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May 05 08:24

Why Are The Oil Markets Crashing?

WTI and Brent continued to tumble on Thursday, dropping to their lowest levels since the announcement of the OPEC deal back in November. Brent actually dipped below $49 per barrel, raising fears of another downturn. Both WTI and Brent were off by nearly 4 percent during midday trading on Thursday.

May 05 08:23

The noise pollution map of America: Researchers say fracking, mining and other human activity is now so loud it is drowning out nature and putting animal lives at risk

Scientists measured sound levels at 492 places - from city parks to remote federal wilderness.

They calculated that in nearly two-thirds of the Lower 48's parks, the noise can at times be twice the natural background level because of airplanes, cars, logging, mining and oil and gas drilling.

May 05 08:09

How Prison Labor is the New American Slavery and Most of Us Unknowingly Support it

The USA uses a lot of prison labor.

If you buy products or services from any of the 50 companies listed below (and you likely do), you are supporting modern American slavery

With 5 percent of the world’s population and 25 percent of the world’s prison population, the United States has the largest incarcerated population in the world. No other society in history has imprisoned more of its own citizens. There are half a million more prisoners in the U.S. than in China, which has five times our population. Approximately 1 in 100 adults in America were incarcerated in 2014. Out of an adult population of 245 million that year, there were 2.4 million people in prison, jail or some form of detention center.

The vast majority – 86 percent – of prisoners have been locked up for non-violent, victimless crimes, many of them drug-related.

May 05 08:06

The GOP’s Take on the Budget Tells Us More than They Might Want

Whatever the final result of the budget bill was, both sides were planning on spinning it as a victory for themselves and a defeat for the opposition; this is the nature of modern politics and is frankly irrelevant to most people who will just look at what the sums are assigned to. But it is still worth examining the “noise” coming out, as it gives a useful indication of what the areas of concern (in terms of image) are for the administration.

May 05 07:50

European XFEL – World's biggest X-ray laser – generates first light!

Providing scientists with an atomic level ability to view new materials, drugs and chemical reactions, the world's biggest X-ray laser has successfully generated its first beam of light.
The 3.4-kilometre-long European XFEL, most of which is located in underground tunnels in Germany, is being considered as a new beginning for European research, according to scientists.

May 05 07:48

Sounding rocket that will capture 1500 images of the Sun launching today, announces NASA!

RAISE images are used to create a data product called a spectrogram, which separates light from the Sun into all its different wavelength components.
NASA is scheduled to launch a sounding rocket today, designed to capture 1500 images of the Sun within five minutes from a distance of 320 km above the Earth.

May 05 07:30

Is your money safe? Bank hack could affect MILLIONS of customers around the world by intercepting two-step login verification codes

SS7 service helps mobile networks across the world route calls and texts, for example by keeping calls connected as users speed along roads, switching from signal tower to signal tower.

But it can also be used by criminals to redirect data, and hackers have now found a way to intercept the two-stage authentication codes sent out by banks.

These are used to verify the identity of customers attempting log in to their accounts or to place some online transactions.

They are usually sent in the form of SMS messages and by intercepting these codes through the SS7 service, criminals have free reign to empty funds from your account.

May 05 07:21

REVEALED: How value of fiver has dropped since old £5 note introduced

The paper blue note was first introduced in 1957, but since then the value of £5 has dropped by a massive 96 per cent, according to analysis by Lloyds Bank.

It means that 60 years ago, the sum would have the same spending power as £113 today.

May 05 07:19

Shock chart reveals savers face 'dual onslaught' of misery wiping billions off cash pots

Britons trying to make an income from savings face cash ISAs with an average rate of 0.41 per cent, less than a fifth of inflation at 2.3 per cent, according to evestor.co.uk.

It means households with the tax-free accounts are effectively receiving negative interest rates, which have sliced £4.4billion off savings.

May 05 07:16

Brexit divorce bill to rise MORE as EU plots to make UK pay ENTIRE negotiations costs

The embattled European Union (EU) is keen to spare its budget from Britain’s momentous decision to sever ties with the bloc by insisting the UK foots the bill for all expenses, including travel, during talks.

This would be on top of the reported eye-watering £85billion (€100billion) Brexit bill the Brussels club is expected to demand we cough up.

May 05 07:14

History Will Remember These 217 House Republicans for Their Inhumanity

North North Carolina Congressman Ted Budd cast an indefensible vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with legislation that is so awful that Budd’s fellow Republicans were caught scheming to exempt themselves and their staffs from the measure’s draconian provisions.

May 05 07:14

Uber is under criminal investigation for building software to avoid regulators

Uber is facing a criminal probe from the US Justice Department over a piece of software it used to evade law enforcement and transportation regulators, according to Reuters. The program, known internally at Uber as “Greyball,” was first disclosed by a March report in The New York Times. Uber used the software tool to hide cars from regulators who were attempting to conduct sting operations on drivers in areas the company was not yet licensed to operate, such as Portland, Oregon.

May 05 07:10

Is Trump Really President?

IS TRUMP REALLY PRESIDENT ?

Is Trump being allowed to “play at President” for public consumption, while the generals, spooks, and financial pirates run the show?

May 05 07:08

Gluten-free warning: Ditching bread could knock YEARS off your life

A study published in the British Medical Journal has discovered ditching whole grains could shorten your life by putting you at greater risk of death from cardiovascular disease and certain cancers.

Whole grains - which include whole-wheat bread, rye and barley - boost your heart health, according to the group of scientists from Harvard and Columbia University.

Indeed, they found for every three additional servings per day of whole grains there was a 25 per cent reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.

Their research, conducted over 26 years, confirms for the first time that ditching gluten when you don’t suffer from coeliac disease has no benefits to your heart.

May 05 07:02

The Most Honest Three and a Half Minutes of Television. Ever

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May 05 07:02

Archimedes: WikiLeaks drops latest #Vault7 batch detailing network hacking tool

A user manual describing an alleged CIA tool known as ‘Archimedes’, purportedly used to attack computers inside a Local Area Network (LAN), has been released by WikiLeaks. The latest batch is the seventh in the whistleblowing organization’s ‘Vault 7’ series.
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The Archimedes tool enables traffic from one computer inside the LAN to be redirected through a computer infected with this malware and controlled by the CIA, according to WikiLeaks.

The technique is used to redirect the target’s computer web browser to an exploitation server while appearing as a normal browsing session, the whistleblowing site said. In this way, the hackers gain an entry point that allows them access to other machines on that network.

May 05 06:52

Bug behind Google Docs phishing phrenzy was discovered five years ago!

Google even paid a developer a bounty for spotting it

May 05 06:50

Today's bonkers bug report: Microsoft Edge can't print numbers

Redmond's hot new browser counts '1,2,3,4' as '1,1,4,4'

May 05 06:49

Curiosity Rover's drill is ill. But chill: we can dig Martian sand instead of rocking hard

The Curiosity Rover's drill is in trouble.

NASA announced the instrument was “in hiatus” in late 2016 due to “an issue with a motor that moves the rover's drill.”

Now we've learned that the rover is concentrating on scooping sand while the space agency tries to sort things out.

May 05 06:48

The Trump Empire Expands

Donald Trump and his family continue to carve out an unprecedented role for themselves as America’s business-managers-in-chief.

President Trump, his children and their spouses aren’t just using the Oval Office to augment their political legacy or secure future riches. Okay, they certainly are doing that, but that’s not the most useful way to think about what’s happening at the moment. Everything will make more sense if you reimagine the White House as simply the newest branch of the Trump family business empire, its latest outpost.

It turns out that the voters who cast their ballots for Donald Trump, the patriarch, got a package deal for his whole clan.>>>

May 05 06:46

Leaked: The UK's secret blueprint with telcos for mass spying on internet, phones – and backdoors

The UK government has secretly drawn up more details of its new bulk surveillance powers – awarding itself the ability to monitor Brits' live communications, and insert encryption backdoors by the backdoor.

In its draft technical capability notices paper [PDF], all communications companies – including phone networks and ISPs – will be obliged to provide real-time access to the full content of any named individual within one working day, as well as any "secondary data" relating to that person.

That includes encrypted content – which means that UK organizations will not be allowed to introduce true end-to-end encryption of their users' data but will be legally required to introduce a backdoor to their systems so the authorities can read any and all communications.

May 05 06:44

How do ransomware scum decide what to charge you? The Big Mac index

Cybercriminals have put together a strain of ransomware that changes the cost of the extortionate demands depending on the victim’s location, threat intelligence firm Recorded Future reports.

Fatboy, which is being advertised on a Russian-language cybercrime forum, uses The Economist’s Big Mac Index to decide how much to squeeze a victim for, based on the wealth of the country in which they reside. Victims from countries with a higher cost of living will have to pay more than those from poorer nations.

May 05 06:39

FOX REPORTS: Pentagon eyes Iran-North Korea military connection

When Iran attempted to launch a cruise missile from a “midget” submarine earlier this week, Pentagon officials saw more evidence of North Korean influence in the Islamic Republic – with intelligence reports saying the submarine was based on a Pyongyang design, the same type that sank a South Korean warship in 2010.

According to U.S. defense officials, Iran was attempting to launch a Jask-2 cruise missile underwater for the first time>>>

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