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Aug 23 07:42

Israel preparing to bomb Houthis in Yemen to warn them away from Iran – reports

Israel is planning to bomb Houthi and Hezbollah targets in Yemen to keep them from receiving weapons from Iran following several Israeli attacks on Iraqi targets, Kuwaiti media has reported.

Aug 23 07:40

Macron posts Amazon fire photo that’s not from this year, gets torched by Brazil’s Bolsonaro

Across social media, people are sharing images of fires raging through the Amazon rainforest accompanied by cries for immediate action from world leaders. Emmanuel Macron answered, but with a misleading, old photo.

An image shared by the French president’s Twitter account purports to show the wildfires currently incinerating vast swaths of the Amazon rainforest, dubbed by many as the’ lungs of the Earth’. Macron called on the G7 leaders to prioritize the Amazon fires at this weekend’s summit.

However, as it turns out, the image Macron shared during his Twitter call-to-arms was taken in the Amazon by photographer Loren McIntyre, who was working for National Geographic at the time. However, McIntyre died at the age of 86 in May 2003, so the photograph is, at the very least, 16 years old.

Aug 23 07:38

Second Steam Zero-Day Impacts Over 96 Million Windows Users

A second Steam Windows client zero-day privilege escalation vulnerability affecting over 96 million users has been publicly disclosed today by Russian researcher Vasily Kravets.

This happens after Valve disputed the significance of the previous Steam 0day disclosed by Kravets on Twitter and banned him out of their HackerOne bug bounty program.

Seeing that this vulnerability impacts only the Steam Windows client, with Steam having over 100 million registered users and 96.28% of them are running Windows according to the Steam Hardware & Software Survey: July 2019, the systems of roughly 96 millions of them are currently affected.

Aug 23 07:16

Cities Unveil Unethical Homeless Reporting, While LA Pushes Anti-Homeless Law

By Aaron Kesel

The cities of San Francisco and Seattle are testing a new way to report homeless encampments or “tent cities” via dialing 311 or using an app. Meanwhile, LA lawmakers are pushing to ban homeless people from parks, schools, and other designated areas.

There's one problem conflating homelessness into other public service issues as the author writes for Smart Cities Dive, "people aren't potholes." ...

Aug 22 19:19

MORE PC BS : San Francisco board rebrands ‘convicted felon’ as ‘justice-involved person,’ sanitizes other crime lingo

The sanitized language, though unlikely to do much to address the crime problem, may result in some convoluted descriptions of crimes in the future. -- The newspaper noted an individual whose car has been broken into could well be known to police as “a person who has come in contact with a returning resident who was involved with the justice system and who is currently under supervision with a history of substance use.”

Aug 22 18:42

Research Says Checking Your Phone While On A “Break” = Less “Recharging” of Brain

By B.N. Frank

Considering all the research and news reports on “Screentime” being addictive and behaviorally, emotionally and physically harmful, even horn growth inducing – and kids being especially affected by all of this – these new findings can’t be all that surprising, can they? Heck – even the U.S. government offered up some pretty scary research confirming that “Screentime” is harming kids’ brains...

Aug 22 17:51

Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne quits as ‘deep state’ remarks cause uproar

With his company’s stock in free fall, Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne resigned as CEO on Thursday effective immediately, after he stunned investors by disclosing his entanglements with the “Deep State” as we reported previously.

Byrne, 56, who founded the company in 1999 and took it public three years later, will be succeeded by director Jonathan Johnson who was with the company for 17 years and has recently served as president of Overstock’s blockchain business, Medici Ventures.

Aug 22 17:27

Ginkgo Biloba May Aid in Treating Type 2 Diabetes

The extract of the leaves of Ginkgo biloba, a popular dietary supplement, may offer some therapeutic benefits in fighting Type 2 diabetes, according to a study co-authored by a researcher at the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine.

“In diabetic rats Ginkgo biloba had a very good effect on the beta cells of Langerhans–cells in the pancreas responsible for insulin secretion–by creating a restorative effect similar to what we see in healthy non-diabetic rats,” says Helal Fouad Hetta, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow and scientist in the UC Division of Digestive Diseases. Hetta is also on faculty at Egypt’s Assiut University College of Medicine in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology...

Aug 22 17:22

The A-10 Warthog Is Sticking Around for At Least Another Decade

After years of trying to retire the Warthog, the U.S. Air Force is spending big to keep more of the attack jets flying for another decade.

Just weeks after the last of 173 A-10 Thunderbolt IIs received new wings, the Air Force on Wednesday awarded Boeing a $240 million contract to start installing new wings on 27 more aircraft — the first tranche of a project expected to re-wing a total of 112 aircraft for about $1 billion, according to a Pentagon contract announcement. The contract awarded on Wednesday runs through 2030.

Aug 22 17:16

Army bosses are recruiting poor teenagers into the most dangerous roles because of a lack of adults signing up, campaign group warns

The army is recruiting poor teenagers in its most dangerous roles because it cannot find adults to fill vacancies, a campaign group warned last night.

Almost 30 per cent of last year's new recruits were aged 16 or 17, the most in any year since the financial year ending 2011.

Data from the Child Rights International Network (CRIN) found that, alongside the increasing proportion of young people enlisting, army recruits often come from poorer backgrounds.

Aug 22 17:14

U.S. Army releases deck of cards depicting Iranian weaponry: Report

The U.S. Army has reportedly begun distributing decks of cards with Iranian weaponry to familiarize soldiers with the country’s arsenal.

The Federation of American Scientists reported Tuesday that the military branch is handing out the playing cards which feature pictures of Iran’s stockpiles along with information such as their names, effective range, and other statistics relevant in combat.

These cards are likely being introduced to help “familiarize soldiers with Iran’s inventory of weapons and presumably to facilitate their recognition on the battlefield,” according to FAS.

The FAS added that Chinese and Russian fact cards have been created in the past, and that a North Korean one is being made as well.

Aug 22 17:10

Iran-backed militias in Iraq threaten foreign aircraft amid speculation that Israel is bombing Iraq

Iranian-backed militias in Iraq warned Wednesday that foreign aircraft flying over the country may be treated as “hostile” amid growing suspicions that Israel is responsible for a series of mysterious explosions at militia bases.

The warning came in a statement issued by Abu Mahdi al-Mohandis, the deputy commander of the powerful coalition of Shiite Muslim militias known as Hashd al-Shaabi, or Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), which includes paramilitary groups that owe allegiance to Iran.

The statement blamed Israeli drones for four big blasts at militia bases over the past month, all of them at warehouses storing ammunition and weapons, and accused the U.S. military of aiding the strikes by allowing Israel to use U.S. bases in Iraq.

Aug 22 16:18

Spotify sued over 'billions of Eminem streams'

Eminem's publisher, Eight Mile Style, is suing Spotify.

It claims the music-streaming service failed to correctly copyright the rapper's work.

Eminem has never been properly paid for songs "streamed on Spotify billions of times", court papers say.

And Spotify, which has yet to respond publicly, put the song Lose Yourself into a category for unknown authors, without copyright protection, which Eight Mile Style calls "absurd".

Lose Yourself, recorded and produced by Eminem and his long-time collaborators Jeff Bass and Luis Resto, was the first hip-hop song to win an Academy Award.

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