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Death By Utopia

Death By Utopia
John B. Calhoun relaxing in Universe 25 In the late 20th Century, John B. Calhoun decided to make Utopia; it started with rats. In 1947 he began to watch a colony of Norway rats, over 28 months he noticed something, in that time the population could have increased to 50,000 rats, but instead it never rose above 200. Then he noticed that the colony split into smaller groups of 12 at most. He bought the second floor of a barn, and there he made his office and lab. 2.7 metres square with 1.4m high walls. Society broke. The outside of Universe 25 The purpose of the experiment for Calhoun was to examine a pressing problem, overpopulation. After day 600, the male mice just stopped defending their territory, listless mice congregated in the centres of the Universe. The ‘beautiful ones’ withdrew themselves ever so quietly, removing themselves from the sick society. In the end the population sank, even when it was back down to a tolerable level none of the mice changed back. Further Reading

Part I: Was US Spy Drone Captured by Iranian Flying Saucer? Click here for Part II Mehran Tavakoli Keshe, an Iranian scientist and engineer, claims that an Iranian flying saucer technology he developed was used to capture the Sentinel drone about which the mainstream media has been reporting. Does Iran have a space program more advanced than NASA's? Click here for a version of this, with additional new footage on the KesheFoundation website. by Hank Mills with Sterling D. Of all the inventors making bold claims on the internet, Iranian nuclear engineer Mehran Tavakoli Keshe is perhaps the most enigmatic, and the most interesting. If his statements are true, these craft can do more than just manipulate gravity for propulsion. Keshe is now claiming in a post made to his forum on December 13, that this technology was used by Iran to capture the unmanned Sentinel spy drone that the US military had sent over. As he continues in his post, Keshe talks about how the Iranian saucer program is more advanced than NASA's space program. Follow-up Links

No Joke: Subway Systems Obey Emergent, Natural Laws As They Grow Subway systems are marvels of engineering and design, even more so for the ones (like London’s or New York’s) that were built in the early 20th century. But still, any rider of a mass transit system has no doubt cursed its design at some point. Why doesn’t the train go here instead of there? Why should an express line reach this neighborhood and not that one? Who’s to blame (or praise) for mass transit system design? The three patterns that any major metropolitan subway system (with more than 100 stations) should have in common are: A core and branches, with core stations arranged in a ring shape above the city center A number of branches that tends toward the square root of the total number of stations About 20% of core stations contain transfers to two or more other lines. At first this seems obvious to the point of banality (except for the square root thing). Which poses an odd question about urban planning.

Part II: Was US Spy Drone Captured by Iranian Flying Saucer? Click here for Part I Sterling Allan, the founder of PESN, had the opportunity to conduct an hour and a half long interview with Mehran Keshe, the individual who claims to have given Iran the advanced space technology that enabled them to capture a US spy drone. by Hank Mills with Sterling D. Allan Pure Energy Systems News Mehran Keshe of the Keshe Foundation claims that the advanced space technology he gave the Iranian military a few years ago, was used to capture the Sentinel spy drone. Now, Sterling Allan, the founder of PESN, has conducted an hour and a half long interview with Keshe. As the interview began, Keshe reiterated his claim that the Iranian military used advanced space technology (far beyond anything NASA may have) to capture the Sentinel spy drone. The guidance technology on that drone is the most sophisticated navigation technology on the planet, at least among the non-black-budget projects. Keshe sees his technology as benefiting space travel more than anything else.

Feature The Curse of XanaduBy Gary Wolf It was the most radical computer dream of the hacker era. Ted Nelson's Xanadu project was supposed to be the universal, democratic hypertext library that would help human life evolve into an entirely new form. Instead, it sucked Nelson and his intrepid band of true believers into what became the longest-running vaporware project in the history of computing - a 30-year saga of rabid prototyping and heart-slashing despair. The amazing epic tragedy. I said a brief prayer as Ted Nelson - hypertext guru and design genius - took a scary left turn through the impolite traffic on Marin Boulevard in Sausalito. Nelson is a pale, angular, and energetic man who wears clothes with lots of pockets. Nelson's life is so full of unfinished projects that it might fairly be said to be built from them, much as lace is built from holes or Philip Johnson's glass house from windows. All the children of Nelson's imagination do not have equal stature. Page 2 >>

Keshe foundation to release Magravs technology in September for world peace The text below is the copy of the official invitation to the leaders of your governments through their embassies in Belgium. These emails will start leaving the Foundation and will be forwarded to every ambassador in Belgium in the next two weeks. We will publish the name of the country and the email address used so that you can follow the progress of your government’s response. From now on it is up to you to see that the implications of this technology are understood in your country of origin. The world peace invitation and release of technology Following the meeting of the Keshe Foundation with the world ambassadors invited to Brussels on 21 April 2012, now our invitation goes to the nations of the world through their ambassadors and their leaders to attend a gathering on 6 September 2012 at the Keshe Foundation Center in Ninove, Belgium (or in any other place the nations may choose).

The lost souls of telecommunications history When Tim Berners-Lee arrived at CERN, Geneva's celebrated European Particle Physics Laboratory in 1980, he'd been hired to help replace the control systems for several of the lab's particle accelerators. Almost immediately, the inventor of the modern Web page noticed a problem: thousands of people were coming and going from the famous research institute, many of them temporary hires. "The big challenge for contract programmers was to try to understand the systems, both human and computer, that ran this fantastic playground," he later wrote. In his spare time, Berners-Lee was working on some software that might alleviate this fragmentation and spread more useful information around. Berners-Lee was pleased with what he eventually produced, but the PASCAL application ran on CERN's obscure and proprietary operating system, so he didn't take it with him when his contract expired. Four years later, Berners-Lee returned to CERN. Why focus on the the dustbin? Wholly unnecessary

Nikola Tesla - Deathbed Confessions, Photos Support Claims That George H. Scherf(f), Jr Was The 41st U.S. President George Bush Panacea Nikola Tesla Recent evidence has surfacing detailing that Nikola Tesla was murdered the day after he was visited for an all-day interview with two secret service agents, Reinhardt Galen & Otto Skorzeny. After suffocating him, they stole all of Tesla’s blueprints & papers. Otto Skorzeny was Hitler’s bodyguard & also an assassin, one of the many Nazis who ex-filtrated to the USA after WWII, as part of Project Paperclip. Although he supposedly died in 1975, Skorzeny resurfaced in 1999. This man, he said, known as George Scherff Snr was none other than Prescott Bush – the father of the 41st President of the US, and grandfather of the current President. Interestingly, an article published in the Idaho Observer has since been removed - although several copies were made of it before it was taken offline. Part 1: Deathbed confessions, photos support claims that George H. By Don Nicoloff A thought problem Who were the designers of this master plan? James Loeb

Entertainment - Govindini Murty - Decoding the Cultural Influences in 'Prometheus,' From Lovecraft to 'Halo' A guide to the literary, artistic, and political tropes alluded to in Ridley Scott's sci-fi blockbuster Fox Ridley Scott's long-anticipated Prometheus took in $50 million at the weekend box office, and with its heady mixture of sci-fi spectacle and metaphysical speculation is already generating passionate debate. Set in the year 2093, the film depicts the crewmembers of the spaceship Prometheus as they journey to a distant moon to search for the origins of humanity. The striking images Ridley Scott devises for Prometheus reference everything from Stanley Kubrick's 2001 to Leonardo Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man and Mario Bava's Planet of the Vampires. The following guide unveils the cultural mysteries of Prometheus.

Brief History of the Internet The original ARPANET grew into the Internet. Internet was based on the idea that there would be multiple independent networks of rather arbitrary design, beginning with the ARPANET as the pioneering packet switching network, but soon to include packet satellite networks, ground-based packet radio networks and other networks. The Internet as we now know it embodies a key underlying technical idea, namely that of open architecture networking. In this approach, the choice of any individual network technology was not dictated by a particular network architecture but rather could be selected freely by a provider and made to interwork with the other networks through a meta-level “Internetworking Architecture”. In an open-architecture network, the individual networks may be separately designed and developed and each may have its own unique interface which it may offer to users and/or other providers. including other Internet providers. Four ground rules were critical to Kahn’s early thinking:

Thoughts on Google Plus: The Magic Isn’t Social, It’s Semantic It’s been said that I’ve called Google Plus “one of the subtlest and most user-friendly ontology development systems we’ve ever seen.” I did, and you can listen for yourselves on the Semantic Link podcast. Why did I do so? Well, G+ follows some of the basic principles of linked data: it uses persistent HTTP URIs for people, Sparks (concepts) and posts. Let’s take those points one at a time, with pictures. Persistent URIs for People Everyone with a G+ account gets assigned a random string of numbers as their unique identifier. [click images to open them at full size in new tabs/windows] How is this ontological? Persistent URIs for Sparks Sparks are the name Google uses to refer to concepts, also known as subjects, categories, tags, terms (you get the idea.) This warrants more dissecting and attention. One interesting thing to note, especially for those who aren’t clear on the fact that semantic data can be kept private. Persistent URIs for Posts Why this Matters They’ve learned.

75-year-old woman cuts off Internet to Georgia and Armenia A retired 75-year-old woman has single-handedly managed to cut off the Internet connection of two countries. She was digging around for scrap metal when she happened upon something far more valuable: Armenia and Georgia’s connection to the Internet. The interior ministry in Tbilisi said the woman hacked into a fibre-optic cable which runs through Georgia to Armenia, causing thousands of Internet users in both countries to lose connection for a few hours on March 28. Georgian interior ministry spokesman Zura Gvenetadze told the Associated Foreign Press that she found the cable and had intended to steal it. She was then found in the village of Ksani, north of Tbilisi, Georgia’s capitol, and has been charged with damaging property. The woman could be seeing up to three years of prison if convicted. Gvenetadze said the woman’s age has been taken into account and she has been released pending the end of the investigation and upcoming trial. More at BBC News and Yahoo! Jennifer’s Opinion

The Sound of History: Mescaline, Music, and Terror - How the ancient priests of Peru’s Chavín de Huántar may have manipulated sound—and drugs—to manipulate their followers — and how we found out about it through the new field of “archaeoacoustics.” A thousand years before the birth of Christ, in an Andean valley in Peru, a priest may have handed a subject a ceremonial bowlful of the juice of the San Pedro cactus. That subject would then be led down into a black and confusing labyrinth. Terrified, he or she would do anything the priests say. This is the theory of the acoustical madhouse of Chavín de Huántar, a 3,000-year-old temple complex about 150 miles north of Lima. “If you have archaeology and no acoustics, you’re deaf,” says archaeoacoustician David Lubman. In the last few years, practitioners in the field of archaeoacoustics have come up with intriguing (if sometimes controversial) new insights about well-trodden ground from Stonehenge to Chichén Itzá’s Mayan temples. The Song of the Pututu The funhouse effects don’t end there.

Without Internet, Urban Poor Fear Being Left Behind In Digital Age Jillian Maldonado is a 29-year-old student at the Mid-Manhattan Adult Learning Center and an Avon sales representative who earns $300 a week. On most nights, she takes the D train from her classes in Manhattan back to her third-floor apartment in the South Bronx. It’s a tough neighborhood. A few months ago she heard gunshots outside her window. Once home, Maldonado cooks dinner. She cleans up. A year ago, Maldonado’s computer stopped working and she cannot afford a new one. When she returns to her apartment, she rummages through her purse and places whatever money she can spare in a jar half-filled with coins and crumpled dollars. “My teacher assumes everyone has Internet at home,” she said. Maldonado is not alone. But being disconnected isn’t just a function of being poor. “The cost of being offline is greater now than it was 10 years ago,” said John Horrigan, vice president of policy research at TechNet, a trade association representing high-tech companies.

How Do You Count Parallel Universes? One question, one wildly off-tangent hypothesis. Question: given how we can't seem to find dark matter, let alone dark energy, is there any theory that suggests that neither exists *within* our universe, but are instead somehow manifestations of the multiverse? i.e., perhaps "shadows" of something we can't ever see directly? Wildly off-tangent hypothesis: I'm as atheist as they come, but I've always thought that if anything could prove the existence of God (or, "God"), it was proof of the multiverse. I tend to think that our Universe didn't produce that— physical laws *here* being what they are— but who knows?