Dec 9, 2013
Nelson Mandela is portrayed in the mainstream media as a peace-loving anti-apartheid revolutionary and philanthropist. But what is the truth about Nelson Mandela?
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60 percent of South Africans felt the country was better run under apartheid, with both blacks and whites rating the current government less trustworthy, more corrupt, less able to enforce the law and less able to deliver government services than its white predecessor.
Transparency International released its 2013 Global Corruption Barometer report. It found South Africa to be among the most corrupt countries in the world. According to its findings, an astounding 83 percent of South Africans believe that the police force is corrupt. And 36 percent of respondents admitted to paying at least one bribe to the police.
A 2010 Medical Research Foundation survey found that more than 37 percent of men admitted to raping at least one woman. Seven percent said they had participated in a gang rape.
59 murders, 145 rapes and 752 serious assaults out of its 42 million population. The new crime is the rape of babies; some AIDS-infected African men believe that having sex with a virgin is a cure. Twelve percent of South Africa’s population is HIV-positive, but President Mbeki says that HIV cannot cause AIDS.
In response to growing violence, South Africa’s minister of safety and security, Steve Tshwete, says: “We can’t police this; there’s nothing more we can do. South Africa’s currency, the rand, has fallen about 70 percent since the African National Congress (ANC) came to power in 1994. Emigration from South Africa (mainly of skilled people) is now at its highest level ever.”
The tragic fact of business is that ordinary Africans were better off under colonialism. Colonial masters never committed anything near the murder and genocide seen under black rule in Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Nigeria, Mozambique, and other countries, where millions of blacks have been slaughtered in unspeakable ways, which include: hacking to death, boiling in oil, setting on fire and dismemberment.
The National Bureau of Economic Research found that the average income of all races in South Africa dropped 40% between 1995 and 2000. The UN 2006 Human Development Report found that over the last 3 decades Africa has had a “virtual reversal” of human development; South Africa dropped 38 places on the Human Development Index since 1994. (UN Development Programme, 2007). The country of the world’s first heart transplant (Christian Barnard, Dec., 1967), the Union of South Africa, is now the rape and murder capital of the world. 
At the start of the year 1900, the number of African South Africans was found to be 3,5-million according to the British colonial government census. By 1954, our African population had soared to 8,5-million — and by 1990, there were a full 35-million of us
in the decades prior to the official policy of apartheid, (which was started in 1948), the average life expectancy of African South Africans was only 38 years.
However, during the last decade of the apartheid era from 1948 to 1994, our average life expectancy had risen to 64 years — on a par with Europe’s average life expectancy.
While China had lifted some 400,000 people out of poverty in the past 20 years, Nigeria had pushed 71 million people below the poverty line.
A United Nations report said that Africa was the only continent where poverty had increased in the past 20 years. South Africa’s HDI figure was far higher in 1995, after nearly 50 years of apartheid, than it was in 2010 after 16 years of ANC rule. Moreover, the trend continues to be downward.
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by Melissa Melton
Nov 20, 2013
Drivers were randomly stopped yesterday at a police roadblock in Fort Worth, Texas, herded into a parking lot and asked to take DNA tests — to give blood samples, have their cheeks swabbed, and take Breathalyzer tests.
According to the local Dallas Forth Worth NBC affiliate, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration set the whole thing up with government contractors who used off-duty Forth Worth Police Officers to help facilitate an $8 million government research study “aimed at determining the number of drunken or drug-impaired drivers”.
Although the set up was supposedly voluntary and anonymous, people who were driving on that Fort Worth road told NBC it didn’t feel voluntary at all.
“It just doesn’t seem right that you can be forced off the road when you’re not doing anything wrong,” said Kim Cope, who said she was on her lunch break when she was forced to pull over at the roadblock on Beach Street in North Fort Worth.
“I gestured to the guy in front that I just wanted to go straight, but he wouldn’t let me and forced me into a parking spot,” she said.
Once parked, she couldn’t believe what she was asked next. “They were asking for cheek swabs,” she said. “They would give $10 for that. Also, if you let them take your blood, they would pay you $50 for that.” At the very least, she said, they wanted to test her breath for alcohol.
She said she felt trapped. “I finally did the Breathalyzer test just because I thought that would be the easiest way to leave,” she said, adding she received no money.
This government “study” will take place over the next three years in 30 U.S. cities across the nation.
Dec 7, 2013
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Dec 7, 2013
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The US Navy has successfully launched an unmanned aerial system from a fully submerged submarine, marking the successful completion of a nearly six year long program designed to further the Navy’s drone capabilities.
The fuel-cell powered, completely electric unmanned aerial system (UAS) was developed by the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) with funding assistance provided by the Department of Defense Rapid Reaction Technology Office and the SwampWorks innovation program.
Engineers used a launch system known as ‘Sea Robin’ (first developed to launch tomahawk missiles from submarines) to fire what is known as the eXperimental Fuel Cell Unmanned Aerial System, or XFC UAS. The UAS surfaced before rocketing through the air for several hours, broadcasting the entire mission via live video to commanders watching from a nearby base.
“This six-year effort represents the best in collaboration of a Navy laboratory and industry to produce a technology that meets the needs of the special operations community,” Dr. Warren Schultz, program developer and manager at NRL, said in a press release. “The creativity and resourcefulness brought to the project by a unique team of scientists and engineers represents an unprecedented shift in UAV propulsion and launch systems.”
The Navy’s announcement Thursday comes as the public is questioning the very future of drones. Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos announced this week that he hopes the company will eventually deliver packages throughout the United States by using drones rather than traditional ground and air delivery services. The mere mention of such a plan was enough to cause a commotion, with columnists and lawmakers alike warning against such a plan.
Moreover, upcoming regulations by the FAA on the domestic use of drones are expected to include major restrictions and limit the use of UAV’s weighing up to 55 pounds.
Dec 6, 2013
A scene in the 2004 film “I, Robot” involves an army of rogue NS-5 humanoids establishing a curfew and imprisoning the citizens of Chicago, circa 2035, inside their homes. That’s not how Knightscope envisions the coming day of deputized bots.
In its far less frightful future, friendly R2-D2 lookalikes patrol our streets, school hallways, and company campuses to keep us safe and put real-time data to good use. Instead of the Asimov-inspired NS-5, Knightscope, a Silicon Valley-based robotics company, is developing the K5.
Officially dubbed the K5 Autonomous Data Machine, the 300-pound, 5-foot-tall mobile robot will be equipped with nighttime video cameras, thermal imaging capabilities, and license plate recognition skills. It will be able to function autonomously for select operations, but more significantly, its software will provide crime prediction that’s reminiscent, the company claims, of the “precog” plot point of “Minority Report.”
“It can see, hear, feel, and smell and it will roam around autonomously 24/7,” said CEO William Santana Li, a former Ford Motor executive, in an interview with CNET.
At the moment, the K5 is only a prototype, and Knightscope next year will launch a beta program with select partners. But the company is shooting to have the K5 fully deployed by 2015 on a machine-as-a-service business model, meaning clients would pay by the hour for a monthly bill, based on 40-hour weeks, of $1,000. The hourly rate of $6.25 means the cost of the K5 would be competitive with the wages of many a low-wage human security guard.
Servicing and monitoring of the bots will depend on client needs, Li said, with either Knightscope or the customer employing someone to manage the bots full-time.
Crime prediction is one of the more eye-popping features of the K5, but the bot is also packed to the gills with cutting-edge surveillance technology. It has LIDAR mapping — a technique using lasers to analyze reflected light — to aid its autonomous movement. “It takes in data from a 3D real-time map that it creates and combines that with differential GPS and some proximity sensors and does a probabilistic analysis to figure out exactly where it should be going on its own,” Li explained.
It also has behavioral analysis capabilities and enough camera, audio, and other sensor technology to pump out 90 terabytes of data a year per unit. Down the line, the K5 will be equipped with facial recognition and even the ability to sniff out emanations from chemical and biological weapons, as well as airborne pathogens. It will be able to travel up to 18 mph, and later models will include the ability to maneuver curbs and other terrain.
The K5 will not be armed. Still, teens with late-night bot-tipping ambitions had best beware, lest their hijinks be recorded for posterity, and possible prosecution. Li said that messing with a Knightscope bot — which would be difficult given its weight — will have serious ramifications, as would tampering with any other form of security equipment on private property.
Still, the most sci-fi of all its features, the crime prediction algorithms, do sound too good to be true. And to be more precise, the K5 won’t be so much predicting crime as much as it will be analyzing multiple data points simultaneously and knowing when a situation may be on the precipice of becoming dangerous.
“Predicting crime is being deployed today, but it’s unfortunately using a lot of historical data,” Li explained. “What doesn’t exist in that algorithm is real-time on-site data. So if you actually had data that was fresh, that was actually from the location you’re trying to analyze, it would make that algorithm much more robust.” Li noted that the main goal of the crime prediction algorithms and autonomous function is to be able to push out an alert early with that kind of data, as well as aid the K5 in knowing when to charge itself and what time of day or night is optimal for uploading and downloading data in a specific environment.
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Dec 2, 2013
A new study published in Clinical Neurophysiology suggests it doesn’t take years or even months of exposure for cell phone radiation to (negatively) alter our brains—it only takes minutes. The phones used in this double-blind, crossover, randomized study emitted LTE radiation, or the LTE technology so popular in “fourth generation” (4G) phones, the phones everyone clamors for.
The researchers exposed the right ears of 18 study participants to LTE radio frequency radiation. In just 30 minutes, they observed changes in brain activity. The radiation levels were within legal limits and the phone was always kept 1 cm from the ear.
Brain activity was measured using MRIs twice during a resting state, once after LTE exposure, and once after being exposed to “sham” exposure or a control. Both the right and left hemispheres of the brain were affected by the radiation.
Though this certainly isn’t the first study to examine how cells phones and electromagnetic frequencies alter regions of the brain, this is the first study to be carried out on LTE technology, the “fastest developing mobile system technology ever,” according to Global Mobile Suppliers Association. And the U.S. is the largest market for LTE in the world. More than half of the 91 million LTE subscribers around the world in March 2013 were in the U.S.
What do these changes in brain activity mean? We don’t know that yet, but previous studies have linked such cell phone radiation to sperm damage, weakened bones, increased “genetic stress”, cellular damage, and certainly brain cancer. Some have suggested it can lead to autism and Alzheimer’s disease in the long term.
Whether you have the latest LTE technology or an old flip-phone, you can minimize your exposure to cell phone radiation by:
- Never holding the phone up to your head
- Using the speaker instead
- Not sleeping with your phone next to you
- Shutting it off while not in use
- Investing in radiation protection
Cell phones have changed the way many of us live. We are more connected now than ever before, but these little devices have distanced us in unimaginable ways. Add to that the potential health effects of cell phone radiation and it makes you wonder if we were better off before.
With emerging technology such as LTE, we are introducing things into our lives before we fully understand how they work and all of their potential effects. By the time we really understand their long-term effects, it could be too late.
by Chris Knapan
Dec 2, 2013
Volvo is to introduce 100 driverless cars on to public roads as part of the world’s first large-scale autonomous driving pilot.
The cars will drive in normal, everyday road conditions, surrounded by pedestrians and other traffic, and will even be able to self-park, as the Swedish car-maker (which is now under Chinese ownership) attempts to demonstrate the benefits, including improved safety and efficiency, of self-driving cars.
Volvo is working alongside the Swedish Transport Administration, The Swedish Transport Agency, Lindholmen Science Park and the City of Gotehenburg, with the goal of placing both it and Sweden as leaders in the development of future mobility.
As part of the trial, driverless cars will also be able to park themselves
Called “Drive Me – Self-driving cars for sustainable mobility”, the pilot scheme gets underway next year with customer research and further development of current technology. The cars themselves won’t appear until 2017, when they will drive on about 30 miles of public road in and around Gothenburg, described as “typical commuter arteries” that include motorway conditions and frequent queues.
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by Elizabeth Renter
Nov 23, 2013
Used medicinally for centuries, spirulina is said to be one of the oldest life forms on earth, eaten since at least the 9th century in the Kanem Empire of Chad, Africa. We know it’s loaded with protein and other nutritional benefits, but a recent study indicates it could even help children with academic performance.
Eyed as a potential malnutrition-ending supplement for its wealth of nutrients, there are more than 40,000 varieties of spirulina, mostly cultivated in fresh water. Because it has less than 4 calories per gram, it can offer premium nutrition without the risk of obesity.
It was this use of spirulina, as a malnutrition-staving supplement, that interested researchers in Senegal. They were evaluating a government program designed to improve the nutritional intake of school children in that country using spirulina supplements.
Nov. 27, 2013
February 19, 2013
How do we grow gardens and make our plants thrive in aluminum/barium-contaminated soils?
Special Guest Francis Mangels, a retired scientist from the US Dept. of Agriculture, has a Bachelor’s in Forestry cum laude from The International School of Forestry at the University of Montana, and a Masters in Zoology from Montana University. He also is a member of Xi Sigma Pi and a part-time college professor.
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AUDIO — David Harriman interview, pt. 1 – “The Philosophic Corruption of Physics and The Logical Leap” – #111 – Gnostic Media
May 1, 2011
This episode is an interview with David Harriman, part 1 “The Philosophic Corruption of Physics and The Logical Leap” and is being released on Monday, May 2, 2011. My interview with David was recorded on May 01, 2011.
David Harriman earned his Master’s degree in physics from University of Maryland, and his Master’s in philosophy from Claremont Graduate University. He has worked as an applied physicist and he is editor of Journals of Ayn Rand. His book, The Logical Leap: Induction in Physics, presents Leonard Peikoff’s theory of induction as it applies to the physical sciences. Recently, he has co-founded Falling Apple Science Institute (with Tom VanDamme), a nonprofit that is developing a unique science curriculum based on the inductive method.
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by Elizabeth Renter
November 14, 2013
If you enjoy a morning cup of joe, you may be at a lesser risk of liver cancer than your non-coffee drinking counterparts. And if you like a few cups of coffee in the morning, you could be cutting your risk of liver cancer even more. Daily coffee consumption could cut liver cancer risk by 40%, according to new research.
According to new research published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology:
“Our research confirms past claims that coffee is good for your health, and particularly the liver,” said Carlo La Vecchia, MD, study author. “The favorable effect of coffee on liver cancer might be mediated by coffee’s proven prevention of diabetes, a known risk factor for the disease, or for its beneficial effects on cirrhosis and liver enzymes.”
The researchers performed a meta-analysis of studies published between 1996 and 2012. A total of 16 “high quality” studies were used involving 3,153 cases.
What they found was that daily coffee consumption cuts liver cancer risk by a whopping 40%. Drinking three cups of coffee each day has an even more dramatic effect, reducing the risk of liver cancer by more than 50%.
While the research doesn’t establish a definite cause and effect relationship between coffee consumption and liver cancer risk, the link cannot be ignored.
Further, coffee is known to reduce the risk of diabetes. And because diabetes is a known risk factor for liver cancer, the hot steaming morning beverage could be having multiple beneficial and related health effects.
Of course this is far from the first story to praise coffee health benefits. Earlier this year, a study from Japan found that drinking coffee or tea on a daily basis can reduce stroke risk by about 20%. The data came from about 83,000 individuals ages 45 to 74.
The benefits of drinking coffee are many; studies exist linking coffee with:
- Protection against hardening of the arteries
- Decreased risk of depression
- Reduced risk and slowed progression of dementia
- Reduced risk of liver cancer
- Reduced risk of diabetes
If you are a coffee drinker and hope to reap all the benefits that these little beans offer, consider organically grown and processed coffee. Also, take a look at green coffee. Because green coffee beans have not been roasted, they maintain a higher concentration of antioxidants and may be able to deliver even better benefits than their brown counterparts.
November 22, 2013
Radiating cell phones have become such a part of life that young children are learning to use them seemingly from infancy, despite the known health risks of holding this device directly up to one’s head — shown in studies to increase cancer and brain tumor risk, especially in the vulnerable, developing skulls of children. Belgium has even banned cell phone sales for phones specially made/marketed to kids age 7 and under due to this risk. Data shows that brain cancers are on the rise, and people who begin using mobile phones before age 20 are more than five times as likely to develop a malignant brain tumor (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/…)…
But it’s just so trendy and cool to be a zombie…
Links for more on the risks of children using cell phones here:
by Christina Sarich
November 22, 2013
The people handing out mammogram and radiation prescriptions to ‘cure’ breast cancer probably don’t want you to know this about breast cancer: in numerous cases, it goes away all by itself. Radiation, the primary means, if not invasive surgery, to eradicate breast cancer works by killing off cells by exposing the DNA to ionizing radioactive waves. The problem is that this treatment also kills off healthy cells, and has even been shown to cause breast cancer. In a study published at Dartmouth Medical School Magazine, the ‘taboo’ subject of spontaneous remission is openly discussed.
One of the doctors who helped write up the findings, H. Gilbert Welch, M.D., M.P.H, made sure they were published in Archives of Internal Medicine. The study compared 100,000 Norwegian women ages 50 through 64 who were divided into two groups, with women in both groups having invasive cancers. Women in the first group were followed from 1992 to 1997, while women in the second group were followed from 1996 to 2001.
The women in the first group had only one screening, and the women in the second group had one every two years. Women in group 2 were exposed to an average of six more breast screenings via mammography. Interestingly, the incidence of invasive breast cancer was 22% higher for women in the second group (the ones more often screened with mammograms)! What this means is that when we just let the body heal itself without radiation-causing screenings, often, the cancer goes into remission all on its own.
Not surprisingly, the study has been criticized by the American Cancer Society: “Their simplification of a complicated issue is both overreaching and alarming.” Unfortunately, the words from the American Cancer Society can’t be trusted, as the organization is in bed with major cancer-drug making companies. For example, Big Pharma giant AstraZeneca has made multimillion dollar contributions to ACS, influencing just about everything that the ACS does. The ‘awareness’ raised focuses almost exclusively on mammography and doesn’t mention a word about carcinogenic foods, aluminum in deodorants, etc. There is no spoken word of breast cancer prevention via natural, inexpensive means, while touting the ‘cure’ of mammography and cancer drugs.
Simply allowing cancer to go into remission can be risky and definitely scary, though mainstream solutions may not be the answer. If you don’t want to expose yourself to radiation or invasive surgeries, take some time to look into natural alternatives. Just as individuals have reversed prostate cancer with something as simple as baking soda, reversing and preventing breast cancer could be as easy as turmeric supplementation or flax seed consumption.
by Elizabeth Renter
November 20, 2013
If you listen to Tepco and Japanese officials, you are bound to be confused about how bad Fukushima’s lasting effects really are. One moment they say everything is under control at the Fukushima nuclear plant, and the next they’re admitting radiation levels are 95% higher than originally stated. One would have to be awfully trusting or awfully ignorant to think the radioactive water spilling into the ground and eventually the sea wouldn’t spread throughout the world. The West Coast of Canada and the US is already seeing some effects.
Each day, 300 tons of radioactive water is spilling into the Pacific Ocean. The amount in the ocean and the global water supply is growing every single day, and ultimately impacting wildlife and our food supply. Whether you live on the West Coast or in the middle of the country, this should concern you as it will eventually affect us all.
Here are just a few signs that Fukushima radiation is here:
1. Tuna caught off the coast of California are contaminated with radiation. One test that studied 15 tuna found that all 15 had radiation contamination above and beyond what is normal for that area. Cesium-134 and cesium-137, which the fish were contaminated with, does not sink to the ocean floor, but rather contaminates the sea at all levels where fish swim through it, ingest it, or eat organisms that have already ingested it. Interestingly, the scientists who tested the fish didn’t expect to find contamination, and were sadly proven wrong.
2. Something is causing herring to bleed from their gills, bellies, and eyeballs, according to Canada.com. It’s believed these symptoms could be a sign of viral hemorrhagic septicemia that could be spread into salmon and other fish varieties. While not proven to be linked to Fukushima radiation, there is little doubt the radiation could be impacting immune function of the fish, leading to higher rates of disease.
3. Sockeye salmon populations at historic lows. Recreational and non-aboriginal fisheries in an area of British Columbia have been shut down due to record low numbers of sockeye salmon. Fukushima radiation may be to blame.
4. Radiation off West coast is expected to double in coming years. Projections from German oceanographers estimate radiation levels from Fukushima will cause continued increases in West coast contamination over the next 5 to 6 years.
5. Fish imported from Japan is already contaminated. The Vancouver Sun tested fish imports from Japan and found cesium-137 at alarming rates, contaminating 73% of mackerel, 91% of halibut, 92% of sardines, 93% of tuna, 94% of cod and anchovies, and 100% of the carp, seaweed, shark and monkfish.
6. Radioactive plume expected to reach U.S. coastal waters soon. A large plume of radiation is expected to begin flowing into the coastal waters in the beginning of 2014 and continue throughout 2016. If we’re only thus far seeing the tip of the iceberg, what’s to come could be truly frightening.
7. There is an epidemic of sea lion deaths along the California coastline.
At island rookeries off the Southern California coast, 45 percent of the pups born in June have died, said Sharon Melin, a wildlife biologist for the National Marine Fisheries Service based in Seattle. Normally, less than one-third of the pups would die. It’s gotten so bad in the past two weeks that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration declared an “unusual mortality event.”
Update to the ongoing mission to establish an emotional connection between humans and robots.
by Nicholas West
November 21, 2013
As the evolution of humanoid robots continues to quicken, it is forcing the question of whether or not we we will love our robotic overlords. Or, are they not “overlords” at all, but soon to be just part of the family?
Well-known transhumanists such as Ray Kurzweil have made their love affair with robots quite clear, despite some already negative economic impacts that robots are having on their human counterparts. One of the stated missions after all is to supposedly unburden humanity from all of the grunt work.
- Self-driving vehicles (Source)
- Housesitting: (Source)
- Butlers: (Video)
- Restaurant service (Source)
- Nursing care: (Video)
- Companionship and Assistance: for pets and people
- Personal Entertainment and Companionship: See ASIMO, and Romeo.
- Teaching (Source)
- Journalism and Writing (Source)
A recent study set out to discover just how far along we are in human-robot relations. German researchers from the International Communication Association made some revealing discoveries within a group of participants. In order to judge a strict emotional connection, two studies focused on empathy. Would people have empathy for something they knew not to be live being? And would they have the same level of empathy toward both humans and robots?
In the first study, 40 participants watched videos of a small dinosaur-shaped robot that was treated in an affectionate or a violent way and measured their level of physiological arousal and asked for their emotional state directly after the videos.
Participants reported feeling more negative watching the robot being abused and showed higher arousal during the negative video.
The second study used functional magnetic-resonance imaging (fMRI), to investigate potential brain correlations of human-robot interaction in contrast to human-human interaction.
The 14 participants were presented videos showing a human, a robot and an inanimate object, again being treated in either an affectionate or in a violent way.
Researchers found that individuals displayed similar neural activation patterns for affection, indicating that they elicit similar emotional reactions.
However, when comparing videos showing abusive behavior, participants showed more negative empathetic concern for humans. (Source)
This was a small group of participants, but it would seem that the edge for now is given slightly to humans.
However, it is interesting to note that the areas most often cited across the board as targeted for eliminating humans in favor of robotic “assistance” are the very vocations that would seem to require the most empathy:
- Emergency response
- Helping the elderly and infirm
- Patient rehabilitation
“One goal of current robotics research is to develop robotic companions that establish a long-term relationship with a human user, because robot companions can be useful and beneficial tools.
“A common problem is that a new technology is exciting at the beginning, but this effect wears off especially when it comes to tasks like boring and repetitive exercise in rehabilitation. The development and implementation of uniquely humanlike abilities in robots like theory of mind, emotion and empathy is considered to have the potential to solve this dilemma.”
One could question, then, if it is less a sign that robots are becoming more human, but that actually humans are becoming less so. Is the rise of the robots just a reflection of our own spiritual devolution?
Tech site Motherboard posted a cheeky title for their recent article that might promote some nervous laughter: “To Avoid Your Family, Rent a Robotic Replacement.” A Japanese company has focused on developing a new robot that offers a telepresence for your chosen robotic helper. Instead of rushing home, for example, why not just Skype your new robotic family member and set some tasks for taking care of ailing mom or dad, perhaps the toddler needs to be fed, or the dog needs to be let out 8 pm. While not all of these possibilities are explicitly mentioned or possible for the current model seen in the video below, we have seen rapid development in the area of humanoid robots. As these robots increase in size, computing power, and a more life-like appearance, they are all but certain to be sold as valid additions to the family.
NEC said it will rental plans for its PaPeRo robot will run as low as less than ¥10,000 per month, which is currently around $100. For that price, the 10 inch, three pound robot will sit around your parent’s house, using its camera, speakers, and facial recognition system to help take your place at home and connect you to people via a conduit that’s more intuitive to interaction than simply leaving Skype running on a laptop on your coffee table.
The main goal appears to be bringing bringing telepresence to the consumer market, and allow people to better connect with each other via robot avatars. The program will first be limited to Japan when it starts early next year, but the company expects to expand worldwide. In its announcement of the partner program, NEC said it’s looking for business partners to develop applications for the bot using NEC’s API and Cloud Federated robot platform.
According to a Kyodo report, “the robot can also be applied to such purposes as managing family members’ schedules as well as detecting suspicious individuals when family members are away from home.”
As we look around at our largely selfish, consumer-driven, pharma drug-taking, and increasingly violent society, do we really need more encouragement to shirk our duties toward our fellow companions and family by effectively outsourcing our emotions and responsibilities to the non-living?
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November 19, 2013
Had to reupload this video, was deleted by youtube today as a result of the UNJUST FLAGGING and shutdown of my channel.
Many thanks to the person who helped get my channel restored today !!!
November 17, 2013 : A surface earthquake, literally measured at 0.0km depth, occurred at the Hanford Washington Nuclear Superfund site, directly next to the LIGO Gravity wave sensor station.
This has happened before , here is my video from September 2011:
Here are the earthquake statistics for this current 3.2M event:
46.411°N 119.268°W depth=0.0km (0.0mi)
Nearby Cities 13km (8mi) NNE of West Richland, Washington 14km (9mi) N of Richland, Washington 23km (14mi) NW of Pasco, Washington 24km (15mi) NNW of Kennewick, Washington 286km (178mi) ESE of Olympia, Washington
Information on LIGO (gravity wave sensing)
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November 19, 2013
The death toll in the flash floods on the Italian island of Sardinia has risen to 16, according to officials. Villages in the central south part of the island of been evacuated and thousands of people have been left without homes. The island, famed for its Costa Smeralda beaches of crystal clear water and dry Mediterranean climate, had more than 400 millimetres of water in 24 hours.
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November 18, 2013
This is profound. A direct link between an arriving solar flare, and a large earthquake swarm.
On November 10, 2013 .. a directly Earth facing X-Class flare occurred.
Move forward a few days, to November 13th-14th, solar forecasters were waiting for the particle ejecta to arrive.
listen to one forecaster expecting the arrival here:
Just as the solar forecaster (Tamitha Skov) says in the above video, the arrival happens on November 14th / 15th.
Here’s where things get very interesting.
The arrival of the blast showed up on the Morphed Microwave Background Imagery ! The first time (myself personally) seeing a real time flare arrival, more importantly being able to determine which spot on Earth was most impacted by the arrival of solar blast.
The blast shows as a very large disturbance , beginning on November 14th/15th. Arriving from Northeast to Southwest. Coming across Russia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and finally passing over the Scotia Sea / South pole.
video of the event here (with appropriate ‘music’ scored):
Within less than 24 hours of the Solar Flare arrival crossing the south pole, the same area experienced a series of large earthquakes, and subsequent followup swarms.
This is a profound documentation of the correlation between solar flares, and large earthquake activity.
Make note of the depth of the multiple earthquakes. 6.2 miles. Something to watch for future solar flare arrivals. Like fracking, with their telltale 3.1 mile depth. Maybe 6.2 is a similar indicator.
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On November 16th, at the Scotia Sea / South Pole Solar Flare impact center, a 7.0M earthquake struck (now downgraded to a 6.8M) , followed by a large 7.8M earthquake…finally followed by a large swarm of movement:
- 2013-11-16 03:34:31 UTC
- 2013-11-16 00:34:31 UTC-03:00 at epicenter
- 2013-11-15 21:34:31 UTC-06:00 system time
60.213°S 47.108°W depth=10.0km (6.2mi)
- 917km (570mi) SW of Grytviken, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
- 1397km (868mi) SE of Ushuaia, Argentina
- 1644km (1022mi) SE of Punta Arenas, Chile
- 1668km (1036mi) SE of Rio Gallegos, Argentina
- 1158km (720mi) SSE of Stanley, Falkland Islands
- 2013-11-17 09:04:55 UTC
- 2013-11-17 06:04:55 UTC-03:00 at epicenter
- 2013-11-17 03:04:55 UTC-06:00 system time
60.296°S 46.362°W depth=10.0km (6.2mi)
- 893km (555mi) SW of Grytviken, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
- 1440km (895mi) SE of Ushuaia, Argentina
- 1686km (1048mi) SE of Punta Arenas, Chile
- 1709km (1062mi) SE of Rio Gallegos, Argentina
- 1192km (741mi) SSE of Stanley, Falkland Islands
by Nicholas West
November 12, 2013
The question is, Do you want to live forever? In the following short documentary you will learn about the typical worldview of Transhumanists. It is, in my opinion, philosophically and technologically interesting to explore, but ultimately naive and dismissive of the concepts surrounding consciousness and the soul.
Perhaps, the most troubling aspect of Transhumanism not addressed here is that not all of it will be elective. In fact, it might be downright selective. From DNA nanobots to the entire restructuring of the human genome, the corporate state aligned with the medical-military-industrial complex might demand that we are “optimized” and “efficient” in order for us to partake in society at a cost-effective level.
It is a concept that has been espoused by elites before.
For background, please watch Aaron Dykes’ wonderful historical review of the Fabian Society and their specific brand of socialism; they are self-professed Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing under the design of oligarchical collectivism. As Dykes notes: in the end, it’s all totalitarianism. And the endgame is that we will pay for permission to use the Earth, and perhaps even our own bodies.
This is not to deny that science holds amazing wonders for the benefit of humanity, or that we should stop reaching for the stars. However, it’s paramount that we always return to the question of who is in control of the technology. If we look at what has happened thus far, science has been hoarded and twisted for the benefit of the few.
Moreover, the vastness of what is being proposed by Transhumanists is worthy of the utmost caution, for the simple fact that we have seen much lesser systems of computation and science being rolled out well before safeguards have been properly tested. So far, the negatives are rapidly outweighing the positives.
Nevertheless, there are some tentative indications that the drastic reduction in cost and the open-source nature of the “new tech” could provide the perfect counterweight that the individual needs to break free from the ever-tightening grip of technocracy. But we have to assert ourselves and take control of our decisions and free will before those who desire control the most will make our decisions for us, while dismissing free will as nothing more than superstition.
Lastly, as noted in the video, the rate of technological development doubles every 18 months. We haven’t got long to answer the essential questions of what it means to be human.
There is only one thing certain in life: The future is coming.
Recently by Nicholas West:
Global Research TV
November 14, 2013
In sworn testimony in Monroe, Michigan, the NRC admitted that it has stripped whistleblower protection from the licensing of new nuclear power plants.
By flip-flopping on what it means to be an applicant, the whistleblowers who are truly looking to protect the public health and safety are having their lives and livelihoods jeopardized.
Fairewinds Chief Engineer Arnie Gundersen discusses what this means as utilities look for short cuts and cheaper ways to build new nukes.
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Published time: November 17, 2013 23:51
Edited time: November 18, 2013 04:59
A firefighter walks through debris after a tornado struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. (Tasos Katopodis / Getty Images / AFP)
At least six people were killed and dozens more injured in the US state of Illinois as tornadoes swept through Midwestern states, destroying houses and leaving hundreds of thousands without power.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS), at least 10 tornadoes touched down in Illinois. Many more ripped through other Midwest states. Forecasters say up to 53 million people could be affected.
“We obviously have a very dangerous situation on our hands and it’s just getting started,” NWS deputy director Laura Furgione told reporters earlier Sunday.
Four fatalities were reported by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. Two more were reported by the Washington County Coroner.
A spokewoman at St. Francis Medical Center near Washington, Ill. said the hospital was treating at least 37 patients in the emergency room.
March 21, 2011
This episode is an interview with Dr. Scott Olsen titled “The Golden Ratio” and is being released on Monday, March 21, 2011. My interview with Scott was recorded on March 19, 2011.
SCOTT A. OLSEN, Ph.D. Professor of Philosophy & Religion at the College of Central Florida, Scott first received international acclaim by successfully decoding the geometric mysteries of Plato. His book, The Golden Section: Nature’s Greatest Secret received rave reviews, and in 2007 was awarded a 1st place for design by the Bookbinders’ Guild of New York. A life-long student of the Ancient Wisdom, he has studied under physicist David Bohm, world religion expert Huston Smith, sacred geometers Keith Critchlow & John Michell, and esotericist Douglas Baker. A member of the Theosophical Society in America, Scott lectures widely on the Perennial Philosophy (in both its ancient and modern forms) with special emphasis on the Divine Proportion and transformative states of consciousness. In 2009 he assisted Alexey Stakhov with his highly acclaimed book, The Mathematics of Harmony: From Euclid to Contemporary Mathematics and Computer Science. Today he is working on his new book, Divine Proportion: the Mathematical Perfection of the Universe, due out in the Spring of 2012. Scott will be giving a lecture and workshops in New York in May on Nature’s Divine Proportion and the Canon of the Human Body. Then in June he will travel to the Bibiotheca Alexandrina, Egypt where he will present a workshop on The Philosopher Mathematicians of Alexandria: Euclid and Hypatia for the New York Open Center’s “Esoteric Quest for Ancient Alexandria: Greco-Egyptian Birthplace of the Western Mind.” Applying his knowledge of proportional symmetry in physique competition, Scott won 1st place as Mr. Minneapolis, Mr. Twin Cities, Mr. Gainesville, Mr. Northeast Florida, and the prestigious New York open title, Mr. Apollo. A member of the Florida Bar, he resides in Ocala, Florida.
Education: 1983: Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Florida;
Dissertation: The Pythagorean Plato and the Golden Section:
a Study in Abductive Inference
1982: JD, University of Florida
1977: MA, Philosophy, University of London, Birkbeck College;
(philosophy of science thesis: The Collapse of Continuous Space-Time)
1975: BA cum laude, Philosophy & Sociology, University of Minnesota;
Senior Honors Thesis: Platonic Aesthetics
NY Open Center Esoteric Quest for Ancient Alexandria that I mention in my bio: http://www.esotericquest.org/egypt/
And here is the site for my upcoming sacred geometry workshop in New York:
Theosophical Society in America lecture on The Golden Section and the Roots of Theosophy (March 10, 2011): http://www.theosophical.org/online-resources/video/recent-webcasts