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Law Repressing Social Media, Bloggers Now In Effect In Russia

Fantastic Lad This is just propagandic spin for Dumb Westerners. (167 comments)

From RT:
http://rt.com/politics/177248-...

Such authors will now have to register with the state watchdog Roskomnadzor, disclose their real identity and follow the same rules as journalists working in conventional state-registered mass media.

  The restrictions include the demand to verify information before publishing it and abstain from releasing reports containing slander, hate speech, extremist calls or other banned information such as, for example, advice on suicide. Also, the law bans popular bloggers from using obscene language, drawing heavy criticism and mockery from the online crowd.

So.., now you're not legally allowed to lie to a large number of people or incite violence based on those lies. Gee. That's bad how? Might be nice to have something like that in the West, because right now it's perfectly legal for FOX News to outright lie to their viewers.

Russia, like any large nation the US hates, (see Venezuela) must defend against the standard CIA tactics used to de-stabilize governments and population bases through grass roots propaganda tactics. Forcing creeps and liars out of the game seems like a pretty good way to do this. You don't want to be forced out? Then follow the law and back up your claims with fact checking verification of what you are writing, don't use hate speech and don't incite violence. How hard is that?

There's a reason you're not allowed to yell "Fire" in a crowded theater, and this falls neatly beneath the same rubric.

Honestly, think of the gossips and cruel kids in school spreading lies in deliberate attempts to undermine healthy energies. Putin has the guts to whip the carpet out from under such types.

So now, once you reach 3000 readers, the Russian government says you are a news source with real pull and must start acting in a manner befitting such responsibility. Is 3000 the right magic number to have picked? I don't know, but it makes perfect sense to draw a line somewhere.

Of course, any law can be abused, but right now I don't see this as an abuse. I see it as a sensible measure as Russia is under increasing media attack by a truly psychopathic nation whose leadership is completely disconnected from objective reality, has a tail-spinning economy and seemingly bottomless war lust. Of course you have to take measures to protect your populace from that kind of sickness.

But naturally, this proactive move is being spun with wicked and/or childish glee in the West (depending on whether you are CIA or just ignorant and easily led).

about a month and a half ago
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Solar Lull Could Cause Colder Winters In Europe

Fantastic Lad Re:on slashdot its always funny to see (320 comments)

This story has half the number of comments than the one about code after it, despite it being slightly older.

Just shows you don't know how to look at data.

Sweet Jesus, it's true.

And he even brought up that 97% turkey.

AGW True Believers are the quintessential "Correlation != Causation" offenders.

about 7 months ago
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Obama's Climate Plans Face Long Fight

Fantastic Lad I wasn't talking about volcano emissions. (229 comments)

Five minutes of reading about volcanic gas emisions and sun spots should convince you that your claims are false....

Except I wasn't talking about gas emissions from volcanoes.

I was talking about the basic frequency of volcanic and geologic activity. Let's just say "Earthquakes" so we can stay clear of preconceptions.

Earthquake frequency is steadily rising, and this, among the other non-emission related items indicated, are tightly linked to the climate change events we are experiencing today.

People are clinging to the belief that climate change MUST be our fault, and therefore is also within our power to fix.

It isn't.

As for reading about sun spots. . , I suggest you do some.

about a year ago
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Lockheed Martin Purchases First Commercial Quantum Computer

Fantastic Lad Obviously (189 comments)

It sure seems to be a Quantum Computer to me.

It either works or it doesn't.

Nobody seems to know for sure one way or the other, not the CEO who is still running tests to see, and not their detractors who can only speak in percentage certainties.

Prediction: When the question collapses into one state or the other, it will either turn out to be just an exotic classical computer, or it won't work at all. Because if it turned out to work as intended, then it would effectively prove that particles are both waves and particles and that we know what they are doing, and AFAIK that's against the rules.

But until then, the whole question is in a super-position.

You're welcome.

more than 3 years ago
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Nuclear Risk Expert: Fukushima Fuel May Be Leaking

Fantastic Lad Re:Call me when this accident... (500 comments)

Nonsense.

What is usually going on in cases like this, (and they are far more frequent that you'd suspect) is that you're not going to look simply because you don't want to feel 'wrong' about something. In your mind, you honestly believe that if you don't see it, then you can maintain your illusion of reality. Most adults reach the emotional maturity of a five to eight year-old and then stop developing, and this is why such childish systems of management are so common among adults. This is not your fault. Society does this to you by design to keep you weak and ignorant.

It is the result of growing up in a hyper-competitive culture, in a school system which pits children against one another, causing them to build emotional and mental shields for protection.

I've done the work to move beyond that. As a result, I don't care about winning arguments. I care about knowing reality and sharing that knowledge with others who don't have it, such as yourself. I don't want your outrage and I certainly don't mind what you go away thinking.

But until you explore the world and the (easily) available material on a subject, it means your opinions on that subject are worth exactly nothing.

Those who profess wisdom while refusing to explore the world are insignificant. This is a sad truth. You can fix it, but it is a rare, rare thing when people actually do.

It takes a monumental amount of work to take down those walls and build new systems of spiritual management which will then allow the processing of actual knowledge.

I could be wrong, of course, but I'm probably not. In any case, please feel free to ignore and forget the preceding. This is for the benefit of others reading here as much as for your own.

Good luck.

more than 3 years ago
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Is Setting Up an Offshore IT Help Desk Ethical?

Fantastic Lad Re:So all engineering is unethical? (826 comments)

I see. All of the advances in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries are "a blip".

Now you're catching on.

Look around you, look at the world. We're presently experiencing the tail end. Enjoy it while it lasts. These are the good times.

-FL

more than 3 years ago
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Is Setting Up an Offshore IT Help Desk Ethical?

Fantastic Lad Re:So all engineering is unethical? (826 comments)

What the holy fuck are you talking about?

Don't worry about that. Forget I said anything.

Dude, the pot's made you paranoid.

Yeah, also you shouldn't let the fact that I don't use drugs alarm you. You're certain I'm full of nonsense, right? So there you go! You're fine. The things you ignore can't hurt you, right?

-FL

more than 3 years ago
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Is Setting Up an Offshore IT Help Desk Ethical?

Fantastic Lad Re:So all engineering is unethical? (826 comments)

Secondly, 2) if you knew that was such a fucking weak piece of evidence, why didn't you explain it in your original post, thereby diverting everybody who instantly thinks "wow this guy is wrong" reading it? So you're wrong and dumb.

No. People who are not programmed to be offended by these ideas would quickly recognize what I was talking about.

The question you could benefit from asking yourself is "Why am I reacting so strongly to this?"

The answer is this, and it's worth taking a long moment to consider this, because it may be the only truly important and valuable thing you will hear all year: There is a predator in your mind which knows that it is being threatened by ideas which would make you stronger and it weaker. It's response is to pump anger into your mind which you will mistake for your own. This is how it controls you. This is how it has always controlled you.

You are a prisoner. When you understand that, then you will have a chance of moving forward.

-FL

more than 3 years ago
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Is Setting Up an Offshore IT Help Desk Ethical?

Fantastic Lad Re:So all engineering is unethical? (826 comments)

So what I come away with from this is, "My words don't mean what they say, they mean something else! If you can't figure out what that is, it's your own fault."

No, I was actually being relatively clear; more so than is normal around here. The fact is, I was specifically addressing another person who was using the fact that people generally hold different definitions for many common wordings to evade an idea s/he was uncomfortable with. It wasn't that this person did not understand; s/he did not WANT to understand.

You are doing something similar; you are deliberately getting hung up on inconsequential differences in the stream of communication while avoiding the central ideas, which if they were truly hard for you to grasp, you could ask for clarifications on. But instead you attack nonsense.

-FL

more than 3 years ago
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Is Setting Up an Offshore IT Help Desk Ethical?

Fantastic Lad Re:So all engineering is unethical? (826 comments)

Did it occur to you to actually check that before typing it? Cars only look expensive if you fail to account for cost-of-living and inflation-- they're cheaper now than ever before.

This is false in a couple of ways. I've covered this in my responses to others.

-FL

more than 3 years ago
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Is Setting Up an Offshore IT Help Desk Ethical?

Fantastic Lad Re:So all engineering is unethical? (826 comments)

Yes. We've gone from having periodic famines to an having an obesity epidemic. Haven't you been paying attention?

We have rising standards of living around the world. That is how it worked out.

Oh dear.

If you think we are beyond famines, you will be having a very difficult awakening quite soon, I think. Our industrial revolution thus far has been a blip.

In any case, I wasn't being quite so literal, and I think you knew that. There is an economic crash still in progress, wars, homelessness and a general chaos wherein many millions of people are being squeezed ever more tightly. THAT is the end result of our activities in the industrialized West. It should have been a panacea, but instead people are losing their homes and going hungry.

Facts on the ground, right? THAT is how things are currently 'working' out, and this is all a direct result of our business practices wherein we treat people as though they are commodities.

-FL

more than 3 years ago
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Is Setting Up an Offshore IT Help Desk Ethical?

Fantastic Lad Re:So all engineering is unethical? (826 comments)

You were talking about makework jobs inasmuch as the person you were responding to was talking about automation. Denying automation on the basis of creating/maintaining jobs is the definition of makework jobs. If you wanted to talk about something else, you should have made that clear, because nobody else was talking about that.

If you want to get hung up on definitions, then you will make no progress. I'm talking about something larger which does in fact make sense. Try to step outside the equation you have been taught, because that equation has resulted in the economic mess we are all living in at the moment. Clearly it doesn't work very well.

And tribalism is not the same as neighbourliness. Neighbourliness isn't exclusive. Tribalism is. Neighbourliness is also inherently limited in scope (people in New York are not the neighbours of people in California -- if they were, why wouldn't people in India be your neighbours?). Tribalism is not.

Sorry. I have no interest in diving into a nonsense semantic argument filled with revolving definitions. If you cannot understand the intent behind my words it is because you are being evasive. What good is that? It's the same as covering your eyes and singing loudly rather than learning. The old patterns have failed us. Why cling to them?

Typically a stay-at-home parents were still doing work; it's not a lifetime vacation.

Yes, and the work of parenting still needs to be done on top of the regular jobs mothers and fathers have to hold. The difference is that today there is less time and energy available for this exactly because both parents need to be working in order to earn a living income. This leads to exhaustion and a weakened family structure. I'm not sure what your point is.

Can you see how this plays into the economic structure? If people are having to work harder for the same end results, then the numerical price tag on a car is not a true reflection of its real cost.

Automation should result in a freeing up of time, but our time is tighter than ever. Clearly, the system is leaking wealth, and the point of that leak is the banking system with its usery/interest scam and the oligarchy which is milking the populace dry.

Sending jobs away without replacing them is just a symptom of a psychopathic system where people ignore the needs of the others in their community. That's a small piece of the puzzle, but it is very telling.

Try to grasp what I am saying here rather than seize on those definitions which do not happen to match your own. One can always find discrepancies among words.

-FL

more than 3 years ago
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Is Setting Up an Offshore IT Help Desk Ethical?

Fantastic Lad Re:no, cars are actually cheaper (826 comments)

That is useful data, but it doesn't really address the point of my post.

I suggest going back to read what I wrote, unless you were deliberately ignoring it and were simply offering these calculations for the sake of interest.

-FL

more than 3 years ago
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Is Setting Up an Offshore IT Help Desk Ethical?

Fantastic Lad Re:So all engineering is unethical? (826 comments)

And people in other countries don't need to buy food? Shareholders don't need to buy food or save to pay their expenses (food again) after they retire? Lawnmower engine customers don't need to buy food? Mechanical engineers doing factory automation don't need to buy food?

Of course they do. What does any of that have to do with automation? Since you didn't supply a point with your questions, I'll do it for you:

Automation should make it easier to feed everybody. Except that's not how it worked out, is it? That means there's a leak in the system. That leak is two-fold; banks charging interest on money which cannot be paid back because not enough exists to pay it back, and oligarchical greed.

Together, these small improvements are the difference between a modern 21st century lifestyle and a 17th century subsistence farming lifestyle. Which one is better?

That's not a fair comparison. Industrialization isn't the problem. The problem is that it was perverted and corrupted so that the populace barely sees a fraction of the wealth which has been created. And that little fraction of a bone the psychopathic bosses toss us isn't even enough to prevent the coming food riots.

That's because psychopaths are not capable of forward thinking beyond their immediate desires.

Shipping jobs overseas without first ensuring alternative systems are in place to feed and employ the newly unemployed is an apt example of that kind of psychopathic greed.

"The Free Market" is just a lofty-sounding excuse for "Unfettered Fuck You Jack Greed".

Many people will object to that on grounds that it makes them sound as bad as they actually are. And that's the point. They are.

-FL

more than 3 years ago
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Is Setting Up an Offshore IT Help Desk Ethical?

Fantastic Lad Re:So all engineering is unethical? (826 comments)

Um, actually, yes, they are. The car of today is cheaper (after adjusting for inflation), more efficient and more reliable then it has ever been.

"Um" yourself. You're just plain wrong.

1989 average car price was around $15,000

1999 average was around $21,000

2009 average is closer to $27,000

Adjusting for inflation doesn't cover that by a long shot. Why? Because the number of hours the average family needs to work has nearly doubled since the 80's.

In the 80's, it was quite possible for a middle class family to have a stay at home parent and still maintain a comfortable lifestyle. Today, that's a fantasy. And even with that, people *still* don't have enough left over income. That's the result of industry feeding on people, not the other way around.

Exactly. I couldn't have put it better myself. And intentionally perpetuating inefficiencies in order to create makework jobs is trying to make the population at large serve industry.

Don't put words into my mouth, please. I'm not talking about makework jobs. I'm talking about banks fucking off and stopping the practice of usery which is destroying us all. I'm talking about preventing the psychopathic executives, the top 5% of the population taking home 75% of the national income.

And also. . , there is nothing wrong with tribalism. Why? Because it's just another word for "Neighborliness". Taking care of the people in your immediate community is the *point* of this wonderful industry; to allow people more time and free energy to explore and grow in spirit.

If people far away need better lives, then what we need to do is leave them alone rather than poison them and corrupt their systems for our benefit.

-FL

more than 3 years ago
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Is Setting Up an Offshore IT Help Desk Ethical?

Fantastic Lad Re:So all engineering is unethical? (826 comments)

The flaw in your argument is that people still have to pay their mortgage and buy food, etc. The labor, at the moment, is free now to starve, because the banks have enslaved everybody and the jobs are not within walking or driving distance. Is the labor supposed to move overseas?

If the automation process allowed people to work less, then you'd have a point, but they still need to put in as many hours to get paid in order to survive.

Put another way. . .

Are cars getting cheaper because labor costs have dropped? No, they aren't. Cars are getting more expensive. -In a balanced system, the cars would need to get cheaper in order to compensate for the fact that people are getting paid less.

The thing people are forgetting is that industry was invented to serve the population, not the other way around.

-FL

more than 3 years ago
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Greenland Ice Sheet Melts At Record Rate In 2010

Fantastic Lad Re:Satellite photos please. . ? (654 comments)

Here is an overview of Antarctic ice with references to studies. There are references to scientific papers on the subject there. Measurements indicate Antarctica is losing 100-300 Gt/year from the ice sheets and the rate is accelerating.

I like that site and I appreciate the link you've provided; Robert Way covers the arguments for and against in depth with lots of references and current dialogue.

The interesting thing, though, is that the state of current knowledge, especially regarding Antarctica and continental ice-sheet measurement is anything but straight-forward and anything but settled. The means for measuring yearly ice-melt versus ice-gain on the South pole is really rather sketchy and open to biased interpretation.

I was also fascinated to learn that in his rebut of the "It's the Sun" argument, it is noted that the Sun is indeed doing some strange things. This is consistent with the idea that the solar system itself is undergoing a change due to outside forces and that the Earth and other planets are similarly affected. The theory being that the dark star, or so-called, "Nemesis" is grounding the whole system, pulling energy out and resulting in numerous effects system-wide.

I think you're making a lot of assumptions about how easy it would be to bring together all of the data necessary to do what you want and as I said above what the NSIDC produces is probably a better representation of the situation anyway.

I think you're partly correct. I think my assumptions about NASA's databases are entirely reasonable given what we know about computer systems and the kinds of systems reported to be in use there, etc. But I must admit, I didn't realize that Antarctica was completely ice-covered with no edges of the actual land itself showing from beneath the ice sheets. I can understand why photographs of top-views wouldn't be terribly useful since there is nothing to measure in terms of retreat/expansion.

It's a shame that the other means of measurement and the results are so weak. It would be interesting to know what is actually happening. Reading some of the essays and discussions indicates a varying lack of objectivity and a fairly wide expanse of uncertainty (in spite of what Mister Way claims).

If someone comes out with a revolutionary new theory that explains the current climate better current theory then I'll accept that (after some research) but until such a time I accept the current science.

I agree. The revolutionary new theory isn't 100% there, but rather is a collection of ideas which make me scratch my head. James McCanney, (interviewed in the two links in my original post) offers some of those ideas. Though, he's also a bit of a crazy-man suggesting some other things which I find hard to swallow, but then many of history's most famous and productive scientists have shown similar qualities.

Other aspects are hard-to-ignore points of interest which suggest larger forces at work than simple climate change models. One of those points of interest I noted earlier is the story about Greenland seeing first Sunrise two days too early. The accepted theory being that the horizon line melted due to global warming, but this is patently ridiculous for several reasons, not the least of which being that sunrise isn't measured over ice sheet and which leaves us with the question of, "What the heck is going on?"

In any case, I think it might be prudent to wrap this up here.(?) If you agree, then I want to thank you for being intelligent and for offering a good resistance to my thinking, proving once again that Slashdot can be a fine knowledge crucible. I don't have all the answers, but I feel more informed and stronger in mind today than before we started to dialogue.

Cheers!

-FL

more than 3 years ago
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Greenland Ice Sheet Melts At Record Rate In 2010

Fantastic Lad Re:Satellite photos please. . ? (654 comments)

I clicked on your "comparison" link and got Arctic sea ice for January (and 2008 missing). The Arctic always freezes up in the winter and will for a long time. After 2 months of darkness it gets cold up there. Did you switch to September when the yearly minimum sea ice occurs and compare? Compare any September since 2007 to any September before 2000 and you see a marked difference.

My intent was to direct you to the search function itself, not those particular results. That's why I suggested you plug in your own parameters. You just got my last search results before I cut & pasted the address.

So anyway, yes, ice certainly freezes in the winter time. I didn't check September, just January and June, hot and cold six months apart, right? That gives a pretty good spread. And yes, 2007 was a hot year up North! In fact, it is the year most quoted on the web in comparative models, and I can see why that is if somebody is trying to make a strong point. The problem is that this is quite typical of the AGW hysteria. We don't get honest representations. Showing only 2007 provides a misleading representation, and that kind of reporting is half the problem.

It also makes me wonder if 1979 was an atypically cold year and what 1978 was like..?

But in spite of all that, there's no doubt in my mind; according to this particular data set, the Northern Ice caps are certainly showing a strong retreating trend to the tune of a couple million square kilometers over the last thirty years.

On a technical note it's important to get the terminology right so you don't confuse your audience. Ice sheets are the ice on Greenland and Antarctica (and a few smaller areas). Ice shelves are the tongues of glaciers floating on the ocean. What we're talking about is sea ice which is the ice that forms when the ocean itself freezes.

Noted.

As far as Antarctica, it is losing ice as well from the ice sheets and ice shelves.

Really? I'm having a difficult time verifying that one way or the other.

Antarctic sea ice has grown. There are a couple of factors that lead to that. The ozone hole over Antarctica causes stronger circumpolar winds that open more polynyas in the existing sea ice exposing more open water to the cold air. Increasing rain, snow and glacial run-off freshen the surface water reducing its density so it floats on top of the denser warmer water below so less heat is transmitted to the surface from below allowing the surface to get colder.

That's a lovely rationalization, but it doesn't answer my original question; Why only in Antarctica? Do fluid and saline dynamics only work south of the equator?

I'm not sure the satellites that the sea ice scientists use take actual photographs.

Then be sure. Weak assumptions of that sort are worse than useless. A flimsy excuse to stop asking important questions is in fact dangerous.

In any case, specifying, "Sea Ice Scientists" rather than, "Climate Change Scientists" is a little evasive. Please remember that the media tells us that thousands of scientists have come forward to assure us that Global Warming is a crisis issue requiring immediate government intervention. For changes of that magnitude, I do in fact think that we deserve all the evidence we can get, and that satellite photo-evidence would go a long way to supporting the claim. While you appear to be satisfied in coming up with weak, (and frankly, ignorant) assumptions for why obvious blank spots are not being addressed, I am not.

[...]They've got plenty of data to download without doing photos. [...] How do you want to pay for all of the effort it would take to put together the collection you want? There's no money for it in the grants for research they get. Their regular jobs aren't paying them to do that. What you want is not necessary to the science they do or it would already exist.

That's a huge evasion built on more totally unfounded assumptions, but that seems to be the chosen mode of thinking among people who refuse to question the official narrative.

What I'm hearing from you is, "Stop asking questions. Just accept the 'truth' being handed down."

Look. We have the satellites. They take thousands of pictures. Those pictures are in databanks. We know this. We've seen them. We just haven't seen enough of them on a large enough cross section of time to be able to form a useful picture. There is no good excuse for this, and by "good", I don't mean, "Because scientists don't have the need or time or budget," as you suggest.

If I can update the php function in a wordpress blog in ten minutes, then a NASA engineer can make their data bases provide the images necessary. It's easy, as in "before I finish my cup of coffee" easy. That you suggest it being some kind of budget-breaking impossibility goes against everything we know about computer and image processing technology. NASA is, believe it or not, plugged into the modern computer age.

Moreover, the images I want are highly useful to anybody exploring climate change. You presented yourself pictures of a withdrawing glacier as evidence of global warming, but at the same time tell me that bird's eye view photographic data of where that same ice begins and ends along an entire geographic area is worthless?

What that tells me about the way you think does not encourage trust.

-FL

more than 3 years ago
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eBooks Nearly Outsell Print Books At Amazon

Fantastic Lad Re:Replace those record albums with CDs! (154 comments)

Jeezus. A little benefit of the doubt before hitting "Sumbit" would be nice. Rash assumptions make you look rather sanctimonious.

I don't own a car or a cell phone.

I was speaking to broad cultural trends in the West, where, if you'll notice, this story was produced by and for. It's about eBooks, for goodness sake. I think those consumers are going to be car and phone people, don't you?

-FL

more than 3 years ago

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NDAA's bid for detention without trail of Americans defeated - Barely.

Fantastic Lad Fantastic Lad writes  |  about 2 years ago

Fantastic Lad (198284) writes "US district judge Katherine Forrest, in New York City's eastern district, found that section 1021 – the key section of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) – which had been rushed into law amid secrecy and in haste on New Year's Eve 2011, bestowing on any president the power to detain US citizens indefinitely, without charge or trial, "facially unconstitutional". Forrest concluded that the law does indeed have, as the journalists and peaceful activists who brought the lawsuit against the president and Leon Panetta have argued, a "chilling impact on first amendment rights". Her ruling enjoins that section of the NDAA from becoming law."
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Interview with Barrie Trower; Microwave Spy

Fantastic Lad Fantastic Lad writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Fantastic Lad (198284) writes "Barrie Trower, Retired British military intelligence scientist in microwave and stealth warfare speaks out. "To be honest ma'am, I don't care about the official secrets act when I see what is going on in the world". He claims that microwave radiation, specifically the modulated frequencies within the commercial spectrum are deliberately used to cause cancer and exact psychological attacks upon targets. This from an audio interview (Transcript here) with South African radio show host Jenny Crwys Williams. "I spent eleven years questioning captured spies...one of my particular tasks was to learn the particular frequencies of microwaves that they used on which particular victims, if I may use that word, and what the outcome was, and I built up a dossier...I'm probably the only person in the world with the complete list...I built up a dossier of what pulse frequencies of microwaves will cause what psychological or physiological damage to a person." Some of that list is included in this paper."
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Seriously? Triffids run amok across the globe?

Fantastic Lad Fantastic Lad writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Fantastic Lad (198284) writes "Being a giant geek, I was doing a bit of reading up on Triffids, (the BBC just released its latest adaptation of the John Wyndham classic, "The Day of the Triffids"), and I came across one of those stories which made me blink. Seems a strain of Genetically Modified Flax which some forward-thinking planners designated as, "Triffid Flax" has been showing up all over the world despite its being banned and removed from trade back in 2001. "As of October, the following countries had reported the illegal GMO in their food chains: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the USA.""
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Morgellon's Disease Weird, New, Blamed on GMOs.

Fantastic Lad Fantastic Lad writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Fantastic Lad (198284) writes "Morgellon's Disease is being blamed by some on GMO foods. Whether or not this is the case, it is certainly one of the most peculiar new diseases to come along in recent years, a story covered by numerous news agencies. Morgellon's Disease was first described when a woman's three year-old son developed rashes and intensely itchy sores which produced weird multicolor fibers emerging from his skin. Since then, many have come forward complaining of the condition, describing the feeling as akin to "insects crawling beneath the skin". This seems like something from a sci-fi story, and I thought it would be a good topic to throw to the Slashdot crowd. Any thoughts?"
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Water-Fuel car Unveiled in Japan.

Fantastic Lad Fantastic Lad writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Fantastic Lad (198284) writes "Jun. 13 — Japanese company Genepax presents its eco-friendly car that runs on nothing but water. The car has an energy generator that extracts hydrogen from water that is poured into the car's tank. The generator then releases electrons that produce electric power to run the car. Genepax, the company that invented the technology, aims to collaborate with Japanese manufacturers to mass produce it. Check out the Reuter's story and accompanying video. (Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't there some sort of conservation of energy thing happening in the whole 'separating hydrogen from water' game? I wonder what the real story is on this. Investment fraud? Magic? Or am I being too cynical?)"
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Doctor Who Changes Hands.

Fantastic Lad Fantastic Lad writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Fantastic Lad (198284) writes "Russell T Davies is to step down as executive producer of Doctor Who, the BBC has announced. "Bafta-winning writer Steven Moffat will succeed Davies as lead writer and executive producer of the fifth series of Doctor Who. Moffat has already written some of the most memorable Doctor Who episodes of recent times, including The Girl in the Fireplace and The Empty Child. Earlier this month, he picked up the best writer Bafta for the Blink episode of series three, which featured terrifying weeping angels. Moffat said: "I applied before but I got knocked back 'cos the BBC wanted someone else. Also I was seven." ( — Okay, I admit, while Tennant brought us both the launch of the new series and Rose, his work of late has left me cold. I love Moffat's writing, even watched Press Gang with glee when I chanced across it some ten or more years back. I'm pumped about this change, giant Doctor Who geek that I am. Too bad the 5th season won't air until 2010!)"
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Solve the Maryland Mystery Boom

Fantastic Lad Fantastic Lad writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Fantastic Lad (198284) writes ""The bedroom actually lights up like day," says Elaine O'Mansky, who lives in the Stevenson Commons condominium building near Beth Tfiloh. "It's instantaneous and wakes us up out of a very deep sleep." She isn't alone. Barbara Friedman is Homeowner's Association president for the area. She was up late one night sweeping her back patio when she heard the boom. "I hit the deck," Friedman explained. "It was so loud, I thought I was being shot. I literally hit the deck." From late September until now, she's heard it 25 times, always between midnight and 7 a.m. with no consistent pattern. Police have received more than 50 calls reporting the weird event, so they set up cameras and caught the flash and boom on video. It's not lightening, or gun play or fireworks. They've also ruled out local mechanical devices and misbehaving electrical poles. So yeah, it's another one of those 'unsolved mysteries' but with one neat exception; it happens repeatedly and the local police and county news reporters are on the story armed with cameras. Fun! My question is this: Can Team-Slashdot figure it out before they do?"
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Egypt: Undersea Cable Break Not Caused by Ships.

Fantastic Lad Fantastic Lad writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Fantastic Lad (198284) writes "According the the Egyptian Government, there were no ships involved in the recent, high profile undersea internet cable breaks.
CAIRO — Damage to undersea Internet cables in the Mediterranean that hit business across the Middle East and South Asia was not caused by ships, Egypt's communications ministry said on Sunday, ruling out earlier reports. The transport ministry added that footage recorded by onshore video cameras of the location of the cables showed no maritime traffic in the area when the cables were damaged."
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A&E beaming adverts directly into your head.

Fantastic Lad Fantastic Lad writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Fantastic Lad (198284) writes "Hear Voices? It May Be an Ad. New Yorker Alison Wilson was walking down Prince Street in SoHo last week when she heard a woman's voice right in her ear asking, "Who's there? Who's there?" She looked around to find no one in her immediate surroundings. Then the voice said, "It's not your imagination." Indeed it isn't. It's an ad for "Paranormal State," a ghost-themed series premiering on A&E this week. The billboard uses technology manufactured by Holosonic that transmits an "audio spotlight" from a rooftop speaker so that the sound is contained within your cranium."
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Doc wants brain scans of presidential candidates

Fantastic Lad Fantastic Lad writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Fantastic Lad (198284) writes "Candidates vying for the presidency already face intense scrutiny from voters, the media and political rivals' crack opposition research operations — but that's not enough for one doctor: he demands brain scans. In an interview with MSNBC's Tucker Carlson, Dr. Daniel Amen, a neuropsychiatrist and brain-imaging expert, says that the technology could be used to effectively vet future presidents. "For years, what I have thought about, talked about, is we should be scanning the brains of presidential candidates," said Amen. "Because a president with a bad brain can ruin life on earth...I'm sort of tired of presidents who've had a bad brain that are not leading the country in a good direction.""
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China's first lunar satellite sends back pictures.

Fantastic Lad Fantastic Lad writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Fantastic Lad (198284) writes "BEIJING (Reuters) — Chinese leaders hailed images sent back from the country's first lunar satellite on Monday, saying they showed their nation had thrust itself into the front ranks of global technological powers. China plans to launch its third manned rocket, Shenzhou VII, into space in October 2008 and may send an astronaut on a space walk, a Shanghai paper said. But a space official downplayed plans to put a man on the moon."There are no plans at the moment to send anyone on to the moon. I've heard of foreign reports which say China will put a man on the moon by 2020, but I don't know of such a plan," said Sun Laiyan, head of the China National Space Administration. "Please don't give us any more pressure. But I'm confident one day we'll put an astronaut on the moon," he told a news conference."
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Origin of Life paper, published in 1955, retracted

Fantastic Lad Fantastic Lad writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Fantastic Lad (198284) writes "In 1955, Homer Jacobson, a chemistry professor at Brooklyn College, published a paper called "Information, Reproduction and the Origin of Life" in American Scientist, the journal of Sigma Xi, the scientific honor society. Since then, his work has been used by Creationism theorists to argue against evolution, citing that Dr. Jacobson's work proved it was impossible for basic organic compounds to form naturally on their own. Dr. Jacobson, at age 84, upon doing a google search, discovered that his work was being cited by creationist websites, and saw that their citation was based on an error he had made, wrote to American Scientist to retract the 52 year-old paper. "It is not unusual for scientists to publish papers and, if they discover evidence that challenges them, to announce they were wrong. The idea that all scientific knowledge is provisional, able to be challenged and overturned, is one thing that separates matters of science from matters of faith.""
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Journalist Test Drives The Pain Ray Gun

Fantastic Lad Fantastic Lad writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Fantastic Lad (198284) writes "This machine has the ability to inflict limitless, unbearable pain. When turned on, Raytheon's 'Silent Guardian' emits an invisible, focused beam of radiation — similar to the microwaves in a domestic cooker — that are tuned to a precise frequency to stimulate human nerve endings. It can throw a wave of agony nearly half a mile. Because the beam penetrates skin only to a depth of 1/64th of an inch, it cannot, says Raytheon, cause visible, permanent injury. The demo model looks like a small speaker. (Image) With practical application is just around the corner, I wonder if anybody at that trade show was selling Faraday body suits. . ?"
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Salt Water can "Burn," Scientist Confirms

Fantastic Lad Fantastic Lad writes  |  about 7 years ago

Fantastic Lad (198284) writes "Salt water can indeed burn when exposed to a certain kind of radio wave, a university chemist has confirmed. "Rustum Roy of Pennsylvania State University verified earlier this month that the radio waves break the water into its components, allowing the resulting freed hydrogen and oxygen to catch fire. Independent scientists said the phenomenon is credible as explained, though practical applications of the technology remain uncertain." — I guess if this has been reported in such a reputable journal as National Geographic, then the powers that be have rigorously confirmed that burning water poses no threat to the oil companies. Two weeks prior, (when I first submitted this news), the discovery was being carefully ignored by the main stream. Ha ha."
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Burn Salt Water with Radio Frequencies

Fantastic Lad Fantastic Lad writes  |  about 7 years ago

Fantastic Lad (198284) writes "ERIE, Pa. — An Erie cancer researcher has found a way to burn salt water, a novel invention that is being touted by one chemist as the "most remarkable" water science discovery in a century. John Kanzius happened upon the discovery accidentally when he tried to desalinate seawater with a radio-frequency generator he developed to treat cancer. The radio frequencies act to weaken the bonds between the elements that make up salt water, releasing the hydrogen. Once ignited, the hydrogen will burn as long as it is exposed to the frequencies."
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Soy Bad For You. . ?

Fantastic Lad Fantastic Lad writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Fantastic Lad (198284) writes ""Studies showing the dark side of soy date back 100 years," says Kaayla Daniel, PhD, clinical nutritionist and author of The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America's Favorite Health Food. "The 1999 FDA-approved health claim pleased big business, despite massive evidence showing risks associated with soy, and against the protests of the FDA's own top scientists. Soy is a global four-billion-dollar industry that's taken these health claims to the bank." Soy, indigenous to Eastern Asia, where it was once considered toxic and used only as a cover crop, is today everywhere in our food supply, as the star in cereals and health-promoting foods or hidden discreetly in processed foods. A common misconception is that Asians are consuming more soy than they actually are; soy accounts for only about 15 percent of their total calories, or nine grams per day. Asian diets include small amounts of primarily fermented soy products, such as miso, natto, and tempeh, and some tofu. By contrast, in the US, processed soy food snacks or shakes can contain over 20 grams of soy protein in one serving."
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Doctor Claiming Autism Caused by MMR Shot on Trial

Fantastic Lad Fantastic Lad writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Fantastic Lad writes "Dr. Andrew Wakefield gave only one interview to the UK Observer before he appears in front of the General Medical Council to face serious charges of malpractice. Nine years ago he claimed that the measles mumps rubella vaccine, or MMR, given to every baby in the country at 12-15 months, may cause autism. To many in the medical and political establishment he is a misguided, dangerous propagandist whose claims have caused unnecessary alarm among millions of parents and risked outbreaks of three diseases that remain potential killers. Forced to leave Britain to practise in America because of the furore, Wakefield is now back. And unrepentant. Time, and the condemnation he faced, have deepened his suspicions about MMR."
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Surgeon General: Bush Silenced Him on Stem Cell

Fantastic Lad Fantastic Lad writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Fantastic Lad writes "The first U.S. surgeon general appointed by President George W. Bush accused the administration on Tuesday of political interference and muzzling him on key issues like embryonic stem cell research. "Anything that doesn't fit into the political appointees' ideological, theological or political agenda is ignored, marginalized or simply buried," Dr. Richard Carmona, who served as the nation's top doctor from 2002 until 2006, told a House of Representatives committee. Carmona said the administration prevented him from voicing views on stem cell research. Many scientists see it as a promising avenue for curing many diseases. But because it involves destroying human embryos, opponents call it immoral. Carmona said some of his predecessors told him, "We have never seen it as partisan, as malicious, as vindictive, as mean-spirited as it is today, and you clearly have worse than anyone's had.""
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Mathematics Prove the Silliness of Silly Walks

Fantastic Lad Fantastic Lad writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Fantastic Lad writes "Scientists have explained mathematically why the famous "silly walks" of Monty Python's John Cleese have never caught on in the long history of Homo sapiens. The giant, leg-twirling strides of silly walks may enable an individual to leap around swiftly but are simply too expensive in metabolic energy compared to conventional locomotion, according to a paper published on Wednesday by Britain's Royal Society. The research, which appears in Proceedings of the Royal Society A, is potentially useful in biomechanics and robotics, where scientists need to understand mathematically how humans (or their robot mimics) move, and the energy cost of doing it."
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Nicotine is the new wonder drug.

Fantastic Lad Fantastic Lad writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Fantastic Lad (198284) writes "Smoking may be bad for you, but Researchers and biotech companies are quietly developing pharmaceuticals that are decidedly good for brains, bowels, blood vessels and even immune systems — and they're inspired by tobacco's active ingredient: nicotine. Nicotine acts on the acetylcholine receptors in the brain, stimulating and regulating the release of a slew of brain chemicals, including seratonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. Now drugs derived from nicotine and the research on nicotine receptors are in clinical trials for everything from helping to heal wounds, to depression, schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, Tourette Syndrome, ADHD, anger management and anxiety. Smoking will kill you, but also keep you in good health? Another story about nicotine warding off Parkison's disease here seems to agree. -Who knew?"
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