Tibetan mastiff puppy ‘sold for $2 million’ in China

By Agence France-Presse A Tibetan mastiff puppy has been sold in China for almost $2 million, a report said Wednesday, in what could be the most expensive dog sale ever. A property developer paid 12 million yuan ($1.9 million) for the one-year-old golden-haired mastiff at a “luxury pet” fair Tuesday in the eastern province of Zhejiang, the Qianjiang Evening News reported. “They have lion’s blood and are top-of-the-range mastiff studs,” the dog’s breeder Zhang Gengyun was quoted as telling the paper, adding that another red-haired canine had sold for 6 million yuan. Enormous and sometimes ferocious, with round manes lending … Continue reading Tibetan mastiff puppy ‘sold for $2 million’ in China

How Misinformation Spreads on Facebook

By majestic Sarah Gray reports for Salon (via AlterNet) on research about how people on Facebook interacted with “trolls” posting false information; she says the results are depressing: From the steady roll of theories on what happened to Malaysian Arlines Flight 370, to Sarah Palin’s “death panels” panic, to Donald Trump’s birther theories, misinformation spreads like wildfire in the age of Facebook. In 2013, professor Walter Quattrociocchi of Northeastern University along with his team studied how more than 1 million Facebook users engaged with political information during the Italian election. During that election a post appeared titled: “Italian Senate voted … Continue reading How Misinformation Spreads on Facebook

Man arrested for drinking iced tea could get probation, community service

Source: Police State USA A man in plain clothes comes over and starts demanding to see the can of iced tea. (Source: YouTube) FAYETTEVILLE, NC — A man drinking canned iced tea in a parking lot was accosted by a plainclothes beverage cop who demanded to inspect his drink.  He was placed in handcuffs and arrested.   Even though the man was innocent and was only drinking tea, prosecutors are still trying to set him up with probation and community service. The incident took place on the evening of April 27th, 2013.  Two men were standing by their vehicle waiting for … Continue reading Man arrested for drinking iced tea could get probation, community service

‘We map the world as it is:’ National Geographic maps Crimea as part of Russia

A map showing Crimea as part of the Russian Federation was briefly showcased Tuesday on Wikipedia’s English-language entry for Russia. (image from wikipedia.org) “We map the world as it is – not as people would like it to be,” National Geographic’s map-making authority says, as the educational entertainment giant prepares to mark Crimea as part of Russia after the parliament officially ratifies the measure. Juan Jose Valdes, NatGeo’s geographer, chief editor and research  director for the map-making division, emerged from a meeting with  the magazine’s editorial, legal and cartographic authorities on  Tuesday, where the decision was made to give the … Continue reading ‘We map the world as it is:’ National Geographic maps Crimea as part of Russia

You’re Not Alone: Medical Conspiracies Believed By Many

By Andrew M. Seaman Reuters Health) – About half of American adults believe in at least one medical conspiracy theory, according to new survey results. Some conspiracy theories have much more traction than others, however. For example, three times as many people believe U.S. regulators prevent people from getting natural cures as believe that a U.S. spy agency infected a large number of African Americans with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). J. Eric Oliver, the study’s lead author from University of Chicago, said people may believe in conspiracy theories because they’re easier to understand than complex medical information. “Science in … Continue reading You’re Not Alone: Medical Conspiracies Believed By Many

Uploading Memories and Other Mysteries of the Future

Brain programming may not be confined to movies like “The Matrix” anymore. Futurist and theoretical physicist Michio Kaku  explores the seemingly endless possibilities of manufacturing memories, the potential for discoveries in brain mapping and a future where we can see each other’s dreams  in his new book “The Future of the Mind.” “Just last year, for first time in history, we uploaded a memory into a mouse,”  he said on “New Day” Friday.  “Next we’ll upload into primates, for example, chimpanzees. And then we want to create a brain pacemaker for people with Alzheimer’s disease so they can upload memory … Continue reading Uploading Memories and Other Mysteries of the Future

“Transhumanism”, Genetic Manipulation and the Age of Human Destruction: Towards The End of Homo Sapiens?

By Rady Ananda In TransEvolution: The Coming Age of Human Deconstruction, Daniel Estulin crafts a cogent and frightening scenario for the end of Homo sapiens, as new technologies enable genetic changes, bionic replacements and artificial, nanosized neural connections.  We’re not just evolving into a new species, we’re creating a new life form that marries materials science with biology. It’s exciting and horrifying, and its implications vast.  “Transhumanism fills people’s hopes and minds with dreams of becoming superhuman,” he writes, “but the fact of the matter is that the true goal is the removal of that pesky, human free will itself.”  … Continue reading “Transhumanism”, Genetic Manipulation and the Age of Human Destruction: Towards The End of Homo Sapiens?