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alkemical
03-06-2012, 07:20 AM
http://www.disinfo.com/2012/03/download-physical-objects-to-your-3d-printer/

Download Physical Objects To Your 3D Printer

In the future, you will be able to pirate everything. Pirate Bay has a new category called Physibles, for pirating tangible objects — think designer furniture, fashion accessories, et cetera — with the help of a 3D printer:

We believe that the next step in copying will be made from digital form into physical form. We decided to call them: Physibles. We believe that things like three dimensional printers, scanners and such are just the first step. We believe that in the nearby future you will print your spare parts for your vehicles. You will download your sneakers within 20 years.

The benefit to society is huge. No more shipping huge amount of products around the world. No more child labour. We’ll be able to print food for hungry people. We’ll be able to share not only a recipe, but the full meal. We’ll be able to actually copy that floppy, if we needed one.

alkemical
03-06-2012, 11:08 AM
http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/tornado-truthers

Apparently there are a group of people who believe a government machine called HAARP (High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program) controls the weather. Here's what some of these people have to say about this recent round of tornados. Who do you believe?

alkemical
03-06-2012, 11:10 AM
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alkemical
03-06-2012, 11:16 AM
http://s3-ak.buzzfed.com/static/enhanced/web05/2012/3/3/18/enhanced-buzz-11866-1330819075-14.jpg

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alkemical
03-06-2012, 11:23 AM
no.****ing.way.

http://www.collegehumor.com/article/6716386/choose-your-own-adventure-office-edition

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alkemical
03-06-2012, 11:25 AM
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alkemical
03-06-2012, 11:45 AM
http://inhabitat.com/bp-settlement-provides-7-8-billion-in-compensation-for-gulf-coast-residents/

BP has agreed to pay an estimated $7.8 billion to settle lawsuits brought against the company by businesses and individuals in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. The disaster, which caused around 205 million gallons of oil to spew into the Gulf of Mexico, had widespread economic and health impacts on local communities. The estimated compensation, which is not capped, includes provisions for $2.3 billion to bolster the region’s seafood industry and $105 million to improve available health care in the impacted communities. The Washington Post reports that under the agreement, BP also agrees to provide medical consultations for the next 21 years for those with spill-related health complaints.

alkemical
03-07-2012, 10:51 AM
http://www.newswithviews.com/public_comm/public_commentary1.htm

THE INVOLUNTARY CONSPIRACY

By Attorney Alex Wallenwein
September 5, 2002
NewsWithViews.com

Okay, so maybe there isn’t a consciously planned conspiracy to subject the world to a one world government. But consider whether there may be such a thing as a "sub-conscious conspiracy."

What nonsense! How can there be a conspiracy that is subconscious, when the very meaning of the word implies a conscious design to do something, right?

But consider the possibility that there is such a commonality of essential flaws in human nature that makes it appear, from the outside, that there is an active, conscious, and purposeful conspiracy at work. So then, what is human nature? To what extent is human thinking, and therefore action, driven by ego? And what is ego, if it is not the potentially unrestrained drive towards more and more individual power?

If we are willing to be honest with ourselves, we can witness this tendency, and this process, in ourselves at the very smallest of levels - in our own personal interactions. (Sacrificing family, etc. to our own lust pattern which is built on - and builds - nothing more than the sense of ego power we get from having another sexual "conquest", etc.)

Alright. Now that we know what manner of silliness and downright callous destructiveness even we individually are capable of, extrapolate that tendency over the entire human race and picture in your mind a basically honest, moral person who, through diligence and hard work, has attained a certain level of political power in his lifetime.

Such a person is now confronted, and consistently interacts, almost exclusively with others like him or her. New bonds of friendship form, but also bonds of an implicit, unspoken level of "brotherhood", of commonality of interest among those who move in that rarefied world of power and influence.

One of the greatest human vices is our lust for approval from other humans who act , look, and think like us; from those whom we want to impress, those from whom we desire approval and acceptance, because it tickles our ego. Picture our imaginary subject now living in this world of power wielders, power grabbers, and power schemers, learning to regard these others like him as his new peers.

Human weakness being what it is, (as we have learned from our brief but honest self examination) the desire to boost our egos can easily eclipse our desire to protect even those who are closest to us, be they our own family, group, or nation.

alkemical
03-07-2012, 10:59 AM
http://www.disinfo.com/2012/03/president-obamas-muddy-record-on-government-transparency/

Josh Gerstein reports in the Politico:

President Barack Obama set a high bar for open government, and he set it quickly. A minute after he took office, the White House website declared his administration would become “the most open and transparent in history.” By the end of his first full day on the job, Obama had issued high-profile orders pledging “a new era” and “an unprecedented level of openness” across the massive federal government.

But three years into his presidency, critics say Obama’s administration has failed to deliver the refreshing blast of transparency that the president promised.

“Obama is the sixth administration that’s been in office since I’ve been doing Freedom of Information Act work. … It’s kind of shocking to me to say this, but of the six, this administration is the worst on FOIA issues. The worst. There’s just no question about it,” said Katherine Meyer, a Washington lawyer who’s been filing FOIA cases since 1978. “This administration is raising one barrier after another. … It’s gotten to the point where I’m stunned — I’m really stunned.”

Read more: Politico

alkemical
03-07-2012, 11:21 AM
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/mar/05/five-hundred-fairytales-discovered-germany

Five hundred new fairytales discovered in Germany

Collection of fairytales gathered by historian Franz Xaver von Schönwerth had been locked away in an archive in Regensburg for over 150 years

alkemical
03-07-2012, 11:25 AM
http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/1141797--osama-bin-laden-s-body-may-not-have-been-buried-at-sea-leaked-emails-show


Leaked emails show Stratfor official’s doubts about disposal of Bin Laden’s body


What?


In another email Burton wrote: “The U.S. government needs to make body pics available like the MX’s do, with OBL’s pants pulled down, to shout down the lunatics like Alex Jones and Glenn Beck.”

alkemical
03-07-2012, 11:26 AM
http://www.intrepidmag.com/blog/is-there-evidence-of-advanced-technology-in-ancient-hopi-culture/

Are Hopi Kachinas evidence of extraterrestrial contact?

alkemical
03-09-2012, 08:27 AM
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/manhattan-madam-busted-running-upper-east-side-brothel-catering-wealthy-clients-court-records-article-1.1033622

New York: High-End Madam Provided Underage Girls for Wealthy Clients at Upper East Side Brothel
by Kevin
According to the article, Gristina has been doing this for, “15 or so years.” The police always know about these brothels from the start, so, why bust her now? My guess is that the DA’s office knows where she has stashed a decent chunk of change, and they want it. Via: New York Daily News: [...]

alkemical
03-09-2012, 08:30 AM
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/next-leg-ponzi-revealed-central-banks-begin-buying-us-stocks-outright-starting-today

Foreign Central Banks To Begin Buying US Stocks Outright Starting Today

alkemical
03-09-2012, 09:08 AM
Your moment of NSFW zen:

http://kittiesntitties.tumblr.com/

Kaylore
03-09-2012, 10:17 AM
http://www.intrepidmag.com/blog/is-there-evidence-of-advanced-technology-in-ancient-hopi-culture/

Are Hopi Kachinas evidence of extraterrestrial contact?

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alkemical
03-09-2012, 10:51 AM
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/08/us-immune-organs-idUSBRE8270Z320120308


(Reuters) - Scientists have found a way to trick the immune system into accepting organs from a mismatched, unrelated organ donor, a finding that could help patients avoid a lifetime of drugs to prevent rejection of the donated organ.

snowspot66
03-12-2012, 10:01 PM
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alkemical
03-14-2012, 12:56 PM
http://www.thedaily.com/page/2012/03/12/031212-news-tide-theft-1-4/

The Daily's M.L. Nestel cites law enforcement reports from across America describing a crime-wave of Tide detergent thefts, including claims that bottles of easily resellable, name-brand washing soap can be bartered for meth and heroin in Gresham, OR.

Tide has become a form of currency on the streets. The retail price is steadily high — roughly $10 to $20 a bottle — and it’s a staple in households across socioeconomic classes.

Tide can go for $5 to $10 a bottle on the black market, authorities say. Enterprising laundry soap peddlers even resell bottles to stores.

“There’s no serial numbers and it’s impossible to track,” said Detective Larry Patterson of the Somerset, Ky., Police Department, where authorities have seen a huge spike in Tide theft. “It’s the item to steal.”

Why Tide and not, say, Wisk or All? Police say it’s simply because the Procter & Gamble detergent is the most popular and, with its Day-Glo orange logo, most recognizable of brands

alkemical
03-15-2012, 06:26 AM
http://articles.businessinsider.com/2012-02-28/tech/31106641_1_repinning-copyright-entire-image

A Lawyer Who Is Also A Photographer Just Deleted All Her Pinterest Boards Out Of Fear

A woman named Kirsten decided to look into the legality of Pinterest. After all, she's a lawyer with a passion for photography.

What she found scared her so much, she shut down her Pinterest boards entirely.

Kirsten's investigation began after she saw photographers complaining about copyright violations on Facebook. She wondered why Facebook could get in trouble for copyright violation and Pinterest couldn't.

She browsed Pinterest's Terms of Use section. In it she found Pinterest's members are solely responsible for what they pin and repin. They must have explicit permission from the owner to post everything.


Read more: http://articles.businessinsider.com/2012-02-28/tech/31106641_1_repinning-copyright-entire-image#ixzz1pBhKCCL6

alkemical
03-15-2012, 08:17 AM
http://www.businessinsider.com/ndaa-is-now-in-effect-and-many-are-terrified-2012-3

NDAA Is Now In Effect, And Many Are Terrified

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/ndaa-is-now-in-effect-and-many-are-terrified-2012-3#ixzz1pC9TmIUa

alkemical
03-15-2012, 08:18 AM
http://www.stopndaa.org/

The 2012 National Defense Authorization Act allows the United States military to detain suspects indefinitely and without charge or trial -- even American citizens. Help us reverse this travesty of justice:
Stop the NDAA - Round One: Show your support for our temporary restraining order to block the NDAA's implementation and tell your lawmakers to work to overturn this law.

alkemical
03-15-2012, 08:40 AM
http://www.acceler8or.com/2012/03/the-final-disillusion/

Corporations can secede from you – The feudal corporate state

Corporations are essentially an organized gang with shared interests (in quite a few cases criminal) and these interests by definition do not include the interests of everyone outside the corporate entity. This makes the corporate person-hood a particularly insidious development in human history, especially now has become clear corporations have expanded numerically and in numbers as to challenge the sovereignty of state – and all private people. In other words – where organized gangs can fulminate their self-interests, and do so exclusively, there is a cross-over point where corporate interests become effectively unaccountable, irreversible and will keep on expending at everyone else’s expense.

Without much doubt this is where in 2012 we have arrived – we have a geopolitical order that is thoroughly and irreversibly corporatized. This makes the current new world order fiercely “plutocratic”, as well as social-darwinist meritocratic. We also see precisely that happen. The formation of states inside the state (and transgressing the state) would be bad in itself – the very idea is an organizational monstrosity evolved to secede from democratic and legal oversight. Corporations are by nature exclusivity engines.

Now something like this would have happened in some form, regardless of the development of the corporate. Humans compete, and if we regard “democratic states” as means to protect the vulnerable from predation by the powerful (formerly – European autocrats), then a new generation of competitive humans would soon emerge and work to find ways to harvest a greater share of collective fruits of labour.

The corporation as a national and transnational vessel just happened to work nicely because it filled a niche in the necessity model of modern states. But soon the pathologically ambitious caused the original corporate charter to escape any prudent boundaries of legal constraint and corporations became much like unaccountability machines. Right now states tread with caution not to be regarded unfavourable by the corporate sector. Corporations (and their tax dollars) can actually leave – and by having corporations walk away the state loses it’s seat on the beggar’s banquet of scraps falling from the oligarch banquet. This places the corporate entity in a very favourable negotiations position world-wide, and in an age of automation this will only get worse, well within the next decades

In the end the corporate can only evolve to become state-less and fully seceded from any accountability of states and citizens – this would be the age of what I’d label “full Singaporization”. In literary history we also called this “Cyberpunk Dystopia”, but it exemplified nothing short of a kind of fascism where a small number of people are “on the inside” of scarce resources, and everyone else lives in the gutter. When we have arrived at that point money as it exists today won’t be a consideration. The insiders will have their own means of exchanging value, probably a “non-fiat” denominational currency backed by actual property, and those without property won’t have any say in the matter, or any share in the new mechanism of transactions. When that happens unions nor politicians nor violent protest will make one iota of difference.


This is a very interesting read, and covers a very large concept. From: R U Sirius

alkemical
03-15-2012, 08:42 AM
http://articles.latimes.com/2011/sep/16/world/la-fg-china-elite-farm-20110917

In China, what you eat tells who you are
COLUMN ONE
In a nation reeling from tainted-food scandals, organic products are mostly reserved for the rich and political elite. Chinese government officials have exclusive suppliers, who do not advertise.

alkemical
03-15-2012, 08:44 AM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17362511

Rare earth case filed by US, EU and Japan against China

alkemical
03-15-2012, 10:51 AM
http://www.realitysandwich.com/future_money

I'm interested in possibly going to one of these.

alkemical
03-15-2012, 11:00 AM
http://arbroath.blogspot.com/2012/03/police-officer-claims-girlfriend.html

A Denver police officer arrested in the beating of his girlfriend claimed that she attacked him with a Justin Bieber doll. Officer Michael Nuanes, Jr., 37, said that his girlfriend hurled a Barbie-sized Justin Bieber doll at him, injuring his foot.



He also accused the girlfriend of kicking him, biting his finger and choking him, according to an Adams County sheriff detective's sworn statement supporting an arrest warrant. "Michael Nuanes stated that (his girlfriend) had thrown a 'Barbie Doll' at him, which bruised his foot and (said) that it hurt," the affidavit said. "Nuanes pointed out a 'Justin Bieber' doll, which was the item used to injure him."

The 42-year-old girlfriend accused Nuanes of pulling her hair out and punching her in the ribs. The girlfriend also said that Nuanes kicked in the locked door of a bathroom where she had taken refuge and then he hit her over the head and back with part of the broken door. Deputes arrested Nuanes without incident at the Denver Police Department.


He faces domestic violence-related charges, including misdemeanor assault causing injury, property damage and obstructing telephone service. He was released from jail on $1,500 bond. Denver police spokesman Lt. Matt Murray said Nuanes has been assigned to desk duty because he is prohibited from carrying a gun under a protection order issued in the domestic violence case.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoC1DnvfKuY

alkemical
03-15-2012, 11:15 AM
http://arbroath.blogspot.com/2012/03/sparkly-purple-tutu-wearing-man.html

Sparkly purple tutu-wearing man arrested after allegedly stealing from church
by arbroath
A 39-year-old man clad in a T-shirt and a sparkly purple tutu was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of stealing musical instruments and electronic equipment from a church in Allied Gardens, San Diego police said. A neighbourhood resident reported seeing the suspect place a guitar amplifier in a truck about 4:10 a.m. outside the Palisades Presbyterian Church.

Officers arrived, set up a perimeter and found the suspect, identified by police as 39-year-old Joshua Baker allegedly carrying a trash can with property inside, police said. The man, who is roughly 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs about 200 pounds, dropped the property and ran northbound, between two buildings, police said.



An officer gave chase and the suspect jumped a chain-link fence and headed west into the church parking lot, where another officer was waiting. During the chase, the suspect's clothing came off and he was taken into custody in the nude, police said. "Without the help of the great citizen we would not have found this person because there was no burglar alarm," said San Diego Police Sgt. Dean Thomas.

Officers then too the man who had reported the break-in to the area, and he identified the suspect as the alleged thief. Baker was arrested on suspicion of burglary and delaying a peace office. He is being held on $25,000 bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Friday afternoon.

alkemical
03-15-2012, 11:24 AM
http://arbroath.blogspot.com/2012/03/spanish-town-leases-land-for-marijuana.html

Spanish town leases land for marijuana plantation
by arbroath
A tiny Spanish country town believes it has found a way to make unemployment, debt and economic crisis disappear in a puff of smoke – by leasing out its land for marijuana plantations. The town hall of Rasquera in Catalonia on Wednesday voted to sign a €1.3m (£1.1m) agreement with a cannabis association in nearby Barcelona to plant marijuana for its 5,000 members. It will allow the association to plant on a seven-hectare stretch of town hall land – roughly the size of 10 football pitches. "This is a chance to bring in money and create jobs," explained mayor Bernat Pellisa of the Catalan Republican Left party, as older townsfolk worried that he was turning Rasquera into a drugs mecca.

Pellisa said he had sought legal advice that the scheme, part of a set of "anticrisis" measures passed at a packed town hall meeting, did not break Spain's ambiguous cannabis laws. "The produce will only go to members of the association and it won't all be cannabis," he added. "There will be crop rotation with cereal and sugarbeet." The Barcelona Personal Use Cannabis Association (ABCDA), part of a mushrooming movement of private marijuana clubs in Spain, will pay the town €650,000 a year for the right to grow its annual supply there. "Growing for oneself is not illegal, but this is a delicate issue," explained lawyer Oriol Casals.



Pellisa said the deal would create up to 40 jobs and allow the town hall to pay off its €1.3m debt in two years. "There are five or six other projects in the wings," explained Pellisa. They included supplying seeds to Spain's so-called grow shops, which are allowed to sell them to people wishing to grow their own plants. A second cannabis club with 7,000 members is due to meet Pellisa for talks soon. An alternative clinic for people with cancer was also being studied. The deal will turn Rasquera, where local produce traditionally includes olives, almonds and goats, into one of the biggest legal suppliers of cannabis in Europe.

Not everyone in town, which lies 90 miles (140km) south of Barcelona, likes the idea. "This makes us the laughing stock of Catalonia," said secondary schoolteacher Joan Farnós. "It will lead our grandchildren to perdition," one elderly woman said. But others saw a chance to beat Spain's 23% unemployment rate and its fall back into recession. "I haven't smoked since I did my military service, but I'd go and work planting marijuana because I haven't had a job for two years," local farm labourer Mario Amorós said. Pellisa said he had informed the regional government of Catalonia, which runs the local police, about the project. The government has told him it would consult lawyers. "We demand our own sovereignty on this," he added.

alkemical
03-15-2012, 11:39 AM
http://www.blacklistednews.com/Secret_%22Occult_Economy%22_Coming_Out_of_the_Shad ows%3F/18463/0/38/38/Y/M.html

The first article, entitled, “Unprecedented Lawsuit Reveals Bizarre Worldwide Banking Connections,” deals with a lawsuit filed by Neil Keenan, an acting representative of the Dragon Family of Asia, that contains a list of plaintiffs including individuals, governments, private institutions, and secret societies that spans the entire globe. Keenan is alleging that a trillion dollars worth of Federal Reserve Notes, Kennedy Bonds, and Japanese Government Bonds were stolen from himself and the Dragon Family by a worldwide cartel network.

The second article, entitled, “Massive New Lawsuit Filed Against U.S. Federal Government in Bond Theft Scheme,” deals with a similar situation. In this lawsuit, plaintiff Joseph Riad alleges that $15 billion worth of Federal Reserve bonds were stolen from him by similar criminal cartel network involving many agencies of the U.S. Federal Government such as the Department of Homeland Security and the Bureau of Public Debt.

In the latter incident, the bonds are supposedly dated back to 1934. However, the facts surrounding both of these lawsuits are quite difficult to decipher. With such an interconnected web of players including very secretive persons and institutions, as well as historical questions and connotations, it will likely be some time before the convoluted inter-workings of these incidents are unraveled -- if indeed they ever are.

Add to this the seizure of $6 trillion worth of U.S. Treasury bonds by Italian prosecutors and one might begin to see a trend developing. In this instance, according to the Italian prosecutors, the bonds had been hidden in makeshift compartments in three different safety deposit boxes in Zurich. The investigation, dubbed “Operation Vulcanica,” resulted in the arrest of eight individuals who were allegedly planning to buy plutonium from Nigerian sources. Interestingly enough, the bonds were sealed in crates labeled as property of the Chicago Federal Reserve System – Treaty of Versailles Mother Boxes to be exact. In this case, as in the case of the Joseph Riad lawsuit, the bonds were dated back to 1934.

alkemical
03-15-2012, 11:49 AM
These profit margins are among the largest of any major American industry, even if they have been inflated to lure investors. The firm is worth “more than $10 billion,” the executives said. Yet it is only one of the large gas companies that have come into the state, where, as of January 12, the Department of Environmental Protection has issued 5,751 permits and 2,891 wells have been drilled.

Pennsylvania’s Republican leaders did not need to be pushed to comprehensively rewrite its oil and gas laws in nearly 30 years. Working with the industry, they drafted a 174-page bill they touted as moving Pennsylvania toward energy independence while protecting the environment. Their legislation was presented to legislators in January, quickly passed largely on party lines, and was signed within weeks. The bill’s critics were ignored. Democrats said they could not muster the votes to stop it.

“This was all done in the backroom—and it was written by the oil and gas industry,” Shields said, pointing to fine print such as the confidentiality strictures for doctors who treat any patient that might be exposed to drilling fluids. “Where the hell does physician confidentiality come from? There isn’t a legislator up there that would ever have thought of that. But a good corporate lawyer will figure that out because they don’t want that to affect them in lawsuits. They know we will be coming because they know we will have spills and accidents and people are going to get hurt. They don’t want to give them a leg up.”

alkemical
03-15-2012, 11:55 AM
http://www.blacklistednews.com/On_the_TSA%3A_The_staggering_cost%2C_the_invasion_ of_privacy_and_the_groping_%28infographic%29/18411/0/38/38/Y/M.html

alkemical
03-15-2012, 02:21 PM
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2012/03/website_ranks_harrisburg_as_20.html



With 15 violent crimes per 1,000 residents, Harrisburg is about five times more dangerous than Philadelphia, according to neighborhoodscout.com.



HBG PA is an interesting scenario:

Bankrupt city
Capital City
Austerity measures are selling off city assets that "make" $ (parking garages, etc)

alkemical
03-20-2012, 11:54 AM
An Australian woman has been ordered to stand trial accused of breaking into a man's home and raping him. Rebecca Helen Elder, 39, of Parkside, Adelaide, appeared in the District Court.

She pleaded not guilty to one count of aggravated serious criminal trespass in a place of residence, and one count of rape. Prosecution documents, filed with the court, allege both offences took place at a suburban location between September 20 and September 23 last year.



At trial, prosecutors will allege Elder broke into a house while its male occupant - who cannot be named - was lawfully on the premises. They will further allege she broke in with the intention of committing a further offence of rape.

Finally, prosecutors will allege Elder raped the man by performing an act of oral sex without his consent. Judge Wayne Chivell remanded Elder on continuing bail to a directions hearing next month.

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/woman-accused-of-orally-raping-man-inside-his-house/story-e6frea83-1226303849586

alkemical
03-20-2012, 11:59 AM
http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/ff_nsadatacenter/all/1

NSA's Utah "Data Center"

(Watch what you say)

alkemical
03-20-2012, 12:01 PM
http://arbroath.blogspot.com/2012/03/doughnut-factory-mishap-causes-lady-to.html

Doughnut factory mishap causes lady to be injected with marmalade
by arbroath
Bakery worker Anke Friedman, 24, is recovering after her hand was injected with marmalade by a machine that fills doughnuts with the sweet filling in a freak accident in Sonthofen, Germany.

Anke had been clearing a blockage in the system when it suddenly restarted, sending a shot of the sticky filling into the back of her hand.



"The jam was bulging under her skin and it was causing her a lot of pain," said a paramedic team spokesman. "At hospital they had to open up the wound, clean out the jam and then stitch her hand back up. She will be fine once the swelling goes down," they added.

A spokesman for the bakery said: "There is a security bar which the woman was supposed to lift before she put her hand inside which would have turned off the system. But to get it done quickly she had bypassed that bar and was injected with marmalade jam."

alkemical
03-20-2012, 12:03 PM
http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn148/NTDWA/Doorframecatiswatchingyou.jpg

alkemical
03-20-2012, 12:41 PM
http://www.psychonaut.com/post-32895.html?f=8

Self transforming machine elves??

Postby Psychedelic_Sprinkle » Tue Feb 03, 2009 2:37
The second time i tried salvia, it was pretty ridiculous lol. I took 2 big hits outta my bong, held them in as long as a i could, and my boyfriend was sitting facing me. As i blew out my smoke, i started to trip. My boyfriend was smiling at me and his ears grew huge and he his smile started to look kinda malicious and scary and he turned into an elf..then i felt like i was on a merry-go-round, everything was spinning and changing color. Then i looked behind my boyfriend and i realized everything in our room had turned into little weird machines. At the time we were listening to the Beatles, but the music changed completely from the Beatles into people speaking some language i couldnt understand. Then it got really weird..I had the sensation that i was laying down on my stomach, and there were all these crazy little tiny elves around me, throwing ropes over my body and legs, tying me down. They had my tounge rolled out and they were jumping up and down on it..i thought to myself "Not again, dont let them take me again"...it was ****ing crazy! It was so familiar, like i had been in this exact situation with these elves before. Then i started to come out of it, after what seemed like years, and i started flipping out and trying to rip these ropes off of me, which by this time were already gone. It was absoloutely nuts. Has anyone else had a salvia experience, or any kind of experience, with these crazy little machine elves?
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alkemical
03-20-2012, 12:47 PM
http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2012/03/as_occupy_arres.php

NYPD Scanning The Irises Of Arrested Occupy Protesters
by JacobSloan

5124897880_8d89bbe4dbThere’s no law requiring an iris scan if the police cuff you — it’s just “policy.” From the Village Voice:

But protesters and their legal advisers were surprised yesterday to learn that the size of their bail was being affected by whether defendants were willing to have the distinctive patterns of their irises photographed and logged into a database.

The idea of the state collecting distinctive biometric information from people who haven’t even been charged with a crime yet, much less convicted of one, makes civil libertarians nervous. Unlike fingerprints, no law was ever passed to require iris photographs — it’s just a policy.

alkemical
03-20-2012, 12:58 PM
http://www.disinfo.com/2012/03/the-euro-as-a-mass-weapon-of-class-warfare/

Former member of European Parliament Steve McGiffen reveals what he sees as the true purpose of the uniting of Europe under the euro currency, via Spectrezine:

Where I differ from much progressive criticism of the euro is that I actually see [the current crisis] not as proof of massive incompetence, but, in fact, as [purposeful]. The euro’s purpose was not to facilitate the creation of a Europe of transfrontier love, peace, harmony, boosted trade and economic efficiency, but to attack the economic, social and political gains of working people, accumulated over two centuries in the most bitter struggles. What is happening in country after country, starkest of all in Greece, Ireland and Portugal, but also in Britain, is nothing less than the opening salvoes of a new, more intense and more dangerous phase of class war.

If governments and national banks give up the economic leverage they gain from an ability to determine their own levels of spending and borrowing, if they can no longer decide interest or exchange rates, they will have only one means left to maintain or enhance competitiveness: our wages, our pensions, our welfare rights, our children’s education, will all have to cost less – this is of course what has since been called ‘internal devaluation’. These predictions have of course been borne out since 2008, as the banks and their obedient servants in governments and in Brussels have dragged the whole of Europe into an unprecedented economic crisis.

I’m not an economist and can only quote the views of economists I respect, such as Weisbrot, but anyone can see from reading the debate that a range of alternatives exists. Yet every EU member state government has chosen, to one degree or another, the path of austerity. The question therefore is why? And for me, this is the real issue raised by this crisis. In the late 90s I was active in the campaign to stop the introduction of the euro. If you look at what I was saying, as well as material put out by Tom Megahy, the Labour Euro-MP for whom I worked until his retirement in 1999, or the Dutch Socialist Party, which I worked for after that, you’ll see that our predictions for what would be the single currency’s results were uncannily accurate.

Now I can’t really believe that all of those highly-qualified economists who advise the Commission and the ECB were simply too stupid to see what was obvious to our side of the argument. From this I can only conclude that they knew what would happen as well as we did, but saw this not as something to be avoided, but as an opportunity to complete the work of the neoliberal ascendancy. Austerity in this scenario is not something forced upon the political elite by previous mistakes or bad luck, but rather the latest stage in a plan to transform the European economy by destroying the welfare state.

alkemical
03-20-2012, 12:58 PM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2116274/The-Ouija-board--Teen-tells-cops-spirits-told-stab-friend.html

The Daily Mail journeys to the dark side:

A teenager charged in the stabbing of his 14-year-old friend told police a Ouija board made him do it.

[He] was charged with attempted murder after stabbing his friend with a 4-inch knife on February 29. He pulled the weapon on the friend in a wooded area behind a high school in Weslaco, a small town along the U.S-Mexico border at the southern tip of Texas.

The victim was treated in intensive care for three days for a severe cut to his intestine, Weslaco police spokesman J.P. Rodriguez said. He added that the alleged assailant has no history of mental problems or criminal behavior.

alkemical
03-20-2012, 01:03 PM
Subconscious War (Video)

Posted by Good German on March 18, 2012

A half hour documentary on media, reality and a culture of violence.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pAeOUDsDO8

alkemical
03-20-2012, 01:06 PM
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03-20-2012, 01:19 PM
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03-20-2012, 01:23 PM
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03-20-2012, 01:24 PM
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03-20-2012, 01:25 PM
http://www.dangerousminds.net/comments/the_exact_moment_he_became_gay

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Reddit user Tommy Voter uploaded this pic to Imgur with the caption:

“I found photographic evidence of the exact moment I became gay.”

Fabulous!

alkemical
03-20-2012, 01:32 PM
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03-20-2012, 01:37 PM
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http://www.dangerousminds.net/comments/how_much_pot_would_it_take_to_kill_you

Excerpted from a 1988 Department of Justice/DEA brief written by Judge Francis L. Young:

“In layman terms this means that in order to induce death, a marijuana smoker would have to consume 20,000 to 40,000 times as much marijuana as is contained in one marijuana cigarette. NIDA-supplied marijuana cigarettes weigh approximately .9 grams. A smoker would theoretically have to consume nearly 1,500 pounds of marijuana within about fifteen minutes to induce a lethal response.”

Compare and contrast the damage that just two bottles of tequila would do to the human body (Been there, done that and won the booby prize of 4-day hangover...).

And while I’m on the topic, whereas you can see that it’s impossible for a human to OD on cannabis, the plant is HIGHLY toxic to dogs. That’s right, do not let your pooch near your stash. If you make pot brownies keep them out of your dog’s reach (Chocolate is also lethal to dogs. So are grapes and onions). If your dog eats cannabis, rush it to a pet hospital without hesitation.

via reddit

alkemical
03-28-2012, 06:59 AM
http://www.disinfo.com/2012/03/why-the-supreme-court-should-kill-obamacare/


Why the Supreme Court Should Kill ‘Obamacare’


Today, the anti-Obamacare protest is happening in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, and it is hearing arguments as to why the Affordable Healthcare Act (a.k.a. “Obamacare”) should be thrown out. Dave Lindorff writes on Counterpunch on why “Obamacare” should be repealed to instead force Americans to decide that Medicare should be available to everyone as it would reduce our costs substantially:

The US Supreme Court has a chance to do the people of America a big favor, perhaps atoning at last for its shameful betrayal of the electoral system in 2000 when a conservative majority stole the Florida, and national election, for George W. Bush, and for the liberal-led and equally shameful betrayal of fundamental property rights in the Kelo v New London case that, in 2005, upheld the public theft of private homes in Connecticut on behalf of a government-backed resort development. The court can atone for these betrayals by declaring the ramshackle, corrupt, hugely expensive and cynically misnamed Affordable Care Act to be unconstitutional.

The act, pushed through a Democratic Congress by President Obama in 2010, is a disaster, a cobbled-together set of measures that was fatally corrupted by the insurance lobby and other parts of the nation’s medical-industrial complex, which leaves millions uninsured, continues to tether workers to their employers like indentured servants, and undermines the Medicare program, which should be the cornerstone of a real health reform.

By killing this monstrosity of political expedience and lobbyist strong-arming, the Supreme Court’s conservative wing could give us a good chance to finally move the country to a real national health reform which would reduce costs substantially, provide quality health care to all, and finally drive a stake through the heart of the health insurance industry, the real “vampire squid” of American capitalism which has been sucking money out of American’s wallets and driving many into bankruptcy for decades (family health crises are the major single cause of bankruptcies and homes foreclosures in the country) …

Read More: Counterpunch

alkemical
03-28-2012, 07:01 AM
http://scienceblog.com/52883/holding-a-gun-makes-you-think-others-are-too/

Wonder if this ever comes into play in real life? Via Science Blog:

Wielding a gun increases a person’s bias to see guns in the hands of others, new research from the University of Notre Dame shows. In five experiments, subjects were shown multiple images of people and determined whether the person was holding a gun or a neutral object such as a soda can or cell phone. Subjects did this while holding either a toy gun or a neutral object, such as a foam ball.

Simply showing observers a nearby gun did not influence their behavior; holding and using the gun was important. By virtue of affording the subject the opportunity to use a gun, he or she was more likely to classify objects in a scene as a gun and, as a result, to engage in threat-induced behavior, such as raising a firearm to shoot.

“Now we know that a person’s ability to act in certain ways can bias their recognition of objects as well, and in dramatic ways. It seems that people have a hard time separating their thoughts about what they perceive and their thoughts about how they can or should act.”

alkemical
03-28-2012, 07:04 AM
http://www.disinfo.com/2012/03/jpmorgan-chases-ugly-family-secrets-revealed/

Matt Taibbi writes in Rolling Stone:

In a story that should be getting lots of attention, American Banker has released an excellent and disturbing exposé of J.P. Morgan Chase’s credit card services division, relying on multiple current and former Chase employees. One of them, Linda Almonte, is a whistleblower whom I’ve known since last September; I’m working on a recount of her story for my next book.

One of the things we were promised by the lawmakers who passed the Dodd-Frank reform bill a few years back is that this would be a new era for whistleblowers who come forward to tell the world about problems in our financial infrastructure. This story now looms as a test case for that proposition. American Banker reporter Jeff Horwitz did an outstanding job in this story detailing the sweeping irregularities in-house at Chase, but his very thoroughness means the news may have ramifications for Linda, which is why I’m urging people to pay attention to this story in the upcoming weeks.

The Cliff’s Notes version of the story goes something like this: Late in 2009, Chase’s credit card services division sold a parcel of nearly $200 million worth of credit card judgments to a debt collector at a discount. This common practice in the credit-card industry is a little like a bookie selling the outstanding debts of his delinquent gamblers to a leg-breaker for 25 cents on the dollar. If the leg-breaker gets half the delinquents to pay, the deal works out for both sides — the bookie gets 25 percent of money he wasn’t going to collect, and the leg-breaker makes a 100 percent profit.

Read more: >Rolling Stone

alkemical
03-28-2012, 07:10 AM
http://www.disinfo.com/2012/03/minnesota-school-board-interferes-with-seniors-porn-star-prom-date/

What a little genius. USA Today says:

A Minnesota school district has quashed a high school’s senior plan to bring a porn star to his senior prom.

Mike Stone, 18, had tweeted hundreds of porn actresses with an invitation to the Tartan High School prom May 12 until adult film star Megan Piper accepted his proposal.

Piper tells KSTP-TV’s Mark Saxenmeyer that she missed her own prom and couldn’t turn down Stone’s invitation.

“It was a sweet gesture. It was so cute. I couldn’t say no,” she tells the Twin Cities TV station.

The adult film star adds that she had no intention of turning the evening into a sordid spectacle: “I don’t plan to show up butt naked or anything. I’m going to wear a pretty prom dress.”

Read More: USA Today

alkemical
03-28-2012, 07:15 AM
http://www.disinfo.com/2012/03/greeces-cashless-euro-free-currency-working/

Reports Jon Henley in the Guardian:

In recent weeks, Theodoros Mavridis has bought fresh eggs, tsipourou (the local brandy), fruit, olives, olive oil, jam, and soap. He has also had some legal advice, and enjoyed the services of an accountant to help fill in his tax return.

None of it has cost him a euro, because he had previously done a spot of electrical work – repairing a TV, sorting out a dodgy light – for some of the 800-odd members of a fast-growing exchange network in the port town of Volos, midway between Athens and Thessaloniki.

In return for his expert labour, Mavridis received a number of Local Alternative Units (known as tems in Greek) in his online network account. In return for the eggs, olive oil, tax advice and the rest, he transferred tems into other people’s accounts. “It’s an easier, more direct way of exchanging goods and services,” said Bernhardt Koppold, a German-born homeopathist and acupuncturist in Volos who is an active member of the network. “It’s also a way of showing practical solidarity – of building relationships.”…

Read More: Guardian

alkemical
03-28-2012, 07:20 AM
http://www.disinfo.com/2012/03/female-sperm-hunter-gangs-prey-on-men-in-zimbabwe/

A bizarre new crime wave. Via the Telegraph, in Zimbabwe’s underworld, gangs of women have been kidnapping and raping men traveling alone, for the purpose of harvesting their sperm:

Local media have reported victims of the highway prowlers being drugged, subdued at gun or knife point – even with a live snake in one case – given a sexual stimulant and forced into repeated sex before being dumped on the roadside.

The sperm’s exact use is not clear but is thought to be intended for “juju” or traditional rituals to bring luck – enhancing good fortune, boosting business or preventing a criminal from being detected. It is also not known why the semen is taken forcibly from strangers.

“It’s really an issue which is mind boggling,” said University of Zimbabwe sociologist Watch Ruparanganda, who believes it is a lucrative business. Ruparanganda said he was astonished to discover [the matter] seven years ago, while doing research for his doctoral thesis among Harare street youth.

“Now, men fear women. They said: ‘we can’t go with you because we don’t trust you’,” says 19-year-old Miss Dhliwayo.

alkemical
03-28-2012, 07:21 AM
http://www.disinfo.com/2012/03/on-our-continual-quest-to-escape-the-terror-of-death/

Via New Humanist, Steve Cave on how an obsession with immortality shapes everything we do, believe, and create:

A group of American psychologists have discovered a simple way of turning ordinary people into fundamentalists and ideologues. It can be done anywhere and in a matter of minutes. It is just this: the researchers remind these ordinary folks that they will one day die.

The researchers behind this work were testing the hypothesis that most of what we do we do in order to protect us from the terror of death; what they call “Terror Management Theory”. Our sophisticated worldviews, they believe, exist primarily to convince us that we can defeat the Reaper.

Atheists and agnostics should not think that they are free from such comforting illusions of eternity. The psychologists, psychiatrists and anthropologists who developed Terror Management Theory have shown that almost all ideologies, from patriotism to communism to celebrity culture, function similarly in shielding us from death’s approach. Even the most enlightened of rationalists tend to have some solace-giving views that shape their action.

Read the rest at New Humanist

alkemical
03-28-2012, 07:23 AM
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alkemical
03-28-2012, 09:23 AM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17472580

HP Lovecraft: The man who haunted horror fans

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alkemical
03-28-2012, 09:24 AM
http://www.dailytech.com/Baffling+Illness+Strikes+Africa+Turns+Children+Int o+Violent+Zombies/article24276.htm

Baffling Illness Strikes Africa, Turns Children Into Mindless "Zombies"

alkemical
03-28-2012, 01:05 PM
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alkemical
03-29-2012, 08:17 AM
http://feeds.boingboing.net/~r/boingboing/iBag/~3/cBVEpeDVA7Q/nested-layers-of-temp-agencies.html

Nested layers of temp agencies allow WalMart's supply chain to shave pennies through terrible, illegal working conditions

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Dave Jamieson has a long investigative feature in the Huffington Post about the lives of subcontracted temps in the American warehouse supply-chain. Jamieson describes a world of nested layers of temps -- "temp agencies that supervise temp agencies that deal with temp agencies" -- providing layers of plausible deniability for the titanic corporations on whose behalf all the work is conducted. The agencies are "fly-by-night," operating from "garages, convenience store parking lots and, in one case, a Super 8 motel room," which means that it's nearly impossible for workers to get redress for illegal treatment.

Combined with the economic downturn and the cuts to employment benefits and the social safety net, this creates a perfect storm for horrific working conditions in the warehouses that serve the largest companies in America, such as WalMart. Workers are illegally docked pay, denied access to toilet facilities (one worker interviewed for the story describes how she got a bladder infection because she wasn't allowed to use the toilet while working), paid less than minimum wage, and billed for their own pre-hire background checks.

Meanwhile, the companies at the top of the chain are thriving, turning over great profits even in the midst of recession, and claiming no responsibility for the working conditions that their subcontractors' subcontractors workers endure -- despite the deliberate creation of this many-arms'-length relationship for the purpose of dodging liability.

Six lumpers at the warehouse filed a class-action lawsuit on the heels of the state investigation. Everardo Carrillo and his co-workers say they've been moving Walmart goods in a warehouse where the temperature regularly climbs to over 90 degrees, walking in and out of 53-foot-long steel containers that get even hotter baking in the Southern California sun. After working for a set hourly wage, the workers claim that a year and a half ago they were switched to a piece-rate pay plan -- an arrangement largely out of a bygone era. Their bosses told them they would earn "much more money" under the new scheme, which paid them according to the container, but their earnings actually fell, according to the lawsuit.

The workers claim it was never made clear how their pay was supposed to break down -- an allegation apparently bolstered by the state's investigation. They claim that when they complained about their confusing paychecks, their supervisors responded by sending them home without pay or refusing to give them work the following day. The lumpers were working on a temp basis. According to the lawsuit, the majority of workers were direct hires as recently as 2006; now, three out of every four workers are temps.

When asked if a Schneider executive could be interviewed about allegations from temp workers in its warehouses, a spokesperson sent HuffPost a statement, saying its labor suppliers are "separate corporate entities": "The only legal avenue which Schneider has to enforce their compliance would be to terminate the contract with these vendors. We have no plans to terminate the contracts with our vendors; our expectation is that they will comply with all applicable statutes, regulations and orders."

Walmart, whose products the workers were handling, also kept an arm's length from the charges. When HuffPost reported on the state investigation and lawsuit in October, a Walmart spokesman said the retailer is "not involved in this matter." When a similar lawsuit was filed in April in Illinois -- again, naming low-level companies contracted to move Walmart products -- the company asserted its distance from the allegations then as well, a spokesman noting that "the facility isn't operated by Walmart nor are the people who work in it employed by Walmart."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/20/new-blue-collar-temp-warehouses_n_1158490.html?view=print&comm_ref=false

alkemical
03-29-2012, 01:03 PM
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/03/pop-goes-the-law-school-bubble/254792/

Writing in The Atlantic, Jordan Weissmann describes the popping of the "law school bubble," which saw large numbers of law-school enrollees who hoped to graduate into six-figure salaries but instead are facing "six figures of crushing debt and murky career prospects."

These new statistics are the latest evidence that young Americans are getting the hint that the market for lawyers is perhaps not what it once was. It wouldn't matter that fewer people were taking the LSAT if the same number of young folks were ultimately showing up for their first year of law school each fall. But that total seems to be dropping, too. According to the LSAC, the number of students who accepted admission to a law school dropped 8 percent last year, from 49,700, to 45,617 -- the smallest incoming class since at least 2002. (Last year's number isn't published on the Council's website yet, but was provided to me by a spokeswoman). The number of applications also dropped dramatically, which could force law schools to ease up on their mind bogglingly expensive tuition.

One might argue that the drop-offs in test takers and applicants are just the result of an improving economy. After all, more people go to law school when the broader job market is weak. But America's slowly brightening employment picture doesn't seem like a likely cause in this instance. At the AmLaw Daily, Matt Leichter forecasts the size of this year's final applicant pool per law school, and compares it to the trend in the United States' employment to population ratio. When this few people are working, you be expecting to see an increase in law school applications.

alkemical
03-29-2012, 01:14 PM
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Wind Map of the United States


Fernanda Viegas and Martin Wattenberg collaborated to create Wind Map, a visualization of the current wind flowing over the country right now, using data from the National Digital Forecast Database: Link - via Metafilter

alkemical
04-02-2012, 06:26 AM
http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2012/03/quantum-interference-with-big-molecules-approaches-the-macroscopic.ars

Particle-wave duality demonstrated with largest molecules yet

alkemical
04-02-2012, 07:04 AM
http://www.disinfo.com/2012/04/world-war-3-0-control-of-the-internet/

World War 3.0 – Control of the Internet

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Internet, for Vanity Fair:

I. Time Bomb
In 1979 the Dubai World Trade Centre dominated the skyline of Dubai City, on the horn of the Arabian Peninsula. Today, the World Trade Centre looks quaint, like an old egg carton stuck into the ground amid a phantasma­goric forest of skyscrapers. But come December the World Trade Centre will once more be the most important place in Dubai City—and, for a couple of weeks, one of the more important places in the world. Diplomats from 193 countries will converge there to renegotiate a United Nations treaty called the International Telecommunications Regulations. The sprawling document, which governs telephone, television, and radio networks, may be extended to cover the Internet, raising questions about who should control it, and how. Arrayed on one side will be representatives from the United States and other major Western powers, advocating what many call “Internet freedom,” a plastic concept that has been defined by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the right to use the Internet to “express one’s views,” to “peacefully assemble,” and to “seek or share” information. The U.S. and most of its allies basically want to keep Internet governance the way it is: run by a small group of technical nonprofit and volunteer organizations, most of them based in the United States.

On the other side will be representatives from countries where governments want to place restrictions on how people use the Internet. These include Russia, China, Brazil, India, Iran, and a host of others. All of them have implemented or experimented with more intrusive monitoring of online activities than the U.S. is publicly known to practice. A number of countries have openly called for the creation of a “new global body” to oversee online policy. At the very least, they’d like to give the United Nations a great deal more control over the Internet.

Mediating these forces in Dubai will be a man named Hamadoun Touré. Charming and wily, he is a satellite engineer who was born in Mali, educated in the Soviet Union, and now lives in Geneva. He serves as secretary-general of the U.N.’s International Telecommunication Union (I.T.U.).

Touré abjures pallid diplomatic doublespeak, instead opting for full-on self-contradiction that nonetheless leaves little doubt where his sympathies lie. In one breath Touré says, “The people who are trying to say that I.T.U. has an intention of taking over the management of the Internet simply do not know how the I.T.U. is functioning.” In the next, noting that Internet users in America represent only a tenth of the total, he says, “When an invention becomes used by billions across the world, it no longer remains the sole property of one nation, however powerful that nation might be. There should be a mechanism where many countries have an opportunity to have a say. I think that’s democratic. Do you think that’s democratic?”

There is a war under way for control of the Internet, and every day brings word of new clashes on a shifting and widening battlefront. Governments, corporations, criminals, anarchists—they all have their own war aims…

[continues in Vanity Fair] (http://m.vanityfair.com/culture/2012/05/internet-regulation-war-sopa-pipa-defcon-hacking)

alkemical
04-02-2012, 07:07 AM
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/03/120320142100.htm

Oil from Deepwater Horizon Disaster Entered Food Chain in the Gulf of Mexico

ScienceDaily (Mar. 20, 2012) — Since the explosion on the BP Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010, scientists have been working to understand the impact that this disaster has had on the environment. For months, crude oil gushed into the water at a rate of approximately 53,000 barrels per day before the well was capped on July 15, 2010. A new study confirms that oil from the Macondo well made it into the ocean's food chain through the tiniest of organisms, zooplankton.

alkemical
04-02-2012, 07:12 AM
http://www.disinfo.com/2012/03/goldman-sachs-owns-top-sex-trafficking-site/

Goldman Sachs Owns Top Sex Trafficking Site


So good it must be true! Nicholas Kristof unearths yet more dirt on the banksters at Goldman, in the New York Times:

The biggest forum for sex trafficking of under-age girls in the United States appears to be a Web site called Backpage.com.

This emporium for girls and women — some under age or forced into prostitution — is in turn owned by an opaque private company called Village Voice Media. Until now it has been unclear who the ultimate owners are.

That mystery is solved. The owners turn out to include private equity financiers, including Goldman Sachs with a 16 percent stake.

Goldman Sachs was mortified when I began inquiring last week about its stake in America’s leading Web site for prostitution ads. It began working frantically to unload its shares, and on Friday afternoon it called to say that it had just signed an agreement to sell its stake to management. “We had no influence over operations,” Andrea Raphael, a Goldman Sachs spokeswoman, told me.

Let’s back up for a moment. There’s no doubt that many escort ads on Backpage are placed by consenting adults. But it’s equally clear that Backpage plays a major role in the trafficking of minors or women who are coerced. In one recent case in New York City, prosecutors say that a 15-year-old girl was drugged, tied up, raped and sold to johns through Backpage and other sites.

Backpage has 70 percent of the market for prostitution ads, according to AIM Group, a trade organization…

[continues in the New York Times]

alkemical
04-02-2012, 07:16 AM
http://www.disinfo.com/2012/03/pennsylvania-bans-doctors-from-disclosing-fracking-dangers-to-patients/

Pennsylvania Bans Doctors From Disclosing Fracking Dangers To Patients


Via The Atlantic:

Under a new law, doctors in Pennsylvania can access information about chemicals used in natural gas extraction — but they won’t be able to share it with their patients. A provision buried in a law passed last month is drawing scrutiny from the public health and environmental community, who argue that it will “gag” doctors who want to raise concerns related to oil and gas extraction with the people they treat and the general public.

Pennsylvania is at the forefront in the debate over “fracking,” the process by which a high-pressure mixture of chemicals, sand, and water are blasted into rock to tap into the gas. Recent discoveries of great reserves in the Marcellus Shale region of the state prompted a rush to development (http://motherjones.com/environment/2012/02/fracking-pennsylvania-susquehanna-county), as have advancements in fracking technologies. But with those changes have come a number of concerns from citizens about potential environmental and health impacts from natural gas drilling.

There is good reason to be curious about exactly what’s in those fluids…

[continues at The Atlantic] (http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/03/for-pennsylvanias-doctors-a-gag-order-on-fracking-chemicals/255030/)

alkemical
04-02-2012, 11:40 AM
http://www.disinfo.com/2012/04/collusion-watch-yourself-being-tracked-online/

Warning, the results of this may scare you — it might be better if you didn’t know. From Mozilla:

Collusion is an experimental add-on for Firefox and allows you to see all the third parties that are tracking your movements across the Web. It will show, in real time, how that data creates a spider-web of interaction between companies and other trackers.

http://disinfo.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/tumblr_m1r4vwqEzi1qjjis9o1_500.jpg

alkemical
04-02-2012, 11:49 AM
http://www.neatorama.com/2012/03/30/common-logical-fallacies-illustrated/

http://static.neatorama.com/images/2012-03/rhetological-fallacies-2.jpg

David McCandless of Information is Beautiful (he wrote the wonderful book The Visual Miscellaneum - I highly recommend it), came up with this clever visualization and examples of common logical fallacies.

Why, some of them are my favorite techniques to obfuscate people I love, and since they still love me, these must be the greatest things ever.
Take a look and see if your cherished logical fallacies are featured: Link - via Metafilter

http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/rhetological-fallacies/

alkemical
04-02-2012, 11:59 AM
http://static.neatorama.com/images/2012-03/kaboom-bus.jpg

Sometimes, the headlines just write themselves. Here's what happened when the kaBOOM bus actually did go kaboom:

The 45-seat kaBOOM party bus was on its way to collect schoolchildren for an excursion when a tyre burst, near Mallala on Adelaide's northern outskirts.

The driver managed to pull over safely and was attempting to change the tyre when fire erupted.

Country Fire Service crews took half an hour to put out the blaze, which destroyed the bus which had a KABOOM1 numberplate.

alkemical
04-02-2012, 12:03 PM
http://www.neatorama.com/2012/03/29/red-vs-blue-accents-how-dialects-and-politics-go-hand-in-hand/

http://static.neatorama.com/images/2012-03/voting-dialect.jpg

Politicians always say that they listen to the voters, but if you want to find out how a certain population will vote, it's better to have a linguistics expert listen instead.

American linguist William Labov of the University of Pennsylvania, noted that voting patterns and political ideology are often demarcated by the "red versus blue" accents:

Labov points out that the residents of the Inland North [near the Great Lakes - ed.] have long-standing differences with their neighbors to the south, who speak what’s known as the Midland dialect. The two groups originated from distinct groups of settlers; the Inland Northerners migrated west from New England, while the Midlanders originated in Pennsylvania via the Appalachian region. Historically, the two settlement streams typically found themselves with sharply diverging political views and voting habits, with the northerners aligning much more closely with agenerally being more liberal ideology.

Labov suggests that it’s these deep-seated political disagreements that create an invisible borderline barring the encroachment of Northern Cities Vowels. When he looked at the relationship between voting patterns by county over the last three Presidential elections and the degree to which speakers in these counties shifted their vowels, he found a tight correlation between the two. And the states that have participated in the vowel shift have also tended to resist implementing the death penalty.

Do vowel-shifters sound more liberal to modern ears? Yes, at least to some extent. Labov had students in Bloomington, Indiana, listen to a vowel-shifting speaker from Detroit and a non-vowel-shifter from Indianapolis. The students rated both speakers as equal in probable intelligence, education and trustworthiness. They also didn’t think they would have different attitudes about abortion (both speakers were female). But they did think the vowel-shifting speaker was more likely to be in favor of gun control and affirmative action.


http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2012/03/28/votes-and-vowels-a-changing-accent-shows-how-language-parallels-politics/

alkemical
04-04-2012, 10:36 AM
http://feeds.boingboing.net/~r/boingboing/iBag/~3/p9t1uNjJlnI/students-protesting-tuition-hi.html

Students protesting tuition hikes pepper-sprayed by police in Santa Monica, CA


Interesting points in the article:

Last night at Santa Monica College (about 20 blocks from the beach here in Los Angeles, CA), police pepper-sprayed some thirty students in a crowd of about 150 protesters. The students want affordable education. They gathered during a meeting of the college's board of trustees to voice opposition to planned tuition hikes that would raise the cost of bread-and-butter courses during the summer session by as much as 400%. I was close enough to the location last night to hear helicopters and sirens as it happened.

The LA Times reports that Santa Monica police are today "trying to sort out" who used pepper-spray on the peacefully assembled students. Reports I heard last night indicated that the person or persons responsible were campus police, not Santa Monica police, who were called in later to secure the site.

One student eyewitness tweeted:

Pepper sprayed a room full of students and two children. A poor lil five year old got it in the face.

— Sarah Belknap (@mary_menville) April 4, 2012


There is apparently money for 3 cop choppers, pepper spray, batons, five squad cars, 8 ambulances, but no money for education.

— Sarah Belknap (@mary_menville) April 4, 2012

More eyewitness video plus photos of two of the victims follow, at the end of this Boing Boing post.

Student blogger zunguzungu in Berkeley, who has been covering student protests and campus police brutality throughout California, rounds up news link and posts about the incident this morning. An excerpt:

I have seen no allegation that any of the students were violent or even used civil disobedience; the main problem seems to have been — in the college president’s words — that the small boardroom wasn’t able to accommodate all of the students who wanted to speak: ”We expected some students, but we didn’t expect that big of a crowd with such enthusiasm.”

When students demanded entrance to the room the meeting was being held — a tiny room, with room for only a handful of outsiders (by a great coincidence) — the police went wild.

(...) How does this happen? How does pepper spray become the act of first resort? Even the anodyne phrasing of the LA Times admits that pepper spray was used proactively (“Several were also overcome when pepper spray was released just outside the meeting room as officers tried to break up the crowd”) and not in response to some kind of clear and present danger.

Or, rather, it was. A crowd must be dispersed before it does something, goes the logic of the new preemptive policing; a crowd is, itself, a clear and present danger. If you wait until the crowd actually does something, you’ve waited too long. And so you preempt it by striking first.

If you doubt that this is the way these people think, I’d invite you to read Jeff Young — the current assistant police chief at UCLA — writing his “operational review” of UC Berkeley’s police actions against protesters from last November 9th, and note that his main takeaway was that campus police should have probably been allowed to use pepper spray. For more successful protest management, he decides, what the police need is more force options. Perhaps Tasers?

More coverage of the incident: Santa Monica Patch (who were first and best on this as it broke, notably!), KTLA, LA CBS, NBC LA, LA Times story with background on the fee hikes.

Below, photos from "Lady Libertine" on Twitter: Marioly Gomez and Jasmine Gomez, two of the students she identifies as having been pepper-sprayed and assaulted by campus police at Santa Monica College last night.


***that was from the Boing Boing piece -

Why is pepper spray & such used so quick these days by Law Enforcement?

alkemical
04-04-2012, 10:40 AM
http://www.neatorama.com/2012/04/03/dew-soaked-dandelions/



http://uploads.neatorama.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/dandelion-500x750.jpg

alkemical
04-04-2012, 10:44 AM
http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/incredible-pictures-of-the-tornadoes-near-dallas

Multiple tornadoes touched down across the Dallas/Fort Worth area causing extensive damage yesterday. These pictures are pretty insane, especially the ones of the hail and semi-trucks.


http://s3-ak.buzzfed.com/static/enhanced/web03/2012/4/4/8/enhanced-buzz-7329-1333543701-7.jpg

Those are semi-trucks.


http://s3-ak.buzzfed.com/static/enhanced/web03/2012/4/3/20/enhanced-buzz-10656-1333499948-25.jpg


http://s3-ak.buzzfed.com/static/enhanced/web04/2012/4/3/23/enhanced-buzz-13420-1333509351-34.jpg

alkemical
04-04-2012, 10:49 AM
http://s3-ec.buzzfed.com/static/enhanced/web03/2012/4/3/16/enhanced-buzz-25894-1333486564-12.jpg

alkemical
04-04-2012, 10:55 AM
New studies are showing that Chinese cities are slowly sinking as a result of rapid development and excess groundwater use. According to reports, as many as 50 cities across the country are affected by soil subsidence, including the country’s largest - Shanghai. Apparently, Shanghai has been slowly sinking for at least 90 years.

http://inhabitat.com/chinese-cities-are-sinking-due-to-excess-groundwater-use-and-rapid-growth/

alkemical
04-04-2012, 11:00 AM
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/image/1204/tungurahua_taschler_960.jpg

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap120402.html

Tungurahua Erupts
Image Credit & Copyright: Patrick Taschler

Explanation: Volcano Tungurahua sometimes erupts spectacularly. Pictured above, molten rock so hot it glows visibly pours down the sides of the 5,000-meter high Tungurahua, while a cloud of dark ash is seen being ejected toward the left. Wispy white clouds flow around the lava-lit peak, while a star-lit sky shines in the distance. The above image was captured in 2006 as ash fell around the adventurous photographer. Located in Ecuador, Tungurahua has become active roughly every 90 years for the last 1,300 years.

alkemical
04-04-2012, 01:20 PM
http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/338500/title/Crystals_may_be_possible_in_time_as_well_as_space

Crystals may be possible in time as well as space
Theory proposes objects in their lowest energy state can loop in the fourth dimension forever

By Alexandra Witze
March 24th, 2012; Vol.181 #6 (p. 8)
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What sounds like the title of a bad fantasy movie — time crystals — could be the next big thing in theoretical physics.

In two new papers, Nobel Prize–winning physicist Frank Wilczek lays out the mathematics of how an object moving in its lowest energy state could experience a sort of structure in time. Such a “time crystal” would be the temporal equivalent of an everyday crystal, in which atoms occupy positions that repeat periodically in space.

The work, done partly with physicist Alfred Shapere of the University of Kentucky, appeared February 12 on arXiv.org.

“We don’t know whether such things do exist in nature, but the surprise is that they can exist,” says Maulik Parikh, a physicist at Arizona State University in Tempe.

Scientists don’t know how important time crystals may turn out to be, or whether they have any practical application at all. But Wilczek, of MIT, says the concept reminds him of the excitement he felt when he helped describe a new class of fundamental particles, called anyons, in the early 1980s. “I had very much the same kind of feeling as I’m having here,” he says, “that I had found a new logical possibility for how matter might behave that opened up a new world with many possible directions.”

Wilczek dreamed up time crystals after teaching a class about classifying crystals in three dimensions and wondering why that structure couldn’t extend to the fourth dimension — time.

To visualize a time crystal, think of Earth looping back to its same location in space every 365¼ days; the planet repeats itself periodically as it moves through time. But a true time crystal is made not of a planet but of an object in its lowest energy state, like an electron stripped of all possible energy.

This object could endlessly loop in time, just as electrons in a superconductor could theoretically flow through space for all eternity. “It’s doing what it wants to do, and what it wants to do is move,” says Wilczek.

In a sense the time crystal would be a perpetual motion machine: If scientists could build one in a lab, it would run forever. Yet it wouldn’t violate the second law of thermodynamics because the crystal would be in its lowest energy state; no useful energy could be extracted from it.

Wilczek is already dreaming of extending the time crystal concept into imaginary time, a theoretical concept of the fourth dimension that runs in a different direction than the one people experience.

“I don’t know if this will be of lasting value at all,” he says, “but I’m having fun.”

Editor's Note: Frank Wilczek is a member of the board of Society for Science and the Public, which publishes Science News.

alkemical
04-04-2012, 02:03 PM
http://www.disinfo.com/2012/04/nypd-officers-defy-orders-to-refrain-from-marijuana-arrests/

policeonbikes.nypd_.shutterstockIn short, New York City cops put 50,000 people behind bars last year for marijuana possession — even though the state decriminalized it in 1977 — and they refuse to stop. Via Raw Story:

Police officers in New York are “manufacturing” criminal offenses by forcing people with small amounts of marijuana to reveal their drugs, according to a survey by public defenders.

Under New York law, possession of 25g or less of marijuana [merely] brings a $100 fine. Only when the drugs are in public view are the police permitted to make an arrest for drug possession. One in three respondents said police had forced them to take the marijuana out of pockets or from under clothes and produce it into public view.

In September last year, Kelly issued an order to officers not to arrest people caught with small amounts of marijuana. But the number of those arrested increased after the order was made. In all, about 50,000 people were arrested in 2011 for marijuana possession.

Reasons police stopped people who they subsequently arrested for marijuana included “furtive movements,” “suspicious bulges,” “being in a high crime area” and “other.” Legal experts and criminal justice scholars have claimed that stop and frisks-and the drug arrests that often result from them-routinely lead to fourth amendment violations and serve as pipeline for the nation’s bloated prison system.

alkemical
04-05-2012, 06:59 AM
http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2012/04/03/these-are-the-prices-att-verizon-and-sprint-charge-for-cellphone-wiretaps/

http://blogs-images.forbes.com/andygreenberg/files/2012/04/atteagle-300x293.jpg

These Are The Prices AT&T, Verizon and Sprint Charge For Cellphone Wiretaps

Earlier this week the American Civil Liberties Union revealed a trove of documents it had obtained through Freedom of Information Requests to more than 200 police departments around the country. They show a pattern of police tracking cell phone locations and gathering other data like call logs without warrants, using devices that impersonate cell towers to intercept cellular signals, and encouraging officers to refrain from speaking about cell-tracking technology to the public, all detailed in a New York Times story.

But at least one document also details the day-to-day business of telecoms’ handing over of data to law enforcement, including a breakdown of every major carrier’s fees for every sort of data request from targeted wiretaps to so-called “tower dumps” that provide information on every user of certain cell tower. The guide, as provided by the Tucson, Arizona police department to the ACLU, is dated July 2009, and the fees it lists may be somewhat outdated. But representatives I reached by email at Verizon and AT&T both declined to detail any changes to the numbers.

Here are a few of the highlights from the fee data.

Wiretaps cost hundreds of dollars per target every month, generally paid at daily or monthly rates. To wiretap a customer’s phone, T-Mobile charges law enforcement a flat fee of $500 per target. Sprint’s wireless carrier Sprint Nextel requires police pay $400 per “market area” and per “technology” as well as a $10 per day fee, capped at $2,000. AT&T charges a $325 activation fee, plus $5 per day for data and $10 for audio. Verizon charges a $50 administrative fee plus $700 per month, per target.
Data requests for voicemail or text messages cost extra. AT&T demands $150 for access to a target’s voicemail, while Verizon charges $50 for access to text messages. Sprint offers the most detailed breakdown of fees for various kinds of data on a phone, asking $120 for pictures or video, $60 for email, $60 for voice mail and $30 for text messages.
All four telecom firms also offer so-called “tower dumps” that allow police to see the numbers of every user accessing a certain cell tower over a certain time at an hourly rate. AT&T charges $75 per tower per hour, with a minimum of two hours. Verizon charges between $30 and $60 per hour for each cell tower. T-Mobile demands $150 per cell tower per hour, and Sprint charges $50 per tower, seemingly without an hourly rate.
For location data, the carrier firms offer automated tools that let police track suspects in real time. Sprint charges $30 per month per target to use its L-Site program for location tracking. AT&T’s E911 tool costs $100 to activate and then $25 a day. T-Mobile charges a much pricier $100 per day.

alkemical
04-05-2012, 07:14 AM
http://www.disinfo.com/2012/04/why-doesnt-the-u-s-just-start-electing-its-supreme-court-justices/

http://www.salon.com/2012/04/03/justices_run_amok_fixing_the_supreme_court/singleton

Why Doesn’t The U.S. Just Start Electing Its Supreme Court Justices?


SCOTUSMichael Lind writes on Salon:

On Monday, we had another example of the Supreme Court’s ideological division: a 5-4 ruling, along partisan lines, giving police the right to conduct strip searches for any offense. This came on the heels of last week’s oral arguments before the Supreme Court about the constitutionality of the individual mandate provision of the Affordable Care Act, which led many observers to predict that the nation’s highest judicial body will strike down part or all of the controversial healthcare reform package.

But the hearings were instructive in other ways. They showed once again that political partisanship is closely correlated to a justice’s view of the law. And they proved that the Supreme Court once again is functioning, not as a court, but as a third house of the federal legislature.

The U.S. Constitution, like many state constitutions, really is two constitutions in one. There is the black-letter constitution, which consists of rules about which there is little or no dispute. Most of these have to do with qualifications for representatives, like Article I, Section 3, Clause 1, as amended: “The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, for six Years; and each Senator shall have one Vote.” Not a whole lot of room for interpretation there …

Read More: Salon

alkemical
04-12-2012, 07:56 AM
http://www.disinfo.com/2012/04/the-stealth-geography-of-america-a-map/

http://disinfo.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/tumblr_m1m1nirJaI1qz4yloo1_500.jpg

Via Domus, a map of the United States, in the form of its 259 most crucial infrastructural sites as revealed by a 2010 WikiLeaks release:

We might say with only slight exaggeration that the United States exists in its current state of economic and military well-being due to a peripheral constellation of sites found all over the world.

These far-flung locations—such as rare-earth mines, telecommunications hubs and vaccine suppliers—are like geopolitical buttresses, as important for the internal operations of the United States as its own homeland security.

However, this overseas network is neither seamless nor even necessarily identifiable as such. Rather, it is aggressively and deliberately discontiguous, and rarely acknowledged in any detail.

That is what made the controversial release by WikiLeaks, in December 2010, of a long list of key infrastructural sites deemed vital to the national security of the United States so interesting…

[More on Domus]


http://www.domusweb.it/en/architecture/open-source-design-02-wikileaks-guidecritical-infrastructure/

alkemical
04-13-2012, 06:52 AM
http://www.disinfo.com/2012/04/the-higher-the-body-count-the-more-popular-the-president/

Noticed via OrgTheory (http://orgtheory.wordpress.com/2012/03/28/presidents-who-kill-people-are-popular/):


http://disinfo.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/111-500x4051.png

The finding is simple. War casualties, as a fraction of the population, positively correlate with how historians rate presidents. More death = better presidents. The regression model includes some controls, like economic growth. This is consistent with sociological research on state building, which has traditionally linked wars, bureaucratic growth, and tax collection.

alkemical
04-13-2012, 07:04 AM
http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k82/amesj523/jacksonlittlepeople1dfg.jpg

alkemical
04-13-2012, 08:11 AM
http://www.neatorama.com/2012/04/12/four-feet-of-hail-in-texas/

http://static.neatorama.com/images/2012-04/4-feet-hail-texas.jpg

Photo: Potter County Fire Department - via US National Weather Service Facebook Page

Everything is bigger in Texas, but this is ridiculous: 4 feet of hail blanketed an area north of Amarillo.

"That was 4 feet of ice" that was compacted by rain and floodwater across a wide area, [National Weather Service spokeswoman Krissy Scotten] added.

"It was actually the rain/water that caused the drifts," Scotten said. "Anytime you have hail accumulate 2 to 4 feet high and get over three inches of rain, no matter how it occurs, it's pretty incredible."

As for the darkish color, "we're very dusty around here" due to drought so the hail quickly darkened, Scotten said.


http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/12/11160993-4-feet-of-hail-in-texas-reports-photos-cause-quite-a-storm?lite

Rohirrim
04-13-2012, 09:09 AM
http://www.disinfo.com/2012/04/nypd-officers-defy-orders-to-refrain-from-marijuana-arrests/

policeonbikes.nypd_.shutterstockIn short, New York City cops put 50,000 people behind bars last year for marijuana possession — even though the state decriminalized it in 1977 — and they refuse to stop. Via Raw Story:

Police officers in New York are “manufacturing” criminal offenses by forcing people with small amounts of marijuana to reveal their drugs, according to a survey by public defenders.

Under New York law, possession of 25g or less of marijuana [merely] brings a $100 fine. Only when the drugs are in public view are the police permitted to make an arrest for drug possession. One in three respondents said police had forced them to take the marijuana out of pockets or from under clothes and produce it into public view.

In September last year, Kelly issued an order to officers not to arrest people caught with small amounts of marijuana. But the number of those arrested increased after the order was made. In all, about 50,000 people were arrested in 2011 for marijuana possession.

Reasons police stopped people who they subsequently arrested for marijuana included “furtive movements,” “suspicious bulges,” “being in a high crime area” and “other.” Legal experts and criminal justice scholars have claimed that stop and frisks-and the drug arrests that often result from them-routinely lead to fourth amendment violations and serve as pipeline for the nation’s bloated prison system.

And now they'll get to strip search them.

Rohirrim
04-13-2012, 09:15 AM
http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k82/amesj523/jacksonlittlepeople1dfg.jpg

Looks like Michael Jackson. Some don't know this, but Jackson stole his entire act from Bob Fosse. Here's a dance routine Bob Fosse created and danced in the film The Little Prince done to the tune "Billie Jean":

<iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/QUlEBhGgEe0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

The year was 1974, when MJ was 14 years old. No doubt he saw the movie. ;D

Punisher
04-14-2012, 09:39 AM
http://www.rit.edu/news/release.php?id=47657

Hubble Research Reveals ‘Wandering’ Black Hole


Research sheds light on galaxy evolution


A team of scientists from Rochester Institute of Technology, Florida Institute of Technology and the University of Sussex has discovered that the supermassive black hole at the center of the most massive local galaxy is on the move.
The discovery, made through observations of the Hubble Space Telescope data, will help scientists refine their understanding of how galaxies are made and how they evolve.
Messier 87 is a massive elliptical galaxy that, at 60 million light years from Earth, is one of our most impressive and closest galactic neighbors. It is known for its brilliant and dense nebulae of stars and a distinctive jet of sub-atomic particles that is propelled from its active center.
The team has found that the supermassive black hole thought to be at the center of M87 has been is displaced. The most likely cause is a previous merger between two older, less massive black holes, but the displacement may also be due to the propulsive energy of M87’s iconic jet.
“The M87 jet may have pushed the supermassive black hole away from the galaxy center,” says lead author Daniel Batcheldor, assistant professor of physics at Florida Institute of Technology and former research scientist at RIT.
The study of M87 is part of a wider Hubble Space Telescope project directed by Andrew Robinson, professor of physics at RIT. “What may well be the most interesting thing about this work is the possibility that what we found is a signpost of a black hole merger, which is of interest to people looking for gravitational waves and for people modeling these systems as a demonstration that black holes really do merge,” says Robinson. “The theoretical prediction is that when two black holes merge, the newly combined black hole receives a ‘kick’ due to the emission of gravitational waves, which can displace it from the center of the galaxy.”
David Merritt, professor of physics at RIT, adds: “Once kicked, a supermassive black hole can take millions or billions of years to return to rest, especially at the center of a large, diffuse galaxy such as M87. So searching for displacements is an effective way to constrain the merger history of galaxies.”
Many galaxies have similar properties to M87, so it is likely that supermassive black holes are commonly offset from their host galaxy centers. David Axon, head of the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the University of Sussex, says: “In current galaxy formation scenarios galaxies are thought to be assembled by a process of merging. We should therefore expect that binary black holes and post coalescence recoiling black holes, like that in M87, are very common in the cosmos.”
Earth’s own galaxy is predicted to merge with the Andromeda galaxy, which could then result in a similar wandering SMBH at the heart of the new galaxy–in about 3 billion years.
“The result of that merger will likely be an active elliptical galaxy, similar to M87,” says Eric Perlman, associate professor of physics and space sciences at Florida Institute of Technology. “Both our galaxy and Andromeda have supermassive black holes in their centers, so our result suggests that after the merger, the supermassive black holes may wander in the galaxy’s nucleus for billions of years.”
The research was presented at the American Astronomical Society Conference May 25 in Miami and will be published as “A Displaced Supermassive Black Hole in M87,” by D. Batcheldor, E. Perlman (Florida Institute of Technology); A. Robinson, D. Merritt (Rochester Institute of Technology) and D. Axon, University of Sussex, Astrophysical Journal Letters.
For more information, contact Andrew Robinson at 585-475-2726 or axrsps@rit.edu or Daniel Batcheldor at 321-674-7717 or dbatcheldor@fit.edu (http://www.rit.edu/news/mailtodbatcheldor@fit.edu).
<center>##</center> About RIT: Rochester Institute of Technology is internationally recognized for academic leadership in computing, engineering, imaging technology, and fine and applied arts, in addition to unparalleled support services for students with hearing loss. Nearly 16,800 full- and part-time students are enrolled in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs at RIT, and its cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation.
For two decades, U.S. News & World Report has ranked RIT among the nation’s leading comprehensive universities. RIT is featured in The Princeton Review’s 2010 edition of The Best 371 Colleges and in Barron’s Best Buys in Education. The Chronicle of Higher Education recognizes RIT as a “Great College to Work For.”

Odysseus
04-14-2012, 02:54 PM
http://www.disinfo.com/2012/04/the-higher-the-body-count-the-more-popular-the-president/

Noticed via OrgTheory (http://orgtheory.wordpress.com/2012/03/28/presidents-who-kill-people-are-popular/):


http://disinfo.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/111-500x4051.png

The finding is simple. War casualties, as a fraction of the population, positively correlate with how historians rate presidents. More death = better presidents. The regression model includes some controls, like economic growth. This is consistent with sociological research on state building, which has traditionally linked wars, bureaucratic growth, and tax collection.

Bush did not kill enough people? Interesting food for thought.

Odysseus
04-14-2012, 02:56 PM
http://www.neatorama.com/2012/03/30/common-logical-fallacies-illustrated/

http://static.neatorama.com/images/2012-03/rhetological-fallacies-2.jpg

David McCandless of Information is Beautiful (he wrote the wonderful book The Visual Miscellaneum - I highly recommend it), came up with this clever visualization and examples of common logical fallacies.

Why, some of them are my favorite techniques to obfuscate people I love, and since they still love me, these must be the greatest things ever.
Take a look and see if your cherished logical fallacies are featured: Link - via Metafilter

http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/rhetological-fallacies/

Good stuff! I think Orangemane is a kind of logic puzzle. It makes sense only when it's lying to you.

alkemical
04-16-2012, 06:55 AM
Bush did not kill enough people? Interesting food for thought.

It's an interesting dynamic when looking at things.

alkemical
04-16-2012, 06:56 AM
Good stuff! I think Orangemane is a kind of logic puzzle. It makes sense only when it's lying to you.

You can't "listen" to the OM's words. But if you watch it, it shows you the truth.

alkemical
04-16-2012, 08:44 AM
WTF:

http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/retail/story/2012-04-12/high-school-prom-spending/54224068/1



Prom spending rises to average $1,078 this year, survey says


This year, families with teens are expected to spend an average of $1,078 on prom, up from $807 last year, according to data from a survey released today by Visa that includes results based on a thousand telephone interviews conducted at the end of last month.


"This is social-arms-race spending. It's extreme," says Jason Alderman, director of Visa's financial education programs.

Spending has been driven to never-before-seen levels as teens are influenced by everything from celebrities and reality TV to the prevalence of social media, experts say.

Linda Korman, advertising director for Seventeen Prom and Teen Prom, says teen girls view prom as their "red-carpet moment" and are "heavily influenced" by celebrities who walk actual red carpets in designer gowns.

"It's a rite of passage, and there's a legacy of how you look at your prom," she says. "Girls want to dress to impress."

Maria Sanchez-Ferry of Las Vegas spent $400 on a sequined teal dress from a bridal store for her 17-year-old daughter, Reyna Sanchez, and another $120 on alterations. The prom is at the end of the month, and while she says the event is turning into the most costly of all the high school dances Reyna, a senior, has attended, she doesn't mind spending more.


Girls' sources of style and inspiration have evolved with greater access to information through fashion blogs and other websites that put an emphasis on individuality, Levy says. "There's a general sense of people wanting to be differentiated," she says. "Going to a national chain and getting the same dress that 18 other girls have is not a chance for me to differentiate myself or express my individuality, which is such an important part of my social experience today."

Splurging on an expensive dress or getting your hair and nails done isn't just about personal expression; it's about getting attention, Yarrow says.

"The bar is higher for what it takes to get attention, and therefore, (teens) really need to have something exclusive, original, unique to them in order to get attention to from other people," Yarrow says, and that often comes with a higher price tag.

The "peer pressure to one up each other over and over," as Alderman says, seems to be affecting less affluent families the most. Parents in one of the lowest income brackets from the Visa survey reported planning to spend the most on prom. Those who make between $20,000 and $29,999 a year will spend more than $2,600, twice the national average, while families in high income brackets plan to spend between $700 and $1,000.

"Appearance is everything, and for prom, appearance really matters," Levy says. "You'll probably see people spending a little beyond their means to make the right impression. It's like your Cinderella night, so you pull out all the stops."

alkemical
04-16-2012, 08:50 AM
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http://www.buzzfeed.com/briandavies/map-designed-to-be-offensive-to-every-person-on-th-5wx4

alkemical
04-16-2012, 08:55 AM
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alkemical
04-16-2012, 10:57 AM
http://www.disinfo.com/2012/04/how-the-u-s-uses-sexual-humiliation-as-a-political-tool-to-control-the-masses/

“Believe me, you don’t want the state having the power to strip your clothes off. And yet, it’s exactly what is happening…” Naomi Wolf writes in the Guardian:

In a five-four ruling this week, the supreme court decided that anyone can be strip-searched upon arrest for any offense, however minor, at any time. This horror show ruling joins two recent horror show laws: the NDAA, which lets anyone be arrested forever at any time, and HR 347, the “trespass bill”, which gives you a 10-year sentence for protesting anywhere near someone with secret service protection. These criminalizations of being human follow, of course, the mini-uprising of the Occupy movement.

Is American strip-searching benign? The man who had brought the initial suit, Albert Florence, described having been told to “turn around. Squat and cough. Spread your cheeks.” He said he felt humiliated: “It made me feel like less of a man.”

In surreal reasoning, justice Anthony Kennedy explained that this ruling is necessary because the 9/11 bomber could have been stopped for speeding. How would strip searching him have prevented the attack? Did justice Kennedy imagine that plans to blow up the twin towers had been concealed in a body cavity? In still more bizarre non-logic, his and the other justices’ decision rests on concerns about weapons and contraband in prison systems. But people under arrest — that is, who are not yet convicted — haven’t been introduced into a prison population.

Read More: Guardian

alkemical
04-16-2012, 11:01 AM
http://www.disinfo.com/2012/04/epa-collusion-in-monsanto-coverup/

Alexis Baden-Mayer writes on the Organic Consumers Association:

2,4-D and the dioxin pollution it creates are too dangerous to allow, period, but in the hands of bad actors like Monsanto and Dow Chemical the dangers increase exponentially. What’s the Environmental Protection Agency doing? Helping coverup the chemical companies’ crimes!

In February, Monsanto agreed to pay up to $93 million in a class-action lawsuit brought by the residents of Nitro, West Virginia, for dioxin exposure from accidents and pollution at an herbicide plant that operated in their town from 1929 to 2004.

That may seem like justice, but it is actually the result of Monsanto’s extraordinary efforts to hide the truth, evade criminal prosecution and avoid legal responsibility. A brief criminal fraud investigation conducted (and quickly aborted) by the EPA revealed that Monsanto used a disaster at their Nitro, WV, plant to manufacture “evidence” that dioxin exposure produced a skin condition called chloracne, but was not responsible for neurological health effects or cancers such as Non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

These conclusions were repeatedly utilized by EPA and the Veterans Administration to deny help to citizens exposed to dioxin, if these persons did not exhibit chloracne. The EPA knew the truth about Monsanto’s dioxin crimes, but it decided to hide it. Why?…

Read More: Organic Consumers Association

Read more here.

alkemical
04-16-2012, 01:57 PM
http://www.disinfo.com/2012/04/the-strange-cia-connection-with-penn-state-pedophile-jerry-sandusky/

The Strange CIA Connection with Penn State Pedophile Jerry Sandusky


Luke O’Brien writes on Deadspin:

We’ve written about Ray Gricar before. He’s the former Centre County district attorney who declined to prosecute Jerry Sandusky in 1998, despite a psychologist’s warning that Sandusky showed a “likely pedophile’s pattern” of behavior. On April 15, 2005, Gricar mysteriously disappeared from central Pennsylvania and, seemingly, from this earthly realm. Gone. No trail. Just an empty car with a cell phone inside.

Three months later, fishermen discovered Gricar’s government-issued laptop in the Susquehanna River. Police later found his hard drive on a riverbank, damaged so badly that no data could be recovered. They also learned about the Internet searches run on the DA’s home computer before his disappearance: “how to wreck a hard drive,” “how to fry a hard drive,” and “water damage to a notebook computer.”

Cases like this often don’t get solved. Rather, conspiracy theories pop up, some more wackadoodle than others. And when news about Sandusky’s alleged crimes broke last year, the tinfoil-hat crowd really rolled out the Reynolds Wrap. There was never any evidence to connect Gricar’s disappearance to his Sandusky investigation. But so what? We figured his disappearance was bizarre enough that it warranted a FOIA request with the FBI. The documents we got back deal with an “URGENT” 1986 background check the FBI did on Gricar, when he was appointed by the local U.S. attorney to try federal cases. The documents don’t reveal anything about the investigation into Gricar’s disappearance, likely because the investigation is ongoing, but they do contain material that will raise eyebrows under all those tinfoil hats.

Read More: Deadspin

alkemical
04-16-2012, 02:03 PM
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alkemical
04-18-2012, 08:07 AM
http://feeds.boingboing.net/~r/boingboing/iBag/~3/QTD5qKPNCYE/local-small-scale-energy-does.html

Local, small-scale energy doesn't mean "every man for himself"


Today, most of our electricity is made by facilities that can power millions of homes at a time, and which are located a long way away from the people who use that power. For instance, the Kansas is currently embroiled in a long-drawn-out controversy over whether or not to build a new coal power plant in the far southwest corner of the state. If it gets built, that power plant will be 200 miles, in any direction, from the nearest town with a population greater than 30,000 people. But the power plant could produce enough electricity for hundreds of thousands of homes—an earlier version of the design could have powered millions.

It works that way because, like most things, it's both cheaper and more resource efficient to produce electricity in bulk, rather than a little bit at a time here and there. That Kansas coal plant is meant to produce electricity for seven different Western states. Not just Kansas.

For a number of reasons—but particularly because of the high, NIMBY-influenced costs of building the transmission lines that bridge the gap between these big power plants and the people who use them—we now have some opportunities to produce electricity at a smaller scale and still have it make sense. But what exactly does "small" mean? Depending on who you talk to, you'll get a different answer. And that answer has big implications for electric reliability and how our grid infrastructure operates.

At the Atlantic.com, you can find an excerpt from Before the Lights Go Out, my new book, that discusses this difference, and the benefits and detriments of shared systems vs. energy independence.

When I talked to scientists and utility industry experts about decentralized generation, what they pictured was power production on the scale of Verdant Power's hydroelectric turbines beneath the East River or a gas-fired cogeneration plant that produced heat and electricity for a university campus. They thought of biofuels, and imagined a stationary central refinery, much smaller than the facilities that process oil into gasoline for the entire country but large enough to be industrialized. Electric capacities would be between 1 and 100 megawatts--enough to power hundreds or thousands of homes at a time. Economies of scale would still apply. The energy would still have to travel--whether by tanker truck or power line--to reach the people who wanted to use it.

Yet when I talk to my friends and family about decentralized generation, their minds immediately jump to something very different. To them, decentralized generation isn't only a somewhat smaller version of a system that already exists, like a scale model in a toy train set. Instead, they thought of decentralization as the creation of an entirely new, entirely separate system. They imagined a world where they didn't have to pay the electric company every month, because a one-time investment would allow them to make all of the electricity they needed with the help of the sun or the wind. No more rate hikes. No more ugly electric power lines threaded through their lives. That's what my friends and family were excited about. They wanted energy on site, something they could feel that they made by themselves. They loved the idea of the Madelia Model's traveling biofuel machine. Cogeneration plants bored them.

I think that this disconnect boils down to an issue of control. Scientists and utility experts have always been at the helm, guiding energy production. At least, they have been for as long as energy has been a scientific industry, for about a hundred years or so. When the rest of us turned energy production over to this small group, we got some benefits out of the deal.

Read the rest of the excerpt at The Atlantic.

Learn more about decentralized generation, and how the grid works, by reading my book Before the Lights Go Out.

alkemical
04-18-2012, 08:17 AM
http://feeds.boingboing.net/~r/boingboing/iBag/~3/-0EmQQo4il4/sopatrack-an-app-to-show-conn.html

SOPATrack: an app to show connections between campaign donations and voting records
from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow

Smita sez,

While there are many resources out there to help citizens learn more about how much money gov't officials are accepting from special interest groups, I wanted to call out SopaTrack as it is the first of its kind that enables people to easily and quickly look up how elected officials are voting on a particular issue, enabling voters to be more educated and aware as they hit the ballots. For this broader issue and problem, for the first time, there is an app for that :)

In a nutshell, SopaTrack highlights how elected officials are voting on specific issues -- with a focus on how often they vote for or against the money. With the recent fight against SOPA demonstrating how potent and motivated the digital community is in holding elected officials accountable, and with CISPA quickly creeping onto the national stage, SopaTrack demonstrates the next way of digital activism and grass-roots campaigning. Originally, SopaTrack was created to help provide facts around the then one-sided discussion around SOPA that was quickly turned around by alarmed citizens like Randy Meech.

The data for this comes from Maplight and Sunlight Labs.

Sopatrack - Check how Congress Votes with the Money

alkemical
04-18-2012, 08:39 AM
This Shocking Image Of A Suicide Bombing Won A Pulitzer Prize

http://www.buzzfeed.com/gavon/this-shocking-image-of-a-suicide-bombing-won-a-pul

Powerful but horrific. This searing photo was taken by Massoud Hossaini, who just won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography . WARNING: Graphic images.

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Tarana Akbari, 12, screams in fear moments after a suicide bomber detonated a bomb in a crowd at the Abul Fazel Shrine in Kabul on December 06, 2011. 'When I could stand up, I saw that everybody was around me on the ground, really bloody. I was really, really scared,' said the Tarana, whose name means 'melody' in English. Out of 17 women and children from her family who went to a riverside shrine in Kabul that day to mark the Shiite holy day of Ashura, seven died including her seven-year-old brother Shoaib. More than 70 people lost their lives in all, and at least nine other members of Tarana's family were wounded. The blasts has prompted fears that Afghanistan could see the sort of sectarian violence that has pitched Shiite against Sunni Muslims in Iraq and Pakistan. The attack was the deadliest strike on the capital in three years. President Hamid Karzai said this was the first time insurgents had struck on such an important religious day. The Taliban condemned the attack, which some official viewed as sectarian. On the same day, a second bomber attacked in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif. Karzai said on December 11 that a total of 80 people were killed in both attacks

(Getty Images / Massoud Hossaini)

alkemical
04-18-2012, 08:51 AM
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alkemical
04-18-2012, 09:00 AM
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alkemical
04-18-2012, 09:04 AM
http://www.geniscarreras.com/philosophy.html

alkemical
04-18-2012, 09:19 AM
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alkemical
04-20-2012, 07:31 AM
http://www.disinfo.com/2012/04/the-real-gsa-scandal-playing-politics-with-big-business/

The Real GSA Scandal: Playing Politics With Big Business
by ralph
GSA VP Jeffrey Neely enjoying himself at the taxpayers' expense.

GSA VP Jeffrey Neely enjoying himself at the taxpayers' expense.

Elliott Rosenfeld writes in the Washington Post:

As more details about wasteful spending and outright fraudulent practices at the General Services Administration are emerging, it becomes clearer every day that there is a far deeper, government-wide contracting problem plaguing the nation.

News of the scandal broke two weeks ago, when GSA Administrator Martha Johnson resigned following the agency inspector general’s report claiming that more than $800,000 of federal spending on a GSA employee conference held in Las Vegas in 2010 was “excessive, wasteful, and in some cases, impermissible.”

Of particular concern to small-business advocates, the IG’s report found that the GSA allegedly awarded “a $58,000 contract to a large business in violation of small-business set-asides.”

This problem of large companies receiving federal contracts that are reserved by law for small businesses is a decades-old scandal of corrupt federal spending and undue corporate influence over politics. Overall, waste, fraud and abuse in federal small-business contracting programs (across all federal agencies) results in tens of billions of taxpayer dollars a year being illegally diverted to large companies, often some of the largest companies in the world.

Read More: Washington Post

alkemical
04-20-2012, 07:33 AM
http://www.disinfo.com/2012/04/mutant-fish-from-the-bp-oil-spill/

Mutant Fish From The BP Oil Spill


Two years later, scientists say they have never seen anything like the creatures swimming in the Gulf of Mexico, Al Jazeera reports:

“I’ve never seen this,” he said, a statement Al Jazeera heard from every scientist, fisherman, and seafood processor we spoke with about the seafood deformities. Given that the Gulf of Mexico provides more than 40 per cent of all the seafood caught in the continental US, this phenomenon does not bode well for the region, or the country.

“The dispersants used in BP’s draconian experiment contain solvents, such as petroleum distillates and 2-butoxyethanol. Solvents dissolve oil, grease, and rubber,” Dr Riki Ott, a toxicologist, marine biologist and Exxon Valdez survivor told Al Jazeera. “It should be no surprise that solvents are also notoriously toxic to people, something the medical community has long known”.

The dispersants are known to be mutagenic, a disturbing fact that could be evidenced in the seafood deformities. Shrimp, for example, have a life-cycle short enough that two to three generations have existed since BP’s disaster began, giving the chemicals time to enter the genome.

Punisher
04-20-2012, 07:40 AM
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:~ohyah!:

alkemical
04-20-2012, 07:41 AM
hahaha

alkemical
04-20-2012, 07:43 AM
http://www.disinfo.com/2012/04/blackwater-gone-wild-in-iraq-the-warrior-class-videos/

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The April 2012 issue of Harper’s Magazine includes “The Warrior Class,” a feature by Charles Glass on the rise of private-security contractors since 9/11. The conclusion to the piece describes a series of videos shown to Glass by a source who had worked for the private-security company Blackwater (now Academi, formerly also Xe Services) in Iraq. Clips and photos from the videos are shown below, introduced by Glass’s descriptions:

The first [video], identified as “Baghdad, Iraq, May–­September 2005,” showed Blackwater convoys racing through town. Suddenly, the door of a Blackwater SUV opened and a rifle fired at passing traffic. “They opened the door,” my companion said. “You should never break the seal.”

http://harpers.org/archive/2012/04/hbc-90008515

alkemical
04-20-2012, 07:48 AM
http://www.disinfo.com/2012/04/words-with-friends-another-stupid-game-or-an-obsession/

Words With Friends: Another Stupid Game – Or An Obsession?


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The New York Times Magazine ran a fascinating cover story on April 4, 2012 written with wisdom, humor and insight by Sam Anderson.

Anderson’s basic premise is that the concept of gaming has changed. For decades, a special class of teen or young adult gamer would use specialized systems, to play complex multi-player, multi-level games that might last from a few hours to many days or even weeks. Now, however, anyone can play a quick game — what Anderson terms a “stupid game” — any time of the day or night right there on their smartphone that rests somewhere next to their body 24/7. And this, Anderson argues, has changed the world of gaming to

” . . . not just hard-core gamers, but their mothers, their mailmen and their college professors. Consumers who never would have put a quarter into an arcade or even set eyes on an Xbox 360 were now carrying a sophisticated game console with them, all the time, in their pockets or their purses.”

For decades I scrupulously avoided video games even when my four children delighted in playing them. I think that I once played Pong and perhaps Donkey Kong in a bar somewhere but that was under duress and the influence of a few beers. I have never played a video game that resides on a console although I have watched, fascinated, as young children seem to understand intuitively what actions to take to make the next level or win the game. Just last night I watched my friend’s 9-year-old son sit down at a game console in a restaurant as we were waiting to be seated and without even glancing at the instructions, he popped in two quarters and played.

I have, however, always enjoyed card games and board games, particularly those that required thought or cunning to win the game. I consider myself a pretty good Scrabble and Trivial Pursuit player and delighted in winning nearly every Monopoly game with my children (I used a unique strategy that I refuse to divulge as I plan to use it with my grandchildren!). My iPhones (I have owned four of them) have always come with a hefty game center in the App Store, which, as you might guess, I have avoided like the plague. Until someone pointed out Words With Friends!

Arghhhh! I shall mark that day on my calendar as the day that my life — and my brain — changed. And I am pretty sure that it changed for the worse.

As soon as I downloaded WWF I was hooked. Now I am playing a dozen games with multiple players (all of my opponents are personal friends, as I think it is a bit bizarre to play with people you don’t know, although it is a good way to meet new people). In his NYT article Sam Anderson relayed a similar situation with his wife:

“My wife, who had never been a serious gamer, got one and became addicted, almost immediately, to a form of off-brand digital Scrabble called Words With Friends. Before long she was playing 6 or 10 games at a time, against people all over the world. Sometimes I would lose her in the middle of a conversation: her phone would go brinnng or pwomp or dernalernadern-dern, and she would look away from me, midsentence, to see if her opponent had set her up for a triple word score.”

That is so true! Anderson’s wife sounds like me, and like everyone else that I play with. I am beginning to see patterns in my WWF friends (I call them that even though two are colleagues, one is my partner, one is a student in my lab and two are other people that I know very well). At first I said that I was going to “just play at night” after watching Rachel Maddow and Anderson Cooper but before The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. Pretty soon I found myself pausing the news and jumping in and making a few plays, and then returning to the news. Then, I think I said “to heck with it” and left the news on and played WWF with the news as background. Now, who cares about the news. Who cares about anything. WWF RULES!

I confess that I am now addicted. But is it truly an addiction or is there more to it? I don’t feel like an addict. I am not shirking my responsibilities at home (I still cook every night although one night I had to grab a cooked chicken because I got into a vicious back-and-forth WWF game with someone — and I WON!) nor is my work suffering. I still teach, still write, but something is happening and I think that I know what it is. What I am feeling, I believe, is a compulsion. Somewhat like Jack Nicholson in “As Good As It Gets,” I feel as though if I don’t do a certain behavior — i.e., play WWF — I will meet with some dire consequence. I am not washing my hands constantly or locking and unlocking my doors, nor am I avoiding cracks when I walk in the neighborhood. But I feel anxiety much as Jack did when I spot my smartphone. And the anxiety is “I wonder if so-and-so played a word and I better check and play one, too.”

As I sit and stare at my phone wondering about WWF, I am not feeling the discomfort that someone feels when he or she has a true psychological addiction. I am not even hoping that playing will bring me pleasure. What I am feeling is an intense NEED to play or rather to check in to see who has played. And when I do play I don’t feel that rush of dopamine, which feels like pleasure. What I feel is . . . nothing. But then my phone beckons to me and I slide to the last page of apps (I made myself put the WWF app on the last page to make it more difficult to get to. What a fool! It must take me all of a second to flick a few times and it literally pops out at me when I get to that page) and press my finger on the icon and, voila, my games appear!

So, what do I think is happening? I had some time to think about this the other day. I was at public radio studio, waiting to go on a noontime radio broadcast followed by a TV taping. Since I always arrive early I had lots of time and only my phone to keep me busy. I knew that I was going to talk about this on the air so I spent some time with my phone in front of me trying to analyze what might be going on in my brain. Wow! After just a few minutes of “thinking” I somehow found myself looking at a WWF screen of 12 ongoing games. How did I get there? Well, partially I think it was a habit and partially I think I was compelled to do so in a way that resided just below the surface of conscious activity. Sure sounds like a compulsion to me.

How do I plan to break this compulsion? I have started giving myself “WWF Time” where I grant myself the option to play for 15 minutes and no more and then put my phone away, out of sight, and do something else for 45 minutes. I set a timer (on my phone, of course) and when it rings I play and when it rings again I stop. Not sure if it will work as I have only been doing this for a week but I am finding that the 45 minutes is going by pretty quickly now compared to the crawling seconds and minutes that appeared to barely move the first few times I waited for my WWF Time.

Do you feel compelled by your technology? Do certain games or activities that you do on the phone beckon to you? This is one of the main points of my new book, iDisorder: Understanding Our Obsession with Technology and Overcoming Its Hold on Us, where I devote two chapters to obsessions and compulsions surrounding technology. Let me know what you think.

alkemical
04-20-2012, 10:27 AM
http://demonocracy.info/infographics/usa/derivatives/bank_exposure.html

Derivatives: The Unregulated Global Casino for Banks
SHORT STORY: Pick something of value, make bets on the future value of something", add contract & you have a derivative. Banks make massive profits on derivatives, and when the bubble bursts chances are the tax payer will end up with the bill. This visualizes the total coverage for derivatives (notional). Similar to insurance company's total coverage for all cars.

alkemical
04-20-2012, 10:39 AM
http://www.news24.com/MyNews24/Quantum-Physics-and-Consciousness-20120418

Quantum Physics and Consciousness

A few weeks ago popular science news outlets ran a story about scientists claiming to crack the “brain memory code” (e.g. here and here). The article about this story was published in PLoS Computational Biology on the 8th of March 2012. Scientists have known for quite a while that calcium signaling plays an important role in long-term potentiation, a fancy way for saying the generation of memories. This study suggests that the calcium-calmodulin dependent kinase II (CaMKII) plays a role and it does so by interacting with microtubules. What are microtubules and what do they have to do with memory you may ask?

alkemical
04-20-2012, 10:43 AM
http://www.realitysandwich.com/how_spiritual_person_act

How is a "Spiritual Person" Supposed to Act?

Finally, spiritual misconceptions can obstruct spiritual progress. First, yes, Virginia, there is such a thing as spiritual progress. Like anything else, as you practice, you get better at it -- and not just in terms of brute skills, but in terms of observable changes to the mind, and maybe even the brain. In my experience, that progress is a lot like making progress at the gym. If you do the work, it happens at its own pace. You can't rush it, but you needn't supervise it either. From what I understand, meditation increases the neural activity in the pre-frontal cortex, leading to more connections and more "strength" for that self-regulating part of the brain. That results from doing the work, not hoping for certain results.

As a result, you may be doing just fine, even if you don't (yet) feel different, and even if you haven't bought any Yanni CDs. "What's wrong?" you might ask, "I'm doing all this work, but I still get pissed off at my mom!" Well, sure, welcome to being human. Maybe, over time, you'll notice that your anger lasts for less time, that you're less immediately reactive, that you pick fewer fights (or take the bait less often). But that may be all you can hope for. Meanwhile, the practice is doing its work, if you just stay with it in some form or another.

For what I'll call karmic reasons, I'm sincerely appreciative of the many delights in the world, and as Lou Reed said, "for me to miss one, would seem to be groundless." I'm also mindful that spirituality that doesn't include some form of serious social/political engagement is, at least for me, empty. So I get involved in things that will necessarily invite some anger (politics) and lust (food and sex), even though these are problematic on several spiritual paths, including my own. This karma -- by which I mean the social constructions of my particular Western subculture, which seem as much a part of 'me' as anything -- may well be holding me back from further advancement. But it's the karma that there is. And each time I re-ask whether it wouldn't be better to give up the fleshpots for the cloister, I hear a clear, humanistic No in response.

Let's set ourselves free of this idolatry of the spiritual life. The spiritual path has far too many manifestations for us to be reductive about it, and far too many directions for us to subsume them all into one. Just setting these clichés aside may be a significant step toward freedom.

alkemical
04-20-2012, 10:54 AM
http://www.neatorama.com/2012/04/19/stealing-gas-from-a-police-car/

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Bad: Stealing gas
Worse: Stealing gas from a police car
Neatorama-worthy: Stealing gas from a police car, and posting a photo of the crime in progress on Facebook!

Michael Baker, 20, was swiping the gas last month from a Jenkins Police Department squad car, he made sure to flip the bird as his girlfriend snapped a picture.

While the siphoning photo has been removed from his Facebook page, Baker yesterday updated his 380 friends on his legal problems. “just got out of jail,” he wrote in one post, adding later that “yea lol i went too jail over facebook.” Responding to a friend who had not seen the image before it was yanked, Baker assured, “yea lol u would just have to seen it it was funny as hell tho.”

See the photo in its full uncropped glory over at The Smoking Gun: Link

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/facebook-police-gas-siphoning-764512

alkemical
04-20-2012, 10:59 AM
http://www.disinfo.com/2012/04/the-new-conservative-liberalism/

The New (Conservative) Liberalism


Charles Davis, on liberalism in America, and how it fails to provide systemic solutions to the problems faced in an increasingly conservative world. Via Al Jazeera:

Once upon a time — say, three years ago — your average Democrat appeared to care about issues of war and peace. When the man dropping the bombs spoke with an affected Texas twang, the moral and fiscal costs of empire were the subject of numerous protests and earnest panel discussions, the issue not just a banal matter of policy upon which reasonable people could disagree, but a matter of the nation’s very soul.

Then the guy in the White House changed.

Now, if the Democratic rank and file haven’t necessarily learned to love the bomb – though many certainly have — they have at least learned to stop worrying about it. Barack Obama may have dramatically expanded the war in Afghanistan, launched twice as many drone strikes in Pakistan as his predecessor and dropped women-and-children killing cluster bombs in Yemen, but peruse a liberal magazine or blog and you’re more likely to find a strongly worded denunciation of Rush Limbaugh than the president. War isn’t over, but one could be forgiven for thinking that it is.

Given the lamentable state of liberal affairs, Drift, a new book from MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, is refreshing. Most left-of-centre pundits long ago relegated the issue of killing poor foreigners in unjustifiable wars of aggression to the status of a niche concern, somewhere between Mitt Romney’s family dog and the search results for “Santorum” in terms of national importance. So in that sense, it’s nice to see a prominent progressive at least trying to grapple with the evils of militarism and rise of the US empire. It’s just a shame the book isn’t very good…

Read more here

alkemical
04-20-2012, 12:54 PM
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mosca
04-21-2012, 10:27 AM
http://www.disinfo.com/2012/04/the-new-conservative-liberalism/

The New (Conservative) Liberalism


Charles Davis, on liberalism in America, and how it fails to provide systemic solutions to the problems faced in an increasingly conservative world. Via Al Jazeera:

Once upon a time — say, three years ago — your average Democrat appeared to care about issues of war and peace. When the man dropping the bombs spoke with an affected Texas twang, the moral and fiscal costs of empire were the subject of numerous protests and earnest panel discussions, the issue not just a banal matter of policy upon which reasonable people could disagree, but a matter of the nation’s very soul.

Then the guy in the White House changed.

Now, if the Democratic rank and file haven’t necessarily learned to love the bomb – though many certainly have — they have at least learned to stop worrying about it. Barack Obama may have dramatically expanded the war in Afghanistan, launched twice as many drone strikes in Pakistan as his predecessor and dropped women-and-children killing cluster bombs in Yemen, but peruse a liberal magazine or blog and you’re more likely to find a strongly worded denunciation of Rush Limbaugh than the president. War isn’t over, but one could be forgiven for thinking that it is.

Given the lamentable state of liberal affairs, Drift, a new book from MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, is refreshing. Most left-of-centre pundits long ago relegated the issue of killing poor foreigners in unjustifiable wars of aggression to the status of a niche concern, somewhere between Mitt Romney’s family dog and the search results for “Santorum” in terms of national importance. So in that sense, it’s nice to see a prominent progressive at least trying to grapple with the evils of militarism and rise of the US empire. It’s just a shame the book isn’t very good…

Read more here
Chris Hedges wrote a book with a similar theme - "The Death of Liberal Class." The book started out well, but it got so depressing that I couldn't get more than 2/3 of the way through it. I still love some of his articles, but I can only take some of that stuff in small doses.

alkemical
04-21-2012, 11:44 AM
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alkemical
04-23-2012, 11:00 AM
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1161225--saskatoon-church-leaders-looking-for-trained-exorcist-after-man-possessed-by-the-devil

A perceived demonic possession in Saskatoon has caught the Catholic Church there off guard since it has no one trained to perform an exorcism.

The Saskatoon Archdiocese is investigating after a priest was called to a home in late March where a 41-year-old man had carved the word Hell on his chest and was talking in the third person, saying, “He belongs to me. Get out of here.”

Church officials told CBC the priest did his best to calm the man down, including blessing him, before the man was taken to Royal University Hospital for a voluntary assessment.

Bishop Don Bolen told CBC it was not clear if the Saskatoon man was possessed or experiencing a mental breakdown.

alkemical
04-23-2012, 11:07 AM
http://www.disinfo.com/2012/01/nationwide-shortage-of-ritalin-and-adderall/

Shortage of ritalin & adderall here

but here:

http://www.disinfo.com/2012/04/is-this-where-all-the-ritalin-went/

According to an op-ed entitled “Why Are We Drugging Our Soldiers?” in the New York Times by Richard A. Friedman, “the number of Ritalin and Adderall prescriptions written for active-duty service members increased by nearly 1,000 percent in five years.” Might this explain, in part at least, the shortages of Ritalin and Adderall that have plagued students nationwide?

Since the start of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, there has been a large and steady rise in the prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder among our troops. One recent study of 289,000 Americans who served in those countries found that the rates of the disorder jumped to 22 percent in 2008 from just 0.2 percent in 2002.

Given the duration of these wars and the length and frequency of deployments, when compared with other wars, perhaps such high rates of PTSD are not so surprising. Prolonged exposure to a perilous and uncertain combat environment might make trauma common.
Adderall 10mg
But there is another factor that might be playing a role in the increasing rates of the disorder, one that has escaped attention: the military’s use of stimulant medications, like Ritalin and Adderall, in our troops.

There has been a significant increase in the use of stimulant medication. Documents that I obtained in late 2010 through the Freedom of Information Act, and have recently analyzed, show that annual spending on stimulants jumped to $39 million in 2010 from $7.5 million in 2001 — more than a fivefold increase. Additional data provided by Tricare Management Activity, the arm of the Department of Defense that manages health care services for the military, reveals that the number of Ritalin and Adderall prescriptions written for active-duty service members increased by nearly 1,000 percent in five years, to 32,000 from 3,000.

Stimulants are widely used in the civilian population to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder because they increase focus and attention. Short of an unlikely epidemic of that disorder among our soldiers, the military almost certainly uses the stimulants to help fatigued and sleep-deprived troops stay alert and awake. (A spokesman for Tricare attributed the sharp rise to “the increased recognition and diagnosis of A.D.H.D. by medical providers.” However, while there is greater recognition of the disorder, the diagnoses are concentrated in children and adolescents.)…

[continues in the New York Times]

alkemical
04-23-2012, 11:39 AM
Solar poles to become quadrupolar in May
The Yomiuri Shimbun

Magnetic field polarity at the solar poles will reverse and become quadrupolar in May, meaning positive fields will emerge in the North and South poles and negative fields will emerge on the equator, according to the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan and other institutes.

When a similar phenomenon occurred about 300 years ago, the Earth’s average temperature fell slightly.

A research team led by Saku Tsuneta, a professor at the observatory, analyzed solar magnetic fields data using Hinode, an observational satellite, and confirmed that the polarity of the magnetic field at the North Pole began to reverse in July last year.

The researchers also found the magnetic field at the South Pole, which was expected to reverse along with the North Pole, maintained a positive polarity, ensuring the formation of a quadrupole magnetic field.

The cause behind the shifts in polar fields is not understood. However, it is known that the shifts coincide with the increase and decrease in the number of sunspots over an about 11-year cycle.

The current sunspot cycle has stretched for close to 13 years. A similar situation occurred in the 17th to 18th century, when the average temperature of the Northern Hemisphere decreased by 0.6 C. The research team believes the quadrupolar pattern also emerged at that time.



http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/features/science/T120420005829.htm



http://earthsky.org/tonight/high-tide-alert-closest-full-moon-of-2012-on-may-5

According to U.S. clocks, May 5, 2012 features the closest and largest full moon of this year. Calendars say May 6, by the way, for this same close full moon as seen from Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. We astronomers call this sort of close full moon a perigee full moon. The word perigee describes the moon’s closest point to Earth for a given month. But last year, when the closest and largest full moon occurred on March 19, 2011, many used a term we’d never heard: supermoon. We’ll probably hear that term again at this 2012 close full moon. What does it mean exactly? And how special is it?

alkemical
04-23-2012, 11:40 AM
http://www.neatorama.com/2012/04/21/black-holes-grow-by-eating-stars/

Black Holes Grow by Eating Stars

alkemical
04-23-2012, 01:41 PM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2132574/The-Loch-Ness-Monster-Sonar-picture-shows-serpent-like-creature-mysterious-loch.html#ixzz1shFdun7X

Is this the Loch Ness Monster? Sonar picture shows 'serpent-like creature' at bottom of mysterious loch

New sonar image described by monster hunters as totally unexplained
Experts have ruled out the ‘sighting’ being any other fish, seal or debris


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2132574/The-Loch-Ness-Monster-Sonar-picture-shows-serpent-like-creature-mysterious-loch.html#ixzz1stVJMoy7


http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/04/20/article-2132574-12AEF9CC000005DC-863_634x666.jpg

alkemical
04-24-2012, 08:11 AM
http://www.informationweek.com/news/services/outsourcing/232900773

U.S. Suspends Controversial Outsourcing Training Program
Funding stopped for USAID program that trained students in the Philippines to work in offshore, English language call centers serving U.S. companies.

alkemical
04-24-2012, 08:12 AM
http://www.macworld.co.uk/apple-business/news/?newsid=3352600&pagtype=allchandate

Apple and Google face salary fixing lawsuit
The companies are accused of making agreements not to poach each other's employees

alkemical
04-24-2012, 08:14 AM
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-04-21/italian-police-seize-1-5-billion-u-s-securities-from-man-s-car.html

Italian Police Seize $1.5 Billion U.S. Securities From Ma
By Chiara Remondini - Apr 21, 2012 6:06 AM ET

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Italy’s financial police seized U.S. government securities with a nominal value of $1.5 billion from an unidentified man in his 70s, they said in an e-mailed statement.

The police said they also took certificates of deposit for about 1,000 tons of gold, which together with the U.S. bonds are worth more than 3 billion euros ($4 billion). The assets were found in a briefcase in the man’s car in Viterbo near Rome because of their “doubtful origin,” according to the statement.

The man has previous convictions for robbery, extortion, drug trafficking and money laundering, according to the police statement.

The probe, dubbed “Million Dollar,” is being carried out in and around the capital in cooperation with officials from the U.S. Embassy. Police said they’re evaluating “the authenticity, the nature and the origin” of the securities, some of which may date from the 1930s.

To contact the reporter on this story: Chiara Remondini in Milan at cremondini@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Kenneth Wong at kwong11@bloomberg.net

alkemical
04-25-2012, 11:13 AM
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alkemical
04-27-2012, 09:24 AM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2134916/The-Icarus-spacecraft-Mystery-Nasa-sun-watching-satellite-captures-UFO-surfing-hellish-surface-sun.html

Did Nasa satellite capture giant UFO surfing the hellish surface of the sun?

Object sems to be alien 'craft' with jointed metal arms
Appeared in footage from Nasa's sun-watching SOHO satellite
UFO-watchers hail find as evidence of alien 'visitors'


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2134916/The-Icarus-spacecraft-Mystery-Nasa-sun-watching-satellite-captures-UFO-surfing-hellish-surface-sun.html#ixzz1tFr24hyk


http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/04/25/article-2134916-12C30CF3000005DC-404_634x356.jpg

OR - a camera glitch:

http://www.lifeslittlemysteries.com/2392-ufo-orbiting-sun.html

alkemical
04-30-2012, 10:26 AM
http://feeds.boingboing.net/~r/boingboing/iBag/~3/MHapRZdO0ZQ/sneak-attack-surprise-amendme.html

Sneak attack: surprise amendment makes CISPA worse, then it is voted and passed a day ahead of schedule. Congress just deleted the Fourth Amendment


In a sneak attack, the vote on CISPA (America's far-reaching, invasive Internet surveillance bill) was pushed up by a day. The bill was hastily amended, making it much worse, then passed on a rushed vote. Techdirt's Leigh Beadon does a very good job of explaining what just happened to America:

Previously, CISPA allowed the government to use information for "cybersecurity" or "national security" purposes. Those purposes have not been limited or removed. Instead, three more valid uses have been added: investigation and prosecution of cybersecurity crime, protection of individuals, and protection of children. Cybersecurity crime is defined as any crime involving network disruption or hacking, plus any violation of the CFAA.

Basically this means CISPA can no longer be called a cybersecurity bill at all. The government would be able to search information it collects under CISPA for the purposes of investigating American citizens with complete immunity from all privacy protections as long as they can claim someone committed a "cybersecurity crime". Basically it says the 4th Amendment does not apply online, at all. Moreover, the government could do whatever it wants with the data as long as it can claim that someone was in danger of bodily harm, or that children were somehow threatened—again, notwithstanding absolutely any other law that would normally limit the government's power.

Insanity: CISPA Just Got Way Worse, And Then Passed On Rushed Vote

alkemical
04-30-2012, 10:28 AM
http://www.pixiq.com/article/connecticut-senate-approves-bill

Cops Would Be Liable Arresting Citizens For Recording Under Approved Conn. Bill

The Connecticut state senate approved a bill Thursday that would allow citizens to sue police officers who arrest them for recording in public, apparently the first of its kind in the nation.

As it is now, cops act with reckless immunity knowing the worst that can happen is their municipalties (read: taxpayers) would be responsible for shelling out lawsuits.
Senate Bill 245, which was introduced by Democratic Senator Eric Coleman and approved by a co-partisan margin of 42-11, must now go before the House.

The bill, which would go into effect on October 1, 2012, states the following:

This bill makes peace officers potentially liable for damages for interfering with a person taking a photograph, digital still, or video image of either the officer or a colleague performing his or her job duties. Under the bill, officers cannot be found liable if they reasonably believed that the interference was necessary to (1) lawfully enforce a criminal law or municipal ordinance; (2) protect public safety; (3) preserve the integrity of a crime scene or criminal investigation; (4) safeguard the privacy of a crime victim or other person; or (5) enforce Judicial Branch rules and policies that limit taking photographs, videotaping, or otherwise recording images in branch facilities.

Officers found liable of this offense are entitled, under existing law, to indemnification (repayment) from their state or municipal employer if they were acting within their scope of authority and the conduct was not willful, wanton, or reckless.

Although the bill does include exemptions, opponents, including a police officer, wanted to tack on three more exemptions, according to The Day.

The first, offered by Sen. Kevin Witkos, a sergeant in the Canton Police Department, called for an additional liability exemption if a person intended to “inconvenience or alarm” an officer in the performance of duty.

Witkos said he supported the underlying principle of the bill but wanted to make sure there were safeguards against ill-intentioned videographers who seek to interfere with police.

“I do believe that the public has a right, if they’re not in the way of a police officer doing their job, of filming all they want,” he said.

But Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney, D-New Haven, said the Witkos amendment would create too large a loophole. “It really would render the bill without meaning,” he said.

Looney also noted that interfering with an officer is already a crime and would remain so.

The other failed amendments would have exempted Capitol building police from liability and would have shifted the burden of proof onto the person bringing a lawsuit.

According to the Hartford Courant, the bill was inspired by the 2009 incident in which a priest was arrested for video recording cops inside a store shaking down immigrants, which led to a Department of Justice investigation and the arrest of four officers.

alkemical
05-01-2012, 06:48 AM
http://idealab.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/04/scientists-stumped-by-suns-asymmetrically-reversing-magnetic-field.php

Scientists Stumped By Sun’s Asymmetrically Reversing Magnetic Field

The Sun’s magnetic field is reversing, South becoming North, as it does approximately every 11 years on a cycle, but this time, something even stranger is going on: The North is moving much faster than the South, and space scientists aren’t sure why.

“Right now, there’s an imbalance between the north and the south poles,” Jonathan Cirtain, NASA’s project scientist for a Japanese solar mission called Hinode, in a recent article on NASA’s website. “The north is already in transition, well ahead of the south pole, and we don’t understand why.”

Further, the asymmetrically reversing solar magnetic field could have an effect on Earth, resulting in increased solar flares and the accompanying bursts of radioactive particles called “coronal mass ejections,” or CMEs, that can hit Earth and cause brilliant Northern Lights displays and problematic geomagnetic solar storms, according to NASA scientists.

“This usually leads to a double peak in the sunspot number and CME rate as a function of time,” Nat Gopalswamy, a solar scientist NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., in an email to TPM.

Gopalswamy and his team studied the Sun’s shifting magnetic field from microwave signatures obtained by Japanese radio telescopes and reported their findings in a paper in the Astrophysical Journal on April 9.

Gopalswamy explained that while the Sun’s shifting magnetic poles were first discovered in 1955, the rate at which the North and South wasn’t found to be mismatched until the last few solar cycles.

To be clear, the magnetic field doesn’t just flip, but rather, the Sun essentially sheds its current magnetic field and regrows a new one every 11 years. Currently, the Northern portion of the Sun is further along on this process than its Southern counterpart.

Further, the Sun’s oddly shifting magnetic field affects the Solar System, though it isn’t yet known just how.

“Whether the north pole of the Sun has north or south polarity decides the entry point of galactic cosmic rays into the heliosphere,” Gopalswamy told TPM.

The heliosphere is an enormous magnetic bubble made up of the continual regular ejection of charged particles from the Sun. It stretches beyond Pluto.

alkemical
05-01-2012, 06:56 AM
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-04-transgenerational-effect-antibiotics.html

Study first to show transgenerational effect of antibiotics

In a paper published today in Nature's open access journal Scientific Reports, researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno report that male pseudoscorpions treated with the antibiotic tetracycline suffer significantly reduced sperm viability and pass this toxic effect on to their untreated sons. They suggest that a similar effect could occur in humans and other species.

alkemical
05-01-2012, 07:05 AM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2137152/Lonely-life-techno-addict-thousands-48-hours-speaking-human.html

Lonely life of the techno-addict as thousands go up to 48 hours without speaking to another human

Technology-addicts regularly go 48 hours without speaking to anyone in person, a study has found.

A significant three per cent of adults fall into a so-called ‘digitally dominant’ group which will mainly communicate via text, email or video calls.

It suggests technology – from smartphones to iPads – is helping to kill off physical and social interaction among those obsessed with the devices.

alkemical
05-01-2012, 07:07 AM
http://www.therecord.com/news/canada/article/714371--bear-necessities-produce-hybrid-beast

Bear necessities produce hybrid beast
The northward migration of grizzlies has led to more sightings of “grolar” bears in the Arctic

Hunters from the village of Ulukhaktok, N.W.T., knew there was something different about the polar bear they were stalking but couldn’t put their finger on it.

It was far more aggressive than anything they were used to. They even called off the dog for fear the large white mammal would kill it.

On closer inspection after it was shot and killed, it turned out not to be an ordinary polar bear but one that was a cross between a polar bear and a grizzly, unofficially known as a “grolar bear” and “pizzly.”

“The first hybrid we had ever seen around here a few years ago was pretty nasty. They (hunters) usually stalk the polar bear using a dog, but this bear was so aggressive they couldn’t use a dog on them. It was too dangerous,” Robert Kuptana, who lives in the western Arctic hamlet of about 400 people on Victoria Island, told the Toronto Star Friday.

Over the years, as grizzly bears wandered further north following the caribou herd, the hybrid variety became more common, said the 69-year-old Kuptana. He added that a hunter from the village, Pat Ekpakohak, and his two grandchildren killed three of them just 10 days ago.

“One is pure white, one is partly dark and the other is fairly dark brown and the top part is white,” said Kuptana, who took a picture of the skins.

Polar bear and grizzly habitats overlap in the western Canadian Arctic around the Beaufort Sea. Grizzlies are known to occasionally to go out on the ice in the spring to feed on seals killed by polar bears, according to the Canadian Wildlife Service.

A DNA test conducted by the Wildlife Genetics International in British Columbia on a bear shot and killed by an American hunter in 2006 confirmed it was a hybrid, making it the first documented case in the wild.

alkemical
05-01-2012, 07:08 AM
http://scienceworld-frontiers.blogspot.ca/2012/04/genetic-evidence-for-polar-bears-unique.html

Genetic evidence for polar bears unique evolutionary history

alkemical
05-01-2012, 07:10 AM
http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/march-2012/article/human-genes-provide-clues-to-rise-and-spread-of-agriculture-in-prehistoric-europe

Human genes provide clues to rise and spread of agriculture in prehistoric Europe.

alkemical
05-01-2012, 07:12 AM
http://phys.org/news/2012-04-yellowstone-super-eruption-super-frequent-thought.html

Yellowstone 'super-eruption' less super, more frequent than thought

April 30, 2012

The Yellowstone "super-volcano" is a little less super—but more active—than previously thought.

alkemical
05-01-2012, 08:05 AM
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/9195844/IMF-urges-authorities-to-consider-debt-forgiveness-to-restore-growth.html


IMF urges authorities to consider debt forgiveness to restore growth
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has urged governments to consider “bold” interventions to reduce household debt levels and stimulate growth.



http://truedemocracyparty.net/2012/04/iceland-forces-debt-forgiveness-total-us-media-blackout-when-debt-is-fraud-debt-forgiveness-is-the-last-and-only-remedy/


Finally serious economists are considering a position I have been maintaining and writing about since the 2008 financial meltdown. Whatever its name— erasure, repudiation, abolishment, cancellation, jubilee—debt forgiveness, will have to eventually emerge forefront in global efforts to solve an ongoing systemic financial crisis.

The US Rothschild Controlled Media (RCM) has completely BLACKED OUT/CENSORED any news about Iceland’s DEBT FORGIVENESS.

If you Google “ICELAND FORGIVES ENTIRE POPULATION OF MORTGAGE DEBT” you will get ‘About 359,000 Results’. Not one of them is a Media Outlet in the US. Not one single Major or Minor news outlet in America has mentioned a single word about this story.

alkemical
05-01-2012, 08:28 AM
http://naturalsociety.com/pesticide-exposure-found-to-lower-intelligence/#ixzz1tchN00vZ

Pesticide Exposure Found to Lower Intelligence

alkemical
05-01-2012, 08:32 AM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2136547/Power-really-does-corrupt-scientists-claim-addictive-cocaine.html

Power really does corrupt as scientists claim it's as addictive as cocaine

alkemical
05-01-2012, 08:37 AM
I called this when Jared Laughner shot up AZ

http://endthelie.com/2012/04/29/u-s-officials-continue-to-shift-focus-from-al-qaeda-to-home-grown-extremists/#axzz1svZLhUSh

alkemical
05-01-2012, 08:49 AM
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/9195844/IMF-urges-authorities-to-consider-debt-forgiveness-to-restore-growth.html


IMF urges authorities to consider debt forgiveness to restore growth
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has urged governments to consider “bold” interventions to reduce household debt levels and stimulate growth.



http://truedemocracyparty.net/2012/04/iceland-forces-debt-forgiveness-total-us-media-blackout-when-debt-is-fraud-debt-forgiveness-is-the-last-and-only-remedy/


Finally serious economists are considering a position I have been maintaining and writing about since the 2008 financial meltdown. Whatever its name— erasure, repudiation, abolishment, cancellation, jubilee—debt forgiveness, will have to eventually emerge forefront in global efforts to solve an ongoing systemic financial crisis.

The US Rothschild Controlled Media (RCM) has completely BLACKED OUT/CENSORED any news about Iceland’s DEBT FORGIVENESS.

If you Google “ICELAND FORGIVES ENTIRE POPULATION OF MORTGAGE DEBT” you will get ‘About 359,000 Results’. Not one of them is a Media Outlet in the US. Not one single Major or Minor news outlet in America has mentioned a single word about this story.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-20/icelandic-anger-brings-record-debt-relief-in-best-crisis-recovery-story.html
People Vs Markets
Iceland’s approach to dealing with the meltdown has put the needs of its population ahead of the markets at every turn.
Once it became clear back in October 2008 that the island’s banks were beyond saving, the government stepped in, ring-fenced the domestic accounts, and left international creditors in the lurch. The central bank imposed capital controls to halt the ensuing sell-off of the krona and new state-controlled banks were created from the remnants of the lenders that failed.
Activists say the banks should go even further in their debt relief. Andrea J. Olafsdottir, chairman of the Icelandic Homes Coalition, said she doubts the numbers provided by the banks are reliable.
“There are indications that some of the financial institutions in question haven’t lost a penny with the measures that they’ve undertaken,” she said.




Ody has made a major point that Americans need to care more about Americans...maybe we should really look to see what's going on.

Kaylore
05-01-2012, 08:51 AM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2136547/Power-really-does-corrupt-scientists-claim-addictive-cocaine.html

Power really does corrupt as scientists claim it's as addictive as cocaine

This is why I'm Republican.

alkemical
05-01-2012, 08:51 AM
http://www.disinfo.com/2012/04/bank-of-america-now-suing-itself-in-foreclosure-cases/



Bank Of America Now Suing Itself In Foreclosure Cases

Posted by JacobSloan on April 30, 2012

4501651351_6540d48316_nIn the latest phase of the foreclosure crisis, our nation’s biggest banks have reached a Zen-like state in which they resemble snakes eating their own tails, reports Forbes:

Here’s a sign of just how big and messy the foreclosure problem is: Bank of America has sued itself at least nine times in April.

That’s what lawyer and fraud expert Lynn Szymoniak discovered recently during a search for foreclosure filings in Palm Beach county Florida.”There are likely at least 100 examples of the same thing happening across the state,” Szymoniak says. “The company is literally seeking damages from itself in order to foreclose on the condo owner.”

“We are servicing the first mortgage on behalf of an investor and we own the second mortgage,” said Bank of America spokeswoman Jumana Bauwens [in regards to one case].

alkemical
05-01-2012, 08:53 AM
This is why I'm Republican.

Uhm, ok. Republicans use coke too.

alkemical
05-01-2012, 08:59 AM
http://www.disinfo.com/2012/04/did-a-secret-music-industry-meeting-invent-gangsta-rap-music/

Did A Secret Music Industry Meeting Invent “Gangsta Rap” Music?

If you believe that the CIA pushed crack cocaine into poor black neighborhoods in the inner cities, then you might wanna take a look at this. Ivan posts on Hip Hop Is Read:

This anonymous letter landed in my inbox about a minute ago:

Hello,

After more than 20 years, I’ve finally decided to tell the world what I witnessed in 1991, which I believe was one of the biggest turning point in popular music, and ultimately American society. I have struggled for a long time weighing the pros and cons of making this story public as I was reluctant to implicate the individuals who were present that day. So I’ve simply decided to leave out names and all the details that may risk my personal well being and that of those who were, like me, dragged into something they weren’t ready for.

Between the late 80’s and early 90’s, I was what you may call a “decision maker” with one of the more established company in the music industry. I came from Europe in the early 80’s and quickly established myself in the business. The industry was different back then. Since technology and media weren’t accessible to people like they are today, the industry had more control over the public and had the means to influence them anyway it wanted. This may explain why in early 1991, I was invited to attend a closed door meeting with a small group of music business insiders to discuss rap music’s new direction. Little did I know that we would be asked to participate in one of the most unethical and destructive business practice I’ve ever seen.

The meeting was held at a private residence on the outskirts of Los Angeles. I remember about 25 to 30 people being there, most of them familiar faces. Speaking to those I knew, we joked about the theme of the meeting as many of us did not care for rap music and failed to see the purpose of being invited to a private gathering to discuss its future…

Read More: Hip Hop Is Read

Kaylore
05-01-2012, 09:03 AM
Uhm, ok. Republicans use coke too.

Hilarious! Exactly! That's my point. I think Republicans and Democrats both have good intentions, but then they get their power, start thinking of all sorts "great ways to help people" and spend a bunch of money on utter bull crap.

alkemical
05-01-2012, 09:04 AM
Hilarious! Exactly! That's my point. I think Republicans and Democrats both have good intentions, but then they get their power, start thinking of all sorts "great ways to help people" and spend a bunch of money on utter bull crap.


Trust me man, i'm with you on this..... i'm reading the gangsta rap story now - crazy...

alkemical
05-01-2012, 09:10 AM
http://www.disinfo.com/2012/04/why-the-rest-of-the-world-should-tell-the-u-s-to-fck-off/

Why The Rest of the World Should Tell the U.S. to F*cK Off

alkemical
05-01-2012, 09:13 AM
http://www.disinfo.com/2012/04/you-can-be-a-patriot-or-a-profiteer-but-you-cant-be-both/

You Can Be A Patriot or a Profiteer…But You Can’t Be Both

This week, the three military contractors that do the most business with the Pentagon announced their quarterly profits for 2012.

Their profits continue to grow while they push Washington, D.C. to protect their budgets at the expense of the rest of us.

Here’s the breakdown so far for this year:

Lockheed Martin: $668 million
Northrop Grumman: $506 million
Boeing: $923 million

alkemical
05-01-2012, 09:15 AM
http://www.disinfo.com/2012/04/im-back-first-case-of-mad-cow-in-the-u-s-in-six-years/

I’m Back: First Case of Mad Cow in the U.S. in Six Years

Posted by bluemana on April 26, 2012

BullReports Elizabeth Campbell in the Washington Post:

The first time mad cow disease appeared in the U.S., beef exports plunged 82 percent. More than six years later, the discovery of an infected dairy cow in California may do little to prevent shipments from surging to a record for a second straight year.

U.S. beef sales to buyers including Mexico, China and Japan will jump 6 percent to 1.34 million metric tons in 2012, exceeding last year’s record, which the government valued at $4.7 billion, said Global AgriTrends, a Denver-based researcher that advises meat companies, investment banks and hedge funds. The company affirmed its forecast after the U.S. reported its fourth case of mad cow since 2003 and first since 2006.

Detection of the tainted carcass before it entered the human food chain should bolster confidence that U.S. meat is safe, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization said yesterday, as cattle prices rebounded in Chicago. Canada, Mexico, Japan and South Korea, the four biggest buyers of U.S. beef, said they won’t halt purchases, bolstering prospects for agricultural exports that are a foundation of President Barack Obama’s goal of doubling U.S. sales overseas by 2015.

alkemical
05-01-2012, 01:05 PM
http://www.disinfo.com/2012/05/what-is-money-how-is-it-created-and-what-are-the-consequences/

What Is Money, How Is It Created, And What Are The Consequences?

alkemical
05-01-2012, 01:34 PM
http://www.disinfo.com/2012/05/cognitive-infiltration-of-conspiracy-groups-white-house-official-cass-sunstein-confronted-video/

“Cognitive Infiltration” of Conspiracy Groups: White House Official Cass Sunstein Confronted (Video)

Posted by Camron Wiltshire on May 1, 2012

Via We Are Change:

“I may agree with some of the things I’ve written, but I’m not exactly sure. I’m just going to do what my boss wants me to do.” —Cass Sunstein

In a rare public appearance, Obama administration official Cass Sunstein gave a lecture at NYU Law School, prompting Luke Rudkowski of We Are Change to attend. Watch as Luke confronts Sunstein multiple times on an academic paper he co-authored back in 2008 entitled “Conspiracy Theories” in which he called for cognitive infiltration of conspiracy groups by the government.

alkemical
05-01-2012, 01:35 PM
http://www.disinfo.com/2012/04/too-much-magic-with-james-howard-kunstler-the-disinfocast-with-matt-staggs-episode-07/

Social critic and peak oil provocateur James Howard Kunstler is on The DisinfoCast to discuss his upcoming book Too Much Magic: Technology, Wishful Thinking and the Fate of the Nation. Kunstler believes that the end of cheap, readily available oil is very near, and with it the collapse of the industrial society as we know it. According to Kunstler, alternative energy sources and other technological solutions are just wishful thinking, and the future that awaits us may very well resemble our past.

alkemical
05-01-2012, 01:40 PM
Merry Beltane as we progress to the upcoming super moon.

alkemical
05-01-2012, 01:47 PM
http://www.technolog.msnbc.msn.com/technology/technolog/boy-11-urinates-36k-worth-apple-macbooks-744098

Boy, 11, urinates on $36K worth of Apple MacBooks

alkemical
05-02-2012, 07:07 AM
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alkemical
05-02-2012, 07:13 AM
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alkemical
05-03-2012, 12:09 PM
http://blogs.ft.com/beyond-brics/2012/03/01/brazil-currency-wars-the-sequel/#axzz1nurerlYq

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On Thursday, Brazil’s government extended the 6 per cent IOF transactions tax to foreign borrowing of up to three years. Previously, the tax had only applied to loans with maturities of less than two years.

And the result? Well, the real actually strengthened about 0.3 per cent to 1.71 per dollar on Thursday. (The average maturity of bond placements abroad is currently around ten years anyway).

Brazil’s central bank also brought a sense of déjà vu to the market on Wednesday when it intervened twice to quell the real’s appreciation.

First, the central bank used a reverse currency swap, then it bought dollars on the spot market, managing to weaken the real back beyond the R$1.70 mark to the dollar after it strengthened to R$1.68 earlier in the day.

So is this just a re-run of the currency war that Mantega first declared late in 2010 and which petered out towards the end of last year?

The background is certainly similar. Whereas previously, quantitative easing by the US Federal Reserve was blamed for the real’s strength, this time it was the European Central Bank’s injection of €530bn into the eurozone banking system.

But investors should be wary of dismissing Mantega’s warmongering rhetoric so quickly.

For a start, the president has got involved this time round. In a rare statement on the issue from the Presidential Palace, Dilma Rousseff also vowed on Thursday to defend Brazilian industry, “making sure that the methods that developed countries are using to get out of the crisis don’t lead to the cannibalisation of emerging markets”.

Furthermore, Mantega also knows he has most of the emerging world on his side this time after countries from Peru to South Korea followed his lead throughout 2010 and 2011 by introducing their own capital controls.

He even believes the IMF is a big fan of his currency crusade. This from Mantega on Thursday: “These (currency intervention) practices were always just in reserve but today they are even recommended by the IMF. The IMF didn’t think this way and then they started to think this way, mainly after Brazil introduced intervention measures which have been successful.”

Brazil may well be fighting the same battle that it was in 2010, but don’t expect it to pull any punches this time round.

alkemical
05-03-2012, 12:23 PM
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/fbi-informant-shaquille-azir-756123

Unmasked: Meet The FBI's Bridge Bomb Plot Snitch
Shaquille Azir, 39, was indicted twice during federal cooperation

alkemical
05-03-2012, 12:27 PM
http://www.businessinsider.com/bi-mercenary-armies-2012-2?op=1

A Look At The World's Most Powerful Mercenary Armies

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/bi-mercenary-armies-2012-2?op=1#ixzz1tpgNjlzj

alkemical
05-03-2012, 12:29 PM
http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/01/05/the-afl-cio-and-the-colombia/

Many of us have wondered the very same thing about “the so-called international labor unions” in the U.S. and whether they would take a real, sincere interest in the workers of Latin America. For some time, it has appeared that, for whatever its faults in other countries such as Venezuela, the AFL-CIO has taken a bona fide interest in the workers of Colombia. Specifically, it has seemed that the AFL-CIO has taken a good line in opposing the unprecedented anti-union violence in that country – “the most dangerous country in the world to be a trade unionist” as the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has opined each year for the past many years. The diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks, however, show a more equivocal role.

alkemical
05-03-2012, 12:32 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/06/international/middleeast/06SAUD.html?e

3 Partners Quit Firm Handling Saudis' P.R.

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 — Saudi Arabia's latest public relations problem may be with its public relations firm.

Three of the founding partners in the Washington firm, Qorvis Communications, have announced that they are leaving, and associates say their departure reflects a deep discomfort in representing the government of Saudi Arabia against accusations that Saudi leaders have turned a blind eye to terrorism.

The firm, hired by the Saudi government in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, has been paid about $200,000 a month to help the Saudis bolster their battered image with the American public.


But friends and associates, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the departures had been prompted largely by growing evidence of ties between prominent Saudis and the financing of the terrorism network Al Qaeda, and by a concern that the firm and its reputation were being overwhelmed by its work for Riyadh.

The announcement of their departures came only a day after the Saudi government held a rare news conference in Washington to insist that Saudi leaders had worked closely with the Bush administration in combating terrorism. The Saudis also released a report detailing their initiatives against Al Qaeda, including the freezing of dozens of bank accounts and a new auditing procedure for Muslim charities.

alkemical
05-04-2012, 02:01 PM
http://www.infowars.com/leaked-u-s-army-document-outlines-plan-for-re-education-camps-in-america/

Leaked U.S. Army Document Outlines Plan For Re-Education Camps In America
A leaked U.S. Army document prepared for the Department of Defense contains shocking plans for "political activists" to be pacified by "PSYOP officers" into developing an "appreciation of U.S. policies" while detained in prison camps inside the United States. The document, entitled FM 3-39.40 Internment and Resettlement Operations (PDF) was originally released on a restricted basis to the DoD in ...

alkemical
05-04-2012, 02:04 PM
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2012/03/the_anti_protest_bill_signed_by_barack_obama_is_a_ quiet_attack_on_free_speech_.html

You Can’t Occupy This
The government says the anti-protest bill was just a small tweak of the existing law. Don’t believe it.


H.R. 347, benignly titled the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act, passed the House 399-3. Such a lopsided vote suggests that nobody in Congress is bothered by this, on either side of the aisle. When President Obama signed it on March 8, almost nobody seems to have cared.

But it’s important to understand what has changed since the original law was enacted in 1971, because it shows how much a tiny tweak to the intent requirement in a statute can impact the free speech of everyone.

For one thing, the law makes it easier for the government to criminalize protest. Period. It is a federal offense, punishable by up to 10 years in prison to protest anywhere the Secret Service might be guarding someone. For another, it’s almost impossible to predict what constitutes “disorderly or disruptive conduct” or what sorts of conduct authorities deem to “impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions.”

The types of events and individuals warranting Secret Service protection have grown exponentially since the law was enacted in 1971. Today, any occasion that is officially defined as a National Special Security Event calls for Secret Service protection. NSSE’s can include basketball championships, concerts, and the Winter Olympics, which have nothing whatsoever to do with government business, official functions, or improving public grounds. Every Super Bowl since 9/11 has been declared an NSSE.

And that brings us to the real problem with the change to the old protest law. Instead of turning on a designated place, the protest ban turns on what persons and spaces are deemed to warrant Secret Service protection. It’s a perfect circle: The people who believe they are important enough to warrant protest can now shield themselves from protestors. No wonder the Occupy supporters are worried. In the spirit of “free speech zones,” this law creates another space in which protesters are free to be nowhere near the people they are protesting.



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alkemical
05-04-2012, 02:07 PM
http://www.infowars.com/dhs-to-release-bacteria-in-boston-subway-system/

“Federal officials say they test the subway sensors by releasing dead bacteria called B-subtilis. They say it is used in food supplements, has been rigorously tested and has no adverse health effects for low exposure in healthy people,” reports CBS News.

alkemical
05-08-2012, 06:48 AM
http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2012/05/the-riddle-of-the-missouri-mystery-mound/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-riddle-of-the-missouri-mystery-mound

I first heard of the Missouri Mystery Mound at least ten to fifteen years ago on a now-defunct website. The website claimed the Mound was the Hall of Records, although it didn’t specifically say whose hall of records. The Atlanteans? The great mound building cultures of North America? Egyptian? Mayan? Or some race of peoples lost to time? I’m from Missouri, and if an ancient civilization’s hall of records sat under the soil of my state, I needed to know. Trouble is, I couldn’t find the man who said he had discovered it.

Until now.


The ascended the hill and found caves – caves with ancient carvings, one Teague calls The Wall. He was certain he found the location of the Hall of Records. “The main thing was the Wall with the giant skull carved into it,” Teague said. “It has all the esoteric carving in it. An ancient god, (the planet) Saturn. There was an entrance there too, but we didn’t open it, or we’d be dead. Whoever’s watching it was there.”

As the group walked back to their vehicle, two truckloads of men cut them off from the front, and rear. “Everybody was carrying all kinds of guns,” Teague said. “They stopped and looked at us and wanted to know what we were doing. We said we had a Cherokee.” The men allowed Teague’s group to leave, but he got an impression as to who they were. “It’s meth labs and drugs. What else could it be? I don’t think they’re smart enough to know what’s going on back there.”

They didn’t scare off Teague. Much later, after attending a UFO convention in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, he detoured into the Mark Twain National Forest to take a friend to the Mound. “I took him there and showed him around,” he said. “He wouldn’t go now.”

As Teague showed his friend some of the anomalous stone works of the Mound, two men appeared from nowhere and invited them to follow them to explore a nearby cave. Teague agreed, but when the men left, Teague and his friend walked to their vehicle and drove away. He knew if he went to that cave, they would have killed him. “The thing about the Wall. I thought something was important about it. Whatever the Wall is they protect it for some reason. I think that’s where the entrance is.”

Teague says carved depictions of an ape, an elephant, and lion show an African influence at the site, but a carving of a humanoid reptilian points to something from other stars. “It’s a reptilian god. It’s the god they worship,” he said. “You’ve got lions, apes, dragons, aliens, you can’t make heads or tails of this place.”

But the reptilian isn’t the only extraterrestrial carving Teague found. He claims an aerial photograph of the Mound shows a gray alien pointing to a star is carved into the landscape. “That was a cave entrance,” he said. “If you go into that cave you’ll find out the secret of the star where (he) came from. The Corps of Engineers built a new road and the cave is no longer there. I think the other entrance is at the Shaft.”

The Shaft is a vertical stone well shrouded by trees. Once Teague went down into the Shaft fifteen feet, but it was blocked with debris. Unfortunately, the Shaft is no longer accessible. “The next time we went up, they’d built a block over it. Somebody knew we were back there.”

alkemical
05-08-2012, 07:07 AM
http://www.brainsturbator.com/articles/networks_bacteria_and_the_illusion_of_control/

An awesome article:

Networks, Bacteria & the illusion of control -

This deals with multi cellular organisms...great reading for curious primates

alkemical
05-08-2012, 08:05 AM
http://www.dangerousminds.net/comments/is_there_a_really_obvious_media_conspiracy_to_sile nce_ron_paul

Is there a (really obvious) media conspiracy to silence Ron Paul?



It’s been fascinating for me to watch the near complete media blackout that Congressman Ron Paul’s campaign’s been getting of late. He’s gotten short shrift this entire primary season, of course, but in recent weeks, it’s becoming more and more egregiously obvious just how far out of their way the media is going to ignore him. You’d be forgiven if you thought that, like Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, Ron Paul had already dropped out of the race. He hasn’t, but even before the other two actually did drop out, in a telling move, CNN had already bumped Congressman Paul from its Election Tracker.

Did you hear that he won both the Maine and Nevada GOP conventions this past weekend? No? Not to worry, no one else did either. Unless you checked reddit politics, or are a Paulbot yourself, it’s unlikely that you heard much of anything about it. CNN didn’t even mention it—not a peep!—until this morning.

All of this reminds me of what happened in 1991 when I was working on Jerry Brown’s presidential campaign in New York. Brown was running an insurrectionary populist campaign to secure the Democratic nomination and had improbably come from behind to kick Bill Clinton’s ass in the previous primary, held in Connecticut. The Brown campaign went from a few people—like ten—to a few hundred to a few thousand people in Manhattan within the space of a single week.

There was the feel of a “movement” happening for Brown’s candidacy in New York, but if you went to the Clinton headquarters, you were greeted by two nicely dressed yuppies, a male and a female who smiled, handed you some campaign literature and hit you up for a donation. Brown’s headquarters, by comparison was BUZZING with activity with hundreds of people coming in and out all day long grabbing stacks of flyers and then coming back when they had exhausted them. People from all walks of life. I recall painter Brice Marden working the phone bank with me and several members of the hospital worker’s union.

Nevertheless, as is happening with Ron Paul today, Jerry Brown was written off as a “fringe” candidate and largely ignored by the local media. It was frankly astonishing what I was seeing printed in the five major daily papers for sale in New York City at that (pre-Internet) time. Rallies where I’d see Broadway and 72nd Street CLOSED from overflow crowds of 10,000 people easily, got reported as a “small crowd” or as a fraction of how many people I’d seen with my own eyes. In the pages of the NY Post, NY Daily News, Newsday, The NY Times and the WSJ 10,000 people at the corner of 72nd and Broadway wouldn’t even merit a mention. Let alone a TV news crew (who were never around) being assigned to cover it. When they would write about Brown, the reports would always contradict not only each other, but what I’d witnessed myself.

Brown was a non-presence at the Democratic convention that nominated Bill Clinton, but don’t expect Ron Paul to go away so quietly. My friend Dr. Timothy Stanley, an Oxford University historian and author of the new book The Crusader: The Life and Tumultuous Times of Pat Buchanan wrote in a CNN opinion piece last week that:

Paul’s campaign represents a message that is bigger and perhaps more popular than the candidate himself. As it continues to collect small numbers of delegates and capture control of local GOPs, Paulism is proving itself to be in rude health. Long after Mitt Romney is nominated, feted at the convention, beaten by Obama and recycled as a question on Jeopardy (“In 2012, he lost every state but Utah.” “Who is ... Britt Gormley?”), Paul’s philosophy will still be a factor in national politics—something to be feared and courted in equal measure.

Team Paul has certainly made some big errors this year, such as exclusively focusing on Iowa and New Hampshire. Although he did well in both, only a first in either would have really justified the expense. Thereafter, the campaign unwisely ignored South Carolina and Florida, reasoning that their expensive media markets weren’t worth the effort. As a consequence, Paul was ignored for weeks until Nevada. I am informed by Paul sources that their campaign was counting on Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum to drop out after they realized they couldn’t win, which would have allowed Ron Paul to emerge as the only conservative challenger to Romney.

All weekend, the right-wing “news” machine harped over and over about how Obama failed to fill an auditorium in Ohio as he kicked off his campaign, but reports say that the President saw 14,000 people turn out in a 17,000 seat auditorium. Apparently Ron Paul has been getting well over 10,000 people showing up at his rallies all year long. Hell, Ron Paul drew 7000 people out to hear him speak in the liberal stronghold of Los Angeles and I live here and I heard nothing about this. And for a little perspective, Romney’s barely been able to draw 1000 people during his campaign stops (usually more like 100 people). Look at where the heat is. It’s not on Romney on a grassroots level. It’s just NOT. The momentum is still with Ron Paul, in many respects.

There’s virtually zero chance, of course, that Ron Paul will grab that golden ring that Mitt Romney has sought for so long, but expect his delegates to be rowdy and disruptive when the cameras are on them at this summer’s GOP convention. On Sunday, Ron Paul told thousands of supporters in his home state of Texas that they “have infiltrated the Republican Party” in the name of liberty. His supporters have a right to be angry, they’ve seen the GOP establishment try to thwart their man at every turn—just last week the RNC’s chief legal counsel, Michael McDonald, said if Ron Paul delegates in Nevada are allowed to take too many slots for the national convention, that the state’s entire contingent may not be seated at the Tampa national Republican convention. From The Hill:

The RNC is concerned that the Paul campaign will game the state-level convention this weekend that selects delegates to the national convention. While Mitt Romney should be awarded 20 of the state’s 28 delegates, based on his dominating win in the state’s primary, it’s possible that Paul supporters could exploit their strength in the Nevada GOP to get named to some of those delegate slots.

The national party is apparently concerned those delegates would then ignore party rules that would bind them to vote for Romney on the first round of balloting.

“If a prospective delegate’s name is certified to the RNC but has not been approved by an authorized representative of the candidate he or she professes to support, grounds for a contest may exist,” Phillippe wrote. “In any case, to the extent a prospective delegate is purportedly elected in excess of the number of slots allocated to his or her preferred candidate, such delegate will be bound to vote at the national convention for the candidate to whom that delegate was allocated.”

The national Republican organization is increasingly anxious over the ability of the Paul campaign to take over state-level organizations, especially in states like Iowa and Nevada that have outsized importance on the nominating process. National Republicans worry that if grassroots party loyalists aren’t supporting the presumptive nominee, the party could struggle against President Obama’s fundraising and organizational efforts. But Paul supporters say they should be credited for their ability to organize and win all-important delegates.

The congressman himself said Monday that his campaign was “doing very, very well” by exploiting some of the party’s more obscure delegate selection rules.

True, Paul’s strategy does seem to be to exploit certain idiosyncrasies in the nominating process for his own purposes, but nevertheless, rules are rules. It will be interesting to see what kind of infighting and dust-ups might occur in Tampa this year and why not? Romney’s going to lose anyway.

See several scenes of Ron Paul speaking in front of vast crowds between February and April, 2012 at Hang the Bankers.

Below, a local Nevada news report discusses some of the shenanigans of this weekend’s conclave:

alkemical
05-11-2012, 10:48 AM
http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2012/05/the-riddle-of-the-missouri-mystery-mound/

The Riddle of the Missouri Mystery Mound


I first heard of the Missouri Mystery Mound at least ten to fifteen years ago on a now-defunct website. The website claimed the Mound was the Hall of Records, although it didn’t specifically say whose hall of records. The Atlanteans? The great mound building cultures of North America? Egyptian? Mayan? Or some race of peoples lost to time? I’m from Missouri, and if an ancient civilization’s hall of records sat under the soil of my state, I needed to know. Trouble is, I couldn’t find the man who said he had discovered it.

Until now.

snowspot66
05-14-2012, 04:47 PM
Felt a little sick after watching this.

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alkemical
05-16-2012, 07:25 AM
http://www.universetoday.com/95183/is-earth-alive-scientists-seek-sulfur-for-an-answer/

Is Earth Alive? Scientists Seek Sulfur For An Answer


One facet of the Gaia theory is that sulfur compounds would be created by microscopic marine organisms — such as phytoplankton and algae — and these compounds could be transmitted into the air, and eventually (in some form) to the land, thus helping to support a sulfur cycle.

Sulfur is a key element in both organic and inorganic compounds. The tenth most abundant element in the Universe, sulfur is crucial to climate regulation — as well as life as we know it.

In particular, two sulfur compounds – dimethylsulfoniopropionate and its atmospherically-oxidized version, dimethylsulfide — are considered to be likely candidates for the products created by marine life. It’s these two compounds that UMD researcher Harry Oduro, along with geochemist and professor James Farquhar and marine biologist Kathryn Van Alstyne (of Western Washington University) have discovered a way to track across multiple environments, from sea to air to land, allowing scientists to trace which isotopes are coming from what sources.

“What Harry did in this research was to devise a way to isolate and measure the sulfur isotopic composition of these two sulfur compounds,” said Farquhar. “This was a very difficult measurement to do right, and his measurements revealed an unexpected variability in an isotopic signal that appears to be related to the way the sulfur is metabolized.”

The team’s research can be used to measure how the organisms are producing the compounds, under which circumstances and how they are ultimately affecting their — and our — environment in the process.

“The ability to do this could help us answer important climate questions, and ultimately better predict climate changes,” said Farquhar. “And it may even help us to better trace connections between dimethylsulfide emissions and sulfate aerosols, ultimately testing a coupling in the Gaia hypothesis.”

Whether or not Earth can be called a singular — or possibly even sentient — living organism of which all organisms are contributing members thereof may still be up for debate, but it is fairly well-accepted that life can shape and alter its own environment (and in the case of humans, often for the worse.) Research like this can help science determine just how far-reaching those alterations may be.

alkemical
05-16-2012, 07:43 AM
http://www.disinfo.com/2012/05/theres-something-strange-on-the-moon/

There’s Something Strange On The Moon

alkemical
05-16-2012, 07:46 AM
we interrupt our regular programming for a message from the elder council
"This supposedly fortunate citizen is therefore left with only two concerns: making money and entertaining himself. He earns money, typically as a specialist, working an eight-hour day at a job for the quality or consequences of which somebody else—or, perhaps more typically, nobody else—will be responsible. And not surprisingly, since he can do so little else for himself, he is even unable to entertain himself, for there exists an enormous industry of exorbitantly expensive specialists whose purpose is to entertain him...

The fact is, however, that this is probably the most unhappy average citizen in the history of the world. He has not the power to provide himself with anything but money, and his money is inflating like a balloon and drifting away, subject to historical circumstance and the power of other people. From morning to night he does not touch anything that he has produced himself, in which he can take pride. For all his leisure and recreation, he feels bad, he looks bad, he is overweight, his health is poor. His air, water, and food are all known to contain poisons. There is a fair chance that he will die of suffocation. He suspects that his love life is not as fulfilling as other people’s. He wishes that he had been born sooner, or later. He does not know why his children are the way they are. He does not understand what they say. He does not care much and does not know why he does not care. He does not know what his wife wants or what he wants. Certain advertisements and pictures in magazines make him suspect that he is basically unattractive. He feels that all his possessions are under threat of pillage. He does not know what he would do if he lost his job, if the economy failed, if the utility companies failed, if the police went on strike, if the truckers went on strike, if his wife left him, if his children ran away, if he should be found to be incurably ill. And for these anxieties, of course, he consults certified experts, who in turn consult certified experts about their anxieties.

It is rarely considered that this average citizen is anxious because he ought to be -- because he still has some gumption that he has not yet given up in deference to the experts. He ought to be anxious, because he is helpless. That he is dependent upon so many specialists, the beneficiary of so much expert help, can only mean that he is a captive, a potential victim."

-- Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America, (p. 19-21)

baja
05-16-2012, 08:15 AM
http://www.universetoday.com/95183/is-earth-alive-scientists-seek-sulfur-for-an-answer/

Is Earth Alive? Scientists Seek Sulfur For An Answer


One facet of the Gaia theory is that sulfur compounds would be created by microscopic marine organisms — such as phytoplankton and algae — and these compounds could be transmitted into the air, and eventually (in some form) to the land, thus helping to support a sulfur cycle.

Sulfur is a key element in both organic and inorganic compounds. The tenth most abundant element in the Universe, sulfur is crucial to climate regulation — as well as life as we know it.

In particular, two sulfur compounds – dimethylsulfoniopropionate and its atmospherically-oxidized version, dimethylsulfide — are considered to be likely candidates for the products created by marine life. It’s these two compounds that UMD researcher Harry Oduro, along with geochemist and professor James Farquhar and marine biologist Kathryn Van Alstyne (of Western Washington University) have discovered a way to track across multiple environments, from sea to air to land, allowing scientists to trace which isotopes are coming from what sources.

“What Harry did in this research was to devise a way to isolate and measure the sulfur isotopic composition of these two sulfur compounds,” said Farquhar. “This was a very difficult measurement to do right, and his measurements revealed an unexpected variability in an isotopic signal that appears to be related to the way the sulfur is metabolized.”

The team’s research can be used to measure how the organisms are producing the compounds, under which circumstances and how they are ultimately affecting their — and our — environment in the process.

“The ability to do this could help us answer important climate questions, and ultimately better predict climate changes,” said Farquhar. “And it may even help us to better trace connections between dimethylsulfide emissions and sulfate aerosols, ultimately testing a coupling in the Gaia hypothesis.”

Whether or not Earth can be called a singular — or possibly even sentient — living organism of which all organisms are contributing members thereof may still be up for debate, but it is fairly well-accepted that life can shape and alter its own environment (and in the case of humans, often for the worse.) Research like this can help science determine just how far-reaching those alterations may be.

Sulfur is everywhere DMSO is abundant it trees. DMSO is one of nature's great healers too. There is a great book dedicated to the healing powers of DMSO.

alkemical
05-16-2012, 08:35 AM
Interesting...i shall explore further.

alkemical
05-16-2012, 09:00 AM
http://www.afp.com/en/news/topstories/sugar-can-make-you-dumb-us-scientists-warn

Eating too much sugar can eat away at your brainpower, according to US scientists who published a study Tuesday showing how a steady diet of high-fructose corn syrup sapped lab rats' memories.

Researchers at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) fed two groups of rats a solution containing high-fructose corn syrup -- a common ingredient in processed foods -- as drinking water for six weeks.

One group of rats was supplemented with brain-boosting omega-3 fatty acids in the form of flaxseed oil and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), while the other group was not.

Before the sugar drinks began, the rats were enrolled in a five-day training session in a complicated maze. The rats were placed back in the maze six weeks later on the sweet solution to see how they fared.

"The DHA-deprived animals were slower, and their brains showed a decline in synaptic activity," said Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, a professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

"Their brain cells had trouble signaling each other, disrupting the rats' ability to think clearly and recall the route they'd learned six weeks earlier."

A closer look at the rat brains revealed that those who were not fed DHA supplements had also developed signs of resistance to insulin, a hormone that controls blood sugar and regulates brain function.

alkemical
05-16-2012, 10:25 AM
http://www.dangerousminds.net/comments/new_obama_conspiracy_theory_causes_wingnut_vs._win gnut_rift

New Obama conspiracy theory causes wingnut vs. wingnut rift!

’ve already blogged here about the zany new Obama conspiracy theory documentary Dreams From My Real Father which puts forth the ludicrous “theory” that President Barack Obama’s father was not a Kenyan goat herder but rather a radical journalist nearly four decades older than his mother who was also an amateur pornographer…

Now the film is causing a rift in the wingnut ranks as “birther queen” dingbat Orly Taitz (and current GOP candidate for one the US Senate seats for California!) accuses WorldNet Daily and author Jerome Corsi (who himself has a lot—everything—riding on the “birther” fantasy) of “working for” someone else. But who?

alkemical
05-16-2012, 10:33 AM
http://www.dangerousminds.net/comments/karl_marx_is_still_right

Nobel economist Michael Spence, working at the behest of the Council on Foreign Relations, has co-authored a startling new paper with NYU’s Sandile Hlatshwayo. The two did an enormous amount of number crunching and analyzing of how the US economy has been structured for the past 20 years, and in particular, they examined employment trends. It was not a pretty picture that emerged from all of those details.

Well, I guess that would all depend upon which side of the fork you’re on, wouldn’t it?

As the output and productivity of the American worker increased—a LOT, I should add—during the past two decades, jobs still continued to be outsourced to other countries with cheaper labor pools, and fewer opportunities for economic advancement presented themselves for many Americans. All the while, the $$$ for all of that increased productivity didn’t go to the worker bees themselves, it went to the top, to the capitalists and investors class. To parasites like Mitt Romney and his buddies at Bain Capital.

The CFR report’s conclusions are particularly grim for people who have found themselves slipping out of the middle class towards precarious lives and who feel hopeless to do anything about it, but it’s Marxism 101 for the economic literate.

It’s a race to the bottom and “tag” you’re it!

From Reuters:

The take-away is this: Globalization is making U.S. companies more productive, but the benefits are mostly being enjoyed by the C-suite. The middle class is struggling to find work, and many of the jobs available are poorly paid.

Here’s how Mr. Spence and Ms. Hlatshwayo put it: “The most educated, who work in the highly compensated jobs of the tradeable and nontradeable sectors, have high and rising incomes and interesting and challenging employment opportunities, domestically and abroad. Many of the middle-income group, however, are seeing employment options narrow and incomes stagnate.”

Mr. Spence notes the benefit to consumers of globalization: “Many goods and services are less expensive than they would be if the economy were walled off from the global economy, and the benefits of lower prices are widespread.” He also points to the positive impact of globalization, particularly in China and India: “Poverty reduction has been tremendous, and more is yet to come.”



http://www.dangerousminds.net/images/uploads/karlmarxfordummies.jpg





There's a lot to this article, but really interesting if you're into econ & what CFR etc are saying.

***This isn't a proponant (IMO) of marx - but more that Marx's view of the economic system wasn't far off.

Check it out if you're curious. Was interesting to think that for the last 20 years we've been working our way towards "communism".... Where as your choices are A & B - and the state "sanctions" those entities.

alkemical
05-31-2012, 11:00 AM
http://www.disinfo.com/2012/05/un-chooses-robert-mugabe-as-a-leader-for-tourism/

UN Chooses Robert Mugabe As A ‘Leader for Tourism’

David Usborne writes in the Independent:

Never mind that Robert Mugabe is under a travel ban for his cruel stewardship of Zimbabwe since independence. The United Nations, in its wisdom, has designated him a “leader for tourism” and chosen the Victoria Falls, shared with Zambia, as the venue for a holiday industry conference next year.

At the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), based in Madrid, the thinking seems to be: “If the old man can’t visit us then we should visit him.”

The honour was made official when UNWTO head, Taleb Rifai, arrived at the Falls for a ceremony to name Zimbabwe and Zambia co-hosts of the 2013 conference … Kumbi Muchemwa, a spokesman for the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) said: “I can’t see any justification for the man being an ‘ambassador’. An ambassador for what? The man has blood on his hands. Do they want tourists to see those bloody hands?”…

alkemical
05-31-2012, 11:02 AM
http://www.disinfo.com/2012/05/ndaa-ruling-one-foot-off-the-slippery-slope/

NDAA Ruling: One Foot Off the Slippery Slope


Travis Kelly writes on AntiWar.com:

If the founding fathers were spinning in their graves like centrifuges over recent assaults on the Constitution, their RPMs slowed down a bit last Wednesday when U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest ruled that Section 1021 in the latest National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), allowing military detention of American citizens without due process, is unconstitutional.

The lawsuit was brought by veteran journalist Chris Hedges, with attorneys Carl Mayer and Bruce Afran doing the heavy lifting without compensation. None thought they had a chance to win, given the juggernaut of military and police-state abuses that have rolled over us in the decade since 9/11. But as Hedges said after the verdict, “A stunning and monumental victory … every once in a while the gods smile on the damned.”

The defendants, President Obama and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, had argued that this new NDAA merely codified what the panicked 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) had spawned over the last decade: indefinite military detention, unwarranted searches and seizures, assassination, torture — only now it all could be employed on American soil, against American citizens, however or whenever the president and Pentagon saw fit…

alkemical
05-31-2012, 11:03 AM
http://www.disinfo.com/2012/05/todays-environment-can-influence-behavior-generations-later/

Today’s Environment Can Influence Behavior Generations Later

Via ScienceDaily:

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and Washington State University have seen an increased reaction to stress in animals whose ancestors were exposed to an environmental compound generations earlier.

The findings, published in the latest Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, put a new twist on the notions of nature and nurture, with broad implications for how certain behavioral tendencies might be inherited. The researchers—David Crews at Texas, Michael Skinner at Washington State and colleagues—exposed gestating female rats to vinclozolin, a popular fruit and vegetable fungicide known to disrupt hormones and have effects across generations of animals. The researchers then put the rats’ third generation of offspring through a variety of behavioral tests and found they were more anxious, more sensitive to stress, and had greater activity in stress-related regions of the brain than descendants of unexposed rats.

“We are now in the third human generation since the start of the chemical revolution, since humans have been exposed to these kinds of toxins,” says Crews. “This is the animal model of that.”…

alkemical
05-31-2012, 11:04 AM
http://www.disinfo.com/2012/05/eating-this-could-turn-your-gut-into-a-living-pesticide-factory/

Eating This Could Turn Your Gut into a Living Pesticide FactoryPosted by majestic on May 30, 2012

Dr. Mercola sounds the alarm on the latest unintended consequence of permitting genetically-modified organisms into the food supply:

A new generation of insect larvae is eating the roots of genetically engineered corn intended to be resistant to such pests. The failure of Monsanto’s genetically modified Bt corn could be the most serious threat ever to a genetically modified crop in the U.S.

And the economic impact could be huge. Billions of dollars are at stake, as Bt corn accounts for 65 percent of all corn grown in the US.

The strain of corn, engineered to kill the larvae of beetles, such as the corn rootworm, contains a gene copied from an insect-killing bacterium called Bacillus thuringiensis, or Bt.

But even though a scientific advisory panel warned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that the threat of insects developing resistance was high, Monsanto argued that the steps necessary to prevent such an occurrence — which would have entailed less of the corn being planted — were an unnecessary precaution, and the EPA naively agreed.

According to a recent NPR report:

“The scientists who called for caution now are saying ‘I told you so,’ because there are signs that a new strain of resistant rootworms is emerging…[A] committee of experts at the EPA is now recommending that biotech companies put into action, for the first time, a ‘remedial action plan’ aimed at stopping the spread of such resistant insects …

alkemical
05-31-2012, 11:06 AM
http://www.disinfo.com/2012/05/the-american-geography-of-incarceration/

The American Geography Of IncarcerationPosted by JacobSloan on May 30, 2012

We may peruse neighborhoods on Google Maps, read about suburban sprawl and new city developments, but millions of Americans exist in a different, ignored geography. Via the The Funambulist:

Prison Map is a project developed by Josh Begley, a graduate student at NYU. Let’s recall that 2.5 millions people are living in prison in this country. Such a project illustrates therefore a sort of hidden urbanism in which 0.8% of the American population live for a given time.

They illustrate a geography of exclusion [and] often ironically appear similar to European palaces with well-ordered classical plans.

alkemical
05-31-2012, 11:07 AM
http://www.disinfo.com/2012/05/can-plants-sense-human-intentions/

Can Plants Sense Human Intentions?Posted by JacobSloan on May 29, 2012

Can plants, bacteria, and even yogurt identify with your pain? How wide is the gulf between man and plant, if there is a gulf at all? If you’re going to have an argument with your significant other, consider avoiding doing so in front of your potted fern:

“As the races of man speak in different languages so do the varieties of plants manifest their voices in different ways. They seem to be able to hear and understand us. For the time being, however, we must listen to them through our machines. One day, those machines may be unnecessary.”



(video @ Source)

alkemical
05-31-2012, 01:05 PM
http://www.disinfo.com/2012/05/man-goes-to-hospital-for-kidney-stone-finds-out-hes-a-woman/

Man Goes To Hospital For Kidney Stone, Finds Out He’s A WomanPosted by JacobSloan on May 31, 2012


Photo: thirdrail (CC)
What surprises life will spring upon you? ABC News reports:

A Colorado man who was admitted to the hospital for a kidney stone received surprising news when the nurse came back with test results revealing he was actually a woman. Denver photographer Steve Crecelius said he’s felt a little different all his life.

He was intersex, meaning he had both male genitalia and internal female sex organs. “The nurse is reading the ultrasound and says, ‘Huh, this says you’re a female,’ Crecelius said. “It was very liberating.” Steve, who now goes by “Stevie,” said his wife and their children accepted his new identity right away.

alkemical
05-31-2012, 01:06 PM
http://www.disinfo.com/2012/05/slandering-the-heretics/

Slandering the Heretics

alkemical
05-31-2012, 01:08 PM
http://www.buzzfeed.com/gavon/a-users-guide-to-smoking-pot-with-barack-obama

http://www.disinfo.com/2012/05/the-choom-gang-teenage-obamas-mastery-of-marijuana/

The Choom Gang: Teenage Obama’s Mastery Of MarijuanaPosted by JacobSloan on May 31, 2012

Long before he was unveiling presidential decrees, young Barack Obama displayed the spark of leadership with his pot smoking initiatives. The forthcoming book Barack Obama: The Story from the Washington Post’s David Maraniss alleges that teenage Barry palled around in a smoke-filled van named the Choomwagon and invented new getting-high techniques such as “interceptions”, “roof hits”, and “total absorption”. Via Buzzfeed:

A self-selected group of boys at Punahou School who loved basketball and good times called themselves the Choom Gang. Choom is a verb, meaning “to smoke marijuana.” As a member of the Choom Gang, Barry Obama was known for starting a few pot-smoking trends. The first was called “TA,” short for “total absorption.” “Wasting good bud smoke was not tolerated,” explained one member of the Choom Gang, Tom Topolinski.

Barry also had a knack for interceptions. When a joint was making the rounds, he often elbowed his way in, out of turn,…

cutthemdown
05-31-2012, 01:33 PM
I like Obama more now Alk!

gyldenlove
05-31-2012, 02:15 PM
http://www.disinfo.com/2012/05/the-american-geography-of-incarceration/

The American Geography Of IncarcerationPosted by JacobSloan on May 30, 2012

We may peruse neighborhoods on Google Maps, read about suburban sprawl and new city developments, but millions of Americans exist in a different, ignored geography. Via the The Funambulist:

Prison Map is a project developed by Josh Begley, a graduate student at NYU. Let’s recall that 2.5 millions people are living in prison in this country. Such a project illustrates therefore a sort of hidden urbanism in which 0.8% of the American population live for a given time.

They illustrate a geography of exclusion [and] often ironically appear similar to European palaces with well-ordered classical plans.

Well, the two are build to achieve similar things. Palaces and fortresses are often build in a modular way to separate not only those who work there from there who live there (just like a prison) but also those who live there. In most grand palaces in Europe there would be several generations of a family plus concubines, and of those they would all need to be in different places with minimal contact.

Another important similarity is that palaces and fortresses were build so they would be defensible from outside attacks, this is done by maximizing the amount of walls that overview any spot outside the facility - for prisons this same arrangement is used to avoid blind spots where people can hide from surveilance.

The ordered and symmetric grounds are just a result of architects being narrowminded, better structures could easily be made by doing away with symmetry.

alkemical
06-01-2012, 06:23 AM
Well, the two are build to achieve similar things. Palaces and fortresses are often build in a modular way to separate not only those who work there from there who live there (just like a prison) but also those who live there. In most grand palaces in Europe there would be several generations of a family plus concubines, and of those they would all need to be in different places with minimal contact.

Another important similarity is that palaces and fortresses were build so they would be defensible from outside attacks, this is done by maximizing the amount of walls that overview any spot outside the facility - for prisons this same arrangement is used to avoid blind spots where people can hide from surveilance.

The ordered and symmetric grounds are just a result of architects being narrowminded, better structures could easily be made by doing away with symmetry.

Talking to security personell who's job it is to make sure...they are 'secure' - they basically took TMI's plan of keeping people out, and inversed it to keep people in.

alkemical
06-01-2012, 06:30 AM
http://www.redicecreations.com/article.php?id=20065

The RepRap Machine: "Wealth Without Money"


RepRap takes the form of a free desktop 3D printer capable of printing plastic objects. Since many parts of RepRap are made from plastic and RepRap prints those parts, RepRap self-replicates by making a kit of itself - a kit that anyone can assemble given time and materials. It also means that - if you’ve got a RepRap - you can print lots of useful stuff, and you can print another RepRap for a friend...

RepRap is about making self-replicating machines, and making them freely available for the benefit of everyone. We are using 3D printing to do this, but if you have other technologies that can copy themselves and that can be made freely available to all, then this is the place for you too.

Reprap.org is a community project, which means you are welcome to edit most pages on this site, or better yet, create new pages of your own. Our community portal and New Development pages have more information on how to get involved. Use the links below and on the left to explore the site contents. You’ll find some content translated into other languages.

RepRap was the first of the low-cost 3D printers, and the RepRap Project started the open-source 3D printer revolution.


Article from: reprap.org

alkemical
06-01-2012, 06:53 AM
For Ody:

"What experience and history teach is this: that people and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it." - Hegel

"If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about the answers." - Pynchon

alkemical
06-01-2012, 06:55 AM
http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2012/05/how-agribusiness-dominates-public-ag-research

How Your College Is Selling Out to Big Ag

alkemical
06-01-2012, 07:56 AM
http://www.disinfo.com/2012/05/north-carolina-tries-to-outlaw-sea-level-rise/

North Carolina Tries to Outlaw Sea-Level RisePosted by bluemana on May 31, 2012

Writes Jess Zimmerman on Grist:

North Carolina is no stranger to the “if you dislike it then you should have made a law against it” model of legislation, but this is extreme: The state General Assembly’s Replacement House Bill 819 would rule that scientists are not allowed to accurately predict sea-level rise. By all legal calculations, the sea level will now rise eight inches by the end of the century. Sure, so far models have predicted an increase of more than three feet, but if they keep that **** up, they’re going to JAIL.

OK, there’s not really a prison sentence attached to this proposed rule, but that doesn’t stop it from being crazeballs. See, actual sea-level rise is nonlinear, because there’s feedback — the warmer it gets, the more the water volume expands, and the more stuff melts, and the more it expands, etc. That’s how most scientific models arrive at their…

alkemical
06-01-2012, 07:57 AM
for baja

http://www.disinfo.com/2012/06/enraged-fast-food-customers-go-crazy-video/

The final “nail-in-the-coffin” proof, perhaps, that junk food turns people into crazed psychopaths, courtesy of Anderson Cooper. The best part of the video is towards the end when a woman smashes her fist through the partition to get at the cashier:

[video embedded @ source]

mosca
06-02-2012, 03:17 AM
for baja

http://www.disinfo.com/2012/06/enraged-fast-food-customers-go-crazy-video/

The final “nail-in-the-coffin” proof, perhaps, that junk food turns people into crazed psychopaths, courtesy of Anderson Cooper. The best part of the video is towards the end when a woman smashes her fist through the partition to get at the cashier:

[video embedded @ source]
Ugh... the horrible things that meth makes people do. I so wish I was working at that Taco Bell when someone like that attacked.

alkemical
06-02-2012, 11:06 AM
Ugh... the horrible things that meth makes people do. I so wish I was working at that Taco Bell when someone like that attacked.

I wish it were as "easy" as meth is the answer...but IMO it's the rising psycosis/sociopathy in people.

gyldenlove
06-02-2012, 12:28 PM
I wish it were as "easy" as meth is the answer...but IMO it's the rising psycosis/sociopathy in people.

You have to remember that most countries including the States locked up mentally ill people indefinitely well into the 20th century. That is no longer the case, but with the drift in parenting trends there is also a lot less focus on mental problems early on. Mostly we tend to attribute behavioural problems to either poor upbringing or in the opposite cases parents shield their children from treatment because they don't want to accept that their kids need help.

So you end up with a large fraction of kids who fail to finish high school because of mental issues, after they come of age many run away or leave home entering a world they are not prepared for. These are kids with no marketable skills and often unstable behaviour that has never had the treatment or even diagnosis they need.

All research shows that a huge number of both homeless people and drug addicts suffer some form of mental impairment. Not that many years ago these people would have been locked away in asylums or would have lived with their parents who would have kept them indoors to hide the shame of having a mentally impaired child.

Sadly, we do not have the institutions to deal with the borderline mentally ill unless they enter treatment early and continue treatment throughout adolescence and adulthood. Many of these people are being marginalized by society and end up in petty crime, addiction or at least possessing weapons for self protection - a dangerous cocktail when mixed with mental instability.

alkemical
06-02-2012, 02:11 PM
You have to remember that most countries including the States locked up mentally ill people indefinitely well into the 20th century. That is no longer the case, but with the drift in parenting trends there is also a lot less focus on mental problems early on. Mostly we tend to attribute behavioural problems to either poor upbringing or in the opposite cases parents shield their children from treatment because they don't want to accept that their kids need help.

So you end up with a large fraction of kids who fail to finish high school because of mental issues, after they come of age many run away or leave home entering a world they are not prepared for. These are kids with no marketable skills and often unstable behaviour that has never had the treatment or even diagnosis they need.

All research shows that a huge number of both homeless people and drug addicts suffer some form of mental impairment. Not that many years ago these people would have been locked away in asylums or would have lived with their parents who would have kept them indoors to hide the shame of having a mentally impaired child.

Sadly, we do not have the institutions to deal with the borderline mentally ill unless they enter treatment early and continue treatment throughout adolescence and adulthood. Many of these people are being marginalized by society and end up in petty crime, addiction or at least possessing weapons for self protection - a dangerous cocktail when mixed with mental instability.


One of my major issues is how an Rx is the answer, but not actual 'treatment' of working through the problems. I agree with a your statement though.

I hope it's as nice out where I am, as you are. :D

gyldenlove
06-02-2012, 02:18 PM
One of my major issues is how an Rx is the answer, but not actual 'treatment' of working through the problems. I agree with a your statement though.

I hope it's as nice out where I am, as you are. :D

For many cases, you could take drugs out of the treatment regiment and achieve similar results, it is more about observation and putting people in an environment that won't break them than actually treating symptoms.

alkemical
06-03-2012, 07:32 AM
there's no profit there!

alkemical
06-05-2012, 07:46 AM
http://www.disinfo.com/2012/06/beyond-citizens-united-politics-is-an-industry-not-just-a-campaign/

Beyond Citizens United: Politics Is an Industry, Not Just A CampaignPosted by Danny Schechter on June 5, 2012
In theory, American elections traditionally get going after Labor Day, but, as we can see by the daily overkill media “coverage,” polls and constant reporting about who has raised what—to the degree that anyone really knows in the age of SuperPacs—that the political horses for the 2012 are off and running.

Lots of the “analysis” seems absurd on its face even as everyone who follows politics knows it’s much too early to spot key trends. The race will tighten with what happens in October crucial. Example: the recent survey that found—voila—“cell phone users prefer Obama; landline users like Romney.” All of this reflects the obsession the press and its senior wise men have on reporting domestic politics over all other issues. They are like sports fanatics in this respect.

The candidates have been in motion for years. It‘s known as the “permanent campaign,” an idea attributed to one of Jimmy Carters’s advisers, Pat Cadell, who said in 1979 that just because you have been elected doesn’t mean you stop campaigning.

He wrote in his Initial Working Paper on Political Strategy, “it is my thesis governing with public approval requires a continuing political campaign.”

Journalist Sidney Blumental, before he joined the Clinton White House, wrote The Permanent Campaign in 1980, revealing that political parties were dead and had been replaced by political consultants and other campaign professionals. (Disclosure: I helped get the book published by Beacon Press.)

alkemical
06-06-2012, 07:13 AM
http://gawker.com/5914059/grab-your-boomstick-the-zombie-apocalypse-may-actually-be-upon-us

Grab Your Boomstick: The Zombie Apocalypse May Actually Be Upon Us
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By now we've all seen the awful, awful story about the Florida man who was shot to death by police for refusing to stop chewing on another man's face.
We joked around about it being the canary in the mine shaft of an impending zombie apocalypse. But as Tumblr blogger "I Hope Rick Santorum" helpfully points out in an appropriately viral post, this latest incident is not so much a warning shot as it is another in a disconcertingly intensifying stream of zombie-invoking headlines — all from the past two weeks, and all from the Sunshine State.
It all started on 5/16 with an ominous story about a "mysterious rash" at McArthur High School in Hollywood that launched a HazMat investigation. Twleve students and two teachers were treated and released. The source of the rash remains unknown.
Flashfoward two days: HazMat crews were called in to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to determine the source of an "unknown chemical" that sent five people to the hospital. Theories abound, but an exact cause was not confirmed.
On 5/20, the first real sign of trouble: 41-year-old Dr. Zachary Bird, was arrested by the Florida Highway Patrol near Orlando and charged with felony battery charges for spitting blood in a patrolman's face. He was also "extremely agitated and enraged," and repeatedly banged his head on the patrol car's plexiglass partition "until he bled."
A few days later, another mystery rash was reported at yet another Broward County school. A HazMat team was once again called in to investigate, and once again left without any concrete answers.
The following day, a "disoriented" Canadian man was arrested aboard an American Airlines plane after he inexpicably attempted to rush the cockpit. The plane had just landed in Miami.
On Saturday, an unidentified homeless man had some 80% of his face bitten off by 31-year-old Rudy Eugene.
And here's the bad news: Whatever's happening in Florida appears to be spreading. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign tweeted the following the following warning to its students last night: "Hazardous materials released at Institute for Genomic Biology. Escape area if safe to do so. Otherwise seek shelter."
And in Hackensack, New Jersey, today, a man was rushed to the hospital after he reportedly cut out his own intestines and threw them at police officers.
Forget Facebook Stock: Invest in a good bunker.
[photo via AP]

alkemical
06-06-2012, 07:14 AM
Click link for a very awesome picture of earth.

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap120530.html

Looking Back at an Eclipsed Earth
Image Credit: PHL @ UPR Arecibo, NASA, EUMETSAT, NERC Satellite Receiving Station, U. Dundee
Explanation: What's that dark spot on planet Earth? It's the shadow of the Moon. The above image of Earth was taken last week by MTSAT during an annular eclipse of the Sun. The dark spot appears quite unusual as clouds are white and the oceans are blue in this color corrected image. Earthlings residing within the dark spot would see part of the Sun blocked by the Moon and so receive less sunlight than normal. The spot moved across the Earth at nearly 2,000 kilometers per hour, giving many viewers less than two hours to see a partially eclipsed Sun. MTSAT circles the Earth in a geostationary orbit and so took the above image from about three Earth-diameters away. Sky enthusiasts might want to keep their eyes pointed upward this coming week as a partial eclipse of the Moon will occur on June 4 and a transit of Venus across the face of the Sun will occur on June 5.

alkemical
06-08-2012, 08:33 AM
End of the democratic party?

http://www.disinfo.com/2012/06/the-end-of-the-democratic-party/

alkemical
06-08-2012, 11:09 AM
http://www.roseanneforpresident2012.org/Issues

Roseanne for president

alkemical
06-11-2012, 10:48 AM
http://innovationpatterns.blogspot.com/2012/06/6-10-2012-governing-class.html

“So long as Government exists at all, a governing class is inevitable. English history is full of the chameleon qualities of the rich. How quickly the feudal Baron is metamorphosed into the landed aristocrat, and the landed aristocrat into the mine owner and the railway director. We find often the same family names cast for these varied parts across the centuries. And these people will control the new bureaucracy. They know which way the wind is blowing, and they are preparing for the change of direction.” -- Oliver Brett

The Foundations and American Power - Joan Roelofs

Ford Country: Building an Elite for Indonesia - David Ransom

The Ideology of Philanthropy - Michael Barker

The Sociobiology of the New World Order - Star Larvae

The Real War: 1939-1945 - Paul Fussell (RIP)

Iron Law of Oligarchy - WKPD

Polybius and Anacyclosis - WKPD


****Links embedded @ source

alkemical
06-11-2012, 10:58 AM
http://www.historyisaweapon.com/defcon1/zinncarebu21.html

Chapter 21: Carter-Reagan-Bush: The Bipartisan Consensus

alkemical
06-12-2012, 08:40 AM
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/12/business/economy/family-net-worth-drops-to-level-of-early-90s-fed-says.html?_r=1

Family Net Worth Drops to Level of Early ’90s, Fed Says

.....Families with incomes in the middle 60 percent of the population lost a larger share of their wealth over the three-year period than the wealthiest and poorest families.

One basic reason for this disproportion is that the wealth of the middle class is mostly in housing, and the median amount of home equity dropped to $75,000 in 2010 from $110,000 in 2007. And while other forms of wealth have recovered much of the value lost in the crisis, housing prices have hardly budged.

Those middle-income families also lost a larger share of their income. The earnings of the median family in the bottom 20 percent of the income distribution actually increased from 2007 to 2010, in part because of the expansion of government aid programs during the recession. Wealthier families, which derive more income from investments, were also cushioned against the recession.

The data does provide the latest indication, however, that the recession reduced income inequality in the United States, at least temporarily. The average income of the wealthiest families fell much more sharply than the median, indicating that some of those at the very top of the ladder slipped down at least a few rungs......

alkemical
06-12-2012, 09:00 AM
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/toxin-from-gm-crops-found-in-human-blood/1/137728.html

Toxin from GM crops found in human blood: Study


Scientists from the University of Sherbrooke, Canada, have detected the insecticidal protein, Cry1Ab, circulating in the blood of pregnant as well as non-pregnant women.

They have also detected the toxin in fetal blood, implying it could pass on to the next generation. The research paper has been peer-reviewed and accepted for publication in the journal Reproductive Toxicology. The study covered 30 pregnant women and 39 women who had come for tubectomy at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Sherbrooke (CHUS) in Quebec.

None of them had worked or lived with a spouse working in contact with pesticides.

They were all consuming typical Canadian diet that included GM foods such as soybeans, corn and potatoes. Blood samples were taken before delivery for pregnant women and at tubal ligation for non-pregnant women. Umbilical cord blood sampling was done after birth.

Cry1Ab toxin was detected in 93 per cent and 80 per cent of maternal and fetal blood samples, respectively and in 69 per cent of tested blood samples from non-pregnant women. Earlier studies had found trace amounts of the Cry1Ab toxin in gastrointestinal contents of livestock fed on GM corn. This gave rise to fears that the toxins may not be effectively eliminated in humans and there may be a high risk of exposure through consumption of contaminated meat.

"Generated data will help regulatory agencies responsible for the protection of human health to make better decisions", noted researchers Aziz Aris and Samuel Leblanc.

Given the potential toxicity of these environmental pollutants and the fragility of the foetus, more studies are needed, particularly those using the placental transfer approach, they added Experts have warned of serious implications for India. Cottonseed oil is made from seeds of genetically modified cotton and thus Bt toxin may have already entered the food chain in India.

alkemical
06-12-2012, 09:09 AM
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5h3S6nbON0vZJRDSEql1J-hKttLQQ

House passes homeland security spending bill
By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press Writer – 4 days ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP-controlled House passed a $46 billion measure Thursday funding the Homeland Security Department, including more than $5 billion in disaster relief spending that complies with a budget agreement last summer opposed by tea party conservatives.

The 234-182 vote was unusually partisan. Homeland security programs traditionally have enjoyed widespread support, but the Obama administration issued a veto threat against the bill in a protest over unrelated budget cuts proposed by Republicans in excess of last summer's budget and debt deal.

Republican conservatives lost a battle this spring with top members of the Appropriations panel over $5 billion in Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster money for hurricane, flood and tornado victims added to the budget as called for in the budget deal.

The measure is the fourth of the 12 annual agency spending bills to pass the House this year. The Senate has yet to begin debate on the measures but may turn to the homeland security bill later this summer.

Republicans engineered increases in border and immigration enforcement efforts but hit the often-unpopular Transportation Security Administration with a slight decrease. Overall, though, the bill generally tracks President Barack Obama's request.

The measure also increases spending for grants popular with state and local governments for first responders like fire and police departments.

The bill also denies Obama's request to increase TSA security fees added to the cost of airline tickets. Last month, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved increasing the fee on a nonstop round-trip flight from $5 to $10. Fees on a one-way, nonstop ticket would increase from $2.50 to $5. Passengers who change planes to reach their destinations would continue to pay $5 each way.

The Senate move was tried last year but failed and is sure to fail again in an election year.

Rohirrim
06-12-2012, 09:36 AM
I wish it were as "easy" as meth is the answer...but IMO it's the rising psycosis/sociopathy in people.

And yet, hostile crime rates are dropping all over the country. ???

Even the world is becoming more peaceful.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47777413/ns/world_news-mideast_n_africa/#.T9dhqhwu1DQ

alkemical
06-12-2012, 11:09 AM
http://money.cnn.com/2012/06/12/pf/kansas-water-america-boomtown/index.htm?cnn=yes

Water grab in Kansas oil boom

alkemical
06-19-2012, 09:20 AM
And yet, hostile crime rates are dropping all over the country. ???

Even the world is becoming more peaceful.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47777413/ns/world_news-mideast_n_africa/#.T9dhqhwu1DQ

That's because we're more Bonobo

http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2012/06/red-pills-of-the-week-june-16th/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=red-pills-of-the-week-june-16th

(10) Mapping the tunnel system circling Zion is vital to our survival, but mapping the DNA of our closest relatives is equally important. The Bonobo genome, the last of the great apes to be analyzed, reveals a startling conclusion: in some small respect, they are genetically closer to us humans than to chimps.

alkemical
06-19-2012, 09:21 AM
My sister is raising money for Lung Cancer - if anyone would like to help her out:

http://participate.freetobreathe.org/site/TR?fr_id=1586&pg=team&team_id=22660

alkemical
07-09-2012, 11:35 AM
Most of these are done hydroponically & organically. We're using GenHydro's water farms & chameleon's grow system's Plasma Light:

Some tomato's getting ready to fruit:


http://a.yfrog.com/img612/4232/g00am.th.jpg (http://yfrog.com/h0g00amj)


Thai Chili Pepper's getting ready to flower:

http://a.yfrog.com/img876/9725/5armyc.th.jpg (http://yfrog.com/oc5armycj)

Here's a tomato hiding down by GenHydro's waterfarms:

http://a.yfrog.com/img861/4669/44espr.th.jpg (http://yfrog.com/nx44esprj)

Some ripening on the vine:

http://a.yfrog.com/img738/7333/bjaoaz.th.jpg (http://yfrog.com/kibjaoazj)


Some coffee plants we have going on:

http://a.yfrog.com/img858/5348/1x2ur.th.jpg (http://yfrog.com/nu1x2urj)

alkemical
07-18-2012, 03:31 PM
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Hit play and listen to some serf rock while you read about your serfdom:

http://truth-out.org/news/item/10195-america-the-beautiful-a-fire-sale-for-foreign-corporations

alkemical
07-30-2012, 11:37 AM
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alkemical
07-30-2012, 11:38 AM
Tiananmen_Square (http://i.minus.com/iHHVQwK8L6s3u.jpg)

alkemical
08-30-2012, 09:45 AM
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alkemical
01-21-2013, 01:48 PM
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alkemical
02-19-2013, 09:29 AM
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alkemical
02-19-2013, 09:30 AM
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alkemical
02-19-2013, 09:31 AM
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alkemical
02-19-2013, 09:52 AM
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alkemical
02-19-2013, 09:53 AM
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Published on Aug 21, 2011
"Without an inner revolution an outer one is futile. The inner revolution provides a compass that guides the outer actions. Without this we run the risk of derailing ourselves. The result would be losing sight of the goal, separation and ultimately becoming the very thing we once stood against."

1) Knowledge - Empower yourself. Without knowledge our good intentions may be misguided by our ignorance. Explore, learn, teach.

2) Independence - Fighting against a system you are dependent on is futile.
Where possible, detach from the system and become independent (This includes physically, mentally and spiritually). As you withdraw your dependence you will weaken the power structure.

3) Communication - Bridge the gap. Share information.
Be clear. Communicate effectively and say what you mean.

4) Think - Independent minds are the key. A group of individuals working for a common goal is far more effective than a flock following orders.

5) Act - Be brave and act with intention, integrity and determination. Always consider the implications of your actions and who they will affect.




6) Respect - Respect and support your fellow man. This includes those entangled in the system that oppresses us. You are fighting for their freedom as much as your own. They are brainwashed, conditioned, indoctrinated. Open their eyes, teach them a lesson and cripple the corrupted system...but do it with integrity and non-violence.




7) Freedom - You have the right to express yourself; your views, ideas and opinions. Allow others that same right. If you stand against censorship, then do not censor. If you want to be respected, then respect others. If you want to be heard, then hear others. Wherever there is oppression sow the seeds of liberation.

8) Create - You have the ability to bring powerful imaginings into existence. Dream, then find a tangible way to make it happen. Contribute unique ideas, inventions, artwork, music, systems and writing. Take apart the corrupted system and Co-Create a new world.

baja
02-19-2013, 09:53 AM
http://www.naturalnews.com/039117_mass_hypnosis_mainstream_media_test.html

baja
02-19-2013, 09:56 AM
http://www.davidicke.com/wembley/

Did you see this Josh?

baja
02-19-2013, 09:58 AM
http://www.davidicke.com/wembley/

Did you see this Josh?

Bacchus
02-19-2013, 10:06 AM
Instead of all my threads - i think i'm going to reduce it to a running thread - ala my other news thread(s) - but this one will include all matters of things that i find interesting. I am a fan of optimistic ideas, and ways we can get out of the jams we are in. Anyone is invited to participate.

~Amesj

That is a great idea. Do you think we could talk Lonestar into doing this as well? Be much easier to ignore one thread like that.

alkemical
02-19-2013, 10:08 AM
http://www.davidicke.com/wembley/

Did you see this Josh?

I has.

alkemical
02-19-2013, 10:12 AM
That is a great idea. Do you think we could talk Lonestar into doing this as well? Be much easier to ignore one thread like that.

It makes it easier for myself, to catalog content - and to share information.

I've moved most of my posting onto my twitter feed, but i thought i'd stop by and drop some videos off.

alkemical
02-19-2013, 12:35 PM
http://hydroponicsinc.wordpress.com/2013/02/19/lettuce-help/

Food shortages got you down?

alkemical
02-19-2013, 01:10 PM
http://www.naturalnews.com/039144_DMT_spirit_molecule_drug_possession.html

(NaturalNews) If you are reading this, you are guilty of felony possession of a Schedule I controlled substance.

This is not a joke.

You, like everyone else who is alive and breathing, can be arrested right now by the U.S. federal government, charged with felony possession, then proven "guilty" of that possession because you do possess a Schedule I substance in your own brain.

What substance is that? Dimethyltryptamine, or DMT, sometimes called the "spirit molecule" because of its ability to allow humans to transcend states of consciousness.

U.S. federal code, defines Schedule I drugs as: "Unless specifically excepted or unless listed in another schedule, any material, compound, mixture, or preparation, which contains any quantity of the following hallucinogenic substances:"

(1) 3,4-methylenedioxy amphetamine.
(2) 5-methoxy-3,4-methylenedioxy amphetamine.
(3) 3,4,5-trimethoxy amphetamine.
(4) Bufotenine.
(5) Diethyltryptamine.
(6) Dimethyltryptamine. (DMT)
(7) 4-methyl-2,5-diamethoxyamphetamine.
(8) Ibogaine.
(9) Lysergic acid diethylamide.
(10) Marihuana.
(11) Mescaline.
(12) Peyote.
(13) N-ethyl-3-piperidyl benzilate.
(14) N-methyl-3-piperidyl benzilate.
(15) Psilocybin.
(16) Psilocyn.
(17) Tetrahydrocannabinols.

You are a criminal drug manufacturer

What's the big deal about this, you say? Well, for starters, DMT is manufactured inside your own brain. As explained by Scientific American:

DMT is the only psychedelic known to occur naturally in the human body. In 1972, the Nobel laureate Julius Axelrod of the National Institutes of Health discovered DMT in human brain tissue.

Under existing federal law, you not only possess a Schedule I controlled substance, you manufacture it!

Thus, under existing federal law, you can be arrested at any time and charged with felony drug possession.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/039144_DMT_spirit_molecule_drug_possession.html#ix zz2LNT90Q2i

Rohirrim
02-19-2013, 01:46 PM
http://www.davidicke.com/wembley/

Did you see this Josh?

So, Baja. What's the difference between Archons and Thetans?

baja
02-19-2013, 02:30 PM
'In late antiquity the term archon was used in Gnosticism to refer to several servants of the Demiurge, the "creator god" that stood between the human race and a transcendent God that could only be reached through gnosis." [Wikipedia] This I believe is one definition that refers to those beings that have managed to hack and manipulate our reality to suppress the creativity of Thetan, that which is aware of being aware or Beings having a human experience, an experience now very limited by these beings that operate in a frequency outside of visible light.

Think of it this way, we are their cattle and they have as much regard of us as we do our cattle food.

Rohirrim
02-19-2013, 03:03 PM
'In late antiquity the term archon was used in Gnosticism to refer to several servants of the Demiurge, the "creator god" that stood between the human race and a transcendent God that could only be reached through gnosis." [Wikipedia] This I believe is one definition that refers to those beings that have managed to hack and manipulate our reality to suppress the creativity of Thetan, that which is aware of being aware or Beings having a human experience, an experience now very limited by these beings that operate in a frequency outside of visible light.

Think of it this way, we are their cattle and they have as much regard of us as we do our cattle food.

You would think that God would step in and do something about it.

baja
02-19-2013, 03:10 PM
You would think that God would step in and do something about it.

Evidently He respects our free will.

"Do not ask Spirit to heal the body. Ask rather that Spirit teach you the right perception of the body." A Course in Miracles (p. 146)

baja
02-19-2013, 03:13 PM
"Nothing real can be threatened.
Nothing unreal exists.
Herein lies the peace of God." ACIM

baja
02-19-2013, 03:22 PM
“Just look at us. Everything is backwards, everything is upside down. Doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, psychiatrists destroy minds, scientists destroy truth, major media destroys information, religions destroy spirituality and governments destroy freedom.” Michael Eliner

Maybe you have a better explanation of why this is?

Requiem
02-19-2013, 03:25 PM
DMT!

Rohirrim
02-19-2013, 05:04 PM
“Just look at us. Everything is backwards, everything is upside down. Doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, psychiatrists destroy minds, scientists destroy truth, major media destroys information, religions destroy spirituality and governments destroy freedom.” Michael Eliner

Maybe you have a better explanation of why this is?

Because human beings have a long way to go.

Since we invented medicine, justice, minds, truth, information, religion, governments and freedom, and given that we are far from perfect, why expect perfection from these things? We are a work in progress. Even Jefferson considered the Declaration of Independence a statement of ideals, not a writ of reality. We're doing better now than we did when we were Romans. In two thousand years (if we're still around) we'll do better still.

I was just reading a history of the Sumerians. They invented the idea that kings were assigned by the gods to rule men on Earth. In other words, kings were divinely chosen, divinely inspired, and divinely guided. That's why it was such a heinous crime to turn against a king. It took us 4,500 years to get beyond that concept, though we still believe that whichever side we are on, god is on our side. Now, many in the West believe that capitalism is ordained by god. Capitalism is freedom. Who knows?

As Shakespeare put it, "The fault lies not in our stars, dear Brutus, but in ourselves..."

Rohirrim
02-19-2013, 05:09 PM
Evidently He respects our free will.

"Do not ask Spirit to heal the body. Ask rather that Spirit teach you the right perception of the body." A Course in Miracles (p. 146)

Then why would god allow his demiurges to manipulate that will, when he intends that it be free?

alkemical
02-19-2013, 07:12 PM
ro- if you're into sumerians/aegyptians & blue-blood lines - the gods/kings created and taught us. we*, are just monkey's holding our dicks on this space rock. If you're reeeaaallly interested in these old timey magickal societies, you should dig up some rituals and invoke a god or goddess. It might just blow your mind.

side note - baja -Maybe they like us to be fearful, so when we're harvested we're sweeter to the taste.

#justthinkingoutloud

baja
02-19-2013, 10:14 PM
Then why would god allow his demiurges to manipulate that will, when he intends that it be free?

It is us that allow ourselves to be manipulated and God respects that choice.

baja
02-19-2013, 10:16 PM
ro- if you're into sumerians/aegyptians & blue-blood lines - the gods/kings created and taught us. we*, are just monkey's holding our ***** on this space rock. If you're reeeaaallly interested in these old timey magickal societies, you should dig up some rituals and invoke a god or goddess. It might just blow your mind.

side note - baja -Maybe they like us to be fearful, so when we're harvested we're sweeter to the taste.

#justthinkingoutloud

Exactly! They are energy vampires It is our energy they feed off of and terror makes the tastiest meal of all.