Tuesday, May 17, 2016

More PSYOPS, Social Systems, and More

- I think that most people would agree that the best social systems revolve around the idea that we have fair and just laws. If the size of the security apparatus exceeds a certain point (which seems to be happening in a lot of places) are we certain that we have the correct laws and societal laws in place? If they can't convince through standard argumentation then the policy is probably not that great? The perception of the public can't be that they're that silly? If you go through enough material you'll feel like you're in the twilight zone somtimes. Does it make sense or not? Fact check everything. With things the way they are most information is already out there. It's often not even classified. Be aware of seeing the truth where there isn't any. Not everything is cut and dry. A lot of players probably aren't aware of how they are part of the game. A lot of dis-information out there. In spite of this, the public still probably have enough information to achieve verification if they are persistent and think things through. Sometimes the people involved will sound crazy but if you know them in person you'll understand better the difficulties of the situation
RSA Replay - Why Nudge
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dh84BakJpFY
Sendhil Mullainathan - Solving social problems with a nudge
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBJQENjZJaA
TEDx Moral Persuasion Video Scribing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZO73pfFoUfo
Design to nudge and change behaviour - Sille Krukow at TEDxCopenhagen
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsUzI9lZMak
Inside the Nudge Unit - how small changes can make a big difference
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAgxJjrXgdc
Nudge - improving decisions about health, wealth and happiness
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9f9N-Yb8eO8
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nudge_theory
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/05/10/state-dept-faces-questions-over-missing-tape-amid-scramble-over-wh-aides-iran-boast.html?intcmp=hpbt2
http://www.news.com.au/national/federal-election/a-helpful-drinking-game-to-get-you-through-the-turnbull-v-shorten-debate/news-story/bcce51b787ad349fd6f71b34080b0535
https://www.corbettreport.com/interview-1169-patrick-henningsen-exposes-the-human-rights-industrial-complex/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smart_power
https://www.rt.com/usa/342720-foreign-propaganda-truth-flow/
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/05/10/state-dept-faces-questions-over-missing-tape-amid-scramble-over-wh-aides-iran-boast.html?intcmp=hpbt2
http://time.com/4328254/clinton-cash-movie-hillary-clinton-peter-schweizer-breitbart/
http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/515334/Global-financial-crash-2016-May-recession-meltdown-economy-warning-fears
- the most likely avenues for PSYOPS delivery is via analysis and current affairs. News can be spun to a limited extent but not as greatly especially given the time considerations
- why is motto of RT 'Question More'? That's the whole point. It's to push those who are likely to do it into looking around. It means that some subjects will be 'broken down' allowing for easier agent recruitment down the line and neutralising others. Same thing for all countries. One thing I've never understodd though is why they sometimes continue to spin in spite of most of us knowing what they are saying aren't truthful. Only thing I can think of is for entertainment purposes? To keep you hooked. For some of you, it may take a while before you understand Russian humor and the way they perceive the West and vice-versa
CrossTalk - State Dept Follies
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNg8ta3Ddr8
http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/state-dept-stooges-caught-yet-another-lie/ri14172
http://www.thedailysheeple.com/fail-state-depts-marie-harf-blames-50-billion-iran-bonus-in-nuclear-deal-on-treasury-dept-calculation-error_022016
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2957350/State-Department-says-win-war-against-ISIS-killing-Obama-administration-avoids-mention-Christian-beheading-victims-religion-launches-new-hashtag-diplomacy-effort.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2744088/I-don-t-know-means-State-Department-official-dismisses-completing-mission-against-ISIS-buzzword-one-week-Obama-admits-don-t-strategy-yet.html
- given that we are exposing children to more violence at younger age I wonder whether or not this has any impact to their susceptibility to PSYOPS. The original MKULTRA/mind control experiments indicated that exposure to trauma such as that made it easier to control them later in life?
http://www.itwire.com/your-it-news/entertainment/72604-war-all-the-time-with-call-of-duty-infinite-warfare.html
http://dtbnguyen.blogspot.com/2015/12/understanding-propaganda-us-anti-war.html
- sometimes when you look at things in depth you may figure out that you may not want to know the truth. Be prepared for that. Why do so many of these seem to be US/Western centric? Basically, because those are the first results that turn up
History of Journalism
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yX2Pk1StQ38
Keiser Report - Power of alternative media (E748)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqVeX-ll5X4
Devastating Expose on American Journalism and Media Concentration - Leading Thinkers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kc9OHBHtho8
Discovery - how media lies documentary film - CNN CBS FOX NEWS channel distorted contents
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3ETBtR6HeE
Truth (2015) - IMDb
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3859076/
- once you reach the truth it's easier to navigate whatever system you're attempting to traverse. The irony is that the security services are designed to protect systems. The other strange irony is that this is completely at odds with the notion of 'democracy'? It's your right in a lot of democracies to have your voice heard isn't it? The news started out as propaganda, a lot of copying? They actually delivered sensationalist journalism right from the start to gain more readership. Different newspapers for different demographics
History of Journalism
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yX2Pk1StQ38
http://www.smh.com.au/world/venezuela-president-declares-emergency-amid-fears-country-is-headed-for-meltdown-20160514-gov4wt.html
http://www.blacklistednews.com/DEEP_HISTORY_AND_THE_GLOBAL_DRUG_CONNECTION%2C_PART_4%3A_ENTER_AL-QAEDA/51122/0/38/38/Y/M.html
https://www.medium.com/insurge-intelligence/
- media can be used to suppress, entertain, contain people. PSYOPS makes it increasingly difficult to figure out what the truth is. Be aware that there are many actors/players on the world stage. Become familiar with the intelligence world and what 'national security' entails. It's very strange at times but it will help you navigate the world
Keiser Report - Tail Chasing Media (E696)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAVgXRN3uoE
http://russia-insider.com/en/counter-propaganda-russian-style/ri14306
http://russia-insider.com/en/media-criticism/hey-corporate-media-glenn-greenwald-video-can-teach-you-what-real-journalism/ri6669
- as indicated in another post 'predictive programming' becoming more prevalent. States, organisations, and individuals attempting to manipulate actual storylines. If they can't hide certain things they'll try to make it cool. Think about about Inception (predictive programming), The Big Short (financial system), Minority Report (pre-crime), Matrix (our world), Bond/Bourne films (shows that the intelligence world is dirty and that we should simply become used to it, etc...
https://medium.com/insurge-intelligence/the-pentagon-s-secret-pre-crime-program-c7d281eca440?source=latest---------9

- as indicated in last post my belief is that if capitalism is hitting it's terminal limit then surely we need to take a look at alternatives? As indicate din Europe, US, Japan, China, and elsewhere there are quite a few people out there in exploring alternatives as well. If you examine some of the theories of Marx and understand capitalist as a system then you begin to understand some of the major contradictions. More and more people believing in socialist rather than capitalist ideas? Making more sense why Marxists see capitalism is self defeating. By extracting more and more from a finite system it basically causes itself to collapse. Whether others push or not capitalism itself will collapse in on itself?
The Empire Files - Understanding Marxism and Socialism with Richard Wolff
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yEiv1fIhyE
- humans started out mainly worrying about how to make money. Markets fundamentally breaks down collective units? Plato/Aristotle thought it was asocial. Against market economies for that reason. Master/slave relationship generally breeds anger/frustration. Go through history and you'll realise just how bad humans have been to one another over the years. Some of the comparions hilarious. Fuedalism is actual enslavement while capitalism allows slaves to choose their masters. Says that stories of inspiration in order to allow for continuation of system? Capitalism is neo-Feudalism. Inherent flaw is that it requires exploitation/class warfare. Ivy League background. Only very narrow education there. No exposure to Marxism. Capitalism has had some major falls several times in spite of what people have said. Capicity Utilisation Rate at about 60-70%. Boom bust cycles core to capitalism. In spite of debates over everything else US refuses to discuss the issue of capitalism? US was favourable for capitalism (environment, people, etc...)? Productivity and wage gap splits at around 70s. Doom loop has been created in stock market. Wealth inequality worsened. Elite understood so bought politicians  to maintain status quo. Great depression doom loop was exited by re-distribution of wealth back to the poor through social security, government employment etc... Roosevelt four re-elections which made a difference and allowed them re-gain growth. They ended up with two terms thereafter and destroyed communist and socialist parties therafter. No interest in other social systems until last several years
Crisis and Openings - Introduction to Marxism - Richard D Wolff
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9Whccunka4
Capitalism Hits the Fan - Richard Wolff
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Al12e1EVmZU
Karl Marx and Marxism
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8bdndigRA8
Global Capitalism -  March 2016 Monthly Update
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dwiHyBEMfA
http://www.democracyatwork.info/
Richard D. Wolff Lecture on Worker Coops - Theory and Practice of 21st Century Socialism
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1WUKahMm1s
The Big Short (2015) - IMDb
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1596363/
- For: Hybrid socialism and capitalism causes problems. Pure capitalism is better? Drastic drops in poverty and disease due to switch to capitalism? This guy is an idiot. Price factors in everything. Against: Inequality increasing. US now is more unequal than ancient Rome. Social mobility easier in ancient Rome than US? ABS for 2013/14 top 20% own 62% wealth. Bottom 20% own 1%. Easier for slaves to becomes masters in ancient Rome than working class to become millionaires in Australia now. Oxfam stats enough food dumped to feed world population 1.5 times for over a year but people starving to death every 3 seconds. False choice in capitalism. Forced to take horrible jobs. Stalin's Russia, North Korea, Venezuela, etc... all capitalist in spite of people's criticism of them. For: idiot. Point of capitalism is to get people into best position. For that to occur we need an equitable chance across the board Against: deregulation ideal for decades then why do boom/bust happens. Why did we have to bail out in 2007/2008? Socialist movement keeps capitalism in check. Massive demonstrations in China to exact workers advantage
The Great Debate - Capitalism v. Socialism
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDiz0NEUNyc
https://ourworldindata.org/world-poverty/
https://ourworldindata.org/gdp-growth-over-the-last-centuries/
- inefficiency of capitalism with regards to shipping of goods back and forth around the world. Laura Flanders, Richard Wolf, John Nichols. Discourse/conversational width into how society is run has reduced significantly in the US. Previous US presidents more progressive with regards to background. Abraham Lincoln widely read, borderline radical/social democrat? Centre no longer exists? People are diverging outwards as capitalism's flaws (or at least aspects of it's implementation) are being exposed. Surely, FDR plan of higher taxes would tank asset prices? Then again, those who are wealthier have no incentive to trickle down? The only way is to force it? FDR taxed the rich and corporations most and became US most popular president. Helped pull them out of their depression? US citizens believe their own propaganda with regrads to capitalism. How are capitalism and democracy compatible. Trickle down theory makes even less sense in the world of automation. High taxes still allows for fast growth? Used to be said that a King interceded with God to keep society going and that they were 'necessary'. Our world still replicates this structure. Most monarchies gone now though. Ever seen a bunch of smart, motivated people work together? Doesn't really require a supervisor to keep things moving does it? More and more people fed up with capitalism. In Germany corporations have half representation of workers on board to acheive genuine democracy. Interesting thing for me is whether more equal distribution of wealth automatically leads to inflation? A core problem in the former USSR?
Richard Wolff - On Bernie Sanders and Socialism
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhH-PWjR3b0
Economist Richard Wolff on the Panama Papers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQTWcr2jgpo
https://au.finance.yahoo.com/news/-jobs-and-growth--and-deja-vu--reprising-a-failed-american-experiment-011243722.html
The Success and Price of Capitalism - Documentary
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUybghTrNHc
'The Game is Rigged' - Richard Wolff
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlhFMa4t28A
Richard D. Wolff Lecture on Worker Coops - Theory and Practice of 21st Century Socialism
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1WUKahMm1s
What is Marxism (Explained by a Marxist) _ JadedCulture
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfboWYnIarE
Interview with Economist Richard Wolff on How Marxism Influences His Work
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioDVISBirGo
Marxian Economics vs Capitalism with Economist Prof. Richard D. Wolff
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8BUXLAu2ZA
http://ourobengr.com/2016/05/the-politics-of-resentment/
http://thearchdruidreport.blogspot.com.au/2016/01/donald-trump-and-politics-of-resentment.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mondragon_Corporation
http://theconversation.com/the-mondragon-model-how-a-basque-cooperative-defied-spains-economic-crisis-10193
- income inequality is really bad. Worse now in the US than in the Roman empire? Previous solution for FDR was 92-100% percent taxation of >25K USD. Current crop of political leaders have lost touch. On our current trajectory and with the added complication of globalism the entire worldwide economy could collapse. Why do we keep on going back over the same territory? One party moves in and then anothers moves but in reality they often end up back tracking which means we end up in the same place?
http://persquaremile.com/2011/12/16/income-inequality-in-the-roman-empire/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_economy
http://www.mintpressnews.com/how-inequality-diversity-and-empire-brought-down-the-roman-republic/188498/
Capitalism Hits the Fan - Richard Wolff
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Al12e1EVmZU
http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/national-reform-summit-we-are-sleepwalking-into-a-real-mess-says-former-treasury-boss-martin-parkinson-20150826-gj8040.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Piketty
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capital_in_the_Twenty-First_Century
- if the following is true the Marxists have the West/capitalists right where they want us. Our societal bonds and finances are in tatters. Flaws in capitalism and a system which doesn't haven't have sufficient checks and balances. It almost inevitably leads us down the road towards Marxism? The dominos have already begun to fall. Look at parts of Europe, South America, US, etc...
Why are we in Decline - Cultural Marxism
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VggFao85vTs
Paramilitary: The KGB Army Reborn
http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htpara/articles/20160503.aspx
The Communist Manifesto - Terry Eagleton - Marxism 2011
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6_YFtQGMXQ
https://www.yahoo.com/news/russian-artist-trial-torching-security-hq-door-141232822.html?ref=gs
CrossTalk - Bullhorns in the Bullpen
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_5PNOw8AyQ
A GLOBAL REVOLT - Russia Insider Spring Crowdfunding Campaign
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DINZqFX396E
https://www.rt.com/usa/342429-green-party-debate-issues/
http://nationalinterest.org/feature/chinas-economy-past-the-point-no-return-16139
https://www.rt.com/uk/342705-surveillance-bill-putin-posters/
- if you read between the lines and look at the right figures/charts you basically know the global economy is in trouble. It's being held up with gimmicks and they're trying to come up with policies to pull us out. China has already won? US is on the defensive in multiple areas (finance, defense, intelligence, etc...) while China is on offensive?
Robert Kiyosaki - Biggest Stock Market Crash in History Coming in 2016 – June 28, 2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiENFvvZQVc
Are the Markets Really Rigged Duh!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRwL-B4KQG8
Stock market is rigged, its a scam!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiqxHEiihEI
ОБМАНИЗМ-1 (Fraudelism-1)  - Barclays' bank LIBOR
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wak5M_DxkSQ
Keiser Report - $32 trillion in pointless trading (E799)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmXX6cYMRrU
The Bond Market (Documentary)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGyWlKYKoq4
Interview with Rob Kirby; The Last Days of Rigged Markets and Phantom Economies
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xA1Zso9xII
Keiser Report - 'Rubby Dubby' Market Rigging (E612)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3T17h6tNzoM
Keiser Report - 'm from Goldman Sachs, and I’m here to help' (E909)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpolS_RJSsI
Keiser Report - Warnings from Confucius (E891)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWDYeYPC8Z4
Keiser Report - World Economy Manias (E914)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlAs6qjiEsU
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/china-orders-banks-clear-hurdles-051536018.html
http://russia-insider.com/en/military/half-us-jets-cant-take-air-force-says-raiding-museums-parts/ri14336
TV News - FINANCIAL CRISIS 2016 Will Dollar $ Collapse CIA Insider Interview (URGENT ALERT!)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eygXirnIzG4
X22Report - China And Russia Wanted to Bankrupt US Financial System- X22Report
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Q4-XlN1q6E
China And Russia Are Preparing For A Bankrupt US Financial System - Episode 876a
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WakvogLqDg
http://www.news.com.au/finance/real-estate/buying/banks-and-regulators-have-created-the-perfect-storm-for-chinese-property-buyers/news-story/35003738f3197171baf8b92341dfe942?from=google_rss&google_editors_picks=true
http://www.afr.com/news/politics/election-2016-miners-urge-malcolm-turnbull-to-tread-carefully-over-steel-20160512-got9bn
http://data.worldbank.org/topic/financial-sector
http://www.investopedia.com/ask/answers/030515/what-percentage-global-economy-comprised-financial-services-sector.asp
http://www.inc.com/chris-matyszczyk/this-is-how-many-people-think-hard-work-is-actually-worth-it.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2014/10/09/one-in-four-americans-think-poor-people-dont-work-hard-enough/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2014/12/11/work-hard-get-rich-maybe-not-anymore/
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/02/04/opinion/costello-not-just-hard-work/
John Rubino discussing Deutsche Bank Price Rigging, Gold_Silver Manipulation
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMok0H-KVy8
Keiser Report - Fighting Algorithmic Bots (E751)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zSqXQav0iA
http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/rail-traffic-depression-292-union-pacific-engines-are-sitting-in-the-arizona-desert-doing-nothing
https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/05/michael-snyder/global-depression-begun/
http://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/wall-street-dealmaking-goes-from-boom-to-bust-in-few-months-20160513-gouoxw.html
- most of the world has socialist tendencies in spite of what is sometimes said?
http://www.democracynow.org/2016/4/27/noam_chomsky_bernie_sanders_is_not
Noam Chomsky on Libertarian Socialism
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkaO12X-h1Y
This Is The Income Inequality Video CEOs Don’t Want Americans To See
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_ymNmttW34
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - Wealth Gap (HBO)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfgSEwjAeno
The rise of Marxism in France
http://links.org.au/node/4684
- think carefully about this. How many people in society are actually taken up with the task of forecasting/predicting the future? Business analysts, public service, intelligence, defense, finance... It's almost like a obsession with prophecy? They're not genuine prophets though (if you look at the definition found in the Holy Scriptures) because they're mostly self fulfilling and rely on manipulation rather than the type of prophets that are spoken of in any of the Abrahamic religions. The strange thing for me is that in spite of everyone's belief in the virtues of religion they don't believe or have not built a financial system that is based on something simpler and more transparent. Despite what we say, there are insufficient safeguards there to enable it to function over the long term without inevitable boom bust cycles. The lure of corruption means that it could drag the whole system under. We can build a better system but we choose not to. Look around, understand how the system works, and you'll understand what I mean. Good governance and regulation can curtail growth rates somewhat but they can also reduce the chances of catastrophe when least expected
http://www.smh.com.au/business/intelligent-investor/we-all-pay-the-price-when-banks-behave-badly-20160517-gox1qp.html
http://saharareporters.com/2016/05/16/yes-nigeria-fantastically-corrupt-bayo-oluwasanmi
http://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/hsbc-forced-to-repay-customers-for-poor-advice-20160517-gox1yk.html
Identifying The Antichrist, The Beast, The False Prophet and The Whore Of Babylon - Joe Schimmel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8kaHWmOmTU
Who is the Antichrist - Great Documentary!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCcwb1iUZI0
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Beast_%28Revelation%29
Prophets from the Bible FULL DOCUMENTARY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9cvI1Uc3Xs
The Bible's most Legendary Prophets - Spiritual awakening (Divine Possession)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDND4_cyOFA
True or False Prophet - 7 Ways to Discern
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQDAGHnSthg
Keiser Report - Age of False Prophets (E749)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5LjGYLFdwQ
The Prophetic Timeline, Islam's Destiny, and a Look Toward 2016
http://www.earnedmedia.org/aoa1816.htm 
http://www.newzimbabwe.com/opinion-26109-Prophets%20Spiritual%20operators%20or%20conmen/opinion.aspx
http://www.nyasatimes.com/2013/12/12/is-malawis-famous-prophet-bushiri-true-or-fake/
http://malawi24.com/2015/02/25/malawis-prophet-bushiri-caught-with-pants-down-again/
https://www.youtube.com/user/propheticchannelTv
https://www.imhro.org/education/about-schizophrenia/cures-schizophrenia
http://www.schizophrenia.ca/faq.php
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/schizophrenia-easy-to-read/index.shtml
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_and_schizophrenia
http://forum.schizophrenia.com/t/self-fulfilling-prophecies-and-the-power-of-suggestion/14778
http://www.highexistence.com/topic/schizophrenia-prophets-and-weed/
http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/prophets.php?q=prophets.php
Prophetic Schizophrenic
http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread997980/pg1
http://saharareporters.com/2016/05/16/yes-nigeria-fantastically-corrupt-bayo-oluwasanmi
- USSR gave away land to people? Confiscation was from industrial companies but that wasn't a really big part of Soviet economy? More people had private property? Markets existed in USSR? Most of these myths come from 'Cold War' propaganda? USSR never got rid of markets? Massive intervention though. 'Free markets' don't really exist. Private property wasn't banned? Land was given to USSR citizens in agragarian properties. Enterprises were state owned and profits were re-directed into industralisation. Both China and Russia can achieve higher levels of growth then capitalist states because of their system? Difference between USSR and Marx was that in USSR enterprises owned and run by state. At times, it just feels like the USSR/China simply got their implementation of socialism wrong in the past?
Richard D. Wolff explains the USSR _ Soviet Socialism
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZhJ-74FcR8
http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/dear-american-liberals-everything-you-think-you-know-about-russia-wrong/ri7616
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/mao-tsetungs-red-guards-waged-a-decade-of-violence-as-they-grasped-political-power-from-the-barrel-of-a-gun/news-story/a100cd1512869f18abbd0aee955597b7?nk=83af7c05dd85ad7c9140151a4777f91d-1463323194
- if you're uncertain why and how did the 'Cold War' started. Basically, pure rivalry. Listen to West and Anti-Western media and it's like you're in the twilight zone. Exact opposites with West trying to talk things up and the other talking things down
How The Cold War Happened (in 4 minutes)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAsMBgnt3mA
Why Did the Cold War Begin
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLJKVVtiR3g
Cold War in 9 Minutes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVqziNV7dGY
https://www.quora.com/Are-communism-and-socialism-actually-as-dangerous-as-portrayed-by-many-If-the-people-are-happy-isnt-it-better-than-a-sad-democracy-or-capitalist-economy
https://www.quora.com/Why-is-communism-considered-evil-by-some-people
Can anyone explain the dangers of Communism and/or Marxism/Socialism to a country like the USA?
https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090825204501AAds2hi
http://russia-insider.com/en/china-and-russia-come-together-condemn-us-east-asia-meddling/ri14174
http://www.marxist.com/obamas-visit-to-cuba-a-spoonful-of-sugar.htm
http://russia-insider.com/en/chinese-lend-isolated-russia-12bn-gas-plant-arctic/ri14169
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3570021/A-million-dead-battlefield-ravaged-chemical-weapons-500-000-shells-hour-pounding-Seoul-Former-White-House-adviser-reveals-scale-North-Korea-s-plans-invade-South.html
https://www.rt.com/politics/342797-labor-ministry-working-on-parasitism/
- a very obvious avenue for global growth is to come to an agreement with so called 'evil countries' such as Iran, North Korea, Russia, etc... I think it's pretty obvious that they're going to want to do this on their terms especially after everything they've been through. The world is basically rolling over debt over and over again but this is draining on actual real growth and progress. these nations will give you the extra growth without having to de-leverage. If you can't trust then then arrange for work for food/humanitarian supplies in for work zones where nothing can be taken in/out without permission from both sides. That means no contamination of their society, their humanitarian needs are taken care of while we get a source of relatively cheaper labour?
http://nationalinterest.org/feature/could-north-korea-secretly-build-iranian-bomb-16140
https://www.yahoo.com/news/drought-hit-south-africa-partners-iran-build-desalination-082108422.html?ref=gs
http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/trumpism-spreads-globally-and-reaches-philippines/ri14291

- sometimes you just can't believe you can this stuff online
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/syrias-volunteer-sappers-improvise-mine-clearing-methods-38862386
Cambodian shows how to disarm a mine
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWfNZoXr6rQ

- quite a few options to push MIDI signals over the network
https://www.ableton.com/en/help/article/synchronizing-midi-over-network/
http://www.linuxsampler.org/ethernetmidi/
http://qmidinet.sourceforge.net/qmidinet-index.html
http://music.stackexchange.com/questions/5120/linux-compatibility-with-coremidi-network-protocol

- heaps of online tutorials and templates for any style of music online. Often for free
https://www.wemakedancemusic.com/
http://subaqueousmusic.com/dubstep-and-electronic-music-song-structure/
http://www.mixedinkey.com/Book/Visualize-the-Structure-of-Dance-Music
http://abletunes.com/
https://web.facebook.com/abletontemplates/?_rdr&_fb_noscript=1
http://edmprod.com/resource-free-ableton-live-9-production-template/
https://www.youtube.com/user/RedPillzAudio
https://www.youtube.com/user/freshsamples/playlists
https://www.youtube.com/user/musicprotutorials/playlists
https://www.youtube.com/user/SeamlessR/playlists

- in spite of Debian's mature packaging system you can get some really wierd problems sometimes in stock installations
http://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/16656/problem-to-launch-java-at-debian-error-while-loading-shared-libraries-libjli
http://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/166273/java-jdk-missing-libjli-so-path-in-dependency-list-debian

- some phones have really wierd ways of acting up. Certain key sequences bring things to life pretty easily
http://forums.androidcentral.com/google-nexus-4/312151-solved-nexus-4-won-t-turn-charge.html

Some recent quotes in the media:
- Fed Chair Janet Yellen said that the financial crisis had shown that the lending that had taken place among the country's biggest banks had not eliminated risks but instead had magnified them.

"We are determined to do as much as we can to reduce or eliminate the threat that trouble at one big bank will bring down other big banks," Yellen said.

The rules would implement a portion of the Dodd-Frank Act passed by Congress in 2010 in response to the 2008 crisis, the worst financial crisis to hit the country in seven decades.

The rules would apply only to the nation's biggest bank holding companies with assets of $50 billion or more. Banks with assets between $50 billion and $250 billion would be subject to only the minimum requirements established by Dodd-Frank. That requirement is a limit of loans to another financial firm of 25 per cent of the bank's total capital.

Banks with assets above $250 billion would face a stricter limit of 25 per cent of the bank's safest capital, known as Tier 1 capital.

Fed Gov. Daniel Tarullo said that while the reforms already implemented have reduced the interconnections between the largest financial firms by roughly half from pre-crisis days, it is still important to "put safeguards in place to help prevent a return to those prior practices."
http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/proposes+rules+boost+stability+financial+system/11763468/story.html
- Banks and speculators are attempting to offload mortgage default risk onto unsuspecting taxpayers and pension funds amid fears of a looming property crash in London, ethical finance campaigners have warned.
Earlier this week, it emerged that the Greater London Authority (GLA) is seeking to use residential backed mortgage securities (RMBS) to diversify its investments. At present, there is little direct investment in RMBS by council treasurers. However, the GLA’s proposal looks set to change this trend.
https://www.rt.com/uk/334570-london-property-crash-rmbs/
- "The problem is that doctors often (unknowingly) rely on biased evidence: what others have taught them, what is common practice, what appears to work, and on studies that fit with their beliefs," he said.
 
"The fear of having someone harmed from a missed opportunity is a strong and emotive driver of over-treatment. So is the belief that non-operative treatment equates with neglect, or no treatment, and so is being sued.
 
"But the decision to operate should be based on the best science, not on the worst-case scenario. If the best evidence tells us that a procedure is not effective, or that the benefits are outweighed by the risks for some patients, then it should not be done."
 
Even if we accept that there is a placebo effect from surgery, he argues in the book that it is unscientific and means that doctors are either deceiving their patients or are deceiving themselves.
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/confessions-of-a-sydney-surgeon-why-your-operation-may-not-work-20160302-gn95ya.html
- Jacinta Carroll,the head of the Counter Terrorism Policy Centre at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, said Professor Pape's warning means that "as IS [and Jabhat al-Nusra and others] come under greater pressure in the Middle East, they may continue to focus on striking where they can, outside the Middle East, and particularly in those countries it seeks to undermine. These attacks serve a further purpose in demonstrating capability to attract potential recruits and funders," she said.
 
"In terms of coalition commitments to operations in the Middle East, this means governments including Australia need to focus on a long-term strategy, understanding nuance including the perception of roles... The contribution of air power, training support, ISR (intelligence, reconnaissance, surveillance) support such as Australia is currently providing is essential and valuable, while not providing the potential for IS to use ground elements as part of a negative narrative."
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/australia-could-be-the-next-paris-terrorism-expert-warns-20160303-gn9k68.html
- Public Advocate Colleen Pearce said use of chemical restraint in aged care is a significant concern for the sector. 

"While medications are appropriate in certain circumstances, they should not be the only choice as, even in small doses, anti-psychotic medication can have side effects," she said.

She said this could include drowsiness and docility. 

Ms Pearce supports the collection of better data so that the industry, families and carers are aware of the issue and the true incidence of the problem of chemical restraint.

About half of people in residential aged care facilities and up to 80 per cent of those with dementia are receiving psychotropics, although this varies between facilities, according to research by Alzheimer's Australia.
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/victoria/my-dad-was-given-drugs-like-potato-chips-how-the-elderly-are-being-restrained-20160218-gmxc3o.html?google_editors_picks=true
- The alarm has sounded for ageing workers.
 
According to the International Monetary Fund, older workers will have to retire much later in the future to help pay for rapidly rising pension costs.
 
And governments will have to increase consumption taxes, too.
 
IMF managing director Christine Lagarde has used a speech in the US overnight to warn that governments around the world must start confronting the reality of their ageing populations, saying increasing life expectancy will have a dramatic impact on their budgets in decades to come.
http://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/imf-managing-director-christine-lagarde-warns-of-demographic-timebomb-20160304-gnapv3.html
- Sydney Water's Keiran Smith said 75 per cent of all blockages were caused by wet wipes, which were now used for everything from removing makeup to cleaning kitchens and bottoms of all sizes.
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/sydney-water-threatens-legal-action-as-wipes-block-drains-20160304-gnax4u.html
- In their defense platform, the Liberal Party stated that the primary role of a new Canadian fighter jet would be to contribute to the defense of North America and not to act as a “stealth first-strike platform.”
http://www.defensenews.com/story/defense/air-space/2016/03/05/canadian-participation-f-35-program-remains-murky/81202784/
- First tested in 2013, the Army began widely outfitting the Beechcraft prop planes–known by their military designation as MC-12s–with the EMARSS in 2015, according to a report from IHS Janes. The four-person crew is comprised of the pilot, mission commander, sensor operator and a systems operator. While there are different variants of the EMARSS, including one specifically designed for countering improvised roadside bombs, the system’s primary role is to rapidly track and identify ground targets regardless of weather condition and time of day. The aircraft can also gather signals intelligence.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2016/03/05/this-advanced-army-reconnaissance-plane-just-crashed-in-northern-iraq/
- Genetically modified plants are grown from seeds that are engineered to resist insects and herbicides, add nutritional benefits or otherwise improve crop yields and increase the global food supply. Advocates say these new strains will boost yields and stabilize supply by also improving drought resistance.

India has allowed the use of genetically modified seeds only to grow cotton. It says further study needs to be done to guarantee consumer safety before genetically modified food crops can be cultivated in the country.
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/seeds-trouble-monsanto-threatens-pull-india-37437708
- "I have committed to not endorse a specific individual, but rather 'We the People'," he said.

"Though many today are making decisions based on fear and anger, I trust their judgment to logically examine the candidates and make the right decision by looking at:

    Whether they have demonstrated significant accomplishments over their lives and careers.
    If they have ideas that are clear and policies that are easy to find.
    How they treat their family and others, as that is how they will lead the country.
    What they have done to improve the lives of Americans; the people they are with, what they are saying and how they collaborate with others.
    Their ethics, because what America needs is Trickle-down ethics.

"We need to understand that Republicans are not each others' enemies. We need to engage in conversation and challenge each others' positions, not fight each other. Conservatives need to unify together so that that we do not snatch defeat from the jaws of victory and put another secular progressive in the White House."
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/03/ben-carson-ends-campaign-tells-republicans-vote-160305042622264.html
- Islamic State jihadists use children, trained as soldiers, executioners and suicide bombers from an early age, to become “more lethal fighters than themselves,” a major study has warned. The terrorist group is using Nazi regime tactics.

“The organization focuses a large number of its efforts on indoctrinating children through an extremism-based education curriculum, and fostering them to become future terrorists. The current generation of fighters sees these children as better and more lethal fighters than themselves, because rather than being converted into radical ideologies they have been indoctrinated into these extreme values from birth, or a very young age,” researchers for Quilliam, a London-based counter-extremism think tank, stated in the report, according to the Guardian.
https://www.rt.com/news/334696-is-training-children-nazi/
- One project examined 200,000 comments posted on Latvia’s three main online news portals between 29 July and 5 August 2014. It found 1.45% of those comments were from “hybrid trolls”, a phenomenon that came to light recently when it emerged that Russia had set up warehouses in which an army of bloggers sat day and night, charged with flooding the internet with comments favourable to Russian interests. But in some stories, more than half of the comments were by Russian trolls – identified partly by their poor grammar, repetition of content and IP address.

Five types of troll were found: the “blame the US conspiracy trolls”; the “bikini trolls” (adorned with images of young women who would gently ask targets to rethink their views); “aggressive trolls” determined to drive people off the web; “Wikipedia trolls” working to edit blogs and web pages to Russia’s advantage; and “attachment trolls”, who would post link after link to articles and videos from Russian news platforms.

The audience for the presentations – including diplomats and military officers – were told that, while the number of trolls might seem small, they were the “glue” for a wider project.

Kremlin-backed TV channels were jammed into the airspace, Russian-language newspapers disseminated stories and content produced in Moscow, while NGOs, funded by Russian money, offered up talking heads on every issue under the sun. Meanwhile, automatic “digital bots” were churning out messages influencing the search engines. “If you research for Ukraine, maybe the top 10 results will be those backed by the Kremlin,” said Sanda Svetoka, a senior Nato communications expert.

Speaking on Thursday, Sārts held little back: “What we have to do is understand the strategies, the methods, the tactics, and, of course, from that understanding create an ability to resist, respond, and win and protect our societies, the hearts and minds of our people, our value systems, the way our societies work.”
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/05/europe-vladimir-putin-russia-social-media-trolls

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Social Systems, Algorithmic Music, and More

- given the state (centralisation, dogma, time constraints, etc...) of our education system it becomes pretty obvious after a while that you only really get an idea of what a capitalist world is like without getting an overview of what other systems are like. The primary problem with this is that while this helps to maintain social cohesion it gets in the way of perhaps creating a better society. The other problem is that it doesn't really help you understand the system, how to navigate it, and how to deal with the problems that you will inevitably face when you become disillusioned with some aspects of it
- most people know that what is sometimes said about the 'greatness' of capitalism is flawed. Moreover, while there are rules insituted by government to strike a balance between employer and employee this can sometimes be biased in the wrong direction making employment difficult for either side. There's another massive problem though. Since many people ultimately figure out that the system is unfair they become disillusioned. What a lot of people don't realise is just how unfair the system really is. They say that every single person in a democratic, free, capitalist society has a chance. What they don't realise is how wrong this really is. Based on my previous posts it's pretty obvious that a lot of aptitude tests aren't screening purely for ability but also behaviour and socio-economic background as well. If that's the case, what chance have some people got? Since the tests rely heavily on 'acquired knowledge' this makes it much more difficult to progress especially in light of environments which aren't conducive to academic performance. Watch a classroom in a poor, undereducated area versus that of a one in a wealthier, educated area. The difference is light years. Factor in cultural differences that are likely to be adopted in either environment and you'll see that no matter how much money is thrown at the problem in order to equalise things it's just wasted money. Continue the process through life. Watch the way upper class deal with those who have managed to progress and you'll see how strange things are. Since they didn't grow up the same way, they won't have the same mannerisms and beliefs. It genuinely takes multiple generations for people and families to progress (if ever) up the social economic ladder
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - Wealth Gap (HBO)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfgSEwjAeno
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3574279/Top-British-universities-slip-world-rankings-Number-100-drops-ten-cuts-changes-immigration-rules-blamed-fall.html
https://medium.com/projectinclude/introducing-project-include-d0c3b8358fd5
http://www.watoday.com.au/business/workplace-relations/women-in-tech-band-together-to-track-diversity-after-hours-20160504-gomf28.html
http://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace-relations/women-in-tech-band-together-to-track-diversity-after-hours-20160504-gomf28.html
- there are enormous flaws in many of the social systems that we've come up with but it's pretty obvious that the world is headed to a a type of 'corporatism'. The primary questions being asked over and over again are how hard do you have to work to live, move up the social ladder, etc? if we fall how much are we willing to help others? the balance between worker and employer power? what checks and balances should be in place to ensure that everyone has a fair go basically. These are the core questions that face every government now. It's not a question of capitalism, socialism, communism etc... it's the balance between all parts them that's the ultimate question which is being made much more difficult in a world which is becoming globalised and people are always looking for shortcuts to overcome whatever checks and balances that may be enforced
http://www.smh.com.au/comment/federal-budget-2016--the-more-you-look-at-it-the-better-it-gets-20160504-golu0t.html
http://www.smh.com.au/business/federal-budget/the-end-of-the-one-size-fits-all-university-turnbull-government-considers-big-fee-shakeup-20160504-gomb4b.html
http://blog.acton.org/archives/86584-the-european-union-a-secular-heaven-on-earth.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-06/turnbulls-corporate-tax-cuts-under-scrutiny-by-treasury/7389426
http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/malcolm-turnbull-and-officials-defend-4-an-hour-job-scheme-against-intern-churn-fears-20160506-goo2ga.html
http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/wtf/leftbehind-children-forced-to-fend-for-themselves/news-story/700fb98f3883e9fb42bef2342b40fd1e?from=google_rss&google_editors_picks=true
http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/federal-election-2016/budget-reply-speech-bill-shorten-unveils-6b-in-private-college-savings-20160505-gon549
http://www.news.com.au/finance/economy/federal-budget/the-question-malcolm-turnbull-really-didnt-want-to-answer/news-story/884775519dce8c4794da11a82892665e
- I said that previously a standard person's background was not conducive to unbiased decision making. I stand by that decision even more now. Think about a standard parlimentary setup (in any social system of your choosing). Even if the peak point takes counsel from an array of different parties the whole system is circumvented if the information presented is biased and/or there is inadequate representation among the masses of what the public want. Namely, the 'national interest' and 'public interest' are at odds with one another
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Method_acting
- there's no way that markets are 'free' (even if it's not done deliberately there's probably not enough regulation that in effect it ends up looking the same way). Look at the number of insider trading incidents and the volume. Some countries are absolutely engaging in front running. Look at some of what the security services are listening into. We have a managed economy. No question about it but it's so complex now that a lot of people can't see through the haze. Ince you now enough about the way the modern finance system works the more you realise it looks like complete gibberish. After a while, the one thing that is obvious is that one of the core benefits of free market capitalism is also one of it's greatest flaws. Namely, the fact prices are variable and that basically there is sometimes no terminal limit on growth. It changes the way you value things as well as the whole system. Think carefully about this, if there were core formulas that we could agree on on what it meant to work hard each day that could form the basis of our currency. It means that basically it's impossible to 'speculate'. It's impossible to make a living simply by taking 'bets' on what companies are likely to do. It makes it impossible for deflation to occur. If we do away with mass advertising and revert to a system whereby people service the local economy before spreading outwards organically it also means that it's less likely that we will have enormous defaults. The obvious problem is that this will probably result in lower systained growth. The most interesting thing is that a lot of our problems are based around our inability to be able to distinguish true prophets from false prophets. Look into the history of all of the world's religions and you'll see that they basically share the same core and if you dig deep enough in spite of some disagreements they are basically in agreement (this statement sounds rediculous but look at prophet like people across all religions and they exist). There's no question that what a lot of finance is about is predicting the future in spite of the complexity of the system involved. Given that random investment has been proven to be more effective than analysis (though this may change in the distant future though I doubt it since interventions are causing more difficulties in analysis much like Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle in Quantum Mechanics/Physics). If the US and other countries are using large amounts of economic intelligence then increased encryption across the board will effectively tank their economies by taking away this particular edge
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=rigged+markets
Keiser Report - Destructive Force in US Elections (E911)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0YgeCmTVlk
Keiser Report - Up the creek with no paddle (E458)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkJXl29uvWg
Keiser Report - Fight on salary men, fight on! (E468)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzruSMDVx7c
Keiser Report - Defaulting is New Black (E858)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Random_Walk_Down_Wall_Street
- let's say the markets are as unstable as some people are making out to be. There are two things that are obvious. When things are unstable you're trying to maintain capital (unless you're reasonably confident of your bet or simply desperate, crazy, etc...). What seems to be happening is that measures are being taken across the board in order to protect investment. If you examine the TTIP and TTP it's obvious that they are somewhat defensive (protect monopolies and destroys competition).
- one thing that is obvious is that in spite of what people may say most people want to live in socialist type economies. In blind tests it has been found that 92% americans want to live in plase where wealth distribution more like that of socialist Sweden? US is fundmdamentally socialist but dosn't realise it? People want ratios of pay to be about 5 or 10 to 1 from top to bottom but it's actually much closer to several hundred times to one. 61% of US people with less than 1K in savings. Some taking anti-diarrhoea medication as means of getting high. Productivity over time has become much better but wealth distribution has not? One thing that confuses me is that if new social systems or unrest are considered national security threats then how can we ever hope for something better? Most people have to admit that chunks of our social system are grossly unfair and we need to surely start from scratch there and now just tweak around the edges? Is it the 'dictator' problem whereby the political class are more worried about themselves? Look deeper at the wealth inequality issue, social mobility, and so on and it becomes clear that we may simply be protecting a system/way of life?
Keiser Report - Destructive Force in US Elections (E911)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0YgeCmTVlk
Keiser Report - 'Making America Great Again' Quest (E908)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-2RAUo_r9E
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - Wealth Gap (HBO)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfgSEwjAeno
This Is The Income Inequality Video CEOs Don’t Want Americans To See
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_ymNmttW34
http://www.wolf-pac.com/
Malcom Gladwell on income inequality - The New Yorker Festival (Full) - The New Yorker
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKvFlSedpNI
Joseph Stiglitz - Income Inequality and American Democracy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyrKJ5nm8kc
Keiser Report - Up the creek with no paddle (E458)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkJXl29uvWg
Income and Wealth Inequality - Crash Course Economics
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xMCWr0O3Hs
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-05-08/obama-ttip-necessary-so-protect-megabanks-prosecution
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-05-07/chinas-bad-debt-problem-much-deeper-just-real-estate
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-05-07/according-deutsche-bank-worst-kind-recession-may-have-already-started
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-05-08/why-citi-worried-tipping-point
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-05-08/death-gold-market-why-one-analyst-thinks-run-london-gold-vaults-imminent
http://www.infowars.com/trump-a-bigger-threat-to-wall-street-than-sanders/
- as stated previously globalisation makes it very difficult to forecast/predict anything (unless you 'rig' things). Perhaps what we need is simply more steps in taxation at the upper end (look at wage distribution in the US across bands and it looks fairly equal except way at the upper end where things change drastically. This patterned seems to be reproducing itself across other countries as well)? Listen to sane wealthy people and they know that they have more money than they need. One of the interesting things for me is that look at certain things and it becomes much clearer that things haven't changed all that much for at least 8 decades globally. We're basically protecting 'social systems' based on what the political class deems to be appropriate to their local geo-political cirumstances. Statistics such as wealth distribution, credit ratings, bond yields going lower, etc.. seem to have been largely stable or else have proceeded to get worse over this entire period which is why I feel we're just protecting social systems? (maybe, the point is to maintain social stability while they figure things out?) Ironically, you look back to certain periods in the past and these circumstances would have provoked outright revolt and protest in many places. The core difference is that they're better able to hide things now? Offshore banking started as a means of allowing to Western oil companies to generate larger profits? US deliberately allowed criminal money to flow into their system to fund Vietnam war effort? Struggling for sources of consistent economic growth so they're resorting to gimmicks?
https://ourworldindata.org/income-inequality/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distribution_of_wealth
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_distribution_of_wealth
https://ourworldindata.org/gdp-growth-over-the-last-centuries/
http://conversableeconomist.blogspot.com.au/2014/07/the-shifting-us-wealth-distribution.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wealth_inequality
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wealth_inequality_in_the_United_States
http://fortune.com/2014/10/31/inequality-wealth-income-us/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/05/21/the-top-10-of-americans-own-76-of-the-stuff-and-its-dragging-our-economy-down/
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/trump-emergence-signals-social-inequity-backlash-in-us-says-turnbull/news-story/324722b48bd341e8b8c2342a6fda5c39?from=google_rss&google_editors_picks=true
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/budget-2016/opinion/federal-election-2016-labor-lays-bare-class-warfare-campaign/news-story/78cd4057a45cb250f9c22465f7179170?from=google_rss&google_editors_picks=true
http://www.smh.com.au/comment/smh-editorial/malcolm-turnbulls-housing-arrogance-insults-voter-intelligence-20160505-gomr1d.html
http://www.tradingeconomics.com/country-list/rating
http://quant.stackexchange.com/questions/739/are-public-historical-time-series-available-for-ratings-of-sovereign-debt
http://www.standardandpoors.com/en_US/web/guest/article/-/view/type/HTML/sourceAssetId/1245327302187
http://chartsbin.com/view/1177
http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/NY.GDP.MKTP.KD.ZG
http://www.worldbank.org/en/publication/global-economic-prospects
http://www.rba.gov.au/chart-pack/world-economy.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_economy
http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SL.UEM.TOTL.ZS
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_unemployment_rate
Keiser Report - Conditions for Anger (E874)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DVjpuuJdC8
- as said previously the fundamental problem is that with (genuine) globalisation income (and growth) is very difficult to predict. Look at a breakdown of wages in the US and things don't look quite as bad. The problem is that way up at the top end (individuals or organisations) you have a tiny few who are making an enormous amount. If you look at the profit margins they're similar to normal businesseses. The difference is that due to the number of clients involved a little can change a lot. This is one of the reasons why people say if our local banks or resource companies are making so much why doesn't the rest of society getting a larger share of their profits through taxation? Only real solution is something that operates somewhat retroactively like a 'super-profits' tax which was previously attempted but dumped locally. The problem is that it basically acts as a cap on private sector growth. How else do you pay the bills though?
https://www.rt.com/op-edge/341689-economy-system-us-ron-paul/
http://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/rate-cut-gives-bank-margins-another-squeeze-20160503-golljg.html
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - Wealth Gap (HBO)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfgSEwjAeno
- a lot of bitterness out there. You can become really disillusioned with any system if you look at it properly (you hear a lot of Chinese or Russians and the only way they can achieve social mobility is by knowing someone that is already part of the 'establishment'). One of the funny things about inherited wealth is that it's said that things often don't work out. For instance, I knew a venture capitalist who said that most companies who change ownership from the original collapse. If that's the case and we believe in a capitalist society then why not just allow enough money to pass from each generation to allow them to take them to a college/university education and let them figure out the rest. That would allow ownership of companies to pass those who are best able to manage them (and maintain employment levels. Also gives time for kin to figure things out/earn their way into their positions if they need to), help pay for social services, still allow parents to take care of their kin (up to a point), etc...
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - Wealth Gap (HBO)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfgSEwjAeno
This Is The Income Inequality Video CEOs Don’t Want Americans To See
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_ymNmttW34
http://www.wolf-pac.com/
Malcom Gladwell on income inequality - The New Yorker Festival (Full) - The New Yorker
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKvFlSedpNI
Joseph Stiglitz - Income Inequality and American Democracy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyrKJ5nm8kc
Keiser Report - Up the creek with no paddle (E458)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkJXl29uvWg
Income and Wealth Inequality - Crash Course Economics
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xMCWr0O3Hs
http://www.nationalinterest.org/feature/america-becomes-what-its-founders-feared-16000
http://www.nationalinterest.org/feature/what-ails-japans-economy-16003
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/cifamerica/2010/aug/05/philanthropy-does-not-pay-taxes
- sometimes you have to ask the question whether or not the people in charge try to 'socially engineer' certain things. Dig deep enough and you'll sometimes find out the truth. Greenspan wanted to suppress/traumatise workers and reduce chances of social mobility. In doing so he (and the US government) could have a more pliant workforce, etc... China liquidating assets globally? Russia/China building up gold reserves? Stop share buy backs to force employment? How to raise funds though? How would this enable the firm to gain investment though unless you reduce the amount of share buy backs you can engage in?
Keiser Report - 'Post-Traumatic Debt Disorder' (E862)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExjpThIAogI
http://www.smh.com.au/business/federal-budget/budget-2016-scott-morrison-to-raise-billions-through-multinational-tax-crackdown-20160502-gok4c8.html
- most of our problems (particularly in economic management) basically stem from the fact that we're constantly trying to predict the future (often to rediculous periods into the future). Whether it occurs in the context of religion, science, mathematics, etc... Ironically,
End Of The Age - Islam, the Antichrist, and Mystery Babylon - Passion For Truth Ministries
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URzJlSIb124
The Antichrist Revealed - The Beast that Was, and Is Not, Has Returned
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPs7jdfaib0
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/space/new-theory-warns-mercury-passing-in-front-of-the-sun-could-signal-the-end-of-the-world/news-story/1d8aa519ec28c47158fdc8aaba32194d?from=google_rss&google_editors_picks=true
Mercury Transit 2016 in Bible Prophecy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XKlh_5cv2c
Antichrist Prophecy - The Beast & False Prophet (Documentary)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_l0sJ1XU1Y
http://www.smh.com.au/comment/election-2016-could-the-campaign-dent-the-economy-20160506-gonvva.html
http://www.rba.gov.au/publications/rdp/2016/pdf/rdp2016-01.pdf

- if you've ever been halfway interested in music production and IT you would have come across the terms 'algorithmic composition' before. The core stuff is fairly basic but you'll need to brush up on AI theory, software design (you get some really strange coding out there sometimes), some math and music theory, etc... if you want to work on some more advanced stuff
NOTACON 9 - Code That Sounds Good - Music Theory and Algorithmic Composition (EN)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIsqUFqNveM
Algorithmic Music Composition with Johann Joseph Fux's Gradus ad Parnassum-6
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GI0we1tBQ
http://commonmusic.sourceforge.net/
https://sourceforge.net/projects/athenacl/
http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/algorithmic-music-composition-linux-athenacl
https://code.google.com/archive/p/athenacl
http://www.csounds.com/
http://repmus.ircam.fr/openmusic/home
http://www.emergentmusics.org/midiutil
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/11059801/how-can-i-write-a-midi-file-with-python
http://www.jfugue.org/
http://explodingart.com/jmusic/
https://wiki.python.org/moin/PythonInMusic
https://www.reddit.com/user/TranceTip
http://retroremakes.com/remaketalk/index.php?p=/discussion/351/random-piano-music/p5
http://www.osalternative.com/p/soundhelix-alternative-and-similar-open-source-projects-17848.html
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=algorithmic+music
http://www.soundhelix.com/
http://www.soundhelix.com/audio-examples
https://www.youtube.com/results?sp=EgIYAg%253D%253D&q=algorithmic+music
http://www.davekoelle.com/algmusic.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generative_music
https://www.reddit.com/r/algorithmicmusic/comments/3d1aql/looking_for_open_source_midi_generator/
http://www.jfugue.org/
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/180858/procedural-music-generation-techniques
- there's an enormous amount of stuff out there about music production on Windows and Mac OS X. Not so much on Linux. You'll have to figure some stuff out with limited information. Core on Linux is finding or creating a viable MIDI device (required for music playback).
http://tuxguitar.herac.com.ar/forum/5/465/midi-system/
http://tuxguitar.herac.com.ar/forum/4/1105/better-sound-from-gervill/
https://jan.newmarch.name/LinuxSound/MIDI/JavaSound/
https://www.reddit.com/r/javahelp/comments/3yi94y/java_midi_help_no_receivers_or_transmitters/
https://java.net/projects/gervill/pages/Home
http://queskyes.com/question/230/accessing-a-mididevice-in-java
http://www.soundhelix.com/faq/what-can-i-do-if-no-midi-device-can-be-found
https://wiki.winehq.org/MIDI
http://vmpk.sourceforge.net/
http://askubuntu.com/questions/526275/is-there-any-virtual-midi-loopback-solution-for-ubuntu-linux
http://tuxguitar.herac.com.ar/tgwiki/doku.php?id=doc:no_sound
http://tuxguitar.herac.com.ar/download.html
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/2715613/midisystem-getsequencer-returns-audio-device-unavailable
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Midi/SoftwareSynthesisHowTo
https://docs.oracle.com/javase/tutorial/sound/accessing-MIDI.html
miobrad writes... 'ubuntu linux - java se 6 - sound not working'
http://www.prolobe.com/forum/showthread.php?thread=1552
http://openjdk.java.net/projects/audio-engine/
https://wiki.debian.org/Java/Sun
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/jdk8-downloads-2133151.html
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/jre8-downloads-2133155.html
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/33635075/remove-broken-java-installation-linux
http://www.soundhelix.com/faq/what-can-i-do-if-no-midi-device-can-be-found
http://www.soundhelix.com/faq/soundhelix-does-not-run-at-all-what-should-i-do
http://linux-sound.org/
http://waon.sourceforge.net/
http://tedfelix.com/linux/linux-midi.html
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/762803/midiunavailableexception-in-java
does anyone have virmidi working with Ubuntu 11.04 Natty?
https://www.linuxmusicians.com/viewtopic.php?t=7313
MIDI with ALSA
https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-27919.html
http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/java-sound-music-software-linux-part-1
http://www.rosegardenmusic.com/tutorials/qsynth-rosegarden/
https://jannewmarch.gitbooks.io/programming-and-using-linux-sound-systems/content/Karaoke/JavaSound/Karaokeplayerwithsampling.html
http://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/155214/jack-not-recognizing-midi-device
https://blogs.oracle.com/geertjan/entry/environment_for_programming_midi_in
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/762803/midiunavailableexception-in-java
- choose alternative soundfonts if you don't like what you're currently hearing.
http://tylerfrankenstein.com/code/tuxguitar-better-sound-ubuntu
https://musescore.org/en/node/36171
http://wiki.linuxaudio.org/wiki/free_audio_data
http://www.synthzone.com/soundfont.htm
http://mariopaintcomposer.proboards.com/thread/2416/new-electronica-soundfont-techno-music
http://www.flstudiomusic.com/2010/03/jr-soundfonts.html
http://www.flstudiomusic.com/2011/12/20-synth-soundfonts.html
http://johannes.roussel.free.fr/music/soundfonts.htm
http://www.hammersound.net/
http://www.linux-sound.org/swss.html
http://www.synthfont.com/links_to_soundfonts.html
http://hiphopmakers.com/over-2000-free-soundfonts-free-soundfont-player
http://freesound.org/
- there are heaps of sound generators out there already if you don't have the ability, don't have the time, don't want to start from scratch, etc...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algorithmic_composition
http://music.stackexchange.com/questions/7696/algorithms-for-music-composition
https://github.com/Glamdring/computoser
http://peterlangston.com/Papers/amc.pdf
http://www.aaai.org/ocs/index.php/AIIDE/AIIDE13/paper/download/7443/7666
http://www.gustavodiazjerez.com/Gustavo_Diaz_Jerez_DMA_Thesis_MSM.pdf
http://www.essl.at/software.html
http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/music-and-theater-arts/21m-380-music-and-technology-algorithmic-and-generative-music-spring-2010/
https://www.reddit.com/r/algorithmicmusic
http://explodingart.com/jmusic/
http://www.soundhelix.com/faq/how-can-i-use-soundhelix-on-platform-xyz
https://sourceforge.net/projects/musicalgorithm1/
http://www.soundhelix.com/xml-examples
http://www.soundhelix.com/applet/examples/SoundHelix-Percussion.xml
http://www.soundhelix.com/applet/SoundHelix-applet.jnlp?url=examples%2FSoundHelix-Percussion.xml
http://tones.wolfram.com/generate/
http://www.fakemusicgenerator.com/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_dance_music
http://intermorphic.com/noatikl/
http://codeminion.com/blogs/maciek/2008/05/cgmusic-computers-create-music/
https://www.reddit.com/r/musictheory/comments/2xn8yb/any_automatic_music_generators/
http://www.abberkeep.us/projects/songWriter/songWriter.php
http://txt.arboreus.com/2013/01/29/how-to-generate-some-music-with-soundhelix-and-save-it.html
http://www.osalternative.com/p/rmg-random-music-generator-alternative-and-similar-open-source-projects-29931.html
- if you just want to play random MIDI files 'timidity' works great
Playing MIDI (TuxGuitar)
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=932310
http://tuxguitar.com.ar/tgwiki/doku.php?id=doc:tuxguitar_alsa
[SOLVED] Tuxguitar i MIDI
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=865527
/usr/bin/timidity -Os -iAD
timidity -iAD
https://github.com/certator/tuxguitar_mod/blob/master/TuxGuitar-viewer/src/org/herac/tuxguitar/player/impl/jsa/sequencer/MidiSequencerProviderImpl.java
https://github.com/certator/tuxguitar_mod/blob/master/TuxGuitar-viewer/src/org/herac/tuxguitar/player/impl/jsa/midiport/MidiPortSynthesizer.java
- you'll need to connect the relevant ports and virtual MIDI devics (if you are using them)
aconnect -li
aconnect -lo
sudo modprobe snd-virmidi
sudo modprobe snd-seq snd-virmidi
sudo dpkg -i fluid*.deb libfluidsynth1_1.1.6-2_i386.deb
aplaymidi -l
aconnect 20:0 129:0
fluidsynth --server --audio-driver=alsa -o audio.alsa.device=hw:0 /usr/share/sounds/sf2/FluidR3_GM.sf2
Virtual midi ports for linux?
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1445186
amidi -p virtual -d
jack/djplay problems
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1397461
Jack won't start
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2011849
http://jazz-soft.net/download/Jazz-Plugin/LinuxSynth.html
https://wiki.allegro.cc/index.php?title=Using_TiMidity%2B%2B_with_ALSA_raw_MIDI
http://tedfelix.com/linux/linux-midi.html

- interesting articles regarding Russia/US relationship
http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/if-russia-had-freed-canada/ri14228
http://russia-insider.com/en/history/russian-james-bond-explains-why-hitler-stood-no-chance-against-stalin/ri14238
http://russia-insider.com/en/russia-rises-mat/ri14226
http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/color-revolutions-are-foreign-aggression-nonmilitary-means/ri14213

- given the use of dolphins and other animals in intelligence/defense circles it makes you wonder why they haven't weaponised large sea animals. The idea is somewhat morbid (animal cruelty issues obviously but look deep enough and basically all you find out is are they crazy enough to try X, Y, Z, etc?) but I fail to see how a surprise attack by a remotely controlled kamikaze dolphin could be stopped or you would be able to distinguish between whales that are being used as part of a multi-modal SONAR array and just random whales just moving through the sea (only genuine way around this is with imaging style RADAR/SONAR much like ultrasound technology works to allow see a baby inside the mother's womb. Similar technology will allow you to see foreign objects inside of animals)
http://www.spacewar.com/reports/Invisible_No_More_US_Stealth_Subs_to_Lose_Unbeatable_Advantage_999.html
http://www.spacewar.com/news/naval-05e.html

- once you understand how pervasive and silly PSYOPS are (and how very old perspectives still persist among the political class) the world just feels stranger and stranger
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Sergeyeva
http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/26/in-moscow-little-girl-soldiers/?_r=0
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1161977/Putins-poster-girl-Pin-politician-hates-West--loves-Thatcher.html
http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/372870/author_warns_russia_china_spinternet_/

Some interesting quotes in the recent media:
- Russian international reserves have risen to $381.1 billion. The Central Bank is continuing its policy to increasing international reserves rather than spending to prop up the ruble.

The international reserves consist of foreign exchange, special drawing rights (SDR) holdings, the reserve position in the IMF and monetary gold.

Unlike Saudi Arabia and China that are spending their reserves to buoy up their currencies, the Russian Central Bank is spending nothing to stem ruble volatility after using $67 billion in a failed attempt to curb a ruble collapse at the end of 2014. The Russian currency fell to 80 against the dollar and 100 against the euro on December 16, 2014.

The strategy has paid dividends in recent weeks as the ruble has rebounded without the central bank intervention. The Russian currency has strengthened on the back of rising oil prices to this year's high of just under 68 rubles against the greenback. Another reason for ruble going up is Friday’s decision by the Central Bank to keep the key rate unaltered at 11 percent.

“Vladimir Putin recognized the power of reserves in 2008-2009, when thanks to them he survived the crisis without significant losses. To be left with a small amount of reserves now would be difficult, even just psychologically,” Russia's former finance minister Aleksey Kudrin told Bloomberg. He left the post in 2011 during the presidency of Dmitry Medvedev, but continues to meet Putin to discuss the economy.

Since coming to power in 2000, Putin has boosted Russia’s reserves from $13 billion and paid off the country’s debt, now one of the lowest among the major economies.
https://www.rt.com/business/336072-russia-foreign-reserves-putin/
- According to his maiden speech he is also opposed to a national curriculum, which he seems to regard as a subversive, left-wing document. He believes it should be replaced by competing private curricula. He is also a fan of charter or so-called independent public schools and seems to believe that they will solve the widening gap between our lowest and highest achievers. Unfortunately, the evidence that they make a big difference is thin.

Some charter schools do well, some do badly – rather like all other kinds of schools. When they are bad, though, they tend to be very bad. A young woman I know is currently teaching in a charter school in the UK and she is horrified at the difference between her experiences in the English school and the public high school she taught at in Sydney.

That public school, by the way, is in one of Australia's lowest socioeconomic areas and is widely regarded as a very difficult school dealing with a high level of disadvantage. She now regards it as heaven in comparison to the (middle-class) charter school she is now struggling to cope in.

Classes are huge, funding is minimal, wages much lower, teaching vacancies (unsurprisingly) are impossible to fill and micro-management and centralised control rampant. Way to improve education, Senator Paterson.
http://www.smh.com.au/comment/james-paterson-needs-educating-about-schools-20160318-gnm0yt.html
- Iran has claimed it retrieved thousands of pages of information from the devices of 10 U.S. sailors who were briefly detained in January.

The Iranian State TV report quotes General Ali Razmjou, a naval commander in the Revolutionary Guard, as saying the information was retrieved from laptops, GPS devices and maps.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/mar/15/iran-claims-it-recovered-thousands-pages-informati/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS
- Great Britain—which is the only Level 1 partner on the U.S.-led stealth fighter program—is expected to buy 138 F-35 short takeoff vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft to be operated by the RAF and Royal Navy. The stealthy new jets will not only fly from land bases, but will also fly from two new British aircraft carriers.

The F-35Bs will also operate alongside Britain’s fleet of Eurofighter Typhoons. Indeed, the RAF plans to operate 107 upgraded Typhoons into the 2030s alongside the F-35. As with the U.S. services, the U.K. will use the fourth-generation air superiority fighter alongside the stealthy F-35. Basically, the F-35 will act as a flying sensor node while the Typhoon will be a flying missile magazine when taking on threats inside heavily defended airspace.

The RAF’s Typhoons and French Air Force Rafales training alongside the U.S. Air Force’s Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptors at Joint Base Langley-Richardson, Virginia, to learn how to better coordinate fourth and fifth-generation fighters. While the Raptor is essentially a dedicated air superiority fighter, the F-22 and F-35 are similar in many ways. Thus, many of the lessons learned can be carried over to joint F-35/Typhoon operations.

While the Typhoon and the F-35 won’t be competing with each other directly in the British service, the manufacturers are nonetheless engaged in a dogfight to secure sales. In that arena, the Typhoon—despite its superior aerodynamic performance—is slowly being edged out by the stealthy F-35. If the current trend holds, the F-35 might end up being the only Western fighter left on the market.
http://www.nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/f-35-vs-eurofighter-typhoon-which-fighter-will-dominate-15535
- To be sure, many Western strategists will rightly note that Type 055 could be quite vulnerable to American and allied submarines. But if Beijing is investing in such large surface combatants, it suggests Chinese strategists are reasonably confident the Chinese Navy can protect them and, moreover, that these new “dreadnoughts” with Chinese characteristics could play a key role in the evolving naval balance in the Asia-Pacific.
http://www.nationalinterest.org/feature/can-chinas-dreadnought-tip-the-naval-balance-15539?page=2
- "Australia's tax system was designed when we were an island continent producing finished products. We are now part of a global supply chain and we need to be competitive if we want the economic growth that will secure our prosperity into the future," Mr Wilson said.

"Simple, flatter, lower taxation. Shifting from a model of relying too much on direct taxation from income and company tax towards activities-based taxation and having consistent rates, so you don't have wasted resources, time and money that could be used to grow the economy on [tax] minimisation schemes, which might be legal but do nothing to boost the economy."
http://www.afr.com/news/politics/national/from-human-rights-to-tax-reform-wilson-sets-course-for-parliament-20160320-gnmhy7
- Highlighting the importance of paying attention to domestic production, job creation, elimination of unemployment, economic prosperity and tackling recession, Ayatollah Khamenei, added, “If we are to solve the problems of recession, [low] domestic production, and unemployment; if we are to curb inflation, [the solution to] all those fall within the purview of the Resistance Economy.”

“The Resistance Economy encompasses all of them. With the Resistance Economy, it is possible to fight unemployment and recession and to curb inflation; it is possible to stand up to the enemies’ threats; it is possible to create numerous opportunities for the country and use those opportunities,” Ayatollah Khamenei pointed out.
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2016/03/20/456687/Iran-Leader-Khamenei-New-Year-Resistance-Economy
- Certain commercials are “watermarked” with a secret audio signal so high pitched that most humans can’t hear it, but the microphone on your phone can. When the commercial comes on, SilverPush uses audio beacon technology to detect the watermarked signal and sends a detailed log of your television viewing history back to the media network, and can even send you follow-up advertisements.

SilverPush apps use a smartphone or tablet’s microphone to monitor near-ultrasonic sounds embedded in a TV, radio or web browser advert. These signals are too high-pitched for humans to hear, but can be decoded by software. This information along with the devices IMEI number, location, operating system version, and potentially the identity of the owner, is sent to SilverPush servers.
http://www.itwire.com/business-it-news/security/71952-silverpush-%E2%80%98redefining-tv-advertising%E2%80%99-is-simply-spying-on-users-ftc.html
- ASTANA (Reuters) - Kazakh officials and their visitors will have to leave their smartphones at the door of government buildings from March 24 in line with a new policy aimed at preventing leaks of sensitive documents, a leaked document showed on Thursday.
https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/business/technology/a/31129038/kazakhstan-bars-smartphones-at-government-offices-to-prevent-leaks-leaked-memo/
- UK scientists hail creation of 'flu trap'

A "flu trap" that captures viruses could help prevent the spread of infection, British scientists say.

Researchers at the University of Manchester have developed a fabric coating for masks and air filters that isolates the viral particles responsible for influenza.

The technology mimics carbohydrate structures on the surfaces of cells lining respiratory airways and the oesophagus, or food pipe.

Paul Hope, director of the biotec company Virustatic that is seeking to commercialise the idea, said: "It's a whole new preventative approach to disease and if implemented could be transformative.
http://www.news.com.au/world/breaking-news/uk-scientists-hail-creation-of-flu-trap/news-story/3a8aaff3e14d5e12d0a60e3606507647
- Since Apple launched the iPhone in 2007, smartphones have saturated society. More than 80 per cent of Australians have one; only 4 per cent of 18 to 34-year-olds don't.

We use them to email, take photos, check social media, listen to music, surf the internet, find directions, watch movies. We even use our smartphones to use our smartphones less, installing apps that monitor and limit our activity.
...
Brewer says our memories and creativity can be affected by the digital onslaught. With one study equating the amount of information we receive each day to 174 newspapers – and that was before smartphones – Brewer says "we're letting important, emotionally salient information slip through".

There is value from having time out from the information overload and reconnecting to our internal world, she says. "Boredom is recognised as a gateway to creativity, so if we can't be alone with ourselves and are unable to tolerate a lack of stimuli then we actually block out the opportunity to feel boredom and the possible creative thinking that comes out of that."
http://www.transcontinental.com.au/story/3800828/phones-ruling-lives-killing-imaginations/?cs=4180
- It seems the market is seeing another tipping point for banks - where the potential for higher cost of funds, more stringent lending criteria and accelerating deterioration in the big corporate exposures is tarnishing their appeal.
http://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/banks-feel-more-pain-from-end-of-mining-boom-20160323-gnq02h.html
- China’s economy is now a curious, and perhaps precarious blend of government and market — of unbounded private entrepreneurship and mammoth state enterprise, between the invisible hand of the market and the cautious grip of the Party. The official buzzword for the model — “Socialist Market Economy” — gives full expression to these inherent tensions.

This was brought to the fore last July when China’s stock market went into freefall, plunging more than 40 percent from June to August. The government response was clumsy and heavy-handed. It threatened to arrest short-sellers and suspended IPOs, while state media pulled out all the stops to buoy investor sentiment. A “national team” of state-directed investors was also convened to inject 1.5 trillion RMB ($230 billion) to prop up share prices. Although the stock market has since stabilized, these panic-stricken measures indicate that China may now be at the mercy of market forces beyond its traditionally iron-grip control.
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As China navigates the difficult transition from a manufacturing to a consumption-led economy, the private sector looks ready to pick up the slack left by heavy industry. Indeed, some say that it has done so all along. In his 2014 book Markets over Mao, Nicholas Lardy finds that almost all the jobs in Chinese cities that have been created since 1978 have been in the private sector, and today, it accounts for two-thirds of economic output. Private businesses also significantly outperform their state-owned counterparts on multiple counts, including levels of productivity, overall shares of exports, and investment growth. As The Economist notes, “China’s best chance of weathering the current storm lies in the resilience and dynamism of the private sector.”

In recognition of its own dire need to undertake greater economic reform, the Chinese leadership must balance its instinct for control with the tradition of forward-looking pragmatism that has brought China to where it is today.
http://thediplomat.com/2016/03/the-ccps-uneasy-relationship-with-chinas-private-sector/
- With no means of presenting its arguments to the court, Taipei is instead trying to win the battle for public opinion by heavily showcasing Itu Aba’s fresh water, local produce, and buildings. While on Itu Aba, the journalists “drank water from a local well and had lunch prepared from crops and poultry raised on a local farm, testament that the island’s natural environment can sustain human habitation and economic life of its own,” Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement. The group also visited the hospital, post office, temple, and solar power facilities on the island.

The media tour was just the latest attempt to prove Itu Aba’s status as an island rather than a rock. In January, Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou visited the island himself, where he also emphasized that its classification as an island should be beyond a doubt. “The economic, environmental, and cultural realms all provide evidence sufficient to show that the island has — and has had for over 100 years — ample resources to be self-sufficient,” Ma said at the time.
http://thediplomat.com/2016/03/taiwan-argues-its-south-china-sea-case-in-the-court-of-public-opinion/
- However, Bogdan noted that this delay is an improvement over the JPO’s projection a year ago, and is not expected to impact the Navy’s ability to declare its F-35C jets operational in 2018. The four-month delay will also have no impact on coalition partners’ capabilities, he wrote.

The schedule risk is primarily due to software “stability” issues, seen in both Blocks 3i and 3F. In essence, a timing misalignment of the software of the plane’s sensors and the software of its main computers are causing a “choking” effect, where the jet’s systems shut down and have to be rebooted. However, the JPO and contractor Lockheed Martin have identified the root cause and plan to flight test an updated software load at Edwards Air Force Base, California, sometime in the next few weeks, officials have said.

The program office has established a “Red Team,” made up of experts from the Navy, Air Force and outside the Pentagon to take an in-depth look at the issue, Bogdan told reporters after the hearing. The Red Team has already begun its study and will report back in about a month, he said.

“We brought them together and we’re sending them down to Lockheed to try to figure out, do we have the root cause analysis right on these problems? Are we going after the right issues?” Bogdan said. “Because it’s very easy to just make a fix to the software, but if you don’t fix the fundamental issues going on those fixes only will last so long and they will pop up again.”
http://www.defensenews.com/story/defense/air-space/2016/03/23/f-35-full-combat-capability-four-months-late/82187648/
- The F-22 Raptor has one million lines of code in its software. The F-35 has eight million lines of code.  That alone brings with it a unique set of challenges. The men and women who fly this airplane shouldn’t have to worry about their state-of-the-art APG-81 AESA radar rebooting in flight–especially in the middle of combat. Some say this particular issue will significantly delay the full operational capability declaration of the aircraft, perhaps even by a year. We can only hope this will not be the case.

Radar software being tested for the F-35 stealth fighter jet made by Lockheed Martin Corp is not stable enough, Pentagon officials said in a written statement at a U.S. House Armed Services Committee hearing on Wednesday.

The issue caused sensors to restart once every four hours of flying due to the timing of software messages from the sensors to the main F-35 fusion computer and the aim was to improve this to one in every eight to 10 flying hours, the statement said.
https://fightersweep.com/4834/radar-software-in-f-35-not-stable-enough/
- Editor’s Note: Discussions have been flying under the radar in reference to Lockheed-Martin transferring all of its production of F-16s to India. A curious development, given all of the recent discussion of Block 52 Viper sales to Pakistan. The subject was mentioned during the Singapore Air Show by Mr. Phil Shaw, the head of Lockheed-Martin’s India operation. It will be curious to see how this one plays out, but one might expect backlash if Lockheed decides to move that portion of its operations overseas.
https://fightersweep.com/4809/f-16s-to-be-produced-in-india/
- The six-strong fleet of destroyers built by BAE Systems has suffered a catalog of engine problems, most publicly in 2009 when the recently commissioned first-of-class HMS Daring lost power in the Atlantic Ocean.

The BBC reported in January it had seen an email from a serving Royal Navy officer saying that "total electric failures are common" on the destroyers earmarked to help protect Britain’s new 65,000-ton aircraft carriers when they enter service later in the decade.

The Type 45s were the first complex warships to employ an IFEP system, which uses gas turbines and diesels to power electric motors, which turn the propellers.

Problems with the innovative system emerged during shore testing in 2005 and have been denting reliability of the destroyers' power system ever since.

The Type 45s are powered by two Rolls-Royce WR21 gas turbines and two Wartsila supplied diesels.
http://www.defensenews.com/story/defense/naval/ships/2016/03/23/destroyer-royal-navy-uk-power-plant/82167048/
- The Navy is forging ahead with its controversial plan to indefinitely dock its newest cruisers.

Cruiser Chosin will depart Friday from its 25-year home in Pearl Harbor for San Diego, where it will be berthed until it is modernized. The ship will be considered on deployment until July 1, when control shifts from Naval Surface Force Pacific to Naval Sea Systems Command, which oversees fleet maintenance.

Once NAVSEA takes control, the ship will slim from a 325-person crew led by a captain to a 45-person crew led by a lieutenant commander.

The Mayport, Florida,-based cruiser Vicksburg is also slated to head into lay-up this year. The Vicksburg and Chosin join their sister ships Cowpens and Gettysburg, which went into the so-called “phased modernization” program in 2015.

By law, the Chosin must be back in the fleet by 2021. The plan for the cruiser layups, as mandated by Congress, is known as "2-4-6." It calls for two ships at a time to be sidelined for no longer than four years and that no more than six ships will be in this inactive status at one time — a hedge against the brass later opting to decommission the cruisers early.
http://www.defensenews.com/story/military/2016/03/24/chosin-home-port-shift-san-diego-hawaii-cruiser-modernization/82215912/
- “Queue” was released in Poland in 2011, with translations into five languages. It aims to show a younger generation of Poles the exasperation of everyday life in communist-era Poland. Players have to buy all the products on their shopping lists in the five stores in the neighborhood–or on the black market. They have to wait for the products to be re-stocked, and in order to advance in the line, they can use cards such as “mother with child.” The game quickly became a hit, drawing long lines to get one, ironically.
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/russia-banned-polish-board-game-163204337.html
- Japan needs to replace its F-15J Eagle air superiority fighters. In Tokyo’s estimation, the F-35—which was not designed primarily for the air-to-air role—won’t be enough to meet its requirements. While Tokyo is buying forty-two F-35s, those planes will replace Japan’s F-4J Kai Phantom II fleet. The plane Japan wanted as its F-15J replacement was the F-22, but U.S. law prohibited the Raptor’s export. “Japan really wanted the F-22 but it got the F-35,” a Japan-based source told Reuters. “This is a source of concern and frustration in Tokyo.”

That is one reason the Japanese are aiming to develop what is being called the F-3—potentially a operational variant of the X-2—as an air superiority fighter. Japan aims to field a new air superiority fighter in the 2030s—roughly at the same time the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy hope to field the F-X and F/A-XX respectively. That means that Japan might be able to leverage such an effort to join a U.S.-led sixth-generation fighter program. Tokyo probably can’t afford to pay for a $50 billion fighter development program on its own.

However, if Tokyo does manage to develop a new sixth-generation fighter on its own, it would mark the revival of Japan as an aerospace colossus. The country’s once-potent aviation industry was all but dismantled following the end of the Second World War.
http://www.nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/will-japans-sixth-gen-fighter-dominate-beijings-j-20-15588