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« Reply #3690 on: Apr 19th, 2011, 06:59am »

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NASA awards millions to four firms to privately develop rockets and spacecraft

Space Exploration Technologies of Hawthorne and Boeing are among the companies sharing $269.3 million as the agency looks for a new way to carry astronauts.

By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
April 19, 2011

With NASA's fleet of aging space shuttles set for retirement at the end of the year, the space agency is looking for a new way to carry astronauts.

On Monday, NASA handed out $269.3 million to four companies to privately develop rockets and spacecraft for what could be the next step in manned spaceflight.

The winners included Hawthorne-based rocket maker Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX, and Boeing Co., which develops spacecraft in Huntington Beach and uses rocket engines made by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne in Canoga Park.

The other two awards were $22 million to Blue Origin, a closely held space venture in Kent, Wash., that is owned by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, and $80 million to Sierra Nevada Corp. of Sparks, Nev.

After the shuttle program is mothballed and before privately built space vehicles are astronaut-ready, the U.S. will have no way to travel to the International Space Station other than shelling out $63 million for rides on a Russian Soyuz rocket.

"We're committed to safely transporting U.S. astronauts on American-made spacecraft and ending the outsourcing of this work to foreign governments," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a statement.

The new contracts awarded Monday "are significant milestones in NASA's plans to take advantage of American ingenuity to get to low-Earth orbit, so we can concentrate our resources on deep space exploration," he said.

The awards are part of NASA's Commercial Crew Development program, which lays the groundwork for the potentially multibillion-dollar job of ferrying astronauts to and from the International Space Station. NASA is also providing seed money to these companies to compete and create a new private space race.

"Competition is a very important part of our strategy," Philip McAlister, NASA's acting director of commercial spaceflight development, said in a teleconference with journalists, indicating that 22 companies went after the funding.

Boeing engineers in Huntington Beach and Houston are working to develop a seven-person spaceship that is designed to fly atop a variety of rockets. The company won $92.3 million, the largest of the four awards, and expects the spacecraft to be ready by 2015.

The spaceship, dubbed the Crew Space Transportation-100, had received just $18 million in government investment thus far. Boeing's performance "is an example of how the company's innovative and experienced team is successfully partnering with NASA in a commercial environment," Boeing program manager John Elbon said in a statement.

Of the winners, SpaceX is the only company to have its contender spaceflight-proven.

In December, SpaceX became the first private company to launch a spacecraft into orbit and have it return intact. The company sent up its Apollo-like Dragon space capsule aboard its 18-story Falcon 9 rocket.

The Dragon capsule was empty at the time, but it was a technological and financial feat that had been accomplished before only by government entities.

The capsule is designed to carry seven astronauts, but SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk said it still needed upgrades before an astronaut could strap in. That's where the funding will come in.

SpaceX won $75 million from NASA to develop its hardware. The funding comes on top of $298 million that NASA has already invested in the company. The space agency has also awarded the company a $1.6-billion contract to have SpaceX's Dragon deliver cargo to the space station — with trips possibly starting later this year.

Ed Mango, NASA's commercial crew program manager, said in the news teleconference that there might be more than one vehicle that will carry astronauts into space, if the market can support it. "What we're looking for is innovation."

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« Reply #3691 on: Apr 19th, 2011, 07:03am »

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FBI files include information on Ted Bundy, UFOs

Published: Monday, April 18, 2011 2:43 p.m. MDT
By Kaitlin Prettyman, Deseret News

Including information on everything from UFOs over Logan to serial killer Ted Bundy, thousands of declassified government documents have been posted to the FBI's new online Vault.

The FBI earlier this month made available more than 2,000 government documents in the Vault. Although the information was available before, it was not all digitized or easily searchable online as it is now.

The documents cover a wide variety of topics. For example, famous Kentucky Fried Chicken icon Colonel Sanders received mostly positive correspondence, but he received one letter that said he was "in grave danger of being murdered," which can be read in a recently opened government document online.

And The Telegraph said Diana, Princess of Wales, was the subject of FBI investigation after an agent was told someone had mailed a bomb "as a wedding present."

The Vault also shares a great deal of information on Utah, including an arrest warrant on Ted Bundy and specifics about UFO sightings.

Mail Online said, "Another secret document released as part of the projects detailed how police and Army officers witnessed a UFO exploding over Utah in April 1949."

One document tells about "three different Utah men who spotted a strange light and object above the mountains southwest of Logan."

And there are many other documents about UFO viewings. Yahoo News said that former FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover received a letter about an alleged alien landing. The letter says, "An investigator for the Air Force stated that three so-called flying saucers had been recovered in New Mexico. They were described as being circular in shape with raised centers, approximately 50 feet in diameter. Each one was occupied by three bodies of human shape but only 3 feet tall, dressed in metallic cloth a very fine texture."

The Vault also includes information about Marilyn Monroe, B.I.G., Adolf Hitler and the 9/11 hijackers.

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« Reply #3692 on: Apr 19th, 2011, 07:14am »

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Hollywood Reporter

Hoover Pulling Ads From Canceled ABC Soap Operas
9:13 PM 4/18/2011
by Kimberly Nordyke

Following the network's cancellation of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," the vacuum maker says it's starting a campaign to get ABC to reverse its decision.
Soap opera fans and stars aren't the only ones upset over ABC's decision to cancel its long-running daytime dramas All My Children and One Life to Live.

Vacuum maker Hoover said Monday that it's "disappointed" over the news and, as a result, plans to pull its ads from the network.

"We will discontinue our advertising with ABC this Friday, 4/22," Hoover vp marketing Brian Kirkendall wrote on the company's Facebook page Monday. "We're making every attempt to pull our spots from these programs sooner."

He also said the company has set up a special email address, SaveTheSoaps@Hoover.com, in an effort to "help pull together the mass emotional outpouring of support for our beloved ABC soaps and get it to our contacts at ABC."

Wrote Kirkendall: "I want you to know from me personally that we hear you loud and clear. My wife and mother are both passionate viewers of All My Children and One Life to Live, as are many of my colleagues here at Hoover."

Hoover isn't the only starting a campaign to keep the soaps on the air.

Fan Brad Saiontz has launched a Facebook group asking Oprah Winfrey to pick up the two shows for her cable channel, OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. So far, the group has 305 members.

ABC made the announcement Thursday that AMC would end in September, while OLTL would air its finale in January. In their place, the network will launch two new younger-skewing, lifestyle-oriented series, The Chew and The Revolution.

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« Reply #3693 on: Apr 19th, 2011, 07:20am »

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Here's you a creepy flying monkey costume for Halloween

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Ok, I don't like Flying Monkey's period but I see the humor in this goofy costume and thought I'd share it with y'all. Get your Flying monkey costume today, they're available at the BBTS:

http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=RCC10208&mode=retail&picture=out

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« Reply #3694 on: Apr 19th, 2011, 08:56am »

Or, was he, by chance, doing some crystal meth.........? cool

AOL News

A Sign? Man Bursts Into Flames at San Francisco Sex Shop


Apr 15, 2011 – 3:04 PM

For seven years, Roger Huang, a pastor who runs a rescue mission in San Francisco's Tenderloin district, has been trying to shut down the sex shops there. This week he may have seen a sign that his efforts are working.

On Wednesday, a man burst into flames while inside one of those porn shops, police said.

Could this bizarre incident be attributed to a higher power?

"I believe so. I definitely believe so," Huang told AOL News, adding that he hopes the unidentified man is recovering from the burns.

The police aren't ruling anything out.

"We don't know what caused it," Lt. Troy Dangerfield of the San Francisco Police Department told AOL News. "It's still under investigation."

Witnesses reportedly saw the burning man running out of the Golden Gate Adult Superstore in the city's South of Market neighborhood at about 6:20 p.m. Wednesday. The man ran past stunned onlookers and collapsed at the corner of Mission and Sixth streets, police said.

"There was an ambulance crew that was in the area -- a private ambulance company -- that witnessed this person collapse, so they [extinguished the flames and] called it into the dispatch center," San Francisco Fire Department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge told AOL News.

The man, whose name has not been released, was taken to the burn center at St. Francis Memorial Hospital, where he is being treated for first-, second- and third-degree burns that reportedly cover 90 percent of his body.

"He suffered life-threatening injuries," Dangerfield said, adding, "He's still recovering."

According to KTVU, an employee said the man had been watching a film in the back of the store when he suddenly ran out screaming and on fire.
Contacted by AOL News today, a man who answered the phone at the sex shop declined to discuss the incident. "I don't know nothing about it," he said.

Talmadge said a fire investigator is still looking into the case. Oddly, she said authorities have found "no damage to the inside of the building at all."

So who knows what caused it?

"I don't know if you believe in prayer," Huang said, "but ... the last seven years, every August, I go to every store and pray that it [will] be closed down. We have had seven or eight that have been closed down ever since."

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« Reply #3695 on: Apr 19th, 2011, 1:13pm »

Maybe he had a very hot date in there. tongue

Well, I hope that he will recover.

on Apr 18th, 2011, 4:35pm, Swamprat wrote:
I tend to agree with Ross. I believe there is too much focus on the past in ufology. Memories fade, witnesses die, data gets lost, stories get garbled, self-serving agendas get slipped in......

Enough already. Focus on the now; focus on the future. To me, the answers we seek will come from today and tomorrow, not yesterday.

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Yes. Especially the crap. Flush it down the toilet and let us focus on things we might be able to verify.

Today he wrote:

Thank you

Many thanks to all the people who contacted me personally about yesterday's blog and to those who "liked" it on Facebook. It seems that so many of you agree with my comments about conspiracies, and the way they are escalating at the moment.

There are also so many hoaxes circulating currently, and this adds further confusion to those who spend all their time worrying about what will happen next. So once again I ask, concentrate on the GOOD things around you, be thankful for what you have and not wasting what short amount of time you have here on this plane, on what you don't have.

I have seen a number of good friends pass from this Earth in recent months, and others having serious illnesses or heart attacks, and it makes me realise more than ever, that we can all be taken at any time. Personally, I would like to think that whilst here, most of what I have done or tried to do, has been good.

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« Reply #3696 on: Apr 19th, 2011, 1:16pm »

Ok, I'd say we won't get it like that from the MSM or any politician:



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« Reply #3697 on: Apr 19th, 2011, 1:18pm »

As if we didn't already suspected this to be the case. rolleyes

Siberian “Dead alien” fake

A video of what was claimed to be a mutilated alien corpse, which scored hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube, has turned out to be fake.

The tiny “dead alien” is just skin from chicken filled with bread, reports the website 7d.org.ua. Police questioned the men who claimed to have found the “body” and they allegedly confessed to creating it themselves.

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« Reply #3698 on: Apr 19th, 2011, 1:22pm »

GPS in cameras and phones creates privacy issue

http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/video?id=7621105


Download your favs from Google-Video as soon as possible because there won't be any guarantee for that they will appear on youtube again!

Google Video Shuts Down, No One Remembers It

Remember back in like 2005 when Google Video and YouTube were going at it? And how YouTube essentially won, only to be bought out by Google anyway? Me either, which is why Google Video being shut down doesn’t surprise anyone.

Google Video has been something of a vestigial tail for Google for awhile now. After they acquired YouTube for $US1.6 billion in the fall of 2006, the video search engine simply couldn’t go anywhere. Users could no longer upload videos to the site by May 2009, even though existing videos worked fine. But really what was the point? Google Video was already cast aside by an unforgiving internet.

The email announcement states that the site will no longer host any videos as of April 29th. Google has invited their users to download their videos and upload them to YouTube to keep them alive if they haven’t done so already.

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http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2011/04/google-video-shuts-down-no-one-remembers-it/
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Hey Ya'll!

CIA Declassifies Oldest Documents in U.S. Government Collection
(April 19, 2011)

The Central Intelligence Agency today declassified the United States Government's six oldest classified documents, dating from 1917 and 1918. These documents, which describe secret writing techniques and are housed at the National Archives, are believed to be the only remaining classified documents from the World War I era. Documents describing secret writing fall under the CIA's purview to declassify.

"These documents remained classified for nearly a century until recent advancements in technology made it possible to release them," CIA Director Leon E. Panetta said. "When historical information is no longer sensitive, we take seriously our responsibility to share it with the American people."

One document outlines the chemicals and techniques necessary for developing certain types of secret writing ink and a method for opening sealed letters without detection. Another memorandum dated June 14, 1918 - written in French - reveals the formula used for German secret ink.

"The CIA recognizes the importance of opening these historical documents to the public," said Joseph Lambert, the Agency's Director of Information Management Services. "In fiscal year 2010 alone, the Agency declassified and released over 1.1 million pages of documents."

The documents will be available on CIA.gov and in the CIA Records Search Tool (CREST) at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland. CREST currently houses over 10 million pages of declassified Agency documents. Since 1995, the Agency has released over 30 million pages as a result of Executive Orders, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Privacy Act, and mandatory declassification reviews.

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More claims "from the past"....... wink


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John F. Kennedy requested UFO files 10 days before his assassination


Posted: 10:18 AM
Last Updated: 2 hours and 36 minutes ago
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An uncovered letter from John F. Kennedy to the head of the CIA seeking documents about UFOs just days before his assassination is gaining attention across the Internet Tuesday.

The letter is dated November 12, 1963 and indicates that Kennedy wanted a review of all UFO intelligence files affecting national security.

A second document dated on the same day, from the president to a NASA administrator, shows JFK wanted cooperation with the former Soviet Union regarding outer space matters.

An author made a request for the documents from the CIA under the Freedom of Information Act while doing research for a new book, according to the DailyMail . ( http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1378284/Secret-memo-shows-JFK-demanded-UFO-files-10-days-assassination.html )

The documents have been released by the CIA for the first time.

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« Reply #3701 on: Apr 20th, 2011, 07:54am »

Good morning Swamprat.

Thanks for that article.

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Plane carrying Michelle Obama aborts landing because of controller error

By Ashley Halsey III
Tuesday, April 19, 9:39 PM


A White House plane carrying Michelle Obama came dangerously close to a 200-ton military cargo jet and had to abort its landing at Andrews Air Force Base on Monday as the result of an air traffic controller’s mistake, according to federal officials familiar with the incident.

Ultimately, controllers at Andrews feared that the cargo jet was not moving quickly enough to clear the runway in time for the White House plane to land, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak for their agencies.

Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed Tuesday that the first lady was aboard the plane and said that “the aircraft were never in any danger.” The White House referred all questions to the FAA.

The FAA, already dealing with a series of controversies involving controllers sleeping and watching a movie on the job, sent a team of investigators Tuesday to the Warrenton radar control center, where the mistake was made.

The number of air traffic controller errors where planes come too close to each other have increased dramatically in the past year. They still account for only a tiny portion of all flights, and very few of the errors put passengers at risk. The FAA classified Monday’s error as an “A,” the most serious type.

The first lady was returning from a television appearance and other events in New York with Jill Biden, the vice president’s wife, and was aboard a Boeing 737 that is part of the presidential fleet when the error occurred on the plane’s final approach to the base.

The FAA controllers in the tower at Andrews recognized that the massive C-17 and the Obama flight were far too close when the Warrenton controller handed off responsibility for the two aircraft.

They ordered the Obama plane to execute a series of S-turns in an effort to create a safe distance between it and the C-17, federal officials said. When those maneuvers failed to achieve the required distance between the two planes — and the Andrews controllers realized the cargo jet would not have time to get off the runway before the presidential plane arrived — they aborted the landing of the Obama plane and ordered it to circle the base.

The correct distance

Because an airplane’s wake causes severe turbulence and, in extreme cases, can cause a plane that enters into it to crash, the FAA has strict standards on how much distance controllers should maintain between planes.

A fully loaded C-17 can create such turbulence that the FAA requires other planes to remain at least five miles behind it. The presidential fleet 737 already was far closer than that when the handoff took place from the Potomac Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facility in Warrenton.

“The manager and tower controller at Andrews did several things to try to increase the separation on final [approach] before ordering a go-around,” said a senior FAA manager familiar with the incident.

The FAA manager said the Warrenton controller exhibited “really bad controller technique.”

“Not only did he get them too close, he told the [Andrews controller] that they were farther apart than they were,” he said.

When the handoff occurred, the planes were 3.08 miles apart, radar shows, but the Warrenton controller told the Andrews tower that they were four miles apart. Before handing off, the Warrenton controller warned Obama’s pilot of potential wake turbulence.

In the Andrews tower, controllers had already identified “a serious loss of separation” but were reluctant to contact the Warrenton facility to point it out, officials said.

The Andrews controllers ordered the S-turns as soon as they assumed responsibility, but the two planes still grew closer. Finally, fearing the cargo plane couldn’t get off the runway in time for the Obama plane to land, they ordered the 737 to abort the landing attempt.

“In the grand scheme of things, events like this happen fairly frequently,” said another federal official who works with the air traffic control system but is not authorized to speak publicly. “Unfortunately, this one involves a presidential plane.”

Directing traffic

Both go-arounds and errors by air traffic controllers are not uncommon. Controllers at Potomac TRACON, who direct more than 1.5 million flights a year to area airports, made a record number of errors in 2010.

Nationwide, recorded errors by controllers increased 51 percent last year to 1,869.

The Potomac facility recorded 52 controller errors, an increase from 21 recorded in 2009. In a memo to his staff last year, the center’s director cited “a definite increase in sloppy or poor adherence to SOP [standard operating procedure] and handbook procedures.”

In most instances — both locally and nationally — planes came too close but without risk of collision; in some, however, fatal consequences were narrowly averted.

The go-around is seen by controllers as a fairly routine safety procedure that keeps planes out of greater trouble.

In October, Reagan National Airport recorded 39 go-arounds, Dulles International Airport had 20 and Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport had three, according to an internal FAA document. In August, FAA records show at least seven instances in which planes on final approach to National were ordered to go around “due to traffic on the runway.”

That traffic on the runway could be there because a plane that just landed hasn’t moved out of the way quickly enough or, more likely, a plane cleared for takeoff has dawdled on the runway past the time when the controller expected it to be gone.

In 2010, the National Transportation Safety Board took an unprecedented step by beginning to investigate the most serious mistakes by air traffic controllers.

Among the cases under NTSB review are near-collisions between a Boeing 737 and a helicopter in Houston; a Boeing 777 and a small plane in San Francisco; and an Airbus 319 and a Boeing 747 in Anchorage.

Another case under review is an incident last year near National that involved an airliner carrying a congressman. Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.) demanded an explanation from the FAA after his United Airlines flight bound for National swerved to avoid another jet after the encounter activated the onboard collision-avoidance system.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/plane-with-michelle-obama-had-to-abort-landing-due-to-mistake/2011/04/19/AFsRLC7D_story.html?hpid=z1

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Elisabeth Sladen, the actress best known for her role in Doctor Who, has died after a private battle with cancer.
She was 63.

By Murray Wardrop
12:15AM BST 20 Apr 2011

Sladen played the Time Lord’s assistant Sarah Jane Smith opposite actors Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker after joining the cast of the BBC television series in 1973.

Despite leaving the show in 1976, in recent years she reprised the role of the investigative journalist for a Doctor Who spin-off called The Sarah Jane Adventures and also appeared alongside David Tennant when the show was relaunched.


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The BBC said last night that Sladen had been suffering from cancer, although it was not widely known that she was in ill health.

A statement from the corporation said: "It is with much sadness that we can announce Elisabeth Sladen, the much-loved actress best known for her role as Sarah Jane Smith in Doctor Who and CBBC's The Sarah Jane Adventures, has passed away.”

The Liverpool-born actress leaves behind a husband, actor Brian Miller, and their daughter Sadie.

Paying tribute, Russell T Davies, who created The Sarah Jane Adventures, said: "I absolutely loved Lis.

“She was funny and cheeky and clever and just simply wonderful.

"The universe was lucky to have Sarah Jane Smith; the world was lucky to have Lis."

Steven Moffat, Doctor Who's lead writer and executive producer, added: "'Never meet your heroes', wise people say. They weren't thinking of Lis Sladen.

"Sarah Jane Smith was everybody's hero when I was younger, and as brave and funny and brilliant as people only ever are in stories.

"But many years later when I met the real Sarah-Jane - Lis Sladen herself - she was exactly as any child would ever have wanted her to be. Kind and gentle and clever; and a ferociously talented actress, of course, but in that perfectly English unassuming way.

"There are a blessed few who can carry a whole television show on their talent and charisma - but I can't think of one other who's done it quite so politely.”

Sladen first starred as Sarah Jane opposite Jon Pertwee. Jon Pertwee left the show in 1974 and she then became the assistant for Tom Baker.

She then returned to the series on a number of occasions over the years before her own CBBC show was created in 2007, in which she starred as an investigative journalist trying to defend Earth from extraterrestrial threats.

After Doctor Who relaunched in 2005, Sladen also appeared alongside David Tennant.

In a 2006 interview with the BBC ahead of rejoining Doctor Who, she spoke of her love for the programme, saying: "I think it has lovely layers and I'd defend the programme to anyone.

"I'm very emotionally part of that programme and I think a lot of the people who worked on it are. You used to love going to work every day."


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Skynet Becomes Self-Aware: How to Welcome Our AI Overlords

By Angela Watercutter
April 19, 2011 | 5:41 pm
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As Skynet becomes self-aware, humans must prepare for Judgment Day.
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The time has come. According to the Terminator clock, at 8:11 p.m. Tuesday, Skynet will become self-aware.
And humanity will be screwed.

Going by canon set out in the Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles TV series, Judgment Day should hit Thursday. In these final few precious hours, there are several things members of the human race can do to prepare for total domination by our new artificially intelligent masters. Here’s a quick guide.

1. Attempt to Celebrate Doom Through Facebook

This may not necessarily save anyone, but for the brave few who choose to welcome our robot conquerers with open arms in hopes of making friends, there’s a Facebook event dedicated to celebrating the day Skynet Becomes Self-Aware. It’s already got nearly 7,000 people signed up to “CRUSHALLHUMANS/SAVE THE WORLD.”

That might not be easily done, though.

“I’ve been spontaneously deciding how to at least mark the zero hour,” said Scott McDaniel, the 39-year-old information architect from Atlanta who organized the Facebook event, in an e-mail to Wired.com. “I’m celebrating in meatspace by showing my fiancee’s parents The Terminator for the first time — as older, conservative Greeks it should be entertaining.”

Warning: Don’t “poke” newly sentient robots. They hate that shit.

2. Don’t Panic

If you’ve been reading your Wired magazine (and really, who hasn’t?), you know that the AI revolution is already upon us and might not be so bad after all. There’s a very good chance that all those Skynet minions will just keep going about their business. No nuclear warfare necessary.

Still, it’s possible that all those animatronic doo-dads in Disneyland’s “it’s a small world” ride might get some bright ideas and start an uprising, so remain prepared. However, it’s not required that you run screaming from your Roomba.

3. Terminate Yourself

No, this is not a call for a suicide pact — humankind should not go down without a fight. But until we’re actually threatened with violence, just play it cool. Back when Terminator Salvation was released, the fine folks at Warner Bros. uploaded Terminate Yourself, a tool that can take any old headshot and make it look like a Terminator. Do this. Then put that picture on every online profile — Facebook, Twitter, Match.com — you’ve got out there. Act natural.

4. Buy a Bunker

If things go according to the Terminator films and TV series, once Skynet becomes self-aware, the U.S. military will attempt to shut it down and the network will, in turn, freak out and launch a nuclear attack.

There’s little that can be done in such a scenario. It’s probably best to look into nuclear-safe bunkers. Find one and crawl in with an iPod or iPad loaded with reruns of Battlestar Galactica. Maybe visions of a different war against AI will serve as a welcome distraction from the actual carnage aboveground.

http://www.wired.com/underwire/2011/04/skynet-becomes-self-aware/

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