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The majority of humans on Earth have their minds focused on things that directly concern them. They think about bills, what to have for dinner, what TV shows to watch, how much gas is in the car, visiting friends or family, & often times politics that pertain to their lives in some form or another. But there’s something that everyone should be concerned with, especially given the time frame left for it’s prophetic beginnings (per Ray Kurzweil) coming in 2045.
I’m talking about what’s known as Transhumanism. In a nutshell, Transhumanism is simply the merging of humans with technology into a sort of techno-organic-symbiosis. Which, at first sounds rather innocent, if not just plain cool. The imagination can run wild with ideas of having the internet in your eyeballs, controlled by your thoughts. A semi-telepathic network via having telephone calls operated by thought & having the receiver directly inside your ears. Also, great medical breakthroughs can be imagined for the paraplegic. Technology in that regard has already been developed & is currently in the improvement phase for better practicality.
Before we get into what’s so concerning to me, lets look at some of the technology they’re looking at producing.
The 9:55 a.m. quake had an estimated magnitude of 4.7, said Nick Scheckel, seismic analyst at the California Institute of Technology’s seismological laboratory.
He said a number of aftershocks were occurring.
The epicenter was about a dozen miles from the desert town of Anza, about 100 miles southeast of Los Angeles. More…
WS – Will Tanning Shops now have free aspirin giveaways?
Women who take aspirin on a regular basis have a lower risk for developing melanoma, according to the largest US study ever conducted into potential ways to prevent this most dangerous form of skin cancer.
A group within Anonymous known as FreiheitSec have recently been doing mass website defaces in support of #OpInnocence. #OpInnocence was initiated when Tyler Graham, 19 years old, of Weirton, West Virginia was arrested for raping and giving a STD to a 2 year old little girl, he was later released on a $50,000 bond. The accounts that are behind the defaces are known on Twitter as @FreiheitSecAnon & @Python_Inj3ct. As of this moment it looks as if at least a couple hundred websites have undergone defaces by this team.
The #OpInnocence rally is on Saturday 2 March 2013 at the Hancock County Courthouse in New Cumberland, West Virginia.
We will continue to keep on top of #OpInnocence as it unfolds.
Incubus and Succubus[/caption] White House Tactic for C.I.A. Bid Holds Back Drone WS - When you read this; You will understand how a frog feels after being hit in the head with a stick! The White House is refusing to share fully with Congress the legal opinions that justify targeted killings, while maneuvering to make sure its stance does not do anything to endanger the confirmation of John O. Brennan as C.I.A. director. Rather than agreeing to some Democratic senators’ demands for full access to the classified legal memos on the targeted killing program, Obama administration officials are negotiating with Republicans to provide more information on the lethal attack last year on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, according to three Congressional staff members. The strategy is intended to produce a bipartisan majority vote for Mr. Brennan in the Senate Intelligence Committee without giving its members seven additional legal opinions on targeted killing sought by senators and while protecting what the White House views as the confidentiality of the Justice Department’s legal advice to the president. It would allow Mr. Brennan’s nomination to go to the Senate floor even if one or two Democrats vote no to protest the refusal to share more legal memos. More...
Today is "Card Reading Day" or "Maids Day Off"
New York, January 9--High Tech, Low Life, an award-winning documentary by Stephen Maing about Chinese bloggers Zola and Tiger Temple, opens today at the IFC Center in Greenwich Village. " For Maing, the contrast between the bloggers' public and private personae is as important as the politics behind their reporting. The film was screened earlier this year at the Tribeca International Film Festival, where this interview took place. Maing lives in Brooklyn and studied film at Boston University. This is his first feature, for which he travelled to China; it was four years, on and off, in the making. "It's important to realize," says Maing, " that Zola and Tiger are not hardcore political dissidents but see themselves as citizen journalists working within the law," picking up the threads of stories not fully covered by the mainstream media. "What Zola and Tiger are doing," Maing says , "is highly performative. It's such an improvisational act and there's no road map for it.. They have unique ways of presenting ideas and of shaping their own public identities......Tiger lived through the Cultural Revolution and Zola is a product of the 80s.
In every direction, Jersey barriers: heavy concrete walls used for deflecting cars and, in this case, slowing down human mobs. Just shy of three feet tall and chipped uneven from having been hauled back and forth to various worksites over the years, they’re now being used to establish a perimeter, within which one might choose to legally go and protest the Republican National Convention. In contrast to the rest of the city, which has been swept clean and done up in red, white, and blue in anticipation of the cash influx this event is supposed to provide, the lot we’re in now is a dusty, hot, and muggy mess, a good twenty minutes’ march from anyone of importance. There is no shade, and we’re feeling it — but not nearly as much as the sixty cops in riot gear who just marched into the box. There are also a half dozen protesters from the Westboro Baptist Church. Their signs bear legends like: “Too Late To Pray,” “Ye are of your father the devil,” and of course “God Hates Fags.” One sign features a picture of an Anonymous / Guy Fawkes mask in crosshairs.
We are in a tucked-away industrial expanse, sweating our asses off, while a couple hundred Anarchist and Occupy protesters dance provocatively and scream at the “God Hates Fags” creeps, to no real effect. This is definitely not the tightly scripted and “on message” Republican National Convention that we expected when we flew to Tampa.
SXSW Interactive 2012 presents: Occupying Media: 24 Hour Protest People The Occupy Wall Street Movement began in September, 2011 with the goal of holding a 24/7 public protest at the nerve center of American finance. Uniquely among American mass protest movements, the "occupation" used a variety of specially configured audio, video and social media resources to built an independent media capacity to extend the reach of its message and bypass mainstream media filters. These systems emphasized the role of the citizen observer over traditional media engagement strategies, and by creating "news" and validating events through shared experience, they helped the occupation movement achieve and sustain critical mass. This panel features members from various occupation sites who have worked on national media efforts. Produced by ZGraphix.org Filmed & Edited by Jeff Zavala
SXSW Interactive 2012 presents: Data Is the New Oil: Wealth and Wars on the Web In the 21st century, we’re experiencing the dawn of a new fuel: Data. Multibillion-dollar industries, from search engines to social networking to online advertising, have been built on the aggregation of personal data, information the World Economic Forum likens to a “new type of raw material … on par with capital and labor.”We believe a new war will soon breakout, a War on Data. And we're ready to go to battle. Two personal data experts, Owen Tripp, co-founder and COO of Reputation.com and World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, and DJ Patil, Data Scientist in Residence at Greylock and former Chief Scientist at LinkedIn, encourage businesses and entrepreneurs to disrupt the status quo through data. Old businesses and dynasties will be toppled as new disruptors fight back with innovative use of data. Join Owen Tripp and DJ Patil to learn which top industries stand to be disrupted by data innovators. Produced by ZGraphix.org Filmed & Edited by Jeff Zavala
Everything is a Remix, So Steal Like An Artist SXSW Austin, TX 3/10/12 - While many have described the new world of remix culture where “nothing is original,” few have provided practical advice for those of us who find ourselves living and making things in it. Join filmmaker Kirby Ferguson (creator of the video series EVERYTHING IS A REMIX) and artist Austin Kleon (author of NEWSPAPER BLACKOUT and STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST) as they show clips from Kirby's work and discuss how one best goes about being a creator in the digital age. Questions Answered: 1. What are the basic elements of creativity? 2. What is the line between inspiration and outright plagiarism? 3. How can creators best share their work on the web without getting ripped off? 4. Is it really true that nothing is original? 5. Why is “make what you like” better advice than “make what you know”? Supporting Material: EVERYTHING IS A REMIX: http://www.everythingisaremix.info/ STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST: http://www.austinkleon.com/steal Category: Convergence / Film / Music Austin Kleon - austinleon.com Kirby Ferguson - http://www.everythingisaremix.info/
program: Evening News program date: Mon, 12/19/2011 Short Description: Debate over Congressional Measures to End Online Piracy Continues Oregon senator Ron Wyden is one of three lawmakers that introduced a bill today to protect the free and open internet while still enforcing copyright violations. The bill, known as the Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade, or OPEN Act, provides an alternative to the controversial PROTECT Act currently under consideration in the Senate, and the SOPA, or Stop Online Piracy Act, in the house. Those two Acts have been criticized for their plan to completely change the architecture of the internet in addition to imposing a censorship regime on all internet content. KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg spoke with Parker Higgins of the Electronic Frontier Foundation about this new bill. 4:26 minutes (4.06 MB)
program: Evening News program date: Mon, 12/05/2011 Short Description: Local Trade Dispute with China Solar Panel Industry Friday, a U.S trade panel ruled that solar imports from China were harming the U.S. domestic solar industry. In response, China’s Ministry of Commerce said it is deeply concerned that the decision shows a strong inclination to trade protectionsism, and was reached without sufficient evidence. 2:43 minutes (2.49 MB)