Mahavishnu, Cosmic Censorship, Fairy Census, DMT, Art of Dreams

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s another one for the ‘black holes are weird’ file: a team of mathematicians has calculated that some black holes in an expanding Universe like ours can press the reset button on the history of their contents, effectively erasing the past and turning the future into a giant question mark.

Exactly what this would look like from an observer’s point of view is anybody’s guess. But if it turns out to be true, we might finally have a solution to one of the biggest questions in modern cosmology.

If we follow the laws of physics to their logical conclusions, all the mass of a collapsed star gets squeezed into an infinitely small point called a singularity.

That’s a little like saying there are volumes of space that keep secrets from the rest of the Universe, places where physics itself crumbles apart.

To deal with this breakdown between the rule-based Universe as we know it and these ‘here be dragons’ parts of black holes, physicists apply a little thing called cosmic censorship.

This censorship comes in two flavours.

https://www.sciencealert.com/non-determinism-strong-cosmic-censorship-for-charged-black-hole-model

 

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Fairies are a well-known staple of folklore and modern children’s literature: supernatural beings who were thought by people of previous ages to inhabit the pastoral landscapes of Europe. But while belief in such creatures might be assumed to have no place in our modern, rational world, it seems fairies don’t really care, as new research has found that some people still regularly have encounters with them.

In fact, more than ‘some’: in the newly released, 400-page-long Fairy Census, 2014-2017 (free PDF download), some five hundred fairy experiences from the modern day are detailed. They were collected over the last few years via an ongoing internet questionnaire about who sees fairies, when and why.

 

https://www.dailygrail.com/2018/02/fairies-continue-to-be-seen-in-the-modern-day-according-to-this-new-research/

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A variety of fears stopped me from using psychedelics until much later in life. My first few experiences were so shockingly positive, I couldn’t help but confess to friends and colleagues how much they had transformed me. This is when I discovered the sheer number of people I knew and admired who shared their own secret stories of life-changing psychedelic experiences.

To be sure, everyone reading this article has been touched by someone who has used and loved psychedelics (and, not just because Steve Jobs said that dropping Acid was one of the important decisions of his life).

On a weekly, if not a daily basis, you probably use their technology and read their news stories. The author Tim Ferriss, who became famous for interviewing the world’s high-performing athletes and businessmen, once said that “most of the billionaires” he knows use psychedelics. Many of the people who impact your life everyday attribute their success in life in no small part to psychedelics.

There is a Grand Canyon-size gap between what psychedelics actually do for society and the way the law views them. Psychedelics are widely used and none of the fears that justify criminalization have happened. Like Marijuana, it is only a matter of time before public fears are washed away by folks talking to someone they know who uses psychedelics.

So, as a first step to inspiring others to talk, I’m going to describe, in as much legal detail as possible*, everything I’ve done and how it’s impacted me, with an eye towards answering all the skeptical questions that kept me from using psychedelics until very recently. It is my hope that the ensuing conversation (and lack of negative consequences) will open space for other posts like this one.

 

https://medium.com/psychedelic-honesty-project/how-doing-psychedelics-in-social-situations-has-improved-my-life-long-version-draft-0-5-b190c295975e

 

 

 

 

 

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The faces that look out of old photos and paintings are people of the past. All of them are connected to the living, although those connections have often been lost. A large fraction of people in past generations have no living descendants. Others have them, but no full accounting of them exists.

It is part of my profession to recover what science can of the histories of unknown ancient peoples. The individual histories of recent people are no less interesting, and in many cases are unknown.

http://johnhawks.net/weblog/topics/history/genealogy/toronto-photo-identity-genealogy-2018.html

 

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In the early 1960s, researchers predicted that the Amahuaca people of the Peruvian Amazon would likely disappear, yet today the younger generations are continuing their struggle to avoid that fate, and, led by a determined bilingual teacher, they do everything possible as they face diseases, lack of support for education and the difficulties of remaining largely invisible to their country.

 

 

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We are the only person living within our world. We may share the same moment and space with billions of others, but our reality is uniquely ours and it is carefully constructed to fit our own worldview and belief system. Ultimately we are alone, even when surrounded by family and friends. While others may share the benefits and blow-back from our decisions, we alone bear the full burden of our beliefs.

I could no more understand the belief system, thought processes and daily lives of a movie star, neurosurgeon, or nuclear physicist than I could a drug kingpin, human trafficker or serial killer. No two people share the same exact world, not even identical twins.

I point this out solely to emphasize this article is not a recommendation or endorsement of any particular course of action. Nor is it a warning a similar course of action will produce the same results for you. My only goal when writing this article was to share our experiences, how we were affected and what we did to cope.

If you missed Part One and Part Two of this article, both installments laid out the groundwork for this final chapter. For those who did not read them, I’ll summarize the first two chapters in a single sentence. We woke up, bugged out and almost caved in after we were turned upside down when nearly everything went sideways.

During this six year journey we took a wild ride on the pendulum of life, eventually becoming totally out of balance with the world and each other. Part One described our initial awakening to how the world really works and everything leading up to our move to an isolated off-grid homestead. Part Two contained a summary of some of the larger challenges, successes, disasters, surprises and strange events we faced once we settled into our new home.

In this final chapter I detail how my wife and I progressed from a stress and drama free life of peace and harmony (aka blissful ignorance) to finding ourselves in constant conflict. This dissonance created such a high level of stress and disharmony we were constantly at each other’s throat.

 

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-04/pendulum-part-three-seeking-balance

 

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It was remarkable that the reversal took place after a million-year separation, said Alan Brelsford, an evolutionary geneticist at the University of California at Riverside who was not involved with this research.

“What’s neat about the ravens is it seems like they were separated for quite a long time and still managed to fuse,” he said.

Brelsford was impressed with the level of detail in the research: Mitochondria alone might tell an unrepresentative story, but the combination of nuclear DNA and mitochondrial DNA was convincing, he said.

It is not clear how the birds could reunite after being apart for so long. There are three main barriers to species fusion: mate choice, ecological differences and biochemical incompatibilities, Brelsford said.

An ice age, a few of which occurred within the 440,000-to-140,000-year timeline of first contact, might cause some of those barriers to crumble.

Perhaps a glacier isolated a pocket of common ravens with the other species in California. Alone among distant relatives, the common ravens possibly mingled as their mating instincts kicked in.

“You have no one else to breed with, so you’re going to breed with a raven that looks the same as you,” Kearns said.

“The authors argue convincingly that the ranges of the previously separated raven populations changed as a result of a natural change in climate,” Grant said.

“This brought them together, and interbreeding followed.”

Last century, scientists had a laser-like focus on how species split, Omland said, looking for the hatchets that drove organisms apart.

Advances in genomics changed that. In February, researchers studying the elephant genome revealed how elephants interbred with mastodons, Omland noted.

Species fusion is “probably a way more common phenomenon than has been reported,” he said.

https://www.sciencealert.com/ravens-evolved-single-global-species-reverse-speciation?perpetual=yes&limitstart=1

 

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Dreams have long proved a fertile ground for human creativity and expression, and no less so than in the visual arts, giving rise to some of its most arresting images. In addition to the many and varied dreams so important to religion and myth there has emerged, in the last few centuries since the birth of Romanticism, an exploration of the more personal dream-world. Indeed, with its link to the unconscious, the form has perhaps proved the perfect vehicle for those artists looking to surface that which lies submerged – desire, guilt, fear, ambition – to bring to light the truth the waking mind keeps hid.

No doubt, also, artists have been attracted to the challenge of giving form to something so visually intangible as a dream, a challenge taken up in many ways through the centuries. More often than not there appears the sleeping body itself, with the dream element incorporated in a variety of ways. Common is for the dream sequence to appear in a totally separate part of the image, as if projected on the walls of the sleeping mind: often in the midst of that familiar floating cloud, but also as emerging from nearby objects or events of the day (see the Toyokuni image below) . Also common, particularly in the depiction of nightmares, is for the figures of the dream to simply appear as though in the room with the sleeper, often directly upon the body itself (see the Fuseli below). With the advent of photography, and the potential of double exposures, we see also a different way of trying to capture that intangibility of the dream image. With both the Grandville and Redon images featured, and the work of the Surrealists they anticipate, we see a different approach entirely, one which looks past the sleeper to focus solely on the imagery of the dream itself, and in the process perhaps giving a more true impression of the strangeness and otherworldliness which so often characterises the dream experience.

http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/the-art-of-dreams/

 

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The precipitating event came in the form of 40,000-year-old Neanderthal bones found in a Croatian cave. So well-preserved were the bones that they yielded enough DNA for sequencing, and it became Reich’s job in 2007 to analyze the DNA for signs that Neanderthals interbred with humans—a idea he was “deeply suspicious” of at the time.

To his surprise, the DNA revealed that humans and Neanderthals did interbreed in their time together in Europe. Possibly even more than once. Today, surprisingly, the people carrying the most Neanderthal DNA are not in Europe but in East Asia—likely due to the patterns of ancient human migration in Eurasia in the thousands of years after Neanderthals died out. All this painted a complicated but dynamic picture of human prehistory. Since the very beginning of our species, humans have been on the move; at times they replaced and at other times they mixed with the local population, first hominids like Neanderthals and later other humans.

Reich has since converted his lab at Harvard Medical School into a “factory” for studying ancient DNA. His new book, Who We Are and How We Got Here, charts the myriad ways the study of ancient DNA is lobbing bombs into the halls of established wisdom. In Europe, for example, ancient DNA is identifying waves of migrations into the continent, in which groups of people serially replaced, or nearly replaced, the local population.

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/03/ancient-dna-history/554798/

 

That seems counterintuitive, especially since we know that Neanderthals lived throughout Europe and Asia, whereas Denisovans have only been found in a single Siberian cave. But that picture might be deceptive. Scientists have sequenced the genomes of two Neanderthals—one from Vindija Cave, in Croatia, and another from the Altai region, in Siberia—and the differences between them are smaller than between the two Denisovan populations Browning identified in her work. “Maybe the Neanderthals were more nomadic and their populations were mixing a lot, while the Denisovans stayed in particular places and didn’t mix,” she says.

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/03/humans-denisovans-interbreeding-twice/555686/

 

New finds from Kenya suggest that humans used long-distance trade networks, sophisticated tools, and symbolic pigments right from the dawn of our species.

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/03/a-deeper-origin-of-complex-human-cultures/555674/

 

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We’ve known about zombie ants for quite some time, but scientists have struggled to understand how the parasitic fungus, O. unilateralis (pronounced yu-ni-lat-er-al-iss), performs its puppeteering duties. This fungus is often referred to as a “brain parasite,” but new research published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that the brains of these zombie ants are left intact by the parasite, and that O. unilateralis is able to control the actions of its host by infiltrating and surrounding muscle fibres throughout the ant’s body. In effect, it’s converting an infected ant into an externalized version of itself. Zombie ants thus become part insect, part fungus. Awful, right?

To make this discovery, the scientist who first uncovered the zombie ant fungus, David Hughes from Penn State, launched a multidisciplinary effort that involved an international team of entomologists, geneticists, computer scientists, and microbiologists. The point of the study was to look at the cellular interactions between O. unilateralis and the carpenter ant host Camponotus castaneus during a critical stage of the parasite’s life cycle — that phase when the ant anchors itself onto the bottom of leaf with its powerful mandibles.

https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2017/11/the-fungus-that-turns-ants-into-zombies-is-more-diabolical-than-we-realized/

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Sssoooooooo…….

Time to write another blogpost. Well, past time. I’m late. Dearie me ! Where does the life-time go ?? Answers on a postcard, please…

As those of you who have survived from the previous post may have gathered, I am ill, unwell, sickly, indisposed, and even more kranky and savage than usual. Sigh….

In the previous comments, there was a message from our correspondent out there in the wilds, the backwoods, located somewhere over in the badlands of Upper Kekistan, (if I recall correctly, somewhere in the East, anyway), where he survives amidst the imaginary yak-herders and mushroom-zombies, a bleak and tenuous existence, grasping the straws that blow in the wind and trading them for wisps of gossip and cups of tea…

Anyway, from what I  gather, he’s in some different timezone and the land is flat, unlike here, where I have mountains, and as every schoolchild knows, mountains attract snow and related inclement weather, so we have a harsh life and are forced to cling to our ancient customs for comfort and sustenance, customs like rugby, quoting Dylan Thomas, wearing clothes woven from leaks and daffodils, practising longbowmanship, motorcycle maintenance, that sort of thing…

You know, Mari Llwyd and her  friends, of whom I have written before. Probably I forgot to pay due homage earlier this year, preoccupied by ailments as I’ve been, which is why I’m suffering such bad luck these days, when a quarter of the year has already slipped by, and I hardly even noticed yet….

 

 

So, the aforementioned correspondent, one Wolfwitch, sent me a message hereabouts  to which I am obliged to reply

http://www.monsangelorum.net/?p=30192&cpage=7#comment-33638

So, concerning Gordon White who had dropped off my radar…. This is a phenomenon I’ve noticed on this internet thing, people, names, sites, just disappear and vanish from one’s world, and nobody notices because there are always thousands more to fill the space…

Gordon White rambles on about his father and Jordan Peterson…

Seems to me this is a basic human social need, I mean, to have celebrities, heroes and anti-heroes, it’s there in vivid detail in the ancient Greek stories and the Sagas and the Indian epics… ‘Some talk of Alexander, some of Hercules, of Hector and Lysander and such great names as these, but of all the world’s great heroes then none that can compare with….’

Peterson, as an educated Jungian amongst other things, is well aware of this phenomenon, so he knows how to play the part, from a theoretical as well as the practical point of view, and he’s obviously doing it right, because he recovered from the low point I mentioned in my previous blogpost, and has achieved global publicity.

This ascension into the public social consciousness is not a new thing, saints, royals, military leaders, sometimes bandits, pirates and folk heroes, have all exploited it over the centuries, but now it’s mediated and amplified by the technology. Julius Caesar, Napoleon, etc, knew instinctively how to play to the gallery, and more recently, as well as writing and word of mouth, we got the mass production of records, film and radio, that helped names like Bing Crosby, Sinatra, Elvis Presley, etc, to become widely known.

But a clinical psychologist as rock star-hero ? That is a bit weird. He did have the same University job as Timothy Leary once had, so he must have known the potential when he gained that position, and Leary had a famous (or notorious) meeting with the psychiatrist R. D. Laing, The Politics of Experience, who also gained fame outside his field, for his radical ideas and theories about sanity and madness.

 

 

I don’t want to get diverted by The White Rabbit and sucked into the warren of cross-connecting tunnels that link Tavistock Clinic, ECTs, MKUltra, lobotomies, CIA, Doors of Perception, Grateful Dead, Merry Pranksters, Manchurian Candidates, all that stuff, because I have trouble re-emerging, it’s so vast and everything seems to connect to everything else in weird, bizarre, even terrible ways… shrooms, shamanism, the ultimate mysteries of existence, birth, life, death, etc, one thing leads to another….

Gordon White knows that, and so does Jordan Peterson. The ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and others, the tribal shamans of Eurasia,(see Mircea Eliade) had to find ways to integrate that weirdness into their consciousness and cultures, and we are beset with many of the same dilemmas that our predecessors encountered and struggled with.

I was intending to watch that Gordon White video on Peterson again and give you my thoughts and opinions, but, actually, if you follow this blog, your’e all smart savvy folks who are well-able to watch it yourselves and form your own views, you don’t need me to tell you what to think, do you ? 🙂

So, change of topic. Because my right leg seems fairly useless and not improving, in fact worse than when I was in hospital, I’ve been pondering options, and toying with the idea of getting one of these things, so I can get around on this mountain a bit more before I die and disappear….

 

 

Onwards and upwards…

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533 Responses to Mahavishnu, Cosmic Censorship, Fairy Census, DMT, Art of Dreams

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    Today Bluffdale is home to one of the nation’s largest sects of polygamists, the Apostolic United Brethren, with upwards of 9,000 members. The brethren’s complex includes a chapel, a school, a sports field, and an archive. Membership has doubled since 1978—and the number of plural marriages has tripled—so the sect has recently been looking for ways to purchase more land and expand throughout the town.

    But new pioneers have quietly begun moving into the area, secretive outsiders who say little and keep to themselves. Like the pious polygamists, they are focused on deciphering cryptic messages that only they have the power to understand. Just off Beef Hollow Road, less than a mile from brethren headquarters, thousands of hard-hatted construction workers in sweat-soaked T-shirts are laying the groundwork for the newcomers’ own temple and archive, a massive complex so large that it necessitated expanding the town’s boundaries. Once built, it will be more than five times the size of the US Capitol.

    Rather than Bibles, prophets, and worshippers, this temple will be filled with servers, computer intelligence experts, and armed guards. And instead of listening for words flowing down from heaven, these newcomers will be secretly capturing, storing, and analyzing vast quantities of words and images hurtling through the world’s telecommunications networks. In the little town of Bluffdale, Big Love and Big Brother have become uneasy neighbors.

    https://www.wired.com/2012/03/ff-nsadatacenter/

    But the real competition will take place in the classified realm. To secretly develop the new exaflop (or higher) machine by 2018, the NSA has proposed constructing two connecting buildings, totaling 260,000 square feet, near its current facility on the East Campus of Oak Ridge. Called the Multiprogram Computational Data Center, the buildings will be low and wide like giant warehouses, a design necessary for the dozens of computer cabinets that will compose an exaflop-scale machine, possibly arranged in a cluster to minimize the distance between circuits. According to a presentation delivered to DOE employees in 2009, it will be an “unassuming facility with limited view from roads,” in keeping with the NSA’s desire for secrecy. And it will have an extraordinary appetite for electricity, eventually using about 200 megawatts, enough to power 200,000 homes. The computer will also produce a gargantuan amount of heat, requiring 60,000 tons of cooling equipment, the same amount that was needed to serve both of the World Trade Center towers.

    In the meantime Cray is working on the next step for the NSA, funded in part by a $250 million contract with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. It’s a massively parallel supercomputer called Cascade, a prototype of which is due at the end of 2012. Its development will run largely in parallel with the unclassified effort for the DOE and other partner agencies. That project, due in 2013, will upgrade the Jaguar XT5 into an XK6, codenamed Titan, upping its speed to 10 to 20 petaflops.

    Yottabytes and exaflops, septillions and undecillions—the race for computing speed and data storage goes on. In his 1941 story “The Library of Babel,” Jorge Luis Borges imagined a collection of information where the entire world’s knowledge is stored but barely a single word is understood. In Bluffdale the NSA is constructing a library on a scale that even Borges might not have contemplated. And to hear the masters of the agency tell it, it’s only a matter of time until every word is illuminated.

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    Today Elijah Magnier published a three part piece on the war on Syria and its role in the much the global political confrontation.

    Will America accept its defeat or will it challenge the Russian Bear and the Chinese Dragon? – Part 1, 2, 3

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    The first part describes the current situation at the various fronts in Syria and the most likely next operations. The Syrian government is winning the conflict. U.S. CentCom General Votel admitted that the U.S. strategy in Syria has failed. Magnier concludes:

    The US has lost the « extremist battle »- they were incapable of achieving the “regime change” objective in Syria. That was the awakening of the Russian bear from its long hibernation who realised how the US was trying to corner it. Moscow also relied on the Chinese dragon, which shares Russia’s goals to eliminate all extremists and jihadist terrorists in Syria.
    Both Russia and China are now working closely to put an end to the uni-polar superpower and thus end US world dominance.

    The second part looks at the development of U.S.-Russian relations over the last decade and the role U.S. ‘regime change’ policies in the eastern Europe and Middle East played in it. The U.S. attack on Syria was part of the wider challenging of Russia. It brought up a new coalition which is now countering U.S. moves:

    http://www.moonofalabama.org/2018/03/elijah-magnier-how-syria-challenges-the-unipolar-order.html#comments

    Off topic, but I think this is important. With false flags there always seems to be a drill going on at the same time, a drill that weirdly, and coincidentally of course, mimics the reality that follows (the list is long and easy to Google). So we have the poison incident in Salisbury that stinks to high heaven, but no mention of a drill. Then I came across a statement by the Royal Navy that a drill had taken place on Salisbury plain at the same time as the poison incident:

    https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-latest-activity/news/2018/march/06/180306-toxic-storm-for-royal-marines-in-major-chemical-exercise

    Posted by: Lochearn | Mar 28, 2018 4:33:23 PM | 11

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    Archaeologists working off Canada’s Pacific Coast have found 29 human footprints dating back to the end of the last Ice Age. The buried impressions were found along a beach—a discovery that’s bolstering the case for a coastal migratory route into North America.

    When archaeologists are on the hunt for evidence of ancient human activity, they tend to find hardy things like bones, stone tools, and cave art. Finding the preserved remains of human footprints, on the other hand, is exceptionally rare. New research published today in PLOS One describes the discovery of 29 human footprints found buried on the shoreline of Calvert Island in British Columbia. Dated to around 13,000 years old, the impressions offer potential proof that America’s first migrants traveled along the Pacific West Coast when the continent became accessible at the end of the last Ice Age. But because ancient humans had already taken root in North America by this point in history, more evidence will be required to bear this out.

    During the last Ice Age, a massive chunk of ice called the Cordilleran Ice Sheet created a natural and impenetrable barrier between Eurasia and North America. When this obstruction finally melted some 16,000 to 15,000 years ago, it opened the gates to North America, allowing humans to venture from Siberia and Beringia into the continent. Owing to a dearth of archaeological evidence, however, archaeologists aren’t entirely sure about the routes taken by these venturous humans.

    https://gizmodo.com/archaeologists-discover-29-human-footprints-from-the-la-1824147540

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    Archaeological excavations at Aranbaltza, site located in the Basque Country coast, have revealed several episodes of neandertal occupations with preserved wooden remains. The fieldwork is leaded by Joseba Rios-Garaizar, archaeologist from the Spanish National Research Centre on Human Evolution (CENIEH). In 2015, the excavation revealed the presence of waterlogged sediments preserving wooden remains in an extraordinary state of preservation. The assemblage includes including two wooden tools, and one of them is a 15 cm long digging stick which has been published in PLOS ONE.

    The detailed analysis of this tool and the OSL dating of the sediment that bears the wooden remains indicate that the objects were deposited around 90.000 years and thus, they were made by neandertals. The Micro-CT analysis and a close examination of the surface have shown th
    at a yew trunk was cut longitudinally into two halves. One of this halves was scraped with a stone-tool, and treated with fire to harden it and to facilitate the scraping to obtain a pointed morphology. Use-wear analysis revealed that it was used for digging in search of food, flint, or simply to make holes in the ground.

    https://arkeobasque.wordpress.com/2018/03/28/an-extraordinary-90-000-years-old-digging-stick-made-by-neandertals-from-norther-spanish-coastal-site-of-aranbaltza/

    The archaeological project at Aranbaltza started in 2013 to investigate the last neandertals from Western Europe, who were responsible of the Chatelperronian culture. The ongoing excavations have revealed different neandertal occupation events spanning from 100 to 44.000 years. This makes of Aranbaltza an exceptional site to investigate neandertal evolution and behavioral variability.

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    Although political consultants have long used “microtargeting” techniques for zeroing in on particular ethnic, religious, age, or income groups, Cambridge Analytica’s approach is unusual: The company relies upon individuals’ personal data that is harvested from social media apps like Facebook. In the US, such activities are entirely legal. Some described Cambridge Analytica’s tools as “mind-reading software” and a “weaponized AI [artificial intelligence] propaganda machine.” However, corporate media outlets such as CNN and the Wall Street Journal often portrayed the company in glowing terms.

    Cambridge Analytica is once again in the headlines–but under somewhat different circumstances. Late last week, whistleblower Christopher Wylie went public, explaining how he played an instrumental role in collecting millions of Facebook profiles for Cambridge Analytica. This revelation is significant because until investigative journalist Carole Cadwalladr published her exposé in The Guardian, Cambridge Analytica’s then-CEO Alexander Nix had adamantly denied using Facebook data. And although Facebook officials knew that Cambridge Analytica had previously gathered data on millions of users, they did not prohibit the company from advertising until last Friday, as the scandal erupted.

    To make matters worse, the UK’s Channel 4 released undercover footage early this week in which Cambridge Analytica executives boast about using dirty tricks–bribes, entrapment, and “beautiful girls” to mention a few.

    The case of Cambridge Analytica brings into focus a brave new world of electoral politics in an algorithmic age–an era in which social media companies like Facebook and Twitter make money by selling ads, but also by selling users’ data outright to third parties. Relatively few countries have laws that prevent such practices–and it turns out that the US does not have a comprehensive federal statute protecting individuals’ data privacy.

    This story is significant not only because it demonstrates what can happen when an unorthodox company takes advantage of a lax regulatory environment, but also because it reveals how Internet companies like Facebook have played fast and loose with the personal data of literally billions of users.

    From Public Relations to Psychological Warfare

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-28/mind-benders-how-harvest-facebook-data-brainwash-voters-and-swing-elections

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    Assange tweeted the link to UK’s Queen Elizabeth.

    “We finally have the most concrete evidence yet of shadowy actors using dirty tricks in order to rig elections. But these characters aren’t operating from Moscow… Instead, they are British, Eton educated, … and have close ties to Her Majesty…”

    https://twitter.com/JulianAssange/status/976980852621107201

    Then his internet access was cut off…

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    Strange things happen in East and Central Europe that get little mention from media outlets. Two heads of state, the PMs of Slovenia and Slovakia, resigned almost simultaneously.

    Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico was a victim of the scandal over the murder of Jan Kuciak, a journalist who was investigating government corruption. The PM had to step down amid mass street protests.

    Mr. Fico was known for his support of a stronger Visegrad Group. He opposed Brussels on many issues. It’s worth noting that he called for lifting sanctions and improving relations with Moscow. The PM was adamant that Russia was a reliable energy partner. Is it a coincidence that he was forced to resign amid the anti-Russia campaign triggered by the Skripal case and other obviously concocted stories used as false pretexts for incessant attacks on Moscow? Wasn’t he a threat to the so-called unity of the EU against Russia? He definitely was.

    The PM did not hide the fact that his decision was made under great pressure. The ouster was engineered by outside forces, including philanthropist billionaire George Soros. For instance, Slovak President Andrej Kiska had a private meeting with the billionaire in September, 2017. It was a one-on-one conversation. No Slovak diplomat was present there.

    According to Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák, “George Soros is a man who has had a major influence on the development in Eastern and Central Europe and beyond. That is a fact that cannot be questioned.” PM Viktor Orbán had this say about the event: “George Soros and his network are making use of every possible opportunity to overthrow governments that are resisting immigration.”

    Slovenian PM Miro Cerar was attacked by Soros for his opposition to the EU policy on immigration. George Soros did not hide the fact that he was an ardent opponent of Miro Cerar’s stance. “It is an obligation for Europe to receive migrants,” the US financier lectured Europeans. Now the PM has to go, after the results of a referendum on a key economic project were annulled by the top court and the media attacks on his stance regarding asylum seekers intensified. With Cerar no longer at the helm, the opposition movement to Brussels’s dictatorship has been weakened.

    Who’s next?
    Probably Hungary, which has become a target for Soros’s attacks.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-28/strange-things-happen-european-countries-resisting-george-soros-assault

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    Finally, Facebook (FB) has been exposed for the fraud that it is. There has never been such an inflated market cap based on nothingness, just hype. Steve Jobs successfully hyped up Apple (AAPL) but unlike Fakebook, Apple actually makes products, and they have a huge following. Here we will elaborate on several key points that we’ve been saying for years, but now maybe the market is listening:

    Facebook (FB) has a weak underlying business model. Users do not like to see advertisements therefore management will be driven to measures such as grey hat (or even black hat) methods to obtain data and use data in ways in conflict with users.
    Facebook (FB) is ultimately and primarily a tool of the intelligence agencies (primarily but not exclusively the CIA) and furthers a larger agenda as part of the DOD’s “Information Awareness” program, more than it is a hot business model.

    There are thousands of social media networks, in fact Ning offers users a platform to create their own social network. The only thing unique about Facebook (FB) is that it is the most used and trusted network, but that all is hanging on the thin thread of users trust, which has now completely evaporated.

    Mark Zuckerberg is an unethical tricky leader that cannot change, he is detached from reality, has no vision, no understanding of what his customers want, and perhaps most importantly; stole Facebook (FB) from Winkelvoss.

    Facebook became spammy in 2010, the amount of bot manipulation is highly under-reported. Fake accounts are bought and sold in a black market, software is sold that can create fake accounts by the hundreds, thousands.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-28/fakebook-its-way-zero

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    With some new genomics data coming out of North Africa, let’s try and wring out some potential implications for our interest, the Beaker Phenomenon. (Pleistocene North African genomes link Near Eastern and Sub-Saharan African human populations” Van de Loosdrecht et al, 2018)

    Here’s the recent history of West North Africa based on the last several studies.

    http://bellbeakerblogger.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/eursasians-iberomaurusians-bell-beakers.html

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    Speaking candidly to a Columbia University audience comprised largely of College Republicans and a few hecklers expecting a debate, Coulter broke down her bitter disappointment with Trump – recounting one instance in which she and the President engaged in a “profanity-laced shouting match” in the Oval Office last year over what she felt was his weak follow-through on immigration promises made during the campaign.

    “It kind of breaks my heart,” Coulter acknowledged of her disappointment with the president, and she recounted a profanity-laced shouting match she had with Trump in the Oval Office last year over what she saw as his lackluster follow-through on immigration policy. “He’s not giving us what he promised at every single campaign stop.” -Daily Beast

    That said, Coulter still says that Trump was the best house in a bad neighborhood when it came to voting for the 2016 lineup of candidates.

    “I regret nothing. I’d do the exact same thing,” said Coulter. “We had 16 lunatics being chased by men with nets running for president—and Trump. So of course I had to be pedal-to-the-metal for Donald Trump. I’d been waiting 30 years for someone to say all these things”—i.e., that illegal immigration is hurting low-income American citizens and carries with it high rates of crime. “I went into this completely clear-eyed.”

    “I knew he was a shallow, lazy ignoramus, and I didn’t care,” said the conservative pundit.

    At one point in the evening, Coulter dispatched a heckler after she blamed income inequality in California on immigration.

    We are bringing in immigrants who are good for the very rich,” she said. “They don’t live in their neighborhoods. They don’t fill up their schools or their hospital emergency rooms. And, oh boy, you should see how clean Juanita gets the bathtub. You can eat off of it after she’s done.”

    “You’re a racist!” shouted a young man from back.

    “No, I’m sorry, the people bringing in Juanita, the maid, and underpaying her, are the racists,” Coulter fired back. “You are a moron!” she added, to fervent applause. “You’re very stupid. I can’t argue with stupid people.”

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-29/ann-coulter-slams-lazy-ignoramus-trump-all-he-wants-goldman-him

    Fredo Corleone TBT or not TBT Thu, 03/29/2018 – 08:05 Permalink
    Regardless of what many may opine, Ann is a cogent thinker and a solid conservative, who is unafraid of calling a spade a spade.

    I submit that, upon occasion, Tyler run Coulter’s pieces, as he does Buchanan’s. Pat has become much more the doomsayer of late – Ann’s work is pithy and spot-on.

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    you_are_cleared_hot Fredo Corleone Thu, 03/29/2018 – 08:09 Permalink
    I second that! POTUS would do well to use her as a reference point. I feel POTUS is drifting out of the lane. Hell, he should bring her in and give her a job and just let Ann be Ann

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    swamp Fredo Corleone Thu, 03/29/2018 – 08:36 Permalink
    True and False.

    The omnibus is a government proposed spending money allocation bill not a budget. The total money allocated can be spent in any manner (Obama did this for 8 years — and billions went missing.)

    She completely missed this distinction.

    She confused a budget with an omnibus. HUGE ERROR.

    TRUMP IS MANY THINGS BUT HE IS NOT LAZY. NO WAY IS HE LAZY.

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    DownWithYogaPants swamp Thu, 03/29/2018 – 08:42 Permalink
    Goldman has a lot of swing with the Federal Reserve. No real need for speculation on this.

    Federal Reserve’s masters almost certainly had to OK the JFK hit in 63 for it to go forward so it’s a deadly game being played.

    I never hear Coulter talking about the Private Central Bank. While I do agree with her on most issues I have a certain reticence to go full Coulter when she won’t talk about the Federal Reserve on air. It is the single most destructive influence on the culture but she ignores that.

    She like Rush Limbaugh has gone obsolete for me because of this.

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    crossroaddemon TBT or not TBT Thu, 03/29/2018 – 08:13 Permalink
    SCOTUS is just like POTUS… they’ll do as they’re told. If you guys didn’t learn from Roberts I guess you really will get fooled again.

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    A man who knew how to rough up his enemies. Come to think of it, he looks rather like Marlon Brando, doesn’t he….?

    Rob Ixer asked if we could find space for this small review. Happy to oblige. I don’t know much about this monstrous fellow, or his controversies. But this is a reminder that if academic debate can get rather dirty at times these days, the skullduggery was a thousand times worse in the Victorian era…….

    The “invention of evidence” is not new either — we have talked about this on this blog with respect to HH Thomas, and of course with respect to the more recent work on those non-existent “bluestone quarries” by those whom we know and love.

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    William Boyd Dawkins and the Victorian Science of Cave Hunting: Three Men in a Cavern.

    https://brian-mountainman.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/boyd-dawkins-and-caves.html

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    Update: If President Trump’s tweet was not enough, White House spokesperson Raj Shah has just confirmed that tax policies need to catch up to Amazon, and President Trump would support tax changes aimed at leveling the playing field, which now favors the online retailer as Amazon has advantage over brick and mortar stores.

    “Right now, there is no Internet sales tax and as a result companies like Amazon can buy and sell goods without having to pay basic retail taxes,”

    AMZN is extending its losses on these latest headlines…

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-29/trump-amazon-pays-little-or-no-taxes-puts-thousands-retailers-out-business

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    The linguistic journal Diachronica published a study by Mark Harvey of University of Newcastle and Robert Mailhammer from Western Sydney University. Their paper addresses the linguistic diversity of Australian languages. Around the time of British settlement in 1788, there were over 200 languages spoken on the continent. That number has dwindled to an estimated 120 indigenous languages still existing, with only about 20 are actively spoken today.

    They teased out “recurrent” and “systematic” traits in the sounds of words all these languages. They concluded that the current linguistic diversity within Australia derived from one mother tongue, known as Proto-Australian, that was spoken about 10,000 years ago. Because the greatest diversity is where language originates from, Proto-Australian spread and diversified from a small area in northwestern Australia known as Kimberley Plateau.

    Last year we talked about the first Australians arriving some 65,000 years ago. We now have some granularity as there is a 50,000 or so year gap between the arrival of the first Australians and the emergence of Australian Aboriginal languages like Proto-Australian. This discrepancy between the linguistic record and archaeological record needs to be addressed.

    https://anthropology.net/2018/03/29/the-one-root-of-all-australias-indigenous-languages/

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