DoD Orders $250 Million Of Gas Masks – What Do They Know?

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30-03-19 10:04:00,

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded Avon Protection Systems Inc., Cadillac, Michigan, a $245,961,250 firm-fixed-price contract for production of M53A1 Chemical Biological Protective Mask systems, according to the DoD contract website.

The Army estimates M53A1 gas masks will start delivery in the second half of this financial year ending September. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, will oversee the purchase order.

Avon Protection Systems is a world leader and major supplier to the military, law enforcement, first responders, and industrial sectors globally.

The M53A1 was developed to counter multiple threats encountered on the modern battlefield. “It provides excellent protection against traditional chemical and biological warfare agents, select Toxic Industrial Materials (TIMs) and particulate matter including radioactive dust,” read the M53 brochure.

According to the company, the M53A1 protects soldiers from chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear attacks. Specifically, the mask protects against mustard, sarin, soman, and VX nerve agents.

The order comes one month after the U.S. government introduced science-based guidelines for how first responders decontaminate large numbers of Americans after a chemical-weapons attack.

The guidelines, published last month, are the first in the U.S. to be based on extensive research and testing.

“Terrorist threats and the use of chemical weapons in Syria have heightened awareness of the need for improved preparedness against chemical attacks,” said Gary Disbrow, deputy director of the US Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, which prepared the guidelines.

“First responders are supportive of the fact that it is evidence-based guidance, and not just, ‘We used this last time, and it seemed to work,’” he added.

With lightning speed, the Army and U.S. government have been actively preparing for a biological incident on the homeland. With threats harder to anticipate today, the act of preparation suggests some fears that an attack of some sort could be imminent.

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Das Fressen der Millionäre

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02-03-19 09:33:00,

Das ZDF strahlte am Sonntag, dem 17. Februar 2019, in der Sendung ZDF SPORTreportage einen Beitrag mit folgendem Titel aus: FC Liverpool – Ernährung auf „Weltklasse“-Niveau.

Der Bericht diente zum Teil als Vorberichterstattung auf die Spiele im Achtelfinale der UEFA Champions League zwischen dem FC Liverpool und dem FC Bayern München. Darin wird über Mona Nemmer berichtet, die beim englischen Fußballverein FC Liverpool arbeitet und die Ernährungsabteilung leitet.

Die Story über diese Frau ist umhüllt von Euphorie und wohlklingenden Phrasen. Der Reporter stellt begeisternd dar, wie wichtig und bedeutsam die Ernährung für Profifußballer ist. Wer jedoch wirklich hinhört und hinsieht, erschrickt über den Report. Denn diese kurze Dokumentation zeigt zugleich den Weg der unaufhaltsamen Kommerzialisierung im Fußball auf.

Das ZDF stellt in einer etwa neunminütigen Reportage eine Frau vor, die sich jeden Tag aufs Neue vor allem mit der Ernährung von Fußballspielern befasst. Der Grund für ihre Tätigkeit ist, dass es einem Profifußballer nur in einem herausragenden Leistungs- und Gesundheitszustand möglich wäre, auf dem Spielfeld eine Weltklasse-Leistung zu erbringen. Deswegen brauchen Profivereine geballte Ernährungskompetenz.

Dennoch steht dahinter einzig und allein ein Ziel: Der Sieg und das damit verbundene viele Geld für den Verein und seine Spieler.

Das ZDF zeigte quasi einen Bericht, wie sich Millionäre richtig ernähren, um schließlich noch reicher zu werden. Eine bessere Werbung für die reichsten Fußballspieler auf dieser Erde kann es wohl kaum geben.

In den einleitenden Worten kommentiert der Autor des Beitrages Claus Höfling: „In diesem Raum trifft Titelhunger auf echten Hunger.“ Zugleich wird der Speisesaal mit einigen Spielern, Mona Nemmer und aufgetafeltem Essen gezeigt.

Aber „echten Hunger“ kennen wohl nur die Menschen, die um das tägliche Überleben in den ärmsten Regionen der Erde kämpfen. Es sind Menschen, deren Einkommen in keinem Verhältnis zu den Einkommen der Fußballprofis stehen. Und der Fußball ist daran nicht ganz unschuldig. Er bietet vielen großen Unternehmen eine hervorragende Präsentationsplattform: Sponsoren wie der deutsche Sportartikelhersteller Adidas oder der schweizerische Nahrungsmittelkonzern Nestle beispielsweise unterstützen mit ihren Geldern Vereine wie den FC Bayern München oder den FC Barcelona und werden bei Fußball-Großereignissen dementsprechend beworben. Und das, obwohl Adidas zur Produktion seiner Sportwaren Menschen ausbeutet und sie mit Hungerlöhnen „abspeist“. Nestle hingegen kauft in Afrika von staatlichen Wasserbehörden Wasserrechte, um der Bevölkerung dieses Wasser anschließend als abgefülltes Trinkwasser weiterzuverkaufen.

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Where Is the One Million Tonnes of Toxic Tyre Dust and Particulates Discharged into the Environment Each Year in the US and Europe? – Global Research

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08-02-19 02:17:00,

An estimated 1.1m tonnes of toxic tyre waste including highly dangerous, polluting particulates are discharged into the environment/atmosphere each year from a combined total of about 590 million cars currently in the United States and Europe.

In the US, there is roughly an estimated one car for every person: each car having 4 tyres and these tyres wear out on average at between 3 to 4 years. A European Commission review reports that between 10-30% of the rubber from each tyre is lost as it wears out over its life and the tyres themselves are scrapped at the rate of an estimated 1.1 tyre, per person each year.

This toxic, tyre waste inevitably ends up polluting our rivers, streams and lakes and, of course, also the air that we breathe. And air pollution is known to contribute to heart and lung problems and premature death, also asthma and various cancers particularly in high density traffic areas. Every year in the UK, particulate matter is blamed for an additional 10,000 deaths, due to heart and lung disease.  However, even after a century of motor cars with rubber tyres, we are still unaware of the exact health hazards from lost tyre tread.

The primary ingredient in tyre rubber is a synthetic polymer called styrene-butadiene and the rubber contains carbon black, and hazardous compounds of lead, sulphur and zinc. All of these constituents are highly dangerous if ingested and the smaller the particles of these organic and inorganic chemicals contained in the lost rubber tyre dust, the more deeply they can penetrate the lungs.

The fact that over a million tonnes of tyre waste disappears into the environment every year and nobody knows exactly where, is a very frightening fact.

And this problem is in addition to that of toxic diesel and petrol exhaust emissions, and unfortunately will not be solved by the advent of electric cars which still require tyres and brake pads.

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Largest Cache Of Hacked Data In History Discovered: Over 770 Million Email Addresses, 21 Million Passwords

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17-01-19 10:00:00,

Security expert Troy Hunt has exposed a the largest publication of breached data in history, affecting over 770 million email addresses and 21 million passwords.

The new finding, called “Collection #1” by Hunt, consists of 2.6 billion rows and is made up of “many different individual data breaches from literally thousands of different sources.” 

New breach: The “Collection #1” credential stuffing list began broadly circulating last week and contains 772,904,991 unique email addresses with plain text passwords (now in Pwned Passwords). 82% of addresses were already in @haveibeenpwned. Read more: https://t.co/BAa3rbgZo4

— Have I Been Pwned (@haveibeenpwned) January 16, 2019

The database going back as far as 2008 is a staggering 87GB in size, and comprises 1.1 billion unique combinations of email addresses and passwords – many of which have been “dehashed,” or cracked and converted back to plain text. 

This is when treating the password as case sensitive but the email address as not case sensitive. This also includes some junk because hackers being hackers, they don’t always neatly format their data dumps into an easily consumable fashion. (I found a combination of different delimiter types including colons, semicolons, spaces and indeed a combination of different file types such as delimited text files, files containing SQL statements and other compressed archives.)

The unique email addresses totalled 772,904,991. This is the headline you’re seeing as this is the volume of data that has now been loaded into Have I Been Pwned (HIBP). It’s after as much clean-up as I could reasonably do and per the previous paragraph, the source data was presented in a variety of different formats and levels of “cleanliness”. This number makes it the single largest breach ever to be loaded into HIBP. –Troy Hunt

The collection was dumped on anonymous storage site MEGA before it was posted on a popular hacking forum for anyone to access. 

Last week, multiple people reached out and directed me to a large collection of files on the popular cloud service, MEGA (the data has since been removed from the service). The collection totalled over 12,000 separate files and more than 87GB of data.

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France will give to Iraq 1 000 million euro

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17-01-19 09:08:00,

Following the Head of US Diplomacy, Mike Pompeo, his French partner ‎Jean-Yves Le Drian also made a visit to Bagdad. His visit coincided with the visit of King Abdallah II of Jordan. ‎

To everyone’s surprise, the French Minister of Foreign Affairs announced that France – while in the throes of a financial crisis – will give to Iraq 1,000 million euro (1 150 millions US dollars). This will go to participating in Iraq’s reconstruction following the war against the Islamic Emirates ‎‎(Daesh). ‎

The fact is that France is hoping to secure permanent military bases in Iraq so it can continue interfering in Syria after US troops are pulled out. ‎

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Anoosha Boralessa

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Eight Million Tonnes of Unexploded Mines and Munitions Endanger All Children in Northern Iraq – Global Research

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20-11-18 07:37:00,

“I was playing football with friends when a bomb exploded right under my feet. They took me to the hospital: both my legs and also the lower part of my left arm were amputated.”

Kaum was just 14 when in 2014 he fled the village of Bartalla, 20km east of Mosul, as the Islamic State group began its rampage across Iraq. For three years, he lived in a refugee camp in Iraqi Kurdistan. In December 2017, he finally returned home and his daily life was slowly returning to normality – when he accidentally detonated an explosive remnant.

His life was changed forever.

“I can’t go to school anymore because I am still traumatised. My friends are helping me, they always give me a ride to go out with them, but I know I will never be able to play football with them again.”

We met Kaum at the East Mosul rehabilitation centre. His story details an emergency inside the emergency. A year after its liberation, the area surrounding Iraq’s second largest city remains a ticking time-bomb.

According to UN Habitat, eight million tons of explosive remnants contaminate the city.

Thousands of people have been injured returning home from camps for the displaced.

“It is very difficult for those who return to rebuild their homes because under the rubble there are still many IEDs, explosive devices and remnants. IEDs were mainly home-made by [the Islamic State group] and for this reason they are even more dangerous,” says Hawar Mustafa, programme coordinator at Emergency, an Italian NGO.

Prosthetic clinics have teamed up after the maunfacturer’s factory was targeted [Laura Cappon]

Mustafa coordinates the emergency rehab centre in Sulemaniya, which coordinates with its partner in Mosul to provide prosthetic limbs after the local factory that produced them was hit, seriously compromising production.

The emergency center in Sulemaniya still receives a high number of patients from Mosul. Mahfouz is one.

He was walking with his son through the streets of Bab Sinjar’s old district in Mosul when an explosive device inside a nearby car detonated due to a small fire.

“Since I lost my leg,

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As We Honour the 15 Million Dead of 1914-1918, a Demented US President Flies into Paris with Plans to Attack Iran – Global Research

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12-11-18 04:55:00,

As the leaders of Europe and the world gather in Paris to honour the millions of war dead of WW1, 100 years ago, the current US President together with his counterparts from Saudi Arabia and Israel, are even now finalising plans to attack and bankrupt Iran in a precursor to a devastating war in the Middle East that would escalate into Europe and beyond.

Trump is determined to abdicate any responsibility for peace, denuclearisation and democracy in his megalomaniac bid to rule the world in a storm of strident nationalism.

As we remember the 9 million military personnel and 6 million civilians who tragically lost their lives during the Great War in order to ensure peace in Europe and the world, we are treated today to the unedifying spectacle of an American president, who has never worn a uniform, strutting about Europe like a cardboard fuehrer mouthing nonsensical platitudes about climate change propaganda and American greatness.

The fact that this trumped-up autocrat with television credentials but no concept of political leadership, international diplomacy or economic strategy could have emerged as the apparent leader of the free world, is a parody of political common sense that ridicules democracy, freedom and morality.

Today is arguably the most dangerous moment for the world that at any time since the Cuban missile crisis of October 1962 when we were one minute to nuclear midnight. That was averted by the then US President Kennedy, who whatever else, was a leader of his country.  Now we have to contend with an elderly, lumbering, womanising, self-publicist whose only expertise is apparently in dealing with the Internal Revenue Service.

How the US and the world arrived at this position is not readily understood other than the fact that American democracy is predicated upon money – from casinos or any other source – instead of leadership, statesmanship, truth and integrity, unlike democratic government in the vast majority of European states.

The international community has to make a decision: appease this dangerous political nonentity from New York or cut loose; establish a European army and an alternative global reserve currency to eliminate or reduce trade and military dependence upon America.

If the world is to be a different place,

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Eine Million Bücher mit automatisch erzeugten Texten

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05-11-18 07:27:00,

Wenn Künstliche Intelligenz eine Doktorarbeit schreiben kann, was heißt dann Bildung? Interview mit dem Verleger Philip M. Parker

Im deutschsprachigen Raum ist er fast ein Unbekannter: Der in Singapur lehrende Wirtschaftswissenschaftler und Unternehmer Philip M. Parker. Der von ihm gegründete Buchverlag ICON Group International hat mehr als eine Million verschiedener Bücher publiziert, deren Inhalte komplett automatisch generiert wurden. Mit Apps, Spielen und Lehrbüchern zu landwirtschaftlichen Techniken, Lesen und Rechnen – auch diese allesamt komplett automatisch erzeugt – will er die Alphabetisierung und Bildung in der Dritten Welt vorantreiben. Sein Programm “Totopoetry” erzeugt automatisch Perlen der Dichtkunst, wie er eindrucksvoll zeigen kann. Und nun will Parker auch noch die Wikipedia revolutionieren: natürlich mit Bots, die die Inhalte automatisch erstellen und übersetzen.

“Das ist keine Software, die das Web automatisch crawlt und Informationen copypastet”, wehrt Parker gleich zu Beginn ab. “Insofern gibt es auch kein Plagiatsproblem.” Die von seinem Verlag produzierten tausenden und abertausenden Bücher haben also mit den dubiosen Praktiken sonstiger Wikipedia-& Co-Kopier- und Raubverlage wenig bis nichts zu tun.

“Das Prinzip ist immer dasselbe, aber jeder Use Case ist anders: Wir greifen entweder auf Datenbanken zu, oder auf Satellitendaten oder auf sonstige Daten. Die Programme schreiben wir immer neu – abhängig davon, ob das Endprodukt eine Marktvorschau, ein Kreuzworträtselbuch, ein Sprachlernbuch, ein Sonett oder ein Wetterbericht sein soll.”

Stefan Webers Buch “Roboterjournalismus, Chatbots & Co. Wie Algorithmen Inhalte produzieren und unser Denken beeinflussen” erscheint im November in der Reihe “Telepolis” (bei Amazon).

Chatbots, Sprach- und Schreibroboter sind vielen ein Begriff etwa durch (vermutete) Wahlmanipulationen oder Schlagzeilen zu Hasskommentaren in sozialen Netzwerken. Das vorliegende Buch zeichnet die Entwicklung der dahinterstehenden Technologien nach. Ziel ist ein umfassendes, aber leicht verständliches Bild der Anwendungen und ihrer zukünftigen Entwicklung.
Insbesondere wird erkennbar, wo sich die entsprechende Technologie bereits verbirgt (z.B bei automatisch generierten Zeitungsartikeln, Produktbewertungen oder Kommentare in sozialen Medien) oder auch ganz offen zeigt (Facebook-Messenger etc.). Immer effizientere Algorithmen erzeugen neben Texten auch Bilder und Filme, die neben den Menschen als Produzent solcher Inhalte treten und ihn vielleicht in Teilen ersetzen können.
Dieser kulturelle Wandel bleibt nicht ohne Folgen: Kreativität und soziale Umgangsformen, gerade unter jungen Menschen, leiden an der Entfremdung. Das Buch stellt die Frage, wie sich die Automatisierung des Schreibens,  » Lees verder

11 Million Reasons for Wall Street & London to Hate Russia | New Eastern Outlook

11 Million Reasons for Wall Street & London to Hate Russia | New Eastern Outlook

26-07-18 12:58:00,

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Why does the US media have an anti-Russian fixation? It’s not what the American people want to hear. 71% of the Ronald Reagan-loving, military-obsessed Republican Party approve of Trump meeting with Putin.   On the other side, top liberal CNN commentator and former President Obama’s adviser, Van Jones has admitted in a video recording that the “Russiagate” story is a “big nothing burger” which Democrats are not interested in.  The Russia-fixated, Hillary Clinton-DNC liberal establishment now faces an upsurge of opposition from Democratic Socialists like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders, who emphasize the need for populist economics reforms.

Conservatives don’t want to hear it. Liberals don’t want to hear it. Hating Russia is just not a bandwagon the U.S. public is ready to jump on. Yet, if one turns on American television, in the aftermath of the summit in Helsinki, the rhetoric and accusations against the government of the Russian Federation are almost endless.

Like Trump, Obama was also unable to resolve the tensions now being described as the “New Cold War.” Let’s not forget that Obama was elected saying he would “talk to Putin”. In the early years of Obama’s first term, he said he intended to “reset” relations with the Eurasian superpower, and was attacked for it by the Tea Party. The American people favor better relations with Russia, and politicians win votes for promising it, yet the dangerous trajectory continues. Why?

A New Day in the Energy Markets

One answer can be found in the field of economics. On July 18th, crude oil production in the United States reached 11 million barrels per day. This is the highest it has ever been. The drilling and fracking rigs are pulling more oil out of the ground and shale than ever before in U.S. history.

The longtime liberal aspiration for “Energy Independence” has been achieved.  The U.S. is no longer dependent on overseas oil. A new OPEC boycott wouldn’t be anything like the catastrophe of 1973. The longtime oil export ban has been lifted, and crude pulled from US shale and soil is now being shipped off to China and other countries.

Meanwhile, the spell of low oil prices that began in 2014 is long over.

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