Terrifying “Exercise Mataika” Smallpox Simulation Did Not End Well For Humanity

Smallpox has been responsible for up to a billion deaths since it emerged around 10,000 BC, before it was finally eradicated by a worldwide vaccination program. Since 1977 we have been smallpox-free. The only samples of smallpox left are kept under guard at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Vector Institute in Russia, and World Health Organization (WHO) laboratories. Yay science. However, bad news, in 2017 Canadian researchers were able to make a smallpox-like vaccine in the laboratory, raising concerns that bioterrorists could themselves synthesize a virus and unleash it on an unprepared population. Goddamnit science. Several terrorist groups have declared intent to commit biological attacks of this kind, which is especially worrying as most people have not been vaccinated against the disease. Why …

El Chapo’s lawyers concerned by juror misconduct allegations

NEW YORK – El Chapo’s lawyers are raising concerns of potential juror misconduct after a member of the jury told a news website that several jurors viewed media coverage of the Mexican drug lord’s trial against a judge’s orders. VICE News published an interview Wednesday with a juror who said at least five other members at Joaquin Guzman’s trial had followed news coverage of the proceedings, including potentially prejudicial material made public before deliberations. Defense attorney Eduardo Balarezo said the issues raised in the article “are deeply concerning and distressing” and, if true, “make it clear that Joaquin did not get a fair trial.” Trending in US Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : …

This Pilot Got So Bored During 2-Hour Test Flight, He Wrote It In The Sky

Long flights can be boring, even for the pilots themselves. One recently qualified pilot from Adelaide, Australia was testing out a single propeller plane’s new engine this Tuesday and the trip got so dull, he decided to reveal his true feelings for all of those watching. The pilot for Flight Training Adelaide, flew out of South Australia’s Parafield Airport after he was given the assignment to run the aircraft’s engine at a specific power setting for two hours. As the plane got closer to Port Broughton, northwest of Adelaide in South Australia, he wrote the words ‘I’m bored’ on his tracking device, and apparently, not only that. Upon closer inspection, the note revealed something a bit more cheeky – two …

The Supreme Court just unanimously voted to stop the police from stealing your stuff for no reason.

via Wikimedia Commons In a landmark unanimous decision issued Wednesday, February 20, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled civil asset forfeiture unconstitutional because it violates the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against excessive fines and fees. Civil asset forfeiture allows local law enforcement agencies to seize people’s cars, cash, homes, and pretty much anything else that is suspected of being used to commit a crime. To get their property back, citizens have to prove it wasn’t obtained illegally, even in situations where no indictment was filed. A few examples of ridiculous government overreach provided by Harvard Law Review: Mary and Leon Adams resided in their West Philadelphia house for forty-six years when the police told them to vacate and initiated a civil …

Google Maps Reveals Images Of Sensitive Military Bases

In days gone by, being a spy was a tough job. It required unflappable nerve, a briefcase full of deadly contraptions, and a manageable drinking problem. Now, all you need is a smartphone. According to local media reports, an update of Google Maps shows detailed images of sensitive military facilities in Taiwan, including the National Security Bureau, the Military Intelligence Bureau, and a launch site for their US-made Patriot missiles. You can even make out the missiles from the maps. The structures were revealed after Google released an extension of its original satellite mapping of four Taiwanese cities – Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, and Taichung – that allows users to zoom into urban environments and see 3D renderings of buildings. Taiwan is …

People Are Heartwarmed By The Letter This Person Received From An 86-Year-Old Who Bought His VHS Player

Chris Baranski User @OriginalYoni first broke the story with an attached image of the typed out letter and it quickly went viral OriginalYoni Sent by post the 86-year-old recipient of the VHS player said it was the first time he had used the site but had “found many old VHS tapes recently and wanted to see what is on them.” The man said at first he had some technical difficulties which he blamed on his age stating he was “perhaps not up to my game.” With the help of his new device, he discovered beautiful relics from the past of his “wedding with all the family and friends, many of which are no longer around. Then skiing strips, kids growing up …

Womans Last Text Exchange With Friend Before He Took His Own Life Is A Painful Reminder To Take Care Of Our Friends

quagmeijer_ The messages began with her friend asking her about her evening plans to which she responded she was preparing for a big presentation. Shawn then said something that made the girl worry: “I actually needed a friend. I’m kinda in a low place right now,” to which she then asked, “What do you need?” The pair arranged to meet up that evening but when she got to him it was too late. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for young people in the U.S ages 15-24 years-old and males are four times more likely to take their own lives than females. While sadly the poster was unable to get to her friend in time she did the …

NASA Launches Mars Weather Service And Yes, You Can Check The Planets Daily Forecast

Alright, Earthlings, it’s time to stop complaining about how cold this winter is. After all, it could always be worse if we lived on Mars. Thanks to NASA’s Insight Lander, we can now see daily weather reports from the rocky Red Planet and let’s just say it is really, really frigid. For example, this week had an average temperature of around -82°F. Uhm, no thanks. It’s all part of InSight’s mission – short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy, and Heat Transport – to give Mars its first “checkup” in 4.5 billion years of existence. Located on the surface of a flat, smooth plain near the Martian equator known as Elysium Planitia, the weather-telling robot measures temperature, wind, and pressure. And …

Porsche Taycan production forecast may be conservative

Porsche’s production forecast for its first all-electric vehicle may be too conservative, the company’s head of production said this week. Porsche has targeted 20,000 Taycan electric vehicles for the first year of production. But interest in the vehicle could push those estimates higher, Albrecht Reimold, Porsche’s board member in charge of production, said in an internally produced Q&A. Reimold didn’t provide a specific figure. In the interview, Reimold was asked about the company’s new factory for the Taycan that is being constructed in Zuffenhausen, Germany as well as production of the new 911. Reimold explained that there would be some production overlap with the two vehicles, such as using the same new paint shop, despite their marked differences. “We have built …

Driver calls officer a a blessing for being more concerned with her safety than writing her a ticket.

via Mathieu Thauvin / Flickr There are few things more distressing than the moment when you see the lights of a police car flashing in your rear-view mirror. Usually, it’s a reason to fear the worst. One Friday morning, Chy-Niece Thacker of Virginia, was on her way to an interview when she saw the lights of Officer Jenkins’ patrol car in her rear-view. Thacker immediately began putting her documents in order to present to the Henrico County Police officer. “Don’t worry about pulling anything out. I just want you to know that your brake lights are out,” Thacker recalled the officer saying in a Facebook post. Thacker was astonished the officer didn’t seem interested in writing her a ticket, but …

This teacher’s viral door decoration highlights a gut-wrenching truth about slavery.

Black History Month reminds us that the story of America is not always told accurately or honestly. The common saying “history is written by the victors” is not necessarily true. History is written by everyone. We have written narratives of the defeated, the oppressed, the commoners, and the enslaved—we just don’t get to see those stories as often. Perhaps it’s more accurate to say that history is usually taught by the victors, which affects how stories get told, what parts are emphasized or deemphasized, and the language chosen to tell those stories. How history is shared and talked about and passed down through the generations makes a difference in how we view it. A combination of historical white supremacy and …