Artist combines animated cats with fidget spinners and it’s fascinating

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Independent designer, Jonathon Odom created a gadget that is truly internet-worthy. According to Odom, “Fidget spinners are supposed to help you focus, cat videos were invented to distract you. I combined the two, so they probably cancel each other out.”

Odom was inspired by a 19th century device called a zoetrope and fidget spinners which are an extremely popular stress-relief toy. The coolest part is that he blessed the world with instructions so you can make one yourself.

Don’t have a 3D printer lying around? You can buy an animated fidget spinner from Jonathon’s store here.

France helpfully corrects Trump’s video on climate change

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The White House released an animated explainer to go with Donald Trump’s speech about pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement Thursday. A day later, the French Ministry countered with its own version of the video.

The French version goes through the White House video (embedded above) frame by frame with corrections and fact-checks — and it manages to do so in only 40 seconds.

The first change is renaming the Trump administration’s video from “The Paris Accord is a bad deal for America” to “Leaving the Paris Accord is a bad deal for America and the world.”

It continues to counter each point the White House made about jobs, a “U.N. slush fund,” Barack Obama’s negotiation skills, and research findings.    

It even uses the same music throughout the animation.

This comes after French president Emmanuel Macron corrected Trump’s MAGA catchphrase to “Make Our Planet Great Again.”

France is on fire.

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Could Vladimir Putin reveal aliens exist? Kremlin chief asked to lift ‘truth embargo’

US citizen, Stephen Bassett, executive director of the Paridigm Research Group International (PRG), has spent a week in Russia trying to convince Mr Putin of the importance of lifting an alleged “truth embargo” that stops world leaders telling the public the truth about aliens.

Mr Bassett, who is the only registered lobbyist in the US on the subject of alien disclosure, believes a conspiracy theory that the truth of aliens has been withheld due to the fear of the impact on religion and the rule of law if we all knew.

He believes the conspiracy has been in place since at least 1947 when a flying saucer allegedly crash landed at Roswell, New Mexico.

Mr Bassett was interviewed for a Russian documentary during his visit.

A PRG statement said: “During the interview, which will be broadcast in Russian in August, Bassett discussed various considerations that might prompt Russian President Vladimir Putin to make the first formal acknowledgment by a head of state regarding an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race. 

“PRG believes this may be the first time anyone has made this argument on Russian media inside or outside Russia.”

He also met former Soviet and Russian military and agency officials, who are now involved in the disclosure movement.

Mr Basset said: “Since 1945 the United States and the Soviet Union/Russia have spent in excess of $40trillion contesting over political and economic ideologies, fighting proxy wars around the world and building the most dangerous threat to the human race ever conceived. 

“The Cold War has never really ended with gaming, brinksmanship and destructive policies continuing from both sides. 

“While humans have continued to destroy each other and the biosphere in which they live, there is a galaxy full of life waiting to be engaged. 

“The extraterrestrial reality transcends politics, religion, race, and war. The embargo on this truth has accomplished nothing but delay the advancement of human civilisation. 

“Any number of heads of state could end this embargo at any time, and it can’t come soon enough.

“What the keepers of the truth embargo either fail or refuse to realise is a post-disclosure world could be the bridge between the US, China and Russia that would permit the necessary geopolitical realignments setting a new course away from the seemingly permanent war economies wasting vital resources and keeping the world always on the brink.”

Woman finds a squirrel in her house and her reaction is so not chill

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Imagine enjoying the peace and quiet of your lovely home with your partner and adorable doggo when suddenly, your entire world is shaken. Someone, or something, breaks into your house and starts wreaking havoc on your precious household. Well, that’s exactly what happened to this unsuspecting couple.

Turns out, the trespasser was actually just a harmless squirrel, but listen to this woman’s blood-curdling screams and you might think otherwise.

Trump pulls out of Paris for the ‘voters of Pittsburgh’ – who voted for Clinton

On Wednesday, President Trump announced that he would be withdrawing the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement — all on behalf of the voters of Pittsburgh.

“I was elected by the voters of Pittsburgh, not Paris,” Trump said. It’s a decent piece of alliteration for a marginally literate president, I guess, but there’s one tiny little caveat the president forgot: The people of Pittsburgh didn’t vote for him.

Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, which includes Pittsburgh, voted for Hillary by impressive margins: 55.9% of the county went to Clinton, compared to just 39.5% for Trump. Over 107,000 more Pittsburgh voters wanted Hillary and, by extension, the Paris Climate Agreement.

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Even Trump voters think the US should participate in the agreement. A study published by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication found that 47 percent of Trump voters wanted the United States to stay, compared to just 28 percent who thought the country should withdraw. 

The mayor of Pittsburgh took offense to the idea that the President based his decision on his city’s needs.

Journalists and folks on Twitter couldn’t help point out a few other deeply depressing incongruities:

“Time to put Youngstown, Ohio; Detroit, Michigan; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania” ahead of “Paris, France,” Trump added.

Clinton won Mahoning County, home of Youngstown, by 50-47 and Wayne County, home of Detroit, by 66-29. 

In Trump’s defense, however, nothing matters anymore so wheeeeee!

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The tiny cyborg dragonfly drones have taken flight

The tiniest drones we’ve ever seen have lift off. 

Draper Labs, an independent biomedical solutions lab, first unveiled its DragonflEye concept back in January

The project aimed to create the smallest drone possible by doing more than just taking inspiration from the animal kingdom — Draper’s engineers literally outfitted an actual dragonfly with drone tech, putting a suite of next-gen navigation, synthetic biology, and neurotechnology systems on its back in the form of mini “backpack,” which is powered by a built-in solar cell.

When the project was first announced earlier this year, there was no actual footage or even images of the drones  — just a to-scale model of a dragonfly toting the backpack. That was six months ago — and now, the Draper team has made some impressive new progress. 

New video released this week shows off Draper’s progress with the DragonflEye concept, giving us a good look at how the system is applied to a real-life dragonfly.

The short footage shows Draper scientists delicately placing the tech on the back of a dragonfly, which doesn’t appear to be harmed by the procedure. By the end of the video, the hybrid creature takes flight — although it’s unclear whether it was controlled by Draper scientists or not.  

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The DragonflEye drones aren’t just using the insects to create the smallest drone possible — the tiny tech is actually built to allow Draper’s engineers to control the animals remotely. The team can send commands to neurons inside the dragonfly’s nerve cord, which are associated with navigation, in order to guide its flightpath. 

The cyborg is also controlled by a system of optical structures, called optrodes, that target the exact neural systems needed to send navigation commands without disrupting the rest of the dragonfly’s neural network. 

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There are no other new details available about the DragonflEye project or its uses — other than the video and new images, of course — but the Draper team previously described a platform that could someday be used for surveillance, intelligence, and even to study the neural application for medical purposes in the future. 

For now, though, Draper will look to hone the system for longer flights than just the straight-ahead path shown in the video. Once they’ve locked that down, we could have a future filled with swarms of tiny cyborgs zooming around our airspace. 

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Is Roswell a UFO mecca? New sighting in town preparing for ‘alien crash’ 70th anniversary

The Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), the world’s biggest organisation dedicated to alien and UFO research, is investigating a report from a mother about a bizarre sighting in the New Mexico town.

In a report to MUFON, the unnamed mother said she was driving with her son at around 9pm.

She wrote: “Out of the corner of my my eye, I saw a stationary, white and red light, bigger than a star, appear, but I did not pay attention to it right away.

“It was off the horizon.

“I could see it easily through my vehicle windshield, then, a few seconds later, another light appeared on the left to the first.

“That’s when I looked directly at them.”

She said after a few more seconds, the first light disappeared, then a third appeared on the left of the second.

The mum said after about five seconds more the lights vanished, but reappeared in a different location and did the same sequence again.

She said: “I don’t know what these lights were.

“At the time, I was trying to rationalise them out, but they didn’t seem like any kind of aircraft I have seen.

“I even thought maybe they were fireworks, but I didn’t hear any sound, and there was not a trail or explosion.

“I pulled over, and stayed parked on the side of the road for another five minutes or so, hoping to see them again.

“Me and my son were excited, and we were really hoping to see some more. I was hoping to be able to record them,  so i can show someone what I saw. but they didn’t come back when we were parked there.”

The case, which happened on April 13, is being investigated locally by MUFON investigators.

Roswell has been at the heart of the UFO scene since in July 1947 the military sensationally announced in a press release it had found the remains of a crashed flying saucer in the desert nearby.

But the following day it retracted the statement, saying it was in fact a damaged US Air Force air balloon.

Witnesses later came forward to say there had been alien bodies within the “crashed craft”, which along with the wreckage were then taken to the mysterious top-secret Area 51 military base in Nevada.

It has gone on to become the biggest UFO conspiracy theory on record.

The MUFON database holds around 50 alleged UFO sightings connected to Roswell.

Roswell Deputy Sheriff: ‘I saw four dead aliens and 100ft flying saucer at UFO crash site’

The testimony of Charles H Forgus of Big Springs in Howard County, Texas, is the latest to surface from a person who claims an alien space craft, and not a top-secret US-launched balloon, came down in the desert around the town nearly 70 years ago.

Roswell has been at the heart of the UFO scene since in July 1947 the military sensationally announced in a press release it had found the remains of a crashed flying saucer in the desert nearby.

But the following day it retracted the statement, saying it was in fact a damaged US Air Force air balloon.

Witnesses later came forward to say there had been alien bodies within the “crashed craft”, which along with the wreckage were then taken to a mysterious top-secret military base.

There have been claims and counter claims, including that the bodies were crash test dummies and it had been a top-secret balloon spying on the Russians.

All the confusion means it is one of the world’s biggest conspiracy theories to this day.

Mr Forgus’ account is revealed in the new book UFOs Today: 70 Years of Lies, Disinformation and Government Cover-Up by Dr Irena Scott, which is published by Flying Disk Press tomorrow, June 1.

He was interviewed, aged 81, in 1999, but the account appears to have lain buried until now, due to copyright issues according to Flying Disk Press publisher Phillip Mantle.

Mr Forgus claimed to have been driving with an unnamed sheriff on the night of the alleged crash in July 1947, from Texas to Roswell to pick up a prisoner, when details of the incident “came over on the police radio”.

He was interviewed in 1999 by Los Angeles private investigator Deanna Bever, who was looking into Roswell, and another interviewer whose initials are only given as LR.

Dr Scott said in the book: “Unlike other eyewitness accounts where few people actually reported seeing bodies, this witness reported seeing the craft and the bodies in a crash that appeared significant enough to report.”

He told of a perfectly round saucer being crashed in a canyon, after it appeared to have hit a “side wall”.

Dr Scott wrote: “He thought there are about four beings, around five feet tall with large eyes and feet like ours. 

“Their skin was brownish and he didn’t see any blood. Their bodies were being picked up by a lift attached to a crane and swung into a truck.

“He said there were about three or four hundred military people there; he didn’t know from which branch but said they were not Air Force. 

“He and the sheriff watched for a while and the military people saw them. 

“Later they were told to leave. 

“He said that a government person came around to talk to him later, but he told him to shut up and go away.”

The book has been written using portions of a rough transcript of a video tape of the interview.

Mr Forgus said: “What I seen of him looked just like the one we see on television, with big eyes. 

“There was a big round thing in the canyon. It was about 100 feet across. 

“They put that on a truck and hauled it away. They wouldn’t let us get very close to it either.”

The testimony has met with doubters already.

In a blog post on website theufochronicles.com Roswell UFO expert Kevin Randle said: “Though Forgus didn’t know which branch of the service they were in, the US Army on their fatigues should have been a big clue.

“He was asked if there were lights on the craft and he said, ‘No, they went out when it banged into the wall in the creek’

“Though I’m not sure how he would have known that the lights went out when it hit because he wasn’t there.”

He said the crash site location described by Mr Forgus matched that given by the late Frank Kaufmann, whose account “has already been discredited.”

Mr Randle wrote: “He said he could see the bodies, though he didn’t have a good description of them. 

“He talked about the big eyes. He said ‘Their eyes looked like the ones we see on television and the pictures of them.’

“But he was so far away, according to him, it is difficult to believe that he would have seen the eyes. 

“The real clue is about having seen alien creatures on television. 

“He just picked the most popular version of the aliens to describe.”

Mr Randle claimed the roads surrounding the crash site would have been blocked so they would have been unable to even get there.

He added: “The other part of the story that fails is that they heard about this on the police radio, which seems unlikely, but even if that had been true, they wouldn’t have heard instructions on how to find the place. 

“You can’t see it from the main roads, and the gravel and dirt roads into the area are quite rough and quite confusing. 

“If you don’t know where you are going, you’d get lost. Without someone leading them in, or precise directions which wouldn’t have been broadcast, they would never have found their way to the crash site.”

Asked what the author and Mr Mantle thought of the testimony, Mr Mantle said: “We remain open minded on the testimony documented bu Deputy Sheriff Forgus.

“We hope that by releasing this information now that others may be able to shed more light on it one way or the other.”

JFK saw evidence of aliens and UFOs while he was president, ‘former pilot’ claims

The man, who features in new documentary ‘Unacknowledged’ is seen speaking to camera about a conversation with the president.

He described the pair discussing a newspaper article that mentioned UFOs.

The man, who is not named in the clip from the documentary, says the president asked him what he thought, so he threw the question back at JFK.

He said: “JFK responded, ‘well I asked you first’.”

The man then said he did not think humans could be alone in the universe.

He claimed JFK replied: “You’re right young man, there is considerable knowledge as far as the being of UFOs and the ET phenomenon that we are aware of today.” 

Unacknowledged claims to expose years of coverups within the US government over the alleged truth of alien visitations of Earth being kept hidden from the public.

The film is directed by Michael Mazzola and follows conspiracy theorist Dr Steven Greer, who is a major player in the so-called disclosure movement, which is calling for an end to an alleged truth embargo which ensures the cover-up continues.

The extensive documentary touches on the death of Marilyn Monroe, which it suggests was a murder coordinated by the CIA because of an alleged affair with JFK and claims she was about to blow the lid on UFOs based on pillow talk with the president.

In the film, Dr Greer produces an alleged top secret CIA memo written two days before the star was found dead on on August 5, 1962, in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California.

He claims it shows how she was wire tapped by the agency which had concerns about her liaison with the president.

Last year, a new theory alleged that JFK was shot dead because he demanded the release of top-secret UFO files from the CIA.

Alien researcher Scott C Waring, editor of the now defunct UFO Sightings Daily, posted copies to his website of a letter sent by JFK to the then head of the CIA just 10 days before he was murdered.

He blogged: “Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton doesn’t know it yet, but she does not have the power to release such information. 

“CIA would kill her before she could, just like they did JFK. 

“Yes, just a week before his death JFK wrote a memo to CIA to release all pertinent info to NASA, but somehow he was killed before it ever happened.”

Why This Girl Opened A New Toy — And Found A Pregnancy Test Instead

A new video from Save The Children is bringing attention to the alarming reality of underage pregnancy worldwide.

Released on Wednesday, the video features a young girl unboxing what she thinks is a new doll ― and finding a pregnancy test instead.

“I don’t know what this is,” the girl says, pulling out the test. “It says pregnant, not pregnant.” 

“Every two seconds, a girl around the world gives birth,” she reads off a card in the box.

“Girls can have babies?” she asks.

The girl’s reaction in the video was not staged, according to the group.

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Two scenes from the Save The Children video, showing a young girl’s shock at finding a pregnancy test instead of a doll in a box she opens.

Around 16 million girls ages 15 to 19 give birth each year around the world, according to a new report from Save The Children ― while 1 million girls under age 15 do so.

That means a girl age 19 or under gives birth every two seconds.

While the rate of very young mothers (under age 15) seems to be declining worldwide, according to the report, childbirth among older teens (ages 15 to 17) has remained steady.

The report ranks 172 countries on how well they provide children with safe, secure and healthy childhoods, factoring in issues like early pregnancy, extreme violence and child labor 

The U.S. comes in 36th ― behind Bosnia (35), Qatar (34) and Poland (26) ― and far behind leaders like Norway (1) and Germany (10).

“When a girl gets pregnant, her childhood ends,” a line in the video says.

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Teen moms disproportionately live in rural, poor areas and have low levels of education, according to the United Nations. They often end up dropping out of school and face heightened health risks. Each year, around 70,000 girls ages 10 to 19 die from pregnancy or childbirth complications.

“Going to school pregnant made me an outcast,” former teen mom Breanne, who became pregnant at 15, says in Save The Children’s report. “You have to grow up fast because you’re responsible for a little life.”

In 2015 in the U.S., around 1 in 45 girls ages 15 to 19 had a baby, according to the report. 

Although the adolescent birth rate in the United States has dropped by more than 60 percent in the past 25 years, it is still higher than that of most developed nations ― more than twice the rate of France, and five times that of Japan. 

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Kadajah, 17, with her 17-month-old daughter, Ivori, in South Carolina.

Teen pregnancy also disproportionately affects young women of color. The vast majority of teen births ― 95 percent ― occur in developing regions, the report states, where populations are largely people of color.

And in the U.S., according to the CDC, the birth rate for Hispanic teens in 2015 was more than two times higher than for white teens; for black teens, it was almost twice as high as for white teens; and for Native teens, it was more than one and a half times higher than the white teen birth rate.

Asked why its video featured a white girl when far more young women of color are teen moms in the U.S. and around the world, Save The Children declined to comment on the record. This video is one of three the group released with its report on “Stolen Childhoods” ― the other two, on extreme violence and child labor, feature children of color.

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A 14-year-old girl carries her 10-month-old baby in Cagayan de Oro in the Philippines, where abortion is illegal and the Catholic Church continues to pit itself against the use of contraceptives.

Save The Children’s U.S. section of its report concludes by calling for Congress to fund programs that support healthy and secure childhoods, from early childhood education to maternal and infant home visits.

President Donald Trump has proposed several policies that affect girls and women’s access to reproductive health care worldwide, placing more girls at risk of early pregnancy.

Earlier this year, Trump signed an executive order reinstating the global gag rule, which blocks U.S. funding to international nonprofits that provide or advise on family planning and reproductive health services if these include abortion.

Last week, Trump proposed a budget that would cut federal funding to Planned Parenthood, which provides contraceptives and other reproductive health care to women. This week, the administration is expected to roll back a federal rule that requires employers to cover birth control in health insurance plans at no cost to women, replacing it with a new rule that has alarmed civil liberties organizations and progressive advocacy groups.