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alkemical
07-06-2009, 09:36 AM
It is only a matter of time before we can have heads in jars like in futurama, that would be awesome. I would so love to be old and grumpy for another 200 years after my body craps out.

I don't think i would. When it's time for me to go, i'm gone.

alkemical
07-06-2009, 09:37 AM
http://renegadefuturist.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/idiocracy.png

alkemical
07-06-2009, 09:37 AM
http://www.prisonplanet.com/murdoch-ceo-labels-bloggers-political-extremists.html

Murdoch CEO Labels Bloggers “Political Extremists”

John Hartigan laments how bloggers are not sent to jail like in China or Burma

alkemical
07-06-2009, 09:38 AM
http://www.redicecreations.com/article.php?id=6996

First Electronic Quantum Processor Created

A team led by Yale University researchers has created the first rudimentary solid-state quantum processor, taking another step toward the ultimate dream of building a quantum computer.

<img src="http://www.redicecreations.com/ul_img/6995quantumprocessor.jpg">

alkemical
07-06-2009, 10:38 AM
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/5715111/Giant-naked-goddess-to-be-carved-into-hillside.html


Giant naked goddess to be carved into hillside
A 400-yard naked "Green Goddess" is to be carved into the Northumberland landscape, under a new plan revealed by a mining company.


<img src="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/telegraph/multimedia/archive/01434/PD29837247_ENVIRON_1434919c.jpg">

alkemical
07-06-2009, 10:42 AM
http://www.prisonplanet.com/murdoch-ceo-labels-bloggers-political-extremists.html

Murdoch CEO Labels Bloggers “Political Extremists”

John Hartigan laments how bloggers are not sent to jail like in China or Burma

alkemical
07-06-2009, 10:42 AM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1197419/Conspiracy-fever-As-rumours-swell-government-staged-7-7-victims-relatives-proper-inquiry.html

Conspiracy fever: As rumours swell that the government staged 7/7, victims' relatives call for a proper inquiry

gyldenlove
07-06-2009, 10:58 AM
http://www.prisonplanet.com/murdoch-ceo-labels-bloggers-political-extremists.html

Murdoch CEO Labels Bloggers “Political Extremists”

John Hartigan laments how bloggers are not sent to jail like in China or Burma

Another reason why people with MBAs should just keep their mouths shut. He can praise himself happy I am playing the part of the almighty because I would come out of retirement and give him the Sodomite special treatment.

alkemical
07-06-2009, 11:31 AM
Another reason why people with MBAs should just keep their mouths shut. He can praise himself happy I am playing the part of the almighty because I would come out of retirement and give him the Sodomite special treatment.

It's an example of the corporatacracy. Big business doesn't like it, The State will of course take the worst case scenario to to justify it as well - because it gives greater control.

alkemical
07-06-2009, 11:52 AM
http://www.slate.com/id/2221397/

The Revolution Will Not Be DigitizedHow the Internet helps Iran silence activists.

Here's another one: On Wednesday, a reader alerted the Lede to an Iranian government Web site called Gerdab.ir, where authorities had posted pictures of protesters and were asking citizens for help in identifying the activists. That's right—the regime is now using crowd-sourcing, one of the most-hyped aspects of Web 2.0 organizing, against its opponents. If you think about it, that's no surprise. Who said that only the good guys get to use the power of the Web to their advantage?

alkemical
07-06-2009, 11:53 AM
http://renegadefuturist.com/archives/2009/06/29/seeking-common-ground-in-conversations-can-stifle-innovation-and-reward-the-wrong-people/

Seeking Common Ground in Conversations Can Stifle Innovation and Reward the Wrong People
Klint Finley

The best baseball players don’t always get elected All-Stars. And the Nobel Prize doesn’t always go to the most deserving member of the scientific community. This, according to a pair of recent studies, is because such recognition can depend upon how well known an individual is rather than on merit alone. Moreover, because it’s human nature for people to try to find common ground when talking to others, simple everyday conversations could have the unfortunate side effect of blocking many of the best and most innovative ideas from the collective social consciousness.

“In our research, we found that people are most likely to talk about things they think they have in common with others, rather than topics or ideas that are more unusual or striking,” said Nathanael J. Fast, a PhD student at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Fast is one of three authors of the paper “Common Ground and Cultural Prominence: How Conversation Reinforces Culture,” with Chip Heath of the Stanford Business School, and George Wu of the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. “This has the effect of reinforcing—or even institutionalizing—the prominence of familiar cultural elements over ones that are perhaps more deserving.”

alkemical
07-06-2009, 01:23 PM
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Follow up/new info:

http://deepseanews.com/2009/06/creatures-from-the-sewer/

alkemical
07-06-2009, 01:24 PM
Quote of the Day:

"Solitude & Silence are either the greatest gift or the worst punishment"

Guillermo del Toro

alkemical
07-06-2009, 01:28 PM
http://tierneylab.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/01/hoopla-and-disappointment-in-schizophrenia-research/?hpw

Hoopla, and Disappointment, in Schizophrenia Research

alkemical
07-06-2009, 01:33 PM
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alkemical
07-06-2009, 01:42 PM
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2009/07/01/tricky-snake-hacks-its-preys-nervous-system-to-catch-a-meal/

Tricky Snake Hacks Its Prey’s Nervous System to Catch a Meal

alkemical
07-06-2009, 02:00 PM
This is kinda how i view it:

http://cryptogon.com/?p=9692

Toyota: America’s Car Company
July 6th, 2009

Via: Business Insider:

A new study from Cars.com sheds light on the absurdity of thinking cars have a “nationality.”

When you consider that even a post-bailout GM will expand its use of foreign labor, it shouldn’t be that hard to understand how an “American” car isn’t really so, just because its maker was founded in Detroit.

And more generally, there seems to be little reason to think that American cars are really more American in any metrics that matter: Namely, labor and parts inputs.

According to the new survey, the most American car in America is the Toyota Camry, containing the highest percentage of American inputs, even surpassing the Ford F-150. Actually, Toyota utterly dominates the top 10 list, with a Honda thrown in for good measure.

Now some might object to this, saying that even though these cars are “made-in-America”, the value still flows overseas, but really, even that’s not right. Toyota still pays taxes in America. Its stock is traded in the US, and is no doubt owned by individual retail accounts and mutual funds.

alkemical
07-06-2009, 02:04 PM
http://cryptogon.com/?p=9662

Virologist to Make His Case for Lab Origin of Swine Flu

alkemical
07-06-2009, 02:06 PM
http://cryptogon.com/?p=9632

5 Years After: Portugal’s Drug Decriminalization Policy Shows Positive Results

alkemical
07-06-2009, 02:08 PM
http://cryptogon.com/?p=9608


Digital Media Are Overwhelming Our Consciousness and Eclipsing Our Capacity for Reflection

alkemical
07-06-2009, 02:12 PM
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20327154.100-police-crackdowns-may-encourage-drug-use.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news

Police crackdowns may encourage drug use

alkemical
07-06-2009, 02:20 PM
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/business/july-dec09/undercounted_07-02.html

On PBS' The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer, Paul Solman examines the calculation of the U.S. unemployment rate, and concludes that the official mark of 9.5 percent should actually be closer to 20 percent.

Who should be but isn't included in the unemployment rate? For starters, involuntary part-timers--people who lost their full-time positions but do some meager sort of part-time work--are counted as fully employed. People scraping by on Social Security disability are not counted among the unemployed. Neither are prisoners, a massive population group who would struggle to find work were they released from jail today. Finally, discouraged workers, those who have spent months or years looking fruitlessly for work, are not counted. As one can see, the official unemployment rate is far too optimistic.

c_lazy_r
07-06-2009, 03:29 PM
Follow up/new info:

http://deepseanews.com/2009/06/creatures-from-the-sewer/

That's kinda creepy...

snowspot66
07-06-2009, 07:15 PM
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/business/july-dec09/undercounted_07-02.html

On PBS' The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer, Paul Solman examines the calculation of the U.S. unemployment rate, and concludes that the official mark of 9.5 percent should actually be closer to 20 percent.

Who should be but isn't included in the unemployment rate? For starters, involuntary part-timers--people who lost their full-time positions but do some meager sort of part-time work--are counted as fully employed. People scraping by on Social Security disability are not counted among the unemployed. Neither are prisoners, a massive population group who would struggle to find work were they released from jail today. Finally, discouraged workers, those who have spent months or years looking fruitlessly for work, are not counted. As one can see, the official unemployment rate is far too optimistic.

Everybody can agree the number should be and is much higher but that doesn't really matter. The purpose of the number is just to gauge how things are going. As long as the number is calculated the same each time it's still useful.

alkemical
07-07-2009, 06:42 AM
That's kinda creepy...

In the follow up, some places have noted it's a colony of worms...but it's still weird as ****.

alkemical
07-07-2009, 06:43 AM
Everybody can agree the number should be and is much higher but that doesn't really matter. The purpose of the number is just to gauge how things are going. As long as the number is calculated the same each time it's still useful.

The lady also was counting a % of people in jail, due to her assumption that some prisoners will be released to help with budget cuts.

alkemical
07-07-2009, 09:00 AM
A sample of a piece i'm finishing up today....


We are just now learning about this wide new world. I have some examples from different “artists”, scientists, and interesting things people are or have done to show this level of “spooky” correlation seems to exist around us. There are lots of arguments, differences of opinions, and some murky waters on this subject. I merely want to expose you to what I’ve found, and give you something to think about.

I’ll be presenting work from Masaru Emoto, some examples from Russian Scientists Budakovski, Burlakov, and the ideas that author Michael Talbot presented in his Holographic Universe topics.

In 1982 at the University of Paris, a research team led by physicist Alain Aspect performed an experiment that has become a pillar for where we are today, and where it appears we are going. His discovery appears to have changed science.

Aspect’s experiment was related to the EPR Experiment, a consciousness experiment that had been devised by Albert Einstein and his colleagues, Poldlsky and Rosen, in order to disprove Qunatum Mechanics on the basis of the Pauli Exclusion Principle (no two identical fermions may occupy the same quantum state simultaneously) contradicting Special Relativity.
Aspect’s team discovered that in certain circumstances subatomic particles such as elections are able to communicate with each other, regardless of distance. Each particle seems to know what the other is doing. This violates Einstein’s belief that communication cannot travel faster than the speed of light. Traveling faster than the speed of light would be equal to breaking the time barrier; this prospect has caused some scientists to come up with elaborate ways to dismiss Aspect’s findings.

David Bohm believes Aspect’s findings imply that object reality does not exist. Despite its apparent solidity the universe at its core is a hologram. To understand why Bohm makes this claim, you must understand a little about holograms.
A Hologram is three dimensional picture made with a laser. To make a hologram, an object must be photographed in the light of a laser, then a second laser is bounced off the reflected light of the first, and the resulting patter is captured on film. When the film is developed, it looks like a swirl of light and ark lines. As soon as the developed film is illuminated by another laser, a three dimensional image of the original object appears. A remarkable characteristic of holograms is that if a hologram is cut in half, then illuminated by a laser, each half will still be found to contain the entire image. Even if the halves are dived yet again, each piece will always be found to contain a smaller, but intact version of the original. Every part of the hologram contains all the information possessed by the whole.

The faster than light connection between subatomic particles is telling us that reality is deeper and larger than we are able to comprehend (at this point in time). Bohm notes that a more complex dimension beyond our own, which we view, objects as spate from one another, only because we are seeing a portion of reality.

Within a Holographic Universe, time and space are no longer fundamental. Ideas such as location break down in a universe in which everything is connected. This is where the ideas of radionics, holographic homeopathy, and some interesting work have been done.

alkemical
07-10-2009, 12:16 PM
http://15.media.tumblr.com/Y2NA1ciNoo74n8f6azncwJjBo1_500.jpg

alkemical
07-10-2009, 12:23 PM
http://img33.imageshack.us/img33/5559/parisexpression.gif

alkemical
07-10-2009, 12:38 PM
http://naturalplane.blogspot.com/2009/07/three-strange-beings-reported-at-crop.html

http://www.colinandrews.net/UnexplainedPhenomenaAlert.html

Three Strange Beings Reported at Crop Circle - Silbury Hill, Wiltshire

<img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_iq2vQY1Jeaw/SlYTgSTwXzI/AAAAAAAAOGU/8AoIc15pRtE/s400/mayan.jpg">

gyldenlove
07-10-2009, 12:38 PM
http://img33.imageshack.us/img33/5559/parisexpression.gif


OMG Paris Hilton is a robot!

alkemical
07-10-2009, 12:39 PM
very cool site:

http://www.lunarworldrecord.com/image.php

The World's Largest Ground-Based Lunar Image Mosaic

alkemical
07-10-2009, 12:40 PM
http://blog.puppetgov.com/2009/07/09/weather-channel-founder-and-over-30000-scientists-sue-al-gore-for-fraud/

Weather Channel Founder and Over 30,000 Scientists Sue Al Gore For Fraud

alkemical
07-10-2009, 12:41 PM
OMG Paris Hilton is a robot!

maybe..

http://pseudoccultmedia.blogspot.com/2009/07/hilton-hotel-one-night-in-paris.html

alkemical
07-10-2009, 12:45 PM
http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2009/07/the-dna-code-new-research-show-life-hardwired-in-universe.html

"The DNA Code" - New Research Shows Life Hardwired in the Universe

A recent mathematical analysis says that life as we know it is written into the laws of reality. DNA is built from a set of twenty amino acids - the first ten of those can create simple prebiotic life, and now it seems that those ten are thermodynamically destined to occur wherever they can.

alkemical
07-10-2009, 12:46 PM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ryan-grim/read-the-never-before-pub_b_227887.html

Read the Never-Before-Published Letter From LSD-Inventor Albert Hofmann to Apple CEO Steve Jobs

He specifically asks Jobs to fund research being proposed by Swiss psychiatrist Peter Gasser and directs Jobs to Doblin's Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies.
Doblin and Hofmann were close; Doblin gave the doctor his first tab of ecstasy in the '80s when it was still legal, he says, and Hofmann loved it, saying that finally he'd found a drug he could enjoy with his wife, no fan of LSD.

alkemical
07-10-2009, 12:47 PM
http://www.physorg.com/news166374180.html

Synthetic Tree Captures Carbon 1,000 Faster Than Real Trees

alkemical
07-10-2009, 01:04 PM
http://www.newscientist.com/gallery/2009july10-week-in-space?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news


Space porches and star nurseries: the week in space

This week's images include the coldest object in space, a Mars rover in a sandpit and some stunning astronomical scenes.


<img src="http://www.newscientist.com/data/galleries/2009july10-week-in-space/1stephansquintet.web.jpg">

alkemical
07-10-2009, 01:05 PM
http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/010128.html

B-Cycle: Plug-and-Play Bike Sharing for North America

alkemical
07-10-2009, 01:21 PM
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20327164.300-liver-cells-could-be-reprogrammed-as-insulin-factories.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news

Liver cells could be reprogrammed as insulin factories

alkemical
07-10-2009, 01:40 PM
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=14312

Canadian doctor Ghislaine Lanctôt, author of the Medical Mafia, has underscored the lawsuit recently filed by Austrian journalist Jane Bürgermeister against the WHO, the UN, and several high ranking government and corporate officials. Bürgermeister has documented how an international corporate criminal syndicate plans to unleash a deadly flu virus and institute a forced vaccination program.

“I am emerging from a long silence on the subject of vaccination, because I feel that, this time, the stakes involved are huge. The consequences may spread much further than anticipated,” writes Lanctôt, who believes the A(H1N1) virus will be used in a pandemic concocted and orchestrated by the WHO, an international organization that serves military, political and industrial interests.

Lanctôt warns that the elite and their minions will introduce a compulsory vaccination that will contain a deadly virus and this will be used specifically as a eugenics weapon for “massive and targeted reduction of the world population.” Moreover, a pandemic will also be used to further establish martial law and a police state, according to Lanctôt, and activate concentration camps “built to accommodate the rebellious” and eventually transfer power from all nations to a single United Nations government and thus fulfill the sinister plans of the New World Order.

alkemical
07-10-2009, 02:00 PM
http://naturalplane.blogspot.com/2009/07/lapa-investigation-alcatraz-ghosts-live.html

Tuesday, July 07, 2009
LAPA Investigation: Alcatraz – Ghosts Live Here

<img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_iq2vQY1Jeaw/SlNDnnrwGPI/AAAAAAAAODg/Wf6hLVCcYKs/s400/alcatraz3.bmp">

<img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_iq2vQY1Jeaw/SlNECitZUHI/AAAAAAAAODo/CfJXZm1Ee1E/s400/alcatrazghost.bmp">

alkemical
07-10-2009, 02:05 PM
http://www.wunderkabinett.co.uk/damndata/index.php?/archives/1846-Have-crop-circles-predicted-solar-storms.html

Have crop circles predicted solar storms?

Punisher
07-10-2009, 02:11 PM
http://naturalplane.blogspot.com/2009/07/lapa-investigation-alcatraz-ghosts-live.html

Tuesday, July 07, 2009
LAPA Investigation: Alcatraz – Ghosts Live Here

<img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_iq2vQY1Jeaw/SlNDnnrwGPI/AAAAAAAAODg/Wf6hLVCcYKs/s400/alcatraz3.bmp">

<img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_iq2vQY1Jeaw/SlNECitZUHI/AAAAAAAAODo/CfJXZm1Ee1E/s400/alcatrazghost.bmp">

A lot of physicist think "Ghost" Are Invisible Time Travelers from the future.No kidding

alkemical
07-10-2009, 02:16 PM
A lot of physicist think "Ghost" Are Invisible Time Travelers from the future.No kidding

I have competing ideas that i subscribe to.

One of them is sort of involved in the holographic principle i'm working on outlining.

in which case, the scientists would be correct in they are time travelers. But since there is no past/future - it's sorta murky.

alkemical
07-13-2009, 09:13 AM
http://www.scienceagogo.com/news/20090605234735data_trunc_sys.shtml

Researchers at Rhode Island Hospital have found a substantial link between increased levels of nitrates in our food with increased deaths from diseases; including Alzheimer's, diabetes and Parkinson's. The controversial study, which contends that we have become the "nitrosamine generation," appears in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.

alkemical
07-13-2009, 09:14 AM
http://deputy-dog.com/2009/07/ceiling-porn.html

<img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2550/3677499955_c3045758f8_o.jpg">

<img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2487/3678314936_9af916c57a_o.jpg">

alkemical
07-13-2009, 09:15 AM
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alkemical
07-13-2009, 09:17 AM
Online novel:

http://atlanticghostempire.com/?cat=3

alkemical
07-13-2009, 11:13 AM
http://www.alternet.org/water/141141/growing_food_in_a_desert_city_using_rainwater_and_ urban_runoff_/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=alternet

Growing Food in a Desert City Using Rainwater and Urban Runoff

alkemical
07-13-2009, 11:15 AM
http://www.wunderkabinett.co.uk/damndata/index.php?/archives/1851-Boy-kills-father-because-he-turned-him-into-a-goblin.html

The 17-year-old Ruwa boy charged with killing his parents in cold blood last year has, in turn, accused his father of using him as a "goblin" to sustain his "mysterious" business empire.

The teenager made the startling claims when his trial opened before High Court judge Justice Tendayi Uchena on Monday. The boy allegedly gunned down his father and mother at their Ruwa home in April last year.

alkemical
07-13-2009, 11:15 AM
http://cryptogon.com/?p=9812

John Holdren, Obama’s Science Czar, Says: Forced Abortions and Mass Sterilization Needed to Save the Planet

alkemical
07-13-2009, 11:16 AM
http://cryptogon.com/?p=9808

Swine Flu Killing Fat People (Not The Onion)

An unexpected characteristic has emerged among many swine flu victims who become severely ill: They are fat.

Doctors tracking the pandemic say they see a pattern in hospital reports from Glasgow to Melbourne and from Santiago to New York. People infected with the bug who have a body mass index greater than 40, deemed morbidly obese, suffer respiratory complications that are harder to treat and can be fatal.

___

irony

alkemical
07-13-2009, 11:21 AM
http://cryptogon.com/?p=9822

Federal Reserve Warns Congress on Audit

The U.S. Federal Reserve on Thursday launched a robust defense of its independence and warned that efforts in Congress to put monetary policy under political sway would hurt the economy.

Fed Vice Chairman Donald Kohn said opening up some of the U.S. central bank’s most sensitive decisions to political scrutiny could result in higher long-term interest rates and hurt the United States’ credit rating. Kohn was speaking before a Congressional panel where he was seeking to beat back a proposal that would open policy decisions by the U.S. central bank to audits by a federal watchdog agency.

“Any substantial erosion of the Federal Reserve’s monetary independence likely would lead to higher long-term interest rates as investors begin to fear future inflation,” he said in testimony prepared for delivery to a House of Representatives Financial Services subcommittee.

alkemical
07-13-2009, 11:22 AM
http://naturalplane.blogspot.com/2009/07/lawsuit-filed-against-genie-in-saudi.html

Lawsuit Filed Against 'Genie' In Saudi Arabia

A family in Saudi Arabia is taking a "genie" to court, accusing it of theft and harassment, reports say.

They accuse the spirit of threatening them, throwing stones and stealing mobile phones, Al Watan newspaper said.

The family have lived in the same house near the city of Medina for 15 years but say they only recently became aware of the spirit. They have now moved out.

alkemical
07-13-2009, 11:24 AM
http://naturalplane.blogspot.com/2009/07/giant-three-foot-earthworms-still.html

Giant Three Foot Earthworms Still a Mystery

<img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_iq2vQY1Jeaw/SlojDVC5uOI/AAAAAAAAOKE/vBwAkA-HN_g/s320/Palouseearthworm.jpg">

alkemical
07-13-2009, 11:26 AM
http://naturalplane.blogspot.com/2009/07/new-quest-for-mongolian-death-worm.html

New Search for the Mongolian Death Worm

Trudging gingerly across the arid sands of the Gobi desert, Czech explorer Ivan Mackerle is careful not to put a foot wrong, for he knows it may be his last. He scours the land and shifting valleys for tell-tale signs of disturbance in the sands below, always ready for the unexpected lurch of an alien being said to kill in one strike with a sharp spout of acidic venom to the face. A creature so secretive that no photographic evidence yet exists, but the locals know it’s there, always waiting in silence for its prey, waiting to strike – the Mongolian Death Worm.

Reported to be between two and five feet long, the deep-red coloured worm is said to resemble the intestines of a cow and sprays a yellow acidic saliva substance at its victims, who if they’re unlucky enough to be within touching distance also receive an electric shock powerful enough to kill a camel… or them.

alkemical
07-13-2009, 11:43 AM
http://www.greatnewsnetwork.org/index.php/news/article/new_sf_food_policy_boosts_local_farms/?source=rss

New S.F. Food Policy Boosts Local Farms
Jul 13, 09 | submitted by Ryan

San Francisco has adopted what may be the country's first county food policy that aims to improve access to healthy food while supporting local agriculture and reducing shipping-related greenhouse gas emissions.

Mayor Gavin Newsom issued an executive directive Wednesday ordering all departments to survey the land under their control in order to create an inventory of land that can support community gardens. All city-purchased food for city meetings, schools, jails or homeless shelters must be grown locally with sustainable farming practices. Food vendors with city permits must also meet these requirements.

"The stark reality is that hunger, food insecurity, and poor nutrition are pressing health issues, even in a city as rich and vibrant as San Francisco," said Mayor Newsom in a prepared statement Wednesday. "From the alleviation of hunger, to the need to support local and sustainable agricultural practices, these recommendations form a comprehensive and strategic approach to addressing pressing needs in all sectors of the food system."

alkemical
07-13-2009, 11:58 AM
http://www.hplusmagazine.com/articles/virtual-reality/mind-uploading-and-mind-children

Mind Uploading and Mind Children

There are two major questions surrounding the concept of mind uploading. There is the question of feasibility: Can we build a model of a brain complete enough to allow a conscious mind to emerge? The other question is concerned with identity. Some people argue that, if a copy of a conscious mind is identical by all measures (ignoring the fact that one is biological and the other is neuromorphic software/hardware) it should be thought of as a continuation of the mind that was mapped and uploaded. Others argue that a copy cannot be considered the same as the original, so the newly awakened consciousness must be another person.

Various attempts have been made to imagine the benefits of mind uploading. Assuming continuation of the mind, these benefits include indefinite lifespans and upgrading the mind. When your current brain no longer works well enough or not at all, you transfer your conscious mind to another (perhaps better) artificial brain. None of these benefits are tempting to those who see uploads as different people. In The Spike, Damien Broderick declared “copies are not you” and asked, “Would you be prepared to die (sacrifice your current embodiment) in order that an exact copy of yourself be reconstructed elsewhere, or on a different substrate?” He goes on to argue that this is not a procedure he would be willing to undertake. Let’s assume Broderick is right and a copy is indeed “not you.” Does it then follow that mind uploading offers no benefits?

alkemical
07-13-2009, 12:02 PM
http://rawstory.com/08/news/2009/07/08/scientists-claim-fountain-of-youth-is-on-easter-island/

Scientists claim ‘fountain of youth’ is on Easter Island

alkemical
07-13-2009, 12:28 PM
http://materialintangible.blogspot.com/2009/07/human-mediumship-of-ufo-phenomenon.html

The Human Mediumship of The UFO Phenomenon
The Storage, Transmission and Transformation of A Non Local Effect

alkemical
07-13-2009, 12:31 PM
http://www.wunderkabinett.co.uk/damndata/index.php?/archives/1855-Father-finds-old,-naked-witch-suckling-on-his-daughter.html

A Zimbabwean man was stunned to silence after he came face to face with a naked old woman - vampirically sucking his daughter's breast in the middle of the night

alkemical
07-13-2009, 12:31 PM
http://fernandovicenteatlas.blogspot.com/

<img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_1Z38tlkkPBY/Slo_qO8oF7I/AAAAAAAABMA/gn3mjR2nNvE/s320/Explosi%C3%B3n2.jpg">


a crazy atlas

alkemical
07-13-2009, 12:32 PM
http://webecoist.com/2009/07/12/15-stunningly-rugged-coastlines/

<img src="http://webecoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/Header.jpg">

alkemical
07-13-2009, 12:33 PM
http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-4872-Pittsburgh-Paranormal-Examiner~y2009m7d10-The-AntiChrist-is-in-Latin-America

The AntiChrist is in Latin America?

alkemical
07-13-2009, 12:33 PM
http://cryptogon.com/?p=9810

Bill Gates Sets His Sights On Controlling the Weather

alkemical
07-13-2009, 12:34 PM
http://www.disinfo.com/content/story.php?title=Ron-Paul-Leads-Bipartisan-Effort-To-Audit-Fed

Ron Paul Leads Bipartisan Effort To Audit The Fed

alkemical
07-13-2009, 12:38 PM
http://materialintangible.blogspot.com/2009/06/universal-signet-of-sentient.html

The Universal Signet of Sentient Materiality
The Cyclical Dynamics Of A Circular Agriculture


*the above is about crop circles, but in a different way - closer to how i think things work.

alkemical
07-13-2009, 12:42 PM
http://naturalplane.blogspot.com/2009/07/another-look-michigan-dogman.html

The Michigan Dogman - Video, Analysis and Personal Account

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alkemical
07-16-2009, 08:19 AM
"I sit on a man's back, choking him, and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by any means possible, except getting off his back"

Leo Tolstoy, 'Writings on Civil Disobedience and Nonviolence' (1886)

alkemical
07-16-2009, 08:37 AM
http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2009/07/15/artifical-brain-space.html


July 15, 2009 -- A technique based on how brain neurons behave could dramatically speed up computer simulations of the universe, said U.K. researchers.

alkemical
07-16-2009, 08:40 AM
http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/arxiv/23835/

Monday, July 13, 2009
How to Stage a Revolution
A new mathematical model reveals the tactics that a small number of interlopers can use to seize power.

<img src="http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/arxiv/files/31530/Leadership.gif">

alkemical
07-16-2009, 09:54 AM
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/06/20/2603695.htm?section=world

Monaco police arrest 'Pink Panther'

Posted Sat Jun 20, 2009 9:09am AEST

Monaco police arrested at least one suspected member of the "Pink Panther" international jewel thieves, investigators said.

alkemical
07-16-2009, 10:02 AM
UK news:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1199878/Force-uses-stop-search-power-3-400-times--suspends-failing-make-single-terror-arrest.html

A police force has suspended searches of people under controversial anti-terror laws after figures exposed the futility of the legislation.

Hampshire Police conducted 3,481 stop and searches under Section 44 of the Terrorism Act in 2007/8 – but arrested no one in connection with terror.

The statistics marked a huge increase on 2004/5, when the force carried out 275 stop and searches under Section 44, and a large jump from 2006/7 when there were 580.

They are in sharp contrast to the similarsized neighbouring force, Thames Valley, which used the stop and search powers 244 times in 2007/08, making 40 arrests unconnected to terrorism.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1199878/Force-uses-stop-search-power-3-400-times--suspends-failing-make-single-terror-arrest.html#ixzz0LRGONSWo

alkemical
07-16-2009, 10:48 AM
http://webecoist.com/2009/07/15/6-amazing-rainforest-treetop-walks/

6 Amazing Rainforest Treetop Walks

<img src="http://webecoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/treemontage.jpg">

alkemical
07-16-2009, 10:52 AM
http://renegadefuturist.com/archives/2009/07/15/the-next-hacking-frontier-your-brain/

WiredScience writes: Hackers who commandeer your computer are bad enough. Now scientists worry that someday, they’ll try to take over your brain.

In the past year, researchers have developed technology that makes it possible to use thoughts to operate a computer, maneuver a wheelchair or even use Twitter — all without lifting a finger. But as neural devices become more complicated — and go wireless — some scientists say the risks of “brain hacking” should be taken seriously.


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Language, and the root principles of advertising do this already

alkemical
07-16-2009, 10:53 AM
I follow the morgellon's stories - here's some stuff on diet:

http://www.carnicom.com/natural2.htm

alkemical
07-16-2009, 10:54 AM
http://renegadefuturist.com/archives/category/process/


Jul 16 2009
Love Sex Fear Death: The Inside Story of The Process Church of the Final Judgment

<img src="http://renegadefuturist.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/process.jpg">

alkemical
07-16-2009, 11:06 AM
http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/010147.html

Seasonal Fruit And Veg On Your iPhone

Locally produced food isn’t necessarily better for the environment. But seasonal and local fruit or vegetables probably are. And while your grocery store may tell you where the food was grown, it probably doesn’t tell you how much energy went into growing it.

As a general rule, something that is in season will take much less energy to produce than something out of season. Artificial light and heat aren’t necessary, and hopefully less water is used also.

Many of us here are big iPhone fans (how did you guess?) so I was pleased to discover that the app Seasons ($1.99) now has data for the United States. Tell it where you live and it will tell you what’s in season and whether or not it is grown locally.

alkemical
07-16-2009, 11:07 AM
http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/010148.html

Winning Designs Chosen in Rising Tides Contest

<img src="http://www.worldchanging.com/Rising%20Tide.jpg">

Eager to help cities adapt to climate change, more than 130 design groups from 18 countries entered the Rising Tides competition to come up with a plan to protect the inhabitants of the San Francisco Bay Area from predicted sea level rise.

alkemical
07-16-2009, 11:09 AM
I'm interested also in the urban agriculture movement - and i think it is important for the future, and our way of life.

http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/010149.html

Urban Farming Takes Root in Surprising Ways

Punisher
07-16-2009, 11:12 AM
http://renegadefuturist.com/archives/2009/07/15/the-next-hacking-frontier-your-brain/

WiredScience writes: Hackers who commandeer your computer are bad enough. Now scientists worry that someday, they’ll try to take over your brain.

In the past year, researchers have developed technology that makes it possible to use thoughts to operate a computer, maneuver a wheelchair or even use Twitter — all without lifting a finger. But as neural devices become more complicated — and go wireless — some scientists say the risks of “brain hacking” should be taken seriously.


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Language, and the root principles of advertising do this already

kind of like Ghost in the shell http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RF5O1iw_v6M

alkemical
07-16-2009, 11:16 AM
http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/010140.html

Community Supported Forests

alkemical
07-16-2009, 11:18 AM
kind of like Ghost in the shell http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RF5O1iw_v6M

That's a decent example.

alkemical
07-16-2009, 11:23 AM
http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2009/07/postage-stamps-from-future.html

<img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_hVOW2U7K4-M/Sl4MxZDGReI/AAAAAAABDX8/sjythBc8C0U/s640/345674we5yetrdgtf.jpg">

<img src="http://lh4.ggpht.com/_hVOW2U7K4-M/Sl4MvfUoNXI/AAAAAAABDXc/bnePX-zRKH0/s640/300592547_1312012ce2_o.jpg">

<img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_hVOW2U7K4-M/Sl4M1XaTF0I/AAAAAAABDYs/IZ4Rty0T8LU/s640/567uwe5yherdf.jpg">

alkemical
07-16-2009, 11:29 AM
http://naturalplane.blogspot.com/2009/07/another-look-michigan-dogman.html

The Michigan Dogman - Video, Analysis and Personal Account

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http://naturalplane.blogspot.com/2009/07/michigan-dogman-recently-sighted-in.html

NOTE: the following emails were received yesterday in reference to at least 2 sightings of the supposed 'Michigan Dogman' in Baraga County, Upper Peninsula, Michigan. I have contacted the witness who seems very truthful and credible...Lon

alkemical
07-16-2009, 11:34 AM
http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/010144.html

Bangkok Traintrack Market Video

Alex Steffen
July 15, 2009 10:36 AM

This has been around a bit, but if you haven't seen it, it's pretty amazing as an example of the ingenuity of folks in the emerging megacities, where poverty and extreme density combine to generate all sorts of new possibilities.

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alkemical
07-16-2009, 11:43 AM
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20327171.200-the-calorie-delusion-why-food-labels-are-wrong.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news

The calorie delusion: Why food labels are wrong

alkemical
07-16-2009, 11:52 AM
http://www.alternet.org/rights/141328/the_animal_enterprise_terrorism_act:_the_most_dang erous_domestic_terror_law_you%27ve_never_heard_of/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=alternet

The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act: The Most Dangerous Domestic Terror Law You've Never Heard Of

By Rachel Meeropol, Center for Constitutional Rights. Posted July 15, 2009.

Under the AETA, if you and a friend go on the web to research a company whose practices you plan to protest, you may have just become a terrorist.

alkemical
07-16-2009, 11:53 AM
http://www.ashleyb.org/archives/001242.html

Carlo Gianferro's gypsy interiors

<img src="http://www.ashleyb.org/images/gianferro_roma.jpg">

alkemical
07-16-2009, 11:57 AM
http://www.examiner.com/x-2363-UFO-Examiner~y2009m7d13-Gigantic-orange-sphere-hovers-over-Missouri-man-causes-missing-time

'Gigantic' orange sphere hovers over Missouri man, causes missing time

A Missouri man who works in law enforcement encountered a "gigantic" orange/yellow sphere that was hovering between 200 and 300 feet off of the ground about six blocks from his location, according to witness testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) database.

alkemical
07-16-2009, 12:01 PM
http://www.paranormalmagazine.co.uk/2009/07/15/timeslips-doorways-to-the-past-or-future/

Timeslips: Doorways to the Past or Future?

Nick Redfern explores one of the most intriguing of all paranormal phenomena, incidents in which people apparently become immersed in another period of history.

alkemical
07-17-2009, 11:14 AM
http://io9.com/5313825/your-brain-will-eventually-be-used-against-you

Your Brain Will Eventually Be Used Against You

Megan, i09.com: Although every lie detector ever built has proved unreliable, scientists continue to search for that magic machine that will reveal dishonesty. Now two Harvard neuroscientists have hit on a "pre-crime" technique that reveals intent to lie before it happens.

While some people already think that brain-imaging lie detectors are a scam, others remain convinced that they're the wave of the future. A recent study by Joshua Greene and Joseph Paxton at Harvard University shows that the skeptics might be right.

Paxton and Greene bet their subjects money based on guessing a coin flip. While those who had to record their responses in advance had average success, those who didn't have to tell their guess until after they knew the result had a high success rate, indicating they were lying. More interestingly, those people who were even interested in lying showed brain activity when just offered the opportunity to cheat, while those who were more honest showed no difference in their brain activity regardless of the opportunity to cheat. Over time, Greene and Paxton were able to predict whether certain volunteers would lie at all. They expect that their machine could be developed not just to determine whether someone was lying or had lied, but if they were interested in doing so or would in the future.

You always knew your brain would eventually betray you. The question is, how useful is this information really? Doesn't everyone want to lie sometimes, including people who are honest?

alkemical
07-17-2009, 11:18 AM
http://www.disinfo.com/content/story.php?title=Want-To-Keep-Your-Wallet-Carry-Baby-Picture

Hannah Devlin, The Times: What would you do if you found a wallet on the street? Leave it? Take it to a police station? Post it back to the owner? Keep it, even?

The answer, scientists have found, depends rather more on evolution than morality.

Hundreds of wallets were planted on the streets of Edinburgh by psychologists last year. Perhaps surprisingly, nearly half of the 240 wallets were posted back. But there was a twist.

Richard Wiseman, a psychologist, and his team inserted one of four photographs behind a clear plastic window inside, showing either a smiling baby, a cute puppy, a happy family or a contented elderly couple. Some wallets had no image and some had charity papers inside.

When faced with the photograph of the baby people were far more likely to send the wallet back, the study found. In fact, only one in ten were hard-hearted enough not to do so. With no picture to tug at the emotions, just one in seven were sent back.

According to Dr Wiseman the result reflects a compassionate instinct towards vulnerable infants that people have evolved to ensure the survival of future generations. “The baby kicked off a caring feeling in people, which is not surprising from an evolutionary perspective,” he said.

Scientists argue that it would be difficult to genetically code for feeling empathy exclusively towards your own child and much easier to code for feeling empathy towards all children. If you find a baby alone, there is a good chance it belongs to you, making it an effective evolutionary trait, said Dr Wiseman.

alkemical
07-17-2009, 11:33 AM
http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/UK-News/Monkey-Fitted-With-Hi-Tech-Chip-Moves-Robot-Using-Mind-Control-Thomas-Moore-Reports/Article/200907215336347?lpos=UK_News_News_Your_Way_Region_ 4&lid=NewsYourWay



Monkey Moves Robot Using Mind Control


<img src="http://news.sky.com/sky-news/content/StaticFile/jpg/2009/Jul/Week2/15336553.jpg">

alkemical
07-17-2009, 11:34 AM
http://www.theage.com.au/lifestyle/lifematters/bad-boy-names-20090714-dja0.html

According to a new study, the more unpopular, uncommon or feminine a boy's name is, the more likely he will be imprisoned as an adult.

A report in Social Science Quarterly analyzed 15,000 names and found that factors associated with unpopular and androgynous names "increase the tendency toward juvenile delinquency" and, eventually, criminality as an adult. Boys with such names faced ridicule from peers and subtle discrimination in the workforce, and often came from families of low socioeconomic status.

What names are most likely to lead to a life of crime? Alec, Ernest, Garland, Ivan, Kareem, Luke, Malcolm, Preston, Tyrell, and Walter.

alkemical
07-17-2009, 11:34 AM
http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2009-07-10/how-a-rich-suburban-girl-became-a-drug-kingpin

Jeff Deeney, Daily Beast: Ever since the murder of Rian Thal two weeks ago in Philadelphia, everyone wants to know how this girl from a wealthy suburb ended up a high-stakes drug trafficker in the city’s
hip-hop scene — but it’s not as unusual as you might think.

In the early evening light of Saturday, June 27, four men barely disguised by low-drawn baseball caps casually strolled into a Philadelphia luxury apartment complex, took the elevator to the seventh floor, and shot up-and-coming club promoter, 34-year-old Rian Thal, in the head. Multiple surveillance cameras captured the seeming ease with which the killers performed. On their way out, one shooter nearly walked into a man carrying a piece of furniture, smoothly side-stepped around him, and slid anonymously out the door.

A sign reading “Under Constant Video Surveillance” is prominently displayed at the entrance to the apartment complex where this took place, and on June 27, those cameras paid off: Last week, 25-year-old Katoya Jones, seen in the video letting the killers into the building, was charged with murder and conspiracy. According to police, Jones, who also lived at the Piazza, is the girlfriend of North Philly drug dealer James "Poo" Wilson, 36, who masterminded the plot. Wilson is still at large.

alkemical
07-17-2009, 11:36 AM
http://io9.com/5306026/did-this-jellyfish-crop-circle-accurately-predict-a-solar-storm

Did This Jellyfish Crop Circle Accurately Predict A Solar Storm?

Annalee Newitz, io9.com: Discovered last month in a UK barley field, this crop circle appears to be a jellyfish. But intrepid crop circle analysts have discovered that it predicts a devastating solar storm on July 7. And they have diagrams to prove it.

<img src="http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/io9/2009/07/jellyfishwhuttoptop.jpg">


Let's start with some plain facts. A commenter named Harold Stryderight on Cropcircleconnector.com explains it all to you: "Whenever a severe solar storm impacts directly on Earth, then our planetary magnetic field or "magnetosphere" changes into the general shape of a "jellyfish". That seems to be what those crop artists were telling us at Wayland's Smithy on May 29, 2009."

When looking at this lovely crop circle of a jellyfish, this does seem to be the obvious conclusion to reach. If it's a jellyfish, it must be the magnetosphere. I mean that's just common sense. Also, we have a helpful diagram showing how similar the jellyfish really is to this atmospheric phenomenon.

<img src="http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/io9/2009/07/jellyfishwhut.jpg">

alkemical
07-17-2009, 11:37 AM
Programming is political

<img src="http://www.ashleyb.org/images/arxta_sticker.jpg">

http://www.globalnerdy.com/2009/07/16/futureruby-talk-artisanal-retro-futurism-and-team-scale-anarcho-syndicalism/

alkemical
07-17-2009, 11:39 AM
http://cryptogon.com/?p=9939

Paulson Reveals U.S. Concerns of Breakdown in Law and Order

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Via: Independent:

The Bush administration and Congress discussed the possibility of a breakdown in law and order and the logistics of feeding US citizens if commerce and banking collapsed as a result of last autumn’s financial panic, it was disclosed yesterday.

alkemical
07-17-2009, 11:40 AM
http://cryptogon.com/?p=9879

SOLDIER REFUSES TO DEPLOY TO AFGHANISTAN ON ORDER OF FOREIGN BORN PRESIDENT, U.S. ARMY REVOKES ORDER RATHER THAN FORCE THE ISSUE IN COURT

Via: Ledger Enquirer:

A federal judge this morning dismissed the suit filed here by a U.S. Army reservist who says he shouldn’t have to go to Afghanistan because he believes Barack Obama was never eligible to be president.

Judge Clay Land sided with the defense, which claimed in its response to Maj. Stefan Frederick Cook’s suit, filed July 8 with the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, that Cook’s suit is “moot” in that he already has been told he doesn’t have to go to Afghanistan, so the relief he is seeking has been granted.

“Federal court only has authority of actual cases and controversies,” Land said. “The entire action is dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.”

—End Update—

alkemical
07-17-2009, 11:44 AM
http://cryptogon.com/?p=9943

Public Menace Exxon Sabotaged Oil Wells
July 17th, 2009

Via: Bloomberg:

Exxon Mobil Corp., the largest U.S. oil company, may be fined more than $1 billion for “malicious” sabotage of wells to prevent other producers from tapping fields it no longer wanted, the Texas General Land Office said.

Jerry Patterson, commissioner of the land office that oversees oil leases that help fund Texas schools, asked the Texas Railroad Commission to conduct hearings into an alleged 1990s program at Exxon Mobil of plugging abandoned wells with trash, sludge, explosives and cement plugs. The barriers made it impossible for other producers to revive the wells, Patterson said in a statement he gave to Bloomberg News yesterday.

alkemical
07-17-2009, 11:45 AM
http://cryptogon.com/?p=9928

Huge Blob of Arctic Goo
July 17th, 2009

Update: Algae

Via: Anchorage Daily News:

A sample of the giant black mystery blob that Wainwright hunters discovered this month floating in the Chukchi Sea has been identified.



It looks to be a stringy batch of algae. Not bunker oil seeping from an aging, sunken ship. Not a sea monster.

“We got the results back from the lab today,” said Ed Meggert of the Department of Environmental Conservation in Fairbanks. “It was marine algae.”

alkemical
07-17-2009, 11:45 AM
http://cryptogon.com/?p=9872

Exxon Spending $600 Million on Algae Based Biofuel Research
July 14th, 2009

Mmm hmm.

Via: New York Times:

The oil giant Exxon Mobil, whose chief executive once mocked alternative energy by referring to ethanol as “moonshine,” is about to venture into biofuels.

On Tuesday, Exxon plans to announce an investment of $600 million in producing liquid transportation fuels from algae — organisms in water that range from pond scum to seaweed. The biofuel effort involves a partnership with Synthetic Genomics, a biotechnology company founded by the genomics pioneer J. Craig Venter.

The agreement could plug a major gap in the strategy of Exxon, the world’s largest and richest publicly traded oil company, which has been criticized by environmental groups for dismissing concerns about global warming in the past and its reluctance to develop renewable fuels.

Despite the widely publicized “moonshine” remark a few years ago by Exxon’s chairman and chief executive, Rex W. Tillerson, the company has spent several years exploring various fuel alternatives, according to one of its top research officials.

“We literally looked at every option we could think of, with several key parameters in mind,” said Emil Jacobs, vice president for research and development at Exxon’s research and engineering unit. “Scale was the first. For transportation fuels, if you can’t see whether you can scale a technology up, then you have to question whether you need to be involved at all.”

He added, “I am not going to sugarcoat this — this is not going to be easy.” Any large-scale commercial plants to produce algae-based fuels are at least 5 to 10 years away, Dr. Jacobs said.

Exxon’s sincerity and commitment will almost certainly be questioned by its most galvanized environmentalist critics, especially when compared with the company’s extraordinary profits from petroleum in recent years.

alkemical
07-17-2009, 11:47 AM
http://electricchildren.com/wordpress/?p=406

An Online Electronic Musical Instrument

alkemical
07-17-2009, 12:04 PM
http://cryptogon.com/?p=9851

Power Sockets Can be Used to Eavesdrop on What People Type on a Computer

alkemical
07-17-2009, 12:04 PM
http://www.conspiracyarchive.com/Blog/?p=2569

Gore: U.S. Climate Bill Will Help Bring About ‘Global Governance’

alkemical
07-17-2009, 12:06 PM
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17401-recordbreaking-solar-cells-are-tailored-to-their-location.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=tech

Record-breaking solar cells are tailored to their location

alkemical
07-17-2009, 12:12 PM
http://www.oddee.com/item_96755.aspx


13 Most Unfortunate Personal Names for their Jobs

<img src="http://67.199.7.46/_media/imgs/articles2/a96755_a489_chew-kok.jpg">

alkemical
07-17-2009, 12:17 PM
http://www.physorg.com/news166779852.html

Physicists Propose Scheme for Teleporting Light Beams

(PhysOrg.com) -- Usually when physicists talk about quantum teleportation, they're referring to the transfer of quantum states from one particle to another without a physical link. Now, physicists have investigated a slightly different form of teleportation, in which they teleport a quantum field, or an entire beam of light, from one location to another. This kind of "strong" teleportation is required for some quantum information applications, and could lead to the teleportation of quantum images.

alkemical
07-21-2009, 02:13 PM
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alkemical
07-22-2009, 07:26 AM
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_hVOW2U7K4-M/SmLb0JnapvI/AAAAAAABDiE/mszB45j5P1I/s640/67iyjtshdfdf.jpg

alkemical
07-22-2009, 07:28 AM
http://electricchildren.com/wordpress/?p=413

MDMA and Psychology

<img src="http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee212/kirkultra/rave-babie-blue-lights.jpg">

Healing Severe Trauma with MDMA

Psychologist Andrew Feldmár and psychiatrist Doctor Ingrid Pacey hope to be the first Canadians ever granted a permit to import MDMA into the country for use in a clinical trial. The pair will examine the effectiveness of the drug, combined with psychotherapy, in treating PTSD.

“What we are trying to show is that even a few sessions with MDMA as an adjunct to therapy will make a huge difference in lowering the scores that measure [patients’] degrees of post-traumatic stress,” explained Feldmár.

“Antidepressants like Paxil and Zoloft don’t work,” he said. “In fact, the people we want [for the study] are the people who’ve tried antidepressants and found they haven’t worked for them.”

Feldmár and Pacey believe that MDMA, when combined with a program of psychotherapy, can succeed where antidepressants have failed. To prove it, they will treat twelve patients over a four-month period.

MDMA is currently being used to treat American soldiers suffering from PTSD as well.

And yet America is still forced to live under the RAVE Act.

alkemical
07-22-2009, 12:46 PM
<img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_hVOW2U7K4-M/SmLbyrjharI/AAAAAAABDhs/rqeTLPgs_qY/s640/546urthdfhdfd.jpg">

<img src="http://lh5.ggpht.com/_hVOW2U7K4-M/SmLbzPkKZfI/AAAAAAABDh0/QVZcuSjfE8A/s640/76iryjdsfgtfgf.jpg">

"In 1977 Patricia Renick mounted an extraordinary solo exhibition at Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center. The exhibit comprised one exceptional sculpture crafted of fiberglass and built on the frame of a Vietnam era U.S. Army OH6A/Cayuse helicopter."

alkemical
07-22-2009, 12:47 PM
http://weburbanist.com/2009/05/22/105-examples-of-how-8-essential-technologies-have-evolved/

105 Examples of How 8 Essential Technologies Have Evolved

<img src="http://weburbanist.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/roundup_evotech_main.jpg">

alkemical
07-22-2009, 12:48 PM
http://men.style.com/details/features/landing?id=content_9817

COULD YOU SURVIVE WITHOUT MONEY?
MEET THE GUY WHO DOES
In Utah, a modern-day caveman has lived for the better part of a decade on zero dollars a day. People used to think he was crazy

<img src="http://men.style.com/images/details/features/0709/detailsfeatures8v.jpg">

alkemical
07-22-2009, 12:53 PM
http://www.wunderkabinett.co.uk/damndata/index.php?/archives/1865-A-woven-crop-circle-too-complex-to-be-manmade.html



Wednesday, July 22. 2009
A woven crop circle - too complex to be manmade?

An impressive crop circle appeared near Alton Barnes in Wiltshire on 14th July, with a relatively simple shape but an impressive woven design (something similar appeared in Ohio in 2005), you can see more on the field reports, including this description by Mike Callahan:

When I looked into the circle my first thoughts were that it was a mess. I was mistaken as on closer inspection of the lay the pattern was actually quite fascinating and well done. There were ‘stripes’ going from one end to the other and the direction of the lay alternated with each stripe. The distance between each stripe varied and was not consistent. Sometimes it is about 1.5m – 2.0 m, sometimes more. Between each stripe were the ‘chevrons’. These too, alternatively changed direction going across the circle. The overall effect was an intriguing weaving pattern.


<img src="http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/2009/eastfield/P7150236.jpg">

<img src="http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/2009/eastfield/P1050033hb.jpg">

<img src="http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/2009/eastfield/Rockley-etc-15070935.jpg">

alkemical
07-22-2009, 12:54 PM
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/5865721/US-car-dealer-offers-free-Kalashnikov-with-every-purchase.html


US car dealer offers free Kalashnikov with every purchase
A Missouri car dealer has taken a novel approach to combating the fall in US vehicle sales by offering a free Kalashnikov assault rifle with every truck, whether new or used.

Mark Muller, whose business slogan is "God, Guns, Guts, and American Pick-Up Trucks", said he had been overwhelmed by the response.

"It's extremely successful. There is a lot of worry about crime, we have a methamphetamine problem around here and people just want to protect themselves," said the boss of Max Motors near Kansas City. "And what could be better than supporting American products in these troubled times?"

<img src="http://thinkprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/max.gif">

alkemical
07-22-2009, 12:56 PM
An Iranian Perspective: What You Need to Know About Iran So That You Can Filter Out The Noise

It is crucial to know the following facts about Iran to be able to understand its relationship with the United States and its significance on the geopolitical landscape, as well as being able to engage in any productive discussion about the current situation:

1) In 2007 US Congress approved $400 million for the CIA to destabilize Iran — “Late last year (2007), Congress agreed to a request from President Bush to fund a major escalation of covert operations against Iran, according to current and former military, intelligence, and congressional sources. These operations, for which the President sought up to four hundred million dollars, were described in a Presidential Finding signed by Bush, and are designed to destabilize the country’s religious leadership. The covert activities involve support of the minority Ahwazi Arab and Baluchi groups and other dissident organizations. They also include gathering intelligence about Iran’s suspected nuclear-weapons program.”


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http://www.chycho.com/?q=Iran_info

alkemical
07-22-2009, 12:57 PM
<img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v351/jakub4/homeless-1.jpg">

The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (NLCHP) has a released a report detailing a growing trend in U.S. cities: the criminalization of homelessness. How do places make life (more) miserable for the shelter-less? Via "quality of life" laws making it illegal to sleep, eat, or sit in public spaces. Even as the ranks of the homeless have swelled over the last year or so of recession and foreclosures, the number of anti-loitering regulations in U.S. cities has shot upwards. Of course, people often don't have a choice about sleeping or wandering outside; most cities and towns don't have adequate shelter space or affordable housing to meet demand.

So, where are America's most homeless-hostile cities? Seven out of the top ten are located in California or Florida, with Los Angeles taking the number one spot, followed by St. Petersburg and Orlando, FL; Atlanta; and Gainesville, FL. So, if you're riding the rails, you may want to steer clear of those towns and try Milwaukee or something.

http://www.nlchp.org/news.cfm?id=1

alkemical
07-22-2009, 01:07 PM
http://www.disinfo.com/content/out.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.globalpost.com%2Fdisp atch%2Fworldview%2F090626%2Ffull-frame-mexicos-saint-death

GlobalPost has a fascinating photo series documenting the popular worship of St. Death in Mexico's toughest barrios. A mixture of Catholic and Aztec religious elements, Santa Muerte, often depicted as a skeletal reaper cloaked in a tunic, has an increasingly large religious following in Mexico. The nation's most famous St. Death alter is found in Tepito, a portion of Mexico City ruled by drug cartels that control who enters or leaves the neighborhood, including the police. Gang members and ordinary citizens pray at the alter, and worshipers will crawl for miles on bloodied knees before breaking into tears upon reaching it. Tales abound of reformed former gang members who renounced their lives of crime in order to devote themselves to Death worship.


<img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v351/jakub4/death.jpg">

alkemical
07-22-2009, 01:09 PM
<a href="http://www.disinfo.com/content/story.php?title=Hillary-Clinton-%E2%80%98CFR-Tells-Government-What-It-Should-Be-Doing%E2%80%99"> Hillary Clinton: ‘CFR Tells Government What It Should Be Doing’ </a>

<img src="http://www.prisonplanet.com/images/july2009/160709top2.jpg">

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s opening remarks during her speech to the Council on Foreign Relations yesterday will have done little to dampen accusations that the elitist CFR pulls the strings of the U.S. government.

Clinton effectively said that she was happy the CFR had created an outpost in Washington DC because it meant she did not have to travel as far to get her orders.

Here’s the full quote, according to the official transcript.

“I am delighted to be here in these new headquarters. I have been often to, I guess, the mother ship in New York City, but it’s good to have an outpost of the Council right here down the street from the State Department.”

“We get a lot of advice from the Council, so this will mean I won’t have as far to go to be told what we should be doing and how we should think about the future.”

Clinton’s admission that the CFR tells the government what it should be doing is somewhat more concrete an influence than the mere “talking shop” perfunctory role that apologists claim the CFR assumes.

alkemical
07-22-2009, 01:10 PM
http://www.0yenhouse.com/en/A_Solar_Zero_Yen_House/

<img src="http://www.0yenhouse.com/en/A_Solar_Zero_Yen_House/images/solar01.jpg">

Kyohei Sakaguchi was walking along a riverside in Tokyo when he spotted a homeless man's amazing makeshift shelter, complete with solar panels. Luckily, the man allowed him to survey the house and make blueprints. Compact, cute, and carbon-neutral, this seems like the future. Choose a tarp color for yours.

alkemical
07-22-2009, 01:11 PM
http://www.disinfo.com/content/story.php?title=Official-US-may-create-terror-interrogation-unit

Official: US may create terror interrogation unit

alkemical
07-22-2009, 01:14 PM
http://gizmodo.com/5317180/amazon-remotely-deletes-legitimately-purchased-books-from-thousands-of-kindles

Big Brother Amazon Remotely Deletes Purchased Copies of 1984 and Animal Farm From Thousands of Kindles

<img src="http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/gizmodo/2009/07/kindlefinger.jpg">

Amazon basically guaranteed that I'll never buy a Kindle last night by bending to the wishes of a publisher and deleting every single legitimately-purchased copy of 1984 and Animal Farm from all Kindles remotely. Ridiculous.

Apparently, the publisher changed its mind about having electronic versions of Orwell's books. So Amazon removed them from the store and in the process remotely deleted the books from the Kindles of anyone who bought them, depositing a refund in their account in the process.

If there's a better argument for dead-tree books and against the Kindle, I'd like to know what it is. If you can't be sure that you own something after you pay for it, what's the point? How many people were halfway through these books that they paid for and now are **** out of luck?

Amazon says this is a "rarity," but even once is too many times for bull**** like this to happen. Once I buy a book from Barnes & Noble, I never have to worry about them breaking into my house and taking it back, leaving me a pile of singles on my nightstand.

And of course the fact that this happened to 1984, of all books, makes this even more surreal. [NY Times via Boing Boing]

alkemical
07-22-2009, 01:15 PM
http://www.hplusmagazine.com/articles/toys-tools/wearing-internet

Wearing the Internet

MIT's developed a way to surf the web on a piece of paper, your shirt sleeve, or even your skin. An internet-enabled phone projects onto any surface, while a web cam even records your movements and let's you interact with the "virtual" screen.

"A mere $350 of off-the-shelf components and suddenly the glass window at Macy’s, your car door, or your arm become a computer display," notes this article (which includes some amazing pictures from MIT's Scott Ogden.)

"Wave your hand and the Rolex materializes on your arm... Use your fingers and thumb to create a picture frame and snap a photo... Open the palm of your hand and suddenly your calendar and phone list overlay your life line."

alkemical
07-22-2009, 01:39 PM
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20327171.600-review-the-root-of-thought-by-andrew-koob.html

<img src="http://www.newscientist.com/data/images/ns/cms/mg20327171.600/mg20327171.600-1_300.jpg">

SHOULD you ever travel back in time to ancient Rome and you get a headache while you're there, you might want to just grin and bear it. If you visit a doctor, he will likely go to his saltwater tank, carefully scoop up an electric fish, and press it to your forehead in the hope of shocking the headache out of you.

This is one of the examples Andrew Koob uses to guide us through the history of the brain, showing how, when it comes to understanding our own grey matter, we are so easily led astray.

alkemical
07-22-2009, 01:40 PM
http://io9.com/5317658/we-all-shine-on-in-new-proof-of-bioluminescence

<img src="http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/8/2009/07/504x_glimmer1.jpg">

Japanese researchers Masaki Kobayashi and Daisuke Kikuchi from the Tohoku Institute of Technology, along with Hitoshi Okamura explained the story behind these wonderful images:

The human body literally glimmers. The intensity of the light emitted by the body is 1000 times lower than the sensitivity of our naked eyes. Ultraweak photon emission is known as the energy released as light through the changes in energy metabolism. We successfully imaged the diurnal change of this ultraweak photon emission with an improved highly sensitive imaging system using cryogenic charge-coupled device (CCD) camera. We found that the human body directly and rhythmically emits light.

alkemical
07-22-2009, 02:00 PM
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17496-could-u-txt-me-ur-blood-sample.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=tech

Could u txt me ur blood sample?

In the developed world, we take camera phones for granted as ways to record our lives – but in poorer countries they could be used to save lives, say bioengineers. The US team has designed a portable microscope that straps to a camera phone and can be used to diagnose potentially fatal diseases in blood and sputum samples.

alkemical
07-22-2009, 02:01 PM
http://www.newscientist.com/gallery/dn17411-art-made-in-a-ct-scanner


Window on the body: CT scans become art

Radiologist Kai-hung Fung makes beautiful and informative art from the CT (computed tomography) scans of his patients, digitally manipulating them to look more appealing. His image of the inside of our sinuses won the 2007 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge. See this and some of his more recent works in our gallery


<img src="http://www.newscientist.com/data/galleries/dn17411-art-made-in-a-ct-scanner/what-lies-behind-our-nose1.jpg">

alkemical
07-22-2009, 02:02 PM
http://cryptogon.com/?p=10018

And Now… Desperate People to Work for Free
July 20th, 2009

Via: Reuters:

With U.S. unemployment at a 20-year high, some Americans are working for free while looking for a job, but experts are split over whether it is a sign of dedication or desperation.

Unpaid job seekers can keep their resumes fresh by boosting their experience and learning new skills, experts say, but others warn businesses may take advantage of the jobless and that it is illegal for commercial companies not to pay workers.

alkemical
07-22-2009, 02:04 PM
http://cryptogon.com/?p=10014

Obama Nominates Goldman Sachs Executive for State Department’s Undersecretary for Economic, Energy and Agricultural Affairs

alkemical
07-23-2009, 12:51 PM
Trevor Blake: Day of Disappearance [LINK-ZUM]
Pi Approximation Day (22/7 is approximately equal to pi) is a Day of Disappearance...

July 22 1376 - The Pied Piper of Hamelin makes off with the town's rats and children.
July 22 1587 - Roanoke, the colony founded by Sir Walter Raleigh, is found to be missing.
July 22 1676 - Pope Clement X dies.
July 22 1932 - Errico Malatesta dies.
July 22 1934 - John Dillinger dies.
July 22 1942 - the systematic deportation of Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto begins.
July 22 1962 - Mariner program: Mariner 1 spacecraft flies erratically several minutes after launch and has to be destroyed.
July 22 1983 - Martial law in Poland is officially revoked.
July 22 1992 - Near Medellin, Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar escapes from his luxury prison fearing extradition to the United States.
July 22 1992 - Wayne McLaren (The Marlboro Man) dies.
July 22 1993 - Levees near Kaskaskia, Illinois rupture, forcing the entire town to evacuate by barges operated by the Army Corps of Engineers.

alkemical
07-23-2009, 01:11 PM
http://dprogram.net/2009/07/22/doctors-warn-avoid-genetically-modified-food/

Doctors Warn Avoid Genetically Modified Food

alkemical
07-23-2009, 01:12 PM
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20327171.600-review-the-root-of-thought-by-andrew-koob.html

<img src="http://www.newscientist.com/data/images/ns/cms/mg20327171.600/mg20327171.600-1_300.jpg">

SHOULD you ever travel back in time to ancient Rome and you get a headache while you're there, you might want to just grin and bear it. If you visit a doctor, he will likely go to his saltwater tank, carefully scoop up an electric fish, and press it to your forehead in the hope of shocking the headache out of you.

This is one of the examples Andrew Koob uses to guide us through the history of the brain, showing how, when it comes to understanding our own grey matter, we are so easily led astray.


http://doroteos2.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/tree-of-life.jpg

alkemical
07-23-2009, 01:53 PM
Making Light Bulbs from DNA (http://www.technologyreview.com/energy/23042/)

Dye-doped DNA nanofibers can be tuned to emit different colors of light.

alkemical
07-23-2009, 01:54 PM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1201284/Revealed-The-dragonflys-amazing-12-000-mile-voyage.html

Revealed: The dragonfly's amazing 12,000-mile voyage

alkemical
07-23-2009, 01:54 PM
http://www.mindhacks.com/blog/2009/07/vision_shift_glasses.html
Vision shift glasses alter time perception:

There's an intriguing study about to be published in Psychological Science finding that people wearing prism glasses that shift everything to the right overestimate the passage of time, while people wearing left-shift glasses underestimate it.

alkemical
07-23-2009, 01:57 PM
http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,636716,00.html

Grow Your Own Skyscraper

By Philip Bethge

Three young German architects are designing structures made completely out of living trees, including a pavilion for concerts in downtown Stuttgart. But designing the ultimate treehouse turns out to be trickier than one might expect.


___


They need to work with this guy:

<img src="http://www.miqel.com/images_1/laffoley_myspace_lg/urpflanze_haus_laffoley_b.jpg">

http://paullaffoley.net/

alkemical
07-23-2009, 01:58 PM
http://rhondaforever.com/

<embed src="http://blip.tv/play/g_9NgZLQTgI%2Em4v" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="480" height="390" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed>

Requiem
07-23-2009, 04:07 PM
Amesj, I have a feeling you'd be a good guy to do drugs with. Am I in the ballpark?

gyldenlove
07-23-2009, 06:20 PM
Trevor Blake: Day of Disappearance [LINK-ZUM]
Pi Approximation Day (22/7 is approximately equal to pi) is a Day of Disappearance...

July 22 1376 - The Pied Piper of Hamelin makes off with the town's rats and children.
July 22 1587 - Roanoke, the colony founded by Sir Walter Raleigh, is found to be missing.
July 22 1676 - Pope Clement X dies.
July 22 1932 - Errico Malatesta dies.
July 22 1934 - John Dillinger dies.
July 22 1942 - the systematic deportation of Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto begins.
July 22 1962 - Mariner program: Mariner 1 spacecraft flies erratically several minutes after launch and has to be destroyed.
July 22 1983 - Martial law in Poland is officially revoked.
July 22 1992 - Near Medellin, Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar escapes from his luxury prison fearing extradition to the United States.
July 22 1992 - Wayne McLaren (The Marlboro Man) dies.
July 22 1993 - Levees near Kaskaskia, Illinois rupture, forcing the entire town to evacuate by barges operated by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Are these dates corrected for julian calendar or is it only the numerical phenomenon of July 22? I have to say that 11 events in about 630 years is not that impressive.

alkemical
07-23-2009, 10:01 PM
Amesj, I have a feeling you'd be a good guy to do drugs with. Am I in the ballpark?


i am the drug...i am the hallucinegenic - s. dali

alkemical
07-24-2009, 06:26 AM
Are these dates corrected for julian calendar or is it only the numerical phenomenon of July 22? I have to say that 11 events in about 630 years is not that impressive.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/July_22

alkemical
07-24-2009, 08:34 AM
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alkemical
07-24-2009, 08:34 AM
http://www.peterroot.com/index.php?/projects/low-rise/

<img src="http://www.peterroot.com/files/gimgs/12_high-rise-2006.jpg">

alkemical
07-24-2009, 08:37 AM
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http://vimeo.com/1970617

alkemical
07-24-2009, 08:42 AM
http://vimeo.com/1816558

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alkemical
07-24-2009, 08:51 AM
http://atlasobscura.com/places/los-pozas-surreallist-follies

Los Pozas Surreallist Follies
A park of dream-like sculptures and architectural follies in the Mexican jungle

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The surreal folly gardens at Xilitla were created by Edward James, an eccentric British millionaire and patron of the arts. Set into 80 acres of jungle, he and his builders spent 25 years and millions of dollars creating a nature inspired fantasy in concrete.

Edward James began his life in the sheltered luxury of the English upper class. He attended Eton and Oxford, and later became a great supporter and collector of surrealist art, sponsoring both Dali and Magritte in the 1930s. His English home Monkton House is also a dedicated surrealist fantasy. His role as a patron of the arts put him in touch with luminaries of his times, including Dylan Thomas, Sigmund Freud, DH Lawrence, and Aldous Huxley. Huxley introduced him to Hollywood types, who in turn introduced him to spiritualist, surrealist, west coast visionaries, who then introduced him to the wilds of Mexico. A great lover of plants and animals, he was immediately attracted to he jungles of Mexico by the lush vegetation and the leisurely pace.

<img src="http://atlasobscura.lg1.simplecdn.net/files/place_images/Las%20pozas%20mexico.JPG">

<img src="http://atlasobscura.lg1.simplecdn.net/files/imagecache/place_main/place_images/IMG_7550_0.JPG">

<img src="http://atlasobscura.lg1.simplecdn.net/files/imagecache/place_main/place_images/IMG_7527.JPG">

<img src="http://atlasobscura.lg1.simplecdn.net/files/imagecache/place_main/place_images/IMG_7595.JPG">

alkemical
07-24-2009, 08:53 AM
http://associatesdegree.org/free-edu/fascinating-ancient-maps/

Works of art in and of themselves, these ancient maps reveal a great deal more than the geographical knowledge of our ancestors. They tell stories of war and triumph, reveal myths and biases, and document modes of thought that have long been obsolete.

The Island of California

<img src="http://associatesdegree.org/free-edu/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/ca-island.png">

Belgium as a Lion

<img src="http://associatesdegree.org/free-edu/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/belgiumlion.png">

alkemical
07-27-2009, 12:32 PM
http://pseudoccultmedia.blogspot.com/2009/07/androgynous-illuminati-fashion.html

Thursday, 23 July 2009
Androgynous Illuminati Fashion

The fashion world is becoming increasingly blatant with it's "Illuminati" symbolism lately, this set for D Mag was literally titled 'Illuminati', taken by photographer Antonella Arismendi with a couple of male models (Alex Nestor and Yamil Castiglione) their similar styles of hair with opposite colours [black/white] plays into their duality obsession (androgyny is also, the combining of the two opposite genders [male/female]). The Eye in the Pyramid "Illuminati" motif drawn on these stereotypical looking male models (male models always seem to look even more androgynous, expressionless and devoid of personality than female models, they always seem to be ugly too). As well as the standard "Illuminati" symbol of the eye in the pyramid, the masks, androgyny, the more general bondage themes (chain[mail] shirt thing/black leather/etc) and the native american headdress are worth noting too.

<img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_jXMIsK3dV50/Smiy2uYlC0I/AAAAAAAATUY/lnhuLRcskc8/s400/IlluminatiFashionEditorial5.JPG">

<img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_jXMIsK3dV50/SmioMsizd-I/AAAAAAAATTo/tytTAsVwtIg/s400/IlluminatiFashionEditorial1.JPG">

<img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_jXMIsK3dV50/Smiy25Io1uI/AAAAAAAATUg/mIa--l1cv-A/s400/AntonellaArismendiMerkabah1.jpg">

<img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_jXMIsK3dV50/SmjThNVo6pI/AAAAAAAATXI/dp08X0LS2Y4/s400/AntonellaArismendiSalemsWitches7.jpg">

alkemical
07-27-2009, 12:43 PM
http://cryptogon.com/?p=10123

Government Swine Flu Advisor On Vaccine Maker Payroll
July 27th, 2009

Via: Infowars:

Many people seem genuinely baffled that western governments are hyping the arrival of a swine flu pandemic as if it’s the greatest threat to humanity since the bubonic plague, despite the relatively low number of deaths from the virus, unaware that the pharmaceutical industry has been intimately joined at the hip with the state for decades.

Another illustration of that fact is the revelation that one of the UK government’s top advisors on swine flu also happens to be a sitting board member of GlaxoSmithKline, the company selling dangerous and untested swine flu vaccines, as well as anti-viral drugs Tamiflu and Relenza, to the NHS.

“Professor Sir Roy Anderson sits on the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), a 20-strong task force drawing up the action plan for the virus. Yet he also holds a £116,000-a-year post on the board of GlaxoSmithKline,” reports the Daily Mail.

We also learn that Anderson was “one of the first UK experts to call the outbreak a pandemic,” and has been busy on radio and TV pushing the effectiveness of anti-virals to fight swine flu, without telling listeners that he was on the GSK payroll.

alkemical
07-27-2009, 12:44 PM
http://www.alternet.org/water/141208/desalination_creates_more_problems_than_solutions_ in_tampa/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=alternet

Desalination Creates More Problems than Solutions in Tampa

Rohirrim
07-27-2009, 12:48 PM
http://pseudoccultmedia.blogspot.com/2009/07/androgynous-illuminati-fashion.html

Thursday, 23 July 2009
Androgynous Illuminati Fashion

The fashion world is becoming increasingly blatant with it's "Illuminati" symbolism lately, this set for D Mag was literally titled 'Illuminati', taken by photographer Antonella Arismendi with a couple of male models (Alex Nestor and Yamil Castiglione) their similar styles of hair with opposite colours [black/white] plays into their duality obsession (androgyny is also, the combining of the two opposite genders [male/female]). The Eye in the Pyramid "Illuminati" motif drawn on these stereotypical looking male models (male models always seem to look even more androgynous, expressionless and devoid of personality than female models, they always seem to be ugly too). As well as the standard "Illuminati" symbol of the eye in the pyramid, the masks, androgyny, the more general bondage themes (chain[mail] shirt thing/black leather/etc) and the native american headdress are worth noting too.

<img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_jXMIsK3dV50/Smiy2uYlC0I/AAAAAAAATUY/lnhuLRcskc8/s400/IlluminatiFashionEditorial5.JPG">

<img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_jXMIsK3dV50/SmioMsizd-I/AAAAAAAATTo/tytTAsVwtIg/s400/IlluminatiFashionEditorial1.JPG">

<img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_jXMIsK3dV50/Smiy25Io1uI/AAAAAAAATUg/mIa--l1cv-A/s400/AntonellaArismendiMerkabah1.jpg">

<img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_jXMIsK3dV50/SmjThNVo6pI/AAAAAAAATXI/dp08X0LS2Y4/s400/AntonellaArismendiSalemsWitches7.jpg">

Beware the boredom of aristocrats. ;D

Punisher
07-27-2009, 12:50 PM
http://cryptogon.com/?p=10123

Government Swine Flu Advisor On Vaccine Maker Payroll
July 27th, 2009

Via: Infowars:

Many people seem genuinely baffled that western governments are hyping the arrival of a swine flu pandemic as if it’s the greatest threat to humanity since the bubonic plague, despite the relatively low number of deaths from the virus, unaware that the pharmaceutical industry has been intimately joined at the hip with the state for decades.

Another illustration of that fact is the revelation that one of the UK government’s top advisors on swine flu also happens to be a sitting board member of GlaxoSmithKline, the company selling dangerous and untested swine flu vaccines, as well as anti-viral drugs Tamiflu and Relenza, to the NHS.

“Professor Sir Roy Anderson sits on the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), a 20-strong task force drawing up the action plan for the virus. Yet he also holds a £116,000-a-year post on the board of GlaxoSmithKline,” reports the Daily Mail.

We also learn that Anderson was “one of the first UK experts to call the outbreak a pandemic,” and has been busy on radio and TV pushing the effectiveness of anti-virals to fight swine flu, without telling listeners that he was on the GSK payroll.

Many say if they don't find a Vaccine by November that 40% of America will have the virus.

alkemical
07-27-2009, 12:51 PM
Many say if they don't find a Vaccine by November that 40% of America will have the virus.

I honestly find this to be a bio-warfare type of project....

Punisher
07-27-2009, 01:01 PM
I honestly find this to be a bio-warfare type of project....

Yea this is why we won't ever become a Type 3 Civilization

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alkemical
07-27-2009, 01:07 PM
hmmm, i agree and disagree.....

alkemical
07-28-2009, 07:49 AM
http://www.redicecreations.com/article.php?id=7361

Three NJ Mayors, A Couple of State Legislators and A Busload of Rabbis Arrested for in Corruption Sting, Selling Human Organs (Video)

alkemical
07-28-2009, 07:58 AM
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17523-nerve-cells-have-natural-resistance-to-hiv.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news

Nerve cells have natural resistance to HIV

Neurons can protect themselves against infection with HIV, new research has demonstrated. They owe their hardiness to a protein called FEZ-1, made uniquely by neurons, and which appears to lock out the virus.

The finding raises the possibility of new treatments to thwart HIV by using gene therapy or drugs to activate production of the same protein in cells other than neurons – especially the white blood cells most vulnerable to infection.

Mojgan Naghavi of University College Dublin, Ireland, along with her colleagues Juliane Haedicke and Craig Brown, established the protective effects of FEZ-1 by blocking production of the protein in human neurons.

When they did this, the neurons became vulnerable to infection. Likewise, they successfully blocked the usual infections in other types of brain cells, such as microglia, by engineering them to manufacture FEZ-1.

alkemical
07-28-2009, 08:03 AM
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17521-scary-music-is-spookier-with-eyes-shut.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news

Scary music is spookier with eyes shut

alkemical
07-28-2009, 08:10 AM
http://www.ansa.it/site/notizie/awnplus/english/news/2009-07-24_124366942.html

Diver finds ruins of ancient city

(ANSA) - Squillace, July 24 - An amateur scuba diver has discovered what may be the ruins of an ancient city off the coast of Calabria, a local town council said Friday.

Alessandro Ciliberto, an architect with a passion for scuba diving, discovered a group of stone blocks around 3-4 metres under water while he was diving 15 metres from the shore near the town of Squillace on Calabria's east coast.

alkemical
07-28-2009, 08:14 AM
http://www.redicecreations.com/article.php?id=7359

Craig Venter: Programming algae to pump out oil

Genome pioneer Craig Venter has teamed up with Exxon Mobil to turn living algae into mini oil wells. How will they do it?

Algae that can turn carbon dioxide back into fossil fuel - it sounds too good to be true. How is this going to work?

Algae use carbon dioxide to generate a number of oil molecules, via photosynthesis, as a way of storing energy. People have been trying to make them overproduce the oil and store it. We're changing the algae's gene structure to get them to produce hydrocarbons similar to those that come out of the ground and to trick them into pumping these hydrocarbons out instead of accumulating them. As other groups get CO2 sequestration techniques going, we'd like to take that CO2 and get the algae to convert it back into oil. The aim is to prevent it from further increasing carbon in the atmosphere.

How do you get from algae oil to oil you can put in a car or jet engine?

The next stage is to take the algae's biocrude, put it into Exxon Mobil's existing refineries, and try to make the same products that you get from oil that comes out of the ground. So the goal is to make gasoline, diesel fuel and jet fuel out of the same hydrocarbons we use now - just from a different source. Instead of pulling the carbon out of the ground we're pulling it out of the atmosphere.

alkemical
07-28-2009, 10:43 AM
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=14543

Martial Law and the Militarization of Public Health: The Worldwide H1N1 Flu Vaccination Program

alkemical
07-28-2009, 10:44 AM
http://www.wunderkabinett.co.uk/damndata/index.php?/archives/1870-The-girl-with-the-all-seeing-eye.html

Monday, July 27. 2009
The girl with the "all seeing eye"

Nothing to do with the Illuminati but the name being attached to an apparently unique medical anomaly and a testament to the amazing adaptability of the human brain.

A girl born with only half a brain can only see with one eye but somehow her brain has rewired itself so that one eye provides full vision.

alkemical
07-28-2009, 10:45 AM
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10294201-1.html

Artificial brain in 10 years, apocalypse soon after?

This week at the TED Global conference, Henry Markram, director of the Blue Brain Project, revealed that he and his team in Switzerland are aiming to build a functioning, artificial human brain within the next 10 years.

The team started out a few years ago by attempting to create a fully functioning artificial rat brain using the IBM supercomputer, Blue Gene. The thought was if they could successfully replicate a rat's brain, they would then leverage their knowledge to do the same with a human one.

When they began their experiment, the digital rat brain only fired neurons when prodded by a simulated electrical current. Recently, however, the neurons have begun spontaneously organizing themselves into a more complex pattern.

According to the scientists, this is the beginning of the self-organizing neurological patterns that eventually, in more complex mammal brains, become personality.

Markram thinks that in 10 years, they'll either have an artificial human brain that has consciousness or they'll know that consciousness is more than just a neurological pattern. If they do succeed, Markram says they'll bring the brain to TED to speak.

alkemical
07-28-2009, 11:22 AM
FYI

By fall equinox - this thread will be retired - and I will have a blog that will be built off of my google reader setup -

alkemical
07-28-2009, 12:45 PM
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/07/090727130814.htm

Transparent Aluminum Is ‘New State Of Matter’

ScienceDaily (July 27, 2009) — Oxford scientists have created a transparent form of aluminium by bombarding the metal with the world’s most powerful soft X-ray laser. ‘Transparent aluminium’ previously only existed in science fiction, featuring in the movie Star Trek IV, but the real material is an exotic new state of matter with implications for planetary science and nuclear fusion.

alkemical
07-28-2009, 12:47 PM
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alkemical
07-28-2009, 12:48 PM
http://atlasobscura.com/

<img src="http://atlasobscura.lg1.simplecdn.net/files/place_images/P1150407.jpg">

Welcome to the Atlas Obscura, a compendium of this age's wonders, curiosities, and esoterica.

The Atlas Obscura is a collaborative project with the goal of cataloging all of the singular, eccentric, bizarre, fantastical, and strange out-of-the-way places that get left out of traditional travel guidebooks and are ignored by the average tourist.

If you're looking for miniature cities, glass flowers, books bound in human skin, gigantic flaming holes in the ground, phallological museums, bone churches, balancing pagodas, or homes built entirely out of paper, the Atlas Obscura is where you'll find them.

At right: Welcome to Tokyo's newest — and perhaps shortest-lived — tourist attraction, a 20-meter robot standing in a park, overlooking the harbor of the world's manga metropolis.

The lifesize, plastic replica of a robot from Gundam, opened on
July 11, 2009 and will be closed to the public on August 31st. It is part of the celebrations for Gundam's 30th anniversary.

alkemical
07-30-2009, 07:47 AM
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alkemical
07-30-2009, 08:15 AM
http://www.alternet.org/drugreporter/141522/is_big_pharma_trying_to_take_all_the_fun_out_of_po t_/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=alternet

Is Big Pharma Trying to Take All the Fun out of Pot?

By Steven Wishnia, AlterNet. Posted July 25, 2009.

Drug researchers are trying to replicate marijuana's therapeutic effects, but without the "side effect" of getting people high.

alkemical
07-30-2009, 08:17 AM
http://www.naturalnews.com/026732_military_pandemic_outbreak.html

Military to Deploy on U.S. Soil to "Assist" with Pandemic Outbreak

alkemical
07-30-2009, 08:23 AM
The inner workings of the Antikythera mechanism

An animation produced by Mogi Vicentini shows how the world's oldest computer helped the Ancient Greeks simulate planetary motions and predict lunar eclipses

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/video/2009/jul/29/antikythera-computer-animation

http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/shortsharpscience/2009/07/jo-marchant-consultant-from-sw.html

World's first computer may be even older than thought

alkemical
07-30-2009, 08:33 AM
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5j0iDP29v8HayIawDmx2FGNbla3Jw

US enlists citizens in anti-terrorism strategy

alkemical
07-30-2009, 08:34 AM
http://robertscourt.blogspot.com/2009/07/massive-us-terrorism-simulation.html

Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Massive US Terrorism Simulation Involving Foreign Agencies Begins Today

alkemical
07-30-2009, 08:49 AM
http://secretsun.blogspot.com/2009/07/eye-of-horus-in-sky.html

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/ap/20090724/capt.36cef0a7f79a43d0964ad63ee6ad7d8c.spitzer_imag e_ny122.jpg?x=345&y=345&q=85&sig=EQ1QwGh8WvBi9hTW73qDrA--

alkemical
07-30-2009, 08:52 AM
http://electricchildren.com/wordpress/?p=414

The Merging of Ourselves and Our Avatars

With each generation of avatar, they will become more life-like, growing in realism, pressing the limits of autonomy as we become more and more reliant on them for experiencing the world. The avatar will become an extension of ourselves. The pain that we feel is the same pain that they feel, and vice versa. Like symbiotic twins separated only by a dimension or two, we are destined to become one with our avatars.

alkemical
07-30-2009, 08:54 AM
http://www.disinfo.com/content/story.php?title=Blue-M%26Ms-Mend-Spinal-Injuries-1

The food dye that gives blue M&Ms their colour can help mend spinal injuries, researchers have claimed after tests on rats.

alkemical
07-30-2009, 08:57 AM
http://webecoist.com/2009/07/29/47-awesome-auroras-to-delight-your-senses/

<img src="http://webecoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/TOPaurora.jpg">

snowspot66
07-30-2009, 09:10 AM
http://www.disinfo.com/content/story.php?title=Blue-M%26Ms-Mend-Spinal-Injuries-1

The food dye that gives blue M&Ms their colour can help mend spinal injuries, researchers have claimed after tests on rats.

God I love medical research articles. The **** we're finding out about the human body every day is nothing short of amazing.

alkemical
07-30-2009, 11:02 AM
http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2009/07/23/2007019.aspx

Too much networking?

Are geeks guilty of groupthink? A network expert argues that less social networking would produce more radical innovation on the Internet.

"An overabundance of connections over which information can travel too cheaply can reduce diversity, foster groupthink, and keep radical ideas from taking hold," Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, director of the Information + Innovation Policy Research Center at the National University of Singapore, writes in this week's issue of the journal Science.

That may be one of the reasons why much of the open-source software currently being produced is rarely altered in anything more than an incremental manner, Mayer-Schönberger says.

"The basic point that I'm trying to make is ... how do we get to the next stage of the Internet, the new-generation Internet, the radical innovation, rather than another dot release on the Firefox browser?" he told me today.

Mayer-Schönberger is focusing on the open-source software community because the perils of groupthink are well-known in the commercial world. Once a complicated piece of software catches hold in the market, there's often a "lock-in effect" that freezes out radical changes in that software.

"Every radical change gives the users the opportunity to make a switch to a potential competitor's product, and as a vendor, you don't like that - except if you're Apple," Mayer-Schönberger said. (Apple can rely on a dedicated following that will be quick to adopt radical innovations, such as the iPhone, he explained.)

alkemical
07-30-2009, 11:03 AM
http://cryptogon.com/?p=10148

Yahoo Gives In to Microsoft, Gives Up on Search
July 29th, 2009

Via: Business Week:

Ever since Microsoft (MSFT) made its $45 billion bid for Yahoo (YHOO) in early 2008, it was clear the software giant was serious about taking on arch-rival Google (GOOG) in the lucrative Internet search business. And now, after more than a year of more limited talks after Yahoo denied that bid, it seems Microsoft has achieved its goal. If reports of an impending deal between the companies prove true, Microsoft will emerge as the clear No. 2 player in search.

In a deal that presages its departure from a market it once dominated, Yahoo will essentially scrap its own efforts to best Google in search and instead rely on Microsoft’s recently debuted Bing search engine, according to reports in The Wall Street Journal and the BoomTown blog. Ads placed next to those search results would be served up not by Yahoo’s ad platform, dubbed Panama, but by a Microsoft technology called AdCenter, says another report from Advertising Age. Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz “is essentially giving up on search,” says Danny Sullivan, editor of Search Engine Land.

alkemical
07-30-2009, 11:08 AM
http://seedmagazine.com/content/article/supersizing_quantum_behavior/

A groundbreaking Caltech experiment may detect quantum physics where classical mechanics has ruled sovereign.

ow, post-doc Matt LaHaye and his colleagues at the California Institute of Technology have built a miniature structure that can help them detect whether an object made of 10 billion atoms exhibits quantum properties. The specific property currently under study is a phenomenon called “quantized energy.” On the human scale, oscillating objects, like a pendulum, have a continuous energy curve, progressing from 100 percent of their possible energy to zero and back. But atoms oscillate between clear energy states—for example, an atom could have 100 percent energy or zero, but nowhere in between. They have quantized energy.

Keith Schwab, a co-author of the study, posited some years ago that if oscillating objects larger than atoms have quantized energy levels, too, one should be able to detect them by engineering the correct interaction with an atom-like system. By looking at how the energy levels of the atom change when it is coupled with an oscillating object, scientists could deduce the oscillating object’s energy levels, or quanta. At long last, Schwab, LaHaye, and colleagues, including Michael Roukes, co-director of Caltech’s Kavli Nanoscience Institute, have built a device that can do such an experiment.

On a silicon chip, they have created, side by side, a nanoscale aluminum bridge and a small loop of superconductor (a “Cooper pair box”) that acts like an artificial “atom.” This “atom” serves as a “qubit,” taking one of two states, like a quantum version of the binary bits in a computer. The bridge—made of 10 billion atoms—vibrates side to side when a current is applied, while the qubit jumps between its energy levels. Both generate electric fields, which are so close that they in turn interact with each other, allowing the movement of the bridge to telegraph the energy levels of the qubit.

The researchers’ first test, published recently in Nature, is a proof of principle: If they could deduce the atom’s quanta from the bridge’s vibrations, they would have proof that they could turn the experiment around and use the atom’s vibrations to measure the quanta of the bridge. And lo and behold, nested within the readouts from the bridge were the signatures of the qubit state, clear as day.

These results have something of a fairytale quality for the researchers. “These experiments sound like thought experiments you see in books, ones that when you build them won’t work,” Schwab says. “But what we’re realizing is that these work.”

alkemical
07-30-2009, 11:11 AM
http://www.alternet.org/blogs/peek/141591/the_heart_attack_grill:_where_you_can_eat_free_if_ you_weigh_over_350_lbs./?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=alternet

The Heart Attack Grill: Where You Can Eat Free If You Weigh Over 350 Lbs.

Posted by Jasmin Ramsey, PULSE at 2:00 PM on July 27, 2009.

A restaurant has launched an anti-health rebellion, serving Quadruple Bypass Burgers (8,000 calories) and Flatliner Fries cooked in pure lard.

alkemical
07-30-2009, 11:19 AM
Government virus expert paid £116k by swine flu vaccine manufacturers

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1202389/Government-virus-expert-paid-116k-swine-flu-vaccine-manufacturers.html;jsessionid=F4F04A95F36D15D7D4C7 03EB8705037A#ixzz0MlRMZjkH

alkemical
07-30-2009, 11:51 AM
http://www.disinfo.com/content/story.php?title=Adventures--Would-Be-Arms-Dealer

“Adventures of a Would-Be Arms Dealer" is an intriguing eight-page comic taking from the annual Small Arms Survey. In a graphic adaptation of real events, the protagonist goes from Rwanda to Cyprus to the Channel Islands in order to set up an illegal arms deal. The task involves sharing some beers with a drunken Rwandan Defense Ministry employee, chatting on his cellphone, and learning that bullets go for 75 cents in Somalia.


<img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v351/jakub4/Cartoon5.jpg">

alkemical
07-30-2009, 11:53 AM
http://www.wired.com/politics/security/magazine/17-08/mf_haarp?currentPage=all

Strange New Air Force Facility Energizes Ionosphere, Fans Conspiracy Flames

alkemical
07-30-2009, 12:05 PM
http://www.examiner.com/x-2363-UFO-Examiner~y2009m7d28-Ohio-UFO

Ohio witness photographs triangle UFO

<img src="http://image.examiner.com/images/blog/wysiwyg/image/file1__IMG00165-350.jpg">

alkemical
07-30-2009, 12:09 PM
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17538-glass-leaf-sweats-to-generate-electricity.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=tech

Glass leaf 'sweats' to generate electricity

alkemical
07-30-2009, 12:10 PM
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20327185.600-microwave-weapon-will-rain-pain-from-the-sky.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=tech

THE Pentagon's enthusiasm for non-lethal crowd-control weapons appears to have stepped up a gear with its decision to develop a microwave pain-infliction system that can be fired from an aircraft.

The device is an extension of its controversial Active Denial System, which uses microwaves to heat the surface of the skin, creating a painful sensation without burning that strongly motivates the target to flee. The ADS was unveiled in 2001, but it has not been deployed owing to legal issues and safety fears.

alkemical
07-30-2009, 12:11 PM
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17506-us-vehicle-efficiency-hardly-changed-since-model-t.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=tech

The average fuel efficiency of the US vehicle fleet has risen by just 3 miles per gallon since the days of the Ford Model T, and has barely shifted at all since 1991.

Those are the conclusions reached by Michael Sivak and Omer Tsimhoni at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute in Ann Arbor. They analysed the fuel efficiency of the entire US vehicle fleet of cars, motorcycles, trucks and buses from 1923 to 2006.

alkemical
07-30-2009, 12:27 PM
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alkemical
07-30-2009, 01:19 PM
http://www.dailygrail.com/news/depth-perception

YouTube video of the late Carl Sagan explaining the '4th Dimension'

<img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d7/8-cell.gif">

Odysseus
07-30-2009, 02:29 PM
http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2009/07/23/2007019.aspx

Too much networking?

Are geeks guilty of groupthink? A network expert argues that less social networking would produce more radical innovation on the Internet.

"An overabundance of connections over which information can travel too cheaply can reduce diversity, foster groupthink, and keep radical ideas from taking hold," Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, director of the Information + Innovation Policy Research Center at the National University of Singapore, writes in this week's issue of the journal Science.

That may be one of the reasons why much of the open-source software currently being produced is rarely altered in anything more than an incremental manner, Mayer-Schönberger says.

"The basic point that I'm trying to make is ... how do we get to the next stage of the Internet, the new-generation Internet, the radical innovation, rather than another dot release on the Firefox browser?" he told me today.

Mayer-Schönberger is focusing on the open-source software community because the perils of groupthink are well-known in the commercial world. Once a complicated piece of software catches hold in the market, there's often a "lock-in effect" that freezes out radical changes in that software.

"Every radical change gives the users the opportunity to make a switch to a potential competitor's product, and as a vendor, you don't like that - except if you're Apple," Mayer-Schönberger said. (Apple can rely on a dedicated following that will be quick to adopt radical innovations, such as the iPhone, he explained.)

I sometimes think this place is rotting with group think. How do you show a person how to break a pattern of thinking that outside of a few sentences in cyber space is "working" for them. How many failed lives touch these pages and walk away unstained by anything or anyone.

I don't think the next advance is technology only. I think people have to evolve past the stage of thinking they are right and actually going back to asking the original questions we all know from deep in our hearts. We are too segmented right now. We struggle to connect on the smallest things.

Hogan11
08-01-2009, 07:58 PM
Here ya go Josh....can't get much more odd than this guy. It's said that when he appeared on Coast To Coast AM people actually became ill after listening to his segment.

May I present: Benjamin Creme

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=howKu4kx_o8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aNcSpzg_Kc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmAE6esXyL8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTYdwDBjOaY

alkemical
08-05-2009, 08:33 AM
Here ya go Josh....can't get much more odd than this guy. It's said that when he appeared on Coast To Coast AM people actually became ill after listening to his segment.

May I present: Benjamin Creme

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=howKu4kx_o8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aNcSpzg_Kc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmAE6esXyL8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTYdwDBjOaY

I'm familiar with him/this story. I'm interested, but not sure.

alkemical
08-05-2009, 08:34 AM
http://naturalplane.blogspot.com/2009/08/monolith-structure-seen-on-nasa-mars.html

Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Monolith Structure Captured On NASA Mars Orbiter Camera

<img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_iq2vQY1Jeaw/Snl5cZfMx_I/AAAAAAAAOlg/1W4k-AC4qeg/s400/monolith.jpg">

dailymail.co.uk - An image of what appears to be a mysterious rocky monument on Mars has excited space junkies around the world.

The 'monolith', was snapped from 165 miles away using a special high resolution camera on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

gyldenlove
08-05-2009, 10:00 AM
http://naturalplane.blogspot.com/2009/08/monolith-structure-seen-on-nasa-mars.html

Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Monolith Structure Captured On NASA Mars Orbiter Camera

<img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_iq2vQY1Jeaw/Snl5cZfMx_I/AAAAAAAAOlg/1W4k-AC4qeg/s400/monolith.jpg">

dailymail.co.uk - An image of what appears to be a mysterious rocky monument on Mars has excited space junkies around the world.

The 'monolith', was snapped from 165 miles away using a special high resolution camera on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

That wouldn't be the Mars orbiter would it?

alkemical
08-05-2009, 10:48 AM
That wouldn't be the Mars orbiter would it?

I'm not sure i understand your question.

alkemical
08-05-2009, 02:09 PM
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/08/090803185836.htm

Computers Unlock More Secrets Of The Mysterious Indus Valley Script

ScienceDaily (Aug. 4, 2009) — Four-thousand years ago, an urban civilization lived and traded on what is now the border between Pakistan and India. During the past century, thousands of artifacts bearing hieroglyphics left by this prehistoric people have been discovered. Today, a team of Indian and American researchers are using mathematics and computer science to try to piece together information about the still-unknown script.



++++

Judge clears way for dinosaur park to be seized (http://www.pnj.com/article/20090801/NEWS01/908010317)

alkemical
08-05-2009, 02:12 PM
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=fungus-makes-zombie-ants

Fungus Makes Zombie Ants Do All the Work
A tropical fungus has adapted to infect ants and force them to chomp, with surprising specificity, into perfectly located leaves before killing them and taking over their bodies

Hogan11
08-05-2009, 03:34 PM
I'm familiar with him/this story. I'm interested, but not sure.

I'm not buying it...I didn't feel ill after listening to him either.

Flying Humanoids Josh? Buy or sell?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ep7EOSsSL-w

alkemical
08-11-2009, 08:14 AM
I'm not buying it...I didn't feel ill after listening to him either.

Flying Humanoids Josh? Buy or sell?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ep7EOSsSL-w

I'm not sure either - but I got this for you from one of my news feeds:

http://naturalplane.blogspot.com/2009/07/flying-humanoid-phenomena.html

Check it out - they even cover over some military apparatus.

alkemical
08-11-2009, 08:15 AM
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/08/05/white-house-draws-requesting-fishy-information-supporters-health-reform/

The White House is under fire for a blog post asking supporters to send "fishy" information received through rumors, chain e-mails and casual conversations to a White House e-mail address, flag@whitehouse.gov.

Conservatives have pounced on the request, accusing the White House of acting Orwellian.

"If you get an e-mail from your neighbor and it doesn't sound right, send it to the White House?"said Sen. John Barasso, R-Wyo. " People, I think all across America are going to say is this 1984? What is happening here? Is big brother watching?"

Radio host Rush Limbaugh accused the White House of using heavy-handed tactics.

"They're looking for tattletales,"he said. "They're looking for snitches. They're looking for informants."

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, charged the White House with compiling an "enemies list."In a letter to the president, Cornyn urged Obama to provide Congress with more details on what the White House plans to do with anyone reported for "fishy"speech.

alkemical
08-11-2009, 08:18 AM
http://seedmagazine.com/content/article/opera_in_the_fifth_dimension/

In Hypermusic Prologue, physicist Lisa Randall re-imagines her extradimensional theories of the universe as opera.

<img src="http://www.seedmagazine.com/images/uploads/hypermusic-prologue_INLINE.jpg">

alkemical
08-11-2009, 08:20 AM
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20327206.400-miniature-gravity-detector-could-peer-inside-planets.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=tech

PEERING beneath the surface of Mars and other planets to reveal buried geological features could get easier, thanks to a nifty new silicon gadget.

The device, called a gravity gradiometer, has been designed to measure how much the force of gravity changes from place to place, enabling it to map a planet's gravitational field.

The idea is simple. Take two masses, each hanging from a spring. If one mass is slightly closer to a planet's surface, it will feel stronger gravity and pull more on its spring than the other mass. Compare the pulls on the two springs, and you can work out the gravity gradient over that part of the planet. A gravity gradiometer aboard the European Space Agency's GOCE satellite is currently probing Earth's gravity field, but it has a mass of hundreds of kilograms. Being so heavy, it would be prohibitively expensive to send such a device on a deep-space mission.

alkemical
08-11-2009, 08:22 AM
http://naturalplane.blogspot.com/2009/08/strange-goings-on-at-walkerwoods.html

Monday, August 10, 2009
The Strange Goings on at Walkerwoods Reservoir

The poachers ran as fast as they could all the way to a clearing near the edge of the woods where a lamp-post lit the surrounding area. They stopped there puffing and panting and feeling a little more secure in the light. Then suddenly, from the darkness came a huge dark figure. It was about seven feet tall and was completely black in colour. It was as if it had no recognizable features. As it took one giant stride forward into the light they noticed something even more unusual. This thing seemed to be absorbing the darkness, as if camouflaged in some way. As you can well imagine the poachers shrieked out and ran for it. At this the large figure just stepped back and disappeared as the darkness enveloped it. They got to their cars and sped off. Needless to say, the poachers never visited the location again.

alkemical
08-11-2009, 08:32 AM
http://strategicsorcery.blogspot.com/2009/08/measure-of-wealth.html

To live a life where your actions are determined by your will and not by your bills. “

alkemical
08-11-2009, 09:21 AM
http://cryptogon.com/?p=10348

Britain: A Request to Snoop on Public Every 60 Seconds
August 10th, 2009

Via: Telegraph:

Councils, police and other public bodies are seeking access to people’s private telephone and email records almost 1,400 times a day, new figures have disclosed.

The authorities made more than 500,000 requests for confidential communications data last year, equivalent to spying on one in every 78 adults, leading to claims that Britain had “sleepwalked into a surveillance society”.

An official report also disclosed that hundreds of errors had been made in these “interception” operations, with the wrong phone numbers or emails being monitored.

The figures will fuel concerns over the use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act by public bodies.

The Act gives authorities – including councils, the police and intelligence agencies – the power to request access to confidential communications data, including lists of telephone numbers dialled and email addresses to which messages have been sent.

Councils have been accused of using the powers, which were originally intended to tackle terrorism and organised crime, for trivial matters such as littering and dog fouling. Only last month, it emerged that councils and other official bodies had used hidden tracking devices to spy on members of the public.

alkemical
08-11-2009, 09:37 AM
http://cryptogon.com/?p=10352

Karzai Family’s Wealth ‘Fuelling Insurgency’
August 10th, 2009

Via: Telegraph:

Persistent allegations of corruption aimed at Hamid Karzai’s family are undermining Western efforts in Afghanistan and feeding the Taliban-led insurgency, Washington policy-makers have warned.

The president’s brothers, Mahmoud and Ahmed Wali, are accused of having amassed millions of pounds since Mr Karzai took office even as most of Afghanistan remains poverty stricken. The development has fuelled a popular disillusionment and anger with the leadership that the Taliban has exploited.

Ahmed Wali Karzai has been dogged by allegations, which he denies, of involvement in the country’s $3 billion opium trade, while Mahmoud Karzai has been accused of using his brother’s influence to build a business empire that has made him one of the country’s wealthiest men.

alkemical
08-11-2009, 09:38 AM
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17575

Ditching binary will make quantum computers more powerful

Five-state system

Until now, quantum computers' basic components have been binary quantum bits – qubits – which encode two states in the quantum spin of atoms, electrons or photons. The ability of such particles to defy everyday logic, and exist in multiple quantum states at once, should one day enable quantum computers to perform vast numbers of calculations simultaneously.

Neeley's group used a superconducting aluminium and silicon circuit on a sapphire wafer to make five-state qubits, or "qudits", that operate at 0.025 kelvin.

"There's more information stored in a qudit than a qubit, so a given computation can be done with fewer qudits," Neeley told New Scientist.

By firing microwave photons of five different frequencies into the circuit, they were able to encourage it to jump between five discrete energy levels. "We also developed a quantum measuring technique that can distinguish between all of these levels," says Neeley.

alkemical
08-11-2009, 09:39 AM
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20327200.100-how-to-cure-diseases-before-they-have-even-evolved.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news

How to cure diseases before they have even evolved

Goldblatt and a few other researchers think they have the answer. They are working on an entirely new class of antiviral drugs that should do something seemingly impossible: work against a wide range of existing viruses and also be effective against viruses that have not even evolved yet. What's more, it should be extremely difficult for any virus to become resistant to these drugs.

This might sound too good to be true, but the first trials of these drugs are already producing encouraging early results. If just a few of them live up to their promise in full-scale human trials - no sure thing - they will be a medical breakthrough on a par with the discovery of penicillin. At last, doctors will be able to treat viral diseases as ably as they do bacterial ones.

alkemical
08-11-2009, 09:43 AM
http://www.redicecreations.com/article.php?id=7555

The Pitch Drop : World's Longest Experiment

Begun in 1927 by Professor Thomas Parnell, this experiment was meant to reveal the surprising properties of an everyday material: pitch. Pitch is the name of a number of hard tar-like substances and in this case bitumen was used. Though at room temperature pitch appears to be a solid and can be shattered by a hammer, it is in fact a very high-viscosity liquid, and Professor Parnell wanted to prove it.

Just getting ready to perform the experiment took years. First the Professor heated a sample of pitch and poured it into a sealed funnel. Then, he waited. For three years Parnell let the pitch settle in the funnel, until in 1930, when he felt the pitch was settled enough, he cut the bottom of the funnel, freeing the pitch to begin its mind-bogglingly slow downward escape.

Professor Parnell lived long enough to record only two drips - the first in 1938, eight years after the opening of the funnel - and the second, nine years later in 1947.

alkemical
08-11-2009, 09:46 AM
http://www.disinfo.com/content/story.php?title=UK-national-ID-card-cloned-in-12-minutes-1

The prospective national ID card was broken and cloned in 12 minutes, the Daily Mail revealed this morning.

The newspaper hired computer expert Adam Laurie to test the security that protects the information embedded in the chip on the card.

Using a Nokia mobile phone and a laptop computer, Laurie was able to copy the data on a card that is being issued to foreign nationals in minutes.

He then created a cloned card, and with help from another technology expert, changed all the data on the new card. This included the physical details of the bearer, name, fingerprints and other information.

alkemical
08-12-2009, 08:04 AM
http://www.southernstudies.org/2009/08/alabama-city-destroying-ancient-indian-mound-for-sams-club.html

City leaders in Oxford, Ala. have approved the destruction of a 1,500-year-old Native American ceremonial mound and are using the dirt as fill for a new Sam's Club, a retail warehouse store operated by Wal-Mart.

alkemical
08-12-2009, 08:05 AM
http://spacefellowship.com/2009/08/10/on-a-cosmological-timescale-the-earths-period-of-habitability-is-nearly-over/

On a cosmological timescale, The Earth’s period of habitability is nearly over
By
Sigurd
Published: 10 August 2009 11:41 PM CEST Source

One of the hottest topics at this year’s XXVIIth General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil involves the study of the astrophysical conditions favourable for the development and survival of primordial life. New research shows that compared to middle-aged stars like the Sun, newly formed stars spin faster generating strong magnetic fields that result in emission of more intense levels of X-rays, ultraviolet rays and charged particles ― all of which could wreak havoc on budding atmospheres and have a dramatic effect on the development of emerging life forms.

alkemical
08-12-2009, 08:07 AM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_8195000/8195029.stm

<img src="http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/46188000/jpg/_46188095_pitcher1.jpg">

A new species of giant carnivorous plant has been discovered in the highlands of the central Philippines.

The pitcher plant is among the largest of all pitchers and is so big that it can catch rats as well as insects in its leafy trap.

During the same expedition, botanists also came across strange pink ferns and blue mushrooms they could not identify.

<img src="http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/46188000/jpg/_46188097_-1.jpg">

alkemical
08-12-2009, 08:09 AM
http://www.realitysandwich.com/hopi_prophesy_along_biotour

Hopi Prophesy on the BioTour

alkemical
08-12-2009, 08:33 AM
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/08/hummingearth/

You can’t hear it, but the Earth is constantly humming. And some parts of the world sing louder than others.

After discovering the mysterious low-frequency buzz in 1998, scientists figured out that the Earth’s hum is caused not by earthquakes or atmospheric turbulence, but by ocean waves colliding with the seafloor. Now, researchers have pinpointed the source of the Earth’s “background noise,” and it looks like it’s coming primarily from the Pacific coast of North America.

When two waves of opposite direction but similar frequency collide, they create a special kind of pressure wave that carries energy to the ocean bottom. As these waves pound against the sea floor, they generate a constant vibration with a frequency of about 10 millihertz, much too low for humans to hear but easily detectable with seismometers. By comparing the intensity of the hum with the height of waves around the world, scientists can track where the buzz is coming from.

Previous studies suggested that waves from both shallow continental shelves and the deep ocean contribute to the Earth’s hum, but new data indicates otherwise. Based on measurements from a seismic observatory called the USArray EarthScope, most of the hum appears to originate from the Pacific coast of North America, with a smaller contribution from the west coast of Europe. Waves from the deep ocean don’t seem to make much hum at all.

The data for this study, published Thursday in Geophysical Research Letters, was gathered from November 2006 to June 2007, so humming patterns might be different during the summer months.

alkemical
08-12-2009, 08:36 AM
http://tekgnostics.blogspot.com/2009/08/mount-shasta-sacred-mountain.html

Saturday, August 8, 2009
Mount Shasta – Sacred Mountain

<img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_vZKZF_0-nYE/Sn31cyrJSKI/AAAAAAAAAIU/BHYfgshU3mI/s320/shasta.jpg">

<img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_vZKZF_0-nYE/Sn313h0V_kI/AAAAAAAAAIc/qCTq9tE1PUY/s320/shasta1.jpg">

alkemical
08-12-2009, 08:39 AM
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17581-infectious-people-spread-memes-across-the-web.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=tech

'Infectious' people spread memes across the web

* 08:45 12 August 2009 by Colin Barras

The way that certain images, videos or concepts can suddenly spread like wildfire across the web, using email and social websites to propagate, is one of online culture's most unique phenomena.

Now Spanish researchers claim to have found a way to accurately predict how quickly and widely new pieces of information, or "memes" as they are called, will spread. The ability to forecast this "viral" behaviour would be of great interest to sociologists and marketeers, among others.

The secret, they say, is to recognise the fact that people vary in how "infectious" they are when it comes to sharing content online. While some people pass on things they receive right away, others do so after some delay, or not at all.

alkemical
08-12-2009, 08:41 AM
http://www.oddee.com/item_96781.aspx

<img src="http://208.106.191.145/_media/imgs/articles2/a96781_camel.jpg">

<img src="http://208.106.191.145/_media/imgs/articles2/a96781_growup.jpg">

loborugger
08-12-2009, 08:54 AM
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/08/hummingearth/

You can’t hear it, but the Earth is constantly humming. And some parts of the world sing louder than others.

After discovering the mysterious low-frequency buzz in 1998, scientists figured out that the Earth’s hum is caused not by earthquakes or atmospheric turbulence, but by ocean waves colliding with the seafloor. Now, researchers have pinpointed the source of the Earth’s “background noise,” and it looks like it’s coming primarily from the Pacific coast of North America.

When two waves of opposite direction but similar frequency collide, they create a special kind of pressure wave that carries energy to the ocean bottom. As these waves pound against the sea floor, they generate a constant vibration with a frequency of about 10 millihertz, much too low for humans to hear but easily detectable with seismometers. By comparing the intensity of the hum with the height of waves around the world, scientists can track where the buzz is coming from.

Previous studies suggested that waves from both shallow continental shelves and the deep ocean contribute to the Earth’s hum, but new data indicates otherwise. Based on measurements from a seismic observatory called the USArray EarthScope, most of the hum appears to originate from the Pacific coast of North America, with a smaller contribution from the west coast of Europe. Waves from the deep ocean don’t seem to make much hum at all.

The data for this study, published Thursday in Geophysical Research Letters, was gathered from November 2006 to June 2007, so humming patterns might be different during the summer months.

I remember living in NM in the late 90s and all the talk in northern end of the state about the "Taos Hum." Of course, it seemed that everyone who heard the Taos Hum was an old hippie, but who knows?

alkemical
08-12-2009, 08:54 AM
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alkemical
08-12-2009, 08:55 AM
I remember living in NM in the late 90s and all the talk in northern end of the state about the "Taos Hum." Of course, it seemed that everyone who heard the Taos Hum was an old hippie, but who knows?


I've heard a hum as well, but you have to get out of city & suburbia to hear it around here.

alkemical
08-12-2009, 09:04 AM
http://www.disinfo.com/content/story.php?title=Humans-Lose-%2421-Billion-to-Computers-on-Wall-Street-1

"We are just mice dancing" between the supercomputers of Wall Street giants, complains one trading executive, and an investment manager notes computers are already making 73% of all stock trades on U.S. exchanges. One former NYSE chairman admitted to the New York Times that "This is where all the money is getting made." (Between April and June, Goldman Sachs earned $100 million in one day — on 46 different days.)

High-speed algorithms use 30-millisecond trades to probe market conditions, and can buy and sell with a nearly omniscient knowledge of every other investor's price point. The Times notes that already these algorithms "execute millions of orders a second and scan dozens of public and private marketplaces simultaneously..."

alkemical
08-12-2009, 01:10 PM
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alkemical
08-12-2009, 01:42 PM
http://cryptogon.com/?p=10390

The Cash “Magically Appeared on Their Electronic Benefit Cards”
August 12th, 2009

What’ll it be? A $100 bonus to get the chip implanted early?

Via: New York Daily News:

A $200 back-to-school giveaway for needy kids sparked a mad rush for money on the streets of New York on Tuesday.

“It’s free money!” said Alecia Rumph, 26, who waited in a Morris Park, Bronx, line 300 people deep for the cash to buy uniforms and book bags for her two kids.

“Thank God for Obama. He’s looking out for us.”

Thousands of people lined up at banks and check-cashing shops to withdraw the cash that magically appeared on their electronic benefit cards.

Some rushed out because of rumors the money would vanish by the end of the day.

“Rumors, there’s always rumors,” said Teresa Medina, who waited four hours at a Pay-O-Matic in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, to get $600 for her three teenagers – just in case they were true.

The no-strings-attached money went to families receiving food stamps or welfare.

alkemical
08-12-2009, 01:47 PM
http://cryptogon.com/?p=10305

Obama Regime Continues to Implement Shadow Government Plan Started Under Bush Regime

alkemical
08-12-2009, 01:52 PM
http://cryptogon.com/?p=10298

FED SECRETLY MONETIZING DEBT; COLLUDING WITH DEALERS

now it turns out that 47% (!) of the bonds that were taken by the primary dealers in that auction have been quietly bought by the Fed and permanently secreted to its balance sheet.

They didn’t even wait a full week! A more honest and open approach would have been for the Fed to simply buy them outright at the auction but this way, using “primary dealers” and “POMOs” and all these other extra steps the basic fact that the Fed is openly monetizing US government debt is effectively hidden from a not-too-terribly inquisitive US press and public.

alkemical
08-12-2009, 01:56 PM
http://cryptogon.com/?p=10257

Squalene: The Swine Flu Vaccine’s Dirty Little Secret Exposed

alkemical
08-12-2009, 01:56 PM
http://cryptogon.com/?p=10247

U.S. Antidepressant Use Doubled Between 1996 and 2005

alkemical
08-12-2009, 01:59 PM
http://cryptogon.com/?p=10241

British Government Installing CCTV Cameras Inside Private Homes

alkemical
08-12-2009, 02:00 PM
http://cryptogon.com/?p=10234

Drug Companies & Doctors: A Story of Corruption August 3rd, 2009

Via: New York Review of Books:

Since drug companies don’t have direct access to human subjects, they need to outsource their clinical trials to medical schools, where researchers use patients from teaching hospitals and clinics, or to private research companies (CROs), which organize office-based physicians to enroll their patients. Although CROs are usually faster, sponsors often prefer using medical schools, in part because the research is taken more seriously, but mainly because it gives them access to highly influential faculty physicians—referred to by the industry as “thought-leaders” or “key opinion leaders” (KOLs). These are the people who write textbooks and medical journal papers, issue practice guidelines (treatment recommendations), sit on FDA and other governmental advisory panels, head professional societies, and speak at the innumerable meetings and dinners that take place every year to teach clinicians about prescription drugs. Having KOLs like Dr. Biederman on the payroll is worth every penny spent.

A few decades ago, medical schools did not have extensive financial dealings with industry, and faculty investigators who carried out industry-sponsored research generally did not have other ties to their sponsors. But schools now have their own manifold deals with industry and are hardly in a moral position to object to their faculty behaving in the same way. A recent survey found that about two thirds of academic medical centers hold equity interest in companies that sponsor research within the same institution.[6] A study of medical school department chairs found that two thirds received departmental income from drug companies and three fifths received personal income.[7]

alkemical
08-12-2009, 02:00 PM
http://cryptogon.com/?p=10218


Corporate Welfare at the Expense of Everything Else
August 3rd, 2009

Via: Solari:

What we are watching price out through the political process is life vs. death. More specifically, the financial value of the life and death of various groups and ages of people vs. the life and death of large banks and corporations.

In a market economy, if a person’s skills become outdated, the theory is that they will be encouraged by their need to generate income to learn new skills or change.

If a large bank or corporation can no longer generate revenues to cover its operations, likewise the theory says that it will change. Management will invent new products and services, cut expenses, renegotiate with creditors through bankruptcy or shut down.

However, in a bubble, the people and the corporations and banks all avoid change by going to the government and coming up with thousands of ways to keep their operations afloat using government funds so they do not have to change– government programs, subsidies, contracts, credit, guarantees, regulations and so forth. This is why I start my case study on how the system really works with that old New Jersey street saying – “Make a law, make a business.”

Changing the laws, however, does not change the real world where fundamental productivity continues to count. So over the last twelve months, after many bubbles, there was not enough for everyone. So we made a decision to shift most, if not all, of our remaining resources to the large banks and corporations.

What this means is that if people do not need the products and services of the banks and corporations, rather than let them die, we are going to use government and central banks to simply take money from people to keep a bank or corporation alive without customers or markets.

So the institutions created to serve markets are deemed to have lives of their own that justify subsidizing them even if the markets are gone. Government can guarantee markets even when customers have no money to buy goods and services and taxpayers can not afford to pay taxes.

Big banks and corporations are guaranteed life. In addition, there is no prison or death penalty for big banks and corporations as a result of their bad behavior, including when it causes the death of people. So their life is infinite.

To pay for this we must take resources from people — with taxes, with fees, with inflation, with lower benefits and with legal and economic warfare. If they do not go along, we can send them to prison or inflict the death penalty.

Hence, an overview of a series of policies is emerging from Wall Street and Washington which is crystal clear.

People will die so that corporations and banks without retail markets, customers or purpose can live richly, although not anywhere near as richly as the invisible forces that hide behind them.

alkemical
08-12-2009, 02:02 PM
http://cryptogon.com/?p=10204

Sibel Edmonds: Bin Laden Worked for U.S. Until 9/11
August 1st, 2009

Via: Brad Blog:

“I have information about things that our government has lied to us about. I know. For example, to say that since the fall of the Soviet Union we ceased all of our intimate relationship with Bin Laden and the Taliban – those things can be proven as lies, very easily, based on the information they classified in my case, because we did carry very intimate relationship with these people, and it involves Central Asia, all the way up to September 11.”

alkemical
08-12-2009, 02:03 PM
mars monolith a boulder:

http://www.wunderkabinett.co.uk/damndata/index.php?/archives/1882-Mars-monolith-is-a-boulder.html

UFO enthusiasts have discovered a "monolith" on Mars, but the planetary scientists behind the images say balderdash.

Taken in 2008, the image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter mission depicts boulders strewn across a canyon near Mars' colossal Valles Marineris. "The structure closely resembles the black monolith that appears during key moments of man's evolution in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey," suggested a report in the United Kingdom's Daily Mail on Monday.

Alas for science fiction fans. "The image they have is actually oriented incorrectly and when viewed with North up, one can see it's a boulder reflecting sunlight," says Ari Espinoza of the University of Arizona's HiRISE team, which runs the spacecraft's cameras and posted the image. "We certainly appreciate people coming to our site and looking at our beautiful images, but more often than not, there's nothing to comment on."

alkemical
08-12-2009, 02:14 PM
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bugmaker999/sets/72157594425420153/

<img src="http://farm1.static.flickr.com/56/152621235_237d143f58_m.jpg">

alkemical
08-12-2009, 02:17 PM
http://dornob.com/design/more/installation-art/

<img src="http://dornob.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/recycled-dumpster-swimming-pool.jpg">

alkemical
08-12-2009, 02:19 PM
http://www.citynoise.org/article/732

Justo Gallego Martínez is building his very own Cathedral in Mejorada del Campo near Madrid, Spain

<img src="http://www.citynoise.org/upload/82.jpg">

<img src="http://www.citynoise.org/upload/93.jpg">

alkemical
08-12-2009, 02:20 PM
http://www.disinfo.com/content/story.php?title=Aldous-Huxleys-Brave-New-World-Will-Star-----Leonardo-DiCaprio-1

Ridley Scott is going back to the futurism.

The "Blade Runner" director is joining forces with Leonardo DiCaprio to take on one of the most highly regarded dystopian works of literature, Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World."

Both are producing the Universal project, which DiCaprio would tentatively star in and Scott direct. The studio has brought on "Apocalypto" scribe Farhad Safinia to write the script; he's expected to be working shortly.

Scott has mentioned casually in interviews that he's interested in the 1931 novel, whose film rights are owned by DiCaprio's Appian Way production company, prompting a flurry of rumors on sci-fi and other blogs over the past year. But the studio details as well as DiCaprio's personal involvement always have been murky.

alkemical
08-12-2009, 02:23 PM
http://www.disinfo.com/content/story.php?title=How-Is-America-Going-To-End-Four-Theories-from-Worlds-Leading-Futurologists---

Josh Levin, SLATE: The Global Business Network answers the same question for all its corporate and government clients: What happens next? GBN handles a lot of different whats, and even the occasional what-in-the-hell. In 2003, the group's chairman, Peter Schwartz, and his colleague Doug Randall whipped up a not-so-rosy, 22-page report on "abrupt climate change" for the Department of Defense ("The United States and Australia are likely to build defensive fortresses around their countries").



Last year, the municipality of Amsterdam asked the firm to help figure out how it might deal with immigration. GBN has also loaned out its brainpower to Hollywood, advising Minority Report director Steven Spielberg on whether Congress and the Constitution would still exist in 2054. (The answer: yes, with a few buts.)

loborugger
08-12-2009, 02:50 PM
http://cryptogon.com/?p=10298

FED SECRETLY MONETIZING DEBT; COLLUDING WITH DEALERS

now it turns out that 47% (!) of the bonds that were taken by the primary dealers in that auction have been quietly bought by the Fed and permanently secreted to its balance sheet.

They didn’t even wait a full week! A more honest and open approach would have been for the Fed to simply buy them outright at the auction but this way, using “primary dealers” and “POMOs” and all these other extra steps the basic fact that the Fed is openly monetizing US government debt is effectively hidden from a not-too-terribly inquisitive US press and public.

The fact that they just print money outta thin air isnt enough to disturb people?

alkemical
08-12-2009, 05:54 PM
its just like magic...you have to believe in it for it to work.

loborugger
08-13-2009, 07:14 AM
its just like magic...you have to believe in it for it to work.

Or have it made legal tender and be forced to accept it. But either way.

alkemical
08-14-2009, 01:33 PM
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alkemical
08-14-2009, 01:38 PM
http://www.redicecreations.com/article.php?id=7607

Former four-term Congressman Ron Paul describes the American power structure. As a member of the House Banking and Currency Committee, Paul was in a unique position to see the inner workings of economic power and control of the country, and how this power translates into political power. Paul describes how, through the control of the Federal Reserve and the banking system, the American power elite is basically out of reach of the democratic system. Concurrently, by using such organizations as the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations, control over the political process is maintained, resulting in what is in reality a in the U.S.

alkemical
08-14-2009, 01:40 PM
http://cryptogon.com/?p=10423

Secret Cargo on Hijacked Russian Ship?
August 14th, 2009

Via: Irish Examiner:

A secret cargo and not just timber may be on board a missing ship whose last known radio contact was with British Coastguards, it was suggested today.

Russia’s navy fleet and two nuclear submarines have been scrambled as efforts intensified to locate the Maltese-flagged Arctic Sea and its 15-strong Russian crew.

Experts and marine authorities continued to be baffled today that the 4,000-tonne vessel “disappeared” after its last official recorded positioning off northern France on July 30.


http://www.redicecreations.com/article.php?id=7603

The Kremlin ordered Russian warships to join the hunt for the 4,000-tonne, 98-meter bulk carrier Arctic Sea, whose fate has baffled maritime authorities across Europe and North Africa.

The Maltese-registered vessel, carrying a $1.3-million cargo of timber, was supposed to have docked on August 4 in the Algerian port of Bejaia. It never arrived and is thought to have last made contact from the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of France.

Mikhail Boytenko, editor of Russia's respected Sovfracht maritime journal, said that the ship may have been carrying a secret cargo unknown to the vessel's owners or operators.

"I think there was probably some sort of secret cargo on this vessel, not criminal but secret, and a third party of some sort did not want the cargo to get to another party so this highly sophisticated operation was cooked up," he told Reuters.

"I don't think that it was pirates who took this vessel but it really smells of some sort of state involvement. This is real cloak and dagger stuff, like a (John) le Carre novel."

alkemical
08-14-2009, 01:47 PM
http://www.reuters.com/article/scienceNews/idUSTRE57C4XA20090813

Chemical kills tumor-making master cells: study