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Old 12-16-2008, 07:11 AM   #1176
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Chris Dannen, Fast Company: In another nod to his alleged "free-market" principles, President Bush has expressed disapproval of the free nationwide Wi-Fi proposal being considered by the FCC and Congress.

It's an inauspicious time to decry helpful, even vital democratic initiatives in favor of ideology — after all, many of our most outspoken critics of federal mandate and regulation have ended up looking dogmatic, shortsighted or downright ignorant of late.

But that hasn't stopped the Bush team from making its anti-populist agenda known. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez issued an open letter to the FCC this week, stating the administration's argument against legislation that could lead to nationwide no-fee wireless Internet. The administration hopes to influence FCC Chairman Kevin Martin to overturn the proposal during the FCC's next scheduled meeting on December 18th.

The legislation, which is before Congress now, would require whoever buys the chunk of wireless spectrum being auctioned next year to set aside a quarter for no-fee service to rural areas that don't have broadband access.
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Old 12-16-2008, 07:12 AM   #1177
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An excerpt from the feature documentary 'Generation RX,' in which Peter and Jeanette Blagbrough discuss the tragic outcome of their son's Prozac reaction. This film scrutinizes the prescription of behavioral medications to youth and children, taking to task government, doctors, educators and parents. Visit www.GenerationRXFilm.com> for more info.

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An unpublished 513-page federal history of the American-led reconstruction of Iraq depicts an effort crippled before the invasion by Pentagon planners who were hostile to the idea of rebuilding a foreign country, and then molded into a $100 billion failure by bureaucratic turf wars, spiraling violence and ignorance of the basic elements of Iraqi society and infrastructure.

The history, the first official account of its kind, is circulating in draft form here and in Washington among a tight circle of technical reviewers, policy experts and senior officials. It also concludes that when the reconstruction began to lag — particularly in the critical area of rebuilding the Iraqi police and army — the Pentagon simply put out inflated measures of progress to cover up the failures.

In one passage, for example, former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell is quoted as saying that in the months after the 2003 invasion, the Defense Department “kept inventing numbers of Iraqi security forces — the number would jump 20,000 a week! ‘We now have 80,000, we now have 100,000, we now have 120,000.’ ”
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The Multiple Kill Vehicle MKV-L was demonstrated in a successful hover test at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

The objectives of the test were to have the MKV-L hover under its own power and then prove its ability to recognize and track a target in a flight environment, which looks like near Earth orbit.

See the MKV-L's propulsion system demonstrate its maneuverability in the MKV-L video below.

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In 1963, an inhabitant of Derinkuyu (in the region of Cappadocia, central Anatolia, Turkey), knocking down a wall of his house cave, discovered amazed that behind it was a mysterious room that he had never seen, and this led him room to another and another and another to it ... By chance he had discovered the underground city of Derinkuyu, whose first level could be excavated by the Hittites around 1400 BC.

Archaeologists began to explore this fascinating underground city abandoned. It managed to forty meters deep, but is believed to have a fund of up to 85 meters.

At present 20 levels have been discovered underground.Only eight can be visited at the highest levels; others are partially blocked or restricted to archaeologists and anthropologists who study Derinkuyu.

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Today we start our 30 day challenge of a one dollar diet. This means that for the month of September we will each have one dollar to spend on our daily allotment of food.

When we first started talking about doing this, we didn’t really have an agenda, or any developed sense of why we wanted to do it. It just seemed like an interesting challenge; one that would force us to see things differently.

We are interested in many of the strands related to this experiment; food choices, consumerism, waste, poverty, social psychology, etc., and this experience may provide insights that could help us better understand and teach about a variety of concerns (we both teach Social Justice in a public high school).

Here are the rules:

1. All food consumed each day must total $1 for each of us.

2. We cannot accept free food or “donated” food unless it is available for everyone in our area. (i.e. foraging, samples in stores, dumpster diving)

3. Any food we plant, we pay for.

4. We will do our best to cook a variety of meals; ramen noodles can only be prepared if there is no other way to stay under one dollar. (We have six packages and will buy no more)

5. Should we decide to have guests over for dinner they must eat from our share; meaning they don’t get to eat their own dollar’s worth of food.
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A researcher claims that Hitler escaped to Spain

By admin • Agosto 16, 2008 • Aug. 16, 2008

Un investigador argentino que considera una “farsa” la teoría oficial sobre el suicidio de Adolf Hitler en 1945 ha hallado un documento del FBI que, según asegura, acredita que el Ejército de EEUU buscó al Führer en España en 1947 . An Argentine researcher who believes a "farce" the official theory about the suicide of Adolf Hitler in 1945 has found an FBI document that, as he says, proves that the U.S. Army looked for the Führer in Spain in 1947.

El periodista Abel Basti , que intenta desde hace años reconstruir el derrotero en Argentina de los nazis que huyeron de Europa tras la Segunda Guerra Mundial, asegura que, junto con este documento, tiene en su poder “pruebas fehacientes” de la llegada del ‘Führer’ a España en abril de 1945. The journalist Abel Bastia, who for years trying to rebuild the road in Argentina of the Nazis who fled Europe after World War II, says that along with this document, is in possession of "hard evidence" of the arrival of 'Führer 'To Spain in April 1945.
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The experiment Berlensky-Shears, Covert manipulation of man to a beast

By admin • Diciembre 10, 2008 • Dec. 10, 2008

Lo que sucedió en 1958 en un laboratorio subterráneo cercano a Boulder (Colorado) permanecerá probablemente para siempre sumido en la bruma del misterio. What happened in 1958 in an underground laboratory near Boulder (Colorado) will probably remain forever mired in the mists of mystery. Sin embargo, testimonios y conjeturas de testigos y supervivientes han permitido que algunos miembros del Ejército de los However, testimonials and conjectures of witnesses and survivors have allowed some members of the Army Estados Unidos de América United States of America reconstruyan con cierta verosimilitud lo acontecido. reconstruct what happened with some plausibility.

Thomas Berlensky physicist and biologist Mark Shears wore years researching the effects of certain types of sound waves on the human body, especially the brain. Sus experimentos mostraban que determinadas frecuencias podían afectar los tejidos orgánicos de las más variadas formas y esto captó inmediatamente la atención del Ejército norteamericano. Their experiments showed that certain frequencies might affect the tissues of the most varied forms and this immediately caught the attention of the U.S. Army. Se les ofrecieron unas instalaciones militares donde llevar a cabo sus investigaciones y una suculenta subvención con la que financiarlas. They offered some military installations where they conduct their investigations and a succulent that with the subsidy fund. En pocos meses, el laboratorio era operativo y funcionaba a pleno rendimiento. In a few months, the laboratory was operational and operating at full capacity. Berlensky y Shears comenzaron por seleccionar soldados voluntarios para crear dos grupos de veinticinco personas con los que comenzar sus experimentos con frecuencias alejadas del umbral de percepción humano. Berlensky Shears and soldiers began by selecting volunteers to create two groups of twenty-five people with whom they begin their experiments with frequencies away from the threshold of human perception. Para ello, alojaron a los primeros sujetos en un dormitorio común que era bombardeado durante la noche con frecuencias de todo tipo. To do this, the first subjects stayed in a dormitory that was bombed during the night with frequency of all kinds. El segundo grupo fue alojado en un dormitorio de iguales características completamente blindado a todo tipo de sonidos externos. The second group was housed in a dormitory of the same features completely shielded for any type of external sounds. A todos los sujetos se les dijo que el experimento pretendía investigar la dinámica de grupo en las tripulaciones de submarinos. All the subjects were told that the experiment was intended to investigate the group dynamics in the crews of submarines.

Los experimentadores comenzaron a emitir sonidos de frecuencia tanto superior como inferior al espectro audible cada noche durante un mes. The experimenters began to emit sounds of both upper and lower frequency spectrum audible every night for a month. Los soldados ocupaban los días confinados en sus instalaciones sin tener la menor conciencia de ello. The soldiers occupied the day confined to their facilities without having the slightest awareness of it. Para ocupar su tiempo, se les pasaban diversos tests y se les hacía interpretar diversos roles relacionados con la dotación de los submarinos de la Marina norteamericana. To occupy their time, they passed several tests and were made to interpret various roles related to the manning of submarines from the U.S. Navy. El personal del laboratorio iba apuntando concienzudamente los datos relativos a los sonidos que se empleaban cada noche en el dormitorio del grupo experimental y seguía todos sus movimientos por un circuito cerrado de televisión. The staff of the laboratory was pointing conscientiously data on the sounds they are employed every night in the bedroom of the experimental group and followed all their movements by closed-circuit television. En el día 34 del experimento sucedió algo anormal. On day 34 of the experiment did something unusual.

Dos soldados comenzaron una pelea en el grupo experimental. Two soldiers began a fight in the experimental group. Al poco tiempo, prácticamente todo el grupo participaba en ella. Soon, virtually the whole group was involved in it. Los experimentadores observaron sobrecogidos como el nivel de violencia empleada por los soldados en la pelea alcanzaba cotas absolutamente desmedidas. The experimenters found overwhelmed as the level of violence used by soldiers in the fight reached heights absolutely unreasonable. A pesar de carecer de ellas, se utilizaron todo tipo de objetos como armas. Despite the lack of them, used all sorts of objects as weapons. Algunos soldados se autoagredían de las formas más brutales. Some soldiers were autoagredían of the most brutal forms. Otros seguían golpeando y mutilando los cadáveres de sus compañeros. Others were still beating and mutilating the bodies of their comrades. Se desmembraron cuerpos y se practicó el canibalismo. Bodies were dismembered and practiced cannibalism. Cuando se enviaron guardias armados para poner fin a la lucha, estos fueron salvajemente agredidos y reducidos. When armed guards were sent to stop the fight, they were savagely attacked and reduced. Finalmente, cincuenta hombres armados pudieron entrar en las instalaciones del grupo experimental y reducir a los escasos supervivientes enloquecidos. Finally, fifty armed men were able to enter the premises of the experimental group and to reduce the few survivors crazed. Como resultado del experimento Berlensky/Shears, diecinueve hombres habían muerto y seis tuvieron daños cerebrales irreversibles. As a result of the experiment Berlensky / Shears, nineteen people were killed and six were irreversible brain damage.

Tras el incidente, el ejército puso en marcha diversos protocolos de seguridad que prohibieron toda alusión a los resultados, los motivos o las consecuencias del experimento. After the incident, the army had launched diverse security protocols that have banned any reference to the results, the reasons or consequences of the experiment. Berlinsky y Shears murieron sin haber roto jamás su voto de silencio. Berlinsky and Shears died without ever having broken his vow of silence. Probablemente jamás se sabrá qué fue lo que llevó a aquellos veinticinco hombres a convertirse en bestias sanguinarias tras un mes de estar sometidos a bombardeos sónicos de subfrecuencias. Probably never will know what was what led to those twenty-five men to become bloodthirsty beasts after a month of being subjected to bombing of subfrecuencias sonic booms. Quizá es mejor que sea así. Maybe it's better that.
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20% of teens say they’ve put nude pics of themselves online
December 16th, 2008 by Klintron

A survey of 1,280 teenagers (users age 13-19) and young adults (age 20-26) conducted by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and CosmoGirl.com has revealed that one out of five (20 percent) teens overall have posted nude photos or video of themselves on the Internet—that number goes up to a third when young adults are included. While 71 percent of teen girls and 67 percent of teen guys who have sent these photos say they’ve sent them to a boyfriend or girlfriend, 15 percent overall said they’ve sent nude photos to people they only “knew” online. For women, that percentage stays the same when they turn into young adults, although the percentage of young adult men goes up to 23 percent.

This is, of course, despite the fact that almost three quarters of all teens and young adults surveyed say that sending sexually-suggestive content “can have serious negative consequences.” Clearly, this is an issue of “do as I say, not as I do.” And don’t for a minute think that your sexy recipient is necessarily keeping your photos private—a quarter of teen girls and a third of teen boys said that they’ve had nude images originally meant for someone else shared with them. Perhaps unsurprisingly (to me, anyway), that number stays about the same for young adult women, but 40 percent of young adult men say they’ve had images meant for someone else shared with them. Nothing, especially on the Internet, is sacred.
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From the English Russian: “This Russian animal was born numbered. It’s still is and the owners search for some good sports player who uses the number “10″ to sell the goat to him.”

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When is Dysfunction not Dysfunction?
December 16th, 2008 by TiamatsVision

In my opinion, we’re all unique individuals with different levels of sexual desire. If one is genuinely happy being (what “society” and the MSM considers) “undersexed” or “oversexed”, how the hell can someone else have the gall to label it as a “dysfunction”? “Really, WTF is “normal”?!

“I’ve seen this story all over the blogs—according to ACOG, 44% of women suffer from sexual dysfunction, usually low desire. But only 12% said it bothered them. Which makes a reasonable person wonder if, in a world where we respected women’s opinion of themselves as we respect men’s opinion, we wouldn’t be showing that only 12% of women have sexual problems. In fact, it seems that the researchers themselves are open about how we frame the expectations put on women in terms of what men want.

In an editorial accompanying the published study, Dr. Ingrid Nygaard, a urogynecologist and professor at the University of Utah School of Medicine, told the story of a female patient “who, not bothered herself by her lack of interest but very bothered by her husband’s distress at her lack of interest, asked, “‘Why am I the abnormal one?’”

“What I see on a near daily basis are women of all ages who feel that because their sex drive is less than their partners’, they are inadequate and in the wrong,” Nygaard said in an interview.

It flips the other way, too. If you’re a woman whose sex drive outstrips her male partner, you are also made to feel like a freak. Having been in that position in my life, I can remember swinging between feeling hideously ugly and freakish, because we’re just so used to defining “normal” as male. Luckily, we’ve gotten past thinking of women with high sex drives as dysfunctional, probably under an onslaught of porn that portrays women as insatiable. But does that mean that there are lots of women out there who are happy with a lot less, but who are being classified as dysfunctional?”
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Atheist Seeks Same Access to Altar as Fake Liberaces, Elvises
December 16th, 2008 by TiamatsVision

“In a city launched by shotgun weddings and quickie divorces, which offers the chance to be wed by faux Liberaces, King Tuts and Grim Reapers, there remains at least one nuptial taboo: you can’t be married by an atheist. Michael Jacobson, a 64-year-old retiree who calls himself a lifelong atheist, tried this year to get a license to perform weddings. Clark County rejected his application because he had no ties to a congregation, as state law requires. So Jacobson and attorneys from two national secular groups — the American Humanist Association and the Center for Inquiry — are trying to change things. If they can’t persuade the state Legislature to rework the law, they plan to sue.

Jacobson, who spends most afternoons reading online or dining at a nearby buffet, is an admittedly reluctant plaintiff. But he’s willing to fight on principle, recalling one time he couldn’t: In the 1960s, the Army demanded that his dogtags note his religion. He reluctantly chose Judaism, which reflected his ancestry if not his beliefs.

“One of the things I like to do is stand up and say I’m a non-believer, so you know you’re not alone,” he said recently. For years Mel Lipman, a friend of Jacobson’s and the American Humanist Association president, had presided over non-religious weddings in Las Vegas. But he belonged to the Humanist Society, a secular branch of the Humanist Association whose tax status as a religious group satisfied the clerk’s requirements.
When Lipman and his wife moved to Florida this spring, Jacobson decided to become the Las Vegas atheist celebrant. “But I’m not going to do it by saying I belong to a religious organization,” he said. “That’s a sham because atheists are not religious.”
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Waste Coffee Grounds Make Great Biofuel
December 13th, 2008 by Klintron

Too good to be true?

In the new study, Mano Misra, Susanta Mohapatra, and Narasimharao Kondamudi note that the major barrier to wider use of biodiesel fuel is lack of a low-cost, high quality source, or feedstock, for producing that new energy source. Spent coffee grounds contain between 11 and 20 percent oil by weight. That’s about as much as traditional biodiesel feedstocks such as rapeseed, palm, and soybean oil.

Growers produce more than 16 billion pounds of coffee around the world each year. The used or “spent” grounds remaining from production of espresso, cappuccino, and plain old-fashioned cups of java, often wind up in the trash or find use as soil conditioner. The scientists estimated, however, that spent coffee grounds can potentially add 340 million gallons of biodiesel to the world’s fuel supply.

To verify it, the scientists collected spent coffee grounds from a multinational coffeehouse chain and separated the oil. They then used an inexpensive process to convert 100 percent of the oil into biodiesel.

The resulting coffee-based fuel — which actually smells like java — had a major advantage in being more stable than traditional biodiesel due to coffee’s high antioxidant content, the researchers say. Solids left over from the conversion can be converted to ethanol or used as compost, the report notes. The scientists estimate that the process could make a profit of more than $8 million a year in the U.S. alone. They plan to develop a small pilot plant to produce and test the experimental fuel within the next six to eight months.
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Darpa, Dronemaker to Brew Algae-Based Jet Fuel
December 13th, 2008 by Klintron

Pentagon way-out research arm Darpa and Predator dronemaker General Atomics are teaming up to try to turn algae into jet fuel. The Defense Department announced the $20 million deal earlier in the week.

The idea is to “demonstrate and ultimately commercialize the affordable production” of an algae-based surrogate for JP-8 jet fuel by 2010. The work is going to be spread all over the country, from the Scripps Institutions of Oceanography near San Diego to Hawaii Bio Energy in Honolulu to the University of North Dakota’s Energy and Environmental research center. General Atomics also seems to have pulled down an extra $4 million in Congressional pork money to set up a plant-fuel research facility at Eastern Kentucky University.
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I just came down from flavor tripping and boy is my palate tired. Also, I’m a bit drunk. I wasn’t trying to get a bit drunk, but that’s what happens when you hit the Miracle Fruit. The stuff basically rewires your tongue, erasing your ability to taste sour and bitter flavors for a short period of time. The upshot of the whole thing is that a lemon tastes like candy fruit and balsamic vinegar tastes like a high fructose fruit drink.

But what about booze? Well, let’s start with Trillium Absinthe. This stuff can be quite bitter if you don’t hit it with ice water and a smidge of sugar, but under the influence of Miracle Fruit, it’s all anise, all the time. It’s kinda like choking on the strongest black liquorish rope you’ve ever put in your mouth. But strangely, if you add a bit of rice vinegar, the whole thing mellows and turns into this almost nutty tasting, light anisette liquor with a touch of salt. Yes, I added rice vinegar to absinthe, which is not half as adventurous as some of the crap I’ve mixed at home at 4am after a vicious bender.

The Partida reposado tequila that’s sitting on a shelf behind my desk, tasted like ultra smooth agave juice. No kick at all. I could drink it by the water glass full. But I have a feeling it’s a bit like a hypnotized rattlesnake. It’s fun for awhile, until it revives and starts to bite… YOUR BRAIN!!!

Here’s the thing about booze that makes you shiver and shake: it slows you the hell down. Under the influence of Miracle Fruit, that initial slowdown is completely absent. As I was told before popping the tablet in my mouth, “Generally, stuff tastes bitter because it’s bad for you in large quantities. So just be careful.”

The fruit is miraculous with booze, yes, but with beer it has a tendency to dumb everything down. A Guinness winds up tasting much like cold chocolate and a Rogue Brutal Bitter was tamed to the level of a mild IPA p***Ycat. Still though, incredibly smooooth.

I believe a Miracle Fruit bender is in order sometime in the near future. Maybe I should invite Lance Mayhew, whose been experimenting with this stuff in cocktails for quite awhile now. If you’d like to get in on the game, the tablets are available for sale at R6XX.com.
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Krampus is coming: Bavaria's scary Christmas tradition

The goat-headed, troll-like monsters come out at night and roam Christmas markets and villages are part of southern German tradition during the holidays.


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Rebooted for 2008. A curated collection of documents, open questions, and new material for R. Buckminster Fuller’s original “World Game.”

This was one of the very first Brainsturbator articles I wrote: I’ve totalled it today and built something better. I think now is a good time to be talking about Bucky’s vision of a World Game. We have the technology to do this and a new administration could easily provide the funding. I don’t think any of this material is Utopian or far out, but if you do, let me know why.
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Beethoven and the IlluminatiHow the secret order influenced the great composer.
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Birth of the Moon: a runaway nuclear reaction?
Issue 22 of Cosmos, August 2008

by Marcel Crok

How the Moon arose has long stumped scientists. Now Dutch geophysicists argue that it was created not by a massive collision 4.5 billion years ago, but by a runaway nuclear reaction deep inside the young Earth.
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A US space agency (Nasa) probe has witnessed a moon of Saturn do something very unusual and Earth-like.
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Ancient Yule festivals lie behind much of our British Christmas
Has the spiritual message been lost in an orgy of excess over the centuries?
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Searchers find remains of Teutonic Knights leaders

By MONIKA SCISLOWSKA – 4 days ago

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish archaeologists believe silk-draped skeletons found in a cathedral crypt are those of three grand masters who more than 600 years ago ruled the Teutonic Knights — an order that spread religion through force.

An archaeologist in the city of Kwidzyn — the Teutonic fortress of Marienwerder in the Middle Ages — said Friday that DNA tests indicate the remains are those of Werner von Orseln, the knights' leader from 1324-1330; Ludolf Koenig, who ruled from 1342-1345; and Heinrich von Plauen, who reigned from 1410-1413.

"Taking everything into account, we see that we are dealing with Teutonic Knights grand masters," Bogumil Wisniewski, an archaeologist who spearheaded the search, told The Associated Press. "We are 95, 96 percent sure it is them."
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A Skeptic's Review of Telephoning the Dead
Talking to the dead is easy. Getting the dead to talk back is hard. Why not phone them?
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The innate intelligence of ants is helping Australian-based scientists develop prosthetic limbs that respond to brain signals in groundbreaking research that could change the lives of amputees.

The technology, created by a team of five researchers from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), mimics the myoelectric signals used by the central nervous system (CNS) to control muscle activity.

Complex algorithms model the so-called "swarm-intelligence" used by ant colonies to locate food. Artificial intelligence researchers have long used the complex interactions between ants to construct a pattern recognition formula to identify bioelectric signals, which can then be applied in live human trials.
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