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Old 09-21-2011, 10:42 AM   #2776
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencete...dle-East.html#

Riddle in the sands: Thousands of strange 'Nazca Lines' discovered in the Middle East

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencete...#ixzz1YbslpDAv
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Old 09-21-2011, 10:48 AM   #2777
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Prescription Drug Use Now Kills More People Than Traffic Accidents

Posted by Easy Rider on September 19, 2011
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Via the Inquisitr:

In 1979 the U.S. Government began tracking drug-related deaths and for the first time those deaths have surpassed the number of traffic fatalities on an annual basis. The most recent statistics which were taken in 2009 shows that 37,485 people died in traffic related accidents while 36,284 people died from drug related activities in a one year period.

Surprisingly the main culprit of those deaths were not street illegal drugs but rather prescription options including Xanax, OxyContin and the main culprit Vicodin which killed more people than cocaine and heroin combined.

Speaking to the Los Angeles Times a Santa Barbara sheriff said: “The problem is right here under our noses in our medicine cabinets.”

The study also revealed that traffic related fatalities have actually fallen by a third since the 1970s even as the number of drivers using American roadways continues to increase, while drug related deaths have doubled in the last decade. Deaths among the 50-year-old to 69-year-old crowd have been even worse, tripling during the same time period.
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Old 09-22-2011, 06:00 AM   #2778
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http://designyoutrust.com/2011/09/22...n+You+Trust%29

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Photograph taken in Sudbury, Ontario in Canada. This phenomena is the result of a nearby nickel factory, where the excess iron seeps into the water and produces the deep red color.
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Old 09-22-2011, 06:15 AM   #2780
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America’s Internet service slips to #25 worldwide

Welcome to America, the country with the 25th fastest Internet service in the world, just behind Romania, and falling fast. The culprit? Hard to say, but maybe it's got something to do with the FCC's abolition of any sort of competitive markets for Internet service in the USA? Well, I'm sure it'll be fine -- after all, why would Internet access have any effect on national competitiveness, industry, jobs, health, education, civic engagement, and so forth?

Under the Bush administration, the FCC tossed out competitive broadband safeguards such as open-access requirements, which opened lines to other providers. In 2002 the agency declared that high-speed cable Internet access would no longer be considered a telecommunications service that opened the network to competitors, but rather an “information service” that did not. Following a 2005 court decision, the FCC also reclassified broadband delivered by the phone companies as an “information service.”

These were radical policy shifts that went against the long-held assumption that open communications in competitive markets were essential to economic growth and innovation.

While the U.S. blindly followed a path of "deregulation," other nations in Europe and Asia beefed up their pro-competitive policies. The results are evident in our free fall from the top of almost every global measure of Internet services, availability and speed.


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Old 09-29-2011, 06:33 AM   #2781
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I cannot believe there isn't more attention to the #Occupywallstreet stuff going on:



http://occupywallstreet.tumblr.com/
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Old 09-29-2011, 06:36 AM   #2782
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http://www.alternet.org/economy/1524...t%27_movement/

1) Spread the word — there’s something going on. People have started a movement — they’re occupying Wall Street. Hundreds of people have been camped out in lower Manhattan for four days!

2) If you’re in New York and can only spare a little time or money: bring American flags, cardboard, markers, water, etc. down to Liberty Park.

3) If you’re in the New York area and have a day, a morning, an afternoon, go down there. The weather appears to be holding. Take the day off and just go. I know it sounds hard to believe but you will be heard. This is an open general assembly effort and you will get your say and be a real participant.

4) If you are a little ways from NYC, organize foursomes to go to NYC for the day. It will cost you the train/bus/car fare. Take nothing but some food and water and your body.

5) Too far to get to NYC? Sign this petition and I will read your name and comments in Liberty Park this week, I promise. Break Up Goldman Sachs Now!

6) Be subversive against the big money interests wherever you are and encourage others to do the same. Don’t give the banksters 4 percent of every purchase you make with a credit or debit card — use cash. See: UseCashMovement

7) Be subversive: max out your credit card on large ticket items and return them the next day. (This one is right out of the Saul Alinsky playbook.)

8) Move your money from a big bank to a credit union.

9) Picket a local branch of a bank. When the press asks you what the heck you think you’re doing, tell them it’s in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street.

10) Send food to the protesters in Liberty Park through a New York friend or go to the live stream chat for information on local eats that will take your order. (Yes, you’ll have to use your credit card, big spender!)

11) Do you know anybody who knows anybody who knows a writer, a celebrity, etc. who will show their face at the protest? Get to them now.
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Old 09-29-2011, 06:38 AM   #2783
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http://www.adbusters.org/campaigns/occupywallstreet
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Old 09-29-2011, 10:45 AM   #2784
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http://www.alternet.org/economy/1524...t%27_movement/

1) Spread the word — there’s something going on. People have started a movement — they’re occupying Wall Street. Hundreds of people have been camped out in lower Manhattan for four days!

2) If you’re in New York and can only spare a little time or money: bring American flags, cardboard, markers, water, etc. down to Liberty Park.

3) If you’re in the New York area and have a day, a morning, an afternoon, go down there. The weather appears to be holding. Take the day off and just go. I know it sounds hard to believe but you will be heard. This is an open general assembly effort and you will get your say and be a real participant.

4) If you are a little ways from NYC, organize foursomes to go to NYC for the day. It will cost you the train/bus/car fare. Take nothing but some food and water and your body.

5) Too far to get to NYC? Sign this petition and I will read your name and comments in Liberty Park this week, I promise. Break Up Goldman Sachs Now!

6) Be subversive against the big money interests wherever you are and encourage others to do the same. Don’t give the banksters 4 percent of every purchase you make with a credit or debit card — use cash. See: UseCashMovement

7) Be subversive: max out your credit card on large ticket items and return them the next day. (This one is right out of the Saul Alinsky playbook.)

8) Move your money from a big bank to a credit union.

9) Picket a local branch of a bank. When the press asks you what the heck you think you’re doing, tell them it’s in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street.

10) Send food to the protesters in Liberty Park through a New York friend or go to the live stream chat for information on local eats that will take your order. (Yes, you’ll have to use your credit card, big spender!)

11) Do you know anybody who knows anybody who knows a writer, a celebrity, etc. who will show their face at the protest? Get to them now.
I really hope this works.
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Old 09-30-2011, 07:24 AM   #2785
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A large handwritten poster (purportedly) from a laid-off employee of the defunct bookselling chain Borders entitled "Things we never told you: Ode to a bookstore death," reveals several key truths of bookselling (and some cranky griping):

Things we never told you: Ode to a bookstore death
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Old 09-30-2011, 07:46 AM   #2787
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http://www.gizmag.com/energy-storage...created/19996/

New material claimed to store more energy and cost less money than batteries



Researchers from the National University of Singapore's Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Initiative (NUSNNI) have created what they claim is the world's first energy-storage membrane. Not only is the material soft and foldable, but it doesn't incorporate liquid electrolytes that can spill out if it's damaged, it's more cost-effective than capacitors or traditional batteries, and it's reportedly capable of storing more energy.

The membrane is made from a polystyrene-based polymer, which is sandwiched between two metal plates. When charged by those plates, it can store the energy at a rate of 2 farads per square centimeter - standard capacitors, by contrast, can typically only manage an upper limit of 1 microfarad per square centimeter.
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http://hplusmagazine.com/2011/09/28/...-to-be-honest/

Editor's Blog
What If A New Technology Forces Everyone to be Honest?
By: R.U. Sirius
Published: September 28, 2011

“Magnetic interference with the brain can make it impossible to lie, and polygraphs and “truth serums” will soon be obsolete, say Estonian researchers.

Inga Karton and Talis Bachmann worked with 16 volunteers who submitted to transcranial magnetic stimulation, which can stimulate some parts of the brain and not others.”
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http://gizmodo.com/5843117/scientist...brain-activity

Scientists Reconstruct Brains’ Visions Into Digital Video In Historic Experiment

UC Berkeley scientists have developed a system to capture visual activity in human brains and reconstruct it as digital video clips. Eventually, this process will allow you to record and reconstruct your own dreams on a computer screen.
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Old 09-30-2011, 09:42 AM   #2790
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http://monkeywah.typepad.com/paranor...ert-perry.html

Recently, I've been watching some videos on YouTube on children's apparent memories of past lives. I like this one, on the work of Jim Tucker, author of Life Before Life (an excellent book), who has carried on the groundbreaking work of Ian Stevenson on children's past life memories at the University of Virginia. Also this one, a 1992 documentary on Stevenson's work. And finally, this one, about an American boy who has memories of being a World War II fighter pilot.

As I watch these, the question that comes up for me is: Why hasn't this phenomenon been known in the West for centuries? It's clear that children in the West have these memories. They aren't that uncommon. One of the videos offers an estimate of one in every 500 children. Indeed, the daughter of a friend of mine had apparent past-life memories. Presumably, these things have been happening forever. So why did it take one man, Ian Stevenson, to bring this phenomenon to light in 1960?
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Today in the WPR forum this was the only thread worth taking a look at. Keep posting! I want to see what this cesspool evolves into. Thanks for all that you do.
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NO! Thank the "you's" who keep reading and making it worth my time.
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I'd do something like this.
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http://www.realitysandwich.com/revolution_nourished

What started out as a few people sleeping at Liberty Square, has now blossomed into a full blown revolution. The occupiers were living on pizza and Chinese takeout until the kitchen got into full swing.

I spoke with the kitchen coordinator, Amy Hamburger (really!), and this role sort of landed in her lap, as her original vision was more art-oriented. Amy, stepped in when a fellow volunteer from Food Not Bombs became overwhelmed by a lack of sleep and a sea of donated peanut butter jars.

Amy told me that they are getting more organized by the day. The food is coming from several avenues. First, the local food carts have been offering their leftovers at the end of the day, and they also cut deals with the occupiers for daily supplies. Every hour pizzas and other delivery food is arriving, but they really want to move toward more home-cooked meals.

Due to sanitation concerns, they are not preparing any meals on site. Various volunteers are taking the donated food to their homes and cooking it up. While I was there, someone brought a massive batch of winter squash risotto, which got happily gobbled up by the participants. Even though I had a thermos full of food, they kindly offered up some of the risotto. I passed since there were an awful lot of hungry occupiers to be fed.

A few local churches have offered storage space, but they can definitely use more assistance.

There are many way that you can help. If you are not in New York you can either donate directly from their website or send organic delivery.

If you are in the area, then you can offer your home or business for storage of the food. If you are a kitchen whiz and feel inspired to make some meals, then go to the kitchen area and speak with Amy or one of the other volunteers. They also need plates, cups, napkins, and general supplies. Extra transportation would be welcome, since so many in NY are without cars, and hauling large batches of food via the subway is no easy task.

There is a feeling of true community, and even without a central leadership, everything is flowing quite smoothly.



This article orginally appeared on Foodista.com.
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This place has really gone down the ****ter, hasn't it....
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http://mindhacks.com/2011/10/07/ente...ly-mislead-me/

A beautifully recursive study has shown that viewing an episode of the psychology of deception TV series Lie To Me makes people worse at distinguishing truth from lies.

The TV series is loosely based on the work of psychologist Paul Ekman who pioneered the study of emotions and developed the Facial Action Coding System or FACS that codes even the slightest of changes in facial expression.

Although in poplar culture Ekman and the FACS are often associated with the detection of lies through changes in ‘micro expressions’, there is actually no good research to show it can help detect falsehoods.

However, the TV series relies heavily on this premise and suggests that there is more of a scientific basis to lie detection than is actually feasible and that it is possible to detect deception through careful observation of specific behaviours.

This, however, is not very accurate. The authors of the study don’t mince their words:

Lie to Me is based on the premise that highly accurate deception detection is possible based on real-time observation of specific behaviors indicative of lying. The preponderance of research demonstrates that the exact opposite is true.

Lie to Me also suggests that certain people are naturally gifted lie detectors. This is also inconsistent with the preponderance of research. Thus, when looking at the evidence generated across several hundred individual studies, the idea of Lie to Me is highly implausible and almost certainly misleading.

Rather shrewdly, this new study, led by psychologist Timothy Levine, decided to test whether this misleading view of lie detection might actually influence the viewer’s ability to detect lies.

They split participants into three groups, one who watched and episode of Lie to Me, another an episode of Numb3rs – in which crimes are solved by a genius math professor, and a final group who didn’t watch anything.

Afterwards, everyone saw a series of 12 interviews – half of which were honest and half which involved lies – and were asked to rate the truthfulness of the interviewee.

Normally, when we do tasks like this where honesty and deception are present in equal numbers, we tend to over-rate how truthful people are – probably due to the fact that in everyday like most people are being genuine with us, so we have a tendency to assume people are telling the truth – even when we know there’s some falsehood to be found.

In the study, those who had just watched Lie To Me didn’t show this truth-accepting bias, they were more skeptical, but crucially, they were actually worse at distinguishing deception than the others.

They applied their skepticism in a blanket fashion and became less accurate as a result.

In other words, not only does the programme misrepresent the psychology of lie detection, but this has an effect on the psychology of the viewers themselves.

Which, by the way, would make a great plot device for Lie To Me.


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