Posts Tagged ‘Media’

The Bible Miniseries Trailer Extended

Posted: April 7, 2013 in Media
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkZ5NUAjuE4

I feel sorry of those who take the Bible literally. The Bible is the greatest story ever told, not the greatest factual accounts. It is just a story. It is trying to tell you something profound about the reality, Earth and yourself, and the fact there is life after death. I am no Christian, yet I believe in a higher power one might call God. I believe in spirituality, mind body and spirit; Christianity calls it the Father, the son and the holy spirit.

Research sheds light on ancient Egyptian port and ship graveyard

Posted: April 7, 2013 in Alternative News, Ancient Civilizations, Science
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http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/03/2013/research-sheds-light-on-ancient-egyptian-port-and-ship-graveyard

New research into Thonis-Heracleion, a sunken port-city that served as the gateway to Egypt in the first millennium BC, was examined at a recent international conference at the University of Oxford. The port city, situated 6.5 kilometres off today’s coastline, was one of the biggest commercial hubs in the Mediterranean before the founding of Alexandria.

The Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology at the University of Oxford is collaborating on the project with the European Institute for Underwater Archaeology (IEASM) in cooperation with Egypt’s Ministry of State for Antiquities.

Port of entry

This obligatory port of entry, known as ‘Thonis’ by the Egyptians and ‘Heracleion’ by the Greeks, was where seagoing ships are thought to have unloaded their cargoes to have them assessed by temple officials and taxes extracted before transferring them to Egyptian ships that went upriver. In the ports of the city, divers and researchers are currently examining 64 Egyptian ships, dating between the eighth and second centuries BC, many of which appear to have been deliberately sunk. Researchers say the ships were found beautifully preserved, in the mud of the sea-bed. With 700 examples of different types of ancient anchor, the researchers believe this represents the largest nautical collection from the ancient world.

The survey has revealed an enormous submerged landscape with the remains of at least two major ancient settlements within a part of the Nile delta that was criss-crossed with natural and artificial waterways,” said Dr Damian Robinson, Director of the Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology at the University of Oxford. Dr Robinson, who is overseeing the excavation of one of the submerged ships known as Ship 43, has discovered that the Egyptians had a unique shipbuilding style. He is also examining why the boats appear to have been deliberately sunk close to the port.

Several ship graveyards

“One of the key questions is why several ship graveyards were created about one mile from the mouth of the River Nile. Ship 43 appears to be part of a large cluster of at least ten other vessels in a large ship graveyard,” explained Dr Robinson. “This might not have been simple abandonment, but a means of blocking enemy ships from gaining entrance to the port-city. Seductive as this interpretation is, however, we must also consider whether these boats were sunk simply to use them for land reclamation purposes.”

The stele of Thonis-Heracleion (1.90m) had been ordered by Pharaoh Nectanebo I (378-362 BC) and is almost identical to the stele of Naukratis in the Egyptian Museum of Cairo. The place where it was supposed to be erected is explicitly mentioned: Thonis-Heracleion.©Franck Goddio/Hilti Foundation, photo: Christoph Gerigk

The stele of Thonis-Heracleion (1.90m) had been ordered by Pharaoh Nectanebo I (378-362 BC) and is almost identical to the stele of Naukratis in the Egyptian Museum of Cairo. The place where it was supposed to be erected is explicitly mentioned: Thonis-Heracleion.©Franck Goddio/Hilti Foundation, photo: Christoph Gerigk

Maritime trade in the ancient world

The port and its harbour basins also contain a collection of customs decrees, trading weights, and evidence of coin production. The material culture, for example, coin weights, was also discussed at the conference, placing this into the wider narrative of how maritime trade worked in the ancient world.

Elsbeth van der Wilt, from the University of Oxford, said: “Thonis-Heracleion played an important role in the network of long-distance trade in the Eastern Mediterranean, since the city would have been the first stop for foreign merchants at the Egyptian border. Excavations in the harbour basins yielded an interesting group of lead weights, likely to have been used by both temple officials and merchants in the payment of taxes and the purchasing of goods. Amongst these are an important group of Athenian weights. They are a significant archaeological find because it is the first time that weights like these have been identified during excavations in Egypt.”

300 statuettes and amulets

Another Oxford researcher, Sanda Heinz, is analysing more than 300 statuettes and amulets from the Late and Ptolemaic Periods, including Egyptian and Greek subjects. The majority depict Egyptian deities such as Osiris, Isis, and their son Horus. “The statuettes and amulets are generally in excellent condition,” she said. “The statuettes allow us to examine their belief system and at the same time have wider economic implications. These figures were mass-produced at a scale hitherto unmatched in previous periods. Our findings suggest they were made primarily for Egyptians; however, there is evidence to show that some foreigners also bought them and dedicated them in temples abroad.”

Franck Goddio, Director of the European Institute of Underwater Archaeology and Visiting Senior Lecturer in Maritime Archaeology at the Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology, commented: “The discoveries we have made in Thonis-Heracleion since 2000 thanks to the work of a multidisciplinary team and the support of the Hilti Foundation are encouraging. Charts of the city’s monuments, ports and channels are taking shape more clearly and further crucial information is gathered each year.”

NB. All photographs in this article are ©Franck Goddio/Hilti Foundation and require full permissions for use. Contact: Katrin.wollgast@salaction.de

Quantum Mechanics: Fabric of the Cosmos | NOVA Science Documentary

Posted: April 7, 2013 in Film's and Television
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This is a great documentary for an introduction into Quantum mechanics and if you haven’t come into contact with the science but you have always been slightly interested in how reality works then this is for you!! (Although I don’t agree with everything presented I certainly think we are understanding reality more and more every year).
“The Fabric of the Cosmos,” a four-hour series based on the book by renowned physicist and author Brian Greene, takes us to the frontiers of physics to see how scientists are piecing together the most complete picture yet of space, time, and the universe. With each step, audiences will discover that just beneath the surface of our everyday experience lies a world we’d hardly recognize—a startling world far stranger and more wondrous than anyone expected.

Brian Greene is going to let you in on a secret: We’ve all been deceived. Our perceptions of time and space have led us astray. Much of what we thought we knew about our universe—that the past has already happened and the future is yet to be, that space is just an empty void, that our universe is the only universe that exists—just might be wrong.

Interweaving provocative theories, experiments, and stories with crystal-clear explanations and imaginative metaphors like those that defined the groundbreaking and highly acclaimed series “The Elegant Universe,” “The Fabric of the Cosmos” aims to be the most compelling, visual, and comprehensive picture of modern physics ever seen on television.

Korean War, Conspiracy Poll, Phone Tattoo – New World Next Week

Posted: April 4, 2013 in Alternative News, Conspiracy, Government
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Korean War, Conspiracy Poll, Phone Tattoo – New World Next Week


Welcome to http://NewWorldNextWeek.com – the video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in open source intelligence news. This week:

Story #1: North Korean Army Says It Has Final ‘Approval’ For Nuclear Attack On US
http://ur1.ca/d9git
U.S. to deploy anti-missile system to Guam
http://ur1.ca/d9gkf
North Korea’s Threats Show That Canada Needs To Be Part Of U.S. Missile Defence Pact
http://ur1.ca/d9gr4
North Korea Vows to Restart Shuttered Plutonium Reactor
http://ur1.ca/d9gra
Ignore the Headlines: Korean Peninsula Has Been In A “State of War” For More Than 60 Years
http://ur1.ca/d9grd

Story #2: A Ridiculous Number Of Americans Believe In Crazy Conspiracy Theories
http://ur1.ca/d9grn
Public Policy Polling poll results
http://ur1.ca/d9gru
PPP Press Release on poll
http://ur1.ca/d9fyu

Story #3: Nokia Patent Covers Tattoo That Vibrates When Your Phone Rings
http://ur1.ca/d9grx
Stanford Creates Biological Transistors, Final Step Towards Computers Inside Living Cells
http://ur1.ca/d9gsc
President Obama Launches Initiative To Get Inside Your BRAIN
http://ur1.ca/d9gsn
Ground Zero: Short Circuit – Burn Out Your Dead
http://ur1.ca/d9gsv

Obama Goes Public With Brain-Mapping Plan

Posted: April 3, 2013 in News, Science
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Obama Goes Public With Brain-Mapping Plan

President Obama officially announced a new brain research initiative in a press conference at the White House this morning, something he first hinted at in his State of the Union address in February. In its first year, the project would devote roughly $100 million in public funding and a similar amount from private foundations, to develop new tools for mapping neural circuits.

“The human brain is at the present time the most complicated organ in the known universe,” Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health, told reporters on a conference call this morning.  Understanding how circuits of neurons contribute to the complex properties of the brain and how they break down in disease is one of the biggest scientific challenges of our time, Collins said. “We aim through this very ambitious project, some might even call it audacious, to begin to unravel those mysteries.”

Since the first hints of the plan were reported, the project has gotten a mixed reaction from scientists. Proponents say the field of neuroscience is now ripe for a comprehensive effort to understand how circuits of thousands of neurons work together to process information. By mapping every electrical spike in every neuron in a network, they hope to understand the neural computations that underlie everything from perception to memory to movement.

But other scientists are skeptical. Some have argued that this approach to mapping brain activity is misguided and unlikely to yield important insights. Others are concerned that the effort would divert funds from individual labs, which are already facing historically long odds for getting their work funded by the government.

Details of the plan are still in short supply. But the White House hopes to launch the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative next year with money from the National Institutes of Health, Darpa and the National Science Foundation. Private foundations, including the Allen Brain Institute for Brain Science and Howard Hughes Medical Institute, will kick in tens of millions more.

The project has inevitably drawn comparisons — by advocates and detractors alike — to the Human Genome Project.

At the outset that effort too was criticized by scientists as ill-conceived and overhyped, aimed more at technology development than advancing science, and destined to divert precious resources from scientists working in the age-old model of generating hypotheses and carefully testing them in their labs, says Yale science historian Daniel Kevles.

On the conference call with reporters, Collins, who led the Human Genome Project, said he held in his hand a DNA sequencer the size of a postage stamp — evidence, he said, of how far science has come since the genome project officially launched in 1990. ”You were doing really well if you could sequence a thousand letters of the code a day, and we knew we had to get a thousand letters every second, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, over a period of 18 months to get the job done.”

Today the genome project is widely regarded as a success, but like most successful Big Science projects — from mapping coastlines to mapping the heavens to hunting the Higgs boson — it had a concrete goal, Kevles said in an interview with Wired last month. “With the neuroscience initiative, how well-defined is the object to be observed?” Kevles said. “It’s not clear to me it’s well-defined at all at this stage.”

Today’s announcement did little to clarify the specific scientific goals of the project, but a working group led by two highly regarded neuroscientists, Cornelia Bargmann and William Newsome, will develop a preliminary report by this fall, outlining specific scientific goals and funding priorities.

Ready or not, the era of Big Neuroscience has arrived. The BRAIN initiative was preceded by the giant Human Brain Project, a European effort to build a computational model of the human brain; the Human Connectome Project, which studies individual differences in brain anatomy and function; and the Allen Brain Atlases of gene expression throughout the brain.

Such large-scale initiatives won’t — and shouldn’t — ever completely supplant the traditional model of individual labs generating and testing hypotheses, Christof Koch, chief scientific officer of the Allen Institute, told Wired last month. ”Small science will continue to be a driver of discovery, but if you really want to understand a piece of tissue like the cerebral cortex, you need to do systematic large-scale research to integrate things,” Koch said.

“We now for the first time have the technical capabilities and computational power to probe the brain at high enough spatial and temporal resolution,” computational neuroscientist Terry Sejnowski wrote in an e-mail to Wired last month. Sejnowski, who’s based at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, another of the private partners in the new initiative, has been a vocal advocate for the initiative.

“These are enabling technologies that will allow us to ask new questions and perhaps find unexpected answers,” Sejnowski said. “For those of us who care deeply about brain function and brain disorders this will be a remarkable era.”

Is An Alien Message Embedded In Our Genetic Code?

Posted: April 3, 2013 in Alternative News, News, Science
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The answer to whether or not we are alone in the universe could be right under our nose, or, more literally, inside every cell in our body.

Could our genes have an intelligently designed “manufacturer’s stamp” inside them, written eons ago elsewhere in our galaxy? Such a “designer label” would be an indelible stamp of a master extraterrestrial civilization that preceded us by many millions or billions of years. As their ultimate legacy, they recast the Milky Way in their own biological image.

Vladimir I. shCherbak of al-Farabi Kazakh National University of Kazakhstan, and Maxim A. Makukov of the Fesenkov Astrophysical Institute, hypothesize that an intelligent signal embedded in our genetic code would be a mathematical and semantic message that cannot be accounted for by Darwinian evolution. They call it “biological SETI.” What’s more, they argue that the scheme has much greater longevity and chance of detecting E.T. than a transient extraterrestrial radio transmission.

PHOTOS: Top 10 Places To Find Alien Life

Writing in the journal Icarus, they assert: “Once fixed, the code might stay unchanged over cosmological timescales; in fact, it is the most durable construct known. Therefore it represents an exceptionally reliable storage for an intelligent signature. Once the genome is appropriately rewritten the new code with a signature will stay frozen in the cell and its progeny, which might then be delivered through space and time.”

To pass the designer label test, any patterns in the genetic code must be highly statistically significant and possess intelligent-like features that are inconsistent with any natural know process, say the authors.

They go on to argue that their detailed analysis that the human genome (map here) displays a thorough precision-type orderliness in the mapping between DNA’s nucleotides and amino acids. “Simple arrangements of the code reveal an ensemble of arithmetical and ideographical patterns of symbolic language.” They say this includes the use of decimal notation, logical transformations, and the use of the abstract symbol of zero. “Accurate and systematic, these underlying patterns appear as a product of precision logic and nontrivial computing,” they assert.

ANALYSIS: Are We Living in a Hologram?

This interpretation leads them to a farfetched conclusion: that the genetic code, “appears that it was invented outside the solar system already several billions years ago.” This statement endorses the idea of panspermia, the hypothesis that Earth was seeded with interstellar life. It’s certainly a novel and bold approach to galaxy conquest if we imagine this was a deliberate Johnny Appleseed endeavor by super-beings.

However, there are other possibilities too. I’ve previously written about the far-out notion that the universe we observe was built just for us and exists inside a computer program (with apologies to The Matrix film trilogy). Therefore the idea that some programmer somewhere wrote the genetic code for life in their model universe is consistent with the authors’ suggestions.

Biological SETI inevitably smacks head-on into an idea that is completely antithetical to science: the concept of intelligent design (ID). The proposition of ID is that our biology is so complex it must have been engineered by a higher power.

ANALYSIS: Space Algae Invasion? Probably Not

To date, ID has been nothing more than biblical creationism in sheep’s clothing. Christian fundamentalists use it to push the teaching of creationism in schools as an alternative to “secular” evolution. (Which, by the way, is now being battled in school systems in four states.)

Can the claim of an alien signature in our genetic code be any more believable, or provable than biblical ID?

We know so little about the origin of life on Earth it seems presumptive to identify genetic structure that supposedly defies a natural explanation. Even the discovery of life elsewhere in the solar system would not provide an independent test of this idea. Panspermia could have naturally occurred among the planets and moons.

And, even if the genetic code is ultimately considered the handprint of an extraterrestrial grand designer, then who designed the designer?

Image credit: NASA, DOE

The Men who Built America: Cornelius Vanderbilt, John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, J. P. Morgan and Henry Ford AKA the richest families in the world, perverting technology for monopolization and a Satanic mafia crime family.

Posted: April 2, 2013 in Alternative News, Conspiracy, Government, Illuminati, Propaganda News
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I came across this today, a very interesting piece of propaganda for those who realize that the history channel has very little if any history in their well financed productions.

Ian Crane – Hour 1 – Fracking & The Globalists Finanical War
http://www.redicecreations.com/radio/2013/03/RIR-130331.php

Henry Ford and the electric car

That Henry Ford and Thomas Edison became good friends later in their lives is well known. They camped together, they presented each other with lavish gifts, they owned houses immediately adjacent to each other. Many Ford enthusiasts also know that, at the time Ford first drove his Quadricycle on the streets of Detroit in 1896, he was working for Edison at the Detroit Edison Illuminating Company. They also know that a couple months later, when Ford was introduced to Edison and showed Edison his plans for a gasoline automobile, Edison encouraged him to pursue those plans.

That Edison and Ford later put their minds together to conceive a low-priced electric car is not so well known.

At about the same time Ford founded his eponymous automobile company, Edison had made inroads into battery technology and began offering nickel-iron storage batteries for several uses, among them automobiles. His announced plans that same year to convert four large touring cars from gasoline to electric power (using his own batteries, of course) reeks of a publicity stunt to sell his new batteries, but it was enough to get him listed in the Standard Catalog. And though he prodded Ford off into production of gasoline cars, by 1903 he was denouncing them.

Electricity is the thing. There are no whirring and grinding gears with their numerous levers to confuse. There is not that almost terrifying uncertain throb and whirr of the powerful combustion engine. There is no water circulating system to get out of order – no dangerous and evil-smelling gasoline and no noise.

Ford, however, still high on Edison’s encouragement (he’s often quoted as saying that Edison was the greatest man in the world, so he would probably have jumped off a bridge if Thomas Alva told him to), not only rigorously pursued the gasoline-powered car and left Detroit Edison to found his own automobile company, he also ordered the development of a flywheel magneto system for the Model T specifically to avoid using batteries. (One story I’ve read, possibly apocryphal, is that during one of Henry Ford’s camping trips, the battery in a pre-production Model T overturned, cutting the trip short and causing Ford to ban batteries from his new low-priced car.)

Just about five years later, Ford began to change his mind. In early 1914, word had gotten around that work had started on a low-priced electric car. Reports appeared in the Wall Street Journal, in the trade magazines, and in other newspapers as far away as New Zealand regarding Ford’s foray into electric cars. Ford himself even confirmed the rumors in the January 11, 1914, issue of the New York Times:

Within a year, I hope, we shall begin the manufacture of an electric automobile. I don’t like to talk about things which are a year ahead, but I am willing to tell you something of my plans.

The fact is that Mr. Edison and I have been working for some years on an electric automobile which would be cheap and practicable. Cars have been built for experimental purposes, and we are satisfied now that the way is clear to success. The problem so far has been to build a storage battery of light weight which would operate for long distances without recharging. Mr. Edison has been experimenting with such a battery for some time.

 

Ford may have fibbed a little by saying that multiple experimental cars have been built, but we know for a fact that at least one experimental Ford electric was built in 1913, as seen above out in front of Ford’s Highland park plant. It was a tiller-steered car with an unusually swoopy frame and a contingent of batteries under the seat. The man operating it, Fred Allison, was an electrical engineer from Detroit who was tasked with designing the car’s motor. According to Ford Richardson Bryan, writing in his book, Friends, families, & forays: scenes from the life and times of Henry Ford, the car’s electrical system and overall design were handed to Alexander Churchward, at that time the vice president of Gray & Davis, while general mechanic’s duties were assigned to Samuel Wilson, a former Cadillac employee. A year earlier, Churchward had written a paper on The Standardization of the Electric Car (in which he argued for a 25 MPH maximum speed for all electric vehicles), while Wilson had experience with Cadillac’s self-starter program.

Work continued into 1914, as we can see from Allison perched atop the second experimental electric car, this one using a Model T frame, suspension and front axle, a Model T steering wheel, and a worm-drive rear axle. The latter indicates that the motor, mounted behind the driver in the prior car, resided up front in the second car, near the additional bank of batteries. Regarding that worm-drive rear axle, Ford Richardson Bryan once again fills us in, noting in his book, Henry’s Lieutenants, that Eugene Farkas was responsible not only for the worm-drive rear axle that was later modified for use in the Fordson, he was also responsible for the entire chassis of the electric car.

Rumors swirled in the automotive press for the remainder of 1914, stoked by Henry Ford’s secretary, Ernest Liebold. Edsel Ford was said to have been put in charge of the Edison-Ford. Henry Ford was said to have bought an electricity-generating plant in Niagara Falls, as well as a site off Woodward Avenue specifically for the production of the Edison-Ford. As the year wore on, the rumormill pegged the release of the electric car for 1915, then 1916. Details on the car varied: It would cost somewhere between $500 and $750, and it would range somewhere between 50 miles and 100 miles on a charge. Even today, sources vary as to whether the car would have a brougham or cabriolet body placed atop its chassis. Edison himself, in an interview with Automobile Topics in May 1914, divulged no details and made his best “It’s coming, just be patient” speech that GM has perfected in recent years with the Volt.

He called attention to the fact that a new automobile, especially one embodying such radical features as a $500 or $750 electric pleasure car naturally must have, cannot be designed and constructed in a few weeks.

“Mr. Henry Ford is making plans for the tools, special machinery, factory buildings and equipment for the production of this new electric. There is so much special work to be done that no date can be fixed now as to when the new electric can be put on the market. But Mr. Ford is working steadily on the details, and he knows his business so it will not be long.

“I believe that ultimately the electric motor will be universally used for trucking in all large cities, and that the electric automobile will be the family carriage of the future. All trucking must come to electricity. I am convinced that it will not be long before all the trucking in New York City will be electric.”

Edison, by the way, was himself no stranger to electric cars. Bryan noted in Friends, families and forays that Edison built a battery-powered front-wheel-drive electric in 1895, and he’s noted as owning a few of the very expensive electric cars then in production.

We’ve so far seen no evidence that the press of the day ever got its hands on a photo or any solid evidence of the two electric experimentals that Ford had built, and eventually, the press seemed to forget about the Edison-Ford altogether. Some conspiracy theorists believe the oil cartels got to Ford and Edison and caused them to abandon the project; they offer as evidence the “mysterious” fire that nearly destroyed Edison’s workshops in West Orange, New Jersey, in December 1914. Besides the fact that all work on the electric took place in Dearborn (and the fact that Edison got right back on the horse and had his whole place rebuilt by the next spring), we also see in the coverage of the fire in the December 10, 1914, issue of the New York Times that the fire skirted the two buildings in which any work on the electric car would have taken place.

It was seen that the only important buildings that could be saved were the experimental laboratory and the storage-battery building, and all attention was given to them.

Mr. Edison was in the experimental laboratory when the fire began. He helped in the salvage work, and when that was finished he went to the storage battery building and directed the protection of that structure.

Rather, as Bryan wrote, the downfall of the Edison-Ford electric car came about because Ford demanded the use of Edison’s nickel-iron batteries in the car, and would have no other battery powering this car. Edison’s batteries, however, were found to have very high internal resistance and were thus incapable of powering an electric car under many circumstances. Heavier lead-acid batteries (which would have made the car too ponderous) were substituted behind Henry Ford’s back, and when he found out, he went ballistic. The program quickly fell to the wayside with other projects demanding Henry Ford’s time. According to The Ford Century, Ford invested $1.5 million in the electric car project and nearly bought 100,000 batteries from Edison before the project fell apart.

Alexander Churchward (who had already racked up dozens of patents and would be issued dozens more) went back to a successful career at Gray & Davis and also, for a time, served as vice president of the A.B.C. Starter Company, the same company that later employed Allison as chief engineer. Of the patents granted to Allison that we’ve found, one (1,225,558, dated May 8, 1917) was assigned to the A.B.C. Starter Company, while the other two (1,478,196, dated December 18, 1923, and 1,508,377, dated September 16, 1924) were assigned to Ford Motor Company, so Allison very well may have leveraged his experience with the electric car to a career at Ford. Both men were instrumental in Ford’s later adoption of the electric self-starter and electric lighting systems in 1919.