The Apocalypticon ~ Plastic overwhelms, terrible data, Chinese hacking, drone strikes,


Worrying stats — The winning international statistic of the year was 90.5% – the proportion of plastic waste that has never been recycled.
And in the UK category, the top stat was 27.8% – the highest percentage of all electricity which was generated by solar power.
Solar power became the UK’s number one source of electricity – beating gas and nuclear – at one point on 30 June, during the heatwave.
Ten per cent — A new variant of the Shamoon malware was discovered on the network of Italian oil and gas contractor Saipem, where it destroyed files on about 10% of the company’s PC fleet, ZDNet has learned.
Twitter damage data — Nine months after Amnesty International called on Twitter to be more transparent about abuse on its platform, the organisation has published another study indicating that, brace yourself, Twitter still has a damning online abuse problem, and it overwhelmingly affects women of colour.
Wettest on record — Friday night’s rainfall in Washington, DC elevated 2018 to the wettest year on record for the US capital, and the rain was expected to continue throughout the weekend.
Japan’s birthrate has dropped to a historic level — It’s the lowest since data gathering began in 1899. That’s what The Japan Times has reported, citing government figures released Friday. Birth and death statistics show that the pace of Japan’s population collapse is speeding up.

Is genocide predictable? Researchers say absolutely — History unfortunately does repeat itself. Two thousand years ago the Romans laid siege to Carthage, killing more than half of the city’s residents and enslaving the rest.
Hitler attempted to annihilate the Jews in Europe. In 1994 the Hutus turned on the Tutsis in Rwanda. The Khmer Rouge killed a quarter of Cambodia’s population. After the breakup of Yugoslavia, Serbs slaughtered thousands of Bosnians at Srebrenica in July of 1995.
Genocides are not spontaneous,” says Jill Savitt, acting director of the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC “In the lead-up to these types of crimes we do see a consistent set of things happening.” [Check out the graph of where ‘targeted killing of over 1000 people’ is most likely to occur next.]

Dumb dumb dumb — Is your password sunshine, 666666, or monkey? Bad news: if a hacker tries to guess your password, those are some of the very first ones they’ll try. SplashData, makers of the password managers SplashID, TeamsID, and Gpass, just released its annual “worst passwords” list.
Chinese hacking spree — Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, and the UK published official statements formally blaming China of hacking their government agencies and local companies.

Drone strikes — English airport stalled: Gatwick’s runway had to shut as devices were repeatedly flown over the airfield.
Sussex Police said it was not terror-related but a “deliberate act” of disruption, using “industrial specification” drones.
About 110,000 passengers on 760 flights were due to fly on Thursday.
Shoot ’em down … but how? There’s been no shortage of ideas about how to stop a drone, but as the past few days at London’s Gatwick Airport show, the reality is far more difficult.
But hey, drones are delivering vaccines — Last week, 1-month-old Joy was vaccinated against hepatitis and tuberculosis. Those are standard childhood vaccinations, but there was something definitely non-standard about the way they reached Joy. They arrived by drone.

Big bad waves — Massive waves have been breaking along the coast of California, and the National Weather Service is warning of “potentially life-threatening conditions” and urging people to stay away from the water.

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