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Majority says national security behind Trump’s travel ban

21st Jun 2017

majority of American adults believe guarding the country against potential security threats is the driving force behind President Trump’s travel ban, according to a poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

Six in 10 adults said guarding the country against potential security threats is behind Trump’s travel ban, which would temporarily halt individuals from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. A majority of individuals polled support the courts that have blocked the president’s executive order.

Views of Trump’s order are split among partisan lines, with 41 percent of Democrats thinking national security is behind the travel ban and 87 percent of Republicans agreeing. While 82 percent of Democrats back courts’ decisions halting the ban, 73 percent of Republicans think the courts are meddling with Trump’s authority.

While 34 percent of Republicans polled believe the order is to keep Muslims out of the United States, 64 percent of Democrats think this.

The survey was conducted from June 8 to June 11, polling 1,068 adults. It has a margin of error of 4.1 percentage points.

 

 

 

source:http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/338540-majority-says-national-security-behind-trumps-travel-ban

U.S. anxiety levels climb faster than rest of the world

21st June 2017

Anxiety levels of Americans over matters such as war, terrorism, hacking and identity theft have spiked in recent years, leaving the nation near average in a global barometer of perceptions of security, a survey released Tuesday said.

Concerns about war and terrorism topped the list of matters gnawing at Americans, according to the Unisys Security Index, but viruses and hacking, bank-card fraud and identity theft also stoke insecurity.

The Unisys index surveyed more than 13,000 people in 13 countries in April, and is considered one of the only recurring global snapshots of citizen perceptions.

“It appears that our cloak of security, the impression that we had that we are more secure than the rest of the world, is starting to fade,” said Bill Searcy, vice president for global justice, law enforcement and border security at Unisys, a global information technology company.

Levels of U.S. anxiety jumped sharply since the last such survey was conducted in 2014, and came in at the highest levels since the surveys began a decade ago.

The United States held eighth place among the 13 countries, chalking up the same score on perceptions of security as Colombia but trailing Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, Britain, Germany and the Netherlands, the survey found. Those feeling even more insecure than Americans reside in Argentina, Brazil, Malaysia, Mexico and the Philippines.

It’s an understatement to say that anxiety level is high.

Ann Sung Ruckstuhl, Unisys senior vice president

“It’s an understatement to say that anxiety level is high, and we live in very uncertain times,” said Ann Sung Ruckstuhl, a Unisys senior vice president. “We definitely have seen a huge spike over the last three years.”

The index calculates a score of zero to 300 based on concern about eight specific issues within the general fields of national, financial, internet and personal security. The U.S. score jumped from 123 in 2014 to 169 this year, an increase of 37 percent, the survey found.

The rest of the world also climbed but the U.S. climbed at a higher rate.

Bill Searcy, Unisys vice president

“The rest of the world also climbed, but the U.S. climbed at a higher rate,” Searcy said.

Topping the list were national security issues, which include war and terrorism as well as natural disaster. Of Americans surveyed, 68 percent said they were extremely or very concerned about those areas.

Next came identity theft, which unnerves 61 percent. Bank-card fraud seriously unsettled 58 percent, and viruses or hacking deeply concern 56 percent.

“The findings themselves are not surprising unless you haven’t picked up a newspaper,” said Frank J. Cilluffo, director of the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University.

Concerns about internet insecurity are valid, he said, given the evolving nature of criminality in the cyber sphere and the way countries are digitally poking at foes.

“But shortly following that, you’ve got foreign terrorist organizations. You’ve got criminal enterprises that are as sophisticated from the tradecraft standpoint as nations were just six months ago,” said Cilluffo, a former special assistant on homeland security to President George W. Bush.

 
source; http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article157220629.html#storylink=cpy

 

Rapper & Infowarrior Prodigy of Mobb Deep Pronounced Dead at 42

Prodigy, one of two members of the NYC hip-hop group Mobb Deep, died at the age of 42 after complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis sent him to a Las Vegas hospital.

The death was confirmed by Mobb Deep’s publicist in a statement given to Rolling Stone.

It is with extreme sadness and disbelief that we confirm the death of our dear friend Albert Johnson, better known to millions of fans as Prodigy of legendary NY rap duo Mobb Deep.

In 2011 Prodigy went on the Alex Jones Show to discuss his arrest for carrying an illegal firearm, the illuminati’s role in the music industry and much more.

In February of 2017 Prodigy joined Infowars once again to discuss the Hegelian Dialectic and how useful idiots have been manipulated by the media to fight against Trump.

 

source; https://www.infowars.com/rapper-infowarrior-prodigy-of-mobb-deep-pronounced-dead-at-42/

New Study: At Least 150,000 Genitally Mutilated Women in Sweden

13th June 2017

At least 150,000 women in Sweden are victims of female genital mutilation according to a new study, a rise of over 100,000 on previous figures.

The study, which includes all countries in Europe, has not yet been published, but Swedish broadcaster SVT obtained the figures for Sweden and discovered that there were at least 150,000 FGM victims living in the country and probably significantly more given that there is silence surrounding the issue.

Sweden is home to many migrants from countries like Ethiopia and Somali, where female genital mutilation is common.

A previous National Board of Health study undertaken in 2015 found only 38,000 victims of FGM, suggesting there has been a huge increase since the acceleration of the migrant crisis.

The rise in FGM victims living in Sweden is undoubtedly connected to the vast numbers of Muslim migrants the country has accepted in recent years. More than 160,000 “asylum seekers” arrived in Sweden in 2015 alone, most of them from Muslim countries.

Female genital mutilation, practiced predominantly in Islamic countries, involves the ritual removal of external female genitalia and is widely recognized as a form of oppression towards women. The practice has no known health benefits and is primarily intended to eliminate the ability of women to feel sexual pleasure. The procedure can lead to women becoming infertile as well as chronic pain, bleeding and death.

Although FGM is illegal in Sweden, migrants will either already have had it done when they arrived in the country or will travel back to their home country to undergo the brutal procedure. The associated health problems place an increased burden on health care services in European countries.

Despite the practice being an obvious outrage against womens’ rights, the left has tried to normalize FGM in recent years. Prominent Muslim “feminist” Linda Sarsour has been venerated despite once mocking Ayaan Hirsi Ali, an ex-Muslim reformist and victim of FGM, by telling her that she should have her vagina removed.

Major outlets like the New York Times have also begun to refer to FGM as “genital cutting” in an effort to soften its barbaric nature, citing the excuse that the term “female genital mutilation” is “culturally loaded”

 

source; https://www.infowars.com/new-study-at-least-150000-genitally-mutilated-women-in-sweden/

Police Who Pre-Emptively Kill Suspected Terrorists Will Be Protected

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13th June 2017

The NSW government is set to introduce new laws by the end of this month which give police immunity for pre-emptively shooting a person they suspect of terrorism, even if that person does not pose an imminent threat to others.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that she will support all 45 of the recommendations from the coronial inquest report into the Lindt Café siege, and will prioritise those which give police more powers and protect them from civil and criminal prosecution.

New South Wales Police Commissioner Mick Fuller acknowledged that police already have the power to “shoot-to-kill” people they suspect of terrorism in situations analogous to the recent London attacks – where they pose an imminent threat to public safety.

However, he feels that situations like the Lindt Cafe siege are a grey area, as it was unclear whether Man Haron Monis was going to act upon his threats.

As it turned out, Monis was later categorised as a “deranged gunman” suffering from “mental health problems” who was not affiliated with any particular group, whether terrorist or otherwise.

Under the proposed legislation, police would be authorised to “shoot-to-kill” suspected participants once the commissioner declared an event to be a “terrorist incident”, regardless of whether those suspected of involvement pose an imminent threat to others.

Criticism

Critics point out that the proposed legislation confers virtually unfettered power on the police commissioner to determine whether an event constitutes a “terrorist incident”, and therefore when his colleagues will be protected from prosecution for wounding or killing people.

They are concerned he will declare such events “all too readily” in the interests of protecting police, thereby increasing the likelihood of police unnecessarily shooting and killing people. Critics are concerned that “rogue” police officers who carelessly shoot people will be protected, even if it turns out that their targets were completely innocent of any crime, and/or the shooting was not justified.

There are also fears that the legislation will cause the escalation of situations which could be kept under control and ultimately defused, again potentially leading to the loss of innocent lives.

There are additional concerns about the commissioner’s ability to identify whether a situation constitutes a “terrorist event”, with critics arguing that current laws which require an imminent risk to persons or the public representing a more appropriate mechanism for determining whether a particular individual should be shot or killed.

Shoot first and ask question later

New South Wales police are already being trained in specialised tactics based on a ‘confront and neutralise’ policy, and have access to semi-automatic weapons to act in order to protect themselves and members of the public.

The question, then, is whether the proposed legislation – which gives the minister significant powers, allows for the “pre-emptive” killing of suspects and protects rogue and careless police officers from prosecution – is really a good idea.

source:http://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/police-who-pre-emptively-kill-suspected-terrorists-will-be-protected/

How the internet of things could be spying on you

10th June 2017

BIG Brother is watching.

Your front door, television and child’s doll could all be spying on you.

The internet of things, everyday objects connected to the web, can send and receive data and appliances have the power to gain control and track your behaviour and movements.

At least 40 per cent of Australian homes now have at least one internet of things device and they are disguised as normal appliances. They can be fridges, kettles or even window blinds.

There are warnings about the danger of having an internet of things device in your home.

Just last year a Norwegian Consumer Council discovered a children’s doll was recording what children were saying and sending the information to a US company, which could share and use the data in a number of different ways.

The consumer council found internet-connected toys My Friend Cayla and i-Que breached several consumer laws.

DEVICES TRACK YOU

Lecturer at UNSW’s School of Taxation and Business Law, Kayleen Manwaring, told news.com.au people needed to be cautious.

The internet of things has been beneficial to health and aged care and agriculture, but Ms Manwaring said people using it frivolously needed to understand what information items could gather.

“Many of the internet of things devices collect a whole lot of data about you, what you’re doing, your kids, your home and it may not be the sort of data you want to make available,” she said.

Ms Manwaring said people needed to start thinking about things before they bought them.

“Do you really need that internet-connected hairbrush,” she said.

“A lot of devices can track your geo location. The internet of things knows where you are, when you leave home, when you come home.

“Mobile phones track you, the websites you visit.”

Ms Manwaring said there was never a way of knowing where the personal information about you went, and what it was used for. Some companies claim to use the information for marketing, but the fine print is never quite clear enough, according to Ms Manwaring.

“A lot of consumer devices aren’t very secure and there’s not a lot of security protocols,” she said.

“It’s not just the corporates who can get into your daughter’s doll, but malicious hackers getting into these devices.

“There’s not only data security flaws. The internet of things in some circumstances allow malicious hackers to control devices or attack other devices.”

DEVICES CAN BE DANGEROUS

Ms Manwaring said the internet of things could be dangerous because we didn’t know what the devices were trying to achieve and who they were trying to target.

The My Friend Cayla doll also had a security flaw where strangers could talk and listen through the doll, and there were pre-programmed phrases that mentioned specific brands targeting children.

“The problem is we really don’t know what they are doing with that data,” Ms Manwaring said.

“We could be optimistic and say they’re not doing anything suspicious, but unless you tell me exactly what you’re doing with it — it’s well known marketers employ behavioural psychologists and the point is to influence us to buy products. That might be OK, there’s plenty of times we buy products, but it’s a problem when they are targeting vulnerable people like children.”

Ms Manwaring said devices you bought never really belonged to you and would stop functioning without certain embedded software.

“IoT devices have the potential to collect more intimate data about individuals than was possible with previous devices,” Ms Manwaring wrote in an article on The Conversation.

“This data can then be used to create profiles that give incredible insight into consumers, and can even predict behaviour.”

Ms Manwaring said the law may not protect people from the internet of things.

“Many IoT devices put consumer privacy at risk, but the Privacy Act has significant limitations, as the definition of ‘personal information’ is very narrow,” she wrote.

In the future, consumers and regulators could pursue device suppliers for information they are getting under Australia Consumer Law, but Ms Manwaring said that was still a grey area.

“We don’t know what ‘acceptable quality’ is when it comes to some of these devices, for instance. Is an internet-connected kettle that boils water perfectly well, but can be easily hacked, of acceptable quality?” she said.

Ms Manwaring said consumers should think hard about the risks of these seemingly harmless items before purchasing them.

 

source: http://www.news.com.au/technology/innovation/inventions/how-the-internet-of-things-could-be-spying-on-you/news-story/6dd5ed7582d4ed79b6a43964336b452f

Madrid Bans Manspreading On Its Public Transport

Seriously.

8th June 2017

The city has banned manspreading on its trains and buses.

If only every city could take a cue from Madrid when it comes to manspreading. Per The Local, Madrid just announced that it has banned manspreading—when a man opens his legs to take up a bunch of unnecessary room in an enclosed space—across all of its public transit services. Specifically, the city’s Municipal Transportation Company (EMT) will be implementing new signage in all of the trains and buses, which will hope to dissuade manspreaders from encroaching on the personal space of other riders.

“The new information icon indicates the prohibition of taking a seating position that bothers other people,” a statement issued by the EMT reads. “It’s to remind transport users to maintain civic responsibility and respect the personal space of everyone on board.” The sign features a stick man spreading his legs to cartoonishly large proportions on a public transportation seat, with a big red “X” and “respect the space of others” text accompanying it. It’s currently unclear, though, if non-law-abiding manspreaders will receive a fine if they continue to spread at will.

For women in Madrid, this news has been the culmination of many months of petitioning and protesting against manspreaders. Mujeres en Lucha launched a viral petition campaign titled #MadridSinManspreading (#MadridWithoutManspreading), which was sent to Madrid’s mayor, Manuela Carmena, as well as Madrid’s regional president, Cristina Cifuentes. “Manspreading is the practice of certain men sitting with their legs wide open on public transport, taking up other people’s space. It is not something that occurs sporadically, if you pay attention you’ll see that it is a very common practice,” the petition read.

New York was one of the first major cities to openly campaign against manspreading on public transportation, when in late 2014 the “Dude, please stop the spreading” campaign was birthed by the MTA. As a result of the campaign, NYPD officers actually arrested men who were caught manspreading on the subway; charges were later dismissed. MTA Rules of Conduct prohibit passengers taking up more than one seat when doing so “would interfere or tend to interfere with the operation of the Authority’s transit system or the comfort of other passengers.”

Commutes on public transport are hard enough as it is, no matter where you live. Just, you know, keep your legs to yourself.

 

source: http://www.cntraveler.com/story/manspreading-banned-madrid-public-transportation-systems

Facebook wants to spy on people through their smartphone camera and analyse the emotions on their face

8th June 2017

FACEBOOK has been secretly developing creepy technology which spies on people and automatically analyses their facial expressions.

The social network applied for a patent to capture pictures of a user through their smartphone


The creepy designs, which date back to 2015, were discovered by software company CBI Insight, which has been analysing Mark Zuckerberg’s “emotion technology”.

Patent documents contain illustrations showing a person holding a smartphone with a camera taking a picture from which “emotion characteristics” like smiling or frowning are detected.

If the person appears to like what they’re seeing, Facebook could place more of the same type of content in front of them.

The creepy designs, which date back to 2015, were discovered by software company CBI Insight, which has been analysing Mark Zuckerberg’s “emotion technology”.

Patent documents contain illustrations showing a person holding a smartphone with a camera taking a picture from which “emotion characteristics” like smiling or frowning are detected.

If the person appears to like what they’re seeing, Facebook could place more of the same type of content in front of them.

Patents don’t always make it through to the end product- so it’s not clear whether Facebook will bring out this new feature.

Researchers at CBI Insights warned that the plans could put a lot of people off using the service.

“On the one hand, they want to identify which content is most engaging and respond to audience’s reactions, on the other emotion-detection is technically difficult, not to mention a PR and ethical minefield,” it wrote in a blogpost.

But that’s not all.

Facebook appears to have tested out similar technology to work out which emoji to send to people using a selfie.

If you’re smiling, it could automatically send a smiley face and vice versa.

Its most recent emotional patent – which was granted on 25 May this year – aims to tackle a dilemma many of us will have faced.

It can be difficult to make your text messages come across exactly as you mean them to, and sarcasm or jokes are often lost in translation – leading to some awkward conversations.

A new tool lets the social network to give your texts more feeling – so they won’t be misconstrued.

The system picks up data from the keyboard, mouse, touchpad, touchscreen to detect typing speed and how hard the keys are pressed.

Facebook will accordingly change the text font and size, before shaping to make it more emotive and relevant to your mood.

Facebook said that it does not currently offer tools to detect emotion.

If you want to check what Facebook sees and shares about you, check out its privacy policy here.

 

source‘https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/3738170/facebooks-plans-to-watch-you-through-your-smartphone-camera-as-you-scroll-through-social-network-revealed/

Margaret Court!

-zimbio.

-Anon

I’m tired of hearing her name. A lady who’s organization distributes 23tonnes of food a year to people, finds them jobs, feeds the homeless at her church every week, funds recent immigrants study plans, establishes clinics in Africa and is run by one of most celebrated sportspeople of Australia is worthless and so is that woman!

How dare she tell the media she doesn’t support Same Sex Marriage?

I am speechless to find that a Pastor of a Christian church may hold the value that marriage is between a hetero couple. I had no idea that the stipulation was in the Bible or that Christian pastors sometimes have an opinion which differs from the overly-saturated, biased media.

Firstly; Margaret Court replies to an editorial in a paper and states that she won’t be flying with Qantas, an airline who has backed the push to legalise same sex marriage in Australia.

I mean, it’s pretty weird that a person may take a personal stand and say they don’t want to use a public service which is choosing to be political in way they don’t agree with…Right?

Who does that? It’s almost like she has a free choice or free will and can choose to put her money (or not put her money) where she likes.

Then when there is a backlash on social media (thousands of comments calling for the tennis stadium, Margaret Court Arena to be renamed, death threats, name-calling) and people like amazing Waleed from The Project start being rude to her too and she still had the audacity to speak on panels and a radio station to elaborate on her opinion.

 

–poll on Metro.co.uk

I heard she said that transgender children are the work of the devil!

I was outraged when I heard that. Absolutely outraged…and I don’t know how really since I always tell people I don’t believe there is a devil so logically it doesn’t make sense. But the point is that I was angry and my emotions were stirred up!

I wasn’t able to understand that she meant when you ask a kid who is 4years old if they are a boy or girl you may be confusing that child. I didn’t know that in the Bible lies, confusion and anxiety are from Satan. She should know better! The majority of people who agree with me, don’t bother using the time to learn anything like that, come on! We don’t operate on context or anything that is longer than a 10 second sound bite. We no longer have the attention for anything significant! Why didn’t she assume we would understand?

I believe that my child will tell me if he is a girl inside if I ask him…and I ignore when he says he wants to be superman or a dinosaur or Thomas the Tank Engine because it’s only when he says he is a GIRL that I know he is serious.

Did you also hear Margaret Court is racist?

A more recently famous tennis player said she heard a quote where Margaret Court said something like “The situation was dealt with,” talking about Apatheid in South Africa. It doesn’t matter to me that the quote was by someone who didn’t cite the source or how she came up with it. It also doesn’t matter that Margaret Court has said she has no idea where that quote apparently came from but I read that it was from 1970 too so that means if it’s true then she has been racist for a long time, people can’t change even after becoming a Christian or even when almost forty years have passed. The fact is she is racist, I just know it. Cos anyone who doesn’t believe in same sex marriage is a bigot and they are most likely racist.

I have never been to her church in Perth or watched it live online…but despite all the pics on the internet and other evidence, I think there are only white people that go there and she only likes white people.

It took a one-liner from another tennis player I don’t really know, for me to make a thorough conclusion.

So booo to Margaret Court! I only like people who agree with my point of view…The one I formed by being bombarded with Liberal brainwashing and the mainstream media. Those things keep me focused on BS rather than take notice of authorities quashing my liberty in other areas. Maybe one day I will care about those things as much but that day is not today, not while my emotions are hurt!

I only believe in free speech if I agree with what the person is saying and don’t you EVER try and belittle my son’s right to anal sex with another man and then marry him.