Today’s music brought to you by PrinceWhateverer. This guy finally brought some good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll to the over-polluted genre of dubstep in the community. It’s about time some guy gave us some metal/rock for the brony community and although he may only have 27 videos but from what I saw, they are all amazing songs; I especially loved how he turned the ep of Pinkie going nuts into something like an apology song, this guy knows music.

 

Now here’s 2 brony artists UnanimousDelivers and InterrobangPie with added flavor to the community. Interro brings us some chiptunes including one of my favorite songs called Pinkie’s Homebrew while Unanimous had one of his songs played on Everfree and Celestia Radio; Unanimous makes mostly pony YTPs but he does make good YTPMVs. Anyway, the last thing I wanted to discuss was Tofugu

 

Now I know I discussed this in my last post, but Tofugu has great learning resources for the Japanese language and many facts about the language and places to go in Japan; It’s a great reference.

 

Anyway, moving on to today’s news, before I pass out.

 

Ron Paul: Tornadoes Are Nature’s Way of Marketing Insurance

by Ilya Gerner

 

For those frustrated by the constrained range of policies offered by mainstream politicians, Ron Paul’s campaign offers a welcome opportunity to learn how a doctrinaire libertarian would respond to difficult events, such as the recent spate of deadly storms that tore through the South and Midwest. Unfortunately, espousing this doctrine often makes Paul look an F5-scale clown

“There is no such thing as federal money,” Paul said, on CNN’s State of the Union. “Federal money is just what they steal from the states and steal from you and me.”

“The people who live in tornado alley, just as I live in hurricane alley, they should have insurance,” Paul said.

Paul said there was a role for the National Guard to restore order and provide care and shelter in major emergencies, but that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) led to nothing but “frustration and anger.”

Of course by “insurance,” Paul might mean “millions in earmarks and other federal disbursements,” since that’s what Galveston, Texas received in the aftermath of a series of hurricanes, at Paul’s behest. Or maybe the residents of Kentucky and Indiana could be more self-reliant than that: I hear bootstraps make excellent construction tools.

Alternatively, we could invent a newfangled system of compulsory contributions, commensurate with income, that could be redistributed to people who are unfortunate enough to suffer from a natural disaster. We could call it “a government.”

 

Oh Ron Paul, you so funny. Y U NO BE COMEDIAN?


 By Jen Gerson

 

CALGARY — It seems an inglorious beginning, but some scientists are now convinced humanity’s origins can be traced to an ancient, flat, fishlike worm.

A team of researchers subjected the 505-million-year-old Burgess shale fossils of Pikaia gracilens to the latest technology and found evidence that could settle a decades-long debate about the primitive species.

Notably, that they had the seeds of a spine.

“We can see and discern the positive location of the notochord and the nerve chord. This was not obvious at all, you needed these techniques to see it,” said Jean-Bernard Caron, the curator of invertebrate paleontology at the Royal Ontario Museum.

Caron is the co-author of a study to be published Monday in the British journal, Biological Reviews. The lead author was English paleontologist Simon Conway Morris.

The earliest explorers of the Burgess shale collected specimens of Pikaia in 1911. But the creature was overlooked as an ancestor of the earthworm.

“They had no idea it might be something more important to us then, at first sight,” Caron said.

It wasn’t until the ’70s that Morris first suggested the lancelet-like species could in fact be one of the earliest known members of Phylum Chordata — the class that spawned animals with spines. He noted what looked like a notochord, a primitive spine that forms in the embryos of all vertebrate animals, including humans.

But he was not able to prove the link, and the classification bridge species remained in dispute.

In the ’90s, Caron said more Pikaia specimens were collected and, more recently, were subject to the exacting eye of an electron microscope. Using the latest technology, the researchers were able to identify myomeres, which are bands of muscles that are the precursors to skeletal spines. They also found blood vessels and a vascular system.

That puts Pikaia on humanity’s family tree, along with every other animal with a spine.

“It’s giving us a very clear idea of what the origin of our group, what it looked like. It gives us a clear window into our roots, into our deepest roots, really,” Caron said.

The Pikaia would be one of the earliest known chordates, although others may have existed at the time.

The fossil record is sketchy on our ancestors as soft tissue tends to preserve imperfectly in all but ideal conditions, like those of the shale.

In its heyday, the average Pikaia would have grown to the length of a human thumb. It was a flat creature, with a head the size of a period. Two tentacles sprung from the front.

“Those are enigmatic,” Caron said. “Perhaps they were used for feeding, but their role is not very clear. Other than that, the body itself had a very discrete dorsal and, perhaps, a ventral fin. But otherwise, it was a very streamlined animal.”

The Pikaia would have been like a small, early fish. In fact, its s-shaped movement would have struck modern watchers as being eel-like.

“The electron microscope helped us interpreting tremendously the key features of these animals. We could see details we couldn’t see otherwise using normal photographic techniques.”

 

God was a worm? holy shit….who knew.


THREE teachers at one high school arrested after passing around male student, 16, for ‘sex and kissing’

By Michael Zennie

Three male teachers at a single rural high school have been arrested after admitting to passing a male student amongst themselves during a series of over-lapping physical encounters.

The boy, 16, came forward and told prosecutors that the band director, a swim coach and a substitute Spanish teacher all engaged in physical relationships with him several times on the grounds of North Putnam High School in central Indiana.

Perhaps most horrifying is that the boy was introduced to the band director by the Spanish teacher — after the two adults talked about the teen during a teach with each other.

The case has shocked the small community, where just 580 students attend the school and ‘everybody knows everybody.’

Arrested were: Nicholas A. Vester, 24, a substitute Spanish teacher who worked at the school for 12 weeks last fall; Craig E. Rogers, 24, the band director who is currently on paid leave and Brandon D. Largent, 20, a student at Ivy Tech community college who was a lifeguard and volunteer swim coach at the school.

Police say Vester met the student at the high school in October and the two exchanged text messages and pictures, including nude photos.

The sexual activity escalated in November when Vester fondled the boy in his car in the parking lot of a local store — and the pair at oral sex.

It culminated in December when Vester had sex with the teen in the back of his car on a roadside after a basketball game at the high school, the teacher told police.

The substitute teacher also admitted he kissed and fondled the teen at school 12 to 15 times.

During this time, Vester and Rogers went out on a date together, where they discussed the boy.

It was Vester who introduced Rogers, a prominent teacher at the small school, to the teen.

Rogers said he kissed the teen ‘with tongue’ and hugged him at least three times in December and January after the introduction.

Eventually, the teen told the man ‘no more’ and the relationship ended.

Then, in January, Largent said he kissed the boy in the pool locker room at the high school.

Since the boy was 16 when the physical and sexual activity took place, the men were only charged with child seduction, which is the lowest class of felony.

In Indiana, it is illegal for teachers, coaches or anyone who is a guardian of children, to have a physical relationship with a minor whom they look after.

For weeks, rumors circulated in the small community after Rogers, the only full time teacher in the group, was put on paid administrative leave in January.

‘We’re a rural community where people don’t lock their doors at night and people leave their keys in their cars around the courthouse,’ Prosecutor Tim Bookwalter said.

‘These things just don’t happen around here. So I’ve never had an allegation involving any teacher, let along three teachers.’

 

Oh and if you thought that was good, look at this.


Sri Lankan police say man dies while trying to set record for longest time spent buried alive

By Associated Press

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — A Sri Lankan man has died while trying to set a record for the longest time spent buried alive, police said Monday.

Police said Janaka Basnayake, 24, buried himself over the weekend with the help of family and friends in a trench sealed with wood and soil in the town of Kantale, about 137 miles (220 kilometers) north of Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo. A local newspaper reported that the trench was 10 feet (3 meters) deep.

Basnayake was buried at around 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Police said that when he was brought to the surface at 4 p.m., he was unconscious and was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Dr. D.G. Costa of the Kantale hospital said a post-mortem could not determine the cause of death and further medical investigations are being conducted.

Basnayake’s mother, L.D. Leelawathi, said her son had enjoyed performing unusual acts since his childhood — a liking that grew after watching movies, the Lankadeepa newspaper reported.

It quoted her as saying that her son had been buried alive on two previous occasions — for two and a half hours and six hours respectively.

It was unclear whether there is an official world record for the longest time buried alive.

Police said Basnayake was a member of the Civil Defense Force, a police unit that fought in the country’s 25-year civil war.

Electronic voting has earned a pretty bad reputation for being insecure and completely unreliable. Well, get ready to add another entry to e-voting’s list of woes.

One Bender Bending Rodríguez was elected to the 2010 school board in Washington DC. A team of hackers from the University of Michigan got Bender elected as a write-in candidate who stole every vote from the real candidates. Bender, of course, is a cartoon character from the TV series Futurama.

This was not some nefarious attack from a group of rouge hackers: The DC school board actually dared hackers to crack its new web-based absentee voting system four days ahead of the real election. University of Michigan professor Alexander Halderman, along with two graduate students, did the deed within a few hours.

After looking over the e-voting system’s Ruby on Rails software framework, Halderman’s team discovered that they could use a shell injection vulnerability to get into the system. This allowed them to retrieve the ‘public key’, which is used to encrypt the ballots. With the public key in hand, the hackers were able to change every ballot already in the system and replace any subsequent real ballots with fakes.

While the hackers were mucking about the system’s server, they discovered other files that were not ballot-related in the /tmp/ directory. Among them was a 937-page PDF containing instructions to individual voters as well as authentication codes for every voter. If someone with malicious intent got their hands on these codes, they could use them to cast ballots as a real voter.

The researchers also managed to hack into the network, allowing them to gain access to other systems within the building. The team was able to get into the surveillance system, which gave them access to the security cameras. This allowed them to time their attacks so that the technicians would not notice the additional server activity.

When the team tried to get into the terminal server, they noticed there was an attack coming from Iran; they traced the IP address to the Persian Gulf University. The team realised the Iranians were getting in with one of the default admin logins (user: admin, password: admin). To stop the outside attacks the team blocked the offending IP address with iptables (a piece of software for server admins) and replaced the admin password with something more challenging. The team also blocked similar attacks launched from New Jersey, India, and China.

For the team’s pièce de résistance, the researchers replaced the “Thank you for voting” note with “Owned”, and programed the site to start playing the University Of Michigan’s Fight Song “Hail To The Victors!” 15 seconds later. Despite all this, the system administrators did not notice anything strange until two days later.

Halderman’s closing statements on e-voting are that a single flaw in the configuration of the system could be fatal, and secure internet -based voting won’t be ready until there are significant fundamental advances in computer security. Be sure to check out the full paper on Attacking the Washington, D.C. Internet Voting System.

 

Now off to the east.

 

Canadian Lolicon Gropes Tokyo Schoolgirl

Author: Artefact

 

A Canadian man has been arrested for groping a Tokyo schoolgirl, and is suspected of being behind a series of similar attacks and acts of public indecency around the city.

The 41-year-old Canadian citizen, a company employee of apparent French-Canadian extraction, was arrested by police in Tokyo’s Kokubunji city on charges of indecent assault.

According to police, in October he approached an elementary schooler, flipped her skirt and then proceeded to forcibly grope her posterior.

He admits flipping the girl’s skirt, but says “I have no recollection of whether I touched her bottom or not.”

His arrest followed him being identified from Shinagawa ward security camera footage, and police are investigating whether they can pin additional charges on him, based on similar reports from Shinagawa and western Tokyo, as well as reports of a “foreigner” exposing himself in public in the same areas.

 

Japan, stop bitching that so many people are molesting your women. When you make pornography in your mangas and arrest people for touching your women, SOMETHING IS FUCKING WRONG WITH YOUR SOCIETY!!

This article was posted at the end of February, but you guys might wanna hear about this.

 

Student Busted for $5 Schoolgirl Sex

Author: Artefact

 

Police have arrested a young man who managed to bargain a schoolgirl prostitute down to a fee of “several hundred yen” by taking advantage of the fact she had neglected to bring enough money to pay for her passage home, after she reported him.

Hyogo prefecture police report a “self-proclaimed” 19-year-old university student has been arrested on child prostitution charges after arranging to meet a 16-year-old high school girl at a Kobe park, at which they negotiated a sexual encounter in which the youth paid her “several hundred yen” for sex.

Their association began when the young man began posting on her blog, and soon they were exchanging emails in which the girl agreed to sell herself to him for ¥60,000.

However, when she turned up at the park it transpired she had not brought any money at all, and could not afford her own train fare home. Taking advantage of this fact, her client somehow managed to bargain her down to just enough to cover her fare home.

The incident came to light when the girl shopped her stingy customer to police. He admits the charges. As both a female and a minor (although technically her client is also a minor), she faces no charges.

2ch’s substantial population of prostitution experts do not whether to be envious of the young man and his ruthless negotiating skills, aghast at the collapsing value of the Japanese schoolgirl, or exasperated at a 16-year-old prostitute being able to employ the police as her de facto pimps:

“This is harsh!”

“That guy was too tight!”

“And of course, the woman gets off scot-free as always.”

“This is great! I like this guy!”

“Pretty sad for a 19-year-old to be using JK whores though…”

“At 19 you should still be able to get with JKs for free without much difficulty.”

“So did they actually do it at the park? Scandalous…”

“It’s pretty shameless how she went to the police to dob him in like that.”

“I wonder if she told them the guy didn’t pay her properly?”

“Why don’t they ever arrest the girl?”

“What was she thinking when she went to the cops about this…”

“No matter how much of an idiot she was I doubt she told them straight up that he just didn’t pay her. She should really have realised he was not serious about paying her ¥60,000 for a date though.”

“It’s his fault for not realising one of these bitch-brained whores is capable of doing anything if provoked.”

“Going to the police over your own crimes really is…”

“This is why you pay up front.”

“Please, tell me they arrested this prostitute as well?”

“She bought a one-way ticket…”

“Come on, for 60,000 you could make a number of trips to a soapland. What was she thinking?”

“I heard you can get these girls for the price of two cigarette cartons lately, I guess it’s true.”

“‘Several hundred yen’ – what a hard bargain!”

“Talk about deflation…”

 

I’ll see you guys all next time, goodnight everybody. This is Grass signing out.