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Old 10-03-2011, 05:51 AM   #2851
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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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Old 10-06-2011, 10:55 AM   #2856
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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.
This place has really gone down the ****ter, hasn't it....
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Old 10-11-2011, 12:02 PM   #2857
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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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Old 10-12-2011, 07:23 AM   #2858
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Esoterica: Legendary Sleepy Hollow and the Most Terrifying Road in the U.S.

Where the Ghosts are

A British ghost investigator named Dean James Maynard visited Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow in the summer of 2005 and called the area “the most haunted place in the world.”

Who and where are the ghosts? Here is a guide to the apparitions and places where they reportedly reside. Should you see a ghost or hear about one we haven't mentioned, please let us know.
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[Action Alert] This World Food Day, people all around the country are coming together in the Millions Against Monsanto campaign to get labels on genetically engineered foods.

Come gather at community gardens, farmers markets, grocery stores, non-GMO potlucks, film showings and rallies to educate our communities about the dangers of Monsanto's seeds and pesticides and demonstrate how much better organic, GMO-free eating can be.

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Please help them reach their goal of 1,000,000 petition signatures by World Food Day, October 16, 2011. Sign the petition here!
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Banking Secrecy article - worth the read.
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GM Food Needs Mandatory Labels, Food Producers Tell FDA

Posted by phunkychic666 on October 12, 2011

FrankenfoodMolly Peterson writes in Business Week:

Genetically engineered corn, soy and plant oil should be disclosed on mandatory food labels, a coalition of more than 350 producers, trade groups and consumers said in a petition to U.S. regulators.

The U.S. should require added disclosure even when a product containing a gene-altered organism is similar to foods that aren’t bioengineered, the groups said today in the petition to the Food and Drug Administration. Stonyfield Farm, the organic-yogurt maker owned by Danone SA, and Dean Foods Co.’s Horizon Organic are among the coalition members.

Petitioners, led by the Washington-based Center for Food Safety, want to reverse a 1992 Food and Drug Administration policy that doesn’t require different labeling. Gene-altered seeds are used for almost 90 percent of U.S.-grown corn, 94 percent of soy and 90 percent of cottonseed, an oil-producing plant, the coalition said.

“Consumers ought to have the right to choose whether to be buying these foods,” said Gary Hirshberg, chief executive officer of Londonderry, New Hampshire-based Stonyfield Farm, in an interview. “Polls show a vast majority of Americans say they don’t want to eat genetically engineered foods.”
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http://www.realitysandwich.com/doubl...ction_reality#

The following is excerpted from the upcoming book All These Serious Faces Will Only Drive You Mad. This is Part 1 in a series. Read excerpt 2 here or excerpt 3 here. To learn more about the book, please click here.
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Fragments of 700-year-old DNA from the bug responsible for the Black Death have been pulled from the teeth of four plague victims buried in east London.

Scientists used the degraded strands to reconstruct the entire genetic code of the deadly bacterium - the first time experts have succeeded in drafting the genome of an ancient pathogen, or disease-causing agent.

The researchers found that a specific strain of the plague bug Yersinia pestis caused the pandemic that killed 100 million Europeans - between 30% and 50% of the total population - in just five years between 1347 and 1351.

They also learned that the strain is the "mother" of all modern bubonic plague bacteria.

"Every outbreak across the globe today stems from a descendant of the medieval plague," said lead scientist Dr Hendrik Poinar, from McMaster University in Canada. "With a better understanding of the evolution of this deadly pathogen, we are entering a new era of research into infectious disease."

Although rare, bubonic plague continues to kill some 2,000 people around the world each year.

The scientists, reporting their findings in the journal Nature, analysed the skeletal remains of four individuals exhumed from an East Smithfield "plague pit" sited under what is now the Royal Mint in London.

Tiny scraps of Yersinia pestis DNA were obtained from the victims' dental pulp, and from these fragments, the researchers were able to reconstruct virtually the whole of the bug's genetic code, or genome.

The same techniques could now be used to study the genomes of other ancient pathogens, say experts.

"This will provide us with direct insights into the evolution of human pathogens and historical pandemics," said co-author Dr Johannes Krause, from the University of Tubingen in Germany.
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CHICAGO: The iconic Tyrannosaurus rex may have grown even bigger than previously estimated, and at a faster rate, new models have shown.

Using actual skeletons rather than scale models, British and U.S. scientists digitally modeled flesh on five mounted T. rex skeletons.

Their findings, published in the open access journal PLoS One, show that the fearsome meat-eaters were up to one-third bigger and grew upwards of twice as as fast into adults than previous research had suggested.

"We estimate they grew as fast as 3,950 pounds (1,790 kilograms) per year during the teenage period of growth, which is more than twice the previous estimate," said lead author John Hutchinson from the Royal Veterinary College, London.
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BERLIN (REUTERS).- The newly published diary of an indignant small-town official in Nazi Germany has stirred the sensitive debate over how much ordinary Germans knew of atrocities committed under Hitler, creating a wave of interest at home and abroad.

The diary of Friedrich Kellner "'All Minds Blurred and Darkened' Diaries 1939-1945" came to prominence thanks to the intervention of the elder former U.S. President George Bush.

Filled with scathing commentaries on events, newspaper clippings and records of private conversations, Kellner's 940-page chronicle gives an insight into what information was available to ordinary Germans.

Kellner, a mid-ranking court official who was in his mid-50s when he started writing, vents his anger at Hitler, hopes his country will be defeated in the war and laments reports of mysterious deaths at mental homes and mass shootings of Jews.
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New algorithm distinguishes contributors to the Old Testament with high accuracy, says TAU research

In both Jewish and Christian traditions, Moses is considered the author of the Torah, the first five books of the Bible. Scholars have furnished evidence that multiple writers had a hand in composing the text of the Torah. Other books of the Hebrew Bible and of the New Testament are also thought to be composites. However, delineating these multiple sources has been a laborious task.

Now researchers have developed an algorithm that could help to unravel the different sources that contributed to individual books of the Bible. Prof. Nachum Dershowitz of Tel Aviv University's Blavatnik School of Computer Science, who worked in collaboration with his son, Bible scholar Idan Dershowitz of Hebrew University, and Prof. Moshe Koppel and Ph.D. student Navot Akiva of Bar-Ilan University, says that their computer algorithm recognizes linguistic cues, such as word preference, to divide texts into probable author groupings.
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Tacos are not recognized as legal forms of identification in the state of Florida [insert bad joke about immigration laws here]. Matthew Falkner found out the hard way after he passed out drunk in the drive-thru of a Jensen Beach Taco Bell and his car caught fire [insert bad joke about Taco Bell's fire sauce or volcano taco here].

The incident occurred in the early morning of October 1 in Jensen Beach, according to the blog Off the Beat. Falkner, 30, had apparently decided to make a run for a fourth meal after downing some beers, and he somehow made it all the way to the fast-food joint in his Chevy pickup, placed his order, and received his taco before falling asleep.

The Taco Bell manager had to call police because Falkner was out cold at the pick-up window and holding up customers behind him. Clearly this was not a victimless crime, and our hearts go out to the hungry folks who had to wait so long for their late-night munchies.

A deputy awoke Falkner and then asked for his ID. Falkner said no before reaching into his bag and presenting the officer with a taco. Another deputy clarified they were asking for an ID, not a taco. Falkner chuckled and began eating the taco.

Then deputies noticed Falkner had fallen asleep with his foot on the accelerator while his truck was in park. The engine had caught fire, and fire extinguishers were used to put it out.

Falkner's blood alcohol content was between .227 and .225, according to a breath test. That's three times the legal limit. He was hauled off to jail on DUI charges. No word on the fate of the taco.

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