Who Is the Bigger Bully? Anonymous or Donald Trump?
Anonymous targets Donald Trump for his proposed ban on allowing Muslims to enter the United States.
In a written statement on Monday, the Donald Trump campaign made its position clear on Muslim immigration into the United States. Trump “wants a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on.” The billionaire proposed barring the entry of Muslims shortly after the shooting spree in San Bernardino, California, where 14 people were brutally gunned down by ISIS-influenced husband and wife Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik.
"Without looking at the various polling data, it is obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension. Where this hatred comes from and why we will have to determine,” Trump said. “Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life.”
Then on Friday, Trump became a target of Anonymous. Dubbed #OpTrump, the hacker collective declared Trump fair game for his stance on the Muslim immigration ban.
This should sound familiar. Earlier this year, Anonymous doxed the KKK and then announced that it was taking the fight to ISIS. Anonymous’ goal in the KKK operation was to release personally identifying information of alleged members of the white supremacist group. The attack on ISIS, begun shortly after the Paris atrocities, attempted to remove ISIS-affiliated accounts from Twitter and other social media sites.
And now, it has focused on Trump. Earlier this week, Anonymous released a YouTube video with the message: “The more the United States appears to be targeting Muslims, not just radical Muslims, you can be sure that ISIS will be putting that on their social media campaign.” Adding, “Donald Trump think twice before you speak anything. You have been warned, Mr. Donald Trump. We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. Expect us."
On Friday, it followed through with its threat by taking offline the website for Trump Towers, Trump’s ritzy skyscraper in Manhattan that has sometimes been used for his presidential campaign. A tweet from an account associated with Anonymous claimed "Trump Towers NY site taken down as statement against racism and hatred.”
Gabriella Coleman, who is the Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy at McGill University and has studied the hacker group, told CBS News that it's not surprising Trump is a target. “He's the biggest bully and the only other bully that's bigger is possibly trolls and Anonymous," she said.
Anonymous could begin “hacking into his headquarters or releasing something that exposed some hypocrisy or wrongdoing of some kind. Or get him to comment on something. That is possible when you have a bunch of these groups working on this problem. It's always hard to know whether they will succeed or not," she said.
Coleman brings up an interesting point. Is Anonymous — like Donald Trump — a bully? Or is the hacker group more like the schoolyard hero who comes to the aid of those less able to defend themselves? Either way, in the event it does dig up something scandalous and revealing about Trump, I’m not entirely sure it would outdo what he already says in public.
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If you want to know what makes a Canadian lynx a Canadian lynx a team of DNA sequencers has figured that out.
- A team at UMass Amherst recently sequenced the genome of the Canadian lynx.
- It's part of a project intending to sequence the genome of every vertebrate in the world.
- Conservationists interested in the Canadian lynx have a new tool to work with.
If you want to know what makes a Canadian lynx a Canadian lynx, I can now—as of this month—point you directly to the DNA of a Canadian lynx, and say, "That's what makes a lynx a lynx." The genome was sequenced by a team at UMass Amherst, and it's one of 15 animals whose genomes have been sequenced by the Vertebrate Genomes Project, whose stated goal is to sequence the genome of all 66,000 vertebrate species in the world.
Sequencing the genome of a particular species of an animal is important in terms of preserving genetic diversity. Future generations don't necessarily have to worry about our memory of the Canadian Lynx warping the way hearsay warped perception a long time ago.
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It is easy to see how one can look at 66,000 genomic sequences stored away as being the analogous equivalent of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. It is a potential tool for future conservationists.
But what are the practicalities of sequencing the genome of a lynx beyond engaging with broad bioethical questions? As the animal's habitat shrinks and Earth warms, the Canadian lynx is demonstrating less genetic diversity. Cross-breeding with bobcats in some portions of the lynx's habitat also represents a challenge to the lynx's genetic makeup. The two themselves are also linked: warming climates could drive Canadian lynxes to cross-breed with bobcats.
John Organ, chief of the U.S. Geological Survey's Cooperative Fish and Wildlife units, said to MassLive that the results of the sequencing "can help us look at land conservation strategies to help maintain lynx on the landscape."
What does DNA have to do with land conservation strategies? Consider the fact that the food found in a landscape, the toxins found in a landscape, or the exposure to drugs can have an impact on genetic activity. That potential change can be transmitted down the generative line. If you know exactly how a lynx's DNA is impacted by something, then the environment they occupy can be fine-tuned to meet the needs of the lynx and any other creature that happens to inhabit that particular portion of the earth.
Given that the Trump administration is considering withdrawing protection for the Canadian lynx, a move that caught scientists by surprise, it is worth having as much information on hand as possible for those who have an interest in preserving the health of this creature—all the way down to the building blocks of a lynx's life.
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