Just eight days after a terrorist attack in the city of Kunming dubbed “China’s September 11th,” a Malaysia Airlines flight carrying mostly Chinese passengers disappeared over the South China Sea.
While the international probe is in its early stages and questions are being raised about the prospect of terrorism, investigators would be wise to thoroughly examine the possibility of a missile attack in light of recent information about the global proliferation of such projectiles capable of downing civilian airliners.
Further, China has issued a series of warnings about North Korean missiles, including one that crossed paths with a Chinese airliner carrying 220 people just last week.
Former Senior Counselor at the World Bank Karen Hudes has spent the last several years of her life working closely with whistle blowers from around the world to shed light on what she calls a “global conspiracy.”
While working for the World Bank as a member of their legal team Hudes uncovered so much corruption that she could no longer keep quiet. She followed the proper channels to report her findings, going first to the organization’s Evaluation Department and country directors, and then to the U.S. Treasury Department and even the United States Congress. All of her requests were ignored, and in some cases, completely covered up. So she did what any honest person would do. She went public. Suffice it to say, she received the typical treatment you’d expect for a whistle blower.
Hudes is no longer with the World Bank, but that didn’t stop her from continuing her investigation by joining an organization of other whistle blowers.
What she found once she started connecting the dots will blow you away. The corruption, as most of us know, isn’t just at the World Bank, but is woven throughout the fabric of the entirety of the global financial and political systems.
Was one of the passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 traveling with a stolen passport? Malaysian authorities have refused to confirm nor deny this report, which has spread like wildfire on the Internet.
On godlikeproductions.com, it was posted that 37-year-old Luigi Maraldi who was supposedly aboard MH370, is actually in Thailand.
Maraldi contacted his relatives in Italy to inform them that he was safe and sound and currently in Thailand. Apparently, Maraldi had informed Italian authorities in August last year that he had lost his passport. Maraldi is one of the names which appeared on the passenger manifest for flight MH370, which has gone missing.
The first is the Chinese word for filthy, stinking rich, the uncouth bling-blingy rich of the People’s Republic. The second is the name given to middle-aged women dripping in gold. I imagine that two middle-aged women with the yellow bars would lead to a much deserved ‘dispute’ (yes repeating the ideogram for ‘woman’ actually means there’s ‘trouble’, telling you a whole lot about what the Chinese actually think about women insociety).
It doesn’t quite go with the image of the country that we might have once had. But, things change, even the Chinese have the right to hang up their d?ulì conical hats and don something a bit more ostentatious. Showy, brassy, flash, call it what you will; although you might ask why it’s at all necessary for the filthy nouveau riche to go overboard and paint the inside of their houses with gaudy colors and make it look like they have no taste at all. They may have the money, but they don’t necessarily have the taste to go with it. Money buys just more money; it doesn’t buy you a savvy bit of know-how in the décor stakes. Although, you should be able to pay for someone that does have the knowledge to get you to that.
Whatever they do with their money, the Chinese nouveau riche are working their way up the Forbes rich list.
It’s always important, and always hard, to distinguish positive economics — how things work — from normative economics — how things should be.
But I come now to talk about money — specifically, about Bitcoin and all that.
So far almost all of the Bitcoin discussion has been positive economics — can this actually work? And I have to say that I’m still deeply unconvinced. To be successful, money must be both a medium of exchange and a reasonably stable store of value. And it remains completely unclear why BitCoin should be a stable store of value.
As someone who is quite an audiophile — who just doesn’t enjoy listening to music, but also plays several instruments — I was surprised when I stumbled upon an article at Max OS X Hints claiming what the “Perfect” EQ settings are.
What the article failed to realize is that such settings won’t provide great sound at all, instead they’ll actually reduce the quality, and cause something known as clipping — thus decreasing your total listening experience.
Quite frankly, the only reason you think you need such settings is you’re either using subpar headphones, don’t have a high-quality speaker setup, or just plain don’t care. But seriously — why would you do that to yourself!!?
This is what Mac OS X Hints shows as the “perfect” setting:
How absurd! They’ve got to be kidding me..
So you ask, “What really is the best EQ setting?”
Well, you have to understand the EQ is a piece of software which increases or decreases a particular frequency — the optimal EQ setting should always be “Flat.” You don’t really want to distort your music, plus you have to remember — when you change the EQ you’re no longer listening to the music as recorded on the master recording.
But — if you want to get a little more out of your sound, let me explain to you what all those numbers and sliders on your EQ really mean, and do..
Researchers call it the Fly Mind-Altering Device (aka “FlyMAD”), and to demonstrate the system’s effectiveness, they’ve shown that firing a laser at the head of a fly can compel it to flirt, and attempt to copulate, with a ball of wax. (Come on. You know you want to watch this.)
FlyMAD works by tracking a fly’s movement and firing an infrared laser directly at its head. The heat from the laser triggers neural circuits in the fly’s brain that have been genetically engineered to activate when heated. Conceptually, the technique is similar to optogenetics(which triggers neurons with light), but while optogenetics has been successfully demonstrated in mice, it’s proven difficult to implement in flies, whose heads are too small to accommodate the fibre-optic cables necessary to deliver light to the brain.
The backstory is well known. On 11 March 2011, a magnitude 9 earthquake and the tsunami that followed caused a major nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on the north east coast of Japan following.
Three of the plant’s six nuclear reactors suffered meltdowns, releasing almost 30 per cent as much radiation as the disaster at Chernobyl. The event is one of the most serious in nuclear history.
Almost 90 percent of American adults surveyed use the Internet, and almost all say that the Internet has been a good thing for them personally.
Among the 1,000 American adults surveyed by Pew Research in January, 87 percent now use the Internet. That number is even higher for certain groups. Internet use was claimed by 99 percent of people in households that earn $75,000 or more, 97 percent of adults ages 18-29, and 97 percent of those with college degrees.
A full 68 percent of those polled connect to the Internet via mobile devices. On a related note, ownership of cell phones jumped to 90 percent in the new poll from 53 percent in Pew’s first survey back in 2000. Smartphone ownership surged to 58 percent this year from 35 percent in 2011.
How do the people surveyed view the Internet and technology in general?