Aakash Nihalani, the artist known for his playful masking tape illusions, has just sent word that he’s completed a new body of work called Projections. In this exciting new series, cubic designs are projected onto a white wall, becoming an interactive canvas for the viewer. Using coding and motion software, a sensor picks up the viewer’s hand movement on the projected design and, in real time, changes the overall look of the piece.
As he describes it, “This exchange between the artwork and the viewer is essential in order to illuminate the underlying personality and sculptural quality of the work. The result is an infinite variation in composition, as unpredictable and original as the viewer. As with my street installations, these works not only invite human interaction but cannot fully exist without it, ultimately revealing as much of the individual as the piece itself.”
Aakash has created the works in gif form so that we can see them all in action. Watch as the works transform, revealing bright colors underneath or taking on whole new shapes and forms. Mesmerizing!
I’ve always thought those giant Easter bunnies that walk around the mall were sort of creepy. I remember once when my oldest daughter was a toddler her absolute terror when one such mascot bent over her stroller and asked, “Want some candy, little girl?”
Well, it seems that her instincts were right. Now that I know what’s in the “treats” that they push, I’m positive that taking candy from strange rabbits is a terrible idea.
Today, I’m here to “ruin” Easter for you by telling you exactly what’s in that adorable little basket that pretty much everyone in America gives to their kids. Because, you know, nothing says “Happy Easter” like a beautifully decorated basket full of prettily packaged GMO high fructose corn syrup, dye, processed GMO sugar, and chemical flavoring. (Don’t worry, though. I’ll also “save” Easter with some non-toxic treat suggestions too!)
The contents of the average American Easter basket are so genetically modified, it’s a wonder the Easter Bunny hasn’t sprouted an extra ear and a couple of tumors. While they look absolutely adorable, with their marshmallow peeps, chocolate rabbits, mini-eggs, and colorful jelly beans, the ingredients are mostly synthetic, highly processed, and very high on the GMO scale. Here’s a closer look at what is lurking within those cute little candies.
Without any further ado, let’s take a closer look at what is lurking within those cute little candies.
Jelly Beans: GMOs and Beetle Juice
Jelly beans used to be my favorite candy. That is, until I learned about how nasty the ingredients are. Don’t be fooled by label that tout “natural” ingredients. Just because it’s derived from nature doesn’t mean it isn’t gross to eat.
Here, let me ruin jelly beans for you, too.
Sugar, Corn Syrup, Corn Starch Modified, Caramel Color Natural, Flavor(s) Natural, Flavor(s) Artificial, Color(s) Artificial (Yellow 6, Blue 1, Titanium Dioxide, Red 40, Yellow 5, Red 3) ,Carnauba Wax, Beeswax, Confectioner’s Glaze (Edible Shellac)
Carnauba wax: It has not been proven toxic by the FDA (snort) but it is also found in shoe polish, automobile wax, and surfboard wax…so if you want to eat “food” that has been shined up like your car or your kitchen floor you should head straight for the jelly beans.
Banned-in-Europe Food Dye: Red #40 and Blue #1 are banned in Europe, but hey, they’re apparently fine for American children.
Shellac: A picture is worth a thousand words. Shellac is made from the mating secretions of the female lac beetle. That sure gives a whole new meaning to “beetle juice”, doesn’t it?
Chocolate Bunnies: GMOs and Cockroach Bits
I like bunnies and chocolate as much as anyone else, and melding the two into a cute piece of delicious candy was simply brilliant from a marketing perspective. The trouble is, standard American chocolate is just garbage. Before we even get into the ingredients in a chocolate bunny, let’s talk for a moment about the chocolate itself.
You know how experts tell you that you should eat some chocolate each day, that it’s actually good for you? Well, they do NOT mean the icky “milk chocolate” sold at every gas station checkout counter in the country. And “white” chocolate? Forget it – that’s not even chocolate.
Here is the nifty thing about the cheapo chocolate sold across the country. It has a secret ingredient – one so secret it isn’t even on the label.
I am not making this stuff up. I couldn’t. They’d sue me.
Those wonderful guardians at the FDA have actually ruled that as long as your chocolate bar contains less than 60 – SIXTY – cockroach parts, it’s perfectly fine to eat.But don’t worry – the average chocolate bar only contains 8 cockroach parts. You can read more of the FDA’s ruling, delightfully entitled Chocolate & Chocolate Liquor – Adulteration with Insect and Rodent Filth.
Let me just reinforce that statement.
If a chocolate bar contains less than 60 cockroach parts, the FDA says that is just fine.
Anyhow, back to chocolate bunnies. If you aren’t deterred by the roach parts, perhaps the other ingredients will slow you down a little…
The amazing underwater athletes are rewriting the science of the body.
By Adam Piore
In 2011, Hanli Prinsloo decided she wanted to break the woman’s world record in free diving. She would need to dive to 213 feet below the surface of the Mediterranean Sea and hold her breath for about four minutes. Until the 1960s, scientists believed it was not humanly possible. The increased water pressure at that depth, they argued, would crush her lungs.
The then-33-year-old, South African, former acting student knew the feat would require rigorous training and commitment. But Prinsloo felt at home in the water. She’d grown up on a dusty, 200-hectare horse farm outside Pretoria, chasing her sister from dam to stream to swimming pool and back and dreaming of becoming a mermaid. So in the spring of 2011, Prinsloo packed a bag and traveled to an ashram in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas. She spent a month meditating and practicing Vinyasa Yoga.
After six weeks, it was off to Dahab, Egypt, an isolated Bedouin Village hemmed in on one side by the Red Sea, and the Sinai Mountains on the others. On dive days, Prinsloo and fellow diver Yaniv Keinan hopped in a 4×4 and bounced past tourists on camels down a rutted desert track until they reached the water. They waded 50 feet through knee-high water out to the edge of a sinkhole, about 400 feet deep, known as the “Blue Hole.”
As Prinsloo floated on her back above the hole and prepared to dive, the mood was every bit as solemn as at that Ashram back in India. Quiet and still, Prinsloo focused on the oxygen moving in and out of her lungs, becoming aware of her heartbeat, trying not to think. When she moved, she did so in exaggerated slow motion, as if in a trance.
At a depth of 200 feet, she opened her eyes in the translucent water. “It was like a blue glow,” she said. “The way light would look to a moth.”
Prinsloo’s slow, deep breaths ensured the maximum oxygenation of her blood, and the opening up of any constriction in the airways of her lungs. She needed her lungs loose and relaxed, able to expand to store the maximum amount of oxygen when she dived. After five minutes, Prinsloo reached a deeply meditative state. “As you drop down, the perfect dive is where you don’t have a single thought,” she said.
Prinsloo dove with her eyes closed, alternatively focusing on kicking and equalizing the pressure between her ears by pinching her nose and blowing. As she descended, her body underwent an amazing transformation. Her heart rate and metabolism slowed dramatically. The arteries in her limbs constricted, pushing oxygen-rich blood back to her body’s vital organs. The walls of her lungs shrunk in volume, while at the same time filling with extra blood and hardening to counteract the increasing pressure at depth.
About 60 feet down, Prinsloo reached “negative buoyancy.” Her now dense body gave gravity the upper hand over buoyancy. She surrendered and let gravity pull her down, falling as the water pressure closed in on her with a soft embrace. It was almost as if Prinsloo had found a way to achieve her childhood dream. She had transformed, if not exactly into a mermaid, than into a centered, aquamarine version of herself. At a depth of about 200 feet, she opened her eyes in the translucent water. “It was like a blue glow,” she said. “The way light would look to a moth.”
What free divers are capable of “is amazing,” said Peter Lindholm, a group leader for baromedicine and human physiology in extreme environments at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute. “But there’s nothing magical about it. You can explain it if you know physiology.”
In recent years, the feats of free divers have forced Lindholm and other scientists who study physiology to explain not only what humans are capable of underwater, but how much control we have over the speed of normal metabolic functions. Free divers, they say, may push evolutionary buttons honed in a simpler epoch. A time, perhaps, before obstetricians, when it was paramount to slow down to survive a perilous passage through a birth canal that restricted blood flow. It was a time when natural selection, for whatever reason, favored traits that allowed us to downshift our biological systems into a slow gear we are only beginning to rediscover. It can be a dangerous process, physiologists say, but available to us all…
Being diagnosed with dementia can come as a devastating and life-changing blow. As well as getting the right treatment, the patient’s future plans have to be rethought – and often those of their nearest and dearest, too.
Yet because there is no definitive test for dementia, inevitably mistakes are made. Some people may be told they have dementia when, in fact, they are stressed or depressed, and vice versa.
Checking for these conditions is vital because their diagnosis – and proper treatment – can often reverse symptoms that are much harder to tackle in true dementia.
Today, in the second part of our major Good Health series on dementia, we look in detail at the conditions that often get mistaken for this cruel degenerative brain disease. And when dementia is correctly diagnosed, we show you the best current treatment options.
The symptoms of dementia can vary widely, depending on which type is involved and which part of the brain is affected.
They include problems with short-term memory, difficulty concentrating and communicating, behaviour or personality changes and depression.
But these symptoms are a common feature of other conditions…
This is a surprisingly common problem among the elderly. Around 15 per cent of the over-65s suffer from depression; among the over-75s, that rises to 30 per cent. The problem is that elderly people do not tend to complain about their depression to family and friends.
Outwardly they may give the appearance of being content, even though they are not.
At the same time, other depressive symptoms such as irritability may be put down to old age.
Many older people will display the typical symptoms of depression, such as low mood and struggling with concentration. There may be tearfulness, problems sleeping, a loss of interest in hobbies and problems with their memory.
However, while in younger people all these might obviously be signs of depression, in older people the default diagnosis may be dementia.
Spotting the difference: There is much cross-over in the symptoms between depression and dementia, but there are key differences.
Elderly people with depression may feel apathetic and lack motivation, but they will not have the cognitive problems suffered by people with dementia.
If someone knows the people around them and the date, time and year, they are probably not suffering from dementia.
Also, while many people with dementia will be depressed, with just depression it’s common to have diurnal variation – they tend to feel more depressed at the start of the day, but their mood improves as the day goes on. Someone with dementia will not normally display this cycle.
A lack of vitamin B12
Vitamin B12, found naturally in meat, eggs and dairy, is vital to the metabolism of monoamines – chemical messengers released by nerve cells in the brain which are thought to play a crucial role in cognition.
B12 deficiency is more common after the age of 60 because, as we age, the stomach produces less of the acid needed to absorb this vitamin from food.
Once levels fall below 500 pg/ml (picograms per millilitre – the normal range is 500 to 1,000), the brain starts to deteriorate, making memory loss more likely.
Being deficient in B12 can also lead to delirium or even a psychotic state.
It is most likely to be found in those with poor diets and older people, and can be reversed with injections of B12. Recovery should follow in up to four weeks.
Spotting the difference: If someone is not just having memory problems, but is tired and feeling weak and unwell, it could be a B12 deficiency. A blood test by your GP can reveal this.
With this condition – also known as hypothyroidism – the thyroid gland in the neck doesn’t pump out enough of the hormone thyroxine. This can be the result of the immune system attacking the thyroid gland, for example, or as a side-effect of medication such as amiodarone, used to treat heart rhythm disorders…
(NaturalNews)Using financing from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Ivy League Cornell University’s Alliance for Science has launched a multi-million-dollar broadside against a small food-oriented public interest group as a means of pushing genetically modified organisms to new markets around the world — and all in the name of advancing the welfare of Mankind.
The group being targeted is called U.S. Right to Know, and its mission, according to the organization’s website, is to “expose what the food industry doesn’t want us to know.” The group was founded by Gary Ruskin, a long-time anti-GMO advocate.
As reported by Corporate Crime Reporter, the Cornell Alliance for Science is using a $5.6 million Gates Foundation grant to “add a stronger voice for science and depolarize the charged debate around agricultural biotechnology and genetically modified organisms (GMOs)” — or, more correctly, “defend GMOs on behalf of the agrichemical and food industries against all critics,” the website reported.
One of the Right to Know’s first orders of business is to identify, and then publicize, professors at public colleges and universities around the U.S. and elsewhere who have ties to groups, corporations and other entities that push GMOs.
We deserve to know the details
Corporate Crime Reporter further noted:
Earlier this year, Ruskin’s group filed for correspondence and emails to and from professors at public universities who wrote for the agrichemical industry’s PR website — GMO Answers.
The GMO Answers website was created by Ketchum, a corporate public relations firm.
“We taxpayers deserve to know the details about when our taxpayer-paid employees front for private corporations and their slick PR firms,” Ruskin said. “This is especially true when they do work for unsavory entities such as Ketchum, which has been implicated in espionage against nonprofit organizations.”
At GMO Answers, the site portrays the growing of GM crops as part of “modern agriculture.” Further, the site attempts to pass GMOs off as harmless and beneficial.
“The biotech industry stands 100 percent behind the health and safety of the GM crops on the market today, but we acknowledge that we haven’t done the best job communicating about them — what they are, how they are made, what the safety data says,” the site notes. “Join us. Ask tough questions. Be skeptical. Be open. We look forward to sharing answers.”
Right away, GMO Answers appears ready to provide the answers that the biotech industry wants to put out.
In the meantime, U.S. Right to Know has filed public records requests regarding correspondents to and from professors who work at publicly funded academic institutions and biotech companies like Monsanto, as well as to and from PR firms like Ketchum and Fleishman Hillard, and others, and to and from trade groups like the Grocery Manufacturers Association and the Council for Biotechnology Information. The requests are not aimed at obtaining personal information or academic research involving the professors.
Terrorists and GMOs
But the requests, which were sent in February to 14 scientists at four universities, appeared to irritate corporate-minded directors at Cornell Alliance for Science; they have sponsored a petition, Science 14, in which signatories pledge to help fight “anti-science bullying,” which is how U.S. Right to Know’s effort is being portrayed.
“These scientists need the support of allies like you to protect scientific freedom,” the petition says. “Please join the fight for academic freedom by signing our letter to support the scientists under attack and urging them to stand strong in the face of anti-science bullying.”
Cornell has a history with GMO promotion, thanks to funding from the Gates Foundation. It began its push to “depolarize” the GMO “debate” last fall.
Both efforts — that of wanting to placate terrorist organizations and of mercilessly pushing GMOs for corporate interests — are harming the country.
“This use of surrogates is par for the course with the biotech industry,” wrote Tim Schwab of Food & Water Watch in September. “Sometimes called the soft lobby, corporations routinely engage neutral-appearing scientists and impartial-sounding front groups to help advance their political and economic agendas.”
Cornell, he said, has been a longtime producer of “science for sale,” citing a large amount of research that has been generated by “our public land-grant universities” in a 2012 document called, “Public Research, Private Gain.”
This is what tyranny looks like
We further reported then:
Earlier this year, a Cornell economist, William Lesser, accepted payment from what Schwab described as a “biotech front group,” in exchange for producing a highly suspect analysis indicating that GMO labeling would be a huge cost for consumers. And while Lesser said the study contained his personal observations rather than those of Cornell, GMO backers nevertheless began to refer to his findings as “the Cornell study” in their efforts to stave off initiatives by states to force food makers to include labeling of GMO ingredients in their products. At the same time, Schwab noted, independent studies have shown that GMO labeling would not increase food costs by much, if at all.
The Alliance for Science site, then, is essentially Cornell’s GMO propaganda instrument…
The Russian military is in the midst of a sweeping modernization program
The Russian military is in the midst of a sweeping modernization program, and it is currently developing some incredibly impressive offensive and defensive next-generation weapons that are designed to be used in a future war with the United States. The key to winning World War III will be to strike hard and to strike fast, and the Russians understand this. Meanwhile, the U.S. military has totally shifted gears from a “Cold War mindset” and is now completely focused on fighting smaller regional wars in the Middle East and elsewhere. As a result, U.S. strategic forces have suffered. There has been very little effort to modernize, and many of our nuclear missile silos are using technology that is ridiculously outdated. For example, CBS News has documented that eight inch floppy disks are still being used in many of our missile silos. And don’t expect things to change any time soon. At this point, the U.S. military plans to keep Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missiles that were originally deployed in the 1960s and 1970s in service until 2030.
What all of this means is that the Russians are feverishly preparing to fight World War III and we are not. The following are just a few of the next-generation weapons that Russia will use against the United States during the next great global war…
The Sarmat (also known as Sarmatian) is a Russian liquid-fueled, MIRV-equipped, super-heavy thermonuclear intercontinental ballistic missile in development as of early 2015, intended to replace the previous SS-18 Satan and carry extensive counter-missile defense measures. Its large payload would allow for up to 10 heavy warheads or 15 lighter ones, and/or a combination of warheads and massive amounts of countermeasures designed to defeat the anti-missile systems. The Sarmat is expected to be ready for deployment around 2020, but other sources state that the program is being fast-tracked and it could comprise up to 80 percent of Russia’s land-based nuclear arsenal by 2021.
As you can see below, these missiles are extremely huge…
The Borey Class Nuclear Submarine
Of even greater concern than the Sarmat are the new Borey class nuclear submarines that Russia is building. The following is from an article about the launch of one of these new submarines, the Vladimir Monomakh, in 2013…
Russia recently launched its near silent nuclear submarine following several years of development.
The Borey Class submarine, dubbed Vladimir Monomakh, has a next generation nuclear reactor, can dive deeper than 1,200 feet, and carries up to 20 nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM).
Each of these “Bulava” ICBM’s can carry ten detachable MIRV warheads, what they call “re-entry vehicles,” capable of delivering 150 kiloton yields per warhead (luckily, tests of the warheads only yielded 11 “successes” out of almost 20 attempts). Which doesn’t mean they aren’t a concern, MIRV’s are what shook the Cold War to its foundation when they first appeared in the 1970s.
One of the primary things that has U.S. military planners worried is how quiet these subs are. In fact, according to an RT article these subs are supposed to be “almost silent”…
It belongs to a class of missile strategic submarine cruisers with a new generation of nuclear reactor, which allows the submarine to dive to a depth of 480 meters. It can spend up to three months in autonomous navigation and, thanks to the latest achievements in the reduction of noise, it is almost silent compared to previous generations of submarines.
So why is that a problem?
Well, imagine a scenario where Russian nuclear subs approach our coastlines completely undetected and launch a barrage of missiles toward our cities and military bases. We could be wiped out before we even knew what hit us.
A Russian nuclear-powered attack submarine armed with long-range cruise missiles operated undetected in the Gulf of Mexico for several weeks and its travel in strategic U.S. waters was only confirmed after it left the region, the Washington Free Beacon has learned.
It is only the second time since 2009 that a Russian attack submarine has patrolled so close to U.S. shores.
If we can’t detect them, how are we going to defend against them? Here is a look at one of them in the water…
The Bulava Submarine-Launched Nuclear Missile
The Borey class submarines are going to be carrying Bulava submarine-launched nuclear missiles. The Russians have had some difficulties with the development of these missiles, but most of those difficulties now appear to be ironed out. The following is a description of these missiles from globalsecurity.org…
The Bulava (SS-NX-30) is the submarine-launched version of Russia’s most advanced missile, the Topol-M (SS-27) solid fuel ICBM. The SS-NX-30 is a derivative of the SS-27, except for a slight decrease in range due to conversion of the design for submarine launch. The SS-27 has is 21.9 meters long, far too large to fit in a typical submarine. The largest previously deployed Russian SLBM was the R-39 / SS-N-20 STURGEON, which was 16 meters long. Russian sources report that the Bulava SS-N-30 ballistic missile can carry ten warheads to a range of 8,000km. Other sources suggest that the Bulava might have a range of 10,000 km, and is reportedly features a 550 kT yield nuclear warhead. Apparently up to six MIRVs can be placed at the cost of offloading warhead shielding and decoys.
The Bulava is specifically designed to avoid interception, and each warhead is independently maneuverable to help ensure that they reach their targets intact. The following was written by U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Tom Spahn…