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Interzone / Material from applied energy
« on: May 23, 2014, 01:44:55 AM »
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Researchers have worked out how to make matter from pure light and are drawing up plans to demonstrate the feat within the next 12 months.

The theory underpinning the idea was first described 80 years ago by two physicists who later worked on the first atomic bomb. At the time they considered the conversion of light into matter impossible in a laboratory.

But in a report published on Sunday, physicists at Imperial College London claim to have cracked the problem using high-powered lasers and other equipment now available to scientists.

"We have shown in principle how you can make matter from light," said Steven Rose at Imperial. "If you do this experiment, you will be taking light and turning it into matter."

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/may/18/matter-light-photons-electrons-positrons

In decades past, people conceived of lasers simply as potential weapons thanks to popular if poorly informed media fiction. A few nerds liked to toy around with holograms. Instead today, lasers are used in metrical, medical and machining applications.

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Interzone / Mercantile nihilism
« on: May 23, 2014, 01:38:54 AM »
9/11 gift shop and museum:

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“To me, it’s the crassest, most insensitive thing to have a commercial enterprise at the place where my son died,” Diane Horning said.

She and husband Kurt never recovered the remains of their son Matthew, 26, a database administrator for Marsh & McLennan and an aspiring guitarist.

About 8,000 unidentified body parts are now stored out of sight in a “remains repository” at the museum’s underground home.

“Here is essentially our tomb of the unknown. To sell baubles I find quite shocking and repugnant,” said Horning, who also objects to the museum cafe.

“I think it’s a money-making venture to support inflated salaries, and they’re willing to do it over my son’s dead body.”

http://nypost.com/2014/05/18/outrage-over-911-museum-gift-shops-crass-souvenirs/

Nothing is sacred anymore and still too few are sick of it.

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Interzone / The final goal before collapse is total control
« on: May 07, 2014, 03:25:02 AM »
I was inspired by our host's latest blog and readily found:

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It’s no secret that police departments around the country are deploying automated license plate readers to build massive databases to identify the location of vehicles. But one company behind this Orwellian tracking system is determined to stay out of the news.

How determined? Vigilant Solutions, founded in 2009, claims to have the nation’s largest repository of license-plate images with nearly 2 billion records stored in its National Vehicle Location Service (NVLS). Despite the enormous implications of the database for the public, any law enforcement agency that signs up for the service is sworn to a vow of silence by the company’s terms of service.

Vigilant is clear about the reason for the secrecy: it’s to prevent customers from “cooperating” with media and calling attention to its database.

That database is used by law enforcement and others to track stolen cars or vehicles used in crimes, as well as to locate illegal immigrants, kidnapping victims and others — though the vast majority of license plates stored belong to ordinary drivers who aren’t suspected of a crime.

http://www.wired.com/2014/05/license-plate-tracking/

If we had a real purpose as a civilization this sort of waste wouldn't be needed. But that would require that we have more in common than not which wouldn't be very liberal of us.

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Interzone / Are offensive or dangerous ideas metal?
« on: May 06, 2014, 03:10:00 AM »
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Earlier today, I stumbled on an editorial written by Jonsan van Johnson basically calling out Inquisition for being nazis. Jonsan was tipped off when he heard the track “Crush the Jewish Prophet” from the band's 2004 release, Magnificent Glorification of Lucifer.

http://www.metalinjection.net/latest-news/rumors/black-metal-band-inquisition-are-probably-nazis

Taboo, scary or merely rebellious stuff has always found a home in metal. I think we're seeing a problem where some ostensibly taboo content is today actually publicly safe just about anywhere. Lyrics and imagery can glorify the mass death of Christians yet nobody much cares at all. Bands aren't banned for the safe taboo only for the authentic kind.

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Interzone / History proceeds apace with mass executions
« on: April 29, 2014, 12:49:36 PM »
Our mythical End of History's blood-drowned push for global liberal democracy and human rights has demonstrated quite the opposite. Monday, Egypt had sentenced 683 "Islamist" traditionalist Muslim protestors to death in the largest coming mass execution since perhaps Pol Pot's regime. Totalitarian humanism has got to be the most accurate term for every ideological liberal left atrocity of the modern age.

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Interzone / Darkness
« on: April 18, 2014, 06:11:39 AM »
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“Darkness” is shorthand for anything that scares me — that I want no part of — either because I am sure that I do not have the resources to survive it or because I do not want to find out. The absence of God is in there, along with the fear of dementia and the loss of those nearest and dearest to me. So is the melting of polar ice caps, the suffering of children, and the nagging question of what it will feel like to die. If I had my way, I would eliminate everything from chronic back pain to the fear of the devil from my life and the lives of those I love — if I could just find the right night-lights to leave on.

At least I think I would. The problem is this: when, despite all my best efforts, the lights have gone off in my life (literally or figuratively, take your pick), plunging me into the kind of darkness that turns my knees to water, nonetheless I have not died. The monsters have not dragged me out of bed and taken me back to their lair. The witches have not turned me into a bat. Instead, I have learned things in the dark that I could never have learned in the light, things that have saved my life over and over again, so that there is really only one logical conclusion. I need darkness as much as I need light.

http://time.com/65543/barbara-brown-taylor-in-praise-of-darkness/

Embrace of evil is mainstream. In past years, it was a revolting attack on the majority via rejection of their stuffy Christianity. But lately some writers are attempting to move past that and rekindle some long forgotten (suppressed) wisdom.

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Interzone / Fourth-generation warfare
« on: April 17, 2014, 03:39:54 PM »
Terrorism or teen prank? The result is the same.

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland water officials are discarding 38 million gallons of drinking water after a 19-year-old was caught urinating into one of the city's reservoirs.

A security camera caught the man urinating at about 1 a.m. PT Wednesday through an iron fence into Mount Tabor Reservoir No. 5 in southeastern Portland, said Administrator David Shaff of the Portland Water Bureau. Minutes later, two other men, ages 18 and 19, attempted to scale the fence and one of them entered the reservoir.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/04/17/water-reservoir-urination/7814581/

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Interzone / Sickly nation is rewarding and lucrative
« on: April 09, 2014, 11:04:43 PM »
Why aren't fitness and health more rewarding to the society as a whole? With such a formula as we have instead, public wellness should be avoided industry-wide.

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New Jersey ranks fifth in the nation for the amount of money Medicare spent, reimbursing about 28,000 doctors, ambulance service providers and laboratories, according to the massive database released by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. California, Florida, Texas and New York made up the top four.

New Jersey doctors and other medical professionals earned $2.8 billion . Ophthalmologists, pathologists, radiologists and oncologists dominated the list of top earners in the state, mirroring the national data. Michael McGinnis, a pathologist from Wrightstown, was listed as New Jersey's top individual earner on the list, taking in $12.5 million. He was identified as an individual practitioner, although with 33,000 patients served, it is more likely he provided lab services. Calls to his office went unreturned today.

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/04/nj_ranks_fifth_in_medicare_spending_in_historic_release_billings_records.html

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Interzone / Explicit collective bureaucratic interest
« on: April 09, 2014, 06:17:36 PM »
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IRS workers in several offices have been openly supporting President Obama, including by donning pro-Obama paraphernalia and urging callers to reelect the president in 2012, according to allegations contained in a new government watchdog report.

A report by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, released Wednesday, cited accusations that workers at a Dallas IRS office may have violated federal law by wearing pro-Obama items like shirts, stickers and buttons. The Hatch Act forbids Executive Branch workers from engaging in partisan political activity.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/04/09/irs-employees-allegedly-wore-pro-obama-gear-to-work-urged-callers-to-vote-for/

It is supposed to be a matter of public trust that government workers are professionally impartial and only individually self-interested in private. I believe this is perhaps an effect of crowdism having taken hold which is causing the decay of America not overtly from Hitler or Al Qaeda or covertly from Stalin but insidiously from within.

The institutions, public and private, are like parts of a supporting framework. When these institutional parts cordon themselves off, they no longer support the whole. Here we have what could be one of the most effective, if mindlessly accidental methods of replacing a lawful republic with anarchy.

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Interzone / Interspecies communications
« on: April 09, 2014, 04:27:51 PM »
As I stood by the field surveying upcoming tasks, a sleek little bird swooped by my hat like some diminutive fighter aircraft. They don't normally do that.

Looking up, I noticed it was the type for which I had provided nesting gourds. The nests were a few feet away, way up on a pole. Seconds later, the aerial combatant buzzed down inches from my hat once again. I looked up and saw another such bird entering one of the gourds.

They are a potential nesting pair. Presumably, the male was trying to discourage my presence while the female set about home making. I obliged. The task could easily wait.

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Interzone / Conservative, traditional creates trust
« on: April 04, 2014, 10:29:46 PM »
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Gallup found that trust tends to be higher in less-populous states than in states with larger populations. Gallup said this helped to explain why red-leaning states earned more trust in the survey.

Illinois is by far the state in which residents least trust their government, which is helped by the fact that two of its most recent governors — Democrat Rod Blagojevich and Republican George Ryan — spent time in prison on wide-ranging corruption offenses.

http://www.businessinsider.com/gallup-map-state-government-trust-2014-4

In European terms, American red states would be viewed as right wing extremists who often go to church, dislike taxation, love the countryside and almost always own a collection of firearms. Illinois is a typical historically blue state (progressive, liberal, multicultural) which the article failed to point out.

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Interzone / Multitasking: myth
« on: April 04, 2014, 08:36:27 PM »
I haven't checked up after any self-proclaimed multitasker and failed to find all tasks only partially brought to completion and in each case the ball was dropped. Well, you say, they're multitasking you derp!

No, they're rationalizing their inability to follow through and bring anything to completion without leaning on someone else to finish which is the cause of unnecessary added labor. At some stage before the end phase, they get bored, inattentive, impatient and more interested in the next thing.

Work: all sweet dessert but no less yummy supper in the world of the multitasker.

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Interzone / The Social Animal?
« on: March 28, 2014, 11:09:26 PM »


Question unearthed somewhere on the internet:

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A man without politics is a man outside of society. Can someone truly be human without a society?

I'd say the social animal attributes are prerequisites for a chronically modern man.

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Interzone / Rewarding socialism while punishing Americans
« on: March 01, 2014, 05:48:43 PM »
Reid managed to ignite a firestorm when he accused those who complain about canceled policies and higher rates under ObamaCare of flat-out lying.

"There's plenty of horror stories being told,” he said. “All of them are untrue, but they're being told all over America."

Tell that to Linda Deright, who told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto,"There must be six million of us, then. I think we should just call ourselves the liars' club."

Tom Gialanella of Seattle says he got a letter last fall canceling his old policy and laying out details of his ObamaCare option.

"My premiums would increase approximately 61 percent,"he says. I went from $891 a month to $1437 a month and also my deductibles all doubled."

Jeff and Victoria Haidet of North Carolina had been in a high risk pool, an expensive form of coverage for those with serious health problems, but found ObamaCare even more expensive.

"We were a little shocked to see that one come back at even higher rate than what our high risk insurance pool was. That rate came back at$950 a month for the policy, which had higher deductibles than what we had in the high risk pool," Jeff said.

All of which prompted Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell to say, " These people across America, who are losing their insurance, whose jobs are being lost, are not making this up. And no amount of Harry Reid calling everybody a liar changes the facts."

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/03/01/real-people-with-real-problems-refute-reid-claim-obamacare-horror-stories/

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Interzone / The meaning of fantasy fiction
« on: February 22, 2014, 09:51:42 PM »
I've long since put this literature away in favor of non-fiction. All of the most memorable, like Tolkien and Howard, were essentially tales of individual ascendancy through a deliberate or sometimes fortunate process of overcoming great adversity.

Meek country bumpkin Bilbo ends up an armored war hero and political conspirator. Dirty face slave boy Conan ends up High King of Aquilonia. Drizzt the dark elf transforms from obedient, lowly whipped male to unbeatable swordmaster and peerless tracker.

No pain, no gain

That which does not kill me makes me stronger

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