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  • How Futurist Bob Gurr Shaped Disneylandís Past

    05/20/2015 1:23:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Los Angeles Magazine ^ | May 18, 2015 | Chris Nichols
    Gurr test-driving an early prototype of his Autopia vehicle in 1955.George Clooney may get top billing in his new film, Tomorrowland, but design visionary Gurr is the real star.In his 27 years as a Disney Imagineer, Bob Gurr was known for doing the impossible: He designed a submarine fleet, the cars of Autopia, and the Monorail that soars above the park on a single beam. With the opening of Tomorrowland in 1955, Gurr shaped a vision of the future (1986 to be exact) that still feels out of reach. Six decades after Gurr began creating ride vehicles for the theme...
  • Why Iím Running for President As the Transhumanist Candidate

    05/10/2015 2:26:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | May 7, 2015 | Zoltan Istvan
    Itís a wild request to ask a nation to consider electing you as their president, especially when youíre a transhumanistósomeone who advocates for using science and technology to radically change and improve the human species. But Iím doing it. Last October, I declared my 2016 US candidacy under the newly formed Transhumanist Party, which I founded, and promised my community of techno-optimists Iíd do everything I could to use my campaign as a way to speed up the arrival of robotic hearts, brain implants, artificial limbs, exoskeleton suits, and indefinite lifespansóall of which are just a small part of the...
  • Reactionless Space Drive Being Tested

    05/01/2015 4:42:00 PM PDT · by Thud · 45 replies
    IO9 ^ | April 30, 2015 | George Dvorsky
    "Last year, NASAís advanced propulsion research wing made headlines by announcing the successful test of a physics-defying electromagnetic drive, or EM drive. Now, this futuristic engine, which could in theory propel objects to near-relativistic speeds, has been shown to work inside a space-like vacuum. NASA Eagleworks made the announcement quite unassumingly via Thereís also a major discussion going on about the engine and the physics that drives it at the siteís forum." ... "The group has given consideration to whether the experimental measurements of thrust force were the result of an artifact. Despite considerable effort within the
  • America in fifty years. Opinions?

    02/19/2015 10:25:00 AM PST · by LouAvul · 143 replies
    Some of us remember America of fifty years ago. Vastly, vastly different than what we see now. In your opinion, what will America be in another fifty years?
  • The rise of data and the death of politics

    07/21/2014 7:06:12 AM PDT · by scouter · 13 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 7/19/2014 | Evgeny Morozov
    Tech pioneers in the US are advocating a new data-based approach to governance Ė 'algorithmic regulation'. But if technology provides the answers to society's problems, what happens to governments?... Compared with the impressive police gear of today Ė automatic number plate recognition, CCTV cameras, GPS trackers Ė Operation Corral looks quaint. And the possibilities for control will only expand. European officials have considered requiring all cars entering the European market to feature a built-in mechanism that allows the police to stop vehicles remotely. Speaking earlier this year, Jim Farley, a senior Ford executive, acknowledged that "we know everyone who breaks...
  • Real Doomsday: Earth Dead in 2.8 Billion Years

    07/02/2013 7:42:10 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 35 replies
    Discovery ^ | July 2, 2013 | Ray Villard
    Real Doomsday: Earth Dead in 2.8 Billion Years The Rolling Stonesí Mick Jaggar crooned ďTime Is On My SideĒ in the 1964 classic rock hit of the same title. Sadly, thatís not the case for habitable planets orbiting sun-like stars according to a recent computer simulation by astrobiologist Jack OíMalley-James of the University of St Andrews in the United Kingdom. ďA combination of slow and rapid environmental changes will result in the extinction of all species on Earth, with the last inhabitants disappearing within 2.8 billion years from now,Ē OíMalley-James predicts. He says that weíve got about 2 billion years...
  • (FAIL) What Futurists in 1988 Imagined Los Angeles Would Be Like in 2013

    03/16/2013 5:47:02 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 38 replies
    IO9 ^ | March 16, 2013 | Lauren Davis
    What futurists in 1988 imagined Los Angeles would be like in 2013 With the year 2013 a quarter of a century away, the Los Angeles Times in 1988 asked 30 futurists and other experts what they thought life in their city would look like in 2013. They may have overshot the sophistication of our robots, but many of those predictions for 2013 have come trueóor at least come close. Reporter Nicole Yorkin wrote the futurism pieces for the April 3, 1988 issue of the Los Angeles Times Magazine, compiling the information from her various interviews. The articles include illustrations by...
  • Real-life Futurama tube-transport will catapult you from New York to Beijing in 2 hours

    04/20/2012 7:42:53 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 48 replies
    IO9 ^ | Apr 18, 2012 | Robert T. Gonzalez
    Real-life Futurama tube-transport will catapult you from New York to Beijing in 2 hours The Simpsons have the monorail. Futurama has the Tube Transport System. The difference is that tube-transport is a fantasy ó at least for now. The folks at ET3 want to make what they call "Evacuated Tube Transport" a reality. Their proposed maglev system would be capable of propelling six-person-capacity cylinders to speeds of over 4000 miles per hour, making it possible for people to travel from New York to L.A. in just 45 minutes, or from New York to Beijing in two hours. What's more, ET3...
  • Before Harold Camping, There Was Chuck Smith

    05/24/2011 6:46:25 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 19 replies
    American Vision ^ | May 24, 2011 | Gary DeMar
    On December 31, 1979, Smith told those who had gathered on the last day of that year that the rapture would take place before the end of 1981. He went on to say that because of ozone depletion Revelation 16:8 would be fulfilled during the tribulation period: ďAnd the fourth angel poured out his bowl upon the sun; and it was given to it to scorch men with fire.Ē In addition, Halleyís Comet would pass near earth in 1986 and would wreak havoc on those left behind as debris from its million-mile-long tail pummeled the planet.[5] Hereís how Smith explained...
  • Why Modern-Day Prophecy Theorists are More Dangerous than Harold Camping

    05/23/2011 7:20:22 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 53 replies
    American Vision ^ | May 23, 2011 | Gary DeMar
    How is it possible that most evangelical critics of Harold Camping are more dangerous than the failed prognosticator? For the simple reason that itís no longer May 21, 2011, and Harold Camping will be relegated to the dust bin of prophetic history, but prophecy prognosticators will continue to abound by claiming that Jesus is still coming ďsoonĒ even if we donít know the ďday and hour.Ē In nearly every article Iíve read by evangelicals denouncing Camping, they still claim that all the signs are in place for Jesusí ďsoonĒ return. Here are some examples: Even though Tim LaHaye denounced Campingís...
  • Is a ďCashless SocietyĒ a Sign of the End?

    02/21/2011 1:42:36 PM PST · by topcat54 · 135 replies
    American Vision ^ | July 20, 2009 | Gary DeMar
    Iím beginning to see that prophetic speculation is taking place on the fringes of the Christian publishing industry. Of course, you will still find the occasional prophetic pot-boiler. Mark Hitchcock writes a couple of prophecy books a year. They are mostly exercises in ďnewspaper exegesis,Ē driven more by current events than the Bible. Consider these three, all to be published in 2009: The Late Great United States (Multnomah), 2012, the Bible, and the End of the World (Harvest House), and Cashless: Bible Prophecy, Economic Chaos, and the Future Financial Order (Harvest House). How do you go from The Late Great...
  • Egypt in Biblical Prophecy

    02/16/2011 7:12:24 AM PST · by topcat54 · 201 replies
    American Vision ^ | February 16, 2011 | Gary DeMar
    Mark Hitchcock, a contemporary prophecy writer, references Smithís calculation that ďthere are approximately 250 verses in the Old Testament that, at the time they were given, were prophecies of events yet to take place in Egypt.Ē[2] Nothing is said about any verses from the New Testament that deal with Egyptís end-time place in prophecy. In fact, there is not a single verse in the New Testament that mentions anything about a prophetic role for any mid-eastern nation, including Israel! This means that the burden of proof is on the futurist to prove that Old Testament prophetic passages related to Egypt...
  • Hoping and Praying for Gog and Magog to Attack

    06/07/2010 7:28:42 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 297 replies · 419+ views
    American Vision ^ | June 7, 2010 | Gary DeMar
    I knew it would happen. The latest incident in Israel has brought out the prophetic speculators again. ďA council of rabbis in Israel says their nationís conflict with Turkey over a flotilla of Ďaidí ships headed for the blockaded Gaza Strip controlled by the terrorist Hamas organization just may be the beginning of the ĎGog and Magog process where the world is against us, but which ends with the third and final redemptioníĒ (see here ). Picking up on the story, Christian prophecy speculator Joel Rosenberg takes a similar position but with some caution: There is growing interest in the...

    12/30/2009 5:53:53 PM PST · by freedomyes · 3 replies · 528+ views
    Allvoices ^ | Dec 30 | J. Grant Swank, Jr.
    Jesus informs John that Gentile pagans will have their diabolical way in Jerusalem for the last half (42 months divided by 12 equals three-and-a-half years) of the about-seven year Tribulation period, the latter closing out the Church Age. The Church Age began with the First Coming of Christ. The Church Age will conclude with the Second Coming of Christ. The ďtramplingĒ includes the AntiChrist desecrating the next Temple to be constructed as well as laying low by his armiesí might the city of Jerusalem.
  • Dealing with Straw Man Eschatology

    12/08/2009 6:18:30 AM PST · by topcat54 · 12 replies · 416+ views
    American Vision ^ | Dec 08, 2009 | Gary DeMar
    In the Preterist view, God has canceled every covenant with Israel. There is no future or significance for the Jewish people or Israel as a nation. There is no fulfillment of the Davidic covenant. There is no reign of Messiah from a throne in Jerusalem. All of God’s promises to Israel have been nullified. Israel has been replaced by the church. —Dr. Robert Heidler The above assessment of preterism is inaccurate, mistaken, erroneous, wrong, incorrect, false, bogus, and misinformed. Have I missed anything? How about flawed and untrue? One would call Heidler’s understanding of preterism as it relates to...
  • Speculate with me

    11/13/2009 11:25:00 AM PST · by Will not Live for another Man · 20 replies · 442+ views
    vanity | 11/13/2009 | me
    I had a couple of minutes at lunch today to ask myself, "What would it take to balance the federal budget in a reasonable amount of time?" My idea of reasonable was 50-100 years, at a 3% interest rate. The governement would have to run surpluses of ~$400B a year each and every year to do this... for Freepers who enjoy variations, every 1% interest rate change is worth about $100B per year. With that as prolouge and understanding that we are running a $1.4T deficit at the moment, I'd like to ask you all for scenarios of what would...
  • Who has the Real ďAnti-Semitic BentĒ?

    10/13/2009 1:38:21 PM PDT · by topcat54 · 16 replies · 664+ views
    American Vision ^ | Oct 13, 2009 | Gary DeMar
    After writing ¬ďDebunking ¬ĎLast Days Fever¬í at Charisma¬Ē I received the following from a friend who got an email from someone who did not like my article. Here¬ís a portion of what the critic wrote: I have preached through the Book of Revelation twice, verse-by-verse, in a 38 message series. I study the Greek New Testament nearly every day. I do not profess to know everything, but I am 100% convinced that Preterism is a fable and patently unbiblical. Gary North, Hank Hanegraaff, Demar [sic] and others flat out do not know what they are talking about. Many of them,...
  • Debunking ďLast Days FeverĒ at Charisma

    10/05/2009 8:47:16 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 31 replies · 934+ views
    American Vision ^ | Oct 05, 2009 | Gary DeMar
    ď Charisma magazine provides news, analysis, prophetic commentary and teachings for charismatic and Pentecostal Christians.Ē Lee Grady, who came out of the Maranatha movement of the 1980s, is its editor. Since I donít follow what goes on among charismatics, I canít comment on all the diversity of opinion thatís in the movement, and there is a lot of it. The charismatic movement is like a box of chocolates, you never know what youíre going to get doctrinally. Thatís what makes Charisma magazine so intriguing. Sometimes the magazine tackles subjects that other magazines wonít touch with a ten-foot poll. One of...
  • End-times Madness

    10/04/2009 2:34:24 PM PDT · by topcat54 · 27 replies · 969+ views
    Gary DeMar Show ^ | Oct 2, 2009 | Gary DeMar
    Is Jesus returning in 2012? Does the conversion of Jews point to the end times? Gary takes a look at the latest editions of Charisma magazine and gives an educated rebuttal to its end-times arguments.
  • Making Bad Prophecy Predictions Vanish

    08/04/2009 7:20:37 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 44 replies · 869+ views
    American Vision ^ | August 4, 2009 | Gary DeMar
    Ehrich Weiss (1874Ė1926), best known as the master magician Harry Houdini, lived in Appleton, Wisconsin, as a young boy where his father served as rabbi of the Zion Reform Jewish Congregation. Over the years, Houdini astounded audiences with his artful showmanship and his ability to escape from any contrivance. One of Houdiniís most famous non-escape stage illusions was performed at New Yorkís Hippodrome Theater when he made a full-grown elephant (with its trainer) disappear from the stage. The act was called ďThe Vanishing Elephant.Ē[1] Thereís going to be another vanishing act held, this time appropriately in Houdiniís hometown of Appleton,...
  • Babylon and the Tourist Trade

    11/19/2008 7:47:28 AM PST · by topcat54 · 5 replies · 461+ views
    American Vision ^ | 4/19/2006 | Gary DeMar
    When Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990, speculation arose among some prophecy writers that Iraq was the modern revival of Babylon written about in Revelation. Charles Dyer claimed that events depicted in Isaiah 13 were being fulfilled with the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait: ‚Äú‚ÄėThe day of the Lord‚Äô described by Isaiah [in 13:6] refers to the tribulation period that is still to come. Babylon‚Äôs destruction will come in the time of the tribulation‚ÄĒa short period of time just before the second coming of Christ.‚ÄĚ1 Is this possible? Isaiah 13:6 states that ‚Äúthe day of the Lord is near!,‚ÄĚ near for...
  • The Teeter-totter

    11/05/2008 11:10:32 PM PST · by maclay · 4 replies · 256+ views
    self | 11/06/08 | maclay
    What if: Through the processes of taxation & the culture of corruption - Conservatives become the poor & the Liberals - the rich. Will then, in 20 years, the political poles flip & Liberals start arguing for economic freedom, the the repressed conservatives be battling for social freedom? Food for thought....
  • The Prophetic Top Ten

    04/24/2008 10:27:08 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 2 replies · 52+ views
    The Riddleblog ^ | April 24, 2008 | Kim Riddlebarger
    According to Rapture Ready, here are the top ten current prophetic issues: Iran's nuclear program Putin's grab for power in Russia The supply of oil Subprime loan crisis The declining value of the dollar China's growing economic and military might Global terrorism Nation ID initiatives Global weather changes Tension between Israel and Syria Boy, do I miss the good ole days when the Soviet-Arab confederacy was about to invade Israel, and when everyone was worried that the EU would soon add the tenth and final nation reconstituting the Holy Roman Empire. I guess you gotta change with the times ....
  • Chuck Smithís Prophetic Pronouncements Under the Microscope

    11/19/2007 9:57:14 AM PST · by topcat54 · 121 replies · 3,288+ views
    American Vision ^ | 11/19/2007 | Gary DeMar
    Chuck Smith, founder of Calvary Chapel and senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, California, has authored another prophecy book: The Final Act: Setting the Stage of the End Times Drama. The book carries the ringing endorsement of Tim LaHaye, co-author with Jerry Jenkins of the widely popular Left Behind series of prophetic novels. LaHaye offers the following complimentary words: ‚ÄúThis unique dramatic treatment is both true to the Scripture and practical‚ÄĒboth hallmarks of all Pastor Chuck‚Äôs teaching! I found it very interesting.‚ÄĚ In addition to his new prophecy book, Smith has written the Foreword to Breaking the Apocalypse Code...
  • Pushing the World toward Armageddon

    10/22/2007 8:36:49 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 14 replies · 92+ views
    American Vision ^ | 10/22/2007 | Gary DeMar
    Hal Lindsey is once again misapplying the Bible to modern-day geo-political events. Here is his claim: You know, I fear for both President Bush and Secretary Rice. I also fear for my beloved country. They must be ignorant of a prophecy God made 2,500 years ago through the Hebrew prophet Zechariah. It applies to this precise time and situation in history. God said, ‚ÄúBehold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples. ‚Ķ‚ÄĚ The people surrounding Jerusalem are all the current Muslim nations.1Zechariah 12 has its own interpretive historical clues to help us identify the...
  • The masses have amassed too much .. Mark Steyn

    09/07/2007 10:23:35 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 40 replies · 2,370+ views
    The National Post ^ | 2 September 2007 | Mark Steyn
    This Labour Day, I thought about the working class, the masses. No, honestly, I did. Okay, I was on the beach, but the folks around me lying on the sand had jobs they'll be getting back to this morning. They worked. They would be classed as workers. But they're not a homogeneous "working class," they're not conscripts in Karl Marx's "masses." The transformation of Labour Day, from a celebration of workers' solidarity to a cook-out, is the perfect precis of the history of Anglo-American capitalism. If you want to see what "the masses" are meant to look like, buy a...
  • The Prophecies of Daniel: Why They Donít Point to Us

    08/27/2007 9:57:19 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 73 replies · 744+ views
    American Vision ^ | 8/27/2007 | Gary DeMar
    For Hal Lindsey, every news story is a sign that we are living in the ‚Äúrapture generation.‚ÄĚ It wasn‚Äôt too long ago that he claimed in his wildly popular prophetic book The Late Great Planet Earth (1970) that the ‚Äúthis generation‚ÄĚ of Matthew 24:34 would end sometime before 1988 (1948+40 years=1988). In an interview published in Christianity Today (April 15, 1977), Ward Gasque asked Lindsey: ‚ÄúBut what if you‚Äôre wrong?‚ÄĚ Lindsey replied: ‚ÄúWell, there‚Äôs just a split second‚Äôs difference between a hero and a bum. I didn‚Äôt ask to be a hero, but I guess I have become one in...
  • Centenary a modern sci-fi giant

    07/01/2007 7:32:37 AM PDT · by Sherman Logan · 68 replies · 1,636+ views
    Free Lance-Star of Fredericksburg, VA ^ | June 30, 2007 12:35 am | John J. Miller
    When Robert A. Heinlein opened his Colorado Springs newspaper on April 5, 1958, he read a full-page ad demanding that the Eisenhower administration stop testing nuclear weapons. The science-fiction author was flabbergasted. He called for the formation of the Patrick Henry League and spent the next several weeks writing and publishing his own polemic that lambasted "Communist-line goals concealed in idealistic-sounding nonsense" and urged Americans not to become "soft-headed." Then Heinlein made an important professional decision. He quit writing the manuscript he had been working on--eventually it would become one of his best-known books, "Stranger in a Strange Land"--and started...
  • Who Really Stands with Israel?

    08/07/2006 6:18:10 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 376 replies · 2,597+ views
    American Vision ^ | 6/07/2006 | Gary DeMar
    David Brog has written Standing with Israel: Why Christians Support the Jewish State. The ten reviews I read on Amazon were quite favorable, and it is being advertised on WorldNetDaily. The fact that the Foreword was written by John Hagee, author of Jerusalem Countdown, From Daniel to Doomsday, Beginning of the End, and Final Dawn over Jerusalem, is a clear indication that the bookís thesis fits with the modern-day prophetic system known as dispensational premillennialism. I doubt that the book covers what this article reveals. In my debate with Tommy Ice at American Visionís Worldview Super Conference (May 26, 2006),...
  • The Renewal of the West

    06/28/2006 7:35:44 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 53 replies · 1,065+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 28 Jun 2006 | By Jerry Bowyer
    If 200 years from now America will be filled with people who know and love the ideas of Jefferson and Madison -- but these people are overwhelmingly dark skinned -- will this be good or bad? That's the question I asked Pat Buchanan when I debated with him about the content of his book, The Death of the West. He said it would be 'a disaster and a tragedy'. What do you say? Your answer is a pretty good indicator of whether you're a we-hold-these-truths-to-be-self-evident conservative or a blood-and-soil conservative. Let's use a technology analogy: the first kind believe that...
  • Those In Peril In The Air

    02/01/2003 8:35:38 AM PST · by fporretto · 7 replies · 330+ views
    The Palace Of Reason ^ | February 1, 2003 | Francis W. Porretto
    February 1, 2003 Lord, guard and guide the men who fly Though the great spaces in the sky. Be with them always in the air, In darkening storms or sunlight fair; Oh, hear us when we lift our prayer, For those in peril in the air! (Mary C. D. Hamilton) By now, you're aware that Space Shuttle Columbia, scheduled to return to Earth this morning, has exploded on re-entry. We have lost seven more of the bravest and best members of our race. The thought is near to unendurable. The tragedy is not at all assuaged by the routine observation...
  • WARRIOR POLITICS (Whitcomb on the Warpath)

    11/01/2002 9:04:41 AM PST · by WaterDragon · 6 replies · 237+ views
    Oregon Magazine ^ | November 1,2002 | Peggy Whitcomb
    "The greater the disregard of history, the greater the delusions regarding the future." Robert D. Kaplan OMED: there is a dispute about this book, particularly with respect to Kaplan's seeming belief that the spread of Western democracy is not necessarily a good thing across the globe. Here is a quote from Steven Alford, in a Houston Chronicle review: "Despite careful readings of Machiavelli and Hobbes, however, Kaplan fails to distinguish between selfishness and self-interest. While selfishness ignores the interests of others (Hobbes' idea of human nature), self-interest, in action, is a much more complex idea and one that distinguishes Machiavelli...
  • Machines Exceeding Computer Intelligence

    05/05/2002 12:57:54 PM PDT · by inquest · 108 replies · 414+ views
    vanity | 5-5-02 | self
    I just started reading this book by Ray Kurzweil, The Age of Spiritual Machines, and I'm finding it a little disturbing. It doesn't really tell me anything I don't already know, or that anyone else shouldn't already know; but seeing it in authoritative form (Kurzweil is himself an entrepreneur in the IT field) certainly had a discomfiting effect on me. Basically, the book tells of what to expect in the coming decades. Quoting from the online table of contents, his predictions are summed up as follows (all emphasis mine):2009: "A $1,000 personal computer can perform about a trillion calculations per...