Saturday, July 26, 2014

Monkey Virus Conspiracy: Tonight's Coast to Coast

This will surely prove to be interesting -- and frightening. Tonight's Coast to Coast, guest Ed Haslam, discussing the murder of Dr. Mary Sherman in context of her research.Monkey Virus Conspiracy - Shows - Coast to Coast AM

Friday, July 18, 2014

Activist Post: U.S. Military Seeks To Brain Scan Troops For "Signs of Potential Betrayal"

From the Activist Post: U.S. Military Seeks To Brain Scan Troops For "Signs of Potential Betrayal":



"… Defense One, which cites the inside killing of "several troops in recent years." But a former Army counterintelligence agent sees the opportunity to apply new technology that presumably can screen people for mal-intent. The system is called HandShake:
Here’s how the HandShake system works: A U.S. soldier would take, say, an Iraqi officer and outfit the subject with a special helmet that can pick up both electromagnetic signals (EEG) and perform functional near-infrared imaging (fNIRs) which images blood flow changes in the brain. The soldier would put the subject through a battery of tests including image recognition. Most of the pictures in the tests would be benign, but a few would contain scenes that a potential insider threat would remember, possibly including faces, locations or even bomb parts. The key is to select these images very, very carefully to cut down on the potential false positives.

Friday, July 11, 2014

CDC Shuts 2 Labs After Another Dangerous Gaffe - New one involves dangerous strain of bird flu

Hello? Anyone awake? Anyone?

CDC Shuts 2 Labs After Another Dangerous Gaffe - New one involves dangerous strain of bird flu: (NEWSER) – Another day, another report of a potentially deadly lab mistake by the CDC. The latest one, involving bird flu, has prompted CDC chief Tom Frieden to shut down two research labs temporarily and to halt the shipment of risky germs, reports AP. The bird flu mistake actually happened in May but didn't get reported to senior CDC officials until this week. It seems a CDC lab contaminated a sample of relatively harmless H9N2 bird flu with the far more dangerous H5N1 strain before shipping it out to an Agriculture Department lab, reports the New York Times. The second lab realized the mistake quickly, and officials don't think anybody got contaminated.
But it gets worse.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Man Faces Jail Time For Installing Wind Turbine on Own Property | The Free Thought Project



 Citizen in trouble for doing the right thing energy wise. Our government should be rewarding people who do things like this, not threading them with jail:

Man Faces Jail Time For Installing Wind Turbine on Own Property | The Free Thought Project: A Minnesota man is risking jail time by refusing to remove a wind turbine from his property. The local government and a few nosy neighbors have been disputing the construction of this turbine for over 4 years, since it was built in 2010.

Jay Nygard actually owns a company called Go Green Energy, which sells wind turbines in other areas of Minnesota, but he isn’t able to do so in Orono where he lives because of permit and licensing laws. These are the same laws that are preventing Nygard from building on his own property.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Facebook's Social Experiments

"You Consented to Facebook’s Social Experiment - ABC News: Here’s the line in the policy that Facebook says allowed it to manipulate the feeds without telling users before, during or after the study took place for a week in January of 2012:

“[I]n addition to helping people see and find things that you do and share, we may use the information we receive about you…for internal operations, including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research and service improvement.”

This is where the “ethical conundrum” begins, said bioethicist and lawyer Leslie Meltzer Henry, who works at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and the University of Maryland Carey School of Law."
Indeed. We scroll impatiently on TOS and such and then click. And know in the back of our minds that we are being watched and monitored and tweaked with. No surprise here but still, it does bring a chill.



And, in recent days I've noticed a plethora of FB posts that ask: (paraphrasing) "How smart are you? Bet you can't name a city that doesn't have an A in it," or, "If you think you're so smart, think of a word that begins with A and ends in E" and, "You probably can't think of any names what begin with Z (or have Z in them, some such…) "



Of course one can't help but wonder if this isn't some more FB backed social investigation into the minds of the hoi polloi. How many people will mindlessly click on Like, Share, and most of all, argue (as many have done) that of course there are names that have Z and there are city names with A in them.



What does this mean? Just more evidence of in your face data collecting, spying, the arrogance of corporations taking great advantage of our need to enjoy ourselves at their expense, and so on. The usual.




Facebook's Social Experiments

"You Consented to Facebook’s Social Experiment - ABC News: Here’s the line in the policy that Facebook says allowed it to manipulate the feeds without telling users before, during or after the study took place for a week in January of 2012:

“[I]n addition to helping people see and find things that you do and share, we may use the information we receive about you…for internal operations, including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research and service improvement.”

This is where the “ethical conundrum” begins, said bioethicist and lawyer Leslie Meltzer Henry, who works at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and the University of Maryland Carey School of Law."
Indeed. We scroll impatiently on TOS and such and then click. And know in the back of our minds that we are being watched and monitored and tweaked with. No surprise here but still, it does bring a chill.



And, in recent days I've noticed a plethora of FB posts that ask: (paraphrasing) "How smart are you? Bet you can't name a city that doesn't have an A in it," or, "If you think you're so smart, think of a word that begins with A and ends in E" and, "You probably can't think of any names what begin with Z (or have Z in them, some such…) "



Of course one can't help but wonder if this isn't some more FB backed social investigation into the minds of the hoi polloi. How many people will mindlessly click on Like, Share, and most of all, argue (as many have done) that of course there are names that have Z and there are city names with A in them.



What does this mean? Just more evidence of in your face data collecting, spying, the arrogance of corporations taking great advantage of our need to enjoy ourselves at their expense, and so on. The usual.




Saturday, June 28, 2014

Man in Pig Mask Arrested for Impersonating Police Officer | The Free Thought Project

Meanwhile, in England:

Man in Pig Mask Arrested for Impersonating Police Officer | The Free Thought Project: Steven Peers, a 46 year old father of four was recently arrested in Manchester for impersonating a police officer. Mr. Peers was not attempting to commit any crime, but was actually wearing a noticeable costume in hopes to call attention to, and raise awareness about police corruption and misconduct.

Monday, June 23, 2014

City Cracks Down On 9-Year-Old For Opening Free Library In His Front Yard | ThinkProgress

Cities shutting down front yard vegetable gardens, and now it seems that reading violates some type of code: City Cracks Down On 9-Year-Old For Opening Free Library In His Front Yard | ThinkProgress.



The Little Free Library Movement is something that has taken off in a big way; we have a few here in my city of Eugene. It's world wide. Something I've been considering doing myself. A wonderful idea. But, not according to the bureaucrats in Leawood, Kansas. What a great message to send to a young boy who loves reading -- hassle him for wanting to do something free and positive for his community that involves learning and facilitating reading.



The article says there were complaints, if true, that's as scary as the city bureaucrats who insist the library is an "unattached structure." Who in their right mind would complain about a free library?



Spencer, the young boy who is working to keep the library, has a Facebook page to generate support and convince Leawood to stop being ridiculous bureaucrat clowns.




Friday, April 25, 2014

Oregon's Art Robinson wants your urine

Love the 1950s vibe of this cartoon in Robinson's brochure


We received a weird brochure in the mail today from "Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine." Which is Oregon politician and GOP religious nut Art Robinson's personal and private little lab on his ranch in Cave Junction, Oregon. From the brochure:

From Cave Junction ranch and lab, Art Robinson provides provocative voice for Oregon GOP | OregonLive.com: Inside, the lab looks like a bit of OHSU plunked down on a pasture -- except for the hunting trophies on the wall and an old pipe organ in the center of the room, with the sheet music to "Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee" placed above the keyboard. (Oregon Live.com)
This sounds like something from a novel by Vonnegut or some such, but it is real. Robinson's lab is under the "nonprofit" category, as the return address on the brochure reveals, and is a public entity.

The brochure asks us to send a urine sample to their lab. If we do, we'll be in on Robinson's cutting edge scientific discoveries, that will not only help the medical field, but education:
 We need samples of your urine in order to calibrate analytical procedures that can revolutionize the evaluation of personal chemistry -- and thereby improve our health, our happiness and property, and even the academic performance of our children in school.  (from Oregon institute of Science and Medicine mailer/brochure, April 2014.)
Nowhere in this four page glossy, full color brochure does it tell us what, exactly, Robinson's "Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine" will do for us once he has his hands on our pee.

If we return the pre-paid reply included in the brochure, we will receive a "…brief questionnaire  asking your age, sex, and some simple health questions." "…six months later" we will be asked for another urine sample. Assured we are not obligated to continue with giving pee samples we are encouraged to continue, since "… a series of samples at six-month intervals makes possible longitudinal experiments that are of increased value." (Robinson)

Robinson is a notorious character in Oregon; here's what his advice on what to do with nuclear waste:
"All we need do with nuclear waste is dilute it to a low radiation level and sprinkle it over the ocean – or even over America after hormesis is better understood and verified with respect to more diseases." (Robinson 1997: Oregon Loon Watch/Daily Kos)
In 2011, Robinson accused OSU of harassing three of his six children, stating that Oregon State University was trying to expel his three children as "political payback." He's said that public education is "child abuse" and should be abolished. (He's also created his own home school curriculum.) And so on.


"Nonprofit" -- what a mad scam!


And now, Robinson has spent quite a bit of money mailing out full color four page brochures, soliciting citizen's urine, which will be collected, tested and kept in his own private lab on his Oregon ranch.

The brochure wasn't addressed to us specifically (and obviously political affiliation wasn't considered since we are not Republicans, nor Christians) but mailed under a generic "postal customer" designation.

A lot of money spent, in hopes of receiving good citizen's urine.












Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Just Say No to Tasering Students and Militarizing Our Schools

Staged and faked scenarios in schools, usually violent (accidents, crashes, alien invasions, war, etc.) and police presences that harm and arrest students.

Just Say No to Tasering Students and Militarizing Our Schools: When The New York Times (NYT) calls the tasering of students as a "disciplinary" measure torture, it is time to take notice that our schools have been infected with the appalling post 9/11 acceptance of harsh interrogation and discipline.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Mental Health Evaluation Form


I surprised myself earlier today with my response to the following episode. I had to go to the health clinic -- this clinic is owned by (though they contract out) and a part of the institution where I'm employed. When I checked in at the front desk I was handed a form that asked questions having to do with my emotional and psychological state. I'm paraphrasing here but the questions, maybe about two dozen of them (maybe less) were along the lines of:
1. Have you had trouble sleeping?
2. Has your enjoyment of activities decreased in the past two months?
3. Have you had thoughts of suicide or self-harm in the past six months?
and so on in regards to depression, stress, bad dreams, thoughts of suicide, etc. Without thinking about it I said "This is quite a form, it's a bit odd" and the woman very nicely explained everyone gets the form, it's standard, no one sees it, etc. I said I understood all that but it still seemed odd and I wasn't going to fill it out. Later the doctor said she understood that and I was under no obligation to fill it out; the staff was not defensive or pushy in any way. They all explained very patiently that "no one will see this form," and "everyone gets this to fill out," and "it's done once a year," but my issue is: why? If I'm going in for a routine female related exam (pap, what have you) why in the world do I need to fill out a form about mental health? But I did think the whole thing odd -- if I do feel those things, in need of counseling etc. then of course I'll pursue that but to fill out a form like that "just because" seemed, well, odd.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

375-pound military drone crashes near Pennsylvania elementary school, report says | Fox News

National Guard flies unmanned drone and crashes it, near a school:

375-pound military drone crashes near Pennsylvania elementary school, report says | Fox News: Pennsylvania authorities are investigating Thursday as to why an unmanned drone crash landed near a Pennsylvania elementary school.

The Lebanon Daily News identified the 375-pound drone as a RQ-7 Shadow, operated by the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. A military official called Wednesday afternoon's incident a hard landing, but the drone was apparently run over by a car.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Ultraculture | Wake Up & Stay Free

Ultraculture | Wake Up and Stay Free: "NLP or Neuro-Linguistic Programming is one of the world’s most prevalent methods of mind control, used by everyone from sales callers to politicians to media pundits, and it’s nasty to the core. Here’s ten ways to make sure nobody uses it on you… ever."
Interesting, and I don't argue with the basic idea here. Always beware of manipulations, always. While some of NLP is useful for the so-called "new age" self actualizing work that some of us happily use for our own work, this is a chilling article that gives us background into the mind control realm of NLP.

It is pretty interesting that one of the founders of NLP, John Grinder, was once:

"Grinder was at the time an associate professor in linguistics at the university (he had previously served as a Captain in the US Special Forces and in the intelligence community, …"
And this photo of Richard Brander, another founder of NLP, in black with red tie. NLP via clothing choice. Screams devil/satan/mafia/don/mad genius. Brander, accused murderer, free, and still runs NLP workshops:

NLP co-founder john Brander (source wiki commons)

So, ten pointers from the author on how to avoid having someone dump NLP all over your fanny. Personally, I can think of several on-going examples in my own life where people, whether or not they are intentionally using NLP or aware of such a thing, do their best to manipulate using similar methods.



Thursday, March 27, 2014

DARPA Quote of the Day

 "By seeking out scalable approaches for dynamically controlling the electromagnetic spectrum or distributed cooperative efforts to achieving air dominance, DARPA can help reduce the cost of future systems."


Defense.gov News Article: DARPA’s Role to ‘Change What’s Possible,’ Director Says:

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Pussy Riot Members Attacked


Real he-men attack two members of Pussy Riot; the irony of the fact they were wearing anti-Nazi symbols does not escape:

Russia: Pussy Riot suffer burns and head injuries after being attacked at McDonalds | euronews, world news: The men, who were wearing St George ribbons which commemorate the victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, used pepper spray and poured rubbish and green antiseptic over them. [italics mine]

This Is What Happened When Scholastic Tried To Bring Pro-Coal Propaganda to School

Bad news, and shame on Scholoastic. Good news, and thank you to all who worked to change Scholastic's propaganda attempts.



This Is What Happened When Scholastic Tried To Bring Pro-Coal Propaganda to School: While developing activities on coal and the climate crisis in 2011 for Rethinking Schools magazine, I ran across a curriculum,The United States of Energy, from Scholastic, the venerable education publisher.
It was a colorful series of lessons, aimed at fourth-graders, which explored the various sources for energy in the United States. The material on coal discussed its many “advantages.” But when I looked for discussion of the disadvantages … nothing.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Bitcoin CEO found dead

Another death, no doubt to be labeled "suicide":

First Meta CEO found dead in Singapore: Autumn Radtke, the 28-year-old CEO of an upstart bitcoin exchange, died last week under mysterious circumstances at her home in Singapore.

The U.S.-born head of First Meta was found dead by police on Feb. 28, with the cause of death yet to be determined. In a statement on its website, First Meta said the company "was shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of our friend and CEO Autumn Radtke."

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, the company's director and nonexecutive chairman, Douglas Abrams, said the exact cause of Radtke's death was "still under investigation."

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Just World Theory of Economics




Chris Hedges | Suffering? Well, You Deserve It discusses the "just - world theory" of economics. Just world theory is not just the idea that the wealthy or those with property deserve for whatever reasons (in fact, the article says, it isn't questioned how one acquired their money, it just is) but, and this is the crucial thing to get, those who are poor deserve to be poor. Quoting from the article:

Clinging to the old neoclassical model could . . .  erode and perhaps destroy social cohesion and require the state to engage in greater forms of coercion. [italics mine]
Look at the actions of cities across the United States towards the homeless. Instead of true help, laws are made, on a daily basis, to further ensure that the homeless, despite age, gender or state of health, are vilified. This includes those that would help the homeless, in many cases. Being homeless is a crime; illegal to camp, sleep, "loiter," give food, money or blankets to the homeless, panhandle, etc. None of these laws help anyone, only punish.

People are jailed for not paying bills. This is illegal yet it not only continues, the number of people jailed for being poor has increased.

People go without needed medical care; this is nothing new and yet even with the promise of Obama care things remain dicey for many. This includes me, and I have had the blessing of fairly good health insurance through my employment. It costs me a lot of money each month however, as any health insurance does. Even so, I cannot afford the procedures pushed at me from health care providers. Fortunately, they are not life threatening issues but for many, such is not the case.



Many employers do not offer paid sick leave, and this is another way economics punishes the poor. Call in sick, often you're fired. If you're not fired, you're not paid. So you go in sick, which makes you sicker. And then you get others sick.



It's also nothing new that if you can't afford legal advice, you're screwed.



And so it goes, the list is endless.



Something I've noticed, (on the local level as well as nationally) is the attitude that the sick, the homeless, the "not us" demonstrate terrifyingly punitive responses to these issues. From incredible naivety, such as the letter writer to the local paper who insisted employers wouldn't punish good employees for calling in sick, to the sheer heartless suggestions the homeless should be shipped out of town, the reaction is to punish or ignore, not help without judgement.



Just-world economics in practice isn't new, and that's what makes this so godamned sad. That in this age we accept this as natural and even ethical --  as many a Christian subscribes to this philosophy (mangling the whole "give a man a fish … teach him to fish" *Biblical meme) should be an embarrassment.

* That quote about "giving a man a fish…" is not a Biblical story, it is a Chinese proverb.












Sunday, February 23, 2014

Court Rules Off-The-Grid Living Is Illegal | Off The Grid News

Sad, scary, and frustrating, but not at all surprising. Wonder if this will be appealed and considered unconstitutional? Hope so.


Court Rules Off-The-Grid Living Is Illegal | Off The Grid News: Living off the grid is illegal in Cape Coral, Florida, according to a court ruling Thursday.

Special Magistrate Harold S. Eskin ruled that the city’s codes allow Robin Speronis to live without utility power but she is still required to hook her home to the city’s water system. Her alternative source of power must be approved by the city, Eskin said.