5 Oct 2018

Short-Term Superhuman: If We Create Augmented Soldiers, Can We Turn Them Back?
Creating a seamless interface between human and machine invokes images of brain implants and cutting-edge prosthetics. The webpage of DARPA’s program notes that “the most effective, state-of-the-art neural interfaces require surgery to implant electrodes into the brain.” The N3 program, however, falls in line with the current trend in U.S. military research: Figuring out ways temporary, non-invasive ways to enhance soldiers.

Interpol president Meng Hongwei vanishes during trip to China, official says
The president of Interpol vanished after traveling to his native China last month, a French judicial official announced Friday. The official, who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation, said the wife of Meng Hongwei contacted authorities after Meng went dark sometime after arriving in China in late September.

Republicans aim to confirm Kavanaugh this weekend; protesters arrested
President Donald Trump’s fellow Republicans gained confidence on Thursday that his US Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, could win Senate confirmation after two wavering lawmakers responded positively to an FBI report on accusations of sexual misconduct against the judge.

State Dept. Issues New Policy: No Visas for Same-Sex Spouses of UN Staffers
The Trump administration issued a new policy effective Monday, in which domestic partners of foreign diplomats and United Nations officials posted in the United States must show the State Department proof of marriage by December 31, or leave the country within 30 days. This means that same-sex partners of foreign staffers who are not legally married will no longer be eligible for a spousal visa allowing them to remain in the U.S.

White House outlines counterterrorism strategy, slams Iran
Strategy is broader than before, targeting not just Sunni ideologies espoused by ISIS, but also Iran-sponsored terrorist groups, such as Hezbollah, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic jihad, says US national security advisor.

The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies
Nested on the servers’ motherboards, the testers found a tiny microchip, not much bigger than a grain of rice, that wasn’t part of the boards’ original design. Amazon reported the discovery to U.S. authorities, sending a shudder through the intelligence community. Elemental’s servers could be found in Department of Defense data centers, the CIA’s drone operations, and the onboard networks of Navy warships. And Elemental was just one of hundreds of Supermicro customers….investigators found that the chips had been inserted at factories run by manufacturing subcontractors in China.

BBC publishes video showing 6-year-olds being made to write gay love letters to promote diversity
“This class of 6-year-olds is learning about gay marriage. In this fairy tale, the prince wants to marry his [male] servant. And the children are writing a love letter,” Hopson said. She noted that she believes it’s important for children to learn about gay marriage at such a young age because those same children would “go out into that world and find this diversity around them, and they’ll find that out at a young age as well.”

Abbas’s ultimatum to Hamas: ‘Four weeks to hand over Gaza’
In talks between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas gave Hamas an ultimatum – give the PA full control of the Gaza Strip by the end of the month, or suffer the consequences, according to a statement made by an official in the PA presidency bureau to Kan news on Thursday night. Hamas leadership and senior Palestinian Authority officials concluded a round of talks in Cairo with little results, Israeli media reported Thursday night.

Weak passwords banned in California from 2020
Default passwords such as “admin” and “password” will be illegal for electronics firms to use in California from 2020. The state has passed a law that sets higher security standards for net-connected devices made or sold in the region. It demands that each gadget be given a unique password when it is made. Before now, easy-to-guess passwords have helped some cyber-attacks spread more quickly and cause more harm.

Downtown LA Hit With Outbreak Of Flea-Borne Typhus
An outbreak of flea-borne typhus has hit downtown Los Angeles, the county Department of Public Health said Thursday. Health officials say they are investigating several cases of flea-borne typhus, a disease that infected fleas can spread to humans. While the fleas can come from cats, rats, and opossums, pets and animals do not get sick from typhus.

Thirteen states now investigating alleged sexual abuse linked to Catholic church
Florida’s attorney general said Thursday she is launching an investigation of potential sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic church, making Florida at least the 13th state with an ongoing statewide probe of the church. “Any priest that would exploit a position of power and trust to abuse a child is a disgrace to the church and a threat to society,” said Attorney General Pam Bondi in a statement.

J&J, Arrowhead in gene-silencing drug deal worth up to $3.7 billion
Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals Inc (ARWR.O) said…Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) would develop and market its gene-silencing Hepatitis B treatment and buy a minor stake in a deal that could be potentially worth more than $3.7 billion, sending its shares surging 20 percent. Under the deal, J&J’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals unit will obtain a worldwide license for Arrowhead’s ARO-HBV drug and an option to collaborate on up to three new RNA interference (RNAi) drugs, which use gene-silencing technology.

Government said to use Canary Mission blacklist to bar visitors
Canary Mission is an anonymous website that aims to name and shame anti-Israel activists on campus.

Chinese spy chips are found in hardware used by Apple, Amazon, Bloomberg says; Apple says no way
Data center equipment run by Amazon Web Services and Apple may have been subject to surveillance from the Chinese government via a tiny microchip inserted during the equipment manufacturing process, according to Bloomberg Business Week report on Thursday. The claims in the report have been strongly disputed by the technology giants.

Billionaire George Soros moves foundation from Budapest to Berlin
The foundation of American-Hungarian billionaire George Soros has completed its move from Budapest to Berlin and has already started work.

Calgary Just Had Its Snowiest Day in More Than Three Decades and Breaks October Record
An early-season winter storm pummeled Calgary, Canada, on Tuesday, vaulting the city to its heaviest single-day snowfall since 1981 and setting a new October snow record.

Drought may cost China US$47 billion a year as temperatures rise, study finds
Drought conditions could cost China US$47 billion per year in economic losses – more than double the current estimate – if global temperatures rise by 1.5 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial baseline, according to a Chinese study.

Florida confirms toxic red tide spreading along Atlantic coast
Dozens of dead fish littered a Palm Beach County beach Wednesday as a toxic red tide appeared to spread along Florida’s Atlantic coast.

Japan set to allow gene editing in human embryos
Japan has issued draft guidelines that allow the use of gene-editing tools in human embryos. The proposal was released by an expert panel representing the country’s health and science ministries on 28 September.

More Men Are Wearing Stilettos—if They Can Find Their Size
As fashion embraces fluidity, there’s just one problem: How do men fit into stilettos?

As World’s Opinion Of Trump Plummets, Israelis Love Him Even More
When it comes to their view of US President Donald Trump and the US in the age of Trump, Israel is exceptional. Whereas most of the countries polled in a 25-nation Pew Research Center survey take a dim view of the president and the role of the US under his helm, Israelis are pleased – very pleased.

Islamic refugees issue shocking declaration at Greek refugee camp, ‘if you are not Muslim, I can rape you’
According to Deutsche Welle reporters, a terrorist organisation that claims to be linked with ISIS, dominates Moria’s refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos.

Every day hundreds of Dutch school children are forced to bow to Islam
Shocking video footage and a report from the Dutch organisation “Klap uit de school”, show that numerous Dutch children are forced to bow to Islam.

Islamic refugee violence has gotten so bad at Swedish schools, that many are forced to permanently close because they can’t ensure the safety of their citizens
A reverse in the trend is not in sight. On the contrary, violent incidents continue to increase. The violence varies from smashed up classrooms to robbery, stabbings and murder, and it is carried out by students against other students and teachers.

Explosive Report From Catholic Archbishop Names Pope Francis As Geopolitical Mastermind With ‘Back Channel Operatives’ In Vatican Intrigue
The United States bishops have petitioned the pope to launch an “apostolic visitation” — a full Vatican investigation — into the McCarrick case, which so far has fallen on deaf ears. The president of the U.S. Bishops Conference (USCCB), Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, followed up on the petition by traveling to Rome last month to urge Francis to open the investigation but returned to the U.S. empty-handed.

FBI is Holding 37 Pages of Clintons’ Uranium One Deal Documents
A bombshell exposé by a top investigative journalist has revealed that the FBI is holding onto 37 pages of potentially key documents regarding the Clintons’ involvement in the infamous Uranium One deal.

THE ARRESTS BEGIN: Capitol Police arrest left-wing Senate staffer Jackson Cosko for allegedly doxxing GOP Senators as part of left-wing terrorism push
Last Friday, we warned that radical left-wing political activists were organizing “kill teams” to stage home invasions of U.S. Senators and murder their families as they swept.

Israeli disaster aid team to head to quake-hit Indonesia
A non-governmental Israeli aid group said Thursday it will send a team of disaster experts to Indonesia as the country recovers from a devastating earthquake and tsunami that killed more than 1,400 people and left hundreds of thousands in need of assistance.