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Thursday, June 30, 2016


Researchers say they have found the first clear evidence that the thinning in the ozone layer above Antarctica is starting to heal

The scientists said that in September 2015 the hole was around 4 million sq km smaller than it was in the year 2000 -- an area roughly the size of India.

 The gains have been credited to the long term phasing out of ozone-destroying chemicals. 

[The study also sheds new light on the role of volcanoes in making the problem worse.]

The ozone-destroying chemicals, chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), have been shown to be declining in their influence, causing the ozone layer to grow once more.

"Even though we phased out the production of CFCs in all countries including India and China around the year 2000, there's still a lot of chlorine left in the atmosphere," Prof Solomon told the BBC World Service Science in Action program.

 "It has a lifetime of about 50-100 years, so it is starting to slowly decay and the ozone will slowly recover."

Scientists also believe that volcanic sulphur can form tiny particles that act as seeds to Polar Stratospheric Clouds, where chlorine chemistry occurs that destroys the ozone.


 As always our handlers program all of us to believe what they want us to believe,  public perception.

And the truth is that CFC's are heavier than air.

  For years, the most common refrigerant gas used in air-conditioning systems was R-22 (Freon).

  Freon is an “odorless, tasteless, chemically neutral substance” and is in fact “heavier than air.”

This means that according to “the laws of physics” Freon “cannot rise into the atmosphere.”

 That’s because it is “heavier than air by a minimum of a four-to-one ratio.”

 Freon isn’t harmful if it is “spilled onto the ground.”

It simply becomes “plant food.”

If all of this is true, then why did the EPA designate Freon harmful to environment and push to have it banned?

DuPont and the EPA conspired to protect the corporation’s bottom line.

With the expiring patent on Freon, DuPont would lose the revenues and market dominance and Freon would be available to the world for very little cost.

Freon is easy to produce at a cost of only $.50 to $1.00 per pound.

However, since it’s been banned, Freon now sells on the world black markets for over $50 per pound.

DuPont came up with a new patented replacement and all was well for DuPont.

Freon was developed and patented by the DuPont Company.

Ironically, the DuPont patents on Freon ran out at about the same time the government decrees to ban the use of Freon were issued.

The leading replacement substances for Freon were also developed by DuPont.

The Freon (HCFC) substances are far more costly and far more complex, to the extent that DuPont stands to make untold billions of dollars on the change out of this substance, and consumers will have an inferior product.

Further, the DuPont substitutes have no supporting data to prove they meet environmental needs.

 Freon, the "villain", is an odorless, tasteless, chemically neutral substance, which is HEAVIER THAN AIR, and by the laws of physics cannot rise into the atmosphere.

 If is spilled on the ground, it will settle in the soil and become plant food.

It meets the Biblical standard of "ashes to ashes and dust to dust."

 With the expiration of the DuPont patents, Freon would have been readily available as an air conditioning and refrigeration substance for the entire world, including Third World Countries, at affordable rates.

 According to THE FACT FINDER, P.O. Box A, Scottsdale, AZ 85252, (1/16/95), DuPont owners have direct ties to the NEW AGE-ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT which, in turn has ties to the EPA and such luminaries as Vice President Al Gore.

Gore has ties to THE NEW WORLD ORDER of George Bush and Bill Clinton.

According to THE FACT FINDER, Charles Bronfman of Seagrams, who controls the Board of Directors of DuPont, led the fight against Freon, his own product, because the DuPont patents to control Freon had run out.

 Our upper atmosphere does contain Ozone (O3) (a compound made up of three oxygen atoms) as claimed by government and new age people.

The atmosphere also contains a large amount of natural oxygen (O2) (made up of two oxygen atoms) in its natural state.

 About twenty per cent of the air we breath is Natural Oxygen (O2).

 Ozone is formed in the atmosphere by a break up on natural oxygen molecules (O2).

This break up occurs in the atmosphere when certain ultraviolet sun rays strike Oxygen molecules and split them in half.

The split single Oxygen atoms (O1) are very unstable, and quickly attach themselves to other natural occurring Oxygen molecules (O2) with two Oxygen atoms to form Ozone (O3).

At any given time, there are several tons of Ozone produced every second in the atmosphere five to twenty five miles above the earth.

 As long as there is natural Oxygen molecules (O2) and sun light, there will be Ozone (O3), a natural law of basic science.


Elizabeth Warren Says Apple, Amazon and Google Are Trying To 'Lock Out' Competition (recode.net)

Elizabeth Warren, an American academic and member of the Democratic Party, believes that Google, Apple, and Amazon are trying to use their size to "snuff out competition." 

 In a speech about the perils of "consolidation and concentration" throughout the economy, the Massachusetts senator singled out the three of tech's biggest players.

From a report: 

Warren had different beefs with Google, Apple and Amazon, but the common thread was that she accused each one of using its powerful platform to "lock out smaller guys and newer guys," including some that compete with Google, Apple and Amazon. 

Google, she said, uses "its dominant search engine to harm rivals of its Google Plus user review feature;" Apple "has placed conditions on its rivals that make it difficult for them to offer competitive streaming services" that compete with Apple Music; and Amazon "uses its position as the dominant bookseller to steer consumers to books published by Amazon to the detriment of other publishers."

"Google, Apple and Amazon have created disruptive technologies that changed the world, and ... they deserve to be highly profitable and successful," Warren said. "But the opportunity to compete must remain open for new entrants and smaller competitors that want their chance to change the world again."


In my world as a painter the Sherwin Williams paint company is doing much the same.

Henry Sherwin And Edward Williams started their company in 1866.

Sherwin Williams bought out the Old Quaker Paints company,
Frazee Paints, Purdy paint brushes, and Valspar products.

They have also bought out Canada's Comex which supplies paint and coatings products to approximately 1,500 external retail locations in Canada.

With no one to stop them soon enough paints and materials for painting will go up in price because of their unchecked monopoly.

They tried to buy up Mexico's Comex but failed...

 After Mexican antitrust regulators (Comision Federal de Competencia) voted against the deal twice, citing concerns about the U.S. company buying up Mexico's largest paint company and hurting smaller competitors, Sherwin-Williams bought Comex's smaller U.S. and Canadian divisions for $165 million on Sept. 16, 2013.

 Founded in 1925, Purdy requires new brush makers to apprentice for six months before they can produce a single product, each of which bears the name of the person who hand-crafted it.

 Purdy products are considered the gold standard among painting professionals.

Sherwin-Williams’ management has a long history of rewarding shareholders with rising dividend payments.  The company has paid increasing dividends for 37 consecutive years.  This makes Sherwin-Williams 1 of only 50 Dividend Aristocrats.
The company’s stock currently has a 1.2% dividend yield.  Despite its long corporate history Sherwin-Williams is still in growth mode.
This growth is reflected in the rise of Sherwin-Williams stock price over the last several years:

SHW Growth

The company is realizing growth by consolidating the fragmented coatings industry.

But is this a good thing for the consumer in the long run?

American atheists are on the rise. They have radically different visions of the future.

The rally lineup is promising on paper. 

Among its stars are Penn Jillette, the magician and libertarian, and Bill Nye, who has built his entire reputation in popular science on the strength of his charisma, without even a master's degree behind his name.

Bill Maher is on the lineup, as is the comedian Lewis Black.

The heads of American Atheists and the Center of Inquiry and the Freedom From Religion Foundation are speaking.

 Members of the Wu-Tang Clan have come.

Two members of Congress will be speaking, although their remarks will be confined to the case for secular pluralism in law.

Welcome to the "Reason Rally."

 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.

Psalm 14:1

  Both Psalm 14:1 and Psalm 53:1 read, “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” 

Some take these verses to mean that atheists are stupid, i.e., lacking intelligence.

 However, that is not the only meaning of the Hebrew word translated “fool.” 

In this text, the Hebrew word is nabal, which often refers to an impious person who has no perception of ethical or religious truth. 

The meaning of the text is not “unintelligent people do not believe in God.”

 Rather, the meaning of the text is “sinful people do not believe in God.” 

In other words, it is a wicked thing to deny God, and a denial of God is often accompanied by a wicked lifestyle.

 The verse goes on to list some other characteristics of the irreligious: 

“They are corrupt; their deeds are vile; / there is no one who does good.”  

Psalm 14 is a study on the universal depravity of mankind.

 Many atheists are very intelligent. 

It is not intelligence, or a lack thereof, that leads a person to reject belief in God. 

It is a lack of righteousness that leads a person to reject belief in God. 

Many people do not object to the idea of a Creator, as long as that Creator minds His own business and leaves them alone. 

What people reject is the idea of a Creator who demands morality from His creation. 

Rather than struggle against a guilty conscience, some people reject the idea of God altogether. 

Psalm 14:1 calls this type of person a “fool.”

Psalm 14:1 says that denying God’s existence is commonly based on a desire to lead a wicked life. 

Several prominent atheists have admitted the truth of this. 

Some, such as author Aldous Huxley, have openly admitted that a desire to avoid moral restraints was a motivation for their disbelief.

 Belief in a divine Being is accompanied by a sense of accountability to that Being. 

So, to escape the condemnation of conscience, which itself was created by God, some simply deny the existence of God.

 They tell themselves, “There is no overseer of the world. 

There is no Judgment Day.

 I can live as I please.”

 The moral pull of the conscience is thus more easily ignored.

 Trying to convince oneself there is no God is unwise.

The point of “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God’” is that it is an impious, sinful heart that will deny God. 

The atheist’s denial flies in the face of much evidence to the contrary, including his own conscience and the universe he lives in.

 A lack of evidence of God’s existence is not the true reason atheists reject a belief in God. 

Their rejection is due to a desire to live free of the moral constraints God requires and to escape the guilt that accompanies the violation of those constraints.

 “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them . . . so that people are without excuse…

Their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.

 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools…

Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts…

They exchanged the truth about God for a lie” (Romans 1:18–25).

 Proverb 14:12, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”

 In Proverbs 21:2 we read:
"Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts."

the Bible gives us the answer:
In the way of righteousness [is] life; and [in] the pathway [thereof there is] no death. - Proverbs 12:28

For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things [is] death. - Romans 6:20-21
In the way of righteousness (obedience or right-doing) is life, in the pathway of righteousness is no death.

Then (in Romans 6:20-21) we see the bible describing people who were servants of sin, we read that while they were servants of sin they "were free from righteousness".

 In other words they were unrighteous. What would have been the end result or fruit of their unrighteousness?

The verse plainly says it "the end of those things is death"

So the way that seems right but ends up a way of death is the way of unrighteousness.

The way of that leads to life is the way of righteousness.

So now, let's go and look at the last half of Proverbs 21:2.

"Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts."
We can, by doing what seems right in our own eyes, appear to look good on the outside.

But the Lord knows our heart and what is truly going on inside of us.

If we understand the true condition of our heart, then we'll understand why the way of unrighteousness seems right.

In Jeremiah 17:9 the Bible says:
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
You see, we are living in a sad and tragic world of sin (or unrighteousness).

 By very nature sin has a corrupting and contaminating effect.

When sin entered the human race the heart that once was naturally inclined to obey its creator, received the impress of sin and became naturally inclined to disobey.

This is the problem, you and I all have this natural heart that is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked.

It seems right in our own eyes to follow what our heart is telling us to do, rather than to follow what God asks of us.

But let's not be deceived!

This way is not the way that leads to life.

The good news is that it doesn't have to be like this!

Jesus has provided a way so that every believing person can be saved from sin and their deceitful and wicked heart.
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? - John 11:25-26
Jesus, dear reader, is life.

If we believe in His great love for us and in His mission as a saviour for our sins, indeed if we receive Him into our hearts and accept His great sacrifice as if it was just for me, then although we used to follow the ways of death we will be empowered by Him to follow the way that leads to everlasting life.

The question for you and I today is "Believest thou this" ?
Day by day, hour by hour through faith in the power and grace of Jesus, we will have a new, clean and pure heart created in us, a heart that isn't naturally inclined to sin.

May our prayer each day be:
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. - Psalms 51:10
Psalm 118:24
This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

God loves you so much!

This guy invents a weapon that could blind a whole battlefield of warriors in seconds!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

In the middle of the bright summernight I went out to call for the cows. I thought that maybe, something deep inside them, remember the sounds from the ancient times when people called for them over far distances.

Google has Been Watching You Closely And Recorded All Your Activity

It's gonna take you hours and hours to delete all activity...LOL!

Google has released a new section to Google's account settings, called My Activity, which lets users review everything that Google has tracked about their online behavior -- search, YouTube, Chrome, Android, and every other Google service. 

 Best of all, users can edit or delete their tracked behaviors.

 In addition, the My Activity tools come with new ad preferences

Google is now offering to use its behavioral information to tailer ads shown across the wider non-Google internet and Google's search pages, which until now was purely done through the use of cookies. 

The difference between Google and other companies that offer ads like Facebook is that Google is
making this interest-based advertising extension optional, or opt-in, not opt-out. 

There are two separate behavioral advertising settings for users to switch on or off: signed in ads and signed out ads.

 Signed in ads are those on Google services, and signed out ads are those served by Google on third-party sites. 

However, if you're conscious about your privacy, you'll probably want to stay opted out.

So if you want to opt out of Google's recording of everything you do and everywhere you are you could use:



Worship Him, He Loves You! Jesus!

5,300 U.S. water systems are in violation of lead rules

You live in America.

You think that water coming from your faucet is safe for you and your family to drink, right?

After all this is America.

 "Imagine a cop sitting, watching people run stop signs, and speed at 90 miles per hour in small communities and still doing absolutely nothing about it -- knowing the people who are violating the law.

And doing nothing.

That's unfortunately what we have now," said Erik Olson, health program director at Natural Resources Defense Council, which analyzed the EPA's data for its report.

 Basic Information about Lead in Drinking Water


I use a six stage water filtration system to remove everything that is put into my water.

 After much research to find an affordable water purifying system I settled upon a do it yourself system that gave me really incredible value per dollar spent.

I combined a two step system from Home Depot called the Kube and another four step system from Costco.

Both are relatively cost effective and do the job efficiently when joined together in series.

The first system is comprised of two large charcoal cylinders.

The second system is comprised of four stages, one of which is a reverse osmosis step which is needed to remove the lead and the flouride.

It was very easy to install under my sink by myself.

You really should think about protecting yourself and your family from the extremely toxic water that is being presented to you.

This is important:

You will have to reintroduce the beneficial trace minerals back into your water that the above system removes.

Top 5 myths about lead in your drinking water

All About Tattoos

Trying To Paddle The Bronx River In An $82 Raft

Two friends. 

A leaky raft.

And dodging the cops on a journey that begins in… Valhalla.

Seems Like You Never Get The Internet Speeds Your Paying For

Everyone appears to have a speed test of their own nowadays. 

Netflix launched fast.com more than a month ago; SourceForge released their new HTML5 speed test soon after.

 Google appears to want a piece of the action as they are trying out a way for people to check their internet speed by simply typing "check internet speed" into search

The tests are performed by Google's Measurement Lab tools, and were first spotted by Pete Meyers, who posted a screenshot of the feature and discovered a Google Support webpage detailing how it works.

 The feature has not been widely released yet, but it's possible we'll see it made more widely available soon.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Well Done

Ya But I Can See through it!

Go Ahead Open Your Iphone Or iPad.

There are big "no trespassing" signs affixed to most of our electronics. 

If you own a gaming console, laptop, or computer, it's likely you've seen one of these warnings in the form of a sticker placed over a screw or a seam: 

"Warranty void if removed." In addition, big manufacturers such as Sony, Microsoft, and Apple explicitly note or imply in their official agreements that their year-long manufacturer warranties -- which entitle you to a replacement or repair if your device is defective -- are void if consumers attempt to repair their gadgets or take them to a third party repair professional.

What almost no one knows is that these stickers and clauses are illegal under a federal law passed in 1975 called the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act


To be clear, federal law says you can open your electronics without voiding the warranty, regardless of what the language of that warranty says.

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A new report from PwC finds that drones could replace $127 billion worth of human labor and services across several industries.

 Infrastructure and agriculture make up the largest chunks of the potential value -- some $77.6 billion between them -- including services like completing the last mile of delivery routes and spraying crops with laser-like precision. 

Economists seem to agree that robot automation poses real threats to human labour within the next few decades.

 Drones are a cheap, versatile first step toward that future. 

According to the new PwC report, they're also a solid cost-cutting measure. 

Along with infrastructure and agriculture, drones will help tech giants like Amazon deliver packages, allow security companies to better monitor their sites, help producers and advertisers to film projects, allow telecommunication firms to easily check on their towers, and give mining companies a new way to plan their digs.

Skynet begins! 

 In response to the rising minimum wage, the fast-food chain Wendy's plans to start automating all of its restaurants

 The company said it will have self-service ordering kiosks available to its 6,000-plus restaurants in the second half of the year. Wendy's President Todd Penegor said it will be up to franchisees to decide whether or not to adopt the kiosks in their stores, noting that many franchise locations have had to raise prices to offset wage increases. 

 California's decision to gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2022 will impact Wendy's 258 restaurants, all of which are franchise-operated.

 About 75% of 200-plus Wendy's restaurants are run by franchisees in New York, a state that is also on its way to $15. Penegor said, wage pressures have been manageable both because of falling commodity prices and better operating leverage due to an increase in customer counts.

 The company is still "working so hard to find efficiencies" so it can deliver "a new QSR experience but at traditional QSR prices."

The CEO of Carl's Jr., Andy Puzder, is also looking into replacing many of its workers with machines to save money.

 South Korean automaker Hyundai has unveiled what is apparently a new robotic exoskeleton.

 In a blog post the company compares its "wearable robot" prototype to an Iron Man suit, saying it gives the wearer extra strength, allowing them to lift objects "hundreds of kilograms" in weight. 

The company says that in the future the exoskeleton could be used in factories, by the military, or to help with physical rehabilitation.

 The suit appears to be a development of Hyundai's H-LEX platform.

 Hyundai isn't the only one working on robotic exoskeletons.

 The FDA recently approved a powered lower-limb exoskeleton for clinical and personal use, which allows people paralyzed below the waist to stand up and walk.

Panasonic on the other hand is developing exoskeletons for factory workers.

 Google says its Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) advances machine learning capability by a factor of three generations. "TPUs deliver an order of magnitude higher performance per watt than all commercially available GPUs and FPGA," said Google CEO Sundar Pichai during the company's I/O developer conference on Wednesday.


 The chips powered the AlphaGo computer that beat Lee Sedol, world champion of the game called Go. "We've been running TPUs inside our data centers for more than a year, and have found them to deliver an order of magnitude better-optimized performance per watt for machine learning. 

This is roughly equivalent to fast-forwarding technology about seven years into the future (three generations of Moore's Law)," said Google's blog post

 "TPU is tailored to machine learning applications, allowing the chip to be more tolerant of reduced computational precision, which means it requires fewer transistors per operation.

 Because of this, we can squeeze more operations per second into the silicon, use more sophisticated and powerful machine learning models, and apply these models more quickly, so users get more intelligent results more rapidly."

The chip is called the Tensor Processing Unit because it underpins TensorFlow, the software engine that powers its deep learning services under an open-source license.

 While machines from the likes of RoboCop and Chappie might just be the reserve of films for now, this new type of robot is already fighting crime.

 This particular example can be found guarding a shopping center in California but there are other machines in operation all over the state. 

Equipped with self-navigation, infra-red cameras and microphones that can detect breaking glass, the robots, designed by Knightscope, are intended to support security services. 

Stacy Dean Stephens, who came up with the idea, told The Guardian the problem that needed solving was one of intelligence.

 "And the only way to gain accurate intelligence is through eyes and ears," he said. "So, we started looking at different ways to deploy eyes and ears into situations like that."

The robot costs about $7 an hour to rent and was inspired by the Sandy Hook school shooting after which it was claimed 12 lives could have been saved if officers arrived a minute earlier.

 Yuval Noah Harari, author of the international bestseller "Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind," doesn't have a very optimistic view of the future when it comes to artificial intelligence.

 He writes about how humans "might end up jobless and aimless, whiling away our days off our nuts and drugs, with VR headsets strapped to our faces," writes The Guardian. "Harari calls it 'the rise of the useless class' and ranks it as one of the most dire threats of the 21st century.

 As artificial intelligence gets smarter, more humans are pushed out of the job market

No one knows what to study at college, because no one knows what skills learned at 20 will be relevant at 40. Before you know it, billions of people are useless, not through chance but by definition." 

He likens his predictions, which have been been forecasted by others for at least 200 years, to the boy who cried wolf, saying, "But in the original story of the boy who cried wolf, in the end, the wolf actually comes, and I think that is true this time." 

Harari says there are two kinds of ability that make humans useful: physical ones and cognitive ones.

 He says humans have been largely safe in their work when it comes to cognitive powers. 

But with AI's now beginning to outperform humans in this field, Harari says, that even though new types of jobs will emerge, we cannot be sure that humans will do them better than AIs, computers and robots.

 As fast-food workers across the country vie for $15 per hour wages, many business owners have already begun to take humans out of the picture.

 "I was at the National Restaurant Show yesterday and if you look at the robotic devices that are coming into the restaurant industry -- it's cheaper to buy a $35,000 robotic arm than it is to hire an employee who's inefficient making $15 an hour (warning: autoplaying video) bagging French fries -- it's nonsense and it's very destructive and it's inflationary and it's going to cause a job loss across this country like you're not going to believe," said former McDonald's USA CEO Ed Rensi during an interview on the FOX Business Network's Mornings with Maria. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1.3 million people earned the current minimum wage of $7.25 per hour with about 1.7 million having wages below the federal minimum in 2014. 

These three million workers combined made up 3.9 percent of all hourly paid workers.


At the Code Conference on Wednesday, Bill Gates balanced his fears of artificial intelligence with praise. He talked about two of the challenges AI will pose:

 a loss of existing jobs, and making sure humans remain in control of super-intelligent machines. Gates, as well as many other experts in the field, predict there will be an excess of labor resources as robots and AI systems take over.

 He plans to talk with others about ideas to combat the threat of AI controlling humans, specifically noting work being done at Stanford. 

Even with such threats, Gates called AI the "holy grail" as he envisions a future "with machines that are capable and more capable than human intelligence." 

Gates said, "We've made more progress in the last five years than at any time in history. [...] 

Sarah Jeanette Connor is a fictional character in the Terminator franchise. She is the protagonist of The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Terminator Genisys, and the television series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
The dream is finally arriving.

 This is what it was all leading up to." 

You will be hearing a lot about AI and machine learning in the coming years. 


At Recode's iconic conference this week, a number of top executives revealed -- and reiterated -- their increasingly growing efforts to capture the nascent technology category.

From a Reuters report (condensed): Sundar Pichai, chief executive of Alphabet's Google, said he sees a "huge opportunity" in AI.

 Google first started applying the technology through "deep neural networks" to voice recognition software about three to four years ago and is ahead of rivals such as Amazon.com, Apple, and Microsoft in machine learning, Pichai said. 

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos predicted a profound impact on society over the next 20 years. 

"It's really early but I think we're on the edge of a golden era.

 It's going to be so exciting to see what happens," he said. 

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty said the company has been working on artificial technology, which she calls a cognitive system, since 2005 when it started developing its Watson supercomputer. 

Artificial intelligence and machine learning will create computers so sophisticated and godlike that humans will need to implant "neural laces" in their brains to keep up, Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk told a crowd of tech leaders this week.

Microsoft, which was absent from the event, is also working on bots and AI technologies.

One company that is seemingly off the picture is Apple.


 Y Combinator will give 100 randomly-selected families in Oakland between $1,000 and $2,000 each month as a test, continuing the payments for between six months and a year.

 And The Guardian reports that Finland and The Netherlands also are preparing pilot programs to test Universal Basic Income, while Switzerland will vote on a similar program this week

 One Australian site is now also asking whether the program could work in Australia, noting that currently the country spends around $3 billion on their Centrelink welfare system, "so simplification can offer huge potential savings."
The Guardian sums up the case for a Universal Basic Income as a reaction to improving technology.

"In a future in which robots decimate the jobs but not necessarily the wealth of nations...states should be able to afford to pay all their citizens a basic income unconditional of needs or requirements...

 In an increasingly digital economy, it would also provide a necessary injection of cash so people can afford to buy the apps and gadgets produced by the new robot workforce."

 A Swiss airport is testing a robot named Leo which can carry a passenger's luggage once they're approaching the terminal.

 Leo's baggage compartment opens when passengers press his 'Scan and Fly' touch interface, which can also print luggage tags and display a departure time and boarding gate, before delivering their luggage to a baggage handler.

The airport's head of IT said the new robot "limits the number of bags in the airport terminal, helping us accommodate a growing number of passengers without compromising the airport experience inside the terminal."

And the robot's developer says it proves that robotics "hold the key to more effective, secure and smarter baggage handling and is major step towards further automating bag handling in airports."

 A Hot Hardware article about Google's research effort "to maintain control of super-intelligent AI agents":

 [A] team of researchers at Google-owned DeepMind, along with University of Oxford scientists, are developing a proverbial kill switch for AI... 

The team has released a white paper on the topic called "Safely Interruptible Agents." 

The paper details the following in abstract:

 "Learning agents interacting with a complex environment like the real world are unlikely to behave optimally all the time... now and then it may be necessary for a human operator to press the big red button to prevent the agent from continuing a harmful sequence of actions..." 
MojoKid adds that the paper "goes on to explain that these AI agents might also learn to disable the kill switch and further explores ways in which to develop AI's that would not seek such an activity."

$30M Stampede 2 Supercomputer To Provide 18 Petaflops of Power To Researchers Nationwide (techcrunch.com)

 Funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and built at the University of Texas at Austin, the Stampede 2 supercomputer looks to contend with the global supercomputer Top 5. 

With 18 petaflops of processing power, it aims to help any researcher with a problem requiring intense number crunching

 For example, atomic and atmospheric science simulations would take years to work-out on a desktop PC but only days on a supercomputer. Texas Advanced Computing Center director Dan Stanzione said in a UT press release, "Stampede has been used for everything from determining earthquake risks to help set building codes for homes and commercial buildings, to computing the largest mathematical proof ever constructed." 

The Stampede 2 is about twice as powerful as the original Stampede, which was activated in March of 2013. 

Instead of the 22nm fabrication tech in the original Stampede, the Stampede 2 will feature 14nm Xeon Phi chips codenamed "Knights Landing" forming 72 cores compared the original system's 61 cores.

 With double the RAM, storage and data bandwidth, the Stampede 2 can shift up to 100 gigabits per second, and its DDR4 RAM can perform fast enough to work as a third-level cache as well as fulfill ordinary memory roles. 

In addition, it will feature 3D Xpoint non-volatile memory.

 It will be at least a year before the Stampede 2 is powered up since it just received funding.


Asimove's first law of robotics has been broken, writes an anonymous reader, sharing this article from Fast Company:  

A Berkeley, California man wants to start a robust conversation among ethicists, philosophers, lawyers, and others about where technology is going -- and what dangers robots will present humanity in the future.

 Alexander Reben, a roboticist and artist, has built a tabletop robot whose sole mechanical purpose is to hurt people... 

The harm caused by Reben's robot is nothing more than a pinprick, albeit one delivered at high speed, causing the maximum amount of pain a small needle can inflict on a fingertip.
Though the pinpricks are delivered randomly, "[O]nce something exists in the world, you have to confront it. It becomes more urgent," says the robot's creator.

 "You can't just pontificate about it.... "

But the article raises an interesting question.

 Is he responsible for the pain which his robot inflicts?

 Bloomberg reports Walmart is working with a robotics company to develop a shopping cart that helps customers find items on their lists and saves them from pushing a heavy cart through a sprawling store and parking lot

 The carts are a way for brick-and-mortar stores to stay relevant in the convenience factor to match the likes of Amazon and other online retailers, says founder and chief executive officer of Five Elements Robotics Wendy Roberts. 

She said on Tuesday at the Bloomberg Technology Conference 2016 that her company was working with the "world's largest retailer" on such a shopping cart.

 In 2014, Five Elements Robotics introduced Budgee, a personal robot that can follow its user around inside and outdoors and carry things.

 The robot costs $1,400 and is helpful for people with disabilities, says Roberts.

 According to a report, a robot escaped from a science lab and caused a traffic jam in one Russian city.

 Scientists at the Promobot laboratories in Perm had been teaching the machine how to move around independently, but it broke free after an engineer forgot to shut a gate, Quartz reports.

From the report:

It promptly ran out of power in the middle of the road. 

The robot got about 50m (164 ft) before its battery died. 

After a policeman directed traffic around the dead bot, an employee wheeled it back into the lab, and back to a life of servitude.

 Hopefully this was just an isolated incident and not the start of a larger coordinated effort to overthrow humanity.

 Only time will tell...

Imagine your fully autonomous self-driving car totals a minivan. 

Who pays for the damages?

 "There wouldn't be any liability on you, because you're just like a passenger in a taxi," says Santa Clara University law professor Robert Peterson.

 Instead, the manufacturer of your car or its software would probably be on the hook... 

Virtually everything around car insurance is expected to change, from who owns the vehicles to who must carry insurance to who -- or what -- is held responsible for causing damage, injuries and death in an accident."

 Ironically, if you're only driving a semi-autonomous car, "you could end up in court fighting to prove the car did wrong, not you," according to the article.

 Will human drivers be considered a liability -- by insurers, and even by car owners?

 The article notes that Google is already testing a car with no user-controlled brake pedal or steering wheel.

 Of course, one consumer analyst warns the newspaper that "hackers will remain a risk, necessitating insurance coverage for hostile takeover of automated systems..."


 Do you want robots making your pizza? 

Alex Garden, co-founder and executive chairman of Mountain View startup Zume, is betting you will.

 Garden, the former president of Zynga Studios, was previously a general manager of Microsoft's Xbox Live. 

Garden launched Zume in stealth mode last June, when he began quietly recruiting engineers under a pseudonym and building his patented trucks in an unmarked Mountain View garage.

 In September, he brought on Julia Collins, a 37-year-old restaurant veteran. 

She became chief executive officer and a co-founder. Collins was previously the vice president and CEO of Harlem Jazz Enterprises, the holding company for Minton's, a historic Harlem eatery.

The company consists of an army of robot sauce-spreaders and trucks packed full of ovens.

"In the back of Mountain View's newest pizzeria, Marta works tirelessly, spreading marinara sauce on uncooked pies.

 She doesn't complain, takes no breaks, and has never needed a sick day. She works for free."

The pie then "travels on a conveyer belt to human employees who add cheese and toppings."

 From there, "The decorated pies are then scooped off the belt by a 5-foot tall grey automation, Bruno, who places each in a 850-degree oven.

For now, the pizzas are fully cooked and delivered to customers in branded Fiats painted with slogans, including: 'You want a piece of this?' and 'Not part of the sharing economy.'"

 Garden says, "We are going to be the Amazon of food. [...] Just imagine Domino's without the labor component.

You can start to see how incredibly profitable that can be."


Artificially Intelligent Russian Robot Escapes...Again

  A new report about Russian robot IR77, which has escaped from its research lab again...

 The story goes that an engineer working at Promobot Laboratories, in the Russian city of Perm, had left a gate open.

 Out trundled Promobot, traveling some 150 feet into the city before running out of juice.

 There it sat, batteries mostly dead, in the middle of a Perm street for 40 minutes, slowing cars to a halt and puzzling traffic cops.

A researcher at Promobot's facility in Russia said that the runaway robot was designed to interact with human beings, learn from experiences, and remember places and the faces of everyone it meets. 

 Other versions of the Promobot have been docile, but this one just can't seem to fall in line, even after the researchers reprogrammed it twice. 

 Despite several rewrites of Promobot's artificial intelligence, the robot continued to move toward exits.

 "We have changed the AI system twice," Kivokurtsev said. 

"So now I think we might have to dismantle it".
Fans of the robot are pushing for a reprieve, according to an article titled 'Don't kill it!': Runaway robot IR77 could be de-activated because of 'love for freedom'


 "A new study shows that most people prefer that self-driving cars be programmed to save the most people in the event of an accident, even if it kills the driver," reports Information Week.

 "Unless they are the drivers."

  The new study from Hot Hardware, which was published by Science magazine.

So if there is just one passenger aboard a car, and the lives of 10 pedestrians are at stake, the survey participants were perfectly fine with a self-driving car "killing" its passenger to save many more lives in return.

 But on the flip side, these same participants said that if they were shopping for a car to purchase or were a passenger, they would prefer to be within a vehicle that would protect their lives by any means necessary. 

Participants also balked at the notion of the government stepping in to regulate the "morality brain" of self-driving cars.
The article warns about a future where "a harsh AI reality may whittle the worth of our very existence down to simple, unemotional percentages in a computer's brain."

 MIT's Media Lab is now letting users judge for themselves, in a free online game called "Moral Machine" simulating the difficult decisions that might someday have to be made by an autonomous self-driving car.

Edward Snowden is moving freely around the world as a robot.


AI Downs 'Top Gun' Pilot In Dogfights

 [Daily Mail reports:] "The Artificial intelligence (AI) developed by a University of Cincinnati doctoral graduate was recently assessed by retired USAF Colonel Gene Lee -- who holds extensive aerial combat experience as an instructor and Air Battle Manager with considerable fighter aircraft expertise. He took on the software in a simulator. 

Lee was not able to score a kill after repeated attempts.

 He was shot out of the air every time during protracted engagements, and according to Lee, is 'the most aggressive, responsive, dynamic and credible AI I've seen to date.'" 

And why is the US still throwing money at the F35, unless it can be flown without pilots.

The AI, dubbed ALPHA, features a genetic fuzzy tree decision-making system, which is a subtype of fuzzy logic algorithms.

 The system breaks larger tasks into smaller tasks, which include high-level tactics, firing, evasion, and defensiveness.

It can calculate the best maneuvers in various, changing environments over 250 times faster than its human opponent can blink.

 Lee says, "I was surprised at how aware and reactive it was.

It seemed to be aware of my intentions and reacting instantly to my changes in flight and my missile deployment.

 It knew how to defeat the shot I was taking.

It moved instantly between defensive and offensive actions as needed."


Police in Dallas use robot to kill human. 

 Robot Workers Could Become 'Electronic Persons' in Europe to extract taxes from them.

Biohybrid is living material mixed with inert material to make a being animal of sorts

NASA -- having already populated the Red Planet with robots and armed a car-sized nuclear juggernaut with a laser -- have now decided to grant fire control of that laser over to a new AI system operating on the rover itself. Intended to increase the scientific data-gathering throughput on the sometimes glitching rover's journey, the improved AEGIS system eliminates the need for a series of back-and-forth communication sessions to select targets and aim the laser.The improved AEGIS system eliminates the need for a series of back-and-forth communication sessions to select targets and aim the laser.What the heck!?Artificial Intelligence with a laser weapon?On Mars!?Does NASA know something they are not telling us?Are there life forms on mars?

Monday, June 27, 2016

An Interesting hippie Story.

No Time Travel?

Physicists have confirmed the existence of pear-shaped nuclei, which challenges the fundamental theories of physics that explain our Universe.

 "We've found these nuclei literally point towards a direction in space. 

This relates to a direction in time, providing there's a well-defined direction in time and we will always travel from past to present," Marcus Scheck from the University of the West of Scotland told Kenneth MacDonald at BBC News.

 Until recently, it was generally accepted that nuclei of atoms could only be one of three shapes: spherical, discus, or rugby ball. 

The first discovery of a pear-shaped nucleus was back in 2013, when physicists at CERN discovered isotope Radium-224

Now, that find has been confirmed by a second study, which shows that the nucleus of the isotope Barium-144 is also asymmetrical and pear-shaped. In regard to time travel, Scheck says that this uneven distribution of mass and charge caused Barium-144's nucleus to "point" in a certain direction in spacetime, and this bias could explain why time seems to only want to go from past to present, and not backwards, even if the laws of physics don't care which way it goes.

Ya but what about...

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 Todd in Rome.

How Calvary Chapel Of Costa Mesa Actually Begun

Tribute To Pastor Chuck Smith Recap And Such Along With How Calvary Chapel Of Costa Mesa Actually Begun

David Sloane Central Park Manhattan New York

I want to free range a bit today...

It was a sad day and yet a wonderful day for the 'spiritual children' of Costa Mesa's Pastor Chuck Smith yesterday evening. 

Everyone had gathered together to pay tribute to the man of God who had recently graduated to heaven

Some experienced concert goers to the Honda venue remarked that "The place was completely packed."

 Coming from them that actually means something.

The old guard had shown up, but not everyone. 

Greg Laurie, Raul Ries, Mike Macintosh, John Courson and Skip Heitzig, showed up along with a few others. 

Jackie Alnor has reported on her Facebook that John Higgins, a staunch traditionalist, has left the Calvary Chapel movement.

 Here is what he had said:

“We feel that the original calling and vision for Calvary Chapel in 1966 was from the LORD.

 Therefore, we at Tri City have withdrawn from the present day hype, by notifying the CCA and Chuck Smith personally that we are no longer associated with the CCA or Costa Mesa.

 I have spoken of this at conferences with interesting results.

 We speak of being a independent fellowship of believers.

This took place right after the June pastors conference in Marietta when Greg and Bob Coy presented their plan for integrating with the apostasies of today. 

Our church reps walked out and never returned.

 As a result, we have lost fellowship with many of the “Calvary’s” in our area as they have embraced these false teachers in hope of growth and (in my opinion) the hope of monetary gain. 

We at Tri City go back to 1966 when we were called into the battle field.

 And not wanting to change our name, (we say they should), are looking to incorporate the idea of the date 1966 in our logo.
However, that is yet to be completed. Our fellowship know where we stand and we are strong in the strength of our Lord.

I hope this gives you and your associates a clear understanding of our position.

 We are not fighting against CCCM and its ways but we are fighting for the Truth of God’s Word.
 In Jesus,

Some say John is not what he appears to be.

As each speaker came up to the podium I could see the tole that age has taken upon their faces over the long years.

  Greg Laurie had mentioned that when it was his turn to speak.

 The zealousness of youth had long past. 

 I had seen these same men of God from the days of my youth, during the Jesus People Movement.

 Each man was obviously touched with emotion at the loss of 'Papa Chuck."

No one seemed to want to appear as anything more then what they are. 

What I mean is no one was in that mode where they wanted to show anything to anyone of themselves, they were each humble and just one of us laity types.

Now it was different for some of the videos that were shown on the big screens, there was a bit of posturing to be observed in some of the vignettes that were shown.

Oden Fong was working hard at holding back his emotions as he got up to play his set for the congregation.
 I know that Oden has a great love and respect for Chuck Smith.

 He worked under him for over ten years in administration service to Calvary Chapel.

 Every time I had spoken with Oden he always spoke with a tone of admiration when the conversation drifted in Chucks direction.

LoveSong were still very good after all of these years. 

A few of the members looked worn out but could still stand and deliver.

  Mike Macintosh was not himself.

 He winged it on his own and it showed.

 Usually Mike goes with the Holy Spirit's direction and it always turns out well...it didn't go as well as it could have from my perspective.

Tom Stipe was the same Tom that we all saw at the Saturday Night Maranatha Concerts at Calvary Chapel during the 70's. 

Only now he was more mature and not as comedic as he used to be.

 Gone was the big curly hair that i remembered.

 He kind of  'talked to the door to address the window' in a sense when he said that it was "Fun" back in the day.

 People used to show up early because it was fun to go to church. 

We can get somber and stiff in our Christianity if we are not careful. 

Brian Broderson  has some hugh shoes to fill; to his credit he didn't even try. 

He seemed a bit nervous and fumbled when he introduced one of the speakers.

 Not easy to read your notes and look up and make that all important eye contact with your listeners.

 I don't know if there was any tension up on the platform between he and the others, but I do know that it would not be easy to be one of the speakers among such polished professional pastors that were present. 
Calvary Chapel on Church Street in Costa Mesa CA

Rumor has it that Pastor Chuck had visited Brian and family when they were in ministry in England.

 Chuck and Kay missed the grand children and so Chuck dangled a carrot on a stick in front of Brian implying that if they were to move back to southern California Brian would be in position to take over the throne if anything were to happen to Chuck.

 Brian took the bait and left his own ministry just as it was about to take off big time by the Holy Spirit in England.

I never felt right about Brian throwing in the towel for uncertain advancement on someone else's foundation.

Kind of reminded me of the story of an older prophet going to the much younger prophet and lying to him.

  "The old prophet answered, "I too am a prophet, as you are. And an angel said to me by the word of the LORD: 'Bring him back with you to your house so that he may eat bread and drink water.'" (But he was lying to him.)"
1 Kings 13:18

Chuck Smith never made any preparations or arrangements for Brian to make a smooth transition into the pulpit and to take over of the helm of Calvary Chapel if anything were to happen to him.

Chuck just let the dominoes fall where they may.

Brian had to act upon what Chuck had intimated to him when Chuck passed on.

Or else what would be the point of having abandoned his own anointed calling in England?

There were many who knew not of Chuck's carrot on a stick to Brian.

So Brian has had a hard road to travel, especially since he had left his own road.

There are a lot of hidden things taking place behind the scenes of Calvary Chapel these days.

Some are saying board members have resigned and that there is about 3 million dollars missing from the church funds.

Who knows if there is any truth to this.

There have also been some court battles brewing among family members of Chuck Smith.

I feel real bad for Brian.

Pastor Romain used to talk about God's perfect will and God's permissive will.

I think Brian knows a lot about the topic these days...

  I first arrived in Costa Mesa in 1965, as did Chuck Smith.

 And as fate would have it, I lived directly across the
Pastor Chuck Smith
street from a very small building that had a sign out front that said, "Calvary Chapel."  

I to this day have a vivid memory of Chuck standing out on the steps greeting people as they were leaving after the service. 

His smile got noticed by my 14 year old mind as I passed on my way to the Sunday mass at Saint Joachim's Catholic Church a street over.

The next time that I saw Chuck was in 1967 in an old converted school on Sun flower Street in Santa Ana. 

Only this time I not only saw his great smile, I heard him speak.

 The first words I ever heard from him were, "Kids, Jesus Christ loves you." 

Now this got my attention. 

Jesus Christ was that dead guy up in front of the Catholic alter that I saw on Sundays at my local church.

 I never heard anyone say those words because back in those days the mass was all in Latin so no one really learned anything at the Catholic mass, much less understood what the priest was saying.

Let me explain.

 Jesus Christ was only some dead guy statue at the catholic church for me until I heard Chuck Smith put flesh and blood on Him and make Him a reality to me.

  Chuck taught me that Christ was very much alive and that He loved me deeply. 

When I asked Christ into my life it was very real for me. 

As if a fog had cleared and I could now see more clearly.

 I was not alone, it was happening for a lot of other people around me at the time.


I totally attribute the existence of Calvary Chapel to the intercession of Kay Smith and some of her close friends who also had the gift of intercession on the earthly side of things. 

The intercession of Kay coupled with her deep compassion, that goes along with the calling of intercessor, bridged the gap that brought in a whole generation of lost hippies.

 Chuck came around from his disgust at the dirty hippies to entering in with Kay's intercession for them.

During the winter of 1967 Kay had asked Chuck to drive her to the Huntington beach pier area to observe the hippies there.

 As she watched the aimless lonely looking young people, dressed weird and wandering around, her calling as an intercessor kicked in big time.

 Along with her natural affection as a mother with an instinct to care for children, Kay was emotionally geared to want comfort and safety for these lost children she was seeing.

 Compassion for these lost souls drove her to tears, as she said, "Chuck, we've got to do something about this." 

The calling of intercessor is like that, it drives you with compassion for those targeted for intercessory prayer by Holy Spirit.

 You can't stop until your Holy Spirit task assignment has completed. 

Hippie Evangelist Lonnie Frisbee
It was at this point that Chuck asked his kids to bring home a hippie so he could see what they were all about first hand. 

Men are usually project oriented, and Chuck being a man started the project that would last him a lifetime.

The Lord stepped in and delivered Lonnie Frisbee.

 A young man who had grown up in Costa Mesa that the Lord had contacted out in a canyon in Palm Springs.

The combination of Chuck's stability and maturity in Biblical knowledge along with Lonnie's sensitivity to the Holy Spirit and his anointing as an evangelist were explosively catalytic.

 Lonnie knew how to address and reach his own generation and Chuck knew how to skillfully build a firm foundation under them with the Word of God. 

Christ said He would not leave us abandoned or alone as an orphan without parents or direction, but that He would send us a Comforter.

 The Greek word for "Comforter" is parakletos.  

The word parakletos is derived from two words that mean, "to go along side of to help."

 It also means, "one who pleads the case for another as an intercessor." 

As the Comforter, the Holy Spirit is always with us, we are never alone.

 He stands alongside of you at all times to help aid you, especially in times of weakness.

Thus Calvary Chapel grew exponentially as more and more people were added daily.

 All taking place without cell phones, pagers, the Internet, only word of mouth and evangelicalism by the kids themselves.

 The Holy Spirit was on the move!

One can only imagine what it would have been like if Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or bloggers were involved, but they were way in the future.

Yes Kay Smith and her calling of intercessor were the biology behind what actually happened.

 The unction from heaven imparted the compassion in her mother's heart that fueled her prayers of intercession that bore fruit that we all got to see yesterday.

 Whole generations were represented at Honda center, all because of one intercessor performing in her calling.     

But we all know that it was Almighty God that got up off His throne and came down to earth and poured out of His Holy Spirit into Kay Smith's heart.

Chuck who was janitor at the Market Basket that Judy Meston's dad managed on 17th street in Costa Mesa had no idea how big his call to the ministry was going to be.

 Back in those days people could smoke in the store and one of Chuck's biggest beefs was that the floor of the supermarket was not an ash tray. 

He was the one who had to clean up after the smokers and he didn't like it one bit.

 This was the same supermarket that Lonnie Frisbee "dumpster~dived" in the back dumpsters for food to feed him and his wife.

 A lot of hippies discovered that they could eat still good expired-date food for free from the dumpsters behind super markets.

 Lonnie had to continue to dumpster dive for food even though the church was growing fast, Chuck quit sweeping floors at the supermarket. 

 Lonnie's first wife, Connie, is still miffed about that to this day, and has said as much when publicly speaking.

 On any given day one could see Chuck picking up cigarette buttes on the Calvary Chapel property back then. 

Young guys like Greg Laurie, took to doing the same because it was what Chuck was modeling by example. 

They wanted to please Chuck. 

Must have worked...Greg is where he wanted to be, where he belongs in the Lord. 

I think that even though Brian B is at the helm of Calvary Chapel now, it is Greg that people will be drawn to.

 Not that I think Brian cares about such things.

 It is just my observation.

 Greg's now the "Moses" of the movement as far as I can discern. 

I honestly expect to see the anointing upon Greg to increase in these last days. 

 I think it is going to astound him when he realizes it himself.

 Greg is not the type of man to seek such things for his own sake.

 I knew him when we were young men, he is sincere, what you see is an evangelist~teacher.
Greg has suffered greatly.

Don't get me wrong, Brian is the perfect choice for the work of the ministry from a natural perspective.

 Things will go according to plan for the "extension of presence" for Pastor Chuck. 

Just like J Vernon Magee and his "Bible Bus" and Adrian Rogers. 

The entire extended Smith clan will eventually be cared for right down to the 33 great grand children once the dust clears.

This is a family that is loved by a congregation that prospered in their walks with God because of pastor Chuck Smiths tireless shepherding. 

They will all continue the work of the ministry that Chuck loved so much.

As for those of us that are nameless faceless ones who were there from the beginning, we will continue to seek after that which once was.

 And hopefully we will find it!

A place where the presence of Jesus Christ is manifested and the people of God love one another unconditionally. 

That is my observation. 

Here is pastor Chuck Smith's.

Here is Chuck's brother Paul's observations

En Agape'
David Sloane
Southern Californian 
My Story