Kickstarter Freezes Anonabox Project for Misleading Funders
All August Germar asked for was $7,500 to fund his privacy-focused router project. But as the attention and controversy around his Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign snowballed over the last five days, he found himself at one point with 82 times that amount—and now with nothing.
On Friday afternoon Kickstarter suspended the crowdfunding campaign for Anonabox, an initiative to sell a tiny, $45 router that would run all a user’s online traffic over the anonymity network Tor. The idea tapped into an explosive demand for simple privacy technology, and earned more than 10 times its modest goal in hours. But as funders shoveled more than half a million dollars into the project, they also began to pick apart Anonabox’s claims of creating custom hardware, as well as the promised security of its software. Soon, many were calling for the project to be cancelled, and asked others to report its shortfalls to Kickstarter staff, who now say they’ll cancel all investors’ pledges.
In an email to the project’s investors, Kickstarter told backers only that “a review of the project uncovered evidence that it broke Kickstarter’s rules.” Those rules, the email continued, prohibit “offering purchased items and claiming to have made them yourself,” “presenting someone else’s work as your own” and “misrepresenting or failing to disclose relevant facts about the project or its creator.”
The backlash against Anonabox began Tuesday evening, as users pointed out that the router’s hardware, which Anonabox creator Germar had claimed was custom-designed, could be found for sale from Chinese suppliers on sites like the business e-commerce platform Alibaba. In fact, Germar soon clarified to WIRED that the Anonabox prototype was built from an off-the-shelf case and a nearly stock board tweaked to add more flash memory storage, both sourced from the Chinese manufacturer Gainstrong. That was a reversal of some claims he had made to WIRED before our initial story on Anonabox, which we corrected Wednesday; Germar had said, for instance, that the case was created with a custom injection mold that Anonabox had paid to have its supplier create.
Others soon followed up with critiques of Anonabox’s software: the router’s default settings left its wireless network open and included a hardcoded root password that would leave users vulnerable to spying or compromise by hackers, the said. Those security shortcomings, the project’s critics argued, were especially egregious considering that Anonabox’s founders had said they intended the device to be used by journalists protecting sources and political dissidents in repressive regimes.
Kickstarter Freezes Anonabox Privacy Router Project for Misleading Funders
$45 Anonabox to Bypass Internet Censorship, Lock Out Gov’t Surveillance
Four years in the making, the Anonabox is “a networking device that provides anonymous Internet access and encryption, and helps to bypass censorship in places where access to the Internet is limited.” Built to run on the “deep-Web” Tor networks, all traffic coming in and going out of your device is securely encrypted from interception by authorities.
Feelin' my Roots...
The last two weeks have been a pain for me, losing access for so many days.
Even then I managed to eek out a few items worth posting. Now it's time for catching up on the emails and resuming my regular news cycles.
Would be great to have a fat bank account, with newer equipment and even wider connections for fresh, unusual news.
Maybe my new, revised Lucid dream machine might help me discover the Texas Lottery numbers. Just one win would do it. Hey, hope springs eternal!
In the meantime, sometimes, ya just gotta let your hair down, take a few swigs, relax and enjoy some good old country music. Proud to be Texan and raised on Country! - JWD
Feelin' my Roots...
Anura is a low-cost drone not much larger than an iPhone, with fold-in rotors for better portability. With the rotors tucked neatly inside its body, the Anura is around the size of a thicker 4.7-inch iPhone 6. Like the blades of a Swiss Army knife, the rotor arms fold outwards to transform the brick-like device into a quadcopter ready for take off.
Anura is piloted by an iOS or Android smartphone over Wi-Fi. It is also equipped with what AeriCam describes only as a micro camera, which streams action directly to your mobile device.
Aericam tells us that range will extend to 80 ft (25 m) with a flight time of around 10 minutes per charge, while top speed is claimed to be 25 mph (40 km/h). There is also some added flight functionality that the team is hoping to incorporate should its funding allow, such as phone tracking, auto takeoff, auto landing and a return home function.
The company will be launching a crowdfunding campaign in mid-October to raise funds for production. It is looking to attract a minimum of 500 backers in order to offer Anura for under US$200.
Rays in Photos tell whether Subject Lives
(the photo gives an idea of how special frequencies can reveal things unseen in regular light) - "Sensitive Device Records Emanations from Picture, which Cease When Death Comes. "By William Hirunan, c 1933 by Universal Services, Inc.
LONDON, Mar. 29, 1933. - Science is capable of determining from a photograph whether the subject of the snapshot has died since the picture was taken.
Invention of an instrument which detects the movement of 'life waves' or 'Z waves" on a photographic plate, and the stillness of these waves after the death of the subject was reported today by E.S. Shrapnell-Smith, one of Britian's noted scientists.
Shrapnell-Smith, an authority on chemistry and a government expert on transportation, said the inventor of the instrument is a German scientist, whose name is being kept secret.
NEAR GREAT DISCOVERY - "The German, it was said, is engaged in research which has brought him to the verge of discovering the structure of the atom and a new conception of organic matter.
"Entrusted by the inventor to conduct full tests and researches regarding his· sensational 'life-wave detector, Shrapnell-Smith revealed to Universal Service (news service) that he has experimented with more than 700 photographs in tests. He said: "Life, or specifically, the human brain, like a radio station, emits a distinct type of wave which we call the Z wave.' "These human life-waves or z-waves are transmitted to and fixed in a photographic plate, just as the atomic rays of the sun alter the plate and fixed in it. "
HAS SCIENTIFIC BASIS - "We are able to measure these life-waves. Through the instrument, these waves are amplified and become visible through their movement." "This movement measures between a half-inch to three inches in the instrument recorder.
While the subject of the photograph is alive, movement of the waves is lively. The moment the person dies, no matter how far distant from the photograph, the life-waves or z-waves cease to emanate from the plate."
"I am unable to reveal at present just what the instrument consists of, but it is based and depends on first, radiation; second, magnet; third, static electricity, and fourth, current electricity. There is nothing psychic or mysterious about it. It is the result of a new application of the laws of science."
Quoted from the New York American, Thursday, March 30, 1933.
Veloloop lets bicycles trigger traffic light sensors
If you're a regular bicycle commuter, then you've no doubt experienced the following scenario: you're the only vehicle going in your direction at a controlled intersection, and the light is red, but it won't change to green because the traffic sensors embedded in the asphalt can't register your presence. Well, that's where the Veloloop comes in. It's designed to make those sensors think that your bike is a car.
Embedded "inductive loop" traffic sensors work by creating an electromagnetic field in the surface layer of the road. When a sufficiently-large metal object – such as a car – stops above the sensor, it creates eddy currents within that field. This is detected by the system's traffic signal controller, which causes the light to change.
Bicycles, however, simply don't consist of enough metal to trip the sensors. Approaches such as positioning your bike in exactly the right orientation relative to the sensors' looped electrical wires are claimed to work (as are magnets in the rider's shoes), but the Veloloop looks like it's considerably easier.
It remains in standby mode while the bike is in motion, but sets to work once an accompanying spoke-mounted magnet indicates that the rear wheel has stopped turning. Using its looped aluminum antenna, the Veloloop then starts by searching for the sensor's electromagnetic signal, scanning a variety of frequencies. Once it locates the signal and "locks on," it then emits its own signal. This affects the sensor's magnetic field in the same way as the metal in a car, triggering a traffic light change.
The Veloloop is powered by two AA batteries, and can reportedly run for at least a year on one pair. Its California-based creators are currently raising production funds, on Kickstarter. A pledge of US$99 will get you one, when and if they're ready to go.
Veloloop lets bicycles trigger traffic light sensors
Invisible no more
In a 2013 RAND Corporation report, one of the nation's foremost military analysts, blasted the F-35 for being a fighter that "can't turn, can't climb, can't run." Proponents of the F-35 reply that because it's stealthy, it shouldn't have to do any of those things -- lobbing missiles at its foes from over the horizon, and long before they can even see it. Unfortunately, it turns out that the F-35 may not do the "invisibility" thing very well, either.
As DefenseNews.com recently revealed, China has a new device that may be able to track Lockheed's F-35 fighter with "passive" radar detection technology. Dubbed the DWL002, China's equipment can apparently detect stealth aircraft at distances of up to 400 kilometers -- and 600 kilometers for larger "stealth" targets -- processing "pulse, frequency agility, pulse duration, tactical air navigation system, distance measuring equipment, jitter/stagger radar, and identification friend or foe" signals emitted by the otherwise stealthy aircraft to determine its location.
To be clear, DWL002 is not an active radar system itself. As International Assessment and Strategy Center senior fellow Richard Fisher explains "Passive systems like these simply listen for any electronic emission," identifying an aircraft without having to ping it with an active radar transmitter. As such, whether or not the F-35 is itself invisible to "radar" may be a moot point. China can "see" it anyway. (Thanks Norm for the headsup on this. - JWD)
Some of us knew how decades ago - After a short period of discussions, one of the men engaged me in a discussion about Quartz switches and expressed their interest in the work of Professor Nunnelly at UTA in Dallas. It seems, the Stealth bomber which was able to make itself 'radar invisible' by a special coating had cost billions and the government had massive investments in the technology involved in the Stealth.
It seems Professor Nunnelly was using quartz crystals switched very rapidly in a high power oscillator circuit to provide basically a spark gap type frequency spectrum. When the frequencies from this were radiated like a multi-frequency
radar, a very clear image of the Stealth plane, with all its high tech, high dollar technology came through, making all that investment in radar invisibility totally useless.
The result was that Professor Nunnelly was shall we say 'having problems' getting funding, since his basic and very inexpensive (by government/military spending standards) was a serious threat to a multi billion dollar business and to the reputations and livelihoods of many government and military officials who spearheaded the Stealth. Nunnelly WOULD HAVE MADE the whole Stealth radar invisibility premise irrelevant. Geez, hope I don't get in trouble for this...but that's what we talked about...more at the link... - JWD
Invisible no more
A photograph taken by the Mars Curiosity Rover shows what appears to be an elongated skull on the Martian surface. According to an October 18, 2014, report by UFO Sightings Daily, the curious object is an elongated head similar to those found in ancient Egypt. In a Youtube video, the Martian skull like object is compared to elongated human skulls found in various Egyptian murals and the similarity is striking.
In the video, comparisons with various elongated human skulls depicted in Egyptian murals and statues, the suggestion is that the object is a human skull. If so, then the elongated skull may be evidence of a tangible connection between ancient Egypt and Mars. Both Earth and Mars at one time in their history possessed a human population with elongated skulls that were part of their respective planetary leaders.
Whatever the origin of the mysterious object, it is unlikely that the Curiosity Rover will investigate it more closely due to the standard response by NASA that such fossil like bone fragments are just rocks. For example, in its response to a Mars Rover image of what appeared to be a thigh bone found on Mars, NASA responded that it was nothing more than rock.
Former NASA employees, such as Richard Hoover, however disagree. Hoover claims that NASA administrators go to great lengths to cover up the possibility of Martian life, and in one case directed one of the Rover missions to actually destroy evidence of a Martian fossil.
Perhaps NASA’s standard response is right, and the skull looking object captured by Curiosity Rover is just a rock. Alternatively, the object may be the elongated skull of a humanoid species that had a historical connection to ancient Egypt. Was NASA Administrator Bolden’s October 9 claim of past Martian life purely coincidental in timing, or the start of NASA releasing more of what it really knows about life on Mars?
04/16/13 - Easter Island & why Pharoahs wore big hats - I always wondered about these seemingly uncomfortable Egyptian neck supports. With an extended braincase, now they make sense! So is this why the pope, bishops and cardinals wear big hats? Are they too 'emulating' gods? New churches and 'cults/religions' always incorporate parts of earlier 'pagan' cults as story (the pagan gods now become demonized) or very ancient physical holy places to help their new 'cult' become accepted by the people.
Many say these extended skulls are ALL artificially 'boarded' to elongate the skulls to 'imitate the gods', wonder how many were not 'boarded' and thats their natural shape as 'descendents' of 'gods/aliens'. It follows that with superior mentation would not OTHER abilities be amplified?
Is that an elongated human skull on Mars?
In an interview at Bloomberg's Next Big Thing Summit in San Francisco, Hiroyoshi Yoshiki — the managing officer with Toyota's technical administration group — said that the company had been studying a similar idea of flying cars at one of its "most advanced" research and development areas, but cautioned that the concept was not like actually flying around in three-dimensional space.
Instead, he said, the plan is to get the car "a little bit away" from the road to reduce friction, similar to a hovercraft.
Two issues preventing the widespread uptake of electric vehicles are recharging time and lack of range. Now, scientists have shown one potential means of negating these issues. Their demonstration of electric power transfer via the car-wheel is claimed as the world's first.
Electric vehicles can already be powered via infrastructure in the road. The South Korean city of Gumi uses a means of electromagnetic induction to power some of its buses. This newly-demonstrated method, however, uses radio frequency transmission.
The radio frequency voltage is applied to a balanced metal track running under the surface of the road. The car then picks up this voltage "via electrical capacitance between the metal and a steel belt installed inside of the tires of the EV."
To test their concept, Hanazawa and Ohira created a 1/32 scale electric vehicle. Using the prototype, they were able to show that such a vehicle could be propelled at a frequency of 52 MHz with a power penetration efficiency of over 75 percent.
Hanazawa and Ohira believe that the technology has the potential to enable "a tremendous extension of the EV cruising range." Indeed, by powering electric vehicles in real-time, it would hypothetically allow them to run indefinitely on much smaller batteries than are currently required.
If you've never seen the real time U.S. Debt Clock and your heart is up to it, click the link and be astounded at how wasteful 'our government' is.
Prepare to be Freaked OUT!
Paraffin to store Heat
Although solar panels are active while the sun is shining, they typically don't do much once the sun goes down. This is why some systems incorporate water tanks. The water is heated during the day via the panels, then that stored thermal energy (heat) is used to warm the home at night. While the tanks are effective, they also take up a lot of space, making them difficult to fit into peoples' homes. A newly-developed device, however, stores just as much heat in half the space – using paraffin instead of water.
Here's how the system works ... - Water is heated by rooftop solar thermal panels and then flows into the house to the thermal energy storage unit. Upon reaching the device, it circulates through channels between the plates. As it does so, the heat in the water is absorbed by the aluminum and passes through to the paraffin – which is in a solid state at the time.
Upon reaching a temperature of about 60º C (140º F), however, the paraffin melts to store the heat energy. When heat is needed later, cool water is circulated through the channels, lowering the temperature of the paraffin. Once it drops below 60º C and re-solidifies, it releases the stored heat. The use of the thin plates allows the thermal energy to be released from the paraffin relatively quickly. Normally, such phase-change materials take a long time to release energy, which has limited their usefulness in thermal energy storage devices.
Along with being able to do the work of a water tank of twice the volume, the storage units could also be built in a variety of shapes – not just cylinders, as is the case with tanks. This means they could be tucked into corners, or even built into false ceilings.
Paraffin to store Heat
How often have you seen muslims defending their beliefs, claiming they are a religion of peace? And yet they teach and practice death and world domination towards anyone who does not convert or believe in their mythos.
Thomas Jefferson, in a letter of March 28, 1786, describing an interaction with a Muslim ambassador;
“We took the liberty to make some inquiries concerning the Grounds of their pretensions to make war upon a Nation who had done them no Injury, and observed that we considered all mankind as our Friends who had done us no wrong, nor had given us any provocation.
The [Tunisian] Ambassador answered us that it was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman [aka Muslim] who should be slain in Battle was sure to go to Paradise.”
As you can see, the infection continues, grows and we will have to deal with it one day, probably with tragic consequences on all sides. Bill Maher once said, "There is no place for religion in the future." He is so correct about that.
Look up all the wars and death and destruction that have been caused by religious differences in the past and up to our times. Christians also deny the misery they cause and support.
We spend trillions on war for oil without any regard for all the innocents today and in the future, who will be born and have to live in chemically polluted lands caused by us. Is that what a real Christian would allow?
It's not just the Muslims, but all religions that are mental infections. My issue with the Muslims is this desire to take over the world and kill anyone who does not comply with them. So when you hear, "We come in Peace", Raise shields Scotty!
"We come in Peace", the Muslim and Martian mantra
10/20/14 - Down again...
Lost internet again about 3 days after they fixed it the first time. This time they said the problem is on the server, they promised it would be fixed Friday but this is Mexico...so here it is Sunday and I'm hoping they'll get it fixed Monday. Last time it took 6 days!
I still use an old XP desktop for all my work as my wifi laptop was stolen when I first moved into this house. Now have razorwire, dual locked gates, video cams front and back with motion detect/archive/ftp, alarms on windows. I hate downtime because I'm one of those geeks who likes to be reliable. 25 years running Keelynet ought to say something about that.
Found a very old, but most intriguing news item about a 'life signal' that is encoded into photographic plates. When the person dies, the signal stops, no matter the distance! Don't know if it works on printed photos or digitized since it might be related to photo silver or other photo chemicals. Stay tuned and Hasta La Vista! - JWD
Addendum 10/20/14 @ 3:30PM - Back up now so will reNEWS tonight!
“Crash Course” in Flying Cars
The question “When do we get flying cars?” has been around for decades. However, this exceptionally funny and well-crafted video from the Media Design School of Auckland, New Zealand posits that maybe flying cars are not such a good idea.
Pretty good case against flying cars - Thanks to his companies Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk is heavily invested in automobiles and rockets. But don't expect him to combine the concepts any time soon. "I'm not sure about the flying cars," Musk said during an apperance today at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit. "If the sky was full of cars flying all over the place, it would affect how things look. It would affect the skyline. And it would be noisier and there would be a greater probability of something falling on your head. Those are not good things."
"Crash Course” in Flying Cars
A roofer says his collection of around 40 vintage bumper cars which is set to appear on television is “a hobby that got out of hand”. Peter Ward often leaves bystanders confounded when they see him driving down the street at the wheel of a dodgem.
Peter said: “If you go to any other seafront they have got their dodgems all closed off in a ring. But us on Sheppey, we do things a bit differently. Ours are on the loose.
“I get them, clean them up, and seeing them roll out of the garage with the lights on and with a bit of a shine and a polish – it’s a bit like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang I suppose, when the car comes flying out of the garage, that’s how it feels.
Although only six of the rides have been given electric motors Peter says all of them will get the same treatment eventually.
But how do they drive? “It’s quite a nice ride actually,” says the dad-of-two. “They don’t do more than 4 mph and I can do 16 miles on one charge. As soon as you take your foot off the pedal they stop so there’s no danger to the public.”
He sticks to the pavement but admits he has been pulled over by the police three times, not due to speeding, but rather the curiosity of officers asking him how they operate. The 53-year-old has also installed a 50cc two stroke engine into a Postman Pat van from an old children’s ride and it now reaches speeds of 40mph.
Most of the dodgems date back to the 1960s and ‘70s and Mr Ward sources them mainly through fairgrounds and various websites, although he now receives lots of calls from sellers after building a name for himself in the world of amusements memorabilia.
Sonic welding for clothing
The U.S. Navy could be turning to ultrasonic welding to make its uniforms lighter, stronger and cheaper. And if the project by a Rhode Island company and the Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility is a success, it could help bring manufacturing back from overseas.
Welded seams — created when two pieces of fabric are essentially melted together by sound waves — are already used in some clothing that some Americans have in their closets. Patagonia and North Face both sell models of jackets with welded seams. But so far, most, if not all, of that manufacturing is done overseas.
Current garment assembly methods can be cumbersome and costly, Heath said. Different kinds of stitches are used and garments have to be moved from sewing machine to sewing machine as they are formed. One welded seam could replace several stitch types and the sewing machines associated with them, he said.
The seam is a garment's weak point, said Propel president Clare King. Using a needle and thread creates tiny holes that air and water can permeate, taping a seam to cover the holes adds weight. The welded seams have proven to be lightweight, flexible and waterproof, King said.
"We have a lot of opportunity to improve the garments and also effect change at the factory level," King said. "Some of these technologies have been used in factories overseas but we have no knowledge base here of how to do them or how to implement them."
Seams are welded on some large tents, liners and other specialty industrial fabrics, but not on typical, casual clothing. For the Navy project, King consulted Patagonia, whose M10 jacket has welded seams and is made in Vietnam.
Seams that are welded are typically straight lines, not ones that turn corners, and it's expensive to use this method, Vernachio added.
Few garment manufacturers are welding seams now, mainly because the easiest and cheapest way to make an article of clothing is still by sewing it, said Augustine Tantillo, president of the National Council of Textile Organizations. It has been too daunting to try to develop a machine at a low cost that performs as well as a skilled sewer, he added. But if the technology could be developed and perfected for the military, it could seep over into the commercial market, Tantillo said.
Sonic welding for clothing
Cloud-seeding aircraft have successfully landed at the Zhijiang Airport, also known as Chihchiang Airfield, in a trial operation on Sept. 30, Fan Zhichao, a senior engineer with the provincial weather modification office, told Xinhua on Tuesday.
He said the airport's new mission is an important part of the efforts in Hunan, China's largest rice producer, to fight severe droughts in recent years. Built in 1936, the airport was once home to the American Volunteer Group known as the Flying Tigers and played a key role in China's fight against invading Japanese.
"The Zhijiang Airport still needs to fix some facilities for its new service, but we are happy to have it as our new base anyway," said Fan. Zhijiang airport joins another airport in Changsha, the provincial capital, as a base of operations for artificial precipitation.
"It's far more than enough considering the droughts worsening in recent years. Plus, the need of cloud seeding is mounting because of smog," said Fan. Despite nearly 2,000 artificial rainfall operations, Hunan saw the worst drought in decades in 2013, which led more than 3 million people experience water supply shortages and a direct economic loss of more than 11 billion yuan (1.79 billion U.S. dollars), according to the provincial government.
Former WWII airport re-assigned to cloud seeding
Comedy club where LAUGHING costs you money
One laugh at Teatreneu in Barcelona costs you €0.30 (24p or 38 cents). The system was dreamt up by advertising agency, The Cyranos McCann. The average ticket price per person has so far been €6 (£4.70 or $7.58). A number of people have tried, and reportedly failed, to sit through a comedy show without laughing in an attempt to get a free ticket.
It seems the pricing system has caught on, with other theatres in Spain now copying the pay-per-laugh technology. It is unclear which facial recognition software is being used, but most use algorithms to track facial landmarks on a subject's face.
For instance, an algorithm can analyse the position, size or shape of the mouth to determine whether a person is laughing, smiling or sad. The comedy club has also launched a mobile app as a method of payment and a pay-per-laugh season ticket.
James Woroniecki, director of London's 99 Club, told the BBC: 'Sounds fun, just so long as all the facial recognition data doesn't get forwarded to the NSA [US National Security Agency]. 'It'd be a big technical challenge - as people laugh so often at the 99 we'd have to install a cash machine by every seat.'
Comedy club where LAUGHING costs you money
Alkaline hydrolysis is the eco-friendly way to dispose of the dead
Caitlin Doughty, a mortician from Los Angeles, describes the process. It involves submerging the body in a water and potassium hydroxide. The dead body is then pressurised and heated for around three hours. This leaves a thick, green-brown tinted liquid that is flushed away. Because of its environmental advantages, some in the funeral industry say it could someday rival burial and cremation.
Dissolving dead bodies to create a brown, foul-smelling syrup may sound gruesome, but that’s exactly what some people are hoping to happen to them once they pass away. The process is called alkaline hydrolysis and was developed more than two decades ago to get rid of animal carcasses. It’s a more efficient and environmentally-friendly of getting rid of dead bodies, according to scientists.
Alkaline hydrolysis uses lye, 300°C heat and huge amounts of pressure to destroy bodies in big stainless-steel cylinders that look similar to pressure cookers.
‘The dead body is put in a silk bag’ explains the 30-year-old. ‘That silk bag is putting into a metal tube that looks like the cryogenic tank they put Mel Gibson in, in Forever Young.’ The process involves submerging the body in a solution of water and potassium hydroxide, which is then pressurised and heated for two-and-a-half to three hours.
This leaves a green-brown tinted liquid containing amino acids, peptides, sugars and salts and soft, porous white bone remains which are easily crushed. Because of its environmental advantages, some in the funeral industry say it could someday rival burial and cremation.
It also eliminates concerns about crematorium emissions, including carbon dioxide, which can be released into the air as part of the process. But getting the public to accept the process is challenge. The process enables a portion of the human remains to be flushed down a drain, and some have branded this ‘undignified.’
‘I’m guessing that the people who say that, don’t know that in the embalming process, for a traditional funeral, the blood drained out of the body goes right down the drain,’ said Ms Doughty. As well as the liquid, the process leaves a dry residue similar in appearance to cremated remains. It could be returned to the family in an urn or buried in a cemetery.
Alkaline hydrolysis is the eco-friendly way to dispose of the dead
Shirt positions heat pouches over major blood vessels to keep you warm
Kentucky-based inventor has designed a shirt with heated pockets. Called Podz Gear it has six pouches that store thermo-chemical packs. These are positioned in a way that a person's whole body is heated. Regular hand warmers can also be used in each of the pockets. The £47 ($74.95) product is currently part of a Kickstarter campaign.
According to the inventor, these evenly spread heat over a person's body, ensuring they stay warm in cold conditions. 'Podz Gear takes the place of multiple layers of clothing and keeps the user warmer while not restricting mobility,' the company writes on Kickstarter.
'Pockets are designed to hold thermo-chemical packs and are arranged along major blood vessels. 'This allows the wearer's circulatory system to use the blood as a heat transfer fluid. 'Using the blood to modify body temperature permits the wearer to maintain their appendage and core body temperature and enhance their tolerance of otherwise uncomfortable or dangerous temperatures.'
Explorers to Mars will suffocate within 68 days
Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists analysed Mars One's plan to create a colony on Mars by the next decade. They say it has a number of flaws and the proposal is doomed to failure. First they say that the astronauts will not have enough food and will starve. Plants will also produce too much oxygen in their habitats - leading to suffocation and also posing a significant risk of explosions. There will also not be enough spare parts to keep the colony maintained. ‘The first crew fatality would occur approximately 68 days into the mission,' the researchers write.
First, the astronauts simply won’t have enough food. Based on Mars One’s mission plan, the students say the colonists would ultimately starve on Mars.
Next, one of the goals of Mars One is to grow crops in some of the habitats on the red planet. But according to the students, this would create huge amounts of oxygen, in turn creating highly flammable environments. Oxygen would need to be vented while nitrogen levels would need to be maintained to keep up the air pressure; however, the technology to do this on another planet has not yet been invented.
‘Our habitation simulations revealed that crop growth, if large enough to provide 100 per cent of the settlement’s food, will produce unsafe oxygen levels in the habitat,' the researchers write. 'As a result, some form of oxygen removal system is required - a technology that has not yet been developed for spaceflight.’
Humidity within these modules would also likely be around 100 per cent - something that is not fatal, but certainly uncomfortable for the astronauts. They also say that spare and replacement parts will be greatly needed but, owing to the nine-month or so trip time from Earth to Mars, these will be hard to come by.
‘After 130 months on the Martian surface, spare parts compose 62 per cent of the mass transported to the Martian surface,' they write. And finally, they point out that even getting all the necessary equipment to Mars will require 15 launches of Space X’s upcoming super-rocket, the Falcon Heavy, at a cost of £2.8 billion ($4.5 billion).
SpaceX are yet to fly this rocket, making the plans to use 15 of them before the launch vehicle has even been tested somewhat ambitious. The paper does offer at least one suggestion to ensure the long-term survival of the crew, though. They say a separate structure could be used to grow food and also store excess oxygen, dishing out only what is need to the modules inhabited by the colonists.
Explorers to Mars will suffocate within 68 days
They were running the system at about 2300 watts or power output and putting in about 900 watts. The total net energy obtained during the 32 days run was about 1.5 MWh.
ABSTRACT - New results are presented from an extended experimental investigation of anomalous heat production in a special type of reactor tube operating at high temperatures. The react or, named E - Cat, is charged with a small amount of hydrogen - loaded nickel powder plus some additives, mainly Lithium. The reaction is primarily initiated by heat from resistor coils around the reactor tube. Measurements of the radiated power from the react or were performed with high - resolution thermal ima ging cameras.
The measurements of electrical power input were performed with a large bandwidth three - phase power analyzer. Data were collected during 32 days of running in March 2014. The reactor operating point was set to about 1260 º C in the first half of the run, and at about 1400 ° C in the second half.
The measured energy balance between input and output heat yielded a COP factor of about 3.2 and 3.6 for the 1260 º C and 1400 º C runs, respectively. The total net energy obtained during the 32 days run was about 1.5 MWh.
This amount of energy is far more than can be obtained from any known chemical sources in the small reactor volume. A sample of the fuel was carefully examined with respect to its isotopic composition before the run and after the run, using several standard methods : XPS, EDS, SIMS, ICP - MS and IC P - A E S.
The isotope composition in Lithium and Nickel was found to agree with the natural composition before the run, while after the run it was fo und to have changed substantially . Nuclear reactions are therefore indicated to be present in the run process, which however is hard to reconcile with the fact that no radioactivity was detected outside the reactor during the run...
Will vs. Living Trust
Essentially, a revocable living trust supercedes a basic will. It contains all the instructions on where you want your money to go, and it offers you (the trustee) four additional benefits.
First of all, you can avoid probate with a correctly funded trust. A will actually invites probate – it takes probate to prove its validity. Probate costs you money and time: in some states, the probate process can drag on for years. A will can be made public, and it can be challenged; a living trust cannot.
Second, a living trust can tell your loved ones what to do if you are severely disabled, gravely ill, or incapacitated. While a durable power of attorney gives someone the power to act legally on your behalf, not all financial institutions will recognize it, especially if it was created some time ago. They will recognize a valid living trust. Additionally, with a living trust, your spouse (or other alternate trustee) can manage your affairs as soon as you are unable to, without the courts interfering.
Third, you can potentially realize a great estate tax benefit. Normally, when spouses pass away, their heirs must pay estate taxes. A living trust can be structured to split into two trusts upon the death of one spouse (what is commonly known as an AB trust). This preserves the estate tax credit of the spouse who died and the unlimited marital deduction for the remainder of the estate.
Fourth, a living trust lets you transfer assets to your heirs with conditions attached, if you so desire. Even after you’re gone, you can control the way your assets are distributed.
In case you didn't notice, this went into effect on January 1, 2014:
Top Medicare tax went from 1.45% to 2.35%
Top Income tax bracket went from 35% to 39.6%
Top Income payroll tax went from 37.4% to 52.2%
Capital Gains tax went from 15% to 28%
Dividends tax went from 15% to 39.6% Estate tax went from 0% to 55%
These taxes were all passed under the Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare) only with Democrat votes; no Republicans voted for these taxes.
Will vs. Living Trust
1. Taking a gram or so of day of vitamin C won't protect you against anything except acute scurvy; it doesn't matter whether the vitamin is liposomal, nano-particles, or even gold-plated. Beware of websites, companies, and Youtube clips making wild and unsubstantiated claims about the efficacy of vitamin C.
2. Clinical reports suggest that taking vitamin C almost to bowel tolerance every day (in divided doses) will help to protect you against all viruses. Reports by independent physicians have been consistent for decades.
However, the doctors also stipulated most emphatically that the dose and the way you take it must be right - or it will not work. There is no direct placebo controlled "evidence" that massive doses of vitamin C will work on Ebola, and nobody would volunteer to take part in that study.
But massive doses are reported to have helped against every virus it has been pitched against. This includes Polio, Dengue and AIDS, and it even makes vaccination work better...
Vitamin C - A cure for Ebola
The UW's reactor, called the dynomak, started as a class project taught by Jarboe two years ago. After the class ended, Jarboe and doctoral student Derek Sutherland – who previously worked on a reactor design at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – continued to develop and refine the concept.
The design builds on existing technology and creates a magnetic field within a closed space to hold plasma in place long enough for fusion to occur, allowing the hot plasma to react and burn. The reactor itself would be largely self-sustaining, meaning it would continuously heat the plasma to maintain thermonuclear conditions. Heat generated from the reactor would heat up a coolant that is used to spin a turbine and generate electricity, similar to how a typical power reactor works.
"This is a much more elegant solution because the medium in which you generate fusion is the medium in which you're also driving all the current required to confine it," Sutherland said.
There are several ways to create a magnetic field, which is crucial to keeping a fusion reactor going. The UW's design is known as a spheromak, meaning it generates the majority of magnetic fields by driving electrical currents into the plasma itself. This reduces the amount of required materials and actually allows researchers to shrink the overall size of the reactor.
Right now, the UW's concept is about one-tenth the size and power output of a final product, which is still years away. The researchers have successfully tested the prototype's ability to sustain a plasma efficiently, and as they further develop and expand the size of the device they can ramp up to higher-temperature plasma and get significant fusion power output.
Stalin: “People who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.”
Hitler: “By the skillful and sustained use of propaganda, one can make a people see even heaven as hell or an extremely wretched life as paradise.”
Mussolini: “Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power”
Mao: “If the U.S. monopoly capitalist groups persist in pushing their policies of aggression and war, the day is bound to come when they will be hanged by the people of the whole world. The same fate awaits the accomplices of the United States.”
Too stupid to Govern
Mass genocide by ebola
“Depopulation should be the highest priority of U.S. foreign policy towards the Third World.” Henry Kissinger
“Society has no business to permit degenerates to reproduce their kind” Theodore Roosevelt
"A total world population of 250-300 million people, a 95% decline from present levels, would be ideal.” Ted Turner, in an interview with Audubon magazine
“There is a single theme behind all our work–we must reduce population levels. Either governments do it our way, through nice clean methods, or they will get the kinds of mess that we have in El Salvador, or in Iran or in Beirut. Population is a political problem. Once population is out of control, it requires authoritarian government, even fascism, to reduce it….”
“Our program in El Salvador didn’t work. The infrastructure was not there to support it. There were just too goddamned many people…. To really reduce population, quickly, you have to pull all the males into the fighting and you have to kill significant numbers of fertile age females….” “The quickest way to reduce population is through famine, like in Africa, or through disease like the Black Death….” Thomas Ferguson, State Department Office of Population Affairs
Video #1 - Ebola and Gates
Video #2 - Eugenics - Tomorrow's Children - A young woman wishes to marry her boyfriend and raise a family, but because her own family has been deemed "defective" by the state health authorities--her parents are lazy alcoholics who continue to have children, and her brothers are crippled, have mental problems or are jailed--she is ordered by a court to undergo sterilization so that her family's "defective genes" won't be passed on to any more children. Her boyfriend and a kindly priest desperately search for a way to stop the forced sterilization before it's too late.
Mass genocide by ebola
In Dec. 12, 1936 Canadian Automotive Magazine states that the standard carburetor gets about 25 mpg at only 9% efficiency. Therefore the Pogue carburetor is 72% efficient overall at 200 mpg.
“A carburetor that would allow a car to travel 200 miles on a gallon of gas caused oil stocks to crash when it was announced by its Canadian inventor Charles Nelson Pogue in the 1930s. But the carburetor was never produced in enough volume, and mysteriously, Pogue went overnight from impoverished inventor to the manager of a successful factory making oil filters for the motor industry. Ever since, suspicion has lingered that oil companies colluded to bury Pogue’s invention.”
see “Frank” and “16 year ago …” below.
“In 1933 Charles Nelson Pogue made headlines when he drove a 1932 Ford V8, 200 miles on a gallon of gas during a demonstration conducted by The Ford Motor Company in Winnipeg, Manitoba using his super-carb system.”
In early 1936 Breen Motor Company, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada tested the Pogue carburetor on a Ford V-8 Coupe and got 26.2 miles on one pint of gasoline (That’s 200+ mpg).. The performance of the car was 100% in every way. Under 10 mph the operation was much smoother than a standard carburetor. T.G. Green, President of the Breen Motor Company did the tests.
Winnipeg’s largest automobile dealers tested the Pogue carburetor and got results of up to 216.8 mpg! In 1945, according to an unnamed source, carburetors marked “POGUE CARBURETOR, DO NOT OPEN” were used on American Army tanks throughout WWII but were removed from circulation after the war ended.
In fact, many people attested to these mileage claims as The Pogue Carb went into production and was sold openly. [see Don Garlitz, above] However, one of the crucial factors of these systems is the use of “white” gasoline, which contained no additives. It was at this time oil companies started adding lead to the fuel. Lead is an anti-catalyst that rendered Pogue’s carburetor as inefficient as a regular carb. His invention caused such shock waves through the stock market, that the US and Canadian governments both stepped in and applied pressure to stifle him. In the opening months of 1936, stock exchange offices and brokers were swamped with orders to dump all oil stock immediately.
After my dad had sent me that copy of the Pogue Carburetor patent, and while I was working on my plans, an old retired gentleman with whom I was acquainted, came into my shop, and began to tell me of his experiences. He had been a machinist somewhere in Minnesota I think, when a French Canadian came to the shop. The Canadian had invented a carburetor, but was having trouble with it vapor locking. The machinist designed a valve for him that solved the problem. While the machinist was talking, he kept saying, “Oh, what was his name? Oh, what was his name?” I finally ask him, “Was that valve shaped like a rod split in half?” He looked at me in amazement, “Why, yes! How did you know?” I asked another question, “Was his name Pogue?” Then the old man was really amazed that I knew. I showed him the copy of the patent that I had, and he was really excited. He went over the papers like an excited child.
The old machinist went on to tell me how several months or was it several years later he had to take some paperwork up to the main office. He had to go through the conference room where he saw Mr. Pogue in the midst of a bunch of oil company big wigs. He named the wigs, but I forget the names. They were heads of Texaco, Shell, Esso, etc. Some of them had red faces, and Mr. Pogue looked like a trapped rabbit. Of course the machinist was very interested as to what was going on, but he knew he wasn’t supposed to be there, so he went on his way.
Later, one of the office boys came down to the shop, and told the machinist, “Hey, you know that Pogue guy that you made that valve for? Well, he sold that carburetor, and plans, lock stock and barrel to the oil company guys. They had a black man carry the whole thing down and put it into the trunk of a Pierce Arrow, and he drove off. That had been the last he had heard or seen of it until I showed him those patent papers.
200mpg Pogue Carburetor today
The Mexistim Polarity Cycler
For over 12 years now, I have slept over a 3 X 4 foot wirescreen which is connected to my Mexistim on my nightstand. I leave it on all the time using the included AC/DC adapter. It uses very little electricity.
It helps me get a deep, healing sleep and I think of it as 'health maintenance' because of all the effects listed below which I have noticed from using this device.
There are now three Mexistim versions, the K.I.S.S. (green) model which is a direct clone of the machine used on over 10,000 people, the Basic I (red) model which uses 3vdc to the screen switching at about 15 minute cycles and the Universal II (blue) model which offers 8 options allowing you to choose between 3vdc or 4.5vdc, 3 or 15 minute switching times (approximate) and other settings so you can try what works best for you.
1) Restful, sound sleep
..2) Increased red cell count
...3) Elimination of seasonal allergies
....4) Increased overall energy
.....5) No headaches
......6) No stomach pains or aches
.......7) No muscle pains
........8) Weight loss
.........9) Increase urination
.........10) Lighter color, less smelly urine
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John Oliver on Civil Forfeiture
Did you know police can just take your stuff if they suspect it's involved in a crime? They can!
It’s a shady process called “civil asset forfeiture,” and it would make for a weird episode of Law and Order. Don't chat with or offer information to police. All you have to do is show ID, insurance and car registration. This is a funny video but it addresses a very serious matter that all of us should be aware of. It needs to be STOPPED.
Your Rights if Questioned, Stopped or Arrested by the Police - You have the right, if you are stopped, to refuse to answer any questions for any reason or no reason. You can invoke your right to silence by saying, "I refuse to answer any questions" or "I want to speak to a lawyer" or "I wish to remain silent." If you do not clearly invoke your right to silence with such a statement, you may subject yourself to continued questioning by police.
There is one exception to your right to silence: According to Ohio law since April 2006, if you are in a public place and under certain circumstances, you must give your name, address and date of birth to an officer. If you fail to provide this information under such circumstances, you will be committing a fourth-degree misdemeanor and may be arrested.
Also, if you are only being stopped, you can refuse to give your consent for an officer to search your person, vehicle or home. Your refusal will force the police officer to legally justify any search made wtihout your consent. Be aware, however, that Ohio law does permit some limited searches (such as patdowns) in "stop" situations in order to search for weapons.
Further, anything you say can be used as evidence against you, (So STFU!). Sometimes people think that what they are saying won't incriminate them, but it can provide a link in a chain of information that could incriminate them.
Even if you believe the officer has no grounds to stop and question you, do not argue with or resist the police. Arguing or resisting will not help you, and may make it more likely that the police will arrest you and bring criminal charges against you. It may also give them grounds to bring even more criminal charges against you, which can make it harder for you to get out of jail on bail if you are charged. Once officers no longer have grounds to detain you, they should say you are free to go before asking to search you or your car.
More Advice - If it becomes clear that law enforcement intends to detain you, it is a good idea to ask up front what their intentions are. Police are required to give you Miranda warnings if you are in custody, a procedure whose main purpose is to protect your Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. One crucial thing to remember is that regardless of whether you have explicitly been given the Miranda warnings, you always have a right to remain silent. In other words, you never have to answer questions if you don’t want to.
The same is not true for showing identification, however, as many states make it a crime to refuse to show a police officer your ID if he or she asks to see it. This is the case in California. Additionally, while you do not have to answer the police officer's questions, you should always be courteous. Becoming argumentative or rude will do no good. In fact, it may do the opposite. Instead, say as little as possible and remain polite.
John Oliver on Civil Forfeiture