First robot wedding: The bride wore white and the groom wore out his batteries

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Scott Pakulski (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Lydia Willgress via Daily Mail Online:

Two robots have tied the knot in Japan in what is thought to be the first wedding of its kind in the world.

Frois, the groom, and bride Yukirin walked the aisle, wore traditional outfits and even carried out a ‘wedding kiss’ at the event in Tokyo on Saturday.

Special invitations were made, featuring a picture of the two robots inset in a heart, and the 100-strong congregation included a range of smaller robotic models.

After the ceremony the couple even managed to ‘cut a cake’ before an automated orchestra performed a song for the equivalent of their first dance.

The event was organised by Maywa Denki, which produces electronic accessories and designed the groom Frois.

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Conspiracy or Coincidence? Gmail version

Any Disinfonaut worth his or her salt will surely already know how the CIA made Google and how Google is poised to become the Ministry of Truth.

Well…

Say it ain't so, Morpheus!

Say it ain’t so, Morpheus!

The dauntless conspiriologists at The Resistance Journals have made another alarming discovery of a symbolic nature, this time concerning Google’s popular email platform, Gmail.

They write:

Freemasonry, like many dozens of other secret societies have branches and off-shoots. I won’t get any deeper into it for two reasons. 1. You can literally spend 15 minutes on YouTube and learn more than the average person will ever know, and 2. because it’s not needed for this article.

One of these Freemasonic “sister” organizations (if you can call it that), and I say sister for a reason, is the “Order of the Eastern Star.”

The Order of the Eastern Star is a special part of Freemasonry (again, not sure if I should call it that) because members can be both male and female.

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It’s Asteroid Day!

Did you know there’s an official Asteroid Day? Well there is and it’s today, June 30th. Another thing you may not have known: one of the people behind it is Brian May from the band Queen, more accurately entitled Dr. Brian May as he has a PhD in Astrophysics. The official video – a version of Queen’s “We Will Rock You” – and blurb appear below:

Asteroid Day is a global awareness movement where people from around the world come together to learn about asteroids and what we can do to protect our planet, our families, communities, and future generations. Asteroid Day will be held on the anniversary of the 1908 Siberian Tunguska event, the largest asteroid impact on Earth in recent history. You can now sign the 100x Declaration yourself, right here.

The Asteroid Day 100x Declaration was signed by astronauts, scientists, nobel laureates, technologists and artists  – click here to view it – will you join them?… Read the rest

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Jewish global population approaches pre-Holocaust levels

It’s now estimated that there are 16.5 million wholly or partially Jewish people in the world, the same number as before the second world war and, of course, the Holocaust. From the Guardian:

The world’s Jewish population has grown to be nearly as large as it was before the Holocaust, an Israeli thinktank said in its annual report.

Credit: Akalati (CC)

Credit: Akalati (CC)

The Jewish People Policy Institute said there are currently 14.2 million Jews in the world. When factoring in individuals with one Jewish parent and others who identify as partially Jewish, the figure approaches 16.5 million — the Jewish population on the eve of the second world war. The Nazis and their collaborators killed about 6 million Jews in the Holocaust.

The report said the rise has been due in part to natural growth, mainly in Israel, which has about 6.1 million Jews and one of the western world’s highest fertility rates.

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Cultivating Extraordinary Relationships w/ Shivoso Pheonix ~ ATTMind Radio Ep. 11

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Shivoso Pheonix joins ATTMind Radio this week to speak about what it means to create an extraordinary relationship and the most common hurdles we face in achieving such a connection; the influence childhood experiences have on how we relate as adults; the “deeper purpose of relationships”; polyamory & monogamy; and the transcendental power of lovemaking.

Shivoso is relationship coach with 4+ years  studying with Charles Muir and the Source School of Tantra until becoming an ACTE (Advanced Certified Tantric Educator) and 10 years of studying and teaching all aspects of relationships including the psychology, physiology, cultural influences and spiritual dimensions.

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This Is How Fast America Changes Its Mind

The new, improved Bloomberg Business has some cool motion graphics illustrating the incredible speed at which America changes its mind on things like gay marriage and interracial marriage:

Eleven years after Massachusetts became the first state to allow same-sex couples to marry, the Supreme Court has now extended that right nationwide. The decision came after a wave of gay marriage legalization: 28 states from 2013 to 2015, with 36 overall prior to the Court’s ruling. Such widespread acceptance in a short amount of time isn’t a phenomenon unique to gay marriage. Social change in the U.S. appears to follow a pattern: A few pioneer states get out front before the others, and then a key event—often a court decision or a grassroots campaign reaching maturity—triggers a rush of state activity that ultimately leads to a change in federal law.

We looked at six big issues—interracial marriage, prohibition, women’s suffrage, abortion, same-sex marriage, and recreational marijuana — to show how this has happened in the past, and may again in the very near future.

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It’s Time for Us to Have a Modern (post-Confederate) Constitution

constitutionSouth Carolina’s battle flag may soon come down from the capitol flagpole, but other symbols of the Confederacy’s ideology remain in place. For example, consider the U. S. Constitution, which is another kind of symbol as well as a law.

All copies of the Constitution promulgate detailed instructions for the recapture of slaves who have run away from their owners. They also specify that slaves are to be counted as three-fifths of a person in the Census, giving a boost to the slave-owning states in the House of Representatives and the Electoral College.

One might justify this presentation of our national charter by saying that it commemorates an earlier time or instructs students on the nation’s political history. That kind of thinking has prevailed for a long time in Charleston, only recently yielding in the face of an atrocity.

We would all be better off if all such language were consigned to the back of the document, and Americans were presented with a modern constitutional text that truly portrays our system of government as it exists in the 21st century—a constitution that deserves to be read aloud each year when the House of Representatives begins its session.… Read the rest

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The Logic of Surveillance Capitalism

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This post was originally published on Philosophical Disquisitions.

You have probably noticed it already. There is a strange logic at the heart of the modern tech industry. The goal of many new tech startups is not to produce products or services for which consumers are willing to pay. Instead, the goal is create a digital platform or hub that will capture information from as many users as possible — to grab as many ‘eyeballs’ as you can. This information can then be analysed, repackaged and monetised in various ways. The appetite for this information-capture and analysis seems to be insatiable, with ever increasing volumes of information being extracted and analysed from an ever-expanding array of data-monitoring technologies.

The famous Harvard business theorist Shoshana Zuboff refers to this phenomenon assurveillance capitalism and she believes that it has its own internal ‘logic’ that we need to carefully and critically assess. The word ‘logic’ is somewhat obscure in this context.… Read the rest

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A Man of Fantasies: Casanova the Novelist

The autobiography of Giacomo Casanova, many-faced man of mystery and otherworldly charm, reads like an erotic fantasy. Each affair and adventure is so bawdy and unbelievable that one wonders whether Casanova’s entire life was one rompish fairytale in the style of The Arabian Nights or The Decameron. Casanova sets the tone of his memoir with the a story of his nighttime gondola journey to the island of Murano on the outskirts of Venice. Casanova’s grandmother decides to take the eight-year old to see a witch in order to heal his incessant nosebleeds. After receiving her payment, the woman locks him in a box and initiates a healing ritual:

“after lavishing caresses upon me, takes off my clothes, lays me on the bed, burns some drugs, gathers the smoke in a sheet which she wraps around me, pronounces incantations, takes the sheet off me, and gives me five sugar-plums of a very agreeable taste.Read the rest

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Ultimate Outsider Art: Prisoner Paintings

The eerily compelling tale of the escaped convict manhunt in Upstate New York may be over, but the revelation that Richard Matt used his paintings as currency to help facilitate his escape prompts the New York Times to focus on what may be the ultimate outsider art: prisoner paintings:

The news that Richard W. Matt, the convicted murderer who was killed by the police on Friday after a weekslong manhunt, spent most of his time behind bars painting technically skilled portraits of Julia Roberts, President Obama and fellow inmates’ relatives, and bartering them for preferential treatment, has come as a surprise to many.

Marilyn Monroe by Richard W. Matt. Photo: Heavymetal.com

Marilyn Monroe by Richard W. Matt. Photo: Heavymetal.com

But to those who have spent years teaching art in prisons or making it themselves as inmates, such a trade is a deeply ingrained ritual of incarcerated life. It is practiced informally or as part of established programs by a wide range of prisoners, many of them, like Mr.

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