Some of you may have seen Zahi Hawass, former reality TV star, throw his toys out of the proverbial pram at the mere mention of Robert Bauval and his Orion Correlation theory prior to a speaking event in Cairo. He later returned to the event to take questions from the audience along with disinformation® author Graham Hancock. When an audience member asks Hawass about the now famous megalithic site at Gobekli Tepe in Turkey, Hawass, who trained as an archeologist, says he’s never heard of the place and then refuses to give it any consideration whatsoever. Watch it and squirm:
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Former Egyptian Antiquities Minister Zahi Hawass completely loses his mind in the warm up to a debate in Cairo with Graham Hancock. The trigger event appears to be the mention of another disinformation® author, Robert Bauval, a well-respected Egyptologist … in some circles but clearly not in the mind of Hawass.
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For more than a year the encounter that took place at the Mena House Hotel, Giza Egypt, on 22 April 2015 between famed Egyptologist Dr Zahi Hawass and controversial alternative historian Graham Hancock, had been billed as”the first open debate between the representatives of two completely different versions of history.” On the night of the event, however, as Graham Hancock was focussing his slides prior to giving his opening presentation, and before most of the audience had even entered the room, Dr Hawass saw that one slide contained a photograph of Hancock’s colleague Robert Bauval, originator of the Orion correlation theory with whom Dr Hawass has had disagreements for many years.
Have you ever considered going offline? It’s a terrifying thought isn’t it. Being online is something most of us take for granted. But what happens when something goes wrong? This is the theme of a new short film “Life on Trial” by one of the Internet’s largest carriers.
“We used to connect to the Internet – now we’re just online”, says Brendan Ives, CEO of TeliaSonera International Carrier. “People growing up today know nothing else. It’s just part of life.
The film, takes a light-hearted look at the extreme consequences of our online dependency – a murder trial. “It’s a humorous film, but a serious issue”, says Brendan Ives. “The more people rely on the Internet, the more is at stake. What happens when things go wrong?”
The film was directed by award winning director Tim Hamilton. “I thought the premise was funny, smart and timely”, says Hamilton. “All of us can relate to the blurring of the lines between online life and real life and I thought this was a funny way to comment on it.”
Sony Action Cam has teamed up with a diverse range of filmmakers, artists and influencers to create a series of new films celebrating the “never before seen”. Ranging from crafty experiments and audacious stunts to short documentaries, sports adventures and scripted short stories, the films celebrate creativity in all its forms and use Action Cams to provide unique new perspectives on the production process and the stories themselves.
The campaign launched with the debut of three films: “Picture Machine”, “Paperports” and “Creature”. Directed by Studio Nos, Charles Young and Ryan Dzierzek respectively, the variation between the three films is a good indicator of the campaign’s overall breadth. “Picture Machine” documents the construction of a reverse zoetrope, “Paperports” lets us peek into the work and process of Young’s intricate miniature paper architecture practice, and “Creature” tells the tale of a mutant reptile on the loose.
I was just surfing the electronic category of VoucherBin. I could see the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is now in full swing and already there are some weird and wonderful gadgets being presented.
One of the most impressive and exciting pieces of news comes from the tech development company “Razer,” which has been demonstrating that after decades of hard work, the technology may finally be good enough for a commercially released Virtual Reality system. The product entitled “OSVR” which stands for “open source virtual reality”. What is exciting about this is that Razer has made it very open to users. Because various markets that would otherwise be heavily invested in this technology have not gotten around to creating products that could be used with virtual reality, Razer have instead made it very easy for people to utilise its technology.
Razer have truly made their product “open source” by making all of the schematics available for viewing online, which is a bold move for a smaller company.… Read the rest
Long Island residents and community leaders are calling on PSEG Long Island to discontinue using pentachlorophenol (“penta”) on wooden utility poles. Penta has been used as a pesticide and disinfectant in the US in the past. However, since the 1980s, it has been primarily used as a wood preservative for utility poles and railroad ties. There are concerns that penta has been contaminating the groundwater.
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Sen. Charles Schumer has added his voice to a growing chorus of elected officials and residents expressing concern about the use of a pesticide on wooden utility poles.
Schumer said at a press conference on Long Island Monday that he’s concerned that pentachlorophenol may be seeping into the groundwater. The pesticide, which is known as penta, also preserves wood.
Schumer wants the federal Environmental Protection Agency to immediately investigate its use on utility poles. He estimates that at least 95,000 wood poles on Long Island have been treated with the chemical.
One of the questions we are asked all the time is “why should I trust a site called ‘disinformation’?” Once we’ve explained that one shouldn’t necessarily trust any news source and should always question the inherent biases of the writers and editors, whether mainstream (e.g. New York Times) or fringe (e.g InfoWars) and that we try to expose our visitors to as many, often conflicting, views as possible, the questioner usually feels fortified for a round of news consumption via disinformation and many other sites/sources.
One wonders, however, if Google’s purported new search algorithm will divine “truthfulness” in our approach, or will instead just act as a mirror of the mainstream media’s mantra of “all the news that’s fit to print” (to quote the Gray Lady). New Scientist reports on Google’s worrisome new approach:
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The internet is stuffed with garbage. Anti-vaccination websites make the front page of Google, and fact-free “news” stories spread like wildfire.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) poses massive threats to users in a dizzying number of ways. It will force other TPP signatories to accept the United States’ excessive copyright terms of a minimum of life of the author plus 70 years, while locking the US to the same lengths so it will be harder to shorten them in the future. It contains extreme DRM anti-circumvention provisions that will make it a crime to tinker with, hack, re-sell, preserve, and otherwise control any number of digital files and devices that you own. The TPP will encourage ISPs to monitor and police their users, likely leading to more censorship measures such as the blockage and filtering of content online in the name of copyright enforcement. And in the most recent leak of the TPP’s Intellectual Property chapter, we found an even more alarming provision on trade secrets that could be used to crackdown on journalists and whistleblowers who report on corporate wrongdoing.… Read the rest
Based on the actual events of a 1994 bombing in Buenos Aires still making headlines today, “God’s Slave” follows Ahmed, trained since childhood as an Islamic terrorist now assigned to execute a suicide bombing at a synagogue, and David, the cold-blooded Israeli special agent who will stop at nothing to prevent the attack. But neither man is defined solely by their extremist views. Ahmed, posing as a doctor, lives happily with his wife and young son; though David’s marriage is on the rocks, he remains devoted to his wife and daughter. With time running out before the attack, David zeros in on Ahmed as a suspect, his investigation culminating in violent, if unexpected, consequences.
This is an excerpt from Disinformation’s “Far Out: 101 Strange Tales From Science’s Outer Edge” plus a bonus video at the end!
Since 1987, one year after the Chernobyl disaster, 76-year-old Russian factory worker Leonid Tenkaev, his wife Galina, their daughter Tanya and grandson Kolya have all been able to make metal objects stick to their bodies. Leonid himself can hold individual objects weighing up to 50 pounds (23 kg) on his chest.
Doctors in Russia and Japan appear convinced that the Tenkaev’s abilities are genuine, describing, for example, how difficult it is to pull ferrous objects away from their bodies. “There is absolutely no doubt that the objects stick as if their bodies were magnetic,” an impressed Dr. Atusi Kono told reporters in 1991.
Remarkably, the Tenkaevs are not alone. In 1990, the Superfields conference in Sofia, Bulgaria attracted 300 such “human magnets” after a young woman, Marinela Brankova, demonstrated her powers on television by supporting a 15 lb (7 kg) weight from her vertically held palms.… Read the rest