The Michael Aquino Effect: Kim Kardashian as Automated Alice

Posted By: Salvadore Ritchie Kim Kardashian might at first seem an odd topic for Disinfo, but for a moment indulge yourself in a healthy amount of skepticism. I ask you to avert your eyes from the PR stagecraft being performed on her public. I want you to see how Kim’s recent jewelry heist is a perfect example of how a public campaign sculpts opinions and behaviors of a targeted audience.    If you distill everything down from all of the noise, Kim Kardashian is a branding quantity that needs an audience for the point of advancing her product.  That product, … Continue reading The Michael Aquino Effect: Kim Kardashian as Automated Alice

Lucy Kalanithi to Speak About Death and Dying at Upcoming SFZC Panel

Lucy Kalanithi Getting ready for what we can all expect By Wendy Joan Biddlecombe Is there anything we can do to prepare for the inevitable? Next week, the San Francisco Zen Center will host a panel to discuss just that: how do we confront old age, sickness and death? Panelists will include Dr. Lucy Kalanithi, a widow and physician; Grace Dammann, a Buddhist physician; and Lennon Flowers, founder of The Dinner Party, a community of young people who have experienced early loss. Jennifer Block, an interfaith minister and Buddhist chaplain, will moderate. This week, Tricycle spoke with panelist Lucy Kalanithi, … Continue reading Lucy Kalanithi to Speak About Death and Dying at Upcoming SFZC Panel

Trailblazing Philosopher Susanne Langer on the Purpose of Art, How It Works Us Over, and How Abstract Thinking Gives Shape to Human Emotion

Art by Isabelle Arsenault from Mr. Gauguin’s Heart, a children’s book about how Paul Gauguin became an artist “In the history of language, in the growth of human understanding, the principle of metaphorical expression plays a vastly greater role than most people realize. For it is the natural instrument of our greatest mental achievement — abstract thinking.” BY MARIA POPOVA The poet Rainer Maria Rilke, in what remains a supreme articulation of what it means to be an artist, counseled his aspiring-artist correspondent: “Go into yourself and test the deeps in which your life takes rise; at its source you … Continue reading Trailblazing Philosopher Susanne Langer on the Purpose of Art, How It Works Us Over, and How Abstract Thinking Gives Shape to Human Emotion

Surgeons admit that mammography is outdated and harmful to women

by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer (NaturalNews) Every year, millions of women flock to their doctors to get their annual mammograms, a breast cancer screening procedure that involves pressing a woman’s breasts between two metal platforms to scope out tumors. But surgeons everywhere are starting to question the controversial practice, which studies show isn’t even an effective screening tool, and is actually harmful to the bodies of women who receive it. The public is told that mammograms are the only way to catch breast cancer early, but a review of eight scientific trials evaluating the procedure, found that mammography is … Continue reading Surgeons admit that mammography is outdated and harmful to women

The Sixth Extinction: Two-thirds of global wildlife population expected to be lost by the end of this decade

BY NEWS SOURCES, Marco Lambertini, Director General,WWF International, writes [PDF]: The evidence has never been stronger and our understanding never been clearer. Not only are we able to track the exponential increase in human pressure over the last 60 years — the so-called “Great Acceleration” and the consequent degradation of natural systems, but we also now better understand the interdependencies of Earth’s life support systems and the limits that our planet can cope with. Take biodiversity. The richness and diversity of life on Earth is fundamental to the complex life systems that underpin it. Life supports life itself. We are … Continue reading The Sixth Extinction: Two-thirds of global wildlife population expected to be lost by the end of this decade

ANONYMOUS: WORLD WAR 3 IS ON THE HORIZON (IN 2016)

by JOE MARTINO It has been said a number of times over the past year, that WWIII could be on the horizon. Recent events and statements between Russia and the United States have people believing it’s closer than ever. But is this really the case? Should we be worried? Since almost everything real and important taking place is kept from the masses while we are distracted by mainstream media and pop culture, it’s tough to say what is really going on. But if we begin to look at the various things going on in the world, we can piece together some … Continue reading ANONYMOUS: WORLD WAR 3 IS ON THE HORIZON (IN 2016)

Feel Different: Breaking Your Cell Phone’s Hold

Unreliable rewards trap us into addictive cell phone use, but they can also get us out. BY DAVID ANTONIO PEREZCASSAR David Antonio Perezcassar is just another frontiersman in the Wild West of American Infotainment. Using ethically-sourced single-origin ideas, he handcrafts the freshest, non-GMO, small-batch, artisanal content for malcontents. … … … … more… http://nautil.us/issue/41/selection/feel-different-breaking-your-cell-phones-hold Continue reading Feel Different: Breaking Your Cell Phone’s Hold

Crimes of the future

image edited by Web Investigator  Predictive policing uses algorithms to analyse data and cut crime. But does it really work, and should it be trusted? Sidney Perkowitz is professor of physics emeritus at Emory University in Atlanta. His latest books are Universal Foam 2.0 (2015) and Frankenstein 2018(in progress).  In an age of anxiety, the words sound so reassuring: predictive policing. The first half promises an awareness of events that have not yet occurred. The second half clarifies that the future in question will be one of safety and security. Together, they perfectly match the current obsession with big data and the … Continue reading Crimes of the future

No Matter Who Wins the Election, Military Spending Is Here to Stay

An F-35 stealth jet built for the Royal Australian Air Force is presented at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas.(AP Photo / Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Paul Moseley) The military-industrial complex is alive and well, and it’s gobbling up your tax dollars. By William D. Hartung Through good times and bad, regardless of what’s actually happening in the world, one thing is certain: In the long run, the Pentagon budget won’t go down. It’s not that that budget has never been reduced. At pivotal moments, like the end of World War II as well as war’s end in Korea and Vietnam, … Continue reading No Matter Who Wins the Election, Military Spending Is Here to Stay

Satan Has No Interest in Molesting Your Kids

(Photo: Salem Art Gallery) The Satanic panic of the 1980s bedeviled our conceptions about childcare and family. Today, The Satanic Temple lobbies for children’s rights. By Malcolm Harris As we head into the end of October, parents should be prepared. Everyone knows that Halloween is peak season for occult behavior. Local Satanists will be combing America for unattended children to abuse in their rituals. Without the suffering of innocent babies, their whole devil-worshipping infrastructure falls apart. Good moms and dads must maintain vigilance lest their kids be snatched. In 2016, this kind of Satanic panic rhetoric sounds totally absurd. Few Americans … Continue reading Satan Has No Interest in Molesting Your Kids