Saturday, March 08, 2014
Via American Power: Piers Morgan talks to porn actress and Duke student "Belle Knox" about her career, empowerment, and society's scorn. The Duke University student and porn star known as Belle Knox opened up in a candid interview with Piers Morgan Thursday night, saying she has no regrets about getting to porn and telling him proudly, "I’m not being exploited, I love what I’m doing, and I’m safe".
Via Disclose.tv: Scientists have created a revolutionary new electronic membrane that could replace pacemakers, fitting over a heart to keep it beating regularly over an indefinite period of time. The device uses a "spider-web-like network of sensors and electrodes” to continuously monitor the heart’s electrical activity and could, in the future, deliver electrical shocks to maintain a healthy heart-rate. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Washington University in St. Louis used computer modelling technology and a 3D-printer to create a prototype membrane and fit it to a rabbit’s heart, keeping the organ operating perfectly “outside of the body in a nutrient and oxygen-rich solution". The use of high-resolution imaging technology means that unlike current pacemaker and implantable defibrillator technology, the thin, elastic membrane will be custom-made to fit "snugly" over the real heart. "When it senses such a catastrophic event as a heart attack or arrhythmia, it can also apply a high definition therapy", said biomedical engineer Igor Efimov of Washington University, who helped design and test the device. "It can apply stimuli, electrical stimuli, from different locations on the device in an optimal fashion to stop this arrhythmia and prevent sudden cardiac death", Efimov told local radio station KWMU-1.
Via KFI: Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto has denied he is the creator of bitcoin. Newsweek published a 4.500-word cover story claiming Nakamoto is the person who wrote the computer code underpinnings of bitcoin, but in an exclusive two-hour interview with The Associated Press. But Nakamoto denied he had anything to do with the digital currency. Nakamoto, 64, said he had never heard of bitcoin until his son told him he had been contacted by a Newsweek reporter three weeks ago. He acknowledged that many of the details in Newsweek's report are correct, including that he once worked for a defense contractor, and that his given name at birth was Satoshi. But he strongly disputed the magazine's assertion that he is "the face behind bitcoin". "I got nothing to do with it", he said, repeatedly.
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Via WWTDD: Katy Perry knows this cheeky sexualized pop star act is just a bit. Miley Cyrus believes she’s the tip of the spear of a female sexual revolution like every teen girl does when she moves out of her parents house and starts to get laid. Katy Perry says when she moved in for the staged peck with Miley in concert, the rabid platypus started shoving her tongue down Katy’s throat like she was her biker lady on a conjugal. Katy pulled away in bacteriological horror: "God knows where that tongue has been. We don’t know, that tongue is so infamous". Excellent point, Katy. Though we’re pretty sure it hasn’t been enveloping the dick of one of the most prodigious pussy slayers in Hollywood like yours has. So quit being such a priss and accept Miley’s tongue down your throat and her finger up your twat if she’s choosing to bless you today with feeling like a real woman. You’re her bitch now. That’s Tennessee law. The next time, she won’t be asking for your opinion.
Via Disclose.tv: This afternoon asteroid 2014 DX110 zoomed by the Earth at a distance closer than the moon. NASA said: As happens about 20 times a year with current detection capabilities, a known asteroid will safely pass Earth Wednesday closer than the distance from Earth to the moon. About 20 million space rocks the size of the Chelyabinsk one may be zipping around the solar system, instead of 3 million, NASA scientist Paul Chodas said at a news conference. There's nowhere for us to go just yet, so perhaps we should take more seriously the efforts to guard our rock in space.
Via Before It's News: Biblical Discovery: Sonar imaging reveals natural phenomena created by God Himself. Subsequently, before the prophets wrote it on paper, God wrote it in the earth! Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. ~ James 1:17 For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed. ~ Malachi 3:6 Then Moses answered and said, "But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice; suppose they say, 'The Lord has not appeared to you' ". So the Lord said to him, "What is that in your hand?" He said, "A rod". And He said, "Cast it on the ground". So he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it. Then the Lord said to Moses, "Reach out your hand and take it by the tail" (and he reached out his hand and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand), "that they may believe that the Lord God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you".
Via The Swedish Wire: Sweden is the third best country in the world in overall rule of law performance, according to the World Justice Project’s WJP Rule of Law Index 2014. Denmark came in at number one. "Effective rule of law helps reduce corruption, alleviate poverty, improve public health and education, and protect people from injustices and dangers large and small", said William H. Neukom, WJP Founder and CEO. "Wherever we come from, the rule of law can always be strengthened". According to the report, "Sweden is ranked in the 3rd position worldwide and places in the top 5 in six dimensions and in the top 10 in the other two, with a performance similar to that of last year. Government accountability is strong (ranking 3rd overall), corruption is minimal (ranking 4th overall), and fundamental rights are strongly protected (ranking 1st overall). In addition, the country’s administrative agencies and courts are rated among the most effective and transparent in the world. Notwithstanding these strengths, some concerns remain with regard to police discrimination against foreigners and ethnic minorities, perceived delays in court processes, and difficulties in bringing criminal offenders to justice". The Index relies on over 100.000 household and expert surveys to measure how the rule of law is experienced in everyday life around the world. Performance is assessed through 44 indicators organized around 8 themes: constraints on government powers, absence of corruption, open government, fundamental rights, order and security, regulatory enforcement, civil justice, and criminal justice. More than 500 variables are computed to produce these indicators for every country. Denmark (Western Europe and North America), Uruguay (Latin America and the Caribbean), Botswana (Sub-Saharan Africa), New Zealand (East Asia and Pacific), Georgia (Eastern Europe and Central Asia), Sri Lanka (South Asia), and the United Arab Emirates (Middle East and North Africa) led in their respective regions. The World Justice Project (WJP) is an independent, multidisciplinary organization working to advance the rule of law around the globe.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Via The Local: A new EU review of violence against women has revealed that one in three European women has been assaulted, and one in twenty has been raped, with the Scandinavian countries at the top of the league tables. A new EU review of violence against women has revealed that one in three European women has been assaulted, and one in twenty has been raped, with the Scandinavian countries at the top of the league tables. In the Scandinavian countries, in contrast, around half of the women reported physical or sexual violence, which researchers at the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights said could have several explanations. Researcher Joanna Goodey told the TT news agency that the proportion of women working outside the home, the country's alcohol culture, as well as whether women report incidents or not could all impact on the figures. "In some countries it can be less acceptable to talk about these things", Goodey said. Agency head Morten Kjaerum said that the more gender equal countries had seen rapid changes in the relationship between men and women. "There is a certain stress level created when gender roles change and old patterns are challenged", Kjaerum said. "I think that's a factor we should also consider". Across the union, the report found that 22 percent of women surveyed said they had been assaulted by a partner, but 67 percent said they did not report the incident to the police. "What emerges is a picture of extensive abuse that affects many women’s lives, but is systematically under-reported to the authorities", Kjaerum noted in the summary of the report, which was written after interviews with 42.000 women across the union. In Sweden, 81 percent of women said they had been harassed at some point after the age of 15 - compared to the EU average of 55 percent. After Sweden, which had the highest rate, Denmark, France, the Netherland, and Finland all saw rates above 70 percent. The EU member state with the lowest rate - 24 percent - was Bulgaria.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Via Disclose.tv: Boeing, the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer, has admitted it is working on experimental anti-gravity projects that could overturn a century of conventional aerospace propulsion technology if the science underpinning them can be engineered into hardware. As part of the effort, which is being run out of Boeing’s Phantom Works advanced research and development facility in Seattle, the company is trying to solicit the services of a Russian scientist who claims he has developed anti-gravity devices in Russia and Finland. The approach, however, has been thwarted by Russian officials. The Boeing drive to develop a collaborative relationship with the scientist in question, Dr Evgeny Podkletnov, has its own internal project name: ‘GRASP’ — Gravity Research for Advanced Space Propulsion. A GRASP briefing document obtained by JDW sets out what Boeing believes to be at stake. "If gravity modification is real", it says, "it will alter the entire aerospace business". It is also apparent that Podkletnov’s work could be engineered into a radical new weapon. Although he was vilified by traditionalists who claimed that gravity-shielding was impossible under the known laws of physics, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) attempted to replicate his work in the mid-1990s. Because NASA lacked Podkletnov’s unique formula for the work, the attempt failed. NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama will shortly conduct a second set of experiments using apparatus built to Podkletnov’s specifications. Boeing recently approached Podkletnov directly, but promptly fell foul of Russian technology transfer controls (Moscow wants to stem the exodus of Russian high technology to the West).
Via The Balfour Post: There’s an old Jewish saying: "A good time to keep your mouth shut is when you’re in deep trouble". President Barack Obama and his foreign policy advisers would have profited if they had been aware of this. Obama said there will be a price to be paid for Russian military intervention in Ukraine. It was not clear what that "cost" would be, nor who would be responsible for it. The U.S., said the president, will stand by the international community in affirming that there will be costs for the intervention. On the world stage, Putin has moved from being a junior partner with the U.S. in 2000 to one of near equality, in spite of the differences in economic resources, military strength, and population of the two countries. Speaking fluent German and almost fluent English, Putin hosted the talks devoted to Syria at the G-20 summit at St. Petersburg in September 2013. Russia could reduce to zero its economic dependency on the United States if Washington agreed sanctions against Moscow over Ukraine, a Kremlin aide said on Tuesday, warning that the American financial system faced a "crash" if this happened. "We would find a way not just to reduce our dependency on the United States to zero but to emerge from those sanctions with great benefits for ourselves", said Kremlin economic aide Sergei Glazyev. He told the RIA Novosti news agency Russia could stop using dollars for international transactions and create its own payment system using its "wonderful trade and economic relations with our partners in the East and South". Russian firms and banks would also not return loans from American financial institutions, he said. "An attempt to announce sanctions would end in a crash for the financial system of the United States, which would cause the end of the domination of the United States in the global financial system", he added. He said that economic sanctions imposed by the European Union would be a "catastrophe" for Europe, saying that Russia could halt gas supplies "which would be beneficial for the Americans" and give the Russian economy a useful "impulse".
Via The Swedish Wire: European Union foreign ministers brandished the threat of sanctions on Russia for seizing swathes of Ukraine’s territory, Bloomberg said, while giving the Kremlin a chance to pull back its troops and seek a negotiated settlement. Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said that the gradual ratcheting-up of pressure on Russia will bear fruit. "Things add up", he said. "Every single measure in itself might look weak. But add things up and it changes things rather fundamentally". Russia will not go to war with the people of Ukraine, but will use its troops to protect citizens, if radicals with clout in Kiev now try to use violence against Ukrainian civilians, particularly ethnic Russians, Putin told the media, according to RT. Putin, who was given a mandate by the Russian senate to use military force to protect civilians in Ukraine, said there is no need for such an action yet. "If we see this lawlessness starting in eastern regions, if the people ask us for help – in addition to a plea from a legitimate president, which we already have – then we reserve the right to use all the means we possess to protect those citizens. And we consider it quite legitimate", he said.
Via The Local: The Swedish Armed Forces sent extra air defence to the island of Gotland on Tuesday in response to a large-scale Russian training exercise being carried out in the Baltic Sea. "Due to the increased air operations in the area, and especially as a result of the Russian training exercise going on, we've decided to base parts of our regular incident response team on Gotland", Göran Mårtensson at the Armed Forces (Försvarsmaktens) said in a statement. "By doing this we're increasing our capacity to monitor the skies, which is completely normal during major training exercises." The Russian news agency Itar-Tass reported on Monday that 3.500 servicemen of the Russian Baltic Fleet were engaged in a "combat readiness" test operation outside Kaliningrad, a Russian Baltic seaport that has been an isolated enclave since the Soviet Union's collapse. Swedish defence experts said at the time that there was "nothing new" in the announcement. When pressed by the TT news agency, the Armed Forces' spokesman Philip Simon said that the threat level posed by Russia against Sweden remained unchanged. While he stayed tight-lipped about what kind of military might was sent to Gotland, Simon said that there was "a number of Gripen jets". Military strategist Stefan Ring said it was natural for the Armed Forces to send aircraft to the island, which is around 250 kilometers south of Stockholm. "This isn't the first time planes have been to Gotland and it's one of the bases the military has at its disposal for military preparedness", he told TT. "Considering what's been happening in Ukraine, I'd say it would be verging on a dereliction of duty if the planes weren't there now". Armed Forces spokesman Göran Mårtensson added that they were continually and carefully monitoring the situation in Ukraine, where troops in Russian military gear have surrounded military bases in the southern region Crimea.
Monday, March 03, 2014
Via Disclose.tv: A recent study soon to be published in The Astrophysical Journal, based upon analysis of data taken from NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, has found that our Milky Way Galaxy could be host to over 4 billion Earth like planets. Kepler is a space observatory launched by NASA to discover Earth like planets that are orbiting other stars. Scientists studied the tremendous amount of red dwarf stars in our galaxy and determined that 6 percent of the 75 billion of them would have Earth like planets, that’s about 4.5 billion Earths.
Via Theo Spark: Winner of 2014's Dakar Rally Nani Roma gives Jay a lesson in desert driving in the car that took him across the finish line of the toughest rally on earth!
Via CNET: At a White House press conference, President Obama revealed a "secret project we've been working on for some time". Obama then uttered these words: "Basically, I'm here to announce that we're building Iron Man". President Obama revealed details of this secret project and promised to "blast off" himself...
Via Before It's News: The entire Navy of the Ukraine has resigned to support their Russian counterparts. The Ukrainian model Valeria Lukyanova has been popular throughout the internet for sometime because of her Barbie like appearance. And she uses colored contact lenses and lots of makeup to achieve her Barbie like appearance. Now Valeria is sharing to the public that she is an alien and that she doesn’t consume food or water. Apparently she lives only of light and air...
Via The Local: Sweden's Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt came under fire after he said on Sunday that Russia's involvement in Crimea was "somewhat understandable". Reinfeldt was talking to reporters on Sunday afternoon after an event at the Royal Palace. When asked about the conflict in Ukraine, where Russian soldiers have moved in to Crimea and Ukrainian forces are mobilizing, he said Russia's actions were "understandable". "It's somewhat understandable that Russia is acting on concerns about the Russian minority of Crimea and eastern Ukraine, but not in the way they're doing it. There are of course methods for talking to the Ukrainian government and calm down the situation in that way", he told reporters. It is refreshing that the Swedish government now finally recognizes the atrocities committed against the Russian population in Ukraine. Russia’s decision to allow troops to be sent to Ukraine is meant to deter radicals from using violence in the country and to facilitate reconciliation, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Lavrov dismissed the interpretation of the move by Western powers as an act of aggression on the part of Moscow and called on the West to stop using human rights as a pretext for pursuing geopolitical goals. "I reiterate, we are talking about protecting our citizens and compatriots, about protecting the most fundamental human right – the right to live and nothing more", Lavrov said.
Sunday, March 02, 2014
Via Disclose.tv: The preparation for a disaster imminent! A major disaster will befall us, followed by Martial Law, a false peace, and a New World Order. Do you think an economic collapse is not coming, and soon? Think again! The New World Order elitists tell you straight up. They are preparing us for what is ahead, with their goal "supposedly" being peace; and not just any peace, but a global, NWO type of peace in which everyone is controlled, including media! We are on the precipice of mass, global disaster in order that the New World Order will be put in place, and the Antichrist will be ushered in.
Via RIA Novosti: Russian leader Vladimir Putin told U.S. President Barack Obama in a telephone conversation Sunday that Moscow reserved the right to protect its own interests and those of Russian speakers in the event of violence breaking out in eastern Ukraine and Crimea. The Kremlin press service said Putin responded to Obama’s expression of concern over possible Russian plans to deploy troops in Ukraine by drawing attention "to the provocative, criminal acts of ultranationalist elements being effectively encouraged by authorities in Kiev". Putin said that there was a real threat to the life of many Russians on Ukraine’s territory, the press service said. Russia’s upper house of parliament voted Saturday to approve military action on Ukraine, citing the same motivations as those mentioned by Putin. There is already a substantial Russian military presence in southern Ukraine, courtesy of the leased Black Sea Fleet naval base in the Crimean Peninsula. Large movements of Russian troops have been reported around the peninsula, which is in defiance of express instructions from Ukrainian authorities this week for Russian soldiers to remain confined to their quarters.
Saturday, March 01, 2014
Via Drum: The investment wing of the ANC has sold its 25 percent stake in Hitachi Power Africa, which has controversially benefited from stated-funded contracts. The shares in the Japanese firm’s African subsidiary were sold to Hitachi Power Europe for an undisclosed amount. "All parties have agreed strict confidentiality about the terms and conditions of the contract", Hitachi Power Africa said in a statement announcing the deal.
Via ABC News: A 62-year-old Florida man has died after receiving a bite from a rare and poisonous brown recluse spider, according to the Polk County Health Department. Ron Reese was renovating an old home in Mulberry, Fla. when the spider bit him — but did not see a doctor because he thought it would heal on its own, his father, Bill Reese, 89, told ABC’s Tampa Bay affiliate WFTS. "It bit him right on the back of his neck and rotted out to the vertebrae", Bill Reese told WFTS. "He wasn’t afraid of anything. He thought he was invincible. But he wasn’t". Click here to learn more about when animals attack. The bite eventually paralyzed half of Ron Reese’s body, his father said. "I thank the Lord every day that he’s out of his misery", he told WFTS. Residents have been reminded to seek medical attention as soon as they’ve been bitten by a spider, said Polk County Health Department spokesman Scott Calibri. “Typically, spider bites are non-lethal, but it really is case by case", he said. "This is the first fatality to my knowledge but there are a couple of cases a year of folks who get bitten by spiders and need to get medical treatment".
Via Disclose.tv: The science team sifting data from the US space agency's (Nasa) Kepler telescope says it has identified 715 new planets beyond our Solar System. This is a huge new haul. In the nearly two decades since the first so-called exoplanet was discovered, researchers had claimed the detection of just over 1.000 new worlds. Kepler's latest bounty are all in multi-planet systems; they orbit only 305 stars. The vast majority, 95%, are smaller than our Neptune, which is four times the radius of the Earth. Four of the new planets are less than 2.5 times the radius of Earth, and they orbit their host suns in the "habitable zone" - the region around a star where water can keep a liquid state. Whether that is the case on these planets cannot be known for sure - Kepler's targets are hundreds of light-years in the distance, and this is too far away for very detailed investigation. The Kepler space telescope was launched in 2009 on a $600m (£360m) mission to assess the likely population of Earth-sized planets in our Milky Way Galaxy. Faulty pointing mechanisms eventually blunted its abilities last year, but not before it had identified thousands of possible, or "candidate", worlds in a patch of sky in the constellations Cygnus and Lyra. It did this by looking for transits - the periodic dips in light that occur when planets move across the faces of stars. Before Wednesday, the Kepler spacecraft had confirmed the existence of 246 exoplanets. It has now pushed this number up to 961. That is more than half of all the discoveries made in the field over the past 20 years. "This is the largest windfall of planets that's ever been announced at one time", said Douglas Hudgins from Nasa's astrophysics division. "Second, these results establish that planetary systems with multiple planets around one star, like our own Solar System, are in fact common".
Via RT: Unknown armed men from Kiev have tried to seize the Crimean Interior Ministry overnight, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement. It's as Crimea's PM urges Russia to help cope with the crisis, ensuring "peace and calm" in the region. "Thanks to the decisive action of self-defense squads, the attempt to seize the building of the Interior Ministry was derailed. This attempt confirms the intention of prominent political circles in Kiev to destabilize the situation on the peninsula", the statement added. "We believe it is extremely irresponsible to further pressure the already tense situation in the Crimea", the ministry stated stressing its concerns over the latest developments in the region. Crimea's Prime Minister Sergey Aksyonov asked Russia’s President Vladimir Putin to "help ensure peace and calm on the territory of the autonomous region". The request, the premier said, was due to "the understanding of the responsibility for the life and safety of the residents". A source in the Kremlin administration replied, "Russia won’t ignore that address", Russian news agencies reported. Later in the day, both chambers of the Russian parliament asked Putin to take measures to ensure stability in Crimea. "The Duma Council adopted an appeal to the president of Russia, in which parliamentarians are calling on the president to take measures to stabilize the situation in Crimea and use all available means to protect the people of Crimea from tyranny and violence", said Lower House speaker Sergey Naryshkin. The State Duma also said that currently it is impossible to conduct legitimate and democratic elections in Ukraine due to actions of "radical forces". The Upper Chamber of the Russian Parliament admitted a limited number of Russian troops could be brought to Crimea to ensure safety, speaker Valentina Matvienko said. "It’s possible in this situation, complying with a request by the Crimean government, even to bring a limited contingent of our troops to ensure the safety of the Back Sea Fleet and the Russian citizens living on the Crimea territory. The decision is for the president, the chief military commander, to make of course. But today, taking the situation into account, even that variant can’t be excluded. We need to protect the people", Matvienko said.
Via The Huffington Post: The Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange in Tokyo filed for bankruptcy protection Friday and its chief executive said 850,000 bitcoins, worth several hundred million dollars, are unaccounted for. The exchange's CEO Mark Karpeles appeared before Japanese TV news cameras, bowing deeply. He said a weakness in the exchange's systems was behind a massive loss of the virtual currency involving 750.000 bitcoins from users and 100.000 of the company's own bitcoins. That would amount to about $425 million at recent prices. Some countries have reacted sternly to bitcoin's emergence, but many people remain fans of its potential. Vietnam's government said Thursday that trading in bitcoin and other electronic currencies is illegal, and warned its citizens not to use or invest in them. Late last year, China banned its banks and payment systems from handling bitcoin, although people still use them online. Thailand earlier put a blanket prohibition on using bitcoins, and Russia has effectively banned them. There was still considerable appetite for bitcoin in China, where it has become attractive as an investment since tightly-regulated state banks offer very low interest rates on deposits. Even some with money tied up in Mt. Gox were undaunted. Huang Zhaobin, a 21-year-old student in Chengdu, said he had lost 50.000 to 60.000 yuan ($8.125 to $9.750) from the Mt. Gox closure. "Actually this money itself is the benefit from bitcoin investment", said Huang, who plowed 10.000 yuan into bitcoins about three months ago. "If it is legal, I will continue to invest for sure as it is the trend in the world". In Singapore, Tembusu Terminals, a joint venture specializing in crypto-currencies, announced Friday its first bitcoin ATM in the city-state and plans for many more. In Hong Kong, a group opened what it said was the world's first bitcoin retail store. Yang Weizhou, analyst at Mizuho Securities Co. in Tokyo, said laws to regulate virtual currencies may have to be created by countries including Japan. She said lawsuits from those who lost money were likely, and any court rulings would chart unexplored territory and help define the reach of virtual money. The trend toward such technology for peer-to-peer payments wouldn't replace traditional money but was here to stay because of its convenience, she said. "It is undeniable", she said. "One must separate the Mt. Gox problem from the overall concept".
Via The Local: On a grey and rainy day in eastern Sweden, Kenth Rehn, 38, leapt into ice-cold water and saved a duck that was caught on a fishing hook. Local fishermen in Norrköping had accidentally snagged the wild bird and realized they either had to cut the line and hope for the best or swim out to save the duck. Rehn, who was passing by, didn't hesitate to make the choice and took matters into his own hands. "Next time it could be a person in distress... so I figured it's best to be prepared. I took all my clothes besides my underwear and jumped in". Describing himself as a friend to the animals, the 38-year-old swam out about 20 meters to the duck and then brought it back to safety. On the shore, the fisherman untangled the bird's wing, cut out the hook, and released the duck, which flew away. Rehn estimated the water was about 5C, adding that it was "bloody horrible" weather at the time.