Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #12364 on: Mar 6th, 2015, 8:48pm »
Speaking of Strapped Chickens.. When The State Knocks on your Bedroom Door. The Danes are Coming
You know that we talk a lot about the insane level of government interference in our lives. About what we can and cannot put in our bodies. The amount of interest we’re entitled to receive on our savings. Etc.
But I’m noticing now even more ridiculous trends of governments wanting to get involved in people’s sex lives.
Last year the Danish government promoted an initiative called “Do it for Denmark”, encouraging Danes to travel abroad and have sex while on holidays. They even have a pretty racy Youtube video featuring a scantily clad gorgeous blonde waiting to do her duty for her country and procreate.
Singapore as well has a catchy jingle about going out and making babies, brought to you by the same guys who did the Mentos theme song.
The Swedish government actually spent taxpayer money on its new genitals song, so it can start indoctrinating children early on how they can make babies.
Here in Japan, which has one of the lowest birthrates in the world, the government is desperate to find solutions to what it calls its libido crisis.
According to their data, Japanese men aren’t terribly interested in sex and the women find sex to be bothersome.
Japanese being expert process engineers are coming up with a government solution to reengineer sexual desire in their country.
(I have to imagine that if this solution reached US soil, the government option would include the smooth sounds of Barack Obama whispering some pillow talk: “C’mon, lemme give you this big tax cut, baby…”)
Easily the most ridiculous solution they came up with is to impose a ‘handsome tax’ on attractive men. I thought this was a headline from the Onion, the greatest news source in the world, but it turned out to be true.
The idea being that if you tax handsome men, then less attractive men would have more money and hence be able to attract women.
Zerohedge covered this in fantastic detail—I encourage you to check it out. This is not a joke.
The thing that many of these countries have in common, Japan, Denmark, etc., is a rapidly declining birthrate.
A declining birthrate is disastrous for an economy, particularly for an ageing place like Japan.
Ironically, the oldest person in the world turned 117 years old yesterday—and no surprise that she’s Japanese. In fact, Japan is home to one of the oldest populations in the world and has one of the longest life expectancies.
Curiously they also have one of the largest pension programs in the world. You put all that together and you have fewer and fewer young people paying more and more of their income to support a disproportionately large population of retirees who are living for decades after they stop working.
Each one of these governments is trying to find a solution to fix this unsustainable fiscal problem.
In Denmark they seem to think that people aren’t going on vacation enough. In Japan they think it’s a problem of sexual desire. But in actuality it has everything to do with cost of living.
Month to month, year to year, it’s hard to notice the subtle changes in costs of living and standards of living, but after a long period of time it’s easy to look back and remember how things used to be.
You used to be able to support a family on a single income. You used to be able to afford medical care and higher education.
It’s often said that the greatest expense that someone will have in their life is his or her home. That’s total nonsense.
Now, I’m not saying it’s not worth it, but the biggest expense most people will have is family, and particularly children.
And after years and years of suffering through pitiful, destructive policies that have chronically made people less prosperous, it’s no surprise that they’re coming to the conclusion—you know, we can’t really afford to have a child right now.
There are consequences to conjuring money out of thin air. There are consequences to destructive policies.
So destructive in fact that central bankers and politicians even have the power to make a population disappear.
How ironic that they try to fix their own problem by trying to introduce themselves into our bedrooms.
edit to add..this goes beyond the bedroom..and if you have not seen what is slowly creeping into acceptability..then you are too late.. Dont trust anyone under 60
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Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #12367 on: Mar 7th, 2015, 10:15am »
TERRAFUGIA'S TF-X: SAY HELLO TO THE FIRST EVER SELF-FLYING CAR!
BY B.J. MURPHY
The year is 2015 and people are still complaining about their flying cars. We were told we’d have flying cars by 2015 on Back to the Future Part II, so where are they today? Well, we already have flying cars, thanks to AeroMobil. But like most technological innovations, the requirement of friendly competition is almost always a necessity. Say hello to Terrafugia – the one and only company, thus far, promising us self-flying cars!
Like the AeroMobil, Terrafugia’s Transition model transitioned from car to mini-plane, and then took off like most planes do. This was a problem, given the limited availability in runways for all drivers. As a result, Terrafugia began development of their newly designed TF-X model – the self-flying car of the future!
The TF-X is a fully electric vehicle that’ll be able traverse 500 miles per charge. You’ll be able to choose between “manual” or “automatic” in both flying and landing. Unfortunately, Terrafugia has stated the development of the TF-X will take anywhere from 8-12 years, but that early access will be available long before that time.
Differentiating itself from the Transition model, the TF-X uses twin 600 hp electric motor pods to begin its ascent, with each pod attaining 16 different motors as a safety precaution. Once you’re lifted into the air the motor pods begin folding forward as the 300 hp electric engine starts working with the twin motors. As you reach cruise, the propellers begin folding internally, set to charge by the engine itself.
As a self-flying car, all you have to do is tell the car where you want to go and liftoff. To ensure safety, Terrafugia is making sure that the TF-X avoids other air traffic, bad weather, and restricted airspace. The vehicle will have a full-vehicle backup parachute in case of an emergency. If you, the TF-X operator, declares an emergency, which will automatically notify the authorities, you’ll be able to land on non-approved landing zones. If you ever become unresponsive, the TF-X will then immediately implement an emergency landing at the nearest airport.
Pricing is currently unknown, but Terrafugia is aiming for relative affordability, matching prices with that of high-end luxury vehicles. As it grows in popularity, with an increase in demand, prices will surely fall in tandem.
Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #12369 on: Mar 7th, 2015, 7:15pm »
Distorted Photos Show the Alien Side of Suburban Life
It’s finally happened—aliens are among us.
Ralf Brueck‘s images transform daily life into a sci-fi wonderland. Distorted shapes and glitches disrupt otherwise normal landscapes, making it easy to imagine paranormal activity or a good old-fashioned beaming up. In his series Dekonstruktion and Distortion, Brueck brings the unnatural closer to home.
Brueck selects locations sometimes through research and sometimes by chance. To achieve these distorted realities, he usually shoots with an analog 4×5 camera and doesn’t use filters or shifts in perspective. He later works with just one photo, digitally altering specific aspects within the image. Each distortion is carefully planned before he shoots, and nothing is ever added from another image or source. “One of the ideas behind my work is to manipulate the DNA of the picture, to let it mutate. Every detail you see originates only from the one sole photo,” Brueck says.
Some images take weeks to get just right. Others take months. All were developed through experimentation with the manipulation of pixels. Though he received formal training in art school, Brueck is almost entirely self-trained in digital manipulation. He likens the process to using a paintbrush. It’s just another tool to get his point across.
The titles of the photos are full of cultural influences—referencing James Bond, Twin Peaks, and Stanley Kubrick, to name a few. The degree of intention isn’t important, but simply adds to the overall creeping feeling that somebody should call Mulder and Scully.
How America Added 17 Million People In 7 Years... And Zero Full-Time Jobs
Amazing Math from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
According to the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics release, the UE (unemployment) rate fell to 5.5% as of February. The last time the UE rate was this low was May of 2008.
What I’m fascinated by is the fact that the US population grew from February 2008 to February 2015 by 16.8 million persons, or a 5.5% increase in total population, and on a net basis, not a single one of those 16.8 million persons got a FT (full time) job… while a net 2.7 million were lucky enough to get a (or multiple) PT (part time) job.
This means that 14.3 million persons, or 4.4% of the current US population, were added without a single job among them (chart below). This makes for fascinating math when a 4.4% increase of the total US population without jobs can nearly halve the UE rate down to 5.5%, equal to 2008’s UE rates
the recent BLS data are considered "strong employment reports" and are taken as such booming harbingers of economic accomplishment that the Federal Reserve feels rates need to begin their long awaited hikes.
Just to avoid some confusion on this 16.8 million population growth…this does not mean there was a baby boom over this period…quite the opposite as a flat birth rate has been offset by an even faster declining death rate (the baby boom and older generations are living much longer than previous generations…thus the pig through the python population growth).
And just to make sure this isn’t cherry picking data…below is non-seasonally adjusted raw data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics back to ’08 showing rising PT jobs and declining FT jobs.
To add perspective we back it up to ’00…and note that over the entire period the US created 7.6 million net new FT jobs and (4 million net PT jobs). But not a single net FT job since prior to Feb ’08.
I’m pretty confident to say that the stagnant household income data is simply noting the loss of higher quality FT jobs with benefits being replaced with lower quality, lower hour, little to no benefits PT jobs.
I’m sure economists will try to explain away the above raw data as the demographic shifts of retiring baby boomers…but that old chestnut isn’t exactly supported by the data (below). Population growth and jobs growth since ‘07 is clearly in the 55+ year old segment (+17 million population, +7 million employees) while the 25-54 year old working core is shrinking (-1 million population and even faster declines in employment of -5 million).
So you decide, strong jobs data, out and out propaganda, or something in between!?
The reishi mushroom has been used by physicians for thousands of years in China, where it was deemed to be so effective at preventing illness and curing disease that it earned the prestigious title, ‘Mushroom of Immortality.’ It was once reserved exclusively for the healing benefit of the upper echelons of society, as described in a Huffington Post article. Today however, reishi mushrooms are widely available and are one of the most studied natural medicines out there. Reishi is what is known in Chinese medicine as a tonic herb, meaning it can be consumed in large and regular quantities without causing adverse side effects, much like food. It is often advised to take reishi mushroom for long periods of time to allow it to take its full effect. Reishi falls into the category of adaptogenic herbs, as mentioned in the data base of Healthline.com, due to its ability to help the body adapt to stressors like anxiety, fatigue, trauma and emotional distress. Largely behind reishi’s medicinal qualities is a complex carbohydrate known as polysaccharides, which have been studied extensively and are proven effective for battling tumors, as well as modulating the immune system. This was demonstrated by a study performed at Peking University Health Care Center in Beijing, China. Other impressive functions that stand out among reishi’s long and growing list of medicinal uses are its anti-viral, blood pressure-lowering, anti-bacterial and anti-allergic properties, all of which can be researched in depth using the informative archives of Reishi.com
Chaga is another mycelium-based medicine that humanity has been using for epochs. Earning the title “Gift from God” in ancient Siberia, many cultures around the world still maintain a harmonic relationship with this mushroom. Chaga’s tough texture is similar to wood, with a dark black outer layer and a golden brown interior. It can be found co-existing with, and growing up, birch trees in some of the harshest and coldest climates in the word — including Canada, Scandinavia and Russia. It not only survives in these climates, but strengthens both itself and its host tree in the process. Chaga’s complete list of beneficial active ingredients is honestly too lengthy to list in its entirety here, but some of the most healing include: iron, copper, potassium, selenium, calcium and a selection of amino acids and enzymes. A gargantuan amount of studies have been conducted around chaga and some of its isolated active ingredients. For one, researchers at Wonkwang University in South Korea concluded that water extracts of chaga mushroom exhibited anti-cancer potentials. A research paper provided by The Department of Medical Nutrition at Kyunghee University in South Korea also details the mushroom’s ability to protect DNA. And, according to the catalog of references at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, chaga is antiviral and antiplatlet (meaning it can reduce the formation of blood clots). One of the enzymes contained in chaga goes by the name of superoxide dismutase (SOD), and is known to boost the body’s primary functions. Chaga manufactures more of this than any other known herb. SOD assists the body in using many essential minerals, has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties and helps to repair damaged cells. Chaga also contains melanin, an anti-oxidant that protects the skin against age spots, deep wrinkles and sun damage, as described in this thorough breakdown by Emergent Health. Upon dissecting just some of the qualities that make this mushroom such a healing powerhouse, it comes as no surprise that it is so effective at alleviating, soothing and curing a host of ailments. Chaga is also a member of the family of adaptogenic herbs, meaning it can help the body cope with and eliminate stress.
Turkey tail, earns its name due to its striking resemblance to a turkey’s rear plume of feathers. It’s abundant throughout North American forests, where it resides upon felled trees, decaying logs and rotting tree stumps, which it helps to decompose. It emits a warm, brown, cinnamon-esque color from its velvety cap. Another example of a mushroom rich in healing polysaccharides, turkey tail is an herbal medicine that can aid the fight against cancer, as well as attack viruses that lay at the roots of many different types of cancers. Research out of the University of Minnesota and Bastyr University, WA, shows that the mushroom may support conventional breast cancer therapies by bolstering the patients’ immune system. Turkey tail also apparently promotes the production of natural disease-killing white blood cells, which help the body fight tumorous cells. These same white blood cells also help to combat the HPV virus, which is a root cause of cervical cancer, as well as the hepatitus C virus, which can trigger the formation of liver cancer, according to mycologist Paul Stamets, writing for the Huffington Post. In this TEDMED talk, renowned and respected mycologis Paul Stamets explains how, by using turkey tail supplements in conjunction with conventional treatment, his mother managed to defeat aggressive breast cancer.
Cordyceps has a long history as a tonic herb applied in both Chinese and Tibetan medicine. It grows at high-altitudes of over 3,800 meters above sea level in the mountainous Himalayas, where it is known as yarsa gumba. Yak herders of old, in a region known as Sikkim, noticed a correlation between their strong and prosperous cattle, and the presence of cordyceps. Folk healers in Sikkim use the fungi to treat a plethora of ailments including cancer, diabetes, asthma and erectile dysfunction. Modern scientific research is starting to confirm their intuitions with regard to the fungi’s healing properties. One of the most detailed and in-depth papers on the fungi was published by the Department of Pharmacology at the Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences in India. Polysaccharides are once again a key healing ingredient in cordyceps. It also contains beneficial fatty acids, amino acids and sterols. In animal studies, cordyceps demonstrated anti-tumor, anti-diabetic, radio-protective and anti-platelet effects, as reported in detail by the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Another interesting and rather unique property of cordyceps is its proven ability to enhance exercise and athletic performance, and resistance to fatigue, as demonstrated by a study out of the University of California in Los Angeles.
Although doused in political controversy, these psychedelic fungi are a potential medicine that have been shown to have profound therapeutic healing value. There are over 180 mushrooms species that contain the substance psilocybin. They have been used the world over for millennia in shamanic healing ceremonies and initiatory rituals. The history of psychedelic mushroom use is well documented within the written vaults of Erowid. A 2013 study conducted at the University of South Florida found that psilocybin may hold the potential to alleviate, and possibly even cure, symptoms of PTSD. Upon administering a small dose of psilocybin to mice, researchers found the mice lost their conditioned fear response to an electric shock. This research could also point towards a psilocybin-based treatment for anxiety and stress, which may have the potential to replace addictive and often harmful pharmaceutical medications. Psilocybin is believed to have such healing effects due to its ability to stimulate serotonn production within the brain. Another psilocybin study performed at Harbour-UCLA involved 12 human subjects, all of whom suffered from a terminal illness. The goal of the research was to determine what effect the chemical could have upon the mental state of terminally ill patients, who commonly suffer from severe depression, anxiety and stress. The results showed that the mental states of those given psilocybin improved significantly, across the board. Patients explained that their anxiety and stress was transformed into understanding, calm and a humbling and eye-opening glimpse into the mystical nature of reality. Annie Levy, a study participant said, “It was very gentle” and that it “connected her to the universe.” Her husband described her to be “literally glowing” after the experiment took place.
Russia is developing a hybrid nuclear reactor that uses both nuclear fusion and fission, said head of leading nuclear research facility. The project is open for international collaboration, particularly from Chinese scientists.
A hybrid nuclear reactor is a sort of stepping stone to building a true nuclear fusion reactor. It uses a fusion reaction as a source of neutrons to initiate a fission reaction in a ‘blanket’ of traditional nuclear fuel.
The approach has a number of potential benefits in terms of safety, non-proliferation and cost of generated energy, and Russia is developing such a hybrid reactor, according to Mikhail Kovalchuk, director of the Kurchatov Research Center.
“Today we have started the realization of a distinctively new project. We are trying to combine a schematically operational nuclear plant reactor with a ‘tokamak’ to create a hybrid reactor,” he told RIA Novosti, referring to a type of fusion reactor design.
“This project is open for our colleagues, the Chinese in the first place. It's being discussed,” he added.
Being a leading producer in civilian nuclear energy industry, Russia would benefit from improving its plant designs. A hybrid fusion-fission reactor may be several times more efficient than a traditional fission reactor. And building one is “a goal for tomorrow” rather than the distant future, as is the case for a fusion reactor like the famous France-based International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) that Russia collaborates on, Kovalchuk said.
Harnessing nuclear fusion for energy generation has been elusive for years. So far no industrial-scale design managed to produce more energy than it consumes to start the reaction, though the California-based National Ignition Facility (NIF) was reported to have achieved this goal on lab-scale by bombarding a fuel pellet with 192 powerful lasers.
READ: Nuclear fusion breakthrough: US scientists make crucial step to limitless power
But nuclear fusion produces neutrons, and those can initiate fission in traditional nuclear fuel like uranium or plutonium. In a hybrid reactor the core fusion zone consumes energy to heat up outer fissile blanket, which on its part generates energy.
A hybrid reactor plant would likely be even more costly that regular nuclear power plants are, considering the complexities of the design. But it is inherently safer, since the reaction in the fissile blanket would be sub-critical, that is, it won't sustain itself. In an emergency it could be simply stopped in a matter of seconds by turning off the fusion core, as opposed to using dampening rods in a traditional reactor.
Another benefit of a hybrid design is that it ‘burns down’ fissile materials leaving little by-products. So it won't produce radioactive waste and can even treat spent nuclear fuel from regular reactors.
Rather than taking NIF's pellet-and-lasers design for the fusion reactor, Russia wants to use a tokamak, a reactor that suspends superheated plasma with powerful magnetic fields, as the core of a hybrid reactor. ITER uses the design too.
A similar tokamak-based project of a hybrid fusion-fission nuclear reactor is being developed at the University of Texas at Austin, although researchers there eye nuclear waste disposal rather than electricity generation as the goal.