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Σάββατο, 21 Απριλίου 2012

A robot that flies like a bird

http://www.ted.com Plenty of robots can fly -- but none can fly like a real bird. That is, until Markus Fischer and his team at Festo built SmartBird, a large, lightweight robot, modeled on a seagull, that flies by flapping its wings. A soaring demo fresh from TEDGlobal 2011.

TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on TED.com, at http://www.ted.com/translate.

Vilayanur Ramachandran: A journey to the center of your mind

 Vilayanur Ramachandran tells us what brain damage can reveal about the connection between celebral tissue and the mind, using three startling delusions as examples.

TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers are invited to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes -- including speakers such as Jill Bolte Taylor, Sir Ken Robinson, Hans Rosling, Al Gore and Arthur Benjamin. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, politics and the arts. Watch the Top 10 TEDTalks on TED.com, at

Secrets revealed by dirty books from medieval times

Most books in medieval times were of a religious nature

Researchers measured the precise quantity of dirt on each page

The reading habits of medieval people have revealed details of their lifestyle, in research carried out at St Andrews University.Medieval manuscript
Researchers have found them to have many characteristics still found in modern readers. They said medieval people feared illness, were selfish and often fell asleep while reading late at night.

Densitometer in useThe work used a technique developed by Dr Kathryn Rudy, which measures the dirt accumulated on medieval manuscripts.
Dr Rudy, a lecturer in the School of Art History at St Andrews, realised that the dirtiest pages are likely to have been the most read.
A machine called a densitometer was used to reveal the dirt contained within the pages of books.
One of the dirtiest pages in a selection of European religious books was a prayer to St Sebastian, who was often prayed to because his arrow-wounds - the cause of his martyrdom - looked like the bubonic plague.
This indicated that the reader of the book was terrified of the plague and repeated the prayer to ward off the disease.
Pages which contained the prayers for the salvation of others were less dirty than those asking for salvation for oneself.
Bedtime reading As well as demonstrating medieval people prayed for their own assistance, the analysis showed the pages of a prayer to be said in the small hours of the morning were only dirty for the first few pages.
It has been suggested this shows most readers fell asleep at the same point.
Dr Rudy said: "Although it is often difficult to study the habits, private rituals and emotional states of people, this new technique can let us into the minds of people from the past.
"Religion was inseparable from physical health, time management, and interpersonal relationships in medieval times.
"In the century before printing, people ordered tens of thousands of prayer books - sometimes quite beautifully illuminated ones - even though they might cost as much as a house.
"As a result they were treasured, read several times a day at key prayer times, and through analysing how dirty the pages are we can identify the priorities and beliefs of their owners."

Secrets revealed by dirty books from medieval times

Δευτέρα, 16 Απριλίου 2012

Banksters Nazi Kejahatan - Ripple Effect

A network of capillaries supply brain cells wi...
A network of capillaries supply brain cells with nutrients. Tight seals in their walls keep blood toxins—and many beneficial drugs—out of the brain. From: Bridging the Blood-Brain Barrier: New Methods Improve the Odds of Getting Drugs to the Brain Cells That Need Them Ferber D PLoS Biology Vol. 5, No. 6, e169 doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0050169 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Any substance that crosses the blood-brain barrier, like MSG does, can potentially effect the brain and subsequently behavior. It overstimulates the nerves and at the same time overloads the chemicals that would naturally neutralize the stimulation effect. In layman's terms, it overloads the nervous system.

In the short run, the body can recover, but repeated overstimulation can lead to permanent alteration of the system. One particular part of the brain affected is the hypothalmus, which regulates mood and emotion. Overstimulation of that part of the brain can produce marked changes in a persons behaviors. These marked changes can occur sudenly.The reaction time to MSG ranges from suddenly to up to 48 hours. With MSG sensitive populations, such changes may show up as sudden rages or difficulty with sudden impulse control.

Διαίρει και βασίλευε

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Το Αλφάβητο της Αλήθειας είναι μια σειρά ντοκιμαντέρ, αποτελούμενο από 24 κεφάλαια μικρού και μεγάλου μήκους. Διατίθεται δωρεάν στο internet καθαρά για ενημερωτικούς σκοπούς και μόνο. Η σειρά δεν ασχολείται με θεωρίες συνομωσίας αλλά με γεγονότα. Είναι μια συλλογή πληροφοριών, αποσπασμάτων ντοκιμαντέρ, σεμιναρίων και ερευνών, Ελλήνων και ξένων ανεξάρτητων και μη ερευνητών, δημοσιογράφων, utubers και bloggers. Στηρίξτε την προσπάθεια ενημέρωσης, με δημοσίευση των επεισοδίων όσο μπορείτε. Να είστε καλά...

Slavery_by_another_name: Our future written in the past !!!

New Orleans 1874, during post-Civil War Recons...
New Orleans 1874, during post-Civil War Reconstruction period. Clash between the (racially integrated) Police and the (segregationist) White League on Canal Street (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The original full length documentary made after the Pulitzer-prize winning book of the same name by Douglas A. Blackmon. The rarely told history of a system of forced labor, in existence in the Southern US between the end of the post-Civil War Reconstruction and WWII. A heartwrenching story about revenge for a lost war, racism, raw greed and cruelty, all masked as criminal justice, and about the deep-seeted unwillingness of the Federal government to end these unconstitutional practices of the states. The cheap labor turned out to be a pillar of the US export and most politicians were not willing to risk losing their white voters over a civil rights-issue involving black convicts, guilty or not. It took a world war and a visionary leader like FDR to begin making an end to this miscarriage of justice.
For those who are interested in the history of minorities and/or the American justice system, the importance of this documentary cannot be overstressed. Enjoy!

Greeks should REVOLT against debt SLAVERY! Financial Fascism

Map of the top 50 countries with the largest G...
Map of the top 50 countries with the largest Greek communities (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Greeks should REVOLT against debt SLAVERY! Financial Fascism
The Greek parliament has approved a bill on an unprecedented debt write-down with private investors, a vital part of the EU's bailout plan, which is set to save Athens over €100 billion.

The bill, which was passed on Thursday, will pave the way for a massive bond swap whereby private investors are to exchange their bonds for new ones of lower value and longer maturity. The restructuring would wipe €107 billion ($142 billion) off the country's privately-held debt.

Greece is now expected to issue a formal offer to bondholders. Officials say this must be done by Friday and completed by March 12, when the country will face debt repayments amounting to €14.5 billion.

Athens hopes to get at least two thirds of private creditors to sign up to the deal. This would allow the swap to be enforced on the remaining lenders. There are still concerns, however, that private investors will not be so eager to buy any new Greek debt. They already hold about €200 billion of Greek bonds and with the swap will take a real loss of 73-74 per cent.

The private debt restructuring is a key demand put forward by the EU to Greece in exchange for another bailout worth €130 billion ($172 billion) in loans to be paid by 2014. The eurozone finance ministers approved the package on Tuesday, thus averting Greece's default on all obligations for March.

Analysts say that while allowing Athens to service the debt next month, the EU is setting Greece unachievable goals in terms of reducing its sovereign debt by 2020. The EU's economy continues to shrink and the European Commission expects Greece's economy to contract by 4.4 per cent in 2012.

"This is a very tough call to reduce the debt from 160 per cent of GDP to 120. Even in the best case scenario it will hardly be lower than 130 per cent," international lawyer Nick Skrekas told RT.

In return for the money, the EU is also demanding that Greece amends the constitution so that debt repayments take priority over the country's other commitments. The EU's obvious desire to guarantee that Athens honors its obligations after the parliamentary poll in April has one big obstacle in its way though. This is the Greek constitution itself, which can only be changed once in five years. As the Greek government promises to revise it, the next update may be scheduled for no earlier than May 2013.

The new relations with the EU and the prospects of more spending cuts have cast a shadow of gloom over the Greek people. While they continue to call for abandoning the eurozone, George Koo, founder of International Strategic Alliances, believes that, on the contrary, the euro was never the cause of the country's economical problems and abandoning it will never become a solution.

"When you live beyond your needs for as much as Greece has, [you] pay for the consequences," he told RT. "You can print your own money, the drachma in their case. It may help them to prolong the agony and allow to continue to live beyond their means, printing more and more currency, but eventually you pay a price. Greek currency will have less and less value on the world market. People are just going to avoid it. Adopting [the] euro is not the source of blame."

However, they see nothing ahead but new rounds of austerity measures for years to come. More strikes hit the country on Thursday, when doctors and health workers expressed their anger at the government and international creditors in a 24-hour strike.
We can see the future of the EU in what's happening in Greece today,

" says Professor Costas Douzinas of the University of London. "
You can push people out of the way until they leave the country if they can or they live off the rubbish bins. At the moment we have 22 per cent unemployment, 50 per cent unemployment among the youth, and a huge increase in homelessness, which may result in a proportional increase in suicide.

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The government surplus/deficit of Portugal, It...
The government surplus/deficit of Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, United Kingdom, Spain (PIIGGS) against the Eurozone 2000-2010. Data from Eurostat. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Following the completion of the Greek PSI, Greece will have not 1, not 2, not even 3 distinct debt classes of debt, but 7! One country, seven tranches of debt, in order of seniority: 1) EU-IMF Loans; 2) EFSF Loans; 3) SMP GGBs; 4) New GGBs; 5) T-Bills; 6) Old GGBs and 7) Other loans.
So when your bankster sells you sovereign bonds from now on, get some color on tranching, subordination, ranking, priority, security, guarantee, collateral, and in general everything else that is now forever gone in this "swapping" world.
And this is certainly not just Greece. With all of Europe undergoing the same stealthy "unsecured" debt-to-taxpayer higher lien restructuring, the same will happen in Portugal, Ireland, Spain, Italy, and eventually every other country, as the only real source of cash to keep the European once dream now nightmare alive are taxpayers, who directly have to fund out of pocket states...
Of course, this is nothing new: this is precisely what has been happening for the past 60 years in "banking mafia area", with Fractional reserve, Shadow Rehypothecation, Infinite Leverage, And Why Breaking The Tyranny Of Ignorance Is The Only Solution.
Because people happen to be lazy, nobody really feels like doing their homework until it is too late...

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Κυριακή, 15 Απριλίου 2012

Ομιλία Πάνου Καμμένου στη Βουλή 4 Απριλίου 2012 για τις αποζημιώσεις

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View of the camp.
View of the camp. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)