Black Horses Matter: The murder of a piece of Americana

Black Horses Matter: The murder of a piece of Americana

 

 

 

They have been rounded up from across from across the country and forced into tiny ghettos by a handful of rich white elitist men who control retail industry. In the close quarters of their cramped confines their, once-proud, brown and black bodies glisten in the sweltering heat. The used to be free but now they are slaves because the rich and powerful found them to be “inconvenient” and “too hard too manage”. These white rancher oligarchs have now paid the Senators to have this great and proud race ALL KILLED. Now the Government has agreed that the authorized murders of 45,000 of them shall begin using U.S. taxpayer resources to wipe out all of these “citizens” who happened to have been here longer than most of the U.S. Congress.

 

 

Are we talking about Black American’s? In this case we are talking about Equestrian Americans.

 

 

Animal lovers are appalled by a recent suggestion from a federal advisory committee.

 

According to The Verge, the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently recommended that 45,000 wild horses and burros be sold and/or killed by a range management group currently holding the animals in government-run holding facilities.

 

To prevent them from overgrazing, these wild horses and burros were initially rounded up off the western rangeland owned by the government and used by beef farms. For years, the government has been removing the animals from their natural habitat and putting them into facilities where they can be adopted out.

 

This grim new measure, which would be partially paid for with tax dollars, was proposed after the committee decided it is too expensive to care for the horses and maintain over-crowded facilities, reports The Dodo.

 

This adds more fuel to a fiery debate about whether the government should allow the land to be used for for-profit cattle raising and, in turn, permit wild animals to be removed from that land for the benefit of beef farms.

 

The BLM spent nearly half the program’s entire budget, $49 million, caring for the wild horses and burros it took off the land. Many critics of the BLM are angry with how the agency has chosen to handle the problem of overgrazing, stating that the program should look into birth control options for the wild animals instead of capturing and/or killing them.

 

Unfortunately this isn’t the first time the BLM has been connected to the murder of wild horses. Last October, the agency sold 2,000 of the federally-protected animals to a buyer who planned to slaughter the horses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Donald Trump Campaign Sites Attacked By Rent-A-Storm Sites in Ukraine..but who is paying them?

Meet DDoSaaS: Distributed Denial of Service-as-a-Service

Cracking the grey market in rent-a-borkers that Hillary campaigners use to take out Trump websites and news stories

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Analysis It’s not often an entirely new and thriving sector of the “digital economy” – one hitherto unmentioned by the popular press – floats to the surface of the lake in broad daylight, waving a tentacle at us.

This is the DDoS-for-hire industry, and it’s fascinating for a few reasons. This shady marketplace has done everything a legitimate “digital” business should do.

Hitherto, what are euphemistically called “booter” services have been pretty obscure. But if anything deserves an as-a-service “-aaS” (“software as a service, SaaS; platform as a service, PaaS) created in its honour, it’s the ‘DDoSaaS’ or perhaps ‘DoSaaS’ industry: Denial-of-service-as-a-service.

We now know much more about the marketplace because its leading business, vDOS, was hacked this year, and security expert Brian Krebs has been joining the dots. Krebs has documented the DaaS business for some years, a thankless job resulting in regular attacks on Krebs’ own website. The key business and technical architects also helpfully described it in an academic paper.

Two Israelis allegedly behind vDOS, both 18, were arrested after an FBI investigation. The site had been operating for four years. vDOS offered four retail tiers: from a $19.99 “bronze” plan to a $199/month “VIP plan”. Just as blogs and social media “democratised” the media, by making the tools of production and distribution cheap and readily available, so too did booter services.

To take a site you didn’t like offline you used to have to have a network of contacts and great technical expertise. But the booter services put a DDoS attack into anyone’s hands, and all it took was a quick retail transaction -as low as $20. Booter services were the Uber of DDoS. How’s that for disruption?

“To say that vDOS has been responsible for a majority of the DDoS attacks clogging up the Internet over the past few years would be an understatement. The various subscription packages to the service are sold based in part on how many seconds the denial-of-service attack will last,” Krebs noted, adding:

And in just four months between April and July 2016, vDOS was responsible for launching more than 277 million seconds of attack time, or approximately 8.81 years worth of attack traffic.

Like many “booter” services, vDOS had been hiding behind CloudFlare’s CDN. The CloudFlare CDN acts as a cloaking service, and has been criticised for keeping pro-ISIS sites online. CloudFlare has also been under fire for doxing; a sample of CloudFlare’s clients can be found here.)

In a January post entitled Spreading the disease and selling the cure, Krebs observed: “The booter services are proliferating thanks mainly to free services offered by CloudFlare, a content distribution network that offers gratis DDoS protection for virtually all of the booter services currently online.”

As well as providing protection for the DoS [denial of service] industry, CloudFlare operates a DoS-protection service for clients worried about DoS attacks. Krebs added: “If CloudFlare adopted a policy of not enabling booter services, it could eliminate a huge conflict of interest for the company and – more importantly – help eradicate the booter industry.”

CloudFlare says it responds to individual law enforcement requests and will not proactively police its network for DDoS-ers.

What made vDOS particularly interesting was that it operated in both “retail” and “wholesale” markets. “PoodleStresser, as well as a large number of other booter services, appears to rely exclusively on firepower generated by vDOS,” Krebs notes.

This isn’t unusual in legitimate sectors. A food manufacturer may sell white label versions of its goods to supermarkets, and mobile networks have for years made better use of their capacity by wholesaling to MVNOs, mobile virtual network operators).

The vDOS pair maintained a network of PayPal accounts but many of the participants are US based.

Damon McCoy, cited at Krebs’ blog, notes that vDOS blocked clients from disabling Israeli sites, most likely to avoid unwanted attention from authorities at home: “The main reason was they didn’t want to make trouble in their local jurisdiction in the hopes that no one in their country would be a victim and have standing to bring a case against them.”

The cover story offered by booter operations is that the software has a legitimate use: for sites to stress test their own web servers. In reality, the “democratization of DDoS” – with kits available on the dark web for a fiver – means that buying DDoS protection offered by CloudFlare is almost mandatory. ®

Popular Science Announces New Tapeworm Parasite To Be Named After President Obama

 

Newly Discovered Flatworm Is Named After Obama

 

Introducing Baracktrema obamai, in honor of the epic corruption and parasitic nature in Obama’s administration

 

 

 

 

The blood fluke *Baracktrema obamai*

Roberts et al. (2016)

The blood fluke Baracktrema obamai, which represents both a new genus and species of parasitic flatworm.

A new species of blood fluke was found infecting the lungs of turtles in Malaysia. This parasitic flatworm has been dubbed Baracktrema obamai, in honor of the President of the United States (who is the fifth cousin twice removed of one of the discovering scientists).

B. obamai is described in the August issue of the Journal of Parasitology as having a long, thread-like body. So far, it’s shown up in two freshwater turtles, the black marsh turtle (Siebenrockiella crassicollis) and southeast Asian box turtle (Cuora amboinensis).

The scientists found clusters of tens to hundreds of fluke eggs in the turtles’ lung alveoli, the tiny sacs where blood receives oxygen and gets rid of carbon dioxide. How these eggs get outside to hatch and infect new hosts isn’t clear, although making the turtles cough is probably involved.

[H/T Carl Zimmer]

 

 

Stanford University Frat Boys Can’t Rape Sleepy Co-eds Any More Under New Laws

California closes legal loophole after Stanford assault

 
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Image caption Brock Turner was seen by two witnesses sexually assaulting an unconscious woman

Legislators in California have closed a loophole in sexual assault cases, whereby more lenient sentences could be issued if the victim did not resist.

The change follows a high-profile sexual assault case in Stanford earlier this year.

In June, Brock Turner, 20, was sentenced to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman on a university campus.

The sentence was widely criticised for being overly lenient.

In California, the use of force in a sexual assault results in a mandatory prison sentence. In cases where no force is used – when the victim is unable to defend themselves – no mandatory sentence exists.

State assembly members voted unanimously to amend the law, and prevent the use of probation in such cases. The bill has been passed to Governor Jerry Brown for approval, but has not yet been signed into law.

Turner, a former top swimmer at Stanford University, was found guilty in March of three felony charges. Two witnesses said they had seen him sexually assaulting the woman, who was lying on the ground unconscious, on the university campus. Prosecutors wanted a sentence of six years in state prison.

Judge Aaron Persky, who handed out the sentence, expressed concern about the impact of prison on Turner. In his decision, he said positive character references and Turner’s remorse and lack of previous criminal record were mitigating factors.

Brock Turner’s father, Dan, also caused controversy during the case, saying his son should not have been jailed for “20 minutes of action”.

The victim, referred to by the pseudonym Emily Doe, then released her victim impact statement publicly. It was read by millions, and openly praised by US Vice President Joe Biden.

Turner is expected to be released later this week after serving half his sentence, the Mercury News reports.

Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen, who prosecuted Turner in the Stanford case, said legislators had helped protect “the next Emily Doe against the next Brock Turner”.

“They not only read Emily Doe’s now famous letter, but they clearly understood it as cry for change,” he said in a statement.

Assembly member Evan Low said: “rape is rape, and rapists like Brock Turner shouldn’t be let off with a slap on the wrist.”

Death threats

The Stanford case was widely criticised, and became the focus for a campaign for tougher sentencing.

Judge Persky has faced death threats and online petitions demanding his removal following the case, and has now been assigned to the court’s civil division at his own request, where he will no longer hear criminal cases.

The case has also been used as an example in other cases involving sexual assault on university campuses across the US.

In Massachusetts, high school athlete David Becker, 18, was sentenced earlier this month to probation on charges of indecent assault. His attorney, Thomas Rooke, told local media “The goal … was not to impede this individual from graduating high school and to go onto the next step of his life.”

“We all made mistakes when we were 17, 18, 19 years old, and we shouldn’t be branded for life with a felony offence and branded a sex offender,” he told the Mass Live news outlet.

Governor’s Council member Michael Albano has called for a review of the sentence, which has been denied by the court.

Also this month, in Colorado, Austin James Wilkerson, 22, was sentenced to “work release” and probation for sexually assaulting a woman he had agreed to walk home after a party. The victim in that case also chose to publicly release her victim impact statement.

Match.com and OKCupid dating users found to have incurable STD’s from easy internet sex

WHO urges shift in STD treatment due to devastating antibiotic resistance (Update)

 

 

Growing resistance to antibiotics has complicated efforts to rein in common sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhoea, chlamydia and syphilis, the World Health Organization warned Tuesday as it issued new treatment guidelines.

 

 

Globally, more than one million people contract a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or infection (STI) every day, WHO said.

 

“Chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis are major public health problems worldwide, affecting millions of peoples’ quality of life, causing serious illness and sometimes death,” Ian Askew, head of WHO’s reproductive health and research division, said in a statement.

 

WHO estimates that each year, 131 million people are infected with chlamydia around the globe, 78 million with gonorrhoea and 5.6 million with syphilis.

 

More than one million people contract a sexually transmitted infection (STI) every single day, WHO medical officer Teodora Wi said.

 

Until recently, the three diseases, which are all caused by bacteria, had been fairly easy to treat using antibiotics, but increasingly those drugs are failing, WHO said.

 

“Resistance of these STIs to the effect of antibiotics has increased rapidly in recent years and has reduced treatment options,” the UN agency said.

 

Resistance is caused, among other things, by doctors overprescribing antibiotics, and patients not taking the correct doses.

 

Injected into the buttock or thigh

 

Strains of multidrug resistant gonorrhoea that do not respond to any available antibiotics have already been detected, while antibiotic resistance also exists in chlamydia and syphilis, though it is less common, it said.

 

When left undiagnosed and untreated, the three diseases can have serious consequences, causing pelvic infamatory disease and ectopic pregnancy in women, and increasing the chances of miscarriage, stillbirth and newborn death.

 

They can also greatly increase the risk of being infected with HIV, and untreated gonorrhoea and chlamydia can leave both men and women infertile.

 

To rein in resistance, WHO on Tuesday presented new guidelines aimed at ensuring that doctors prescribe the best antibiotics, and the right doses, for treating each specific disease.

 

To reduce the spread of the diseases, national health services will need to “monitor the patterns of antibiotic resistance in these infections within their countries,” Askew said.

 

For gonorrhoea for instance, WHO recommends that health authorities study local resistance patterns and advise doctors to prescribe the most effective antibiotic with the least resistance.

 

For syphilis, meanwhile, WHO recommended a specific antibiotic—benzathine penicillin—that is injected into the buttock or thigh muscle.

 

It stressed that condom use was the most effective way to protect against STD infection.

 

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