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Alien Transit Systems May Be a Giveaway in the Search for ET

Scientific American reports on the “Harvard professor [who] devises a scheme to detect extraterrestrials by tracking how they might commute from one world to the next”:

Avi Loeb has an unorthodox new idea about how to search for alien civilizations—and it is hardly a surprise. Loeb, who chairs the astronomy department at Harvard University, has spent much of his career thinking about how the first stars came to life after the big bang, and how galaxies were born. But lately he’s become intrigued with the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, or SETI, and he tends to come at it in unusual ways.

Blue solar sail. Credit: NASA/MSFC/D. Higginbotham

Blue solar sail. Credit: NASA/MSFC/D. Higginbotham

 

Over the past few years, for example, Loeb has suggested searching for aliens by looking for artificial lighting on Pluto, in the admittedly unlikely event that extraterrestrials (ET) have set up an outpost there. He also has proposed trying to detect industrial pollution on distant exoplanets.

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Top 50 Most Influential Marijuana Consumers

The Marijuana Policy Project has published a list of the people it deems the “Top 50 Most Influential Marijuana Consumers.” Most of them are not notable current potheads it must be noted.

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The criteria for inclusion on the list were that, “individuals must (1) be alive, (2) be a U.S. citizen, and (3) have consumed marijuana at least once in their life according to either their own account or that of a legitimate source. They do not need to currently consume marijuana or support marijuana policy reform.”

1. President Barack Obama

“When I was a kid, I inhaled. Frequently. That was the point.”

Source: NBC News


2. 2016 Presidential Hopefuls

At least eight of the 23 major-party presidential hopefuls have consumed marijuana, and only six say they have not. The other nine — Joe Biden, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Jim Gilmore, Lindsey Graham, Bobby Jindal, John Kasich, Martin O’Malley, and Jim Webb —  do not appear to have ever publicly said whether they have consumed marijuana.

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Slender Man Is Watching

Page from Morgan Geyser’s notebook.

Page from Morgan Geyser’s notebook.

“If 12-year-olds Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser knew that the internet character [Slender Man] they worshipped was a fantasy, why did they want to kill their friend for him?” asks New York Magazine:

Payton had been called “Bella” since about the first grade. Morgan had been ­Bella’s best friend since fourth. Both girls loved cats and ­playing dress-up. Morgan was obsessed with Harry Potter; at least one time at lunch, she and Bella imagined that Voldemort was pursuing them through the cafeteria. Now in sixth grade, they talked on the telephone every night. Morgan’s favorite teacher was Jill Weidenbaum, for reading and writing, and on May 30, 2014, the Friday of Morgan’s 12th-­birthday sleepover, both girls hung around Ms. ­Weidenbaum’s classroom after school, helping her clean up.

There were three girls at the sleepover at Morgan’s house that night: Morgan and Bella and Morgan’s newer friend Anissa, who lived in the same housing complex as Morgan — Sunset Apartments, on Big Bend Road — and rode the school bus with her every day.

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Fear From Above: Chemtrails vs. Conspiracy Theory in the Bay Area

Could the reason for alleged chemtrails spraying really be “Because they’re assholes”? From SF Weekly:

“If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about answers.”

— Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow


Part I: Warriors for the Deep Blue Sky

Patrick Roddie films the sky every day. Two years ago, he rigged a camera on the roof of his apartment building in Lower Pacific Heights to record timelapses of the sun’s dawn-to-dusk arc, along with the sky’s usual bland traffic of birds, airplanes, and clouds.

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Many of Roddie’s timelapses — which he uploads to YouTube — capture something else, too: hazy, white threads that thicken in the wake of airplanes and sometimes tattoo the sky in grids. To the uninitiated, these are contrails, the harmless water vapor that commercial planes spume as they track across the sky at 30,000 feet. To Roddie and his followers, however, these are chemtrails, the toxic signature of a covert government program to slow global warming and control the weather.

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Graham Hancock: Awakening from Amnesia

Disinformation author Graham Hancock has just released a new video interview entitled “Awakening from Amnesia”:

He shares his views on psychedelics, the war on consciousness, the battle of good against evil, and the new paradigm of prehistory that is struggling to be born. Hancock’s latest non-fiction book Magicians of the Gods: The Forgotten Wisdom of Earth’s Lost Civilization, which presents stunning new evidence for a lost civilization destroyed in a global cataclysm at the end of the last Ice Age is discussed as well as the themes explored in his novels Entangled and the War God series. The interview was conducted by Aaron French, editor of Dark Discoveries Magazine.

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Digital surveillance ‘worse than Orwell’, says new UN privacy chief

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Joseph Cannataci

United Nations privacy chief Joseph Cannataci says a Geneva convention for the internet is needed, per the Guardian:

The first UN privacy chief has said the world needs a Geneva convention style law for the internet to safeguard data and combat the threat of massive clandestine digital surveillance.

Speaking to the Guardian weeks after his appointment as the UN special rapporteur on privacy, Joseph Cannataci described British surveillance oversight as being “a joke”, and said the situation is worse than anything George Orwell could have foreseen.

He added that he doesn’t use Facebook or Twitter, and said it was regrettable that vast numbers of people sign away their digital rights without thinking about it.

“Some people were complaining because they couldn’t find me on Facebook. They couldn’t find me on Twitter. But since I believe in privacy, I’ve never felt the need for it,” Cannataci, a professor of technology law at University of Groningen in the Netherlands and head of the department of Information Policy & Governance at the University of Malta, said.

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Howard Stern predicts Trump will win GOP nod: ‘People dig him’

If Howard Stern says Donald Trump will be the Republican choice for President, who are we to say he’s wrong? The Hill on why the shock jock believes in The Donald:

Howard Stern is predicting that Donald Trump will be the 2016 GOP presidential nominee.

Photo: Michael Vadon

Photo: Michael Vadon

 

“I’ll tell you why I think he’s going to be the nominee: He’s proven that no matter what he says, people dig him,” the SiriusXM radio host told listeners on Monday.

Voters, Stern continued, are of the mindset that “they hate illegal immigrants but they just feel funny saying it — whether it’s rational or not — ‘Is the illegal immigrant draining your economy?’ Possibly. ‘Is he taking away your job?’ Possibly.”

“I think more or less, people are super tired of politicians, meaning that they like the idea of a successful businessman running the country who might actually be able to get s— done,” the veteran broadcaster said.

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The Conspiracy Effect

Sander van der Linden, Ph.D., a social psychologist in the Department of Psychology at Princeton University, explains why exposure to popular conspiracy theories can make you less “pro-social” (whatever that means) at Psychology Today:

Is the government covering up evidence of alien existence? Are powerful elites plotting a New World Order? Is global warming a hoax? Are lizard people taking over the planet? And are vaccines really the government’s attempt at mass mind-control?

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There seems to be something inexplicably compelling about the nature of conspiracy theories; over 50% of Americans now believe in at least one conspiracy theory. You might think that even although substantial minorities of people endorse these type of “eccentric” beliefs, conspiracy ideation mostly seems harmless fun, food for those who are palpably out of touch with reality.

Think again! In a new study, I find that mere exposure to a popular conspiracy theory can make you less pro-social and less likely to accept established scientific principles.

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Gorillas Are Showing Signs Of Learning To Talk

Talking apes may be about to leap from the world of science fiction to the world of science fact, reports the Independent:

Researchers have identified speech patterns in a gorilla, previously thought to be impossible for apes.

A gorilla named Koko became famous for her ability to learn sign language in order to communicate with her keepers. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison say that she is now displaying signs of being capable of speech.

Traditionally, it has been believed that vocal performance by apes has been limited to spontaneous noise expressed, for instance, at shock of seeing a predator or to intimidate a fellow mammal in a fight.

It was believed that beyond this, apes lacked the cognitive capacity and breathing control to engage in organised and premeditated speech.

Postdoctoral researcher Marcus Perlman at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Nathaniel Clark at the University of California analysed 71 hours of video footage of Koko’s behaviour.

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