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  1. McLuhan says:

    “One in 10 Americans who find their stories on social media thinks Facebook is a news outlet” https://qz.com/906867/this-isnt-fake-news-one-in-10-americans-who-find-their-stories-on-social-media-thinks-facebook-fb-is-a-news-outlet-a-pew-study-finds/ p/s: “Millions of Facebook users have no idea they’re using the internet” https://qz.com/333313/milliions-of-facebook-users-have-no-idea-theyre-using-the-internet/ …because it’s often the only accessible application.

  2. Hope says:

    Wind Overtakes Coal Power in Europe as Turbines Head Offshore http://gcaptain.com/wind-overtakes-coal-power-in-europe-as-turbines-head-offshore/
    China’s development of offshore wind farms could be set to accelerate, supported by favorable government-backed pricing and increased investment. http://gcaptain.com/china-can-expect-surge-offshore-wind-farms-goldwind-says/ Also a plunge in the cost of offshore wind farms is fueling a debate about whether the U.K. government should back that technology or nuclear reactors to ensure cleaner electricity supplies in the next few decades.

  3. To Serve Man says:

    “Elon Musk: Humans must merge with machines or become irrelevant in AI age” http://www.cnbc.com/2017/02/13/elon-musk-humans-merge-machines-cyborg-artificial-intelligence-robots.html …computers can communicate at “a trillion bits per second”, while meatbags, whose main communication method is typing with their fingers via a mobile device, can do about 10 bits per second. In an age when AI threatens to become widespread, humans would be useless, so there’s a need to merge with machines, according to Musk.
    “Some high bandwidth interface to the brain will be something that helps achieve a symbiosis between human and machine intelligence and maybe solves the control problem and the usefulness problem,” Musk explained.

  4. Bilagáana says:

    Thanks to low natural gas prices the Navajo Generation Station in Northern Arizona—one of the biggest polluters in the West—will shut down about 25 years ahead of schedule, with big economic and environmental implications. http://www.hcn.org/articles/the-wests-coal-giant-is-going-down Economics, not the so-called war on coal or federal environmental protections, is the primary factor shutting down the plant. Currently the Central Arizona Project pays about 15 percent more for electricity from the power plant — of which it is part owner — than it would if it bought power wholesale from other sources. See details in article.

  5. Luis Pardo says:

    > “Canadian glaciers now major contributor to sea level change, UCI study shows : Nine times more ice is melting annually due to warmer temperatures” (University of California – Irvine) https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-02/uoc–cgn021417.php
    > “NASA study identifies new pathway for Greenland meltwater to reach ocean” (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-02/nsfc-nsi021517.php
    > “Climate Diaries: Tracking “irreversible” ice flows in Antarctica” (CBS News) http://www.cbsnews.com/news/climate-diaries-tracking-irreversible-ice-flows-in-antarctica/ See also “Penguins quickly disappearing from Antarctica due to climate change” http://www.cbsnews.com/news/climate-diaries-antarctica-penguin-population-decline-palmer-station/
    > “What Happens When That Enormous Antarctic Ice Shelf Finally Breaks?” http://gizmodo.com/what-happens-when-that-enormous-antarctic-ice-shelf-fin-1792186478 (includes time-lapse of the growing rift in the Larsen C ice shelf captured by ESA’s Sentinel-1 satellite and a composite satellite photo showing the historic ice extent prior to calving events on the Antarctic Peninsula)

  6. Press release says:

    Particles from outer space are wreaking low-grade havoc on personal electronics (Vanderbilt University) https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-02/vu-pfo021517.php “This is a really big problem, but it is mostly invisible to the public,” said Bharat Bhuva, professor of electrical engineering at Vanderbilt University, in a presentation on Friday, Feb. 17 at a session titled “Cloudy with a Chance of Solar Flares: Quantifying the Risk of Space Weather” at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Boston.

  7. Allez-oop says:

    Drug Smugglers Use Catapult To Launch Pounds Of Marijuana Over Mexico Border Fence : Border Patrol agents found $23,500 worth of marijuana but agency is not sure for how long the catapult was operational. http://all-that-is-interesting.com/drug-smugglers-catapult
    A Candid Conversation with Don Winslow About the NYPD, El Chapo, and Why the Wall Won’t Work http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/news/a53156/don-winslow-the-force-interview/
    DEA Removes Marijuana Misinformation from Website After Months of Public, Legal Pressure http://www.thedailychronic.net/2017/69551/dea-removes-marijuana-misinformation-from-website-after-months-of-public-legal-pressure/
    Idaho surrounded by marijuana : Governor urges President Trump to use the full power of the federal government against neighboring states that have legalized marijuana. http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/letters-from-the-west/article133079199.html

  8. Pescadero says:

    “The Sunken Billions Revisited”, an update on a 2009 World Bank study, shows that reducing the global fishing effort would allow fish stocks to recover from over exploitation and lead to increases in the weight, value and price of fish landed, boosting the profitability of the fisheries sector from an estimated $3 billion a year to $86 billion. It would also lead to more fish being caught and landed, because stocks would have recovered to healthier levels, thus helping meet growing global demand for seafood and improving food security in many countries around the world. http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2017/02/14/giving-oceans-a-break-could-generate-83-billion-in-additional-benefits-for-fisheries “This study confirms what we have seen in different country contexts: Giving the oceans a break pays off,” said Laura Tuck, World Bank Vice President for Sustainable Development. “Moving toward more sustainable fisheries management, through approaches that are tailored to local conditions, can yield significant benefits for food security, poverty reduction and long-term growth.”

  9. Funhouse says:

    “Facebook Plans to Rewire Your Life. Be Afraid.” (Bloomberg) https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-02-17/mark-zuckerberg-s-manifesto-for-facebook-offers-a-social-dystopia
    “Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s manifesto, penned clearly in response to accusations leveled at the social network in the wake of the bitter U.S. election campaign, is a scary, dystopian document. It shows that Facebook — launched, in Zuckerberg’s own words five years ago, to “extend people’s capacity to build and maintain relationships” — is turning into something of an extraterritorial state run by a small, unelected government that relies extensively on privately held algorithms for social engineering.”
    See also “Building Global Community” by Mark Zuckerberg (2/16/17) https://www.facebook.com/notes/mark-zuckerberg/building-global-community/10154544292806634

  10. Wallsears says:

    Banned In Germany: Kids’ Doll Is Labeled An Espionage Device http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/02/17/515775874/banned-in-germany-kids-doll-is-labeled-an-espionage-device Much of what the German agency says echoes the concerns of privacy and consumer advocates in the U.S., who filed a complaint against Cayla during the recent Christmas shopping season. They criticized the scope of what the Internet-connected toy captures, as well as the vulnerabilities it poses for users who link the doll with their smartphones via an unsecured Bluetooth pairing.

  11. Next says:

    Some bombshells might drop on Scott Pruitt next week. The Senate confirmed him anyway. https://newrepublic.com/minutes/140741/bombshells-might-drop-scott-pruitt-next-week-senate-confirmed-anyway Democrats and environmentalists have put up a stink over thousands of unreleased emails between newly-confirmed EPA administrator Scott Pruitt and fossil fuel interests. Pruitt was ordered by a judge on Thursday to release those emails, which were requested two years ago by a progressive watchdog group under a Public Records Act request.

  12. Cue the Theremin says:

    “Microbes that are over tens of thousands of years old, but still previously unknown to science, have been found in the unique environment of the Naica crystal caves in Mexico. These microorganisms were lying dormant for all that time, and yet, scientists were able to revive them, it was revealed Friday at the ongoing annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).” http://www.ibtimes.com/cave-crystals-naica-mexico-home-long-dormant-life-form-not-known-science-2494400

  13. Babble study says:

    “Fake news” was top of the agenda at a security summit in Munich today, as officials from Russia and NATO countries traded accusations of spreading disinformation. Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov told the assembled leaders that Russia sought a “post-fake era” and a “post-West world order.” Leaders in attendance included German chancellor Angela Merkel and US vice president Mike Pence. https://qz.com/914603/russias-call-for-a-post-fake-era-at-the-munich-security-conference-sounds-like-fake-news-as-other-countries-warn-of-a-propaganda-blitz/

  14. Tweety says:

    “John McCain is increasingly mad as hell about President Trump. And on Friday, he went after Trump — hard.
    During a speech at the Munich Security Conference in Germany, the Republican senator from Arizona delivered a pointed and striking point-by-point takedown of Trump’s worldview and brand of nationalism. McCain didn’t mention Trump’s name once, but he didn’t have to.
    And even considering the two men’s up-and-down history and the terrible things Trump has said about McCain, it was a striking display from a senior leader of a party when it comes to a president of the same party.
    In his speech, McCain suggested the Western world is uniquely imperiled this year — even more so than when Barack Obama was president — and proceeded to question whether it will even survive.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/02/17/john-mccain-just-systematically-dismantled-donald-trumps-entire-worldview/

  15. Cassandra says:

    “Bill Gates: A new kind of terrorism could wipe out 30 million people in less than a year — and we are not prepared” http://www.businessinsider.com/bill-gates-op-ed-bio-terrorism-epidemic-world-threat-2017-2 “Whether it occurs by a quirk of nature or at the hand of a terrorist, epidemiologists say a fast-moving airborne pathogen could kill more than 30 million people in less than a year. And they say there is a reasonable probability the world will experience such an outbreak in the next 10-15 years.”

    • Forgettaboutit says:

      “At a resurrected climate conference, concerns loom that CDC scientists may be silenced” https://www.statnews.com/2017/02/16/climate-conference-cdc-scientists/ After the CDC canceled its summit in late December, speculation had swirled about whether CDC staffers would be allowed to participate or attend the resurrected meeting. CDC spokesman Bernadette Burden told STAT the agency did not “provide direction to employees about attending the meeting. Some CDC staff may have decided to take personal leave to attend.”

  16. Press release says:

    The House Homeland Security Committee has released its February 2017 Terror Threat Snapshot, which details terrorism events and trends in January 2017. The snapshot is a monthly committee assessment of the threat America, the West, and the world face from ISIS and other Islamist terrorists. The document is produced by the Majority Staff of the committee. It is based on information culled from open source materials, including media reports, publicly available government statements, and nongovernmental assessments. https://homeland.house.gov/press/chairman-mccaul-releases-february-terror-threat-snapshot-2/ “February 2017 Terror Threat Snapshot” @ https://homeland.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Terror-Threat-Snapshot-February-2017.pdf

  17. 4sale says:

    A Democrat on the Federal Election Commission is quitting her term early because of the gridlock that has gripped the panel, offering President Trump an unexpected chance to shape political spending rules. The commissioner, Ann M. Ravel, said during an interview that she would send Mr. Trump her letter of resignation this week. She pointed to a series of deadlocked votes between the panel’s three Democrats and three Republicans that she said left her little hope the group would ever be able to rein in campaign finance abuses. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/19/us/politics/fec-elections-ann-ravel-campaign-finance.html The outcome could have a major impact on a commission long derided for inaction, even as record amounts of money have poured into campaigns. Spending during last year’s presidential and congressional races exceeded $6.9 billion, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics, as “super PACs” and other outside groups spent freely as a result of the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision.

  18. Santayana says:

    This Sunday, Feb 19, is the 75th anniversary of the Day of Remembrance, marking the authorization of Executive Order 9066 in 1942. The order—which set in motion a mass internment of Japanese Americans—was signed and justified in the name of national security. The order wreaked havoc in the Japanese American community, eventually leading to the incarceration of more than 120,000 citizens in our country. https://qz.com/914272/executive-order-9066-the-75th-year-anniversary-of-americas-japanese-internment-echoes-muslim-ban/

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