Thursday, August 29, 2013

Neil Sanders | Your Thoughts Are Not Your Own


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S y n o p s i s

Mind Control is a documented fact. The control of the actions and emotions of an unsuspecting victim has been a reality since at least the 1950's. Tonight, we discuss the origins of mind control, propaganda, and the objectives and architects of mind control.

B i o

Neil Sanders holds an MA in Film Studies, studied Psychology and Media Production for his BA Honours and is a qualified hypnotherapist. Neil is considered an expert on the subject of mind control and has been studying the history of this dark art and its application by military and government intelligence agencies across the globe for many years. Neil has appeared on several television shows and made numerous radio appearances in Europe and the USA and is the author of Your Thoughts Are Not Your Own Volume 1 and 2.

Expect Fukushima's Radioactive Ocean Plume to Hit the US Next Year

 

Within days of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant disaster, radiation could be detected in the atmosphere all the way from the America’s West Coast. But the plume of radionuclides, including Cesium-137, that was released into the Pacific Ocean is still spreading and dispersing, and will likely reach Hawaii and the northwestern American coastline next year.

The good news—the silver lining to the plume—is that even though there will be a “measurable increase in radioactive materials,” the concentration of those materials will be well below World Health Organization safety levels by that point.
  
That's according to a study from the Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science, a mostly Australian research organization, which mapped the radioactive plume’s path through the world’s ocean for the next ten years. According to the report, “two energetic currents off the Japanese coast—the Kuroshio Current and the Kurushio Extension—are primarily responsible for accelerating the dilution of the radioactive material, taking it well below WHO safety levels within four months [of the incident].” Other eddies and whirlpools will continue the dilution process and direct the radioactive particles disparately westward, the study states.
 
For the rest of the story: http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/expect-fukushimas-radioactive-ocean-plume-to-hit-the-us-next-year

Of Course the Future of Weather Control Involves Lasers

 

The idea of artificially regulating the weather has a long and vibrant history in science fiction. But who would have guessed we'd get lasers thrown in as part of the real-world version?

That's precisely what biophotonics experts Jean-Pierre Wolf and Dr. Jerome Kasparian of the University of Geneva have proposed. Their experiments revealed that laser blasts catalyze the formation of ice and channel the path of lightning. It would appear that real life weather gods do exist, but they prefer photonic blasts to Asgardian hammers.

Wolf and Kasparian's original reason for shooting lasers at the sky was to detect aerosols. But they soon noticed that pulses of infra-red and ultraviolet lasers caused water vapor to condense into ice. This doesn't work on heavy cumulus clouds, but with cirrus clouds, as “the laser action led to a strong enhancement of the total ice particle number density in the chamber by up to a factor of 100”, the researchers write.

The Army's Flying Scooter and Air Donut Were Basically UFOs



The future we've got isn't the one we were promised. Sure, our lives are better than at any point in history, but where we once lusted after flying cars, we now dream of smartwatches.

Back in the 60s, however, the US military was less concerned with making everything "smart" and more interested in building badass vehicles of the future. This 1961 film reel touting Department of Defense's research capabilities, we get a peek at the military's work on hovercraft, from a floating scooter to a flying donut.

For the rest of the story: http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/the-armys-flying-scooter-and-air-donut-were-basically-ufos

Earth life 'may have come from Mars'

Gale crater, Mars  Life would face challenges on Mars today, but billions of years ago conditions might have been better.

Life may have started on Mars before arriving on Earth, a major scientific conference has heard.

New research supports an idea that the Red Planet was a better place to kick-start biology billions of years ago than the early Earth was.

The evidence is based on how the first molecules necessary for life were assembled.

"The evidence seems to be building that we are actually all Martians; that life started on Mars and came to Earth on a rock”

Details of the theory were outlined by Prof Steven Benner at the Goldschmidt Meeting in Florence, Italy.

Scientists have long wondered how atoms first came together to make up the three crucial molecular components of living organisms: RNA, DNA and proteins.

The molecules that combined to form genetic material are far more complex than the primordial "pre-biotic" soup of organic (carbon-based) chemicals thought to have existed on the Earth more than three billion years ago, and RNA (ribonucleic acid) is thought to have been the first of them to appear.
  
For the rest of the story: www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23872765

Did Life Come to Earth From Mars?

mars

If the phenomena of Star Trek, Area 51, Ancient Aliens, or War of the Worlds can be taken as anthropological clues, humanity is consumed with curiosity about the possibility of life beyond Earth. Do any of the 4,437 newly discovered extrasolar planets contain traces of life? What would these life forms look like? How would they function? If they came to Earth, would we share ET-esque embraces or would the visit be more a Battle Los Angeles style throw down?

Life outside of Earth has spawned endless interest, but less public interest seems to be given to how life on Earth began 3 to 4 billion years ago. But the two topics, it turns out, might be more connected than one would believe–in fact, it’s possible that life on Earth really began outside of Earth, on Mars.

At this year’s Goldschmidt conference in Florence, Steve Benner, a molecular biophysicist and biochemist at the Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution will present this idea to an audience of geologists. He’s well aware that half the room will be adamantly against his idea. “People will probably throw things,” he laughs, hinting at a consciousness of how out-of-this-world his ideas sound. But there’s scientific basis for his assertion (PDF), a logical reason for why life maybe truly did begin on Mars.

Moon Water Discovery Hints at Mystery Source Deep Underground

An artist's illustration of India's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft orbiting the moon. 

Evidence of water spotted on the moon's surface by a sharp-eyed spacecraft likely originated from an unknown source deep in the lunar interior, scientists say.

The find — made by NASA's Moon Mineralogy Mapper instrument aboard India's Chandrayaan-1 probe — marks the first detection of such "magmatic water" from lunar orbit and confirms analyses performed recently on moon rocks brought to Earth by Apollo astronauts four decades ago, researchers said.

"Now that we have detected water that is likely from the interior of the moon, we can start to compare this water with other characteristics of the lunar surface," study lead author Rachel Klima, of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md., said in a statement. [Water on the Moon: The Search in Photos]
 
For the rest of the story: http://www.space.com/22553-moon-water-mystery-source.html

Widower submits a song about his wife of 73 years to a songwriting contest



For the rest of the story: http://vimeo.com/70426141

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

China to launch unmanned lunar lander by year-end

BEIJING (AP) -- China said Wednesday it will launch its first unmanned lunar lander by the end of this year, complete with a radio-controlled rover to transmit images and dig into the moon's surface to test samples.

The Chang'e 3 lander has officially moved from the design to the launch stage, the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense said in a statement.

The Chang'e 3 and another lander will remain on the moon's surface, although China plans to follow those with landers that will return to Earth with samples.

A crewed lunar mission could also be launched if officials decide to combine the human spaceflight and lunar exploration programs.

China has recently focused on its manned flight program, sending two missions to temporarily crew the Tiangong 1 experimental space station. Launched in 2011, the station is due to be replaced by a three-module permanent station, Tiangong 2, in seven years.

China sent its first astronaut into space in 2003, becoming the third nation after Russia and the United States to achieve manned space travel independently. The military-backed space program is a source of enormous national pride and has powered ahead in a series of well-funded, methodically timed steps.

For the rest of the story: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_CHINA_SPACE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-08-28-08-55-46

The Giant Magellan Telescope Will Capture Earth-Sized Planets and the Earliest Stars

 

It was a busy weekend at the Steward Observatory Mirror Lab. On Saturday, the lab's technicians cast 20 tons of molten glass into an ultra-precise parabolic mirror—the third of seven. By 2020, the mirrors will have been transported to Chile's arid Atacama Desert and assembled into the new kid on the cosmological block: the Giant Magellan Telescope.

Using adaptive optics, an 80-foot aperture, and a honeycomb structure, the GMT will record deep space images 10 times sharper than the Hubble. It will be the highest resolution telescope ever made, and it won't even have to leave the planet.

The GMT owes its high precision to its meticulously crafted design. The mirror cast over the weekend will require a full year of polishing until it is within 1/20 the wavelength of light. That's a light tolerance level of one part per billion. To get a sense of the scale, imagine the mirror is the size of the United States. The tallest mountain on the surface would be about an inch high. In short: these mirrors are the smoothest thing to grace the Earth since Robert Downey Jr. 

For the rest of the story: http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/the-giant-magellan-telescope-will-capture-earth-sized-planets--earliest-stars

The greatest mystery of the Inca Empire was its strange economy

 

In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, the Inca Empire was the largest South America had ever known. Rich in foodstuffs, textiles, gold, and coca, the Inca were masters of city building but nevertheless had no money. In fact, they had no marketplaces at all.

Centered in Peru, Inca territory stretched across the Andes' mountain tops and down to the shoreline, incorporating lands from today's Colombia, Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador, Argentina and Peru - all connected by a vast highway system whose complexity rivaled any in the Old World. The Inca Empire may be the only advanced civilization in history to have no class of traders, and no commerce of any kind within its boundaries. How did they do it?
 
For the rest of the story: http://io9.com/the-greatest-mystery-of-the-inca-empire-was-its-strange-1198541254

Yosemite Fire Burns Bright in Incredible Nighttime Image From Space

Rim fire by night 

The blaze raging its way through a national forest in the Yosemite National Park area, known as the Rim fire, can be seen with frightening clarity at the center of this image taken by NASA's Suomi NPP satellite on August 23. The size of the fire is especially obvious in this view, as compared to Lake Tahoe outlined above it, San Francisco Bay to the left and Las Vegas to the right. The next slide is a new daytime image taken by the same satellite on August 25.

The satellite, launched in October 2011, has a new imaging instrument with a "day-night band" that can detect natural and man-made light with unprecedented resolution and clarity -- six times better spatial resolution and 250 times better resolution of lighting levels than previous instruments.

For the rest of the story: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/08/yosemite-fire-suomi-npp/

Why Cities No Longer Want to Host the Olympics

Abandoned_pool 

What's the Latest Development?

Cities which petition the International Olympic Committee for the right to host the Games may have a double task from now on: Convincing their own population that the Games are good idea. The three cities chosen by the IOC as finalists for the 2020 Games—Madrid, Istanbul, and Tokyo—are facing an unprecedented wave of internal opposition from concerned citizens. In Istanbul, the "No To Olympics" platform summarizes its position thusly: "We know about the Olympics from the cities that hosted them with pride and excitement and afterwards were left with destroyed neighborhoods, heavy debts, displaced millions and facilities left to rot."

What's the Big Idea?

For the rest of the story: http://bigthink.com/ideafeed/why-cities-no-longer-want-to-host-the-olympics

Apple Helps Cops Hide Police Brutality



For the rest of the story: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_U3GmmEloQ

Monday, August 26, 2013

Wormhole Is Best Bet for Time Machine, Astrophysicist Says

an illustration of a wormhole through space-time 

Though wormholes have never been proven to exist, these theoretical passageways through space-time are predicted by Einstein's general theory of relativity.
 
The concept of a time machine typically conjures up images of an implausible plot device used in a few too many science-fiction storylines. But according to Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity, which explains how gravity operates in the universe, real-life time travel isn't just a vague fantasy.

Traveling forward in time is an uncontroversial possibility, according to Einstein's theory. In fact, physicists have been able to send tiny particles called muons, which are similar to electrons, forward in time by manipulating the gravity around them. That's not to say the technology for sending humans 100 years into the future will be available anytime soon, though.
 
For the rest of the story: http://www.livescience.com/39159-time-travel-with-wormhole.html

Wait, What's That? The Science Behind Why Your Mind Keeps Wandering

Try this: Count your exhalations--1, 2, 3--all the way to 10. See if you can get to 10 without thinking about lunch or laundry or deadlines or dates.

Unless you've trained your attention, it'll probably start to wander--which, new research into the brain suggests, begins at a physical level.

"Your neurons can fire for a while with the energy they have in them, but not for long: After a dozen seconds, each needs more energy," research psychologist Peter Killeen tells Fast Company.


After those first dozen seconds, ever-hungry neurons order up stored-up energy. If they don't get the glucose or lactate they need--two of their favorite fuels--they'll fire more slowly.

If your brain doesn't have enough energy available, you'll have a worse shot at keeping track of those breaths. You'll experience a deficit in your attention.

Which is fitting, given that KIlleen's insights spring from his studies in attention deficit disorder. According to his and his colleagues' research, people with and without ADHD have attentional behavior that's different in degree, not in kind. It's a spectrum, similar to how hetero- and homo-sexuality or introversion or extroversion lie along gradients.

In this way, everybody has at least a little ADHD.

What Chernobyl Looks Like From The Air

 

We have published a lot of posts about Chernobyl and Pripyat but never saw the exclusion zone from the height. How do they look from the height of ten thousand meters? The city where life stopped in the 80s is slowly getting swallowed by the woods today. Join us and fly over the zone right now.
 

For the rest of the story: http://englishrussia.com/2013/08/24/flying-over-chernobyl/

The Middle East, explained in one (sort of terrifying) chart

Click to enlarge and you will either have a seizure or fully comprehend the Middle East. (Courtesy The Big Pharaoh) 

What could be simpler than the Middle East? A well-known Egyptian blogger who writes under the pseudonym The Big Pharaoh put together this chart laying out the region’s rivalries and alliances. He’s kindly granted me permission to post it, so that Americans might better understand the region. The joke is that it’s not a joke; this is actually pretty accurate.

There are rivals who share mutual enemies, allies who back opposite sides of the same conflict, conflicting interests and very strange bedfellows. There are two categories of countries: the ones that meddle (the United States, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and Israel) and the ones that are meddled with (Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and the Palestinian territories). Each of the former is pushing for a different outcome in each of the latter, falling in and out of cooperation and competition. And that long-running interference is an important part of why conflict persists.

It’s all kind of a scramble. The Big Pharaoh writes: “I keep on updating this chart because every time I look at it I discover that I’ve missed an arrow. That’s how complicated it is.”

For the rest of the story: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/08/26/the-middle-east-explained-in-one-sort-of-terrifying-chart/

Where Exactly Did the Big Bang Actually Happen?

When you think of the big bang, that cosmic explosion that jump-started the ever-expanding universe as we know it, it's only natural to imagine it as a single point. One corner of space that just blew up into the galactic being. But where was it?



For the rest of the story: http://gizmodo.com/where-exactly-did-the-big-bang-actually-happen-1193297884

Exclusive: CIA Files Prove America Helped Saddam as He Gassed Iran

The U.S. knew Hussein was launching some of the worst chemical attacks in history -- and still gave him a hand.  

The U.S. government may be considering military action in response to chemical strikes near Damascus. But a generation ago, America's military and intelligence communities knew about and did nothing to stop a series of nerve gas attacks far more devastating than anything Syria has seen, Foreign Policy has learned.

In 1988, during the waning days of Iraq's war with Iran, the United States learned through satellite imagery that Iran was about to gain a major strategic advantage by exploiting a hole in Iraqi defenses. U.S. intelligence officials conveyed the location of the Iranian troops to Iraq, fully aware that Hussein's military would attack with chemical weapons, including sarin, a lethal nerve agent. 

The intelligence included imagery and maps about Iranian troop movements, as well as the locations of Iranian logistics facilities and details about Iranian air defenses. The Iraqis used mustard gas and sarin prior to four major offensives in early 1988 that relied on U.S. satellite imagery, maps, and other intelligence. These attacks helped to tilt the war in Iraq's favor and bring Iran to the negotiating table, and they ensured that the Reagan administration's long-standing policy of securing an Iraqi victory would succeed. But they were also the last in a series of chemical strikes stretching back several years that the Reagan administration knew about and didn't disclose.
 
For the rest of the story: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/08/25/secret_cia_files_prove_america_helped_saddam_as_he_gassed_iran

Making keys after the apocalypse

keys 

Making keys is an amazing art with a lot of skill and technique involved. For those of you living in a post-apocalyptic world, [Dan] has a much simpler solution to the problems of having one too few keys for your locks and deadbolts – just cast them out of scrap with the power of the sun.

To make the mold of the key, [Dan] is using a two-piece plaster of paris mold. First, a thick layer of plaster is laid down in a small container and the key floated on the surface. After drying, sprues are put in with clay and the key embedded in a curing plaster block. After a few hours, a proper mold is created ready to receive molten metal.

The casting material is zinc – not as hard as the original steel key, but more than strong enough to turn a lock. This zinc is melted in a steel and plaster crucible with a gigantic fresnel lens.

As for the utility of this method of copying keys after the apocalypse, we’ll have to wonder how practical this method is. A giant fresnel lens isn’t just something you randomly find unless you’re going house to house looking for projection TVs, and finding a can of mold release after the end of the world is beyond credulity. 

That said, it’s a cool demonstration of metal casting that can be easily accomplished at home or at any hackerspace.

For the rest of the story: http://hackaday.com/2013/08/25/making-keys-after-the-apocalypse/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+hackaday%2FLgoM+%28Hack+a+Day%29

Stop Using Canola Oil Immediately

 

It’s my hope that you’ll never use Canola Oil again! Why? Because of GMO’s (more on this below) and the harmful side effects from the processing of this oil. You know that Olive Oil comes from olives, and that Sesame Seed Oil comes from sesame seeds. It would make sense that Canola Oil comes from Canola Seeds, right? Well, there’s actually no such thing.

Canola is a made-up word which stands for “Canadian oil low acid”, and is a genetically modified product. It is a Canadian invention that is backed by the government. It’s a cheap product to manufacture, and almost all processed or packaged foods contain canola oil.

Facts You Should Know About Canola Oil

Canola Oil is produced from the rapeseed plant, which is a part of the mustard family. It’s an industrial oil, not a food, and has been used in candles, soaps, lipsticks, lubricants, inks and biofuels. Rapeseed oil is what is used to make mustard gas. In its natural state, it causes respiratory distress, constipation, emphysema, anemia, irritability and blindness.

Now that we have figured out how to genetically modify rapeseed oil, we sell it as an edible product. It has been brought to market with the claim that it is a wonder oil, that is low in saturated fats, and has omega-3 fatty acids. The problem is that it is still just rapeseed that has been genetically modified.

For the rest of the story: http://www.draxe.com/canola-oil-gm/

Patent confirms that aspartame is the excrement of GM bacteria

aspartame 

(NaturalNews) In 1999, The Independent published an article entitled "World's top sweetener is made with GM bacteria," which revealed that Monsanto was knowingly adding aspartame to soft drinks in the United States - and that aspartame is made from GM bacteria. This report, which remains one of the earliest disclosures on aspartame in a mainstream newspaper, received little attention after its publication - possibly because its implications were underestimated at the time - and it has long been forgotten.

Since 1999, the world has become a little more attentive to Monsanto and aspartame, but ignorance still abounds about the latter's genesis. While more and more people are starting to awaken to aspartame's destructive effects on our health, do they know how it is actually made? Fortunately, a 1981 patent for aspartame production, once confined to the drawers of patent offices, is now available online for everyone to see - and it confirms everything that Monsanto was happy to tell us in 1999 before their meteoric growth necessitated greater prudence.

The production process

The patent, which is entitled Process for producing aspartame and is credited to Bahl, Rose, and White, summarizes the process as follows:

For the rest of the story: http://www.naturalnews.com/041766_aspartame_GM_bacteria_patent.html

Your Ancestors Didn’t Sleep Like You

Your ancestors didn't sleep like you 

Ok, maybe your grandparents probably slept like you. And your great, great-grandparents. But once you go back before the 1800s, sleep starts to look a lot different. Your ancestors slept in a way that modern sleepers would find bizarre – they slept twice. And so can you. 

The History

The existence of our sleeping twice per night was first uncovered by Roger Ekirch, professor of History at Virginia Tech.

His research found that we didn’t always sleep in one eight hour chunk. We used to sleep in two shorter periods, over a longer range of night. This range was about 12 hours long, and began with a sleep of three to four hours, wakefulness of two to three hours, then sleep again until morning.

References are scattered throughout literature, court documents, personal papers, and the ephemera of the past. What is surprising is not that people slept in two sessions, but that the concept was so incredibly common. Two-piece sleeping was the standard, accepted way to sleep.

“It’s not just the number of references – it is the way they refer to it, as if it was common knowledge,” Ekirch says.

An English doctor wrote, for example, that the ideal time for study and contemplation was between “first sleep” and “second sleep.” Chaucer tells of a character in the Canterbury Tales that goes to bed following her “firste sleep.” And, explaining the reason why working class conceived more children, a doctor from the 1500s reported that they typically had sex after their first sleep.

For the rest of the story: http://slumberwise.com/science/your-ancestors-didnt-sleep-like-you/

This 1,600-Year-Old Goblet Shows that the Romans Were Nanotechnology Pioneers

Researchers have finally found out why the jade-green cup appears red when lit from behind
 
The Romans may have first come across the colorful potential of nanoparticles by accident but they seem to have perfected it. 

The Romans may have first come across the colorful potential of nanoparticles by accident, but they seem to have perfected it.
 
The colorful secret of a 1,600-year-old Roman chalice at the British Museum is the key to a super­sensitive new technology that might help diagnose human disease or pinpoint biohazards at security checkpoints.

The glass chalice, known as the Lycurgus Cup because it bears a scene involving King Lycurgus of Thrace, appears jade green when lit from the front but blood-red when lit from behind—a property that puzzled scientists for decades after the museum acquired the cup in the 1950s. The mystery wasn’t solved until 1990, when researchers in England scrutinized broken fragments under a microscope and discovered that the Roman artisans were nanotechnology pioneers: They’d impregnated the glass with particles of silver and gold, ground down until they were as small as 50 nanometers in diameter, less than one-thousandth the size of a grain of table salt. The exact mixture of the precious metals suggests the Romans knew what they were doing—“an amazing feat,” says one of the researchers, archaeologist Ian Freestone of University College London.

The ancient nanotech works something like this: When hit with light, electrons belonging to the metal flecks vibrate in ways that alter the color depending on the observer’s position. Gang Logan Liu, an engineer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who has long focused on using nanotechnology to diagnose disease, and his colleagues realized that this effect offered untapped potential. “The Romans knew how to make and use nanoparticles for beautiful art,” Liu says. “We wanted to see if this could have scientific applications.”

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Doctor claims new medical breakthrough will allow corpses to be revived within a day of being dead

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(NaturalNews) It is generally the case that once a person dies, there is only about a three-to-five minute window of potential resuscitation time before he or she becomes irreversibly dead, depending on the cause of death. But an American clinical care physician claims to have come up with a new way to revive corpses several hours after being dead, a process that with future advancements could eventually make it possible to revive the deceased up to 24 hours after death, he says.

Cardiac patients at Stony Brook University Hospital in New York are already a living testament to the success of Dr. Sam Parnia's unusual revival claims. According to the latest available statistics, nearly twice as many patients are resuscitated there every year compared to other U.S. hospitals -- the average resuscitation rate at Stony Brook is an astounding 33 percent, which contrasts sharply with the 18 percent average elsewhere.

So how does it all work? Utilizing the latest available medical technologies, Dr. Parnia carefully cools down the bodies of qualifying "dead" patients and pumps up their tissues with oxygen. This process, he says, prevents them from truly "dying," as it basically just puts their lives on hold and gives physicians time to intercede and work their magic. The process is so effective, claims Dr. Parnia, that it could have revived the life of James Gandolfini, the former star of the popular television series, The Sopranos, who is believed to have died from a heart attack.

"I believe if he died here, he could still be alive,"

For the rest of the story: http://www.naturalnews.com/041721_medical_breakthrough_corpse_revival_resuscitation.html

Friday, August 23, 2013

One Limit on the Drone Force: Finding Enough Pilots

 

Air Force pilots want to be in the shit, apparently. Military action via drone, be it for intelligence, surveillance or fighting purposes has increased exponentially in the past 20 years, but according to a report published by Air Force Col. Bradley Hoagland for the Brookings Institute, the demand for operators may be outpacing the supply of proper volunteers.

Hoagland published two reports on Aug 6, "Manning The Next Unmanned Air Force: Developing RPA Pilots Of The Future" and "Where Are All The Good Drone Pilots?" which both highlight the military's growing drone army, which lacks the manpower to manage it. 

According to Hoagland, the remotely-piloted aircraft (RPA) sector had around 50 people in the late '90s, and it has grown to greater than 1,300 people. That rate is expected to keep growing, but as the combat air patrol field swells, the Air Force cannot train enough people to fill it out. The Air Force "is not properly identifying and professionally developing these pilots," the report states. 

It's a bit peculiar that the report skirts past the stress and psychological strains of the position, seeing as there have been numerous articles and research that suggests drone operators experience as much trauma and stress as officers in other military sectors. One piece even cited a survey that stated 48 percent of RPA operators had "high operational stress." While the report acknowledges mental health and PTSD issues that may dissuade new recruits, it mostly focuses on "the RPA community."

For the rest of the story: http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/one-limit-on-the-drone-force-finding-enough-pilots

The FISA Court Knew the NSA Lied Repeatedly About Its Spying, Approved Its Searches Anyway

 

The US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) is the secret authority that judges on whether or not surveillance actions conducted under programs like NSA's PRISM are constitutional. While the FISC has been accused of being a rubber stamp for the government, approving nearly all of its surveillance requests, it hasn't always been that way.

A secret court opinion from October 2011 that ruled the NSA's surveillance activities unconstitutional has finally been unveiled, thanks to a successful challenge by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. (Big internet high five to the EFF by the way.) The document is heavily redacted, but as it hinges on the NSA's data collection methods, it offers interesting insight.
 
For the rest of the story: http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/the-fisa-court-knew-the-nsa-lied-repeatedly-about-its-spying-approved-its-searches-anyway

What Causes Nightmares?

 

When you're waking up from a nightmare, your first question might be, “Was that a bagel chasing me through my house with a sledgehammer?” And after the shock of dreaming about a homicidal, anthropomorphic breakfast dish wears off, your next question is probably, “Why was that bagel chasing me through my house with a sledgehammer?"

Nightmares, and dreams in general, occur during the rapid eye movement (REM) sleep stage. Depending on how long you sleep, your body goes through four to six cycles a night, and the REM stage gets longer with each sleep cycle. Most nightmares happen during the last third of your night’s sleep.

For most people, nightmares aren't a major problem: Only five percent of adults have a clinical nightmare problem where the dreams are too severe or frequent. But 85 percent of adults still experience normal nightmares—8 to 29 percent of people claim to have nightmares on a once-a-month basis, and two to six percent have nightmares once per week. 

Experts say anything from everyday stress to trauma (nightmares are common in post-traumatic stress disorder) to just good-old-fashioned watching scary movies might trigger nightmares. But if you want to dodge a restless night pockmarked by bad dreams, you might want to rethink having that pre-bedtime candy bar.

"Tepco Has Lost Control" - What Is Really Happening At Fukushima In Four Charts

 

After a self-imposed gag order by the mainstream media on any coverage of the Fukushima disaster (ostensibly the last thing the irradiated Japanese citizens needed is reading beyond the lies of their benevolent government, and TEPCO, and finding out just how bad the reality is especially since the key driver behind Abenomics is a return in confidence at all costs), the biggest nuclear catastrophe in history is once again receiving the attention it deserves. This follows the recent admission by TEPCO of the biggest leak reported at Fukushima to date, which forced the Japanese government to raise the assessment of Fukushima from Level 1 to Level 3, even though this is merely the catalyst of what has been a long and drawn out process in which Tepco has tried everything it could to contain the fallout from the exploded NPP, and failed. And today, in a startling and realistic assessment of Fukushima two and a half years after the explosion, the WSJ finally tells the truth: "Tepco Has Lost Control."

Here is how the mainstream media, in this case the Wall Street Journal, catches up with a topic covered extensively in the "alternative" media for the past several years:
 
For the rest of the story: http://www.zerohedge.com/node/477904

Visiting Mars And Venus With Apollo-Era Hardware

Expecting a surge of support after the Moon landings, NASA started thinking big.

 

Imagine three astronauts, 125 million miles from the Earth, talking to Mission Control with a four-minute time lag. They have seen nothing out their windows but stars in the blackness of space for the last 150 days. With a carefully timed burn, they slow into orbit around Venus, and as they loop around the planet, they get their first look at its thick cloud layer just 7,000 miles below.

It might sound like the plot of a science fiction movie, but in the late 1960s, NASA investigated missions that would send humans to Venus and Mars using Apollo-era technology. These missions would fly in the 1970s and 1980s to capitalize on what many expected would be a surge of interest in manned spaceflight after the Apollo lunar landings. They would be daring missions, but they would also be feasible with what was on hand.

For the rest of the story: http://arstechnica.com/science/2013/08/what-might-have-been-visiting-mars-and-venus-with-apollo-era-hardware/

Why You Can See the Moon During Daylight Hours

Image: Vaughan Willis 

I have a friend whose young son gets incredibly excited when he can see the moon during the day. After several excited shouts of “day moon!” the youngster asks his mom why he can sometimes see the moon when the sun is up, and not just at night. Good question.

Objects in the sky appear to pass overhead on a daily basis because the earth is rotating, or spinning on its axis. For example, at the equator, the sun appears above the horizon for approximately 12 hours a day (though this varies according to the season).

This is true for the moon as well – but the moon is also traveling in an orbit around the Earth.

“And because the moon travels around the Earth, its 12 hours above the horizon aren’t always the same as the sun’s 12 hours,” says Stephen Reynolds, an astrophysicist at NC State who was kind enough to talk to me about this subject. So, sometimes the moon is above the horizon only at night, sometimes only during the day, and sometimes a little of both.
 
For the rest of the story: http://web.ncsu.edu/abstract/science/wms-day-moon/

CIA closes office that declassifies historical materials

The Historical Collections Division is the latest casualty of sequester cuts. The office handling Freedom of Information Act requests will take over the work.

Bad management drives talent from CIA, internal reports suggest

WASHINGTON — The budget ax has fallen on a CIA office that focused on declassifying historical materials, a move scholars say will mean fewer public disclosures about long-buried intelligence secrets and scandals.

The Historical Collections Division, which has declassified documents on top Soviet spies, a secret CIA airline in the Vietnam War, the Cuban missile crisis and other major operations, has been disbanded. The office that handles Freedom of Information Act requests will take over the work.

CIA officials said they closed the Historical Collections Division to accommodate federal budget cuts that the White House and Congress proposed last year to create pressure for a deficit reduction deal. No deal materialized, so across-the-board budget cuts known as the sequester were imposed.

"As a result of sequestration, elements of one program office were moved into a larger unit to create efficiencies, but CIA will continue to perform this important work," said Edward Price, a CIA spokesman.

He said the agency remained committed to the "public interest mission" of declassifying significant historical documents.

But outside experts criticized the CIA for shutting down an office that academics, lawyers and historians use.

For the rest of the story: http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-cia-sequester-20130822,0,1013990.story

Controlling Sound: Musical Torture from the Shoah to Guantánamo

“Sustained Anger,” “Explosive Anger,” “Greed,” and “Fear,” by the synesthetic artist Annie Besant, 1901.  

“Sustained Anger,” “Explosive Anger,” “Greed,” and “Fear,”

“Purely physical torture is losing importance,” observed the psychologist Gustav Keller in 1981. “Psychological and psychiatric findings and methods are taking its place, planned and sometimes administered by white-collar torturers.” This statement, though prescient, is debatable: plenty of purely physical torture has been reported by former prisoners of Guantánamo and Bagram. The implication, however, is one of progress: that torture has been civilized, professionalized, in some way stripped of its teeth.

After the news broke that American soldiers were torturing detainees in secret prisons like Guantánamo, the idea spread that so-called “no touch” torture is more humane than more conventional methods involving violence to the body. No-touch torture utilizes methods like sleep deprivation, temperature regulation, violation of cultural and religious taboos, the playing of loud music, and psychological manipulation while interrogating prisoners. These methods, though often brutal, frequently don’t leave physical marks, thus nebulizing the concept of torture and leaving the act more open to interpretation.

For the rest of the story: http://theappendix.net/issues/2013/7/controlling-sound-musical-torture-from-the-shoah-to-guantanamo

How to Tell If Someone’s Lying

 

The average American lies 11 times per week. Unfortunately, no one’s nose grows when they bend the truth, so it can be hard to tell when someone’s playing you for a fool. Follow these cues, though, and you’ll become a human polygraph in no time.

1) Find the Baseline


Before you can tell if someone’s lying, you need to know how they usually behave. Once you understand their basic pattern of behavior—quirks and mannerisms included—you can start digging up the lies. People usually deviate from their baseline behavior when they say something fishy.

2) Face it


Asymmetries like a crooked smile or a half-mast eye are telltale signs of a lie. A wandering eye is another signal, since it’s hard to lie while looking someone in the eye.

3) Look for a Sleight of Hand


Fibs make you fidgety. Liars will scratch their noses, rub their necks, and pick imaginary lint from their shirts. A fib may send extra adrenaline to the capillaries in your face—especially your nose—which sparks an urge to itch.

Delusional People See the World Through Their Mind's Eye

boy bends spoon with mind 

Having delusions, such as a belief in telekinesis, can influence how people see the world - literally.

A mechanism for how the brain creates and maintains delusions is revealed in a new study.

Human beliefs are shaped by perception, but the new research suggests delusions — unfounded but tightly held beliefs — can turn the tables and actually shape perception. People who are prone to forming delusions may not correctly distinguish among different sensory inputs, and may rely on these delusions to help make sense of the world, the study finds. Typical delusions include paranoid ideas or inflated ideas about oneself.

"Beliefs form in order to minimize our surprise about the world," said neuroscientist Phil Corlett of Yale University in New Haven, Conn., who was not involved in the study. "Our expectations override what we actually see," Corlett added. [The 10 Biggest Mysteries of the Mind]
 
For the rest of the story: http://www.livescience.com/39038-how-delusions-shape-perception.html

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Jeffrey Grupp | The Telescreen: An Empirical and Philosophical Study of the Destruction of Consciousness


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S y n o p s i s
How the mass media brainwash us with consumerism, war propaganda, false history, fake news, fake issues, fake reality. TV is an addiction, an escapist fix. The Orwellian telescreen replaces the self, the family, nature, reality, and the mind with its non-stop absurdist patter of banality, violence, and vulgarity. The Telescreen is the pervasive media screen put in front of, and injected into, the eyes and ears of humans in the American electronic techno-culture. This begins from birth, and moulds consciousness throughout life: not a genuine human consciousness, but rather is a less-than-human, despiritualized semi-consciousness. People today continually flood their consciousnesses with images and impressions from television, videogames, church, radio, billboards, textbooks, magazines, newspapers, etc.- the "telescreen world" of Orwell's 1984. The Telescreen is about how this pseudosphere destroys consciousness and society as humans give their attention, consciousness, and vital spirit to the telescreen. The result is a society of unholy subhumans, who no longer act like they have souls: They cannot turn off the telescreen world even to have dinner and talk to each other or to their children. When they do talk it is mostly about impressions from the telescreen world. Their inner subjective consciousness is constructed and formed by the telescreen, leading to a world of despiritualization and warmongering by hordes of conformist, petty, unhappy troll-like "yes-men." 
The telescreens of 1984 substituted fiction lives for the empty ones of a brainwashed population, as in Plato's cave. Grupp drives it home that this is our world now. Some features of this dream-world of The Telescreen: Materialism and consumerism make people into robots, shallow stooges. Degrading self-images, down-dumbing education of drills, not thinking skills. War propaganda fed on pure fakery and repetition by the media, censored of truth and filled with non-news, gossip and cant. Brainwashing underpinned by fallacious reasoning. Example: Iran and Iraq slandered as murderously planning to unleash WMDs, while the US really has and uses them for genocide against target nations. Information warfare: The bias of "educational" TV shows like the "History Channel." Trusted figures hired to peddle suspect messages. Journalists who stray from the party line into real issues are fired. Exploiting the herd instinct to impose conformity. Psychological tyranny is more effective than brute force. An artificial consciousness is dinned into people by constant electronic stimuli. They depend on it -- and on pharmaceutical drugs too -- for a feeling of well-being: they are addicts. Appendix -- Infowars articles: the NWO is taking over the patriot and truth movements, seemingly attacking itself. We need Jeffersonian militias, not gun control.
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Jeffrey Grupp is an adjunct lecturer at Purdue University. He is a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy at Purdue with an MA in philosophy from Western Michigan University, and a BA in anthropology from the University of New Mexico. His professional research specializations are Buddhism, quantum physics, and economic and political issues in philosophy. Grupp has published a dozen articles in top philosophy journals on quantum physics, Buddhism, and attacks on metaphysics. He is the originator of the mereological nihilist interpretation of quantum mechanics, which is a new interpretation of quantum physics meant to replace the largely metaphysical ones offered by Feynman and other physicists. Corporatism is his first publication on economic, anthropological, and political philosophical issues. He is also the author of The Telescreen and Telementation. 

 Jeffrey Grupp's philosophy: "I am just an ordinary person, no more special than any other person, but if you want to know what I think about things, here you go (as briefly as I possibly can put it)... I do not follow the philosophy of materialism (all reality is matter and only matter) since (1) quantum particles appear to be nonphysical (they do not have material properties, as I have written about), and since (2) direct introspective observation of mental reality reveals mind may also be nonphysical . These and other reasons not listed here appear to reveal that reality is not made of matter (this philosophy is known as immaterialism, or idealism). This indicates that reality may be much more "special", so to speak, than the average contemporary civilized human might guess, and it might give a reason for the disparate spiritual experiences people report having worldwide, past and present. 

I contend that if any person departs society and resides in unmanaged nature (the wild forest, the lonely desert, the messy swamp, the silent arctic, the transcendent beach, and so on) for some given amount of time (varies according to the person), one will have a mystical experience to some degree (such as in the way that the aboriginal generates via the vision quest). Here I use the word "mystical" as it is typically defined: the direct conscious awareness of the source of, or reason for reality. In this mystical experience, one can see and feel and experience a nonphysical and joyous "energy", "mystery", or "entity" that is "in" all things, and which delivers a happiness greater than what one has experienced prior.

This energy or entity appears to be the reason (the "sufficient reason") for the existence of physical reality (i.e., appearances), and experiencing this entity is the purpose for humans on planet earth. When they are striving for, or experiencing this holy energy or entity, humans live lives of happiness and significance and nonconfusion (as I have previously discussed); when they don't, they don't. I contend that humans are meant to feel this titanic nonphysical energy or mystery that surrounds them (through nature) than they are at attempting to develop linguistic theories about physical reality, which, in my postmodernist opinion, humans are not very successful at.
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