Archive | June 9, 2013

Ethical Conundrums: Left, Right and Center

NSA_Employees_onlyNEW YORK: The annual Left Forum here is holding a panel that touches on ethics and I was asked to be on it. I have always been conscious of the ethical minefields we live in when we, myself included, sometimes make bad choices or try to take short cuts that end up being embarrassing, hurtful or worse. I certainly don’t feel self-righteous enough to put all the blame for my problems on others, even as I try to be aware of and critical of my own flaws and failings.  That old blues song with the refrain, “before you accuse me, take a look at yourself” is one musical corrective to the problem. It is easy to heap all the blame on political enemies who seem to always be blatantly lying, cheating and causing so much violence and mayhem the world over. We routinely blast the “banksters” and Republican right for their frauds, crimes and abuses of democracy.… Read the rest

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Quantum Newts

800px-Redspotted_newtNote: An abridged version of this article appeared previously the April 2012 issue of Adirondack Life

I live in Woodgate New York, on the edge of the Adirondacks. Behind my home is a swamp owned by some absentee landowner none of my neighbors have ever met, apparently. One spring day at church, My neighbor, Star Livingstone, children’s author, organic gardener extraordinaire informed me there are hundreds of newts breeding in a pool out in back of the swamp and that the males are grabbing the females not around the waist but by the neck! I wonder why they do that?” She said this to me the way normal people might say, “I saw a robin today. Spring is here.” But we aren’t normal people.

My wife Linda and I met our neighbors, Star and Jeff, not because we are normal but because we are weird in a similar way. We saw each others tracks.… Read the rest

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The Greatest Whistleblower Ever? Edward Snowden of the NSA

OK, there are other whistleblowers who might claim the crown, perhaps Daniel Ellsberg (The Pentagon Papers), Jeffrey Wigand (tobacco industry), Karen Silkwood (power plant health and safety procedures), or Mark Felt (Watergate), but Edward Snowden is going to be right up there, having revealed the NSA’s mammoth cybersnooping. He asked the newspaper that broke the story, The Guardian, to make his identity public, perhaps to prevent his being “disappeared”:

The individual responsible for one of the most significant leaks in US political history is Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA and current employee of the defence contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. Snowden has been working at the National Security Agency for the last four years as an employee of various outside contractors, including Booz Allen and Dell.

The Guardian, after several days of interviews, is revealing his identity at his request. From the moment he decided to disclose numerous top-secret documents to the public, he was determined not to opt for the protection of anonymity.

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Anti-Vax Parents May Join ‘Dubious’ Church

via Herald Sun 101

AN anti-vaccination group is encouraging parents to circumvent the NSW government’s crackdown on unvaccinated children by joining a “dubious” religious organisation.

The Australian Anti-Vaccination Network (AVN) is telling supporters to join the Church of Conscious Living to get their children into preschool.

“The tenets of this church absolutely oppose forced medication including vaccination,” the AVN says on its website.

It’s promoting the church as an option for parents who don’t want “to join the Church of Christian Science in order to get their children into preschool or childcare”.

NSW Opposition Leader John Robertson has questioned the credentials of the church.

“The credentials of the Church of Conscious Living as a genuine religious organisation are completely dubious – yet its members will be able to use it to gain an exemption,” he said.

Unvaccinated children will be banned from childcare and childcare centre operators will face fines of $4,000 if inspectors discover they are caring for children who don’t have proof of vaccination, under new state laws.

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Is Yonaguni Monument The Japanese Atlantis?

yonaguni monumentIs the breathtaking stone structure the work of a 10,000-year-old civilization, or is it somehow an illusion? Atlas Obscura explains:

The Yonaguni-jima Kaitei Chikei, literally translated as “Yonaguni Island Submarine Topography,” is an underwater mystery off the coast of the Ryukyu Islands, Japan. The massive underwater rock formation is speculated to have existed for more than 10,000 years, but whether the formation is completely man-made, entirely natural, or merely altered by human hands is still debated.

The monument was first discovered in 1986 by a diver. Masaaki Kimura, a marine geologist at the University of the Ryukyu, explored the monument for nearly two decades. Kimura remains convinced that the site was carved thousands of years ago, when the land mass was above water.

According to Kimura, the Yonaguni’s right angles, strategically placed holes and aesthetic triangles are signs of human alteration. He also claims that carvings exists on the monuments, resembling Kaida script.

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Clark: Making Duchamp’s Fountain Look Like A Urinal just announced that “Clark: A Gonzomentary” has been accepted by the Philly Independent Film Festival.

Clark: A Gonzomentary will premier Friday June 28th, 2013, 5pm EST at the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia PA. But you can watch the full early release of the movie on YouTube.

Some new outtake videos:

Clark explains why he creates phallic art.

Beyond The Art: Clark on Clark.

Beyond the Art: JC on JC.

Beyond the Art: Tito on Tito.

Beyond the Art: Daniel on Daniel.

The progression of an artist’s work.

Method acting.” (Handcam)

Dick guy.” (Behind the scenes handcam)

Hallucinogenic Minisode.

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Curiousity Rover Spots A Lizard On Mars?

lizard on marsYou may be skeptical, but I want to believe in the adorableness of Mars lizards. UFO Sightings Daily weighs in on an image taken recently by the Mars Curiousity Rover:

This odd creature was discovered on Mars by a person in Japan in March. This animal was not the first to be discovered in NASA photos but is in a long line of strange creatures. This one seems to resemble a rodent but also may be a lizard.

With water existing on Mars in small amounts, its possible to find such desert animals wandering around…although very rare mind you. Then again, is NASA placing animals from tiny cyogenic chambers inside the rover onto the surface of Mars to conduct tests?

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A PRISM of Uncertainty: My Story And I’m Sticking To It.

From Modern Mythology

As anyone that hasn’t been under a rock for the past week knows, this “PRISM thing” has blown up all over the internet. Which is a good thing — privacy is something that people should be concerned about, and discuss.

Take a look at some of the other information that came to light in the past few days:

The fictional journalistic “this may or may not be true”:

The following article should be treated as strictly hypothetical. It has been editorialized to simplify the content in certain areas, while maintaining as much technical detail as we can offer. Companies named in this article have been publicly disclosed, or used in example only. This piece should not be taken necessarily as fact but as a working theory that portrays only one possible implementation of the U.S. National Security Agency’s PRISM program as it may exist today.

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