Archive | June 13, 2013

Sir Arthur and the Fairies

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In the spring of 1920, at the beginning of a growing fascination with spiritualism brought on by the death of his son and brother in WWI, Arthur Conan Doyle took up the case of the Cottingley Fairies. Mary Losure explores how the creator of Sherlock Holmes became convinced that the ‘fairy photographs’ taken by two girls from Yorkshire were real 

In the winter of 1920, readers of the popular British magazine the Strand found a curious headline on the cover of their Christmas issues. “FAIRIES PHOTOGRAPHED,” it said. “AN EPOCH-MAKING EVENT DESCRIBED BY A. CONAN DOYLE.” The Strand’s readership was well acquainted with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; most of his wildly popular Sherlock Holmes stories had appeared for the first time in its pages. The great man’s claim that fairies –real fairies – had been photographed in the north of England by two young girls was greeted with wonder, but unfortunately for Conan Doyle, most of it was of the “what can he be thinking?” variety.

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Is Mindfulness Compatible with High Tech?

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This week on Mindful Cyborgs Chris Dancy and I discussed the relationship between mindfulness and quantified self with biosensor engineer Nancy Dougherty. Nancy talks about how she came to the practice of mindfulness through some of her “happy pills experiment,” her light-based mood tracking system and why a portable fMRI might be a little over kill for self-tracking.

You can download the episode from Soundcloud, iTunes or directly.

You can also read more notes and the full transcript on Technoccult.

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Occult Feminism and the Suppression of the Female Orgasm

echobackidea1(small)You know how I know that being gay isn’t a choice? Because it’s a choice I’ve wanted to make for years…and I can’t. No seriously, you think I like dating women? Good lord, we might as well be from different planets (someone should write a book about that). You see, I wish I was gay, but I can’t make that “choice” because I’m hopelessly addicted to pussy. That’s not going to change anytime soon, which gives me a lot of empathy for gay people. Gay people have an inborn desire to fit into society and as such, are compelled to label themselves as heterosexual, but just like me, they can’t make this “choice”. They’re biologically hardwired differently. See, I want to be gay and I can’t, and they want to be straight and they can’t. Makes perfect sense.

What doesn’t make sense is why we even have to have stupid conversations about sexuality like this, and let me be the first to point out that we wouldn’t if not for the deranged efforts of crazy religious people.… Read the rest

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The U.S. Media’s Silence On The Landmark Guatemalan Genocide Trial

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Ten days ago Guatemalan courts convicted former dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt, to 80 years in prison for charges of genocide and crimes against humanity. Though the ruling has just been overturned on technical grounds (the trial is expected to backtrack to where it stood on April 19, before again resuming), it was the first time that a country has been able to use its own criminal courts to try a former head of state for genocide, arguably making it one of the most important court decisions in decades.

Despite the significance of the ruling, not just for what it represents for the more than 200,000 victims of the genocide and their families, but also for human rights worldwide, the mass media in the U.S. has mostly ignored the U.S. role in contributing to and supporting the genocide.

The New York Times provided a couple of exceptions in the last week.

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How To See Your NSA Or FBI File

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Truth be told, it may be disappointing not to have an FBI file. Daily Kos writes:

Have you ever Tweeted a politically subversive message, attended a protest, or signed an oppositional petition? If so, you may have a dedicated file on you kept by the FBI and/or the NSA.

With a simple Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, any U.S. citizen can obtain one’s NSA or FBI file, if such a file exists.

getmyfbifile.com will, free of charge, generate the necessary forms for you already filled out. Of course, you can also do this directly through the NSA or FBI if you are worried about providing personal information to an independent site.

While an appropriate level of cynicism may be warranted concerning the transparency one should expect from such a request – should your file be substantial – it is the law that your complete file be provided to you. It is your right to know this information.

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DisinfoCast: 61: Jesse Ventura “DemoCRIPS and ReBLOODlicans”

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Former Minnesota governor, one-time pro wrestler, Navy Special Operations veteran and actor Jesse Ventura joins the podcast to talk about his new book “DemoCRIPS and ReBLOODlicans: No More Gangs in Government”. The drug wars, Nazis, fluoride, 9/11, the possible one world government of the future and much more is discussed along the way.

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Three lectures for our time: Philip Zimbardo, Jacob Appelbaum, Jesselyn Radack, Thomas Drake, and William Binney

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The following lectures by Philip Zimbardo, Jacob Appelbaum, Jesselyn Radack, Thomas Andrews Drake, and William Binney are well worth the time. They provide an excellent summery of what ails our society, as it relates to atrocities and privacy.

Journey From the Psychology of Evil to the Psychology of Heroism

Jacob Appelbaum 29C3 Keynote: Not My Department

29C3 Panel: Jesselyn Radack, Thomas Drake, William Binney on whistleblowing and surveillance


Q&A at: Enemies of the State [29C3]

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