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FEMA, FCC Hope To Forestall Panic Over National Emergency Alert

DarkStarZumaBeach Then again, there seem to be a lot going on ... (210 comments)

Well - the FEMA EAS test is happening:

0. One day after the IAEA delivers to the UN the report on Iran's uranium enrichment activities at Qom.
1. One Day after the Arizona State Emergency Management Office finishes their first nuclear terrorist incident scenario exercise
2. On the day that South Carolina has its annual earthquake response exercise starting at 9:30 am ...
3. On the first day of PACWAVE11 - the two-day military response exercise to a tsunami alert and recovery scenario involving PacRim countries.
4. Four days after incoming ballistic missile alert drills in Tel Aviv, Israel, to help the general public
          practice shelter location and toxic chemical/biological/radiological containment procedures.
5. Six days after test firing of an intermediate range ballistic missile from Israel.
6. Three days after the major north-south strike fault running under El Hierro in the Canary Islands started to unzip
          creating a chain of volcanic vents driven by a seismic energy release equal to over 600 tons of TNT since July 17th.
          See: http://youtu.be/FFzZB9VuBlk
          and: http://earthquake-report.com/2011/09/25/el-hierro-canary-islands-spain-volcanic-risk-alert-increased-to-yellow/
          and: http://www.01.ign.es/ign/resources/volcanologia/html/eventosHierro.html
7. Three days after the Sparks, OK, 5.6 magnitude quake and aftershocks.

Anyone else can chime in here with other disaster preparedness training scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 9th, 2011.
Be safe out there!

more than 3 years ago
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Airline Offering Plane Crash Survival Course to Frequent Flyers

DarkStarZumaBeach It's the cabin crew safety course in a mockup... (155 comments)

Darn - I do wish BBC America was everywhere since clippings don't quite carry the value of the course. The BBC coverage of this story would help readers understand the course offering better:

British Airways is offering the standard cabin crew safety course to passengers for a fee. Passengers get to actually activate oxygen masks, inflate life jackets, open escape doors, and jump down emergency slides - without shoes of course. There is even a smoke-in-cabin exit drill.

We could chalk this course offering up to smart marketing - or we could demand that US airlines begin doing the same thing for high-school age and above - especially for the smaller commuter aircraft - to help increase aircraft survival awareness and provide continuing education credits to frequent flyers.

I suspect an advanced course is available for air marshals and British SAS members fine tuning close combat techniques for passenger aircraft.

Getting the details right can mean the difference between getting out alive - and not.

I would expect the public to insist on a passenger safety course before flying on Virgin Galactic - but I doubt they have a free-fall from 100,000 feet simulator. Yet.

more than 3 years ago
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Ford Uses Google For a New Type of Smart Car

DarkStarZumaBeach Funny, there was a SciFi short story ... (68 comments)

... where a smart car discovered through car network chatter that the best way to optimize its service lifetime was to ... get rid of its aggressive driver owner through a series of false failures - and then find a little old lady for a second owner, who kept it parked in a garage 99% of each week.

Kudos to readers who can find the story citation and its authors.

more than 3 years ago
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NASA Wants To Zap Space Junk With Lasers

DarkStarZumaBeach Re:Enormously stupid? - NOT (148 comments)

Not that stupid when the laser is a dynamically tunable Free Electron Laser (FEL) with two 10 Megawatt nuclear reactors behind it. With the number of ballistic nuclear submarines scheduled for decommissioning - there are a few that can be refit and put back to sea, with installations of orbital reaching FEL systems.

Besides, no one expects that punching holes in space junk with a static laser beam will amount to anything.

The key is that a FEL can be tuned to vaporize any material within its deliverable power range. Because it is tunable through tuning the frequency of the microwave resonance cavity used to capture and pump excited electrons - the delivered frequency can be boosted well into X-ray frequencies with sufficient power.

The optics system would "paint" the target - to create a reaction force by vaporizing the surface material. With dynamic feedback, the optics would be driven to selectively paint different surface regions as the target spun in orbit - and thereby cumulatively direct the change in orbital velocity required to drop a target into the upper atmosphere: Every available square centimeter of target could be turned into a precise reaction motor. This would effectively kick the can out of orbit.

This also should tell the audience a lot about the state of defense optics now orbiting in space, when defense contractors can propose real-time control systems that depend on "seeing" rapid velocity changes in a basketball-sized object over 24,000 miles high in orbit. Remember that there were originally only 3 mirrors created for the Hubble Space Telescope - and NASA has just one of them.

BTW: FEL's were first discussed in A.E. Van Vogt's "Weapon Shops of Isher" (1951) - an interesting spin on Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower's warning about the modern military industrial complex and its threat to the practice of governing a democracy through fear, intimidation, and corruption.

Of course, NASA isn't in the business of space defense - but the US Navy is - having effectively demonstrated a working tactical satellite defense against a real failed US recon satellite before the US Air Force could - thanks to the systems programming ingenuity of Raytheon Missile Systems.

Then again, space aliens wouldn't expect their orbiting derrieres roasted by a hidden submersible fleet.

The Weapon Shops slogan??

"The right to own weapons is the right to be free!"

more than 3 years ago
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Man Open Sources His Genetic Data

DarkStarZumaBeach Re: Fork? How 'bout spork? (198 comments)

Wait - Not metal - Why not bones made from some kind of really neat carbon nanotube matrix. More flexible, lighter, and stronger than the Man of Steel.

Something like "spornygraphene" spun into "spork" composite structures ... (grin)

more than 3 years ago
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TiVo to brick all remaining UK PVRs on June 1

DarkStarZumaBeach Re:The Garden Tier Internet Video Model still live (3 comments)

I wonder what an Orange branded 4G TiVo will look like ... Perhaps an Android app running on a Samsung Galaxy with 3D HDTV touch display ??

See any hot fembots lately??

more than 3 years ago
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TiVo to brick all remaining UK PVRs on June 1

DarkStarZumaBeach The Garden Tier Internet Video Model still lives (3 comments)

Ack ... Atavistic capitalism: The Garden Tier pay-per-view model raises its prehistoric head.

Arguably the TiVo's ability to access Internet services is key to a move to Virgin Media cable services alignment since BSkyB started producing its own satellite DVRs. Without any Internet capability using current BSkyB satellite services, driving Internet video content over phone line connections are very trying.

On the other hand, next generation satellite services include the soon to be launched 4G broadband data services - which would obsolete the current BSkyB subscriber garden tier business model completely. This suggests that next generation TiVo models will be 4G broadband capable which would eliminate hardwired cable and satellite TV connections completely.

Still, I extend condolences to the loyal original BSkyB TiVo subscribers located on the Isle of Mann until 4G satellite services are widely available.

Perhaps someone could organize an online Facebook.com petition to extend the UK TiVo 1 service date until December 21, 2012?

more than 3 years ago
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Chinese Stealth Fighter Jet May Use US Technology

DarkStarZumaBeach Ah so, bamboo composite wings? (humor) (339 comments)

The fun part of looking at other people's tech is figuring out how different cultural traditions might contribute to the product.

We do know that large graphite composite surfaces are being built for Boeing in China - from all the delays to the Dreamliner program because of ever so slightly incompatible tail components that took forever to get right - long enough to get all the right answers of course.

So just imagine what if carbon composites weren't available to Chinese aerospace designers:

1. Brocade silk cloth for wing surfaces in bright red and gold patterns?

2. Laminated bamboo airframes and bamboo tubing for hydraulic controls powered with mountain spring water?

3. Fly-by-wire-and-abacus-bead flight deck computers?

4. Rice paper display surfaces with mah-jong tiled control buttons?

5. Black powder rocket assist JATO launch systems?

6. Cricket-powered in-flight entertainment systems?

Aw, heck, been there and done that over a thousand years ago during the Qing Dynasty.

On the other hand, the forward canard wings - double delta main wings - rear tails and elevators - and the vectored thrust components - one could say that the design does resemble the latest Russian Sukhoi fighter more than anything we are building. The airframe length gives away the likely turbine power plant specs - and the bet is the prototype is more designed for high-G combat flight during extended patrol missions - and not as a tactical stealth fighter-bomber for really tight low-altitude missions against Soviet-era anti-aircraft radar surface-to-air missile installations. The big Lexan cockpit bubble tells you that - since that would be useless protection against ground-based canon fire.

The other dead giveaway is the bloody big nose on the fuselage: That is large enough for an old-style air-to-air targeting radar which isn't very stealthy at all. It tends to look like a honking lighthouse in the radar spectrum when they turn that baby on.

In any case, if we really want to know what's in the bird, we just have to put a classified ad up on Craigslist for an unhappy pilot with marriage problems to fly the bird to Alaska for a debrief and a nice big red envelope and keys to a ranch in Montana. (Some guys prefer sheep after a Chinese-styled marriage.)

Either that, or just have a neutral country buy a few for disassembly and ship to Nevada for flight test where the rest of the current MIGs and Sukhois are flying.

Then again, like the light cavalry, manned combat flight is really an affectation of national pride: Manned flight has no place in a fight against hordes of Cylon powered UAVs.

more than 3 years ago
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Positive Correlation Between Monogamy and Alcohol

DarkStarZumaBeach Wine-Economics.org Working Papers hardly working? (11 comments)

I just had a long hard laugh looking at some of the titles of their working papers, which remind me of the humorous article titles in the "Journal of Irreproducible Results".
Makes me wonder if there is a bright future in enology economics research.

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AAWE Working Paper No. 67 Economics
Fraternity Membership & Frequent Drinking
Jeffrey S. DeSimone

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AAWE Working Paper No. 68 Economics
Binge Drinking & Sex in High School
Jeffrey S. DeSimone

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AAWE Working Paper No. 70 Economics
Return to Wine: a Comparison of the Hedonic, Repeat Sales, and Hybrid Approaches
James J. Fogarty and Callum Jones

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AAWE Working Paper No. 71 Economics
Does Drinking Impair College Performance? Evidence from a Regression Discontinuity Approach
Scott E. Carrell, Mark Hoekstra and James E. West

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AAWE Working Paper No. 73 Economics
Collective Reputation Effects: An Empirical Appraisal
Olivier Gergaud and Florine Livat

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AAWE Working Paper No. 74 Economics
The Role of Viticulture and Enology in the Development of Economic Thought
Stephen Chaikind

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Well that's an interesting research topic: Is the quantity of economic thought in direct proportion to the quantity of wine consumed?
Guess we would have to drink to that!

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more than 3 years ago
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Hari Seldon is starting to look less fictional

DarkStarZumaBeach Asimov in 1951 - Buena de Mesquita in 1980s (2 comments)

Today, NYU political scientist Bruce Bueno de Mesquita has a computer program which incorporates game theory and rational choice theory from mathematical economics which reportedly makes probabilistic long-term forecasts about political trends and predicts foreign conflicts, which was first used in the early 1980s and has been continuously refined.

See ScienceNews.org: Mathematical Fortune-Telling

Buena de Mesquita offers his services through Mesquita and Roundell, a company he founded that uses his model to advise businesses and governments. "It's pretty exciting when you sit down with a client," he says, "and you know that they're making decisions involving life and death questions or billions of dollars, and at the end of the day they are relying on a body of equations."

Still, at the end of the day, the client has to be capable of removing all of their existing biases and prejudices to appreciate the forecasts, and then be able to decide to take optimal political action to drive desired results. Many clients are immobilized by the fear of political forces beyond the scope of individual rational actions.

Hence, Shell Oil's recent public forecast of $5 dollar a gallon gasoline in the US before the Fall of 2012 - suggesting a likely collapsing US national economy in a Presidential election campaign year. The potential public backlash forebodes civil disturbances in major metropolitan cities and intermittent to permanent disruptions of energy and food distribution networks.
Check out the DVD "Collapse" featuring author Michael Ruppert.

more than 3 years ago
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Trek Tech That Most Needs To Be Invented Before I Die:

DarkStarZumaBeach Re:Warp drive / transporter difference? (633 comments)

Whereas, with a transporter, you will be subject to quantum oscillators, Heisenberg uncertainty compensators, and active bio-filters that can deactivate weapons in transport - or accidentally blend the passenger with the cargo - as well as accidentally reassemble incorrectly due to an Eigenvalue transformation matrix flip caused by stray cosmic-ray radiation - as demonstrated by Mel Brooks in "Spaceballs" and by Mad Magazine's infamous Star Trek spoof issue. Bones McCoy was right ... I'll take the stairs and the TSA, thank you. BTW: A working quantum oscillator was built and demonstrated this year at UC Santa Barbara by grad student Aaron O'Connell and his advisors Professors Andrew Cleland and John Martinis. See "UCSB Physicists Show Theory of Quantum Mechanics Applies to the Motion of Large Objects". The large object was a miniaturized blade of cryo-cooled semiconductor that literally existed in two locations at the same instant of time. As always, the task of scaling up and then re-animating cryo-cooled humans is strictly an "engineering exercise."

more than 3 years ago
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X-37B Robotic Space Plane Returns To Earth

DarkStarZumaBeach Re:NINJA ROBOT SPACE PLANES!!! -- PIOC?? (55 comments)

OH - and let's not forget to mention how Warren AFB lost silo comms and power, while X-37B was in orbit - just weeks after former Warren AFB staff reported a 1960's UFO visit with the same effect.

Q: So, just maybe, pulsed-ion orbital cannons don't exist - and a former NASA administrator doesn't fly in planes that suddenly lose all electrical and engine power over Alaska while fishing with a senator of ill-repute??

"Mr. President, sir, shall that be wide or narrow-beam setting? Stun or well-done?"

about 4 years ago
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X-37B Robotic Space Plane Returns To Earth

DarkStarZumaBeach Re:Not the first one - Bet FedEx leases Buran 2 (55 comments)

Correction: Make that "Unmanned winged and wheeled-landing reentry vehicle."

"Unmanned reentry vehicles" have been going up since German V-2's and landing with parachutes for years.
BTW: Expect Russia to now pull the plans for Buran out of storage and commercialize the airframe with new nav gear for lease to FedEx.

Q: Who else can you trust to overnight deliver spare modules to orbit for the ISS??

SpaceX can deliver crew and cargo for USPS - but there's nothing like a Proton booster stack to put habitat modules into space.

about 4 years ago
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Visible Light 'X-Ray' Sees Through Solid Objects

DarkStarZumaBeach Re:... Especially in pubic spaces! (122 comments)

One expects the hidden 3D image reconstruction process to improve with multiple image capture sources at different angles:

This would imply that public surveillance cameras could be used in a "phased-array" configuration to provide data for hidden 3D image reconstruction, unless the photons are routed around the target volume using metamaterial fabrics.

Rapid adoption of hidden 3D image reconstruction technology could result in a commercial demand for metamaterial fabrics to provide pedestrians with relative privacy.

Harry Potter is a fashion setter with his father's invisibility cloak!

On the flip side, plastic surgeons may discover a new source of revenue: Commercial brand placements INSIDE of patients willing to sell ad space to sponsored plastic surgery services.

"Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?" -- Mae West

more than 4 years ago
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Govt To Bomb Guam With Frozen Mice To Kill Snakes

DarkStarZumaBeach Besides acetaminaphen - Radios in Frozen Mice Drop (229 comments)

"If the current experiment works – scientists will know because they’re also packing the dead mice with radio transmitters for the snakes to ingest ..." -- CNN

The tracking radios is an interesting note: Afterall, a mouse-kabob not dangling in a tree could be food for other predators as well and ingested by unintended (nontarget) animals such as dogs, cats, pigs, or monitor lizards. It would be good to track the corpsicle to make sure it is consumed by the target brown tree snakes, and not some other arboreal carrion feeder.

On the other hand, if tracking radio, then why not go whole hog and provide tracking video? Pin hole videocams are a small additional payload and this might make it quicker to verify that the bait is finding its intended target.

Now some bright spark out there is going to catch on really quick: There was a recent TEDtalk where Nathan Myhrvold seriously proposed developing a laser mosquito zapper to prevent diseases carried by mosqueto bites. See: "TED 2010: Death Star Laser Gun Zaps Mosquitoes Dead"

If the key to this whole exercise is to dangle food in trees to find brown tree snakes in trees, then perhaps what is required is a tree monitoring system that detects snake motion in trees and lasers them out of the canopy. The image recognition problem is even simpler with power lines and utility poles, especially since a brown tree snake has a specific IR signature when it is in a tree.

This has to be far easier than shooting down mosquitos, and the image processing requirement is less real-time intensive. Further, combat CO2 laser optics has certainly reached the pinnacle of point-and-shoot, so with an overhead laser platform, an entire forest could be quickly pruned of brown tree snakes -- even if the current population density exceeds 13,000 brown tree snakes per square mile.

It is known that Guamians have developed recipes for roasted brown tree snake meat - so a high-powered laser application could also satisfy human market demands for prepared snake meat.

Re-outfitting a small fleet of Predator UAV drones should allow deployment of a laser-based brown tree snake eradication program within the year while effectively addressing budget constraints of the ongoing brown tree snake control program. Manpower would not require additional UAV pilots stationed on Guam, but could be sourced from mainland US UAV piloting centers and trainees who need to log effective flight time experience before engaging in actual combat missions.

With many available targets automatically selected for pilots to consider, a pilot's principal role will be to prevent mis-identified kills. With a maximum length of 3 meters, pilots will need to make sure that someone's pet python is not accidentally mistaken for a brown tree snake.

more than 4 years ago
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Earth-Like Planet That Could Sustain Life Found

DarkStarZumaBeach Re: .. and then came Gliese 710 ... (575 comments)

Well, in 1.5 million years, Gliese 710 will be in the Solar System's neighborhood - with perhaps enough gravitic influence to disturb the local Oort cloud.

Yup - it may be raining comets in the local neighborhood for a few million years after that close encounter.

So, to get a jump on the Backup Earth plans, if we were interested in camping out on Gliese 531g, 20 light years means a Space Ark would have to begin traveling 78 million miles a year today in order to get to Gliese 531g before Gliese 710 closes in for the kill in 1.5 million years.

Time is awasting - Earthlings!

more than 4 years ago
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Earth-Like Planet That Could Sustain Life Found

DarkStarZumaBeach Re:coincidences... Funny thing ... ALF maybe back (575 comments)

Funny thing about ALF - aka Gordon Shumway - ALF may be back on 3D HDTV!!

Given the unusual number of remake TV series in this 2010 US Fall TV premiere season - a recent street poll on network news reported that ALF was the most recognizable TV character from the late 1980s.

Technically, on 3D HDTV, ALF's virtual hair simulation and vocalizations will be a snap to do in realtime with a rack of Sony PS3's. A virtualized ALF will make it a lot easier to do multiple takes of ALF scarfing ham pies and kissing babies.

BACKSTORY:
For several years now, Paul Fusco, ALF's creator and puppet master, has been in discussions for a feature film with ALF to be followed by a new TV series.
Rumor on the series is that ALF is waiting for Jay Leno to give him the Tonight Show baton in person as soon as Comcast greases NBC Universal's Jeff Zucker. Basically, Comcast would be cutting costs by out-sourcing the Tonight Show to a space alien who only needs to be paid in cats.
Shortly after that UNOOSA will consider the nomination of ALF as Earth's first ET greeter, since as a mechanical-trans-virtual, ALF would be impervious to space-borne infections - and jabs from FoxNews.

Why is that important?

Per the 1967 International Treaty on Space, alien visitors would be subject to "sterilization" as determined by UNOOSA -- which sounds peculiarly unfriendly if you just arrived on Earth to exercise the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of "happiness" -- and happen to have a stardrive pointed at UN HQ to guarantee timely Viagra deliveries to the launch pad.
A mecha ALF space ambassador would allow humans a chance to get to know the aliens on 3D HDTV before UNOOSA decides any space aliens require "sterilization" - or simply issued a visitor visa. Honestly, NASA's Robonaut 2 just doesn't cut it on the personality side.

--- Some choice ALF quotes ---

ALF: On Melmac, we have 1st class, 2nd class, -- and ham.
ALF: I wasn't known on Melmac as the whiz kid for my scholastic ability.
ALF: Putting humans in charge of the earth, is the cosmic equivalence of letting Eddie Murphy direct.
ALF: Raining cats? You open the skylight and I'll get the relish.

Time to start a Facebook write-in campaign to NASA to name Gliese 531g -- "PLANET MELMAC"

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BTW: In case anyone cares, MEN IN BLACK 3 is filming around NYC this week, and is hiring "space alien" extras - the more unusual - the better.

more than 4 years ago

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Phillip K. Dick's "Radio Free Albemuth" movie is now available on Yekra.com

DarkStarZumaBeach DarkStarZumaBeach writes  |  about 5 months ago

DarkStarZumaBeach (668886) writes "Another Phillip K. Dick science fiction novel is now a movie — "Radio Free Albemuth" is adapted by and directed by John Alan Simon and produced by Open Pictures.

It is appearing at select film festivals — but it is already available for Internet on-line streaming and DVD from Yekra.com

"Radio Free Albemuth" stars Jonathan Scarfe as "Nick Brady" — a music producer who discovers a whole new genre of music — coming from near-Earth orbit — from a voice claiming to be V.A.L.I.S. — Vast Active Living Intelligence System — purportedly floating in an alien satellite from the star system Albemuth.

The problem is that Nick and his wife Rachel (played by Kathryn Winnick) are living in a United States run by a paranoid President Ferris F. Fremont (played by Scott Wilson) who has established an oppressive FBI-enforced security regime authorized by staged attacks by a manufactured terrorist group named "ARAMCHEK."

What Nick and Rachel will discover is that there is no "Aramchek" — only a loosely knit resistance group of disorganized people — only linked by the intoxicating music of V.A.L.I.S. — especially when it is sung by the sensuous Sylvia, as played by the one and only Alanis Morissette in her first starring movie role.

And, when President Fremont discovers the music has subliminal messages recruiting more people to V.A.L.I.S., the iron glove of his political action committee, "The Friends of the American People", comes down on Nick, Rachel, and his new resistance friends.

Watch this science fiction thriller — and you will come to understand why the Hollywood studio system and the TV networks refused to distribute this film: They don't want to be another Julian Assange or Edward Snowden, while THEY do not want you to see it. EVER.

"Radio Free Albemuth" is the TRUE "Message of Hope — From the STARS ..."

Catch it while you still can ...

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A special screening of Radio Free Albemuth in #Milwaukee will be on July 14, 2014, at 7 pm at the Landmark Downer with writer/director John Alan Simon and producer Elizabeth Karr.

For latest information on select screenings — see: Radio Free Albemuth on Facebook.
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The Official Movie Web Site is here: Radio Free Albemuth"

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US Blackout of El Hierro Volcanic Eruptions in Can

DarkStarZumaBeach DarkStarZumaBeach writes  |  more than 3 years ago

DarkStarZumaBeach writes "For US Slashdotters, you may not be aware from TV and newspapers that the El Hierro volcano is active in the Canary Islands. You may also not know that the western end of El Hierro is beginning to fail, and is likely to slip into the Atlantic with perhaps a hundred or more cubic kilometers of rock and debris, generating a mega tsunami. See the recent deformation data plot HERE. For mega tsunami simulation, follow the story URL to a YouTube clip of the simulated La Palma island volcanic landslide tsunami with an update for El Hierro.

If you don't know this, it isn't because the US government is talking about it. The USGS just posted a mea culpa page HERE stating that they are unable to monitor earthquakes in the Canary Islands — even though they have a historic working relationship with Spain's own National Geographic Service — and full access to the Canary Islands seismometer RSS reports HERE. It would seem odd for the USGS to ever fail to report any quake over a magnitude 2 — since that is well within the realm of underground nuclear testing activity. Yet, the USGS failed to report on El Hierro's 3.1 and 4.3 magnitude quakes in the week ending Oct. 14th, 2011.

Meanwhile, the earthquake quiet Eastern Provinces of Canada are planning on participating in the Oct. 20th "The Great Shakeout" public safety exercises — which originated with California. But, the US states on the Atlantic Coast don't even think earthquake awareness is worth spending time and money since protecting the life of citizens isn't as important as raising campaign money from corporate donors who don't want their financial markets to crash when the public realizes they are in great risk from El Hierro.

The Federal government isn't that stupid: It knows enough to preserve itself and coordinate the efforts of survivors: So, FEMA just had the first-ever activation briefing with broadcast engineers on Oct. 13th for the first-ever nation-wide test of the Emergency Alert System slated for Nov. 9th at 2pm; So, on Oct. 10th, Dobbins ARB ran a disaster recovery exercise for the fleet of Airforce Reserve C130s with an exercise premise of an exotic "flu" outbreak — which required airlift recovery of blunt-force trauma patients; So, the US Army Contingency Contracting Infantry Corps are put on mobilization alert without destination orders; And, so, the US chain-of-command is put on "campaign" and "foreign good will" travel so that they can survive a direct tsunami hit on Washington, DC. Meantime, all the troops in Iraq are ordered home by Dec. 31st — just in case the Feds need them to enforce martial law on what's left of the US Atlantic Coast.

Obviously, volcanoes are unpredictable — so alarming the general public is not useful if it crashes financial markets. On the other hand, not planning evacuation routes to safety areas at least 100 miles from the Atlantic Coast will result in huge traffic jams when the usable alert time is just over 5 hours from El Hierro landslide to mega tsunami landing on DC and Florida.

Oh, and by the way, unlike the US Pacific Coast, there is no such thing as an Atlantic Coast Tsunami Warning System.

Meanwhile, as a fellow Slashdotter with IT concerns, it is clear that major US data processing centers will be at risk, since many are built on, or near, flood plains. Worse, land-based telecom and power are likely to be disrupted. The only reliable sources of power will be backup generators and batteries. The only reliable communication system will be shortwave radio and Internet by satellite. For my IT team, for food, we have the staff fridge and the junk food machines. For meds, we have one first aid kit and a portable stretcher. For backups, we have Iron Mountain.

So, when was the last time you inventoried the emergency supplies at your data center? Do you even have waterproof matches and candles?"

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FUKUSHIMA core cooling pools R HOT

DarkStarZumaBeach DarkStarZumaBeach writes  |  more than 3 years ago

DarkStarZumaBeach writes "Reactor fuel cooling pools need to be kept at 26 degrees Celsius. The reactor 4 cooling pool caught fire when used reactor fuel overheated earlier this week because water either evaporated or leaked out due to primary structural failure. The reactor 3 cooling pool is also very low — and both 3 and 4 are exposed to open air. And, reactor 5 and 6 cooling pools are registering increasing temperatures ..."
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Everything in Universe Caught in Dark Flow

DarkStarZumaBeach DarkStarZumaBeach writes  |  more than 4 years ago

DarkStarZumaBeach (668886) writes "Dark Flow! Yoda had it wrong: The Force doesn't just surround and embrace everything: The Dark Side of the Force also pulls at everything with a titanic flushing sound, as evidenced by the average 2.2 million miles an hour velocity for the galaxies in the Coma Cluster into the same direction in the sky.

Over time, with Cosmic Expansion, those velocities will increase, and the light from those galaxies will continue to red-shift until we cannot see them above the 3-degree Kelvin Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation.

Because Cosmic Expansion is measured by the relative red shift of distant astronomical objects — and the red shift appears to show that the furthest objects in all directions are red-shifting away from us — and therefore accelerating away from us, the same effect would be true if everything in all directions were "falling" away from us into a huge gravitational well. Dark Flow gives us the direction into the deepest part of that well.

For Coma Cluster galaxies, that velocity computes to a significant Lorentz contraction factor: A one million mile ruler traveling 2.2 million miles an hour lengthwise in the direction of the Dark Flow would be contracted to 999,995 miles long — 5 miles shorter to an observer at rest.

So, could we all be inside the event horizon of an incredibly intense black hole and still falling towards its singularity point?

If we are falling into the bottom of a prior universe's blackhole — our relative time dilation factor will increase towards infinity as we approach the singularity point as relative velocity approaches a significant fraction of the speed of light. Relative time dilation slows our clock to a near stop. So it gets very, very, dark and very, very, cold down there in the very, very, distant future, which is why the deep sky today is really, really, dark, beyond the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation.

And the Big Bang?

That's what happens when a universe worth of our energy and matter slips through the event horizon of a prior universe's blackhole and emerges from zero spatial dimensions at zero time, as the energy "snaps" — "relaxes" — "expands" — "coalesces" into our dimensional space and time which we humans believe wraps around and through us.

And the post Big Bang blackholes that are formed by stellar implosion, dark matter implosion, and found at the cores of galaxies and quasars?

Well, those gravitational fields represent localized surfaces of infinite relative time dilation created after the Big Bang. Think of them as patches of space-time turbulence which connect to the same time surface that all objects in our Universe bubble will ultimately arrive at in the direction of the Dark Flow, except scattered backwards spatially from the End-of-Observable-Time.

Localized blackholes are short cuts from now to the End-of-Observable-Time in our Universe.

While they are all points in the same observable-time "surface", they have different spatial locations and gravitational strengths, evidenced by the different sizes of the Schwarzschild radius of each local blackhole. When an object with mass and energy crosses the event horizon of a local blackhole — it is actually accelerating past the speed of light in our universe, and becomes unobservable in our space-time because it's velocity instantaneously transforms into some non-spatial dimension set orthogonal to our space-time, leaving behind its mass energy value in our universe as an increase in the gravitational field of the local black-hole with a proportional increase in its Schwarzschild radius.

The gravitational field of a blackhole is the "echo" of matter and energy that has "entered" non-observable space-time for any observer outside of the Schwarzchild radius.

If the Big Bang is the "scatter" as spatial dimensions emerge — then post Big Bang black holes, of all different masses and ages, are part of the "gather" as objects accelerate and become unobservable into higher dimensions, effectively "leaving" our universe while conserving matter, energy, and information in our universe as an increment to the gravitational field of a point singularity.

To put it in perspective, we are in the Dark Flow from zero time dilation to infinite time dilation, from zero initial velocity to speed of light, from zero spatial dimensions to non-spatial dimensions.

What could be driving the Dark Flow into the future is a "massive" point singularity created by the previous universe, whose dimension set is orthogonal to our space-time. We are somewhere inside its "Schwarzchild radius" for its "speed-of-light", but we have not yet arrived at its point singularity where all of its dimensions vanish. That point singularity could "co-exist" in the hypervolume bounded by our End-of-Observable Time Surface, assuming that gravity is the common book keeping system for the conservation of energy, matter, and information across all universes and across all emerging dimension sets."

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