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task at hand

task at hand

The Ultimate Medical Kit

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Part One

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3qLk9VXMr0&t=178s

Part Two

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIkze84k-bQ 

Part Three

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwUpLYWZh1c 

 

[I haven’t watched these but I am a big believer in getting people to learn as much as possible about taking care of their bodies and each other that I believe you can select out (or in) those elements and items that will work for you where ever you are. 

I was an EMT and EMT instructor a very long time ago and, during that process, the best decision I ever made was to marry a trauma nurse. 

She became a certified case manager who’s been managing my case for a long time now, with time out for having and raising two kids who are now professionals raising their own kids.  She spent hours today training our new Labrador retriever/hound puppy who, at age six months, stands 30 inches high. He is already proven to be a good watch, alert & protect dog.]

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http://themindunleashed.com/2017/07/neuroscience-drumming-researchers-discover-secrets-drumming-human-brain.html 

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Ed.: As noted the other day in Occurrences, I am curently re-reading Daniel Estulin’s book on the worldwide center for brainwashing and social engineering and I highly recommend you read and heed his words.  

From page 1: “We can all perceive disintegration of our nations in terms of day to day, personal experiences…. [The] moral, material, cultural and intellectual decay that we are witnessing helplessly every day across the globe is not accidental …. but a deliberately-induced social crisis….”

Then there are the sections on television and cybernetics… deeply-depressing stuff, but enough to get folks away from the screens, enjoying and celebrating friends, family, pets, and life.

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https://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2017/08/01/notes-on-covert-information-ops/ 

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 Ed.: Progress, albeit slow, is being made on the book. Two new sources have been added, one of which is being read now, and slowly I am annotating stuff I’ve read before, stuff I bought and set aside for reading, and more. 

39 Books have been fully annotated and re-shelved

31 Books have not been annotated

3 Books need to be read and annotated

6 Books have not been read and may not be of value

1 book has not yet arrived

1 book has not yet been ordered

I’ve done enough highlighting that I had to go out and buy two more of the yellow things today. 

[Would some one please package them in a square tube format so they won’t roll off tables when you put them down?]

And I think I just discovered the tool and technique that will allow me to boil all that down into a detailed and focused read for an audience that could stretch out and last across decades and  generations.

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There is a five-part condensation of performance psychology which you can adapt to anything that is in your future, and it goes like this.

First, set your goals.  This is a choice as to whether you will focus on outcome goals, or process goals. Everyone wants the best outcome, of course, but the way to the best outcome over the long haul is to focus on your process goals, in other words, those things that you will want or have to do to achieve the outcome you want. Surely you can practice more, work harder, etc etc., but presumably you have been doing those things all along. Your goals should be immediate, short-term, positive, achievable (but challenging), time-limited, measurable, flexible and adaptable. The ancient Chinese wisdom about moving mountains a few rocks at a time still applies. Crisp and renewed clarity of intent is critical.

Relaxation is a major element.  For athletic or movement-related items (these can include dance, music etc.), use progressive muscle relaxation (active and passive). Stretch; stay loose. Relaxation techniques can also include some for of autogenic training, meditative-based approaches, body scanning, mindfulness and breathing.  Knowing how to maintain a consistent approach to deep and relaxing breathing as you go through your event is a key.

Self-talk is critical, using affirmations, cue words, reframing your thoughts, and using the STOP technique when you find your thoughts straying away in the wrong direction. If you tell your sub-conscious “I am the ____”, soon enough you will be the ____.

Imagery, especially when combined with self-talk, is equally critical.  Used in learning and skill acquistion, for mental preparation and rehearsal, for reinforcement and correction, the use of imagery involves vividness, duration, ease, control and can also include auditory cues.

Lastly, concentration on the task at hand is the tip of your performance psychology spear.

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[For Jimiray , wherever he is]

HARVARD STUDY: BIG PHARMA, US GOV. BEHIND OPIOID EPIDEMIC

A new Harvard study reveals how Big Pharma and federal government have colluded to allow the current opioid epidemic in the United States. 

The study, entitled The Opioid Epidemic: Fixing a Broken Pharmaceutical Market, describes how the American public have been duped by the elites for more than 20 years.

“In this article, we argue that non-rigorous patenting standards and ineffectual policing of both fraudulent marketing and anticompetitive actions played an important role in launching and prolonging the opioid epidemic. We further show that these regulatory issues are not unique to prescription opioids but rather are reflective of the wider pharmaceutical market.”

Thefreethoughtproject.com reports: Researchers follow with a primer on the rise of opioid prescriptions and how pain became “the fifth vital sign.” By the 1990s, doctors realized that chronic pain was often ignored, and pain management became a hot topic. Physicians were urged to make greater use of opioids, with experts in the field downplaying the potential for misuse and addiction – a view largely based on experience with morphine.

But this was before OxyContin came along.

Purdue Pharma, recognizing that this newfound view of the medical establishment could be exploited, worked to develop an improved synthetic opioid. Their golden ticket was found with the extended-release oxycodone pill known as OxyContin, patented and approved by the FDA in 1995.

However, Purdue’s exclusive patent was based on corporate fraud and government ignorance.

“Purdue was able to patent extended-release oxycodone in the United States despite the fact that its constituent elements—the active ingredient oxycodone and the controlled-release system Contin—had been developed decades earlier…Oxycodone was used in clinical practice in Germany as early as 1917, and was first introduced in the United States in 1939.”

Purdue’s angle was to develop a controlled-release version of oxycodone, banking on its success with the patented MS Contin for morphine. Here’s where the feds stepped in to help.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) initially rejected Purdue’s patent request for extended-release oxycodone, citing the combination as “obvious.” But Purdue responded with a statistical falsehood – which the company knew was false – and the patent office made an about-face, granting the 20 year patent for OxyContin.

Since then, the cozy relationship between Big Pharma and government has grown, with the pharma industry spending almost a billion dollars in ten years on lobbying federal and state governments and campaign contributions.

As the Harvard study notes, “low patenting standards” and “a history of tepid enforcement” provided incentive for Purdue to embark on a massive, fraudulent marketing campaign. With the guarantee of no competition provided by government, Purdue spent obscene amounts of money getting American hooked on their newly-patented product.

“Between 1996 and 2000, the company more than doubled its U.S. marketing team…In 2001, Purdue paid forty million dollars in bonuses tied to extended-release oxycodone…Purdue also invested heavily in analytics, developing a database to identify high-volume prescribers and pharmacies to help focus their marketing resources…Patients were offered starter coupons for a free initial supply of extended-release oxycodone, 34,000 of which were redeemed by 2001…Finally, Purdue hosted forty all-expenses-paid pain management and speaker training conferences at lavish resorts. Over five thousand clinicians attended, receiving toys, fishing hats, and compact discs while listening to sales representatives tout the alleged benefits of extended-release oxycodone…Purdue elevated the stakes, spending an estimated six to twelve times more promoting extended-release oxycodone than its competitor Janssen spent marketing a rival opioid…

Purdue’s efforts paid off. Between 1996 and 2001, extended-release oxycodone generated $2.8 billion in sales. From 2008 to 2014, annual sales exceeded $2 billion.”

It gets even worse.

As the patent expiration for OxyContin approached, Purdue developed an “abuse-deterrent formulation” of the drug, for which FDA granted a patent in 2010. Not satisfied with a simple new patent, Purdue filed a “citizen petition asking the FDA to refuse to accept generic versions of the original extended-release oxycodone formulation on safety grounds.” Incredibly, FDA also granted this to Purdue, “effectively preventing the marketing of low-cost, therapeutically equivalent products that might undercut Purdue’s incentive to continue to widely promote its new abuse-deterrent formulation.”

By the way, the “abuse-deterrent” OxyContin doesn’t really deter addicts, and it has fueled the explosive heroin epidemic as addicts seek out cheaper, black market alternatives. But Purdue is content making its billions off the patented drug.

While thousands of Americans die under a campaign of deception and greed, official Washington pretends to care with the occasional fine levied against pharma companies, including for false marketing by Purdue.

But no one ever goes to jail; no one in top management is ever held to account. The persons in “personhood” conveniently disappear when corporations get in trouble. And the fines? Mere pocket change compared to the revenues already made from the drugs involved.

“Rather than deterring fraudulent marketing, the penalties simply became a cost of doing business.”

The Harvard study provides much more insight into the fraudulent marketing practices of Big Pharma, the patent schemes enabled by federal government, how generic drugs are routinely stifled, and possible ways to address the injustice.

Some of the more sinister effects of the system include “hard switches” which force patients to go from one costly patented drug to another instead of generics. The use of “citizen petitions” by pharma corporations to slow generic drugs and keep prices high is a particularly insidious scheme.

The study notes that today, “Over four million Americans misuse opioids each month” at a societal cost of $80 billion annually. 300 million prescriptions were written in 2015 in the U.S., which has a population of 323 million. This is reflected in the fact that 80 percent of the world’s opioids are consumed in the U.S., which has 5 percent of the world’s population.

The misuse of opioids is a not a simple issue, and personal choice is of course involved. But the above numbers point to something much bigger going on.

As the Harvard study confirms, Big Pharma has exploited the enormous addiction potential of opioids to prey upon the American populace for decades — made possible by a federal government with blatant disregard for the well-being of citizens.

 

human intelligence

human intelligence

Big Brother does not watch us, by his choice. We watch him, by ours. There is no need for wardens or gates or Ministries of Truth. When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; a culture-death is a clear possibility.

— Professor Neil Postman

“… television is a “dream come true” for an authoritarian society.

Television isolates people so they are not joining together to govern themselves. As clinical psychologist Bruce Levine notes, viewing television puts one in a brain state that makes it difficult to think critically, and it quiets and subdues a population. And spending one’s free time isolated and watching TV interferes with our ability to translate our outrage over governmental injustice into activism, and thus makes it easier to accept an authority’s version of society and life.

Supposedly the reason why television—and increasingly movies—are so effective in subduing and pacifying us is that viewers are mesmerized by what TV-insiders call “technical events.” These, according to Levine, are “quick cuts, zoom-ins, zoom-outs, rolls, pans, animation, music, graphics, and voice-overs, all of which lure viewers to continue watching even though they have no interest in the content.” Such technical events, which many action films now incorporate, spellbind people to continue watching.

Televised entertainment, no matter what is being broadcast, has become the nation’s new drug high. Researchers found that “almost immediately after turning on the TV, subjects reported feeling more relaxed, and because this occurs so quickly and the tension returns so rapidly after the TV is turned off, people are conditioned to associate TV viewing with a lack of tension.”

Not surprisingly, the United States is one of the highest TV-viewing nations in the world.

Indeed, a Nielsen study reports that American screen viewing is at an all-time high. For example, the average American watches approximately 151 hours of television per month. That does not include the larger demographic of screen-watchers who watch their entertainment via their laptops, personal computers, cell phones, tablets and so on.

Historically, television has been used by those in authority to quiet citizen unrest and pacify disruptive people. In fact, television-viewing has also been a proven tactic for ensuring compliance in prisons. “Faced with severe overcrowding and limited budgets for rehabilitation and counseling, more and more prison officials are using TV to keep inmates quiet,” according to Newsweek. Joe Corpier, a convicted murderer, when interviewed said, “If there’s a good movie, it’s usually pretty quiet through the whole institution.”

In other words, television and other screen viewing not only helps to subdue people but, as Levine concludes, it also zombifies and pacifies us and subverts democracy.

Television viewing, no matter what we’re collectively watching—whether it’s American Idol, the presidential debates or the Super Bowl—is a group activity that immobilizes us and mesmerizes us with collective programming. In fact, research also shows that regardless of the programming, viewers’ brain waves slow down, thus transforming them into a more passive, nonresistant state.

As such, television watching today results in passive group compliance in much the same way that marching was used by past regimes to create group indoctrination. Political advisor Bertram Gross documents how Adolf Hitler employed marching as a technique to mobilize people in groups by immobilizing them. Hitler and his regime leaders discovered that when people gather in groups and do the same thing—such as marching or cheering at an entertainment or sporting event—they became passive, non-thinking non-individuals.

By replacing “marching” with electronic screen devices, we have the equivalent of Hitler’s method of population control. Gross writes:

As a technique of immobilizing people, marching requires organization and, apart from the outlay costs involved, organized groups are a potential danger. They might march to a different drum or in the wrong direction…. TV is more effective. It captures many more people than would ever fill the streets by marching—and without interfering with automobile traffic.

Equally disturbing is a university study which indicates that we become less aware of our individual selves and moral identity in a group. The study’s findings strongly suggest that when we act in groups, we tend to consider our moral behavior less while moving in lockstep with the group. Thus, what the group believes or does, be it violence or inhumanity, does not seem to lessen the need to be a part of a group, whether it be a mob or political gathering….

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/02/john-w-whitehead/tv-football-politics/ 

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http://www.strike-the-root.com/ 

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“…. a new proposal from a group of medical editors is big news. The proposal would require that authors of studies share their raw data as a condition of publication in the journal. Medical researchers will have six months after a study is published to share the data.

This utterly disrupts the status quo. Currently, raw data has remained the property of either the scientists or the sponsor of the trial. It’s hard work designing a trial, collecting the data, and doing the analyses. Scientists, therefore, would often write many papers from the datasheets, sometimes over the course of years. These datasheets provided the gratification delayed for the grunt work of research.

Publications are the currency of progress in academics.

If this proposal is enacted, outside researchers, who had no connection to the study, can look at the data and do their own analyses. They can verify the findings, try to disprove the findings, or ask different questions. Think about that. Is it right that almost anyone with a laptop can benefit from the hard work of the original researchers?

Another issue here is the importance of honoring the patients who volunteered to be experimented on. These people are owed a great debt: to maximize the knowledge generated from the experiment. Would any patient consent to a study if their data was not used to advance science?

My essay on this was one of the toughest I’ve written. It took hours upon hours. I tried to see the proposal from both sides. An outsider sees obvious advantages, but researchers have serious concerns.

The title is linked below:

To Believe in Science Is to Believe in Data Sharing …”

http://www.drjohnm.org/2016/02/science-needs-data-sharing-like-sports-needs-doping-controls/

The author is “a cardiac electrophysiologist practicing in Louisville KY. I am also a husband to a palliative care doctor, a father, a bike racer, and a regular columnist at theHeart.org | Medscape

 

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Human Intelligence and Open Source Technologies

by Robert Steele on February 1, 2016

“… I worry about artificial stupidity being deeply embedded in bureaucratic and machine processes that take on a life of their own…. I was one of the first “digital innovators” for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). They built the Artificial Intelligence Staff in the Office of Information Technology (OIT/AIS) around me, so when I tell you I am worried about artificial stupidity being embedded in bureaucratic work processes, please believe me, I have seen a trillion dollars’ worth of waste in the last quarter century [average of $40 billion a year for each of 25 years]. Mostly secret, overwhelmingly technical, the investments in technology by the US intelligence community are predominantly useless in terms of creating a prosperous world at peace, a world that works for all…..

Singularity, apart from its obliviousness to true costs that sharply limit future growth irrespective of the advance of technology, firmly believes that machines will overtake humans, whose brains have been under development for millions of years.  It also blithely assumes that displacing human labor and engagement with machines – never mind the true costs – will not have social consequences including mass unrest and eventual violence.

As an intelligence professional – both a former spy and leader of analysts – I have watched the National Security Agency (NSA), one example within the trillion in waste I cite above, spend hundreds of millions of dollars in the past quarter century. NSA never been able to process more than 1% of the data they collect [and is even more paralyzed by data overload now that mass surveillance is the norm]. Nor has NSA been effective with the data they do process, for lack of human linguists skilled in Arabic and Hebrew, among 183 languages we do not speak well in the USA. Here is what James Bamford says in the very last sentence of his book, Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency  (Anchor, 2002):

Eventually NSA may secretly achieve the ultimate in quickness, compatibility, and efficiency-a computer with petaflop and higher speeds shrunk into a container about a liter in size, and powered by only about ten watts of power: the human brain.

I won’t belabor the limitations of computers, my latest article, Applied Collective Intelligence 2.0, forthcoming in Technological Forecasting and Social Change, addressed the realities that constrain machine intelligence. My purpose in this essay is to advance a concept for saving civilization by integrating human intelligence and a full range of open source technology and information. The idea is to deploy open source concepts across all man-machine domains, not only the information technology domain.

Why does human intelligence matter right now and going forward? Leaving aside the many limitations of computers, which are only as smart as their dumbest line of code and their smallest bits of data in combination; let’s start with the reality that over 80% of what we need to know is not in digital form. In fact the true figure is probably closer to 95% — I am being conservative – and because we only process 1% of Big Data that is collected, according to Mary Meeker, this means that the machine world is working with a tiny fraction–.002 to be exact–of the available relevant data.  If you add to that the fact that we are not doing zero-based economic analysis or true cost economics and currently do not have more than baby dosages of data, we end up with what Chris Hedges calls, in a book by this title, Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle .

A blind faith – that is, one that ignores the true costs in resources and process redesign – in AI and VR to suddenly illuminate our world is dangerous. Only with true-cost accounting, applied predictively to current trends, can we see how challenging are the problems our species –not just humans but all living creatures – face today in the face of resource limitations.

There is certainly a great deal to be said for augmented human intelligence through the use of machine-assisted processing and analysis. Striking that balance, what some call hybrid intelligence, does offer real opportunities for massive positive change. Some researchers, such as Google’s in house singularity maven  Ray Kurzweil, believe the machines will triumph and leave us behind; others including me believe machines will augment but never displace humans with their diversity, imagination, and mortality – it is mortality that underlies ethics.

This is an important machine “glitch” seems difficult to resolve: ethics are beyond the ken of a machine. We fool ourselves into thinking code can be written to manage ethical questions. A machine follows instructions, which may seem to be logically complete, but cannot account for novel issues. When AI is reported to make breakthroughs in intelligence, it is often the product of engineers falling in love with their inventions’ output instead of an expression of organic emerging intelligence.

In this specific regard – the domain of intelligence whether human or artificial – I advance three human-centric propositions for consideration.

First, brought forward from my invited 1993 lecture to Paul Allen’s INTERVAL think tank, I suggest

You must avoid at all costs any techniques or tools which isolate individuals or give them the false perception that they can exist remotely, or in their own “virtual” worlds. That is a narcotic and narcissistic vision, and like narcotics and the pool of Narcissus, will ultimately lead to death by overdose or death by drowning.

Second, if you do not embrace full employment (whether in labor or arts), you risk spreading a fatal social disease, one that could lead to social erosion so great as to topple any technical and bureaucratic towers. People seek meaning. Without work, they will find meaning in tearing down the institutions that reject their contributions.

Third and last, mindful that Homo sapiens is in theory supposed to both human and thinking, and with a bow to Micah Sifry’s book The Big Disconnect: Why The Internet Hasn’t Transformed Politics (Yet) , as well as my own Foreword to Stephen E. Arnold’s CyberOSINT: Next Generation Information Access, I would point out that we still do not have properly integrated and universally-available tools for information-sharing and sense-making.

Machine intelligence and complex systems integration is expensive and a work in progress. Now stir into that brew our ignoring the 95% or so of the information that is not digital and in a language not supported by today’s machine translation systems or our own loosely-education [?] population. We are operating at 2% of our potential, at best, and falling short as both man and machine.

The graphic below illuminates this idea of information being largely beyond the reach of existing machines and machines likely in the future. Video recognition is very poor. Language recognition outside a few languages is still not adequate for most used. Document recognition is poor with respect to handwritten and unconventional script documents. And so on.

Examine the legend on the image below. Roughly 1% of written scientific papers are published, and of those that are published, perhaps 5% are accessed by more than a handful of individual. One percent of five percent is .0005 – not one tenth of knowledge, or one hundredth or one thousandth, but five ten-thousandth of the published knowledge gain “traction,” and this generally in the English language. The unpublished knowledge may as well not exist at all.

Published and unpublished information in 183 other languages, of which 33 are major international languages and one of them, Arabic, includes eleven substantive modern variations, is generally not accessed effectively.  Similarly, “gray literature” or limited edition publications specific to localities, is even less accessible – one percent of one percent as a speculative calculation.

Finally, there is no global index of subject matter experts (especially those that do not publish but have priceless hard-earned local knowledge)…..

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https://www.singularityweblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/access-to-scientific-papers.jpg

Let us now make the leap from the present infatuation with taking information technology toward the singularity goal of making humans redundant. Let us contemplate instead the wholeness of society – not just information society, but society across all physical domains. Imagine a world in which everything is open.

Most are familiar with the concepts of Open Source Software and Open Source Hardware. A few realize that these two concepts are insufficient to achieve anything resembling a singularity. Apart from the reality that a machine is utterly stupid without data, algorithms, and an audience, there is the small matter of civilization beyond the box — what else must be in being for society to advance?

Below is a starting point that I created with some help from Michel Bauwens, founder of the Peer to Peer (P2P) Foundation, and Marcin Jakubowski, creator of Open Source Ecology and the Global Village Construction Set.

https://www.singularityweblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Principle-Elements-of-Open-Source.jpg

In my view, if we are to achieve exponential growth and infinite wealth for all humanity, we must integrate three intellectual concepts across all domains from agricultural to water: Holistic analytics (everything is connected), True cost economics (embrace the truth), and Open source everything engineering (affordable, inter-operable, and scalable).

There is much to be said about Eco-Villages and Transition Townes, and some small enclaves are eco-hacking the future with over one hundred different open-source applications toward a fossil-free zero-waste society.  This is brilliant stuff, but it will not scale as quickly or, more pointedly, we can ask if it will even scale to any degree and in time so as to avoid the The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History .  However much singularity aficionados may cheer for nirvana, time is the one strategic variable we cannot buy nor replace.

It is Smart Cities and Smart Nations that represent the very grand challenge of achieving a prosperous world at peace, a world that works for all. Everything being done now, from the Climate Change agreements to Paris to the Smart Cities initiative in India, is poorly thought through, unaffordable, and unachievable at scale – at sustainable scale.

What is missing from the local to global conversation – apart from honest governance —  is a shared grasp of how very important it is to integrate holistic analytics (for threats, policies,  demographics) with true cost economics (cradle to grave for all artifacts all the time), and open source everything engineering.

Below is a depiction I created to improve on an existing program in the United Kingdom that purports to represent the state of the art in Embedded Intelligence – it was lacking the three essentials shown at the bottom of the graphic.

https://www.singularityweblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Embedded-Intelligence.jpg

The technocracy has lost sight of the humanities – most of them have never read E. O. Wilson’s book, Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge  and have no idea why the sciences need the humanities, a question that is answered most ably in this book.

To create a truly Smart City or Smart nation it is not acceptable to limits one’s definition of the necessities to broadband access. We must design cities by keeping firmly in mind what Bionic City pioneer Melissa Sterry suggests, that when nature is designing anything, it comes without fraud, waste, or abuse. Every single artifact must achieve what Buckminster Fuller called “ephemeralism,” avoiding all forms of waste.

For many this will mean pressed brick shelters and the fullest possible use of the Global Village Construction Set being created by Marcin Jakubowski. It will also mean broad acceptance of Peer to Peer forms of culture, economy, governance, and society as defined so ably by Michel Bauwens.

I have published an essay on Saving Civilization, delivered a memorandum to the Vice President of the United States on the need for an Open Source (Technologies) Agency, and provided a white paper to the Secretary General of the United Nations, so I will not belabor the elements here. My life’s work and my ambition for the future of humanity, are summed up in the below depiction of how I believe we must achieve man-machine intelligence with integrity across the whole.

https://www.singularityweblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Education-Intelligence-Research.png

About the author:

Robert David Steele Vivas is a former spy, Marine Corps infantry officer, honorary hacker, past presidential candidate, and the top Amazon reviewer devoted to non-fiction, reading in 98 categories. He pioneered Open Source Intelligence (OSINT), teaching over 7,500 professionals from across 66 countries how to achieve decision-support (intelligence) with legal ethical methods. Author of many books and articles on intelligence and electoral reform, over time he morphed into a proponent for Open Source Everything Engineering (OSEE), publishing The Open-Source Everything Manifesto: Transparency, Truth, and Trust (Manifesto Series)  in 2012. A 2014 profile of him in The Guardian by Nafeez Ahmed earned 33,000 “likes” in three days and now stands at 68,000 “likes.” Learn more about him at http://robertdavidsteele.com.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ha4L9fI1800 [must see!]

https://www.singularityweblog.com/human-intelligence-and-open-source-technologies/ 

via  https://solari.com/blog/ 

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12998524-the-open-source-everything-manifesto

 

The Open-Source Everything Manifesto: Transparency, Truth, and Trust

by Robert David Steele, Howard Bloom

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2vC2nKyXWU (55 minutes)

 

 

Yep. I bought the book, and two others:

 

Moving the Needle: Get Clear, Get Free, and Get Going in Your Career, Business, and Life!

and

Coach Yourself to a New Career: 7 Steps to Reinventing Your Professional Life

 

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the narcotic of pedophilia

the narcotic of pedophilia

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Pennsylvania GOP’s and Democratic governor’s war against Attorney General Kathleen Kane. Kane was stridently investigating Sandusky case and was indicted by a skanky Zio-con Republican prosecutor, Vetri Ferman, in pedophile-friendly Montgomery County. Like his GOP and Democratic predecessors, Thornburgh and Rendell, Democrat Governor Tom Wolf is on the side of protecting the pedophiles.

http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/categories/20130101_1 

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Dr Earl Bradley, a pediatrician from Delaware, Pennsylvania. 

Bradley was indicted in February 2010 on 471 charges of molestation, rape and exploitation of 103 child patients. He was charged in April 2010 with an additional 58 offences. (Earl Bradley – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

‘Murdered’ prosecutors PA Gricar and Jonathan Luna

On 4 December 2003, Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan P. Luna was found dead, lying in a stream and stabbed thirty-six times, outside Lancaster, Pennsylvania. (Death of Jonathan Luna – baltimoresun.com)

At RobertsCourt.com: we read about Bedford, Pennsylvania and mind control. /

5000 Pennsylvania Children Stolen and Abused … /BedfordSprings.net

“According to Fritz Springmeir, after the war Josef Mengele was smuggled to the U.S. to put mind control into practice as one of the CIA’s main mind control programmers. The author of Mind Control The Ultimate Terror credits Mengele with development of the MK Ultra mind control program.”

“Pennsylvania has by far the highest number of child-trafficking organizations.”

98, district attorney Ray Gricar chose not to prosecute Sandusky after reports about Sandusky and boys surfaced.

In 2005, Gricar went missing.

There was an abandoned car and a laptop recovered months later in a river; the hard drive was missing from the computer.

Gricar’s body was never found.

Disappearance of DA tied to Sandusky allegations

More here:

http://dutroux.blogspot.com/2011/11/pennsylvania-and-child-abuse.html 

and/or

http://aangirfan.blogspot.com/2011/11/pennsylvania-and-child-abuse.html

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https://www.adrianflux.co.uk/cult-classics/ford-cortina/ 

[Ed.: A white ’66 Ford Cortina GT was the first car I ever owned. It took first place on Pirelli tires in the first and only rally it and I ever entered (the unforgettable Dave C. was the navigator) when all of the other entrants got lost worse than we did. The clutch was made of tissue paper and the electronics were British, subject to failure when damp, and indeed the car was consumed at the 36,000 mile mark by a dashboard fire.]

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http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/americas-heroin-epidemic/road-back-officials-addicts-face-long-rehab-waits-n421661 

There can be no doubt that the epidemic of heroin addiction is brought to us by the leadership and government of the United States of America. “The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia is a non-fiction book on heroin trafficking in Southeast Asia, which covers the period from World War II to the Vietnam War. Published in 1972, the book was the product of eighteen months of research…” 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5szK4dQhlt4 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sbz3jgKVqeI 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_YWFC1HY74 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uixBexOyxBg 

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/americas-heroin-epidemic/ohio-couple-calls-out-heroin-teen-daughters-obituary-n422691 

such deaths nearly quadrupled nationally over a decade

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http://www.zengardner.com/wp-content/uploads/tv-brain-chemistry-1024×7681-777×437.jpg 

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Media events are a “transplantation of reality” and a “relocation of public space (to the home?)”.

“Scripts” for major media events can be considered enactments of Max Weber’s traditional, rational-legal, and charismatic forms of legitimating authority.

In the middle part of the book, the authors of the book “Media Events: The Live Broadcasting of History”, published in 1994, draw on “empirical studies of major events, on the anthropology of ceremony, the sociology of national integration, and the aesthetics of television”.

The penultimate chapter of the book dwells on what the authors call “shamanic events”– the subset of ceremonial broadcasts that involves a”transformative” dimension.

“Constituting a new television genre, live broadcasts of “historic” events have become world rituals which, according to Dayan and Katz, have the potential for transforming societies even as they transfix viewers around the globe. Analyzing such public spectacles as the Olympic games, the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana, John F. Kennedy’s funeral, the moon landing, and Pope John II’s visits to Poland, they offer an ethnography of how media events are scripted, negotiated, performed, celebrated, shamanized, and reviewed.”

http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?

isbn=9780674559561

Read more:

Bell Comm 21 Three

Bell Comm 21 Four

Two key sections from within the larger 

http://www.thesullenbell.com/2015/01/05/communications-21st-century/

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2i2ChH5fmI 

 

Seeing What Is Concealed

It’s been a while since I visited here.

I’ve been under the weather, literally and figuratively, swamped by successive waves of benign viruses  and a storm named Hercules which is now dumping 14-28 inches of snow on my county, all this sandwiched around a re-scheduled furnace rehabilitation (the old one still works), and the residua of the holidays.

Over at the Bell [ http://www.thesullenbell.com/2014/01/02/wayne-madsen-at-work/] , I’ve posted some recent Madsen articles.

And soon I’ll proceed to catch up with what I perceive was a dormant news cycle, unless you’re interested in Sharon’s organs or Sotomayor’s dropping the ball on the ACA. Doink!

While recuperating from nasal and chest congestion and the sniffles, and apart from having finished reading Operation Kronstadt and starting Volume One in seriousness of The Gulag Archipelago, I had a chance to browse through the TV dial.

9/11 students may or may not find something of interest on the Science Channel http://science.discovery.com/  show “Blowdown”, in which the former spy ship the USNS Vandenburg is sunk to make an artificial reef off the coast of Florida by fitting its steel hull with lots of explosive charges fitted by the company Controlled Demolition Inc. that blew holes in it after the drilling of air holes that allowed the air to escape as the sea water in.

http://natgeotv.com.au/tv/blowdown/episodes.aspx?series=2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSj2Anti28g (7:11)

This show was followed by the demolition of a “Hurricane Proof Tower” http://www.locatetv.com/tv/blowdown/6876996, but I didn’t watch that one.

http://www.controlled-demolition.com/article/blowdown-series-high-definition

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blowdown_(TV_series)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoyt_S._Vandenberg

I didn’t get much out of it, though I was torn between the TV and the kitchen and the phone and other ADL’s, but it seems to fit into a larger pattern about which most of you are already aware: the making of TV to further muddy the waters of cognitive awareness and understanding by the use of close-but-not-exactly-the-same docu-drama and reality TV and fictional stuff that seems to be “predictive programming”, that flirts with the sense that the people behind the lens know more than they are telling, and which thus may actually lead the truly-interested researcher (as apart from those that Solshenitzyn called the rabbits and we sometimes refer to as the sheeple) astray.

Another such example showed up early in the morning when I arose to a) get the trash and the recyclables curbside before the storm arrived, b) be alert and awake for the arrival of the HVAC sub-contractor (the electrician was stuck in traffic somewhere, I presume) and, c) to check on the weather forecast. Having satisfied myself with the local weather update, while waiting for the contractor to call, I hit the combo of numbers on the remote that would bring me to the movie channels and immediately hit pay-dirt, dropping in late for a showing of a movie that was clearly topical and predictive and water-muddying programming: Antitrust “(also titled Conspiracy.com[4] and Startup[5]) a 2001 thriller film written by Howard Franklin and directed by Peter Howitt.[1][6].” Panned by the critics, its about software, programming, the open source movement, surveillance, the theft of intellectual property, the infiltration of government agencies, and the world-wide distribution of media.  It got and kept my attention.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0218817/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antitrust_(film)

Working with his three friends at their new software development company Skullbocks, Stanford graduate Milo Hoffman is contacted by CEO Gary Winston of NURV (Never Underestimate Radical Vision) for a very attractive programming position: a fat paycheck, an almost-unrestrained working environment, and extensive creative control over his work. Accepting Winston’s offer, Hoffman and his girlfriend, Alice Poulson, move to NURV headquarters in Portland, Oregon. [Vancouverites will recognize much of the scenery and architecture.]

Roger Ebert found Gary Winston to be a thinly disguised pastiche of Bill Gates; so much so that he was “surprised [the writers] didn’t protect against libel by having the villain wear a name tag saying, ‘Hi! I’m not Bill!'” Similarly, Ebert felt NURV “seems a whole lot like Microsoft“.[8] Ebert wasn’t alone making these observations; parallels between the fictional and real-world software giants were also drawn by Lisa Bowman of ZDNet UK,[9] James Berardinelli of ReelViews,[10] and Rita Kempley of the The Washington Post.[11] Microsoft spokesman Jim Cullinan said, “From the trailers, we couldn’t tell if the movie was about [America Online] or Oracle.”[9]

Antitrust’s pro–open source story excited industry leaders and professionals with the prospects of expanding the public’s awareness and knowledge level of the availability of open-source software. The film heavily features Linux and its community, using screenshots of the Gnome desktop, consulting Linux professionals, as well as cameos by Miguel de Icaza and Scott McNealy (the latter appearing in the film’s trailers). Jon Hall, executive director of Linux International and consultant on the film said “[Antitrust] is a way of bringing the concept of open source and the fact that there is an alternative to the general public, who often don’t even know that there is one.”[9]

Despite the film’s message about open source computing, MGM did not follow through with their marketing: the official website for Antitrust featured some videotaped interviews which were only available in Apple‘s proprietary QuickTime format.[9]

Antitrust was released as a “Special Edition” DVD on May 15, 2001[32] and on VHS on December 26, 2001.[33] The DVD features audio commentary by the director and editor, an exclusive documentary, deleted scenes and alternative opening and closing sequences with director’s commentary, the music video for “When It All Goes Wrong Again” (which is played over the beginning of the closing credits) by Everclear, and the original theatrical trailer. The DVD was re-released August 1, 2006.[34]

Here’s the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMHF5LjY9EI (2:31)

I wasn’t able to see the whole film; I came in at the second act or so, but I stayed to the ending, a bit lame perhaps, in the context of the current NSA dust-ups, but interesting nevertheless. Automotive fans will be thrilled with the appearance of a 2CV in cherry condition.

http://www.imcdb.org/i004648.jpg

 

Closing disclaimer: Stanford University has not endorsed this motion picture and no filming took place on the Stanford campus. There are a number of other entities and persons with names which may be the same or similar to those used in this motion picture. However, this motion picture is entirely fictional and (except for minor incidental references) is not intended to depict or refer to any other existing entities or persons and any such references are purely coincidental.

 

When the flick was over, I went back upstairs to bed, swallowing the morning pills and an extra Day-Quil, for a 4.5-hour nap. [I’m related to the family Ursidae and tend to hibernate in the winter.]

http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Wildlife/Wildlife_images/Ben-K-Bear-cub01.jpg

So what’s the point of all this movie madness? Should you go in pursuit of these things?  I’d suggest no, unless you’re really really interested in one of the sub-topics.  Television is, by its very essence, the means by which we are diverted, dissuaded, persuaded, mislead, intrigued, misinformed, propagandized. I take note that two of the leading names associated with television were Zworykin  and Sarnoff.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_K._Zworykin

http://russiapedia.rt.com/prominent-russians/science-and-technology/vladimir-zworykin/

http://inventors.about.com/od/xzstartinventors/a/Zworykin.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Sarnoff

 

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/5c/SRI_International_Building.jpg/220px-SRI_International_Building.jpg

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarnoff_Corporation

In January 2011, Sarnoff Corporation was integrated into its parent company, SRI International, and continues to engage in similar research and development activities at the Princeton, New Jersey facility.[2][3]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SRI_International

“I hate what they’ve done to my child…I would never let my own children watch it.” – Vladimir Zworykin on his feelings about watching television.

 

Speaking of children, there is this crossing my threshold recently:

Zuckerberg’s Dream of Connecting the World: What Can We Expect? (Part 3)

30 Monday Dec 2013

Posted by Ken S. Heller in Media Effects, Media Psychology, Psychology

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Tags

Facebook, ICT, Impact of ICT, Influence, Internet, Internet.org, Media Effects, Mobile Computing, Mobile Phones, Persuasive Technology, Social Change

Recapping the earlier posts on this topic, Mark Zuckerberg’s new non-profit consortium of information and communication technology (ICT) corporations would like to connect the remaining 5 billion inhabitants of the planet to the Internet who are not now connected (Internet.org, 2013). Many of the five billion people in question will most likely come from collectivistic non-western cultures. What effects can we expect?

More at the link above…

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I wonder if Ken has read this?:

http://aangirfan.blogspot.com/2013/01/jewish-hero-aaron-swartz-exposing-elite_16.html or these:

http://rense.com/general95/swartz.html

http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message2113023/pg1

And of course there’s no connection to the former Director of National Intelligence, the man who ran death squads, who misled Congress about what his right-hand-man was doing with “Total Information Awareness”…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Negroponte

http://ww4report.com/negropontedeathsquad

http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2006/02/24/3872/national-journal-total-information-awareness-stopped-in-name-only/

http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/November2006/021106Tangram.htm

http://www.ratical.org/ratville/CAH/PoindyEar.html

http://www.historycommons.org/entity.jsp?entity=total_information_awareness

http://alien.mur.at/rax/SURVEILLANCE/SURV2/PICS/sv2-pics.jpg

 

But, then, on the other hand, I learned in my collegiate-level introduction to the mass media that the word tele-vision means to see across the distances [http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=television], and I’m a sucker for travelogues because I love to travel.

Television, or TV for short, (from French télévision, meaning “television”; from Ancient Greek τῆλε (tèle), meaning “far”, and Latin visio, meaning “sight”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Television

 

 

Aside from the old standby of Rick Steves, here are some new HD examples:

http://rudymaxasworld.com/

http://www.createtv.com/CreateProgram.nsf/vProgramsByNola/SMTR#sthash.Yo3EnCyv.dpbs

http://www.createtv.com/CreateProgram.nsf/ShowcaseVideo?Readform&genre=travel#sthash.FxninPZC.dpbs

http://www.travelstotheedge.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_Wolfe

http://www.createtv.com/CreateProgram.nsf/vLinkTitle/Art+Wolfes+Travels+to+the+Edge?OpenDocument&Index=A#sthash.zeLHmEMT.dpbs

 

And now I’m off in search of some insight for my next edition of

http://www.occurrencesforeigndomestic.com/