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October 2012

Nikola Tesla quote:

Let the future tell the truth, and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments. The present is theirs; the future, for which I have really worked, is mine.

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Hear What You Want to Hear

Newswise — COLUMBUS, Ohio – A recent study examined people’s bodily responses while watching presidential campaign ads – and discovered another way that people avoid political information that challenges their beliefs.
In the last days of the 2008 campaign, researchers had people watch a variety of actual ads for Republican presidential candidate John McCain and his Democratic rival Barack Obama while the viewers’ heart rates, skin conductance and activation of facial muscles were monitored.… Read the rest

Earth’s True Rulers?

Every conspiracy theory in the book comes together in this epic-length documentary connecting the New World Order to ancient middle-eastern antecedents. Does a secret government already rule the world? Ring of Power: Empire of the City shows how it all works:

“A marathon of an education — 4 DVDs that weave a solid quilt from history-as-we-didn’t-know-it.

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Illumination in 60 seconds

Dearest Thirsty,

Having returned from vacation in which I and my sweet man reveled in the debaucheries of our undisclosed location (NOT Rotterdam, I assure you. Many things I may be, an art thief is not among my faults), I found myself having returned to the workaday world feeling decidedly dull and in need of some cultural edification.… Read the rest

People, Not Pesticides


Foodie Mark Bittman’s column says we don’t really need all those chemicals to feed the world.

IT’S becoming clear that we can grow all the food we need, and profitably, with far fewer chemicals. And I’m not talking about imposing some utopian vision of small organic farms on the world.

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Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants.

Anthropologist Michael Pollan studies how humans interact with the natural world, and in particular food.  Noting the “Cornification of America” Pollan’s books  also include  The Botany of Desire, The Omnivore’s Dilemma and his latest, In Defense of Food: An Eaters Manifesto.… Read the rest


Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
Mahatma Gandhi

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The Tsunami Bomb

Top-secret wartime experiments were conducted off the coast of Auckland to perfect a tidal wave bomb. According to this New Zealand News report a series of underwater explosions triggered  mini-tidal waves at Whangaparaoa in 1944 and 1945.  The Weekend Herald reported

The experiments involved laying a pattern of explosives underwater to create a tsunami. 

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Art Heist in Rotterdam


Yours truly is vacationing – location not disclosed but I promise you it’s not Rotterdam! Sending out a quick postcard to let you know about a major art heist in The Netherlands on Tuesday. Thieves made away from the Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam with seven works by modern masters including Picasso, Gaugin and Monet.… Read the rest