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Geological & Cosmological Events / Re: Mud Flood
« Last post by azozeo on Today at 01:07:17 PM »

A stone masons perspective on who built these megalithic granite & stone structures.... great listen  :emthup:

Jim Vieira shares his research on the Southwest United States looking at the archaeology, ancient technology, giant discoveries, lost tunnels, Egyptian artifacts and other mysteries in this exclusive 2019 lecture.

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The Kitchen Sink / Re: Official Darwin Awards Thread
« Last post by azozeo on Today at 01:01:20 PM »
Evidently, size matters in this sport.

They're ARE other peaks.......

These cats must have some kind of bucket list punchcard thingy lanyard to show off at the tavern or pub upon return.
I'll stick to mountains of gold & silver.

Fluoride chemicals added to U.S. drinking water are unprocessed TOXIC WASTE; water fluoridation needs to end

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by: Isabelle Z.

Having access to fluoridated drinking water that can supposedly improve your dental health sounds like a first-world luxury on the surface – but the truth is that it’s a recipe for ill health and experts are calling for this dangerous practice to be stopped.

In fact, America is one of very few developed countries that fluoridates its water, with Green Med Info reportingthat just 5 percent of the world’s population consumes this type of water. More people in America drink it than in all other nations combined, and we’re paying the price in terms of our health.

That’s because the fluoride chemicals that are placed in our drinking water are actually unprocessed toxic waste products. Most people never take the time to question where all that fluoride added to our water comes from, and the answer is shocking: It is generally pollutants captured from the phosphate fertilizer industry in Florida or chemical imports that come from China, known for a lack of regulation and adulteration. These chemicals aren’t purified before they’re added to drinking water, and it’s not at all unusual for them to contain significant amounts of heavy metals like arsenic, mercury and lead.
Fluoride’s many dangers outweigh any possible benefits
Now up to 10 Darwin Award Winners this week!


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May 25th, 2019

By Steve Taylor, Ph.D.

Guest writer for Wake Up World

What are spiritual experiences? I don’t think of them in religious terms. I see them as moments in which our awareness becomes more intense and more expansive than normal, so that the world around us becomes more real and alive, and we feel a strong sense of connection to nature and other human beings. We might feel a sense of joy or inner stillness, and feel that somehow the world around us is “in harmony” or has a meaning that we find difficult to express.

If a person from a religious background has such an experience, they may well interpret it in religious terms. They might see it as a gift from God, and believe that the aliveness and harmony they perceive is a glimpse of the divine, or of heaven. But if you’re not religious, there’s no reason to think in these terms. The experience is just a psychological one. It suggests that our normal vision of the world is limited and in some ways even aberrational. In awakening experiences, there is a strong sense of ‘seeing more,’ of expanding beyond limits and perceiving a more authentic reality.

My research shows that awakening experiences are connected to certain activities and situations. They are associated with contact with nature, spiritual practices such as meditation or prayer, sporting activities (such as running and swimming), and sex. They are also strongly associated with states of intense psychological turmoil. That is, paradoxically, they often occur in the midst of stress and depression, or in relation to traumatic life events such as illness, divorce or bereavement.

However, one of the most interesting things about these experiences is that they are apparently becoming more common. In a 1962 Gallup poll, just 22 percent of Americans reported that they had “ever had a religious or mystical experience.” In 1994, 33 percent of people answered yes to the same question, while by 2009, the figure had risen to 49 percent. Research by the Pew Research Center in the U.S. has shown a similar trend. In 2007, 52 percent of Americans reported that they regularly felt a “deep sense of spiritual peace and well-being.” In 2014, the figure stood at 59 percent. In 2007, 39 percent of Americans said that the regularly felt a “deep sense of wonder about the universe”—a figure which had increased to 46 percent in 2014. Perhaps significantly, these increases coincided closely with a decrease in interest in organized religion.

In the U.K., the surveys of the Spiritual Experience Research Centre have had similar findings. In a 1969 survey, the question “Have you ever experienced a presence or power, whether you call it God or not, which is different from your everyday self?” was answered affirmatively by 29 percent of people. In 1978, the figure had risen to 36 percent, and then to 48 percent in 1987. In 2000, there was a further steep rise to 75 percent—a 27 percent increase in 13 years (which was, coincidentally or not, exactly the same figure by which church attendance declined over the same period). (1)
A Collective Movement?

Why should spiritual experiences be more common now than they were a few decades ago? It could simply be that people are simply getting better at recognizing them, or are more open about discussing them. Now that there is more general awareness of spirituality in our culture, and concepts such as “spiritual peace and well-being” are a more common part of discourse, it could simply be that more people are describing their experiences in this way, when they might have described them in other terms in earlier decades.

Or perhaps it’s right to take the research at its face value. Perhaps spiritual experiences actually are becoming more common. This is the approach I take in my new book The Leap: The Psychology of Spiritual Awakening. I suggest that spiritual experiences are glimpses of a new state of being that is slowly becoming more normal to human beings. This is a higher-functioning state that I call “wakefulness,” in which a person feels an enhanced sense of well-being, clarity, and connection. They have a more intense awareness of the world around them, a greater sense of appreciation of nature, a broad global outlook, and an all-embracing sense of empathy with the whole human race. In many ways, it is a permanent, ongoing variant of the ‘awakening experience.’

I have found many examples of people who shift into this higher-functioning state in the midst of intense psychological turmoil – for example, bereavement, serious illness, or alcoholism—I describe some of these examples in The Leap. This shift is quite common, and can be seen as a variation of “post-traumatic growth”—I sometimes refer to it as “post-traumatic transformation.” There are also hundreds of millions of people around the world who are gradually cultivating wakefulness by following spiritual practices such as meditation and service, or spiritual paths such as Buddhism, Yoga, or the Kabbalah. A constantly increasing interest in self-development, spiritual practices, and traditions is one of the most significant cultural trends of our time.

It seems to me that there is a collective moment towards awakening, which is manifesting itself in a variety of ways—one of which may be the increasing frequency of spiritual experiences.

(1) I am grateful to my fellow author Jules Evans for bringing my attention to this research.

"It's not me... it's you."

Facebook doesn’t fool me – but I worry about how it affects you

I’m safe, but you should be more careful online. 

A number of prominent figures have called for some sort of regulation of Facebook – including one of the company’s co-founders and a venture capitalist who was one of Facebook’s early backers.

Much of the criticism of Facebook relates to how the company’s algorithms target users with advertising, and the “echo chambers” that show users ideologically slanted content.

Despite the public criticism, the company has posted record profits. And billions of people– including more than two-thirds of American adults – continue to use the unregulated version of Facebook that exists now.

I have been studying the social dynamics of the internet for 30 years, and I suspect what’s behind these apparent contradictions is something psychological. People know about Facebook’s problems, but each person assumes he or she is largely immune – even while imagining that everyone else is very susceptible to influence. That paradox helps explain why people keep using the site – which still boasts more than 2 billion monthly average users. And ironically, it also helps explain what’s behind pressure to regulate the social media giant.

It’s not me, it’s them

The psychological tendency at work here is called “the third person effect,” the belief that media don’t fool me, and maybe don’t fool you, but all those other people are sitting ducks for media effects.

Ironically, this dynamic can encourage people to support restrictions on media consumption – by others. If someone uses, say, a social media site and feels immune to its negative influences, it triggers another psychological phenomenon called the “influence of presumed influence.” When that happens, a person worries that everyone else falls victim, and supports efforts to protect others, even if they think they themselves don’t need the protection.

This could be why there are lots of Facebook users who complain about Facebook’s danger to others, but continue using it nevertheless.

Even the Facebook-funding venture capitalist Roger McNamee, who wrote a book about how bad Facebook has become, may have fallen prey to this psychological irony. As the Washington Post reports, “despite … his disgust with the worst crimes of social media platforms … McNamee not only still owns Facebook shares … he also still counts himself among the behemoth’s more than 2 billion users. After all, McNamee acknowledges with a shrug and a smile, ‘I’ve got a book to promote.’”

Not everyone can be above average

McNamee may think he’s immune to the echo chambers and other online influences that, he warns, affect the average Facebook user. What if average Facebook users think they’re not the average Facebook user, and therefore also believe that they are immune to Facebook’s pernicious influences?

I explored this possibility in a survey of 515 adults in the U.S. who used Facebook at least once the previous week. Participants were recruited by Qualtrics, a company that administered my survey questions. Respondents resided in all 50 states. Their average age was 39, and they reported an average of just under 10 hours per week on Facebook, which they estimated to be similar to most other Facebook users.

The survey asked the respondents three groups of questions. One group was about how strongly they believe that Facebook affects them on a number of important social and political topics, including building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, expanding or repealing the Affordable Care Act, whether President Trump is doing a good job and other major national issues.

The second group of questions asked how much each respondent believes Facebook affects others’ perceptions of those same issues – how much social media affects their idea of “the average person.”

The third group of questions asked how strongly each respondent supported regulating Facebook, through a variety of possible strategies that include rulings from the Federal Trade Commission or the Federal Communications Commission, breaking up Facebook using anti-trust laws, requiring Facebook to reveal its algorithms and other steps.

Eager to protect others

Respondents believed that Facebook affects other people’s perceptions much more strongly than it affects their own. The more they thought that others were more vulnerable than they were, the more they wanted to rein Facebook in.

A man misled by online information surrenders to police in Washington, D.C., after firing a rifle in a pizzeria. Sathi Soma via AP

People who thought they were far less affected than others, and who wanted to regulate Facebook, also believed more strongly that the source of the problem with Facebook lies in the power of echo chambers to repeat, amplify and reinforce a user’s beliefs. That was true even though they would be affected by the regulations as well.

Echo chambers do exist, and they do affect people’s perceptions – even leading one person to shoot up a pizza parlor alleged to be a front for child prostitution. But research has called into question the idea that echo chambers are extremely influential over most people’s views.

In my view, it’s more important to help people understand that they are just as much at risk from Facebook as everyone else, whatever the level of risk may actually be. Society may bear some responsibility, but so do individual Facebook users. Otherwise they’ll ignore recommendations about their own media consumption, while supporting calls for sweeping regulations that may be too broad and potentially misdirected. Ultimately, people need to save themselves more, and worry a little less about saving everyone else.


Communities in Florida, one of the states most vulnerable to climate change, are grappling with erosion and loss of property. In a break from recent precedent, the state’s new governor, Ron DeSantis, is not only acknowledging climate change, but is willing to pay to help communities that are affected.

At Satellite Beach, situated on a barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and 156-mile Indian River Lagoon, there are already plans to move the fire station and other public buildings to higher ground. City manager Courtney Barker says the community also would consider buying out vulnerable homeowners, but doesn’t have the money.

“Our yearly budget is $12 million, and so we’re just not in a financial position to be able to do that, and that’s why you need a state fund for those types of things,” she said.

Under former governor Rick Scott, Florida state employees said — and documents confirmed — there was a ban on using the term “climate change.” Instead of “sea level rise,” employees were instructed to say “nuisance flooding.”

DeSantis is not only is saying the term, he has persuaded the legislature to put $5.5 million toward helping local governments plan for sea level rise.

“This idea of, quote, ‘climate change’ has become politicized. My environmental policy is just to try to do things that benefit Floridians,” he said.

Since taking office in January, DeSantis has announced plans for a chief resiliency officer and an Office of Resiliency and Coastal Protection. Most environmental groups have welcomed his plan, although some say it does not go far enough. Frank Jackalone of the environmental organization the Sierra Club, for example, says the plan doesn’t deal with emissions.

“He [DeSantis] needs to get on the bandwagon for movement toward 100% clean energy that will stop pouring all of these millions of tons of carbon into our atmosphere,” he said.
Knarfs Knewz / PornHub Reveals the Top 20 Horniest Cities
« Last post by knarf on Today at 05:44:01 AM »
In figures released annually by popular Canadian, ahem, lifestyle website PornHub, how the world searches for its smut has been revealed, and the top 20 cities have some very differing habits.

The purveyors of porn are wont to reveal search trends and popular categories as they occur based on region, and, as the top 20 porn-loving places are ranked for all to see, so are their apparent kinks.

Coming (heh) in at number one, New York City boasts the highest number of porn consumers, followed closely by London and Paris. If population is anything to go by then there are hardly any surprises there. What is interesting is that Sydney and Melbourne come (another heh) in at seventh and eighth respectively, behind LA, Chicago and Osaka.

Brisbane scrapes onto the list too, taking out the 19th spot.

Demographically speaking, the trends tend to err towards the obvious, with cities in Japan preferring Japanese porn, Milanese folks searching for ‘Italian’ and Parisians preferring the French category (closely followed by Anal and Lesbian).

Some of the more interesting observations from this year include:

    The average time spent on the site across all 20 cities sits at around ten minutes.
    Both Sydney and Melbourne’s most popular category is Lesbian, followed by Japanese and MILF.
    Brisbane, at number 19, also loves Lesbian and MILF porn, but also has a proclivity for the Threesome category.
    Users in Brisbane are 19 per cent more likely to search for ‘Tattooed Women’, and 19 per cent more likely to search for ‘Fisting’ than the rest of the world.

To delve deeper into the weird, wide world of porn as it is consumed by different folks all over the globe, head to their insights page (SFW), if for no other reason than to have a good chuckle.


A "Harriet Tubman Stamp" aims to allow Americans to put Tubman's face on $20 bills, despite the Trump administration's announcement this week that the official bill's redesign will be delayed.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said during a congressional hearing Wednesday that a redesign of the $20 bill to feature Tubman – an abolitionist hero – would not be ready in time for a planned 2020 release. Mnuchin cited "counterfeiting issues" as a reason for a delay he projected to last eight years.

The news has brought new attention to a previously released product: An ink stamp that can replace Andrew Jackson's face on a $20 bill with Tubman's likeness. The single-color stamp is designed to place an outline of Tubman's face over the former president's.

In promoting the stamps on social media, the product's Instagram account referred to using the stamp as an act of "civil disobedience."

The product has attracted enough attention that its Etsy listing was sold out as of Friday morning. For those who live in New York City, the product's site says there are two businesses that serve as "stamping stations" in the city.

The stamp's creator – Dano Wall, 33 – has a goal of putting 5,000 stamps into circulation, Wall told the Washington Post. It's been a project in the making since 2017, the Post reports.

“My goal is to get 5,000 stamps out there,” Wall told the newspaper. “If there are 5,000 people consistently stamping currency, we could get a significant percent of circulating $20 bills (with the Tubman) stamp, at which point it would be impossible to ignore.”

The Tubman Stamp's website includes information for those interested in making their own stamps. It also shows video of stamped bills being accepted by automated machines.
Is the Harriet Tubman stamp legal?

The Tubman Stamp website says that using the stamp is legal, citing The Stampede, an effort to stamp bills with messages "to protest big money in politics."

Mnuchin: $20 bill redesign with Tubman on hold

March 2018: Rare photo of Harriet Tubman to be displayed at African American history museum

"Though anti-counterfeiting laws prohibit the willful destruction of, and stamping of advertisements upon, paper money, pursuant to I.I.18 U.S.C. § 333 of the United States Code, stamped currency is fit for circulation so long as its denomination remains legible," the stamp's site says.

Guidance from the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Bureau of Engraving and Printing addresses the defacement of currency, but does not directly address the stamping of Federal Reserve bills:

    Defacement of currency is a violation of Title 18, Section 333 of the United States Code. Under this provision, currency defacement is generally defined as follows: Whoever mutilates, cuts, disfigures, perforates, unites or cements together, or does any other thing to any bank bill, draft, note, or other evidence of debt issued by any national banking association, Federal Reserve Bank, or Federal Reserve System, with intent to render such item(s) unfit to be reissued, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.

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