February 20, 2016 at 2:25 pm #24908February 20, 2016 at 2:31 pm #24909
Argentine and Brazilian doctors name larvicide as potential cause of microcephalyFebruary 21, 2016 at 12:24 am #24910
Four local activists received strange, cryptic notices from Twitter in December.
“As a precaution, we are alerting you that your Twitter account is one of a small group of accounts that may have been targeted by state-sponsored actors,” the notice read in part. “We believe that these actors (possibly associated with a government) may have been trying to obtain information such as e-mail addresses, IP addresses, and/or phone numbers.”
All four of the local activists who received the notices have worked on issues of transparency, privacy, and surveillance.February 22, 2016 at 3:32 pm #24911
Ok this post is gonna be slightly controversial.
I remember watching an interview (on the BBC website) of the father of one of the kids who died (I’m pretty sure that it was one of the kids from Dunblane), and he got over her death really quickly (smiling and stuff, and showing no signs of being broken hearted) – It was really wierd – Dare I say it – It reminded me of some of the interviews with the parents of Sandy Hook.February 26, 2016 at 11:07 am #24915
“ What Exxon knew
Newly released documents show that scientists at Exxon Oil Corporation conducted research on climate change and the greenhouse effect in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Their conclusions were in accord with mainstream scientific groups in academia, NASA, NOAA, and the Department of Energy, showing that global warming posed a serious problem, with potential “catastrophic effects.”
Read the documents here:
Read the Inside Climate series here:
Read the Los Angeles Times reporting here:
Not just ExxonMobil (former Humble Oil, Enco, Esso) knew the shit, in fact, there was a whole international Consortium of the Oil-Industry who KNEW the shit in the 70s already, but they financed massive denier-campagnes all around the world nevertheless and just went on with their dirty business for decades,March 7, 2016 at 12:51 pm #25102
When the temperature gets high enough to cause forests to give up their CO2 rather than sequest it, then every tonne of gas given up to the air increases the temperature and causes even more gas to be given up. This is a tipping point – an irreversible moment when the dreaded feedback loop begins.
This is now the central issue for the scientific community: have humans already have gone too far, and may we now be helpless to stop abrupt and runaway global warming.
These ten major tipping points are are right at this moment being triggered.
Melting glaciers will raise sea levels so that less heat is reflected out to space
Decline of the flow of fresh water from the Arctic will collapse the Gulf Stream
Forests will no longer absorb carbon, but become a source.
Methane clathrates held in the mud under the sea begin to burp
Melting permafrost releases vast quantities of methane
Drought kills the Amazon forest and its carbon sink is released
The benefits of being shielded by global dimming ceases
Bush fires increase the carbon load and reduce the storage capacity of forests
As oceans warm the seas absorb less carbon
All the above plus disastrous weather and coral bleaching and acidification of the oceans disrupt food production
Triggering any one of these ten carbon sinks would cause
runaway greenhouse warming.
The triggering of any one of them would start off the others.
The earth has over eons stored greenhouse gasses in forests, the soil and in the oceans. Recent scientific research has shown that small rises in temperature can trigger these sinks into becoming sources, and thus tip the scales against our survival.
Only now, in the past five years, has the scientific community begun to pat serious attention to them. We do not know if they will be triggered today or in decades, It seems there is a ten percent possibility that feedback loops from glacial-meltdown, permafrost methane burping and/or rainforest collapse will commence within the next few years.March 7, 2016 at 1:00 pm #25103
“Keep in mind that it took from the dawn of the industrial age until last October to reach the first 1.0 degree Celsius, and we’ve come as much as an extra 0.4 degrees further in just the last five months. Even accounting for the margin of error associated with these preliminary datasets, that means it’s virtually certain that February handily beat the record set just last month for the most anomalously warm month ever recorded. That’s stunning.”March 8, 2016 at 1:09 pm #25105
Mystery cancers are cropping up in children in aftermath of FukushimaMarch 8, 2016 at 3:37 pm #25106March 10, 2016 at 7:09 pm #25110
The modified version of the Lamassu Bitcoin ATM now supports both
currencies – BTC and ETH.
Lamassu’s open-source code provides a easy and direct way to support
even more interesting use-cases – such as interacting with smart-contracts
directly from a machine. For example, imagine you could pay a dollar
to buy an unowned tile in Etheria, purchase a dollar-pegged currency
or vote for a resolution in a Decentralized Autonomous Organization.March 10, 2016 at 7:26 pm #25111March 13, 2016 at 10:39 pm #25174
Central banks beat Bitcoin at own game with rival supercurrencyMarch 15, 2016 at 1:17 pm #25176
LONDON (Reuters) – An experimental cannabis-based drug has successfully treated children with a rare form of severe epilepsy in a keenly anticipated clinical trial, more than doubling the value of its maker GW Pharmaceuticals.March 16, 2016 at 9:50 pm #25178
So here we have a global industry that, in one of its core competencies, is operating at a pace that Mayer Rothschild, the founder of the great banking dynasty in the 1760s, might have recognised. Could digital technology help? Yes, says Wolf. It could, for example, transform payments using some variant of the blockchain technology that underpins cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin.
He’s right: blockchain technology could make payments nearly instantaneous and at very low cost. Which is presumably why the Bank of England has encouraged some UCL computer scientists to design a cryptocurrency that would combine the affordances of a blockchain system with the control over monetary policy that a central bank would expect to retain. And it’s also why the government’s chief scientific adviser recently published a report extolling the potential of blockchains for streamlining government services.
So here we have an interesting conundrum: with astonishing speed, computer scientists have come up with a truly revolutionary technology that could transform both banking and the provision of public services. I said could. But we will have to wait until we can make blockchain payments every day before we know what the real pace of change is. One funeral at a time, remember.
What ? Wait ? Why ? We have an effective old fashioned tried and tested solution that would speed up the process, the undertakers could cope, for sure, and the rope makers, and there are lamp posts almost everywhere, within easy reach…
As John Robb said above ‘As you can see, there isn’t a lack of opportunity for productive endeavor in the next economy. It’s only limited by our imagination.’
Teams of strong fellows, and lengths of rope, and rapid transit through the funeral arrangements… well, we have the new artificial intelligence thingee that can learn how to play GO, tell it to learn how to cremate a banker… I’m sure we can get her done by Christmas…. if not before…. Putin could do it…March 19, 2016 at 10:56 am #25253
The objective of the three-fold plan includes the neutralization of zombies through “denial, deception, disruption, degradation or destruction,” though with the exception of ‘destruction,’ it is unclear what is meant by these terms with regard to fighting zombies.
Reading at times like the treatment to a campy science fiction script, CONPLAN888 categorizes eight classes of zombies:March 19, 2016 at 6:46 pm #25255
Crypto-anarchy is not some crazy utopian ideology, but a very viable thing that unfolds in front of our eyes this very moment. The Internet and Bitcoin will soon allow people solve social problems in a novel way: instead of ancient formula “the strongest wins and beats the shit out of the loser” we all can achieve a peaceful society where both rich and poor, strong and weak can protect their property and freedom on more equal grounds without relying on violent institutions like governments.
But first, lets start with some history.March 20, 2016 at 10:05 am #25256
Goldman Sachs, which championed calls for the UK to enter the single currency, has donated a “substantial” six-figure sum to the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign group, it emerged today.
The investment bank became a figure of huge controversy over its involvement in the subprime mortgage scandal which caused the 2008 financial crash.March 21, 2016 at 11:28 pm #25257
Carbon emission release rate ‘unprecedented’ in past 66m years
Researchers calculate that humans are pumping out carbon 10 times faster than at any point since the extinction of the dinosaurs
Wildlife is already being lost at rates similar to past mass extinctions, driven in part by the destruction of habitats.
“The new results indicate that the current rate of carbon emissions is unprecedented … the most extreme global warming event of the past 66m years, by at least an order of magnitude,” said Peter Stassen, a geologist at the University of Leuven in Belgium, and who was not involved in the work.
The new research, published in the journal Nature Geoscience, examined an event 56m years ago believed to be the biggest release of carbon into the atmosphere since the dinosaur extinction 66m years ago. The so-called Palaeocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) saw temperatures rise by 5C over a few thousand yearsMarch 21, 2016 at 11:41 pm #25258
Do you see how fucking stupid and implausible all this actually is? Do you understand now what it is that the CIA and Pierre Omidyar are actually paying Glenn and his extremely talented crew, to do to you? It’s very simple, they will buy up Pindostan until it looks like Pakistan, and all the while the Jews will be screeching in pretended alarm. That will absolutely ensure that the real truth remains inconceivable to all the sheeples. This shit will run and run – RBMarch 22, 2016 at 2:53 pm #25260
The scientists found that – for most people – they were happier the more ‘social’ their lives were.
But the opposite was true for high-IQ types – suggesting that they were happiest when alone.March 26, 2016 at 8:37 am #25332March 27, 2016 at 3:13 am #25333June 21, 2016 at 9:19 am #26115
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