The Arab World’s Wealthiest Nations are Doing Next to Nothing for Syria’s Refugees

European countries are bowing to pressure to accept more refugees; why aren’t the mega-wealthy Arab nations like Qatar, UAE and Saudi Arabia? The Washington Post does a great job shaming them, but will they care?

The world has been transfixed in recent weeks by the unfolding refugee crisis in Europe, an influx of migrants unprecedented since World War II. Their plight was chillingly highlighted on Wednesday in the image of a drowned Syrian toddler, his lifeless body lying alone on a Turkish beach.

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A fair amount of attention has fallen on the failure of many Western governments to adequately address the burden on Syria’s neighboring countries, which are struggling to host the brunt of the roughly 4 million Syrians forced out of the country by its civil war.

Some European countries have been criticized for offering sanctuary only to a small number of refugees, or for discriminating between Muslims and Christians.

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Satirical Illustrations of How World Leaders Perceive Justice

Gunduz Aghayev is a painter who creates satirical illustrations ranging from pop culture to religion and human rights around the globe.

This time he is taking on the concept of Justice seen through the filter of different nations revolving around the allegorical Roman goddess of justice, Justitia.

Let’s get to it, folks!

We're #1!!!

We’re #1!!!

Rule, Brittania

Rule, Brittania

Made in China? Enslaved in China.

Made in China? Enslaved in China.

And Iran, Iran so far away...

And Iran, Iran so far away…

Last, but certainly (under pain of death) not least.

Last, but certainly (under pain of death) not least.

You can see more of this series HERE. Be sure to check out some of his older series, Holy Selfie, Just Dictators and Global Police.

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Magnetic ‘wormhole’ connecting two regions of space created for the first time

Wormhole - Experimental Photograph

Autonomous University of Barcelona via ScienceDaily:

“Wormholes” are cosmic tunnels that can connect two distant regions of the universe, and have been popularized by the dissemination of theoretical physics and by works of science fiction like Stargate, Star Trek or, more recently, Interstellar. Using present-day technology it would be impossible to create a gravitational wormhole, as the field would have to be manipulated with huge amounts of gravitational energy, which no one yet knows how to generate. In electromagnetism, however, advances in metamaterials and invisibility have allowed researchers to put forward several designs to achieve this.

Scientists in the Department of Physics at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona have designed and created in the laboratory the first experimental ‘wormhole’ that can connect two regions of space magnetically. This consists of a tunnel that transfers the magnetic field from one point to the other while keeping it undetectable — invisible — all the way.

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Malaysia Airlines MH370: The Rothschild Inheritance Conspiracy

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 vanished on March 8, 2014. Sometime in July an alleged piece of the plane washed up on Reunion Island. What happened to the plane is still a mystery.

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But it gets weirder…and it involves the Military Industrial Complex and the Rothschild family.

Starship Earth: The Big Picture, an Illuminati conspiracy blog brings us the mysterious details:

A US technology company which had 20 senior staff on board Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 had just launched a new electronic warfare gadget for military radar systems in the days before the Boeing 777 went missing.

Freescale Semiconductor has been developing microprocessors, sensors and other technology for the past 50 years. The technology it creates is commonly referred to as embedded processors, which according to the firm are “stand-alone semiconductors that perform dedicated computing functions in electronic systems”.

Freescale’s shareholders include the Carlyle Group of private equity investors whose past advisers have included ex-US president George Bush Sr and former British Prime Minister John Major.

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What Searchable Speech Will Do To You

There’s an episode of Black Mirror in which everyone’s daily life is recorded like a first person video game (with predictably awful consequences). Seems like part of it might be about to become our reality, per Nautilus:

We are going to start recording and automatically transcribing most of what we say. Instead of evaporating into memory, words spoken aloud will calcify as text, into a Record that will be referenced, searched, and mined. It will happen by our standard combination of willing and allowing. It will happen because it can. It will happen sooner than we think.

Credit: Maykel Herrera (CC)

Credit: Maykel Herrera (CC)

 

It will make incredible things possible. Think of all the reasons that you search through your email. Suddenly your own speech will be available in just the same way. “Show me all conversations with Michael before January of last year … What was the address of that restaurant Mum recommended?

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Will Your Car Obey You or the Police?

Early Self-Driving Car

Philippe Gastonne via The Daily Bell:

A few lines in a seemingly routine RAND Corp. report on the future of technology and law enforcement last week raised a provocative question: Should police have the power to take control of a self-driving car?

Human drivers are required to pull over when a police officer gestures for them to do so. It’s reasonable to expect that self-driving cars would do the same. To look at it another way: Self-driving cars are programmed to stop at red lights and stop signs. Surely they should also be programmed to stop when a police officer flags them down. It is, after all, the law.

It’s clear, then, that police officers should have some power over the movements of self-driving cars. What’s less clear is where to draw the line. If a police officer can command a self-driving car to pull over for his own safety and that of others on the road, can he do the same if he suspects the passenger of a crime?

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The fate of the universe: heat death, Big Rip or cosmic consciousness?

Black holes will be all that remains before the universe enters heath death. But the story doesn’t end there… NASA/ESA/wikimedia

Black holes will be all that remains before the universe enters heath death. But the story doesn’t end there… NASA/ESA/wikimedia

By piecing together an increasing number of clues, cosmologists are getting closer to understanding what the future and ultimate fate of the universe will be. And I’m afraid the news is not good. Star formation will cease and black holes will take over until they eventually evaporate into nothingness. There could even be a “Big Rip” on the horizon. But for those who don’t mind waiting another 101050 years or so, things may start to look up as a number of bizarre events could take place.

But before we consider random events in the very far future, let’s start with what we know about the past and the present.

The past

The reason we can investigate the past evolution of the universe is that, in some regards, astronomy is analogous to archaeology.… Read the rest

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The Trans-­Pacific Partnership: A Neoliberal Escalation

Jared Moore flushes the truth out of the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership), generally dubbed a “trade” agreement but in truth, oh so much more. Via bilaterals.org:

In 1994 it was NAFTA. Today it’s the TPP.

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership is the current project aimed at forwarding the political objectives of neoliberalism. And it’s a serious one, much larger than NAFTA and with a more ambitious scope. What started out as a relatively small partnership between three countries now includes twelve, spearheaded by the United States and together comprising forty percent of the world economy. Mexico joined the group in 2012.

Despite the enormous potential impact of the TPP, it’s likely you haven’t heard much detail about the deal’s contents. After campaigning as a champion of transparency, Barack Obama has ensured that the TPP be kept hidden from the public. This is a decision without precedent, leaving some to conclude: “Now that many people have caught on to the fact that free trade agreements have negative consequences, transparency has ended.” All of the countries involved, including Mexico, have reportedly agreed not to reveal its contents to the public until “four years from entry into force of the TPP agreement or, if no agreement enters into force, four years from the close of the negotiations.”

What we do know about the deal, we know from individuals who have taken great risks by illegally leaking portions through the webpage WikiLeaks.

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UFOs? Interdimensional Anomalies? Cosmic Guardians? Future Self? Or All of the Above?

This article will explore my first hand experience with this phenomenon, my mental dissection of what happened to me, and how I handled these truly mind boggling experiences.

As a young boy, growing up in Fort Worth, TX, I was always interested in outer space, which naturally lead to an interest in UFOs, aliens, abduction stories, and all that good stuff. In those younger days I often had irrational thoughts and fears relating to those things, sometimes fearful that I would find an alien in my room, get chased by a UFO or otherwise kidnapped and abducted. Of course none of these things ever happened and I continued on with a rather pleasant childhood in the suburbs. Even though every time I stayed out too late my dad would spring the joke on me, “I thought you got abducted by aliens!”

In my years as a young adult after high school, I ventured into my first psychedelic experiences with psilocybin mushrooms, greatly expanding my consciousness and bending the framework of what I believed to be true or possible in this world.… Read the rest

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Steve Cutts’ adorably dystopian pop art

A former adman who stopped drinking the Kool Aid, Steve Cutts is a London based illustrator who uses his experiences behind the corporate grindstone to turn dismal truths into adorable cartoon like imagery. Good times! Fun for all ages!

Even if you win the rat race you're still a rat.

Even if you win the rat race you’re still a rat.

The real Circle of Life.

The real Circle of Life.

All the news that's fit to shit.

All the news that’s fit to shit.

If Andy Warhol told the truth.

If Andy Warhol told the truth.

Freedom is Slavery.

Freedom is Slavery.

'Nuff Said.

‘Nuff Said.

For more of Mr. Cutts’ brilliant artwork, click HERE.

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