Geologists warned about Washington landslide 15 years ago: Before and after shots clearly show the lethal geography that has worried experts since 1999 as DOZENS are feared dead

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New before and after images show the true devastation to the area following the colossal landslide in Oso, Washington state. Set side by side, the two images show how the one mile stretch of land looked before the disaster this weekend which has seen more than 175 people go missing and 14 confirmed dead, and the bare cliff face that has been left in its wake.

. Landslide tore through Snohomish County 55 miles north of Seattle, Washington state, on Saturday at 11am
. At least 14 dead, several others injured and 176 people are missing – including entire families
. Fears that many students of Post Middle School in Arlington could be among the victims
. Around 100 crews searching for survivors; teams using search dogs, sonar devices, hover craft, and air support
. Several people critically injured, around 30 homes destroyed, debris blocked one-mile stretch of State Route 530
. Geologists Daniel Miller and Lynne Rodgers Miller reveal they warned of ‘potential for catastrophe’ in 1999 report
. But Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management told press conference: ‘it was considered very safe’
. Further rain over next few days expected to hamper rescue efforts

By Ryan Gormanand James Nye

New before and after images of the colossal landslide in Oso, Washington, reveal the shocking scale of devastation which wiped out 100 homes, killing 14 and leaving 176 people unaccounted for.

More than one mile of rain-soaked hillside collapsed onto the remote town, which is just five square miles in size, at 11am on Saturday.

Three days on, hundreds of rescue workers with dogs, aircraft and sonar equipment remain scouring the wreckage for survivors in the slide which has swamped a fifth of Oso’s land.

But amidst the devastation, experts have revealed they predicted this would happen in 1999…

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2588991/Incredible-shots-sheer-devastation-caused-Washington-landslide-wiped-entire-community-left-14-dead.html#ixzz2x1KZl0ZG

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Esme Grant walks over ‘ZOBOP 1999’, a large scale installation by artist Jim Lambie. Photo by David Moir/Reuters

Esme Grant walks over ‘ZOBOP 1999’, a large scale installation by artist Jim Lambie. Photo by David Moir/Reuters

The pleasure we take in beauty must have been shaped by evolution — but what adaptive advantage did it give us?

by Mohan Matthen

In every culture on Earth, people decorate their possessions and themselves, and enjoy visual art. They stare in awe at vast landscapes and the starry sky, and they sing and dance, and make instrumental music. Why? The answer seems obvious: it gives them pleasure. But why should it? What benefit does the capacity for aesthetic pleasure bestow on the human organism?

We know that aesthetic pleasure isn’t just a drive, like hunger or sexual desire. Hunger is prospective: it urges us to eat. Pleasure, on the other hand, accompanies eating. It tells us ‘Keep eating this!’ But eating should not continue indefinitely, and so once the body is sated, pleasure fades. The fuller you are, the less pleasant it is to eat, no matter how delicious the food. Like many drive-associated pleasures, hunger has a characteristic time-profile. Being hungry is unpleasant; being very hungry is exceedingly so. When you eat, you relieve the distress of hunger and begin to take pleasure in the food itself (if it is tasty). As you become sated, the pleasure dies away. Sexual pleasure has a similar profile, though of course its regulatory role is a good bit more complex.

Eating and sex are drive-related pleasures, but we experience other kinds of pleasures, too. Consider cuddling. There is no drive to cuddle a loved one. There is no increasingly unpleasant hormonal build-up that impels you; unlike hunger or sex, it isn’t brought on by deprivation. Nor is there any orgasmic satiation point. Cuddling has a relatively flat time-pleasure profile. Of course, nobody goes on cuddling forever. But this is because other urges take over, or because they become sleepy or tire of it. Pleasure encourages the activity independently of any immediate result.

Aesthetic pleasure is activity-focused, like cuddling, not drive-actuated or end-directed, like eating. The activity it accompanies is what I would generically call ‘contemplation’. You are listening to an aria by Rossini or the sound of a nightingale; you are looking at the Rocky Mountains or a painting by Ingres: aesthetic pleasure tells you that this contemplative engagement is worthwhile, to keep on doing it – but not for some immediate result. By contrast I can take pleasure in looking at the Rocky Mountains for different reasons – that are not aesthetic. Catching sight of the Mountains, I might be elated that my long journey to the ski-slopes is finally coming to an end. Aesthetic pleasure by contrast, is pleasure in just looking at something, or listening to it, or pleasure in contemplating its qualities. Aesthetic pleasure motivates you to keep looking; it doesn’t tell you that the object of your contemplation is good for anything other than contemplation…

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http://aeon.co/magazine/world-views/why-did-we-evolve-to-appreciate-beauty/

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Which Country Is Europe’s Biggest Narco State?

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By Don Quijones, freelance writer and translator in Barcelona, Spain. Raging Bull-Shit is his modest attempt to challenge the wishful thinking and scrub away the lathers of soft soap peddled by our political and business leaders and their loyal mainstream media.

Few people have paid such a high price for success as the Italian novelist and investigative journalist Roberto Saviano. In 2008, at the tender age of 26, he published Gomorra, a brutal, amphetamine rush of a novel based on exhaustive research he had done on the Neopolitan mafia, la Camorra.

At first, the mafia was nonplussed about the publication; some of its members were even proud to have been featured in the book. But then Gomorra went viral, selling 10,000,000 copies in 50 different languages. As Saviano told the Spanish journalist Jordi Evolé in a recent interview for the Spanish documentary Salvados, that’s when the problems began. All of a sudden, the press was talking about the Italian mafia, governments were investing more money to combat organised crime, and the wheels of justice were moving faster.

Saviano’s success had turned him overnight into an enemy and threat to one of the world’s most powerful crime organisations. Since then, he has had to live his life on the move, under the radar and the constant protection of platoons of bodyguards. As he puts it, “my old life has died.”

None of that has stopped him, however, from continuing to write about some of the world’s least savoury and most dangerous individuals and organisations. I am obsessed,” he told the Spanish daily El Pais. “The moment I came face to face with the story of the mafia, I couldn’t resist it. I knew that if I continued writing, my life would suffer. Not only because of the threats, but also the lawsuits for defamation I would face from the people I wrote about. But I was hooked, the addiction was stronger than me.”

His latest book Zero Zero Zero is a novel based on the Mexican and Columbian drug trade, and features a wealth of fresh, mind-boggling information about global drug trafficking, including little-known nuggets about the “European connection”. We’ve all heard about the so-called “narco states” like Columbia and my country-in-law, Mexico (which Saviano has described as the “pulsing heart” of the drug trade), but what happens at the other end of the distribution chain, in countries like Spain, Italy and Germany? Here are some answers, from Evole’s engrossing interview with Saviano:

Cocaine Governs the World

Cocaine is a merchandise that is sold everywhere in the world, all the time. I used the expression [in the book] “governs the world” because the data are astonishing: More than 400 billion dollars of revenue per year… If I invested 1,000 dollars in an Apple share, in one year I would make back around $1,200, $1,500. If I invested the same amount in cocaine, I could make back $182,000. That’s the power of cocaine.

The Role of “Fast Ports” in the Global Drug Trade

One thing that works in the narcos’ favour is that a port that handles containers slowly is as good as dead. A port that receives and processes many containers as quickly as possible is alive and kicking. To give a hypothetical example, if a port were to decide to check all of the containers it handled, no company would ever want to use it. The faster the port, the better. And it’s this paradox that helps to make the drug trade possible.

Europe’s Drug-Trade Ranking

Spain is first, followed by Germany, then France… In terms of the overall business [not just trade] the absolute leader is Italy, but Spain moves more cocaine than any other country in Europe.

European Banks Open Their Vaults to the Drug Lords

These days, the big drug cartels do not use tax havens, or at least they use them less than before. Instead, they use European [and obviously American] banks. In the new book, I mention Antonio María Costa, the former Under-Secretary of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, who said at the beginning of the crisis that the European banking system had lowered its security barriers. In other words, they had opened the floodgates to drug money. Costa has publicly stated that the European financial systems were as good as saved by the global drug trade, yet no EU government has responded to his accusation…

The Role of the Global Drug Trade in Spain’s Property Boom

Who’s behind Catalonia’s real estate speculation? Narco traficantes. Where did all the money that fed Spain’s property bubble come from? It came from the drug trade. Speak to the police in Spain and they will tell you that they don’t have the resources to requisition the mafia’s money. They don’t have the means to arrest the big players. Spain has all the weapons necessary to fight the problem, but the political will doesn’t exist. As the Catalans say, “money is money”.

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http://www.testosteronepit.com/home/2014/3/24/which-country-is-europes-biggest-narco-state.html

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Danish zoo which faced international outrage for killing an 18-month-old giraffe faces more criticism after euthanising four lions

The Danish zoo which sparked international outrage after killing an 18-month-old giraffe, dissecting it and feeding it to lions (pictured) has euthanised four lions

. Copenhagen Zoo has said two lions and their two cubs had to be put down
. It comes just over a month after Marius, a healthy young giraffe, was killed with a bolt gun before being dissected and fed to lions in front of a crowd
. The lions were killed yesterday to make way for a new male lion at the zoo

By William Turvill

The Danish zoo which sparked international outrage after killing an 18-month-old giraffe and then dissecting it in public has euthanised four lions.

Copenhagen Zoo has said that two lions and their two cubs had to be put down to make way for a new male.

It comes just over a month after Marius, a healthy young giraffe, was killed with a bolt gun before children were allowed to watch on as its body was cut up and fed to lions…

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2589039/Danish-zoo-faced-international-outrage-killing-18-month-old-giraffe-faces-criticism-euthanising-four-lions.html#ixzz2x18DmwKa

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Memory Manipulation

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by Barbara H. Peterson

Farm Wars

What is one of the most important functions that our brains provide? Memory. Without memory, we lose the ability to tie our shoes, or walk for that matter. Without memory we are as useless lumps, waiting to be molded into obedient slaves. Yes, control the memory and you control the person.

But how? How do you control the information that a person needs to remember to make adequate decisions? Since memories are only as good as the information they are drawn from, that outward information needs to be altered and/or erased to affect a complete mental takeover.

Down the Memory Hole – Erasing History

Hard copy books are hitting the trash bins in favor of digital copies, as in the case of the Davenport Public Library, which dumped 4,000 books in the dumpster.

shredder copyThe problem comes when books, especially those titles for which there are multiple copies, are no longer popular and no longer being checked out. When the library attempts to sell these books, it is competing with countless other used copies that are available online through websites like Amazon.com.

At the same time, many of these titles are also available for instant download in digital format. Because of technology, the supply of a book can often outweigh the demand regardless of whether the book is still being physically published.

http://www.kwqc.com/story/19442851/davenport-public-library-throws-out-4000-books-in-practice-followed-by-other-libraries

And when books are digitalized, erasure and/or text manipulation is only a click away.

Schools across the country are contemplating a technology overhaul to meet new, tougher education standards adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia, known as Common Core. Those standards take effect in the fall of 2014.

And Florida schools face a second deadline: By the fall of 2015, half of classroom instruction must use digital materials.

http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/tag/technology/

Individuals or companies that have a bad reputation can fix it with a click through online reputation management. That comment you left about the lousy service you got from a company that should never be in business to begin with? Gone. Down the memory hole.

Part PR gurus, part tech experts, they specialize in providing online makeovers—often by burying negative search results and promoting content that accentuates a client’s desired image.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/learnvest/2013/11/20/10-things-you-need-to-know-about-online-reputation-management/

Want to upgrade a soiled reputation and turn it into a stellar endorsement? No problem.

Ten years ago, on our first date, a woman looked at me with terror when I told her that I had Googled her and found the designer-shoe company she ran on the side. The look said: What else do you know? But sometime in the last decade, the ­practice of furiously Googling people stopped being creepy and became standard operating procedure. Today, the market in online-­reputation management is ­estimated to be nearly $5 billion, with hundreds of companies devoted to monitoring, improving, and even policing your online profile. The most famous of them, Reputation.com, advertises on NPR and charges in the low ­thousands of dollars for a basic scrubbing, which involves creating factual but flattering social-media accounts and websites, and more for bespoke guidance about how to protect your reputation online.

http://nymag.com/news/features/online-reputation-management-2013-6/index2.html

Erase an entire account with a click? Easy peasy…

more…

http://farmwars.info/?p=12608

 

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Religious Fundamentalists Are Being Played: Saudis, Israelis and Americans Are All In Bed Together

Corrupt Government Officials – Many of Whom Are Atheists – Use the Most Extreme Forms of Religion to Divide and Conquer Us

Fundamentalist Muslims, Christians and Jews all think they are in a “holy war” against the other guy.

They assume that Christianity, Judaism and Islam are mortal enemies. As such, they assume that Saudi Arabia (the seat of most fundamentalist school of Islam) fights for Islam, Israel for Judaism and the U.S. (which has the most Christians of any country in the world) for Christianity … or religious tolerance.

They’re being played.

Specifically, while it’s true that Saudi Arabia has long backed Islamic terroristsso has Israel (and see this and this).

Radical Islamic Syrian “rebels” have allegedly offered to “trade” the Golan Heights to Israel … in exchange for military aid.

The Saudis – along with the Israelis – say that Arabs are not ready for democracy.

Israel has also repeatedly been caught impersonating Muslim extremists. For example, Israel admits that an Israeli terrorist cell operating in Egypt planted bombs in several buildings, including U.S. diplomatic facilities, then left behind “evidence” implicating the Arabs as the culprits (one of the bombs detonated prematurely, allowing the Egyptians to identify the bombers, and several of the Israelis later confessed) (and see this and this).

NBC News reports that Israel backed a Muslim fundamentalist terror group against Iran.

Former CBS News producer Barry Lando claims that Saudi Arabia helps directly fund Israeli’s Mossad in its campaign to assassinate Iranian scientists. And see this.

The Sunday Times reported that Saudi Arabia has tested the ability to stand down its air defenses to allow an Israeli strike on Iran to pass through its airspace. After the Arab Spring, Israel views the Saudi government as “guarantor of stability”, according to the New York Times. In 2011, Israel approved a German sale of 200 Leopard tanks to Saudi Arabia. The approval came from Uzi Arad, the national security advisor to Benjamin Netanyahu.

And the U.S. has long backed Saudi Arabia … and the Madrassa schools within Saudi Arabia which teach radical, violent Wahabi beliefs.

The Washington Post reported in 2002:

The United States spent millions of dollars to supply Afghan schoolchildren with textbooks filled with violent images and militant Islamic teachings ….

The primers, which were filled with talk of jihad and featured drawings of guns, bullets, soldiers and mines, have served since then as the Afghan school system’s core curriculum. Even the Taliban used the American-produced books ….

The Council on Foreign Relations notes:

The 9/11 Commission report (PDF) released in 2004 said some of Pakistan’s religious schools or madrassas served as “incubators for violent extremism.” Since then, there has been much debate over madrassas and their connection to militancy.

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New madrassas sprouted, funded and supported by Saudi Arabia and U.S. Central Intelligence Agency,where students were encouragedto join the Afghan resistance.

And see this.

The U.S. also directly arms, funds and otherwise supports the most violent fundamentalist Muslim terrorists – including Al Qaeda – against the more moderate Muslims and secular Arabs. Indeed, the U.S. backs Islamic terrorists who are persecuting Christians and Jews

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http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/03/saudi-arabia-backs-terror-worldwide.html

 

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Imagine: A World Without Jews

Written by Rebel of Oz

Have you ever thought about why our ruling parasites officially abolished slavery in the 19th century? Because slaves are too expensive, even if you are Jewish and buy your slaves from a Jewish slave dealer at half price. Once they bought a slave they had to take well care of him to maximise the return on investment. They had to provide him with healthy food, clothing, accommodation and basic entertainment to keep him happy and healthy to ensure a long, productive life.

It’s far cheaper to hire a ‘free’ man, create circumstances that make him so desperate for a job that he has no choice but accept a salary so low that it’s just enough to survive the next 24 hours and show up again for work. And if that’s still too expensive, you offer his wife a job, for half the money. She’ll gladly accept because it means she has some extra cash to provide her family with a more comfortable life. But then our ruling parasites fire her husband and tell him he can only get it back if he works for the same pay as his wife. That way our ruling parasites have two people, husband and wife, working for them for the same money they previously had to pay the husband alone while his wife stayed at home to look after the kids.

It’s the Jews’ way. When a Gentile rides his horse from A to B, he stops whenever it gets tired. He feeds and waters it and gives it rest until it is refreshed. A Jew, on the other hand, rides his horse until it drops dead and steals a new one.

Gentiles and Jews have completely opposite worldviews and ambitions. Gentiles want a prosperous, happy life for all. Jews want Jewish World Domination. Gentiles want to keep the fruits of their honest work. Jews don’t want to work but screw us with taxes, interest and all sorts of other fraudulent scams instead. Gentiles want to eat healthy and tasteful food. Jews want to poison us with ‘food’ that makes us fat, dumb and infertile. Gentiles want to prosper in security and peace. Jews want to profiteer from chaos and war.

Gentiles can’t have what they want while there are any Jews around. Living in a society with Jews free to do their thing is like living in a pit filled with poisonous snakes.

This is a battle of the visions. The Jewish vision of a Jewish World Order versus the Gentile vision of a fair go for everyone. For us Gentiles to succeed we must first destroy the Jewish vision. We have to create a world without Jews.

http://therebel.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=754544:imagine-a-world-without-jews&catid=136:editorial&Itemid=2244

 

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