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Until recently, the narrative of stories like this has been predictable. If a candidate said something nuts, or seemingly not true, an army of humorless journalists quickly dug up all the facts, and the candidate ultimately was either vindicated, apologized, or suffered terrible agonies.
Al Gore for instance never really recovered from saying, “I took the initiative in creating the Internet.” True, he never said he invented the Internet, as is popularly believed, but what he did say was clumsy enough that the line followed him around like an STD for the rest of his (largely unsuccessful) political life.
That dynamic has broken down this election season. Politicians are quickly learning that they can say just about anything and get away with it.
With successes such as The Epic Split and The Hamster Stunt, Volvo Trucks’ Live Test series has been a hit all over the world. On 3 December, a new Live Test will be released where the Volvo FMX is exposed to one of the toughest tests ever.
Volvo Trucks’ next Live Test exposes the Volvo FMX construction truck to the ultimate challenge. According to Volvo Trucks themselves, this is the toughest yet in the Live Test series.
“We have launched a number of new functions for the Volvo FMX during the last year that help make the truck unbeatable with regard to strength and traction. To open people’s eyes as to how much the truck can actually take, we’ve exposed it to the toughest test we could think of,” says Ingela Nordenhav, Global Marketing and Communication Director for Volvo Trucks.
Previous global successes in the Live Test series include The Epic Split and The Hamster Stunt.… Read the rest
Singularity University is not about the singularity and is not even a university. It is not about abundance and is not an exponential organization.
Then what is Singularity University about?!
Those are the claims I made and the questions I asked, and tried to address, during my recent presentation at a local meetup organized by Singularity University in the Netherlands. Check it out and judge for yourself.
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In the innocent era, when single megaton nukes were considered dangerous, the U.S. government had plans in place to recover from a devastating nuclear attack that would make life in the world of The Walking Dead look utopian. “Federal Emergency Plan D-Minus,” developed in the 1950s, was the U.S. government’s nuclear “911” protocol; step-by-step instructions that would be taken following the detonation of “several hundred” nuclear warheads in the United States. Plan D-Minus envisioned a D-Day “plus one” in which a third of the U.S. population had been killed, gangs and militias roamed the countryside, agriculture had reverted to subsistence levels, industrial production had collapsed, and even the government’s own bunkers and emergency facilities had been wiped out.
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Immediately following an attack under D-Minus conditions, the National Security Council’s Office of Emergency Planning would initiate and then decentralize its primary post-attack programs, including anti-hoarding and resource conservation measures, to those state and local governments that remained functioning.
The musical group Negativland has been at the center of copyright conversations for the last 25 years. A series of lawsuits that began with U2’s record label, Island Records, sent them “on something of a crusade to bring this issue out for public debate.” These guys literally wrote the book on “Fair Use” and coined the term “culture jamming,” so there’s probably no one better to ask about the intellectual property aspects of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and a slew of looming threats to online freedom, which is what a new interview with Negativland’s Mark Hosler does.
In the first part of the interview, Hosler states, “The powers that be, the so-called 1%, etc, the TPP is them kinda writing the rules, it’s like their wet dream fantasy of how they’d like the world to run. It all works to their advantage and to the disadvantage of absolutely everyone else.… Read the rest
Over the past few years, 4K (ultra HD, 3840 x 2160 pixels) TVs have become more and more common in the average home. As the new technology becomes more and more affordable, it too becomes widespread. People have thus become more used to higher quality, clear sound, and a better overall viewing experience. The leap forward in TV technology makes older technology (such as CRT television) seem archaic. But it is through this archaic technology that we have seen many of the films and movies that we love. But what would the classic Tim Burton Batman films, or the original Star Wars trilogy look like in 4K? What if you’ve been seeing both of these series in sub-par quality all your life?
How would one describe the visuals in both Batman and Star Wars? In a word, dark. But whether it is Batman’s flowing black cape, or X-Wings flying toward the Death Star from their base on Yavin IV, the color black is extremely essential to both films.… Read the rest
In this very special episode of Redacted Tonight, Lee Camp performs live stand-up comedy at the famous Caroline’s Comedy Club in New York City. He tackles everything from our fear of ISIS to the growing surveillance state to why Starbucks is evil. All taped live in New York!
University of Lincoln via ScienceDaily:
Periods of high extinction on Earth, rather than evolutionary adaptations, may have been a key driver in the diversification of amniotes (today’s dominant land vertebrates, including reptiles, birds, and mammals), according to new research published in Scientific Reports.
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The new study reveals that mass extinctions among some groups of amniotes coincide with numerous and large diversifications in other closely related groups.
Conducted by scientists from the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin, Germany, and the University of Lincoln, UK, the research challenges commonly held views that support a relationship between the evolution of “key innovations” in a group and the rapid increase in its number of species. The researchers behind the new study suggest the evidence for such a relationship has only ever been circumstantial.
The new study examined the issue of adaptive radiations among early amniotes, from 315 to 200 million years ago.
Donald Trump has absolutely no shame (in case you hadn’t realized that long ago). New York Magazine summarizes his fabricated 9/11 story:
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Donald Trump’s claim that “thousands” of New Jersey Muslims went out and celebrated the September 11th attacks has been thoroughly debunked, but that’s not going to stop him from insisting that it happened.
On Sunday’s Meet the Press, Chuck Todd gave Trump yet another opportunity to admit that he did not, in fact, see footage of people “on the other side of New Jersey where you have large Arab populations … cheering as the [World Trade Center] came down.” “This didn’t happen in New Jersey,” said Todd at one point. “You’re running for president of the United States. Your words matter. Truthfulness matters. Fact-based stuff matters.”
But the Republican front-runner stuck to his guns: “I saw it on television. So did many other people.
Marianne Faithfull met Mick Jagger sometime at the start of her music career in 1964-5, and he wrote her first hit, “As Tears Goes By” (though they didn’t become a couple until 1966). Jagger was just fresh out of the (Fabian) London School of Economics, having got a grant to study there in late 1961 and staying on through to 1963. This two-year period was the same period in which the Stones grew into a known act, soon after to become “the vanguard of British rock and roll.” Before this, Jagger had been working in a psychiatric institution called Bexley Hospital, in the summer of 1961, where, by his own account, he learned invaluable lessons about human psychology, as well as losing his virginity to a nurse!
According to one story, Jagger ran into old schoolmate Keith Richards “coincidentally” on a train platform in 1961, on his way to LSE, and the rest is history.… Read the rest