Monthly Archives: November, 2008

Week of December 1, 2008

Opening Editorial:

To all of my regular visitors, hi, and thank you for your continuous patronage and support, without which I couldn’t have done this. Again, thank you my friends!

To any new visitors, greetings and welcome to Dad2059’s Webzine of Science Fiction, Science Fact and Esoterica.

This project started out as a personal blog, but soon started to take on a lifeforce and personality of its own.

Partisan politics was the primary purpose of the blog and many of my friends still participate in that endeavor, but I soon discovered a “world” behind the world, and all isn’t quite what it seems.

So partisan politics started to take a backseat to studies of the New World Order and its various incarnations throughout the past – ancient and present.

Science, and science fiction were always my first “loves” however, and has had a continuous presence on the old blog since its inception. Despite all of my research into parapolitics, I always came back to what I always wanted to do, write my own science fiction.

I don’t claim to be the next Stross or Egan, those authors are already considered Hugo and Nebula Award Hall of Famers for their generation and I could never hope to compete on their level.

In fact, I consider them major influences on my own writings, amongst others like Niven, Bear, Pournelle, Clarke, Stapledon and of course, Asimov.

Famous science fiction author/ufo researcher Daniel Brenton, “discovered” my short story “fiblets” I posted on the old blog and suggested I shop them around to various webzines and regular magazines like Locus, Asimov’s, Analog, Interzone and others. While I don’t quite have the faith in my writing yet to shop them around to legitimate concerns, I told Daniel I will give it a try after the beginning of the New Year and I intend to pursue it, despite my reservations about it.

To Daniel I say, “Thank you for your faith and encouragement.”

You don’t know how much that means to me.

In the meantime however, I’m going full speed ahead with a goal I had set for myself at the beginning of this past year, establishment of a sci-fi/sci-fact webzine to post classic stuff, up to date science, transhuman research, Singularity updates and of course, my own fiction.

Hey, self promotion can’t hurt, right?

In closing, I would like to thank all who have patronized the old blog the past two years, hopefully the updates I instituted will pass muster.

To all old partisan political folk who are no longer patrons, or haven’t been this past year I say, “You will always be welcome and I wish continuous success in your own endeavors.”

Sans personal attacks of course.

To everyone else I say, “Welcome and enjoy the show!”

The Editor

BAB/Dad2059

P.S. If anyone has any suggestions or concerns, please contact me at dad2059@yahoo.com

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As you may have noticed…and When Worlds Collide!

Hey, the look and the content of the blog/ezine has changed!

This is part of the ongoing growth process and goals of which I have been negligent of late.

But as the saying goes…you get the idea.

This is still a work in process and other changes might be in order, but not to worry, none of which will be the background and type print format, due in part to the demographic my audience and myself belong to…the lasik surgery set!

So stay tuned for more of the “Wild and Wonderful” as my friend Opit says.

I’ll try not to disappoint.

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George Pal’s 1951 film classic ‘When Worlds Collide‘ was one of the first sci-fi dramas that depicted planetary collision, and thus, the end of the world as a plausible scientific event, which was later coined during the 1990s as an “Extinction Level Event.”

The discovery of the iridium layer throughout the planet and the Chicxulub Crater off the coast of Mexico as the cause of the dinosaur’s demise helped cement the theory.

However, oddly enough, planetary defense against natural near-earth-objects is considered very technologically feasible, more so than any other threat against humanity.

Go figure.

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Martian Glaciers, Transhuman Hearing and Black Swans

INFRARED light can stimulate neurons in the inner ear as precisely as sound waves, a discovery that could lead to better cochlear implants for deaf people.

A healthy inner ear uses hair cells that respond to sound to stimulate neurons that send signals to the brain. But hair cells can be destroyed by disease or injury, or can contain defects at birth, leading to deafness. In such cases, cochlear implants can directly stimulate neurons.

The hearing provided by today’s implants is good enough to enable deaf children to develop speech skills that are remarkably similar to hearing children’s. Implant users still find it tough to appreciate music, communicate in a noisy environment and understand tonal languages like Mandarin, however. That’s because the implants use only 20 or so electrodes, a small number compared to the 3000-odd hair cells in a healthy ear.

Some of these advanced medical tech treatments have a lead time of a decade or more, but with the push for a Singularity of some kind, this could be cut in half or even shorter.

It would be nice to see this used for what is claimed.

Light opens up a world of sound for the deaf

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Vast Martian glaciers of water ice under protective blankets of rocky debris persist today at much lower latitudes than any ice previously identified on Mars, says new research using ground-penetrating radar on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

“Altogether, these glaciers almost certainly represent the largest reservoir of water ice on Mars that’s not in the polar caps. Just one of the features we examined is three times larger than the city of Los Angeles, and up to one-half-mile thick, and there are many more,” said John W. Holt of The University of Texas at Austin’s Jackson School of Geosciences, lead author of a report on the radar observations in the Nov. 21 issue of the journal Science.

This is a pretty significant find, but I have to ask, “Is the water salt brine or fresh?”

Most of the findings of the Phoenix lander and the Rovers found evidence of whatever water there was, it was salty.

Maybe it doesn’t matter, any water is better than no water.

And I don’t think we’re going to get there anytime soon.

New Research:: Blankets of Soil May Hide Vast Martian Glaciers

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The lesson of the black swan is that the world is governed not by ordinary and predictable events but by extraordinary and unpredictable ones. The asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs is an example of a black swan. The Internet is a good black swan, the crash of ’08 a bad one. Except for one or two eccentric cranks, no one saw it coming.

I remember when I went to get my hair cut in September. As he snipped away, my hairdresser told me his mutual fund had gone down, and he was so ticked off that he’d sold it and stuck his whole life savings in the bank. Poor guy, I thought smugly. The market will go back up and he’ll be sorry. Ha ha ha.

Another lesson of the black swan is that expertise is useless. No one has a clue why the markets have gone down so far, or whether they’ll go down more, or how long it will really take for the world to absorb China’s three-year backlog of refrigerators. You might as well ask the nearest cab driver. And if he tells you, “God only knows,” he’s giving you a more honest answer than the well-paid people in good suits who have devoted their careers to analyzing these matters. Yogi Berra was right when he said it’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.

I would definitely say to this person that there were alot more than “a few cranks” who predicted the dire economic straits the world is currently experiencing.

But we human beings are hard-wired to try to make sense out of chaos, to wit, to make order to the Universe.

Some people prefer that higher beings such as God make predictable, preordained and orderly events happen, thus eliminating the chaos.

Others feel that free will is an illusion because our brains make decisions microseconds before we are aware of them.

These are defense mechanisms our brain uses to organise the chaos into recognisable structures, i.e., patterns.

Unless your brain is short-circuited like mine.

Sometimes viewing the chaos is better than an acid trip!

A black swan comes home to roost

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The First Men In The Moon ( 1964 movie )

The First Men In The Moon, a 1901 story by H.G. Wells, was another treatise on the subject of imperialism and how future human societies might take shape.

The insect theme was prevalent then as it is now, over a hundred years later, hive-like societies in which individualism is subservient to the whole.

Many claim that human society is heading in that direction now, given the recent selection of Barack Obama as POTUS and his possible link with the bigshots running Google and the building of the GooglePlex Computing Cloud AI.

Also note the resemblance between the insect-like ‘Selenites’ and the ‘gray aliens’ that pervade the modern perceptions of the UFO experience.

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Conundrum

Bryq thought about deleting Luc.

Permanently.

Unfortunately, birthed AI entities have had Basic Existence Rights for Billennia.

So much for murder.

“Oh well,” sighed Bryq, “It was a nice fantasy.”

His job as “shephard” required Bryq to “devolve” into ur-human form, a Pre-Singularity entity able to relate to the ancient virtual human inhabitants who were unaware they were virtual.

Thus primitive, baseline thoughts occasionally crossed his mind.

“You should practice more Zen.”

Bryq wryly turned his head toward Luc and winked.

He considered telling him to stay out of his head, but he decided it was better to let Luc believe he was capable of murder.

It would keep him guessing and in his place.

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The Dark Matter Particles of the Moon and Benjamin Fulford

Wired Science:

A new experiment may have found the first direct evidence of dark matter particles, a discovery that could begin to unravel one of the biggest mysteries in physics.

Theorists believe that dark matter, made up of of weakly-interacting massive particles, composes 23 percent of the universe, but no one has ever directly detected one of these WIMPs.

Now, physicists have announced they’ve spotted electrons with just about the amount of energy they would have expected to be made by a particular kind of WIMP entering the visible world.

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The KK particles are predicted by multiple-dimension theories of the universe and have long-been a leading candidate as the substance of dark matter. The new discovery then, if confirmed, would provide evidence that the fabric of space-time has many “compact” dimensions beyond the four that humans perceive.

“If the Kaluza–Klein annihilation explanation proves to be correct, this will necessitate a fuller investigation of such multidimensional spaces, with potentially important implications for our understanding of the Universe,” the authors conclude.

The Multiverse Theory has been getting a lot of play lately, i.e., from Einstein on the History Channel to Michio Kaku.

Could physicists really be onto something after all?

Physicists Find Dark Matter, or Something Even More Strange

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J.P. Skipper sez;

“This two part report is about Moon evidence that may or may not be real. The first part is about general image tampering in the Moon science data. I go to this trouble because you should at least be aware that the credibility of the data in general is often very questionable and so caution is advised in approaching anomalous information within it…

The above first image is a wide Apollo 17 EVA 1 ALSEP panorama image on the Moon demonstrating the context scene with the yellow arrow pointing out the location of the evidence spots in question for any who wish to do a follow-up search behind me on this. The evidence consists of two duplicated identical rocks in the terrain. The left second image shows a 100% full resolution view of the two rocks and the third right image shows a 200% zoom view of the two rocks so that there can be no mistaking that they are identical except for some slight light highlighting differences between them. “

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The resumption of the Race to the Moon brings many questions to the table, especially when it comes to mysteries that might, or might not be there.

But with the world economic outlook being what it is, I don’t see us going back to the Moon anytime soon.

Not until Google provides virtual tours via its Interplanetary Internet anyways.

More Moon Evidence

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And now a word from Benjamin Fulford:

A senior member of a secret society that has ruled much of humanity for the past 5775 years has gone public. This society is none other than the “God” of the old testament. While it is impossible to independently confirm the truth of much of what he has to say, and while it is almost certain what he has told me is a mix of truth and disinformation, much of it does fit with what we truth seekers have all been learning since the events of 911. His testimony has finally given me enough pieces of the puzzle to reveal much about this “God” organization know known to us as the illuminati. Before I proceed further I wish to remind all truth seekers of that old adage: “the truth is stranger than fiction.”

The Ninja’s name is Shiramine and until now he went by the code name “OK Corral.” The Ninja’s are an organization that date back to 7th century Japan. They are not to be confused with the Chinese secret societies that go back to 500 B.C. The Ninja’s come in three basic ranks. The first rank is the martial arts experts (sometimes completely covered in black clothing for night work) we usually associate with Nina’s. These were and remain today the Japanese elite forces. The head of the Ninja elite forces today is a man by the name of Hatsumi. Hatsumi has trained over 170,000 US, UK, and Israeli special forces and is considered one of the world’s premiere martial arts experts.

The second level Nina’s are like military planners or senior bureaucrats. They are charged with strategic planning. The highest level Ninjas are people who make history. In the old days they served the Emperor or various war-lords.

Today’s high level Ninjas serve the Emperor of Japan or else the Rothschild or Rockefeller families. Shiramine was, until recently, David Rockefeller’s Ninja charged with enforcing his secret rule over Japan.

However, according to Shiramine, there has been a generational change in the secret government of the West. David Rockefeller has ceded power to his Nephew Senator Jay Rockefeller. Evylin Rothschild, for his part, has ceded power to Baron David Rotschild. Just as a new king brings forth new policies, so does a generational change in the Western secret government.

So, Shiramine now reports to Jay Rockefeller. The reason Shiramine decided to go public is that his bosses in the Ninja organization (those who report to the imperial family) found out he was an illuminati agent. They contacted me and asked if they should have him “taken care of.” A terrified Shiramine came to me for support. I told him that since he had been un-masked, his best policy would be to go public. And so he has.

I still don’t know what to make of Fulford. His claims sound too wild to consider at times.

He’s either the biggest bullshitting disinformation agent there ever was, or what he’s saying is too outrageous to just up and pull out of his backside!

You can’t make this stuff up sometimes!

Read, then decide whether to laugh and/or cry!

Rockefeller’s Ninja Goes Public With Illuminati ‘Truth’ About ‘God’

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Ancient “Barsoom” ocean, Multiversal anthropism and robotic morals

An international team of scientists who analyzed data from the Gamma Ray Spectrometer onboard NASA’s Mars Odyssey reports new evidence for the controversial idea that oceans once covered about a third of ancient Mars.

“We compared Gamma Ray Spectrometer data on potassium, thorium and iron above and below a shoreline believed to mark an ancient ocean that covered a third of Mars’ surface, and an inner shoreline believed to mark a younger, smaller ocean,” said University of Arizona planetary geologist James M. Dohm, who led the international investigation.

“We compared Gamma Ray Spectrometer data on potassium, thorium and iron above and below a shoreline believed to mark an ancient ocean that covered a third of Mars’ surface, and an inner shoreline believed to mark a younger, smaller ocean,” said University of Arizona planetary geologist James M. Dohm, who led the international investigation.

Slowly, but surely we’re getting a picture of Mars in the far, far past that once could have been a small, Earth type planet before Earth itself settled into its final form.

Could evidence of primitive life ( fossils? ) be far behind eventually?

As much as a third of Mars could have been underwater, UA scientists say

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Physicists don’t like coincidences. They like even less the notion that life is somehow central to the universe, and yet recent discoveries are forcing them to confront that very idea. Life, it seems, is not an incidental component of the universe, burped up out of a random chemical brew on a lonely planet to endure for a few fleeting ticks of the cosmic clock. In some strange sense, it appears that we are not adapted to the universe; the universe is adapted to us.

Call it a fluke, a mystery, a miracle. Or call it the biggest problem in physics. Short of invoking a benevolent creator, many physicists see only one possible explanation: Our universe may be but one of perhaps infinitely many universes in an inconceivably vast multi­verse. Most of those universes are barren, but some, like ours, have conditions suitable for life.

The idea is controversial. Critics say it doesn’t even qualify as a scientific theory because the existence of other universes cannot be proved or disproved. Advocates argue that, like it or not, the multiverse may well be the only viable non­religious explanation for what is often called the “fine-tuning problem”—the baffling observation that the laws of the universe seem custom-tailored to favor the emergence of life.

“For me the reality of many universes is a logical possibility,” Linde says. “You might say, ‘Maybe this is some mysterious coincidence. Maybe God created the universe for our benefit.’ Well, I don’t know about God, but the universe itself might reproduce itself eternally in all its possible manifestations.”

The Highwayman would say, “Haha, told ya so Marine!”

To me, the Anthropic Principle seems to be the Star Trek Universe writ large, humanoids and their variants abound through-out the Cosmos.

I don’t want to believe it, but if the evidence points that way, isn’t it the truth?

Read and you be the judge.

Science’s Alternative to an Intelligent Creator: the Multiverse Theory

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With the relentless march of technological progress, robots and other automated systems are getting ever smarter. At the same time they are also being given greater responsibilities, driving cars, helping with childcare, carrying weapons, and maybe soon even pulling the trigger.

But should they be trusted to take on such tasks, and how can we be sure that they never take a decision that could cause unintended harm?

The latest contribution to the growing debate over the challenges posed by increasingly powerful and independent robots is the book Moral Machines: Teaching Robots Right from Wrong.

Authors Wendell Wallach, an ethicist at Yale University, and historian and philosopher of cognitive science Colin Allen, at Indiana University, argue that we need to work out how to make robots into responsible and moral machines. It is just a matter of time until a computer or robot takes a decision that will cause a human disaster, they say.

So are there things we can do to minimise the risks? Wallach and Allen take a look at six strategies that could reduce the danger from our own high-tech creations.

The six rules the author lists only offer limited to moderate success, mostly from rules based preprogramming like Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics.

But with our government, and private corporations like Google actively striving for a Panopticon Singularity, perhaps some rules based programming might be in order.

I’m not too optimistic about that either.

Six ways to build robots that do humans no harm

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Modern moon race, sci-fi wisdom and the void

Weird Things:

A recent article in Time Magazine announces a new space race. United States, China, India, Japan and the members of the ESA, it says, have their sights set on the Moon. Unlike the competition between the US and the USSR, this isn’t as much of a race as a test of technology. It’s not about who gets there first. Rather, it’s about who can get there and stay the longest. And like the original space race, it’s more about politics, bragging rights and national pride than the science.

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Maybe it’s good that the new race to the Moon also has a political aspect. After all, the public ambitions of the USSR are what motivated the US to design a focused space program. The first man-made object in space being a Soviet satellite and the first human in space being a Soviet test pilot changed the American education system and prompted the government to pour tens of billions of dollars into scientific endeavors. Maybe the threat of China or the ESA upstaging the long American superiority in space will cause another scientific reawakening.

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A renewed political space race can be an impetus for private enterprise to get involved also, like the opening of the Americas after Christoforo Colon’s Spanish Empire funded missions.

The good thing about this is that there doesn’t seem to be any lunar ‘aboriginals’ to enslave or kill off.

the next space race

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“As well as a mere storytelling device, science fiction often articulates our present-day concerns and anxieties – paradoxically, it is often about the here and now rather than the future. As Stephen Baxter points out…, H. G. Wells’s ground-breaking 1895 novella The Time Machine – famous for popularising the idea of time travel – was more concerned with where Darwinian natural selection was taking the human race than with the actual nuts and bolts of time travel. In the 1968 novel Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner imagined the dire consequences of overpopulation. Arthur C. Clarke’s The Lion of Comarre explored the terrible allure of computer-generated artificial realities, which – god forbid – people might actually choose over the far-from-seductive messiness of the real world.

All of these books are about imagining where present-day, often worrying, scientific and technological trends might be leading us. They can act as a warning or, at the bare minimum, cushion us from what American writer Alvin Toffler so memorably described as ‘future shock.’”

Chown’s point is well taken. I’ve long believed that science fiction is less predictive than diagnostic, telling us more about the era in which it is written than about the future. Better to say that science fiction is the way we, in our own particular times and places, work out possible futures given the scenario we see before us. Can a truly ‘futuristic’ science fiction — one that makes no reference to its own provenance, but tries to depict the future while remaining free of the political and sociological baggage of the time from which it emerged — even be written? If so, how?

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Ahh, but that’s the beauty of sci-fi, the ability to make social comentary without angering the ‘Powers That Be’.

Too much, that is.

Science Fiction: Future Past

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IT WAS the evolutionary theory of its age. A revolutionary hypothesis that undermined the cherished notion that we humans are somehow special, driving a deep wedge between science and religion. The philosopher Giordano Bruno was burned at the stake for espousing it; Galileo Galilei, the most brilliant scientist of his age, was silenced. But Nicolaus Copernicus’s idea that Earth was just one of many planets orbiting the sun – and so occupied no exceptional position in the cosmos – has endured and become a foundation stone of our understanding of the universe.

Could it actually be wrong, though? At first glance, that question might seem heretical, or downright silly. But as our cosmic horizons have expanded over the centuries so too has the scope of Copernicus’s idea. It has morphed into the Copernican, or cosmological, principle: that nothing distinguishes the position of Earth’s galaxy from any other place in the entire universe. And that idea, some cosmologists point out, has not been tested beyond all doubt – yet.

Good point. How has the Copernican Principle been proven beyond doubt?

It hasn’t, but when one looks at the sky at night, how can one doubt it?

Is Earth at the heart of a giant cosmic void?

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Surprises

“Son-ov-a-bitch!”

Lamont’s nose exploded a red fount, covering the front of his shirt and splattering the bar.

Being punched in the nose was bad enough, but being caught off guard was worse.

Before the Thai bar-keep could throw a kick or grab a ball-bat from under the bar, he sprang into action, splitting himself into past and present, creating an optical illusion of being in two places at once.

The woman hesitated for a split second, enough for Lamont to place a well aimed foot upside her head, knocking her unconscious.

Or so it seemed.

Lamont suddenly found himself locked firmly to the deck, unable to move at all.

And the scene had changed also. He was no longer in the Thai bar.

He was laying on his back in a green-gold meadow, the Sun shining down on him in shimmering waves.

A light breeze was blowing across his face, carrying the fragrant odors of apple blossoms and honey.

Melodious sound waves were wafting along the air currents too, adding to the impression of being in a vast ocean of wheat in the middle of Kansas.

Kansas?

Lamont sat straight up, hearing perked up to catch the music that was on the wind. Looking around, he couldn’t tell where the odors or music was coming from, so he just sat and studied the surrounding area.

“Well, this is definitely different from the bar”, he noted as he scanned the environment.

It appeared to him he was sitting in the middle of a plain of wheat, with copses of low slung apple trees, somewhat resembling large bonsai, spaced here and there, separated by perhaps 500 to 2500 meters.

Suddenly, the lilting music caught his ears, soft as the lowing of sheep on a hill-side meadow.

This time, Lamont locked onto the sounds like a heat-seeking missile. He stood up and started walking, tracking the music as he crunched the stalks of wheat with his feet.

Simultaneously scanning the horizon with his eyes, he soon found the source of the music, a small group of crab-apple trees 900 meters away.

And a figure sitting under the largest tree, blowing into a long, bamboo-like tube.

Lamont quickened his pace, occasionally kicking up grasshopper-like creatures, some resembling preying mantis. He wanted to get to the bottom of this mystery and return to the ship. Ski and Ismir must be going spastic right about now. Especially Ismir.

The figure under the branches of the tree didn’t stop playing the bamboo flute-like instrument as he approached however. The being ( it appeared to be a human male ) had long, shoulder length brown hair tied off in the back. He wore a loose fitting white, light woolen shirt with matching trousers. A brown belt that was tied in the front completed the simple attire.

The man just sat there under the tree, playing his instrument even after Lamont arrived to demand where he was. The music was so soothing, it was like listening to a far away waterfall.

It was wonderful!

Abruptly, the being stopped playing, as if suddenly realizing he had company. He looked over at Lamont and put down the flute to stand up, wiping his palms on his trousers at the same time as he stood.

“Oh I’m so sorry Lamont”, the creature apologized, “Forgive me my manners, it’s been a long time since I had some civilized company!”

The being stepped forward with its hand out, introducing itself, “My name is Bryq and I’m the shepherd here.”

Lamont was completely taken by surprise. Again.

This was the second time in a row this happened and it wasn’t a welcome habit. One can get killed getting surprised too many times.

Even a nano-engineered super-Marine.

But Lamont wasn’t about to be tentative or weak in this encounter, he had a mission to complete and to report on.

As he grasped the being’s hand in the hand-shake, he looked into the face of the other and experienced something akin to an epiphany, Nirvana, epileptic after-glow and another feeling overcoming all else.

Recognition.

“Yes Jenks/Lamont, we know each other.”

“We know each other very well indeed!”

As Lamont and the entity named Bryq looked into each others’ eyes, information flowed freely between them, transcending all space and time.

During this time however, a little used corner of Lamont’s mind could not stop thinking about two things…

“How does he know me?”

And…

“How come he has my face?”

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Extrasolar planets, Great Depression II and (R)evolutionary Cure

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Two new planetary systems have been imaged in the Milky Way: a star boasting three planetary siblings and another harbouring one at a large distance from its star.

Other candidate planets have been imaged near stars. But the new pictures are the first to capture the slow crawl of the planets around their host stars, confirming that they are indeed in orbit.

“It’s great to see the quest for direct imaging of extrasolar planets finally bearing fruit,” says Ray Jayawardhana of the University of Toronto, who was not associated with the two new studies.

Direct images can detect planets at much greater distances from their stars than the techniques most commonly used today. Such faraway worlds could challenge the prevailing model of how planets form.

This is quite an achievement in stellar photographic studies, the first visual proof of extrasolar planets.

First images captured of alien solar system

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Ignorance Is Futile:

“There will be a revolution in this country,” he said. “It’s not going to come yet, but it’s going to come down the line and we’re going to see a third party and this was the catalyst for it: the takeover of Washington, D. C., in broad daylight by Wall Street in this bloodless coup. And it will happen as conditions continue to worsen.”

“The first thing to do is organize with tax revolts. That’s going to be the big one because people can’t afford to pay more school tax, property tax, any kind of tax. You’re going to start seeing those kinds of protests start to develop.”

“It’s going to be very bleak. Very sad. And there is going to be a lot of homeless, the likes of which we have never seen before. Tent cities are already sprouting up around the country and we’re going to see many more.”

“We’re going to start seeing huge areas of vacant real estate and squatters living in them as well. It’s going to be a picture the likes of which Americans are not going to be used to. It’s going to come as a shock and with it, there’s going to be a lot of crime. And the crime is going to be a lot worse than it was before because in the last 1929 Depression, people’s minds weren’t wrecked on all these modern drugs – over-the-counter drugs, or crystal meth or whatever it might be. So, you have a huge underclass of very desperate people with their minds chemically blown beyond anybody’s comprehension.”

The George Washington blog has compiled a list of quotes attesting to Celente’s accuracy as a trend forecaster.

“When CNN wants to know about the Top Trends, we ask Gerald Celente.”
— CNN Headline News

“A network of 25 experts whose range of specialties would rival many university faculties.”
— The Economist

“Gerald Celente has a knack for getting the zeitgeist right.”
— USA Today

“There’s not a better trend forecaster than Gerald Celente. The man knows what he’s talking about.”
– CNBC

“Those who take their predictions seriously … consider the Trends Research Institute.”
— The Wall Street Journal

“Gerald Celente is always ahead of the curve on trends and uncannily on the mark … he’s one of the most accurate forecasters around.”
— The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Mr. Celente tracks the world’s social, economic and business trends for corporate clients.”
— The New York Times

“Mr. Celente is a very intelligent guy. We are able to learn about trends from an authority.”
— 48 Hours, CBS News

“Gerald Celente has a solid track record. He has predicted everything from the 1987 stock market crash and the demise of the Soviet Union to green marketing and corporate downsizing.”
— The Detroit News

“Gerald Celente forecast the 1987 stock market crash, ‘green marketing,’ and the boom in gourmet coffees.”
— Chicago Tribune

“The Trends Research Institute is the Standard and Poors of Popular Culture.”
— The Los Angeles Times

“If Nostradamus were alive today, he’d have a hard time keeping up with Gerald Celente.”
— New York Post

So there you have it – hardly a nutjob conspiracy theorist blowhard now is he? The price of not heeding his warnings will be far greater than the cost of preparing for the future now. Storable food and gold are two good places to make a start.

Do you think IIB likes this guy?

Read the post.

-Celente Predicts Revolution, Food Riots, Tax Rebellions By 2012

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Weird Things:

“For the last few days, the web has been abuzz about an AIDS patient who might have been cured by a marrow transplant from someone immune to the virus. Scientists have known about HIV immunity for over a decade when they found that some people had a mutation which prevents the expression of the CCR5 gene and doesn’t build the receptors to which the AIDS virus attaches to begin the infection process. It’s obviously great news for medical research, but it’s also a display of evolution in action that casts doubt on one of the most controversial dogmas of religious fundamentalists in the United States.”

hiv virus

I’m sure many folks of the fundie type will have much to dispute about this finding, but facts is facts.

an evolutionary cure for aids?

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