Culture


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/

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.

 

Feminists Sue University for Failing to Protect Them from Mean Internet Comments

26th May 2017

A feminist student group at the University of Mary Washington has filed a Title IX lawsuit against the institution for failing to protect them from mean comments on the internet.

Feminists United, a student group at the University of Mary Washington, has claimed in a recently filed lawsuit that the administration failed to protect them from posts made on the anonymous social media app, Yik Yak.

The suit alleges that the university failed to protect the students by refusing to ban access to the app via the university’s wifi system. The complaint ignores the reality that most students have access to the app via LTE internet service on their cellular devices, which would render a ban on the university’s wifi system almost worthless.

The students claim that the university’s decision to allow students to access the app via the school’s wifi network fostered a hostile environment in which the students were subjected to “overtly and/or sexist/threatening” anonymous messages.

Writing on the lawsuit for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), Susan Kruth argued that the university did not violate Title IX policies by refusing to act on comments made on the anonymous app, Yik Yak, which was recently shut down in May.

Universities should respond to true threats and to serious allegations of sexual harassment, and they can provide non-punitive resources to people who encounter offensive speech. But to the extent that remarks are merely sexist or offensive, a public university must recognize that such language is protected under the First Amendment and decline to take unlawful steps to censor it. Throughout their complaint, the plaintiffs conflate alleged threats and a pattern of conduct that they claim deprived them of educational benefits with remarks or behavior that made them uncomfortable.

 

source/read more:http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2017/05/25/feminists-sue-university-for-failing-to-protect-them-from-mean-internet-comments/

After Katy Perry Offers ‘Open Borders’ As Terror Fix, Navy SEAL Drops Brutal 3-Word Bomb

26th May 2017

For some reason, famed celebrities seem to think they know more than the American people, and Katy Perry most recently decided to prove just that. Unfortunately for her, after suggesting that “open borders” is the best way to end terrorism, things miraculously blew up in her face – and that’s about the time a Navy SEAL put her in her place with just 3 brutally honest words.

The world and most of all England is still mourning after a Muslim man killed 22 people and injured 119 more in a Manchester bombing. Now, some liberals have decided to use the opportunity to offer their opinion where it isn’t needed, wanted, or even helpful in the slightest.

In fact, Katy Perry made an absolute fool of herself by offering her two cents while apparently knowing nothing about the situation. Sadly, celebrities still don’t see that they’re perhaps the most out-of-touch group when it comes to everyday people:

No barriers, no borders, like, we all need to just coexist,” Perry said on the Elvis Duran Show Tuesday.

“The greatest thing we can do now is just, like, unite as people, as, like, fanbases…all of it,” she offered. “Cause, like, as much as, like, whatever we say behind people’s backs, cause the internet can be a little bit ruthless as far as fanbases go, but I think that the greatest thing we can do is just unite and love one another.” [Source: Daily Caller]

Too bad for her, it seems that her “just love everyone” suggestion came at a cost – and it wasn’t pretty. According to Daily Caller, Former Navy SEAL Carl Higbie was speaking with Fox News host Shannon Bream, where he had some pretty harsh words for the clueless celebrity.

 

“If you come to America, you’re American and nothing else … but we don’t have people who respect the culture of the United States of America,” he began. “You have people like Katy Perry…this woman has said, ‘oh we need to give them hugs, hug it out.’”

Although Higbie was mocking at first, he then decided to drop a brutal 3-word bomb on Perry’s head that would put her in her place for good. “Go to hell, Katy Perry,” he said. “Hold one of your concerts in Syria and see how that goes.”

Although he went on to refer to Perry’s statements as “benign,” he added that “[celebrities] don’t understand any of this and they don’t want to understand, too. And that’s why I’m so strong against these celebrities who want to speak out.”

Being nice is one thing, but putting political correctness above the lives of people is an entirely different monster. The fact of the matter here is that the Muslim ideology can’t “coexist” as their holy text demands they Jihad their way to world domination. That’s the entire point of Islam: Kill until all that remains if for Allah.

Celebrities do have a certain amount of influence on the public, given their popularity. However, that doesn’t mean that what they’re saying is right or that they even know what they’re talking about when they speak on matters like this. When it comes down to it, celebrities need to close their fat traps and only open them when it’s time to do their job – entertain.

 

 

 

source:http://madworldnews.com/katy-perry-borders-navy-seal/

Peter Dutton declares ‘game is up’ for ‘fake refugees’ living in Australia

21st May 2017

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has given 7,500 asylum seekers living in Australia until October to lodge an application for protection, or face deportation, declaring the “game is up” for “fake refugees”.

Mr Dutton said the asylum seekers had all arrived by boat under the previous Labor government, most without identity documents, and had so far either failed or refused to present their case for asylum with the Immigration Department.

“If people think they can rip the Australian taxpayer off, if people think that they can con the Australian taxpayer, then I’m sorry, the game’s up,” he said.

“They need to provide the information, they need to answer the questions and then they can be determined to be a refugee or not.”

The asylum seekers have now been given until October 1 to lodge an application for processing or they will be cut off from Government payments, subject to removal from Australia, and banned from re-entering the country.

According to Mr Dutton, the group is costing taxpayers about $250 million each year in income support alone and the deadline would ensure the Government is “not providing financial support to people who have no right to be in Australia”.

South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon said the new policy would have public support, and appeal to the Coalition’s support base, but urged the Government to take a “calm, methodical and fair” approach.

“I only hope that the Government puts as much effort into dealing with job seekers as it does with asylum seekers,” Senator Xenophon said on Insiders.

But refugee advocates have slammed the “arbitrary” deadline as “cruel and unfair”.

GetUp’s human rights director Shen Narayanasamy said while many of the asylum seekers had been in Australia for years, they were only given the go ahead to lodge an application for protection last November.

“Asylum claims are incredibly long, torturous documents,” she said.

“And what Peter Dutton has failed to tell you is that he has denied them interpreters and access to legal assistance.”

Of the 50,000 asylum seekers who arrived by boat between 2008 and 2013, 43,000 have now been processed — which means they have either been granted a visa or had their claims rejected — or are currently having their claims assessed.

However, there are 7,500 asylum seekers “outside the process” and that is the group now subject to the October 1 deadline.

Asylum seeker statistics

  • 50,000 Illegal Maritime Arrivals arrived in Australia between 2008 and 2013
  • Labor processed 20,000 of these people
  • It stopped processing IMAs in August 2012 leaving 30,500 people yet to be processed — this is known as the Legacy Caseload
  • 23,000 of the Legacy Caseload have applied for Temporary Protection Visas or Save Haven Visas
  • Of those 6,500 have been granted a TPV or SHEV
  • 3,000 have already been found not to be refugees and must leave Australia
  • 13,000 are having their claims assessed
  • Around 7,500 remain outside the process and have not presented their case for protection

Source: Federal Government

 

 

source:http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-21/peter-dutton-october-deadline-asylum-seekers-protection/8544890