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The World As I See It

"How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he sometimes thinks he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people -- first of all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness is wholly dependent, and then for the many, unknown to us, to whose destinies we are bound by the ties of sympathy. A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving...
"I have never looked upon ease and happiness as ends in themselves -- this critical basis I call the ideal of a pigsty. The ideals that have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth. Without the sense of kinship with men of like mind, without the occupation with the objective world, the eternally unattainable in the field of art and scientific endeavors, life would have seemed empty to me. The trite objects of human efforts -- possessions, outward success, luxury -- have always seemed to me contemptible.
"My passionate sense of social justice and social responsibility has always contrasted oddly with my pronounced lack of need for direct contact with other human beings and human communities. I am truly a 'lone traveler' and have never belonged to my country, my home, my friends, or even my immediate family, with my whole heart; in the face of all these ties, I have never lost a sense of distance and a need for solitude..."
"My political ideal is democracy. Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized. It is an irony of fate that I myself have been the recipient of excessive admiration and reverence from my fellow-beings, through no fault, and no merit, of my own. The cause of this may well be the desire, unattainable for many, to understand the few ideas to which I have with my feeble powers attained through ceaseless struggle. I am quite aware that for any organization to reach its goals, one man must do the thinking and directing and generally bear the responsibility. But the led must not be coerced, they must be able to choose their leader. In my opinion, an autocratic system of coercion soon degenerates; force attracts men of low morality... The really valuable thing in the pageant of human life seems to me not the political state, but the creative, sentient individual, the personality; it alone creates the noble and the sublime, while the herd as such remains dull in thought and dull in feeling.
"This topic brings me to that worst outcrop of herd life, the military system, which I abhor... This plague-spot of civilization ought to be abolished with all possible speed. Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism -- how passionately I hate them! [My thoughts exactly!]
"The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed. It was the experience of mystery -- even if mixed with fear -- that engendered religion. A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, our perceptions of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty, which only in their most primitive forms are accessible to our minds: it is this knowledge and this emotion that constitute true religiosity. In this sense, and only this sense, I am a deeply religious man... I am satisfied with the mystery of life's eternity and with a knowledge, a sense, of the marvelous structure of existence -- as well as the humble attempt to understand even a tiny portion of the Reason that manifests itself in nature."
Albert Einstein (signature)

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Warning: Sunspot cycle beginning to rise

When the sun sneezes it's Earth that gets sick. It's time for the sun to move into a busier period for sunspots, and while forecasters expect a relatively mild outbreak by historical standards, one major solar storm can cause havoc with satellites and electrical systems here.
Like hurricanes, a weak cycle refers to the number of storms, but it only takes one powerful storm to create chaos, said scientist Doug Biesecker of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's space weather prediction center.
The 1859 storm shorted out telegraph wires, causing fires in North America and Europe, sent readings of Earth's magnetic field soaring, and produced northern lights so bright that people read newspapers by their light.
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Possible site of free will found in brain

Free will, or at least the place where we decide to act, is sited in a part of the brain called the parietal cortex, new research suggests.
When a neurosurgeon electrically jolted this region in patients undergoing surgery, they felt a desire to, say, wiggle their finger, roll their tongue or move a limb. Stronger electrical pulses convinced patients they had actually performed these movements, although their bodies remained motionless.
"What it tells us is there are specific brain regions that are involved in the consciousness of your movement," says Angela Sirigu a neuroscientist at the CNRS Cognitive Neuroscience Centre in Bron, France, who led the study.
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El coche de aire comprimido

El aire comprimido es un vector energético que permite, de forma viable, su utilización para el transporte de personas y mercancías.
El principal objetivo de Air Car Factories es el desarrollo y la fabricación de un vehículo propulsado por un motor de aire comprimido, cuyas prestaciones respondan a las necesidades reales del mercado actual. Con este fin, hemos desarrollado una completa agenda y un plan de acciones de I+D para el inicio de la producción.
Tenemos ya terminado el diseño de nuestros primeros modelos.
Hemos reservado espacio suficiente para equipar al coche unas bombonas de aire comprimido, con su correspondiente motor, o bien unas baterías para acoplar un motor eléctrico.
Tenemos la intención de poner en el mercado, a corto plazo, un primer modelo de coche eléctrico, a la espera de definir nuestro futuro motor de aire.
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Daniel Estulin Entrevista 2007

Pilar Rahola recibe el premio del Comité Judío Americano

WASHINGTON. La periodista y articulista de La Vanguardia Pilar Rahola recibió ayer en Washington el premio de comunicación del Comité Judío Americano. En la ceremonia de entrega, Linda Mirels, de la junta de gobernadores, elogió a Rahola por "contar sin miedo la verdad" y citó uno de sus artículos en este diario. En su discurso, Rahola alertó de que España "se está convirtiendo en el país más neo-antisemita de Europa" y dijo que el extremismo islámico es el "nuevo enemigo" al que tendrá que enfrentarse la humanidad en el siglo XXI, tras derrotar al nazismo y el estalinismo.
[Fuente: lavanguardia.es]

[Podría decir algo...pero, hace falta? Tal vez sí: sigo sin entender por qué un medio (aparentemente serio) como LaVanguardia deja que éste personaje tenga un espacio para esparcir sus mentiras...a no ser que desde LaVanguardia misma se fomente este tipo de 'periodismo'. Lamentable!! Si creéis que exagero, mirar esta entrevista de Tv3 del 2006, http://www.tv3.cat/videos/212887018. Rahola sale al final...]