How did hackers use everyday devices to launch a cyber attack? – video report- 22 October 2016
"On Friday the US and EU were subjected to a far-reaching cyber attack, which widely blocked internet access; some of the world’s most popular websites were shutdown, including Paypal, Twitter and Spotify. The hack was a botnet attack. Usually, botnet attacks use computers, but Friday’s attack was different because it used household items with internet connections to launch a huge denial of service (DDoS) assault. It is believed the attack came from China."
Bob Dylan's Nobel silence 'impolite and arrogant' - 22 October 2016
"according to a member of the body that awards it...
Mr Wastberg called the snub "unprecedented", but one person has previously rejected the Nobel Prize in Literature
- French author and philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre in 1964."
Driverless car takes to the UK streets for the first time – video - 11 October 2016
"A self-driving car is the first of its kind in the UK to take a test drive in Milton Keynes on Tuesday.
The LUTZ Pathfinder roams the streets of Buckinghamshire sharing the pavement with the town’s cyclists and pedestrians achieving speeds of 15mph.
A driver was on board the new vehicle in case of any emergencies."
Trump Is a Big Issue in US Congressional Elections - Text + Audio - 21 October 2016
"Republican candidates for Congress must decide whether to support Donald Trump, their party’s candidate for president. Most are backing Trump.
Others, like Senator John McCain, say they cannot support him after release of taped statements about unwanted sexual advances."
Shame: Michelle Obama Ad Against Trump | via Hillary Clinton - 14 October 2016
"The Moments political TV commercial against Donald Trump kissing and groping women sexist remarks from the Hillary Clinton campaign.
It takes moments from Michelle Obama's speech on October 13, 2016 in New Hampshire and interweaves them with images of women and of Donald Trump. The overall impression it seeks to create is that Donald Trump is an unusual man in his behavior and words."
Wrangell-St. Elias: The Largest National Park in America - Text + Audio + Video + Pictures
"Today we are visiting a vast and remote park in the state of Alaska. The park is bigger than the country of Switzerland.
It is six times the size of Yellowstone. In fact, it is the largest national park in America. Its name is Wrangell-St. Elias."
Edgar Allan Poe: Storyteller
"Seven popular Poe stories, slightly adapted for language learners.
Stories are suitable for high-intermediate and advanced learners of English.
Download the e-book, MP3 or PDF."
Pronoms personnels sujets en anglais
Une petite vidéo explicative sur les pronoms personnels sujets en anglais et quatre exercices pour les mémoriser."
Activités de Laurence Haquet.
Are You a Nasty Woman or a Bad Hombre?- Text + Audio + Pictures + Video - 20 October 2016
"People around the U.S. are reacting to two expressions used by Donald Trump during the U.S. presidential debate Wednesday night.
He called Hillary Clinton “such a nasty woman” and referred to Mexican drug dealers as “bad hombres"."
US Officials, Political Experts Dispute Trump’s Claims of 'Rigged' Election- Text + Audio + Pictures - 20 October 2016
"Donald Trump says the Democratic Party and its supporters have “rigged” the election process.
Political experts argue that widespread cheating is just about impossible. Results of earlier presidential elections have been disputed.
But it is unusual to raise fairness questions before people vote."
Donald Trump: We need to get out 'bad hombres'- VIDEO - 19 October 2016
"During the third presidential debate, Donald Trump said one of the first things he would do to improve the border is get drug dealers and "bad hombres"
out of the US."
Aid Group Says 5,000 Have Fled Mosul Fighting - Text + Audio - 19 October 2016
"An aid group says 5,000 people have fled fighting near the Iraqi city of Mosul for a refugee camp in Syria.
Thousands of Iraqi and Kurdish forces are battling IS fighters to retake Mosul.
More than 100 U.S. forces are also taking part in the offensive, although not for direct combat."
Animated map shows the history of immigration to the US
"In 1607, the English established their first permanent settlement in Jamestown, Virginia.
Over the coming centuries, millions of people from around the globe were attracted to this New World that came to be the US for a chance at a better life.
Today, more than 1 in 8 Americans are immigrants, and almost all are descendants of those born in foreign lands."
Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo.
Acoustic Kitty "was a CIA project launched by the Central Intelligence Agency Directorate of Science & Technology,
which in the 1960s intended to use cats to spy on the Kremlin and Soviet embassies.
In an hour-long procedure a veterinary surgeon implanted a microphone in the cat's ear canal,
a small radio transmitter at the base of its skull and a thin wire into its fur. This would allow the cat to innocuously record
and transmit sound from its surroundings. Due to problems with distraction, the cat's sense of hunger had to be addressed in another operation.
Victor Marchetti, a former CIA officer, said Project Acoustic Kitty cost about $20 million....
The project was cancelled in 1967."
Acoustic kitty (John Mann)
"A funny song about a project launched by the CIA to spy on the Soviet Union after WW2.
The CIA spent 5 years and $4,000,000 on a cat with a microphone embedded in it and a removed sense of hunger
only to be run over by a taxi cab and scooped up into a jar the first day on its job. The song was made by John Mann."
Acoustic Kitty- a book by
"When an isolated but brilliant CIA engineer is asked to help turn cats into surveillance devices, he soon learns
that his new co-workers are even more bizarre than his new assignment. Which, naturally, is why he begins spying on them."
Saudi Arabia executes one of its princes over shooting murder - 19 October 2016
"Rare case involving a member of royal family sees Prince Turki bin Saud al-Kabir put to death in Riyadh over fatal gunfight at desert camp in 2014...
Kabir was the 134th local person or foreigner put to death in 2016, according to an AFP tally of ministry statements...
Most people put to death in Saudi Arabia are beheaded with a sword...
Saudi Arabia has a strict Islamic legal code under which murder, drug trafficking, armed robbery, rape and apostasy are all punishable by death.
Amnesty International says the kingdom carried out at least 158 death sentences in 2015, making it the third most prolific executioner after Iran and Pakistan.
Amnesty’s figures do not include secretive China."
Hot Drinks Linked to Cancer - Text + Audio - 17 October 2016
"The U.N.’s cancer research agency now lists hot drinks with lead, gasoline and exhaust fumes as a possible cause of cancer."
Michael Moore’s surprise Trump documentary is ‘an urgent, 73 minute call
to arms to get out the vote for Clinton, mixed with some jokes’.
Trump's Twitter debate lead was 'swelled by bots' - 18 October 2016
"More than four times as many tweets were made by automated accounts in favour of Donald Trump around the first US presidential debate
as by those backing Hillary Clinton, a study found...
it highlights that the software has the capacity to "manipulate public opinion" and "muddy political issues"."
US election: Who is presidential candidate Evan McMullin? - VIDEO - 15 October 2016
"The US state of Utah has been Republican for nearly 50 years.
A growing number of the state's mostly Mormon voters are now considering switching support
from Donald Trump to the little known independent third-party candidate Evan McMullin."
"In the news people in other cultures seem stranger than they are.
We visited 240 families in 46 countries and collected 30,000 photos.
We sorted the homes by income, from left to right.
See how people really live." (gapminder.org)
20 Slang Terms for Law Enforcement Personnel
"A variety of more or less colorful colloquialisms referring to police officers and similar authority figures
have developed in American English, sometimes inspired by other languages. Here is a list of such terms..."
How 10 Iconic Movie Monsters Were Created - with movie clips "Movie monsters have been through an evolution as wild and nuanced as Charles Darwin’s. Back in the days of silent film, they were created with paint and fish gills. Studios eventually graduated to puppets and monkey models, before CGI made it impossibly easy to dream up new terrors. Because it’s almost Halloween and you’re likely watching one of those monsters—whether it’s Frankenstein, Dracula, or The Fly—on TV, here are the secrets behind their creation. If you think they’re scary, you should’ve seen Lon Chaney’s nose on The Phantom of the Opera set." (mentalfloss.com)
Rants and Raves - Reality TV
"This activity provides short listening practice based around a monologue regarding reality TV in the UK. The monologue provides observations of reality TV.
In this lesson, students will listen to a monologue about a persons reflection of reality TV. They will pu the monologue in order and answer comprehension questions. There are also suggestions for developing the theme of reality TV to practise specific areas of grammar." - with AUDIO (teachingenglish.org.uk)
2017 Calendar Shows Many Sides of Vladimir Putin - Text + Audio - 18 October 2016
"The world is getting its first look at Russian President Vladimir Putin’s official calendar for 2017. It shows many sides of Putin.
Some pictures show him doing manly things, while others seem to show Putin’s softer side. In one photo, Putin is seen smiling and holding a cat."