Why October 7, 2015 is the Likely End of the World

To not too many people’s surprise, the September Blood Moon came and went and we’re still here, but that hasn’t deterred yet another religious apocalypticist from predicting the end of the world. Today, in fact. Chris McCann, leader of the eBible fellowship, explains why October 7th is the new Doomsday:

Today we are continuing to look at, “Why October 7, 2015 is the Likely End of the World,” and this is study #5 in this series.


So far, we have learned the following information:

  1. October 7, 2015 is “10,000 days” since God began judgment on the house of God, the churches of the world, on May 21, 1988;
  2. October 7, 2015 is the “1,600th day” since God began judgment on the world on May 21, 2011; it would be the “40th” forty; and
  3. October 7, 2015 is the last day of the Feast of Harvest, which God relates to the end of the world.
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What Is ‘Punk Rock’?

The ironic thing about punk is that people take it so seriously as a musical genre, which really isn’t a punk thing to do… Ratter tries a novel approach by assembling a series of “obituaries” for punk written during its heyday:

Are you an Anti-Christ?  Doesn’t matter if it you were or not just as long as you were willing to support the movement that made it ok to be that way. Your dreams were not built for modern society. Therefore, why should your musical tastes support those anyway. The loud obnoxious noise was more than just a reaction to “ultra-commercial pop music” but a way of finding a group of like-minded individuals in the world who finally let you join that club you always wanted to be  a part of when no one else on the planet wanted you. Even thosewho  tried to get it always tended to come up way too short.

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VW Emissions Cheat Increases Overall NOx Emissions Quite Negligibly


VW made a brazen move after it realized in 2008 that its small diesel engine could not realistically meet pollution standards in the United States as well as consumer expectation for performance and fuel economy. Someone in the company came up with the idea to design the computer software to only turn on the pollution controls (that greatly reduce engine power) when the front wheels are moving but the back wheels are stationary, cheating a typical emissions test that takes place on a dyno. Other car companies were baffled as to how VW was accomplishing these emission standards. Mazda and Honda for example had not exported their diesel engines to the United States because they were incapable of profitably meeting the emissions standards. Many consumer diesel engine,s for example BMW, meet the standards by actually using a reservoir of urea to reduce engine emissions of NOx gasses at substantial expense to the cost of the car.… Read the rest

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Polanyi’s Paradox: Will humans maintain any advantage over machines?

Robots and Jobs

This essay originally appeared on Philosophical Disquisitions.

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There is no denying that improvements in technology allow machines to perform tasks that were once performed best by humans. This is at the heart of the technological displacement we see throughout the economy. The key question going forward is whether humans will maintain an advantage in any cognitive or physical activity. The answer to this question will determine whether the future of the economy is one in which humans continue to play a relevant part, or one in which humans are left behind.

To help us answer this question it is worth considering the paradoxes of technological improvement. It is truly amazing that advances in artificial intelligence have allowed machines to beat humans at cognitive games like chess or Jeopardy!, or that cars can now be driven around complex environments without human assistance. At the same time, it is strange that other physical and cognitive skills have been less easy for machines to master, e.g.… Read the rest

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At site of world’s worst nuclear disaster, the animals have returned

This photograph shows wild boar in a former village near the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.

This photograph shows wild boar in a former village near the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.

Cell Press via EurekAlert:

In 1986, after a fire and explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant released radioactive particles into the air, thousands of people left the area, never to return. Now, researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on October 5 have found that the Chernobyl site looks less like a disaster zone and more like a nature preserve, teeming with elk, roe deer, red deer, wild boar, and wolves.

The findings are a reminder of the resilience of wildlife. They may also hold important lessons for understanding the potential long-term impact of the more recent Fukushima disaster in Japan.

“It’s very likely that wildlife numbers at Chernobyl are much higher than they were before the accident,” says Jim Smith of the University of Portsmouth in the UK. “This doesn’t mean radiation is good for wildlife, just that the effects of human habitation, including hunting, farming, and forestry, are a lot worse.”

Earlier studies in the 4,200 km2 Chernobyl Exclusion Zone showed major radiation effects and pronounced reductions in wildlife populations.

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The Uncensored Story of LA Artist/Occultist Marjorie Cameron

Many a disinfonaut knows the story of rocket scientist/occultist Jack Parsons, but have you heard of Marjorie Cameron, his wife and Kenneth Anger’s notorious “Scarlet Woman”? The New York Observer reports on a retrospective art exhibit focusing on Cameron’s work (if you’re in NYC, it runs until October 17th):

On Thursday night, a remembrance of sorts was held inside 76 Grand Street, the legendary former outpost, now reclaimed, of art dealer Jeffrey Deitch.

Close friends of occultist, artist, and iconic Los Angeles figure Marjorie Cameron gathered to share memories of the “Scarlet Woman” who starred in Kenneth Anger films and was married to rocket scientist Jack Parsons, amid a small but historic first East Coast survey of her artwork. The occasion for the panel on the woman and her work was a re-staging of the Los Angles Museum of Contemporary Art survey, or at least a portion of it, at the dealer’s Grand Street space.

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How Sacred Science Addresses What Modern Physics Ignores

Tom Bunzel via Collective Evolution:

In a recent attempt to understand how conventional physics “explains” reality, I began to read Lawrence Krauss’ A Universe from Nothing

Krauss is one of those famous scientists like Richard Dawkins who doesn’t find anything strange about the fact that existence IS.

Instead he takes EVERYTHING for granted and attacks, like Dawkins and Bill Maher, the low hanging fruit of organized religion and its dogmatic, unproven Gods created in our image.

When I tried reading his book I got a bit frustrated and then checked the index for the word “consciousness,” and when I did not find it, I put the book aside.

The question really is – “what” exactly is “nothing.”

First and foremost it is a concept.  Nothing does not exist.  What exists is, well, everything.

Nothing is the word or placeholder we use for null – similar to zero in math – but in both cases (words and math) they are human abstractions or interpretations of Nature. 

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