Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #13997 on: Dec 16th, 2015, 07:06am »
Missed it I was to busy reading Friends and Lovers
Here is what happened: •On October 23, 2013, Mark Oberholtzer entered into a transaction with Charlie Thomas Ford, in which he traded-in his old 2005 Ford F-250 pickup truck for a newer 2012 Ford F-250 pickup truck. •Promptly thereafter, the vehicle was listed as a dealer vehicle sold at a Texas auto auction on November 11, 2013 •Less than a month later, on December 18, 2013 the vehicle was exported from Houston, Texas and imported to Mersin, Turkey. •Less than a year later it was in the documented possession of the Islamic State.
So once again the "missing link" supplying ISIS emerges as none other than Turkey.
For those to whom the Turkey-ISIS connection comes as a surprise, we urge you to reread: •Meet The Man Who Funds ISIS: Bilal Erdogan, The Son Of Turkey's President •ISIS Oil Trade Full Frontal: "Raqqa's Rockefellers", Bilal Erdogan, KRG Crude, And The Israel Connection •Russia Presents Detailed Evidence Of ISIS-Turkey Oil Trade
And while NATO-member Turkey supplying ISIS with funding, supplies, weapons or equipment is hardly groundbreaking news, the Ford "clue" poses new and important questions, such as: •who is the Turkish party that ordered and paid for the Ford truck's transfer to Turkey, and subsequently received compensation from the Islamic State in the subsequent resale? •which is the US party which transacts with Turkish counterparts, who ultimately ship US products to Islamic State fighters? •is the US party aware that its Turkish counterparty has dealings with ISIS •what is the role of the US government in all of this, because it would be surprising that an administration that has sworn it would crack down on all outside assistance to the Islamic State would be unaware that "made in the USA" trucks ended up in the Islamic State by way of its faitful NATO ally, Turkey. •how many other such vehicles sold in the US and exported to Turkey, have made their way to the Islamic State
We are confident that it will be relatively easy for any aspiring reporter to track down the US-based exporter of the Ford truck (and thus recipient of Turkish funds), just as it will be facile to uncover who was the Turkish buyer who signed the receipt invoice in Mersin, Turkey. What may be more difficult to uncover is whether the governments of the US and Turkey, respectively, were or are appraised about transactions such as this one, and if not, then why not?
We hope to be able to answer as many of the above as possible in the very near future.
The National Security Agency last year significantly expanded its cooperative relationship with the Saudi Ministry of Interior, one of the world’s most repressive and abusive government agencies. An April 2013 top secret memo provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden details the agency’s plans “to provide direct analytic and technical support” to the Saudis on “internal security” matters.
Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #14000 on: Dec 16th, 2015, 09:40am »
Oregon Man Claims he Saw Bigfoot
Posted on Dec 15 2015 - 8:50pm by Cryptozoology News
Ore. — An Oregon driver says he came upon a Bigfoot creature on U.S. Route 97 in the northern part of the state.
Orlando Gutierrez, a 35-year-old operator, told Cryptozoology News on Tuesday that the purported animal was standing in the middle of the road as he drove through a “government camp” by Mount Hood.
“It was standing on a few feet off the road, standing all casual, wanting me to stop. I had barely spotted it so I when I pulled over I was gonna jump out,” he said about the summer 2015 encounter. “That part of the mountain the government posted a sign that there is some around there, that is what was really weird, but to know that we ain’t the only ones alive.”
Gutierrez added that the biped appeared to be friendly and only described it as exhibiting a “light tan” color and “shaggy”. He claimed that the sighting lasted about 4 minutes.
He claims there was another person with him at the time of the sighting, but he did not wish to disclose the name.
“If you tell people, they don’t believe you. They just look at you like what you crazy… I was like huh…”
Back in May, a woman in southern Oregon said a Bigfoot-like creature had been peeking through the bathroom’s window in her residence as she was taking a bath.
Two months later, a former state trooper from Washington state claimed to be in contact with several Bigfoot beings and that he feeds them food on a regular basis.
Mount Hood, located between between Clackamas and Hood River counties, is Oregon’s highest mountain and a potentially active volcano.
Like the Ents from JRR Tolkien’s epic Lord of the Rings saga, these trees actually move. But can they walk fast enough to escape the chainsaw and machetes that threaten them?
It takes a whole day to travel from Ecuador’s capital, Quito, to the heart of the Unesco Sumaco Biosphere Reserve, some 100km to the southeast. The journey entails three hours by car to the edge of the forest, and then anywhere from seven to 15 hours by boat, mule and foot, mostly uphill and on a muddy road, to reach the interior. But the effort is worth it, considering you wind up in the middle of a pristine forest that houses a rather unusual find: walking palm trees.
A biodiversity hotspot
Some spots of the Sumaco Biosphere Reserve host nearly 500 species of birds, 51 species of large mammals, 64 species of reptiles, 61 species of amphibians, 6,000 plant species, more than 600 species of butterflies and several very old fern trees, some hundreds of years old.
Like the Ents from JRR Tolkien’s epic Lord of the Rings saga (only a bit slower), these trees actually move across the forest as the growth of new roots gradually relocates them, sometimes two or three centimetres per day.
“As the soil erodes, the tree grows new, long roots that find new and more solid ground, sometimes up to 20m,” said Peter Vrsansky, a palaeobiologist from the Earth Science Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences Bratislava. “Then, slowly, as the roots settle in the new soil and the tree bends patiently toward the new roots, the old roots slowly lift into the air. The whole process for the tree to relocate to a new place with better sunlight and more solid ground can take a couple of years.”
The walking palms of Ecuador move about two centimeters a day (Credit: Credit: Andrew Linscott/Alamy)
The walking palms of Ecuador move about two centimeters a day (Credit: Andrew Linscott/Alamy)
Vrsansky, a local guide and conservationist Thierry García have spent the last few months living in the forest while documenting the threats that jeopardize some of its biological wonders.
“During our investigations, we discovered some undocumented 30m waterfalls, two new vertebrate species (a lizard and a frog) and we were attacked by a big herd of really big woolly monkeys,” Vrsansky said. “They were throwing everything at us, including 6m-long dry branches, even their faeces and urine.”
The experience has been daunting as they forage from the forest and survive arduous conditions; Vrsansky recalls losing about 10kg of weight within a week. But despite the hardships, Vrsansky said he was exhilarated when he found, in a single spot, more than 150 cockroach species – more than those currently living in all of Europe. These cockroaches were nothing like the hideous critters lurking around your house; they were all different colours, many either luminescent, shining in the dark, or impossible to discriminate from their backgrounds due to their ability camouflage themselves by mimicking leafs.
Large sharp spines protect the stilt roots of a walking tree from grazing predators (Credit: Credit: Jason Edwards/Alamy)
The Sumaco Biosphere Reserve holds hundreds of different species of wildlife
(Credit: Peter Vrsansky)
Surprisingly, this fairy-tale forest is currently for sale through the “agricultural reform”, which supports locals cutting down trees in order to gain living rights to a piece of land. “What is happening is that people come, cut down a bunch of trees and gain ownership of their piece of land. Then, after five years, as stipulated by this new law, they are able to sell the land. And they do,” Vrsansky said.
Until now, few locals have technically lived inside the forest. A local shaman claims there is a “bad spirit” inside some parts of the reserve, and the forest is rich in disease-bearing insects and other potential threats.
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Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #14008 on: Dec 18th, 2015, 07:48am »
Scientists manipulate consciousness in rats
Study may guide deep brain stimulation therapies used for neurological disorders
Date: December 17, 2015
Scientists showed that they could alter brain activity of rats and either wake them up or put them in an unconscious state by changing the firing rates of neurons in the central thalamus, a region known to regulate arousal. The study, published in eLIFE, was partially funded by the National Institutes of Health.
"Our results suggest the central thalamus works like a radio dial that tunes the brain to different states of activity and arousal," said Jin Hyung Lee, Ph.D., assistant professor of neurology, neurosurgery and bioengineering at Stanford University, and a senior author of the study.
Located deep inside the brain the thalamus acts as a relay station sending neural signals from the body to the cortex. Damage to neurons in the central part of the thalamus may lead to problems with sleep, attention, and memory. Previous studies suggested that stimulation of thalamic neurons may awaken patients who have suffered a traumatic brain injury from minimally conscious states.
Dr. Lee's team flashed laser pulses onto light sensitive central thalamic neurons of sleeping rats, which caused the cells to fire. High frequency stimulation of 40 or 100 pulses per second woke the rats. In contrast, low frequency stimulation of 10 pulses per second sent the rats into a state reminiscent of absence seizures that caused them to stiffen and stare before returning to sleep.
"This study takes a big step towards understanding the brain circuitry that controls sleep and arousal," Yejun (Janet) He, Ph.D., program director at NIH's National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).
When the scientists used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to scan brain activity, they saw that high and low frequency stimulation put the rats in completely different states of activity. Cortical brain areas where activity was elevated during high frequency stimulation became inhibited with low frequency stimulation. Electrical recordings confirmed the results. Neurons in the somatosensory cortex fired more during high frequency stimulation of the central thalamus and less during low frequency stimulation.
"Dr. Lee's innovative work demonstrates the power of using imaging technologies to study the brain at work," said Guoying Liu, Ph.D., a program director at the NIH's National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB).
How can changing the firing rate of the same neurons in one region lead to different effects on the rest of the brain?
Further experiments suggested the different effects may be due to a unique firing pattern by inhibitory neurons in a neighboring brain region, the zona incerta, during low frequency stimulation. Cells in this brain region have been shown to send inhibitory signals to cells in the sensory cortex.
Electrical recordings showed that during low frequency stimulation of the central thalamus, zona incerta neurons fired in a spindle pattern that often occurs during sleep. In contrast, sleep spindles did not occur during high frequency stimulation. Moreover, when the scientists blocked the firing of the zona incerta neurons during low frequency stimulation of the central thalamus, the average activity of sensory cortex cells increased.
Although deep brain stimulation of the thalamus has shown promise as a treatment for traumatic brain injury, patients who have decreased levels of consciousness show slow progress through these treatments.
"We showed how the circuits of the brain can regulate arousal states," said Dr. Lee. "We hope to use this knowledge to develop better treatments for brain injuries and other neurological disorders."