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Why do all the most cursed traffic experiences seem to happen in Russia

Another dashcam video has emerged of some unusual transit behavior, this time in Petrozavodsk, Republic of Karelia, Russia. 

The video shows a man crossing a street, but getting frustrated with a car stopped in the middle of the crosswalk. So what does he do? Open the car door, slide through the seat, and exit the other side, naturally! 

This level of petty malicious compliance is admirable, although we’re surprised the driver didn’t get out and give him a piece of their mind. 

Oh well, at least the car wasn’t parked in a bike lane! 

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Amazon claims its Rekognition software can now detect fear

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What am I feeling NOW, Amazon?
What am I feeling NOW, Amazon?

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It seems that just like bees, Amazon can sense your fear.

Because nothing says “nightmare scenario” quite like a giant tech corporation everyone uses knowing what you’re feeling, Amazon announced on Monday that Rekognition, its controversial facial recognition tool, can now detect a person’s fear. 

The update includes “improved accuracy for emotion detection (for all 7 emotions: ‘Happy’, ‘Sad’, ‘Angry’, ‘Surprised’, ‘Disgusted’, ‘Calm’ and ‘Confused’)” but, just for kicks, I guess, “added a new emotion: ‘Fear’.”

I’d say it’s time to worry about things getting all 1984 up in here, but there are issues with Rekognition that have kept it from wider use. 

Rekognition earned the ire of quite a few civil liberties organizations such as the ACLU, who as our Matt Binder pointed out last year, called the technology “primed for abuse in the hands of governments” and warned that it “poses a grave threat to communities, including people of color and immigrants.”

And that was after the ACLU and Amazon tussled over Rekognition’s accuracy. In July 2018, the ACLU said it used the tool to identify members of Congress and it got 28 members wrong. Additionally, six of those misidentified members were black, underscoring racial bias issues that continue to plague facial recognition software.

For its part, Amazon claimed the results were “misinterpreted” and that, actually, a 95 percent success rate is good for this software, which is primarily to be used for helping to narrow options down, not necessarily to provide perfect accuracy.

Whatever the case, the fact remains that Rekognition is getting smarter and one step closer to going full HAL 9000 on us soon. Maybe it’s time to start freaking out. 

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Area 51 mystery amid claims of ‘significant testing’ at secretive US base

The remote Nevada-based military outpost has been subject to mass attention in recent months over a jokingly planned October ‘raid’. Although the event was intended to mock conspiracy theorists, the secretive base is once again making headlines after “significant” tests were reportedly carried out in the area over the weekend. According to aerial analyst Bryan Herbert, a handful of writs warning pilots of restricted areas have been handed out recently.

Called ‘Notices to Airman’ (NOTAM), the documents detail any areas within the Nevada Test and Training Range that are off-limits to any air traffic.

A notice given last week wrote off 750 miles squared of land that lies near a number of significant practice targets.

It includes a training post for Joint Terminal Attack Controllers and other integration exercises.

Area 51 raid: a prank gone wrong?

Area 51 raid: a prank gone wrong? (Image: GETTY)

The event attendees plan to evade any incoming bullets

The event attendees plan to evade any incoming bullets (Image: GETTY)

The restricted area also encompasses Desert Dry Lake, which sits just 30 miles away from Area 51.

The initial set of NOTAMs stretched from August 8 until August 12.

In addition to this, ‘Janet’ flights – a secret airline that only serves Area 51 – were spotted flying out to the area and surrounding installations.

This is thought to suggest that a major test event, or series of events, is taking place.

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The Nevada Test and Training Centre

The Nevada Test and Training Centre (Image: GETTY)

The region is thought to have been used for testing out secret or sensitive weaponry.

Because of its remote location and highly secretive nature, it appears the perfect place to carry out dry runs.

It is thought that the US Air Force’s new B-21 Raider stealth bomber could be seeing its first tests.

Even though it is not set to have its first official flight until June 2021, the Nevada site could be used to analyse its progress and carry out tentative tests.

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The NTTC has been used for multiple military drills

The NTTC has been used for multiple military drills (Image: GETTY)

Can you spot Area 51?

Can you spot Area 51? (Image: GETTY)

At the same time, it could simply be routine testing by the Trump administration.

Increased attention on Area 51 has fuelled a number of theories from various analysts and ordinary citizens alike.

Some feel that the US government is hiding aliens in the military base, away from public view.

They feel the remains from an alleged UFO crash near Roswell in 1947 are being concealed.

Ufologist James Abbott says that too many people have made allegations against Area 51 for the military site to be a routine one.

It is yet to be seen whether the US government are hiding aliens in Area 51

It is yet to be seen whether the US government are hiding aliens in Area 51 (Image: GETTY)

He added: “If – and it’s a very big if – the US government has come into possession of some incredible material or technology which could not have originated on this planet, Area 51 would be at the top of anyone’s list for researching it.”

Last month over a million people signed up to a Facebook event pledging to storm Area 51.

Lincoln County Sheriff Kerry Lee told CNN ahead of the event the town of Rachel is too small to handle two million people storming the US base.

He said: “I cannot believe it’s gotten this much attention. We deal with this on a weekly basis but nothing to this scale.”

MH370 shock theory: Plane ‘stalled in mid-air as crew panicked during mechanical failure’

Malaysia Airlines flight 370 went missing on March 8, 2014, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board. The official investigation concluded the plane most likely ended up at the bottom of the Indian Ocean, but there are many other theories too. Experts on the Channel 5 documentary ‘Flight MH370’ theorised MH370 could have met the same fate as Air France flight 447 in 2009.

On June 1, 2009, AF447 suffered a catastrophe en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris with 228 people on board.

Aviation lawyer James Healy-Pratt said: “[AF447] encountered some bad weather.

“There was an issue with some of the avionics and then the crew reacted improperly to a problem.

“That then turned the crisis into an emergency.”

READ MORE: MH370: Terrifying Lockerbie bombing comparison revealed

Ice had formed in the tubes that measure air speed, which disconnected the autopilot.

The pilot erroneously reacted by lifting the nose of the plane up, which caused it to lose speed and stall mid-flight.

Mr Healy-Pratt added: “The airbus stalled at 34,000ft and took three and a half minutes to impact the ocean with the loss of all 228 on board.”

The documentary asked: “Could something similar has happened to MH370?

The main difference between the two tragedies is that AF447 was eventually found, because the plane had been sending regular maintenance updates to Air France’s headquarters.

The Aircraft Communication Addressing and Reporting System including GPS data that marked the plane’s exact location when it disappeared.

Two years later, the black boxes were recovered from the ocean.

In contrast, MH370’s wreckage was never found – however, experts have considered whether the crew may have encountered a mechanical failure and panicked, just like the AF447 pilot did.

Aviation consultant Alastair Rosenschein told Channel 5: “All pilots know that the fist thing you do is aviate, then you navigate, then finally you communicate.

“But there was no radio call so one would suggest it possibly was some sort of emergency which prevented the pilots from communicating straight away.”

One such theory was an oxygen bottle exploded causing devastating damage.

This is what happened on EgyptAir flight 667, which suffered a ground fire at Cairo Airport on July 29, 2011.

Woman Puts Octopus On Face, Ends Up In Hospital

A Washington woman’s photo with an octopus not only went viral, but it also led to a serious infection after the creature bit her chin.

Jamie Bisceglia was participating in a salmon fishing derby in Tacoma Narrows on Saturday when she realized she probably wasn’t going to win that event.

However, she saw another opportunity for glory when she spied an octopus one of her friends had caught.

“I grabbed it off the hook and said, ‘Take a picture for the photo contest,’” Bisceglia told HuffPost.

She put the cephalopod on her face and said the tentacles covered her ears and nose. 

It was perfect for a fun photo, except when the octopus bit down on her chin.

“[My friends] noticed my face had changed,” she said. “We couldn’t get the beak to dislodge ― it was like a prong.”

Although Bisceglia eventually freed herself from the octopus, she bled profusely for 30 minutes afterwards.

“There’s still a pus pocket and there’s a spot under my chin,” she said.

Bisceglia waited two days until the fishing derby was over to seek medical attention.

That may not have been the best move, as the left side of her face was paralyzed and there was lots of swelling.

“They took me in stat, but the IVs didn’t work and my arm swelled up like an elephant,” she said.

Now she is on antibiotics and a quest of sorts.

“I want people not to do what I did,” she said. “My advice is, know what you’re touching beforehand.”

Bisceglia did get revenge of sorts: She boiled and grilled the creature and served it on a salad.

Her photo has since received worldwide attention, but Bisceglia won’t find out if it won the $100 photo contest until later this week.

Of course, if she doesn’t win after all she’s been through, that would add insult to injury.

How eBay scammers turned Nespresso lovers into money mules

Nina Kollars just wanted a cheaper cup of coffee. Stumbling across an online credit card fraud ring was simply an added bonus. 

As she explained to a crowd at the annual DEF CON hacking conference in Las Vegas, the associate professor at the Naval War College didn’t set out to become an unwitting money mule accidentally helping to defraud senior citizens, but hey, not everything goes the way you think it will. 

Kollars, a fan of Nespresso coffee pods, had found what seemed to be an amazing deal on eBay: 200 of the pods listed at half price. So she placed her order, and, soon after paying via PayPal, her order arrived — along with a brand-new $280 Nespresso espresso maker that she hadn’t ordered or paid for.

Telling tales of Nespresso fraud.

Telling tales of Nespresso fraud.

Image: Jack Morse / mashable

Looking at other eBay listings for Nespresso pods, she realized there were tons of new seller accounts with zero reviews all offering Nespresso pods for super cheap. Something was off. 

“I’m still guessing this is fraud, but I don’t really know,” she said of her thinking at the time. “If this is some sort of criminal underground gang […] this should be happening at scale in some way.”

After contacting Nespresso and offering to return the machine (they didn’t want it back), she set out to determine what, exactly, was going on. Although, as she explained, she already had a pretty good idea. 

The scam goes like this: fraudsters acquire someone’s stolen personally identifiable information and opens a credit card account. They then create an eBay account and list a luxury good for super cheap. Once the good is ordered by an unsuspecting customer, the criminals in question place the order — with the fraudulently obtained card — from the legit site and has it shipped on its way. 

The fraudsters have just successfully turned a stolen credit card into cash, all with the help of an unknowing eBay shopper. 

But why the free espresso machine? Perhaps the criminals are trying to buy loyalty from customers, Kollars guessed, or maybe they were simply sloppy in keeping track of which money mule ordered what. 

Either way, she set out to try it again. 

After identifying other eBay accounts Kollars believed were linked to the original seller in question, she placed more orders for discounted pods. She received them, plus hundreds of extras along with a milk frother.  

In total, she received around $939 worth of Nespresso goods for the low price of $391.90. 

This is a photo of a slide from Kollars' talk showing her acquired loot.

This is a photo of a slide from Kollars’ talk showing her acquired loot.

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But that’s not all she got. Kollars also managed to get in touch with a person behind one of the eBay accounts after an order was canceled. 

“I always want the everything best for you,” the person wrote. “My mom has sick on hospital now so I can find any other item in best condition to ship to you and I have to go to the hospital with her now so I hope that you understand for me and let me cancel oder.”

Kollars marveled at how polite this person was. “I really hope that his mom is ok.”

Importantly, however, this was not a victimless crime. Kollars investigated and found that the people actually being charged for this goods were at or past retirement age. In other words, it was possible that elderly individuals were intentionally being targeted. 

She contacted the FBI and eBay and reported her findings. While she didn’t hear back, this specific type of Nespresso fraud disappeared from the site roughly 30 days after she reported it. You can still find great deals on luxury goods on eBay, however, suggesting this type of scheme is ongoing. 

So maybe next time think twice before hitting “purchase” on that great eBay deal from a brand-new seller with no reviews. It may be cheap, but you also might be acting an unwilling money mule in the weird world of online fraud. 

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UFO bombshell claim: ‘Stunning’ US Navy sightings are ‘most important in last 70 years’

Several US Navy aviators came forward in May, with the permission of the US Department of Defense, to report sightings during training, suggesting they had seen strange objects over the east coast of the USA between 2014 and 2015. Pilots claimed the were also able to stop quickly and turn suddenly even against deadly winds, and declassified footage showed one such object hurtling rapidly across the sea at speeds.

James Abbott, who has just published the second volume in his series, The Outsiders’ Guide to , said he was both intrigued and excited by the revelations.

He told Express.co.uk: “The US Navy sightings are arguably the most important encounters with unidentified objects in the past 70 years.

“They are important not simply because they were recorded on advanced sensors but because the US Department of Defense agreed to release those (and other) similar recordings and gave the pilots permission to speak to the press about them.

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UFO bombshell: The US Navy footage is “stunning”, said Mr Abbott (Image: GETTY)

US Navy footage

A still from the footage released by the US Navy (Image: US Navy)

The more recent recordings – from the US East Coast – not only show similar objects but the two pilots who were prepared to go on public record gave some stunning evidence

James Abbott

“The released recordings (and there may be more) span the period from 2004 to 2018 and show some very .”

Mr Abbott said the footage had been released from late 2018 onwards, with the main witness from one similar encounter in 2004 giving detailed interviews in which he voiced his wish to “fly one of those”.

He added: “The more recent recordings – from the US East Coast – not only show similar objects but the two pilots who were prepared to go on public record gave some stunning evidence.

“One said that he once had an object clearly on his advanced sensors but was completely unable to see it with his own eyes.”

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UFOs

UFOs have been reported for centuries, by sightings picked up significantly after World War 2 (Image: GETTY)

Such sightings are nothing new – Mr Abbott said in 1952, the US Air Force had allowed pilots involved in a famous series of UFO encounters commonly referred to as the “Washington flap” to give a series of press interviews – but the US Government rapidly stepped in to put a stop to any publicity.

Mr Abbott said: “So, the recent revelations by the DoD and the even more recent decision by the US Navy to make it easier for navy pilots to report unidentified objects seem to be part of a sea-change in official attitudes towards the subject.

“No one is claiming but the official approach now appears to be that there is something unexplained there and it is necessary, without jumping to unjustified conclusions, to gather more evidence.

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James Abbott believes recent footage proves the reality of UFOs – but they may not be flying saucers (Image: GETTY)

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James Abbott is dubious about tales of alien abduction (Image: GETTY)

“My own conclusions therefore are that the sensor evidence shows that something is definitely causing highly trained pilots and their electronic sensors to see things that, according to our current understanding of science and aerodynamics, simply cannot be.

“Set that evidence alongside the mountains of other witness testimony from very credible people and one has to conclude that UFOs are a proven phenomenon.

“They may be lots of different things but – here and now, in 2019 – we finally know for sure that they are there.

“Everyone is searching for the Holy Grail of studies – the solid-gold piece of evidence that is absolutely incontrovertible.

Meteorites

Burning rocks which fall from the sky were only explained as meteorites in the 19th century (Image: GETTY)

“For UFOs we have a huge amount of evidence and one or two pieces which look like golden nuggets – like the US Navy evidence.

“Taken together the evidence is so strong that there is now almost no remaining doubt that the phenomenon exists.”

As to what they actually are, Mr Abbott has yet to draw any firm conclusions.

He said: “There’s no single piece of evidence that is sufficiently compelling to prove involvement.

“The only possible connections are those involving so-called ‘experiencers’ and abductees and very few are well corroborated.

“There is a certain amount of circumstantial evidence through some of the better researched but, even if we could be certain that some sort of outside force was involved, it may not necessarily be extraterrestrials.

“There’s quite a gulf between knowing that there is a phenomenon which needs explaining, to being able to conclusively explain it.”

Mr Abbott used the example of meteorites to illustrate the way science sometimes lags behind reality.

UFO sightings

A map showing reported UFO sighting in Europe (Image: lcpearso.cartodb.com)

He said: “The issue of rocks which fell, burning from the sky was a phenomenon which science derided for many centuries. Scientists could not understand how a rock could get up there in the first place, let alone explain how it caught fire and fell back to Earth.

“The ordinary people who saw such things and could point to the rocks on the ground tended to keep quiet about the whole thing for fear of the same sort of ridicule which besets UFO witnesses.

“It was the late 18th century before science finally caught up and explained the whole thing as .

James Abbott

James Abbott’s book is available for Kindle download on Amazon (Image: James Abbott)

“We are now at the point of acceptance that the UFO phenomenon exists. But whether it is a result of natural forces, , inter-dimensional travellers, or extra-terrestrials has yet to be seen.

“My starting point has always been the recognition that there are a lot of intelligent people out there who would like to know more about the subject of UFOs but who shy away from the ‘My Grandmother was an Alien’ side of the topic.

“More specifically they have a natural aversion to people who claim they “know” the answers and that everything is definitely about little grey men and interstellar saucers.”

MH370 shock theory: Real reason behind plane’s disappearance was ‘machines not people!’

Malaysia Airlines flight 370 went missing on March 8, 2014, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board. The official investigation concluded the plane must have ended up in the Indian Ocean, but this has been disputed. In the Channel 5 documentary ‘Flight MH370’,  risk management consultant Dr Sally Leivesley explained how it could be possible that MH370 fell victim to cyber-terrorism.

This theory suggests the plane’s main computer network could be accessed and compromised via a mobile phone or a USB connection in the flight entertainment system.

Dr Leivesley said: “The core of the theory was that the plan was being managed by machines not people.

“You can have chips in the avionics that run the cockpit and those chips can have malware.

“The controls look right, but underneath there is another system actually running the plane.”

READ MORE: MH370 revelation: Data used to track missing plane could be ‘a lie’

In this way, the pilots could have been lulled into a false sense of security thinking they are going one way, when actually they are flying in a different direction.

Aviation security expert Jim Termini told the documentary that a cyberattack, whilst unlikely, is not impossible.

He said: “A cyberattack would be a highly sophisticated attack which, at the moment, would seem the most unlikely, but that’s only because we haven’t seen it before.

“The day before 9/11 we would never have imagined that an aircraft would have been used effectively as a cruise missile to attack New York and Washington – but, of course, that happened.”

The consultant said: “We know from the Malaysian government reports there was a maintenance activity in it February, but in the immediate period before the plane took off we don’t have that history.

“We need to know who had access to the plane.

“Was there an opportunity for someone to get on with a USB stick or in other ways to initiate a cyberattack on the plane so it would never reach its destination?”

This theory is intriguing as it could mean investigations into those on board would be fruitless.

A recent report by The Atlantic suggested the plane’s captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah could have been responsible.

It claimed Mr Shah had flown a similar route on his home flight simulator and that he had been struggling with mental health difficulties.

Other individuals who have come under the microscope include two passengers who boarded the plane using fake passports.