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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

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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.

Holmes to Face Death Penalty in Shooting

Posted: April 1, 2013 in Conspiracy, News, Propaganda News
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Holmes to Face Death Penalty in Shooting

CENTENNIAL, Colo.—Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for James Holmes, who has been accused of committing 12 first degree murders and scores of other crimes in a mass shooting at a movie theater near Denver in July.

Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against James Holmes, accused of 12 first degree murders and scores of other crimes in a mass shooting at a movie theater near Denver last July. Ashby Jones reports. Photo: AP.

“For James Eagan Holmes, justice is death,” District Attorney George Brauchler said at a court hearing Monday.

The decision immediately prompted a delay in the trial, which had been set for August but is now scheduled to start next year. Prosecutors acknowledged in court Monday that a death-penalty case involves extra time for such matters as interviewing potential jurors about their position on capital punishment.

Mr. Holmes’s defense team said it would need months to prepare. “They are trying to execute our client,” Tamara Brady, one of Mr. Holmes’s public defenders, said in court. “We will do what we need to do to defend his life.”

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Colorado prosecutors planned to file formal charges Monday against James Eagan Holmes, the former neuroscience student accused of killing 12 people and wounding 58 others at an Aurora movie theater. Ashby Jones has details on Lunch Break. Photo: AP.

Judge William Sylvester, who had been hearing the case since the shootings in Aurora, Colo., has entered a not-guilty plea for Mr. Holmes, but his lawyers have said they are considering an insanity defense.

Judge Sylvester said Monday that his duties as a chief district judge made it impossible for him to continue presiding now that “a final resolution of this case is now likely years away.”

He appointed a new judge, Carlos Samour, who took over immediately. He set a Feb. 3 trial date but acknowledged the defense may ask for that date to be pushed back and said the trial could take at least four months.

Prosecutors in a capital case must first persuade jurors of Mr. Holmes’s guilt, then, in a separate proceeding, convince the same jurors that aggravating circumstances such as multiple victims justify a death sentence. The defense can raise mitigating factors, such as his mental state, to try to persuade jurors to impose a sentence of life in prison instead.

In January, a retired prosecutor with experience in capital cases, Dan Zook, was appointed to lead the state’s case.

The decision to seek the death penalty came less than a week after a Colorado House committee narrowly voted to shelve a bill that would have abolished capital punishment in the state. The vote followed statements made by Gov. John Hickenlooper that indicated unease with the bill.

Within the last year, legislatures in two states—Connecticut and Maryland—have voted to abolish their death penalties.

Execution in Colorado is by lethal injection and hasn’t been carried out since 1997 on Gary Davis, who had been convicted of raping and murdering a woman in 1986. That execution was the first in Colorado in 30 years.

Physicists Find Evidence That The Universe Is A ‘Giant Brain’

Posted: March 30, 2013 in Alternative News, News, Science
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The idea of the universe as a ‘giant brain’ has been proposed by scientists – and science fiction writers – for decades.

But now physicists say there may be some evidence that it’s actually true. In a sense.

According to a study published in Nature’s Scientific Reports, the universe may be growing in the same way as a giant brain – with the electrical firing between brain cells ‘mirrored’ by the shape of expanding galaxies.

The results of a computer simulation suggest that “natural growth dynamics” – the way that systems evolve – are the same for different kinds of networks – whether its the internet, the human brain or the universe as a whole.

A co-author of the study, Dmitri Krioukov from the University of California San Diego, said that while such systems appear very different, they have evolved in very similar ways.

The result, they argue, is that the universe really does grow like a brain.

The study raises profound questions about how the universe works, Krioukov said.

“For a physicist it’s an immediate signal that there is some missing understanding of how nature works,” he told Space.com.

The team’s simulation modelled the very early life of the universe, shortly after the big bang, by looking at how quantum units of space-time smaller than subatomic particles ‘networked’ with each other as the universe grew.

They found that the simulation mirrored that of other networks. Some links between similar nodes resulted in limited growth, while others acted as junctions for many different connections.

For instance, some connections are limited and similar – like a person who likes sports visiting many other sports websites – and some are major and connect to many other parts of the network, like Google and Yahoo.

No, it doesn’t quite mean that the universe is ‘thinking’ – but as has been previously pointed out online, it might just mean there’s more similarity between the very small and the very large than first appearances suggest.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/11/27/physicists-universe-giant-brain_n_2196346.html

 

John Taylor Gatto – The Purpose Of Schooling

Posted: March 30, 2013 in Government, Philosophy
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John Taylor Gatto (born December 15, 1935) is a retired American school teacher with nearly 30 years experience in the classroom, and author of several books on education. He is an activist critical of compulsory schooling, of the perceived divide between the teen years and adulthood, and of what he characterizes as the hegemonic nature of discourse on education and the education professions.

Gatto was born in the Pittsburgh-area steel town of Monongahela, Pennsylvania. In his youth he attended public schools throughout the Pittsburgh Metro Area including Swissvale, Monongahela, and Uniontown as well as a Catholic boarding school in Latrobe. He did undergraduate work at Cornell, the University of Pittsburgh, and Columbia, then served in the U.S. Army medical corps at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Following army service he did graduate work at the City University of New York, Hunter College, Yeshiva University, the University of California, and Cornell.
He worked as a writer and held several odd jobs before borrowing his roommate’s license to investigate teaching. Gatto also ran for the New York State Senate, 29th District in 1985 and 1988 as a member of the Conservative Party of New York against incumbent David Paterson. He was named New York City Teacher of the Year in 1989, 1990, and 1991, and New York State Teacher of the Year in 1991. In 1991, he wrote a letter announcing his retirement, titled I Quit, I Think, to the op-ed pages of the Wall Street Journal, saying that he no longer wished to “hurt kids to make a living.” He then began a public speaking and writing career, and has received several awards from libertarian organizations, including the Alexis de Tocqueville Award for Excellence in Advancement of Educational Freedom in 1997.

He promotes homeschooling, and specifically unschooling. Wade A. Carpenter, associate professor of education at Berry College, has called his books “scathing” and “one-sided and hyperbolic, [but] not inaccurate” and describes himself as in agreement with Gatto.

Gatto is currently working on a 3-part documentary about compulsory schooling, titled The Fourth Purpose. He says he was inspired by Ken Burns’s Civil War.

What does the school do with the children? Gatto states the following assertions in “Dumbing Us Down”:
It makes the children confused. It presents an incoherent ensemble of information that the child needs to memorize to stay in school. Apart from the tests and trials that programming is similar to the television, it fills almost all the “free” time of children. One sees and hears something, only to forget it again.
It teaches them to accept their class affiliation.
It makes them indifferent.
It makes them emotionally dependent.
It makes them intellectually dependent.
It teaches them a kind of self-confidence that requires constant confirmation by experts (provisional self-esteem).
It makes it clear to them that they cannot hide, because they are always supervised