Images 19/2/17

•February 19, 2017 • 27 Comments

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lots of images this week..so what were these two lads up to?

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note the symbolism in the background at the signing ceremonies..thats a pentagram..

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click to enlarge..

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🙂

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now i see it..

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game plan..

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do you know this creature?

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hes about to star in a movie with a hogwarts graduate..

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*sigh

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michelle with the one eye..ALL must submit..

why

magazine cover from ireland..subtle?

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now thats courage..or rampant attention seeking..

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when i go to the grammys i always wear my 3 headed snake dress..

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van has a plan..

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the “LOL” female assassin?..or does is it deeper? lol?

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South Korea agency deleted 17,000 comments to combat “fake news”

•February 19, 2017 • 2 Comments

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http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2017/02/16/South-Korea-agency-deleted-17000-comments-to-combat-fake-news/2351487274760/?utm_source=fp&utm_campaign=ts&utm_medium=5

Concern about fake news and the uncontrollable growth of online rumors is going global, and in South Korea the national election commission is tackling the problem by targeting the comments sections of websites.

But the move is being criticized as censorship, local news service Media Today reported Thursday.

According to Open Net, a nongovernmental South Korean organization advocating freedom and openness of the country’s Internet, the crackdown on fake news is an “exercise of cyber-censorship.”

In early January, the national election commission announced plans to tackle defamation and “propaganda” online.

On Feb. 7, Lee Chul-sung, South Korea’s police chief, said “fake news are to be subject to investigation by police.”

Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also blamed fake news, or the deliberate promotion of political falsehoods, for “misrepresenting” him ahead of a possible presidential campaign in South Korea.

Ban dropped out of the presidential race after making several public appearances.

The national election commission was already actively monitoring online rhetoric on political candidates during South Korea’s 20th legislative elections in 2016.

The commission deleted more than 17,000 comments online in compliance with South Korea’s elections law, according to Media Today.

Removed content included questionable rumors about the illegal enrollment of a ruling party lawmaker to a university, and a meme of lawmaker Yoo Seung-min that depicted him as a pre-modern Korean eunuch.

Open Net said the “excessive” policy should be improved in order to prevent suppression of free speech and to not adversely affect legitimate press reporting.

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“the national election commission is tackling the problem by targeting the comments sections of websites.”

fake news is one thing..attacking and deleting comments which are opinons is a police state..see where this is heading?

“the move is being criticized as censorship”

duh..

and here is your sunday morning joke:

Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also blamed fake news, or the deliberate promotion of political falsehoods, for “misrepresenting” him ahead of a possible presidential campaign in South Korea.Ban dropped out of the presidential race after making several public appearances.”

its never the candidate or the policies..no no..must be fake news or those pesky russians..

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Russia boosts US Treasury bill holding after Trump’s election win

•February 19, 2017 • 2 Comments

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https://www.rt.com/business/377552-russia-trump-us-treasuries/

The Central Bank of Russia bought significantly more American Treasury securities in the two months after Donald Trump was elected president, according to data from the US Treasury Department published on Thursday.

The data from the Treasury shows that in November and December Russian investment in US government debt soared by 15 percent to $86.1 billion.

Before Trump’s election win, Russia had been steadily selling off US T-bills. From January to October last year, Russian holdings slumped from $96.9 billion to $74.6 billion.

The increase in November was the largest monthly purchase since relations between Moscow and Washington deteriorated over the Ukrainian crisis. For comparison, in April 2014, Russia held US Treasury bills worth $116.4 billion.

The last time the Russian Central Bank made such investments in US debt was in August 2011, when it bought $11.8 billion worth of American bonds.

The two largest holders of the US debt, Japan, and China, significantly reduced their holdings after Trump’s election. Japan sold off $40 billion, while China cut its holdings by $57 billion to the lowest level in almost six years.

However, China had slashed its US debt holdings in the six months before Trump’s election to prop up the falling yuan, selling off $180 billion in 2016.

“China is a massive player in our market and can move the markets whether they are a buyer or seller. If 10-year yields are going to trade to 3 percent this year, China will be the catalyst,” Tom di Galoma, managing director of government trading and strategy at Seaport Global Holdings told Bloomberg. On Thursday, the yield on the US 10-year note was 2.477 percent.

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its all about the timing..russia moves in..

yin and yang..

“The two largest holders of the US debt, Japan, and China, significantly reduced their holdings after Trump’s election. Japan sold off $40 billion, while China cut its holdings by $57 billion to the lowest level in almost six years.”

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Microsoft calls for “digital Geneva Convention”

•February 19, 2017 • 1 Comment

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http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2017/02/14/microsoft-brad-smith-digital-geneva-convention/97883896/

In a major policy speech aimed at rising nationalism,  Microsoft president Brad Smith said tech companies must declare themselves neutral when nations go up against nations in cyberspace.

“Let’s face it, cyberspace is the new battlefield,” he told an overflow audience in the opening keynote at the RSA computer security conference.

Tech must be committed to “100% defense and zero percent offense,” Smith said.

Smith called for a “digital Geneva Convention,” like the one created in the aftermath of World War II which set ground rules for how conduct during wartime, defining basic rights for civilians caught up armed conflicts.

The speech was echoed in a blog post on Microsoft’s site that went up Tuesday morning.

The world’s governments need to pledge that “they will not engage in cyberattacks that target civilian infrastructure, whether it’s the electric grid or the political system,” Smith said.

This digital Geneva Convention would establish protocols, norms and international processes for how tech companies would deal with cyber aggression and attacks of nations aimed at civilian targets, which appears to effectively mean anything but military servers.

While Europe and other nations are also experiencing a rise in nationalist feelings, it is no accident that Smith’s talk comes just three weeks after Donald Trump was inaugurated the 45th president of the United States. Trump’s  aggressive stance — warning Iran, for instance, that it’s been put “on notice” — has caught the attention of the world and made tech companies uncomfortably aware that their realm — cyberspace — is also a likely battlefield when hostilities break out.

Smith listed a string of increasingly threatening cross-border cyber incidents, beginning with the North Korean attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2014 to thefts of intellectual property by China in 2015, ending with last year’s Russian involvement in the U.S. presidential election.

“We suddenly find ourselves living in a world where nothing seems off limits to nation-state attacks,” Smith said.

Technology companies, not armies, are the first responders when cyber attacks occur, he noted. But they cannot and must not, respond in kind, or aid governments in going on the offensive, Smith said.

He called for the creation of an autonomous organization, something like theInternational Atomic Energy Agency that polices nuclear non-proliferation.

“Even in a world of growing nationalism, when it comes to cybersecurity the global tech sector needs to operate as a neutral Digital Switzerland,” Smith said.

“We will not aid in attacking customers anywhere. We need to retain the world’s trust.”

What this appears to mean in the near term is that tech companies should refuse to aid governments, even the government of the country they are based in, in attacking other nations. That could mean not building backdoors into programs sold in other countries and not taking part in work to create cyberweapons.

Some of this groundwork has already begun. In 2015 the United Nations made a recommendation for cybersecurity norms around country-sponsored cyber attacks.

Later that year the United States and China vowed to cooperate on cybersecurity and specifically the touchy issue of intellectual property theft. That was followed by the Group of 20 affirming the same principals.

Claudio Neiva, a network security research director with analyst firm Gartner, did note that it’s easier for Microsoft and other large companies to commit to taking no offensive cyber action because they have the money and staff to pursue legal action.

“They’re being offensive by using legal measures, so it’s just a different way of doing things,” he said.

Microsoft, which does business in 190 countries, clearly sees itself as an international company responsible to its global customers.

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“The world’s governments need to pledge that “they will not engage in cyberattacks that target civilian infrastructure, whether it’s the electric grid or the political system,” Smith said.”

what world does this guy live in?

“tech companies should refuse to aid governments, even the government of the country they are based in, in attacking other nations. That could mean not building backdoors into programs sold in other countries and not taking part in work to create cyberweapons.”

im looking at you nsa..

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Google’s “DeepMind” AI understands the benefits of betrayal

•February 18, 2017 • 7 Comments

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http://www.iflscience.com/technology/googles-deepmind-ai-understands-the-benefits-of-betrayal/

It’s looking increasingly likely that artificial intelligence (AI) will be the harbinger of the next technological revolution. When it develops to the point wherein it is able to learn, think, and even “feel” without the input of a human – a truly “smart” AI – then everything we know will change, almost overnight.

That’s why it’s so interesting to keep track of major milestones in the development of AIs that exist today, including that of Google’s DeepMind neural network. It’s already besting humanity in the gaming world, and a new in-house study reveals that Google is decidedly unsure whether or not the AI tends to prefer cooperative behaviors over aggressive, competitive ones.

A team of Google acolytes set up two relatively simple scenarios in which to test whether neural networks are more likely to work together or destroy each other when faced with a resource problem. The first situation, entitled “Gathering”, involved two versions of DeepMind – Red and Blue – being given the task of harvesting green “apples” from within a confined space.

This wasn’t just a rush to the finish line, though. Red and Blue were armed with lasers that they could use to shoot and temporarily disable their opponent at any time. This gave them two basic options: horde all the apples themselves or allow each other to have a roughly equal amount.

Running the simulation thousands of times, Google found that DeepMind was very peaceful and cooperative when there were plenty of apples to go around. The less apples there were, however, the more likely Red or Blue were to attack and disable the other – a situation that pretty much resembles real life for most animals, including humans.

Perhaps more significantly, smaller and “less intelligent” neural networks were likely to be more cooperative throughout. More intricate, larger networks, though, tended to favor betrayal and selfishness throughout the experiments.

In the second scenario, called “Wolfpack”, Red and Blue were asked to hunt down a nondescript form of “prey”. They could try to catch it separately, but it was more beneficial for them if they tried to catch it together – it’s easier, after all, to corner something if there’s more than one of you.

Although results were mixed with the small networks, the larger equivalents quickly realized that being cooperative rather than competitive in this situation was more beneficial.

So what do these two simple versions of the Prisoner’s Dilemma ultimately tell us? DeepMind knows that to hunt down a target, cooperation is better, but when resources are scarce, sometimes betrayal works well.

Hmm. Perhaps the scariest thing about all this is that its instincts are so unnervingly, well, human-like – and we know how following our instincts sometimes turns out.

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“Google found that DeepMind was very peaceful and cooperative when there were plenty of apples to go around. The less apples there were, however, the more likely Red or Blue were to attack and disable the other – a situation that pretty much resembles real life for most animals, including humans.”

emotions can only be found in humans and animals..computers cannot..it has to be programmable..its just ones and zeros..

“Hmm. Perhaps the scariest thing about all this is that its instincts are so unnervingly, well, human-like – and we know how following our instincts sometimes turns out.”

thats because humans programmed it..duh?

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Islamic State suicide bombing at Pakistan shrine leaves at least 75 dead

•February 18, 2017 • 1 Comment

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-17/islamic-state-suicide-bombing-at-pakistan-shrine-killing-scores/8278848

An Islamic State (IS) suicide bomber has targeted a famed shrine in southern Pakistan, killing at least 75 people in the deadliest attack in the country in more than two years.

The bomber entered the main hall of the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan and detonated his explosives amid dozens of worshippers, according to three security officials, who said at least 20 women and nine children were among the dead.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to brief reporters — Fazal Palejo, a senior health official in Sindh province, confirmed the toll.

The IS militant group claimed the attack in a statement circulated by its Aamaq news agency, saying it had targeted a “Shiite gathering”.

The Sunni extremist group views Shiites as apostates and has targeted Pakistan’s Shiite minority in the past — it views Sufi shrines like the one targeted Thursday as a form of idolatry.

Raja Somro, who witnessed the attack, told a local TV network that hundreds of people were performing a spiritual dance known as the Dhamal when the bomber struck.

“I saw bodies everywhere. I saw bodies of women and children,” he said.

Local TV showed graphic footage of the aftermath of the blast, with wounded worshippers crying out for help and the floors covered with shoes, blood and body parts — women cried and beat their chests in grief.

Ghazanfar Shah, the custodian of the site, said security was lax at the shrine, which is entered through two gold-plated doors.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif vowed that security forces would track down the perpetrators of the attack, according to Pakistani state TV.

“Each drop of the nation’s blood shall be avenged, and avenged immediately,” Pakistan’s army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, said in a statement.

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the civil war inside islam continues..more killing and death..

“The IS militant group claimed the attack in a statement circulated by its Aamaq news agency, saying it had targeted a “Shiite gathering”.

women and children..

“The Sunni extremist group views Shiites as apostates and has targeted Pakistan’s Shiite minority in the past — it views Sufi shrines like the one targeted Thursday as a form of idolatry.”

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World Government Summit: Dubai’s crazy, apocalyptic vision for the future

•February 18, 2017 • 9 Comments

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http://www.news.com.au/technology/innovation/inventions/dubais-crazy-apocalyptic-vision-for-the-future/news-story/741e1b0221217534c5cb1108b9dc3be2

IN JUST three decades’ time the human race could survive on drinking water produced by gigantic bio-engineered jellyfish “factories”.

Food could be produced by robotic “auto-farms” housed in disused car garages, and people might live in bio-engineered 3D printer cities which have to be repeatedly “grown” and rebuilt after adverse weather conditions due to climate change.

The post-apocalyptic vision of the future was unveiled at the World Government Summit in Dubai this week, which has seen leaders and speakers from 139 countries gather in the United Arab Emirates.

Using research and cutting edge technology, the region predicts that by 2050 cities will have been destroyed, and the human race will have teetered on the brink of extinction.

In a bid to combat the threat to humanity, Dubai is already researching and working on plans for “bio-desalination plants” which combine the genes of a jellyfish and mangrove roots, one of the best plant desalinators on the planet.

And as well as using the oceans to provide drinking water for the global population, the region is also creating 3D printer “city kits”, which use bio-engineering to combat the inevitable destruction of human habitation and solutions to mass farming which it believes will be unacceptable to humanity and no longer possible.

Dr Noah Raford, chief operating officer of the Dubai Future Foundation, says although it may seem far-fetched, the region sees issues of water scarcity, food supply and sea level rises as a very real threat to millions of people.

“We are not preparing these as the end all answer. They are a series of products and services, which would solve the challenges in a way which could become exportable.”

Dubai is already dealing with these issues on a daily basis — almost 90 percent of the water supply is desalinated.

Eighty to 90 per cent of food is also imported due to arid conditions in the region.

Much of the coastal infrastructure is under threat from inundation from sea level rises.

“These three challenges, including water supply and urban infrastructure re-development — they are the core impact that we are experiencing in climate change,” Dr Raford added.

“Water is the riskiest — it’s the thing you can’t fake. You can grow different kinds of food and different types of crops to respond to different types of environments, you can deal with local droughts and monsoons, by importing things from different parts of the world.

“But it is very difficult to put water on a boat and ship it from one place to another.

“Water is the fundamental thing which underlies all of these real risks.”

The plan is for the desalination plant to provide salt for batteries, another export.

Dr Raford said the solutions they are working on are hypothetical, but the threats and end results are very real.

Dubai has been spearheading research into the field after the planet crossing the threshold of the CO2 concentration in the atmosphere passing 400 parts per million (ppm) in 2016, the point at which irreversible climate change is inevitable.

The region showcased its solutions to the challenges to be faced by the human race at the “Reimagining Climate Change” exhibition, part of the Museum of the Future, which explores challenges in the three key areas of food, water, and shelter.

Dubai also proposes “auto-farms” created in people’s garages, which will no longer be needed as self-driven cars will be seen as a luxury which are too toxic to the atmosphere.

The vision is communities will grow their own food, and robots will harvest and create personalised shopping lists of fruit and vegetables for each household.

Meat and fish will also be off the menu, due to mass production of farming no longer being deemed acceptable, with the human race most likely getting its protein from crickets.

Dr Raford said: “The average apple which is bought from the supermarket is around a year old. This way the ‘auto-farm’ will produce food tailored to a family’s needs.”

The 3D printer city kits will combat the issues of displacement, with coastal communities being swallowed up by rising sea levels.

Dr Raford said research is being done into using bio-engineering which will use organisms which use sand to create the buildings in a matter of weeks.

For Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, finding solutions like these to the challenges of the future are paramount.

“It is a catalyst for future forecasting and study efforts, and plays a pivotal role in setting policies and strategies that allow the world’s governments to benefit from the technologies of the future and their potential,” he says.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Government_Summit

The World Government Summit is a UAE-based international organization that serves as a platform for global dialogue attempting to revolutionize how governments operate and how policies are made. The organization’s vision is to aid humanity at large, it aims to empower governments for the future with the ultimate objective of improving the lives of seven billion people all around the world. The Summit acts as a knowledge exchange hub between governments, futurism, technology and innovation. It was created and incubated by a team of experts from different disciplines in an effort to bring government, business and civil society together.

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no subtlety here..world government..

so what are they chatting about?

“people might live in bio-engineered 3D printer cities which have to be repeatedly “grown” and rebuilt after adverse weather conditions due to climate change.”

please..

“the human race could survive on drinking water produced by gigantic bio-engineered jellyfish “factories”

yeah ok..

“Dr Raford said the solutions they are working on are hypothetical, but the threats and end results are very real.”

they arent actually..they are made up..

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