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And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good and God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them

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The sons of Ham were Cush and Mizraim and Put and Canaan. 7The sons of Cush were Seba and Havilah and Sabtah and Raamah and Sabteca; and the sons of Raamah were Sheba and Dedan. Now Cush became the father of Nimrod; he became a mighty one on the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the LORD; therefore it is said, “Like Nimrod a mighty hunter before the LORD.” The beginning of his kingdom was Babel and Erech and Accad and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.

Now the whole earth used the same language and the same words.And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the sky. Let us make a name for ourselves; otherwise, we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”The LORD said, “If they have begun to do this as one people all having the same language, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.Come, let Us go down there and confuse their language so that they will not understand one another’s speech.”So from there the LORD scattered them over the face of the whole earth, and they stopped building the city.Therefore its name is called Babylon, for there the LORD confused the language of the whole earth, and from there the LORD scattered them over the face of the whole earth.



Not-so fairground: A dwarf, named Bear Man, is pictured on all fours in the style that makes him a sideshow attraction in carnival at the Greenbrier Valley Fair, West Virginia in 1938

Not-so fairground: A dwarf, named Bear Man, is pictured on all fours in the style that makes him a sideshow attraction at the Greenbrier Valley Fair, West Virginia in 1938

Misses Fannie Mills (August 30, 1860 or 1859 – 1899), AKA “The Ohio Big Foot Girl,” she had a disease called Milroy Disease which caused for legs and feet to become gigantic. She was born in Sussex, England and had two sisters.


Russian publisher is no longer “whitewashing” Rick Riordan’s jacket illustration character Carter, an African American boy who has been depicted as white on the covers of various foreign language editions of Riordan’s young adult series.

Carter’s skin is “dark brown”, like his Egyptologist father, he tells readers in the first pages of The Red Pyramid. His sister Sadie’s is much lighter, as she takes after their mother, who was white. “Carter, you’re getting older. You’re an African American man. People will judge you more harshly, and so you must always look impeccable,” his father tells him.

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Riordan’s foreign publishers in countries including Russia, Italy and the Netherlands have featured cover images of Carter as a white boy. “Pretty art but I’m not amused how they whitewash Carter,” wrote Riordan of the Italian jacket last year.

The Dutch publisher subsequently listened to Riordan’s concerns, the author said, and revised the covers “so that Carter Kane actually looks African American rather than whitewashed”.His Russian publisher has now followed suit, prompting Riordan to write last week: “Thank you to my Russian publisher EKSMO for listening to my concerns. They have fixed the Kane Chronicles covers so Carter is no longer whitewashed. This art will be featured on any future reprints.”

Riordan  writer for the Percy Jackson series, is one of the world’s richest authors.With the exception of the US and UK, Riordan don’t even see the covers until they are published.

Alexandra Strick, manager and co-founder of Inclusive Minds, which campaigns for diversity in children’s books, said the issue of “whitewashing” was “still a very major problem in children’s books”.

“There have been many high-profile cases of characters actually changing colour completely, so described in the story as black but then appearing Caucasian on the cover. However, very often it’s more subtle than that, with the cover of a book about a non-white character often avoiding featuring a human face at all, or with the character featured in silhouette or even with their face turned away. Sometimes it’s a case of publishers asking that a character is ‘less dark’ almost as though mixed race is acceptable but somehow black skin isn’t.”



Shutterstock image (by a-image): Internet of Things (IoT) concept icon.

By 2020, experts forecast that 26 billion devices will be connected to the Internet, and some predict two or three times that number.

Researchers have concluded that agencies must decide how best to take advantage of the Internet of Things for core missions while protecting privacy and enhancing security. And that security model will likely have to be unique because every endpoint and network connection is vulnerable to hackers. Cybersecurity would also involve protecting IoT hardware and sensors, securing 4G and Wi-Fi, and preventing tampering with power grids and utilities.

Also at issue are federal laws that protect consumer and government data, such as the Privacy Act of 1974 and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, which were designed long before the IoT existed. Geo-location histories, financial information and health data are often stored on smartphones and other devices, and people naturally want assurances that their personal information is secure.  the report suggest that transparency about data policies and management would help.

The General Services Administration’s Smart Buildings initiative is cited as as a good example of an agency using the IoT to its advantage. Under the program, GSA installed sensors on government buildings to measure and manage environmental impact, energy efficiency, operating expenses and other factors.

The report recommends that the government create a strategy to educate the public and federal agencies alike about the IoT and its implications. The authors also urge Congress and the White House to avoid heavy regulation that could hinder the IoT’s growth and said they should instead focus on creating consumer-based standards and ensuring privacy protections.

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A smart coffee machine can make your coffee at 6:30 every morning, or smart tech can warm up your car whenever the temperature is below freezing. It can open the doors at your business and turn on the lights. However the downside, is the security risk. Because this data is moving around on devices that are not universally protected, in an environment where there is no established security standard, we have no way of assessing the level of risk. Most products are often underprotected (or not protected at all), which opens the door to hacking. Computer manufacturers and software companies devote attention and resources to providing security, but appliance makers have little understanding of the field. It is only a matter of time before the hackers start digging into their programs. The first proven large-scale hack of IoT devices occurred in December 2013 and the first week of 2014, according to the security-as-a-service company Proofpoint, based in Sunnyvale, Calif. According to Proofpoint’s press release detailed the marshaling of conventional household smart, or IoT, appliances, “the global attack campaign involved more than 750,000 malicious email communications coming from more than 100,000 everyday consumer gadgets such as home-networking routers, connected multimedia centers, televisions and at least one refrigerator that had been compromised and used as a platform to launch attacks.”



Emotion technology is another project by Microsoft to detect emotions. Lets take a look.

(Martyn Landi/Project Oxford/Screenshot)

Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig often appears brooding and isn’t afraid of confrontation when facing the press on the red carpet. Most of photos suggest something similar, and indeed Project Oxford’s Emotion Recognition software gets a similar impression.

Daniel Craig
(Mark Schiefelbein/AP/Project Oxford/Screenshot)

The Queen

Keeping a stoic and regal exterior during public occasions is something the Queen is quite used to by now. But what does her face really say?

The Queen
(Peter Nicholls/PA/Project Oxford/Screenshot)

Plenty of happiness to go with that neutrality. We’d also love to know what the element of surprise was.

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The findings of a Yahoo News survey poll  revealed,that of the  5,188 registered voters conducted ahead of the Digital Democracy conference in Iowa Thursday, Blacks, Latinos and Asian-Americans all have more positive views on the use of technology in politics than whites do. And Blacks stand out as the group who feel most strongly that the Internet and social media have helped make American politics more representative of society.

Over 70 percent of Blacks said they think the Internet and social media ensure that political campaigns are more transparent. This compares to 69 percent of Asian-Americans, 63 percent of Hispanics and 59 percent of whites. When asked whether the Internet and social media have affected the political influence of minority voters, 55 percent of Blacks said technology has made such voters more influential. Fifty-one percent of Hispanics, 45 percent of whites and 43 percent of Asian-Americans felt the same. Registered voters agreed that technology has made political campaigns more negative. Whites (57 percent) were the group most likely to share this view, followed by Asian-Americans (51 percent) and Hispanics (50 percent). While 41 percent of Blacks said the Internet and social media have made campaigns more negative, 34 percent of Blacks said technology had no effect whatsoever on political campaigns. Voters across the spectrum also told pollsters they believed technology contributed to the spread of misinformation about politics and the election, with 85 percent of whites sharing this view, followed by 83 percent of Asian-Americans, 81 percent of Hispanics and 78 percent of Blacks.

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