Ferguson Protesters Call for Boycott of Black Friday

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Isha Aran writes at Jezebel:

In the wake of the grand jury decision not to charge Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown, activists are encouraging black consumers to turn to economic activism and boycott the busiest shopping day of the year.

Under the title “No Justice, No Profit,” the boycott aims to capitalize on the purchasing power of the black community, which Al Jazeera points out is about $1 trillion, and prove, in a language businesses will understand—money—that injustice doesn’t come without consequence.

Dacia Polk of the Justice for Michael Brown Leadership Coalition explained the boycott to St. Louis Public Radio, saying:

“There will be no business as usual while those who are supposed to protect and serve us,” she said. “Until this nation begins to place value on black lives, there will be no value placed on this business because black lives matter.”

Of course, activists are not boycotting all businesses—they are encouraging shoppers to spend their money and support local, black-owned businesses in lieu of retail giants.

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Teasing Away the Threads: (Non) Insights on Gnosis from a Cyborg

A typical day jacked into the net. Image by Android Jones for Tipper’s ‘Forward Escape’ album.

A typical day jacked into the net. Image by Android Jones for Tipper’s ‘Forward Escape’ album.

via Reality Sandwich:

With the intriguing confluence of friends that have – quite literally – sat on my couch as of late, and those who I correspond with mostly (for now) online, I felt compelled to share my own process with the elusive note of spiritual gnosis. Admittedly this is a novice’s tale, but bear with me. In the overlapping concentric circles of Reality Sandwich mag, Disinfo, and the Twitter network that I’ve come to know through managing this site’s social media, I’ve come to feel out a sense of gnosis within the psychedelic and visionary art community. Thinking about it, Visionary Art, often bright, vibrant, aesthetically arresting and (or) jarring, splits open our steady chiming away by the clock-filled day and takes us elsewhere.

These days, such listless compulsions into altered states are as frequent as the times we pull out our cell phones.

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Stuck in a Food Coma? Relax With Some of Disinformation’s Documentaries

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We are offering all of our downloadable films for 25% off. This means you can download most of our films for only $7.50. The sale is good until Tuesday (December 2).

Use the code “cyber15″ to get 25% off downloads when checking out! 

Below is the list of titles we have available. Click on the respective links to check ‘em out.

BONUS: cyber15 will also get you 40% off everything except for apparel in our store.


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Mobilize

MOBILIZE is an explosive investigative documentary that explores the potential long-term health effects from cell phone radiation, including brain cancer and infertility.

To get the DVD, go here.

Greedy Lying Bastards

GREEDY LYING BASTARDS investigates the reason behind stalled efforts to tackle climate change despite consensus in the scientific community that it is not only a reality but also a growing problem that is placing us on the brink of disaster.

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How Ross Perot Saved the World’s First Electronic Computer

ENIAC panels on display at the Smithsonian.

ENIAC panels on display at the Smithsonian.

via Gizmodo:

Ross Perot is a collector. He once bought a copy of the Magna Carta in 1984. But more intriguingly, he also bought and resurrected ENIAC, the world’s first electronic computer.

ENIAC stands for the “Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer” and was conceived of during World War II to help calculate the arched paths of artillery bullets. It is an absolutely massive machine weighing in at 27 tons and occupying 1,800 square feet when fully assembled.Construction began in 1943, but by the time it was finished in 1945, the war was over. The Army kept a tight lid on things at first. Even the maintenance manual (below) remained classified until 1946. So what did the United States Army do with this marvel of technology? They used it to design the first hydrogen bomb. Then, in 1955, they threw the thing away.

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Why I Hate Thanksgiving

What’s your take on Thanksgiving, American disinfonauts? Do you love all that overeating and American Football on TV, not to mention time spent with family? Mitchel Cohen (writer, activist, poet, former chair WBAI-FM Local Board (2008-2012), Brooklyn Greens, Red Balloon Collective, rabble rouser) isn’t buying into the wholesome American holiday and he explains exactly why not at his blog:

On Thanksgiving morning 2003, George W. Bush showed up in Iraq before sunrise for a photo-op, wearing an Army workout jacket and surrounded by soldiers. He cradled a platter with what appeared to be a golden-brown turkey. Washington Post reporter Mike Allen wrote that “the bird looks perfect, with bunches of grapes and other trimmings completing a Norman Rockwell image that evokes bounty and security in one of the most dangerous parts of the world.”

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As the world was soon to learn (but quickly forgot), the turkey platter was a phony, a plastic decoration that Bush posed with for the cameras.

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How cannabis was used to shrink one of the most aggressive brain cancers

This article was originally published on The Conversation.
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By Wai Liu, St George’s, University of London

Widely proscribed around the world for its recreational uses, cannabis is being used in a number of different therapeutic ways to bring relief for severe medical conditions. Products using cannabinoids, the active components of the cannabis plant, have been licensed for medical use. Sativex, for example, which contains an equal mixture of the cannabinoids tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), is already licenced as a mouth spray for multiple sclerosis and in the US, dronabinol and nabilone are commercially available for treating cancer-related side effects.

Now, in a study published in Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, we’ve also shown that cannabinoids could play a role in treating one of the most aggressive cancers in adults.

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Technology Killed The Government Czar – How The State Is Becoming Obsolete

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via Don’t Comply:

I believe we are heading into a technological age in which what we know as government will become obsolete. Even now, what we think of as great leaps forward by our government is simply the product of the minds of free market leaders. For example, when Americans decided to go to the moon, NASA was established. However, the people who actually made this happen were the best and the brightest of the private sector at that time. It was these people who, in just a little over 10 years, were able to put a man on the moon, and not the people in government. That generation of innovators and entrepreneurs has come and gone, and we are now left with a new generation of scientists who go straight from school to life-long government funded jobs. With no real world experience or competitive drive, NASA engineers have left us with a space program flying the same basic space shuttle design for over 30 years.

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GoPro Drones

GoPro already owns the wearable video camera market which powered a very successful initial public offering of its shares this year. But how does the newly public company grow? By making the consumer drone market its own, reports the Wall Street Journal:

GoPro Inc. is developing its own line of consumer drones to expand from its core business of making wearable video cameras popular with surfers and other sports enthusiasts, according to people familiar with its plans.

The company plans to start selling multirotor helicopters equipped with high-definition cameras late next year, aiming for a price tag between $500 and $1,000, according to these people.

The entry of a big consumer-electronics brand to the drone market signals how mainstream—and lucrative—the industry has become in just a few years. Consumers have flocked to unmanned aircraft in recent years as technology advances have made them smaller, cheaper and easier to fly, leaving regulators scrambling to keep up.

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The Transhumanist Wager: Can We and Should We Defeat Death?

"Pascal’s Wager advances a pragmatic argument for the existence of the Christian God."

“Pascal’s Wager advances a pragmatic argument for the existence of the Christian God.”

via h+ Magazine:

The Transhumanist Wager, brainchild of noted transhumanist Zoltan Istvan, can be understood as follows. If one loves and values their life, then they will want (the option) to live as long as possible. How do they achieve this?

Alternative #1 – do nothing and hope there is an afterlife. But since you don’t know there is an afterlife, doing nothing doesn’t help your odds.

Alternative #2 – use science and technology to gain immortality. By doing something you are increasing your odds of being immortal.

The choice is between bettering your odds or not, and good gamblers say the former is the better choice. At least that’s what the arguments supporters say.

There are two basic obstacles that prevent individuals from taking the wager seriously. First, most people don’t think immortality is technologically possible or, if they do, believe such technologies won’t be around for centuries or millenia.

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