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Daily Digest 2/12 - Consumer Watchdog Agency Defanged, Is The Universe A Conscious Mind?

Monday, February 12, 2018, 10:50 AM


War drums from Iran and Israel drown out rich past (TS)

Israel viewed Iran as part of its strategy to develop ties with non-Arab states on the region's periphery, such as Turkey and Ethiopia. It also saw Iran as an important way station for Jews fleeing persecution in Iraq, said Uri Bialer, a professor at Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Israel's ties with Iran were chiefly motivated by "a single word with three letters -- O-I-L," he said.

Trump administration strips consumer watchdog office of enforcement powers in lending discrimination cases (Jen H.)

Civil rights and consumer groups said separating the fair-lending office from its enforcement power weakens its power to pursue cases.

“These changes . . . threaten effective enforcement of civil rights laws, and increase the likelihood that people will continue to face discriminatory access and pricing as they navigate their economic lives,” Lisa Donner, executive director of Americans for Financial Reform, said in a statement.

ODINI : Escaping Sensitive Data from Faraday-Caged, Air-Gapped Computers via Magnetic Fields (lambertad)

Air-gapped computers are computers which are kept isolated from the Internet, because they store and process sensitive information. When highly sensitive data is involved, an air-gapped computer might also be kept secluded in a Faraday cage. The Faraday cage prevents the leakage of electromagnetic signals emanating from various computer parts, which may be picked up by an eavesdropping adversary remotely. The air-gap separation, coupled with the Faraday shield, provides a high level of isolation, preventing the potential leakage of sensitive data from the system. In this paper, we show how attackers can bypass Faraday cages and air-gaps in order to leak data from highly secure computers. Our method is based on an exploitation of the magnetic field generated by the computer CPU.

Is the Universe a conscious mind? (blackeagle)

Both of these theories are able to explain the fine-tuning. The problem is that, on the face of it, they also make false predictions. For the theist, the false prediction arises from the problem of evil. If one were told that a given universe was created by an all-loving, all-knowing and all-powerful being, one would not expect that universe to contain enormous amounts of gratuitous suffering. One might not be surprised to find it contained intelligent life, but one would be surprised to learn that life had come about through the gruesome process of natural selection. Why would a loving God who could do absolutely anything choose to create life that way? Prima facie theism predicts a universe that is much better than our own and, because of this, the flaws of our Universe count strongly against the existence of God.

How Lobbyists Normalized the Use of Chemical Weapons on American Civilians (jdargis)

Just as some in Europe argued that chemical weapons were a mark of a civilized society, for General Fries war gases were the ultimate American technology. They were a sign of the troops’ perseverance in World War I and an emblem of industrial modernity, showcasing the intersection of science and war. In an Armistice Day radio speech broadcast in 1924, Fries said, “The extent to which chemistry is used can almost be said today to be a barometer of the civilization of a country.” This was poised as a direct intervention to the international proposal for a ban on chemical weapons, as preparations for the Geneva Convention were well under way. If chemical weapons were banned, Fries knew it would likely mean the end of the CWS—and with it his blossoming postwar career.

Oil Prices: Collapse Now, Spike Later (Michael K.)

This time around the downward swing could be aided by a rebound in the strength of the dollar. Typically, a weakening dollar pushes up oil prices, and the rapid run up in prices over the last few months occurred not coincidentally at a time when the dollar posted a steep decline. But the greenback has clawed back gains, particularly over the last week, with expectations of rising interest rates.

Healthy lifestyle could prevent half of all cancer deaths (lambertad)

“We should not ignore the knowledge we already learned over the past decade, or the past 100 years,” said lead author Mingyang Song, research fellow in the Department of Nutrition, in a May 19, 2016 Washington Post article. “We should use this knowledge…to improve the current cancer prevention effort.”

Senior author of the study was Edward Giovannucci, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard Chan School.

Bacteria-infected mosquitoes might be good thing for Miami (tmn)

Miami-Dade County is testing MosquitoMate’s insects as a potential mosquito-control method about 10 miles southwest of Miami’s hip Wynwood neighborhood, where health officials confirmed the first local Zika infections spread by mosquitoes on the U.S. mainland in July 2016.

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National Debt update from Treasury Direct

The Daily History of the Debt Results

Historical returns from 02/01/2018 through 02/09/2018

The data for the total public debt outstanding is published each business day. If there is no debt value for the date(s) you requested, the value for the preceding business day will be displayed.

( Debt Held by the Public vs. Intragovernmental Holdings )

Date Debt Held by the Public Intragovernmental Holdings Total Public Debt Outstanding
02/01/2018 14,836,157,468,843.40 5,658,409,421,362.67 20,494,566,890,206.07
02/02/2018 14,840,770,479,944.57 5,653,715,965,098.28 20,494,486,445,042.85
02/05/2018 14,835,522,073,981.73 5,658,723,326,602.59 20,494,245,400,584.32
02/06/2018 14,828,789,437,986.14 5,665,375,613,618.36 20,494,165,051,604.50
02/07/2018 14,828,998,363,221.32 5,665,086,338,007.41 20,494,084,701,228.73
02/08/2018 14,824,326,747,989.38 5,670,311,228,891.24 20,494,637,976,880.62
02/09/2018 14,981,023,162,801.12 5,688,056,245,607.00 20,669,079,408,408.12


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