*Its a rare thing to hear about children protesting about anything. We don’t really give them credit for being wise enough to know about such things.
But on Monday children in Nairobi, Kenya took a stand to protect their school’s playground, which was said to be confiscated by a powerful politician. But as they protested the take, Kenyan police tear-gassed them. This according to what a a Kenyan human rights activist told the Associated Press.
The Langata Road Primary School students, said to be between six and 13 years of age, were front and center among those pulling down a wall that had been put in place around the playground that was acquired by a private developer said to be a powerful politician, said Boniface Mwangi. Continue reading
*We’ve all heard ‘em, the blaring sound of ambulance sirens rushing through the streets. At one time or another we have probably been the driver caught in the middle of an oncoming brigade of fire trucks, police cars and ambulances rushing towards us and we are momentarily consumed with fear as we frantically try to get out of the way.
So once they reach their destination, the emergency room, and the worried families sit outside in the waiting room with baited breath wondering what will become of their loved one, those white swinging doors close and a series of medical professionals take over.
What’s happening in there…really?
One ER doctor decides to open up and let us know 5 Terrifying Secrets about hospital emergency rooms.
*After you read this article, you may think twice before snapping that selfie.
According to the biggest hacker group in Germany, the Chaos Computer Club, its really easy for someone to break through the four most common types of computer protection and steal your identity.
“Starbug” – the mysterious keynote speaker at a cybersecurity conference in Hamburg last month, showed up in a black hoodie with the word “terrorist” emblazoned across the front to demonstrate how unsecured our computers and cellphones really are, despite all the efforts that go into creating passwords, lock codes, fingerprint scanners, facial recognition systems or even iris scanners.
As Starbug demonstrated, a hacker doesn’t even have to be in the same room as the victim to swipe their information. Continue reading
*Hey, we’ve all been in this position: You just got a brand new TV for Christmas, and you want to get rid of the old one. Get it outta here is all you’re thinking about. But although it can be pretty temping to just toss your aging TV, iPhone 4S or Xbox 360 in the trash like regular garbage, it’s really the absolute last thing you should do.
Because your old electronics are full of toxic matter and if it makes it to a landfill, all the arsenic, lead, and cadmium goes with it. And from any angle, that would not be good. If those materials make it into landfills, they can potentially leak into our ecosystem, damaging plant and animal life and potentially impacting our food supply.
Aside from the green argument, there’s another good reason not to toss your old tech: Remember you’ve stored your passwords, bank info and other personal information over the years. Its safe there. If you throw away that old computer, there’s no telling whose hands your stuff might end up in. Continue reading
*Get the conniption meds ready because many a white southerner may be getting ready to have one! A new study published in The American Journal of Human Genetics had researchers using ancestry data that was compiled by 23and Me, a commercial genetic testing company, to measure the percentage of African ancestry of people who self-identified as white.
Got those meds ready?
As it turns out, self-identified white people who live in the South have the highest concentrations of African DNA.
In South Carolina and Louisiana — the states shaded the darkest green on the map below — researchers found 2 percent African ancestry in one out of every 20 people who called themselves white. Add to this, in a lot of the South, about 10 percent of people who identified as white turned out to have African DNA.
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*Talk about the writing being on the wall! Literally. A New Jersey public school principal was demoted last week, after a misspelled sign caught the eye of parents and a board member, who put it up on social media, which took it viral.
And we’re not talking a insie, weesie error. We’re talking a whopper. And did I mention it happened TWICE!
Just look at the photo above, where the word December is misspelled “Dicember” and the word report is written as “reepor.” And I’m sorry, it hurts even worse to know that the principal was a woman! Continue reading