TV News Station Creates Fake News Advertising Car Dealership

This is a summary podcast from the Indie Bohemians Morning Show. A morning show for people who hate morning shows based in Nashville, TN.

Ron Placone speaks with professor and activist John Anderson about a case in Las Vegas. A television station had been creating fake news stories that was advertising a car dealership. The dealership had paid for the “stories.” This is unethical journalism at its finest though tactics similar to this are perfectly legal. We talk sponsored content, details of this case, the FCC’s role, and then speak on the Media Reform Movement.

Also: Angie Dorin checks in with a Monkey Minute, Rob Haynes lets us know what’s going on in Sports and gives us a Vex on letters via mail. 

Read the rest

Continue Reading

St. Louis Post Dispatch Declares That Banning Editorial Comments Will ‘Elevate The Ferguson Conversation’

epSos .de (CC BY 2.0)

epSos .de (CC BY 2.0)

via Tech Dirt:

As we’ve been noting, there’s a growing trend afoot whereby some news websites have started unilaterally declaring the lowly news comment section dead, and therefore have started eliminating the ability for visitors to comment entirely. While it’s one thing to just close site comments and be done with it, sites like ReCode, Reuters and Popular Science have been quick to insist that they’re killing comments for the good of the “conversation,” which sounds so much better than “we closed news comments because we’re too cheap and lazy to police bile and spam.”

At a time when racial conversation couldn’t be more important, the St. Louis Post Dispatch has decided to join the war on comments, this week declaring that the paper would be eliminating comments from paper editorials completely. This is, the paper declares, because it’s very much concerned about having a “meaningful discussion”:

“We intend to use our opinion pages to help the St.

Read the rest
Continue Reading

The Strangeness of Force [Debate]

The laws of science were founded on the idea of force. But Newton’s critics argued it was a mystical idea and the Standard model has replaced force with ‘interactions’. Does an account of force elude us because it doesn’t exist, or are forces essential if we are to explain why anything happens?

The Panel 

Philosopher of physics Eleanor Knox, eminent mathematician Peter Cameron and post-postmodern metaphysician Hilary Lawson untangle cause and effect.

Read the rest

Continue Reading

Viking families traveled together, research shows

Frank Douwes CC BY 2.0

Frank Douwes (CC BY 2.0)


(—A new study shows that when Vikings moved to new territories, men and women traveled together. Erika Hagelberg of the University of Oslo and her colleagues compared ancient Norse and Icelandic mitochondrial DNA with mitochondrial DNA of modern Northwestern Europeans. They found similarities between the ancient and modern DNA suggesting women played a significant role in Viking migrations. The research appears in The Royal Society Philosophical Transactions B.

Vikings traveled long distances, establishing colonies in Iceland and many parts of Northwestern Europe. They even traveled as far as North America. It’s a commonly held belief that Viking expeditions consisted entirely of men, and that a shortage of women at home compelled Viking men to seek out women in foreign lands. Earlier genetic studies have suggested that while Viking men ventured forth to pillage and plunder, women and children stayed home.

Read the rest
Continue Reading

Podcast with Rick Doblin: Integrating Psychedelics into a Global Culture

[Via HighExistence]


Martijn: Rick, thank you for being on our podcast. Welcome.

Rick: I’m really glad to have the opportunity to speak to all of the people who listen to your podcast. Thank you very much for inviting me.

Jordan: Thanks, Rick. To start, can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Specifically, why you want to become a psychedelic therapist?

Rick: [Laughter] Yes, actually I gave a talk on Thursday night at the Harvard Faculty club to a group of international politics resolution mediators. It’s a project at Harvard Law School called “A Project On Negotiation” by a Dr. Roger Fischer, and these are his protégés. During that talk, I got that exact question, ‘why I want to be a psychedelic therapist?’ and it had to do with conflict resolution, this larger political mission and it linked to individual psychotherapy and cultural psychotherapy.… Read the rest

Continue Reading

Yule Lads Rival Santa In Iceland

Yule lads in Dimmuborgir.JPG

“Yule lads in Dimmuborgir” by lusinemarg (CC)

Remember the infamous Necropants housed in Iceland’s Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft? Well just in time for Christmas comes this tale from the National Museum of Iceland of the Yule Lads, descended from trolls and a whole lot scarier than Santa Claus. They visit the museum on the 13 days before Christmas, starting today, December 12th:

The Icelandic Yule Lads bear little similarity to the world-famous Santa Claus, who is descended from St. Nicholas, patron saint of children and sailors. In contrast, the Icelandic Yule Lads are descended from trolls and their original role was to strike fear in the hearts of children. As it happens, they are the sons of two of the most hideous ogres ever known in Iceland, Grýla and Leppalúði.

No doubt most children would have wanted to avoid the Icelandic Yule Lads in the old days, since they were used by parents to frighten their children into behaving – just as Grýla and Leppalúði are today.

Read the rest
Continue Reading

The Fingerprint of Global Cataclysm – Magicians of the Gods Preview – Graham Hancock

Join Visionary scholar Randall Carlson and David Metcalfe for a journey into the Cataclysm Fields – Click Here for more information on Sacred Geometry International’s upcoming webinar: The Quest for the Cosmic Grail – Recovering the Lost History of the World”

Repost from Graham Hancock’s facebook feed:

Graphic from Kinzie, Firestone, Kennett et al. “Nanodiamond-Rich Layer across Three Continents Consistent with Major Cosmic Impact at 12,800 Cal BP”, The Journal of Geology, 2014, volume 122, p. 475–506.

Graphic from Kinzie, Firestone, Kennett et al. “Nanodiamond-Rich Layer across Three Continents Consistent with Major Cosmic Impact at 12,800 Cal BP”, The Journal of Geology, 2014, volume 122, p. 475–506.


The graphic shows the vast swathe of our planet that geologists call the Younger Dryas Boundary Field. Across this huge “fingerprint” spanning North America, Central America, parts of South America and most of Europe, the tell-tale traces of multiple impacts by the fragments of a giant comet have been found. Some of these fragments, were TWO KILOMETRES or more in diameter and they hit the earth like a blast from a cosmic scatter-gun around 12,800 years ago.… Read the rest

Continue Reading

Death Should be Optional

Max von Sydow and Bengt Ekerot in “The Seventh Seal”

Max von Sydow and Bengt Ekerot in “The Seventh Seal”

via H+ Magazine:

Now more than ever, the topic of death is marked by no shortage of diverging opinions.

On the one hand, there are serious thinkers — Ray Kurzweil, Hans Moravec, Michio Kaku, Marshall Brain, Aubrey de Grey and others — who foresee that technology may enable humans to defeat death. There are also dissenters who argue that this is exceedingly unlikely. And there are those like Bill Joy who think that such technologies are technologically feasible but morally reprehensible.

As a non-scientist I am not qualified to evaluate scientific claims about what science can and cannot do. What I can say is that plausible scenarios for overcoming death have now appeared. This leads to the following questions: If individuals could choose immortality, should they? Should societies fund and promote research to defeat death?

The question regarding individuals has a straightforward answer: We should respect the right of autonomous individuals to choose for themselves.

Read the rest
Continue Reading

Playing Through the Pain

via Dystopia Diaries:

Emergency responders will tell you that pain is actually a good sign in trauma victims–the fact that nerves haven’t been destroyed leaves open the hope that injuries might be substantially repaired. But your typical lay person may not recognize this.

Andrea Tantaros doesn’t want to deal with this. She just wants the pain of America’s illegal and immoral torture programs to be over, hoping that simply shouting “America is awesome” will make it so. Although this attitude is dangerous and wrong-headed, she’s far from alone in this.

Contemporary society in general does not honor ‘playing through the pain’. It regards discomfort and inconvenience with unmitigated fear and disgust. It’s all a part of a consumerist world view that has rejected life in an infantile effort to ward off the inevitability of challenge and change; the only thing Americans value is immediate satisfaction of their personal wants.

Continue reading at Dystopia Diaries.… Read the rest

Continue Reading

ISIS Releases Horrifying Sex Slave Pamphlet, Justifies Child Rape

Emblem of the Islamic State of Iraq and the LevantIf any reader sympathizes with ISIS, how do you justify this policy? From RT:

The Islamic State militant group has released a guide to the capture, punishment and rape of female non-believers. It outlines how to use them as their sex slaves and also justifies child rape.

The guide appears in the form of questions and answers about how to capture and subjugate woman of other beliefs.

The sickening list appears to have been printed on December 3 by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) in-house publishers for their“Research and Fatwa Department”.

The document has been translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute, an NGO based in Washington DC.

Researchers from the anti-extremism think tank Quilliam told the Independent that they believed it “can be traced back to some of ISIS’s most active propagandists.”

It’s known the Islamic State has kidnapped more than 2,500 women, and another 4,600 are missing.

In their twisted, medieval interpretation of Islam the document makes crystal clear how these woman are treated, and that such treatment is permissible because the captives are non-Muslims.

Read the rest
Continue Reading