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  • Sci-fi turns real: Scientists successfully upload plane piloting skills into human brain

    04/01/2016 5:36:02 PM PDT · by Mechanicos · 26 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 25 March 2016 | Andre Mitchell
    Many science-fiction television series and films—for instance, the Keanu Reeves-starrer "The Matrix" series—have depicted how certain knowledge and skills can be uploaded to the human brain, much like how information can be stored into computers. Thanks to science, this feat is slowly turning into reality. Researchers from the HRL Laboratories in California have successfully fed data directly into the brain of human test subjects, enabling them to somewhat learn a very complex skill: flying a plane.
  • Huxley to Orwell: My Hellish Vision of the Future is Better Than Yours (1949)

    03/17/2015 3:54:30 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 33 replies
    Open Culture ^ | March 17, 2015 | Jonathan Crow
    In 1949, George Orwell received a curious letter from his former high school French teacher. Orwell had just published his groundbreaking book Nineteen Eighty-Four, which received glowing reviews from just about every corner of the English-speaking world. His French teacher, as it happens, was none other than Aldous Huxley who taught at Eton for a spell before writing Brave New World (1931), the other great 20th century dystopian novel.
  • San Diego Unified School District Gets Armored Vehicle (MRAP)

    09/10/2014 4:51:27 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 26 replies
    U-T San Diego ^ | Setember 9, 2014 | Kristina Davis
    SD Unified gets armored vehicle City schools police have obtained their own military-grade Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle through a federal grant. Known as an MRAP, the armored mobile will be converted into a victim rescue vehicle that will be stocked with thousands of dollars in advanced medical supplies and be able to take heavy fire in case of an attack on campus, the San Diego Unified School District Police Department said Tuesday. The MRAP, valued at more than $700,000, was acquired at no cost to the district. The vehicle is expected to be operational in October. “We recognize the public...
  • The Soylent Revolution Will Not Be Pleasurable

    06/01/2014 8:29:30 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 35 replies
    The New York Times ^ | MAY 28, 2014 | Farhad Manjoo
    The Soylent Revolution Will Not Be Pleasurable I just spent more than a week experiencing Soylent, the most joyless new technology to hit the world since we first laid eyes on MS-DOS. Soylent is a drink mix invented by a group of engineers who harbor ambitions of shaking up the global food business. Robert Rhinehart, the 25-year-old co-founder and chief executive of the firm selling the drink, hit upon the idea when he found himself spending too much time and money searching for nutritious meals while he was working on a wireless-tech start-up in San Francisco. Using a process Mr....
  • Fed-Up Father Of Bullied Son Files Restraining Order Against Fairfield 9-Year-Old

    03/23/2014 7:46:20 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 32 replies
    CBS Local - KPIX 5 ^ | 3-22-14 | Brian Webb
    A fed-up father has asked a judge for a restraining order against a 9-year-old boy accused of verbally and physically assaulting his son at his school in Fairfield. The student, a fourth grader at Rolling Hills Elementary said he was terrorized by the school bully. Stephen Feudner, the boy’s father, said he was stonewalled by the school for months, which prompted him to go to court. “It was my last resort,” he said. Citing privacy issues, Feudner said the school wouldn’t tell him much about what happened or about the boy accused of bullying. “I tried everything else so why...
  • Pot Becomes a National Industry

    02/16/2014 11:33:20 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | February 15, 2014 | Tad Cronn
    The transformation of America is proceeding apace this week, with the Obama Administration clearing the way for banks to legally get involved with drug dealers. The Justice Department and Treasury Department on Friday issued guidelines for banks and other financial service companies to get involved with marijuana growers and distributors in states where the drug is legal. Washington and Colorado in January became the first two states to completely legalize pot. Other states, such as California, have legalized "medicinal" marijuana. The new guidelines were intended to allow banks to serve pot distributors while still ensuring the legitimacy of the businesses...
  • Canadian rehab center installs crack pipe vending machine

    02/09/2014 2:39:23 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/09/14 | Sean Piccoli
    A drug treatment center in Vancouver, Canada has installed a crack pipe vending machine at its facility — going retail in an effort to reach hardcore addicts and keep them off the streets. The bright, polka-dotted machine dispenses crack pipes like candy or snacks: Each glass pipe costs a quarter, and rolls off a spindle into a tray. A sign on the machine says simply, “Pipes 25¢” About all that’s missing is a picture of Toronto’s crack-smoking mayor, Rob Ford.
  • Will TSA Agents be Replaced by Machines?

    01/05/2014 7:33:23 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies
    dVice ^ | Wednesday, January 1, 2014 | Robin Burks
    Will TSA agents be replaced by machines? One of the main reasons that Americans hate to fly is the Transporation Security Administration (TSA). Not only is it annoying to have to strip down at security checkpoints, submit to the occasional patdown and stand in long lines to verify our identities, but the entire system is inefficient. So what happens if we take humans off of those jobs and use machines instead? Several European airports are looking to answer that question by installing eye and face scanners, along with fingerprint readers, at security checkpoints. Many airports’ immigration checks have used these...
  • (Creepy Looking Alien Face Hugger) Algae Suit Generates Food to Feed Your Constant Hunger

    08/15/2013 8:00:42 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 16 replies
    DVICE ^ | Monday, August 12, 2013 | Colin Druce-McFadden
    Algae suit generates food to feed your constant hunger When we think of futuristic fashion, our minds often lean toward the minimalist designs of Star Trek or Tron. But maybe what we wear in the future will have more to do with what we eat than what we want to look like. That's the premise behind the algaculture symbiosis suit designed by Michael Burton and Michiko Nitta. The symbiosis suit is designed to make food for you as you go about your daily routine. A number of tubes, placed in front of your mouth, harness the CO2 you breathe and...
  • Is Your Food Being 'Poisoned'?

    06/11/2013 3:59:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 102 replies ^ | June 11, 2013 | Chuck Norris
    The Oxford English Dictionary defines "poison" as "a substance that is capable of causing the illness or death of a living organism when introduced or absorbed." The legal definition of the term is "any product or substance that can harm someone if it is used in the wrong way, by the wrong person, or in the wrong amount." The medical condition of poisoning is even broader: It can be caused by substances that are not even legally required to carry the label "poison." Therefore, can food become poisonous? Of course it can if it is infected, tampered with or altered...
  • Why I Froze My Eggs [Heinlein Fans, Remember "Podkayne of Mars"?]

    05/04/2013 5:23:26 AM PDT · by SES1066 · 40 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 05/04/2013 | SARAH ELIZABETH RICHARDS
    Between the ages of 36 and 38, I spent nearly $50,000 to freeze 70 eggs in the hope that they would help me have a family in my mid-40s, when my natural fertility is gone. For this baby insurance, I obliterated my savings and used up the money my parents had set aside for a wedding. It was the best investment I ever made. In RAH's 1963 Novel "Podkayne of Mars", the common ability of a woman to "Freeze" embryos in order to delay childbirth is the starting plot generator.
  • DOJ: Children Do Not Need—and Have No Right to--Mothers

    03/03/2013 4:58:50 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 148 replies
    DOJ: Children Do Not Need—and Have No Right to--Mothers March 3, 2013 By Terence P. Jeffrey Georgetown Law School. (AP Photo/Haraz Ghanbari) ( - The Obama Justice Department is arguing in the United States Supreme Court that children do not need mothers. The Justice Department’s argument on the superfluity of motherhood is presented in a brief the Obama administration filed in the case of Hollingsworth v. Perry, which challenges the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the California ballot initiative that amended California’s Constitution to say that marriage involves only one man and one woman. The Justice Department presented its conclusions about...
  • 1980 BBC "Brave New World", the "king" Alpha male bears a strong resemblance to Obama,

    02/01/2013 11:06:49 AM PST · by DallasBiff · 10 replies
    Youtube ^ | 2/1/13
    A long three hour 1980 BBC movie with cheesy production values, but at around the 4 minute 50 second mark we are introduced to the king Alpha male character, and the resemblance to Obama is uncanny, especially with the speech patterns.
  • Best (i.e., WORST) Future Dystopias Where The Liberals Have Won

    11/06/2012 7:37:50 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 4 replies
    IO9 ^ | Sep 3, 2008 | Charlie Jane Anders
    Best Future Dystopias Where The Liberals Have Won The Republican Party is gathering in St. Paul, to put forth its vision of the future. And over the next few days, you'll be hearing a lot about the horrendous futures that could take shape if gormless liberals were allowed to run the show. Which makes us wonder: what does science fiction, the literature of the future, have to say about liberal-run dystopias? And it turns out, there are plenty of horrendous futures blighted by the heavy hands of our zinfandel-spitting liberal elites. Here are the scifi stories John McCain should mention...
  • Dystopia U.S.A. - Camden, New Jersey is ready for a Robocop police force

    10/01/2012 7:07:34 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 17 replies
    IO9 ^ | October 1, 2012 | Annalee Newitz
    Looks like Camden, New Jersey is ready for a Robocop police force I have seen the future of law enforcement, and recent news suggests that it could be coming to New Jersey. First of all, we are closer to having Robocops than ever. Over at C|Net, Tim Hornyak reports on a new project to deploy remote-controlled robotic police: Researchers at Florida International University's Discovery Lab are working with a member of the U.S. Navy Reserves to build telepresence robots that could patrol while being controlled by disabled police officers and military vets. In a sense, they would be hybrid man-machine...
  • California Considers Allowing Multiple Parents for Children

    07/05/2012 9:11:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/05/2012 | Stoyan Zaimov
    California is aiming to become the first state to allow a child to legally have more than two parents, after Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, proposed a bill that would eliminate the two-parents-per-child requirement. According to Leno, surrogate births and same-sex parenthood have created a new environment that has paved the way for nontraditional households, and the traditional two-parent family system is not the only one that can serve the community, Yahoo News reported. "The bill brings California into the 21st century, recognizing that there are more than 'Ozzie and Harriet' families today," Leno shared in an interview. The bill,...
  • World's first GM babies born

    06/28/2012 3:02:56 PM PDT · by opentalk · 48 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | June 28, 2012 | Michael Hanlon
    The world's first genetically modified humans have been created, it was revealed last night. The disclosure that 30 healthy babies were born after a series of experiments in the United States provoked another furious debate about ethics. So far, two of the babies have been tested and have been found to contain genes from three 'parents'. Fifteen of the children were born in the past three years as a result of one experimental programme at the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science of St Barnabas in New Jersey. The babies were born to women who had problems conceiving. Extra genes...
  • MIT enables robot, human collaboration in manufacturing -robots learn how to work with people

    06/15/2012 11:54:21 AM PDT · by opentalk · 7 replies
    computerworld ^ | June 12, 2012 | Sharon Gaudin
    Computerworld - MIT researchers have developed an algorithm that they say will enable robots to learn and adapt to humans so they can soon work side-by-side on factory floors. Traditionally, robots working in factories are large, imposing and sectioned off in metal cages as they move heavy loads and perform menial, repetitive tasks. However, Julie Shah, the Boeing Career Development Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, said robots can be more than they've been in a manufacturing setting. It's time for robots to begin working more closely with humans, making workers jobs' safer and easier. Shah, in a...
  • Bennett Backs Off Birther Threat, Apologizes To Arizona

    05/22/2012 4:29:57 PM PDT · by Smokeyblue · 158 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | May 22, 2012 | Nick R. Martin
    After days of ridicule for launching a conspiracy theory-fueled investigation into Barack Obama’s birth certificate, Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett on Tuesday backed off his threat to keep the president off the ballot in November and apologized to his state. “If I embarrassed the state, I apologize, but that certainly wasn’t my intent,” Bennett said in an interview with Phoenix radio station KTAR. “He’ll be on the ballot as long as he fills out the same paperwork and does the same things that everybody else has.” Bennett said he still intends to keep asking Hawaii for verification that Obama’s...
  • Julia's Circle of Life (The Obama Campaign's Real Life of Julia in BHO's Dystopian Welfare State)

    05/12/2012 8:19:55 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 4 replies
  • Brave New World (is Here!)

    04/29/2012 9:16:09 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 31 replies
    New York Post ^ | April 28, 2012 | KYLE SMITH
    Brave New World (is Here!) If Orwell’s “1984” is a cautionary tale about what we in the capitalist West largely avoided, Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” is largely about what we got — a consumerist, post-God happyland in which people readily stave off aging, jet away on exotic vacations and procreate via test tubes. They have access to “Feelies” similar to IMAX 3-D movies, no-strings-attached sex, anti-anxiety pills and abortion on demand. They also venerate a dead high-tech genius, saying “Ford help him” in honor of Henry Ford just as today we practically murmur “In Jobs We Trust.” In many...
  • Read Aldous Huxley’s review of 1984 he sent to George Orwell

    03/06/2012 11:42:56 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 85 replies
    IO9 ^ | Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012 Latest Stories | Cyriaque Lamar
    Read Aldous Huxley’s review of 1984 he sent to George Orwell Several months after George Orwell's dystopian classic 1984 was published in 1949, Aldous Huxley sent a letter to his former French pupil. The Brave New World author had received a copy of 1984 from the publisher at Orwell's behest, but his poor eyesight prevented him from finishing the book for several months. In his letter to Orwell, the fifty-year-old author compared the two books' screwed-up futures and saw the Orwellian Oceanic dystopia as a predecessor to his own World State. Wrote Huxley in October 1949: Agreeing with all that...
  • Brave New World (Vanity)

    03/02/2012 6:07:22 PM PST · by impimp · 1 replies
    2 March 2012 | impimp
    We are in a Brave New World just like the one Huxley depicted in his book. In the book, the government encourages sexual promiscuity and the use government-provided "soma" as a sexual aid. Now in the Democratic Party, birth control pills are a fundamental human right. Bonus points to whoever knows where number 26 comes from: 26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as "normal, natural, healthy." "Recreational sex is an integral part of society. According to the World State, sex is a social activity, rather than a means of reproduction (sex is encouraged from early childhood). The few women...
  • Is Farming Brain-Dead Chickens More Ethical? (Matrix-style Chicken Factories)

    02/25/2012 12:37:19 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 104 replies
    DVICE ^ | Feb 24, 2012 | Evan Ackerman
    Is farming brain-dead chickens more ethical? Architecture Student André Ford is proposing raising chickens for meat in vertical racks after severing their frontal cortexes, rendering them effectively brain-dead. It would be much, much more efficient, there's no doubt about that, but would it be any more ethical than current factory farms? The images of the conceptual chicken racks are fairly disturbing- the chickens are suspended, completely immobile, with their feet removed. Tubes feed water and nutrients directly into the them while other tubes carry away waste. The chickens themselves, though, aren't suffering at all, since their brains have been surgically...
  • Brave New World: UK ethicist wants women to abandon motherhood, use artificial wombs

    NORWICH, U.K., January 23, 2012 ( – In remarks that critics have said are disturbingly reminiscent of Aldous Huxley’s famous dystopian novel “Brave New World,” a UK ethicist has argued that since pregnancy causes “natural inequality” between the sexes, women must be liberated from the “burdens and risks of pregnancy” through the use of “ectogenesis”, or artificial wombs. “Pregnancy is a condition that causes pain and suffering, and that affects only women. The fact that men do not have to go through pregnancy to have a genetically related child, whereas women do, is a natural inequality,” writes Dr. Anna Smajdor...
  • Homeland Security moves forward with 'pre-crime' detection (Big Government™ is watching you)

    10/07/2011 8:18:33 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 80 replies
    CNET ^ | 2011-10-07 | Declan McCullagh
    An internal U.S. Department of Homeland Security document indicates that a controversial program designed to predict whether a person will commit a crime is already being tested on some members of the public voluntarily, CNET has learned. If this sounds a bit like the Tom Cruise movie called "Minority Report," or the CBS drama "Person of Interest," it is. But where "Minority Report" author Philip K. Dick enlisted psychics to predict crimes, DHS is betting on algorithms: it's building a "prototype screening facility" that it hopes will use factors such as ethnicity, gender, breathing, and heart rate to "detect cues...
  • ‘Sex box’ for Swiss kindergarteners has genitalia toys: will teach sexuality is pleasurable

    08/25/2011 4:02:41 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 77 replies · 1+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/25/11 | Hilary White
    BASEL, August 25, 2011 ( – Kindergarten children in Basel, Switzerland will be presented this year with fabric models of human genitalia in a “sex box” to teach them that “contacting body parts can be pleasurable.” The kit for teachers to give sex-education lessons to primary school children uses models and recommends having children massage each other or to rub themselves with warm sand bags, accompanied by soft music, according to The Local, a Swiss newspaper in English. “Children should be encouraged to develop and experience their sexuality in a pleasurable way,” Daniel Schneider, a deputy kindergarten rector for Basel...
  • Relaxing Obama hits bookstore with Malia and Sasha

    08/19/2011 2:13:32 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 59 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 19, 2011 | NA
    EXCERPT: After going upstairs and looking around the store, Obama was seen holding five or six books, including "Brave New World" and "The Bayou Trilogy." He went to the cashier after Malia and Sasha had picked out some books of their own, but disagreed with the $32 price he was quoted, which seemed low for the size of his stack. He paid by credit card, telling the cashiers that he uses it only about three times a year. (...)
  • On vacation, Obama drops by Vineyard bookstore (Buys Brave New World by Aldous Huxley)

    08/19/2011 12:04:05 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 37 replies
    LA Times ^ | 08/19/2011 | Maeve Reston
    Reporting from Vineyard Haven, Mass.— President Obama made his first foray out of his vacation compound Friday with a trip to the legendary Bunch of Grapes bookstore in Vineyard Haven. Bystanders who had been browsing upstairs at the two-story bookstore rushed to the windows as crowds gathered on the street outside. Obama, in a blue polo shirt, jeans and sneakers, wandered in with his daughters. After telling some customers that Sasha was going to browse, he wandered the store with a staff member while discussing his choices with one of the employees. In a stack of at least four books,...
  • Colour-coded children: School puts bright children in different uniforms

    07/28/2011 9:11:32 PM PDT · by bronxville · 79 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 07-28-2011 | Kate Loveys
    The gifted and talented go to Delamere and wear purple ties and purple badges. The rest go to Ashwood, which wears blue, or Sherwood, which wears red. These two schools are more mixed ability but are still streamed into three tiers. Michael Murphy said he took the decision to impose streaming to attract high-ability children to the school Critics yesterday warned the move is demoralising for pupils and would merely increase competition and animosity between them rather than raise standards. But headteacher Michael Murphy insists the measure is the only way to attract pupils of well-off parents. Mr Murphy is...
  • Be Happy, Live Longer [OR ELSE!]

    03/07/2011 9:35:52 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    yahoo ^ | Thursday, March 3, 2011 | Laura Rowley
    It may pay to get happy, at least when it comes to rising health-care costs. The study, the most comprehensive review thus far, was conducted by Ed Diener, psychology professor at the University of Illinois... Q: Does mood impact physiology, which then affects bodily reactions and long-term outcomes? What's the link, specifically? A: If people are in a good mood they are less likely to overeat, drink too much, self-medicate; they're more likely to wear seatbelts and exercise. When you are threatened, the body shuts down unnecessary systems in order to deal with the emergency. That may be OK short-term,...
  • A Brave New World controversy (PC+stupid=censorship)

    11/17/2010 12:11:20 PM PST · by atomic conspiracy · 67 replies
    KIRO ^ | 11-17-10 | Linda Thomas
    <p>Something 10th graders at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle did was so upsetting to a student and her mom that it's resulted in a curriculum change at the school, and apologies from the principal.</p> <p>What were they doing? Reading. Reading Aldous Huxley's Brave New World as part of their language arts curriculum.</p>
  • Psychiatric Manual DSM-IV-TR Labels free Thinkers, non conformers as Mentally Ill (Do you have ODD?)

    10/21/2010 6:56:30 AM PDT · by Jenny Hatch · 66 replies · 1+ views
    United We Stand ^ | October 15th, 2010 | Brian D. Hill
    It is now confirmed by USWGO News that the DSM-IV-TR Manual labels free thinkers, non conformers, civil disobedient advocates, those that question authority, and people considered hostile toward the government (aka Oath keepers and local militias) as mentally ill with the illness titled “oppositional defiant disorder” or ODD. It was reported on October 8 2010 from OffTheGrid News that anybody who is disobedient, defiant, a free thinker, or even considered hostile toward authority was to be labeled by psychiatrists as ‘Mentally Ill’. Now I have got my hands on a ebook version of the year 2000 version of the ‘Diagnostic...
  • U.S. Authorities Shut Down WordPress Host With 73,000 Blogs (Big Bro)

    07/20/2010 5:25:13 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 42 replies
    Torrent Freak ^ | 7-16-2010 | Written by enigmax
    After the U.S. Government took action against several sites connected to movie streaming recently, nerves are jangling over the possibility that this is just the beginning of a wider crackdown. Now it appears that a free blogging platform has been taken down by its hosting provider on orders from the U.S. authorities on grounds of “a history of abuse”. More than 73,000 blogs are out of action as a result. Hot on the heels of recent threats from Vice President Joe Biden and Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel directed at sites offering unauthorized movies and music, last month U.S....
  • Conservatism and Our 'Brave New World'

    11/07/2009 3:49:51 PM PST · by J. Michael Fuentes · 2 replies · 205+ views
    Liberty Tree Revolution ^ | Wednesday, November 4, 2009 | J. Michael Fuentes
    We are in fact entering a "Brave New World". The 'Battlefield of Ideas' has moved into Cyberspace, and is embroiled in Ideology and Rhetoric the way Talk Radio and Television were before us. The question is: Can Conservatives hold this ground, too? See the full article at the Liberty Tree Revolution
  • Daughter Saves Mother, 80, Left By Doctors To Starve (Government Healthcare in U.K.)

    10/11/2009 8:10:00 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 30 replies · 1,861+ views
    Times Online ^ | October 11, 2009 | Sarah-Kate Templeton, Health Editor
    Daughter saves mother, 80, left by doctors to starve Sarah-Kate Templeton, Health Editor AN 80-year-old grandmother who doctors identified as terminally ill and left to starve to death has recovered after her outraged daughter intervened. Hazel Fenton, from East Sussex, is alive nine months after medics ruled she had only days to live, withdrew her antibiotics and denied her artificial feeding. The former school matron had been placed on a controversial care plan intended to ease the last days of dying patients. Doctors say Fenton is an example of patients who have been condemned to death on the Liverpool care...
  • Foster kids get mood-altering drugs without orders or consent, DCF finds (7 yo commits suicide)

    05/29/2009 4:34:50 AM PDT · by Sam's Army · 11 replies · 571+ views
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | May 29, 2009 | Jon Burstein and Kate Santich
    Almost one of every six foster children on mood-altering drugs in Florida is being medicated without the court order or parental consent required by law, according to a study released Thursday by the state Department of Children and Families. DCF Secretary George Sheldon acknowledged there was "no rational basis" for 433 foster children in Florida being given psychotropic drugs without the required documentation. He vowed that by next week, the agency would ensure that the children have parental consent to take the drugs or that their cases are scheduled to go before a judge. The study is more fallout from...
  • Obama’s IMF Sneak Attack

    05/27/2009 10:02:24 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies · 1,173+ views ^ | 26 May 2009 | William F. Jasper
    A hundred and eight billion dollars — $108,000,000,000. Not exactly an eye-popping sum anymore, in an era of multi-trillion-dollar annual budgets and multi-trillion-dollar annual deficits. Still, even with government spending streaking into the stratosphere, $108 billion is not mere chump change, especially when it’s leveraged as seed money. That’s precisely what the $108 billion President Obama is demanding for the International Monetary Fund should be seen as: leveraged seed money aimed at growing the IMF into its new envisioned role as the World Federal Reserve. That objective was the primary agenda item at the much-ballyhooed G20 Summit in London at...
  • Donald Obama Says: ‘You’re Fired!’

    03/30/2009 3:50:03 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 21 replies · 858+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    He’s going to have to work on the hair . . . But when it comes to big, splashy firings it looks like Pres. Obama has his Trump shtick down, very publicly handing GM CEO John Wagoner his walking papers. On Morning Joe just now, Richard Haas of the Council on Foreign Relations chillingly called the phenomenon in which presidents fire private-sector CEOs a “brave new world.”

    12/07/2008 12:18:42 PM PST · by patriotunderground · 61 replies · 1,437+ views
    Better shave before you go get your drivers license updated in Indiana. That picture on your Indiana driver's license will NOW be part of a pilot HOMELAND SECURITY program which will test face-recognition technology at three undisclosed branches during mid-November in Indianapolis, said Dennis Rosebrough, BMV communications director. They say this program was designed to prevent residents from obtaining more than one driver's license or identification card or from stealing someone else's identity in order to sell it to the public. However, the applications of this program are much more broad and sweeping. How would you feel if the DMV...
  • I just figured out who Barack Obama is (vanity but scary)

    11/14/2008 5:06:59 PM PST · by VideoPaul · 65 replies · 3,543+ views
    vanity | 11/12/2008 | Paul Strater
    I was typing a message just moments ago in a political discussion group I belong to. I was responding to how Mr. Obama's "all 57 states" is excused by liberals as being "purely a casual slip of the tongue" but yet Dan Quayle was portrayed as dumber than a box of hammers for his "casual slips of the tongue". I suggested that perhaps Obama is just so much more intelligent than the rest of us mere mortals and thinks on such a different plane that we as unenlightened conservatives can't possibly comprehend his brilliance. Then something hit me like a...
  • California: Yes on 8 TV Ad: Truth

    10/25/2008 4:28:46 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 5 replies · 423+ views
    Yes on 8 campaign ^ | 24 October 2008 | Yes on 8
    Watch our latest TV ad to learn the truth about teaching gay marriage in public schools if Proposition 8 fails
  • New Bioethics Book Asks Pro-Life Advocates: Is a Brave New World Upon Us?

    09/01/2008 3:45:40 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 7 replies · 135+ views
    Life News ^ | 9/1/08 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- Thomas Glessner is a constitutional attorney and the president of the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates, a public interest law firm that provides legal services to more than 1,100 pro-life pregnancy resource centers in all fifty states. His new books tackles key bioetics issues the pro-life community is increasingly confronting. In his provocative new book, Glessner discusses the ongoing cultural battle between the traditional sanctity of life ethic -- the foundation of Western Civilization and American culture -- and the modern quality-of-life ethic, which is increasingly gaining control over the hearts and minds of...
  • National DNA database gets kickstart from feds

    05/02/2008 3:50:06 AM PDT · by Man50D · 49 replies · 92+ views ^ | May 01, 2008 | Bob Unruh
    With virtually no fanfare, President Bush has signed into law a plan that orders the government to take no more than six months to set up a "national contingency plan" to screen newborns' DNA that would be put into use in case of a "public health emergency." Further, the new law requires that the results of that DNA program, including "information … research, and data on newborn screening" shall be assembled by a "central clearinghouse" and be made available on the Internet. According to records of Congress, S.1858, sponsored by Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., was approved in the Senate on...
  • Shakespearian Dystopias

    02/13/2008 2:03:04 PM PST · by bs9021 · 3 replies · 156+ views
    Campus Report ^ | February 13, 2008 | Bethany Stotts
    Shakespearian Dytopias by: Bethany Stotts, February 12, 2008 Chicago, Ill.— A recent Modern Language Association (MLA) panel hosted by the Division on Shakespeare asked “What Does Science Have to Do With Shakespeare?” According to Professor Henry Turner of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, if the question encompasses attitudes toward science, “then the answer to [the] question is: quite a bit.” He listed many areas on which Shakespeare’s work touches, including “cosmology, medicine, mathematics, meteorological phenomena....astrology, and other so-called ‘sciences.’”... ....Similarly, Professor Paula Blank argued that Shakespeare explored how humanity itself defies measurement. “Shakespeare’s rhetoric of measurement exposes more often...
  • Crematorium to keep mourners warm by burning bodies of loved ones

    01/07/2008 7:30:55 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 86 replies · 110+ views ^ | 7 Jan 2008 | Staff
    Heat created by burning the dead at crematoria could be used to keep mourners warm under plans to make funerals more environmentally-friendly. Instead of letting the gases emitted by cremation escape into the atmosphere, councils want to use them to heat radiators or even generate electricity. They admit some might find the idea of being kept warm by the remains of their loved-ones macabre. But there are thought to be no religious objections, and ever-tighter controls on pollution mean such systems could become commonplace.
  • “Train to Huxley's Dehumanized Brave New World has Already Left the Station”

    11/07/2007 4:16:07 PM PST · by wagglebee · 41 replies · 208+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11/7/07 | Hilary White
    NEW YORK, November 7, 2007 ( – The meaning of human nature itself is under threat from a new philosophy of “soul-less scientism” that will undermine “our own self-understanding as human beings” and reduces the aspirations of mankind to the purely material realm. This new philosophy outstrips the danger posed by the actual techniques and technologies of modern biomedical science, said Dr. Leon Kass, speaking to a New York audience in October.  “Scientific ideas and discoveries” he said, “are being enlisted to do battle against our traditional religious and moral teachings, and even our self-understanding as creatures with freedom and...
  • 'Get tough' call on public health

    11/14/2007 3:38:48 PM PST · by Leisler · 33 replies · 68+ views ^ | Tuesday, 13 November 2007 | staff
    The government has a duty to look after the health of everyone and sometimes that means guiding or restricting our choices Lord John Krebs, of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics Government ministers should shrug off media accusations that they are running a nanny state and introduce tougher public health measures, experts say. The Nuffield Council on Bioethics said the time had come to consider a whole host of interventions in the UK after the introduction of a smoking ban. Its proposes raising alcohol prices, restricting pub opening hours and better food labelling to fight obesity. The government said it was...
  • Britain set to okay hybrid embryo research

    09/05/2007 4:15:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies · 324+ views
    One News Now ^ | September 5, 2007 | Jim Brown
    A British pro-life group warns that a new type of embryo research, likely to be approved this week by a U.K. government panel, undermines human dignity. Britain's Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority is expected to give a green light this week to U.K. laboratories seeking to create the first animal-human embryos for medical research using eggs taken from dead cows. British scientists want to use the hybrid embryos in order to research genetic diseases. Anthony Ozimic, political secretary for the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, opposes the embryo-destructive research. He says that an "a-nucleated" cow egg will only...
  • Human-animal embryo study wins approval

    09/04/2007 7:46:25 AM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 23 replies · 601+ views
    the Guardian (U.K.) ^ | Tuesday September 4 2007 | Ian Sample, science correspondent
    (Excerpt) Plans to allow British scientists to create human-animal embryos are expected to be approved tomorrow by the government's fertility regulator. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority published its long-awaited public consultation on the controversial research yesterday, revealing that a majority of people were "at ease" with scientists creating the hybrid embryos. Researchers want to create hybrid embryos by merging human cells with animal eggs, in the hope they will be able to extract valuable embryonic stem cells from them. The cells form the basic building blocks of the body and are expected to pave the way for revolutionary therapies...