Archive | May, 2014

‘Protect And Survive’: Seventies Guide To Surviving A Nuclear War

Be sure to pack toys and games for the kiddies! Oh, man. Surely they knew that this was preposterous by the time this was produced.

Check out the British film Threads far more realistic (and emotionally scarring) look at life after a nuclear war. It came on PBS one night when I was ten years old and war with the USSR seemed more of a possibility with every passing day. I recently found the film and watched it again, expecting it to be nowhere near as disturbing as I remembered it. Nope. Still freaked me the hell out. Made The Day After look like a “Very Special Episode” of The Brady Bunch. I’ve embedded that film after the jump.

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Bilderberg Evacuates Airport Because of Independent Media


In this video Luke Rudkowski, Dan Dicks and Line Sejr go to the Copenhagen Airport to give a friendly greeting to the international 2014 Bilderberg Attendees. As you can see for some strange reason the bilderberg group was very timid and scared of people trying to talk to them for some reason. They sicked their naive marshmallow head security guards on Luke and Dan. After getting temporarily distracted by the security guards the bilderberg organizers moved to a remote non public location far away from anyone because they are afraid of their shadows.

1st Bilderberger confronted was Jason Kenney. He is the Canadian Minister of Employment and Social Development.

Via We Are Change

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Philly Man Charged With Stealing $350K Worth of Human Skin From Hospital

PIC: Philadelphia PD (PD)

PIC: Philadelphia PD (PD)

IT RUBS THE LOTION ON ITS SKIN…

A medical company sales representative was charged with stealing more than $350,000 worth of human skin over a period of several years.

Gary Dudek, 54, of Wallingford, was arrested Monday and charged with theft, receiving stolen property and tampering with records.
Authorities say he worked until September as a sales representative for a regenerative medicine firm, managing accounts for the bioscience department of Mercy Philadelphia Hospital. In that role, Dudek was allowed to order the skin grafts for the hospital whenever he wanted.

Authorities said the hospital only needed a few grafts at a time. Dudek, however, ordered more than 200 without authorization from November 2011 through July that the hospital never received, investigators said.

Philadelphia police said they do not know the motive or what happened to the grafts, which were valued at $1,700 each.

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Academics Dream of Electric Sex Workers

Photo by Gnsin (CC)

Photo by Gnsin (CC)

Be careful what you wish for, is what I’d say to these eggheads. From Pando Daily:

Sex robots are not as far away from reality as you might think. From butt clenching muscles to dancing humanoids, there’s enough developments in robotics, artificial intelligence, and human skin rendering that if put together, could make a fairly humanoid sexbot.

None such bots exist yet, aside from clunky primitive ones like TrueCompanion’s Roxxxy, but that hasn’t stopped a group of British academics from furiously debating the future implications of the sex robot industry.

Yes, a group of stodgy, mostly British scholars is contemplating the future of sex, specifically how technology might transform it. Damn does that sound more exciting than “Theorizing Modern Capitalism: Controversies and Interpretations” which is the kind of crap I studied in college.

Computer scientist David Levy in 2007 pioneered the discussion, with a book titled Love and Sex with Robots: The Evolution of Human-Robot Relationships.

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Discovery Channel Doc Suggests ‘Russian Yeti’ Responsible For Dyatlov Pass Deaths

Pic: Dyatlov Pass - some of the victims.

Pic: Dyatlov Pass – some of the victims.

I love me some crypto critters, scary stories, and urban legends, but the Dyatlov Pass incident is plenty interesting enough for a documentary without dropping a squatch into the mix. (By the way, you should be aware that if you start Googling the story you’re probably going to run across some supremely disturbing photos of the bodies – not the best thing to see if you’re, say, up blogging at 1:00 AM in an empty house.)

Investigators baffled by the unexplained and gruesome deaths of Russian college students decades ago have come up with a new suspect, albeit an unlikely one: the Yeti.

On February 2, 1959, nine college students climbed the icy slopes of Dyatlov Pass in the Ural Mountains of Russia. They never made it out alive. The students bodies were found with broken ribs and fractured skulls. In one grotesque case, a woman’s eyes had been gouged out and her tongue was missing.

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Indian Court To Rule Whether Frozen Guru Is Dead Or Meditating

PIC: Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan (C)

PIC: Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan (C)

I can tell you one thing: On the off chance that this guy was indeed “meditating”, he’s surely deader than hell after being kept in a freezer.

Or is he?

“That is not dead which can eternal lie. And with strange aeons even death may die.”

I guess that can apply as easily to million dollar gurus as it can alien gods.

The family and followers of one of India’s wealthiest Hindu spiritual leaders are fighting a legal battle over whether he is dead or simply in a deep state of meditation.

His Holiness Shri Ashutosh Maharaj, the founder of the Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan religious order with a property estate worth an estimated £100 million, died in January, according to his wife and son.

However, his disciples at his Ashram have refused to let the family take his body for cremation because they claim he is still alive.

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Conan the Barbarian as a Spiritual Guide in ‘By Crom!’

PIC: Rachel Kahn (C)

PIC: Rachel Kahn (C)

Really the idea of Conan as a source of philosophical insight isn’t so strange, provided you’ve read Robert E. Howard’s original stories. I’ll have to check Kahn’s comic out.

By Crom! is an autobiographical webcomic by concept artist and illustrator Rachel Kahn featuring Conan the Barbarian as a spiritual guide. The webcomic, which ran from January 2012 to May 2014, follows Kahn as she deals with a variety of issues with helpful advice from Conan.

The full run of the webcomic has been compiled into two collections which are both available for purchase via Kahn’s Big Cartel store.

via ‘By Crom!’, An Autobiographical Webcomic Featuring Conan the Barbarian as a Spiritual Guide.

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Federal Appeals Court Rules ‘In God We Trust’ On Currency Doesn’t Violate First Amendment

cm-b-2A challenge of the invidious use of a religious motto on U.S. coins and currency taken by intrepid secular litigator Michael Newdow on behalf of many plaintiffs, including the Freedom From Religion Foundation and many of its members, was ruled against by a 3-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York today.

Primary plaintiff in Newdow v. The Congress of the United States, was Rosalyn Newdow, a member of FFRF and a devoted numismatist who collected coins for 40 years, but has felt obligated to stop purchasing coin sets which exclude her and all nonbelievers.

“It’s necessary to remind not just the courts but the public that ‘In God We Trust’ is a Johnny-come-lately motto adopted at the height of the Cold War. It was only officially required on all currency in 1955,” said Annie Laurie Gaylor, FFRF co-president.

“It’s not even an accurate motto. To be accurate, it would have to say, ‘In God Some of Us Trust,’ and wouldn’t that be silly?” she said, pointing out that today nonbelievers are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S.

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Does Watching Porn Make You Stupid?

F2_jordy_porn_550Poor Jordy.

Something about this sets off my bullshit detector, but I’m no scientist. However, I do know that most guys watch porn or at least have at one time or another. It’s hard to find statistics without dredging up a bunch of crap from the usual purveyors of moral outrage, but what little I could find suggested between 70% and 77% of American men watch porn. (and I bet a healthy slice of the one’s who say then don’t are lying.)

Anyway, this reminds me of all of the anti-masturbation stuff people used to believe… Wait. Used to? Forgot about this.

Researchers found less grey matter in the brains of men who watched large amounts of sexually explicit material, according to a new study.

The research, which appears in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, could not determine if porn actually caused the brain to shrink however, and the authors called for additional study on the topic.

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