Sunday, June 30, 2013

RIP: Every Product Ever Axed By Google


RIP: Every Product Ever Axed By Google:
On Monday, Google will pull the plug on Google Reader, despite much general online despair about the death of the most popular RSS reader.

While this is definitely the most popular tool Google has put on ice, it's certainly not the first. The company is known for dabbling in all sorts of products, and dropping the ones it didn't feel were well-supported
So if you were ever a fan of Google Wave, Google Labs or maybe even Google Buzz, you're probably a little nostalgic for the services of Google's past
If you want to take the trip down memory lane, check out the infographic below, courtesy of Wordstream. Read more...
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Siri Will Now Read You The News, Courtesy of Wibbitz (Nick Statt/ReadWrite)

Siri Will Now Read You The News, Courtesy of Wibbitz (Nick Statt/ReadWrite):
Nick Statt / ReadWrite:

Siri Will Now Read You The News, Courtesy of Wibbitz  —  Israeli startup Wibbitz doesn't want you to read the news.  It wants to read the news to you, in the form of 1-2 minute video summaries narrated by a helpful synthetic voice and accompanied by video of related images and animated infographics.

“My sister is a nurse in Tokyo, she said it’s time to evacuate children from Kanto area”

[Express] “My sister is a nurse in Tokyo, she said it’s time to evacuate children from Kanto area”:
Introducing important tweets as [Express] for simultaneous updates.

My sister is a nurse in Tokyo. She sent me an email to say, “It’s time to evacuate children from Kanto area. TV celebrities chant support the restoration, but I wonder why they don’t try to save the children.”
I was relieved to hear the reliable word from my family member.
— てん (@manma1115) May 12, 2013

“I’ll be the one to protect you from a will to survive and a voice of reason”
Counting Bodies Like Sheep To The Rhythm Of The War Drums, APC
Français :
[Express] “Ma sœur, infirmière à Tokyo, dit que c’est le moment d’évacuer les enfants de la région de Kanto”

Présentation des tweets importants sous [Express] pour mise à jour simultanée.


Ma sœur est infirmière à Tokyo. Elle m’a envoyé un email disant “C’est le moment d’évacuer les enfants de la région de Kanto. Les célébrités de la télé chantent leur soutien à la récupération mais je me demande pourquoi ils n’essayent pas de sauver les enfants.”

J’ai été soulagée par les mots de réconfort de ma famille.



— てん (@manma1115) May 12, 2013

“Je serai celui qui vous protègera contre toute volonté de survie et contre la voix de la raison.”
“Counting Bodies Like Sheep To The Rythm Of The War Drums” – A Perfect Circle

Cuteness Inspires Aggression

Cuteness Inspires Aggression:
Whether we are pinching the cheeks of an adorable toddler or enveloping a beloved pet in a bear hug, most of us have experienced the strange drive to give something cute a gigantic squeeze. New research by two Yale University psychologists details how the sight of something cute brings out our aggressive side. Rebecca Dyer and Oriana Aragon investigated “cute aggression” by showing study participants slide shows of either cute, funny or normal animal photographs. As they watched, the participants held bubble wrap. The researchers, attempting to mimic the common desire to squeeze cute things, told subjects to pop as many or as few bubbles as they wished. People watching the cute slide show popped significantly more bubbles than those viewing the funny or control pictures, according to results presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology annual meeting in New Orleans. “Some things are so cute that we just can't stand it,” Dyer concludes.

Suprise – By ETAM CRU – At Urban Creatures in Sofia, Bulgaria

Suprise By ETAM CRU, Project Soulds In Walls at Urban Creatures in Sofia, Bulgaria. Photo by Simon Varsano

Suprise – By ETAM CRU – At Urban Creatures in Sofia, Bulgaria:

By ETAM CRU, Project Souls In Walls at Urban Creatures in Sofia, Bulgaria. Photo by Simon Varsano.
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Mysterious Voynich Manuscript Wasn’t a Hoax, Study Suggests

voynich manuscriptMysterious Voynich Manuscript Wasn’t a Hoax, Study Suggests:

Marcelo Montemurro and his colleague Damián Zanette have discovered that the language of the Voynich Manuscript statistically adheres to linguistic rules. via Live Science
The unreadable Voynich manuscript has eluded linguists and cryptographers since it was discovered by an antique book dealer in 1912.
Carbon-dated to the early 15th century, the book is written in an unknown language that has never been found anywhere else and it is full of equally puzzling drawings; besides depictions of the Zodiac signs, none of the illustrations are immediately recognizable as symbols or objects from the real world (much to the excitement of ancient alien conspiracy theorists).
The text’s nonsensical nature has led some to dismiss the Voynich manuscript as a Renaissance-era hoax. But researchers who revisited the book say the words in its folios are organized with the telltale characteristics of a real language.

Marcelo Montemurro, a physicist at the University of Manchester, and his colleague Damián Zanette didn’t exactly crack the Voynich code in their recent study published in the journal PLOS One. They did however find that “Voynichese” statistically adheres to linguistic rules.
Mainly, Montemurro and Zanette say the manuscript follows Zipf’s law, which holds that the most frequently occurring word in natural languages will appear about twice as much as the second most common word and three times as much as the third most common word and so on. Random symbolic sequences don’t show the same pattern as strongly, the researchers say.
“While the mystery of origins and meaning of the text still remain to be solved, the accumulated evidence about organization at different levels, limits severely the scope of the hoax hypothesis and suggests the presence of a genuine linguistic structure,” Montemurro and Zanette concluded.
Some academics brushed off the findings, saying they’re still convinced the manuscript is simply a hoax, not a lost language or an undecipherable code.
“It’s been accepted for decades that the statistical properties of Voynichese are similar, but not identical, to those of real languages,” Gordon Rugg, a researcher from Keele University, told the BBC. “I don’t think there’s much chance that the Voynich manuscript is simply an unidentified language, because there are too many features in its text that are very different from anything found in any real language.”
Rugg added that there are features that in the text that are inconsistent with most secret codes, such as the separation of words, which would in theory make it easier to crack.
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Imgur Unveils Its Very Own Meme Generator

Imgur Unveils Its Very Own Meme Generator:

Imgur has launched a meme generator which will make it easier and faster for users to "make their own memes" and post them on popular sites like Reddit.

It would save them from having to use other websites or softwares like Adobe Photoshop.

If you can't wait to get started on your own meme, you can head here and start 'meme creating', straight away.

Have fun!

[via and Los Angeles Times ,image via

Six chemicals we consume in our food and drink that should be banned

Six chemicals we consume in our food and drink that should be banned: Last week BuzzFeed named eight food additives that should be banned in the US. Here are six equally deadly ones they missed

Last week BuzzFeed published a list of eight foods that folks in the USA are eating but are banned in other parts of the world. The chemical community turned its venom on BuzzFeed. But I think BuzzFeed did a pretty good job of bringing the debate on chemicals in food to the fore. Don't believe the defence of food additives coming from the likes of Derek Lowe. After all he's part of the mainstream chemical conspiracy so he would defend chemicals wouldn't he?

Before you go breathing a sigh of relief and gloating that those of us outside the US don't get these chemicals in our foods, best think again. You may well live in enlightened areas of the world, with governments that keep you safe from such poisons, but BuzzFeed only scratched the surface. There are plenty of foodstuffs in your larder that are just as bad.

Here's my list of foods, drinks and other kitchen terrors that BuzzFeed might just as easily have mentioned.


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The Phenomenon of Strange Sounds Heard By Entire Communities

The Phenomenon of Strange Sounds Heard By Entire Communities: There is a genuine phenomena that has been sweeping the planet with reports of loud, sometimes glass-shattering booms that sound like explosions in the sky.

It isn’t thunder since the skies are typically clear with no storms in the areas when the booms occur. Others report hearing trumpets like a shofar from ancient Biblical times. Still, others describe the sounds as groaning metal or metal clashing that is never-ending.

The phenomena can last seconds or hours and many communities have been hearing the sounds for months. With instant worldwide communication, news of these unusual sounds set off a wildfire of YouTube videos.

Many videos were clearly hoaxed from the juvenilistic YouTube sector, but many more videos appeared authentic and posted by sincerely baffled YouTubers.

Some of the theories for what these sounds are include:

–> UFO battles being waged far above the planet

–> Opening and closing of stargates or wormholes to allow alien craft entrance and exit of Earth.

–> Fracking, the extracting of natural gas from shale and controversial topic of environmental impact. (1)

–> HAARP (High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program) notes played via technology that creates whistler waves of electromagnetic discharges. (2)

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[Column] Courage to be a weirdo #NukeFreeCal

[Column] Courage to be a weirdo:
This day last year, they protested against the restart of Ohi nuclear plant.

Fukushima Diary followed them all day and all night.
After all, it was “successfully” restarted and we all felt desperate.
It’s been only one year, but there are few people to remember that. I hear almost no one talking about that and discuss what was not enough, what we could have done.
The “breaking news” of newspaper and TV changes on the daily basis or even hourly. They tell us what to think about. It looks “intelligent” to talk about what newspaper and TV talks about.

The problem is nobody talks about what newspaper and TV don’t talk about.

Those issues are treated as if they didn’t exist.
This is what media exist for.
They look like they are our eyes. However actually, they cover out own eyes. We must know we can see things, hear things, and think by ourselves just like I’m doing though I’m not a nuclear physicist, chemist, or even a “journalist”.
They choose what to report. In other word, they choose what not to report. Unreported things are nearly forgotten.
Everyone has only 24 hours a day. While we are watching TV or reading “news”paper, we can almost never think about any other things.
They don’t make us updated. They only make us ignorant.
Now I wonder how many people remember the tears of the protestors. This is how they built nuclear facility all around the world.
Fukushima Diary has not changed the stance from the beginning. Now I’m almost a weirdo.

This is why not so many people try to follow and spread the truth. They don’t want to look un-cool.

but when they restarted Ohi nuclear plant, I promised myself not to go back to there never.

It’s hard but worth of doing.
TV and newspaper are not our friends even though they look powerful and smiley. The enemy is always in “our side”.

“I’ll be the one to protect you from a will to survive and a voice of reason”
-Counting Bodies Like Sheep To The Rhythm Of The War Drums, APC

Death By Toothpaste: The Fluoride Myth

Death By Toothpaste: The Fluoride Myth: 1st July 2013 By Joshua Corn Guest Writer for Wake Up World As parents, we teach our children the importance of brushing their teeth. Unfortunately, when most kids do brush, they’re using toothpaste made from a slew of dangerous compounds including artificial colorings and flavorings, aspartame, DEA, propylene glycol, saccharin, sodium lauryl sulfate, stannous fluoride and triclosan. I…

Cinnamon Breaks Up Brain Plaques, May Hold Key to Fighting Alzheimer’s

Cinnamon Breaks Up Brain Plaques, May Hold Key to Fighting Alzheimer’s: 1st July 2013 By John Phillip Guest Writer for Wake Up World Researchers from Tel Aviv University report in thePLoS ONE journal that the common spice cinnamon found in many kitchen pantries around the world may hold a crucial key to preventing Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease cases are growing at an exponential pace, currently affecting one in eight people over the age…

Foreign Boots on American Soil: Russia To Share Military “Security Experts” With United States During Mass Disaster Incidents and Emergencies

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Russian President Putin

Foreign Boots on American Soil: Russia To Share Military “Security Experts” With United States During Mass Disaster Incidents and Emergencies:
Rumors have circulated for years about the possibility of foreign troops being deployed on U.S. soil in the event of a widespread declaration of a national emergency. For quite some time there have been anecdotal reports to support the claim that the  U.N., Russia and other nations would be used in a policing capacity should some critical event befall our nation.
The fear should such a scenario take place has been that these soldiers would act under the banner of their own flags, ignoring the fundamental protections afforded to our citizens, leaving Americans under the jurisdiction of people who don’t speak our language or respect our fundamental rights to self defense, to be secure in our homes, and to be presumed innocent in the eyes of the law.
Up until this point, nothing has ever been confirmed in writing, so officially no such foreign assistance has ever been agreed to. Thus, Americans had nothing to worry about.
All of this changed last week when representatives of Presidents Barrack Obama and Vladimir Putin met in Washington D.C., and not a single US-based news source reported it.
press release posted on The Ministry of the Russian Federation for Civil Defense and Emergencies reports that the United States and Russia will now cooperate in disaster response operations that will include the exchange of “experts” during “joint rescue operations,” a term that has been broadly defined under the new agreement.
This includes rescuers, trainers and even military “security” teams:
Several documents signed during joint work of Russian Emergency Ministry and FEMA
The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry and the USA Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are going to exchange experts during joint rescue operations in major disasters. This is provided by a protocol of the fourth meeting of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission Working Group on Emergency Situations and seventeenth meeting of Joint U.S.-Russia Cooperation Committee on Emergency Situations, which took place in Washington on 25 June.
The document provides for expert cooperation in disaster response operations and to study the latest practices.
In addition, the parties approved of U.S.-Russian cooperation in this field in 2013-2014, which envisages exchange of experience including in monitoring and forecasting emergency situations, training of rescuers, development of mine-rescuing and provision of security at mass events.
At the end of the meeting the parties expressed their satisfaction with the level of cooperation between the Russian Federation and the United States in the area of emergency prevention and response and agreed to develop it in order to respond efficiently to all kinds of disasters.
Source: Emergency Command of Russia via Prepper Website
The President of the Unites States has just authorized the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to deploy foreign troops on U.S. soil during a mass event that encompasses an any number of disaster scenarios, including but not limited to declarations of martial law.
Should our country come under threat, something the Pentagon and US military have been simulating for years, we can now fully expect soldiers speaking broken English forcing their way through our front doors in similar fashion to what we saw in the wake of the Boston bombings.

A young urbanist in San Clemente

A young urbanist in San Clemente « Vibrant Bay Area: During successive summers in the early 1960s, my parents arranged the weekly rental of an apartment in San Clemente, north of San Diego. (This would have ...

Science and Spirituality: The Teachings of U.G.Krishnamurti


Science and Spirituality: The Teachings of U.G.Krishnamurti:
Are there any points of contact between science and spirituality?
via Well
[Paper presented by Dr. J.S.R.L.Narayana Moorty at the Krishnamurti Centennial Conference held at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, U.S.A., May 18-21, 1995]
The following paper discusses some issues commonly raised in regard to the relationship between science and spirituality. In particular, I wish to examine the issue of the apparent similarities (or symmetry) between statements made by scientists and those made by mystics concerning the unity of existence (or of the universe). I shall argue that the positions of the scientists and those of the mystics are not comparable, and I wish to propose that the very premise that the mystic or the scientist has any sort of experience or knowledge of a state of unity, especially when seen in the light of the teachings of U.G. Krishnamurti, a contemporary teacher, is questionable.
I shall include in my discussion references to a few well-known contemporary scientists, e.g., David Bohm, Rupert Sheldrake and Stephen Hawking. In addition, I shall use some statements of U.G. Krishnamurti as a reference point, and I will raise some questions concerning his statements as well. I shall also discuss the issue of the survival of the soul after the death of the physical body and compare the views of Rupert Sheldrake and U.G.Krishnamurti. To complete my account of U.G., I shall report some of his views which are more or less relevant to science and its methods and conclusions, as well as make some remarks as to how U.G. functions in day-to-day life without the burden of thought. I shall conclude my paper with some of my own remarks on U.G. and his teachings.
U.G. Krishnamurti (referred to in the rest of this paper as “U.G.”, as that is how he is addressed by those who know him personally) is not only quite radical in his teaching, but he also makes constant remarks about the radical transformation he had undergone in 1967, when he was 49 years old (he is now 76), and about the altered way he currently functions in day-to-day life. Whatever changes he went through at the time of his transformation made him free from the `stranglehold’ of thought, and in some sense he is `selfless,’ or `mindless’. His remarks about the way his body functions, the manner in which his perceptions, visual or otherwise, occur, and his remarks about other matters, are quite pertinent to the topic of this paper. Alsohis remarks about the possibility (or rather the impossibility) of understanding the universe or of having any experience of unity generally attributed to the mystics question many of our own assumptions in this area and give usroom to question.
Religion, of which spirituality is considered an essential trait, has in the past come into conflict with some of the theories and conclusions of science. Three major areas of conflict are: the time ofcreation, the manner of creation, and the constitution of the human being, particularly with regard to the question of whether there is anything in the human being, such as the soul, which survives the death of his physical body. The most conspicuous instance of this conflict is that between creationism and evolution. Most people, at least those who are not totally committed to the teachings of the Bible (or Koran), consider the conflict settled in favor of science. As to the first of these concerns, i.e., the age of creation, again, unless one is a total and literal believer in the Bible, one would have to agree with the current teachings of science that the beginnings of the universe lie in a much more remote past than 3000 BC.
Some religions, in particular Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism (and perhaps also Confucianism), have, at least sometimes, claimed to have no particular conflict with science, particularly in the areas of the origins of creation and the manner in which it occurred. Hinduism is quite compatible with the idea of evolution, although it would allow that creation takes place out of some primeval matter at the beginning of each cycle of creation-sustenance- dissolution. These religions are also quite comfortable with science in the matter of the age of the universe. Hinduism, for instance, would rather vaguely agree that the age of the universe is, say, some billions of years. And Hinduism has its own version of evolution, which agrees with the scientific theory that evolution is from the simple to the complex and from the homogeneous to the heterogeneous.
However these issues are settled between religion and science, there is another area of contact between the two which seems more attractive and amenable to mutual interest and investigation — and that is the interface area between science and spirituality. The points of contact here seem to be much closer and more intimate. Rene Weber, in her Dialogues with Sages and Scientists, maintains that both the scientist and the mystic seek unity in the universe or reality. “A parallel principle derives both science and mysticism — the assumption that unity lies at the heart of our world and that it can be discovered and experienced by man.” (Weber, p.13). While the scientist, according to her, approaches the question of unity through his scientific method and reasoning, the mystic approaches it through self-knowledge. While the methodology of science is quantitative and mathematical, the methodology of mysticism is meditational. (Weber, p.8). Weber admits, however, that there are other differences between science and mysticism:scientific method is cognitive and analytical; it studies the universe piecemeal. It claims its results to be objective and value free. (Weber, p.8). The mystic’s unity is experiential — it isunion with the infinite (for instance, the “Thou art that” of the Upanishads). (Weber, p.9). While the scientist seeks to unify, he leaves himself out of this “equation” (Weber, p.10), in spite of the fact that in quantum mechanics the observer and the observed are “admitted to constitute a unit.” According to Weber, the scientific community has not yet caught up with the full meaning of this declaration. (Weber, p.10).
Particularly in physics, the search for the `singularity’ before time, as in the physical theories of Stephen Hawking, is an expression of this search for unity, just as the `super- implicate’ order in David Bohm is another such expression. Professor Bohm claims that the quantum mechanical field theory implies some such notion as his super-implicate order. (In Weber, pp.34, 37). In his view, the relationship between what he calls the super-implicate order(1) and what he calls the implicate order is similar to the relationship between consciousness and matter. They are two aspects of one “process”. (In Weber p.38). Bohm disputes other physicists who claim that his theories do not have much scientific value because they do not yield any empirically predictable results. Yet he claims that his theory is not mere speculation but “is implied by present quantum mechanics if you look at it imaginatively.” (In Weber, p.37). But when he is asked the question of whether there is any super-super-implicate order, he answers that “we can’t grasp that in thought …. We’re not saying that any of this is another word for God. I would put it another way: people hadinsight in the past about a form of intelligence that had organized the universe and they personalized it and called it God. A similar insight can prevail today without personalizing it and without calling it a personal God.” (In Weber, p.39).
Bohm observes that Sheldrake, a biologist, admits that the evidence for the latter’s morphogenetic fields(2) is very limited and “requires a lot of experimentation.” (In Weber, p.96). His own and Sheldrake’s theories are
about as testable as any other theories. There is no way to disprove a hypothesis of this level of generality, although it’s possible to conceive of evidence accumulating which would make it look unlikely. As far as the implicate order is concerned, since that’s even more general, it would be much harder to discussevidence. The only ‘evidence’ I can present is that it’s a way of looking at the subject which brings it all together. And I think it has a promise of being truthful….. (In Weber, p.96).
Bohm disputes the scientific idea that the ability of a theory to predict and control nature proves its truth. “It merely proves that we can turn this crank and get the right answers in a certain area. If you restrict yourself to these areas, your theory naturally appears unassailable.” (In Weber, p.105).
In general, both Bohm and Sheldrake seem to embrace the idea that the universe ultimately developed out of some sort of consciousness or intelligence. They both deny that either matter or mechanism explain nature and the universe. They both believe thatmeaning (mathematics for David Bohm) and order are part of nature and that we can study that order through mathematics or scientific theory. And yet, Bohm clearly gives the idea that thought is incapable of grasping the ultimate origins of the universe, because previous scientists (like Poincar or Einstein) didn’t know what the source of their mathematics was, and therefore they called it mysterious. (In Weber p.147). It is Bohm’s view that, inasmuch as he is studying the mathematical order of the universe, and inasmuch as mathematics is meaning and meaning is a property of consciousness, the scientist is ultimately, like the mystic, studying consciousness. “In some ways the pure mathematician is going into one of the aspects of consciousness.” (In Weber, p.149). He says that although the scientist is “inspired by the experience of matter, nevertheless once it has entered consciousness he is trying to find something that goes on in consciousness which has an order of its own.” (In Weber, p.149).
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Do Your Own Thinking: R. Buckminster Fuller

Buckminster Fuller

Do Your Own Thinking: R. Buckminster Fuller:
R. Buckminster Fuller with a message that seems more relevant today than ever: Do your own thinking.

Here’s another thought from Mr. Fuller for your consideration:
“We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian-Darwinian theory, he must justify his right to exist. So we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors. The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living.”
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