Is a game for civilized men.
Are not THESE (below) men:
Is a game for civilized men.
Are not THESE (below) men:
NO risk, they say.
“Come in the water, it’s fine!” They say.
You do that:
As we highlighted last week, our investigation into the abnormally high levels of radiation discovered in California led us to Surfer’s Beach, the site where one man shot a viral Youtube video depicting higher than normal radiation levels.
According to the Half Moon Bay Review, normal radiation levels at Surfer’s Beach should hover around 30 counts per minute. We ourselves encountered readings of upwards of 370 CPM, over 12 times higher than what is normally expected.
However, despite the media’s coverage of the anomaly, or lack thereof, little has been done to protect visitors at Surfer’s Beach.
As one can see in photos taken of the area where extremely high levels of radiation were found, not only by Infowars but by Steve Weiss, an electrical engineer who has worked on Geiger counters for 40 plus years, there are disturbingly no signs warning surfers and beachgoers of the high radiation levels.
International Medcom CEO Dan Sythe also analyzed dirt from Surfer’s Beach, and concluded the levels weren’t “OK.” “It’s not something you’d want your baby playing in,” Sythe told the Half Moon Bay Review.
What some states will do…
To continue to encourage the economic benefits of tourism, despite the OBVIOUS dangers posed directly to said tourists.
Apparently ‘solar lulls’ coincides (coincidentally–CRAZINESS!!)…
With bitterly cold winters.
And Climate Science has no idea why.
[via BBC] Has the Sun gone to sleep?
Scientists are saying that the Sun is in a phase of “solar lull” – meaning that it has fallen asleep – and it is baffling them.
History suggests that periods of unusual “solar lull” coincide with bitterly cold winters.
Rebecca Morelle reports for BBC Newsnight on the effect this inactivity could have on our current climate, and what the implications might be for global warming.
Crazy how that works, isn’t it?
The ‘big heater in the sky’ gets turned on a low setting and ‘POOF!’ suddenly everything is colder.
Who would have seen this one coming?
*shakes head sadly*
But you know something else, in regards to the sun, that many (before now) didn’t see coming?
How the sun apparently DIRECTLY affects your…
I’m sorry, say what now?
[via Today]Ahhh. Sunlight may lower your blood pressure ~by Maggie Fox
Here’s why sunbathing feels so good: It may lower your blood pressure, British researchers reported Friday.
Just 20 minutes of ultraviolet A (UVA) sunlight lowered blood pressure by a small but significant amount in 24 volunteers, they report in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. Further checks suggest the sun does this by increasing levels of nitric oxide, a chemical linked to blood flow.
The effects are so strong they may help explain why people who live in the darker north, like the Scots, have higher rates of death from heart disease, Richard Weller of the University of Edinburgh and Martin Feelisch of the University of Southampton say.
“We are concerned that well-meaning advice to reduce the comparatively low numbers of deaths from skin cancer may inadvertently increase the risk of death from far higher prevalent cardiovascular disease and stroke, and goes against epidemiological data showing that sunlight exposure reduces all cause and cardiovascular mortality,” they concluded.
And wow, if this is true?
The people of China have gotta be TICKED:
[via Telegraph]Smog in China prompts authorities to display sun on giant screens ~By Agencies
Facing the worst air pollution levels in months, residents of Beijing have turned to massive digital screens to see the sun setting through the thick smog.
The screens are usually used to promote tourist destinations, but have been re-tasked because of pollution levels more than 25 times higher than what the World Health Organisation (WHO) judges as safe.
The screens also carry slogans saying “protecting atmospheric environment is everyone’s responsibility”.
The US embassy in Beijing, which regularly measures air pollution in the city, said that conditions on Friday were “very unhealthy”, which might cause “significant aggravation of heart or lung disease and premature mortality in persons with cardiopulmonary disease and the elderly”.
On Thursday, the embassy found that pollution levels had reached “hazardous” conditions in which “everyone should avoid all physical activity outdoors”.
The sun and sunlight.
Whether on a global climate scale, or a personal one?
Maybe it’s time for climate science to stop being quite so ridiculously dismissive of the art it plays in our lives.
Just a thought.
Remember all those people…
Who were screaming about “evil” guns?
Apparently a new utterly refutes that claim:
A study published in the latest issue of the academic journal Applied Economics Letters took on many of the claims made regularly by advocates of stricter gun laws. The study determined that nearly every claim made in support of stronger restrictions on gun ownership is not supported by an exhaustive analysis of crime statistics.
The study, “An examination of the effects of concealed weapons laws and assault weapons bans on state-level murder rates,” conducted by Quinnipiac University economist Mark Gius, examined nearly 30 years of statistics and concluded that stricter gun laws do not result in a reduction in gun violence. In fact, Gius found the opposite – that a proliferation of concealed carry permits can actually reduce incidents of gun crime.
*majority (99.9%) of the media absolutely silent regarding the study*
What else are they going to do?
Seeing as how THIS (above) study…
DEMOLISHES their overall claim to the contrary that stricter gun laws are needed to fight violence.
Just not the PROVEN case at all.
People in the government are morons.
A fact that is more often than not illustrated?
By just how much of the very obvious they tend to miss…
What am I talking about?
In THIS (below) instance, I am referring to how the government has pushed the need for green energy to SAVE US ALL for the catastrophe that is global warming, to the point it offered incentives for electric cars…
And now thanks to the Law of Unintended Consequences?
To it’s (the governments) very detriment:
[via The DailyCaller]States turn against electric cars as gas tax revenues fall ~by Michael Bastasch
States are quickly learning that promoting electric cars is coming with a high price tag. Colorado has joined a growing number of states that are imposing fees on electric and alternative vehicles to recover “lost” gas tax revenues.
As of this year, Coloradans driving electric, alternative fuel and high-efficiency vehicles will pay a $50 registration fee to capture more revenue from vehicles that use less traditional gasoline. This is part of a growing trend by which states are looking to recoup declining gas tax revenues as vehicles become more fuel efficient and drivers buy more electric vehicles.
Colorado is one of at least five states that have special fees on hybrid and electric vehicles — Colorado, Nebraska, North Carolina, Virginia and Washington. Earlier this year, Oregon lawmakers were discussing a bill that would impose a fee on electric cars and those getting 55 miles per gallon or better. The bill is still sitting in the state legislature.
“States are increasingly looking at how to recoup ‘lost’ gas tax revenues for electric and hybrid vehicles. In addition to fees on such vehicles, many states tax alternative fuels, sometimes including electricity,” Jaime Rall, senior transportation policy specialist at the National Conference of State Legislatures, told The Daily Caller News Foundation in an email.
Serious, GRIEVOUS fault of their own?
The states pushing electric cars have very much shot themselves in the foot.
I mean, seriously guys…
You did NOT see this coming?
*shakes head sadly*
What our wonderfully, insightful President will have you believe?
It’s NASTY cold outside:
[via CNSNews]Executive Order: ‘Excessively High Temperatures’ ‘Already’ Harming Public Health ~By Craig Bannister
“Excessively high temperatures” are “already” harming public health nationwide, Pres. Obama declared on Nov. 1, 2013, two months before today’s assault by record low temperatures.
In his executive order on climate change, Obama warned that too much rain – and not enough rain – also dictated that executive action against climate fluctuations:
“The impacts of climate change — including an increase in prolonged periods of excessively high temperatures, more heavy downpours, an increase in wildfires, more severe droughts, permafrost thawing, ocean acidification, and sea-level rise — are already affecting communities, natural resources, ecosystems, economies, and public health across the Nation. These impacts are often most significant for communities that already face economic or health-related challenges, and for species and habitats that are already facing other pressures.”
What’s more, climate control “requires” action “by the Federal Government” (as opposed to the federal government), Obama declared…
Don’t take MY word for it.
Take THIS (below) poor lady’s:
[via Mediaite]CNN Tortures Correspondent by Making Her Report Hourly on a Riverbank in -15° Weather ~by Evan McMurry
Boasting that they had sent a “California girl” to the depths of the polar vortex on Monday, CNN repeatedly made correspondent Stephanie Elam trudge onto the banks of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis—current temperature -18° F with a windchill of -44° F — to report first-hand on the “historic and life threatening” cold enveloping the central states.
Bracketed by chyron alarms of “dangerous conditions” and warnings from authorities not to go outdoors unless it was absolutely necessary, the Los Angeles-based Elam bundled up at noon to report that:
- It’s so cold crime is going down.
- It’s so cold her cup of boiling hot water turned into a snowball in the time of her segment.
- It’s so cold that authorities are “saying make sure you don’t go anywhere,” like the banks of the Mississippi.
Elam bundled up at 1:00 to report that:
- It’s so cold you can see stream coming off the river.
- It’s so cold “it doesn’t take long for the shivers to start setting in.”
- It’s so cold that police “have been out patrolling for people who were in danger, who needed to get inside,” like Elam.
- It’s so cold that there “are more domestic disputes, because people are caged up at home.”
Elam bundled up at 2:00 to report that:
- It’s so cold “I would be happy to take one-degree weather.”
- It’s so cold “the police said they have taken their focus and changed it off of just looking at crime to looking for people who may be in need of getting to a shelter, who need to get to a hospital.”
- It’s so cold “they closed down the schools for cold. Not for snow, for cold.”
- It’s so cold “it’s very dangerous conditions out here. They don’t want people to take chances.” Chances like standing at a riverbank at the top of every hour?
Has a very twisted sense of humor.
It’s either that?
Or they really don’t like Ms. Elam.
Yikes, poor lady!
If you have ever seen the Terminator movies?
You were fully prepared for this:
Lethal, fully autonomous robots are coming!
[via National Journal]Soon, Drones May Be Able to Make Lethal Decisions on Their Own ~By Joshua Foust
Scientists, engineers and policymakers are all figuring out ways drones can be used better and more smartly, more precise and less damaging to civilians, with longer range and better staying power. One method under development is by increasing autonomy on the drone itself.
Eventually, drones may have the technical ability to make even lethal decisions autonomously: to respond to a programmed set of inputs, select a target and fire their weapons without a human reviewing or checking the result. Yet the idea of the U.S. military deploying a lethal autonomous robot, or LAR, is sparking controversy. Though autonomy might address some of the current downsides of how drones are used, they introduce new downsides policymakers are only just learning to grapple with.
The basic conceit behind a LAR is that it can outperform and outthink a human operator. “If a drone’s system is sophisticated enough, it could be less emotional, more selective and able to provide force in a way that achieves a tactical objective with the least harm,” said Purdue University Professor Samuel Liles. “A lethal autonomous robot can aim better, target better, select better, and in general be a better asset with the linked ISR [intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance] packages it can run.”
Though the pace for drone strikes has slowed down — only 21 have struck Pakistan in 2013, versus 122 in 2010 according to the New America Foundation — unmanned vehicles remain a staple of the American counterinsurgency toolkit. But drones have built-in vulnerabilities that military planners still have not yet grappled with. Last year, for example, an aerospace engineer told the House Homeland Security Committee that with some inexpensive equipment he could hack into a drone and hijack it to perform some rogue purpose.
Drones have been hackable for years. In 2009, defense officials told reporters that Iranian-backed militias used $26 of off-the-shelf software to intercept the video feeds of drones flying over Iraq. And in 2011, it was reported that a virus had infected some drone control systems at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada, leading to security concerns about the security of unmanned aircraft.
It may be that the only way to make a drone truly secure is to allow it to make its own decisions without a human controller: if it receives no outside commands, then it cannot be hacked (at least as easily). And that’s where LARs, might be the most attractive.
Though they do not yet exist, and are not possible with current technology, LARs are the subject of fierce debate in academia, the military and policy circles. Still, many treat their development as inevitability. But how practical would LARs be on the battlefield?
Heather Roff, a visiting professor at the University of Denver, said many conflicts, such as the civil war in Syria, are too complex for LARs. “It’s one thing to use them in a conventional conflict,” where large militaries fight away from cities, “but we tend to fight asymmetric battles. And interventions are only military campaigns — the civilian effects matter.”
Roff says that because LARs are not sophisticated enough to meaningfully distinguish between civilians and militants in a complex, urban environment, they probably would not be effective at achieving a constructive military end– if only because of how a civilian population would likely react to self-governing machines firing weapons at their city. “The idea that you could solve that crisis with a robotic weapon is naïve and dangerous,” she said.
And strangely enough?
All I can do…
Is laugh at the very thought?
Of how badly this is going to be…
[via io9]Why do we smile and laugh when we’re terrified? ~Esther Inglis-Arkell
Why do we smile and even giggle when we’re afraid? Are we trying to work things out? Or are we trying to convince everyone, even our attacker, that nothing’s wrong? Here’s what science has to say about “fear grinning.”
One of the more ghastly human responses is the “fear grin.” I automatically sink into it when things get socially awkward. Whenever people start sniping at their spouses or arguing who has to pay what on a restaurant bill, I lapse into a blank-eyed smile that implies that I’m just there to do a little dusting, and the dispute has nothing to do with me. But plenty of people smile to cover an awkward situation. They shouldn’t smile when they’re being mugged. Dial up the extremity of a situation, and fear should eliminate the smile, but some people, even when terrified, smile away. Why they do this is in dispute, but there are two general theories.
Acknowledging the Fear
A dog baring its teeth is showing aggression. It’s displaying its weapons. Monkeys, when they show off their teeth, aren’t necessarily doing the same. Primatologist Signe Preuschoft studied rhesus macaques, and noticed a great deal of teeth-baring in their social interactions. It did not signal the beginning of a fight. Most often, it happened during moments of tension between more dominant and less dominant members of a group. The less dominant monkey was the one that smiled, and often, after the smile, the aggressor became more friendly. The macaques weren’t showing off weapons. They were making a sort of display of submission to the more dominant member. When danger threatened, they smiled. This behavior has come to be called fear grinning.
How did you like that part that said:
Did it make you laugh?
Cause I don’t know about you…
It makes me laugh until my side aches.
*shakes head sadly*
Not gonna lie…
At first, when I read the article immediately below?
I was all like:
“Pffft, how dare some stupid, bureaucratic, probably government funded organization call American’s STUPID!”
[via NYPost]US adults are dumber than the average human ~ AP
WASHINGTON — It’s long been known that America’s school kids haven’t measured well compared with international peers. Now, there’s a new twist: Adults don’t either.
In math, reading and problem-solving using technology – all skills considered critical for global competitiveness and economic strength – American adults scored below the international average on a global test, according to results released Tuesday.
Adults in Japan, Canada, Australia, Finland and multiple other countries scored significantly higher than the United States in all three areas on the test. Beyond basic reading and math, respondents were tested on activities such as calculating mileage reimbursement due to a salesman, sorting email and comparing food expiration dates on grocery store tags.
Not only did Americans score poorly compared to many international competitors, the findings reinforced just how large the gap is between the nation’s high- and low-skilled workers and how hard it is to move ahead when your parents haven’t.
In both reading and math, for example, those with college-educated parents did better than those whose parents did not complete high school.
The study, called the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, found that it was easier on average to overcome this and other barriers to literacy overseas than in the United States.
Researchers tested about 166,000 people ages 16 to 65 in more than 20 countries and subnational regions. The test was developed and released by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which is made up of mostly industrialized member countries. The Education Department’s Center for Education Statistics participated.
[via Gizmodo]Watch This Girl With Telekinetic Powers Freak Out Coffee Shop Patrons ~Andrew Liszewski
This absolutely amazing and terrifying prank, where a girl with telekinetic powers appears to freak out in a coffee shop, is actually a publicity stunt for the upcoming remake of the film Carrie. But that doesn’t make it any less entertaining or awesome. Make sure you watch it all the way through, too, it just gets better and better.
There are actually people out there who fell for this prank?
The above article, about the stupidity of Americans?
Yes, OK, this video…
It’s starting, people.
With the advent of Obamacare legislation, the landscape of the workforce as we know?
Will be changed forever!
[via The Blaze]Here Is a List of Over 300 Employers Who Have Reportedly Cut Hours to Avoid Obamacare Tax ~Oliver Darcy
A list of over 300 employers who have allegedly cut their employees’ hours to avoid a tax associated with President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law was published this week by a prominent investors website.
Investors.com released the list of 313 employers on Wednesday.
“In the interest of an informed debate, we’ve compiled a list of job actions with strong proof that ObamaCare’s employer mandate is behind cuts to work hours or staffing levels,” said Investors.com.
“As of Sept. 25, our ObamaCare scorecard included 313 employers. Here’s our latest analysis, focusing on cuts to adjunct hours at nearly 200 college campuses,” it added.
And for those of you who think, “Oh, it’s just a temporary change. Things will get back to normal, once the initial shock of the Obamacare tax wears off. Employers will have to start to pay workers again. They’ll have to… If they want to get done what they need to get done in order to make money!”
Paying people (i.e. expensive healthcare insurance) to do a job…
Won’t be necessary.
Or so says science:
In the early days of artificial intelligence research, it was commonplace for the well-educated academics in the field to (mistakenly) think that being “intelligent” meant being good at things that other well-educated academic researchers struggled at, like playing chess. We now know, however, that it’s far harder to get robots to do things that come naturally to us (like identify objects and pick them up) than it is to get them to prove logical theorems or find patterns in huge volumes of data—things we humans struggle at. This and other counter-intuitive trends in AI and research on the nature of human intelligence have discouraged researchers from trying to predict which jobs will be automated, but a provocative new study by Carl Frey and Michael Osborne at Oxford University tries to do just that, and their findings are alarming.
In “The Future of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs to Computerisation?,” Frey and Osborne estimate that 47 percent of U.S. jobs are “at risk” of being automated in the next 20 years.
Which jobs are most at risk? According to The Jetsons, we should expect robots to clean our houses and do other working-class occupations that educated elites have historically looked down upon as “unskilled.”
Frey and Osborne focus on “engineering bottlenecks” in AI and robotics, and compare these stumbling points with the requirements of jobs in order to determine which are most and least likely to be vulnerable to automation. The biggest bottlenecks are perception and manipulation, creative intelligence, and social intelligence, all of which computers struggle mightily at (but Rosie the Robot excelled at, by the way). While the trend in recent decades has been towards a hollowing out of “middle-skill” jobs and an increase in low-paying service sector jobs and high-paying, highly educated jobs, Frey and Osborne expect that automation in the future will mainly substitute for “low-skill and low-wage” jobs.
So who, specifically, should be worried? They write:
Our model predicts that most workers in transportation and logistics occupations, together with the bulk of office and administrative support workers, and labour in production occupations, are at risk. These findings are consistent with recent technological developments documented in the literature. More surprisingly, we find that a substantial share of employment in service occupations, where most US job growth has occurred over the past decades (Autor and Dorn, 2013), are highly susceptible to computerisation.
If YOU were an employer, and your goal was to make money, who would you chose to run your business?
A human, unskilled employee, in other words a constant drain on your finances, or…
A mindless, soul-sucking, future Overlord, Robot.
Damn you, Obamacare, for opening the door, just a smidgeon more…
To our future Robot Overlords.
The government lately likes to tell ya…
“Bad–Wha?! Nonononono, everything is getting much, MUCH better.”
That’s very much why there has been such a HUGE jump in the census regarding Americans in POVERTY:
(CNSNews.com) – During the four years that marked President Barack Obama’s first term in office, the real median income of American households dropped by $2,627 and the number of people in poverty increased by approximately 6,667,000, according to data released today by the Census Bureau.
The record total of approximately 46,496,000 people in the United States who are now in poverty, according to the Census Bureau, is more than twice the population of Syria, which, according to the CIA, has 22,457,336 people.
In 2008, the year Obama was elected, real median household income in the United States was $53,644 according to the Census Bureau. In 2012, the last full year of Obama’s first term, median household income was $51,017. Thus, real median household income dropped $2,627—or 4.89 percent—from 2008 to 2012.
In fact, real median household income dropped in every year of Obama’s first term. In 2008, when he was elected, it was $53,644. In 2009, the year he was inaugurated, it dropped to 53,285. In 2010, his second year in office, it dropped to $51,892. In 2011, his third year in office, it dropped to $51,100. And, in 2012, his fourth year in office, it dropped to $51,017.
At the same time the number of people living in poverty in the United States increased. In 2008, according to the Census Bureau, there were approximately 39,829,000 people living in poverty in this country. In 2012, there were 46,496,000. That is an increase of approximately 6,667,000—of 16.73 percent—from 2008 to 2012.
The number of people in poverty increased during three of the four years of Obama’s first term–taking a slight dip from 2010 to 2011, but then rising again from 2011 to 2012. In 2008, there were 39,829 people in poverty in the U.S. In 2009, it climbed to 43,569. In 2010, it climbed again to 46,343. In 2011, it dipped to 46,247. And, in 2012, it climbed to an all-time high 46,496.
In 2008, the year Obama was elected, people in poverty represented 13.2 percent of the national population. In 2012, they represented 15.0 percent of the population.
The income threshold at which a person was determined to be in “poverty,” according to the Census Bureau, depended on the size of their household. If a person lived by themselves and earned less than $11,270 in 2012, they were considered to be in poverty. A family of two people was considered in poverty if they earned less than $14,937. The threshold for a family of three was $18,284, for a family of four it was $23,492, and for a family of five it was $27,827.
Ignore the numbers, people.
Everything is fine.
And what is NOT fine?
Nothing to see here, people…
Nothing to see at ALL.
The President of Russia, Vladamir Putin…
Thinks aspiring towards exceptionalism?
Not only a very BAD idea…
But a very dangerous one as well:
However THIS (below) kid?
With his fantastic list of ambitions…
Laughs (inadvertently) in the face of Vladamir Putin.
And good for him:
Redditor elbostonian’s son was asked to draw up a list of personal goals for his fourth year of primary school.
What he came up with was a check list that every one of us could probably stand to aspire to.
1. Learn the gases pushed from Hyper novas
2. Drink 1 gallon of milk in 1 day without going to the bathroom
3. find if you are sent in a worm hole or traveling in time When Entering a black hole
4. Play COd with Ethan and Matthew
5. become a nerd
6. Eat a rack of ribs that is coverd in bacon
7. learn How to
Ignore the ramblings of dic [tators]…
(What – I added the “tator”)
Who are threatened by anyone different than themselves.
And to the point?
Where any difference is seen as a, “OMG–D A N G E R !!!!!!!!”
And yes, by different?
I definitely DO refer to those far more exceptional than the ones b*tching about it.
Be WHO you are and do so proudly.
People believe in “true love”.
What are the chances of the one that you are with right now, being “The One”?
Not too good:
“When you carefully consider your words, thoughts and actions, and specifically how they will benefit that other person…you’re in love,” says Dennis Neder, author of Being A Man In A Woman’s World, to Discovery Fit & Health. The quality of romantic, long-term relationships significantly impacts a person’s physical and psychological well-being. People may feel their happiness is fully dependent on their partners, leaving them in a fragile state of mind if their feelings are not reciprocated. One in seven adults, in fact, claim that they are in a serious relationship with a partner who they do not consider “the love of their life,” according to a UK survey.
A 2,000-person survey conducted by Siemens Festival Nights, a unique three-day event showcasing three different operas, revealed the intimate details of the views and experiences of couples in long-term relationships. A surprising result from the survey showed that while women do tend to fall in love more than men, men and women fall in love, on average, two times in their lifetime. Survey participants reported that they fell in love for the first time at the average age of 19 and dated an average of four to five people before they met “the one.”
Seventy-three percent of survey respondents said that they have “made their peace” with their partners because their “true love” got away. However, 46 percent said they would leave their significant other to be with their true love if they got the chance.
“What is alarming is that so many people claim to be in long term relationships or even married to someone who isn’t the true love of their life,” said Claire Jarvis, communications director for Siemens, to The Telegraph.
But how do you know, really…
That you are not with the one, or are NOT the one?
When it comes to the extremes of answers…
Might not want to pose that question to the crazy little (tiny really) ruler of North Korea.
Kills his exes who are NOT…
The ex-girlfriend of North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un has been executed by firing squad along with eleven others, an unconfirmed report in the Chosun Ilbo claims.
According to the South Korean paper, which has an estimated circulation of about 2.3 million readers, singer Hyon Song-wol was arrested on August 17 “for violating North Korean laws against pornography” and publicly executed three days later.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (R) claps as he attends the unveiling ceremony of two statues of former leaders Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il in Pyongyang on April 13, 2012. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)
She was joined by singers, musicians and dancers from the Unhasu Orchestra and the Wangjaesan Light Music Band, the paper adds. It seems the group was accused of making and distributing a sex tape.
“They were executed with machine guns while the key members of the Unhasu Orchestra, Wangjaesan Light Band and Moranbong Band as well as the families of the victims looked on,” a source for the paper reportedly said.
Immediate family members were then allegedly taken to prison camps “under North Korea’s barbaric principle of guilt by association.”
The North Korean leader was said to have met Song-wol roughly ten years ago, though his father forced them to break off the relationship. In the intervening years, the singer reportedly married and had a baby, though some say the romantic liaison with Kim Jong-un continued.
And I thought some of MY past break-ups were bad.
Whole new level.
Oh, come on Turkey…
THIS (below) is just silly.
Claiming four engineers were killed by telepathy?
Like there is some mad telepathic assassin out there, killing people, à la supervillian supreme, in a evil plot to take down the Turkish government.
*insert eye roll here*
Let’s get real here:
[via DailyMail] Did TELEPATHY make four young engineers kill themselves? Official’s bizarre theory after spate of deaths at military research site
- Engineers working on a friend-or-foe recognition system for Turkish warplanes at the time of their suicides
- Telekinesis ‘could have caused severe distress and headaches, giving victims a tendency to kill themselves’
- Journalist claimed powers were trying to kill Prime Minister Recep Erdoğan through telekinesis
By Ulla Kloster
Four engineers working at one of Turkey’s leading military electronics companies, who allegedly committed suicide, could all have been killed through telekinesis – the ability to manipulate or move objects with the mind, it is claimed.
Hüseyin Başbilen, who was one of the four working at the Aselsan corporation, which has won several defense and technology awards, was found dead in his car in August 2006.
Halim Ünal was shot in the head with one bullet in January 2007 while Evrim Yançeken fell from the balcony of his sixth-floor apartment nine days later.
Two years later a fourth engineer at the corporation, Burhanettin Volkan, allegedly also killed himself.
Başbilen, Ünal and Yançeken were working on a friend-or-foe recognition system for Turkish warplanes at the time of their suicides, brought back to public debate during the so-called Ergenekon coup trials, which saw dozens jailed for life following a plot to overthrow the government.
Now a report by the Turkish Prime Ministry Inspection Board has decided the four dead could have been directed toward the suicides by way of telekinesis.
The report, presented to the Ankara Public Prosecutor, cites work done by neuro-psychology expert Nevzat Tarhan.
They Turkey would have implied that these young engineers were killed thanks to a nefarious attack by “those evil American’s” via mind-control helmets?
(I mean, had they been wearing any suspicious hats lately? Serious question.)
Much more believable.
Cause ‘mind-control’ hats?
That’s a real, possible thing.
DARPA has been trying to crawl inside the minds of soldiers for a while now, but a new ultrasound technology could let them get deeper inside than ever. Working under a DARPA grant, a researcher at Arizona State is developing transcranial pulsed ultrasound technology that could be implanted in troops’ battle helmets, allowing soldiers to manipulate brain functions to boost alertness, relieve stress, or even reduce the effects of traumatic brain injury.
Manipulating the brain to enhance warfighting capabilities and maintain mental acuity on the battlefield has long been a topic of interest for DARPA and various military research labs, but the technology to do so remains limited. Deep brain stimulation (DBS), for instance, requires surgically implanted electrodes to stimulate neural tissues, while less-invasive methods like transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) possess limited reach and low spatial resolution.
But Dr. William J. Tyler, an assistant professor of life sciences at ASU, writes on the DoD’s “Armed With Science” blog: “To overcome the above limitations, my laboratory has engineered a novel technology which implements transcranial pulsed ultrasound to remotely and directly stimulate brain circuits without requiring surgery. Further, we have shown this ultrasonic neuromodulation approach confers a spatial resolution approximately five times greater than TMS and can exert its effects upon subcortical brain circuits deep within the brain.”
Death by telepathy?
They must be out of their minds, thinking that.
Gum in their seats, unaccomplished lesson plans, stolen office items from their desks, inappropriate messages sent to them via their Facebook account, etc…
As if teachers today didn’t have ENOUGH to worry about, while in school.
Now they have, as yet ONE MORE item to add to a daily growing list:
[via FoxNews]Arkansas school district arming more than 20 teachers, staff ~by AP
CLARKSVILLE, Ark. – As Cheyne Dougan rounded the corner at Clarksville High School, he saw three students on the floor moaning and crying. In a split-second, two more ran out of a nearby classroom.
“He’s got a gun,” one of them shouted as Dougan approached with his pistol drawn. Inside, he found one student holding another at gunpoint. Dougan aimed and fired three rounds at the gunman.
Preparing for such scenarios has become common for police after a school shooting in Connecticut last December left 20 children and six teachers dead. But Dougan is no policeman. He’s the assistant principal of this school in Arkansas, and when classes resume in August, he will walk the halls with a 9 mm handgun.
Dougan is among more than 20 teachers, administrators and other school employees in this town who will carry concealed weapons throughout the school day, making use of a little-known Arkansas law that allows licensed, armed security guards on campus. After undergoing 53 hours of training, Dougan and other teachers at the school will be considered guards.
“The plan we’ve been given in the past is `Well, lock your doors, turn off your lights and hope for the best,”‘ Superintendent David Hopkins said. But as deadly incidents continued to happen in schools, he explained, the district decided, “That’s not a plan.”
And when it comes to problems teachers have…
This upcoming school year?
They probably can add one additional problem to that list as well:
The week has barely begun and already the gods have served us up a fresh piece of crazy. It seems that teachers at the Nashongo and Makaba primary schools in Siavonga, Zambia have threatened to abandon their posts after a rash of indecent incidents involving invisible witches. According to Chief Sinadambwe of the Tonga-speaking people, the saucy sorcerers have been projecting their spirits into the teachers’ bedrooms and molesting them. And they don’t even have the decency to call in the morning.
So far, the witches have declined to comment – but Chief Sinadambwe told the Zambia Daily Mail:
‘The male teachers complained that they have been having sex with women they cannot see. This has been happening to them for about three weeks.’
Of the two?
“Is my gun loaded?” actually seems less worrisome.
And, yes, in case you were wondering…
It took me quite a while to find a story to pair with the “armed teachers” one at the top, to make it so.
Perseverance: It gets it done.
Men need women.
Take away the obvious reasons you automatically jump to…
Such as the need men have, to have women around them to remind them to: Buy new underwear, remind them of their mother’s birthday, to throw away the month old Chinese food that has been left in the fridge (because it is now moving on its own, after possibly turning into its very own life form) and most importantly to NOT try to float a flat screen TV on a Styrofoam cooler in the pool.
All of which?
Admittedly very important.
(Though that last one? More so.)
Men need women around them…
It just makes them better people:
[via NYTimes]Why Men Need Women ~by ADAM GRANT
WHAT makes some men miserly and others generous? What motivated Bill Gates, for example, to make more than $28 billion in philanthropic gifts while many of his billionaire peers kept relatively tightfisted control over their personal fortunes?
New evidence reveals a surprising answer. The mere presence of female family members — even infants — can be enough to nudge men in the generous direction.
In a provocative new study, the researchers Michael Dahl, Cristian Dezso and David Gaddis Ross examined generosity and what inspires it in wealthy men.
Not only that?
But apparently the influence of women on men…
In early life?
Also makes them more likely to be…
Interesting things happen when little boys grow up with sisters: They are less likely to help mom with housekeeping chores—and they’re more likely to grow up to be Republicans, according to a new paper published in the latest issue of the Journal of Politics (doc).
Young men who were raised with sisters also are more likely to express socially conservative views on attitudes about gender roles, claim authors Andrew Healy and Neil Malhotra.
“Having sisters makes males more politically conservative in terms of their gender role attitudes and their partisanship,” they wrote. “Particularly for gender role attitudes, we find that these political socialization effects persist until respondents are well into adulthood.”
What can one infer from this?
Depending on your political affiliation?
Probably nothing that WON’T result in heated political squabbling back-and-forth regarding who is really looking out for women’s best interest.
So feel free to ignore the above articles at your will.
Just read them independently and divorce your mind from what they mean as a whole.
They never happened and have no bearing on how men see women.
Nope–None at all.
Nothing to see here, people…