Why Do Aliens Always Invade the United States? – Electric Literature
f you read what is considered science fiction canon, you’d be forgiven for thinking aliens only invade the United States or United Kingdom. Though the genre is inching towards inclusivity, the canon, as always, is kind of stuck; most “classic” sci fi books are written by white American or British men. And since alien contact narratives often distill what a society thinks of foreigners, that means we have a lot of books in which malign forces either attack or infiltrate Western societies.
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Air-gapping the planet: How to travel safely in digitally scary places | ZDNet
Let me be clear: These approaches aren't for everyone. If you're not deeply concerned about your data being intercepted or your devices being infected, just take the easy way out. But if you're a fan of spy movies and are concerned about how to stay as digitally safe as possible, here are a few slightly "out there" spycraft-style tips you might want to consider.
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OF FOSSILS AND STRUCTURES AND TIRE TRACKS... IN ANTARCTICA
Firstly, I note that the anomalies for the most part, as far as I can tell, fall within the general regions that were either "invaded" or that were explored by aerial photogrammetry mapping missions by Admiral Richard Byrd in the well-known Operation High Jump, 1946-1947.

Secondly, what is also interesting and intriguing to me is that the author of both of these videos also did yet another video in which he examines other Antarctic anomalies which fall within the general region explored by the 1938-1939 German expedition in the region they called Neuschwabenland, otherwise known as Queen Maud Land.
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The Terrifying Paintings by ArtificiaI Intelligence | The Daily Bell
True art brings forth human emotions. It is the artist speaking to you through an irrational form. A form that subverts whatever prefaces your own existence to strike at your core. But this stuff, it should serve as a warning. This is the soul of A.I., and it tells us we are staring into the abyss.
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How to Model Human Activity From Smartphone Data
It was prepared and made available by Davide Anguita, et al. from the University of Genova, Italy and is described in full in their 2013 paper “A Public Domain Dataset for Human Activity Recognition Using Smartphones.” The dataset was modeled with machine learning algorithms in their 2012 paper titled “Human Activity Recognition on Smartphones using a Multiclass Hardware-Friendly Support Vector Machine.”
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New Arctic Lakes Could Soon Be a Major Source of Atmospheric Methane - YouTube
For centuries, a massive store of carbon has been locked underground in the Arctic's permanently frozen soil known as permafrost. As Earth's climate continues to warm, that carbon has begun to leach into the atmosphere, the result of microbes waking up and digesting once-frozen organic materials.

A new NASA-funded study focuses on a mechanism that could accelerate the release of this atmospheric carbon, the result of thermokarst lakes. These lakes form when thawing permafrost causes the ground to slump, creating a depression that collects rain and snowmelt and perpetuates a cycle of further permafrost thaw.
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21st-century modeled permafrost carbon emissions accelerated by abrupt thaw beneath lakes | Nature Communications
However, recent observations2,3,4,5 and projections1,6,7,8,9,10 of future soil warming and permafrost thaw suggest that permafrost soil carbon will be increasingly vulnerable to decomposition by microbes that generate the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4). This release of permafrost carbon as greenhouse gases constitutes a positive feedback likely to amplify climate warming beyond most current earth system model projections1.
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In A Turkish Village, A Conversation With Whistles, Not Words : Parallels : NPR
Cindik says an annual festival is helping to keep the whistled language alive, but the spread of cellphones is causing villagers to abandon it.
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The Turkish Villagers That Don't Speak, But Whistle - YouTube
Turkish villagers have a secret language. They use a sophisticated system of whistling known as "bird language." The high-pitched whistles help villagers communicate across long and mountainous distances.
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There’s A Simple Fix, But Grindr Is Still Exposing The Location Of Its Users
In a post published Thursday, the website Queer Europe detailed how easy it is to find any Grindr user’s location using an app called Fuckr, which employs a technique called “trilateration” to find users. Fuckr, which can be downloaded for free and is not affiliated with Grindr, is built on top of unauthorized access to Grindr’s private API, or “application programming interface,” which provides Fuckr with information in Grindr's database.
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Rihanna: Growing up in Barbados, school was a grind. But I was lucky | Opinion | The Guardian
Each additional year of primary schooling boosts a girl’s prospective income by up to 20%. This is not lost on many developing countries. Take Ethiopia, where a 15-year gender equality plan targeting girls’ education has more than doubled participation today. More than 93% of Ethiopian girls are in primary school and 96% in middle school. The price tag to the international community of educating a primary-aged child currently not enrolled in school is estimated at just over $50 a year.
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Many faces of Wikibase: Rhizome’s archive of born-digital art and digital preservation – Wikimedia Foundation
Additionally, net art is often about finding cracks in technological systems, or about using a mundane system in a poetic way. In digital art, artists have sometimes deliberately strayed away from standards, or have exploited very specific versions of software and file formats. Here we see a large need for federation [Ed. note: meaning individual but interconnected databases]: many different Wikibases, used by individual organizations, containing specialized data, while all pointing to the same Wikidata items, describing these items from the perspective of their own specialization.
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11 Things That Are Forbidden in British Parliament | Mental Floss
Tradition dictates that the Speaker must be physically “dragged” to the Speaker’s chair when they’re elected to the position (although it's more of a ceremonial dragging than an actual one). Supposedly this bizarre ritual is a holdover from the days when the Speaker of the House—once tasked with dictating Parliament’s will to the king—often found themselves first in line for imprisonment (or worse) if the king didn’t like what they had to say.

Wearing a suit of armor is also banned, thanks to a law introduced by King Edward II in 1313. The same statute banned swords from the Chamber—although tradition states that the two opposing benches in the House of Commons are positioned precisely two sword-lengths away from one another. (There is one exception: The Serjeant at Arms is allowed to carry a sword.)

For centuries, the Speaker of the House has repeatedly pulled Members of Parliament up on their use of abusive, insulting, or slanderous language, admonishing them for doing so and asking them to withdraw their contribution from the parliamentary record. It is not permitted, for instance, to accuse a fellow MP of being a liar, a hypocrite, or a traitor. It is also against the rules to accuse anyone in the Chamber of being drunk.
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Declassifying CIA's Internal Histories
The Agency has already done an excellent job in compiling its internal histories, consulting resources that wouldn’t be available to public journalists or historians for decades (if at all), even with FOIA and declassification reviews. By making these records available, even the most seemingly banal ones, the public’s understanding of CIA is strengthened and future FOIA requesters are empowered with new details, referenced documents and official disclosures.
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Linus Torvalds apologizes for years of being a jerk, takes time off to learn empathy – Ars Technica
Simultaneously with this, the Linux project now has a code of conduct. Previously, the project had a "code of conflict": a short document that asserts that the code quality is the only thing that matters and implores developers to "be excellent to each other." The new code of conduct is more extensive and sets explicit standards for behavior, requiring it to be positive, professional, welcoming, and inclusive.
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Bizarre botnet infects your PC to scrub away cryptocurrency mining malware | ZDNet
Fbot is a highly unusual botnet variant. However, it may not be a good-guy vigilante at work simply seeking to clean up our infected systems. An alternative reason for the botnet's cleaning duties may be to wipe away the competition and infect devices with its own cryptojacking scripts or malware in the future. Either
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Freddie Oversteegen, Dutch resistance fighter who killed Nazis through seduction, dies at 92
Yet Freddie Oversteegen and her sister Truus, two years her senior, were rare exceptions — a pair of teenage women who took up arms against Nazi occupiers and Dutch “traitors” on the outskirts of Amsterdam. With Hannie Schaft, a onetime law student with fiery red hair, they sabotaged bridges and rail lines with dynamite, shot Nazis while riding their bikes, and donned disguises to smuggle Jewish children across the country and sometimes out of concentration camps. In perhaps their most daring act, they seduced their targets in taverns or bars, asked if they wanted to “go for a stroll” in the forest — and “liquidated” them, as Ms. Oversteegen put it, with a pull of the trigger.
12 hours ago
Stormy Daniels' tell-all book on Trump: salacious detail and claims of cheating | US news | The Guardian
Daniels’ alleged relationship with Trump included one moment in 2007, she writes, in which she is with Trump in a hotel room watching a Shark Week broadcast on cable television when he receives a phone call from Hillary Clinton, then running against Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination. “Then, to make it crazier, Hillary Clinton called,” Daniels writes. “He had a whole conversation about the race, repeatedly mentioning ‘our plan’...
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David James, Baron James of Blackheath - Wikipedia
James attracted some press and blog attention after a speech in the House of Lords on 1 November 2010, in which he claimed to have been approached by an unnamed organisation wishing to fund massive public works projects in the UK with vast currency reserves backed by gold bullion.[8][9] A Labour Party staff member and political blogger who wrote about the story[10] speculated that the organisation in question is the Office of International Treasury Control,[11] possibly an organisation though unknown or unacknowledged by any government to date. However, James has stated that he had not been approached by the Office of International Treasury Control, that there were no links between Foundation X and the Office of International Treasury Control,[12] that the Foundation X was a viable organisation, and that the offer was in good faith. Further, in the course of the recorded speech James uses a comparison to the "total value of the Vatican Bank Reserves" to denounce the validity of the "total amount of bullion ever taken from the earth's crust" as given by a "12-year-old issue of National Geographic" (the single source for this figure), which had been used by Lord Strathclyde to dismiss the claim for the assets of Foundation X to be backed by bullion. In this speech Lord James of Blackheath neither identifies Foundation X with the Vatican or the Vatican Bank nor does he hint on any such connection.
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Terrorist Shell Companies And Ptech - YouTube
This is an interview Bonnie Faulkner had with Indira Singh on April 27, 2005.
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Lawsuits open window on shadowy network SOCom uses to arm Syrian rebels
The June 2015 blast is now the subject of legal battles wending their way through courts in Tampa and Virginia. A review of the court records opens a small window on the shadowy network used by the United States to send hundreds of millions of dollars in weapons and ammunition to Syrian rebels. The network starts in Tampa, at MacDill Air Force Base.
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PTech and the 9/11 Software - YouTube
Indira Singh explains about Ptech, the company with numerous investors and managers with direct links to terrorist financing. Ptech’s clients included the CIA, FBI, the White House, the Department of Energy, the Air Force, the Navy, the FAA, IBM and Enron…Yet Singh learnt they were a CIA front company and their software could gain control of the most sensitive computer systems in the country.
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The one weird court case linking Trump, Clinton, and a billionaire pedophile - POLITICO
Giuffre asserts in her complaint that Maxwell, the sole defendant in the suit and the daughter of late publishing magnate Robert Maxwell, routinely recruited underaged girls for Epstein and was doing so when she approached the $9-an-hour locker room attendant at Mar-a-Lago in 1999 about giving massages to the wealthy investment banker.

Giuffre alleges that Maxwell ultimately trained her in how to give “massages” to Epstein that involved sex acts and, essentially, prostitution. When Maxwell publicly denied the allegations and called Giuffre a liar in 2015, that gave her the opening to head to federal court and file the defamation suit now headed for trial.
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Brazil's National Museum Fire Was Not Just an Accident - CityLab
But most Brazilians blame the government and the austerity policies of the current president of the republic, Michel Temer. Recently, an amendment was inserted in the text of the Federal Constitution, freezing public investments for 20 years. We have witnessed many long years of diminished federal funding for cultural and scientific institutions in the name of other public priorities. Consequently, the process of decay accelerated for institutions that depend almost entirely on public investment. Before the National Museum burned, it was subjected to decades of disinvestment. The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, to which the museum belongs, has experienced seven fires at its facilities over the past seven years—three in 2018 alone. This is an ongoing campaign, not the result of accidents and misfortune, as some Brazilian officials have argued in recent days.  
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Woodward-Pentagon-Stenographer
This reflects his military career that ended with a stint delivering Top Secret messages from the Pentagon, where he worked for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to the White House. There, as reported by Jim Hougan in "Secret Agenda" and Len Colodny and Robert Gettlin in "Silent Coup", he briefed Alexander Haig about daily military developments. Haig was then Nixon’s Deputy National Security Adviser. Four sources, including Moorer and Defense Secretary Melvin Laird, told Colodny and Gettlin that Woodward briefed Haig, who later turned into one of Woodward’s best sources.
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Spies for Hire, US pays Carlyle Group to spy-1/3 - YouTube
Spies for Hire: Carlyle Group to Become Owner of "One of America's Largest Private Intelligence Armies" The secretive investment fund the Carlyle Group is in the process of buying part of Booz Allen Hamiliton, the major military and intelligence contractor. We speak with investigative journalist Tim Shorrock, author of the new book Spies for Hire: The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing.
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Miles of Water Found on Mars. Could It Support Life? — NOVA Next | PBS
The body of water is about 12.5 miles across and sequestered beneath nearly a mile of ice at the south pole. Its waters are likely so salty that they remain liquid despite the frigid -90˚ F conditions at the bottom. The discovery was reported in the journal Science.
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Mexico City’s Coolest Style Subculture Embraces Everyone—as Long As You’re Wearing Black
The group is comprised of a diverse cabal of individuals who funnel into and fracture along even more specific musical genres. But, generally, they’re called darks here—and unlike in other cities where marginal differences in style or sound can create real social divisions, the darks are surprisingly inclusive, taking all comers (provided they're suitably alternative). Born out of the music genre that continues to define it, the goth-punk scene started at somewhat of a lag from its inception in the mid 1970s in Great Britain and the United States, trickled into Mexico in the late '70s, gained steam in the 1980s, held sway through the '90s, and continues to evolve, picking up reference points along the way.
16 hours ago
The Blood Harvest - The Atlantic
The marvelous thing about horseshoe crab blood, though, isn't the color. It's a chemical found only in the amoebocytes of its blood cells that can detect mere traces of bacterial presence and trap them in inescapable clots.
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Mysterious 'lunar swirls' point to moon's volcanic, magnetic past: Unique patterns, visible from backyard telescopes, may be produced by strongly magnetized lava -- ScienceDaily
Lunar swirls resemble bright, snaky clouds painted on the moon's dark surface. The most famous, called Reiner Gamma, is about 40 miles long and popular with backyard astronomers. Most lunar swirls share their locations with powerful, localized magnetic fields. The bright-and-dark patterns may result when those magnetic fields deflect particles from the solar wind and cause some parts of the lunar surface to weather more slowly.
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'Kidnapping' in the Antarctic animal world? A puzzling relationship between amphipods and pteropods -- ScienceDaily
Pteropods or sea snails, also called sea angels, produce chemical deterrents to ward off predators, and some species of amphipods take advantage of this by carrying pteropods piggyback to gain protection from their voracious predators. There is no recognisable benefit for the pteropod. On the contrary they starve: captured between the amphipod's legs they are unable to feed. Biologists working with Dr Charlotte Havermans at the Alfred Wegener Institute have investigated this phenomenon as part of a cooperation project with the University of Bremen. In an article in the journal Marine Biodiversity, they talk about kidnapping and explain the potential advantages of this association for both the host and its passenger.
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Particles surf their own waves, reveal how microbes and cells move through human body -- ScienceDaily
The researchers tested their formula with a real-world experiment. They dangled a thin rubber sheet in a fish-tank-sized container filled with silicone oil, which is roughly 1,100 times as viscous as water. One by one, they dropped marble-sized balls into the oil near the sheet and tracked the resulting movements as the balls sank. Just as expected, each ball produced a wave on the sheet, which in turn pushed the ball further away. As it moved farther away from the sheet, the ball experienced less friction, speeding up its descent.
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One Corporation Holds Most of Ocean’s Genetic Patents | AAAS - The World's Largest General Scientific Society
One corporation has registered nearly half of all patents on marine genetic sequences and virtually all marine genetic resource patents are registered to entities from only ten countries, according to a study published in the June 6 issue of Science Advances. The analysis also revealed that a single corporation — BASF, the world's largest chemical producer, headquartered in Germany — registered 47% of all patented marine sequences. Furthermore, entities located or headquartered in ten countries registered 98% of all patented sequences, suggesting that 165 countries are underrepresented, said the study authors.
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What 13,000 Patents Involving the DNA of Sea Life Tell Us About the Future - The New York Times
What they share, beyond the possession of remarkable traits, is that their DNA is included among thousands of patents owned by BASF, which calls itself “the largest chemical producer in the world.” The German company has acquired nearly half of the 13,000 patents derived from 862 marine organisms genetic sequences, according to a study published in June.
yesterday
For centuries, anonymous insider accounts have chipped away at ruling regimes – and sometimes toppled them
Another secret history, Andrew Marvell’s “Account of the Growth of Popery and Arbitrary Government in England,” described the backstory of the Secret Treaty of Dover, in which Charles II accepted large sums of money from the French king in exchange for promising to return England to Catholicism.
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Next-gen deepfakes can falsely put words in people's mouths
To their credit, the researchers are quick to point out the possible nefarious uses of their approach, and not only in the realm of pornography. We're getting much closer to the point at which convincing video "evidence" of someone's words or deeds can be entirely fabricated. "Finding ways to detect them will be important moving forward," says Carnegie Mellon researcher Aayush Bansal, in a university press release. It's refreshing honesty, as such academic press releases often leave out the less wholesome implications of a particular branch of research.
yesterday
Scientists Grow Full-Sized, Beating Human Hearts From Stem Cells | Popular Science
After making sure the remaining matrix would provide a strong foundation for new cells, the researchers put the induced cells into them. For two weeks they infused the hearts with a nutrient solution and allowed them to grow under similar forces to those a heart would be subject to inside the human body. After those two weeks, the hearts contained well-structured tissue that looked similar to immature hearts; when the researchers gave the hearts a shock of electricity, they started beating.
yesterday
Crazy Detailed Brain Map Finds Nearly a Hundred New Regions
Neuroscientists working on the Human Connectome Project have compiled the most accurate map yet of the human cerebral cortex. The researchers identified 180 distinct areas of the brain’s outer layer—effectively doubling the previous number of known regions.
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Plan to Build a Genetic Noah’s Ark Includes a Staggering 66,000 Species
It’s called the Vertebrate Genomes Project (VGP), and it’s being organized by a consortium called Genome 10K, or G10K. As its name implies, this group had initially planned to sequence the genomes of at least 10,000 vertebrate species, but now, owing to tremendous advances and cost reductions in gene sequencing technologies, G10K has decided to up the ante, aiming to sequence both a male and female individual from each of the approximately 66,000 vertebrate species on Earth.
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You Don't Even Want to Know the Results of This Airport Germ Study
New research identifies the various ways in which we’re most likely to come into contact with communicable diseases at airports. Turns out that toilets are surprisingly clean, but the same cannot be said for those plastic bins used at airport security, which are absolutely covered in viruses.
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Toddlers and Chimpanzees Share a Surprising Unspoken Language
Prior to developing the capacity for speech, toddlers communicate their desires, demands, and discontent using a diverse repertoire of physical gestures. As a new study shows, there’s a significant amount of overlap between the gestures employed by human children and those made by other ape species, a finding that’s casting new light on the origin of primate communication.
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Why can't more than four people have a conversation at once? — Quartz at Work
It’s called the “dinner party problem”. Krems had previously studied under Robin Dunbar, the Oxford University evolutionary psychologist who theorized that cohesion in any human social group falls apart once the group reaches 150—a figure now known as Dunbar’s number. But just as the dynamics of large groups start changing around 150, something also happens to the casual conversations of small groups once they surpass four members.
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Undercover reporters expose ‘bogus’ scientific conferences - ICIJ
Having submitted a paper created using SCIGen, a joke program which generates random scientific essays with charts and figures, the journalists were invited to present on telecommunications. Their pseudo-scientific talk was warmly received.
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Nicolás Maduro’s wage hike hurts Venezuela business | Miami Herald
Nearly 40 percent of all Venezuelan stores have closed their doors — some of them perhaps permanently — after the government of President Nicolás Maduro increased the minimum salary by nearly 3,500 percent in one fell swoop, according the National Council of Commerce and Services of National Council of Commerce and Services of Venezuela.
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The Spider's Web: Britain's Second Empire (Documentary) - YouTube
At the demise of empire, City of London financial interests created a web of secrecy jurisdictions that captured wealth from across the globe and hid it in a web of offshore islands. Today, up to half of global offshore wealth is hidden in British jurisdictions and Britain and its dependencies are the largest global players in the world of international finance.
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How Mars Will Be Policed - The Atlantic
Consider the basic science of crime-scene analysis. In the dry, freezer-like air and extreme solar exposure of Mars, DNA will age differently than it does on Earth. Blood from blunt-trauma and stab wounds will produce dramatically new spatter patterns in the planet’s low gravity. Electrostatic charge will give a new kind of evidentiary value to dust found clinging to the exteriors of space suits and nearby surfaces. Even radiocarbon dating will be different on Mars, Darwent reminded me, due to the planet’s atmospheric chemistry, making it difficult to date older crime scenes.
4 days ago
Portland’s New Pipes Harvest Power From Drinking Water
“It’s pretty rare to find a new source of energy where there’s no environmental impact,” says Gregg Semler, CEO of Lucid Energy, the Portland-based startup that designed the new system. “But this is inside a pipe, so no fish or endangered species are impacted. That’s what’s exciting.”
4 days ago
Central Banks Have Gone Rogue, Putting Us All at Risk - Ellen Brown
Excluding institutions such as Blackrock and Vanguard, which are composed of multiple investors, the largest single players in global equity markets are now thought to be central banks themselves. An estimated 30 to 40 central banks are invested in the stock market, either directly or through their investment vehicles (sovereign wealth funds).
4 days ago
'Optical rocket' created with intense laser light
In a recent experiment at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, plasma electrons in the paths of intense laser light pulses were almost instantly accelerated close to the speed of light.
4 days ago
Egypt is continuing to seize opposition funds and assets – Middle East Monitor
Decisions made by the Egyptian government to seize the assets of individuals, companies, charities, schools, hospitals and newspapers tend to ignore decrees that such moves are invalid. This has been the case since the formation of the Inventory, Seizure and Management Committee of Muslim Brotherhood Funds targeting the leadership and staff of the movement, which was ousted from government by a military coup in 2013.
4 days ago
After Getting 3,000% Wage Hike, Workers Are Fired in Venezuela - Bloomberg
Starting this week, 7 million employees are guaranteed 1,800 bolivars a month -- worth about $20 at the black-market rate. President Nicolas Maduro intended the mandate as political boost, but it’s having the opposite effect as companies, already hit by Venezuela’s epic economic contraction, tell workers they can’t afford to keep them.
4 days ago
BBC Radio 4 - Analysis, Why Minsky Matters
While the mainstream view has been that markets tend towards equilibrium and the role of banks and finance can largely be ignored, Minsky argued that in the good times the seeds of the next crisis are sown as the financial sector engages in riskier and riskier lending in pursuit of profit. In the aftermath of the financial crisis, this might seem obvious - so why did Minsky die an outsider?
4 days ago
George Church talks about reversing human aging and claims they made mice live twice as long – NextBigFuture.com
Rejuvenate Bio has 60 aging reversal gene therapies. They have mentioned but not yet published eye popping results in mice. They are testing aging reversal in dogs in 2018-2019. Human treatments could be available on a general basis by 2025. Rejuvenate Bio and Oisin Biotechnology have both indicated that they are successfully introducing genetic modifications to most of the cells of an adult organism with an injection. This change and delivery mechanism is not being blocked by the immune system.
4 days ago
Why Stripping American Citizens of Their Passports Is a Precursor to Genocide
Hispanic U.S. citizens, some of whom were in the U.S. military, are not being allowed to renew their passports. This is reportedly happening to “hundreds, even thousands” of Latinos, according to a report in the Washington Post. They’re getting letters from the State Department saying it does not believe they are citizens. The government claims their citizenships are fraudulent. “I’ve had probably 20 people who have been sent to the detention center—U.S. citizens,” Jaime Diez, an attorney in Brownsville, told The Washington Post.
4 days ago
It’s Now Possible To Telepathically Communicate with a Drone Swarm - Defense One
It’s another breakthrough in the rapidly advancing field of brain-computer interfaces, or BCIs, for a variety of purposes. The military has been leading interesting research in the field since at least 2007,. And in 2012, DARPA issued a $4 million grant to build a non-invasive “synthetic telepathy” interface by placing sensors close to the brain’s motor centers to pick up electrical signals — non-invasively, over the skin.
4 days ago
Something mysterious is happening at a solar observatory in New Mexico – VICE News
"The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) is addressing a security issue at the National Solar Observatory facility at Sacramento Peak, New Mexico and has decided to temporarily vacate the facility as a precautionary measure. AURA, which manages Sacramento Peak with funding from NSF, is working with the proper authorities on this issue. We have no further comment at this time," AURA spokesperson Shari Lifson told VICE News.
5 days ago
D.C.’s decade-old problem of lead in water gets new attention during Flint crisis - The Washington Post
Hawkins, who joined the utility in 2009, five years after the elevated lead levels were made public, said the agency’s monitoring program has found D.C.’s water lead levels to be below the federal limit since the mid-2000s. He objected, he said, to the publisher of the website insidesources.com teasing Thursday to its story about the congressional hearing by tweeting, “D.C. RESIDENTS : Do not drink your tap water. Story breaking soon.”
5 days ago
Boss revenge, self-colonoscopy studies win 2018 Ig Nobels
James Cole, a lecturer in archaeology at Britain's University of Brighton, earned his Ig Nobel for a study on cannibalism that found that if you want a high-calorie meal, eating human flesh probably isn't the way to go. Cannibalism is pretty common throughout human history, he said. But the accepted view is that humans have eaten other humans primarily for nutritional reasons. Cole found that the caloric value of humans isn't that high when compared with other animals we know our ancestors hunted and ate. "We're not super nutritious," he said.
5 days ago
Air pollution causes ‘huge’ reduction in intelligence, study reveals | The Guardian
Air pollution causes a “huge” reduction in intelligence, according to new research, indicating that the damage to society of toxic air is far deeper than the well-known impacts on physical health. The research was conducted in China but is relevant across the world, with 95% of the global population breathing unsafe air. It found that high pollution levels led to significant drops in test scores in language and arithmetic, with the average impact equivalent to having lost a year of the person’s education.
5 days ago
A terrain map that shows Antarctica in stunning detail
“At this resolution, you can see almost everything. We can actually see variations in the snow in some places. We will be able to measure changes in the surface of the continent over time,” he said. “We will see changes in snow cover, changes in the motion of ice, we will be able to monitor river discharge, flooding and volcanoes. We will be able to see the thinning of glaciers.”
5 days ago
New Antarctica Map Is Like ‘Putting on Glasses for the First Time and Seeing 20/20’ - The New York Times
Previous maps of the continent had a resolution similar to seeing the whole of Central Park from a satellite. With this new data, it is now possible to see down to the size of a car, and even smaller in some areas. The data is so complete that scientists now know the height of every feature on the continent down to a few feet.
5 days ago
Plan to tow icebergs from Antarctica to parched Dubai | Stuff.co.nz
Alshehi told NBC that even if 30 per cent of the iceberg melts on the journey, it will still be able to provide between 100 million and 200 million cubic metres of fresh water – enough for 1 million people to stay hydrated for five years.
5 days ago
Bayer Needs More Than an Aspirin to Cure its Monsanto-Sized Headache
Perhaps more ominously for Bayer, Monsanto also faces cascading scientific evidence linking glyphosate to a constellation of other injuries that have become prevalent since its introduction, including obesity, depression, Alzheimer’s, ADHD, autism, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, kidney disease, and inflammatory bowel disease, brain, breast and prostate cancer, miscarriage, birth defects and declining sperm counts. Strong science suggests glyphosate is the culprit in the exploding epidemics of celiac disease, colitis, gluten sensitivities, diabetes and non-alcoholic liver cancer which, for the first time, is attacking children as young as 10.
5 days ago
Decentralisation: the next big step for the world wide web | Technology | The Guardian
The decentralised web isn’t quite here yet. But there are apps and programs built on the decentralised model. Many are experimental but some of the more developed products include OpenBazaar (a decentralised marketplace), Graphite Docs (a Google documents alternative), Textile Photos (an Instagram-like alternative for storing, managing, and sharing photos on the DWeb), Matrix (which provides Slack and WhatsApp alternatives) and DTube (a YouTube alternative). Social network alternatives include Akasha and Diaspora. There is also a new independent experimental browser for exploring the peer-to-peer web called Beaker Browser. The Internet Archive, the nonprofit organisation that archives the web through snapshots of web pages and other media, has made a first attempt to decentralise its website by bringing together many of the technologies.
5 days ago
Watch Plants Light Up When They Get Attacked - The New York Times
Plants, obviously, can’t run away. But researchers knew that genes that make receptors kind of like those for glutamate initiate electrical signals that travel through plants after being wounded. They turn on genes elsewhere in the plant, allowing them to respond.
5 days ago
Report Criticizes NYPD Collaboration With Israel
Since the 9/11 terrorist bombing of the World Trade Center, New York’s police department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a slew of other local, state, and federal agencies have routinely sent officials to Israel for anti-terrorism training. The law enforcement exchange trips are sponsored by government officials, private companies and non-profits, and, although the trips generally include law enforcement officials from across the US, they have forged especially strong ties between Israeli authorities and law enforcement in NYC.
5 days ago
Diving Deep to Reveal the Microbial Mysteries of Lost City | Smithsonian
Discovered in 2000, Lost City is one of only a few known places like it on the planet. Unlike more common types of hydrothermal vents, such as black smokers and methane seeps, Lost City is not fueled by volcanic activity. Rather, the vents are created when seawater encounters rock from the Earth’s mantle, creating gas and energy in a process known as serpentinization. Calcium-rich water from these vents then reacts with carbon in the seawater to form Lost City’s iconic carbonate chimneys.
6 days ago
Declassified files outline US support for 1965 Indonesia massacre | Financial Times
The US actively supported the Indonesian military’s killing of as many as 1m suspected communist sympathisers in the mid-1960s despite concerns about the reasons behind the massacre, according to newly declassified American documents. Some 30,000 pages of files from the US embassy in Jakarta — declassified on Tuesday — showed that American officials carefully tracked the 1965-66 killings, for which the US provided the Indonesian military with money, equipment and lists of communist officials during the height of the cold war.
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OF WEATHER CONTROL & LASERS & MARDUK'S LIGHTNING BOLTS
These unique properties were recently exploited for investigating the capability of modulating some key atmospheric processes, like lightning from thunderclouds, water vapor condensation, fog formation and dissipation, and light scattering (albedo) from high altitude clouds for radiative forcing management.
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The Pentagon's Tiny Covert Mics That Clip Onto Your Teeth Are A Game Changer
The days of the iconic image of plainclothes law enforcement, military, and intelligence personnel wearing a small speaker in one ear and talking discreetly into a microphone in the cuff of their shirt may be coming to an end. The U.S. military has handed a small tech company a contract worth approximately $10 million dollars for tiny combination microphone-and-speakers that clip onto the back of your teeth and use vibrations to transmit sounds right into your head.
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Chinese police are using facial-recognition glasses to scan travelers - Business Insider
The glasses are linked to a database that can match travelers with criminal suspects. It is unclear how long it takes for a match to be made in the real world, butWu Fei, the CEO of LLVision Technology which developed the glasses, told The Wall Street Journal that, during testing, the system could identify faces from a database of 10,000 in 100 milliseconds.
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Christopher Simpson: America's Recruitment of Nazis - YouTube
Christopher Simpson recorded by Eddie Becker. Christopher Simpson is the author of “Blowback: America’s Recruitment of Nazis and Its Effects on the Cold War,” an indictment of the C.I.A.’s recruitment of former Nazis as operatives during the Cold War. The C.I.A. had sought out former Nazis because of their experience running puppet governments in Eastern Europe during World War II. The term “blowback” is used by spies for a covert operation that begins successfully overseas but it goes wrong and “blows back” at its creators with unexpected and negative results.
7 days ago
THE VAULT; Below Ground Zero, Silver and Gold - The New York Times
Nearly a quarter of a mile below the spectacular vistas from the towers was their upside-down attic dropping 70 feet below the ground, a strange world with enough room for fortunes in gold and silver, for Godiva chocolates, assault weapons, old furniture, bricks of cocaine, phony taxicabs and Central Intelligence Agency files. With so many people still lost, the owners of this stuff have maintained a discreet silence during the recovery operations. But that doesn't mean they're not interested.
7 days ago
The Splendid Blond Beast
Friedrich Nietzsche called the aristocratic predators who write society's laws "the splendid blond beast" precisely because they so often behave as though they are beyond the reach of elementary morality. As he saw things, these elites have cut a path toward a certain sort of excellence consisting mainly of the exercise of power at the expense of others. When dealing with ordinary people, he said, they "revert to the innocence of wild animals.... We can imagine them returning from an orgy of murder, arson, rape and torture, jubilant and at peace with themselves as though they had committed a fraternity prank-convinced, moreover, that the poets for a long time to come will have something to sing about and to praise.'' Their brutality was true courage, Nietzsche thought, and the foundation of social order.
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America’s Secret Recovery of Yamashita’s Gold After WW2 (Peggy Seagrave) 1 - YouTube
America’s Secret Recovery of Yamashita’s Gold
by Sterling & Peggy Seagrave
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Secret Untold History of the Gold Warriors
Gold Warriors: Americas Secret Recovery of Yamashitas Gold by Sterling Seagrave, Peggy Seagrave
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The Trillion Dollar Lawsuit - Ellaster
End of 2011 the Irish-American businessman Neil Keenan (agent of the Asian Dragon family) filed a claim in the Federal court in New York. [1] Neil Keenan’s lawsuit is not just about the stolen bonds with a face value of 134,500 billion dollar. It entails the largest fraud in the financial world. The story behind the claim exposes the corruption within the banking industry. It also uncovers the involvement of world leaders with these corrupt practises and unveils the sinister agenda of the Cabal (secret ruling elite, also called Illuminati). Furthermore it reveals the true motivations behind the Second World War and 9/11.
7 days ago
9/11 Trillions: Follow The Money - YouTube
Forget for one moment everything you've been told about September 11, 2001. 9/11 was a crime. And as with any crime, there is one overriding imperative that detectives must follow to identify the perpetrators: follow the money. This is an investigation of the 9/11 money trail.
7 days ago
The Manila Times- Who has Yamashita’s gold?
Some of these repositories have been found. The key figure in their discovery was Severino Garcia Diaz Santa Romana (an alias), who was on the staff of General MacArthur’s chief intelligence officer, General Willoughby. Santa Romana saw a Japanese ship being unloaded and heavy boxes deposited in a tunnel whose entrance was sealed with a dynamite blast. After the war, Santa Romana and then Captain Edward Lansdale of the OSS (the precursor of the CIA) tortured the driver of General Tomoyuki Yamashita, Japan’s last commander in the Philippines, into revealing some of the Golden Lily sites.
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