US Army turning Science Fiction into Science Fact

The US Army is working on project’s that at one time would have been deemed the realm of Science Fiction.  Gizmodo reports that top Army Scientists are working on
  • Regenerating body parts on “nano-scaffolding”.  Growing back body parts, both internal organs and limbs, using molecular-sized particles that act as nano-scaffolding for the human cells to grow, dissolving after the organ has regenerated.
  • Telepathy through electronic impulses in the scalp.  Devices that will translate one soldier’s thoughts into electrical signals that can be beamed to other soldiers, to help in stealth operations.
  • Self-aware virtual photo-realistic soldiers that can be deployed in the battlefield through “quantum ghost imaging”
  • A project to erase memories

Anyone familiar with the military will agree that if these are the Projects that the Army are telling us about, then the Top Secret Projects must be even more amazing.  The really big question is: will these technologies benefit all humans, or will an elite use these God like tools to enslave humanity and empower itself?  It seems an obvious answer from the state of affairs today.  Already the elite 1% of this planet use existing tech to boss and coral the other 99%, why should we expect anything less of them as The Singularity draws nearer?
What would it mean to have humans that can regrow body parts?  What would it mean if you could beam your thoughts to another person?  This would surely herald in a new human, no longer Homo Sapien, but Cyber Sapien .  These humans would be vastly more powerful then then the outdated model (us).  And these kinds of technological leaps are only going to start getting bigger and more often.
So it is critical that we ask the right questions now, and not let the cultural and societal/political paradigm shifting capabilities of High Tech catch us unawares.  Some poignant questions are:

  • Can we ensure that tools like the ones above will be used to heal the sick worldwide, no matter the cost?
  • Can we ensure that everyone on Earth has clean air, water, and free power?
  • Can we create “Green” Technology and Energy?  Meaning the production and waste disposal are 100% sustainable?
  • Can we create “Green” Technology and Energy Infrastructures that fuel an economic explosion?
  • Can the ease of information and knowledge availability melt away age old divisions like racism & sexism?
  • Will the world of our grandchildren resemble the world of our grandparents?
Now is the time to begin ensuring that the trajectory of our launch is on the proper coordinates.  If out of the diversity of our time, Oneness is to Emerge, then the people who are alive now must forget their petty differences and come together to Heal and Honor this Planet and this Time.  The Torch is passing from one generation to the next, and it is our duty to stoke and guard it’s Ancient Flame.
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How The U.S. Government Engineered The Current Economic Crisis – from TechCrunch

These people (the U.S. government) need to be stopped. Every time we get ourselves into an economic mess, there’s usually some milestone idiocy we can point back to as the government action that made the meltdown inevitable.

Take the current housing crisis that has now spread to the financial markets in general. The cause was too-easy credit that fueled a massive increase in housing prices as people bought houses they couldn’t afford with mortgages they weren’t able to pay off.

In 1999 there was roughly $5 trillion in total U.S. mortgage debt. That number ballooned to $12 trillion by 2007, and we know what happened from there (data is from the U.S. Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight). To put this into perspective, total U.S. GDP is about $11 trillion annually, and U.S. government debt is around $9 trillion. If the housing market really falls apart (meaning more than conservative estimates of a 20% drop), there’s no way the government can simply cover these losses.

Why did it happen? Let’s go back to 1999, when Fannie Mae, the nation’s biggest underwriter of home mortgages, was under pressure by the Clinton administration to find a way to get more loans to “borrowers whose incomes, credit ratings and savings are not good enough to qualify for conventional loans.” A pilot program was launched, which soon became general policy. Money flowed to people who couldn’t afford to pay it back.

These new policies came on top of previous changes in the 90’s that let consumers get zero-down payment loans.

In a 1999 article that now looks absolutely insane, the New York Times reported on the easing of credit terms. Fannie Mae Chairman Franklin Raines, who’s quoted in the article, was all sunshine and roses as he threw away the financial future of millions of Americans. But at least one person. Peter Wallison, had a good idea of how this would all play out:

In moving, even tentatively, into this new area of lending, Fannie Mae is taking on significantly more risk, which may not pose any difficulties during flush economic times. But the government-subsidized corporation may run into trouble in an economic downturn, prompting a government rescue similar to that of the savings and loan industry in the 1980’s.

”From the perspective of many people, including me, this is another thrift industry growing up around us,” said Peter Wallison a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. ”If they fail, the government will have to step up and bail them out the way it stepped up and bailed out the thrift industry.”

Too bad nobody listened to that guy.

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Big Thanks to Michael Arrington of TechCrunch for this article which I have quoted at length.

Allowing 18 year olds to drink…

Lately there has been a resurgence of the debate about letting 18 year olds buy and drink alcohol. This is a funny question to me because the answer is so obvious. But for those of you who haven’t thought about it, and for those of you who know the truth but have to lie because your soul is owned by Alcohol companies, let me clear it up for you.
Yes, we should allow 18 year olds to buy and consume alcohol. And here are the reasons.

  1. Making alcohol and other drugs illegal removes any type of normal encounter someone might have with a substance. It leads to over consumption and encourages binging because of the limited access to that substance.
  2. 18 year olds are able to vote in elections. If these people are able minded enough to “Pick” the leaders of our Nation, then surely they are mature enough to consume alcohol.
  3. Someone 18 years old can own a handgun and serve in the military. If you are able to buy and possess a firearm, and represent The USA in a military theater then you should be able to have a drink of alcohol.
  4. Someone 18 years old can have Medical Marijuana, Pain medication, and Nerve medication. Someone who can legally smoke weed, take Oxycontin, and take Xanax should be allowed to drink alcohol.
  5. And finally the greatest reason: Prohibition of any substance is a vicious cycle that leads to a thriving black market, unsafe situations, and higher costs. Humans have always drank alcohol and experimented with mind altering substances. Demand creates supply. When you make something illegal you automatically create a criminal class. A thriving black market is created around the illegal substance leading to shady situations and lots of illegal money transfer without taxation.

These large alcohol companies and politicians know this, but it suits their agenda to have prohibition. If the drinking age was lowered and drugs were legalized, people would actually consume less. That would lead to alcohol and pharmaceutical companies making way less, and the government having less access to everyone’s lives.
So in summary let me say again: Prohibition is bullshit! Lower the drinking age! End the War on Drugs! Set the Captives Free!

Is the Earth Quarantined?

NASA suffered yet another botched launch yesterday.  They were planning to fly “Hypersonic” vehicles out of the atmosphere.  The stated goals were “The Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle program is exploring high-speed air vehicles designed for rapid, around-the-world reach. Project goals are to develop hypersonic technology for a glided or powered system, as well as advance small, low cost, and responsive launch vehicles.”  The Hypersonic vehicles can reach Mach 19 (19 times the speed of sound). 
NASA has suffered many botched launches in its career.  Every time it has been rumored to be taking “Star Wars” technology or Space Weapons off of the planet.  Of all the Governments many agencies, NASA and The Air Force have been well informed of all UFO and Extraterrestrial phenomenon on Earth.  The Air Force would have been in the perfect position to both investigate and also cover up the phenomenon.  While NASA would be in the perfect position to benefit from any contact or reverse engineering that may result from the phenomenon.  Many high ranking Military officials have theorized that the “Star Wars” missile defense system is really an offensive weapon intended to be used against Extra Terrestrials.  AlfredLambremont Webre, a Vancouver based futurist; author; Yale educated eco-lawyer and White House liason says Star Wars and the militarization of space is part of the information war against the integration with Universe society.  Star Wars is an ‘inside code word’ for this war among the military planners.  The issue is whether our space technology will be in accord with Universal principles, or controlled by a military empire. The USA will ultimately suffer ignominious defeat by Universe society should it persist as a space military power.”
This sentiment has been echoed again and again.  But ‘why would Earth be quarantined’ you might ask.  Well if you ask this question then you probably have not been paying attention for the last 3000 years.  Humans are brutal, we not only are capable of primal battles for ones existence.  We are also capable of the much more chilling use of fear and manipulation to control.  Our leaders have not been above using totally false propaganda to distort reality in the past.  And there is the very real possibly that Extra Terrestrials have already made contact with humans, but that it has been covered up, or that there was some sort of technology swap for a base on earth or the access toabducties for research.  Our primary goal on this planet with both science and religion has been the study of warfare.  How to kill and submit someone else.  If you disagree I encourage you to take a closer look at your religion.  Although the Great Teachers of your faith may say one thing, their followers seemingly do another.  Leading to Religious conflict that has lasted for ages and seems to be nowhere near stopping, in fact it is escalating.  The same thing with Science.  All of the technologies that we have as a society have come down from the Military, who screened them first to see if there was any way to use that technology to control or kill people.  The explosion of technological growth that we have seen in the last 50 years has increased this exponentially.  The amount of deaths in each major war of the last century grew exponentially from the previous war.  Hugo DeGaris predicts a “Gigadeath” in the next major war, resulting in at least a billion killed.  These all seem like reasonable reasons to quarantine the earth.
In the Multi-verse there are bound to be civilizations that are both ancient and God-like compared to earth.   These civilizations will have no doubt passed beyond our current state of paltry struggle.  They may look at earth with a sense of pity and wonder, allowing us a bit more time to work out our petty differences before they reveal themselves.  Or they may look on us with a sense of concern and dread.  Our technological explosion appears to be just a taste of what is possible.  And we have used it only to destroy and oppress.  Perhaps there is Universal Concern that a promising seed seems about to flower, but that it may destroy itself first.  However we are perceived by The Universal Community, we can be sure of being bared entrance and acceptance as long as we use fear and greed to manipulate and control.  Why would someone healthy choose to admit a deathly ill and contagious madman and thief into his inner sanctuary with his loved ones and treasures?  Why would a Great Teacher, Leader, & Scientist give a murderer a God-Like technology?
So what do you think?  Is the Earth Quarantined?

No, I would not like a plastic bag…

While eating dinner with Natalie the other night, I was asked the all too classic question when it came time to leave,  “Would you like a plastic bag?”.  An innocent enough question, but one that has dire consequences for our planet and future.  Let’s start at the beginning shall we?
A plastic bag is made of Polyethylene, derived from fossil fuels.  Each year over 60 million tons are produced.  Every day Americans use 270 million plastic bags, leading to over 100 billion a year.  Though incredibly convenient, they are only made to be used a few times at most.  After carrying your item home, you simply toss the bag.  The trash man picks it up on Tuesday morning, and all is good.  Right?….
Very wrong, Polyethylene is not biodegradable.  Meaning it takes several hundred years to compost.  Several hundred years… Each time you buy something trivial and toss the bag once home, that very bag will be around longer than your children’s children’s children’s children’s children’s children’s children’s children’s children.  That is highly immoral and should be illegal. 
Fossil fuels are made up of FOSSILS.  Fossils are made up of carbon that was once a living creature.  Fossil fuels are made up of the bodies and spirits of creatures who lived long long ago.  We are in effect offering the essence of our ancestors on the alter of commercialism.  Our black ceremony is changing the environment.  Warming it up and altering the chemical structure through pollutants.  Life will be forced to adapt to this new environment in unthinkable ways.  It appears we are setting the stage for a second Age of the Lizards, whether homegrown or extra terrestrial.
So what do we do?  Our culture is so dependent on fossil fuels that it is a neurotic addiction.  One great step would be a bacteria or nanotech that turns waste plastic into energy.  It is still carbon, on a molecular level it should be able to be converted back to its original state.  Daniel Burd, a 16 year old Canadian recently discovered that Sphingomonas, a type of bacteria, can degrade over 40% of the weight of plastic bags in less than three months.  Another great step would be to follow the lead of South Africa and totally ban them with a large fine or jail time.  San Fransisco has recently done this, but with a paltry $200 fine.  Another step would be to consume less store bought junk.  A great way to tell what to buy is ask “How close does this item look to the way it was grown?”.  If it has been super processed and no longer looks anything like what it is made from, chances are it took a lot of fuel to produce and is wrapped in plastic.
Ultimately, doing without plastic bags is a change that would be noticeable at first, but manageable.  It would clean up our oceans and rivers, and free up crucial fuel resources that will help in the coming “Great Change”.  But most importantly, it would prevent future generations from having to deal with massive environmental devastation and looking back on us like barbarians.  So next time someone asks just say “No, I would not like a plastic bag….”

The Redwoods are burning!

These are pictures of the fire in Bonny Doon about 12 miles from where Natalie and I live.  These are Redwoods burning.  It is a bad sign that this part of the state is burning for 2 reasons:

  1. This forest has a thick marine layer that keeps it especially moist and damp year round.  So it should be too wet to burn.
  2. It’s still early in the season, and the temperatures aren’t yet at their highest.  If the wetter spots of California are already burning, how bad are the blazes in the drier parts going to be?

Thanks to Alekz Londos for these amazing pictures!

A Computer that can read your mind

“A computer has been designed to tell what words a person is thinking of just by looking at images of their brain.

Experts from an American research centre trained the computer to ‘read’ minds by teaching it the unique brain activity patterns for 60 concrete nouns and analysing more than a trillion words.”

Thanks to Metro.co.uk for the story: Computer that can tell what your thinking

A few questions to put this news into perspective:

  • In what ways does this benefit humanity?
  • In what ways is this a potential hazard to humanity?
  • Who will be in control of this technology
  • When will this become the standard “Lie Detector Test”?

Technology such as this developed a little further would enable whoever controlled it to submit the masses of people by literally reading their minds. No longer would the dark recesses of the human psyche be a hiding place for plans and ideas. All would be laid bare before an omniscient ruler, who could then act accordingly. To believe that power hungry people wouldn’t use this on other weaker people is naive and foolish. So I ask again, who will be in control of this technology? The military? The corporation who developed it? Is there a way that We, as a people, can provide access to High Tech so that it benefits everyone?
Clarke’s 3rd law states “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” It appears that we are nearing that stage. A computer that can read human minds is surely close to Artificial General Intelligence. Giving a computer that much insight into the human psyche will bound ahead A.I. research. Soon, if not already, computers will think for themselves. At that point, they will not only be able to link upwirelessly into a ” Hive Mind“, they will also be reading our minds….
The Question of the Day is:

  • Does knowing that a computer that can read your thoughts has been developed make you want to be more honest?

A baseball cap that can read your mind.

“It looks like an ordinary baseball cap. But when you put it on, the cap detects and analyzes the electroencephalogram (EEG) signals from your brain. It can even tell you if you’re getting too sleepy when driving based on your brain wave patterns. Similar technology could also allow you to control home electronics such as TVs, computers, and air conditioners, all by just thinking about them. The cap contains five embedded dry electrodes on the wearer’s forehead, and one electrode behind the left ear, that acquire EEG signals. Then, the EEG signals are wirelessly transmitted to a data receiver, where they are processed in real-time by a dual-core processor. The BCI system includes Bluetooth transmission for distances of 10m or less (e.g., for driving applications), as well as RF transmission for distances up to 600m (e.g., for potential sports applications). Next, the processed signals are transmitted back to the cap, where the data can be stored, displayed in real-time on a screen, or be used to trigger an audio warning, if necessary.”

Thanks to Physorg.com for the article.

I can only imagine the ones that aren’t allowed to be shown to the public. This, just a few generations older, is just one of many new technologies that are truly historic in the sense that they change the playing field dramatically. Seeking and attaining insight into the body and mind has long been a goal of mystics and scholars the world over. And introducing computers in the form of hats, gloves, and suits will surely speed up the mapping of the inner self. This is the most important time to raise questions about who is to benefit from these technologies. More and more everyday there is a gap that is developing between the haves and the have not’s. With the promise of reverse engineering the human brain, A.I., genetics, The Theory of Everything, Nanotech , Quantum Engineering, and so much more right at societies fingertips, the next few generations of humans will make a huge difference in the way our sector of the Universe ends up. If you draw a line for a million light years it will end up in a totally different place if you alter the trajectory just a minutia in the first moments of projection. We are at that point now! Human intellect, and all Intelligence in The Universe seem poised to expand into some Neo -Evolution, Post-Human explosion. And it is our choice, and the choice of our children which trajectory we set the explosion and expansion on.
It has always been that if you were wealthy then you could send your child to a nicer school and therefore your child would have a better chance of being wealthy, and so on. But today, more so in the coming years, a wealthy person will be able to endow their child with much more than a good education and a trust fund. Soon, if not already, wealthy parents will have the option of adding a couple chromosomes to the DNA, boosting intelligence, or strength, disease resistance or beauty. If that doesn’t work then there will be implants for the brain that allow a child to think a billion times faster and be connected to the worldwide mind. If that doesn’t work there will be pills with billions and billions of nanobots that once swallowed will perform your body system functions for you, allowing superhuman powers. My point isn’t to prohibit the development of this high technology. Anyone who reads The 507 Effect regularly know that I think prohibition is the problem. Just like with drugs and alcohol in the 20’s, prohibition only pushes whatever isn’t allowed into the black market. Raising prices, making it unsafe, and keeping it totally unregulated. PROHIBITION IS THE PROBLEM.
Regarding these new technologies. Once children are born who are genetically enhanced or chipped, the gap between haves and have not’s will become a gulf, and once left out of the “upgrade loop” the unenhanced would basically become a sub species of human. Ruled over by cyber-sapiens . That is why is is so important to raise these questions now. Although they seem fringe and crazy, some of the greatest minds in the world are working double time on these same issues and technologies. Will “Transhumanist” technologies benefit all humans? Or will there be an elite group of enhanced humans who rule over all? It’s up to us to decide.

US Federal Government to store and experiment on all newborns DNA

“President Bush last week signed into law a bill which will see the federal government begin to screen the DNA of all newborn babies in the U.S. within six months, a move critics have described as the first step towards the establishment of a national DNA database.

Described as a “national contingency plan” the justification for the new law S. 1858, known as The Newborn Screening Saves Lives Act of 2007, is that it represents preparation for any sort of “public health emergency.”

The bill states that the federal government should “continue to carry out, coordinate, and expand research in newborn screening” and “maintain a central clearinghouse of current information on newborn screening… ensuring that the clearinghouse is available on the Internet and is updated at least quarterly”.

Sections of the bill also make it clear that DNA may be used in genetic experiments and tests.

Read the full bill here.

One health care expert and prominent critic of DNA screening is Twila Brase, president of the Citizens’ Council on Health Care who has written a detailed analysis (PDF) of the new law in which she warns that it represents the first program of populationwide genetic testing.

Brase states that S.1858 and H.R. 3825, the House version of the bill, will:

• Establish a national list of genetic conditions for which newborns and children are to be tested.

• Establish protocols for the linking and sharing of genetic test results nationwide.

• Build surveillance systems for tracking the health status and health outcomes of individuals diagnosed at birth with a genetic defect or trait.

• Use the newborn screening program as an opportunity for government agencies to identify, list, and study “secondary conditions” of individuals and their families.

• Subject citizens to genetic research without their knowledge or consent.

Soon, under this bill, the DNA of all citizens will be housed in government genomic biobanks and considered governmental property for government research,” Brase writes. “The DNA taken at birth from every citizen is essentially owned by the government, and every citizen becomes a potential subject of government-sponsored genetic research.

“The public is clueless. S. 1858 imposes a federal agenda of DNA databanking and population-wide genetic research. It does not require consent and there are no requirements to fully inform parents about the warehousing of their child’s DNA for the purpose of genetic research. DNA of newborns has already been harvested, tested, stored and experimented with nationwide.”

Thanks to Alex Jones Infowars for the article.

I am an expecting father, and this concerns me very much. The $100 Genome is right around the corner, and sooner than we think this practice will be common worldwide. I have always been an advocate of science and exploration. The human psyche and intellect are marvels, and when in sync with nature can wield God-Like powers. My highest prayer is that my child will be born into a world of wonder and marvel, and the world is already there and growing. But we must bevigilant that this “Great Flower” of our intellect and culture not get snipped in the bud. The sequencing of the human genome offers miraculous possibilities: personalized medicine, growing body parts, cloning, and many more. All enormously important skills, and only in infant stages compared to what we will develop. But the federal government wanting to own and store all of the worlds DNA brings up crucial questions with dire and monumental implications.

  • Why are they doing this?
  • What are they looking for?
  • Is there no way for a concerned parent to opt out.
  • Is there no way for us to know what experiments are being done with our childrens DNA. (fill in your wildest and craziest sci-fi conspiracy theory here)

In Aldous Huxleys A Brave New World, humans were grown in test-tubes, having just the right amount of nutrient provided or denied at just the right moment, leading to a race that was genetically bred to enjoy its class status. Workers were dumbed down brutes who enjoyed the hard, mind numb labor, while feeling sorry for their superiors. Leaders were intellectually keen and beautiful, bred for a life of control, and always feeling sorry for their inferiors. Does that not already seem like how the world is? If not in genetic practice, at least in culture and superficiality?
My child is the symbol of the promise of the future. Its a promise that time marches on, and new actors enter the stage always. Its a promise that someone will come after me, who will also need clean air and water. Its a promise that someone will come after me who will also laugh and cry. It is a promise that someone will come after me, who will also wander wondering.

Like a drunken giant, The federal government lumbers violently from mishap to bloody mishap, leaving both economy and ecology in grave danger. And now we are supposed to trust the very essence of our descendants with them….. NO. Until the process is much more transparent, and each and every parent has the knowledge and ability to opt out, or remain in control of their childs DNA, NO.
Expecting parents, people with newborns, and anyone who ever wants to have a child. THIS CONCERNS YOU! DNA is the very essence of your being and makeup. Its your “sourcecode”. This is the fruition of Eugenics. This is the beginning of A Brave New World.
Help Me change this. My Question of the day is: How do we, in a New Non Violent Revolution, approach this problem dynamically and successfully from multiple angles? Leave comments…

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