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RISE OF THE DESIGNER BREED

One of the most exciting breakthroughs in science is here. CRISPR is a new technology that can edit DNA with remarkable precision, and it has the potential to change human lives forever. With the ability to easily tweak DNA, scientists could theoretically remove genetic mutations that are responsible for incurable diseases, such as cystic fibrosis, HIV, and even certain cancers.

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Postmodernism: A Synthesis of Modernism and Traditionalism

There is a marked difference between scientism, or the scientific worldview, which is an ideology and the empirically-proven science. Karl Popper addressed the demarcation problem between a scientific worldview and science proper (empirical and verifiable science.) When it comes to verifiability, I agree, that Popperian falsifiability inadequately addresses the problem, but that doesn’t means that every unscientific hypothesis should be given the credibility which has been reserved only for science proper.

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The War on Weed Is Winding Down – But Will Monsanto Be the Winner?

The war on cannabis that began in the 1930s seems to be coming to an end. Research shows that this natural plant, rather than posing a deadly danger to health, has a wide range of therapeutic benefits. But skeptics question the sudden push for legalization, which is largely funded by wealthy investors linked to Big Ag and Big Pharma. In April, Pennsylvania became the 24th state to legalize medical cannabis, a form of the plant popularly known as marijuana. That makes nearly half of US states. A major barrier to broader legalization has been the federal law under which all cannabis – even the very useful form known as industrial hemp – is classed as a Schedule I controlled substance that cannot legally be grown in the US. But that classification could change soon. In a letter sent to federal lawmakers in April, the US Drug Enforcement Administration said it plans to release a decision on rescheduling marijuana in the first half of 2016.

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Boston Dynamics shows new quadruped robots, including one with a head

SpotMini is a new smaller version of the Spot robot that weighs 55 lbs dripping wet (65 lbs if you include its arm.) SpotMini is all-electric (no hydraulics) and runs for about 90 minutes on a charge, depending on what it is doing. SpotMini is one of the quietest robots we have ever built. It has a variety of sensors, including depth cameras, a solid state gyro (IMU) and proprioception sensors in the limbs. These sensors help with navigation and mobile manipulation. SpotMini performs some tasks autonomously, but often uses a human for high-level guidance

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State Department Disabled Security Software To Allow Hillary's Private Server Emails

Emails released under court order Wednesday to Judicial Watch show that in December 2010, State Department technical staff had to disable software on their systems intended to block phishing emails that could deliver dangerous viruses. The reason: The State Department was trying to resolve delivery problems with emails sent from Hillary Clinton's private server.

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State Department Turns Blind Eye to Evidence of Honduran Military’s Activist Kill List

State Department spokesman John Kirby on Wednesday repeatedly denied that the government of Honduras kills its own citizens, saying more than a dozen times that he has not heard “credible evidence” of “deaths ordered by the military.”

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GT200: How London Sold Fake Bomb Detectors and Got People Killed

The GT200 is an otherwise useless plastic box that does nothing with equally useless “sensor cards” that serve no discernible function. Despite this fact, UK-based Global Technical and an array of salesmen ranging from experts in the British military serving as equipment export support teams, to British ambassadors, to even the British government’s Department of Trade and Industry (now renamed the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) peddled the useless item as a “bomb detector,” putting lives at risk in the nations they were peddled in, and even costing the lives of hundreds including dead police and soldiers in both Iraq and Thailand.

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Russia's Problem (According To Russian Politicians): Not Enough Mass Surveillance

When you look back at Techdirt's coverage of Russia's attempts to control its people and shut down online dissent, it's unlikely you will be thinking to yourself: "What Russia really needs is more mass surveillance."

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NYPD Failed To Give Dying Black Man CPR For 10 Minutes

A surveillance camera at Yankee Stadium caught the startling actions of responding NYPD officers who stood over a New York City man for 10 minutes as he lay unconscious after a severe asthma attack.

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The Latest Law Enforcement Trend: Porn Sniffing Dogs

Now that the drug war is slowly but surely winding down in America, you have to wonder what the police are going to do with their drug sniffing dogs and handlers. Granted, not all drugs will be decriminalized, but surely there will be some superfluous LEO positions after marijuana is completely decriminalized?

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DHS Employee Arrested After Bringing Gun, Knife, Radios Into D.C. Headquarters

Authorities are investigating a Department of Homeland Security employee with a top-secret clearance after he was caught bringing a gun, knife, infrared camera, pepper spray, and handcuffs into the agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., CBS News reported Wednesday.

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Orlando Shooter Spent Final Days Obsessing Over Psychotropic Drugs — Feds Suppressed This Info

The deranged psychopath responsible for the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history may have been on dangerous psychotropic drugs according to a report out of Reuters on Thursday. What’s more, government officials knew this information but told a witness to not to say anything about it.

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Clinton staff disabled security of private email server

Newly released emails show State Department staffers wrestled in December 2010 over a serious technical problem with then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s home email server. They temporarily disabled security features, which left the server more vulnerable to hackers. Weeks later, hackers attacked the server so seriously it was shut down.

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Man opens fire at cinema complex in Germany, several people wounded – report

An armed man has opened fire at a cinema complex in western Germany, Bild newspaper has reported. Several people have been wounded.

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Journalist Tries to Buy AR-15, but It’s Not as Easy as He Thought

After every mass shooting, you’ll find politicians and journalists who are woefully ignorant about firearms, calling for more gun control. Then you’ll start hear a few stories in the news about journalists going out to buy “assault rifles” just to prove how easy it is to do in America. However, sometimes these timely anti-gun stories don’t go as planned.

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'Fear, American Style' preschoolers practicing lockdowns

A mother posted the above picture of her three-year-old daughter practicing a lockdown at home. Congratulations, DHS and police. You've done what no parent could have dreamed of twenty years ago, you given kids new nightmares. Instead of kids being afraid of the dark or monsters under the bed, they're now afraid of being killed in school.

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Robots To Pay “Social Security” Under EU Tax Proposal

Although the proposal is deemed “too early” to implement just yet, rest assured once nannycrats get a bad idea in their heads, it never leaves. This provides yet another reason to vote in favor of Brexit.

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Hundreds of Doctors and Nurses across U.S. Charged in $900-Million Medicare Fraud Sweep

More than 300 people across the nation - including 22 in the Houston area - have been charged with stealing more than $900 million in what federal investigators say is the "largest Medicare fraud takedown in history." The 301 people facing criminal and civil charges of health care fraud include 61 doctors, nurses and other medical professionals, according to the Department of Justice. Among those arrested is a veteran Houston family practitioner with offices in Brookshire and Stafford, charged with participating in a scheme to bilk Medicare for $18 million in home health care services that were not necessary or, in many cases, not provided.

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Meet the Senators Who Voted to Destroy Your Civil Liberties

Yesterday, I published a post warning about an amendment to be put up for a vote in the U.S. Senate that would severely harm the civil liberties of American citizens. I was very disappointed to see an unusually low amount of reads on that particular post, which came in well below average despite being such an important issue. Well it turns out John McCain’s amendment 4787 came up for a vote earlier today, and it was stopped by one vote. Yes, by one vote.

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Israeli Air Force Personnel Ordered to Form Google Logo at Airbase

The next Israel Independence Day, expect to see the letters of the Google logo featured on the company’s homepage shaped by Israeli air force personnel and framed by two F-16 jets. No, this is not a hoax and not from The Onion. It was reported by Israel state radio (IBA) veteran military reporter, Carmella Menashe. When Google CEO, Eric Schmidt came calling at the Hatzerim Airbase, the airmen there were ordered by their commanding officers to join in a formation which, from the air, spelled out the Google icon. The logo was framed by two Lavi fighter jets. How absolutely picturesque.

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