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Some indigenous communities in South America have been working on a way to participate in REDD+ (Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) on their own terms. In 2009, Colombia began to create the National Strategy for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (ENREDD+), an offshoot of REDD+. Currently 64 countries use REDD+ as a national strategy for climate change mitigation. It aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by deforestation in developing countries by offering financial incentives in exchange for the protection of forest resources and their sustainable use. Some communities in Colombia didn’t agree to participate in the REDD+ process over fears of losing territorial sovereignty. Thus, the coordinator of the Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon River Basin (COICA) joined the ENREDD+ strategy and adapted it based on their ancestral knowledge. COICA opted to "adjust this initiative to our life without losing autonomy," according to Mateo Estrada Córdoba, the Territory and Environment Coordinator of the Organization of Indigenous Peoples of the Colombian Amazon (OPIAC), and a member of the Siriano del Vaupés village. [caption id="attachment_192208" align="aligncenter" width="768"] For the indigenous communities of the Amazon, it is important that ancestral traditions are recognized as the basis for the implementation of the RIA. Photo by Rodrigo Durán Bahamón[/caption] From there, the Amazon Indigenous REDD+ (RIA in Spanish) was born, which operates in Peru, Colombia, Brazil and Ecuador. "[It is] a model that seeks to incorporate, in an equitable and culturally appropriate way, indigenous territories, Amazonian peoples and organizations to…
Global trade has made it easier to buy things. But our consumption habits often fuel threats to biodiversity -- such as deforestation, overhunting and overfishing -- thousands of miles away. Now, scientists have mapped how major consuming countries drive threats to endangered species elsewhere. Such maps could be useful for finding the most efficient ways to protect critical areas important for biodiversity, the researchers suggest in a new study published in Nature Ecology & Evolution. “Conservation measures must consider not just the point of impact, but also the consumer demand that ultimately drives resource use,” the researchers write in the paper. Researchers Daniel Moran of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and Keiichiro Kanemoto of Shinshu University in Japan, identified 6,803 threatened species (species that are listed as vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered on the IUCN Red List), and pinpointed the commodities that contribute to various threats affecting those species. Then they traced the implicated commodities to their final consumers in 187 countries using a global trade model. The resulting maps can tell which countries, and which commodities, threaten species at the various hotspots, the researchers say. [caption id="attachment_192204" align="aligncenter" width="768"] Global species threat hotspots linked to consumption in the EU-27. Map by Moran and Kanemoto, Nature, Ecology & Evolution (2016).[/caption] For example, the maps show that commodities used in the United States and the European Union exert several threats on marine species in Southeast Asia, mainly due to overfishing, pollution and aquaculture. The U.S. also exerts pressure on hotspots off…
2016 may have been a shit year for politics and the mortality of cultural icons, but it was a banner year for horror films and a few of the best ones are ultra-low-budget affairs that may have slipped under some folks’ radar.
What follows are, in my opinion, the five best horror...
Well, folks, here we are again, another week of prepping under our prepper belts and what did you do with the past week prep wise?
I hope you didn’t set on your butt and do nothing or worse completely stop prepping because of the results of an election… That’s the definition of false hope, because as I’ve said before we are too far past the tipping point to bring the economy or the country back to center.
Either you prep for what is coming or you and your family will be forced to face the hardship of your inaction. We are being set up for a crash anyone who has...
1.) He is little twit right up until the end of his term – Obama Awards Himself Distinguished Public Service Medal!
2.) Four blacks in custody after mentally disabled white man tied up, tortured on Facebook Live: Kidnappers yelled “F*** Trump!” and “F*** white people!” Mainstream media says not a hate crime. I bet if it had been four whites who did the same to a black man they would be screaming hate crime at every outlet… why is it that only white people can commit a hate crime?
Update – they have been now charged with a hate crime, but they probably...
One of the biggest mineral deficiencies in the world is Zinc, with as many as two billion people around the world being in a daily deficit. A modest 4 milligrams of zinc extra every day in the diet may reduce DNA strand breaks and improve levels of proteins involved in DNA repair, oxidative stress, and
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Indonesia, trailing just behind the United States as the fourth most populous country in the world, has a large and growing bitcoin community. The vast population is 80 percent unbanked, and their Rupiah is one of the most-traded currencies for bitcoin worldwide already. Bitcoin.com interviewed Suasti Atmastuti Astaman, the Business Development Manager of Indonesian bitcoin exchange Bitcoin.co.id.
Also read: Here Are Bitcoin’s 8 Fastest Growing Markets
Bitcoin.com (BC): What’s your market share of the Indonesian bitcoin market?
Bitcoin.co.id (BI): We have more than 229,500 members with daily growth around 100-150 members.
Our daily transaction volume can reach up to 1.5 million USD per day. And we are listed as one of the biggest Bitcoin exchanges in Southeast Asia.
I believe we control for more than 70% Bitcoin transaction in Indonesia, considering we are the biggest Bitcoin exchange in Indonesia.
BC: Can you describe the bitcoin market in Indonesia?
BI: The majority of members in our Bitcoin exchange serve as Bitcoin traders, rather than Bitcoin users. They buy Bitcoin in intention to gain profit and use it whether for a short-term investment, a long-term one or perhaps both. They trade quite often, buying Bitcoin when the price is low, and selling it again when the price increases.
There are a lot of people in Indonesia that love to take profit from trading, not just cryptocurrency, but also stocks and foreign exchange. Apparently, they love Bitcoin just as much since the price tends to fluctuate a lot. For people who love the idea of Bitcoin as a new form of money, they are going to hate knowing that there a lot of people taking profit from Bitcoin trading but that’s the fact a...
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As with the Internet of Things, blockchain adoption will face further hurdles. Yet all hope is not lost, says Peernova's Dave Hudson.
National Museum of African American History and Culture – Smithsonian (all photos courtesy of the Smithsonian)
At the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., there is a section on the top floor designated the “Culture Galleries,” which presents examples of African American contributions to visual art, music, dance, spoken word poetry, and other performance. The area detailing the history of the African people brought to these shores who eventually went on to create unique ways of living here is located below street level, at the foundation of the building. In the middle, the layout includes a floor of “Community Galleries,” which display exhibits on sports, military experience, faith, formal education, and examples of different residential neighborhoods with majority black populations. Other floors contain a library, classrooms, a family history center with resources for conducting research, a theater, a café, and, of course, a gift shop.A view of the lobby from near the entrance ...
Zwei Hamburger Kulturbetreiber machen vor, wie man mit Eintrittsgeldern auch umgehen kann und lassen die Besucher selbst entscheiden, ob sie sich den Eintritt leisten können oder nicht – und ob sie Eintritt bezahlen oder nicht. Der Unterhalt eines Museums oder Ausstellungshauses ist ohne Frage sehr kostspielig. Große öffentliche Museen erhalten in der Regel eine umfangreiche staatliche Förderung und generieren durch Eintrittsgelder zusätzliche Einnahmen, um den laufenden Betrieb zu finanzieren. Private Sammlungen oder Häuser wie das Miniatur Wunderland finanzieren sich oftmals komplett über Eintrittsgelder, da sie aufgrund von populären Themen größere Besuchermengen anziehen. Neben den Themen und Inhalten bestimmt dabei aber vor allem die Höhe des Eintritts darüber, wer ins Museum oder eben ins Miniuatur Wunderland geht. Längst nicht alle können sich den Eintritt leisten. Das Miniatur Wunderland, dass seit 15 Jahren von den beiden Brüdern Gerrit und Frederik Braun in der Hamburger Speicherstadt betrieben wird, bricht seit der Eröffnung jedes Jahr erneut seine Besucherzahlenrekorde. Im letzte Jahr haben 1,3 Millionen Gäste die Miniaturwelt besucht. Damit sollte das Haus eher keine Finanzierungsprobleme haben. Mit einer schönen Aktion zeigen die beiden Gründer und Betreiber nun bereits das zweite Mal, wie man trotz Erfolg mit Eintrittsgeldern auch umgehen kann. Den halben Januar lang können Besucher, die sich den Eintritt nicht leisten können, oder aber lange darüber nachdenken ...
Der Beitrag Freiwilliger Eintritt im Miniatur Wunderland auf der Basis von Vertrauen erschien zuerst auf URBANSHIT.
While waiting for the third volume of Simon Callow’s Orson Welles biography to arrive in the mail, I’ve been watching a number of movies by and about Welles. Among them is a documentary that was to have aired on French TV in May 1968, before...
The price of bitcoin has sank more than 10 percent from the day’s peak, a development that comes after a week of volatile market moves.
Five years ago, when Lankenau Medical Center was confronted with evidence that it was serving the unhealthiest county in Pennsylvania, the hospital decided to embrace the findings with an unconventional approach: building a half-acre organic farm on its campus to provide fresh produce to patients. The teaching and research hospital just outside Philadelphia was in
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More than 300 varieties of Kit Kat have gone on sale in Japan, including wasabi, green tea, soy sauce, pumpkin pudding, creme brûlée and melon and cheese.
And to think, we got excited over here when they introduced the “chunky” edition.
So there is .. sake kit Kat pic.twitter.com/hFQS4PIiFz
— Pamf in Japan (@HakuPamfer) January 5, 2017
— Liza Bel (@Liza_Bel) January 5, 2017
— Food Maniac Pro (@FoodManiacPro) January 3, 2017
Jisoo gave wasabi flavoured kitkat to soonyoungㅋㅋㅋ
— 키키 (@ohmywonwoo) January 1, 2017
Still, the simple four-fingered chocolate snack is full of surprises.
In a BBC documentary fronted by Gregg Wallace it was revealed that the filling between the bits of wafer is made up of… bits of broken Kit Kat.
The filling inside a Kit-Kat bar is crushed up Kit-Kat bars which makes you wonder how the first Kit-Kat bar was ever made.
— Todd Roy (@TheToddRoy.........
Bitcoin may be small compared to other global currencies but it is the God of small things and its value represents hope which is priceless.
Local news…the last two paragraphs are surely journalism at its very best pic.twitter.com/aCz6gYCwuX
— Adam Hart (@AdamHartScience) January 5, 2017
Here are some more mundane articles published in local newspapers, including one about a coat in a tree and a photo of a curious blob.
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By Dr. Mercola Many are confused about the benefits and value of chiropractic treatment. According to Dr. Billy DeMoss, a chiropractor with a practice in Newport Beach, who believes chiropractic is vastly underutilized. He’s also the founder Cal Jam, one of the largest chiropractic teaching events in the world. I will have the privilege of
Bank ATMs have been attracting criminals from all over the world. Emptying these machines can be done in various ways, although careless fraud is becoming more prevalent. Cardless ATM transactions are the prime reason why criminals have a much easier time as of late. Once criminals obtain stolen bank account usernames and passwords, converting it … Continue reading Cardless ATM Fraud Is Fueled By Insecure Bank Countermeasures
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by Marco Torres; Prevent Disease
Due to currents levels of soil depletion, genetic modification and pesticides, crops grown decades ago were much richer in vitamins and minerals than the varieties most of us get today. But what’s the nutritional difference between a carrot in 1950s and one today?
Higher antioxidant levels, lower pesticide loads, better farming practices all lead to a more nutritious end product when choosing organic over GMO foods. But the primary culprit in this disturbing nutritional trend is soil depletion: Modern intensive agricultural methods have stripped increasing amounts of nutrients from the soil in which the food we eat grows. Sadly, each successive generation of fast-growing, pest-resistant carrot is truly less good for you than the one before.
One day on the ISPS listserv, psychologist Paris Williams shared a chapter from a book in which an herbalist and alternative healer named Stephen Harrod Buhner described his approach to working with the extreme states of mind commonly labeled as “schizophrenia” by psychiatrists. The chapter was entitled “On the Healing of Schizophrenia” and the book is Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm.
Buhner described concepts which I knew from my study of psychoanalytic approaches to these problems, such as profound fragmentation of the mind into part-selves to counter overwhelming anxiety, and the great care and lengthy time frames necessary to help severely traumatized people regain trust in the outside world. Buhner described how the dedicated healer could painstakingly be permitted access to the fragmented inner world of a terrified person and help them reintegrate their mind. Of “schizophrenia,” Buhner said, “The cultural paradigm or view of the condition is itself dysfunctional, to the extent that the paradigm is crazy.” (Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm, pg. 503)
Finding myself intrigued by this man who'd never trained in psychiatry or psychology but who nevertheless worked effectively with people in severe distress using self-developed theories, I tracked Buhner down. I asked him to speak to me about these issues, and here is what resulted:
Matt: Hi Stephen, welcome and thanks for agreeing to this interview. I found out about you when psychologist Paris Williams referred me to your books on alternative healing. I would like to ask several questions about your approach to serious distress, and Paris has a few further questions.
First, can you tell a little bit about your background and training? Where did you train, what sort of philosophy about the world do you have; what sort of therapist were you, and what sort of work do you do now?
Stephen: I never did fit into the boxes of life very well; I was always neuro-atypical. I actually prefer that term to any of the other labels that are commonly used by members of the psychotherapeutic community. The range of “aberrations” they describe and label are, in nearly every instance, common throughout populations, though there do tend to be alterations in their density in various cultures.
So, being neuro-atypical and severely gifted (a blessing and a curse) as well, I found that I actually fit much better outside the reductive therapeutic world. I have written about parts of my decision to follo...
For those who think solar can’t work in the north, if you think it’s too cloudy and gloomy, you’d be surprised. Turns out, Seattle City Light customers are installing solar equipment on their homes and businesses in greater numbers every year. While they are known for their rainy and cloudy skies, Seattle actually receives more
by Family Health Freedom
As the winter months approach so do colds and flu. Some assossiatte this to warmer winter clothes, getting cozy under a blanket with snacks and movies or having fresh veggies. Due to low temperatures and illness winter can be quite dangerous. Sneezing, coughing and runny noses are common. However, you don’t have to rush to the doctor immediately. You can use home remedies to help yourself.
1. Sweet mix
Mix 200g sugar, 300ml water, 1 tbsp white mallow 1tbsp chamomile, 6 bay leaves, 1 tbsp sage and heat it. You should get a brown liquid. Remove it from the heat. Once it has cooled down place it in a bottle. Older people and babies can consume 1 tbsp while kids 2 tbsps daily.
A statue of Neptune in Bologna’s Piazza del Nettuno that was deemed “sexually explicit” by Facebook (photo by Cassinam/Wikimedia Commons)
Art Movements is a weekly collection of news, developments, and stirrings in the art world.
Facebook blocked a photo of a 16th-century statue of Neptune that stands in Bologna’s Piazza del Nettuno for being “sexually explicit” and revealing the human anatomy “to an excessive degree.”
Attendance at the Louvre dropped for the second year in a row to 7.3 million visitors in 2016, from 8.6 million in 2015 (when it was down from its 2014 high of 9.3 million). The museum, which is the most visited one in the world, attributed the drop to reduced tourist numbers following terrorist attacks in Paris.
A self-portrait by the Dutch Golden Age painter Judith Leyster that was long believed lost was discovered hanging in a family’s country home.
A council in West Yorkshire that recently had to close two of its museums for lack of funds is contemplating selling an early painting by Francis Bacon from its collection. “Figure Study II,” a work from the 1940s, has been valued at £19.5 million (~$24.2 million).
The French government has placed a 30-month export ban on a two-sided drawing...
January 6, 2017 As a child, I seemed to be afraid of everything, cats, dogs, snakes, dragonflies, ghosts, kidnappers – even ordinary ducks. And one of my missions in life has been the systematic overcoming of those fears, one by … Continue reading
by Karine Bell; tiny buddha
“We shake with joy, we shake with grief. What a time they have, these two housed as they are in the same body.” ~Mary Oliver
Mindfulness is a way of relating to our experience that opens us to the totality of it—that is, we learn to embrace it all, the joy and the heartache. But some experiences are harder to be with.
It’s difficult to be with physical or emotional pain, and we often retreat to the mind in search of distractions. But when we are able to fully be with our experience, something that feels like magic happens.
by Shane Krider; Life Hack
Spiritual and emotional IQ is the ability to see a bigger picture, to see cause and effect within your life at a level above what an average person would consider. We as human beings, tend to believe that we are destined to have life pan out a certain way. Our family and friends lives are similar to ours, so that’s our reality and we accept it. Sure there are some ‘lucky’ people out there achieving a lifestyle we could never envisage for ourselves, but you feel they’re different, special and blessed ?
But you know what? They’re not. They just have a higher spiritual and emotional intelligence that has allowed them to create their life beyond conventional limitations. I’m going to show you how you can achieve that too.
So spiritual and emotional IQ means turning life on its head. Instead of walking around and looking at how you’re the victim of everything going on around you, take a look and ask – what if I could create anything and transform everything in my life? What if my own belief systems – my actions and decisions – are causing my life to be this way, in every capacity? What if I could gain a perspective that was high enough to change that?
According to the Cyber Security Experts Association of Nigeria (CSEAN), the Nigerian government is ill-prepared for cybercrime in 2017. Cybercrime changed drastically during 2016; threat actors grew in number and capability. The Nigerian government lacked a cybersecurity budget and overlooked the creation of a realistic strategy. For these reasons alone, CSEAN announced a fearfulness for the cybersecurity landscape in 2017.
The Nigerian cybercrime gangs, CSEAN said, started using advanced tools and programs—the types typically used by “sophisticated criminals and espionage groups.” In August 2016 Interpol arrested the ringleader of a massive, international, email fraud organization. The group hacked the customer email accounts of large corporations and then used the accounts to scam the supplier or company. Interpol announced that the group stole $60-million worldwide.
Leadership.ng, “Nigeria’s most influential newspaper,” reported that the country loses nearly half-a-billion dollars to cybercrime annually. The author predicted that in 2017, five categories of cybercrime will dominate the country. The current CEO email scam made the list, along with ransomware, assisted online kidnapping, cyber bullying, and impersonation.
CEO email scams needed no explanation—contrary to the relatively new term: “assisted online kidnapping.” Remi Afon, the CSEAN president, described the increase in ransomware attacks came from the more user-friendly malware deployment kits. He continued to explain the ease in which a ransomware package can be purchased and used by those with “little or no cyber know-how from the darkweb.”
Assisted online kidnapping, he said, is an aspect of the crime that the public is unaware of. Afon explained that social media identifies a person, often via geolocation on their smartphone:
Kidnappers have started using geolocation and geotagging to target their victims. Geotagging are pieces of information that can be attached to a tweet, status or photo on a social networking site that show the physical location of where something had been posted. Social media that have location geotagging implemented include Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and even Google+, amongst many others (Remi Afon via Leadership.ng).
Cyberbullying, he said, “made some Nigerians go berserk in 2016.” With internet and smartphone access on the rise, people have nearly unlimited network connectivity. This uptick in online-time by both the victims and perpetrators made cyberbullying an easy crime to commit. Often, in Nig...
President-elect Donald Trump has a very particular style and etiquette when it comes to Tweets – so the account @MatureTrumpTwts rewrites his 140 characters of manbaby wails into something that sounds like it could sent by an adult. Here are some of our favourites.
I will not be commenting about the hacks until I have heard the full intel briefing. It's important to have the facts before weighing in. https://t.co/aHMo0obmaH
— PresidentialTrump (@MatureTrumpTwts) January 4, 2017
Happy New Year to all, including my many opponents who fought hard for what they believe. May 2017 bring us unity, peace, harmony and love. https://t.co/WtTDpqcnuU
— PresidentialTrump (@MatureTrumpTwts) December 31, 2016
As 2016 closes, may we put aside our differences, find warmth & comfort w/family and friends – & come together for the America we all want. https://t.co/LY6cxVkblF
— PresidentialTrump (@MatureTrumpTwts) December 24, 2016
Reflective & solemn thinking of the great men who came before me. This inauguration is about the American people. I'm moved to be part of it https://t.co/ZvJ0XgJ2qn
— PresidentialTrump (@MatureTrumpTwts) December 23, 2016
ANY hint of election tampering by foreign govts MUST be investigated. Democracy rests on election integrity. Anything less is unacceptable! https://t.co/Drj8g7o3tw
— PresidentialTrump (@MatureTrumpTwts)...
Officials from the People's Bank of China met with representatives of major bitcoin exchanges this week to issue a warning about their conduct.
by Marc Oromaner; Waking Times
Anyone who travels within spiritual circles has probably heard about “vibrations.” The context is usually that someone with a higher vibration is somehow more spiritual or that the goal of the individual is to raise his or her vibration. But what does this really mean? Is it all just spiritual mumbo jumbo or is there actually a science behind vibrations? As you probably figured out from the title of this article, I believe that there is absolutely a science to this spiritual concept. And I believe I can prove it.
Let’s start with what we know. At the center of our solar system is our sun—a big ball of light. Around it, orbits the planets. The closer planets, such as Mercury and Venus, move more quickly around the sun because they have smaller orbits. In our universe, patterns are continually repeating. For example, the atoms that make up the matter of our world are designed just like mini-solar systems. At the center of every atom is a nucleus. Around it, orbits its electrons. The difference is that at this subatomic level, the electrons can leap from one orbit to the next, giving us the term “quantum leap.”
Our next installment of videos to feature musicians who earned a slot on the Best of 2016 list come courtesy of bassist Jasper Høiby and the band Moker. Jasper Høiby‘s Fellow Creatures earned the #13 slot on the Best Of list, and even then I’m not sure that sufficiently reflects just how good that […]
Never let it be said that telly types are running out of ideas how to entertain the nation on a Saturday night. Oh no.
Saturday sees the return of The Voice on ITV. It used to be on BBC1, but now it will be back with Will.i.am, a couple of new judges, and the return of Tom Jones.
To fill the hole in its schedule, the BBC turned to the nation’s favourite tax avoider, Gary Barlow, for its own singing talent contest, Let It Shine.
Simon Cowell is said to have consulted his lawyers over any resemblances to The X Factor, although in truth it is more a throwback to those Andrew Lloyd-Webber shows like How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?
Let It Shine – let it be said – is nothing like The Voice. It’s a completely different show. Here’s seven reasons why.
1. Let It Shine has four judges. The Voice doesn’t have judges, it has four “coaches”.
2. The Voice is looking for one singer, Let It Shine is looking for five, all of whom must be able to do a passable impression of Take That.
3. Let It Shine has Martin Kemp of ‘80s popsters Spandau Ballet. The Voice has Gavin Rossdale of ‘90s rocksters, Bush. Stop sniggering at the back.
4. The Voice’s chairs spin round. The chairs on Let It Shine have no angular momentum (but they are easier to pick up).
5. Let It Shine will feature lots of Take That songs. Definitely Back for Good. And Pray. The Voice won’t.
6. The Voice has got Tom Jones, who once said the talent on a previous series of the show was “shit”. He later took it back.
7. Let It Shine has two presenters – Graham Norton and Mel Giedroyc. The Voice has only got one – Emma Willis. She used to present it with Marvin Humes, but now he’ll be watching from home.
Totally different, then.
But if you’re not a fan of this sort of thing, try Britain’s Ancient Capital: Secrets of Orkney, on BBC2, in which Mark Owen and Rita Ora investigate neolithic life at the Ness of Brodgar on the Orkney Islands.
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China Done It! The People's Bank of China Meets BTCC.
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The Mirror reports that the mishap was discovered by the woman’s great-grandaughter Gabriela Brandão, who posted images of the figurine on Facebook with the caption “My great-grandmother prays to this Saint Anthony every day…. But look closer”
Gabriela has apprently since found a genuine St Anthony figurine for her great-grandmother, so wee little Elrond can go back in the cupboard.
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The book takes us inside some beautiful she sheds all over the world and tells the story of why their owners created them and how they are used. It also shares some of those details you're probably curious to know, such as the location, size of shed, and cost to build it.
My favorite shed in the book is "La Casita"--a lovely Scandinavian style cottage in Dallas, Texas. The owner is Paige Morse, an interior designer & stylist. She originally wanted to renovate the shed in her backyard to use as a styling and photography studio. Along the way, she had the idea to turn it into a full blown tiny house complete with a small kitchen and bathroom. Now. it serves a dual purpose as a quiet space for her to work and an additional revenue stream--she put her own house on Airbnb, and simply moves into "La Casita" when it's rented out!
The inside is light, bright, and absolutely beautiful, with lots of stark white paint contrasted by deep black floors and appliances (a counter level fridge is jus...
One of the most propulsive forces in our social and economic lives is the rate at which emerging technology transforms every sphere of human labor. Despite the political leverage obtained by fearmongering about immigrants and foreigners, it’s the robots who are actually taking our jobs. It is happening, as former SEIU president Andy Stern warns in his book Raising the Floor, not in a generation or so, but right now, and exponentially in the next 10-15 years.
Self-driving cars and trucks will eliminate millions of jobs, not only for truckers and taxi (and Uber and Lyft) drivers, but for all of the people who provide goods and services for those drivers. AI will take over for thousands of coders and may even soon write articles like this one (warning us of its impending conquest). What to do? The current buzzword—or buzz-acronym—is UBI, which stands for “Universal Basic Income,” a scheme in which everyone would receive a basic wage from the government for doing nothing at all. UBI, its proponents argue, is the most effective way to mitigate the inevitably massive job losses ahead.
Those proponents include not only labor leaders like Stern, but entrepreneurs like Peter Barnes and Elon Musk (listen to him discuss it above), and political philosophers like Georgetown University’s Karl Widerquist. The idea is an old one; its modern articulation originated with Thomas Paine in his 1795 tract Agrarian Justice. But Thomas Paine did not foresee the robot angle. Alan Watts, on the other hand, knew precisely what lay ahead for post-industrial society back in the 1960s, as did many of his contemporaries.
Samsung has announced the MoneyDrane5000 HD4k8KUHDMCCOBE smart television whose advanced AI processor will allow it to watch, criticise, get bored with and channel hop television programmes by itself.
Owners of the new television have given mixed reviews, however. ‘It’s true that it gives me a lot of spare time, but I’m fed up with the TV joining in with the theme tune for The One Show or shouting out ‘deck the tosser’ during the Jeremy Kyle show,’ said one disappointed owner. ‘And from the various ‘leakages’ under the set, I suspect it’s been watching Babestation after I’ve gone to bed.’
‘£27,000 might be out of many people’s price range but a cheaper model is being developed’, noted a Samsung product development manager. ‘We realised that if the TV is watching the programmes itself, it doesn’t actually need a screen, or receiver or a box. So the customer simply pays us £999 and they’ll receive a ‘conceptual’ television. Joey Essex has bought 2.’
Welcome to in5d News, your source for Alternative News related to POSITIVE change in our society. Alternative news is the REAL news that is not being reported on the main stream media (MSM). It also reveals the propaganda that IS being reported by the MSM. If you’ve noticed, the main stream media promotes violence, fear […]
Researcher Nolan Bauerle looks at Zcash, its privacy-powered blockchain technology and how he believes it could empower economics in the future.
China - The government of the People's Republic of China is officially atheist and anyone who is not an atheist cannot become the leader of the party. Religious affairs and issues in the country are overseen by the State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA). Freedom of religion is guaranteed by China's constitution, although religious organizations that lack official approval can be subject to state persecution.
Article 36 of the Constitution of People’s Republic of China 1982 states this:
“Citizens of the People’s Republic of China enjoy freedom of religious belief. No state organ, public organization or individual may compel citizens to believe in, or not to believe in, any religion: nor may they discriminate against citizens who believe in, or do not believe in any religion. The state protects normal religious activities. No one may make use of religion to engage in activities that disrupt public order, impair the health of citizens or interfere with the educational system of the state. Religious bodies and religious affairs are not subject to any foreign domination.” [Bold added]
The question is, what are normal religious activities and those loopholes in the Article 36 can easily be used as an excuse for the government to act as they did in the case of mosques demolition. Under the guise of protection the public safety, China has destroyed several thousand mosques. Eysajan Yaqup, a police officer in Toqquzaq township said: “Convincing the people that one of the purposes for demolishing the mosques was for the safety of the worshipers was a bit difficult; Some of them laughed at us when we explained the purpose, and some of them stared at us to show their disagreement.” But they have successfully completed their duty within three months, he added.
China officially recognizes only five religions – Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Catholicism, and Protestantism. It estimates that it is home to 23 million Muslims, although some sources claim as many as 50 million Muslims live in the country. Uyghur extremists are blamed for a string of violent attacks and clashes in recent years. But critics say the government has exaggerated the threat from the Uyghurs, and that repressive domestic policies are responsible for violence that has left hundreds dead since 2009.
In China there are a very high number of restrictions on its people. The Communist government is led by the fact that too much freedom of religion will directly reduce....
So the end of the week is here, and it’s time to take a penultimate look at the bitcoin price market before we kick off the weekend. Price has been pretty volatile across the last few days, and with this volatility has come plenty of opportunity to get in and out of the markets according … Continue reading Bitcoin Price Watch; Widening Out The Range
There is just something that happens after the Winter holiday. It starts when we finish taking down our last Christmas decoration, and seems to last through the first few weeks of January. The kids are dragging their feet as they are forced to wake up early again, and getting back into a routine can be […]
A feature film on Bitcoin, called “Banking on Bitcoin”, is set to be released on January 6, 2017. Produced by Gravitas Ventures, the film will cover many of the space’s best-known players, such as Charlie Shrem, Barry Silbert, Erik Voorhees, Nathaniel Popper and more.
Bitcoin.com spoke with director Christopher Cannucciari, the film’s director, about why he set out to make a bitcoin film.
Why did you choose to make a bitcoin film?
CC: It’s interesting. It’s an open-source project, so everyone brings to it what they can. I can’t program. I hoped to bring what I could with filmmaking to the world of bitcoin, and to a wider audience, who have maybe heard about Bitcoin, Mt. Gox, Charlie Shrem and the Silk Road.
The film doesn’t pretend these things didn’t happen, but hopes to provide some context. Maybe they were judged harshly or maybe these things are necessary for something to grow like bitcoin has. You have to take the good with the bad and see what you are left with. At the end of the day, bitcoin is this open-source project so powerful it is changing people’s lives.
BN: What was your experience with bitcoin when you started filming more than three years ago?
CC: I came as a complete outsider to bitcoin in 2013, though I was always interested the technology. I come to it with a filmmaker’s perspective. I had had one experience with digital currency. I worked on a short documentary in Africa in 2008, where there was political turmoil and the banks were closed. Pre-Safaricom in east Africa, instead of people trading money from one end of country to the other, they traded phone credits.
Using phone credits was an organic homegrown idea that arose out of the necessity. That was a novel idea and I thought, ‘Wouldn’t that be cool if we could be so forward thinking here in the US or developed world. When bitcoin was on the rise in 2012-2013, I was watching it keenly to see if this could be that next step in the evolution of money, and I think it is. I was really attracted to the idea of emailable money.
India - The Supreme Court of India has ruled on Monday that its constitution allowed for the free practice of faith but could “forbid interference of religions and religious beliefs with secular activity such as elections”. India is the world's most populous democracy. A parliamentary republic with a multi-party system, it has six recognized national parties, including the Indian National Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and more than 40 regional parties. The Congress is considered center-left in Indian political culture, and the BJP right-wing.
The ban on political candidates from seeking election on the basis of religion, caste or language can have far-reaching consequences for Indian politics practice. Achieving election won by so obtained votes could be considered corrupt practice and the result set aside, the court said. Traditionally, India is a state where religion and caste have helped drive voters to the polls.
But some experts expressed skepticism about whether it could be enforced.
Ashok Malik, a fellow at the Delhi-based Observer Research Foundation, pointed out: “If this judgment is taken literally, then pretty much every single party in India could be disqualified.” “You can’t ban identity. … A sweeping ban on the use of identity for political mobilization is going to be unimplementable,” he added.
Indian voters, especially outside big cities, have historically been organized into “vote-banks” along religious, caste and language blocs, divisions the country’s founders considered an essential component of managing power in such an intricately diverse nation.
The caste system in India is the paradigmatic ethnographic example of caste. It has pre-modern origins, was transformed by the British Raj, and is today the basis of educational and job reservations in India. It consists of two different concepts, varna and jāti, which may be regarded as different levels of analysis of this system.
Varna literally means color, and was a framework for grouping people into classes, first used in Vedic Indian society. Jāti may be translated as caste, and refers to birth. The jātis developed in post-Vedic times, possibly from crystallization of guilds during its feudal era.
PV Dinesh, a Supreme Court advocate, said the slow pace of India’s judicial system might also complicate the way the law was implemented. “If an election takes places today, and you’re questioning whether it involved corrupt practice, that whole court process will more than six or seven years,” he said. “But elected term...
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Mark Elliot Zuckerberg (born May 14, 1984) is an American computer programmer, Internet entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is the chairman, chief executive officer and co-founder of social networking website Facebook. His net worth is estimated to be $50 billion as of December 2016, ranking him the 5th richest person in the world.
Earlier, on Zuckerberg’s profile on Facebook, there was information which identified him as an atheist but he revealed his change of heart on his social media network by wishing everyone on Dec. 25 a “Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah” from “Priscilla, Max, Beast and me”. He referred in this wish to his wife, daughter and dog. Shortly after posting season greetings a commenter asked him, “Aren’t you an atheist?” and he responded: “No. I was raised Jewish and then I went through a period where I questioned things, but now I believe religion is very important.” He didn’t provide details about his faith.
In August, 2016, Zuckerberg met with Pope Francis in order to discuss “how to use communications technology to alleviate poverty, encourage a culture of encounter and to communicate a message of hope, especially to the most disadvantaged,” according to Vatican press office director Greg Burke. Zuckerberg gifted a drone to the religious leader and shared a photo of the exchange on Facebook. He added that he admired the pope and the meeting was unforgettable and posted “You can feel his warmth and kindness, and how deeply he cares about helping people”.
In 2015, he was traveling to China and visited the Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi’an and “offered a prayer for peace and health for the world and for my family,” Zuckerberg posted at the time, including a photo of himself kneeling in front of the Buddhist landmark.
His wife Priscilla is Buddhist and he is impressed with Buddhism, stating that it is an amazing religion and philosophy and hoping to continue understanding the faith more deeply. Maybe Zuckerberg still wanders in search of a religion that fits his beliefs.
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Leonard Peltier Prosecutor Joins Calls for Obama to Grant Clemency | Democracy Now!: Supporters of Leonard Peltier got a major boost this week in their campaign to win clemency for the 71-year-old Native American activist. U.S. Attorney James Reynolds, whose office prosecuted Peltier, added his voice to those calling on President Obama for a compassionate release. Speaking to The Guardian, Reynolds said, "There seems to be no point in taxpayers paying his room and board. It’s time to call it quits." Peltier is a former member of the American Indian Movement who was convicted of killing two FBI agents during a shootout on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1975. He has long maintained his innocence.
The Richie Allen Show on Davidicke.com: Von Daniken - Thousands Of Years Ago, Aliens Came Here & Spliced Our DNA With Theirs'
Habt ihr euch mal mit der Frage beschäftigt, wieso die Nazis es nie zu einer Atombombe geschafft haben?
Dazu gibt es jetzt neue Erkenntnisse aus alten Akten. Wenn man da nämlich mal einen Kernphysiker draufgucken lässt statt nur Historiker, dann fallen dem ein paar subtilere Details auf, die die Deutung verändern.
Sein Fazit: Der Uranverein kannte bis zum Kriegsende das Prinzip der Bombe nicht, sie haben nur an Reaktoren geforscht und nahmen fälschlicherweise an, dass das schon im Großen und Ganzen das gleiche Prinzip sei.
Die Farm-Hall-Protokolle untermauern das Ergebnis der Analyse der Dokumente: Den Mitgliedern des Uranvereins war die Funktionsweise einer nuklearen Explosion fremd. Heisenbergs Anfängerfehler belegen, dass er sie noch nie durchgerechnet hatte. Sein Seminarvortrag wiederum zeigt, dass ihm eine Woche genügte, um ein Grundverständnis der Physik der Bombe zu erlangen. Das ist der Gegenbeweis sowohl zu Roses Behauptung, er sei dazu nicht fähig gewesen, wie auch zu Powers Theorie, er habe es schon früher gewusst. Nach dieser Feststellung drängt sich allerdings der Umkehrschluss auf, den keiner der Historiker gezogen hat: Offenbar hat Heisenberg während des Kriegs nicht einmal eine Woche lang ernsthaft über die Physik der Bombe nachgedacht.Und das ist ja schon faszinierend. Wie konnte das sein? Der Artikel postuliert, dass man bei der Erforschung von physikalischem Neuland erst in verschiedene Richtungen forscht und sich dann auf vielversprechendere Optionen fokussiert, aber beim Uranverein faserte das im Gegenteil eher weiter auf. Jedes Grüppchen forschte an ihrem eigenen Kram herum. Der Artikel folgert daraus:
Dieses Projekt war nicht ernsthaft erfolgsorientiert. Viele Wissenschaftler fürchteten, dass sie im Fall der Einstellung ihres Vorhabens nicht zu einem anderen wechseln, sondern an die Front beordert würden.
‘Incoming Republican US President Donald Trump has continued his attacks on Democrats and President Barack Obama’s legacy-defining healthcare law while calling for a bipartisan effort in Congress to come up with a better healthcare alternative. In a series of tweets, Trump, condemned Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer and his fellow political party members, who have vowed to preserve the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, even as Republicans move ahead with their long-sought bid to dismantle it. “The Democrats, lead by head clown Chuck Schumer, know how bad ObamaCare is and what a mess they are in. Instead of working to fix it, they do the typical political thing and BLAME. The fact is ObamaCare was a lie from the beginning,” Trump wrote on Twitter.’ Read more: Trump slams Obamacare as ‘lie from the beginning’
‘The US House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan measure to disapprove a United Nations Security Council resolution that condemned Israeli settlements on the occupied Palestinian territories. The motion, passed 342 to 80 on Thursday, described last month’s resolution as “an obstacle to Israel-Palestinian peace,” and was a rebuke to President Barack Obama’s approach to the US-Israel relationship. It noted that the Obama administration’s decision to abstain – and not veto – the Security Council resolution “undermined” Washington’s decades-long policy of shielding Israel at the UN. The congressional measure stated that the US “should oppose and veto future United Nations Security Council resolutions that seek to impose solutions to final status issues, or are one-sided and anti-Israel.”’ Read more: US House votes to disavow UN resolution against Israel
Colombia military assassinated more civilians under Uribe than FARC
did in 30 years: This is the most inconvenient truth Colombia’s
electorate will have to accept once a Truth Commission and a
Transitional Justice Court take force to seek impartial justice for
the country’s 8 million victims.
The mass killing of civilians by the state is particularly inconvenient because Colombians will have to ask themselves how they got to elect and re-elect a president who, as commander-in-chief, ended up politically responsible for more than 40 times the homicides attributed to the country’s #1 terrorist, FARC leader Rodrigo Londo�o, a.k.a. “Timochenko,” who is either accused of or convicted for 106 homicides.
This information has been available for years, but has been consistently ignored or distorted in both Colombian and American media.
We’ve all been there, right? You’re in a nightclub, maybe you’ve had a drink, when suddenly something on the wall catches your eye. A piece of art, or a mirror, and you think … “I’ll have that.”
And then what happens? FLASH! Someone takes a picture and the act is captured for posterity forever – or, at least as long as people are looking at it on Twitter.
Initial Twitter suggested it was a “work of art”, although as many people pointed out, works of art aren’t entirely commonplace in nightclubs in south Wales.
Further investigation – a couple more tweets – revealed it was probably a mirror, suggesting whoever it was needed to take a “long hard look at himself”. Of course it did!
— Steffan Storch (@SteffanStorch) January 3, 2017
If it’s any help, it was Delusion night at the Swansea club called The Scene.
It turns out stranger things have been taken from nightclubs. Maybe.
— Rob Ashby-Hawkins (@HawkinsAshby) January 3, 2017
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‘Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has announced he will pour almost £10 million ($12 million) of his riches into his new non-profit organization set up to combat “populism.” Last month, the former prime minister said he was setting up the Tony Blair Institute (TBI) “after the political earthquakes in the UK with Brexit and with the American election.” Blair has insisted he is not personally returning to front-line politics, but wants to help fight the surge in right-wing and left-wing populism across Europe and America seen through the rise of Donald Trump and Britain voting to leave the EU. Populism is generally defined as a political style of action used to mobilize parts of society that feel alienated from a government seen as controlled by an out-of-touch, closed elite.’ Read more: Tony Blair pours £10 million into his crusade against ‘populism’
Although I live an “Uncle Cave-man” type of lifestyle, the fact that I am writing this article to you on a computer and use the internet should prove to you that I still need a certain number of things to carry out tasks besides a bow saw and a stone axe. Let’s go down a list of some things you can “miniaturize” and take with you in a small tool kit for your needs in a possible 72-hour emergency. Many of these are low cost and can be picked up in the Dollar Tree/Dollar store. Remember: You’re not going to stick-build trusses or frame a house – just make a small tool kit you’ll be able to use in a pinch that won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
Nicht sehr oft lassen sich Verkehrsunternehmen davon überzeugen, dass ihre Züge oder Busse durch Künstler gestaltet werden, um danach auf Reise durch die Stadt geschickt zu werden. Schon garnicht, wenn die Künstler aus dem Bereich Graffiti kommen. In den letzten Jahren scheinen scheinen sich allerdings immer mehr Verkehrsunternehmen darauf einzulassen, auch künstlerisch gestaltete Züge einzusetzen. Bild und Video: Rula Gao / Video Screenshot (Youtube) In der chinesischen Stadt Changsha wurden in einem größeren Jam mehrere Züge legal mit Graffiti bemalt. 19 Künstler wurden eingeladen, um insgesamt drei Züge zu gestalten, die danach auf die Schiene geschickt wurden. Mit dabei waren die Künstler: ASEB, RULA, NEIST, SHALA, SMEAR, SATR, MT, UNCLE, RAINBO, RAY, GAN, CAO, KONG, MIND, JASH, JIMIONE, SONG, SEVE, ZOVE and NILONE. Gesehen bei montana cans blog
Der Beitrag Eine chinesische Stadt lässt ihre Züge von 19 Graffitikünstlern bemalen erschien zuerst auf URBANSHIT.
When you open your closet and stare at your clothes, does boredom sweep over you? Are you tired of looking at the same old pants, skirts, and tops? Before you go out and blow a paycheck on a new wardrobe, why not consider recycling what you already have? With a few clever changes you can give your old tired clothes a new life. Here are some ideas:
There’s no quicker way to revamp the look of a blouse than to change its buttons. Pick a blouse from your closet and take it with you to your local fabric store. Go to the button section, and hold different buttons over the current ones. See what a difference a button can make? Pick out some interesting ones and have your tailor sew them on or sew them on yourself. Don’t forget about vintage buttons which you can find at estate sales and antique shops. They really add character to an ordinary blouse.
[Kp update: I did learn while listening, that this was indeed recorded on 1-5-17.]
The first time I ever posted a “Kent Dunn” was in this post from yesterday. As I said there, “I have listened to some of Kent Dunn’s intel from time to time, via Gary Larabee’s YouTube channel. I have found it very apocalyptic and illuminative…” Well, Kent Dunn now appears to be a “person of the moment” as far as apocalyptic revelations are concerned. He appears to be a multi-dimensionally connected being.
So the video below is from The Goldfish Report. The interview date is 1-5-17.
As always, discernment is advised.
‘Migrants should have to learn English when they arrive in Britain, or prove they can speak the language before moving, according to a new parliamentary report. The proposals suggest immigrants should take classes on arrival in order to socially integrate, after MPs and peers concluded the current “one size fits all” system doesn’t work. A radical overhaul of the way local governments deal with immigrant communities could see regions gain the power to act however they see fit. The policy proposals came from the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on social integration in response to the findings of the Casey inquiry late last year. Dame Louise Casey looked at the problems facing Britain’s increasingly diverse communities and concluded that the language barrier was one of the issues which needed immediate government attention.’ Read more: Learn the language or go home: MPs want proof migrants can speak English before they arrive
Fintech is quickly becoming a popular trend among financial experts. As appealing as venturing into financial technology may sound, the current educational system does not prepare students for such a career path. The University of Strathclyde launched the Masters of Science program in Fintech. This makes it the first fintech degree in the United Kingdom. … Continue reading University of Strathclyde Launches Fintech Degree Course
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A longstanding legal dispute between Sod’s law and Parkinson’s law was no closer to resolution last night after a widely anticipated ruling by the High Court was postponed when the judge presiding over the case was injured in a freak accident attempting to get to court on time. Lawyers in favour of Sod’s Law have described the delay as ‘bloody typical,’ while advocates of Parkinson’s Law welcomed an extension to proceedings which they have criticised throughout for being ‘unduly rushed’.
The dispute began when barristers invoking Parkinson’s law, (which states that work expands to fill the time available), challenged the assertion laid down in Sod’s Law that if something can go wrong it will. ‘The unplanned calamities stipulated by the defendant’s doctrine were causing many tasks to overrun’ claimed one barrister, ‘violating the central edict of Parkinson’s law and rendering the two codes incompatible.’ Evidence cited in the case showed that students were particularly likely to be victims of the clash between these jurisdictions, with many of them taking the full two weeks to complete an essay and then losing the un-backed-up file on their laptops the moment they attempted to print it out.
Lawyers for Parkinson’s law have also argued that the influence of Sod’s Law increases disproportionately the closer a project gets to its deadline. ‘It’s much worse for things to go wrong at the last minute, so that’s inevitably when they do’ claimed one witness. ‘If it wasn’t for Parkinson’s Law, we would have time to correct any mistakes or maybe even start again.’
Both parties will now have to wait for a ruling at a date to be determined after Lord Justice Collins’ unfortunate accident, which requires extensive hip and knee surgery. Doctors did not want to put a date on when Lord Collins might have finished his course of treatment, especially after they operated on the wrong ‘Lord Collins’ last thing on Friday afternoon.
‘Standing Rock 2017 will continue to be an issue. The fight of the Native American Indian tribes, environmentalists and the water protectors (protestors) is not over. Although the Army Corps of Engineers announced on Sunday December 4th, 2016, that it would not be granting the DAPL easement access, there is nothing to stop the oil company from disobeying that and moving forward anyway. A fter all, the amount they would have to pay in fines in insignificant next to the lost revenue they are experiencing from the delay of the project. The announcement offered temporary relief, but the battle is not over. Some at the camps have stated that the announcement was propaganda to lull people into a false sense of security. You can expect Standing Rock 2017 to be just as newsworthy as Standing Rock 2016. Before going further, however, it is worth revisiting the legal facts of the Standing Rock / DAPL issue, since there was so much emotion, disinformation and confusion surrounding it.’ Read more: Standing Rock 2017: The Fight is Not Over
Perhaps one of the most fallible aspects of being human is our tendency to “misrecognize” people and things, or “misremember” the occurrence and order of events. There are times and situations when the facts seem different from what we thought them to be all along, making us wonder whether or not there exists a parallel universe where everything we think we already know is what it is but, well, not quite.
As if that’s not strange enough, there are instances when this phenomenon – which experts argue is a glitch in the human memory – is experienced by several individuals. This is called the Mandela Effect, a term coined by paranormal historian Fiona Broome after realizing that she, along with many others, had a false thought that it was in the 1980s that Nelson Mandela, South African president and human rights advocate, died – as opposed to his actual death in 2013.
Das Art Ovrag Kunstfestival das einmal im Jahr in der russischen Stadt Vyksa stattfinden, hat sich für dieses Jahr auf die Fahnen geschrieben, wären des Festivalzeitraum im Sommer das größte Mural der Welt zu realisieren. Auf einer Fläche von insgesamt 10.000 Quadratmeter soll an der Fassade einer Stahlfabrik in der Stadt ein großes Wandgemälde entstehen. Um einen passenden Künstler zu finden, hat das Festival einen Open Call ausgerufen. Bis Ende Januar 2017 können sich Künstler aus der ganzen Welt bewerben. Bild: Art Ovrag Festival (Mit freundlicher Genehmigung) Für die Umsetzung des Gewinner-Murals steht ein Preisgeld von 100.000.000 Rubel (ca. 15.000 Euro) zur Verfügung. Die Entscheidung, die durch eine international besetzte Jury und ein Kunstgremium gefällt wird, soll Ende Februar bekannt gegeben werden. Ob es inhaltliche Vorgaben, insbesondere zu dem Ausschluss bestimmter gesellschaftskritischer Themen und Inhalte, für das Kunstwerkes gibt, von denen Künstler, die in Russland arbeiten uns immer wieder berichten, ist uns nicht bekannt.
Der Beitrag Art Ovrag Festival is calling for artists to paint world biggest mural erschien zuerst auf URBANSHIT.
Carnival, which operates more than 100 ships worldwide under 10 brands, unveiled its ambitious technology initiative on Thursday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. In a keynote speech, Arnold W. Donald, Carnival’s chief executive, announced that the system — an app called Ocean Compass paired with a quarter-size so-called smart medallion that can be carried in a pocket or worn as jewelry — will arrive on the company’s Princess Cruises fleet this year. Read more: Coming to Carnival Cruises: A Wearable Medallion That Records Your Every Whim
Ex-Haiti rebel leader wanted in US arrested during talk show -
Houston Chronicle: Guy Philippe was being interviewed on the
show with another recently elected lawmaker when the host abruptly
announced that police were outside the studio in the Petionville
district of the capital to arrest him. The host came back on air
and said authorities had taken him away.
Radio host Gary-Pierre Paul Charles later told The Associated Press the police were members of the Haitian anti-drug unit and fired shots into the air to disperse a crowd that had gathered.
"It was shocking. People were running everywhere," he told the AP.
‘Greece is banning the use of cash the soft way. As of 1.1. 2017, taxpayers will be granted tax-allowance and tax deduction only when they have made payments via credit or debit cards. The new guidelines refer to employees, pensioners, farmers but also unemployed. Accepted expenditure will be: Purchases for food and supermarket products, electronic and electric devices, household equipment, footwear, clothing, fuel, furniture, cigarettes*, drinks, restaurants, cafeterias,bars and hotels and also services like by hairdressers and beauty parlors, gyms and dance schools, car repair, plumbers, electricians, painters, carpenters, lawyers and accountants. For doctors and pharmacy the same practice will be valid as in last year. The tax office will accept the expenditure only if payments are made per credit card or bank transfer.’ Read more: Greece bans cash: Tax-allowance possible only through payments via plastic money
The Richie Allen Show on Davidicke.com: Richie - 'The UK Government Has No Intention Of Leaving EU & Has Already Planned 2nd Referendum'
‘In the US, descendants of Namibia’s Herero and Nama tribes have reportedly filed a compensation lawsuit against Berlin over the tens of thousands of people slaughtered by German troops in the African state early last century. The legal complaint was filed Thursday with the US District Court in New York over an “incalculable damages” that were caused, Reuters reports. The plaintiffs claim that even if any reparation will be paid to Namibia, there’s no guarantee of any compensation to the victims. “There is no assurance that any of the proposed foreign aid by Germany will actually reach or assist the minority indigenous communities that were directly harmed,” the descendants’ lawyer Ken McCallion wrote in an email as quoted by Reuters. The exact amount of proposed financial compensation for the plaintiffs has not been published by the news agency.’ Read more: Germany sued in US for massacring over 100,000 people in Namibia in early 1900s
‘The basic purpose of these ten forms is the presentation of a false picture of reality. You could find more forms, or divide these ten into sub-categories. The ten basic forms are: * Direct lying about matters of fact. * Leaving out vital information. * Limited hangout. (This is an admission of a crime or a mistake, which only partially reveals the whole truth. The idea is that by admitting a fraction of what really happened and burying the biggest revelations, people will be satisfied and go away, and the story will never be covered again.)’ Read more: Ten Basic Forms Of Fake News Used By the Corporate Media
Bitcoin Indonesia, a prominent online bitcoin marketplace, revealed a rapid development in its user base after adding over 170,000 members within 12 months.
January 6 2017 – 6:33AM
Ahmed Abou-eid was enjoying a beautiful day with family at Harmony Park in Coburg on Wednesday when things turned ugly.
“My wife and friends frequent that park often, and the kids have a great time. It’s called Harmony Park for a reason – there’s so much friendliness in the park,” the Thornbury man said.
“We had three female friends of mine with their children, and they probably had seven kids with them, the park was quite full and there were a lot of kids playing around.”
A man clutching a whisky bottle, hurling offensive language and racial abuse, quickly changed the mood from playful to frightening.
‘For the last six months, the Pentagon has been working on a robotic system that could replace military pilots. Now the United States Department of Defense’s research arm has successfully demonstrated the technology, which turns aircraft into autonomous machines. The goal of DARPA’s Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program was to develop a drop-in, removable kit that could be easily installed into airplanes and helicopters so that the robot pilot can operate the controls and monitor the gauges. On December 23, the agency announced it had concluded the second phase of development after completing a fight demonstration in which the ALIAS kit was used to fly a Sikorsky S-76 helicopter, a Diamond DA-42 aircraft, and two Cessna 208 Caravan aircraft. The tests also included demonstrations of the robots reacting to simulated system failures that would have forced a human pilot to abandon a flight path.’ Read more: New DARPA Tech Turns Military Planes Into Drones
‘Though it seems like science fiction, it is, in fact, based in reality. Some of the wealthiest foundations on the planet have sponsored on-going research that dates back to the 1950s where-in scientists attempted to transfuse the vital, healthy blood of young individuals into older, and more fatigued recipients. And apparently, it has demonstrated considerable positive effects – at least in lab studies with mice. Nonetheless, the treatments are already taking place in selects labs in some of the most expensive area codes on the map, and where the elite seek methods and procedures for delaying death for as long as possible. It’s creepy, but happening.’ Read more: Are the Aging Elite ‘Feasting On Young Blood’? Rockefeller Research Advanced Eternal Quest
‘By now, it’s clear that religion is fading in America, as it has done in most advanced Western democracies. Dozens of surveys find identical evidence: Fewer American adults, especially those under 30, attend church — or even belong to a church. They tell interviewers their religion is “none.” They ignore faith. Since 1990, the “nones” have exploded rapidly as a sociological phenomenon — from 10 percent of U.S. adults, to 15 percent, to 20 percent. Now they’ve climbed to 25 percent, according to a 2016 survey by the Public Religion Research Institute. That makes them the nation’s largest faith category, outstripping Catholics (21 percent) and white evangelicals (16 percent). They seem on a trajectory to become an outright majority. America is following the secular path of Europe, Canada, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and other modern places. The Secular Age is snowballing.’ Read more: The Long, Slow Death of Religion
Adopting A Sci-Fi Way Of Thinking About The Future
From an Article by Prof. Tania Lombrozo, NPR 13.7: Cosmos & Culture Blog, January 2, 2017
The second day of January was National Science Fiction Day, an unofficial holiday that corresponds with the official birthdate of Isaac Asimov, the enormously influential and prolific scientist and writer of science fiction.
The start of the new year is also a good moment to reflect on the future — an exercise familiar to both writers and readers of science fiction. But where New Year’s resolutions typically extend over weeks or months, the imagined futures of science fiction usually unfold years or centuries from the present. Interstellar travel and space colonization, if they come at all, aren’t coming in 2017.
But maybe January 2nd is a good moment to take a longer view. What do the possible futures of 2067, or 3017, mean for the decisions we ought to make today?
In an essay published in 1978, Isaac Asimov advocated for a “science-fictional” way of thinking, a way of thinking that should inform the decision-making of the present. He wrote:
“No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the word as it will be — and naturally this means that there must be an accurate perception of the world as it will be. This, in turn, means that our statesmen, our businessmen, our Everyman, must take on a science fictional way of thinking, whether he likes it or not or even whether he knows it or not. Only so can the deadly problems of t...
‘The President of Moldova, Igor Dodon, former head of the Socialist Party of Moldova, signed a decree on the resignation of Defense Minister Anatol Salaru, he announced on Facebook. “The Minister flirted with NATO, knowing full well that, under the Constitution, Moldova is a neutral state. He was behind the appearance of American military equipment at the Great National Assembly square on Victory Day, which can be qualified not only as a provocation. He openly advocated for the unification of Moldova with Romania, which is also unacceptable. In addition, he fired a solid number of professionals from defense and state security, replacing them with pro-Liberal party supporters of the unionist ideology,” – wrote Igor Dodon.’ Read more: You are fired: New Socialist President of Moldova fires pro-NATO Defense Minister
A few years ago we featured The Shock of the New, respected critic Robert Hughes’ eight-part documentary series on modern art, which since its first broadcast in 1980 has stood as a signal achievement in intelligent television. But Hughes also had a hand in the development of, shall we say, unintelligent television, having two years earlier co-hosted the premier of ABC’s still-running newsmagazine show 20/20. His newly (and posthumously) published volume of essays and autobiographical writings The Spectacle of Skill devotes an entire chapter to the story of this televisual event, much ballyhooed in promos like the one just above.
“I was hired in some fit of aberration,” Hughes wrote in a 1995 New York Review of Books piece that would become the chapter’s basis. “My fellow anchor was the now, alas, late Harold Hayes, who had been a brilliant editor of Esquire but, like me, proved to have little talent for sitting in front of a TV camera with makeup all over his face and reciting lines that had been written for him by other people.” Their producer made it clear that “neither Hayes nor I was to have any say in what we would say,” that “the stories had to have an ‘interesting’ angle; mere news value would not do,” and that “the audience out there could be assumed to have the attention span of caddis flies.”
Viewers who tuned in to the very first 20/20 on the evening of June 6th, 1978 were treated to cultural announcements such as that of Saturday Night Fever‘s position at the top of the record charts; an interview with Flip Wilson offering “a long stretch of pushy bathos” about the comedian’s family troubles; jokes about Pet Rocks; a young Geraldo Rivera,...
Uber recently announced customer location data collection for the duration of rides, and New York City has already demanded access to that data.
My favourite youth work blogger, James Ballantyne, kicks off the New Year with a list of questions it’s difficult to resist answering. His musing starts from pondering whether all youth workers are huddled in cold offices.
Read in full at I wonder, does every Youthworker……?
That got me thinking – what else – apart from the ability to work in a cold office – what other experiences of youth work might be pretty much common, or even universal to all youth workers?
‘Dating app Tinder has unveiled its ‘Virtual Reality’ dating headset at the International Consumer Electronic Show (CES) for singletons who want to get connected in the ‘real’ world. Considering the company’s self-professed mission to “get people together to have real experiences in the real world”, the idea of further facilitating virtual relationships is not something that aligns with their ‘message’.’ Read more: Tinder introduces ‘dating’ Virtual Reality headset for two
Privacy Advocates Warn of Potential Surveillance Through Listening Devices Like Amazon Echo, Google Home
A large amount of legitimate businesses globally have opened up to the digital currency. Slowly, but rather persistently, Bitcoin is getting accepted in Russia as well.
The company announced Wednesday at CES 2017 its newer vehicles will work alongside Amazon’s popular Echo smart speaker and its voice assistant Alexa. The move will allow select Ford owners to make voice requests via the Echo such as “Alexa, ask MyFord Mobile to start my car,” provided they’re within earshot of the smart home device. Other capabilities include the ability to turn off the car, lock or unlock the doors and check a vehicle’s battery power level. The technology could also be useful for those who want to loan a car to a friend without handing over a key. A car owner could ask its Echo to unlock and start the car, even if its miles away. Read more: You’ll soon be able to start a Ford via Amazon Echo
DidgEra, aka Dave Johnson is a performer , teacher, composer and recording artist. A multi-instrumentalist since age 10, Dave brings his passion for music alive in a versatile performance.
As a soloist, Dave plays several instruments simultaneously while combining a unique blend of percussive and melodic rhythms over which he alternates the deep piercing of the didgeridoo with the jazz-affiliated saxophones, or the more meditative Native American Flute.
The result is a wholesome, penetrating explosion of sound and rhythm that awakens in the audience a soul-filled feeling.
‘A prestigious UK university has introduced ‘trigger warnings’ into its theology course over fears students may be distressed when studying the crucifixion of Jesus. The University of Glasgow introduced the warnings for students taking a class called Creation to Apocalypse: Introduction to the Bible (Level 1). Popular in US educational institutions, trigger warnings were introduced to warn people about content which may ‘trigger’ a post-traumatic stress reaction. However, critics argue they have gone too far and are at risk of making university undergraduates overly sensitive or restricting freedom of speech.’ Read more: Christ’s crucifixion might be ‘too distressing’ for some UK university students
‘The aviation industry hangs its hat on air travel being “the safest way to travel.” The truth, however, is that it has harbored a dark secret since its inception: it’s poisoning its passengers and crew due to deeply flawed aircraft design, de-prioritizing safety in favor of profit. In flight, every crew member and passenger relies on an air supply. The assumption, of course, is that this air is filtered if not fresh. Perhaps you have sensed (and promptly dismissed) that there may be quality control issues around cabin air. The problem goes further than that, however, and astoundingly, this is not by accident but by design.’ Read more: ‘Asbestos Of The Sky” – The Aviation Industry’s Darkest Coverup
If you’re striving for success — independently or through employment with a company you’d like to move up in — a few things should be kept in mind to help you stay motivated and ensure you move up in an honest, conscious way.
‘A controversial set of new rules quietly given final approval over the recent holiday—allowing national parks in the United States to expand corporate sponsorships and commercial contracts with private companies—is being called a “disgrace” by those who say the move is a betrayal of what the nation’s parks should be. Despite outcry from citizens, documented in public testimony and hundreds of thousands petition signatures, the director of the National Park Service Jonathan B. Jarvis announced on December 28 that he had signed an order—officially titled Order #21 on Donations and Philanthropic Partnerships—which, among other changes, ends an outright ban on commercial advertising and lifts restrictions on naming rights in parks.’ Read more: This Wondrous National Park … Brought To You By McDonald’s?
Not a lot is truly understood about quantum physics, but one thing science is at least a little bit sure of is that mass meditation has quantum results on both the meditator and the world.
This wonderful plant could change your life.
Today Senator Rand Paul and Representative Thomas Massie have reintroduced a bill that would force an audit of the notorious Federal Reserve.
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‘A research team out of University of Colorado-Boulder (CU-Boulder) has found that prescription opioids may actually worsen chronic pain. The study also discovered that these drugs may in fact prolong the condition that they are supposed to help placate. This may explain why in the U.S., prescriptions of opioids, such as methadone, oxycodone (such as OxyContin®) and hydrocodone (such as Vicodin®), have quadrupled since 1999. Pain after disease/damage of the nervous system is predominantly treated with opioids, but without exploration of the long-term consequences. We demonstrate that a short course of morphine after nerve injury doubles the duration of neuropathic pain.’ Read more: Groundbreaking Study Shows Prescription Painkillers Prolong Chronic Pain
‘Bill and Melinda Gates, via their Gates Foundation, have donated billions of dollars to fund new vaccines—medicines that, in fact, have caused great harm to a great number of people. But with about a million viruses in existence that we still know nothing about, it’s likely that the Gates Foundation and other globalists will pour more resources into developing new vaccines that will work to reduce the population. That seems inconceivable on its face, but when you examine the facts and some of Bill Gates’ own statements, you’ll discover for yourself that is exactly the plan.’ Read more: Bill Gates quietly funding effort to develop thousands of new vaccines that conveniently ‘might’ become pandemics
‘A British woman has a case of electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EH) so severe that she has had to relocate twice to new parts of the country, and even now cannot leave her house without wearing a shielded bed net. Kim De’Atta says her condition has been severely socially isolating. “Most of the time people think I am mad. It is so difficult because people are not feeling it themselves,” she said. “I have not seen friends and family for so long. I have had two visitors for half a day each this year. It’s heart-breaking really.” De’Atta is a growing number of what have been dubbed EMF refugees, or people with EH so severe that they are forced to move to increasingly remote areas in search of places not swamped by wireless signals from WiFi, cell phone towers and smart meters.’ Read more: Woman allergic to WiFi and cell phone signals now permanently housebound
World (FEE) – It was the second week of February 2013 when I first ventured a public opinion that Bitcoin is the real deal. The dollar exchange rate was at $25, on its way toward another run-up and crash that had been the pattern for two years.
I had just returned from a conference where some Bitcoiners surrounded me and force-fed me the information I needed to know. It would take another two months before I wrapped my brain around it enough to be able to write an article. But in these early days, it was enough publicly to dispense with incredulity to cause the ceiling to fall in.
To this day, I’ve never faced such a barrage of criticism. Derision, ridicule, outrage, disgust – I saw it on my feed, all of it very personal and hugely inflammatory. It was my first experience with what it is like to feel like that whole world is against you (an illusion social media specializes in creating).
And yet I completely understood why. I had been reviewing submissions on Bitcoin since 2009, and I had not been a believer either.
Money for Nothing?
So, yes, I dismissed it.
Bitcoin Didn’t Care About My Theory
Groucho Marx once said: “Who you gonna believe, me or your own eyes?”
After having acquired Bitcoin and used it, I had to deal with something that became profoundly important in my own intellectual life. I had to recognize the reality of something my mind could not explain. I had been writing about money, its history and theory, since college. I thought I knew it all. Now this thing came along that blew up all my understanding. Who was I going to believe, myself or my own eyes?
I finally decided in favor of my eyes. The market had outwitted my expertise. This was a very humbling experience for me, and it taught me a lesson I hope never to forget. Never become so wrapped up in the certainty of your own opinions that you fail to look out the window and walk the streets to discover something that challenges what you think you know. It’s a Hayekian point but one that intellectuals are prone to ignore.
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By now, you’ve likely heard that there is a fracked gas pipeline under construction through the Southeast U.S. In the wake of effective opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and their allies at the Missouri River crossing in North Dakota, resistance to this southern pipeline, known as Sabal Trail, has been growing. While many are only now learning of this pipeline, it has been raising environmental justice, health, and regulatory questions among the public along the route since the scoping period for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) began three years ago.
Now that people are actually seeing the active construction sites all across the southern states, there is a major escalation underway to stop the project from going online. Over the Martin Luther King Day weekend of January 14 and 15, activists from across the country are planning to descend on the site where the pipeline is currently drilling under the Suwannee River, into the Floridan Aquifer. This aquifer is the drinking water supply for millions of people across the South.
The water protectors will meet at 11 a.m. at the Suwannee River State Park near Live Oak in North Florida. [...
‘Science has advanced since the beginning of 20th century, and led to the current atomic age. The discovery of nuclear fission reaction in 1938 led immediately to its use for a military purpose. The atomic bombs dropped on Japanese cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, flattened the two cities and killed several hundred thousands people instantaneously. Most of the cause of death was of non-radiation; extreme heat and the destructing shockwaves. However, many died also from the strong radiation effects, without incurring barn or physical injury. The nuclear fission reaction has since been applied to the “so-called” peaceful use, i.e., nuclear power to produce electricity. Both usages produce inevitably huge amounts of radioactive material as the byproducts. The radiation from these sources predominate now the radiation background of the earth. ‘ Read more: Fukushima Radiation Looms. No Nuclear Power Plant On Planet Earth! ‘The Incompatibility of Radiation with Human Life’
‘The Hanford Site plant in Washington hasn’t been operational since 1967, but continues to spread radioactive waste, with a demolition date earmarked as late as 2032. Although it hasn’t been operational for nearly 50 years, a report published by the Tri-City Herald has found that radioactive contamination is spreading inside the plant’s Reduction-Oxidation Complex (REDOX) and could be worsened as the facility deteriorates. The facility is roughly half the size of Rhode Island and because REDOX is located so deeply in the center, it poses little risk to the public. However, preventing the problem from worsening isn’t going to be cheap. The report recommends that $148 to $181 million be spent on interim cleanup and maintenance.’ Read more: Radioactive contamination spreading in shuttered Hanford Site nuclear plant
Excerpted from the book, A Masters Guide to the Way of the Warrior
By Stefan H. Verstappen
Better to have a gun and not need it,
than to need a gun and not have one.
While many martial arts schools teach a variety of ancient weapons, which is an exciting if quaint pursuit, to live like a warrior in the modern age, and not a slave, you need to own a firearm.
There are two arguments in favor of every warrior and every family owning a firearm.
The first and most crucial reason is the fact that the state does not want you to have guns. This alone should be reason enough to get a gun.
It is a little known fact that the overwhelming majority of murders within a society are committed by the state. This is called Democide and in the last century, it is estimated that 174,000,000 to 262,000,000 citizens were murdered by their own governments. (1)
Proof that an armed population is a deterrent to tyranny is the fact that all tyrannies have first sought to disarm their populations. A quick study of history shows that anytime the state wants to disarm its population they have sinister intentions.
The list of governments disarming its population only to inflict mass murder and genocide goes back through 3000 years of history.
It should be noted that an armed population does not imply a violent uprising against the government; actually, the opposite is true. Just having the means and conviction to resist violence, acts as a form of threat display behavior that prevents violence from occurring in the first place.
‘With 2016 now behind us, it’s time for some year-end accounting, and when it comes to fatalities related to drug law enforcement, that accounting means tallying up the bodies. The good news is that drug war deaths are down slightly from last year; the bad news is that people are still being killed at the rate of about once a week, as has been the norm in recent years. There were 49 people killed in the drug war last year. This is the sixth year the Drug War Chronicle has tallied drug war deaths. There were 54 in 2011, 63 in 2012, 41 in 2013, 39 in 2014, and 56 in 2015, That’s an average of just a hair under one a week during the past five years.’ Read more: Dozens of People Died Last Year Directly Because of Our Pointless War on Drugs
‘Stories upon stories pile up about what appears to be senseless violence at an Istanbul (Turkey) nightclub or a market in eastern Baghdad (Iraq), on the streets of Tripoli (Libya) or in a mosque in Kabul (Afghanistan). Some in the West turn away from this news, eager to shut it off or to blame it somehow on the failings of Eastern societies. Have they not always been like that? Will they not always kill each other? Others in the West look, but all they feel is great sorrow and then, gratefulness for their own security. It is always the leaden eyes of children in war that move people. Accumulations of such stories are never enough. The voices of the grieving make no sense. It is one thing to feel sympathy for someone in war, but hard, very hard to feel empathy – their suffering is so alien to the comforts of those in the West, too alien to expect a person to enter the shattered lives of others.’ Read more: When Will the U.S. Confront Its Role in Fueling Terror Attacks Across the Planet?
Turkey questions US coalition presence at Incirlik Air Base amid ‘confidence crisis’
‘In the hundreds of media articles on the 1994 Rwanda genocide, there is barely a mention of Britain being a permanent member of the UN security council and in any way responsible for what happened. I recounted Britain’s role in my previous book, The Great Deception, so I will not repeat everything here. Since then, however, another book, by Linda Melvern, an investigative journalist, confirms the quite terrible British, and US, role. After the killings began in early April 1994, the UN security council, instead of beefing up it’s peace mission in the country and giving it a stronger mandate to intervene, decided to reduce the troop presence from 2,500 to 270. This decision sent a green light to those who had planned the genocide that the UN would not intervene. A small UN military force arrived merely to rescue expats, and then left.’ Read more: Britain’s Role in Rwanda’s 1994 Genocide
‘Talk is growing in the United States of the possibility of using military strikes to take out North Korea’s nuclear and missile capabilities after the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un, threatened he’s close to testing a long-range missile apparently capable of hitting the U.S. Kim said in his New Year’s Day address that the communist nation has reached the final stage of preparations to test-launch an intercontinental ballistic missile. The remark was seen as a thinly veiled threat that Pyongyang is close to developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the continental U.S. The threat appears to have stoked genuine fears of security among Americans, with reporters bombarding the Defense Department with questions of what the U.S. is going to do about the North’s missile, including whether it’s going to shoot it down or even launch a preemptive strike before it’s fired.’ Read more: Talk Grows in U.S. of Possibility of Military Strikes on North Korea
‘South Korea’s determination to deploy its US THAAD anti-missile systems is widening the rift with its powerful neighbour China, who has urged Seoul to reconsider its decision. The Chinese Foreign Ministry again reminded Seoul of its strategic “concerns” and “clear opposition” to Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) deployment on South Korean soil after Washington and Seoul struck a deal in July amid new threats from North Korea. “The THAAD deployment by the US in the ROK severely disrupts regional strategic balance, undermines the strategic security interests of regional countries including China, and does no good to peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said during Thursday’s press briefing.’ Read more: Seoul vows to proceed with THAAD deployment, slams China’s ‘reprisals’ tactics
To be alive is to marvel — at least occasionally, at least with glimmers of some deep intuitive wonderment — at the Rube Goldberg machine of chance and choice that makes us who we are as we half-stride, half-stumble down the improbable paths that lead us back to ourselves. My own life was shaped by one largely impulsive choice at age thirteen, and most of us can identify points at which we could’ve pivoted into a wholly different direction — to move across the continent or build a home here, to leave the tempestuous lover or to stay, to wait for another promotion or quit the corporate day job and make art. Even the seemingly trivial choices can butterfly enormous ripples of which we may remain wholly unwitting — we’ll never know the exact misfortunes we’ve avoided by going down this street and not that, nor the exact magnitude of our unbidden graces.
Perhaps our most acute awareness of the lacuna between the one life we do have and all the lives we could have had comes in the grips of our fear of missing out — those sudden and disorienting illuminations in which we recognize that parallel possibilities exists alongside our present choices. “Our lived lives might become a protracted mourning for, or an endless tantrum about, the lives we were unable to live,” wrote the psychoanalyst Adam Phillips in his elegant case for...
‘A high-ranking Jordanian official has warmed US President-elect Donald Trump of “catastrophic” repercussions in case he opts to honor his campaign pledge to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the occupied Jerusalem al-Quds. Information Minister Mohammed Momani told The Associated Press on Thursday that such a move would be a “red line” for Jordan and would “inflame the Islamic and Arab streets.” He noted that the transfer of the US diplomatic mission could disrupt relations between the US and regional allies, including Jordan, stressing that Amman will make use of all available political and diplomatic avenues to prevent such a decision. Momani said moving the US embassy to Jerusalem al-Quds “will have catastrophic implications on several levels, including the regional situation.”’ Read more: Jordan warns against moving US embassy to occupied Jerusalem
‘Wildfires have raged in mountain slopes in South Africa’s Cape Town, inflicting damage on a famous vineyard region established around 300 years ago. Authorities said Thursday that firefighters worked through the night to try to contain 106 blazes in Helderberg, one of South Africa’s oldest estates. No casualties were reported but reports said the Vergelegen farm, a famous region established by Dutch settlers in the 1700s, saw some 40 percent damage in the fire. The blazes also struck slopes above Cape Town’s exclusive beach enclave of Llandudno.’ Read more: Slopes and famous vineyard region burnt in South Africa’s wildfires
Hundreds of migrants making hidden camps near former ‘Jungle’ in Calais - reports
The European Council seeks to introduce an anti-terrorism measure that will ensure a stricter handling on cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Ripple. If the motion gets accepted by the heads of state and the governments of the member countries, the listed currencies will be managed by the EU Anti-Money Laundering Directive.
According to the German media outlet heise.de, the platforms that “deal with cryptocurrencies or exchange them into traditional currencies” will need to store both the identity and the address of the user electronic wallets in a central database.
The measures by the EU Council are intended to prevent abuse caused by the anonymity of electronic currencies. Bitcoin is widely used on the internet. However, it is also a mainstream cryptocurrency commonly used for making illegal deals on the dark web. There is no clear evidence that terrorists are using electronic currencies for financing their activities, but the European Council seeks to prevent this from happening.
The motion also seeks to impose new restrictions on prepaid cards too. In the future, clients have to deposit 150 euros to acquire a prepaid card. In addition to that, the daily limit will be set to 250 euros, although, some member countries already have their own stricter guidelines.
The political initiative originated from the EU Commission and the Council adopted the position with some changes. It is now awaiting to be accepted by the EU Parliament.
The initiative, if accepted, could change the future of cryptocurrencies. There is a chance that many users will abandon Bitcoin due to the new anti-money laundering policy, which could cause the currency’s price to drop.
The EU Council adopted the motion, even though, a Europol report in early 2016 showed that terrorists do not use cryptocurrencies to finance their activities.
“There is no evidence, however of IS-financing networks in existence. Third party reporting suggested that terrorists use anonymous currencies like bitcoin to finance their activities. However, this has not been confirmed by law enforcement. The financing of terrorist operations has not undergone any marked changes in the recent past. The sources of funding of the operatives in the EU are largely unknown,” the Europol report suggests...
‘A B-52 Stratofortress bomber lost one of its eight engines while conducting a training flight off Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota. “Earlier today, a B-52 dropped an engine while in flight,” a US Air Force spokesperson told Military.com in an email on Wednesday. “The aircraft landed safely with no injuries.” The engine broke up and debris landed in an unpopulated area, the report said. No immediate information of injuries or damage on the ground was available. A UH-1N Huey helicopter was dispatched to the site where engine fell to recover what was left of it.’ Read more: B-52 loses engine over North Dakota
‘Prosecutors in Turkey have ordered the detention of 380 businessmen suspected of assisting Fethullah Gulen, a US-based cleric who is accused by Ankara of having masterminded a coup attempt in the country in mid-July 2016. The arrest warrants were issued on Thursday as prosecutors also demanded permissions for searches of houses and offices of the suspects, who were believed to have financially supported Gulen and his network in Turkey. More than 40,000 people have been arrested in Turkey on suspicions of having links to Gulen and the failed coup while more than 100,000 have been sacked or suspended from work over the same accusations.’ Read more: Turkey orders detention of 380 businessmen over links to Fethullah Gulen
‘Violent ethnic clashes have claimed the lives of at least 15 people in the southeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, local sources say. Members of the Bantu ethnic community in the village of Piana Mwanga in Tanganyika Province came under attack on Thursday in what was blamed on a group of Pygmies. Local officials said at least 37 other Bantus sustained injuries and 65 of their houses were torched during the assault. Provincial Interior Minister Kamona Lumuna confirmed the attack but said the exact number of casualties was yet to be known, adding that a team would be sent to probe “what really happened in the village.”’ Read more: Ethnic clashes kill 15, wound dozens in southeast Democratic Republic of Congo
‘Bahraini authorities have restored the right to arrest human rights campaigners and political dissidents to intelligence agents as the ruling Al Khalifah family is pressing ahead with its heavy crackdown on public demands for reforms, democracy and an elected government. The head of public prosecution, Ahmed al-Dosari, announced in a decree on Thursday that officers, non-commissioned officers and members of the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom’s domestic spy service, the National Security Agency, were granted arrest powers “limited” to terrorism cases, the state-run Bahrain News Agency reported. This is while the Manama regime has levied terrorism allegations against activists and pro-democracy protesters in the past.’ Read more: Bahrain gives powers to intelligence agents to detain dissidents
‘Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip have announced two days of strike in protest at a recent Israeli act of aggression, which sank a fishing boat and left one of their fellows missing. Head of the Gaza Fishermen’s Union, Zakariya Bakr, said the fishermen will suspend their activities off the coast of Gaza Strip as of Friday, to show their anger at the new Israeli crime, the Palestinian Ma’an news agency reported. On Thursday, Israeli naval forces attacked the boat of Muhammad Ahmad al-Hassi and sank the vessel. Search operation for the 33-year-old still continues. The Hamas resistance movement, which governs the Israeli-blockaded territory, released a statement on Thursday, condemning the “direct assault” as an “organized and hideous crime.”’ Read more: Gaza fishermen go on strike after Israeli military sinks boat
By: Matt Agorist / The Free Thought Project In a tweet on Wednesday, WikiLeaks announced the whistleblower outfit intends to sue CNN after a counter-terrorism analyst slanderously labeled Assange a pedophile.
WikiLeaks issued an ultimatum to the behemoth corporate media giant to either air a ‘one hour expose of the plot’ or be sued for defamation.
We have issued instructions to sue CNN for defamation:https://t.co/YLfyQ9ROCy
Unless within 48h they air a one hour expose of the plot.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 4, 2017
The segment in question was an interview during which CNN had Phil Mudd, the ex-Deputy-Director of the CIA, “falsely calling Assange a ‘pedophile’.”
CNN airs ex-Deputy-Director of the CIA falsely calling Assange a 'pedophile' https://t.co/SurGxhiq9X
The plot: https://t.co/WeLULgMoC0
— WikiLeaks Task Force (@WLTaskForce) January 4, 2017
On CNN’s New Day program, Chris Cuomo asked Mudd why he disagreed with Assange’s denial that Russia was the source of the DNC leaks and Podesta documents.
Mudd responded claiming Sean Hannity’s interview of Assange “skirted the bottom line [of] do you know if the Russian’s were involved?… not ‘where did you get the information’.”
He then went on to attempt to discredit Assange through defaming his character in a bold-faced lie. Mudd referred to Assange as a “pedophile who lives in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.”
The piece was aired to millions and was then published on the program’s Twitter page. However, after apparently getting word of the suit, that tweet has since been deleted.
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Tokyo: Japan said on Friday it was recalling its ambassador to South Korea over a statue commemorating Korean women forced to work in Japanese military brothels during World War Two and that the statue violated an agreement to resolve the issue.
The two nations agreed in 2015 that the issue of ‘comfort women’, which has long plagued ties between the two Asian neighbours, would be “finally and irreversibly resolved” if all conditions of the accord – which included a Japanese apology and a fund to help the victims – were met.
The statue, which depicts a young, barefoot woman sitting in a chair, was erected near the Japanese consulate in the southern South Korean city of Busan at the end of last year.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told US Vice President Joseph Biden in a phone call that it was important for Japan and South Korea to carry out the agreement, and not constructive to go back on it.
Chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference that the statue was “extremely regrettable” and that Japan was temporarily recalling its ambassador.
He also said Japan would also postpone bilateral “high-level” e...
Today James appears on The Vin Armani Show to discuss open source intelligence, the neo-neocon push for Cold War 2.0, and how a false dialectic is pushing us toward regional government.
Mumbai: Veteran actor Om Puri, who gave countless memorable performances in movies of diverse genres, died at his residence here this morning after a massive heart attack. He was 66.
“He passed away this morning due to a massive heart attack at his residence in suburban Andheri. It’s shocking,” a family source said.
From Bollywood to Hollywood, from independent to art films, the noted actor, known for his versatility, gave several acclaimed performances.
Puri featured in several Indian, Pakistani, British and Hollywood mainstream commercial films.
He was awarded the Padma Shri, the country’s fourth highest civilian award, in 1990.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled Puri’s demise and recalled his long career in theatre and films.
Bollywood celebrities, including Akshay Kumar, Karan Johar, Anupam Kher, Javed Akhtar and Mahesh Bhatt expressed grief over Puri’s demise, calling it a huge loss to Indian cinema.
Born in Ambala, Haryana, in a Punjabi family, Puri graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. He was also an alumnus of the 1973 class of National School of Drama, where Naseeruddin Shah was a co-student.
Puri made his film debut in the 1976 Marathi film Ghashiram Kotwal.
Some of his most notable films include Bhavni Bhavai, Sandgate, Ardh Satya, Mirch Masala, Dharavi, Aakrosh, Maachis, Gupt, Dhoop, Yuva, Don, Agneepath and Bajrangi Bhaijaan.
He earned international fame in many British films, such as My Son the Fanatic, East Is East and The Parole Officer.
He also appeared in Hollywood films like City of Joy, Wolf, The Ghost and The Darkness among others.
By: ANTIWAR Deals on the exact nature of the changes are still being sorted out, but President-elect Donald Trump reportedly plans to revamp multiple US intelligence agencies, particularly the CIA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, with a primary goal of shrinking them considerably.
Those familiar with the plans say they believe that the US intelligence community is “completely politicized,” and that the various intelligence agencies need to be “slimmed down,” and restructured in how they interact.
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence appears to be a particular target, with Trump apparently believing that the office is driving efforts by the outgoing Democratic administration to accuse Russia of “hacking the election,” trying to portray Trump’s election as the result of interference.
Despite the FBI being the ones initially ordered to investigate the accusations, the CIA is also seen playing a significant role in this narrative, coming out after the election to claim they had concluded that Russia had deliberately tried to influence the outcome of the US election in favor of Trump.
In not accepting the accusations, Democrats are now presenting Trump as “siding with Russia” or deliberately disrespecting the intelligence community. The Trump team appears to believe this whole effort is the result of the politicization of the intelligence community, and that it needs considerable efforts to resolve.
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Read This Report: http://www.billstill.com/uncategorized/sr-1424-california-decriminalizes-child-prostitution/ Visit our website at http://www.billstill.com Considered by informed insiders’ as the ultimate resource for surviving economic or financial collapse. Please Like, Comment & Share. Good evening, I’m still reporting on California Decriminalizes Child Prostitution California lawmakers have now decriminalized what is commonly called child prostitution. For all practical purposes, as of 4 days ago - January 1st – children will not be arrested for soliciting themselves out for sex in California! Believe it or not, in the past, over 1,000 children a year are arrested in the United States for prostitution, however the numbers of juveniles involved have been estimated at 1-2 million. Concerned Women for America reports: “The United States Department of Justice uses the number 293,000 as the estimate for youth ‘at risk’ of being commercially sexually exploited.” Children in Prostitution, July 2012 : According to one of the few remaining Republican legislators in the California state legislature, Travis Allen: “Beginning on Jan. 1, prostitution by minors will be legal in California. Yes, you read that right. “SB 1322 bars law enforcement from arresting sex workers who are under the age of 18 for soliciting or engaging in prostitution, or loitering with the intent to do so. So teenage girls (and boys) in California will soon be free to have sex in exchange for money without fear of arrest or prosecution.” Washington Examiner, Dec. 29, 2016 According to the Sacramento Bee: “Under the law, officers who encounter minors [selling themselves for sex] must report the circumstances to the county child welfare agency as abuse or neglect.” According to the new law, signed on Sept. 26, 2016, child prostitutes can only be taken into temporary custody if the child needs immediate medical care or there is an immediate threat to the child’s health or safety. Confusingly, statutory rape laws making sex with minors a felony are still in effect. This behavior is still a criminal offense for the child, the Johns, and the pimps. However, the practical effect is that the hands of law enforcement are now tied. Unless cops want to risk inevitable improper arrest lawsuits, most will steer away from taking young girls off the streets. The winners are the pimps who victimize these children. The children who – for one reason or another – fall prey to sex trafficking, have no other way to make a living, other then the pimps. This law empowers the pimps like never before. That means that making cases against pimps will be much harder for law enforcement. Why? Because prosecution of pimps depends heavily on the testimony of these children against the pimps upon whom the children rely for the basics of life. The California District Attorneys Association agrees. They opposed the law, saying that it could: “… undermine law enforcement’s ability to address those exploiti....
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