Saturday, September 30, 2017

World News Links - September 30, 2017

From the Syrian Observatory For Human Rights:
[In] 39 months of its “Caliphate”, the “Islamic State” organization executes about 2750 civilian citizens in its controlled areas in Syria[.]
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[The number of executions] reached 2747, the number of civilians, including 105 children and 148 women, who were executed by the “Islamic state” organization by shooting, beheading, stoning, throwing off high place or burning[.]
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The GuardianBoris Johnson, UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, accused of "incredible insensitivity".
...he recited part of a colonial-era Rudyard Kipling poem in front of local dignitaries while on an official visit to Myanmar in January.
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Britain colonised [sic] Myanmar from 1824 to 1948 and fought three wars in the 19th century, suppressing widespread resistance.

Johnson’s impromptu recital was so embarrassing that the UK ambassador to Myanmar, Andrew Patrick, was forced to stop him.
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In London last year [Johnson] stood alongside former US secretary of state John Kerry and was asked about describing Hillary Clinton as looking “like a sadistic nurse in a mental hospital”.
Boris gets it right 50% of the time. Give him a break.
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IBT: Michael Bolton, no, not the singer, banished by entering over 1,400 UK supermarkets:
A 51-year-old man from Surrey has been banned from shopping in more than a thousand supermarkets across the UK after a magistrate found that he had "engaged in behaviour that caused or was likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress" to others.
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On top of the ban, the criminal order also prohibits Bolton from exposing his genitals or urinating in public[.]
Heh - the wording of the story makes it sound as if, except for Bolton, it's okay for everyone else to do what he did.
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Metro: Female gangs going through garbage.
Gangs of women pictured going through people’s bins are suspected of trying to steal documents and paperwork.
Two women appeared to be working together (Picture: Terry Harris/PaperPix)
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The Daily Star: Guys, just click the link. You'll be glad you did.
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The Independent: Man beats daughter's boyfriend to death.
An Oklahoma man has been arrested for allegedly beating to death his daughter’s abusive boyfriend, police said.
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The victim’s family said the couple were expecting a child next month.
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Radio Australia:
Barcelona resembles a war zone ahead of banned independence vote[.]
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Thousands of national police are patrolling Barcelona's streets as the city prepares to defy the Spanish Government's orders not to vote in an independence referendum this weekend.
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The TelegraphThis shows the radioactive cloud if NK were to detonate a nuke in the Pacific.
 
"Hypothetical atmospheric burst" Credit: @SinaZerbo/Twitter
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Trump is scheduled to attend the multi-day event on 1 October but it is unclear if he was not invited to attend with the other presidents or busy with White House meetings.
If we don't know if Trump was or wasn't invited that day, it's really a stretch to claim the Ex Pres' avoided him.
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The Atlantic: The Software Apocalypse is coming.
It’s been said that software is “eating the world.” More and more, critical systems that were once controlled mechanically, or by people, are coming to depend on code. This was perhaps never clearer than in the summer of 2015, when on a single day, United Airlines grounded its fleet because of a problem with its departure-management system; trading was suspended on the New York Stock Exchange after an upgrade; the front page of The Wall Street Journal’s website crashed; and Seattle’s 911 system went down again, this time because a different router failed.
Our software (& a lot of hardware) infrastructure is old and needs to be updated.
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The humble Traffic Cone serves multiple purposes. From The Daily Mirror:
...a group of drunken male university students dressed just in their underpants try to break into a female-only halls of residence run by nuns.
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Earlier in the week freshers at the University of Leon in northern Spain were filmed stripping off and dancing naked during a mock student election.

Topless girls were videoed cavorting on stage with their hands covering their breasts.

Men also got involved, with one completely naked while others covered their modesty with traffic cones.

4 comments:

BB-Idaho said...

Relieved to find there are non construction control uses for traffic cones. Through many years of parenthood, the kids dragged these orange cones home from their trek from school. Sometimes their friends brought one too. So, my basement walkout area became a
storage area for orange cones...and a couple of traffic signs. Although guilty of some sort of crime, I felt there HAS to be some
homeowner use for the things. But other than a hula hoop golf course a few summers, I now mostly use them when I seal the driveway.
And when opportunity knocks, I sometimes drag a couple out when there is some streetwork going on in the neighborhood and leave them
among the newer ones. Now the Daily Mirror has given me an idea:
for Halloween, I may cut eyeholes in a large one, put it over my
head completing my costume of the nefarious orange KKK (or just maybe, a deformed pumpkinhead. :)

David Drake said...

Perhaps the humble orange traffic cone is the sole answer to the coming software Apocalypse?? An orange KKK hat. HA! Really, they need to bring some color into their wardrobe :)

Traffic cones do come in handy. Yeah, great to use them to block off when resealing the driveway. I see that a lot.

What I didn't do is go to that nuclear fallout map site you gave me the link to a while back. I'll check that out, detonate one over the Pacific and see if the fallout drifts in the same manner as the model of the earth that's in the post.

I suppose the model in the post is relatively accurate when one considers the natural path of wind and atmosphere as fallout would drift eastward from Pacific towards the western coast of North America. Ya think???

BB-Idaho said...

The fly in the ointment in fallout models is the weather. While there is considerable data on atmospheric wind patterns, we note that the basis for Chaos Theory was weather prediction!
Given that excuse, we proceed: In 1962 I took a course in Radiation Biology, one of the testbooks
being Sourcebook on Atomic Energy
authored by the original expert in fallout (among a lot of other things).
As you probably expect, there are software models
available if you are interested verifying the posted illustration (or better yet, finding a glaring error).
But I suspect it is accurate within the parametrical 'fly' mentioned above. IMO, most of us know a bit about nuclear radiation, but not the properties of the main types: alpha, beta & gamma (as well as a
plethora of fast neutrons, the latter part of the electromagnetic spectrum producing the EMP phenomena.
A number of years back, I was a HS science fair judge, typically over-lenient with kids (heck, they
either loved science, or were reluctant forced participants) and one genius had a spectacular display
proving he had produced Cold Fusion in his basement. While he won a lot of awards, I had to mark
him down for a simple practical lapse. His proof was a geiger counter and his disertation almost as
glitzy as his display. He recorded the roentgens and noted “however, there was no way to determine
whether the radiation as alpha, beta or gamma”. I left him a note suggesting if he placed a 2x4 between his cold fusion and the counter, it would stop alpha and beta and he would have gamma; then place
two sheets of typing paper between source and target that would block alpha and he would have beta.
That is because the alpha particle is a helium atom stripped of electrons, positively charged, heavy
and relatively slow; beta radiation consists of high energy electrons, negatively charged; and gamma
radiation is very high frequency, very short wavelenth. So their paths and penetration act accordingly.
Where was I? Oh yeah, IMO most of us know a bit... the effect of these types on mammal physiology
is such that the gamma rays zip right on through, disrupting a cell here and there, leaving a tiny tracjectory of them, so to speak. The beta emission, wild fast electrons may be used up, converting
water into hydrogen peroxzide in cells, blood, brain etc. The alpha particles cause damage because
although they don't penetrate much, once inside the body cause catastrophic deionization of life molecules.
What I am driving at is although the fallout cloud which contains all the species can be modeled,
the radioactivity is reported (like the HS kid) as a total roentgen, REM, RAD reading of the total
of the three types. (BTW, that kid dropped out of Harvard before the year was up-nice fellow, but a lot like Sheldon Cooper of the Big Bang Theory). But we know the alpha is dropping out from gravity
while the beta and gamma are spurting outward in a spherical direction. We also suspect that there
is a great deal of physical and chemical dust which may prolong (or shorten) the passage of radiating species attached to it as the plume enlarges, moves and spreads. That is why there is potential for
the stuff to pass over and around the globe a number of times.
If you down load the fallout cloud calculator, let me know what you discover. Hey, you still awake?

BB-Idaho said...

The fly in the ointment in fallout models is the weather. While there is considerable data on atmospheric wind patterns, we note that the basis for Chaos Theory was weather prediction!
Given that excuse, we proceed: In 1962 I took a course in Radiation Biology, one of the testbooks
being Sourcebook on Atomic Energy
authored by the original expert in fallout (among a lot of other things).
As you probably expect, there are software models
available if you are interested verifying the posted illustration (or better yet, finding a glaring error).
But I suspect it is accurate within the parametrical 'fly' mentioned above. IMO, most of us know a bit about nuclear radiation, but not the properties of the main types: alpha, beta & gamma (as well as a
plethora of fast neutrons, the latter part of the electromagnetic spectrum producing the EMP phenomena.
A number of years back, I was a HS science fair judge, typically over-lenient with kids (heck, they
either loved science, or were reluctant forced participants) and one genius had a spectacular display
proving he had produced Cold Fusion in his basement. While he won a lot of awards, I had to mark
him down for a simple practical lapse. His proof was a geiger counter and his disertation almost as
glitzy as his display. He recorded the roentgens and noted “however, there was no way to determine
whether the radiation as alpha, beta or gamma”. I left him a note suggesting if he placed a 2x4 between his cold fusion and the counter, it would stop alpha and beta and he would have gamma; then place
two sheets of typing paper between source and target that would block alpha and he would have beta.
That is because the alpha particle is a helium atom stripped of electrons, positively charged, heavy
and relatively slow; beta radiation consists of high energy electrons, negatively charged; and gamma
radiation is very high frequency, very short wavelenth. So their paths and penetration act accordingly.
Where was I? Oh yeah, IMO most of us know a bit... the effect of these types on mammal physiology
is such that the gamma rays zip right on through, disrupting a cell here and there, leaving a tiny tracjectory of them, so to speak. The beta emission, wild fast electrons may be used up, converting
water into hydrogen peroxzide in cells, blood, brain etc. The alpha particles cause damage because
although they don't penetrate much, once inside the body cause catastrophic deionization of life molecules.
What I am driving at is although the fallout cloud which contains all the species can be modeled,
the radioactivity is reported (like the HS kid) as a total roentgen, REM, RAD reading of the total
of the three types. (BTW, that kid dropped out of Harvard before the year was up-nice fellow, but a lot like Sheldon Cooper of the Big Bang Theory). But we know the alpha is dropping out from gravity
while the beta and gamma are spurting outward in a spherical direction. We also suspect that there
is a great deal of physical and chemical dust which may prolong (or shorten) the passage of radiating species attached to it as the plume enlarges, moves and spreads. That is why there is potential for
the stuff to pass over and around the globe a number of times.
If you down load the fallout cloud calculator, let me know what you discover. Hey, you still awake?