Soapbox Saturday: Banned Swimsuit Scandals!

The swimsuit remains a political hot-button in Florida, nearly one hundred years after the “scandalous” one-piece suits in my new musical Sunshine City. Thongs are banned on many beaches in Florida, and the perps are fingerprinted like any other criminal!  (Shouldn’t they be butt printed instead?)

Even People Magazine took note: When Todd Keefe went to catch a few rays on West Florida’s Lido Beach one May 17 not long ago, it turned out to be him who got caught.… Read the rest


Thirsty Thursday: Sunshine City, Free Reading Monday!

A reading of SUNSHINE CITY, book/lyrics by Dewey Davis-Thompson and lyrics/music by Tom Sivak will be held at the Palladium Theatre on September 21 at 7:00 pm. Supported by a grant from the St. Peterburg Arts Alliance, Sunshine City, The Musical will be sung and read by at The Palladium Side Door, which has donated space for the readings.… Read the rest

Wild Friday: Virtual Reality Manipulation

Today we share “An examination of various video manipulation technologies and the predictive programming embedded in major motion pictures that demonstrate the effectiveness of such technologies for use in psychological warfare and establishment propaganda.
Press reports warn that newly-developed digital data manipulation software which automate the creation of fake pictures, videos, or audio recordings could be used for political deception or military advantage.… Read the rest

Wild Friday: The Scarey Truth About Aspartame

Just in case you need a reminder … the greedy corporate machine wants to sweeten you up for the kill with aspartame.   This artificial chemical may taste good to you but aspartame sickness is real, dangerous and may actually make you fatter, despite dietary claims of the products that use it. … Read the rest


Wild Friday: Spies Conduct Mass Thought and Emotion Control Through Social Media

With never-before-seen documents accompanied by reporting,  The Intercept‘s Glenn Greenwald and Andrew Fishman are offering a more in-depth look than ever into how a secretive unit of the UK’s GCHQ surveillance agency used a host of psychological methods and online subterfuge in order to manipulate the behavior of individuals and groups through the internet and other digital forms of communication.

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Worldwide Wednesday: Christo’s Middle Finger

See “the Wonderful City” from Christ’s point of view in today’s amazing video.  The monument Cristo Redentor is having a few repairs to the middle finger, and a camera crew went up with the workers to share the stunning vista from atop those arms spreading across 28 meters, way far high above Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. … Read the rest

Techie Tuesday: Pneumatic Tube Trains

Will people fly through pneumatic tubes at a thousand miles per hour?  The dream of Elon Musk’s hyperloop may be here sooner than you’d think.

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, a California company that’s actually building Musk’s futuristic transportation system, said that it expects to break ground on the project sometime in 2016.

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Mother Earth Monday: Man Lives as a Goat

Now this is really strange … and really interesting!   Is it post-humanism or trans-humanism or a strange fetish that has Thomas Thwaites  investigating what it might be like to live as a goat.

“He set a goal of crossing the Swiss Alps, and found a sympathetic goatherd who was willing to let him live amongst his herd in September 2014.… Read the rest

Wild Friday: One Month Left?

YouTube seems certain the world is going to come to an end – again!  This time the apocalypse is predicted for September twenty-something, and everywhere you look there is proof of our imminent doom.  Here is a  video about the elusive and anonymous geurilla artist Banksy’s reveal of the  “tragic end” to our modern fairy tale.… Read the rest

Thirsty Thursday: Dismaland

OK.  Now for escaping escapism. An anonymous street artist named Banksy won’t show his face, but he will show the true face of theme park fantasy lands for what they are.  Do you feel sick when you enter our modern playgrounds? … Read the rest


Worldwide Wednesday: Cuba In A Closet!

Mary Allan recalls: When I was about nine years old I had two large closets in my bedroom.  One was for me, and the other one was a mystery.  My mother had told me not to open the closet door as she had some valuable clothes hanging there. … Read the rest

Wild Friday: Real Password Security

The Intercept’s Micah Lee says: A passphrase is like a password, but longer and more secure. In essence, it’s an encryption key that you memorize. Once you start caring more deeply about your privacy and improving your computer security habits, one of the first roadblocks you’ll run into is having to create a passphrase.… Read the rest

Worldwide Wednesday: Mayan Ceremony Video

Have you ever wondered about ancient traditions and ceremonies in the new world? My new friend Willy Barreno is a shaman of the Mayan people in Guatemala.  Today he has sent me a video of”one of our ceremonies in the highlands of Guatemala!… Read the rest

Vital Sunday: Emotional Health

Guy Winch says there are several things you can do to promote your own emotional help.  He says you should take action when you are lonely, and connect with others.  Change your response to failures, and give yourself a break.  After all, at least you tried! … Read the rest


Soapbox Saturday: What’s Being Removed From the Web?

The Chilling Effects database collects and analyzes legal complaints and requests for removal of online materials, helping Internet users to know their rights and understand the law. A project of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Chilling Effects is an independent 3rd party research project studying cease and desist letters concerning online content.… Read the rest


Wild Friday: Facial Recognition is the New Norm

Blocking your face with your hand or hair won’t keep you from being tagged in a Facebook post. The company’s artificial intelligence lab cooked up an experimental algorithm that can recognize faces even when they’re obscured.

“There are a lot of cues we use.… Read the rest


Worldwide Wednesday: Mary Allan’s Cruise News

Mary Allan writes:

A friend asked me what was my favorite type of vacation.  The answer was easy…a cruise.

From an early age I went sailing in Canada with my father, and later my Uncle Lorne.  My family had always been sailors, whether on a sailboat or one of the ships of The Allan Line.… Read the rest


Vital Sunday: Farm Sanctuary from Animal Holocaust

Friend to animals everywhere, Chris Hedges writes:

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y.—There are mornings when Susie Coston, walking up to the gate of this bucolic farm in her rubber boots, finds crates of pigs, sheep, chickens, goats, geese or turkeys on the dirt road.… Read the rest