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1  Other / Politics & Society / UFO flies from North Korea over border with South on: May 24, 2017, 12:31:38 AM
South Korea's military fired warning shots after it spotted an unidentified object flying from North Korea across the Demilitarized Zone that divides the two countries, according to the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The object, which the South Korean military said was no longer visible, was spotted two days after Pyongyang test-fired a ballistic missile -- its second missile test in seven days.
It's not the first time South Korea has reacted to an object sent across its border.

The South responded with machine-gun fire after an unidentified North Korean aircraft crossed the DMZ early last year. It "immediately went towards the North," a South Korean official said at the time.
North Korea is believed to have a fleet of more than 1,300 fighter jets, as well as an unspecified number of its own unmanned aerial vehicles, according to a 2015 report to Congress from the US Department of Defense.
Two suspected North Korean drones were found in South Korea in 2014, one on the island of Baengnyeong and another in the city of Paju, close to the border.
2  Other / Politics & Society / Sir Roger Moore, James Bond actor, is no more on: May 23, 2017, 02:52:46 PM

Sir Roger Moore, the actor who played James Bond in seven 007 films, has died at 89.

His children, Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian, released a statement on Twitter saying that Moore passed away Tuesday in Switzerland after a "short but brave battle with cancer."

Moore's children tweeted the statement saying, "We are all devastated."

"The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified in words alone," they said in the statement. "We know our own love and admiration will be magnified many times over, across the world, by people who knew him for his films, his television shows and his passionate work for Unicef, which he considered to be his greatest achievement." Moore was a UNICEF ambassador.

Moore started his Bond career in 1973's "Live and Let Die," and he starred in some of the franchise's most famous films, like "Octopussy" and "The Spy Who Loved Me." Moore's last movie as the intelligence agent was "A View to Kill" in 1985. Before his Bond roles, Moore starred in TV shows "The Persuaders!" and "The Saint."

Moore's career was still active; he voiced several upcoming projects like children's movie "Troll Hunters."
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/sir-roger-moore-james-bond-actor-is-dead-at-89/
3  Other / Politics & Society / Can the pope save Trump? on: May 22, 2017, 01:24:17 PM
If anyone ever needed a conversion experience — and fast — it is President Trump. The issue here is not switching religions. What he could use is an honest examination of his conscience, his attitude toward himself and others, and his approach to what it means to be a leader.

Even to suggest such a possibility seems absurd, more an inspiration for a “Saturday Night Live” sketch than a serious prospect. Moving an incorrigible narcissist toward self-criticism is as likely as changing the course of a river or the trajectory of the Earth’s rotation around the sun.

But some people believe in miracles. One of them is Pope Francis, with whom Trump will be meeting on Wednesday. Might this compassionate Jesuit who preaches a God of mercy and the power of humility abandon his diplomatic role to engage in a pastoral intervention with a man whose soul (like all of our souls) could use some saving?

We’re unlikely to know if the pope even tries. Communiques on papal meetings with heads of state are usually opaque. At worst, the encounter may be blandly described as “a full and frank exchange.” The Vatican knows that a lot of American Catholics voted for Trump, and the Catholic Church hasn’t survived all these centuries by ignoring realpolitik.

Those of us who are critics of the president are hoping for something more: a stern talking-to from a religious leader who stands passionately on the opposite side of Trump on so many questions.

Francis, after all, has explicitly condemned “trickle-down” economics as a system that “has never been confirmed by the facts” and “expresses a crude and naive trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power.” Capitalism, as he sees it, “tends to devour everything which stands in the way of increased profits.” He added that “whatever is fragile, like the environment, is defenseless before the interests of a deified market.”

The pope wrote an encyclical stating emphatically that a “very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system,” that “things are now reaching a breaking point” and that greenhouse gases are “released mainly as a result of human activity.” To protect the planet, Francis called for “changes of lifestyle, production and consumption.”

The president and the pope have already tangled on immigration. During the 2016 campaign, the pope labeled Trump’s Mexican wall “not Christian,” comments Trump called “disgraceful.” The contrast between the two men on immigrants and refugees could not be starker. “We must make our immigrant brothers and sisters feel that they are citizens, that they are like us, children of God,” Francis has said, pleading for compassion toward “the stranger in our midst.”

It’s hard to imagine Francis remaining silent on these questions when he talks with Trump. But the pope also believes in our capacity to transform ourselves and in an Almighty willing to forgive our sins. So he might well take on one of the toughest counseling jobs of his life by urging Trump to consider the value of thinking beyond the self.

Was the pope preparing for this moment in a surprise talk he filmed for the TED2017 conference late last month? “Please, allow me to say it loud and clear,” he declared. “The more powerful you are, the more your actions will have an impact on people, the more responsible you are to act humbly. If you don’t, your power will ruin you, and you will ruin the other.

“There is a saying in Argentina,” Francis continued. “’Power is like drinking gin on an empty stomach.’ You feel dizzy, you get drunk, you lose your balance, and you will end up hurting yourself and those around you.” I hope Francis conveys something like that to our president. Trump could profit from it right now.

Trump enjoys mocking “losers,” so he might pay heed to Francis’s injunction that when the fortunate encounter those who are not, they should ask themselves, “Why them and not me?” Francis’s answer was different from the one Trump would likely give. “I could have very well ended up among today’s ‘discarded’ people,” the pope said.

Trump has recently been portrayed as being in a dark and sour mood, and the disclosures over the past few days could hardly have improved his disposition. This just might make him open to a pastor who teaches: “We must regain the conviction that we need one another, that we have a shared responsibility for others and the world, and that being good and decent are worth it.”

Mr. President, what do you have to lose?
4  Other / Politics & Society / How much damage could North Korea unleash even without nuclear weapons? on: May 20, 2017, 11:59:50 AM
There's been a lot of focus on North Korea's nuclear ambitions, and specifically, its hopes of developing a missile that could deliver a nuclear strike on the United States.

But what can be lost in the discussion of the country's recent missile tests is the vast military capabilities the country already has.

This morning, US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said any military solution to the North Korea crisis would be "tragic on an unbelievable scale".

This is why a diplomatic solution is widely seen as the only solution.
What do we know about North Korea's military?

Nick Bisley, executive director of La Trobe Asia and editor-in-chief of the Australian Journal of International Affairs, says the military is the second most important institution in North Korea behind the Kim dynasty.
"The whole economy and the purpose of the state is organised around ensuring that the military has vast capacity," he said.

So despite North Korea having an estimated population of about 25 million — not much more than Australia — it has the second biggest military in Asia behind China.

Professor Bisley says its active military probably has about 1.2 million service people, and that two thirds of its army is situated within a few dozen kilometres of the demilitarised zone (DMZ).

In other words, they're right on the doorstep of South Korea and its capital Seoul. And they're pointing a gun right at it.
What could they do to the South?

North Korea has vast artillery capabilities that are targeted on Seoul, which has a population of 10 million and is less than an hour's drive from the DMZ.

"If you Google some of the North Korean propaganda videos of their live fire exercises, you can see the scale," Professor Bisley said.

To put it bluntly:

    "They've got the ability to destroy Seoul fairly quickly."

That's despite the fact that we're not talking about the most advanced weaponry.

"It's a slightly antiquated military. This is not cutting-edge war fighting kit," Professor Bisley said.

Nevertheless, many observers believe the artillery fire that North Korea could unleash would be so high intensity that it would have the devastation effect of a kind of nuclear attack, minus the radiation.

As well, Professor Bisley says there's no question North Korean soldiers could get across the DMZ.

"There's vast tunnel networks that would allow the North to get into the South," he said.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-20/what-can-north-korea-already-do-without-nuclear-weapons/8543532

5  Other / Politics & Society / Erdogan Goons Were Told To ‘Attack’ Protesters on: May 19, 2017, 06:28:17 PM
Audiovisual analysis of footage recorded at the Turkish embassy on Tuesday sheds light on the verbal commands given by Turkey’s president prior to his bodyguards’ attack on a group of Kurdish protesters.

A professional sound editor named Salih Ferad conducted the analysis on behalf of The Daily Caller.

Using noise reduction and volume enhancement techniques, Ferad determined that Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s security detail shouted out the phrases “he says attack” and “come, come, come” as they charged the protesters.

The battle cries came just after Erdogan appeared to relay orders to his personal bodyguard while sitting in the back of a black Mercedes Benz outside of the embassy.


http://dailycaller.com/2017/05/18/audio-analysis-erdogan-goons-were-told-to-attack-protesters-video/
6  Other / Politics & Society / Princess is giving up her royal status ,for love. on: May 18, 2017, 02:48:03 AM
Japan's Princess Mako is giving up her royal status -- all in the name of love.
The groom-to-be is a prince himself ... of sorts.
The Imperial Household tells CNN plans are underway for the 25-year-old princess, granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, to become engaged to Kei Komuro, also 25, a law firm worker and graduate student who once starred in a tourism campaign as "Prince of the Sea."

The couple met five years ago as students at the International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan's national broadcaster NHK reported.
It was while in university that Komuro played the "Prince of the Sea" in a beach tourism campaign for the city of Fujisawa, south of Tokyo.


http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/17/asia/japan-princess-mako-getting-married/index.html
7  Other / Politics & Society / Dinosaur asteroid hit 'worst possible place' on: May 17, 2017, 02:39:43 AM
Scientists who drilled into the impact crater associated with the demise of the dinosaurs summarise their findings so far in a BBC Two documentary on Monday.

The researchers recovered rocks from under the Gulf of Mexico that were hit by an asteroid 66 million years ago.

The nature of this material records the details of the event.

It is becoming clear that the 15km-wide asteroid could not have hit a worse place on Earth.
The shallow sea covering the target site meant colossal volumes of sulphur (from the mineral gypsum) were injected into the atmosphere, extending the "global winter" period that followed the immediate firestorm.

Had the asteroid struck a different location, the outcome might have been very different.

"This is where we get to the great irony of the story – because in the end it wasn’t the size of the asteroid, the scale of blast, or even its global reach that made dinosaurs extinct – it was where the impact happened," said Ben Garrod, who presents The Day The Dinosaurs Died with Alice Roberts.
Image copyright BARCROFT PRODUCTIONS/BBC
Image caption The fractured rocks were subjected to immense pressures

"Had the asteroid struck a few moments earlier or later, rather than hitting shallow coastal waters it might have hit deep ocean.

"An impact in the nearby Atlantic or Pacific oceans would have meant much less vaporised rock – including the deadly gypsum. The cloud would have been less dense and sunlight could still have reached the planet’s surface, meaning what happened next might have been avoided.

"In this cold, dark world food ran out of the oceans within a week and shortly after on land. With nothing to eat anywhere on the planet, the mighty dinosaurs stood little chance of survival."
 

Ben Garrod spent time on the drill rig that was stationed 30km off Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula in April/May last year, to better understand the aims of the project; Alice Roberts visited widely separated fossil beds in the Americas, to get a sense of how life was upended by the impact.

Rock cores from up to 1,300m beneath the Gulf were recovered.

The lowest sections of this material come from a feature within the crater called the peak ring.

This is made from rock that has been heavily fractured and altered by immense pressures.

By analysing its properties, the drill project team - led by Profs Jo Morgan and Sean Gulick - hope to reconstruct how the impact proceeded and the environmental changes it brought about.


http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39922998
8  Other / Politics & Society / Trump revealed highly classified information to Russia on: May 16, 2017, 12:12:57 AM
President Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said Trump’s disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.

The information the president relayed had been provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government, officials said.

The partner had not given the United States permission to share the material with Russia, and officials said Trump’s decision to do so endangers cooperation from an ally that has access to the inner workings of the Islamic State. After Trump’s meeting, senior White House officials took steps to contain the damage, placing calls to the CIA and the National Security Agency.




https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-revealed-highly-classified-information-to-russian-foreign-minister-and-ambassador/2017/05/15/530c172a-3960-11e7-9e48-c4f199710b69_story.html?utm_term=.d98b8a87db2f
9  Other / Politics & Society / When you grow up, you will blow yourself up’ on: May 11, 2017, 12:47:30 AM
When you grow up, you will blow yourself up’: Iraqi boys tell harrowing tale of ISIL captivity, training

They made the captive children, malnourished and weak from hunger, fight over a single tomato. Then the Islamic State group militants told them, “In paradise, you’ll be able to eat whatever you want. But first you have to get to paradise, and you do that by blowing yourself up.”

The lesson was part of the indoctrination inflicted by the militants on boys from Iraq’s Yazidi religious minority after the extremist group overran the community’s towns and villages in northern Iraq. The group forced hundreds of boys, some as young as seven or eight, into training to become fighters and suicide bombers, infusing them with its murderous ideology.

Now boys who escaped captivity are struggling to regain some normalcy, living in camps for the displaced along with what is left of their families. After surviving beatings, watching horrific atrocities, being held for months or years apart from their parents, losing loved ones and narrowly escaping death themselves, they are plagued by nightmares, anxiety and outbursts of violence.

“Even here I’m still very afraid,” said 17-year-old Ahmed Ameen Koro, who spoke to The Associated Press in the sprawling Esyan Camp in northern Iraq, where he now lives with his mother, sister and a brother, the only surviving members of his family. “I can’t sleep properly because I see them in my dreams.”

https://www.rt.com/news/387872-stories-of-boys-who-fled-isis/
10  Other / Politics & Society / Pair of glasses left on US gallery floor mistaken for art on: May 10, 2017, 12:14:05 PM
Old News-but funny one


Teenager leaves spectacles on floor of San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art as a prank, leading some to think they were an exhibit



The feeling of slight dissatisfaction that can come with visiting a modern art gallery is a universal one, best articulated as “I could have done that”.

A pair of US teenagers have beaten artists at their own game, pulling off a successful prank at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art earlier this week.

While Kevin Nguyen, 16, and TJ Khayatan, 17, were impressed with much of the art on display on their visit on Saturday, they questioned the artistic merits of some exhibits.

Could they do better?

Khayatan put Nguyen’s glasses on the floor below an official-looking piece of paper to see how it would be received by gallery-goers.

The work seemed to hit a chord with the public, striking in its simplicity, yet – probably – a challenging commentary on the limits of individual perception
11  Other / Politics & Society / Is Google replacing Android with a new OS? on: May 09, 2017, 11:12:55 AM
Fuchsia, the mysterious new operating system from Google, has taken another step forward, lifting the veil on its user interface.

Screenshots have surfaced showing Fuchsia's UI so far, giving users and programmers alike their first real glance at Google's new OS, as reported by Ars Technica.

Unlike Chrome OS and Android, which are built on Linux kernel, Fuchsia is based on a Google-made microkernel called Magenta. According to Google programmers, Magenta's focus is on "modern phones and modern personal computers with fast processors."

Though it's currently just speculation, it's possible that Fuchsia could be the beginning of a new software standard for Google-made products. The search giant is rumored to be trimming the edges on its operating systems, as seen by it bridging some apps between Android and Chrome OS last year.






http://www.techradar.com/news/heres-what-the-os-that-could-replace-android-and-chrome-looks-like
12  Other / Politics & Society / Microsoft 'Confirms' Plans For Its New Surface Phone on: May 09, 2017, 12:29:58 AM

Once more Microsoft is teasing its new Surface Phone hardware. Previously CEO Satya Nadella declared that 2017 would see Microsoft launch the ultimate mobile device: “We will continue to be in the phone market not as defined by today’s market leaders, but by what it is that we can uniquely do in what is the most ultimate mobile device."

This week saw Nadella talk to Molly Wood about a range of topics (including Visas, the push into the education market, and data privacy). He also address mobile devices with another bold statement: “…when you say we’ll make more phones, I’m sure we’ll make more phones, but they will not look like phones that are there today.”







https://www.forbes.com/sites/ewanspence/2017/05/07/microsoft-surface-phone-confirmed-satya-nadella/#67ac4381268f
13  Economy / Speculation / Bitcoin hits $1,600 and one investor says it could rally to $4,000 in few months on: May 08, 2017, 05:39:02 PM
Bitcoin is "fully valued" and could see a pullback in the short term after hitting $1,600 for the first time on Monday, according to one investor, but the price could go as high as $4,000 over the next 14 months.

The cryptocurrency has been on an upward move since April and was trading around $1,575.52 by early afternoon trading in London after hitting an all-time high $1,601.05 during morning trade, according to the Coindesk bitcoin price index.

In the last 30 days, bitcoin has risen over 33 percent




http://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/08/bitcoin-price-hits-record-high-and-4000-is-ahead-investor-says.html
14  Other / Politics & Society / ‘Merciful’ Church Forgives HIV-Infected Catholic Priest Who Raped 30 Children on: May 08, 2017, 05:25:06 PM
A Catholic priest infected with HIV raped 30 girl children aged between 5 and 10, and has been acquitted by the church after he admitted to the heinous crime.

Jose Garcia Ataulfo, was cleared of any wrong-doing and won't face any criminal charges. This decision comes in the light of an announcement by Pope Francis that the church would aim to be “more merciful” by reducing penalties for paedophile priests. Just how will they do this? Relocate them to a different church in order to offer them support rather than punishing them.

In this case, the Vatican even declared that "the matter is closed" when the mother of one of the victims sought an audience with the Pope in Rome to discuss the case. Only two out of the 30 rape victims have come forward to denounce the acquittal.





https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/1839134/catholic-church-acquits-hiv-positive-priest-who-admitted-raping-30-young-mexican-girls-and-cops-are-refusing-to-investigate/
15  Other / Politics & Society / UAE plans to drag an ICEBERG from Antarctica to provide drinking water on: May 06, 2017, 02:44:48 AM
UAE plans to drag an ICEBERG from Antarctica to provide drinking water for millions

    The UAE is at serious risk of droughts over the next 25 years due to its climate
    One iceberg could provide enough for one million people over five years
    An eco-firm plans to tow them around 5,500 miles (8,800 km) to harvest water


https://twitter.com/i/moments/860507911692451840


16  Economy / Reputation / My skype account hacked on: April 25, 2017, 11:12:48 AM
I think my skype account may have been hacked
Pls confirm me in through PM before dealing
17  Economy / Scam Accusations / Community Alert:Scammer and Multi @gigitrix on: April 11, 2017, 11:45:43 AM
Here are some of the multis of user @gigitrix - profile link: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=3276
The purpose of these accounts is for vouching across each others services/threads and trust farming
I have asked @gigitrix and his multis to stop fake vouches and prove that the transaction has been really done, if they are not fake vouches
But none of them replied and in turn @gigitrix (and from his multi accounts) gave me negative trusts and starting spamming all my threads (calling me scammer and swearing me )

@svennand https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=84865
@Bombadil https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=266045
@j_rafa  https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=707396
@vpn1.biz https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=523833
@cordan https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=805088

(LOL..@cordan  account is solely created for giving trust.The life of the account is less than 1 hr and zero posts  http://archive.is/7zCZ7    https://i.imgur.com/YewfXDW.png )

I request mods to check the IPs of all his Multis and also the PMs if they have ever even contacted for doing transactions and pls take necessary actions against the user

18  Local / Marketplace (India) / Hiring Indian Resident on: March 30, 2017, 04:07:48 PM
For completing few tasks
Will pay per task (offline/online)

PM me ,if you want to know more info.May not reply for the posts
19  Economy / Currency exchange / [H]$4 btc [N]$4 PP on: March 13, 2017, 01:47:14 PM
Looking for a quick exchange of $4 btc to $4 pp

Only trusted members
Should be sent as friends ans family payment from verified paypal
Will go first with legendary or higher
20  Economy / Digital goods / BUYING Amazon Gift Cards on: March 02, 2017, 03:46:58 PM
Buying amazon.com gift cards
Pls contact me with your rate

Thanks
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