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Geological & Cosmological Events / Mud Flood
« on: December 07, 2018, 01:29:55 PM »
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The Kitchen Sink / Trapped at Sea with Crypto's Nouveau Riche'
« on: December 07, 2018, 12:52:19 PM »

Draw me your map of utopia and I’ll tell you your tragic flaw. In 10 years of political reporting I’ve met a lot of intense, oddly dressed people with very specific ideas about what the perfect world would look like, some of them in elected office—but none quite so strange as the ideological soup of starry-eyed techno-utopians and sketchy-ass crypto-grifters on the 2018 CoinsBank Blockchain Cruise.

It happened like this.


Why are some things conscious and others apparently not? Is a rat conscious? A bat? A cockroach? A bacterium? An electron?

These questions are all aspects of the ancient “mind-body problem,” which has resisted a generally satisfying conclusion for thousands of years.           

The mind-body problem enjoyed a major rebranding over the last two decades and is generally known now as the “hard problem” of consciousness (usually capitalized nowadays), after the New York University philosopher David Chalmers coined this term in a now classic 1995 paper and his 1996 book The Conscious Mind: In Search of a Fundamental Theory.

Far Out Newz / Why Is The Fifth Element (Aether) Completely Ignored?
« on: December 06, 2018, 11:38:48 AM »

    The Facts:

    Multiple sources show how what we call "Dark Matter" might actually represent the quantum vacuum, a 'substance' that could make up the large majority of our universe. Yet it's an invisible Force: massless, neither solid nor liquid.
    Reflect On:

    We are currently going through the next scientific revolution, where non-material science is getting stronger, and alongside quantum physics, it's showing an understanding that we live in a metaphysical world, where consciousness is key.

The Kitchen Sink / Personal Pollution Monitors - The Hot New Christmas Gift
« on: December 06, 2018, 03:53:56 AM »

Do You Know What You’re Breathing?

As distrust in the government grows, personal pollution monitors are the hot gift this holiday season.

Geopolitics / These new Dems won't take "NO" for an answer.
« on: December 06, 2018, 03:43:34 AM »
The US military budget is such a bloated monstrosity that it contains accounting errors that could finance two-thirds of the cost of a government-run single-payer health insurance system. All Americans could visit an unlimited array of doctors at no out of pocket cost. At least that’s a notion spreading on left-wing Twitter and endorsed and amplified by newly elected Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, one of Democrats’ biggest 2018 sensations and an undeniable master at the fine art of staying in the public eye.


Artificial intelligence in its current form is mostly harmless, but that’s not going to last. Machines are getting smarter and more capable by the minute, leading to concerns that AI will eventually match, and then exceed, human levels of intelligence—a prospect known as artificial superintelligence (ASI).

As a technological prospect, ASI will be unlike anything we’ve ever encountered before. We have no prior experience to guide us, which means we’re going to have to put our collective heads together and start preparing. It’s not hyperbole to say humanity’s existence is at stake—as hard as that is to hear and admit—and given there’s no consensus on when we can expect to meet our new digital overlords, it would be incumbent upon us to start preparing now for this possibility, and not wait until some arbitrary date in the future.


In the calm before 2020, FiveThirtyEight is taking a look at the ideas and people who are nudging the country’s rapidly changing political conversation in one direction or the other. We’re calling these people and ideas “nudgers.” (Creative, we know.) Our first nudger? The idea that Democrats should pack the Supreme Court.

For many decades, Americans regarded the Supreme Court as a place largely above the dirty business of politics. The elevated status of the justices has always reminded me a bit of ancient Rome’s Vestal Virgins, a small group of young women from patrician backgrounds who, for a tenure of 30 years, tended to the sacred fire of Rome. They existed as living symbols of aspirational piety and duty who were buried alive if they fell down on their main job of maidenhood. If the American imagination has anything close to a cadre of cloistered cultists who stoke the eternal flame of freedom while living apart from the society they serve, it is the Supreme Court’s nine justices. (One of whom says he remained a virgin in high school and “for many years after.”)

Science, Inventions & Techology / The Large Hadron Collider Just Shut Down
« on: December 05, 2018, 11:24:19 AM »

Shut It Down

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the particle accelerator famous for producing evidence of the elusive Higgs Boson, is taking a well-deserved break — all experimentation temporarily shut down on Monday. But unlike the time the LHC shut down in 2016 after a weasel chewed through some wires, this pause in operations was deliberate.

Scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, better known as CERN, will spend the next two years performing routine maintenance and upgrading the LHC’s capabilities. If all goes according to plan, they’ll switch it back on in early 2021, according to a CERN press release.

« on: December 05, 2018, 11:08:02 AM »

Waking Times

Dr. Mercola, Guest
Waking Times

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requires that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency compile and keep a current list of chemical substances manufactured or processed in the U.S. That list1 currently includes about 85,000 chemicals.

Among them are 10,000 chemicals allowed to be added to food and food-contact materials in the U.S., either directly or indirectly, yet few have been properly tested for safety.

An evaluation of nearly 4,000 additives intentionally added to food revealed 80 percent lacked enough information to determine how much could be safely eaten and only 6.7 percent had reproductive toxicology data.2 And that’s just food chemicals.

In recent years, researchers and scientists have raised warnings about mounting toxic exposures, leading to efforts to rein in the use of chemicals known to be hazardous to human health. Unfortunately, many companies are still failing in this regard.

Environment / Newly discovered deep-sea microbes gobble greenhouse gases
« on: December 05, 2018, 06:30:45 AM »

Scientists at The University of Texas at Austin’s Marine Science Institute have discovered nearly two dozen new types of microbes, many of which use hydrocarbons such as methane and butane as energy sources to survive and grow—meaning the newly identified bacteria might be helping to limit the concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and might one day be useful for cleaning up oil spills.

In a paper published in Nature Communications this week, researchers documented extensive diversity in the microbial communities living in the extremely hot, deep-sea sediments located in the Guaymas Basin in the Gulf of California. The team uncovered new microbial species that are so genetically different from those that have been previously studied that they represent new branches in the tree of life. Many of these same species possess keen pollutant-eating powers, like other, previously identified microbes in the ocean and soil.

“This shows the deep oceans contain expansive unexplored biodiversity, and microscopic organisms there are capable of degrading oil and other harmful chemicals,” said assistant professor of marine science Brett Baker, the paper’s primary investigator. “Beneath the ocean floor huge reservoirs of hydrocarbon gases—including methane, propane, butane and others—exist now, and these microbes prevent greenhouse gases from being released into the atmosphere.”

The new study, representing the largest-ever genomic sampling of Guaymas Basin sediments, was co-authored by former UT postdoctoral researcher Nina Dombrowski and University of North Carolina professor Andreas P. Teske.

Economics / Maduro Levels The Venezuelan Playing Field ?
« on: December 04, 2018, 12:49:40 PM »

Venezuela: Maduro Announces Salary Increases, New Fixed Prices

Updated salaries and bonuses, a host of Christmas benefits and a renewed attempt to negotiate prices with the private sector were unveiled by the Venezuelan president.

Doom Psychology & Philosophy / Limited hangout....
« on: December 04, 2018, 11:42:44 AM »
Big media attacks “fake news.” Independent reporters rightly point the finger at big media as the predominant purveyor of fake news.

Here I want to comment on one of the most devious forms of MSM fake news: the limited hangout.

When necessary, news outlets will do a PARTIAL EXPOSURE of a hidden crime. The assumption is, once the story is published and broadcast, everyone will shake their heads and say, “That’s terrible,” and move on. The whole thing will be forgotten in a matter of days, as if the whole truth has been revealed. Limited hangout.

Science, Inventions & Techology / The N.Y.P.D. Air Force !
« on: December 04, 2018, 11:34:58 AM »
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 Here’s Enough Money to Pay Off All Millennials’ Student Debt
The largest intergenerational wealth transfer ever is on its way.

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