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19 Oct 16:10

Girl, 14, who was missing for more than two weeks is found safe and well 



Elisha Crimmins, 14, who who went missing on September 29 and was seen on CCTV getting off a train in Kingston in south-west London on October 4 has been found.
18 Oct 18:50

Mantis shrimps punch with the force of a bullet – and now we know how


whats a meter/second?

The mantis shrimp has an incredibly fast punch, and it’s because of a structure called a saddle that stores energy and then releases it like an archer's bow
12 Oct 01:24

Police can now use millions more people’s DNA to find criminals


Holy crap. I am never using 21 and me!

Consumer genetic databases are becoming powerful tools for identifying criminals, and a new technique could link you to forensic data held by US police
10 Oct 18:40

A Solution to Crypto's 51% Attack? Fine Miners Before It Happens

by Rachel Rose O'Leary
After losing money during a 51 percent attack earlier this year, crypto project Horizen claims to have a solution to crypto's famed vulnerability.
10 Oct 14:30

Uber drivers go on 24-hour strike in London, Birmingham and Nottingham demanding better pay


good for them.

The Independent Workers Union of Great Britain has called on members of its United Private Hire Drivers branch to walk out for a full day. Drivers across the UK are demanding an increase in fares.
09 Oct 19:14

Swallowing a vibrating capsule could help relieve constipation


now as part of byline, "an israeli company".
What gives?

Capsules that are programmed to vibrate when they reach the large intestine have been shown to stimulate bowel contractions and relieve chronic constipation
08 Oct 14:55

Row with Russia and SpaceX delays could leave NASA unable to reach ISS


Just jump in a tube like Sandra Bullock did.

Talk of sabotage on the International Space Station has exposed cracks in the US-Russia space relationship that could see NASA unable to fly astronauts into orbit
08 Oct 14:54

Naysayers rise to the top because we naturally treat them as leaders


I call BS. This is just an anti-trump BS piece.

Openly negative and critical people are often elected leaders, perhaps because we perceive their disregard for social niceties as a sign of power and independence
05 Oct 15:18

What's alumina? It is the stuff that aluminum is made of, and making it is a problem.

by Lloyd Alter

I am an Aluminum can recycle NAZI. Perhaps I should rethink this. I read about an MIT startup making IRON with 6% less CO2 than current practices. 'Would like to follow that tech!

There is an alumina crisis right now. Making it is dirty and polluting, and it's back in the USA.
03 Oct 14:11

Cryptocurrency can NEVER work as a nationwide transaction system warns the BIS; blockchain will explode to over 100 TERABYTES of ledger data

by Ethan Huff

(Natural News) If you’ve been following Natural News for any length of time, you may already know that cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin suck up mass amounts of energy just to keep functioning normally. But have you ever considered the sheer amount of data storage space that’s necessary to keep the blockchain going? A new report by...

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01 Oct 15:44

Why “I’m not racist” is only half the story

by Robin Diangelo

that was beautifully said. Worth listening to.

  • How white fragility blocks the prospect of racial equality
  • Why white guilt is a roadblock to equality
  • If you're not racist, why is racism still America's biggest problem?

27 Sep 16:39

Philippine inventor aims to cut travel times with passenger drone


google beat you Blackfly. Sorry

A Philippine inventor has unveiled what he calls a flying sports car that represents the future of transport, riding it out of a warehouse toward a cheering crowd, leaving a cloud of dust in his wake.
27 Sep 16:08

Alan Watts: 'Why modern education is a hoax'

by Mike Colagrossi

i read his audio book. Its kind of a hippy pay me, i talk giberish, and then perhaps one of you fine ladies perhaps sleep with me...

  • Alan Watts was an instrumental figure in the 1960s counterculture revolution.
  • He believed that we put too much of a focus on intangible goals for our educational and professional careers.
  • Watts believed that the whole educational enterprise is a farce compared to how we should be truly living our lives.


A prolific orator, writer and philosopher, Alan Watts was one of the first contemporary figures in the early 20th century to bring Eastern Zen philosophy and thought to a large Western audience. He was an instrumental figure in the 1960s counterculture revolution and continued to write and philosophize until his passing in 1973. His lectures and writings today seem to be seeing a resurgence in popularity.

With countless hours of his lectures sprawled online, sampled into dreamy chillwave music and the likeness of his voice even featured as an advanced A.I. in the movie Her, it seems Alan Watts still has a whole lot to tell us.

Alan Watts' advice on education is more prescient now than ever

In our current age of industrialized mass anxiety, students and educators alike are working more grueling and unproductive hours, while at the same time they're still underperforming when compared to more relaxed and productive educational systems, like those in Scandinavia.

Here is an Alan Watts pronouncement that sums up a large part of his philosophical outlook.

"If happiness always depends on something expected in the future, we are chasing a will-o'-the-wisp that ever eludes our grasp, until the future, and ourselves vanish into the abyss of death."

Taking into account some of Watts' philosophy, we can shift our views on the subject of life, learning and education through a more inspired and whimsical viewpoint.

School’s endless cycle of preparing us for what’s next  

For the great majority of us, our early lives were defined by the ever-increasing grade scales we progressed through, from elementary school into middle school and so on. These were our internal ranking and status symbols as we barreled through our early life's big biological and mental changes, shifting from one well-placed rung to the next and following our teacher's orders if we wanted to keep up with the already-laid path for becoming a successful member of society.

Alan Watts found this idea a strange and unnatural progression of our early lives, and something that was indicative of a much deeper-seated issue in how we view the nature of change and reality. Watts says:

"Let's take education. What a hoax. You get a little child, you see, and you suck it into a trap and you send it to nursery school. And in nursery school you tell the child 'You are getting ready to go on to kindergarten. And then wow-wee, first grade is coming up, and second grade, and third grade.' You are gradually climbing the ladder towards, towards, going on towards progress. And then when it gets to end of grade school, you say 'high school, now you're really getting going.' Wrong."

Whether we consciously recognize it or not, this expectant progressive nature of reality we foster during our school years is something that becomes an undeniable fabric of the way we live and think. It sticks with us our whole lives.

We're constantly moving forward to some goal that's just out of reach—never within the now, always later or after this or that accomplishment has been reached.

Watts believed that this same logic applies to us once we leave the tiered school system. He goes on to say:

"But on towards business, you are going out into the world and you got your briefcase and your diploma. And then you go to your first sales meeting, and they say 'Now get out there and sell this stuff,' because then you are going on up the ladder in business, and maybe you will get to a good position. And you sell it and then they up your quota.

"And then finally about the year 45 you wake up one morning as vice president of the firm, and you say to yourself looking in the mirror: 'I've arrived. But I feel slightly cheated because I feel just the same as I always felt…'"

Have I arrived yet?

Here Alan Watts touches on a classical bit of Buddhist philosophy—the idea that there really isn't in fact anything to strive forward to and desire. Watts ties this aspect into the desire of one-upmanship in the educational system bleeding into our professional lives. This is an example of the unending ennui of materialistic pursuit in some form or the other.

Alan Watts goes on to say:

"Something is missing. I have no longer a future.' 'Uh uh' says the insurance salesman, 'I have a future for you. This policy will enable you to retire in comfort at 65, and you will be able to look forward to that.' And you are delighted. And you buy the policy and at 65 you retire thinking that this is the attainment of the goal of life, except that you have prostate trouble, false teeth and wrinkled skin.

"And you are a materialist. You are a phantom, you are an abstractionist, you are just nowhere, because you never were told, and never realized that eternity is now."

Now rather than falling into a passive nihilism (which is where Buddhist thought can lead) Alan Watts instead argues for being within the here and now. Learn for learning's sake! Eternity is now… that is to become fully part of the process—whatever it may be—and do not focus on an ever elusive end goal.

Not tying ourselves to the end result is something most people will never understand because it's counter intuitive. This ideal was a central focus of Alan Watts' philosophy.

In the opening chapter of his book The Wisdom of Insecurity, he coined the term "backwards law," of which he says:

"When you try to stay on the surface of the water, you sink; but when you try to sink you float."

This koan of his illustrates that when we put too much pressure on ourselves to meet some ideal or goal in the spectral future, we detract from the working process at hand. It will never be reached because what needs to be done isn't our central focus.

Conversely, by being completely involved in the present, those elusive goals in the future could one day come to fruition. This is where the concept gets muddled for some.

But it can be simply summed up as follows: not looking towards the future will prepare you for it.

A flawed system from the start

Alan Watts felt the educational system failed us by the very way it prepared us to look forward to the rest of our lives. An idealized version he cooked up in his head of what a great educational upbringing would look like can be gleaned from this passage:

"When we bring children into the world, we play awful games with them. Instead of saying, 'How do you do? Welcome to the human race. Now my dear, we are playing some very complicated games, and these are the rules of the game we are playing. I want you to understand them, and when you learn them when you get a little bit older you might be able to think up some better rules, but for now I want you to play by our rules.'

"Instead of being quite direct with our children, we say, 'You are here on probation, and you must understand that. Maybe when you grow up a bit you will be acceptable, but until then you should be seen and not heard. You are a mess, and you have to be educated and schooled until you are human.'"

He even likened the compulsory educational system as having heavy religious undertones.

"'Look you are here on sufferance. You are on probation. You are not a human being yet.' So people feel this right on into old age and figure that the universe is presided by this kind of awful God-the-Father parent."

Much of this still resonates with us today. Alan Watts' sage advice on education just might be the thing we need to revisit if we're to escape the monotonous reality of modern education.

22 Sep 00:47

Michigan lawmaker blasts delays on self-driving car bill: US losing ground 'every day'


i call BS. Public hearing still needed for my input. I want a blinking light on them all!

Sen. Gary Peters' enthusiasm for building a regulatory framework to support the mass production and sale of self-driving cars goes beyond a passion for the auto industry that's expected from Michigan lawmakers.
21 Sep 12:50

MIT designers explain their philosophy in a new book, 'Resonant Games'


Palmagotchi got to get that

(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) MIT designers explain their philosophy in a new book, 'Resonant Games.'
19 Sep 14:46

Comic for September 19, 2018


fortnite will fix global warming, once peers see how unfun it is to have kids.

Dilbert readers - Please visit to read this feature. Due to changes with our feeds, we are now making this RSS feed a link to
13 Sep 15:49

Happy 138th Birthday to the ‘Sage of Baltimore’ — H.L. Mencken - Publications – AEI

by Mark Perry

to that i say, "Thank God for the free press", my favorite gem of America.

Happy 138th Birthday to the ‘Sage of Baltimore’ — H.L. Mencken


Tomorrow (September 12) is H.L. Mencken’s birthday. The “Sage of Baltimore” (pictured above) was born in 1880 and is regarded by many as one of the most influential American journalists, essayists, and writers of the early 20th century. To recognize the great political writer on his birthday, here are 12 of my favorite Mencken quotes:

1. Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods.

2. A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar.

3. A politician is an animal which can sit on a fence and yet keep both ears to the ground.

4. Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.

5. Democracy is also a form of worship. It is the worship of jackals by jackasses.

6. Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.

7. Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.

8. Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.

9. If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents, he would promise them missionaries for dinner.

10. For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.

11. The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

12. As democracy is perfected, the office of the president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.

You can find more great Mencken quotes here.

Happy 138th Birthday to the ‘Sage of Baltimore’ — H.L. Mencken
Mark Perry

10 Sep 00:10

Reagan National Airport to debut facial scanning technology


i dont want this.

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport will debut facial recognition technology in November that will let all departing international travelers board flights without any paper or digital documents, according to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.
07 Sep 13:04

You Can Now Pay With Bitcoin Via Lightning at CoinGate’s 4,000 Merchants

by Amy Castor
You Can Now Pay Through Lightning at CoinGate’s 4,000 Merchants

CoinGate, a bitcoin payment processor, has launched bitcoin Lightning Network payments on its platform, bringing the option to accept Lightning payments to its 4,000 clients.

The Lithuanian company enables merchants to accept bitcoin payments for their products or services. Merchants can keep the funds in bitcoin or CoinGate will convert those funds to Euros or U.S. dollars for customers who want to avoid dealing with bitcoin’s volatility.

In a blog post announcing the launch of Lightning on its mainnet, CoinGate explained that shoppers can pay their affiliated merchants with Bitcoin's on-chain transactions (a conventional way) or select the option to pay through the Lightning Network, a second-layer solution that works on top of Bitcoin.

Lightning “fits exactly in our vision of what Bitcoin should be in the future,” Dmitrijus Borisenka, CoinGate CEO and co-founder, said in a statement. Still, the network is “in its early days and more suited to advanced users and Bitcoin enthusiasts,” the company notes.

Hailed as the solution to Bitcoin’s scalability problem, Lightning promises faster transactions and lower fees. Bitcoin can only handle seven transactions per second. Transactions on the Bitcoin blockchain take a minimum of 10 minutes to confirm and high fees make small purchases, like coffee, too costly to make sense.

Lightning works via a network of payment channels. As channels open up, different channels get linked together. This allows Bitcoin users to send payments through a far-reaching network. Because the transactions happen on top of the Bitcoin blockchain, they are not subject to normal wait times. Instead, Lightning only settles the final balance on the Bitcoin blockchain once a channel is closed.

CoinGate has been piloting a Lightning Network integration developed by Lightning Labs with a group of 100 merchants since July 1, 2018. The pilot received “overwhelmingly positive feedback” CoinGate wrote in its blog post.

The Lightning Network was the brainchild of researchers Tadge Dryja and Joseph Poon, who first proposed the idea in a 2015 white paper. The goal of the network is to make bitcoin more useful for everyday purchases and micropayments.

It could be some time before the Lightning Network is widely adopted, but CoinGate is a step in that direction and a big win for Bitcoin supporters.

Find out more about the Lightning Network here.

This article originally appeared on Bitcoin Magazine.

05 Sep 13:52

Russia has jailed a celebrated rocket scientist in a witch hunt over leaked weapons information


thats how Russia operates. Keeping you in fear. He should have defected instead...

Real scientists never truly retire. At 74, Victor Kudryavtsev continued his work as a leading scientist at the Central Research Institute of Machine Building, known in the West as TsNIIMash — Russia's main rocket development center, located in the town of Korolyov near Moscow.
03 Sep 17:14

There's currently a massive prison strike to end "legalized slavery"

by Matt Davis
Although the scope of the strike isn’t clear yet, the strike organizers claimed that they anticipated inmate demonstrations in as many as 17 states.

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31 Aug 15:41

Trump says he 'can't comment' on breaking up Facebook, Amazon, Google


I wish it were just easier to SUE wikipedia, google, facebook, just like a bakery.

President Trump said Thursday that he "can't comment" on possibly using antitrust law to break up major technology companies that he accuses of anti-conservative bias.
30 Aug 03:28

California advances an ambitious climate policy that should be a model for the world


lets see them build solar panels using solar energy. Oh wait, we can just ship them in via Lyft from China.

The state is on the verge of passing a rule requiring 100 percent of its electricity to come from carbon-free sources.
29 Aug 13:06

Google doesn't have a political bias. It has a technology bias.

by Stephen Johnson
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump claimed that Google is deliberately manipulating its algorithms to shut out conservative media outlets from news search results.

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29 Aug 12:45

Let Grow’s First New York Times Op-ed Piece: Stop Spreading Stranger Danger!

by Lenore Skenazy

Spreading stranger-danger never leads to anything good, and new technology only makes it worse. That's the point I make in my first-ever New York Times op-ed. It was prompted by the hysteria gripping India at the moment—a fear of child snatchers: This summer in India, two dozen innocent people died at the hands of mobs convinced that

The post Let Grow’s First New York Times Op-ed Piece: Stop Spreading Stranger Danger! appeared first on Let Grow.

25 Aug 22:50

Please reply. Anyone know any grant writers that could critique this?

by cellurl

is anyone reading this site?

Traffic Calmer. There are many ways to calm your commute. Among which are side sunvisors to block the sun from the side, smart cruise controls which know the speed limit, and books on tape. There are books for everyone, mysteries, comedies, inspirational. They help calm our commute. Wikispeed
24 Aug 19:05

Bitcoin burglaries: The 5 biggest cryptocurrency heists in history

by Reuben Jackson

why hasn't a bank stepped up to hold wallets?
Other than myself, I would only trust a brick-morar wallet.... Only FDIC dollar type bank that has moved in to support BTC somehow...

At the beginning of July 2018, blockchain security firm CipherTrace reported that $731 million has been stolen from crypto exchanges this year alone.

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24 Aug 19:01

Windows 95 Is Now An App You Can Download and Install On macOS, Windows, and Linux

by BeauHD

my fav of all time! (except for Suse Linux)

Slack developer Felix Rieseberg has made Windows 95 into an electron app that you can run on macOS, Windows, and Linux. The source code and app installers are available on GitHub. According to The Verge, "apps like Wordpad, phone dialer, MS Paint, and Minesweeper all run like you'd expect," but "Internet Explorer isn't fully functional as it simply refused to load pages." From the report: The app is only 129MB in size and you can download it over at Github for both macOS and Windows. Once it's running it surprisingly only takes up around 200MB of RAM, even when running all of the old Windows 95 system utilities, apps, and games. If you run into any issues with the app you can always reset the Windows 95 instance inside the app and start over again. Enjoy this quirky trip down memory lane.

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21 Aug 14:50

The simple but ingenious system Taiwan uses to crowdsource its laws


I hope this has some video and not just typing...

vTaiwan is a promising experiment in participatory governance. But politics is blocking it from getting greater traction.
21 Aug 14:43

Bacteria can be used to turn type A blood into universal type O

A new family of enzymes found in the human gut has been used to quickly turn type A blood into type O - which can be used for transfusions in anyone