UTAH BOY READING JUNK MAIL GETS THOUSANDS OF BOOKS AFTER MAILMAN'S PLEA GOES VIRAL
Monday, July 27, 2015
Mathew Flores is a typical 12-year-old boy. He love LEGOs, and he also loves to read. "I just usually read the newspapers," he said.
Mathew can also get lost in what most of us consider junk mail. That's what he was doing when Ron Lynch saw him last week as he delivered mail for the Sandy Post Office in Utah. "A young man was standing here reading junk mail," he said. "Asked me if I had any extra."
Lynch found out Mathew reads newspapers because he doesn't have any books. "I asked him about going to the library, and he said he couldn't afford the bus pass," Lynch said.
Mathew's situation tugged at Lynch's heartstrings.
"You know, I started reading at a very, very early age," he said. "My mother instilled reading books in me...at 12 years old, he didn't want electronics. He didn't want to sit in front of the TV playing games all day. This kid just wanted to read."
So Lynch posted a picture of Mathew on Facebook, asking his friends to send the boy some books.
"I was given many books as a child, and it's time to help someone else," Lynch wrote. "Please share and let's get him tons of reading material! Most kids his age want electronics! It's great to see his desire, and you should have seen him beam when I said I could help!"
"You know, 10, 20, 30 of my friend's might give him some books," he said. "He might end up with 50 or 60 books." But his plea went viral. "It's gone from there," he said. "I've heard from the UK, from Australia, from India."
People have already gone to Mathew's home. "They said these are books for you, and I thought they were mistaken," he said. "But they were for me." And recently, Lynch made a personal delivery of more books to add to Mathew's growing collection.
Mathew says he wants to read every book. "It's super fun and it's interesting," he said. "Plus it gets you smarter." He also plans to share them with other kids too.
"I don't even know," he said. "I'm just super happy."
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You don't even have to open the text message to be infected by Android's Stagefright. The code is read and executed by your phone without the user even opening the text - all the malware developer needs is your phone number.
See An obscure bug at the heart of Android is leaving 95% of users open to attack, from Business Insider, an excerpt:
"Drake said the flaw is atypical, as a hacker can use it to install malware on a victim's machine without any interaction with its user.
“The scariest part is that a Stagefright attack does not require any action by the victim, meaning the flaw can be exploited remotely while a device owner is asleep,” he explained.
"This is different from spear-phishing attacks, which require users to open an email attachment or click on a link for the attack to be successful. It amounts to an attacker sending a media file via MMS, which again requires no action from the user.”
Traditionally, Android hackers have required the victim to do something wrong – such as downloading a pirated app the hacker has laced with malware from a third party store – for their schemes to work.
Drake said, if exploited, the Stagefright bug could grant hackers a variety of powers over the victim device.
“Once an attack is complete, the hacker has access to many of the phone’s applications, notably the audio and camera,’ he said.
“By controlling these applications, an attacker can essentially spy on their victim by listening in on conversations or watching the device’s surroundings.
Sophisticated attackers could also create what we call ‘elevated privileges,’ which would provide complete access to the phone’s data."
Amazon Tribe Creates Traditional Medicine Encyclopedia
In one of the great tragedies of our age, indigenous traditions, stories, cultures and knowledge are winking out across the world. Whole languages and mythologies are vanishing, and in some cases even entire indigenous groups are falling into extinction. This is what makes the news that a tribe in the Amazon—the Matsés peoples of Brazil and Peru—have created a 500-page encyclopedia of their traditional medicine all the more remarkable. The encyclopedia, compiled by five shamans with assistance from conservation group Acaté, details every plant used by Matsés medicine to cure a massive variety of ailments.
“The [Matsés Traditional Medicine Encyclopedia] marks the first time shamans of an Amazonian tribe have created a full and complete transcription of their medicinal knowledge written in their own language and words,” Christopher Herndon, president and co-founder of Acaté, told Mongabay in an interview (in full below).
The Matsés have only printed their encyclopedia in their native language to ensure that the medicinal knowledge is not stolen by corporations or researchers as has happened in the past. Instead, the encyclopedia is meant as a guide for training new, young shamans in the tradition and recording the living shamans’ knowledge before they pass.
“One of the most renowned elder Matsés healers died before his knowledge could be passed on so the time was now. Acaté and the Matsés leadership decided to prioritize the Encyclopedia before more of the elders were lost and their ancestral knowledge taken with them,” said Herndon.
Acaté has also started a program connecting the remaining Matsés shamans with young students. Through this mentorship program, the indigenous people hope to preserve their way of life as they have for centuries past.
“With the medicinal plant knowledge disappearing fast among most indigenous groups and no one to write it down, the true losers in the end are tragically the indigenous stakeholders themselves,” said Herndon. “The methodology developed by the Matsés and Acaté can be a template for other indigenous cultures to safeguard their ancestral knowledge.”
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