Friday, March 28, 2014

10 Ways to Protect Yourself From NLP Mind Control

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NLP or Neuro-Linguistic Programming is one of the world’s most prevalent methods of mind control, used by everyone from sales callers to politicians to media pundits, and it’s nasty to the core. Here’s ten ways to make sure nobody uses it on you… ever.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a method for controlling people’s minds that was invented by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in the 1970s, became popular in the psychoanalytic, occult and New Age worlds in the 1980s, and advertising, marketing and politics in the 1990s and 2000s. It’s become so interwoven with how people are communicated to and marketed at that its use is largely invisible. It’s also somewhat of a pernicious, devilish force in the world—nearly everybody in the business of influencing people has studied at least some of its techniques. Masters of it are notorious for having a Rasputin-like ability to trick people in incredible ways—most of all themselves.

After explaining a bit about what NLP is and where it came from, I’m going to break down 10 ways to inoculate yourself against its use. You’ll likely be spotting it left, right and center in the media with a few tips on what to look for. Full disclosure: During my 20s, I spent years studying New Age, magical and religious systems for changing consciousness. One of them was NLP. I’ve been on both ends of the spectrum: I’ve had people ruthlessly use NLP to attempt to control me, and I’ve also trained in it and even used it in the advertising world. Despite early fascination, by 2008 or so I had largely come to the conclusion that it’s next to useless—a way of manipulating language that greatly overestimates its own effectiveness as a discipline, really doesn’t achieve much in the way of any kind of lasting change, and contains no real core of respect for people or even true understanding of how people work.

After throwing it to the wayside, however, I became convinced that understanding NLP is crucial simply so that people can resist its use. It’s kind of like the whole PUA thing that was popular in the mid-00s—a group of a few techniques that worked for a few unscrupulous people until the public figured out what was going on and rejected it, like the body identifying and rejecting foreign material. 

What is NLP, and where did it come from?

“Neuro-linguistic programming” is a marketing term for a “science” that two Californians—Richard Bandler and John Grinder—came up with in the 1970s. Bandler was a stoner student at UC Santa Cruz (just like I later was in the 00s), then a mecca for psychedelics, hippies and radical thinking (now a mecca for Silicon Valley hopefuls). Grinder was at the time an associate professor in linguistics at the university (he had previously served as a Captain in the US Special Forces and in the intelligence community, *ahem* not that this, you know, is important… aheh…). Together, they worked at modeling the techniques of Fritz Perls (founder of Gestalt therapy), family therapist Virginia Satir and, most importantly, the preternaturally gifted hypnotherapist Milton Erickson. Bandler and Grinder sought to reject much of what they saw as the ineffectiveness of talk therapy and cut straight to the heart of what techniques actually worked to produce behavioral change. Inspired by the computer revolution—Bandler was a computer science major—they also sought to develop a psychological programming language for human beings.

For the rest of the story: http://ultraculture.org/blog/2014/01/16/nlp-10-ways-protect-mind-control/

Future Drugs Will Allow Prisoners To Serve A ’1,000-Year Sentence In 8 Hours’

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How will the worst villains of the future be made to atone for their crimes? Aeon Magazine speaks to University of Oxford professor Rebecca Roache, who hauntingly forecasts that punishment will someday revolve around the dilation of time:

As biotech companies pour billions into life extension technologies, some have suggested that our cruelest criminals could be kept alive indefinitely, to serve sentences spanning millennia. But private prison firms could one day develop drugs that make time pass more slowly, so that an inmate’s 10-year sentence feels like an eternity. One way or another, humans could soon be in a position to create an artificial hell.

For the rest of the story: http://disinfo.com/2014/03/future-drugs-will-make-prisoners-serve-1000-year-sentence-8-hours/

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Courtney Brown, Ph.D. | The Great Pyramid of Giza: The Mystery Solved [+ reaction to the latest announcement]



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The Great Pyramid of Giza, sometimes called the Pyramid of Khufu, or the Cheops Pyramid, is truly one of the most amazing mysteries on Earth. This is the definitive breakthrough study of how it was built. It is huge, and it was built with gigantic stone blocks that seem nearly impossible to cut, transport, and assemble even today on such a massive scale as must have occurred long ago when this pyramid was originally constructed. Until now, no one on Earth really knew how these big structures were assembled, at a time when tools were rudimentary, camels and wooden or reed boats were the primary forms of transportation, and manual labor was the only means available to construct anything.

This is a breakthrough scientific study that combines the use of remote viewing on an unprecedented scale to solve the mystery of the Great Pyramid of Giza. Remote viewing is a mental procedure that was originally developed by the United States military and used for espionage purposes. Now, civilians employ the same methods, or procedures that are derivative of those methodologies, to study human history. In a project completed at The Farsight Institute using remote-viewing data collected by two of the most accomplished "military grade" remote viewers of the day, the true story of how the Great Pyramid of Giza was actually constructed using a combination of exotic advanced technology and brutal manual labor can finally be told.

Very little of what most people learned in school about the origins of the Great Pyramid of Giza is correct. Our civilization needs to uncover its true history without bias and with an open mind. Now is not the time to censor new knowledge. Now is the time to face our past. 

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Courtney Brown is a mathematician and social scientist who teaches in the Department of Political Science at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Independent of his work at the university, he is also the leading scholar on the subject of "remote viewing" as it is done using procedures that were developed by the United States military and used for espionage purposes, or procedures that are derivative of those methodologies. Dr. Brown is the Director and founder of The Farsight Institute, a nonprofit research and educational organization dedicated to the study of a phenomenon of nonlocal consciousness known as "remote viewing." His recently published book on the subject, Remote Viewing: The Science and Theory of Nonphysical Perception, is the only book of its kind where the science of remote viewing is developed with respect to highly structured data-collection methodologies. In this book he analyzes data and develops a new theory that explains the remote-viewing phenomenon as a consequence of superposition formation on the quantum level.  

This Woman Thought Her Sad Dog Was Dying. What Happened Next Shocked Her and Saved Her Life.

Dogs are truly a human’s best friend. Here is yet another story demonstrating how uniquely awesome dogs are and how much they enrich our lives.

When Maureen Burns noticed her dog Max had suddenly become very sad, she thought her 9-year-old dog was fading away. She began preparing herself for the worst, but what happened next saved her life.


 
For the rest of the story: http://www.reshareworthy.com/sad-dog-saves-womans-life/#H5Q1gwf3WJqMzYcE.01

New Dwarf Planet Found at Solar System's Edge, Hints at Possible Faraway 'Planet X'

Discovery Images of 2012 VP113 

The discovery images of 2012 VP113, which has the most distant orbit known in our Solar System. Three images of the night sky, each taken about 2 hours apart, were combined into one. The first image was artificially colored red, second green and third blue. 2012 VP113 moved between each image as seen by the red, green and blue dots. The background stars and galaxies did not move and thus their red, green and blue images combine to show up as white sources.  

Astronomers have found a new dwarf planet far beyond Pluto's orbit, suggesting that this distant realm contains millions of undiscovered objects — including, perhaps, a world larger than Earth.

The newfound celestial body, called 2012 VP113, joins the dwarf planet Sedna as a confirmed resident of a far-flung and largely unexplored region scientists call the "inner Oort Cloud." Further, 2012 VP113 and Sedna may have been pulled into their long, looping orbits by a big planet lurking unseen in these frigid depths.

"These two objects are just the tip of the iceberg," study co-author Chadwick Trujillo, of the Gemini Observatory in Hawaii, told Space.com. "They exist in a part of the solar system that we used to think was pretty devoid of matter. It just goes to show how little we actually know about the solar system." [New Dwarf Planet Photos: Images of 2012 VP113]

For the rest of the story: http://www.livescience.com/44405-dwarf-planet-discovery-solar-system-edge.html

'Small' Nuclear War Could Trigger Catastrophic Cooling

 

Even a relatively small regional nuclear war could trigger global cooling, damage the ozone layer and cause droughts for more than a decade, researchers say.

These findings should further spur the elimination of the more than 17,000 nuclear weapons that exist today, scientists added.

During the Cold War, a nuclear exchange between superpowers was feared for years. One potential consequence of such a global nuclear war was "nuclear winter," wherein nuclear explosions sparked huge fires whose smoke, dust and ash blotted out the sun, resulting in a "twilight at noon" for weeks. Much of humanity might eventually die from the resulting crop failures and starvation. [Doomsday: 9 Real Ways the Earth Could End
Today, with the United States the only standing superpower, nuclear winter might seem a distant threat. Still, nuclear war remains a very real threat; for instance, between developing-world nuclear powers such as India and Pakistan.

To see what effects such a regional nuclear conflict might have on climate, scientists modeled a war between India and Pakistan involving 100 Hiroshima-level bombs, each packing the equivalent of 15,000 tons of TNT — just a small fraction of the world's current nuclear arsenal. They simulated interactions within and between the atmosphere, ocean, land and sea ice components of the Earth's climate system.

Scientists found the effects of such a war could be catastrophic.

For the rest of the story: http://www.livescience.com/44380-small-nuclear-war-could-trigger-catastrophic-cooling.html

We Need Three Planets to Keep the Human Race Alive, NASA Scientist Says

We Need Three Planets to Keep the Human Race Alive, NASA Scientist Says

It’s no secret that uncurbed climate change and population growth are going to (and already have) put stress on the planet. But the situation is getting so bad that one prominent NASA scientist says we have to start thinking about terraforming Mars and that, in order for the human race to survive at current levels, we will eventually “need at least three planets.”

“The entire ecosystem is crashing,” Dennis Bushnell, chief scientist of NASA’s Langley Research Center said Thursday. “Essentially, there’s too many of us. We’ve been far too successful as the human animal. People allege we’re short 40-50 percent of a planet now. As the Asians and their billions come up to our living systems, we’re going to need three more planets.”

Bushnell was discussing the release of The Millennium Project’s “State of the Future,” an annual report that looks at global challenges and how they might be solved. He said that Mars is a good start, but we’d soon need even more space to live.

“If NASA terraforms Mars, that’ll take about 120 years, and that’s only one planet,” he said. “We’d need more shortly.”

It’s not the first time someone has floated the need for humans to colonize other planets, but usually such ideas are proposed as a way for the human race to survive in the event of a cataclysmic asteroid collision or nuclear war. In 2012, the World Wildlife Fund also suggested the three-planet idea, stating that we're using about 50 percent more resources than the Earth can support, and that by 2050 we’d need three planets to sustain that rate.

Bushnell didn’t say when he thought we might need three planets or what planets those might be—Mars is a good start, but beyond that, the Solar System is looking pretty barren as far as terraform-able planets go.

For the rest of the story: http://motherboard.vice.com/read/we-need-three-planets-to-keep-the-human-race-alive-nasa-scientist-says

How Should We Deal With The Worst Of The Internet?

 

"We’re bombarded with poorly written and braindead pieces of content that are engineered to go viral for the sake of virality, not to educate and improve the individual or society," wrote "Roosh V" on his blog the other day:
The internet has become a machine to fill gaps in your ego and self-esteem so that you receive the emotional benefits of validation…. The content you read now has moved from being primarily intellectual from the time of the Gutenberg press to primarily emotional. In the past, it was just too expensive to publish something with the intent to piss someone off or to gather lulz. Like with the first viral article in history (Martin Luther’s 95 Theses), you went through the hurdle and cost of publishing to educate or effect change. Only with the the beginnings of yellow journalism in the late 19th century did you start to see a shift towards more emotional offerings that would enrich publishers and advertisers at the expense of public discourse.
Roosh V—Daryush Valizadeh—is a pickup artist, author and kind of a philosopher too. His views on gender are radically conservative. His views on politics dovetail with his views on gender: He believes that "socialism, feminism, and cultural Marxism cause societies to decline because they destroy the family unit." Described by Jezebel as 'American-Woman Hater – Possibly the Worst Person We've Encountered,' he writes travel pickup guides. They are called the 'Bang' guides, because they are about how to "bang" women in various countries. His personal blog was originally called DC Bachelor, back when he was worried about losing his job over his writing. There is also Return of Kings, which he describes a "politically incorrect men's interest site." One of its featured stories this morning was headlined "Women Have No Sense Of Justice"; it opened with Schopenhauer and ended with Nietzsche. He is 34, and a graduate of the University of Maryland.

But his recent writing about the way we use the Internet was striking for not only being thoughtful but for also not being objectionable. Much of what he publishes I find horrific; compelling for its awfulness, its contrarian message. It makes for uncomfortable reading. To be a woman and to read his sites is to be the strangest kind of voyeur. 

And, in a pretty neat illustration of the problem of the "outrage Internet" and viral hate-reading, I actually had never heard of him before he appeared on Jezebel.

For the rest of the story: http://www.theawl.com/2014/03/how-should-we-deal-with-the-worst-of-the-internet?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheAwl+%28The+Awl%29

How optical illusions trick your brain, according to science

Yes, your eyes do deceive you  

Color us confused. 
Look closely at the picture above. What you're actually looking at is a work of art by Johannes Stotter. Despite its extremely photographic nature, it's actually a painting.

Even more shocking is the canvas isn't cloth. It's a woman covered in body paint.

 
Stotter's work takes advantage of the fact that our eyes skim and our brains tend to jump to conclusions. The act of seeing something begins with light rays bouncing off an object. These rays enter the eyes through the cornea, which is the clear, outer portion of the eye. The cornea then bends or refracts the light rays as they go through the black part of your eye, the pupil. The iris — the colored portion of your eye — contracts or expands to change the amount of light that goes through.

Finally, the light rays go through the lens of your eye, which changes shape to target the light towards your retina, the thin tissue at the back of your eye that is full of nerve cells that detect light. The cells in the retina, called rods and cones, turn the light into electrical signals. That gets sent through the optic nerve, where the brain interprets them.

The entire process takes about one-tenth of a second, but that's long enough to make your brain confused sometimes, evolutionary neurobiologist Mark Changizi told Discovery News.

By arranging a series of patterns, images, and colors strategically, or playing with the way an object is lit, the brain can be tricked into seeing something that isn't there. How you perceive proportion can also be altered depending on the known objects that are nearby. It's not magic — it's an optical illusion.

For example, Changizi pointed out that when we move and look at something, the image becomes a blurry line in our vision. Because our brains associate those blurred lines with motion, static pictures that feature fuzziness tend to look like they are moving at warp speed.

For the rest of the story: http://theweek.com/article/index/258473/how-optical-illusions-trick-your-brain-according-to-science

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Who Wants to Live in a Solar-Powered, 3D-Printed Sandcastle in the Desert?

Who Wants to Live in a Solar-Powered, 3D-Printed Sandcastle in the Desert?

Deserts cover about one-fifth of the Earth and they're still growing, thanks to global desertification. At the same time, the world's population keeps swelling, and we're running out of places to put people. So if we could only innovate a way to make the desert habitable, that could theoretically kill two birds with one stone. Right?

So figures a team of Chinese designers that has come up with latest techno-utopian vision for our future-homes: desert skyscrapers, made with 3D-printed sand and powered by the sun.

The team, Qiu Song, Kang Pengfei, Bai Ying, Ren Nuoya, and Guo Shen, presented a concept for this community of ecological desert structures, dubbed "Sand Babel," at the annual eVolo skyscraper design competition and their idealistic vision earned them an honorable mention.

"When we first visited the Sahara Desert in Southern Algeria and saw a seemingly boundless expanse of sand further than the eye could see," the project plan explains. "As a designer, not a science fiction movie director, my initial instinct to transform the desert led us to begin a feasibility study on constructing manmade residences in the desert ... that both expands the amount of living space for the growing population of the Earth, and protects against the increasing threat of desertification."

For the rest of the story: http://motherboard.vice.com/read/who-wants-to-live-in-a-solar-powered-3d-printed-sandcastle-in-the-desert

Cities reluctant to reveal whether they’re using fake cell tower devices

Florida city rejects ACLU records request. 

 
Here's what a bona fide cell tower looks like. 

For some time now, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has been on a quest to better understand the use and legality of “stingrays." These devices, which are also known as international mobile subscriber identity (IMSI) catchers, or fake cell towers, can be used to track phones or, in some cases, intercept calls and text messages. 

The “Stingray” itself is a trademarked product manufactured by a Florida-based company, the Harris Corporation. (It has since come to be used as a generic term, like Xerox or Kleenex.) Harris is notoriously secretive about the capabilities of its devices and generally won’t talk to the press about their capabilities or deployments.

Earlier in March, the ACLU filed a motion for public access request, requesting documents and information related to stingray use by nearly 30 Florida police and sheriff's departments.

Among the responses published for the first time on Tuesday was the curious reply from the city of Sunrise, Florida, a town of about 88,000 people, just northwest of Miami.

Through its lawyers, Sunrise officially denied the request, noting that the city would neither confirm nor deny “whether any records responsive to the Request exist and, if any responsive records do exist, cannot and will not public disclose those records.” (In a footnote, the lawyers also cited this Ars story from September 2013 detailing stingrays and other related surveillance devices.) The ACLU published its response to the city's denial on Tuesday.

For the rest of the story: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/03/cities-reluctant-to-reveal-whether-theyre-using-fake-cell-tower-devices/

Is this all humans are? Diminutive monsters of death and destruction?

New research suggests that there was never a state of grace. We have always been the nemesis of the planet's wildlife

Zimbabwe elephant poaching
A dead elephant in the Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, thought to have died after poachers poisoned a salt lick with cyanide. 
 
You want to know who we are? Really? You think you do, but you will regret it. This article, if you have any love for the world, will inject you with a venom – a soul-scraping sadness – without an obvious antidote.

The Anthropocene, now a popular term among scientists, is the epoch in which we live: one dominated by human impacts on the living world. Most date it from the beginning of the industrial revolution. But it might have begun much earlier, with a killing spree that commenced two million years ago. What rose onto its hind legs on the African savannahs was, from the outset, death: the destroyer of worlds.

Before Homo erectus, perhaps our first recognisably human ancestor, emerged in Africa, the continent abounded with monsters. There were several species of elephants. There were sabretooths and false sabretooths, giant hyenas and creatures like those released in The Hunger Games: amphicyonids, or bear dogs, vast predators with an enormous bite.

Prof Blaire van Valkenburgh has developed a means by which we could roughly determine how many of these animals there were. When there are few predators and plenty of prey, the predators eat only the best parts of the carcass. When competition is intense, they eat everything, including the bones. The more bones a carnivore eats, the more likely its teeth are to be worn or broken. The breakages in carnivores' teeth were massively greater in the pre-human era.

Not only were there more species of predators, including species much larger than any found on Earth today, but they appear to have been much more abundant – and desperate. We evolved in a terrible, wonderful world – that was no match for us.

For the rest of the story: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/mar/24/humans-diminutive-monster-destruction?CMP=fb_gu

Mercury (the planet) shrinks as it cools

MESSENGER images show shrinking left scars on the planet’s surface. 

 

The curving ridge near the day/night divide in the center of this image is one example of the features created by Mercury's contraction. 

The theory of plate tectonics is only a few decades old, meaning that a great many geologists working prior to its discovery had much more trouble understanding the landscape around them than we do today. Some of the ideas that popped up to fill this vacuum can seem peculiar to us now.

Take, for example, the “contracting Earth” hypothesis championed in the 1800s by James Dwight Dana and also proposed by √Člie de Beaumont. They sought to make sense of mountain ranges, faults, and bending folds of rock with an appeal to Earth’s thermal history. The Earth had likely cooled from an initial molten state, they reasoned, and should therefore also have contracted in size. The outer crust of the Earth, exposed as it is, would have cooled first. As the hotter interior continued cooling and shrinking, the already-solid crust would have to crinkle, crack, and buckle in response—hence the faults and mountain ranges.

While this turned out to be the wrong explanation for the geology on Earth, it was rescued from the bin of discarded hypotheses by other bodies in the Solar System.

The planet Mercury, which is much smaller than the Earth, doesn’t have tectonic plates (plural)—it has one tectonic plate. Despite this geological unity, there are linear features on its surface caused by the squeezing of the rock. Without colliding tectonic plates to provide that squeezing, you need another mechanism. For Mercury, contraction fits the bill. Because it’s much smaller than the Earth, it cooled much more quickly, leading to a very different style of tectonics.

For the rest of the story: http://arstechnica.com/science/2014/03/mercury-the-planet-shrinks-as-it-cools/

This Underwater Microphone Could Find the Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

The TPL-25 System locates emergency pingers on downed Navy and commercial aircraft to a maximum depth of 20,000 feet Photo: U.S. Navy  

The TPL-25 System locates emergency pingers on downed Navy and commercial aircraft to a maximum depth of 20,000 feet. 

Authorities are all but certain Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went down in the south Indian Ocean in water that may be as deep as 23,000 feet. That makes finding the all-important “black box” flight data recorder infinitely more difficult, and a job perfectly suited to the U.S. Navy’s tow fish.

The 70-pound tow fish, which is formally known in true Pentagon style as Towed Pinger Locator 25, is a hydrodynamic microphone designed specifically to listen for the acoustic signal of the data and cockpit voice recorders carried aboard all commercial and military aircraft. It can track the devices to depths of 20,000 feet.

“Basically, this super-sensitive hydrophone gets towed behind a commercial vessel very slowly and listens for black box pings,” says Commander Chris Budde, U.S. 7th Fleet operations officer.

The U.S. Navy deployed a pair of tow fish aboard the Seahorse Standard, a Royal Australian Navy Rescue Support vessel that will drag it through the search area west of Perth, Australia. The Standard joins a flotilla of a dozen ships scouring a vast swath of sea for any sign of the Boeing 777-200ER, which vanished March 8 enroute to Beijing from Kuala Lampur.

Although satellite images have revealed debris floating in the area, authorities have so far found no sign of the airplane or the 239 people aboard.

The Seahorse Standard will drag a TPL 25 through the search area at around 3 knots, while a second is on-hand as a backup. The device, tethered to the ship by 20,000 feet of cable, remains about 1,000 feet above the sea floor, listening for the telltale ping of the underwater locator beacon installed on black boxes (they’re actually orange) and cockpit voice recorders. It can detect a transponder signal between 3.5 and 50 kHz (most commercial airliner data systems transmit at 37.5 kHz) within a 2-mile radius, and cover about 150 square miles of ocean each day.

For the rest of the story: http://www.wired.com/autopia/2014/03/navy-tow-fish-mh370/

Monday, March 24, 2014

Forests Around Chernobyl Aren’t Decaying Properly

 
Fallen trees in Chernobyl's infamous red forest. 

It wasn't just people, animals and trees that were affected by radiation exposure at Chernobyl, but also the decomposers: insects, microbes, and fungi.

Nearly 30 years have passed since the Chernobyl plant exploded and caused an unprecedented nuclear disaster. The effects of that catastrophe, however, are still felt today. Although no people live in the extensive exclusion zones around the epicenter, animals and plants still show signs of radiation poisoning.

Birds around Chernobyl have significantly smaller brains that those living in non-radiation poisoned areas; trees there grow slower; and fewer spiders and insects—including bees, butterflies and grasshoppers—live there. Additionally, game animals such as wild boar caught outside of the exclusion zone—including some bagged as far away as Germany—continue to show abnormal and dangerous levels of radiation.

However, there are even more fundamental issues going on in the environment. According to a new study published in Oecologia, decomposers—organisms such as microbes, fungi and some types of insects that drive the process of decay—have also suffered from the contamination. These creatures are responsible for an essential component of any ecosystem: recycling organic matter back into the soil. Issues with such a basic-level process, the authors of the study think, could have compounding effects for the entire ecosystem.

The team decided to investigate this question in part because of a peculiar field observation. “We have conducted research in Chernobyl since 1991 and have noticed a significant accumulation of litter over time,” the write. Moreover, trees in the infamous Red Forest—an area where all of the pine trees turned a reddish color and then died shortly after the accident—did not seem to be decaying, even 15 to 20 years after the meltdown.

For the rest of the story: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/forests-around-chernobyl-arent-decaying-properly-180950075/

Photos: The Robotic Evolution of Self-Driving Cars

 

In the Beginning 

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the arm of the U.S. Department of Defense responsible for advancing military technology, fostered the development of key technologies for robotic, self-driving cars. Through its Grand Challenges, DARPA has driven innovation and collaboration within the research community.

The first DARPA Grand Challenge was held in 2004. This driverless TerraMax vehicle, designed by Oshkosh Defense, was one of the competitors in the agency's first competition.

 

In the 2004 DARPA Grand Challenge, none of the robotic, self-driving cars successfully finished the challenging course from Barstow, Calif., to Primm, Nev.

For the rest of the story: http://www.livescience.com/44281-photos-self-driving-cars-darpa.html

10 Things That Could Wipe Out Life On Earth



We all know the world is heading for a violent end, but what's going to get us first?

For the rest of the story: http://digg.com/video/10-things-that-could-wipe-out-life-on-earth

Friday, March 21, 2014

Killer Robots: Natural Evolution, or Abomination?

RQ-4 Global Hawk Military Drone

An RQ-4 Global Hawk drone flies over mountains and desert. 

Ask one technologist and he or she might say that lethal autonomous weapons — machines that can select and destroy targets without human intervention — are the next step in modern warfare, a natural evolution beyond today's remotely operated drones and unmanned ground vehicles. Others will decry such systems as an abomination and a threat to International Humanitarian Law (IHL), or the Law of Armed Conflict.

The U.N. Human Rights Council has, for now, called for a moratorium on the development of killer robots. But activist groups like the International Committee for Robot Arms Control (ICRAC) want to see this class of weapon completely banned. The question is whether it is too early — or too late — for a blanket prohibition. Indeed, depending how one defines "autonomy," such systems are already in use.

From stones to arrows to ballistic missiles, human beings have always tried to curtail their direct involvement in combat, said Ronald Arkin, a computer scientist at Georgia Institute of Technology. Military robots are just more of the same. With autonomous systems, people no longer do the targeting, but they still program, activate and deploy these weapons. [7 Technologies That Transformed Warfare]
"There will always be a human in the kill chain with these lethal autonomous systems unless you're making the case that they can go off and declare war like the Cylons," said Arkin, referring to the warring cyborgs from "Battlestar Galactica." He added, "I enjoy science-fiction as much as the next person, but I don't think that's what this debate should be about at this point in time."

For the rest of the story: http://www.livescience.com/44161-killer-robot-drones-debate.html

Putin is violating a rule that was designed to prevent World War Three

  

Russians aren't lamenting the end of the old world order 

Russian president Vladimir Putin expressed the bitterness of the ages when he addressed his compatriots this week. For three centuries, the West had conspired to bottle up Russia within its borders—since the time of Peter the Great, Catherine the Great and the establishment of the country’s sweeping empire. But no longer. The world would have to accept a confident new Russia that no longer tolerated such affrontery. Unspoken but communicated plainly were the words “or else.”

But Putin’s March 18 address to parliament was notable for other reasons, and that was in declaring a clear conclusion to two overlapping eras. One is the “post-Soviet period,” the quarter-century-long age defined by the 1991 collapse of the USSR and the triumph of the West and its ways. Russia is no longer supine and prepared to accept the faits accompli as presented by Washington and its allies, he said.

The second, though, is far more consequential: the post-World War II Pax Americana, the UN-led security architecture under which countries pledge not to forcibly annex one another (article 2, paragraph 4). Putin has not suggested that the UN charter be rescinded, but his absorption of Crimea—not to mention the 2008 effective annexation of the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia—amount to the same thing. The only other significant forceful annexation since 1945 that has not been rolled back was Israel’s occupation of territories in 1967, writes the historian Juan Cole. (Others that were rolled back include Indonesia’s takeover of East Timor in 1975 and Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990.) Certainly, no other major world power has broken the pledge.

For the rest of the story: http://qz.com/190262/putin-is-violating-a-rule-that-was-designed-to-prevent-world-war-three/

The Clearest Infrared Panorama Of Our Milky Way Ever Captured



Ten years in the making, this is the clearest infrared panorama of our galactic home ever made, courtesy of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and 2.5 million snapshots.

For the rest of the story: http://digg.com/video/the-clearest-panorama-of-the-milky-way-ever-captured

What Facebook Is Doing to Your Brain Is Kind of Shocking.



In a world where we collect friends like stamps, there’s actually a connection between using social media and being lonely. I was shocked at 0:40. My jaw dropped at 2:20. And — yup — my mind was blown at 3:40.

For the rest of the story: http://www.mobiledia.com/news/189649.html

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Clyde Lewis | Malaysia Airlines Flt. MH370, Banker Suicides, Ukraine & Echoes of 1914


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S  y n o p s i s 

Clyde Lewis returns to discuss the strange disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. We also discussed the unprecedented number of banker suicides. As of March 12, 2014, 11 suicides have been reported around the world. What do they know? Are they foreseeing a global crash? Ukraine seems to be a geopolitical point of convergence where east meets west. Could the west be poking the proverbial bear enough times for the 'bear' to become disagreeable? What's at stake there, and is Crimea Putin's last stop. Estonia is also reporting the persecution of their ethnic Russians. Many scenarios are reminiscent of 1914 and the precursors to World War 1, even though WW1 was not technically a global war. We also discuss cognitive liberty. Does the government or someone else have the power to invade your mind?  

B i o 

Clyde is a powerful voice in the field of paranormal news and commentary. With a diverse background in news, acting, writing and radio, he entertains and captivates audiences across multiple platforms. Lewis’ career in radio began in Utah in 1982 and he created Ground Zero in 1995 in Salt Lake City. Lewis has produced Ground Zero programs online, on radio and on television. The program (which takes its name from the scientific definition of the term) joined FM News 101 KXL in 2011 and consistently ranks #1 in the market.

Lewis has appeared in a SHOWTIME special with magicians Penn & Teller, as well as the television programs Sightings, Strange Universe and the Discovery Channel special Return to the Bermuda Triangle. He has been published in both UFO Magazine and Unknown Magazine, and has been featured in Rolling Stone. Lewis is the model for characters in such books as Safe House by Andrew Vachss, Supernatural Law by Batton Lash, and Alien Invasion by Michael Tresca.

A fan of B-horror and science-fiction movies, comic books and mythology, Lewis has also published his own fanzines and co-written scripts for television and radio. He appeared in the movies Nightfall, which he co-wrote with director Kevin Delullo; Cage in Box Elder; and Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger Part IV, in which he provided the voice of the title character.

Currently, Lewis is working with lawyer and P.I. Galen Cook on the investigation of the latest suspect in the D.B. Cooper case, Wolfgang Gossett, a one-time associate of Lewis’ and a new suspect in the mysterious case.

You can also find out more about Clyde at his WIKIPEDIA Page and his IMDB Page.
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