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Fantastic Video of Satanic Temple’s Baphomet Statue Unveiling in Detroit

As many of you know from our earlier post, the Satanic Temple unveiled a large statue of Baphomet in Detroit over the weekend. He’s quite the handsome devil, isn’t he?

The Satanic Temple's Baphomet monument in Detroit. (Credit: The Satanic Temple/Facebook)

The Satanic Temple’s Baphomet monument in Detroit. (Credit: The Satanic Temple/Facebook)

What you may not have seen is this Vine video of the unveiling. It says it all in just six seconds…

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NY Times Claims Evidence Supports Artificial Sweeteners Over Sugar

The New York Times has a column called the Upshot in which the august news institution uses facts and statistics to prove something that is usually contrary to popular opinion. This week it’s focusing on artificial sweeteners, claiming that they are healthier for humans to consume than sugar. I regret to say that I remain wholly unconvinced having witnessed an alarming emergency room hospital visit for a dear friend suffering from aspartame poisoning (the good news: the piercing headaches and ringing in the ears went away within three days of ceasing aspartame intake, but not before CAT scans and spinal tap). Is anyone buying the Upshot’s “evidence”?

In the last few years, I’ve watched a continuing battle among my friends about which is worse for you: artificial sweeteners or sugar. Unless you want to forgo all beverages that are sweet, you’re going to run into one of these. Rather than rely on anecdote or myth, we can inform this debate with research.

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Autonomous Weapons: an Open Letter from AI & Robotics Researchers

A Who’s Who group of over 1,000 scientists and technologists, including such notables as Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking and Steve Wozniak, has issued an open letter warning of the dangers of Artificial Intelligence and autonomous weapons. Published at Future of Life Institute, here’s the text in full:

Autonomous weapons select and engage targets without human intervention. They might include, for example, armed quadcopters that can search for and eliminate people meeting certain pre-defined criteria, but do not include cruise missiles or remotely piloted drones for which humans make all targeting decisions. Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology has reached a point where the deployment of such systems is — practically if not legally — feasible within years, not decades, and the stakes are high: autonomous weapons have been described as the third revolution in warfare, after gunpowder and nuclear arms.

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Many arguments have been made for and against autonomous weapons, for example that replacing human soldiers by machines is good by reducing casualties for the owner but bad by thereby lowering the threshold for going to battle.

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Which Of The 11 American Nations Do You Live In?

No doubt there will be some argument about Colin Woodard’s classification of the eleven nations that America is truly comprised of, but he makes some fairly astute points about the divisions and diversity of the United States (and some of Canada), summarized by the Washington Post:

Red states and blue states? Flyover country and the coasts? How simplistic. Colin Woodard, a reporter at the Portland Press Herald and author of several books, says North America can be broken neatly into 11 separate nation-states, where dominant cultures explain our voting behaviors and attitudes toward everything from social issues to the role of government.

“The borders of my eleven American nations are reflected in many different types of maps — including maps showing the distribution of linguistic dialects, the spread of cultural artifacts, the prevalence of different religious denominations, and the county-by-county breakdown of voting in virtually every hotly contested presidential race in our history,” Woodard writes in the Fall 2013 issue of Tufts University’s alumni magazine.

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Finding Atlantis – Again?

Joscelyn Godwin is a kind of national treasure, a one man trove of esoterica. Here he brings his alarmingly broad intellect to a perennial myth, Atlantis, writing for Watkins Magazine:

Did you hear, they’ve found Atlantis on the Spanish coast, outside the Pillars of Hercules, just as Plato said!”

I’m afraid I didn’t show much excitement when several people broke this news to me earlier this year. “Thank you. That makes thirty-one places, by my count, where they’ve found Plato’s Atlantis,” I replied.

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Athanasius Kircher’s Atlantis

 
Of course it’s always exciting when ancient sites are discovered and the vista of the prehistoric past expands. I like to hear about Gobekli Tepe, the Balkan and Chinese pyramids, Kennewick Man, the Hobbits of Flores, and so on. The New Archaeology pioneered by John Anthony West, Graham Hancock, Robert Bauval and Robert Schoch is a tonic for the imagination. So is the Atlantis myth in its broader meaning, which is that cultures have risen and fallen long before our own.

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It’s Not Climate Change – It’s Everything Change

Booker Prize winning novelist Margaret Atwood turns her hand to writing about climate everything change, at Medium:

Oil! Our secret god, our secret sharer, our magic wand, fulfiller of our every desire, our co-conspirator, the sine qua non in all we do! Can’t live with it, can’t — right at this moment — live without it. But it’s on everyone’s mind.

Back in 2009, as fracking and the mining of the oil/tar sands in Alberta ramped up — when people were talking about Peak Oil and the dangers of the supply giving out — I wrote a piece for the German newspaper Die Zeit. In English it was called “The Future Without Oil.” It went like this:

The future without oil! For optimists, a pleasant picture: let’s call it Picture One. Shall we imagine it?

There we are, driving around in our cars fueled by hydrogen, or methane, or solar, or something else we have yet to dream up.

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This Device Brings ‘Brave New World’ to Life

If you could have a device implanted in your brain that could bring instant nirvana at the press of a button, would you want it? Daily Beast says it’s coming and has neuroethicists in a bind:

Last week, a team of researchers developed a new implant that has the ability to wirelessly deliver drugs directly into the brain with the press of a button, like changing the channel on a TV.

BRAINADE! the Brain Grenade by Emilio Garcia

No wider than a strand of human hair, the device combines brain implants with a remote control drug delivery system. With the ability to genetically modify individual neurons, the implant inevitably calls up dystopian fictions from the likes of Vonnegut’s Harry Bergeron or Huxley’s Brave New World.

To demonstrate the amount of control this device is capable of, investigators made mice walk in circles by injecting a morphine-like drug directly into their ventral tegmental area (VTA), a brain region responsible for motivation and reward.

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Baphomet Statue Unveiled At ‘Largest Public Satanic Ceremony In History’

The Satanic Temple has unveiled a new statue of Baphomet in Detroit in what’s been billed as the largest public satanic ceremony in history. Reuters via Yahoo News has the details:

A Satanic organization unveiled a controversial bronze Baphomet sculpture in Detroit just before midnight on Saturday, after trying in vain to have it installed near a 10 Commandments monument in Oklahoma.

The Satanic Temple's Baphomet monument in Detroit. (Credit: The Satanic Temple/Facebook)

The Satanic Temple’s Baphomet monument in Detroit. (Credit: The Satanic Temple/Facebook)

Due to planned demonstrations, the group, which is opposed to Bible-themed displays on government land, kept the location of the unveiling of its 9-foot-tall monument secret until the last moment, when it emailed the information to ticket holders.

The Satanic Temple unveiled the one-ton statue at an industrial building near the Detroit River just before 11:30 p.m. local time as supporters cheered, “Hail Satan.” Some of the hundreds in attendance rushed to pose for photos.

The statue of a winged Baphomet with a human body and a goat’s head resembled a design the group previously released.

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Dying is Absolutely Safe

Cover of the San Francisco Oracle featuring Ram Dass. (CC)

Cover of the San Francisco Oracle featuring Ram Dass. (CC)

Do you remember Ram Dass? He was born Richard Alpert and was known for his personal and professional associations with Timothy Leary. He’s now a spiritual teacher and tells us at his website that dying is absolutely safe:

There is a tombstone in Ashby, Massachusetts that reads, “Remember friend, as you pass by, as you are now, so once was I. As I am now, so you must be. Prepare yourself to follow me.”

Something has happened to me as a result of meandering through many realms of consciousness over the past fifty years that has changed my attitude toward death. A lot of the fear about death has gone from me. I am someone who actually delights in being with people as they are dying. It is such incredible grace for me. In the morning, if I know I am going to be with such a person, I get absolutely thrilled because I know I am going to have an opportunity to be in the presence of Truth.

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‘We Must End Monsanto’s Colonization, It’s Enslavement of Farmers’

Dr. Vandana Shiva. Photo: Augustus Binu (CC)

Dr. Vandana Shiva. Photo: Augustus Binu (CC)

Vandana Shiva, the Indian environmental activist and anti-globalization author, tells us “We Must End Monsanto’s Colonization, It’s Enslavement of Farmers,” writing at EcoWatch:

Citizens of the U.S. are being denied the right to know what they are feeding their families. Despite the fact that 90 percent of American citizens want GMO labeling on their food, big business is doing everything it can to prevent people from accessing their rights. Representative Pompeo’s bill, popularly known as the DARK Act (Denying Americans the Right to Know), has been written almost entirely by the biotech industry lobby. While American citizens are advocating for their rights to knowledge and healthy, affordable food, Monsanto’s legal team is busy on every legislative level trying to prevent this from happening.

Monsanto’s subversion of democratic legal processes is not new. In fact, it is their modus operandi, be it the subversion of LA’s decision to be GMO free by amending the California Seed Law—equating corporations with persons and making seed libraries and exchange of seedbeyond 3 miles illegal—or suing Maui County for passing a law banning GMOs.

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