Salt Lake Tribune: COVID denial, communism and QAnon. Conspiracy theory-fueled conference hits Salt Lake City

Salt Lake Tribune: COVID denial, communism and QAnon. Conspiracy theory-fueled conference hits Salt Lake City. “A conspiracy and religion-fueled political conference in downtown Salt Lake City drew about 1,000 attendees on Friday to the Salt Palace Convention Center. People there heard from some of the leading far-right political figures, including retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and former Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne.”

PR Newswire: Violation Tracker UK: New Database Reveals Fines for Environmental and Safety Infringements Lag Far Behind Those for Competition and Financial Offences (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: Violation Tracker UK: New Database Reveals Fines for Environmental and Safety Infringements Lag Far Behind Those for Competition and Financial Offences (PRESS RELEASE). “Penalties imposed by UK government regulators in environmental and safety cases trail far behind fines and settlements for financial and competition-related offences. This is among the revelations made possible by Violation Tracker UK, a new database of regulatory enforcement actions created by a team of UK and U.S. researchers led by the Corporate Research Project of Good Jobs First, a Washington, DC-based non-governmental organisation which provides a similar research tool for the United States.”

Cornell Chronicle: Roper Center launches Health Poll Database

Cornell Chronicle: Roper Center launches Health Poll Database. “Supported by funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the new database offers the public unprecedented access to questions and results from more than 85 years of U.S. national polls on health-related topics. This new resource promotes an understanding of public opinion on a broad range of health issues.”

KnowTechie: Need to remove an object from an image? This free web tool lets you do it in seconds

KnowTechie: Need to remove an object from an image? This free web tool lets you do it in seconds. “If you’ve ever had to quickly edit something (or someone) out of a picture, you know it is a frustrating task best left to the professionals. Well, now it is something you can tackle whenever you have a spare minute, with a new tool that lets you remove objects from a picture with ease.” I tried it. It’s not perfect but for a free tool it’s amazing. I found that trying to remove the same area several times, like I was removing layers of paint, worked well in some cases.

Wired: These historical artefacts are totally faked

Wired: These historical artefacts are totally faked. “Nora Al-Badri was bored by deepfake porn. She thought the technology, best known for putting people’s faces into videos they weren’t actually in could be put to work doing something better. As an artist who regularly works with digital technology, Al-Badri had an idea for a more interesting project employing an AI technique known as a generative adversarial network (GAN), commonly used for deepfakes. That work, Babylonian Vision, used GANs to expand what we know about ancient history and question museums’ ownership of objects in the 21st century.”

CTV News: First of its kind website aims to provide resources about palliative care for kids

CTV News: First of its kind website aims to provide resources about palliative care for kids. “The website aims to serve as a hub to connect people with services and other families who may be going through many of the same challenges. It also has pages walking families through the impact on members of the family outside of the child who is suffering, as well as resources on how to plan for end of life care and the grieving process.”

University of Arkansas: Online Mapping Tool to Accelerate Access to Critical Data on Agriculture Commodity Supply Chains

University of Arkansas: Online Mapping Tool to Accelerate Access to Critical Data on Agriculture Commodity Supply Chains. “The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) reported today that they will be transforming their existing manually-operated commodity mapping tool into a web-based, self-guided resource that will rapidly increase the number of companies that can access commodity data points. This new online tool will enable companies to self-map risk assessment and action recommendations of all food and fiber-based commodity supply chains, covering the global production of over 200 commodities. This work is made possible through funding by the Walmart Foundation.”

WTOL: New web portal connects survivors of domestic violence with legal support

WTOL (Ohio): New web portal connects survivors of domestic violence with legal support. “Survivors can go to [the site] to fill out the forms online, starting and stopping as they need to. It’s accessible not only on a computer, but also a phone and tablet….The site also has information about local shelters and advocates who can help survivors with safety planning.” This site is specific to Ohio and is not nationwide.

FAA: Dangerous Laser Strikes Continue Rise in ’21

FAA: Dangerous Laser Strikes Continue Rise in ’21. “Shining a laser at an aircraft is a serious safety threat that continues to rise. As of Oct. 14, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has received 7,186 laser strike reports for 2021, exceeding the 2020 total of 6,852. This marks the highest number or reports since 2016…. To identify laser strike trends, the FAA developed a visualization tool, using the Tableau software platform that shows laser strike data from 2010 to 2020 and highlights trends by geographic area, per capita data, time of day and year.”

NPR: ERs are now swamped with seriously ill patients — but many don’t even have COVID

NPR: ERs are now swamped with seriously ill patients — but many don’t even have COVID. “Even in parts of the country where COVID isn’t overwhelming the health system, patients are showing up to the ER sicker than they were before the pandemic, their diseases more advanced and in need of more complicated care. Months of treatment delays have exacerbated chronic conditions and worsened symptoms. Doctors and nurses say the severity of illness ranges widely and includes abdominal pain, respiratory problems, blood clots, heart conditions, and suicide attempts, among others. But there’s nowhere to put them all.”

Exclusive: Billionaires back new media firm to combat disinformation (Axios)

Axios: Exclusive: Billionaires back new media firm to combat disinformation. Oh boy, more billionaires. What could possibly go wrong? “A new public benefit corporation backed by billionaires Reid Hoffman, George Soros, and others is launching Tuesday to fund new media companies and efforts that tackle disinformation. Why it matters: Good Information Inc. aims to fund and scale businesses that cut through echo chambers with fact-based information. As part of its mission, it plans to invest in local news companies.”

NBC News: Florida Gov. DeSantis recruits unvaccinated officers with cash bonuses

NBC News: Florida Gov. DeSantis recruits unvaccinated officers with cash bonuses. “Law enforcement officers who risk losing their jobs for not wanting to get vaccinated against Covid-19 or make their vaccination statuses known could get $5,000 bonuses to work in Florida. Gov. Ron DeSantis said Sunday on Fox News that he wants out-of-state officers and sheriff’s deputies to help patrol the state.”

Reuters: EU tech rules should curb cloud computing providers, study says

Reuters: EU tech rules should curb cloud computing providers, study says. “Draft EU rules to curb the power of Amazon AMZN.O, Apple AAPL.O, Alphabet GOOGL.O unit Google and Facebook FB.O should also tackle providers of cloud computing services for possible anti-competitive practices, a study said on Tuesday. The report comes amid concerns that some EU lawmakers who are reviewing the Digital Markets Act (DMA) proposed by EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager may be lenient towards cloud computing companies.”

TechCrunch: Hera is a new calendar app for people with a lot of virtual meetings

TechCrunch: Hera is a new calendar app for people with a lot of virtual meetings. “Meet Hera, a new calendar app that wants to turn the calendar into the main work interface. Hera helps you schedule meetings more easily with natural language processing and lets you share availabilities in an email or any messaging app. The startup is also going to build integrations with your other work tools so that you can surface important information before a meeting and extract information after a meeting.”

Gizmodo: Hey, Kid, Wanna See Some Leaked Facebook Docs?

Gizmodo: Hey, Kid, Wanna See Some Leaked Facebook Docs?. “What we want to do is give folks outside of the consortium—and outside of journalism, more generally—access to the same material we’re seeing. Other folks have pointed out that researchers in fields like tech ethics and misinformation deserve this access, as do regulators and everyone else who’s concerned about Facebook’s outsized power. We agree and will release everything we can, as fast as we can.”