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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / $15,000 bounty for a Mark One 3D printer on: Today at 06:52:25 PM
Cody Wilson has issued a $15,000 bounty for a Mark One 3D printer.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5L9mHtL1HTs" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5L9mHtL1HTs</a>

Here's the email I received:

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Companies like to pile on Defense Distributed, like we don't all know how this story ends. The most recent is a company called Mark Forged in Cambridge that sells a carbon fiber 3D printer called the Mark One.

I bought this printer a year ago and waited that long for them to decide they didn't want to sell it to me after all. Before the weekend they returned the money and told me due to business risks they wouldn't sell it to me. Now Wired has the story and the company has invented some new terms of use to preclude DD from using the device at all.

Yet another of our bad faith dealings with White Liberals for NATO.

But in all seriousness, I'm going to get this printer. And, as I told them, I'm going to print a gun with it. These hurried attempts by almost everyone in polite society to impede my company in its purpose are efforts of last resort. Last hope attempts at diverting this world from its final conditions.

I will pay $15,000 to the first person who can get me the Mark One printer.

email me at crw at defdist.org if you can help.

crw

Cody is just non-stop laughs.

Here's the printer:

https://markforged.com/mark-one/

It is a very impressive piece of tech.

2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: Today at 04:45:36 AM
You've heard "think of the children" but now the DEA wants you to "think of the bunnies!"

http://www.washingtonpost...ical-marijuana/?tid=sm_fb

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3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: edit pdf like doc on: March 02, 2015, 06:59:13 AM
AFAIK, no.

The best programs for editing PDF documents that I have used (and I've tried quite a few) are Adobe Acrobat Pro and Adobe Illustrator. I have not found anything that compares.

But, someone else may have found one. I've tried a lot of different programs, and only had horrible results.

For re-flowing the document, you really need to be able to convert it to an editable format, then edit, then save, then export as a PDF. I have never seen anything that can reasonably convert a PDF to an editable format in a remotely sane manner. Everything I have tried has been complete garbage. And by complete garbage, I mean drive you into a blood thirsty rage level of total chaos that Cthulhu himself couldn't manage. Random crap on a page is a kind description.

I really hope someone can prove me wrong as this problem has plagued me for years.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Sorry, Ebooks. These 9 Studies Show Why Print Is Better on: March 02, 2015, 06:54:07 AM
For those that love the experience of reading books in print vs. digital, this may be of some comfort:

http://www.huffingtonpost...762674.html?utm_hp_ref=tw

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Don't lament the lost days of cutting your fingers on pristine new novels or catching a whiff of that magical, transportive old book smell just yet! A slew of recent studies shows that print books are still popular, even among millennials. What's more: further research suggests that this trend may save demonstrably successful learning habits from certain death. Take comfort in these 9 studies that show that print books have a promising future:

More at the link.

I read in both formats, but, when it comes to more serious reading, I do like jotting notes down on the page or highlighting.
5  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Why Do We Pay Pure Mathematicians? on: March 01, 2015, 06:45:11 PM
If I Reacted to Other People’s Careers the Way They React to Me Becoming a Mathematician

http://putitallonred.com/...becoming-a-mathematician/

 Grin

Hahah!  Thmbsup That was good!

Here's some practical math that will literally blow your mind, but not in a good way.

http://www.zerohedge.com/...orrow-and-charge-you-save

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In "Paranormal" Europe, Banks Will Pay You To Borrow, And Charge You To Save

http://www.nytimes.com/20...ml?smid=tw-share&_r=1

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In Europe, Bond Yields and Interest Rates Go Through the Looking Glass

At first, Eva Christiansen barely noticed the number. Her bank called to say that Ms. Christiansen, a 36-year-old entrepreneur here, had been approved for a small-business loan. She whooped. She danced. A friend took pictures.

“I think I was so happy I got the loan, I didn’t hear everything he said,” she recalled.

And then she was told again about her interest rate. It was -0.0172 percent — less than zero. While there would be fees to pay, the bank would also pay interest to her. It was just a little over $1 a month, but still.

...

Last month, Ida Mottelson, a 27-year-old student, received an email from her bank telling her that it would start charging her one-half of 1 percent to hold her money.

 ohmy

If you have 200 apples, and give them to me to hold for you, how many apples for you do I have? 199 of course!  Cool

6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Peer Review and the Scientific Process on: March 01, 2015, 06:14:06 PM
More inconvenient tidbits of reality from Washington's Blog...

tl;dr - Half of peer-reviewed studies show concern for GMOs. The other half are funded by industry.

http://www.washingtonsblo...scientists-concerned.html

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Tufts University’s Director of the Research and Policy Program at the Global Development and Environment Institute (Timothy Wise) points out:


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There is no … consensus on the safety of GM food. A peer-reviewed study of the research, from peer-reviewed journals, found that about half of the animal-feeding studies conducted in recent years found cause for concern. The other half didn’t, and as the researchers noted, “most of these studies have been conducted by biotechnology companies responsible of commercializing these GM plants.”

***

The only consensus that GM food is safe is among industry-funded researchers.

By way of background, genetically engineered foods have been linked to obesity, cancer, liver failure, infertility and all sorts of other diseases (brief, must-watch videos here and here).


One tidbit suggests that today in modern science, the most scientific thing one can do is to "follow the money":

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Indeed – as Tufts’ Timothy Wise notes – huge sums of money are being poured into shutting down all honest scientific debate about the risks from GMOs:

A lot more at the link.

7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: February 27, 2015, 09:17:14 PM
This is hilarious, but NSFW:


8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: February 27, 2015, 08:09:29 PM
Can a solipsist you have imagined who doesn't believe in you cause you to not exist?

 Thmbsup Those were good!
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Destroying your hard drive is the only way to stop this super-advanced malware on: February 27, 2015, 08:03:11 PM
I've seen reports of firmware deliveries being intercepted en-route and physically modded with spyware.

I remember reading 2 reports, though I forget the exact details and links.

In one case, a security researcher (?) ordered a drive through Amazon (?), and tracked the shipping as it was routed across the country to some place in Virginia (?) (which has an army base or intelligence service), and then back over to the person. I'm fuzzy on the details, but that was the gist.

Does anyone have links? Or remember the details?
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Pick a number between 1 and 10 on: February 27, 2015, 07:58:48 PM
There are 10 kinds of people in the world, those who understand binary, those who don't, and those who know trinary.

@renegade I challenge you to find another base system which has the series 1,  [another number] and 10.


Good joke, and good example! smiley

There are no other systems that fit there. That's only trinary.

0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10...

As there the only possible base is octal.

As for how they're spoken, I don't know.
Although I would imagine Octal is spoken like the decimal it looks like  e.g. 27oct would be Twenty-Seven, octal.

I don't use octal much at all, and probably only a handful of times over the years. But any base less than 10 could use that convention. It would seem odd though saying binary 100 as "one hundred". With binary we're accustomed to still saying the number as it is instead of "reading" it, i.e. "four" in that case. But, I think binary is pretty commonly used and understood, comparatively.


Hex is annoying because it can't be spoken in a lot of cases so it has to be spelled out.

That's how I say hex -- just reading out digits.

Not to mention plumber's numbers where $150 turns out to be really $375.


Hahaha! cheesy

In some circles, they quite literally say "plus alpha".
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Pick a number between 1 and 10 on: February 27, 2015, 07:49:59 PM
I forget where, but I have seen some proposals for speaking non-base 10 numbers. However, part of the point of language is to communicate, and secret languages for which only a few initiates exist do not really serve well for general communication.

The most common non-base 10 system in use is base 60, which is used to tell time. When speaking "11:00" we still stay "eleven o'clock", the same as in base 10.

While "10" could be construed as ambiguous for "two" or "eight" or "ten" or "sixteen", etc., it's disingenuous to assume anything other than base 10 in normal situations. There are only a few places where we might wonder, but those situations are almost always explicitly clear, e.g. 0x10 indicates that we're using base 16, and when they are not, they are made clear.

Relevant: http://en.wikipedia.org/w...rdplay_(The_Twilight_Zone)

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iT7JgH3VGfU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iT7JgH3VGfU</a>

Also...

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/12/12-h/12-h.htm  Cool

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'And only ONE for birthday presents, you know. There's glory for you!'

'I don't know what you mean by "glory,"' Alice said.

Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. 'Of course you don't—till I tell you. I meant "there's a nice knock-down argument for you!"'

'But "glory" doesn't mean "a nice knock-down argument,"' Alice objected.

'When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.'

'The question is,' said Alice, 'whether you CAN make words mean so many different things.'

'The question is,' said Humpty Dumpty, 'which is to be master—that's all.'

Alice was too much puzzled to say anything, so after a minute Humpty Dumpty began again. 'They've a temper, some of them—particularly verbs, they're the proudest—adjectives you can do anything with, but not verbs—however, I can manage the whole lot of them! Impenetrability! That's what I say!'

'Would you tell me, please,' said Alice 'what that means?'

'Now you talk like a reasonable child,' said Humpty Dumpty, looking very much pleased. 'I meant by "impenetrability" that we've had enough of that subject, and it would be just as well if you'd mention what you mean to do next, as I suppose you don't mean to stop here all the rest of your life.'

'That's a great deal to make one word mean,' Alice said in a thoughtful tone.

12  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Why Do We Pay Pure Mathematicians? on: February 27, 2015, 09:02:38 AM
An interesting post on math that I think a lot of people here will really enjoy.

http://mathwithbaddrawing...do-we-pay-mathematicians/

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One of the joys of being married to a pure mathematician—other than finding coffee-stained notebooks full of integrals lying around the flat—is hearing her try to explain her job to other people.

“Are there…uh… a lot of computers involved?”

“Do you write equations? I mean, you know, long ones?”

“Do you work with really big numbers?”

No, sometimes, and no. She rarely uses a computer, traffics more with inequalities than equations, and—like most researchers in her subfield—considers any number larger than 5 to be monstrously big.

Much more at the link.

Have fun! smiley

13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Pick a number between 1 and 10 on: February 27, 2015, 08:39:06 AM
That's a stupid bait & switch question. The logic just doesn't follow. If you go down that path you end up admitting any base system, which is idiotic. What happens when some smartass comes up with base 0.2 or something similarly silly?

Mensa problems often suffer from the same issues -- they phrase a problem for which there are several answers/solutions, then pull the rug out from under you and yell, "Oh, that's not what we meant! We meant something entirely different!" Smart people are often idiots.

This is a general problem and is best articulated by Zeno of Elea around 2500 years ago. What system are you working in? It matters.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Destroying your hard drive is the only way to stop this super-advanced malware on: February 26, 2015, 07:07:55 PM
A hardware jumper to enable any firmware flashing seems like a great idea for all devices.

hey!  I like that!

I did too initially, but I don't think it will scale well for data centers that have (SAN) racks full of drives that would then need to be physically touched.

Class action lawsuit against the NSA to pay for all the technicians that would need to be hired! Grin Great make-work project!  Thmbsup

I know... ain't gonna happen, but it's worth a chuckle. I don't even know how many drives are affected. I don't even know what order of magnitude there would be. Billions? Hundreds or tens of millions? Good grief... A lot in any event.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Apple gold watch to take up 30% of world gold production on: February 26, 2015, 07:02:01 PM
This is just hilarious:

http://www.cultofmac.com/...ch-use-third-worlds-gold/

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Demand for Apple Watch could use up third of world’s gold


We’re still waiting for the final pricing details on the Apple Watch, but if recent reports that Apple plans to sell one million gold Edition units a month are true, Apple Watch could wreak havoc on gold prices and do who knows what to the global economy.
Josh Center at TidBits has done some math on Apple Watch and estimates that if production rumors are correct, Apple will be bidding for a third of the world’s annual gold supply to make enough gold watches to meet demand.

To put those numbers in perspective, Apple needs so much gold it could turn the all 7,000 metric tons of gold stored at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York — you know, the one from the plot of Die Hard 3 — into gold watches in less than a decade.

Assuming the Apple Watch Edition contains 2 troy ounces of gold (2 troy ounces equals 62.2 grams), Centers estimates Apple would need 24 million troy ounces of gold per year for its watches. Or roughly 746 metric tons. About 2,500 metric tons of gold are mined per year, so if Apple uses 746 metric tons they’ll need about 30% of the world’s annual gold production.

Of course there’s a big ‘if’ here, and that’s whether the WSJ got production numbers right in its report claiming Apple aims to sell nearly one million Apple Watch Edition models per month. Those numbers sound suspect considering Rolex only sells 600,000 watches a year for an estimated $4.7 billion in revenue.

The price of gold is currently $1,200 per ounce, which would make Apple’s annual gold needs somewhere around $28.8 billion. Apple would need to store more gold per year than Rolex makes in sales. The annual sales of high-end Swiss watches was about 27 million in 2013. Apple would have to takeover 45% of the entire luxury watch industry to hit its mark. If history is any indication though, there’s one company that can completely dominate an old tired market despite pricing, and it’s Apple.

Even if you cut the projections in half the numbers are still mind-boggling. Hopefully Apple’s already working on a Scrooge McDuck sized vault to store all its gold.

http://www.news.com.au/te...ry-e6frfrnr-1227239444734

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APPLE is set to buy up one third of the world’s gold in order to meet the demands of the new up-market Apple Watch, according to reports.

Following the prediction in The Wall Street Journal that Apple plans to sell one million top-of-the-range 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition units a month, a new report reveals the massive impact that would have on the gold market and world economy.

The report in TidBits crunches the numbers working on the reasonable figure that each gold watch will contain 2 troy ounces (62.2 grams) of gold.

Uh, no. Not gonna happen. Apple will not use 2 ozt of gold for 1 million watches a month.

My bet is that we'll see some article in the near future retracting these ones as some kind of gross misunderstanding.

The WSJ article:

http://blogs.wsj.com/digi...-watches-for-initial-run/

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Apple has asked its suppliers in Asia to make a combined five to six million units of its three Apple Watch models during the first quarter ahead of the product’s release in April, according to people familiar with the matter.

Half of the first-quarter production order is earmarked for the entry-level Apple Watch Sport model, while the mid-tier Apple Watch is expected to account for one-third of output, one of these people said.

Orders for Apple Watch Edition – the high-end model featuring 18-karat gold casing – are relatively small in the first quarter but Apple plans to start producing more than one million units per month in the second quarter, the person said. Analysts expect demand for the high-end watches to be strong in China where Apple’s sales are booming.

Apple Watch Sport will start at $349. Apple hasn’t announced pricing for the other models, but Apple Watch Edition is expected to be among the most expensive products the company has ever sold, likely surpassing the $4,000 Mac Pro computer.

Apple sets production plans based on its forecast of demand for the new product. But Apple quickly adjusts these plans if sales are different than what it estimated. Suppliers say that Apple adjusts its so-called “plan of record” more often and more quickly than any other consumer-electronics company.

Nope. Not gonna happen. Somebody got their signals crossed. 30% of world gold production ain't going into Apple watches.

Gold is trading at about USD $1,210/ozt right now, and if there were any truth to these articles the price would have spiked massively despite the paper shorts (unless Apple is already manipulating the gold market along with GS & co.)

http://charts.kitco.com/K...&utm_campaign=iCharts

16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Stop the killer robots! on: February 25, 2015, 10:18:49 PM
I'm like totally fer sure that the dudes at DARPA and Boston Dynamics are like paying awesome attention and stuff. Fer realz!

<broken_record_mode>The "Our Work" page on the DARPA web site uses a rainbow. This is significant. They didn't do that by accident. It's a clear message.</broken_record_mode>

17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: February 25, 2015, 10:36:16 AM
I've not finished watching this, but am posting it because you can get it for free now.

Bought

This film is free for a limited time.

FYI -- This covers a broad spectrum of health issues and not just vaccines.

http://www.activistpost.c...e-just-few-more-days.html

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"Your health, now brought to you by Wall Street... - Hidden Story Behind Vaccines, Big Pharma and Your Food."

In our "Activist Post Theater," you can purchase the year's most thought provoking film - Bought. However, most likely due to increased media pressure to accept medical force when it comes to vaccines - the makers of the movie have released it online for free.

Early viewers are reacting as though it is the most important, mind-blowing information to see in a film this year.

This offer is only available between February 22 - March 6, 2015. You can enter your email here, or simply click here to watch now.

Link to free film: https://www.boughtmovie.n...=heather@activistpost.com

18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Many smart devices are spying on you on: February 24, 2015, 05:45:00 PM
Smart devices?

http://fusion.net/story/4...adgets-are-spying-on-you/

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It’s not just Samsung TVs — lots of other gadgets are spying on you

Earlier this month, Samsung was the target of a privacy dust-up due to a disturbing sentence in the privacy policy for its smart TVs: “Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party.”

And a long list of more devices that are spying on you at the link.

Theme song to accompany article:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMVV_HsHcX0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMVV_HsHcX0</a>

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You think you've private lives
Think nothing of the kind
There is no true escape
I'm watching all the time

And art becomes reality...
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Meshnets are happening (mini-Internets that connect to the Internet) on: February 24, 2015, 05:40:15 PM
Thought about setting up a node at one point since I'm in a geographically advantageous position, (line of sight to most of the north-eastern suburbs) ... but then I got lazy  Grin

Hahaha! Grin

I looked into it here about a year and a half ago, but figured I didn't want to spend the $$$ as I'd end up throwing everything out when we move. (Almost time now...)

As I said, I got lazy. smiley

My chance to be lazy  Grin

Hey! Laziness can be a virtue! smiley

20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: February 24, 2015, 09:16:49 AM
Aaaaaaaaannnnnndddd...

Let's start an entire new round of leaks!

http://www.aljazeera.com/...stigations/spycables.html

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Introducing The Spy Cables

Secret documents, leaked from numerous intelligence agencies, offer rare insights into the interactions between spies.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZbHpzvVGuw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZbHpzvVGuw</a>


LET THE BLOODBATH BEGIN!


In other news, the new exciting sandwich from McDonalds and then, the Katy Perry and Pink feud and the cricket results!  undecided





21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Peer Review and the Scientific Process on: February 24, 2015, 05:13:28 AM
A post that points out how many scientific debates are framed as false dichotomies, i.e. You either accept everything we say 100% or you're an idiot.

https://www.reddit.com/r/...ence_an_alternative_view/

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The War On Science: An alternative view (self.conspiracy)

submitted 18 hours ago by qthagun [+1]

(Note: this article is written to go with the March 2015 National Geographic cover



 ; it is such an excellent piece of propaganda that it can be easily subverted for an alternative viewpoint.)

Do you remember a time before there were Wars, with a capital W, on intangible ideas? As an American who's only in their 30s, I can't say that I do; my first introduction to our political paradigm was the War on Drugs. I still can't really tell you what a Drug is these days, the legal pharmaceuticals we manufacture killing more people each year than the few illegal scheduled Drugs, science showing that sugar and cocaine activate similar reward pathways. In the US our drug addiction rate hasn't really changed since the 1970s, while the amount we spend on drug control each year has skyrocketed from the millions to the tens of billions. We view Prohibition as a charming relic of the past, while we raid medical marijuana dispensaries at home and guard captured opium fields abroad. I guess that tells you what a War on an Intangible Idea entails.

The same media which raised my generation on the War on Drugs, and the following generation on the War on Terror, has a new War for a new generation. Enter: The War on Science. Everything from Climate Change to the moon landings to vaccinations, these uneducated idiots are coming for you! And if there's one thing we know about uneducated idiots, it's that they're organized and good at what they do. And what they do is get everything wrong and cause all of our problems. It's 2015 you uneducated idiots! Don't you know that we have the right answers for everything? That's why we have experts.

We've actually put a few of our own experts to work on this cover photo, lovingly recreating that famous scene etched into all of our memories. Notice our attention to detail, taking care to ensure the dust underneath the LEM's engine is completely undisturbed, with no blast crater or any evidence of propulsive landing whatsoever. Looks just like the real NASA thing with the exception of our devoted worker who's almost spoiling the illusion with his size. We wanted to show everyone just how easy it is to recreate these scenes for a camera (minus the long journey back home to Earth for our worker and crew). But let's not get too distracted by the past; besides pointing out that it is impossible to prove a negative (such as that something didn't happen or that something doesn't exist), we'll leave "removing one of truth's protective layers" (Neil Armstrong, 1994) for another exercise, as this upcoming War on Science has much more immediate political concerns.

Let's start with the careful selection of messages on this cover, the witches we'll need to burn if we want to be warriors in defense of Science. "Climate change does not exist". We are officially 1984 now. "Climate change" is a tautology by its definition. There is no way to define the climate of the entire planet in a static way; it always changes. What also always changes are the political arguments attached to such a vague topic as Climate Change. Most of the media my generation consumed focused on Global Warming, while a few decades earlier the same mobs were whipped up with fear of Global Cooling. Today it is Climate Change and no one can really define it except that it's scary and coming for you. Everyone knows we are polluting our air and our water, but they want you arguing about whether or not the Climate is changing and in which direction. We've covered up the deep recession since 2008 with the explosive growth of fracking, destroying our own land for short-term profit, but instead of looking at that they want to propose carbon taxes and cap and trade schemes, ultimately resulting in a whole new regulating government bureaucracy. We're currently waging war on our own environment and they want you arguing about how we can prevent Climate Change.

Next up in pithy slogans is "Evolution never happened", excellent bait for a controversy as it simultaneously muddies up a topic and then simplifies it to a false dichotomy. Here we have an example of the War on Science already occurring. The definition of evolution itself has evolved multiple times in my lifetime. Discovering mitochondrial DNA and a common human female ancestor of ~200,000 years ago exemplifies the process of science, where continual questioning and investigation overturn our past understanding and open up all new avenues of questioning. It is a thing of beauty to behold. But instead we're encouraged to divide ourselves into camps, to claim we finally have it all right, to choose sides in a battle between the Current Conclusions of Science TM and anyone who would question. All shades of nuance are ignored: you either agree with the Current Conclusions of Science TM or you are an uneducated idiot whose very existence threatens us all.

This is what the cover illustrates and what the War on Science is: an all or nothing proposition. How else could we be made to spend all of our time arguing against ourselves? Simply frame the argument such that both sides are wrong, but both sides have legitimate grievances, and you've engineered a propaganda playground for the unwitting. Keep the medium brief and the content fast; no one has time for anything more than that. We definitely need someone to blame. Everyone senses something is wrong with our world. Wasn't Science supposed to deliver us from this? Maybe all these problems are because enough people aren't going with the flow anymore. That's why we need to regularly reinforce the one conclusion that has never been overturned: we know what we're talking about, because we have our experts working on it.

Which is why we can tell you with complete confidence that genetically modified food isn't evil. Who can say what evil is anyway, but an emotional idea loaded with religious and moral connotations, undefinable by either either science or the law. It's a useful term to generate endless arguments, framing the subject emotionally to engage feelings before thought. Everyone intuitively understands that there is an information war going on, and so often we take our sides first and that is the extent of our communication. We are encouraged to segregate ourselves based on our ideas and when one of the sides we can choose is the Current Conclusions of Science TM, the choice is obvious to many. By definition, the Current Conclusions of Science TM are correct, are they not? Tautologies are true everywhere.

GMOs aren't evil; GMOs are unlabelled in America. In dozens of other countries, GMOs are completely banned. But National Geographic and its American audience just know that there isn't a debate, because obviously GMOs aren't evil. Hip celebrity scientists such as Neil DeGrasse Tyson tell us everything is OK while blurring the distinction between natural hybridization over centuries and transgenic GMOs over years. While GMOs are sold to us with the promise of supernutrition and feeding the world, the ones we get are modified to be pesticide resistant and are covered with toxic pesticides. Instead of transparency and accountability there is a rotating door between the companies making these GMOs and the government agencies regulating them, as the current deputy commissioner for foods at the FDA, Michael Taylor, was previously a VP of public policy at Monsanto. Meanwhile the companies themselves are the ones tasked with the testing to prove the safety of their products - inevitably they find their products to be safe.

Much of this data is hard to get and not available for public access. There are no epidemiological studies investigating potential health effects of GMO food on human health. International agreements show widespread recognition of risks posed by GMO foods and crops. There is no consensus on environmental impacts of GMOs. A recent statement in the journal Enviromental Sciences Europe concludes “…the totality of scientific research outcomes in the field of GM crop safety is nuanced; complex; often contradictory or inconclusive; confounded by researchers’ choices, assumptions, and funding sources; and, in general, has raised more questions than it has currently answered.” In short, the science isn't settled at all.

As anyone who has taken part in the vaccine discussion that has exploded on social media over the past month can tell you, it's not really about the science anymore. It's about choosing sides in The War on Science. Who can even tell what sides there are, on such a wide array of issues? With so many disparate hot button issues lumped together, each carefully chosen with a distracting straw-man to burn, National Geographic is here to tell you exactly what to think. With the modernization of the Smith-Mundt act of 2012, it really isn't even illegal for the US Government to knowingly lie to the public anymore. The companies that are selling you these products employ massive public relations divisions, and nowadays you can see the results of spending so much money on advertising when you turn on the TV or pick up a newspaper or magazine.

Thankfully this magazine is here to strong-arm us to the final topic, the most pressing of all, the real target: vaccines. The rhetoric and fear surrounding vaccines is rising; it seems if we don't make a decision soon we face unspeakable consequences. Step out of line, potentially support the wrong side, and experience vicious social ramifications, public shaming, and group shunning. What's the simple conflict here, and what is a non-expert to think? Here the stink of desperation oozes out of the propaganda. "Vaccinations can lead to autism": a milquetoast statement, a clear retreat from the more blunt and catchy "Vaccines cause autism". With such an obvious clue that things might be more complicated than all or nothing, let's take a moment to examine this from an alternative perspective.

The mainstream Current Conclusions of Science TM (in America, God Bless America) are that vaccines are both safe and effective. The gold standard for proving medical safety is to compare human populations with a control group over the long term. Out of the current US Vaccination schedule of 12 different vaccines (compared with just 3 in the 1980s), none of them have ever been tested against a saline control in a human population long term, either individually or as a group. If none of our drug testing included comparisons of populations given placebos, would you trust them? On the other side of the vaccine safety issue, the US Supreme Court ruled in 2011 that federal law prohibits parents from suing drug makers over serious side effects from childhood vaccines. The only way Americans have left to defend themselves, the lawsuit, cannot be used to seek compensation from vaccine injury, and yet they want us to know that vaccines are safe? They had to create a program to handle all the numerous reports of negative side effects of vaccines (VAERS - the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System), and yet they want us arguing whether or not vaccines may lead to autism?

This is overt manipulation, and yet a review of history leaves us with the conclusion that it is effective manipulation. Populations have been whipped up with the fear of biological armageddon before, with dissidents fined and jailed for refusal of the current cure du jour. A new wave of people are publically arguing for forced mandatory vaccinations right now, because ultimately their fear trumps your liberties. The efficacy of vaccines has never actually been proven, neither has herd immunity ever been shown to exist. There are outbreaks among fully vaccinated populations. President Obama recently granted immunity to a CDC whistleblower to testify about the efficacy of vaccines to Congress. This is another clear example where the science is anything but settled, but our culture of choosing sides is moving towards a future where individuals no longer have any choice for themselves. There is a comments period open right now for the US Health and Human Services current draft proposal regarding more mandated employer-enforced vaccines for adults, at the same time that the US Government is involved with a lawsuit against Merck (the manufacturer of the MMR vaccine) about the false claims of efficacy of its vaccine.

Jenny McCarthy served as the sacrificial offering in the media, an open warning and example to anyone who would question the current narrative. The government has a monopoly on legal force, and a narrative is forming across the media that such force should be used to override our individual right to bodily integrity and self-determination. We are shown the social effects of questioning the narrative, and anyone that's even questioned the ever increasing vaccine schedule can tell you what those social effects feel like personally. There is a science, with a lowercase s, that is a method, an application, a process that is founded upon open questioning. And then there is a Science, with a capital a S, that is the Current Conclusions of Our National Experts TM, a dogma which does not allow any questioning or deviation from the herd.

We should always be questioning. The truth fears no investigation.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Meshnets are happening (mini-Internets that connect to the Internet) on: February 24, 2015, 04:36:12 AM
Sounds like what Melbourne Wireless have done for the last few years.
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I thought about looking that up as I'd forgotten the site, but just got lazy. Thanks for posting it!  Thmbsup
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Net Neutrality? Title II? on: February 24, 2015, 04:13:08 AM
Is there a better or worse someone? Who really knows.

Oh, stop asking easy questions! Cool

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24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Net Neutrality? Title II? on: February 23, 2015, 10:35:56 PM
This is really going to work out totally super awesome! I'm like totally for sure realz it iz!  undecided

http://www.wsj.com/articl...et-to-obamanet-1424644324

Paywalled. So, search for "From Internet to Obamanet" in Google then click there to get through.







25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: February 23, 2015, 08:07:15 PM


Hehehe! That's an excellent thread! It gets better though down below.  Thmbsup

I rather got a kick out of this:



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