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Oct 09 15:51

Bali volcano: Earth set to become cooler after Mount Agung erupts

BALI’s largest volcano, Mount Agung, looks set to erupt any day now and the event will have a shocking impact on the world’s temperature.

Even though the enormous volcano is likely to spew out molten lava and vast amounts of ash and sulphur dioxide, the Earth is actually set to become a little bit cooler.

The gases and dust particles thrown into the atmosphere during the eruption will help cool the planet by shading incoming solar radiation - effectively providing a partial sun block.

WEBMASTER COMMENT: This is not accurate. It merely moves the absorption of sunlight from the ground to the haze.

Meanwhile, the sulphur dioxide reacts with the water vapour in the air to form droplets of sulphuric acid.

These droplets accumulate in the Earth’s stratosphere and form a haze, which acts as a barrier to UV rays and results in a cooling effect.

Oct 09 15:48

Where HAVE all the insects gone? Experts warn windscreens free of dead flies, gnats, moths and wasps signal an alarming decline in bugs

Have you noticed you're scrubbing fewer squashed flies off your windscreen of late?

You're not alone. Drivers across the UK have been reporting an absence of flies, gnats, wasps and moths on their vehicles - prompting fears from scientists that such insects could be in decline.

And this is no new phenomenon, with experts noting a decline in insect numbers over the past few decades.

Oct 09 15:35

World War 3: Russia orders US to ABANDON North Korea fight as major conflict looms

Sergey Lavrov told his US counterpart, Rex Tillerson, the escalation of tension on the Korean peninsula is unacceptable.

Russia's foreign ministry, said: "Lavrov underlined the inadmissibility of any escalation of tension on the Korean peninsula, to which the USA's military preparations lead, and called for contradictions to be resolved by diplomatic means only."

Oct 09 15:28

Hard Censorship Hits the Internet

Government in the United States and the media whores that service government agendas have an immense credibility problem. We cannot rely on the veracity of any government or media statement. Like the boy who cried “wolf,” Washington and the presstitutes have made it impossible to know when they are telling the truth.

Oct 09 15:27

Meryl Streep Calls Weinstein “Disgraceful,” Once Called Him “God”

Meryl Streep has suddenly changed her tune on alleged serial pervert Harvey Weinstein, after once calling him “God,” she now says he is “disgraceful”.

After it emerged that Weinstein had paid financial settlements to at least eight women after they had accused him of sexual assault, Streep released a statement calling the movie producer’s conduct “disgraceful”.

This contrasts with how Streep addressed Weinstein during a 2012 Golden Globes speech, when she literally referred to him as “God”.

“I just want to thank….God – Harvey Weinstein,” said Streep as the audience burst out laughing.

“The punisher, Old Testament I guess,” added Streep before chuckling to herself.

Oct 09 15:15

Senior Republican Says Trump Is Steering US Towards World War III

Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, expressed serious doubts about Trump’s ability to lead the country in the right direction in an interview with the New York Times on Sunday.

“He concerns me. He would have to concern anyone who cares about our nation,” Corker said of Trump.

He went on to blame Trump, his fellow party member, for treating the job of running the country like a never-ending reality show, saying that by continually threatening other countries Trump is setting the US “on the path to World War III.”

Oct 09 15:15

America’s Long History Of Warfare

If you go to the Wikipedia page that gives a timeline of U.S. foreign military operations between 1775 and 2010, you are likely to come away in shock. It seems that ever since the founding of the country, the United States has been at war. It is as if Americans just could not (and still cannot) sit still, but had to (and still have to) force themselves on others through military action.

Oct 09 15:03

Asthma attacks cut in half by vitamin D supplements, study finds

Researchers examined the individual data of 955 study subjects in seven previous randomized controlled trials. They found that the rate of asthma attacks which required steroid treatments or injections was lowered by 30 percent, from 0.43 attacks per person a year to 0.30. Moreover, they found that the risk of experiencing at least one asthma attack that required hospitalization was reduced by 50 percent.

Oct 09 15:00

Opioid prescription drug deaths dwarf shooting deaths, yet there’s no call to ban Big Pharma

According to federal statistics, opioid prescription drugs killed 33,091 Americans in 2015 alone. Estimates put those numbers above 36,000 deaths for 2017.

The death toll at the Las Vegas Mandalay massacre was 59 (so far). Though a horrifying tragedy, opioid drugs alone are killing 560 times more people each year than died in the Vegas tragedy.

This means that opioid drugs alone are causing the near-equivalent of two Las Vegas massacres PER DAY in terms of the number killed.

Oct 09 14:59

RIP Windows 10 Mobile: Microsoft finally admits its troubled operating system is dead

Microsoft is no longer developing new features and hardware for Windows 10 mobile as the operating system is officially placed into servicing mode.

According to a series of tweets, Microsoft's Corporate Vice President in the Operating Systems Group Joe Belfiore revealed the system would just fix bugs and do security updates for existing users.

Oct 09 14:57

Plastic particles are found in up to 80 per cent of mussels taken from British beaches

Plastic rubbish has been found in up to 80 per cent of mussels taken from British beaches.

The pollution is a worrying sign of the scale of the amount of plastic rubbish in our seas, scientists said.

The ‘microplastics’ come from the breakdown of old water bottles, plastic bags and a myriad of other debris.

Oct 09 14:52

Insider Trading, Yet Another Creature Lurking In DC Swampland – US Investor

The vast swath of people who work in Congress are also exempt from insider trading laws that pertain to ‘we the people’.

Oct 09 14:51

As Crackdown Looms In Catalonia, Spain’s Popular Party Calls Protest In Barcelona

Hundreds of thousands marched yesterday in a protest called in Barcelona by right-wing political forces, a week after the regional Catalan government held a referendum on secession and ahead of the potential unilateral declaration of independence by the secessionist forces on Tuesday.

Oct 09 14:50

Japanese Economist: Sweden Was Ruined By Immigrants

Japanese economics commentator Takaaki Mitsuhashi warns his fellow countrymen not to follow in the footsteps of Sweden and open their borders, lest it lead to their destruction.

Oct 09 14:49

Disqus Hacked: More than 17.5 Million Users' Details Stolen in 2012 Breach

Another day, Another data breach disclosure.

This time the popular commenting system has fallen victim to a massive security breach.

Disqus, the company which provides a web-based comment plugin for websites and blogs, has admitted that it was breached 5 years ago in July 2012 and hackers stole details of more than 17.5 million users.

The stolen data includes email addresses, usernames, sign-up dates, and last login dates in plain text for all 17.5 million users.

What's more? Hackers also got their hands on passwords for about one-third of the affected users, which were salted and hashed using the weak SHA-1 algorithm.

Oct 09 14:47

Microsoft silently fixes security holes in Windows 10 – dumps Win 7, 8 out in the cold

Microsoft is silently patching security bugs in Windows 10, and not immediately rolling out the same updates to Windows 7 and 8, potentially leaving hundreds of millions of computers at risk of attack.

Flaws and other programming blunders that are exploitable by hackers and malware are being quietly cleaned up and fixed in the big Windows 10 releases – such as the Anniversary Update and the Creator's Update. But this vital repair work is only slowly, if at all, filtering back down to Windows 7 and Windows 8 in the form of monthly software updates.

Oct 09 14:44

Ghost in Musk's machines: Software bugs' autonomous joy ride

Last year, a dark historical landmark was reached. Joshua Brown became the first confirmed person to die in a crash where the car was, at least in part, driving itself. On a Florida highway, his Tesla Model S ploughed underneath a white truck trailer that was straddling the road, devastating the top half of the car.

Brown’s crash is well known. But more mundane bugs are finding their way into increasingly software-dependent, semi-autonomous cars. Software problems accounted for nearly 15 per cent of US car recalls in 2015, up from less than five per cent in 2011, according to the most recent report from financial advisors Stout Risius Ross.

Last year, to name a few examples, Toyota recalled around 320,000 cars after they found “improper programming” could cause airbags and seatbelt pretensioners to activate unbidden. Ford had to recall 23,000 cars because software problems in their electronic windows meant they had excessive “closing force.”

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