We here at Notoriously White, Now and then, like to keep all the, sub human, No IQ’ers informed, so sit down open a beer and enjoy these video’s on Flat Earthers. I know the Smart users out there will appreciate this informative video collection!!
Testing Flattards – Part 1
Testing Flattards – Part 2
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Published on 27 Nov 2016
Part one in a series taking a wry look at the idiotic belief that the Earth is flat, and how that stacks up against reality. This part takes a look at some fundamental geometric problems with flattards’ favourite “map”, an Azimuthal Equidistant Projection.
Guidance: Contains some mild language within a comedy context.
Part two in a series taking a wry look at the idiotic belief that the Earth is flat, and how that stacks up against reality. This part looks skyward as we consider basic observations of the stars, and find out where the Sun would be if it were a flying spotlight.
Guidance: Contains some mild language within a comedy context.
More than three days have passed since The Pirate Bay went down after a raid on a Swedish datacenter. While there is still no sign that TPB is preparing a comeback, several copies of the popular torrent site are drawing in hundreds of thousands of visitors.
With millions of visitors a day TPB was one of the largest websites on the Internet and despite the police action its users remain hungry for fresh content.
We previously reported that other large torrent sites have noticed a significant uptick in traffic in recent days. However, many of TPB’s users are eagerly waiting for the original site to return.
Thus far it’s still unclear whether the site will return in the near future, if at all. Our queries to find out more remain unanswered for now.
Meanwhile there’s a ‘worrying’ development that Pirate Bay “copies” are gaining a lot of momentum. While none of these sites are associated with The Pirate Bay they are happy to welcome the extra visitors.
First a word of caution. None of the sites below are related to the “official” site and visitors should beware of scams and malware.
In recent days we have received more than a hundred tips from readers who announced that TPB has returned on the thepiratebay.cr. While this site does look familiar, it’s by no means an official incarnation.
In fact, as we highlighted earlier, the .cr domain used to be one of the many Pirate Bay proxy/mirror sites. It has no upload functionality nor can visitors sign up to add torrents. Interestingly enough (and adding to the confusion) the site’s operators started to populate the site with new content themselves a few hours ago.
The .cr domain, which was incorrectly promoted by several news media sites as an official comeback, previously redirected to thepiratebay.ee, a site that used to charge people for access to torrents.
The .ee domain is another mirror site that’s getting a lot of new visitors. While the site removed its paygate shortly after the Pirate Bay raid, potential visitors should keep this history in mind.
As is true for most mirrors and copies, the .ee site mimics Pirate Bay’s appearance but doesn’t allow people to upload new files. Other mirror sites, some of which have added fresh content and convenient chat boxes, include thepiratebay.hk and thepiratebay.org.es.
These sites, like the ones above, are not connected to the original site. In fact, The Pirate Bay still has access to its .se domain name so there would be no reason to change that for a potential comeback.
Finally, there are also “copies” that make it clear that they’re not the new Pirate Bay.OldPirateBay.org, for example, was launched by the people behind Isohunt.to. The operators told TF that their main motivation is to keep the torrents accessible, not to cause confusion.
“We saw a lot of topics where people are looking for something like this. For sure it has some bugs and glitches but we are going to improve it. The tool is for the users’ convenience till TPB comes alive again,” we were told.
If The Pirate Bay does indeed come back we will be the first to report it here. Until then, caution is warranted.
The Discovery Channel, is becoming a waste of time!
Last night, the Discovery Channel aired its controversial special Eaten Alive, in which a man tried (and failed) to get a green anaconda to eat him. And while we’re glad that it didn’t get that far, this special was just a bullshit excuse to use fear of these animals for the sake of ratings.
We watched the entire one-and-a-half-hour Eaten Alive special so that you don’t have to. And if you haven’t watched it, don’t. Calling it a nature special is a stretch of the imagination, since the emphasis is on the crew and their fear of the larger green anacondas. If you’re really curious about the money shot, you can head over to Gawker and see their video of it.
So yes, so-called naturalist and wildlife photographer Paul Rosolie really did try to get himself eaten and then regurgitated by a green anaconda. Rosolie tapped out before the snake actually managed to swallow him, which is good news for the snake. So Rosolie didn’t get eaten and the snake didn’t die in the process. What’s the harm? Well, there is still plenty wrong with Eaten Alive even without anyone actually getting eaten.
It’s All About Reinforcing People’s Fear of Anacondas
That tweet comes from Laurie Goldberg, Group Executive Vice President of Public Relations at Discovery, before Eaten Alive aired. Supposedly, Discovery had some notion that they could spin Eaten Alive as an effort to promote Amazonian conservation. And yes, the vast majority ofEaten Alive doesn’t involve Rosolie wrestling with an anaconda. In fact, it was only in the last 18 minutes of that 1.5-hour special that we got around to Rosolie’s attempted stunt. Instead, much of the special is devoted to talk about how dangerous anacondas are.
Rosolie spends a good part of the time puffing out his chest in front of the camera and telling us all how much danger he will be in when he tries to get an anaconda to eat him, and there are constant mentions of the crew being in danger. By contrast, there is remarkably little observation of anacondas in the wild or talk about the animals’ disappearing habitat. When experts come on the screen to talk about the green anaconda’s predatory abilities, they tend to say “you” (as in “the snake uses these teeth to latch onto you”) instead of “its prey,” encouraging viewers to imagine themselves as the snakes’ prey.
And whenever the crew does get its hands on an anaconda, it is clear that, while an anaconda could certainly crush (or perhaps drown) a human, it’s very much at the mercy of its captors. There have been (non-fatal) strikes recorded on human researchers studying anacondas, but the snakes we see are just trying to get away. Still, the crew members chatter on constantly about the dangers these snakes pose.
Certainly we shouldn’t be encouraging people to tromp into an anaconda’s habitat and handle wildlife without training, but how does reinforcing the fears of anacondas that people get from movies and twice-told tales inspire conservation efforts? The green anaconda is presented here not as a majestic animal with a vanishing habitat but as a monster hiding in the Amazon.
So the premise of the Eaten Alive stunt is that Rosolie would be swallowed by a green anaconda and then regurgitated. The announcement of this plan is accompanied by footage of an anaconda regurgitating a meal. Does that happen? Sure. But the problem is that regurgitating an animal can be dangerous for an anaconda.
We spoke with anaconda researcher Jesús Rivas, who explained that not only is eating something as large as an adult human hazardous to a snake’s health, so is regurgitating something that large. While an anaconda is swallowing or regurgitating food, its airway is blocked and it can’t breathe. Dr. Rivas has seen green anacondas in his care die from eating meals that were too large, and noted that even if the snake survived, the act of swallowing and regurgitated an adult man would be physically traumatic for the anaconda. However, the only hazards anyone mentions in the special are the potential dangers to Rosolie and members of his crew, not the dangers this stunt poses to the snake.
Okay, we can’t confirm this, but wildlife ecologist David Steen (who did some excellent live-tweeting of the special) and others watching the special heard frog and toad sounds that don’t belong in the Amazon. If Discovery did add North American audio to their Amazon video, it’s not quite as awful as force-feeding a snake, but it’s just another example of how this was not a genuinely educational special, but rather a stage being set.
So, after more than an hour of listening to Rosolie and his companions talk about how much danger they were in, we finally got to the big moment. Rosolie donned a suit of armor made up of freaking CHAIN MAIL and carbon fiber plating, as well as an oxygen mask. The snake received no such defensive measures. And after all that, Rosolie had to approach the snake, lie down on top of the snake, and prod it into wrestling him. Even Rosolie said, in an interview with the Telegraph, that he had to provoke the snake into defending itself. Of course, all anyone talked about were the dangers Rosolie was facing.
Also, he soaked himself in dead pig’s blood, which didn’t necessarily make him more appealing to the snake.
It turned out, however, that we didn’t get to that point. Rosolie called uncle while the anaconda was exerting a crushing pressure on his arm. He might be willing to cause a snake physical trauma in the name of his stunt, but he drew the line at his own arm. On the one hand, we understand that it probably hurt like nothing else. On the other, what was he really expecting?
All Anyone’s Talking About Today? Their Disappointment.
As much as Discovery and Rosolie defend Eaten Alive as a pro-conservation piece, it’s clear that many viewers wanted to see a man eaten alive and were disappointed when it didn’t happen. This morning, the discussion has not been about the preservation of the green anaconda’s habitat but howpissedviewersare that Rosolie wasn’t actually eaten. Congratulations, Discovery, you got people hyped up to see a snake tortured. Now what does this do for the reputation of green anacondas?
We Really Don’t Need a Snake Week. Please.
Seriously, Shark Week is bad enough. Discovery, don’t make Eaten Alive a precursor to a similarly terrible week filled with misleading snake programming.
Russian president Vladimir Putin is saying that Britain and France are responsible for allowing the Nazis to run roughshod around Europe before the war, while saying there was nothing wrong with the USSR’s pact with Hitler. It’s a pathetic attempt by Putin to abuse history in a way that asserts his authoritarian rule.
These comments are bound to stoke anger across Europe. As reported by The Telegraph, Putin made the remarks in Moscow while meeting with young historians. He told them that Western historians are trying to downplay the 1939 Munich Agreement in which France and Britain — led by Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain — appeased Adolf Hitler by caving to his occupation of Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland.
“Chamberlain came, waved a piece of paper and said, ‘I’ve brought you peace’ when he returned to London after the talks,” said Putin on Wednesday. “To which Churchill, I think, said somewhere to a small group of people, ‘That’s it, now war is inevitable’. Because compromise with an aggressor in the form of Hitlerite Germany was clearly leading to a large-scale future military conflict, and some people understood that.”
At the same time, Putin claimed that Stalin’s agreement with Hitler — the infamous Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact — was perfectly fine.
“Serious research must show that those were the foreign policy methods then,” he is quoted as saying, adding: “The Soviet Union signed a non-aggression treaty with Germany. People say: ‘Ach, that’s bad.’ But what’s bad about that if the Soviet Union didn’t want to fight, what’s bad about it?”
Plenty of Blame to Go Around
This is so infuriating I don’t even know where to start.
First, most Western historians don’t contest the assertion that Britain and France were guilty of appeasing Hitler. There’s no conspiracy by historians to “hush” this assessment. If anything, Western historians since A. J. P. Taylor’s The Origins of the Second World War have largely supported this view.
Putin’s claim that the Munich Agreement precluded Russia from creating an anti-fascist front with the Allies is as disingenuous as it is inaccurate. Given just how fearful Western Europe was of Nazi Germany, a united front would have been entertained given the dire circumstances.
Second, the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, as a non-aggression treaty, can be interpreted as its own kind of appeasement policy. It basically said to Hitler, “Go ahead and do whatever you want — we won’t get in your way.” Had Stalin refused to sign the non-aggression treaty, it’s unlikely that Germany would have invaded Poland. Or if it did, the Soviets could have declared war on Germany just like the Allies had done, changing the strategic parameters and dynamics of the conflict in a profound way.
But even worse than this de facto appeasement, the Pact can be construed as strategic prelude to the ensuing attack on Poland. A crucial aspect of the Pact that Putin conveniently failed to mention was the secret clause agreeing to the partition of Poland (a clause that wouldn’t be made public to the Russian people until 1989). The Soviets were well aware that Nazi Germany was going to invade Poland, and that by letting it do so unhindered, the Soviet Union would get the Western portions of its former territory in return. After the invasion, more than 20,000 arrested and captured Poles were executed by the Soviet secret police in the Katyn massacre in 1940. The Nazis then embarked on an extermination campaign that would lead to the deaths of three million Jews in Poland alone.
Thirdly, Putin’s comments that the Soviet Union “didn’t want to fight” is obviously bullshit of the highest order. He’s conveniently forgetting the USSR’s unprovoked invasion of Finland in late 1939, not to mention the eagerness with which Stalin went to war against Poland during the joint invasion with the Nazis a few months earlier. What’s more, some historians speculate that Stalin agreed to the Pact as a way to buy time before launching his own invasion against Germany some time around 1948-50 (though this is unsubstantiated).
Fourthly, the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact also served as a trick. Hitler made no bones that his ultimate foe was the Soviet Union. The non-aggression treaty allowed Nazi Germany to occupy the Eastern side of Poland, and to buy Hitler some time before launching Operation Barbarossa against the USSR — a surprise attack that left Stalin completely dumbfounded.
But Putin doesn’t really doesn’t care about the facts. As noted in The Telegraph article, “Critics say Mr Putin and his administration are increasingly mobilising historical events as a means of bolstering his authoritarian rule.”
MasterCard in collaboration with Zwipe has come up with the world’s first con-tactless payment card with a built-in fingerprint bio-metric sensor.
The new card, dubbed the Zwipe MasterCard, records user’s fingerprint data on the card itself using an EMV certified secure element. The card owner will just need to ensure the thumb is placed on the card’s bio-metric sensor in order to make a con-tactless purchase at any terminal that already recognizes NFC payments.
If the pre-approved thumbprint stored on the card isn’t detected, the con-tactless or chip-enabled purchase won’t be processed.
The new card will ensure safe and secure payment transactions as it is much harder to steal someone’s fingerprint than it is to steal their PIN.
A prototype of the new card was showcased by MasterCard in London on Friday along with Zwipe, the Norwegian developer of the fingerprint recognition technology.
Ajay Bhalla, president of enterprise security solutions at MasterCard, in a statement said MasterCard believes that it should be able to identify its cards without use of passwords or PIN numbers. Bio-metric authentication can help the company achieve this.
However, the biggest challenge is to ensure that the technology offers robust security, simplicity of use and convenience for the customer. Zwipe’s first trial is a significant milestone and its results are very encouraging, Bhalla noted.
Following successful trials with Norwegian bank Sparebanken DIN, which is now planning to offer bio-metric authentication and contactless communication for all its cards, MasterCard is now ready to start offering the bio-metric cards to UK banks as soon as next year.
Every now and then we find some great and interesting people who try to get money through fraud, well we at Notoriously White, have nominated this chap, as the best this year!
A British man pleaded guilty this week to stealing 40,000 pounds from an elderly neighbor and pretending to be in a coma for two years to avoid charges, authorities said.
Alan Knight pleaded guilty after being charged with multiple counts of theft and making a false representation for gain, a Swansea Crown Court representative told ABC News. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 7.
Knight was arrested in 2012 for the alleged theft, a South Wales Police spokesman said.
But Knight delayed going to court by claiming to be a quadriplegic who had periodic seizures that left him in a comatose-state, police said. Since authorities were unable to get Knight in court, his trial was delayed until this week, police said.
However, an investigation revealed that Knight had been faking his symptoms, police said.
Wales News Service
PHOTO: Alan Knight, left, pretended he was in a vegetative state to scam his next door neighbor out of £40,000.
Knight and his wife, Helen Knight, even attempted to prove Knight’s medical condition by photographing themselves in their home with Knight appearing to be unconscious and surrounded by medical equipment.
However, earlier this week Knight was finally ordered to attend court in person. Once in the courtroom investigators revealed they had footage of Knight walking around on closed-circuit television without a neck brace, oxygen or a wheelchair, police said.
Wales News Service
PHOTO: Alan Knight pretended he was in a vegetative state to scam his next door neighbor out of £40,000.
In images and video released to the news media, Knight is shown walking through a doorway with his family. After the evidence was presented, Knight then pleaded guilty to the charges.
Calls to a number listed in the name of Knight’s wife, Helen Knight, were not immediately returned.
Judge Paul Thomas, who was overseeing Knight’s case, said Knight’s injury claim was “unique” and wanted to discourage anyone else who might try it, according to the Daily Telegraph.
“Although a very accomplished and determined actor, he is in nothing like the condition he claims to be, and the conditions he claims to be suffering from are simply non-existent,” Thomas said in court, according to the Daily Telegraph.