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  • What the future holds: US futurist Peter Diamandis on the shape of things to come ("Abundance")

    02/16/2014 11:26:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Gulf News ^ | February 12, 2014 | Faisal Masudi and Noor Nazzal, Staff Reporters
    Dubai: At a conference in Dubai this week, an American futurist painted an intriguing, at times unsettling, picture of the coming world. As Dr Peter Diamandis went over his presentation slides at The Government Summit on Tuesday, there were plenty of raised eyebrows. In the future, the slides suggested, privacy will be a thing of the past, robots will take over our jobs, 3D printers will pop out everything from human organs to houses, and man will mine asteroids in deep space for unfathomable mineral wealth. The 58-year-old said hyper-tech breakthroughs are already hurtling us towards that future, today. “The...

    06/24/2013 2:34:23 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 44 replies
    Western Rifle Shooters ^ | 6/24/2013 | Matt Bracken/ Travis McGee
    This is the first time in many years that I have put pen to paper for a lengthy letter, so please forgive my misspellings, poor handwriting or any other errors. I will probably do this in one go and be finished with it. I won’t need much of this new notebook. It’s a nice room, desk and chair, but really, no computer? I just wish they would stop the hammering outside. I need to focus in order to write well. No one person could possibly expect to know the full truth about such a complex history, so near to its...
  • Al Gore’s disastrous book tour: a breath of fresh air

    02/05/2013 7:17:54 PM PST · by dynachrome · 14 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2-4-13 | Timothy Philen
    Whatever it is, and whatever quirks and contradictions I’ve observed, nothing prepared me for the rogue wave of hubris that crashed onto the talk show shores last week as Al Gore, rising like Poseidon from the sea, graced us with his latest global treatise, a 592-page tome entitled simply “The Future.” Now honestly, even Edward Gibbon limited his immortal history to the specific decline and fall of the Roman Empire. And it’s hard to imagine those industrious chroniclers of Western civilization, Will and Ariel Durant, embarking on a quixotic compendium to explain “The Past.” Then again, the restraints common to...
  • Media ignore Obama attack on ‘those who slander the Prophet of Islam’

    09/26/2012 3:03:47 PM PDT · by Belasarius · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 26, 2012 | Dan Gainor
    President Obama spoke to the UN Tuesday, but what he had to say depended on the media outlet reporting it. It was about “optics” according to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow; “free speech” said CBS’s Nancy Cordes and Iran, explained NBC’s Chuck Todd. Not that they’re wrong. It was a 4,000-word speech. Obama covered a lot of ground. But the ground the major media covered conveniently left out was the most provocative line of the entire speech. The president told the UN that the “future must not belong” to a series of people including “corrupt” leaders and those who “bully women.” But...
  • 15 Current Technologies A Child Born Today Will Never Use

    05/13/2012 10:12:38 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 97 replies
    Yahoo/Laptop Mag ^ | 5.14.12 | Avram Piltch
    From the moment that I found out my wife was pregnant with our first child, a son, I’ve thought of his development in terms of tech...
  • Los Altos district pilots technology-based math program, Khan Academy

    03/27/2011 10:33:50 PM PDT · by Cool Guy · 15 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 3/25/2011 | Diana Samuels
    The Khan Academy has its roots in a series of educational YouTube videos that founder Sal Khan began making several years ago to tutor his cousin. The videos struck a chord among those who came across them, Sinha said. As the videos became increasingly popular, the organization got a big break last fall, when it received a total of about $3.5 million in grants from Google and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The nonprofit Advertisement now has a Mountain View office and a half-dozen staff members. It's still attracting attention -- NBC Nightly News recently featured the program and...

    10/23/2009 9:13:52 AM PDT · by faucetman · 130 replies · 7,058+ views
    From Naval Aviator, Commander Jerry Wilson We lived in California during the winters of 2007 and 2008. We became addicted to Fox News and watched O’Reilly and Hannity and Colmes every night. When we got back home, we upgraded our cable to get Fox. I watched the Presidential campaign very closely. Initially, because I thought the Democrats would nominate Hillary Clinton and then in astonishment when they chose an even more hard-left candidate. All of last year I told everyone I could that Obama was not a Democrat, he is a Marxist. He is far to the left of any...
  • Postmordem: How We Got Here and What We Need To Do To Get Back From The Wilderness.

    11/05/2008 6:14:07 AM PST · by Big Guy and Rusty 99 · 39 replies · 1,300+ views
    Andrew G. Horvet ^ | 11/05/2008 | Andrew G. Horvet
    Well, the election is over. I am disappointed in the American people that they would buy the empty-suit kool-aid of a man with 183 days of experience. We knew that it would be a rough road to the White House. We lost. Life goes on. Now Conservatives are in the wilderness. The only good thing we have going is that there is not a rubber stamp congress and that we can block legislation still. Also, that smug jackass, Al Franken, won't be a senator. We can not be bitter and we can not hang our heads in defeat. We must...
  • A Few Points to Ponder (all is vanity today)

    11/05/2008 5:50:24 AM PST · by ClaudiusI · 29 replies · 1,413+ views
    There really is no good news to post today, which is why I suspect there are so many vanities. So, when in Rome… I’m not going to pretend that there is a silver lining to this; things would have been infinitely better if McCain had won. However, not all hope is lost. Basically, I think this is what’s going to happen over the next couple of years. - The fairness doctrine will get passed, in the Neue Kongress’s first 90 days. I think the best way to fight this is not to comply, hence forcing the government to attempt to...
  • It's Gird Your Loins Time

    11/04/2008 7:35:55 PM PST · by Williams · 21 replies · 1,157+ views
    Vanity From The Abyss
    We're too big to cry and it hurts too much to laugh. Look on the bright side. If everything is fine under the left wing democrats, we all benefit. If they royally screw things up, and we know they will, then we will benefit on the political rebound. It's the hard way for us and the hard way for our nation. But we didn't choose this path so we are free of guilt. Americans will demand national security again, they were distracted by the economy this time. We played this one on their turf. They will be on defense in...
  • Our potential in space

    10/09/2007 7:27:23 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 14 replies · 145+ views
    The Space Review ^ | 10/09/07 | Frank Stratford
    Is human spaceflight worth the investment? This question has been asked and answered many times within the long decades that man has been exploring space. Take Mars as an example. Speculation about lost “civilizations” and ancient canal builders filled the popular mindset until Mariner spacecraft revealed a lifeless barren world in the early 1960’s and debate has raged ever since about whether or not our destiny lies among the stars or should be abandoned. When we watched the shuttles Challenger and Columbia disintegrate into so many tragic pieces the question of why we should put humans into such environments rose...
  • A Plea from DownUnder: GET OUT & VOTE!!! (Vanity)

    11/07/2006 2:27:57 AM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 40 replies · 951+ views
    Aussie Dasher | 7 November 2006 | Aussie Dasher
    FRiends, sorry for the Vanity but at this late stage I have little else. Today's election will impact upon far more than the good people of the United States. For starters, a 'Rat majority in the Senate will all but destroy any chance of appointing justices to SCOTUS who will overturn Roe v.Wade. That will be a death sentence to millions more American babies. It will also send a message to the rest of the world that the people of the greatest power on earth still regard wholesale slaughter of innocent children as just fine with them. The wave effect...
  • “I’m afraid the future will be like this”

    06/30/2006 7:20:45 AM PDT · by croak · 16 replies · 748+ views
    Early in the fall, I visited a high school in Sha’ar HaNegev, not far from Sderot and the Gaza border, to interview some students. A while into the conversation, I asked them two questions. “You’ll be middle aged when Israel’s 100 years old,” I told them. “So tell me. As you imagine the future, what do you dream of? And what are you afraid of?” These were fifteen highly intelligent, very articulate kids. But interestingly, none of them had anything terribly substantive to say about their dreams. As they sat quietly, trying to think what they could say that might...
  • Dutch Pedophiles to Launch Political Party

    06/01/2006 6:13:07 AM PDT · by TradicalRC · 17 replies · 412+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 1, 2006 | BRUCE MUTSVAIRO (?)
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) - June 1, 2006 - Several self-avowed pedophiles founded a political party in the Netherlands and plan to endorse broadcasting pornographic material on daytime television and allowing children as young as 12 to feature in porn films. The Charity, Freedom and Diversity party said Wednesday its central campaign platform will be lowering the age of consent in the Netherlands from 16 to 12. "Forbidding children from sex only makes them more curious," party president Martijn Uittenbogaard told The Associated Press. Uittenbogaard said his new party had supporters from "all corners of the country" but acknowledged Wednesday's launch...
  • Urge to Merge: Here Comes Andromeda

    12/13/2005 5:34:16 PM PST · by saganite · 47 replies · 867+ views ^ | 08 December 2005 | Laurance Doyle
    Looking at the last term of the Drake Equation, we see that it relates to the lifetime of technological civilizations – how long they last as technological (meaning interstellar communicating) entities. The three biggest considerations for our civilization at the moment could be characterized as a) getting along with each other, b) getting along with the environment, and c) staying technologically alert for large-scale concerns from space. As an example of the last, the dinosaurs had over 200 million years to develop a comet deflector, but never did so. Some dinosaurs were bipedal, had opposable claws, and were pretty intelligent—so...
  • Needed: a change of focus

    11/07/2005 5:27:51 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 2 replies · 146+ views
    The Space Review ^ | 11/07/05 | Hans L.D.G. Starlife
    In his recent presentation of the Space Flag, Michael Huang refers to the never-ending humans versus robots debate: Man vs. Machine. (See “The Space Flag”, The Space Review, August 29, 2005.) Indeed, this is one of the absolute biggest and most persistent obstacles for humankind’s future expansion in space. Not only because of the “pro-robot” view, but the whole debate as such, even when human spaceflight is advocated! Why? Because this discussion always circles around the theme of doing science: which solution optimizes our scientific rewards, sending men or robots? Which solution is most cost efficient? Time after time, we...
  • Four women shot, killed in Sinaloa(Mexico)

    07/30/2005 11:43:26 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 13 replies · 509+ views
    MEXICO CITY — Gunmen with assault rifles attacked a pickup carrying four women — two of them pregnant — in the northwestern Mexican state of Sinaloa, killing all four in another episode of what authorities consider drug-related violence. The women died in a hail of gunfire outside the small town of Leyva, said officials, adding that the crime followed a pattern of the narcotics-smuggling gangs disputing routes and turf in the region. Sinaloa is one of the main staging areas of the cartel headed by the fugitive Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, considered Mexico's most powerful drug lord. Last month, army...
  • We need more giant leaps for mankind

    07/25/2005 7:10:57 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 29 replies · 377+ views
    Newsday ^ | 07/25/05 | BRUCE MURRAY
    How significant is NASA's delay of the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery? Certainly NASA can be expected to be especially cautious when trying to return to flight for the first time since Columbia and its intrepid crew were lost during re-entry in February 2003. This tragedy came 17 years after Challenger suffered a similarly televised demise with the violent loss of another seven crew members. But no amount of engineering caution can make space flight perfectly safe. The speeds and heating rates are extreme, and the technology is unavoidably pushed close to its limits. Every human flight carries a potentially...
  • [BitPig] A Future We Can Live With

    01/28/2005 10:55:36 PM PST · by B-Chan · 9 replies · 318+ views
    BitPig Online ^ | 2005.01.29 | BitPig [B-chan]
    A Future We Can Live With2005.01.29 A recent correspondent writes concerning the ongoing European population crash:It reminds me of things in the mid 5th century in Europe. After a long history of bad economic policies which stifled development and made child rearing expensive, and the growing use of foreigners to man the military, when the immigrants from the German areas began to move down to the Roman empire, it couldn't assimilate them or even stop the flow and the German elites took over, and the social disruption destroyed the Empire in the west.Very interesting. I agree. I too have wondered...
  • Long Walks Stave Off Dementia, U.S. Studies Say

    09/22/2004 10:55:54 AM PDT · by truthandlife · 14 replies · 640+ views
    Reuters ^ | 9-22-04
    Elderly people who take regular walks are less likely to suffer dementia than those who take little exercise, a pair of studies said on Tuesday. Keeping active has already been proven to lessen the risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Now moderate daily exercise such as long strolls has been found to keep elderly minds healthier, said the authors of studies published in this week's issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. "We now have evidence that regular walking is also associated with benefits that are related to cognitive function later in life," said Robert Abbott, a...
  • Voltaire’s Bastards

    09/17/2004 4:39:07 PM PDT · by hope · 8 replies · 549+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 9-17-04 | Jeremy Lott
    Print Article         Close Window     Voltaire’s Bastards By Published 9/17/2004 12:05:23 AM Editor's Note: This column appeared at some point in 2005. Here's a preview, posted without FEC Chairman John McCain's permission. Read it at your own risk. Assuming this republic continues on for some time, political historians will look back to 2004 as the year censorship came to America. The groundwork was laid earlier and it didn't take quite as well as it might have with a more servile population -- not at first, at least. But when our elected representatives and most of the press locked...
  • UN scandal tests investigators

    07/15/2004 1:02:21 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies · 720+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 15, 2004 | Michael J. Jordan
    Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker leads just one of nine separate investigations into a United Nations humanitarian program that may have enriched Saddam Hussein and UN officials. But Mr. Volcker's inquiry is arguably the most significant, as he heads the UN's internal probe into what some critics describe as "the biggest financial scandal in history." An estimated $10 billion was siphoned from the $65 billion Oil for Food program. Volcker recently finished assembling his investigative team and vowed to produce a "truly definitive report" in six to eight months. "The chips will fall where they may," he wrote in...
  • Not quite exactly déjà vu all over again

    07/12/2004 4:38:00 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 3 replies · 297+ views
    The Space Review ^ | 07/12/04 | Dwayne A. Day
    Humorist P.J. O’Rourke once said that those who fail to learn from history are probably failing algebra as well. It was a joke, but one with a certain degree of truth. People and organizations rarely seem to learn from history, and those who don’t often have other problems to worry about that are more important. But the corollary to this saying is that even if they do learn from history, it is no guarantee of success
  • MEMORIAL DAY--Thread Seven--Final--"Fall's The Night"

    05/31/2004 8:14:15 PM PDT · by redrock · 47 replies · 3,907+ views
    5/31/04 | redrock
    "Taps" Composed By Major General Daniel Butterfield Army of the Potomac, Civil War "Fading light dims the sight, And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright. From afar drawing nigh -- Falls the night. "Day is done, gone the sun, From the lake, from the hills, from the sky. All is well, safely rest, God is nigh. "Then good night, peaceful night, Till the light of the dawn shineth bright, God is near, do not fear -- Friend, good night." ============================ "TAPS" is the most beautiful bugle call. Played slowly and softly, it has a smooth, tender and touching character....
  • Linux sales soar in Japan, Windows sales slump

    01/08/2004 4:04:37 AM PST · by Musket · 59 replies · 267+ views
    The ^ | 1-8-04 | Inquirer Staff
    Linux sales soar in Japan, Windows sales slump IDC Report will cause some alarm bells to ring Thursday 08 January 2004, 10:51 A SURVEY BY IDC Japan said that Linux licensing agreements in the country soared by 37.5% during 2003. The report, in today's Japan Times, said that sales of Windows only grew by half a per cent during the same period. But the same report suggests that limited availability of application software for Linux could hamper its growth. You can find the report here.
  • 25 of the most provocative questions facing science

    11/11/2003 2:55:42 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 135 replies · 1,608+ views
    NY Times (Science Times) ^ | Nov. 11, 2003 | Anon.
    (1) Does Science Matter? (2) Is War Our Biological Destiny? (3) Will Humans Ever Visit Mars? (4) How Does the Brain Work? (5) What Is Gravity, Really? (6) Will We Ever Find Atlantis? (8) What Should We Eat? (9) When Will the Next Ice Age Begin? (10) What Happened Before the Big Bang? (11) Could We Live Forever? (12) Are Men Necessary? ... ... Are Women Necessary? (13) What Is the Next Plague? (14) Can Robots Become Conscious? (15) Why Do We Sleep? (16) Are Animals Smarter Than We Think? (17) Can Science Prove the Existence of God? (18) Is...
  • Visionaries Outline Space Exploration Advances at Telluride TechFest

    08/10/2003 5:05:41 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 7 replies · 215+ views ^ | 08/10/03 | Leonard David
    TELLURIDE, Colo -- While the cost of space travel remains a hurdle in opening the gates to grander studies of our solar system and beyond, there is no doubt that new technological advances will bring about great change in both robotic and human exploration throughout the 21st century. Visionary thinkers and futurists in science, technology, and the arts gathered here at the annual Telluride Tech Festival to paint an optimistic view of what's possible in the coming decades. Noted science fact/fiction writer, Sir Arthur Clarke took part in the three-day event, held August 8-10. He was appeared at the gathering...
  • Goals For the Next Century: To The Moon, Mars and Beyond

    07/14/2003 7:42:41 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 10 replies · 143+ views ^ | 07/14/03 | Brian Berger
    Setting foot on Mars, returning humans to the moon to stay, sending robotic scouts beyond the solar system, harnessing the sun’s energy and harvesting the mineral abundance of asteroids are all space missions that should be within humanity’s reach over the next century. While fascination with space is as old as the first starry night, humanity’s first half-steps into outer space occurred only 46 years ago this October when a Soviet rocket punched through the clouds and put the first artificial satellite in orbit. Many thousands of satellites have since followed Sputnik into orbit, the vast majority of them used...
  • 2003 and Beyond

    03/21/2003 3:35:47 PM PST · by my_pointy_head_is_sharp · 8 replies · 172+ views
    Automation Access ^ | February 23, 2003 | Andrew Grygus
    The PC Industry The PC industry was once thriving, driven by rapid innovation. It's now down and it's not coming back. Microsoft's monopoly enforces the "Uniform Windows Experience" to the extent innovation and product differentiation to attract new computer purchases are simply impossible, even compared to nameless "white box" products. IBM wisely withdrew from the general desktop PC market, while Hewlett Packard and Compaq merged out of desperation. Dell alone thrives by being just an assembler, well tuned to commodity markets. The other majors are weighted down with design engineers and manufacturing facilities. The few remaining second tier vendors like...
  • Your Lords and Masters, The Supreme Court: Babies Must Die So The Court Can Reign. Who Is Next?

    01/18/2003 1:43:03 PM PST · by Z in Oregon · 9 replies · 386+ views
    National Review ^ | 1/18/03 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    It is a consolation much needed as Roe v. Wade nears its thirtieth anniversary. If you do not consider abortion a grave injustice, consider what the world looks like to those of us who do. More than 40 million unborn lives have been snuffed out — which implies that something like a third of American women have had their sons or daughters killed. A quarter of unborn children die this way. The most respected political institution in the land, the Supreme Court, says that all this killing is protected by the Constitution. So in the event you persuaded your fellow...
  • MIT's soldier draws book artists' ire - Radix

    08/28/2002 2:41:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies · 248+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | August 28, 2002 | Jenna Russell
    <p>When the Massachusetts Institute of Technology won a $50 million grant from the Pentagon to outfit the ''soldier of the future,'' researchers used a vivid image to spark the public imagination: an armored urban trooper suited up in the high-tech battle gear the university was being paid to develop.</p>