Anti-piracy laws will smash internet, US constitution – legal eagles • The Register

These bills, and the enforcement philosophy that underlies them, represent a dramatic retreat from this country’s tradition of leadership in supporting the free exchange of information and ideas on the internet

not to mention:

“News of the proposed changes has even reached China, where it is inspiring some bloggers to take the piss out of America for copying the Great Firewall of China.”

Issues like this should matter to legislators and citizen alike.

I have been predicting, for several years now, that the authoritianism and permitted levels of liberty in both China and the USA are likely to converge. Legislation like this only confirms my worst fears…

Anti-piracy laws will smash internet, US constitution – legal eagles • The Register.

Neanderthal home made of mammoth bones discovered in Ukraine

fascinating in its own right but equally fascinating is the support it gives to Jean Auel‘s “Clan of the Cave Bear” series and its portrayal of life among the Neanderthals and Humans of that time…

Neanderthal home made of mammoth bones discovered in Ukraine.

Mystery predators may have contributed to fiscal collapse in 2007: research

and what do we think are the chances that the criminals who ripped off their fellow traders in excess of $6 billion dollars (and helped trigger the global financial meltdown) will ever be hunted, let alone caught and convicted?

Mystery predators may have contributed to fiscal collapse in 2007: research.

Superhydrophobic spray means no more washing clothes – among others | ZME Science

bugger clothing, I want it on my windscreen. Where can I buy it?

Superhydrophobic spray means no more washing clothes – among others | ZME Science.

Can You Hear Me, Mao?: Say Protest in China and Your Call Drops – Culture – GOOD

it is worth pointing out that the Chinese authoritarians are still a couple of steps ahead of the American authoritarians. But only a couple of steps, and they don’t have anything like the technological surveillance skills. Yet…

Can You Hear Me, Mao?: Say Protest in China and Your Call Drops – Culture – GOOD.

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just so…

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If There Were Ever A Pro-Marijuana Video To Go Viral, This Is It | NORML Blog, Marijuana Law Reform

if this went out – once an hour – on all the mainstream channels, for about a week, that might begin to get their attention…

If There Were Ever A Pro-Marijuana Video To Go Viral, This Is It | NORML Blog, Marijuana Law Reform.

Ron Paul Furious Over The NDAA (‘Indefinite Detention Bill’): ‘This Is A Giant Step – This Should Be The Biggest News Going Right Now – Literally Legalizing Martial Law’

“Why is there almost no coverage by MSM?”

is the Right Question.

other interesting questions include “Why is Obama presiding over a significant ratcheting up of the Police State?” but whatever his motives, and the banks’, the elephant in the room is the absence of mainstream media dissection of these totalitarian developments. Whoever is in control REALLY IS, quite impressively, in control

Not a single journalist prepared to break ranks? If true, that’s frightening…

Ron Paul Furious Over The NDAA (‘Indefinite Detention Bill’): ‘This Is A Giant Step – This Should Be The Biggest News Going Right Now – Literally Legalizing Martial Law’.

Daily Kos: Ron Paul’s Eye-Opening Ad on our Wars. This Ad Needs to go Viral.

yup, I don’t mind if if does go viral…

Daily Kos: Ron Paul's Eye-Opening Ad on our Wars. This Ad Needs to go Viral..

BlackBerry summoned to meeting over pornography – Telegraph

Note the blatant authoritarian tone and assumptions that fume from this article. Since when was the absence of censorship a “glitch”??

BlackBerry summoned to meeting over pornography – Telegraph.

Supernova SN 2011fe spotted just 11 hours after it exploded | Mail Online

This observation is typically material for Ben Goldacre’s Bad Science blog or Daily Mail Watch both of whom are the repository of stupid errors made by the tabloid press. But neither have picked up on this one to date, so I’ll fill in.

I grant you this is not going to keep you awake nights, but at the risk of appearing pernickety, the author of this errorfest appears to be a professional science journalist. Which is why his main error, repeated several times, is inexcusable. The Type 1a supernova is NOT the “brightest category” of supernova. If anything, it’s likely to be the least bright as it results from the smallest possible stellar mass capable of going supernova.

It’s true significance is that it is the highly predictable result of a white dwarf “accreting” extra mass from a companion star. At a certain critical mass (the “Chandrasekhar limit” – just under 1.4 solar masses), the star collapses and triggers the supernova. Because it is so predictable, its consistent brightness can be used as the “standard candle” required to measure the vast distances we have to cope with when we look beyond our solar system and galaxy. Most memorably, it was the observation of hundreds of distant Type 1a supernovae which allowed us to discover the accelerating expansion of the universe in the late 90s.

The real significance of this reportage is that it reminds us we cannot trust this newspaper (and many others) to be telling the truth.

Sometimes, of course, they are deliberately trying to deceive or obscure the facts in pursuit of their not so hidden agendae. But just as often, they fail simply because they don’t have the skills or intellect required to distinguish between fact and fiction. That limitation is not restricted to matters scientific. It’s just easier to demonstrate here than elsewhere…

Supernova SN 2011fe spotted just 11 hours after it exploded | Mail Online.

Where Is Consciousness? I’ve Lost It!

Check out this summary of the work (amongst others) of Prof John Lorber who studied over 600 cases of hydrocephaly (“water on the brain”), the most dramatic of which featured individuals who had lost (or never developed) 95% of their brain tissue yet a) still lived and b) in about half the cases – appeared “above normal” intellect and performance.

The star “performer” was a first class honours maths graduate whom Lorber found to have brain matter restricted to a thin (1mm) layer around the inside of his skull. (The rest of the space being filled with cerebrospinal fluid – the “water” on the brain)

The obvious question, given that level of performance, is “how necessary is the brain?”

Where Is Consciousness? I've Lost It!.

Wintry Words With Bill Bailey – YouTube

Harry Stottle approves and fully endorses this message.

Wintry Words With Bill Bailey – YouTube.

Philips Carousel Commercial – Adam Berg Commercial of the Year Stink Digital – YouTube

this might be advertising. It’s definitely art…

Awesome – Freeze Frame Police Shootout Scene

Freeze Frame Police Shootout Scene Video – Awesome.

Activists Undermine San Francisco’s No Sitting Law with DIY Benches – Cities – GOOD

excellent activism

Activists Undermine San Francisco's No Sitting Law with DIY Benches – Cities – GOOD.