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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Dartmouth's invincible football robot is good but probably capable of evil - SBNation.com

Dartmouth's invincible football robot is good but probably capable of evil - SBNation.com



Built by the Dartmouth engineering school, the "Mobile Virtual Player" -- MVP! Get it? -- is designed to allow players to practice tackling without actually tackling one another and risking concussion or other injuries. It provides a more dynamic solution than traditional dummies, which are stationary or track-bound and lack the artificial intelligence to convincingly imitate opposing football players or to wage war on humanity.

SB Nation on Twitter: "Dartmouth built a benevolent football robot, and hopefully it won't betray the human race: http://t.co/7zKmCndZlX http://t.co/9ta3AqBb59"

SB Nation on Twitter: "Dartmouth built a benevolent football robot, and hopefully it won't betray the human race: http://t.co/7zKmCndZlX http://t.co/9ta3AqBb59"

Christina H. Sommers on Twitter: "The #GamerGate meet-up in Melbourne just had a bomb threat. Bar owner laughed and hung up. #GGinMelb Bomb scare tips:http://t.co/WbQrrVhz8m"

Christina H. Sommers on Twitter: "The #GamerGate meet-up in Melbourne just had a bomb threat. Bar owner laughed and hung up. #GGinMelb Bomb scare tips:http://t.co/WbQrrVhz8m"





The Demonic Heiress | FanFiction

The Demonic Heiress | FanFiction

The Onion on Twitter: "Shoddy Chinese-Made Stock Market Collapses http://t.co/tivpIZ1HYx http://t.co/Il6Jfj10dr"

The Onion on Twitter: "Shoddy Chinese-Made Stock Market Collapses http://t.co/tivpIZ1HYx http://t.co/Il6Jfj10dr"



Friday, August 28, 2015

TV reporter, cameraman fatally shot during live broadcast - NY Daily News

TV reporter, cameraman fatally shot during live broadcast - NY Daily News



Tormented journalist Vester Lee Flanagan II emptied his gun into a 24-year-old ex-colleague and her cameraman from point-blank range Wednesday as a live audience watched the double homicide over morning coffee.






Monday, August 24, 2015

Ceres (mythology) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ceres (mythology) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



In ancient Roman religionCeres /ˈsɪərz/[1][2][3][4][5] (LatinCerēs [ˈkɛreːs]) was a goddess ofagriculturegrain crops, fertility and motherly relationships.[6] She was originally the central deity in Rome's so-called plebeian or Aventine Triad, then was paired with her daughter Proserpina in what Romans described as "the Greek rites of Ceres". Her seven-day April festival of Cerealia included the popular Ludi Ceriales (Ceres' games). She was also honoured in the May lustration of fields at the Ambarvalia festival, at harvest-time, and during Roman marriages and funeral rites.
Ceres is the only one of Rome's many agricultural deities to be listed among the Dii Consentes, Rome's equivalent to the Twelve Olympians of Greek mythology. The Romans saw her as the counterpart of the Greek goddess Demeter,although Triptolemus was the god of farming[7] whosemythology was reinterpreted for Ceres in Roman art and literature.[6]

Demon Magicians: Episode 4 – Reveal THIS – (Water to Wine, Street Magic, Levitation) | Max Resistance

Demon Magicians: Episode 4 – Reveal THIS – (Water to Wine, Street Magic, Levitation) | Max Resistance

Sunday, August 23, 2015

2,000 migrants rush past Macedonian police at Greece border - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

2,000 migrants rush past Macedonian police at Greece border - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk



About 2,000 migrants have rushed past baton-wielding police who were attempting to block them from entering Macedonia from Greece and several people were injured in the commotion.
The tumult started when police decided to allow a small group of migrants with young children to cross the frontier and crowds in the back squeezed them towards the shielded police wall.
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Many women, at least one pregnant, and children fell to the ground apparently fainting after squeezing past the cordon.
Then, thousands of others used the moment to run across a field not protected by barbed wire to enter Macedonia. Police fired stun grenades but did not manage to stop the rush.
There were no immediate reports of the number and extent of injuries. Several children also lost their parents in the chaos and were left shouting "mama, baba".
It was the second day of clashes between the migrants and Macedonian police who are attempting to block them from heading north towards the European Union.
On Friday, police fired stun grenades and clashed with the migrants who tried to rush over the border, a day after Macedonia's government declared a state of emergency on the frontier to stop the human tide. At least 10 people were injured in the melee.
Both Greece and Macedonia have seen an unprecedented wave of migrants this year, most fleeing wars in Syria, Afghanistan or Iraq.
More than 160,000 have arrived so far in Greece, mostly crossing in inflatable dinghies from the nearby Turkish coast - an influx that has overwhelmed Greek authorities and the country's small Aegean islands. Some 45,000 crossed through Macedonia over the past two months.
Few, if any, of the migrants want to remain in Greece, which is in the grip of a financial crisis.
Most head straight to the country's northern border with Macedonia, where they cram on to trains and head north through Serbia and Hungary on their way to the more prosperous EU countries such as Germany, the Netherlands or Sweden.

Ron Paul is wrong: Overthrowing Mossadegh wasn’t a mistake | The Daily Caller

Ron Paul is wrong: Overthrowing Mossadegh wasn’t a mistake | The Daily Caller



Presidential candidate Ron Paul has said repeatedly that Iranians hate America because of its role in the 1953 coup overthrowing Prime Minister Muhammad Mossadegh. Similarly, Paul frequently claims that the September 11th attacks were a response to a supposed decade-long U.S. bombing of Iraq. In fact, about the only bombing of Iraq done by the United States in the last 20 years was for two weeks at the start of the 2003 war and one time in retaliation against an assassination plot against former President George H.W. Bush.
But people know far less about the 1953 case, though it has long been a source of complaint by left-wing critics of U.S. foreign policy. I was the first scholar to see the U.S. government records for the crisis when writing my book, “Paved with Good Intentions: The American Experience and Iran,” in 1979. Here is a brief summary of the key points.
First, the pressure for the coup came from the British, whose oil company Mossadegh wanted to nationalize. The Truman administration, which ended in January 1953, opposed American involvement. However, the situation worsened and the Eisenhower administration changed U.S. policy on the issue.
Mossadegh was an extremely unstable person and leader. He was clearly losing control of the country and the Communist Party, which backed him, was gaining power steadily. A close examination of the documents shows that whether it was correct or not, U.S. fear of a Communist takeover of Iran was based on serious evidence. This was the midst of the Cold War and the U.S.S.R. was Iran’s northern neighbor. The Soviets occupied northern Iran from 1941 to 1946 to secure the country’s oil during World War II, set up puppet regimes inside the country and only withdrew under intensive U.S. pressure.
On balance, and after long consideration, I think the coup was a proper move for U.S. policy.
What is especially interesting in retrospect is that among the supporters of the move were the Iranian Muslim clerics, including Ayatollah Kashani, the man who would be something of a role model for Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. It is ironic for Islamists to complain about a U.S. policy which they backed and even participated in at the time.
Second, in legalistic terms the U.S. argument was that this was actually a “counter-coup” because the Shah had the right to dismiss Mossadegh. The regime — as opposed to a particular prime minister — was not being overthrown by a coup but rather it was being saved from a coup by Mossadegh. This case is not rock-solid but has some standing. The situation was not like a Latin American military overthrowing a democratic government.
But perhaps the most important point for today is the third one: the Shah ruled for a quarter-century and basically did about as good a job as anyone was going to do there. He was a dictator, the regime had a high level of corruption and the secret police used torture. Yet in many ways the succeeding regime has been even worse.


Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/01/27/ron-paul-is-wrong-overthrowing-mossadegh-wasnt-a-mistake/#ixzz3jdaB5D00





UPDATE 2-Britain reopens embassy in Iran ransacked in 2011 | Reuters

UPDATE 2-Britain reopens embassy in Iran ransacked in 2011 | Reuters



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