December 2013
News archive

2014 New Year Times Square Ball Ritual Features Socialist International Symbolism
2013 12 31
Irish firm Waterford replaces the 2,688 pyramid crystal panels on the six-ton Times Square New Year’s Eve ball every year. This year, they chose an image almost identical to the logo of the Socialist International. The "front story" that has been offered is that a former cancer patient, Coraliz Marintez, 12, designed the panel as a "rose of hope and ...
Sun has ’flipped upside down’ as new magnetic cycle begins
2013 12 30
The sun has "flipped upside down", with its north and south poles reversed to reach the midpoint of Solar Cycle 24, Nasa has said. Now, the magnetic fields will once again started moving in opposite directions to begin the completion of the 22 year long process which will culminate in the poles switching once again. "A reversal of the sun’s magnetic field ...
Volgograd Bombings Follow Saudi Threat to Attack Russia
2013 12 30
Prince Bandar warned Putin, “The Chechen groups….are controlled by us” Twin blasts targeting a train station and a trolley bus in the city of Volgograd which killed at least 31 people follow a threat by Saudi Arabia to attack Russia using Chechen terrorists if Moscow did not withdraw its support for President Assad in Syria. The first attack took place at Volgograd-1 ...
Gay Group Calls For Re-Education of Phil Robertson
2013 12 28
For the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), suspending Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty over his comments regarding homosexuality isn’t enough – now they are calling for Robertson to be re-educated. GLAAD was instrumental in forcing A&E’s hand in the decision to discriminate against Robertson for expressing his First Amendment right. GLAAD met with A&E representatives on Wednesday morning urging ...
Facebook’s so uncool, but it’s morphing into a different beast
2013 12 28
What does 2014 hold for your online life? If you’re young, it probably won’t involve Facebook that much. This year marked the start of what looks likely to be a sustained decline of what had been the most pervasive of all social networking sites. Young people are turning away in their droves and adopting other social networks instead, while the worst ...
Corporatist Chamber of Commerce Gets Behind Establishment Effort to Defeat Tea Party
2013 12 28
Corporate statists under cover of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are targeting the tea party faction in Congress and backing establishment Republicans as the 2014 primaries approach. “Our No. 1 focus is to make sure, when it comes to the Senate, that we have no loser candidates,” Scott Reed, a Chamber political strategist, told The Wall Street Journal. “That will be ...
N.Y. judge rules NSA phone surveillance legal
2013 12 27
U.S. District Judge William Pauley said in a written opinion that the program lets the government connect fragmented and fleeting communications and "represents the government’s counter-punch" to the al-Qaida’s terror network’s use of technology to operate decentralized and plot international terrorist attacks remotely. "This blunt tool only works because it collects everything," Pauley said. "The collection is broad, but the scope ...
Snowden cites Orwell in Christmas message
2013 12 26
National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden invoked George Orwell and warned of the dangers of unchecked government surveillance Wednesday in a televised Christmas message to the British people that reflected his growing willingness to take a public role in the debate he ignited. Speaking directly into the camera from Moscow, where he took refuge after leaking vast troves of information on ...
Be prepared: Wall Street advisor recommends guns, ammo for protection in collapse
2013 12 26
A top financial advisor, worried that Obamacare, the NSA spying scandal and spiraling national debt is increasing the chances for a fiscal and social disaster, is recommending that Americans prepare a “bug-out bag” that includes food, a gun and ammo to help them stay alive. David John Marotta, a Wall Street expert and financial advisor and Forbes contributor, said in a ...
UK deputy PM to block curbs on EU migration
2013 12 24
Britain’s Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has pledged to block attempts by the coalition government to impose a cap on the number of European Union (EU) migrants. Writing in the Sunday Times, Clegg described as "pointless" and "distracting" the UK’s Home Office plans for a cap on migration from the EU, possibly at 75,000 a year. The Liberal Democrat leader also said ...
Google: Surge in pressure from govts to DELETE CHUNKS of the web
2013 12 24
Governments, judges, cops and politicians are continuing to lobby Google to tear down online material critical of their operations, we’re told. Today, the advertising giant said that, in the first six months of 2013, it received 3,846 demands from public officials to remove 24,737 personal blog posts, YouTube videos and other pieces of content it hosts. That’s up 68 per cent ...
Roma countdown for a mass exodus to UK
2013 12 24
In less than a fortnight EU restrictions will be relaxed and impoverished Romanians are expected to flood into the UK, attracted by our universal reputation as a country that looks after migrants. Yesterday the faces of families surviving on less than £1 a day lit up when they spoke of the UK’s generous welfare system. Almost all of them said they were ...
Sweden moves closer to a cashless society with new money laundering registry
2013 12 24
Effort to restrict the use of physical money is a further step towards a modern day fascism in the Scandinavian country On October 1st the Swedish government posted new regulations on its site bolagsverket.se (“corporation agency”) which prohibits citizens from engaging in certain business activity without registering with authorities and paying a fee of close to 100 EUR (850 SEK). Three ...
Coptic Christians in Egypt hope for better days
2013 12 23
As Coptic Christians in Egypt prepare to celebrate their Christmas on 7 January, they are still waiting for scores of churches destroyed in August to be rebuilt. An unprecedented wave of sectarian violence followed the ousting of President Mohammed Morsi in July. In Egypt one in ten of the population are Coptic Christians. Orla Guerin has been talking to some of them ...
Charlie Sheen Apologizes to Phil Robertson?
2013 12 23
Unfortunately, by now everyone has heard of the controversy surrounding highly popular Phil Robertson, founder of the company Duck Commander and star of the Duck Dynasty reality TV show for comments he made during a GQ (hit piece style) interview, expressing his religious beliefs and sexual preference. It’s important to note that GQ is owned by Conde Nast. A&E is part-owned ...
After 100 Years Of Failure, It’s Time To End The Fed!
2013 12 23
Indeed. End the Fed. Sounds so radical doesn’t it? Isn’t the Federal Reserve there to smooth out the economy, to stabilize the currency? To make sure the world doesn’t blow up? What if I told you that it doesn’t smooth out the business cycle, but exacerbates it. That the dollar has lost 95% of its value since the establishment of the Federal ...
Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson breaks his silence: Reality show star says he’s ’a lover not a hater’
2013 12 23
Now, voicing your personal preferences and opinions is deemed "hate crime." Way to go Orwellians. It’s a slippery slope! The DailyMail reports: Phil Robertson has spoken out for the first time since his homophobic comments in a magazine interview went public and refused to go back on his controversial remarks, saying: ‘I will not give or back off from my path.’ The Duck ...
Red Ice Insight - Pirate Bay Co-founder in Solitary Confinement
2013 12 21
We examine why Pirate Bay Co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg currently is in solitary confinement in Denmark.
Dirty Thoughts: The Healing Qualities of Dirt
2013 12 19
Recently I’ve been enjoying dirty thoughts. I spend my days in a sterile 8×10 room practicing family medicine and yet my mind is in the soil. This is because I’m discovering just how much this rich, dark substance influences the day-to-day health of my patients. I’m even beginning to wonder whether Hippocrates was wrong, or at least somewhat misguided, when ...
Texas judge: Search warrants can be obtained based on predictions of future crimes
2013 12 19
Police in Texas may now obtain a search warrant based on “a prediction of a future crime,” according to a dissenting judge on the state’s criminal appeals court. The ruling by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals came last week, ending a controversial case in which police searched a house before obtaining a warrant but were still able to present the ...
A third state of consciousness could exist, say researchers
2013 12 19
A new study suggests the existence of a state of mind called dysanaesthesia, which is neither consciousness nor unconsciousness. With anesthetics properly given, very few patients wake up during surgery. However, new findings point to the possibility of a state of mind in which a patient is neither fully conscious nor unconscious, experts say. This possible third state of consciousness, ...
Study links BP oil spill to dolphin deaths
2013 12 19
US government scientists have for the first time found direct evidence of toxic exposure in the Gulf of Mexico US government scientists have for the first time connected the BP oil disaster to dolphin deaths in the Gulf of Mexico, in a study finding direct evidence of toxic exposure. The study, led by scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, found ...
Chinese Army’s secret of success? European engineering
2013 12 19
If the People’s Liberation Army went to war tomorrow, it would field an arsenal bristling with hardware from some of America’s closest allies: Germany, France and Britain. Most of China’s advanced surface warships are powered by German and French-designed diesel engines. Chinese destroyers have French sonar, anti-submarine-warfare helicopters and surface-to-air missiles. China’s first aircraft carrier, which was renovated from an old aircraft ...
The looting of a 16th Century library
2013 12 19
Book-lovers around the world have been helping investigators trace thousands of rare volumes looted from one of Italy’s oldest libraries by a gang of thieves including the librarian himself. While most have been recovered, a number of invaluable 15th and 16th Century books are still missing. Inside a 16th Century church complex in the heart of Naples, the Biblioteca Girolamini’s wooden ...
No More Junk: Scientists Finally Admit There Is a Second, Secret DNA Code Which Controls Genes
2013 12 19
The fascinating and recent discovery of a new, second DNA code last week further lends credence to what metaphysical scientists have been saying for millennia — the body speaks two different languages. Since the genetic code was deciphered in the 1960s, researchers have assumed that it was used exclusively to write information about proteins. But biologists have suspected for years that some ...
Corporate Socialism: GM Says No Way It Will Pay Back $10 Billion
2013 12 19
Obama considers Wall Street orchestrated bailout of GM to be signature success of his administration It’s another glaring example you’re here to pay for the losses incurred by banks and transnational corporations. General Motors CEO Dan Akerson said during a question and answer session at the National Press Club in Washington his corporation is not obliged to payback $10 billion the government ...
The Sculpture on the Moon
2013 12 18
Scandals and conflicts obscured one of the most extraordinary achievements of the Space Age. “Bigger Than Picasso” One crisp March morning in 1969, artist Paul van Hoeydonck was visiting his Manhattan gallery when he stumbled into the middle of a startling conversation. Louise Tolliver Deutschman, the gallery’s director, was making an energetic pitch to Dick Waddell, the owner. “Why don’t we put ...
Bitcoin’s value tumbles in half after China forces top exchange to stop trading
2013 12 18
The price of bitcoin has plummeted following an announcement from China’s largest bitcoin exchange that it would no longer be accepting new yuan deposits. BTC China said that due to action by a third-party payment provider, YeePay, it could no longer accept deposits in the Chinese currency, although it would still be able to process withdrawals. BTC’s chief executive, Bobby Lee, ...
EU wants cloned meat off the table
2013 12 18
The European Commission said Wednesday it would ban meat from cloned animals but stopped short of imposing restrictions on produce from the offspring of such animals, a hugely sensitive issue. Animal rights groups attacked the plan as not going far enough on an issue which has divided public opinion since the successful cloning of ’Dolly the Sheep’ in the 1990s. Critics say ...
Physicists discover way to boil water in half picosecond
2013 12 18
How long does it take to boil water? Physicists at the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL) in Hamburg have shown, at least in theory, that it is possible to boil water in just half a picosecond. A picosecond is equal to one trillionth of a second. If an object were to move at the speed of light for one picosecond, ...
US doesn’t mind if Assad stays, or runs for leadership
2013 12 18
MAKE UP YOUR MINDS ALREADY. After spending the last two plus years insisting that Bashar "murderer of his own people" al-Assad MUST GO, it seems that the West is thinking Assad isn’t such a problem after all. Ancient history: RT says that now "the West is reportedly sending “clear signals” to the Syrian opposition" that Assad is now welcome to stay. So the western-backed ...
Are there diamonds in Antarctica? It’s possible, scientists say
2013 12 18
For now, though, only the penguins can enjoy the rocks: mining is illegal in Antarctica. Talk about ice – scientists say that frozen Antarctica could also be home to untapped, previously undiscovered diamond deposits. No, they haven’t actually found the precious carbon crystals yet, but they have found something that indicates they may be there. The news comes to us ...
Bee-killing pesticides may also harm human brain development
2013 12 18
Earlier this year, the European Union put a two-year moratorium on a class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids, believed to be a cause of the massive die-off threatening the world’s honey bee populations. It turns out, the pesticides aren’t just dangerous for bees. New research suggests they “may adversely affect the development of neurons and brain structures associated with functions such ...
Cat domestication may have started in China
2013 12 17
There has been much debate about how cats went from hunting in the wild to a much-loved pet. That is because we know little about their domestication. Now researchers have found the earliest case of cat domestication, which happens to be in China, along with the first direct evidence of how it may have happened. The oldest record of a cat’s ...
Lithuanian schools diaries replace ‘mother, father’ with ‘Parent 1, Parent 2’
2013 12 17
Electronic diaries in hundreds of Lithuanian schools now display “Parent I” or “Parent II” entries where they used to be “mother” and “father”. This comes after the same initiative for kindergartens was abolished over public outrage. The change in family ways has popped up in the Lithuanian system of electronic school diaries which are filled in by the form master. The Parent ...
Loretta Fuddy: The Most Unlucky Person of 2013 – or was she killed to cover a big lie?
2013 12 17
21st Century Wire says… Are the White House plumbers at it again? A Cessna crashes in Hawaii, and eight survive – but one woman, for some reason, could not be rescued. Her name was Loretta Fuddy, she was 65 years old, and she happened to be the Hawaiian health official who released the notorious copy of President Obama’s long form birth certificate. A ...
BitTorrent Torture: Denmark Sets Example With Pirate Bay Co-founder
2013 12 17
Government works hand-in-hand with corporations in war on peer-to-peer file sharing. The state and the corporations that control it hate peer-to-peer file sharing, especially when copyright is violated. That’s why the state has declared war on BitTorrent, the peer-to-peer network protocol that, as of 2009, commanded 43% to 70% of all Internet traffic, depending on geographical location. It was estimated at the ...
Digging for the truth at Gunung Padang
2013 12 17
The status and history of Indonesia’s Gunung Padang megalithic site are today in dispute. There is debate about whether the site is a result of natural weathering, or whether history will have to be rewritten to reflect prehistoric man’s involvement in its creation. To many researchers, like Graham Hancock and geologist Danny Hilman, there is little doubt that the structures ...
Pirate Bay cofounder reportedly held in solitary confinement
2013 12 17
What kind of crime warrants being held in solitary confinement? Serial murder? Terrorism? Hacking? If you think one of these things isn’t like the others, you’re not alone. Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, currently awaiting trial in Denmark, is allegedly being kept in solitary confinement like a “dangerous, violent and aggressive criminal.” According to Torrentfreak, which received a letter Svartholm’s mother ...
Obama’s interpreter for the deaf was fraud, ’schizophrenic’, and accused of brutal murders
2013 12 17
--- All signs suggest Obama’s interpreter for the deaf was fake By Nick Miller and Jessica Wright | Sydney Morning Herald The hunt is on for the fake sign language interpreter who took to the stage during the memorial for former president Nelson Mandela, gesticulating gibberish before a global audience of millions and outraging deaf people across the world. The South ...
Spermbots: Remote-controlled sperm, for guaranteed delivery
2013 12 17
Sperm cells are basically motorized packets of DNA. Once their fuse is lit, they burn full bore like a solid fuel bottle rocket until they reach their target. If used as directed, they eventually meet up with an egg for a quick round of Castle Seige, then expire like salmon after a spawn. Researchers from the Dresden Institute for Integrative ...
Google buys military robotics company Boston Dynamics, eighth robotics firm bought in past 6 months
2013 12 17
Google is moving into the robotics field at a rapid pace, with eight robotics firms purchased in just 6 months, the latest being military robotics contractor Boston Dynamics. Boston Dynamics is well known for their military robotics work, including many projects for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Boston Dynamics has produced everything from remote controlled jumping cars to four-legged ...
Fracking Chemicals Interfere With Hormone Function, Contaminate Groundwater With Endocrine-Disrupters
2013 12 16
Long suspected, the energy industry’s controversial practice of “fracking” may pollute ground water with chemicals disrupting the body’s hormones. An investigator from the University of Missouri says energy companies use many endocrine-disrupting chemicals, known as EDCs, when extracting natural gas and other materials from the ground, contaminating the water. Today, EDCs may be found not only in groundwater but in manufactured ...
China’s moon rover lands, leaves traces on lunar soil
2013 12 16
’Jade rabbit’ moon buggy will explore moon’ s surface China’s first moon rover has touched the lunar surface and left deep traces on its loose soil, state media reported Sunday, several hours after the country successfully carried out the world’s first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades. The 140-kilogram "Jade Rabbit" rover separated from the ...
Judge: NSA spying ‘almost Orwellian,’ likely unconstitutional
2013 12 16
In a stinging rebuke to President Barack Obama’s surveillance policies, a federal judge on Monday branded the National Security Agency’s mass collection of Americans’ telephone data “almost Orwellian” and likely a violation of the Constitution. Appeals Court Judge Richard Leon invoked Founding Father James Madison and the Beatles in a frequently scathing ruling. Leon, appointed by then-President George W. Bush, ordered ...
The NSA’s “Lone Wolf” Justification for Mass Spying Is B.S.
2013 12 16
The NSA’s main justification for Constitution-shredding mass surveillance on all Americans is 9/11. In reality: * Top security experts say that mass spying interferes with U.S. counter-terror efforts (more here and here) * American presidents agree * The chairs of the 9/11 Commission say that the spying has gone way too far ...
Tamerlan Tsarnaev believed he was being fed orders through ‘majestic mind control’
2013 12 16
Slain suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev said he heard voices in his head, according to a new report, and believed in the concept of influencing others by way of “majestic mind control.” Journalists at the Boston Globe published this weekend the result of a five-month-long investigation into the Tsarnaev family, and their report reveals new, never-before-released information about the 26-year-old ...
Families Create Terrorists out of Food Stamps, The End.
2013 12 16
Outrageous and one-sided as the mainstream coverage of the Boston Bombing and the Tsarnaev brothers has been, it can always get more ridiculous, as demonstrated by a recent Boston Globe article. The story, written like a soap-operatic retelling of the fall of a powerful dynasty, paints the entire Tsarnaev family as tragic figures hell-bent on achieving the American Dream; They’re dysfunctional ...
Scientists discover second, secret DNA code
2013 12 13
Scientists have long believed that DNA tells the cells how to make proteins. But the discovery of a new, second DNA code Thursday suggests the body speaks two different languages. The findings in the journal Science may have big implications for how medical experts use the genomes of patients to interpret and diagnose diseases, researchers said. The newfound genetic code within deoxyribonucleic ...
There’s a 1,200-year-old Phone in the Smithsonian Collections
2013 12 13
As a nomadic cultural historian, my subjects have led me in wildly different directions. I spent every Friday for five years in a dim, dusty reading room in West Orange, New Jersey, formerly a laboratory on the second floor of Thomas Edison’s headquarters, deciphering the blunt-penciled scrawls of the celebrated inventor. Two years after my biography of Edison appeared, I ...
US to phase out antibiotics for fattening livestock
2013 12 13
The practice of feeding antibiotics to healthy farm animals to fatten them up is being phased out in the US, a move that should help quell antibiotic resistance. However, the Food and Drug Administration has been criticised for failing to make the move compulsory. Antibiotic-resistant microbes are thought to kill 23,000 Americans each year and infect 2 million. In the US, ...
Alternative History Author Robert Bauval to Launch Legal Action Against Egyptologist Zahi Hawass
2013 12 13
Get the popcorn, things are about to get interesting. Robert Bauval, who has locked horns with Egyptologist Zahi Hawass regularly over the past two decades since he proposed the ’Orion Correlation Theory’ explanation of the Giza pyramid layout, has just posted the following statement to his Facebook account: LEGAL ACTION AGAINST ZAHI HAWASS. I ...
US Government Lobotomized 2,000 WW II Veterans As ’Treatment’
2013 12 13
The U.S. government lobotomized roughly 2,000 mentally ill veterans — and likely hundreds more — during and after World War II, according to a cache of forgotten memos, letters and government reports unearthed by The Wall Street Journal. “They got the notion they were going to come to give me a lobotomy,” Roman Tritz, a World War II bomber pilot, told ...
Lawmakers Who Oversee Government Surveillance Programs Receive Millions From Intelligence Companies
2013 12 13
Every member who sits on the committees that oversee government intelligence operations has received campaign contributions from the top twenty largest intelligence companies in the United States, according to a new report. Amid the NSA scandal, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence — the committees in charge of oversight — denied stricter reform ...
Missing American In Iran Was CIA Agent, AP Sat on Truth For Years
2013 12 13
"The American that went missing seven years ago in Iran, and is the longest held US hostage, was working for the CIA and the Associated Press held the story for at least three years. Bob Levinson, 65, was a former FBI agent and now a report released by the AP and The Washington Post reveals he was actually working for the ...
Neurodiversions: Facing Death
2013 12 13
There’s one thing we know for sure about our future, and that is that we are all going to die. Ray Kurtzweil and the Transhumanist crew may disagree, but for those of us still hooked into a biological perspective, the future ends with old age, sickness, and death. This isn’t true only of you and me—individual organisms. It’s also true of ...
Nelson Mandela Family Finally Gives Up Charade and Admits Mandela Dead
2013 12 12
Funeral was planned a year ago The Nelson Mandela family has finally given up their charade and admitted that Nelson Mandela is dead by announcing today that the former leader of South Africa is no longer with us. The charade began in June of 2013, and Guardian Express has maintained Mandela has been deceased since we were informed of his passing in ...
Scientists Identify a Piece of the Planet Mercury for the First Time in Human History
2013 12 12
Talk about a precious stone — the largest piece of the only known meteorite from the planet Mercury has found its way to Yale, where it is now on display at the Peabody Museum of Natural History. Known as NWA 7325, the fist-size, greenish space rock is a rarity among rarities: there just aren’t many verified planetary meteorites. Scientists know ...
US general who opened Guantanamo prison says shut it down
2013 12 12
The US general who opened the notorious US-run Guantanamo prison says it was a mistake and it should be shut down because the prison complex "validates every negative perception of the United States." "In retrospect, the entire detention and interrogation strategy was wrong," Marine Major General Michael Lehnert wrote in the Detroit Free Press on Thursday. Lehnert was the first commander of ...
BioSuit: The Future of Space Gear
2013 12 12
New materials and designs could allow outer-space travelers to move more freely. One day, moving around in outer space—and walking on Mars—could become a whole lot more comfortable for astronauts, thanks to the innovative techniques being developed by an aeronautics professor at MIT. “The BioSuit—the one that gets a lot of media coverage—is a concept no one has seen before, and we ...
Cassini spies mysterious object named ’Peggy’ at edge of Saturn’s rings
2013 12 12
Nasa’s Cassini spacecraft has spotted an object located right at the edge of Saturn’s A ring that is confounding scientists. Its name? Peggy. This strange something was spotted by accident on 15 April when Cassini’s cameras were aimed at a tiny moon named Prometheus that orbits just inside another of Saturn’s rings. A member of the mission’s imaging team, astronomer Carl ...
Google foresees an opportunity to chip into your brain
2013 12 12
Google is not content with producing computers that we wear like spectacles, such as Google Glass: it is now envisaging computers that we fit inside our heads as well. The tech giant’s engineering director, Scott Huffman, has said that he envisages a time in the not too-distant future where Google users can fit a microchip into their brain and collect ...
Pope Francis named Time’s ‘Person of the Year 2013’
2013 12 11
Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pontiff, elected nine months ago, was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2013, leaving whistleblower Edward Snowden in second place, the magazine revealed on Wednesday. The iconic title goes each year to the one chosen by prominent US magazine Time as the individual who had the most influence on the world and news over ...
Equal Opportunity Killing
2013 12 11
Nancy Pelosi called it the “selfie of the year": the group snapshot of the first four women to make it through Marine infantry training. "Fearless," as Pelosi describes them. "Badasses," as onlookers have labeled them. Here is an acerbic quote from an article on Gawker: These women have now definitively proven what fatuous Congressional oldsters for so long prevented other women from ...
LISTEN: Creepy AI Telemarketer Sounds Human, Denies Being a Robot
2013 12 11
It’s pretty shocking to hear just how far this technology has come. Most people would probably NOT realize they were talking to a machine that is gathering our verbal cues to use against us. These recordings are demonstrably creepy, and a good reminder that just because we experience something through our five senses, it doesn’t mean it’s ’real’. From ActivistPost on ...
(NOOOOOOOO!) JPMorgan files patent for Bitcoin-style payment system
2013 12 11
These guys never stop. I respect that about JP (in the way that I respect the Empire in Star Wars) and there is something to be said for an idea so disruptive that it attracts the sharks at JP. But given this, if one doesn’t trust Bitcoin, don’t even consider trusting JPMorgan’s version of it. (From The FT) JPMorgan’s proposed system involves creating ...
New ‘Revelations’ on Kenya Mall Massacre: There were only FOUR shooters – who escaped alive
2013 12 11
21st Century Wire says… From the onset, the Kenya Mall Massacre was riddled with odd circumstances and dramatised media coverage, so much so that it is very difficult not to skeptical about the official narrative of what happened, and who was involved. That narrative continues to unravel… As 21Wire reported in late September, the attack which took place at the Westfields Shopping ...
Record outdoor radiation level that ‘can kill in 20 min’ detected at Fukushima
2013 12 11
Outdoor radiation levels have reached their highest at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant,warns the operator company.Radiation found in an area near a steel pipe that connects reactor buildings could kill an exposed person in 20 minutes,local media reported. The plant’s operator and the utility responsible for the clean-up Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) detected record radiation levels on a duct which connects ...
Evoking Eros - To Wake Up The Sleeping Beauty
2013 12 11
The desire in us for Beauty is so inate to be almost a human compulsion. So the attack of the eugenicists on Beauty, which has been manifesting in the art world since the Frankfurt School, may be where they finally get hung with their own petard. However, this isn’t to suggest that we rant against the dark and ugly visions ...
Prehistoric Underwater Wall Divides Scientists
2013 12 11
Two camps of scientists have faced off on the issue of the underwater structure known as Bimini Road off the coast of the Bahamas since it was first discovered in 1968. One camp says it is a 12,000–19,000-year-old man-made structure—flouting the conventional understanding that advanced civilizations only emerged some 5,000 years ago. The other camp says it is a natural formation. Bimini ...
Author, Researcher Lloyd Pye Dies
2013 12 10
We’re grieved by the sad news that writer and researcher Lloyd Anthony Pye passed away yesterday, December 9, 2013, after a battle with cancer. He was best known for his work with The Starchild Project. Lloyd was a frequent welcome guest to Red Ice Radio, and we enjoyed the opportunity to speak with him about his work and his writing over ...
Nobel winner declares boycott of top science journals - Nature, Science
2013 12 10
Nobel laureate and biologist Randy Schekman has taken a stand and declared that luxury scientific journals are not furthering proper scientific method and are instead catering to trendy science, corrupted by a "tyranny" of "impact factor". He’s calling for a boycott on ’peer-review’ science publications such as Nature, Cell, and Science which often obstruct true and valuable research in favour of ...
Mars May Have Harbored Life 3.6 Billion Years Ago
2013 12 10
Mudstones from Gale Crater, the original landing site of Curiosity, were formed in a lake which may have existed on the planet for hundreds of thousand of years according to scientists.The basin which is 150km wide with a mountain at its centre, could very well have sustained more than one lake approximately 3.6 billion years ago. Research analysis shows that the ...
Geologists discover ’super volcano’ in Utah, possibly larger than Yellowstone
2013 12 10
Geologists at Brigham Young University have discovered what may be the world’s largest "super" volcano that erupted in Utah’s own backyard. While there are a variety of volcanoes that blast away in different ways, super volcanic eruptions are the biggest that collapse into large calderas. Yellowstone Park is the remains of one of those calderas and it’s still very much alive ...
Rice grown near crippled Fukushima nuclear plant served to govt officials
2013 12 10
Rice from fields in the Fukushima prefecture, evacuated after the worst nuclear disaster in Japan, will be served to government officials for 9 days in a bid to demonstrate the safety of the country’s most-beloved crop, a local broadcaster reported. The rice cultivated in several decontaminated fields in the Yamakiya District in Kawamata Town and Iitate Village, two areas designated as ...
Robots with machine guns: U.S. Army sees latest gear
2013 12 10
Updates on the seemingly inevitable robot apocalypse... Autonomous Robots With Guns - What could possibly go wrong? "Commercial companies showed off their weaponized robots to U.S. Army officers at Fort Benning, Georgia, this week. Military leaders were looking to see what the technology is capable of and how it could be used on the battlefield."
Family, politicians battle over “Brand Mandela”
2013 12 09
As long as you don’t dig too deeply into the dirt on Nelson Mandela’s past, then the iconic image of Mandela (or Mandiba, his clan name) has fantastic marketing power. The world governments and controlled media with their over-the-top reportage on Saint Mandela use this cult of personality for their own purposes. Never do they touch on the reality of ...
Seymour Hersh Alleges Obama Administration Lied on Syria Gas Attack
2013 12 09
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh has dropped yet another bombshell allegation: President Obama wasn’t honest with the American people when he blamed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for a sarin-gas attack in that killed hundreds of civilians. In early September, Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States had proof that the nerve-gas attack was made on Assad’s orders. "We know ...
Strange Haunting Sounds Emitting from One World Trade Building
2013 12 09
New York residents are concerned after they have been hearing strange sounds emitting from the newly built One World Trade building Strange and rather haunting sounds have been emitting from the newly constructed One World Trade building in New York City. The building which is the replacement for the original World Trade Center that was decimated during the attacks on Sept. 11, ...
Life on Earth may have developed below rather than above ground, reveal scientists
2013 12 09
How life on Earth came into existence is still one of the greatest mysteries in science but new research into the “deep biosphere” indicates that the first replicating life-forms on the planet may have originated deep underground rather than, as commonly believed, on the surface. Scientists have now discovered microbes living and reproducing as deep as 5km (3.1 miles) below ground ...
Inside the Box: People don’t actually like creativity
2013 12 09
In the United States we are raised to appreciate the accomplishments of inventors and thinkers—creative people whose ideas have transformed our world. We celebrate the famously imaginative, the greatest artists and innovators from Van Gogh to Steve Jobs. Viewing the world creatively is supposed to be an asset, even a virtue. Online job boards burst with ads recruiting “idea people” ...
Mexican police block hospital where suspects admitted for radiation poisoning
2013 12 09
Following hijacking of truck carrying radioactive waste, police Friday block entry to hospital where six suspects reportedly under treatment for radiation poisoning. Preschool across street is closed. Federal police blocked access to a central Mexico hospital Friday where six people are reportedly being treated for radiation exposure. They are considered suspects in the theft earlier this week of a truck ...
NSA, GCHQ ’planted agents’ into World of Warcraft, Second Life to spy on gamers
2013 12 09
The NSA and the UK’s GCHQ spying agencies have collected players’ charts and deployed real-life agents into online World of Warcraft and Second Life games, a new leak by whistleblower Edward Snowden has revealed. An NSA document from 2008, titled “Exploiting Terrorist Use of Games & Virtual Environments,” was published Monday by The Guardian in partnership with The New York Times ...
Logo of New NRO Spy Satellite: An Octopus Engulfing the World with the Words “Nothing is Beyond Our Reach” Underneath
2013 12 09
On December 5th, The National Reconnaissance Office launched a new spy satellite called NROL-39 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Its logo features a giant octopus engulfing the world with the ominous words “Nothing is Beyond our Reach” underneath. Is there a better way to portray a nightmarish, big-brotherish totalitarian government? No. In fact, this exact imagery was used ...
DARPA’s mirror-killing membrane could change astronomy, allow total global surveillance
2013 12 06
When it launches in 2018, the James Webb Space Telescope will let us see deeper into the universe than ever before. Its enormous eye is centered around 18 octagonal mirrors which assemble to form the largest telescope mirror ever built, but someday even the James Webb Telescope (formerly the Next-Gen Space Telescope) will outlive its usefulness — and then what ...
Stonehenge ’was a prehistoric centre for rock music’: Stones sound like bells, drums, and gongs when played
2013 12 06
Stonehenge may have been built by Stone Age man as a prehistoric centre for rock music, a new study has claimed. According to experts from London’s Royal College of Art, some of the stones sound like bells, drums, and gongs when they are ’played’ - or hit with hammers. Archaeologists, who have pondered why stone age man transported Bluestones 200 miles from ...
The Nightwatchman: Crime-predicting robot aims to patrol our streets and schools
2013 12 06
Get Ready. They’ll be watching. These new robots that are an unnerving mix between Star Wars’ R2-D2 and Doctor Who’s Daleks, are being touted as the new way to "monitor, map, and secure" the humans around them. The robots are purported to replace security guards and watchmen, in a bid to reduce labor costs and streamline surveillance. A company in California ...
Microsoft’s Smart Bra Will Monitor Mood & Reduce Overeating
2013 12 06
Microsoft is designing a “smart bra” that will monitor women’s health by tracking their heart rate, her emotional state, whether or not she is over-eating and more. Sensors in the bra detect when the wearer is bored, stressed or discouraged and send a warning signal to the woman’s smartphone that she should caution from making bad food choices. In a paper entitled, ...
“Saint” Mandela? Not So Fast!
2013 12 06
President Barack Obama has compared him to George Washington. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews heralded him as “perhaps the world’s greatest hero.” The Las Vegas Guardian Express dispensed with the “perhaps,” declaring in headline: “Nelson Mandela World’s Greatest Hero.” Others have christened him “the greatest man of the 20th century.” Many revere him as “the savior” of South Africa. School children worldwide read books, ...
The Legacy of Nelson Mandela: A Dissenting Opinion
2013 12 06
Nelson Mandela, rights activist, political icon and former president of South Africa, dies age 95 There is no doubt that Nelson Mandela suffered for his cause of an end to bloody apartheid, racial segregation and government oppression in South Africa: [Mandela was a] South African anti-apartheid revolutionary as well as a politician and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa ...
Tylenol can kill you; new warning admits popular painkiller causes liver damage, death
2013 12 06
It has been a common household name in over-the-counter pain relief for more than 50 years. But the popular painkiller drug Tylenol is getting a major labeling makeover following a string of personal injury lawsuits. According to the Associated Press (AP), so many Tylenol users these days are suffering major liver damage or dying that the drug’s manufacturer, McNeil Consumer ...
Men and women’s brains are ’wired differently’
2013 12 05
The idea that males and females might be wired differently is not a shocking idea, in fact it confirms what many have suspected for aeons. However, add to the mix the recent data showing that modern chemicals, such as bisphenol-a (BPA) and phthalates, leeching into our bodies through our drinking water, food, and everyday household items, are affecting our endocrine ...
New Report: Unregulated Contaminants Common in Drinking Water
2013 12 05
Traces of 18 unregulated chemicals were found in drinking water from more than one-third of U.S. water utilities in a nationwide sampling, according to new, unpublished research by federal scientists. Included are 11 perfluorinated chemicals, an herbicide, two solvents, caffeine, an antibacterial compound, a metal and an antidepressant. Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey and the Environmental Protection Agency analyzed ...
Unarmed man charged with assault after cops shoot at him but wound bystanders instead
2013 12 05
A grand jury indicted an unarmed, emotionally disturbed man on assault charges after police opened fire on him near New York City’s Times Square and wounded two bystanders. Investigators said 35-year-old Glenn Broadnax, of Brooklyn, created a disturbance Sept. 14 by lurching into traffic and lunging toward oncoming cars. Police arrived as a crowd gathered at 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue and ...
The Kardashian 2013 Christmas Card: A Tribute to the Illuminati Entertainment Industry
2013 12 05
If there was an award for the less Christmas-y Christmas card in the History of the world, I believe that the 2013 Kardashian Christmas card would take the prize. Shot by elite fashion photographer David Lachapelle, the card is a rather grim and depressing summation of the entertainment world – an industry ruled by a shadowy elite that is turning ...
Oldest-ever human DNA found in 400,000-year-old ‘Pit of Bones’ poses evolutionary mystery
2013 12 05
Scientists have reached farther back than ever into the ancestry of humans to recover and analyze DNA, using a bone found in Spain that’s estimated to be 400,000 years old. So far, the achievement has provided more questions than answers about our ancient forerunners. The feat surpasses the previous age record of about 100,000 years for genetic material recovered from members ...
Canada Seeks to Claim North Pole
2013 12 05
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has instructed government bureaucrats to include the North Pole in the country’s Arctic claim to be submitted to the United Nations. Canada has considered the inclusion of the geographic North Pole in order to extend its northern sea boundary for seabed riches in the Arctic, the daily Globe and Mail reported on Wednesday. ...
Sweden’s health system ’worst in the Nordics’
2013 12 05
Long queues to see a doctor and get treatment in Sweden have dragged the country far down a European ranking of healthcare providers, with Sweden now the worst among its Nordic neighbours despite efforts to cut waiting times. On Tuesday, a Brussels-based Swedish researcher revealed that Sweden had the worst health system of any of the five Nordic countries. Sweden slipped ...
Jeff Bezos Latest Brainwave: Amazon Drones Are the Dream of Fascist Collectivists and Technocrats
2013 12 05
21st Century Wire says… Think of the fun that local kids and gun enthusiasts will have with this latest brainwave by internet mogul and neo-nerd vanguard, Jeff Bezos… Some will see this as ‘so cool’ technology, while adventurous youths might want to get their kicks hunting down and disabling these little flying robots, and gun enthusiasts will enjoy target practice as drones ...
Syrian rebels consider joining forces with regime troops to fight al-Qa’ida (of course! why not?)
2013 12 04
The old adage to ’love thy enemy’ takes on new meaning with news that the western-backed Syrian Rebels may join forces with Assad-regime troops in order to struggle against al-Qa’ida. Since 2011 the factions that compose the Free Syrian Army have been clashing with Syrian government troops in civil war ( in also what many have described as a western-backed mercenary ...
Nuclear experts suggest Fukushima consider ‘controlled discharge’ of toxic water into ocean
2013 12 04
Nuke News: An IAEA Director’s rationale in dumping radioactive water into the ocean? - Everybody else is doing it! Fan-fuku-tastic. More from RT on controlled discharges... --- IAEA suggests Fukushima consider ‘controlled discharge’ of toxic water into ocean From: RT The UN nuclear watchdog has advised the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to consider dumping toxic water into the ocean after lowering the ...
Gender-Bending BPA Causes Migraines, Cancer & Infertility
2013 12 04
Researchers at the University of Kansas (UoK) have released a new study regarding bisphenol A (BPA) shows a link between migraines and the chemical. This report found that BPA causes debilitating headaches in 1 out of 7 persons who ingest the contaminant. Those who react to BPA with migraines are advised to avoid microwave trays, plastic bottles, canned goods and water coolers. UoK ...
Is Humanity Declaring Checkmate On The New World Order?
2013 12 04
What is the line between confidence and acknowledgement of victory? Early celebration versus clear vision of how nature will handle a conflict within itself? Is victory and hope truly all imaginary or is there something more to it? As humanity exponentially wakes up to the plans of the global elite (those in power, the ruling class, the “Illuminati” or whatever you ...
Getting Your News From Hollywood
2013 12 04
Imagine a documentary film about the Holocaust which makes no mention of Nazi Germany. Imagine a documentary film about the 1965-66 slaughter of as many as a million “communists” in Indonesia which makes no mention of the key role in the killing played by the United States. But there’s no need to imagine it. It’s been made, and was released this past ...
‘Fit Facebook Mom’ Account Deleted By Facebook Censors Over ‘Anti-Obese Hate Speech’
2013 12 04
21st Century Wire says… Some of you may not be aware, but the world’s biggest virtual nation, Facebook, has been completely overrun by politically correct ‘communitarian’ censorship mobs online. The definition of what pc mobs refer to as ‘Hate speech’ is elastic and ever-expanding. This is the threat which political correctness poses to society – it’s growing, and growing. It will not ...
’Soft’ Biometric Cameras Are Watching: Cameras To Recognize People By The Shape Of Their Ears
2013 12 03
Facial recognition has become an increasingly common element in security surveillance, enabling identification of faces in images taken from a distance and in a crowd. But facial recognition is just a step along the way to more and better identification techniques being sought by the U.S. government’s Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA). The agency has challenged top research teams ...
Human Intelligence Is Slowly Declining According To Leading Geneticist
2013 12 03
Would you be surprised to hear that the human race is slowly becoming dumber, and dumber? Despite our advancements over the last tens or even hundreds of years, some ‘experts’ believe that humans are losing cognitive capabilities and becoming more emotionally unstable. One Stanford University researcher and geneticist, Dr. Gerald Crabtree, believes that our intellectual decline as a race has much ...
Scientists build a low-cost, open-source 3-D metal printer
2013 12 03
OK, so maybe you aren’t interested in making your own toys, cellphone cases, or glow-in-the-dark Christmas decorations. How about a brake drum? Until now, 3D printing has been a polymer affair, with most people in the maker community using the machines to make all manner of plastic consumer goods, from tent stakes to chess sets. A new low-cost 3D printer developed ...
Divers find man alive in sunken tugboat at bottom of Atlantic
2013 12 03
Off the Nigerian coast: "Dramatic footage emerged on Tuesday showing the unlikely rescue of a ship’s cook, who survived for almost three days trapped in an air bubble in his sunken ship. Entombed at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean in an upended tugboat and dressed only in boxer shorts, Harrison Odjegba Okene begged God for a miracle. " Video from: ...
Mile-long floating CITY - with schools, hospital, parks and an airport for 50,000 residents
2013 12 03
A Florida-based firm has designed a giant ship where you can be as free as you want to be within one mile. At an estimated cost of ten billion dollars, the enormous floating city plans include amenities such as schools, hospitals, businesses, parks, art galleries, a shopping center, a casino, and airport. It would sail around the world but never ...
Scientist Related to Killers Learns He Has a Psychopath’s Brain
2013 12 03
James Fallon admits he has a lot in common with serial killer Ted Bundy and Columbine assassin Eric Harris. He is aggressive, lacks empathy and is a risk-taker. Fallon, a professor of psychiatry and human behavior at the University of California Irvine, accidentally discovered what friends and family have suspected for years -- he has all the genetic traits and brain ...
Hackers Attacking Computers And Demanding Ransom In Bitcoins
2013 12 03
Before you mail holiday gifts to far-away friends and relatives, back up your most important computer files. There’s a scary new computer virus called CryptoLocker that was spreading like crazy in the U.K. last month and is now crossing over to infect U.S. computers. The National Crime Agency in the U.K. issued an alert last month saying that hackers have targeted ...
Carved Tibetan Skull is a Work of Tantric Art
2013 12 03
This amazing carved skull is alleged to be 300 years old, and come from a Buddhist monastery in Tibet. The owner posted images of the skull on a forum back in 2011 asking for more information about it: I got this skull in March 2011 from an antiques shop in Vienna, Austria. Showed it to several experts ...
New Zealand Newspaper Caught Reversing Fluoridation Poll Results
2013 12 03
The Waikato Times has been caught out reversing its online survey results about the Hamilton City Council’s decision on Thursday to defer its fluoridation decision. The poll asked people if they supported the council’s decision to wait until the after the legal challenge currently before the High Court is decided. 68% of people said “yes” and only ...
Rights group sues to make primate a legal person
2013 12 03
Tommy the chimpanzee may soon become a human, at least in the eyes of the law. A rights group sued Tommy’s owners today, in an attempt to free the 26-year-old primate so that he can live at a sanctuary. The lawsuit filed by the Nonhuman Rights Project, is petitioning a New York court to grant Tommy ’legal personhood’ based on scientific evidence ...
Fukushima director warns Britain it may be next
2013 12 03
In an interview with the Guardian, the man in charge of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has warned that a similar disaster could easily befall any of the world’s nuclear power plants. Commenting on the United Kingdom’s plans to build a new generation of nuclear plants in Somerset, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) president Naomi Hirose said that the British ...
Energy drinks change heartbeat, increase heart strain
2013 12 02
A new study has found that high-caffeine energy drinks can alter your heartbeat and cause more forceful contractions, straining the heart. This news, while concerning, is not overly surprising. All such chemical-laden beverages come with a host of mystery ingredients and dangerous side-effects. [Secret Ingredient: Gatorade Pulls Chemical Component From Popular Drink] [Monster Energy Drink Cited in Deaths] More from Digital Journal... --- Energy drink change ...
UK Royal Mint Working On Plans To Issue Gold-Backed Physical Bitcoins
2013 12 02
The implicit, and ever more explicit, institutional acceptance of the dominant cryptocurrency Bitcoin (we say dominant because as we pointed out last week, there has been an unprecedented spike of digital currencies one can pick and choose from) continues when following the surge in vendors willing to transact in BTC over Thanksgiving, the latest news comes from the birthplace of ...
Forced C-section ‘the stuff of nightmares’: Social Services Forcibly Remove Unborn Child From Womb
2013 12 02
Outrageous! Sources are reporting that in 2012 a pregnant Italian woman visiting the UK on business suffered a panic attack related to her bipolar disorder. She was admitted to a mental institution. Soon thereafter her baby was removed from her body under orders of Essex social services without her consent. The idea that social workers can order the forcible removal of your ...
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