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The North Koreans plan to conquer the world by dropping Traffic Girls out of airplanes:

Thanks to These Bastards.

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"La Pastorale" by Henri Matisse, one of five paintings stolen from the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris.

In a bold overnight heist,” a thief eluded three guards and stole the five paintings valued between 100 million and 500 million euros. Parts of the museum have been without an alarm system since March because the parts to repair it are on back order.

Despite speculation that the thief might “ransom” the paintings in exchange for a big insurance payout, the well-executed burglary seems more likely the work of a Parker fan than Dortmunder.

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Group of workers harvesting tea. Greek women

"Gruppa rabochikh na sborie chaia. Grechanki." Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii, photographer (Library of Congress).

(AP) Cypriot police say three men have been arrested over the theft of the corpse of former president Tasos Papadopoulos.

Police spokesman Michalis Katsounotos says the suspects were arrested late Tuesday. He said they will appear in court Wednesday, and police will request their detention to assist with the investigation.

Papadopoulos’ body was found late Monday, three months after it was stolen from a Nicosia cemetery. The country’s justice minister said it had been held for ransom. But two spokesmen for Papadopoulos’ family insisted his relatives had never received a demand for money.

H/T They Gave Us A Republic

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Being forewarned is being forearmed.

There is currently a rogue antivirus program attacking computers all over the internet. It makes a popup that appears to come from your task bar alerting you that your computer is under attack, to “click here” to download a program to remove the attack.

DO NOT CLICK ON IT!!1!

Instead, disconnect your internet connection immediately and run Malwarebytes.

Then search your hard drive for a file called IS2010.exe. Delete it.

Look at your desktop to see if there is an icon for Internet Security 2010. If there is, delete it. DO NOT RUN UNINSTALL AS IT RECOMMENDS.

Then reboot your computer and — if you are as paranoid as me — run Malwarebytes again. Don’t forget to empty your recycle bin before you reboot.

BleepingComputer has the dope on removing this threat once it has installed itself on your computer.

The FBI put out a warning on December 11, 2009:

The message may display what appears to be a real-time, anti-virus scan of your hard drive. The scareware will show a list of reputable software icons; however, you can’t click a link to go to the real site to review or see recommendations. Cyber criminals use botnets—collections of compromised computers—to push the software, and advertisements on websites deliver it. This is known as malicious advertising or “malvertising.”

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Avast ye, mateys! It’s Talk Like A Pirate Day!

Theodor Horydczak, photographer (Library of Congress)

Theodor Horydczak, photographer (Library of Congress)

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In 1963 an Italian eye doctor, Benedetto Strampelli, came up with a way to restore lost vision — osteo-odonto-keratoprosthesis (OOK) surgery — but it was another Italian ophthalmologist, Giancarlo Falcinelli, who was able to work out problems which had kept it from being widely used.

It’s astonishing. It involves transplanting one of your teeth into your eye.

W.P.A. Fed. Art Project.  Date stamped on verso: Dec 1 1937.  Sponsored by Town of Hempstead (NY), W.H. Runcie, M.D., Health Officer.  (Library of Congress)

W.P.A. Fed. Art Project. Date stamped on verso: Dec 1 1937. (Library of Congress)

Dr. Victor Perez, a cornea specialist at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida led the surgical team who restored sight to Sharron Thornton of Smithdale, Mississippi by removing one of her teeth (literally, one of her eye teeth), drilling a hole in it, inserting a plastic lens into the hole and then implanting the tooth-lens combination into her left eye.

This is the first time this surgery has been performed in the United States. It has helped others regain lost sight in Europe and Japan, having been reintroduced in Britain in 1996.

The whole process took six months, but after being blind for nine years, Mrs. Thornton can now see the color of the sky, read and, to her great delight, see her grandchildren, some for the first time.

It’s important to note that this surgery was developed by doctors in Italy, England and Japan, countries which all have some form of universal health care that provides better outcomes for patients. It has obviously not put a crimp in their ability to break new ground in medical care and procedures.

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