The Cure frontman Robert Smith has revealed his picks for this year’s Meltdown festival, and it’s a dream for fans of post-punk and alternative rock, delivering on Smith’s previous promise that the concert would be the “must-see event of the summer.”
The festival’s headliners will be Nine Inch Nails and My Bloody Valentine, while other bands appearing on the bill include The Libertines, Deftones, Mogwai, the Psychedelic Furs, Placebo and more. But there’s still more to come, as the final lineup will feature 60 acts performing over 10 days, according to a statement from Smith.
Smith described the curating experience, saying, “Curating this 25th Meltdown festival is a dream come true, a fantastic experience…albeit getting 60 wonderful artists, including many of my all-time favorites, to come together for 10 days in June is not without its challenges–as one of my predecessors noted, it is akin to figuring out a giant psychedelic puzzle…But as each invitee confirms, as each shimmering piece falls into place, I pinch myself–this is really happening…And the complete picture will undoubtedly be out of this world!”
The Cure itself is also celebrating an anniversary in 2018–their 40th, and they’re marking it with a show on Saturday, July 7 at London’s Hyde Park. The lineup includes Interpol, Goldfrapp, The Twilight Sad and more, with more to be announced. Tickets for their musical birthday celebration are on sale now right here on AXS, including VIP packages.
A documentary on the iconic band is also reportedly in the works from longtime collaborator Tim Pope.
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January 6th, 2018
Via: Raspberry Pi:
Over the last couple of days, there has been a lot of discussion about a pair of security vulnerabilities nicknamed Spectre and Meltdown. These affect all modern Intel processors, and (in the case of Spectre) many AMD processors and ARM cores. Spectre allows an attacker to bypass software checks to read data from arbitrary locations in the current address space; Meltdown allows an attacker to read data from arbitrary locations in the operating system kernelâ€™s address space (which should normally be inaccessible to user programs).
Both vulnerabilities exploit performance features (caching and speculative execution) common to many modern processors to leak data via a so-called side-channel attack. Happily, the Raspberry Pi isnâ€™t susceptible to these vulnerabilities, because of the particular ARM cores that we use.
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At least one Anaheim policeman panicked over the Manuel Diaz civil trial in October before it ended with a federal jury finding officer Nick Bennallack liable for excessive force when he gunned the unarmed Latino down in 2012. Three years ago, a verdict in the case rejected such claims filed on behalf of Genevieve Huizar, Diaz’s mother, in the shooting that sparked summer riots in the city. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the verdict in 2016, ordered a new trial, and set precedent by disallowing inflammatory evidence from being introduced during its liability phase.
But that’s not what worried officer Eric Anderson most, a close friend of Bennallack.
“Today at the trial, a bunch of gangsters showed up to show support for Manuel Diaz,” Anderson wrote in an Oct. 24 email obtained by the Weekly. He claimed Diaz’s family and friends took up half of the courtroom with Bennallack backed only by his attorneys and father. “Putting myself in the thoughts of the Jury, I could only imagine the questions and concerns they may have when nobody from Nick’s own agency is there for support; when gangsters are.”
Anderson sounded a call for fellow officers to pack the courtroom the following day when testimony began. “For those of you who have been involved in the process of an [officer-involved shooting], you all know how stressful things can be,” he wrote. “Now add everything Nick has already been through with this case and being portrayed as a killer by Manuel’s family and the media.” Death certificates in police shootings don’t read “homicide” for nothing, ya know? Murder, a legal term, is another matter.
Even though Anderson tried rallying the force, his message stumbled along the way. The email claimed that most officers hadn’t known about jury selection in the trial that day, making the big no show something out of their control. His cop call came the day after former police chief Raul Quezada, who appeared in court backed by officers during the first Diaz trial, announced his retirement following a vote of no confidence. Apparently, the department remained divisive after Quezada’s departure with Anderson having to send an email the following day profusely apologizing for his earlier comments.
“Our department is at a very critical point right now and I don’t want to undermine and/or provide any misinformation about any one person or spread rumors,” Anderson wrote on Oct. 25. “I must clarify that I have been informed representatives from the Robbery Detail, Command Staff and SWAT Commanders were present and were there to support Nick. My apologies on that behalf and for those of you that this personally relates to, my deepest and most sincere apologies for any misleading information as that was far from my intention.”
Watch Commander Lt. Allan Roman responded to Sgt. James Cossin, who forwarded the email. “Yep, plus we will have more people this week there,” Roman wrote.
Anaheim PD delivered on the promise to up the ante. After the trial concluded, Huizar spoke at the following Anaheim city council meeting in November. “To see 40, I counted them, officers on the defense side on taxpayer’s money…what kind of thing is that?” she asked. “It’s intimidation.” The Weekly asked the department for the peak number of uniformed cops that turned out for the trial, but a department spokesman informs there’s no record of who was there and when for a headcount.
“They were there to intimidate the jury and to make me uncomfortable,” Huizar tells the Weekly. “I walked right through the middle of them in the halls on several occasions.”
Even after officers packed the courtroom, the jury returned its rarity of a verdict in an OC police shooting case. They awarded $200,000 in damages the following day.
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Supporters of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have long claimed that Golden Rice is key in alleviating vitamin A deficiency, but it turns out that’s not at all the case.
According to a new report by Indian researchers, the genes necessary to produce Golden Rice cause unintended side effects, Independent Science News reported recently.
When scientists introduced the genetically-engineered DNA “their high-yielding and agronomically superior Indian rice variety became pale and stunted, flowering was delayed and the roots grew abnormally,” the site reported.
Also, crop yields were so dramatically scaled back that they were not even suitable for cultivation, scientists noted.
While rice is a great nutritional source, it does lack vitamin A and in some parts of the world, there are dramatic deficiencies in vitamin A. That’s important because these regions depend heavily on rice for their diets.
Big Ag and GMO pushers like Syngenta and Monsanto claim that vitamin A can be enhanced through the introduction of GMOs. And for years, that scientific dogma has been accepted as fact.
But it isn’t true, and continuing research is proving that. In 2016, Washington University in St. Louis noted that the promise of GMO-laden Golden Rice was not living up to the hype. He also said that researchers did not blame “GMO opponents” for that, either.
“Golden Rice is still not ready for the market, but we find little support for the common claim that environmental activists are responsible for stalling its introduction. GMO opponents have not been the problem,” said lead author Glenn Stone, professor of anthropology and environmental studies in Arts & Sciences.
That was substantiated by a March 2017 report in the journal Agriculture and Human Values by Stone and co-author Dominic Glover, a rice researcher at the Institute for Development Studies at the University of Sussex. Their research also found that GMO opponents have nothing to do with the fact that Golden Rice isn’t the vitamin A panacea that it has long been touted to be. (Related: Golden Rice fairy tale nothing more than biotech industry GMO propaganda.)
“The rice simply has not been successful in test plots of the rice breeding institutes in the Philippines, where the leading research is being done,” Stone said. “It has not even been submitted for approval to the regulatory agency, the Philippine Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI).”
Stone was referencing Golden Rice cultivation research that was being done in the Asian country. “A few months ago, the Philippine Supreme Court did issue a temporary suspension of GMO crop trials,” Stone added. “Depending on how long it lasts, the suspension could definitely impact GMO crop development. But it’s hard to blame the lack of success with Golden Rice on this recent action.”
In September 2013, Natural News founder/editor Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, reported on the failed effort to genetically ‘transform’ Golden Rice into a major GMO success. Recounting all of the Big Ag hype surrounding the altered crop, Adams noted:
There’s a problem with all this, of course: the golden rice hoopla is pure hokum. Quackery. Charlatanism. There is no evidence whatsoever that golden rice can treat, prevent or cure any medical condition. And since when did pro-GMO people ever care about nutrition in the first place? Aren’t they in agreement with the FDA that there is no vitamin, no mineral and no herb that has any ability whatsoever to prevent, treat or cure any disease?
That was then. Since Adams’ report, absolutely no additional research has proven that GMO-altered Golden Rice is anything but a wild pipe dream offered up by genetically modified food pushers who are the enemies of wholesome, clean — and much healthier — organic foods.