Abeilles des centaines dhectares semés pour les nourrir

first_imgAbeilles : des centaines d’hectares semés pour les nourrirFranche-Comté, France – Face à l’inquiétante mortalité qui menace les abeilles, un plan d’action a été mis en place en Franche-Comté. Des centaines d’hectares ont ainsi été semés de plantes utiles à la nutrition des insectes.Au cours des trois dernières années, à l’initiative de la Fédération régionale des Chasseurs, ce sont plus de 700 hectares qui ont été convertis en zones d’intercultures en Franche-Comté, une région pilote. Pendant six mois, les parcelles agricoles sont ainsi transformées en champs de sarrasin, d’avoine, de vesce, ou de phacélie, des plantes dont le pollen est très nutritif pour les abeilles.Alors que depuis une vingtaine d’années, le taux de surmortalité des butineuses a atteint 30%, “la qualité du bol alimentaire des abeilles est un facteur-clé de leur survie. Lorsque l’on nourrit mieux les abeilles, leurs défenses immunitaires sont meilleures, leur production de miel augmente et le service de pollinisation est assuré”, explique Pierre Testu, du Réseau biodiversité pour les abeilles.Les intercultures apportent le pollen et le nectar nécessaires à la survie des abeilles lorsqu’elles n’ont plus de fleurs à butiner. La Franche-Comté est la première région française à mettre en place de tels aménagements à grande échelle pour lutter contre la surmortalité de ces insectes. Un projet labellisé “2010 année internationale de la biodiversité” par le ministère de l’Écologie, qui aura nécessité un investissement total de quelque 180.000 euros.Le 3 novembre 2010 à 20:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Le poissonperroquet sécrète son propre lit douillet une protection contre les parasites

first_imgLe poisson-perroquet sécrète son propre “lit douillet” : une protection contre les parasites nocturnesPubliée dans le journal Biology Letters, une étude de chercheurs australiens dévoile, pour la première fois, les motivations du poisson-perroquet pour “bâtir” le cocon dans lequel il passe la nuit.Derrière les branchies, une glande à mucus grosse comme une pièce de monnaie, pour un poisson ne dépassant pas 40 centimètres : c’est ce qui permet à cette espèce de poisson-perroquet, Chlorurus sordidus, de secréter, en 45 à 60 minutes, le cocon dans lequel il s’endort chaque nuit. Un “coût” énergétique et évolutif très élevé, qui s’explique par la très forte contrainte exercée par l’agression des  parasites nocturnes, selon le Dr Alexandra Grutter, de l’université du Queensland (Australie).Son équipe a exposé des poissons-perroquets de récifs coralliens – certains avec leur cocon, d’autres sans – à des parasites marins : ceux qui n’avaient pas de cocon ont été beaucoup plus infestés que les premiers. “Ce que j’ai trouvé le plus étonnant dans ces résultats, c’est la façon unique dont ces poisons dissuadent les parasites nocturnes pour pouvoir dormir : une méthode utilisée, à ma connaissance, par aucun autre animal”, conclut la scientifique.Le 21 novembre 2010 à 17:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Pluies diluviennes au Maroc 28 victimes

first_imgPluies diluviennes au Maroc : 28 victimes Les fortes précipitations qui sont tombées sur le Maroc depuis lundi ont provoqué catastrophes et inondations, tuant 28 personnes dont les 24 passagers d’un bus, emporté par un cours d’eau.De fortes pluies, provoquant des inondations et minant des bâtisses, ont endeuillé le Maroc ces derniers jours.Lundi vers 07h00 (GMT), un bus transportant des ouvriers a été piégé par les crues d’un oued à la sortie de la localité de Bouznika, au nord-ouest du Maroc, faisant 24 victimes. “La plupart (…) sont mortes par noyade lorsque le véhicule a basculé dans l’oued”, selon Ahmed Zaïdi, le député de Bouznika. “Trois personnes blessées dans l’accident ont succombé à leurs blessures et le corps d’une autre, emportée par les eaux (…), a été retrouvé”, précise l’agence de presse marocaine MAP.À lire aussiInondations meurtrières dans l’Aude : ce qu’il faut savoirLe soir du même jour, trois personnes auraient trouvé la mort dans l’effondrement de leur maison près de Khenifra, au centre du pays. Dans le nord, un homme s’est noyé, tandis que sept autres personnes, emportées par les eaux, sont portées disparues.Dans la nuit de lundi à mardi, Casablanca, la capitale économique, a enregistré 180 millimètres d’eau, ce qui a entraîné la fermeture des établissements scolaires durant la journée d’hier, et des perturbations des vols Royal Air Maroc au départ de Casablanca. Les fortes précipitions devraient durer jusqu’à demain, d’après les services météorologiques.Le 1 décembre 2010 à 12:13 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Les vocalises matinales des singes colobes un appel à travers la forêt

first_imgLes vocalises matinales des singes colobes : un appel à travers la forêtPubliant leurs travaux dans Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology, les zoologistes d’une université écossaise ont étudié in situ les vocalisations des colobes Guereza, des singes des forêts africaines et ont obtenu un véritable chœur en réponse aux cris enregistrés qu’ils ont diffusés.La doctorante Anne Marijke Schel et le Pr Klaus Zuberbuhler, de l’Université St Andrews (Écosse), travaillant à la station de terrain de Budongo, en Ouganda, ont mené une expérience sur les vocalises matinales des colobes Guereza, des singes arboricoles d’Afrique. Après avoir enregistré celles-ci, ils les ont diffusées dans la forêt… et réussi, pour la première fois, à déclencher un chœur de réponses à l’échelle de la forêt.À lire aussiLa réaction hilarante d’un orang outan face à un tour de magie”Ce comportement commence généralement avant l’aube par un individu qui appelle, quelque part dans la forêt. Le plus souvent, c’est contagieux : sa vocalisation se répand d’abord parmi les groupes voisins, jusqu’à ce qu’une grande partie de la forêt résonne d’appels de singes. Il a fallu un certain temps, mais nous avons finalement découvert que nous pouvions déclencher un refrain, si nous diffusions l’enregistrement en continu durant environ 60 secondes. Et cela a été beaucoup plus rapide que si le chœur avait commencé naturellement”, a déclaré le Dr Zuberbuhler.Le Dr Schel a, quant à elle, constaté que l’appel des mâles plutôt petits obtenait toujours une réponse. “Nous pensons qu’en fait, si ‘quelqu’un’ de petite taille appelle, [les autres] lancent un contre-appel pour montrer qu’ils sont plus grands et plus dominants”, a-t-elle expliqué.Des signaux acoustiques, ancêtres de notre langage ?”La connaissance de tout ceci est cruciale pour la préservation de l’espèce et pour comprendre l’habitat dont elle a besoin. La communication vocale chez les primates non-humains peut [aussi] nous aider à comprendre le rôle des modes de communication sophistiqués dans les interactions humaines, et pourquoi ils peuvent avoir évolué. Après tout, nos ancêtres étaient des grands singes dénués de parole et notre langage a vraisemblablement évolué à partir de ces signaux acoustiques”, conclut pour sa part le Dr Reinmar Hager, biologiste évolutionniste à l’Université de Manchester.Le 3 décembre 2011 à 15:31 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Une alimentation plus équilibrée un bénéfice contre lhyperactivité

first_imgUne alimentation plus équilibrée, un bénéfice contre l’hyperactivité ?Selon une récente étude américaine, une alimentation plus équilibrée peut apporter un bénéfice aux enfants hyperactifs souffrant de troubles de déficit de l’attention (ADHD), si les traitements médicamenteux et la thérapie échouent.Le trouble du déficit de l’attention lié à l’hyperactivité (TDAH) est un trouble neurologique caractérisé par des problèmes de concentration qui se manifestent dès l’enfance. Mais son origine, comme sa détection ou les manières de le traiter font l’objet de nombreuses controverses. Généralement, le trouble est traité à l’aide de psychostimulants qui parviennent à diminuer les symptômes mais un suivi psychologique est également souvent mis en place. Toutefois, ces traitements ne sont pas toujours efficaces et des thérapies “alternatives” sont parfois conseillées, parmi lesquels des régimes alimentaires particuliers. Ainsi, J. Gordon Millichap du Children’s Memorial Hospital et Michelle M. Yee de la Northwestern University Medical School se sont intéressés à évaluer ces méthodes en collectant les recherches et les rapports effectués sur le sujet. Selon leur conclusion publiée dans la revue américaine Pediatrics, une alimentation plus équilibrée pourrait être tout à fait efficace pour diminuer les ADHD chez les enfants hyperactifs. Ils reconnaissent néanmoins que les bénéfices des régimes à base de suppléments alimentaires ou supprimant certains produits de l’alimentation sont difficiles à évaluer et peuvent se limiter parfois à un “effet placebo”.”Les interventions au niveau nutritionnel pour traiter l’ADHD doivent donc être considérées comme des traitements alternatifs”, précise les chercheurs dans leur étude. Mais “porter une attention plus soutenue à l’éducation des parents et des enfants pour qu’ils suivent un régime alimentaire sain, laissant de côté les aliments qui semblent prédisposer à l’ADHD, est peut-être le remède pratique alternatif ou complémentaire le plus prometteur pour traiter l’ADHD”, écrivent-ils cités par l’AFP.Des régimes alimentaires à l’efficacité limitéeÀ lire aussiAmygdalite : chronique, caséeuse, cryptique, de quoi s’agit-il ?A l’inverse, les recherches effectués par les scientifiques les poussent à remettre en cause  l’intérêt de certains régimes alimentaires très ciblés et populaires, comme le régime Feingold, qui préconise de ne pas consommer de colorants alimentaires de couleur orange ou rouge, du raisin, des pommes, des saucisses ou des hot-dogs. “Des études contrôlées n’ont pas réussi à confirmer que ce régime était aussi efficace que proclamé” par ses promoteurs, soulignent-ils. De même, d’autres régimes sont pointés du doigt, notamment ceux destinés à éliminer de l’alimentation tout allergène potentiel comme les germes de blé, les oeufs, le chocolat, le fromage ou les noix. Ceci a pu avoir un succès limité chez des enfants atteints d’ADHD, “mais un effet placebo n’est pas à exclure”, relèvent-ils. Le 9 janvier 2012 à 18:47 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Suisse laccouchement dune femme de 66 ans provoque un scandale

first_imgSuisse : l’accouchement d’une femme de 66 ans provoque un scandale L’annonce de l’accouchement d’une femme de retraitée de 66 ans a suscité un vent d’indignations en Suisse. Qualifiée d’égoïste, cette mère a organisé toute sa grossesse en Ukraine où il n’y a pas de limite d’âge pour bénéficier d’une implantation d’ovules fécondés. C’est un nouveau record qui a été très mal reçu par la Suisse. Lundi, le journal SonntagsBlick a annoncé qu’une femme retraitée de 66 ans avait accouché il y a une quinzaine de jours de jumeaux à l’hôpital cantonal des Grisons à Coire. Selon le journal, il s’agirait ainsi de la femme la plus âgée ayant accouché dans le pays, depuis 2010 où une femme de 64 ans avait donné naissance à une fille. Baptisés Michael et Joshua, les bébés seraient nés par césarienne et seraient toujours en observation à l’hôpital. La mère, quant à elle, se déplacerait en déambulateur pour cause de douleurs dues à sa cicatrice. Des informations confirmés par l’établissement.Interrogée par le journal, la maman la plus âgée de Suisse a déclaré que c’est incroyable ce que la médecine permet de faire aujourd’hui. Elle a également ajouté qu’elle voulait à présent profiter en toute tranquillité de cet évènement. Toutefois, bon nombre sont loin de partager sa joie. Suite à l’annonce, des internautes scandalisés ont posté de nombreux messages sur le net : “Honteux et égoïste”, “Elle n’a pensé à rien, c’est son gynécologue qui a pensé à son porte-monnaie” ou encore “Ce n’est parce que c’est possible techniquement, qu’il faut le faire, où est passé le bon sens ?” Les critiques se multiplient, d’autant plus qu’une telle chose est interdite en Suisse.  En effet, la pratique de la fécondation in vitro est extrêmement réglementée dans le pays. Consciente de la situation, la nouvelle mère a d’ailleurs organisé toute sa grossesse en Ukraine où la législation est beaucoup plus souple voire même laxiste. Dans le pays, il n’y a pas de limite d’âge et des cliniques spécialisées font même de la promotion sur internet, en proposant des solutions de maternités par substitution, avec dons d’ovule fécondé par du sperme d’un donneur. “Accepter certaines limites de la nature”À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Dans un commentaire, une journaliste du quotidien le Matin a ainsi dénoncé l’inconscience et l’égoïsme de la mère qui vit seule, ajoutant que lorsqu’ils seront adolescents, les jumeaux auront pour principal souci de trouver une place dans une maison de retraite pour leur mère, pour autant qu’elle soit encore en vie. “C’est de l’égoïsme pur et simple, et ce n’est pas bien pour les enfants”, a de même commenté une voisine de la femme au SonntagsBlick. En revanche, l’adjoint au maire, Lorenz Casutt-Peng, s’est réjoui, déclarant que les enfants sont notre futur, et c’est bien que les enfants et la mère se portent bien.D’un point de vue médical, le professeur Olivier Irion, médecin-chef à l’Hôpital universitaire de Genève a estimé pour le journal Le Matin qu’il “faut accepter certaines limites de la nature, et garder le bon sens à esprit”. Selon lui, il faudrait réserver les techniques de fécondation in vitro aux femmes plus jeunes qui souffrent d’infertilité ou de ménopause précoce.Le 5 mars 2012 à 16:27 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

OGM la France interdit une nouvelle fois le maïs MON810

first_imgOGM : la France interdit une nouvelle fois le maïs MON810La France a mis en place un nouveau moratoire sur la culture du maïs OGM MON810. Une interdiction temporaire décidée après que le conseil d’Etat a suspendu en novembre dernier celle entrée en vigueur en 2008.”Le ministre de l’Agriculture a décidé ce jour de prendre une mesure conservatoire visant à interdire temporairement la culture du maïs MON810 sur le territoire national afin de protéger l’environnement” annonce-t-il dans un communiqué. Une décision attendue depuis des semaines par les écologistes et anti-OGM alors que le Conseil d’Etat a suspendu en novembre dernier le moratoire décidé par la France en 2008 sur la culture et la commercialisation du maïs du géant Monsanto. Le Conseil avait alors estimé que cette interdiction n’était pas fondée.À lire aussiQuelles sont les maladies médiévales et exotiques qui font leur retour en France ?L’arrêté ministériel a été publié au Journal officiel hier. Le gouvernement français a d’abord tenté d’obtenir la mise en place de mesures d’urgence pour interdire ce maïs transgénique auprès de la commission européenne. Mais celle-ci, après avoir saisi l’Autorité européenne de sécurité alimentaire (Aesa), a jugé qu’il n’y avait pas d’urgence. Face à la pression des anti-OGM, la France a donc décidé d’agir seule. Néanmoins, il est fort peu probable que la Commission européenne confirme la décision de la France, aucune nouvelle étude scientifique n’ayant pu prouver que les OGM représentaient effectivement un danger. Du côté des écologistes, cependant, la décision a été bien accueillie. Ce qui n’a pas empêché certains, Greenpeace notamment, de la juger “fragile et tardive”. Cette décision “n’a peut-être pas empêché la semaille d’OGM en France au cours des semaines passées”, explique ainsi l’organisation écologiste citée par l’AFP. “Depuis novembre et jusqu’à aujourd’hui, tout agriculteur désirant semer du maïs OGM en avait légalement le droit. Personne ne peut donc garantir que certains exploitants français favorables aux OGM n’aient profité de la période du début des semailles pour semer du maïs OGM”, ajoute t-elle encore. Le 19 mars 2012 à 15:43 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Une incroyable vie bactérienne détectée dans la fosse des Mariannes

first_imgUne incroyable vie bactérienne détectée dans la fosse des MariannesDes chercheurs ont annoncé qu’une importante activité microbienne a été retrouvée dans la fosse des Mariannes, le site le plus profond de la croûte terrestre actuellement connu.La fosse des Mariannes, située dans l’océan Pacifique, est le site le plus profond de la croûte terrestre actuellement connu. C’est dans ces profondeurs abyssales qui atteignent 11 km au point Challenger Deep (de quoi largement engloutir la plus haute montagne du monde, l’Everest, qui culmine à 8.850 mètres) que des chercheurs auraient détecté des niveaux remarquablement élevés d’activité microbienne. C’est du moins ce qu’a annoncé l’équipe conduite par Ronnie Glud de l’Université du Danemark dans une étude publiée dimanche par la revue Nature Geoscience. En raison de son extrême profondeur, la fosse des Mariannes est enveloppée d’une obscurité perpétuelle qui maintient des températures glaciales. Pour en savoir plus sur la vie potentielle qu’abrite ce milieu, les scientifiques ont donc utilisé un robot sous-marin spécialement conçu, avec des capteurs ultra-minces afin de réaliser différentes analyses. Grâce à lui, l’équipe a notamment sondé la consommation d’oxygène des fonds marins qui permet de révéler l’activité des micro-organismes. C’est de cette façon qu’ils ont mis au jour l’incroyable vie microbienne qu’abrite la fosse des Mariannes.Des bactéries jusque dans les endroits les plus reculés En effet, la découverte de tant de microbes a été une véritable surprise pour les scientifiques qui considèrent habituellement que plus le fond de l’océan est profond, plus il est privé de nourriture qui doit faire son chemin depuis la surface riche en oxygène. Mais les chercheurs ont constaté au sein de leur site d’étude un taux de consommation biologique d’oxygène deux fois plus élevé que sur un site voisin, profond de seulement 6.000 mètres. Ajouté à cela, les analyses des sédiments prélevés sur les deux sites révèlent également des concentrations plus élevées de cellules microbiennes à Challenger Deep. “Dans les endroits les plus reculés et inhospitaliers, vous pouvez en fait avoir de plus forte activité que dans leurs environs”, a expliqué à OurAmazingPlanet le biogéochimiste Ronnie Guld. “Vous pouvez trouver des microbes partout – ils s’adaptent extrêmement facilement aux conditions et survivent quel que soit l’endroit où ils se trouvent”. Des propriétés que les chercheurs ont pu confirmer grâce à leur découverte.”Nous avons trouvé un monde dominé par les microbes qui sont adaptés pour fonctionner efficacement à des conditions extrêmement inhospitalières pour des organismes plus développés”, a ajouté Ronnie Glud qui a précisé avec ses collègues : “notre conclusion est que l’important dépôt de matière organique à Challenger Deep maintient une activité microbienne accrue malgré les pressions extrêmes qui caractérisent cet environnement”. La fosse des Mariannes, un piège naturel pour les sédiments À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?D’après les chercheurs, la fosse des Mariannes fonctionnerait comme un piège naturel pour les sédiments. Un effet similaire de celui qui peut être observé dans les canyons sous-marins. “Cela agit comme un piège juste parce que c’est un gros trou. Si vous avez un trou dans un jardin, il se remplit parce que les choses qui passent dessus ont tendance à tomber dedans, et c’est également vrai pour le plancher marin”, a détaillé Glud cité par LiveScience. Cet effet est de plus renforcé par le fait que la fosse se trouve dans une zone de subduction où les plaques tectoniques sont particulièrement actives. “Ces régions sont très instables, et connaissent fréquemment des tremblements de terre qui peuvent provoquer des coulées de boue transportant de la matière dans la tranchée”, a t-il encore précisé. Les micro-organismes n’hésiteraient donc pas à vivre dans cet environnement et obtiendraient apparemment leur énergie de réactions chimiques entre l’eau et la roche plutôt que de nutriments venant du dessus. Désormais, les chercheurs analysent donc d’autres tranchées pour voir si l’activité microbienne y est aussi élevée.Ils prévoient également d’étudier plus en détail l’ADN des bactéries découvertes dans les tranchées afin de “voir à quel point ces bactéries sont spéciales comparées aux autres”, a conclu Ronnie Glud.Le 18 mars 2013 à 13:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

This Little Girl Welcomed a Water Heater Robot To Earth

first_img Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower We haven’t quite begun living in a reality where we have cute little sentient robots doing our bidding, or even robots to do our household chores. But we do have awesome robot prototypes out there that look just as cute as the things we see on TV, in movies, and in our favorite science fiction stories. And kids only know what they’ve seen. They don’t quite get that robots aren’t “real” in the way just yet that they were in Lost in Space or even The Jetsons or anything like those shows. So when they see something that looks like a robot, they think it’s a real robot. Just like this little girl did.Someone recorded a little girl walking up to a water heater, which, to the girl’s credit, looks like a robot, saying “Hi, Robot!” and continuously welcoming the “robot” to earth. She gives it a big hug, pats its metal body, and even tells the hunk of metal “I love you” at one point. Obviously, the water heater is too warm-hearted and sweet to correct the child and stands there stoically as the affection passes over it in waves.Whoever has raised this little girl has raised her right, with an obvious love of technology and science fiction, for her to even put two and two together that this may very well be one of the robots she recognizes from fiction. And someday it may very well be. This little girl could grow up to create robots and work in a deeply scientific field because of this one encounter from her childhood that she may remember forever.And she very well could become a teacher or a professional wrestler instead. But her family will always have this cute blunder of hers on film, so when the real robots do eventually take over, she’ll be spared and given the light physical labor for our new robot overlords. And that’s the real thing to get excited about here. Stay on targetlast_img read more

GOP Contractor Leaks Information on 200 Million Americans

first_img This Malicious USB Cable Can Remotely Accept Hacker CommandsHackers Had More Than 1,000 DNA Test Kits Mailed to Random People Stay on target Earlier this month data on more than 198 million citizens of the US was at risk when marketing firm Deep Root Analytics stored files on a public server, making this one of the largest breaches ever. And this one is bad. And there’s basically nothing any of us can do about it.Names, DOBs, addresses, phone numbers and even likely political affiliations are out in the wild now. Thankfully, no passwords or the like, but the magnitude and degree of private data here is beyond ludicrous. Potentially worse, for some, is the fact that much of this data was culled from the open internet as well as a myriad of other sources.All that data was stored on the cloud without any password protection. Anyone with the link could access all of it. And again, it’s hard to stress just how much information was actually here.This database wasn’t just the stuff that Deep Root had on hand, but also its copies of files from several other organizations and political actions committees that also contracted with the Republican National Convention. Because several had data sharing agreements, while one might have had their files comparatively locked down, the daisy chain of bad deals put a lot of information under the protection of Deep Root. And, as we should all know when it comes to data security, the chain is only as strong as the weakest link.Worse still is that the bulk of it spans 2008-16, all organized into neat spreadsheets detailing everything from which advertising campaigns worked to how roughly two-thirds of the American people feel about abortion. Plus, because it was so well-organized, it’s easy for big data analytics software to access, crunch, and spit out new assessments and predictions.As someone who has worked on a few elections, having this type of data is common. The Dems, for example, use a massive web of databases known as the Voter Action Network (also known as the VAN), and there’ve certainly been some leaks out of that faucet, too. The difference, though, is that at no point is so much available to just about anyone who stumbles upon it. There’s usually a lot of rules governing who has access to what and when, for obvious reasons. Key word: Usually.[If you are super interested, there are loads of tutorials on these databases online]The first problem is obvious: Deep Root didn’t have a password on their files. That’s the first rule of infosec — lock down your shit. Problem two, of course, is the copied files that they didn’t need. If data is sensitive, even if it’s important, you want the smallest number of copies you can get away — and that’s a problem that just about everyone using a computer could stand to have drilled into their heads. The most troubling, though, is problem three — the scale of data collection that fuels these sorts of things.The majority of Americans don’t support the current GOP. And an overwhelming majority disapprove of President Trump’s policies and positions. Even so, data is a powerful tool. Whether you personally agree with the GOP or Trump is irrelevant. What matters is the relative ease with which data can be leveraged to achieve outsize results, and the degree we’ve allowed that to happen.To a degree, we’ve been protected by the dystopic future big data offers by one thing — the fact that it’s big and really unwieldy. This leak weighed in at more than a terabyte of text (aka metric fuckload). That doesn’t come from nowhere. It’s what we’ve shared; it’s what our friends and family have shared about us, it’s what we watch, the sites we visit, it’s everything. It’s even what we don’t share — thanks to machine learning, we can predict someone’s ethnicity and their policy positions with a bunch of data and a few CPU clock cycles.Then, when campaign workers go door-knocking, they can use that information to avoid houses that don’t align with their views or use psychological tricks to weaponized campaign advertisements. And believe me, we do have this down to a science, essentially. We know that knocking on someone’s door will make them far, far more likely to show up to the polls than a phone call, for example. And with enough data and the power of machine learning, you can draw all kinds of powerful connections across hundreds of files.This, unfortunately, is the future. And I’m worried that privacy as we know it will be dead very soon.Deep Root claims that no malicious third parties have accessed their data. However, the trove was discovered a full twelve days after it became available online. This should be read as a cautionary tale (as if we needed any more) because it’s only a matter of time until the Big One hits.Let us know how we’re doinglast_img read more

The Best Sartorial Swerves in Star Wars

first_imgStay on target Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Between epic lightsaber duels and thrilling interstellar dogfights, it’s sometimes easy to overlook the fact that Star Wars is one of the most stylish film franchises of all time. The series is chock full of solid looks, from killer costuming to enviable hair and makeup. With much of the Solo: A Star Wars Story discourse rightfully focusing on, uh, Lando’s cape collection, we found the sartorial side of Star Wars on our mind. Each movie, while full of great looks, has a clear standout swerve. Some of these are so quintessentially Star Wars that they’d never work outside of the franchise, but others are so lowkey that you may find yourself applying them to your wardrobe or grooming routine before you know it. THE PHANTOM MENACE Amidala’s Queen Getup: As swaggy as Star Wars can be, much of the costuming is rooted in minimalism, heavily aiming for utility over style. That goes out the window with Queen Amidala, and rightfully so. A queen shouldn’t be stomping around in a droopy beige aesthetic. From the regal dress to the stylized makeup to the hairdos that made Leia’s most ostentatious look tame, Amidala’s royal visage is unforgettable.ATTACK OF THE CLONES Obi-Wan’s hair/goatee: A Jedi’s time as a padawan is largely dictated by struggle, by challenge, and by learning how to navigate the least-enviable of situations. We can’t help but wonder if having to sport the dumbest haircut imaginable is part of that process. Luckily, Obi-Wan gets the glow-up of the millennium in between Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones. Homeboy goes from a buzz cut with a rat tail to luscious locks and a killer beard to frame it all. The look is further refined in Revenge of the Sith but has less of a shock factor to it because by then we already know that Obi-Wan is hot now.REVENGE OF THE SITH Goth Anakin: Anakin is angsty as hell from the very start, but it’s not until Revenge of the Sith that he starts to dress like it. And man, he makes it work. Bringing out the dark, leather-heavy getup does wonders for the previously style-free Chosen One, and it’s a look nearly good enough to turn us to his side. If only he hadn’t, you know, murdered all of those children in cold blood…A NEW HOPE Leia’s Hairdo: There are a number of iconic looks in the franchise’s first installment which makes picking a single perfect swerve difficult. At the end of the day though, we’ve gotta give it to Leia’s iconic double-bun look. There’s no hairstyle more quintessentially Star Wars than this one. It’s often imitated but never duplicated. Heck, it even gets homaged in other hairstyles throughout the franchise. Leia takes a look that, in theory, shouldn’t work and instead makes it iconic. Truly a swerve for the ages.EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Lando’s Cape: Yes, Donald Glover’s are stellar, but we’ve gotta give it to the OG here. Lando’s flowing silken cape is all things considered, maybe the single dopest piece of costuming in the franchise’s history. Lando makes sure he wears the cape without it wearing him, a task utterly gargantuan in retrospect. If you’re feeling bold and want to give this look a shot, hit up ThinkGeek for their take on Lando’s Solo: A Star Wars Story cape.RETURN OF THE JEDI Black on Black: Luke’s grand entrance in Jedi sees him don an all-black ensemble that heavily implies a new moral ambiguity. Even setting aside the textual context though, it’s the best look in the film. We’ve never seen Luke in a good outfit until this moment, and when he shows up in fitted black threads it still makes our jaws drop. You can’t go wrong with black on black if you wanna look good and radiate power/moral ambiguity (and really, don’t we all?).THE FORCE AWAKENS Poe/Finn’s Jacket: Rare is the iconic piece of Star Wars costuming that is worn in stellar fashion by not one but two characters (the weird bit in Empire where Lando wears Han’s clothes while piloting the Falcon doesn’t exactly fall under the “stellar fashion” category). The Force Awakens jacket is the exception. Originally belonging to X-Wing hotshot Poe Dameron, it’s picked up by Finn in the wake of Poe’s apparent death – and he wears it so well that when Poe turns up alive he just lets Finn keep it. It’s the perfect Star Wars take on a brown leather jacket, with just enough embellishing to make it feel like it belongs in the world of the franchise. It’s another one that you can rock in real life if you so desire.ROGUE ONE Krennic’s Uniform: In a grimy world rendered filthy by perpetual war, Orson Krennic’s crisp white threads stand out as legendary. He wears them with a sort of disdain for anybody who isn’t dressed for the occasion he’s setting, fully aware of how crisp and clean his appearance is. The getup bleeds arrogance and class all at once, an easy highlight of the franchise’s sartorial side.THE LAST JEDIKylo Ren’s Mignola Body: Ben Swolo, y’all. His mask is iconic, his black robes peak Star Wars/Hot Topic fusion, but at the end of the day Kylo Ren has never looked better than the time he shows up to Force-Skype with his new friend Rey half-dressed revealing a chiseled, thick physique that looks like it’s ripped from a Mike Mignola drawing. Never has a Star Wars movie made us thirst for a villain like this.SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY The Fur Coats: Listen, yes, Lando’s capes are great in this one too. But we’ve already covered how slick that look is in Empire. We can only write so many words about capes, y’all. So instead, we’ve gotta give props to the fur coat ensemble sported by multiple cast members throughout the film (including Lando). These thick fur coats are about as cool as can be, so cool that we don’t even feel all that bad for the Banthas that probably had to die so that these jackets could live. They look like they were ripped from Andre 3000’s wardrobe for an Outkast video. Solo is full of stylish moments (Han’s suede jacket is pretty rad, for instance) but these coats easily clinch the win. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Raspberry Pi Tablet RasPad Simplifies Programming

first_imgStay on target Learning to code is as easy as Raspberry Pi.The single-board computer, designed to promote basic computer science skills, has grown into one of the most popular general purpose processors on the planet.But despite its small size (and equally small price tag), the Raspberry Pi can be hugely daunting; it’s hard to know where to even begin.Which is why STEM-focused SunFounder created the RasPad: an all-in-one DIY tablet that facilitates customized projects—for even the most inexperienced of engineers.A Raspberry Pi tablet to build your creative projects (via SunFounder)Walk into any electronics store and you’ll find shelves of fixed devices—perfect for most people’s everyday computing needs. But the one-port gadgets leave little room for personalization.Enter RasPad—a next-generation tool for bringing your wildest voltaic dreams to life.With a 10.1-inch high-resolution touchscreen and all the ports you could possibly need, the tablet pairs with the latest Raspberry Pi 3 machines (not earlier models) for an easily tailored experience.The open-source platform lets you switch between systems (Raspbian, Ubuntu Mate, Chromium OS, Android), connect with other hardware (GPIO, Camera SI Arduino), and change motherboards (Banana Pi, LattePanda, Beaglebone).Beginners can tinker with existing projects, while hobbyists run with their own ideas: control lighting, camera, and alarm systems; guide a personal drone; spend hours gaming; build a home robot.RasPad started life as a crowdfunding project, earning nearly $611,000 toward its $10,000 goal. More than 3,390 backers snagged early-bird kits, many of which shipped to international customers last month.If you missed the initial Kickstarter campaign, the RasPad is available to order online. A discounted $235 gets you one tablet, two stereo speakers, an HDMI input, a micro-USB input, and four USB ports; the kit also comes with a power adapter (for charging up to four hours of battery life), a mini USB microphone, and a handbook.The Raspberry Pi is not included. And if you think putting a Raspberry Pi inside a tablet is cool, how about slapping one in a karaoke machine or DIY Spotify speaker?Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Lyra Is a Handheld Gaming System Powered by a Raspberry PiRaspberry Pi Used to Steal 500 MB of NASA Data last_img read more

Geek Daily Deals Batman Animated Asteroids Arcade Google Home and More

first_imgBatman: The Complete Remastered Animated Series Digital Deluxe Limited Edition (Blu-ray) for $79.99This remastered set launched on October 30 of this year. It normally sells for $112.99, and we’ve seen it drop to $99.99 a couple of times and it sells out pretty quickly. It was live on Black Friday for $79.99 only a few hours, but here’s another chance for you to get it for way cheaper than anyone else. This set includes all 85 remastered episodes of the Batman animated TV series on Blu-ray as well as three Funko Pops and a deluxe art book.Get it on Amazon for $79.99 Google Home Mini + 3 Months of YouTube Premium Music for $29Not only do you get $20 off the Google Home Mini, you also get 3.5 free months of YouTube Premium Music.Get it at Walmart for $29 UE BOOM 2 Waterproof Wireless Portable Speaker (Navy) for $59.99This if by far the lowest price I’ve seen. The BOOM 2 features an IPX7 waterproof rating, up to 100ft range and 15-hour battery, on-speaker controls and, omnidirectional sound with puinchy bass.Get it at Dell for $59.99 Arcade1Up Asteroids (Major Havoc, Lunar Lander, Tempest) Video Game Arcade Cabinet for $199This is even cheaper than on Black Friday. Note that the price is only for the Asteroids machine (which also includes Major Havoc, Lunar Lander and Tempest), the rest are still $299.Get it at Walmart for $199 MSI GV62 Intel Core i5-8300 Quad-Core 15″ 1080p Laptop with 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, GeForce GTX 1060 3GB, Fortnite for $699A GeForce GTX 1060 laptop for $699? Not even on Black Friday.Get it at Walmart for $699last_img read more

The Flash Season 5 Episode 18 Recap An Excessive Origin

first_imgStay on target We knew we were going to hear this story eventually. How did XS discover her powers anyway? And how did she start relying on Thawne to teach her how to use them and hopefully save her father? Well, tonight’s episode answers all those questions and none of the ones we really want to know. Like, for example, what Thawne’s getting out of all this. He must have some kind of ulterior motive, but we’ll hear about that sometime in the coming weeks, probably. For now, this future origin story needs a frame. You’ll remember last week when Sherloque outed XS’s whole deal. Now she’s in prison and Team Flash is figuring out what to do. To discern why she started working with Thawne in the first place, they read through her diary. Man, even superhero parents are the lamest.So most of the episode takes place in the future as Nora’s parents read the events that led up to her trip into the past. She, just like her dad, was working as a CSI for the CCPD. Her specialty: Tracking down metahumans. It’s fun to see what her “normal” life in the future is like. Just like her dad, she’s always late and a bit socially awkward. She has a good friend with whom she works in her lab. She also has an obsession with speedsters and The Flash museum for reasons she’s not entirely clear on. While investigating the latest in a string of odd chemical truck robberies, she finds evidence that the culprit is a speedster. Her friend doesn’t believe her, pointing out her own Barry Allen-style murder obsession board of speedsters. Soon, video evidence of white lightning proves that Nora isn’t so crazy.Jessica Parker Kennedy as Nora (Photo Credit: Katie Yu/The CW)Conveniently, the mysterious speedster happens to rob the crime lab right as Nora and her partner are ending their visit. Nora tries to stop him, but takes a full blast of lightning the the chest. Her friend runs to help, and gets a burn on her hand when she touches her. And that’s how Nora gets her powers… sort of. See, during her examination, the hospital finds a strange piece of metal lodged in Nora’s shoulder and pulls it out. HMMM I WONDER WHAT THAT COULD BE? The show treats it like a big mystery, but we already know the answer. It doesn’t even work as a generator for suspense. We’re not waiting for a bang, or wondering what’s going to happen when she finds out what it is. We already know the answer, we saw the consequences play out back when the season started.It’s a problem that plagues a lot of flashback episodes, apparently even when they take place in the future. It’s filling in the blanks, but largely it’s addressing questions we already know the answers to. Don’t get me wrong, it is fun to watch Nora learn to use her speed and catch her first bad guy. But I thought this would be the episode that told us why Thawne is helping her. What he’s trying to cause or prevent. We don’t get that. The episode, it seems, wants us to believe it’s because he feels sorry for Nora. Or that she reminds him of the year he spent training Barry to become The Flash. Maybe that he just wants to feel that way again before his pending execution.Jessica Parker Kennedy as Nora, Candice Patton as Iris West – Allen, Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, Hartley Sawyer as Dibney, Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow, Danielle Nicolet as Cecile Horton and Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West (Photo Credit: The CW)Who knows, maybe he is repenting here? Trying to make up for at least one of his crimes before he’s put to death for them. After all, he decides to help only after the evil speedster Godspeed kills her partner. Afterwards, she puts together that Godspeed isn’t a natural speedster. He’s synthesizing a drug that makes him that way. Now, he’s trying to make a version that doesn’t wear off after a while. Just like the inevitable fallout between Nora and Iris, it’s hard to care about this flashback/forward’s villain of the week. Unlike other VOTW-focused episodes, it can’t even pretend to have the smallest bearing on the overall plot. We’ve already seen her later, more spectacular fights. We know this one doesn’t affect anything.Fortunately, it’s a cool-looking fight. The show burned us all out on all the speedster-vs-speedster battles in the first three seasons, but it’s been long enough now to have a minor one. Turns out, they’re still a hell of a lot of fun. Once Thawne starts helping Nora we get another one of those shots of lightning bolts chasing each other through the city. It still looks cool. Sure, we know this battle has no consequences, and that robs it of its stakes. Even so, the quick action and ticking clock nature of how Nora beats him make for a genuinely exciting fight scene. Good thing too. Without the spectacle, this episode would have felt like a waste of time.Tom Cavanagh as Eobard Thawne and Grant Gustin as Barry Allen (Photo Credit: Dean Buscher/The CW)That’s why it’s a bit disappointing to see The Flash kick the can down the road another week. By the end of the episode, Iris has let Nora out of her cell so she can finish the story on her own. This should be the moment when we get some information about what exactly Thawne’s endgame is here. Instead, she finishes the story, learns that Barry Allen was indeed The Flash, and asks Thawne to teach her to go back in time. Everything we already knew. Barry asks to speak to Nora alone,  tells her he can’t trust her, then sends her back to the future, telling her not to come back. We get an after-credits scene where he yells at Thawne and still nothing new is revealed. Kind of a letdown for the first episode back after a month hiatus.At least we get some interesting new information around the edges. This whole season, we’ve been operating under the assumption that this battle with Cicada is when Flash disappears. While it remains true that in Nora’s future, Cicada is the only villain The Flash never caught, that’s not when Barry disappeared. He went missing in The Crisis. That’s what Iris’ future article was actually about. We also learned that a ton of different Flash’s showed up, including Wally West and Jay Garrick. That’s more of a preview for next fall’s big crossover. Man, I already can’t wait for next season. “Crisis on Infinite Earths” is going to be huge.The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.Previously on The Flash:The Flash Season 5 Episode 17 RecapThe Flash Season 5 Episode 16 RecapThe Flash Season 5 Episode 15 Recap Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019’The Flash’ Season 5 Finale Recap: 2 Big Bads and 1 Pre-Crisis last_img read more

Save Big on Apple Gear Bluetooth Earbuds EBikes and More

first_imgEasehold Dual Speed 600W Juicer – $47.99See Deal Easehold Dual Speed 600W JuicerPowerful, reliable, and safe, the Easehold Dual Speed juicer has the heft required to turn even the toughest fruits and vegetables into delicious juice but features safety mechanisms that’ll keep you safe. It’s simple to set up, easy to use, and clean up is a snap.Save 23 percent and buy one today for just $47.99. BatteryPro Portable Charger for iPhone and Apple WatchPlan on being away from civilization for a while? Then you’ll need the BatteryPro. It’s capable of storing a massive 8000mAh of power so you’ll keep your iPhone and Apple Watch charged for days. And the integrated magnetic charger is way more reliable than the one that came with your Apple Watch, so it’s hassle-free too.Score one today for just $99. 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They’re thin enough to fit easily under a helmet, they’re water- and sweat-resistant, and come with infinitely adjustable ear hooks for a fit that’s truly custom.Purchase a set today for just $99.99 and save 33 percent off the MSRP of $150. Apple Wireless Magic Mouse + Keyboard Set (Certified Refurbished) – $79.99See Deal Oasis Shower Diffuser – $42.95See Deal Apple iPad Mini 4 64GB Wi-Fi and Cellular Space Gray (Certified Refurbished)Tired of squinting to see details on your phone’s tiny screen? Then check out this certified refurbished iPad Mini 4. It boasts a bright and clear 7.9” Retina display, a dual-core A8 processor, a generous 64 GB of internal storage, plus all the functionality you’ll need. And it offers both cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity so you’ll always stay in touch.Get this certified refurbished model for half price, just $399, but only while supplies last. BatteryPro Portable Charger for iPhone & Apple Watch – $99See Deal Like this deal? 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WWE attendance 52961 Elimination Chamber TV tapings

first_imgFacebook Leon “Vader” White’s autobiography “Vader Time: The Story of a Modern Day Gladiator” is out now Twitter Pinterest Google+ WhatsAppcenter_img SPOILERS: 5/3 and 5/4 Impact TV taping results from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania WWE star gets engaged, Toni Storm announced for Stardom shows in May Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE attendance figures from May 29 to June 1, 2015.* 5/29 live event in Raleigh, North Carolina: 6,000 fans.* 5/30 live event in Greensboro, North Carolina: 6,000 fans.* 5/30 NXT live event in Venice, Florida: 366 fans.* 5/31 Elimination Chamber special event in Corpus Christi, Texas: 7,000 fans (sellout).* 6/1 RAW/Superstars TV tapings in San Antonio, Texas: 8,500 fans.last_img read more

418 WWE Smackdown Live Ratings Overall viewers see a drop this week

first_img Now Playing Up Next Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Roman Reigns is in Remission Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The WWE Smackdown Live Ratings are in for April 18, 2017.Last night’s episode drew 2.54 million viewers on Tuesday night on the USA Network according to a report by Showbuzzdaily.com.This is down from last week’s show that drew 3.11 million overall viewers featuring the Superstar Shake Up. WWE came in at No. 3 in the 18-49 demographic on cable.WWE Smackdown Live Ratings and DemographicsSmackdown, headlined by AJ Styles vs. Baron Corbin, averaged a 0.81 among adults 18-49, down from last week’s show that drew a 1.05 rating.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Facebook Velvet Sky Google+ Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Twitter Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus confirmed for WWE Smackdown premiere on FOX WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 last_img read more

Seth Rollins on Brock Lesnar being Universal Champion Its slightly insulting to

first_imgFacebook Google+ Twitter WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) WWE Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins made an appearance on “The Show” on 105.3 in San Diego this week to promote last night’s Monday Night RAW taping.Rollins was asked about Brock Lesnar and his status as the current Universal Champion in the company, a title he captured once again in Saudi Arabia at Crown Jewel.Rollins said while he understands the decision to have Lesnar be champion in the company, he doesn’t appear to be a big fan of that decision being made.“I understand it, right? Brock Lesnar is our Universal Champion and he hasn’t been on (RAW) in some time. From my perspective, as a person who is on every show, every week, I’m out on the live events trying to bring people in to see these shows, it’s slightly insulting to me that he doesn’t, he’s our champion, he’s the face of our show and he’s not at our live events. People who watch the television show, they’re not getting the same thing when they come to the live events. So it makes it hard for us as a team to sell tickets.”You can check out the clip below.The Show on Rock 105.3 – Seth Rollins talks Brock Lesnar and Championships #SethRollins @WWERollins Full Video: https://t.co/qXc4Cu7B0d pic.twitter.com/Ky4HDGPhW4— Seth Rollins Fans (@SethRollinsFans) December 10, 2018 Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte center_img Pinterest Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WhatsApplast_img read more

Fishing event shows support for Texas Louisiana law enforcement

first_imgAs the sun broke over the tree line and water from the Columbia River lapped the side of the boat, a group of men shared stories while waiting for the fish to bite.“It’s beautiful up here,” said Taylor Giroir. Fishing, he said, “is just relaxing. It takes your mind off everything else.”Giroir, a police officer for the Baton Rouge, La., Police Department, was one of about 50 officers who met at McCuddy’s Ridgefield Marina on Monday and baited their lines in the pre-dawn hours in hopes to hook a salmon.Eight officers from the Baton Rouge Police Department and eight officers from the Dallas, Texas Police Department are visiting the area for the fishing excursion. Over the course of four days, they will be joined by more than 100 local police officers.The event is a way to thank the men and women for their service. It was organized by Dion Hess, who has put on Operation Salmon Salute, a veterans-appreciation fishing outing, for the past five years.The idea came to him when he saw news of police officers around the country falling victim to acts of violence.“With everything we have going on in the world, it’s important to show appreciation for law enforcement,” Hess said.Following a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest on July 7, officers in Dallas were ambushed by gunman Micah Xavier Johnson, leaving five officers dead and nine others injured. Ten days later, a similar horrific scene played out in Baton Rouge. Gavin Eugene Long ambushed officers, shooting and killing two police officers and a sheriff’s deputy.last_img read more

Republicans renew call for PDC chief to quit over Probst case

first_imgRepublicans are renewing their calls for the suspension of the head of the state’s campaign finance watchdog agency, accusing her of revealing a political bias to help Democrat Tim Probst in his tight race against Republican Lynda Wilson for the state Senate.Mark Lamb, an attorney representing top Washington Republicans, told the state’s Public Disclosure Commission on Wednesday its executive director should be ousted for undermining the public’s confidence.“This agency is … the umpire of campaign finance and ethics in Washington state politics,” said Lamb, who is representing House Republican Leader Dan Kristiansen and Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler. “Tonight, we have Game 7 of the World Series. If we had a situation where the umpire had even for one play been actually wearing the uniform or pulling for one team or the other, that person wouldn’t be umping for Game 7.”Lamb accused Evelyn Fielding Lopez, the PDC’s executive director, of making false statements — but more importantly, he said, of inserting herself into politics.“Putting aside the issue of truth or false … the issue is, should the PDC director parachute in at the request of one candidate and say they don’t think an ad is accurate? That is completely inappropriate,” he said, and claimed it was also unprecedented behavior.last_img read more