Armed drones, iris scanners: China’s high-tech security gadgets

From virtual reality police training programmes to gun-toting drones and iris scanners, a public security expo in China showed the range of increasingly high-tech tools available to the country’s police.

The exhibition, which ran Tuesday to Friday in Beijing, emphasised surveillance and monitoring technology just as the Communist government’s domestic security spending has skyrocketed.Facial-recognition screens analysing candid shots of conference attendees were scattered around the exhibition hall, while other vendors packed their booths with security cameras.More innocuous applications, like smart locks for homes and big data applications to reduce traffic congestion, also occupied large swathes of the conference.But the high-end devices on display highlighted the emphasis that China has put on equipping its security forces with gear of the future.Megvii, an artificial intelligence company backed by e-commerce giant Alibaba, demoed different pairs of “smart” sunglasses, which sound an alarm when they spot a suspect.And they don’t come cheap — one pair costs around 20,000 yuan ($2,900), according to an employee manning Megvii’s booth.Similar eyewear made global headlines in February when police in the central city of Zhengzhou used them to spot potential suspects in a crowded train station.Multiple companies also showed off iris scanners, which specialise in detecting and matching unique patterns on the iris, the coloured part of the human eye.”From fetal stage to adolescence to adulthood, the iris stays the same,” James Wang, marketing director at IrisKing, explained to AFP.Compared to fingerprinting and facial recognition, the error rate for matching irises is also lower.”Since iris recognition is done in vivo, it’s also very hard to fake,” he added.- Big spending -China spent an estimated 1.24 trillion yuan on domestic security in 2017, a 12.4 percent increase from the year before, according to a March report by Adrian Zenz, a China security expert at Germany’s European School of Culture and Theology.Bolstering security in China’s minority regions has been a priority, according to Zenz’s report.In Tibet, where numerous Tibetans have self-immolated in protest at Beijing’s policies over the years, domestic security spending rose more than 400 percent between 2007 and 2016 — almost double the growth in spending across all provinces and regions for the same period.In the restive northwest region of Xinjiang, where the government has used an array of surveillance equipment, the security spending spree ballooned nearly 100 percent in 2017 — twice its spending on healthcare, according to Zenz.A UN panel has cited estimates that up to one million ethnic Uighurs and other Muslim minorities have been placed in internment camps in Xinjiang, a charge rejected by Beijing, which says it is combating separatism and religious extremism through vocational education.- Killer drones -The rapid deployment of surveillance-focused technology across China is not new — police in Guiyang tracked down a BBC reporter in just seven minutes for a report on the southwest city’s network of cameras last year.But the security expo shows how broadly technology is being applied to a variety of challenges for the country?s public security forces.A Shenzhen-based tech company called ZNV is using video analysis, such as the detection of facial “micro-expressions”, to analyse emotional responses. One application is police interrogation, though the product is still in the pilot stage.At a booth run by the First Research Institute of the public security ministry, conference attendees took turns trying a VR game meant to teach police about proper firearm usage. One attendee waved around a fake gun in a simulated takedown of thieves who had robbed a fruit shop.Feedback from public security departments has been very good, said Gan Tian, the chief marketing officer at Wuhan-based tech company KitSprite, which is partnering with the First Research Institute.For instance, using VR, practical training of standard procedures can be conducted “in an unlimited time and space”, Gan told AFP.So far, the ministry has over 30 VR training modules for police, all developed by KitSprite.In the pursuit of high-tech police products, however, some companies seem to have got a little carried away.For instance, drones developed by Harwar, a Shenzhen-based company, can come with a number of add-ons, including a “net gun module” that launches a net to ensnare criminals on the run.

The exhibition, which ran Tuesday to Friday in Beijing, emphasised surveillance and monitoring technology just as the Communist government’s domestic security spending has skyrocketed.Facial-recognition screens analysing candid shots of conference attendees were scattered around the exhibition hall, while other vendors packed their booths with security cameras.More innocuous applications, like smart locks for homes and big data applications to reduce traffic congestion, also occupied large swathes of the conference.But the high-end devices on display highlighted the emphasis that China has put on equipping its security forces with gear of the future.Megvii, an artificial intelligence company backed by e-commerce giant Alibaba, demoed different pairs of “smart” sunglasses, which sound an alarm when they spot a suspect.And they don’t come cheap — one pair costs around 20,000 yuan ($2,900), according to an employee manning Megvii’s booth.Similar eyewear made global headlines in February when police in the central city of Zhengzhou used them to spot potential suspects in a crowded train station.Multiple companies also showed off iris scanners, which specialise in detecting and matching unique patterns on the iris, the coloured part of the human eye.”From fetal stage to adolescence to adulthood, the iris stays the same,” James Wang, marketing director at IrisKing, explained to AFP.Compared to fingerprinting and facial recognition, the error rate for matching irises is also lower.”Since iris recognition is done in vivo, it’s also very hard to fake,” he added.- Big spending -China spent an estimated 1.24 trillion yuan on domestic security in 2017, a 12.4 percent increase from the year before, according to a March report by Adrian Zenz, a China security expert at Germany’s European School of Culture and Theology.Bolstering security in China’s minority regions has been a priority, according to Zenz’s report.In Tibet, where numerous Tibetans have self-immolated in protest at Beijing’s policies over the years, domestic security spending rose more than 400 percent between 2007 and 2016 — almost double the growth in spending across all provinces and regions for the same period.In the restive northwest region of Xinjiang, where the government has used an array of surveillance equipment, the security spending spree ballooned nearly 100 percent in 2017 — twice its spending on healthcare, according to Zenz.A UN panel has cited estimates that up to one million ethnic Uighurs and other Muslim minorities have been placed in internment camps in Xinjiang, a charge rejected by Beijing, which says it is combating separatism and religious extremism through vocational education.- Killer drones -The rapid deployment of surveillance-focused technology across China is not new — police in Guiyang tracked down a BBC reporter in just seven minutes for a report on the southwest city’s network of cameras last year.But the security expo shows how broadly technology is being applied to a variety of challenges for the country?s public security forces.A Shenzhen-based tech company called ZNV is using video analysis, such as the detection of facial “micro-expressions”, to analyse emotional responses. One application is police interrogation, though the product is still in the pilot stage.At a booth run by the First Research Institute of the public security ministry, conference attendees took turns trying a VR game meant to teach police about proper firearm usage. One attendee waved around a fake gun in a simulated takedown of thieves who had robbed a fruit shop.Feedback from public security departments has been very good, said Gan Tian, the chief marketing officer at Wuhan-based tech company KitSprite, which is partnering with the First Research Institute.For instance, using VR, practical training of standard procedures can be conducted “in an unlimited time and space”, Gan told AFP.So far, the ministry has over 30 VR training modules for police, all developed by KitSprite.In the pursuit of high-tech police products, however, some companies seem to have got a little carried away.For instance, drones developed by Harwar, a Shenzhen-based company, can come with a number of add-ons, including a “net gun module” that launches a net to ensnare criminals on the run.

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https://www.france24.com/en/20181026-armed-drones-iris-scanners-chinas-high-tech-security-gadgets

Some Tarrant County Voters Report Problems When Selecting ‘Straight Party’ Option

In a hyper partisan election, some voters in Tarrant County are finding they’re selecting the candidate of the party they don’t want.

The issue is coming up when voters select the “straight party” option.

About ten voters in Tarrant County have complaints that something isn’t right when they select the “straight party” option… meaning they want to vote all Republican or all Democrat.

Tarrant County Elections Administrator Heider Garcia sees he believes he knows what the issue is, walking us through the process using a mock ballot.

“You just find a party you like. You’re going to click on it and wait until the machine marks everything on the ballot for that party,” said Garcia.

Sounds easy enough but about ten voters in Tarrant County have complaints that something isn’t right when they select the “straight party” option…meaning they want to vote all Republican or all Democrat.

The Texas Secretary of State, who is in charge of elections is warning voter, saying the Tarrant County residents who reach out to his office say “…it appeared to them that the machine had changed one or more of their selections to a candidate from a different party.”

Garcia showed us what can happen when voters move a selection wheel on voting machines in Tarrant County. After the “straight party” option is selected, the ballot takes a couple seconds to load the straight party option— giving voters plenty of time to push buttons below the screen— inadvertently allowing them to change their selections.

“You can always do your review when you get to the summary screen and make sure that what you are seeing on the screen is what you intend to vote for,” said Garcia.

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https://dfw.cbslocal.com/2018/10/25/tarrant-county-voters-straight-party-option/

China Targets Control Over Internet of Things for Spying, Business

China is aggressively seeking to dominate the Internet of Things and plans to use access to billions of networked electronic devices for intelligence-gathering, sabotage, and business purposes, according to a forthcoming congressional report.

China for nearly a decade has been investing heavily in the emerging technology on the Internet of Things (IoT) and has made outpacing similar U.S. efforts one of the ruling Communist Party of China’s highest strategic goals.

“China’s unique approach to the development of IoT and its enabling infrastructure poses significant challenges for U.S. economic and national security interests,” says a report by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission due out Thursday.

“The highest echelons of the Chinese regime view IoT development and deployment as critical matters of China’s economic competitiveness and national security.”

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https://freebeacon.com/national-security/china-targets-control-internet-things-spying-business/

Cancer Breakthrough: New Protein Could Lead to Novel Treatments

Researchers at York University have found a new role for a well-known protein in the body that may explain, in part, what goes wrong in certain cancers, as well as vascular and neurological disorders.

Beta-catenin, a wide-ranging and important protein for the regulation of cell function from the embryonic stage to adulthood, has already been implicated in the development of certain cancers, including colon, breast, leukemia and melanoma.

Lead researcher, biology Professor John McDermott of the Faculty of Science and his team, have found new intracellular interactions between beta-catenin and other proteins, which highlight a previously unknown role for this protein.

They show that beta-catenin not only has a role in gene expression, but it is also implicated in the control of messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) translation—the process by which genetic information is translated into protein in the machinery of the cell.

The findings surprised the researchers. “Beta-catenin is known to have an expansive role in cell biology, including a role in the nucleus in gene expression and at cell membranes, but this finding points to a new, and potentially important role for this ‘jack-of-all-trades’ protein,” said McDermott. “It’s a novel role for beta-catenin which was previously unknown despite there being thousands of published papers about this protein in the scientific literature.”

In collaboration with the Bayfield lab at York, they found evidence that beta-catenin is recruited by the fragile X mental retardation protein (FMRP) to the cellular machinery to help regulate the translation of mRNA into protein. mRNA carries the genetic information about amino acid sequences in proteins, which it copies from the DNA.

The research indicates that beta-catenin, when recruited to the translation machinery, represses translation. Upon appropriate signals, it then leaves this complex to allow cellular protein production to be increased. If proper regulation doesn’t happen at this step, it could contribute to problems associated with some cancers and neurological diseases.

This newly found role for beta-catenin is important as it provides a window into a process that was previously unknown and that can potentially lead to the development of novel therapeutic interventions.

“The next steps are to try to target these novel properties of beta-catenin in various disease states,” said McDermott.

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https://www.infowars.com/cancer-breakthrough-new-protein-could-lead-to-novel-treatments/

Vox Asks: Is it Time We Started Adding Lithium to Water Supply?

Left-wing media outlet Vox is questioning whether the U.S. should start adding lithium to the public’s water supply.

In an article entitled “How our drinking water could help prevent suicide,” Vox highlights psychiatry professor Nassir Ghaemi and his claims that the practice would be beneficial for the American populace.

“High-lithium areas, he says, have suicide rates 50 to 60 percent lower than those of low-lithium areas,” Vox writes, citing a study co-authored by Ghaemi.

“In general, in the United States, lithium levels are much higher in the Northeast and East Coast and very low in the Mountain West,” Ghaemi said. “And suicide rates track that exactly — much lower suicide rates in the Northeast, and the highest rates of suicide are in the Mountain West.”

The article goes on to state that lithium advocates allege “tens of thousands of lives a year” could be saved with “small amounts of lithium, amounts likely too small to have significant side effects.”

Comparing such a move to “the way we put fluoride in to protect our teeth,” Vox adds, however, that countless studies prove lithium to not be effective whatsoever.

Vox argues that mass-drugging the U.S. citizenry, if alleged to be effective by scientists, should be done anyway.

“At the very least, I’d love for some governments to conduct real, bona fide experiments on lithium,” the article states.

Such a policy, Vox continues, would be ethically sound so long as the practice is deemed to be more good than bad.

“There are serious ethical questions about doing experiments like this that affect whole populations, but if lithium’s effect is real and we don’t pursue it because we lack compelling enough evidence, thereby endangering thousands of people — that’s an ethical problem too,” the article adds.

Vox even describes adding lithium to the water as a beneficial “mind-control plot.”

“The rap against fluoride, mocked in movies like Dr. Strangelove, is that it’s a mind-control plot. But putting lithium in the water would actually be a mind-control plot: It would be a concerted effort by the government to put mind-altering chemicals in the water supply to change the behavior of the citizenry,” Vox writes. “And I say that as someone who thinks that, if it works, that it would be a great idea!”

Listen to a 2010 interview between Alex Jones and board certified neurosurgeon Dr. Russell Blaylock on the dangers of lithium below:

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https://www.infowars.com/vox-asks-is-it-time-we-started-adding-lithium-to-water-supply/

Stress Can Impair Memory, Reduce Brain Size

Adults in their 40s and 50s with higher levels of cortisol — a hormone linked to stress — performed worse on memory and other cognitive tasks than peers of the same age with average cortisol levels, research found. Higher cortisol in the blood also was associated with smaller brain volumes, according to the study, published Oct. 24 in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

“In our quest to understand cognitive aging, one of the factors attracting significant interest and concern is the increasing stress of modern life,” said study senior author Sudha Seshadri, M.D., professor of neurology at UT Health San Antonio and founding director of the university’s Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases. “One of the things we know in animals is that stress can lead to cognitive decline. In this study, higher morning cortisol levels in a large sample of people were associated with worse brain structure and cognition.”

The cognitive data are from 2,231 participants in the Framingham Heart Study, for which Dr. Seshadri is a senior investigator; 2,018 participants also underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to measure brain volume. The team included Framingham collaborators at Harvard Medical School; the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; Boston University School of Medicine; the University of California, Davis, at Sacramento; and UT Health San Antonio.

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https://www.infowars.com/stress-can-impair-memory-reduce-brain-size/

DHS Official Confirms Caravan Contains Criminals, Gang Members, Middle Easterners

A spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security says the agency has confirmed criminals, gang members and other bad hombres are part of the migrant caravan making its way toward the US border through Mexico.

In addition to Hondurans, DHS Press Secretary Tyler Q. Houlton on Tuesday admitted the agency has been tracking criminals within the 14,000-personcaravan which stormed the Mexico-Guatemala border last week.

“.@DHSgov can confirm that there are individuals within the caravan who are gang members or have significant criminal histories,” Houlton wrote on Twitter.

“Citizens of countries outside Central America, including countries in the Middle East, Africa, South Asia, and elsewhere are currently traveling through Mexico toward the U.S.”

“Stopping the caravan is not just about national security or preventing crime, it is also about national sovereignty and the rule of law,” Houlton added. “Those who seek to come to America must do so the right and legal way.”

The DHS spokesperson’s admission bolsters President Trump’s Tuesday assertions that criminals and others are mixed into the caravan.

“Sadly, it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States. Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in. I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergy. Must change laws!” Trump tweeted on Monday.

Speaking with Fox News on Wednesday, reporter Sara Carter notedthat “Some of the people within the caravan were actually tattooed with MS-13 markings.”

“It wasn’t the majority of people, though, but what I can tell you is the majority of people that were in the caravan and the people I interviewed on the ground there were men,” Carter added.

Additionally, a member of the caravan being interviewed also admitted there were criminals within the group, albeit “not that many.”

In the days after Trump made the allegations, several mainstream media reporters, including NBC’s Chuck Toddand Univision’s Jorge Ramos, claimed he was lying.

“Jorge, the president’s claim, which he admits he has no proof of… that there are people from the Middle East… in this caravan… Have you seen anything to back up those claims? Have you seen any Middle Easterners?” CNN’s Anderson Cooper asked Ramos earlier this week.

“Absolutely not and I think President Trump needs to tell the truth to the American people. He just wants to create fear and that’s not the truth.”

On Thursday, President Trump reached out to the caravan, telling them to turn around and go back home, from which they can apply for US citizenship legally.


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https://www.infowars.com/dhs-official-confirms-caravan-contains-criminals-ms-13-middle-easterners/

UN Won’t Specify Type of Strikes That Killed Dozens of Civilians

Dozens of civilians were killed in strikes on Yemen’s embattled Hodeida province, the United Nations said Thursday, as Huthi rebels blamed air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition.

The UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said at least 21 civilians were killed and 10 injured in strikes Wednesday that hit a vegetable packaging facility in Al-Masudi in Bait al-Faqih.

Another three people were killed and six wounded in strikes that hit three vehicles in Al-Hali district.

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https://www.infowars.com/un-wont-specify-type-of-strikes-that-killed-dozens-of-civilians/

Video: MSM Blames Donald Trump & Alex Jones For Hoax Pipe Bombs

Right on cue, MSM has published article after article placing blame for the 9 “bombs” on President Trump and Alex Jones. Even late night comedians are in on the joke as they smear conservatives as violent bigots

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https://www.infowars.com/video-msm-blames-donald-trump-alex-jones-for-hoax-pipe-bombs/

Megyn Kelly Disowned by NBC after Blackface Remarks

NBC daytime host Megyn Kelly is getting axed.

The network is parting ways with Kelly days after she committed the cardinal sin of defending a certain Halloween costume against allegations of racism.

“But what is racist?” Kelly asked a panel of white people on her Tuesday show. “You truly do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface at Halloween or a black person who puts on white face.”

“That was OK when I was a kid, as long as you were dressing like a character,” Kelly said.

Kelly’s remarks, as inconsequential as they were, sparked an uproar which led to her issuing an apology on her show the next day.

“The fact is, she owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the county,” said Today Show colleague Al Roker. “This is a history, going back to the 1830s [with] minstrel shows. To demean and denigrate a race wasn’t right. I’m old enough to have lived through Amos ‘n’ Andy where you had white people in blackface playing two black characters just magnifying the stereotypes about black people. And that’s what the big problem is. … No good comes from it. It’s just not right.”

Kelly’s apology, via ABC News:

“I want to begin with two words: I’m sorry,” Kelly, visibly emotional, said at the top of her live-audience show Wednesday morning. “You may have heard that yesterday we had a discussion here about political correctness and Halloween costumes.

“And that conversation turned to whether it is ever OK for a person of one race to dress up as another — a black person making their face lighter or a white person making theirs darker to make a costume complete,” she continued. “I defended the idea, saying that as long it was respectful and part of a Halloween costume, it seemed OK. Well, I was wrong and I am sorry.”

“I have never been a ‘PC’ kind of person, but I do understand the value in being sensitive to our history, particularly on race and ethnicity,” she added. “This past year has been so painful for many people of color.”

“The country feels so divided, and I have no wish to add to that pain and offense,” she continued. “I believe this is a time for more understanding, more love, more sensitivity and honor, and I want to be part of that.”

However, as is usually the case, her apology was not enough and only served to embolden those who sought to sacrifice her on the altar of political correctness.

On Thursday ABC aired reruns of her show while rumors swirled about her possible departure.

The Daily Mail later reported that, according to sources, NBC was going forward with canceling her show.

“Megyn Kelly is done. She is not ever coming back,” an anonymous NBC exec is quoted as saying.

“We are just working out timing of the announcement but mark my word – she is gone and will never be seen on NBC live again.”

The person added that negotiations were still underway, but that the former Fox News host could walk away with the rest of her $69 million contract.

“Here’s the worst part – her deal is a non-break deal – so she walks away with all that money. It’s disgusting and heads should roll here because of it.”

Another anonymous exec took issue with the fact that she interviewed Infowars’ Alex Jones when she had her prime time show, Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly.

“Her limited tenure here has been an embarrassing joke – offends Jane Fonda, kisses Alex Jones’ a**, defends blackface. I mean what is next?” the frustrated NBC employee recounted.

While the future seems uncertain for Kelly, who hosted the famous presidential debate in which she asked about then-candidate Trump’s treatment of women – to which he quipped, “Only Rosie O’Donnell,” – Daily Mail reveals a “network news insider” has divulged rumors about “Kelly returning to Fox News or its new online venture Fox Nation, whose viewers despise what they perceive as ‘political correctness’ and would likely welcome her back with open arms.”

Kelly has hired a lawyer well-versed in gender bias claims, and reportedly wants #MeToo journalist Ronan Farrowto sit in on the meeting with ABC execs Friday.

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https://www.infowars.com/megyn-kelly-disowned-by-nbc-after-blackface-remarks/