In this episode, we follow an assembly line as it processes bags of Oreo-style cookies into raw materials.
Top-secret documents reveal that an elite unit at the National Security Agency has developed technology allowing it to automatically install malware on millions of computers worldwide in what it calls 'industrial-scale exploitation'. TURBINE, developed by the NSA's Tailored Access Operations unit (mentioned previusly here), is a command-and-control suite automating tasks that previously had to be performed manually: Using 'internet chokepoints' and a capability called SECONDDATE, the NSA can perform man-in-the-middle attacks to quietly redirect web browsers to FOXACID malware servers en masse.
While CNN is known for its flashy technology displays like holograms of Will.I.Am and its glossy map displays, not everything about the network is so up-to-date: the CNN Interactive: In-Depth Food website appears to have remained unchanged since 2001. via
Drowning In Light
n 1996, Yale economist William D. Nordhaus calculated that the average citizen of Babylon would have had to work a total of 41 hours to buy enough lamp oil to equal a 75-watt light bulb burning for one hour. At the time of the American Revolution, a colonial would have been able to purchase the same amount of light, in the form of candles, for about five hour's worth of work. And by 1992, the average American, using compact fluorescents, could earn the same amount of light in less than one second. That sounds like a great deal. Except for one thing: We treat light like a drug whose price is spiraling toward zero.
"In 2011, when we blogged about the Shaftesbury Psalter (which may have belonged to Adeliza of Louvain; see below), we wrote that medieval manuscripts which had belonged to women were relatively rare survivals. This still remains true, but as we have reviewed our blog over the past few years, it has become clear that we must emphasize the relative nature of the rarity – we have posted literally dozens of times about manuscripts that were produced for, owned, or created by a number of medieval women." -- For International Womens' Day last week, the British Library's Medieval Manuscripts blog showcases a selection of manuscripts that belonged to some of the most remarkable women of the Middle Ages.
If you're into (medieval) manuscripts (and who isn't) the blog (and others) is more than worth putting in your RSS reader, as each featured manuscript is available in its entirety, from the British Library digitised manuscripts site.
British Library's digitised manuscripts featured previously: Beatus Cycle, knights fighting snails, Beowulf digitised, St Cuthbert gospel, Hebrew manuscripts.
What would a great ad for a university of technology be? An ad, that itself, solves a problem through technology This is exactly what the University of Engineering and Technology of Peru and their ad agency Mayo DraftFCB have done - the first billboard in the world to make drinking water out of thin air and alleviate the lives of Peru's people.
Robot Jackalope -- "a blog about design, programming and general geekery" -- tackles The Geometry of Starship Design -- the USS Enterprise
The Egyptian Military's War on Alcohol Just before the Ahmed Hamdy tunnel, which links Egypt's main bulk of land to the Sinai Peninsula, there are two consecutive checkpoints. One of them is run by the military, and the other by the Ministry of Interior. This weekend, on a trip to Sinai with a group of friends, we were stopped at the military checkpoint. The conscripts insisted on searching us, and a mere inquiry as to what the purpose of the search was made them adamant on going through every bag.
Carry cash, take the metro and always look at people's feet – Araz Fazaeli, who lives in Paris but runs the street style blog Tehran Times with a team in Iran, offers his tips about how to make the most of the capital.
(USAFilter) Beatlemania was ignited in the U.S. by a teenage Marylander. And some other facts about your home state.
A Lie Agreed Upon: David Milch's Deadwood (SLVimeo, NSFW). A video essay by film and TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz, narrated by Jim Beaver and edited by Steven Santos, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the show's premiere.
Seitz and Deadwood previously on MetaFilter. Also, be sure to read Seitz's blog post at RogerEbert.com for background information and annotated excerpts from the editing script, as well as the advice to watch it on a large screen with a good sound system if you can. Also well worth your time are Alan Sepinwall's recaps of the series, quite a few of which include recollections and musing in the comments sections from several members of the cast, including Jim Beaver, Keone Young, W. Earl Brown, and Garrett Dillahunt.
Chien drôle mange à table [slyt]
7 month old baby pulls tail of cat. Cat scratches baby. Father of baby kicks cat butt. Then things go rapidly downhill between the 22 pound house cat "with a history of violence" and the family...
Independent.ie: "The 911 operator stayed on the phone with the caller to ensure the family, including the dog, remained safe in the bedroom as the cat screeched in the background," a Portland Police Bureau press release said.
CBS News: "The cat remained behind bars in the custody of the family and officers cleared the scene and continued to fight crime elsewhere in the city," Portland police said in a release.
KGW.com: Video of the cat and interview with the mother.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: The Oregon owners of a 22-pound housecat that trapped them in their bedroom after attacking their baby say they're not giving up on their pet and are getting it medical attention and therapy.
The 911 call and the inevitable Twitter account.
Street Fighter: The Movie -- What Went Wrong (via)
Brian Greene is now offering an online course on the theory of relativity. There are two versions of the class, one with math and one without. Additional information was provided during Greene's recent Ask Me Anything on reddit, during which he agrees with a redditor who recommends Leonard Susskind's "Theoretical Minimum"(previously) as a good preliminary.
On April 7th, Quebeckers will head to the polls because of a snap election called by the PQ minority government.
Of course, as in this part of Canada, election time is never without controversy. Between Liberal leader Phillippe Couillard touting the benefits of bilingualism and CAQ leader Francois LeGault presenting his budget if his party is elected, it all pales to this past weekend's announcement that Quebec media oligarch Pierre Karl Peladeau is running in a riding for the Parti Quebecois.
An unrepentant sovereigntist, PKP--as he is called--controls the province's largest private television network and most big city newspapers. Is he going to relinquish control of his empire while he runs in the election? Nope, he has "no intention" of selling his shares in his multi-million dollar company.
As usual, this spurs talk of another referendum. Marois is waiting for her winning conditions, but that hasn't stopped her from talking big. But with the recent loss of 26,000 jobs, a province deeply in debt, what are winning conditions?
Here we go again, guys!
Melody Jo Samuelson, a staff psychologist at California's Napa State Hospital (Previously), recently won a million-dollar judgement against the state and her supervisors. She had been told to declare mentally ill patients competent to stand trial.
Samuelson's court complaint alleged that James Jones, the Napa hospital's chief of psychology, "made it clear ... that he was committed to ... returning patients to court as competent to stand trial." To do that, Jones lowered evaluation standards and pressured staff to use unreliable methods to determine patients' competency, according to the complaint. One assessment technique, the complaint said, used a "mock trial" method that prepared patients to answer evaluation questions by rote memorization.
Last Friday, Chipotle filed a lawsuit against Frank Ocean for failing to deliver a song he was due to record for an ad campaign. Ocean was paid in advance but apparently thought he was promoting responsible farming, not Chipotle's brand. Ocean responded on Tumblr with This.
"Pure Imagination" was eventually recorded by Fiona Apple (previously) but has been criticised and parodied due to its greenwashing of Chipotle's real-life meat sources.
My Life as a Retail Worker: Nasty, Brutish, and Cheap
It has been said in half-jest that Pepsi was the official soda of the Cold War. Vice President Richard Nixon shared a Pepsi with Soviet Russia's Premier, Nikita Khrushchev, at the opening of the "American National Exhibition" in Moscow on July 24, 1959, after the famous "Kitchen Debate" (CBS newscast on Archive.org; transcript with two photos from the day). But how was it that Pepsi was the only Western soda-pop available there that day? Look to Donald Kendall, a long-time pal of Richard Nixon, who starting out in 1947 selling fountain syrup in New York, and rose through the ranks to be President of Pepsi Cola International by 1957.
In the 1940s, Coca-Cola manufactured a clear variant, often called White Coke, at the request of Marshal of the Soviet Union Georgy Zhukov. The drink was clear to allow Zhukov to drink in public without scrutiny, and was not produced for the public. Otherwise, Coca-Cola was a strictly American creation, and formally excluded from the Soviet market until 1985.
As stated in the Radio Free Europe Radio Library article, Coca-Cola was offered the option to take part in the American National Exhibition in '59, but they were one of the many companies that were hesitant to take part due to the Cold War. Don Kendall, representing Pepsi Cola, capitalized on this and his connection to Vice President Nixon, and. he got a Pepsi (or eight) in the hands of Khrushchev. This time, soda was consumed in public and by the public, wit 10,000 cups of cola given away every hour for the whole 42 days of the show. Russians had tasted cola, though it would be another 15 years before Pepsi was distributed in Russia, in trade for Stolichnaya Russian vodka to be sold on the U.S. market.
One tangent before heading on: Opening in Moscow is a 49 minute documentary on the American National Exhibition.
Nixon was out of a job in the beginning of 1961, and he was looking for a lucrative position that would provide him the flexibility to campaign. Kendall helped Nixon land a lucrative law position, offering firm that hired Nixon the Pepsi-Cola account (Google news). When Nixon was president, he appointed Don Kendall as Chairman of the National Alliance of Businessmen in 1969.
The next year, while discussing the terrorist hostage crisis in Amman, Jordan, an internal discussion shifted suddenly to Salvador Allende and the presidency of Chile, the direct result of a plea for action Donald Kendall to save PepsiCo's market in Chile.
But if you take the story farther, you'll find the efforts by JFK and associates to funnel funds into the campaign of Eduardo Frei against Allende. Things get weird if you try to add in the conspiracy theories around Nixon Kendall being involved in re-routing JFK's fatal motorcade tour.
Nils Horner was killed on the street early this morning. Here is a short article in English from a Swedish source.
Reporter Nils Horner is from Borås. Nor surprisingly, the front page of Borås Tidning is full of the news (in Swedish).
The killing has been called "execution-style," and the Washington Post fears a new trend.
Report from Dagens Nyheter, also in Swedish.
United States Senator Dianne Feinstein Publicly Accuses C.I.A. of Spying on Congress. 'The chairwoman of the Senate intelligence committee on Tuesday accused the Central Intelligence Agency of improperly removing documents from computers that committee staff members had been using to complete a report on the agency's detention program, saying the move was part of an effort to intimidate the committee.' 'Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California and the chairwoman of the committee, suggested on the Senate floor that the agency had violated federal law and said the C.I.A. had undermined Congress's constitutional right to oversee the actions of the executive branch.'
'The disclosure comes a week after the first reports that the C.I.A. late last year had carried out a separate search of computers used by her staff. The C.I.A. said it carried out the search to uncover how the committee gained access to an internal review of the detention program cited by Democratic lawmakers critical of the program.
Calling the present conflict a "defining moment" for the oversight of American spy agencies," Ms. Feinstein forcefully denied that committee staff members had obtained the internal review improperly, saying that the internal document had been made available as part of the millions of pages of documents that the agency had given the committee to conduct its investigation.'
'The expanding dispute has opened a rift between the CIA and the Senate committee that oversees it and often has defended it. Already, some CIA officers could face criminal prosecution as a result of a Justice Department investigation of the incident.'
Herzog Plays: Dark Souls 2 [SLYT]