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Using only light, Australian researchers say they are able to move small particles almost five feet through the air. It’s more than 100 times the distance achieved by existing optical “tweezers,” the researchers say.

Not quite a simple grabby tractor beam, the new system works by shining a hollow laser beam at an object and taking advantage of air-temperature differences to move it around.


This is just the basic framework. They'll probably eventually manipulate quantum particles instead of using a laser tunnel.

Interzone / Pan-nationalism in science fiction
« on: September 18, 2010, 05:09:02 AM »
Pan-nationalism abounds in fantasy fiction literature. A well known example is Isaac Asimov's milieu, especially the Foundation novel series where a distant, impersonal imperial world oversees thousands of diverse, largely autonomous and insular worlds in the galaxy. We later find the imperial capital itself is divided into several distinct nations or districts.

When crisis dawns on interstellar civilization, the main character learns to sidestep the practical impossibility of a galaxy-wide, macro scale survey of each world and instead spend his life creating a model of just the capital world's districts for a micro scale approximation. From this he develops psychohistory, the science of predicting the cause of crisis that will yet come about in order for the imperium to avoid a future mega crash.

Asimov's universe is the forerunner to later science fiction settings whos authors saw fit to adopt this loose federation of insular world-nations model as an ideal for a human future.

Interzone / Britain swamped in violent dissent?
« on: September 15, 2010, 12:37:20 AM »
If the U.S. was compressed down to the size of Louisiana it might be this intense too.

Banks and bankers are now potential targets for the Real IRA, leaders of the dissident republican terror group have warned in an exclusive interview with the Guardian. Despite having only 100 activists they also said that targets in England remained a high priority.


Interzone / Deep ecology and new right texts
« on: September 09, 2010, 12:01:44 AM »
Moving from http://www.freespeechproject.com/ to http://www.amerika.org/category/texts/

Hail to metal hall members who put their personal time into making this happen. They'll chime in if they wish to be known.

Goal: better serve guests and registered users by consolidating much content into fewer domains (amerika.org, anus.com, and corrupt.org in particular) rather than having content all over the web.

Metal / Digital drug audio believed to mimic chemical drugs
« on: August 25, 2010, 07:43:22 PM »
The devil is coming after our kids through music. Get active.

Parents in the town of Mustang, Okla., were warned about I-Dosers in March when the school superintendent there sent a letter saying some students at Mustang High who listened to the sounds "exhibited the same physical effects as if they were under the effects of drugs or alcohol," including increased blood pressure, rapid pulse and involuntary eye movements.

It's no secret that sound can affect moods. Chants and waves have long been used in relaxation and meditation. The best-seller "Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain," by Columbia University neurologist and psychiatrist Oliver Sacks, documents the benefits of music therapy on individuals with brain disorders, including stroke, Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease.

I-Dosers and other digital drugs typically sound like a low hum, reminiscent of the constant horns at recent World Cup games, sometimes punctuated with ocean sounds.

The science behind these particular sounds is binaural beats. The basic concept is similar to a tuning fork: One frequency plays in the right ear, and a second, slightly different frequency plays in the left ear. The mind creates a hum that's a balance between the two.

Though articles about binaural beats appeared in Scientific American as early as 1975, the rhythms' effects on the brain remains hazy.


Metal / Blaspherian Oct 2010 Texas
« on: July 21, 2010, 11:04:42 PM »

Sacrifice of the Nazarene Child Black Metal Fest


Saturday 9 October 2010 (80 days to go!)

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Interzone / Raging Bull Sodomizes Cloistered Nun
« on: July 17, 2010, 03:12:24 AM »

number 15 in the gallery

Norman Lowell, European New Right, author of Imperium Europa. I'm unsure what to make of this guy because he impresses me with unusual eccentricity. Many of the paintings have masculinity and virility in meaning.

Interzone / Monkeys with car keys
« on: July 16, 2010, 11:53:40 PM »
I saw this a while ago because all of our leadership is reacting to symptoms after the fact. The same things happen in somewhat smaller organizations unable to deduce with reasonable accuracy (that IQ and needing eugenics thing again) what lies ahead and how to navigate, which leaves management "putting out fires" day after day. Civilization at the moment is adrift like a ship with a broken rudder or crippled helmsman. She's listing as wave after wave washes over the deck.

Before the financial crisis, furious pessimism about the national economy started with a small and mostly scholarly group of doomsayers, like N.Y.U.'s Nouriel Roubini and Yale's Robert Shiller. But that pessimism has now gone mainstream, spreading from wonks in finance to the city's daily conversation as last year's rebound drifts further away. Growth is slow; unemployment is enormous; the world feels sludgy. It won't help if banks post withered profits later this week, as they're expected to.

"Few appreciated that the shift would be as deeply structural as it was demonstrated to be," the site's editor, who writes pseudonymously as Tyler Durden, said in an email. "With trillions of dollars spent to prevent an all-out economic collapse we have only managed to buy under two years of time and the economy is once again starting to roll over."

The hedge fund manager said he doesn't even trust gold. "It's worthless if the social fabric tears," he said. "We're going to have to do something different, before we get down to where it's really bad."


Interzone / Kunstler's Tea Party
« on: July 05, 2010, 11:45:45 PM »
German-American leadership:

In line with my general belief that American life must downscale or die, I'm not wholly persuaded that federalism can survive in any case - but assuming it will lumber on for a while anyway, the two major parties cannot retain their monopoly on power.

My party does not believe in unbounded multi-culturalism. My party also views the lawlessness of the current situation to be corrosive of the rule-of-law generally. My party views the global population overshoot problem as a condition that requires a more rigorous defense of US territory, sovereign resources, and even whatever remains of American common culture.

The leaders of my tea party from the president on down would make a concerted effort to inform the public in straight talk about the real problems that we face involving peak oil and debt. My tea party would promote reality-based politics rather than techno-grandiose fantasies and wishful thinking. My tea party would encourage the necessary downscaling of all the critical activities of American daily life, including the re-localization of food production, the rebuilding of local commercial networks, the revitalization of the small towns and cities, and the difficult transition out of extreme car dependency. My tea party will do everything possible to construct a coherent consensus about what is happening to us and what we can do about it. My tea party is based on the true spirit of 1776 - the binding together of common interests and common culture - not the destruction of them as in the spirit of 1861.


Interzone / Oppressive environment discourages idle wanderers
« on: July 05, 2010, 10:12:52 PM »
Three cheers for unreasonable searches, seizures, detention, and brutality coverups at all international points of entry!

U.S. Dept. of Commerce statistics showing a continued decline in foreign visitors to the U.S.

U.S. has lost almost 60 million visitors since 9/11, with a significant 17% decline in overseas visitors. Their survey concludes a negative impression of the U.S. is the primary reason for this decline in visitorship.


Interzone / Goal: keep your reach ahead of your grasp
« on: July 04, 2010, 06:53:08 PM »
Here's a proposal. Set up a permanent colony around Centauri A or B.

The rational declining civilization says we can't do this. The distance is too far, requiring several generations of man to get there. If it were a multi-generational colony craft capable of sustained 1G acceleration to minimize travel time without damaging the living occupants, the vessel would be immense and thus far too expensive. Besides, we have no idea about the conditions of planets in and around these stars, if there are any.

Let's do something more convenient and pressing like save Darfur. We the people appreciate quick gratification, we feel more secure with a low probability of failure and we can live with tiny gains that vanish quickly in due time.

The ascending civilization says let's go for it. No, we won't come anywhere close right now, but maybe we can take one step. Let's get a handle on setting up a long term colony closer to home on Earth's moon.

After the first generation, we lost some people and wealth, but finally we have a handle on this long term space colony thing. Tourists who save up $25k for our "Vacation of a Lifetime" have started to show up, taking some of the financial pressure off. People are talking about setting up moisture farms as independent pioneer colonists.

After the second generation, we're getting better at keeping people from dying on the moon, but the profit from space tourism is tapering off because the price tag is less. But, the moisture farms are popping up alongside some unexpected mineral farms and greenhouses. This moon colony thing is looking like a permanent self-sustaining operation. People are talking about having a go at Mars.

After the third generation, a fairly active spaceport appears on the moon shuttling people between the moon surface, the independent but struggling LaGrange Point colonies that have appeared, and the aging but busy International Space Station in close Earth orbit. The first long term Mars outpost looks like a winner after the preceding four went bust. People are talking about mining water ice and metals from the distant asteroid belt.

After the fourth generation, a couple of long term colonies are set up on Mars. Additionally, there is a gritty spacecraft refueling and maintenance station sheltered in a crater on the surface of Phobos. Several premature expeditions to the asteroid belt were disasters. Some of them are unaccounted for. We have no idea where they are. One made it back intact, but empty handed, except for a wealth of data on local conditions in that remote part of the Solar System.

The Alpha Centauri thing is still totally unrealistic, but we're keeping our heading fixed in that direction nonetheless. It's a step-and-a-half backward for every two steps forward, but we're finally conquering places those who came before us could never hope to master.

Interzone / Idea: the price for ecocide
« on: July 02, 2010, 03:06:56 AM »
Face the facts. Fines are taking us nowhere. In the age of multi-billion dollar enterprises, a million dollar expense is absorbed by these giants in hours.

Criminals have their assets seized and auctioned off. Is ecocide during the course of private enterprise not also a criminal act?

The price for ecocide

Interzone / The people do not want liberty
« on: June 27, 2010, 06:23:17 PM »
The people seek collectivism, censorship, and the creation of social taboo.


Interzone / The new modern personality type
« on: June 27, 2010, 04:00:55 AM »
Regular Metal Hall readers will find familiar patterns in this one.


BACKGROUND: In Occidental countries the frame of modern families has been reshaped, and vast economical and social changes have taken place over the last thirty years. They have been marked by the disengagement of the State in the marriage, a giant evolution in conjugality which is becoming privatized and made insecure, changes in gender relations, new motives and conditions for the arrival of the child in the couple, i.e. planned birth, wished or desired infant, infant conceived for oneself, and parenthood has been turned upside down through the extensive evolution of its laws and symbolic-landmarks as well as in practical experience. As these new coordinates of the family are now centred on the consensus instead of authority for the organisation of relationships between its members and on hedonism instead of duty as main value, with a child issued from the desire and acknowledged, from the onset, as a full person "the baby is a person" a child made "for oneself and for him/herself" (and not for the society), brought up in an environment where the media can be considered as a "third parent" because of it's growing importance, the structure of the child's psyche no longer matches the neurotic model.

LITERATURE FINDINGS: Studies made by anthropologists have led us to hypothesise a new "basic personality" in order to reflect the consequences of the new landmarks in society and the new family, as well as the outcome of new educational practices; this new "basic personality" would replace the basic normal/neurotic one, which dominated over the first half of the twentieth century.

CLINICAL ASPECTS: This basic personality, which could be termed as "narcissistic-hedonistic", is characterized by few internalizations, a poorly efficient Superego, nearly no guilt feeling, a weakly socialized Ideal Self suggesting more the Ideal Self of the early childhood, and finally a difficulty in experiencing or testing oneself as a free subject. The resulting narcissistic fragility leads the subject to be more dependent on external objects, to be allergic to frustration, to find delay in the achievement of instinctive aims hard to take, to develop an exaggerated pursuit of perception and sensations. The relation to time is also affected through a privileged investment in the present and the shading off of historical time. These changes must lead to a different subjectivity stemming from a new basic personality. Disorders may stem from three axis of this new basic personality: dependency with attachment disorders, narcissistic fragility, and a high risk of depression; guilt-free "narcissistic perversion" with people, who use other people for their own and exclusive interest, without real empathy; "light" psychopathy, with people capable of social integration for shorts periods of time, with a lot of breaking off in love, friendship, and professional ties.

CONCLUSION: This new configuration where specific pathologies are associated with a new basic personality implies serious thought with regards to care practices so as to adapt them to the patterns of patients.


Metal / Ideas for Middle Earth Compilations
« on: June 21, 2010, 06:26:44 PM »
Middle Earth Compilation Vol. I (The Hobbit)

01 [Wizard recruits homebody for madcap adventure]
02 [Tough cross country trek away from home comforts]
03 Summoning - Elfstone [Rivendell sanctuary]
04 Summoning - Lugburz [mountain trek, goblin town]
05 Summoning - Mirkwood [Mirkwood]
06 Bathory - To Enter Your Mountain [Lonely Mountain]
07 Bathory - Dragon's Breath [wrathful Smaug awoken]
08 Bathory - A Fine Day to Die [defeat of Smaug, 5 armies battle]
09 [Triumph over scum but great hero is lost]
10 [experience reflections, character growth]

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