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BBC News - Pablo Escobar’s hippos: A growing problem
"A herd of hippopotamuses once owned by the late Colombian drug baron Pablo Escobar has been taking over the countryside near his former ranch - and no-one quite knows what to do with them."
weird  crime 
5 hours ago by warrenellis
Jesus Malverde: Not Just a Narcosaint | R. Andrew Chesnut
"Malverde quickly earned a reputation as el bandido generoso, the generous bandit who stole from the rich and distributed the plunder to the needy. In the most popular version of the Malverde legend, the governor of Sinaloa, Francisco Cañedo, personally challenged Malverde to steal his sword or daughter, promising that if successful he would be granted a pardon. Malverde passed brazenly through the governor's mansion like a ghost and left a note stating "Jesus M. was here." Humiliated, the governor ordered him hanged with his arms tied behind his back. As a show of force, local authorities refused to allow Malverde to be buried and his body was left hanging until the bones fell to the ground. Over time, peasants threw small stones towards his remains as a sign of respect, eventually covering the body. "
cult  crime 
yesterday by warrenellis
The 10 Most Improbable Celebrity Fistfights | Cracked.com
"Don't ever call me 'your drummer' again," Watts told Jagger. "You're my fucking singer."
yesterday by warrenellis
She Tweeted Against the Mexican Cartels. They Tweeted Her Murder. - The Daily Beast
"Reynosa, a border city in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas located a short drive from McAllen, Texas. Tamaulipas is notorious as a state caught in the iron grip of organized crime. Extortion, kidnappings, shootouts, arson, bodies excavated from arid pits, all of this happens in Tamaulipas, practically on a daily basis, but hardly any of it gets reported because of a media blackout the cartels decreed four years ago that is as strictly enforced as martial law after a coup."
cities  crime 
yesterday by warrenellis
Dark Ecology — Medium
"Dark Ecology appears as an aesthetic concern, as a way of shaping or focusing thought, a method of holding contradictions open and unresolved without falling into paralysis, a tuning fork that resonates in particular soundfields, as extra layers of clothing to protect against ‘the elements’, reinforced, yet permeable boundaries between the human organism and the environment (habitat/habitus)."
extinction  eco 
yesterday by warrenellis
Questions For Foie Gras « Anti-Gravity Bunny
"What is the best way to die?"

While avenging someone’s death, spontaneously combusting or wolves.

Probably wolves.
yesterday by warrenellis
Making a kangling for chöd | Buddhism for Vampires
}A kangling is a trumpet made from a human thigh-bone. You play a kangling in tantric Buddhist rituals, particularly chöd. The function of chöd is to cut your emotional attachment to your body. Putting a dead person’s leg bone to your mouth—to blow the kangling while practicing—is an intimate reminder of your own mortality."
2 days ago by warrenellis
"Why, in this age when every-
body can download all the MP3s they
want from the web, do we still listen
to radio? Because we need someone
to make sense of it all, someone with
a sensibility to put it together for
us, someone to narrate this mass of
information. "
radio  theory 
2 days ago by warrenellis
Super-Intelligent Humans Are Coming - Issue 18: Genius - Nautilus
"If only a small number of genes controlled cognition, then each of the gene variants should have altered IQ by a large chunk—about 15 points of variation between two individuals. But the largest effect size researchers have been able to detect thus far is less than a single point of IQ. Larger effect sizes would have been much easier to detect, but have not been seen."
neuro  genetics 
2 days ago by warrenellis
Constructor Theory
"The basic principle of constructor theory is that all fundamental laws of nature are expressible entirely in terms of statements of which tasks (i.e. classes of physical transformations) are possible and which are impossible, and why. This is a new mode of explanation, intended to supersede the prevailing conception of fundamental physics which seeks to explain the world in terms of its state (describing everything that is there) and laws of motion (describing how the everything changes with time). By regarding counter-factuals ('X is possible' or 'X is impossible') as first-class, exact statements, constructor theory brings all sorts of interesting fields, currently regarded as inherently approximative, potentially into fundamental physics. These include the theories of information, knowledge, thermodynamics, life, and of course the universal constructor."
4 days ago by warrenellis
Episode 32: Stella — The Organist — KCRW
A mindbending new radio drama, written by the bestselling novelist and playwright Gordon Dahlquist, finds the connection between artificial intelligence and method acting. Starring Jared Harris (Mad Men), Leo Marks (co-founder, the Elevator Repair Service), and Laura Flanagan (numerous Off-Broadway productions).
4 days ago by warrenellis
Scientists build first map of hidden universe
"A team led by astronomers from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy has created the first three-dimensional map of the 'adolescent' Universe, just 3 billion years after the Big Bang. This map, built from data collected from the W. M. Keck Observatory, is millions of light-years across and provides a tantalizing glimpse of large structures in the 'cosmic web' – the backbone of cosmic structure."
6 days ago by warrenellis
Archeologists unearth 3,300 year old complex in Israel
"Initial examination of the ruins suggests the site was an ancient cult complex—a rather large one at that with side walls measuring up to 52x52 feet. Thus far archeologists have uncovered mask fragments (parts that covered the nose), connected cups (their purpose has yet to be discovered), scarabs (stone representations of the beetle typically used as an amulet) and very large vessels known as pithoi."
history  cult 
6 days ago by warrenellis
Tangled Nodes: Self Observation Notes #2 | Hawthonn
"Can you imagine rising early in the morning, trudging to the cloister of Desmodus and kneeling on the sodden earth to lick the dew from the rough superfices of the rock? To tongue and bite the celestial mosses that adhere to the surface, and rub cheeks against the rough scabs of lichen? To take a blessed chipping, a pebble relic, and grind it between your front teeth? To lie with the slug, face down on the rock, and kiss the shadow-mouth of your own daemon as it reclines beneath you? To hope that it will whisper the secrets of the dragon’s angle, or the chain of winds, or an impulsive rite: chew on the holly leaf; sculpt your god from mud; take up arms against the brambles."
writing  hauntology  myth 
8 days ago by warrenellis
My Night With Afghanistan's Only Female Warlord, Commander Pigeon | New Republic
"my guide, a young Afghan named Sharif Sahak, showed me a photograph of the country’s only known female warlord, Bibi Ayisha, nom de guerre: Commander Pigeon. It was late 2013, the Americans were preparing to leave, and Sharif had heard that the commander was training a new militia of female jihadists to fight the Taliban. In the photograph, she looked to be about 200 pounds and 60 years old. A large woman with black eyes made small by folds of skin. A beaked nose protruded from a wide flat face. She held her machine gun against her bosom like a bouquet of roses."
8 days ago by warrenellis
The Radical Power of Classified Pop Music
"“Home” was partly motivated by my disillusionment with how apathetic music has become as a field. It seems like such a waste, as in many senses musical discourse has embraced radicalism in terms of aesthetics, however for some reason seems more politically inconsequential than I can ever remember. What good are radical sounds if they do not attempt to communicate radical alternatives? Is this all just an exercise in escapism and click bait? This is deeply troubling to me. I really don’t want to accept a scenario where musicians are relegated to the realm of entertainment and toothless universal/retrograde posturing and gestures."
music  interviews  culture 
8 days ago by warrenellis
Dissolvable silicon circuits and sensors -- ScienceDaily
"Electronic devices that dissolve completely in water, leaving behind only harmless end products, are part of a rapidly emerging class of technology. This technology suggest a new era of devices that range from green consumer electronics to ‘electroceutical’ "therapies, to biomedical sensor systems that do their work and then disappear.
10 days ago by warrenellis
Back to No Future | Jacobin
"I realize this sounds like the kind of hysterically apocalyptic rhetoric that many have warned against. Catastrophism is, after all, better suited to the goals of the Right than the Left;"
12 days ago by warrenellis
Father of philosophy comes under forensic scrutiny
""Biographers have not described such symptoms in Rene Descartes, apart from one possible isolated episode of migraine with aura on the night of November 10 1619," characterised by sudden visual and auditory hallucinations, the letter in The Lancet said."
history  visions  neuro 
12 days ago by warrenellis
Ebola Is the ISIS of Our Apocalyptic Fantasies | VICE News
"The issue is not whether the Islamic State is a ridiculous analogy for Ebola — of course it is. The real problem is that highly complex geopolitical situations are being reduced in the Western popular imaginary to apocalyptic fantasies. In isolation, the end-times anxieties attached to both the rise of the Islamic State and the spread of Ebola have been unfounded — little wonder that combining the paranoias produced an absurd effect on screen."
cult  war  extinction 
12 days ago by warrenellis
Satanic panic: how British agents stoked supernatural fears in Troubles | UK news | The Guardian
"British military intelligence agents in Northern Ireland used fears about demonic possessions, black masses and witchcraft as part of a psychological war against emerging armed groups in the Troubles in the 1970s, a study says."
war  cult  psyops 
12 days ago by warrenellis
Hubble maps temperature, water vapor on wild exoplanet
"the planet, called WASP-43b, is no place to call home. It's a world of extremes, where winds howl at the speed of sound from a 3,000-degree-Fahrenheit dayside to a pitch-black nightside when temperatures plunge to a relatively cool 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, still hot enough to melt silver."
13 days ago by warrenellis
Tilde.Club: I had a couple drinks and woke up with 1,000 nerds — The Message — Medium
"This is the story of an accidental network of hundreds of people all sort of working towards a vague common goal on a ridiculous project that did not exist a week ago."

No, I'm not a member.
13 days ago by warrenellis
The Deeper I Stare Into the Internet, the More I See the World Going to Waste | Motherboard
"Welcome to the new-old milieu, where phantoms stalk what seems like every last mile of the digital experience. As social historian and folklorist Owen Davies writes in The Haunted: "Cyberspace has become part of the geography of haunting." "
future  hauntology 
14 days ago by warrenellis
Mapping the Republic of Letters
"Before email, faculty meetings, international colloquia, and professional associations, the world of scholarship relied on its own networks: networks of correspondence that stretched across countries and continents; the social networks created by scientific academies; and the physical networks brought about by travel. These networks were the lifelines of learning, from the age of Erasmus to the age of Franklin. They facilitated the dissemination&emdash;and the criticism&emdash;of ideas, the spread of political news, as well as the circulation of people and objects."
history  net 
14 days ago by warrenellis
[this is aaronland] interpretation roomba
"Is the idea of the littlenet simply coded language for a kind of secret breakfast club which in turn only exists relative to the exclusion of the biggernet? "
net  culture 
14 days ago by warrenellis
The Book No One Read - Issue 17: Big Bangs - Nautilus
"In Lem’s lexicon, virtual reality was “phantomatics,” molecular nanotechnology was “molectronics,” cognitive enhancement was “cerebromatics,” and biomimicry and the creation of artificial life was “imitology.” He had even coined a term for search-engine optimization, a la Google: “ariadnology.” The path to advanced artificial intelligence he called the “technoevolution” of “intellectronics.”"
future  writers 
16 days ago by warrenellis
Autonomous swarm boats to defend U.S. Navy
"The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has announced a technological breakthrough that allows unmanned surface vehicles (USV) to not only protect Navy ships, but also, for the first time, autonomously “swarm” offensively on hostile vessels."
16 days ago by warrenellis
Would we opt out of food if given the chance? – Nicola Twilley – Aeon
"...the implication is that the replacement of food with a liquid substitute could result in dramatic changes to the human jaw. ‘Soylent-face’ might become a recognisable look."
bio  food 
16 days ago by warrenellis
K. Eric Drexler on the future of nanotechnology
"K. Eric Drexler of Oxford University discusses his latest book Radical Abundance: How a Revolution in Nanotechnology Will Change Civilization. Drexler, who has been referred to as “the founding father of nanotechnology” covers how society can conserve resources and make more efficient products through nanotechnology; how nanotechnology can solve some of the world’s most pressing problems; how this varies from what you’ve seen in science fiction; and, how we can improve manufacturing at the molecular level."
podcast  audio  nano  sci 
17 days ago by warrenellis
Hong Kong police deny using triads to disrupt protests - video | World news | The Guardian
"Hong Kong's assistant police commissioner denies allegations that criminal gangs were called in to disrupt protests in the city. Thugs punched and kicked pro-democracy protesters on Friday night, drawing blood as they tore down their tents and attempted to force them out. Meanwhile, tensions remain high on Saturday between pro-government and Occupy groups"
crime  pol 
17 days ago by warrenellis
Ello | m1k3y - eXtinction Files: Humanity
"The study suggests that at one point there may have been only 2,000 individuals alive as our species teetered on the brink."
history  doom  extinction 
18 days ago by warrenellis
New Particle Is Both Matter and Antimatter - Scientific American
"Physicists think that every particle of matter has an antimatter counterpart with equal mass but opposite charge. When matter meets its antimatter equivalent, the two annihilate one another. But some particles might be their own antimatter partners, according to a 1937 prediction by Italian physicist Ettore Majorana. For the first time researchers say they have imaged one of these Majorana particles"
sci  quantum 
19 days ago by warrenellis
Researcher studies possibility of metal snow on Venus
"My dissertation is focusing on metal condensates in planetary atmospheres," said Kohler, who is the only student in the Space and Planetary Sciences Center currently researching Venus. "I have been primarily looking at the stability of materials on Venus and determining what can exist at certain altitudes. I'm finding that there are different forms of iron compounds or mercury compounds that can exist at these conditions."

19 days ago by warrenellis
Finally, the flying car may have landed | Technology | The Guardian
"An earlier prototype of the Flying Roadster by Slovakian company AeroMobil reportedly took its first test flight in October last year. The latest version will be tested a day before its premiere, on 28 October."
flight  tech 
20 days ago by warrenellis
Change of Place: Kasarani-Gaza-Ferguson – The New Inquiry
"Geographies stitch together, overlap, unmake the distinctions we trace in atlases. We learn to name place, to designate space, to assign fixity to scenes and sites of unmaking. Perhaps the only truth that remains is: “this used to be (called).”"
20 days ago by warrenellis
Hugh Everett: The man who gave us the multiverse - physics-math - 25 September 2014 - New Scientist
"Hugh Everett's many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics arose from what must have been the most world-changing drinking session of all time. One evening in 1954, in a student hall at Princeton University, grad student Everett was drinking sherry with his friends when he came up with the idea that quantum effects cause the universe to constantly split."
sci  space 
21 days ago by warrenellis
New material steals oxygen from air
"Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark have synthesized crystalline materials that can bind and store oxygen in high concentrations. Just one spoon of the substance is enough to absorb all the oxygen in a room. The stored oxygen can be released again when and where it is needed"
21 days ago by warrenellis
CTheory.net: Sky High, Skin Deep - dark technologies of mediation
"Media has become responsive architecture. Intelligent media artefacts are now embedded into the very fabric of our existence; they have become the structure of society itself. Ubiquitous computing creates informational environments in which material structures of communication become alive with agency. McLuhan's light bulb is now everyware: [1] technology that mediates by its mere presence"
media  culture 
22 days ago by warrenellis
Innovative Stone Age tools were not African invention, research says
""The discovery of thousands of stone artefacts preserved at this unique site provides a major new insight into how Stone Age tools developed during a period of profound human behavioural and biological change", said Dr Blockley. "The people who lived there 325,000 years ago were much more innovative than previously thought, using a combination of two different technologies to make tools that were extremely important for the mobile hunter-gatherers of the time."
22 days ago by warrenellis
Cassini watches mysterious feature evolve in Titan sea
"NASA's Cassini spacecraft is monitoring the evolution of a mysterious feature in a large hydrocarbon sea on Saturn's moon Titan. The feature covers an area of about 100 square miles (260 square kilometers) in Ligeia Mare, one of the largest seas on Titan. It has now been observed twice by Cassini's radar experiment, but its appearance changed between the two apparitions."
23 days ago by warrenellis
7,000 years older than Stonehenge: the site that stunned archaeologists | Science | The Guardian
"As a child, Klaus Schmidt used to grub around in caves in his native Germany in the hope of finding prehistoric paintings. Thirty years later, a member of the German Archaeological Institute, he found something infinitely more important: a temple complex almost twice as old as anything comparable on the planet."
23 days ago by warrenellis
Do animals have a sense of humor? New evidence suggests that all mammals have a funny bone.
"As Bekoff points out, Darwin argued that the difference between human and animal intelligence is a matter of degree, not of kind. Or as Bekoff put it, “If we have a sense of humor, then nonhuman animals should have a sense of humor, too.”"
23 days ago by warrenellis
It’s time to modernise TV election coverage. — Medium
"You don’t have to be a posh sounding older bloke to be a TV anchor in an election but, oh wait a minute, you do."
pol  tv 
23 days ago by warrenellis
Route Master: A Biography of the London Map | Speedbird
"I very much doubt that there is a city on the face of this Earth better mapped, over a longer period of time — nor more potently associated with the image of the map, as cultural and practical artifact — than London."
cities  maps  history 
23 days ago by warrenellis
Dark Ecology: Drilling Deep
"Until 2008 the Kola Superdeep Borehole near the Russian mining town Zapolyarny on the Kola Peninsula was the deepest borehole in the world. No borehole is as legendary as the Kola Superdeep, which really was a telescope probing the Earth."
engineering  eco 
24 days ago by warrenellis
Researcher shows that black holes do not exist
"But now Mersini-Houghton describes an entirely new scenario. She and Hawking both agree that as a star collapses under its own gravity, it produces Hawking radiation. However, in her new work, Mersini-Houghton shows that by giving off this radiation, the star also sheds mass. So much so that as it shrinks it no longer has the density to become a black hole."

Mersini-Houghton is a wild mind, and note this isn't peer-reviewed -- but if you're reading this, understand that I file mad ideas as research material, not post them as news
28 days ago by warrenellis
I can't decide if this app is right on time or two years late. Given that American network tv is launching a comedy series called SELFIE, I'm going with the latter. But I shall test the thing anyway.
apps  comms 
29 days ago by warrenellis
Blinding them with science: Is development of a banned laser weapon continuing? | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
"Some laser dazzlers—supposedly intended for dazzling alone—are powerful enough to cause serious eye damage. Already, soldiers are taught not to fire when an intruder is too close, because of the laser’s power. One version, the Meyers’ 250 milliwatt LA9 dazzler, even has a built-in radar that shuts off the laser beam if it detects someone less than 41 meters away, or what is considered its nominal ocular hazard distance (NOHD), in which the beam is intense enough to cause eye damage. "
war  weapons 
4 weeks ago by warrenellis
BBC - Future - Cockroaches: The insect we're programmed to fear
"In the heaviest of infestations – on Navy submarines and in children’s bedrooms alike – they will gnaw off their sleeping victims’ eyelashes."
4 weeks ago by warrenellis
The Dying Russians by Masha Gessen | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books
"In the seventeen years between 1992 and 2009, the Russian population declined by almost seven million people, or nearly 5 percent—a rate of loss unheard of in Europe since World War II. Moreover, much of this appears to be caused by rising mortality. By the mid-1990s, the average St. Petersburg man lived for seven fewer years than he did at the end of the Communist period; in Moscow, the dip was even greater, with death coming nearly eight years sooner."
society  death 
4 weeks ago by warrenellis
Inhuman Nature
"the futurity that inheres in storms and wrecks"
extinction  books  writing 
4 weeks ago by warrenellis
MIT School of Science
MIT NEWS OFFICE, Particle detector finds hints of dark matter in space, Sep 18, 2014
4 weeks ago by warrenellis
Survive the Future: A Lesson on Megastructures with Glen Small | The Nomadic Journal
"A megastructure is a combination of a lot of parts fitting together to do a complicated job on a large scale. The Earth is a gigantic megastructure—all the elements coming together to allow the Earth to function: sun, water, fire, air, deserts, jungles, mountains, plants, animals, humans, etc. Our present cities, like Los Angeles, are megastructures—an overlay of roads, sewers, water, electricity, drainage, waste removal, transportation, habitat, security, offices, manufacturing, schools parks, communities, rivers, lakes."
4 weeks ago by warrenellis
Ello | dymaxion
"We are at a juncture in the story of humanity. The decisions we make and the systems we build in the next twenty years will determine not just whether we live free from the boot of repressive dictatorships, but whether we live at all. The way out lies through hope, empathy, and learning to think like our systems -- through becoming creatures of the network."
pol  net  extinction 
5 weeks ago by warrenellis
Rewilding Witchcraft | Scarlet Imprint
"But we do not simply have peak oil, we have peak water, peak wood, peak rare earths, peak everything that is drawn into the maw of the inexorable algorithim of industrial culture and the inevitable wars and revolutions that resource scarcity produces."
extinction  occult  doom 
5 weeks ago by warrenellis
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