World’s Loudest Bird

And possibly the weirdest !

www.weather.com/science/nature/video/listen-to-worlds-loudest-bird-scream-for-mate

Rats Taught To Drive Cars

Well, I never expected to wake up and see this headline this morning.

www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-50167807

The Blob is Alive !

If this doesn’t get you creeped out, nothing will :

Why a brainless yellow ‘blob’ that can learn is mystifying scientists

www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-50081057

The Blind Muralist

Artists, could you paint blind? I stopped painting due to double vision but this man has inspired me. I’ll try an art piece with my eyes closed and find out what happens. Maybe this man will inspire you too.

Blind artist draws murals by feeling the paint

www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-48562806

Art by John Bramblitt

Stop The Hate Before It Is Too Late For All Of Us

I’m going to get serious for just a moment. This came about because I saw an app for people who are Conservatives/Republicans to find a safe place to dine out. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, but then, I also can’t believe it when total strangers gang up and terrorize people they have decided are bad and must be gotten rid of.. Because their political choices are different.

I never thought I’d see a day when people here were being attacked in public, shouted and screamed at until they fled a restaurant, barred from shops and eateries.

Below you’ll find a link to a great radio presentation of the science fiction story by Theodore Sturgeon, “Mr. Costello, Hero”. I’m presenting it as an example of a very frightening thing going on in our society right now, people labeling others as bad just because they have a different opinion. This has happened before… In Germany 1939.

I hope you will listen to it this radio show.

I hope you will still welcome all people into your world with an open heart and mind.

Mr. Costello, Hero

Google is planning to track billions of credit and debit card sales

This is the very reason I stay away from Google whenever possible… And yes, they look just like this..


From BBC Tech News 
Google is planning to track billions of credit and debit card sales to compare online ad clicks with money spent offline.

The company will allow advertisers to see whether online ad campaigns generate offline sales.

Announcing the service, Google said that it captures around 70% of credit and debit card transactions in the US.

Critics said it represented another blow to privacy.

Google also announced a separate monitoring product in a blogpost, saying: “For the first time, Google Attribution makes it possible for every marketer to measure the impact of their marketing across devices and cross-channel – all in one place.”

The company has vast amounts of data on net users, from services such as AdWords, Google Analytics and DoubleClick Search which combine details about the ads displayed on devices with what has been searched for in Google.
Google can also collect location information from phones, allowing it to work out when a user has seen an ad, and whether they have searched for the product advertised and gone to an offline shop to buy it.

Privacy concerns

It introduced store visit measurements back in 2014, using the location data on mobiles to track when people visited a store.

“In under three years, advertisers globally have measured over five billion store visits,” it said.

It added that Google’s “third-party partnerships” already capture approximately 70% of credit and debit card transactions in the US, but did not reveal who the partners were or how information was captured.

Google will not have access to the details about what individuals spend – instead they learn the value of all purchases in a certain time period.

“While we developed the concept for this product years ago, it required years of effort to develop a solution that could meet our stringent user privacy requirements,” a spokesman said.

“To accomplish this, we developed a new, custom encryption technology that ensures users’ data remains private, secure, and anonymous.” 

Can you do anything about it ? 

In the US, Users can opt out of the service by going to their ads setting page and unchecking the box that says: “Also use Google Account activity and information to personalise ads on these websites and apps and store that data in your Google Account”.

Users can also disable personalisation for all Google ads. And they can pause or delete their location history.
“The one thing people regularly state as ‘creepy’ online is when an advert follows them around the internet. These plans appear to extend ‘creepy’ into the physical world,” said Renate Samson from Big Brother Watch.

“If people want to avoid having their shopping habits monitored on the high street by Google, by shops or by banks they should restrict the amount of data they hand over.

“Companies track and monitor in order to advertise to us. If we don’t want them to do that, take control; don’t give your email address for a digital receipt, check the terms and conditions, avoid using loyalty cards and where possible choose to pay with cash.” 

How do you stop astronauts going mad?

Space Madness – 


http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170208-how-do-you-stop-astronauts-going-mad

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