This week’s mash-up, good, bad and ugly

Angkor Wat temple Source: Worldtravelr.blogspot.com
Angkor Wat temple
Source: Worldtravelr.blogspot.com

Stories are piling up on my desk.  Here are a few.

First, in the category of progress, “Google working on eliminating all child porn on the web.”

From this report posted by Owen Weldon on Digital Journal:

According to Huffington Post, Google has been using a special type of tagging technology to find child porn since 2008, and this technology is called “hashing”. Hashing finds images and then gives each one of them a unique ID that allows Google’s computers to find duplicate images without people having to look at the photos again.

Google’s rivals will now be able to use the same technology that Google has been using.

According to Forbes, Google is not the only tech company to be lending a hand in the battle against child port. Microsoft has also joined the battle, developing a “photo DNA,” which can match newly uncovered images to other images, regardless of whether or not they were modified. Facebook is using technology to identify child porn that might be posted to its site, and once it is found it is removed. Facebook also turns over the content to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

John Ryan, the CEO of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children , said that Google has once again demonstrated its commitment to combat online child pornography. Ryan said that Google’s technology will help in minimizing victim’s continued re-victimization.

In the category of ‘austerity’, Stephen Morgan reports that a, “Quarter of million protest in cities across Brazil.”

According to the report, protests were sparked by the government’s decision to raise fares for public transportation, while at the same time investing billions of dollars on upcoming sporting events.

He writes:

The lack of investment and disregard for basic social services on the part of the government has been highlighted by the extravagant expenditure on prestige sporting events being hosted by Brazil, such as the current Confederations Cup soccer competition and the soccer World Cup in 2014, as well as the summer Olympics in 2016. According to Al Jazeera, hosting the 2014 World Cup will cost $14.5bn, while 20% of the population live in poverty.

Reuters quotes a 28-year-old saleswoman on the demonstration in Sao Paulo, who summed up the mood of the protesters. “For many years” she said “the government has been feeding corruption. People are demonstrating against the system. They spent billions of dollars building stadiums and nothing on education and health.”

On the war front, horrendous photos of rape and torture emerge, as published by the Asian Times.  I wouldn’t suggest clicking on this link, as the information and images provided left me completely disgusted with endless wars fought by mankind against its own species.  Suffice to say, I believe we are one people, living within one finely-tuned ecosystem that we call Earth.

I believe there have been ages of pre-history, as seen in places like Angkor Wat and the Great Pyramids that have been much more peaceful and cooperative.  Endless war makes life a living hell.  Why do we continue to do this to ourselves?  Do we intend to genocide our species?

In environmental news, thousands of dead fish turn up at Cave Run Lake in Kentucky.

White Bass – by KDFWR Artist Rick Hill Source: Courier
White Bass – by KDFWR Artist Rick Hill
Source: Courier

I’ll conclude with a new study that shows that cooperation with others is in our best interest.

This article states that, “Humans are happier when they do the right thing; It also helps them overcome difficulties.”

This is based on a new study be John Helliwell, from the U of British Columbia, Canada and his colleagues.  Access to this study entitled, “Resilience in trying times – a result of positive actions,” can be found online here:

http://www.springer.com/about+springer/media/springer+select?SGWID=0-11001-6-1423345-0

"Communities that stick together and do good for others cope better with crises and are happier for it. " (Credit: © Sergey Galushko / Fotolia)   Source: Science Daily
“Communities that stick together and do good for others cope better with crises and are happier for it. ” (Credit: © Sergey Galushko / Fotolia) Source: Science Daily

 

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