fuel economy standards next week

    03/05/2017 7:18:16 AM PST · by rktman · 73 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 3/4/2017 | John Sexton
    The Environmental Protection Agency will announce a change in automobile emissions standards next week, undoing a last minute effort by the Obama administration to lock in the rules through 2025. The NY Times reports: The tailpipe pollution regulations were among Mr. Obama’s major initiatives to reduce global warming and were put forth jointly by the E.P.A. and the Transportation Department. They would have forced automakers to build passenger cars that achieve an average of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, compared with about 36 miles per gallon today
  • Welcome Aboard... But First US Marshals Will Scan Your Retina

    02/27/2017 7:52:23 AM PST · by Ciaphas Cain · 97 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | February 26, 2017 | Jeffrey Tucker
    For some 15 years, airport security has become steadily more invasive. There are ever more checkpoints, ever more requests for documents as you make your way from the airport entrance to the airplane. Passengers adapt to the new changes as they come. But my latest flight to Mexico, originating in Atlanta, presented all passengers with something I had never seen before. We had already been through boarding pass checks, passport checks, scanners, and pat downs. At the gate, each passenger had already had their tickets scanned and we were all walking on the jet bridge to board. It’s at this...
  • Court Rules Doctors Can Ask Patients About Gun Ownership

    02/18/2017 10:51:05 AM PST · by kevcol · 128 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | February 17, 2017 | Sarah Hurtubise
    A federal appeals court has ruled that a Florida law restricting doctors from asking patients whether they own guns restricts the right to free speech. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that the law violated doctors’ First Amendment right to free speech, and concluded that the state failed to prove that physicians were infringing on patients’ Second Amendment rights. A previous decision by a three-judge panel by the 11th Circuit upheld the law, but those suing the state asked for the full circuit court to re-consider the case. ... The Republican-controlled Florida state legislature passed a law in...