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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

"The US patent has just expired on Lipitor, the best-selling drug of all time, as the first generic versions go on sale, marking the end of a brand that has dominated the drug industry, lowered the cholesterol of tens of millions of patients, and generated $10.7 billion last year in annual sales. But drug manufacturer Pfizer, dependent on Lipitor for almost one-fifth of the company's revenue, does not intend to go down without a fight. Pfizer is employing unprecedented tactics to hold onto as many Lipitor prescriptions as it can with an aggressive marketing plan and forging deals with insurers, pharmacy benefit managers and patients to meet or beat the price of its generic replacements because even at the lower price, Pfizer has a huge profit margin because of the relatively low cost of materials for Lipitor. Some deals require pharmacies to reject prescriptions for low-cost generics and substitute a discounted name-brand Lipitor while other deals block generic makers from mail-order services that account for an estimated 40 percent of all Lipitor prescriptions. 'Pfizer's tactic of dressing up as a generics company is pulling the rug under the incentive system created to foster the development of generic drugs,' says attorney David A. Balto." I have stock in Pfizer so I won't comment. Don't they make Viagra?
Jet Man Flys With Real Jetshttp://www.gizmag.com/jetman-flies-across-grand-canyon/18621/

BUSTED! Secret app on millions of phones logs key taps 

He's getting quite comfortable around me. 

End to the 30-year war against AIDS in sight:Thirty years, 30 million deaths and 60 million infections after HIV appeared, medical researchers now have the tools to halt the deadly epidemic.

Word For A Wednesday

Psalm 118:24
This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Deuteronomy 12:18
 ...and thou shalt rejoice before the LORD thy God in all that thou puttest thine hands unto.

Deuteronomy 30:9
And the LORD thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good: for the LORD will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers:

1 Chronicles 16:10
Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.

1 Chronicles 16:31
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let men say among the nations, The LORD reigneth.

1 Chronicles 16:32
Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof: let the fields rejoice, and all that is therein.

2 Chronicles 6:41
Now therefore arise, O LORD God, into thy resting place, thou, and the ark of thy strength: let thy priests, O LORD God, be clothed with salvation, and let thy saints rejoice in goodness.

Nehemiah 12:43
Also that day they offered great sacrifices, and rejoiced: for God had made them rejoice with great joy: the wives also and the childrenrejoiced: so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard even afar off.

Job 21:12
They take the timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ.

Psalm 5:11
But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.

Psalm 9:2
I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.

Psalm 13:5
But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.

Psalm 20:5
We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners: the LORD fulfil all thy petitions.

Psalm 32:11
Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.

Psalm 33:1
Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright.

Psalm 33:21
For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name.

Psalm 35:9
And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in his salvation.

Psalm 40:16
Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified.

Life is choices and consequences of those choices. When we contemplate and focus upon our problems we magnify them. Eventually they can appear overwhelming to us and bog us down with stress. If we choose to magnify the Lord and keep our focus on Him our problems diminish in our sight and we gain a proper perspective. Choose to rejoice in the Lord today in the face of your problems.  

Let all heaven and earth rejoice! Blessed be the name of the Lord. For He alone is worthy of all our praise. Today lift up your voice in rejoicing. May the gladness of Christ be your portion and may He lift you up from all that would try to overtake you. I cried unto the Lord and He heard me; I will rejoice and be glad in Him!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

"Sci-fi author Charlie Stross has written a post about how the Big Six book publishing companies have painted themselves into a corner in the rapidly growing ebook industry. Between user-unfriendly DRM and the Amazon juggernaut, they're slowly pushing themselves out of business. Quoting: 'Until 2008, ebooks were a tiny market segment, under 1% and easily overlooked; but in 2009 ebook sales began to rise exponentially, and ebooks now account for over 20% of all fiction sales. In some areas ebooks are up to 40% of the market and rising rapidly. (I am not making that last figure up: I'm speaking from my own sales figures.) And Amazon have got 80% of the ebook retail market. ... the Big Six's pig-headed insistence on DRM on ebooks is handing Amazon a stick with which to beat them harder. DRM on ebooks gives Amazon a great tool for locking ebook customers into the Kindle platform.'"

An anonymous reader sends this excerpt from the Seattle Times:

"Drone aircraft, best known for their role in hunting and destroying terrorist hideouts in Afghanistan and Pakistan, may be coming soon to the skies near you. Police agencies want drones for air support to find runaway criminals. Utility companies expect they can help monitor oil, gas and water pipelines. Farmers believe drones could aid in spraying crops with pesticides. 'It's going to happen,' said Dan Elwell, vice president of civil aviation at the Aerospace Industries Association. 'Now it's about figuring out how to safely assimilate the technology into national airspace.' That's the job of the Federal Aviation Administration, which plans to propose new rules for using small drones in January, a first step toward integrating robotic aircraft into the nation's skyways."
"A federal judge has ruled that a number of a websites trafficking in counterfeit Chanel goods can have their domains seized and transferred to a new registrar. Astonishingly, the judge also ordered that the sites must be de-indexed from all search engines and all social media websites. Quoting the article: 'Missing from the ruling is any discussion of the Internet's global nature; the judge shows no awareness that the domains in question might not even be registered in this country, for instance, and his ban on search engine and social media indexing apparently extends to the entire world. (And, when applied to US-based companies like Twitter, apparently compels them to censor the links globally rather than only when accessed by people in the US.) Indeed, a cursory search through the list of offending domains turns up poshmoda.ws, a site registered in Germany. The German registrar has not yet complied with the US court order, though most other domain names on the list are .com or .net names and have been seized.'"
"Facebook has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers by telling them they could keep their information on Facebook private, and then repeatedly allowing it to be shared and made public. The settlement is soft on Facebook; there are no fines or criminal penalties. According to the FTC, in December 2009, Facebook 'changed its website so certain information that users may have designated as private – such as their Friends List – was made public. Facebook didn't warn users that this change was coming, or get their approval in advance.' Among the other complaints (PDF), 'Facebook represented that third-party apps that users' installed would have access only to user information that they needed to operate. In fact, the apps could access nearly all of users' personal data – data the apps didn't need.'"

The settlement demands that Facebook avoid any new deceptive privacy claims, and also that users must give explicit permission for changes to be made to their privacy preferences. Facebook will be audited every two years for the next two decades to make sure they're holding up their end of the settlement. In a lengthy statement on Facebook's blog, Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged that they'd made mistakes.

"Max Marty, founder of Blueseed, thinks immigration laws in the U.S. make it too difficult for entrepreneurs from other countries to come to the U.S. and develop new technologies. In order to solve this, he's trying to buy a large ship he can anchor off the coast of California, in international waters, which he can then turn into a start-up incubator, fostering a 'year-long hack-a-thon.' From the article: 'With a B-1 visa, visitors can freely travel to the United States for meetings, conferences, and even training seminars. B-1 visas are relatively easy to get, and can be valid for as long as 10 years. Blueseed plans to provide regular ferry service between the ship to the United States. While Blueseed residents would need to do their actual work—such as writing code—on the ship, Marty envisions them making regular trips to Silicon Valley to meet with clients, investors, and business partners. With the ship only 12 miles offshore, it should be practical to make a day trip to the mainland and return in the evening. A B-1 visa also permits overnight stays.'"

NBC Universal Threatens Partners That They Need To Sign 'Grassroots' Support Of SOPA/PIPA Or It Might Have To Drop Them
Kitty has teddy
There Are More Sick People Now T
I made a new friend
A kitten got lost for three days. The mother constantly looked for her, neither sleeping nor eating. This photo is of the kitten sleeping on her mother, 20 minutes after they found each other.
bath time without the bristles.
Moon Landing
Wake up Neo...
On the beach in Saudi Arabia, striking a sexy pose in my most revealing bathing suit. Nailed it?
That whole Nazi thing workin' out for ya?
Just my friend's dog sitting on the couch.
The Stone Bridges of Bulgaria [2048x1360]
Lake Havasu Thinks They Have The London Bridge...They Don't.
London's Tower Bridge during construction in 1892

Some Thoughts For A Tuesday

Lets see what the feast of Trumpets, or the sounding of Shofar, means for us. According to Numbers 10, there were seven functions accomplished by blowing the trumpets.

First of all there was the calling of the assembly. When the priests blew the trumpets, all Israel would gather to the tent meeting, the tabernacle. They would all come to the center place where the glory of the Lord was revealed, that they might hear the Word of the Lord.

Second, they would blow the trumpets of silver for the journeying of the camps. When they saw the glory cloud moving, the priests blew the trumpets and everyone was alerted; they knew it was time to move on. when an alarm was blown the first time, one side of the camp would move, at the second alarm, another side would move. Imagine three million people, with all their flocks and herds, converging into a long line of march and beginning to journey.

Third, the preparation of war was by the blowing of the silver trumpets. When an adversary came against them, the priests would blow the trumpets; and as they sounded the alarm, they would be "remembered before the Lord their God and saved from their enemy" (Numbers 10:9).

The fourth function of the trumpets was for days of gladness. whenever they were to have times of just pure joy- festivals, a wonderful, happy time- they would blow the trumpets and the people would come together. I hope in these days to come we have more times when we blow the trumpets for gladness than we blow them for war. Nevertheless, even though it be for times of conflict, it will be wonderful to have the trumpets of God sound forth.

Recently at my first Blue Man show I got a small glimpse of a visual picture of gladness of a sort. My wife and I were seated five rows back from the stage. The Blue men sent quite a few large balls out into the audience. They were lighted from within and seemed to have some helium in them so they floated when we pushed them into the air. The audience caught on quickly and started in a group participation activity of pushing these balls all over the lower level of the concert hall. As this continued there was laughter bursting out all over the place. then  there was confetti and streamers falling from the ceiling. then the blue men started shooting long lines of large toilet paper out into the crowd. As large long silky, white fingers of fabric billowed out over us from both sides of the stage. They wiggled here and there, blowing warm air from their ends, lightly touching the crowd. By now the audience was coming together in a type of joyous celebration in the midst of all that was going on. Walls of separation were coming down and people were enjoying  themselves and laughing as they participated in the celebration that the Blue Men had initiated. After it was all over I could see the smiles and a much changed atmosphere. It all left me with a great feeling inside when it was all over...I suppose the Blue Men had made their point..."Don't worry, be happy."

God desires for us to have some days of gladness. When was the last time that you had days of gladness? Have you ever had days of gladness? 

Jesus said:
John 10:10
... I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."

John 20:31
But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

Eternal life is the main thought in the above verses.
There is also an aspect within the name of Jesus Christ whereby we can have abundance of life. I don't think that this means materialism like a tv evangelist    
life style would suggest to us.

 I think this means a deep satisfaction with such as we have and a gladness as a fruitful result of this deep satisfaction. When we Christians come together as a community of believers, not under some sort of a man made Brand name churchianity, but as one body of believers in Christ Jesus alone; there is a joy and a gladness available to us. 

Jesus said:
John 7:38
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

He did not say, "They that are loyal to their brand of church..." He said they that believe in Me!

There is living water within you as a believer in Jesus Christ.  Blow your silver trumpet for days of gladness in your life. Set aside the worries and cares of this life for a few days and participate in days of gladness that the Lord would have all of us to enjoy. 

I blow the silver trumpet for days of gladness over your life. I proclaim that the rivers of living water shall flow forth to the surface and spill out on to others around you this day! I break the chains of toil and bondage with the blowing of the silver trumpet over you. I blow forth the free flow of the rivers of living water to gush like a broken fire hydrant on to everyone that would come into contact with you during these awesome days of gladness that the Lord has proclaimed. Yes, that the Lord has proclaimed. It is the will of Almighty God this day that you enter into the days of gladness with us. 

Be filled with expectancy as the Lord brings you into contact with others who have chosen to enter into these days of gladness with us...

Monday, November 28, 2011

Shekinah Fellowship: Desert Ministry School Of The Prophets Update (11-5,6-2011)

Shekinah Fellowship: Desert Ministry School Of The Prophets Update (11-5,6-2011)

Thoughts For A Monday

And on the day that the tabernacle was reared up the cloud covered the tabernacle, even the tent of the testimony; and at even it was upon the tabernacle as it were the appearance of fire, until morning.

So it was alway; the cloud covered it, and the appearance of fire by night. And whenever the cloud was taken up from over the Tent, then after that the children of Israel journeyed; and in the place where the cloud abode, there the children of Israel encamped..

At the commandment of Jehovah the children of Israel journeted, and at the commandment of Jehovah they remained encamped. And when the cloud tarried upon the tabernacle many days, then the children of Israel kept the charge of Jehovah, and journeyed not.
Numbers 9:15-19

Rewording it over and over, this carefully says that they only moved when God moved. When God stood still, they stood still; when God was ready to move, they moved. God set the pace for them. How often we can get so busy trying to survive or just get ahead in life. Concentrating on the things of this life to the exclusion of what truly matters the most. Better it would be to time our selves to God's timing and direction.

Jesus said:
... I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture...
... My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:... I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine...
 John Chapter 10

Jesus, as our good shepherd, by His Holy Spirit, will lead us and guide us into sustenance of His pastures. But we have to be willing to follow Him by listening for His voice and seeing where He is going. Has Jesus moved and you didn't take notice? Has Jesus spoken and you didn't listen?

Take a moment just now to time yourself to His timing. rest in Him and reestablish fellowship with Him. Regain your awareness of His direction in your own life. 

On the first day of the seventh month was to be the sounding of trumpets (Leviticus 23:24). The trumpets have always had a great significanse, yet many Christians have never understood what they meant. If we read just ten verses in numbers 10, we can outline seven functions of the trumpets and show what they really symbolize in the spiritual walk.

And jehovah spake unto Moses, saying, Make thee two trumpets of silver; of beaten work shalt thou make them.
Numbers 10:1-2.

Notice that the trumpets were to be made of beaten silver. These trumpets could not just be molded; they had to be beaten out. when God begins to bring the Living Word, the vessels who sound it forth are not created on an assembly line; they are beaten out by the hand of God. They are a beaten work. In this day of the Living Word, if you have a ministry to sound the trumpet in Zion, you will find that you have reached the ministry through the dealings of God, His beatings upon your life that have molded you and shaped you into a vessel He wants you to be.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

This is exactly what record companies don't want to happen and why ultimately they will continue to try and stop it.

"Note: I was writing about this experience for an English course, then realized how applicable it was in regards to SOPA. It might be tough for some to see why SOPA is such a big deal, hope this helps.
As a soldier in Afghanistan I had the opportunity to experience many things that are uncommon to most westerners. My team and I spent several months patrolling a series of remote villages along a seasonal river in order to build a better relationship with the people in the area.

The area was one of the least visited by international forces. On multiple occasions I met nomads that had never seen westerners and some who thought we might be Russians (who had been there in the 1980's). I met very few people in the area that were able to read. Schools were found mainly in cities. It was rare for locals in these villages to travel much, with many individuals spending the entirety of their life in the same village of maybe a hundred people. During my time in these villages I did not once see a woman over the age of around 8 or so. The only source of electricity in the area was through running a power line off of a car or motorcycle battery, which would allow one to charge a cell phone or radio. There were no landlines, no internet access, basically no telecommunications. Hardly anyone can read and so there are very few books or newspapers.

A national telecommunications company had tried to erect a cell tower in the area. The tower lasted only a week or so before local Taliban blew it up. Initially I wasn't sure as to why the Taliban had blown up the tower as they could benefit from use of the tower as well. What I soon came to realize is that what they feared was the knowledge that would come with cell phones.

After spending a considerable amount of time with the locals it became clear that their only source of information, of news, was by word of mouth. A majority of what they knew about the outside world came from travelers, and a significant portion of the travelers through the area were Taliban. The Taliban in the area were able to effectively control the incoming knowledge of the local populace as the only source of new information came from travelers (word of mouth). Additionally, the Taliban set up random checkpoints in and out of the area in order to control both the goods that were coming in and out of the area as well as the people and thus the knowledge.

From an outsider's perspective it was easy to see that the Taliban were controlling and manipulating the local population, to the benefit of the Taliban and detriment of the locals. They were effectively spreading propaganda against the central government and against international forces. The locals, however, had no way of knowing that they were being controlled and manipulated in a way that was detrimental to their own well-being.

This may be an oversimplification, but you don't know what you don't know. If you've never been exposed to a certain material, a certain set of knowledge, then you can know neither its validity nor its significance. It's been said that knowledge will set you free. For those of us that already have a good deal in the way of personal freedom, I'd say that knowledge is what will keep us free.

The United States has been a worldwide leader when it comes to freedom of information. It's my assessment that SOPA is a step backwards, a step that will neither help the general public nor the majority of US businesses. Not everything regarding U.S. copyright bill is bad, but the manner of enforcement and the liability placed on businesses and individuals by this bill could be extremely detrimental.

If you think it really can't be that bad go ahead and read it yourself: http://judiciary.house.gov/hearings/pdf/112%20HR%203261.pdf
tl;dr Went to Afghanistan, saw the Taliban blowing up cell towers and setting up road blocks to control information. Don't like my senators/congressman trying to shut down part of our most influential means of communication."

"I am a soldier as well. I have only been to Iraq, a few times, since the start of the war, and I have seem similar villages just as you described. And of course being in the Army, I have had several buddies who have been to Afghanistan and have described the exact same thing. It is very interesting to see. I am just helping confirm that this is actually happening over there, for any skepticism of any doubts people may have."


The End of the World: Nullarbor Cliffs, Australia

You gotta love the attitude. Cop is lucky this guy didn't die. The fire fighter was awarded 18k in damages.

You gotta love the attitude. Cop is lucky this guy didn't die. The fire fighter was awarded 18k in damages.

Tesla Coils Are So Awesome

"In order to study the nature of lighting, the team at Lightning on Demand (LOD) plans to build two, ten-story-tall Tesla coils—the largest ever—that will blast arcs of lightning hundreds of feet in length. LOD founder Greg Leyh said the project aims to reveal details on the initiation process of natural lightning, an area that remains a mystery since smaller generated arcs have more trouble breaking through the air. It is believed that 'laboratory-scale electric arcs start to gain lightning-like abilities once they grow past about 200ft in length,' according to the LOD website, and so the team hopes to build Tesla coils large enough to do this. According to Leyh, 'Understanding how lightning forms [and grows] is the first step towards being able to control where lightning strikes or being able to suppress it completely in certain areas,'"

My Choice For Harp Player Of The Year

Saturday, November 26, 2011

"[California state leaders] have rallied around a plan to build a 520-mile high-speed rail line from Los Angeles to San Francisco, cutting the trip from a six-hour drive to a train ride of two hours and 38 minutes. And they are doing it in the face of what might seem like insurmountable political and fiscal obstacles. The pro-train constituency has not been derailed by a state report this month that found the cost of the bullet train tripling to $98 billion for a project that would not be finished until 2033, by news that Republicans in Congress are close to eliminating federal high-speed rail financing this year, by opposition from California farmers and landowners upset about tracks tearing through their communities or by questions about how much the state or private businesses will be able to contribute."

The Sheer Scale of the Great Wall of China

Who lives in a house like this?

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Near Space View Of Chemtrail geoengineering shield around the globe...and the aurora borealis

Earth | Time Lapse View from Space, Fly Over | NASA, ISS from Michael K├Ânig on Vimeo.

Marx Brothers does social engineering, brute force, and hacking without electronics.

DataDoc shares a funny one minute and 44 seconds YouTube video showing a clip/an "excerpt from the movie, Horse Feathers (1932) by the Marx Brothers. The famous 'Password Scene' where Groucho needs to say 'Swordfish' to gain access to the speakeasy."

Take Stanford courses for free

"Stanford University is offering the online world more of its undergraduate level CS courses. These free courses consist of You Tube videos with computer-marked quizzes and programming assignments. The ball had been started rolling by Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig's free online version of their Stanford AI class, for which they hoped to reach an audience in the order of a hundred thousand, a target which they seem to have achieved. As well as the previously announced Machine learning course you can now sign up to any of: Computer Science 101, Software as a Service, Human-Computer Interaction, Natural Language Processing, Game Theory, Probabilistic Graphical Models, Cryptography and Design and Analysis of Algorithms. Almost a complete computer science course and they are adding more. Introductory videos and details are available from each courses website."


"As sports nerds settle in today after Thanksgiving dinner for NFL and college football Reed Albergotti writes that there is some footage you will never see as he argues that the most-watched game in the US is probably the least understood. During every NFL game there are cameras hovering over the field, lashed to the goalposts and pointed at the coaches, but you will never see a shot of the entire field and what all 22 players do on every play which is considered proprietary information available only to teams and coaches. For decades, NFL TV broadcasts have relied most heavily on one view: the shot from a sideline camera that follows the progress of the ball. Anyone who wants to analyze the game, however, prefers to see the pulled-back camera angle known as the "All 22." While this shot makes the players look like stick figures, it allows students of the game to see things that are invisible to TV watchers: like what routes the receivers ran, how the defense aligned itself and who made blocks past the line of scrimmage and gives fans a 'bird's eye view' of the game to dissect team strategies, performances, and keys to success. Without the expanded frame, fans often have no idea why many plays turn out the way they do, or if the TV analysts are giving them correct information."

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

They get money for free so...

"How much does it cost to make a phone app to tell local temperature and suggest how not to get heatstroke, such as drink water and avoid alcohol? If you're the U.S. Government, it'll cost you a pretty penny. Using MuckRock to file a Freedom of Information Act, Rich Jones of GUN.IO discovered the Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration paid $106,467 for the Android version; $96,000 for the iPhone version, and an additional $40,000 for a BlackBerry app that never got distributed."

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

"30 years ago, Bob Wallace and his partner came up with a product to help hikers, flood victims and others purify water. Wallace, now 88 years old, packs his product by hand in his garage, stores it in his backyard shed and sells it for $6.50. Recently, the DEA has been hassling him because his product uses crystalline iodine. He has been refused a license to purchase the iodine because it can be used in the production of crystal meth, and as a result he is now out of business. A DEA spokesman describes this as 'collateral damage' not resulting from DEA regulations but from the selfish actions of criminals."

"James Fallows writes that you don't have to idealize everything about the Occupy movement to recognize the stoic resolve of the protesters at UC Davis being pepper sprayed as a moral drama that the protesters clearly won. 'The self-control they show, while being assaulted, reminds me of grainy TV footage I saw as a kid, of black civil rights protesters being fire-hosed by Bull Connor's policemen in Alabama. Or of course the Tank Man in Tiananmen Square,' writes Fallows. 'Such images can have tremendous, lasting power.' We can't yet imagine all the effects of the panopticon society we are beginning to live in but one benefit to the modern protest movement is the omnipresence of cameras (video) as police officials, protesters, and nearly all onlookers are recording whatever goes on bringing greater accountability and a reality-test for police claims that they 'had' to use excessive force. 'What's new is that now the perception war occurs simultaneously with the physical struggle. There's almost parity,' writes Andrew Sprung. 'You have a truncheon or gun, I have a camera. You inflict pain, I inflict infamy.'"

Accidental optical illusion.

Petition for Megyn Kelly to Eat or Drink a full dose of Pepper Spray

ACLU: License Plate Scanners Are Logging Citizen's Every Move: It has now become clear that this automated license plate readers technology, if we do not limit its use, will represent a significant step toward the creation of a surveillance society in US

Every year for a few days in the month of February, the sun’s angle is such, that it lights up Horsetail Falls in Yosemite, as if it were on fire.

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) provisions are so vague that it will go against fundamental freedoms and lead to privatized online censorship!

Pregnant Woman Miscarries After Being Sprayed With Pepper Spray

If pepperspraying peaceful, non-resisting protesters is "fairly standard police procedure," we need a new standard.

Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye, Scotland.

Patriot Act, security prompt GOP sparring in CNN national security debate. Paul calls USA PATRIOT Act "Unpatriotic", Gingrich wants to expand.

AP - Only Rep. Ron Paul of Texas among eight presidential hopefuls dissented, arguing that the law (patriot act) is "unpatriotic because it undermines our liberties."

Police Suspended After Pepper Spraying UCD Students

politicususa.com — Some people thought the UC Davis students who were pepper soaked had it coming. They should have moved. They shouldn’t have been protesting. Or, in the charming words of Newt Gingrich, they should have a shower then get a job. What Gingrich and others fail to understand is what the police did at UC Davis was brutality.  

Cheers To JPL

"NASA is getting set to launch its next Mars rover this week. The car-size Curiosity rover is the centerpiece of NASA's $2.5 billion Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission, slated to blast off Saturday (Nov. 26) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The rover will employ 10 different science instruments to help it answer questions once it touches down on the Red Planet in August 2012."

Monday, November 21, 2011

"Targeted at stopping SOPA, a petition has been started at the White House's 'We The People' page calling for a Constitutional amendment that would render internet access an inalienable right. Other countries have already adopted such classification for internet access. An excerpt from petition text reads: 'The United States Government is actively attempting to pass legislation to censor Internet. There are numerous campaigns against this Act, but we need to do more than just prevent SOPA from passing. Otherwise, future Acts of similar nature will oppress our rights.' Is calling for a Constitutional amendment to guarantee this too extreme, or is the Internet sufficiently entrenched in modern life that access to it should be guaranteed by the Constitution?"
"More than 250 cameras in Washington D.C. and its suburbs scan license plates in real time. It's a program that's quietly expanded beyond what anyone had imagined even a few years ago. Some jurisdictions store the information in a large networked database; others retain it only in the memory of each individual reader's computer, then delete it after several weeks as new data overwrite it. A George Mason University study last year found that 37 percent of large police agencies in the United States now use license plate reader technology and that a significant number of other agencies planned to have it by the end of 2011. But the survey found that fewer than 30 percent of the agencies using the tool had researched any legal implications. With virtually no public debate, police agencies have begun storing the information from the cameras, building databases that document the travels of millions of vehicles."

Christmas Tree Removed from Orange County Court House

Mojave Cross Removed by Vandals

Is Death An Illusion? Evidence Suggests Death Isn’t the End

 University of California President Mark Yudof issued a strongly-worded statement condemning the attacks on protesters: "I am appalled by images of University of California students being doused with pepper spray and jabbed with police batons on our campuses."

Ravi Shankar + Philip Glass = incredible - [7:37]

Inside the Corporate Plan to Occupy the Pentagon: Behind the growing push to slash soldiers' pensions and other military costs is a little-known advisory group—stacked with Wall Street executives.

Court Says Warrantless Mobile Phone Tracking Is Unconstitutional

Friday night confrontations common between street preachers and 'mockers'

Scrotal elephantiasis

New Video of Police Brutality at Occupy Oakland: 'Sabehgi, who was just walking home when he ran into cops, is perhaps disobeying police orders. He is not immediately dispersing. He is also wildly outnumbered and is not violent.'

UC-Davis Chancellor Has No Plan to Resign

Skydiving over the Great Barrier Reef at Mission Beach


Sunday, November 20, 2011

You wanted a protest - you got it!

In 1835 a father lowered his young son into a hole in the ground that had appeared during the digging of a duck pond. He emerged describing tunnels covered with shells.....

Fingal’s Cave, Isle of Staff, Scotland

Smart use of a Smart Car.

I was watching a movie in bed, got up for a drink and came back to find this...

Awesome bottle cap hat.

Shekinah Fellowship: A CLASH OF SPIRIT

Shekinah Fellowship: A CLASH OF SPIRIT

Video of Occupiers Walking 230 miles To Washington D.C.

freakoutnation.com — Occupiers departing on foot from New York City are en route to their 230 mile goal of reaching Washington D.C. to call on the Super Committee and C... 

America's new poor

cbsnews.com — CBS Sunday Morning: America's new poor - This Thanksgiving many who had in the past donated to food banks are finding they're now asking ... 

Armed Occupy Police Scared of Old Lady, Judge and Pregnant Teenager

politicususa.com — The Occupy movement's critics would have you believe that Occupy Wall Street protesters are a bunch of dirty hippies doing terrible and unlawf...  


99% Bat Signal projected On New York Building

Common Sense..."YOU" Are Not Actually Free At All... These People Are No Different Than You. Your Country Owns YOU.

It's time protestors got smart and a little bit media savvy. Why not bring large American flags to your protests? There are two benefits to this

This is getting out of hand. It's like Congress hasn't even read the Bill of Rights and I know this is probably a beaten horse but as a Law Student I can't help but bring this up.
In the United States there are THREE types of Free Speech (Full Protected, Limited Protection, Unprotected).
Full Protection: The Government CANNOT prohibit or regulate this speech and Americans should not fear CENSOR/ARREST/IMPRISONMENT for expressing his or her thoughts. This is EXPLICITLY POLITICAL SPEECH.
Limited Protection: Government can regulate time, place, and manner. This is only for COMMERCIAL SPEECH, OFFENSIVE SPEECH, and SPEECH OVER THE INTERNET. <-- This is how OWS is being treated. It's like there's some loophole that they think it's commercial speech but it's not -- it's Political.
Unprotected: Dangerous Speech, Fighting words, Speech Incites VIOLENT overthrow of government, defamatory language, Child Pornography. <-- It's not Dangerous unless you're the banks (not physically but financially/ideologically). It doesn't Incite a VIOLENT overthrow (they're all peaceful protestors), it's not defamatory, and it's obviously not child pornography.
Why are they getting away with this? (obviously a rhetorical question).

    Saturday, November 19, 2011

    Drop Your iPad And It Is Toast

    These can take a licking and keep on ticking:

    "'Sometime early next year, Ford will mail USB sticks to about 250,000 owners of vehicles with its advanced touchscreen control panel. The stick will contain a major upgrade to the software for that screen. With it, Ford breaks the model in which the technology in a car essentially stayed unchanged from assembly line to junk yard' — and Ford becomes a software company.
    This shift created a hot new tech job at Ford: human-machine interface engineers — people who come from a range of backgrounds, from software development to mechanical engineers, and who can live in the worlds of art and science at once."

    "FXI Technologies has taken a dual core smartphone-esque computer and put it into a little USB stick. Neat. This allows you to plug into anything with a screen, USB port, and input device and run your own instance of Android. It weighs 21 grams and contains 'a dual-core 1.2-GHz Samsung Exynos ARM CPU (same as in the Galaxy S II), 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HDMI-out and a microSD card slot for memory.'"
    "Remember how the Stop Online Piracy Act would make streaming of copyrighted material a felony? Many of these lawmakers actually stream copyrighted videos on their websites." However, that's not the whole story. according to a followup at Ars Technica to the tweeted claims about streaming and SOPA. From which:"The Electronic Frontier Foundation tweeted the post, and it was re-tweeted more than 100 times. So are the sponsors of SOPA hypocrites? We're not fans of SOPA, so we'd love to have this story check out. But we're also a news site, so we contacted James Grimmelmann, a copyright scholar at New York Law School, (and judging from his tweets, not a SOPA supporter) to get his expert opinion.

    The Internet Is Fighting Hollywood's Blacklist Bill By Censoring Itself 

    motherboard.tv — Maybe you recall hearing about the PROTECT-IP Act, the $200 million Hollywood-funded Senate bill that aims to stop online piracy by doing things li... 

    Amazing Video of Dare Devil Pilot Pulling off an Epic Landing on a Ship 

    liveleak.com — Harrowing footage of test pilots landing a Lynx Mark 90B helicopter on a pitching and weaving Knud Rasmussen class Patrol Ship. Part of a limitatio... 

    New York City Police Are Using Sound Cannons Against #ows Demonstrators 

    thinkprogress.org — Rutgers undergrad student Joshua Paul snaps this photograph of a Long Range Accoustic Device (LRAD) that the police are using to disperse demonstra... 

    Police Slam Supreme Court Judge Against a Wall at #OWS

    freakoutnation.com — New York Supreme Court Judge Karen Smith (ret) as reported here is the newest notable American whose presence at Occupy Wall Street’s demonstration... 

    While Reading Off Her Teleprompter Sarah Palin Calls OWS ill Informed 

    politicususa.com — Sarah Palin attacked Occupy Wall Street protesters as ill informed. The problem is that she had to read her attack off of her own teleprompter. Sea... 

    Occupy L.A. Files Restraining Order Against the Cops 

    good.is — The L.A. occupiers aren't going to wait quietly for another Zuccotti Park-esque police raid. 

    Insight: Why Wall Street still doesn't get it 

    reuters.com — NEW YORK (Reuters) - It was a telling moment at the height of the Occupy Wall Street protests.John Paulson, the hedge-fund trader who famously made...