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Old 04-09-2009, 06:13 AM   #1551
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Old 04-09-2009, 06:23 AM   #1552
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http://strategicsorcery.blogspot.com...published.html

Cagliostro's Rituals Published

Can't wait for this to arrive....

The Masonic Magician By Philippa Faulks, Robert L D Cooper

Count Alessandro Cagliostro was a cult figure in European society in the tumultuous years leading to the French Revolution. As an alchemist, healer, and Freemason, he inspired both wild devotion and savage ridicule, becoming the subject of novels by Alexander Dumas, a drama by Goethe, and Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute. But Cagliostro’s sincere belief in the magical powers, even the immortality, of what he called the Egyptian Rite of Freemasonry made him dangerous enemies, too. In 1789, he was arrested by the Inquisition and condemned to death for heresy.
Now, the discovery of a mysterious manuscript found in the Archives of the Grand Lodge of Scotland may shine a light on Cagliostro’s secret spiritual teachings, and allow us, finally, a full understanding of his beliefs. The Masonic Magician tells Cagliostro’s extraordinary story, complete with the first English translation of the Egyptian Rite ever published. It presents the case made against him (that he was an impostor as well as a heretic), and finds that the Roman Church, and history itself, have done him a terrible injustice. This scholarly account, drawing on remarkable new documentary evidence, reveals that the man condemned was in fact a remarkable visionary and a true champion of Freemasonry—and that his teachings have much to reveal to us today.
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Old 04-09-2009, 07:04 AM   #1553
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10 Air Purifying Plants For Homes & Offices
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Old 04-09-2009, 07:04 AM   #1554
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So you think small-scale solar remains the preserve of die-hard environmentalists? Think again. A new movement gathering momentum in the US could make photovoltaics a common feature on residential streets.


‘One Block Off The Grid’ (1BOG for short) groups local residents together to negotiate better deals on solar. The idea, born out of conversations between Dave Llorens, now General Manager, and Co-founders Sylvia Ventura and Dan Barahona, is designed to create a ‘tipping point’ in renewable energy adoption.

By grouping people together, Llorens says, participants can enjoy an average 15-20% reduction on the market rate. Combined with government subsidies, this eases the pain of investment. Meanwhile, 1BOG takes a fee from the chosen installer: “the same fee, regardless of whom we choose”.
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Old 04-09-2009, 07:22 AM   #1555
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Old 04-09-2009, 07:23 AM   #1556
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http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2009/0...onar-deaf.html

Strong Sonar Causes Deafness in Dolphins
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Old 04-09-2009, 07:29 AM   #1557
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Old 04-10-2009, 06:21 AM   #1558
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Nine Lives: Cats' Central Nervous System Can Repair Itself And Restore Function

ScienceDaily (Mar. 31, 2009) — Scientists studying a mysterious neurological affliction in cats have discovered a surprising ability of the central nervous system to repair itself and restore function.
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Old 04-13-2009, 07:32 AM   #1559
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http://i.gizmodo.com/5202776/attack-...here-right-now

Attack of the Card Skimmers: It's Happening Right Here, Right Now



Sean Seibel was inside a local Chase bank where he inserted his ATM card into one of two side-by-side automatic teller machines. When the machine told him it could not read his card, it took him a bit of jiggling to get his card back. He tried it a couple more times and got the same results. Before trying the other machine, he inspected the slot of the current ATM he was using and realized that it had a false plastic cover attached to the slot. The amazing thing about the cover was that the translucent green plastic matched the card reader slot perfectly, meaning that it was made specifically for Chase ATMs. After snapping a few photos with his iPhone, he alerted the branch manager and explained what happened.

As he was leaving, Seibel remembered reading about card skimmers having small cameras in the proximity in order to read PIN pad activity, so naturally, he went back to the ATM to inspect, which is where he found an extra mirror attached to the vandalized machine that the other ATMs didn't have. Drilled into the mirror was a tiny pinhole with a camera inside, directed at the PIN pad. Seibel alerted the branch manager again and asked Chase why they hadn't inspected the ATM after he had warned them the first time. Chase honestly replied that they hadn't thought of it because they had never encountered that sort of thing before.

From the crazy amounts of feedback we received last night after we posted the first story, it seems that card skimmers are a common crime everywhere from Thailand to Mexico. But actually hearing about it happening to our very own readers here in America makes us want to help get the word out. Seibel says it best: "Take this as a warning and please inspect every ATM machine you use, no matter how secure you think the environment is." [Thanks Sean!]
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Old 04-13-2009, 07:47 AM   #1560
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http://news.scotsman.com/scotland/Sc...und.5161087.jp

Scotland's most ancient home found – at 14,000 years old

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Is the Turin Shroud genuine after all? From beyond the grave, a startling new claim

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Britain’s Atlantis under the North Sea
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Old 04-13-2009, 07:48 AM   #1561
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Some have used comparative mythology to suggest that legends of a Great Flood are just inspired by impressive flooding events in the distant past. While some look to more local events like the filling of the Black Sea, most eyes turn to the end of the last Glaciation and the inundation of large areas of coastal lowlands. The evidence of life in these lost areas is now largely lost (and has lead to speculation about whether this explains Atlantis) but through a lot of hard work it is possible to get a glimpse into their history.

The latest issue of Nature shows us an impressive attempt to provide a map of just such a lost world - Doggerland, now under the North Sea, but there is plenty there waiting to be discovered. I have a vertebra of some kind of deer from Doggerland on my shelf as we speak and there have been far more impressive finds dredged up over the years. The data is patchy and actually access the sea bed is difficult and expensive work but it is really starting to pay dividends.

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Old 04-13-2009, 07:50 AM   #1562
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Tiny Flower Turns Pig Poop into Fuel
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Old 04-13-2009, 07:51 AM   #1563
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The theory that women are born with all the eggs they will ever have has been challenged by research that could raise the prospect of restoring female fertility and reversing the menopause.

Scientists in China have discovered that the ovaries of adult and newborn mice seem to contain stem cells that can be grown into eggs that can be fertilised to create healthy offspring.

The findings suggest that it may be possible one day to isolate and culture these stem cells from women’s ovaries, should they also exist in humans. This could provide a source of eggs to extend female fertility, which declines as the ovaries’ supply is depleted with age.
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Old 04-13-2009, 09:06 AM   #1564
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Awesome Cagliostro article.

Hey, you posted something on how your brain interprets 90+% of your reality, but I can't find the damn thing! Spent HOURS looking for it the other day. Any idea where it's hiding?
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Old 04-13-2009, 10:07 AM   #1565
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Is there anything else you remember of it? I'll see if i can scour my RSS feeds. I got them all into google reader now
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Is there anything else you remember of it? I'll see if i can scour my RSS feeds. I got them all into google reader now
Not particularly... just brain interpreting reality. I went through every goddamn article in this huge thread and couldn't find the damn thing so I had to paraphrase what I remembered for my book and hope it's accurate!
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Old 04-13-2009, 10:19 AM   #1567
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http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...1104063920.htm


Is this close?

there's some DNA/RNA mention in here too:

http://www.rawilsonfans.com/articles/IRobot.html

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http://www.livescience.com/culture/0...rk-morals.html

Dark Morals Lurk Inside You

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By Robert Roy Britt, Editorial Director

posted: 08 April 2009 12:59 am ET

The morals we all tend to agree on are the easier ones to identify, things like not harming people or caring for the needy, the thinking goes [though already this column seems to be on shaky ground]. In space, these morals are akin to stars, planets and other visible matter — the obvious stuff — according to a theory by University of Virginia psychologist Jonathan Haidt.

The darker morals (think exotic concepts like dark matter and dark energy which are everywhere but nowhere) get into more slippery things like group loyalty, respect for authority, purity and sanctity, reports MSNBC's Alan Boyle, who was in Phoenix over the weekend attending the Origins conference where this was discussed. These are the more obscure morals that account for things like patriotism, conformism and taboos about sex and food.

Dark morals are the ones that different people have their own views on. And, twisting a perfectly good George Thorogood line, evubody's different.

Okay. Let's stop right there and go over some basics. First, we are all moral hypocrites. Studies show this. We judge others more harshly than we judge ourselves. Second, morality leads to unethical acts. Again, science. Okay, back to Haidt's ideas ...
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http://www.livescience.com/strangene...ypocrites.html

Why We're All Moral Hypocrites

Most of us, whether we admit it or not, are moral hypocrites. We judge others more severely than we judge ourselves.

Mounting evidence suggests moral decisions result from the jousting between our knee-jerk responses (think "survival instinct") and our slower, but more collected evaluations. Which is more responsible for our self-leniency?

To find out, a recent study presented people with two tasks. One was described as tedious and time-consuming; the other, easy and brief. The subjects were asked to assign each task to either themselves or the next participant. They could do this independently or defer to a computer, which would assign the tasks randomly.

Eighty-five percent of 42 subjects passed up the computer’s objectivity and assigned themselves the short task – leaving the laborious one to someone else. Furthermore, they thought their decision was fair. However, when 43 other subjects watched strangers make the same decision, they thought it unjust.
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Sadly no. Cool article though. Ah well, this will just leave the door open for some neurologist d-bag to prove me wrong and send some hate mail.
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Sadly no. Cool article though. Ah well, this will just leave the door open for some neurologist d-bag to prove me wrong and send some hate mail.
Hmm.... i wonder if i made a thread alone for it.
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http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0409134745.htm

How You Feel The World Impacts How You See It
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http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archi...6/1881705.aspx

Six mind-blowing ideas

Posted: Monday, April 06, 2009 10:06 AM by Alan Boyle

Weird life under our nose?

Did the moon make us possible?

Life interrupted on Mars?

Greenhouse extinctions

Humanity's mind-blowing rise

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"An ancient life form has been tapped to create one of the newest technologies for solar energy. The systems that may be surprisingly simple to build compared to existing silicon-based solar cells, researchers said today.

Interestingly, the scientists aren't sure exactly how it works.

Tiny, single-celled marine life forms called diatoms have existed for at least 100 million years and are at the bottom of the food chain, supporting much of the life in the oceans, but they also have rigid shells that can be used to create order in a natural way at the extraordinarily small level of nanotechnology.
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Stem cells free diabetics from insulin treatment
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