NY Times: With Hard Sell, Big-Ticket Art Comes to Auction

By CAROL VOGEL This week’s art auctions in New York offer the largest number of high-priced contemporary artworks to come on the market at one time. This headline about a “Big Ticket Art” auction caught our attention. Though we try not to pre-judge every item on the Times front page, our suspicion, fueled by past experience, was that the “art” which The Times was promoting would turn out to be the usual degenerate garbage that has so enthralled the American and European “intelligentsia”. Just a hunch, that’s all. Upon closer inspection of the “artists” in question, it turns out that … Continue reading NY Times: With Hard Sell, Big-Ticket Art Comes to Auction

Newest drone to fly, swim and drive during missions

Move over, lightweight flying robots! The drone of the future is currently being developed at a government lab, and if all goes as planned it will do much more than just soar through the sky on its own. While the United States continues to consider the merits behind its overseas weaponized drone program and efforts to allow surveillance unmanned aerial vehicles sail through domestic airspace, Sandia National Laboratories has released a video showing off a conceptual design meant to make the traditional UAV look like a thing of the past. Sandia’s “Multi-Modal Vehicle Concept” is still being ironed out, but … Continue reading Newest drone to fly, swim and drive during missions

Google Tracks Everything You Do, Even Offline

Google tracks everything you do, and they are not limited to just tracking you online. The search giant is now developing ways to track users across laptops, tablets and smartphones. They can even follow you right down to the the stores you visit and businesses you call from your mobile device. The new Google AdWords feature, called “Estimated Total Conversions“, is aimed at advertisers that use the platform to serve their ads to you while you browse the internet. The idea behind the new technology is to track a user from the time they are served an advertisement, until the … Continue reading Google Tracks Everything You Do, Even Offline

America Honors Hired Murderers

Today Americans honor those who fought and murdered strangers in return for stolen money. Americans have long been taught from their infancy that killing on the orders of the political elite is the noblest thing a tax slave can do. They are taught that invasion and murder have something to do with the defense of their own homes, lives and freedoms. “But who would defend us if it weren’t for the government and the warrior it pays with the taxes it takes?” we can almost hear the masses asking. We have to ask back, who would be having turf wars … Continue reading America Honors Hired Murderers

USDA to allow U.S. to be overrun with contaminated chicken from China

The USDA has announced its intention to allow China-grown chicken meat to be imported into the USA. “The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that China is eligible to export processed, cooked chicken to the United States,” says an official announcement on the USDA website. The announcement goes on to ridiculously claim that the USDA “has determined that China’s poultry processing inspection system is equivalent to that of the United States, and cooked chicken imported from China would be processed under equivalent conditions as in the United States.” This statement holds about as much … Continue reading USDA to allow U.S. to be overrun with contaminated chicken from China

Doctors May Soon be able to Turn Back Time, Reverse Aging

Scientists from Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern (CRI) have made ground-breaking discoveries that could help to reverse the ageing process. Methods to reverse the aging process are widely sought after, not just to satisfy the desires of our image-conscious society, but primarily to address the variety of chronic and degenerative diseases which afflict the elderly and are a major cause of deaths. As we grow older, there is a gradual deterioration in our physiological functions which increases the risk of contracting age-related diseases such as cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular and neurodegenerative disorders. In an attempt to reverse … Continue reading Doctors May Soon be able to Turn Back Time, Reverse Aging

Pop music makes solar cells produce more electricity

They really are picking up Good Vibrations. Some solar cells convert sunlight into electricity more efficiently when loud music is played to them – as long as it is pop rather than classical. Traditional silicon-based solar cells convert sunlight into electricity efficiently, but they can be awkward to work with and expensive to produce. So Steve Dunn at Queen Mary University in London and James Durrant at Imperial College London have been experimenting with zinc oxide, which is much cheaper and can be made into thin, flexible films. The only drawback is that its efficiency is just 1.2 per cent, … Continue reading Pop music makes solar cells produce more electricity

Taxing the Sun: Spain’s solar police to kick in your door

The latest nail in the coffin for Spain’s solar energy producers is an Energy Law amendment which allows inspectors to enter private properties without a court order. It’s a move lawyers believe could set a worrying precedent. As if Spaniards had not already been dissuaded by the potential €60 million fines they face for illegally generating their own solar power, they now have to look forward to a knock on the door from the ’solar police’. A change to the ruling Popular Party’s (PP) Energy Law allows inspectors to “raid” properties they are suspicious of, armed only with administrative authorization. … Continue reading Taxing the Sun: Spain’s solar police to kick in your door

This Display Lets You Touch and Move Physical Objects Without Actually Being There

A team of engineers at MIT have invented a tactical display that translates motion into physical reality. In other words, it lets users touch and move a 3D object from behind a screen, even from the other side of the world. The concept is called inFORM, and the team just released a video of it in action. It basically looks like magic. The display itself is a surface area made up of many of digitized pins. From behind the screen—called a “Dynamic Shape Display”—and with the help a hacked Kinect camera, the user’s hand gestures can create and manipulate 3D … Continue reading This Display Lets You Touch and Move Physical Objects Without Actually Being There

Pope Francis: his life is in danger from ‘ndrangheta, warns anti-mafia judge

Pope Francis’s life is in danger from ‘ndrangheta, Italy’s most feared crime group, a leading anti-mafia judge has claimed. Nicola Gratteri, a magistrate in the southern city of Reggio Calabria, near ‘ndrangheta’s heartland, has said the Pontiff’s crackdown on financial corruption in the Vatican, has angered bosses in the brutal crime syndicate, which is thought to rule Europe’s cocaine trade. “I don’t know if organised crime is in the position to do something, but it’s certainly thinking about it. It could be dangerous,” he said. He said Francis was “on the right path” in attempting to clean out the stables … Continue reading Pope Francis: his life is in danger from ‘ndrangheta, warns anti-mafia judge