Sociology of Scientific Knowledge

The sociology of scientific knowledge (SSK), closely related to the sociology of science, considers social influences on science. Practitioners include Barry Barnes, David Bloor, Gaston Bachelard, Paul Feyerabend, Elihu M. Gerson, Thomas Kuhn, Martin Kusch, Bruno Latour, Susan Leigh Star, Anselm Strauss, Lucy Suchman, Harry Collins, and others.
These thinkers (sociologists, philosophers of science, historians of science, anthropologists and computer scientists) have engaged in controversy concerning the role that social factors play in scientific development relative to rational, empirical, and other factors.
SSK basically exploits the history and sociology of science, it consists of studying the development of a scientific field, and identfying points of contingency or interpretative flexibility, where at time, ambiguities are present. Having identified such branch points, the researcher then seeks to explain why one interpretation rather than another succeeded.
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Remote Viewing Vs Its Skeptics
·The Larger Picture of Remote Viewing Vs. The Larger Picture of Skeptics and Debunkers
by Ingo Swann (20 Jan 96)
During the mid-1970s, one of the agencies of the intelligence community requested a lengthy examination. I[Ingo Swann] was involved with a number of professional consultants in its preparation and the report was duly produced under the working title "Social Resistance to Psi."
Three of the major observations of the report established the following:
(1) Since doubt is considered a legitimate function within intellectual processes, the role of those who doubt is given more legitimacy than those who do not doubt. Were this not so then the meaning of doubt would become vague.
(2) When doubt is superimposed on direct human experiencing, then the doubt assumes a priority because of its perceived legitimacy. The superimposition then results in a subtle shift of focus away from examining the direct human experiencing and reinstalls the focus within the contexts of the various intellectualisms that have become involved.
(3) The history of intellectualisms demonstrates (a) that they have relatively short terms of social fashionability, and (b) that they tend to be elitist in nature because the larger populations either do not, or cannot, share in them.
Combining these three observations results in a fourth: that doubt is relative to social enclaves and is thus only transitory against larger issues that remain permanent within the direct experiential thresholds of our species.
Reducing these four observations to a possibly crude level, skeptics and debunkers come and go --- but the experiencing thresholds of the species remain the same. The experiencing thresholds are therefore perpetual. Skepticism that advocates doubt regarding something perpetual is relevant only to the transitory intellectual boundaries within which it has arisen.
As an apt illustration of the above, Albert Einstein introduced his special theory of relativity in 1905 while he was still a student and working in the patent office in Switzerland. The skeptical responses regarding the theory, and him as a scientist and man, were not only noisy but exceedingly voluminous.
By 1925, historians appraised that the Einstein "debate" had accumulated the largest printed paper volume ever.
When the special theory was proven correct between 1927 and 1929, it was shown that relativity was perpetual --- naturally existing and true. The skeptical and debunking responses were shown as transitory, however ardent and voluminous they had been. None of the names of Einstein's skeptics are remembered. And this is the ignominious fate of most skeptics --- because the times and tides of discovery march on and forget they existed.
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http://rabbit-hole-journey.blogspot.com/2007/10/media-moguls-bankers-and-cfr.html [...after clicking on the link, scroll down to the second 'comment' by John Wallace]
A “front group” can be any entity that is set up to appear to be a legitimate independent organization, when it is actually controlled from behind the scenes by another organization or group of individuals. These front groups are often legitimate businesses, social or political organizations, professional groups, advocacy groups, research organizations, etc. Organized crime has used legitimate front organizations for many decades to launder their income from various illegal activities. Pharmaceutical companies have used front organizations to advocate for the drugs they manufacture. International terrorist organizations have their front groups here in the United States and as the evidence clearly shows, so do the international bankers.
The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) was founded in 1921 by a very select group of international bankers, Wall Street lawyers and wealthy “old money” families sometimes called the Establishment or the Elites. Among the CFR’s founders were JP Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, “Colonel” Edward House (Marxist. globalist and close advisor to President Wilson), Paul Warburg (international banker), Otto Kahn and Jacob Schiff (both international investment bankers). The CFR’s stated purpose at that time was to improve the understanding of US foreign policy and international affairs through the exchange of ideas. The select membership has been gradually expanded over the years, now totaling around 3,800 and includes various professionals, corporate CEO’s, college presidents, media owners and reporters, high-ranking government officials and even high ranking US military officers.
These same international bankers that started the CFR were instrumental in getting President Woodrow Wilson to sign the Federal Reserve Act into existence in 1913 that basically gave these international bankers the power to print money and control our entire economy. To show you the mind set of this core group, one of the founding CFR members, Edward House, authored a book in 1912 entitled “Philip Dru: Administrator” in which he laid out a fictionalized plan for the conquest of America. In the book, he told of a conspiracy by which a group of wealthy businessmen would gain control of both the Democratic and Republican parties and use them as instruments for the creation of a socialist world government.
After signing the Federal Reserve Act into law, President Woodrow Wilson later admitted, "I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country….(America is) no longer a government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men." He was, of course, talking about the international bankers and the creation of the first great nationwide “front organization” called the Federal Reserve that was designed to directly benefit the international bankers at the expense of the American taxpayers.
The late Carroll Quigley (mentor and advisor to President Clinton) who was a long term member of the CFR, wrote in his book “Tragedy & Hope”: "The CFR is the American Branch of a society….which believes that national boundaries should be obliterated, and a one-world rule established."
Rear Admiral Chester Ward, a former member of the CFR for 16 years, sounded the alarm about the real intent of the CFR and pointed out that there was two separate cliques within the CFR:
1. The first and most powerful clique wants to bring about the surrender of the sovereignty and national independence of the United States.
2. The second clique of international members is comprised of Wall Street international bankers and their key agents who want to receive a world banking monopoly from whatever power ends up in control of global government.
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Sweden sued over EU data directive inaction

Sweden’s government is being sued by the European Commission for refusing to implement a 2006 measure requiring telecom operators to store information about their customers’ phone calls and emails.
Court rejects lawyers' call to gag Pirates (25 May 09)
New law sees Swedish web traffic plunge (30 Apr 09)
Second ISP undermines file sharing law (28 Apr 09)
The European Union directive, known as the Data Retention Directive, was approved by Brussels in March 2006, but Sweden has yet to implement the measure more than three years after its passage.
Now the Commission’s willingness to tolerate the Swedish government’s recalcitrance over the directive appears to have worn out, as the Commission recently decided to file a suit against Sweden in the European Court of Justice, the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper reports.
According to SvD, the European Commission decided to sue Sweden on April 14th, and has recently filed papers with the court to bring the suit forward.
The measure stipulates that telecom operators store data about customers’ telephone calls, such as when and to whom calls were made, as well as information about text messages and emails.
Passed in the wake of the Madrid and London terrorist bombings[!!!], the directive was seen as an important tool in combating possible terrorist threats, despite concerns from privacy advocates – concerns which have also led the Swedish government to drag its feet.

Gravity Anomalies Detected On The Moon

·Gravity Anomaly detected by using 4-way Doppler observation data from the RSTAR (OKINA) (RSAT)
·New finding in study on the Origin of Dichotomy for the Moon


April 16, 2008 (JST)
Kyushu University
National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
Japan Aerospace eXploration Agency (JAXA)
http://www.jaxa.jp/press/2008/04/img/20080416_kaguya_01l.jpghttp://www.jaxa.jp/press/2008/04/img/20080416_kaguya_04l.jpg[Left, Gravity Anomaly Map at the Apollo basin. Rigth, Gravity Anomaly Map at the Mare Serenitatis]

JAXA announced a new finding of a gravity anomaly for both the near side and far side of the Moon by using 4-way Doppler observation data from the RSTAR (OKINA) with the main orbiter, the KAGUYA.
Until now, the gravity anomaly of the far side of the Moon has not been understood well. The gravity anomaly, which was obscure before, has been clearly revealed through observations by the Kaguya mission. For instance, the gravity anomaly of a basin on the far side is found to be characterized by a negative anomaly in a ring like the Apollo basin. On the other hand, the gravity anomaly of the basin on the near side is uniformly positive over the region such as with the Mare Serenitatis. Thus, the clear difference in gravity anomaly on the near side and the far side has been newly discovered and this fact brings a different story about the structure of the underground and the history of the evolution of the far side and near side of the Moon.
*Gravity anomaly: The lunar gravity field is not homogenous. Any region of the Moon with a higher than expected mass density will produce a gravity anomaly.
*Dichotomy of the Moon: Between the near side and the far side, clear asymmetry is called the "Dichotomy of the Moon" as in the thickness of the lunar crust and the distribution of the lunar Maria.


FIREWALL - In Defense of Nation State

The Money Masters - How International Bankers Gained Control of America

UFO Caught On Out-Door Surveillance Cam - Russia

[Pay close attention to the reaction of the people towards the end of the video]

Critics worry reality TV kids are exploited

Hollywood abounds with child stars whose lives went off the rails, but the boom in reality TV raises new ethical questions that have come to a head in the case of Jon and Kate Gosselin and their eight children.
U.S. celebrity magazines, blogs and tabloids are in a frenzy about the new season of reality show "Jon & Kate Plus 8," in which the parents of sextuplets and twins appear to be barely speaking to each other and contemplating divorce.
On Wednesday, Kate's brother and sister-in-law, Kevin and Jodi Kreider, appeared on CBS News' "The Early Show" to appeal to the couple to stop exploiting their children.
"They're being viewed as a commodity," Kevin Kreider said.
Jodi Kreider said the children were aware of the cameras and uncomfortable having them present on every vacation.
"Kids have bad times, bad moments, they cry, and having the camera zoom in on a crying child . . . this should not be a form of entertainment," she said.
TLC did not respond to a request for comment, but a statement quoted in The New York Times said ratings were growing due to "interest in these real-life issues."
"We will continue to air as the interest continues, and the family wants to do it," the TLC statement said.
Michael Brody, media chairman of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, said the treatment of the Gosselin children may amount to abuse, though he added that he had not met the family.
"Look at what has happened to all these child stars," Brody said. "Most of these people are in rehab or they're involved in child abuse, it's horrendous."
The Gosselins have said they are motivated by the need to feed and educate the children. The New York Times cited reports the parents are paid $25,000 to $50,000 for each episode.
"The entertainment business is vast and powerful," Petersen said. "Somebody has to stand up to them and say, 'You can't do this to children any more.'"
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Fluorescent GM monkeys 'could help find Parkinson's cure'

[This is playing with fire...]
Scientists have genetically modified marmoset monkeys with a fluorescent protein that under ultra violet light makes them glow a vivid green.
And unlike previously developed "transgenic animals" the monkeys are able to pass on their unique ability to their offspring, suggesting it is deeply embedded in its DNA.
Scientists reported the first transgenic monkeys last year – when they inserted a gene from Huntington's disease.
But in these animals, the gene did not fully integrate into the monkey's own DNA and was not passed down to their offspring.
This time Dr Erika Sasaki, of the Central Institute for Experimental Animals in Kawasaki, and colleagues used a virus to introduce the gene for green fluorescent protein (GFP) into the DNA of the common marmoset Callithrix jacchus.
Dr Sasaki said: "The common marmoset is increasingly attractive for use as a non-human primate animal model in biomedical research. It has a relatively high reproduction rate for a primate, making it potentially suitable for transgenic modification.
"In particular, genetically modified primates would be a powerful human disease model for preclinical assessment of the safety and efficacy of stem-cell or gene therapy."
"Because non-human primates are much closer to humans than mice genetically, the successful creation of transgenic marmosets means that we will have a new animal model to work with," he said.
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Ida, suppossed 'missing link' fossil, most likely a lemur.

Fellow scientists denounced the discovery as hype and criticised Dr Hurum, saying that the purchase could stimulate a black market in fossils.
The skeleton, which other palaeontologists say is far more likely to be an ancestor of lemurs and bush babies than human beings, was unearthed in the Messel pit, a renowned fossil site near Darmstadt in Germany, in 1983. The anonymous collector kept it in his basement until it was sold to Dr Hurum in 2007.
The Ida team is facing opposition over its scientific interpretation of the fossil, which it claims is a “missing link” between humans, apes and monkeys and their distant past. They suggest that, if not a direct ancestor, Ida lies on the broad ancestral branch, known as the haplorhines, that led to monkeys, apes and humans. “She’s on our ancestral line,” Dr Hurum said.
It is thought that the majority of palaeontologists believe that Ida is more likely to lie on the strepsirhine branch that led to modern-day lemurs.
Dr Beard says that further examination of the fossil will eventually lead to it being placed on the lemur line.
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Detectada por primera vez la emisión de rayos X más próxima a un agujero negro

·Investigadores españoles han colaborado en el descubrimiento a través del Centro de Astrobiología.
Una investigación internacional, con participación del CSIC, ha detectado por primera vez la emisión de rayos X más próxima a un agujero negro observada hasta el momento, localizada en una región en donde la teoría de la relatividad es muy importante.
El citado agujero negro, ubicado en una galaxia situada a 540 millones de años luz de la Tierra, engulle dos veces la masa de la Tierra en tan sólo una hora, tal como ha sido publicado en el último número de la revista Nature.
Se trata de un agujero que "come muy bien", tal como ha puntualizado uno de los responsables de la investigación, Giovanni Miniutti, del Centro de Astrobiología (centro mixto del CSIC y el INTA).

La "última llamada de socorro"
En su opinión, "la materia atraída por el agujero negro sí se ve". "A medida que cae hacia el agujero negro, se calienta tanto que emite su última llamada de socorro en forma de radiación muy energética de rayos X, antes de desaparecer para siempre", añade.
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El 45% de los internautas utilizan la red para informarse de política

El 45% de los internautas españoles utilizan la red para informarse de política, según un estudio en el que ha participado la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), que indica también que quienes navegan por internet tienen unas orientaciones políticas significativamente distintas de quienes no lo hacen.
Según este estudio, la participación política a través de internet es todavía limitada, en comparación con países como Estados Unidos, ya que sólo el 8% ha ofrecido dinero a causas políticas por medio de la red, el 5% ha contactado con un político y el 14% ha firmado una petición electrónica.
El proyecto Polnet (Política e Internet) se centra en el análisis de impacto del uso de internet en la participación política en España y ha sido realizado por investigadores del Instituto de Gobierno y Políticas Públicas (IGOP), del Departamento de Ciencia Política de la UAB, de la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, de la Universidad de Irvine (California) y de la European University Institute.
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El Vaticano ve peor abortar que los abusos de curas en Irlanda

·"No es comparable con lo sucedido en algunos colegios", dice Cañizares[!!!!!].
El cardenal prefecto de la Congregación por el Culto Divino y la Disciplina de los Sacramentos, Antonio Cañizares, pidió ayer "perdón" por los abusos sexuales a menores cometidos por curas y monjas en escuelas católicas irlandesas entre los años 50 y 80 del siglo pasado. El ministro del Vaticano declaró a TV-3 que "esas conductas son totalmente condenables". Pero a renglón seguido añadió: "No es comparable lo que haya podido pasar en unos cuantos colegios con los millones de vidas destruidas por el aborto".[Hijodep··a!! Imagínense qué puede pensar una mujer que, por cosas de la vida, haya abortado...pero que además, un hijo suyo, que si tuvo, haya sido abusado sexualmente por un(a) cura/monja!!!]
Según Cañizares, exvicepresidente de la Conferencia Episcopal Española, el aborto "ha destruido legalmente[...y yo que pensaba que estos señores sólo se dedicaban a cosas del espíritu...] más de 40 millones* de vidas humanas, cuando la legislación debería dar apoyo a los derechos y la justicia". En este sentido, el religioso se mostró convencido de que la reforma de la ley del aborto que impulsa el Gobierno "debilita los fundamentos de la sociedad" porque "el primer derecho es el de la vida".
Los abusos de curas y monjas a menores irlandeses por los que pidió "perdón" Cañizares fueron desvelados hace unos días en Dublín por la Comisión de Investigación de Abuso de Niños, establecida en el año 2000 por el Gobierno, tras las denuncias aparecidas en una serie de reportajes en televisión.
En el informe elaborado por esta entidad, que consta de más de 2.000 entrevistas a supuestas víctimas, se relatan casos de torturas, violaciones y palizas que sufrieron los niños que estaban al cuidado de varias órdenes religiosas en reformatorios, internados y orfanatos. Los abusos sexuales eran un mal "endémico", asegura el trabajo. La jerarquía eclesiástica supo de esos delitos, pero protegió a los pederastas, añade.
Algunas víctimas apenas tenían 3 años cuando ingresaron en aquellos centros religiosos.
[Fuente: elperiodico.com]

*[Ya que tiene 'tantos' números a la mano, propongo lo siguiente: supongamos que sus cifras se ajustan a la realidad (cosa bastante improbable!), así, tenemos sus 40 millones de abortos 'perpetrados' por, imagino yo, 40 millones de mujeres. Esto, si cada mujer abortó una sola vez...pero digamos que hay unas 'muuuy' malas y lo hicieron 2 y hasta 3 veces. De cualquier forma, estaríamos de acuerdo en que el aborto es probablemente bastante traumático como para querer (sin ofender a todas que aquellas que han sido, o se han sentido, obligadas a) repetir, así el porcentaje de mujeres que sólo lo han hecho 1 sola vez debe de ser tan alto que seguiríamos hablando de la misma proporción 1:1. Pero, para mi propuesta ya me vale suponer 2 y hasta 3(!) abortos por mujer. Continúo. Se dice que fueron más de 2.000 víctimas de abusos sexuales en irlanda. ¿Cuántos curas/monjas son los involucrados en este escándalo? En webs informativas, como el huffingtonpost.com, hablan de 4 curas. Como no dan nombres, ya que ninguno ha sido enjuiciado, es difícil contrastar este número y lo más probable es que sean más. Para nuestros cálculos podemos aventurar una cifra de 25, que pueden incluso ser 50(!), pero 25 ya nos vale, Irlanda es un país muy pequeño. Así tenemos que 25 curas/monjas abusaron de más de 2.000 niños. Vamos a ver, por si no salta a la vista. 2.000 por 25... esto da una proporción de 80:1 !!!!! Comparar los abortos, proporción 1:1 o, si pensamos muuuy mal de las mujeres, proporción 2:1, con la de los curas/monjas de 80:1 es, cuanto menos, vulgar. Es decir, cada cura/monja abusó de, en promedio, 80 niños, cuando cada mujer tuvo, también en promedio, un único aborto, máximo 2. Ahora viene lo peor. Los 40 millones de los que habla el Sr. Cañizares son una cifra que no puede referirse a Irlanda, cuya población se estima que, a día de hoy, es de entre 4 a 6 millones de personas... Así, sus 40 millones son un número más global. ¿Europa? ¿Mundo católico? ¿Occidente? ¿Todo el planeta? En realidad, da igual. Porque, en el momento en que comencemos a sumar todos los casos de abusos sexuales por parte del clérigo en europa, o en el mundo católico, o en occidente, etc., la cifra irlandesa de 2.000 casos se dispararía en proporción. Tenemos que escuchar atentamente cuando estos personajes, como el Sr. Cañizares, dicen algo. Por norma, tienden a descalificarse a sí mismos... sólo hay que prestar atención]
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BRAZIL: Murder, Death Threats Amid Environmental Protests

·Environmentalists and human rights activists in Brazil are demanding clarification of the murder of Paulo Santos Souza, a fisherman and trade unionist who was fighting irregularities in the construction of a gas pipeline for Petrobras.
The Associação dos Homens do Mar (AHOMAR – the fishermen’s union) for which Santos Souza was the treasurer, and other unions and civil society groups have called for a demonstration Wednesday in front of the headquarters of the state oil firm Petrobras, in Rio de Janeiro.
They are also demanding the interruption of work on a natural gas pipeline being laid some 60 kilometres from Rio de Janeiro, following reports of environmental permit irregularities and damages caused to flora and fauna in the mangrove swamps of Guanabara Bay.
The gas pipeline is part of the Liquefied Gas and Oil Project (GLP) carried out in the framework of the Accelerated Growth Programme (PAC) embarked on by the government of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
Construction of the future Petrobras Petrochemical Complex (COMPERJ) is in the hands of a consortium, GLP Submarino, made up of the Oceânica Engenharia and GDK S.A. companies.
The head of AHOMAR, Alexandre Anderson, said that the engineering works, which began in late March, have particularly harmed fishing, which has declined by 70 percent since that time.
Although the union will not say outright that the two are connected, it says it is a remarkable coincidence that its treasurer was killed on May 22, the same day that the Environment Secretary of the municipality of Magé blocked the work on the gas pipeline because it lacks the necessary environmental permit.
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Media Lying over Churchill's Crimes

Churchill is our hero because of his leadership in World War 2, but his immense crimes, notably the WW2 Bengali Holocaust, the 1943-1945 Bengal Famine in which Churchill murdered 6-7 million Indians, have been deleted from history by extraordinary Anglo-American and Zionist Holocaust Denial.
In addition to his participation in British colonial war crimes in South Africa, the Sudan, Afghanistan and India as a soldier "just obeying orders", Churchill was deeply complicit as an Establishment politician, Minister and Leader in the political failures leading to World War 1; the disastrous WW2 Dardanelles campaign; the 1920s bombing of Iraqis and Kurds; political failure leading to World War 2; active promotion of Japanese entry into World War 2, pre-knowledge of the indefensibility of Singapore; pre-knowledge of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor; opposition to Indian Independence from the crippling obscenity of the British Raj; the 1943-1945 Bengal Famine; the anti-Arab anti-Semitic war-time decision to partition Palestine in favour of racist Zionist colonizers; and promotion of Hindu-Muslim antipathy with resultant Partition carnage and the present Pakistan-India nuclear standoff.
These core crimes will be outlined and documented below (for a very detailed and referenced analysis of Churchill's crimes see the revised and updated 2008 version of my 1998 book "Jane Austen and the Black Hole of British History. Colonial rapacity, holocaust denial and the crisis in biological sustainability" (see: janeaustenand.blogspot.com).

Obama Betrays The Liberals

American liberals stand betrayed. Their new president, the one they sweated to elect — a brilliant, charismatic leader with a professional background in constitutional law — has transmogrified himself from the champion who denounced in his campaign the illegalities of the Bush White House into a president bent on their perpetuation.
Liberals are stunned by Obama’s plan to “restart Bush-era military tribunals” for some Guantanamo detainees, reviving what the Associated Press pointed out, is “a fiercely disputed trial system he once denounced.”(May 15). Liberals are appalled by Obama’s May 21st proposal to hold terrorism suspects in “prolonged detention” inside the U.S. without a trial. “Such detention,” Senator Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) wrote him, “is a hallmark of abusive systems that we have historically criticized around the world.”
If liberals chaffed over Obama’s centrist cabinet choices, they were dismayed by his decision not to release photographs depicting the sadistic tortures the Bush Gang inflicted onprisonersduring a so-called “War on Terror” that was nothing but terror itself. A typical reaction comes from Joe Kishore, writing on the World Socialist Website (May 22): “Whatever verbal warnings Obama may make about the erosion of democracy in the United States, the actions of his administration facilitate and escalate its breakdown.”

Bilderberg to meet in Israel June 8-11

By James P. Tucker Jr.
Bilderberg boys are a bunch of grumpy old men but remain fiercely dedicated to usurping sovereignty in the United States and throughout the world. Patriots can celebrate their setbacks but never let up: Bilderberg still threatens the sovereignty of all nations while fighting for world government.
Major goals remain exploiting the global recession and an imaginary “swine flu pandemic” to establish global departments of treasury and health under the United Nations. But at the May 14-17 meeting in Vouliagmeni, Greece, near Athens, Bilderberg took a keen interest in persuading the United States to surrender sovereignty to the International Criminal Court, or ICC.
Bilderberg is also setting up a “summit” in Israel June 8-11 so “the world’s leading regulatory experts” can “address the current economic situation in one forum,” said Zohar Goshen, chairman of a subgroup of the International Association of Securities Commissions (IOSCO). Mary Shapiro, chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, will represent this country.
Bilderberg found President Obama a Willing Wilkie at its June, 2008 meeting in Chantilly, Va. near Washington. They were reassured when he chose their boy, Harold Koh, a strong advocate of the U.S. accepting the ICC, as the State Department’s top lawyer.

Top 25 Censored Stories for 2009

# 1 Over One Million Iraqi Deaths Caused by US Occupation
# 2 Security and Prosperity Partnership: Militarized NAFTA
# 3 InfraGard: The FBI Deputizes Business
# 4 ILEA: Is the US Restarting Dirty Wars in Latin America?
# 5 Seizing War Protesters’ Assets
# 6 The Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act
# 7 Guest Workers Inc.: Fraud and Human Trafficking
# 8 Executive Orders Can Be Changed Secretly
# 9 Iraq and Afghanistan Vets Testify
# 10 APA Complicit in CIA Torture
# 11 El Salvador’s Water Privatization and the Global War on Terror
# 12 Bush Profiteers Collect Billions From No Child Left Behind
# 13 Tracking Billions of Dollars Lost in Iraq
# 14 Mainstreaming Nuclear Waste
# 15 Worldwide Slavery
# 16 Annual Survey on Trade Union Rights
# 17 UN’s Empty Declaration of Indigenous Rights
# 18 Cruelty and Death in Juvenile Detention Centers
# 19 Indigenous Herders and Small Farmers Fight Livestock Extinction
# 20 Marijuana Arrests Set New Record
# 21 NATO Considers “First Strike” Nuclear Option
# 22 CARE Rejects US Food Aid
# 23 FDA Complicit in Pushing Pharmaceutical Drugs
# 24 Japan Questions 9/11 and the Global War on Terror
# 25 Bush’s Real Problem with Eliot Spitzer

[Source: projectcensored.org]

Astronauts Spot Mysterious Ice Circles in World’s Deepest Lake

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station noticed two mysterious dark circles in the ice of Lake Baikal in April. Though the cause is more likely aqueous than alien, some aspects of the odd blemishes defy explanation.
The two circles are the focal points for ice break-up and may be caused by upwelling of warmer water in the lake. The dark color of the circles is due to thinning of the ice, which usually hangs around into June. Upwelling wouldn’t be strange in some relatively shallow areas of the lake where hydrothermal activity has been detected, such as where the circle near the center of the lake (pictured below) is located. Circles have been seen in that area before in 1985 and 1994, though they weren’t nearly as pronounced. But the location of the circle near the southern tip of the lake (pictured above) where water is relatively deep and cold is puzzling.
The lake itself is an oddity. It is the largest by volume and the deepest (5370 feet at its deepest point), as well as one of the oldest at around 25 million years. The photo above was taken by an astronaut from the ISS. The photo below was taken by NASA’s MODIS satellite instrument.
[Source: wired.com]


Newly discovered documents reveal that in the months immediately following the purported 1947 UFO crash at Roswell, secret government studies began on a material that was previously unknown to science. The "memory metal" that was studied precisely matches some of the debris material reported by several witnesses to the crash. Evidence shows that -under military direction- these unique metal studies were undertaken by a contracted laboratory that possessed advanced technical capabilities that the U.S. government itself did not have at the time. A former high-level scientist employed by the involved laboratory has offered a confession that he was tasked to study the crashed UFO material. Information provided by two U.S. Air Force Generals also offers direct support for this discovery.
The documents suggest that after the crash, the US government attempted to develop a unique material that is today referred to as memory metal. This shape-recovery alloy was reported by several witnesses to the Roswell crash in the summer of 1947. The lightweight "morphing" material was able to be crumpled or deformed and then return itself instantly and seamlessly to its original state. The metallurgical discoveries that resulted from these studies were then "seeded" for further technology development to other government agencies (including NASA) and through a series of military contracts to universities and industry.
[These are some of the topics covered in The UFO Chronicles investigation by Anthony Bragalia:]
-Battelle metallurgist Dr. Howard Cross' other secret studies on UFO sightings and UFO debris.
-The identities of Battelle's Wright Patterson "paymasters".
-Bizarre "mental influence" tests conducted on Nitinol by the US military and NASA using purported psychics to "morph" the material with “mind energy”.
-Why “morphing” may be the key to the UFO mystery.
-How today's research on "intelligent metals" and "adaptable metals" is guided by NASA, the US military and Battelle.

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[See also:]
Roswell 'Memory Metal' Back Engineered?
Genrl. Arthur Exon: ''Roswell Debris was Transferred to Wright Field in ‘47''
Roswell Fireman Confesses: ''It Was A Flying Saucer!''
Air Force Roswell Study Contributor Admits "It Was ET!"
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What Is Facebook Actually Worth? $10 billion!

Holy cow, Facebook is worth $10 billion? That may be how the social networking Web site would like the world to interpret its latest capital infusion. But don’t be fooled. While that may represent a target valuation for Facebook, the actual worth, today, of Mark Zuckerberg’s dorm room creation may be much lower.
That’s not to completely dismiss the headline figure. Under terms announced Tuesday, the Russian Internet investment group Digital Sky Technologies is plugging $200 million into the company for about a 2 percent stake. By that arithmetic, Facebook would indeed be worth $10 billion.
For a company that, by its own admission, won’t generate positive cash flow until sometime next year, that’s an impressive figure to bandy about. True, Facebook’s last capital-raising 18 months ago, which brought Microsoft and the Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing in as investors, put a $15 billion price tag on the company. But considering the trajectory of financial markets since then, the valuation attached to Digital Sky’s trade actually looks even more robust.

[But remember these other news, Issues About Online Social Networking Sites, ie. Facebook, Myspace, and so on...]
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A new bicycle reinvents the wheel, with a pentagon and triangle

·Guan’s bicycle isn’t the first to exploit these shapes — they have been used by urban planners as manholes.

It seems a bit crazy to reinvent the wheel, but that is precisely what the Chinese inventor Guan Baihua has done. Although his new set of wheels have a little twist to them. The 50-year-old military officer from Qingdao has devised a rather curious new bicycle. Instead of circular wheels the bike has a pentagonal wheel at the front and a triangular wheel at the back.
Those who have tried it have been surprised at how smooth the ride is.
That is because the edges of the pentagonal and triangular wheels are not perfectly straight. The sides of the shapes bulge outwards in such a way that the wheels share an important feature with the circle: the diameter across the shapes is the same which ever way that you measure it.
This means that as I cycle, although the wheel itself does not have a fixed centre of rotation, the saddle of the bike doesn’t bob up and down as you might expect but stays a fixed distance from the ground. To get the exact contours for the shapes, the curved edges are drawn so that they are part of a circle centred on the vertex opposite the edge. They are called Reuleaux polygons after the 19th-century German engineer Franz Reuleaux, who did pioneering work on machines that turn one type of motion into another.

A Reuleaux triangle is a curve of constant width. Opposite sides on each square are parallel supporting lines, since each touches the curve but does not intersect the interior. The fact that the Reuleaux triangle can be rotated whilst still just intersecting the boundary shows that width (separation between parallel supporting lines) is constant in all directions.
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[Source: wikipedia.org]

Voodoo Zombie - Pandemia

Una tempestad solar puede causar desastre en 2012, anuncian NASA y ESA

De acuerdo con un informe realizado para la NASA y la ESA a través de la Acacenia Nacional de Ciencias de EEUU, se espera para el 2012 una tormenta solar que dará al traste con todos los sistemas vivos en la Tierra, debido a su capacidad destructiva mucho mayor que la del huracán Katrina. Los científicos que han dado la alerta han pronosticado que esa tempestad solar ejercería una influencia de manera del dominó sobre todos los aspectos de la actual sociedad.
En su entrevista con la revista Connection de EEUU, Joseph Lawrence, CEO de la compañía MetaTech de EEUU, predijo los posibles desastres que cause la tormenta solar y propuso las medidas para evitar los perjuicios. A medida de su evolución en las últimas décadas la humanidad ha sembrado por inadvertencia una semilla dañina que amenza su existencia. El que el actual modo de vida dependa excesivamente de las ciencias y tecnologías también ha obligado a la humanidad ponerse más expuesta a un peligro gravísimo. Es posible que los plasmas que se emiten desde la corona solar destruyan la red de suministro de electricidad en la Tierra y traigan otras consecuencias desastrosas secundarias. Los científicos han advertido de que la tormenta solar de 2012 causaría un grave desastre a la humanidad dando al traste con todos los sistemas vivos en la Tierra y ejerciendo una infuencia de manera del dominó. Se puede imaginar que como consecuencia de la tormenta solar, una red de suministro de electricidad vulnerable e inestable podría afectar los sectores estrechamente relacionados con ella. Además, quizá la posible interrumpción de las señales de los satélites artificiales haga paralizarse el sistema GPS.
El experto pronotica dos problemas que encarará la humanidad debido a la tormenta solar. Primero, para ampliar lo máximo posible el radio de su servicio y reducir a lo mínimo la corriente de pérdida, la red de suministro de electricidad usa habitualmente la tecnología de elevar el voltaje. Sin embargo, esto la ha hecho más vulnerable ante los daños cósmicos e incluso a interrumpir el suministro electrico. Además, la humanidad se ve obligada a hacer frente a otros problemas tales como la interdependencia entre diversos sistemas de suministro eléctrico y la dependencia humana de las instalaciones de tratamiento de aguas residuales, la infraestructura de los supermercados, el control de las plantas electrogenas, el mercado financiero y otros establecimientos estrechamente relacionados con el sistema electrico.
[Fuente: spanish.peopledaily.com.cn]

La prensa oficial china se hace eco de las imágenes de un supuesto OVNI

·Los objetos voladores fueron captados por un fotógrafo aficionado.
·Las fotos fueron tomadas en la ciudad de Xian.
·China siempre se ha mostrado reticente a estos fenómenos.

La prensa oficial china, normalmente reticente a publicar casos de avistamientos de ovnis y otros fenómenos paranormales, publicó este lunes imágenes de un objeto volante no identificado que fue fotografiado junto a una famosa pagoda budista en la ciudad de Xian (centro del país).
Diario del Pueblo, el periódico portavoz del Partido Comunista de China, publicó dos de estas fotos en su web, poco reveladoras en general, y en una de ellas se advierte uno o varios objetos de luces azules y verdes sobre la Pagoda de la Gran Ganso Salvaje, uno de los monumentos más conocidos de la ciudad.
El fotógrafo, de apellido Zhang, tomó las imágenes el pasado 21 de mayo, y en otra de las imágenes mostró como el ovni dejaba un "resplandor purpúreo" en el firmamento.
Un país de avistamientos
Encuestas publicadas en 2003 revelan que uno de cada cinco avistamientos en el mundo se produce en China, país en el que más de la mitad de la población cree en la existencia de los ovnis, según los mismos sondeos, aunque la prensa oficial tiende a censurar estas informaciones, por lo que es bastante novedosa la publicación de las imágenes en la web de Diario del Pueblo.
Un periodista de un medio oficial, que intentó hacer un estudio sobre los ovnis en China pero fue obligado por sus jefes a interrumpir las investigaciones, declaró en 2005 que "al Gobierno no le gusta que se informe de fenómenos paranormales, quizá porque los considera datos militares".
[Fuente: 20minutos.es]


Crop Circles -2009 Update- Numbers 12, 13 & 14

[Formation Nº 12 @ Barbury Castle - nr Wroughton, Wiltshire - reported May 24, 2009]

[Formation Nº 13 @ Bishop Cannings - nr Devizes, Wiltshire - reported May 24, 2009]

[Formation Nº 14 @ Windmill Hill - nr Avebury Trusloe, Wiltshire - reported May 25, 2009]

A Moratorium on Genetically Manipulated (GMO) Foods

The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) has just issued a call for an immediate moratorium on Genetically Manipulated (GMO) Foods.
In a just-released position paper on GMO foods, the AAEM states that ‘GM foods pose a serious health risk’ and calls for a moratorium on GMO foods. Citing several animal studies, the AAEM concludes ‘there is more than a casual association between GMO foods and adverse health effects’ and that ‘GM foods pose a serious health risk in the areas of toxicology, allergy and immune function, reproductive health, and metabolic, physiologic and genetic health.’ The report is a devastating blow to the multibillion dollar international agribusiness industry, most especially to Monsanto Corporation, the world’s leading purveyor of GMO seeds and related herbicides.
In a press release dated May 19, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, which describes itself as ‘an international association of physicians and other professionals dedicated to addressing the clinical aspects of environmental health,’ called immediately for the following emergency measures to be taken regarding human consumption of GMO foods:
* A moratorium on GMO food; implementation of immediate long term safety testing and labelling of GMO food.
* Physicians to educate their patients, the medical community and the public to avoid GMO foods.
* Physicians to consider the role of GMO foods in their patients' disease processes.
* More independent long term scientific studies to begin gathering data to investigate the role of GMO foods on human health.
The AAEM chairperson, Dr Amy Dean notes that ‘Multiple animal studies have shown that GM foods cause damage to various organ systems in the body. With this mounting evidence, it is imperative to have a moratorium on GM foods for the safety of our patients' and the public's health.’ The President of the AAEM, Dr Jennifer Armstrong stressed that ‘Physicians are probably seeing the effects in their patients, but need to know how to ask the right questions. The most common foods in North America which are consumed that are GMO are corn, soy, canola, and cottonseed oil.’ The AAEM's position paper on Genetically Modified foods can be found at http:aaemonline.org.
The paper further states that Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) technology ‘abrogates natural reproductive processes, selection occurs at the single cell level, the procedure is highly mutagenic and routinely breeches genera barriers, and the technique has only been used commercially for 10 years.’
The AAEM paper further states, ‘several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food consumption including infertility, immune dysregulation, accelerated aging, dysregulation of genes associated with cholesterol synthesis, insulin regulation, cell signalling, and protein formation, and changes in the liver, kidney, spleen and gastrointestinal system.’
They add, ‘There is more than a casual association between GM foods and adverse health effects. There is causation as defined by Hill's Criteria in the areas of strength of association, consistency, specificity, biological gradient, and biological plausibility. The strength of association and consistency between GM foods and disease is confirmed in several animal studies.’
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Issues About Online Social Networking Sites (Vids)

[VIDEO: Facebook Killed the Private Life]

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Psychiatrists rewriting the mental health bible

Is the compulsion to hoard things a mental disorder? How about the practice of eating excessively at night?
And what of Internet addiction: Should it be diagnosed and treated?
As the clock ticks toward the release of the most influential of mental health textbooks, psychiatrists are asking themselves thousands of complex and sometimes controversial questions.
The answers will determine how Americans' mental health is assessed, diagnosed and treated.
Over the next 18 months, psychiatrists will hammer out a draft of the fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Assn.'s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, more commonly called DSM-V. Nowhere have the discussions been more heated, the ramifications most vividly foretold, than here at the organization's annual meeting.
Psychiatrists warn that the tome runs the risk of medicalizing the normal range of human behaviors.[And so do I]

[Please watch this video: Psychiatry- An Industry of Death]