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Interzone / 25 challenges facing modern economy
« on: May 27, 2010, 05:20:40 PM »
  • enrollment in the food stamp program will exceed 43 million Americans in 2011
  • foreclosure filings were reported on 367,056 properties in the month of March an increase of almost 19 percent from February
  • 10 percent of U.S. homeowners with a mortgage had missed at least one payment in the January-March period a record high and up from 9.1 percent a year ago
  • first time in modern history, banks own a greater share of residential housing net worth in the United States than all individual Americans
  • U.S. Congress planning to quadruple oil taxes
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger, the governor of the state of California, says that "terrible cuts" are urgently needed
  • U.S. states are in such bad financial shape that they are getting ready for their biggest budget cuts in decades
  • March, the U.S. trade deficit widened to its highest level since December 2008
  • U.S. government is projected to have a 1.6 trillion dollar deficit in 2010
  • U.S. Treasury Department recently announced that the U.S. government suffered a wider-than-expected budget deficit of 82.69 billion dollars in April
  • U.S. national debt will reach 100 percent of GDP by the year 2015
  • tourism industries along the Gulf coast will be devastated for decades by this unprecedented environmental disaster
  • FDIC's list of problem banks recently hit a 17-year high
  • FDIC is backing 8,000 banks that have a total of $13 trillion in assets with a deposit insurance fund that is basically flat broke
  • home sales in the United States jumped 7.6 percent in April [but] this increase only happened because [of] the deadline to take advantage of the temporary home buyer tax credit
  • Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac recently told the U.S. government that they are going to need even more bailout money
  • 43 percent of Americans have less than $10,000 saved for retirement
  • mayor of Detroit says that the real unemployment rate in his city is somewhere around 50 percent
  • Gallup's measure of underemployment hit 20.0% on March 15th
  • new poll shows that 76 percent of Americans believe that the U.S. economy is still in a recession
  • bottom 40 percent of those living in the United States now collectively own less than 1 percent of the nation’s wealth
  • famous author of the Dow Theory Letters, says that Americans should sell anything they can sell in order to get liquid because of the economic trouble that is coming
  • Defaults on apartment building mortgages held by U.S. banks climbed to a record 4.6 percent in the first quarter of 2010
  • In March, the price of fresh and dried vegetables in the United States soared 49.3% - the most in 16 years
  • 1.41 million Americans filed for personal bankruptcy in 2009 - a 32 percent increase over 2008 [and] more Americans filed for bankruptcy in March 2010 than during any month since U.S. bankruptcy law was tightened


Interzone / Optimum human population
« on: May 12, 2010, 10:40:29 PM »
An ‘optimum’ population, in dictionary terms, is the ‘best or most favourable’ population. But a dictionary cannot tell the whole story. Best for what purpose, and best according to which criteria? For OPT, a green think tank, an optimum population means, at its simplest, a population size which is environmentally sustainable in the long term, affords people a good quality of life, has adequate renewable and non-renewable resources necessary for its long-term survival and consumes or recycles them to ensure it will not compromise the long-term survival of its progeny.

Few would argue with the statement that ‘population cannot continue to increase indefinitely’. But how do we define the limit? Using a tool called Ecological Footprinting*, which provides a snapshot of human ecological impact under given circumstances, it is possible to throw some light on this question.


But, why suffer mediocrity = equality in human form? Violate everyone's human rights by identifying by age 25 the performance history and natural traits of each person which then gives us a Go or a No Go to work with. Go gets to have 2-3 children. No Go may not bear offspring. This adjustable process gets us our optimum numbers.

Interzone / Metal up the ass of therapy, pity and insecurity
« on: May 10, 2010, 06:00:21 PM »
Format: original discussion title (troll) hyperlink

Getting over your Ex (Hammer Smashed Face) http://www.reddit.com/comments/bqgws/getting_over_your_ex_what_not_to_do_empowher/c0ppzgs
The Moral Life of Babies (Butchered at Birth Studio Footage) http://www.reddit.com/r/science/comments/c1hm4/the_moral_life_of_babies/c0pmgdb
Hey women of reddit. Got in a big argument with my girlfriend tonight. Thought you might be able to help. (Frantic Disembowelment) http://www.reddit.com/r/women/comments/c0w10/hey_women_of_reddit_got_in_a_big_argument_with_my/c0pmg9d

Fun for the whole family. Plus, even Cannibal Corpse can be made useful. Actually, the last two videos are not bad!

Interzone / Gulf oil leak turning into major catastrophe
« on: May 03, 2010, 03:41:51 AM »
Do BP, USgov and UNgov have what it takes to save Almighty Humanity? Stay tuned.

The challenge of the leak mitigators now is to plug a hole, which may be surrounded by debris from the sunken rig, at pressures reported to be north of 20,000 PSI, sitting under 5000 feet of sea water. They can't use divers to even assist in the process at that depth. Further, 5000' is only the beginning. If the leak cannot be stopped at the seabed well head under those unbelievably difficult circumstances, they may have to drill down an additional 30,000' to plug the well from the bottom. There is no certainty that this can be done and even if it can be done, it may take an extraordinary amount of time. They're currently talking months, but we must assume that any public pronouncements at this point in time tend to the optimistic.

Now, let's look at the leak volume estimates. I believe they started with estimates of 1000 gallons per hour, then it went to 5000, then - according to some sources - 20,000 and I've recently seen estimates of 200,000. I have no more clue than anyone reading this post, but my scientifically impeccable methodology comes up with the precise figure of, er, uhhhhm... a lot!

But it all gets better...or, actually, worse. You see, no one knows with any certainty how large this oil reservoir is. It could slow and stop in a week or so, or it may, in practical terms, never stop.


Interzone / 40 year bore hole project may revise defunct assumptions
« on: April 26, 2010, 09:00:49 PM »
The thickness of the earth’s crust ranges from 50 miles in mountainous areas to just 6 miles beneath the ocean floor; the average around the world is 21 miles. The borehole, therefore, has already eaten its way through one-third of the earth’s surface.

In its descent, the drill has discovered fossilized microorganisms in the billion-year-old rocks at depths previously thought to have been barren of life. These fossils may well make scientists revise their opinions about early life on this planet.


What we are for the moment taught are unquestionable facts can actually be subject to revision.

Obey, because science was used, is our modern political dogma.

Interzone / Excessive human liberty results in grievous bodily harm
« on: April 26, 2010, 04:29:46 PM »
Another pupil was filming as Mr Harvey tried to restore discipline.

The injured schoolboy, who Mr Harvey confronted for misbehaving in class, suffered a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain.

But, after a girl with behaviour difficulties started being disruptive it was alleged he kicked her, Mr Rafferty said.

The schoolboy victim then started waving a wooden metre rule and a metal Bunsen burner about in "high jinks" before he was attacked, the court heard.


The police have also reported "hands are tied" difficulties with keeping criminals in check due to the civil liberties given to criminals. Are we seeing a pattern at work?

Here we witness symptoms of progressivist modernity as experienced by online encyclopedia editors.

It started one night when Sojka modified the first sentence of the German-language Wikipedia article on the Danube Tower in Vienna. He changed "The Danube Tower is an observation tower" into "The Danube Tower is a television and observation tower."

Sojka, 34, an insurance agent from Lörrach, southwestern Germany, had given plenty of consideration to this step. There are few people, he says, who know as much about television towers as he does. Towers have fascinated him since he was a boy. He has literature on towers, coffee table books about towers and pictures of towers. On their honeymoon, he and his wife took a helicopter flight around his favorite -- the CN Tower in Toronto. A poster-sized photograph Sojka took of that tower hangs in their bedroom.

Who then, if not he, had the right to judge whether a 252-meter (827-foot) reinforced concrete pillar in Vienna should be described as a television tower?

The very next morning, Sojka saw he had been pulled up short. An Austrian with the username "Elisabeth59" had undone his modification and added a comment: "The Danube Tower is definitively not a television tower. It was conceived and built as an observation tower."

The move rather annoyed Sojka. He changed the article back again and wrote: "If you don't know anything, you should just keep your fingers still -- the danube tower is obviously a ttelevision tower (sic)."

Thus began one of the most absurd debates ever carried out on the German Wikipedia website. It amounted to pages and pages full of insults and corrections, reaching a length of 600,000 characters -- as much as a book. The underlying issues soon became much greater than just the Danube Tower -- it was about the truth and who has the right to enforce it.


Interzone / Bicameralism overturned
« on: April 24, 2010, 08:22:25 AM »
Out of the billions of human viewpoints, millions of human documents, thousands of human schools of thought, and hundreds of expressed philosophies, commonality is more common than you might think. We can group them pretty clearly.

The most basic division is this:
  • Reality-based: People who think we should adapt to the patterns of reality. We perceive how nature works, we make ourselves fit into it, and find a way to master it.
  • Personality-based: People who think reality should adapt to us. We pick how we wish nature worked, and impose it on reality, using our technology. (This group always comes after the first has succeeded).


Also: The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World

Interzone / She-Christ impaled upon fleshy meat cleaver
« on: April 24, 2010, 12:54:37 AM »
It hurt. The experience was almost more than I could bear. I begged him to stop. Afraid he would kill me, I pleaded with him to honor my commitment to Haiti, to him as a brother in the mutual struggle for an end to our common oppression, but to no avail. He didn’t care that I was a Malcolm X scholar. He told me to shut up, and then slapped me in the face. Overpowered, I gave up fighting halfway through the night.

Accepting the helplessness of my situation, I chucked aside the Haiti bracelet I had worn so proudly for over a year, along with it, my dreams of human liberation. Someone, I told myself, would always be bigger and stronger than me. As a woman, my place in life had been ascribed from birth. A Chinese proverb says that “women are like the grass, meant to be stepped on.” The thought comforted me at the same time that it made me cringe.


Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.

Interzone / Mystic Mountain
« on: April 23, 2010, 11:27:09 PM »

This brand new Hubble photo is of a small portion of one of the largest seen star-birth regions in the galaxy, the Carina Nebula. Towers of cool hydrogen laced with dust rise from the wall of the nebula. The scene is reminiscent of Hubble's classic "Pillars of Creation" photo from 1995, but is even more striking in appearance. The image captures the top of a three-light-year-tall pillar of gas and dust that is being eaten away by the brilliant light from nearby bright stars. The pillar is also being pushed apart from within, as infant stars buried inside it fire off jets of gas that can be seen streaming from towering peaks like arrows sailing through the air.



Interzone / Smug Macintosh maker reveals hidden contempt for Jews
« on: April 15, 2010, 11:15:50 PM »
Planning a trip to Israel? Might want to leave that iPad at home. The Israeli Communications Ministry has ordered customs agents in the country to confiscate all Apple iPads from overseas passengers, The Christian Science Monitor reports.

The move apparently comes after the ministry's engineering staff could not agree on a means to test the iPad's compatibility with Israel's wireless networks.


No, I am not a sandalwearer so don't bother asking.

Interzone / Never apologize
« on: April 13, 2010, 01:10:48 AM »
This is directed at no one. It is just a discussion idea.

A good general rule when socializing is never apologize. There is never a legitimate excuse:

1. Your screw up was accidental. You were oblivious to your situation when you shouldn't have been. Always give others the courtesy of paying attention.
2. Your screw up was intentional. Now you regret it. Why the bad behaviour in the first place?

Metal / Anti-Geldof Compilation (Supernal Music)
« on: April 10, 2010, 12:10:39 AM »
Celebrating the mass death of the stupid, corrupt and myopic promiscuous altruists of humanity


Bob Geldof's BandAid campaign and LiveAid concerts to relieve victims of famine in Ethiopia in 1984-1985 went straight to paramilitary rebels


Interzone / Observation suggests multiple Big Bangs and multiverse
« on: March 28, 2010, 01:43:57 PM »
General constant parallelism in the cosmic order:

In 2008 scientists reported the discovery of hundreds of galaxy clusters streaming in the same direction at more than 2.2 million miles (3.6 million kilometers) an hour.

This mysterious motion can't be explained by current models for distribution of mass in the universe. So the researchers made the controversial suggestion that the clusters are being tugged on by the gravity of matter outside the known universe.

Now the same team has found that the dark flow extends even deeper into the universe than previously reported: out to at least 2.5 billion light-years from Earth.

After using two additional years' worth of data and tracking twice the number of galaxy clusters, "we clearly see the flow, we clearly see it pointing in the same direction," said study leader Alexander Kashlinsky, an astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland.

"It looks like a very coherent flow."

The find adds to the case that chunks of matter got pushed outside the known universe shortly after the big bang—which in turn hints that our universe is part of something larger: a multiverse.


The outer appearance has changed, but structure and meaning hasn't for thousands of years or more.

In the social hierarchy of a wolf pack in captivity, the omega ranks below the alpha and beta wolves. In human terms, if an executive or a warrior is an alpha male and a nice-guy middle manager like The Office's Jim Halpert is a beta male, then Greenberg and his brethren are omega males. While the alpha male wants to dominate and the beta male just wants to get by, the omega male has either opted out or, if he used to try, given up. Greenberg says of his somewhat stunted best friend, "We call each other 'man,' but it's a joke. It's like imitating other people." The omega male is not experiencing the tired trope of the midlife crisis. A midlife crisis implies agency, a man who has the job and the family and chooses to reject it. The omega male doesn't have the power to reject anything—he's the one who has been brushed off. He's generally unemployed, and his romantic relationships are in shambles—he's either single or, if he's married, not happy about it. "I'm doing nothing and I'm tied to no one," Greenberg boasts.


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